Advent simply means “coming.

” This year, the church
observes the season of Advent from Sunday, November 29,
to Thursday, December 24. During this time, we remember
Jesus’s coming among us in this world, and we anticipate his
second coming – the time when God’s kingdom will be fully
made known on earth as it is in heaven.
Here are a few highlights at Grace Covenant during this
season:

The Advent Wreath - Different families light a candle from the Advent Wreath
 Holiday

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Events,

 Calendar,

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GCPC
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each week in worship. By the fourth Sunday in Advent we will have lit the candles
of Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love. On Christmas Eve, we then light the Christ candle
which sits in the center of the wreath surrounded by the other four candles. We
are thankful to the families who have agreed to lead us!

The Advent Devotional - As part of our centennial celebration, a unique Advent
devotional has been put together as a way for the congregation to reflect on the
promises of God in Christ Jesus during this season. We have compiled a host of
Advent devotionals that GCPC congregants and pastors wrote over the years.
There are devotionals from as early as 1955 and as recent as 1993 (and then a
couple of new ones from 2015 in there as well). You can pick up the copies
during office hours during the week or in worship on Sunday morning.

The 84th Annual Candlelight Service - A beautiful lessons and carols worship
service happening on Sunday, December 20, at 5:00 p.m. in our sanctuary.
Childcare is available.

The Christmas Eve Service - We will gather in the chapel for worship on
Thursday, December 24, at 5:00 p.m. Childcare is available.

Amid all that unfolds at Grace Covenant, our neighborhood, and our world – we
rest in the same hope this season: the light of Christ has come into the world, the
darkness has not overcome it. Thanks be to God!
Warmly in Christ,
Bobby
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Volume 45, Issue 12
December 2015

Christian Education and Discipleship
Sunday School
Held every Sunday from 9:45-10:30 a.m.
The Nursery Crib Room (Rm. 103) and Sunday School are available for children ages 2 and up.

The Vanguard Class, Basement, Room B4 - This year the men's class will be looking at each of
the fathers in scripture. How did they fare? What was their legacy? How does this inform us how to
be men and fathers in our church family? This exciting study that will continue to shape the men of
our church to face each day being who God created us to be.
Forum of Grace, Room 212 - A newly combined class that will be going deeper into the theology
and scripture of the Parables. A great class to come for lecture and some discussion.
Good Books, Room 303 - Looking for a good book and conversation about God in our everyday
lives? The "Good Book Small Group" will be meeting to engage in precisely those kinds of books
and discussions. Our conversations will be framed devotionally through scripture, hymn, and prayer
(including prayer for each other) that relates to the book we will be exploring.
Pre-K, Room 102 - For our youngest Disciples there is a heavy emphasis on knowing one another,
getting in tune with the teachers and their classmates, as well as just starting the process of knowing
what God's Love is, and just who is God anyway?
Early Elementary, Room 209 - This year they begin with the stories of the patriarchs and matriarchs of our faith and move with the seasons through the liturgical year.
Pilgrims' Prep, Room 302 - Confirmation is a big deal, here at GCPC even more so as we plan to
take our Confirmands on an annual trip to Scotland following their confirmation! We spend our
first year in preparation, getting to know one another and finding out how God has an awesome
purpose and plan for our lives.
Youth Mentors- This mentoring program has been walking through the little-known books of the
Bible. Every word that comes from the mouth of God is precious and awesome; this class is all
about getting together and seeing how that Word is present in our life each day.

Sunday School Schedules for December and January:
December 6th
December 13th
December 20th
December 27th
January 3rd
January 10th

All regular Sunday School classes scheduled to meet at 9:45 a.m.
NO Sunday School classes scheduled; please join us in the Fellowship Hall for the Children’s
Christmas pageant at 9:30 a.m.
All regular Sunday School classes scheduled to meet 9:45 a.m.
NO Sunday School classes scheduled; coffee and time of fellowship in the Fellowship Hall
beginning at 9:30 a.m.
NO Sunday School classes scheduled; coffee and time of fellowship in the Fellowship Hall
beginning at 9:30 a.m.
All regular Sunday School classes scheduled to meet at 9:45 a.m.

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Christian Education and Discipleship
Wednesday Night Supper
Join the Excitement at 6:00 p.m.
Save yourself the trouble of cooking dinner and join us Wednesday nights for a time of growth
in fellowship and faith. Every night we'll have arts and crafts for the kids, timely announcements,
worship preparation cards for the coming Sunday, and either faith-infused live music, a trivia
night, or an excellent presentation! $5 per adult, $2 per child, with $12 max per family. Our upcoming schedule is below:

December 2 - Holly Follies 2
December 9 - CDC Christmas Party Dinner

We schedule this event during WNS in the hope that members from our whole community,
across all ages and stages of life, will come together and celebrate this amazing community that
we have built together.. The children will sing Christmas carols before dinner, and we warmly
invite everyone to come enjoy this time of fellowship and dinner.

December 16– Fellowship & kids activity

There will be no WNS on December 23 & 30.

Presbyterian Women
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Memorial Poinsettias &
Christmas Greens Fund
Don’t forget to donate a Memorial Poinsettia or contribute to the Christmas Greens
Fund. Donation forms and the drop box are in the hallway near the GCPC bulletin
board, right outside of the social room.

Donations and forms are due no later than December 7.

Donation Form

Poinsettia: $10 each

How Many?___________

Christmas Greens Fund:

Total: _____________
Total Contribution:____________

Please make checks payable to: Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church.

In Memory Of: ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
From: __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

In Memory Of: ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
From: __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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Holiday Special Events
Chancel Choir Candlelight Rehearsals
Every year we invite members of Grace Covenant and friends from the community to sing with
the Chancel Choir at the annual Candlelight Carol Service. Candlelight this year will be Sunday,
December 20, 5:00 p.m.
In order to sing with the Chancel Choir at Candlelight, singers must attend at least four rehearsals
from the list below, including the Saturday morning rehearsal prior to the Candlelight service. Contact Chris Martin for more information. We hope to see you at one of our rehearsals!

Chancel Choir Rehearsals for Candlelight

Candlelight Choral Music

Wed., December 2, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Wed., December 9, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Sat., December 12, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
Wed., December 16, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Sat., December 19, 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
(mandatory dress rehearsal)

Christmas Lullaby - John Rutter
Infant Holy, Infant Lowly - Matthew Culloton
A Babe Is Born - William Mathias
Ding Dong Merrily on High - Mack Wilberg
Climb to the Highest Mountain - Jennings

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Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day - Gardner

Stay with Us – Egil Hovland

Holiday Special Events
Candlelight Yard SignsYard signs will be ready for you to pick up and display in your yards, beginning December 6. We’ll
have the signs at WNS in the Fellowship Hall and also on the following Sundays at the front and rear
doors. Please pick one up and display it proudly in your yard as a way to invite all your neighbors to
this wonderful Christmastime event at GCPC. Thanks for helping us get the word out and helping us
share the wonderful Christmas story all around Richmond! And please remember to return your
yard signs to the glass office after the Candlelight Lessons and Carols Service. We’ll reuse these
same signs next year, simply change the date. Thanks from your GCPC Worship Committee.

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Faces of GCPC

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December
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Monday

Tuesday
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8:30 Handbell Choir
9:15 Prayer Team (Social Rm)
9:30 Coffee and Care
9:45 Sunday School
10:55 Worship
12:15 Fellowship Hour

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8:30 Handbell Choir
9:15 Prayer Team (Social Rm)
9:30 Coffee and Care
9:30– Children’s Pageant
10:55 Worship
12:15 Fellowship Hour
4:30-6:30 POJYO Cookies & Carols
POJYO

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7pm CE
11am PW Circle #2
7pm PW Circle #1

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4:30pm Carol Cho
5:30pm Junior Ch
6pm WNS—Holly
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4pm Care Team
4:30pm Carol Cho
5:30pm Junior Ch
6pm—CDC Christm
WNS
7:30pm Chancel C

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4pm Care Team
4:30pm Carol Cho
5:30pm Junior Ch
6pm WNS
7pm Chancel Cho
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7pm Session Meeting

Fellowship Dinner

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8:30 Handbell Choir
9:15 Prayer Team (Social Rm)
9:30 Coffee and Care
9:45 Sunday School
10:55 Worship
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Happy New Year! 2016

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CDC Update
Dear Grace Covenant Family:
Thank you so much for all of your support as we prepared our hearts
and minds to give thanks! Our children learned about food and nutrition this month, which included the food groups, healthy vs. unhealthy choices, how our bodies process food, and much more. Our
activities led us to be thankful and showed us how to give thanks to
God and our friends. We enjoyed a great time of fellowship the
Wednesday before Thanksgiving as we gathered for a preliminary turkey luncheon right here at school! Parents were able to enjoy a special time with their children. We are so
thankful to God for such a strong community!
We also greatly enjoyed sharing our songs with you during WNS on November 18. We are so incredibly
blessed with the presence of Mr. Martin, who is not only musically gifted, but also has an amazing talent
for sharing that gift with those around him. We were so glad to be able to show you all what they’ve
been working on, but the value they get from the music with Mr. Martin goes even beyond just learning
songs. They also participate in activities that teach musical concepts like rhythm, pitch, and beat.
As we move into December, we will start focusing on the Christmas story and how Jesus came into our
world so long ago. The children will learn each piece of the Nativity as well as what it meant for Jesus to
come to earth. They will also learn some important family traditions and the meaning behind them, like
how we share gifts with loved ones to have a generous heart. We also look forward to another annual
Christmas reception on December 9 during WNS!
Nicole Flournoy

From Our Presbytery
Next Presbytery Meeting:
February 20, 2016
Overbrook Presbyterian Church,
Richmond

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Mission and Justice Ministry
Consider Gifts That Keep On Giving
Not sure what to give a loved one this year? Or not sure what to
ask for as a gift? As we celebrate God's coming incarnate as
Christ, please consider asking for - or giving - a donation to one
of the local ministries we support: STEP, Boaz & Ruth, CARITAS, RISC, Shalom Farms, Richmond Justice Initiative, CHAT,
Church Hill Academy, Elijah House Academy, among others.
Or consider inviting loved ones to give the gift of their time and
fellowship volunteering with you at a place like Shalom Farms
or STEP.
Let us celebrate Christ's birth in the scriptural spirit of 1 John 4,
"God's love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his
only Son into the world so that we might live through him... No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us."

Fruit Borne from RISC Justice & Reform Ministry
Our partnership with RISC (Richmonders Involved to Strengthen our Communities) has been bearing fruit!
Make a joyful noise to the Lord! Over the last few years, we have helped spur Richmond City Council to
activate the city's Affordable Housing Trust Fund. This fund incentivizes the rehabilitation and construction of affordably sized and priced units, for which there is currently great need from families living on extremely tight budgets.
You can read about the Fund's work in the recent Richmond Times-Dispatch article, "Long-dormant Richmond trust fund pays first dividends in support of low-income housing" (Nov. 24, 2015). The City's November 24 press release also notes, "The 2015 AHTF awards, totaling nearly one million dollars, are expected to generate more than $23.5 million in affordable housing development in the city and nearly 200
new and rehabilitated affordable housing units. In addition, special housing related services will be provided
to more than 220 families and homeless individuals."
Enormous thanks to all who have participated in RISC and the annual Nehemiah Action over the years! God is Good!

Honduras Mission Trip
2016 KHISH Honduras Trip – From January 1-9, a team of seven folks from Grace Covenant (Sarah and
Matthew Oatts, Susan Pillsbury-David, Ron David, Sallie Leys, Lindsey Wetherby and Bobby HulmeLippert) will be joining with another 16 folks, some of whom are from St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in
Kilmarnock, Virginia., for our annual Honduras mission trip through KHISH, an organization that works
alongside the people of southern Honduras to provide medical and dental treatment to those in need.
Please be in prayer for this group as they prepare for the trip.
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Announcements
Ash Wednesday Service Background and Details
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Announcements

Ash Wednesday Service Background and Details

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Announcments
Fellowship Announcements
Volunteers Needed to Help Set Up the Candlelight Reception
The church is looking for some volunteers to come in on Saturday, December 19, at 10:00 a.m. to
help set-up for the annual Candlelight Reception.
If you can spare some time, please join us to help prepare for our wonderful Candlelight Service.

Contribution Envelopes
Contribution envelopes for 2016 will be available for pickup in the Narthex beginning Sunday, December 13, through the
end of the year.
If you do not want your 2016 envelopes, please put them along with your completed survey in my mailbox in the glass
office. I will recycle them and remove your name from the re-order list.
In anticipation of ordering envelopes for 2017, a survey form will be available for you to complete concerning your desire
to continue receiving envelopes. If you currently do not have envelopes, but would like to have a box, please complete
the form and we will be happy to provide envelopes for you.
Should you have questions, please contact Martha at 359-2463, ext. 205, or email bookkeeper@grace-covenant.org.

STEWARDSHIP CORNER
Although much improved over September’s total, October’s income was not sufficient
to offset unusually high expenses during the month.
Contributions in October of $31,500 were up almost 20% from the prior month, while
for the year to date their total is down about 9.3% from the same period last year.
Total income in October was augmented by the transfer of $15,000 from reserves, and
$12,100 from directed contributions, including Presbyterian Women’s funding of furniture for the renovated Fellowship Hall.
Expenses of $81,300 in October were particularly high. They included $21, 000 in
building repairs and improvements, comprised of improvements to the sound system
and the Fellowship Hall, and repairs relating to the roof, a portion of which is to be funded by the Building
Fund, $5,900 for elevator maintenance contracts and $2,500 for tenant improvements. Also, $3,700 was disbursed in local mission efforts, including expenses relating to CARITAS. Expenses exceeded income by
$6,500.
October’s Five Cents Per Meal offering was $83, Loaves and Fishes $1,340, and Mercy Fund $96.
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Worship
Weekly Sunday Morning Prayer
The best way to start a Sunday morning, or any morning, is with prayer. Each Sunday morning
from 9:15 to 9:30 a.m. in the Social Room we have a time of prayer and all are welcome to
participate. It is a prayerful time when hearts are quieted and focused on God, joys and concerns
are shared, and prayers are raised in word and in spirit. It is a special time of caring, friendship, and
blessing; please come and pray with us.

Monthly Prayer Group

A prayer group meets after the worship service on the first Sunday
of each month. We will pray in the chapel from 12:30-1:00 p.m. following the 11:00 a.m. church service. For more information please
contact Itunu Adekoya at 309-310-1424 or historybegins1727@yahoo.com, Susan Farrell at 359-6222 or
omatalsbh@gmail.com, or Carol Wood at 282-2446 or
ctwood7@gmail.com Please join us for our next meeting on December 6!

Additional Prayer Following Services
The Prayer Team will be available for prayer at the front of the sanctuary immediately after the service of worship from Sunday, November 1, to Sunday, December 20.
If you or someone you know needs prayer, simply come forward at the end of the service to receive
prayer. All prayer requests are confidential. We are grateful for the folks in our membership who
have a gift for prayer and their willingness to share that gift.
Linda Pitts & Carol Wood
Itunu Adekoya & Susan Farrell
Sampson Lodo & Gershon Abassah

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Dec. 6
Dec. 13
Dec. 20

The Staff

Church Officers
Our Elders serve the church as leaders.
Our Deacons lead the church in service.

Bobby Hulme-Lippert
Pastor
bobby@grace-covenant.org
Christopher Martin
Director of Music and Organist
martin@grace-covenant.org
Christopher Tweel
Director of Christian Formation & Pastoral Assistant
christopher@grace-covenant.org
Nelson Reveley
Parish Associate for Outreach & Adult Discipleship
reveley@grace-covenant.org
Denise Shafer
Director of Communications
denise@grace-covenant.org
Martha Rubin
Administrative Support/ Bookkeeper
bookkeeper@grace-covenant.org
Lauren Voyles
Seminary Intern

Church Office Hours:

Mon., Tues., and Thurs., 9:00 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
Wed., 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Fri, 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 noon
Phone: (804) 359-2463
Fax: (804) 278-6298
grace-covenant.org
Sundays:
9:15 a.m.
Prayer Together in the Social Room
9:30 a.m.
Sunday School for all ages
in the Education Building
10:55 a.m.
Worship Service
in the Sanctuary
12:15 p.m.
Congregational Fellowship
in the Social Room

GCPC Child Development Center

Please feel free to approach them
with any questions or feedback about Grace Covenant’s ministries.

CLERK OF SESSION: Everett Reveley
ELDERS
James Atchison (’16)
Virginia Hudson (’17)
Cheryl Jacobs (’15)
Caroline Leith (’15)
Katie McCullough (’16)
Everett Reveley (’15)
Lewis Rosebro (’17)
Pete Sizemore (’16)
Rob Turner (’17)

- Finance (C-M)
- Mission (M), Nominating
- CE (M)
- Property (Co-M), CE
- Administration (M)
– Stewardship (M)
- Property (Co-M)
- Administration (Co-M)
- Worship (M)

MODERATOR OF THE BOARD OF DEACONS: Lisa Cardwell
DEACONS
Itunu Adekoya (’16)
Lisa Cardwell
(’15)
Courtney Clements (’15)
Phil Coltrain

(’16)

Mary Gray (’15)
Cynthia Holmes (’17)
Jan Kessel (’16)
Dottie-Ray Koch (’17)
Sallie Leys (’17)
Jessica Reveley (’16)
Jennifer Schooley (’15)
Dawson Watkins (’17)

- Prayer (M)
- Flowers (M)
- Visitation (Co-M),
Fellowship
- Glass Office (M),
Deacons’ Fund
- Meals (M),
Visitation (Co-M)
- Fellowship (M)
- Care Team (M),
Transportation (M)
- Fellowship
(Food Committee)
- Greeters/Ushers
- Justice (M)
- Guests Follow-Up,
New Members (M),
Deacons’ Fund
- Deacons’ Fund (M)
Care Team

TRUSTEES:
Caroline Leith (’17)
John Roberts (’15)
Warren Zirkle (’16)

Nicole Flournoy
Director
(804) 213-0200
director.gccdc@verizon.net
gracecovenantcdc.com

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