Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church

Grace Notes

Volume 46, Issue 7

July 2016

Multiply the Smell of Grass by Two
Many of you have begun reading Gilead – the book chosen for our
summer book club discussions* I look forward to discussing it with
you! In the meantime, let me share two quotes of particular interest.

(pp. 5-7)
 Calendar
(pp. 8-9)
 Property
(p. 13)

At one point the narrator, a minister, remarks, “This is an interesting planet. It deserves all the attention you can give it.”


Amid all of our busyness, anxiety, and mundane tasks – what does it mean for us to be an attentive people? How might we see this world as God sees this world? How might we observe where and how God is at
work? How might we attend better to God’s call on our lives? How do we pay attention?


(July 16)
 Jefferson
(July 2)
 Fifth Sunday
(July 31)

For more dates to
remember, see the

A bit later the narrator’s good friend, also a minister, has this to say
as he reflected on what heaven must be like: “‘Mainly I just think about
the splendors of the world and multiply by two. I’d multiply by ten or
twelve if I had the energy. But two is much more than sufficient for my
purposes. So he’s just sitting there multiplying the feel of the wind by
two, multiplying the smell of the grass by two…”
Much of the book invites an attentiveness to the wonder, pain, and
holiness of this life in all of its (extra) ordinariness. It is, after all, God’s handiwork and the (re)creation that
God is fashioning that is unfolding in our midst!

One thing that has helped me (and I know a few others, too!) this summer is the Scripture memory challenge. Each Sunday you are invited to memorize the Scripture that will be preached on the next Sunday. The
idea is not that our heads might be full of more information, but that our hearts might marinade in the
promises of God all week long.
As you do the work of memorization, you inevitably work through the words slowly and carefully – and
soon enough the words themselves (by the power of the Holy Spirit) begin to actually work on you! You
become attentive to the world in a way framed, shaped, and enlivened by the promises we have in Jesus.
I invite you to join in the weekly challenge and discover the joy of being truly attentive to the work and
call of God in our midst. Multiply by two and perhaps enjoy something akin to the joy of heaven.
* You can choose to attend one of two late July options; details are on page 6.
In Christ,

Highlights of the past month

Christopher Tweel was
approved for Installation
and Ordination! See p. 3.

The Softball season was
extended due to a very wet
May. See p. 2.

The PEOPLE Group met up
at Sid Yates’ home on June

The children had a great adventure during VBS June 27
through June 30. See p. 7.


Church News/Announcements
Openers & Closers

Fellowship Schedule

July 3: Cal Gray
July 10: Kent Cardwell
July 17: Rick Nochta
July 24: Brian Baird
July 31: Pete Sizemore

July 3: Sudie Wood
July 10: James and Cheryl Atchison
July 17: Brian and Katherine Baird
July 24: Walter and RoseMarie Bundy
July 31: Kent and Lisa Cardwell

Stewardship Corner
Birthday Wishes to:
Aided by having an addition- and included $3,000 in improve6– Lewis Rosebro
6– Coco Wayne
6– Whit Whitley
7– Hank Downing
7– Tom Miller
7– Ben Williams
8– Harry Warthen
9– Jean Massey
10– Georgeanne Pace
12– Itunu Adekoya
16– Cecilia Rubis
18– Jef Londrey
19– Sallie Leys
22– Rosie Turner
23– Nikki Hazlegrove
24– Andrew Waters
26– Will Campbell
27– Rebecca Scherer
29– Nelson Reveley
30– Franklin Stone

Proverbs 21:3

al Sunday, May’s contributions
of $43,100 were up over 50%
from April’s, but were down
about 6% from May a year ago
which also had five Sundays.
For the year through May contributions of $195,500 are about
3% higher than the prior year,
due to payments on prior year
pledges. Total income is about
the same for the two years.
Expenses of $58,900 in May
were slightly higher than April’s

ments to security equipment
and $4,400 to various mission
Expenses through May are a
little over 2% less than the same
period last year due to lower
personnel costs. Expenses exceeded income in May by
May’s Five Cents per Meal
offering was $109, Loaves and
Fishes $3,310, and Mercy $147.

Quarterly Statements Available Soon
Second quarter statements
should be available for pickup
in the Narthex on Sunday, July
10. Any statements remaining
will be mailed at the end of the
month. If you want them
mailed before then, please call
Martha at 359-2463, ext. 205,

and leave a message. I am in
the office Tuesdays and most
Fridays. Should you have questions regarding your pledge or
anything related to your contributions, please call or email

GCPC Softball Team in First Place
The Grace Covenant softball
team is having a successful
2016 season! Despite having
been rained out for basically the
entire month of May, the team
has racked up a winning record,
and is currently in first place in
the West End Church Softball
B League.
Coached by Everett Reveley, the team consists of Matt
Oatts, Andy Waters, Everett
Reveley, John Harris, James

Atchison, Matt Gray, John
Gray, Gordon Gray, George
Gray, Nate McKinnon, Clement Teden, Andrew Teden,
Chris Pais, Bobby HulmeLippert, and Alex Graves.
The next games, against City
Church, are Tuesday, July 5 at 7
p.m. and 7:50 p.m. at Henderson Sports Complex, 804 Forest Lawn Drive.
For pictures, see page 10.

“All deeds are right in the sight of the doer, but the Lord weighs the heart.”

Baroque Pearls from the Digital Vault
The Loveliest Music You’ve Never Heard (July 2 at 7:00 p.m.)


he French National Library
has scanned and put online
manuscript scores and early
printed editions of nearly 7,300 pieces composed between 1600 and
1800. Richmond's early music ensemble Jefferson Baroque has gathered
a dozen of the most beautiful items
from this amazing collection. You'll
hear a haunting love duet, an imitation of bells, devotional songs in
French and Latin, and a piece for
violins inspired by Native American
melodies, all performed on period

instruments. Although most of this
music has not been heard for over
250 years, it reaches across the centuries with an energy, tenderness,

Associate Pastor Approved
Christopher Tweel will be ordained as a Teaching
Elder in the PC(USA) and installed as Associate Pastor at Grace Covenant on Sunday, July 17, at 4 p.m.
Christopher has gathered a host of teaching and ruling elders to lead this unique service (see below).
Many thanks to those who will be participating in
the service! All are invited to join in this unique
worship service of celebration and hope! A reception
will follow in the Social Room.
Teaching Elders
Rev. Bobby Hulme-Lippert- Moderator
Rev. Aaron Houghton
Rev. Shannon Waite
Ruling Elders
Ashley Milam
Jamila White
Ray Davis

Rev. Joanne Hull
Rev. Dean K. Thompson

individuality and swing that feels
contemporary. An absolutely unique
program performed in an intimate
concert setting! This free concert
will be held on Saturday, July 2, at
7:00 p.m., in the Social Room (first
floor) of Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1627 Monument Avenue, and will feature Grace Covenant member, Christine Anderson,
on Baroque violin.

Martha’s Upcoming Trip to Uganda
Don't expect to find Martha, our
bookkeeper, in the office the first two
weeks of August. She will be on a mission and pleasure trip to Uganda with
Father John Kazibwe, Pastor of her
church, Church of the Epiphany, three
of her family members, and several of
her church family friends.
While in Uganda, the group will
spend a day exploring the beaches of
Lake Victoria (the third largest fresh
water lake in the world - followed by
two in the US) and a tour to the source
of the Nile, the longest river in the
world. She will be visiting and taking
school supplies and other items donated by Epiphany members to the children in Father John's home village.
The group will also tour the Uganda Martha Rubin, her dog Wicket, and
Martyrs' Shrine in Namgongo. The big Father John pose for a picture at a pet
event will be the Ordination of ten
young men to the Priesthood. This will
offer the group a close and personal
experience of a real cultural celebration of the people in Uganda. Queen Elizabeth National Park is
the destination for the group's last three days, where
they should see some REAL African animals
(Martha hopes not too close and personal).

Colossians 4:2
“Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving.”


Music News


Christian Education & Discipleship
Back to Basics (Our Summer Worship)
Back to the Basics: Hearing the Essential Word of God
What would you tell someone about Christianity if they had never heard of it? What would
you tell them about Jesus? If you gave them a
Bible, where would you have them start? What
Scriptures show forth some of the essential
aspects of what you believe and how you seek

to live? John Leith said that every generation of
Christians should seek to know certain Scriptures by heart as they anchor what we believe
and how we live. It is not that all of Scripture
isn’t important, but rather that certain Scriptures so clearly state forth the essential heart of

Back to the Basics: Summer Fitness Challenge!

We walk, jog, and go to the gym to keep up our
physical fitness recognizing that repetition has a
way of shaping us over time. And, being in
shape ends up proving beneficial not only to
our health but to others around us as we find
we have more energy and focus when our body
is healthy!
How about a spiritual challenge this summer?
Would not we and those around us benefit
greatly from a spiritually fit church!? This sum-

mer we are inviting you to do a simple exercise
each week: memorize a portion of Scripture.
Each week in worship we will be looking at a
passage from Scripture that articulates something essential about the Christian faith. You
are then invited to memorize that Scripture
during the following week.
The hope is that by letting God’s word dwell in
your heart over and over during the week you
begin to see God alive and working in, through,

God for us and the world that we would surely
want to know them! Join us in Sunday Worship
this summer as we look at 12 of those essential
Scriptures and consider how we are shaped by and
live from them.

and around your life.
A spiritually fit person is not the one who
knows the most Scripture but the one who is
shaped by and lives in light of God’s voice through
Scripture. Want to join in the challenge? See
below or online at
under the Worship tab for each week’s scripture.

Back to the Basics: 50 Scriptures on One Bookmark
In 2001, Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in
New York City produced a bookmark with 50
Scriptures listed. At the top of the bookmark it
read, “The 50 Passages That Every Christian
Should Have At Our Fingertips.”
The plan was to give those to congregants during a certain sermon series. However, 9/11
happened and all the bookmarks were distributed to the masses of people entering their sanc-

tuary for refuge and prayer on that day. The
church ultimately shared over 15,000 of these
bookmarks with people hungry to read God’s
word in the aftermath of the terrorist attack.
With their permission, we have made our own
version of that bookmark for we know that
God had a timely word then and God has a
timely word for us now.
We hope these bookmarks prompt you to con-

sider anew some of the essential passages from
God’s word and how God is speaking to us
through them in our time.
NOTE: 12 of the 50 Scriptures listed are in the
color blue – those are the 12 that will be
preached on this summer in worship.

Back to the Basics: Our Tradition Speaking in Our Time

Presbyterians hold to certain essential tenants of
the Christian faith. While we stand as sisters
and brothers with all who believe in and follow
Jesus Christ, we do have some distinctions!
These distinctive tenants have anchored the
way we understand and live out faith in this
world. Join us this summer as we take a fresh
look at those anchors and the ways that they
intersect with our world today and inform how
we are to live in these changing times. The class
will meet weekly in the Fellowship Hall. Class
begins at 9:45 a.m.

July 3 - Jesus (Bobby)
July 10 - Salvation by Grace Through Faith (Tom)
July 17 - Election for Salvation and Service (Tom)
July 24 - Covenant and Covenant Life (Bobby)
July 31 - Sacraments (Bobby)
August 7 - Polity (Charles)
August 14 - Polity (Charles)
August 21 – Priesthood of All Believers (Christopher)
August 28 – Stewardship (Christopher)

Summer Fitness
Challenge Scriptures
July 3: Psalm 139:23-24
July 10: Matthew 5:3-11
July 17: Matthew 6:25-34
July 24: John 3:16-17
July 31: Luke 15:29-32
August 7: Matthew 11:20-30
August 14: 2 Corinthians 5:17-21
August 21: 1 Corinthians 13:1-7
August 28: Micah 6:6-8

Ephesians 5:1
“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ has loved us.”


Christian Education & Discipleship
GCPC Summer of 2016 Book Discussion: Gilead
by Marilynne Robinson

If you are looking for a summer read,
Pastor Bobby invites you to join him
and read Gilead! It is a Pulitzer Prize
winner novel written by “Narrative Calvinist” (as Christianity Today has called
her) Marilynne Robinson. She tells a
story spanning three generations, from
the Civil War to the 20th century. The
story is told from the perspective of an
aging preacher who is writing a letter to
his seven-year old son in which he renders an account of his life. As Kirkus
Reviews put it, the novel is "as big as a
nation, as quiet as thought, and moving
as prayer. Matchless and towering.” Publishers Weekly adds, "Robinson's
prose is beautiful, shimmering and precise; the revelations are subtle but never
muted when they come, and the careful
telling carries the breath of suspense.
There is no simple redemption here;

despite the meditations on faith, even
readers with no religious inclinations will
be captivated. Many writers try to capture life's universals of strength, struggle, joy and forgiveness—but Robinson
truly succeeds.” Once you read the novel (or even if you don’t make it all the
way through!), you are invited to join in
for an evening of light snacks, drinks,
and hearty discussion and reflection on
the novel.
A discussion will take place on the
following dates:
July 21 (7:00-9:00 p.m.) at the Bairds’
home (1704 Hanover Avenue, Richmond, VA 23220)
July 28 (1:30-3:00 p.m.) at Will Madden’s home (Westminster Canterbury,
Glebe, 3 Glebe Close, Richmond, VA

Massanetta Springs Middle School Conference


e are really excited to have Christopher Tweel, the Director of
Christian Formation, deliver the
keynote speech during the July sessions of
the Massanetta Spring’s Middle School
Conference! These will take place July 710 and July 12-15. In this conference
packed with keynotes, music, recreation,
workshops, and small groups, youth will
be challenged to think about what it
means to be a disciple of Christ. Led by

high school, ministryminded Enablers, middle
schoolers will foster a
deeper understanding of
the broader church. For
more information see
under the Connect tab
then Other Events or call
the church office at 3592463.

Ecclesiastes 12:1
“Remember your creator in the days of your youth.”


A great time was had by all at VBS June 27-30
We've been having a great time at VBS! We've had 30 kids join us and a slew
of amazing volunteers who have made this event happen for our children this
year. We've seen the amazing journey that Joseph took from sitting in prison
to advising the pharaoh in his palace. Thank you to all the parents, elders, deacons, members, and friends who made this year's VBS a great success for our

Join us for a
Wednesday evening
meal this summer!
Wednesday, July 27 (6 p.m.) at
the Tweels’ house (7706 Anoka
Rd., Richmond, VA 23229).
Meal TBD.
Friday, August 26 (6:00 p.m.)
at the Davids’ house (6000
McClellan Rd., Mechanicsville,
VA 23111)
If you have any questions,
contact Christopher Tweel at
or call the church office at 3592463.

Letter from Nicole Flournoy, Director of GCCDC
Grace Covenant Presbyterian,
Thank you as always for your
continued support! This month we
have had so much fun learning all
about transportation. We have observed and discovered all things that
GO, like cars, trains, trucks, planes,
and boats. We even demonstrated
how we can make ourselves go with
bike day and games like “Red Light,
Green Light.”
In addition to enjoying our transportation theme, we have also begun
our annual activities of water play!
Every Tuesday and Thursday, our
friends come to school dressed for
splashing! We fill buckets and water
tables with water, hook up the hose,
and explore the sensory enrichment
of the textures and experiences of

outdoor water play.
As we wrap up the transportation
theme of June, we will dive into July’s
Ocean theme. We’ll learn what animals live in the ocean, and how they
survive. We will break them down
into different categories like aquatic
mammals, crustacean, fish, and
many more! While we will do a
month of habitats later this summer,
the ocean holds so many mysteries
we have no trouble filling up a
whole month of learning and discovering new things.
With summer fun also comes a
bittersweet event: Preschool Graduation! We had a full class of 12 “big
kids” this year, who will make their
way into the world of elementary
school this fall. We never could have
accommodated a full graduating

class without the blessing of GCPC
to use the old Forum room as a
classroom. We appreciate your support in this so much, and hope that
our use has been mutually beneficial
as a Sunday school room as well. As
always, thank you for everything and
God bless!
Nicole Flournoy

Hebrews 10:23
“Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is


July 2016 Calendar


3 9:15 a.m. Prayer Team (Social Room)
9:30 a.m. Coffee and Care
9:45 a.m. Combined Sunday School
10:55 a.m. Worship
12:15 p.m. Fellowship Hour
12:30 p.m. 1st Sunday Prayer Group

109:15 a.m. Prayer Team (Social Room)
9:30 a.m. Coffee and Care
9:45 a.m. Combined Sunday School
10:55 a.m. Worship
12:15 p.m. Fellowship Hour

4 Church closed

31 9:15 a.m. Prayer Team (Social Room)
9:30 a.m. Coffee and Care
9:45 a.m. Combined Sunday School
10:55 a.m. Worship
12:15 p.m. Fellowship Hour
12:30 p.m. Fifth Sunday Luncheon



6 1:00 p.m. Care

6:00 p.m. Nomin
Meeting (2nd Flo

11 6:00 p.m. Finance Meeting

12 7:00 p.m. Admin Meeting

6:30 p.m. Missions Meeting (Susan
Farrell’s house)

Softball Playoffs Begin

13 1:00 p.m. Car

7:00 p.m. Worship Meeting


20 1:00 p.m. Car

5:00 p.m. CDC B

7:00 p.m. Session

249:15 a.m. Prayer Team (Social Room) 25
9:30 a.m. Coffee and Care
9:45 a.m. Combined Sunday School
10:55 a.m. Worship
12:15 p.m. Fellowship Hour

5 7:00 p.m. Softball vs. City Church

Happy Independence Day!

179:15 a.m. Prayer Team (Social Room) 18 6:00 p.m. Deacons’ Meeting
9:30 a.m. Coffee and Care
9:45 a.m. Combined Sunday School
10:55 a.m. Worship
12:15 p.m. Fellowship Hour
TIME: Ordination/Installation Service



27 1:00 p.m. Car

6:00 p.m. Summe


Team Meeting

7 9:00 a.m. CDC Chapel

re Team Meeting

Board Meeting



2 7:00 p.m. Baroque Concert (Social

8 6:00-8:00 p.m. City Church VBS

9 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. City Church


nating Committee
oor Conference

re Team Meeting



Room) (see p. 3)

8:00 p.m.-9:00p.m. City Church VBS

14 9:00 a.m. CDC Chapel

15 4:30 p.m. Kristi Wagner

16 3:00 p.m. Kristi Wagner

Wedding Rehearsal


21 9:00 a.m. CDC Chapel

22 5:30 p.m. Grace Cardwell Wed-

23 5:00 p.m. Grace Cardwell

5:00-8:00 City Church Quarterly
Presbytery Meeting (Sanctuary)

ding Rehearsal




7:00-9:00 p.m. Book Club Meeting
(the Bairds’ home)

re Team Meeting

28 9:00 a.m. CDC Chapel

er Supper (Tweel

1:30-3:00 p.m. Book Club Meeting
(Will Madden’s home)

1) No Sunday Children’s Church during the summer; it will resume
September 11, 2016
2) Sunday School from now until fall will be a combined class in the
Fellowship Hall


Photos of the past month
Due to a very wet May, the
softball season was extended
and is still ongoing with
Playoffs scheduled to start
on Tuesday, July 12. photos:
Bill Jacobs

Vacation Bible School was a hit! See p. 7 for more details.

Isaiah 41:10

“Do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will
help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.”

Christopher Tweel was approved for Ordination and Installation.

The PEOPLE Group met at Sid Yates’ house on June 18
and had a great time of food and fellowship. Photos: Dana

More pictures of Vacation Bible School

2 Corinthians 12:9
“...but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” So, I
will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.”


Mission & Justice
Kids’ Chance to Be in “Nutcracker Sweet”
STEP partners with PDM PRODUCTIONS, INC. to provide dance instruction to children of Gilpin Ct.


he Missions Committee is so
excited to be supporting a new
endeavor for the children of
Gilpin Court through STEP! STEP
has been given the opportunity to
provide the children of Gilpin Court
instruction in dance during the summer and fall leading up to an opportunity to perform in a production of
the "Nutcracker Sweet" this December. As we have been prayerfully
considering the needs of these children, we feel incredibly blessed to be
able to partner with PDM PRODUCTIONS, INC. in this.
Once a week, an instructor will
visit the children in Gilpin Court for
a period of dance instruction. Chil-

dren will have a chance to experience
different dance styles such as Creative Movement, Ballet, and Theatrical
Improvisation. This will ultimately
lead up to a full length production of
“The Nutcracker Sweet.” Their first
studio rehearsals with the rest of the
cast will be in November, and the
theater rehearsals and performances
will occur between November 30 and
December 4.
Please also mark your calendars
now for the show times of the Nutcracker Sweet and plan to come see a
fun Christmas ballet!

Shalom Farms Outings
Join us the third Saturday of the month at Shalom Farms– a local food access
and community development ministry ( We will help ensure
everyone in our city has access to God’s bountiful gifts of nutritious produce.
We’ll be out on the farm from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Please RSVP to Nelson
Reveley at or by calling 387-8094. This month’s visit will be
on July 16. A group will be carpooling from the church parking lot at 8:00 a.m.
and will be returning by noon. Otherwise, you can meet us out on the farm at
9:00 a.m. Address: 1033 Rock Castle Rd., Goochland, VA

Partners in
Parenting Luncheons
Partners in Parenting is one of the
Grace Covenant tenants in the East
Building (1617 Monument Ave.). They
are beginning a new teaching-anddiscussion series to help parents! Every
fourth Tuesday they are hosting a brown
bag lunch in their office, Suite 202.
Bring your own lunch; water and dessert
will be provided.
The next luncheon is July 26, 2016.

Genesis 1:27

“So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he
created them.”

KHISH Update

STEP Jobs for Life Graduation

We received great news from
KHISH, our partner in mission
On June 7, we celebrated the first four to graduate from the program
in Southern Honduras: 6.8 acres
of land in Southern Honduras
ur first Jobs for Life program have been impossible to carry the
(Juan Orlando Village, specificalwrapped up June 7 with its
program to fruition without so many
ly) have been officially donated
helping hands. We will likely have
by the local government to
KHISH so that construction on a heartfelt evening, filled with stories
another Jobs for Life program winter
new hospital for eye care can
of God's transformative power.
2016/spring 2017, so stay tuned! The
begin! In fact, enough land was
Enormous congratulations to the
Spirit is moving!
donated that KHISH hopes other
proposals can also materialize,
Banks, Kiarra Beards, Lafonda
like building a church, a playground, and a water purification
Page, and Tomorrow Page, and
system in the same area.
inexpressible thanks to all those
who have helped over the past 16
weeks with prayers, meals, childcare, and relationship. It would


Property Announcement
(IMPORTANT) Security Update: New Entry System
Please be aware that we have
fully transitioned to a different entry
system. Instead of using the current
key cards for entry, we have moved
to a keypad system; with this new
arrangement, you will enter a specific code followed by the # key to
gain entry. We apologize for the
short notice but we had to move
quickly due to the CDC City Council
Hearing on Monday, June 27, at
which time this security measure
needed to be in place.
Going forward, we will also be
stricter about buzzing people in. It is
IMPORTANT that no one buzzes

people in from the Glass Office as
well so as to increase our security.
Remember, no one should ever prop
the door open either.
Also, tenants should be aware
that they are responsible for opening
the door for their own meetings and
events; Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church is not responsible for and
will not buzz people in who are here
for non-related GCPC or CDC
Finally, please note that if you
have a real key, it will still work to
gain entry to the building. If you
need a code, please visit the church

office during regular hours. This
code will periodically be changed to
maintain security, and we will keep
you updated with this information.
Thank you for your understanding as we work to ensure the security
of our building and the safety of the
children. If you have any questions,
please contact the church office during regular church hours at 3592463.

Philippians 4:19
“And my God will fully satisfy every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”


Sunday Morning
Prayer Time
The best way to start a Sunday morning, or any morning, is with prayer. Each
Sunday morning at 9:15-9:30
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

and Worship
We know all kids can be
wiggly and noisy. It’s okay!
We’re glad that you and they
are here. Please feel free to
sit anywhere: up front where
they can see; in the balcony
where there is room to move
around; or wherever is most
convenient for you. Worship
Bags and Binders are available in the narthex. Ask an
usher or greeter! Children
under 6 are welcome at any
time for childcare in room
102. Our excellent nursery is
in room 103 across from the
Social Room.

Summer Schedule of Sermons

Are you eagerly anticipating this Summer’s Worship Schedule?

Check out some of the scheduled sermon titles as they are now
for a glance ahead.



July 3:

“It’s about a God Who Is Near”

July 10:

“It’s Upside Down”

July 17:

“It’s Peace”

July 24:

“It’s Love… for Everybody”

July 31:

“It’s a Celebration… for Everybody”

August 7:

“It’s Woe… for Everybody”

August 14:

“It’s a Whole New Thing”

August 21:

“It’s Love… or It’s Nothing”

August 28:

“It’s a Life of Justice, Mercy,
and a Humble Posture”

For more information on the summer schedule and the Summer Series: Back to the Basics, see p. 5.

First Sunday Prayer Group
Join the prayer team from 12:30-1:00 p.m. after worship on the first Sunday of
each month. The group meets in the chapel and prays over the church, our city,
our nation, and the world. The next meeting will be July 3.

Join Us in Worship on Sundays:

Pray Together (Social Room)
Combined Sunday School– all ages (Fellowship Hall)
Worship Service (Sanctuary)

9:15 a.m.
9:30 a.m.
10:55 a.m.

Session Report
June 2016
For May, 2016, income came to $56,773.66, which represents 5 Sundays in the month. Expenses came to
$58,927.05. There were no extraordinary expenses for the month.
Recent Actions
The Session voted to:
1. Approve the minutes for the Session meeting of May 16, 2016.
2. Approve the Reverend Nelson Reveley to preach Sunday, August 28, 2016.
3. Remove John W. Roberts from the active roll following his recent passing.
4. Move to proceed with Back Door replacement, using revised quote (of $27,121) that does not include transom replacement.
5. Move to proceed with floor repair: sanding/refurbishing 2nd floor classroom, Re-carpeting glass office, Repairing elevator floor.

6. Move to pay Appich Architects for work done in the Nursery out of undesignated funds, $2,276.00.
7. Revise the current building use fee schedule as per the schedule presented to the Session to better reflect the current costs and the
going rate for such usage in Richmond
8. Allow RVA Rapid Transit/Clergy Committee to share Nelson Reveley’s 2nd floor office at no charge.
9. Request the Nominating Committee to fill the vacancy on the Session resulting from the resignation of Virginia Hudson and the
opening on the Board of Trustees occasioned by the death of John Roberts.
10. Move $2000 under the Evangelism funds from the previously designated use of theological libraries in the Fan to use in developing
a new church website.

In addition, on June 8, 2016, the Session approved the replacement of the toilets and sink hardware in the 3rd floor
ladies restroom, and to proceed with painting the church exterior.

The Session provides this summary to help ensure that the congregation remains informed of its
decisions and actions. If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact Dana
McKnight (Clerk of Session) or any of your active ruling Elders.

Galatians 6:9
“So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give


The Church Administration
Our Elders serve the church as leaders.
Our Deacons lead the church in service. Please feel free to approach them
with any questions or feedback about Grace Covenant’s ministries.

The Church Officers
Clerk of Session: Dana E. McKnight

Moderator of the Board of Deacons: Lisa Cardwell



James Atchison (’16)
Susan Boze (’18)
Ray Davis (’18)

Itunu Adekoya (’16)
Lisa Cardwell (’18)

- Finance (M)
- Christian Education (M)
- Evangelism, Admin &
Bill Jacobs (’18)
- Stewardship (M),
Katie McCullough (’16) - Mission (M)
Lewis Rosebro (’17)
Pete Sizemore (’16)
Rob Turner (’17)

- Property (M)
- Admin & Personnel (M),
- Worship (M)

Trustees: Caroline Leith (‘17)
Warren Zirkle (‘16)

Phil Coltrain (’16)
Mary Gray (’18)
Margaret Harvie (‘18)
Cynthia Holmes (’17)
Steve Kemp (‘18)
Jan Kessel (’16)
Dottie-Ray Koch (’17)
Sallie Leys (’17)
Jessica Reveley (’16)
Dawson Watkins (’17)

- Prayer (M)
- Fellowship;
Deacons’ Fund
- Glass Office (M);
Deacons’ Fund
- Greeters/Ushers (Co-M);
Meals (Co-M)
- Visitation & Flowers
- New Members (M)
- Media & Technology
- Care Team (M),
- Fellowship
- Greeters/Ushers (Co-M);
Meals (Co-M)
- Justice (M)
- Deacons’ Fund (M);
Care Team

The Staff
Bobby Hulme-Lippert

Nelson Reveley
Parish Associate for Outreach & Adult Discipleship

Christopher Martin
Director of Music and Organist

Martha Rubin
Administrative Support/ Bookkeeper

Christopher Tweel
Director of Christian Formation & Pastoral Assistant

Meredith Bond
Office Manager

GCPC Child Development Center


Nicole Flournoy, Director
(804) 213-0200

Office Hours:

Contact Us:

Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday


Phone: (804) 359-2463
Fax: (804) 278-6298

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