Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church

Grace Notes

Volume 46, Issue 8

August 2016
Directory

Christian
Education
(pp. 5-7)
 Calendar
(pp. 8-9)

Important
Dates

Shalom
Farms
(August 20)
 August
Musicales
(August 10,
17, and 24)
 PEOPLE
Meeting
(August 21)

For more dates to
remember, see the
calendar.

New Associate Pastor!
We are call called into the church of Jesus Christ by baptism, and
marked as Christ’s own by the Holy Spirit. This is our common
calling, to be disciples and servants of our Lord. Within the community of the church, some are called to particular service as Teaching
Elders, as Ruling Elders, and as Deacons. –PC(USA) Book of
Occasional Services
On Sunday, July 17, Christopher Tweel was ordained as
a Teaching Elder and installed as our Associate Pastor! It
was a joyous service of worship led by a commission of
elders from the Presbytery of the James along with guests
specifically invited by Christopher, including Dean K.
Thompson, President Emeritus of Louisville Seminary,
who preached during the service.
We are grateful to have Christopher on-board in his
new capacity, and his “new beginning” as our Associate
Pastor offers a chance to highlight some of his key responsibilities.
Christian Education – This is the primary focus for Christopher’s work.
He will develop, lead, plan, and facilitate all of the children and youth ministry programs, including Sunday School,
Bible studies, VBS, retreat, family ministry activities, and confirmation class. This will include choosing
curricula and training and managing teachers (volunteer and paid childcare workers). This also includes
facilitating new opportunities for families to grow in faith together.
He will also lead, plan, and facilitate the adult discipleship ministry in coordination with the Christian Education
Committee. This includes coordinating the Sunday School schedule, teaching Sunday School, and equipping teachers.
Finally, Christopher will lead Wednesday Night Supper activities in coordination with the Christian Education
Committee. He will work with our cook, Aleasha Jacques, to set the food menu, and he and the CE
Committee will set the WNS schedule of programs for the fall and spring.
Outreach – The primary focus of this aspect of the position will relate to the CDC.
Christopher will be developing a plan for growth and outreach to children, youth, and families in general, and
specifically he will be focused on reaching out and welcoming the families of the CDC. This will include
things like coordinating with the CDC Director, Nicole Flornoy, to bring together special events (like a
church Open House for CDC families) as well as connecting with families through the likes of our
monthly Parents Night Out program.
He will help strengthen our ability to welcome new visitors on Sunday morning, particularly families who are
dropping off children in the nursery/toddler classrooms.
Diaconate
Christopher will be providing spiritual leadership to our deacons as well as helping guide them in their specific callings as deacons. He will be present with the diaconate at their monthly meeting.
Worship
Christopher will lead in liturgy most Sundays of the year.
He will lead the Children’s Chapel most Sundays during the school year (September through May). The
Chapel takes place during the sermon and therefore does not interfere with his ability to also lead in liturgy.
He will preach most of the times when I am away on a Sunday morning. As well, he will assist in preaching
from time to time for occasional services that do not fall on Sunday morning. Finally, he will assist in
administering the sacraments.
We are grateful that we have called someone with as much energy, intelligence, and creativity as Christopher has,
but that aforementioned position is a large responsibility regardless! Please be sure to offer your support and encouragement to Christopher as he transitions into this position.
In Christ,
Bobby

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Church News/Announcements
Openers & Closers

Fellowship Schedule

August 7: Pete Sizemore
August 14: Lloyd Bostian
August 21: Rob Rosebro
August 28: Rick Nochta

August 7: Bill and Cheryl Jacobs
August 14: Jan Kessel
August 21: Sallie Leys
August 28: Pete and Suzanne Sizemore

Happy
Stewardship
Corner
June’s contributions of
maintenance, most of which was
Birthday Wishes to:
2– Zhuping Ling
3– Bob Copeland
3– Ron David
4– Thatcher Hartman
5– Jessica Reveley
6– Bill Bridenstine
6– Liz Malan
7– Eva Chenoweth
7– Nina Chenoweth
9– Ray Davis
9– Dottie-Ray Koch
10– Llewellyn Harvie
11– Charlie Appich III
11– Nell Dickenson
12– Rob Turner
15– Phil Coltrain
15– Gary Flake
15– Garland Price
15– Steve Satterfield
16– Liz Coping
17– Everett Reveley
18– Fielding Crawford
19– Scott Boze III
22– Anna Mustanski
23– Chris Martin
23– Beth Nochta
26– Walter Lumpkin
28– Jim McCullough
29– Virginia Sommers
30– Holland Mesco
31– Lauren Corby

$36,900 were down 14% from
May’s total, which benefited
from five Sundays. For the first
half of the year contributions are
up 6% from the same period last
year, due mostly to payments of
prior year pledges. Total income
is up 8% for the same period due
to higher contributions and higher rental and facility usage income.
June’s expenses of $56,000
were down slightly from May’s
and included $6,100 in property

payment on exterior painting.
For the first half of the year expenses are running 2% less than
the same period last year. June’s
expenses exceeded income by
$3,200. The $37,700 operating
deficit for the first six months is
about 55% of last year’s total at
this time.
June’s Five Cents Per Meal
offering was $46, Loaves and
Fishes $320, and Mercy $86.

Quarterly Statements Mailed
Any statements that were
not picked up throughout the
month of July were mailed at
the end of the month. Should
you have questions regarding
your pledge or anything related
to your contributions, please

call or email bookkeeper@grace-covenant.org. That
being said, keep in mind that
Martha will be out of the country for the first two weeks in
August.

Softball Season a Washout
After having several games
postponed in May due to rain,
the Grace Covenant Softball
team was able to have a successful season. However, the
rains have returned on schedule
every Tuesday evening, and the
playoff games have been dis-

rupted. The playoff scheduled
for July 19 was postponed to
July 26. However, that game
also got rained out (see p. 10).
The team expects to finish the
season in conjunction with the
World Series in October.

John 11: 25-26
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“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die,
will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?’”

“Wade in the Water” with the PEOPLE Group
You’re invited to spend some time relaxing on the Rappahannock River
Join us for a picnic lunch, fellowship and fun for the whole family.
Sign up to car pool from the church
following the service, Sunday, August 21. Bring play clothes/bathing
suit and a side dish.

Address: 339 Osprey Point Lane
Dunnsville, VA 22454-2105

Directions from church
(The most direct route):
Left on Lombardy St.
Left on Brook Rd.
Hosted by “The Betty Appich
Right on Laburnum Ave.
Family”
Left on Rt. 360 (Mechanicsville
Turnpike)
RSVP to either Betty Appich at 741- Right at Brays Forks at
2666 (home)/484-4549 (cell) or to
Tappahannock Rt. 17
Susan Boze at 741-8556.
8 miles to left on Rt. 652
(Eastern View Rd.)

Martha’s Upcoming Trip to Uganda
Please remember our bookkeeper,
Martha Rubin, her family, eight
members from her church, and her
priest, Father John Kazibwe, in your
prayers as they spend the first two
weeks of August on a mission trip in
Uganda. The group packed twelve
bags of donations (flip-flops and
clothing for children) and will pur-

chase school supplies in Uganda
when they arrive. The gifts will be
distributed to children at several
schools in Father John’s homeland. The group will tour some historical sites and will attend the ordination of 14 men to the priesthood. Before the team returns
home, they will spend a few days in

Queen Elizabeth National Park,
where they hope to see lots of birds
and some African animals in the
wild. Martha should be back in the
office on August 15. You can email
bookkeeper@grace-covenant.org or
leave messages on her voice mail,
ext. 205. She should have lots of
stories to share when she returns.

Colossians 2: 6-7
“As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and
built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.”

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Music News

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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 www.gracecovenant.org
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.
August 7 - Polity (Charles)
August 14 - Polity (Charles)
August 21 – Priesthood of All Believers (Christopher)
August 28 – Stewardship (Christopher)

Summer Fitness
Challenge Scriptures
August 7: Matthew 11:27-30
August 14: 2 Corinthians 5:17-21
August 21: 1 Corinthians 13:1-7
August 28: Micah 6:6-8

John 6: 47
“ Very truly, I tell you, whoever believes has eternal life.”

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Christian Education & Discipleship

W

Gone Fishin’ Recap!

ell friends, first and foremost I have to say
thank you to members and staff who give me the
privilege of being able to teach and lecture elsewhere. At the Massenetta Conference Center this year I
was honored to be asked to be the Key Note speak for
the Massenetta Middle School Youth conference for the
3rd and 4th weeks.
In those weeks we had about 1000 students coming,
and the leadership of 22 hand picked high schoolers who
led small groups, organized activities and acted
in liturgical skits, as well
as a host of other adult
leaders, sound techs, and
our awesome codirectors.
I led our "theme"
team of High School
students in helping me
express the message of 4
keynote lectures. Add to that the opening and closing
worship, as well as the vespers service and we were
preaching and teaching at 7 different events over the
course of 4.5 days! It's a fast paced schedule but we also
managed to fit in some amazing fun, a dance night, and a
service night where the students packed meals with Stop
Hunger Now. They packed 10,000 meals in all.
Our worship, keynotes, and vespers were all based on
the themes found in Luke 5:1-11, the call of Christ to the
fishermen. Each day we studied this scripture, broke it
down into 4 parts, learned Hebrew and Greek words and
didn't shy away from the tough to teach topics.
The first part of the verse teaches us that Christ is an
amazing rabbi. He draws a huge crowd, but not just because he is a great orator (though he was) but also because he has a claim on our lives. Like a painter who
signs a work of art, we are made and claimed by God. In
part two, we looked at how Jesus is asking Simon to do a
totally new thing. Not fish for the fish found at night,
but for totally different fish. We learned that Jesus is
teaching in "remez" which is actually telling Simon to
think back to a verse from Jeremiah, and that Simon re-

acts with cautiousness, but gives in to the call. Much in
the same way, we answer our call with nervousness and it
isn't always with the sound of trumpets. The third part of
the verse was the hardest. We talked about community,
and how, like the apostles, we are good at calling the
community together to help in good times (in this case
with the happy harvest of fish), but when we feel our
guilt, or our failure, we isolate. Much like Simon as he
cries, "Get away from me." In this keynote we talked at
length about what isolation does, and several of
the teenagers on the
"Theme" Team witnessed
to their own stories of
isolation: eating disorders,
friends that abused them,
grief, and even thoughts
of suicide. We talked
about it. We named it,
and we claimed a new
story. One that God calls us to be in community in our
darkness and in our joy. We repeated the story through
an incredible pantomime to music that the students performed. Jesus doesn't leave us. The community of God
is here to support us in our pain. Our last keynote focused on the last few words of the text. Be Not Afraid.
We talked a lot about fear, in this world that has some
things that are very scary, how does a middle schooler
approach it with courage and fearlessness?
We finished with a new understanding of what it meant
to be "talmidim," apostles of Christ. Followers who
wanted to know everything Jesus knew so that they in
turn could have their own apostles.
It was a big message, and only achieved and received as
well as it was with the help of many hands. Thank you
church, for the opportunity to go and serve the large
community of faith at Massenetta. It was a breath taking
week of seeing God at work in the hearts of young people from all over the Eastern US.
Grace and Peace
Christopher

Ephesians 2: 8
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing: it is the gift of God.”

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Sunday School Teacher Appreciation
Calling all past and upcoming Sunday school teachers. Please join us on
Friday, September 9, at 6:30 p.m. for
dinner at the Bozes’ home for fellowship to thank you for your past and
continued support of the Christian
Education programs at Grace Cove-

nant. Spouses and guests are welcome. RSVP to Susan Boze by email
at boze5@yahoo.com or by calling
her at 741-8556. You can also RSVP
to Christopher Tweel at christopher@grace-covenant.org or at 3592463.

Letter from Nicole Flournoy, Director of GCCDC
Grace Covenant Presbyterian,

Summer
Supper
Join us for an evening
meal this summer!
Only one left!
Friday, August 26 (6:00 p.m.)
at the Davids’ house (6000
McClellan Rd., Mechanicsville,
VA 23111)

their environment. They will also
explore the peoples and cultures of
those areas, and the ways we are different and the same as one another.
We also continue our summer tradition of jumping into the Old Testament, talking in August about Daniel
in the Lions’ Den. Children will
learn of God’s love and commitment
to Daniel, as well as how that can
apply to our lives today.

Thank you as always for all
of your support! We have had a
great month learning all about the
oceans. Toddlers learned the basics,
like the names of simple sea creatures and shell and sand sensory.
Older children got more in-depth
learning animal species, the properties of the ocean, and the marine
ecosystem. They then used these
thematic concepts to learn sight
words, math skills, and perform sci- Thank you again for all you do!
ence experiments. In August, we will
continue with different animal habiNicole
tats and learn all about the desert,
forests, tundras, and more. Children
will discover the different animals
that live there and how they adapt to

Summer Music Ministry Schedule
Sunday, August 7
Sunday, August 14
Sunday, August 21
Sunday, August 28
Sunday, September 4

Dr. Lisa Edwards-Burrs, soprano
Erin Cook, alto
Handbell Quartet
Shawn Welk, oboe
Alana Carithers, violin
Vivien Chen, piano; Chris Martin, organ

St. James’s Episcopal Choir
Grace Covenant Chancel Choir
Grace Covenant Handbell Choir
Richmond Symphony
Grace Covenant Presbyterian

Hebrews 11: 1
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”

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August 2016 Calendar
Monday

Sunday
Notes:

Tuesday

1 7:00 p.m. Administration Meeting 2

1) No Sunday Children’s Chapel 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

7 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
(chapel)

Wedn

3 No Care Team

7:00 p.m. Nomin
(2nd Floor Confe

Bobby and Martha out of the office

8

9

10 No Care Team
7:00 p.m. August
(Sanctuary)

Bobby and Martha out of the office

149:15 a.m. Prayer Team (Social Room) 15 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Mad Science 16

17 1:00 p.m. Car

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

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p
Meeting

Camp (Fellowship Hall)
6:00 p.m. Deacons’ Meeting
7:00 p.m. Session

219:15 a.m. Prayer Team (Social Room) 22
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
After worship: “Wade in the Water”
with the PEOPLE Group at the Rappahannock River (see p. 3)

289:15 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
4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. City Church Welcome Back Sunday (Fellowship Hall)

7:00 p.m. August
(Sanctuary)

23

24 1:00 p.m. Car
7:00 p.m. August
(Sanctuary)

29

30 6:00 p.m. Nominating Committee 31 1:00 p.m. Car

r

nesday

Friday

Thursday

4 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Visitation for 5 10:00 a.m. Graveside Service for

m

nating Committee
erence Room)

Charles “Jed” Wilson (Bennett
Funeral Home)

Saturday
6

Charles “Jed” Wilson (Hollywood
Cemetery)
11:00 a.m. Service for Charles “Jed”
Wilson (Sanctuary)

m

11

13 6:00 p.m. Dushkoff Wedding

Rehearsal

Musicales

re Team

12 5:00 p.m. Dushkoff Wedding

18

19

20 9:00 a.m. Shalom Farms

25

26 5:00 p.m. City Church Wedding

27 Morning: City Church Group

Rehearsal (Labutta/James)

Leader Training (Room 303)

6:00 p.m. Summer Supper at the Davids’ house (see p. 7)

2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Labutta/James
Wedding (City Church)

p.m. CDC Board
Musicales

re Team
Musicales

re Team

7:00 p.m.– 8:00 p.m. City Church
Wedding Cleanup

Notes:
1) The Finance and Worship
Committees are not meeting in
August.

Photos of the past month

Christopher Tweel was ordained and installed as our Associate Pastor for Christian Education on July 17, 2016, at 4:00 p.m.

The Men’s Softball team battled against a lot of rainfall this season including on the initial date for playoffs and on the “rain”
date.

Ephesians 4: 32
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“. . . and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven
you.”

Leo Hulme-Lippert was baptized on Sunday, July 17,
2016. A celebration followed in the Social Room.

Did you take some interesting pictures of a church-related event or activity? If so, please
send them to us at info@grace-covenant.org, and they may end up here! Please include your
name, the name of the photographer, where and what the event was, and when it happened.
Thanks for all of your help.

The second Summer Supper met on July 27 at The Tweel’s home; during this time, a lot of fun and fellowship took place.

Isaiah 55: 12
“For you shall go out in joy, and be led back in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall
burst into song, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.”

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

T

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 (shalomfarms.org). 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 nmr2uf@virginia.edu or by calling 387-8094. This month’s visit will be
on August 20. 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 August 23, 2016.

Romans 5: 11
12

“But more than that, we even boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have
now received reconciliation.”

Prayer and Conversation
with the Presbytery
of the James

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ll members and clergy of the
POJ are invited for a time of
prayer, conversation, and brainstorming concerning racial reconciliation and the call of the church in our
time. The hope is that by coming together we can begin to discern God's
Spirit and take next steps together. The
event will be held on Wednesday, August 3, at 2:00 p.m. in the Early Center
at Union Presbyterian Seminary (3401
Brook Rd).

Announcements Continued from p. 3
Key Events in September!
Sunday, Sept. 4:, 9:30 a.m.: Light Breakfast sponsored by the
Christian Education Committee (No Sunday School)
Wednesday, Sept. 7, 7:00 p.m.: First Chancel Choir Rehearsal and
Reception
Stop in at Meadowdale Library (4301 Meadowdale Blvd., N.
Chesterfield, VA 23234) to see some great art pieces at their
annual staff art show. Our own Leah Tweel will be featured
as one of the artists! The show will run for the month of August and a special artist's reception will be held at Meadowdale Library on August 6 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. All are invited!

Saturday, Sept. 10, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.: First Parents’ Night Out
Sunday, Sept. 11: Discipleship Sunday
Sunday, Sept. 11, 8:30 a.m.: First Handbell Choir Rehearsal
Tuesday, Sept. 13, 6:00 p.m.: PW “Salad Supper” Kickoff
Wednesday, Sept. 14: Carol and Junior Choirs’ First Meetings
Saturday, Sept. 17, 2:00 p.m.– 5:00 p.m.: CDC Open House

Psalm 30: 11
“You have turned my mourning into dancing; you have taken off my sackcloth and clothed me with
joy.”

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Worship
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
us.

Children
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.

Date:

Sermon:

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

9:15 a.m.
9:45 a.m.
10:55 a.m.

Session Report
July 2016
Information
For June, 2016 income came to $52,797.36 and expenses totaled $56,024.74. For the year this far, expenses have
exceeded income by $48,120. This is in line with normal giving and expenditure patterns
Recent Actions
The Session voted to:
1.

Approve the minutes for the Session meetings of June 27, 2016 and July 3, 2016.

2.

Approve the Baptism of Jackson Edward Gray on October 30, 2016.

3.

Approve vacation for Rev. Bobby Hulme-Lippert Dec. 26, 2016-Jan. 2, 2017.

4.

Approve enhancements to the Fellowship Hall sound system.

5.

Call a Congregational meeting following Worship on July 24 for the purpose of electing
an Elder to fill a vacancy on Session for the Class of 2017, and to fill a vacancy on
the Board of Trustees, and to install the officers at that meeting.

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.

Romans 8: 32
“ He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give
us everything else?”

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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

Elders:

Deacons:

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

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

- Finance (M)
- Christian Education (M)
- Evangelism, Admin &
Personnel
Bill Jacobs (’18)
- Stewardship (M),
Property
Katie McCullough (’16) - Mission (M)
Dana McKnight (’17) - Clerk
Lewis Rosebro (’17)
- Property (M)
Pete Sizemore (’16)
- Admin & Personnel (M),
Nominating
Rob Turner (’17)
- 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
Pastor
bobby@grace-covenant.org

Nelson Reveley
Parish Associate for Outreach & Adult Discipleship
reveley@grace-covenant.org

Christopher Tweel
Associate Pastor for Christian Education
christopher@grace-covenant.org

Martha Rubin
Administrative Support/ Bookkeeper
bookkeeper@grace-covenant.org

Christopher Martin
Director of Music and Organist
martin@grace-covenant.org

Meredith Bond
Office Manager
meredith@grace-covenant.org

GCPC Child Development Center

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Nicole Flournoy, Director
(804) 213-0200

director.gccdc@verizon.net
gracecovenantcdc.com

Office Hours:

Contact Us:

Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday
Wednesday
Friday

9am-3:30pm
9am-4:30pm
9am-noon

Phone: (804) 359-2463
Fax: (804) 278-6298
www.grace-covenant.org

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