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Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church

Grace Notes

Volume 46, Issue 9

Sept. 2016

Words of Life

Directory

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

Important
Dates

PNO
Registration
(Due Sept. 6)
Discipleship
Sunday
(Sept. 11)
PW Salad
Supper
(Sept. 13)

For more dates to
remember, see the
calendar.

I saw a poll a couple years ago that claimed about 90 percent of Americans have an opinion concerning
whether or not the 10 commandments should be posted in courtrooms. That same poll mentioned that only
40 percent can name more than four of them. For many, they have become a powerful symbol, but we know
little of their substance.
Pope Francis recently noticed this very trend. Just three months after his papal inauguration in 2013,
Francis initiated a project entitled, “When Love Gives Meaning to Your Life...”; in his own words, the program “is on the art of living through the Ten Commandments, which God did not only give to Moses but
also to us, men and women of every era.” The basic assumption of the program is that the commandments
are not simply about do’s and don’ts for another era but words of life through which every generation finds
life.
This fall we are following suit: dusting off the commandments, listening for God’s word to us through
them, and trusting there is a reason they have held such formative sway in the Judeo-Christian tradition for
thousands of years. How might the Holy Spirit be forming our church through these foundational words of
life? How do these ancient words speak with power and direction in our daily living? How do they center us
aright in a political season pulling in all directions? I hope you will join in worship each Sunday this fall as we
explore each commandment in a sermon series entitled, “Bound for Freedom.”
In Christ,
Bobby

Featured Events of the Upcoming Month
Sunday, Sept. 4, 9:30 a.m.: Light Breakfast by the Christian Education Committee (No Sunday School)
Wednesday, Sept. 7, 7:00 p.m.: First Chancel Choir Rehearsal and Reception
Saturday, Sept. 10, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.: First Parents’ Night Out
Sunday, Sept. 11, 9:30 a.m.: Discipleship Sunday, Potluck Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall (No Sunday School)
Sunday, Sept. 11, 8:30 a.m.: First Handbell Choir Rehearsal
Tuesday, Sept. 13, 6:00 p.m.: PW “Salad Supper” Kickoff in the Fellowship Hall
Wednesday, Sept. 14: Carol and Junior Choirs’ First Meetings
Saturday, Sept. 17, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.: CDC Open House

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Church News/Announcements
Openers & Closers

Fellowship Schedule

September 4: Brian Baird
September 11: Pete Sizemore
September 18: Cal Gray
September 25: Kent Cardwell

September 4: Katie and Jim McCullough
September 11: Doris Farquhar
September: 18: Mary Gray
September 25: Joy and John Nevin

Happy
Stewardship Corner
Birthday Wishes to:
Although July had five Sun- sanctuary air conditioning repair,
1: Lisa Gray
1: Dana McKnight
1: Carl Sehen
3: Wade Kennedy
4: Madeline Pritchett
4: Martha Reagan
4: Charles Sutton
7: John Lootens
7: Jack Stringer
8: David Williams
9: Virginia Hudson
10: Nicole Flournoy
12: Matt Hartman
13: Gloria Gregory
16: Caitlin Corby
17: Christine Anderson
17: Jody Hazlegrove
17: Arthur Strunk
18: Charles Holmes
19: Henry Hazlegrove
19: Frances Mack
20: Jim Poppell
21: Colleen Gibbons
21: Nancy Plunkett
24: John Martin Roberts
25: Liz Ramsey
26: Jim Appich
26: Kendall Appich
26: Leah Tweel
27: Alexander Wilson
28: Chris Tetzlaff
29: David Holt

days, contributions on the last
one were not posted until August. July’s posted contributions
of $28,300 were down 23% from
June’s total. For the year
through July contributions are
up 3% over the same period last
year due to payments on prior
year pledges.

and $5,100 in exterior painting
costs. Expenses for the first
seven months of this year are
ahead of those for same period
last year by less than 1%, and
operating expenses, excluding
mission payments to date, are
less than last year. July’s expenses exceeded income by $ 41,300.

July’s expenses of $76,500
were up sharply from June’s total. They included $13,100 in
insurance payments, $7,700 in

July’s Five Cents Per Meal
offering was $34, Loaves and
Fishes $175, and Mercy Fund
$37.

Glass Office Greeters Are Needed!
We need folks who can sign up to open the door for people on
Wednesday Nights. It’s a great way to express a little hospitality
and say hey to folks coming in for supper. If you are available
please see Phil Coltrain. Thanks!
For the fall Wednesday Night Supper Schedule, see page 6.

Pictures from Martha’s trip to Uganda

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

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Thank You to All Those Who Helped

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moment to recognize the
amazing work our church is
doing for God's people is
appropriate, and so a huge and
amazing thank you goes out to the
folks that recently helped the
Nooris, our refugee family from
Afghanistan. Recently, the mattresses that Church World Service
gave them were found to be infested with bedbugs. The work of our
church kept the Nooris in a home
and continues to make sure their
new home is a healthy place.
To the leaders of that ad hoc
group who organized and sent

emails and phone calls: thank you.
You who worked around the clock
for many days talking to lease
agents, property management, you
worked tirelessly for justice, in the
name of Christ.
To those who researched the problem, who encouraged others, who
made meals, who donated time,
funds, furniture, and sheets, to
those who shopped and held
hands with our Muslim friends:
thank you. You have reached out
in the name of Love, beyond what
was ever required of you.
To those who provided rides, con-

versation, and hospitality, to those
who continue to be joyful in the
face of adversity, to those who
make the work a joy even when
they are tired and worn out: thank
you.
Our church continues in so
many ways to serve our community, our brothers and sisters in
Christ. Many, many thanks to
those who came out of the woodwork to help the Nooris in this
time of crisis.

Martha’s Eventful Trip to Uganda
On July 31, twelve “disciples” and their
pastor, Father John, boarded their flight
taking them to Uganda. We arrived with
all our bags on the morning of August 1,
to begin our adventure in a foreign
land. Our group spent three nights at the
Sisters of Mary Reparatrix Convent in
Entebbe. From there we visited the zoo,
ventured to the capital city, Kampala, to
purchase school books and supplies for St
Theresa’s Learning Center. We traversed
paved roads between Entebbe and Kampala, and saw many people, shops, schools
and more. At times, we detoured from
the main road and bumped over dirt roads
throwing up dust along the way.
The next four nights were spent in
Masaka, Father John’s hometown and the
headquarters of the Catholic Diocese of
Masaka. This is the area where we came
to bring gifts from Church of the Epiphany. We visited one school were we distributed flip-flops and soccer balls. The
students entertained us with singing and
dancing. A short distance by bus, we visited St Theresa’s Learning Center, the
brainstorm of Father John, partially constructed – walls and ceiling, no windows
or floor were visible during our visit – will
grow with our donations. The families
and students waited anxiously for our arrival and welcomed us most enthusiastically. The ladies in the group even had a
wonderful shopping experience while staying in Masaka.
On Saturday, we attended an ordination mass with over 8,000 people in at-

tendance. After passing through bag
checks and metal detectors, we saw 13
priests and 17 deacons ordained during
this four-hour mass. Lunch followed and
everyone in attendance was fed – a true
celebration. On Sunday, we attended the
first mass with about 3,000 others of one
of the newly ordained priests. We traveled
down a dirt road and came upon a beautiful setting in the middle of a “banana”
field. We sat in chairs under a tarped area
for the three-hour service. Our group was
introduced at the end of the Mass and it
was unbelievable when we stood and
turned to face the crowd and saw many
sitting beyond the tarped area among the
banana trees. Again, everyone was fed.
Our last few days included a trip across
the equator – there was no change in the
weather even though we crossed over into
winter (although in Africa, it was cooler
there than back home in Richmond). Our
travels south of the equator took us
through beautiful green hills of tea shrubs
and we spent two nights outside Queen
Elizabeth National Park. We took a trip
into the park and saw many water buffalo,
warthogs, kobs and antelope, and we took
a cruise on the Kazinga Channel where we
saw many crocodiles, hippos and more
water buffalo, as well as many, many different birds.
There is so much more that we experienced while in Uganda. I hope to share
pictures and more information at a
Wednesday Night Supper in late November.

Presbyterian Women’s
(PW) Salad Supper

September 13 at 6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship
Hall
A new year of Bible study, fellowship, and
service for the women's Circles will kick-off
on Tuesday, September 13, 6:00 p.m., at a
salad supper in the Fellowship Hall. Bring a
salad to share. Circle #1 will host the supper.
After supper, Christopher Tweel will teach
the first lesson in this year's Horizons Bible
study. The study is entitled Who Is Jesus? The
study will look at Jesus through different
lenses of various books of the Bible. The
first lesson looks at Jesus in the Gospel of
Mark. The scripture for the lesson is Mark 18, with particular emphasis on Mark 8:2733. Interested in being a part of the Bible
study, fellowship, and service of a Circle? Circles meet on the second Tuesday of
each month. Please call Laura Leigh Savage
for more details (home 804-359-5737; office
804-554-5400, ext. 111).

Deuteronomy 7:9 “Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who
maintains covenant loyalty with those who love him and keep his commandments . . .”

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Music News
A Fond Farewell, August Musicales 2016
Last month’s August Musicales
was another memorable occasion for
Grace Covenant. We opened our
doors to hundreds from the community who came to enjoy fine performances by musicians from near and
afar. Countless hours of planning,
preparation, arranging flowers, and
serving on many levels were offered

by many Grace Covenant members.
A special thanks goes to all who provided food and drink for all three
receptions. The artists were most
appreciative of the welcome and
kindness shown by our members,
both when they visited the church
and when they enjoyed a time of refreshment at each reception. To the

members of Grace Covenant, please
accept my utmost gratitude for your
support of August Musicales on every level.
Chris Martin
Director of Music

The New Choir Season Is About to Begin!
Rehearsals for all Grace Covenant
choirs resume in just a few days. Are
you a long-time choir member? A
lapsed choir member? A “never tried
it” choir singer? A person with a hidden talent for ringing handbells? No

matter which, there is a place for you
or for your children in Grace Covenant’s music ministry this fall. Choirs
offer extraordinary gifts, not just to
those who sing and ring in them, but
to the church’s worship and commu-

nity. Below are the choirs at Grace
Covenant and rehearsal times. For
more information, contact Chris
Martin at the church office.

Chancel Choir—adults: The Chancel Choir rehearses on Wednesdays, 7:30-9:00 p.m., and sings for all Sunday
services September through early June.
Handbell Choir—teens and adults: Handbell rehearsals are on Sundays, 8:30-9:30 a.m. The handbell choir rings
six to seven times during the year.
Carol Choir—ages 3 through Kindergarten: Rehearsals are Wednesdays, 4:30-5:00 p.m. The curriculum for this
group is MusikGarten’s God’s Children Sing series. This group sings about three times a year before Wednesday
Night Supper programs.
Junior Choir—grades 1 through 5: This elementary school age choir meets every Wednesday, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
The Junior Choir sings in worship about every six weeks throughout the school year.

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Christian Education & Discipleship
Sunday School, Fall 2016

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.

Nursery Class (~0-2): Frolic is a new trial experience for us. In the past, our youngest Presbyterians have relied
on the loving care of our caregivers to show them the amazing love of Christ. And, week to week, they do a spectacular job. This fall we will be experimenting with a new curriculum to help lend some guidance and provide new material into what the caregivers are naturally doing. We’re excited to bring this to our Nursery!

Pre-K (~2/3-6): Spark is Bible-centered programming at its best. Kids of all ages interact with the
Bible in every lesson. With hands-on activities such as interactive games and creative crafts—Spark
makes learning exciting. Lessons in five age brackets allow us to meet the needs of a wide age range
with one curriculum.

Elementary: Holy Moly follows the arc of the biblical narrative. Kids of all ages interact with the Bible in
every lesson. Animated videos of the Bible stories don’t use narration. Instead, visuals and sound effects give
kids the opportunity to retell the story in their own words. Holy Moly printed resources are available—
making it equally engaging for younger and older kids. After class, Holy Moly kids walk away retelling the
stories they’ve learned and take home completed activities to share with their family.

Good Books, Third Floor (Room 303): All are invited to dive into these theological books with us.
Last spring we had a chance to learn from Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Strength to Love, Luther's The Freedom of a
Christian, and Calvin's The Christian Life. This fall we will have a chance to check out N.T. Wright's Scripture and
the Authority of God from Sept. 18 to Nov. 6 and then will launch into the Book of Job from Nov. 13 to Dec.
18. Reading ahead enlivens the discussion, but all are welcome even if unable to check out the week's reading. If you'd like to get on our email list, simply contact Nelson Reveley nmr2uf@virginia.edu.

The Forum of Grace Class, Second Floor (Room 212): This combined class will be focusing
on The Miracles of Jesus between September 18 and the new year. Stay tuned for more information about
this class.

The Vanguard Class, Basement (Room B4): Stay tuned for more information about this men’s
class.

John 16:13
“ When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth . . .”

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Christian Education & Discipleship
Wednesday Night Supper Program Schedule
Save yourself the midweek hassle of cooking dinner and come join us Wednesday nights at 6:00 p.m. 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 speaker!
$7 per person, $5 for seniors (over 65), and $15 max per family. Our upcoming schedule is below:

September 14, 2016

Wednesday Nights Together - Kickoff Party

September 21, 2016

Congregational Gifts - “Joy of Retirement” - Joy Nevin

September 28, 2016

Congregational Gifts - “Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead?”
Dr. Tom Miller, speaker

October 5, 2016

No WNS– CARITAS

October 12, 2016

Congregational Gifts - “It’s Gonna Hurt” - Benefit of Play and
Risk for Children - Jim McCullough

October 19, 2016

Camp Hanover Presentation - Doug Walters

October 26, 2016

Preschool Picasso’s Art Show and
Intergenerational Art Program - Meredith Bond

November 2, 2016

Kirktet Jazz Ensemble

November 9, 2016

Improv. in the Spirit

November 16, 2016

Carol Choir Sings and Charlie Ross Magic Show

November 23, 2016

Thanksgiving Meal and Worship

November 30, 2016

Ugandan Mission Trip Report - Martha Rubin

December 7, 2016

Holly Follies

December 14, 2016

A Preschool Noel

December 21, 2016

No WNS

December 28, 2016

No WNS

Psalm 86
“Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.”

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Sunday School Teacher Appreciation Fourth Sundays at
Calling all past and upcoming
Grace Covenant. Spouses and guests Camp Hanover

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

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
359-2463.

Letter from Nicole Flournoy, Director of GCCDC
GCPC Congregation,

this fall for some great WNS programs
involving our children’s many talents!
Can you believe it’s time for back
To kick off fall, we begin Septemto school already?! We have so many
ber with community helpers! Children
exciting things planned for this season, will learn who is in our neighborhood,
many of which are designed to intewhat they look like, and what jobs they
grate our two communities. Parent’s
perform. We will learn to identify peoNight Out will resume in September, ple we can turn to for help, like police
with some new ideas from leader
officers and firefighters. Children will
Christopher Tweel for promotion of
learn their phone numbers and adGCPC. Our Fall Open House on Sep- dresses, and talk to the postal service!
tember 17 will showcase the family
They will learn basic fire safety as well
programs GCPC has to offer to our
as how to dial 9-1-1. We’ll go to the
families here at the CDC. We also
grocery store to meet the grocer, have
thank Mr Martin for returning to us
a visit from the ambulance, talk to a
for another year of incredible develop- nurse, and many other fun people!
mental Music, and Pastor Bobby for
Children will have a blast learning
leading our weekly chapel lessons.
about the world around them, and
Thank you so much for all of your
what life is like for all different types
support, and be on the lookout later
of people.
- Nicole

Youth Fellowship events at
Camp Hanover from 2-4 pm on
fourth Sundays. This free event is
meant to foster fellowship
throughout the Presbytery for
youth groups of all sizes and individuals who don't have youth
groups. For more information, call
779-2811.

Discipleship
Sunday Potluck
Breakfast, Sept. 11
Discipleship Sunday is a great
day to celebrate the start of a new
program year together. This year,
we are invited to join in for a pot
luck breakfast, hosted by the
Christian Education committee. A
great time to start our year off,
and a great way to share in food
and fun together. Please bring a
breakfast dish to serve 8. We plan
on starting the meal at 9:30 a.m.

Parents Night Outs Are Back Starting September 10! Sign up Now!
We are so excited to be bringing back the awesome Parents Night
Out (PNO) program this year.
Again, we've got amazing CDC caregivers dishing out quality care for
three hours once a month for
all of our kids. Our first PNO
is September 10. This
year, however, we have altered our
price schedule. In an attempt to close

the gap between what the program
costs and what we charge per child,
it's necessary that we settle on the
new price of $10 per child with a $15
family max. We think this will balance our costs of staffing and what
we charge each family.
In addition, all RSVPs should be
made to the church office by emailing info@grace-covenant.org or by

calling 359-2463. Please remember to
include the age of your child/
children (please include the month)
in your RSVP. Thank you all for
your amazing understanding in this -can't wait for our date night
on September 10! The deadline to
register is Tuesday, September 6,
by 3:30 p.m.

Jonah 2:2
“I called to the Lord out of my distress, and he answered me . . .”

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September 2016 Calen
Monday

Sunday

Tuesday

Wedn

Notes:
1) Sunday’s Children Church resumes
on September 11, 2016.
2) The regular Sunday School classes
start back up September 18, 2016.

4 9:15 a.m. Prayer Team (Social Room)
9:30 a.m. Light Continental Breakfast
(Fellowship Hall)
10:55 a.m. Worship
12:15 p.m. Fellowship Hour
12:30 p.m. 1st Sunday Prayer Group
(chapel)

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Labor Day - Church Closed

7:00 p.m. First Ch
Rehearsal and Re

11 8:30 a.m. Handbell Choir Resumes

12 6:00 p.m. Finance Meeting

9:15 a.m. Prayer Team (Social Room)
9:30 a.m. Potluck Breakfast (Fellowship
Hall) (see p. 7)
10:55 a.m. Worship
12:15 p.m. Fellowship Hour

6:30 p.m. Missions Meeting (at Susan (Fellowship Hall) (see p. 3)
Farrell’s house)

13 6:00 p.m. PW Salad Supper

7:00 p.m. Worship Meeting

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

19 6:00 p.m. Deacons’ Meeting

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

4:30 p.m. Carol C

5:00 p.m. Junior C

7:30 p.m. Chance

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21 4:00 p.m. Car

4:30 p.m. Carol C

7:00 p.m. Session Meeting

5:00 p.m. Junior C

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

(Vanguard Room
6:00 p.m. WNS

Martha Rubin out of the office

25 8:30 a.m. Handbell Choir

14 4:00 p.m. Car

6:00 p.m. WNS R

7:00 p.m. Administration Meeting

18 8:30 a.m. Handbell Choir

7 4:00 p.m. Care

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Deadline for submission for
October Grace Notes

7:30 p.m. Chance

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28 4:00 p.m. C

4:30 p.m. Carol

5:00 p.m. Junior

6:00 p.m. WNS

7:30 p.m. Chanc
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Friday

Thursday
1 9:00 a.m. CDC Chapel

Saturday

2

3

8 9:00 a.m. CDC Chapel

9

10 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. First PNO

15 9:00 a.m. CDC Chapel

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17 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Shalom

Christopher Tweel out of the office
Team

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eception

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Farms

Choir Resumes

2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. CDC Open
House (in-house event)

Choir Resumes

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22 9:00 a.m. CDC Chapel

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24 4:00 p.m. Copping Wedding

Choir

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CDC Board Meeting

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Care Team

29 9:00 a.m. CDC Chapel

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Look for third quarter statements
in the coming weeks.

Scripture Challenge Crossword
Test your memorization of the scriptures from the summer scripture fitness
challenge with this crossword puzzle. This is based on the NRSV of the Holy Bible.
Across
2. Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you that are _______ and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”
4. 2 Corinthians 5:21 “For our sake he made him to be ____ who knew no ____, so that in him we might become
the righteousness of God.” *Hint: the blank spaces are both the same word.

5. Luke 15:31-32 “Then the father said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. But we
had to celebrate and rejoice, because this ______ of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been
found.’”

6. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 “Love is patient; love is kind; love is not ______ or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does
not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in the wrongdoing, but rejoices in the
truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

10. John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who ___________ in him
may not perish but may have eternal life.”

11. Isaiah 55:3 “Incline your ear, and come to me; listen, so that you may live. I will make with you an everlasting
_________, my steadfast, sure love for David.”

Down
1. Isaiah 6:3 And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his
_________.”

2. Matthew 6:27 “And can any of you by ___________ add a single hour to your span of life?”
3. Psalm 139: 23-24 “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts. See if there is any
_______ way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

7. Romans 8:24-25 “For in hope we were ______. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is
seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.”

8. Micah 6:8 “He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice,
and to love ________, and to walk humbly with your God?”

9. Matthew 5:9 “Blessed are the ___________, for they will be called children of God.”

Matthew 21:22
“Whatever you ask for in prayer with faith, you will receive.”

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d Puzzle

For the answers to the crossword puzzle, reference the NRSV
of the Holy Bible and use this as a time for spiritual reflection. Alternatively, see page 15 beneath the Session Report.

Isaiah 35:10
“And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with singing . . .”

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Mission & Justice

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Re-envisioning the City’s Public Transportation
s many know, Richmond City is
currently undergoing a process to
comprehensively re-vision its bus
network so that it will connect seamlessly with the bus rapid transit line (GRTC
Pulse coming fall 2017) as well as run
more effectively and frequently over all.
This overhaul will operate at no additional cost to the City. It is an incredibly
unique opportunity -- Isaiah's prophetic
revelation of God springs to mind:
"Behold, I am doing a new thing! Now
it springs up; do you not perceive it?" -and we give thanks for it. The second
round of public meetings has just finished. Many thanks to all who attended
to show support and offer feedback. If
you did not have a chance to give feedback, please fill out the brief online survey at www.richmondtransitnetwork.com. The final round of public input meetings should come in December.

Join Us at Shalom Farms
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 September 17. 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
Eason and Connor at Shalom Farms

Romans 12:12
“Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.”

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STEP Volunteer Opportunities
Victory Reading Program
Tutors are needed to work with
children Pre-K through 3rd Grade.
No teaching experience needed,
just a heart to see the children
prosper! One night per week,
Mondays-Thursdays 3:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m.
Jobs for Life:
STEP’s biblically-based job training program needs volunteers on
Monday evenings from 09/12 -

12/5 to serve as the following:
champions (mentors) to come
alongside students as they embark
on their career journey (weekly
commitment during course); childcare and meal providers
(occasional or regular commitment); and instructors and business leaders to share their expertise
(occasional or one-time commit-

ment). Jobs for Life will be meeting at Eternity Church (1900
Chamberlayne Ave.) this fall from
6:00-8:30 p.m. on Monday evenings September 12 - December 5.
We are looking into having another
Jobs for Life held at Grace Covenant again in the spring. Thank
you for your support!
timcole@steprichmond.org

2016-2017 Grace Scholars Program CARITAS is Coming!
This school year you will be
seeing a few new faces around.
With the generous support of
Grace Covenant's Endowment
Fund, we are launching a scholarship program called "Grace Scholars." The purpose of Grace Scholars is to train young leaders in light
and service of Christ. We will focus in particular on understanding
divisions of Richmond’s past and
present, participating in ministries
of outreach and reconciliation, and
theologically re-envisioning the
common good of our metropolitan area. Scholars will engage in a
monthly seminar, join with us in
worship, and volunteer regularly
with one of the local ministries we
support (such as Shalom Farms,
CHAT, or STEP). They are also
encouraged to join us for any and
all aspects of our congregational
life together, including Wednesday

Night Supper and Sunday School.
The Grace Covenant Scholarships are merit-based awards of
$3,500 for Christian students who
are full-time undergraduate or
graduate students at Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia
Union University, or Union Presbyterian Seminary. Via application
and interview, three recipients are
chosen, each receiving $3,500.
Recipients form the Grace Scholars Cohort, with the scholarship
affording them time for personal
spiritual development and ministry
to others that might otherwise
have to be spent working to help
cover school expenses. This year's
Grace Scholars will be welcomed
and introduced to the congregation during worship on Sunday,
September 18.

It’s that time of year again! Grace
Covenant will be providing a temporary
home to women in need in our community from October 1 through October 8.
Once again we are partnering with City
Church to provide a welcoming experience to our visiting guests. Most of you
know the drill but Susan Farrell (3141937 or susanbarr311@aol.com) and
Matthew Oatts (266-7317 or
mmoatts@gmail.com) are heading up
this endeavor. Please contact them to
discuss how you can get involved. You
can also sign up as a volunteer at
http://tinyurl.com/CARITAS2016.
Due to CARITAS there will be no
Wednesday Night Supper on Wednesday, October 5.

Psalm 30:2
“Lord, my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me.”

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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.

Assembly in Brief - The 222nd
General Assembly (2016)
The GA met in Portland, OR, from June 18 to June 25. Assembly in
Brief, the popular bulletin insert-size summary of the 222nd General
Assembly (2016) is now available as a free download. The insert is chock
-full of information about the Assembly, complete with color
photographs. http://www.pcusa.org/resource/assembly-brief-222ndgeneral-assembly-2016. Below are the topics covered in more detail on
the website.
Contents:












“The Hope in Our Calling”: First African American elected as
General Assembly Stated Clerk
History: Two women elected Co-Moderators
Belhar added to Book of Confessions
A new Directory for Worship
Commission created to deal with PC(USA) structural issues
Move to divest from fossil fuel companies defeated
Two-state solution for Israel-Palestine reaffirmed
With an apology, assembly vows to keep children safe
“Regret” expressed for harm to LGBTQ/Q members
“Teaching Elder” out, “Minister of Word and sacrament” back in
Decision to reduce number of synods reversed
Commitment to peacemaking reaffirmed
Gradye Parsons honored

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 September 4.

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
August 2016
Information
For July, 2016 income came to $35,192.18 and expenses totaled $76,451.74. Note that income figures do not include income from Sunday, July 31. These will be reflected in the August income numbers. Expenses included a
large quarterly insurance payment.
Recent Actions
The Session voted to:
1) Approve the minutes for the Session meetings of July 18, 2016, July 24, 2016 and August 7, 2016.
2) Approve the minutes of the Congregational meetings of July 24, 2016 and August 14, 2016.
3) Approve the following motion: The Property Committee has the authority to approve or deny all building use requests, excepting
Worship services such as Weddings, Funerals, and special services.
4) Approve vacation for Christopher Tweel August 29-September 3.
5) Allow City Church to use the Fellowship Hall on August 28, 2016, for a fee of $450.

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.

Crossword Puzzle Answers
Across:
2: weary
4: sin
5: brother
6: envious
10: believes
11: covenant

Down:
1: glory
2: worrying
3: wicked
7: saved
8: kindness
9: peacemakers

2 Corinthians 4:18
“ . . . we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary,
but what cannot be seen is eternal.”

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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)
Kent Cardwell (‘18)

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