Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church

Grace Notes

Volume 46, Issue 11

Nov. 2016

Weaving and Shining
Dear Grace Covenant Family,

Directory

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

Important
Dates

PNO
Registration
(Due Nov. 9)
Thanksgiving
Service (Nov.
23, 7:00 p.m.)

For more dates to
remember, see the
calendar.

The officers of the church went to Union Presbyterian Seminary
on Saturday, October 22, for their annual retreat. Once again, God
was faithful in moving and leading among us! One of the highlights
happened early in our time together.
Our Officer Manager, Meredith Bond, led the officers in a handson, creative devotional (you may or may not know, Meredith has her
own business, Grace Wins Explorative Arts, in which she uses her
creativity to foster learning, growth, and healing!). She had each officer take a time of silence during which they chose two Scriptures
that God had placed on their heart that morning. Once chosen, each
officer wrote that Scripture on a long strip of gold-glittered fabric.
The officers then came together in two groups, and Meredith
instructed them on how to weave their Scripture strips together (check out the photos!). Both groups formed
a cross weaving that “sparkled” of gold. It was truly remarkable to see how when the officers wove their effort together they created something so much bigger and brighter than what they had by themselves!
They were, of course, embodying a central truth about the church: God calls the church to be a people
whose hearts have God’s Word written on them and whose lives are woven deeply together across generations, ethnicity, income, or any other barriers that might divide. Indeed, when we are deeply woven and connected, we shine far more brightly with the love and goodness of Jesus!
Weaving and shining encapsulate two areas the officers seek to prioritize in the coming year. We hope
to see those God has already called to Grace Covenant find their lives more deeply woven together around
Scripture, prayer, and a deeper sense of community. And, we believe God is calling us to a season in which
we prioritize being a community of Jesus’s light – particularly through a focus on evangelism. Unfortunately,
that word sometimes evokes all kinds of negative unhelpful connotations. See page 15 for more details about
evangelism and a practical way we seek to equip the congregation for this work.
In Christ,
Bobby

Psalm 133
“ How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity!”

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Church News/Announcements
Openers & Closers

Fellowship Schedule

November 6 - Cal Gray
November 13 - Jake Savage
November 20 - Brian Baird
November 27 - Pete Sizemore

November 6 - Dawson Watkins
November 13 - Carol Wood
November 20 - Sudie Wood
November 27 - Cheryl and James Atchison

Happy
Stewardship Corner
Birthday Wishes to:
September’s contributions of did not include unusually large
2-Andrew Kennedy
5-Eddie Cardwell
11-Emily Bell
11-Henry Hubbard
11-Michelle Hulme-Lippert
11-Johnny Norris
12-Hannah Sibole
12-Forrest Whitley
13-Loretta Albertis
13-Lynne Norris
14-Meredith Bond
14-Hannah Coltrain-Hamrick
14-Beverly Proffitt
16-Elizabeth Russell
17-Carlton Boisseau
17-Vivien Chen
22-Rivers Crawford
22-Ellery Hartman
22-Martha Rubin
28-Ella Appich
29-Cheryl Atchison
29-Janet Chenoweth
29– Helen Blackwell Holt

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$28,000 were down over 25%
from the total for August, which
benefited from having five Sundays and a late posting of July’s
last Sunday. For the first three
quarters of this year contributions are running about 4% over
the same period last year, due
mostly to payments on prior year
pledges.
September’s operating expenses of $50,500 were slightly
lower than those of August and

items, although $5,500 went to
various mission efforts, mostly
local, including CARITAS. For
the first three quarters of this
year expenses are down about
4%, due to lower building and
personnel costs. For September,
expenses exceeded income by
$9,300.
September’s Five Cents Per
Meal offering was $102, Loaves
and Fishes $365, and Mercy $67.

Congratulations to Susan Farrell!
At a banquet on Thursday, October 20, Susan was awarded
the STEP Volunteer Service Award for her deep devotion to
supporting the children and families of Gilpin Court through the
Victory Reading and Jobs for Life programs.

Bread Breakers Meeting on Nov. 5
Please join us for our fall Bread Breakers, to be held at the
home of Rob Turner on Saturday, November 5, 2016, at 6:30
p.m. Please bring an appetizer, entree, side dish or dessert to
share. All are welcome! For questions or to RSVP, please contact
the church office at 359-2463.

I Corinthians 13:3 “If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do
not have love, I gain nothing.”

The Presbytery Corner
ASH GROVE WOMEN’S
RETREAT: Ashland Presbyterian
Church will be hosting the Ash
Grove Women's Retreat at Richmond Hill on November 11-12. The
theme of the retreat is Gaze at the
Beauty of Earth's Greening, Spiritual
Practices Informed by God's Creation, with speaker Kristen Saacke
Blunk. Kristen is a life-long student
and lover of nature and a career environmental practitioner. Christian
Historian Sandi Goehring will also
share insights on creation with us
from our sister, Hildegard of Bingen.

For more information contact the
Rev. Kerra Becker English at kerra.english@gmail.com or call the
Ashland church office at 798-5543.

HANOVER CHRISTMAS:
Join us at Camp Hanover on December 9 and 10 from 6:00 p.m. to
HIGH SCHOOL RETREAT:
9:00 p.m. for a magical night of
Camp Hanover, Dec. 3-4. Nate Tay- music and drama celebrating the
lor, youth director at Westminster
birth of Christ. A candlelit trail
Presbyterian Church, Richmond,
winds through the woods, transportand final level student at Union
ing you back in time. Along your
Presbyterian Seminary, will be the
journey, meet other travelers, shepkeynote speaker. Worship led by
herds, kings and angels. Immerse
Youth Council. $55 per person. For yourself in the greatest story ever
more information contact: Harry
told. For details, see
Zweckbronner, 804-779-2811 or
www.camphanover.org.

Parking Notice

Oyster Roast
a Success!

When parking in the back parking
lot at Grace Covenant Presbyterian
Church, please make sure you are
pulling fully into your spot and that
the alleyways remain completely unobstructed. This is extremely important so as to allow for clear traffic
flow but will also provide helpful to
some of our neighbors that have garage spaces which open up onto the
alley. Also, when driving through this
area, please make sure you are paying
close attention to all pedestrians and
cars around you. Thank you for all of
your help in this matter!

The annual Oyster Roast was an
enormously good time. We
played a few games, and enjoyed
the amazing weather out on the
Pamunkey River. Many thanks
to the Vanguard Class for hosting and providing this incredible
event for the men of the church,
and a big thank you to the Pearson family for again opening
their cabin door and inviting us
to hold the roast on their property. Thanks also to Kent Cardwell, and all those who planned,
carried, cleaned, and came to
make this year's roast a continued tradition of success. See you
next October!

Called
Congregational
Meeting
The session has called a congregational meeting for Sunday, November 6, immediately following worship for the purpose of electing the
officers for the Class of 2019 and
the Nominating Committee for
2017.
Those nominated are:
Elders for the Class of 2019:

harry@camphanover.org.

Susan Pillsbury David
Everett Reveley
Jessica Reveley

Trustee for the Class of 2019:
Warren Zirkle

Deacons for the Class of 2019:
Itunu Adekoya
Ginny Hardman
Karl Rubis
Elizabeth Russell

Nominating Committee for 2017:
Kent Cardwell
Bob Copeland
Cheryl Jacobs
Debbie Pritchett

Matthew 7:7
“ Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for
you.”

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Music News
Chancel Choir Candlelight Rehearsals Begin This Month
Every year we invite members of Grace Covenant and friends from the community to sing with the Chancel Choir
at the annual Candlelight Carol Service. Candlelight this year will be Sunday, December 18, 5:00 p.m.
In order to sing with the Chancel Choir at Candlelight, singers must attend at least four rehearsals from the list below, including the Saturday morning rehearsal prior to the Candlelight service. Contact Chris Martin for more information. We hope to see you at one of our rehearsals!

Chancel Choir Rehearsals for Candlelight

Wed., November 16, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Wed., November 23, 8:00-9:00 p.m. (Thanksgiving Eve)
Wed., November 30, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Wed., December 7, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Sat., December 10, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
Wed., December 14, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Sat., December 17, 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
(mandatory dress rehearsal)

Candlelight Choral Music

Born Among Us in the Night – Carson Cooman
The Holly and the Ivy – Matthew Owens
Rejoice and Sing – John Rutter
There Is No Rose – Raymond Weidner
Carol of the Star – June Nixon
Stay with Us – Egil Hovland
Up! Good Christen Folk and Listen – G. P. Woodward

Candlelight Carol Service
Sunday, December 18, 2016
5:00 p.m.

Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church
1627 Monument Avenue
Chancel Choir
Junior Choir
Handbell Choir
Congregational Carols

Grace Covenant Choirs in November

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Chancel Choir
Every Sunday
11:00 a.m. Worship Sanctuary
7:00 p.m. Thanksgiving
Eve Worship - Chapel

Junior Choir (grades K-5)
Sunday, November 13
11:00 a.m. Worship
Sanctuary

Carol Choir (ages 2 ½-5)
Wednesday, November 16
6:00 p.m.
(before Wednesday Night
Supper)
Fellowship Hall

Reception to Follow
Handbell Choir
Sunday, November 20
11:00 a.m. Worship
Sanctuary

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.

Student Mentoring Class (Room 301): This fall and winter, Pastor Christopher will be working
closely with our students on a teen-led project. Come up to the loft at 9:45 every Sunday morning to join in
and contribute. We need your student leadership in our church family, and our community! Let's see what
God has in store for us together.

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 class will be diving into a study
of the Miracles of Jesus Christ. Come and take part in this study about the most incredible parts of Jesus'
ministry, healing, casting out demons, feeding thousands, and bringing folks back from the dead! It's an incredible part of the Incredible Story.

The Vanguard Class, Basement (Room B4): This class meets in Room B4. Nate McKinnon is
currently leading this study on the Ten Commandments.

Ecclesiastes 4:6
“ Better is a handful with quiet than two handfuls with toil, and a chasing after wind.”

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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:

November 2, 2016
November 9, 2016
November 16, 2016
November 23, 2016
November 30, 2016
December 7, 2016
December 14, 2016
December 21, 2016
December 28, 2016

Kirktet Jazz Ensemble
Improv. in the Spirit
Carol Choir Sings and Charlie Ross Magic Show
Thanksgiving Meal and Worship Service
Ugandan Mission Trip Report - Martha Rubin
Holly Follies
A Preschool Noel
No WNS
No WNS

WNS on November 30
Come hear about Martha’s trip to Uganda
this summer. Martha and other Church of the
Epiphany members who traveled with Father
John to his homeland this summer will share
their experiences on November 30, at the
Wednesday Night Supper.

November 23: A Time to Give Thanks
Traditionally our church hosts a "Thankgiving-esque"
meal the week before Thanksgiving. It's a time to celebrate
together and join in a special worship service that centers on
our thankfulness for all that God has blessed us with and
walked through with us in our lives this past year. A celebration for the whole family! See you there!

Romans 8:32
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“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?”

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

Thanksgiving, we will then start exploring the cultural importance of
Thank you as always for your
food and fellowship time. By serving
support! This month, we will start
themselves “family style,” children
talking about health and nutrition, an will learn the importance of sharing
important concept for children to
the same meal. With simple routines
understand. We’ll discuss foods that like sitting at the table until everyone
are healthy and make us strong, and is finished will demonstrate the imlearn what vitamins and minerals are portance of family and conversation
through hands-on experiences. The time. Most important of all, we will
teachers will demonstrate why good all learn together how to give many
hydration is important by making
thanks to a glorious God for providsure children have consistent access ing us not only with plenty of food
to water. We will all practice good
and material blessings but also so
exercise routines like yoga, obstacle many wonderful friends and loving
courses, and other movement activi- family!
ties. As the month draws nearer to
In addition to a great curriculum,

POJYO’s Visit to the Corn Maize
Our students had a great time at the Charlottesille corn maze!
It took us a while, but, it was a good time and a great day for a
road trip! Praise God for the amazing day in fellowship together!

we also have several fun events coming up in November. We will have
our fall picture day, and serve a
Thanksgiving feast to our children
for lunch on the last day of school
before Thanksgiving. We are also
very excited that Mr. Martin has invited our children to sing before
Wednesday Night Supper on November 16. We really hope you can
all make it! We are so looking forward to this year’s holiday season
here at Grace Covenant!
Nicole

Inquirers’ Class on Nov. 6
Are you interested in learning more
about the mission and ministries of
Grace Covenant? Are you considering
membership? If so, join Rev. Bobby
Hulme-Lippert for the next Inquirers’
Class on Sunday, November 6, from
8:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. in room 212 (the
conference room located on the second
floor). Light breakfast and coffee will be
served. You may RSVP to the church
office at info@grace-covenant.org.

John 1:11-12
“ He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received
him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God . . .”

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November 2016 Calen
Monday

Sunday

Tuesday
1 All Saints’ Day
6:30 p.m. Missions Meeting

Wedn

2 No Choir Rehe

6:00 p.m. WNS (K

Chris Martin out of the office

6 8:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Inquirers’ Class
9:15 a.m. Prayer Team (Social Rm.)
9:30 a.m. Coffee and Care
9:45 a.m. Sunday School
10:55 a.m. Worship and Congregational
Meeting
12:15 p.m. Fellowship Hour
12:30 p.m. 1st Sunday Prayer Group
(chapel)

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11:00 a.m. PW Circle 2 (Vanguard)
7:00 p.m. PW Circle 1 (RoseMarie
Bundy’s home)

6:00 p.m. Deacons’ Meeting
7:00 p.m. Property Meeting
7:00 p.m. Admin. Meeting
7:30 p.m. Worship Meeting
(Vanguard)

20 9:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Officer Training 21 7:00 p.m. Session Meeting

9:15 a.m. Prayer Team (Social Rm.)
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
6:00 p.m. WNS (s
7:30 p.m. Chance

15

16 4:30 p.m. Car

22

23 *No Children

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30 4:30 p.m. Car

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

27 First Sunday of Advent

9 Deadline for
Out Registratio

Meredith Bond out of the office

13 9:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Officer Training 14 6:00 p.m. Finance Meeting
9:15 a.m. Prayer Team (Social Rm.)
9:30 a.m. Coffee and Care
9:45 a.m. Sunday School
10:55 a.m. Worship
12:15 p.m. Fellowship Hour

8 9:30 a.m. PW Circle 3 (Social Rm.)

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5:00 p.m. Junior C
5:00 p.m. CDC B
(Vanguard)
6:00 p.m. WNS (C
Charlie Ross Magic
7:30 p.m. Chance

6:00 p.m. WNS
7:00 p.m. Thanks
7:30 p.m. Chance

5:00 p.m. Junior C
6:00 p.m. WNS (U
Report)
7:30 p.m. Chancel

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Friday

Thursday

Saturday

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11

12 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. PNO

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Choir
Board Meeting

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18 CDC Picture Day

19

24 Thanksgiving Day

25

26

5 6:30 p.m. Bread Breakers Meeting
(Rob Turner’s)

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Carol Choir Sings and
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Ugandan Mission Trip

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CDC and Church Office Closed

Notes:

Photos from the Past Month

At the Officer Retreat on October 22, church officers worked to create woven representations of the Body of Christ.

During Wednesday Night Supper on October 26, attendees created a group art project illustrating Grace Covenant’s walk
with God.

Luke 8:16
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“No one after lighting a lamp hides it under a jar, or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a lampstand,
so that those who enter may see the light.”

The Preschool Picasso Art Show on October 26 was a blast!

At least 100 people congregated in the Fellowship Hall for the Harvest Brunch on October 30.

For more photos, see page 15.

Proverbs 2:6-7
“ For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; he stores up
sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk blamelessly.”

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Shalom Farms Inaugural Volunteer Appreciation Day
Did you volunteer with Shalom Farms any time in the
past few years? Join us on Saturday, November 5, from
3:00-7:00 p.m. for an afternoon of farm olympics (games
for all ages), delicious food, music and a a bonfire once
the sun sets! The event is free, but Shalom Farms does
ask folks to bring something to share: If your last name

begins with A – H, please bring an appetizer or snack; If
your last name begins with I – N, please bring a main
dish; If your last name begins with O – Z, please bring a
dessert. Be sure to bring your own blankets and chairs if
you would like a comfy place to sit.

Grace Scholars, 2016-2017
We give thanks for the first cohort of Grace Scholars! As a reminder, Grace Scholars are students from
VCU, VUU, and/or UPSem. Each of
them receives a $3,500 stipend
through the Endowment Fund, and
as part of their commitment as Grace
Scholars they commit to participation
and leadership within one of our local mission efforts. As well, they
meet once a month as a cohort to
reflect on the church’s calling to pursue justice in the city. Finally, they
join regularly in Sunday worship.
This year, Martin Pinckney
(UPSem student) has committed to

leading and participating regularly in
both the Bus Rapid Transit ministry
as well as RISC. Tsion Habtamu and
Heather Brannon have committed to
leading and participating in STEP by
tutoring each week in Gilpin Court.
Tsion is also regularly involved in the
Good Books Sunday School class.
The cohort recently enjoyed their
first meeting alongside Reverends
Nelson Reveley and Bobby HulmeLippert. In preparation for the meeting, the participants read “From
Eden to Jerusalem: The Church and
the City” by Rev. O. Benjamin
Sparks III. They then met and at-

tended a lecture focused on pursuing
the common good of Richmond with
regard to affordable housing at St.
Paul’s Episcopal Church on Friday,
October 14 (part of their “Eyes on
Richmond” series). Following the
lecture, the group gathered to reflect
on the reading and lecture. The next
cohort meeting is Friday, November
11. The group will meet again at St.
Paul’s Episcopal Church for a lecture
and discussion. Please let Nelson or
Bobby know if you would like to join
in with our Grace Scholars for this
one of the lectures-and-discussions.

Session Report, October 2016
Information
For September, 2016, income totaled $41,286.44 and expenses came to $50,542.50. For the year, income shortfall is projected
to be around $50,000. This is reflective of the passing of several contributing members this year.
Recent Actions
The Session voted to:
 Approve the minutes for the Session meetings of September 9, 2016, and October 2, 2016.
 Approve the expense of $3,225.00 for two new speakers in the Fellowship Hall, funding to come from the Media Fund.
The Session also:
 Heard a presentation from Deborah Rexrode, Stewardship Representative, Presbytery of the James.
 Reviewed information regarding the Officer Retreat scheduled for Sat., October 22, 2016, to be held at Union Presbyterian Seminary.
 Received information from the Property Committee on the repairs to room 212 and other upcoming building repairs and
improvements.

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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.

Mission & Justice
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.

serve as the following: champions
(mentors) to come alongside students as they embark on their career journey (weekly commitment
during course); childcare and meal
Jobs for Life:
providers (occasional or regular
commitment); and instructors and
STEP’s biblically-based job train- business leaders to share their exing program needs volunteers on
pertise (occasional or one-time
Monday evenings through 12/5 to commitment). 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

Share Thanksgiving
with an International
Student
The Public Policy Witness Purpose Group of The Presbytery of
the James invites you to Speaking
Truth. On November 13 from 2:00
p.m. to 5:30 p.m., this Advocacy
Training for People of Faith will
be held at the Early Center Union
Presbyterian Seminary located at
3401 Brook Road, Richmond, Virginia, 23227.
Keynote speakers include Kim
Bobo, Executive Director of the
Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy, and Becky BowersLanier, Public Policy Consultant at
B2L Consulting. Speaking Truth is
free to the public although a
RSVP is requested. To register,

please go to http://tinyurl.com/
PoJspeakingtruth. If you have any
questions, feel free to contact Ray
Inscoe at rayinscoe@gmail.com.
Here is the schedule of events:
2:00 p.m. Refreshments, Check-in
2:30 p.m. Gathering, Introduction
2:40 p.m. Keynote Speakers, Q&A
3:30 p.m. Group Orientation
3:45 p.m. Break
4:00 p.m. Breakout Groups (RVA
Public Transit; Gun Violence Prevention; and Immigration)

Thanksgiving Day provides a
unique opportunity to show hospitality and friendship. The VCU
Global Education Office invites you
to share this special American holiday with an international student or
scholar who is eager to learn about
our culture and make American
friends. For more information,
contact Pam Haney at pohaney@vcu.edu or call 828-8309 no
later than November 7. A Thanksgiving volunteer information form
can be found at:
http://www.global.vcu.edu/media/
geo/pdf/students/
ThanksgivingVolunteerInfo.Form.pdf

John 10:7
“So again Jesus said to them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep.’”

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Poinsettia and Greens Order Forms
Memorial Poinsettias
Those interested in providing memorial poinsettias for use in the Sanctuary during
the Christmas season should send information and payment to the church ON OR
BEFORE Monday, December 5. Those ordering poinsettias are asked to provide
information on the form below and mail or bring it to the church office. The price
of the plants is $10.00. Checks should be made payable to Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church and marked for Memorial Poinsettias.

MEMORIAL POINSETTIAS
IN MEMORY OF: __________________________________________________________________________
IN HONOR OF: ___________________________________________________________________________
BY: ______________________________________________________________________________________
PRICE: $10.00 – Payable to Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church
PLEASE SUBMIT INFORMATION AND PAYMENT BY MONDAY, DECEMBER 5

Christmas Greens Fund
Grace Covenant members and friends may participate in the Christmas celebration
by making a gift toward the purchase of fresh greens to decorate the Sanctuary. The
gifts, in any amount, may be made in honor or memory of a friend or family member. The names of those remembered will be printed in the Candlelight bulletin with
the memorial poinsettias names. Information and contributions should be sent to
the church ON OR BEFORE MONDAY, DECEMBER 5. Please use the form
below.
Christmas Greens
IN MEMORY OF: __________________________________________________________________________
IN HONOR OF: ___________________________________________________________________________
BY: ______________________________________________________________________________________
Checks should be made payable to Grace Covenant and marked for the Christmas Greens Fund.
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Join Us in Worship on Sundays:
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Pray Together (Social Room)
Sunday School
Worship Service (Sanctuary)

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

Announcements
Continued...
Session Report
A Practical Way to Practice Weaving and Shining
book is that real, vibrant evangelism
is the overflow of a vibrant relationship with God as revealed in Scripture. The book has six chapters, each
one of them focusing on a different
aspect of evangelism. Importantly,
the book also includes a 40-day prayer journal – a key way through which
the relationship with God is
strengthened.

shines all the more fully.

Want to join in on a group?

The officers are planning to have
groups begin the week of Sunday,
February 26, 2017. The groups will
meet for six weeks and then conclude the week of Sunday, April 2
(two weeks before Easter). Group
times and locations will vary so as to
be accommodating to as many as
The book is meant to be read
possible. In fact, the goal is for
and discussed in weekly 75-90 michurch-wide participation (the book
nute small groups of 9 to 12 people even has ways for our homebound
for six consecutive weeks. Each time members to be actively involved
the group gathers they discuss the
throughout if they cannot be present
reading and prayer journaling from for a group)! The officers are already
the previous week. They share their committed to participating themquestions, their insights, and most
selves. You can look forward in the
importantly what Jesus is teaching
coming days and weeks to hearing
Unbinding your Heart: 40 Days of
and doing in and through the read- more about this unique opportunity
Prayer and Faith Sharing by Martha
ing and prayer journal time. In efto grow with one another for the
Grace Reese is a book that helps
fect, of course, each participant is
sake of the good news of Jesus
congregations become better
learning to give verbal expression to Christ.
equipped for the work of evangelism
their faith! Ideally, too, the group
– the sharing of God’s good news in
finds itself woven increasingly close
Jesus Christ. A main thesis of the
together wherein the light of Christ

Parents’ Night Out Scheduled for November 12
Grace Covenant is proud to offer parents a little R&R with our special Parents’ Night Out, Saturday, November
12, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. A charge of $10 per child will help defray the costs of child care. There is a $15 maximum
per family fee. To RSVP, contact the church office at 359-2463 or by emailing info@grace-covenant.org. The
RSVP deadline is Wednesday, November 9, at 3:30 p.m.
Some things to remember:
- A lead teacher from CDC will serve as the
host each month
- Please do not forget to sign your
child/children in and out during PNO
- We ask that you please bring a diaper bag with ample supplies for the evening
- Please do not allow your children to bring food with them to PNO. This is due to
allergies and the safety of all children. We will provide a safe and appropriate
snack for them.

Psalm 86:11
“ Teach me your way, O LORD, that I may walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart to revere
your name.”

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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

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