Announcements

The Undergraduate Scholarship Fund

is not a part of the Church budget. It relies completely on donations by church members and groups/classes within our church.  The Grace Covenant Undergraduate Scholarship Fund began in December of 1995. Over $50,000 in scholarship money has been awarded. Approximately 45 different undergraduate students have received scholarships. We hope you will consider making a much appreciated donation to keep the tradition going. What a great way to show you care!

Undergraduate Scholarship Applications due June 1

Applications are available in the church office. Returning students must re-apply each year.

Help us in our Blood Pressure Ministry!

Beginning the first Sunday in June, we are seeking a person to take blood pressures after the 10:45 worship service. This would need to be done every other month on the first Sunday of the month.  If this is something you would be able and willing to do, please call the church office. We will contact you with more information.

Graduating Seniors will be recognized on Sunday May 21st

Let us know if a member of your family graduated in the fall of 2016 or is

graduating this spring. Call the church office at 407 898 6571, put a note in the offering basket or send an email to:  Rhonda@grace.to.

Please include the student name and the name of the school or university, and degree earned.

Deadline is Sunday, May 7th.

Centering Prayer

Mark your calendar now for an upcoming event you won’t want to miss. Orlando Presbyterian Church, partnering with Grace Covenant Church, invites you to a one hour presentation on Centering Prayer to be held Sunday, May 21, at 6:15 p.m. immediately following OPC’s evening service.  There will be light refreshments in the Narthex. Today’s non-stop, 24/7 society creates barriers to our spiritual journey and leaves many of us yearning for quiet and reflection.  Centering Prayer is a rediscovered practice of the church’s contemplative tradition that offers a way to unplug from life’s constant noise and listen for God’s “still small voice.” Come learn how this spiritual practice cultivates our consent to God’s presence and action within us so that we may discern and do the will of God. Leaders are Jean Homrighausen, Florida Mission Advancement Officer for Thornwell Home for Children and Certified Christian Educator (CCE) and John Homrighausen, software architect and member of All Saints Episcopal Church Centering Prayer Group.

All-Church Retreat at Cedarkirk, May 26-28

WHO  –  Any member of the Grace Covenant Presbyterian family interested in learning more about their church family, building and deepening relationships with others  and their faith, and Cedarkirk.

WHAT  –  A relaxing relationship building retreat designed to allow church members of all ages to learn more about each other, their faith journeys, and all Cedarkirk has to offer.

WHERE  –  Cedarkirk Camp and Conference Center (located near Tampa) visit www.cedarkirk.org for more information about the location and facilities.  Carpooling is encouraged.

WHEN  –  The Retreat will begin with dinner on Friday, May 26th at 7:00 PM and conclude with Lunch on Sunday, May 28th.

**COST  –  The cost includes 2 nights in climate controlled lodging (Friday and Saturday), 5 or 6 meals (Dinner Friday through breakfast or  lunch Sunday) and all activities while at Cedarkirk (Canoeing, Zip Lining, Rock Wall Climbing, Swimming, Shark teeth hunting, etc.)

$25 Deposit due May 7th.  Registration forms are located at the following:  Church office, the Kiosk, or contact Jimmy Steele at Jimmy@grace.to

Vacation Bible School

Save these dates! Monday  –  Thursday, June 5th  –  8th. Registration forms are located at the following:  Church office, Visitor’s Center, and the Kiosk.

Summer Music Camp

Will be held this year on Monday  –  Thursday, June 19th  –  22nd. For grades K-8. Cost is $20 for the first student and $10 for the second student. Registration forms are located in the church office and in the Narthex on the kiosk. For more information or questions, contact Barbara Browning at pianosuccess@yahoo.com.

Patriotic Hymn Sing 

We Want You to join us on Sunday, June 25, 2017 from 2:30 – 5:00 pm for a chance to visit our shut-ins. Youth, friends, family, choir members, and anyone who loves to sing are invited to meet at the church at 2:30 p.m. We will sing at Westminster Towers and Conway Lakes and return to the church by 5:00 pm for all of us to enjoy  an old fashioned cookout with hot dogs and watermelon. You do not need to be a good singer! You just need to want to have fun!

New members are always welcome!

If you would like to unite with our Grace Covenant family, we are having a meeting for new members on May 21st. Please join us at either 9:30 a.m. or 11:45 a.m. in Smith Hall in the Library.  Or, for more information you can check the box on the Friendship Pad or speak with one of the pastors after the service.

The Lunch Bunch

will take a break over the summer and will meet again at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 12th.  Please contact Shelvey Johnson if you plan to attend.

Still Stitchin’ with Grace

has delivered 75 quilts this year to Arnold Palmer and Florida Hospital for children with cancer. We meet every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the second floor of John Calvin Memorial Hall. Everyone is welcome to join our group and/or donations to support this mission are greatly appreciated.

Family Fun Nite!

Family Fun Nites are scheduled on the third Tuesday of the month at 6:29 pm. in Conway Hall. All are invited to our monthly Fun Nite to spend some time with some great friends, and share in a meal together. We share a covered dish meal (drinks, bread, and dessert provided) followed by a time of simple games around the tables.

Fourth Thursday at the Garden

Enjoy dinner and fellowship on the 4th Thursday of each month at the Olive Garden on East Colonial 6:30 p.m.  No reservation is needed.

Health Check

Just a reminder that you are encouraged to have your blood pressure checked at the table in the rear of the sanctuary on the first and third Sundays of each month following the 10:45 a.m. worship service.

Koffee Klatch

Join us each Sunday in Conway Hall from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.! This is for those not attending a “traditional” Sunday School class, but would enjoy the fellowship and sharing. Come for coffee, pastries and the chance to develop stronger or new relationships.

Christian Service Center Sunday

is the first Sunday of each month. The CSC is in need of baby formula, baby food and any non-perishable food items appropriate for families with children.

Pet Pantry

On the second Sunday of the month we will collect bags of dog and cat food for the Pet Pantry – a program of the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando and Meals on Wheels to help care for the pets of homebound seniors in Orange County. Donations made by check should be made payable to Grace Covenant with a notation in the memo line: Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando.

Two Cents Per Meal

is  on the third Sunday of each month. What is 2¢ Per Meal? It is a way for each of us to be Jesus’ hands in our world by helping those who are hungry. At each meal, every person puts 2 cents in a bank. On the third Sunday of each month, bring the money from your bank to put into the 2¢ Per Meal basket in the narthex. The money is divided between the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida; Society of St. Andrew; Alliance for International Reforestation (AIR) in Guatemala, and our missionaries, Dan & Elizabeth Turk, in Madagascar for planting fruit trees. For one person, for one month, 2¢ per meal equals only $1.80.

Cookie Sunday

is on the fourth Sunday each month. Please bring zip-loc bags of cookies for us to share during our fellowship time in Conway Hall after the 10:45 service. Donations can be left in the Cookie Basket found in the Narthex.

Coalition for the Homeless

Blankets (new or gently used and clean) for Coalition For the Homeless.  They were very appreciative of our last donation! Please leave them in the brown box in the Narthex – it’s either on the north-side pew or under it!)

Upcoming Rooted Youth Group Events

Saturday, December 3

Our monthly trip to Give Kids the World! If you haven’t been, you should! Adults are welcome, too. Please let Jimmy Steele know if you plan on going.

Sunday School

We invite everyone, all ages, to join a class.

All classes meet from 9:30–10:30 a.m. each Sunday.

Preschool Class for ages 3 and 4 meets downstairs, Smith Hall, Room 1.  This class will use the F.R.O.G. curriculum.  In a variety of experiences, this class will be invited to come to a better understanding of God and what God calls and wants them to be.

Elementary Classes meet each week in Halleluia Hallway to grow and develop in their faith and relationships with each other. Students gather in Praise Place, Room 11, for a time of celebration and praise, then divide by age group to rotate in a five-week series to explore biblical stories and truths using different learning styles. We will begin the new year with a “Kick Off Continental Breakfast.”

Youth Classes meet in the Youth Rooms in Conway Hall. Two classes, Middle School and High School, meet each week using the LINC curriculum—“linc-ing” the teachings in the Word to current events.

Adults have a choice of five classes:

     Doorpost: A small group led by Glenn Widick; studies vary; Smith Hall first floor, Room 7
     Earl Tyson: A midsize group led by Herschel Hughes and Marian Bauer; studies vary; Smith Hall first floor, Room 3
     Present Word: A large group led by Kermit Gay, Rachel Kaplan and Jack Shirek; studies the official PCUSA curriculum; John Calvin Memorial Hall first floor
     Room 8: A small group often but not always led by Kristen Stieffel; studies vary, usually by month; Smith Hall second floor, Room 8
     Seekers: A large group led by members in rotation; studies vary; John Calvin Memorial Hall, second floor, Room 16

Brochures are also available at the Visitor Information Table in the narthex or on the kiosk. Sunday School classes offer the love and support of friends and discussion and finding answers to questions of the faith. Come and be involved in a class as you grow in your faith.

Music Notes

Chancel Choir

The  choir meets for rehearsals at 7:15 p.m. each Wednesday evening. Please join us or contact Kelly Miller at the church office.

Bell Choir

Rehearsal for the bell choir is each Wednesday evening from 6:00–7 p.m. If you are interested in ringing with the choir, please contact Barbara Browning.

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Location and Service Times

1655 Peel Ave
Orlando, FL 32806
(407) 898-6571

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Worship Services in English
Sunday: 8:30 am & 10:45 am

Christmas Eve Candlelight Services

5:00 p.m.
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esigned for everyone, especially those with young children. The service will be filled with readings from Scripture and lots of singing of familiar carols. The message will be presented with a touch of drama for the little ones to enjoy. It is early enough in the evening for those who want to get some family members to bed early, or to get to Grandma’s on time for family dinners.

7:30 p.m.
Our most traditional service with a full choir! We will have beautiful anthems and a traditional sermon.  This service will also include the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper.

11:00 p.m.
For many years this was the most popular and well attended service on Christmas Eve. It still remains, for many people, the most meaningful worship service of their year. The music will include hymns sung by the congregation and soloists.