Palm Sunday March 25
Maundy Thursday Supper and Service March 29
Our church family will gather to share supper together at 5:30 p.m. in Conway Hall.
Following the meal, there will be a special Communion Service at 6:30 p.m.
Good Friday Service Friday, March 30
Presbyterian Churches of the Downtown area will have a service at
College Park Presbyterian Church, 118 E Par St, Orlando, FL 32804
Clergy from Presbyterians of Downtown will be participating.
Service is at Noon with a Light Lunch to follow.
Easter Egg-citement Saturday, March 31
10 – 11:30 a.m.
Bring a parent, friend and a smile and join together
in a time of crafts and games, followed by a special egg hunt.
Easter Sunday, April 1
Sunrise service in the Courtyard 7:00 a.m.
Sunday School for all ages 9:30 a.m.
Services in the Sanctuary 8:30 and 10:45 a.m.
Childcare provided for Nursery and Preschool
Cross of Love
During the Sunday School hour, the children of the church gather to place flowers
on the Cross of Love and to release the butterflies we have watched develop.
Everyone is encouraged to bring flowers to add to the cross.
Hops For Haiti
On Wednesday, March 28, 9 a.m., the Small Blessings children will have their annual “Hops for Haiti” to raise funds for the Good Shepherd School in Haiti which is a ministry supported by Grace Covenant. As you sit, you just need to count the hops of a child. If you would be willing to come count the hops, please call or email Candy (407-898-6571 or firstname.lastname@example.org). It is great fun and the more counters we have the faster it goes.
A Knight of Exceptional Music
Friday, April 20th at 7 p.m. in the Gym, Conway Hall
An Interactive Concert for Students with Exceptionalities
Led by Kelly Miller and UCF Music Education Students
The Third Annual GCPC Rooted Youth Group Golf Classic will take place on Saturday, April 21st at 8:30 AM at the North Shore Golf Club. In addition to golfers, we are in need of hole sponsorships, businesses to donate prizes or sponsor holes, non-golfer volunteers the day of the tournament, and more. Please let Jimmy Steele know if you are interested in helping or if you would like more information about the tournament. A portion of the proceeds will be given to one of our ministry partners.
Vacation Bible School 2018
Vacation Bible School is scheduled for June 11 – 14, 9:00 am – noon. It takes many hands and loving hearts to make this program happen. Is God calling you to work with others in music, art, recreation, storytelling or refreshments?
Are you willing to help with the closing picnic on June 14 at noon? Could you be there to help with registration and to welcome the children as they arrive? Is decorating your gift?
And/or would you be willing to help in some way with the Small Blessings Bible School? This program meets from 9 – 11:30 a.m., Monday—Wednesday on June 18, 19 and 20th.
Please call (898-6571) or email Candy (email@example.com) with any questions or ideas or to express your willingness to share God’s love in this fun and special way.
Summer Music Camp
Save the dates for Music Camp – June 25 – 28 (Monday-Thursday) with the program being after church on Sunday July 1st. Music Camp is for students Kindergarten-8th grades.
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 April 15th. 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
The Lunch Bunch will meet at 12:30 p.m., on the second Tuesday of each month. Contact Shelvey Johnson know 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Narthex or the church office.
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.
The choir meets for rehearsals at 7:15 p.m. each Wednesday evening. Please join us or contact Kelly Miller at the church office.
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.