The mandatory information meeting for parents and youth participating in confirmation class this year is today in the youth room from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Dinner will be served.
Join our Graceful Cruise in the Caribbean as we set sail on the Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas. We depart from Port Canaveral Friday, January 12, head to Nassau, Bahamas for Saturday, spend Sunday at Cococay, Bahamas, and then return on Monday, January 15th. This long weekend is Martin Luther King weekend and so it should be the perfect time for families. Pick up a flyer with more information at the Kiosk in the Narthex, or drop by the office. Cruise deposit due at time of booking. Final payment due Friday, September 29, 2017. Contact Lynda Lynn, the Cruise Web, at (800) 377-9383, or email her at LyndaL@cruiseweb.com.
Book Launch Party
Kristen Stieffel’s first novel, Alara’s Call, is now available!! There will be a celebration party September 30, 1–3 p.m., in Conway Hall. The event will include a dramatic reading of a key scene from the book, and Kristen will talk about her journey to publication, which is a lesson in perseverance. Light refreshments will be served. Please email Kristen if you plan to attend and whether you plan to buy a copy of the book so we will have enough food and copies of the book available.
The Youth Sponsored Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser to help raise money for summer trips will be held on Sunday, October 8th. The lunch seating will be immediately following the 10:45 service. The dinner seating will take place at 5:30 p.m. Tickets will be sold beginning in mid-September. A recommended donation of $7 per person (with a maximum of $20 per family) is greatly appreciated.
College Care Packages
It’s just about that time again……our college students are back on campus! A surprise box full of necessities and fun stuff can brighten a student’s day and remind them that folks back home are keeping them in prayer during a stressful time. During the month of October (until Oct. 22), the Deacons will once again collect items for College Care Packages for church members who are college students attending college away from home. Below is a list of suggested items we would like to include in our care packages. Donations of these items can be made in the box located in the narthex labeled “College Care Packages”. If you have a student away at college, be sure we have their address. Please contact Sue Denson. Thank you!
notebook paper, legal pads, scotch tape, staples, paper clips, post it notes, stamps, hygiene products, antibacterial spray, laundry detergent, cleaning products, air freshener, tea or lemonade mix sticks, hot chocolate packets, coffee, tea bags, instant soups, ramen noodles, tuna, canned chicken, popcorn, cereal, oatmeal, pretzels, chips, party mix, crackers, candy, gum, protein or granola bars, cookie packets, brownie mix, peanut butter, Nutella, beef jerky, pens, pencils, highlighters, gift cards
Hurricanes have recently caused enormous destruction leaving many victims in a long path of recovery. Grace Covenant has already helped and will continue to help. If you participated in the Easter Offering, One Great Hour of Sharing, your contributions were set aside for unpredictable emergencies. You can now continue to help by participating in a special offering that will be sent to the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance ministries. Simply add to the memo line on your check “Hurricane Relief”. You can also use your phone to scan the QR Code on the back of the bulletin. When your phone opens the web page, use the pull down menu to contribute to Special Offering and fill out the rest of the form.
Help us in our Blood Pressure Ministry!
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 or third Sunday. If this is something you would be able and willing to do, please call the church office. We will contact you with more information.
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 August 13th. 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. Let 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.