Hanging of the Greens
Friday, December 1st
Crafts at 5 pm and Dinner at 6pm in Conway Hall
Decorating service in the Sanctuary at 7 pm
Come take a break from turkey leftovers and have chili and hot dogs as you start your Advent season in a special way. Make some crafts to take home and some to use in decorating the sanctuary. During the service, learn of the traditions and meanings of the decorations we use each year. Enjoy friendship, fellowship and fun! Each family is requested to bring a pair of socks as a gift to be given to someone in need.
Stockings for the Salvation Army
Stockings are in the Narthex ready for pick up to be filled! Directions for filling can be found in the stocking. Please return them by December 3rd.
Parents Night Out
Saturday, December 9th
Sponsored by the Grace Covenant Youth Group. All Proceeds raised will support summer Youth Group mission Trips. Child Care is provided for infants-5th grade. A $20 recommended donation for families with one or two children is greatly appreciated. If your family has more than two children, we are grateful for any donation over $20 if you are able. Dinner will be available for $5 per child.
Sunday, December 10th, 3 – 5 p.m., Conway HallCome build a gingerbread house with family and friends. Please bring a bag of candy that can be “put in the pot” to share in the decorating. All other supplies are provided. Registration deadline, Tuesday, December 5th.
The Annual Reindeer Games will be held on December 13, 9 a.m. in the Gym. This Christmas event is planned and presented for the children at Small Blessings each year. We need people who would be willing to help with one of the games or with the craft activity. Please let me know as soon as possible if you would be able to help with this so we can be sure that all the games are covered. Email email@example.com or call the church office. It is a true joy to see the excitement of the little blessings!
Annual Alternative Christmas Celebration
This annual event provides an opportunity for you to choose gifts that will not remain hidden in the bottom drawer or on the top shelf of a closet, but instead will be a gift that will keep on giving. The celebration will provide information and opportunity to select ways to complete your gift list by giving a gift in the name of one you love. You will be given a gift card to send to the person you have gifted in this way.
Informational booklets are available to study, decide on the “gifts” you’d like to purchase, and return to the church any time before Christmas.
In January 2018, Charlie and Mary Scott, founders of the Good Shepherd School, will be going to Port-au-Prince for the dedication of the newly rebuilt Good Shepherd Church. If you are interested in going for the celebration, contact Trudy Phelps for details.
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 November 19th. 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.