Alternative Christmas Celebration
Gifts from the Christmas Alternatives brochure may be purchased until Christmas. Cards will be given to you to present to the one you have honored.
Pecans are Here!
The Presbyterian Women’s Council is sponsoring the sale of pecans in the Narthex. All proceeds go to Presbyterian Women’s mission programs.
Plain $12.00 or Chocolate $13.00
Caroling on the Lawn
Sundays, December 1, 8, 15 and 22 at 5:00 pm
Gather around the outdoor Advent Wreath on the front lawn of the Church for a short devotional and carol singing and some light refreshments of the season. If you would like to bring an instrument and accompany the carol singing or would be willing to help with the refreshments, please email email@example.com We have invited our neighbors to join us. Come and welcome them and spend time with others for this brief time to focus on the reason for the season.
Building Memories….Making Gingerbread Houses
Sunday, December 8 3 – 4:30pm Bring a bag of candy to add to the pot. Reservations a must by December 1. Sign up on the Kiosk or call the church office.
Ruth Circle began a new study, Love Carved in Stone, on September 9th. They meet September through May on the 2nd Monday, in the Conference Room at 10:00 a.m.
January 28 – The Wednesday Letters by Jason F. Wright.
Look for the book online and in the public library.
Youth & Family Ministry
To our congregation –Calendars benefitting the Youth and Family Dept. will be sold after each service in December while supplies last. Cost is $10.
Students – Sunday School happens every Sunday from 9:30 a.m. -10:30 a.m. in the Youth Room, with an occasional Walk to Wawa! You need to be there cuz we have FREE donuts, juice, and Jesus!!!
COLLEGE-AGE STUDENTS – our annual Christmas luncheon is Wednesday, Dec. 18 from 11:45am-1pm at Los Generales restaurant. It’s FREE so RSVP Mike.
STAR WARS – the last movie and we’re going to go see it in 3D!!! THIS Saturday, Dec. 21 @ 11:15am at the Fashion Square mall theater. Cost is $10.
ROOTED (youth group) meetings will return Sunday, Jan. 5 @ 4:30pm-7pm.
Info on our MLK Missions weekend will be coming soon. Please check for e-mails, Facebook, and our Instagram page for more details.
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.
Food Pantry Sunday
Food Pantry Sunday is the first Sunday of each month. Food donations go to two community elementary schools. Please bring items that require little or no cooking for children as young as five years old. Please see page six in the September 2019 issue of Grace Notes for a list of suggested foods.
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; 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.