Annual Congregational Meeting
The Annual Congregational Meeting will be held in the Sanctuary after the 10:45 AM worship service on Sunday, January 26, 2020.
Our Souper Sunday canned food drive has kicked off, leading up to the big game on February 2. Grace is a vital part of Christian Service Center’s ongoing mission against hunger and preventing homelessness (now in their 49th year serving Central Florida!) With the holidays behind us, Souper Sunday restocks their depleted food pantry shelves so we can continue to feed hungry individuals and families during the lean winter months when giving traditionally goes down. We will collect your donated canned goods after each service on Feb. 2 in the Narthex.
Ruth Circle is currently studying, Love Carved in Stone. 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
February 25 – When Crickets Cry by Charles Martin
March 24 – The Reluctant Prophet by Nancy Rue
April 28 – Twenty Wishes by Debbie Macomber
May 26 – The Land of Silence by Tessa Afshar
Look for books online and in the public library.
Youth & Family Ministry
ROOTED meets Sunday, January 12th from 5:15pm-7pm. FREE dinner, music, prayers, program, and a new “Bring Your Friendz to ROOTED” contest! C-ya there!
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!!!
Sign-up for our Rock the Universe Lock-In is Friday, January 17th @ noon. Jan. 25-26 will see us go to Universal Studios with a lock-in in the Youth room afterwards. Cost is $80 + $ for food/snacks at Universal Studios.
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.