Announcements

Eccleston School Shirts

Remember how exciting it was to shop for new school clothes? Our adopted school, Eccleston Elementary will be starting the new school year very soon. Again this year, the Outreach Committee will be accepting donations to help buy school shirts for Eccleston Elementary School students who can’t afford them. Cost of the shirts is only $8 each! Donations are needed throughout July and August. Just mark “Eccleston shirts” on your check or envelope. Let’s start the school year off with a bang for these children!! Thank you for your support.

Rally Day

Rally Day is August 20th! This is the beginning of the new Sunday School year with classes for all ages. Sunday School class time is from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.  Brochures are available in the narthex with information about each class on the KIOSK and the visitor’s table. In celebration, you are invited to an Ice Cream Social in Conway Hall following the 10:45 service.

Help us in our Blood Pressure Ministry!

Beginning the first Sunday in June, 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 Sunday of the month.  If this is something you would be able and willing to do, please call the church office. We will contact you with more information.

Attention all you church goers…

On Saturday July 22nd you are needed to assist the Building and Grounds Committee to prepare the campus for the F.I. S. H. meeting in August.  Bring your cleaning supplies, paint brushes, pruning tools and other items you think you will need and join us from 8:02am to 11:59 ½ a.m. Refreshments will be provided.

Middle School Youth

Our middle school youth are attending the Montreat Conference in Maryville, TN and will spend a day doing mission work in Atlanta on the way. Please keep the group in your prayers the week of July 9th.

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 on August 8th. Let Shelvey Johnson know if you plan to attend.

F.I.S.H.  (Fresh Ideas Start Here)

Grace Covenant is hosting F.I.S.H on Saturday, August 26th. This annual training event is for educators, pastors and CRE’s, Christian education committee members, youth and collegiate ministry leaders, adult and older adult ministry leaders, and children and family ministry leaders. To register, go to www.cfpresbytery.org and click on the ‘Equip’ tab.

Family Promise

Family Promise provides homeless families with temporary support for three months until permanent housing can be found.  Typically there are 12-14 people in the program. We have partnered with Conway Methodist to help supply volunteer assistance for approximately 12 years. Family Promise will be hosted at Conway Methodist Church the week beginning August 27th. At least two people will be on each shift (you will not be left alone).  Sunday School classes, a group of friends, Youth or other groups are all encouraged to sign up for a time slot (or Dinner + Evening). For more information or to volunteer please contact Diana Ibarra.

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.

Health Check

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.

Koffee Klatch

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.

Pet Pantry

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.

Cookie Sunday

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 brown box in the Narthex – it’s either on the north-side pew or under it!)

 

Sunday School

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.

Music Notes

Chancel Choir

The  choir meets for rehearsals at 7:15 p.m. each Wednesday evening. Please join us or contact Kelly Miller at the church office.

Bell Choir

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.

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Location and Service Times

1655 Peel Ave
Orlando, FL 32806
(407) 898-6571

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Worship Services in English
Sunday: 8:30 am & 10:45 am

Christmas Eve Candlelight Services

5:00 p.m.
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esigned for everyone, especially those with young children. The service will be filled with readings from Scripture and lots of singing of familiar carols. The message will be presented with a touch of drama for the little ones to enjoy. It is early enough in the evening for those who want to get some family members to bed early, or to get to Grandma’s on time for family dinners.

7:30 p.m.
Our most traditional service with a full choir! We will have beautiful anthems and a traditional sermon.  This service will also include the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper.

11:00 p.m.
For many years this was the most popular and well attended service on Christmas Eve. It still remains, for many people, the most meaningful worship service of their year. The music will include hymns sung by the congregation and soloists.