Announcements

Youth Group Backpack Drive –Extended

Sunday, August 16th, is the last day to bring items for the Rooted Youth Back-to- School Backpack Drive.  We’ll be collecting personal hand sanitizers and face masks.  You can drop off these supplies in the Narthex on Sundays or drop them off at the church office.

Youth Group

ROOTED will return Aug. 16 to fill backpacks from 5:15pm-7pm. 

Children’s Church – 8:30 Service

Children (rising K-rising 5th) are invited to attend Children’s Church during the 8:30 am service.  Children will leave with Miss Sheryl after the children’s message for a time of learning and doing worship in new and exciting ways.

Book Study – Wednesday mornings

A study on the life and faith of Mr. Rogers begins August 5.  Join Pastor Karen on Wednesday mornings from 10 – 10:45 am in Conway Hall Reception OR online via Zoom. Call the office for details on ordering the book and instructions on how to attend by Zoom.

Family Promise –August 9-16  

Grace Covenant helps provide food and temporary shelter for homeless families in our community. Check out the August Grace Notes Newsletter.

Fresh Ideas Start Here – F.I.S.H.

Central Florida Presbytery’s annual Christian Education training is Sat, Aug. 22nd from 9 am to 12:45 pm via Zoom. Register at cfpresbytery.org. There will be 14 workshops plus Lunch and Learn. Our own Sheryl Chernault will be teaching one of the workshops!

Communion

September 6th is Communion Sunday. Please bring your communion elements with you from home. We will also offer pre-packaged elements.

Book Club

Book Club will continue to meet using Zoom. The next meeting will be Tuesday, August 25th at 7:00 p.m.  We will be discussing the book Isaiah’s Daughter by Mesu Andrews.

Alliance for International Reforestation

Mission and Outreach luncheon planned for Sunday, March 29 has been POSTPONED. We hope to be able to reschedule when Ms. Hallum can travel. 

Mission/Outreach welcomes Anne Hallum, founder of AIR Guatemala to share her story of being called to serve the indigenous population of Guatemala and how AIR has saved mountainsides from mudslides, introduced fuel-efficient stoves, and educated people in preserving their environment.  A light lunch will be served.

HOPS FOR HAITI

Volunteers will be needed on a rescheduled date in the Fall to count Small Blessings children in their annual “Hops for Haiti” fundraiser for the Good Shepherd School in Haiti.

Youth and Family Ministry

ROOTED Youth Group is currently meeting online. For more information, please contact Mike at:  mike@grace.to, or (407) 898-6571

Students – When the church re-opens, so will Sunday School which happens every Sunday from 9:30 am -10:30 am in the Youth Room, with an occasional Walk to Wawa!  Be there cuz we have FREE donuts, juice, and Jesus!!!

You can check our Facebook and Instagram pages for more details.

Activities

The Lunch Bunch

Meets 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

Meets each Thursday from 10 am to 2 pm 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.

Ruth Circle

Ruth Circle meets on the 2nd Monday (Sept through May) in the Conference Room at 10 am for Bible study and fellowship. All women of the church are invited to join the group at any time as their schedule allows.

Thursday at the Garden

Meets on the 4th Thursday of each month at the Olive Garden on East Colonial 6:30 pm.  Enjoy dinner and fellowship. No reservation needed.

Health Check

First and third Sundays of each month following the 10:45 am service: have your blood pressure checked at the table in the rear of the sanctuary.

Food Pantry Sunday

First Sunday of each month food donations are collected for elementary schools.  Please bring items suitable for younger children that require little or no cooking.

Pet Pantry Sunday

Second Sunday of each month bags of dog and cat food are college for donation to 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. Financial support can be provided by check made payable to Grace Covenant with the memo: Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando.

Two Cents Per Meal

Third Sunday of each month. Donating to 2¢ per Meal is a way for us to help the hungry.  Set aside 2 c per meal each time you eat. Bring what you collect over the course of the month to church on the third Sunday and it will be sent along to Second Harvest Food Bank; Society of St. Andrew; Alliance for International Reforestation in Guatemala; and PCUSA missionaries, Dan & Elizabeth Turk in Madagascar, for planting fruit trees. For one person, for one month, 2¢ per meal is only $1.80.

Sunday School

All classes meet 9:30–10:30 am.

Preschool Class for ages 3 and 4 meets in Smith Hall, Room 1 (downstairs.)  Uses the F.R.O.G. curriculum for young learners about God.

Elementary Classes for pre-K through 5th grade meets in the Sanctuary choir room (upstairs) for music lessons and then moves to Smith Hall, Room 11 (upstairs.)  Follows a rotation of Bible stories and hand-on activities.

Youth Classes meet in the Youth Room in Conway Hall. Middle School and High School students meet separately each week to link the teachings in the Word to current events.

Adult Classes

      Earl Tyson meets in Room 3, Smith Hall (downstairs). Studies selected by participants vary. Led by Herschel Hughes and Marian Bauer.
     Present Word meets in John Calvin Memorial Hall (downstairs). Studies the PCUSA Present Word curriculum. Led by Kermit Gay and Kristen Stieffel.
     Seekers meets in the Conference Room, John Calvin Memorial Hall (upstairs). Participants select studies. Led by a rotation of members.

Find out more at the Information Table in the sanctuary lobby. 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

Rehearses Wednesdays at 7:15 pm. For more information contact Kelly Miller through the church office.

Bell Choir

Rehearses Wednesdays 6:00–7 pm.  For more information contact Barbara Browning through the church office.

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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.  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.

7:00 p.m.
Our most traditional service with a full choir! We will have beautiful anthems and a traditional sermon.