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Fall Worship Schedule

8:30 a.m. First Service*

10:00 a.m. Coffee Fellowship**

11:00 a.m. Second Service*

*First/Third Sunday Communion

**Education begins 9/10

Church Work Day - Saturday, October 21 - 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Please mark your calendars to plan to help out with some “manual labor” tasks at Church Workday, scheduled for 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Saturday, October 21. We will be doing some shrub and tree pruning, spreading mulch, weeding, and doing some interior work. If you have the tools appropriate for any of the above tasks, please bring them; however, if not, come join us anyway – we’ll provide the tools and supplies.

Pictorial Directory Kickoff - Sunday, October 22 - 9:45-10:45 a.m.

Grace Covenant is in the process of gathering information for a new Pictorial Directory, and we need your help! If you consider Grace Covenant to be your church home, we would love for you to take advantage of this opportunity. Please check out the Directory Information table on the front porch between services beginning next Sunday, October 22, through Sunday, November 26, to fill out a Directory Information Form and have your picture taken. Those who participate will receive a JPEG image of your family photo. You can also fill out your form online at http://www.gracecovpca.org/#/resources/forms. If you would like to submit your own family photo, please send to Rod Linnekin (rlinnekin@gmail.com).

“Having a Holiday Heart and Home” - Friday, October 27 - 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Women of Grace, let's get together to prepare both our hearts and our homes BEFORE the holidays descend upon us! On Friday, October 27, we will gather at the church from 7:00-9:00 p.m. to prepare our hearts with a message and sharing about the holidays, and then prepare our homes with two simple crafts--one for Thanksgiving and one for Christmas. Bring a fee of $10 to cover your craft, and also goodies to share if you want to. Please sign up in the Commons beginning Sunday, October 15.

Habitat for Humanity Faith Build Day - Saturday, November 4 - 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Grace Covenant will partner with Habitat for Humanity for a Church Build Day on Saturday, November 4, from 8:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Volunteers, 16 or older, do not have to be skilled; however, those skilled in construction, landscaping and/or carpentry are needed. If you are interested in being a part of a Grace Covenant team on November 4, please contact Kathy Buhl (kathy@gracecovpca.org / 757-220-0147). There are also individual opportunities to serve, either on Framing Day (Saturday, October 28) or on the following weekdays: 11/9, 11/15, 11/16, 11/29, 11/30. To sign up for Framing Day, please contact Kathy Buhl. To sign up for individual week days to go www.HabitatPGW.VolunteerHub.com.

Shelter Week at Grace Covenant - Tuesday-sunday, December 26-31

December 26-31, 2017…yes, that’s right! This year we are hosting the Community of Faith Mission (COFM) homeless shelter for 5 nights during Christmas week. COFM is the only emergency winter shelter program serving homeless men, women and families in the Greater Williamsburg Area. As hosts, we provide three meals a day and five nights of safe shelter to 25 homeless individuals. It is our privilege to serve those who find themselves without shelter during this special time of year. We are looking for creative volunteers to help plan a special Christmas week for our shelter community. If you would like to help, contact Fran Geissler (757-869-2954 or frangeissler075@gmail.com). More information will be available in the upcoming weeks. Please be praying about how you can participate in this important service. You can learn more about the work of COFM at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9WHrrSJ_ew.

MNA Flood Clean-Up Buckets

Mission to North America is the outreach arm of the Presbyterian Church in America. MNA’s Disaster Response team is on the ground in Texas and Florida helping to respond to the devastating effects of hurricanes Harvey and Irma. One of the most immediate needs is for flood clean up buckets, which are 5-gallon buckets loaded with supplies, gloves, disinfectant, insect spray, plastic waste disposal bags, etc., used in the initial clean-up efforts. MNA has reached out to all churches in the PCA and asked them to help. We are hoping to raise $6,500.00, which will purchase supplies for 100 flood buckets. Please prayerfully consider donating to this effort. If you are able to help, please make your check out to “MNA” and place it in the offering plate or give it to any one of our deacons. We will be sending funds to MNA each week they are received.

Call to Pray

God has given us the privilege of participating in His Kingdom work through our prayers and blesses the body as we pray together. At Grace Covenant, we have teams of folks who pray during the sermon portion of each service. We need your help! If you have a desire to pray and see God at work, and can commit to pray one Sunday a month, please note that on the In Touch With Grace form or contact Kathy Buhl (kathy@gracecovpca.org/757-220-0147). Paul asked the Corinthian church to pray…You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many. (1 Co. 1:11)...may we do the same today.

Grace Covenant Library

Thanks to the efforts of Tim Nargi, Grace Covenant’s Librarian, we are ready for business! All of our books have been catalogued and posted to our library program. Our checkout system is much like a public library, in order to help us keep track of books and decide on future resources. To check out materials, you will need to use a library card. If you would like to obtain a card, contact Tim at library@gracecovpca.org. You can also find us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/GraceCovPCALibrary) or Browse Books At Home (http://17070.rmwebopac.com). Also, if you took out books prior to this time, please return them to the library and deposit them in the Book Drop box for processing…thanks!

FISH Needs

FISH is always in need of food items throughout the year. You can help by bringing dried, boxed or canned items to the church and depositing them at the table in the Commons. There are lists of suggested items available, as well as exhibited. Thanks to Dean and Martha Mitchell who deliver our contributions to FISH.

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