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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

Summer Family Picnics - Sunday, August 27 - 5:00 p.m.

Summer is coming to a close, and our last summer picnic at First Colony Park (115 Pasbehegh Dr.) will be August 27 beginning at 5:00 p.m. For August’s picnic, we will provide BBQ, chips, dessert, and drinks for $5/person (age 6 and over), which will be collected at the picnic. The pool will be available at no charge beginning at 4:00 p.m. So join us for some summer fun and fellowship!

Discovery Class - Sunday, September 10 - 10:00 a.m.

Our Fall Discovery Class will begin Sunday, September 10, and continue through October 15. The Discovery Class is taught by our Grace Covenant Elders and is designed to present the biblical and ministry distinctive of GCPC and the Presbyterian Church in America. It is a required first step for those interested in becoming members of Grace Covenant, although participation does not require a commitment to join. If you are interested in exploring more about Grace Covenant, our faith, and our key values, we invite you to sign up on the In Touch With Grace form or email the church

office at info@gracecovpca.org.

New Adult Ed: Echoes of the Reformation - Sunday, September 10 - 10:00 a.m.

October 31, 2017, marks the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. During the adult education hour starting September 10, Ken Bush will be leading us through a six-week study entitled Echoes of the Reformation. Join him as we discuss the importance of the Reformation and examine each of its five core truths – Sola Scriptura (by Scripture alone), Sola gratia (by grace alone), Sola fide (through faith alone), Solus Christus (through Christ alone), and Soli Deo Gloria (glory to God alone). At the end of the study, we will view the new documentary Luther: The Life and Legacy of the German Reformer in two parts.

Women’s Bible Study - Thursday, September 14 - 9:30 a.m.

Ladies, join us as we study Becoming a Woman of Grace. This 11-week course will help us discover the real meaning of grace. We will learn what makes God’s grace so amazing and how we can become the gracious women of Proverbs 11:16 (ESV). A sign-up sheet is in the Commons or contact Connie Schaub (p-cschaub@cox.net) to sign up or for more information. Cost of the workbook is $8.00.

Women’s Ministry Kick-Off Luncheon - Sunday, September 17 - 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Save the Date! Women of the Church – please join us from 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. following the service on Sunday, September 17, for our Women's Ministry Kickoff Luncheon here at the church! We are excited to hear your ideas and to help make connections in order to share our many gifts and to get to know one another better. Following the meal, our own Donna Via will give a short talk on encouraging and building us up as believers and as women who can minister to one another. We ask that you bring a soup, salad, or bread; sign-up sheets will be in the Commons beginning August 27. Also, childcare can be provided if you sign up ahead of time. Any questions, please contact Karen Harris (karenharris25@gmail.com), Cyndi Anderson (lanningandcyndi@cox.net), or Bobbi Riser (gosamerthread@aol.com). We hope to see you there!

CollegeCARE: caring and prayer for our GCPC students

The summer is fading away and before we know it, school will be upon us and some of our GCPC families will be sending children off to college. Grace Covenant would like to minister to these families by facilitating a monthly prayer team we call “collegeCARE”: Each person, couple, family, or small group who participates will receive a student information card and are asked to pray for that student for one month; cards or notes of encouragement are also suggested. At the end of the month, supporters may pass it along to another person/family or return the card to the “collegeCARE basket in the commons. Please see Jeri Field or Cris Tewksbury if you would like to participate, or have a college student for whom you would like prayer. You may also email Jeri Field at jeffandjeri@aol.com for more information.

New Nursery Volunteer Schedule

Time for a new nursery schedule! The next schedule will include September, October, November and December. Please send any special requests to Mary Slade at slade_brigade@hotmail.com. If anyone would like to start volunteering in the nursery please contact Mary or Starr. We would love to talk to you. Most people work only 2 or 3 times in a four month period. Young people over 12 years old are also encouraged to help.

Adopt-A-Student

With the return of our students in a couple of weeks, we will be starting up our Adopt-a-Student Ministry. Interested college students and Grace Covenant families will be matched up; then families will be expected to invite their student to dinner at least twice each semester. In some cases, this may develop into an on-going relationship to include other activities. This ministry has proven to be a great blessing and encouragement to everyone involved. If you are interested, please indicate that on the In Touch With Grace form and drop it in the offering plate. You will be contacted by the end of September with the name and phone number of your student(s) and then you can arrange to introduce yourselves. Please call Kathy at kathy@gracecovpca.org if you have questions.

Directory Project Coordinator Needed

As many of you know, we are long overdue for an updated Pictorial Directory. In order to provide this much needed resource, we will need someone to coordinate this project. In addition to compiling all the information and working with other team members, this person will need computer skills necessary to put the information in a printable format. If this sounds like something you would be interested in, contact Kathy Buhl (kathy@gracecovpca.org).

Lost & Found

Our Lost & Found bin has filled up over the summer. Please check to see if you have something there today. There are books, books, umbrellas, travel mugs, clothing, dishes, etc. that will find a new home if not claimed by September 3. Thanks for helping to keep our Commons uncluttered!

Welcome Violet Mortier!

Violet Mortier has arrived and we would like to present Nathan and Jeni with a gift card. If you would like to contribute, please contact Eve Turner at eveturner3@gmail.com by August 25.

Good News Jail & Prison Ministry “Jail Walk”

Support Good News Jail & Prison Ministry by participating in their Jog/Walk Fundraiser on Saturday, September 23, at the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail, from 9:00-11:00 a.m. Contact Bill Hornor at bhornor@afo.net if interested.

Covenant Christian Open Enrollment

Covenant Christian, a Christ-centered, Charlotte Mason inspired school, is now accepting enrollment for students K-12. Call now for a free tour and see the delightful education we offer children. (757) 378-2189

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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