GCPC Weekly News | April 1, 2021
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GCPC Alive and Well This Week!
Staff Meeting 3/30
Adult Education 3/30
Youth Committee Mtg. 3/31
Jeff playing with flair on Palm Sunday
GCPC Senior High Youth and Presbyterian Youth Council participating in service during their Mission Retreat this past weekend.
HOLY WEEK 2021
Maundy Thursday ~ TONIGHT, Thursday, April 1st, 6:30pm
We will gather over Zoom to celebrate the Last Supper where we will remember this Holy Meal, the betrayal of Jesus, and the painful events that were to come.  Please note: This service honors the ancient story of Jesus’ death while recognizing the ways this narrative repeats itself again and again throughout the past and present. There will be reflections on statements from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, which chillingly keeps records of the last words of executed offenders. We encourage all families to participate as feels appropriate for the ages of your
children.  

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 934 5520 3785
Passcode: 789
Good Friday Tenebrae Service~ Friday, April 2nd, 7:00pm | We will mark Good Friday with remembering the final day of Jesus in word and song with a Tenebrae Service (deepening darkness). Have a candle and join us live on the church’s YouTube channel to immerse yourself in this story of our faith and redemption.

Holy Saturday ~ Saturday, April 3rd | On your own, we invite you to take time during this Holy Saturday to recall the narrative of Holy Week. Taking time to attend to how it moves in you. Click here for ways to mark and interact with the story through journaling, moving in the community, meditation, movement and other opportunities for practice.  
Worship Preview | Sunday, April 4, 2021
Easter
Sermon: "Lookin' for Love" by Richard Coble,
Samantha Gonzalez-Block and Marcia Mount Shoop
Scripture: Mark 16:1-8

Live Stream Worship Service @ 10:45 AM Sunday
WAYS TO PLEDGE FOR 2021:
  • Sign into your Realm account online or on the Realm Connect mobile app and enter a pledge under the Giving tab. Detailed instructions with photos are here.

  • Email Natalie Weaver your total pledge amount and planned giving frequency (i.e. weekly, monthly) to have her enter it on your behalf.

  • Contact the Finance Office at 828-254-3274, ext. 202 or nweaver@gcpcusa.org to request a printed pledge card be mailed to your home address.

Click here to watch a video example of how to pledge in Realm.
Recurring Weekly Zooms:

  • Sundays "Adult Education" @ 9:00 am (Resumes April 18th)
  • Sundays "Pre-K - 3rd Grade Sunday Morning Adventure" @ 10:15 am (email Anna Louise for zoom info)
  • Sundays "4th and 5th Grade Connect Class" @ 5:00 pm (email Anna Louise for zoom info) (Resumes April 11th)
  • Sundays "Youth Group" @ 5:00 pm - email Cat Kessler for zoom info) (Resumes April 18th)
  • Wednesdays “Zoom Bible Study@ 3:00 pm
  • Wednesdays "Choir Chat" @ 7:30 pm
  • Every other Thursday "Men of GCPC" @ 8:30 am (April 15 is next meeting)
If you are a part of a group, Team, or Circle at GCPC and you want to have a Zoom meeting, let staff know. We will help you get set up on our GCPC Zoom account for group gatherings and meetings. You can schedule your meeting on the calendar with Anna Louise, and any staff member can help you get set up for your meeting if you have questions. 
Spiritual/Pastoral Support
Deacon of the Week
In this time of physical distancing, the deacons of Grace Covenant continue to be available to talk and pray with you by phone or online and to coordinate care. If you have difficulty reaching your assigned deacon or if you do not know who your assigned deacon is, please feel free to reach out to our deacon of the week.
This week(3/28-4/3): Amber White email: amberleigh164@gmail.com 
Next week (4/4-4/10): Jerry Bleckley email: jerryb@nexuscorp.com
Prayer List

Prayer requests will stay on the GCPC Prayer List for one month. Please let any staff member know if you (or your loved one) would like to remain on the list for longer.
 
Iglesia Jerusalem congregation
Marcia Zuzel (friend of Kim Hottle and Melissa Shook)
Ryan Lockett (nephew of Denise Lockett)
Jennifer Martin (Yvonne Smith's daughter)
Truly and Eric Mount (Marcia Mount Shoop’s parents)
Bertilda Arteta (Marta Alcala-Williams' mother)
Paul Rogers’ Mom (in Arkansas)
Sheldon Smith (Beth Robrecht’s brother-in-law)
Phil and Pat Cocke (Jerry Bleckley’s friend)
Jennings Palmer and his family (friends of Kathy Jacobs)
Lynne Norris (friend of Mary Lou Nash)
John Hamel (Tim Hamel’s father)
David Good (Amber Cook’s dad)
Midgie Swartz (Allison Blozy’s aunt)
John Nelson (friend of Steve and Florence Riedesel)
Rhett Milner (Lynn Milner’s nephew)
Adela Gaiser (Robin and Gordon Gaiser’s granddaughter)
Buster Carswell (Amanda Pressley’s brother-in-law)
Family of Patricia Ruthvin (Mary Byers’s sister)
Bob Higgins
Florence and Steve Riedesel
Roslyn Carney
Susan Smialowicz
Laura Ross
Bill Williamson
Queen Mother Maggie Belle Gladden
John Mount Shoop
Kimo Hyatt
Elizabeth Fisher
Allen Johnson
Doris Prak
Jim Branden
Formation/Education
Adult Formation
*GCPC Sunday Adult Education will resume on April 18.
Enneagram Gathering for GCPC Parents | Wednesday, April 14 | 6:30-8:30 PM | via Zoom
Facilitated by Carol Hovis, all parents are welcome. If you don't know your enneagram type, contact Carol. Email Carol if you would like to participate.

Presbyterian Women’s Circles are Zoom meetings.
Please join us.

Circle 1: First Tuesday of each month, 10:00 a.m.

Circle 2:  First Tuesday of each month, 7:30 p.m.

Circle 3: *Third Thursday of each month, 7:00 p.m.

Circle 4:  First Thursday of each month, 7:00 p.m.

Circle 5:  First Monday of each month, 11:00 a.m.
Children & Youth Formation
Pre-K - 3rd Grade Sunday Morning Adventure | 10:15 am | Zoom
You'll get an email every Friday with the Zoom link for our Sunday 10:15am check in. Email Anna Louise if you did not receive the link.
4th & 5th Graders CONNECT Class will resume on April 11th.
There will be NO Youth Group this week (4/4) or next (4/11)! We look forward to seeing you again on Sunday, April 18th! 
SIGN UP FOR CONFIRMATION (Fall 2021):
Attention current 8th-11th graders! Because of the pandemic, we are moving Confirmation to Fall 2021, with some special programming in the late Spring and a request to participate in one of the summer conferences (info below).

Our theme for the year is "Faith Voyage." This will be a sacred and exciting time to explore your faith in community. And it is a whole lot of fun!

Register for the 2021 Confirmation class by clicking here. This class is for youth who have completed 8th-11th grade by summer 2021. More information about exact times/dates/etc. is forthcoming, but registration will help us plan accordingly and have materials ready.
SIGN UP FOR SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES!
Middle School Massanetta Youth Conference (Week 3: July 8-11):
This is for youth who will have completed 6th, 7th, or 8th grade by this summer. The theme for 2021 is "Rooted in Love." The daily schedule includes recreation, workshops, energizers, worship and many fun activities. The discounted cost is $310 if you register HERE by Wednesday, April 7. Full/partial scholarships are available.
Senior High Montreat Youth Conference (Week 5: July 25-31):
This is for youth who have completed 9th, 10th, 11th & 12th grade by this summer. The theme for 2021 is "Called to Connect," and we will be renting a house in Montreat together for the week. The schedule includes morning energizers, music, keynote, small groups, recreation, evening worship, and many other fun activities. The discounted cost is $510 if you register HERE by Wednesday, April 7. Full/partial scholarships are available.
Community Working Together
Faith 4 Justice’s Invitation to Love: A Community of Praxis
Praxis of embodying love and dismantling white supremacy in ourselves, our families, our communities of faith and the world!
 
Click here to register. Deadline is April 2nd.

Do you continue to struggle with being loving while you attempt to address the ways white supremacy shows up in you, your family, your church, etc? Rev. Tami Forte Logan and Faith 4 Justice are now offering an opportunity for you to participate in a six-month facilitated intensive. Join us as we build trusting relationships, foster collective healing in community and practice tools to help us dismantle the multiple forms of white supremacy culture in our daily lives and our faith institutions.

Each session will include grounding and body-centered work, historical and contemporary content to advance our shared analysis, individual and group reflection and opportunities to activate and deepen our faith.

The cost for this series is $500. Limited to 12 participants.
 
2021 sessions will be held on 2nd Thursdays from 6:00 PM to 8:00PM as follows: April 8th, May 13th, June 10th, July 8th, Aug 12th, Sept 9th
Easter Liberation Bible Study | Tuesdays | April 6 - May 18th | 5:30-7:00 PM
Come to some or all!
How we read the Bible matters. Where we come from and our life experiences inform the way we understand what we read in the Holy Bible and shapes the way we follow the teachings of Jesus. Liberation Theology is a theology grounded in the insight that God sides with the poor and marginalized throughout scripture.
 
Join Rev. Milly and community leaders such as Tami Forte LoganAmy CantrellBruce Waller Jr.Nontombi TutuAmy Kim Kyremes-Parks and others as we break down the various voices of Liberation Theology during the season of Eastertide. Reading together we can discover how Liberation Theology will inform us come Pentecost and the birth of Church. Please register. The registration form can be found here.
Working Wheels
Do you have an extra car that needs to find a new home? Imagine how difficult your life would be without a car!

Working Wheels repairs and recycles donated cars, transforming them into working wheels for working families. The process is simple, the donation is tax-deductible, and the impact is real. We also need volunteer drivers and administrative help.

To donate, volunteer, or learn more, please visit www.workingwheelswnc.org or call 828-633-6888.
AAPI Moderators and Vice Moderators issue statement on Atlanta killings - Included is a list of steps white siblings and siblings of color can take
Please CLICK HERE to read A Statement from the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Moderators & Vice Moderators of General Assemblies of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Buncombe Community Remembrance Project
GCPC Still Growing
Greetings and a round of applause to the many gardeners who were able to make last minute adjustments in their schedule to accommodate the weather and help get hundreds of baby Swiss Chard, Collards, Kale, Chinese and regular head cabbage in the ground on Wednesday, March 24.

Jim M. squeezed in a last minute tilling of all beds on Tuesday morning, Rick P transported 22 flats of plants from First Step and Richard C, Chris P and Mary B wrestled with hundreds of feet of tangled irrigation tape to ensure that tapes were laid out and secured in all beds where plants were to be placed.
 
Gardeners who dug holes, placed, watered and covered all those plants included some of the above plus Ellen F, Julie H, John C, Bryant Smith and his friend, Jared, Louise R, Terri M, Betsy W, Ann R and Judy M.

And of course, within just 24 hours another 1.5 or more inches of rain had fallen.
Kudos and thanks to all who helped!

~ contributed by Judy Major, Garden Team Leader
From the YWCA newsletter about the GCPC Community Garden partnership with them:

Stewardship & Sustainability GIVE HERE
2020 Giving Statement Requests

We've received requests for another copy of 2020 Giving Statements as a part of tax preparation. These were emailed via Realm on 1/21/21, but can also be accessed anytime in the software easily. To download directly from Realm, just log in at onrealm.org/gcpcusa.org, click Giving, then select the blue 2020 Contribution Statement button on the top right. That will generate a downloadable PDF. 
If you need assistance or prefer a mailed copy, please contact Natalie and she would be happy to help.
Brokerage Account Changes | BB&T Now Truist

As of 2/24/21, BB&T Securities brokerage accounts are now owned by Truist Investment Services. Our DTC and brokerage receiving account number have changed as a part of the transition. If you would like the updated information for stock or mutual fund donations, please contact Natalie.

Don't forget, you should always let Natalie know the quantitytype, and fund designation for donations when you request a transfer into our brokerage account- many times the donor information isn't visible on our end and we may have a hard time getting it properly applied to your account without a heads up.
Remote Giving

Here are a few different ways to stay up-to-date on your giving remotely:

  • MAIL gifts to the office at 789 Merrimon Ave, Asheville, NC 28804
  • BANK BILL PAY mails checks remotely, one-time or on a recurring schedule - contact your bank to set this up
  • ONLINE at https://onrealm.org/gcpcusa/give/now
  • TEXT "giveGCPC" and AMOUNT to 73256 (i.e. giveGCPC $100)
  • MOBILE through the Connect - Our Church Community app

Interested in setting up online recurring giving? Follow these simple step-by-step instructions to self-manage eGiving through Realm or return this signed authorization form to have our Finance Office set up on your behalf.

If you have any questions, please contact Natalie in our Finance office at nweaver@gcpcusa.org or by leaving a message for Natalie Weaver at 828-254-3274.
STAY CONNECTED
HOW TO CONTACT STAFF DURING OFFICE CLOSURE:

Our staff are all still working remotely as the office remains closed due to the pandemic. To leave a voicemail for a staff member to return your call, follow these steps:

  1. Call the office at 828-254-3274.
  2. Listen through the office closure notice, which will then take you to a staff directory.
  3. Enter the first 3 letters of either the staff member's first or last name on your phone keypad (i.e. to reach Natalie Weaver, you'd enter 628 for NAT or 932 for WEA).
  4. You'll be directed to the staff member's individual voicemail, where you can leave a message to be returned as soon as possible.
  5. If you just want to leave a message for the general voicemail box, press 0.   

You can also reach our staff by email- please see our website for each staff member's individual email address. 
Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church | 828.254.3274 
789 Merrimon Ave. Asheville, NC 28804