Grace Covenant Weekly News | February 21, 2019
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No virtuous act is quite as virtuous from the standpoint of our friend or foe as it is from our standpoint. Therefore we must be saved by the final form of love which is forgiveness.
~ Reinhold Niebuhr, The Irony of American History

Sunday Preview

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Worship services @ 8:15 & 10:45 AM
Education Hour (for all ages) at 9:15 AM

Sermon: "Joseph Megamix" by Richard Coble
Scriptures: Genesis 45:3-11, 15; Luke 6:27-38

Sisters at the Sea
Please keep our GCPC sisters in your prayers this weekend as they retreat and fellowship together in Folly Beach.
Marketplace Vacation Bible School! June 24-27 (9am-12pm, daily)
For a week each summer, children can explore the time when Jesus lived by joining a tribe of Israel in a bustling Judean town. Children hear Bible stories from our storytellers, see Bible dramas come alive, study with the Rabbi, visit the shops, make crafts, play games, dance, make music and serve others. More than 100 volunteers from seven area churches come together to make this a fun, unforgettable learning opportunity for children.

Marketplace is for children ages 3 years old (by 1/1/19 and POTTY TRAINED) through rising 6th graders. GCPC needs parents, grandparents, youth and adult volunteers to make this a success! It is great fun! Contact Heather Ferguson   with questions.
Stewardship Corner
In case you didn't hear last week's whoops and shouts of joy, the "How Can We Keep From Sharing?" campaign has met its goal! Congregants and friends of GCPC pledged to fully support the ministries planned for 2019. It has been historic! Let us give thanks that so many responded so generously. Let's give thanks for the Spirit of God working in this congregation and its ministries!

Now we say, "How Can We Keep From Celebrating....and Eating Cake?" Join us after 10:45 AM worship this Sunday for a Mardi Gras-themed party with cake and colored beads for all. Hope to see you there!

2019 Stewardship Committee
Peggy Rada, Heath Rada, Nancy Gaskin, Susan Meade, Jean Veilleux, Jim "Sous Chef" Veilleux, Susan Curtis, Jeff "The Chef" Curtis (co-chair), Lynne Meacham (co-chair)  
2018 Contribution Statements
Any statements not picked up by Sunday, 2/10, have been mailed.   If you have questions or concerns about your 2018 statement, please contact Natalie Weaver, Stewardship & Financial Administrator, at 828-254-3274, ext. 202 or . She is in the office Tuesday - Thursday and is happy to research and assist.
Community Garden
Faithful gardeners sharing a hopeful meal together and organizing the 2019 garden season. We are thankful for all of your hard work of growing and sharing food with our neighbors!
Creating Sanctuary Team (CST)
From CIMA, one of our Ministry Partners:

Ways to help with the current ICE raids
Please fill out this form if you can help with rides. Often times, community members need transportation to Steward Detention Center or other long distance locations (either court or detention centers). However it can be more local (Asheville, Hendersonville), or to Charlotte. 

Please fill out this form if you can help with food access either with goods or financial contributions.


For more information please be on the lookout for our trainings and in the meanwhile send an application here.

Click here for the CIMA website.
Power and Race Team (PART)
"Two Rivers" Documentary Screening | Sunday, March 3 | 5:00 PM | GCPC Fellowship Hall
PART movie night! All are invited. Come to the viewing and discussion about this powerful movie. " Two Rivers documents the true story of a Native American Reconciliation group that began in a couple’s home in Northern Washington State. Within five years many more had joined, and together they launched social and political reconciliation initiatives that changed their community, and race relations across the Northwest. Click HERE to watch trailer.
Racial Justice Book Series | Thursday, March 14 | 12:15 PM | Jerusalem Room
The Racial Justice Book Series is reading books examining institutional and interpersonal racism and racial equity. Come and join us for all discussions or for just one or two. All are welcome, whether you have read closely or are just interested in learning more about the subject. Copies of the books can be found in the church library. For March, we are reading  White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo .

From  Amazon  Page: 
"In this 'vital, necessary, and beautiful book' (Michael Eric Dyson), antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to ‘bad people’ (Claudia Rankine). Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. In this in-depth exploration, DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively."
Part of what PART does is to inform Grace Covenant about
racial equity work going on in the larger community.
The following are some events that PART recommends.
"Growing Up Black in Asheville (1958 - 1962)" | Thursday, February 21 | 7:00 - 8:30 PM | Beverly Hills Baptist Church ( 777 Tunnel Rd. )
Presented by Al Whitesides, County Commissioner, District 1. ( L ong-time community activist, former banker, and the first African-American to serve as a commissioner for Buncombe County.) A presentation honoring Black History Month describing Asheville during the early days of the Civil Rights Movement. Hosted by the Friends of East Asheville library. Admission is free, but donations to support library programs are greatly appreciated.
"The Power to Heal" Screening and Discussion | Friday, February 22 | 6 PM | YMI Cultural Center ( 39 S. Market St. )
A film, narrated by Danny Glover, which documents how the passage of Medicare in 1965 influenced the desegregation of hospitals in the South. Followed by a discussion on healthcare reform: a path towards a more equitable system.
"Remembering the Wilmington Ten: African American Politics, Judicial Misconduct, and the 1970s. ", a discussion with  UNC Professor Kenneth Janken | Saturday, February 23 | 2 – 3:30 PM| Pack Memorial Library , Lord Auditorium
Kenneth Janken is professor of African American and Diaspora studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and director of the UNC Center for the Study of the American South.

In addition to The Wilmington Ten , he authored two biographies: Rayford W. Logan and the Dilemma of the African-American Intellectual (1993); and Walter White: Mr. NAACP (2003), which won honorable mention in the Outstanding Book Awards from the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights in North America. He has published academic articles on the Harlem Renaissance, the civil rights movement in the 1940s, African Americans and world affairs, and school desegregation in North Carolina. Mr. Janken’s January 2015 article in the North Carolina Historical Review, "Remembering the Wilmington Ten: African American Politics and Judicial Corruption in the 1970s," won the R.D.W. Connor best article award in North Carolina history.

Join us for this free program at Pack Memorial Library in the Lord Auditorium. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the NC Room Friends of the Library.
Darin Waters: " Whose Story - Democratizing America's Collective Memory" | Thursday, February 28 | 6:30 PM | Lenoir Rhyne University ( 36 Montford Ave. )
Darin Waters, PhD, will examine America’s collective memory in remembering its past. As the Confederate-monument controversy swirls across the South, Waters will reflect upon the historical origins of memorializing bygone eras with images that disregard the blight of African-American enslavement and persecution. An audience Q&A will follow the presentation. Waters is an Associate Professor of History and Executive Director of Community Engagement at UNC Asheville. Free and open to the public. Click HERE for more information.
Thursday Evenings | 6-8 PM | Open to the public
(Free childcare for Claxton Families only; starting at 5:45pm)


February 21: Colorblind vs. Color Conscious: Families Talking About Race
Is your family more color blind or color conscious? Join us to explore how we talk to our kids about race--what is hard, what goes well and why it's important to step out of our comfort zones. FREE for anyone to attend with childcare provided to Claxton families only. Please RSVP to help us with numbers .
Earth Team
Earth Team Meeting | Wednesday, March 6 | 5:30 PM | Jerusalem Room
Next Sunday's Education Hour (for all ages)
Adult Education-Winter Term | January 6 – March 3 | 9:15AM

Pressure Points | Painting the Stars: Science, Religion, and an Evolving Faith | Jerusalem Room
Celebrating the connection of science and faith, Painting the Stars explores the promise of Christian spirituality. Featuring over a dozen leading evolutionary theologians and progressive thinkers, the program includes weekly dvd segments and lively discussion questions. Bruce Sanquin, one of the dvd speakers says, “the goal of this curriculum is to create some space for us to inhabit mystery more deeply, and explore the relationship between science, particularly evolution, and religion. Perhaps most importantly, the hope is that each participant will feel from the inside what it is like to be the presence of all this creativity showing up after 13.7 billion years as him or her. Without this felt sense of being one with the creative process that is ceaselessly animating life, the conversation will remain objective and academic."
Facilitators: Denise Snodgrass and Tim Hamel

The Improv | Religious Wounds and Healing | Fellowship Hall
The class will discuss how religion or communities of faith can do harm and the ways we find healing and resilience after such experiences. We will be engaging panels of people from the Grace Covenant community willing to share their experiences, as well as a few outside voices who have found healing elsewhere. Please come, bring your questions and your experiences, as we think about how we as Christians are called to be agents of healing and care in a wounded world.
Facilitators: Richard Coble and guests

Digging In | Singing Faith: Exploring the Bible through Hymns | Choir Room
The class will examine our biblical heritage of song as a way of understanding the historic development of hymns and the music of the church. We will seek to understand biblical foundations for singing while giving consideration to the theological, musical, literary, and cultural components of the faith we sing. Bring your questions and your voice (Bibles and Hymnals will be provided!)
Facilitator: Jeff Jones
[Contact Heather or Samantha ]

Toddlers (ages 2-3) | "God Loves Me" | Toddler Sunday School Room (downstairs, Children's Center)
Preschool/Kindergarten (ages 4-5) | Godly Play | Preschool Sunday School Room (downstairs, Children's Center)
Elementary (grades 1-3) | Godly Play | Temple Room (upstairs, Education Wing)
Elementary (grades 4-5) | "CONNECT" | Indie Room (upstairs, Education Wing)
Middle School (grades 6-8) | "Collaborate" Curriculum | Middle School Room (upstairs, Education Wing)
Senior Highs (grades 9-12) | "Wired Word" Curriculum | A-Frame (upstairs)
Confirmation Class | Senior High Room (upstairs, Education Wing)

*Nursery care is available throughout Sunday morning beginning at 8:10 am.
Winter Women's Memoir Series | Monday, February 25 | 6 PM | Garden Room
Join us for a series of book talks focusing on memoirs written by people of faith. Open to all women of the church. One copy of each book can be found in the church library. Please pre-read the book to ensure lively discussion.  *Childcare provided.
  • February 25 - Becoming by Michelle Obama
Facilitator: Caroline Wyrosdick-Webb
Bible Study | Wednesdays | 11:00 AM | Garden Rm
Join the pastoral staff to read and study our sermon texts for Sunday. No preparation needed; just come ready to open scripture and discuss!
VRQ—BBQ Cook Team | Next cook date: Tuesday, March 5 | 4:45 or 5:45 PM
Come help us serve a meal to the veterans at the Veterans Restoration Quarters (1329 Tunnel Rd.)! Come at 4:45 to help cook or 5:45 to help serve. This mission service has a long history. We would love for you to be a part of the fellowship & camaraderie. Questions? Contact Bill Neeriemer,
Habitat for Humanity Update
The 2018-19 Presbyterian-United Methodist Habitat house is complete. The closing was Thursday February 7 and Shaketia and her kids spent their first night there that same night. It was dedicated on Friday and Shaketia thanked all who supported her work to become a homeowner. So, for all the GCPC members, staff, and friends who helped in construction, via financial contributions, and with prayer, many heartfelt thanks! 
Ministry Partner News and Events...
A Celebration of Afro-Latinx Culture (hosted by BeLoved) | Thursday, February 21 | 5:30 - 7:30 PM | 10 N. Market St., 28801
An evening of Afro-Latinx history, culture, and art; heavy refreshments provided.
  • 5:30 pm Music spun by DJ Malinalli and media of dancers celebrating the heart of the culture.
  • 6:00 pm Ponkho Bermejo will speak about the history of Afro-Latinx people in the Americas
  • 6:15 pm Calling of the Ancestors and unveiling of a 4'x12' painting by local artist Harry Rivera, the Rise of the Ancestors, to be added to our new outdoor gallery at BeLoved Asheville's Liberation Station
  • 6:30 pm A short documentary exploring this intersection
  • 7:00 pm A panel discussion with local people sharing their stories and that of their ancestors living at this intersection.
Men @ GCPC Gathering| Thursday, February 28 | 8:00 AM | HomeGrown ( 371 Merrimon Ave. )
Join us for fellowship and discussion. Please read the  New York Times  editorial "The Boys Are Not Alright" by comedian Michael Ian Black (found at this  link ) to prompt our thinking about issues of men, masculinity, and violence. If you have other topics, stories, or editorials that you would like our regular breakfast gathering to take up, please email Richard or bring them to our discussion this month. 
Fathers with Young Children Meet-up | Thursday, February 28 | 4:00 PM | Green Sage North ( 633 Merrimon Ave. )
Fathers with babies and young children will be meeting for informal conversation, exploration, and support. If you find yourself in this particular stage of life, please come and have a coffee with us! Contact Richard, , with any questions.
GCPC 20s/30s Gathering: Breakout Asheville Escape Room! | Monday, March 4 | 7:00 – 8:30 PM | 60 Patton Ave.
Join us for an evening of code cracking, clue finding, and mystery solving at Breakout Asheville. Two teams will race to solve a series of problems as they move through rooms, working together to breakout! GCPC will be covering the cost. RSVP ASAP by emailing Samantha at ! *Contact Heather at by Monday, February 25th if you need childcare.
March PW Circle Meetings

Circle #1 | Tuesday, March 5 | 10:00 AM | Mary Byers (308 Lakeshore Drive) | Study Leader: Cathy Froehlich

Circle #2 | Tuesday, March 5 | 7:30 PM | Charlotte Simons (2400 Timber Place) | Study Leader: Melissa Hicks

Circle #3 | TBA

Circle #4 | Thursday, March 7 | 7:00 PM | Jane Sutton (6 Holmwood Road) | Study Leader: Mary Lou Nash

Circle #5 | Monday, March 4 | 10:00 AM | Baptist Home (213 Richmond Hill Drive) | Study Leader: Susie Churchfield
The 2019 Flower Chart is on the bulletin board next to the elevator. There are just a few Sundays left! Please consider signing up to give flowers one week. The cost is $45, payable to GCPC. Please send your dedication to Anna Louise
Deacon of the Week
Each Sunday morning there will be a deacon available for everything from praying with you to giving you a tour of the building. This deacon will be wearing a purple sash and stationed in the narthex before 10:45 worship and in the front of the sanctuary after worship. He or she is also available during the week if you or someone you love needs assistance from our board of deacons.
This week:  John Mount Shoop email:
Youth News
Youth Group LOCK IN!!!!! | Tomorrow, Friday, February 22, 7:00 PM - Saturday, February 23, 9:00 AM | GCPC
It's finally here!!!!!! After much anticipation, we are thrilled for this evening of surprises and fun!  Dress comfy.   Bring a sleeping bag, pillow, toothbrush, pajamas and any games/snacks to share (no peanuts).  Please have dinner before you come and bring money (approx. $10) for midnight snacks.   For food/carpooling purposes, sign up by today (the latest).  There will be no youth group Sunday evening.
Register for: Senior High Presbytery Mission Retreat | Friday, March 15 - Saturday, March 16 
Senior Highs, get ready for a rewarding weekend filled with service projects, fun, worship, music & fellowship with youth from across the presbytery. Register by February 28th by emailing Samantha . The cost is $25 and full & partial scholarships are available.  *You do not need to register if you are part of PYC.
Summer Opportunities: 
Montreat Senior High Youth Conference Week 6: July 28 - Aug 3 
Massanetta Middle School Youth Conference Week 3: July 11-14
Prayer List
[We are happy to pray for anyone who is in need. Concerns will stay on this list for a month unless we hear otherwise. Please keep us updated.] 
Iglesia Jerusalem congregation
Sherry Harcke (Les Stradley's friend)
Pat Cocke (Les Stradley’s friend) 
Glenn Russell (Robin Gaiser's brother)
Nancy and Richard Schaadt (Donna Robertson's sister and brother-in-law)
Louise Seitz (Janet Schifflin's friend)
Ana Garcia, (our Padrino Partner) her husband, Francisco, and their sons Jose and Adrian Garcia
Sondra Dorn (Jonathan Tetzlaff's partner)
Jeffrey Ferris (Mary Lou Nash's son)
Erik Jacobs (Kathy Jacob's son)
June Collins (Carolyn Tingle’s mother)
Robin Smith (Beth Robrecht's sister)
Hettie Lou Garland
Dot Holladay
Betty Smith
Margaret Rada
Bob Higgins
Olga Malinoski
James Harwell
Joyce Summerlin
Marty Johnson & Gabe Boehm
Grace Covenant Community Out and About...
The Children's Center at Gracelyn is hiring!
There are currently two positions open at the Children's Center:
  • Floater position | 11am-4pm, Monday-Friday
  • Full-time position | 8:30am-5:30pm, Monday-Friday | Qualifications: Associate Degree in Childhood Education
If interested, please contact the Program Director, Jeannie Aiken, at
Enneagram Gatherings
Join us for weekly two  hour enneagram gatherings 
Fridays,  10:00am & Monday s ,   6:00pm in the A-Frame @ GCPC
Contact Carol Hovis  about cost & details. All are welcome; you can come once or every week.
Click HERE to see flyer.
Enneagram Retreat: "Reclaiming our Holy Idea" | Saturday, March 9 | 10 AM - 3 PM | GCPC
The Enneagram is a powerful tool to look at 9 distinct personality strategies of how we humans cope in relationships, work & the world.
Holy Ideas are 9 essential qualities we humans lose sight of at an early age. Knowing our ennea-type offers us a way to rediscover the particular holy idea we forgot.
Cost: $60; Scholarships available. Bring a bag lunch; cost includes hearty snacks & hand-outs. RSVP by March 7th: Click HERE for flyer.
Save the Date:  
April 27th Enneagram retreat on Arrows
Stay tuned.  
"Combatants for Peace" Presentation | Thursday, February 28 | 6:30 (refreshments) ; 7-9 PM (program) | Congregation Beth Israel ( 229 Murdock Ave. )
Congregation Beth Israel is excited and proud to host a delegation of Israeli and Palestinian peacemakers from Combatants for Peace (CFP). In 2006, Israeli and Palestinian former combatants, people who had taken an active role in the conflict, laid down their weapons and established Combatants for Peace. The egalitarian, bi-national, grassroots movement was founded on the belief that the cycle of violence can only be broken when Israelis and Palestinians join forces. Combatants for Peace is the only organization, worldwide, in which former fighters on both sides of an active conflict have laid down their weapons, choosing to work together for peace and justice. They have been twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, 2017 & 2018.

They will be telling their personal stories of transformation from violence to nonviolence, and sharing the work that they are doing to end the occupation and bring peace to their homeland. We will have two speakers: one Israeli and one Palestinian, and also be screening a short clip of their award winning, documentary: Disturbing the Peace. Click HERE for more information.
"The Bail Trap: American Ransom" Documentary Screening | Sunday, March 3 | 4-6 PM | Grail Moviehouse ( 45 S. French Broad )
Join the ACLU of North Carolina's Western NC Chapter for a screening of "The Bail Trap", a Brave New Films compilation about the unjust cash bail system. Film will be followed by a panel discussion, featuring: Kristie Puckett-Williams (ACLU of NC), Brent Bailey (Buncombe County Reentry Council), Nicole Townsend (Southerners on New Ground) and Todd Williams (Buncombe County District Attorney). Questions? Contact Sam Katz at This event is free and open to the public; co-sponsored with Racial Justice Coalition of Asheville-Buncombe County.
Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church | 828.254.3274
789 Merrimon Ave. Asheville, NC 28804