Grace Covenant Weekly News | January 24, 2019
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“We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love and that love comes with community.” 
~ Dorothy Day, The Long Loneliness

Sunday Preview

Sunday, January 27, 2019
GCPC Congregational Breakfast & Annual Meeting

Breakfast @ 8:15 AM
Meeting @ 9:00 AM
Worship Service @ 10:45 AM (Communion)
NO Education Hour
No 8:15 AM service

Sermon: "Body Work" by Marcia Mount Shoop
Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a; Luke 4:14-21

GCPC Congregational Breakfast & Annual Meeting | This Sunday, January 27 | 8:15 AM | Atrium & Fellowship Hall
You don't want to miss the First-Annual-Greatest-Of-All-Time-Best-In-Show-Championship-GCPC-Games!!! Come and celebrate another great year at Grace Covenant. You'll get a whole lot of great information and have a lot of fun too!

There will be no 8:15am worship and no Sunday school that morning. (Ages 2-5 will still have their Sunday School class.) The Men @ GCPC will provide our scrumptious breakfast. If you would like to help with that, please contact Dean Presson at
Sung Evening Prayer | This Sunday, January 27 | 6:00 PM | Sanctuary
Please join us as our Cherub and Treble Choirslead us in this brief contemplative service of scripture, prayer, and traditional evening hymns.
Room In The Inn (RITI)| January 27 - February 3 | GCPC
  This Sunday, RITI comes to Grace Covenant. We are still in need of drivers! If you can help, you may sign up at this link.  
  GCPC: Do you have any new or lightly used twin sized blankets you could donate to Room in the Inn? We could use more blankets for these cold nights.
   The ladies rarely have access to lipstick, make-up, cologne, nail polish, facial creams, manicure sets and other personal items most women use. If you would consider donating any of the above type of new products, please put them in the box marked ”RITI” located near the information station near the name tags.
P.S. Thanks to all of you who have already signed up!
Dear Grace Covenant Community, 
Exciting news! Our new Maintenance and Repair Technician (the position formerly known as "The Sexton") comes on board at GCPC on Friday, January 25. Check out Cliff's bio below and see what a wealth of experiences, skills, and know-how he brings. He will be a great addition to our staff team and our community. 
Please take time to welcome Cliff Sunday, January 27, his first Sunday, when we have our annual meeting and breakfast. 
Clifford Schlegelmilch was owner and operator of Schlegelmilch Enterprises, a general contractor. He was also a law enforcement officer and firefighter with City of Beaufort in SC. He retired in 2006 and moved to Leicester. He was the supervisor of maintenance at Ridgecrest Conference Center for 8 years. He then was a Spa Engineer at Omni Grove Park Inn. He is married to Sheryl Schlegelmilch and they have been married for 41 years. They have two grown children, Mark and Maria, who they adopted from Guatemala as infants. He is looking forward to joining the family at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church.
Stewardship Corner

Come to the Annual Meeting to hear the latest Stewardship Campaign update!
2018 Contribution Statements Available Now

Your 2018 statement of tax deductible gifts are available now on the Welcome Desk in the narthex. *Please pick up your statement by Sunday, 2/10/19, to help save on postage. 

Please review your statement closely and notify Natalie Weaver, Stewardship & Financial Administrator, as soon as possible with questions or corrections needed. She is in the office Tuesday - Thursday to assist and can be reached at 828-254-3274, ext. 202 or
Creating Sanctuary Team (CST)
Creating Sanctuary Team Meeting | Sunday, February 10 | 11:45 AM | Garden Room
"Souper Wednesdays" - Pisgah Legal
Last week GCPC’s Creating Sanctuary Team celebrated its one-year anniversary hosting Souper Wednesdays for the staff of Pisgah Legal Services. Grace Hall, Allison Falk, Lynne Noble, Anne Stokely, Glenda Burgin, and Bryant Smith created irresistible soups / accompaniments and offered warm hospitality for the festive occasion.
As Glenda Burgin reminds us, “The PLS folks tell us that these days are anticipated treats providing a welcome break from their intense work. They appreciate the thoughtfulness of vegan and gluten-free offerings in addition to standard fare. For providers and hosts, the joy of hosting these Wednesdays gives us the opportunity to meet and learn a bit about what they do and their needs.” 
Nancy Gaskin founded and leads the Souper Wednesdays each month.  To learn more about this third-Wednesday-of-the-month ministry serving those who serve and to volunteer to join the February 20 team, please contact Nancy ( ) or Glenda Burgin ( ).

~ Contributed by Tish Anderson
Power and Race Team (PART)
Racial Justice Book Series | *Wednesday, February 13 | 7:00 PM | Garden 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 February, we are reading  An American Marriage  by Tayari Jones.

From  Amazon  Page: 
"Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding. As Roy’s time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. After five years, Roy’s conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together."
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.
Tamika Mallory - Keynote Address | Thursday, January 24 | 7:30 PM | UNC Asheville's Lipinsky Auditorium
Tamika D. Mallory, national co-president of the Women’s March, will deliver the keynote address for UNC Asheville’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Week. The keynote talk is the highlight of a week focusing on King’s moral legacy, including a day of community service, and activities and workshops for students on contemporary issues and civil rights history.
Mallory’s talk is free and open to everyone, with no tickets required, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, in UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium. The doors will open at 6 p.m. and seating is first-come, first-served.
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 .

March 7: Understanding Gender Identity
Transgender, cisgender, gender expansive--what's it all mean? How can a school be welcoming for students of all genders? Join us for activities and discussion led by Allison Scott and Craig White of the Campaign for Southern Equality. FREE for anyone to attend with childcare provided to Claxton families only. Please RSVP to help us with numbers .

March 21: Asheville's Hidden Racial History
Some of Asheville's racial history is hidden away, and some of it is hidden in plain sight. Who were the people behind names like Vance, Merrimon, Patton and Dickson? What people and places have been mostly forgotten? Learn about the research Claxton students have done, and join us in a discussion about how we as a community are affected by who and what we choose to remember. FREE for anyone to attend with childcare provided to Claxton families only. Please RSVP to help us with numbers.

April 11: Divided America: Finding Common Ground
How can we “Be the change” in our own families and communities? In this session we will recognize the divisions that exist in our country and discuss tools and skills that will help us forge a path towards resilience and peace. 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, February 6 | 5:30 PM | Jerusalem Room
*There will be no Education Hour this Sunday due to the Annual Meeting.
(Ages 2-5 will have class)

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 | THIS Monday, January 28 | 6 PM | Jerusalem 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.
  • January 28 - Pure: inside the Evangelical Movement that Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free by Linda Kay Klein
Facilitator: Amber White
  • February 25 - Becoming by Michelle Obama
Facilitator: Caroline Wyrosdick-Webb
  • March 25 - Undaunted: Surviving Jonestown, Summoning Courage and Fighting Back by Jackie Speier
Facilitator: Mary Lou Nash
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: February 5th | 4:45 or 5:45 PM | Veterans Restoration Quarters ( 1329 Tunnel Road )
On the First Tuesday of each month, a team of folks gather at the Veterans Restoration Quarters to grill hamburgers and prepare supper for more than 200 US Armed Forces Veterans living in transitional housing at the VRQ — an ABCCM Ministry. Team volunteers begin to gather at 4:45 to prepare the meal and fire up the grills; to help serve the meal come at 5:45. The evening meal is served at 6 and the team joins with the veterans at their table for supper. Commitments can be for one Tuesday or more. Email Bill Neeriemer with questions.

Harry Summerlin serves as the meal shopper earlier in the day. When the volunteers arrive they begin grilling, chopping onions, cooking beans, preparing cole slaw, and assembling hamburgers or working on the serving line. Those who arrive early can self-select their favorite work. Our GCPC team is joined by Black Mountain First Baptist Church folks each month. 
To be added to this list, please email Anna Louise at
Fathers with Young Children Meet-up | Thursday, Jan. 24 | 4 PM | High Five Coffee ( 190 Broadway St. )
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: “Bowling Night & Pizza Dinner" | Thursday, Jan. 31 | 6:30-8:30 PM | AMF Star Lanes ( 491 Kenilworth Rd )
If you are age 19-39, you are invited to a fun night of bowling, pizza & beverages and fellowship. GCPC will cover the cost, RSVP soon to Samantha . *Contact Heather for childcare by January 27th.
Sisters at the Sea Retreat 2019 - | February 21-24, 2019 | Folly Beach, SC | $190
Registration ends on February 3rd.
Are you a woman age 25ish-50ish who would like a weekend of connecting and rejuvenating? Mark your calendars for our 10th annual SOS (“save our sanity”/“sisters at the sea”/”women needing to replenish and rejuvenate”) retreat! This year’s leader will be our own Heather Ferguson. We will dig into some unique ways to tap into Celtic spirituality, a very earthy spirituality that is rooted in the natural elements. The beach will be a perfect place to explore "Fire, Earth, Wind and Water: Praying with the Elements of Creation."
Cost: $190 per person
*Full and partial scholarships available upon request. Registration forms will be available on the wall near the Welcome Desk; or you can use the online form.
Care for GCPC Children and Youth
At GCPC, we have countless ways in which we nurture and care for our children and youth. Because we care about the well-being of all who are a part of our community, we have a comprehensive Child & Youth Protection Policy (CYPP) that is reviewed and updated annually.

If you work with children and/or youth in any capacity (Nursery Volunteer, Sunday School Teacher, Youth Advisor, Confirmation Mentor, Choir Parent Helper, etc.), you MUST participate in one of the CYPP training sessions.

Because we believe the policy contains vital information we encourage EVERY ADULT to participate in one of the CYPP training sessions. So please invite others to join us. Great for all parents, grandparents, nannies and guardians.

Chris Campbell, GCPC member and co-founder of Campbell-Shatley Law Firm, will be facilitating the training sessions. Chris’ area of expertise is education and legal training. We are ever-so-grateful for Chris!
We have one option left for the Child & Youth Protection Policy:
  • Sunday, February 3, 12:00-1:00 pm

*No RSVP needed. Snacks and childcare will be provided.
Contact Heather Ferguson with questions.
“2nd Wednesdays” Fellowship Dinner | February 13 | 6:00 PM | Fellowship Hall
Valentine's Potluck! Please bring a dish you love to share and make some space for connecting with your church community. The church will provide a main dish and beverages. These events are intergenerational. *RSVP to Sherrie, , by 12:00 pm on Monday, February 11 so we can have an estimate.
The 2019 Flower Chart is on the bulletin board next to the elevator. Please consider signing up to give flowers one Sunday. The cost is $45, payable to GCPC. Please send your dedication to A nna 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:  Marcy Onieal email:
Youth News
Senior Highs: Midnight Manna! | This Saturday, January 26 | 8:50 PM - 12:15 AM  | Meet/pick up at Manna Food Bank ( 627 Swannanoa Rd. )
Senior Highs,  who signed up  will be going to this unforgettable service party (sponsored by AYM & Manna Food Bank). GCPC is covering the cost (food & t-shirts provided). Youth, arrive at 8:50pm, so that we can check in together.  *If you did not sign up, but want to come,  sign up here.
Middle Schoolers: Room in the Inn Night! | This Sunday, January 27 | 5:00 -7:00 PM  | GCPC
Middle Schoolers, get ready for an evening of welcoming the women staying in "Room in the Inn" (our rotating women's shelter at GCPC). We will do activities together and decorate yummy cupcakes! Dinner will be provided by the Pate family
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)
Family of Vera Shealy (Nancy Gaskin’s aunt)
Linda Parker (Anna Jarvis’ sister-in-law)
Family of Lloyd “Hatman” Haag (Carolyn Haag’s father)
Hettie Lou Garland
Dot Holladay
Betty Smith
Margaret Rada
Bob Higgins
Olga Malinoski
Nancy Gettys
James Harwell
Joyce Summerlin
Grace Covenant Community Out and About...
Enneagram Gatherings
New two hour enneagram gatherings begin Friday, January 25, 10:00am & Monday, January 28, 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.
January Series  of Calvin College | January 3-23 (each weekday) | 12:30-1:30 PM | First Presbyterian Church, Room 112
First Presbyterian Church will broadcast o ne of the nation’s leading lecture and cultural arts series, fifteen lectures shown through live feed from Calvin College with topics ranging from millennials and faith, restorative justice, confident pluralism, radical generosity, and so much more by top experts in their fields. Bring a sack lunch, we’ll supply beverages. Attend one or all. Click HERE for more information.
PWNC Annual Spirituality Retreat - " Praying with the Celtic Saints" | March 8-9, | Bonclarken Conference Center ( 500 Pine Drive, Flat Rock, NC 28731 )
Our weekend together will explore ways for us to celebrate Celtic wisdom and weave it into our lives here in the 21st century. We will pray together, enjoy the poetry and stories of the Celtic saints, and seek the still, small voice of God in the natural beauty of Bonclarken. Retreat begins Friday, March 8, 3:00 p.m., and ends Saturday, March 9, 4:00 p.m. A Saturday only option is also available. Presenters are: Carl McColman and Linda Abel. Click HERE for the full flyer.
2019 Come to the Table Conference | March 12-13, 2019 | Friendship Missionary Baptist Church | Charlotte, NC
"Called to Action: Uprooting Hunger and Cultivating Justice"
We invite faith leaders and laypeople, hunger relief advocates, farmers, farm workers, community organizers, community gardeners, food council members, extension agents, and others to join us next March to examine the root causes of hunger and collaborate to build a more just food system. At the 2019 Come to the Table Conference, we hope to energize attendees to go back to their communities with the knowledge to challenge the systemic nature of hunger and the skills and connections to grow structures that are based in justice. The 2019 Conference will:
  • Share resources, tools & knowledge to support attendees in being effective community organizers for a more just food system
  • Provide space for the knowledge and wisdom in the room to be shared and for us all to learn together
  • Provide space for people to connect with each other and build relationships that will sustain and support their work

Keynote Speakers:
Executive Director of  Food First
For more information, including keynote biographies, workshop selection, conference schedules, and other logistics, click here.
PC(USA) Advocacy Training Weekend
  • Compassion Peace and Justice Training Day | April 5 | 8 AM - 4:30 PM | New York Ave. Presbyterian Church | Washington, DC
Gather with your fellow Presbyterians as we look at how our church and our partners are working to organize for change. In plenaries and work shops we will look at the Church as movement and as well as ways to build movements for change. We will hear from inspiring leaders and learn about past present and future efforts to bring about a more just society and world. We will offer concrete tools and strategies for members and their congregations to organize and advocate in their churches and local communities.
  • Ecumenical Advocacy Days | April 5-8 | Washington DC
The 2019 Ecumenical Advocacy Days Conference will draw on #GoodTrouble pioneers from the Civil Rights era as well as inspiration from young leaders to learn from the past, share best practices, and encourage one another for the work ahead. Through worship, educational and training workshops, and advocacy, we will beckon the Spirit to “Trouble the Waters” as depicted in John 5:1-9, calling on God to bring healing to our nation and world. Join us as we envision and train for new ways to stir up #GoodTrouble for the healing of all God’s children.
Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church | 828.254.3274
789 Merrimon Ave. Asheville, NC 28804