Grace Covenant Weekly News | May 30, 2019
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“Some of us believe that God is almighty, and can do everything;
and that he is all wise, and may do everything;
but that he is all love, and will do everything - there we draw back.”
~Julian of Norwich , Revelations of Divine Love

Sunday Preview

Sunday, June 2, 2019
Seventh Sunday of Easter
Sacrament of the Lord's Supper
New Member Sunday

Worship services @ 8:15 & 10:15 AM

Homily: "One-ing" by Marcia Mount Shoop
Scriptures: Psalm 97; John 17:20-26
New Summer Worship Times starting this Sunday!
June 2 - September 1
Service times will be 8:15am and 10:15am.  
(No Education Hour during summer)

Summer Choir will also begin on June 2 at 9:15am!
Anyone who wants to give singing a try is encouraged to show up on Sunday mornings at 9:15am in the sanctuary.  We will spend about 40 minutes learning music for that day and then lead worship at the 10:15am service. It's fun, low-pressure and minimal commitment. . . come try it once or sing all summer!
Children & Youth Worship Helpers Needed for June
If your child or youth has never participated in worship as an Acolyte or a Pourer at the Baptismal font, we have some wonderful opportunities coming in the month of June. Follow this link for more details, dates, and descriptions:
Summer Bible Study – The Gospel of Mark | Wednesdays in June and July | 11:00 – 11:45 AM | Garden Room
"How could such a painful story of fear, betrayal, sufferings and death also be the 'good news of Jesus Christ' (1:1)" asks one commentator of the Gospel of Mark. Come join us as we seek to answer this question through a deep reading of Mark, the oldest canonical Gospel in the New Testament. Together, we will examine what Mark believed about Jesus, how he understood this "Good News" for the world, and what this book means for our lives today. Come to every meeting or stop by when you can. Contact Richard, , for more details. 
Centering Prayer | Wednesday Nights (beginning June 5) | 6:30 - 7:00 PM | Sanctuary
Sacred and shared silence is a profound gift of many religious traditions of the world. And Christianity has a rich and ancient tradition of intentional and prayerful silence as a spiritual practice. There are many gifts in these practices that touch every part of who we are as human beings. Centering silence calms the nervous system and positively supports all body systems. It teaches the mind to quiet and to open itself up to mystery and creativity. Centering silence strengthens our connections to each other and to the world around us. Sacred silence teaches us to listen devoutly, humbly, and with trust. It helps us befriend the unknown. 

It is beautifully simple and a spiritual skill whose gifts goes deeper and gets more powerful the more one practices it. This practice is open to all and is come as you are able. Questions? Contact Marcia.
Stewardship Corner
Are you traveling over the summer and don't want to get behind
on giving? Don't worry, there are ways to give
easily remotely, even automatically!

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 - just click GIVE HERE

SMART PHONE with the Give+ Mobile App or by texting 828-266-0126 the amount you’d like to contribute
Creating Sanctuary Team (CST)
Creating Sanctuary Team Mtg. | Sunday, June 9 | 11:15 AM | Garden Room
Pisgah Legal "Souper Wednesdays"
A big thank you to those who made Souper Wednesday a special time for the staff of Pisgah Legal Services earlier this month. Kathy Jacobs, Grace Hall, Beth Philipsen, Glenda Burgin, and Lynne Noble generously contributed irresistible soups, bread, fruit and cookies.
There is a need for food each month as well as for hosts to welcome the staff to lunch.
Contact Nancy Gaskin at  or Glenda Burgin at  to learn more about this important ministry to the devoted employees and volunteers of PLS, which GCPC sponsors on the third Wednesday of each month. 
Power and Race Team (PART)
The Racial Justice Book Series | Thursday, June 13 | 6:00 PM | Garden Room
For June , we are reading Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Eric Dyson.  “One of the most frank and searing discussions on race ... a deeply serious, urgent book, which should take its place in the tradition of Baldwin's  The Fire Next Time  and King's  Why We Can't Wait ." - The New York Times Book Review
Digging Deeper - Native American History | Getting to know our Cherokee Indian neighbors (These events are family-friendly)

Museum of the Cherokee Indian | Saturday, June 8 | | 12–7 PM | Cherokee, NC
LAST CALL! An afternoon in the Cherokee Museum, picnic on the grounds and an evening of Cherokee storytelling around a bonfire. You can access the registration form at or there are some hard copies available at the Welcome Desk.
“Unto These Hills”- Outdoor Drama | Monday, July 8 | | 4-10 PM | Cherokee, NC
Carpool or van to Cherokee, NC for an afternoon picnic on the grounds before the play. "Unto These Hills" tells the Cherokees’ rich story from 1780 to the 21st century. You can access the registration form at or there are also some hard copies at the Welcome Desk.
SAVE THIS DATE: (Registration form available soon!)
  • Saturday, August 10 | Oconaluftee Indian Village | 12-7 PM | Cherokee, NC An afternoon in the Oconaluftee Village, picnic on the grounds and an evening of Cherokee storytelling around a bonfire.
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.
Isaiah Rice Historical Photo Exhibition | May 24, 2019 - Aug 24 | Eagle Market Place Community Exhibition Space
The Isaiah Rice Photo Collection, which provides a window into Asheville's African American history through vivid images of life in the city's black community from the 1950s through the 1970s, will be on view May 24-Aug. 24 at the new Eagle Market Place Community Exhibition Space, 19 Eagle Street, Asheville .
Earth Team
Earth Team Meeting | Wednesday, June 5 | 5:30 PM | Jerusalem Rm
Monarch Butterfly Garden
You may have noticed the new raised flower bed outside the window by the member name tag tables. That is our new Monarch Butterfly Garden! The tall, mature plants are swamp milkweed, and monarch butterflies rely on them for their very lives. You may already know monarch butterflies, along with bees and certain other pollenating insects, have had a tough decade. Our modern agricultural practices are poisoning them. Along with many others across the continent who love and care for God’s creatures, GCPC has joined the efforts to provide safe and untainted food and for monarchs and their larvae.

Thanks to Earth Team members Laura and Jonathan Ross, Sharon Sasse, and Susan Presson for their efforts and work. We especially thank Rick Philipsen for all of his generous work in procuring the lumber and building the raised bed for us.

Earth Team Request:
We need help with watering our new butterly garden flower bed through the summer heat. If you would like to volunteer for a day of the week, once a month, or for just a few particular days, please call or text Betsy Richards, 770-548-0862, or send an email to . Thanks!
Don’t miss our Earth Day celebration after our outdoor worship service on June 9!! Earth Team will be providing refreshments. SunDance, the company installing our new solar panels, will bring their mobile solar panel display with them. Bring your favorite gadget, plug it in, and watch it go!! Powered 100% from our Sun!! 
GCPC Hike to Douglas Falls
We had a great day! Thanks, Les Stradley, for leading us on this beautiful hike.
Don’t miss the next hike on June 21. Stay tuned for details.
GCPC Library Highlight
The Golden Rule by Ilene Cooper
A boy and his grandfather observe the phrase “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” on a billboard and discuss the meaning of the words. The grandfather explains that the rule is simple but not easy, that it holds true for children as well as adults, and that at its core the rule is “Golden because it’s so valuable, and a way of living your life that’s so simple, it shines.” The author offers interpretations of how the rule is stated in the various holy books of the major religions. The illustrations are elegant and visually arresting.
Education Hour (for all ages) will resume on September 15th!
*Nursery care is available throughout Sunday morning beginning at 8:10 am.
2019 Summer Women’s Book Series | Last Monday of the month | 6 PM | Garden Room
Join us for a series of book talks. Open to all women of the church. One copy of each book can be found in the church library. Please pre-read the books to ensure lively discussion.
  • June 24 | Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth | Sarah Smarsh
  • July 29 | Wearing God: Clothing, Laughter, Fire and Other Ways of Meeting God | Lauren Winner
  • August 26 | If Oceans were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran | Carla Power
Marketplace, AD - VBS: “Love Your Neighbor” | June 24-27 | First Presbyterian
Marketplace is for children ages 3 years old (by January 1, 2019 AND fully potty trained) through children who will be completing 5th grade. All forms and payment are online this year at: .
Youth and adult volunteers are also needed. Email Heather Ferguson for more information.

  • old sheets [These will be torn into strips and decorated by the children to be head wraps or prayer shawls]
  • new or barely used pillow cases [The children will stamp patterns along the edge of the opening, and these will be given to Steadfast House]
  • yarn [For belts and simple embroidery]

If you can contribute any of these items for the Marketplace Bible School, please leave them in the black box in the narthex (close to the Children's Library section). Email Heather Ferguson at with questions.
VRQ - BBQ Cook Team | Next date: June 4 th   | 4:45 or 5:45 PM | 1329 Tunnel Rd.
Inviting you to join the BBQ Cook Team at the VRQ on the first Tuesday to help prepare, cook and serve the evening meal! ABCCM-Veterans Restoration Quarters provides transitional housing for more than 200 US Armed Force Veterans. If this service fits your schedule come at 4:45 to help prepare and cook or 5:45 to serve the evening meal. After serving the meal we join the veterans, sharing the meal and conversation. The evening usually ends by 7. No kitchen clean-up—it is a good time and good camaraderie. Questions? Contact Bill Neeriemer, .
PRITCHARD PARK Info Meeting & Sign-ups | This Sunday, June 2 | 11:15 AM | Narthex
Sign-ups begin this Sunday in the narthex. “New management” is interested in finding ways to further develop the impact on both GCPC volunteers and people experiencing homelessness who come to Pritchard Park on Sunday morning at 9 am. Rick Noble is seeking input from GCPC veteran volunteers and potential new volunteers as we plan for the next 12 months. CLICK HERE to see a brief review of the GCPC who/what/how/where/when of Pritchard Park. Thank you in advance!
Room In The Inn (RITI) | July 7-14 | GCPC
RITI returns to Grace Covenant in July. Sign-ups begin this Sunday in the narthex or you can sign up online at . There are so many ways to help with this important ministry including overnight hosting, driving and/or food preparation. The sooner we fill the slots, the better prepared we are to host the women. Thank you in advance for supporting this important ministry.
Ministry Partner News and Events...
Hood Huggers International Fundraiser! Click here for full newsletter.
Annual Blood Drive | Sunday, June 2 | 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM
The GCPC blood drive begins in Fellowship Hall on Sunday, June 2. There are still open appointments, so if you find that you can donate blood after all, please visit the registration table in Fellowship Hall to check for cancellations.
GCPC Goes to the Ballpark! | Friday, June 21 | 7 PM | Tourists’ Game
Join us for the ballgame! Grace Covenant has reserved 100 seats. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children (12 and under) and seniors. Please call the church office or email Sherrie to reserve your tickets. Tickets must be purchased by Sunday, June 16 th . Make checks payable to GCPC.
GCPC Softball Team -
"The Prez-Beez"
Everybody come out and have some fun supporting our WINNING church softball team! All games are only an hour long and are played at the ball field behind the Montford Recreation Center. 

For the full Prez-Beez schedule, click HERE .
PW June Circle Meetings
# 1 | Tuesday, June 4 | 11:15 AM | A social potluck lunch in the Fellowship Hall 

# 2 | Tuesday, June 4 | 7:30 PM | Barbara McLean's home | Study Leader: Denise

# 3 | Thursday, June 13 | 7:00 PM | Bonnie Parker's home

# 4 | Thursday, June 13 | 6:00 PM | Stone Ridge Tavern for conversation & cuisine.

# 5 | No meeting
Deacon Helpers Wanted!
The deacons have a list of people in our congregation available to provide meals, rides, and other needs to those who can use them, for example, when members have surgery or suffer a loss. When we identify a need, a sign-up is sent out to our helpers, and they can choose what dates to provide a meal, etc. It would be wonderful if we could expand this list. If you are interested, please contact Richard Coble at
Nursery Volunteers Needed
In the past year, for one reason or another, several of our wonderful Grace Covenant members who served as volunteers in our nurseries needed to take a break. In most cases, our substitute volunteers have helped to fill the holes. On occasion, we have needed to bring in extra members of our paid Nursery staff.

As we look toward populating the Nursery Volunteer Schedule for 2019-2020, would you consider volunteering for one of our teams? Being part of a team means that you serve alongside our Nursery Staff for 6 Sundays (out of 52 Sundays) in one of our three nursery rooms (Infants, Toddlers or Preschoolers). The time commitment is 10:15AM-12:00PM September through May and 10:00AM-11:30AM June-August.

Please consider this opportunity to serve Grace Covenant by helping to grow our children. If you have questions, contact Heather Ferguson, .
GCPC Lost & Found is getting crowded. Please come check to see if you are missing anything. It is located in a purple bin under the coat rack near the new women's restroom. (There are also several pairs of glasses in the small bin on top.)
Jewelry Lost & Found

The jewelry items are kept in Sherrie's office and you can call her during the week (Mon.-Thurs., 9-4) to arrange pick up.
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:  Gordon Gaiser email:
Youth News
Your feedback is requested:

We would appreciate your feedback on how to make Youth Group, Sunday School & Confirmation even better! Youth, Parents, Adults: please take a moment to fill out this quick 
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
Pat Cocke (Les Stradley’s friend) 
Deborah Strong (Robin Gaiser's cousin)
Nancy and Richard Schaadt (Donna Robertson's sister and brother-in-law)
Louise Seitz (Janet Schifflin's friend)
Jeffrey Ferris (Mary Lou Nash's son)
June Collins (Carolyn Tingle’s mother)
Robin Smith (Beth Robrecht's sister)
Rebecca Wells' brother, Jamey
Natalie C.
Jennifer Moore (Amanda Pressley's daughter)
Dorothy Zuck (Pat Durham's mother)
Richard Stump (Marcia Mount Shoop's friend)
Michelle Elhert (Bill McNeff's friend)
Jennifer Vaughn (Mary Berg's friend)
West Asheville Presbyterian Church
Hettie Lou Garland
Dot Holladay
Betty Smith
Margaret Rada
Bob Higgins
James Harwell
Joyce Summerlin
Cory Hartbarger
Mary Ellen Horne
Sherrie McCleary-Small
Penny Ponder
Grace Covenant Community Out and About...
American Friends of Combatants for Peace present:
Programming from the Heart of Israeli & Palestinian Peacemakers
(Click HERE for flyer)

Two Sided Story (film and discussion) | Thursday, May 30 | 7-9:30 pm
Congregation Beth HaTephila, 43 N. Liberty St., Asheville
Co-sponsored by Congregations Beth HaTephila and Beth Israel

These films and events document heroic Israeli and Palestinian activists who cross political and personal boundaries in order to transform violence and hatred into peace, justice, and equality. Free and open to the public. 
Intersectional and Intergenerational Organizing Skills & Strategy | Thursday, May 30th | 6:30 - 8:00 PM | Firestorm Books ( 610 Haywood Rd. )
Two renowned radical justice organizers discuss learnings and challenges for successful movement-building in an era of ascendant white supremacy.
Click HERE for more information.
Healthcare Vigil | Wednesday, June 5 | 7:00 PM | Vance Monument
Join us for a candlelight vigil to remember those who have suffered and even died simply because they didn’t have access to healthcare.
This is part of a statewide solidarity vigil from the mountains to the sea, all taking place at the same time, because unaffordable and unavailable healthcare affects the whole state! CLICK HERE for more info.
The Opioid Crisis: The Faith Community Responds Clergy Breakfast | Thursday, June 27 | 9:30 - 11:30 AM | First Congregational Church (20 Oak St.)
Are you interested in learning more about the state of our state when it comes to opioids? Are you interested in learning more about ways your congregation can get involved with the Opioid Crisis?

If so please join the NC Council of Churches at one of their Clergy Breakfasts for the Opioid Crisis the Faith Community Responds. At these breakfasts, you will learn about the state of our state, what is harm reduction? what congregations can do to get involved? and what resources are available in your community.

If you have any questions feel free to email
Spiritual LGBT: An Interfaith Panel | Thursday, June 27 | 6:00 - 7:30 PM | AB Tech Auditorium
Join us for a discussion of the intersection of spiritual and LGBTQIA+ identities. Presented by Youth OUTright WNC and sponsored by PFLAG, Asheville Jewish Community Center and Open Hearts.
Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church | 828.254.3274
789 Merrimon Ave. Asheville, NC 28804