GCPC Weekly News | October 8, 2020

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GCPC Alive and Well This Week!
Youth Committee Mtg. 10/1
Guatemala Committee Mtg. 10/6
Christi Mobley sharing World Communion with her bird, Sebastian
World Communion at the Kominski household
MCI Group 10/7
World Communion with Lloyd and Carolyn Horton
Adult Ed Class: Drawdown
Me & White Supremacy All-Comers Reflective Zoom
Worship Preview | Sunday, October 11, 2020
Sermon: "As the World Spurns" by Richard Coble
Scripture: Exodus 32:1-14

Live Stream Worship Service @ 10:45 AM Sunday

GCPC All Saints Eve Extravaganza | Saturday, October 31 | 3-4 PM 
It’s another Drive Through Extravaganza!!! Mark your calendar! 
Our new Director of Childrens and Family Ministries, Amy Kim Kryemes-Parks will be here in costume--you don’t want to miss it!!! 
So you can come in costume too! You can decorate your car, too, if that sounds like fun to you! We’ll have halloween candy!
We’ll also have Communion elements for All Saints worship, votive candles, and you can even check out a hymnal. 
Equal Exchange - No Contact Bulk Sales *ENDING SOON!*

We are accepting orders of the in-stock products and will arrange for no contact pick up/payment during the building closure. You can find the current list of available products here or by going directly to http://bit.ly/EqualExchangeGCPC. Recently expired products available at discounted rates!

If interested in purchasing, please email Natalie with the types and quantities of each from the inventory sheet that you'd like. She will respond with the total due, available pick up dates/times, and payment options. 

These orders will require a minimum of 1 case of coffee (6 bags) OR 1 case of chocolate bars (12 bars) per order. Pending availability, you can mix and match your favorites of each and add on additional items once the minimum has been reached.  
Recurring Weekly Zooms:

  • Sundays "Adult Education" @ 9:15 am
  • Sundays "Pre-K - 3rd Grade Sunday Morning Check-In" @ 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)
  • Sundays "Youth Group" @ 5:00 pm (email Cat Kessler for zoom info)
  • Wednesdays “Zoom Bible Study@ 3:00 pm
  • Wednesdays "Choir Chat" @ 7:30 pm
  • Every other Thursday (beginning 9/3) "Men of GCPC" @ 8:30 am
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 Sherrie, 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 (10/4 - 10/10): Jeane Smith email: jeane.smith22@gmail.com
Next week (10/11 - 10/17): Bill Ryan email: bill73ryan@gmail.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)
Jonathan Hettrick and family (friends of Mary Craig)
Ryan Lockett (nephew of Denise Lockett)
Eveline Damiano (Daughter of Lisette deGroot)
Jennifer Martin (Yvonne Smith's daughter)
Travis Heck (Brian Cook's brother)
Marjorie Tague (Karen Punta's friend)
Marianne Nash (Dave Nash’s daughter)
David Nash, Jr. (Dave Nash’s son)
Thomas Dellinger (son of Libbie Dellinger and Sharlena Thomas)
Betty Hord (Alexandra Hollifield’s great-grandmother)
Robb Overholt (Matt Wiedle’s friend)
Hettie Lou Garland
Bob Higgins
Cory Hartbarger
Florence and Steve Riedesel
Roslyn Carney
Susan Smialowicz
Laura Ross
Bill Williamson
Queen Mother Maggie Belle Gladden
Marilyn Schmidt
All those participating in the “Me & White Supremacy” study
Bob Walther
PART (Power & Race Team)
Tema Okun is an author and facilitator who has been helping organizations, communities, and individuals dismantle white supremacy culture for several decades. You can find more about her work here and a full list of her "Characteristics of White Supremacy Culture" here. PART has been engaging for some time with these characteristics and exploring how they show up at GCPC and in each of us. 
The question was asked to PART, how do we seek transformation of our norms, structures and practices that go beyond representation?

GCPC session has done this transformative work. Our session models a practice that disrupts the binaries of a yes or no debate. Mutual invitation is used to discern the question being considered, and does not position the discussion as for or against. If necessary, additional meetings are scheduled and conversation is slowed down to hear God’s will.

* Join PART tonight at 6:00 PM to continue our work of seeking this type of transformation in our church.

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Sunday Evening Bible Study & Prayer Group | Sundays (beginning October 11) | 5:00 PM via Zoom
Our new Bible Study and Prayer Group will begin this Sunday. We will be focusing on how selected passages from the Gospel of John speak to our spiritual lives and needs today. With a contentious election looming, the pandemic entering a new phase, and the cold weather approaching, the coming months will be difficult. Our hope is that this group is a time of support, contemplation, and fellowship, where we can feel the movement of the Spirit and ready ourselves for another week. So please, join us as you can. Contact Richard with questions.

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Healing Families: Exploring Trauma Informed & Trauma Responsive Parenting | Sunday, October 18 | 3:00 PM | GCPC YouTube Channel
We are excited to announce an event for all parents during these difficult times right here on our GCPC YouTube Channel ("GCPC Video"). 
On Sunday, October 18 we welcome Michael Hayes, Alice Dixson, and Allison Sturtevant-Gilliam, as they lead us in an informative and transformative program on Trauma Informed and Trauma Responsive Parenting.  
Michael Hayes is Executive Director of Umoja Health, Wellness and Justice Collective. He is a Certified Peer Support Specialist, Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Facilitator, Reconnect for Resilience Skills Educator, and Founder of the Urban Arts Institute.
Michael comes to the work of Adversity and Resiliency after learning about the ACE study while in prison...a turning point that changed Michael’s life and helped him to put context to his experiences. 
With lessons learned in his own life and from the experiences of the community, Michael became motivated to start the Umoja Health, Wellness and Justice collective, a place for connections to center the healing and resilience within the Black community.  
Through trauma informed practice, building community connections, and recognition that what we have been through motivates us to heal, Michael hopes that we become a resilient community. 
Alice Dixson is a Certified Peer Support Specialist, Community and spiritual activist, Bodyworker, Generational elder in a long line of Civil Rights activists, Executive Assistant at Umoja Health, Wellness, and Justice Collective. 
Alice has worked with the juvenile justice system, as a member of the ACE Learning Collaborative, Board member of Be Present, a racial equity facilitator at a number of venues including the annual South East and New England Herbal Conferences, Earth Haven Ecovillage and a consultant for the Reconnect for Resilience training curriculum. 
Alice’s passion for equity and healing shows up with compassion in all aspects of her work and for all people.
Allison Sturtevant-Gilliam is a white, able-bodied, the mother of five children currenting working to disrupt systems of oppression in the world of parenting.   
Allison, a social worker, believes that understanding natural responses to stress and trauma as well as the importance of connection are the key to parenting in a way that feels good for everyone involved. 
Fall Adult Education

Drawdown: Engaging our Faith to Reverse the Climate Crisis | Sundays | *9:00 - 10:15 AM | September 20-October 25
“We are squarely in the middle of the greatest transition in history.”
“Distress signals are flashing throughout nature and society, from drought, sea level rise, and unrelenting increases in temperatures to expanded refugee crises, conflict, and dislocation.”
“There are reasons to see this planetary crisis as an opportunity to create a just and livable world.”

These quotes come from the workbook DRAWDOWN: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming.  It offers 100 solutions to understand the “substantive ways we can REVERSE global warming.”  
Drawing on the Drawdown text, as well as Scripture and our own spiritual experiences with creation, we will examine several concrete solutions to the climate crisis. During our six weeks together, we hope to foster interactive discussions with one another while also inviting community leaders and activists to share their wisdom and practical advice. Come to learn, to recharge your commitment to our good earth, and to fellowship with fellow earth lovers in our community. 
Facilitators: Susan Presson and John Curry

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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 | Sundays | 5:00-5:45pm | Zoom
Each week, families will receive an email with a unique login for class. If you would like to be on the list, please email Anna Louise.
Youth Group: I Promise... | Sunday, Oct. 11 | 5:00 – 6:30 PM on Zoom (**Please arrive between 4:45-5:00 PM!**)
Join us this week for more fun and fellowship, a look at the next chapter in our story of God's people, and some ways to connect with our siblings in Christ across the globe.
Email Cat Kessler to request zoom information.
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: Second 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.

Community Working Together
From CST and PART
VOTE 2020
  • October 9th - Voter Registration Deadline if you plan to vote on November 3rd. However, you can same-day register during Early Voting.
  • October 15th - Early Voting sites open.
  • November 3rd - Election Day. You can ONLY vote on this day at YOUR Precinct location.

Your plan to vote For information and links about checking your registration, updating your registration, and requesting and returning an absentee ballot, click here.

For early voting sites and times in Buncombe County, go to https://www.buncombecounty.org/common/election/early-voting-schedule.pdf
Navigating voting
  • Concerned about voting by mail? the NC Board of Elections offers this FAQ sheet on absentee mail-in voting. 
  • You Can Vote is a statewide organization promoting voting. They offer their FAQ here
  • Carolina Public Press offers this FAQ post about casting your ballot this year in North Carolina. 

Candidate Information and Sample Ballots
  • The League of Women Voters nationally has created Vote411, a resource for getting information on the candidates on your ballot.
  • Common Cause NC and Democracy NC have come out with their 28-page candidate guide for statewide and federal offices. Get your copy here. Paper copies are available at the Democracy NC office at the United Way building, 50 S. French Broad Avenue, 2nd floor or check this link for times to get materials. 
  • The NC Board of Elections offers this link for getting your sample ballot and finding your polling place on Election Day.
  • The NC Council of Churches has created a reflection guide for voting this fall. Here is a link where you can get permission to access a free copy. This nonpartisan guide offers sections that address urgent moral issues at stake in this election and beyond. 

~ Submitted with support of CST and PART

Would you like to be part of a team who will prepare meals for residents of the Red Roof Inn where our friends from RITI and Pritchard Park are currently housed?

If you would like to prepare 6 individually packaged chicken quarter and pasta salad meals for October 11, contact Tish Anderson at 19ppanc40@gmail.com

If you could prepare 6 similar meals for October 25, contact Beth Philipsen at onthecove@charter.net.
GCPC Covenant Partner, Bountiful Cities, Fundraiser
The grant project will expand and support gardens in their network with the goal of increasing food security, volunteer participation, and resource sharing in underserved neighborhoods and communities around Asheville and Buncombe County. Among other things they would have an apprenticeship program where folks from the neighborhoods would get paid to help with gardens. They were accepted for the first phase of the grant and the second phase began on Sept 21st with a fundraising component.

They have to met the initial fundraising goal of $3000 in order to be eligible for the grant!

Now the job is to raise as much as possible by October 16th!
The more funds they raise the more likely they are to receive the grant. 

As part of the grant requirement, the funds will be raised through Mighty Cause - here is a link to their page for more information:
GCPC Covenant Partner -
Residents Council

Melissa Hicks and I recently spent part of a Friday afternoon speaking with Crystal Reid. Crystal, along with Shuvonda Harper, are the backbone of the Residents’ Council, a local non-profit that was established in 1987 and has its headquarters in the Edington Center on Livingston Avenue. It isn’t easy to succinctly describe what this non-profit does for residents of all the Asheville Housing Authority neighborhoods. They do a little bit of everything to create Beloved Community, especially during the pandemic.  

This particular Friday Crystal had been picking up and delivering trash to the landfill, trying to make the neighborhoods safer places for children to play. Children are one major focus of their work. The Residents’ Council organizes afterschool programs and summer enrichment programs like My Community Matters. These programs have been the model and foundation for the Asheville City Schools’ PODS effort to support students during remote learning. Crystal and Shuvonda, along with their board of residents, have been working hard to ensure all residents have reliable internet in their homes. Working alongside the Asheville Housing Authority and internet providers, this has been a long process. Crystal reports that it is much better than it was in the spring, but there are still limitations.  

Providing healthy food to residents is another focus of their work. The Southside Kitchen also uses the Edington Center and helps the Council get hot, fresh meals out to neighborhoods. Some of their fresh produce is provided by the GCPC Community Garden. Funds shared from GCPC allowed the Residents’ Council to create and deliver Covid Bags to residents back in the spring. With the holidays just around the corner, they are planning ways to share a Thanksgiving Feast and toys for Christmas.  

Volunteers are always needed to help make deliveries and to help residents get where they need to be, especially with efforts for early voting. Staying safe during the pandemic is a priority, and Crystal and Shuvonda can always use more drivers. If you think this is a gift you can share, please reach out to me or Melissa. We can connect you with the Residents’ Council as they continue to live into the hope and love of God’s world in Asheville.  

~ contributed by Amy Wiesner
“This Changes Everything”-Movie, Conversation and Prayer | Sundays | October 4, 11, 18 & 25 | 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Land of the Sky United Church of Christ and the Creation Care Alliance are collaborating to host a four-week movie virtual discussion group. We will connect with one another, via ZOOM watch portions of the film, and explore connections across economics, climate change, racism and our spiritual lives. Register HERE.
“Jesus Christ and the 'Dividing Wall’: Race and God’s Mission” | Webinars on October 7, 14, 21, and 28 | 7:30 PM
The 2020 W. Don McClure Lectures and WMI Month of Mission Series, sponsored and hosted by the World Mission Initiative and Continuing Education at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, will grapple with this question and the consequences of racial injustice. Presentations and future workshops will focus on the theme, “Jesus Christ and the ‘Dividing Wall’: Race and God’s Mission.”

These free lectures will be held in a virtual online venue on four Wednesday evenings in October. The lectures are open to all, but registration is required. A connection link will be provided to all registrants closer to each event. Register for the McClure Lecture series here.

City-Wide Book Club Called to account: White Christians and White Supremacy | Tuesday, October 13 | 6:30 PM
Join us as we welcome, Robert P. Jones-founding CEO of Public Religion Research Institute (PPRI) and a leading scholar and commentator on religion and politics. We will be discussing his book “White too Long,” a book which delivers a provocative examination of the unholy relationship between American Christianity and white supremacy. He will be speaking with J. Herbert Nelson, II and other national faith leaders during the Oct. 13 webinar

The event will be livestreamed on Simmons College of Kentucky's Facebook page.
YMCA September Updates
We are so grateful that our summer meal sites are able to continue providing meals for kids 18 and under through partnership with Asheville City Schools through December 31st (for now). You can find the schedule on Asheville City School's website for the sites below. We have also included Buncombe County School's schedule. Please share with families you work with. If you have any questions please reach out to Veronica at vodette@ymcawnc.org.

GCPC Still Growing
Congratulations GCPC Community Gardeners!
Mountain Xpress readers have chosen Grace Covenant Community Garden as a winner in the following category:

Third Place — Community Garden
— in Farm, Yard & Garden
GCPC Community Garden News

On October 3, tomatoes, eggplant, and green peppers were harvested and most plants were pulled up. Remaining summer plants were pulled up and all summer plants were removed from beds on October 5 in preparation for tilling and planting of winter cover crops.  Cabbage, collards, and kale are still growing in the garden. Gardeners are anticipating a call next week to harvest potatoes at Anthony Cole’s farm.

October 3 was also a time for gardeners and distribution partners to gather to celebrate the bounty of the garden. 
GCPC Diaspora
Dispatches from GCPC scattered around the globe
Just weeks before the decision was made to move to online worship, I officially made GCPC my church home. The commitment to community involvement, social justice, and soaring music is hard to beat! Thankfully one of my true loves in life (handbells) is safely back in business thanks to the hardworking and cautious work of Ednamae and Jeff. 

However, I have been unable to attend rehearsals for the past month as I have been on the West Coast! Due to a close friend’s canceled wedding, I found myself free the month of September. I live alone with no pets, my mom is immunocompromised, and my little brother is currently “stuck” in Scotland where he goes to University of Edinburgh full time. So to say that I’ve been deprived of human interaction for the past 6 months is maybe an understatement! I took the opportunity to use some flight credit from canceled spring trips and traveled to Seattle for 2 weeks and then on to San Diego for 2 weeks. The picture I’ve included is of me at Pike Place Market. My family lived in Seattle from when I was 7 to 10 years old and returning after 15 years was incredibly nostalgic and fun. Unfortunately, the wildfire smoke was quite bad but simply being with my good friend Cameron was worth it. The trip made me realize how much energy I draw from other people and experiencing new and exciting things. I had desperately missed one on one conversations with people about the current state of affairs, as opposed to witnessing discussions online which can be hard to engage with and depressing. 

But I am back now to my old routine! I volunteer regularly at Manna Foodbank on Tuesday nights and early Friday afternoons (if anyone ever wants to join). I’ll be at bell rehearsal this Friday evening. I’m back in the YMCA pool on my quest to swim 100 miles in a year (I’m at 50 but don’t worry the deadline was extended to March 31st, 2021). I feel more refreshed and energized than I have all year and I’m looking forward to phone banking in the coming weeks. I personally have found it very difficult to keep my mind from negative thought patterns as the weeks of both isolation and heartbreaking/enraging news pour in from around the world. I pray for our entire congregation that we find creative and productive ways to deal with frustration, loneliness, and despair. And if that’s not possible at times, knowing that that too is ok! 

~ Lots of love, Emma Goldrick (egoldrick22@gmail.com), GCPC Member
Stewardship & Sustainability GIVE HERE
You can make a difference while you shop Amazon Prime Day deals
on October 13 & 14.

Simply shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/56-0588479 
or with AmazonSmile ON in the Amazon Shopping app and AmazonSmile donates to Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church.
Thank you for your generous giving! Your gifts are enabling the church to continue our important work in our community. If you have not signed up for online giving, you can do that here. You can also mail your checks to the church. Without you, the church could not continue its ministries in these difficult times. Thank you, again, for your generosity and your faithfulness! 
Remote Giving & Paperless Statements 

Here are a few different ways to stay up-to-date on your pledge 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

Please note, the church office is closed and staff is not there to receive payments left on-site or in the mailbox.

To sign up for paperless statements or if you have any questions, please contact Natalie in our Finance Office at 828-254-3274, ext 202 or nweaver@gcpcusa.org
Realm eGiving Transition | Self Set Up How To
Did you know that you can now to manage your directory profile, register for events, view contribution records in real time, and manage online giving, all in one place? Our new software, Realm, is a one stop shop!

Interested in setting up online recurring giving for the first time? 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.
GCPC Out and About Online
Autumn Lecture Series:
A Story Medicine Fundraiser
We all carry our stories within us. When we use them for stewing, ranting or giving up, we get stuck in this gooey energy and wonder why we cannot move forward. Our Indigenous ancestors knew that the stories of humanity, of the human condition, would heal the earth and the world. During these days of contagion, we have had to forego our annual Gala Fundraiser, the financial life-blood of Story Medicine Worldwide and its healing work. Instead we are offering this Lecture Series with presentations by two artists and two scientists, all Story Medicine certified facilitators. Join us in an interactive exploration of how story can guide us through the deep troubles of our times.

Each Lecture Topic will be in two parts, Monday nights, 6:30-7:30.

Click HERE for more information about each topic.

For each lecture, the suggested donation is $25 or more. No one will be turned away, any contribution is appreciated. Click HERE for flyer.
Crossroads Antiracism Training | October 23-25, 2020 | Online or in Montreat!
What’s Essential: Discerning the Church’s Work Amid the Twin Pandemics of Structural Racism & COVID-19
Our goal is to provide participants with capacity-building tools and resources to work for antiracist transformation in their churches and institutions. Participants will finish this antiracism training with concrete action steps for their congregations and local communities.

This Crossroads antiracism training will specifically address the political challenges facing the church in light of how the coronavirus pandemic has laid bare the acute structural inequities of the USA and their impact on communities of color, particularly Black, Indigenous, and Immigrant communities. Given the coronavirus pandemic and its disproportionate impact, our antiracism training will also address how the church is called to be a political actor. What and where is the Church being called to do and be?
Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church | 828.254.3274 
789 Merrimon Ave. Asheville, NC 28804