Grace Covenant Weekly News | September 19, 2019
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"Flesh and spirit are not juxtaposed domains, but are principles of activity that give
rise to processes that in all their manifestations intermesh in the life of the Christian."
~ Gustavo Guitiérrez

Sunday Preview

Sunday, September 22, 2019
Sacrament of the Lord's Supper
Sacrament of Baptism

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

Homily: "Is There a Doctor in the House?" by Samantha Gonzalez-Block
Scriptures: Jeremiah 8:18-9:1; Luke 16:1-13

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Thank you Gary!
A hearty thank you to Gary Egerer for helping us to "extend the table" with such exquisite craftmanship.

His handiwork helps "This Eucharistic Life" come alive in our midst.
Our nametags are BACK! Many thanks to Kelley Griffith who has created a wonderful new home for them.

In Kelley's words:
Except for the Hebrew, the words at the top all mean “I am” (in Spanish, Greek, and English.) The Hebrew means “My name is” (Google translates) and thus avoids overlap with the “to be” part of “Yahweh.” I chose Hebrew and Greek because these are the languages of the Bible. I chose Spanish because, other than English, it is the language most spoken in the USA. The wood is wormy maple. The handles are white oak. The joinery is post and beam (mortise and tenon) with pegs not glued in so that the whole structure comes apart. This is how they built houses in days of yore. The “panels” are hog wire (suggested by Jaan).


Bags are available for  $2 each  in the narthex or church office while supplies last.
Open for Lunch Book Talk by Robin Gaiser* | THIS Sunday, September 22 | 5:00 PM | GCPC Fellowship Hall
In her new book, Open for Lunch , Robin Russell Gaiser writes of her encounters with a dozen strangers in casual lunch spots from upstate New York to Asheville, North Carolina. She began these encounters almost by chance when she invited someone in line with her at a Subway restaurant to share her table. But as she pursued such encounters over the years, she gradually became “the reporter reporting on myself. Soon the stunning stories of my lunch mates took me deeply into my own narrative.” Please join Robin for a reading and signing. Books will be available for purchase.
Movie Night: Native America: From Caves to Cosmos *| THIS Sunday, September 22 | 7- 8:30 PM | Fellowship Hall
First aired on the PBS Native America series, October 2018

Modern scholarship and ancient oral tradition work side-by-side to discover a shared native science and spirituality , maintained across thousands of miles, that creates the foundation for some of our planet’s greatest wonders. These stories point to the genesis of a vast social and cultural network that connects people across two continents – one that began earlier than ever imagined. Recent discoveries are driving archaeologists and indigenous leaders to a bold new perspective: that all Native Americans are part of a unique interconnected world.  
New evidence hints that the First Americans spent millennia developing their distinctive culture and beliefs as a single community in what is now Alaska, before spreading rapidly across North and South America. Together, they set Native America in motion, continents apart and untouched by influence from Europe, Asia and Africa. The result was incredible cities, sophisticated cultures, and unique ways of life that continue to reverberate in native beliefs and ways of life to this day.

*This movie is part of the curriculum for the Pressure Points class this fall.
*If you plan to attend both Sunday night events there will be nourishment of fruit and vegetables available in between the gatherings.
Stewardship Corner
Late summer in the mountains of North Carolina is a season unto its own...with Life Abundant everywhere you turn. 

One example of this can be seen in the GCPC Butterfly Garden, as the first of our monarchs made their amazing transformation from caterpillar, to chrysalis, to beautiful orange and black butterflies. After monitoring their chrysalis (cocoon-like stage) for the past two weeks, 6 healthy adult butterflies emerged this weekend! These incredible butterflies then spread their wings and took to the sky, beginning their long and majestic migratory journey towards Mexico for the winter. 
Where do YOU see Life Abundant at GCPC? 
There are many signs of new beginnings and abundance in our midst. Last week we welcomed the return of Sunday School classes, Youth Group, and a full program calendar! In addition, music ministries are in full swing now with Chancel Choir, Hand Bells, and a new Youth Choir. 

A big thank you to everyone who took the time to fill out the pink slip in your bulletin on Sunday! Your inspiring words will be apparent as the Fall Stewardship Campaign gets underway. May we all recognize all the places where abundance is found at GCPC.
~ Laura Ross, Stew Crew 2020
Creating Sanctuary Team (CST)
Susan Murty, a resident of Highland Farms, spent two weeks in May volunteering at one of the eleven shelters operated by Annunciation House in El Paso. The following is one of her journal entries:

" Volunteers fill the shelter every day. Sisters of St. Lucia Church plus experienced volunteers direct the process. A volunteer calls the family member, friend or sponsor who will be responsible for getting the migrants tickets. Then that individual calls back to confirm the travel plans. The volunteer records the information and gives it to the family. Then transportation to the airport or bus station must be scheduled. The process is finely orchestrated.
Doctors arrive regularly to care for sick immigrants. A pregnant woman is worried about travel sickness. Many children have coughs and fever.
We make peanut butter sandwiches constantly. Women need formula powder in baggies so they can add water for their babies while traveling.
About 60 new migrants arrive each day, sometimes as many as 90; all are parents with children."
~ Contributed by Tish Anderson
Susan Murty: "Experiences Volunteering on the Texas Border" | Thursday, Sept. 26 | 6:30 PM | Unitarian Universalist Congregation
All are welcome! Bring a friend!
In May 2019 Susan Murty spent two weeks volunteering at Annunciation House in El Paso with immigrant families released from detention who were seeking asylum in the US. She works with the Latinx community in Black Mountain and Swannanoa as a volunteer with Bounty & Soul’s Latinx Engagement Program. She teaches English to Spanish-speaking adults as a volunteer with the Literacy Council of Buncombe County. Susan is a member of the Swannanoa Valley Friends Meeting (Quakers). She is retired from teaching social work at the University of Iowa.
Childcare Volunteers Needed to Support Immigrants Taking ESOL Classes    
One of the biggest challenges that adults face when trying to access education is childcare. The Literacy Council of Buncombe County teaches English to over 200 adult immigrants every year, in one-on-one and small-group settings.Their small group classes meet at many different sites around the county- mostly churches and schools- and they have just been notified that three sites which previously offered childcare during their classes can no longer do so.  They have an immediate need for a few responsible adults to supervise children (usually 2-5 children ranging in age from toddlers to middle-schoolers) once per week from 6-8 pm at First Baptist Church of Weaverville on Mondays; the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club on Mondays; and at Erwin Middle School on Tuesdays.  The commitment is from September 2019 through May 2020. Classes do not meet on school holidays or snow days. Middle and high school students are welcome as assistants, with at least one adult supervisor onsite at all times. It's not necessary to speak a language other than English to do this, but some knowledge of Spanish or Russian could be helpful. 

Middle- and high-school students would be welcome as assistants, with at least one adult supervisor onsite at all times. It's not necessary to speak a language other than English to do this, but some knowledge of Spanish or Russian could be helpful. 

If you are interested, or know someone who might be interested, please contact either Erin Sebelius, ESOL Director at the Literacy Council of Buncombe County at  or GCPC member Anne Callison Stokely at
Power and Race Team (PART)
Jaki Shelton Green | Friday September 27 | 8:30 - 10:00 AM | Asheville Masonic Temple
Jaki Shelton Green is the ninth Poet Laureate of North Carolina, the third woman and the first African American to be appointed. She was recently awarded the Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowship. In 2014, she was inducted into the NC Literary Hall of Fame and awarded the NC Award in Literature in 2014. She is the author of eight collections of poetry. Jaki Shelton Green teaches documentary poetry at the Duke University Center for Documentary Studies.
Click HERE to register for the event (registration begins on Sept. 23)
CoInspire - Liberating Imagination, Eviscerating Racism | October 7-10, 2019 | Montreat Conference Center
In response to the racism and violence in our world, this event seeks to bring together people of faith in order to disarm prejudices that divide us and equip each other for practicing resurrection as new creations in Christ. We will delve into the questions around the toxicities we are currently breathing into our bodies and exhaling into the shared air. CoInspire will examine ways that we, as members of Christ’s body, might co-inspire one another to liberate imagination for new ways of being, and examine ways we can conspire to eviscerate the racism within our church. We will seek to identify those things we want to breathe in to precipitate a pathway to eviscerating the racism in our country and our world.
Learn more HERE.
Earth Team
Climate Justice Rally | Friday, Sept. 20 | 5:30 - 7:30 PM | Pack Square
In response to Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg’s call for another global climate strike, one of our GCPC ministry partners, Creation Care Alliance will be participating in a rally in downtown Asheville on September 20th. The gathering will be at the Vance Monument and the plaza area behind it. At 5:30pm, come visit info tables to learn about community work and organizations and listen to live music. At 6:30pm, there will be a lineup of local speakers. *If you are planning on attending let people know you are from a faith community- Wear a congregational t-shirt, if you are clergy or a faith leader please wear a stole, collar or something indicating you are from a faith community. For more information, click HERE .
Mko’Mosé Greenfest Keynote Lecture | Tuesday, September 24 | 7:00 - 8:30 PM | Highsmith Student Union, Blue Ridge Room
Mko’Mosé (Andrew Judge), professor and coordinator of Indigenous Studies at Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Ontario, Canada, will deliver UNC Asheville’s Fall 2019 Greenfest Keynote Lecture. This event is free and open to everyone.

More about Mko’Mosé, from UNC Asheville’s Office of Sustainability:

Mko’Mosé is a professor and coordinator of Indigenous Studies at Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Ontario, Canada. He specializes in traditional indigenous knowledge and works with Elders across North America to support “the conscious awakening of his students and himself.” Judge is an initiated Mayan day-count keeper and regularly participates in the ancient ceremonial practices of his Anishinaabe ancestors.

He is currently developing programming in Indigenous land-based practices and invites his students to work with traditional medicines and foods to learn the ways of the ancestors. In the summer of 2018, he founded Minjimendan (“In a state of remembering”) an indigenous foods garden dedicated to helping the community remember their role in restoring the vitality of the Earth. The spiraling terraced garden aims to inspire a revitalization of indigenous foods systems and land based sustainability practices. In Mko’Mosé’s words, “The spiral is the basis for all life on Earth, and it’s found in almost every natural growing thing on the planet. What it comes down to is the spinning of the Earth around the sun, and the sun going around the galaxy.”
This Sunday's Education Hour (for all ages)
Adult Education - Fall Term | Sept. 15 - Nov. 24 | 9:15 AM

Pressure Points - The Church and Native Americans: Grappling with the Past, Facing the Future | Fellowship Hall
This 11-week program will outline a Christian's response to social issues related to Native American Peoples of North America. This will involve educating ourselves about the history of native peoples (from their perspective using The Great Courses as an academic basis for this education) prior to European contact and the philosophical/theological/political concepts that were employed against Native peoples after contact. In the second half of the course's term, we will deal specifically with Cherokee Indian issues as a case in point of our country's and our church's involvement in oppression of native culture, highlighting the Cherokee Nation/ECBI's response to that oppression. Ultimately, we would like to posit for our class how we should prayerfully yet actively respond to these issues in the future.
Facilitators:  Buzz Durham, Mike Fleenor, Jaan Ferree, Mary Berg, Marcia Mount Shoop

The Improv - The Spirituality of Vulnerability: Brené Brown and Richard Rohr | *Choir Room (note room change)
“Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path” (Brené Brown, Daring Greatly). In this class, we will be discussing how the insights of shame researcher Brené Brown and spiritual writer and Franciscan friar Richard Rohr can inform our spiritual lives. 
Facilitators:  Richard Coble, Nancy Gaskin, Paul Rogers

Digging In - Living the Questions: Taking the Bible Seriously | *Jerusalem Room (note room change)
Living the Questions is for those who are looking for a resource that encourages questions they’ve always wanted to ask and sparks open dialogue in a safe place. It’s also for those who have stopped taking the church seriously and for those asking what a meaningful faith can look like today. Living the Questions provides a context where people can be liberated from stagnant clichés, pursue their questions and deepen their understanding as part of a life-long spiritual journey. This video-based program (along with downloadable participant guides and readings) includes conversations with scholars, theologians and clergy. Spirituality, Bible, God, creation, Jesus, Gospels, Paul, and evangelism are some of the topics we’ll consider.
Facilitators:   Denise Snodgrass and Tim Hamel

CHILDREN & YOUTH EDUCATION @ 9:15 AM [Contact  Heather  or  Samantha ]

Toddlers (ages 2-3) | “God Loves Me”   | 9:15 – 10:15 AM | Toddler Room (downstairs, Children’s Center)
Preschool/Kindergarten (ages 4-5) | Godly Play   | 9:15 –10:15 AM | Preschool Sunday School Room (downstairs, Children’s Center)

Elementary (grades 1-3) | Godly Play   | 9:15–10:15 AM | Temple Room (Education wing, upstairs)
Elementary (grades 4-5) | “CONNECT”   | 9:15–10:15 AM | Indie Room (Education wing, upstairs)

Middle School & Senior Highs (grades 6-12)  | 9:00-10:15 AM | Youth Rooms, (Education wing, upstairs)
*Nursery care is available throughout Sunday morning beginning at 8:10 am.
An Evening with Peacemakers International! | Friday, October 4 | 7:00 - 8:30 PM | GCPC Fellowship Hall
The Serve Council invites you to Join our ministry partners Mark Hare and Jenny Bent and a group from Serve to Lead as we welcome Reverend Maria Bock from Peacemakers International. She will be sharing about the mission work happening in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. To learn more about Maria Bock's work, click HERE . We'll gather in the Fellowship Hall for dessert and coffee.
Ministry Partner News and Events...
Hood Huggers International

The idea for the Hood Huggers Green Book is based on the Negro Motorist Green Book, a guidebook for African-Americans which was published from 1936 to 1966, during the Jim Crow era. It was intended to provide African-American tourists with the information necessary to board, dine, and sightsee comfortably and safely during the era of segregation.

“The history of the Green Book is powerful and I wanted to educate people about it and then bring it up to date to 2016 to talk about how a concept like that could be used to support businesses and organizations whose missions are to improve the overall conditions of our African-American community,” says DeWayne Barton. “We feel that business owners have a role to play in helping to rebuild the capacity of neighborhoods.” Using the Green Book as an outline of the resource grid that exists in the African-American community, it is a tool to support community success.

“Like a power grid, the Green Book lays out power points within the community in terms of business and programming,” says DeWayne. “The goal now is for people to build out that power grid by supporting those businesses and connecting with those organizations so that the dots on the power grid are interlocked.” When this power or resource grid is activated, it can create a pipeline for economic development and opportunity.

More Light Presbyterians
Pisgah Legal Services' Annual Justice Forum featuring Jose Antonio Vargas | Thursday, October 3 | 7:00 PM | Thomas Wolfe Auditorium (U.S. Cellular Center)
Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, author of Dear America: Notes of An Undocumented Citizen and a leading voice for the human rights of immigrants. He is the Founder and CEO of Define American, the nation’s leading nonprofit media organization that fights injustice and anti-immigrant hate through the power of storytelling.

For the first time, the Justice Forum is free to attend thanks to our generous sponsors. Tickets to the pre-forum reception are $60 per person. Availability is limited. Click HERE to register.
Men @ GCPC | Thursday, Sept. 26 | 8 AM | HomeGrown (371 Merrimon Ave.)
At our next meeting, we will continue our discussion about racial equity. Please listen to Scene on Radio's excellent podcast episode, "White Affirmative Action," found at this  LINK . If you are searching on a podcast app, go to Scene on Radio, Season 2: Seeing White, Part 13. 
J.O.Y. Group Outing | Thursday, Sept. 26 | 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM | Hickory Nut Gap Farm
Our J.O.Y. Group (retirement age adults) will be touring Hickory Nut Gap Farm and the historical Sherrill's Inn on Thursday, Sept. 26. Let’s meet at the farm, 57 Sugar Hollow Rd , Fairview, NC 28730, at 11:00am. There is no cost associated with the tours, but please bring lunch as well as cash for the Farm’s store. Please contact Richard with any questions.
“Dec-O-Jack” Intergenerational Pumpkin Decorating and a Chili Cook-Off | Sunday, Oct. 6 | 5:00-7:00 PM | Fellowship Hall & Atrium
A fun night for all ages! Intergenerational Pumpkin Decorating, Pumpkin Games, and a Chili Cook-off! Pumpkins provided by Anthony Cole and Jasperwood Farm. We will have some supplies for decorating, but feel free to bring anything that will help you decorate your most fabulous pumpkin!

This will be a fun evening for all ages. Please RSVP so we will have plenty of pumpkins. If you have a fantastic Chili recipe, you have been longing to share, load up the crockpot and bring enough to share. If you would rather bring bread or a dessert, just indicate what you will be bringing when you RSVP.

Contact Heather Ferguson if you have any questions.
Wisdom in the Woods | Nov. 8-10, 2019 | Lake Logan, NC | Leader: Carol Hovis

*Rooms are filling up!! Double occupancy is recommended!
Are you a woman who has a few decades under her belt? Would you like a chance to connect on a closer level? Announcing our third annual (Women’s) Wisdom in the Woods retreat. Carol Hovis will be our facilitator this year! 
  • EARLY BIRD RATE (by Sept. 24th): $275 (double); $335 (single)
  • AFTER SEPTEMBER 24TH: $300 (double); $360 (single)
Thirty beds available assuming double occupancy. Registration ends on October 13th. Price includes Friday lunch through Sunday breakfast and programming! Space is limited, so register soon. Scholarships available upon request. Please submit check and registration form to the office with "Wisdom in the Woods" on the memo line. Registrations available at Welcome Desk or online: .
4 Nursery Volunteers STILL Needed
We are still in need of 4 Nursery volunteers. Nursery slots represent 6 Sundays throughout the year, when you can hang out in the Toddler or Preschool Nursery to play, read, and have fun with our youngest members and guests. A joyful way to serve and a vital part of the life of GCPC. If you can serve in one of these slots, please contact Heather Ferguson, .
EVEN MONTHS (October, December, February, April, June, August)
  • First Sundays – Toddler Room
  • Second Sundays – Preschool Room
  • Third Sundays – Preschool Room
ODD MONTHS (September, November, January, March, May, July)
  • Fourth Sundays - Preschool
The GCPC Softball Team, "The Prez Beez" return for Fall Ball!
Everybody come out and have some fun supporting our church softball team! All games are an hour long.

For the simplified Prez-Beez schedule, click  HERE  .
Centering Prayer | Wednesday Nights | 6:30 - 7:00 PM | Sanctuary
Christianity has a rich and ancient tradition of intentional and prayerful silence as a spiritual practice. Sacred silence teaches us to listen devoutly, humbly, and with trust. 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 at
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
Please note that changes are always possible. Check the youth emails, facebook and remind messages for the most updated info.  In the spirit of our theme "fearless faith," the calendar has lots of surprises. We hope that your youth will be fearless and attend all of the exciting and formative things that we have planned!
Youth Sunday School:  Youth Choir, Drama & Fun   (6th - 12th graders) | Sundays | 9:00 - 10:15 AM | Youth Rooms
This fall we will be fearlessly jumping into our faith in creative ways. We will begin at 9:00am sharp with breakfast, followed by Youth Choir, Energizers, Games and and an on-your-feet Bible Study. See you at the first class and get ready for a fun, meaningful experience!  Questions? Contact Samantha at .
Presbytery Youth Rally in Montreat | TODAY, September 22 | 2:00 - 6:30 PM | (Meet/pick up at Grace Covenant parking lot)
Let’s connect with youth from across our presbytery! Activities and programming will be co-led by GCPC's own PYC youth. The event is free and please eat beforehand. For carpooling purposes, let Samantha know if you are attending. If you are meeting us at Montreat, arrive to Upper Anderson at 2:45pm and pick up at 5:55pm.
Raleigh Youth Mission Education Trip | January 17-20 (MLK Jr. Weekend) 
Register now! We will be heading to our state capital to do transformative service projects, explore how laws impact our society, and see how our faithful voices can make a difference. The cost is $200 (full/partial scholarships available). In order to charter a bus (with our favorite driver) register ASAP and submit your deposit by October 15th. Register online or by contacting Samantha
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)
Robin Smith (Beth Robrecht's sister)
Rebecca Wells' brother, Jamey
Jeff Combs (Bill McNeff's friend)
Jennifer Vaughn (Mary Berg's friend)
West Asheville Presbyterian Church
Sarah Ralston (Susie Bleckley’s mother)
Marcia Zuzel (friend of Kim Hottle and Melissa Shook)
Hettie Lou Garland
Betty Smith
Margaret Rada
Bob Higgins
James Harwell
Joyce Summerlin
Cory Hartbarger
Mary Ellen Horne
Penny Ponder
Steve and Florence Riedesel
Donna Robertson
Elizabeth Fisher
Grace Covenant Community Out and About...
There's still room for Saturday's Enneagram retreat:
"Relationships: Self, Partner, Colleague & Sacred"
Contact Carol, .    
   Saturday, September 21st | 10 AM - 4 PM | GCPC
October-November 2019 Gatherings
Enneagram gatherings will resume
October 4th through November 25th,
Mondays, 6-8pm and Fridays, 10am-12noon. 
Flyer coming soon. 
Informational Gathering: Pilgrimage to Cuernavaca, Mexico | Thursday, September 26 | 4:00-5:30 PM | Jerusalem Room at GCPC,  ( Pilgrimage to Cuernavaca, Mexico - March 3-12, 2020 with Heather Ferguson and Carol Hovis.)   Let Caro l and Heather know you are coming. Non-refundable deposits due September 30th.   See attached flyer.    
Are You Doing It Wrong? | Friday, September 20 | 9 AM - 12 PM or 3 PM - 6 PM | YWCA (185 S. French Broad Ave.)
This training is for licensed mental health professionals willing to own that they don't know everything about working with populations of color, even though they already went to the one diversity training their agency required. Presented by Elizabeth McCorvey, MSW, LCSW and Catie Beaulieu, LPC, MBA. Cost is $125. Click HERE for more information and to register.
The North Carolina Presbyterian Historical Society's Fall Meeting | Saturday, October 12 |  Davie Street Presbyterian Church , Raleigh We’ll be celebrating the very interesting 151-year history of Davie St. and the early history of African-American Presbyterian congregations in North Carolina. Registration is $16, including morning coffee and lunch. The schedule, registration form, and address are on our website  or contact our secretary, Flo Durway, 919-977-8897, .
Ingles Tools for Schools -
E arn dollars for supplies, tools and equipment

If you haven't already linked your Ingles card to a school, please consider linking to:


If you want to link it but don't have time, just send us a quick email of the number or a picture of your Ingles card and we will do it for you.

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789 Merrimon Ave. Asheville, NC 28804