745 Little Neck Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
(757) 340-2840 
info@kgpc.org www.kgpc.org
Dear friends,

This is my last month with you, and while there are tears of sadness, there is also great joy in what we have shared together in His name. Always know that I have love and appreciation for you and will always remember you. I give my heartfelt thanks to our Pastor, Staff, Session, and congregation for your support over these many years. And to all the members of all the choirs who willingly share their time, you keep showing up week after week and simply amaze me. God is good!

I have met Mary Letson, our new interim, and I’m excited for you to offer your gifts with her direction. Her gifts are immense and you can look forward to sharing together all the blessings God has given us.

As my last Sunday, August 14th, was planned, Worship Ministry asked me to offer a full service of music. What a way to go…. It has been a pleasure to build this service named “When in Our Music God is Glorified”. You will hear the wonderful sounds of our Sanctuary Choir, Music Team, King’s Bells, Chancel Bells, Youth Bells, Piano, Organ, Brass, Strings, and of course, our Men’s Chorus.

I hope you can attend and sincerely look forward to sharing this music-filled worship with each of you.

To God Be the Glory!
(Serving KGPC 1981-2022)
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The Life of David: From Faithful Shepherd Boy to Flawed King
2022 Summer Worship Series
Other than Jesus, David is written about more than anyone else in scripture. He is hailed as the greatest king of Israel, yet he was a paradox. He was a man after God’s own heart, yet he made destructive choices, abused his power, and caused brokenness in the lives of others. In his story, we learn about friendship and betrayal, temptation and grace, sin and redemption, cowardice and courage, arrogance and humility. Ultimately he sought to follow God and was redeemed by truth and forgiveness. This summer we will look at the highlights and lowlights of David’s life and learn what it means to be a flawed human being after God’s own heart.

July 31---Walking by Faith - Rev. Martha Mitchell, Preaching
---------Martha Mitchell is an ordained Presbyterian minister who has served small churches for 20 years. Most recently she was the pastor of Simonsdale Presbyterian Church in Portsmouth, VA for 14 years. She is finishing a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling at Old Dominion University by completing her internship at Tidewater Pastoral Counseling Services in Norfolk. As an advocate for mental health care and a believer in the resurrection power of The Word, Martha feels a new mission to help the Church shine bright as a beacon of hope, a safe place for spiritual healing, and a refuge for acceptance in the community.
---------Martha is married to Clint Mitchell, pastor of Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church in Virginia Beach, where they live with their three children: William, Grace, and Clara. She could wax poetic about them forever, but because they’ve grown up as double pastor’s kids, this is all they prefer she publicly says about them. 
August 7---David’s Last Words: David and His Legacy 
------------I Kings 2; I Chronicles 29
“I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name for ever and ever. Every day I will bless you, and praise your name for ever and ever. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; his greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall laud your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.” Psalm 145
David is hailed as the greatest king of Israel, a man after God’s own heart, yet he made destructive choices, abused his power, and caused brokenness in the lives of others. In his last days, he was careful to leave behind a structure and people to continue on without him. To share his wisdom and values with those who would follow. To live out the rest of his days as faithfully as he could. His ancestry would produce a new kind of King, the One known as the Messiah. What legacy does David leave behind? What will our legacy be?

August 14--"When in Our Music God is Glorified"- A Worship Celebration of ----Janet's 41 years of music ministry at KGPC

August 21--Pastor, Dan Duquette----------------------------------------------------Gen 12:1-3, and Romans 12:1-2
This Sunday will feature our new interim Music Minister Mary Letson and participation from a guest Praise Leader Cameron Manuel. This will be our first Sunday without our former Music Minister and Chris Carasco will also be out of town. Pastor Dan Duquette's sermon on how we are called to be transformed to God's will includes testimony from one of our members.

August 28---Youth Conference Sunday
Join us for this special Sunday where the youth will share where they have encountered God this summer at Massanetta Middle School Conference and Montreat High School Conference.
Prayer Concerns:
Carol Baden,
Sylvia Maume, Debbie VanDeveer

The flowers this week are dedicated to the glory of God
and to those suffering with financial hardships.
Sunday, July 31
9:00 AM-
    *Kids’ Club/ Summer Kids’ Group
    *MS & HS/ Discussion & Donuts
    *Adult Study/ Parables of Jesus    
10:00 AM- Worship Service
Monday, August 1
9:30 AM- Quilters
Tuesday, August 2
5:00 PM– Care Ministry Mtg.
Wednesday, August 3
7:00 AM- Prayer Breakfast
12:00 PM– Meals On Wheels Board Mtg.
Thursday, August 4
6:30 PM– Bethlehem Walk Kickoff Mtg.
7:00 PM– Chancel Bells
Friday, August 5
9:00 AM– King’s Bells

This Sunday, July 31st, is the last week until September
for Faith Formation Classes
July 31: 
Luke 11:1—13, Luke 12:13—21, & Luke 14:7—24
------Leader: Pat Bowling
Everyone needs a break, and our teachers need a break too! This August, we will be taking a break from Sunday morning faith formation classes. We encourage everyone to visit the Prayer Stations that are around the building.

They will have an option for everyone to engage- children through adults! Walk through them once, or walk through every Sunday. We will be featuring them on our social media accounts all month. 
Just in case you missed it...
Introducing Our Interim Director of Music Ministries, Mary Letson

Session has unanimously approved hiring Mary Letson as our Interim Director of Music Ministries beginning August 15, 2022. Mary brings with her a wealth of musical knowledge, experience, and energy to this transitional role as she bridges the gap between Janet’s departure and the arrival of our new director. Mary is willing to fill this gap as long as needed and will be working on a Lessons and Carols program for December.

Mary began her church musician career in Dallas, Texas (yes, she knows Mary McDonald!) at the age of 10 playing for her home church and has continued her church organist, pianist, and choral director position ever since. She has held both long-term positions as well as substitute placements for Methodist, Baptist, Catholic, Lutheran, Assemblies of God, and other denominations. Her career includes being a Concert Pianist, Organist, Choral and Instrumental Arranger, Orchestra Director, Adjunct Professor of Piano and Voice, and Collaborative Keyboardist.

Most recently she served 12 years as the Director of Music Ministry at Community United Methodist Church in Virginia Beach. During her time there she directed numerous adult, youth, and children’s choirs, adult and children bell choirs, worked with the praise team and is well versed in contemporary music, prepared seasonal cantatas with additional professional orchestra, and accompanied the worship service on both piano and organ.

Mary has often played in local professional groups like Symphonicity and Tidewater Winds. In addition, she has taught music theory and composition, music technology usage, and vocal and choral technique at the college, high school, and middle school levels. She currently is the Director of Choral and Guitar Ensembles at Indian River High School while working on her Doctorate in School Administration to be completed in May 2023.

Mary and her husband, who is retired from the military, reside in Chesapeake. While she will work remotely during the day, Mary will be accessible during the week and physically present in the evenings and over the weekends to lead rehearsals and worship. She has a heart for God and is excited to be part of the KGPC music ministry.

A huge thank you to the Interim Search Team of Joe Simmons, Emily Balke, Anne Deary, Deb Sharpe, and Susan Kerr who met weekly to find a suitable candidate. I am so excited for you all to meet Mary and to know we will be in such capable hands in this transitional time. God knew exactly what we needed and sent Mary to us. Let’s give her a huge KGPC welcome!

Keep Growing, Shining, and Loving,
Pastor Chris

There will be a Sound Board In-Service after church on Aug 7th. We will meet on the back row of the Sanctuary. Please sign up on the Connect Card.

MEN’S CHORUS- Calling all Men: 
One more opportunity to sing together!

*Thursday, Aug. 11th at 7:00 PM with Chancel--------------------------- Bells & Drummers
*Sunday, Aug. 14th at 8:59 AM

Please sign up on the Connect Card or contact Janet Phelps, 757-580-5899.


Hello Church Family,

We are seeking volunteers to help prepare food for our next JCOC dinner, on Thursday, August 18. We will be serving 80 dinners to hungry people in need of a good meal that day.

We give thanks to Laura and Rodney White for leading this meal. They have assembled a great team of 8 people ready to package and serve on August 18.

 Food Items needed – deliver to Fellowship Hall August 18 on or before 3 PM
o  Cold pasta salad with chicken & veggies: 8 volunteers for 10 servings each
o  80 blueberry muffins: 4 volunteers to bring 20 each
o  80 Peanut Butter cracker sleeves: 1 volunteer
o  80 Bottles of water: 1 volunteer

Watermelon and cookies have already been committed by KGPC donors for this dinner.

If you want to contribute any of the food items needed, please email or phone Laura White, 804-928-6624.

Thanks to our congregation for your support!
The Serve Ministry
August 30TH at 7:00 PM in the Parlor

Book Club meets the last Tuesday of the month. All readers are welcome!
If you need more information, contact Julie Seipel.
Our upcoming reads are:
  • August 30         Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • September 27   Book of Longing by Sue Monk Kidd
  • October 25        And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Christian Women,
mark your calendars now for our Oct 14th Fall Gathering!

There will be a social gathering Friday evening, Oct 14th, at one of our member's homes. We will meet for a half day at church on Oct 15th for a short time of study, reflection and fellowship. More details will be announced in the coming weeks.
Our Women's Circles will begin meeting again in September and we hope you will consider joining us in monthly fellowship and study. 
All circles meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. 

  • The Lydia Circle meets at 10:30 AM in members' homes.
-----------Contact-Claudia Hudgens

  • The Elizabeth Circle meets at 10:00 AM in the church Parlor.
-----------Contact-Cindy Hiddemen

  • Eve Circle meets at 7:00 PM in the Parlor. 
-----------Contact-Pam Ponce

Elizabeth and Eve Circles will be using the Presbyterian Women's study entitled Celebrating Sabbath, Accepting God's Gift of Rest and Delight.
Lydia Circle will be studying Paul's Letter to the Colossians.
A shout out to our illustrious staff member, Amanda Pine for these accomplishments:

  • The 225th General Assembly (2022) has elected Amanda as a member of the GA Committee on Representation, Class of 2026.

  • PEVA YAYA Acknowledgment and Thanks on July 26, 2022   
Among those who have served PEVA, in addition to their congregations, are Certified Christian Educator Amanda Markham Pine and The Reverend Lyndsey McCall-Gilliam. Amanda is the Christian Faith Formation Director at King's Grant Presbyterian Church and Lyndsey is the Minister to Youth and their Families at First Presbyterian Church Virginia Beach.
Lyndsey and Amanda have for the past five years been a “Dynamic Duo” as they have led the Youth and Young Adults Ministry Team, affectionately known as YAYA.
They have organized youth retreats and other events that brought together youth throughout our Presbytery. They found speakers that connected with the kids. They provided break-out groups to discuss issues facing our 21st century kids as well as their chaperones. Students have grown in their Christian faith and grown closer to God and to one another. Our youth have been accepted for who they are and where they are on their respective faith journeys.
This Dynamic Duo has given our PEVA youth incredible gifts. Some students have traveled to places they likely would never have been able to go otherwise. Amanda and Lyndsey have provided experiences and opportunities for our youth that have been transformative. Students have been challenged by Lyndsey and Amanda to grow as thinking, serving, questioning, and compassionate Christians.
Amanda and Lyndsey, we appreciate all that you have done for and with the young people of PEVA. You have made a difference in their lives and thus in the Church Universal, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and in our local churches.
Amanda is also a Synod Commissioner and will attend the 250th Synod Assembly held September 11-13, 2022 at Massanetta Springs Camps and Conference Center, Harrisonburg Va.  

Leaders/Speakers/Preachers – Matthew 25 continues to drive the synod in hopes that all 14-presbyteries will adopt this vision. As such, this Assembly will focus on Eradicating Systemic Poverty.
  • Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, Co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign will keynote Monday.
  • Rev. Dr. Teri Ott, Editor of Presbyterian Outlook, will keynote Tuesday.
  • Rev. Dr. Floretta Barbee Watkins, Lead Presbyter for Vision and Collaboration for the Presbytery of the James is the Assembly’s preacher
The onsite gathering will allow general and specific small group discussion. Topics have emerged such as (a) Post covid church attendance – Strategies to get people to return to church, (c) How is your church or presbytery addressing structural Racism, (c) How is your congregation or presbytery addressing church vitality; (d) What does poverty look like in your area and how is your church or presbytery addressing it? We want to hear from you other areas of interest and whether you might be interested in facilitating a small group discussion.
A Message from your Worship Ministry
As many of you may know, there have been discussions for years regarding the occurrence of one or two worship services here at KGPC. After much discussion and prayer, the Worship Ministry made a recommendation to the Session, which was approved at their July 18th meeting this week, that we continue with only one worship service in the fall. Several of the reasons for this recommendation included:

· Many changes will be occurring this new church year including a new structure for Faith Formation classes, a new Director of Music Ministries (who may initially be challenged with the workload of preparing for and leading music for two services), and a Session priority for enhanced hospitality.

· Declining attendance at the early service; empty pews and an empty parking lot can give the impression to visitors that we are not a vibrant church.

· The additional workload for volunteers (ushers, communion servers, tech team, and Message for Young Disciples leaders) to facilitate a service with such low attendance.

· The most compelling reason is the fact that as everyone worships together there is greater opportunity for enhanced spiritual vitality as well as for Hospitality and Fellowship before or after one service.

We plan to continue with a "blended service" in the fall that includes both traditional and contemporary music. In addition, the Worship Ministry will reassess the possibility of returning to two services within a year. There is also a group convening with members of the Worship, Care, Connect and Grow ministries to develop a new format for Sunday mornings that will recommend the time for our worship service, as well as Faith Formation class schedules and hospitality activities.

We know that this is a big change and may not seem like the best decision to some members of our church family. However, the Worship ministry feels that at this time in the life of our church, the benefits of enhanced spiritual vitality and fellowship support this change.
Please feel free to reach out to members of the Worship Ministry with your thoughts and suggestions.

*The elder class of 2025 was welcomed to the Session of KGPC. A big welcome aboard to:
Sue Mooney, Susan Kerr, Sharon Gardner, and Chris Anderson. Also to Sean McNulty who begins his one year as Youth Delegate.

*Great things happening at KGPC as reported by Pastor Chris:
1) 104 kids participated in Vacation Bible School (Compassion Camp)

2) A very successful Locals on the Lawn attended by many of the VBS campers as well as the 3 organizations that volunteered their time to help show what compassion is: SPCA, Edmarc, and PIN Ministry.

3) The Patriotic Picnic was very well attended.

4) KGPC continues to attract visitors, including young families.

*The Director of Music Ministry Interim Search Team proudly reported the hire of Mary Letson. Mary will start in August and brings a wealth of musical experience both with churches and with the public schools.

*The Worship Ministry’s Team proposal to move to one Sunday morning worship service tabled from the June session meeting was approved by Session. A committee comprised of representatives from the Care, Grow, Connect, and Worship Ministry Teams will meet to put together a schedule of what Sunday mornings will look like with one worship service that will be presented at the 8/8/2022 session meeting.

*Session passed Personnel’s recommendation to hire a Digital Outreach Specialist. The proposal was updated to use an independent contractor and moved the start date to “as soon as possible”.

*Lastly, Session approved after a few minutes of reminiscing that Gretchen and Mel Allmond’s membership be moved from KGPC to Covenant Presbyterian Church in Harrisonburg.

Cash Income-------------$52,616
Cash Expenses --------($49,357)

ACTUAL GENERAL FUND INCOME:--$308,151-----------------$297,009
ACTUAL GEN. FUND EXPENSES:---($292,801)---------------($305,190)
DIFFERENCE:--------------------------- -$15,350-------------------($8,181)

Click HERE for the Finance Team Report for June 2022

In July, more than 100 KGPC Vacation Bible School participants and volunteers engaged in Compassion in Action thanks to your generous giving! VBS is one of the many programs at our church that is empowered by the financial gifts of our community of faith. The participants responded to what they learned by giving generously to the SPCA and Operation Smile. We filled 6 boxes and bags with pet supplies and collected enough money to help at least 3 children have surgery to repair clef palates. Thanks to your financial support, loving kindness was not just learned by put into action, changing lives by making disciples of Jesus Christ!

Watch for your midyear giving statements to arrive in your email very soon! If you have any questions or do not receive a statement, please contact financial administrator, Jill McNulty.

Giving makes a difference in God’s world!
Thank you for making giving to God through KGPC a priority in your life!
August 2022 DOMM UPDATE
Search Committee Report for Director of Music Ministry

The KGPC Search Committee team has conducted zoom interviews with several potential candidates to date and we are beginning the process of call-back in-person interviews. The committee has also decided to expand our job posting to gain more exposure with an additional online job recruiter site. Your continued prayers are appreciated and remember to spread the word that we are hiring.

The search has begun for a new Director of Music Ministry. Often, utilizing personal contacts can lead to the best candidate. If you know of someone who might be interested in this position, please take a moment to forward them this LINK.

Also, please share this LINK with friends or family that attend other churches and ask them to share it with leaders in those churches. They may know of an interested individual.
Word Share Prayer is a monthly scripture reading/reflection that Session and the leaders of ministries use to start their meetings. We will be including this in the monthly ENews for you to use throughout the month to read and meditate on.

READ: John 14:22-27

Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, ‘Lord, how is it that you will reveal yourself to us, and not to the world?’ Jesus answered him, ‘Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words, and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me.
 ‘I have said these things to you while I am still with you. But the Advocate,* the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.

REFLECT: What captured your attention or imagination? 
----------------What might God be up to in this passage for us today? 
Contact Us
King's Grant Presbyterian Church
745 Little Neck Road
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23452
(757) 340-2840 
Office Hours: 8:00 - 4:30 M-F
Service Times
9:00 AM - Faith ------------Formation Classes

10:00 AM - Worship
---------- Service