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Adult Education – Faith Formation 9:30 am
Adult Education – Faith Formation
Oct 1 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
This year marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s famous 95 theses, which helped spark the founding of the Reformation, an event that changed the world.   To commemorate this historic event during October we will have a series on the reformation and how it has impacted our worship, our preaching, our songs . . .   October 1   – “How much do you know about the beginnings of the Protestant movement? Come to this session to learn about its founder Martin Luther.  He was a complex man with many ideas and moods and strengths and flaws.  And he left a larger than life footprint on the whole future of Western Christianity.”   Professor Dawn DeVries will be our leader for this session.
RICHMONDERS INVOLVED TO STRENGTHEN OUR COMMUNITIES (RISC) 12:15 pm
RICHMONDERS INVOLVED TO STRENGTHEN OUR COMMUNITIES (RISC)
Oct 1 @ 12:15 pm – 1:45 pm
RISC is gearing up for another year of working for justice in Richmond.  We are doing something different this year — we will have a congregation-wide lunch after worship on October 1st in the Fellowship Hall to kick off our year.  We will get updates on RISC’s activities with education, job training, and children’s mental health.  Then, we will break into groups for more discussion.  If you have been a Justice Network Member in the past, we hope you will continue this year.  If you have not been involved with RISC, we hope you will come and learn about what we are doing and why GPPC is an active member of RISC.  See you October 1st!
Youth Group 5:00 pm
Youth Group
Oct 1 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Dinner – Walkers   Justice: Justice in the Bible
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Children’s Choir & Dinner 4:15 pm
Children’s Choir & Dinner
Oct 4 @ 4:15 pm – 6:30 pm
Wednesday afternoons for children and families: It’s choir rehearsal for children of all ages plus a big family dinner for children and parents alike. 4:15 Children in grades 2-5 meet in Fellowship Hall; snack is first, then rehearsal in the choir room. 5:00 Children age 3 to 1st grade meet in the Fellowship Hall  while older children play freely 5:30 All children and families gather for dinner in the Fellowship Hall.  Main dish is provided.  The meal is free and open to all!
Adult Choir 7:15 pm
Adult Choir
Oct 4 @ 7:15 pm – 9:00 pm
 
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Supper 6:00 pm
Supper
Oct 5 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
  When we talk about the “bread of life,” we mean Christ’s body, given for us, shared in the Eucharist – the “Joyful Feast” of the people of God. We also mean bread! (Gluten free & otherwise!) We mean all the ways God feeds us with hope, with company, with purpose, and with grace. At Supper we’ll come together to feast on a delicious meal, God’s message to us in Scripture, and the blessing of Christian fellowship. Please join us for Supper Thursday, October 5, 6-7:30 or so, in the Fellowship Hall. All the food will be provided. If you can bring a few dollars to help cover the cost, that’d be great, but it isn’t necessary. Hope to see you. (The next Supper is scheduled for Tuesday, November 14.)
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Faith Formation – “Celebrating the Glory and Grace of God: Worship and Preaching in the Reformed Tradition” 9:30 am
Faith Formation – “Celebrating the Glory and Grace of God: Worship and Preaching in the Reformed Tradition”
Oct 8 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
“The true treasure of the church is the most holy gospel of the glory and grace of God.” That statement is number 62 of the 95 Theses that Reformer Martin Luther compiled and, according to some accounts, posted on the door of the church in Wittenberg, Germany, on October 31, 1517. With that and all his bold statements, Luther changed the shape of the church and its worship in countless ways. Dr. Beverly Zink-Sawyer will help us to look at the ways in which our Presbyterian worship and preaching has been formed and informed by the theological convictions of Luther, Calvin, and others who reformed the Church of Jesus Christ.
Youth Group 5:30 pm
Youth Group
Oct 8 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Dinner – Youth Group – Compline   Dinner – TBA   The Bible: an Origin Story – Genesis
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Presbyterian Women Circles
Presbyterian Women Circles
Oct 10 all-day
Presbyterian Women Circles meet in a variety of places and at different times on the second Tuesday of each month.  Contact the church office to find a Circle gathering near you.
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Children’s Choir & Dinner 4:15 pm
Children’s Choir & Dinner
Oct 11 @ 4:15 pm – 6:30 pm
Wednesday afternoons for children and families: It’s choir rehearsal for children of all ages plus a big family dinner for children and parents alike. 4:15 Children in grades 2-5 meet in Fellowship Hall; snack is first, then rehearsal in the choir room. 5:00 Children age 3 to 1st grade meet in the Fellowship Hall  while older children play freely 5:30 All children and families gather for dinner in the Fellowship Hall.  Main dish is provided.  The meal is free and open to all!
Adult Choir 7:15 pm
Adult Choir
Oct 11 @ 7:15 pm – 9:00 pm
 
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Adult Education: Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race 9:30 am
Adult Education: Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race
Oct 15 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race book discussion   The Reverend Denise Anderson and the Reverend Jan Edmiston, Co‐Moderators of the 222nd General Assembly (2016) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), have invited the church to read and discuss the book, Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race, by Debby Irving.   Here is a quote from the Rev. Anderson about this book discussion and study “We need to get comfortable with being uncomfortable.” Believe it or not, this was really good news to me when I heard it at the end of my first anti‐racism training session. What I understood in a second was that it is okay to be uncomfortable. I heard this in a room full of brown, black, and white people, all with different experiences, all wanting God’s justice to be made real, all committed to loving one another. Thinking about racism in such a setting made me mighty uncomfortable, just as reading this book did. There are two wonderful gifts from this experience, though: when we pay attention to our discomfort, we can learn and change and love each other better, and we are all always (always, always, always!) held in the grace of Christ. Here’s the thing: Being uncomfortable isn’t the only thing going on when reflecting on the stories in this book. What you’ll find by using the questions at the end of the each chapter is that your life is much richer than you thought, it’s more vibrant, and you have way more resources than you thought you did for understanding what’s going on with racism in our country. Learning about how to interrupt racism is part of learning how to be a disciple of Christ. We’re learning how to love God and love others as ourselves. We will read and discuss this book over four sessions: September 24, October 15, November 5 and November 26. Michelle Freeman Owens and April Swofford will lead this class.
Youth Group 5:00 pm
Youth Group
Oct 15 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Dinner: Keyes and Bray/Notter families   Presbyterianism: Denominations and their families
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Coming To The Table 6:00 pm
Coming To The Table
Oct 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
All are invited for a meal and conversation at tables. Potluck or cash contributions for dinner will be appreciated but are not necessary. CTTT is a national nonprofit whose mission is to Take America Beyond the Legacy of Enslavement. ComingToTheTable.org
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Children’s Choir & Dinner 4:15 pm
Children’s Choir & Dinner
Oct 18 @ 4:15 pm – 6:30 pm
Wednesday afternoons for children and families: It’s choir rehearsal for children of all ages plus a big family dinner for children and parents alike. 4:15 Children in grades 2-5 meet in Fellowship Hall; snack is first, then rehearsal in the choir room. 5:00 Children age 3 to 1st grade meet in the Fellowship Hall  while older children play freely 5:30 All children and families gather for dinner in the Fellowship Hall.  Main dish is provided.  The meal is free and open to all!
Adult Choir 7:15 pm
Adult Choir
Oct 18 @ 7:15 pm – 9:00 pm
 
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Adult Education – Faith Formation 9:30 am
Adult Education – Faith Formation
Oct 22 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
This year marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s famous 95 theses, which helped spark the founding of the Reformation, an event that changed the world.   To commemorate this historic event during October we will have a series on the reformation and how it has impacted our worship, our preaching, our songs . . . October 22 Following in the footsteps of Martin Luther, Huldrych Zwingli, and John Calvin to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Come and meet Tricia Vesely, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Hebrew at Union Presbyterian Seminary who will be leading a “Reformation Tour” to Germany, France, and Switzerland, May 21 to June 2, 2018.   Tricia will be speaking about the places where the Reformation began.
CAPITAL CAMPAIGN LAUNCH LUNCH 12:15 pm
CAPITAL CAMPAIGN LAUNCH LUNCH
Oct 22 @ 12:15 pm – 2:30 pm
Please join us for the Capital Campaign Launch Lunch on October 22, 2017, following worship.  We will celebrate our new campaign with a buffet-style catered meal.  Call the church office with your reservation or complete the reservation form in the bulletin Sunday.
Youth Group 12:30 pm
Youth Group
Oct 22 @ 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Lunch – travel to Camp Hanover – pickup at church   Lunch: Carswell
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Children’s Choir & Dinner 4:15 pm
Children’s Choir & Dinner
Oct 25 @ 4:15 pm – 6:30 pm
Wednesday afternoons for children and families: It’s choir rehearsal for children of all ages plus a big family dinner for children and parents alike. 4:15 Children in grades 2-5 meet in Fellowship Hall; snack is first, then rehearsal in the choir room. 5:00 Children age 3 to 1st grade meet in the Fellowship Hall  while older children play freely 5:30 All children and families gather for dinner in the Fellowship Hall.  Main dish is provided.  The meal is free and open to all!
Adult Choir 7:15 pm
Adult Choir
Oct 25 @ 7:15 pm – 9:00 pm
 
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Adult Education – Faith Formation 9:30 am
Adult Education – Faith Formation
Oct 29 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
This year marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s famous 95 theses, which helped spark the founding of the Reformation, an event that changed the world.   To commemorate this historic event during October we will have a series on the reformation and how it has impacted our worship, our preaching, our songs . . .   October 29 The Lutheran Reformation in Song Martin Luther established and promoted vigorous congregational singing and the composition of a wholly new repertoire for the German churches.   We’ll look at the texts and listen to the music of Luther’s Bohemian predecessors, his own compositions and those whose creation he fostered.  We’ll also survey the 16th century German hymnals and consider the chorales that still find a place in our Presbyterian hymnals.  Ardyth Lohuis will be our leader for this session.
Youth Group 5:00 pm
Youth Group
Oct 29 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Dinner: TBA   Bible: The Hebrew and Christian Testament
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RICHMONDERS INVOLVED TO STRENGTHEN OUR COMMUNITIES (RISC) 6:30 pm
RICHMONDERS INVOLVED TO STRENGTHEN OUR COMMUNITIES (RISC)
Oct 30 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Community Problems Assembly – Monday, October 30, 6:30pm, in the GPPC Sanctuary   Please plan to come! It’s the first RISC-wide event of the year. We’ll hear reports on the listening process and stories from our community. We’ll celebrate with new congregations joining RISC. And we’ll build relationships with justice-seekers from across the Richmond region.
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