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Welcome to Grace Presbyterian Church!

2012RandyEdwardsED2Grace Presbyterian Church longs to make the amazing grace of the good news of the gospel known. As we look at the brokenness around us, in our relationships, work, world, and even our own hearts, we oftentimes are left asking, Who will make this right…who can make me right? The good news is that though we are unable to fix, mend, and heal, God is both able and willing. GPC is not a place of people who have it together, but rather a place of those who are seeking God’s amazing grace.

Wherever you find yourself in this journey, we will walk with you as God transforms us together and magnifies his grace in and through us.

Pastor Randy Edwards

What’s Getting Started @GraceKville

As the school year get’s underway, there are a number of opportunities to get involved. Here is are a few events that are starting up @GraceKville in the next few weeks.

POTLUCKS IN THE PAVILION continue September 8 and October 27 rain or shine from 6:00-7:30pm in the church pavilion. Please bring a main dish and a dessert or side…and a dessert.

GPC WOMEN’S MINISTRY continues with morning and evening Bible studies on September 18th.

  • The morning women’s study will be working through, In His Image by Jen Wilkin on from 9:30am-11:30am at the home of Janie Hughes. The evening study will be reading Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin from 7:00-8:30pm at the home of Carla Collins.
  • Also, GPC women will be attending the PCA Women’s Conference, Hinged, in Charlotte on Friday, January 31 and Saturday, February 1. You may choose how many days you want to be involved, and it is open to ladies 13+. Registration starts September 1, and the women’s ministry will be registering as a group to take full advantage of the discount and ensure a place. Check out the website and feel free to speak to Randi Bechtold, Melanie Stone, Janie Hughes or Carla Collins with any questions. Please let them know you would like to attend by September 1.

SUNDAY NIGHT FELLOWSHIP begins September 15 from 6:00-7:30pm. Home Fellowship Groups are available for adults as well as programs for Primary ages through High School at the church building.

HIGH SCHOOL MORNING BIBLE STUDY begins Thursday, September 12 at 7:30pm. We will be looking at the parables of Jesus from the gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. If you need a ride to school, please let Pastor Randy know.

Pastor Randy will be leading LUNCH WITH LEWIS for six weeks at the Paddison Memorial Library on Tuesdays from noon to 1pm beginning September 10. We will be reading and discussing the fourth book in Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia series entitled, The Horse and His Boy. Copies of the book are on reserve and may be checked out at the library. In addition, a group is gathering to attend the play, LEWIS AND TOLKIEN which is about their last conversation together. Lewis and Tolkien is coming to the Odeon Theater at the Greensboro Coliseum September 26-29. Pastor Randy would like to get a group together to attend a matinee on Saturday the 28 at 4pm at the discounted rate of $25 per ticket. Please let Pastor Randy know if you are interested by September 6.

GRACE HOUSE PRESCHOOL Fall Consignment Sale will be September 26, 27, and 28. See the GHPS website for how you may help and/or consign.

Twice Loved

1 John 4:16 tells us, “God is love.” A part of what this means is that at the heart of all things is love. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit relate in love, and the Bible is the story of how God invites us into that love. This is good news.

GPC’s summer vacation Bible school is scheduled for July 8 – 11, 2019 from 6:15 to 7:45pm at Grace Kernersville. This summer’s theme, Twice Loved, is drawn from Matthew 6:19-21 which reads,

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

VBS activities are offered for 2 year olds through 5th grade. The program will run from 6:15 – 7:45 pm. An optional dinner will be served from 5:45 – 6:05pm. You may register below. Please call Lori at the church office if you have questions.

The Annunciation

Today Christians around the world celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation in which the church remembers the moment in Luke 1:26-38 when Gabriel appears to Mary and announces that she is chosen to bear and deliver the Christ child, Jesus.

The Feast of the Annunciation is also nine months before Christmas — a connection lost on most, and is itself the reason December 25 was selected by the church and not an attempt to commandeer Sol Invictus or any other solstice celebration. Read more on how Christmas came to be December 25 from the Biblical Archeology Review.

The painting of the Annunciation by Henry Ossawa Tanner is a favorite depiction. It is a striking portrayal. A young woman in her bed chamber interrupted in the midst of her prayers it seems. A banner hangs for privacy, yet its striking red and horizontal line coupled with the vertical angel and Mary’s own verticality draw a connection to a cross. The blue robe to the left is the traditional color in which Mary is depicted and which she has yet to take up. Mary Elizabeth Podles has a helpful article in Touchstone Magazine. but I think it is behind a paywall. The model for the painting was a Swedish-American opera singer named Jessie Olsson whom Tanner married a year later.

Two years ago, GPC worship leader, Michael Kuehn, wrote a song about the moment as a part of greater project called, Where Are You.

March 25 also marks another anniversary though fantastical and literary. For the Lord of the Rings crowd, this day marks the day when the Great Ring was destroyed in the fires of Mt Doom and Sauron was defeated.

Ashes to Eternity

Beginning today, Ash Wednesday, GPC will be installing its Lenten art exhibit, Ashes to Eternity. The artwork on display is a collection of  pyrography by Asher McClain, poetry by Pastor Randall Edwards, and abstract weavings by Jennifer Edwards. Each week and each Sunday and special day from Lent to Easter, additional pieces will be installed in order to visually mark our progress into the celebration of the resurrection. The themes which the artists have focused on are: ash, baptism, wilderness, temptation, pilgrimage, palm, love, rent, and resurrection.

If you would like to view or download the exhibit’s brochure which includes pictures of the artwork, poems, and descriptions, you may do so HERE.

Lent with Lewis

During the Lenten season, Pastor Edwards will be leading two discussion groups of C.S. Lewis’ book The Silver Chair from the Chronicles of Narnia.

The first group will meet weekly on Tuesdays from Noon to 1pm at the Paddison Memorial Library beginning March 5. Bring a sack lunch if you like. We will be meeting in one of the conference rooms.

The second group meets weekly on Wednesday evenings from 6:00-7:30pm beginning March 6 at the home of Pastor Edwards. Please RSVP to Pastor Edwards to let him know you are coming.

For our first meeting we will be discussing the first two chapters. Hope to see see you there!

Joel McClain Memorial Blood Drive

Grace Presbyterian and the American Red Cross are hosting an upcoming blood drive.

Please join our lifesaving mission and schedule an appointment today!

Drive Details:
Site: Grace Presbyterian
Address: 360 Hopkins Road, Kernersville, NC, 27284
Room Name: Fellowship Hall
Date: Sat Feb 23, 2019
Time: 9:00: AM – 1:30: PM
Coordinator Name: Millicent Lambert
Coordinator Phone Number:
Click here to make an appointment

On Saturday, February 23rd please consider coming out to support the Joel McClain Memorial Blood Drive. For questions please contact Brea McClain. You may schedule an appointment online or call Brea Directly or our Red Cross Rep, Millie at 336-447-8925. Every unit collected goes to a patient in need. We hope to see you there.

The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community. Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime.

Thank you for supporting the American Red Cross blood program!

Missions Around the Korner

GPC’s Annual Missions Weekend is scheduled for February 8-10.
This year GPC is focusing on missions in our community and region.
Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.

Friday evening from 6:30 – 8:30pm.
We will have 3 missionaries with us who are serving in various “Korners” of the community and world.
Scott and Ruth Hill who are ministering and church planting in Cherokee, NC with Mission to the World
Melanie Stone who is working with Mission to North America
and another serving in a sensitive region.
We will “travel” to each “korner” of the church to hear about their ministry while enjoying food provided by our small groups. The evening will conclude with a dessert and concert by GPC’s own Michael Kuehn.

Saturday, The Missions Committee is currently making plans for ways in which may minister to our neighbors who are just around the “Korner”. More details coming soon on how you can be involved.

Sunday Brunch 9:00 AM in the fellowship hall with guest speaker Lisa May who is a school counselor at Kernersville Elementary. Lisa is on the board of the Salvation Army’s Kernersville Corps and is involved in many ministry opportunities in our community.

Jonah Hooper, will be preaching during the worship service on Matthew 8:23-34. Jonah is ministry candidate and licentiate with Piedmont Triad Presbytery. He and his family serve and worship at Salem Presbyterian, and Jonah is pursuing his Masters of Divinity with RTS Global in pursuit of a pastoral call in the P.C.A.

One Heart

I will give them one heart and one way,
that they may fear me forever,
for their own good
and the good of their children after them.
Jeremiah 32:39

Through the season of Advent, GPC artists, Asher McClain and Adah Freeman, will be installing an art exhibit to help GPC walk through the season together as we continue in the book of Jeremiah.

Focusing on the hopeful passages within the heart of the book of Jeremiah (Jeremiah 30-33), the artists will be pointing us to the promises found therein as well as pointing us to the One in whom the promises are fulfilled.

Carols for Cash

On December 6, 2018 from 6:00-7:00pm, Grace Presbyterian is hosting, Kerwin Baptist, Fountain of Life Lutheran, and friends of Cash Elementary who are all gathering in support of Carryout for Cougars, Cash Elementary’s weekend, backpack feeding program. Over 60 children participate in Carryout for Cougars, and it costs $200 per year to feed one child. We have a great need and a great opportunity.

We will be celebrating with music, games, and refreshments. Join with Grace, Kerwin, and Fountain of Life as we enjoy the partnership of giving and sharing in response to the greatest gift given for us, Jesus Christ.

The Disciple’s Alphabet

This week GPC is beginning a new series on Psalm 119 for Ordinary Time titled,  The Disciple’s Alphabet. The title draws from the fact that Psalm 119 is an acrostic poem. That is, the psalm is written in twenty-two, eight verse sections in which each section’s lines begin with the same letter of the Hebrew alphabet Beginning with aleph the psalm continues in sequence to the alphabet’s end, tav.

I thought it wouldn’t be a bad endeavor to acquaint ourselves with the Hebrew alphabet, and so we will be working to learn it. As we all know the English alphabet by the song we first learned, Michael Kuehn has recorded the Hebrew alphabet as I learned it in Dr. Pratt’s Introduction to Hebrew class at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando. You may listen to song via the player below and download the lead sheet below. Enjoy!

You may download a copy of the song’s lead sheet music HERE