Events and Weekly Announcements


Week of September 23, 2018 Announcements


Pray with us – Wednesday, 12:00 noon – Church Library – This week we pray for the following members of GPC and their families: Yvonne Miller; Ralph and Kim Mitchel; Jim and Nancy Mixson; Brian, Cammie, Addison, Lila, and Liv Moncak; Susan, Ed, and Ryan Morris; Marilyn, Stuart, and Samuel Stuart Morrison; Godwill Mosenge; and Nawal Mourad. This week during staff/ congregational prayers we will also lift up joys and concerns submitted today, plus any others sent in through the office. Join us!


Join the GPC Prayer Network! To pray for our church family or to ask others to pray for you, your loved ones, and other GPC members, sign up at Only members of the Prayer Network are permitted to see request prayers.

The Flowers in the Sanctuary Sunday were given by Daniel, Gaelle, and Kingsley Anpoma in celebration of the birthday of Ezekiel Anpoma, September 24.

Stewardship Packets are available in the Narthex. Pick up yours today!

GPC has a new membership management database program, and although every effort has been made to ensure that names and family member information are correct, you may still find errors. Please mark any corrections on your Estimate of Giving card when you return it. Please accept the Stewardship Committee’s apologies in advance.


Dinners for Eight September is the month to sign up for four gatherings between November 2018 and June 2019. In exchange for hosting one get-together, you will be invited to three other dinners. You can sign up as a single, a couple, or a substitute on the poster on the bulletin board in Lindsay Hall or by contacting Clara Pratt at

Outflow – Saturday & Sunday, September 29–30 – Activities are scheduled at GPC and also off campus. On Saturday, we will help sort clothing at the Interfaith Works Clothing Center in Rockville. On Sunday, a variety of projects appropriate for people of all ages will be available in Lindsay Hall. Off campus, there will be an opportunity to serve at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Rockville. We need to know how many individuals to expect for each service project, so please sign up at In addition, people will be available to accept your registration in person between worship services today.


“Practicing Prayer Through Yoga” – Wednesday, October 3, 7:00–8:00 p.m. – Fellowship Hall –Many of us pray and exercise, yet have not connected the two activities. During this FourthNight session, led by Sandy Menzies, you will have the opportunity to focus on scripture readings as you connect with God through movement. We will begin with prayer as we center ourselves, and then practice yoga to connect our mind, body, spirit, and soul. The session will end with prayer and meditation. Please bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothes. Note that chair yoga is also an option. All are welcome, regardless of physical abilities.


VIPS – Thursday, October 4, 11:30 a.m. – Lindsay Hall – This meeting will feature a presentation by Pastoral Nominating Committee members Carole Tukes and Bob Wasik. Their program will provide an opportunity for us to learn more about the committee’s organization, the steps involved in their tasks, and their progress. The day will also include a few surprises. Gathering begins at 11:30 a.m. and the meeting will start at noon. Attendees are welcome to bring their own lunch, and those who prefer may participate in the shared lunch of pulled pork sandwiches and sides. If you have any questions, contact Nancy Sanders.


Men’s Fellowship Breakfast – Saturday, October 6, 8:00 a.m. – Lindsay Hall Whitney Myers, former GPC member and Praise Team director, will present his new website,, and the stories behind the hymns “Teach Me Thy Way, O Lord” and “There Is a Balm in Gilead.” A light continental breakfast will be served. Reservations are not necessary. If you have questions, contact Ted Farrand.


Craft Group – Sunday, October 7, 12:15 p.m. – Rooms 30/31– Bring your lunch and come join the fun as we sew, crochet, and knit. Come start or finish projects! New Project:  Knitting hats and scarves for three local elementary schools. There are still ongoing needs for small knitted/crocheted animals and lap robes for the Jewish Social Service Agency and prayer shawls for Holy Cross Hospital in Germantown. Barbara has patterns for both projects. If you have a special project in mind, would like a materials list, or have questions, contact Barbara Clark.


Family Fun Night – Wednesday, October 10, 6:30–8:00 p.m. – Gaithersburg Sky Zone – You are invited! The cost of $20 per jumper includes three large pizzas for the group, to be enjoyed after an hour of jumping. If more than 20 people sign up, it will cost less! If you are interested, please letCarolyn Hayes know ASAP!


VIPS Retreat Friday, October 12, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Lindsay Hall Registrations are being accepted today following each church service. The retreat, “Rejoicing in God’s Abiding Presence,” will be led by Lyman M. Smith, Captain, CHC, US Navy, retired, and currently the Director of the Presbyterian Council for Chaplains and Military Personnel. The $20 cash reservation will include the day’s retreat activities in Lindsay Hall, breakfast snacks, and a soup and sandwich lunch.


Adult Education Study – Sundays, 8:00 a.m. – Library – Join us as we begin to study of The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence (1605–1691) and The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis (1379–1471). Both texts have a long history of aiding Christians in their faith walk. If you have questions, contact Liz Holdridge.


Sunday School Has Started!  Children must be re-registered every year, so if you have not yet registered, please do so as soon as possible. Online registration is available on the GPC website under the Sunday School tab, or registration forms are available in the Narthex next to the Welcome Desk.

Sunday School Teachers Are Still Needed – GPC is looking for a few adults who are willing to be an important part of the lives of our children. Ideally, you would be able to teach or assist three Sundays a month, but two Sundays would also be helpful. If you are interested and available, contact Carolyn Hayes or Gayle Luckenbaugh.

“Raising White Kids” Book Study Group Resumes on Wednesday, September 12, 7:00 p.m. – Carolyn’s Office – If you would like to join this group, we would love to have you.

  • C. S. Lewis 6-week Book Study Group – Sunday, September 16, 9:30 a.m. – TBD – Is C. S. Lewis a favorite author of yours, too? We will study The Screwtape Letters, and if the group feels that more than 6 weeks is needed, we will extend the timeline. All are welcome to join this group.
  • “What It Means to be a Presbyterian” 6-week Study Group – Sunday, September 16, 11:00 a.m. – Room 202 – Do you ever wonder what Presbyterians believe, or how these beliefs were formed? Donald K. McKim’s book, Theology for Presbyterians, could provide some answers to these important questions.

Email Carolyn Hayes as soon as possible, so that a book or study guide may be ordered for you.


Teresa McCoy Will Be Leaving GPC – The Session of Gaithersburg Presbyterian Church has, with deep regret, received the resignation of Teresa McCoy, our gifted and much appreciated Director of Music and Worship Arts. She has served GPC with great skill and devotion and will be missed beyond words. The dates for a reception and time to say our goodbyes are pending and TBA.


Are You Looking for Another Way to Make a Difference in Our Community?  Gaithersburg HELP, our local food pantry, seeks an individual, or a team of 3 to 4 individuals, to pick up a weekly food order at a local grocery store and deliver it to the HELP food pantry. The driver should have a vehicle with a large cargo space. Training is available. If you can help on a weekly basis, or be a part of a team that provides this coverage, please speak tot Rev. Mary Beth Lawrence.


GPC Fall Mission Trip – October 20–24 – Gaithersburg and Cumberland – All volunteers from our first trip to New Orleans through the last trip to Gatlinburg, plus anyone who would like to participate this year, are invited to celebrate the last 13 years of GPC mission trips. The tentative schedule for the week is as follows:

  • Saturday, 10/20:  Out-of-towners arrive in Gaithersburg and meet their host families. Dinner at Buca di Beppo for all former and current volunteers.
  • Sunday, 10/21:  Worship Service and Potluck Luncheon (open to everyone). Newcomers who would like to participate in the week are welcome. Sunday afternoon, the group will travel to Cumberland, where we will serve for 3 days.
  • Monday, 10/22 – Wednesday, 10/24:  We will work with the NAILS mission program on a home that needs a lot of repairs. First Presbyterian Church of Cumberland will be our host. 

To be part of the team and/or to offer to host guests, contact Mary and Bob Wasik.

Ongoing Needs

Gaithersburg HELP needs canned vegetables, fruit, soup, chili, spaghetti sauce with meat, pasta, peanut butter, and breakfast cereal. Because outdated items cannot be used, please check expiration dates carefully. Leave your donations in the “Food Pantry” box in the Narthex.


SOME – Once a month, GPC feeds the 500 homeless and poor who eat breakfast at SOME (So Others Might Eat). You can help by donating any portion of the following items: eggs (37 dozen), bread (40 loaves), orange juice (16 gallons), applesauce (24 46-oz jars), and syrup (4 gallons). Sign up in Lindsay Hall. Bring donations to the GPC kitchen on Sunday, July 1. To help cook on Tuesday, July 3, contact Steve Olin.


The Prison Ministry is collecting the following supplies for inmates:
  • Word search and sudoku books (words and grid on one page)            
  • Greeting cards (birthday and blank)                                       
  • Paper (lined and blank)
  • Pocket folders (no metal clasps)                                                         
  • Envelopes (all sizes, including manila – no metal clasps)     
  • Bibles (both English and Spanish)
  • Religious reading – books, magazines, devotionals (current issues only, staples and subscription pages removed)                                   
  • Pocket calendars (staples removed)


Please leave items in the large plastic bin in the GPC library under the window.


Summit Hall Elementary School families always need non-food items, such as toiletries, diapers, and laundry products. Grocery store gift cards for Giant and Weis are also appreciated. Leave donated items in the bin under the mailboxes, or email Marilyn Morrison at regarding the donation of grocery store gift cards.


Interfaith Works Women’s Center homeless shelter needs the following items:  
  • Shower shoes (various sizes)               
  • Shower caddies         
  • Bras (various sizes)                 
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hand soap (liquid)                            
  • Toilet paper               
  • Disinfectant wipes (Clorox, Kirkland)
Please leave donated items in the Narthex collection bins.
Refugee Assistance – Have you been following the refugee crisis, feeling compassion but not knowing what you can do to help? Join KindWorks ( in outfitting apartments for refugees. Contact Alexa Abdelatey at to receive email notifications when donations are needed of furniture, kitchenware, cleaning supplies, etc., as well as when help is needed with furniture moving and apartment set-up. More information may be found under the “Serving” tab.
Summit Hall Elementary School families always need non-food items, such as toiletries, diapers, and laundry products. Grocery store gift cards for Giant and Weis are also appreciated. Leave donated items in the bin under the mailboxes, or email Marilyn Morrison at regarding the donation of grocery store gift cards.


Weather Policy

Sunday mornings: GPC is always open, but we cannot guarantee the condition of driveways, walks, or parking areas. Use your best judgment about whether or not to come. We will worship God as best we can at 11:00 a.m.

Office on weekdays: Open, if staff members are able to reach GPC.

Mid-week children’s & youth programs: If Montgomery County Public Schools are closed, GPC programs are cancelled.

Other meetings and programs, including retreats, off-campus events, and the church office: GPC may close at the discretion of the responsible staff member or lay leader.

Note: Even if the building is open or the program is running, do not make the trip if, in your opinion, road conditions make it too hazardous to drive; instead, contact your supervisor or ministry leader. If a state of emergency is declared, all activities will be cancelled.

GPC is always looking for energetic individuals to serve our community!