Events and Weekly Announcements


Week of July 15, 2018

Pray with us – Wednesday, 12:00 noonChurch Library – This week we pray for the following members of GPC and their families: Richard Ingraham; Isaac, Lily, Samuel, and Sofia Isaka; Amy, Sean, and Bryan Jackson; Frances Jenkins; Frank and Dawn Adair Johnson; Janet Johnson; Laura and Don Johnson; and Robert Johnson. 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 and request prayers.
The Flowers in the Sanctuary today are given by Marge Leach in memory of Walter Leach.
Building 4 is CLOSED. The A/C unit in Building 4 is out of service.

If your group regularly meets in Building 4 (Lindsay Hall, Rooms 202, 205, 206, or the kitchen), your meeting room assignment may have changed.

Meeting group leaders were all contacted during the week.

Please check the calendar posted in the breezeway, narthex, or outside the church office for room assignments.


Sunday Coffee Fellowship During August – Our hard-working Congregational Life volunteers are taking a well-deserved summer vacation next month, so there will be no Sunday coffee fellowship in August. Please join us in September when this fellowship opportunity resumes. If you would like to join this ministry in
the fall, please contact Rev. Mary Beth Lawrence.
Red Cross Blood Drive – Thursday, July 26, 1:00–7:00 p.m. – Fellowship Hall – People are busy with camps, swimming pools, and summer vacations, which makes it difficult for the Red Cross to collect sufficient donations, but the need is still as great as ever! Please help by donating blood here at GPC. Sign-up sheets are in the Narthex behind the Welcome Desk or you may call Marcia Haller to sign up, ask questions, or volunteer to help with the drive itself.
Batik Panels on Narthex Walls – The beautiful panels that celebrate communion were handcrafted by Luta Tshihamba, a former member of GPC. She and her husband, Remy, are from Kananga in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Several years ago, they moved from Gaithersburg to Minnesota, to live near their son, a Presbyterian pastor, and his family. Since then, they have made several visits to the DRC to teach and serve in a hospital established by their son’s church. Luta is also an author and a pottery-maker.
Family Book Club Coming in September!  Please join us! GPC recently hosted a Friday night family event that included watching the movie of the book The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. On Saturday, the church hosted a day of discussion and activities based on the movie. Those who participated in the event are now reading through the book. The experience has been so enjoyable that we would like to repeat it. In early September, another movie/book will be selected, and a family event based on the movie will be scheduled shortly thereafter. Devotions for the book (covering about two chapters) will be sent home for families to enjoy. If you are interested in participating, either now or in September, Please email Carolyn Hayes at


A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words! Please email your photos of GPC church life to Jenna, our Communications Manager, at, so that we can continue to share our faith, fun, and fellowship on the church’s social media.
The deadline for bulletin announcements is Tuesday by 3:00 p.m.
Please send bulletin announcements to Esther Matthews at
while Jimilee is on vacation July 9–19.

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!