Events and Weekly Announcements


Week of May 20, 2018


Pray with us – Wednesday, 12:00 noon – Church Library – This week we pray for the following members of GPC and their families: William and Solveig Fisher; Stuart and Patsy Fleishman; David and Roseann Flyte; Peter Fofuh Mughow, Joelle Pokam Mouafo, David Fofuh Mouafo, Daryl Muwuh Fofuh, and William Noah Fofuh; Monica Fomuso; Shyla Fontah, Fortune Nchang-Lum, Myra Che, and Zemirah Che; Ron and Nancy Foulds; and Diane, Richard, R. Douglas, and Sarah Franetzki. 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 Betty Cowen in celebration of 53 happy years of marriage and three beautiful children.


Join Us for Vacation Bible School – July 9–13, 9:00 a.m. to Noon – Visit Babylon and meet Daniel and his friends. VBS registration is now open! Forms for campers, and also teen and adult volunteers, are available in the Narthex, Lindsay Hall, and online here


“Because I Love You” – Today, 9:15 a.m. – Room 202 – Trevor Agard is presenting the second half of this two-part program again, so if you missed the class in April, you have another opportunity to attend. Copies of the Christian legacy organizer, which helps people organize documents, instructions, and locations of those documents, will be available.


Diversity Dinners – Sign up this month on the poster in Lindsay Hall to participate in these dinners, which are being scheduled in July, August, and September. For more information, see page 3 of the May issue of the Mainstream, or contact Clara Pratt at


Cook Breakfasts for the MCCH Men’s Shelter – Friday, May 25, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – GPC Kitchen. It’s not too late to sign up! Contact Denise Schleckser at


Families Retreat – Friday, June 22 through Sunday, June 24 The retreat this year will be right here at the church and it is open to all GPC families. Come with us to Narnia and explore Christianity through allegory and metaphor. Let Carolyn Hayes know if you are able to participate because we need to tell Mrs. Beaver how many to expect for dinner.Posters in the Narthex and Lindsay Hall provide more details.


Craft Group – Sundays, June 3, July 8 & August 5, 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! If you have questions, contact Barbara Clark, There are ongoing needs for small knitted/crocheted animals for the Jewish Social Service Agency and prayer shawls for Holy Cross Hospital in Germantown. Barbara has patterns for both projects.


VIPS – Thursday, June 7, 2018, 11:30 a.m. – Lindsay Hall Learn historical facts about the changes in everyday life over time in the program “Toilet Customs – Past and Present,” to be presented by Hermione Fthenakis, who holds a degree in architecture. The 12:00 noon meeting will be followed by lunch at 12:30 p.m. Attendees are invited to bring their own bagged lunch or to participate in the shared lunch of pulled pork sandwiches, coleslaw, and sides. Desserts will be our annual VIPS Strawberry Festival. If you will be attending VIPS for the first time or have questions, contact Nancy


“Race and Reconciliation” Workshop – Sundays beginning June 3, 9:30 a.m. – Room 202 – This 6-week workshop will be based on a PCUSA study of the Confession of 1967 and the Belhar Confession. To register, contact Carolyn Hayes.


All-Church Potluck – Sunday, June 10, 12:30 p.m. – Lindsay Hall The Congregational Life Ministry invites everyone to bring a dish to share and enjoy this time of fellowship. Come make new friends and reconnect with church friends who attend worship at a different hour than you do. We will sample foods from all over the globe and meet new members of our spiritual family.


Wanted – Boxes for VBS Crafts – Please collect the following types of boxes:  facial tissue (all sizes), cereal, frozen vegetables, and single-serve frozen dinners. Place them in the designated bin in the Narthex. Thank you! 


Support 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, June 3. To help cook on Tuesday, June 5, contact Steve Olin.


The Dwelling Place provides local homeless families with cleaning products, paper towels, and toilet paper. To support the mission, bring supplies to the “Mission Projects” collection bin in the Narthex on the last Sunday of each month.


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 AssistanceHave 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.


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!