Events and Weekly Announcements


Week of March 18, 2018

Pray with us – Wednesday, 12:00 noon – Church Library – This week we pray for the following members of GPC and their families: Sharon, Jarrett, Alexandra, and Annelise Cantrell; Pam, Terry, and Mark Carlson; Jeffrey Carr; Kristi, Fredy, Alexander, and Leonardo Carranza; Raymond and Linda Carricaburu; Aaron, Lisa, Helen “Casey,” Mona, and Mary Caruso; Cynthia Cary; and Dara, Wyatt, and Wesley Castle. 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!

The Flowers in the Sanctuary today are given by Juliana Ziorklui in memory of her husband, Sam Ziorklui.

Feeding the 5000 – Help us reach our goal of 7,000 items. The count so far is 2,668!

Congregational Meeting  Sunday, 12:10 p.m. Sanctuary The congregation will elect members of the Pastor Nominating Committee.

PDA Mission Trip Meeting  Sunday, 12:20 p.m. Library Folks going on this trip should plan to attend. We will be collecting forms and checks. If you have questions, contact Mary or Bob Wasik,

Montgomery Philharmonic Concert – Sunday, 7:00 p.m. – Sanctuary – This concert juxtaposes two American composers, Alan Hovhaness and Leonard Bernstein, with Johannes Brahms, the most important figure in German Romanticism. It will feature Hovhaness’ Symphony No. 66 – Hymn to Glacier Peak, Bernstein’s Overture to Candide, and Brahms’ Symphony No. 2. Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted.

It’s not too late to submit your Estimate of Giving card for 2018


Passover Seder Celebrated at GPC – Wednesday, March 21, 6:00–8:00 p.m. – Lindsay Hall – We will celebrate God’s victory over enemies as we hear the story, re-enact various parts, and share a meal. Unlike our usual FourthNight meals, this is a formal, ceremonial dinner that begins at 6:00 p.m. Reserve your seat with Rev. Mary Beth Lawrence now. The cost is $6 for adults and children age 12 and older, and $3 for younger children.

Help Make Hot Breakfasts! Good Friday, March 30, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Our nonprofit partners KindWorks and Nourish Now will join us to make hot breakfasts for the MCCH men’s homeless shelter. For more information and to RSVP (very important!) go to Don’t wait—only a few spots remain! Contact Denise Schleckser,, if you have questions.

Flower Cross for Easter Sunday – Following each service on Easter, all are invited to help create a special cross, which will be displayed in the Memorial Garden for several days. People are encouraged to bring flowers to add to the cross (and maybe a few extras for out-of-town guests).

Church-wide “Outflow” Community Service Project – Sunday, April 8, 11:00 a.m. – We will worship in the Sanctuary as usual at 8:00 and 9:30 that day, but at 11:00 we will gather in the north parking lot and prepare to flow out into our community to do a variety of service projects—many outdoors, but some indoors for those unable to participate in more active outdoor activities. At 1:00, we will gather at Bohrer Park for an all-church potluck picnic, followed by a worship service with communion. Sign-up sheets for both the activities and the picnic are in Lindsay Hall.

Volunteers Needed to Help Deliver Food Items Collected for Feeding the 5000 Food Drive – It’s a great opportunity to combine service with a trip to the Manna Food Center – an interesting destination only minutes from GPC! If you can help, contact Diane Franetski at

Launch of INMC – Monday, April 9, 6:00–9:00 p.m. – You are invited to attend the launch of the new Interfaith Network of Montgomery County (INMC), to be held at the Silver Spring Civic Building at 1 Veterans Place in downtown Silver Spring. County Executive Isiah Leggett will address the value of INMC in creating a welcoming, resilient, and inclusive county. Register at

National Rebuilding Day – April 28 — GPC will participate again this year. Volunteers are needed to help repair and/or renovate the home of a family in Rockville. GPC members (or friends) with any skill level can participate, but experts are also needed! So come lend a hand, fellowship, and engage with a family in our community. Please contact Yaw Obeng ( for further information and to volunteer, or Annette Ward ( if you can help the support team!


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!