Events and Weekly Announcements


Week of February 23, 2020



Mission Trips – Today during Worship & Coffee Fellowship – Hear all about our disaster relief mission trips as Fletcher Tukes gives a Minute for Mission. Then join us during coffee hour to see pictures of previous trips and to talk with volunteers about their experiences working and worshipping on these inspirational trips.


The flowers in the Sanctuary today are given by Carol Anderson in memory of Jerry Anderson.


Share Fellowship over coffee and popcorn after Worship Today in Lindsay Hall.


YES! You Can Still Sign Up for a Lenten Small Group!Sign-Up Sheets are posted in Lindsay Hall. Our book, The Walk: Five Essential Practices of the Christian Life by Adam Hamilton, will be available each Sunday; we are asking for a good-will offering of $14/book to cover part of the cost. If you do not see a Small Group that meets on a day/at a time convenient for you, contact Carolyn ( and she will try to find one for you.


Strengthened through Prayer – If you would like the church family to join you in prayer on a specific matter, please consider becoming a part of the GPC Prayer Network at


Wednesday Noon Prayer Group Did you make a New Year’s resolution to become closer to God? You might want to try out the weekly Wednesday Noon Prayer Group. Pray for the concerns on your heart as well as the needs of others. Come one Wednesday or every week. Questions? See Rev. Mary Beth Lawrence.





Shrove Tuesday, February 25

5:00 p.m. – Pancake Supper in Lindsay Hall

7:00 p.m. – Talent Show in the Sanctuary (to participate, contact Becky Herron-Mayo)


Ash Wednesday, February 26

7:00 p.m. – Ash Wednesday Service in the Sanctuary (with ashes and communion)






Craft Group – Sunday, 3/1 (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! There are ongoing needs for small knitted/crocheted animals, lap robes, and prayer shawls (patterns are available). To support breast cancer patients, patterns are also available for knit prosthetics. If you have a special project in mind, would like a materials list, or have questions, contact Barbara Clark.


VIPS – Thursday, 3/5 (11:30 a.m.) – Lindsay Hall –GPC Elder Kris Maldarelli will share the blessings of living a life of generosity and forgiveness as explored by Dr. Miroslav Volf, Director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture, in his Lenten book, Free of Charge: Giving and Forgiving.  Attendees are welcome to bring their own bagged lunch or to participate in the shared lunch of meat lasagna, vegetable lasagna, and Caesar salad. If you are attending VIPS for the first time or have questions, contact Nancy Sanders.

Men’s Fellowship Breakfast – Saturday, 3/7 (8:00 a.m.) – Lindsay Hall – Please join us for an interesting presentation by Ted Farrand entitled “Foods of the Bible.” Did you know that foods and/or beverages are mentioned in almost every book of the Bible? We will explore the origins of many foods that we consume today and may even have a few food samples! Join us for a light breakfast, Christian fellowship, and prayer. We welcome women! Questions? Contact Ted Farrand.


Life in Christ Class – 3/21 and 4/4 (1:00-3:00 p.m.) –Long-time members as well as those who wish to join GPC are invited to this two-part seminar on what it means to be a disciple of Christ in our time and place. To register, please contact Rev. Mary Beth Lawrence.


Serving Christ During Holy Week, April 5–11 – Join us on our spring Presbyterian Disaster Assistance mission trip. We will travel to New Bern, North Carolina, to help flood victims. Students 16 years or older are welcome. Total cost is $200. To register, please contact Rev. Lawrence or Bob and Mary Wasik.






Ongoing Needs from GPC-supported Missions


Gaithersburg HELP needs canned vegetables, fruit, soup, chili, spaghetti sauce with meat, pasta, peanut butter, and breakfast cereal. Please check expiration dates carefully. Outdated items are discarded.

Leave donations in the “Food Pantry” box in the Gathering Space.


SOME – Once a month, GPC feeds the 500 homeless and poor who eat breakfast at So Others Might Eat (SOME). 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 the last Sunday of every. To help cook on the first Tuesday of every month, contact Steve Olin.


Community Schools — Neighborhood families with children attending Rosemont or Summit Hall Elementary Schools always need non-food items, such as toiletries, diapers, wipes, and laundry products. Grocery store gift cards for Giant, Weis, Walmart, or wherever you shop are also appreciated.
Please leave donated items in the bin under the mailboxes but give gift cards to a staff person.


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.


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.


The Interfaith Works Women’s Center emergency shelter needs:

·  Laundry detergent

·  Hand sanitizer

·  Hand soap (liquid)   

·   Disinfectant wipes

·  NEW travel-sized shampoo, bar soap, deodorant

Please leave donated items in the Narthex collection bins.



Wednesday Noon Prayer Group List

*** The Wednesday noon prayer group will be praying for the following GPC member households in the coming weeks. ***

Wednesday, 3/4/2020
Angela Nthenda; Kodzo Numatekpo, Apolline Kolani, and Jason Numatekpo; and Komlavi Nyawuame and Afi Hobuame. Victorien and Esther Nyetam; Lucy Nzelle; and Yaw, Andrew, and Georgina Obeng.
Wednesday, 3/11/2020
Carole and David O’Brien; Comfort Ofori; Bertha Ofori-Asae and Chandra Asae; Comfort and Noah Ofosu-Anim; Roisin O’Hare; and Christiana and Charles Okattah-Asare.

Wednesday, 3/18/2020

Seibatu, Laurence, and Imani Okattah-Asare; David Oku; Barbara Oldroyd; Steve and Trish Olin; Richard and Gail Olson; and Victor and Elizabeth Oweh.

Wednesday, 3/25/2020

Joyce Owusu-Ansah and Ierah Wilson; Alexandra Parker; David, Catherine, Alexandra, and Christopher Parrish; Claudine and Michael Paxton; Elizabeth Pearce; and Kay Penn.


  GPC Guidelines During Inclement Weather

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!