Events and Weekly Announcements


Week of October 20, 2019


Pray with us – Wednesdays (12:00 noon) – Library – This week we pray for the following GPC members: Frederick Karanja and Margaret Waithaka; Tracy, Matthew, Michael, Brian, and Emily Katz; Rich and Mary Kempf; Jeff Klu and Akouvi Kpodonou; Yaw Kpelevi, Delemani Coulibaly, and Henry Kpelevi; Kum, Linda, Akazee, Baiyehmbi, and Camou Kum Akab A Sei. During weekly prayers we’ll also lift up joys and concerns sent to the office.


The flowers in the Sanctuary today are given by Patsy Cummings in gratitude to God for her dear family.


Coffee Fellowship – Today – Lindsay Hall – Congregational Life Ministry invites you to share fellowship over coffee and fresh veggies with dip.

Meet Me in the Gathering Space!  That’s what we’re calling the carpeted area outside the Sanctuary. It’s where we greet our friends before and after worship, stop at the Caring Card Table to send a prayerful message to our members, ask a question, peruse the tract rack, or donate to local charities.


It’s COAT DRIVE Time Again!  For many years, GPC has collected coats for elementary age children at Summit Hall ES. Please consider buying a coat, gloves, hats, scarves, or boots for families less fortunate than we are. Sizes 4T–14, any color, for boys and girls – all coats are welcome! You may leave the coats in the bins in the Gathering Space or in the box under the mailboxes by the church office.


Good Grief Group – Saturday, 10/26 (10:00–11:00 a.m.) – Room 202  – Anyone who is feeling the loss of a dear one and could use some support is welcome as we work our way toward understanding the grief process. Questions? Contact John Slavcoff.


Sewing Circle – Saturday, 10/26 (10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) – Fellowship Hall – We are working on dresses and shorts for underprivileged children. Some of these will go with our own Juliana when she goes to Ghana in the fall! You do not have to know how to sew – all hands are welcome. Also, if you have glasses for the Lions Club or gently used shoes, we will be collecting those. For more information, contact Carolyn Coleman.


Save the Date!  Public-Service Seminar: “Effective Financial Planning” – Sunday, 10/27 (12:30 p.m.) – Lindsay Hall – Stefanie Marsden, TPF Relationship Manager, will lead this seminar. Her presentation will include details about 2019 tax law changes, benefits of effective planning, and various financial planning methods. Registration/lunch sign-up flyers are available in Lindsay Hall and the Gathering Space. You may also contact Kay Penn to register ( Registration/lunch sign-up deadline is Wednesday, October 23.


Mizo Church Music Festival – Sunday, 10/27 (2:00 p.m.) – Sanctuary The Mizo Presbyterian Church invites GPC members and friends to their annual Music Festival! Mizo/Burmese choirs from other churches are invited to the festival too. There will be plenty of praise and worship music, mostly in the Mizo language, but you can still worship in the Spirit!


Cub Scout Religious Awards – Classes are forming now for Scouts interested in earning the God and Me award (Grades 1–3) or the God and Family award (Grades 4–5). Scouts will meet at GPC at 12:30 p.m. on November 10, December 10, February 9, and March 8. Attendance at all four sessions is required to earn the award. Jeannette Shields will be the mentor. Participants will need to purchase a workbook from the Scout Shop. Questions? Contact Barbara Clark (

Fall Festival – Wednesday, 10/30 (7:00–8:30 p.m.) – Building 3, Lower Level – Follow the pumpkins and scarecrows to games, crafts, festivities, and fun!


Help Wanted at GPC’s Fall Festival!!!!  We will be doing lots of different craft activities (some appropriate for adults as well as kids), playing lots of games, and enjoying many other festivities. Although you are welcome, as adults, to participate, we also need several extra sets of hands as station helpers to make sure that everyone has a great time. If you are willing and able to help, contact Carolyn Hayes (


Friday Night at the Movies – Friday, 11/1 (7:00 p.m.) – Lindsay Hall  –  Come see Coco. Bring your lawn chair. We’ll provide some popcorn.


Men’s Fellowship Breakfast – Saturday, 11/2 (8:00 a.m.) – Lindsay Hall – Join us for breakfast, Christian fellowship, prayer, and a program. This month, our own Claudio Ferreira will present “The UN-CTBTO Project and a Brief Overview of Liane’s and My Two Years in Vienna, Austria.” No reservations needed. Although it’s the Men’s Fellowship Breakfast, we always welcome women and they always enjoy themselves. Contact: John Slavcoff.


Craft Group – Sunday, 11/3 (12:15 p.m.) – Rooms 30/31 – Bring your lunch and come join the fun as we sew, crochet, and knit. Start or finish projects! There are also ongoing needs for small knitted/crocheted animals, prayer shawls, and lap robes. Patterns are available for these projects. If you have a special project in mind, would like a materials list, or have questions, contact Barbara Clark,

Save Your 2020 Calendars – As you receive calendars from the various charitable organizations, think about passing them along. One of our church members distributes them to nursing homes so that each resident may have one hanging on a wall. Bring your extras to church. Leave them under the mailboxes near the church office.


Ongoing Needs from GPC-supported Missions


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.


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 Narthex.


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.



Wednesday Noon Prayer Group List

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


Wednesday, 10/30

Helen Kum; Timothy, Glory, Nelimah, Ekah, and Kenamey Kum; Kofi and Jayne Kumi; Joe and Darlene Kunsman; Juliet Lake; and Greg, Tracey, Cassidy, Emily, and Aidan Lankler.

Wednesday, 11/6

Carrie Larsen; Jean and Julius Lauderdale; Mary Beth Lawrence; Marge Leach; Lisa Lee; and Jane, Robert, Stephanie, and Sarah Lehrman
Wednesday, 11/13
Mansa, Dean, Freddy, and William Leighton-Armah; Margaret Liffiton; Jean Lindsay; Susan and Paul Linz; Lois Lord; and Tom and Kathy Lowe
Wednesday, 11/20
Dick and Carol-Ann Lowery; Susan, Stephen, and Jacob Luce; Gary and Gayle Luckenbaugh; Joy Luecke; Cathy Lyon; and Russ and Mary Lou Madsen.
Wednesday, 11/27
Jennifer, Mary Beth, Paul, and Christine Magin; Kris, Frank, Grace, Mary and Frank Maldarelli; Dane Mallon; Eric Manu; Roger, Carol, and Raymond Marcotte; and Sasu Mari and Ophilia Frempong.


  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!