Events and Weekly Announcements


Week of January 19, 2020


Feeling Embarrassed Because You Forgot to Turn in Your Estimate of Giving Card? No problem!  If you got busy and missed making a financial commitment to GPC for 2020, don’t worry. The church is still receiving Estimate of Giving cards, so you can still add yours. You may request a card at church or email your commitment to The amount of each commitment is confidential.


The flowers in the Sanctuary today are given by Sarah Raven in celebration of Raymond Raven’s birthday this month.


The Church will be closed on Monday, January 20, for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.


Thank you! 

Dear Folks, In one of Paul’s prayers, he speaks to believers about taking in the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. You have passed that love on, in all your many encouraging ways that have blessed me. My spirit soars, even though my bod needs a complete overhaul!!

Thank you so much. 🙂

Gratefully and with much love,Betty Pearce


Thinking about Upgrading Your TV to 4K?  If you’re replacing a 75” or larger model, we would be glad to take your old TV for use in Lindsay and Fellowship Halls. Contact:


Donate Sanctuary Flowers –The following dates are still available to donate flowers: February 9, April 19, September 6, October 4, November 29, and December 6. To sign up for any of these dates, contact Jimilee (



Pray With Us – Wednesdays (12:00 noon) – Library  – This week we pray for the following GPC members: James and Sandy Menzies; Charles and Bette Mercer; Ely, Kekeli, and Elias Messan; Jo Ann Michaux; Jackie and Don Miller; and Yvonne and Chanice Miller. During staff/congregational prayers we will also lift up requests submitted today, plus others sent to the office.


MLK Day of Service – Monday, 1/20 (9:00–11:00 a.m.) – Seneca Creek Community Church (13 Firstfield Road, Gaithersburg 20878) – GPC will once again honor the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. by participating in a variety of activities, most of which are appropriate for all but the very young and to people of many different abilities. If you are interested, please register with Carolyn Hayes (


MLK Day of Service – Monday, 1/20 (1:00–3:00 p.m.) – Journeys Crossing (12900 Cloverleaf Center Drive, Germantown 20874) – Preparations are being made at GPC for various activity stations, including making fleece blankets and toiletry kits for our homeless, and cards for our troops as we continue to strive for the “beloved community.” Other stations/activities will available as well. There will be representation from our locally elected officials. Students earn SSL hours for participating. Sign up at


“Contemporary Social Issues” – Wednesday, 1/22 (7:00 p.m.) – Library – We will discuss our MLK Day of Service activities and how they tie into our Confession of Belhar. What are you doing outside these walls to help our community and nurture your faith? For more information, contact Carolyn Coleman.


The Good Grief Group – Saturday, 1/25 (9:00 a.m.) – Room 202 – If you’re dealing with the loss of a loved one or another loss, you are invited to participate in this bereavement support group. All conversations are confidential. Questions? Contact John Slavcoff.  Note:  For this meeting only, we will meet at 9:00 instead of 10:00.

Don’t Miss These Events Next Weekend!!


An Evening with Paul Byssainthe, Jr. and Friends – Sunday, 1/26 (5:00 p.m.) – Sanctuary –He’s ba-ack! Our own Paul Byssainthe will offer an organ concert before the Souper Supper and Cookie Carnival. The evening will feature Paul’s prowess on the keyboards and the vocal talents of Jim Williams. A love offering will be taken.


GPC’s Annual Souper Supper & Cookie Carnival – Sunday, 1/26 (6:00 p.m.) – Lindsay Hall –It’s time again to pull out your recipes for soup, chili, or stew and handheld sweet treats to share at this all-church event. Members of Congregational Life will be available in Lindsay Hall on Sunday mornings to sign up chefs and bakers. If you have questions or would like to volunteer to help, contact Sue Farrand.  


Family Fun Night – Ice Skating at Rockville Town Center – Wednesday, 1/29 (6:30–8:00 p.m.) –$15 covers skating, skate rental, and pizza. Register with Carolyn at


FourthNight Conversation: Civil Discourse – Wednesday, 1/29 (7:00 p.m.) – Library – Although dinner will not be served that night, the second session will take place. We will discuss Holy Disunityby Layton E. Williams regarding lessons we can learn from the discord around us if we take the time to listen and learn.


Men’s Fellowship Breakfast – Saturday, 2/1 (8:00 a.m.) – Lindsay Hall – Our own Rob McClelland will speak on “Income Inequality and Taxes.” Based on recent research asserting that the richest in our country are claiming an
increasingly larger share of national income while paying a decreasing share of taxes, several presidential candidates have proposed increased tax rates for millionaires. Rob will discuss what the research does and does not show. Join us for a light breakfast, Christian fellowship, and prayer. Women welcome! Contact: Ted Farrand.


Super Youth Bake Sale Coming on Sunday, February 2!! Pick up some sugary baked goods before or after each worship service on Super Bowl Sunday. Monies raised will benefit GPC’s Youth Ministry Summer Youth Trips. Parents of youth or those who love youth ministry, please plan to donate your “best of the best” baked goods for our fundraiser. Bring baked goods donations that morning. Contact: Carrie Larsen ( There will be no complimentary coffee hour treats that Sunday – you can buy your own at the bake sale!


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, 1/22/2020
James and Sandy Menzies; Charles and Bette Mercer; Ely, Kekeli, and Elias Messan; Jo Ann Michaux; Jackie and Don Miller; and Yvonne and Chanice Miller.
Wednesday, 1/29/2020
Jim and Nancy Mixson; Brian, Cammie, Addison, Lila, and Liv Moncak; Susan, Ed, and Ryan Morris; Marilyn, Stuart, and Samuel Stuart Morrison; Godwill Mosenge; and Nawal Mourad.
Wednesday, 2/5/2020
Larry Muluh, Geraldine Che, and Chris Muluh; Scholastica Muluh, Stacey Kum, and Chloe Ntembo; Tukes, Flo, Zamani, and Zikani Munthali, and Zenani Sazuzu-Munthali; James, Gayle, Katherine, and Stephen Musick, and Jacob Layton; Joseph, Mary, Phil, and Ninna Nana; and Comfort Ncheawah.

Wednesday, 2/12/2020
Jongo, Grace, Ndjongo, Emmanuel, and Etoo Ndjongo; Tina Nelson; Sandra Newcomb; Bob Newton, Johanna Moller, Robert, and Johanna Newton; Beatrice Nforbong; and Roland Ngang, Grace AshuNgang, Royalty, Iannis Ndze, Munjum Ndze, Rollins, Ronnie, and Rosanna Ngang.
Wednesday, 2/19/2020
Martha Ngong; Tchipkam Nguebdob and Marie Tchienang; Franklyn Ngundam, Enni Fomumbod, Nivance-John Nyambi Fomumbod; Autumn Ngundam, and Audrey Mofor; Irene Ngwa and Charles Che; Valerie Njakou and Samatrai Piam; Sam Njinda, Geraldine Musi-Njinda, Gaelle Njinda, and Gabrielle Mbong-Njinda.
Wednesday, 2/26/2020
Esther Njindo; Paul and Vanissa Njofang; Charles Njoukwe, Angela Nthenda; Kodzo Numatekpo, Apolline Kolani, and Jason Numatekpo; and Komlavi Nyawuame and Afi Hobuame.


  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!