Events and Weekly Announcements


Week of March 17, 2019



Pray with us – Wednesday, 12:00 noon – Church Library – This week we pray for the following GPC member households:  Marilyn Agard; Trevor, Leslie, Ashley, and Samantha Agard; Kingsley, Dora, Abena, and Nana-Afua Agyepong; Geoffrey Akame, Nginjoh Njofang, and Jaden and Gabriella Akame; Diane Akueson; and Rosina, Daniel, and Daniel, Jr. Akueson. During staff/congregational prayers we will also lift up joys and concerns submitted today, plus others sent in to the office.


The flowers in the Sanctuary Sunday were given in remembrance of Dr. Sam Ziorklui by his wife, Juliana Ziorklui.


Coffee Fellowship – Sunday (after 8:00 & 9:30 services) – Lindsay Hall – Congregational Life Ministry invites you to share fellowship over coffee with green

fruits and vegetables in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.


GPC Mission Trip Meeting – Today (12:15 p.m.) – Library – All those planning to go on the April trip to Cumberland, Maryland, will meet to discuss details.

Bring your completed liability form and a check for $40 made out to “GPC” for work agency. Contact: Rev. Mary Beth Lawrence ( or

Mary and Bob Wasik (


Montgomery Philharmonic Concert – Tonight (7:00 p.m.) – Sanctuary – This concert will include Mozart’s Symphony No. 40, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 in F major, and Haydn’s Concerto in G major for Violin and Strings, which will feature the winner of the Bernie Rappaport Young Musician Competition for violin. Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted.


Feeding the 5000 Food Drive Total: As of last Sunday, 178 items have been collected. Please donate often to help us reach our goal!


Missing Sunday Coffee After the 11:00 Service? Congregational Life Ministry is considering re-starting Sunday Coffee Fellowship after the 11:00 service, but we can’t do it without you! Rev. Mary Beth Lawrence is recruiting teams of three, reflecting the diversity of our congregation, to commit to serving one Sunday a month, 11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Benefits include: the joy of serving, friendship with fellow church members, and the privilege of serving as taste-testers! Contact Rev. Lawrence!


Dinners for Eight (D48) 2019 Update – Your March Mainstream contains the latest information about D48 (see page 9). In April, the schedule will be created for those who desire to participate. We hope that this schedule will include you! Contact: Clara Pratt (


Good Grief Support Group – Saturday, 3/23 (10:00 a.m.) – Room 202 – We will meet on the fourth Saturday of each month and welcome anyone who has been through, or is at any point in, the grieving process. Contact: Cathy Lyon (


Prison Ministry Potluck Dinner – Sunday, 3/24 (5:30–7:30 p.m.) – Lindsay Hall –Prison Ministry volunteers will gather for a fun time of sharing food and

friendship. Hope that you can come! To learn more about the Prison Ministry, contact Mary Wasik (


GPC Spring Grounds Beautification Day – Saturday, 4/6 (9:00 a.m.) – Come lend a hand to help spread mulch, plant flowers, and spruce up the church grounds. We will gather at the north parking lot for instructions and then go to work. Attendees of the Men’s Fellowship Breakfast are welcome to join in after their meeting ends. Contacts: Art Eisenhour ( and Andy Gosnell ( (Rain date: Saturday, 4/13)


Town Hall Meetings – Sunday, 5/5 (following the 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 services) – Sanctuary – Stay after one of the worship services to learn about the proposal to move to a 2-service Sunday schedule. Session has appointed a Task Force to explore these matters, and we want to hear from you!


GPC Retreat

The Smith Center at the Meadowside Nature Center

Saturday, May 4,  9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Registration opens April 4. All are welcome.

Contact: Carolyn Hayes (



GPC will announce weather-related closings/cancellations via or at 301-948-9418 as soon as a decision is made.



Ongoing Needs

Summit Hall Elementary School families always need non-food items, such as toiletries, diapers, and laundry products. Grocery store gift cards for Giant and Weis are also appreciated. Leave donated items in the bin under the mailboxes, or email Marilyn for grocery store gift card conations. 


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!