Events and Weekly Announcements


Week of August 18, 2019



Pray with us – Wednesdays (12:00 noon) – Library – This week we pray for the following GPC members: Stuart and Patsy Fleishman; David and Roseann Flyte; Peter Fofuh Mughow, Joelle Pokam Mouafo, David FofuhMouafo, Daryl Muwuh Fofuh, and William Noah Fofuh; Monica Fomuso; Shyla Fontah, Julius Che, Myra Che, Zemirah Che, and Shylvine NchangLum; and Ron and Nancy Foulds. During staff/congregational prayers we will also lift up joys and concerns submitted today, plus others sent to the office.


The flowers in the Sanctuary Sunday were given by the Coleman family in celebration of the diversity of GPC being reflected in God’s tapestry of life.


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


Congregational Meeting – Sunday (12:15 p.m.) – Sanctuary – Session has called a brief meeting to elect an elder to fill the unexpired term of Elder Charles Tchimou, who has resigned and moved to Philadelphia to pursue theological studies. Active members of GPC are expected to attend the meeting.


Stockholders’ Dinner – Sunday (5:30 p.m.) – Lindsay Hall – People who purchased stock to help support youth mission trips and camp this summer are invited to be honored guests at this dinner. If you did not purchase stock, but wish to do so, we will gladly accept a contribution toward dinner. The youth will serve the meal, make presentations about their trips, and share how your donation to the youth ministry helped them create memories that will last a lifetime.


Farewell Reception for Bill Wisnom – Sunday, 8/25 (12:15 p.m.) – Lindsay Hall – Our Director of Music and Worship Arts is leaving GPC to pursue his passion for organ performance. Join us as we thank Bill for his ministry.


GPC Greenbrier Day at the Lake – Saturday, 8/31 – Again this summer, the Moshers and the Chois have organized a trip to Greenbrier State Park. Some GPC families will be camping that weekend, but the park is also a great place to spend a day at the lake. The only “official” activity will be a potluck dinner Saturday night. The rest of the time is open for swimming, boating, hiking, fishing, etc. The Moshers will be offering canoe rides. Please note that parking at the lake area fills up quickly, especially on long weekends, so plan to arrive early! If you have questions or would like more information, contact Kwang ( or Fred (


Montgomery County Interfaith 5K!  Monday, 9/2 (Labor Day), (7:00–10:00 a.m.) – Maryland Soccerplex Dairy Mooseum in Boyds Two more weeks to register to join people from diverse backgrounds and faith communities in this race! The registration fee through 9/1 is $35 (online/credit cards), and for walk-ups on 9/2 is $40 (cash/check only!). For details about supporting the event financially or through in-kind donations, visit the website’s Sponsorship page. Adults and teens are encouraged to sign up online to volunteer (SSL hours are available). For  more information, go to or contact Sandy Menzies (301-869-8413, After the race, GPC participants are invited to a picnic at Jenny and David Allsopp’s home!

  Did you move and forget to tell us? Help us update our records. Email, contact us at or call the church office at 301-948-9418.


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.

Good Grief Support Group – Saturday, 7/27 (10:00 a.m.) – Room 202 – Please join us on the fourth Saturday of every month. We welcome anyone who would like some support with the grieving process, regardless of the situation. Guests are welcome as well.


Wednesday Noon Prayer Group List

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


Wednesday, 8/28

Diane, Richard, R. Douglas, and Sarah Frantezki; John, Cindy, Benjamin, Kristen Frick; Lisa and Carly Fumai; Tim and Linda Funderburk;

Joyce, Oneil, Fiona, Joel, and Abigail Galega; and Tom, Laurie, Ellen, and Bradley Gira.


Wednesday, 9/4

Doris Gordon; Elsie, Norm, Abigail, Andrea, and Alicia Gordon; Andy and Allison Gosnell;

Carvel Graves; Doug and Sandy Green; and Donna Gregory.

Wednesday, 9/11

Bernard, Josefina, Jane, and Sebastian Luke Groeneveld; Robert & Shirley Gunderson; Marcia & Lee Haller;
Barbara Harris; Jack Harris; Norman Hartness.

Wednesday, 9/18

Betsy Harward; John and Linda Hastings; Bud & Kelley Hawk;

Amelia and Alan Hayes; Ann Hayes; and Stuart and Carolyn Hayes.


Wednesday, 9/25

Fielding Hejtmancik; William Fielding, and Elizabeth Fielding; Jeff and Elba Hildebrant;
Stan and June Hitt; Ted and Mimi Hocknell; Elizabeth Holdridge; and Fiona Holland.


  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!