Events and Weekly Announcements


Week of May 19, 2019



Pray with us – Wednesday, 12:00 noon – Church Library – This week we pray for the following GPC members: Pam and Terry Carlson; Jeff Carr; Kristi, Fredy, Alexander, and Leonardo Carranza; Ray and Linda Carricaburu; Aaron, Lisa, Helen, Mary, and Mona Caruso; and Norman and Marna Cary. During prayers we will also lift up joys and concerns submitted today, plus others sent to the office.


The flowers in the Sanctuary today are given by Betty Cowen in memory of Norredden Gene Cowen and in celebration of Norredden Gene Cowen, Jr.’s birthday.


Coffee Fellowship – After each service – Lindsay Hall – Congregational Life Ministry invites you to share fellowship over coffee and popcorn. 


The Good Grief Group – Saturday, 5/25 (10:00 a.m.) – Room 202 We welcome all who could use some support and understanding in their travels through the grieving process.


Sewing Circle – Saturday, 5/25 (10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) – Fellowship Hall – We are making dresses and shorts for underprivileged children. Some outfits will go with our own Juliana Ziorklui when she returns to Ghana in the fall! You do not have to know how to sew – all hands are welcome. If you have glasses for the Lions Club or gently used shoes, we will also be collecting those. Contact: Carolyn Coleman.


New Art Corner Display – The quilt in the corner of Lindsay Hall was made by Janet Andrews, a beloved and creative member of The Art Group. She made it to celebrate GPC’s 50th Anniversary in May 2014. We hope that you enjoy the history displayed in the pictures. And now, 5 years later, Happy 55th Anniversary, GPC!


Ecumenical Worship Service – Sundays in May (5:00–6:00 p.m.) St. Martin’s Roman Catholic Church is celebrating the Easter season with a vibrant, Spanish-language service in our north parking lot. They extend a warm invitation to the members of GPC to join them.

Information Regarding Graduates Requested from Parents – If your son or daughter is graduating from high school or college this year, please send their name and the name of the school from which they are graduating to Carrie Larsen ( and to Jenna Obermiller Bruni ( by Monday morning so that the graduates can be listed in the Mainstream.


Craft Group – Sunday, 6/2 (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 also ongoing needs for lap robes, small knitted/ crocheted animals, and prayer shawls. Patterns are available. Contact: Barbara Clark (


Life in Christ Class – Saturdays, 6/1 & 6/8 (1:00–5:00 p.m.) – Fellowship Hall – What does it mean to be followers of the Way of Jesus, to be people of the

resurrection? Come to this class and find out! Using small-group discussions and sharing, participants will explore what it means to be a Christian disciple in the

21st century. This class is open to all members and friends of GPC. Those who wish to become official members of GPC must attend this class. To register,

contact Rev. Mary Beth Lawrence (


Stock and Securities Donations – GPC has opened a new account with Merrill Lynch to facilitate the sale of donated securities, replacing the previous broker. Anyone wishing to give stock or other securities to GPC should contact Lisa Lee, our Accounting Manager (, for processing instructions.

Register now for Vacation Bible School (July 8–12) online at


Your Will, Your Legacy – More Than a Written Will or Trust – Sunday, 6/9 (12:15 p.m.) – Lindsay Hall – This seminar, offered by the Planned Giving Committee, will be presented by GPC’s own Aaron Caruso, a practicing attorney. Topics to be covered include why people who aren’t rich need a will or trust, how to create a will, how a will can be customized, the benefits of a will, and how to be transparent about a will (parents to children and vice-versa). The seminar is open to GPC members and non-members alike, so feel free to invite family, friends, and neighbors. Box lunches will be catered by Boston Market. The cost of the seminar is only $10, but you must reserve in advance with Kay Penn (


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!