Events and Weekly Announcements


Week of January 13, 2019



Pray with us – Wednesday, 12:00 noon – Church Library – This week we pray for the following members of GPC and their families: RaySickles; Rosalie and Ndjigang Sidieu; Rachel Simko; Sonja Simko; Arna Simpson; and John and Dottie Slavcoff. This week during staff/congregational prayers we will also lift up joys and concerns submitted today, plus any others sent in through the office. Join us! Join the GPC Prayer Network at to pray for church family and loved ones, or to ask others to pray for you.


The Flowers in the Sanctuary today are given by Art and Sue Eisenhour in celebration of Marilyn Morrison’s birthday.


New Adult Education Classes – January 6 through February 10 – Room 202

  • 9:30 – The Great Divorce, by C. S. Lewis. Join a discussion-style study of this book about a bus full of damned souls who are given a holiday from Hell to visit Heaven. Find out whether they choose to stay in Heaven or return to Hell.
  • 11:00 – The Confessions. Presbyterians are reformed and reforming. The Confessions are a platform to express the tenets of faith. Explore with us their evolution through the years.


Coffee Fellowship – Today, 9:00–9:30 a.m. & 10:30–11:00 a.m. – Lindsay Hall – Congregational Life Ministry invites you to share fellowship today at 9:00 a.m. (between the 8:00 and 9:30 church services) and at 10:30 a.m. (between the 9:30 and 11:00 church services), when popcorn will be served.


**This event has been cancelled due to inclement weather.** Employment Support Group  Monday, January 14, 7:00 p.m. Room 202  We provide a supportive Christian environment for those who are unemployed, about to be unemployed, under-employed, or seeking a career change. Meetings are free, open to the public, and typically last about an hour. Although we meet only once a month, you may contact Clara Pratt at other times at with any questions about your job search or for more information about the ESG.


Movie Night at FourthNight – Wednesday, January 16, 6:30 p.m. – Room 202 In a well-known folk tale in West Africa, a child is born in a village upon which a sorceress has placed a terrible curse. The child sets out to save his village and has many adventures, a bit like the children in C. S. Lewis’ book The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. On this FourthNight, we will show “Kirikou and the Sorceress”—the delightful, animated film of this folk tale. Note that the program will begin earlier than usual, to allow time for the film and also some discussion. Bring your whole family!


Red Cross Blood Drive – Thursday, January 17, 1:00–7:00 p.m. – Lindsay Hall Children with cancer, trauma patients, and those undergoing treatments for sickle cell anemia are among the countless patients who depend on blood. Please sign up in the Narthex today to donate.


**This event has been rescheduled for a later date.**

Grief Support Group – Saturday, January 19, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. – Lindsay Hall – This group is for those who havelost a spouse. If you have questions, contact Charlotte Spencer.


MLK Day of Service – Monday, January 21, 9:00–11:00 a.m. – Seneca Creek Community Church – If you are interested in participating, email Carolyn Hayes at


Your Session has called a Congregational Meeting for Sunday, January 27, 2019 directly after 11:00 a.m. worship to hear a report from the Nominating Committee and for the election of officers. 


Souper Supper & Cookie Carnival is Back! – Sunday, January 27, 6:00 p.m. – Lindsay Hall – Calling all soup makers and cookie bakers (and talented eaters) for a warming evening of food and fellowship! Congregational Life is looking for cooks to make and serve their favorite soup, chili, or stew (enough to feed 10–12 people) or bake and bring cookies, brownies, or other handheld treats (2 dozen). Kitchen help beforehand and cleanup help afterwards are also appreciated. Sign-up sheets will be available in Lindsay Hall between services today and on January 20. If you have questions, contact Sue Farrand at


Opportunities to donate Sanctuary Flowers in 2019 are still available. The cost is $40. If you would like to donate flowers on February 3, March 10, April 28, May 26, June 2, or August 25, email Jimilee at


Ongoing Needs


Gaithersburg HELP needs canned vegetables, fruit, soup, chili, spaghetti sauce with meat, pasta, peanut butter, and breakfast cereal. Because outdated items cannot be used, please check expiration dates carefully. Leave your donations in the “Food Pantry” box in the Narthex. 
SOME (So Others Might Eat) – Once a month, GPC feeds the 500 homeless and poor who eat breakfast at SOME. You can help by donating any portion of the following items: eggs (37 dozen), bread (40 loaves), orange juice (16 gallons), applesauce (24–46 oz. jars), and syrup (4 gallons). Sign up in Lindsay Hall. Bring donations to the GPC Kitchen on Sunday, November 4. To help cook on Tuesday, November 6, contact Steve.


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.


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!