Events and Weekly Announcements


Week of October 27, 2019


The flowers in the Sanctuary today are given to the glory of God by Marge Leach.


The flowers in the Gathering Space today are given in memory of Betty Bryan by her son and daughter, Butch and Polly Bryan. Betty Bryan was a long-time member of GPC, gifted musician, and artist. “We give glory to God for her life and give blessed thanks for all of the love and laughter that made her so special.”


Our Worship Puzzle Pieces – You will soon notice a change in the placement of the children’s message during worship. Recently, our teachers have realized that they don’t have enough time with the younger children during the 11:15 worship hour. To help us serve our goal of more time for education, the Vital Worship Ministry has agreed to move the Time with Children earlier in the service, so that the children have more time with the teachers. Children will continue to start and end in the Sanctuary, as they do now. You will also see a slight change in the order of the sung response and the Passing of the Peace, to aid the flow of the service. Questions? Feel free to ask!


Holiday Shopping Can Benefit GPC! Remember to use AmazonSmile when you do your Christmas shopping online. A portion (0.5%) of your purchase will benefit GPC. Sign up at


Give glory to God in 2020 by donating Sanctuary flowers. Many Sunday dates are still available. The cost is $40. Reminder letters will be sent. Sign up today in Lindsay Hall.


Events & Meetings 


Coffee Fellowship – Today – Lindsay Hall – Congregational Life Ministry invites you to share fellowship over coffee, popcorn, and other snacks.


Pray With Us – Wednesdays (12:00 noon) – Library  – This week we pray for the following GPC members: Mansa, Dean, and William Leighton-Armah; Margaret Liffiton; Jean Lindsay; Susan and Paul Linz; Lois Lord; and Tom and Kathy Lowe. During staff/congregational prayers we will also lift up joys and concerns submitted today, plus others sent to the office.


Commitment Sunday, November 17 – 8:45 & 11:15 a.m. in the Sanctuary – We will dedicate our commitments to God for 2020 at both services, so please bring your Estimate of Giving card and your Time and Talent card to church that day. Please join us from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. in Lindsay Hall for an expanded fellowship time when we can break our fast together in celebration.


Join the Fun! Intergenerational “Happenings” – starting Sunday, 11/17 (10:00 a.m.) – Lindsay Hall – The “Happening” will be different each week; sometimes there will be a cooking, craft, or mission project, and sometimes there will be an activity, a game, or a bit of everything. On November 17, we’ll focus on gratitude. We’ll make Thankful Trees, discuss our favorite Thanksgiving memories and traditions, share things that we’re grateful for today, and listen to music from “the New World” in the 16th century. All ages and abilities are welcome – just bring your grateful heart.


Visit from Missionaries – Sunday, 11/24 (8:45 & 10:00 a.m.) GPC-sponsored PC(USA) missionaries Jeff and Christi Boyd will speak briefly at the 8:45 service and then lead an intergenerational education experience at 10:00. They serve seven different countries in Africa and are involved in hunger ministries, justice for women and children, leadership development, and more.


Community Thanksgiving Service – Tuesday, 11/26 (7:30 p.m.) – Pathways Baptist Church – Ack! I have company coming two days early for Thanksgiving! What do I do? Join us at Pathways Baptist (200 West Diamond Avenue, Gaithersburg)! Our pastor and Chancel Choir are participating in the service, and we will receive an offering for Gaithersburg HELP. The church is hosting a pie social afterwards!

Come Celebrate a Cuban Christmas Dinner at GPC!  Saturday, 12/14 (6:00 p.m.) – Dinner will include appetizers, main course, desserts, beverages, and entertainment. Tickets are available starting today outside Lindsay Hall – $10/person or $25/family. Proceeds from ticket sales will go toward our Youth mission trips. Questions? Contact Ray Carricaburu at

Women’s Shelter Meals – Sunday, December 22 through Saturday, December 28 – GPC will provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the residents of the IWWC homeless shelter in Rockville during Christmas week. Volunteers are needed to cook, deliver, and serve dinner each night; make bag lunches; and drop off supplies of food and non-perishables at GPC. For complete information and to sign up to help, go to and click on the “IWWC Week of Meals” link on the home page. You may also contact Denise Schleckser at


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, 11/20
Dick and Carol-Ann Lowery; Susan, Stephen, and Jacob Luce; Gary and Gayle Luckenbaugh; Joy Luecke; Cathy Lyon; and Russ and Mary Lou Madsen.
Wednesday, 11/27
Jennifer, Mary Beth, Paul, and Christine Magin; Kris, Frank, Grace, Mary and Frank Maldarelli; Dane Mallon; Eric Manu; Roger, Carol, and Raymond Marcotte; and Sasu Mari and Ophilia Frempong.
Wednesday, 12/4
Ed Markley and Donna Dannels; Jennifer Martin; Jennie Martindale; Henry and Sharon Mastroni; Becky, Robert, Rachel, and Cordelia Mayo; and Connie Mays.
Wednesday, 12/11
Emmanuel Mbaiti and Heaven Yang; John McAuliffe; Shari, Kevin, Ryan, and Christian McCann; Rob, Elisa, James, and Erin McClelland; Matt and Sandy McCoy; and Albert and Elizabeth McDonald.
Wednesday, 12/18
Tom and Valerie McIlrath; Joy McIntyre; Carol McNeil; David Mecklenburg; Phil and Evi Melberg; and Beth Melone.


  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!