Events and Weekly Announcements


Week of November 4, 2018



Pray with us – Wednesday, 12:00 noon – Church Library – This week we pray for the following members of GPC and their families: Roisin O’Hare; Christiana and Charles Okattah-Asare; David Oku; Barbara Oldroyd; Steve and Trish Olin; and Richard and Gail Olson. 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 Sunday were given by Gaelle, Daniel, and Ezekiel Anpoma in celebration of the birthday of Kingsley Anpoma, November 4.


Sign up to donate Sanctuary flowers for 2019. The sign-up sheet is posted in Lindsay Hall.

Craft Group – Today, 12:15 p.m. – Rooms 30/31 – Come join the fun as we sew, crochet, and knit. Start or finish projects, or start knitting hats and scarves for three elementary schools. If you have questions, contact Barbara Clark,  
Veterans Day Prelude: A Conversation with Some Veterans from GPC – November 7, 7:00 pm – Library – Have you ever talked with veterans of military service about their experiences? About the good times and the tough ones? Did you ask about times when God was especially present? Join us for an informal discussion with some GPC veterans as they share their stories and reflections. Everyone is welcome, and all veterans are specially invited.   National Capital Presbytery Men’s Dinner – Saturday, November 10, 5:30 p.m. – Lindsay Hall – All men and boys are invited to the fourth annual Presbytery Men’s Dinner. Because the event is catered, a head count is necessary. Contact Rich Kempf at to let him know that you will be attending.  
2nd Friday Book Club – November 9 – 7:30 p.m. – Spencer Hall – We will discuss Chapter 4 of White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson. Come join us and bring a friend, even if you haven’t started the book or are unable to make all meetings; we welcome discussion. For information about the group, contact Cindy Cenname,
Farewell Reception for Teresa McCoy – Sunday, November 11 – Lindsay Hall – Our beloved Director of Music and Worship Arts has served both GPC and Christ’s kingdom with distinction, and we will miss her more than words can express. Let’s say farewell and offer our best wishes to Teresa and Jim with a reception after the 11:00 service. Please bring your favorite treat to share.  
Community Thanksgiving Eve Service – Wednesday, November 21 –  7:00 p.m. – GPC Sanctuary – Let all who are grateful come! Bring your neighbors, friends, and family visiting for the holiday. The service will include combined chancel and handbell choirs, a time for children, and a special offering. The Rev. Dr.  James Miller, pastor of Grace United Methodist Church, will be preaching.  
Are You Going Shopping on Black Friday?  Get an early start on your Giving Tree donations! The charitable organizations that GPC supports are looking for a variety of items, including hat and glove sets, scarves, white socks, full sheet sets, full size blankets, pillows and pillowcases, shower curtains and hooks, bath towels and bath mats, basic pots and pans, and kitchen utensils. The Giving Tree, adorned with tags, will be in the Narthex soon. These organizations are seeking many other items, but those listed above are sure to be on sale Thanksgiving weekend! If you have questions, see Cindy Zammit, Cathy Lyon, or Alice Alexander. Thank you for your generous donations and support.

Stewardship Packets are still available in the Narthex. Pick up yours today! 

If you find name or address error(s), please mark the corrections on your Estimate of Giving card when you return it. The Stewardship Committee apologizes for any such errors.



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!