Events and Weekly Announcements


Week of March 8, 2020



Have You Chosen the Name of Someone to Pray for During Lent? During Lent, we are invited to choose the name of a church member or family to receive our prayers. If you didn’t get a name yet, a basket with names is on the Lent table in the Gathering Space. After Easter, let the recipient of your prayers know¾with a note, call, or email¾that you’ve been praying for them.  (Email addresses are available from the church office.)


The flowers in the Sanctuary today are given by Russ & Mary Lou Madsen to the glory of God and in memory of their parents, Russell & Esther Madsen and Cecil & Margaret Sprague.


Coffee Fellowship after Worship Today in Lindsay Hall – Congregational Life Ministry invites you to share fellowship over coffee and non-salty snacks.


Donate Unused Musical Instruments to Community Schools – If your kids’ unused orchestra or band instruments are gathering dust, please consider donating them to our elementary schools. The Gaithersburg cluster would love to be able to teach more children using them! Instruments may be left in the SHES bin under the mailboxes or in the office. Questions? Contact Marilyn Morrison..


Strengthened through Prayer – If you would like the church family to join you in prayer on a specific matter, please consider becoming a part of the GPC Prayer Network at


Wednesday Noon Prayer Group Did you make a New Year’s resolution to become closer to God? You might want to try out the weekly Wednesday Noon Prayer Group. Pray for the concerns on your heart as well as the needs of others. Come one Wednesday or every week. Questions? See Rev. Mary Beth Lawrence.



Pray With Us – Wednesdays (12:00 noon) – Library  –This week we pray for the following GPC members:Carole and David O’Brien; Comfort Ofori; Bertha OforiAsae and Chandra Asae; Comfort and Noah OfosuAnim; Roisin O’Hare; and Christiana and Charles OkattahAsare. During staff/congregational prayers we will lift up requests submitted today, plus others sent to the office.


Quilt Exhibit Coming to Lindsay Hall (3/10–3/16)– The inaugural exhibit of “Eye Contact”, a quilt exhibit created by Sacred Threads, will run from Tuesday 3/10 thru Sunday 3/16 in Lindsay Hall. Sacred Threads is the name of a group of women who create and exhibit quilts that explore the connection between the art and spirituality embodied in their work. While the exhibit does not express any particular theology or religion, it conveys a message of  spirituality, healing and inspiration for all.





Contemporary Social Issues – Wednesday, 3/18 (7:00 p.m.) – Library  –  Carolyn Coleman will lead a discussion on next steps following the February Series, Civil Discourse in a Time of Discord (How to Have Difficult Conversations in Difficult Times).


Life in Christ Class – Saturdays, 3/21 and 4/4 (1:00–3:00 p.m.) – Long-time members as well as those who wish to join GPC are invited to this two-part seminar on what it means to be a disciple of Christ in our time and place. To register, contact Rev. Mary Beth Lawrence.


Mission Trip Meeting – Sunday, 3/22 (12:15 p.m.)LibraryThose who are going on the April 511 mission trip to New Bern, NC, should plan to attend. We will stay at the retreat center at Neuse Forest Presbyterian Church. Cost for lodging is $25/night; cost for food (three meals/day prepared by our gourmet cooks!) is $10/day. Contact Pastor Mary Beth or Mary and Bob Wasik.



Beyond the Rhetoric: Faithful Conversations about Gun Violence

March 13–15 at Grace Presbyterian Church in Springfield, VA


In the Footsteps of Harriet Tubman: A Lenten Pilgrimage (sponsored by the MCC Race and Reconciliation Team )

March 27–29 in Cambridge, MD (registration required)


The 39th Anniversary of the Sargent Gospel-Airs:“Through the Fire”

April 4 at Sargent Memorial Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC


Compassion, Peace & Justice Training Day: Ecumenical Advocacy Days

April 24–27 in Washington, DC


For more information on events in the National Capital Presbytery area, please visit





Ongoing Needs from GPC-supported Missions


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 Gathering Space.


SOME – Once a month, GPC feeds the 500 homeless and poor who eat breakfast at So Others Might Eat (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 the last Sunday of every. To help cook on the first Tuesday of every month, contact Steve Olin.


Community Schools — Neighborhood families with children attending Rosemont or Summit Hall Elementary Schools always need non-food items, such as toiletries, diapers, wipes, and laundry products. Grocery store gift cards for Giant, Weis, Walmart, or wherever you shop are also appreciated.
Please leave donated items in the bin under the mailboxes but give gift cards to a staff person.


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.


Join KindWorks ( in outfitting apartments for refugees. Contact Alexa Abdelatey at to receive email notifications when donations are needed of furniture, kitchenware, cleaning supplies, etc., as well as when help is needed with furniture moving and apartment set-up.


The Interfaith Works Women’s Center emergency shelter needs:

·  Laundry detergent

·  Hand sanitizer

·  Hand soap (liquid)   

·   Disinfectant wipes

·  NEW travel-sized shampoo, bar soap, deodorant

Please leave donated items in the Narthex collection bins.



Wednesday Noon Prayer Group List

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

Wednesday, 3/11/2020
Carole and David O’Brien; Comfort Ofori; Bertha Ofori-Asae and Chandra Asae; Comfort and Noah Ofosu-Anim; Roisin O’Hare; and Christiana and Charles Okattah-Asare.

Wednesday, 3/18/2020

Seibatu, Laurence, and Imani Okattah-Asare; David Oku; Barbara Oldroyd; Steve and Trish Olin; Richard and Gail Olson; and Victor and Elizabeth Oweh.

Wednesday, 3/25/2020

Joyce Owusu-Ansah and Ierah Wilson; Alexandra Parker; David, Catherine, Alexandra, and Christopher Parrish; Claudine and Michael Paxton; Kay Penn; and Harry and Lisa Persaud.

Wednesday, 4/1/2020

Mary Peter; Melanie, Jason, Brian, and Matthew Peterson; Elizabeth Pettus and Arlene Schindler-Anim; Rigobert Pinga Pinga, Suzanne Ama, T’resa, T’nisha, T’na, and Monia Pinga Pinga; Andy and Sarah Polack; and Marie Pondi, Cathy, and Djelani Bassong.

Wednesday, 4/8/2020

Allison Porter; Mike and Clara Pratt; Joe Price, Leslie Kole, and Lillian Price; Mazam Ralte; Raymond, Sarah, Grace, and Rebecca Raven; and Lucile Rawcliffe.


Wednesday, 4/15/2020

Thomas and June Reddy; Timothy, Mandy, Pearl, and Liam Rehm; Gary, Katy, Joseph, and Jeremy Reid; Hannah Reid; Jan Rex; and Barbara Robbertse, Conrad Schoch, and Alexander Schoch.


  GPC Guidelines During Inclement Weather

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!