Events and Weekly Announcements


Week of February 10, 2019



Pray with us – Wednesday, 12:00 noon – Church Library – This week we pray for the following GPC member households:  John and Kay Travis; Fletcher and Carole Tukes; Doreen Turczyn-Toles; Claudia Twum; Samuel and Joyce Twum; and Anna Utter. During staff/congregational prayers we will also lift up joys and concerns submitted today, plus others sent in to the office. Join GPC’s Prayer Network at


The flowers in the Sanctuary today are given to the Glory of God by Phil and Evi Melberg, and in celebration of their 53rd wedding anniversary on February 19.


To donate Sanctuary flowers on May 26, email


Coffee Fellowship – Sunday (after 8:00 & 9:30 worship services) – Lindsay Hall – Congregational Life Ministry invites you to share fellowship over coffee.


Children’s Chime Choir Workshop – Sundays, through 4/14 (12:15–1:15 p.m.) – Rooms 32/33 – Akiko Taketani and Carolyn Hayes are offering this musical

opportunity, helping children prepare to lead worship in Lindsay Hall on Easter Sunday. Interested? Contact: Akiko ( or Carolyn




Nominating Committee Seeks Elder Nominations by Sunday, 2/10 (12:00 p.m.)

The Nominating Committee (NC) is requesting help from members of GPC’s congregation to nominate individuals whom they feel are equipped to serve as elders. Please send the name of your nominee to any NC member (Frantz Wilson, Alice Alexander, Scholastica Muluh, Robert Gunderson, Nancy Sanders, Aaron Caruso, or Elba Hildebrant). Contact: Elba (



GPC Employment Support Group – Monday, 2/11 (7:00 p.m.) – Room 202 – If you are unemployed or about to be, underemployed, or seeking a career change,

join us at this meeting, which provides a supportive Christian environment. Contact: Clara Pratt (


Family Fun Night – Wednesday, 2/13 (6:00–8:00 p.m.) – Ice Skating at Rockville City Center – $15 covers pizza and skate rental. Interested? Let Carolyn know.

She MUST know in advance who is coming so that she can be sure that there will be enough pizza. Contact: Carolyn Hayes (


Community Engagement is Going on the Road – Wednesday, 2/20 (6:00–8:00 p.m.) – Interfaith Works Women’s CenterJoin us at the IWWC to serve dinner.

KindWorks ( is organizing the dinner and needs volunteers to bring food and serve the residents. Volunteers must register in advance. To

sign up, go to as soon as possible, because spots fill up

QUICKLY! Friends and family are all welcome to participate, but be sure that they sign up as well. Additional information, directions, etc. are available at the

signup link.


GPC Spring Mission Trip (April 21–26) – The mission team will return to Cumberland, Maryland, to help repair and improve homes. Costs: $40/person for

participation with NAILS and $10/day for food (5 days). Lodging (Sun–Thu): Free at First Presbyterian Church (11 Washington Street). Want to be part of the

mission team? Contact: Mary & Bob Wasik (, or Rev. Mary Beth Lawrence (


GPP&K Registration for the 2019–2020 School Year Opens Soon! Register during school hours. Feb 15  GPC members (priority) // Feb 19 & 20:  Current

GPP&K families  // Feb 21  GPP&K alumni/general public  Contact: 301-977-5787 or visit


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!