Events and Weekly Announcements


Week of October 27, 2019


Coat Drive Update – The Summit Hall ES coat drive has been very successful. On Monday we took 20 coats and 20 hand-knit hats and scarves to the school. Thank you all for helping GPC reach out to our neighbors. The Health Room staff request our help providing new packages of underwear for boys (size 6 and up), and stretchy, pull-on leggings for girls (size 6 and up) for when children have accidents.


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


The flowers in the Sanctuary today are given by Andy and Stacey Imboden in celebration of their daughter Lauren’s 9th birthday.


The flowers in the Gathering Space today are given by W. Thomas Curtis in honor of his and Carol Curtis’ first wedding anniversary. “May we have many more!”


Events & Meetings 


Coffee Fellowship – Today – Lindsay Hall – Congregational Life Ministry invites you to share fellowship over coffee following the 8:45 church service, when the Stewardship Breakfast will be served, and following the 11:15 church service, when fresh vegetables and dip will be served.


Pray With Us – Wednesdays (12:00 noon) – Library – This week we pray for the following GPC members: Dick and Carol-Ann Lowery; Susan, Stephen, and Jacob Luce; Gary and Gayle Luckenbaugh; Joy Luecke; Cathy Lyon; and Russ and Mary Lou Madsen. During staff/congregational prayers we will also lift up joys and concerns submitted today, plus others sent to the office.


The Good Grief Group – Saturday, 11/23 (10:00 a.m.) – Room 202 – If you’re dealing with the loss of a loved one or another loss, we invite you to GPC’s bereavement support group. We are a small group, usually 8 to 12 people, including a facilitator. Everyone has an opportunity to talk (or may refrain from talking, if they wish) and all conversations are confidential. Coffee, tea, and water are provided. Contact: John Slavcoff (


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 (200 West Diamond Avenue). Come, Ye Thankful People, Come! Give gratitude to God! GPC’s pastor and Chancel Choir are participating in the service. The offering will benefit our neighbors in need through Gaithersburg HELP. Bonus: There will be pie for everyone after the service!


Craft Group – Sunday, 12/1 (12:15 p.m.) – Rooms 30/31  Bring your lunch and join the fun as we sew, crochet, and knit. There are ongoing needs for small knitted/crocheted animals and lap robes for the Jewish Social Service Agency, and prayer shawls for Holy Cross Hospital in Germantown. Patterns for these projects are available. If you would like to support breast cancer patients and Knitted Knockers, patterns are available for knit prosthetics. Contact: Barbara Clark (


Deck the Halls – Saturday, 12/7 (9:00–11:30 a.m.) – Churchwide – Each year we joyfully decorate our homes for Christmas with greenery, ornaments, and nativity figures. In an annual tradition at GPC, we do the same for God’s house. There are jobs for all ages. Please join us for the fun and fellowship! We conclude our morning with a simple lunch of homemade soup and bread. Please sign up in Lindsay Hall. Assistance from five or six people is also needed the day before, on Friday, 12/6, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. in Fellowship Hall, to help fluff wreaths, straighten bows, and prepare the decorations for hanging. If you can help, contact Marcia Haller.


Celebrate a Cuban Christmas Dinner at GPC!  Saturday, 12/14 (6:00 p.m.) – Lindsay Hall – The dinner will include appetizers, main course, desserts, beverages, and entertainment. Tickets may be purchased outside Lindsay Hall – $10/person or $25 max/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 – Christmas week, GPC will provide three meals/day to residents of the IWWC homeless shelter in Rockville. Volunteers cook, deliver, and serve dinner each night; make bag lunches; and drop off food and non-perishables at GPC. For information and to sign up to help, go to 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, 11/27
— No Noon Prayers —
Wednesday, 12/4
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, 12/11
Ed Markley and Donna Dannels; Jennifer Martin; Jennie Martindale; Henry and Sharon Mastroni; Becky, Robert, Rachel, and Cordelia Mayo; and Connie Mays.
Wednesday, 12/18
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.

*** This is the final Wednesday Noon prayer group meeting of 2019. ***

Mid-week congregational prayers will resume on 1/8/2020.

To submit prayer requests, consider joining the GPC prayer network.


Wednesday, 1/8/2020
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!