Events and Weekly Announcements


Week of December 9, 2018


Pray with us – Wednesday, 12:00 noon – Church Library – This week we pray for the following members of GPC and their families: Lucille Rawcliffe; Thomas and June Reddy; Timothy, Mandy, Pearl, and Liam Rehm; Anthony, Spencer, and Hannah Reid; Gary, Katy, Joseph, and Jeremy Reid; and Jan Rex. 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 today are given by in loving honor of Karma Beale, Irene Coleman, and Betty Pearce, who celebrate their birthdays on December 14. Praise the Lord!


Christmas Nativity Display – Today and Sunday, December 16 – Lindsay Hall Be sure to visit the displays being shared by members of the congregation.

Sunday Coffee Fellowship Today – Lindsay Hall – Congregational Life Ministry invites you to share fellowship today at 9:00 (between the 8:00 and 9:30 church services and at 10:30 (between the 9:30 and 11:00 services). Because of the recent generous donation of a variety of cheeses, cheese with crackers will be served today, rather than popcorn, as announced previously.


The Giving Tree is in the Narthex!  The tags on the tree contain the names of gift items for organizations that GPC supports, such as 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. If you have questions, contact Cindy Zammit, Cathy Lyon, or Alice Alexander. Thank you in advance for your generous donations and support.


The Caring Card Table – During the next few weeks, while the Giving Tree is up, the table will be at the entrance to Lindsay Hall.


Employment Support Group – Monday, December 10, 7:00 p.m., Room 202 – We provide a supportive Christian environment for those who are unemployed, about to be unemployed, underemployed, or seeking a career change. Meetings are free, open to the public, and typically last about an hour. Although we meet only once a month, you may contact Clara Pratt at other times at with questions about your job search or for more information about the ESG.


Fraser Bennett: Our Missionary for Bible Translation and Literacy – Wednesday, December 12, 7:00 p.m. – Fraser and Liz Bennett have been working with Wycliffe Bible Translators for 30 years, first in Southeast Asia and later training translators worldwide. Fraser will share his work and experiences over the years as well as his exciting new role with Wycliffe SIL-LEAD, “boosting literacy to open God’s Word for the unreached peoples of the world.”


Second Friday Book Club – December 14, 7:30 p.m. – Spencer Hall – We will finish Chapter 4 and begin Chapter 5 of our current book, White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson. Join us and bring a friend, even if you haven’t started the book or are unable to attend all meetings; we welcome discussion. For information about the group, contact Cindy Cenname,


Christmas Caroling: Saturday, December 15, 3:00–5:00 p.m., at Asbury Methodist Village – If you will be able to help spread cheer with this group of carolers, email Carolyn Hayes at so that she and the Asbury folks can more accurately plan. She will email back the particulars regarding the meeting sites and schedule, which will be determined by the number of participants.


Missing Black Ladies Raincoat – Ladies, please check the black coat that you took home last Sunday from the Narthex coatroom. Someone is missing their coat with hood, belt, and gloves. There is another hooded black coat hanging in the same area.

Opportunities to Assist in Worship During Advent:

  • Advent Wreath Lighters – 12/9 at 9:30 and 11:00, 12/16 at 9:00, and 12/23 at 9:00 and 11:00. Families of all ages are welcome.
  • Christmas Pageant Participants – Six families to present portions of the Nativity story. Two rehearsals: 12/16 and 12/23, 12:30–1:30. Light snacks will be provided.
  • Christmas Pageant Lay Leaders – Readers for the worship aspect of the pageant: the Call to Worship, the Call to Confession and Prayer of Confession, the Assurance of Pardon, the Invitation to Generosity, and the Prayer of Dedication.


Women’s Shelter Meals – December 23–29 – GPC will provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the residents of the IWWC homeless shelter in Rockville. Volunteers are needed to cook, deliver, and serve dinner each night; to make bag lunches; and to drop off supplies of food and non-perishables at the church. For complete information and to sign up, go to You may also contact Denise Schleckser,


Communion Preparation Assistance Needed – Vital Worship Ministry seeks a volunteer to help cut bread and fill juice cups for communion (the first Sunday of the month). If you’re an early riser and would like to serve in this way, contact Steven J. Ward,


Two New Book Study Groups – Beginning Sunday, January 6 – We will be offering a study of The Great Divorce at 9:30 as well as a study of The Confessions at 11:00 as part of the “What it Means to be a Presbyterian” series. If you are interested, please let Carolyn know so that she can order the appropriate number of books.


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!