Events and Weekly Announcements


Week of April 14, 2019



Pray with us – Wednesday, 12:00 noon – Church Library – This week we pray for the following GPC members:  Gifford and Margaret Asare-Occatah, and Jennifer, Eugenia, and Charlotte Asare; Precious and Ruth Asiedu-Mensah; Grace Aganga Fuh, Martin Atanga, Erin-Bethany Neba, Irene Fuh, and Erica-Faith Neba; Gael Avougnra; Nadine Azie, Gervais Kamsu, Jason Meka, Mahalia Kamsu, Anthony Meka, and Brandon Meka; and Sandrine Azinwi. During staff/ congregational prayers we will also lift up joys and concerns submitted today, plus others sent in to the office.


The flowers in the Sanctuary today are given by Betty Cowen in loving memory of her husband, Gene Cowen.


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


As of last Sunday, 4,693 items have been collected. Please donate often to help us reach our goal.


Feeding the 5000:  We are almost at our goal and there is only one more week to bring your donations for our Lenten food drive. If you’re able to help with the final phase of the food drive, watch for the announcement about the next Outflow activities. Contact: Diane (


Red Cross Blood Drive – Thursday, 4/18 (1:00–7:00 p.m.) – Lindsay Hall – The sign-up sheets are hanging in the Narthex. Donors like you save thousands of lives across America each year! Please do it again by signing up or calling Marcia Haller.


Decorate a Flower Cross for Easter – We cordially invite you to join us in decorating a flower Cross Easter Sunday. The Cross will be located in front of the Memorial Garden from 8 a.m. through Easter Monday morning. Your floral contributions can be placed on the cross anytime that day.


Celebrate National Rebuilding Day – Saturday, 4/27 (8:00 a.m.) – This year’s GPC Rebuilding Together Montgomery County (RTMC) team will help a single mom and her daughter make their Silver Spring home more livable. We need volunteers at all ability levels. Please step up and lend a hand. All volunteers must sign up online at Contacts: Yaw Obeng ( or Jerry Brown (


The RTMC Food Crew needs you!Saturday, 4/27 – If you would like to help with Rebuilding Together Montgomery but don’t have construction skills, don’t despair! We need help making, setting up, and cleaning up lunch for the workers. Help make sandwiches in the morning and work on-site in the afternoon. You can volunteer for all or part of the day. Students are welcome! This is a great way to earn service learning hours. Contact: Annette Ward (


Support Youth Summer Mission Activities by Purchasing Stock – The youth are selling “Stock” to help support this summer’s youth missions trips and camp. Stockholders will enter into a covenant relationship with the members of the youth group participating in the trips and will receive correspondence during the camp/mission trips. During the mission trips, stockholders will receive daily updates and pictures from that day’s events. Later, stockholders will be honored guests at the Stockholders’ Dinner and Program on August 18 at 5:30 p.m., where they will be served a meal by the youth, hear presentations about the summer trips, and learn more about how their donation to the youth ministry was turned into memories that will last a lifetime. Contact: Carrie Larsen (


Live It! Mission Opportunities at GPC – Sunday, 4/28 (12:15 p.m.) – Lindsay Hall – Again this year, on the Sunday after Easter, there will be several opportunities for you to help with small mission projects that we will do right here at GPC: assemble creativity bags and toiletry kits, and fringe/finish off pet blankets. We are gratefully accepting contributions for these projects; lists of needed items are on posters in the Narthex and Lindsay Hall.


“Everybody, Always” Retreat – The Smith Center at the Meadowside Nature Center in Rockville, MD – Saturday, May 4 (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) – Register online at today! All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Registration is required. Contact: Carolyn Hayes (


Town Hall Meetings – Sunday, 5/5 (following the 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 services) – Sanctuary – Stay after one of the worship services to learn about the proposal to move to a 2-service Sunday schedule. Session has appointed a Task Force to explore these matters, and we want to hear from you!


Register now for Vacation Bible School (July 8–12)! Registration for VBS is now open and available online at Join us on our mission to Mars.

Volunteer registration is also open and the positions will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. To request a volunteer registration form, email Carolyn

Hayes (


GPC will announce weather-related closings/cancellations via or at 301-948-9418 as soon as a decision is made.


Ongoing Needs

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!