2021 Lent and Holy Week Schedule

Tuesday, February 16  
Shrove Tuesday Happy Hour
5:15 p.m. on Zoom
We celebrate Shrove Tuesday with Happy Hour on Zoom.
Come in your Mardi Gras beads, hat or other festive wear. 
New participants welcome. Join in just this once or whenever you can.
(No Wednesday Happy Hour on Ash Wednesday.)
Zoom information can be requested by clicking the button below and emailing the church office.
Wednesday, February 17
Ash Wednesday
Our pre-recorded service will come to you, and you can watch it at any time of the day. Stop and enter into the spiritually rich season of Lent. You can also come by the church to pray and pick up ashes. You can apply the ashes yourself or have someone in your quarantine bubble do it.
Lent Begins
Our Lent theme is “Where Your Heart Is.” Join a small group or use the Lent materials for personal reflection. There are devotional materials for all ages, and we’ll reflect on this theme in worship.
Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m., join us on Zoom for the Fifteen Minute Foundation service.
Zoom information can be requested by clicking the button below and emailing the church office.
Sunday, March 28
Palm/Passion Sunday
10:30 a.m. Livestream

Our live stream worship at 10:30 am will lead us into Holy Week.

In the afternoon, experience “A Holy Week Pilgrimage.” Walk the path of Jesus throughout the days of Holy Week at the historic Boyds Presbyterian Church, 19901 White Grounds Road, Boyds, MD. At a series of prayer stations, you can pause and reflect on Christ’s journey to the Cross. 4:00-5:00 p.m.

This event takes place outside. Wear masks and maintain social distance. In the event of inclement weather, the Walk is cancelled.

Thursday, April 1
Maundy Thursday
7:00 p.m. Livestream
On this night, we recall Jesus’ meal with his friends, and his instruction to follow the path of love as we live in faith.
Live stream worship at 7:00 pm, including communion.
Prepare your elements at home ahead of time. Come to outdoor communion at 6:00 or 8:00 pm in the GPC Memorial Garden. We’ll start right at 6:00 or 8:00 pm, so we can have a shared experience of communion.
(Masks and distancing, of course.)
Friday, April 2
Good Friday
12:00 p.m. Zoom 
We move with Jesus to the cross, and watch with his followers there, sharing in his suffering.
We’ll share worship with several other churches. Join in on Zoom at noon.
Meeting ID: 816 4046 3482; Passcode: Good Friday.
(To join by phone, call 301/715-8592, and use these codes: Meeting ID: 816 4046 3482; Passcode: 4180205372)
All are welcome.
Sunday, April 4
Easter Sunday
10:30 a.m. on Zoom
We will rejoice in the resurrection through live stream worship. Invite a friend!
Outdoor communion will be served in Frederick at Ballenger Creek Park and in the GPC south parking lot, noon to 1:00 pm. Bring non-perishable food to GPC for the Cub Scouts food collection effort.
If you donated an Easter lily, and want to collect it, you can pick it up at the church.
Monday, April 5
Easter Monday
The church is closed for the day, and there are no church activities.
No GPC daily devotion or coffee hour.

Easter Flowers


Please take this opportunity to remember or honor a loved one by ordering a live plant to be placed in the Sanctuary on Easter Sunday or a virtual plant. The cost is $10 per plant. Donations from virtual plants go to One Great Hour of Sharing. Payment can be made online, through the mobile app, or by check. Make checks payable to “GPC” and write “Easter flowers” on the memo line.
To place your order, complete the form below no later than Sunday, March 28.


Giving Opportunity

Feeding the 5,000 – Covid-Style!
February 17 – April 4

The traditional Lenten disciplines of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving come together in our Lenten Mission Project. Maybe you give up a category of food, like desserts, or maybe you give up food for an entire day, so that you can devote more time to God and God’s people. Some people choose to give up television or video games and use the time for prayer and service to others.

This year, instead of collecting 5,000 food items at the church building, our goal is to raise $5,000 for three local agencies: Manna Food Bank (which feeds all of Montgomery County), UpCounty Consolidation Hub (created almost overnight to meet the emergency needs of Germantown residents), and Gaithersburg HELP (our local food pantry).

Food continues to be an important need in our community. Children who were accustomed to eating at school are missing meals. Adults who have lost jobs and/or who do not qualify for government assistance struggle to feed their families. Our seniors sometimes choose to buy groceries or buy their prescription medicines. Additionally, many neighbors are facing evictions or cut-offs of their water, electricity, and gas.

Give through the mobile app or mail a check to the church or hand-deliver a check to Mary Beth Lawrence. By the way, she is convinced that a goal of $20,000 is not out of our reach.

And a special bonus for those of you who have extra food in your pantries – on Saturday, March 13, church members have volunteered to drive by your home and collect your bags and boxes of food. Email the church office to let Pastor Mary Beth know you want a pick-up.

And don’t forget to pray! We bring our lives, as well as the hungry cries of our neighbors, to God.
Here’s one to get you started:

God of compassion,

we praise you that you look upon our frail lives

with love and understanding,

and that you desire for us all

new life in Jesus Christ.

We are overwhelmed by your love,

which goes to the cross for us,

endures the grave,

and leads us to new life.

By your Spirit,

strengthen our souls

to be brave and bold in Christ’s service.

Take our offerings,

and use them for your purposes,

in the name of Jesus Christ,

our crucified and risen Lord. Amen.

(from The Book of Common Worship)