Week of September 24, 2017
Pray with us – Wednesday, 12:00 noon – Church Library – This week we pray for the following members of GPC and their families: Sam Njinda, Geraldine Musi-Njinda, Gabrielle Mbong-Njinda, and Gaelle Njinda; Esther Njindo; Paul Njofang; Charles Njoukwe; Christopher, Gail, Brenden, and Neve Norris; Angela Nthenda; Kodzo Numatekpo, Appoline Kolani, and Jason Numatekpo; and Komlavi Nyawuame. 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!
The Flowers in the Sanctuary today are given by Daniel, Gaelle, and Kingsley Anpoma in celebration of Ezekiel Anpoma’s 8th birthday today.
GPC Harvest/Thanksgiving Offering – Today, 11:00 a.m. Worship Service – “Harvest” is an African tradition in which members make a generous donation to the church and “dance” that donation forward. The concept of Harvest and Thanksgiving is a fundamental aspect of the African Christian tradition. Over the past few years,
GPC has begun to adopt this concept and is slowly fine-tuning it to make it a GPC tradition. Some members dance their donations forward joyously to the music of traditional African “Harvest” singing, while others walk solemnly. The day of the week on which you were born determines which group you belong to. The proceeds from this service will be applied toward the early retirement of GPC’s mortgage taken out to complete various critical infrastructure repairs.
Last Sunday to Sign Up for Dinners for Eight (D48)! In exchange for hosting one get-together in your home between November 2017 and June 2018, you will be invited to three others. GPC members and non-members may sign up as a single, couple, or substitute on the poster on the Lindsay Hall bulletin board, by contacting Clara Pratt at email@example.com. Don’t delay!
Parents of Children in Sunday School, it’s official: you can register your children for Sunday School and FourthNight online. Go to gpchurch.org, click on “Menu,” click on “Educating,” and then sandwiched between Nursery and Sunday School, you will find the online Registration Form – you can even access it on your phone!!!!! We will have paper copies available at the Welcome Center in the Narthex, at the Bubblegum desk downstairs, and in the classrooms. If you are visiting with a child and want them to attend Sunday School, please accompany them downstairs and complete our short form registration form for Visitors. Please make sure your children are registered. Thank you!
New Adult Sunday School Class – 11:00 a.m. – Room 202 – Carolyn Hayes hosts this discussion-style class about The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life by James Martin, SJ. Books are distributed in class.
Employment Support Group – Tuesday, September 26, 7:00 p.m. – Room 202 – We provide a supportive Christian environment for those who are unemployed, underemployed, about to be unemployed, or seeking a career change. Meetings are free, open to the public, and typically last about an hour. For information about our group, contact Clara Pratt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FourthNight Dinner Menu – Wednesday, September 27, 6:15 p.m. – Lindsay Hall – Beef stroganoff with egg noodles, green beans, green salad, and fruit.
New Book Discussion Group – Wednesdays, 7:00–8:00 p.m. – Carolyn Hayes’ office – This small group, hosted by Carolyn, is discussing Playing for Keeps by Reggie Joiner, Kristen Ivy, and Elizabeth Hansen. As the book cover says, this is “For anyone who will do anything with a kid or teenager this week . . . a few principles about love over time.”
Your Stewardship Packets are Ready – Please stop by Lindsay Hall between services and pick up your packet.
Help Make Hot Breakfasts! Friday, September 29, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – We’re cooking up some love in the GPC kitchen! Our nonprofit partners Nourish Now and KindWorks are getting together with us to make hot breakfasts for the MCCH men’s shelter. For more information and to RSVP, contact Denise Schleckser, email@example.com.
Presbyterian Women to Gather Here – Saturday, September 30 – 8:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – GPC will host the Fall Gathering of Presbyterian Women from across the National Capital Presbytery. Don’t know much about PW? Now’s your chance to find out. Join us for worship, Bible study, workshops, and more as we enjoy fellowship with our sisters from Maryland, D.C., and Virginia. There will be special emphases on PC(USA)’s efforts to address human trafficking, its mission in Haiti, and more. Register in advance by emailing Beth Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Payment of $15.00 ($5.00 for students) can be made at the door. For more information, contact Grace Ndjongo, Roseann Flyte, or Mary Beth Lawrence.
Do you speak a language other than English? Rev. Mary Beth invites you to participate in one of the services on Sunday, October 1, when we will celebrate World Communion Sunday. Participants will identify themselves in English, state their country of origin, and then say in their native tongue, “The peace of Christ be with you.”
Craft Group – Sunday, October 1, 12:15 p.m. – Rooms 30–31 – Bring your lunch and come join the fun as we sew, crochet, and knit. Come start or finish projects! If you have a special project in mind, would like a materials list, or have any questions, contact Barbara Clark, email@example.com.
World Communion Service – Sunday, October 1, 5:00 p.m. – Northeastern Presbyterian Church, 2112 Varnum Street, NW, Washington, DC – All are welcome to celebrate World Communion at this service of unity, music, and praise, sponsored by the Black Presbyterians United of National Capital Presbytery. For more information, contact Rev. Elenora Giddings Ivory at 301-273-9121.
VIPS – Thursday, October 5, 11:30 a.m. – Lindsay Hall – At this meeting, Rev. Mary Beth Lawrence will be presenting the program “Loving Neighbor, Lebanese Style.” Having recently visited several Presbyterian churches in Lebanon and seen first-hand some of their ministries to the refugees from the war in Syria, her presentation will focus on the Good News that is being proclaimed in different places. Gathering begins at 11:30 a.m., followed by the 12:00 noon meeting and12:30 p.m. lunch (bring your own or shared pulled pork sandwiches and sides). If you are attending VIPS for the first time or have any questions, contact Nancy Sanders.
SAVE Your 2018 Calendars – This time of year, many of us receive calendars from the nonprofits that we support. Your extra calendars can be used by the Prison Ministry at GPC or go to nursing homes, so that each resident can have a colorful calendar on their wall. Please leave the calendars in the small bin labeled “Calendars” under the mailboxes in the hall near the church office.
Presbyterian Men’s Fall Dinner – Sunday, October 8, 5:30 p.m. – Lindsay Hall – The men of GPC are invited to attend this dinner. Our speaker will be Rev. Mary Beth Lawrence, who will talk about her trip to Lebanon this summer. The menu for the evening will include Italian baked ziti. Assistance with set-up and clean-up would be appreciated. For more information, contact Rich Kempf at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Discernment Group Sign-ups – Discernment groups regarding GPC’s Mission and Vision going forward are forming now. Please stop by Lindsay Hall today and sign up to let your voice be heard.
Volunteer Opportunity – Tellers are needed to count the Sunday offering. The time commitment would be one Sunday every two months for all three services, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with breaks between services. The candidate should have good organizational skills and basic math skills. Knowledge of Excel is very helpful. Training will be provided. If you are interested, contact Joyce Schumacher at email@example.com.
Sunday School Teachers Needed for Children This Fall! We’re still looking for a few Sunday School teachers. If you have a heart for service, enjoy working with children, and are generally available two Sundays a month (a two-Sunday minimum is only a guideline), see Carolyn Hayes, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Gayle Luckenbaugh for more details.
Parking Reminder – Please park in designated spaces only, in both parking lots. Parking along the traffic lanes limits the space needed for two cars to pass and impedes the entry of fire trucks/ambulances in case of emergency.
Remember to use AmazonSmile when you shop online! GPC is an AmazonSmile registered organization, which means that if you shop online with AmazonSmile, 0.5% of your qualified purchase will be donated to the church. To sign up, go to https://smile.amazon.com/ch/52-0819028.