Week of July 23, 2017
Pray with us – Wednesday, 12:00 noon – Church Library
This week we pray for the following members of GPC and their families: Susan and Paul Linz; Lois Lord; Jay and Susan Losher; Thomas and Kathleen Lowe; Richard and Carol-Ann Lowery; Susan, Stephen, and Jacob Luce; Gary, Gayle, and Christopher Luckenbaugh; and Donald and Joy Luecke . 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 Gerry and Geni Wixson in celebration of GPC members who are unable to join us in worship services or activities, but are with us in spirit.
Employment Support Group – Tuesday, July 25, 7:00 p.m. – Room 202 This group provides 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. For more information about the group, contact Clara Pratt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday Coffee Fellowship – Today in Lindsay Hall – The Congregational Life Ministry invites you to enjoy a cup of ice cream between church services! Let’s celebrate summer!
Ministry of the Week – Today in Lindsay Hall – The Congregational Life Ministry and the Angel Network are looking for volunteers to select a dessert mix to be prepared at home and shared at a future Sunday Coffee Fellowship! Also, you will have an opportunity to learn more about these ministries.
The Writings of Thomas Aquinas – Sundays, 8:00 a.m. – Room 205
This new adult education class began last week. The material will be read in class and then discussed as we parse the message as delivered by Thomas Aquinas. Please join us!
Adult Summer Sunday School/Small Group Discussion Opportunities – Classes meet at 11:00 a.m.
- A study of the OT Book of Micah with elder and biblical scholar Jim McCoy. (Room 206)
- The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel. This reporter and former atheist investigates and studies the “case for Christ.” (Room 202)
- Playing for Keeps by Reggie Joiner. A good book for people who live with, work with, or deal with children. (Room 205)
Blood Drive – Thursday, July 27, 1:00–7:00 p.m. – Lindsay Hall The American Red Cross needs you! When you give blood, you give another birthday, another anniversary, another talk with a friend, another laugh, another hug, another chance. Please sign up in the Narthex (behind the Welcome Desk) today to reserve your time. For more information, call Marcia Haller.
Help Make Hot Breakfasts! Friday, July 28, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. We’re cooking up 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.
Congregational Meeting – Sunday, July 30, 12:20 p.m. – Sanctuary
A congregational meeting has been called for the purpose of electing an elder to session.
Opportunity for Adult Musicians – Mondays, June 26 to July 31, 7:00–9:15 p.m. – Lindsay Hall – Summer Reading Sessions are again being offered by the Montgomery Philharmonic to musicians with reasonable sight-reading skills and who are accomplished enough to play in a symphony orchestra. The July 24 session will be for brass players only. Details are available at montgomeryphilharmonic.org.
Do You Enjoy Walking or Running in a Social Environment, and for a Great Cause? GPC is looking for someone to organize us to participate in the 2nd annual Montgomery County Interfaith 5K, taking place on Monday, September 4. Last year’s event was great, with many different faith groups represented. All that is needed is to get the word out and facilitate registration. If you think you might be able to help, contact Denise Schleckser at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PDA Mission Trip #24 – October 1–6 – Gatlinburg, Tennessee GPC will sponsor this trip to rebuild following the devastating fire last fall in the Great Smoky Mountains. We are accepting sign-ups now and hope to add your name to the list! Contact Mary & Bob Wasik, email@example.com.
Help Wanted: Volunteers for Sound & Projection Teams – The sound & projection systems are vital parts of our worship services, and our teams are looking for volunteers to provide assistance. This is a great way to become more involved with the worship of God, learn about these systems, and make new friends. Specialized skills are not required—we’ll give you all the training that you need. If you are interested in volunteering, speak with one of the folks behind “the big desk” at the back of the Sanctuary.
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.
Support S.O.M.E. – Once a month, GPC feeds the 500 homeless and poor who eat breakfast at S.O.M.E. (So Others Might Eat). 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 your donations to the GPC kitchen on Sunday, July 30. To help cook on Tuesday, August 1, contact Steve Olin, 301-840-9692.
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 Morrison at firstname.lastname@example.org regarding the donation of grocery store gift cards.
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.