Week of August 13, 2017
Pray with us – Wednesday, 12:00 noon – Church Library – This week we pray for the following members of GPC and their families: John McAuliffe; Sharolyn, Kevin, Ryan, and Christian McCann; Robert and Elisa McClelland; James and Teresa McCoy; Matthew, Sandra, and Daniel McCoy; Tom and Valerie McIlrath; Joy and Brian McIntyre; and Carol McNeil. 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 Scholastica & Stacey Kum in loving memory of Joseph Kum Sang.
Sunday Coffee Fellowship – Today – Congregational Life Ministry invites you to Lindsay Hall between worship services to enjoy today’s planned special treat of popcorn.
Employment Support Group – Tomorrow, August 14, 7:00 p.m. – Room 202 – Our group provides a supportive Christian environment for those who are unemployed, about to be unemployed, under-employed, or seeking a career change. Meetings are free, open to the public, and typically last about an hour. For additional information about our group, contact Clara Pratt at email@example.com.
Help Make Hot Breakfasts! Friday, August 25, 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 joining us to make hot breakfasts for the MCCH men’s shelter. For more information and to RSVP, contact Denise Schleckser, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Communications Committee Is Looking for More Members – We welcome members with a background and/or interest in communications (graphic design, editing, marketing, website design, social media, etc.) who would like to help spread information to our congregation and community. The committee meets the first Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. in Room 202. To join the committee, or if you are just curious about what we do, please come to future meeting (dates are September 5, October 3, November 7, and December 5). For more information, contact David Mecklenburg, Chair, email@example.com, or Rev. Mary Beth Lawrence.
Sunday School Teachers Are Needed for Children Starting This Fall! – 11:00 is the only hour that Sunday School will be offered. Experience is nice, but not necessary. The only requirements are that you possess a heart for children and a heart for service. WE NEED YOU!!!!!!! Please sign up in the Narthex or Lindsay Hall, or speak to Carolyn Hayes.
The Writings of Thomas Aquinas – Sundays, 8:00 a.m. – Room 205 – For this new adult education class, the material will be read in class and then discussed as we parse his message. Join us!
Adult Summer Sunday School/Small Group Discussion Opportunities – All classes meet at 11:00 a.m.
- A study of the minor prophets of the OT with elder and biblical scholar Jim McCoy. This week: Habakkuk (cont’d) (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)
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help Wanted: Volunteers for Sound & Projection Teams – A few brave souls have responded to our requests for sound & projection trainees, but our teams are still looking for volunteers to provide assistance. 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.
The Dwelling Place provides local homeless families with cleaning products, paper towels, and toilet paper. To support the mission, bring supplies to the “Mission Projects” collection bin in the Narthex on the last Sunday of each month.
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.
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)
- Envelopes (all sizes, including manila – no metal clasps)
- Paper (lined and blank)
- Pocket folders (no metal clasps)
- Bibles (both English and Spanish)
- Religious reading – books, magazines, devotionals (current issues only, staples and subscription pages removed)
- Reading glasses (all plastic)
- Pocket calendars (staples removed)
Please leave donations in the large plastic bin in the library.
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.