Week of June 25, 2017
Pray with us – Wednesday, 12:00 noon – Church Library
This week we pray for the following members of GPC and their families: Frederick Karanja and Margaret Waithaka; Tracy, Matthew, Michael, Brian, and Emily Katz; Rich and Mary Kempf; Debonnaire and Serge Ketchongue, Aaron and Abitain Tchouambou; Mawuko Sylvain Kpelevi; Yawo Kpelevi, Delemani Coulibaly, and Henry Kpelevi; Bertuol Nucci Kuidja Yomba; and Helen Kum.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 Ely and Kekeli Messan in celebration of their wedding anniversary and the birth of their first baby, Elias Eyram Messan, born June 9.
Vacation Bible School – July 17–21 – 9:00 a.m. until Noon
Registration is now closed. More than 90 children have signed up! If you’re interested in volunteering or have already volunteered, please double-check to make sure that Carolyn has your name, email address, cell number, and preference for volunteer opportunities.
VBS Supplies Wanted for Crafts – For the next two weeks, please save and bring the following to GPC:
- Plastic lids and screw-off bottle caps (any color/any size)
- Newspaper color sale flyers
- Nuts, bolts, and washers (any size/no rust/no nails or screws)
- Cardboard boxes from cereal, crackers, frozen food, etc.
- Used erasers and eraser caps
- Please put clean bottle caps and hardware in Ziploc bags. A bin will be available in the Narthex July 2 and July 9. Thank you!
Summer Sunday School/Small Group Discussion Opportunities – Classes begin today at 11:00 a.m.
- A study of one chapter of the Bible 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)
Church Office Summer Hours and Bulletin Announcements – Please be advised that staff annual leave during the summer months may result in some disruption to normal office hours. In addition, any announcements sent to the office this coming week will not be included in the July 2 bulletins; they will be included in the July 9 bulletins.
Employment Support Group – Tuesday, June 27, 7:00 p.m. – Room 202. Our 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 additional information about our group, please contact Clara Pratt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help Needed with Sanctuary Chairs – The Vital Worship Ministry is looking for volunteers to help keep the Sanctuary chairs straight. We love that our Sanctuary is well used, but it means that the chairs are frequently moved. This important job takes one person about an hour a week, but many hands make light work. The rows need to be straightened weekly. If you are willing to serve God on the chair team, contact Kris Maldarelli, email@example.com.
Men’s Fellowship Breakfast – Saturday, July 1, 8:00 a.m.
The July and August meetings will be held at the Airport Café Restaurant in the Gaithersburg Airpark. Come for breakfast and fellowship, and watch the airplanes take off and land. (Attendees pay for their own breakfasts.)
All-Church Picnic – Saturday, July 1, 6:00 p.m. – Let’s share a meal and celebrate here at GPC before the fireworks at Bohrer Park in Gaithersburg. We have nice big grills and charcoal. The sign-up sheet for the potluck is in Lindsay Hall.
VIPS – Tuesday, July 4, 4:00–7:00 p.m. – Clubhouse at the Villas at Asbury Methodist Village – It’s time to celebrate Independence Day! We will commemorate the holiday with a party. For this potluck dinner, everyone is asked to contribute an entrée, a salad, a side dish, or a dessert to serve eight. In addition, we will enjoy patriotic songs and games. The Clubhouse is located at 400 Russell Avenue. If you have questions, please contact Nancy Sanders.
PDA Mission Trip #24 – October 1–6 – Gatlinburg, Tennessee
GPC will sponsor this trip to rebuild following the devastating fire last fall in this beautiful town in the Great Smoky Mountains. And yes, we will stay at GPC—Gatlinburg Presbyterian Church! Join us for this trip to a place where the fire will not have destroyed all of the fall colors. We are accepting sign-ups now and hope to add your name to our list! Contact Mary & Bob Wasik, firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit the Mission Trip table in Lindsay Hall today.
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.
Opportunity for Adult Musicians – Mondays, June 26 to July 31, 7:00–9:15 p.m. – Lindsay Hall – Five Summer Reading Sessions will again be offered by the Montgomery Philharmonic to musicians with reasonable sight-reading skills and who are accomplished enough to play in a symphony orchestra. The June 26 session will be for full orchestra. For details, see page 9 of the June Mainstream or go to www.montgomeryphilharmonic.org.
Does GPC Have Your Correct Contact Information? Karma Beal will be updating the church database and preparing the July 2017 Membership Directory in the next several weeks. Please make sure that we have your current street address, phone number (preferred contact number), and email address. If you are not receiving our periodic emails, database information may be out of date. (The email might also have been sent to your email’s spam folder.) Please send new contact information to Karma Beal at your earliest convenience.
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.
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 2. To help cook on Tuesday, July 4, contact Steve Olin.
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 email@example.com 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.