Week of January 14, 2018
Pray with us – Wednesday, 12:00 noon – Church Library – This week we pray for the following members of GPC and their families: Marcellin Womeku, Alvine Pouemi, Ushenna Pouemi, Grace, and Daniella Senyo Womeku; Don and Barb Woodward; Hawa Wright; Myra Wright and Vincent Burgher; Sherry Xue, Eric Zhang, and Hanlee Zhang; Terry, Megan, Hayden, Max, and Lainey Young; Cynthia, James, Brandon, and Kendall Zammit; and Juliana Ziorklui. 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 Donna and Randy Householder to the glory of God and in memory of the birthday of their son Wesley.
As of last Sunday, 175 Estimate of Giving cards for 2018 have been returned, totaling $751,736. This includes 16 of our ruling elders on Session, plus the pastors and the clerk.
The church office will be closed on Monday, January 15, in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.
Sunday Coffee Fellowship – Congregational Life Ministry invites you to Lindsay Hall between church services to enjoy today’s special treat of freshly baked scones. Would you like to help serve Coffee Fellowship on an upcoming Sunday? Any and all help is welcomed! Contact Shari McCann at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congregational Meeting – Today, 12:15 p.m. – Sanctuary – The Session of GPC has called this meeting to elect persons to GPC’s congregational Nominating Committee, class of 2019.
New Adult Ed Short Course: “Facing Racism” – Sundays, 9:30 a.m., beginning today – GPC Library – Why do we need a course on racism? With a church as diverse as GPC, is racism a problem for us? For our community? For me? What do you think? This course will be led by Carolyn Coleman and Charles Spencer and is based on an excellent 6-session curriculum developed by the Presbyterian Church (USA). Come join us as together we listen and learn, discuss and share, and seek God’s will as disciples of Jesus Christ and a community of faith.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service – Monday, January 15, 9:00–11:00 a.m. – Seneca Creek Church – We will join others from the area in various activities appropriate for people from 5 to 75. All activities will be indoors and will support a variety of organizations that serve our community. We have reserved 30 spots, so email Carolyn (email@example.com) if you would like to participate.
The GPC Prayer Network is Ready! – Would you like to be part of a caring group that prays for others? And would you like to be able to ask others to pray for you, your family, friends, and other GPC members? To sign up for the Prayer Network, go to the home page of GPC’s website and click on the link or, to access the sign-up page directly, go to gpchurch.org/prayer-network. Only members of the Prayer Network will be permitted to see and request prayers.
FourthNight Dinner Menu – Wednesday, January 17, 6:15 p.m. – Join us for fellowship and delicious Asian barbecue chicken, broccoli, potato wedges, pineapple-jicama slaw, baked pasta, and fruit.
“My Favorite Spiritual Book” – Wednesday, January 17, 7:00 p.m. – Library – What are you reading these days? The Bible and/or a daily devotional? Good. And maybe you are thinking, “I’d really love to find a great Christian book that will take me deeper in my spiritual life.” Well, here’s your chance! Come to the FourthNight Conversation next Wednesday evening, where Rich Ingraham, one of our elders on Session and a long-time voracious reader, will share with us one or two of his favorite spiritual books, a bit about their content, and why they are among his favorites.
Red Cross Blood Drive – Thursday, January 18, 1:00–7:00 p.m. – Lindsay Hall – The American Red Cross has made an urgent, nationwide appeal for blood and platelet donations to help address the winter blood donation shortage. Donations during November and December were already significantly lower than expected, and cold temperatures keep donors home, and snow and ice storms often result in the cancellation of blood drives. Platelet, type O negative, and B negative donations, in particular, are critically needed right now. Please sign up today on the sheets in the Narthex or contact Marcia Haller to schedule an appointment.
Winter Concert – Sunday, January 28, 5:00 p.m. – Come hear Paul Byssainthe, Jr. dazzle us with his amazing talents on the organ!
Souper Supper and Cookie Carnival – Sunday, January 28, 6:00 p.m. – Lindsay Hall – Congregational Life is seeking cooks, bakers, and kitchen helpers for this annual event. We need batches of soup, stew, or chili to feed 10–12 people and dozens of cookies or other hand-held desserts. Sign up in Lindsay Hall, or for more information, contact Sue Farrand, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth Bake Sale – Sunday, February 4 – Lindsay Hall – We are looking for parents and youth to help support this fundraiser by donating your “best of the best” baked goods. We need to sell lots of treats and will happily take any nut-free cakes, cookies, brownies, or cupcakes that you bake. Feel free to decorate them with Super Bowl team colors . . . or not! Bring your treats to church that morning. If you have questions or plan to donate, contact Cindy Zammit at email@example.com.
“These are the People in our Neighborhood” – Saturdays, February 10 (11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.), February 17 and 24 (1:00–3:00 p.m.) –Lindsay Hall – On the first Saturday of the February Series, we will meet people representing organizations that serve our community, as we explore our own passion to serve. The next two Saturdays, we will engage in indoor, age-appropriate activities to support these organizations.
Many Thanks to the GPC members who helped “Deck the Halls” in December and “undeck the halls” last week. “Many hands make light work,” but lots of helpers also makes it more fun! Thanks for the fellowship, the delicious soup lunch, and the caring people at GPC! Hope to see you again next year!
PDA Spring Mission Trip – April 15–21 – It’s not too soon to make plans to participate in the return trip to Gatlinburg, so reserve your spot now! Contact Mary and Bob Wasik, firstname.lastname@example.org, with questions or to sign up.
Sunday mornings: GPC is always open, but we cannot guarantee the condition of driveways, walks, or parking areas. Use your best judgment about whether or not to come. We will worship God as best we can at 11:00 a.m.
Office on weekdays: Open, if staff members are able to reach GPC.
Mid-week children’s & youth programs: If Montgomery County Public Schools are closed, GPC programs are cancelled.
Other meetings and programs, including retreats, off-campus events, and the church office: GPC may close at the discretion of the responsible staff member or lay leader.
Note: Even if the building is open or the program is running, do not make the trip if, in your opinion, road conditions make it too hazardous to drive; instead, contact your supervisor or ministry leader. If a state of emergency is declared, all activities will be cancelled.