Week of March 26, 2017
Pray with us – Wednesday, 12:00 noon – Church Library
This week we pray for the following members of GPC and their families: Thomas and Stephanie Curtis; Lebene Dadzie, Godefroy, Shalom, and Elijah Manguiri; KokoeD’Almeida; Anna and James Davidson; Cynthia, David, and Grace Dembnicki; Jere and Corinne Denlinger; Joyce Deppe; and Ruth DeVoe. 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 Don and Laura Johnson in celebration of the birthday of their grandson Everett, their granddaughter Grace, their new grandson Wyatt, their two grandbabies due to be born soon, and their 47th wedding anniversary.
Feeding the 5000 Update – We’re up to almost 1,500 items! But it’s only 3 more weeks until Easter, so we hope that you’ll donate often to the bins in the Narthex or at the north entrance. This project lends much-needed support to The Lord’s Table, Gaithersburg HELP, and Manna Food Center. Flyers with lists of food needed and some information about these organizations are located near the donation bins. We’d also like to thank Akiko, Sean, Ray, and her daughter, Angel—last week’s sorters and counters—for volunteering to help with the donations!
Montgomery Philharmonic Concert – Tonight, March 26, 7:00 p.m. – GPC Sanctuary – The theme of the orchestra’s fourth concert this season is “Inspired by . . . Nature!” It will feature In the Steppes of Central Asia by Alexander Borodin; The Lark Ascending by Ralph Vaughan Williams, with Lydia Leong (concertmistress) as violin soloist; and excerpts from The Planets by Gustav Holst. Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted.
Employment Support Group – Tuesday, March 28, 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 information about the group, contact Clara Pratt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help Make Hot Breakfasts! Friday, March 31, and/or Friday, April 28, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 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. Join us to lend a hand. For more information, contact Denise Schleckser,email@example.com.
The CAT is coming! What can that mean? CAT is the Congregational Assessment Tool and the whole congregation will be participating after Easter. It will help us discern where God is leading us. Look to your April Mainstream for more information.
Men’s Fellowship Breakfast – Saturday, April 1, 8:00 a.m. – Lindsay Hall – Please join us for prayer, breakfast, and a program entitled “Ministry and Mission into the Future,” by Rev. Dr. D. Jay Losher, our new interim senior pastor. This message is an important one for us to hear, so that we can anticipate and plan for the changes in Gaithersburg and beyond. Reservations are not necessary.
Craft Group – Sunday, April 2, 12:15 p.m. – Rooms 30–31 Bring your lunch and join the fun! We will sew, crochet, and knit. Come start or finish projects! If you have a special project in mind, would like a materials list, or have questions, contact Barbara Clark, firstname.lastname@example.org.
JuBELLation Handbell Concert – Sunday, April 2, 4:00 p.m. – Grace United Methodist Church – Have you ever wondered how it sounds when multiple handbell choirs play the same music at the same time? Come hear four adult handbell choirs from area churches (including GPC’s Canterbury Ringers) and experience a mini-version of what massed ringing sounds like at a handbell festival.
Orchestral Masterclass – Sunday, April 2, 6:00 p.m. – Fellowship Hall –The Montgomery Philharmonic will host a fourth masterclass at GPC, which will focus on the violin, cello, and other strings. Attendees have an opportunity to observe what goes into preparing for concerts, as members of the BSO and the NSO work with MP orchestra members in depth on various pieces. This is an open rehearsal and not a performance. There is no charge but pre-registration is preferred and donations are gratefully accepted. For more information, visit montgomeryphilharmonic.org.
VIPS – Thursday, April 6, 11:30 a.m. – Lindsay Hall – Maryland State Trooper Dustin Pope’s presentation will address a variety of important safety issues related to road safety, home safety, avoiding credit card and ID theft, etc. There will be a shared Spring brunch or bring-your-own lunch. Gathering begins at 11:30 a.m., with the meeting starting at 12:00 noon. At this meeting, reservations will be accepted for the Tuesday, April 25, guided tour of the College Park Aviation Museum. The $8.00 cost includes the tour as well as a brief presentation on 21st Century Aviation Innovations. Participants are asked to bring along a bag lunch.
2nd Friday Book Club – Friday, April 7, 7:30 p.m. – Spencer Hall
(Note: Because Good Friday falls on April 14, we will meet the 1st Friday.) The group will continue to discuss America’s OriginalSin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America by Jim Wallis. The book’s author urges Christians to cross a new bridge toward racial justice and healing. We’re on Chapters 6 & 7 and have had some great discussions, so come and bring a friend, even if you haven’t read the book. For more information about the group, contact Suzie Ward, email@example.com; Beverly Spencer, Beverly.Spencer@montgomerycollege.edu; or Cindy Cenname, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tutoring Opportunities at Summit Hall Elementary School – Tuesdays and Thursdays – 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. – SHES plans to start an after-school tutoring program this spring. We need volunteers to help the students work on math facts and homework. If you are interested, contact Marilyn Morrison, email@example.com.
Spring Clean-up Day – Saturday, April 8, 8:00 a.m. to Noon
Please join the Building & Grounds Committee to spruce up GPC! Mulchers, planters, and painters of all ages are welcome. We have 270 bags of mulch to spread around, flowers to plant, and some small painting/general repair projects to do. Join us at the north entrance for juice, milk, coffee, and doughnuts before we start. Contact Andy Gosnell, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Stuart Hayes, email@example.com, if you can help. (Rain Date: Saturday, April 15)
Families Retreat – May 5–7 – Meadowkirk Retreat Center, Middleburg, VA – Plans are firming up for this year’s retreat! Only a couple of rooms are still available. If you cannot attend for the whole weekend, consider joining us for Saturday morning and afternoon, which represents most of the program activity. If you are interested, need scholarship information, or have any questions, contact Carolyn Hayes.
Cross & Branches – You may have noticed the wooden cross in the breezeway near the Sanctuary, and the tree at the north entrance. During the season of Lent, you are invited to write down and nail to the cross those things which hinder you from getting closer to God . . . health concerns, worries, money troubles, bad relationships . . . whatever is holding you back from experiencing God’s true blessings. In the same manner, you are invited to add to the branches of the tree ways that you would like to grow closer to God during Lent. Our prayer is that this season will be one of pruning and growing.
Craft Materials Needed – The Youth Ministry is seeking ½” and 1” wide ribbon of various designs (polka dots, stripes, flowers, etc.) in the following colors: red, purple, and black. We also need stickers that are related to sports, theater, music, and church. Supplies are needed by April 2. Please place items in Carrie Larsen’s mailbox. Thank you!
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.
Deadline for bulletin announcements is Tuesday by 3:00 p.m. Please send your announcements to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday Sermons are Online – If you missed any of our recent pulpit messages, or would like to hear one again, you can access them easily online at gpchurch.org/gpc-sermons.
GPC Weather Policy
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.
Note 2: If civil authorities declare a state of emergency, that declaration overrides this policy and all activities will be cancelled.
Feeding the 5000 – Our Lenten Mission Project — Today through Easter Sunday, April 16 – Your food donations support three local community partners: The Lord’s Table, Gaithersburg HELP, and Manna Food Center. Flyers with food requests are available on GPC’s website and in the Narthex, Lindsay Hall, and the church office. Please place the food items in marked boxes in the Narthex or at the North Entrance.