Week of November 12, 2017
Pray with us – Wednesday, 12:00 noon – Church Library – This week we pray for the following members of GPC and their families: Josephus Samba, Sarah Mariatu Momoh, Edward Kongo-Samba, Israel Kongo, Isaac Kongo, and James Kengida-Kongo; Nancy Sanders; Arfan Sandhu, Ulfat Masih, Yerusa, Ashley, and Matthew Sandhu; John, Jennifer, Blaise, and Cooper Scavullo; Edmund and Michele Schantz; Joy Schiager; James, Denise, Matthew, and Daniel Schleckser; and Kirsten, Aria, and Morgan Schrader. 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 Janis S. Rex in memory of Donald F. Rex.
As of last Sunday, 145 Estimate of Giving cards for 2018 have been returned, totaling $610,256. This includes 16 of our ruling elders on Session, plus the pastors and the clerk.
Sunday Coffee Fellowship – Congregational Life Ministry invites you to Lindsay Hall between church services to enjoy today’s planned special treat of pumpkin pie. Would you like to help serve at Coffee Fellowship on an upcoming Sunday? Any and all help is welcomed! Please contact Shari McCann, Shari.firstname.lastname@example.org.
2nd Grade Bible Workshop – Today, 11:00 a.m. – Room 32–33 – Second graders and their parents come together for the final week for a special workshop to learn about the Bible. Special bibles will be presented to the children in worship on Sunday, November 19, during the 11:00 service.
FINAL Discernment Group – Today, 12:30–5:00 p.m. – Library – This is your absolute LAST opportunity to delve more deeply into the results of the CAT Scan and have a hand in GPC’s future – to hone our Vision and Mission, to set the course for GPC, and to help decide what kind of pastor will lead us. Contact Dr. Jay Losher to participate.
Employment Support Group – Monday, November 13, 7:00 p.m. – Room 202 – We provide a supportive Christian environment for individuals 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 information about our group, contact Clara Pratt at email@example.com.
FourthNight Dinner Menu – Wednesday, November 15, 6:15 p.m. Come and enjoy ham, macaroni & cheese, glazed carrots, baked pasta, salad, and fruit.
“Life in Occupied Palestine” (A Documentary Film) – Wednesday, November 15, 7:00 p.m. – Lindsay Hall – Anna Baltzer, a Jewish-American Columbia graduate and Fulbright Scholar, presents her observations as a volunteer with the International Women’s Peace Service in the West Bank, documenting the extremely difficult living conditions under the occupation. Some topics include settlements, checkpoints, the Wall, refugees, censorship, and the annexation of Palestinian land. Come join the discussion! “And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8b)
Help Make Hot Breakfasts! Friday, November 17, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Lindsay Hall – We’re cooking up love in the GPC kitchen! Our nonprofit partners Nourish Now and KindWorks will get together with us to make hot breakfasts for the MCCH men’s shelter. For more information and to RSVP, contact Denise Schleckser, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Life in Christ Class – Saturday, November 18, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Lindsay Hall – This is the second of two classes for those who are interested in becoming members of GPC (there will be an opportunity to join the church at the end of the course), but current members are also encouraged to participate. This small-group-based, interactive course explores what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ of GPC’s congregation.
Potluck Dinner for Prison Ministry Volunteers – Saturday, November 18, 4:00 p.m. – Fellowship Hall – If you are interested in learning more about becoming a volunteer in the Prison Ministry in the Montgomery County jails, you are invited to a potluck dinner at GPC. For more information, contact Mary Wasik, email@example.com.
Community Thanksgiving Eve Service – Wednesday, November 22, 7:30 p.m. – Sanctuary – Come join with our friends and neighbors as we host this special worship service.
Help Wanted for some of GPC’s exciting fall and holiday programs! The Neighborhood Fair, the Giving Tree, and the Women’s Shelter Meals could use help in planning these important outreaches. Experienced leaders are already in place, so we are just looking for assistance to get these programs underway. Contact Denise Schleckser at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help.
Sanctuary Flowers for 2018 – Give glory to God by donating flowers for Sunday worship services. The sign-up sheet is in Lindsay Hall.
Online Registration is Available for Children in Sunday School – Go to gpchurch.org and click on “Educating.” The online registration form can be found in the Sunday School section.
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.
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)
- Paper (lined and blank)
- Pocket folders (no metal clasps)
- Envelopes (all sizes, including manila – no metal clasps)
- Bibles (both English and Spanish)
- Religious reading – books, magazines, devotionals (current issues only, staples and subscription pages removed)
- Pocket calendars (staples removed)
*Note: We are no longer allowed to bring reading glasses to the jail.
Please leave items in the large plastic bin in the GPC library under the window.