Week of April 23, 2017
Pray with us – Wednesday, 12:00 noon – Church Library
This week we pray for the following members of GPC and their families: Paul and Dana Ethridge; Bridget, Ivo, and Gedeliah Etone; Dean and Francisca Ewalt; Emmanuel Eziefula; Ted and Sue Farrand; James and Kay Fenton; Claudio and Liane Ferreira; and Stuart and Patsy Fleishman. 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 Teresa and Jim McCoy in celebration of their 25th wedding anniversary on April 25.
International Coffee Hour – Today – Lindsay Hall – The Congregational Life Ministry invites everyone to enjoy fellowship and international food following all three worship services.
The CAT is here! Between now and May 15, the whole congregation will use the Congregation Assessment Tool to help us discern where God is leading GPC. The April Mainstream and recent e-blast contain more information.
Montgomery Philharmonic Masterclass – Tomorrow, 7:00 p.m. – Lindsay Hall – This masterclass will focus on the flute and other woodwinds. Attendees will 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, not a performance. There is no charge but donations are gratefully accepted. For more information, visit montgomeryphilharmonic.org.
Employment Support Group – Tuesday, April 25, 7:00 p.m. – Room 202 – This 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. Looking ahead to next month, on Tuesday, May 23, Nancy B. Coit, who has extensive experience in local public and private schools, joins us to discuss careers in the field of education. You may pick up a flyer about this special program at the Welcome Desk in the Narthex. For additional information about our group and guest speaker, contact Clara Pratt at email@example.com.
VIPS –Thursday, May 4, 11:30 a.m. – Lindsay Hall – The title of next month’s presentation is My Return to Cuba with My Family. Ray Carricaburu left Cuba alone as a teenager over 50 years ago, but recently traveled to the island country—this time with his family. The program—to be presented by Ray and Linda—will include descriptions of the beautiful sites as well as stories about family reunions and discovering other family members and friends.
The shared lunch will feature Cuban sandwiches, but attendees are welcome to bring their own bagged lunches. Gathering begins at 11:30 a.m., and the meeting will start at 12:00 noon. If you are attending VIPS for the first time or have any questions, contact Nancy Sanders.
Craft Group – Sunday, May 7, 12:15 p.m. – Rooms 30–31 – Bring your lunch and come join the fun! We will be working on sewing, crocheting, and knitting. Come start or finish projects! If you have a special project in mind, would like a materials list, or have any questions, contact Barbara Clark, firstname.lastname@example.org. Join us!
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.
Ushers Wanted – GPC usher captains are looking for friendly Individuals who are willing to join their team and help with ushering duties. The regular volunteers are truly appreciated, but the team is always looking for new people. Ushering is a vital part of kindling a warm Christian atmosphere here at GPC, and is also a particularly good way to become more involved in the church. Let us “serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.” (1 Peter 4:10) If you are interested, speak with any of the following usher captains: Fred or Gary (8:00), Paul or Ed (9:30), or Gina or Donna (11:00).
Move It Monday! starts tomorrow at Summit Hall Elementary School, and we could use your assistance! As the students run around the soccer field at recess (between 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.), we need to encourage them and record their laps. No training is necessary and you don’t need to run. If you can help, contact Stuart Morrison, email@example.com.
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/52-081902.
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.
Feeding the 5000 Update – It was a super donation week and we’re now up to over 4,378 items! Next week, Easter Sunday, will be the last day of our food drive and we hope that you’ll donate often to the bins in the Narthex or at the north entrance this coming week. The 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. Thanks to our 4th/5th Grade Sunday School class for moving the food, and also to Donna Dannels and Janet Andrews for sorting and counting it!
Need a nametag? If you lost your nametag or never received one,email email@example.com to request one.
Last Chance to Donate Sanctuary Flowers in 2017 – Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like sign up to donate Sanctuary flowers for October 22.