located in the Gathering Space
Christmas Giving Tree
Each day of Advent, place a food item in a box. On Christmas Eve or Day bring the box to the church for a blessing. These items will benefit Gaithersburg HELP and our new Little Free Pantry at the north entrance of the parking lot.
Click the calendar to enlarge and view and/or print the full PDF of suggested food items.
Collect food items at home through Advent
Nov. 27 – Dec. 24
Reverse Advent Calendar
GPC will provide meals all week at the Interfaith Works Women’s Center at Crabbs Branch in Derwood. We are happily allowed to serve dinner in person this year! Volunteers are needed to deliver breakfast items and pantry supplies, and to provide dinner.
Deliver pantry items or serve dinner
Dec. 26 – Dec. 31
Interfaith Works Women's Shelter Week of Meals
GPC always welcomes new participants for all of our projects, which are designed to take the vitality of our faith out into the community.
SETUP APARTMENTS FOR REFUGEES
Cook SOUPS for hungry neighbors
make casseroles for seniors
A recent joint effort was a cleaning supplies drive to help with apartment setups for newly arriving refugee families.
One ongoing project is KindSoups, where we come together in our own kitchens via Zoom to have fun and create an online community of folks providing healthful meals. We cook delicious, hearty soups and stews. Check here for the recipe to be made each week. We cook enough to feed our own families PLUS to pack up in containers to freeze and deliver to one of the local food assistance providers, so that those whom they serve can have some delicious and nutritious meals in their freezers. Easy-to-follow directions are provided.
Partnering with local nonprofit KindWorks to meet pressing community needs
GPC volunteers are always welcome to sign up for any KindWorks projects.
Hot dinners are provided Monday through Friday at Epworth United Methodist Church (the church just south of GPC on Frederick Avenue in Gaithersburg). The GPC team serves on the third Tuesday of the month.
If you enjoy cooking for a crowd, contact Francie Whitlock (through the church office).
We are happy to welcome new cooks. There is one teeny catch, however . . . the team leaves GPC for D.C. at 5:00 a.m. to serve a hot breakfast to hundreds of hungry souls.
For more information about how to join the GPC SOME Crew, contact Steve Olin (through the church office).
Gaithersburg HELP always needs volunteers
Gaithersburg HELP is a food pantry that has served the Gaithersburg community since 1968, providing short-term, emergency assistance to more than 3,500 families in need.
The organization offers 3-day emergency food supplies, based on family size; supplies for infants; help with prescriptions; transportation to medical appointments or to obtain services; and other support and referrals. GPC provides financial support to Gaithersburg HELP, as well as donations of food and supplies.
to assist with telephone screening, providing transportation for clients, performing administrative tasks, or serving in the food pantry. A list of current volunteer opportunities, along with a link to the volunteer application, can be found by clicking on the button below.
Winter coat drive
school supplies drive
SUMMER READING BOOK DONATION
GPC has supported the teachers, students, and families of Summit Hall Elementary School in a myriad of ways for more than 10 years. We look forward to this year’s annual Christmastime Winter Coat Drive. Last year, the drive provided more than 140 winter coats, as well as other warm accessories, for students in need.
In September, we organized a successful Back-to-School Supplies Drive for the 2022–2023 school year.
Our Lenten monetary donations collected in the spring of 2022 provided a new book for each of the students at the school, distributed just in time for summer reading. We continue to work closely with the school’s Linkages to Learning director to assess how we can best help the families.
Supporting students and teachers in many ways
Watch this space and GPC emails for details about our next partnership opportunity!
For more information, contact Marilyn Morrison (through the church office).
GPC’s Prison Ministry is a group of volunteers affiliated with the St. James’ Prison Ministry—a consortium of local churches serving Montgomery County’s inmate population and their families at three correctional facilities: the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in Boyds, the Montgomery County Detention Center in Rockville, and the Pre-Release and Re-Entry Services Center (also in Rockville). Volunteers are involved in a wide variety of activities, including meeting and praying with inmates, collecting and distributing religious literature and greeting cards, mentoring and participating in job partnership programs, and providing other services as needed.
Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, volunteers are not permitted to provide in-person services at the correctional facilities. We are hoping to resume our work in 2023.
To volunteer with the Prison Ministry, contact the church office.
RTMC offers low-income homeowners home repairs at no cost to the recipient. A GPC team works with RTMC every year for one day in April. This program depends entirely on volunteers to repair and/or renovate the homes. Volunteers do not need to be GPC members; anyone older than 14 years of age with any skill level (but experts are also needed!) can participate. These projects have reduced the financial burden and improved the quality of life for more than 500 people across the county.
For additional information, contact Yaw Obeng (through the church office).
Participate in this annual GPC Christmas tradition
Join us to supply breakfast, lunch and dinner! Volunteers purchase breakfast food and supplies, and prepare, deliver, and serve dinner for approximately 38 residents. This year, our annual service project will support the newly established IWWC shelter at Crabbs Branch Way in Derwood.
by filling out the form at the sign up button below.