bi-weekly memo Oct 25 Nov 1 by owen213


Sun Oct 25 Reformation Sunday 9:30 a.m. Adult Issues Class 9:30 a.m. Uganda Meeting 9:45 a.m. Sunday School 11:00 a.m. Worship Service 12:00 p.m. Session Meeting - Washington Room 5:00 p.m. Youth Group Yoga - Narthex Mon Oct 26 9:00 a.m. Staff Meeting 6:15 p.m. New Testament Class Dinner 7:00 p.m. New Testament Class Tues Oct 27 10:00 a.m. Knitting Group - Washington Room 7:00 p.m. Knitting Group - Home of Peggy Garrett Thurs Oct 29 6:30 p.m. PNC Sun Nov 1 Daylight Savings Time Ends 9:30 a.m. Adult Issues Class 9:30 a.m. New Member Class 9:45 a.m. Sunday School 11:00 a.m. Worship Service Communion 4:00 p.m. Confirmation Class 5:00 p.m. Youth Group Yoga Mon Nov 2 5:00 p.m. Memo Information Due Tues Nov 3 10:00 a.m. Knitting Group - Washington Room 12:00 p.m. Staff Meeting 7:00 p.m. Knitting Group - Home of Peggy Garrett 7:30 p.m. Worship Committee Meeting Wed Nov 4 7:15 p.m. Deacons Meeting Thur Nov 5 6:30 p.m. PNC - Colonial Room Sun Nov 8 Gifts for Christ Market 9:30 a.m. Adult Issues Class 9:45 a.m. Sunday School 10:00 a.m. Homeless Walk 11:00 a.m. Worship Service 4:00 p.m. Confirmation Class 5:00 p.m. Youth Group Yoga - Narthex Children’s Ministry Meeting

Georgetown Presbyterian Church 3115 P Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

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Bi-Weekly Memo
October 25, 2009 & November 1, 2009
Worship 11:00 a.m.

Sunday, October 25 is Reformation Sunday. 2009 is also the 500th anniversary of John Calvin’s birth. In honor of both, our worship service on this morning will take several elements from Calvin and the Reformation. All the prayers are taken from Calvin’s Form of Church Prayers which were used in Geneva and Strasbourg. The only exception is the Prayer of Thanksgiving which comes from John Knox, the great Scottish reformer, and student of Calvin. The hymns include the only one that Calvin wrote as well as hymns from Louis Bourgeois, Calvin’s hymn writer in Geneva, including his well known setting of Psalm 100. Typically, until the last century Reformed singing was almost exclusively singing of the psalms. But since we cannot miss singing it on this day, we will also sing Luther’s A Mighty Fortress. While not from Calvin, it is the musical emblem of the Reformation. One small change: instead of the Gloria Patri, we will sing the Decalogue – the Ten Commandments. This was always included in worship in Calvin’s Geneva, and in many Reformed Churches it still is part of every Sunday’s service; the music is again by Louis Bourgeois, although the versification is new. Finally, while Calvin would not have had a “Time for Children,” the children are doing their bit this morning to help celebrate the day with a brief skit about Calvin. As we celebrate let us remember the motto of the Presbyterian Church: Ecclesia reformata, semper reformanda: “The Church reformed, always reforming.” See you in church! Gifts that inspire


Gifts that inspire

Gifts that inspire

Plan on doing some of your Christmas shopping at GPC’s Annual Gifts for Christ Market, An Alternative Gift Market for people of FAITH.

November 8 and November 15, 2009
Your gift dollars can help feed a family while also providing a livelihood, make a warm blanket available to refugees, enable children to go to school, provide tools and opportunities for workers to learn a trade, strengthen the local economy in very poor parts of the world, and provide emergency relief during natural disasters. These are just a few of the gifts you can give this Christmas, showing your love to those in your family and in the world.

GPC’s Annual Gifts for Christ Market
The market place with feature many of the groups we have sponsored in the past, such as SERRV International Handicrafts, Heifer Project International, our local ministry projects, and Children of Uganda, as well as some new additions: Remember Niger, CWS Blanket program, and the Outreach Foundation of the Presbyterian Church, USA.


Join us for this annual celebration.
Please call Judi Crowson (202-333-1603) if you can help with this event.

Oct 25 Donna McGreevy Nov 1 Vivi Schmidt Nov 2 Fenner Gibson Lesley Latimer Nov 3 Ryan Denton Nov 4 Christian Miller Wendy Wilson Nov 5 Erika Chan Nov 11 Sarah Fri Nov 13 Scott Leachman, Jr. Susan McConnell Rachael Reidenbach Nov 14 Kevin Scott Nov 15 Jim Hobbs Nov 16 Bob Fri Tom Jennings Nov 17 William Gibson Rich Whitman Nov 19 Danielle Buente Sarah McEaddy Holmes Nov 20 Katie Lotterman Jacob Lustig Margot McGreevy Nov 21 Lori Hodsoll Nov 22 Nicholas Gray Jennie Gromoll

Dust off your walking shoes and mark your calendars for the
Annual GPC Help the Homeless Mini-walk to benefit Georgetown Ministry Center Sunday, November 8th at 10:00 am Registration forms are available in the narthex and must be turned into the church by November 1st. Adult registration is $25.00. GPC will pay half of each child’s $15.00 registration fee.

Wednesday – November 11 at 6:30 p.m.

Please join us at 9:30 on Sunday mornings in the Washington Room as we continue to explore issues of importance to our faith and community: Jesus teaches us to “love your neighbor as yourself.” GPC’s various Mission programs are one important way we seek to follow this teaching. Our meetings in October and early November are designed to help inform us how we’re doing, and how we might do better in this regard. We’ll hear from and about some of the major organizations which our Mission programs have been supporting and working with, as follows: October 25—Scott Schenkelberg, Executive Director, Miriam’s Kitchen, will discuss “Poverty in DC and What We Can Do About It”. Miriam’s Kitchen provides breakfast and other services to over 200 homeless persons daily, and is supported by GPC with volunteers as well as financial contributions. November 1—Nancy Lindborg, President, Mercy Corps, will discuss some of the global activities of this leading NGO in its effort to “alleviate poverty, suffering and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities.”

Backward Glances
Less than a year after the outbreak of the Civil War, the church had need of the services of a second minister. One may assume that with the War more people were attending church. The Session at its January 20, 1862, meeting agreed to employ the services of Rev. L.G. Gay to preach in the chapel once each Sunday for the sum of $5 each week. Dr. Cissel was the full time pastor. They also agreed to caucus the congregation for money to meet the necessary expenses. At the same meeting they heard from the Reverend Y. Burns concerning the Seventh Street Presbyterian Church seeking to take up a collection in the Bridge Street Church for itself but decided to table the matter. Doug McFadden For the Heritage Committee

All walkers are welcome!

Don’t miss the Pumpkin Painting on October 25th at 9:30. GPC invites children to paint and decorate pumpkins on October 25 at 9:30. Pumpkins, paint, feathers and lots of glitter will be provided. Come and have fun to make them nice. Afterwards, GPC members will be able to buy them and the sales will benefit the non-profit organization For Love of Children. For more information, please contact Valerie Cretegny at

Interested in Traveling to Uganda?
A meeting will be held Sunday October 25 at 9:30 am in the Colonial Room for those interested in learning more about a mission trip to the Children of Uganda school and home in June 2010. The idea was born when some of the young people at GPC expressed an interest in visiting Children of Uganda's programs in Uganda to observe them firsthand, and spend some time working with the COU children and staff. See for more information about the organization. 350 children aged from about 3 to 15 attend the school, from kindergarten through 7th grade. About 170 of the children live at the home colocated with the school, and 180 live in the local community. Conditions are very basic with the water coming from a borehole, or from rainfall harvested from the roofs of the dormitories into tanks, and electricity being provided by a generator or solar panels. Dates are possibly mid-June next year and the length of the trip would be about two weeks. The trip would be open to anyone 16 years and older. We expect the stay at Rakai to be about a week and the exact itinerary for the trip is still to be determined. By a stroke of luck we will be able to have two special visitors at our meeting: Margaret Kasekende, the Kampala-based COU Program Director and Sarah Cowan, a Peace Corps volunteer who lived at Sabina Home for two years (see her blog at Questions? Contact Susan Bell or Pat Davies

The Big Three: The Theologians of the New Testament
The Monday Night Bible Study, which read through the Old Testament last winter and spring is gathering again during the fall for dinner and to study the “Big Three,” the three great theological writers in the New Testament: Paul, John, and the anonymous writer of the Letter to the Hebrews. The study is being led by Dr. Springsted again. The schedule of classes and readings is as follows: October 26: Hebrews 11-13: Faith. November 2: No Class 9: John 1-10: The Word Made Flesh 16: John 11-17: Christ as the Good Shepherd; the Light; the Vine; the Way, the Truth, the Life; the Resurrection. 23: John 18-20: The Death and Resurrection of the Messiah. Everybody is invited to attend, and to bring friends if they like. Dinner will start at 6:15 and the study at 7:00. The Food Team is suggesting that you bring a sandwich. They will provide salad and drinks and dessert. That allows them to cut the requested contribution for food to $3. If you can’t be there for dinner, come for the study alone.

Suzanne Nagi graduated in 2006 from Middlebury College with her bachelor's degree in Paleoecology. She is now studying for her PhD in this same field at the University of Illinois. She maintains her involvement in numerous ecology movements in the US. She recently spent the summer in Alaska collecting DNA samples from Black Spruce trees to research the impact of global warming in the past on the environment. Francis Brooke, Jr. is starting his sophomore year at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. He is a pitcher on the Northwestern Baseball Team and a member of the student government representing all the student athletes there. He played for the Glens Falls Golden Eagles Collegiate baseball team this summer in Glens Falls, NY. Continuing to do well academically, he will be deciding on his major this year. For the Memo covering November 8 & 15. Due date is Monday November 2nd at 5:00 p.m.

New Knitters Welcome!

Our busy Knitting Group’s first project will be knitting scarves for those in our community who are homeless. This year we will try to have two groups, one on Tuesday mornings at 10 o’clock at the church and the other at 7 o’clock on Tuesday evenings. The evening group will be held at Peggy Garrett’s home which is about 3 miles up Wisconsin Avenue from the church. Please let Jill Fri know if you would like to join the group and if you want to come mornings or evenings. or 301-229-2129

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