We were pleased to welcome ten new members to GPMC this last Sunday, October 26. That made over thirty this year! We give thanks that God continues to bless us with brothers and sisters in Christ who come to us with gifts to share as we all seek to serve God through the ministries of GPMC and our daily lives.
The next two Sundays will feature important and unique worship emphases. This Sunday, November 2, is All Saints’ Sunday. While it is time to remember all the faithful of every time and place (called saints), we also pause to remember friends and relatives who died since last All Saints’. We will read the names of all the deceased at each service and at 5:00 p.m, our worship will include pictures (send jpegs to email@example.com), as well as planting spring bulbs in our columbarium in memory of loved ones. November 9 is our Fall Cantata Sunday. This year, the adult choir will be performing Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms at the morning services.
“Countless Gifts of Love,” our 2015 annual stewardship season, began last week. The Stewardship Council is hosting a series of desserts (1 hour max) in order to share information with members and take questions. If you cannot make your designated gathering, you can come to any one that is on the calendar. You will also receive a pledge card in the mail or you can pledge online by clicking here. Remember, 60% of our income comes from member pledges. We cannot do our ministry without you!
Among the ministries that our giving supports, the annual rotating homeless shelter is almost here. From November 8 through the 15th, members and friends of GPMC will help host 40 homeless guests from Cass Community Services. To sign up for this important ministry, contact Sue Acton at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church and ask for Sue.
Children are always welcome in worship at GPMC. Free childcare for infants and toddlers is available every Sunday morning during worship. Growing with God, a special program for children ages 3 through 2nd grade, is offered on Sundays at the earliest service. Growing with God does involve some gardening- please dress children appropriately.