Please note that our offices (and building) are closed on July 3 and July 6 in honor of the July 4 weekend. Our staff will not be available to answer phone calls and emails over the long weekend.
Our summer worship schedule began on Sunday, May 31. Our outdoor, lakeside service is at 8:30 a.m. on Trinity Terrace. This is a 45 service of worship for which many of our members dress more casually. Some members walk, bike, run and kayak to worship! During the service, our children tend to a garden that produces fruit and vegetables for local soup kitchens. Our 10:30 a.m. service in the Sanctuary retains the formality and fullness of our services throughout the year. Our 5:00 p.m. service is very similar to 8:45 but also includes weekly communion. These service times run through Labor Day weekend, September 6.
On June 7 Sunday we had our annual Blessing of the Bikes. In addition to a ceremonial blessing during the children’s sermon, worship leaders were available following each service to anoint every bike with oil and to offer a prayer of blessing. We did more than bikes! Scooters, roller blades, strollers: if it is an alternative means of transport, we’ll seek God’s blessing for you. Thank you to everyone who helps reduce our collective carbon footprint during the summer months.
June 14 was another full Sunday. We commissioned 35 youth and adults for their mission trip to Chavies, KY, conducted two baptisms and presented a check to Habitat for Humanity for our third house in three years. The $240,000 for the three houses was part of our capital campaign back in 2013. Thank you to everyone who contributed.
Last Sunday, June 21, we had a special prayer for all GPMC member gardens and for our children’s garden. It is similar to a much older tradition of “Rogation Sundays.”
On July 5 we will have special set of visitors: 9 students and a teacher from Israel. They are coming from Mar Elias, an interfaith peace-building school that GPMC has supported for years. They will make a special presentation between the morning services and following the 5:00 p.m. service. Looking for good news out of the Middle East? Then come meet these students.
The weather may not be cooperating (we have been inside for 3 of our 5 Sundays since May 31), we are blessed to gather and sing praise to God together.
Children are always welcome in worship at GPMC. Free childcare for infants and toddlers is available every Sunday morning during worship and Sunday school. Young Children and Worship, a special program for children ages 3 through 2nd grade, is offered on Sundays at the earliest service. A children’s sermon is offered at both services.