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Tuesday, September 20

Prayer Quilt Ministry - 9:30 am
SAS Back Pack Buddies - 10:00 am
Meals on Wheels - 10:30 am
Handbells - 7:00 pm

Wednesday, September 21

Bible Study - 10:30 am
PresbyMusic - 3:00 pm
Bible Study - 7:00 pm
Choir - 7:00 pm

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Sunday School - 9:45 am
Worship, Officer Nominations - 11:00 am
Youth Groups - 5:00 pm
Prayer Service - 6:00 pm
Boy Scouts - 6:30 pm


Lectionary Text for September

04) Ps. 139:1-6, 13-18; Jer. 18:1-11; Philem. 1-21; Luke 14:25-33;
11) Ps. 51; Jer. 4:11-12, 22-28; 1 Tim. 1:12-17; Luke 15:1-10;
18) Ps. 79:1-9; Jer. 8:18-9:1; Tim. 2:1-7; Luke 16:1-13;
25) Ps. 91:1-6, 14-16; Jer. 32:1-3a, 6-15; 1 Tim. 6:6-19-31; Luke 16:19-31


GMPC Balcony Team
Story Collection Project

Your GMPC Balcony Team invites you to help them collect stories about our church and congregation! Please use the questions below as prompts to share one of your stories about GMPC. You can respond in any way that's most convenient: record your voice, write your story, or speak to a member of the Balcony Team. Tell whatever story you wish, but we encourage you to tell it with gratitude. Every story counts, and we look forward to your response!

  1. Remembering your entire experience at GMPC, when were you most alive, most motivated, and most excited about your involvement? What made it exciting? Who else was involved? What happened? What was your part? Describe how you felt.
  2. What do you value most about our church? What are its best features?
  3. What three wishes do you have for the future of our church?
  4. When did you join this congregation, and what led you to do so? Why have you stayed?
  5. What are the ways in which you have participated? Which ones have you enjoyed the most, and why? The least, and why?
  6. What do you know of this congregation's history (e.g., the events and activities, the people about whom you have heard)?
  7. What is your favorite memory of this congregation?
  8. For what has this congregation stood over the years?
  9. If you were trying to encourage someone to visit our worship, what would you say?
  10. When you think about this congregation fifteen years from now, what comes to mind?

The Balcony Team consists of Amelia Surratt, Anne Price, Boyde Bristow, Linda Williamson, Justin Lockamy, and Jim and Denise Moran. Feel free to contact any of them!


News & Events @GMPC


Membership Rosters of those eligible to serve as officers of GMPC are available for the upcoming elections and can be found in the Narthex and outside the church office. Nomination Forms will be included as bulletin inserts on September 18th, 25th and October 2nd.

A Congregational Meeting will be held on October 9th for Elder and Deacon elections. Individuals who wish not to serve should annually declare their unwillingness to the office, or if nominated you may decline should the nominating committee call on you.

A special thank you to everyone who participated in the GMPC Youth Diaper Drive to benefit the Diaper Bank of Sampson County. Working together GMPC placed overall in most monetary donations collected ($400.00). Grove Park Baptist: overall diapers collected. GMPC youth will be rewarded this Sunday with free yogurt, courtesy of Sweet Frog. THANK YOU!

New: Friendship Forms are now available at each pew. We ask that everyone, members & guest, please take a moment each Sunday to fill out this new Friendship Form.

Looking Ahead: Friends & Faith Ministry (formerly Shepherding Families) to begin in January. If you are interested in serving as part of this ministry please contact Brenda Nordin.

Adult Fall Bible Study will be held weekly on Wednesdays, at 10:30 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. (5:30 p.m. on our First Wednesday Fellowship and Covered Dish Meal nights), as the schedule allows. Please plan to join us as Dr. Moran leads us in our fall Bible Study.

GMPC Prayer Quilt Ministry (Third Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m.) resumes September 20th in the Fellowship Hall. Do not worry if you can not sew, that is only one aspect of creating these quilts.

GMPC's Young@Heart: Save the dates: September 22nd (2:00 - 8:00 pm, Country Barn/Mike's Farm for dinner & hay ride, cost: $20.00), October 20th, November 15th & December 12th. Contact Lou Johnson for more information or to sign up.

The First Presbyterian Church, Fayetteville, NC invites you attend the 2016 Calvin Lectures: Christian Hope on September 24th & 25th. This years guest speaker will be Dr. Andrew Purves, the Jean and Nancy Davis Professor Emeritus of Historical Theology at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. For more info. and/or to register on-line please visit

Socks and Underwear Needed: Following the recent flooding disasters in West Virginia, Louisiana, and elsewhere, the Presbytery of Coastal Carolina has been asked to supply NEW (in the package) socks & underwear for school-age children. GMPC will collect donations thru October 7, 2016. Donations may be left outside the church office.

Kirkin’ O’ the Tartans Service and Covered Dish Luncheon will be held on Reformation Sunday, October 30, 2016. This is always a delightful service in which we celebrate our Presbyterian heritage. This years Processional of the Tartan will be directed by Anne Faircloth & Jennifer Bradley with the luncheon being organized by Crystal & Jan Faison and Committee. If you and/or your family would like to participate in this years Kirkin’ O’ the Tartans Service or are in need of someone to carry your families banner, please contact the church office by October 21st. We ask that all banners be brought to the church office by Oct. 21st as well.
*Volunteers are needed to carry banners. Let the office know if you are available to help.

Diaper Bank of Sampson County: Donations of diapers (all brands and sizes, to include adult diapers), diaper wipes and diaper rash cream are collected. A collection bin is located in the GMPC fellowship hallway for your convenience. *For more info. contact Chris Driver.
* A Community Diaper Wrapping Party will be held at GMPC on Sept. 27th from 6 - 8 pm. Thousands of diapers need wrapping for distribution to local families in need! We encourage everyone to lend a helping hand. Invite a friend.