SAVE THE DATE! Children’s Drama, Advent Luncheon, and PSU Chorale Coming to GPC!

For the third year in a row, the Penn State Mont Alto Student Chorale has accepted our invitation to join us for worship and our annual Advent potluck luncheon on December 11th. Later that afternoon, the Chorale will perform their holiday concert entitled: “Never a Brighter Star”. Following the concert, attendees are invited to join the Chorale in the social room for complimentary Penn State Berkey Creamery ice cream! The concert is free and open to the public and will feature traditional holiday music. The performance is being promoted regionally by the campus.

Christmas Eve Candlelight & Communion Service


What is Advent? “Advent” means “coming” or “arrival.” During the season of Advent, we celebrate Christ’s coming into the world and watch with expectant hope for his coming again. In its historical origins, the season of Advent was patterned after the season of Lent, a six-week period of penitence and preparation for Easter. Similarly, the four weeks of Advent present an opportunity for communal discernment and personal examination, as the church prepares to celebrate the Nativity of the Lord and looks with hope for Christ’s return.

Visit www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/worship/advent for some resources you can use in your home to enrich the Advent Season for you and yours.
Capital Campaign announcement

A Campaign Town Hall Q&A
Congregation: We have not heard much said during worship about the campaign. Is it doing well?
Campaign Committee: We kicked off the campaign in June with a presentation during worship, followed by three well attended campaign parish meetings. In July, we asked members to prayerfully consider making a campaign pledge prior to the end of September. During October, we suspended campaign publicity so as not to overlap with the church’s Generosity Team messaging. Additional campaign messaging will resume in November.

Congregation: Have a lot of members pledged to the campaign?
Campaign Committee: To date, 16% of the church’s possible giving units have pledged.

Congregation: How much money has been raised so far in the campaign?
Campaign Committee: We have currently raised $141,375, which represents 35% of our total campaign goal.

Congregation: Is it too late to pledge to the campaign?
Campaign Committee: No. You are invited to turn in your campaign pledge anytime. You may download a pledge from our church website at www.visitgpc.com. You may put your pledge in the offering plate.

Congregation: When will the refurbished stained glass window be installed?
Campaign Committee: We expect the colorful refurbished window to be installed by early November.

Congregation: When will other stained glass windows be refurbished?
Campaign Committee: As campaign funds come in, additional windows will be refurbished.

Congregation: Is the sound system working properly? Some speakers are easier to hear than others.
Campaign Committee: The Technology Committee is working closely with our vendor and plans to install additional hardware to improve the quality of sound. 

Please continue to provide feedback.
If you have any questions about the “INVESTING in the Future” campaign, please feel free to contact Randall Ackerman at rackerman@psu.edu or at (240) 527-5515.

Campaign committee members include:
Randall Ackerman 
Ed Wine 
Doug Wilson 
Kathie Wolfinger 
Roger Johnston 
Fred Young Pastor 
Doug Beltzner 

…“commit your actions to the LORD, and your plans will succeed” ~ Proverbs 16:3