Ash Wednesday is ….

An ancient holy day in the Christian church calendar. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent—a time of penitence, discipline, and renewal. In the Ash Wednesday service we are reminded of our mortality, we confess our sins, and we experience forgiveness through Christ's death and resurrection. The "imposition of ashes" is a central part of the service. During this time you are invited to come forward to receive the ashes on your forehead.
But what does Ash Wednesday mean? In Scripture, ashes serve both as a symbol of mortality and as a sign of mourning and repentance. But neither sin nor death are the final word. We leave the service in confidence and gratitude: Christ has conquered death, and nothing can separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus, our Lord. So we will celebrate the Resurrection Meal of Holy Communion as well!
Join us on Ash Wednesday March 1 at either 10:30 a.m.—11 a.m. or 6:30 p.m.—7:00 p.m. as we begin the Lenten Journey to the Cross together. (Lenten Bible Study on “Forgiveness” to follow… see insert for details and sign up today!)
Volunteers make a chain of hands to stock the Greencastle-Antrim food pantry here at GPC! Many churches in the area help to serve in this ministry to our friends in the community.

Six-Week Lenten Bible Study “FORGIVENESS”

Beginning Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 1. We will begin the study that evening with an abbreviated Ash Wednesday worship service from 6:30 p.m. — 7:00 p.m. and our first study from 7:00 p.m. — 8:00 p.m. The following five weeks the study will be held each Wednesday from 7:00 p.m. — 8:15 p.m. There will also be a daytime version of the study starting Wednesday, March 1 at 10:00 a.m.
Please sign up in the CE hallway. If you have questions, I can be reached at dougbeltzner@yahoo.com or by calling or texting me at 724-554-9943.
Books will cost $8. Checks for can be made out to GPC (memo line: “Lenten Study”) and placed in the offering plate or given to Melissa at the church office. (A Kindle edition is also available at
Amazon for $8).
HOPE YOU CAN JOIN US!

If the weather outside is frightful and you are wondering if we are going to have church, here is how you will find out …

On Sunday morning, starting at 8:00 a.m., Pastor Doug will talk with the Clerk of Session and make a decision. If the decision is to cancel church, the Worship Committee Chair, Organist, Liturgist, Church Opener, and Deacon Moderator will be contacted. The Deacons will then contact their care cells. We would NEVER want or ask anyone to drive or walk in conditions that are dangerous. If you feel like you should stay home, please do.
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