What’s Happening this Week

From Rev. Laura Bachmann

Lord, you have searched me out and known me, you know my sitting down and my rising up, you discern my thoughts from afar. Psalm 139:1

Yesterday, we reflected on how God listens deeply to our lives, searching us out to know us, becoming acquainted with all our ways, tracing our journeys and our resting places and hearing every word on our lips, even before we have spoken it. As we make our way down this Lenten road toward the agony of the cross in Jerusalem and out the other side to the joy of the empty tomb, we can find reassurance in God’s abiding presence in every aspect of our lives. Even as we bear the deep sorrow of a half million deaths due to COVID, even as we stand in solidarity with those mourning Daniel Prude’s death anew and crying out for a justice that seems unbearably long in coming, we can cling to the presence of the One who will not let us go, the One from whom we cannot flee. As the psalmist reminds us, even if we climb up to heaven or make the grave our bed, God is there also. Darkness is not dark to God, and the light around us will not turn to night. In the God who listens to every sigh and murmur, we find a steadfast presence that we too are invited to copy and offer to our own communities. As we tune our ears and our eyes to notice God’s listening presence in our lives, let us also allow that abundant attention to overflow our own lives to provide energy for listening deeply to one another as well. Even as we encounter those who cannot feel God’s presence, let us commit to holding the space of God’s amazing grace with our neighbors until they too can find their way back to God’s enfolding embrace.

This week …

Monday, March 1 7:00 p.m. Mission team meeting via Zoom
Wednesday, March 3 6:00 p.m. Bible Study
Sunday, March 7 10:00 a.m. Online Worship
Fellowship Hour via Zoom
6:00 p.m. Youth Group – Paint Night

Coming up in March …

Trustees Meeting:  March 8 at 6:00 p.m.
Bible Study:  March 10 at 6:00 p.m.
Session Meeting:  March 16 at 7:00 p.m.
April Harbinger Due:  March 17
Bible Study:  March 17 at 6:00 p.m.
Confirmation Class:  March 21 at 12:30 p.m.
Youth Group:  March 21 at 3:00 p.m.
Bible Study:  March 24 at 6:00 p.m.
Mission Food/Personal Hygiene Collection:  March 27 at 11:00 a.m.
Mission Food/Personal Hygiene Collection:  March 28 during parking lot parade
Youth – Easter Crafts on Zoom:  March 28 at 2:00 p.m.
Bible Study:  March 31 at 6:00 p.m.


Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m.

During Lent, Bible Study will be focused around the Lent of Liberation book by Cheri L. Mills.
Week 2 (March 3) – Days 5-10
Week 3 (March 10) – Days 11 -16
Week 4 (March 17) – Days 17 – 22
Week 5 (March 24) – Days 23 – 28
Week 6 (March 31) – Days 29 – 40

Please refer to the weekly bulletins & email blasts for Zoom connection information.


From the Office …

Daylight Saving Time – Sunday, March 14

Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead 1 hour before you go to bed on Saturday.


March 7, 6-8 p.m.

Bob Ross- directed drawing; pick up supplies in church parking lot (or arrange for a drop off from Jen) and we will do this together on Zoom.


Per Capita

Per Capita is a set amount of money (apportionment) per member that our congregation pays to the larger Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) as a religious and moral commitment.  It establishes a minimum level of financial participation in the vital work of our church.  With this year’s commitment of $35.14 per member, we work together with other Presbyterian Churches in our presbytery and across the country to further the mission of Jesus Christ around the world.  We benefit from the gifts, skills, vision and ministry of each other when we come together.  Your Per Capita pays for the programs, training and resources that help us work together to benefit all.

If you haven’t yet contributed $35.14 per member, please consider doing so.  You can use your Per Capita pledge envelope or put your check in a plain envelope marked Per Capita and mail it to the church office.


Lent of Listening Devotionals
The Generosity Team is soliciting video devotionals to be available during Lent.  Please prayerfully consider making a video devotional.  It does not have to be long or complicated, just say what is in your heart as you reflect and prepare for the celebration of Easter.  The general theme is “listening”, however, if you would like to talk about something else, feel free.  Please let Larry Wakeman know if you would like to participate.  Your videos should be submitted to Karen at office@gatespres.org so that they can be put up on the church web site.  We need them right away as Lent started on February 17.


From the Trustees

This is your big chance – the lawn mowing team here at GPC is in need of a few new members to help maintain our yard.  We now have a zero-turn lawn mower which makes cutting grass seem like an amusement park ride!  Training is provided.  If you are interested, call/email Dennis White at 247-8532,  sh19572012@gmail.com.  Act now, even though there is lots of snow on the ground, the schedule will be published during the second week of March!


The PGV Racial Justice Working Group invites you to join local Presbyterian congregations in a weekly Lenten discussion of Lent of Liberation: Confronting the Legacy of American Slavery by Cheri L. Mills—discussions start week of Monday, February 22choose from 3 times: Mondays @ 5 p.m., Wednesdays @ noon, Wednesdays @ 6 p.m. [Make your purchase via Amazon Smile, with IPC designated as your charity!]


Weekly Fellowship Hour
Right after worship ends.  Please refer to weekly bulletins & email blast for Zoom connection information.