Featured Announcements

Caregiver Fellowship

Are you a caregiver? Full time, part time, or sometimes? Is your loved one nearby or faraway? It doesn’t matter. Come join us for fellowship, support, sharing and prayer. Our caregiver support group meets once a month at the home of Richard and Ann Cook to share our journey and find refreshment and comfort in the challenges and blessings of care giving. We meet on the second Sunday of the month, usually after church for a meal, fellowship and prayer. Our next meeting is Sunday, April 28. If you have questions or would like to join us, please email Ann or Richard Cook

Young Adults Lunch

The young adults will meet once again for lunch at the home of Dave and Jenny Hawes after the worship service next week, Sunday, April 28. Young adults, make plans to attend!

Montgomery County National Day of Prayer

Join other Christians for the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 2, 2024, to pray for God to provide His unity and peace in America, Maryland, and Montgomery County. As Christ’s ambassadors in Montgomery County, we pray for the power of God’s Spirit to bring renewal and flourishing of Christ’s Kingdom into our homes, workplaces, and communities. Together we’ll pray for the work of the Holy Spirit in the people, systems and institutions that give shape to our communities. This event will be held at the Inter-Denominational Church of God (19201 Woodfield Rd, Gaithersburg). Doors open at 6:45am for breakfast. Program will start at 6:55am and conclude at 8:15am.

Spring Sunday School Classes

A team of women is teaching a class called “Finding our True Identity in Christ” using Tim Keller’s book, The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness and The Gospel Coalition’s book, Identity Theft: Reclaiming the Truth of Who We are in Christ.

Pastor Baile, Chris Kinsinger, and Gene Sohn are teaching Isaiah 40-55 in room 10/11, Please join us as we explore the beautiful promises and greatness of God on display in these incredible chapters that often are overlooked.

SG Kids Doing Something “Berry” Special

Plan to join the families of Shady Grove on Saturday, May 11, from 10a-1p at Butler’s Orchard to pick strawberries. Cost is $8/person. Register below or talk to David Lee on Sunday and get your shortcake recipe here!

Women’s Prayer Meeting

The next women’s prayer meeting will be held on Thursday, April 25 from 2-3:00pm in 10/11.

Women’s Bible Study

There is a new women’s bible study that will meet on Wednesday evenings from 7-9pm in the hospitality room at church. This is an extension of the Thursday study that recently finished. The study will be going through Exodus 1-18. For more information, please contact Janet Kotowski or the church office.

Book Shower for Elise (Baile) and Heath’s Expected Baby

For the last two Sundays in April, a book drop has been placed outside the church office for Heath and Elise (Baile) McGill in lieu of a baby shower. Their baby is due in early May and we would love to equip them with great books from our church family. In Baile fashion, this yet-to-arrive baby will be greeted with a full library! ☺

Men’s Bible Study – Romans

Pastor Charlie Baile will be leading the men through the book of Romans on Saturdays from 9:00-10:30am in the hospitality room at the church. Although an RSVP is not required, contact Pastor Charlie if you’d like to be included. Coffee will be provided.

Opportunity to Help Local Refugee Family

We will hear a testimony on Sunday, April 28 about an Afghan refugee family who now live locally and need our help. Please pray about how you may be able to help this family.

Deacons Fund: May 2024

The deacons will designate all giving during May to the food distribution ministry of Porttowns church. Porttowns started out as a PCA church plant in Bladensburg, MD with a relatively small congregation, but a big vision to serve needs in the surrounding community.  There are former and current Shady Grove members that serve and volunteer for this ministry, providing physical and spiritual nourishment to those whom it serves. More than 60% of residents of Bladensburg report not having enough food to meet basic needs. Porttowns partners with the Capital Area Foodbank. Every $1 we spend enables us to buy more than $7 worth of groceries from the foodbank. Since March 2023 we have distributed almost 50,000 pounds of food, 70 families a month, on average. All money given to the Deacons Fund in May will go to support this ministry.

Gaithersburg HELP

We thank the Shady Grove congregation for its prayers and support. There was a great response to our Super Bowl food drive in February. However, this past year was tough. We provided food to 6,200 households (1,400 more than 2022). Those groceries fed 28,000 people (6,700 more than 2022). We provided formula for 1,200 infants (499 more than 2022) and diapers for 3,052 infants (970 more than 2022). In addition, we provided rides for 880 seniors to medical appointments (210 more than 2022). HELP ended the year with a $41,000 deficit. There were adequate funds in our savings account to cover the deficit, but we cannot keep spending our savings like this. HELP made significant changes in its 2024 budget to reduce its expenses. We ended our diaper program to reduce expenses by $25,000. We confirmed that other organizations providing diapers could take our referrals before we ended the program. Baby food and formula will still be available in the pantry. We also cut support for rent and utility assistance, reducing expenses by another $24,000. In addition to cuts, we are working to contact more businesses and other organizations to request donations. These actions appear to be helping. Our cash flow showed a surplus for the first two months of this year. Please pray that our finances will remain stable, and that God will raise up new volunteers to fill our open positions. Most of our clients are Spanish speaking so bilingual volunteers are critical to serving our neighbors. If you or someone you know would be willing to volunteer a few hours each month, please complete a volunteer application. If you have any questions about Gaithersburg HELP, please email Kevin Ramsey.

Please note: The Micah Cart is now located by the church office next to the Check Deposit Slot.

Women: Are you on social media?

If you’d like to become a part of the “Women of Shady Grove Presbyterian Church” Facebook group, or the “Shady Grove Moms” group, please contact the church office. We’d love to connect with you!

Past Announcements

Institute for Cultural Communicators Needs Evaluators

The Institute for Cultural Communicators is hosting a tournament on Saturday, April 13 at Rockbridge Academy in Crownsville, MD. Please consider registering to serve as an evaluator at various time slots. Parents, grandparents, relatives, and educators are welcome to volunteer. Please contact tournament coordinator, Terri McPherson or complete the Volunteer Evaluation Form. See Sandra Lamy with additional questions.

Mission Team to Colombia, South America

A group is planning to go to Colombia from July 25 – August 4, 2024. The main purposes of the trip will be to support Pastor Edison at Calvary Church, design a curriculum that will be shared with the youth at Calvary Church and a Christian bilingual school, collaborate with other ministries to provide aquaponic systems for the Chimila tribe and share gospel games, teaching, and fellowship; clean hands workshop with the Chimila tribe and Foundation Kids. Please contact Sandra Lamy with additional questions.

Gaithersburg HELP Volunteer Needs

Gaithersburg HELP is in need of volunteers in two areas specifically. Work from home using your own phone and computer as a call center volunteer. Listen to voicemail messages from clients, call clients to confirm the services needed, and enter approved service appointments in an online computer system. Training includes blocking home phone numbers. Flexible hours are available. The ability to help Spanish-speaking clients is a critical need. Also, volunteer drivers are needed. Drive clients to and from medical or social service appointments from 8a-5p, Monday to Friday. Please note: The Micah Cart is now located by the church office next to the Check Deposit Slot.

Spring Church Work Day

Our Spring Church Work Day is coming up Saturday, April 13. We will begin at 9:30am and work both inside and outside to spruce up our building and grounds. You may choose to work outside on landscaping, window washing, mulch, or any of the various indoor jobs if you prefer. Cleaning products and other supplies will be provided but please feel free to also bring your own rakes, shovels, gardening tools, masks, gloves, goggles, knee pads, boots, rags, tarps, or what you need to help you work! Lunch will also be provided. Thank you so much for your service while you get to know others as you work together, gain a great sense of accomplishment, and have the privilege of seeing our building and property sparkle! We look forward to seeing you there!

Let’s Get Planting!

Plan to join us for Rooted and Growing Together: A House Plant Swap. Saturday, April 20, 10a-1pm at the Hawes home in Olney, the women will meet to learn about plants, exchange trimmings that can be grown indoors, enjoy yummy food and good company, and learn about all things plant! Start putting aside your extra plants to trade or bring stem cuttings, seedlings, or seeds to share.

Upcoming Dates for Families

We know that there are many options for your family in the summers. Here are a few dates for the children and youth during the summer that we want to be sure you know about:
5/31 Cornerstone Banquet
6/14-15 Cornerstone Sprint
7/8-12 VBS
7/24-26 Sports Camp
8/ 8-11 Cornerstone Retreat
8/17 SG Kids Brunch & a Movie
9/8 Church Picnic

Mom’s Night Out

Jessica Engle is hosting the next Mom’s Night on Saturday, April 13. Moms will meet at Rise Pies, Clarksburg Outlets at 6pm for dinner followed by a game night at the Engles’ home.

Missions: Podcasts Are Live!

The Missions Committee has interviewed several of our missionaries and included these as podcasts on our website. These are concise and informative interviews! Check them out!

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