All women are warmly invited to meet at Lois Schonthaler’s home on Thursday, October 18 at 10:00 AM. We will be selecting our next book to study, so please bring your suggestions and come ready for discussion!


The Congregation is invited and encouraged to participate in our final fall project day to clean up the building and grounds. The date is 20 October from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. This is a time when the deacons lead us in getting all of the projects done that are not routinely accomplished by the cleaning and mowing crews. This can be a family event; we have jobs for all skill levels. If you can come for an hour or two, please do. Bring work gloves or tools for your favorite project. Pizza is provided for lunch.


Join us Saturday, October 27, 8:30 AM at the Colemans’ as we continue to discuss through Os Guinness’ book, Fool’s Talk: Recovering the Art of Christian Persuasion. To prepare, read through chapter 7.


In lieu of our regular evening worship on Sunday, October 28, we’ll join other local Reformed churches at Wallace Presbyterian Church (3725 Metzerott Road in College Park, MD) for our 43rd annual Reformation Service at 6:00 PM. Rev. Randy Lovelace of Columbia Presbyterian Church (OPC) in Columbia, MD, will be bringing God’s Word to us.


We will be discussing opportunities for service to refugees, asylees and other immigrants at our conference on November 3. Our main speaker will be Pat Hatch, Mission to North America (MNA) Refugee and Immigrant Ministry Director. Prior to taking her position at MNA, Pat was program manager at the Maryland Office for Refugees and Asylees in the Maryland Department of Human Resources where she provided training on cultural competence, linguistic access, and immigration issues. Pat also founded and directed the Foreign- born Information and Referral Network (FIRN), a non-profit agency in Columbia, Maryland, that serves refugees and immigrants from over 100 countries. This is open to anyone who is interested in this type of work or finding out more about it. There are flyers in the lobby. The conference is free but please register so we have an idea of how many will be attending. You can go here or see Charlie Staines for more information.


The Women’s Book Club will meet on Tuesday evening, November 6, at 6:30 PM at the home of Deb Evans. We will enjoy a fellowship meal together and then discuss Today We Die a Little, by Richard Askwith. We welcome all women, age 18 and older. Please join us, even if you can only come for the meal! A sign-up sheet will be available in the foyer. Next two months’ selections:

  • December’s book is A Man Called Ove: A Novel, by Fredrik Backman
  • January’s book is The Christ of Christmas, by James Montgomery Boice


  • Friday, November 9: Congregational Gathering to go over budget and Chili Cookoff
  • Sunday, November 18: Harvest Dinner in lieu of Evening Worship – invite your friends and neighbors!
  • Friday, December 14: Congregational Meeting and Christmas Party at the Styles
  • Monday, December 24: Christmas Eve Program with Trinity Community Church


People pack shoebox gifts each year to bless children in need around the world. There are OCC boxes in the lobby, or you may use a shoe box or plastic equivalent. Please give it to Edith Greenip no later than Sunday, November 11, who will transport them to a reception site. Please specify if the shoebox is for a GIRL or BOY: Ages 2-4, 5-9, or 10- 14. Some suggested packing items are on sheets in the lobby. Please pray for the child who will receive your box(es). Discover the Destination of Your Shoebox Gift: Make a $9 donation toward shipping and receive a special label. Attach the label to your shoebox, and Samaritan’s Purse will track it and notify you about the country where your box will be delivered with the message of Christ’s love. https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation- christmas-child/follow-your-box