Shrove Tuesday/Ash Wednesday/The Season of Lent

Shrove Tuesday

Shrove Tuesday occurs the first Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. It officially marks the end of Epiphany and is the vigil for the starting of Lent. Traditionally viewed as a day or repentance, Shrove Tuesday has become the last day of celebration and feasting before the period of fasting required during the Lenten Season. The name “Shrove Tuesday”, is derived from the word “shrive”, which means to confess and receive absolution. The name denotes a period of cleansing, wherein a person brings their lusts and appetites under subjection through abstention and self-sacrifice.

Ash Wednesday

The first day of Lent, forty weekdays before Easter. The practice of placing ashes on the forehead symbolizes repentance and contrition.

The Season of Lent

The period of forty weekdays prior to Easter, beginning with Ash Wednesday. It was orginally a time to prepare candidates for baptism and became a period of penitence for those who have been baptized.


The Bible The Epic Miniseries Study



The Bible 30-Day Church Experience

The Bible —it’s the greatest book ever written, and this March, 9th it will come to life with The Bible 30 Day Church Experience, based on the epic TV miniseries, The BibleThe Bible brings to life the stories and characters throughout the Bible, Genesis through Revelation.

The Bible 30-Day Church Experience uses a combination of scripture passages and stunning video clips from this new miniseries to show the scarlet thread of God’s redemption through Jesus in an inspiring and thought provoking way. You won’t want to miss it!

This series is the perfect opportunity to invite friends, neighbors, and co-workers to join us, so begin praying for the people you will invite! The Bible 30-Day Church Experience is a unique and beautiful sermon series that will inspire your guests and encourage them to respond to the saving grace of the gospel message.

When: Services @ 9:00 am and the study will begin 3/9 @ 5:00

The Bible Experience will take place over 5 Sunday’s.

There also will be snacks available and youth activities.

GCPC Youth Activities

Next Event: Fishing Trip “Wheeler Wildlife Refuge” 5/10 (Sat)

Here are some pictures from our geocache trip. Everyone had a lot of fun and it was beautiful day for an outing.

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Be prepared to have lots of fun and get some fresh air. We’ll be spending some quality time together outdoors and sharing some new experiences. Our next trip is at “Walls of Jericho” in North Alabama.

  • We’ll meet at the church at 9 am and make this a day trip
  • We’ll have snacks and drinks for the kids
  • I’ll have a sign up sheet in the annex

GCPC is panning several youth activities in 2014. There are several goals that we want to accomplish with the youth events.

  1. We want to create a positive environment for kids with strong adult role models
  2. Tie in a Christian theme with the activities and find parallels with the scheduled activities
  3. Have lots of fun and and build friendships with our church youth
  • 12/31 (Tues) – New Year’s Eve Party
  • 1/19-1/20 (Sun-Mon) – Lock-in at the Alabaster CPC (presbyterial youth event)
  • 2/23 (Sun) – Geocaching on Monte Sano. This is a 2-4 hour outing. Young kids and old kids (50+) alike can participate. We will hunt geocaches on the mountain and get some fresh air. This is a great family/church outing.
  • 3/22 (Sat) – Hiking to the “Walls of Jericho”. This is a good day trip and great exercise for the adults and kids.  The Walls of Jericho is located in Skyline/Hytop area. We will start mid morning, backpack a lunch, and get back before dinner.
  • 4/19 (Sat) – Easter Egg Hunt at the church
  • 4/27  (Sun) – Crop Walk at Christ Church (presbyterial youth event)
  • 5/10 – Fishing at my secret catfish spot. This trip is at the Wheeler wildlife management area and will require people to hike/bike about a mile. Don’t worry, it only takes about 15 minutes to walk there and the snakes shouldn’t be out yet. This time of year the catfish are spawning and you will be so busy trying to keep the rods going. Also, I will fillet the fish there and you get to take them home.
  • 6/22 – June is pretty warm, so let’s do a trip to Cathedral Caverns. This is a short day trip and the kids will have a blast. We may spend some extra time there and grill up a few hot dogs.
  • 7/7-7/11 (Mon-Fri) RDP Church camp at Camp McDowell (presbyterial youth event)
  • 7/19 – Kid’s Fest at Bethel University (denominational youth event; K-6th grades)
  • July – Swim party at the Gurley pool. Meet at the Gurley pool at 2 pm and be prepared to have a blast. We’ll get a few snacks for the kids from the pool snack bar and let them have fun in the sun and water. This is for all GCPC members that want to attend.
  • August – Day trip to Sweetwater Tn. (Lost Sea Cave Tour) –
  • September – TBD (lots of soccer)
  • 10/9-12 – camping trip to fall creek falls. People that like to camp can stay at the campground. For those that prefer modern conveniences you can stay at the cabins. This trip is for kids and adults.
  • November –TBD
  • December –TBD

Annual Valentine’s Banquet

When: February 15, 2014
Arrival Time 6:00 p,m.


This is an invitation only event.

This entire banquet is planned and carried out by the men of the church and is dedicated to the sweetheart(s) in their life. It is a night filled with good food, laughter, entertainment and a smidgen of romance. (Rumor has it that “Elvis” will be in the building for this banquet.)

  • Childcare and youth activities will be available from 6-10 and must be scheduled in advance
  • For more information you may contact the church by our contact form or phone 

A little history…sometime around 1987 a challenge was given to the men of the church to host a Valentine’s banquet worthy of the ladies of the church. Well, naturally to impress the ladies the men accepted the challenge and went all out. The men provided their own decorations, created a menu plan, took care of the cooking, serving the meal, and providing entertainment for the banquet. Now some 25+ years later the banquet is still hosted by the men of the church. From the smallest detail to the last rose being handed out, it is all accomplished by the dedicated men of the church to honor their sweethearts. Over the years there have been games, musical performances, and comedians that have entertained the love birds. The evening ends with a traditional sweetheart dance.

“Come as you are” Christmas Eve Communion


When: On Christmas Eve from 4-5 pm

We will host a “come as you are” Christmas Eve Communion. This is a time set aside for families to come and receive Holy Communion in the setting of our beautifully decorated sanctuary. During this time families will be able to experience a quiet time for reflection and what the birth of our Savior means to them and to the world. In the Cumberland Presbyterian Church we practice an “open table,” in which all who are a part of the Covenant Community are invited to the Table of the Lord.  So we invite  you and your family to come and experience the grace of Christ during this most holy season. 


New Year’s Eve Get-together



Looking for a safe and family oriented time to spend New Year’s Eve?

On New Year’s Eve beginning @ 7:00 our families and friends will get-together for a time of games, food, and fun, in our fellowship hall. We can expect lots of laughs and spirited competition with games of Rook, Dominoes, Jenga, electronic games and other activities. Also, you can expect lots of treats to eat and a safe environment in which to celebrate the coming of 2014!

Bring your family and friends, join us for a great time, and we will bring in the New Year together.


Gurley Christmas Parade – 2013

GCPC took several pictures and video of the Gurley Christmas Parade There was a large turnout and it seems like most of the town is in the parade and that’s OK. If you were in the parade you might enjoy seeing pictures of yourself or pictures of other participants. Please feel free to share this with other people compliments of the Gurley Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Video of the parade – click here

Pictures of the parade – click here



GCPC Christmas Cantata update:

We had another successful Christmas Cantata this year. Everyone sung their hearts out and blessed the church membership and guests with a wonderful service composed of beautiful music. We have some pictures and video that we would like to share with you. Feel free to share with friends and family.

Also, GCPC would like to give a special thanks to all the Cantata singers. We know how hard everyone worked for us and we can’t thank you enough.

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Here are the original pictures – click here

Here is the video – click here




If you enjoy beautiful uplifting music and praising the Lord, we invite you to join us on Sunday, December 15th @ 9:00 am.  Our sanctuary choir will perform “Christmas A Treasured Anthology.” We are confident you will be blessed.

For more information you may contact the church – click here.


Pancake breakfast update – We had our first pancake breakfast and it was a successful outing. GCPC would like to thank everyone that ate breakfast with us and help support our new Christian Education Center. We had several families show up and enjoy a wonderful breakfast. Thank you for your help.

Pancake breakfast pictures:

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Going to the Gurley Christmas Parade and interested in a great breakfast?
Where: Stop by for Breakfast @ Gurley Cumberland Presbyterian Church – see map
When: Saturday, December 14, 7am-9am

                                                                                                                      Pancakes, Sausage, Coffee, Juice, Etc…                                                                               Suggested Donation – $6.00
Kids under 6 – free
All Donations will benefit our Christian Education Facility Fund

How about a special Christmas gift?
In addition to our breakfast there will be handmade craft items available for purchase.

For additional information use our contact form



Community Trunk or Treat


GCPC had a successful trunk or treat event even though it was delayed a couple of days. Check out some pictures from the event – enjoy:

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Where: Taylor St. in Gurley

Every year on Halloween a number of the churches in Gurley join together for Trunk or Treat. The event takes place using the parking lots of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and the Methodist Church, where cars are parked and decorated to hand out treats. You will find many of those participating in their favorite costumes. Taylor Street between the parking lots, is closed allowing trick or treaters to move freely between the lots. Not only will you find candy but you will also find a hot-dog roast, smores and all sorts of games etc. Everyone is invited to come take part in the fun, food and fellowship. The Gurley CME and the Gurley First Baptist church’s are also participating in this event.

You can e-mail the church for more details. contact us