Monthly Archive for: ‘August, 2013’

Chancel Choir — Fall Rehearsals

The Chancel Choir is starting up again for fall. Our first rehearsal will be held Thursday, August 22 beginning at 7 pm. We will meet in the Luke 10:37 room (Adult Sunday School room). All are welcome!


Community Gardens in Action



“G2” Community Garden

Our initiative is to grow fresh veggies for the community, “Our Daily Bread” Food Pantry and St. Mary’s Caring Soup Kitchen. We have 2 gardens in progress—check out the pictures of progress on the Fellowship Hall bulletin boards.

Have a few extra minutes here or there? We can always use your help with tending both gardens. Questions on what is needed or when? Contact Anita P. to join this exciting community initiative.


“G1” Community Garden

“Getting to Know Good Sam” – Aug. 25

If you have been visiting with us recently and would like to make some new connections while getting to know more about our life together at Good Sam, we invite you to our Sunday afternoon “Getting to Know Good Sam” conversation on August 25. From 10:45 am until 12:15 pm, we will gather and share a light meal. Childcare is available.

This event is a chance for current church members to meet and visit together with those who are new to our community. Come one, come all! RSVP to the church office (or using the Connecting form in The Grapevine) so we can prepare for the meal.

NAMI Recovery Support Group

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Gleaning Trip Info & Registration

One major area of food waste in America is in farmers’ fields, where crops that don’t meet top-grade quality are left to rot or be plowed under. Gleaning is the traditional Biblical practice of gathering crops that would otherwise be left in the fields to rot, or be plowed under after harvest. The Gleaning Network coordinates volunteers, growers, and distribution agencies to salvage this food for the needy.

Good Sam is planning a gleaning trip again this fall (October 4-6). Jennifer N. is coordinating the trip – more information about the trip and how to register is available below.

From Jennifer N.:

This year we are going a bit earlier and to a new place (different from the new place we tried to go to last year – that event has been scheduled for November, which I thought was too late). We’re going to Fincastle, Va (near Roanoke) Oct 4-6, 2013.


Who can register?  The trip is open as a chaperoned trip to all youth in 6th – 9th grade. 5th graders who are 10 will be considered. We have included them in the past, but this year I want to make sure the 9th graders (who did not get to go for the past 2 years due to cancellations) get the first chance to go if they want to. High school youth in grades 10-12 are also welcome as volunteers – please speak to me about this if you are interested (we will need chaperones for those under 18). Adults who want to participate are always welcome – as chaperones, volunteers, or as participants with no youth responsibilities. I will, or course, need chaperones for the trip – numbers to be determined once folks sign up. We need to bring one adult for each 5 youth of each gender, and must have at least one committed chaperone for each 10 of each gender.

Online Registration & Payment: If you are committed to attending the gleaning event, please go to and register yourself and/or your child. You will need Good Sam’s log-in and password–please ask Jennifer N. or the church office for this info. You can also make payments on this site if you choose to. If you do pay this way, please forward me a copy of your receipt so I can keep track. Many youth have credits in the gleaning account from last year – if you are planning to use your credit, please send me (Jennifer N.) an email. If you tell me on a Sunday morning, I’m sure I will forget. If you prefer to pay the traditional way (check to Good Sam), please give me the check directly. It’s too hard to reconcile who has paid and who has not when it goes straight into the offering plate. And, of course, if you prefer for me to register you, just let me know.

Scholarships: THERE ARE 4 SCHOLARSHIPS already funded for the youth, and more available; so please don’t let money be the only reason you don’t send your child to this life-changing event.

Required Forms: There are forms that are required by the HOH folks. They can be found at If you don’t have the ability to download these and fill them out, please let me know and I will get you a copy.

Let’s end hunger together!

~ Jennifer N.

Property Closed : Fri. Aug. 9 & Sat. Aug. 10

All parking lots on the church property will be cleaned, sealed and restriped on Friday, August 9 and Saturday, August 10. 

As a result, the church office, Our Daily Bread Food Pantry, and St. Mary’s Caring Soup Kitchen will be closed during their regular hours on those days.

Please move any cars from the property by 6:00 am on Friday. Thanks for your cooperation!