Monthly Archive for: ‘November, 2013’

Join us for Christmas Eve worship!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013
4:00 pm – Family-friendly with Christmas story, carols, candlelight and Communion
(expanded children’s time, bell ringer, storytelling and more)

8:00 pm – Traditional with candlelight and Communion
(traditional carols, special music and quiet Christmas reflection time)

Dec. 2013 Adult Forum Schedule – Sundays at 10:30 am

December 1    No Adult Forum or Sunday School

December 8    To Hear, to See and to Know What’s Happening at Good Sam

Come hear about our communication planning at Good Sam. We invite conversation about how to involve our members in making strides forward that are good for everyone. Come learn about this digital By The Way, our new sign for Great Mills Road (lighted with LCD messages), and many other forms of communication aimed at getting the word out.

December 15    Outreach from Two Different Perspectives

Join us for this interesting panel discussion between leaders of Good Sam and leaders of Dominion Apostolic (the congregation worshiping at our facility on Sunday afternoons). We will talk about each of our approaches to new members, connecting with the community around us, and what activities and approaches each of our congregations take to carry the Gospel to our world. You will enjoy meeting Pastor Michael Barber and some of his elders, along with leaders from Good Sam. Please join us for this cross-cultural time of discovery in shared purpose.

December 22    Christmas Hymn Sing

We will gather in the sanctuary and pull out some favorite Christmas songs and sing along. We will also reflect a little on the coming of Christmas and how the season is carried in our music and tradition. Join us for this easygoing Yuletide cheer.

December 29    No Adult Forum or Sunday School

Jesus Reigns Here

…from Sunday Nov. 24th, 2013

Christ the King Sunday is the final day of the church year.   We hear about the unique claim to authority that is Jesus’ resume:  the one who did not avoid the humiliation, injustice and suffering of the cross for each of us.   Perhaps it is from that moment on the cross that Jesus gains access to the role established by God that Jesus accomplishes wining a people who are righteous in God’s eyes.  Yes indeed our King has become our righteousness.

Jeremiah 23:1-6                             Luke 23:33-43

Message at Good Sam on Nov. 24th, 2013 for Christ the King Sunday.

We ended the day singing “Soon and Very Soon” for we anticipate the full and complete rule of  the one chosen by God to judge heaven and earth.  How nicely this flows right into the first Sunday of Advent (Dec. 1 – next week) where we will again sing “Soon and Very Soon” to open the service and proclaim the coming again of our Savior and Lord:  Jesus himself.

Learning to take the long view

"The Sun of Righeousness will rise with healing in its wings"  Malachi 4:2

“The Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in its wings” Malachi 4:2

…from Sunday Nov. 17, 2013

November brings us into the final Sunday’s of the Church Year.  The Sunday readings draw us into the big picture images of God’s ultimate rule in the world.  They imagine what will happen and what will need to change when God’s rule is finally complete.  In worship on November 17 (2013) We hear the story from Luke Chapter 21  in which the disciples try to imaging a world without the Temple – a world where the Temple is torn down.  What will that mean for them and for their sense of God in their midst?  Jesus tries to help them see into the decades ahead  and give them direction for how to think about those days.  He also begins to imply how God will be in their lives in those days,  ( vs 14 “So make up your minds not to prepare your defense in advance;”).


Malachi 4:1–2a

Luke 21:5–19

 Message at Good Sam on Nov. 17th, 2013

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Church Office Closed for Thanksgiving

tgiving_6135cThe church office will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 28-29 for Thanksgiving.

The office will re-open at 9:00 am on Monday, December 2.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

Advent Soup Suppers & Vespers — begin December 4

Join us beginning Wednesday, December 4 for soup and bread dinners each Wednesday in Advent at 5:30 pm, followed by Advent Vespers at 6:30 pm. If you would like to contribute to the meals on either December 4 or 18, there is a sign-up sheet in the fellowship hall near the kitchen. See you there December 4, 11 & 18!


Altar Guild Brunch & Advent Decorating — December 7

holly - Christmas AdventThe Altar Guild will meet on Saturday, December 7 at 8:30 am in the Fellowship Hall for brunch. After brunch, we will set up the Christmas trees and “deck the hall” for Christmas. Join us!

Christmas Cookie Sunday — December 15 **updated 12/20

Christmas cookieChristmas Cookie Sunday will be on Dec. 15. Everyone is invited to bring a plate or two of their favorite Christmas cookies or bread. See Edna if you need suggestions. Feel free to team up with someone else to make some delicious cookies!


From Edna on December 19:

Christmas Cookie Sunday – What a Success!

Our third annual Christmas Cookie Sunday last Sunday was a colossal success! I sampled so many fine cookies and breads that I could write a cookbook. Thanks everyone for participating during this busy time of year. And if you enjoyed that event, perhaps you would like to join the Fellowship Team. We have some recent openings. So please talk with Edna A. if you are interested in joining this ministry.

Stitching Sisters Update – posted Nov. 20

Hello everybody, hope you enjoyed that beautiful weather last Monday (the 18th). This is just a reminder that the mid-day Stitching Circle is meeting Thursday, November 21, 1 to 3 pm, in the Disciples Den at church. I will bring some treats and make some coffee. Hope you can join us. And bring any project you want to work with.

Because some of us were beat after clean-up day, we moved the regular knit-crochet gathering to Tuesday, November 12 at Edna’s home. There were 4 hearty souls (Ginger, Ele, Kim, and Edna) who braved the brisk and damp weather. As always, there was lots of conversation. One of the subjects was the upcoming bake sale scheduled for November 24 that the Stitching Sisters is sponsoring. Hope everyone can bring something for this bake sale which will benefit the high school youth trip to the ELCA Youth Gathering. We will be wrapping noon to 4:00 on Saturday, November 23. Join us.


Ginger L. and I have purchased some special wrapping containers for the bake sale. Ele also read the lovely thank-you she received from Mary P. (Deb Y.’s mother) for the knitted prayer shawl she had made. And I shared a picture of June B. (a former member at Good Sam) in the shawl I gave her while struggling with myasthenia gravis.

I made quite a delectable dessert for that night and a copy of the recipe is provided below. Even Ele wanted a copy and she is a champ in the baking department. Our next knit-crochet night will be held Monday, November 25 at Ginger L.’s home. I think the dessert for that evening should consist of any unsold bake sale items from Sunday. Just a thought. Please let me know if you need a copy of the blanket stitch pattern. I can send it to you.

Keep stitchin’ !

Your sister in faith,


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Vacuum Cleaner Needed

Needed: One gently-used vacuum to replace a church vacuum that bit the dust.

If you are upgrading to something newer, we could sure use the vacuum you are replacing if it is in serviceable condition. Bring it in at your earliest convenience and we will put it to good use. If you have spare bags for it, please bring those along also. Many thanks.

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