When I tell people that I am the pastor at Good Samaritan, I am often asked, “Where is that church?” I explain to people that it is right off of Great Mills Road near Route 5 and they are surprised that they have never noticed it there. Maybe you have had that experience too. Or maybe you’ve invited people to church and had to carefully explain to them to drive past the first two buildings to get to the actual sanctuary.
Our mission is to be a light to the community around us, but it’s hard to do that when people can’t easily find us. However, we are excited to share that this is about to change. Thanks to a generous donation or two specifically for this purpose, Good Sam will soon have brand new signage.
Starting about Christmas Day, we will have a new sign on Great Mills Road pointing to the life we share behind those trees.
Here are some of the highlights:
- The sign will be lit from dusk to dawn
- It will clearly display our logo along with our familiar name, “Good Sam”
- The message “We Welcome All” will be prominently displayed along with the ELCA logo, for those who are looking for a Lutheran church.
- The bottom third of the sign will have a double-sided LED message board capable of displaying letters of a variety of sizes. Each message will remain approximately 10 seconds and will fade to the next message. The sign is capable of up to 99 messages at a time. Each LED is also capable of displaying in the colors red, green, and amber.
- An arrow on the upright portion of the sign will point in the direction of the church and the address on Langley Road will be displayed in large letters.
This new sign on Great Mills Road will help people know that we are here. In addition to this sign, we will also be getting several smaller labeling signs on our campus to help people know how to find the program or building that they are looking for.
Where will these signs be?
- At the bottom of our driveway where Great Mills Road meets Langley Road, we will have a new hollow core sign where the old preschool sign used to hang. It will read “Good Sam Campus” with bullets for “Soup Kitchen,” “Food Pantry,” and “Church” with an arrow confirming that this is the turn.
- Once drivers have turned onto Langley Road, they will see another metal sign pointing up the driveway to the “Good Sam Campus.”
- As they approach the Soup Kitchen, a sign at ground level will read “Soup Kitchen” with the St. Mary’s Caring logo beside it. Our logo will be smaller and in the corner.
- As you approach the Disciples’ Den, you will see a sign that identifies both the Food Pantry as well as the Disciples’ Den meeting rooms.
- As you look straight ahead from beside the Soup Kitchen you will also see a sign (in the first flower bed) that says “Good Samaritan” with an arrow pointing to the church building.
These new signs will go a long way to help make us more visible in the community. Of course, signs do not replace personal invitation and word of mouth. Do you have a friend or colleague who could benefit from the community we share at Good Sam? Do you know someone who needs good news in their life? If so, maybe your personal invitation is what they are waiting for. Now you can tell them, “Look for the sign that says ‘We Welcome All.’”
A weekly Bible study began in early December at Panera Bread on Tuesday mornings at 7:30 am. No special materials needed, just your Bible. We read/studied the book of Galatians in December, and the book of Ephesians in January. Join us as we read the book of Philippians in February and Colossians in March! –Gail W.
How will you begin the year? Here’s your invitation to start your 2014 journey as an adventure! Beginning in January during the Sunday School hour, we will have seven sessions intended to help you grow your faith and believe God to do the impossible in your life. Our adventure has been and is being prayed for!
From the authors: “We’ve prayed God would use this radical message to transform your life and help you step into the unique calling he’s placed on your life. We’re believing with you for God to do the impossible through you. Like Joshua, may God answer your next ‘sun stand still’ prayer.”
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Angel Tree this year. We gave The Charlie Brown Christmas Book, hot cocoa, and cookies to 23 families with presents going to 48 children. Thank you to the 5th and 6th grade Sunday School students who helped put together the family gifts. All the families were very appreciative!
…from worship at Good Sam Dec 15, 2013
It is a worth while activity to reflect on the Christmas Story from a devotional point of view. Repeated again and again in this drama is the theme of God’s working through the lives of specific people. The story suggests that when God comes to work in our lives, somewhere in the process we become prepared to welcome and receive that activity. The Angel Gabriel comes to Mary (Lk 1:26-38) to prepare her, but already we can see her heart is ready for this activity of God. She goes to visit her Cousin Elizabeth and they together share a vision for God’s working among them. An Angel appears to Joseph (Mt 1:20) encouraging him to not fear to take Mary as his wife. The Shepherds have news shared with them and lo and behold, they indeed discover the sign that would confirm for them the truth of what they had heard: They found “Mary and Joseph and the baby lying in the manger.” Even the sign (the baby in a manger) itself seems to suggest that in Jesus, God is already working in a new and different kind of way. Somehow this nearness of God in just right for us, but also requires our welcoming of it too.
Perhaps this Christmas God is also working in our lives to prepare us for special work that is just right for us each of us to do. Learning to see God’s activity is the work of faithful people of every time and place. Mary and Joseph, the Shepherds and the Magi might be great examples for us as we too ponder in our hearts what God is up to today.
(Sorry, there is no audio recording for this Christmas Pageant.)