Monthly Archive for: ‘January, 2014’

WARM – Collecting Donations of Toiletries

Drop off your sample-size toiletries in the box located just inside the church entrance (near the Food Pantry donation container). They will be given out to the guests staying at Good Sam during our week to host WARM. This is a great way to donate those hotel toiletries you pick up while traveling!

Any questions, please ask either Mandy R. or Gail W. Thanks!


Quest to Inventory All Church Property Keys

Do you have a key to anything on the Good Sam campus? It could be a building, room, or a mailbox. If so, we’d like to know. We are planning to inventory our keys so we know where keys are and if additional keys need to be made.

If you have a key (or keys), please either email me at or write it down on the “Loaned Keys” list in the church office. Please let us know what door(s) your keys open.

If you decide you no longer need your key, please feel free to drop it off at the church office and we will see that it gets issued to someone that needs a key. On the desk in the church office, there is a small green/striped box with envelopes. Please place the key inside an envelope, and write your name along with what door(s) the key opens. Thanks.

Tim P.

Adult Forum, January 19 — Building Connections That Make a Difference

Adult Forum on January 19:

Building Connections That Make a Difference

(Living our faith, engaged with our neighbors)

By Mandy R. and Pastor Mitch

Join us for a community discussion about being in ministry through personally engaging those around us — January 19 at 10:30 am in the Fellowship Hall.

The greatest challenge of faith in these days is to move from our own private and personal devotional world into living, listening, and caring for others. Sometimes we call this living our faith, but we forget the objective–connecting with our neighbors and making meaningful connections. During our 2013 fall focus of “One to Another in Christ,” we explored why the work of being in Christ is also about the work of being connected to the world around us. How do we help ourselves do the good Samaritan work of recognizing the neighbor when the priest and Levite have other concerns?

hand to hand

There are so many ways to stop and notice those around us. How do you show interest or make an invitation to someone just outside your comfort zone? Building networks for connection and care through our life here at Good Sam is really what we are called to be about. We are Good Samaritans after all. This is always the work of disciples of Jesus.

We will discuss learning about and engaging those just on the periphery of our awareness. We will explore new opportunities for noticing people we see but don’t know. We will look at conversation possibilities in Fellowship, social media, and By The Way, as well as other new opportunities at church. Come let us be Good Samaritans together.

New Things I now Declare

…from Worship at Good Sam on Jan 12, 2014 (Baptism of Our Lord Sunday)river character

Rivers have character.   They flow and spill and move mountains.  Their mood changes over the course of their travels.  But always they are interacting with the geography through which they pass.

The River Jordan is a muddy little stream, but in the desert where it passes it is a river of life.  That is the water scene where John Baptizes Jesus and the heavens open.

Perhaps our lives, like rives, can interact with the world through which we pass and perhaps like the Jordan River, we too may drip and cling to the life of Jesus passing through our lives.   We are Baptized into Christ and Jesus is washed into our lives.  This is part of the new thing that God is doing in the world, shaping and changing the world as we pass through.

Matthew 3:13-17                      Isaiah 42:1-9

Sermon from Jan 12, 2014 at Good Sam

“New Things I Now Declare”

Dinner Theater — Raffle Tickets available now

Along with the Murder Mystery Dinner Theater, the Empty Nesters will be hosting a raffle to benefit the new playground project. There will be several prizes, including an Italian-themed basket full of treats, $20 to spend at Outback Steakhouse, a Godiva chocolate basket and more. Tickets are $5 each or 5 tickets for $20. You need not be present to win.

If you have any questions about the raffle, please contact Alexa P.

2013 End-of-Year Financial Statements

giving_5407c2013 Financial Statements are available in the narthex.

Please pick yours up and review for accuracy. By picking yours up at church it will reduce any postal costs of mailing it to you.

If you have any questions or issues concerning your statement, please contact Rich S. by phone or at

Office Closed for MLK Jr. Day

The church office will be closed Monday, January 20 for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

The office will re-open at 9:00 am on Tuesday, January 21.


Purposes of God, Dawn upon us

…from Worship at Good Sam on Jan 5, 2014

Epiphany is the revealing of God’s activity among us.  Discovering Jesus alive and working in our lives and among us is always an epiphany.  So it was also for the Magi who traveled long and far to see the child who was born King of the Jews (Matt 2).  We tell this story to remind ourselves that God is still drawing people to come and discover the Christ who lived and still lives among us.

The Spirit of God continues to pour out among us gifts of many kinds.  We call them fruit of the Spirit.  They are described in Galatians 5:22-23;  love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  Even in these ways we find the presence of God working in our lives.

We have a few extra Epiphany Star’s (each with a Fruit of the Spirit on it) if you were not able to be present and draw one.  It is a great exercise to spend a year reflecting on where God might be working in your life through that gift of the Spirit.  Come by the office and pick one up.

Message from worship at Good Sam Jan 5, 2014

“When the Purposes of God Dawn Upon us…”  

(note – there are some longer “silent” moments audience participation is not quite picked up by the mic… sorry.)

Fellowship Corner — posted January 3

Thank you to Sue V., Colleen C., Dale H., Deb U. , Lisa & Torie B., Andie S., and Jill W. who brought us fellowship for December. Extra applause because it was a five Sunday month! They also set up for the very enjoyable and successful Christmas cookie Sunday. And thanks to everyone who made a batch of cookies… there were so many delicious treats. This was our third year for this event and the donations really exceeded our expectations.

It is with regret that we announce Sandy B. is stepping down from the fellowship team. She has been with this ministry for several years and will be sorely missed. But as with any of us, God may call us in a different direction. And Laurie S. heard a call and will be joining fellowship on Ginger L’s. team in a few months. So we say goodbye to Sandy and we say ‘welcome aboard’ to Laurie. We still have openings and if you are interested in trying out fellowship, see Edna.

This Sunday, January 5, we will celebrate Epiphany (Monday, Jan. 6). Gloria M. will create the Kings’ Cake. If you find the baby Jesus in your slice of cake, you get to make next year’s Kings’ Cake.

Before we know it, the Lenten Soup Suppers will start on March 12 and continue for the next four Wednesdays. A sign-up sheet is in the fellowship hall right outside the kitchen. A Lead Coordinator, who will provide set-up and overall management, is needed for each Wednesday meal.

Andie S. has agreed to cover for Edna while we (Dennis & I) are gone for a couple of months. Please discuss any fellowship or supply issues with her. Thanks, Andie! I “loaded” our supplies this week so we should be okay on most items.

A new year and a fresh cleaning: a great big thank you to Sue V., Deb U.,  and Jill W. for cleaning out the fellowship storage area shortly before the new year. This was a major challenge and it is greatly appreciated.

There is a calendar in our kitchen. It’s located on the pantry door. Feel free to add dates of interest. Maybe someone could post the Lenten soup suppers (I forgot to do that) – March 12, March 19, March 26, April 2, and April 9.

Thanks to the napkin fairy, who dropped off many, many packages of beautiful “starry” napkins!

Advent Suppers — Recap & Thanks:  We had three Advent suppers which provided an opportunity for those attending to wind down from the holiday stress and reconnect. This year we moved from a soup-focused meal to a supper with casseroles and soups. A big thank you to the Lead Coordinators (Stitching Sisters, Sue V., and Ginger L.) The meals started with a yummy pancake-sausage supper made by the fabulous Stitching Sisters (Ele B., Kim B., Ginger L., and Edna A.) And thanks to everyone who brought food on these frosty evenings: Kim B., Sue V., Anita P., Diane G., Christa B., Diana K., and many others.

–Written by Edna A.

Epiphany Stars — from Pastor Mitch

epiphany_5380cEpiphany is discovery, not just an “aha” moment but also the persistent dawning and awakening to something new. In Epiphany the star guides the magi to the child born King of the Jews, but there they discover the working of God in new and unexpected ways. The light of God is coming to all people.

One of the main ways we see God active in our lives is in the gifts that the Spirit of God gives. When these gifts arise in our lives we have a better view of what God is really up to. Their light reveals God’s presence and care. These gifts are the fruit of the Spirit that Paul talks about in Galatians 5:22-23. They are love, joy, peace, forbearance (patience), kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

Last Epiphany Sunday I drew “gentleness” from the basket of stars. For a year now I have been reflecting on the gift of gentleness in my life. Mostly, that has come with Sara. As I am gentle with her, she learns to be gentle. I have discovered we are most gentle with those things that are precious to us. Also, in my life this year, I have been gently corrected and found myself in appreciation of the care with which those enlightenments have come. God really is working in our lives through these kinds of gifts that come from God’s activity, from us to others and from others into our lives.

This year on Epiphany, we will invite people to talk about these kinds of discoveries they have made about God’s activity and the spiritual gifts. We will also draw stars as an invitation to focus on that spiritual gift in the coming year. How will this gift play out in our lives in the coming year?

–Pastor Mitch