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!
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 VP@goodsamlutheran.com 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.
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?
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.
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.
Sermon from Jan 12, 2014 at Good Sam
“New Things I Now Declare”
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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.
…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.)
Epiphany 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?