Monthly Archive for: ‘March, 2014’

Scavenger Hunt Road Rally, May 18 — Sign up now

Join your fellow Good Sam members and their friends in a friendly competition!!

This hunt is designed to test your creativity and have fun with members of Good Sam. It is a time of fun and fellowship sponsored by the Empty Nesters.

What: This scavenger hunt is a 3 hour excursion sending participants in search of things, places or people and allows them to perform activities as well. The team with the most points at the end of the hunt wins bragging rights for the whole year!

When and Where: Sunday, May 18, 2014 from 10:30 am until about 2:30 pm at Good Sam.

Check-in at the Fellowship Hall at 10:30 after fellowship time. Return no later than 2 pm with your hunt results. Enjoy a sweet treat while we tabulate the results and proclaim the winner.

Who: Everyone. There is no age limit! Get a group together that will fit in your vehicle. We prefer you to have at least four people in your car. If you don’t have a car or don’t want to drive but want to join the fun, just let us know.

Price: The admission fee is a non-perishable food item which will be given to Our Daily Bread food pantry.

What else: Bring a camera, as scoring will be from the photographic evidence. Each picture and activity is worth a certain amount of points. Get creative–bonus points may be awarded for exceptional photos at the judge’s discretion.

You will also need to either pack a picnic lunch or be prepared to buy lunch out with your group. When you sign up be sure to indicate whether you plan to bag or buy as you will randomly be put into teams of two vehicles.

Sound interesting? Contact Jill W. for registration information. For planning purposes for this event we will need you to RSVP. Other questions please see Jill W., Diane H., Ginger L. or Nancy S.

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St. Mary’s Caring Fundraiser — April 27

On Sunday, April 27 at 2 pm, the St. Mary’s Caring soup kitchen will hold its annual fundraiser at the Brass Rail Banquet Room in Great Mills, MD. The event will feature live and silent auction items and appetizers from local restaurants.

There are 2 ways Good Sam can support this event: 1) buy a ticket for $20 and attend the event and/or 2) donate an item for the auction. We are especially in need of large donations for our live auction. Items such as timeshares and/or fishing or sailing trips generate much income and would be appreciated.

All of the proceeds from the auction will go to help families feed their children over the summer months. If you wish to make a donation or purchase a ticket, please contact Sue V. at

Brass Rail Banquet Room is located at 20331 Point Lookout Rd, Great Mills, Maryland 20634.

–Sue V.

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Stitching Sisters news — Mar. 2014

(Written on Friday, March 21)

Hello everyone. A round of thanks to Ele B. who hosted our last knit-crochet night at her home. We all had a hard time selecting the key lime pie or the chocolate yummy concoction for dessert. But the special event of the evening was the knitted, lined, cream-colored coat made in the fisherman’s knit pattern that her uncles had made way back when. It was stunning and in such wonderful condition. Thanks Ele.

Our next knit-crochet night is this Monday, March 24, 6:30-8:30 pm, at Ginger L.’s home. Hope we have another good turnout. The April 14 knit-crochet night will be held at my home.

On Sunday, because of my announcement before the service, we gave away two prayer shawls and one baby blanket and Clarissa has asked for one fostitchingr her niece.

Right now, we have 20 prayer shawls, afghans. Three are hanging on the racks outside the sanctuary, 12 in storage and 5 are at my house (because we need another tote).

We received a lovely thank-you note from Susanne W. (a friend of Corinne’s) for the crocheted shawl made by Ginger L.

We briefly discussed a summer craft-cooking-sewing camp. We will discuss this further at the next knit-crochet night. And we will also talk about the mid-day stitching circle.

Kim B. gave me a card with a refrigerator magnet from everyone for the time I was away. This made me feel very special. Thanks, ladies. I missed you too, greatly!

Until our next gathering, keep stitching…..

Edna A.  

Empty Nesters meeting — April 11

The Empty Nesters’ next meeting will be held on April 11 at 5 pm at Good Sam. We are in the process of planning a church-wide scavenger hunt and will have a practice go of it that evening. If your children have flown the nest or you always had an empty nest and you would like to get involved with the empty nest crowd, please join us! We will start at the church at 5 pm and do a mini hunt. We will return to the church at 6:30 pm to enjoy dinner and discuss how the hunt went. If 5 pm is too early please feel free to join us for dinner at 6:30 PM. Please RSVP to Jill W. or Diane H.

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Easter Potluck Brunch — April 20, 9:30 am

Easter Sunday plans include a light brunch between the 8:30 and 10:30 services. A sign-up to provide food items, etc. is posted outside the kitchen in the fellowship hall. See Edna if you have any questions.


Confirmation – Parents’ Meeting, May 4

Parents of Confirmation class students: The Confirmation class will be creating or refining faith statements in May. In order to let you know what’s expected from your child with respect to that and to plan the Confirmation service, there will be a parents’ meeting on May 4 at 11:30 (after Sunday school). This is for both the 7th and 8th graders.

The plan for the meeting is to go over faith statements first, and anything that applies to the whole class. After that we’ll dismiss the parents of 7th graders and discuss the confirmation service.

–Jennifer N.



Welcoming New Members of Good Sam

Our Good Sam family grew a bit last Sunday, March 23, as we welcomed 18 new members into our church community:

Maria F. with Alex and Jolee

Anders P.

Kevin and Emily S. with Ricky, Robby, and Nancilyn

Derrick and Angelia S. with Andrew, Matthew, and Cameron

Jason and Chris V. with Sydney and Savannah


Council Installation – March 30

We will be installing our 2014 Council members on Sunday, March 30:

John S., President                              Tim P., Vice President

Colleen C., Secretary                          Walt G., Treasurer

Torie B., Youth Rep.                           Mary D., Member-at-Large

Drew H., Member-at-Large                 Nancy S., Member-at-Large

Making Marriage Work — Small Group Forming (updated 5/2)

Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work      A Class for Couples

A strong and solid marriage can be one of the great joys of life. Building that strong marriage takes work, patience, and understanding. Pastor Mitch and his wife Shannon will be offering a 6-week group for couples where we will explore tools for building a strong marriage and think about how we might apply them to our lives. For this group, we will be using the book The Seven Principles for Marking Marriage Work by John Gottman. Whether you’ve been married for a year or 50 years, this book will offer tools and insights that will help you and your partner strengthen your current relationship.

The class will run six weeks. As this is a discussion-based activity the class size is limited to five couples. If you are interested, please speak with Pastor Mitch or Shannon and they will include you in their planning as they schedule the class. Each couple will need a copy of the book (available on Amazon in softcover or electronic edition).

~ Pastor Mitch and Shannon

Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work

1st Meeting Chapters 1-3 Intro and Principle 1 Pages 1-60
2nd Meeting Chapters 4-6 Principle 2 & 3 Pages 61-97
3rd Meeting Chapters 6-7 Principle 4 Pages 99-155
4th Meeting Chapters 8-9 Principle 5 Pages 157-216
5th Meeting Chapters 10 Principle 6 Pages 217-242
6th Meeting Chapters 11 Principle 7 Pages 243-266

 (Pages listed are for the paperback version of the book)

CareNet Pregnancy Center — Client Advocate Training Opportunity

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