Monthly Archive for: ‘April, 2014’

Thanks to All for the Easter Brunch

Many thanks to everyone who brought a dish for the fabulous Easter brunch last Sunday. We had a full house in the fellowship room. A special thank you to Ele B., Laurie S., Kim B., Carol G., Edna and Dennis A., and Ginger L. for setting up and cleaning up for this event! The brunch wouldn’t have happened without them.


Knit-Crochet Night — April 28

stitchingCome out and join us at Ele B.’s home from 6:30-8:30 pm! See Edna A. if you need directions or if you are interested in carpooling from the church. Beginners are welcome and start-up kits are provided.

Fellowship of Families — Picnic & Park Cleanup Postponed

The Fellowship of Families’ planned picnic and park clean-up event on Sunday, May 4 has been postponed. More details will be announced later. Please see TJ or Cocoa M. if you have questions.



Young Life Auction Fundraiser — May 3

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Thanks to All for the Lenten Soup Suppers

Many, many thanks to everyone who participated in the five Lenten soup suppers this year. Thank you especially to Sue V., Edna A., Ginger L., and Anita P. who served as the host coordinators. Of course, we have to thank everyone who brought in soup and other items: Ele B., Kim B., Diane G., Diana K., Diane H., John S., Christa B., and Hannah C.  Happy Easter to all!


Blessing of the Graduates — June 15

On Sunday, June 15 during worship, Good Sam will recognize its graduates: Kiley H., Casey N., Kelly N., Torie B., and Amanda K.

Join us as we bless them for their journey ahead.

The Passion of Jesus According to Matthew

…from Worship at Good Sam on April 13, 2014

That Jesus is arrested, put on trial, punished and executed is certainly an injustice.  It is not a stretch to say that we all know that many forms of  injustice happen in our world all the time.  The bigger question is a harder question:  What is God’s response and what is God’s posture or approach to injustice?  It is a question we can ask about the suffering of Jesus, but it is also a question to ask about injustice and suffering in our lives as well.  Perhaps the events and experiences of the Christian community on the days following Jesus’ death are a partial answer to this question.  Think of the appearances of Jesus, think of the coming of the Spirit at Pentecost, think of the explosion of the church in the first century.  Perhaps God is not silent in the face of injustice, but simply responding in ways we didn’t expect.

Reader’s Choir presentation of  “The Passion of Jesus According to Matthew” 

Mother’s Day Tea — May 3

violet_5544cWe extend an invitation to all mothers and daughters to join in fellowship at our annual Mother’s Day Tea on Saturday, May 3 from 12 to 2 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Bring a finger food to share and your favorite tea cup for tea. Look for a sign-up sheet in the fellowship hall—let us know you are coming and how many are in your party. This year’s theme is “Bloom where you are planted” and we will be making flower pots.

–Ginger L.

“Sweet Healing in the Garden” – Dessert & Wine Benefit for the Pastoral Counseling Center


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April 2014 Adult Forum Schedule — Sundays, 10:30 am

Adult Forum at Good Sam

(Adult Forum is a conversational environment where topics, books, discussions, and community news are brought for the benefit of the community. The topics vary and we invite a variety of people to lead topics on which they are well-versed. We hope you will consider joining us for community conversation in Adult Forum each Sunday at 10:30 am.)

April 6 –  “On Our Way” (Session 5 of “Where God Invites Us into Life!”)

What is it like to experience the invitation of God to speak to another person? Have you ever felt the urge or prompting to open a conversation with someone? In this class we will explore five biblical texts that will help us see how God may be ready to be in our discourse with others. Join us for this class on learning to be available to God’s prompting.    Taught by Pastor Mitch

Text for April 6        Acts 16        Paul heads toward Macedonia (and Philippi)

Theme for Today      Faith Seeks and Discovers God’s Working through the Journey

April 13 – No Adult Forum – Join the liturgy introduction!

You’re welcome to join us in the sanctuary (after the Easter egg hunt) for a rehearsal of the liturgy that begins on Easter Sunday. The psalmist tells us to ‘make a joyful noise to the Lord’ and there is no better time to do that than on Easter Sunday as we celebrate the miracle of resurrection and the new life promised to us through Christ. This Easter, our music will be especially joyful as we introduce a new liturgy that is based on familiar and well-loved hymn tunes. It is fun to sing and full of the life and spirit of Easter celebration.

April 20 – No Adult Forum – Join us for Easter potluck brunch!

Join us for a potluck brunch at 9:30 am. Let us know what you are bringing so we can plan.

April 27 – Fascinating Stories of Forgotten Lives by Charles Swindoll

This forum will examine some little-remembered Bible characters and events. The material is drawn from a book in Dr. Charles Swindoll’s Great Lives From God’s Word series. The Old Testament contains numerous stories of forgotten lives. These unsung heroes’ actions, sacrifices, or battles failed to achieve prominence. These great lives, however, do reveal significant people who deserve our serious attention and emulation.

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