We will be having a final VBS setup and planning meeting Sunday, July 27 from 2:00-4:00 pm. If you are planning to volunteer, we need to see you and make sure that you have an assignment that you are comfortable with. If you are teaching, we would like to give you time to set up your area and make any copies, changes, and address last minute requests that you have. Sunday afternoon is the time to plan, rather than Monday morning with kids!
Youth to Teen is a community youth group in St. Mary’s County, serving the areas of California, Great Mills, and Lexington Park. Its goal is to train children on the importance of community service. Most of the children involved come from single-parent homes or are being raised by grandparents. Their ages range from 5 to 13. Although the children may be undergoing obstacles, the goal is to instill faith, hope, and love.
To raise money to support the children’s mission, a Talent/Fashion showcase will be held on Saturday, August 16 at 6:00 pm at the Loffler Senior Center in Chancellor’s Run Regional Park (Great Mills, MD). Please see the flyer below. The children will be the performers and models. Tickets are $10 per person. There will also be local vendors at this event. The proceeds will be used to purchase back-to-school items, a trip to King’s Dominion and to take the show on the road to local nursing homes, senior centers and hospice agencies.
As small groups and ministries prepare for the fall, we ask that you let the church office know when you will begin meeting again. We’d like to keep the calendar up-to-date – whether your gathering is here at this location, or in the community at homes or businesses. Let us know when and where you will meet, as well as the frequency of your gatherings.
Please email or call the church office with the information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-863-4740. Thanks for your help!
The community garden is looking for donations of newspaper, and for volunteers to help with weeding and putting down newspaper. Please see Anita P. with questions or for more information.
“Hospitality” Do you know this art? Over the years I have seen so many different styles and traditions around hospitality. Some homes offer hospitality with great intention and others seem to give it hardly a thought. Welcome and invitation are just a few of the ingredients of good hospitality. When it comes to the Feast of the Altar – hospitality also matters. Welcome and invitation along with clarity about what is being offered are essential at the Altar of God. In the Communion meal we offer to share Jesus. We do this with his instruction and by his request. There is great community and hospitality in Jesus, so of course we invite all to share with us in this feast. Perhaps you will share “invitation and welcome” with the friend that you bring with you to worship for a visit. They too are included in Jesus’ invitation to feast upon the life that God gives at this table. Indeed, All Are Welcome! Have you noticed our sign on Great Mills? We try to publicize this quality of our life but we depend upon you to express it and live it out. We invite you to practice hospitality here at church as well as at home.
Look how close rice grain looks to a non-fruit bearing plant called Tears.
Message from worship at Good Sam on July 20, 2014 “Living With Our Neighbors and Fulfilling God’s Plan”
First Reading: Isaiah 55:10–13 (Click to go directly to the NIV Bible Text) God’s word to Israel’s exiles is as sure and effective as never-failing precipitation. Their return to the Holy Land in a new exodus is cheered on by singing mountains and by trees that clap their hands.
Second Reading: Romans 8:1–11 There is no condemnation for those who live in Christ. God sent Christ to accomplish what the law was unable to do: condemn sin and free us from its slavery. The Spirit now empowers proper actions and values in our lives and gives us the promise of resurrected life.
Gospel: Matthew 13:1–9, 18–23 In Matthew’s gospel, both Jesus and his disciples “sow the seed” of God’s word by proclaiming the good news that “the kingdom of heaven is near.” Now, in a memorable parable, Jesus explains why this good news produces different results in those who hear.
In the parable of the sower the seed is faithfully scattered, far and wide. The life of the seed fares differently in the variety of soils on which it falls. The implication is that
those who are receptive to the seed of the Word will have it multiply blessings in them as it produces fruit even one hundred fold. What the parable doesn’t tell us is that we have much influcence over the receptiveness of our hearts, and that even when our hearts are hard, the persistent work of the rains from heaven can soften and make rich soil in even the most stubborn heart. “Open us, O Lord, to receive your Word that we too my produce the fruit of the kingdom.”
Message from Good Sam on July 13, 2014 “O Lord, Let Your Waters Rain on Me”