Monthly Archive for: ‘November, 2014’

Angel Tree Gift Giving Program – Begins November 23

angeltree_6155cThe Angel Tree is a very easy and fun ministry to participate in especially if you like to go shopping for Christmas gifts! If you would like to participate this year, please pick out a stocking located in the Narthex entryway after November 22. Each stocking has the name of a child, age, and gift ideas.

We received these names from the Department of Human Services. The families were selected if the family qualifies as low income and receives assistance from the Department of Social Services. The family filled out a wish list for each child. The items listed are only suggestions, so don’t feel compelled to follow the list. We have color-coded the list in family groups so you know which children live in the same household.

  1. Write your name and phone number on the master list next to your child’s name. The number by the name matches the number on the stocking.
  2. Go shopping. Spend approximately $25 per child on the gift(s). (Your gifts do not need to fit into the stocking, but all gifts must be together. If you have more than one gift, please place the gifts in a bag or a box.)
  3. Make sure your child’s name is clearly marked on the gift. (Do not write your name on the gifts. They are given anonymously.)
  4. Please bring your gifts to the church no later than Sunday, December 14. When you return the gift, please take the angel with your child’s name on the ornament.

If you have any questions, please speak with Mary D. or Diane H.

Preparing for Mid-Week Advent Suppers

supper_6170cThere are only three Advent suppers this year: Wednesday, December 3, 10 and 17. They will begin at 5:30 pm, followed by Vespers worship from 6:30-7 pm. A sign-up is in the fellowship hall—and it’s not just for soup… if you want to bring a casserole or another dish, that would be appreciated. See Edna A. for further information. Join us for this relaxing small group opportunity to enjoy the season of Advent.

Update about Wednesday Bible Study at Shirley’s

study_5932cn - croppedThe Wednesday mid-day Bible Study that meets at Shirley’s home will not meet on November 26. We will resume on Wednesday, December 3 at 1:00 pm with a new study on Revelations using a Max Lucado study guide. All are welcome to join us. Just speak to Shirley C. or to Rich S.

Thanksgiving Dinner (free) — November 27

Thanksgiving Dinner

Church of the Ascension

21641 Great Mills Road, Lexington Park, MD

Thursday, November 27   from 12 – 3 p.m.

Family dinner; all are welcome.  FREE.  Call 301-863-8551 for more information.

thanksgiving meal

Dia de Accion de Gracias 

Iglesia de Ascension

21641 Great Mills Road, Lexington Park, MD

Jueves 27 dia de Noviembre      12 – 3 a la tarde

Cena de familia; Todos bienvenido!  LIBRE.   Telefono:  301-863-8551 para mas informacion.

Stitching Sisters — November 24

stitchingThe next Stitching Sisters’ knit-crochet circle will meet on Monday, November 24 from noon to 3 pm. All are welcome!

–Edna A.

Gathering Treats to Bless College Students

picnic_5774cnHere is your opportunity to serve and bless college students with treats! We are seeking donations of snacks for the weekly gathering of St. Mary’s College InterVarsity Christian Fellowship on Thursday, December 4. We are seeking chips, dips, fruit, salty and sweet popcorn and pretzels, cheeses, etc. to feed 40 students and their leaders. There will be a collection basket in the fellowship hall. This will be a great outreach opportunity for Good Sam and our local St. Mary’s College, and also a chance to support Esrael S.’s efforts as InterVarsity staff (yes, Esrael is Jill’s husband). See Edna A. for further information.

Update – Dec. 12, 2014:  The St. Mary’s College students were blessed and fed well for their evening fellowship on December 4! Thank you to Edna A. for taking the lead on this and reaching out in our community. Thanks to Ele B. for the chocolate cakes and to John S., Sue V., and Ginger L. for the wonderful homemade cookies. And thank you to all who donated snacks. We know some of those treats were probably taken back to dorm rooms.

Seeking Updates for Church Directory

As the church office prepares to update the Good Sam directory, we ask that you submit any changes to your contact information that have happened since June. This includes your home address and any phone numbers or email addresses for you and for others in your household.

The new directory will be finalized during the next few days, so please email the church office with any changes or new information by Sunday, Nov. 16. Thank you!

Once the directory is fully updated, it will be sent via email–just in time for any Thanksgiving or Christmas cards you may be planning to send!

If you’re not on the church email list but would like to be, please let Jill S. know (


Dawn Upon Us

gslclogo…from Worship at Good Sam on November 9, 2014Icon3Lectio32AProjec

Not very often do we use oil lamps to light our way these days, electricity is easier if not cheaper.  Perhaps when a storm blows through and the electricity goes out we might resort to an oil candle or lamp.  But that flashlight is pretty easy too.  Consequently we don’t have a lot of experience, trimming oil lamps.  Wicks need to be long enough to reach the oil reservoir and don’t forget to crop the tops (short).  Reservoirs need to be more than half full and the wick needs to have the proper amount poking through the choke.  Oil lamps need ongoing attention too, they need to be filled occasionally and now and them the wicks need attention.  Perhaps the image of trimming our oil candles is a good analogy for faith these days.   What does it take to keep our lamps (faith) burning brightly.  Wise followers attend to these matters.  In our lesson today from Matt 25 about the five wise and five foolish bridesmaids, half of them fail to be present in faithfulness when the Bridegroom appears.  You almost want to ask, how important was this arrival for them?

Awakening to God has always been a strong theme in the lives of people of faith from every age. But there is this curious linkage between learning to hear (or perceive) God and learning to see, know, and care for our neighbors. It’s as though the process of awakening to God is also a journey of awakening to our neighbor and then to better know our own work in the world as people of faith. As we learn to keep vigil, to keep our lamps burning brightly toward God, let us also learn what it means to bring light to the paths of those with whom we walk in faith.

Message from Worship at Good Sam on November 9, 2014  “Dawn Upon Us”  


“Stories of Walking in Faith Together”

gslclogo… from Worship at Good Sam on November 2, 2014

“Oh, when the saints, go marching in” is a statement of longing, an image of the grand processional. Can you imagine all the holy ones of God walking together in procession past the pearly gates into heaven? Oh, I want to be in that number. Actually, there are so many ways in which we are. As we journey together in faith, how we help and encourage one another is a direct reflection of the work of the saints in our lives. Perhaps we do need to more intentionally tell each other how much help we have received from our journeying partners in faith. In these stories are the tales of the saints of God.

message from Worship at Good Sam on November 2, 2014   “Stories of Walking in Faith Together” with John Scheffler  



gslclogo…from Worship at Good Sam on October 26, 2014

(on this day we welcomed a guest preacher, Pastor Bob Lehman to speak to us while pastor Mitch was on vacation)

As we were studying the life of Jacob from Genesis last month, it occurred to me how God is constantly about the work of forming faith in our lives. Every new generation is a new opportunity and a new challenge in causing and calling forth faith within God’s people. The Great Reformation that we remember and celebrate today will be 500 years old in 2017. But that Reformation should not overshadow or eclipse the formation and reformation of an active and living faith in our hearts and actions today. Perhaps this is the real reformation of which we must all take heed and be aware.

Message from Worship at Good Sam 

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