One of Good Sam’s college students, Kelly N., invites you to partner with her when she travels in a few weeks:
“Beginning March 23, 2015 I will be going to a service trip in the Dominican Republic through my university, Virginia Tech. This week-long engineering based service trip will focus on constructing a health clinic. My group will work alongside Solid Rock International, a Christian non-profit organization focusing on the well-being of people in the Dominican Republic. Any prayers and support would be greatly appreciated as I prepare for this journey! I will also be collecting school supplies to take with me for kids in the Dominican Republic, if you would like to contribute. Thank you!”
Kelly will also make a short presentation during worship on March 8. Come and hear about her trip!
Our new playground has arrived and is in storage until spring. If you would like to be part of planning the next phase please join us in the Fellowship Hall at 10:30 on Sunday, March 8. We will be discussing demolition, installation, schedule, and logistics. This is a very exciting project for Good Sam and all are welcome and encouraged to take part.
… from Worship at Good Sam on February 22, 2015 (First Sunday of Lent)
FIRST READING: Genesis 9:8–17 Today’s reading is the conclusion to the flood story. Because of human sin, the Lord destroys the earth by flood, saving only Noah, his family, and the animals on the ark. Yet divine destruction gives way to divine commitment. As in the first creation, God blesses humanity and establishes a covenant with all creatures.
SECOND READING: 1 Peter 3:18–22 As God acted through Christ’s suffering and death to bring us to God, so God acts through baptism to save us from a sinful existence. This spiritual cleansing marks our new life in Christ.
GOSPEL: Mark 1:9–15 The Spirit that comes upon Jesus at his baptism sustains him when he is tested by Satan so that he might proclaim the good news of God’s reign.
Ever notice the number forty happens often in the Scriptures? Forty days (or years) is long enough to change you. The term forty suggests a life-altering experience, a trial and testing of faith. It is an experience where heaven meets earth and we discover ourselves anew. All these are images of forty from the Scriptures: Noah survives forty days of flooding, Jesus journeys forty days in the desert, Moses is on Mount Sinai for forty days, the people of Israel wander forty years in the wilderness. What life-altering journeys have you been through? How were you different as you emerged from them? Perhaps you have yet to break through or just now you see light at the end of the tunnel. How have you been led or directed to these events and how have the angels been with you to comfort and provide for you? What messages of God are present in these chapters from your life? These things are all implicit in the symbolic forty experiences from the Scripture.
“Journeys Have a Way of Beginning All on Their Own”
Even though the season of Lent has just begun, Easter is around the corner. To reflect our joy on Easter day, consider purchasing an Easter flower to decorate our church. As you leave worship on Easter (April 5), you are welcome to take it with you.
On Sunday mornings in February and March you will find order forms printed on envelopes in the narthex. You can fill out the form and include a dedication. The cost per flower is $8.00. Payment must accompany your order and can be placed in the offering plate. Orders must be in no later than Sunday, March 22. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Debbi Y.
With the Lenten season upon us, many folks prefer to eat seafood on Fridays as a Lenten tradition or sacrifice. “Our Daily Bread” Food Pantry would like to focus on collecting cans/pouches of tuna as a way of supporting our neighbors in their Lenten journey. Additionally, the usual donated items needed include peanut butter & jelly, canned meats, canned fruit, pasta sauce, and cereals. Your continued support is greatly appreciated.
Thanks to all who made extra efforts to help us finish fiscal year 2014 with a few hundred dollars to spare. We appreciate your responsiveness. January has also had challenges of its own. We usually have a deficit in January because we have annual bills and first quarter bills that we often don’t have cash reserves to pay.
Council and Finance are working together to decide which bills can be deferred until we can turn this around. Your faithful giving really does make a difference in the day to day management of life and ministry here at Good Sam.
–John S., Council President
Last Wednesday, the Digital Communications Team debuted the new and improved version of Connections @ Good Sam (the church’s weekly e-newsletter). It came from the same email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) but has an entirely different look and feel. If you did not receive this email, please let the church office know at email@example.com.
A quick reminder: when the new version arrives to your inbox you may need to permit/allow the images to appear and/or may need to move it to your inbox from another folder (depending on your e-mail provider).
We thank you for your patience as we transition to this new format and we welcome your feedback.
–The Digital Communications Team (Mandy R., Shannon A., Catherine and Greg D., Rick T., Anita G.)
Lenten Vespers 2015 Schedule
Wednesday evenings (Feb. 25 – Mar. 25)
Weekly soup and bread suppers begin Wed., Feb. 25 and continue through Wed., March 25. Join us at 5:30 pm for this Lenten meal together. Vespers begin the same evening at 6:30 pm. This is a short half-hour time of reflection, music and meditation. Join us. See the schedule below for details about the focus for each Wednesday Vespers time of worship.
February 25 – How Far Away from God I Can Be
Text: Psalm 51 Message: “Far Away… O God”
March 4 – My Cause Resides with God: Remember and Draw Near
Text: Psalm 61 Message: “Cry Out”
March 11 – We Were Built for God, Not Just by God
Text: Psalm 139 Message: “Self-Discovery: A Conversation with God”
March 18 – God Is Not Only the Journey’s End, But the Journey’s Partner
Text: Psalm 23 Message: “I & Thou”
March 25 – Sing Out Your Praises
Text: Psalm 100 Message: “For Giving Thanks”