Monthly Archive for: ‘March, 2015’

Mother-Daughter Tea — May 2

daughter_5720cnInviting all ladies, ages 0-100, to come and join us in fellowship to celebrate you. We hope you will join us on Saturday, May 2 at 11 am in our fellowship hall. Our theme for this year is “BLOOM WHERE YOU ARE PLANTED”. Bring something to share for our lite luncheon and tea. Sign-up sheet is in Fellowship Hall. If you are interested in helping to plan or set up for our tea, contact Ginger L.

March Highlights

Sunday, March 1:  “Suffering and Weakness in the Covenant of New Life”

Wednesday, March 4:  Lenten Soup Suppers (5:30-6:30 pm) and Vespers (6:30-7 pm)

  • “My Cause Resides with God: Remember and Draw Near”

Sunday, March 8:  “Making a Space for Worship Within Our Hearts”

  • Daylight Saving Time begins today – don’t forget to turn your non-digital clocks ahead!

Wednesday, March 11:  Lenten Soup Suppers (5:30-6:30 pm) and Vespers (6:30-7 pm)

  • “We Were Built for God, Not Just by God”

Sunday, March 15:  “Into the Light”

Wednesday, March 18:  Lenten Soup Suppers (5:30-6:30 pm) and Vespers (6:30-7 pm)

  • “God Is Not Only the Journey’s End, But the Journey’s Partner”

Sunday, March 22:  “Being Lifted Up with Jesus”

Wednesday, March 25:  Lenten Soup Suppers (5:30-6:30 pm) and Vespers (6:30-7 pm)

  • “Sing Out Your Praises”

Sunday, March 29:  Palm/Passion Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week

  • “The Passion of Jesus According to Mark”

Thursday, April 2:  Maundy Thursday worship at 7 pm

Friday, April 3:  Good Friday worship at 7 pm

Sunday, April 5:  Easter Sunday worship – one service at 9 am

Empty Nest Group — April 10

The Empty Nest small group will enjoy dinner together on Friday, April 10 at the Back Creek Bistro starting at 6 pm. The Bistro is located at 14415 Dowell Rd, Solomons, MD 20688. Their website is

If you want to get involved in a small group at Good Sam and belong in the “older generation” of the church this would be a perfect time to find out what our small group is all about! So if your nest has just emptied, been empty for many years, or has always been empty; if you are single or a couple, please join us! All are welcome. Contact Diane H. to RSVP at

Being Lifted Up with Jesus

gslclogo…from Worship at Good Sam on March 22, 2015

1st Reading:  Jeremiah 31:31-34
2nd Reading:  Hebrews 5:5-10
Gospel:  John 12:20-33

O God, with steadfast love you draw us to yourself, and in mercy you receive our prayers.  Strengthen us to bring forth the fruits of the Spirit, that through life and death we may live in your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

  • Jesus taught Nicodemus (in John 3) that just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.
  • In John 12 Jesus said, “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” He said this to indicate the kind of death he was to die.
  • In Acts 1, it says, “When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.”

Perhaps in lifting Jesus up in our lives and by the work of the Holy Spirit, we too shall be lifted up with him. May God prepare us in this way to share in this glorious activity of love, sacrifice and eternal life. May it be so, AMEN!

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Judy Center Bilingual Playgroup – Meeting at Good Sam

The St. Mary’s County Judy Center hosts a Bi-Lingual Playgroup

Playing with your children from birth is one of the most important ways you can help them learn!

Dates (Tuesdays):  April 21May 19, June 23July 21

Time:  10:00-11:00 a.m.

Location:  Good Samaritan Lutheran Church – Lexington Park, MD

Come spend an hour with us once a month and participate in fun learning activities with your child. Meet other parents in your neighborhood! Transportation provided!

Mar-Lu-Ridge Summer Camp — Registration Open Now

Mar-LuSummer camp registration is open! Mar-Lu-Ridge Summer Camp in Jefferson, MD is open to all campers ages 6-17, as well as families and adults. We have a wide variety of programming to choose from–something for everyone! We are certified by the American Camp Association and have over 55 years of experience providing a safe, active, awesome week of camp! Visit our website to view the brochure:

Open House Dates for Mar-Lu-Ridge:  March 15, April 26, and May 31.  Visit between 2-4 pm and meet our staff, tour the facilities, and enjoy yummy camp food!

Holy Week Worship Service Schedule

All are welcome to join us in our worship!


Palm Sunday worship  March 29 at 9:00 am

Maundy Thursday worship  April 2 at 7:00 pm

Good Friday worship  April 3 at 7:00 pm 

Easter Sunday celebration  April 5 at 9:00 am

Mental Health First Aid – Free Training and Retreat

Mental Health First Aid USA Retreat 

Tuesday and Wednesday, April 7-8, 9 am3 pm
at Camp Maria Retreat Center in Leonardtown, MD
**Please see flyer at the end of this page for full details.

Mental Health First Aid USA teaches participants the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges, including anxiety, depression, psychosis, AD/HD, exposure to trauma and substance abuse disorder. Participants do not learn to diagnose, nor how to provide any therapy or counseling; rather, participants learn a core five-step action plan to support a person developing signs and symptoms of mental illness or in an emotional crisis

Mental Health First Aid USA has been successfully offered to a variety of audiences, including hospital staff, employers, business leaders, faith communities, law enforcement, educators, and the general public. Upon successful completion of this program, participants will receive certification in Mental Health First Aid. Trainers are certified trainers of Mental Health First Aid USA and represent local organizations: Walden and On Our Own of St. Mary’s. For more information about this program, please contact Laura Webb, Recovery Support Services Director, Walden Sierra at 301-997-1300 x 804 or

Coffee and Conversation — A Way to Share Life and Faith

On Sunday mornings at Good Sam, we gather during the Sunday School hour to visit while our younger ones are in class (10:30 – 11:30). We choose conversation topics based on group interest, current church activities, current world events, or however God is working. We respect each other’s input, debate, listen, learn and get to know one another.

In the near future, expect to see opportunities to lead and facilitate on the sign-up sheet that circulates at our Sunday service. You too can help keep this conversation zone alive and thriving. We hope you will join us for this sharing of life and faith at Good Sam.

The Story is coming to Good Sam!

The Bible is filled with stories of God’s people throughout the ages.  There are stories ranging from heroism to humility, faith to trust, hope to despair, fidelity to rejection, promise to denial, and more and more and more.

With all those stories – some fascinating, some confusing, some riveting, some astounding, and some – well – maybe a little bit boring to us, it can be hard to figure out what the whole of Scripture says to us.

But that doesn’t mean that it’s not worth reading, exploring, learning!  Beginning in September and lasting through May of 2015, we are exploring Scripture’s overarching Crown_Logo_Horizontalstory from the earliest days of Genesis to the stories of the early Christian Church after Jesus lived on this earth.  We believe this will help us see and appreciate the working of God in our lives and our stories.

Yes, we’re going to span more than 3,000 years of God’s activity in nine months.  And the way we are going to do it is going to give you a solid understanding of God’s story, our story, and how they fit together.

Come join us for worship!  Connect to one of our ongoing and new small group!  Read it on your own along with us, or find a discussion group on Sunday Mornings.  You’ll not only grow in your relationship with God, you’ll also find new friends, opportunities to serve, and maybe a whole new ‘you’ that you’ve been wanting to meet!

Come join us for this adventure beginning in September (2015) as we look for the active call of God reaching into our lives with promises that do not fail.  We are also asking you to bring your Bible, get a modern version if you don’t have one.  We want to help make this (seemingly lofty) book more accessible to you.  We will dig into this story so bring bring pens, pencils and highlighters.  While you may not learn the whole of Scripture in a Sunday or two, we do believe you’ll find glimpses of God’s love, forgiveness and mercy for you … all along the way!

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