Monthly Archive for: ‘April, 2015’

Pallet Art Showcase Event

Pallet Art Showcase Flyer

Please join us for a unique art gallery show to help ease the pain of hunger!

The Pallet Art Showcase will feature decorated pallets that once carried food to the hungry and now will raise awareness of hunger.

May 16, 12:00 – 4:00 at the St. Mary’s County Elk’s Lodge #2092

45779 Fire Department Lane, California MD 20619  map

All proceeds to benefit the Southern Maryland Food Bank.

Pass the word!!  The flyer is available at the Southern Maryland Food Bank Website

May Highlights at Good Sam

Join us in Worship for these topics and events:

May 3   “Stories of Faith and Walking Together – with Chris Van Camp”

May 10   (Mother’s Day)  “Pouring Out Love in Water and Blood”

May 17 (Confirmation Sunday)  Join us as we hear and celebrate our young people affirming their faith.

May 24 (The Day of Pentecost) Join us as our church men sing the Navy Hymn “Eternal Father, Strong to Save”

May 31 (Holy Trinity Sunday) “The Voices of Humanity and the Community of God”

Good Sam Trip to the Nationals Game – DATE CHANGED

The Empty Nesters are hosting a Church Wide trip to the National’s June 6th baseball game against the Cubs at 12:05 pm. Ken D. is able to get discount tickets. We will be either in Sections 108-110 or 135-137 that is Right field or Left field corners plus receive $10 in food and beverage credit. The cost of the ticket is $33.00 (reg. $45.00).  These are pre-paid tickets and in order to have all the seats together Ken will need to have you money no later than May 17th.  We hope that everyone is able to come along and cheer on the Nationals!  Contact Ken at

Help Needed for Spot Cleaning

supplies2Can you help Tidy up?

We need help spot cleaning the facility this week (any time Thursday, Friday or Saturday).  It should take less than an hour.  Simply check the fellowship hall, entry way and bathrooms and clean any spots that need attention.  If you can help, please notify Pastor Mitch or Donna in the church office, email us at or call 301-863-4740.

Pastor & Family Vacation Time

Pastor Mitch and Shannon (Sara too) are on Vacation in Oregon visiting family.  We will return in time for Mother’s Day and Worship on May 10th.  Sara hasn’t seen her Grammy Jan and Grandaddy Bill for over a year.  She is soooo excited.  We look forward to returning rested and ready for more ministry together.

Sunday School Teachers & Small Group Leaders

CrownGood Sam Small Group Leaders and Sunday School Teachers, 

Perhaps you have already heard of our plan to introduce “The Story” as this Falls  thematic focus.  This note is to introduce the vision for the idea, and solicit your support and engagement as we plan to include the whole church in this Fall Focus.

“The Story” is the story of God’s people and God’s relationship with God’s people.  It is an abridged version of the Bible, written with chronological fluidity – so that you can read and understand the story as a whole, from Abraham to Jesus.  It is my vision that we introduce and deliver “The Story” at all levels and all groups within Good Sam, so that we can all interact and engage with this rich story, at church, at home and in all of our small groups for the entire church year.  “The Story” has both reading materials and companion resources for adults, teens, 9-12 year-olds, 4-8 year-olds and pre-schoolers.  I want to introduce The Story so that entire families of all ages can embrace the topic together.  It will be embedded in the sermons and in our worship service and it is my hope that all of you will include it in some way, to some depth, with your classes or groups.  There are many different ways to do so.

Please explore the materials in my office for all age groups (you might have to take turns) and explore the resources on line –  There are books and videos and study guides.  The curriculum is broken up into 31 weeks – which we’ll do throughout the year, taking breaks appropriately for Christmas and Easter.  You can engage at many levels, with many different resources.  I have a group of leaders engaged already to help with this Fall Focus – Ginger L., Sue V., Jason V. and Drew H.  We will invite you to meet with us after worship on June 7th to identify which resources you would like to use next September and how many of each we should order. Thank you for what you do at Good Sam.  We welcome your input and feedback on how we can effectively introduce this Fall Focus and immerse ourselves in The Story.

Pastor Mitch and The Story Leadership Team

1st Quarter Giving Statements

quarterly-giving-statementsFirst Quarter Giving Statements are ready for pick up.  Please save us the stamp and pick yours up soon.   They will be available in the Worship entry way for a couple more weeks.

Mission Focus

Mission Focus is underway and we hope you will participate. We have crafted a list of ideas for where and how you might connect with a neighbor. Please join us in “Finding our Neighbors along the Journey of Faith.” Pick up your Mission Focus Logo (magnet) and “Idea-list” from Chris V. today if you didn’t get yours last week. You can also have an extra if you would like. Ask Chris about this too.

Don’t be alarmed, everything points to Good Sam Community

Don’t be alarmed, everything points to

You might have noticed that if you go to you find yourself at It’s not an accident.  Our new website is now active and all our web presence activities are easily found here at   This is true for the news blog we have been writing called By the Way.  All of these news items are now on our new website under “Good Sam News.”  Give it a look.  Go to and click on the menu item called “Good Sam News.”  You will find all our By The Way content right there.  You can also sign up to receive email posts of new articles as they are published.  We will continue to send our Wednesday e-news called “Connections @ Good Sam” and you can get highlights from Good Sam News there as well.  Our goal is to help you stay connected with easy sources for information, updates and interesting news about life at Good Sam.

Empty Nesters Wine Tasting

Empty Nesters nestOn Saturday, May 16 the Empty Nesters will meet at Running Hare Vineyard at 1:00. For a fee of $5 you can sample their wine and receive a souvenir glass. You will be able to purchase any additional wine. Please bring an appetizer to share as we sip wine and spend the afternoon listening to live music. For information about the winery located in Calvert County visit 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.

Please RSVP to Nancy S. or Diane H. at

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