Monthly Archive for: ‘May, 2015’

”How Do You Speak the Language of Good News” May 24th



…from Worship at Good Sam on May 24, 2014 (Pentecost Sunday)

Worship Readings for this Sunday May  24th
1st Reading:  Acts 2:1-21
2nd Reading:  Romans 8:22-27

PRAYER OF THE DAY  Mighty God, you breathe life into our bones, and your Spirit brings truth to the world. Send us this Spirit, transform us by your truth, and give us language to proclaim your gospel, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

What language do you think is most beautiful?  I used to think it was French.  Lately I love to watch sign language. It is so expressive and evocative, almost like a dance.  Love has it’s own language and vocabulary.  Respect, admiration, affirmation and patience are among the vibrant motions and actions of love.  But love is not simply a language of words, it is primarily a language of action, persistence, faithfulness and resilience.  Becoming fluent in the language of love is a vital activity for those who know God through Jesus and especially for those who are called to share the Good News of God through Jesus Christ.  It is so freeing to love someone through patience without having to convince, instruct, convert or contrive.  This is simply one of the gifts and approaches that are abundant in the language of love.

”How Do You Speak the Language of Good News”

“A Lamp to My Feet and a Light to My Path” May 17



…from Worship at Good Sam on May 17, 2015  (Confirmation Sunday)

Worship Readings for this Sunday May 17th

1st Reading:  Acts 1:15-17, 21-26
2nd Reading:  1 John 5:9-13
Gospel:  John 17:6-19

PRAYER OF THE DAY   Gracious and glorious God, you have chosen us as your own, and by the powerful name of Christ  you protect us from evil.  By your Spirit transform us and your beloved world, that we may find our joy in your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

If my faith life is a journey, the question comes up, how do I find my way along.  There are a number of images in scripture that suggest help for this question.  I like the image of hearing the shepherd’s voice. (John 10:27).  Finding my path to a place I haven’t been before can be challenging.  I like the image from Psalm 119:105 (Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path).  I have also learned that finding my way is often about using all my senses and keeping in my minds eye, the broad-scape of my surroundings.  It is not unlike seeing better in the dark.  Have you learned to use your peripheral vision to better detect those things before you, when the light is dim?  Try it!  Finding our way in faith is listening and watching for God’s guidance, as much as it is using all our awareness to find the path forward.
“A Lamp to My Feet and a Light to My Path” 

Mission Focus Stories 

One of the best ways to build up a community is to share the stories that highlight where God moments have happened.  Have you had a connection with a neighbor that seemed to suggest to you God was present and working?  We want to hear from you!  This summer we are prepared to make time in worship for you to share your stories of seeing God at work in the relationships or connections around you.  Please tell Pastor Mitch about your experience and think about volunteering to share your story during our Mission Focus spotlight time.  You can also write your story on a 3×5 card and place it on the Mission Focus Bulletin Board in the Fellowship Hall.  By doing this, we can see the multitude of ways where God is at work among us.

Calling all youth groups! ELCA World Hunger’s Walk for Water is underway

ELCA World Hunger’s Walk for Water is a year-long, youth-driven fundraising challenge to raise $500,000 in support of water-related projects of ELCA World Hunger. Thanks to a generous family, all gifts toward this goal will be matched, dollar for dollar, until we reach a total of $1 million! Together, we can make a difference, creating healthier families, stronger economies and a future filled with hope. For this year ONLY, we’ve launched a site for you to create your own fundraising events for ELCA World Hunger’s Walk for Water. Individual and team events are welcome. Visit the site here.

Learn more | Video | Fundraising ideas |Create your own fundraiser | Donate







Online Giving Card

Online Giving

We have an exciting addition to our web presence:  the ability to give online.  Now you can make a gift or pay an activity registration fee anytime from anywhere you have web access.  Here is the link – (Give) it a look.  You can find this link in the welcome page of our website and on the “About Us” page under Resources.

Here are some things you should know about online giving.

  • You can make a onetime gift or a recurring gift
  • You can give to the General Fund or any Designated Fund
  • You can set up an account and then you will have access to your online giving history anytime you want
  • You can pay for any church activity fee, simply use the ‘Other’ category and designate what the payment is for
  • You can make a gift from your credit card or an Electronic Transfer from your bank account. Please note: The fees we pay for this activity are significantly less for electronic transfers than for Credit Card gifts and you have the option of including an additional amount to cover the fee of a credit card gift if you so choose.

Summer Giving

Please consider scheduling your giving to Good Sam through an automated payment method.  My family has been using Bill Pay at our bank to make our church contributions for some time now and have just switched to electronic transfers through the website.  This is the most efficient method for the church, for us personally and for the bank too.  No postage, envelopes, or checks and the money is deposited directly into the church’s account.

Simply Giving is another method of making a recurring gift.  It is a scheduled and preauthorized agreement to electronically debit your account for a gift to Good Sam.  Talk to Rich S. if you would like to explore this option.

Thank you for all your faithful participation in life and ministry at Good Sam.  Your consistent giving while you are away for Summer Holiday is another way you can support our work and mission together.

Online Giving and the new Pew Cardsimage-0001

In the pews now, you may notice a new laminated pew card for online giving.  This card has two purposes.  First, if you are making your offering gifts to Good Sam through bill pay, Simply Giving or another automated process, we invite you to use this card and place it in the offering place as it is passed.  It will give you a physical activity in worship to add to the quiet behind the scene activity of your automated giving.  Second, notice the QR code on the back of the card.  This Quick Response code can take you directly to our website giving page where you can make an online donation.  You can do this anytime, from anywhere, but we invite you to make use of it in worship if it is convenient for you.  Give it a try.  You can also place this card in the offering plate to acknowledge the gift in a physical way.  If nothing else, your pew neighbors will be impressed that you know what to do with that new pew card.

Summer Fellowship

cookie clip art 2A light summer fellowship will be served during June, July and August.  This depends on your donations of snacks and cookies.   There will be a box in the fellowship hall.   Also, if you have items from your garden, they would be greatly appreciated too.  See Edna if you have any questions.

Strawberry Sunday

strawberryThe Fellowship Team will be having Strawberry Sunday on May 31st.   There will be a make your own sundae station.   All are welcomed to bring in their favorite strawberry dessert.

Playground Blessing & Volunteer Appreciation

playgroundConstruction on the playground is now complete.  Join us on May 31st at 10:30 to noon for a cookout to show our appreciation for all who helped.  All members of our church family as well as volunteers are invited for the celebration & blessing of the playground.  If you would like to bring something to share at the cookout, please contact Cocoa M.

“The Water and Blood of Pouring out Love” May 10, 2015



…from Worship at Good Sam on May 10, 2015

Worship Readings for this Sunday May 10th
1st Reading:
2nd Reading:
John 15:9-17

PRAYER OF THE DAY  O God, you have prepared for those who love you joys beyond understanding.  Pour into our hearts such love for you that, loving you above all things, we may obtain your promises, which exceed all we can desire; through Jesus Christ, your Son and our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

 Can you imagine that love is something you can pour?  Imagine love being poured into you.  Can you open to fully receive it?  Can you allow it to fill you up?  Can this pouring somehow overflow from you?  How will you participate in its being poured?  Yes, can you pour that same love into the lives of others, without judgement, without bias, without withholding?  This is love that surely does not come from us, but must originate from God.

Message for the day:  The Water and Blood or Pouring out Love  

“Stories of Faith Walking Together – with Chris Van Camp” May 3, 2015



…from Worship at Good Sam on May 3, 2015

Worship Readings for this Sunday May 3rd

 1st Reading:
2nd Reading:
John 15:1-8

 PRAYER OF THE DAY  O God, you give us your Son as the vine apart from whom we cannot live.  Nourish our life in his resurrection, that we may bear the fruit of love and know the fullness of your joy, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Guest faith story from  Chris Van Camp  

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