As a congregation, one foundational partnership we have is with the Metro DC Synod and the 98 congregations that comprise that body. This last weekend in Leesburg VA we met and adopted a 1.7 million dollar spending plan heard from other partnering organizations like Gettysburg Seminary and Lutheran World Federation. We also passed a number of resolutions/Memorials to express our collective thoughts, perspectives and calls to action. You are invited to check out the Video Summary of Metro DC Assembly.
One notable resolution that came out of the assembly was one on racism and the events in Charleston on June 17, 2015. Perhaps you know that nine persons from the Emanuel AME Congregation meeting in bible study were killed by a visitor to their group. This visitor was a young white man who is believed to be a member of an ELCA congregation. These events are shocking and difficult to take in. We had other connections to this gathering as the pastor of the congregation graduated from an ELCA Seminary. Please take a moment to read the resolution that came from our assembly and perhaps hear Pastor Mitch’s sermon from the Sunday that followed. We also invite our Council and members to reflect of the effects and signs of racism around and among us as well.
- Link to Resolution from Assembly called “Racism and the Events in Charleston”
- Link to Pastor’s Message from June 21 returning from Assembly.
- Link to all the Assembly Resolutions from the Metro DC Assembly
Thanks for fixing the light above the basement door. Then it starts getting dark again in the autumn, it will prove very valuable!… It is much appreciated by those who attend our little group. Thanks for the use of the room.
A newly forming Al-Anon group is meeting in our Disciples Den upper room on Thursday afternoons at 1:30 pm. Al-Anon is a 12 step group that helps people work through being in relationship with an Alcoholic in their lives. It is great that we can be supportive of community groups doing this kind of work.
Updated Church Directory – Coming Soon
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 February. This includes:
- home address
- any phone numbers for you and for others in your household
- any email addresses for you and for others in your household
You can write any information on a yellow ‘Welcome’ pew card and put it in the offering plate, leave a note in the Church office, or email the Church office (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please submit your changes by July 19. Thank you!
Once the directory is fully updated, it will be sent via email.
June 2, 2015
Dear Fellow Laborer of the Gospel
The second annual War Cry event is scheduled for 27-29 Aug 2015. War Cry is an outreach event designed for the betterment of our community. While the event itself will offer many services and benefits, our primary focus each year is unity. Last year we asked for 500 souls to march and we obtained near 900 souls that prayed, cried, and received. We believe that a unified community is a successful community. War Cry is founded upon Isaiah 6:3-4. ‘Change happens when we unite and cry out together’. WARCRY2015
War Cry is a three day event with strength building workshops, outdoor community exposition, and a Tri-County community march in the heart of Southern Maryland. On Saturday, August 29, 2015, the Tri-County march will commence from St. Mary’s County Square and conclude at McKay’s Shopping Center. There will be a live concert with cultural entertainment, notable speakers and different activity zones such as Career Assistance, Enrichment and Empowerment, Health and Wellness, United in Faith, and many others.
We would like to invite you to attend a “What is War Cry?” information night which will be held at Dominion Apostolic Ministries on June 25th and 26th 2015, from 7:00PM to 8:00PM. If you are unable to attend any of the War Cry informational scheduled dates, we will also be live streaming. At this time we will share our vision for War Cry 2015, as well as listen to your questions, insight, and ideas to make this event as impactful as possible. It is our hope that you will desire to unite with us in making the most significant impact possible in Southern Maryland during War Cry 2015.
War Cry is truly a phenomenal event and we thank you for your consideration of attendance and support. Please feel free to contact us at 301-737-5253 or email us at Warcry@dominionapostolic.com with any questions and to confirm your attendance. We look forward to hearing from you soon.
Michael P. Barber, Pastor
…from Worship at Good Sam on June 21, 2015
1st Reading: Job 38: 1-11
PRAYER OF THE DAY O God of creation, eternal majesty, you preside over land and sea, sunshine and storm. By your strength pilot us, by your power preserve us, by your wisdom instruct us, and by your hand protect us, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Do you ever feel like God is silent or asleep and unaware of your plight? It seems the disciples of Jesus felt this way on at least one occasion. How incredulous they are as they approach Jesus, rousing him from sleep to ask if he does not care that they are perishing.
Certainly we want to ask if God is not active and engaged in the activity of our lives, but of course the moment will come when we will be asked by the one who does keep watch, “Do you not as yet have faith?” Perhaps the strength and power of Jesus in our lives in much larger than we have imagined and the only way to lay open this discovery is to invite Jesus to guide our lives and then accept the adventure as it then unfolds. This is always the posture of a living faith.
“Be Still My Soul”
Check out this listing and description of just about everything you could do with your child(ren) through the summer in St. Mary’s County. Parents: Don’t know how to get through the summer with enough activities for the kids? Look at this publication. It will remind you of great ideas and even suggest a few of which you might never have thought. Copies are in the entry way at church. Pick yours up any Sunday this summer or click on this link: Summer Fun With Your Little One to see the PDF version.
On May 23, I traveled to the Dominican Republic through my university, Virginia Tech. This week-long engineering based service trip focused on constructing a health clinic. My group worked alongside Solid Rock International, a Christian non-profit organization focusing on the well-being of people in the Dominican Republic. Your prayers and support have been greatly appreciated. I was able to deliver the supplies and gifts you shared. There were so many that I had to put some of them in other students suitcases in order to get them all there. They were welcomed with open arms! Our trip to the Dominican Republic was a big success. We managed to add two sections to the perimeter wall of the clinic in just three days. We also helped out at a barrio clinic. Thanks to everyone who offered their prayers, support and donations!’
— Kelly N