An old-fashioned ‘do-si-do-in’ Square Dance for the whole church community will be held on Saturday evening, October 24th. All are welcome. There’ll be dancin’ and socializin’ in the Fellowship Hall beginning at 6:30 pm with dancing and lessons starting at 7 pm. You do not need to know how to square dance to come. We’ll all have fun learning together. The cost is $7.50 per person so register NOW. Tickets are on sale each Sunday in the Fellowship Hall. The event is sponsored by the Empty Nesters Group. See Ann Diggs or Diane Hay for ticket information.
Refreshments will be available for purchase at the dance. This fundraiser will support the purchase of food supplies for the Our Daily Bread Food Pantry and for the HVAC system replacement in the Disciples Den. There will not be babysitting provided so let those kiddos “shake a leg” and dance.
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” Quake events are filled with excitement and fun for everyone–with guest speakers, awesome christian music, a time for connection and even a “crazy dress night.” The cost to register now (by October 11) is $170 per person, which covers the event and transportation to and from the event. Be sure to get all fees turned in by Oct 11th. This is the deadline for the early-bird rate. Make checks payable to Good Samaritan, please note: Quake in the memo line. If possible, please give all checks directly to Jennifer N., put in church offering plate or in the church office (on counter–in envelope marked QUAKE). If you are interested in paying online, please let Jennifer N know you are registering. Youth can register later with an increase of $50 in cost ($220 total) and on a space-available basis.
Scholarships are available. So, please don’t let the cost be the reason your child does not attend. See Jennifer N. or Pastor Mitch if you would like to request a scholarship. Adults are also needed to be drivers/chaperones. If you are interested in assisting, please talk to Jennifer N. For more information about all the activities for this event, visit the Youth Encounter website at http://www.youthencounter.org/event/baltimore/.
On October 25th, we’re celebrating Consecration Sunday with one special service at 11:00 am followed by a celebratory luncheon at 12 noon. This will be our only worship service for this day. Please come and join in this special worship experience and meet our guest speaker, Reverend Dave Sonnenberg, from Good Shepherd Lutheran in Gaithersburg MD.
Pastor Dave is the Senior Pastor at Good Shepherd Lutheran where he has served since 2001. He chaired the Stewardship and Mission Table for our synod from 2009-2014 and has a passion for helping the church grow in generosity. His optimistic and hopeful leadership has enabled Good Shepherd to keep focused on reaching out in an ever changing world. For the last 2 years, his congregation has been in a supportive and creative partnership with Epiphany Lutheran in Burtonsville, Maryland. He is married to Frances Foltz (who works as the Christian Ed Director at Good Shepherd) and they have 3 children; Rachel (19), Becca (17), and Drew (15). Rachel is a Sophomore at St. Mary’s and is on the swim team. Pastor Dave ventures down to all of her meets so he has become very familiar with St. Mary’s County! He is an engaging speaker and we are excited to have him with us on Consecration Sunday. A full bio is at- www.goserve.net/pastordave.
Please plan on worshiping with us on this day and sharing in our Celebration Luncheon with the whole congregation. This will be a catered meal, and we hope everyone will be there. Soon you’ll receive a Reservation Card for this special Sunday’s worship and festive meal. It will be very important that we hear from you, so please complete your card when received. We are looking forward to a day filled with worship, fellowship and thanksgiving for the generous gifts God has provided us–so that we may share them with others.
At Good Samaritan Lutheran Church, we believe that God would like us to approach stewardship from a biblical perspective rather than merely a way to pay our bills. We believe that our financial contributions can be a way to help people grow spiritually in their relationship with God by supporting our church’s mission and ministry with a percentage of their incomes.
Our congregational council has selected the New Consecration Sunday Stewardship Program as a way to learn about the biblical and spiritual principles of generous giving in our stewardship education emphasis this year.
New Consecration Sunday is based on the biblical philosophy of the need of the giver to give for his or her own spiritual development, rather than on the need of the church to receive. Instead of treating people like members of a social club who should pay dues, we will treat people like followers of Jesus Christ who want to give unselfishly as an act of discipleship. New Consecration Sunday encourages people toward proportionate and systematic giving in response to the question, “What percentage of my income is God calling me to give?”
During morning worship on Consecration Sunday, October 25th, we are asking our attendees and members to make their financial commitments to our church’s outreach, benevolent, and educational ministries in this community and around the world.
Every attendee and member who completes an Estimate of Giving Card does so voluntarily by attending morning worship on Consecration Sunday. We also urge people to attend who are opposed to completing a card. The procedure will be done in such a way that no one should feel personal embarrassment if he or she chooses not to fill out a card.
We will do no home solicitation to ask people to complete cards. During morning worship our guest leader will conduct a brief period of instruction and inspiration, culminating in members making their commitments as a confidential act of worship.
The Consecration Sunday team and congregational council request and encourage your participation in Consecration Sunday events. Since we will make no follow-up visits to ask people to complete their cards, we will make every effort to inform, inspire, and commit everyone to attend Consecration Sunday worship.
Thanks in advance for your enthusiastic participation in Consecration Sunday events.
Wishing you blessings and peace as
we consider what God is calling us to give,
John W. Scheffler
“You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion,
and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” 2 Corinthians 9:11
October 4 “God Makes a Way” (Moses) 8:45am and 11 am
October 11 “Shaping the People of God” (Moses) 8:45am and 11 am
October 18 “The Gift of Giving” 8:45am and 11 am
October 24 (Saturday) Square Dance in the fellowship hall 6:30 to 10 pm
October 25 (one blended Service at 11:00 am) “Generosity”
Consecration Sunday Celebration Meal at Noon, send in your RSVP Now!