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February Highlights

Reading The Story together at Good Sam continues.  Join us for these meaningful chapters in the story of God with God’s People.  Click this link to read more about The StoryAlso join us for Mid-week activates this winter.  They are listed below in blue. 

Sunday Jan 31   “The Ripple Effect of a Bad Leader” (Kings:  A Kingdom Torn in Two)

Sunday Feb 7    “Amos, Hosea and Elijah”

Wed. Feb 10   (Ash Wednesday, 7 pm)

Sunday Feb 14  “The Prophet Isaiah and the Fall of Israel”

Wed. Feb 17   Soup Supper 5:30 pm and Mid-week Vespers 6:30 pm (Joyous Light) Makeever

Sunday Feb 21  “Jeremiah and the Fall of Judah”

Wed. Feb 24   Soup Supper 5:30 pm and Mid-week Vespers 6:30 pm (Joyous Light) Makeever

Sunday Feb 28   “Exile and Daniel in Babylon”

Nursery Staff Position Available

preschool_5940cnNursery Hiring Team is extending the job opening search for a shared Nursery Staff Position until Feb 8th.  Please apply if you are interested.  We are looking to hire Nursery Assistants to share the position for working in our church Nursery on Sunday mornings. This position is to provide safe, secure, nurturing, clean, and responsible care to our children during Sunday 8:45 am Worship. Ministry responsibilities include implementation and potentially planning activities to enhance the social and spiritual growth of the children in our Nursery. Other responsibilities include interacting with the children (and their parents!) and/or directing their play, reading to them, praying for each child, exhibiting Christ-like patience and love, and relating the events of the day to the lesson and theme in words the children can understand. Hours will be 8:30 am to 10 am. Please apply to hiring@goodsamlutheran.com.  You can speak with Pastor Mitch, TJ Maday, Christy Schumacher or Colleen Coombs if you have questions.

Cancellation of Sunday Activities at Good Sam on Jan 24, 2016

Members and Friends of Good Sam, 
Please note that all Worship and Sunday School activities at Good Sam on January 24th 2016 are cancelled do to snow accumulation and the time needed to dig out.  Take time this Sunday to dig out, enjoy the weather and care for your neighbors in this challenging circumstance.  

Weather Announcement Information At Good Sam

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Please be safe this weekend!  We wanted to give you information on how to learn about weather related decisions at church regarding Worship Services, Sunday School and classes.  If at all possible we will remain open and conduct services on Sundays.  If you don’t see notification in our sources* then you can assume we will be having an unaltered schedule.  If conditions are tenuous we will sometimes communicate that we will be open and what activities will happen.

When we cancel Worship Services it is because conditions in the building, parking lot or the roads present significant challenges to operating practically and safely.  You can always check our Facebook Page* for cancellation notices as well as our website*.  We will also send Cancellation notices by email to our Wednesday Connections @ Good Sam email list.  Cancellation decisions will be made by 6 am Sunday morning if we are going to cancel Worship Services for that day.

The weather can present numerous challenges in our community.  As many of you are aware, our church is an active participant in the W.A.R.M ministry through which churches house and feed homeless community members.  Immaculate Heart of Mary is housing the guests this week.  With the storm approaching and the temperatures dropping, they have graciously agreed to provide shelter for their guests all day Friday and Saturday.  Since this is not the norm, they are putting out a request for help in monitoring for those days between the hours of 7am and 5pm.  If you are able and willing please e-mail Carol Barton at carol.barton1@verizon.net.

May the Grace and Peace of God be with you through these days.

Pastor Mitch Watney
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“Confronting Racism: A Holy Yearning”–an ELCA Live Webcast on Jan. 14, 2016

As we begin the new year, let us look for peace and renewed ways to listen and learn from one another. On January 14th at 8 pm CST, the ELCA will have a live webcast “Confronting Racism: A Holy Yearning.” This conversation will offer a variety of perspectives on the U.S. criminal justice system. The webcast will work from two commitments: one is this church’s proclamation of Christ and the confidence that this good news brings to set us all free from the captivity of racism. The second is this church’s enduring commitment to address the complexity of racism and end discrimination.

If you cannot tune in for the live broadcast, a recording will be available at www.ELCA.org/webcast. If you decide to view the webcast in a small group or individually, consider these questions:

-How has the criminal justice system intersected with your life?
-What are some injustices that need to change in the criminal justice system?
-There are many voices crying out. What story would you like to share that involve people in the criminal justice system –police officer, judge, family or others?
-How is God’s justice wondrously richer and deeper than ours?

If you are interested in deeper conversation and learning, download  “Called to Hear” – the new ELCA study guide for this church’s social statement “The Church and Criminal Justice: Hearing the Cries.” You can access these resources and many others at www.ELCA.org/webcast. A guide for leading a conversation on race, ethnicity and culture is available there.

To see what our sisters and brothers in the ELCA South Carolina Synod are doing as an example of ways we can build new relationships, listen and learn from one another, view this video.

If you are not able to watch the live stream of the webcast a copy will be available at www.ELCA.org/webcast and at www.Facebook.com/Lutherans. The hashtag is #ELCAConfrontRacism.

Good Sam Hosts W.A.R.M. February 7-14, 2016

Good Sam is participating in the W.A.R.M program (Wrapping Arms aRound Many), a ministry supported by area churches where the homeless are housed and fed during harsh winter months. Good Samaritan is privileged to partner with other churches and community services.  Our week is approaching–February 7-14–and many volunteers are needed to ensure the success of this ministry. We hope you will prayerfully consider providing assistance to the many in our community affected by homelessness.

For this one week we will house and feed about 20-25 adults. It takes a tremendous amount of volunteers ensure our guests have a positive experience at our facility. We’ll need volunteers to prepare and serve breakfasts and dinners, monitors to work evening shifts (both men and women), people for set up and breakdown of beds, wash linens, and  much more. The various opportunities available are listed on sign-up sheets in the Fellowship Hall. Please take a look to see if there is a way in which God is calling you to serve.

If physically being here during that week is not possible for you, there are other ways you could participate. We will need donations of various items such as: cereal, coffee, creamer, sweeteners, sugar, hand soap, Lysol, and snacks. You could also agree to be a “Prayer Warrior” for our guests. There will be a prayer box made available for our guests to place requests. These requests are honored daily in prayer.

If you have never participated in this ministry and are interested, but have questions, please feel free to contact Gail Wathen, TJ Maday or Jason Van Camp. All will be happy to answer any questions you may have. We look forward to another successful season with W.A.R.M! Please join us!

 

 

Highlights for January 2016

January at Good Sam

Reading The Story together at Good Sam continues.  Join us for these meaningful chapters in the story of God with God’s People.

January 3             With Kings come Prophets (Israel asks for a King)

January 10           The Unexpected Leader (young David – from Shepherd to King)

January 17           “The Imperfect but Forgiven Leader” (David pt. 2)

January 24           “The Wise but Distracted Leader” (Solomon)   Members and Friends of Good Sam, 
Please note that all Worship and Sunday School activities at Good Sam on January 24th 2016 are cancelled do to snow accumulation and the time needed to dig out.  Take time this Sunday to dig out, enjoy the weather and care for your neighbors in this challenging circumstance.  

January 31           “The Ripple Effect of a Bad Leader” (Kings:  A Kingdom Torn in Two)