Monthly Archive for: ‘June, 2016’

Project Sack and Pack

hands at work and workingMission:

To reach out and serve our neighbors in new ways and with new partners, to gain new insights, to be renewed in faith and to gain fresh strength for serving in all our daily calling’s. Loving, liberated service to others is more than a one-time or even ongoing activity. Being baptized into Christ’s life creates a whole new world of relationships – with God, with others and even with ourselves – that is characterized by loving, liberated service.

Our Goal is to Work with others to remove barriers of exclusion, prejudice and hatred that limit your neighbors’ freedom and full participation in public life… Working for the “Common Good”.

What the project entails:GWOH-Logo4

Part #1. Provide 25 SACK’s (for the Homeless) consisting of everyday items of need.

Part #2. Provide 25 PACK’s (For Kids) consisting of supplies needed for going back to school.

Phase #1 – The Discovery

In this phase we will get to know some of the Homeless people by having someone come and give us information as to the needs of the homeless and reasons for their being homeless, we will also learn how we as a community can put Gods Work/Our Hands into action to help those who are down and out and having problems.

Phase #2 – The Gathering

In this Phase we will work as a community to gather all the necessary components needed to put our plan into action. We will develop teams to work on the items needed, by contacting local organizations and businesses to help us meet our goal to help our community.

Phase #3 – The Sending

In this phase we will work together putting the sacks and packs together, sharing in the work to help our community, and going out to distribute them and get to know our community.GWOH-Logo-1

Phase #4 – The Sharing

In this phase we will come together on September 11 as a congregation to share pictures, stories and insights on how we worked together as Gods People doing God’s work with Our Hands. We will sing praises and share a meal to celebrate Gods Love and how we as a congregation can work together to help our brothers and sisters who are less fortunate.

So now is the Time to Volunteer

  • Decide what your Talents are and where you can Volunteer.
  • Devote some time in your busy schedule to complete one or more of the tasks.
  • Get everyone evolved.(Family, Friends, Neighbors)
  • A sheet is posted in the Fellowship hall listing where we need help and what is needed in the way of supplies.
  • Sign up for one of the tasks or contact Michael Miller to see how you can serve your community!

Where we need help:

  1. Volunteer help contacting local business’s to encourage them to participate by donating some of the items needed to complete the bags and packs.(A list of what we need is posted in the fellowship hall.)
  2. Volunteer help putting together the sacks and packs together once we have acquired the items needed.
  3. Volunteer Photographer to take a picture history of “Gods Work, Our Hands” project.
  4. Volunteer help to keep track of the items we received and where we are on our goal.

The main focus of course is service to others, not by just giving but by being involved in our community and coming together as a congregation to help those in our community who need help.

Project Sacks and Packs – Items Needed…. CAN YOU HELP?

Sacks for the Homeless__________________________________________________________________

Tooth Brush,    Tooth Paste,     Medium Towel,   Deodorant,     Composition Books,   Hand Sanitizer,   Energy Bars,

Hand Sanitizer, Kleenex Packets,   Sewing Kits,   Feminine Hygiene products (10),   Candles,   Flashlights,   Matches,

Zip Lock Bags,   Thick Socks,   Garbage Bags,   Toilet Paper,    Band-Aids,   Antibacterial Ointment,   Combs,

Bottled Water, Travel size soaps,   Baby wipes or wet wipes.

Back packs for Kids_____________________________________________________________________

Pens (any Color),  #2 Pencils (kindergartners need fat pencils),   Pink Erasers,   Small pencil sharpener,  Glue sticks (No glue Bottles),

Ruler,  Student Scissors (5+ style),  Pencil pouch,  Box of crayons,  Composition Books,   Colored Pencils,  Markers,

2-Pocket Folders,   Hi Liters (any Color),   Pencil top erasers,   Index Cards,   Post-it Notes,    Back Packs.

Most of these items can be obtained at the Dollar Store or Walmart. There are lists available in the Narthex, where you can circle the items that you wish to supply and then give them to Michael or put in the Office. There is also a Donation box in the Church Office where you can place the needed items. We need 25 each of every item.

Another way you can help is by visiting our Go Fund Me page and share it on your Facebook page. This way our project will reach more people and the whole community can participate in the act of

“Gods Work, Our Hands” Project.


The Story at Good Sam – ” The Courage to Follow”- June 26, 2016

June 26placeholder….from Worship at Good Sam June 26, 2016

Lessons: 1 Kings 19:15-16, 19-21, Psalm 16, Galatians 5:1, 13-25,Luke 9:51-62

Sermon: “The Courage to Follow”

Prayer: Sovereign God, ruler of all hearts, you call us to obey you, and you favor us with true freedom. Keep us faithful to the ways of your Son, that, leaving behind all that hinders us, we may steadfastly follow your paths, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen.


July Highlights

       Good Sam Happenings

All summer is “God’s Work. Our Hands”  find an activity, get a T-shirt and get started.

July 3 [Sunday Theme]  “Sent to Be People who Carry and Share Peace” 

July 9th – Annual Good Sam Yard Sale – Sponsored by Fellowship of Families at Good Sam

July 10 [Sunday Theme]  Guest Preacher – Pastor Harry Carlsen

July 17 [Sunday Theme]  “Just What is the Main Thing”  {join us for a Sacks and Packsdiscussion after fellowship}

July 18–22 – Vacation Bible School – Cave Quest VBS – Where kids learn to follow Jesus.”

July 15th – Empty Nester’s at the River Concert “A Civilization Lost” at St. Mary’s College at 6pm.

July 24 [Sunday Theme]   “Prayer and the Shaping of Faith within Us”   {Join us for a “Farming 4 Hunger” discussion after fellowship}

July 31 [Sunday Theme]   “Having a Mind that is Set on Christ”   {Join us for a “Visiting Shut-ins” discussion after fellowship}



The Story at Good Sam – “Put On Christ” – June 19, 2016


from Worship at Good Sam on June 19, 2016


Lessons: Isaiah 65:1-9, Psalm 22:19-28, Galatians 3:23-29, Luke 8:26-39

Sermon: “Put On Christ”

Prayer: O Lord God, we bring before you the cries of a sorrowing world. In your mercy set us free from the chains that bind us, and defend us from everything that is evil, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen.


Summer Stewards

I was asked the other day about easy ways to make a regular gift to the ministry of Good Sam.  It was a fun conversation to have because there are so many ways.  A number of us have set up recurring gifts through the Good Sam Online Giving Site (click on this link to look at it).  You can give a one-time gift there or pay a registration fee like for VBS at this site too.   This is easier than I thought it would be.  You can use a credit card or make an electronic funds transfer (this option saves the church a little extra in service fees).  Part of what is nice about this process is that you can make a gift this way anytime from any place you have online access.

I also mentioned Bill Pay (a service from your bank) and Simply Giving.  You can get a Simply Giving Contribution Form at church or from Rich Slavik our Financial Secretary.  Here is his email –

My family really cares about our life together at church. Now with automatic giving we don’t struggle to keep our giving up when we don’t make it to church or are away on vacation or travel. I don’t know why it took us so long to make our regular gift to church through Online Giving.  It is so easy to set a regular amount that is automatically sent each month on the same day. It has really helped us feel more faithful about our giving to church. It has also helped us go a little beyond our usual giving. When a special event we wish to support comes along we feel more confident in our giving and we feel we can make a difference. Feeling able to make a difference really is an encouragement to our faith and faithfulness. We invite you to think about joining us in giving your regular offering to church through online giving, but don’t forget about Bill Pay or Simply Giving if you like these methods better.

It’s your faithful giving that helps ministry, outreach, pastoral care and community service happen at Good Sam.  Thanks for all you do through worship, service and giving through Good Sam.  We are making a difference.

–Pastor Mitch

The Story at Good Sam – “Holding on to the Last Word” – June 12, 2016

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Lessons:H-Icon_Ch31_Earth Isaiah 55:1-12, Revelation 21:1-6, Matthew 28:17-20

Sermon: “Holding on to the Last Word

PrayerCome, O God Almighty, and Reign among us!  Accomplish your purpose and make us your own that we may worship you and the Lamb, who sit on the throne and bring justice and mercy to all.  To you be all honor, worship and praise, in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.  Amen.

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Graduates from Good Samaritan Spring of 2016

We Celebrate with the families of these people who have achieved great milestones this year in education.

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Kamesha Hicks – Graduated from Great Mills High School.

Christina Henderson – Graduated from Leonardtown High School with a Maryland Certificate of Merit as well as an Honor Thespian award.  She will attend Emerson college in the fall.

Connor Kelln – Graduated from Patuxent High with an academic achievement award in sociology, and was voted one of the 20 most interesting seniors.  He was also one of eleven seniors to highlighted in a “senior spotlight

Ben Kelly – Graduated from Great Mills High School.  Ben graduated last Thursday night, June 2nd, from Great Mills High School.  Ben was a two sport, four-year athlete at Great Mills High School.  He was named as an All SMAC Honorable Mention in Varsity Soccer, and All County Honorable Mention in both Varsity Soccer, and Varsity Baseball.

Ben will be attending the College of Southern Maryland, following an Information Technology program, and upon completion will transfer to the University of Maryland, College Park.  Ben was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout, by the Boy Scouts of America in October of  2015.

 Jacob Layer –  Graduated from Leonardtown High School and received a Certificate of Merit. He will attend UMBC in the fall.


College Graduates

Breana Benefield – Graduated Magna Cum Laude from Union University in Jackson, TN with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry.  She has an internship with the University of Tenn. this summer working in their agriculture division.  She has taken a high school teaching position in the Fall outside of St. Paul, Minn. at Trinity School.

Christy Coombs – Graduated from St. Mary’s College on May 14, 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies, Bachelor of Arts in History and a minor in Religious Studies.

Kanawha Mack – Graduated from the University of Phoenix with a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education.

Other Awards

Christy Hartigan – Certification in Evidence Based Coaching from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, CA

The Story at Good Sam – “To Face the Challenges of Being New Community in Christ” – June 5, 2016

… from Worship at Good Sam on June 5, 2016H-Icon_Ch22_MangerCMYK_GS Circl logo

Lessons: Ephesians 4:1-6,11-16, Matthew 18:1-6

Sermon: “To Face the Challenges of Being New Community in Christ” 

Prayer: O Lord, As Christ is Risen and alive among us, so let us be alive in Christ.  Let every gift of the community of Christ be available until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ.  Let your work, O God, be brought to completion in us, we ask in Jesus’ name.

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Look for things to do with the kids?

summer funCheck out this listing and description of just about everything you could do with your child(ren) through the summer in St. Mary’s County.  summer fun sunParents:  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. When you click on this link it will download to your desktop or device: Summer Fun With Your Little One.  It’s a PDF version.

Also check out this link for St Mary’s County activities.

The Story at Good Sam – “To The Ends of the Earth” -May 29, 2016


…from Worship at Good Sam on May 29, 2016H-Icon_Ch29_Boat

Lessons:  Acts 9:1-22, Galatians 1:11-16, Luke 21:9-1

Sermon:  “To The Ends of the Earth”  with Dave Goodrich

Prayer:  Carrying with us the Word of Life in the gift of Jesus our Lord, let us learn with the Apostle Paul, to give ourselves to sharing your life with neighbors near and far.  Send us out to those who have yet to discover for themselves the wonders of your life, now available to all people, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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