Monthly Archive for: ‘August, 2016’

From Worship at Good Sam – “How Can You Be A Reflection of Jesus?”- August 28, 2016

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Lessons: Proverbs 25:6-7, Psalm 112, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16,Luke 14:1, 7-14

Sermon: “How Can You Be A Reflection of Jesus?”Icon1_Proj_183

Prayer:  O God, you resist those who are proud and give grace to those who are humble. Give us the humility of your Son, that we may embody the generosity of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen.


September Highlights

Good Sam Happeningsfood pantry image

New Photo Directory sign ups for Photo Sessions continues through the beginning to mid September.  To learn more about our Photo Directory and sign up for a photo session.

Reading Tutor/Mentor Program for G.W. Carver Elementary School Students has volunteer opportunities available throughout this school year. Read more if you are interested in making a real difference in a child’s life.

September 4 [Sunday Theme]   “Be the Blessing(Labor Day weekend)

Friday, September 9 – Red Cross Blood Drive, 1 pm to 6 pm, at Good Sam.
Saturday, September 10 – Family Day at Farming 4 Hunger
(Serenity Farms from 9 am to Noon. Join us!  Sign-up here and be sure to complete and bring the F4H Waiver with you).

September 11 [Sunday Theme]  “God’s Work. Our Hands.  Signs of God’s Activity ”
Sunday, September 11: Rally Day – Sunday School begins with “Meet and Greet” at 11:00 am in the Sanctuary
Sunday, September 11: Church Picnic beginning at 11:30 am (at church).
(Burgers, hotdogs, buns, paper products and flatware and beverages will be provided. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. Join us for fellowship, fun and games!)

Fall Worship Schedule begins Sunday, September 18th.
8:45 am Traditional Worship Service; 10:00 am Education Hour; 11:10 am Worship and Praise Service

September 18 [Sunday Theme]   “Journey Together:  Talking with God” (Fall Focus kick-off)

September 25 [Sunday Theme]   “Journey Together:  Meeting God in Scripture”  (Fall Focus continues)

September 26th – October 1st – Photo Directory sittings at Good Sam.  Include yourself and your family in our directory and get an 8×10 photo FREE . Make your appointment today.  

Sacks and Packs Update


Dateline….August 18, 2016. Good Sam delivered the Backpacks to G.W. Carver Elementary School!

After months of preparation and an over pouring of support and contributions from Good Sam and our Local Community, we completed phase one of our Project “Sacks and Packs”. We gathered items needed for the Backpacks in June and July and we came together on Saturday August 13th to assemble them. We had 14 people overall show up to help with putting everything together. We also had countless members of our Church and Community donate the items needed for this Project. We had a great time putting everything together and enjoyed working as a community to accomplish this portion of our Project. Thank’s to all who helped gather the necessary items and donated their time and energy to make this project happen.


Volunteers that helped put the Packs together

Carver Elementary receiving the Backpacks

Carver Elementary receiving the Backpacks

Now Phase 2 Begins!

Now we are concentrating on the Sacks for the Homeless. We will be doing 25 Sacks and the items that we want to provide are listed on the Bulletin Board in the Fellowship Hall. There is also a display set up with some sample items that we would like to provide. So check out what we need and volunteer to supply  as many items as you can. We are making our own list in this effort so any items contributed will get used. Not every bag has to be the same. This phase will also be fun and give everyone an opportunity to pitch in and become a volunteer to help those in our community who are less fortunate. Of course Sacks and Packs is not the only way to Support  “God’s Work, Our Hands”

 Check out other ways that you can contribute and volunteer or if you have a project of your own, You can Make it Happen!

Items that are needed for the Homeless Sacks:

Tooth Brush, Tooth Paste, Deodorant, Composition Books, Energy Bars, Thick Socks, Soap,Toilet Paper, Towel, Sewing Kits, Antibacterial Ointment, Playing Cards.

More Pictures!


Making sure everything is there!


Lots of Items to check off!







Working Together!



Making sure that the tags are correct!


From Worship at Good Sam – ” From the Hand of Jesus – Life, Freedom and Hope Stand Strong” – August 21, 2016

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Lessons: Isaiah 58:9-14, Psalm 103:1-8, Hebrews 12:18-29, Luke 13:10-17

Sermon: ” From the Hand of Jesus – Life, Freedom and Hope Stand Strong” Icon4_Color_234

Prayer: O God, mighty and immortal, you know that as fragile creatures surrounded by great dangers, we cannot by ourselves stand upright. Give us strength of mind and body, so that even when we suffer because of human sin, we may rise victorious through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen.



From Worship at Good Sam – “By Faith We Walk” – August 14, 2016

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Lessons:  Jeremiah 23:23-29, Psalm 82, Hebrews 11:29-12:2, Luke 12:49-56

Sermon: “By Faith We Walk”dashboard222

Prayer: O God, judge eternal, you love justice and hate oppression, and you call us to share your zeal for truth. Give us courage to take our stand with all victims of bloodshed and greed, and, following your servants and prophets, to look to the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen.

Feed the Families – at St Mary’s Caring (GWOH)

John SchefflerEver wonder what happens to children who depend on school meals when school is not in session? “Feed the Families” is a summertime mission of St. Mary’s Caring that helps provide food to families at George Washington Carver and Lexington Park Elementary Schools. After food donations from local businesses, growers and volunteers are packaged at each school, families are notified and pick up the boxes. Helping to fill those boxes gives me a sense of connection to our community. Playing a small part in helping feed people who would otherwise go hungry, especially when we ask God’s blessing on the food after we have assembled the boxes, is very humbling and gratifying. It really brings home the meaning of “God’s Work – Our Hands” to me. I’m reminded of Jesus’s words in Matthew 25: “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat… whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” May God bless these families, and the ministry of St. Mary’s Caring.

– John Scheffler

From Worship at Good Sam – “What Comes with Faith” – August 7, 2016

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Lessons:  Genesis 15:1-6, Psalm 33:12-22, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Luke 12:32-40  

Sermon: “What Comes with Faith”unnamed

Prayer: Almighty God, you sent your Holy Spirit to be the life and light of your church. Open our hearts to the riches of your grace, that we may be ready to receive you wherever you appear, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen.

“God’s Work. Our Hands” St. Mary’s Caring Soup Kitchen

“One of t20160728_103215he joys of my retirement has been my involvement with St. Mary’s Caring Soup Kitchen. I love its simple mission: To feed the hungry in St. Mary’s County. I love the idea that anyone can receive a free meal (breakfast and/or lunch) six days a week no questions asked. I love the idea that food is donated by grocery stores, the college, local farmers, restaurants and churches and it is turned into fresh, healthy prepared meals. I love the camaraderie of working with other volunteers to prepare meals for people who are so grateful for a delicious meal. Most of all, I love when 11:30 arrives and I get to pray with our guests and together we thank God for the ways he has blessed us that day.”                                                                                                                                                                               –Sue Venendaal

For more information about how you might become involved at St. Mary’s Caring, check out the website at And, check our more information on “God’s Work. Our Hands.”

From Worship at Good Sam – “Having a Mind that is set on Christ” – July 31, 2016

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Lessons: Ecclesiastes 1:2,12-14,18, Psalm 49:1-12, Colossians 3:1-11, Luke 12:13-21


Sermon: “Having a Mind that is set on Christ”

PrayerBenevolent God, you are the source, the guide, and the goal of our lives. Teach us to love what is worth loving, to reject what is offensive to you, and to treasure what is precious in your sight, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.