Prayer: Merciful God, gracious and benevolent, through your Son you invite all the world to a meal of mercy. Grant that we feast on his richness and walk in his ways so that with all your saints we may reflect your life of justice and joy, in Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
Sermon: Consecration Sunday – Guest Speaker Pastor Tom Knoll
Prayer: Merciful God, gracious and benevolent, through your Son you invite all the world to a meal of mercy. Grant that we may eagerly follow His call, and bring us with all Your saints into Your life of justice and joy, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
On THURS., OCT. 20, 7:00 pm an informational meeting will introduce a new ministry known as “Work Life,” whose purposes is “Poverty Alleviation through Work.” While this program is sponsored by Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, this meeting is at Lexington Park UMC. We are seeking individuals, business & organizations to help mentor persons in the principles & skills needed to become a “good employee.” This is for individuals to learn about serving as mentors, as well as business owners who may be willing to employ graduates of this program. For more information: Dave Perrin, firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-862-0207.
Another informational meeting will be held Thursday, October 27, 7:00 pm at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church.
As you work with people in our community to alleviate poverty, you may ask yourself, “Why don’t these people just get a job?” Or you may have thought, “If this person just had a good, steady job, then they would be able to take care of themselves.” And isn’t that part of the purpose of every person – to work, create, produce, contribute to society while taking care of themselves and their families?
If you’ve thought this in the past, I think you might be interested in joining a community ministry to help people get and keep good jobs.
“WorkLife of SoMD” is a network of churches and businesses working together to alleviate poverty in Southern Maryland by teaching willing participants soft job skills, encouraging them through mentorship and friendship, and empowering them through employment. WorkLife of SoMD uses a program called Work Life, produced by the Chalmers Center for Economic Development (in partnership with Jobs for Life and Advance Memphis). This is the same organization that produced the book, When Helping Hurts, and many other related resources.
There are 3 parts to Work Life:
- The Work Life curriculum uses biblical principles, proven job-skills training techniques, and engaging adult learning methods to ensure the participants understand and internalize the information.
- Work Life also incorporates mentors, called “Allies,”to provide the relational/friendship support that people so need when trying to make big life changes… and this support continues throughout the first 6 months or year after graduation.
- Work Life also works with employers with the intent to provide each graduate a job opportunity, as well as providing interactive training by employers during the course itself.
Work Life is planning to start the first class in January, 2017. This first class will include interested and qualified participants from the W.A.R.M. program, but will also include participants from the broader community, too.
How can people get involved? There are 2 main ways to be part of the program:
- Allies are a type of mentor that journeys with a participant as they learn and grow. Allies do not have to attend all classes, but be ready to help participants apply lessons to real life.
- Business partners help provide jobs, help the program network with other employers, and can participate in classes (running mock interviews, etc.).
We know your time is valuable, so instead of trying to explain everything here, we are providing a list of resources that you or interested people in your congregation can investigate, AND we are going to hold 2 informational meetings for those that want to learn more and have questions. Learn more by connecting to the video below.
The two Informational Meetings are:
- Thursday, October 20, 7:00pm at Lexington Park United Methodist Church
- Thursday, October 27, 7:00pm at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church
Thanks for being a partner in the Kingdom!
Please Welcome Karol Carlsen to our Nursery Team as Nursery Staff Lead. Karol is studying Art and Art Education at St. Mary’s College. She and her family are long time members of Good Sam. Karol’s Job in the Nursery is to see that we have Nursery Care all Sunday Morning, while providing a nurturing, safe and educational environment. Karol will be assisted by Nursery Attendants Samantha Kowalik and Sydney Goodrich during 8:45 am Worship. Karol is also available during the Sunday School hour to provide care for our 1-2 year old children so parents can visit, attend classes, go with other children to Sunday School Opening or volunteer in Sunday morning activities. Karol will also provide Nursery Care during our 11:10 service as there is need. Karol is excited about this job, loves working with children and is pleased to work with us to build this important activity on Sunday Mornings here in her home church.
Sermon: “Working it Out, with God”
Prayer: O Lord God, tireless guardian of your people, you are always ready to hear our cries. Teach us to rely day and night on your care. Inspire us to seek your enduring justice for all this suffering world, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
Sermon: “God Purposed it for Good”
Prayer: Wise and merciful God, your goodness and faithfulness are sometimes hidden from our eyes. Fill us with faith that we may come to see and know the assurance of every good and fruitful blessing you desire to bestow upon us. Create in us grateful hearts even before we have known the full wonder of you steadfast love, through Jesus Christ, your Son, Our Lord. Amen.
Dennis Allen was tired of recharging the coolant for the Disciples Den HVAC as much as twice a year, only to have it leak out again. Kevin was tired of having room users tell us the heat or “air” isn’t working. The costs of heating and cooling this space were rising and somebody said, “ENOUGH!” In the space of 4 months gifts were received, fundraisers were held, plans were drawn up and finally the solution has come to pass. Dennis said, “It will be fun to see this space without all the duct work. We won’t need it any more because each room will now have it’s own heating/cooling unit and it’s own control. No longer will we need to heat or cool the whole building for a group that uses only one room.” Yeah, to no more heating oil for this building. Based on the efficiency of these units even our electric bill for the building will be less that it was previously. Special Thanks to Dennis Allen, Kevin King, Rich Slavik, Tommy Benefield and John Jewell who gave time and expertise to get this project installed.
Prayer: Benevolent, merciful God: When we are empty, fill us. When we are weak in faith, strengthen us. When we are cold in love, warm us, that with fervor we may love our neighbors and serve them as a true reflection of your love for us all through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.