Monthly Archive for: ‘December, 2016’

January Highlights

Good Sam Happenings

January 1 [Sunday Theme] “God Makes a Way” (One Service at 10 am)

January 8 [Sunday Theme] “Fulfilling All Righteousness”

♦ Epiphany Parade 8:45 am service… dress as royalty and bring non-perishable foods for the hungry.

♦ 10 am All Congregation Education Event “Living Wet: Keeping Ourselves Immersed in the Promises of God.”

January 13, Red Cross Blood Drive 1 pm to 6 pm.  Sign up and come in.

January 15 [Sunday Theme] “God Has a Bigger Plan, Come and See”

 January 22 [Sunday Theme] “A Light in a Dark Land”

 January 29 [Sunday Theme] “To Whom Does the Kingdom of Heaven Belong?”

Good Sam Welcomes New Music Director

We are very excited to have Sherri Fenwick join our staff.  She graduated from St. Mary’s College with a Music Education degree and has a full career as a music teacher in the St. Mary’s County School system, as well as decades of experience as a church musician in and out of this county.  She directs a tri-county Southern Gospel Choir and comes to us with a long list of people whose lives she has touched through music in area churches, schools, choirs and more.  She is a gifted organist and is wonderful on any keyboard.  Not only does she love music, but she loves the Lord even more.

Sherri begins with us starting on January 2nd and her first choral directing and Worship accompaniment with us will be on January 8th.  Please welcome Sherri as you meet her.  You might also meet her husband William Fenwick as he comes with her from time to time.  He is a long-time member of Mount Zion Methodist Church on Hwy 235.

“Home for Christmas”– A Video Message from ELCA Bishop Eaton

“Home for Christmas”

ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton reminds us that regardless of where we might find ourselves this season, through Christ, we can be at home. A message for Christmas 2016.

From Worship at Good Sam – “God is With US!” – December 18, 2016

…from Worship at Good Sam – December 18, 2016

Lessons: Isaiah 7:10-16, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19, Romans 1:1-7, Matthew 1:18-25

Sermon: “God is With US!” 

Prayer: Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come. With your abundant grace and might, free us from the sin that hinders our faith, that eagerly we may receive your promises, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.



Good Sam Plays Big Role as American Red Cross Partner

blood-drive-imageThe Good Samaritan Community is playing a big role in the initiatives and goals of the American Red Cross. We are planning a blood drive on Friday, January 13th from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Good Sam.  Did you know that 80 percent of blood donations are given at blood drives hosted by generous sponsoring organizations like ours?

We’re proud to partner with the Red Cross and be a part of all they do for our community, our country, and around the world. The blood collected by the Red Cross helps millions of patients in over 2,400 hospitals across the country and to keep up with demand, the Red Cross must collect 14,000 units of blood each day.  Consider being a part of this life saving event TODAY by donating blood, volunteering during our drive, and/or promoting our blood drive with your co-workers, friends and family. There are many ways you can help, but most importantly, we hope you come out to donate.

Here are two ways to sign up and schedule your donation time on January 13th:
1.     Send an email to Chris Van Camp (Blood Drive Coordinator)
2.    Sign up directly with the Red Cross at www.redcrossblood.orgSign in or create an account and select your appointment time under Good Sam’s Blood Drive.

We’re looking forward to seeing you on January 13th!

From Worship at Good Sam – “Herald the News, Let us Sing Out!” – December 11, 2016

placeholder…from worship at Good Sam December 11, 2016

Lessons: Isaiah 35:1-10, Psalm 146:5-10, James 5:7-10, Matthew 11:2-11

Sermon: “Herald the News, Let us Sing Out!”  november27

Prayer: Stir up the wills of all who look to you, Lord God, and strengthen our faith in your coming, that, transformed by grace, we may walk in your way; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


From Worship at Good Sam – “Baptism as Preparation for Life” ” December 4, 2016

placeholder…from Worship at Good Sam on December 4, 2016

Lessons: Isaiah 11:1-10, Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12

Sermon: “Baptism as Preparation for Life”  november27

Prayer:  Stir up our hearts, Lord God, to prepare the way of your only Son. By his coming nurture our growth as people of repentance and peace; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.