Monthly Archive for: ‘March, 2017’

God’s Work. Our Hands. Making New Connections

“God’s Work.  Our Hands.  – Making New Connections”   is our 2017 emphasis in building new connections through GWOH new and existing efforts in our community.   Good Sam Community, we invite you to go and serve now, in our community.  Go together and wear a “God’s Work. Our Hands” T-Shirt (get a T-Shirt), take a picture of the activity and see what happens as we serve our neighbors together.  (We will be placing a new large order for GWOH T-shirts during the Summer.  Watch for the announcements)


On April 2, 2017, The Good Samaritan Community will gather (10 am) to review the events, activities and connections we developed during our 2016 emphasis and talk about how best to grow or multiply our making new and meaningful connections in the coming year (2017+).   We call this, “God’s Work.  Our Hands.  – Making New Connections”.  Already some ideas are percolating up at Council and some Good Sam Ministry settings.  We hope to hear how God is stirring in you to invite the Good Sam Community to reach out and build relationships with our neighbors as we live out our journeys of faith.

Also, Good Samaritan has been invited by The Metro DC Synod to be a pilot congregation in an effort called “New Connections” in learning to increase activities, events and relationships that build new connections within the life of our congregation.  This effort is part of a Synod-wide effort and Campaign that will kick off in the fall of 2017.  Our part of this effort is to make our own goals, define our own efforts, track our own progress, get some training through Synod resources and seek to support this Synod effort described in the “New Connections” Literature.

Here is a rough timeline of things that will be happening:

 April 2 All Congregation Gathering at Good Sam to brainstorm and support “God’s Work.  Our Hands.  – Making New Connections” planning at Good Sam for 2017 and beyond.

April and May – “New Connections” Campaign begins here at Good Sam with our own local efforts called “God’s Work.  Our Hands.  – Making New Connections”

June 16-17 – At Synod Assembly the “New Connections” Campaign Synod-wide will be unveiled, and each congregation in the Synod will be asked and invited to participate in ways that are right for them.  There will be examples and stories from each of the Pilot Congregations who are leading the way in developing the “New Connections” Program in their settings.  The two pilot congregations are; Christ the Servant in Reston and Good Samaritan in Lexington Park.

July and August – Good Sam will continue to develop our “God’s Work.  Our Hands.  – Making New Connections” efforts, putting them into action as each activity or event is ready.

September – Synod Congregations will begin making their own “New Connections” plans.

April Highlights

Good Sam Happenings

April 2 [Sunday Theme] Sunday of Hope “Relay for Life – Luminaries”

April 5 ◊ Soup and Bread Meal @ 5:30 pm ◊ Evening Worship (Vespers) @ 6:30 pm       

April 9 [Sunday Theme] Palm / Passion Sunday

April 13 ◊ Maundy Thursday Service @ 7pm (New Commandment Thursday)

April 14 ◊ Good Friday Service @ 7pm (the Passion of Jesus According to John)

April 16 [Sunday Theme] Easter Sunday

            Early Worship 8:45 am (Traditional) with Hallelujah Chorus 

            Easter Brunch (pot-luck) 10 am

            Late Worship 11:10 am  (Contemporary Music) with Hallelujah Chorus 

April 21 ◊ Red Cross Blood Drive at Good Sam, 1 pm until 6 pm

April 23 [Sunday Theme] Easter Cantata Sunday “Kingdom, Power, Glory”

April 30 [Sunday Theme] “Really Present:  Easter Continues”

From Worship at Good Sam – “Jesus Chooses the Blind Guy” – March 26th, 2017

…from worship at Good Sam on March 26, 2017

lessons: 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41

Sermon: “Jesus Chooses the Blind Guy” 

Prayer: Bend your ear to our prayers, Lord Christ, and come among us. By your gracious life and death for us, bring light into the darkness of our hearts, and anoint us with your Spirit, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

From Worship at Good Sam – “Where Do You Get That “Living Water” Stuff?” – March 19, 2017

…from worship at Good Sam on March 19, 2017

Lessons: Exodus 17:1-7, Psalm 95, Romans 5:1-11, John 4:5-42

Sermon: “Where Do You Get That “Living Water” Stuff?”  

Prayer: Merciful God, the fountain of living water, you quench our thirst and wash away our sin. Give us this water always. Bring us to drink from the well that flows with the beauty of your truth 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 – “The Early Footsteps of Faith” – March 12, 2017

…from worship at Good Sam on March 12, 2017

Lessons: Genesis 12:1-4a, Psalm 121, Romans 4:1-5, 13-17, John 3:1-17  

Sermon: “The Early Footsteps of Faith”   

Prayer: O God, our leader and guide, in the waters of baptism you bring us to new birth to live as your children. Strengthen our faith in your promises, that by your Spirit we may lift up your life to the entire world through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Spotlight on Good Sam’s Families and Friends – The Slavik Family

In an effort to get acquainted with everyone and get to know our families and friends, each week we will spotlight on a Family or Friend of Good Sam Lutheran Church, In addition we will be posting pictures and locations of where our families are originally from in the Fellowship Hall on the Big US Map. It’s interesting to see where we all hail from. We truly are Finding our neighbors along the journey of faith!


This weeks spotlight is Rich Slavik

Rich was born and raised in Bergenfield NJ and has one younger brother, Rich enlisted in the United States Navy after high school and worked in Aviation Maintenance. He retired as a Master Chief. Rich is active in his community and Church and serves as Coordinator for the “Our Daily Bread” Food pantry. Rich enjoys spending his free time watching sports, playing board games and occasionally playing a round of golf.

Stop by and introduce yourself if you have not met them.

The Season of Lent: “40 Days to Ponder. . .”

As we enter the season of Lent, I begin to contemplate. I think about ways in which I can be present with others. I think about things that I [perhaps] need to release from my own life. As I ponder, I realize what I need most is to meditate on God’s Word and just listen.

During Lent, people often make some sort of change—whether it be giving something up or engaging in a new discipline.  Whatever it may be, that change can be challenging. But, if we look in our scriptural “toolbox,” God gives us encouragement through His Word all along the way. If we ponder on it, it becomes more engrained within us—easier, something we can readily access.

So this year, during the Lenten season, I’m taking one scripture each week to allow me time to really internalize and digest the message God wants to reveal. I use God’s Word to settle my mind and create space to allow the Holy Spirit to speak. When I fill my mind with the Word of God, there’s no room for all the chatter. For me, this is basically putting God at the helm. By beginning each day meditating on His Word, I’m allowing Him to be my guide. It may be that’s all He wants from me–giving my time to Him first.  It may be that He is leading me to grow in an area of my life. This, I don’t know. What I do know, is that spending time really meditating—or pondering—on His word helps me to grow as a Christian and in the body of Christ.

I invite you to join me in this journey of meditating, or pondering, on a scripture each week beginning on Ash Wednesday. I’m calling this journey “40 Days to Ponder.” My hope is that others might find scriptural meditation to be a useful discipline. If you’d like to take this journey, I’ve included the Bible verses I’ll be using. Feel free to use them or find ones that speak to you. If you’d like to journey together or talk about it, please contact me.

Enjoy the journey!
God Bless, Gail Wathen

Week 1:  Philippians 4:13
Week 2: Isaiah 41:10
Week 3: 2 Corinthians 12:9
Week 4: John 14:27

“ If you notice in my suggestions, the first three weeks focus on strength.  This was intentional.  I for one find myself drawing on God’s strength daily. As I embark on a journey through lent, and discern how God is working in my life and perhaps leading me to make some changes, I will need His strength more than ever.  My thoughts are that perhaps others may experience similar feelings.  The last week/scripture focuses on God’s peace.  John reminds us in this passage that Jesus left us with a gift when he ascended back into heaven—a  gift that the world can’t give.  He left us His peace.  We can tap into Him at any time and He will show us how to get back to Him and how to feel the depth of spirit that brings us peace again.  He alone can provide that peace that stills the mind, renews our strength and restores our soul.” –Gail

From Worship at Good Sam – “Walking the Walk When It’s Rocky Ahead” – March 5, 2017

…from worship at Good Sam on March 5, 2017

Lessons: Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7, Psalm 32, Romans 5:12-19, Matthew 4:1-11 

Sermon: “Walking the Walk When It’s Rocky Ahead”  

Prayer: Lord God, our strength, the struggle between good and evil rages within and around us, and the devil and all the forces that defy you tempt us with empty promises. Keep us steadfast in your word, and when we fall, raise us again and restore us through your Son, 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 – “Where All the Law and the Prophets Sing Out Together: There is Jesus” – February 26, 2017

…from worship at Good Sam on February 26, 2017

Lessons: Exodus 24:12-18, Psalm 2, 2 Peter 1:16-21, Matthew 17:1-9

Sermon: “Where All the Law and the Prophets Sing Out Together: 
There is Jesus”

Prayer: O God, in the transfiguration of your Son you confirmed the mysteries of the faith by the witness of Moses and Elijah, and in the voice from the bright cloud declaring Jesus your beloved Son, you foreshadowed our adoption as your children. Make us heirs with Christ of your glory, and bring us to enjoy its fullness, 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 – “Building to the Designer’s Specifications” – February 19, 2017

…from worship at Good Sam on February 19, 2017

Lessons: Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18, Psalm 119:33-40, 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23, Matthew 5:38-48  

Sermon: “Building to the Designer’s Specifications”   

Prayer: Holy God of compassion, you invite us into your way of forgiveness and peace. Lead us to love our enemies, and transform our words and deeds to be like his through whom we pray, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

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