Monthly Archive for: ‘September, 2017’

October Highlights

Good Sam Happenings

October 1 [Sunday Theme] “Fall Focus: Acknowledge and Care”

October 4 ◊ Wednesday Evening Worship (6:30 pm) and Classes (7 pm) begin.  Join us for Wednesday Church Night

October 8 [Sunday Theme] “Fall Focus: Affirm and Call Forward (invite)”

October 15 [Sunday Theme] “Fall Focus: Encourage and Empower”

October 15 ◊ Community Listening Event at Good Sam  @ 3 pm to 5 pm with the Southern Maryland Community Gospel Choir directed by Sherri Fenwick

October 17 ◊ Viewing of “The Idea that Changed the World”  a Docu-Drama of the life and impact of Martin Luther  6:30 pm to 9 pm at Good Sam.  Admission is free and refreshments will be provided.  Sponsored by Trinity and Good Samaritan Lutheran Churches.

October 22 [Sunday Theme] Consecration Sunday

October 29 [Sunday Theme] 500 years of Reforming

Click Faith Review to take our Faith Journey Review (print from .PDF format); Click Faith Journey Review to take the Review online (in Google Forms format).

Lutheran Day at Farming 4 Hunger, September 23, 2017

On Saturday September 23rd more than 25 Good Sam members, 30+ Peace Waldorf members, and almost 20 St Nicholas members enjoyed the wonder and fun that happens at Farming 4 Hunger in Hughesville.  We picked Sweet Potatoes, listened to JRP music, talked, visited and enjoy some time of personal sharing from two of the work release program participants at the Farm.  It was a grand time and the saying continues to be true, “all are fed on the Farm.”  Thanks to Christy H, Becky D. and Erika D who coordinated the effort for the three Lutheran Congregations present.  We were also joined by 3 or 4 other community youth groups and one American Heritage activity group to round out the numbers and the fun.  God truly showed up and blessed all who were present.



Wednesday Church Night — Worship, Class Study, Fellowship


Come join us for 30-minutes of worship time with prayer, scripture, music, and praise at 6:30 P.M. each Wednesday evening. Here’s how the upcoming weeks will look:

  • Jan. 17 – “In Worship We Hear And Receive The Word” (Scripture:  Nehemiah 8:1-10)
  • Jan. 24 – “In Worship We Celebrate The Presence Of Christ In The Meal” (Scripture:  I Corinthians 11:23-26)
  • Jan. 31 – “From Worship We Are Sent Out To Share Jesus” (Scripture: John 20:19-29; Matthew 28:19-20)
  • Feb. 7 – “The Shape Of Faith And Worship: ‘Gather, Grow, Give And Go’” (Scripture:  Luke 10:1-11)
  • Feb. 14 — Ash Wednesday and The Beginning of Lent

At 7:00 P.M. our classes will continue with Pastor Harry Carlsen leading the book study—“ Luther: Renegade and Prophet” by Lyndal Roper.  Beginning Jan. 10, 2018 our second class will be a new study series called Movies, Theology and Real Life  led by Pastor Mitch. Our first study is based on the NY Times best-selling novel and movie “The Shack.”

Classes on Wednesday Church Nights:

  • Movies, Theology and Real Life Study

On Jan. 10 a new study series begins called Movies, Theology and Real Life led by Pastor Mitch.  Our first study is based on the NY Times best-selling novel and movie “The Shack.” It’s the story of Mackenzie (Mack), who struggles to deal with his life in the wake of his youngest daughter Missy’s death.  Anger and resentment squelch everything in him until he is drawn back to the spot of Missy’s death.  There he has a surprising and mystical experience of coming to terms with his father’s treatment, his father’s death and his current life in the wake of his daughter’s death.

Mack and God have a discussion about where God is in all these experiences of Mack’s life.  And Mack has a decision to make about whether he will return to his family to stay with God. We will watch this movie in four, half-hour segments and talk about each one as we go along.  Join us for this first, four week session of “Movies, Theology and Real Life” as we watch and talk about “The Shack.” This study will run from Jan 10 – 31, 2018.

  •   MARTIN LUTHER Renegade and Prophet     By Lyndal Roper, published by Random House

Our first class is October 4th beginning at 7 pm in the Roman’s Room at Good Sam.  You can come to see if you are interested in this exploration of Luther’s life and times or buy the book and read along with us.

Lead by Pastor Harry Carlsen.   Pastor Carlsen is a retired ELCA Pastor who has served a whole career in service to the church.  Recently he has served as an interim pastor for an Episcopal Church in Georgia.  Pastor Carlsen and his wife Dorothy now reside in  California MD to be near Jeff (Son) and Kami Carlsen and grandchildren.

A little about MARTIN LUTHER Renegade and Prophet  It is inevitable that the anniversary of the Reformation would bring forth a flood of new publications. “Martin Luther: Renegade and Prophet” is undoubtedly one of the best and most substantial. Deeply researched over a period of more than 10 years, this biography offers a fresh and deeply illuminating study of the man who somewhat reluctantly divided a continent. What emerges is a work of impeccable scholarship and painstaking fair mindedness. In particular Roper has mined the correspondence, which illuminates every page of this book, as Luther coped with the strains of first becoming a public figure, searched for allies and unburdened himself to trusted friends. In letters that were both deeply learned and alarmingly frank, his charisma shines through, but we also see his complexity: He was a man who could, by turns, be abusive and utterly unforgiving, but also gentle, affectionate and funny.

This is an eight week class exploring Luther’s Small Catechism and how Its approach to faith and scripture bring learning to love and trust God into the home, into the heart and in the daily lives of those who seek to follow Jesus.  Although this is a good review of the Catechism it is also a deeper look at how it works, how to use it and how it was a ground breaking approach to faith in real life that is still vital and relevant in today’s busy world.

Class will have a short video component, a little reading and lots of discussion, sharing, thinking out loud and imaging God’s activity in and through our lives.

This class is lead by Pastor Mitch and  begins October 4th, 7 pm in Pastor’s office and will run for 8 weeks.  Books are $15 and a Small Catechism will be provided.

10 Actions That Will Change Your Life and Bless Your Neighbor.

Join us Fall Focus 2017 at Good Sam, beginning this Sunday.

Learning to practice our faith, that is turn it into action, is a persistent question for those who walk the journey of faith.  If faith is to be real, it also needs to be relevant to our journey in seeking God’s gifts as well as make a real difference in the world near us.

Somewhere in our “church lives” we have spent a good deal of time thinking about our relationship with God and somehow minimized the opportunity to work at shaping our relationships with our neighbors.  It is my strong belief that what we do with our neighbors has a huge impact on our own faith development and our sense of God active in our own lives.  It is not just for our neighbor that God invites us to work at our relationships with our neighbors.  It is also enlightened self-interest.  It matters in our own faith development how we engage and relate to others.

So, we propose ten things you can do that will shape your faith journey and bless your neighbor.  These actions will be an important part of everything we do that is God’s work with our hands (hearts).  These actions, invested well, will become a fountain of strength and encouragement to nurture and sustain faith in us and in others who know us.

Here are the ten actions we invite you to prayerfully live as you meet and engage your neighbors with the faith that is in you.

Sept 24th Recognize and Connect – “Called to New Depths of Knowing and Loving Our Neighbors”

  • Recognize one another – people yearn to be seen and heard
  • Connect with your neighbors, colleagues, strangers, friends

October 1st – Acknowledge and Care – “I See You! And the Circle of Hospitality”

  • Acknowledge that God is working through you and others for His purpose
  • Care for one another

October 8th Affirm and Call Forward (invite) – “Naming, Appreciating and Inviting Another to Participate

  • Affirm one another
  • Call Forward (invite) people to church, to events, to community,

October 15th Encourage and Empower – “Bringing Support and Encouragement to Bear”

  • Encourage one another
  • Empower people to live out their spiritual gifts and their most authentic selves

November 12th Nurture and Pray For – “Lift Them Up – and Lift Them Before God”

  • Pray (for) one another
  • Nurture one another as we grow in our faith

Pastor Mitch

Good Sam Hosts Annual Church Picnic Sept. 24

Our annual Church Picnic will be held Sunday, Sept. 24 on the church grounds right after Sunday School at 11:30 A.M.  We will have lots of food, fun, and fellowship.  We ask that folks bring a side dish, salad and/or dessert to share, drinks and meats will be provided.  Would you like to help?  We’re looking for volunteers to help setup & clean-up, man the grill, engage the kids in games, and set up the volleyball net.  If you would like to help, please sign up in Fellowship or contact Judy Kowalik.  All are welcome, please join us and enjoy a relaxing time to socialize and enjoy a good meal.

Making New Connections: Reading-Tutoring Volunteers at Carver

Reading /Tutoring Volunteers for Carver Elementary School Students
Point of Contact:  Gennifer Koebke

Do you like children?  Do you like to read?
Are you looking for a way to help in the community?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, we’ve got an opportunity for you to use your talents to assist our neighbors!  We began a successful Tutoring/Reading Volunteer program during the last school year at Carver Elementary and we plan to continue and expand this volunteer program again this school year.

Volunteers are given choices of grade levels and days/times to read with a student or students on a regular basis. No experience is necessary and training will be provided, along with the resources needed to help students grow in reading skills, and develop a lifelong love of reading. But, your primary opportunity is to support the kids reading, give them encouragement and allow them to know that someone is listening and cares about their skill development. There are so many students at Carver that would benefit from the chance to have a mentor reading tutor in their lives!

Registering to be a Volunteer with SMCPS:

New volunteers will need to register as a St. Mary’s County Public Schools (SMCPS) Volunteer and go through the required background check before being able to participate. This is easy, quick and painless! Visit the SMCPS website link (here) and follow the instructions. You’ll be contacted via email that you’ve been approved. It may take little while as this is completed by an outside provider. So, if you’re interested in this exciting service opportunity, get started now! (Volunteers who have already registered and have been approved do not need to reapply, but are encouraged to review the online volunteer safe schools information.)

Once you are approved a Carver staff member will match you up with a student/classroom that matches your schedule and available time .  Returning volunteers may want to stay with the same grade or teacher, perhaps follow a student tutored last year into a new grade level, or try out tutoring at a new grade level.  There are also opportunities for mentoring students during “catch-up reading breakfast groups” that meet in the mornings. There are so many students at Carver that would benefit from the chance to have a mentor reading tutor in their lives!

Please consider this valuable service opportunity on your faith journey!