Monthly Archive for: ‘February, 2018’

Preview: Lessons for Sunday, March 4, 2018

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Casserole Sunday Fundraiser Returns as Sr. Youth Raise Funds for ELCA Youth Gathering 2018

Casserole Sunday Returns in March

The Sr. Youth will once again be making casseroles to sell to help support their trip to the Youth Gathering in Houston. Beginning in March, the group will announce their casserole offerings and take orders for the casseroles.  The casseroles are made in a 9” x 11” aluminum pan and are ready for the oven. The cost for the casseroles is $20 each and all money goes towards expenses for the trip. If you would like to assist in helping to make casseroles, we’re sure they would accept the assistance.  If you have questions, please contact Diane Glasgow.

Showy Fundraiser Planned by Sr. Youth for ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston, TX

Did You Hear? Flocking Season is HERE. . . March 4 – 25, 2018

What’s this all about?  Confirmed reports indicate that flocks of flamingos will soon be entering our nearby neighborhoods. These flocks of plastic Pink Flamingos love getting a chance to rest for weeks in St. Mary’s County neighborhoods (these gregarious birds love Good Sam folks).  Now is your opportunity to purchase Flamingo Protection Insurance (FPI) during the following Sundays in February–Feb. 11, 18 and 25–and keep these wildly colorful birds from showing up your yard. Since hearing the news of their impending arrival, we’ve deployed our Sr. Youth group (who have undergone intensive Flamingo Removal training) in case you didn’t purchase the FPI offered and these flamboyant birds decide to take up residence in your yard. The youth Flamingo Removal teams will carefully gather the flock and remove (or move) them from your yard–for a small donation. And, for an additional donation the team will move the flock to a yard of your choosing.

Ok, so you’ve figured out that this is all for giggles and grins, right? And, it’s another way for our Youth traveling to the ELCA Tri-annual Youth Gathering in Houston to defer the costs for their trip. Here’s how this works:

  • You’ll have the next the weeks of Feb 11 – 25 to prepare and buy Flamingo Protection Insurance–FPI (for a $40 donation) from our youth.  Insurance will “protect” your yard from these pink plastic flamingos “resting” in your yard during their stay in St. Mary’s Co.
  • Without insurance, you may have Pink Flamingos show up in your yard. Should this occur, one of our highly trained Pink Flamingo Removal Teams will come and remove these birds from your yard (for a low removal donation of $25).
  • AND, for an additional $30 donation, you can “suggest” whose yard these Pink Flamingos might travel to next to “rest.” The Removal Team will take care of this for you. Our removal teams work on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays throughout the period of March 4 – 25.

 Please see Corinne Marino at church, or contact her by email  or phone (301-904-1854) to either purchase insurance ($40 donation), deploy a removal team ($25 donation + $30 donation if suggesting the next yard) or if you do not wish participate in this event.

Again, we will be using all collected donations to help our youth attend the ELCA National Youth Gathering in Houston TX this summer. Thank you in advance for your support!   Any or all donations can also be placed in the offering plate any Sunday at Good Sam (please make a notation of Pink Flamingos – Youth Gathering and your name).

*Note: If you have concerns or do not wish to participant in this event, please feel free to notify Corinne Marino.

March Highlights

Good Sam Happenings

March 4 [Sunday Theme] “Idolatry That Dogs Us”

◊ March 7   Wednesday Church Night 

   5:30 pm Soup and Bread Supper (all welcome)

   6:30 pm Lenten Vespers (Joyous Light)

   7:00 pm  Classes Begin

        1) “Everything Happens for a Reason, and other Lies I’ve loved” with Pastor Mitch

        2) “Luther: Renegade and Prophet” with Pastor Carlsen

March 11  [Sunday Theme] “The Son of Man Must Be Lifted Up”

◊ March 14   Wednesday Church Night

   5:30 pm Soup and Bread Supper (all welcome)

   6:30 pm Lenten Vespers (Joyous Light)

   7:00 pm  Classes Begin

        1) “Everything Happens for a Reason, and other Lies I’ve loved” with Pastor Mitch

        2) “Luther: Renegade and Prophet” with Pastor Carlsen

March 18  [Sunday Theme] “An Accumulation of Scars and Blessings”

◊ March 21   Wednesday Church Night CANCELLED due to Weather

March 25  [Sunday Theme] “Passion: a Play on Words”

◊ March 28   No Wednesday Church Night this week

◊ March 29   Maundy Thursday Service 7 pm

◊ March 30  Good Friday Service 7 pm

April 1  [Sunday Theme] “Easter is Always a Surprise”  (one service 9 am)

Preview: Lessons for Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018

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Preview: Lessons for Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018

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“Everything Happens for a Reason (and other Lies I’ve Loved)” by Kate Bowler

Dear Friends 

I have always thought that asking questions of your faith, about how it is alive in you was the point of the Lenten Season.  I just haven’t figured out how eating fish on Friday or giving up watermelon for the season would really have much of an impact of whether I loved or trusted God.  I wonder how my faith can be real enough to help me parent meaningfully and love my neighbor in a way that is pleasing to God and helps me grow as a person.  I am always looking for tools that will help me further or deepen my learning to love God with all my heart and mind and strength.  I don’t think it is surprising that I found a conversation partner in a Divinity School Professor (assistant professor).  It doesn’t surprise me that she is bright, witty and shares from the heart easily.  But I am deeply grateful that she is a parent of a two (now three) year old and that she can write and speak from places of great joy and deep pain in her life.  I guess it shouldn’t surprise me that this thirtysomething writer is facing the ravages of stage IV cancer treatment.  But what does surprise me is that Kate Bowler can write, speak, blog and engage some of the toughest veneers that our cultures has to offer and invite us into a deeper, honest and unvarnished beauty that loving God can fill us with while we yet live in this challenging world.

So this Lenten Season, I invite you to walk this journey with me and with Kate Bowler as we read together her book about facing life, faith and the way the world is through her book “Everything Happens for a Reason: and Other Lies I have Loved.”  So, Here is my challenge to you for Lent.

1)  Get the book (Here, if that helps).

2) Join us in class.  We’ll meet at Good Sam, right after Vespers (6:30 pm) for the five Wednesdays in Lent at 7:00 pm beginning February 21.

3) Check out Kate’s blog, you might actually enjoy her writing style.

4) And finally, bring your faith with you and be ready to further your journey of inviting God to walk with you through this challenging world as it is.

I am so excited to walk this walk with you.  Here is a great motto for living in faith:  Hard times are best endured together.


February Highlights

Good Sam Happenings

February 4 [Sunday Theme] “As You Wish”

◊ February 7  Wednesday Church Night continues

February 11  [Sunday Theme] “The Glory of God in the Face of Christ”

             Check out Kate Bowler’s new book “Everything Happens for a Reason: and other Lies I’ve loved”

◊ February 14th  Ash Wednesday Service   7 pm  (No classes this week)

February 18  [Sunday Theme] “Lenten Journeying”  and the Baptism of Spencer Allen Dafler

◊ February 21   Wednesday Church Night

     5:30 pm Soup and Bread Supper (all welcome)

     6:30 pm Lenten Vespers (Joyous Light)

     7:00 pm  Classes Begin

          1) “Everything Happens for a Reason, and other Lies I’ve loved” with Pastor Mitch

          2) “Luther: Renegade and Prophet” with Pastor Carlsen

February 25  [Sunday Theme] “Faith Must Remake Us”

◊  February 28   Wednesday Church Night

     5:30 pm Soup and Bread Supper (all welcome)

     6:30 pm Lenten Vespers (Joyous Light)

     7:00 pm  Classes Begin

          1) “Everything Happens for a Reason, and other Lies I’ve loved” with Pastor Mitch

          2) “Luther: Renegade and Prophet” with Pastor Carlsen

Preview: Lessons for Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018

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Early Publication Of Sunday Lessons Can Add to Lenten Journey

Sisters and Brothers,
The Season of Lent will soon be among us (Feb 14).  Many of us are familiar and used to the activity of giving something up for Lent. We call it Lenten Denial. I commend you to the activities you know and trust that feed your souls in this time of Journeying to the Cross, but may I also invite you into another opportunity during this season?  What would it be like to read and ponder the lessons for each Sunday a few days before we gather for Worship and a few days after those lessons have been the center of our gathering in Worship?  Wouldn’t this be a great way to add to our experience of God walking with us though Lent and into Easter?To aid you in this effort, we are publishing the lessons for each Sunday on our website Wednesday of each week.  You can also connect to them through this email newsletter, “Connections @ Good Sam.”  You will also be able to find them in a separate printed document as you walk into Worship on Sunday or when you come to Wednesday Night Vespers.

The publication of the lessons for each Sunday will include an “Introduction to the Day of Worship,” the “Prayer of the Day” for that Sunday and an “Introduction to each Lesson and it’s context.”  Now you can take the lessons with you to worship and take them with you from worship.  You can prepare your mind and heart to hear the Word on Sunday and reflect upon the Word after you have experienced it among the community gathered.

Here is a link to the first compilation of Sunday Lessons for this Sunday on Transfiguration of Our Lord, February 11. Join us on Ash Wednesday Feb. 14 and for the First Sunday of Lent on February 18. Don’t for get that Lenten Vespers begin on February 21 with Soup and bread at 5:30 P.M. and Lenten Vespers at 6:30 P.M. each Wednesday in Lent (Feb. 21-March 21).

  –Pastor Mitch