Monthly Archive for: ‘July, 2019’


Join me on Sunday, August 11 during fellowship where we will take about 15-minutes and discuss 5 techniques to welcome someone new.

As you know, we have been trying to establish a “Welcome Team” that will provide consistency and be intentional about creating an atmosphere where all who enter our doors feel welcomed and valued.

On August 11th , we will offer some insights as to the kinds of things that reflect that sentiment. Bring your ideas too!  What makes you feel welcomed in new situations/places? What gives you pause and leaves you uneasy?  Perhaps while reading this some ideas are already bubbling to the surface.  Send me an e-mail and we can get the conversation started.  It would be fun to get some ideas and begin to communicate before the 11th.

Let’s learn together how we can best display what it means to truly welcome others into the community of Good Sam.


Gail Wathen, Council President

A Path To Connection

Some of you may have noticed a new path that was created on our property. It is a path that allows for easier access to the soup kitchen and the food pantry from the mobile homes that reside behind our building. This path was not created by us, but what a wonderful opportunity for Good Sam to really welcome our neighbors. During our last two council meetings, we discussed how to respond with regards to this path. It was unanimous that we should not only embrace the opportunity to connect with our neighbors, but also make the path inviting and safe for them to travel.

On Sunday, July 28th, I invite you to bring your ideas and meet with me during fellowship so that we can create a vision and a plan for this surprise blessing.  Let’s shout “YOU ARE WELCOME HERE” through our response and actions.  As the lyrics to one of my favorite hymns are sung “they’ll know we are Christians by our love by our love, yes they’ll know we are Christians by our love.                                          


Gail Wathen, Council President

Sunday’s Sermon, July 14, 2019

…from Worship at Good Sam on July 14, 2019

Lessons: Deuteronomy 30:9-14, Psalm 25:1-10, Colossians 1:1-14, Luke 10:25-37

Sermon: “What God Sees”

Prayer: O Lord God, your mercy delights us, and the world longs for your loving care. Hear the cries of everyone in need, and turn our hearts to love our neighbors with the love of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

The sermon begins after the reading from Luke’s Gospel.

Sunday’s Sermon, July 7, 2019

…from Worship at Good Sam on July 7, 2019

Lessons: Isaiah 66:10-14, Psalm 66:1-9, Galatians 6:[1-6] 7-16, Luke 10:11,16-20

Sermon: “An Accompaniment”

Prayer: O God, the Father of our Lord Jesus, you are the city that shelters us, the mother who comforts us. With your Spirit accompany us on our life’s journey, that we may spread your peace in all the world, through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

The sermon begins after the reading from Luke’s Gospel.

July Highlights

Good Sam Happenings in July

July 7 [Sunday Theme] “An Accompaniment”

* July 13th- Yard Sale

July 14 [Sunday Theme] “What God Sees”

July 21 [Sunday Theme]  “A Message from…”

* July 21st- Building Puentes Mission Trip Group Leaves for Puerto Rico

July 28 [Sunday Theme“A Message from Pastor Eva Steege”  

* Stitching Sisters Summer Camp Week 1 (July 29th & 30th) from 9am – 11:30am

July newsletter “Grapevine”

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