Terri was born in Pax River back when her dad was stationed here with the Navy. They left for a while for other duty stations, but ultimately returned to Pax and call it home now. Her husband Billy’s dad was also Navy, and they bumped into each other canoeing on base as young teenagers and began their friendship. Terri has such an amazing, adventurous spirit and during her junior year of high school she set off to be an exchange student in Chile! By her senior year, she was enrolled in a local college part time and always up for adventure. Terri struck out to attend Shepherd College in West Virginia after graduation. Three days before Billy joined the Army in 1976, the highschool sweethearts married and she returned to St. Mary’s College briefly before following him to a North Carolina duty station where she attended Fayetteville State for 1 year. Always up for a challenge, Terri managed to stay in school AND have 2 kids (Will & Mary) before her husband got unaccompanied orders to Germany and she returned back to Pax to finish up college back at St. Mary’s, getting her Bachelors in History in 1980! This woman was born with determination. More duty stations and 2 more kids later, the entire family set off on orders back to Germany for a 5-year adventure. Terri boarded the flight with Will, age 8, Mary 6, Elizabeth 2, and a new baby, Steven. Her husband left the service in 1990, and Terri, believing everyone should serve their country, took her turn and enlisted in 1991. What was intended to be 1 enlistment became a 13 year passion and career, including a stint near the Iraq border.
Amidst the many moves, Terri was searching for a church home. Both she and her husband were raised in multi faith homes and he was Catholic. While in North Carolina they were searching for a church home and Terri felt led to try this Lutheran church that was welcoming and felt like home. Once in Germany, they again found a home with an Evangelical Lutheran church and Terri learned her first German through the church. Once back in Pax, she heard about a new Lutheran church that was recently founded…. it was Good Samaritan, and she’s been with us ever since! Terri is currently serving on council, but her call to mission and serving reaches far into the community and the world. On top of her military service, Terri has always been involved serving locally with Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts, as well as the VFW. She has found a way to reach into the secular world and bring her loving spirit and light into so many organizations, like the Lexington Park Community Association, helping orchestrate a geocaching trail that brings people from all walks together.
Never one to slow down after retirement, Terri began a new journey as an Uber driver. Some passengers are quiet and others want to talk; some she meets once and others are regulars. She has found that she can provide a judgment-free, safe place for people to share what’s on their minds and hearts and she has the opportunity to simply listen and support and encourage them on their journey. A few passengers she has also had the opportunity to share her faith with and even invite them to church. It’s exciting because she never knows where the conversations and relationships built will lead. For a few special passengers, she has been an instrument of God to guide their path with ideas and encouragement, helping them solve a personal problem or find employment. Terri is such a beautiful example of listening to God’s call and being a light in the world throughout her life. We are blessed to have you as a part of our community!
Sermon: “Building Puentes Mission Trip Stories”
Prayer: O God, overflowing with mercy and compassion, you lead back to yourself all those who go astray. Preserve your people in your loving care, that we may reject whatever is contrary to you and may follow all things that sustain our life in your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
The sermon begins after the reading from Luke’s Gospel.
Wednesdays – 6 pm at Good Sam. (For the whole community) beginning Sept. 25, 2019
House of Prayer is a time and a place to pray. A space in which to breath. Light music and a setting in which to soak ourselves in prayer, meditation, reflection, intercession and listening for God – listening to God. This half an hour time is lightly guided and free enough to do your own thing. Communion will be offered. Prayer themes and stations for exploration will be offered. Come and explore a time and a place to pray.
Join us for “House of Prayer” – 30 minutes of prayer, meditation, guided devotion, personal reflection and communion.
To pray is to sit in silence and listen, to close our eyes and seek light and awareness with senses we do know know we have. Prayer is to welcome God and discern the way forward. Join us for House of Prayer @ Good Sam, Wednesdays at 6 pm. (beginning Sept 25th)
Sermon: “A New Relationship With Everything We Have”
Prayer: Direct us, O Lord God, in all our doings with your continual help, that in all our works, begun, continued, and ended in you, we may glorify your holy name; and finally, by your mercy, bring us to everlasting life, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
The sermon begins after the reading from Luke’s Gospel. (Audio rec. begins @ 1:06 in)
You might know the name of our food pantry (see above). You probably know we have a pantry from which we serve neighbors and friends in our community. You might even know that last month we served over 500 people with a bag of groceries (28 of those were new or first time visitors to our pantry). In reality, this means that we share over 40,000 lbs. of food annually.
You probably have no idea where all that food comes from. Ninety percent of that food comes from the Southern Maryland Food Back in Waldorf, MD (SMFB). That means that almost every week we send volunteers 50 minutes away to pick up 800 to 1,500 lbs. of food, load it into vehicles and return to load it onto our pantry shelves. If you haven’t been to the pantry you might be surprised by the hectic nature of food day at SMFB. Each pantry loads what food they want from what is available and it is weighed and checked out (we get billed for the food we take at 18 cents a pound).
You might have noticed from the local news sources that there is a new Food Bank being developed here in Lexington Park. It is called “Feed St Mary’s” (FSM). Check out the Feed St Mary’s newsletter called “Dinner Bell.” It’s posted in our entryway on the Kiosk. Good Sam is a participant in the organizing activities of this new local food back. FSM exists to stock local St Mary’s County pantries.
They begin operations on October 1st and are located in the U-Haul building (Old McKay’s Grocery) along Great Miles Road.
Food from FSM will be coming from the Maryland Food Network (MFN) in Baltimore, MD and will come at a slightly less cost than the food we have been purchasing from SMFB. In addition to not having to drive two hours to get and return with food, we will also be able to order the foods we wish to have in our pantry directly from MFN.
The Our Daily Bread Food Pantry is a strong source of food security for many of our neighbors and thanks to FSM we stand to be even stronger in the months to come. We want to also say a special thank you to our pantry volunteers who faithfully see that we have food and serve our guests who come for food on Wednesday and Friday of each week: Tim Faust, Aloysius Bowman, Kevin King, Andie St Marie, Deb Younkins, Rich Slavik, Jeff Carlsen, Bobbie Anderson and Jay Johnson. Rich says, “There is room for you too, want to meet our community and help them toward food security? We have a spot for you.” Talk with Rich Slavik.
Sermon: “Wisdom, In An Age Information”
Prayer: O God, you resist those who are proud and give grace to those who are humble. Give us the humility of your Son, that we may embody the generosity of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
The sermon begins after the reading from Luke’s Gospel.