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June Highlights

Good Sam Happenings in June

June 2 [Sunday Theme] “Easter Conversion: New Life Means New Choices”

June 9 [Sunday Theme] “My Own Know Me”

June 16 [Sunday Theme]  “When the Spirit comes….”

June 19 Summer at Good Sam Kick Off – 4:30 pm to 7 pm (Wednesday Community Time with a meal and activities for every age)

June 23 [Sunday Theme“and if you belong to Christ…”

June 26 Summer at Good Sam – 4:30 pm to 7 pm (Wednesday Community Time with a meal and activities for every age)

June 30 [Sunday Theme] “Inheritors of the Spirit”

(Summer Schedule begins May 26 through Sept 3)) and Worship Starts at 9:30 am)

June newsletter “Grapevine”

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Sunday’s Sermon, June 9, 2019, Pentecost and Confirmation Sunday

…from Worship at Good Sam on June 9, 2019, Pentecost and Confirmation Sunday

Lessons: Acts 2:1-21, Psalm 104:24-34, 35b, Romans 8:14-17, John 14:8-17 [25-27]

Sermon: “A Message From Pastor Mitch Watney”

Prayer: God our creator, the resurrection of your Son offers life to all the peoples of earth. By your Holy Spirit, kindle in us the fire of your love, empowering our lives for service and our tongues for praise, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

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

A Trip To The Movies…

Join your friends from Good Sam, on Monday, June 17th to see a limited screening of the documentary, Emanuel, the Untold Story of the Victims and Survivors of the Charleston Church Shooting.  This film, directed by Stephen Curry and Viola Davis, powerfully weaves the history of race relations in Charleston, the significance and impact of Mother Emanuel Church, and the hope that somehow emerges in the aftermath.  Featuring intimate interviews with survivors and family members, EMANUEL is a ‘poignant story of justice and faith, love and hate, examining the healing power of forgiveness’ (from the trailer).

The film will be shown at the Lexington Exchange 12 plex in Wildewood at 7 pm on June 17th.  Tickets are $13.  We will meet and talk about what we see at Coffee and Conversation on June 23rd, right after Fellowship time. See this link https://www.fandango.com/emanuel-217393/movie-overview

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Sunday’s Sermon, June 2, 2019

…from Worship at Good Sam on June 2, 2019

Lessons: Acts 16:16-34, Psalm 97, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, John 17:20-26

Sermon: “A Message From Pastor Craig Endicott”

Prayer: O God, form the minds of your faithful people into your one will. Make us love what you command and desire what you promise, that, amid all the changes of this world, our hearts may be fixed where true joy is found, your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

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

Summer’s at Good Sam

Download Summer-at-a-glance-2019.pdf (546KB)

Sunday’s Sermon, May 26, 2019

…from Worship at Good Sam on May 26, 2019

Lessons: Acts 16:19-15, Psalm 67, Revelation 21:10, 22–22:5, John 14:23-19

Sermon: “A Message From Pastor Craig Endicott”

Prayer: Bountiful God, you gather your people into your realm, and you promise us food from your tree of life. Nourish us with your word that empowered by your Spirit we may love one another and the world you have made, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.Amen.

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

Sunday’s Sermon, May 19, 2019

…from Worship at Good Sam on May 19, 2019

Lessons: Acts 11:1-18, Psalm 148, Revelation 21:1-6, John 13:31-35

Sermon: “A Message From Pastor Eva Steege”

Prayer: O Lord God, you teach us that without love, our actions gain nothing. Pour into our hearts your most excellent gift of love, that, made alive by your Spirit, we may know goodness and peace, 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.

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

Awesome Coffee and Conversation this past Sunday!

There were many who participated in our discussion on mental health this past Sunday.  It was exciting to hear the experiences and begin to explore the possibilities as we address this issue in both our Good  Sam and extended communities. We all agreed that mental health and wellness can look very different. Everything from mild depression and burn-out to conditions that would benefit from medical intervention.  There is a plethora of illness that fall within the mental health criteria.

One of the suggestions from our discussion was to further explore specific symptoms and how they manifest. For example; anxiety, bipolar, depression, manic depression, and so on. This is an important topic.  In order to properly serve those who are having difficulty we must first recognize the signs. This will be the topic of our next coffee and conversation on Sunday, May 19th.  I encourage anyone who has experience with these or other conditions to please join us and offer your expertise.  

As we dive into this topic further, I’d like to begin to formulate an action plan using some of the ideas presented in our discussion. These suggestions included:  Stephen Ministers, Support Groups, Small Groups, Special Prayer Time, Getting People Connected and Printed Resources.  Some of these could be initiated quickly while others will take more time and training.  If there are some of you willing to take on one of these efforts and begin to coordinate, we could have something in place by the fall.  It really does take a village. If we all work together, we truly can walk with each other and ALL of our neighbors in a meaningful way.

Council President Gail Wathen

Sunday’s Sermon, May 12, 2019

…from Worship at Good Sam on May 12, 2019

Lessons: Acts 9:36-43, Psalm 23, Revelation 7:9-17, John 10:22-30

Sermon: “A Message From Pastor Craig Endicott”

Prayer: O God of peace, you brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, the great shepherd of the sheep. By the blood of your eternal covenant, make us complete in everything good that we may do your will, and work among us all that is well-pleasing in your sight, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

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

Member in Mission: Karol Carlsen

Karol’s Senior project is a painting in three parts. Each panel of the tri-panel painting is a 5 x 7 foot standalone painting and when they are joined together that complete a fuller expression of the experience she is reading to replicate, imagine and share.

Often artists will create their paintings from photos to help them remember the images, detail and connections to create a collage of the experience. For this project Karol’s method was to skip using photos and try to capture the experience, the mood, the feeling of the setting, rather than copy the photographed environment. This way she is painting from her emotions and her memory of the feelings rather than anything she has particularly observed. Her effort is to convey a synthesis of the experiences and moods she invites people to step into. Karol is heading to Graduate School in July to Maine College of Art’s, Masters in the Art of Teaching Program.

Karol grew up at Good Sam and in the last three years Karol has been our Lead Staff Member in charge of Nursery Care. She has provided a caring, engaging, welcoming and learning environment where she has often used her art experience to invite the nursery children to express themselves. We look forward to celebrating her work among us on June 30, 2019 following the worship service.

Do you have a Graduate in your household? Let the office (office@goodsam.community) know and share some of the details around their accomplishments and plans for the future. We hope to publish a Graduates list in early June.

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