Category Archive for: ‘Youth Ministry’

Open your heart and home to a Lutheran exchange student from Germany for the coming 2015-2016 school year!

Sharing the life of an American host family and going to school contributes to a better world understanding and is an unforgettable experience for both the student and the host family. American students benefit from meeting  foreign students.

children_5918cVolunteer host families (with or without children) as well as single people are needed to provide food, a bed and a loving home for the coming school year, one or two semesters, starting in August.  EMF students have medical insurance, spending money for their personal expenses and expect to share their host family’s daily life including household responsibilities.  They speak English, are well-screened and eager to experience life in America.  Their stay here is sponsored and supervised by EMF (Educational Merit Foundation), a non-profit, educational exchange program. It is not too late to apply. For more information on EMF students, please call Marie-Claude Dijoud now at 1-800-467-8363 or visit our web site at

Thank you very much for your help! These students are anxious to learn that a home has been found for them.  Your contribution to this cause is most appreciated. Please help us make their dream come true!

Kind regards,

Marie-Claude Dijoud, Program Director

Confirmation Sunday is Coming

faith_5775cConfirmation Sunday this year is May 17th.  After two years studying Luther’s Small Catechism our 8th graders are invited to think about and write a statement of faith that reflects their own sense of God in the world.  On this Sunday we celebrate these young people of faith who are beginning to think and wonder for themselves about how the life of Jesus and God’s presence in their lives might become something they can see and know and share with others.

So on this Sunday we will lay hands on each and invite the Holy Spirit to inspire and guide their lives and their faith in the months and years ahead.   I love this moment when they come and we pray:

Father in heaven, for Jesus’ sake, stir up in (this person) the gift of your Holy Spirit; confirm their faith, guide they life, empower them in their serving, give them patience in suffering, and bring them to everlasting life.  AMEN

Join us for Confirmation Sunday and help us celebrate our young people who are learning to walk the journey of faith.

Lost and Found concert (Alexandria, VA) — February 28

What: A not-to-miss concert by the fun and unique Christian band Lost and Found — check them out on YouTube!

When: Saturday, February 28 — 6:00 pm … Dessert reception to follow

Who: All ages (everyone can enjoy great music!)

Where: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (100 W. Luray Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301)

Admission: $5/person with a max of $25/family. Also will be receiving nonperishable food items to help fill the ALIVE! Food Bank

Contact: Denise Steene ( for more information

No Sunday School — Dec. 28, Jan. 4 and 11

There will be no Sunday School or High School Youth Group on these Sundays: December 28, January 4, and January 11.


High School Youth Group Reunion – December 20

Calling all ex-high schoolers: Yes, we have all gone on to college or work across the country or county, but it is good to all come back together. And so we announce the first post-high school youth group reunion for everyone who had Rick and Corinne as youth leaders. Join us for dinner and conversation on Saturday, December 20. We will meet at the church at 6 pm for a burrito bar. There will be cards to sign for Rick and Corinne as they have officially “retired” from teaching high school this year. Please let Stephanie H. or Amy S. know by Wed. Dec. 17 if you can make it (and if you can bring anything for the burrito bar). Contact the church office at if you are looking for contact information for Stephanie or Amy.

Lasagna Luncheon Fundraiser to Support Volleyball Court — November 16

Good Sam youth will be hosting a Lasagna Luncheon following the Family Meeting on November 16. Tickets will be available for purchase this Sunday (11/2 & 11/9) in the fellowship hall. The money raised will be going directly to the Volleyball Court for the church backyard project. Cost is $5 per ticket, or $20 total for a family. Lunch includes lasagna, drink, salad, and piece of dessert. We will have some plain pasta with sauce–please let us know if you have other allergies, and we could alter your lunch to fit your needs. $250 dollars was donated by Thrivent for seed money for our project!

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Thrivent Action Teams — Receive Funding for YOUR Project!

You have heard the Thrivent Financial name associated with fundraisers and various projects around the church. The Thrivent board (made up of a representative from each of the 9 Lutheran churches in the Tri-County area) has been taking requests for funding from each church. Since Thrivent changed its focus from Lutherans-only to being open to all Christians they will be decreasing the Thrivent Board funding for 2015 and doing away with the Thrivent Board in 2016.

logo_thrivent_homeIn place of the board will be action teams. If you are a Thrivent member you are eligible to receive funding for two $250 projects per year. It starts now for 2014. To see how to get started go to

Would you like to see: rain barrels for the community garden, playground equipment for Sunday School or our new backyard or Thanksgiving dinner boxes? If you are not a Thrivent member and have a project that needs funding, you can see if a Thrivent member will lead the action team for you. If you have any questions about Thrivent, or the action team please see Diane H.

–Diane H.

Baltimore Quake (for Middle School Youth) — January 9-11

Baltimore Quake – January 9-11, 2015 in Hunt Valley, MD

quake clipartThis weekend of exploring faith and coming closer to God is open to our middle school youth. Cost is $170 per person and covers the event and transportation to and from. For more information about this event, please see me or visit the website

Money is due Oct. 12. Make checks payable to Good Samaritan but please put Quake in the memo line. If possible, hand checks directly to Jennifer N.

Scholarships are available. Please don’t let the cost be the reason your child does not attend. See Jennifer or Pastor Mitch if you would like to request a scholarship.

Adults – I will need drivers/chaperones.  If you are interested in attending this event, please speak with me.

–Jennifer N.

Faith into Action — 2015 Activities Brochure Now Available

IMG_20140925_115323What does it mean to you to put your faith into action? When we install people into positions of leadership and responsibility in the church, the response they give is, “Yes, and I ask God to guide and direct me.” What if we did the same every day? Try it. While you are standing at the bathroom sink tomorrow morning, tell God you are His servant and ask that He guide and direct you for the day.

Some of the ways that you might put your faith into action here at Good Sam are listed in our Activities and Events Catalog. We use it each year as part of our stewardship program as a menu of possible ministries you can get involved with and for visitors to see what ministries are available for them or their children. Take this week to review that catalog. Copies are available in the narthex entryway, along with a Faith in Action form for you to fill out. A leader will follow up with you to give you more information about the ministries you’re interested in, as well as help lead you to a decision about whether that is a place you can put your faith into action.

–Dennis A.

Young Life Dessert Banquet — November 2

You are invited to the Young Life Dessert Banquet featuring Dr. Lee Corder (former chaplain for the Washington Redskins) on Sunday, November 2 from 2:00-4:00 pm at the Bay District Firehouse. Please see the flyer below for information about how to RSVP.

Young Life -- Nov 2 banquet

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