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.
Volunteer 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 www.emfusa.org
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!
Marie-Claude Dijoud, Program Director
Confirmation 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.
Baltimore Quake – January 9-11, 2015 in Hunt Valley, MD
This 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 http://www.youthencounter.org/event/baltimore-2/
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.