Dear Good Sam Community,
I am reminded that God is able to bring good out of every circumstance and desires nothing more than to bring us into community, through abundant life and faith. So, I keep vigil for these opportunities and gifts that really do come from God for our benefit. Peace and courage to you and yours in this challenging time.
I ask you also to be mindful, not only of your own personal and family health but also of those whom you will not see, run across, bump into or have a chance to visit with. Stay connected through social media, phone, checking on one another and your neighbors so that the work of God among us may continue in good courage. I look forward to connecting with you online, on social media, by phone, text, video call and more.
Here you will find a collection of resources and ways we can continue to be community to help navigate the coming weeks as we respond to the coronavirus pandemic. We’ll continue to update as new practices and information become available.
Peace and Love,
Reopening In-Person Worship
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven…a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracingEcclesiastes 3:1, 5b
In order to follow the guidelines presented by state and local governments, as well as for contact tracing purposes, we are requiring everyone that attends worship in-person to sign up every week prior to arriving on campus.
YOU CAN SIGN UP BY CLICKING HERE.
To download a digital Order of Service for this upcoming Sunday formatted for viewing on your mobile device or tablet, please CLICK HERE.
To download a printer-friendly Order of Service that you can bring along for this upcoming Sunday, please CLICK HERE.
Thank you for your continued patience as we learn together how best to worship at a distance. We continue to meet weekly in-person, as well as providing services via Zoom. We’ve put together a couple of videos showing how things look for both indoor and outdoor in-person worship, disinfecting practices, and what we’re doing to keep you safe.
For details on outdoor worship (including what to expect when you arrive, where to park, and restroom access), please CLICK HERE.
For details on indoor worship (including disinfectant practices, how to enter and exit the building, and restroom procedures), please CLICK HERE.
Attendees of worship in-person are welcome to sing and respond to the liturgy, provided face coverings are worn over both nose and mouth at all times.
For those wishing to participate in Holy Communion, we provide individual communion kits so that we can continue to celebrate the sacrament in a safe and socially-distanced manner.
We are happy to be able to host a socially-distanced time of fellowship after the service for those present in-person for special occasions. Refreshments are made available and can be enjoyed outdoors (weather permitting; indoor refreshments are not available).
And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.Hebrews 10:24-25
We continue to provide online opportunities to worship for those who are unable to or choose not to join us in-person.
Sunday Morning Worship @ 9am via Zoom
Meeting ID: 894-0206-1586 | Password: 20850
Recordings of each week’s service can be found on our Facebook and YouTube pages.
Wednesday Morning Bible Study @ 10am via Zoom
Beginning Wednesday, October 28th with Pastor Amy Carter Feira
Meeting ID: 846-8228-3378 | Password: 20650
Recordings of each week’s study can be found on our Facebook page.
Other Worship Services
And now, our God, we give thanks to you and praise your glorious name.1 Chronicles 29:13
Here are some suggested Lutheran links to live streaming or recorded services on Sunday Mornings where you can watch and worship along in a familiar liturgy. These sites were recommended by members of Good Sam.
- Faith Bell Aire, Bell Aire, TX
- Christ Lutheran Church, Washington, DC
- King of Kings Lutheran Church, Fairfax, VA
- Good Shepherd Lutheran, Gaithersburg, MD
- Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Maple Grove, MN
Serving Our Community
Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.Galatians 6:2
The Our Daily Bread Food Pantry
(Wednesday and Friday from 10:00 am – 11:30 am) will remain open as long as there is food and volunteers to distribute it. Practices of distributing food have been adjusted for the safety of our volunteers and our guests.
- We are still accepting food donations.
- We still need volunteers to serve.
If you have any questions about Our Daily Bread Food Pantry, please contact Rich Slavik.
School supplies for Carver Elementary
are still being collected. Due to increased COVID-19 protections, teachers have been told that once they reopen, sharing of supplies between students will not be permitted. Many students aren’t able to purchase things that the school would normally provide to share. We’re collecting donations of the following items:
- Glue sticks
- Kids safety scissors
- Large, rectangular, pink erasers
Our first batch of donations has been dropped off for distribution to students in their homes, as our local schools will begin the Fall semester via distance learning. We continue to collect donations in anticipation of the student’s return to in-person learning.
You can drop off your donations on campus Sunday, or contact Missions & Engagement Coordinator Kelsey Knobloch to schedule a different time.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.Philippians 4:6
In this time of intentional separation, we want to consciously lift one another up in prayer. You can leave a prayer concern, request, or praise on our website at the Prayer Concerns page, found beneath the ‘Worship’ heading at the top of every page.
Be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the LordEphesians 5:18b-19
Do you miss the music from Sunday mornings at Good Sam? We’ve curated a playlist of hymns and other Christian music with the help of congregation members and musical leaders. You can access the playlist for free via Spotify by clicking HERE.