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 Task Force Update
…Be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show every courtesy to everyone.Titus 3:1b-2
At our last meeting, we started to develop the Good Sam COVID-19 reopening plan. I’d like to compare this process to putting together a puzzle. Our last meeting was dedicated to finding all the parts we think we’ll need – new policies for worshippers, changes to the facility, and how to adapt the service. Next, we’ll start putting them together into a coherent plan. We’ll keep checking our results to make sure that the plan is right for us – first before reopening, and then at regular intervals after that.
We’ve had a number of organizations ask when they can resume (or start) meeting at Good Sam as well. We believe this effort will result in a plan that is applicable to worship specifically, but also generally to other users of our worship space. I’ve asked these groups to hang tight until the plan is complete and approved, and we’ll reach back to them once our work is completed.
We’ll continue to ask for your prayers for God’s guidance as we continue the work. If you have any questions or comments, you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or the entire task force at email@example.com. We’ll continue to keep you informed by briefing you all after Sunday worship services and via emails like this one.
Yours in Christ,
Task Force Lead
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
Sunday Morning Worship @ 9am via Zoom
Meeting ID: 894-0206-1586 | Password: 20850
Wednesday Morning Bible Study @ 10am via Zoom
Route 66 – Traveling Through The Scriptures Together
Meeting ID: 846-8228-3378 | Password: 20650
Wednesday Evening Bible Study @ 7pm via Zoom
Route 66 – Traveling Through The Scriptures Together
Meeting ID: 810-6584-0328 | Password: 20850
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.
We are also collecting school supplies for Carver Elementary School upon their reopening. 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 now through the opening of the new school year of the following items:
- Glue sticks
- Kids safety scissors
- Large, rectangular, pink erasers
You can hold on to these items until our campus reopens, or contact Missions & Engagement Coordinator Kelsey Knobloch to schedule a time to drop them off at Good Sam.
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.