As we continue our partnership with supporting our community – we each have an opportunity to serve in a small way that makes a big impact. When I nervously walked into my first classroom to volunteer to read last fall, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I read to my own kids all the time – but I am by no means a teacher. They did provide books, but I brought a couple of my kids favorites from home too. As I introduced myself and pulled out the first book – I looked out at a sea of kindergartners and they were all staring back at me… they were intent and excited and so full of energy. They laughed and raised their hands to ask questions and the 30 minutes was over before I knew it! I had time for a 2nd classroom and I was escorted to a 1st grade room. As I walked in, I was amazed at the teacher’s control of the classroom (something I was honestly not able to maintain, but she helped me out). Here is how she invited them to join me: “you may sit at your desk or move to the carpet, the choice is yours to make, you are in control of your actions, do what’s best for you, not what your friend is doing.” A few kids hesitated in deciding what to do as she was talking, but this was obviously the way she always spoke to them, and with her caring tone I teared up. In this Title 1 school full of low-income children, the respect for self she was instilling in them touched deep down inside me – how lucky these kids are to have teachers that care not just about what their grades are, but who they are. And how lucky I was to spend 30 minutes reading to these kids and soaking up their energy and being inspired by the future leaders of our community.
Read Across America Week Feb 25- Mar 1 is another opportunity to volunteer 30 minutes or more of your time to read to a classroom. You can arrange anytime between 8:30 am – 2:00 pm to come in and read to a class any day of the week that works for you. This week was picked to coincide with Dr Seuss’ birthday, so I will definitely be picking a couple of those books this time! Contact Lisa McCoy firstname.lastname@example.org
Sermon: “Discovering and Rediscovering the Living Word of God”
Prayer: Blessed Lord God, you have caused the holy scriptures to be written for the nourishment of your people. Grant that we may hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that, comforted by your promises, we may embrace and forever hold fast to the hope of eternal life, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The sermon begins after the reading from Luke’s Gospel.
Sermon: “The Surprising Extravagance of God”
Prayer: Lord God, source of every blessing, you showed forth your glory and led many to faith by the works of your Son, who brought gladness and salvation to his people. Transform us by the Spirit of his love, that we may find our life together in him, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
The sermon begins after the reading from John’s Gospel.
Good Sam Happenings
Sermon: “Why do you like to shower (bathe?)”
Prayer: Almighty God, you anointed Jesus at his baptism with the Holy Spirit and revealed him as your beloved Son. Keep all who are born of water and the Spirit faithful in your service, that we may rejoice to be called children of God, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Sermon: “We Too Have a Star to Follow”
Prayer: Shine into our hearts the light of your wisdom, O God, and open our minds to the knowledge of your word, that in all things we may think and act according to your good will and may live continually in the light of your Son, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
The sermon begins after the reading from Matthew’s Gospel.
Mission Spotlight: Laurie Johnson-Brown
|Good Sam will be closed for Worship and Sunday School this Sunday – January 13, 2019. The snow looks to continue to come down through tomorrow (Sunday). Please be safe and stay at home if you can. Our parking lot will be plowed and we will be open for business on Monday, January 14th as usual. We anticipate that all scheduled activities will continue from Monday on. Hope to see on Sunday January 20th.|
Weather Related Announcements at Good Sam
Members and Friends of Good Sam,
Please be safe this weekend! We wanted to give you information on how to learn about weather related decisions at church regarding Worship Services, Sunday School and classes. If at all possible we will remain open and conduct services on Sundays. If you don’t see notification in our sources* then you can assume we will be having an unaltered schedule. If conditions are tenuous we will sometimes communicate that we will be open and what activities will happen.
When we cancel Worship Services it is because conditions in the building, parking lot or the roads present significant challenges to operating practically and safely. You can always check our Facebook Page* for cancellation notices as well as our website*. We will also send Cancellation notices by email to our Wednesday Connections @ Good Sam email list. Cancellation decisions will be made by 8 pm Saturday Night if we are going to cancel Worship Services for the next day.
May the Grace and Peace of God be with you through these days.