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February Highlights

Good Sam Happenings

Feb. 3 [Sunday Theme] “Love Attends to the Beloved”
  * Feb. 9, Dinner Dance for all (sponsored by Empty Nesters)
Feb. 10 [Sunday Theme] “In Our Hearts We Receive and Turn to Follow”
  * Feb 17  Welcome of New Members to Good Sam
Feb. 17 [Sunday Theme] “What We Need vs What We Have”
  * Feb. 17-24     WARM comes to Good Sam
Feb. 24  [Sunday Theme] “The Heart From Which Joseph Looks Upon His Brothers”
  *read more in The Grapevine a monthly Publication of Good Sam News
  * Finding Your Spiritual Gifts: Spiritual Gifts Inventory 

Sunday’s Readings, January 13, 2019/Baptism of Our Lord Sunday

…from Worship at Good Sam on January 13, 2019/ Baptism of Our Lord Sunday

Lessons: Isaiah 43:1-7, Psalm 29, Acts 8:14-17, Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

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. 

Sunday’s Sermon, January 6, 2019/Epiphany Sunday

…from Worship at Good Sam on January 6, 2019/ Epiphany Sunday

Lessons: Isaiah 60:1-6, Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14, Ephesians 3:1-12, Matthew 2:1-12

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.

Member in Mission

Mission Spotlight: Laurie Johnson-Brown

On Dr. Laurie Johnson-Brown’s first trip to Westmoreland Parrish in Frome, Jamaica she helped to finish a school in partnership with the Church of the Nazarene – Burnt Savanna. This past holiday season she traveled on her 2nd trip with 3 suitcases full of school supplies to deliver to Ferris Primary & George’s Plain Primary Schools! She was invited to run workshops for parents, admin & Sunday school teachers – one of which was focused on best practices for students with special learning needs. She also led a program for young adults in their 20’s called “Single & Saved.” Back home in Maryland she is the Vice Principle at a special education center in Charles County where her passion is to “be a light in public school.” She surely succeeds at making community connections at home and abroad. 
After returning from 12 amazing days in Frome, Jamaica Laurie says “I’m am praying for God to afford me the opportunity to go back to work with the teachers and to provide assistance with supplies and educational materials!”

No Sunday Worship or Sunday School at Good Sam January 13, 2019

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.

Pastor Mitch Watney
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Thank You Starr Gladden!

I wish to say a special thank you to one of our Good Sam Neighbors.  You might have seen Starr around Good Sam. She is a member of St. Mary’s Small Business Partners, that meets at Good Sam on Thursday mornings. Starr has one daughter and is raising two of her nephews.

Starr is the owner of Top Notch Everything and her company does everything from clearing services to sorting and packing personal property and disposing of clutter and unwanted items.  I first met Starr over a conversation about how much our Fellowship Hall floors need clearing and waxing not to mention regular attention. Since then, I have learned what a caring and positive minded person she is.

It sure is a blessing to meet and come to know and care about such quality people in our community.  On occasion, Starr visits the Prayer, Praise and Promise in Christ Church that worships in the Good Sam Sanctuary on Sunday afternoons.

Recently Starr and I were having that conversation about the Fellowship Hall floors again and the next thing I knew, she had scheduled a cleaning time and is contributing her time and effort to support our ministry in the community.  We give thanks for you Starr Gladden and we give thanks for your big heart and for the blessing of having you in our circle of friends and in our community.

Pastor Mitch

Not the Grapevine you are Used to Seeing

Our Grapevine publication is taking a new format and function in our congregational life.  Beginning early this month you will see a monthly publication of congregational news that we will call “The Grapevine.”  It will be available at church on each Sunday of the month and anytime the office is open. In addition, you can find the The Grapevine published on our website.  You can also find The Grapevine each week through a link provided in our Wednesday news email called Community Connections or “Connections” for short.

On Sunday mornings at Good Sam you will also find a Sunday news page that will give information about that particular Sunday.  So you can find out what classes are offered that Sunday and what time Sunday School starts. What is the theme for Worship today?  All these things and more will fill our Sunday publication called Good Sam Today.

So here is a summary of the varied ways you can get Good Sam News to stay informed and connected to life and activities at Good Sam:

  • Good Sam Today – Sunday News for each individual Sunday, handed out as you enter worship.
  • The Grapevine – Monthly Good Sam News printed and available at church as well as published on our website and available all month.  The last page of the Grapevine will have a calendar of activities including each Good Sam community activity we know about.
  • Connections – a Wednesday email publication with news, reminders of upcoming activities and events, links to larger news articles in the Grapevine and sent our as blog posts on our Website and over email.
  • Our Website – (GoodSam.Community) Ministry news, blog posts, highlights of Good Sam activities, staff and council pages, program and campaign news and much more.  Good Sam News can be found on our website in two forms. You can find a PDF of our monthly newsletter (The Grapevine) as well as blog posts of particular events, activities or human interest stories about life and ministry in the Good Sam Community.

As many of you know, Anita Goehringer (Pannone) has been writing and editing news, Sunday publications and blog articles at Good Sam for many years.  Her creative and faithful efforts have been an ongoing blessing throughout her time working in Communications as part-time staff at Good Sam. Anita Stepped down last month to pursue new and additional interests in her life with us at Good Sam as well as outside the congregation.  Thank you Anita! We have included the full article about her transition below for your information.

What this means for us in the office is that we will be absorbing as much of her work as we can among our staff and volunteers we currently have.  This means that we will need help in writing and developing articles about life and ministry at Good Sam. Can you help? Do you like to write? Would you and others you know like to learn more about our ministry efforts and what some of our individuals and groups at Good Sam are doing that has great impact in our community?  We need you to help us identify and write these news articles. Please let Pastor Mitch, Iman Syler or Kelly Thurber know of you interest.

Pastor Mitch

Sunday’s Sermon: December 30, 2018, 1st Sunday after Christmas

…from Worship at Good Sam on December 30, 2018/1st Sunday after Christmas

Lessons: Christmas Lessons and Carols

Sermon: “Keeping Christmas”

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 last carol “Of the Father’s Love Begotten”.

Christmas Eve Sermon: December 24, 2018

…from Worship at Good Sam on December 24, 2018/Christmas Eve

Lessons: Isiah 9:2-7, Titus 2:11-14, Luke 2:1-20

Sermon: “And This Shall Be A Sign To You…

Prayer: Almighty God, you made this holy night shine with the brightness of the true Light. Grant that here on earth we may walk in the light of Jesus’ presence and in the last day wake to the brightness of his glory; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

The sermon begins after the reading from Luke’s Gospel.

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