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Sunday’s Sermon, September 15, 2019- Building Puentes Mission Trip Stories

…from Worship at Good Sam on September 15, 2019

Lessons: Exodus 32:7-14, Psalm 51:1-10, 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Luke 15:1-10

Sermon: “Building Puentes Mission Trip Stories”

Prayer: O God, overflowing with mercy and compassion, you lead back to yourself all those who go astray. Preserve your people in your loving care, that we may reject whatever is contrary to you and may follow all things that sustain our life in your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

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

House of Prayer

Wednesdays – 6 pm at Good Sam.  (For the whole community) beginning Sept. 25, 2019

How can you find God
without prayer?

House of Prayer is a time and a place to pray.  A space in which to breath. Light music and a setting in which to soak ourselves in prayer, meditation, reflection, intercession and listening for God – listening to God.  This half an hour time is lightly guided and free enough to do your own thing.  Communion will be offered.  Prayer themes and stations for exploration will be offered.  Come and explore a time and a place to pray.

Join us for “House of Prayer” – 30 minutes of prayer, meditation, guided devotion, personal reflection and communion.

Prayer as illumination

To pray is to sit in silence and listen, to close our eyes and seek light and awareness with senses we do know know we have. Prayer is to welcome God and discern the way forward. Join us for House of Prayer @ Good Sam, Wednesdays at 6 pm. (beginning Sept 25th)

Sunday’s Sermon, September 8, 2019

…from Worship at Good Sam on September 8, 2019

Lessons: Deuteronomy 30:115-20, Psalm 1, Pilemon 1-21, Luke 14:25-33

Sermon: “A New Relationship With Everything We Have”

Prayer: Direct us, O Lord God, in all our doings with your continual help, that in all our works, begun, continued, and ended in you, we may glorify your holy name; and finally, by your mercy, bring us to everlasting life, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

The sermon begins after the reading from Luke’s Gospel.  (Audio rec. begins @ 1:06 in)

Our Daily Bread Food Pantry Joins Feed St Mary’s

You might know the name of our food pantry (see above).  You probably know we have a pantry from which we serve neighbors and friends in our community.  You might even know that last month we served over 500 people with a bag of groceries (28 of those were new or first time visitors to our pantry).  In reality, this means that we share over 40,000 lbs. of food annually.

You probably have no idea where all that food comes from.   Ninety percent of that food comes from the Southern Maryland Food Back in Waldorf, MD (SMFB).   That means that almost every week we send volunteers 50 minutes away to pick up 800 to 1,500 lbs. of food, load it into vehicles and return to load it onto our pantry shelves.  If you haven’t been to the pantry you might be surprised by the hectic nature of food day at SMFB.  Each pantry loads what food they want from what is available and it is weighed and checked out (we get billed for the food we take at 18 cents a pound).

You might have noticed from the local news sources that there is a new Food Bank being developed here in Lexington Park. It is called “Feed St Mary’s” (FSM).  Check out the Feed St Mary’s newsletter called “Dinner Bell.”  It’s posted in our entryway on the Kiosk.  Good Sam is a participant in the organizing activities of this new local food back.  FSM exists to stock local St Mary’s County pantries.

They begin operations on October 1st and are located in the U-Haul building (Old McKay’s Grocery) along Great Miles Road.

Food from FSM will be coming from the Maryland Food Network (MFN) in Baltimore, MD and will come at a slightly less cost than the food we have been purchasing from SMFB.  In addition to not having to drive two hours to get and return with food, we will also be able to order the foods we wish to have in our pantry directly from MFN.

The Our Daily Bread Food Pantry is a strong source of food security for many of our neighbors and thanks to FSM we stand to be even stronger in the months to come.  We want to also say a special thank you to our pantry volunteers who faithfully see that we have food and serve our guests who come for food on Wednesday and Friday of each week:  Tim Faust, Aloysius Bowman, Kevin King, Andie St Marie, Deb Younkins, Rich Slavik, Jeff Carlsen, Bobbie Anderson and Jay Johnson.  Rich says, “There is room for you too, want to meet our community and help them toward food security?  We have a spot for you.”  Talk with Rich Slavik.

Sunday’s Sermon, September 1, 2019

…from Worship at Good Sam on September 1, 2019

Lessons: Proverbs 25:6-7, Psalm 112, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16, Luke 14:1, 7-14

Sermon: “Wisdom, In An Age Information”

Prayer: O God, you resist those who are proud and give grace to those who are humble. Give us the humility of your Son, that we may embody the generosity of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

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

Greet – Welcome – Connect

Greet – Welcome – Connect

Have you ever gone somewhere and felt out of place, confused, or just downright unwelcomed?  I know I have. There have even been churches I visited where I felt completely underwhelmed by their welcoming presence and attitude.  Here at Good Sam, I think we do a pretty good job at making our visitors feel at ease. The only thing is that we are not as consistent as we could be.  It would be wonderful if there were a team who were intentional about welcoming all who enter. What would this look like? Here are some thoughts I have: Our welcome greeter would have a smile on their face, make eye contact, offer a bulletin, and take the initiative to greet each person.   If they are new, show them where the childcare room is and introduce them to the caregiver. Point them in the direction of restrooms, let them know of the Sensory Room that is available. Basically, just give the new attendee an overview of the facility that may be useful for them. Perhaps you have other ideas to share based on your experiences. Let’s add it to the list.  First impressions are important and this is such a significant activity.

As a welcome/greeter, you would have the opportunity to express God’s love and help set the tone for the upcoming worship service. You see, greeting people is more than just a handshake and a smile.   It’s connecting with someone in a meaningful way that could truly change their day and possibly their life. Won’t you consider being part of the team? There is a sign-up sheet on the information table in the fellowship hall or you can sign up ONLINE. Let us truly be a place where ALL are welcomed!

Gail Wathen, Council President

Farming 4 Hunger – September 7th

Save the date! Good Sam will be joining members of Saint Nicholas and Peace Lutheran churches for a Our Work God’s Hands day of service at Farming for Hunger on Saturday, Sept 7 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. All are welcome! We will likely help harvest vegetables. Children can help and if harvesting is too strenuous for you, there are usually opportunities for packing produce in the shade.

We will meet at the farm, which is located at 6980 Serenity Farm Rd, Hughesville, Maryland 20637.  Dress for the weather.  This is a good time to wear your God’s Work Our Hands t-shirt!  If you have them, bring gardening gloves, shovels, trowels and sunscreen/hats & water. They have tools that we can use but sometimes not enough if we have a large number of people attend.

If you are unfamiliar with the great work of Farming for Hunger, you can visit their web site at

If you can attend or have questions, please contact our Mission & Outreach Coordinator Kelly Thurber at or 205-541-0744

Movie Night @ Good Sam

Who:  All Good Sam Members, Participants,  Friends and Guests.  Come young, old, single or family, kids and parents.
What:  The Movie “The Little Prince”  Bring your own snacks, dinner and we will provide beverages and popcorn.
When:  Friday Sept 27TH, 6:pm to 8 pm  (movie 1:46 min).
Where:  Fellowship Hall Big Screen TV with Sound Bar  (also a Board Game Room in the the Romans Room).
Why:  for Fun!  and Because what is essential is invisible and it is only with the heart that one sees rightly.  We are individually and together a gift – for each other.
The Aviator introduces a girl to a world where she rediscovers her childhood and learns that it’s human connections that matter most, and that it is only with heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.  This movie will stretch your heart and open your mind.

Sunday’s Sermon, August 25, 2019

…from Worship at Good Sam on August 25, 2019

Lessons: Isaiah 58:9b-14, Psalm 103:1-8, Hebrews 12:18-29, Luke 13:10-17

Sermon: “Do You Have the Ability to Set People Free?”

Prayer: O God, mighty and immortal, you know that as fragile creatures surrounded by great dangers, we cannot by ourselves stand upright. Give us strength of mind and body, so that even when we suffer because of human sin, we may rise victorious through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

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

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