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Can you Help with Feed the Families this Summer?

Every summer children near Good Sam Go Hungry!

There are a number of families in our area who’s children would normally have their breakfast and lunch at School.  Generally this is about parents who work or struggle to put food on the table.  Our school leaders know who these families are, but school is out.  How does this food gap get covered in the Summer?  Enter St. Mary’s Caring and their program called “Feed The Families.”  They are in the fourth year of this program.  Last year we sent volunteers.  This year the program has been expanded to the 10 most needy families at three of our local Title One Schools.  This is where you can help.    

Good Samaritan has committed to collecting cereal, applesauce and seasoning packets.

Will you join us in donating weekly?  (The collection boxes are by the Office and Sanctuary doors) 

We have set a weekly goal of…

  • 50 boxes of cereal
  • 30 servings of applesauce
  • 15 seasoning packets

 When you go to the grocery store, think about our neighbors and help Feed the Families!

Would you commit to making a difference each week this summer?  We really need your help!

  • Sign up to tell us you will Help!  The sheet is located in the entry near the nursery.

  • gather these items and help as much as you can.

  • bring something with you to church or drop it off at the office during the week.

Thank you for your interest in being a part of St. Mary’s Caring Feed the Families initiative. Feed the Families is a vital program that provides weekly groceries to children enrolled in their school’s Free and Reduced Meal Program, and their families who are at risk of not having enough to eat during summer break. Feed the Families runs from the week of June 19 through Aug. 31.

Email Kelly Thurber with questions:

June Highlights

Good Sam happenings

June 4 [Sunday Theme] “Receiving and Sharing the Gifts That Come with Jesus“ (Pentecost and Confirmation Sunday)

June 10 ◊ Pig Roast @ Farming 4 Hunger, 10 am – 2 pm,

June 11 [Sunday Theme] “Knowing God” (Holy Trinity Sunday)

June 16 -17 ◊ Synod Assembly in Leesburg, VA

June 18 [Sunday Theme] “Sent” (Father’s Day)

June 25 [Sunday Theme] “Footsteps that Express Our Faith “

June 19 ◊ Feed the Families runs all Summer.  We need these items every week.  Can you help? 

  • 50 boxes of cereal
  • 30 servings of applesauce
  • 15 seasoning packets

bring what you can to church on Sunday or during office hours (M-Th 9 am to Noon)

Coming July 24-28 “Galactic Starveyors” VBS.  Click HERE to learn more.

You can sign up to volunteer or register your child to participate HERE.

May Highlights

Good Sam Happenings

May 7 [Sunday Theme] “Jesus, the Gate of the Sheep”

May 13 ◊ Mother Daughter Tea, Noon – 2 pm  

May 14 [Sunday Theme] “To the Glory of God” (also Mother’s Day)

May 21 [Sunday Theme] “We Will See Him, Living in Us”

Also at 10 a.m. an All Congregation Education Event: “Celebrate!” (join us)

{we begin our summer schedule on May 28th}

May 28 [Sunday Theme] “The Prayer of Jesus and the Unity of Those Who Follow Him”

Chancel Choir Performs “Kingdom, Power, Glory” Cantata

On the 2nd Sunday of Easter, April 23rd, the Chancel Choir and some special friends performed the Cantata “Kingdom, Power, Glory.” This Cantata dramatically shares the story of the crucifixion. The story that has been read about and retold so many times is offered in a fresh and innovative way—with narration, traditional hymns and moving anthems. You will walk the road with Christ as He makes the journey for the redemption of the world! A special thanks to the Chancel  Choir and all who have joined in to sing—stretching their voices and time to bring us this beautiful cantata with songs including: Christ the Lord Is Risen Today!; The Cross That He Carried; Christ Is Risen; God With Us; Sanctuary/Total Praise; Thine Is the Kingdom and Crown Him with Many Crowns.

Although a powerful presentation on Sunday morning, a softer version was recorded through our sound system. Listen here.


“Just beautiful! Thanks to Sherri and the Chancel Choir for their dedication, hard work and performance of this wonderful cantata.”
–A Good Sam Member

From Worship at Good Sam – “In the Resurrection, Jesus is Vindicated and the Blessings Begin to Flow” – April 16, 2017

…from Worship at Good Sam on April 16, 2017

Lessons: Acts 10:34-43, Psalm 118:1-2,14-24, Colossians 3:1-4, Matthew 28:1-10

Sermon: “In the Resurrection, Jesus is Vindicated and the Blessings Begin to Flow”

Prayer: God of mercy, we no longer look for Jesus among the dead, for he is alive and has become the Lord of life. Increase in our minds and hearts the risen life we share with Christ, and help us to grow as your people toward the fullness of eternal life with you, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.



Spotlight on Good Sam’s Families and Friends – The King Family

In an effort to get acquainted with everyone in our Congregation and get to know our families and friends, each week we will spotlight on a Family or Friend of Good Sam Lutheran Church, In addition we will be posting pictures and locations of where our families are originally from in the Fellowship Hall on the Big US Map. It’s interesting to see where we all hail from. If you would like to add your picture on the map, contact Michael in the office. We truly are Finding our neighbors along the journey of faith!

This weeks spotlight is The King Family

Kevin and Denise King have been married for 21 years and have 3 children and 9 grandchildren. Kevin is originally from Omro, Wisconsin and Denise is from Hollywood Maryland. Kevin retired from the U.S. Navy and Denise is a retired Teacher. They have been charter members of Good Sam Lutheran Church since 1970. Kevin and Denise enjoy Gardening, spending time with their Grandchildren and operating a Country Craft Store in Valley Lee, Maryland.

Stop by and introduce yourself if you

have not met the Kings

From Worship at Good Sam – “A Strong and Resilient Hope” – April 2, 2014

…from worship at Good Sam on April 2, 2017

Lessons: Ezekiel 37:1-14, Psalm 130, Romans 8:6-11, John 11:1-45   

Sermon: “A Strong and Resilient Hope”

Prayer: Almighty God, your Son came into the world to free us all from sin and death. Breathe upon us the power of your Spirit, that we may be raised to new life in Christ and serve you in righteousness all our days, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.


God’s Work. Our Hands. Making New Connections

“God’s Work.  Our Hands.  – Making New Connections”   is our 2017 emphasis in building new connections through GWOH new and existing efforts in our community.   Good Sam Community, we invite you to go and serve now, in our community.  Go together and wear a “God’s Work. Our Hands” T-Shirt (get a T-Shirt), take a picture of the activity and see what happens as we serve our neighbors together.  (We will be placing a new large order for GWOH T-shirts during the Summer.  Watch for the announcements)


On April 2, 2017, The Good Samaritan Community will gather (10 am) to review the events, activities and connections we developed during our 2016 emphasis and talk about how best to grow or multiply our making new and meaningful connections in the coming year (2017+).   We call this, “God’s Work.  Our Hands.  – Making New Connections”.  Already some ideas are percolating up at Council and some Good Sam Ministry settings.  We hope to hear how God is stirring in you to invite the Good Sam Community to reach out and build relationships with our neighbors as we live out our journeys of faith.

Also, Good Samaritan has been invited by The Metro DC Synod to be a pilot congregation in an effort called “New Connections” in learning to increase activities, events and relationships that build new connections within the life of our congregation.  This effort is part of a Synod-wide effort and Campaign that will kick off in the fall of 2017.  Our part of this effort is to make our own goals, define our own efforts, track our own progress, get some training through Synod resources and seek to support this Synod effort described in the “New Connections” Literature.

Here is a rough timeline of things that will be happening:

 April 2 All Congregation Gathering at Good Sam to brainstorm and support “God’s Work.  Our Hands.  – Making New Connections” planning at Good Sam for 2017 and beyond.

April and May – “New Connections” Campaign begins here at Good Sam with our own local efforts called “God’s Work.  Our Hands.  – Making New Connections”

June 16-17 – At Synod Assembly the “New Connections” Campaign Synod-wide will be unveiled, and each congregation in the Synod will be asked and invited to participate in ways that are right for them.  There will be examples and stories from each of the Pilot Congregations who are leading the way in developing the “New Connections” Program in their settings.  The two pilot congregations are; Christ the Servant in Reston and Good Samaritan in Lexington Park.

July and August – Good Sam will continue to develop our “God’s Work.  Our Hands.  – Making New Connections” efforts, putting them into action as each activity or event is ready.

September – Synod Congregations will begin making their own “New Connections” plans.

April Highlights

Good Sam Happenings

April 2 [Sunday Theme] Sunday of Hope “Relay for Life – Luminaries”

April 5 ◊ Soup and Bread Meal @ 5:30 pm ◊ Evening Worship (Vespers) @ 6:30 pm       

April 9 [Sunday Theme] Palm / Passion Sunday

April 13 ◊ Maundy Thursday Service @ 7pm (New Commandment Thursday)

April 14 ◊ Good Friday Service @ 7pm (the Passion of Jesus According to John)

April 16 [Sunday Theme] Easter Sunday

            Early Worship 8:45 am (Traditional) with Hallelujah Chorus 

            Easter Brunch (pot-luck) 10 am

            Late Worship 11:10 am  (Contemporary Music) with Hallelujah Chorus 

April 21 ◊ Red Cross Blood Drive at Good Sam, 1 pm until 6 pm

April 23 [Sunday Theme] Easter Cantata Sunday “Kingdom, Power, Glory”

April 30 [Sunday Theme] “Really Present:  Easter Continues”

From Worship at Good Sam – “Jesus Chooses the Blind Guy” – March 26th, 2017

…from worship at Good Sam on March 26, 2017

lessons: 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41

Sermon: “Jesus Chooses the Blind Guy” 

Prayer: Bend your ear to our prayers, Lord Christ, and come among us. By your gracious life and death for us, bring light into the darkness of our hearts, and anoint us with your Spirit, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.