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Early Publication Of Sunday Lessons Can Add to Lenten Journey

Sisters and Brothers,
The Season of Lent will soon be among us (Feb 14).  Many of us are familiar and used to the activity of giving something up for Lent. We call it Lenten Denial. I commend you to the activities you know and trust that feed your souls in this time of Journeying to the Cross, but may I also invite you into another opportunity during this season?  What would it be like to read and ponder the lessons for each Sunday a few days before we gather for Worship and a few days after those lessons have been the center of our gathering in Worship?  Wouldn’t this be a great way to add to our experience of God walking with us though Lent and into Easter?To aid you in this effort, we are publishing the lessons for each Sunday on our website Wednesday of each week.  You can also connect to them through this email newsletter, “Connections @ Good Sam.”  You will also be able to find them in a separate printed document as you walk into Worship on Sunday or when you come to Wednesday Night Vespers.

The publication of the lessons for each Sunday will include an “Introduction to the Day of Worship,” the “Prayer of the Day” for that Sunday and an “Introduction to each Lesson and it’s context.”  Now you can take the lessons with you to worship and take them with you from worship.  You can prepare your mind and heart to hear the Word on Sunday and reflect upon the Word after you have experienced it among the community gathered.

Here is a link to the first compilation of Sunday Lessons for this Sunday on Transfiguration of Our Lord, February 11. Join us on Ash Wednesday Feb. 14 and for the First Sunday of Lent on February 18. Don’t for get that Lenten Vespers begin on February 21 with Soup and bread at 5:30 P.M. and Lenten Vespers at 6:30 P.M. each Wednesday in Lent (Feb. 21-March 21).

  –Pastor Mitch

January Highlights

Good Sam Happenings

December 31 [Sunday Theme] “Manger Signs”

January 3 No Wednesday Church Night this week!

January 7  [Sunday Theme] “Heralds of Life and Vessels of God’s Working”

January 10  Wednesday Church Night returns

            Vespers @ 6:30 pm (with JRP)

            Classes begin at 7 pm (Join us for “The Shack” Jan 10-31)

January 14  [Sunday Theme] “What Draws You To Christ?”

January 17  Wednesday Church Night

            Vespers @ 6:30 pm (with JRP)

            Classes begin at 7 pm (Join us for “The Shack” Jan 10-31)

January 21  [Sunday Theme] “The Spirit of “I Am All In””

January 24  Wednesday Church Night

            Vespers @ 6:30 pm (with JRP)

            Classes begin at 7 pm (Join us for “The Shack” Jan 10-31)

January 28  [Sunday Theme] “As You Wish”

 January 31  Wednesday Church Night

            Vespers @ 6:30 pm (with JRP)

            Classes begin at 7 pm (Join us for “The Shack” Jan 10-31)

Good Sam Opens Office Manager Position

Good Sam has a opening for a part-time Office Manager/ Administrative Assistant for the church office. We’ll be collecting resumes until January 19, 2018 or until the position is filled. The following is the complete job description for the part-time job.

Job Title:  Office Manager /Administrative Assistant


16 hours weekly, normally 8:30 to 12:30 M-Th; $12+/hr. commensurate with experience and ability

 Job Summary

This position involves a variety of duties to support Good Samaritan Lutheran Church and the Pastor. Includes providing a physical presence in the front office during office hours, serving as receptionist, screening/directing phone calls, producing printed materials, assisting/leading volunteers, performing some bookkeeping duties, managing database, updating communication outlets and maintaining supplies. This person must maintain a clean, hospitable and well-organized work environment.  This position is important to the overall operation of the office and church ministries.


  • Directly works under the supervision of the Pastor.
  • Indirectly works with all members of the staff/volunteers and key leaders.


  • Ability to operate office machines (computer, copier, telephone system, etc.)
  • Proficient computer skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet, Word Press and Mail Chimp experience helpful, but will train)
  • Database management (Power Church); but will train
  • QuickBooks (basic experience helpful – will train)
  • Internet experience and social media experience
  • Multitask with ease
  • Ability to organize and prioritize assignments
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Superior written and oral communication skills
  • Telephone etiquette
  • Church experience preferred
  • Ability to maintain Confidentiality

 Areas of Responsibility

  • Office machines, supplies and processes
  • Database and Membership Information
  • Communication (including:  Calendar maintenance and Building Use processes; Coordinate News Feed among Website, Connections @ Good Sam and The Grapevine and other publications like Events and Activities Brochure; Update Webpage, Social Media posts and other advertising)
  • Light Bookkeeping (including: Pay bills, Log deposits, Prepare reports)
  • Worship and Music (including: Produce Sunday Bulletins [normally seasonally]; Report Hymn usage and attention to copyright requirements; Maintain Planning Center for Worship Services; Coordinate PowerPoint development for Worship; Update and maintain the Volunteers for Worship process)
  • Other duties and project as assigned

Salary Benefits

This is a part-time position. Hourly wage will be determined based on education and experience. Hours per week are 16– M-Th, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm, with occasional need for some extra hours per week.  Office closed Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, July 4, Labor Day, Memorial Day, MLK Day, Veteran’s Day. Since this is a part time position, there is no paid vacation or sick leave.

There is a probationary period of 6 months.  If you feel you need to leave within that time period or we feel that you are not the right fit for the position you may leave or be asked to leave with no questions asked. At the end of the period you will be reviewed and eligible for a raise.

To Apply

Resume, cover letters and inquiries can be directed to

Good Samaritan Lutheran Church

20850 Langley Rd

Lexington Park, MD 20653

Phone: 301-863-4740

December Highlights

Good Sam Happenings

December 3  [Sunday Theme] “Signs of the Coming Son”

December 6  Wednesday Church Night turns to Advent

            Advent Suppers 5:30 pm

            Vespers @ 6:30 pm (Holden Vespers)

            Classes begin at 7 pm

December 10  [Sunday Theme] “Preparing the Way”

December 13  Wednesday Church Night

            Advent Suppers 5:30 pm

            Vespers @ 6:30 pm (Holden Vespers)

            Classes begin at 7 pm

December 17  [Sunday Theme] “All Congregation Christmas Pageant”

December 20  Wednesday Church Night

            Advent Suppers 5:30 pm

            Vespers @ 6:30 pm (Holden Vespers)

            Classes begin at 7 pm

December 24  [Sunday Theme] “Making Room for a Birth, a Baby and New Life”



5 pm Service for families and fun.

8 pm Traditional Candlelight Service 


December 27 ◊ (No Wednesday Church Night activities) Christmas Holidays

December 31 [Sunday Theme] “Manger Signs” (Lessons and Carols for Christmas)


November Hightlights

Good Sam Happenings

November 1 ◊ Wednesday Church Night [worship theme] “The Peace of God’

November 5 [Sunday Theme] “All Saints Sunday”

November 8 ◊ Wednesday Church Night [worship theme] “Forgiveness (God’s Activity)”

November 12 [Sunday Theme] “Conclusion of Fall Focus: Pray for and Nurture”

November 12 ◊ Good Samaritan Annual Meeting 10:30 am in the Sanctuary with: (Election of New Council Members, Budget for 2018, reports on 2017 and preview of 2018 ministry efforts).  All Members are requested to attend.

November 15 Wednesday Church Night [worship theme] “Forgiving Others”

November 19 [Sunday Theme] “23rd Sunday after Pentecost”

November 22 ◊ (No Wednesday Church Night activities) Thanksgiving Eve

November 23 ◊ Thanksgiving Day

November 26 [Sunday Theme] “Christ the King”

November 29 Wednesday Church Night [worship theme] “Forgiving Myself”


Wednesday Church Night turns to Advent beginning on Dec. 6

            Advent Suppers 5:30 pm

            Vespers @ 6:30 pm (Holden Vespers)

            Classes begin at 7 pm


Empty Nester Group Plan Wine Tasting Nov. 3

Join the Empty Nesters for a Wine Tasting on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017

Sip artisan wines amongst friends, and discover your new favorite sparkling, white, and red varietals. Join us for a tour of fine regional wines at the Kowalik’s home! Our guide, Andrea Daniels of WineShop at Home, will bring the vineyards to us, pairing artisan wines with light appetizers as she walks us through each tasting.  We look forward to a fun, refreshing evening with our friends and to start some early Christmas shopping. Please RSVP to Diane Hay as soon as possible so we can reserve a glass for you. The first pour will be at 7:15 P.M.—you’ll want to arrive on time and be ready to taste every last drop!

New Tuesday Morning Lesson Study and Fellowship Group Forming

Tuesday Morning Lesson Study and Fellowship Group Begins November 7, 2017

Join us at 9:30 A.M. on Tuesday mornings to share some coffee, read and discuss the lessons for Worship on the coming Sunday and imagine together what themes and messages they hold now for us and for our community.  We will have time to care for each other and finish in prayer.  Come and join us beginning November 7 at 9:30 A.M.

Fundraiser Planned to Support Trip to 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering

Taco and Talent Night – November 18, 2017

Join us for an evening of delicious tacos and spectacular talent. On Saturday, November 18, the evening starts at 6:00 P.M. with a delicious taco dinner. Dinner will be followed at 7:00 P.M. with a talent extravaganza. Tickets are available in the Fellowship Hall or the church office–adults $10, children $5. All proceeds go to support the trip to the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston, TX. And, we are looking for you and your talent! Please sign-up in the Narthex!  Questions? See Diane Glasgow.



500th Anniversary of Reformation

On Sunday, October 29 we celebrate 500 years of the Protestant Reformation.  Our Worship will be filled with good music, famous hymns and more.  It is a great way to mark and remember the events that have had so much impact in our lives.  What impact has the Reformation had in our lives?  Glad you asked!  These daily experiences are directly a result of Martin Luther’s work and the events of the Reformation:

  • That we have the scriptures in English and hundreds of other languages that people speak every day is a direct result of Luther’s work.  Luther was the first to translate the Bible in to modern common language so that every person who could read would be able to read the Bible in his or her own daily language.  We now take this for granted but we could not turn to read the scriptures without this reform.
  • That we are encouraged to read and discover what the scriptures say for ourselves is a freedom that comes to us through the Reformation.  Before then, the common folk were told what the scripture said and this authority was greatly abused.
  • That our Pastors and Clergy marry and have families allows for great awareness of the circumstance and need for the Word of God to be a Living Word in our lives and heard in our family lives.
  • The power and authority of the church is now clearly seen to be subject to the truth and witness of the Scripture.  Before the Reformation, the church, its leaders and pastors had and took authority for their own selfish purposes.  Even today, having safe and just practices in our congregations is an important practice for us all to observe.
  • That music is a central feature of our worship was a direct practice that came through the Reformation.
  • That the church of every age must strive to preach the Word of God and the Gospel of Christ, free from all religious, governmental and selfish concerns that would limit, pervert or silence the voice the Living Word of God among us.

These are just a few notable rights and responsibilities we freely enjoy every day because of Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation.  It is vital to know our history and appreciate the gains that have been made so that we do not lose sight of nor have these freedoms taken from us.

Pastor Mitch
Good Samaritan Lutheran Church

ELCA National Youth Gathering June 27- July 1, 2018

Every three years, 30,000 high school youth and their adult leaders from across the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America gather for a week of faith formation known as the ELCA Youth Gathering. Through days spent in interactive learning, worship, Bible study, service and fellowship, young people grow in faith and are challenged and inspired to live their faith in their daily lives.  Houston is the host city for this event and early bird registration began Sept. 15.

All those in 8th—12th grade are invited to attend!  Permission slips and information are available in the Fellowship Hall on the youth board.  Our first non-refundable deposit is due by Oct. 8 for $200. Please make checks payable to Good Samaritan Lutheran Church and write in MEMO – ‘Youth Gathering.’  Please let Corinne M. know when you have paid.

Cost for the Gathering event is $350 plus expenses which are estimated as follows: $300 (lodging), $380 (airfare), plus food while at the Gathering and miscellaneous costs.  The total is estimated at $900-$1100 per participant before fundraising.  We know this is a lot of money, so we’ll be doing some fundraising to work on lowering that cost per participant.

Here are some ways for you to participate in fundraising:
  • Share a talent, or serve tacos at our Taco and Talent Night (date TBA)
  • Help with our Dinner Theater show in February/March (date TBA)
  • Assist with casserole making and selling throughout winter months
  • And/or, come up with a great fundraiser of your own and have the rest of us join you.
We’re excited about the 2018 Youth Gathering. Let us know you’re joining in!  Visit the ELCA Youth Gathering website for exciting information about the Conference and events. See or contact Corinne Marino for more details.