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From Worship at Good Sam – “Where All the Law and the Prophets Sing Out Together: There is Jesus” – February 26, 2017

…from worship at Good Sam on February 26, 2017

Lessons: Exodus 24:12-18, Psalm 2, 2 Peter 1:16-21, Matthew 17:1-9

Sermon: “Where All the Law and the Prophets Sing Out Together: 
There is Jesus”

Prayer: O God, in the transfiguration of your Son you confirmed the mysteries of the faith by the witness of Moses and Elijah, and in the voice from the bright cloud declaring Jesus your beloved Son, you foreshadowed our adoption as your children. Make us heirs with Christ of your glory, and bring us to enjoy its fullness, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

From Worship at Good Sam – “Building to the Designer’s Specifications” – February 19, 2017

…from worship at Good Sam on February 19, 2017

Lessons: Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18, Psalm 119:33-40, 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23, Matthew 5:38-48  

Sermon: “Building to the Designer’s Specifications”   

Prayer: Holy God of compassion, you invite us into your way of forgiveness and peace. Lead us to love our enemies, and transform our words and deeds to be like his through whom we pray, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Our Lenten Theme: “How is My Faith Life a Gift to My Neighbor?”

Welcome to Lent – forty days of preparation for Holy Week and Easter Living.  In this season, we always talk and apply ourselves to our own journeys of faith.  Making progress in our faith journeys really matters in the world, it matters to God and it makes a difference in our lives and with our neighbors.  Why do I say this?  Well, look at the 10 Commandments.  Only three of them are about our relationship with God.  A Full Seven of them are about our relationship with our neighbors.

Somewhere in our “church lives” we have spent a good deal of time thinking about our relationship with God and somehow minimized the opportunity to work at shaping our relationships with our neighbors.  It is my strong belief that what we do with our neighbors has a huge impact on our own faith development and our sense of God active in our own lives.  It is not just for our neighbor that God invites us to work at our relationships with our neighbors.  It is also enlightened self-interest.  It matters in our own faith development, how we engage and relate to others.

So, this Lenten season in Sunday morning Adult Class and in Vespers on Wednesday Evenings we will be thinking about 10 verbs that can begin to better shape our relationships with others, open our faith lives and create in us a new sense of God’s activity in our lives and in our hearts.

Join us this Lenten Season as we explore connecting with our neighbors in news ways with the anticipation that God will show up in with sustenance for which we have always been hungry:  God’s presence and steadfast love.

Sunday Adult Class (also our Theme in Vespers) this week:

March 5      Recognize and Connect – “Called to New Depths of Knowing and Loving Our Neighbors”

March 12    Acknowledge and Care –  “I See You! And the Circle of Hospitality”

March 19    All Congregation Event – Invitation and Hospitality     

March 26   Affirm and Call Forward (invite) – “Naming, Appreciating and Inviting to Participate

April 2       Encourage and Empower – “Bringing Support and Encouragement to Bear”

April 9      ” Nurture and Pray For – “Lift Them Up – and Lift Them Before God”            

  • Recognize one another – people yearn to be seen and heard
  • Connect with your neighbors, colleagues, strangers, friends
  • Acknowledge that God is working through you and others for His purpose
  • Care for one another
  • Affirm one another
  • Call Forward (invite) people to church, to events, to community,
  • Encourage one another
  • Empower people to live out their spiritual gifts and their most authentic selves
  • Pray (for) one another
  • Nurture one another as we grow in our faith

Pastor Mitch

March Highlights

Good Sam Happenings

March 1 Ash Wednesday Service @ 7 pm – with Imposition of Ashes

March 5 [Sunday Theme] “Walking the Walk When It’s Rocky Ahead”

      [March 5 through March 12 is WARM week at Good Sam when we welcome our homeless neighbors with warm meals and cots for a safe and sheltered night’s sleep.]  

March 8 ◊ Soup and Bread Meal @ 5:30 pm ◊ Evening Worship (Vespers) @ 6:30 pm  

March 12 [Sunday Theme] “The Early Footsteps of Faith”

March 15 ◊ Soup and Bread Meal @ 5:30 pm ◊ Evening Worship (Vespers) @ 6:30 pm 

March 19 [Sunday Theme] “Where Do You Get That “Living Water” Stuff?”

All Congregation Learning Event @10 am “Invitation and Hospitality”

March 22 ◊ Soup and Bread Meal @ 5:30 pm ◊ Evening Worship (Vespers) @ 6:30 pm 

March 26 [Sunday Theme] “Jesus Chooses the Blind Guy!”

March 29 ◊ Soup and Bread Meal @ 5:30 pm ◊ Evening Worship (Vespers) @ 6:30 pm     

News from the Anderson – Watney Household. 

Many of you are beginning to hear that Shannon has accepted a call as Lead Pastor (to full time ministry) with Peace Lutheran Church in Waldorf.  This last Sunday (Feb 12) we celebrated the rite of Farewell and Godspeed with Shannon, giving thanks for the gifts that Shannon has brought to Good Sam over the last seven years.  We also prayed that her gifts would now be well used among the people and community of Peace Lutheran.

Shannon and I dream about opportunities for Good Sam and Peace to collaborate and learn from each other, as they are ELCA neighboring Congregations along with Saint Nicholas Lutheran in Huntingtown.  Please pray with us about opportunities for doing mission and ministry together with Peace and Saint Nicholas.  This can only add to gifts we already enjoy in faith and ministry.

I feel like ministry here at Good Sam is developing well and God is using our partnership in meaningful and significant ways and I look for this to continue.  Meanwhile, I am very thankful for Shannon’s gifts to be used in a neighboring congregation that will allows us to have our lives in both places.

Good Sam community, thanks for all your efforts that make ministry happen here and please pray for the Anderson-Watney household as we stretch ourselves to invest in ministry in Southern Maryland in new ways.  Certainly, God is up to something!

Pastor Mitch Watney

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

In an effort to get acquainted with everyone 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. We truly are Finding our neighbors along the journey of faith!

This week’s Spotlight is the Jones Family

Debbie and David joined Good Sam in 2010. The Jones family is originally from Whitehall Pa. and moved to Southern Maryland about 16 years ago.  They have been married for 31 years. David currently works for the U.S. Government and Debbie whose career included Administrative work at financial institutions, now volunteers at the church office, the alter guild and sings in GSLC Choir. Debbie’s hobbies includes reading and singing.

Stop by and introduce yourself if you have not met them.

Action Verbs Describe A New Vision for Congregation Goal Setting

Ten Verbs Describe a New Vision for Goal Setting
One of the most challenging responsibilities of the Mutual Ministry Team is setting goals for the congregation for the upcoming year. Each year, we identify shortcomings within Good Sam that we feel need attention and set them as goals to improve. Sometimes the goals are general, for example, “being more welcoming to visitors.” Other times, they are more specific, like “addressing the ministry needs of young single 20-something members or the youth.” Upon agreement, we send this list of goals to Council for approval and publication to the congregation. When we assess the past year, sometimes we achieve the goals we outline, and some years we do not.

What if, in 2017, Mutual Ministry did not forward a list of goals to Council? What if instead we sent a list of ten words—ten verbs to Council? Our goal would be to encourage the congregation to try and “live” those verbs daily with our fellow members, visitors to Good Sam, and our neighbors outside of Good Sam. We in Mutual Ministry believe that, if we as a congregation practice and apply these ten words, any goals we could have presented would be met, and even exceeded.  So, this is what we’ve done—established these key verbs


As we move forward–adding more depth to these terms over time–we believe these words can and will become “alive” in our lives.

So, we asked you,  “How can you employ these verbs in your faith life and put them into action?”

Your Mutual Ministry Team

2017 Goals for the Congregation
This year is all about taking action in our Faith journeys. Our 2017 goals are about journeying with our neighbors. They are about adding chapters in ‘The Story’ of Good Samaritan Lutheran Church, the Story of what Jesus is doing in our lives.  Jesus calls us to go out to the four corners of the world and share the Good News.  Luther calls us to live the Gospel and be justified by Grace. What if we focus on these calls through our daily actions by living intentionally through the following action verbs?

  • Recognize one another – people so want to be seen and heard
  • Acknowledge that God is working through you and others for His purpose
  • Affirm one another
  • Encourage one another
  • Pray (for) one another
  • Connect with your neighbors, colleagues, strangers, friends
  • Care for one another
  • Call Forward (invite) people to church, to events, to community ,
  • Empower people to live out their spiritual gifts and their most authentic selves
  • Nurture one another as we grow in our faith

At the end of the day, reflect on each of these and ask yourself,
Have I recognized those around me today?        Have I acknowledged how God is working through me and others?
      Have I affirmed someone today?          How have I encouraged people today?          Have I prayed for…?
Have I cared for anyone today?”         Have I called forward or invited someone into the community of Christ today?
         How have I empowered someone today?           How have I nurtured someone today? 

Start with just one of these and strive to add in another until you naturally live out these verbs on a daily basis.  Notice what happens in your life and the lives of others and tell your stories as they unfold to your brother and sisters in Christ, especially those at Good Sam. Let’s write the next chapter of our Story together!

Your Mutual Ministry Team

From Worship at Good Sam – “The Gifts That Flow From Reconciliation” – February 12, 2017

…from Worship at Good Sam on February 12, 2017

Lessons: Deuteronomy 30:15-2, Psalm 119:1-8, 1 Corinthians 3:1-9, Matthew 5:21-37 

Sermon: The Gifts That Flow From Reconciliation” 

Prayer: O God, the strength of all who hope in you, because we are weak mortals we accomplish nothing good without you. Help us to see and understand the things we ought to do, and give us grace and power to do them, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen.


From Worship at Good Sam – Guest Speaker Pastor Ray Ranker – February 5, 2017

…from Worship at Good Sam on February 5, 2017

Lessons: Isaiah 58:1-9a [9b-12], Psalm 112:1-9, 1 Corinthians 2:1-12, Matthew 5:13-20

Sermon: Special Message from Pastor Ray Ranker 

Prayer: Lord God, with endless mercy you receive the prayers of all who call upon you. By your Spirit show us the things we ought to do, and give us the grace and power to do them, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

“JONAH” at the Sight & Sound Theatre in Lancaster PA

You are invited to join with the Pray, Praise & Promise in Christ Church, located in Great Mills, on a spectacular chartered bus trip to see “ JONAH” at the Sight & Sound Theatre in Lancaster, PA on Saturday,  April 8, 2017. The story of “JONAH” provides a message of hope.  In a world filled with despair and uncertainty, Sight & Sound delivers a message many of us need to hear:  a message of peace, love, understanding, forgiveness and compassion based on the teachings of Jesus Christ.

  • The cost per adult (age 13 an up) is $125 and per child (age 3 to 12) is $45
  • A non-refundable deposit of $65 per adult and $25 per child is due by Wednesday, February 15 with the balance due by Wednesday, March 15
  • The bus departs St. Mary’s Square, Lexington Park at 7:00 P.M.
  • The bus will return to St. Mary’s Square at approximately 5:00 P.M.
  • The cost includes transportation, show tickets, meal and snacks.

For more information and to make your payments please contact Mrs. Margaret Butler at 240-237-0251.