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Congregational Informational Session – April 7th

Hello Good Sam Members and Attenders!

This Sunday, April 7th, council will be holding it’s first quarterly information session immediately after church.  Prior to fellowship, we will take 10 minutes to update you on things that council is working on, building happenings, and budget.  There will be an opportunity for questions and further discussion during coffee and conversation should you chose to dive deeper. For our Sunday School teachers, there will be an opportunity for discussion between 11:30 and Noon.

This is an attempt to keep communications open throughout the year; therefore, if you can, please plan to stay in your seats for just 10 minutes after service and join council during Coffee and Conversations.

We are continually looking for ways to communicate that are helpful and meaningful for you as we journey together in this place. Please let us  know if this is a good way to accomplish that goal.  Your feedback is important.

Blessings,

Gail Wathen

President of Council

Sunday’s Sermon, March 31, 2019

…from Worship at Good Sam on March 31, 2019

Lessons: Joshua 5:9-12, Psalm 32, 2 Corinthians 5:16-21, Luke 15:1-3, 11b -32

Sermon: “Applying the Art of Love and Mercy”

Prayer: God of compassion, you welcome the wayward, and you embrace us all with your mercy. By our baptism clothe us with garments of your grace, and feed us at the table of your love, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and 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.

Sunday’s Sermon, March 24, 2019

…from Worship at Good Sam on March 24, 2019

Lessons: Isaiah 55:1-9, Psalm 63:1-8, 1 Corinthians 10:1-13, Luke 13:1-9

Sermon: “Learning the Art of Love and Mercy”

Prayer: Eternal God, your kingdom has broken into our troubled world through the life, death, and resurrection of your Son. Help us to hear your word and obey it, and bring your saving love to fruition in our lives, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and 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.

Member in Mission: Rich Slavik

You may recognize Rich Slavik as the guy who hands you a bulletin as you walk into church or passes you an offering plate during service. He’s quietly assumed this role of usher for so long that even he has forgotten how many years its been, but he’s earned the title of lead usher because without fail he shows up and is there to serve. He has been showing up at Good Sam since 1996, back before the tattoo shop, when our congregation met at the Knight’s of Columbus Hall.

Originally from New Jersey, Rich first found himself here in Pax River with the Navy and during his 27 year career he was stationed a total of 4 times. It was on his last tour here that he found Good Sam. After retiring from the navy, he dabbled briefly with civilian contracting on base, but ultimately found his next calling in serving with The Arc Southern Maryland. This organization’s mission is “Creating opportunities for independence and personal success for people with different abilities in inclusive communities.” This job brought him into a support and friendship role with adults with developmental disabilities – Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Muscular Dystrophy and more. Rich spent the next 14 years taking assignments to care for and serve individuals; helping them with their daily routines, taking them shopping, playing pool, or going to movies.  He maintained connections and friendships with these men and women and their families.

All the while Rich continued to attend and serve Good Sam, through transitions and changes of location. He has served on the finance team on and off, and still serves as secretary. He witnessed the birth of the Food Pantry through a youth group challenge to bring in food, watched it grow, helped when he could, and after retirement eventually took over as the lead of Our Daily Bread food pantry. I see Rich in the office every Monday like clockwork as he picks up food from the donation bins and carries it across the parking lot. He is participating in a group trying to bring a Food Bank to St Mary’s County for the benefit of ALL of the local food pantries and soup kitchens, but for now he and others weekly drive to Waldorf to restock what’s needed from the closest area Food Bank. He leads volunteers from our church and community every Wednesday and Friday as they restock shelves and then help hand out food to the 120 patrons who come each week. Rich’s steady and persistent mission to serve others helps sustains the ministries he touches, and we are lucky to have this member in mission as part of our community.

A Vision for Music at Good Sam

Sherri plays for our Worship Services and her gifts are music and children.  Recently Sherri has begun working with Eat, Play and Learn Fellowship to bring the kids together to sing.  We heard the Angelic Voices sing their first musical offering in Worship on February 17th.  What a joy to see and feel the excitement of our children singing for the fun of it. 

Meanwhile, we have been talking about the current Worship Keyboard that is breaking and beginning to malfunction more and more regularly.  While we have been praying about this need we have also been thinking about the Chancel Choir’s need to see Sherri as she accompanies and directs them during Worship, as well as a need for a keyboard that is portable for use throughout our building.  So here is the vision to support music in Worship and other music programming.

We would like to replace our aging Worship Keyboard with a new Yamaha or Roland Digital Grand Piano ($6,500).  It will have all of the versatility of our current Worship keyboard including internal speakers and the ability to plug into the sound system for additional amplification.  We are also recommending a Korg KROSS 88 – Key Black Keyboard Production Station that is portable and has a stand that can be easily moved throughout the building.  It can plug into an Amp / Pre-Amp or plug into the sound system as desired.  This will allow musical practice anywhere in our building and support Choral Singing from down front for concerts, choir anthems and more.  Here is the cost to accomplish this vision. Can you help us finish that plan? We are almost half way there already.

 

  •  Yamaha or Roland Digital Grand Piano                                $6,500
  • Korg KROSS 88 – Key Black Keyboard Production Station $1,150  

           Total cost for this effort                                                            $7,650

           Dollars raised so far  ( $3,100)

Sunday’s Sermon, March 17, 2019

…from Worship at Good Sam on March 17, 2019

Lessons: Isaiah 55:1-9, Psalm 63:1-8, 1 Corinthians 10:1-13, Luke 13:1-9

Sermon: “Learning the Art of Love and Mercy”

Prayer: Eternal God, your kingdom has broken into our troubled world through the life, death, and resurrection of your Son. Help us to hear your word and obey it, and bring your saving love to fruition in our lives, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and 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.

Caring for God’s Creation at Good Sam

As spring approaches, the flowers begin to bloom, and life seems to awaken we are once again blessed by the beauty of God’s creation. Now is the time we need to begin to prepare for the care of the property around Good Sam.

In order to keep our grounds groomed and welcoming, we are looking for individuals or families that would commit to this effort one or two times throughout the season.

Tasks would include:

  • mowing the lawn
  • pulling a few weeds
  • and just making sure our property is neat and tidy. 

If you can take a day this season, please sign up on the schedule at the information table located in the fellowship hall. All of us pitching in will ensure a welcoming first impression as people enter our property. Let’s be an example of how God’s creation should be treated!

Thank you for considering….Gail Wathen (Council President)

Celebrating Pastor Mitch’s 30 years of Faithful Ministry!

Come and help us celebrate Pastor Mitch as he enters 30 years of faithful ministry!

On March 31st immediately following service we will have a celebration potluck brunch for Pastor Mitch to show our appreciation and gratitude for the life and experience he brings to our church. We have been truly blessed by his presence and his ability to lead our congregation.

The brunch will begin immediately after service. Sunday School for that day will be CANCELLED, so that all can participate and enjoy. Sue Venendaal and the fellowship team are organizing the event.

There will be a sign-up sheet this Sunday, March 17th in the fellowship hall or here. Please let us know if you are attending and/or can bring a dish.

As we celebrate throughout the morning there will be room to share some stories and talk about how Pastor Mitch has impacted you and/or your family.

Join us as we celebrate this milestone with him.

Paige Marino- Campus Christian Community @ University of Mary Washington Fundraiser

Paige Marino (Good Sam Member) is a member of Campus Christian Community at University of Mary Washington. They are fundraising to help meet their goal of budgetary needs for the year. They use monies raised to provide food, subsidize retreats, programs, salaries, building maintenance, and all things CCC. This fundraiser will support the ministry that is done to make connections and community with students that they have.
Check out this video about Campus Christian Community:
Good Sam’s Goal is to raise $500.00 in support of this fundraiser effort for Christian Community, which our church member Paige Marino is apart.
Please join us in supporting her by helping us meet the goal of $500.00. You may make checks payable to Good Samaritan Lutheran Church and in the memo line write Campus Christian Community.

Collecting Donations for Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Good Sam’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Palm Sunday, April 14th  during the Sunday School hour for all children up to 4th grade.  We are collecting donations of candy (small, individually-wrapped candy that can fit in a 2” egg) and plastic eggs.   All donations may be left in the church office, marked with “Easter Egg Hunt” on the bag.  We ask that all donations be delivered by Wednesday, April 10th.  If you have any questions, contact Mary Dickinson.

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