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Good Sam Partners with Red Cross for Blood Drive

American Red Cross imageWe are excited to partner with the American Red Cross on June 3rd to launch the first of what we hope will be many blood drives. We’ll be working together to give back to the community in a truly life changing way, since each donation we collect can save up to three lives.  Chris Van Camp is leading the blood drive for us. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Chris about joining the team, or reach out with any questions you may have.

If you are healthy and eligible, please come out to donate. Most donations take about an hour, so book your appointment, roll up your sleeve and become a part of the lifesaving mission of the Red Cross and Good Sam.

Drive details:
Date: Friday, June 3, 2016
Times: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Good Sam primary contact: Chris Van Camp
Contact email:
Contact phone number: 240-298-7320

To schedule your appointment: Contact Chris Van Camp or sign up online at , follow the “Find a Blood Drive” link using our zip code 20653, scroll down locations to June 3rd and click on the Good Sam Lutheran arrow to schedule your donation time. You can also schedule a time on the “Sign Up” sheet in the Fellowship Hall at church.

The Red Cross has been making a humanitarian impact for more than 130 years, and has been collecting blood for over 70 of those years. We can all be part of something important when we work with the Red Cross to strengthen the blood supply and give back to our community.  Thank you for helping to make this partnership a success. Let’s make an impact on June 3rd and add saving lives to our list of great accomplishments!

The Story at Good Sam – “Encountering God” – April 17, 2016


…. from Worship at Good Sam on April 17, 2016

Lessons:  Isaiah 11:1-5, Romans 15:4-8,13, Matthew 3:13-17

Sermon: “Jesus’ Ministry – Encountering God” (David Goodrich)

Prayer: From the day you walked with Abraham, O Lord, you have sought to create a righteous people to bear your name and witness to your glory.  Bring us to faith and then to righteousness also by the work and life of Jesus among us.  Teach us to love and cherish the gift of Jesus that we may be found to carry his life within us, to your Glory. AMEN

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The Story at Good Sam -“Do You See the King in This Picture?” – April 10, 2016



….from Worship at Good Sam on April 10, 2016

Lessons From: Isaiah 60:1-6, John 1:1-14

Sermon: “Jesus’ Birth — Birth of a King”


Prayer: Come, Lord Jesus!  Arise, shine among us, and let your glory glow upon those gathered here.  Allow us to see and be radiant, cause our hearts to thrill and rejoice.  Help us to see the king even wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.  Empower us to tell the news with great joy, as did the Shepherds.

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The Story at Good Sam – The Fall of Israel – Feb. 14, 2016


…from Worship at Good Sam on February 14, 2016

Lessons from: Isaiah 6;1-8, Luke 7;1-10H-Icon_Ch16_Quill

Sermon: “The Beginning of the End”

Prayer: O God, by your everlasting mercy we fell from grace in the garden, since then, we have failed to live according to your law of righteousness and justice and we even watched as your own Son was rejected, punished and crucified.  Let us not miss the wonder of your grace which has come to us again in his resurrection and new life among us.  Gather us again as your own people that we may reflect the life of Jesus and the coming of your Kingdom.

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New ELCA Flagship Publication Launched – “Living Lutheran”

Living Lutheran, the new flagship publication of the ELCA, has officially launched. Beginning with its April issue, The Lutheran magazine will be called Living Lutheran and will have an accompanying website, Our new name signifies this church’s living, daring confidence in God’s grace.

Your new Living Lutheran has a bold, modern look and will continue to offer stories, reflections and news that illuminate Christ’s presence in the world.

Visit LivingLutheran today for:

  • Stories and commentary from the 3.7 million members, 9,300 congregations and partner organizations that make up the ELCA
  • An exploration of issues important to Lutherans
  • Resources to help deepen your faith through worship, stewardship, arts, music and more
  • Best practices and ideas for mission and ministry
  • Opportunities to witness our church at work in this country and around the world
  • Monthly reflections from me and others
  • Ideas and resources for parents, grandparents and families who are passing faith on to children and youth
  • Coverage of ELCA religious news and events
  • A free e-digest highlighting the latest and most popular stories, an introductory offer on new print subscriptions and more!

Join the conversation! Visit the new Living Lutheran today.

The Story at Good Sam – The Fall of Judah – February 21, 2016


… from Worship at Good Sam on February 21, 2016H-Icon_Ch17_Wall

Lessons: 2 Chronicles 33: 1-2, 9-13 Psalm 137, Ezekiel 37:1-14

The Fall of Judah: How Far Down Can We Go?”

Prayer: Our mistakes repeat themselves, but your love is steadfast and must win the day. May your redemptive power in the life and resurrection of Jesus give us hope and may we breathe again of your Spirit and have life in your Kingdom. Amen

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ATTENTION: Good Sam Youth–Looking for a Summer Job?

Mar-Lu-Ridge Summer CampMar-Lu-Ridge, an outdoor ministry of ELCA, is searching for youth staff for their summer camps. Do you have gifts that would make you an excellent staff member:  responsible, good work ethic, good with children, outdoor skills, sense of humor, and enthusiasm for sharing God’s love? Apply TODAY!  Applications are available on their website and all who get their application submitted before April 15th are guaranteed to be considered for staff. Later applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Interested young people (at least 18 years of age) can contact Karl Muhlbach at 800-238-9974 or

3200 Mar Lu Ridge Road · Jefferson, MD 21755

Mental Health First Aid Training Offered at Camp Maria Retreat

Camp Maria Retreat Center in Leonardtown, MD is pleased to offer Mental Health First Aid USA Training on April 26 and April 27, 2016 from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm on both days at the Camp Maria Retreat Center located at 41290 Camp Maria Road, Leonardtown MD 20650.

This is an great workshop for anyone working with people including school personnel, law enforcement workers, human service workers and anyone working in ministry. The class is free of charge and lunch is offered both days.  

Mental Health First Aid USA teaches participants the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges including anxiety, depression, psychosis, eating disorders AD/HD, disruptive behavior disorders and substance abuse disorder.  Upon successful completion of this program, participants will receive certification in Mental Health First Aid.

For more information about this program, please contact Laura Webb, Recovery Support Services Director, Walden Sierra at 301-997-1300 x 804, or Ann Kovalcik, 301-475-8330

Trainers are certified trainers of Mental Health First Aid and represent local organizations, Walden and On Our Own of St. Mary’s. 

This retreat is free of cost. Lunch will be provided on both days. Training is funded by a Ministry Grant from the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth.

To register contact Theresa Peoples at 301-475-8330 or

April Highlights

April 3                   Sunday theme:  Rebuilding the Walls

April 2                   Class:  Christian Faith from a Lutheran Perspective, Saturday 10 am

April 6                   Class:  Christian Faith from a Lutheran Perspective, Wednesday 6:30 pm

April 10                 Sunday theme:  Jesus’ Birth — Birth of a King –

April 17                 Sunday theme:  Jesus’ Ministry – Encountering God

April 24                Sunday theme:  No Ordinary Man — In The Flesh

April 30                 Event: Mother-Daughter Tea, Saturday at Noon

The Story at Good Sam – Daniel and Israel in Exile – February 28, 2016


H-Icon_Ch18_Lion…from Worship at Good Sam on February 28, 2016

Lessons: Daniel Chapter 3, Luke Chapter 12

“Daniel:  A Faith that Shines in its Servant-hood”

Prayer:  O Sovereign God, You rule in our lives and in the acts and events of the Nations.  It is You alone, O Lord, who never abandon Your beloved people.  In a world that has yet to discover Your just and holy ways, allow us to worship You faithfully and witness to Your glory, O Lord, our God.

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