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Learning and Teaching Are One and the Same Adventure

the storyHave you ever felt like you wanted to know the stories of the Bible better and have some sense of how they fit together?  Many of us have tried to read the scriptures from cover to cover and struggled or failed to have the sense of familiarity we had hoped for.

This fall as Good Sam together walks through the scriptures to follow the stories of God shaping and guiding God’s people, we will together find and share that sense of familiarity and appreciation for the story of God with God’s people.  We hope you will plan now to join us in this adventure.

For those of you who really wish to succeed in this endeavor I recommend this advice.  The best way to learn something is teach it to someone else.  We are in need of additional Sunday School Teachers and Small Group Leaders to help our whole congregation engage in this adventure.  Please see Pastor Mitch or Ginger Latyak if you would like to know more.

“Standing Before God, in All Our Nakedness” June 7, 2015



…from Worship at Good Sam on June 7, 2015

Worship Readings
1st Reading:  Genesis 3:8-15
Gospel:  Mark 3:20-35


Icon1Lectio10BProjecPRAYER OF THE DAY  All-powerful God, in Jesus Christ you turned death into life and defeat into victory. Increase our faith and trust in him, that we may triumph over all evil in the strength  of the same Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

It’s hard to imagine that there was a time when most people thought the world was flat, with edges that one could fall over.  It kept some of our exploring behavior in check.  But, with knowledge that the world was round came great opportunity.  There were new worlds to discover and now we could get there and back.  The problem was that this knowledge didn’t come with the wisdom or understanding to use it well, and so explorers easily turned into conquerors.  Knowledge itself is not really a path toward wisdom, peace or faith.  The great theologian St. Augustine said, I believe that I may come to know.  Faith can actually inform knowledge.  Lord, teach us faith that we may come to know you and give ourselves to your ways in the world.

“Standing Before God, in All Our Nakedness” 


Join us in Leesburg for Lost and Found Concert

guitar photoNeighbors, youth groups, fans, friends… all are invited to a Lost & Found Concert stop during their Farewell Tour on Fri. June 19 at 7:15 p.m. in Leesburg Virg. at the National Conference Center. This is the site of our Synod Assembly gathering. Tickets available at no cost from the Synod Assembly registration page.

Stories of Crisis and Good News at Good Sam

Please join us for a special one of a kind event at Good Sam at 10:30 am on June 14th.  We want to share some stories about what is happening at Good Sam these days financially and in ministry.  There is so much to be thankful for and at the same time we are in a challenging crisis.  So we have a special community story time to share and talk with you about what is happening at Good Sam right now in our life together.


It is so important for us all to know, share and be clear about the challenges and glorious gifts that are taking among us even as you read this.  Please join us Sunday June 14th right after fellowship for an extended time of refreshment, stories from our life together and a sharing of the crisis before us.  This event is sponsored by your Mutual Ministry Team

Good Sam Rummage Sale June 27th

Yard SaleThe annual yard sale will be Saturday June 27th from  8-noon. We are accepting clean, gently used items for the sale. Donations are being stored in the Sunday school classrooms. We are looking for people to help sort the week of June 22nd, set-up Friday June 26th and to volunteer at the yard sale. Also several youth will be selling treats and lemonade at the yard sale, so we are also asking for donations of cookies and other treats. For questions or to volunteer contact Cocoa Maday.

Teacher Appreciation Sunday

cheer_5936cTeacher Appreciation is this Sunday, June 14.  Among the volunteers who really help shape lives of faith in this congregation, our Sunday School Teachers are oaks of righteousness.  They silently teach, care for, listen to and love our children.  Modeling faith for young people is a big and important job.  This Sunday we will recognize and thank the Sunday School Teachers who have faithfully borne this important yoke.

Welcome of New Members

On Sunday June 14 we will welcome into membership a couple of families that have been worshiping with us recently.  We give thanks for those who choose to journey their faith lives with us as we Worship, Learn, Serve, Grow and advance in our individual journeys into Discipleship.  Come and please welcome our new members at Good Sam thiswelcome_5618c Sunday.

Summer Worship Bulletin

Download Summer-Bulletin-2015.pdf (1.31MB)

Confirmation Sunday Blessings

Blessing and Prayer at Confirmation

Blessing and Prayer at Confirmation

The moment of standing up to announce your faith is a big step in the journey of the believer. But no one really manages to do this alone. It is always an expression of community that anyone comes to a point in their life when they can stand and give witness to the hope that is beginning to dwell within them. May 17th this year was a great celebration of faith with our young people who stood to affirm their faith. In response, the community gathers around to lay on hands of prayer and blessings, asking the Holy Spirit to guard and guide these lives. We give thanks for these young lights of faith; Hannah Cari Carlsen, Landon Christopher Kelln, Kristina Marie Kowalik, Matthew Robert Kowalik, Samantha Lynn Kowalik.



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June 2015 Highlights at Good Sam

Sunday June 7    “Standing Before God, in All Our Nakedness” also Blessing of our Graduates

Sunday June 14   “That Tree Was Planted with a Purpose”  also Teacher Appreciation Sunday, Welcome of New Members and Coffee and Conversations sponsored by Mutual Ministry

Sunday June 21    “Be Still My Soul”

Wednesday June 24     Playground Playtime 10am-11:30am (Bring the kids and catch up with other parents)

Sunday June 28  “Must the Patient Participate in Their Own Healing?”