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From Worship at Good Sam – “What Comes with Faith” – August 7, 2016

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Lessons:  Genesis 15:1-6, Psalm 33:12-22, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Luke 12:32-40  

Sermon: “What Comes with Faith”unnamed

Prayer: Almighty God, you sent your Holy Spirit to be the life and light of your church. Open our hearts to the riches of your grace, that we may be ready to receive you wherever you appear, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen.

“God’s Work. Our Hands” St. Mary’s Caring Soup Kitchen

“One of t20160728_103215he joys of my retirement has been my involvement with St. Mary’s Caring Soup Kitchen. I love its simple mission: To feed the hungry in St. Mary’s County. I love the idea that anyone can receive a free meal (breakfast and/or lunch) six days a week no questions asked. I love the idea that food is donated by grocery stores, the college, local farmers, restaurants and churches and it is turned into fresh, healthy prepared meals. I love the camaraderie of working with other volunteers to prepare meals for people who are so grateful for a delicious meal. Most of all, I love when 11:30 arrives and I get to pray with our guests and together we thank God for the ways he has blessed us that day.”                                                                                                                                                                               –Sue Venendaal

For more information about how you might become involved at St. Mary’s Caring, check out the website at And, check our more information on “God’s Work. Our Hands.”

From Worship at Good Sam – “Having a Mind that is set on Christ” – July 31, 2016

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Lessons: Ecclesiastes 1:2,12-14,18, Psalm 49:1-12, Colossians 3:1-11, Luke 12:13-21


Sermon: “Having a Mind that is set on Christ”

PrayerBenevolent God, you are the source, the guide, and the goal of our lives. Teach us to love what is worth loving, to reject what is offensive to you, and to treasure what is precious in your sight, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

August  Highlights  

Good Sam Happenings

Click here to learn more about our Photo Directory.  Click here to sign up for a Photo Session.

August 7 [Sunday Theme]   “What Comes with Faith” {Join us for a review of our Sacks and Packs program after Fellowship – with Michael Miller}

August 14 [Sunday Theme]   “By Faith We Walk” {Join us for an exploration of being a reading tutor at Carver Elementary after Fellowship –  with Gennifer Koebke}

August 21 [Sunday Theme]   “From the Hand of Jesus –Life, Freedom and Hope Stand Strong” {also Join us for a Red Cross Blood Drive Discussion after Fellowship– with Chris Van Camp}

August 21st – Empty Nesters Murder Mystery Show at Charles Street Brasserie at 6:30 pm.

August 28 [Sunday Theme]   “How Can You be a Reflection of Jesus”  {Join us for “Getting To Know Good Sam” discussion after Fellowship – Childcare available}

Join us at Farming 4 Hunger on Sept. 10,  9 am to Noon. Sign-up Here.

From Worship at Good Sam – ” Prayer and the Shaping of Faith Within Us” – July 24, 2016

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Lessons: Genesis 18:20-32, Psalm 138, Colossians 2:6-15, 16-19, Luke 11:1-13dashboard (2)

Sermon: “Prayer and the Shaping of Faith Within Us”

Prayer:  Almighty and ever-living God, you are always more ready to hear than we are to pray, and you gladly give more than we either desire or deserve. Pour upon us your abundant mercy. Forgive us those things that weigh on our conscience, and give us those good things that come only through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen.


The Next Red Cross Blood Drive at Good SAM

American-Red-CrossGood Samaritan is proud to partner with the American Red Cross and be a part of all they do for our community, our country, and around the world.  We are aiming at hosting a Red Cross blood Drive at Good Sam each quarter giving us all an opportunity to make a difference.

Our next drive is coming up on September 9th from 1pm to 6pm. There are many ways you can help, but most importantly we hope you come out to donate.  Because it’s also “God’s Work. Our Hands” season at Good Sam, wear your GWOH T-shirt when you come and show your spirit. There are two ways to sign up:

  1. Send an email to Chris Van Camp (Blood Drive Coordinator)
  2. Create an account and sign up directly with the Red Cross at

If you can’t donate, please consider joining volunteer team or help spread the work by promoting our drive on social media.

Our blood drive is important to patients in need, but the collection and distribution of blood is just a small part of all the Red Cross does. The enormity of what the Red Cross accomplishes every day is astounding and this is one of the reasons we chose them as one of our core community outreach partners.

  • Every 60 seconds, 44 people in America are assisted by the American Red Cross.
  • 15,500 people every day receive lifesaving Red Cross health and safety training.
  • 1,000 times a day the Red Cross provides services to military members, their families and veterans.
  • 190 times a day Red Cross workers help families affected by a home fire or disaster.

From a blood supply standpoint:American-Red-Cross

  • The Red Cross must collect 14,000 units of blood each day.
  • The blood collected by the Red Cross helps millions of patients in over 2,400 hospitals across the country.
  • 80 percent of blood donations are given at blood drives are hosted by generous sponsoring organizations like ours.


“New” Photo Directory for Good Sam

online-signup-11We are excited to announce that we have begun the process of putting together a fabulous new Good Sam Photo Directory!   Pictures will be taken at the church by Lifetouch beginning September 27th through October 1st.  Everyone who has a picture taken will receive a church directory along with a FREE 8 X 10 portrait.  Yes, FREE!! We want to make this a complete representation of our church family…you do not need be a “member” to participate. The more the merrier!  This will be a great tool to help everyone match names with faces. We sincerely hope that everyone will set up a time to get their picture taken.

You can begin scheduling your appointment now directly with Lifetouch by clicking HERE.  Just follow the directions on the site, no need for initial “log in” information to register for your time.  There will also be a sign-up table set up in the Fellowship Hall beginning the first Sunday in August. Please reach out to Anne Harvey-Diggs with any questions:

The Story at Good Sam – “Just What is the Main Thing” – July 17, 2016

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Lessons: Genesis 18:1-10, Psalm 15, Colossians 1:15-28, Luke 10:38-42

Sermon: “Just What is the Main Thing”

Prayer: Eternal God, you draw near to us in Christ, and you make yourself our guest. Amid the cares of our lives, make us attentive to your presence, that we may treasure your word above all else, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen.


Tutoring/Reading Program for Carver Elementary School Students

If you are interested in helping children with their reading skills and making a real difference in their lives and how they feel about reading, consider joining our volunteer reading tutor/mentoring program at G. W. Carver Elementary School.

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As part of the “God’s Work. Our Hands” Service Projects, we are looking for people who are interested in helping the children of Carver Elementary School by being a mentor/reader/tutor for this coming school year.  All volunteers will need to register with St. Mary’s County Public Schools as a “Volunteer” and go through the required security program checks before participating. This is an easy and quick process using the above link.  Once complete (it may take up to 10 days), you’ll receive an email providing you with a Volunteer number.  Gennifer Koebke will be providing the targeted reading tutor training.

September Update: The new Carver principal, the Lead Language Arts Teacher and the Title 1 Schools Literacy Lead are all very excited that we will be working with their students in reading. At this time, Carver teachers are conducting intensive one-on-one testing of all of their students and determining reading levels. They will practice reading books selected as “good fit books – fast, fun, and easy” among other testing variables. Soon we will know the number of students that would benefit from this mentor-tutoring program.

Our job will be to act as a reading “cheerleader” for a student who may be reading independently several levels below grade level and may not have support at home for the home reading that is required. Our main job will be to help them feel good about themselves as readers. Our goal is to help them fall in love with books, and at the same time know that they have a mentor in their life that cares about them.

It’s not too late to volunteer!! If you would like to be a part of this very fulfilling mission throughout the school year, please contact talk with Gennifer Koebke. She’ll be continuing to work with the teachers and administrative team at Carver to provide more updates.

Gods Work, Our Hands T-Shirts

On Sale and Available Now!

“Gods Work. Our Hands.” T-Shirts

GoodSam1Get a shirt, wear it while you are participating in one of the “God’s Work. Our Hands.” (GWOH) activities or projects and be sure to take pictures of yourself and others working at your activity site. We hope to share these photos during our “God’s Work. Our Hands.” Celebration, Sunday, Sept. 11th.

We pre-ordered 40 T-Shirts in various sizes that that are in and available now. Sizes are limited in this first order and there is a sign up sheet on the GWOH bulletin board listing available sizes and qty’s. T-shirts cost $8.00/shirt.  You can pay as you pick up you shirt via cash, check (made payable to GSLC with memo line: GWOH T-shirts) or online through “Give.” If you would like a shirt sign your name on the size that you would like. For all other sizes there are order forms available: fill out a form indicating your desired size and we will be placing a new order on August 1st to arrive by September 11th, our “Gods Work. Our Hands.” Celebration and Rally Day.