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Weather Announcement Information At Good Sam

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Please be safe this weekend!  We wanted to give you information on how to learn about weather related decisions at church regarding Worship Services, Sunday School and classes.  If at all possible we will remain open and conduct services on Sundays.  If you don’t see notification in our sources* then you can assume we will be having an unaltered schedule.  If conditions are tenuous we will sometimes communicate that we will be open and what activities will happen.

When we cancel Worship Services it is because conditions in the building, parking lot or the roads present significant challenges to operating practically and safely.  You can always check our Facebook Page* for cancellation notices as well as our website*.  We will also send Cancellation notices by email to our Wednesday Connections @ Good Sam email list.  Cancellation decisions will be made by 6 am Sunday morning if we are going to cancel Worship Services for that day.

The weather can present numerous challenges in our community.  As many of you are aware, our church is an active participant in the W.A.R.M ministry through which churches house and feed homeless community members.  Immaculate Heart of Mary is housing the guests this week.  With the storm approaching and the temperatures dropping, they have graciously agreed to provide shelter for their guests all day Friday and Saturday.  Since this is not the norm, they are putting out a request for help in monitoring for those days between the hours of 7am and 5pm.  If you are able and willing please e-mail Carol Barton at carol.barton1@verizon.net.

May the Grace and Peace of God be with you through these days.

Pastor Mitch Watney
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“Confronting Racism: A Holy Yearning”–an ELCA Live Webcast on Jan. 14, 2016

As we begin the new year, let us look for peace and renewed ways to listen and learn from one another. On January 14th at 8 pm CST, the ELCA will have a live webcast “Confronting Racism: A Holy Yearning.” This conversation will offer a variety of perspectives on the U.S. criminal justice system. The webcast will work from two commitments: one is this church’s proclamation of Christ and the confidence that this good news brings to set us all free from the captivity of racism. The second is this church’s enduring commitment to address the complexity of racism and end discrimination.

If you cannot tune in for the live broadcast, a recording will be available at www.ELCA.org/webcast. If you decide to view the webcast in a small group or individually, consider these questions:

-How has the criminal justice system intersected with your life?
-What are some injustices that need to change in the criminal justice system?
-There are many voices crying out. What story would you like to share that involve people in the criminal justice system –police officer, judge, family or others?
-How is God’s justice wondrously richer and deeper than ours?

If you are interested in deeper conversation and learning, download  “Called to Hear” – the new ELCA study guide for this church’s social statement “The Church and Criminal Justice: Hearing the Cries.” You can access these resources and many others at www.ELCA.org/webcast. A guide for leading a conversation on race, ethnicity and culture is available there.

To see what our sisters and brothers in the ELCA South Carolina Synod are doing as an example of ways we can build new relationships, listen and learn from one another, view this video.

If you are not able to watch the live stream of the webcast a copy will be available at www.ELCA.org/webcast and at www.Facebook.com/Lutherans. The hashtag is #ELCAConfrontRacism.

Good Sam Hosts W.A.R.M. February 7-14, 2016

Good Sam is participating in the W.A.R.M program (Wrapping Arms aRound Many), a ministry supported by area churches where the homeless are housed and fed during harsh winter months. Good Samaritan is privileged to partner with other churches and community services.  Our week is approaching–February 7-14–and many volunteers are needed to ensure the success of this ministry. We hope you will prayerfully consider providing assistance to the many in our community affected by homelessness.

For this one week we will house and feed about 20-25 adults. It takes a tremendous amount of volunteers ensure our guests have a positive experience at our facility. We’ll need volunteers to prepare and serve breakfasts and dinners, monitors to work evening shifts (both men and women), people for set up and breakdown of beds, wash linens, and  much more. The various opportunities available are listed on sign-up sheets in the Fellowship Hall. Please take a look to see if there is a way in which God is calling you to serve.

If physically being here during that week is not possible for you, there are other ways you could participate. We will need donations of various items such as: cereal, coffee, creamer, sweeteners, sugar, hand soap, Lysol, and snacks. You could also agree to be a “Prayer Warrior” for our guests. There will be a prayer box made available for our guests to place requests. These requests are honored daily in prayer.

If you have never participated in this ministry and are interested, but have questions, please feel free to contact Gail Wathen, TJ Maday or Jason Van Camp. All will be happy to answer any questions you may have. We look forward to another successful season with W.A.R.M! Please join us!

 

 

Highlights for January 2016

January at Good Sam

Reading The Story together at Good Sam continues.  Join us for these meaningful chapters in the story of God with God’s People.

January 3             With Kings come Prophets (Israel asks for a King)

January 10           The Unexpected Leader (young David – from Shepherd to King)

January 17           “The Imperfect but Forgiven Leader” (David pt. 2)

January 24           “The Wise but Distracted Leader” (Solomon)   Members and Friends of Good Sam, 
Please note that all Worship and Sunday School activities at Good Sam on January 24th 2016 are cancelled do to snow accumulation and the time needed to dig out.  Take time this Sunday to dig out, enjoy the weather and care for your neighbors in this challenging circumstance.  

January 31           “The Ripple Effect of a Bad Leader” (Kings:  A Kingdom Torn in Two)

Christmas Events & Christmas Dinner at The Mission

The Mission at 21015 Great Mills Road, Lexington Park, MD is a faith-based organization dedicated to helping those in the community in need. This week leading up to Christmas, The Mission is having a week filled with Christmas events and Christmas dinner. There are few, if any other places that we know of in St Mary’s County that offer a free meal on Christmas Day to those people who have no place else to go.
The Mission is in need of a few items for their Christmas Dinner and still have a few spots open for volunteers from 3:00 – 6:00 pm to help with food service and clean up.
Needed items:
10 lbs butter                                            Salads
5 lbs oranges                                           Pies
1 gallon whole milk                                Desserts
15 quarts chicken broth                        Cookies
5 lbs sweet onions                                  Cooked corn (fresh or frozen)
Dinner rolls
Anyone wishing to help volunteer or provide supplies, please contact Brenda Myers at 760-902-8648. 
Christmas Week Events: 
Dec 18th – Christmas wrapping and pizza party
Beginning at 5 pm–wrapping party for the community Christmas party on Dec 19th. 70 children are signed up and have been invited to the Christmas Party to learn the true meaning of Christmas and receive gifts to be opened on Christmas Day.
Dec 19th –  Christmas Party
The party is from 12 – 5 pm for the 70 kids invited.  They are still looking for a Santa, Mrs. Claus and elves with their own costumes for that day.  Additionally, last year the kids had a great time doing simple crafts, activities and riding around the block in a fire engine. If you can help out in any way or have suggestions to make this a memorable party for the children as they learn the true meaning of Christmas, please contact Brenda Myers.  A donation of finger foods and desserts for the kids to enjoy would be greatly appreciated.  
Dec 19th – 24th – Christmas Turkey Dinner Distribution with Mike’s Bikes
Dec 24th – Preliminary Set Up for Christmas Day Dinner
Final night of Mike’s Bikes Turkey Dinner distribution.
Dec 25th – Christmas Day Dinner for everyone!!  
Serving 12 noon until 5:00 pm; then cleaning up of The Mission and putting it back together
21015 Great Mills Road
Lexington Park, MD 20653
Join us for great food & fellowship!!
Everyone is welcome!!
In God’s love, 
Brenda Myers
The Mission

A Christmas Giving Opportunity with Mike’s Bikes Food Drive

Can you imagine NOT having Christmas dinner this year?
For over 1500 families in St. Mary’s Country this is a reality.

You can change this and make a huge difference!  With a donation of only $20.00, we will supply a local family in need with:

  • A 10-pound turkey,
  • 10 pounds of potatoes
  • and canned goods for a traditional Christmas dinner.
We need cash, food, and helpers!
To make a donation or to volunteer, please call 301-863-7887.
Or send a check to: Mike’s Food Fund
21310C Great Mills Road
Lexington Park, Md 20653
Merry Christmas!
Mike
(from Mike’s Bikes – Great Mills Road)

The Season of Advent

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Advent is a time of preparation and leaning into the promises of God.  Many of the promises of God are fulfilled in us through Jesus and the Christmas story.  For ages, these events were foretold and the prophets pointed to their coming.  In Advent, we too hear the prophets words and prepare ourselves for the unfolding of what God is doing through Jesus and in our lives today.
Each Sunday we light the Advent Wreath with one additional candle until Christmas comes; we sing about the coming of the Messiah and prepare ourselves to receive the gift that Jesus is for those who believe.  Join us at 8:45 and 11 am as we journey through Advent together in the coming month.
Here are some ways to make room in your life to receive Jesus:
  • The Angel Tree is set up in the entryway and you to can brighten the life of a child who will receive very little this Christmas.
  • Through Carver Elementary’s “Holiday Helping Hands” event, we are making a difference in the lives of needy families with school age children. Join us as we continue our “Carver Connection” partnership throughout the season.
  • Come to a Wednesday Advent Meal (5:30 pm beginning Dec 2nd) and stay for Evening Vespers from 6:30 to 7 pm.
  • Decide to be a blessing to a neighbor near you and watch for God’s invitation to make a difference in their life.
  • Add a few minutes of prayer to your day…offer thanks and begin listening for God’s nudge in your life.
We hope your Advent time unfolds into a beautiful experience of Christmas.

December Highlights

 Wednesday Dec 2, 6:30 pm “The Posture of Prayer for Advent”

Sunday Dec. 6, 8:45 am & 11 am “Here it Comes, is it Beginning to Dawn upon You?”

Wednesday Dec 9, 6:30 pm “The Posture of Praise for Advent”

Sunday Dec 13, 8:45 am & 11 am “Bringing Forth the Fruits of Life”

Wednesday Dec 16, 6:30 pm “The Posture of Change for Advent”

Sunday Dec 20, 8:45 am & 11 am “With God’s Word Comes Real Encouragement”

Thursday Dec 24th Christmas Eve      

                        5 pm The Christmas Story for Families with Candle Light and Communion

                        8 pm Traditional Christmas Eve with Candle Light and Communion

Sunday Dec 27, One Service at 10 am “Lessons and Carols for Christmas”

Fall/Winter Mission Focus:  ‘Tis the Season for Giving

The Good Samaritan family has the opportunity to help kids and families in need this fall and winter at one of St. Mary’s County Schools. We are  partnering with George Washington Carver Elementary School and invite you to join in our mission focus in several ways:
laundry-suppliesCollection of Household Goods Drive at Good Sam:  We are collecting cleaning supplies and general household necessities such as (but not limited to):  laundry soap, shampoo, body wash/soap, lotions, toothpaste, etc.  There is a clear bin outside the office marked “Carver Elementary” to collect these items. Start bringing those items anytime–we’ll be collecting through Nov. 30th.
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Carver Coat Drive at Good Sam:  Along with the collection of other goods, we are also looking for coats! If you have ‘gently used’ winter coats you no longer need, or if you’d like to purchase a new  winter coat for a child or adult, we’re looking for all sizes, adult and child, male and female, boy and girl…you get the picture. There is a clear bin outside the office marked “Carver Elementary” to collect these items. Start bringing them in anytime–we’ll be collecting through Nov. 30th.

 

Collection of New and “Gently Used” Household Items at Carver Elementary: At the School site, they are also collecting new and “gently used”  household goods such as blankets, sheets, pillows, kitchen supplies, non-perishable food items and other items such as: board games, puzzles, bins, toys, dolls, and so on. It’s a great time to sort through the toy box with your kids and let them help select items to donate, or go through the purging process in your home and select items that could be used in another’s home. Your “no longer needed” items could be someone else’s treasures.  We cannot collect all of these items at the Church, but request that you contact the Parent Liaison: Lisa McCoy at lrmccoy@smcps.org or 301-863-4076 ext.1030 to set up a drop off time. They will be taking these goods until Nov. 30th.

Carver Elementary Needs Your Help with Their Holiday Helping Hands Event!!
After all the goods are collected and delivered to the School, Carver’s “Holiday Helping Hands” Event Planners need help sorting and organizing the items. On Friday, Dec. 4th from 3:00-6:00 pm, then the day of the event, Dec. 5th, from 8:30 am – Noon, additional assistance is needed to help families select items, have toys wrapped, help load cars and all the “behind the scene” things that make the event go smoothly.
Here’s how it rolls out: The day before the event, helpers are needed to sort items and display. During the event, selected families will be invited to choose from new/gently used toys, which will be wrapped before they go home, ‘gently used’ household items and household sundries. They’ll need guides/assistants to help families make selections, gift wrappers, load lifters/transport to cars, and many cheerful, helpful folks to help throughout the day and people to help clean up afterwards. We have sign up sheets in the Fellowship Hall for you to volunteer.  Please consider taking advantage of an opportunity to do God’s work and connect with our neighbors.

November Highlights

Nov 1    “Learning Faith” The Story returns to worship as we hear about the final days of the Israelite’s wondering in the desert.

Nov 8.  “Facing The Obstacles” Joshua picks up the leading of Israel and together they enter the Promised Land

Nov. 15 “Staying on the Path” The time of Judges in Israel is a time of significant leaders with a personal sense of faith

Nov. 22 “Claiming the Lost” We hear about the story of Ruth and learn about the God who claims the Stranger, the Orphan and lost.

placeholderNov 29 Advent begins and we hear the foretelling of the great Salvation of God that is coming. (We will break from The Story during the Seasons of Advent and Christmas and begin again on January 3rd with the stories of the Kings of Israel).