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Welcome…Welcome…Welcome

Join me on Sunday, August 11 during fellowship where we will take about 15-minutes and discuss 5 techniques to welcome someone new.

As you know, we have been trying to establish a “Welcome Team” that will provide consistency and be intentional about creating an atmosphere where all who enter our doors feel welcomed and valued.

On August 11th , we will offer some insights as to the kinds of things that reflect that sentiment. Bring your ideas too!  What makes you feel welcomed in new situations/places? What gives you pause and leaves you uneasy?  Perhaps while reading this some ideas are already bubbling to the surface.  Send me an e-mail and we can get the conversation started.  It would be fun to get some ideas and begin to communicate before the 11th.  gail.wathen0115@gmail.com

Let’s learn together how we can best display what it means to truly welcome others into the community of Good Sam.

Peace,

Gail Wathen, Council President

A Path To Connection

Some of you may have noticed a new path that was created on our property. It is a path that allows for easier access to the soup kitchen and the food pantry from the mobile homes that reside behind our building. This path was not created by us, but what a wonderful opportunity for Good Sam to really welcome our neighbors. During our last two council meetings, we discussed how to respond with regards to this path. It was unanimous that we should not only embrace the opportunity to connect with our neighbors, but also make the path inviting and safe for them to travel.

On Sunday, July 28th, I invite you to bring your ideas and meet with me during fellowship so that we can create a vision and a plan for this surprise blessing.  Let’s shout “YOU ARE WELCOME HERE” through our response and actions.  As the lyrics to one of my favorite hymns are sung “they’ll know we are Christians by our love by our love, yes they’ll know we are Christians by our love.                                          

Peace,

Gail Wathen, Council President

Sunday’s Sermon, July 14, 2019

…from Worship at Good Sam on July 14, 2019

Lessons: Deuteronomy 30:9-14, Psalm 25:1-10, Colossians 1:1-14, Luke 10:25-37

Sermon: “What God Sees”

Prayer: O Lord God, your mercy delights us, and the world longs for your loving care. Hear the cries of everyone in need, and turn our hearts to love our neighbors with the love of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

The sermon begins after the reading from Luke’s Gospel.

Sunday’s Sermon, July 7, 2019

…from Worship at Good Sam on July 7, 2019

Lessons: Isaiah 66:10-14, Psalm 66:1-9, Galatians 6:[1-6] 7-16, Luke 10:11,16-20

Sermon: “An Accompaniment”

Prayer: O God, the Father of our Lord Jesus, you are the city that shelters us, the mother who comforts us. With your Spirit accompany us on our life’s journey, that we may spread your peace in all the world, through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

The sermon begins after the reading from Luke’s Gospel.

July Highlights

Good Sam Happenings in July

July 7 [Sunday Theme] “An Accompaniment”

* July 13th- Yard Sale

July 14 [Sunday Theme] “What God Sees”

July 21 [Sunday Theme]  “A Message from…”

* July 21st- Building Puentes Mission Trip Group Leaves for Puerto Rico

July 28 [Sunday Theme“A Message from Pastor Eva Steege”  

* Stitching Sisters Summer Camp Week 1 (July 29th & 30th) from 9am – 11:30am

July newsletter “Grapevine”

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Summer Members in Mission

NEW Members in Mission This Summer

We are creating a SPACE FOR GRACE this summer. During the school year so many people have sports and activities and other obligations. Some of us may travel this summer near and far, or take the opportunity to enjoy the weather on weekends or sleep in. Summer is a time to relax and refresh and get to know some different faces! I’d like to introduce you to a couple of new members who have taken on big roles in our new summer program:

Kathy Marbach, her husband Pete, and their girls Cora and Mabel, moved here in 2017 with the Marine Corps. She was searching for an active Lutheran church and found Good Sam. Originally from Edinburg, VA, Kathy has always been active in church and ministry everywhere she goes! She has served as a small group leader with the Virginia Synod youth, volunteered in the nursery, a VBS volunteer, and served on the council for Hispanic Ministry in California. Here at Good Sam, she has stepped up as a substitute Sunday school teacher, serves on the fellowship team and helped coordinate our thriving Eat & Play Fellowship of Families programs. This year she began teaching Spanish in an after-school program and is continuing to teach this summer at a Spanish Camp for St. Mary’s County Public Schools. Kathy is also part of the team headed to Puerto Rico in July and has previously been on a Lutheran cultural youth trip to Puerto Rico in 2008 as a trip chaperone and in 2007 she went to Guatemala to build houses. When Kathy sees a need she is ready to jump in! Why did Kathy join the Summer Programs Team? Because the Bible instructs us to TEACH our children the ways of the Lord and she believes this is the priority of the church as in Deuteronomy 11:18-21.

Josh Buyert relocated from Iowa here to Pax River a couple of years ago when he got a job as a civilian with the Navy. His wife Tabitha and their daughter Elizabeth were finally able to join him here in 2018 and they all joined Good Sam earlier this year. They also welcomed their son Connor in April. Tabitha grew up Lutheran and they tried a few churches before finding their way to Good Sam. Although they have been participating in church activities for a while, this will be Josh’s first real leadership role in the church. Josh and Robert Mack volunteered to help lead the Middle & High School youth this summer. He was involved himself as a youth and is excited to connect with that group at Good Sam. Why did Josh join the Summer Programs Team? He saw a need during our interest meeting and wanted to fill that need, he felt called to step up. His hope is that people show up and have a good time! We are excited to welcome new energy and role models for our teens and hope to create lasting connections for them with their peers and other adults in the church.

So, we invite you to come have dinner with Good Sam (Yeah, no cooking! Unless you want to bring something to share), shake up your Wednesday night and enjoy the company of others in whatever way you want to participate. Doors will open at 4:30 PM, Dinner at 5:15 PM, Angelic Voices Choir practice at 6:00 PM, an opening prayer at 6:15 PM and activities and small groups until 7:00 PM. Drop in when you can, leave when you need to, bring a friend, or make a new one! Join us in our Space for Grace this summer.

June Highlights

Good Sam Happenings in June

June 2 [Sunday Theme] “Easter Conversion: New Life Means New Choices”

June 9 [Sunday Theme] “My Own Know Me”

June 16 [Sunday Theme]  “When the Spirit comes….”

June 19 Summer at Good Sam Kick Off – 4:30 pm to 7 pm (Wednesday Community Time with a meal and activities for every age)

June 23 [Sunday Theme“and if you belong to Christ…”

June 26 Summer at Good Sam – 4:30 pm to 7 pm (Wednesday Community Time with a meal and activities for every age)

June 30 [Sunday Theme] “Inheritors of the Spirit”

(Summer Schedule begins May 26 through Sept 3)) and Worship Starts at 9:30 am)

June newsletter “Grapevine”

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Sunday’s Sermon, June 9, 2019, Pentecost and Confirmation Sunday

…from Worship at Good Sam on June 9, 2019, Pentecost and Confirmation Sunday

Lessons: Acts 2:1-21, Psalm 104:24-34, 35b, Romans 8:14-17, John 14:8-17 [25-27]

Sermon: “A Message From Pastor Mitch Watney”

Prayer: God our creator, the resurrection of your Son offers life to all the peoples of earth. By your Holy Spirit, kindle in us the fire of your love, empowering our lives for service and our tongues for praise, 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 John’s Gospel.

A Trip To The Movies…

Join your friends from Good Sam, on Monday, June 17th to see a limited screening of the documentary, Emanuel, the Untold Story of the Victims and Survivors of the Charleston Church Shooting.  This film, directed by Stephen Curry and Viola Davis, powerfully weaves the history of race relations in Charleston, the significance and impact of Mother Emanuel Church, and the hope that somehow emerges in the aftermath.  Featuring intimate interviews with survivors and family members, EMANUEL is a ‘poignant story of justice and faith, love and hate, examining the healing power of forgiveness’ (from the trailer).

The film will be shown at the Lexington Exchange 12 plex in Wildewood at 7 pm on June 17th.  Tickets are $13.  We will meet and talk about what we see at Coffee and Conversation on June 23rd, right after Fellowship time. See this link https://www.fandango.com/emanuel-217393/movie-overview

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Sunday’s Sermon, June 2, 2019

…from Worship at Good Sam on June 2, 2019

Lessons: Acts 16:16-34, Psalm 97, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, John 17:20-26

Sermon: “A Message From Pastor Craig Endicott”

Prayer: O God, form the minds of your faithful people into your one will. Make us love what you command and desire what you promise, that, amid all the changes of this world, our hearts may be fixed where true joy is found, your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

The sermon begins after the reading from John’s Gospel.

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