Our Daily Bread Food Pantry (learn more)
Our Daily Bread food pantry is an important way for us to be Good Samaritans in our neighborhood. The food pantry provides non perishable food along with a frozen meat product twice weekly to local neighbors who are in need of food assistance. At times we have some fresh produce and bread products to offer as well. It is staffed by 3 or 4 volunteers each Wednesday and Friday to help in the food distribution and administrative work. On Mondays, a trip is required to go to the Southern Maryland Food Bank in Waldorf to pick up food/meat supplies for the week’s distribution. Volunteers who would like to assist in the food pantry or help with the food pickup may contact the church office at 301-863-4740 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
School Supply Drive
We’re happy to have supported Carver Elementary once more this year, helping to set their students up for success! Thank you for all of your donations!
Faith Formation Projects
As part of our weekly faith formation cycle, we dedicate time to service projects and local mission trips to do God’s Work with Our Hands. You are encouraged to stick around after the service to lend a hand! All ages are welcome and invited to participate. Last month, we wrote cards and collected items for deployed soldiers and local sailors. Thank you to everyone who stayed to write a card or donated items! They will be distributed to sailors based at PAX Naval Air Station, as well as deployed soldiers from Southern Maryland.
Our next service opportunity is scheduled for August 21st. We will be putting our feet to the ground, walking down Great Mills Road and passing out bottles of cold water, seeing what connections God will make as we are present in our community. Wear your walking shoes and plan to join us!
“God’s Work. Our Hands.” Sunday
GWOH Sunday is a yearly day of service organized by the ELCA. Last year, we joined together with other congregations in our area to volunteer at Farming4Hunger, a local non-profit organization that feeds people both physically and mentally through locally grown and distributed food and Life Sharing initiatives. This year’s GWOH Sunday is scheduled for September 11th. Save the date and plan to be a part of it!
St. Mary’s Caring
The Soup Kitchen at St. Mary’s Caring is a community based non- profit ministry serving breakfast and lunch to hungry people in St. Mary’s Co six days a week. This organization is housed on our campus and a close partnership has also evolved through the sharing of food and clients between the soup kitchen and our food pantry. St. Mary’s Caring is staffed by a part time director but about 60 regular volunteers are needed to keep the operation functioning. Volunteers are needed to prepare and serve meals, pick up food donations, help with fund-raising, and help maintain the building and equipment. For further information about the Soup Kitchen you can check out their website at www.stmaryscaring.org.
WARM (Wrapping Arms ‘Round Many), is a ministry that serves the homeless community in the local area. Good Samaritan and many other local churches offer overflow shelter and meals during the colder winter months of November through early April. It takes over 100 volunteers during our host week so there are lots of opportunities to serve. Volunteer service opportunities include: preparing and serving meals, doing laundry, acting as a monitor, cleaning the facility, organizing donations and serving on the WARM leadership team.
This winter season we will be partnering once again with Resurrection Parish (Church of the Ascension and St. George’s Episcopal) to serve on February 5th through 11th. Keep an eye out for more details as the date approaches!
Good Sam is dedicated to finding ways for you to live out your faith and be the hands and feet of Jesus, even on your own! Some service opportunities cannot be embarked upon by the entire congregation due to distance, logistics, cost, or other complications. If one of the opportunities speaks to you, it may be the Holy Spirit at work, and we encourage and invite you to serve!
If you know of a project that needs help, please let Kelsey know. Check back regularly for updates!
CareNet of Southern Maryland Client Advocates
We partner with Care Net of Southern Maryland every year for their Baby Bottle Blitz fundraiser, but they do work throughout the year to support new and expecting mothers and families. Are you interested in helping their mission? You can reach Care Net directly at 301-737-4604, or reach out to Kelsey and he’ll help make a connection!
Free Training to Save a Life from Opioid Abuse
Trinity Lutheran Church in North Bethesda, Maryland, is hosting a free, in-person training to learn how to use naloxone/narcan. During this training, you will learn how to recognize the signs of an opioid overdose and how to administer life-saving Naloxone/Narcan. You are invited to this important training on Saturday, September 17 at 10:30 AM at Trinity. RSVP is required to attend (click here to RSVP). Questions? Please contact Pastor Christine Dunn at: email@example.com.