Growing in faith includes serving others. Good Sam engages in projects and local mission trips to do God’s Work with Our Hands. All ages are welcome and invited to participate.
On September 17th we joined with our brothers & sisters in Christ from Saint Nicholas Lutheran Church to serve at Farming4Hunger as part of the synod-wide day of service, “God’s Work. Our Hands.”
During the intermission of the Christmas Coffee House Concert on December 11th and after worship on December 18th we packed cold weather care bags (including things like gloves, socks, lip balm, hot chocolate, etc.) to be distributed during the winter months to our brothers and sisters in need.
Our next service project will be in the new year, where we will be passing out warm drinks to the people we see up and down Great Mills Road. It was previously scheduled for November 6th, however warm weather during that month has caused us to postpone the event until 2023. We hope you’ll join us when the event comes up!
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. SIGNUPS ARE NOW LIVE! Click the link below to join us in supporting the W.A.R.M. Program.
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“God’s Work. Our Hands.” Sunday
GWOH Sunday is a yearly day of service organized by the ELCA. The past two years 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.
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.
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!
W.A.R.M. Program – Additional Weeks
Other groups and churches also participate in the W.A.R.M. program, and there are occasional gaps in the volunteer base. If you’re interested in helping out at times other than what Good Sam has committed to, please let Kelsey know and he’ll alert you of any openings.
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!