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“Coffee and Conversation” Begins October 26

Stabible_5713cn -crop to a coffee cuprting Sunday, October 26, Good Sam will be offering “Coffee and Conversation” in the Fellowship Hall at 10:30 am. Coffee and Conversation is a lay-led* current events forum where we get together over coffee to discuss current world, national, or local secular events with an eye towards the gospel.  (*Lay-led: led by non-clergy)

Who hasn’t wondered from time to time how, as a Christian, should I respond to some event or issue? As someone previously said, the question, “What would Jesus do?” often has a clear but uncomfortable answer. There are no preconceived answers to be taught, just growth and exploration of what an appropriate response might be.

This is a way we as individuals in community together can discern how to exercise Christ’s will and influence in a secular, sinful world.

–Tim P.

May 2014 Adult Forum Schedule — Sundays, 10:30 am (updated 5/8)

Adult Forum at Good Sam

(Adult Forum is a conversational environment where topics, books, discussions, and community news are brought for the benefit of the community. The topics vary and we invite a variety of people to lead topics on which they are well-versed. We hope you will consider joining us for community conversation in Adult Forum each Sunday at 10:30 am.)

May 4 – Session Two of Fascinating Stories of Forgotten Lives by Charles Swindoll   (Led by Rich M.)

This forum will examine some little-remembered Bible characters and events. The material is drawn from a book in Dr. Charles Swindoll’s Great Lives From God’s Word series. The Old Testament contains numerous stories of forgotten lives. These unsung heroes’ actions, sacrifices, or battles failed to achieve prominence. These great lives, however, do reveal significant people who deserve our serious attention and emulation.

May 11 – No Adult Forum  (Happy Mother’s Day!)

May 18 – No Adult Forum  (All-church Scavenger Hunt Road Rally)

May 25 – No Adult Forum  (Memorial Day weekend)

April 2014 Adult Forum Schedule — Sundays, 10:30 am

Adult Forum at Good Sam

(Adult Forum is a conversational environment where topics, books, discussions, and community news are brought for the benefit of the community. The topics vary and we invite a variety of people to lead topics on which they are well-versed. We hope you will consider joining us for community conversation in Adult Forum each Sunday at 10:30 am.)

April 6 –  “On Our Way” (Session 5 of “Where God Invites Us into Life!”)

What is it like to experience the invitation of God to speak to another person? Have you ever felt the urge or prompting to open a conversation with someone? In this class we will explore five biblical texts that will help us see how God may be ready to be in our discourse with others. Join us for this class on learning to be available to God’s prompting.    Taught by Pastor Mitch

Text for April 6        Acts 16        Paul heads toward Macedonia (and Philippi)

Theme for Today      Faith Seeks and Discovers God’s Working through the Journey

April 13 – No Adult Forum – Join the liturgy introduction!

You’re welcome to join us in the sanctuary (after the Easter egg hunt) for a rehearsal of the liturgy that begins on Easter Sunday. The psalmist tells us to ‘make a joyful noise to the Lord’ and there is no better time to do that than on Easter Sunday as we celebrate the miracle of resurrection and the new life promised to us through Christ. This Easter, our music will be especially joyful as we introduce a new liturgy that is based on familiar and well-loved hymn tunes. It is fun to sing and full of the life and spirit of Easter celebration.

April 20 – No Adult Forum – Join us for Easter potluck brunch!

Join us for a potluck brunch at 9:30 am. Let us know what you are bringing so we can plan.

April 27 – Fascinating Stories of Forgotten Lives by Charles Swindoll

This forum will examine some little-remembered Bible characters and events. The material is drawn from a book in Dr. Charles Swindoll’s Great Lives From God’s Word series. The Old Testament contains numerous stories of forgotten lives. These unsung heroes’ actions, sacrifices, or battles failed to achieve prominence. These great lives, however, do reveal significant people who deserve our serious attention and emulation.

March 2014 Adult Forum Schedule — Sundays, 10:30 am

Adult Forum at Good Sam

(Adult Forum is a conversational environment where topics, books, discussions, and community news are brought for the benefit of the community. The topics vary and we invite a variety of people to lead topics on which they are well-versed. We hope you will consider joining us for community conversation in Adult Forum each Sunday at 10:30 am.)

March 2 – Family Meeting

This family meeting will be devoted to news about how we finished 2013 and what focus, efforts, and goals will be part of 2014 here at Good Sam.  There is great news to share and engaging conversation to be had. We hope you will come and explore with us our plans for 2014.Mens Group

This family meeting is being offered twice on March 2: once at 8 am before worship, and again at 10:30 am during the normal Adult Forum time.

March 9 through April 6 –  Class

Theme: “Where God Invites Us into Life!”

What is it like to experience the invitation of God to speak to another person? Have you ever felt the urge or prompting to open a conversation with someone? In this class we will explore five biblical texts that will help us see how God may be ready to be in our discourse with others. Join us for this class on learning to be available to God’s prompting.    Taught by Pastor Mitch

March 9          Preparing Ourselves to Engage

Text                 I Kings 19       Elijah runs to Horeb

Theme             “Learning to hear the voice, letting go of our fears”

March 16        Taking the Opportunity

Text                 Acts 8              Philip and the Ethiopian

Theme             “Running Alongside”

March 23        Places We Never Thought We Would Go

Text                 Acts 10            Peter goes to Cornelius

Theme             “Righteousness by Faith Opens Many New Doors”

March 30        Having God’s Presence between Us

Text                 Acts 9              Saul’s Conversion

Theme             “Baptism Sends Us Into Each Other’s Lives In New Ways”

April 6            On Our Way

Text                 Acts 16            Paul heads toward Macedonia (and Philippi)

Theme             Faith Seeks and Discovers God’s Working through the Journey

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Family Meeting — Two Opportunities on March 2

families_6070cnOn Sunday, March 2, your Congregational Council will host a Family Meeting to share information about the ministry goals we have adopted for this year, and also bring you up-to-date on our financial situation. Family Meetings are opportunities to engage in dialog and learn more about what is happening in the life of our congregation. As in the past, one Family Meeting opportunity will be during our Adult Forum time from 10:30 to 11:30.

Since many of you are involved in teaching or assisting with Sunday School classes during that hour, we would like to offer an additional chance to engage in dialog beginning at 8:00 am (recognizing that’s an early start). We will also publish notes from the discussions for those who may not be able to attend either opportunity in person. Please join the conversation!

John S., Council President

Adult Forum, January 19 — Building Connections That Make a Difference

Adult Forum on January 19:

Building Connections That Make a Difference

(Living our faith, engaged with our neighbors)

By Mandy R. and Pastor Mitch

Join us for a community discussion about being in ministry through personally engaging those around us — January 19 at 10:30 am in the Fellowship Hall.

The greatest challenge of faith in these days is to move from our own private and personal devotional world into living, listening, and caring for others. Sometimes we call this living our faith, but we forget the objective–connecting with our neighbors and making meaningful connections. During our 2013 fall focus of “One to Another in Christ,” we explored why the work of being in Christ is also about the work of being connected to the world around us. How do we help ourselves do the good Samaritan work of recognizing the neighbor when the priest and Levite have other concerns?

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There are so many ways to stop and notice those around us. How do you show interest or make an invitation to someone just outside your comfort zone? Building networks for connection and care through our life here at Good Sam is really what we are called to be about. We are Good Samaritans after all. This is always the work of disciples of Jesus.

We will discuss learning about and engaging those just on the periphery of our awareness. We will explore new opportunities for noticing people we see but don’t know. We will look at conversation possibilities in Fellowship, social media, and By The Way, as well as other new opportunities at church. Come let us be Good Samaritans together.

Adult Forum on December 15: “Two Perspectives on Outreach”

Join us on December 15 during Good Sam’s Adult Forum (10:30 am) for 

Two Perspectives on Outreach:

A conversation between leaders of Dominion Apostolic Ministries and Good Samaritan Lutheran Church

We will have 2 or 3 leaders from each congregation sitting on a panel discussion. Each of the questions below will be asked with one or two responses from each congregation’s panel members. After each congregation responds we will invite a question or two from the audience gathered.  In the interests of time we will allot about 12 minutes per question from all the panel members and the audience follow-up.

Questions to be asked:

1) How would you describe what outreach is for your congregation?  How do you think about or define it for yourselves?

2) Describe your efforts around engaging visitors to your worship services.

3) Describe your new members’ process – how do you plan for and develop new members?

4) Where does “community service” fit in your outreach plan?  What community service do you (as a congregation) do regularly?

5) What is one activity you regularly do that results in your most significant “outreach?”

We think the contrasts and similarities in our thinking about outreach will be enlightening and perhaps helpful to each congregation.  Join us!

Dec. 2013 Adult Forum Schedule – Sundays at 10:30 am

December 1    No Adult Forum or Sunday School

December 8    To Hear, to See and to Know What’s Happening at Good Sam

Come hear about our communication planning at Good Sam. We invite conversation about how to involve our members in making strides forward that are good for everyone. Come learn about this digital By The Way, our new sign for Great Mills Road (lighted with LCD messages), and many other forms of communication aimed at getting the word out.

December 15    Outreach from Two Different Perspectives

Join us for this interesting panel discussion between leaders of Good Sam and leaders of Dominion Apostolic (the congregation worshiping at our facility on Sunday afternoons). We will talk about each of our approaches to new members, connecting with the community around us, and what activities and approaches each of our congregations take to carry the Gospel to our world. You will enjoy meeting Pastor Michael Barber and some of his elders, along with leaders from Good Sam. Please join us for this cross-cultural time of discovery in shared purpose.

December 22    Christmas Hymn Sing

We will gather in the sanctuary and pull out some favorite Christmas songs and sing along. We will also reflect a little on the coming of Christmas and how the season is carried in our music and tradition. Join us for this easygoing Yuletide cheer.

December 29    No Adult Forum or Sunday School

Nov. 2013 Adult Forum Schedule – Sundays at 10:30 am

November 3     Session One of Living Your Strengths     Led by Mark and Susie G.

This class is in two parts — Nov. 3 and Nov 24. We will be exploring the book Living Your Strengths: Discover Your God-Given Talents and Inspire Your Community.

In the first session, we will explore the basic questions and personality types underneath our strength. In session two (Nov. 24), we will come back having taken our own inventory and a better understanding of our strengths. We will talk in small groups about how we might apply this self-knowledge to our lives at church and in other everyday volunteer or work opportunities.

You can follow this link to the book. Also, here is a description of the book:  While millions of people in the U.S. are actively involved in some sort of religious organization, many people feel disengaged from their faith communities. More than half report that they really don’t get the opportunity in their congregation to do what they do best. The problem is this: too many people’s talents are going unappreciated. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Living Your Strengths shows readers how to use their innate gifts to enrich their faith communities. The book shows people how to identify and affirm their talents, and how to use them for growth and service. Most importantly, Living Your Strengths helps people discover their true callings.

November 10     2014 Good Sam Budget Preview

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Everything you wanted to know about our financial plan so far for the 2014 fiscal year at Good Sam. This is your best chance to ask questions, learn about the budgeting process, talk about fiscal responsibility and engage in general conversation about finances at Good Sam.

November 17     Good Samaritan Annual Meeting

We begin at 10:30 am in the Sanctuary and will review the last year, elect new council members and officers, get a year-to-date view of income and expenses for our current fiscal year and adopt a General Fund Budget for 2014 Fiscal. All voting members are requested to attend.

November 24     Session Two of Living Your Strengths      Led by Mark and Susie G.

See the description of the November 3 class for more information.  Even if you missed Part 1, please join us for Part 2, where we will explore ways in which we can most meaningfully apply our strengths in our church community.  You can purchase the book at Amazon for about $17, and each book contains a one-time use code to take the Clifton Strengths Assessment online. To take the assessment by itself for $10, visit:  http://bit.ly/LYSpart2.

Conversation about Children’s Ministry

Your Church Council and Preschool Board invite you to a congregation-wide conversation about how you would like to be in ministry with children and their families here at Good Sam.

If you are interested in having relevant and engaging ministries with children and their parents, please join us October 20 for Adult Forum in Fellowship Hall.

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