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Make a Joyful Noise with the Chancel Choir

Chancel Choir will begin rehearsals following our summer break Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018.  Choir practice is from 7:00 – 8:00 P.M. each Thursday.  If you like to sing and would like to join in the fun, please join us on Thursday night. The Chancel Choir typically sings at least one –two Sundays each month and may perform a cantata or selection of songs during special occasions and seasons.

Making New Connections: Reading-Tutoring Volunteers at Carver

Reading /Tutoring Volunteers for Carver Elementary School Students
Point of Contact:  Gennifer Koebke

Do you like children?  Do you like to read?
Are you looking for a way to help in the community?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, we’ve got an opportunity for you to use your talents to assist our neighbors!  We began a successful Tutoring/Reading Volunteer program during the last school year at Carver Elementary and we plan to continue and expand this volunteer program again this school year.

Volunteers are given choices of grade levels and days/times to read with a student or students on a regular basis. No experience is necessary and training will be provided, along with the resources needed to help students grow in reading skills, and develop a lifelong love of reading. But, your primary opportunity is to support the kids reading, give them encouragement and allow them to know that someone is listening and cares about their skill development. There are so many students at Carver that would benefit from the chance to have a mentor reading tutor in their lives!

Registering to be a Volunteer with SMCPS:

New volunteers will need to register as a St. Mary’s County Public Schools (SMCPS) Volunteer and go through the required background check before being able to participate. This is easy, quick and painless! Visit the SMCPS website link (here) and follow the instructions. You’ll be contacted via email that you’ve been approved. It may take little while as this is completed by an outside provider. So, if you’re interested in this exciting service opportunity, get started now! (Volunteers who have already registered and have been approved do not need to reapply, but are encouraged to review the online volunteer safe schools information.)

Once you are approved a Carver staff member will match you up with a student/classroom that matches your schedule and available time .  Returning volunteers may want to stay with the same grade or teacher, perhaps follow a student tutored last year into a new grade level, or try out tutoring at a new grade level.  There are also opportunities for mentoring students during “catch-up reading breakfast groups” that meet in the mornings. There are so many students at Carver that would benefit from the chance to have a mentor reading tutor in their lives!

Please consider this valuable service opportunity on your faith journey!

Spotlight on Good Sam’s Families and Friends – The Slavik Family

In an effort to get acquainted with everyone and get to know our families and friends, each week we will spotlight on a Family or Friend of Good Sam Lutheran Church, In addition we will be posting pictures and locations of where our families are originally from in the Fellowship Hall on the Big US Map. It’s interesting to see where we all hail from. We truly are Finding our neighbors along the journey of faith!

 

This weeks spotlight is Rich Slavik

Rich was born and raised in Bergenfield NJ and has one younger brother, Rich enlisted in the United States Navy after high school and worked in Aviation Maintenance. He retired as a Master Chief. Rich is active in his community and Church and serves as Coordinator for the “Our Daily Bread” Food pantry. Rich enjoys spending his free time watching sports, playing board games and occasionally playing a round of golf.

Stop by and introduce yourself if you have not met them.

Spotlight on Good Sam’s Families and Friends – The Jones Family

In an effort to get acquainted with everyone and get to know our families and friends, each week we will spotlight on a Family or Friend of Good Sam Lutheran Church, In addition we will be posting pictures and locations of where our families are originally from in the Fellowship Hall on the Big US Map. It’s interesting to see where we all hail from. We truly are Finding our neighbors along the journey of faith!

This week’s Spotlight is the Jones Family

Debbie and David joined Good Sam in 2010. The Jones family is originally from Whitehall Pa. and moved to Southern Maryland about 16 years ago.  They have been married for 31 years. David currently works for the U.S. Government and Debbie whose career included Administrative work at financial institutions, now volunteers at the church office, the alter guild and sings in GSLC Choir. Debbie’s hobbies includes reading and singing.

Stop by and introduce yourself if you have not met them.

Spotlight on Good Sam’s Families and Friends – The Dafler Family

In an effort to get acquainted with everyone and get to know our families and friends, each week we will spotlight on a Family or Friend of Good Sam Lutheran Church, In addition we will be posting pictures and locations of where our families are originally from in the Fellowship Hall on the Big US Map. It’s interesting to see where we all hail from. We truly are Finding our neighbors along the journey of faith!

 

This week’s Spotlight is the Dafler Family

Wes and Melanie Dafler along with their daughter Eve Marie (2 years old) joined Good Sam in July of this year. Wes and Melanie first met at a Lutheran Church in Houston Texas and have been married for 5 years. They moved to Southern Maryland 4 years ago and live in California. Wes was born and raised in Eaton Ohio and graduated from Purdue University. Melanie grew up in Chicago Illinois and graduated from Concordia University. Wes is presently employed at Boeing and Melanie is a work from home mom, teaching piano and voice and running a business from her home. In their spare time the Dafler’s like to travel and enjoy anything to do with music.

Stop by and introduce yourself if you have not met them.

Empty Nester Group to Attend “White Christmas” in December

white-christmasThe Empty Nesters Group will attend the Port Tobacco’s Players production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas on Sunday, December 11, at 3 pm. The tickets are $18 ($15 for military/senior plus a $3 service fee).  Ten tickets have been purchased early and the show does not have many seats left for the Dec. 11th date.  Please let Jill W. know as soon as possible if you would like to attend.

After the show we look forward to having dinner together for those that would like to join us at a restaurant. Let Jill W. know if you have any suggestions. It should be a fun afternoon and we hope you can join us.  Talk to Jill W. or Diane H. if you have questions.

Empty Nest Group to Visit Local Winery for May Event

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All are welcome to join the Empty Nest Group at Running Hare Vineyard in Prince Frederick on May 21st.  We plan to arrive around 1:00 pm for a tasting.  We will than sit and enjoy live music, adult beverages and food that we will all bring to share. Admission is $8.00 per person and includes either a beer or wine tasting.  For more information on the winery visit runningharevineyard.com . If our group is over 20 people we’ll need to make a reservation. So, please RSVP to Nancy S. no later than May 15th.

Mental Health First Aid Training Offered at Camp Maria Retreat

Camp Maria Retreat Center in Leonardtown, MD is pleased to offer Mental Health First Aid USA Training on April 26 and April 27, 2016 from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm on both days at the Camp Maria Retreat Center located at 41290 Camp Maria Road, Leonardtown MD 20650.

This is an great workshop for anyone working with people including school personnel, law enforcement workers, human service workers and anyone working in ministry. The class is free of charge and lunch is offered both days.  

Mental Health First Aid USA teaches participants the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges including anxiety, depression, psychosis, eating disorders AD/HD, disruptive behavior disorders and substance abuse disorder.  Upon successful completion of this program, participants will receive certification in Mental Health First Aid.

For more information about this program, please contact Laura Webb, Recovery Support Services Director, Walden Sierra at 301-997-1300 x 804, lauraw@waldensierra.org or Ann Kovalcik, 301-475-8330 director@campmaria.org.

Trainers are certified trainers of Mental Health First Aid and represent local organizations, Walden and On Our Own of St. Mary’s. 

This retreat is free of cost. Lunch will be provided on both days. Training is funded by a Ministry Grant from the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth.

To register contact Theresa Peoples at 301-475-8330 or reservations.campmaria@gmail.com.

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.

Square Dance on Sat., Oct. 24th — Fun for ALL!

square danceAn old-fashioned ‘do-si-do-in’ Square Dance for the whole church community will be held on Saturday eveningOctober 24th. All are welcome. There’ll be dancin’ and socializin’ in the Fellowship Hall beginning at 6:30 pm with dancing and lessons starting at 7 pm. You do not need to know how to square dance to come. We’ll all have fun learning together. The cost is $7.50 per person so register NOW. Tickets are on sale each Sunday in the Fellowship Hall. The event is sponsored by the Empty Nesters Group. See Ann Diggs or Diane Hay for ticket information.

Refreshments  will be available for purchase at the dance. This fundraiser will support the purchase of food supplies for the Our Daily Bread Food Pantry and for the HVAC system replacement in the Disciples Den. There will not be babysitting provided so let those kiddos “shake a leg” and dance.

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