All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘building and grounds’

Have You Looked Up Lately?

Please consider supporting this needed repair and beautification of our building20160517_091038

Our building turns 10 years old this year!  It surely is serving us well.  There are however, signs that she needs some attention.  Recently we painted the pillars and front doors.  They look nice and bright now!  But there are other signs of wear.  Notice on the front Sanctuary wall the grey shading on the top third of the wall.  That is dirt taking the shape of the superstructure behind the wall.  If you take a minute to notice, you can see the seam drywall tape on the Sanctuary ceiling is beginning to give way.

20160517_091141Also, in the Fellowship Hall, the same drywall ceiling tape is showing significant signs of failure.  In addition, there are some water stains on the Fellowship Hall ceiling that remain even after we have repaired the problem.  Nothing is structurally wrong, but the tape needs to be repaired.  20160517_091125Unfortunately, this requires texturing and painting as well.

Currently we do not have leeway in the general fund to cover the cost of these repairs.  We have received a bid from a friendly contractor to paint the whole Sanctuary (fixing the ceiling tape and texture), fix and paint the Fellowship Hall ceiling, as well as the entry way ceiling outside the Sanctuary.

The cost of these three projects totals $5,600 including labor and materials.  This is an at cost bid to do this work for our church.  Council has approved fundraising efforts and designated contributions to this project.  Would you be willing to help us fund this work?  Would your group be willing to do a fundraising activity this spring or early summer to help this project happen?20160517_091116

Planning/Funding for New HVAC System in Disciples Den

A Giving Opportunity
Over the last several years, the Air Conditioning/Heating/Ventilation (HVAC) system in the Disciples Den has been failing–with maintenance costs getting more and more expense with time.  We are unsure of how much life the old system has in it and in taking a proactive approach, will begin planning funding for a new unit. At the July Council meeting, a vote was approved to create a restricted account in the budget for funds to replace the HVAC system in the Disciples Den building.  If you feel so inclined to help fund the new HVAC unit, you may submit checks to Good Samaritan Lutheran Church–being sure to add “Disciples Den HVAC” in the memo line or make an on-line donation with the same designation. Your gifts are tax deductible and any assistance you can provide will be greatly appreciated.

Playground Blessing & Volunteer Appreciation

playgroundConstruction on the playground is now complete.  Join us on May 31st at 10:30 to noon for a cookout to show our appreciation for all who helped.  All members of our church family as well as volunteers are invited for the celebration & blessing of the playground.  If you would like to bring something to share at the cookout, please contact Cocoa M.

New Playground Equipment

playgroundYeah, the playground is complete and ready for use.  So many thanks are in order to the many people who were involved in the planning, choosing equipment, design and assembly.  This idea began some three years ago at a congregational vision event.  Since then funds have been given from the dissolution of our Preschool and a significant amount has been given in Memory of Cyndi S. and others.  Please stay tuned for a playground dedication event and party to be announced.

Help Needed for Spot Cleaning

supplies2Can you help Tidy up?

We need help spot cleaning the facility this week (any time Thursday, Friday or Saturday).  It should take less than an hour.  Simply check the fellowship hall, entry way and bathrooms and clean any spots that need attention.  If you can help, please notify Pastor Mitch or Donna in the church office, email us at or call 301-863-4740.

Many hands make light work

Twice a month we need a little touch up cleaning help.

Just say “Yes I can!” help clean at Good Sam.  We need some extra hands to fill in on the Thursdays that Spare Hands Cleaning will not be cleaning our facilities.  If you can volunteer an hour or so once a month this needed work will be done.”  The weeks we need coverage are April 23, May 7, 21 and June 4, 18.  Sign up on the Church Events Board in the Fellowship Hall or email the church office at

Next Steps for the Playground (Meeting on March 8)

Our new playground has arrived and is in storage until spring. If you would like to be part of planning the next phase please join us in the Fellowship Hall at 10:30 on Sunday, March 8. We will be discussing demolition, installation, schedule, and logistics. This is a very exciting project for Good Sam and all are welcome and encouraged to take part.

–Chris V.


Good Sam’s New Playground Is Coming!

The Playground Planning Committee is excited to announce that our new playground has been selected and ordered. After careful consideration and evaluation of dozens of playsets, we decided on a Playworld System with two slides, a rock climbing wall, monkey bars, and interactive activities for younger children.

Our playground and coordinating picnic tables will be delivered to and stored at a parishioner’s home until installation in the spring. We will be looking for volunteers to assist unloading the truck on delivery day in January. Plans are also underway for removal of our existing playset and installation of our new playset. If you would like to be a part of the demolition/installation team, please contact Ginger L. or Chris V.


Lasagna Luncheon Fundraiser to Support Volleyball Court — November 16

Good Sam youth will be hosting a Lasagna Luncheon following the Family Meeting on November 16. Tickets will be available for purchase this Sunday (11/2 & 11/9) in the fellowship hall. The money raised will be going directly to the Volleyball Court for the church backyard project. Cost is $5 per ticket, or $20 total for a family. Lunch includes lasagna, drink, salad, and piece of dessert. We will have some plain pasta with sauce–please let us know if you have other allergies, and we could alter your lunch to fit your needs. $250 dollars was donated by Thrivent for seed money for our project!

Church Clean-up Day – November 15

cleanup_5885cVolunteers are needed to help with a clean-up day on November 15. We will be working on the inside and outside of our church. Any level of help will be appreciated. Time of clean-up will be 8:00 am-12:00 pm. A sign-up sheet can be found in the Fellowship Hall. See Kevin K. for more information.

–Kevin K.

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