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Join me on Sunday, August 11 during fellowship where we will take about 15-minutes and discuss 5 techniques to welcome someone new.

As you know, we have been trying to establish a “Welcome Team” that will provide consistency and be intentional about creating an atmosphere where all who enter our doors feel welcomed and valued.

On August 11th , we will offer some insights as to the kinds of things that reflect that sentiment. Bring your ideas too!  What makes you feel welcomed in new situations/places? What gives you pause and leaves you uneasy?  Perhaps while reading this some ideas are already bubbling to the surface.  Send me an e-mail and we can get the conversation started.  It would be fun to get some ideas and begin to communicate before the 11th.

Let’s learn together how we can best display what it means to truly welcome others into the community of Good Sam.


Gail Wathen, Council President

A Path To Connection

Some of you may have noticed a new path that was created on our property. It is a path that allows for easier access to the soup kitchen and the food pantry from the mobile homes that reside behind our building. This path was not created by us, but what a wonderful opportunity for Good Sam to really welcome our neighbors. During our last two council meetings, we discussed how to respond with regards to this path. It was unanimous that we should not only embrace the opportunity to connect with our neighbors, but also make the path inviting and safe for them to travel.

On Sunday, July 28th, I invite you to bring your ideas and meet with me during fellowship so that we can create a vision and a plan for this surprise blessing.  Let’s shout “YOU ARE WELCOME HERE” through our response and actions.  As the lyrics to one of my favorite hymns are sung “they’ll know we are Christians by our love by our love, yes they’ll know we are Christians by our love.                                          


Gail Wathen, Council President

Congregational Informational Session – April 7th

Hello Good Sam Members and Attenders!

This Sunday, April 7th, council will be holding it’s first quarterly information session immediately after church.  Prior to fellowship, we will take 10 minutes to update you on things that council is working on, building happenings, and budget.  There will be an opportunity for questions and further discussion during coffee and conversation should you chose to dive deeper. For our Sunday School teachers, there will be an opportunity for discussion between 11:30 and Noon.

This is an attempt to keep communications open throughout the year; therefore, if you can, please plan to stay in your seats for just 10 minutes after service and join council during Coffee and Conversations.

We are continually looking for ways to communicate that are helpful and meaningful for you as we journey together in this place. Please let us  know if this is a good way to accomplish that goal.  Your feedback is important.


Gail Wathen

President of Council

The Metro DC Synod Assembly

As a congregation, one foundational partnership we have is with the Metro DC Synod and the 98 congregations that comprise that body.  This last weekend in Leesburg VA we met and adopted a 1.7 million dollar spending plan heard from other partnering organizations like Gettysburg Seminary and Lutheran World Federation.  We also passed a number of resolutions/Memorials to express our collective thoughts, perspectives and calls to action.  You are invited to check out the  Video Summary of Metro DC Assembly.

One notable resolution that came out of the assembly was one on racism and the events in Charleston on June 17, 2015. Perhaps you know that nine persons from the Emanuel AME Congregation meeting in bible study were killed by a visitor to their group.  This visitor was a young white man who is believed to be a member of an ELCA congregation.  These events are shocking and difficult to take in.  We had other connections to this gathering as the pastor of the congregation graduated from an ELCA Seminary.  Please take a moment to read the resolution that came from our assembly and perhaps hear Pastor Mitch’s sermon from the Sunday that followed.  We also invite our Council and members to reflect of the effects and signs of racism around and among us as well.


From Our Council President

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about our church’s financial situation in light of our individual and collective engagement in GoodBible study with coffee--edited Sam’s mission and purpose as a congregation. Good things are happening throughout our congregation, praise God! Your council continues to look for opportunities to economize and manage within available resources. However, as you may remember from our annual congregational meeting, after much contemplation, the budget we adopted for 2015 anticipated that expenses (even with drastic cuts) would exceed income by about 12%. This presents an opportunity for us to consider our blessings and our responses, and also to engage with our neighbors and invite them to join us on our mission of discipleship.     During the past few weeks, our worship has focused on Jesus’ triumphant entry to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, the example he set by washing his disciples’ feet, and his gift to us of his body and blood in the institution of communion. We also have contemplated his sacrifice for our sins on the cross. The good news is that we know and believe the passion story has a happy ending as we experience the joy of Easter.   A wise person said that we can’t “out-give” God. I invite you to ponder that throughout the comings days, and contemplate further who our neighbors are, and how we might individually and collectively walk alongside them as we journey together in faith.

John S.

Budget Update — January 2015

Thanks to all who made extra efforts to help us finish fiscal year 2014 with a few hundred dollars to spare. We appreciate your responsiveness. January has also had challenges of its own. We usually have a deficit in January because we have annual bills and first quarter bills that we often don’t have cash reserves to pay.

Council and Finance are working together to decide which bills can be deferred until we can turn this around. Your faithful giving really does make a difference in the day to day management of life and ministry here at Good Sam.

–John S., Council President

Jan 2015 budget

Save the Date: Congregational Meeting – January 11

meeting_5396cPlease save time to join us for a specially called Congregational Meeting on January 11 at 10:30 am. Because we didn’t have a quorum to conduct business at our Annual Meeting in November, we need you at this meeting so we can elect Council members and pass a spending plan for 2015. Please plan to join us.

–Pastor Mitch

Follow-up to Annual Meeting

meeting_5396cBecause we did not have the required number (one-third of the membership roster) present to achieve a quorum on November 23, we were not able to accomplish the scheduled business, including voting for the slate of nominees and adopting a budget/spending plan for 2015. Following discussion at the regularly scheduled Council meeting on December 8, we will publish a date for a special congregational meeting to accomplish these activities. Members will be notified of the date of this meeting by all available electronic and print media (including postal mail). Thanks in advance for your participation in this critical part of Good Sam’s family routine.

–John S., Council President

Important Churchwide Meetings — November 16 and 23

meeting_5396cYour Congregational Council will host a Good Samaritan Family Meeting on Sunday, November 16 at 10:30 am in the Fellowship Hall. This informational meeting will provide updates on Good Samaritan’s ministry activities thus far in 2014. Our Annual Congregational Meeting will be held on November 23 at 10:30 am. The Annual Meeting will include election of Council members, Nominating Committee members, representatives to the annual Synod assembly, and approval of our Congregation’s 2015 operating budget. Please plan to attend these meetings… Your support is greatly appreciated!

–John S., Council President

Church Picnic – September 7

picnic_5767cAs you begin to make your back-to-school plans, save Sunday, Sept. 7 for our annual Good Sam church picnic. It will begin at 11:30 at Cecil Park in Valley Lee. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided by your church council and we ask that you bring a side or dessert to share. Pack your sneakers for an intergenerational kickball game. Horseshoes and cornhole games will also be available. Come join the fun as we begin the fall season!

– Nancy S.

Cecil Park: 19241 Saint Georges Church Road, Valley Lee, MD 20692

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