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Dinner Theater Fundraiser for Youth Attending ELCA Youth Gathering a HUGE Success!

On Saturday evening, Feb. 24 the S.S. Gigantic set sail in our church Fellowship Hall and what a great fellowship event it was!! The Empty Nester Group had fun collaborating with the Sr. High Youth and their families and ended up with a great  dinner, theater show and a very successful fundraiser.  The evening’s events–including dinner, the theater show S.S. Gigantic, and basket raffle–the groups raised $2364 to help send our Sr. Youth to Houston for the Triannual ELCA Youth Gathering this summer. This was just one of several fundraising events to help defer costs involved to send 19 of our youth and adults to the Gathering June 27-July 1, 2018.

There are many to thank starting with Thrivent who offset our costs with $500, as well as, many individuals who gave their time, talent and funds to support the event. So, thank you, thank you, thank you to so many people that made this event so successful.  Thanks to Martha and her great cast for a wonderful play…it was a lot of fun.  Thank you to our musicians, to the ticket staff, to Chuck for taking pictures, to Laurie and Ron for taking care of the bar, to all of our servers, to Mary, Steve, and Nancy for taking care of the kitchen….serving up the food and washing all the dishes.  Thank you to Jennifer for the Playbill, to Ginger and Chris for the yummy dessert, to Judy for putting the raffle baskets together as well as all those that contributed, to John M. for microphones and also videotaping, to Dennis for handling the finances, to Ginger for the costumes, to Diane for decorations and to Pastor Mitch for taking care of the prayer as well as some other coordination that needed to happen.  Thank you to all who stayed and helped clean up and put the church back in order and for all that may not be mentioned because everyone’s efforts were truly appreciated. We could not have set sail and accomplished such a wonderful evening without everyone pitching in.  View the play, S.S. Gigantic with the Good Sam Players, in it’s entirety.

We wish the youth a wonderful and faith-filled trip to Houston.


Casserole Sunday Fundraiser Returns as Sr. Youth Raise Funds for ELCA Youth Gathering 2018

Casserole Sunday Returns in March

The Sr. Youth will once again be making casseroles to sell to help support their trip to the Youth Gathering in Houston. Beginning in March, the group will announce their casserole offerings and take orders for the casseroles.  The casseroles are made in a 9” x 11” aluminum pan and are ready for the oven. The cost for the casseroles is $20 each and all money goes towards expenses for the trip. If you would like to assist in helping to make casseroles, we’re sure they would accept the assistance.  If you have questions, please contact Diane Glasgow.

Showy Fundraiser Planned by Sr. Youth for ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston, TX

Did You Hear? Flocking Season is HERE. . . March 4 – 25, 2018

What’s this all about?  Confirmed reports indicate that flocks of flamingos will soon be entering our nearby neighborhoods. These flocks of plastic Pink Flamingos love getting a chance to rest for weeks in St. Mary’s County neighborhoods (these gregarious birds love Good Sam folks).  Now is your opportunity to purchase Flamingo Protection Insurance (FPI) during the following Sundays in February–Feb. 11, 18 and 25–and keep these wildly colorful birds from showing up your yard. Since hearing the news of their impending arrival, we’ve deployed our Sr. Youth group (who have undergone intensive Flamingo Removal training) in case you didn’t purchase the FPI offered and these flamboyant birds decide to take up residence in your yard. The youth Flamingo Removal teams will carefully gather the flock and remove (or move) them from your yard–for a small donation. And, for an additional donation the team will move the flock to a yard of your choosing.

Ok, so you’ve figured out that this is all for giggles and grins, right? And, it’s another way for our Youth traveling to the ELCA Tri-annual Youth Gathering in Houston to defer the costs for their trip. Here’s how this works:

  • You’ll have the next the weeks of Feb 11 – 25 to prepare and buy Flamingo Protection Insurance–FPI (for a $40 donation) from our youth.  Insurance will “protect” your yard from these pink plastic flamingos “resting” in your yard during their stay in St. Mary’s Co.
  • Without insurance, you may have Pink Flamingos show up in your yard. Should this occur, one of our highly trained Pink Flamingo Removal Teams will come and remove these birds from your yard (for a low removal donation of $25).
  • AND, for an additional $30 donation, you can “suggest” whose yard these Pink Flamingos might travel to next to “rest.” The Removal Team will take care of this for you. Our removal teams work on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays throughout the period of March 4 – 25.

 Please see Corinne Marino at church, or contact her by email  or phone (301-904-1854) to either purchase insurance ($40 donation), deploy a removal team ($25 donation + $30 donation if suggesting the next yard) or if you do not wish participate in this event.

Again, we will be using all collected donations to help our youth attend the ELCA National Youth Gathering in Houston TX this summer. Thank you in advance for your support!   Any or all donations can also be placed in the offering plate any Sunday at Good Sam (please make a notation of Pink Flamingos – Youth Gathering and your name).

*Note: If you have concerns or do not wish to participant in this event, please feel free to notify Corinne Marino.

Fundraiser Planned to Support Trip to 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering

Taco and Talent Night – November 18, 2017

Join us for an evening of delicious tacos and spectacular talent. On Saturday, November 18, the evening starts at 6:00 P.M. with a delicious taco dinner. Dinner will be followed at 7:00 P.M. with a talent extravaganza. Tickets are available in the Fellowship Hall or the church office–adults $10, children $5. All proceeds go to support the trip to the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston, TX. And, we are looking for you and your talent! Please sign-up in the Narthex!  Questions? See Diane Glasgow.



ELCA National Youth Gathering June 27- July 1, 2018

Every three years, 30,000 high school youth and their adult leaders from across the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America gather for a week of faith formation known as the ELCA Youth Gathering. Through days spent in interactive learning, worship, Bible study, service and fellowship, young people grow in faith and are challenged and inspired to live their faith in their daily lives.  Houston is the host city for this event and early bird registration began Sept. 15.

All those in 8th—12th grade are invited to attend!  Permission slips and information are available in the Fellowship Hall on the youth board.  Our first non-refundable deposit is due by Oct. 8 for $200. Please make checks payable to Good Samaritan Lutheran Church and write in MEMO – ‘Youth Gathering.’  Please let Corinne M. know when you have paid.

Cost for the Gathering event is $350 plus expenses which are estimated as follows: $300 (lodging), $380 (airfare), plus food while at the Gathering and miscellaneous costs.  The total is estimated at $900-$1100 per participant before fundraising.  We know this is a lot of money, so we’ll be doing some fundraising to work on lowering that cost per participant.

Here are some ways for you to participate in fundraising:
  • Share a talent, or serve tacos at our Taco and Talent Night (date TBA)
  • Help with our Dinner Theater show in February/March (date TBA)
  • Assist with casserole making and selling throughout winter months
  • And/or, come up with a great fundraiser of your own and have the rest of us join you.
We’re excited about the 2018 Youth Gathering. Let us know you’re joining in!  Visit the ELCA Youth Gathering website for exciting information about the Conference and events. See or contact Corinne Marino for more details.

August Highlights

August 2    In Worship   “Daily Bread:  What is it?”

August 9    In Worship   “Stories of Faith, Walking Together – TBA”

August 16   In Worship    “Stories of Faith, Walking Together – TBA”

August 23   In Worship  “To Abide in Difficult Times”

August 23  After Worship – 10:30 am The Story – Leader Training 10:30 am (Resources, opportunities, vision and planning) for Sunday School leaders, small group leaders, Worship planners and anyone interested in God’s Story and The Story Program at Good Sam.

August 30    In Worship    “Sharing the Journey”  Good Sam Youth will fill our Worship with their discoveries, adventures and learnings from the National Youth Gathering in Detroit.

National Youth Gathering Begins

rise upOur Young People in Detroit

at the 2015 ELCA National Youth Gathering


Early Servant Project Work Crew

On Saturday July 11, our first wave of High School youth and adult leaders headed off to rendezvous with other  LutheranHANDS volunteers to make a difference inunknown(5) the Detroit area before the Gathering.  A prayer circle gathering, a few high fives and off they go to make a difference in the world. On Monday there was trash clean-up in teams and on Tuesday they worked food service lines and sorting in a recycling collection warehouse.    Let’s surround this team with prayer:  Lord, may the communities in which they work be touched by the activity and blessed by the presence of this expression of solidarity and support.   May our young people discover you, O God, working through their activity.  May we be blessed as they return to tell their stories.


DAYLE (Definitely-Abled Youth Leadership Event) Judy Kowalik writes:

Having a great time in Detroit.  We got here late afternoon yesterday after a good trip–hit some heavy rain in Ohio, but made it safely.  Had a beautiful worship service last night, then broke intoDAYLE event 2 groups. The youth played some icebreaker games and the adults shared what they wanted to get out of our time together.  Matt got sick this morning, so we missed out on a trip to a place called Faith in Action. Met up with the group again this afternoon for some very inspirational speeches from four definitely abled people.  They spoke about how God has worked through them in spite of and because of their disabilities.  I was so humbled by their words.  After dinner overlooking the Detroit River, we gathered together for a talent show.  Matt danced to Gangnum Style and had everyone clapping and cheering.  This has been a wonderful experience so far.  Looking forward to meeting up with the rest of the group tomorrow.

The Main Event at the Youth Gathering begins on Wednesday and continue into Sunday afternoon.  We are excited to hear about their adventures and discoveries at the Youth Lead Service August 30, at 9 am.


July Highlights at Good Sam

July 5th in Worship  “I hope Jesus Sends Me Out Together with You!”

July 11   3 pm Wildewood Square, join us to send off our advance group of youth and leaders  as they leaves for a servant project before the National Youth Gathering in Detroit.

July 12th in Worship  “A Word That Speaks in a World That Would Silence it”

July 14 Remaining group of youth and leaders head toward the National Youth Gathering

July 19th in Worship   “Do I Want a Shepherd?”

July 20, Our youth arrive home from the National Youth Gathering.

July 26th in Worship   “You Satisfy the Hungry Heart”

High School Sponsored BBQ Cook-Off was ON all Evening

Our youth group, sponsored a BBQ cook-off event to raise money for the ELCA Gathering in Detroit Michigan.  There are 8 of us attending the pre-gathering mission portion, where we will spend 2 extra days working alongside those in Detroit Michigan.  There will be a total of 17 of us attending the gathering as well.  This BBQ cook-off was our 9th Annual BBQ, our funds raised each year go towards supporting those who are attending the National Gathering.  We had 5  BBQ contestants, 4 judges, a live dessert auction, a silent auction and fabulous fellowship.  The youth sold tickets, ran stations for younger children, sold food, and presented the BBQ to the panel of judges. This project not only assisted in our financial portion of the trip, but allowed the opportunity for our congregational members to get

to know the youth who are attending the gathering a bit better.  During our live dessert auction it was clearly about assisting the youth and having fun, as a Blueberry Buckle dessert, made by a 12 year old youth, raised $35.00.  We had generous hearts at our BBQ, and this will allow our youth to take that spirit of generosity to the gathering and share it with the people of Detroit

Join us for the BBQ Cook-Off Event June 13

Our youth will be hosting a BBQ Cook – Off Fundraiser

June 13th,  5:307:00 PM

BBQ Cookoff - Youth -- pigThe youth from Good Samaritan are having our annual BBQ Cook-Off.  Do you or someone you know enjoy cooking BBQ?  If yes, then come enter your special recipe, and see what the judges and people have to say about the flavor of your BBQ.

Signup sheets available in the fellowship hall for judges and contestants.  Do you just enjoy tasting good BBQ, then we need you too!  This is a family event, with games for the kids, a silent auction, and a live dessert auction.  Don’t miss out on the family fun!! We sign ups for donations of silent auction items.

The money raised is going to offset the youth and chaperones who are attending the ELCA National Youth Convention in Detroit, Michigan in July.  There will be $2 fee for BBQ samples.  Drinks, and chips will also be available for purchase.

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