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Springtime is here!

Spring is a busy time at Good Sam.  Please seek out those who are faithfully working to shape our ministry together and thank them!

The Empty Nesters gathered to have their fellowship activity and at the same time work on the beds in our parking lot.  They cleaned out the beds in front of the SS rooms, and two island beds in the parking lot. One of them in group was heard to saying:  It really is restoring to get your hand in the soil and work along with others in the process.

Eat and Play Fellowship met to rake, edged and cleaned up around the playground area.  It looks the best it has for a couple of years now. Anyone have a good idea how to deal with the pea gravel that spills out onto the sidewalk.  We need a better entry / exit in and out of the playground to hold the Pea Gravel inside the fenced area?

John Jewell did a major mowing right before Easter.  Thanks John for helping us keep things looking good here even while you are still recovering for health challenges.

Fred Benton mowed the Lawn this week.  You might not know but Fred likes to come around almost every week and look for things that need attention on our property.  He recently noticed that our drainage pond near St. Mary’s Caring is in need of erosion repair. Without this kind of attention to detail we would never be able to keep us with all our property needs.  Thanks Fred.

Cameron Willy asked to do his Eagle Project by cleaning out the drainage retention ponds.  His team cleaned out the two ponds on the Great Mills side of our Parking Lot. They did a great job and that is hard and messy work.  We still need to clear out the pond the Disciples Den side of our parking lot; hopefully we can gather a team to take care of that this November.

Thanks to the Fellowship Teams who have consistently provide great food and treats during fellowship time and hosted a great Easter Sunday Brunch.  They have been busy for some time now with extra activities like our Wednesday Soup Suppers we held during March and April for Lent. Of course don’t forget the New Member reception this last Sunday as well.  Thanks to you all, Good Sam Fellowship teams for your faithful work (they are led by Ginger Latyak, Sue Venendaal and Edna Allen) .

Our Sunday School Teachers are nearing the end of another great year of teaching our children.  Thanks to Mary Dickinson who is organized and untiringly leads this important ministry. Don’t Miss Teacher Appreciation Sunday on June 2nd during Worship.

June will be Congratulate our Graduated Month.  We would like to publish a list of those Graduating from schools and programs of any kind and as our High School Graduates are in Worship in June we would like to invite them forward to hear about their HS careers and what plans await them this fall. If you have a family member graduating this season, please let the office know; .

Pastor Mitch Watney

February Highlights

Good Sam Happenings

February 5 [Sunday Theme] “Salt and Light”

February 11 Dinner (5:45 pm) and Dance (7 pm)  with the Chesapeake Swing Band of   Southern Maryland – sponsored by Empty Nesters

February 12 [Sunday Theme] “The Gifts That Flow from Reconciliation”  ◊ Good Sam Council Installation

February 19 [Sunday Theme] “Building to the Designers Specifications

February 26 [Sunday Theme] “Where All the Law and the Prophets Sing out Together:  There is Jesus”

February 28th Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras) Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday”, reflecting the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season.

Ash Wednesday is March 1st.  Join us for Vespers and Imposition of Ashes as we begin the Season of Lent.

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 . 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.

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.

Empty Nesters Schedule Outing to River Concert

On July 17th the Empty Nesters will meet at the River concert at St. Mary’s College to listen to some music and share some food.  We will be towards the back of the casual listening so we will have time for fellowship too. The grounds at Townhouse Green open at 5PM. Bring your own food to share, or you can purchase food from various vendors. Concerts start at 7PM. For more information visit All are welcome.

Good Sam Trip to the Nationals Game – DATE CHANGED

The Empty Nesters are hosting a Church Wide trip to the National’s June 6th baseball game against the Cubs at 12:05 pm. Ken D. is able to get discount tickets. We will be either in Sections 108-110 or 135-137 that is Right field or Left field corners plus receive $10 in food and beverage credit. The cost of the ticket is $33.00 (reg. $45.00).  These are pre-paid tickets and in order to have all the seats together Ken will need to have you money no later than May 17th.  We hope that everyone is able to come along and cheer on the Nationals!  Contact Ken at

Empty Nesters Wine Tasting

Empty Nesters nestOn Saturday, May 16 the Empty Nesters will meet at Running Hare Vineyard at 1:00. For a fee of $5 you can sample their wine and receive a souvenir glass. You will be able to purchase any additional wine. Please bring an appetizer to share as we sip wine and spend the afternoon listening to live music. For information about the winery located in Calvert County visit So if your nest has just emptied, been empty for many years, or has always been empty; if you are single or a couple, please join us! All are welcome.

Please RSVP to Nancy S. or Diane H. at

Empty Nest Group — April 10

The Empty Nest small group will enjoy dinner together on Friday, April 10 at the Back Creek Bistro starting at 6 pm. The Bistro is located at 14415 Dowell Rd, Solomons, MD 20688. Their website is

If you want to get involved in a small group at Good Sam and belong in the “older generation” of the church this would be a perfect time to find out what our small group is all about! So if your nest has just emptied, been empty for many years, or has always been empty; if you are single or a couple, please join us! All are welcome. Contact Diane H. to RSVP at

Empty Nest Group — Dinner & Show, March 6

The Empty Nesters are planning an evening out with dinner and a show on Friday, March 6. Join us for an informal dinner or just the show. The Newtowne Players are presenting the production of Boeing Boeing which includes Good Sam’s Catherine D. as Gretchen. Boeing Boeing is a fun comedy… It’s the 1960s, and swinging American bachelor Bernard couldn’t be happier: a flat in Paris and three gorgeous stewardesses all engaged to him without knowing about each other. But Bernard’s perfect life gets bumpy when his friend Robert comes to stay and a new and speedier Boeing jet throws off all of his careful planning. Soon all three stewardesses are in town simultaneously, timid Robert is forgetting which lies to tell to whom, and catastrophe looms.

We will meet for dinner at Days Off Deli and Grill located at 22608 Three Notch Rd at about 6:30 which will give us plenty of time to be on time for the 8 pm show. It is open seating so we will want to be there when they open the doors if we would like to sit together. The Three Notch Theatre is the former Lexington Park Library and is located at 21744 South Coral Drive in Lexington Park. Tickets for the show are $15 for adult general admission or $12 for Senior/Military/Group. If you let us know by Wednesday, March 4 we will be able to get the group rate for the show. Contact Jill W. with questions or to let us know you are attending:

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