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June Highlights

Good Sam Happenings in June

June 2 [Sunday Theme] “Easter Conversion: New Life Means New Choices”

June 9 [Sunday Theme] “My Own Know Me”

June 16 [Sunday Theme]  “When the Spirit comes….”

June 19 Summer at Good Sam Kick Off – 4:30 pm to 7 pm (Wednesday Community Time with a meal and activities for every age)

June 23 [Sunday Theme“and if you belong to Christ…”

June 26 Summer at Good Sam – 4:30 pm to 7 pm (Wednesday Community Time with a meal and activities for every age)

June 30 [Sunday Theme] “Inheritors of the Spirit”

(Summer Schedule begins May 26 through Sept 3)) and Worship Starts at 9:30 am)

June newsletter “Grapevine”

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April Highlights

Good Sam Happenings
  * April 3 Wednesday Church Night
      5:00 pm Eat, Play and Learn Fellowship
      5:30 pm Soup and Bread Fellowship
      6:30 pm Evening Worship (Vespers)
      7:00 pm Class on S.H.A.P.E. 
April 7  [Sunday Theme]  Toward the New Thing that God is Doing
    * April 10 Wednesday Church Night (See Schedule above)
April 14  [Palm Sunday Theme] “From Palm to Passion”
    * April 18 Maundy Thursday Service 7 PM
    * April 19 Good Friday Service 7 PM
April 21  [Easter Sunday Theme]  “As Passover Ends, Easter Begins”
* April 21 Easter Brunch following the 9 am Service (Sign Up TODAY)
April 28 [Sunday Theme]  “Upper Room Tales”

March Highlights

Good Sam Happenings

March 3 [Sunday Theme] “Reflecting the Glory of God: Moses, Jesus and Us.”   

    Join us for your Lenten Journey in Faith

  * March 6  Ash Wednesday (beginning of Lent; Imposition of Ashes) 7 pm
 
March 10 [Sunday Theme] “What Are the Through Lines of Faith?
  * March 13 Wednesday Church Night
      5:00 pm Eat, Play and Learn Fellowship (families with little ones)
      5:30 pm Soup and Bread Fellowship (everyone welcome)
      6:30 pm Evening Worship (Vespers)
      7:00 pm Class on S.H.A.P.E. (click here to read more
  * March 16  Chili Cook-Off
 
March 17 [Sunday Theme] “What do You Allow to Move You?”
  * March 20 Wednesday Church Night (See Schedule above) 
 
March 24  [Sunday Theme]  “Learning the Art of Love and Mercy”
  * March 27 Wednesday Church Night (See Schedule above)
 
March 31  [Sunday Theme]  “Applying the Art of Love and Mercy”
 
 *read more in The Grapevine a monthly Publication of Good Sam News
 
 * Spiritual Gifts Inventory (take this survey to explore your giftedness)

February Highlights

Good Sam Happenings

Feb. 3 [Sunday Theme] “Love Attends to the Beloved”
  * Feb. 9, Dinner Dance for all (sponsored by Empty Nesters)
Feb. 10 [Sunday Theme] “In Our Hearts We Receive and Turn to Follow”
  * Feb 17  Welcome of New Members to Good Sam
Feb. 17 [Sunday Theme] “What We Need vs What We Have”
  * Feb. 17-24     WARM comes to Good Sam
Feb. 24  [Sunday Theme] “The Heart From Which Joseph Looks Upon His Brothers”
  *read more in The Grapevine a monthly Publication of Good Sam News
  * Finding Your Spiritual Gifts: Spiritual Gifts Inventory 

January Highlights

Good Sam Happenings

    *read more in The Grapevine a monthly Publication of Good Sam News

Jan. 6 [Sunday Theme] “We Too Have A Star to Guide Us”

   ◊ Epiphany Parade, come get an Epiphany Star, Join us for Getting to Know Good Sam at 10:30 am

Jan. 13 [Sunday Theme] “Why Do You Like to Shower (bathe)?”

   Jan. 19 ◊ Chili Cook-off is being rescheduled for March 16, 4 pm

Jan. 20  [Sunday Theme] “The Surprising Extravagance of God”

Jan. 27  [Sunday Theme] “Discovering and Rediscovering the Living Word of God”

 

November Highlights

Good Sam Happenings

Nov. 4 [Sunday Theme] “Small is Big” Rev. Phil Hirsch Assistant to the Bishop of the Metro DC Synod

◊ Nov. 4 Consecration Sunday Brunch 10:15 am (RSVP Here)  Theme:  “Giving and Growing in Faith

Nov. 11 [Sunday Theme] “Living in the Hands of God” also Honoring Our Veterans

Nov. 18  [Sunday Theme] “Like a New Day, Dawning”

◊  Nov. 21 Thanksgiving Meal at Good Sam 5:30 pm (potluck) with a short worship service at 7 pm.

Nov. 25  [Sunday Theme] “Knowing vs Understanding:  a Revelation”

◊ Nov. 28  Wednesday Church Night is back this Advent Season

                4:30 pm Eat and Play Fellowship

                5:30 pm Advent Potluck

                6:30 pm Advent Vespers

                7:00 pm Discuss Together “Lasting Impact” Intro and Chapters 1-2

Annual Church Picnic & Rally Day | Sept. 9, 2018

Join us as we celebrate the life and ministry at Good Sam. Festivities will begin after church and we’ll have food, fun & games at the church. We’ll also have a “God’s Work. Our Hands.” activity set up in the Fellowship Hall. See more about our fun GWOH activity in the article below. This will be a fun-filled day of activity and fellowship for all! Council will be providing hot dogs, hamburgers, and the fixings. Please let us know on the sign up in the Fellowship Hall (and/or when passed around during Worship) if you’ll be attending and if you’ll be bringing a side dish to share.  If you have some fun outdoor games like corn hole or ladder/ball toss, please bring them.  All games are welcome!

September 9 is also Rally Day—our Sunday School season kick off. This will be an action-packed, fun-filled day! Following Worship and a light Fellowship, the Jr. High youth will meet with their teachers in Pastor’s office and the Sr. High youth will meet in the Disciples Den at 10:30 A.M.  Children 3 years (and potty-trained) through 6th grade will meet in the Sanctuary at 10:30 A.M.  Parents are encouraged to stay, as we will gather for music before we disburse to classrooms for a short meet & greet with your child’s teacher.

Parents, please be sure to fill out a Sunday School registration form for each of your children so we know of any allergies and how to contact you in case of an emergency.  The forms can be found in the Fellowship Hall on the Sunday School bulletin board and Mary Dickinson will have them on hand as well.  Please touch base with Mary D. if you have questions.

God’s Work. Our Hands. Activity—Building “Kit Cakes” for Carver

During Rally Day & the Church Picnic next Sunday, September 9, we have a fun GWOH activity to create special gifts for the teachers (and students) at Carver Elementary School.  We’ll be making supply “Kit Cakes” to help the teachers defer some costs to supply their students with what they’ll need in the classroom.

To implement this activity, we need your help with donating the following:  dry erase markers, pencils, Elmer’s glue, 24-count crayon boxes, glue sticks, pretty color masking tape, paper towels, index cards, rubber bands, and whatever other school supply you’d like to donate.  So when you’re out collecting supplies for your kids…throw an extra couple supplies in for the Carver kiddos!!  If you don’t have students… we just gave you an excuse to GO SHOPPING!!!  Please bring all donations to church anytime! There’s a collection box in the Narthex. Looking forward to seeing all the creative expression.

Farming 4 Hunger | Gathering at the Farm Sept. 8, 2018

On Saturday, Sept. 8 from 9 A.M. – 12 Noon, we’ll have an all-congregation “God’s Work. Our Hands.” activity as we gather at Farming 4 Hunger—Serenity Farms in Benedict, MD.  This activity gathers our Tri-County ELCA partners–St. Nicholas Lutheran, Huntington MD and Peace Lutheran, Waldorf, MD churches

to harvest, enjoy fellowship and get to know each other and everyone at the Farm.  Come meet our neighbors where they are and make new connections!  Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy with our partners.  They’ll be inside and outside tasks to do for all physical levels.  Here are some items you might want to bring along (if you have them) in prep for the harvest:  wear your God’s Work. Our Hands. T-shirts, gloves (for you and kiddos), shovel, spade, hoe, digging fork, water to keep hydrated and a picnic lunch.  Come and join us!  All are fed at the farm.

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.

 

Empty Nester Group Plan Wine Tasting Nov. 3

Join the Empty Nesters for a Wine Tasting on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017

Sip artisan wines amongst friends, and discover your new favorite sparkling, white, and red varietals. Join us for a tour of fine regional wines at the Kowalik’s home! Our guide, Andrea Daniels of WineShop at Home, will bring the vineyards to us, pairing artisan wines with light appetizers as she walks us through each tasting.  We look forward to a fun, refreshing evening with our friends and to start some early Christmas shopping. Please RSVP to Diane Hay as soon as possible so we can reserve a glass for you. The first pour will be at 7:15 P.M.—you’ll want to arrive on time and be ready to taste every last drop!

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