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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!

New Tuesday Morning Lesson Study and Fellowship Group Forming

Tuesday Morning Lesson Study and Fellowship Group Begins November 7, 2017

Join us at 9:30 A.M. on Tuesday mornings to share some coffee, read and discuss the lessons for Worship on the coming Sunday and imagine together what themes and messages they hold now for us and for our community.  We will have time to care for each other and finish in prayer.  Come and join us beginning November 7 at 9:30 A.M.

Good Sam Hosts Annual Church Picnic Sept. 24

Our annual Church Picnic will be held Sunday, Sept. 24 on the church grounds right after Sunday School at 11:30 A.M.  We will have lots of food, fun, and fellowship.  We ask that folks bring a side dish, salad and/or dessert to share, drinks and meats will be provided.  Would you like to help?  We’re looking for volunteers to help setup & clean-up, man the grill, engage the kids in games, and set up the volleyball net.  If you would like to help, please sign up in Fellowship or contact Judy Kowalik.  All are welcome, please join us and enjoy a relaxing time to socialize and enjoy a good meal.

Spotlight on Good Sam’s Families and Friends – The King Family

In an effort to get acquainted with everyone in our Congregation and get to know our families and friends, each week we will spotlight on a Family or Friend of Good Sam Lutheran Church, In addition we will be posting pictures and locations of where our families are originally from in the Fellowship Hall on the Big US Map. It’s interesting to see where we all hail from. If you would like to add your picture on the map, contact Michael in the office. We truly are Finding our neighbors along the journey of faith!

This weeks spotlight is The King Family

Kevin and Denise King have been married for 21 years and have 3 children and 9 grandchildren. Kevin is originally from Omro, Wisconsin and Denise is from Hollywood Maryland. Kevin retired from the U.S. Navy and Denise is a retired Teacher. They have been charter members of Good Sam Lutheran Church since 1970. Kevin and Denise enjoy Gardening, spending time with their Grandchildren and operating a Country Craft Store in Valley Lee, Maryland.

Stop by and introduce yourself if you

have not met the Kings

God’s Work. Our Hands. Making New Connections

“God’s Work.  Our Hands.  – Making New Connections”   is our 2017 emphasis in building new connections through GWOH new and existing efforts in our community.   Good Sam Community, we invite you to go and serve now, in our community.  Go together and wear a “God’s Work. Our Hands” T-Shirt (get a T-Shirt), take a picture of the activity and see what happens as we serve our neighbors together.  (We will be placing a new large order for GWOH T-shirts during the Summer.  Watch for the announcements)


On April 2, 2017, The Good Samaritan Community will gather (10 am) to review the events, activities and connections we developed during our 2016 emphasis and talk about how best to grow or multiply our making new and meaningful connections in the coming year (2017+).   We call this, “God’s Work.  Our Hands.  – Making New Connections”.  Already some ideas are percolating up at Council and some Good Sam Ministry settings.  We hope to hear how God is stirring in you to invite the Good Sam Community to reach out and build relationships with our neighbors as we live out our journeys of faith.

Also, Good Samaritan has been invited by The Metro DC Synod to be a pilot congregation in an effort called “New Connections” in learning to increase activities, events and relationships that build new connections within the life of our congregation.  This effort is part of a Synod-wide effort and Campaign that will kick off in the fall of 2017.  Our part of this effort is to make our own goals, define our own efforts, track our own progress, get some training through Synod resources and seek to support this Synod effort described in the “New Connections” Literature.

Here is a rough timeline of things that will be happening:

 April 2 All Congregation Gathering at Good Sam to brainstorm and support “God’s Work.  Our Hands.  – Making New Connections” planning at Good Sam for 2017 and beyond.

April and May – “New Connections” Campaign begins here at Good Sam with our own local efforts called “God’s Work.  Our Hands.  – Making New Connections”

June 16-17 – At Synod Assembly the “New Connections” Campaign Synod-wide will be unveiled, and each congregation in the Synod will be asked and invited to participate in ways that are right for them.  There will be examples and stories from each of the Pilot Congregations who are leading the way in developing the “New Connections” Program in their settings.  The two pilot congregations are; Christ the Servant in Reston and Good Samaritan in Lexington Park.

July and August – Good Sam will continue to develop our “God’s Work.  Our Hands.  – Making New Connections” efforts, putting them into action as each activity or event is ready.

September – Synod Congregations will begin making their own “New Connections” plans.

Spotlight on Good Sam’s Families and Friends – The Slavik Family

In an effort to get acquainted with everyone and get to know our families and friends, each week we will spotlight on a Family or Friend of Good Sam Lutheran Church, In addition we will be posting pictures and locations of where our families are originally from in the Fellowship Hall on the Big US Map. It’s interesting to see where we all hail from. We truly are Finding our neighbors along the journey of faith!


This weeks spotlight is Rich Slavik

Rich was born and raised in Bergenfield NJ and has one younger brother, Rich enlisted in the United States Navy after high school and worked in Aviation Maintenance. He retired as a Master Chief. Rich is active in his community and Church and serves as Coordinator for the “Our Daily Bread” Food pantry. Rich enjoys spending his free time watching sports, playing board games and occasionally playing a round of golf.

Stop by and introduce yourself if you have not met them.

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