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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 runningharevineyard.com . 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.

Reserve Oct. 25th for Consecration Sunday’s Special Worship and Celebration

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On October 25th, we’re celebrating Consecration Sunday with one special service at 11:00 am followed by a celebratory  luncheon at 12 noon. This will be our only worship service for this day. Please come and join in this special worship experience and meet our guest speaker, Reverend Dave Sonnenberg, from Good Shepherd Lutheran in Gaithersburg MD.

Pastor Dave is the Senior Pastor at Good Shepherd Lutheran where he has served since 2001.  He chaired the Stewardship and Mission Table for our synod from 2009-2014 and has a passion for helping the church grow in generosity.  His optimistic and hopeful leadership has enabled Good Shepherd to keep focused on reaching out in an ever changing world. For the last 2 years, his congregation has been in a supportive and creative partnership with Epiphany Lutheran in Burtonsville, Maryland.  He is married to Frances Foltz (who works as the Christian Ed Director at Good Shepherd) and they have 3 children;   Rachel (19), Becca (17), and Drew (15).   Rachel is a Sophomore at St. Mary’s and is on the swim team.  Pastor Dave ventures down to all of her meets so he has become very familiar with St. Mary’s County!  He is an engaging speaker and we are excited to have him with us on Consecration Sunday.  A full bio is at-  www.goserve.net/pastordave.

Please plan on worshiping with us on this day and sharing in our Celebration Luncheon with the whole congregation. This will be a catered meal, and we hope everyone will be there.  Soon you’ll receive a Reservation Card for this special Sunday’s worship and festive meal. It will be very important that we hear from you, so please complete your card when received.  We are looking forward to a day filled with worship, fellowship and thanksgiving for the generous gifts God has provided us–so that we may share them with others.

Small Groups Enhance “The Story” Experience – Join Us!

Small group discussions can give new perspective and we invite you to explore each chapter of “The Story” with others. Sign up for groups by September 25th. Here’s what’s on tap:

Sunday School for Children and YouthSundays at 10 am  beginning Sept. 13th
Focus: “The Story” for each age group –  Ginger Latyak and SS Teachers

Adult Sunday School Class
Sundays at 10 am beginning Sept. 13th– Drew Hartigan

Tuesday Evening Small Group: Tuesdays at 6:30 am beginning Sept. 15th
Focus: “The Story” in general (kids/adults welcome) – Jason Van Camp
Location: Van Camp’s home in Lexington Park, MD (see Jason for directions)

High School and Adult Small GroupTuesdays at 6:30 pm beginning Sept. 15th
Focus: “The Story” in general for high school to adult group – Dave Goodrich
Location: Chuck and Ginger Latyak’s Home in Wildewood, California, MD
(see Dave for directions)

Mocha Morning Bible Study: 1st & 3rd Wed. at 9:30 am beginning Sept. 16th
Focus: “The Story for Women” by Carol Stine – Martha Rau
Location: Rau’s home in Lexington Park, MD (see Martha for directions)

Women of Faith Small Group: 2nd & 4th Wed. at 7:00 pm beginning again in April 2016
Focus: “Women of The Story” – Kami Carlsen and Nancy Shoemaker
Location: Shoemaker’s home in Leonardtown, MD (see Nancy for
directions)

New Middle School Youth Group Forming!

ATTENTION: 6th, 7th, and 8th graders

Did you know we have a youth group just for you now?
We’re kicking it off with a Youth vs. Parent Beach Ball Volleyball game in Good Sam’s Fellowship Hall on SaturdaySept. 19th from 4 – 6 pm!  After the parents are exhausted, we’ll have a brief meeting to discuss plans for the year.  RSVP Martha Rau at mrau08@verizon.net.

So, come and have some fun with us. Middle School Youth, parents and anyone interesting in helping with this group are welcome. Bring your ideas of fun activities you’d like to do, mission project ideas, and a “catchy, meaning-filled” name idea for the group to this event!  Drinks will be provided. Please bring a snack to share!

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 http://www.chesapeakeorchestra.org/river-concert-series.html. All are welcome.

Blessing of the Good Sam Playground

Doesn't it just say, "Climb on me!"

Doesn’t it just say, “Climb on me!”

Let the playing begin!

Let the playing begin!

On May 31, as Strawberry Sunday Fellowship time was winding down, the blessing of our new playground was just warming up. Pastor Mitch brought a short reminder about how many hands and hearts have a role making dreams like our playground become real. The prayer and blessing asked that the children who play in this space and parents who gather to shepherd the fun would all find joy and a chance to connect with one another and the presence of God that works especially well where our lives interact.Many people had a hand in making this project happen. Thanks to the planning team, the construction hands and the gifts that made this possible. Funds for this project were collected over the last two plus years from summer rummage sales and from the dissolution of our Preschool as well as from many individuals also contributed to this effort including monies given in memory of Cyndi Scheffler. Thank you to all who had a hand, a heart and a role in making this vision happen.  Special thanks to Fellowship of Families along with TJ and Cocoa M. for sponsoring the BBQ event that accompanied this playground blessing. Also, take a look at the Thank You Wall in the Fellowship Hall where our children have taken time to post their thank you pictures for this great playground gift.

Summer Fellowship

cookie clip art 2A light summer fellowship will be served during June, July and August.  This depends on your donations of snacks and cookies.   There will be a box in the fellowship hall.   Also, if you have items from your garden, they would be greatly appreciated too.  See Edna if you have any questions.

Strawberry Sunday

strawberryThe Fellowship Team will be having Strawberry Sunday on May 31st.   There will be a make your own sundae station.   All are welcomed to bring in their favorite strawberry dessert.

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 http://www.runningharevineyard.com. 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 emptynesters@goodsamlutheran.com

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