Sunday, November 20th at 10:00 am
If you are relatively new among us at Good Sam, we hope to welcome you and learn more about your journey of faith in these days. We believe we are here to walk with you and learn from each other about faith in God and life in Jesus. We invite you to join us for an event we call “Getting to Know Good Sam” to further this conversation. We will introduce you to some of our leaders, talk about life and ministry at Good Sam and we hope to hear a little about your hopes and needs in a faith community. There will be child care available. Please come and talk with us about how we can journey in faith with you.
The Advent season begins November 27th. Celebrate the first Sunday of Advent, November 27th by making an Advent Arrangement for your home. This activity is for all ages and will take place between services at 10:15 am in the Fellowship Hall. Each family will design their own arrangement complete with LED candle to take home and enjoy in the weeks before Christmas. An Advent Devotion booklet will also be provided. Please let Martha R. know by November 20th if you would like to participate so there are enough supplies (email@example.com). Celebrate the days upcoming to Jesus’ birth and the meaning of Advent with a hand-made arrangement to teach and remind us of the beauty of this season.
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
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 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 Youth: Sundays 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 Group: Tuesdays 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
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.