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Showy Fundraiser Planned by Sr. Youth for ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston, TX

Did You Hear? Flocking Season is HERE. . . March 4 – 25, 2018

What’s this all about?  Confirmed reports indicate that flocks of flamingos will soon be entering our nearby neighborhoods. These flocks of plastic Pink Flamingos love getting a chance to rest for weeks in St. Mary’s County neighborhoods (these gregarious birds love Good Sam folks).  Now is your opportunity to purchase Flamingo Protection Insurance (FPI) during the following Sundays in February–Feb. 11, 18 and 25–and keep these wildly colorful birds from showing up your yard. Since hearing the news of their impending arrival, we’ve deployed our Sr. Youth group (who have undergone intensive Flamingo Removal training) in case you didn’t purchase the FPI offered and these flamboyant birds decide to take up residence in your yard. The youth Flamingo Removal teams will carefully gather the flock and remove (or move) them from your yard–for a small donation. And, for an additional donation the team will move the flock to a yard of your choosing.

Ok, so you’ve figured out that this is all for giggles and grins, right? And, it’s another way for our Youth traveling to the ELCA Tri-annual Youth Gathering in Houston to defer the costs for their trip. Here’s how this works:

  • You’ll have the next the weeks of Feb 11 – 25 to prepare and buy Flamingo Protection Insurance–FPI (for a $40 donation) from our youth.  Insurance will “protect” your yard from these pink plastic flamingos “resting” in your yard during their stay in St. Mary’s Co.
  • Without insurance, you may have Pink Flamingos show up in your yard. Should this occur, one of our highly trained Pink Flamingo Removal Teams will come and remove these birds from your yard (for a low removal donation of $25).
  • AND, for an additional $30 donation, you can “suggest” whose yard these Pink Flamingos might travel to next to “rest.” The Removal Team will take care of this for you. Our removal teams work on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays throughout the period of March 4 – 25.

 Please see Corinne Marino at church, or contact her by email  or phone (301-904-1854) to either purchase insurance ($40 donation), deploy a removal team ($25 donation + $30 donation if suggesting the next yard) or if you do not wish participate in this event.

Again, we will be using all collected donations to help our youth attend the ELCA National Youth Gathering in Houston TX this summer. Thank you in advance for your support!   Any or all donations can also be placed in the offering plate any Sunday at Good Sam (please make a notation of Pink Flamingos – Youth Gathering and your name).

*Note: If you have concerns or do not wish to participant in this event, please feel free to notify Corinne Marino.

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.

“JONAH” at the Sight & Sound Theatre in Lancaster PA

You are invited to join with the Pray, Praise & Promise in Christ Church, located in Great Mills, on a spectacular chartered bus trip to see “ JONAH” at the Sight & Sound Theatre in Lancaster, PA on Saturday,  April 8, 2017. The story of “JONAH” provides a message of hope.  In a world filled with despair and uncertainty, Sight & Sound delivers a message many of us need to hear:  a message of peace, love, understanding, forgiveness and compassion based on the teachings of Jesus Christ.

  • The cost per adult (age 13 an up) is $125 and per child (age 3 to 12) is $45
  • A non-refundable deposit of $65 per adult and $25 per child is due by Wednesday, February 15 with the balance due by Wednesday, March 15
  • The bus departs St. Mary’s Square, Lexington Park at 7:00 P.M.
  • The bus will return to St. Mary’s Square at approximately 5:00 P.M.
  • The cost includes transportation, show tickets, meal and snacks.

For more information and to make your payments please contact Mrs. Margaret Butler at 240-237-0251.

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.

July Highlights

       Good Sam Happenings

All summer is “God’s Work. Our Hands”  find an activity, get a T-shirt and get started.

July 3 [Sunday Theme]  “Sent to Be People who Carry and Share Peace” 

July 9th – Annual Good Sam Yard Sale – Sponsored by Fellowship of Families at Good Sam

July 10 [Sunday Theme]  Guest Preacher – Pastor Harry Carlsen

July 17 [Sunday Theme]  “Just What is the Main Thing”  {join us for a Sacks and Packsdiscussion after fellowship}

July 18–22 – Vacation Bible School – Cave Quest VBS – Where kids learn to follow Jesus.”

July 15th – Empty Nester’s at the River Concert “A Civilization Lost” at St. Mary’s College at 6pm.

July 24 [Sunday Theme]   “Prayer and the Shaping of Faith within Us”   {Join us for a “Farming 4 Hunger” discussion after fellowship}

July 31 [Sunday Theme]   “Having a Mind that is Set on Christ”   {Join us for a “Visiting Shut-ins” discussion after fellowship}



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

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!

Summer Playtime

Join us this Summer on the new playground at Good Sam each Wednesday morning from 10 am to 11:30 am beginning June 24th and continuing through July 22nd.  Each Wednesday playtime

will be hosted by a church family and parents (grandparents, caregivers or guardians) can be free to visit with one another as our children enjoy the new play equipment and the summer weather.  Please note that the pea gravel safety covering on the playground does require closed toed shoes for comfort.  Also the equipment and gravel can get hot in the summer sun so shoes are recommended.  All Children with a supervising adult are welcome.  Sponsored by Fellowship of Families at Good Sam

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.

Skate Party for Fellowship of Families

Fellowship of Families will have their annual skate party on Sunday, May 31st from 1-3 pm at Leonard Hall in Leonardtown.  Anyone with children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, etc… 5th grade or younger are invited to come. Older siblings are also welcome to attend. The cost is $5 per person and skates are available to rent for an additional $2.50.  Please R.S.V.P. to Cocoa M.

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

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