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September Highlights

Good Sam Happenings 

September 2 [Sunday Theme] “Centered on God”

September 9 [Sunday Theme] “Along the Way”

            ◊ RALLY DAY – 11:00 am all Congregation Picnic with games, fun, activities and hotdogs and hamburgers to share.  Bring a side dish. 

September 16 [Sunday Theme] “Hold the Tongue, Reserve Judgement and Wait on the Lord”

September 23 [Sunday Theme] “Stories from the National Youth Gather in Huston”

           ◊ Youth Sunday

September 30 [Sunday Theme] “A Share of the Spirit”

          ◊ Welcome of New Members


“Shipwrecked and Rescued by Jesus” VBS Theme for Summer 2018

Gearing Up for Vacation Bible School (VBS)!
VBS season is right around the corner!  It’s time to spread God’s Word through singing, science experiments, crafts, games and delicious snacks.  VBS will be July 16-20 from  1:00 – 4:00 P.M. Children age 3 (and potty trained) through rising 6th graders are welcome to be Shipwrecked and Rescued by JesusWe are looking for teenage and adult volunteers to help make VBS unforgettable.  If you would like to volunteer, sign up on the Volunteer Form. If you have questions about VBS please contact Cocoa Maday. Registration forms are available in the church office and online at Good Samaritan VBS Registration.

Tragedy in our Community and Resources

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”  II Corinthians 1: 3-4

“Family and Friends of Good Sam,

We always think tragedy won’t hit close to home, until it does.  There is always a great urge to ask “why,” to search out the cause and to assign blame. There is a time and a place for each of those responses, but right now I invite you to take stock of the gifts and resources; love, care and community support that we must have.

 The apostle Paul reminds us, one primary purpose we have from Christ is to comfort others with the same care we have received from God.  For this moment is a poignant time for love and mercy.  Please note the resources below for topics and ideas that may assist you in difficult conversations with family and youth. I am also available to visit with you one-on-one or with your family.”

–Pastor Mitch  


Resource links for times of tragedy can be found here.

Community Prayer Service – March 20, 2018

In response to the violence and tragedy at Great Mills High School today, March 20, 2018, a community Prayer Service is being held at Church of the Ascension (21641 Great Mills Rd, Lexington Park, MD 20653). The service begins at 6:00pm, this evening, March 20th and a number of local clergy will participate. All are welcome!

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” II Corinthians 1:3-4

30 Hour Famine (hunger awareness and action)

(written Jan 29, 2017, as the 30 Hour Famine Retreat was ending.)

Two nights ago we began our 30 hour famine with the senior youth group. Few of us had very high hopes for making it through the whole way, but we succeeded. We distracted ourselves from our physical hunger by filling our spiritual hunger. We learned about a boy in Kenya and his day to day struggles. We did activities to shed a tiny light on the things so many people suffer with everyday. We put together jars for the food pantry. And perhaps most important of all we bonded with each other and God, and our brothers and sisters all around the world.

Look for things to do with the kids?

summer funCheck out this listing and description of just about everything you could do with your child(ren) through the summer in St. Mary’s County.  summer fun sunParents:  Don’t know how to get through the summer with enough activities for the kids?  Look at this publication.  It will remind you of great ideas and even suggest a few of which you might never have thought. When you click on this link it will download to your desktop or device: Summer Fun With Your Little One.  It’s a PDF version.

Also check out this link for St Mary’s County activities.

Square Dance on Sat., Oct. 24th — Fun for ALL!

square danceAn old-fashioned ‘do-si-do-in’ Square Dance for the whole church community will be held on Saturday eveningOctober 24th. All are welcome. There’ll be dancin’ and socializin’ in the Fellowship Hall beginning at 6:30 pm with dancing and lessons starting at 7 pm. You do not need to know how to square dance to come. We’ll all have fun learning together. The cost is $7.50 per person so register NOW. Tickets are on sale each Sunday in the Fellowship Hall. The event is sponsored by the Empty Nesters Group. See Ann Diggs or Diane Hay for ticket information.

Refreshments  will be available for purchase at the dance. This fundraiser will support the purchase of food supplies for the Our Daily Bread Food Pantry and for the HVAC system replacement in the Disciples Den. There will not be babysitting provided so let those kiddos “shake a leg” and dance.

National Youth Gathering Begins

rise upOur Young People in Detroit

at the 2015 ELCA National Youth Gathering


Early Servant Project Work Crew

On Saturday July 11, our first wave of High School youth and adult leaders headed off to rendezvous with other  LutheranHANDS volunteers to make a difference inunknown(5) the Detroit area before the Gathering.  A prayer circle gathering, a few high fives and off they go to make a difference in the world. On Monday there was trash clean-up in teams and on Tuesday they worked food service lines and sorting in a recycling collection warehouse.    Let’s surround this team with prayer:  Lord, may the communities in which they work be touched by the activity and blessed by the presence of this expression of solidarity and support.   May our young people discover you, O God, working through their activity.  May we be blessed as they return to tell their stories.


DAYLE (Definitely-Abled Youth Leadership Event) Judy Kowalik writes:

Having a great time in Detroit.  We got here late afternoon yesterday after a good trip–hit some heavy rain in Ohio, but made it safely.  Had a beautiful worship service last night, then broke intoDAYLE event 2 groups. The youth played some icebreaker games and the adults shared what they wanted to get out of our time together.  Matt got sick this morning, so we missed out on a trip to a place called Faith in Action. Met up with the group again this afternoon for some very inspirational speeches from four definitely abled people.  They spoke about how God has worked through them in spite of and because of their disabilities.  I was so humbled by their words.  After dinner overlooking the Detroit River, we gathered together for a talent show.  Matt danced to Gangnum Style and had everyone clapping and cheering.  This has been a wonderful experience so far.  Looking forward to meeting up with the rest of the group tomorrow.

The Main Event at the Youth Gathering begins on Wednesday and continue into Sunday afternoon.  We are excited to hear about their adventures and discoveries at the Youth Lead Service August 30, at 9 am.


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Open your heart and home to a Lutheran exchange student from Germany for the coming 2015-2016 school year!

Sharing the life of an American host family and going to school contributes to a better world understanding and is an unforgettable experience for both the student and the host family. American students benefit from meeting  foreign students.

children_5918cVolunteer host families (with or without children) as well as single people are needed to provide food, a bed and a loving home for the coming school year, one or two semesters, starting in August.  EMF students have medical insurance, spending money for their personal expenses and expect to share their host family’s daily life including household responsibilities.  They speak English, are well-screened and eager to experience life in America.  Their stay here is sponsored and supervised by EMF (Educational Merit Foundation), a non-profit, educational exchange program. It is not too late to apply. For more information on EMF students, please call Marie-Claude Dijoud now at 1-800-467-8363 or visit our web site at

Thank you very much for your help! These students are anxious to learn that a home has been found for them.  Your contribution to this cause is most appreciated. Please help us make their dream come true!

Kind regards,

Marie-Claude Dijoud, Program Director

High School Sponsored BBQ Cook-Off was ON all Evening

Our youth group, sponsored a BBQ cook-off event to raise money for the ELCA Gathering in Detroit Michigan.  There are 8 of us attending the pre-gathering mission portion, where we will spend 2 extra days working alongside those in Detroit Michigan.  There will be a total of 17 of us attending the gathering as well.  This BBQ cook-off was our 9th Annual BBQ, our funds raised each year go towards supporting those who are attending the National Gathering.  We had 5  BBQ contestants, 4 judges, a live dessert auction, a silent auction and fabulous fellowship.  The youth sold tickets, ran stations for younger children, sold food, and presented the BBQ to the panel of judges. This project not only assisted in our financial portion of the trip, but allowed the opportunity for our congregational members to get

to know the youth who are attending the gathering a bit better.  During our live dessert auction it was clearly about assisting the youth and having fun, as a Blueberry Buckle dessert, made by a 12 year old youth, raised $35.00.  We had generous hearts at our BBQ, and this will allow our youth to take that spirit of generosity to the gathering and share it with the people of Detroit

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