Easter Sunday Services

April 21, Sunrise Service – 6:45am, Sunday Morning Services, 8:30am, 9:45am, 11:00am. Good Friday Service April 19 at 7pm. Sign the “GOD LOVES ALL PEOPLE SO DO WE” letter!

Reconciling News

Sign the “GOD LOVES ALL PEOPLE SO DO WE” letter! Join the gathering of MN Reconciling Congregations for a  it’s spring social on Saturday, March 30 from 11:30-2 at Eden Prairie UMC, 15050 Scenic Heights Rd. We will gather at 11:30, share a potluck lunch at noon and then hear Rev. Judy Zabel, the MN Annual Conference delegation chair, speak about the recent special general conference  in St. Louis, MO. If you are available to help with the event at Eden Prairie UMC please let Brian Boysen know at bteam@earthlink.net or (952) 937-0624.

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Special Pastoral Message from Good Samaritam

Dear Members and Friends of Good Samaritan Church,   I greatly appreciate the many conversations and messages over the last few days regarding the decisions of the United Methodist Special General Conference. Several people have asked if I was considering leaving the United Methodist Church over the decision to reinforce and strengthen the church’s position on homosexuality being incompatible with Christian teaching, LGBTQIA persons serving as clergy within the UMC, and an official stance against clergy performing marriage ceremonies for LBGTQIA couples. A couple of you have told me that you intend to withdraw your membership from the church, and I believe that I understand both your decision and the prayerful wrestling that has led…

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Joyful Jubilee

Friday, May 3 | 6:30pm What: JOYFUL JUBILEE  When: Date Friday May 3 | 6:30 – 10:00 | Live Auction 8:45 | Silent Auction Ends at 9:00  Who: Good Sam Adults • 21+years old (and their friends, family, neighbors)  Where: Minneapolis Golf Club  Why: A Night of Good “Bringing Together our Loving Community of Good Samaritans in a Celebration of Who We Are and What We Do” All proceeds will support the enhancement and modernization of technology and communication at Good Samaritan How Can You Support This Event? Do Good – invite friends, neighbors – buy tickets/attend! Donate to our Live and Silent Auctions! Examples of auction items: Are you a season ticket holder? Donate Tickets! (Sporting events, theater, other venues, etc.)…

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Words of Hope From Our Own Bishop Bruce Ough

Bible Study Options

Sunday and Tuesday mornings and Wednesday Evenings, “We Make The Road by Walking”

Vacation Bible School (VBS)

“To Mars & Beyond” One small step for your kids… One giant leap for God’s Kingdom!  June 17-21, 2019 Open to ages 4 – entering 7th grade in the fall. Scholarships are available for all programs so please contact Heather if you need this option, heather@good.org SIGN UP ONLINE Now for Good Samaritan VBS, 2019 PAY ONLINE Now for Good Samaritan VBS, 2019

Peace Frogs Camp

Peace Frogs – Peace & Social Justice Camp July 8-12 – Open to kids entering 2nd – 5th grade in the fall Only 2 spots left! We meet from 8:30 – 4:30 M – F with half day options  Price is $150 for full day and $75 for half day, scholarships available   Kids do a wide variety of activities to learn about peace and social justice through science, art, theater, field trips, outdoor activities and service projects that they decide on, plan and execute as a group. Themes change every year and past themes have been Camping, Spy Theme, Mad Scientists and more!  Registration Open NOW – Email Heather, heather@good.org, with your child’s full name grade they…

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Pocket Prayer Shawls

Calling knitters and crocheters to make Pocket Prayer Shawls. When we have enough, these small squares will be available for people who would like to take for themselves or give to someone else for comfort and care. They are mini-prayer shawls – please pray for the recipient while you are working on them!   Please use soft yarn. Patterns and colors are your choice. Instructions for crochet or knitting are available outside of the office, but they are just simple soft squares, with or without a pattern on them.   Size: 4 inches by 4 1/2 inches to fit well in a pocket or purse.  For more information see Sue Ohman(smohman49@gmail.com) or Pastor Diane.  Finished “shawls” may…

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Lydia Project

“Keeping 10,000 in StitchesWe have topped the 50 scarf mark and the conference has obtained promises of reaching the 10,000 mark with all overage going to the needy.  All Scarves we get at Good Sam will be among those being blessed at the MN Conference this June, 2019 and stored for presentation to all participants at the International Conference in May 2020.  Finished scarves can be turned in on Sunday in the coffee area or anytime in the basket by the staff offices.  Please include your name on all scarves.  Thank you to all knitters and all those who crochet.  For questions, please contact Arlene at ladystitcher@comcast.net.

Good Samaritan – 2019 Appalachia Service Project (ASP) Trip Information

Appalachia Service Project (ASP) Cost: $400 All 9th graders and older are invited to serve with families in Central Appalachia. For more information, contact Jean Elliott at jean@good.org or Mike Hutson at bmhuts@gmail.com Trip Information 2019 will be Good Samaritan’s 41st consecutive year serving at ASP. Dates: June 15-23, 2019 Cost: $400 Destination: Whitley City in McCreary County, Kentucky. See https://www.asphome.org/centers/kymccreary/ . To register for the trip, complete the ASP 2019 Registration Form and return it with your  $50 deposit to the ASP mail slot in the church office area by January 6. ASP 2019 theme: Be the Peace (I Samuel 25:6) Medical Information Immunizations – Up-to-date immunization for tetanus is required for all participants.  Hepatitis A…

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Sunday School

Good Samaritan is blessed with an amazing Sunday School program for children and youth. We are also blessed to with committed adults who faithfully serve as leaders, teachers and mentors. Children’s Sunday School (Preschool & K-6) Children begin in the sanctuary attending worship while sitting with their families.  After a brief “Children’s Time” message children can return to sit with their parents or leave with their teachers to attend Sunday School. Good Samaritan also offers a Nursery for infant-age 3 during worship Youth Sunday School (Grade 7-12) Join us Sunday mornings at 10 am in Room 201.  Youth Sunday School classes focus on current events with conversations and activities that engage our faith with everyday life. …

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Sunday Greeter Signup

SIGNUP ONLINE Signup now to welcome folks to church on Sunday mornings. Serving as a greeter is a great way to warmly welcome everyone to church on Sunday mornings.  Each week we need 2 greeters at both the upper and lower entrances to the church.  You have the freedom to signup for the dates and times that work best for you. The decision making is all yours. Signing up to help usher is now easier than ever before, as it is now ONLINE! After clicking to sign up ONLINE, click the Sign Up box for the dates and entrance where you’d choose to serve and then click on the “Submit and Sign Up” box. You will…

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Worship Ushering Signup

Especially through Christmas Services.
You can Signup ONLINE.

Confirmation Classes

Confirmation Class (9th grade), 1st & 2nd Sundays of each month, 11am-1pm in Fireside Room. Confirmation Mentors join the class from 11am-Noon on 2nd Sundays. 9th graders are invited to participate in a 9-month Confirmation program as an intentional journey digging deeper into the Christian faith and being a full member of Good Samaritan.  For more info contact our Director of Youth Ministries, Jean@good.org. 

Africa 2019

TWO TRIPS OFFERED! TRIP #1 – YOUTH TRIP Youth Trip   All kids in 8th – 12th grade are invited to travel to South Africa and Lesotho with Heather to learn, serve and explore this part of the world!  Teens are at a perfect time in their development to travel as it opens them up to other ways of life and cultures, gives them a sense of confidence, encourages them to be life long learners and helps them to discover the kindness of humanity.  Trip Details:   Approximate Dates, Spring Break 2019, March 15 – 25 or extend to March 29    Chaperones needed – Adults on the trip will get a discounted trip price   Final itinerary…

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Milestones

Milestones Good Samaritan’s Milestone Program is  for all children ages infant – 6th grade. We celebrate certain Christian Milestone each year with the children as they grow. It is also a time for the parents to participate in activities together and learn together. ALL children and their parents are welcome at our Milestone events.  Questions? heather@good.org. Milestone Events Infant: Parents receive a baby basket to welcome their child to our church family. (on going) Nursery: Children and parents are given nursery brochure and welcomed into the nursery program.  (on going) 4 & 5 year olds and Kindergarteners:  Explore Your Church, (hiking boots optional!) 1st and 2nd graders:  Baptism; Touch the Water 3rd Graders: Bible Presentation Sunday 4th Graders:  Eat Your Way Around the Seasons…

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Breakthrough Prayer

and Submit a Prayer Request Form.

Children & Youth Health Form

Here is a link to the Good Samaritan Children and Youth 2018-2019 Health Form. Please print the form, fill in all necessary information and give to:  Heather Miller (for children) or Jean Elliott (for youth). Children and Youth 2018-2019 Health Form