Christmas Eve Services at Good Samaritan, Dec 24

2pm – Carols & Candlelight Worship 4pm – Family Christmas Eve Worship 10pm – Chora Candlelight Worship

Sunday – December 15

Worship @ 10am, Third Sunday of Advent Nursery will be open for ages 6 weeks – 3 years. Sunday School for Children Age 3-Grade 6.  Sunday School for all Youth Grades 7-12. Join us at 4:30 for our Children’s Christmas Pageant followed by a Spaghetti Supper. Join us Sunday, December 22 at 10am for “A Festival of Music.”    

Young Adults (21+)

Thursday, Dec 12 5:30 – 7:00 pm at CRAVE West End – 1603 W. End Blvd, St Louis Park 55416.  Young adults (21+) are invited to this monthly gathering for meaningful  conversation about life and faith. Find us on Facebook “Good Sam Young Adults”. Contact Jean Elliott at jean@good.org if you have any questions.

Children’s Christmas Pageant

Sunday, December 15 at 4:30pm followed by a spaghetti supper.  ALL kids ages 3 – 6th grade are invited to be a part of the pageant!  Pageant Dress Rehearsal is December 14th, 9-11am. Three and four year olds can come to the pageant on the 15th and do not need to be at rehearsals.  Let me know if you have questions! Heather@goodorg

Service of Hope and Healing

December 19, 6:30pm in the sanctuary.

Bible Study Options

Tuesday Morning Bible Study 9:30-11:30 am / Fireside Room The Tuesday morning Bible Study meets in the Fireside Room.  Our discussion will be on the book Speaking Christian, Why Christian Words Have Lost Their Power and How They Can Be Restored, by Marcus J. Borg.   This book can be purchased in advance in the church office for $11 or at our first gathering on the 17th. All are welcome.  If questions, contact Mary at rstanton5@comcast.net.  

Thursday Afternoon Book Group

Thursday Afternoon Book Group, December 12 | 12:30pm | Fireside Room; Join us for our Holiday Luncheon. Please note our earlier start time of 12:20pm.  It will be a time of sharing as each person is asked to bring a Christmas/Holiday reading and a favorite dish for our potluck! Questions? Contact Vicki Dunn. victoria.dunn@q.com.

A Very Blackwater Christmas with Homeward Bound

Saturday Dec 14, 7-9 pm Hey Homeward Bound fans – the band will be returning to one of its favorite homes away from home, Blackwater Coffee, on Saturday December 14, 2019, 7-9 pm.  At least one of our two sets will be all Christmas material, including many of your favorites from years past and even some opportunities for you to sing along! Please mark your holiday season calendars and plan to come out to hear some fun seasonal music with your Good Sam friends.  Blackwater Coffee is easy to find at 5159 US Highway 12 in Maple Plain, and features a wide array of sandwiches, salads, soups, desserts, beer & wine, and of course, coffee.  No…

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God Loves All People

Sign the “GOD LOVES ALL PEOPLE SO DO WE” letter!

Children’s Choirs Signup

Good Samaritan Children’s Choir rehearsals begins Wednesday, September 11th Cherub Choir is for children ages 4-5/Kindergarten. This choir will meet on select Sundays as part of their regular Sunday School class. Singers will participate in singing,  creative movement and instrument exploration.  Alleluia Choir is for children in Kindergarten-2nd Grade,  Wednesdays 5:30-6:00 p.m.  The choir provides another opportunity for spiritual growth and development through music. Experiences that promote efficient, healthy vocal production are provided to encourage individual vocal development. Basic music fundamentals and music reading skills are explored. Choristers Choir is for children in 3rd-6th grade, Wednesdays 6:00-6:45 p.m. Part-singing is explored and opportunities to play instruments and sing with the Youth Choir and Chancel Choirs are also integrated into…

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Sunday Greeter Signup

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. SIGNUP ONLINE!

Worship Ushering Signup

Especially through Christmas Services.
You can Signup ONLINE.

Sunday Morning Fellowship Hosts Signup

We all enjoy gathering in Fellowship Hall following worship each week.  It’s a wonderful way to connect with each other and especially connect with visitors. Hosting a Sunday morning gathering takes a minimum of 3 people. It involves making coffee, setting up the refreshments and washing cups. When you signup you can choose whether you’d prefer working with the serving coffee and refreshments or washing the coffee cups.  SIGNUP ONLINE.

Youth Sunday School

BUZZ Youth meet in Room 200, SR HIGH youth meet in Room 201, *1st Sundays of each month are Sit-Together-Sundays in Worship,  In each Sunday School class, students gather to share and discuss how our faith impacts our understanding and response to current events happening in our world.

Confirmation Classes

Confirmation Class (9th grade), 2nd & 4th Sundays of each month, 11:15am-1:15pm in Fireside Room.   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.  Confirmation 2019-2020 Guidebook for the Journey

Good Samaritan – 2020 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 2020 will be Good Samaritan’s 42nd consecutive year serving at ASP. Dates: June 13-21, 2020 Cost: $400 Destination: TBD To register for the trip, complete the ASP 2020 Registration Form and return it with your  $50 deposit to the ASP mail slot in the church office area by January 12. ASP 2020 theme: COMPLETE, but not FINISHED, Philippians 1:6       Medical Information Immunizations – Up-to-date immunization for tetanus is required for all participants.  Hepatitis A immunization is strongly…

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Living Into Being the Church of Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

While Annual Conference is over, our work together to build a Methodism rooted in Jesus, grounded in Wesleyan theology, inclusive of all persons, and engaged in the work of justice and reconciliation is not. As named in our founding documents, we acknowledge the harm done and name the church’s sinful complicity in furthering oppression and discrimination in our words, our actions, and our structures against LGBTQIA+ persons, people of color, women, Native peoples, people with disabilities, and persons with other statuses that have left our siblings marginalized and hurt.  We repent of our sins and know we must change.  The legislation passed in items #100 and #102 is just the start of the church we…

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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…

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Bishop Bruce Ough-Message Following Judicial Council Rulings

Grace and peace to you in this season of Eastertide. As you know, the Judicial Council recently ruled on legislation passed at General Conference 2019. While nearly half of the Traditional Plan remains unconstitutional, some provisions were found to be valid as church law and will take effect in January 2020. (Read this set of FAQsfor more information about what passed and what it means.) For many, this ruling ripped open the deep wounds sustained immediately after General Conference in February. It has re-awakened the hurt experienced by those in the LGBTQIA+ community. My heart is heavy as I acknowledge and lament this harm. Others welcomed the affirmation of traditional marriage and current language related to…

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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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