Sunday – October 20

Worship @ 10am, Nursery Open, Sunday School for Children and youth. 9am:  Join Dan Heemstra, MDiv, Sunday mornings in the Fireside Room for a discussion series called “Navigating a Post-Truth World.” Bring your coffee and let’s explore how we can grow beyond the social and political turmoil of our current time and offer genuine leadership toward greater wholeness. And as people of faith, we lean in to consider how the present culture is a cause for hope. Sign the “GOD LOVES ALL PEOPLE SO DO WE” letter!

Election Day Volunteers Needed

Good Samaritan will be a voting place for the November Election.  Since we will be serving coffee and freshly baked cookies, to our visitors, throughout the day we need volunteer coffee makers, cookie bakers, welcoming greeters, and people to make sure the lines move as efficiently as possible. Please select “Signup Online“.  Choose the time shift on the form that works best for you. If you can’t work the entire 3 hours, please indicate in the “Your Comments” box any comments or adjustments you need to include. Date: 11/05/2019 (Tue.) Time: 6:00am – 9:00pm Location: 5730 Grove Street, Edina, MN 55436   Signup Online

Young Adults (21+)

Thursday, October 24 at BLVD Kitchen 11544 Wayzata Blvd., Minnetonka, 55305) 5:30 – 7:00 pm All young adults (21+) are invited to this monthly gathering for meaningful conversations about faith and life. For more info., contact Jean Elliott at

Families Moving Forward

Twice a year, for 7 days, we open our church home for four families for a total of up to 18 people in the Families Moving Forward program, enabling them to “feel at home” at Good Samaritan. Volunteer Opportunities: Fund and prepare dinner Evening play host for the children Overnight hosts which includes setting out breakfast Set-up crew to prepare the church for the families Take Down crew after the families leave The next opportunity for Good Samaritan is November 16-24, 2019. Volunteers are needed. You can signup now online:  Signup online. Good Samaritan Contacts: Lisa Nelson 612-965-0288 or Barb Verduci 612-209-4036 or Miriam Rickert 952-830-9465 or Website Signup online.

Mom’s Morning Out

Mom’s Morning, 10/30 from 9:30 – 11:30, Kapke House   All mom’s welcome to join us for coffee, light breakfast and great conversation – kids welcome!  Please email Heather for the address and see you there!  

Tai Chi for Health and Arthritis

Tuesdays, 1:00 – 2:00 pm Through Oct. 22 $56 for 7-week session Contact Marie:

Christmas Pageant FYI

Christmas Pageant FYI:   This year the Christmas Pageant will be on Sunday, 12/15 at 4:30pm followed by a spaghetti supper.  ALL kids ages 3 – 6th grade are invited to be a part of the pageant!  We will start signing up kids and assigning parts at the end of October, but wanted to get this on everyone’s radar!  Everyone who wants a part will get one with biggest parts going to the oldest kids 🙂   Pageant Rehearsal Dates – you can still participate even if you can’t make all of the dates, but the more you can make the better! 11/24 from 11:15 – 12:15, 12/1 from 3:45 – 5:00 (after this is the dinner and Hanging of the Greens service), 12/8 from 11:15 –…

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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 first 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  

Sunday School Leaders Needed

Sunday School Needed: 9/8  Sunday School begins   9/15 Third Graders get their Bibles BEFORE kids are dismissed for Sunday School   9/22  Sunday School   9/29 Third Grade Milestone – if you have a third grader, do not sign up to teach on this Sunday 10/6  Only the 4/5/K kids have Sunday School, the rest stay in service for World Communion Sunday   10/13  Service Day! Teachers bring kids to the Fellowship Hall to work on Service Projects   10/20  No Sunday School, MEA break   10/27  Sunday School Children’s Council We meet once a month to plan and run events  Commit to meeting once a month Help with some of the events To Volunteer please email

Thursday Afternoon Book Group

Thursday Afternoon Book Group November 14 | 1pm | Fireside Room The discussion title will be A Gentleman in Moscow, an engaging saga of life in Moscow under Bolshevik and Soviet rule in 1922.   Please join us for an interesting discussion, refreshments, and fellowship! Questions? Contact Vicki Dunn.

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.

Samaritan Concert Series Presents

November 2, 4pm; Good Samaritan Sanctuary, 5730 Grove Street Edina, MN; Samaritan Concert Series: Schubert Mass in G and Rutter Requiem

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,  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 or Mike Hutson at 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 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? 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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