Sunday – February 23

Worship @ 10am, Sermon: “God at the Center” Scripture:  1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23 Nursery will be open for ages 6 weeks – 3 years. Sunday School for Children Ages 3-Grade 6 Sunday School for Youth, BUZZ: Rm 200, SR HIGH: Rm 201  

Signup as Election Day Host

All Good Samaritan’s are invited to volunteer to serve as hosts as we welcome voters to our church on March 3rd. Please use the Signup link below to select the time slot that works best for you. Thank you for signing up. Dave Knutson

Join us for a Service Trip

Service Trips to Washington DC –  DC is a city of great contrast. It is both our nation’s capital and a city with much poverty and homelessness. We will visit many of our nation’s historic sites while also volunteering with organizations in DC that work to alleviate poverty year round. Most importantly, we will meet with various people living and working in DC to educate ourselves about the issues facing those in the city and to highlight their values and strengths. We will learn about the nature of poverty and think critically about engaging in relationships that cross cultures. All trip participants will need to attend an interactive training that introduces the basic concepts of…

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VBS-2020

Knights of the North Castle   WELCOME to Good Samaritan’s 2020 VBS! June 8-12, 2020. All children ages 4 – entering 7th grade in the fall are invited to VBS!   PRE-SCHOOL The Preschool Program is in contained classrooms learning through a variety of activities.   Entering K – Entering 3rd GRADE The Kindergarten through 3rd grade program is a rotating session through activities like gym, music, art, science, snack and Bible Stories.   Entering 4th – 7th GRADE The 4th – 7th graders will be the Bible storytellers for the younger kids in the mornings and then head out on field trips all over the Twin Cities in the afternoons.   Good times will…

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Thursday Afternoon Book Group

Thursday Afternoon Book Group, March 12 | 1:00pm | Fireside Room; Our next book discussion is “The Shadows We Hide”; by Allen Eskens. The story centers around a young Minneapolis reporter investigating the murder of a man he believes to be his father. Please join us for discussion, fellowship and refreshments.   Questions: Vicki Dunn victoria.dunn@q.com.

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 topics will be as follows:  Jan. 14:  Great Courses:  The Historical Jesus and Oral and Written Traditions about Jesus Jan. 21:  Great Courses: The Apostle Paul and The Beginning of Jewish-Christian Relations Jan. 28:  Great Courses: The Anti-Jewish Use of the Old Testament and The Rise of Christian Anti-Judaism All are welcome.  If questions, contact Mary at rstanton5@comcast.net.  

Peace Frogs-2020

Peace Frogs is a peace and social justice camp for kids entering 2nd – 5th grades. Through a variety of activities and experiences, kids will learn about caring for others, caring for the environment, caring for those with different needs, caring for animals and caring for themselves. We learn through art, science, outdoor activities, cooking, creating and field trips to name a few!  Youth volunteers are a big part of our program and what make our experiences so unique and fun! Youth entering grades 7th – college help to run the camp (along with paid adult staff) and bond with the campers. They are role models, teachers and workers. We are expanding our program this year…

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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.
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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.

God Loves All People

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

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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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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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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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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