Sunday, December 16

Worship @ 10am, 3 rd Sunday of Advent – The Advent of JOY,” “Interrupted by Joy” Festival of Music in Worship Isaiah 35:1-10, Children’s Sunday School @ 10am for Preschool & K-6, Youth Sunday School @ 10am in Room 201, Nursery Care for infant-age 3 available during worship, Fellowship, coffee & lemonade in Fellowship Hall after worship. Sunday, December 16, 10am, Festival of Music           Sunday, December 16, 4:30pm, Children’s Christmas Pageant

Pay It Forward

Watch the video “Good Samaritan from the eyes of our Youth a Visit with Mika”.

STEP Giving Tree

December 9th Deadline – Continuing the tradition, the Children’s Ministry has set up a giving tree in the lower level lobby.  All gifts collected will go to STEP (St. Louis Park Emergency Program). It’s simple – select a tag, shop for the item on the tag and then bring back the item UNWRAPPED and place under the tree. All gifts must be in by Sunday, December 9.

Wednesday Night Live

Enjoy a great meal before you head off to your activity: 12/12 – Afghan Food 12/19 – Food to Get You Singing (Caroling Night) 12/26 – No Wednesday Night Dinner or Activities Please email Heather by 10am on Wednesday morning if you are having dinner:

Worship Ushers Needed

Especially through Christmas Services.
You can Signup ONLINE.

Samaritan Concert Series

SAMARITAN CONCERT SERIES Sunday, December 16 – 10 am Christmas Festival of Music This festival worship service will feature our all our choirs, the Chancel Chimes, Homeward Bound and special guests in an extravaganza of music, drama, and dance that will leave a song on your lips as you prepare to celebrate Christmas. 

Children’s Christmas Pageant

December 16th – 4:30pm, ALL kids welcome and needed!   ALL kids ages 3 – 6th grade are welcome to participate  There are 3 rehearsals and even if your child can’t make them all they CAN be in our pageant!  Rehearsal Dates: Sunday, Dec 9 | 11:15-12:30 | Fireside Room/Sanctuary All speaking parts – lunch included – let Heather know if you cannot make it.  HELP NEEDED FROM PARENTS – please stay if you are able to help keep kids focused, helping set up lunch/cleaning up lunch, and keeping younger actors entertained. Saturday, Dec 15 | 3-4:30pm | Sanctuary Dress Rehearsal – All parts except 3 year olds Join us for The Christmas Pageant, December 16th at…

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Homeless Memorial March

Homeless Memorial March & Service Thursday, Dec. 20  Youth and adults are invited to join in this annual memorial march & silent vigil in solidarity of all those who have died in the past year while experiencing homelessness. The march begins at the Hennepin County Government Center and ends at Simpson United Methodist Church for a service of remembrance. Meet at church to leave at 3:30pm

Mom’s Morning Out

Thursday, December 20 9:30am-11:30 | Kapke Residence • WOMEN INSPIRED TIME • Join us for friendship and fellowship (and maybe snow angels)!  Come for the entire time or stop by for a few minutes. If you have little children, please feel free to bring them with you. * FOOD & DRINK PROVIDED *  

Families Moving Forward (FMF)

January 6-13, 2019 As the song “We Are Called” says: We are called to act with justice, We are called to love tenderly, We are called to serve one another, To walk humbly with God.  Four families experiencing homelessness will soon be Good Samaritan’s guests for one week.  Volunteers are needed for: Set-Up/Take Down Prepare & Serve an Evening Meal Saturday Hot Breakfast Evening Play Host Overnight Host A feel good opportunity is awaiting you ‘to serve one another’.  Help these families who dream, hope and want to reach their goal of having a home again, and being able to move forward. You can now SIGNUP ONLINE or you can signup Sunday mornings after worship…

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Bible Study Options

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

Thursday Afternoon Book Group

The Thursday Afternoon Book Group will be having their Holiday Lunch on December 13th in the Fireside Room at 12.30 pm (please note earlier time). Please bring a dish and a holiday reading to share with the group. Questions: Contact Vicki Dunn,

Breakthrough Prayer

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Homeward Bound

Blackwater Coffee Friday, January 25, 2019 7-9 pm Hey Homeward Bound fans — the band will be returning to one of its favorite homes away from home, Blackwater Coffee, for a two-set show. Please mark your post-holiday calendars and plan to come out to hear some warm, feel-good tunes with your Good Sam friends on a midwinter’s night.  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! 

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

2019 will be Good Samaritan’s 41st consecutive year serving at ASP. Dates: June 15-23, 2019 Destination: TBD Sign up: To register for the trip, complete the ASP 2019 Registration Form and return it with your deposit to the ASP mail slot in the church office area. 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 immunization is strongly recommended.  Plan ahead because Hepatitis A requires two shots 6 months apart. Important dates – Your participation in all applicable events is crucial to the success of the trip. November 13, 2018: ASP planning committee meeting. December 11, 2018: ASP planning committee…

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Confirmation Classes

Confirmation Classes (9th grade) Wednesdays from 7:00-8:15 pm 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.  Classes are taught by Pastor Pat.  For more info. contact

Lydia Project

Keeping 10,000 In Stitches Member churches all around the globe have been asked to contribute 10,000 purple scarves to be presented to the delegates in attendance at the General Conference.  The scarves will be worn as a symbol of unity among all United Methodist people.   Lydia Project   Arlene Howden is heading up the Good Samaritan effort to help contribute scarves to the cause.  She will be available before and after worship with information and patterns for knitting and/or crocheting.    Questions?  Arlene Howden | 952-829-7329 |


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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Sunday Greeters Needed

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