Adult Ministry

Here at Good Samaritan, we believe that church begins when we leave the building refreshed, restored and renewed on Sunday morning.

We are continually working to expand our programming to meet the needs and interests of the myriad of folks who enter our doors. Help us grow in  love of God and neighbor. Have an idea for a new group, contact Pastor Stephanie.

Explore our various Adult programs below!

  • All Adult Programs
  • Bible Study & Fellowship

Spring Study: Tattoos on the Heart

Zoom Gathering, 10am, Every other Friday beginning Feb 24-May 19.

“How do you fight despair and learn to meet the world with a loving heart? How do you overcome shame? Stay faithful in spite of failure? No matter where people live or what their circumstances may be, everyone needs boundless, restorative love. Gorgeous and uplifting, Tattoos on the Heart amply demonstrates the impact unconditional love can have on your life. (from the book’s inside front flap)”

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Lenten Small Group Study

Beginning Wednesday, March 1, 6-7pm in the Fireside Room

Leader: Pastor Carol
Our worship theme for Sunday mornings during Lent is The Lord’s Prayer. On Wednesday evenings, from 6:00-7:00pm, we have a small group study opportunity led by Pastor Carol in the Fireside Room, with each session coinciding with the previous Sunday’s topic. Ash Wednesday worship is at 7:00 pm February 22, so these small group sessions will begin on March 1 and continue through April 5. You are invited to come to one session or all of them as your schedule allows; and be sure to bring your Bible. Contact CAROL@GOOD.ORG with question

Tuesday Bible Study

Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30am (September - May)

How to Make a Memoir Mandala

Tuesday Bible Study Group at Good Samaritan UMC
9:30am, February 21 and 28

Mandalas are a reflection and meditation tool in various religious traditions. They are used in many different ways for spiritual growth and psychological wholeness. Join us to learn how to use mandalas to mentor and bless with your experiences. A mandala can also be made to prepare and meditate for Lent. Making a memoir mandala is a spiritual practice that deepens faith and faithfulness. What are your important memoirs? Discover a variety of ways to choose a memory that needs to be reflected on this day. Learn to combine spiritual reflection, and prayer, with creating balance and harmony within yourself and in the relationships and groups you are part of.

Presenter-facilitator is Ingrid Bloom. Making memoir mandalas comes out of Ingrid’s work as a spiritual director, retreat and workshop facilitator, psychotherapist, pastor, artist, and poet.

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Appalachia Service Project (ASP)

Making Homes Warmer, Safer, Drier, Transforming Lives

2023 will mark Good Samaritan’s 42nd year of participation in ASP. The need in the Appalachia area has not diminished and neither has our commitment to serving the wonderful people in that area.

According to the ASP website, “each year, more than 15,000 volunteers serve with ASP, providing critical repairs for more than 350 families.” Projects can include roofing, flooring, shoring up foundations, digging drainage ditches, making rooms or homes wheel-chair accessible, or other projects that help make homes warmer, safer, and drier. In addition to building and improving homes, ASP is also a relational ministry for both the families we serve as well as those serving.

This ministry is about lifting the spirits of Appalachian families and reminding them that God’s love knows no boundaries. In the process of putting your faith in action, God acts in your heart. And when you change the lives of others, they have a way of changing you.

All students who have completed the 9th grade or higher are invited to serve with families in Central Appalachia. Students who are not members of or otherwise affiliated with Good Samaritan church are also invited to participate in the ASP trip. Bring a friend.

For more information contact Amy Manolis at AMANOLIS@MAC.COM or  Jan Russell at JAN@GOOD.ORG.

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Compassion Collective

We Meet the 3rd Friday of every Month, 3:30-5pm
The Compassion Collective continues to meet monthly from 3:30- 5pm the 3rd Friday of every month both in person in room 200 and virtually over Zoom simultaneously. This group seeks restoration through practices of self-care, vulnerability, and self-compassion, and is open to newcomers. Contact Nikki for more information and/or to get the Zoom information in order to participate virtually.

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Men’s FRIDAY AM Discussion Group

Fridays, 8:30am, Fireside Room

A men’s discussion group meets in the Fireside Room every Friday at 8:30am. Bring your own coffee and someone usually brings treats!


Mondays, 1:15pm, Conference Room

Calling all Knitters, Quilters and Embroiderers! Work on personal projects while enjoying the company of others

Contact: Carol Smith

Thursday Afternoon Book Club

2nd Thursday of Each Month, 1:00pm, Fireside Room (Sept-May)

The next meeting will be on Thursday, March 12th at 1:00 in the Fireside Room.   Our discussion title is “The Switch” by Beth O’Leary.  The story centers around a grandmother from a remote Yorkshire village and her granddaughter who lives in London.  Both are restless in their situation so they decide to switch residences for two months. Please join us for a lively discussion and fellowship!  Questions: contact Vicki Dunn,

All are welcome at Good Samaritan United Methodist Church!

Bring your heart, your mind, your questions, your doubts, your hopes, and your fears. Most of all, bring your authentic, whole self. Whoever you are; you are safe here. You are loved here.

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