Adult Ministry

Here at Good Samaritan, we believe that church is about more than 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. If you have an idea for a new group, contact our Lead Pastor.

Explore our various Adult programs below!

  • All Adult Programs
  • Bible Study & Fellowship

Good Samaritan Outings to Connect with Creation and Each other

God’s creation calls to many of us this time of year, along with a desire for more time with friends.  “Take a Hike” simply offers you opportunities to do both simultaneously!  Good Samaritan offers here a bit of structure, a spiritual focus, an open invitation, and some easily-accessible-resources to make it happen.  Twice monthly, you are invited to meet at a designated park, share a quick devotional thought, and head out to look anew at God’s creation either alone or in groups.  Whoever shows up will be encouraged to reconvene afterwards to share their discoveries and journeys along the trails.

You won’t need to commit each week, nor worry about letting someone know if you can’t make it.  Whoever shows up will be the group of the day.  If no one else shows up, enjoy a hike with just you and God!

As a participant you will receive:

  • Updates as to where and when Good Samaritan gatherings are taking place
  • Links to short devotional podcasts by Pastor Jim
  • Address and contact information (if available) of the designated park, along with a general Google map of the area and parking options
  • Trail map of the park (when available digitally) showing hiking options

Summer schedules are often busy and ever-changing for folks; therefore, three gathering times are being offered each week:

Gathering #1 … Monday Evenings 6:00 – 7:00 PM

Gathering #2  …  Thursday Afternoons 2:00 – 3:00 PM

Gathering #3 … Saturday Mornings 9:00 – 10:00 AM

Feel free to join any of the times being offered, or simply use the resources and go take a hike whenever it best fits your availability.  Hiking sessions will take place the FIRST and THIRD FULL WEEKS in each month, from May – September.

Plan to meet at the designated location 10 minutes before the session begins.  Park Hosts are being sought who will help get the group gathered and started; if none are available that week, do your best to find each other and prepare for your time together on your own.  Recognizable symbols (sign, flag, pinwheel, etc.) are also being sought to help you to easily identify the Good Samaritan Hikers.

Most parks offer paved and unpaved trails of various distances and difficulties; choose the trail which is right for you.  It is recommended that you wear good hiking shoes and a hat, and bring along a water bottle, sunscreen, and insect repellent.  If you are into photography bring a camera too!  Restroom facilities are usually available, along with benches.  Pets may or may not be allowed in every park.

In case of inclement or questionable weather, we will NOT be sending out any cancellation notices.  You will need to make your own judgement in each case.  We recommend staying home if any conditions arise which might threaten your health or safety.

If questions or concerns arise, please contact Pastor Jim (Jim@Good.org) and find the answers together.  Feel free to invite friends, grandchildren, or neighbors to take a hike with you.  Best of all, use this opportunity to take a hike with God!  So let’s get started…

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Pickleball

If you are an experienced pickleball player, you are welcome to join the players in the Good Samaritan Gym during any of the following sessions:

  • Mondays – 3:30-5:00 p.m. [Winters only]
  • Thursdays – 3:30-5:00 p.m. [Winters only]
  • Saturdays – 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Bring your own paddle. Balls are provided. Contact Robin Strangis with questions or for seasonal scheduling information – RSTRANGIS12@GMAIL.COM

Tuesday Bible Study

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

Tuesday Bible Study meets every Tuesday morning at 9:30 in the Fireside Room between the second week in September through the first week in May.

Visitors and new members (men and women) are more than welcome.

Please direct questions to Carol Smith (carolsden@gmail.com), Christina Leenders (christinaleenders@gmail.com), or Mary Stanton (rstanton5@comcast.net).

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Appalachia Service Project (ASP)

Making Homes Warmer, Safer, Drier, Transforming Lives

2024 will mark Good Samaritan’s 43rd 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 8th 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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Friday Breakfast Group

First and Third Fridays, 8:30am, Jerry's Foods

Our Friday Breakfast Group welcomes everyone to the conversation! They meet at Jerry’s (5125 Vernon Ave, Edina) for breakfast at 8:30am on the first and third Fridays of each month. This is a great opportunity for you to come and bring a friend. Contact Brian Boysen with questions.

Stitchers

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)

We will have our summer gathering on Thursday, July 11th at 1:00 in the Fireside Room. Our discussion title will be Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo, a coming of age story that follows ten-year-old Opal as she rescues a scruffy looking dog. Please join us for discussion, fellowship, and refreshments. Questions: Contact Vicki Dunn, victoria.dunn@q.com.

 

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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