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All-Church Conference - May 5

Mark your calendar now for our All-Church Conference held in person May 5, 2024, following worship. We will receive reports from our ministry staff, vote on Pastor Max’s compensation package, and vote on the nominations report for our elected leaders. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Holy Week Highlights Video

Our Digital and AV teams have collaborated to bring us a Holy Week Highlight video, featuring moments from In-Person and Online Worship, as well as fellowship on Easter Sunday. We travelled through places of darkness and light, sorrow and joy, and this video takes us through that journey in about 7 minutes. You can find it on our Facebook & Instagram pages, or on our YouTube Channel by clicking here.

Good Samaritan Election Day Volunteers Needed

Good Samaritan will be a voting place for the April 30th 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.  Please Sign Up for one of the 6 Time Slots.

Homeward Bound Summer Concerts

Homeward Bound is pleased to announce their summer concert schedule!

  • Monday June 17, 5-730 pm: HB Live at Music on Marschall, First Presbyterian Church of Shakopee, 909 Marschall Road, Shakopee MN 55379. Free buffet dinner 5-6 pm, music 6-730 pm; please bring a lawn chair and a few dollars for the free will offering to fight homelessness and hunger.
  • Monday July 1, 7-8 pm: HB Live at Centennial Lakes Edina, Maetzold Amphitheater, 7499 France Avenue S, Edina MN 55435. Bring a lawn chair, blanket, or use the terraced natural seating. Food and nonalcoholic beverages are welcome.
  • Tuesday July 30, 7-830 pm: HB Live at Father Hennepin Bluff Park, 420 SE Main St, Minneapolis MN 55414. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, and again food and nonalcoholic beverages are welcome. Stage is at the east end of the Stone Arch Bridge, which will be closed for repairs (so park on the east side of the river, in St Anthony Main).

Full details for all shows at
All concerts are free and open to the public -- the band hopes to see many Good Sammers there!

Ukrainian Eggs

The eggs are lovely! If you haven't picked yours up, claim your egg from the Welcome Table in the Narthex on the upper level.

Upcoming FMSC Food Packing Opportunities

Volunteer at the Chanhassen site of Feed My Starving Children (18932 Lake Dr E) Friday, April 26 from 7:00-8:30 pm. Sign up with Jane Heimerl at by two days ahead.

Meals on Wheels Volunteering

Good Samaritan has an assigned meal delivery day on Friday, April 19. Contact Vicki Dunn if you are interested in driving this month or any time –


Helping Migrants

Here is an update from Charisse Litteken on the Equidorian family seeking asylum in the Twin Cities:

“Brian Boisen and I set up three donated wooden beds (including an awe-inducing bunk bed) for a husband (21), wife (22), wife's brother (19) and daughter (3) who have secured a room in the main house of the "Ecuadorian" residence. We are happy that they are no longer sleeping on the garage floor. We secured an additional mattress, and required bed parts for this young family's sleeping needs. Ten English-language learning books are on order. Pat Deckas Becerra and Charisse will conduct their first English lesson for interested adults in the home tonight at 7:00pm. We would love for more people to join us in the English efforts. We received a generous $500 donation that the Missions Committee will use for other supplies. We are still looking for two working cell phones, Boost Mobile cards and Metro transit cards.

If you have items on the list or questions, please contact Charisse directly at Thank you on behalf of the Missions Team.

Serving Dinner at Simpson Shelter

Saturday, April 27, 5:30 pm. Sign up to help serve an evening meal at Simpson Shelter! Kids who have a bit of kitchen experience are welcome to join (their grownups can decide if they are ready to help). The shelter is now temporarily located at 128 W 33rd St at Zion Lutheran Church (Lyndale Neighborhood.) We start cooking at 5:30pm, dinner is served at 7:00 pm, and we should be done by 8:15 pm. We are cooking for 50 people, plus enough for our group members. Sign up here.

Parent (or Grandparent, etc.) Book Study

The Emotional Lives of Teenagers: Raising Connected, Capable, and Compassionate Adolescents by Lisa Damour – Sundays, April 14 and 28, 11:15 am to Noon. This is a great book that Jan read and wants to share with you. Dr. Damour dives deep into the changing emotional landscape of kids growing into their teen emotions. She offers great tools for both parents and their kids. Click here to sign up!

Thursday Afternoon Book Group

Our next meeting will be on May 9th at 1:00 in the Fireside Room. The discussion title is Horse by Geraldine Brooks, a fascinating saga based on the true story of a famous 19th century racehorse.  Please join us for fellowship, discussion and refreshments. Questions: Contact: Vicki Dunn,

Invitation from the Tuesday Morning Bible Study

You are invited to attend the Tuesday Morning Bible Study as we read and discuss 24 Hours that Changed the World by Adam Hamilton. This Lenten study began February 6, and runs through Tuesday, March 19. We meet in the Fireside Room at 9:30 am. All are welcome to attend. Books are easy to order online, or on your Kindle, and some may be available at the library.

Pickleball at Good Sam

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.
  • Thursdays – 3:30-5:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays – 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Bring your own paddle. Balls are provided. Contact Robin Strangis with questions -

Friday Breakfast

Our Friday Breakfast Group meets at 8:30 a.m. on the first and third Fridays of each month at Jerry’s Foods (5125 Vernon Ave, Edina) for good breakfast and conversation. This is a great opportunity for you to come and bring a friend. Contact Kent Holmes or Brian Boysen with questions.

Sunday School Volunteers Needed

Consider sharing God’s love with our youngest church-goers. Our Children, Youth and Family Ministries is looking for volunteers to help teach Sunday School this fall. The commitment is one Sunday a month. You will receive the lesson plan on Wednesday before your Sunday class. Let Jan know if you are willing to help – or 952-452-9398.

Read the Bible in a Year

Download a guide for reading through the Bible in a year. A few weeks ago Pastor Carol issued a challenge inviting us to read the Bible through in 2024, and she hopes you’ll join her in giving this a try.

Good Samaritan is officially on Instagram. Please follow us @good_sam_umc ! Here, we hope to offer brief, inspiring reflections, mindful reminders, and invitations towards deeper spirit-alignment.

Join Our Reconciling United Methodist Church

Join Good Samaritan in Edina for inclusive and inspiring faith! If you’d like to visit our LGBTQIA-friendly Methodist church, contact us today. We look forward to welcoming you into our vibrant and compassionate community!

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