Take a Hike

Take a Hike

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 monthlyyou 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 encourageto 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 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…

Take A Hike-Week 01: Water
May 5-11, 2024

Hyland Lake Park Reserve
8737 East Bush Lake Road
Bloomington, MN 55438
Ph: 763-694-7676

Take A Hike - Week 1 handout.

Take A Hike-Week 02: Friendship
May 19-25, 2024

Minnehaha Regional Park
4801 S Minnehaha Drive
Minneapolis, MN 55417
Phone: 612-230-6400

Take A Hike - Week-2-handout.

Take A Hike-Week 03: Gardens
June 2-8, 2024

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
Bloomington Ferry Trailhead
11255 Bloomington Ferry Rd.
Bloomington, MN 55438
Park Office Phone: 952-854-5900

Take a Hike Week 3 Handout

Take A Hike-Week 04: Picnics
June 16-22, 2024

Lake of the Isles/Bde Maka Ska
Lake of the Isles Parking (meet near parking kiosk)
2700 W. Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN 55405
Park Office Phone: 952-854-5900

Take a Hike Week 4 Handout

Take A Hike Week 5: Retreat
Weeks of July 7 – 13 and July 21 – 27

Theodore Wirth Regional Park
Beach Parking Lot Address:
3200 Glenwood Ave, Minneapolis, MN

Take a Hike Week 5 Handout

We are halfway through our hiking excursions
-- Five down and five more to go! 

If you haven't taken the time to hike much this summer, now is the time to do so!  Let's get out there before those north winds begin to blow again!

This week's location is especially close by for all of you residing at 7500 York, since the park is only ONE BLOCK from your living rooms!  Yes, we are hiking Centennial Lakes Park right in the heart of Edina.  We hope many of you will grab a friend across the hall and join us on the paths.

Two special treats will be available for those who make it out this week.  They take place immediately following our Monday session and our Thursday session ... see below or in the attachment for details.

I have heard from several of you that you are using the devotions, even if you aren't able to make the group-up times... that is great!  Keep it up!  As a reminder, if you want to have a bit more fellowship time with your Good Samaritan friends, the suggested gathering times are as follows:

  • Monday Evenings 6:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Thursday Afternoons 2:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Saturday Mornings 9:00am - 10:00am

These are scheduled for the first and third FULL WEEKS of each month (Sunday thru Saturday), which means our remaining schedule will take place the weeks of:

  • July 21-27
  • August 4-10
  • August 18-24
  • September 1-7
  • September 15-21

Now that our son and daughter-in-law's "Happily Ever After" festivities are past, I hope to link in once a week with one of the groups. It was great to be out last Thursday afternoon and take in Theodore Wirth Park together.

Details for Centennial Lakes are in the attachment or just keep reading below.  See you on the path!

Take a Hike - Week 6
Centennial Lakes Park

Description: Centennial Lakes offers its visitors a unique urban experience surrounded by office, residential, retail, and medical facilities, all interconnected by 1.5 miles of wonderfully landscaped walking trails. Featuring 10 acres of water in the center, the Park consists of three large bodies of water connected by a channel that runs under bridges, along the Putting Course and past the Hughes Pavilion. Pedaling by boat is a great way to see the Park.

Parking: Centennial Lakes Park is on the east side of France Avenue. With plenty of free parking and easy access to Hughes Pavilion, the park is accessible by entering via Plaza Drive. Drive past Starbucks and down the street, which ends at Hughes Pavilion. Park in the structures on either side of Hughes (near Juut Salonspa or Q. Cumbers and CorePower Yoga).  The park is also accessible from the south by using the parking structures in the office complex south of 76th Street. 

Park Address: 7499 France Ave. S., Edina, Minnesota 55435 (4 blocks south of Southdale Shopping Center and 1 block west of 7500 York Cooperative Living)

Meeting Location: Look for each other by the entrance to Hughes Pavilion

Map of the Park Area:

Special Events this Week at Centennial Lakes Park (immediately following our Take a Hike sessions):

Monday, July 22, 2024     7:00pm

The Pan-handlers Steel Drum Band at Centennial Lakes Park

The Pan-handlers Steel Drum Band is a steel pan ensemble created for members interested in furthering their music career without the rigors of marching. Since its inception in 2014, it has grown into a staple of the Twin Cities music scene, regularly performing in Arts in the Park concerts as well as at festivals, parties, and other events throughout the year.  Centennial Lakes Park features free concerts at 7 p.m. on Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays at the Maetzold Amphitheater. The amphitheater is a short walk from the main entrance at Hughes Pavilion and has tiered seating. Visitors also may bring a blanket or lawn chairs to sit on the lawn. Picnics are allowed (no alcohol). Popcorn, ice cream and beverages are available for sale.

Thursday, July 25, 2024     3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Farmers Market at Centennial Lakes Park

The weekly Edina Farmer's Market lets people purchase directly from farmers, growers and producers, ensuring a high level of freshness and quality. Back this year, the Farmer's Market will also feature live music on the patio, Edina Liquor in Hughes Pavilion, and multiple fresh food vendors along the boardwalk.

The Farmers Market partners with VEAP, providing thousands of pounds of fresh produce for local families.

Map of City Roadways:

CLICK HERE for a Google Map to the park from the church or see map below

For more information

General Park Office Phone: 952-833-9580

Links to Devotional Resources:

Current YouTube recording: Take a Hike – Week 6 – Fishing 


Playlist for all recordings of Take a Hike https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxG4KCljuxEEI1pcJPoQdGRsnoZWJLJlT 

Suggestions for Reflection as You Take a Hike:

  1. If you happen to be near a body of water, spend some extra time fish-watching, naming what makes them some of God’s miraculous creatures
  2. Recall times in your life when you had contact with fish – catching them, eating them, having them nibble your toes while sitting on a dock, etc.
  3. Consider how your journey of faith may be akin to fishing

Weeks of August 4 – 10 and August 18 – 24

Weeks of Sept. 1 – 7 and Sept. 15 – 21 

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