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Children’s Sunday School

Sundays, 10:15am

Sunday School is available for children and youth age 4 through grade 12.

Sunday School – following Children’s Time in Worship

    • Pre-K-6th Grade, Room 200 with Jan Russell
    • This Sunday, 2/25: “Jesus at The River”

Confirmation Class 2024

    • Retreat is scheduled for April 19-21 2024 at the St. Croix YMCA Camp.

3rd Annual Intergenerational Ukrainian Egg Day March 16! 2:00 to 5:30 pm Fellowship Hall Egg decorating for the whole family. Bring a friend.

Parent Book Study– The Emotional Lives of Teenagers 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. The first session will cover chapters 1 to 3 and the second session will cover chapters 5 and 6. 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!

Parent Check-In: Jan is still calling families! She is looking forward to speaking with you. It will be a short 10 to 15-minute conversation. Thanks for your insight!

Palm Parade: Sunday, March 24, at 9:45am. Meet in the Fireside Room if you would like to be in the parade.

Additional ASP Info Night Scheduled! We will have an ASP Mission Trip informational meeting at church on Sunday, February 25, at 7:00 p.m. The cost of the trip will be $500 per person and we have scholarships available. Go to https://good.org/event/appalachia-service-project-asp/ for more information on our Good Samaritan ASP webpage.

Planning Ahead:

    • Vacation Bible School – June 24-28, 2024
    • Adaptive Bible Camp July 29 – August 1 2024

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Youth Sunday School

Sundays, 10:15am

Sunday School – following Children’s Time in Worship

    • Youth— Can stay with family in the service, help in the nursery or with Sunday School
    • This Sunday, 2/25: “Jesus at the River”

Confirmation Class 2024

  • A retreat is scheduled for April 19 to 21 2024 at the St. Croix YMCA Camp.

3rd Annual Intergenerational Ukrainian Egg Day March 16! 2:00 to 5030pm Fellowship Hall Egg decorating for the whole family. Bring a friend.

Parent Book Study– The Emotional Lives of Teenagers 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. The first session will cover chapters 1 to 3 and the second session will cover chapters 5 and 6. 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!

Additional ASP Info Night Scheduled! We will have an ASP Mission Trip informational meeting at church on Sunday, February 25, at 7:00 p.m. The cost of the trip will be $500 per person and we have scholarships available. Go to https://good.org/event/appalachia-service-project-asp/ for more information on our Good Samaritan ASP webpage.

Parent Check-In: Jan is still calling families! She is looking forward to speaking with you. It will be a short 10 to 15-minute conversation. Thanks for your insight!

Palm Parade: Sunday, March 24, at 9:45am. Meet in the Fireside Room if you would like to be in the parade.

Planning ahead! 

    • Vacation Bible School – June 24-28, 2024
    • Adaptive Bible Camp July 29 – August 1 2024

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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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Caregiver Support Group

2nd Wednesday of each Month, 6-7pm, Room 200

Many people in our community know the meaningful, love-filled, difficult, and often lonely journey of accompanying a loved one amidst mental or physical illness of varying degrees. As you pour yourselves out to care for your loved ones, whether a spouse, parent, or child, we want you to have a safe place to come together to restore, refill, and receive support yourselves.

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Chancel Chimes

Wednesdays, 6:00pm, Room 153, Rehearsal

Good Samaritan’s adult bell choir performs monthly at Sunday Worship Services in addition to playing in festivals and concerts throughout the Twin Cities.

Learn More: Contact Kate Graber at Kate@good.org

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Chancel Choir

Wednesdays, 7pm, Room 150, Rehearsal

Chancel Choir is open to any adult who loves to sing. This choir provides weekly music at most Sunday services. This is a friendly, supportive group where you will be accepted and in addition, your faith will be nurtured.

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Confirmation: 9th Grade

Confirmation Class 2024

  • Historically Confirmation was for students in 9th grade. We are now going to open it up to anyone 8th grade and older. When a student enters 8th grade they will be eligible to register for Confirmation, and they will remain eligible all the way through High school. This way you can choose when the right time for your family is to participate in Confirmation. Maybe that means waiting in order to allow siblings to attend together, maybe that means waiting for an academic year that is less demanding, maybe your student isn’t interested as an 8th grader but will become interested as they get older. Whatever the case may be, we want to make this program more accessible! Jan will be calling families this week to check in. If you know of a family that would be interested in this program, let Jan know!

Feed My Starving Children Food Packing

2nd Wednesday of each month 9-10:45am and January 19th from 7-8:45pm

 

 

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Good Samaritan Online Community Group

Always Available!

Did you know that Good Samaritan has a Good Samaritan Online Community group on Facebook. This group helps serve as a hub of online interaction and information for our community, as well as having special curated content from our staff and Digital Team not available on our Facebook Page. It will be a private, safe, and moderated space. On Sunday, Christian and the Digital Team will have information to help you join our group. We hope you’ll join us in this new ministry of the church as we continue to reach beyond our walls. If you have any questions in the meantime, feel free to reach out to CHRISTIAN@GOOD.ORG.

You can signup for the new Good Samaritan Online Community NOW.

Homeward Bound

Thursdays, 7:30pm, Rehearsal

This is Good Samaritan’s contemporary music ensemble. This group presents a variety of original songs as well as familiar covers. In addition to performing monthly during a Sunday Worship Service, Homeward Bound also performs at other venues in the community.

Learn More: Contact Brad Carlin at Good Samaritan Homeward Bound

FRIDAY AM Discussion Group

Fridays, 8:30am, Fireside Room

Our Friday Men’s Breakfast Group has decided not to be a men’s group anymore…so everyone is welcome to the conversation! They will meet at Jerry’s 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)
Our next meeting is on March 14th at 1:00 in the Fireside Room. The discussion title is Poverty By America by Matthew Desmond.  This book is a powerful inquiry into why the United States is the richest country in the world with the largest amount of poverty.  Please join us for an interesting discussion, refreshments and fellowship!
Questions: Contact: Vicki Dunn, victoria.dunn@q.com.

United Methodist Church Nursery

Sundays, 9:45 – 11:00a.m.

The large, light-filled, and welcoming nursery is staffed by professional childcare workers. Your child can enjoy the nursery while you enrich your soul and mind in worship. The Nursery is on the upper level, steps from our sanctuary.

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United Methodist Church Children’s Council

It’s time to reestablish our councils! We will combine Children, Youth, and Families Ministries into one council for the next program year. If you have any interest in serving on this council, please let Jan know.

Contact Jan@good.org to learn more!

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