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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 ( 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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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

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, 6/16: Lego Summer!  Recreating the Parables in Lego!

Planning Ahead:

    • VBS Setup!  Help set up for Camp Firelight Sunday, June 23, 3:00-6:00pm – meet in Fellowship Hall.
    • Vacation Bible School – June 24-28, 2024.
      Join us on an exciting journey where kids learn to trust God no matter what situation life brings, know God is always with them, and feel confident in sharing the good news of God’s love through Jesus Christ. With our great outdoor space at Good Sam, we will really feel like we are at camp! Bring a friend, reconnect with friends, and make new friends, too! We welcome kids 5th grade and older as youth leaders, and we also need adult helpers! The cost is $25 for one child or $50 for a family (scholarships available).  Register at
    • Adaptive Bible Camp July 29 – August 1 2024

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Youth Sunday School

Sundays, 10:15am

ASP Mission Trip – June 15-23. We have eight of us going to Magoffin County, Kentucky. Please pray for safe travels, safe worksites, and a spirit-filled experience for us all. Thanks.

Planning ahead! 

    • VBS Setup!  Help set up for Camp Firelight Sunday, June 23, 3:00-6:00pm – meet in Fellowship Hall.
    • Vacation Bible School, June 24-28, 2024. We welcome kids 5th grade and older as youth leaders, and we also need adult helpers!
    • 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 (, Christina Leenders (, or Mary Stanton (

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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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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

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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.

Learn more: Contact Paolo Debuque at

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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

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.


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,


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 to learn more!

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