Welcome to Good Samaritan
Events coming up:
This is our monthly virtual environment called Good Sam Kids LIVE! We will be using ZOOM to have a fun interactive experience where we can all learn about God and the Bible together. The program should last about 30-40 minutes and will include music, skits, and games along with a lesson from scripture.
The first of the forty days of Lent, named for the custom of placing blessed ashes on the foreheads of worshipers at Ash Wednesday services. The ashes are a sign of penitence and a reminder of mortality, and may be imposed with the sign of the cross. Ash Wednesday is observed as a fast in the church year of the Episcopal Church. The Ash Wednesday service is one of the Proper Liturgies for Special Days in the BCP (p. 264)
The slate for the 2021 Election is: Darren Clipston, Amy Crawford, Incumbent Reuben Garrett, Louise Barasa Makau, Leah Sioma
The candidate for Diocesan Representative is Jeff Dean.
The 4th quarter of 2020 brought more changes to an already disrupted year. After enjoying a short season of in-person worship, the increasing COVID positivity rate and threat of a new COVID variant caused Bishop Gutierrez to reinstitute Phase 1 restrictions, which moved us back to Live Stream services. We are encouraged that new vaccines offer hope for a return to normal, perhaps by the fall. Even so, it’s difficult to go backwards.
It is a new year and a new semester! Students and young adults are looking towards the spring. Some will be taking classes from home while others are preparing to move back onto campus. Those not taking classes are still navigating different work dynamics as state policies around COVD-19 shift and are revised. It may be a new year, but we are riding the same wave from 2020 until we reach shore.
We are in the middle of our Epiphany sermon series on ‘Walking with the Holy Spirit’. As part of our theme of ‘Deep Calls to Deep’ we are thinking about how we discern the Spirit’s voice in our day to day walk with Jesus. I want to lay out some of those pointers here to encourage you and stir your Spirits so that we make the best of this pandemic season we find ourselves in.
The bishop has looked at the numbers for Covid with his team and decided to continue the Diocese in 'Phase 1' until at least the end of the month. This will be very disappointing for many of you. I, in particular, had very much looked forward to welcoming some of you in person at this Sunday's services - but it will not now be possible until the beginning of February at the earliest.