News

Thanksgiving

For the last few years, we have had our 'pledge Sunday' as the Sunday immediately following Thanksgiving. We've gathered together as a parish family at one service to commit ourselves to sharing together in the time, talents and treasure that go together to make the church of the Good Samaritan happen.

A Year of Gratitude

As I’m sitting on my couch writing this newsletter and reflecting on the year, I’m struck by how grateful I am to have been welcomed into the lives of thoughtful, imaginative, creative students who seek to submit to God in all areas of their lives. I often leave Family Dinner on Wednesdays being struck by how sincerely these students take the call to follow Jesus with their whole lives.

Rooted in Jesus News

We’ve had some encouraging feedback from the Diocese of Butere in Kenya, where Revd Richard Morgan and team led two conferences for huge numbers of potential leaders in June.

Regarding Stock Gifts

As we approach 2018, I want to make sure you are aware of the tax advantage some parishioners regularly use and you may want to consider in fulfilling your pledge or any other giving to Good Sam.

The Browns in Niger and the Danja Fistula Center, are Hosting a Major Fistula Medical Event

Our church has long supported Steve and Nancy Brown, SIMs missionaries in Niger.

Christmas Tree Sale Begins Sunday, November 26

A long-standing tradition at Good Samaritan is the annual Christmas Tree sale. The sale runs weekends, this year beginning on Sunday, November 26 (Sunday after Thanksgiving) through December 17.

Missions Committee to Set Funding Recommendations for Supported Ministries

To support the Church of The Good Samaritan’s mission to be a “Great Commission” church, the Vestry commits at least 10% of a previous year’s general giving to missions and outreach.

Breakaway 2017

On October 6-8, the middle schoolers from the Church of the Good Samaritan joined more than 500 people from 20 plus area churches for this year’s Breakaway Retreat. 

Making the Most of Each Day

In this stewardship season, I want to remind us that stewardship is not first of all about money - it is first of all about discipleship. It is about the use of the whole of our lives for God’s sake and in God’s service.

Through School Year Programs and Summer Camps, FOCUS Brings the Gospel to Teenagers in Private Schools

FOCUS is an evangelistic and discipling ministry to middle school and upper school teenagers, primarily those who attend private schools.

Gathering Hope’s ESL Classes Off to Good Start for the Year With 60 Students from 13 Countries

Gathering Hope, under the leadership of Good Samaritan’s Meridith Ridington, crosses boundaries with our immigrant neighbors in the Malvern and Paoli areas to discover hope together. This relatively new program’s primary ministry occurs through English language instruction, and at present has 60 adult students enrolled in classes at both Great Valley High School and the Church of the Good Samaritan. Students, who pay a tuition fee, come from 13 different countries.

Family Connections

Dear Parents –

We are learning about Jacob and Joseph in Sunday School, following along with the sermon series just like you!

Kenya Students Christian Fellowship Stress Student Leadership

The Kenya Students Christian Fellowship (KSCF) with the Maasai Associates Team (MAT) is having a very good school year. A main focus for the current school year has been to strengthen the leadership of their Christian Unions.

Greetings from Summerville, SC

Hello to y’all from beautiful Summerville, South Carolina!  Time for an update and for thanksgivings!  Michael and I miss our Good Samaritan community. We have been so blessed and humbled by your many prayers and kind words of encouragement as we

Liturgy

Why do people go to church? The obvious answer is that we go to church to worship God. Yet, we also go to church for each other. Liturgical worship is something that we do together, as a community of faith.

The Great Co-Mission Conference Drew Over 150 Participants From More Than 15 Area Churches

Saturday’s (Sept. 30) missions conference drew more than 150 involved participants from a variety of churches in the area. There were Episcopalians, Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterians, and others representing non-denominational churches from Downingtown to Narberth.

Visioning Process Update

We are progressing in our Visioning Process for Church of the Good Samaritan! Twenty-Nine Clergy, Staff and Vestry met for the second visioning retreat on Saturday, 9 September.

St Gobain's Garden

I had the pleasure of attending St.-Gobain Corporation’s Open House and view their Community Organic Garden today. Chuck Ernst and Ron Miros joined me.

Faith on the Field

On the evening of September 6, Good Sam Youth Ministries took a group of more than 20 people (students and parents) to Eastern University to see the taping of the radio show “Faith on the Field.” Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, Carson Wentz, and

September Abundance

It's remarkable the difference a year makes. There have been few seasons of ministry up to this point in my life that I've served in the same setting for more than a year.

First Fruit Tithe Funds Distribution

At the onset of the original Capital Campaign when the Sanctuary was updated, it was decided that the church of the Good Samaritan would commit a tithe of all receipts to further the Gospel locally, regionally, nationally and around the world by f

Hurricane Harvey Relief Update

This is from Elizabeth Bentrup, Head of Lower School, St Thomas Episcopal School in Houston, TX
Many thanks to all who bought books!

Missionaries in Niger, Steve and Nancy Brown Deal with Major Concerns and Minor Inconveniences

Steve and Nancy Brown, medical missionaries we have supported for many years, often share experiences that are probably typical of missionaries in difficult areas of the world.

What is Praxis?

Since we launched the PRAXIS gatherings last year, the most common questions that I’ve received are, “What exactly is PRAXIS and who is it for”?

New roles for Dwight Wilson and Jeanne Lomanno

As you know, Jeff Moretzsohn has resigned as Parish Administrator and begun a CPE residency at Jefferson hospital.

Water Mission News

Water Mission has completed over 3000 projects bringing the life transforming blessings of safe water and the Living Water message of Jesus to millions of people world wide.

2017 National Jamboree as Seen by The Rev. Carolyn Huff

The National Boy Scout Jamboree in July brought together 40,000 scouts, and over 7,000 staff for 10 amazing days of the best of what scouting has to offer. I had the privilege of working with fellow Episcopal Scouters in the Duty to God area.

Thanksgiving for the Good Samaritan Community

In Ecclesiastes 3:1 we read this: “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the sun…”