Pastor Dale’s Post-Election Reflection
November 22, 2016
Our churches are filled with human beings that have differing views on many issues. In the midst of our diversity on issues we stand in solidarity in the unity of Jesus Christ, our savior and redeemer and seek to live lives based on our Christian values of love, justice, respect, compassion and inclusiveness.
No matter where we are politically we can all agree that, “we deplore acts of hate or violence against groups or persons based on race, color, national origin, ethnicity, age, gender, disability, status, economic condition, sexual orientation, gender identity or religious affiliation. Our respect for the inherent dignity of all persons leads us to call for the recognition, protection, and implementation of the principles of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights so that communities and individuals may claim and enjoy their universal, indivisible and inalienable rights.” The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church, 2012 ¶162
In this post-election time, many people are speaking about being in fear, of feeling hopeless and threatened. As a people of faith we are not without hope. Though some may be feeling fearful, we cannot let fear consume us. The scripture tells us that “perfect love casts out fear.” (1 John 4:18) May God’s people be a people who love unconditionally even in the midst of fear.
“We commit ourselves as a Church to the achievement of a world community that is a fellowship of persons who honestly love one another. We pledge ourselves to seek the meaning of the gospel in all issues that divide people and threaten the growth of world community.” The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church, 2012 ¶165
“We affirm that all persons are individuals of sacred worth, created in the image of God. All persons need the ministry of the Church in their struggles for human fulfillment, as well as the spiritual and emotional care of a fellowship that enables reconciling relationships with God, with others, and with self.” The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church, 2012 ¶161
We invite you to be a part of The Good Samaritan Church, a safe and loving community of faith who wrestles to understand the scriptures so that we can live out our Christian values faithfully.
Welcome to Good Sam UMC
We are glad you came to our web site to visit us. We are a multicultural congregation near Homestead & Wolfe Roads in Cupertino, CA. with a passion to build and grow Jesus' disciples. You can find us next to Ranch 99 and Starbucks. Contact us if you have any questions or prayer concerns. The drop-down menu above provides links to information about GSUMC.
Our English Worship is at 9:00 AM most Sundays, and our Mandarin worship is at 11:00 am. See the menu item "Our Ministries" for more information on everything we do. If you are new to our congregation, please see our welcome page in the Connect menu.
To foster the process of transformation in Christ in one another through the practice of the Centering Prayer
Centering Prayer is a receptive method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, prayer in which we experience God's presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship.
Centering Prayer is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer. Rather, it adds depth of meaning to all prayer and facilitates the movement from more active modes of prayer - verbal, mental or affective prayer - into a receptive prayer of resting in God. Centering Prayer emphasizes prayer as a personal relationship with God and as a movement beyond conversation with Christ to communion with Christ. To learn more, please follow this link, Contemplative Outreach Ltd.
Coming soon at the Good Samaritan UMC, a centering prayer time on Thursday early evenings. Ask Barbara Christmann for more details.
News and Events
- 12/3 League of Women Voters Celebration – 11 am
- 12/10 Christmas Sing-along – 7 pm
- 12/14 All Church Conference – 7 pm
- 12/17 Christmas Concert – 7 pm
- 12/24 Christmas Eve Worship 7 pm
- 1/14 Re-Imagine the Dream
The Week of November 27th
Stewardship - Bring Heaven on Earth
You probably received a stewardship letter this week, asking you to consider how God is leading you to help bring heaven on earth through your church involvement next year.
Please, bring your completed commitment form to be blessed during worship. If you did not receive a letter, you may find one on the ushers table in the back of the sanctuary.
United Methodist Student Day
This is one of the six Special Sundays of the denomination. It is observed on the last Sunday of November and furnishes scholarships and loans for students attending United Methodist-related and other accredited colleges and universities. Twenty-Seven college students from the California-Nevada Conference have been awarded scholarships totaling more than $40,000.
Advent Bible Study Starting this Week
Thursday, 12/1, Mondays 12/5, 12/12, 12/19
All are welcome to gather during the advent season for a bible study led by Pastor Dale. The goal for this study is to achieve a deeper sense of peace and joy. We will watch, turn, see and dream for reconciled lives with the Holy one, waiting in anticipation and wonder at His coming. For more information, contact Pastor Dale.
Saturday, December 10, 2016 @ 7pm
Share the joy and fun of the Christmas Spirit with the community and the young ones. This is a family friendly event that showcases many all-time favorite Christmas songs including Jingle Bells, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus Is Coming to Town, Blue Christmas, and even some Christmas hymns. Invite your friends and family to come sing, dance and enjoy a surprise visit from some seasonal characters. Contact Joe Austin at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Annual All Church Conference
Wednesday. 12/14/2016 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Part of being United Methodists is being accountable to the organization of the church. Each year we gather as a church to vote on some important issues of the church: Pastoral compensation, to accept the nomination of next year’s church leadership, and to accept the report on the change in our membership. Also presented in this short meeting is the report on our ministries and missions. You will hear all about the work this church has done to glorify the Lord. All are welcome to attend.
Imagine No Malaria Update
Good Samaritan UMC donated another $120.04 on 10/27/2016 toward Imagine No Malaria, making the total donation from Good Sam almost $26,000 in 2.5 years.
Through Imagine No Malaria, more than 1.2 million insecticide-treated bed nets have been distributed throughout Africa. Also, more than 5,400 community health workers have been trained to personally deliver mosquito nets and measure usage rates. Today, because of the dedicated and generous help from all supporters, malaria’s impact has been cut in half!
Thank you for Supporting the Soup Sale
Thank you to everyone who supported the soup sale which raised $484 for Safe Water Mugango (SWM). A load of clay was delivered last week, and the Arusha potter is headed to Mugango to begin working with the ladies to start practicing production, as well as scouting for a source of clay closer to Mugango. Technical production equipment has been purchased in the US and is on it's way to Tanzania. We look forward to future updates from Tanzania.
Save the Date, Sat. January 14, 2017
Re-imagine the Dream-theme: Healing
There will be lots of food, dancing, art work, peace candles, and more. If you would like to help, please see: Sandra Daniels, Mimi Underwood, Dollie Forney