Summer Sunday Services - June 18 to September 4

9:15am - Nursery opens
9:30am – Eucharist with music
10:30am – Coffee Hour

All-Parish Picnic - Sunday, July 23rd!

On July 23rd, join us for a picnic lunch after the 9:30am service. There’ll be activities for children, and we’ll be welcoming our new curate, Brian Gregory, who will be responsible for youth and family ministries.

Sermons Online!

Missed a Sunday? Our Sunday sermons can now be found online. New sermons are posted every Thursday at

Christian Formation

What’s Up for Children this Summer?

When we say “The Episcopal Church Welcomes You,” we mean everyone, including children! During the summer months we’re creating a space in the sanctuary for children to engage in quiet play during the service. This space, in the back right corner, will have a table and chairs, and the shelves will be stocked with books, games, and other “quiet” activities, including an activity leaflet that is coordinated with the lectionary readings for the day. We ask that parents monitor their children while in the space, and adults are welcome to sit and interact with the children, too.
On several Sundays during the summer, we’ll offer an interactive sermon for children during the service. The dates for these are July 16, 30, and August 13. Megan Anderson, vestry liaison for children’s ministries, is in the process of setting a date for a parent-child picnic following one of the summer Sunday services. Contact Megan at
Childcare for younger children by a professional staff will continue throughout the summer, as well. Childcare hours are from 9:15am until 10:45am through September 3.

Education for Ministry (EfM) - Recruiting a New Group!

If you love to read and love to learn and want an environment where you can talk about faith issues, EfM may be for you! This includes the study of The Old Testament, The New Testament, Church History, and Theology. If you are interested in joining an EfM group at Good Samaritan starting in September, you can learn more about EfM at the
website, or by contacting Joe O’Neil

Good Samaritan T-shirts

Help spread the good news by wearing it! T-shirts with the Episcopal Church shield and our church name are now available. Megan Anderson has set up an account with through which you can order T-shirts and other items. In addition to getting our name more visible in the community, the church will receive 5% of the purchase cost. Follow the links to
kids, men’s and women’s items. If you need help with ordering online, see a vestry member after the service and they can help you or direct you to someone who can. If you have questions contact Megan

Holy Land Pilgrimage, April 13-24, 2018

The date of the pilgrimage to the Holy Land led by Fr. Steve has been set for Eastertide of 2018! In addition to visiting and worshiping at the sites associated with events and people in the Bible, we’ll visit some of the ministries and churches operated by the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem and have further conversations about a possible partnership relationship with that Diocese. Highlights of the trip include:
  • Three nights lodging by the Sea of Galilee, two nights in Bethlehem at Manger Square, four nights inside the Old City Walls of Jerusalem
  • Worship at Christ Church, Nazareth, and St. George’s Cathedral, Jerusalem, on our two Sundays there
  • Visits to St. Luke’s Hospital, St. Vincent’s orphanage, and other institutions operated by the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem
  • Trip fee is all-inclusive
An information meeting will be held on August 6th following the 9:30am service. Please contact Fr. Steve if you have questions. Brochures are available at the church and an electronic version is

Good Samaritan Preschool Update

It is hard to believe, but June is already here! The last few weeks of school are going to be filled with lots of celebrations and a few tearful good-byes. This year school is in session over Father’s Day, so our students will be celebrating their dads with a “Doughnuts for Dad’s” event. The children will enjoy delicious doughnuts with their dad and then create a fun Alka-Seltzer rocket together. Everyone is sure to have a “blast”.
We will also celebrate and say good-bye to 26 students who will move on to kindergarten. We send them off with our love and blessings, and a strong foundation for life- long learning. We will also say good-bye to three staff members this year. Ms. Ellie (3’s teacher) will be leaving to pursue her career closer to her new home in Snohomish. Ms. Alesha (3’s teacher) is excited to be a stay at home mom to her first child due in October. Ms. Diana (assistant teacher) will be leaving with the goal of becoming a flight attendant. We wish them all the best!
As the year comes to a close, I want to thank the entire staff at Good Samaritan Preschool for all that they do each and every day. (and evening, and weekends!) Their love for their students and dedication to their job are the reason our school continues to grow exponentially. I wish them all a wonderful, restful summer! - Lisa


More News


All-Parish Picnic, Sunday, July 23rd!

We’re having our annual picnic lunch after the 9:30am service this Sunday, July 23rd.
You'll have the chance to meet our new curate, Brian Gregory, and his family, as well as share good food, lots of fun and great fellowship.
We're providing the BBQ and drinks, and many people have volunteered to bring appetizers, side dishes and desserts, as well as help set up and clean up. We still have a few spots to fill, to help out please click

All-Parish Work Party & Clean-up, Saturday, July 22nd

Please join us for an all-parish work party. We will be cleaning inside and outside. Please join us from 9am-noon.

Annual Pine Lake Potluck @ the Bottenbergs’ - August 20th

Where: The Bottenbergs’, 21905 SE 20th Street, Sammamish 98075 (425-391-1394, Come down the long driveway and park in the meadow.
When: Sunday, August 20th, 3-8:00pm.
Please bring something to share (appetizer, side dish, salad, dessert, beverage). The Bottenbergs will provide salmon and an assortment of other drinks & snacks which may include wine, beer, bottled water, s’mores supplies...
Activities: You can swim, fish (license required for ages 15 and over), sail, row, paddle, kayak, or float on their barge. Bring your water toys and floats, but nothing with a gas engine.

Homeless Packs

Hello, my name is Thomas O’Neil, and for my 6th grade service project, I am collecting supplies and making bags for the homeless. These are bags that you can keep in your car and give to people who are asking for help. I will keep a box of finished bags in the narthex for anyone who would like to take one or two to keep in their car to give to homeless people.
Thank you to everyone who has ordered supplies for the packs! I was able to make a dozen more bags which are now available in the narthex. I am still collecting supplies to make more bags. If you would like to contribute, please click here and you can order something off of my Amazon wish list.

Coffee Hour

If you love coffee hour, please volunteer to host this fall. Coffee, tea, juice and cookies are provided. Sign up on the blue board near the kitchen or go to Questions? Please contact Marina Gray

Looking for an Adventure?

If you’re looking for an exciting adventure that has a huge impact, look no further! We are inviting one more adult to join the youth leadership team: someone is needed on Sunday mornings at 9:15am to work with Sharron Leinweber to lead our youth (middle school and high school) Sunday school. We have excellent curriculum, great leaders, and a growing, fantastic youth group. Contact Fr. Steve for more information.

Yardworks @ Church

Is your yard too small or ‘finished'? Have you run out of projects or space around your own home? Do you love to play outside and are looking for a way to help around Good Sam? We are forming a flexible group to do grounds maintenance and projects here at Good Samaritan. Initially we will meet 2-3 hours some weekday mornings to mow, trim, weed and beautify our wonderful grounds. It may or may not involve breakfast, but will definitely involve food. We are looking to start meeting in the next few weeks. Fall is a great time to improve our landscaping. Times, tasks and projects to be agreed upon by the group. If interested, please contact Julie Reed at 425.891.2287 or

College Care

We are kicking off our College Care program for our nine college students. We'll be sending a care package to each student. A donation basket has been set up in the narthex and will be available for the next ten days. We're collecting small, useful and/or tasty items such as gum, candy, post it notes, floss, breath mints/mint strips, lip balm, pencils, band-aids, protein bars and microwave popcorn. We'll also happily accept your pocket change to buy Starbucks gift cards. If you'd like to participate in this program, please contact
Marina Gray.

Offering Envelopes

You may have noticed new donation envelopes in the pew pockets. If you would like your cash plate offerings recorded for tax purposes, please feel free to use them.

Community Game Night, Friday, August 11th

Please join us on the second Friday of the month at 7:00 p.m. for more gaming fun. There will be games for everyone from one to one hundred (and older!) Please bring any game you want to play as well as snacks and drinks for yourself. Don't have games to bring, don't worry, there will be plenty of games for all. If you have any questions, please contact Joe O’Neil at
or (425) 890-9515.

Feed the Hungry: Issaquah Meals, Saturday, August 12th

Join fellow Good Samaritans to feed our neighbors at Issaquah Meals. Our next opportunity to serve the homeless will be the second Saturday of the month. Food donation sign-ups are on the table at the top of the stairs at the church. You can also help cook at the church at 2pm, or help serve the meal at 5pm. Contact
for more information.

Don’t Forget to Vote

As citizens of this country, it is our privilege and responsibility to participate in the selection of our political leaders. Your primary voter’s guide and ballots are arriving in your mail. Please make it a point to participate and exercise your vote on a number of state, county and city elections. Ballots need to be post-marked by August 1st.

Good Samaritan Women's Book Group - Tuesday, September 26th

Come once a month, or every so often. It's a great way to make some new friends. For more information contact

Ruth Nevin

Upcoming books & dates:

September 26 - Picking new books
October 24 - "When Breath Becomes Air" by Paul Kalanithi

Outreach Update

Here are some of our key programs for the coming months:

Habitat for Humanity
There will be 10 homes built near 228th & 20th. Build starts early next year. There will be many interfaith build opportunities that we hope to be part of. We may need to include some fund raising participation too. You must be at least 16 years old to work at the sites. Special thanks to Carol Stamper, who will be our Good Samaritan lead for this project. There will be much more information available soon.
Giving Tree
The youth will again take the lead in sponsoring a giving tree for the Christmas holiday.
Food Bank collection
We will coordinate food, clothing and toiletries collections for the holidays.
Pet food collection for the holidays
Many homeless people have pets. We will be exploring collecting pet foods to donate for those in need. Possible through HopeLink and coordinated by Rick Gill.
Issaquah Meals
We will continue to serve the second Saturday of each month at Issaquah Meals.
Tent City 4
This group has been a moving target and we have not been able to follow through with coordinating a meal for them yet. Stay tuned.

Stewardship Update

Time, Talent & Treasure

We are enormously grateful for the 60 pledges we have received in 2017 and for those who are contributing by donating in the collection plate and those donating your time and talent to our worship and service.

Financially, May was a challenging month for the church as we face a bit of an Easter hangover. If you have pledged to the church, please consider double checking your progress towards your pledge.

$ 9,119.66 General Pledge Giving
$ 1,685.05
General Plate Offerings
$10,804.71 Giving Total
$14,647.02 Needed for Budget
$ -3,842.31 Shortage
$54,690.36 General Pledge Giving
General Plate Offerings (includes Easter)
$66,413.66 Giving Total
$75,325.00 Needed for Budget
$ -8,821.34 Shortage


Please be praying for all who pledge and give their time, talent and treasure in order to do God’s work here on earth. If you have not yet pledged, please prayerfully consider how you can support the worship, community, and mission of this holy parish. You can make your pledge today at Please feel free to contact Carol Stamper,

with any questions.