Service Times

September 10 to June

Regular Sunday Schedule (resumes Sept. 10):
8:00am – Eucharist (spoken, no music)
9:15am - Nursery opens
9:15am - Formation for Children grade 3-5, Middle School and Adult Education
10:15am – Godly Play (Sunday School) for children ages preschool through 2nd grade
10:30am – Eucharist with full choir and
11:30am – Coffee Hour
11:45am - High School Formation

Sermons Online!

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

Hurrican Harvey

Message from Bishop Rickel
Dear Ones,
I know so many of you and your parishioners and concerned about the historic flooding in Houston, and destruction and displacement of so many there and in all along the Texas coast. As a former resident of the Diocese of Texas and Austin and Beaumont specifically, I share that special concern. I communicated today with Bishop Andy Doyle, Bishop of Texas. He shared his thanksgiving for all the prayers and concerns and asked that those continue. He suggested that people give directly, by going to the websites of he dioceses affected, which are the Diocese of West Texas and the Diocese of Texas. He stated that equally useful would be giving directly to Episcopal Relief and Development through their website with funds directed to Harvey Relief. He stated that ERD is also keeping a register for any who are willing to travel to, and offer assistance in, the affected areas should that become necessary and desired.
Some have already suggested that I, and other church leaders should be calling on people to go and help in the area. Quite frankly, the last thing many of these areas need is a surge of people who desire to help but who are not connected to organized and trained relief organizations. A key thing I would suggest promoting in this time is the proactive preparation for such events. If you have parishioners who are interested in going to such areas when these events occur, they should get trained ahead of time. Many organizations, such as the Red Cross, require people to be trained before they can serve as a volunteer in disaster zones. Preparation needs to occur before the disaster, not in the midst of it.
Please continue your prayers for all the people in the path of Harvey and those affected by the aftermath. I will keep you posted as relief efforts evolve.
Special Offering
On September 3 and September 10, we will receive a special offering with funds directed to the Episcopal Relief and Development Fund for Hurricane Harvey Relief. Checks can be made out to “Good Samaritan” with “Hurricane Relief” in the memo line or written on the special offering envelopes.
Hurricane Harvey Relief
Episcopal Relief & Development urges prayers for communities along the US Gulf Coast dealing with the impact of Hurricane Harvey. Please donate to the Hurricane Harvey Response Fund and visit the organization's website for more information about relief and recovery efforts. Please continue to pray for those impacted by storms and flooding, for first responders who are conducting search and rescue operations and for church communities who are reaching out to care for their members and neighbors.
A Prayer from The Rt. Rev. C. Andrew Doyle, the Episcopal Diocese of Texas
Heavenly Father, in your Word you have given us a vision of that holy city where the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea: Behold and visit, we pray, the cities of the earth devastated by Hurricane Harvey. Sustain those displaced by the storm with food, drink, and all other bodily necessities of life. We especially remember before you all poor and neglected persons it would be easy for us to forget: the homeless and the destitute, the old and the sick, and all who have none to care for them; that, among all the changes and chances of this mortal life, we may ever be defended by your gracious and ready help; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Christian Formation

School Year Programming Begins

Sunday, September 10th

After a break from programs for the summer, Sunday School for all children and youth resumes on Sunday, September 10. New this year is a new opportunity for children in grades 3-5 – we call it Kids’ Club.
Here is when to arrive on the 10th:
  • Birth through preschool: Childcare is available from 9:15 through the 10:30 service
  • Age 4 through 2nd grade: Godly Play begins at 10:15. Godly Play children are welcome with our childcare providers from 9:15-10:15.
  • Grades 3 through 5: Kids’ Club begins at 9:15
  • Grades 6 through 12: All youth will meet together (next Sunday only) at 9:15.

Our Programs & Regular Timing

Godly Play (Age 4 through 2nd Grade): 10:15-11:00am
Godly Play is a Montessori-based faith formation program that has an established and rich history at Good Samaritan. Godly Play respects the innate spirituality of children, steeps them in the rich biblical stories of our faith, and encourages curiosity and imagination in experiencing the mystery and joy of God.
Kids’ Club (Grades 3 through 5): 9:15-10:15am
Our new formation offering for this age group will act as a bridge between Godly Play and Youth Group. Using the Episcopal Children’s Curriculum, teachers will walk with students through stories of our faith from the Bible and themes of the church calendar with storytelling and activities.
Youth Formation: Middle School 9:15-10:15am, High School 11:45-12:45pm
Formation for youth in middle school (grades 6-8) and high school (grades 9-12) an opportunity to dive deeper into what it means to be a follower of Jesus, explore the Christian faith, and discover what it means to live as a Christian in our world. Youth group is largely discussion-based and uses two Episcopal curricula: Weaving God’s Promises for middle school and the Episcopal Youth Curriculum for high school).

Children's & Youth Formation - How Will You Get Involved?

Over the last year, the Youth and Family Ministry Task Force has been hard at work to think carefully about the ways we walk with children and youth on a journey of faith. You have heard the adage, “It takes a village to raise a child.” That is especially true in the church as we are called into community to walk with one another through life and to “start children off on the way they should go, [so that] even when they are old they will not turn from it” (Proverbs 22:6). Now is our time, as a community, to step in to make the work of the Youth and Family Ministry Task force come to life.
How will you become involved to support the formation of our children and youth?
Here are some opportunities, in order of immediate need. Training and support will be offered for volunteers in all programs.
Godly Play (Age 4 to 2nd Grade)
Godly Play Storytellers and Shepherds prepare the storytelling space, welcome children, and lead children in an exploration of biblical stories. Time commitment: Volunteers serve 1-2 times per month. Godly Play meets from 10:15-11:00 on Sunday mornings.
Kids’ Club (Grades 3-5)
Using the Episcopal Children’s Curriculum, teachers will walk with students through stories of our faith from the Bible and themes of the church calendar with storytelling and activities. Time commitment: With enough volunteers, teachers will serve on Sunday every 3-4 weeks. Kids’ Club meets on Sunday mornings from 9:15-10:15.
Youth Formation (Grades 6-12)
Youth leaders lead discussions and participate in events with our youth to build relationships. Time commitment: In order to build community and develop trusting relationships with adult leaders, Youth Leaders serve weekly with occasional special events at other times. Middle school meets from 9:15-10:15 on Sunday mornings, high school meets from 11:45-12:45 on Sundays.

Adult Formation: Starts Sept. 10th

Beginning September 10 and running through October 8, there will be two adult formation offerings. A preview of the classes, along with a forum led by our new Sammamish police chief, will be held at 9:15am on September 10 in the narthex.
  • Deacon Kathryn will be offering four Sunday sessions on spirituality and pathways of prayer. Come learn how to develop a richer prayer life and connect more fully with the presence of God in your everyday activities by learning to pray in new ways. The class will meet in the Narthex.
  • Good Samaritan 101--A class for newcomers and anyone interested in learning more about our parish and the Episcopal Church. Sessions will be led by Fr. Steve in the kitchen dining room (right off the sanctuary).
Beginning October 15, Fr. Steve will begin a six-week series on the theology and practice of our Episcopal Baptistmal Covenant.

Jim Wallis: Race, Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America

Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, Seattle | September 16, 7:00pm | $20 General Tickets, $30 Ticket plus Book, $10 Student/Low Income Tickets
Join the Treacy Levine Center for an evening with Jim Wallis as he explores the topic of his latest book, America’s Original Sin; Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America. Wallis is the founding of Sojourner’s, an organization devoted to racial reconciliation. The author of ten previous books regarding issues of social justice viewed through the lens of religious faith, Wallis’ latest book is the one he has described as the book he always wanted to write. In it, he offers an analysis of America’s historical racism – its treatment of the indigenous population and its enslavement of Africans – and the lasting and devastating legacy brought about by what he calls “America’s original sin.” Describing himself as white, Christian, and evangelical, Wallis sees it as his faith’s obligation to “support the poor and vulnerable and defend those under attack.” He offers this path forward as a way to change our course: “Tell the truth… love our neighbor… welcome the stranger… expose and oppose racial profiling… defend Muslims… It is time to listen.”
For more information and to purchase tickets click

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


More News

Block Party - Sept. 10th noon to the end of the football game

Join us on Sunday, September 10th as we kick off the new fall schedule, and celebrate with a neighborhood block party from Noon - 2pm.
Special Guest: Sammamish Police Chief Michelle Bennett
  • Welcome and get to know our neighbors!
  • Hot dogs and hamburgers with all the trimmings
  • Bouncy House, face painting, balloons, games and activities for kids
  • Watch the Seahawks game on the big screen (Kick-off at 1:35pm)

Plateaupians for Peace Lecture Series - Comparative Religion

Are they a mass of confusion or a world of opportunity? Dr. Smith will survey, analyze, and compare the central teachings of the four largest world religions with attention paid to both similarities and differences. More information available here.
Dr. David E. Smith grew up in the world of fundamentalist religion. As an adult, he gradually moved away from that paradigm and became a religious progressive/skeptic. After earning an M.A. in philosophy of religion, he received a second M.A. and a Ph.D. in religious studies from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Formerly a full-time faculty member at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA, he now teaches for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Washington and offers independent seminars and non-credit courses in comparative religion and philosophy. He has published widely in these areas, as well.
When: 6:30 - 8:00pm
Where: Good Samaritan Episcopal Church
  • September 19th - Christianity
  • October 17th - Islam
  • November 21st - Hinduism
  • December 19th - Buddhism

Sammamish Habitat for Humanity Project October 28th and December 2nd

Many of you have asked about the status of the Habitat project here in Sammamish. The latest update is that the site is being prepared for concrete stairs, sidewalk, and foundation work. Habitat is waiting on one last permit from the city and then the foundations for the housing units can be poured and construction will begin.

Good Samaritan work days have been set for October 28th and December 2nd. Information on signing up is forthcoming!


Community Game Night, Friday, September 8th

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, September 9th

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.

Good Samaritan Work Party, Saturday, September 9th

Thank you to everyone who turned out for our August work party! We got a lot accomplished around our grounds. Our next work party to get everything looking great for the Block Party will be from 9am - noon on Saturday, September 9th.
We will continue to tackle some of the more overgrown areas of the property, plus do some general summer tidying.
Been looking for an opportunity to use your chainsaw? Bring your own yard equipment or use the church's.
Contact Mark Johnson or sign up in the narthex. 

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

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.

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 56 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.
$11,359.66 General Pledge Giving
$ 1,573.00
General Plate Offerings
$12,932.66 Giving Total
$14,647.02 Needed for Budget
$ -1,714.36 Shortage
$ 79,400.24 General Pledge Giving
$ 15,336.60
General Plate Offerings (includes Easter)
$ 94,736.84 Giving Total
$104,529.04 Needed for Budget
$ -9,792.20 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.