Growing in faith is a lifelong journey.


Growing in faith is a life-long journey and we offer many opportunities for adults to explore the Christian faith and discover how to live out their faith in the world. At Good Samaritan, we value questions, wrestle with doubts, and don’t settle for easy answers. Learning together in community helps us understand more about God, the world, and ourselves. Our formation opportunities for adults are safe places to wrestle with real life and discover how God is present through every stage, experience, or challenge.

Adult formation is offered in a variety of ways, including Sunday morning formation during the academic year, small groups, retreats, and weekly Bible studies.

Adult Formation during Advent

Join us at 9:00 am on Sundays for the following discussions:

November 27: Whispers of What Was to Come

Reflections on the prophetic imagination of Isaiah, focusing on familiar Advent texts and exploring the context in which those prophecies were written.

December 4: The Voice Crying in the Wilderness

Exploration of John the Baptist’s context and vocation as referenced in scripture and the Book of Common Prayer.

December 11: Poetry of the Incarnation

Contemplation of poetic writings on the incarnation and inquiry into our own thoughts on this mystery.

December 18: The Christmas Story with Phil Ballinger

Let’s share and look at the Christmas story! Where does the popular story we tell and represent in our Nativity scenes come from? Some of the answers may surprise you. Philip Ballinger will have participants look at and compare the gospel narratives about the advent, birth, and early childhood of Jesus. In the process, participants will learn about the Proto-Evangelium of James (sometimes called the Infancy Gospel of James), an influential mid-second century document about Joseph, Mary, and Jesus’ birth that is still with us today in classical art and in the details of the Christmas story that we love.


Poinsettias at the Altar | Honor a loved one with a poinsettia by making a $25 donation and take your poinsettia home after the 10 pm Christmas Eve service. You may also order poinsettias for your home. Each poinsettia ordered benefits the Good Samaritan Faith-in-Action Fund.


Wreaths and Trees | Select “Good Samaritan” when you order your tree and wreaths from Proceeds from your purchase benefit the Good Samaritan Faith-in-Action Fund.

Bring Items to Donate

Donated Items for Unhoused People | Place any of the following items into the “Prepare for Advent” basket in the Narthex.
The Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank will distribute items to unhoused people in our community. High-Need Items – New thermal long underwear sets
(men’s sizes M, L, XL), New Fleece hats and gloves 


The journey is richer and fuller when traveled with others.

We can’t wait to welcome you!