The Weekly Update - Lake Samm Church

Fun Weekend Ahead!

Saturday, 4pm: ONE Family Christmas Party – If you haven’t gotten your ‘virtual’ tickets yet, there’s still time! Tickets are $5 per person or $20 for the family – pay on the app – look for “Christmas Party”. (If you can’t pay, come anyway.) HUGE THANKS to everyone contributing your time and service to make this party all that it’s meant to be!

Sunday, 10am: Taproot Play – “Nativity on the Square” and special music from Lake Samm Kids
This promises to be a delightful morning - invite your friends and family!

Notable This Week

  • Take a Quick Scroll Down – Lots Going on This Week!
  • Lake Samm Kids Choir – Mandatory Practice this Sunday at 9:15
  • Giving Tree Still Needs You
  • Kids, Youth, & 20’s – See Posts For Your Groups
  • Fun Family News

sunday church

Encounter God as we come together for Worship, the Word & Great Times with each other.

What to Expect this Sunday

December 10, 2017 - 10:00

Who's Speaking: 

Taproot Theater Play!

Sermon Topic: 

The statues in the downtown nativity have come to life, but don’t know what they’re doing or exactly who they are. When a homeless woman invades their Christmas creche, her interpretation of the nativity story irritates and reorients the statues. Laugh along with familiar characters in this Christmas comedy about forgiveness, selflessness, and the joy of giving. 

Invite Those Who Don't Know Him? 


Invite Those Who Do Know Him? 


Leading Worship: 

Pam Barrett

A Note to Parents of Kids 0 – 6th Grade Regarding This Sunday – Dec. 10

This Sunday is designed for the family, with the play appropriate for kids ages 4 & up. Children’s ministry will be available for toddlers and nursery only.

For families with kids performing in the Lake Samm Kids Choir (preschool class – 6th gr.) THIS Sunday:

Practice with your kids: Please help them using the video posted on the LSK Facebook page. (If you’re not connected yet, go to & ask to join our private LSK FB group.)

Come dressed in: Dark pants or skirts with red or green tops

MANDATORY Rehearsal: 9:15 – 10am

Performance: 10am service

The Kids Choir will sing before the Taproot Theater performance. Kids will sit with their families for the play.

Because You’re Probably Wondering…

With both Christmas and New Year’s Eve falling on Sundays this year, you may wonder what the Sunday services will look like.

We will have regular Sunday services on both, Dec 24 and Dec 31 at 10am. Looking forward to seeing you!

Live Streaming During Service

When you can't make it in person catch us online.

Last Weeks' Sermons

The video on our Home Page is easy and good for slower connection speeds.

For sermons, sermon recaps, fun videos, and audio & video podcasts, click Media Page.

For more info or help contact

small groups

Great times with great people meeting regularly, applying God's Word to our lives

Club 456

Our Christmas party for 4th – 6th graders is on Wed, Dec. 13 from 6 – 8:30pm. Kids should bring a snack to share & a white elephant gift to exchange (approximately $5 value).

Club 456 will not meet on Dec. 20 or 27. We’re back for the new year on Jan 3.

Overflow Youth

Dec 13: Overflow Christmas Party, Potluck style.  Bring your favorite Christmas dish.  Last Names A-G Side dish, H-L Snacks, N-Z Dessert

Dec 20 & 27:  NO OVERFLOW.  Merry Christmas!!
Dec 24 & 31: There WILL be Sunday morning class.

January 3, 6pm: Grab your dinner and join us for a Parent/Student Meeting about this summer’s MISSION TRIP.

New Women’s Bible Study –- Weds, 10am, Jan 3 – Feb 7

Good or God? by John Bevere These days the terms good and God seem synonymous. We believe what’s generally accepted as good must be in line with God’s will. But is that all there is to it? If good is so obvious, why does the Bible say that we need discernment to recognize it? Contact for more info. Sign up here or on the Lake Samm app. Childcare by reservation.

20’s on the 2nd – Off in Dec

Merry Christmas! We’ll do our normal homegroup on Dec 10th instead of meeting directly after church, and take the rest of December off. We’ll meet again on Jan. 14.

For more info or help contact


Join a team at Lake Samm to impact others...and you

For a fun survey to get you started finding your calling, click here!

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Time with God in the Word and Prayer

Read the Word

Find today's S.O.A.P. reading on our Home Page. This is an excellent way to go deeper.


3 or 4 people getting together to talk, support and pray – this will change your life!

To get in a 3-Fold either form a group yourself or let us know who you’d like to be with. If you’re new we’ll help you. Send info and/or questions to


Bring God to your family, friends, neighbors, workplace and the world!

Lake Samm Giving Tree – Return by Dec 17

The Giving Tree is out for another season of blessings! Select a gift tag off the tree with a specific request. After purchasing the gift, return it with the tag securely attached by Dec. 17th. Every year your kindness and generosity touches hearts and changes lives. Thank you for your kind hearts and generosity. Merry Christmas to all!!

Volunteers Bring Thanksgiving To Homeless In Seattle And Eastside

Nearly 200 homeless people in Seattle and the Eastside enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner last month, thanks to donated food and 14 volunteers. The group cooked 20 turkeys with all the fixings and distributed meals for three hours under an I-5 overpass near downtown Seattle.

After returning to Lake Samm, the group ate a Thanksgiving meal together, then delivered food to the Eastside Winter Shelter for men in Bellevue and to The Sophia Way women’s shelter, in Kirkland. Leftovers later fed Lake Samm’s janitors, with the rest going into a soup for the Eastside Winter Shelter.

Many of those served were touched by generous act, and even some of the volunteers (half of them from outside Lake Samm) began reflecting on the goodness of God, said Kelly Tomkins, one of the volunteers. “It was like God Himself was bringing people in,” he said. “It was cool watching God do his thing.”

Depending on food donations, the group may repeat the ministry between Christmas and New Year’s Day. “We’ll keep doing our gleanings. We’d like to [serve] turkey and ham,” Kelly said. Anyone interested in helping with food, cooking, or serving may contact Kelly. (

Helping you reach others

First, let us help you reach friends, family, co-workers and neighbors through opportunities like Sunday Church, Small Groups, inviting other to Serve with you, etc.

Second, Lake Samm will fully equip you to be increasingly effective through Sunday Church, Small Groups, Serving, Devotionals, 3-Folds and so much more!

Third, we have very rewarding, profitable, ongoing ministries like Jubilee Reach Center – a multi-church outreach – as well as events throughout the year.

For more info, or to suggest something that is on your heart, contact We’ll get it to the right person for you.


For more information on and to get in touch with our Lake Samm Missionaries, contact

all the rest...

Dave Irish Christmas Concert – Dec 13, 7pm

Join us for a wonderful evening with Dave Irish and his band, as they bring us Christmas carols and fun original holiday tunes. Childcare provided for ages 0-5. The concert is free.
(There will be no Wed night dinner. Regular Wed night activities will still be happening.)

Staff Christmas Blessing

Every year we like to gift our pastors and staff with a Christmas blessing. We’ve all been blessed by their service in personal ministry, Sunday services, events, and in the logistics of running Lake Samm. We encourage you to give toward this gift. Look for “Staff Christmas Blessing” on the app or, or indicate the same with your cash, check or card. Thank you for honoring them! - The Financial Council

A Note From Curt Regarding Divisions in Our Culture

I have talked a lot in church about how I believe the Lord is the One Who has caused the divisions our culture is having. I have also said I believe He is doing this so that those who will engage their differences with others will actually find deeper truths that cannot be learned without the divisions. Justine Morris just sent me an article (below) that makes precisely this point, and note that most often this takes some heat - which we all want to avoid, but perhaps we shouldn’t.

Please take a minute to read it because I think it helps us understand what He’s doing, and how we can engage it. Note: it may not always go well, but when it does, 1+1=5, which is to say, limited, finite, people get closer to the fullness that is He Who is infinite. As He’s always said, it takes all of us together to image Him… These are exciting times, filled with opportunity!!!

Kids, Would You Please Start Fighting


Someone’s Engaged!

Greg and Wanda Fisher are excited as their youngest son, Wesley, is recently engaged to Kim Oun of Seattle! A date has not yet been set.

A Sister for Evangeline!

Congratulations to Amy and John Platt who are expecting a baby girl this spring!

To share news with your family, contact


Give Online

To tithe or make an offering online go to our Giving Page.

Lake Samm Tithes 10% to Foursquare and makes an additional offering in its budget for Missions, Benevolence & Local Outreach.

Giving Updates: If you’d like to get weekly email updates on Giving and the Budget, email with your request. We're happy to provide!