Who are we?
In the Epistle of St. James is says “What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead” (James 2:14-17). The Good Samaritan 365 is a service group within St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church in Los Angeles. The Good Samaritan 365 aims to serve by engaging the church youth and congregation in spiritual and social services such as providing food and clothing for the less fortunate, visiting the elderly and orphanages, volunteering at several pre-planned events by other similar groups/organizations, visiting the sick and those who are in prison, and several other services.
Our theme is simple: Serve the Lord through helping His children.
Matthew 25:34-40: “Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me. Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’”
Are you wondering why we are dedicating time to serve? We are fueled by the divine words from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Romans which states “Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality (Romans 12:9-13).
How can I serve?
There will be ample opportunities throughout the year to join the service (avg. of 2 service opportunities per month). To find out about these opportunities please follow us on social media:
How can I donate to a service?
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