Friday, September 28, 2018

Update from Good Shepherd (September 28, 2018)

NOTE: This is usually sent as an email blast to members and friends of Good Shepherd.  Recently, this email blast has refused to send, so it has been relegated to my blog.


        Our Divine Services are on Sundays at 10:00 AM.  
        Thursday services at 3:30 PM are also offered, but call or text to confirm you are coming (248-719-5218).  If no one calls to confirm their attendance, he may not be at the church.   

        Our Sunday School & Adult Bible Class meet at 8:45 AM. 

Please plan to join us for Brunch, at Good Shepherd TOMORROW! (Saturday September 29) at 10 AM.  Meet new friends and re-acquaint yourselves with other Ladies; enjoy edible “thank you’s” for volunteer efforts; learn about opportunities at Church; enjoy one another’s company.    Those attending are encouraged to bring new or gently-used clothing to contribute to the Redford Pregnancy Care Center.  Needed are 2T – 4T sizes; larger size diapers (above size 3); baby lotion/wash/formula and baby food/cereal.

THIS SUNDAY (September 30), Good Shepherd will be hosting a Mission Festival.  Often we think of missions to far off, exotic places.  However, we have mission fields right here in our own community!  Part of our community which we hope to serve with the Gospel are the developmentally handicapped people.  We hope to begin serving them with a once a month service, known as Jesus Cares Ministries.  When Good Shepherd begins this program (presumably in November or December, date and time still to be determined), we want our own members present to assist with each worshiper.
In order to know what would be involved in Jesus Cares Ministries, Pastor Joel Gaertner, who oversees this program, will demonstrate this service at our mission festival.  If you know of anyone with mental disabilities, please inform them of this mission festival and of Jesus Cares Ministries.  You can find out more about Jesus Cares Ministries at: .
Also, a potluck meal will be served after the service so that we can speak more with Pastor Gaertner and enjoy fellowship with one another.  You can RSVP and indicate what you will bring to our pot luck at this Sign Up Genius link:

        Good Shepherd is entertaining the idea of offering worship services and a Sunday School class for those who are mentally disabled.  It is designed to serve a group of people who are mostly neglected in our area with the Gospel.  If  we decide to go forward and offer this service to our community, our target start up would be either November or December.  Specific time and date would need to be determined by our own members.
We would need our members to be present for this once a month service in order to set with, befriend, and assist any people who attend.  Of course, we have no idea how many that would be right now.  But in order to have our own people here, we need to know 1) who would be willing and able to come to this monthly service and 2) when you would be available to do so.
To determine these things, we will have a Jesus Cares Ministries follow up meeting on Sunday, October 7 after church (about 11:20 AM).  If you are interested or simply would like more information, please join us.  If you are interested but will be unavailable for the meeting, please speak to Pastor Schroeder

A new series for our Sunday Night Bible Series will begin on Sunday, October 14.  The next series is entitled, “Eating God's Sacrifice.”  “Eating God's Sacrifice” explores the Lord's Supper portrayal in the Old Testament sacrifices.  While the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper flows from the Passover, its roots and forgiveness come from all the Old Testament sacrifices.  After viewing each DVD segment, Pastor Purdue and Pastor Schroeder will lead a discussion about the material which is in the DVD.  All sessions will begin at 6:00 PM.  These are intended to be interactive discussions as well as informational.  Desserts and snacks will be served.  All are welcome. 

On the weekend of November 9-11, Huron Valley Lutheran High School will be hosting Choralfest.  It is a gathering of choirs from area Lutheran high schools around the country resulting in a choir of perhaps 200 voices, joining to unite their voices in praise to God.  There will be two concerts given by these choirs.  On Friday, November 9 at 7:00 PM, each high school's swing choir will perform for a Pops Concert.  On Sunday, November 11, there will be a mass choir presenting a sacred concert at 2:00 PM.

In order to accommodate all the choirs who will be coming to HVL, associate congregations will need families to host the teens from these choirs.  Families who are willing to host will be asked to host at least two choir members (you can request more if you have the room).  They will mainly need lodging and transportation to and from HVL.  (Some car-pooling from Good Shepherd may be arranged.)  Good Shepherd has been asked to host Manitowoc Lutheran High School's choir, which will be coming with a group of 24.
As a “thank you” for hosting, it is customary for the choir whom Good Shepherd hosts to sing for our service on the Sunday morning of Choralfest.
If you are willing to host some choir members or have questions, you may speak to Dan or Mary LeFevre.

On Saturday, October 20, Good Shepherd will be hosting a community event—Trunk or Treat—from 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon.  We will welcome our community to join us to visit our decorated cars for candy and treats.  In addition, we will be serving cider and donuts and have lawn games for people to play.  (Pray for good weather.)  
In order to make this even worth while for our community to come to, we will need at least ten cars which will be decorated and hosted by our members.  We will also need to coordinate to assure there is variety in the decoration themes.  (We probably don't need eight Detroit Tigers themed cars.)
While this is an effort to make ourselves more acquainted with our community, and vice versa, it will also be a good time for our own members to join together for an enjoyable Fall morning.  For more information and to announce your intention to include your car for Trunk or Treat, speak to Laura Schroeder.

Why do Lutherans worship the way they do?  What does each part of the liturgy mean?  Where did those songs come from?  And what's with all the standing and sitting?
While we all may be accustomed to the Lutheran liturgy, we may not appreciate or even be aware of the rationale behind each part of it.  In order to foster a greater appreciation for the Lutheran liturgy, we will observe a Liturgy Sunday on October 21.  An elder will introduce each portion of the service and explain its background, followed by the pastor and congregation conducting each respective portion of the service.
If you have ever wondered about this, or if you have a friend who might be curious about why we worship the way we do, join us for Liturgy Sunday on October 21.  The pastor is always available to explain further any questions you have about or Divine Service as well.
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God bless you.
In Christ,
Pastor Schroeder

     Sundays at 10:00 AM

     Sundays at 8:45 AM

     Sundays at 8:45 AM


Good Shepherd Evangelical Lutheran Church
41415 W. Nine Mile Road
Novi, Michigan  48375-4306
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Divine Services -- Sundays at 10:00 AM

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