Thursday, October 11, 2018

Update from Good Shepherd (October 11, 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.  NOTE: There is no Thursday service today (Oct 11).

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

IT IS A “GO!”  Good Shepherd will be offering worship services and a Sunday School class for people with developmental disabilities.  It is designed to serve people with the Gospel who are mostly neglected in our area.  We also have an official date and time.  This service will be offered on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM.  Our start date will be Tuesday, December 11 at 6:30 PM.  Subsequent dates will be January 8 and February 12.
In order to assure that we are prepare for our first Jesus Cares Ministries service, we will have a organizational/dry-run meeting on Tuesday, November 13 at 6:30 PM.  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
Finally, in order for this ministry to truly be of service to those who need it, we need to publicize this.  If you know of anyone with developmental disabilities (e.g., Down Syndrome, Autism, et al.), please inform them of our Jesus Cares Ministries efforts.  Word of mouth is usually best received, but you can help us get the word out in other ways, too.  Once again—we begin on Tuesday, December 11 at 6:30 PM.
You can find out more about Jesus Cares Ministries at: .

        A new series for our Sunday Night Bible Series will begin THIS 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.

        Good Shepherd has a number of members who are attending college, many of whom live away from home.  We want to assure them that they are still an important part of this congregation and that we have not forgotten them while they are away.  In order to show our support, we are putting together Collegiate Care Packages which will be delivered to all our college students.
        If you are able to give a few moments of your time after church this Sunday (October 14), Georgene Kinsman will direct you with the preparation for these packages which will be delivered shortly thereafter.

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. 

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.

On the weekend of November 9-11, Huron Valley Lutheran High School will be hosting Choral Fest.  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 will be asked to host at least two choir members (you can request more if you have the room) from Thursday night (November 8) through Sunday morning (November 11).  They will mainly need lodging and transportation to and from HVL.  (Some car-pooling to and from Good Shepherd may be arranged.)  Good Shepherd will be hosting Manitowoc Lutheran High School who is coming with 24 people.
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 Choral Fest.
If you are willing to host some choir members or have questions, you may speak to Dan & Mary LeFevre.

If you were not able to get your photograph included for our upcoming pictorial directory, please speak with Dan Rauchholz about how your photo can still be included.  But please note: Time is running short to be included!

Look for Good Shepherd on Facebook.  Then “LIKE” us for updates and other postings.

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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