Friday, December 7, 2018

Update from Good Shepherd (December 7, 2018)


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.

       In order to prepare for our Sunday School Children's Christmas service (December 16), we will be having several rehearsals.  Parts have been distributed.  Please note the schedule.
        Rehearsal -- Sunday, December 9;  11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (lunch provided)
        Dress Rehearsal & Christmas party -- Saturday, December 15;  9:00 - 11:00 AM
        Children's Christmas service-- Sunday, December 16;  10:00 AM 

JESUS CARES MINISTRIES -- Worship at the Cross
Good Shepherd will be offering worship services and a Sunday School class for people with special needs.  These people, precious to Jesus, are often neglected.   This service will be offered on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM.  Our start date will be THIS TUESDAY (December) 11 at 6:30 PM.  The service is called "Worship at the Cross."
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 Worship at the Cross 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 and Worship at the Cross at: .

ADULT BIBLE CLASS  — St. Paul's Epistles to Timothy

What does God expect of his church?  What does God desire for worship?  What are the qualifications and responsibilities of a pastor?  These are the questions St. Paul addresses in his letter to protegee, Timothy.  Having trained Timothy for years, St. Paul entrusted Timothy to serve as the pastor of the church at Ephesus.  Paul's instructions teach us what the ministry is supposed to look like.  These instructions still apply to Christ's Church today. December 9 1 Timothy 5 (Instructions for the Church) – left over from Dec 2 December 9 1 Timothy 6 (Striving for godliness rather than gain) December 16 2 Timothy 1-2 (Guard your faith and your teaching) December 23 2 Timothy 3-4 (Faithfulness in a faithless world)

In our prayers....
While we offer up prayers for specific requests in our services, petitions and intercessions can be offered up throughout the week for continued concerns.  Please continue to remember these in your prayers:
-- For Dale Peterson, father of Jeanette Schneider, who is still recovering from a second stroke
– For Jon Rumics, son of David & Diane Rumics, who is being treated for cancer.
– For the family of Oliver Barber, father of Terry Barber, who was called to eternal rest (11/23/2018)

The Ladies of Good Shepherd will be hosting a cookie exchange on THIS SUNDAY (December 9) after church.  Ladies, please bring two dozen Christmas cookies.  They will be packaged for members to take home.  Donations received for cookies will go to purchase new altar linens.  (Some of them are quite threadbare.)

Want to get in the Christmas Spirit? We are going to try something different for the church decorating this year. We will do the church decorating THIS SATURDAY (December 8) starting at 4:00 PM. But we want to do more than decorate, we want to make a mini-Christmas party out of it. We will play Christmas music, watch Christmas shows (bring your favorite), order some pizza, and have some fun.
Other ideas on activities are welcome. Hope we can see a bunch of you there.

A next session of our Sunday Night Bible Series will be THIS SUNDAY (December 9) at 6:00 PM.  This series, entitled “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.

We prepare for the coming of the Savior with repentance as we prayerfully, quietly, and eagerly await our Savior.  Our Advent Theme is: God's Faithful People Await the Coming of the Lord.
December 12 They Are Humble.  (Luke 1:26-38)
December 19 They Are Saved.  (Matthew 1:18-25)
Join us on Wednesdays for Advent.  Supper begins at 6:00 PM; Vespers begins at 7:00 PM.

       We will have our Advent dinners before each mid-week Advent Vespers.  Dinners will be served at 6:00 PM.  The following groups will be heading up the meals for the Advent dinners:
December 12 Church Council
December 19 Church Council
If you are willing and able to help with the Advent dinners, please speak to the contact person listed above.

          The Ladies of Good Shepherd will be setting out a sign-up sheet soon for Christmas poinsettias.  The cost will be determined soon.  Checks can be made out to Good Shepherd Worship Committee.  Cash can be left in the collection plate but needs to be designated “poinsettias.”  The poinsettias will be used to decorate the church for the Christmas services.  You are welcome to take yours home after the Christmas Eve or Christmas Day service.

This year’s HVL Christmas Concert will be held on Sunday, December 16, beginning at 3:00 pm.  Come worship the Christ-child with the HVL Choir, and Hawk Singers as they perform music for the season.

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

For future reference (or a reminder) here is the bad weather policy for Good Shepherd services:
We will always have services as scheduled at Good Shepherd.  Since I live across the parking lot, I can get to the church no matter how bad the weather gets.  Even if the service is just me and my family, we will be here.  For everyone else, please use your God-given common sense to determine whether or not you will get on the road to attend any service when the weather is bad.  We don't want anyone to risk his or her life to be here.  But if you do venture out, the scheduled service will take place.  It may be only a handful with a capella singing and/or spoken liturgy, but we will be here.
Bible Classes and meetings may be cancelled due to weather.  Check your email regarding announcements to see if any of those scheduled events is cancelled.  If there is no email about it, it is not cancelled.  But again, use common sense to determine if you can make it, and call the pastor to let him know if you will not be coming.

God bless you.

In Christ,
Pastor Schroeder

     Sundays at 10:00 AM

     Wednesdays, December 12, & 19, 7:00 PM

     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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