Thursday, January 10, 2019

Update from Good Shepherd (January 10,2019)


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 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.

ADULT BIBLE CLASS  — A new series comes in January:  JESUS – Lord or Legend?
      Jesus is one of the most written about and debated figures in the world.  In this eight-part series, Dr. Maier explores a three-lane highway to the past through the disciplines of Archaeology, History, and Geography.  Along the journey, we look back to the world that Jesus himself saw as he moved toward the cross.  The schedule is:
                  January 13 –  Archaeology and History 
                  January 20 –  The Works of Josephus
                  January 27 –  The Infancy Narratives
                  February 3 –  Jesus' Public Ministry  
                  February 10 –  The Week That Changed the World
                  February 17 –  The Resurrection Revisited
                  February 24 –  The Explosion of Christianity 
In order to give ourselves enough time to discuss the materials presented, the DVD will begin promptly at 8:55 AM.  

BIBLE INFORMATION CLASS will begin THIS MONDAY, January 14.  Classes will be 7:00 – 8:30 PM.
The schedule for this class is:
          1/14         God's Plan of Salvation
          1/21         God Created a Beautiful Universe.
          1/28         Why is the World So Crazy?
          2/ 4         How did Jesus Save the World?
          2/11         The End is Coming!
          2/25         Why do We Need the Bible?
          3/ 4         God Works through Holy Baptism.
          3/11         God Works through Holy Communion.
          3/18         God Gathers His Church.
          3/25         A Conversation with God.
          4/ 1          Our Spiritual Heartbeat
          4/ 8          Love the Lord your God 
          4/15         Love your Neighbor – Part 1
          4/29         Love your Neighbor – Part 2
          5/ 6          Take Good Care
NOTE: Depending upon how many questions or discussions we have with the material, we may be able to complete more than one lesson in a session.
While this class is geared toward people who are interested in church membership at Good Shepherd, taking the class does not obligate you to join the church.  If you simply want to grow in your knowledge of the Bible, this class is for you.  There is no cost.  All materials are provided.  You will not be put on the spot to answer questions (though we will ask your name).  You are not even expected to know anything.  Come with questions.  Come with friends.  Come and learn what God wants you to know.
Call (248-349-0565) or e-mail ( to register for this class.  

PRIVATE CONFESSION & ABSOLUTION -- Saturday, January 12 (9:00-11:00 AM)
        In accordance with the Lutheran Confessions, Private Confession & Absolution will be available without appointment this Saturday.  
        For the rationale behind Private Confession & Absolution, see this link:

A next session of our Sunday Night Bible Series will be THIS SUNDAY, January 13 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.

        The annual meeting for WELS Lutherans for Life will be on Sunday, January 13 at 3:00 PM.  It will be held at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church (17810 Farmington Road) in Livonia.  The keynote speaker will be Pastor Bill Natsis from Trinity Lutheran in Saline, MI.  His topic will be "Luther's treatment of the Sixth Commandment in the Large Catechism."  Please plan to join us that day!

JESUS CARES MINISTRIES: Worship at the Cross
Our first effort for Worship at the Cross did not have any attendees. We are being optimistic, suggesting that the hectic schedule of December left people not wanting to add another event to their month.  We will try again on Tuesday, February 12 at 6:30 PM.
Worship at the Cross is a  service and a Sunday School class for people with special needs.  These people, precious to Jesus, are often neglected.
Please continue to  publicize this.  If you know of anyone with special needs (e.g., Down Syndrome, Autism, et al.), please inform them of our Worship at the Cross efforts.  Registration forms for Worship at the Cross can be found here: 
You can find out more about Jesus Cares Ministries and Worship at the Cross at: .

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

     Saturday, January 12, 9:00 - 11:00 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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