Thursday, January 31, 2019

Update from Good Shepherd (January 31, 2019)

Greetings!


REGULAR SCHEDULE
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.

SUNDAY SCHOOL & ADULT BIBLE CLASS
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.
– For Daniel Tulkki, brother of David Tulkki, who has cancer and has been given 3-6 months to live
– For Jim Tulkki, brother of David Tulkki, receiving treatments for cancer

ADULT BIBLE CLASS  —  JESUS – Legend or Lord?
      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 remaining schedule is:    
                  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.  

SCHOOL OF STRATEGIC PLANNING
The WELS offers a School of Strategic Planning to aid congregations in assessing, prioritizing, and implementing plans to make the most of opportunities to preach the Gospel to as many as possible.  The dates for the School of Strategic Planning, to be held at Good Shepherd, will be Saturday, February 16 – Sunday, February 17.  The tentative schedule will include sessions on Saturday (9:00 AM – 6:00 PM) and Sunday (1:00 – 4:00 PM).
Other congregations who will join us are St. John's, Battle Creek and Palabra de Vida, Detroit.  If you are interested in attending these sessions as an interested member of Good Shepherd, please speak with Dan Rauchholz or Pastor Schroeder.
 In order to be good hosts to all participants, we will need to organize meals, snacks, and beverages, as well as any other extras which will make our guests welcome and comfortable.  Details regarding contributions will be posted soon (likely, a SignUp Genius page).  We will also need people who will be willing to serve to prep the snacks, meals, and possibly other needed items.
        The link to the WELS page for School of Strategic Planning is here:  https://ccc.welsrc.net/school-of-strategic-planning/

SUNDAY NIGHT BIBLE SERIES
A next session of our Sunday Night Bible Series will be Sunday, February 10 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.

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.

WELS YOUTH RALLY
Join Us for the 2019 WELS Regional Youth Rally in West Virginia!
This year's regional Youth Rally will take place at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, from July 15-18th. The Michigan District and North Atlantic District will again be partnering on this project.
The event will be similar to the rallies held at Villanova in 2015 and at Xavier in 2017. Students and chaperones will have the chance to join fellow WELS members from around the country for worship, Bible study, games, exploring the West Virginia countryside, a trip to an amusement park, and much more!
Earlybird online registration is already open! Save now by registering before March 16th. You can find Rally information at welsyouth.net or simply click the link below.

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BAD WEATHER POLICY FOR SERVICES AT GOOD SHEPHERD
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
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DIVINE SERVICES
     Sundays at 10:00 AM
     Thursdays at 3:30 PM (call or text 248-719-5218 to confirm)

SUNDAY SCHOOL
     Sundays at 8:45 AM

ADULT BIBLE CLASS
     Sundays at 8:45 AM

GOOD SHEPHERD’S WEBSITE

PASTOR SCHROEDER’S BLOG


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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