Thursday, March 21, 2019

Update from Good Shepherd (March 21, 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.

OFFICE HOURS Regular office hours at Good Shepherd will be Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays
from 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM. While there may be some flexibility to this schedule, we will
try to keep it as regular as possible.

On Monday, April 1, we will have our bi-annual Evangelism Seminar.  This will be
for the whole congregation, especially to gear up for Easter outreach and Easter Sunday. 
We will show a DVD entitled, “To the Ends of the Earth.”  It highlights St. Paul's preaching
in the city of Philippi where he encountered various kinds of people who needed the good
news of Jesus to give them comfort, hope, and deliverance from sin, death, and the devil. 
After viewing this DVD, we will consider the kinds of people we know who also need this. 
Then we will hand out postcards for you to invite friends and acquaintances to our Easter
service.  We are hoping to have at least 20 guests join us on Easter Sunday.  But that only
happens if we are all engaged in this outreach.
Our plans begin on Monday, April 1 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM.  

Mid-Week Lenten Vespers
During the Lenten season
, we offer additional services to ponder the sufferings and death of our Lord Jesus Christ.  The Lenten series, based on the theme, “Three Words of Truth,” is below.  Lenten Vespers (an evening prayer service) begins at 7:00 PM; a supper is served at 6:00 PM.  If you are interested in helping provide food for the supper, please speak to Pastor Schroeder, Dan Rauchholz, or Brian Wilder.
March 27  “Away With Him!”-- John 19:14-18
April 3   “I Am He.”  -- John 18:3-9 
April 10   “What Is Truth?” -- John 18:33-40

Mid-Week Lenten Suppers
The schedule for our Lenten suppers is as follows:

March 27  -- Church Council
April 3   -- Church Council
April 10   -- Ladies of Good Shepherd

       Our Adult Bible Class will read through St. Paul's letter to the Galatians.  The main purpose of this letter was to offer correction and encouragement to a congregation which was convinced that human effort must be added to the Gospel promises to be assured of one's place in the kingdom of God.  This is a constant struggle that we face, convinced that our salvation is somehow based on our performance or worthiness.  This epistle, perhaps more than any other, teaches us what it means that we are saved “by faith alone.”
      March 24       Does the Gospel need help to do its work? -  Galatians 2:1-24
      March 31        We are saved by faith alone.  -  Galatians 3:1-18
      April 7             Is the Law opposed to the Gospel? -  Galatians 3:19-29
      April 14           Are we slaves or are we free?  -  Galatians 4:1-31
      April 21           EASTER BREAKFAST
      April 28          How do we exercise our Christian freedom? -  Galatians 5:1-15
      May 5              Examination of Catechumen / Catechism review
      May 12            We are at the same time sinner and saint. -  Galatians 5:16-26
      May 19            Let us care for and encourage one another. -  Galatians 6:1-18

Spring Fellowship Dinner - I don’t care what the weather says. 
        In place of our progressive dinner this year, we are opting to have a simple fellowship dinner, to be hosted at Resting Rock Estate (AKA, Dan R's House) THIS SATURDAY (March 23).  Start time approximately 6:00 pm.  Please use the Sign Up Genius link below to let us know how many will be coming so we can plan as well as what you may be able bring. 

  Our next session for our Sunday Night Bible Series will be Sunday, April 14
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. 

        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!
        You can find Rally information at or simply click the link below.

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
     Thursdays at 3:30 PM (call or text 248-719-5218 to confirm)

     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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