Thursday, August 29, 2019

Update from Good Shepherd (August 29, 2019)


        Divine Services are Sundays at 10:00 AM.
        Sunday School & Adult Bible Class resume on September 8, 8:45 AM.

        In the event that you are out of town over the weekend, you can find worship services during the week in the following locations.
        Monday at 7:00 PM –  St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church(1343 Penniman Ave, Plymouth)
        Thursday at 6:30 PM – St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church(17810 Farmington Road, Livonia)

        Please note the change to the schedule which is coming up quickly.

>>>>> Sunday School classes will meet at 8:45 AM.

>>>>> Adult Bible Class will meet at 8:45 AM.  We will be working our way through the books of 1 & 2 Samuel, seeing how God continued to preserve his plan of salvation.  We will give special attention to the prophet Samuel and to the kings, Saul and David.

>>>>> Our Church Picnic will take place shortly after the service.  You are welcome to come to church in rather casual dress on September 8.  Following the service, we will fire up the grills to cook burgers and hot dogs.  Meat, buns, condiments, and beverages will be provided by the church.  Members are asked to bring a dish to share.  A Sign Up Genius will soon be publicized to determine what kinds of additional dishes people are bringing (no need to have 10 dozen cookies and no side dishes) and to RSVP.  We plan on having games and activities to allow our members to enjoy each others' company and to get to know each other better.  All are welcome, including any guests who happen to be with us (whom you are encouraged to bring along).
          There is a Sign Up Genius for the church picnic.  You can find it here:

>>>>> In addition, we will acknowledge the completion of our mortgage payments for Good Shepherd with a mortgage burning ceremony, also on September 8.

Some have stated that Sunday morning's 8:45 AM Adult Bible Class is too early.  Since Adult Bible Class is important (it offers fellow Christians to discuss matters important to the Christian faith, presents opportunities for mutual encouragement, and strengthens our fellowship), I am entertaining the idea of offering Adult Bible Class on Wednesday evening in addition to Sunday morning.  It would be the same as Sunday's Bible class, but repeated on Wednesday evening at 6:30 PM.
The question now is not, “Is this a good idea?”  The question to be answered is this: “Who is committed to coming on Wednesdays at 6:30 PM?”  Before this Adult Bible Class is put on the calendar, I need to k now if anyone will be attending it.
Please respond to or text (248) 719-5218 and indicate, “I will be there.”  Also, include your name as this will allow me to know how many to expect.  This evening class offers an opportunity to invite your friends who might think that Sunday mornings at 8:45 AM are way too early.
Finally, this will not effect Sunday School.  Sunday School remains at 8:45 AM on Sundays.

BIBLE BASICS CLASS to begin on Monday, September 9
Bible Basics Class is a class for the benefit of all from those who are curious about the Christian faith to those who want to be further grounded in Biblical teachings.  The class is designed to cover...
  ... the basics of Christianity for those who desire to learn more.  
  ... what Lutherans believe, teach, and confess about the word of God.  
  ... what God considers “good enough” for us to get to heaven.
  ... how we can know who God really is.
  ... what God desires for all mankind.
Whether you are a Bible scholar or barely know what a Bible is, this class is for you.  There is no cost.  All materials are provided.  Come with questions.  Come with friends.  Come and learn what God wants you to know.
Our Bible Basics Class will be on Mondays, 7:00-8:30 PM.  
        Members of Good Shepherd, you can already start thinking about whom you would bring to this class.  Talk to them about it and attend with them.  For more information or details, please speak with Pastor Schroeder.

On Saturday, September 7, 9:00-11:00 AM, Pastor Schroeder will be in his office and available for Private Confession & Absolution.  No appointment will be necessary.  If you are grieved or haunted by particular sins and desire to hear your Savior's word of forgiveness, this is for you.  Pastor Schroeder will walk through the rite since it is unfamiliar to most.  As the name suggests, the confession remains private.  It is made to Christ.  Likewise, the forgiveness is Christ's through the mouth of his minister.

Private Confession & Absolution is always available by appointment.

NOTES from Huron Valley Lutheran High School (HVL)
Upcoming Events:
Sept 7            HVL Golf Outing
Sept 19-21     HVL Rummage Sale

HVL Golf Outing - The annual HVL golf outing will be held at the Fox Hills Golf Course on Saturday, Sept 7th.  Register at

Join HVL’s Mailing List - Go to and click on “Sign up for Newsletter” or call or email the school office at to be added.

        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. 

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

God bless you.

In Christ,
Pastor Schroeder
DIVINE SERVICES -- Sundays at 10:00 AM

SUNDAY SCHOOL & ADULT BIBLE CLASS will resume September 8.


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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