Thursday, March 12, 2020

Update from Good Shepherd (March 12, 2020)

Greetings!


SCHEDULE FOR THE LENTEN SEASON
        Divine Services are Sundays at 10:00 AM.
        Sunday School is on Sundays at 8:45 AM. 
        Adult Bible Class meets on Sundays at 8:45 AM.
        Lenten Vespers are Wednesdays at 7:00 PM.  A supper is served at 6:00 PM.  The schedule for Lenten Vespers can be seen here.

LENTEN SCHEDULE
Our Lenten schedule for mid-week Vespers is below.  The overriding theme for our Lenten Vespers, a prayer service, is The Crucified King.
                               Theme Supper
March 18 The King on the Cross Pizza and salad
March 25 The Crucified King Sub sandwiches
April 1 The King Mocked TBD
Supper will be served at 6:00 PM; Vespers begins at 7:00 PM.

CONCERNING THE CORONAVIRUS
        Whether or not the coronavirus has you panicked, everyone is talking about it.  Regrading the Church, its services, and pastoral care during a health scare such as the coronoavirus, I refer you to some thoughts I had written earlier.  You can find them at my blog here, under the title, "A Pastoral Concern: The Church Militant, Pastoral Care, and the Coronavirus."

ADULT BIBLE CLASS – NEW SERIES
We have begun the series, “Bible Symbols.”   While the Bible is written in clear language, it sometimes uses symbolism to reveal God's word to us.  Such symbolism, while it can be confusing, also serves to illustrate God's mercy and salvation to us.  In order to gain a deeper understanding of God's mercy and salvation, it serves us well to be familiar with the Bible's symbolism and word pictures.  (The class schedule can be seen here.)
         The book “God's Imagery” has been ordered (cost will be $18) and should be here (hopefully) by Sunday, March 1.  If you need to, you can order it on your own through Northwestern Publishing House (www.nph.net).  

TEDDY BEAR DRIVE
          During the month of March, we will be collecting teddy bears which will then be donated through Ascension Providence Park to children who are in St. John's Children's Hospital downtown Detroit and who are admitted to the ER at Ascension Providence Park.  Teddy bears are to be new.  Used and even gently used teddy bears are not permitted due to germs or other contaminates that may come from someone's home.  Drop-offs to Good Shepherd can be made on Sundays, during office hours, or by appointment.

EUCHRE / GAME NIGHT
Once again, we will be having a game night at Good Shepherd.  For some, that will mean several rounds of euchre.  For others, that will mean the board game or card game of your choice.  Feel free to bring a snack or beverage to share.  We will meet THIS SATURDAY (March 14) at 7:00 PM.  Bring some friends, too. 
          While not necessary, we would appreciate an RSVP, which you can do at the link here.

EVANGELISM COMMITTEE MEETING
          In order to make the most of opportunities to proclaim the Gospel in our community, we need to budget our expenses and our time.  We will be meeting to determine our plans and to pray that God will bless them.  Our next Evangelism Committee meeting will be THIS SUNDAY (March 15) at 11:15 AM.  All members are encouraged to participate in our Evangelism efforts, whether on the committee or not.  But we do need people who are willing to be on the committee to plan.

STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE MEETING
          Our next Stewardship Committee meeting will be THIS SUNDAY (March 15) at 11:15 AM.  The main purpose of our Stewardship Committee right now is to coordinate events to foster the bonds of fellowship among our members and to serve our community as well.  While we can come up with ideas, it is important that congregation is on board with these ideas to make them beneficial for us and for others.  In other words, we need your participation to make these events go well.  Got an idea?  Willing to make some phone calls?  Want to see our congregation more energetic and vibrant?  Then you can help.  Join us on Sunday, March 15 after church.

EASTER FOR KIDS
        Our Easter for Kids program will be held on Saturday, April 4 (9:00-11:00 AM).  Registration forms are available at church.  There should be an online from at our website soon (if it is not already up).


INTERCESSIONS 
Intercessions that are requested prior to the bulletin’s printing will be included in the bulletin.  Requests may be made prior to the service as well.
>  For Rawland Storm who is recovering from surgery and continues treatment for cancer
   >  For the recovery of those who have contracted the coronavirus and for protection from its spreading

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:
>  Josie Shipe, niece of Bob & Susan Shipe, dealing with an undiagnosed neurological issue
>  Jan Papson, who continues to suffer from the effects of cancer at home
    >  For Roland & Nancy Schneider, parents of Dan Schneider, who are currently quarantined regarding the possibility of the coronavirus from a cruise ship

MEET-YOUR-NEIGHBOR BREAKFAST – Saturday, March 21 (9:00-11:00 AM)
Good Shepherd, in an attempt to foster a better relationship with our neighbors (and they, in turn, with one another), will host a Saturday morning continental breakfast once a month.  On the 3rd Saturday of each month (9:00-11:00 AM), we will invite our community to join us for coffee, juice, and pastries.  We hope to make ourselves better known to our community and to get our community to know us too.  Of course, we want some of our own members to be here to welcome our neighbors.  
          Our next breakfast will be Saturday, March 21.  For more information, speak to David Kirvan.

OFFICE HOURS
        Regular office hours at Good Shepherd will be Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM. While there may be some flexibility to this schedule, we will try to keep it as regular as possible.

BAD WEATHER POLICY FOR SERVICES AT GOOD SHEPHERD
        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 cappella singing and/or spoken liturgy, but we will be here.
        Bible Classes and meetings may be canceled due to weather.  Check your email regarding announcements to see if any of those scheduled events is canceled.  If there is no email about it, it is not canceled.  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.

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God bless you.


In Christ,
Pastor Schroeder
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SUNDAY SCHOOL -- Sundays at 8:45 AM.
ADULT BIBLE CLASS -- Sundays at 8:45 AM.

DIVINE SERVICES -- Sundays at 10:00 AM.


LENTEN VESPERS -- Wednesdays at 7:00 PM.  (Supper served at 6:00 PM)

GOOD SHEPHERD’S WEBSITE

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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