Thursday, May 14, 2020

Update from Good Shepherd (May 14, 2020)

Greetings!


WORSHIP DURING COVID-19
Services will be broadcast on Facebook Live, Sundays at 10:00 AM.  
Share our services and invite friends to tune in.
NOTE:  There is a strong possibility, as of this writing, that we would be opening up the church for public worship again as soon as this coming Sunday (May 17).  More details to come on that soon.

GOOD SHEPHERD ON YOUTUBE
         Services are posted on YouTube, usually in a few hours after the service.  When you go to YouTube, do a search for "Good Shepherd Novi" and they should pop up.  (The service from May 10 is here: https://youtu.be/akiys8C_iaY .  It starts a few minutes into the service since we had a power outage just before church began and it took a few minutes for the computer to get back in order.)  Feel free to subscribe to the channel and to share the videos.
         Bulletins for services can be downloaded from here (scroll down): 

ADULT BIBLE CLASS
Our Adult Bible Class meets via Zoom on Wednesdays at 7:00 PM. Our series is “Bible Symbols.”  Class materials are emailed out on Tuesdays.  In order to make sure you receive the study guides and to get the password for the Zoom sessions, you will need to register for this class.  Even if you will attend only occasionally, please register.  A recording for last night's class (May 6) should be posted late Thursday on this blog.
If you happen to have the book, God's Imagery, you can refer to that for each class period.  The chapters that correspond to each session are below.  NOTE It is not necessary to have the book for the class.
The remaining schedule for this class is as follows:
May 20         Apocalyptic Literature (Chapter 8)
May 27         Types of Christ (Chapter 18)

CONCERNING THE CORONAVIRUS
        General thoughts 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."
        Regarding worship, particularly home devotions and prayer during this time of quarantine, you can refer to this letter which offers encouragement, advice, and resources for worship at home.  
        Home Devotions: A link to provide materials for home devotions and prayers is here.

CONCERNING PASTORAL CARE
        Online Worship:  Besides Facebook Live and YouTube, you can find the pastor's sermons archived on this blog.  You can use the search bar to find a particular date, day of the Church Year, or Scripture reference.
        Person-to-person care: Pastor Schroeder will be in his office to offer private devotions, Holy Absolution, and Holy Communion to members in small groups or to individuals.  You may come in without appointment at these times: Mondays and Thursdays, 8:00 AM - Noon and 6:00 - 9:00 PM.  You may also set up an appointment at any time.  Visits by appointment can be done either at church or at your home.
        In case you contract COVID-19:  Please contact Pastor Schroeder.  He will alert the congregation so that your fellow members may pray for you, and he will keep everyone informed of your condition.  If possible, Pastor Schroeder will visit you during your quarantine.  At the very least, he will keep in contact with you and provide devotional materials.  If you want to ask for intercessions for loved ones, we will certainly remember them in our prayers, too.  If your loved one has no pastor, ask if they would like Pastor Schroeder to visit them.  

PRIVATE COMMUNION DURING HOLY WEEK
Private Communion is available by appointment at any time.
Private Communion is available during Pastor Schroeder's office hours:
Mondays           8:00 AM – Noon; 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Thursdays     8:00 AM – Noon; 6:00 - 9:00 PM
To limit the risk of contracting COVID-19 as much as possible, please review the protocol we will follow when you come in.  You can see it here.

OFFERINGS
While we may not be meeting for worship, we do have financial obligations to meet.  You may either mail your offering into Good Shepherd, or you can set up your offering to be transferred electronically from your bank.  If you are interested in the automatic transfer of funds for your offering, please contact the church at welsnovi@aol.com .

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.
>  In recognition of Mothers' Day
   >  Supplication during the COVID-19 pandemic

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:
>  Jan Papson, who continues to suffer from the effects of cancer at home
    >  For the family of Janice Schroeder, aunt of Pastor Schroeder, called to eternal rest on May 11.
     >  For the graduates of Martin Luther College who are about to be assigned as Lutheran school teachers (May 16) and for graduates of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary who are about to be assigned as pastors (May 21).

OFFICE HOURS
Office hours at Good Shepherd have adjusted during the COVID-19 quarantine.  Pastor Schroeder will be in the office Mondays and Thursdays, 8:00 AM - Noon and again 6:00-9:00 PM.  Lisa is doing most of her work from home.

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God bless you.


In Christ,
Pastor Schroeder
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SUNDAY SCHOOL -- suspended until further notice
ADULT BIBLE CLASS -- Wednesdays at 7:00 PM (via Zoom: registration is necessary)

DIVINE SERVICES -- Sundays at 10:00 AM
 (Facebook Live only)

GOOD SHEPHERD’S WEBSITE

Good Shepherd Evangelical Lutheran Church
41415 W. Nine Mile Road
Novi, Michigan  48375-4306
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