Thursday, May 21, 2020

Update from Good Shepherd (May 21, 2020)

Greetings!


WORSHIP DURING COVID-19
Services have resumed.  We meet this Sunday (May 24) at 10:00 AM.  
        After the stay-at-home order ends (as of this writing May 28), we will offer services throughout the summer on Sundays at 8:30 and 10:00 AM to accommodate the additional members who said they are ready to return.  The 8:30 AM & 10:00 AM schedule will begin on May 31.  For information on what you can expect when you come to church and what will be expected of you, see this link.
        Services will still be broadcast on Facebook Live, Sundays at 10:00 AM, and uploaded to YouTube.   Share our services and invite friends to tune in.

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 17 is here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjhklPu-zsI&t=3s .)   Feel free to share the videos.
         Bulletins for services can be downloaded from here (scroll down): 

COVID-19 AND MASKS AT CHURCH
As was noted in previous communications, we expect that people will wear masks in attendance at church.  Are they annoying?  Yes.  Are they inconvenient?  Yes.  Are they an infringement on our freedoms or a method of preserving health?  Well, opinions differ there, and that is part of our challenge as we come together to worship.  Some feel masks are useless; others are truly bothered when they see people who do not wear masks.  Now, put both of these people together in a church and you can sense the problem.
In consultation with the Church Council, here is what I am asking of all our worshipers: Please wear masks throughout your time at church.  Even if you think a mask is a wasted effort, your fellow member in the row in front of you may not share your opinion.  So, please endure the inconvenience out of love for all worshipers so that nothing would hinder people coming to hear God's word and partake in the sacrament together as the body of Christ.

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.  
        A recording for last night's class (May 20) was a disaster.  Our connection froze way too many times to post it as a video worth watching.
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 final class is:      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: As much as possible, Pastor Schroeder will be available for private devotions, Holy Absolution, and Holy Communion to members in small groups or to individuals.  You may call to 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 THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
Private Communion is available by appointment at any time.
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.
>  For the people in mid-Michigan who are effected by extreme flooding and evacuations
   >  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:
>  For the family of Jan Papson, called to eternal rest on May 15.
     >  For families in mid-Michigan effected by extreme flooding and evacuations

OFFICE HOURS
The office hours at Good Shepherd are going to be fairly fluid as we enter the summer months.  If you want to contact Pastor Schroeder for any kind of meeting, call or text (248) 719-5218.

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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 SERVICE on May 24 --

Sunday at 10:00 AM (We will also stream on Facebook Live )

SUMMER SCHEDULE -- begins May 31
DIVINE SERVICES -- Sundays at 8:30 & 10:00 AM  (We will also stream on Facebook Live )

GOOD SHEPHERD’S WEBSITE

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