Thursday, November 12, 2020

Update from Good Shepherd (November 12, 2020)


      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.

Divine Services are at 10:00 AM on Sundays. 
Sunday School is on Sundays at 8:45 AM.
Adult Bible Class is on Sundays at 8:45 AM.  We are starting a series on Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  The schedule can be found at this link.
Catechism Class is on Wednesdays at 3:30 PM. 
Bible Matters, a discussion group, is on Wednesdays at 7:00 PM.  Topics coming up:
Nov 18 –  The canon of Scripture: Can we be sure we have the right books in the Bible? 
Nov 25 –  Thanksgiving service 
If anyone wants to follow along on Zoom, contact the pastor ( and I will send you a link.  Your contribution to the discussion may have to be limited to the Chat feature. 

Names should be submitted by Noon today!!!
Every year, we remember the names of loved ones who have died in the Christian faith, praising God for the mercy he has had upon them and thanking God for preserving them in that saving faith throughout their life.  Normally, the names of these departed souls are recalled in a prayer on All Saints' Day, which is November 1.  Good Shepherd will transfer this prayer and these remembrances to the 3rd Sunday of End Times which focuses on Saints Triumphant.
  In addition to members of Good Shepherd who have been called to eternal rest, you may submit the names of your own loved ones who have died in the Christian faith between November 17, 2019 and November 15, 2020.  

On Sunday, November 22 after church, we will have an Open Forum to discuss congregational matters, both in prioritizing plans and in implementing them.  In order to make these plans and to actually carry them out, we need our members involved and engaged.  Included in our discussions will be: serving God's people amidst COVID challenges, a financial update for 2020, presentation of a proposed budget for 2021, a need for new windows and siding for the church, installation of a “little library” at the newly installed bench along Meadowbrook Road, highlighting the importance of our members to grow in the word and to go with the word, and election of Church Council officers.  If there are any other matters of importance, you may address them to Pastor Schroeder or to Dan Rauchholz.
While we hope to meet in person, we will also set up a Zoom link for people to be engaged from home.  If you are interested in receiving that link, please email the church at

Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary Married Student Assistance
Annually, Good Shepherd has been participating with the WELS congregations throughout Michigan for a food drive for the married students at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, alleviating their expenses while they study for the ministry and take care of their families.  COVID-19 has made the collection of food prohibitive; the Seminary is not accepting such donations.  Instead, they have asked us to take a monetary collection which will be exchanged for gift cards to be handed out to the students.  Checks can be made out to “Good Shepherd” (designate it: Seminary), and we will send in one check from our congregation to Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary.  Your contributions are appreciated by these students and their families.

Support HVL with our annual Wreath and Poinsettia Sale!  Orders are due TOMORROW, November 13th!  Click Here to Order –
          All of our poinsettias are wrapped with a gold cover and wreaths are handmade at Schwartz's Nursery and Greenhouse with premium evergreen boughs. Wreaths and Poinsettias will be delivered to HVL on Monday, November 23rd. Orders can be picked up at HVL on Monday anytime after 12pm. If special pick up arrangements are needed, please contact the school office. Questions, please contact the school office at 734-525-0160 or

Office hours are Monday-Thursday, 9:00 AM – Noon.  
The pastor will be in his office unless a meeting has been scheduled elsewhere (consult the weekly schedule).  The pastor is also available by appointment.  Call or text (248-719-5218).  You may also email (, but the response may be slower.

        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.
        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.
        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.  

         The service from October 11 did not record, but there are a number of services posted on YouTube to peruse.  Feel free to share the videos.  For other services, do a search for "Good Shepherd Novi."  
         Bulletins for services can be downloaded from here (scroll down): 

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 (248) 349-0565 or

Look for Good Shepherd on Facebook.  Then “LIKE” us for updates and other postings.  Be sure to share posts with friends.

We desire as many as possible to rejoice in the Gospel which we proclaim and confess.  Share the information from our weekly email blast, links to our web page, and even to the pastor's blog to let others know that we have a space in our congregation for them!

In Christ,
Pastor Schroeder
DIVINE SERVICES -- Sundays at 10:00 AM  (We also stream on Facebook Live )
BIBLE MATTERS, a discussion group, on Wednesdays at 7:00 PM.


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