Shepherd's News - 2nd Sunday after Epiphany
January 19, 2020 

Our Life and Ministry Together...

THE EPIPHANY SEASON:  The word “Epiphany” is from the Greek word for “Showing forth” or “manifestation.” Epiphany Day (January 6) and the Season which follows and ends with Transfiguration Sunday, celebrated the events by which Jesus was shown forth as the Son of God. This showings of Jesus’ divinity included his birth, the coming of the Magi, his baptism and the Wedding at Cana where he miraculously changed water into wine.

CALL TO ANNUAL MEETING:     In accordance with the Constitution of GSLC,
the congregation is called to an Annual Meeting to be held Sunday, January 26, 2020, following the worship service. The purpose of the meeting will be to vote on the 2020 church budget. 
The budget will be distributed in the entrance way on Sunday, January 19, 2020.
All voting members are encouraged to attend the meeting.

TUESDAY EVENING FAITH STUDY: The Tuesday Faith study, led by Pastor Krister, is doing a book study on the book “by heart – conversations with Martin Luther’s Small Catechism”
Come, relive your Confirmation study all over again – for the first time! This book is more than just the Small Catechism – it links the biblical and historical context of the Small Catechism, explains the history behind Luther’s explanations, and connect it all to our lives and faith today.
There is no cost to the book and if you can’t make all the reading, come anyway and be part of the discussion. Pick up a book in thre office and read the first chapter for Tuesday, January 21st. The study begins at 7:00 pm
THE GIVING TREE: This year we are collecting for the “Doc’s for Socs” program. The Docs for Socs program helps children, women, and families in need receive items that most of us take for granted, especially during the cold winter months here in Michigan.
In addition to socks all winter items are accepted, including jackets, boots, coat, and underwear. Distribution of these items go to numerous charities in the Southeastern metro Detroit area, including Royal Oak. Please bring in your items through the end of the month and place in the basket below the “Giving Tree” found in the narthex.
If you have any questions, please contact Linda Pressley

THE WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTAN UNITY. Yesterday began what is known as The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. It is an international Christian ecumenical observance which began in 1908, and is kept annually between January 18 (The Feast of the Confession of St. Peter)  and January 25 (The Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul). 
During these 8 days Christian Churches of all denominations are encouraged to pray and work for unity. In many cities and communities ecumenical worship takes place during this week. The 2020 theme comes from Acts of the Apostles( 27:18 – 28:10) and specifically Acts 28:2, “They Showed Us Unusual Kindness” 
At the last Council Meeting (December 18) Church Council approved a policy in regard to closing of church and cancelling of activities due to weather.
The policy is as follows:
“During the week (Mon- Fri), when the schools in Royal Oak School district close because of snow and/or cold, the church events for that day/evening are cancelled as well. The office will also be closed on these days.
Sunday morning closings and cancellation of worship will be determined by the Council Executive”
Currently we don’t have emails for all members but notices of Cancellation / Closing will be posted on our Facebook Page and our Website.


Here are the assigned readings with introductions that will be read at worship
NEXT Sunday, January 26—3rd Sunday after Epiphany.

First Reading: Isaiah 9:1-4
The norther tribes of Zebulun and Naphtali expereinced the gloom of defeat by Assyrian military forces, but they are assured that their condition will be reveresed when God makes a light-filled appearance. The joy they will eepxerience will resemble celebrations of great harversts, because God will deliver them from everythgin that diminishes or oppresses them.

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:10-18
Paul calls on the Corinthians to end their dissensions and share the unified outlook of the gospel. Discord arises when we forget that we belong not to human leaders or institutions but to Christ. Indeed, the unifying word of the cross of Christ is the center of the gospel and the power of God's salvation.
Gospel: Matthew 4:12-33
Jesus begins his public ministry shortly after John the Baptist is imprisoned by Herod. He proclaims the nearness of God's reign and calls four fishermen to tbe his first disciples.


DEATHS:      Barbara Lash

HOSPICE:     Pr. Mike’s Father Martin Walters

Betty Anderson, Ron & Betty Bechill, Conrad Bock, Sherry Buczek, Sue C.,
Bradley Caldwell, Barb Carillo, Cathy Case, Richard Chicklas,
Bob Chism, Brandon Cross, Eunice Dean, Sylvia Detty, Lois Durnil,

Sharon Feigley, J.J. Kathy Hasten, Bernice Kochevar, Karrie Kochevar,
John & Tracy Kripli, Steve Kukla, Lois Lampe, Dawn Leatz-Burke, Dana Lester,
Scott McClue, Cathy Merak, Robert Meyer, Claude Miller,
Jan Murray, Olivia, Cindy Roeske, Annette & George Ryan,

Carol Walitalo, Paul Wieske, Chuck Wilcox
Kristen White, Megan Keller Young, Tonya Young