9:30AM SERVICE ON FACEBOOK LIVE: CROSS OF CHRIST LUTHERAN, PETOSKEY MI
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“Empowered by the grace of God to love, lead, and serve"
PASTOR SHERRY MCGUFFIN As we continue to work at getting our worship space safe and usable again, please know that we are open for small group meetings. If you need to meet or would like to use the building for a small group please follow the guidelines listed below. Please call Pastor Sherry if you have any questions at 231-881-1212
USING THE CHURCH BUILDING: We are asking that each of us take extra care of keeping the assembly healthy! You can do the following things for helping us with that according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control):
As we look at reopening church slowly, please make sure that you do not have a temperature, wash your hands with the hand sanitizer or soap and water and sanitize tables and other things that you may use. Groups 10 people and under can meet in the church according to the state, but you will need to register to use the building. Please call the office at 231-347-5448 or text or call Pastor Sherry at 231-881-1212 to reserve the building. YOU HAVE TO RESERVE THE BUILDING!!!
LOAN SURVEY/VOTE THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMITMENT! An update on the load process: The loan has been secured and so the replacement of the windows can happen so that we can move forward and open for worship when we are able! NOW….we really want to pay this loan off as soon as possible so if you would like to do a special gift for a window just let us know…adopt a window with another family. Each window is about $1,200. Make your check out to Cross of Christ Lutheran Church and write “Windows” in the memo. Mail it to Cross of Christ 1450 E. Mitchell Petoskey, MI 49770. Thank you in advance. The quicker that we pay this down the better we will be!
RETURN TO WORSHIP: A new letter has been sent out by Bishop Satterlee concerning worship. He continually asks us to make the best possible decision for worshiping in person. We are not there yet! We have a bit to do to get us safe and up and ready. We are working towards that. Please join us virtually for service, music, Bible Study and coffee hour each week!
DO YOU KNOW ANYONE WHO WOULD LIKE TO RECEIVE OUR ANNOUNCEMENTS?
If you know someone who would like to receive our announcements, please let our church office know. We are more than happy to share what we do in the name of the Trinity! OR, if you know someone who would like to receive information about the church, please let the church office know or have them call at 231-881-1212
HOSPITALITY takes on a new meaning today! Share hospitality by inviting your family and friends to join us for worship each Sunday on Facebook Live. We are trying our best to post them to YouTube as well and will update you on the new address to find the videos, right now you can find the services under Cross of Christ Petoskey. We can welcome more people in to worship than ever before! We are averaging about 200 views of over 8 minutes for our worship. So invitations and sharing the services sure do help share the Word and Ministry of God.
THANK YOU TO RON MARSHALL AND MANAGEMENT TEAM FOR ORGANIZING THE PURCHASE AND INSTALLATION OF NEW WINDOWS,GUTTERS, DOORS, AND FIXING THE CEILING AND ROOF LEAKS! Lots of hands make less work…so thank you to Ron, Gary Engel, Tom Olsen, and everyone else whose names escape me who have worked at repairing and fixing our church building! Thank you!
SOUP KITCHEN GOOD NEWS! Salvation Army is going to be distributing lunches on Tuesdays from First Presbyterian church in Petoskey. This means that we are able to serve free meals three times a week: Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday afternoons. If you know someone who needs food or a meal send them to First Presbyterian at 11:30 on those days.
CHURCH OFFERINGS You can mail your offering to the church at Cross of Christ Lutheran 1450 East Mitchell St. Petoskey, Michigan 49770. There is also a “Give” app on our facebook page for you to use as a one time giving or you can get automatic giving through VANCO and you will need to contact David Meckstroth at 231-420-4830 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you for remembering the church and its ministry and mission every day! We are so very blessed.
YOUTUBE CHANNEL: We now host a channel on YouTube. You can subscribe to our channel at Cross of Christ, Petoskey. Pastor Sherry had started her own channel but we have moved everything over to Cross of Christ. When you subscribe you will receive notices when something new is posted to the channel. AND, you can make comments when you subscribe. Thank you to Bryan Young for creating this space for our church. There is special music and all of our services so far since we began.
PAPER PANTRY: Due to Coronovirus 19 we are changing plans for the Paper Pantry. We will have one Paper Pantry a month, the 2nd Thursday of the month from 5-6:30PM. Clients will receive 2 bags so that they only need to make one trip a month. We are trying to keep people as safe with the least amount of contact as possible. Our volunteers wear gloves and masks and the clients drive by and receive the supplies in their mode of transportation. So we still take donations and supplies! And we served 36 families at our last paper pantry in April. Please pray for everyone who is vulnerable.
SOUP KITCHEN STILL SERVING Soup Kitchen is still serving but we are serving brown bagged lunches. The lunches will be made at the church with volunteers in masks and gloves. Then we will have one or two of the same volunteers serve at First Presbyterian Church in Petoskey right out of the back of your car or near the parking lot. First Presbyterian is going through major construction but they are still serving lunches on Sunday as well in the same manner. Please contact Sue Finley if you would like to help or you can send financial donations to Cross of Christ with soup kitchen in the memo to 1450 E. Mitchell St. Petoskey, MI 49770 You can text Sue Finley at 231-881-0091 or leave her a message.
GIFTS TO BE GIVEN!!! When people ask you where you give donations…tell them Cross of Christ. We welcome all financial donations so give in honor of someone or in memory of beloved. And as you prepare for your future planning remember Cross of Christ in your giving!
BIBLE STUDIES: 8:15AM #Metoo Bible study is meeting on July 27th at the church and on ZOOM but we invite you to join in reading the devotions from “The Virtuous Life (The Holiness Tradition)” in Devotional Classics edited by Richard J. Foster and James Bryan Smith. Please let Pastor Sherry know if you would like to join. We still have books available.
SENIOR HIGH YOUTH Sr. High Youth are encouraged to send in a Senior High Youth Group shirt design with a Bible verse! We will take all of the designs and see what we can come up with. Designs are due by August 16th!
TUESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY Bible study is the book by Richard Rohr Jesus’ Plan for a New World: The Sermon on the Mount You can buy this for Kindle or you can order it through Amazon or even through McLean and Eakin. We begin on chapter 8 this week!
SMALL COTTAGE MEETING LEADERS Our small cottage leaders are trying their best to keep in touch with you and then they share with pastor Sherry any prayer concerns or needs. Please know that they are working hard to keep you in prayer as well. Our leaders are Sommer Poquette, Melissa Hansen, Kasi Meckstroth, Bryan Young, Gordy Engdahl, Jean Smith and Svetlana Ottney, and Gary & Bev Engel. Thank you for your leadership and checking in with our congregation! If you do not know or have not received the name of your cottage leader, please contact the church at 231-347-5448 and leave a message so that we can get your information to you.
CHILDREN and YOUTH should be receiving a letter with activities every OTHER week from Pastor Sherry. Please let me know if you are not receiving one. We have been mailing out 23 each week and so appreciate receiving notes and pictures back! Thank you!!!! Please contact the office at 231-347-5448 or 231-881-1212 if you would like to receive the activities.
BIRTHDAYS for JULY & AUGUST
July 4: Jim Knibbs; July 7: Elliott Drake; July 16: Jack Grosvenor; July 17: Donna Smith: July 19: Jeff Hamal; July 20: Paul Chaveriat; July 21: Ron Marshall; July 25: Grandt Backus, Sue Finley, Wendy Laser; July 28: Tavi Steffel; Aug. 5: Mitchell Tahtinen; Aug. 8: Kirstin Manges; Aug. 11: Heather Engel; Aug. 12: Kris Olsen; Aug. 17: Jean Brown, Mark Manker, Carolyn Matzinger and Sharon Scott; Aug. 18: Don Honaker; Aug. 22: Betony Braddock; Aug. 24: JoAnn Wilder, Shawn Connin; Aug. 25: Diana Tahtinen; Aug. 26: Ernst Rusche; Aug. 28: Bill Lewis; Aug. 30: Boyd Manges
ANNIVERSARIES for JULY & AUGUST
July 3: Heather & Marty Engel; Aug. 2: Collin & Emily Somerville; Aug. 5: Bill & Marla Hofmann; Aug. 8: Burnell & Karen Roberts; Aug. 15: Jeff& Karen Hamal; Aug. 17: Svetlana & Ron Ottney; Aug. 18: Deb & Mark Manker; Aug 23: John & Nancy Norton; Aug. 28: Bill & Karen Lewis and Stan & Marilynn Smith
ANNUAL DIRECTORY We have an additions and changes to your directory:
Arlene Good 701 Vogel St. D6 Boyne City, MI 49712 (989) 335-0712
Jean Smith telephone number change: 231-218-1946
Boyd Manges email correction: email@example.com
Vicki Morgan cell phone is 231-373-7007
Aileen and Brandan Ryan, Jack and Adam 10514 Burtlake Trail Brutus Michigan 49716
Janelle Warnemeunde cell phone correction: 269-838-7152
Gordy and Lynn Engdahl: 185 Crooked Tree Dr. Petoskey, MI 49770
David and Nancy Klinger: 4957 Cindy Ave. Carlsbad, CA 92008
Sommer Poquette phone contact number: 231-838-6236
FINANCIALS FOR THE MONTH OF July 2020: THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR TREASURES
Fund Income Monthly Budget Difference
General $8,343.34 $9,417.15 ($1,073.81)
Benevolence $520.00 Pass thru $0.00
Property $767.00 $1,345.83 ($578.83)
Totals $9,630.34 $10,762.98 ($1,132.64)
Fund Status Year to Date: Jan.-July 2020
General Fund Property Fund
Opening Balance $0.00 $400.00
+ income $8,9197.47 $87,071.00 (includes $80,000 loan)
-expense $6,1573.10 $11,722.31
Ending Balance $2,7621.00 $75,748.69
Ending total operating balance year to date: $106,373.06 (This total does not reflect memorials: $20071.40 or Benevolence total $19,035.37 which includes the Paper pantry and other flow through donations.
Note that in our benevolence we have over $10,000 as a gift from Women Who Care for the Paper Pantry.!!! We now have a loan of $80,000 taken for Property Fund.
THANK YOU FOR REMEMBERING US IN YOUR OFFERINGS. If you need a copy of our council minutes or finances please let the church office know. We will get those to you as soon as possible or you can call Pastor Sherry McGuffin at 231-881-1212. We want to be as transparent as possible especially with the public. People are looking for a place to donate that makes a difference. Tell them about our outreach through feeding people and paper pantry. Tell them about adopt a highway and flowers for friends. We have a lot to offer and support and we would appreciate the blessing of offerings.
FACEBOOK LIVE ON CROSS OF CHRIST LUTHERAN YOUTH, PETOSKEY MI Pastor Sherry is reading children’s books. Feel free to use or share or have your children watch as they fall asleep! If you want to request a book, let Pastor Sherry know and she will begin ordering them! You can text her at 231-881-1212
HERE’S WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OUR NECK OF THE LAKE!!
Sunday, August 16: 9:30AM service Facebook Live; 10:30 ZOOM Coffee hour meeting
ID 893 1199 9260; password: 181248
Monday, August 17: 8:15AM Bible Study at the church and on ZOOM meeting ID:
857 3071 0097 Password: 895517; 9:30AM interfaith meeting ZOOM
Tuesday, August 18: 5:30PM Bible Study Chapter 8 of Richard Rohr’s book on ZOOM Meeting ID:
882 2532 7788 and password: 018845
Wednesday, August 19: Pray for our community.
Thursday, August 20: Send a note to a family member.
Friday, August 21: Phone a church friend!!! See how they are doing!
Saturday, August 22: Sleep in a little later and take a walk! Enjoy the sunshine
Sunday, August 23: 9:30AM service Facebook Live;10:30 ZOOM Coffee hour meeting
ID 893 1199 9260; password: 181248;
For those in the armed services: Michael Drake, Ryan Finley, Jeremy Hamal, Douglas Dinger, Derik Dinger
READINGS FOR SUNDAY, August 16, 2020
First Reading: Isaiah 56:1, 6-8
The prophet calls upon Israel to do justice in view of God’s imminent intervention to save. Righteousness and obedience define who belongs to the Israelite community—not race, nationality, or any other category.
1Thus says the Lord:
Maintain justice, and do what is right,
for soon my salvation will come,
and my deliverance be revealed.
6And the foreigners who join themselves to the Lord,
to minister to him, to love the name of the Lord,
and to be his servants,
all who keep the sabbath, and do not profane it,
and hold fast my covenant--
7these I will bring to my holy mountain,
and make them joyful in my house of prayer;
their burnt offerings and their sacrifices
will be accepted on my altar;
for my house shall be called a house of prayer
for all peoples.
8Thus says the Lord God,
who gathers the outcasts of Israel,
I will gather others to them
besides those already gathered.
Psalm: Psalm 67
1May God be merciful to us and bless us;
may the light of God’s face shine upon us.
2Let your way be known upon earth,
your saving health among all nations.
3Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you.
4Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,
for you judge the peoples with equity and guide all the nations on earth.
5Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you.
6The earth has brought forth its increase;
God, our own God, has blessed us.
7May God | give us blessing,
and may all the ends of the earth stand in awe.
Second Reading: Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32
God has not rejected Israel. Rather, the call and gifts of God are irrevocable so that, while all have been disobedient, God has mercy upon all.
[Paul writes:] 1I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin. 2aGod has not rejected his people whom he foreknew.
29For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. 30Just as you were once disobedient to God but have now received mercy because of their disobedience, 31so they have now been disobedient in order that, by the mercy shown to you, they too may now receive mercy. 32For God has imprisoned all in disobedience so that he may be merciful to all.
Gospel: Matthew 15:[10-20] 21-28
Jesus teaches his disciples that true purity is a matter of the heart rather than outward religious observances. Almost immediately, this teaching is tested when a woman considered to be a religious outsider approaches him for help.
[10[Jesus] called the crowd to him and said to them, “Listen and understand:11it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but it is what comes out of the mouth that defiles.” 12Then the disciples approached and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees took offense when they heard what you said?” 13He answered, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. 14Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. And if one blind person guides another, both will fall into a pit.” 15But Peter said to him, “Explain this parable to us.” 16Then he said, “Are you also still without understanding? 17Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth enters the stomach, and goes out into the sewer? 18But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this is what defiles. 19For out of the heart come evil intentions, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, slander. 20These are what defile a person, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile.”]
21Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. 22Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.” 23But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, “Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us.” 24He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” 25But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” 26He answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” 27She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” 28Then Jesus answered her, “Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed instantly.