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“Empowered by the grace of God to love, lead, and serve”
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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 Sherry McGuffin. 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.
FLU/VIRUS SEASON: 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):
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READINGS FOR SUNDAY, MAY 31, 2020
First Reading: Acts 2:1-21
Pentecost was a Jewish harvest festival that marked the fiftieth day after Passover. Luke portrays the Holy Spirit being poured out upon the disciples before the gathered and astonished people assembled in Jerusalem for the festival. Filled with the Spirit, the disciples were able to witness to the power of Christ’s resurrection.
1When the day of Pentecost had come, [the apostles] were all together in one place. 2And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.
5Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. 6And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. 7Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? 9Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.” 12All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”
14But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. 15Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. 16No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:
17‘In the last days it will be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams.
18Even upon my slaves, both men and women,
in those days I will pour out my Spirit;
and they shall prophesy.
19And I will show portents in the heaven above
and signs on the earth below,
blood, and fire, and smoky mist.
20The sun shall be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood,
before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day.
21Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’ ”
Psalm: Psalm 104:24-34, 35b
24How manifold are your works, O Lord!
In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.
25Yonder is the sea, great and wide, with its swarms too many to number,
living things both small and great.
26There go the ships to and fro,
and Leviathan, which you made for the sport of it.
27All of them look to you
to give them their food in due season.
28You give it to them; they gather it;
you open your hand, and they are filled with good things.
29When you hide your face, they are terrified;
when you take away their breath, they die and return to their dust.
30You send forth your Spirit, and they are created;
and so you renew the face of the earth.
31May the glory of the Lord endure forever;
O Lord, rejoice in all your works.
32You look at the earth and it trembles;
you touch the mountains and they smoke.
33I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
I will praise my God while I have my being.
34May these words of mine please God.
I will rejoice in the Lord.
35bBless the Lord, O my soul.
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13
Paul is helping the Corinthians understand the relationship between our God-given unity and Spirit-created diversity. The Spirit creates the unity of faith and gives all Christians diverse gifts for the common benefit of all. We need one another’s diverse spiritual gifts because the same Spirit has given them to each person for the common good.
3bNo one can say “Jesus is Lord” except by the Holy Spirit.
4Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; 6and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. 7To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, 9to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.
12For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.
Gospel: John 20:19-23
The risen Jesus appears to his disciples, offering them a benediction, a commission, and the gift of the Holy Spirit.
19When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 20After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” 22When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
BIRTHDAYS for MAY
May 1: Jill Ryan; May 2: Patty Schmoldt; May 4: Cyndi Yingling; May 6: Bev Engel, Jeff Ebert;
May 16: Evelyn Chaveriat; May 18: Keith Braddock; May 19: Rob Manges; May 20: Brad Backus; May 21 Jonathon Norton, Henry Poquette (sweet 16!); May 22: Ron Morgan; May 26: Bill Drake; May 27: Kasi Meckstroth, Tricia Rodgers; May 29: Norm Cutshall and Dean Morford; May 31: Mike Smith; June 1: Rose Morford; June 7: Marty Engel; June 10 Marilynn Smith; June 15: DeWayne Cox
May 7: David & Tricia Rodgers; May 13: Jim & Cyndi Knibbs; May 26: Jeff & Ann Ebert; June 3: David & Evelyn Chaveriat; June 7: Boyd Manges & JoAnn Wilder; June 15: Ben & Wendy Laser
NOISY OFFERING Noisy offering for Cross of Christ for our community is so very important and at this time there are many areas of ministry that need our help. Hunger is the first and foremost. Let’s gather our Noisy offering for Manna Project for May. Just gather it in a bowl and then at the end of May we will have you drop it off in a can at the church …a drive by! And we can work out for those who cannot come and drop off the change, we can help get it from you! Thank you in advance for caring for our communities in love and in action. You can drop of your offering any time in the gray cabinet on your left as you walk through the glass doors.
PREPARING TO RETURN TO WORSHIP IN THE NEXT MONTHS: No, we are not returning to worship in May and we will discuss with the Health Department, the Bishop and our Presiding Bishop about when is the safest and wisest time to rejoin in worship again in the sanctuary of the church building. BUT…we want to begin the preparations…so we are asking that everyone wear a mask in the church and continue to keep social distancing. We will have some disposable masks available at church, but if you have your own we encourage you to wear yours. Again, the council will be educating us on HOW we will gather as the time comes. The church office building is closed for meetings and for conferencing, so please contact Pastor Sherry McGuffin at email@example.com or 231-881-1212 if you have any questions or concerns.
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.
CHURCH RAFFLE WAS A SUCCESS! Thank you for your time and sales ability and for purchasing your tickets as well. The Raffle made $4,750! That is a huge help to our general fund during this pandemic. Winners were Edie Kauffman of $250.00 which she donated to our congregation!; Gail Kloss won the handmade quilt by Karen Hamal; Janelle Warnemeunde won the hand made afghan by Sheri Popp; and Laura Peterson won the Thomas Kinkade painting donated by Judy O’Brien.
WORSHIP BIBLE STUDY AND CLASSES THIS WEEK AND NEXT WEEK
Our studies and classes will be hosted on ZOOM where we can hear and interact with everyone participating. So join in! ZOOM is free to join in and there will always be a link sent on our facebook page. If you would like the link in an email, please email me at email@example.com and I will make sure that you get the link! It changes each week. Please call Pastor Sherry McGuffin for help in navigating this or if you need to talk or if you have questions, or because you want to! Information for joining zoom is also found on our facebook page Cross of Christ Lutheran, Petoskey MI and on our youth page at Cross of Christ Lutheran Youth Petoskey MI.
To get onto Facebook Live you need to be a friend of the congregation. Since starting facebook live sermons and worship we have had an influx of neighbors and friends join us. This is live. I do save it so that you can go back and look and I will begin to put them under videos on our facebook page so that you can find them quickly.
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.
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
Sunday, May 31: PENTECOST 9:30AM service Facebook Live
Monday, June 1: 8:15AM Bible Study;
Tuesday, June 2: Pastor Attending conference via zoom at noon
Wednesday, June 3: Confirmation at 2PM (ZOOM) Senior High ZOOM meeting at 7PM
Thursday, June 4: Middle School ZOOM meeting 7PM
Friday, June 5: Paint some prayer rocks and leave them around town or the church!
Saturday, June 6: Call someone you haven’t heard from, from the church
Sunday, June 7: PENTECOST service at 9:30AM (Facebook live)
TODAY SUNDAY, MAY 31 IS PENTECOST!!!! Let’s make this fun! Get up, put on red, and let’s celebrate the birthday of the church! And I know that we unable to gather, so make a plan at your home. Plan a special meal or even a pretty cupcake for after or during service! AND take a picture and send it in…we can put this together in a montage with music…but we need your participation. I know that this video will come out AFTER Pentecost, but let the wind blow where it may! Kids, have your parents take picture of you blowing bubbles and running with streamers! We would love to share in your joy and energy.
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.
STILL LOOKING FOR A CHAIR TO ORGANIZE SPECIAL COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES TO BE HELD AT CROSS OF CHRIST WHEN WE GATHER AGAIN! This ministry is now more important than ever. We need to be present in this community when we return from self quarantine and time away from each other. We can and will be present in ways that build up community, welcome one another and our friends and neighbors home again…like a block party for this neighborhood and all of Petoskey…a home coming perhaps!
MARK THE CALENDAR: NO MEETINGS ARE BEING HELD AT THE CHURCH AT THIS TIME UNTIL THE QUARANTINE IS LIFTED. SO WHEN WE RETURN: When using the church building for meetings etc. please mark the day and time on the calendar, on the bulletin board by the women’s bathroom, so a reminder can be put in the announcements. It is important for the office to have this information.
THE DANIEL PLAN BIBLE STUDY Dean Tahtinen began teaching this study. This book is wonderful to read right now and to help us focus on what it means to be children of God in this time and place when it is hard to find a new rhythm to life. Remember to eat healthy, exercise and PRAY without ceasing!
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!
STEWARDSHIP OF THE CHURCH:
Ron Marshall, Tom Olsen, John Poquette and Gary Engel have been meeting to talk about the needs of our building when we gather again. Ron Marshall has put some hard work in a proposal with this group and we look forward to hearing from them soon.
MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH are planning a mission event this summer. Because of COVID 19 and taking care of our family and friends and strangers we will be staying home for mission. This year we can help a lot around our church and neighborhoods. We will meet and work locally this year. Stay tuned for more information. We appreciate everything that you do to raise funds and plan ahead.
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS This year we have one graduate: Wesley Meckstroth. Keep him in your prayers or you can send him a card! Tough ending for our Seniors who missed all of the traditional milestones! ALSO…High School students should be receiving a devotion from Pastor Sherry in the mail. If you would rather receive this through email or just on our facebook site, please let me know. Invite your friends to participate.
BIBLE STUDIES: 8:15AM #Metoo Bible study is not meeting 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. This week we are reading Catherine of Genoa. If you would like a book, please see Pastor Sherry McGuffin-Bays or let her know and she will place it in your box.
TUESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY will continue meeting once the new books have been chosen and received. I will let everyone know what the Bible study is going to be a 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.
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!
CHILDREN should be receiving a letter with activities every week from Pastor Sherry. Please let me know if you are not receiving one. We have been mailing out 18-20 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.
ANNUAL DIRECTORY are in your boxes. We have an additions and changes to your directory:
Arlene Good 701 Vogel St. D6 Boyne City, MI 49712 (989) 335-0712
Julie and Ric Pierpont 2214 Elmhurst Rd Brutus, MI 49716 (address change)
Jean Smith telephone number change: 231-218-1946
Boyd Manges email correction: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 APRIL 2020:
THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR TREASURES
What we need
Fund Status Year to Date: April 2020
General Fund Property Fund
Opening Balance $400
+ income $46165.47 $2745
-expense $36185.10 $4417.94
Ending Balance $9980.37 ($1274.94)
Ending total balance year to date: ($8707.43)
Note that in our benevolence we have over $12,000 as a gift from Women Who Care for the Paper Pantry.!!!
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.
For those in the armed services: Michael Drake, Ryan Finley, Jeremy Hamal, Douglas Dinger, Derik Dinger