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“Empowered by the grace of God to love, lead, and serve.”
BIRTHDAYS for AUGUST & SEPTEMBER
Sept 4: Grace Marshall; Sept. 5: Bill Heise, Lois Ulrich; Sept. 8: Vira Heise; Sept. 9 Jana Tahtinen; Sept. 12: Marla Hofmann; Sept. 16: Yvonne Danker; Sept19: Carolyn Norton; Sept 21: Paul Weaver; Sept 22: Joy Long; Sept 23: Jack Warnemeunde.
ANNIVERSARIES for AUGUST & SEPTEMBER
Sept. 9: David & Kasi Meckstroth; Sept. 10: Gordy and Lynn Engdahl; September 23: Gary & Bev Engel
PASTOR SHERRY MCGUFFIN Thank you for the kind cards at the death of my grandmother and cousin. They are beautiful to read and reread. Also thank you for the get well cards and notes after my rotator cuff surgery and then two weeks later during a quick hospital stay. I am mending slowly and will continue to work from church and home intermittently so if you need to find me just call my cell phone 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!!!
THANK YOU TO PRISCILLA MEYER who worked the Adopt-A-Highway for all of us last week. We give thanks to God for her stewardship!
CALLING ALL CRAFTERS!!! Karen Lewis has come up with a fabulous idea! Everyone craft! Craft a lot and then we can have a fundraising sale for the church in November for folks looking for presents. If we cannot open at that time, then we will have the sale on line. Think about the possibilities, art, crochet, knit, cross stitch, painting, clay, cards, scrapbooking kits, candles…anything is a possibility…make one item or two or one hundred and we can sell it!! We will also be doing some classes on line for cardmaking for the church. Everyone who would like to learn or to make a blank card we would appreciate it! We need to restock our birthday, sympathy, get well, and thinking of you cards.
COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING DINNER As you know with the pandemic, we will most likely not be able to serve a community sit down dinner…so I am asking for you to be really creative here! How about Thanksgiving to go? We can take orders and then have them ready to be picked up at a certain time on a certain day. If you are interested in working on a team that will help continue to share food in our community and thanksgiving, please let the church office (2347-5448) know or Pastor Sherry at 231-881-1212.
FIRES AND FLOODS AND OTHER DEVESTATIONS Lutheran Disaster Relief gives 100 percent of your donation to causes in need in the United States…the California fires, the floods in the south and in Michigan, and other tornado disasters. If you would like to donate to them for relief, just make your check out to Cross of Christ Lutheran and then in the memo write LDR. We will send it to them at the end of the month.
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 AND HOLY COMMUNION AT 10:15/10:30AM!!!!!: We will continually offer virtual worship as of now. We will also be adding another aspect to worship…Holy Communion!!! On Sunday, October 11th after our virtual service we will host holy communion for everyone in your car in the church parking lot. Pastor Sherry McGuffin will offer the words of institution and prayer following our virtual coffee hour and then hand you your Holy Communion. Please do not get out of your cars!!! We can do this together…We will see how this works and then reevaluate. Thank you so much for your patience, your creativity, your willingness to adapt to what “church” means and your faithfulness to the Gospel message in our community.
EVANGELISM….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! Ceiling is painted. Carpet in the fellowship area has been removed! We are waiting for the windows to arrive and after they are installed painting and flooring will take place! If you want to volunteer, please contact Ron Marshall!
SOUP KITCHEN GOOD NEWS! Salvation Army is going to be distributing lunches on Tuesdays from Salvation Army and NOT First Presbyterian while they are under construction. 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 meets each Monday on Zoom at 857 3071 0097 Password: 895517 Our next study is Holy Envy by Barbara Brown Taylor. You can purchase the book through McLean and Eakin or on line.
We will meet again in October for our Tuesday night Bible Studies.
ELEMENTARY YOUTH are invited to join us for a t-shirt design for our elementary youth group! The design should show us church and community. Please get the designs to Pastor Sherry by September 15th. You can email them to email@example.com OR you can text them to Pastor at 231-881-1212. We have already received one!
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 week from Pastor Sherry. Please let me know if you are not receiving one. We have been mailing out 39 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 We have an additions and changes to your directory:
Carolyn and Ron Matzinger change of address and email:
New address 810 Howard Street.
And dropped email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 August 2020: THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR TREASURES
Fund Income 2020 Budget Difference
General $14,811.50 $9,417.15 $5,394.35
Benevolence $243 $243 $0
Property $10,997.00 $2,177.75 $8,819.25
Totals $26,051.50 $11,594.90 $14,213.60
Fund Status Year to Date: Jan.-August 2020
General Fund Property Fund
Opening Balance $400
+ income $104,008.97 $18,068.00
-expense $70,068.99 $11,722.31
2020 Change $33,939.98 $72,177.74
Ending total operating balance year to date: $106,930.21 (This total does not reflect memorials: $20,071.40 or Benevolence total $19,035.37 which includes the Paper pantry and other flow through donations.
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, September 27: 9:30AM service Facebook Live; ZOOM Coffee hour meeting ID 893
1199 9260; password: 81248
Monday, September 28: 8:15AM Bible Study at the church and on ZOOM meeting ID:
857 3071 0097 Password: 895517; 9:30AM interfaith meeting ZOOM
Tuesday, September 29: Bible Study will continue in October
Wednesday, September 30: Social distance with a friend!
Thursday, October 1: Share our announcements with a friend or family member. Pastor Sherry will be
away through Sunday but will be preaching on October 4th.
Friday, October 2: Phone a church friend!!! See how they are doing!
Saturday, October 3: Sleep in a little later and take a walk! Enjoy the sunshine or rain!
Sunday, October 4: 9:30AM service Facebook Live;
For those in the armed services: Michael Drake, Ryan Finley, Jeremy Hamal, Douglas Dinger, Derik Dinger
READINGS FOR SUNDAY, September 27, 2020
First Reading: Genesis 50:15-21
After Jacob’s death the brothers of Joseph begged for forgiveness for the crime they had done against him. You intended to do me harm, Joseph said, but God used this as an opportunity to do good and save many lives.
15Realizing that their father was dead, Joseph’s brothers said, “What if Joseph still bears a grudge against us and pays us back in full for all the wrong that we did to him?” 16So they approached Joseph, saying, “Your father gave this instruction before he died, 17‘Say to Joseph: I beg you, forgive the crime of your brothers and the wrong they did in harming you.’ Now therefore please forgive the crime of the servants of the God of your father.” Joseph wept when they spoke to him. 18Then his brothers also wept, fell down before him, and said, “We are here as your slaves.” 19But Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid! Am I in the place of God? 20Even though you intended to do harm to me, God intended it for good, in order to preserve a numerous people, as he is doing today. 21So have no fear; I myself will provide for you and your little ones.” In this way he reassured them, speaking kindly to them.
Psalm: Psalm 103:[1-7] 8-13
[ 1Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and all that is within me, bless God’s holy name.
2Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and forget not all God’s benefits--
3who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases;
4who redeems your life from the grave
and crowns you with steadfast love and mercy;
5who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like an eagle’s.
6O Lord, you provide vindication
and justice for all who are oppressed.
7You made known your ways to Moses
and your works to the children of Israel.
] 8Lord, you are full of compassion and mercy,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love;
9you will not always accuse us,
nor will you keep your anger forever.
10You have not dealt with us according to our sins,
nor repaid us according to our iniquities.
11For as the heavens are high above the earth,
so great is your steadfast love for those who fear you.
12As far as the east is from the west,
so far have you removed our transgressions from us.
13As a father has compassion for his children,
so you have compassion for those who fear you, O Lord.
Second Reading: Romans 14:1-12
This Christian community has significant struggles with diversity. Here Paul helps us understand that despite different practices in worship and personal piety, we do not judge one another. All Christians belong to the Lord Jesus Christ who died for all of us and will judge each of us.
1Welcome those who are weak in faith, but not for the purpose of quarreling over opinions. 2Some believe in eating anything, while the weak eat only vegetables. 3Those who eat must not despise those who abstain, and those who abstain must not pass judgment on those who eat; for God has welcomed them. 4Who are you to pass judgment on servants of another? It is before their own lord that they stand or fall. And they will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make them stand.
5Some judge one day to be better than another, while others judge all days to be alike. Let all be fully convinced in their own minds. 6Those who observe the day, observe it in honor of the Lord. Also those who eat, eat in honor of the Lord, since they give thanks to God; while those who abstain, abstain in honor of the Lord and give thanks to God.
7We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves. 8If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. 9For to this end Christ died and lived again, so that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.
10Why do you pass judgment on your brother or sister? Or you, why do you despise your brother or sister? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. 11For it is written,
“As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me,
and every tongue shall give praise to God.”
12So then, each of us will be accountable to God.
Gospel: Matthew 18:21-35
When Peter asks about the limits of forgiveness, Jesus responds with a parable that suggests human forgiveness should mirror the unlimited mercy of God.
21Peter came and said to [Jesus], “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” 22Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.
23“For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. 24When he began the reckoning, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him; 25and, as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, together with his wife and children and all his possessions, and payment to be made. 26So the slave fell on his knees before him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ 27And out of pity for him, the lord of that slave released him and forgave him the debt. 28But that same slave, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat, he said, ‘Pay what you owe.’ 29Then his fellow slave fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ 30But he refused; then he went and threw him into prison until he would pay the debt. 31When his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place. 32Then his lord summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33Should you not have had mercy on your fellow slave, as I had mercy on you?’ 34And in anger his lord handed him over to be tortured until he would pay his entire debt. 35So my heavenly Father will also do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”