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Advent - Christmas Series 2020

Jesus, the Hope of the Nations is our Advent - Christmas Theme for 2020. We all have hope and we all live by hope. The Scriptures proclaim that Jesus is our Hope. Come and See how Jesus is the Hope of the Nations, the Hope of us all. A more detailed schedule is below.

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Midweek 1, December 2, 2020, 6.30pm      Jesus, the Hope of the Human Race

Advent 2*, December 6, 2020, 9am & 10.30am                       The Hope of Comfort

Midweek 2, December 9, 2020, 6.30pm      Jesus, the Hope of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob

Advent 3*, December 13, 2020, 9am & 10.30am                       Hope Is Near!

Midweek 3, December 16, 2020, 6.30pm                              Jesus, the Hope of the House of David

Advent 4*, December 20, 2020, 9am & 10.30am                       Jesus, Our Hope 

Christmas Eve, TBA        Jesus, the Hope of All Is Born

Christmas Day*, 9am    Jesus, Our Hope in the Flesh

1st Sunday after Christmas*, December 27, 2020, 9am          Jesus, Our Hope for All Time

The Epiphany of our Lord (Observed)*, January 3, 2021, 9am           Jesus, the Hope of the Nations

(* denotes a Service w/The Lord’s Supper)

There will be no regular Monday services throughout December.

BACK TO SCHOOL UPDATE

Dear Holy Ghost Families and Friends of Holy Ghost,

I pray that your summer has been safe, enjoyable, and relaxing and that you are not battling too much "corona fatigue". Rest assured that you remain in our prayers at Holy Ghost as we seek to adapt to the current reality.

I wanted to pass along some basic information regarding our policies and practices for the start of the school year on Monday, August 24. Our goal at Holy Ghost is to continue to provide the highest quality Lutheran Education with the spiritual, physical, and mental well-being of your child in mind.

A more detailed plan will be completed the week of August 2nd and submitted to the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) and posted to our website in keeping with the Governor's Executive Order No. 2020-142. Look for that posting the week of August 9th.

The highlights below will be reviewed on our Back-to-School Night on Thursday, August 20. 

  1. In formulating our back-to-school plan I have consulted the MI Safe Schools Roadmap, CDC guidelines, and the Monroe County Department of Health along with reviewing plans from our sister Lutheran schools and the Archdiocese of Detroit guidelines for their Catholic schools in our area. The detailed plan to be submitted to the MDE and posted on our website will be reviewed by church and school leadership as well.
  2. We do plan to start the school year with in-person instruction, with your son and/or daughter in a classroom setting. Throughout the summer cleaning and sanitation has occurred and everything will be ready for the first day of school. In fact, some of the facilities have been updated with new flooring giving a cleaner look and greater space for learning to occur.
  3. Regular cleaning and sanitation of school facilities will occur throughout the school year. This includes athletic and outdoor equipment.
  4. Healthy Hygiene will be an emphasis throughout the school year. This includes basic hygiene, the provision of hand sanitizer throughout the school facilities, and the use of face masks. As of now, face masks (disposable or reusable) are required in the classroom and when passing in the hallways. Disposable masks are to be discarded daily and reusable masks washed daily. An extra mask is to be sent with your son and/or daughter should one get lost, damaged, etc. A signed medical excuse is required for a student not to wear a mask (just as is needed to be excused from physical activity in PE, etc.) and is to be on file in the School Office. (The face covering (read: mask) rule differs for Preschool). However, when students pass from classroom to classroom or bathroom or other area, masks are to be worn by all K-8 students). Have your son or daughter practice now wearing a face mask in order to prepare - start with 5 minutes, 10 minutes, etc. so that your son or daughter becomes as comfortable as possible wearing the mask.
  5. Desks will be spaced as far apart as feasible to provide the safest amount of social distancing.
  6. Students will need their own supplies and no sharing will be allowed - including water bottles. See the Teacher Supply List for what is needed.
  7. Lunches will be eaten in classrooms for at least the 1st Quarter. Please respond to the survey sent to help us plan the Lunch Program this year.
  8. Before and After School Care will be provided following the guidelines from LARA for Early Childhood Centers and Care Centers. IF we are ordered to revert to Phase 3 (No in-person instruction) at any time during the school year, Child Care will be provided and our online instruction program will be implemented.
  9. Chapels will occur on Wednesday mornings in church with social distancing rules in place.
  10. Specials classes will occur in classrooms when feasible.

I think that this hits the highlights for now. Many items are still under consideration so your patience is appreciated as we evaluate the guidelines given and establish the healthiest and safest environment for your son or daughter and his or her spiritual, physical, and mental well-being.

Kindest regards in Jesus,

 Pastor Cullen

Services to Resume - June 7 and 8

Holy Ghost Lutheran Church will resume public Divine Services with the Lord’s Supper beginning Sunday, June 7, 2020, Trinity Sunday. We will host three (3) Divine Services with the Lord’s Supper through the Summer to spread out the numbers at worship: 

Sundays - 9am and 11am

Mondays - 6.30pm

The Leadership of Holy Ghost also asks the following to help with the numbers on Sunday, June 7, 2020:

9am Divine Service: Any families not connected to 8th Grade Graduation

11am Divine Service and 8th Grade Graduation: Families, Staff, and BCDS Members only please

A Reception for the 8th Grade Graduates will be held later in the summer (tentatively late July, early August)

Sundays (in general) June 14 throughout August 30:

9am Divine Service w/Lord’s Supper

11am Divine Service w/Lord’s Supper

Mondays (through August 31)

6.30pm Divine Service w/Lord’s Supper

 

Holy Ghost will resume these services with the following safety measures:

We encourage the sick, compromised, and those who are yet “uncomfortable” to stay home.

We will continue to record a service and post on Holy Ghost Lutheran YouTube Channel. Bulletin News will continue to be emailed to families. Limited copies will be available at services (cost saving measure).

We will encourage social distancing as best we can. This may include marking off pews for seating.

We encourage the use of masks but this is a personal choice.

The Children’s Message will be done from the front of the church but children will remain with families.

Use of the Nursery and access to the Choir Loft is restricted. Please check with an Usher first.

We encourage elbow and fist bumps as you greet each other and in the receiving line.

We will sanitize pews, doors, door handles and knobs, rails, etc. in between services.

We will have hand sanitizing stations at the two entrances/exits of the church.

We will have ushers open the doors (touchless entry), and congregants can pick up their own bulletins and take home with them (touchless worship). Worship service will be printed out in its entirety through the Summer as an additional safety measure (hymnals and Bibles have been removed from pews).

We ask that offering envelopes be placed in the receptacle at the entrance to the church (no passing of plates) for those not giving their tithes and financial gifts digitally.

Distribution of the Lord’s Supper: 

a) Pastor and Assistant(s) will sanitize hands. 

b) The Common Cup will not be used for reception until further notice. 

c) Communion will take place in a modified, socially-distanced, continuous line. Only one line. 

d) The host will be placed into the hand, not directly into the mouth.

e) The individual cup will be handed to the communicant.

Faith & Fun Hour and Pastor’s Bible Class will resume in September.

May our gracious Lord and God bless and keep us as we strive by His Spirit to feed and to protect His people as we gather together in the name of Jesus to receive His gifts. The Lord be with you all.

COVID-19

Luther's advice on conduct during the Plague: https://blogs.lcms.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Plague-blogLW.pdf

As we continue to adapt and cope with the upheaval of this virus we remember that the Lord is a very present help in time of need.

Praying for you all and miss you!

Look for a video Sunday morning, March 22 as well as other resources to help in your spiritual walk and growth at this time.

In Jesus,

P Cullen

Resources for Worship and Spiritual Growth

Here are some resources for worship and spiritual growth while we are apart:

Worship Anew (30 minute worship service online): https://worshipanew.org/ 

Dr. Walter A. Maier III was a professor of mine at Concordia, Chicago and at seminary, Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne. A quality man!

I'm sure that all the pastors and professors are quality servants of the Lord! A good resource at any time!

Lutheran Hour Ministries: https://www.lhm.org/

Men's Network from Lutheran Hours Ministries: https://www.lhm.org/men/

Great resources and Bible Studies for men and for families! Check them out!

1517: https://www.1517.org/ 

Some more high quality devotional, Bible Study materials.

Look to Holy Ghost Facebook page and Website for video devotions for all ages as well.

In Christ,

P Cullen

Services Cancelled

It's not what I wanted and, most likely, not what you wanted either but to support the community effort to halt the spread of the virus and in accordance with the CDC recommendation of no gatherings over 10, we have cancelled services for Sunday, March 22 and March 29 as well as the Lenten Midweek service for March 25. 

However, we will be making devotional videos for your use in addition to the resources I listed below. The plan is this:

Sunday morning devotion will be shared/posted around 9am on Holy Ghost FB and Website page as well as YouTube.

Chapel devotions will be shared/posted at the same sites on a weekly basis, Wednesday mornings at 9am.

It is my prayer that these devotions, along with your personal devotions and the resources I posted earlier will help support your spiritual life and growth during this time...and beyond!

Of course, if you need or want me to visit, need to talk, or need some groceries, etc., reach out to me on my cell 734.652.4373 and we'll talk, arrange a personal visit, or arrange a visit at church. I encourage you to follow the recommendations the best you can. Luther's advice some 5 centuries ago is being echoed today by the CDC and others. Read here: https://blogs.lcms.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Plague-blogLW.pdf

I keep you in my prayers, dear brothers and sisters at Holy Ghost. Please pray with me to the Lord of all who gives ultimate healing in Jesus crucified and raised from the dead in whom we have the living hope of the resurrection of the body and of life everlasting!

Kindest regards in Jesus,

P Cullen

Thank You!

Please accept my thanks and my family's thanks for the wonderful celebration and reception associated with my installation as Pastor of Holy Ghost Lutheran. I give thanks to God who has called me to serve Him and you, His people, at Holy Ghost Lutheran. To God Be the Glory!

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