Upcoming Events

February 2018

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
  • Prayer Service with Joe Frankenfield
  • Communications Committee Meeting
  • Lectio Prayer & Discussion Group
  • Steering Committee Meeting
  • Lectia Prayer & Discussion Group

Monthly Service Schedule for 2018

All of these services will be at St. Vincent DePaul Parish in Shepherd starting at 4 pm.


Date Activity
January 14, 2018 Prayer Service with Karon Latham.
February 11, 2018 Prayer Service with Joe Frankenfield
March 11, 2018 Mass with Fr. Joe Fix
April 8, 2018 Prayer service with Fr. Richard Jozwick
May 20, 2018 Mass with Fr. Bert Gohm
 June 10, 2018  Prayer Service with Joe Frankenfield

Upcoming Services


January 14, 2018   Our Prayer Service will be presided over by Karon Latham. We will enjoy a community potluck dinner.  Please bring a dish to pass.

February 11, 2018, Our Prayer Service will be presided over by Joe Frankenfield.  Spaghetti and Lasagna will be waiting for us after the service.  Please bring a dish to pass.

March 11, 2018, Fr. Joe Fix will preside over our Mass. Join us for a dinner of Shepherd’s Pie and Irish Stew.  Please bring a dish to pass.

April 8, 2018, Fr. Richard Jozwick will lead us in our prayer service. Afterwards a Ham and Cheesy Potato dinner will be waiting for us.  Please bring a dish to pass. 

May 20, 2018  Fr. Bert Gohm will celebrate mass at which we will honor our Women and Graduates. Join us for a traditional Mother’s Day Brunch.  Please bring a dish to pass.

June 10, 2018 Joe Frankenfield will lead our prayer service and our celebration of Men and Retirees. Our Dinner of Spare Ribs and Cranberry Chicken with Rice awaits us after the service. Please bring a dish to pass.

Lenten Opportunity Offered by the sisters at Emmaus Monastery

Emmaus will hold a lectio prayer and discussion group for the Sundays of Lent (February 18, February 25, March 4, March 11, March 18, and March 25) facilitated by Rev. Sr. Diane Stier.  This will be held in Bartimaeus at Emmaus Monastery, from 3:30 – 4:45 on those Sundays. (This is the building at the intersection of Pine Grove and Tamarack Roads in Vestaburg. The address of the convent is  10154 N. Pine Grove Road. Bartimaeus is 1/8 mile south.)

We will be using the readings for those Sundays. Each participant will also have a Lenten booklet called Living Well Through Lent, published by Living Compass. It begins on Ash Wednesday and traces a journey to Holy Saturday. The cost of the 68-page commentary on the daily lectionary readings is $1.00. We will spend 20 minutes doing lectio prayer together and then talk about the commentary and the Spirit’s leadings in anyone who feels called to share briefly their prayer experience. It is not necessary to attend all the sessions, though that would be ideal. We recognize, however, that life happens.

LECTIO or Sacred Reading is a 1500-year-old Benedictine practice of praying with Scripture. It is a daily practice one can devote, at the outset, 15-30 minutes a day to following. A word or a short phrase speaks to the individual in the particularity of his of her life circumstance when the Spirit captures a very small segment of text and invites you to rest with it. Using the word or the very short phrase as a mantra, one repeats it over and over again in the silence of one’s heart and imagination. This gives the left brain something to do while one allows the Spirit to pray in us as the Spirit wills (Romans 8). One can have the experience of hearing the Spirit speak personally to us through that word or short phrase. The Spirit can also lead one to meditation or to contemplative prayer.

Isabella County Restoration Homeless Shelter Project


Homeless Shelter Volunteer Opportunity

Following the February 11, 2018 service we will be signing-up volunteers to assist with our collaboration efforts with Isabella County Restoration House (ICRH) rotating homeless shelter. We will be partnering with Immanuel Lutheran Church once again on the week of February 25, – March 5, 2018.

As in the past, volunteers can sign up to provide evening meals to the guests. In addition to providing meals we will be looking for volunteers to assist with setup at the shelter, evening greeting guests, guest care, and overnight shelter support.  You can get more details about volunteer duties at the February 11th service.

You can also volunteer for a time other than the week scheduled for our Faith Weavers group. Just go to the Isabella County Restoration House home web page,   www.icrhouse.org to sign-up to volunteer.

Once you are at the site you can go to “Your Help” at the top of the page and scroll and click “volunteer”.  Once you are on that page there are three opportunities to volunteer:

1) Intake

2) Day Shelter and

3) Rotating Night Shelter

You can select the area you would like to help, and then select dates and times.

Please consider volunteering for this project.


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