Dear Friends in Christ
HAPPY EASTER! Join us this Sunday at 8:00 and 10:30 for Easter worship, and for brunch at 9:00. Easter Sunday is the most important celebration of the church year – more important than Christmas! Easter focuses on how God has overcome the disaster of sin and death, by raising Jesus from the dead. Don’t miss it! Adult Forum: On break for Easter Sunday. Join us again Sunday, April 23, for a new series. Please read John chapter 20 and the sidebar notes for these chapters in your Lutheran Study Bible (LSB.) This chapter is the most extensive account from the four Gospels of the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, and is the Gospel lesson for Easter Sunday and the following Sunday. If you don’t have a LSB, see Pastor Mark. See the reading for April 23 below.
PRINTS OF PEACE
PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH
April 16, 2017
Reading for Next Week: Please read Acts chapter 2 and the sidebar notes for this chapter in your Lutheran Study Bible (LSB.) This chapter is the story of the new, energized church after the ascension of Jesus and the gifting of the Holy Spirit. If you don’t yet have a LSB, see Pastor Mark.
Confirmation Ministry: Just a reminder to fill out service points forms, which can be found on the table in the narthex. You can receive points for acolyting, assisting in the nursery, etc. The sky is the limit!
Confirmation Class Schedule: We will resume classes starting Wednesday, April 19th.
HS Youth Group: Our next youth group meeting will be Sunday, April 23rd at 7pm! Please come ready for an evening of fellowship and fun!
Flapjack Frenzy Sign-Up!: Planning is underway for our second youth mission trip fundraiser, Flapjack Frenzy, which will be held at Christ Lutheran Church on Saturday, May 6th! Peace will be providing breakfast ingredients and volunteer help for that day. Please sign-up on the kiosk in the narthex!
Mission Trip Payment: For youth attending the South Carolina mission trip, the second payment of $150 is due by Tuesday, May 9th.
Youth Director’s Days Off: Our Youth Director is Tracy McClure and her days off are Friday and Saturday. She does not check church voice mail or emails on those days. Tracy is engaged at Peace half-time, and her office hours are Monday‑Thursday, 1:30pm‑5:30pm. She can be reached on her cell for urgent matters. Her cell phone can be accessed by calling church.
Easter Brunch: Come one, Come All - There’s room for everyone! All members and their extended families, all friends and all visitors are welcome to our festive meal, held between services on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017. It will begin at approximately 9:00 am. Please sign up in the narthex and indicate what food items you can bring. Please have all food items at the church by 8:45am. We are always especially in need of hot dishes (Casseroles, quiches, etc.) Questions? Contact Allison Hearst (847) 877-2235.
Women's Retreat May 20th‑21st: Our retreat is only 7 weeks away! We are very excited to offer a fun filled weekend with a Cafe theme where we savor time with God and friends. A few changes include starting a little earlier, having some afternoon free time and ending before noon on Sunday. Weather permitting, we will offer some outdoor activities (bocce, bean bags, croquet) and an evening bonfire for relaxing and fun fellowship! For those ladies that can't stay overnight, please consider spending the day with us!
To have curriculum arrive in time for the retreat, I do need a final head count and check by Sunday, April 30th. Sign up sheet on table in narthex. Hope to see you there! Contact Sherri at 8479757705 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Adult Mission Trip 2017: This year, Peace Lutheran and Living Lord churches will again be joining forces to help those impacted by natural disasters. June 11‑17 we will be serving in the greater Detroit area damaged by flooding in both 2014 and 2016.
Spring Firewood Sale: Did you deplete your stack of firewood this past winter? Well don’t fret because Social Outreach is sponsoring a spring firewood sale to benefit the Adult Mission Trip scheduled for June. Price is $80. Delivered for a face cord (about 240 pieces- 8"x4"x-16"), $40.00 delivered for a half face cord - 4"x4"x-16". If you are interested, please contact Mark Handley at email@example.com to arrange for delivery. Buying now will mean you’ll have nicely seasoned wood for fall fires.
Would you like to be more involved at Peace Lutheran? : Every year our church appoints a Nominating Committee whose task is to fill leadership vacancies within the church governance for the upcoming year. This year’s Committee has been formed and is currently reaching out to church members to fill open positions, but we could use more help. Knowing that not everyone is familiar with the elected positions and ministry teams here at Peace, we have placed a copy of the churches’ By‑Laws in the narthex for all to view. Among other things, the By‑Laws contain basic descriptions of the governance structure and duties of the ministry teams. One reference copy of the By‑Laws has been placed into a binder that is located on the table adjacent to the sanctuary. Please take a moment to review the descriptions to see if you have interest in any of the positions. If you have a desire to serve, or if you have questions about any of the open positions, please contact Tom Kunschke (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Altar Flowers: If you have a special date you would like to remember, please consider bringing flowers for our Sunday services. The calendar is on the bulletin board outside of the office. Vases are available for use in the kitchen cabinet behind the door. Flowers should be set out before the Sunday service and can be picked up any time after the Sunday service. Enter your first name on the calendar, as we have several families with the same last name. Any questions, please call Kari Mrazek at (847) 726-2716.
PPC (Parish Planning Council) Highlights from March meeting: May’s PPC meeting will include a planning session to add key events to the church calendar for the upcoming year (which begins next September). Team leads should plan on attending and provide dates of any church related events that they are anticipating.
· A new radio fire alarm system for the church has been installed. This system is required by the village.
· Work to upgrade the parking lot lighting will begin near the end of March.
· February minutes approved.
· February Treasurer’s Report approved.
Questions? Contact any PPC member.
Next PPC meeting: Tuesday, April 18th at 7:30pm
Servant Opportunity: We need someone to be point person for Amazon Smiles. This is a great program to raise money for our youth ministry by having our parishioners do their Amazon purchasing through Amazon Smiles. The responsibilities would include quarterly tracking of income, and occasional announcements.
Servant Opportunity: We are looking for someone to lead “Open Hands, Open Hearts,” which helps a congregation consider what it needs to do to strengthen how it educates/cultivates generosity as an outgrowth of Christian life. All settings of congregational life are examined, with a view to also determine what the congregation is willing to do to make any changes. This person would work with consultant Mark Vincent, who works with churches in groups through Facebook. Our volunteer would need to be Facebook savvy, and have an interest in stewardship. This is a wonderful opportunity for our congregation. Please let Pastor Mark or Cathy Malloy know if you are interested.
Adult Choir: Come join us to sing and have fun. No audition necessary, just a willing heart and a love for music. We are meeting on Thursday nights this year at 7:30pm. Jeff Horvath will be directing. Please join us!
Adult Forum: No Adult Forum today. Adult Forum resumes next Sunday, April 23. We will begin a new video series called “Connecting Sunday to Monday.” This series explores how we can connect faith and daily life: How do we live with faith at the center? There will be time for discussion. Pastor Mark will lead. Join us!
Simply Giving: Many of our members and friends give by Simply Giving automated debit. This program has no fees for you or our congregation. This program is very important for our congregation. It keeps income steady during the summer months when giving drops because of people being out of town. Please consider it! If you do participate in Simply Giving, when you worship please grab a Giving Acknowledgment Card from an usher in order to physically fulfill the act of giving during the offertory. There are forms on the table in the narthex.
Pastor Mark’s Day Off: Monday is Pastor’s day off. He does not check church voice mail or Email that day. He can be reached at home for urgent matters. Please contact him for non-urgent matters Tuesday through Sunday. His cell phone number can be accessed by calling church.
Giving Acknowledgment Cards: If you participate in the Simply Giving program or if you do not have an offering on a particular Sunday, you can still participate in the act of giving during the service. Ask an usher for a small laminated Giving Acknowledgement Card before you enter the sanctuary. You can then place the card in the offering plate to acknowledge your support of our ministries at Peace.
Prayer Requests: We pray for those who need healing and wholeness: for Bonnie Eckardt, Kristen Jorgensen, Annette Dick, Amy Falco, Laurel Herman, John Scott, the family of Ellie, and the family of Sabrina. Our practice is we will pray for an individual for at least 4 Sundays or until the end of the following month. After that time, we ask that you contact the office or Pastor Mark to keep your loved one on the prayer list. If your loved one inadvertently falls off the prayer list, please request to put this person back on the list. Thank you.) We need pray-ers! If you would like to be a participant in the Circle of Prayer, please contact Terry Koncel.
Inspirational Messages: Pastor Mark would like to reach out to the congregation with a brief message a couple times per week. If you want to receive these, please fill out the form in the red attendance folders. Messages will be sent via a text, Facebook account, and Twitter. Any questions, contact Beth Papke at(847) 438-5294 or at email@example.com.
Attendance: On April 9, 125, attended service.
Helen Handley is the coordinator for the Caring Tree. The Caring Tree provides services to those in our congregation with special needs, i.e. dinners for new moms, meals for those who have been hospitalized, short term help with lawn needs or snow shoveling, etc. Please contact Helen or Pastor Mark if you have a need you think the Caring Tree might be able to help with. Helen's email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Online Newsletter: Do you get the Peace Lutheran weekly newsletter Prints of Peace online? If not, please send your email address to Karen Zicco at email@example.com. You’ll receive a weekly edition from Karen.
Quilters: We will meet on Saturday, April 29th from 9:00am - Noon. We will finish our patriotic Hot Air balloon and start on a project for Lutheran World Relief that will continue in the fall.
Wednesday Morning Bible Study: Join us at 9:00am in the lounge at church. We will continue to study the book of Matthew where we will learn how to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.
Wednesday Morning Lexington Worship Service: Join us Wednesday mornings from 10:30-11:00 at Lexington Nursing Home in the second floor cafeteria. It’s a great opportunity to share God's love with the residents with singing, liturgy, sermon, prayers and passing of the peace.
Peace Lutheran Church Facebook Page: Be sure to go visit our Facebook page ‑ Peace Lutheran Church of Lake Zurich. It's the one with recent posts. If you have an event or ministry you want promoted, and haven't seen it on our Facebook page, POST IT!! If you have questions or need help please email your request to one of the page administrators: Jean Bishop, Karen Zicco, Bridget Heroff, Nicola Prybell or Pastor Mark.
Church Calendar: The 2017 church calendar shows all events and activities of the church and is posted on our website. You can find it by clicking "Calendar of Events" on the home page, or you can access it by visiting http://peacelutheranlz.com/calendar/. If you have an event to be posted on the calendar, please Email Matt Handley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spiritual Learning Opportunities
1) Adult forum on Sunday mornings
2) Tuesday evening Bible study
3) Wednesday morning Bible Study
4) Men's Bible Study on Saturday mornings
5) Confirmation huddle leader
6) High school night life mentor
7) Leadership Lab
9) Sunday school teacher/VBS
10) Women's retreat
11) Other opportunities to come
1) Lexington ministry‑Wednesday morning worship
2) Feed My Starving Children activity
3) Adult mission trip
4) High school mission trip
5) Deliver Safe Haven meals
6) Caring Tree ministry
A hearty thank you to all who donated items to and/or assisted in making Easter baskets for 43 LSSI children. Imagine the excitement these kids will experience upon receiving a basket this week! And, their teachers will undoubtedly love the chocolate bunnies they will be getting too. A special thanks to Donna Walstrum who secured $250 in seed money from Thrivent which helped buy all the actual Easter basket containers and several other items. Again, thanks to everyone who helped make this event a success!!!
McHenry Human Race: Sue Koenig is looking for volunteers to join in the fun of doing a 5K walk or run (approx. 3 miles) on April 23, 2017. This 5K is special in that the money raised goes to help many local non‑profits in McHenry County. She is on a team to raise money for Home of the Sparrow, an agency that helps women and children who have experienced domestic violence or homelessness. The team name is Super Sparrows. The race starts at 8:00am at McHenry County College Crystal Lake. You can register for this event online at www.volunteercentermchenrycounty.org or call 815‑344‑4483. The cost is $35 until March 31 and then the cost is $40 until the race day. Just click on "join a team" and you can be a part of the fun! Please call Sue Koenig with any questions.
PADS Volunteers: Join us Sunday morning, April 30th at 5am at the PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) site at Messiah Lutheran Church in Wauconda. We will be setting up and serving breakfast to the guests. Please sign up this morning if you would like to join us or if you would like to help donate food/drinks for us to bring with us. Together we can make a difference. If you have any questions contact Beth Piff at847‑361‑email@example.com
Mark your calendar: The Adulta Bike Group is starting up again and planning our first bike ride Saturday morning, May 27th. John and Beth Piff and Dave and Linda Kizer will be coordinators. More information coming soon.
Bernie’s Book Bank: Thank you to everyone who has donated books! Also, we will continue to drop off and a box is located I the narthex. Family and friends are encouraged to volunteer at Bernie’s Book Bank located in Lake Bluff, IL. Their mission is to collect and distribute gently used children’s books to significantly increase “Book Ownership” among at risk infants, toddlers and school age children throughout Chicagoland! You can sign up at https://berniesbookbank.org/volunteer. Thank you.
Safe Haven Gift Card Donations: Thank you to everyone who has donated Walmart Gift Cards! They are much appreciated and will be used to buy needed household items. A box is in the narthex on a table labeled Safe Haven Donations. Please include a note with your name and address so that a thank you can be sent. You can purchase a gift card directly or you can order through Lori Schwartz at the beginning of the month which will also benefit our youth! Thank you for your continued support of this wonderful ministry! If you have any questions, please reach out to Chris Franson or Sandy Hanna.
Opportunities for 2017: We would like to continue to reach out in our Community to do God’s work. Please let Jean Foltin or Sandy Hanna (team leads) know of new opportunities Peace Lutheran Church can participate in. These opportunities could provide evangelism or assist with a specific need/service you would like to provide. Thank you in advance for your valuable input!
Offering Through March, 2017
Actual Received $66,380
Short $ 9,812
This Week at Peace
April 16 8:00am Worship & Holy Communion
9:00am Easter Breakfast
10:30am Worship & Holy Communion
April 17 7:00pm Al-Anon
April 18 7:30pm PPC Meeting
April 19 9:00am Women’s Bible Study
10:30am Lexington Worship
7:30pm Confirmation Class
April 20 12:30-6:30pm Voice Lessons
7:30pm Adult Choir
April 21 8:00pm AA
April 22 8:00am Men’s Bible Study (Dunkin Donuts)
10:30-11:15am Joyful Noisemakers
April 23 8:00am Worship & Holy Communion
10:30am Worship & Holy Communion