Dear Friends in Christ: Sunday: We all want to experience a loving God, one who cares for us. This Sunday is one of the many Sundays when we consider God’s loving kindness to us through Jesus Christ. Jesus communicated the ultimate love for us – God’s love for us shown in sacrifice. Psalm 23 is one of this Sunday’s lesson: “The Lord is my shepherd . . .” Come and hear God’s Word and be fed by Jesus in bread and wine. Adult Forum: On break until September. Reading for this Sunday: Please read Ephesians chapter 2 plus the sidebar notes and the introduction for Ephesians in your Lutheran Study Bible (LSB.) Here the writer speaks of Christ saving both Jews and Gentiles (non-Jews,) so that all stand together before God only by the merits of Christ, not by following the Jewish law. So, no works or obedience to the Old Testament law makes one better than another, because all have fallen short of the glory of God, yet all stand in righteousness before God because of the grace shown in Jesus Christ. (See the siderbar note about grace.) If you don’t yet have a LSB, see Pastor Mark.
Worship Schedule: Our Summer worship schedule is in effect. We have a service of Holy Communion at 9:00 a.m.
Reading for Next Week: Please read Ephesians chapter 2 plus the sidebar notes in your Lutheran Study Bible (LSB.) Bible scholars think this letter was written by a follower of Paul or someone who was schooled by Paul. In next week’s passage (3:14-21) the writer prays for the word of Christ to grow in the believers’ hearts. If you don’t yet have a LSB, see Pastor Mark.
Attendance: On July 15, 2018, 53 attended worship. On July 18, 2018, 12 attended the service at Lexington.
Youth Director’s Days Off & Office Hours: Our Youth Director is Tracy Katschke 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 from 11:30am-3:30pm. She can be reached on her cell for urgent matters. Her cell phone can be accessed by calling church.
Youth Mission Trip - July 22 - July 28 Madison Wisconsin
VBS August 6th - 10th: Everyone at Peace can help make VBS a wonderful week!
How can you help? Sign up…
1) to bring a food item for snacks
2) to bring a prop item for ‘Bible Adventures’ & ‘Shipwrecked’ Finale.
3) to volunteer as one of our station helpers or crew leaders.
4) to help set up after church on Sunday August 5th
5) to help take down decorations on Friday Aug 10th
We appreciate your help! This event is a wonderful time for us all to work together for the children and guests from our community. Questions? Call Natalie Trumbull (847) 308-5854.
LSSI Back Packs: NO ONE SHOULD BE SHIPWRECKED WITHOUT SCHOOL SUPPLIES! We would like to provide them with 30 filled back packs for 15 boys and 15 girls. Sign up is in the hallway. Questions? Contact Donna Walstrum. The following items are needed by August 3rd:
#2 Pencils - 12 pack: 60 packs
Crayons - 24 pack: 30 packs
Colored pencils - 12 pack: 30 packs
Markers - 12 pack: 30 packs
Glue sticks - 60 glue sticks
Scissors - 5” child size: 30 scissors
Blue or black ballpoint pens - 12 pack: 30 packs of pens
Red ballpoint pen - 12 pack: 30 packs of red pens
High lighters: 60 high lighters
Pencil sharpeners: 30 pencil sharpeners
Erasers: 60 erasers
Pencil box - 30 pencil boxes, variety of colors
2/Pocket, three pronged, folders - 120 2/pocket folders
Loose-leaf wide-ruled notebook paper - 30 packages of paper
Spiral Notebooks – wide ruled - 120 notebooks
Ruler w/ English and Metric measurements - 30 rulers
In Crisis? Anyone, anywhere can be affected by mental health struggles including depression, anxiety, having feelings of being overwhelmed, or having suicidal thoughts. It has been in the news lately about the significant increase (up nearly 30%) in the annual rate of suicide from 1999-2016. The key to preventing people from reaching the point of suicide is to talk about it and offer help, encouragement and resources to those struggling to keep living. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255 and the crisis text line is text CONNECT to 741741 for people who are in distress and feel like they are at risk of hurting themselves, or if you know of a person who is at risk.
Preparation for mission projects day 2019: if you can help with cutting tabs in fleece for the Lutheran world relief or project Linus blankets, sewing pillow covers for hospice or making school bags for Lutheran world relief, check out the kits in the hallway by the office. Work on them when you have a chance; they don’t need to be completed until December! If you have any questions, please contact Sue Koenig. Thank you for your help!
Simply Giving: Many of our members and friends give with Simply Giving automated debit. This program is very important for our congregation. It keeps income steady during the summer months when giving drops because people are out of town. Please consider it! Giving forms are on the table in the narthex. If you do participate in Simply Giving, or if you do not have an offering on a particular Sunday you can still participate in the act of giving during the service by obtaining Giving Acknowledgment card from an usher and placing it in the offering plate to acknowledge your support of our ministries at Peace.
On-Line Giving: You now have the option to make a gift to Peace from your computer, tablet or phone! To give online go to the Peace web site www.PeaceLutheranLZ.com and click on the "Make a Donation" button. To give from your phone, download the Give Plus Church app and search for Peace in Lake Zurich to make your gift. Finally, to give from your phone without downloading the Give Plus Church app just text a gift to the Peace text number, 224-458-2996. Just enter an amount and send the text to the Peace number and you will be sent a link to complete the transaction. See Kirk Swanson is you have any questions.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer Requests: We pray for those who need healing and wholeness: for Mike Wilms, Wes Willard, Michael Salazar, Kathy Zak, Kristen Jorgensen, Brian Bounds, Peggy Schmidt, Joyce Smith, Reita Schultz, Charlie Lindsey, Dolly Hansen, and Theresa Sacamono. We pray for those who are mourning, especially the family of Tom Mannes, who died last week. 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 at email@example.com.
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.
AmazonSmile: Shop on AmazonSmile and 0.5% of your purchase can be donated to Peace Lutheran. For more information about the program, go to http://smile.amazon.com/about.
Caring Tree: This outreach ministry provides services to those in the congregation with special need, i.e., dinners for new moms, meals for those following a hospitalization, or short term help with lawn cutting or snow removal. Please contact Jean Foltin or Pastor Mark with requests for assistance. Jean may be reached by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phone/text (847-738-8599).
Mom/Toddler Group: Are you a new mom or have little ones 5 years or younger? Do you want to connect with other local moms? Then PLEASE join our mom's group where kids are welcome to play, while moms get some adult conversation! Peace Lutheran Church has graciously offered to open their doors to the community to give moms a place to gather. This is not a religious group, just a community mom’s group. We will meet every Thursday at 10 AM. If you have any question please contact Cathy Malloy.
Wednesday Morning Women’s Bible Study: We will continue to meet at Panera Bread in Deer Park at 9:00 am for the summer. Anyone is welcome to join us for coffee.
Worship and Music: The Worship and Music team is searching for people that are interested in assisting before, during, and after worship time on Sundays. Please contact Andy Heroff (email@example.com) if you would like to help assist.
Peace now has Opt-Out Photo Release Forms; they are on the main table in the narthex. If you do NOT want your/family member picture on the Church's website or Facebook page please sign and put in Cathy Malloy's mailbox in church office.
Online Newsletter: Do you get the Peace Lutheran weekly newsletter Prints of Peace online? If not, please send your email address to firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to be added to the emailing list.
Peace Lutheran Church Facebook Page: Be sure to 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 2018 church calendar shows 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 the church at the church social email: email@example.com
This Week at Peace
July 22 9:00am Worship Service (Holy Communion)
July 23 7:00pm Al-Anon
July 25 9:00am Women’s Bible Study - Deer Park Panera
July 26 10:00am Mom and Toddler Group
12:30 - 6:30pm Voice Lessons
July 29 9:00am Worship (Holy Communion)