Dear Friends in Christ
This Sunday: Come celebrate Palm and Passion Sunday. We commemorate Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, and then transition to the true moment: Jesus’ Passion and Death. The word “Passion” here has a double meaning: his suffering because of the trial and the torture of his death, and also his amazing, passionate love for humankind shown in this powerful story. Come and hear the word and receive Jesus in bread and wine! Adult Forum: Please join us this Sunday as we continue a video series on the Lord’s Prayer. Reading for this Sunday: Please read Mark chapters 14-15 plus the sidebar notes for this chapter in your Lutheran Study Bible (LSB.) These chapters narrate the passion and death of Jesus. Mark’s version goes back to the earliest traditions about Jesus’ death and resurrection (compared to Matthew, Luke, and John.) If you don’t yet have a LSB, see Pastor Mark.
Holy Week Worship Schedule:
Passion/Palm Sunday March 25 8:00 and 10:30 Holy Communion Service 9:15 Easter Egg Hunt at Silverado
Maundy Thursday March 29 7:30 p.m. at Peace Lutheran
Good Friday March 30 7:30 p.m. Choir Cantata - at St. Peter’s
Easter Sunday April 1 8:00 and 10:30 Holy Communion Service
9:15 a.m. Easter Breakfast
Reading for Next Week: Please read John chapter 20 plus the sidebar notes for this chapter in your Lutheran Study Bible (LSB.) This chapter narrates the resurrection story according to John. It is the most complete resurrection story of the four Gospels. If you don’t yet have a LSB, see Pastor Mark.
Easter Lilies: We are purchasing 4 large and 16 small Easter Lilies to adorn the Altar on Easter Sunday. If you would like to purchase one or more of these lilies, please sign up on the sheet located on the narthex table. The larger flowers are $17 each and the smaller are $14. Lilies can be taken home after the 10:30am service on Easter Sunday. Please contact Jean Foltin or Kari Mrazek with any questions. Thank-you
Palm Sunday Easter Egg Hunt at Siverado: Our friends at Silverado have invited our Sunday School class and their friends to participate in an Easter Egg Hunt! Please meet in Fellowship Hall on Sunday, March 25th at 9:30am. The Easter Egg Hunt will begin at 9:45am at Silverado.
Confirmation: Confirmation classes resume on Wednesday, April 4 at 7pm. We will be meeting at St. Peter UCC (47 Church St. Lake Zurich) for all of our spring sessions.
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.
Art, Chili and Talent night! - We had a really good turn out for our Art, Chili and Talent night! Lots of people came and enjoyed over 50 pieces of art, 9 yummy chilis and 10 performances. Fun was had by all!
Quilters: Our next meeting is March 24th from 9-12. We are starting a "mystery" quilt that we will be working on for several months that will be approximately 36 x 48 and can be donated to Project Linus next February. You need about 12 fat quarters (or 2.5 to 3 yds) of assorted light, medium, and dark solids/ print material for the squares; 1.5 yds for the borders and 2/3 yard for the binding (can be the same as the borders). Keep in mind that it will be a quilt for a child when buying the material. All are welcome! Questions? Contact Carol Wojnarowski at 847-540-8150 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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 1, 2018. 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 Helen Handley 224.542.9735
AED/CPR training: will be 4/14 from 8:30-12:30 here at PLC. Please see sign-up sheets in narthex. Email Bridget Heroff with questions: email@example.com
An Evening of Guitar Music: Saturday April 28th, Peace is holding "An Evening of Guitar Music" as an Adult Mission Trip fund raiser. More details as the event approaches.
Simply Giving: Many of our members and friends give by Simply Giving automated debit. 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. 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 Acknowledgment 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.
Adult Forum: Join us for Adult Forum this week as we continue a meaningful video series on prayer. Pastor Mark will lead the discussion.
Prayer Requests: We pray for those who need healing and wholeness: for Mike Wilms, Wes Willard, Bruce Hodkinson, Amy Falco, Justin Morgenthaler; Kathy Zak, Kristen Jorgensen, Robbie Purcell, Jeanelle Holmes, and Tod Kunschke . 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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.
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).
Wednesday Morning Bible Study: This year we will meet at Panera Bread in Deer Park at 9:00am. We will be looking at different devotionals to understand what the Bible tells us about life. Hope you can join us.
Choir: Adult choir practices on Thursday evenings at 7:30pm at Peace We usually sing on the 2nd and 4th Sundays from September through mid-May and take a break over the summer. Bring your voice and come join us!
Hand Bell Choir: Hand Bell Choir practices on Tuesday evenings 6:45 to 7:45pm at Peace. We play 1 Sunday a month. No experience needed. Come have some musical fun!
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 in these roles or any others.
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 Allison Hearst at PeaceLZOffice@yahoo.commailto:firstname.lastname@example.org. You’ll receive a weekly edition from Allison.
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 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 office at PeaceLZOffice@yahoo.com or the church social email: email@example.com
Prep Work for Mission Projects Day 2019: Do you have some extra time right now and need a project? Why not help us get some early prep work done for next year’s mission projects day (Feb. 2, 2019)? If you like to sew, you can make school bags for Lutheran World Relief. If you prefer, we need people to cut the slits in the fleece fabric for the double fleece blankets that we make for Lutheran World Relief. Both sign up sheets can be found in the hallway by the office. Instructions are either in the bag of school kits or tied on to the fleece bundles. The projects do not need to be completed until December 2018! Please call Sue Koenig if you have any questions. Thanks for your help!
Join the McHenry County Human Race: Get Your Hero On! Please join my team, Susie's Solemates in supporting the Home of the Sparrow (provides services to women and children who have experienced domestic violence or homelessness) by participating in the Human Race on April 22, 2018. The 5K (about 3 miles) is a walk or run and starts at 8 am and is a great family friendly event. It starts at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake. In the past 7 years, the Human Race has supported over 70 local organizations serving McHenry County and has raised over $516,000! The entry fee is $35 through March 31st. For more information or if you have questions, please call or contact Sue Koenig.
Adult Mission Trip Fund Raiser: at Culvers in Lake Zurich April 23 from 10am to 10pm. Please bring your flier and we will receive 15% from all purchases.
Adult Mission Trip 2018: We are headed to Gatlinburg, TN to help with the rebuilding efforts from the massive wildfires in Nov. 2016. The dates of the trip are June 24-10. We will be staying at the Gatlinburg Presbyterian Church Retreat Center where we will make our own meals, have bunk beds, showers and laundry on site. The cost of the trip is $225. Final payment is due on May 1. Checks should be made out to Living Lord Lutheran Church (our partner church in Barlett) and given to Sue Koenig or Lia Brilando. Scholarship money is available for those in financial need. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Sue or Lia.
Home of the Sparrow Clean Up Day - Volunteers needed to help clean up the yard at a Home Of the Sparrow house in Fox River Grove that could use a little TLC. We will be doing yard work, cleaning gutters, sprucing up flower beds etc. April 21, 9am - 2pm. Lunch will be served. Rain Date, April 28. Please see the sign up sheet in the Narthex on the bulletin board. Home of the Sparrow helps single women get back on their feet after going through tough times. Michelle Lussman our past Youth Director helps to run these programs at Home of the Sparrow. Please bring a set of waste yard bags from Home Depot. See Donna Walstrum with questions. Thank you.
Lent Boxes - This time of year our food pantries get very empty and are in need of replenishment after the Holidays. Families that are interested may make a Lent Box and place an item of food in per day now through Easter and bring the full box of food to church on Easter or the week after Easter. There is a sample box in the narthex. The following items are greatly needed. Paper goods, napkins, paper towels, toilet papers, shampoo, peanut butter, 1lb bag of pinto beans, tuna, jelly, NO grape, black beans, whole wheat pasta, 1 lb bag white rice. Please see Sue Sweeney with questions. Thank you so much for helping the Lake Zurich Community.
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 Volunteer Opportunities in Chicago - Volunteer to Help Children | Bernie's Book Bank Thank you.
This Week at Peace
March 25 8:00 am Worship (Holy Communion)
9:30 - 10:15 Easter Egg Hunt at Siverado
10:30 am Worship (Holy Communion)
March 26 7:00 pm Al-Anon
March 27 6:45-7:45 pm Hand Bell Choir
March 28 9:00 am Women’s Bible Study - Deer Park Panera’s
March 29 12:30-6:30 pm Voice Lessons
7:30 pm Maundy Thursday at Peace Lutheran
March 30 7:30 Good Friday Service Choir Cantata - at St. Peter’s
March 31 8:00 am Men’s Bible study at Dunkin’ Donuts
10:30 am Joyful Noisemakers
April 1 8:00 am Worship (Holy Communion)
9:15 - 10:15 am Easter Brunch
10:30 am Worship (Holy Communion)