Dear Friends in Christ
This Sunday: Jesus turns over the tables in the Jerusalem temple. He makes life difficult for those who depend on business as usual. How does Jesus upend our expectations today? Jesus always promises life to those who experience change. 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. Please read John chapter 2 and the sidebar notes for this chapter in your Lutheran Study Bible (LSB.) This chapter includes Jesus’ “sign,” changing water into wine, and Sunday’s Gospel lesson, Jesus’ “cleansing” of the temple. Note that in John’s Gospel, the cleansing takes place at the beginning of the Gospel, while in Matthew, Mark, and Luke, it takes place right before the crucifixion of Jesus. If you don’t yet have a LSB, see Pastor Mark.
Daylight Savings - Spring Forward: Remember to set your clocks 1 hour forward on March 11, 2018.
Worship Schedule: Our worship schedule is the service of Holy Communion at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Reading for Next Week: Please read John chapter 3 plus the sidebar notes for this chapter in your Lutheran Study Bible (LSB). This chapter begins with Jesus teaching Nicodemus about baptism - being “born from above” - being “born of water and spirit.” Our passage for next Sunday includes the famous verse 16: “For God so loved the world that he sent his only Son . . .” If you don’t yet have a LSB, see Pastor Mark.
Soup Suppers and Lenten Services continue this Wednesday, March 7 at 6:15. Please consider coming before 6:15 to help set up. We will be worshiping at 7:00pm. We will be watching a short video segment each week from the video “Making Sense of the Cross.” Have you ever wondered why Jesus had to suffer on a cross? David Lose is a dynamic presenter for this video series. Watch for sign-up sheets. Other services are on Mar 14, Mar 21.
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.
Attendance: On February 25, 2018 105 attended service. On February 28, 2018, 16 attended the service at Lexington.
Secretary out of the office: Allison Hearst will be out of the office March 3 - March 10th
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 McClure and her days off are Friday and Saturday. She does not check church voice mail or emails on those days. Tracy’s 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.
AED/CPR training: will be held 3/3 and 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
Choir Concert: Hear the Waldorf University Chamber Choir in concert right here at Peace! This elite 22-voice choir directed by Joel Everist will present a beautiful choir concert on Friday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. Waldorf University is an ELCA college located in Forest City, Iowa.
We Need Hosts! We need to host 22 young adults from the Waldorf choir. Please help if you can. Talk to Pastor Mark.
Talent Show! Can you sing a song, do a dance, tell a joke, play an instrument? Peace Lutheran’s Talent Show will be held at church on Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 6:30pm. Don’t have a particular “talent”? That’s OK – we need an audience, too, so come and enjoy. Performers, please see the sign-up sheet in the narthex. If you have any questions, call John Trumbull (847) 778-5763.
Chili Cook-off Coming Soon! On Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 5:30pm. Who has the best chili? Let’s find out! Sign up to bring your chili and all will vote to pick the winner. It’s a fun way to spend a cold winter evening. Come before to see our fabulous Art Show at 5:00pm, and stay afterwards to see Peace’s many gifted performers at the Talent Show at 6:30. Sign-up sheets are in the narthex. If you have questions, contact Kristy Bennett, (847) 726-0570 or Kari Mrazek (847) 726-2716.
Calling All Artists! Peace’s bi-annual Art Show will be held on Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 5:00pm. We want to display your work! If you have work in any medium (painting, drawing, sculpture, jewelry, quilts – even “refrigerator art”) that have not been displayed since our last Art Show, please drop them off at the church no later than Saturday, February 20. Art work will be kept locked up until the day of the show. Please see Natalie Trumbull or call (847) 308-5854. Sign-up in the narthex and include information of your artwork so it can be labeled for display. Come browse our art gallery before the talent show and chili cook-off! Thank you.
Quilters: Our next meeting will be on March 24th from 9-12. We will be starting a "mystery" quilt that we will be working on for the next several months. The finished quilt will be approximately 36 x 48 that will be able to be donated to Project Linus next February. You will need about 12 fat quarters (or 2.5 to 3 yards) of assorted light, medium, and dark solids/ print material for the squares; 1.5 yards of material 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 to come join us. If you have any questions or need more information, please 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 Allison Hearst (847) 224-9455 or LouAnn Tollefson (847) 814-5278. 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.
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, Patty Sundberg, 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 email@example.com.
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.
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 (email@example.com) 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 Tuesdays evenings from 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.com. 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 email@example.com or to the social email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Raisers: From Feb. 18 to March 11 we will be having our Lou Malnati's pizza coupon sale. This fundraiser will benefit the adult mission trip to Gatlinburg this summer. Each coupon costs $13 and is good for a 9" frozen pizza at any of their locations and is valid for 6 months. Peace will make $5.00 for each coupon that is sold. Money will be collected at the time that the coupon is ordered. We will be taking orders before and after each service. Now would be a great time to fill your freezer with a delicious treat and help a great cause at the same time! If you have any questions, please see Sue Koenig.
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 with a non-refundable deposit of $25 due by Feb. 28. Final payment is due on May 1. There are still spots available! Checks for the deposit (and final payment) should be made out to Living Lord Lutheran Church (our partner church in Bartlett) 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.
LSSI Easter baskets - We will be collecting items for 40 children at LSSI daycare for Easter baskets. There is a sign-up sheet in the narthex. We are in the need of candy, bubbles, chalk, jump ropes and hot wheels. All items can be placed in the bin in the narthex. Item need to church by March 18. Please see Gretchen Collins with any 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 https://berniesbookbank.org/volunteer Thank you
This Week at Peace
March 4 8:00 am Worship (Holy Communion)
9:15 am Sunday School / Adult Forum
10:30 am Worship (Holy Communion)
March 5 7:00 pm Al-Anon
March 6 6:45-7:45 pm Hand Bell Choir
March 7 9:00 am Women’s Bible Study at Panera’s at Deer Park
6:15 - 7:30pm Soup Supper / Lent Service
March 8 12:30-6:30 pm Voice Lessons
7:30 pm Adult Choir
March 10 8:00 am Men’s Bible study at Dunkin’ Donuts
10:30 am Joyful Noisemakers
March 11 8:00 am Worship (Holy Communion)
9:15 am Sunday School / Adult Forum
10:30 am Worship (Holy Communion)