EMMAUS HOLDEN EVENING PRAYER
The service will be available on YouTube at 5:00 p.m. Dinner follows the service.
Emmaus style evening prayer takes its name from a story found in Luke 24:13-35. It is intended to be followed by a meal around the dinner table. Consider making your table special by adding a table cloth, using your most festive dinnerware, and/or lighting a candle. Also consider sharing this meal with someone over the phone, especially if you live alone. Watch your email on Sunday afternoon for the link to the YouTube video, or find it online at www.peacelutheranlz.com.
MIDWEEK LENTEN HEALING SERVICES
Midweek healing services will be made available on YouTube every Wednesday between Ash Wednesday and Palm Sunday. All are welcome to participate whether in a single or multi-person household, with or without olive oil. The pastor writing this announcement used unblessed olive oil fresh from the store for baptisms and anointing for years. Blessing the oil is beneficial, but not because it magically makes the oil better or more effective. It is beneficial, because it gives expression to the unity of the church and connects the oil in a meaningful way with God’s purpose and promise to us in baptism.
RESERVED SEATING FOR 7-8 HOUSEHOLDS ON 3/7
Call Allison between Tuesday, 2/23 and Thursday, 2/25 or Tuesday 3/2 and Thursday 3/4 to make your reservation for our next service with an in-person component. Reservations close by 11:00 a.m. on the 3/4. Reservations must be confirmed by Allison to guarantee seating. Registrants will receive a list of mitigations and procedures prior to the service. Please contact Bill Koenig or Pastor Daniel for more information.
YOUTH SUNDAY, 3/7: The worship experience on March 7th will have a small twist - it will be led by our Confirmation and High School Youth! The teens will serve in all aspects of worship: reading the Psalm & Gospel, providing music, guiding the congregation in the Apostles Creed and leading the prayers! Tracy will be presiding with the teens as well and will be preaching the sermon. Get ready for an energetic and fun youth-led worship service!!
CARES & CONCERNS
We pray for one another: We pray for those who need healing, safety and God’s watchful care. This week we pray for Mike Wilms, Sherri Juveland, Kim Wilkinson, Kyle, Laurie G., Jeff Peterson, Chris Mitchell, Gregg, Maria Lopez, Jean Fully, Patrick, Sara Stroud, Kathryn Roberts, and Don Brown.
COVID UPDATE 2/25/21
Our Region 9 continues to improve with both the number of positive tests and the number of people being hospitalized declining. We also are seeing the number of people in our region being vaccinated continue to increase.
With that in mind, we will continue to add to the number of families we can host during the next in-person service on March 7th. We can host up to 10 families during the service. If you are interested, please call Allison in the Church office on Tuesday, March 2nd, between 9:00am to 1:00pm or Thursday, March 4th, between 9:00am to 11:00am to make your reservation.
Once you are registered, you will be sent an email with the protocols to follow on Sunday, March 7th.
The families that have come do enjoy seeing other members again during worship.
If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.
New Church Cookbook! Please send in your favorite recipes and helpful tips. We are putting together a new church cookbook to help fund the Labyrinth clean up and maintenance. It is also nod to Peace Lutheran’s 35th anniversary. Contact Beth Piff for questions. Note: preferred format is a word doc or a google doc link. But, if all you have is an image, send the image and our team will type it up for the book. Please send by April 1st to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Art Show: Are you an artist? Does your child have refrigerator art? Please send in pictures of your favorite projects. They will be put together for a virtual art showing. Contact Natalie Trumbull for questions. Please send by March 30th to: Natalie1234@att.net
Quilting: Our mystery quilt squares for our wall hangings are coming along! We’re sharpening our appliqué skills. If you would like to join us, please contact Carol Wojnarowski at email@example.com to receive the details.
FAITH FORMATION UPDATES
For Families with Children:
Join your Sunday School friends on March 7, 21 & 28 from 10:00-10:30 as we begin our
new theme of “Get Ready and Wait.” A meeting link will be sent on the Saturday prior to each lesson. Watch for an email with details on a supply pick-up for March/April/May lessons. Contact Liz (Lhopman@comcast.net) or Natalie (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions. Each Sunday you can access the Children’s Bulletin with activities that enable families to worship together and learn from each week’s Scripture theme. You will find them at the end of your Sunday email for worship.
Adult Forum: Join us this Sunday for a surprising parable about a widow and a judge!
The Wednesday Morning Women’s Bible Study: The women’s Bible study is reading “Consider the Women” by Debbie Blue. We will be reading about three matriarchs of the Bible: Hagar, Esther and Mary. Read with us as Debbie Blue looks into the background of these women, how they preserved and showed their faith. We meet via zoom on Wednesday morning at 9 am. For more information you can contact Carol Wojnarowski.
HS Mission Trip Change: Last weekend, our Youth families met with our Youth Director, Tracy Katschke, to discuss COVID and traveling for a mission trip this summer. It was decided NOT to go to Boston this year, but instead to put together an at-home mission trip! The new mission trip week is July 19th-23rd, 2021 and Tracy will be putting together daily service opportunities with Northern Illinois Food Bank and Habitat for Humanity; as well as ways to serve within our church and congregation! We will work Monday-Thursday of that week and have a “fun day” on Friday! If you are interested, the cost is $125/teen, with a $25 deposit due to Tracy by April 15th! Chaperones are also needed!
We are again making Easter baskets to donate! If you are interested in helping assemble the baskets, sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040D4CACA722A4FF2-easter
We will be meeting at the church on March 20th at 9:30 a.m.
Help with Texas winter disaster relief: Thousands of people in Texas were affected this past week by the severe winter storms that lead to massive power outages, food and water shortages, and significant damage to homes and businesses. You can help with the humanitarian efforts to help people in these communities by donating to the ELCA /Lutheran Disaster Response. To do so, you can go to the elca.org website and make an online donation or you can mail a donation to ELCA Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 1809, Merrifield, VA 22116.You can also give by phone at 800-638-3522. If you decide to give to a specific disaster, your gift will be used 100percent for that disaster. Thank you for your willingness to reach out to others in a time of great need.
Feed My Starving Children: Are you looking for a service project that you can do safely with your family? Check out doing a shift at Feed My Starving Children either in Libertyville or Schaumburg. Go to fmsc.org to find a shift that works for you. There are even spots available on Saturdays starting in April. The packing experience has been modified to make it safer. You will be working with only your small group of five people. Volunteers need to be at least 5 yrs old and with an adult. Shifts are 2 hours in length. Do something fun together that will help address hunger around the world!
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME REMINDER
Remember to spring ahead on Sunday, March 14!
EMMAUS EVENING PRAYER
Worship and Dinner
The service will be available on YouTube at 5:00 p.m. Dinner follows the service.
Emmaus style evening prayer takes its name from a story found in Luke 24:13-35 when the risen Christ travels to Emmaus with two unwitting disciples on the day of his resurrection (Sunday). On the road he opens the scriptures to them, causing their hearts to burn within them, and his true identity is finally revealed to them in the breaking of bread at the evening meal. This service uses the liturgy for Holden Evening Prayer. It is intended to be followed by a meal around the dinner table. Consider making your table special by adding a table cloth, using your most festive dinnerware, and/or lighting a candle. Also consider sharing this meal with someone over the phone, especially if you live alone. Watch your email on Sunday afternoon for the link to the YouTube video, or find it online at www.peacelutheranlz.com.
Starting this Sunday, February 7, we will add a bi-monthly in-person component to our Sunday morning Zoom service. In-person gatherings will take place every other Sunday. Current guidance recommends limiting the time of in-person gatherings, especially in light of the more contagious viral variants taking hold in the States. Sundays with an in-person component will be patterned on the abbreviated Service of the Word that was introduced in Advent while the remaining Sundays will continue as all-church celebrations of Holy Communion over Zoom. If you are interested in attending an in-person service, you need to call the church office between Tuesday and Thursday the week prior to service (between 2/2-2/5 for the first service) and speak with Allison. The cut off for registration is 11:00am on Thursday. You are not guaranteed a reserved seat unless you have confirmation from Allison. We are limited in our capacity to 2-3 households (depending on the size of the household), so if you are interested and the service is full, there is a possibility you can be added to the reservations for the following in-person service, and similarly, if you attended a service once during the month you may be waitlisted for the following service to ensure that all who are interested in attending are able to do so. As always, we will be following best practice mitigation strategies- everyone will need to self-certify that they are symptom free at home, and then be screened again at church. Masks will be required at all times in the building, and we request that you arrive at least 10 minutes prior to service so that screening and seating can take place without delaying the start of worship. A list of mitigations and procedures will be sent to you after your reservation is confirmed. Please contact Bridget Heroff, Bill Koenig, or Pastor Daniel for more information.
CARE & CONCERN
We pray for one another: We pray for those who need healing, safety and God’s watchful care. This week we pray for Mike Wilms, Sherri Juveland, Lizetta Moore, Kim Wilkinson, Kyle, Gina Nilsen, Laurie G., Jeff Peterson, Chris Mitchell, Don Brown, Douglas Brown, William (Hoyt) Brown, Brian Madsen, Gregg, and Maria Lopez.
2021 GIVING ENVELOPES
2021 Giving Envelopes are available for pick up now. They are on a table in the narthex and can be picked up during office hours: Tuesday and Thursday 9 - 1. If this does not work for you, please contact Mark Dice at 847-971-4817.
Sign Ministry: The Outreach Team is looking for someone to take over coordinating the outdoor sign ministry for 2021. This involves coming up with messages for the sign and scheduling the volunteers to change the sign message every two weeks or so. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Sue Koenig.
Quilting: The plans for the mystery quilt are complete. We are thinking summer and the quilt (wall hanging size) will sharpen our appliqué skills. If you would like to join us, please contact Carol Wojnarowski at email@example.com to receive the details.
FAITH FORMATION UPDATES
For Families with Children:
Each Sunday you can access the Children’s Bulletin with activities that enable families to worship together and learn from each week’s Scripture theme. You will find them at the end of your Thursday email for worship.
Join your Sunday School friends on February 7 & 21 from 10:00-10:30 to complete our study the Lord’s Prayer. Future Sunday School lessons will take place on the first and third Sundays of the month with a meeting link sent on the Saturday prior to the lesson. Contact Liz (Lhopman@comcast.net) or Natalie (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
Adult Forum: Join us this Sunday as we explore the parable of the mustard seed!
The Wednesday Morning Women’s Bible Study: The women’s Bible study began a new book on January 13th titled “Consider the Women” by Debbie Blue. We will be reading about three matriarchs of the Bible: Hagar, Esther and Mary. Read with us as Debbie Blue looks into the background of these women, how they preserved and showed their faith. We meet via zoom on Wednesday morning at 9 am. For more information you can contact Carol Wojnarowski.
IT’S SOUPER BOWL TIME!: The Souper Bowl is HERE! TODAY, SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7TH FROM 10AM-12PM, our Confirmation and Senior High Youth will be collecting non-perishable food items for our neighbors at St. Francis Food Pantry. Don’t forget: we’re also going to have a bit of a “competition” and see who can collect more – our regular 8am churchgoers OR our regular 10:30 churchgoers! Donations can be “marked” with “8am” or “10:30am” at drop-off. Let the games begin!
SAVE THE DATE - HS MISSION TRIP INFORMATIONAL MEETING ON FEB. 14TH!: A LOT of GREAT questions have been raised by teen families in the past week regarding the upcoming HS Mission Trip to Boston - particularly around cost, COVID and alternative options. Tracy feels that it is important to address everyone’s concerns, as well as decide as a group whether an “at home” mission trip would be the best option this year. All teen families are welcome to attend the HS Mission Trip Informational Zoom on Sunday, February 14th from 11:30am-12:15pm. Tracy has sent the Zoom information to all teen families - please let Tracy know if you have not received the Zoom link OR if you have any questions!
SOCIAL OUTREACH UPDATES
Mission Projects Season: We are looking for volunteers in February to help deliver and/or mail packages to the various organizations that we have completed projects for during this mission projects season. Most of the boxes will need to be taken to Elgin to Church of the Brethren. Some of these boxes are a bit large and heavy but will not require postage. Some boxes will need to be mailed/shipped to Minnesota and California. There is no money set aside for this so this would have to be a donation on the part of the person doing the mailing/shipping. Please let Sue Koenig know if you can help with this important part of this ministry.
Mission Projects Day totals!: