Contents of this Issue (scroll down for each):
Care and Concern
Faith Formation Now
How to give your offering
How You Can Help Others During COVID-19 Pandemic
So much gratitude for everyone who has contributed to our virtual gathering for worship in these stay-at-home days! The young and old, readers and musicians, and the technical help from a growing circle of people is making this possible. We are the church – together! And you are appreciated!
In this Sunday’s gospel the risen Christ appears to the disciples, offers them the gift of peace, and sends them on a mission – “as the Father has sent me, so I send you” (John 20:21). Even amid doubts and questions, yes even when we cannot touch, taste or see while keeping social distance, “we believe.” And we gather virtually to worship the risen Christ and join in God’s work. During the season of Easter the first two readings will be from the Acts of the Apostles and the first letter of Peter – messages of hope and new life! We will also bring back the weekly practice of confession and the gift of forgiveness. And we will share our faith together with the Apostles’ Creed. We are absolutely thrilled with the sharing of readings and music each week by you – the people of Peace! We rejoice in the new birth and living hope Christ offers us each Sunday and each day! -- Pastor Dale
CARE & CONCERN
We pray for one another: We pray for those who need healing and wholeness. This week we pray for Mike Wilms, Lin Hodkinson, and Jason Fralish. We welcome prayer requests. Let us remember to life up our needs, concerns, and joys – and those of others – in our prayer! Make your prayer request by emailing to Pastor Dale firstname.lastname@example.org or the church office email@example.com .
We care for one another: If you have any special need or know someone who does reach out to the Caring Tree by contacting Jean Foltin or Pastor Dale.
How are you doing – you, your family or household? Expect a phone, email or text. A CONNECTIONS TEAM of 10 volunteers plus church staff are checking in with all Peace households. We are the church -- connected!
FAITH FORMATION NOW
Families with children at home: You can access 10 Spiritual Activities for Families with Children that change each week with the Scripture and worship theme. For Sunday School children, there are SEED PACKETS placed in a bin at the Labyrinth for each child. Pick a number and find the “space” with that number to scatter your seeds in the Easter season. God planted a seed of faith in our heart, so all we have to do is water it with prayers, fertilize it with words of God, and cultivate it with lots of love.
This Sunday @ 9:15am – come gather ‘round people! Bring your cup of coffee and join in conversation. We will check in with each other as we “see” one another from our homes. Then, watch a brief video this week called “The God Who Sees You” that will inspire us for the week ahead! Watch for the link in the Sunday morning worship email.
The Labyrinth is open for your personal time of reflection and prayer. Come outside by yourself, breath in the fresh air, and walk the labyrinth. And keep your distance from others – the Labyrinth was made for this! See the recent article about the Labyrinth in local news!
Pastor Dale is reading through the Psalms – the deep collection of prayers and songs that have sustained God’s people in all times and seasons. Journey with Pastor Dale each day on Facebook for a 1-2 minute daily devotion.
If you missed last Sunday’s worship go to www.peaceluthernlz.com to access to view the awesome contributions to our worship online during these stay-at-home days.
Listen to Bishop Yehiel Curry of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod for a 5 minute Easter message.
Your Call Committee has been working hard during this isolation. We received the first round of pastoral candidates from our Bishop's Representative, Pastor Kyle Severson, at the end of March. Since then, we have been completing initial interviews and meeting regularly via video calls with a brief break during Holy Week. Once we complete the initial interviews, Pastor Severson will help guide our decisions for continuing the interviewing process as second interviews are typically completed in person and currently not recommended during COVID-19 concerns. We will update you on any alterations that may need to be made to the timeline. Until we choose our final candidate to present to the Peace congregation, we hope you understand the need to limit identifying information of our current candidates. Thank you again for choosing and trusting us to serve on your call committee! Feel free to reach out with any questions via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
HOW TO GIVE YOUR OFFERING
Your friends and fellow members are sharing their gifts and talents to advance all of the ministries of worship, service, outreach, and faith formation! As we now gather in many and various ‘virtual’ ways, please consider your contributions to the virtual offering plate we pass. Send your offering through one of these 4 convenient methods:
Celebrate with us and share the good news of Easter!
Virtual Confirmation & Youth Group: Tracy has set up weekly Zoom meetings so our teens can connect, talk and spend some time together while we are sheltered in place. The Virtual Youth Group will be held on Thursdays from 4-5pm and the Virtual Confirmation will be held on Thursdays from 7-8pm. Tracy will email and text the Zoom link and meeting code to each family on Wednesdays so everyone can participate!
Teen Devotions: Tracy will also be doing weekly devotions via a 5-minute video for our teens. These devotions will be emailed to families as well as posted on the Peace Lutheran Facebook page Facebook.
HOW YOU CAN HELP OTHERS DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
Helping others is something we are good at here at Peace! We can be the hands and feet of God even from the safety of our homes. Check out the following information and even better, use your ears and hearts to listen for needs in our community and share it with the Outreach Team (Sue Koenig, Ann Blaylock) or Pastor Dale.
St. Francis and the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry have been very active these past few weeks. On April 2 they had 145 clients pick up groceries curbside. This was up 45 clients in one week! If you would like to help supply food for local people in need, there are blue donation boxes at St. Francis church and the ministry center in LZ. They are taking non-perishable food, toilet paper, diapers and other paper products.
PADS of Lake County: The PADS housing site at Messiah Lutheran Church, and at all churches in Lake County, have been suspended due to the COVID-19. The homeless people are being housed at several motels in the Waukegan area. At this time, their biggest need is for financial assistance, there is also a signup link that offers a range of opportunities so if you are interested check that out at padslakecounty.org.
ELCA COVID-19 Response: In the U.S., unemployment has soared and there are rising demands on food pantries, homeless shelters and social services. Around the world millions who live in poverty are facing this pandemic without reliable access to sanitation and health care. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) – our wider church – has launched a COVID-19 Response Fund to support ministries and congregations most in need and best positioned to help. If you are in a position to help, you may give a gift through the ELCA’s COVID-19 Response Fund or click on this link to learn more.
Update on masks: Sue Koenig will continue to make masks for anyone who needs one. Just let her know how many are needed (they won't be white as she’s out of that material!).
Lou Malnatis coupons are still available until April 30. Call, text or email Sue Koenig for more information. Coupons are each $13 and money will be collected at the time the coupons are delivered in mid may. It’s a good way for people to help a local restaurant and help support adult mission trips! Thanks!
Sew for Lutheran World Relief: School bags need to be made for Mission Projects Day 2021 and this is a perfect time to start sewing them. Just email Sue Koenig if you would like a bag of kits dropped off on your front porch. It's an easy pattern!
Update on LSSI Easter baskets: Due to the stay in place order, LSSI was not able to use the Easter baskets that we put together for them this year. They did not go to waste however-Alpine Chapel was able to hand them out to local children that accessed their food pantry. The baskets were filled with fun activities for the children to do at home-balls, bubbles, puzzles, playdough and sidewalk chalk. Thank you to Thrivent Financial that supplied funds for this project.
Update on Feed My Starving Children: Due to safety concerns, Feed My Starving Children has suspended packing events through the end of July for now. We will reschedule our packing session (was scheduled for May) when we are able.
Secret Sister Luncheon/Reveal: TBD.
Adult Mission Trip: For now, we are hoping that the mission trip will still happen. We will be going to Wisconsin June 21-27 to help rebuild homes effected by severe flooding in 2018. A $25 non-refundable deposit is now due to reserve your spot. We have 35 spots reserved. Make your check out to Living Lord Lutheran Church with adult mission trip in the memo section. You can send it to Lynn Marinelli at Living Lord or just put the check in an envelope and place it in the adult mission trip mail slot in the office at Peace. If you are able to help sell Lou Malnati's pizza coupons for our upcoming fund raiser, please let Sue Koenig know when you are available or sign up for a time on the sign-up sheet in the before mentioned mail slot. We will be selling the coupons before and after each service starting on March 15 and ending April 5. Other dates to keep in mind are: Culver's Fund Raiser in Lake Zurich on April 20 and team building has been canceled. Final payment of $100 and your skill assessments are due at that time. Please call Sue Koenig if you have any questions.
Ongoing Health and Safety at Peace
The daily and weekly routines have changed and continue to evolve during this time at Peace. Our staff are working from home for you – and can be accessed at any time: Allison Hearst, office admin: email@example.com ; Pastor Dale Ziemer: firstname.lastname@example.org ; Tracy Katschke: Tracy@peacelutheranlz.com To discourage public gatherings at this time, our church building is closed. For the safety and security of all, if you find you need to access the building, please inform in advance either Allison, Pastor Dale, or Jason.