Contents of this Issue (scroll down for each):
Update from PPC
Care and Concern
Faith Formation Now
How to give your offering
How You Can Help Others During COVID-19 Pandemic
*** PLC Men’s Virtual Night Out ***
UPDATE FROM PPC
Dear Peace, Your PPC and Team Leads are still meeting monthly with many activities to discuss and items to tend to. We are going on 7 weeks without gathering physically as a congregation, but the church remains as active as ever. While we are hopeful we can resume worship services in church soon, we are dependent upon state-wide measures that will likely ‘open’ our communities in phases. Opening up will be slower and more incremental than the quick lock down that everyone experienced in March. To that end, we are beginning to plan for our eventual re-opening and the many changes in our worship style that we must observe. In addition, we see these implications currently for Peace: 1) the annual congregational meeting scheduled for May 3 will be postponed until later notice, however, we will share some updates and reports. 2) The PPC has updated our constitution as part of our Transition journey and had planned to present to the congregation for approval. We are exploring a virtual means for doing this – which will help us ‘try out’ a virtual congregational decision process if/when needed. 3) The Call Committee continues to move forward, improvising their approach, but clearly advancing with strong candidates. 4) We will observe communion again (virtually in your home) on the first Sunday of May (3rd) recognizing that many yearn for this gift of grace while affirming also that it is OK to ‘fast’ or refrain until we can return physically. We will plan to observe in-home communion periodically until we can return. 5) Most of all, we are so grateful for so many gifts shared in worship, service, learning; your ongoing prayer support; and your steady and generous financial gifts. All in all, while we are not going to church we are truly and surely BEING the church. May the Lord bless, keep, and shine God’s face upon us for the work of God’s mission through Peace Lutheran Church in these troubling times!
In this Sunday’s gospel the risen Christ appears to two disciples as a stranger, joining them on their walk along the road one evening. While going along together he teaches them. The eyes of their hearts are opened, and they see what God is up to in all the events that had just taken place. When they get home, they invite him in and he has dinner with them. While breaking bread together, their eyes are opened again, and they see that it is Jesus – risen from the dead, alive to keep company with them and bless them! Read Luke 24:13-35. You won’t want to miss this Sunday’s worship with Peace when again we celebrate Christ arisen among us!
Each Sunday while we gather virtually, there are three ways you can get the worship video link and printable resource: a) Look in your email inbox. If you don’t see it, look in your spam folder and retrieve from there; b) On the Peace website www.peacelutheranlz.com; c) on the Peace Facebook page. It is made available in all 3 ways at 7:00am Sunday.
Two excellent resources for midweek inspiration in these stay-at-home days: Bishop Yehiel Curry of our Metropolitan Chicago Synod shares a sermon based on last Sunday’s Scripture here. And also, very local to us and our high school families, is this beautiful musical offering of the Lord’s blessing from the Lake Zurich High School Choir!
CARE & CONCERN
We pray for one another: We pray for those who need healing and wholeness. This week we pray for Mike Wilms and Lin Hodkinson. 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 volunteers and 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 on Peace website 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. Watch this video to learn more.
This Sunday @ 9:15am – come gather ‘round virtually: bring your coffee cup 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 “Love is Biblical,” inspiring us for the week ahead! Text or email Pastor Dale to get the Zoom link for Adult Forum this Sunday.
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.
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:
· Mail your check to church
· Use your bank website “send-payment” feature
· Go to PLC website www.peacelutheranlz.com and click on “make a donation”
· Download and use the app we recommend:
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.
2020 HS Mission Trip to Knoxville, TN Update: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Next Step Ministries has decided to cancel all 2020 mission trips. Therefore, our High School mission trip to Knoxville, Tennessee will not be happening. However, please keep the week of July 19th-25th open! Tracy is working on some options for a local mission trip, as well as keeping an eye on our state regulations.
It's Community Garden Time!: The weather is (finally) starting to warm up, which means it is time to begin work on our community garden! We will be practicing and following our social distancing guidelines during this time and Tracy will be working with the Confirmands and High School students to determine times/what will be planted. Congregation members: If you would like to donate vegetable seeds for the garden, please let Tracy know!
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. Watch for some new outreach announcements on how you can help locally coming out early next week!
For those who would like to donate directly to a food pantry, please see the information that follows:
St. Francis and the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry - Starting on 3/19/20, the food pantry is striving to remain open on Thursday evenings. It is only open to residents of Lake County, IL. Their hours are 6-7:15pm. Clients will use a drive up process to get the food. Clients will be directed to form a line of cars in the parking lot behind the church and they will direct cars to the ministry center a few cars at a time with clients remaining in their cars. New clients need to bring a photo ID and 2 forms of ID for proof or residency. If you would like to donate food, the items that are most needed are: canned fruit (15 oz. can),canned corn (15 oz. can), white or brown rice (1 lb. bag), cereal, diced tomatoes (15 oz. can), tomato sauce (15 oz. can), canned chicken and peanut butter. There are blue donation boxes at St. Francis Church and their Ministry Center to place any donations.
Alpine Chapel in Lake Zurich - Also operates a food pantry and is collecting donations daily at their church. They are especially in need of diapers (adult, infant and even pet!) and non-perishable food and paper items. Items can be placed in bins inside of their double doors during the daytime hours.
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! SALE ENDS ON APRIL 30th!!!
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 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: Unfortunately, the adult mission trip to WI in June is now cancelled. We are continuing to evaluate if we can have a later date-possibly in August. If we are unable to go on our trip this summer, your money will be refunded to you. If you have any questions, please contact Sue Koenig or Lynn Marinelli.
PLC MEN’S VIRTUAL NIGHT OUT – TRIVIA NIGHT.
When: Friday, May 1 @ 7:30 p.m.
Winner will receive ABSOLUTELY NOTHING (bragging rights).
TO SIGN UP SEND AN E-MAIL TO: email@example.com BY APRIL 30.
How it works: Trivia questions will be asked via a Zoom session and the participants will text their answers to the host following specific rules. The host will keep the score and update at the end of each round. There would be three rounds with increasing difficulty and point value. There will be a break between rounds to use the restroom, replenish beer, chitchat, etc.. 10 questions per round. If necessary, tie breaking questions will be asked at the end to determine the winner.
Point awarded for each correct answer:
· 1st Round - 5 points
· 2nd Round – 10 points
· 3rd Round – 15 points
It is recommended that participants use a computer for the Zoom session so their phone is freed up to text answers. There may be some visuals so a larger screen may be helpful.
1. Participants sign up via e-mail (see below) by providing their cell phone number. This ensures all the correct contacts are set up for easy scoring. The link for the Zoom session will be e-mailed on May 1 several hours prior to start time.
2. Everyone is on the honor system – no cheating.
3. After each question, participants will have a set amount of time to send in their answer. To do so they must first include the question number (it will be provided to them prior to reading each question) then a correct answer in order to receive credit.
TO SIGN UP SEND AN E-MAIL TO: firstname.lastname@example.org BY APRIL 30. INCLUDE THE CELL PHONE NUMBER YOU WILL BE USING TO ANSWER QUESTIONS. If you wish to have a “team name” for your one man team please include that in your sign up e-mail.
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.