Dear Friends in Christ
Sunday: Alleluia! Christ is risen! The Church celebrates Easter for seven Sundays. This Sunday might be called “Jesus the True Vine” Sunday, as last Sunday was Good Shepherd Sunday. The Gospel of John uses metaphors for Jesus. This Sunday we consider what it means to be part of the life-giving vine that is Jesus. Come and hear God’s Word and be fed by Jesus in bread and wine. Adult Forum: This Sunday we begin a 3-part series where we will be viewing a movie called “The Gospel of John.” It uses the text of John set to cinema action. This is an amazing movie. Meet in the sanctuary approximately 9:15 a.m. Reading for this Sunday: Please read 1 John (not the Gospel of John) chapter 4 plus the sidebar notes for this chapter in your Lutheran Study Bible (LSB.) This chapter is an essential chapter for Christians to know. The centerpiece of faith is to love: God first loves us, and if we hate a brother or sister, than we certainly cannot love God, according to the writer of this epistle. If you don’t yet have a LSB, see Pastor Mark.
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 1 John chapter 5 plus the sidebar notes for this chapter in your Lutheran Study Bible (LSB.) This chapter concludes the teaching of 1 John. The themes of loving each other, obeying God’s commandments, believing in the Son (Jesus), and receiving eternal life are woven together. The main point of this letter is that God first loves us, then we respond by believing, loving, and serving. If you don’t yet have a LSB, see Pastor Mark.
Adult Forum: Join us for Adult Forum this week as we continue a meaningful video series on prayer. Pastor Mark will lead the discussion.
Attendance: On April 22, 2018, 91 attended worship. On April 25, 2018, 17 attended the service at Lexington.
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.
Confirmation: Confirmation classes are on Wednesdays, at 7pm. We will be meeting at St. Peter UCC (47 Church St. Lake Zurich) for all of our spring sessions.
Mission Trip Final Deposit Due: Our July mission trip to Madison, WI is quickly approaching! The second deposit of $150 is due by May 10th! All checks need to be made out to "Peace Lutheran Church" with "HS Mission Trip" in the memo. Deposits can be placed into Tracy's mailbox in the church office.
An Evening of Guitar Music: Saturday, April 28th 7:00 PM ... Save the Date! Mark your calendars now for an evening of musical fun! A folk rock concert featuring local acoustic guitarists and singers, including our own John Trumbull will be in the church sanctuary. Music from the 70's and 80's will be performed and include songs from artists like James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Jimmy Buffet, Bob Dylan and more. Free will donations will be collected and the proceeds will benefit this year's Adult Mission Trip to Gatlinburg, TN. The proceeds will go towards the gas and van rentals required for transportation of this year's group of approximately 32 volunteers from the congregations of Peace Lutheran and Living Lord. Last year's event was a big success and thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended. Please be sure to invite your family and friends!! Any questions, please contact Lia Brilando.
Flapjack Frenzy Pancake Breakfast: Our second mission trip fund raiser, Flapjack Frenzy Pancake Breakfast, will be held on Saturday, May 5th from 9am-12pm at Christ Lutheran Church (41 S. Rohlwing Rd. Palatine). We are in need of food donations as well as volunteers! If you are able to help in any way, please sign up in the narthex!
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, Amy Falco, Justin Morgenthaler; Kathy Zak, Kristen Jorgensen, Robbie Purcell, Jeanelle Holmes, Tod Kunschke, Brian Bounds, Jim Kulton and Peggy Schmidt. 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 peaceprays@Gmail.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).
Mom/Toddler Group: Are you a new Mom or have little ones 5 years or younger? Do you want to connect with other local Mom's? Then PLEASE join our Mom's group where kids are welcome to play, while Mom's get some adult conversation! Peace Lutheran Church has graciously offered to open their doors to the community to give Mom's a place to gather. This is not a religious group, just a community Mom group. We will meet every Friday at 10 AM. If you have any question please contact Cathy Malloy
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 (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.commailto:email@example.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 PeaceLZOffice@yahoo.com or the church social email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 and paperwork - 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.
Team Building Event for the Adult Mission trip participants: Please mark your calendars now for the Team Building event that will be at Peace starting at 4:00pm on May 20. This event will give participants a chance to get to know each other. There are many new faces joining the mission trip team this year! You will hear more about our trip to Gatlinburg at this time too. Dinner will be provided but bring your own beer or wine if you would like that to drink. Please RSVP to email@example.com by May 6.
Ice Cream Social and Family Emergency Preparedness Event: Come find out how you and your family can be prepared for all kinds of emergencies and make a special pillowcase to put your emergency supplies in (1 per family). The event will take place immediately after the 9:00 service on June 3. Following the education portion of our event, we will be having an ice cream social. Please sign up in the hallway by the church office. If you have any questions, please contact Sue Koenig
Safety Committee: We are looking to form a committee to look at ways to make our church building and congregation more safe. Our first event will be the Family Safety Day/Ice Cream Social on June 3. One of our first projects will be looking at the preparation for natural and man made emergencies for our congregation. If you are interested in being a part of this committee or would like to provide input, please contact Sue Koenig or Ross Papke.
Preparation for mission projects day 2019: if you can help with cutting tabs in fleece for the Lutheran world relief or project Linus blankets , sewing pillow covers for hospice or making school bags for Lutheran world relief, check out the kits in the hallway by the office. Work on them when you have a chance; they don’t need to be completed until December! If you have any questions, please contact sue koenig. Thank you for your help!
This Week at Peace
April 29 8:00am Worship (Holy Communion)
9:15am Sunday School / Adult Forum
10:30am Worship (Holy Communion)
April 30 7:00 pm Al-Anon
May 1 6:45-7:45pm Hand Bell Choir
May 2 9:00am Women’s Bible Study - Deer Park Panera
May 3 12:30-6:30pm Voice Lessons
7:30 - 8:30 Adult Choir
May 5 8:00am Men’s Bible study at Dunkin’ Donuts
10:30am Joyful Noisemakers
May 6 8:00am Worship (Holy Communion)
9:15am Sunday School / Adult Forum
10:30am Worship (Holy Communion)