Dear Friends in Christ: Sunday: The Gospel theme for this Sunday is how the divine comes to this world. Somehow, even though Jesus is human, he comes to us from the heavenly world. We get to be part of that heavenly Jesus when we have Holy Communion (also called Eucharist.) Come and hear God’s Word and be fed by Jesus in bread and wine. Adult Forum: On break until September. Reading for this Sunday: Please read Ephesians chapter 4 plus the sidebar notes in your Lutheran Study Bible (LSB.) Bible scholars think this letter was written by a follower of Paul or someone who was schooled by Paul. In this week’s passage (4:1-16) there is another summing up of the Christian faith and life (like 1:3-14.) Please read the side note about Christian vocation. Martin Luther believed every Christian has a calling from God in their daily lives. If you don’t yet have a LSB, see Pastor Mark.
Worship Schedule: Our Summer worship schedule is in effect. We have a service of Holy Communion at 9:00 a.m.
Reading for Next Week: Please read Ephesians chapter 4 plus the sidebar notes in your Lutheran Study Bible (LSB.) Bible scholars think this letter was written by a follower of Paul or someone who was schooled by Paul. The passage for next Sunday, verses 25-32, are a beautifully written admonition for behavior between loving Christians, including the wonderful phrase “ . . . be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.” If you don’t yet have a LSB, see Pastor Mark.
Attendance: On July 29, 2018, 96 attended worship. On August 1, 2018, 15 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.
VBS August 6th - 10th: Everyone at Peace can help make VBS a wonderful week!
How can you help? Sign up…
1) to bring a food item for snacks
2) to bring a prop item for ‘Bible Adventures’ & ‘Shipwrecked’ Finale.
3) to volunteer as one of our station helpers or crew leaders.
4) to help set up after church on Sunday August 5th
5) to help take down decorations on Friday Aug 10th
We appreciate your help! This event is a wonderful time for us all to work together for the children and guests from our community. Questions? Call Natalie Trumbull (847) 308-5854.
August Potluck: 8/11/18, 4:30-7:30 Theme: Finger Foods and Friends. Bring your favorite finger foods and friends to enjoy at our last summer potluck and campfire! S'mores provided. BYOB beer/wine approved. Some ideas are chicken fingers, taquitos, pizza, wings, potato skins, raw veggies, tacos, sliders, cookies, brownies... anything that doesn't require a fork or spoon! The host this month is Karen Dahlke. Email her with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rally Day and Picnic: You and your family are invited to Peace's annual picnic on Sunday September 9th at 11:30. The theme this year is Shipwrecked! We'll have games and activities and of course yummy food! Wear your favorite pirate clothes, or your Vacation Bible School T-shirt. Cost is $3 for adults and $2 for kids ages 4 - 12, and kids 3 and under are free. We need lots of side dishes and desserts and drinks - please sign up in the narthex. Also, if you are able to help with set up or clean up, please sign up for that, too. Friends are always welcome! Questions? Email: HelenHandley@gmail.com
Annual Blood Drive: Share in giving the gift of life! Please consider signing up to donate blood Sunday, September 9th. With a goal of collecting 25 units of blood, a Life Source Donor Coach will be in the church parking lot that day between 7 am and 1 pm, making it very convenient to donate before, during or after church! There are various ways to schedule an appointment during this time frame. While the preferred option is to register on-line, donors may also sign-up on the printed sheet posted on the Narthex bulletin board OR may contact Susan Sweeney at 847-533-9322 or email@example.com. To schedule on-line, follow these simple directions: Go to www.lifescource.org, choose ‘Make an Appointment’, click on the appropriate login option, and search by donor site location (Peace Lutheran Church) or group code (LZ50). For those who cannot donate for Peace on September 9th, any Life Source donor center may be visited on a different date. By using the group code assigned to Peace (LZ50), donation credit will still be awarded to the church. Questions??? Contact. Thanks in advance for donating…by doing so you’ll save up to 3 lives!!!
Help Fire Victims of Mt Prospect: Please place items in the bin in the narthex: Walmart gift cards, laundry detergent, pinto beans, jalapenos, new underwear (all sizes: men, women, children). Please bring by August 5th)
Mobile Food Pantry - Thank you so much to all who helped make our recent Mobile Food Pantry a success on July 14th. 153 families received a week's worth of groceries! The next Mobile Food Pantry in Lake Zurich will be Saturday, September 8th. If your family is in need of food, please come and register and you will receive food from the Northern Illinois Food Bank. If you would like to help volunteer, please contact the coordinator, Ken Rasbid at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can help serve breakfast to the clients, help unload the truck, distribute food or work with client assistance or other much needed tasks. It is a great way to serve the community! Please contact Donna Walstrum if you have questions.
In Crisis? Anyone, anywhere can be affected by mental health struggles including depression, anxiety, having feelings of being overwhelmed, or having suicidal thoughts. It has been in the news lately about the significant increase (up nearly 30%) in the annual rate of suicide from 1999-2016. The key to preventing people from reaching the point of suicide is to talk about it and offer help, encouragement and resources to those struggling to keep living. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255 and the crisis text line is text CONNECT to 741741 for people who are in distress and feel like they are at risk of hurting themselves, or if you know of a person who is at risk.
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!
Simply Giving: Many of our members and friends give with Simply Giving automated debit. This program is very important for our congregation. It keeps income steady during the summer months when giving drops because people are out of town. Please consider it! Giving forms are on the table in the narthex. If you do participate in Simply Giving, or if you do not have an offering on a particular Sunday you can still participate in the act of giving during the service by obtaining Giving Acknowledgment card from an usher and placing it in the offering plate to acknowledge your support of our ministries at Peace.
On-Line Giving: You now have the option to make a gift to Peace from your computer, tablet or phone! To give online go to the Peace web site www.PeaceLutheranLZ.com and click on the "Make a Donation" button. To give from your phone, download the Give Plus Church app and search for Peace in Lake Zurich to make your gift. Finally, to give from your phone without downloading the Give Plus Church app just text a gift to the Peace text number, 224-458-2996. Just enter an amount and send the text to the Peace number and you will be sent a link to complete the transaction. See Kirk Swanson is you have any questions.
Worship and Music: We are trying to ensure that we have a 5-6 week rotation in all assistant positions for both services. The following worship assistant positions currently have a rotation of 5 weeks or less. Please consider volunteering your time for one or more of these positions. We are in immediate need of additional ushers at the 10:30 service.
8:00 am Service:
- Communion Assistants (5 weeks)
- Ushers (5-6 weeks)
- Greeters (5 weeks)
- Communion Setup (5 weeks)
- Coffee Setup (5 weeks)
- Communion Assistants (5 weeks)
- Ushers (3-4 weeks)
- Communion Reset/Cleanup (5 weeks)
- Assistant Minister (5 weeks) (assists at both services)
- Counters (4-5 weeks) (assists after 10:30 service)
- Communion Bread Baking (4 months, assists for one month at a time)
Any Questions, talk to Andy Heroff
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 email@example.com
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phone/text (847-738-8599).
Prayer Requests: We pray for those who need healing and wholeness: for Doris Ratajczak, Doug Ratajczak, Mike Wilms, Wes Willard, Michael Salazar, Kathy Zak, Kristen Jorgensen, Brian Bounds, Joyce Smith, Reita Schultz, Charlie Lindsey, Dolly Hansen, and Theresa Sacamono. 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.
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.
AmazonSmile: Shop on AmazonSmile and 0.5% of your purchase can be donated to Peace Lutheran. For information about it, go to http://smile.amazon.com/about.
Mom/Toddler Group: Are you a new mom or have little ones 5 years or younger? Do you want to connect with other local moms? Then PLEASE join our mom's group where kids are welcome to play, while moms get some adult conversation! Peace Lutheran Church has graciously offered to open their doors to the community to give moms a place to gather. This is not a religious group, just a community mom’s group. We will meet every Thursday at 10 AM. If you have any question please contact Cathy Malloy.
Wednesday Morning Women’s Bible Study: We will continue to meet at Panera Bread in Deer Park at 9:00 am for the summer. Anyone is welcome to join us for coffee.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to be added to the emailing list.
Peace Lutheran Church Facebook Page: Be sure to 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 at the church socail email: email@example.com