Dear Friends in Christ: Sunday: We will consider Luke’s version of the “fishers of people” story. Luke includes Jesus telling Simon Peter to “put out into the deep water.” How does Jesus call us to take risks? Come and hear God’s Word and be fed by Jesus in bread and wine. Adult Education: This Sunday we will begin a book study. The book is “Everything Happens for a Reason (and Other Lies I Have Loved).” This book considers the problem of when bad things happen to good people. See pastor Mark to purchase a book. Reading for this Sunday: Please read 1 Corinthians chapter 15 and the sidebar notes for this chapter in your Lutheran Study Bible (LSB.) This is a powerful chapter where the apostle Paul speaks of his belief in Jesus Christ and the power of the resurrection. We will have passages from this chapter the next three Sundays. If you don’t yet have a LSB, see Pastor Mark.
Worship Schedule: The service of Holy Communion is at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Contact Information Update: Members Team has placed contact information sheets in the Narthex. Please take a look at it and up-date your information if necessary. Thank you.
Reading for Next Week: Please read Luke chapter 6 and the sidebar notes for this chapter in your Lutheran Study Bible (LSB.) This chapter includes Luke’s version of “The Sermon on the Mount,” except here it is called “The Sermon on the Plain.” Notice the challenging differences from Matthew chapter 5. If you don’t yet have a LSB, see Pastor Mark.
Adult Education: Today we will begin a book study on “Everything Happens for a Reason (and Other Lies I Have Loved)” by Kate Bowler. Bowler is a professor at Duke Divinity School. She was diagnosed with incurable stage 4 cancer in her 30s, when she was a mother of a toddler. In the book, she challenges the “easy answers” that Christians have posed when something bad happens to someone good. Please let Pastor Mark know if you would like a book ordered. The cost of the book is $13. Please read chapters 1 and 2 for next Sunday. You may attend the sessions even if you do not read the book; there will be plenty to discuss. Pastor Mark will be leading.
Attendance: On January 27, 2019 86 attended service. On January 29, 2019, there was no service at Lexington.
Church Administrator: Allison Hearst is our church administrator. She works Tuesday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. One of the many things Allison is in charge of is the church calendar. She can be reached at 847-438-4400 or email@example.com
Prayer Requests: We pray for those who need healing and wholeness: for Wes Willard, Kristen Jorgensen, Joyce Smith, Lindsey, Greg, Bob Kayser, Carol Nordquist, Kurt Stefans and Bella Velasco. We pray for those who mourn, especially the family of Chris Paulson, cousin of Beth Piff, who died last week. 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 a 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 2:30-6:30pm. She can be reached on her cell for urgent matters. Her cell phone can be accessed by calling church.
HS Bowling Competition: As promised, our bowling competition has been rescheduled! We will be competing against the youth group from Our Savior's Lutheran in Arlington Heights at Brunswick Zone Deer Park on Sunday, February 17th at 2pm. Bring your friends and come ready to trash talk and have a good time!
Holy Spaghetti Dinner & Auction - Saturday, March 2nd: Our teens are going to West Virginia for their mission trip in July and will be hosting their first fund-raiser, the Holy Spaghetti Dinner and Auction, on Saturday, March 2nd from 5pm-8pm. The event will be held at Peace Lutheran Church. We do need help for the event and sign-ups are currently on the bulletin board by the nursery. We will need sauce/pasta makers and auction donations, as well as volunteers to help set-up, clean-up and assist in the kitchen. Please mark your calendars for what is sure to be a wonderful evening filled with food, fun and fellowship!
Joyful Noisemakers: Children in grades K-5 that can read are invited to join our children's choir, Joyful Noisemakers. We have short rehearsals every Saturday morning at 10:30, where we learn how to sing beautifully to the Lord!
Chili Cook-Off : On Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 5:30pm. Who has the best chili? Let’s find out! Sign up to bring your chili and all will vote to pick the winner. It’s a fun way to spend a cold winter evening. Stay afterwards to see Peace’s many gifted performers at the Talent Show at 6:30. Sign-up sheets are in the narthex. If you have questions, call Kristy Bennett, (847) 726-0570 or Kari Mrazek (847) 726-2716.
Talent Show: Can you sing a song, do a dance, tell a joke, play an instrument? Peace Lutheran’s Talent Show will be held at church on Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 6:30pm. Don’t have a particular “talent”? That’s OK – we need an audience, too, so come and enjoy. Performers, please see the sign-up sheet in the narthex. If you have any questions, contact John Trumbull (847) 778-5763 or LouAnn Tollefson (847)814-5278.
Lifetouch Photo Shoot: Save the Dates….We Need One and All! We are partnering with Lifetouch to update our Pictorial Directory this year. Professional photography sessions have been scheduled for Friday, April 5th (2 PM-9 PM) and Saturday, April 6th (10 AM-5 PM). Sessions will take about an hour, during which time you will check-in, be photographed, and view portraits. Photography session sign-ups begin February 24th; options will include signing-up on-line via the church website, manual sign-up before, between, and after Sunday services, and calling Lifetouch directly. Those who participate will receive a free 8x10 portrait, a printed copy of the directory, and have the opportunity to purchase additional portraits. Knowing how helpful pictorial directories are in connecting faces with names, especially for folks new to our church, we’re striving to have most members participate. Help make our 2019 directory complete!!! Questions? Contact Jean Foltin at 847-738-8599 or via e-mail: email@example.com
Bernie's Book Bank Book Drive: Looking to do some shelf cleaning in the New Year? Did you know 2 out of 3 low-income children have no books of their own? Please consider donating to our social outreach Bernie's Book Bank Children's Book Drive. We are collecting new and gently used children's books aged birth through 6th grade (please no workbooks, textbooks or reference books). Books can be placed in the bin in the narthex. Our book drive will run 1/13-2/10 and we are hoping to collect 500 books during our book drive. You can learn more about the organization atwww.berniesbookbank.org and contact Gretchen Collins from social outreach at 847-540-6907 with any questions.
Feed My Starving Children: Please sign up for Feed My Starving Children. We have 30 spots reserved for March 16th from 9-11 a.m. Questions call or text Amy Anderson t 847 338-6262. Sign-up sheet in the Narthex.
Adult Mission Trip: Please consider coming on the adult mission trip this summer in Hattiesburg, MS to help families rebuild from a flood in 2016 and a devastating tornado in 2017. Many people were affected and we will be working with an agency that has been in the area helping people recover from natural disasters since 2006 following Hurricane Katrina's destruction. The dates are June 23-29th. We will be staying in a renovated 100 yr old inn with showers and laundry on site and making our own meals. You do not need to have any special skills and there will be an opportunity for community service as well. It is a great way to make new friendships and do something awesome this summer! Please sign up in the narthex. A non-refundable deposit will be collected at a later date to hole your spot. An informational meeting will be held at Living Lord Lutheran Church in Bartlett on Feb. 10 from 12-1:0. Please email or call me (Sue Koenig) if you have any questions! The $25 non-refundable deposit will be due by March 1.
Update on Mission Project Day 2019: Over 75 people participated in this year's Mission Projects Day. It was a day filled with fun, fellowship and service! Here is what was accomplished in just one morning:
• Tied 8 Quilts for Lutheran World Relief
• Put together 101 School kits,
• Made 118 Health kits,
• Made 50 baby kits,
• Tied 5 fleece blankets for Lutheran World Relief
• Made 26 cards for children in the hospital
• Made 187 Operation Gratitude paracord bracelets for to be put in care packages for our troops
• Decorated 75 valentine water bottles for residents at Silverado
• Rolled over 760 bandages for Global Health Ministries
• Donated 20 blankets and quilts for Project Linus
• Tied 22 fleece blankets for children in foster care through Lutheran Social Services of Illinois
We collected hundreds of supplies for the medical clinics run by Hope for Africa, a big box of school supplies and children activities for their refugee camps and a big box of sewing supplies for the program to teach women skills to help them support their families. Thank you to all who donated to Hope for Africa!
Also a great big thank you to those who sewed pillows, school bags and quilts, tied paracord bracelets before the event, supplied items for the Lutheran World Relief kits and other projects, supervised an area, and helped with setup and cleanup or plan to help drop of completed kits, or mail boxes.. Many people will benefit from our efforts and it was only possible because of the generosity of Peaceand the willingness of its people to give of their time to help others. THANK YOU!
Mission Project Day 2020: Some people have asked how they can help with next year's Mission Projects Day. If you go to www.lwr.org and click on the how to help (make kits) and you will find a list of all the items that we need for the school, baby and health kits. If you would like to buy items throughout the year and when you find them on sale, that would be a great help. A bin will be in the hallway that you can place items at any time! Mark your calendars now-Mission Project's Day-- February 1, 2020!!!!
The Human Race: Looking for participants for The Human Race. Are you looking to build your fitness level, have fun and help others? If so, consider doing the Human Race! This 5K event will be held on April 28th starting at 8:00 am at McHenry County College. It is family friendly and can be done as a walk or run (just over 3 miles). Participants can chose which local nonprofit will receive the proceeds of their race fee ($35 until March 31, then $40 until April 25). Please consider joining my team, Susie’s Soulmates (use password let’s go! To join the team online). I am encouraging team members to support Home of the Sparrow, a local nonprofit helping women and children who have experienced domestic violence or homelessness. Please call Sue Koenig with any questions.
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 if you have any questions.
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
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).
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 in the hallway. Vases are available for use in the kitchen cabinet behind the door. Flowers should be set out before the first service and can be picked up any time after the second service. Enter your first name on the calendar, as we have several families with the same last name. Any questions, please contact Jean Foltin.
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 then 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
Wednesday Morning Women’s Bible Study: We meet at Panera Bread in Deer Park at 9:00 a.m. Anyone is welcome to join us for coffee.
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.
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.
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 you want posted on the calendar, please email the church at the church social email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Online Newsletter: Do you get the Peace Lutheran weekly newsletter Prints of Peace online? If not, please send your email address to email@example.com and ask to be added to the emailing list.
This Week at Peace
February 10 8:00am Worship (Holy Communion)
9:15 Sunday School
10:30am Worship (Holy Communion)
February 11 7:00pm Al-Anon
February 12 6:45pm Bell Choir
February 13 9:00am Women’s Bible Study - Deer Park Panera
10:30 Lexington worship
7:00pm Confirmation at St. Peter’s February 14 12:30 - 6:30pm Voice Lessons
7:30 - 8:30 Adult Choir
February 16 10:30 Joyful Noisemakers
February 17 8:00am Worship (Holy Communion)
9:15 Sunday School
10:30am Worship (Holy Communion)
5:30 Chili Cook-Off
6:30 Talent Show