Welcome to Visitors! We are happy that you chose to worship with us. We hope you feel welcome. If there is a way we can assist you, please let us know. There is a large print copy of today’s hymns available. Ask an usher for assistance.
Worship Schedule: Our worship schedule is the service of Holy Communion at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Red Friendship Folders: During the offering, the ushers distribute the red friendship folders. We ask that all members and visitors register their attendance. If you're visiting with us this morning, please provide your address. When everybody in your row has completed the registry sheet, pass the folder back to the originator. Take time to review the registry and introduce yourself this morning to someone you haven’t met.
Holy Communion: Holy Communion is open to all who have been baptized. We believe that God’s grace comes to us through this Sacrament not because of our worthiness, but that it is a free gift for our nourishment in faith in Jesus Christ. Thus, even young children are invited to commune. If a baptized child has not communed before, we suggest that the child and the parents meet with Pastor Mark for instruction.
Soup Suppers and Lenten Services continue this Wednesday, February 28 at 6:15. Please consider coming before 6:15 to help set up. We are trying something different this year for worship. We will worship in the Fellowship Room at 7:00 p.m. We will be watching a short video segment each week from the video “Making Sense of the Cross.” Have you ever wondered why Jesus had to suffer on a cross? David Lose is a dynamic presenter for this video series. Watch for sign-up sheets. Other services are on Mar 7, Mar 14, Mar 21.
Reading for Next Week: Please read John chapter 2 plus the sidebar notes for this chapter in your Lutheran Study Bible (LSB). This chapter includes Jesus’ “sign” - changing water into wine, and, next week’s Gospel lesson, verses 13-22, Jesus’ “cleansing” of the temple. Note that in John’s Gospel, the cleansing takes place at the beginning of the Gospel, while in Matthew, Mark, and Luke, it takes place right before the crucifixion of Jesus. If you don’t yet have a LSB, see Pastor Mark.
Attendance: On February 18, 2018 95 attended service. On February 21, 2018, 14 attended the service at Lexington.
Confirmation: Confirmation classes resume on Wednesday, April 4 at 7pm. We will be meeting at St. Peter UCC (47 Church St. Lake Zurich) for all of our spring sessions.
Youth Director’s Days Off & Office Hours Change: Our Youth Director is Tracy McClure 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 have changed to 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.
Choir Concert: Hear the Waldorf University Chamber Choir in concert right here at Peace! This elite 22-voice choir directed by Joel Everist will present a beautiful choir concert onFriday, March 9, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. Waldorf University is an ELCA college located in Forest City, Iowa.
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, March 18, 2018 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, call John Trumbull (847) 778-5763.
Chili Cook-off Coming Soon! On Sunday, March 18, 2018 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. Come before to see our fabulous Art Show at 5:00pm, and 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, contact Kristy Bennett, (847) 725-0570 or Kari Mrazek (847) 726-2716.
Calling All Artists! Peace’s bi-annual Art Show will be held on Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 5:00pm. We want to display your work! If you have work in any medium (painting, drawing, sculpture, jewelry, quilts – even “refrigerator art”) that have not been displayed since our last Art Show, please drop them off at the church no later than Saturday, February 20. Art work will be kept locked up until the day of the show. Please see Natalie Trumbull or call (847) 308-5854. Sign-up in the narthex and include information of your artwork so it can be labeled for display. Come browse our art gallery before the talent show and chili cook-off! Thank you.
Quilters: Our next meeting will be on March 24th from 9-12. We will be starting a "mystery" quilt that we will be working on for the next several months. The finished quilt will be approximately 36 x 48 that will be able to be donated to Project Linus next February. You will need about 12 fat quarters (or 2.5 to 3 yards) of assorted light, medium, and dark solids/print material for the squares; 1.5 yards of material for the borders and 2/3 yard for the binding (can be the same as the borders). Keep in mind that it will be a quilt for a child when buying the material. All are welcome to come join us. If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Carol Wojnarowski at 847-540-8150 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Adult Forum: Join us for Adult Forum this week as we continue a meaningful video series on prayer. Pastor Mark will lead the discussion.
Prayer Requests: We pray for those who need healing and wholeness: for Mike Wilms, Wes Willard, Bruce Hodkinson, Amy Falco, Justin Morgenthaler; Kathy Zak, Kristen Jorgensen, Robbie Purcell, Patty Sundberg, and Jeanelle Holmes . 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.
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).
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: If you enjoy singing to, for, and about God and can learn to harmonizing, please come to our adult choir practices on Thursday evenings at 7:30pm at Peace – no audition required. We usually sing on the 2nd and 4th Sundays from September through mid-May and take a break over the summer. We also sing with two other church choirs several times each year. We share a prayer and fellowship time (with snacks) following practice. We’d welcome any new singers! Bring your voice and come join us!
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. Currently, we are in specific need of assistants for the following roles: Readers (8am), Greeters (8am), Counters (counting is done after both services), Communion Setup (before 8am service, or on Saturday), Communion Bread Baking (one baker per month). 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.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 atmailto:email@example.com social email firstname.lastname@example.org
Pads Underwear Collection Contest ends! Thank you all who contributed underwear and socks for PADS during our underwear collection this month. The winner of the contest was the 8:00 service with 144 items collected! The 10:30 service did well, too, with 114 items collected! The items will go to clients of PADS Crisis Services (Providing Advocacy, Dignity and Shelter to people experiencing homelessness). Thank you again!
AmazonSmile: Thank you to all who support PLC Youth by making purchases through AmazonSmile! Our youth just got a $18.86 donation from the AmazonSmile Foundation as a result of AmazonSmile program activity from October 1 to December 31, 2017. Might not sound like a ton, but it all adds up. Please see Cathy Malloy if you have any questions about how AmazonSmiles Works.
Prep Work for Mission Projects Day 2019: Do you have some extra time right now and need a project? Why not help us get some early prep work done for next year’s mission projects day (Feb. 2, 2019)? If you like to sew, you can make school bags for Lutheran World Relief. If you prefer, we need people to cut the slits in the fleece fabric for the double fleece blankets that we make for Lutheran World Relief. Both sign-up sheets can be found in the hallway by the office. Instructions are either in the bag of school kits or tied on to the fleece bundles. The projects do not need to be completed until December 2018! Please call Sue Koenig if you have any questions. Thanks for your help!
Join the McHenry County Human Race: Get Your Hero On! Please join my team, Susie's Solemates in supporting the Home of the Sparrow (provides services to women and children who have experienced domestic violence or homelessness) by participating in the Human Race on April 22, 2018. The 5K (about 3 miles) is a walk or run and starts at 8 amand is a great family friendly event. It starts at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake. In the past 7 years, the Human Race has supported over 70 local organizations serving McHenry County and has raised over $516,000! The entry fee is $35 through March 31st. For more information, or if you have questions, please call or contact Sue Koenig.
Adult Mission Trip Fund Raisers: On Feb. 18, we are kicking off our Lou Malnati's pizza coupon sale. This fundraiser will benefit the adult mission trip to Gatlinburg this summer. Each coupon costs $13 and is good for a 9" frozen pizza at any of their locations and is valid for 6 months. Peace will make $5.00 for each coupon that is sold. Money will be collected at the time that the coupon is ordered. We will be taking orders before and after each service starting today through 3/11. Now would be a great time to fill your freezer with a delicious treat and help a great cause at the same time! If you have any questions, please see Sue Koenig.
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 with a non-refundable deposit of $25 due by Feb. 28. Final payment is due on May 1. There are still spots available! Checks for the deposit (and final payment) 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.
LSSI Easter baskets - We will be collecting items for 40 children at LSSI daycare for Easter baskets. There is a sign up sheet in the narthex. We are in the need of candy, bubbles, chalk, jump ropes and hot wheels. All items can be placed in the bin in the narthex. Item need to church by March 18. Please see Gretchen Collins with any questions. Thank you.
Lent Boxes - This time of year our food pantries get very empty and are in need of replenishment after the Holidays. Families that are interested may make a Lent Box and place an item of food in per day now through Easter and bring the full box of food to church on Easter or the week after Easter. There is a sample box in the narthex. The following items are greatly needed. Paper goods, napkins, paper towels, toilet papers, shampoo, peanut butter, 1lb bag of pinto beans, tuna, jelly, NO grape, black beans, whole wheat pasta, 1 lb bag white rice. Please see Sue Sweeney with questions. Thank you so much for helping the Lake Zurich Community.
Bernie’s Book Bank: Thank you to everyone who has donated books! Also, we will continue to drop off and a box is located I the narthex. Family and friends are encouraged to volunteer at Bernie’s Book Bank located in Lake Bluff, IL. Their mission is to collect and distribute gently used children’s books to significantly increase “Book Ownership” among at risk infants, toddlers and school age children throughout Chicagoland! You can sign up at https://berniesbookbank.org/volunteer Thank you.
Mission Projects Day 2018 -Mission Accomplished!! A great big thank you to all who participated in any way to make this year's Mission Projects Day a great success!! Around 80 people participated on Feb. 3 to complete 15 service projects! None of this would have been possible without all the generous donations, Thrivent Action Plans, pre-sewing of school bags, quilts and pillowcovers, and the preparation that went into the paracord bracelets and rolled bandages! Thanks too, to our drivers taking the boxes to Elgin for delivery to Lutheran World Relief (LWR) and those who mailed other items to the proper organizations.
Here's what was accomplished in just 1 morning:
• LWR Quilts Tied (for refugees and people in disasters) - 8 quilts
• LWR Personal Care Kits - 100 kits
• LWR Baby Kits (for new moms in developing countries) - 40 kits
• LWR Double Fleece Blanket s-12 blankets
• LWR School Kits (basic school supplies for children to attend school) - 100 kits
• Project Linus - 22 fleece blankets, 4 quilted blankets
• Cards for Hospitalized Kids - 92+ homemade cards
• Operation Gratitude - Paracord bracelets for care packages for our troops - 165 bracelets
• Global Health Ministries - rolled bandages - nearly 800 bandages rolled
• Hospice Comfort Pillows - 100 pillows completed
• St. Francis Food Pantry - 29 Items collected
• Valentine's Day Craft - decorated 75 water bottles for Silverado and Lexington Nursing Homes residents
• PADS Crisis Services (homeless services) - decorated 16 pillowcases for the shelter and collected almost 200 items in our underwear and sock drive - this will continue through 2/14/18 Thank you, one and all!
This Week at Peace
February 25 8:00 am Worship (Holy Communion) 9:15 am Sunday School / Adult Forum 10:30 am Worship (Holy Communion)
February 26 7:00 pm Al-Anon
February 27 6:45-7:45 pm Hand Bell Choir
February 28 9:00 am Women’s Bible Study at Panera’s Deer Park 6:15 - 7:30pm Soup Supper / Lent Service
March 1 12:30-6:30 pm Voice Lessons
7:30 pm Adult Choir
March 3 8:00 am Men’s Bible study at Dunkin’ Donuts 10:30 am Joyful Noisemakers
March 4 8:00 am Worship (Holy Communion)
9:15 am Sunday School / Adult Forum 10:30 am Worship (Holy Communion)
Actual Giving $ 20,051
Budget $ 27,848
Deficit ( $ 7,797)