This Sunday begins Saturday Evening - A Milestone Weekend at Peace!
We are excited to welcome our pastoral call candidate - and all of you - to our first in-person worship since March! At 6:00pm Saturday, July 11, we will gather outside for worship in accordance with the required protocols listed below. Our pastoral candidate will be introduced and then lead us in an abbreviated worship Service of the Word (no communion). Immediately following, sit back and listen in while our Call Committee leads a panel discussion with the candidate and then open an informal Q & A session. Our time will conclude with an opportunity to meet the candidate personally.
Saturday Attendance Guidelines
Peace Lutheran Church respects everyone’s concern and preferences relating to Covid-19. Therefore we require all attendees to adhere to the following attendance guidelines:
1 – Everyone attending must wear a face mask at all times while on church property, please bring your own
2 – Proper social distancing of 6 feet minimum must be respected for everyone (your family may sit close together, but please distance from others)
3 – Bring chairs or blankets to sit on – the church will not be providing any seating
4 – You may bring coolers with drinks and/or food, please take your discards home
5 – If you have a popup shade tent, please bring it. Our church tent will have limited seating based on the social distancing required
6 – During Service, the firepit area will be reserved for handicap/special-needs priority seating only
At 10:00 a.m. Sunday morning an informal virtual gathering via Zoom will take place with the pastoral candidate and his family. All congregation is invited to join in this virtual meeting where the Call Committee will again hold a panel discussion with the candidate followed by a time for Q & A. Please find access link to this virtual meeting at www.peacelutheranlz.com .
At 11:00 a.m. Sunday on the same Zoom call, a congregational meeting will be called to order. There are two orders of business in this meeting: Approval of changes to the PLC Constitution, and vote to approve the pastoral candidate recommended by the Call Committee and PPC (Council).
Online worship in-your-own-home will be available on Sunday: The Saturday evening service featuring the pastoral candidate will be recorded and accessed online Sunday morning. Watch your email this weekend for the worship script for both Saturday in person worship and Sunday online, or access it on PLC website.
Peace Lutheran Church Reopening?
Please note that at this time we do NOT have a date set for resuming worship service at the church. We are carefully planning our way back to in-person worship, exercising all caution. It is a personal decision for each household to consider. It is also a complex transition for our leadership and worship assistants to plan. Our special Saturday evening outdoor service is an experimental first step. Many of our members are uncomfortable returning to any sort of in person worship at this time. Because of this, we will continue to plan, experiment and communicate, while also providing a full and rich Sunday morning online experience for worship in-your-own-home. When we do gather in person, we are committed to have a meaningful service that is safe for those who attend. Please expect that worship service in person will look and feel different than you remember
PLC Constitution Review:
Draft PLC Constitution with proposed changes are available in hard copy or e-file. Call/email the church office for a copy: 847-438-4400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Vote to approve the changes will be in a virtual congregational meeting on July 12.
CARE & CONCERN
We pray for one another: We pray for those who need healing, safety and God’s watchful care. This week we pray for Mike Wilms, Sherri Juveland, Mike Tetour, and Brad Baker. 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 Pastor Dale email@example.com or the church office firstname.lastname@example.org .
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!
Trivia with Tracy!: Do you fancy yourself to be an expert in all things sports or geography? Are you a wizard of facts great and small? Come test your knowledge during Trivia with Tracy! We will meet twice a month via Zoom: Wednesday, July 15th at 7pm! Our trivia game will consist of five rounds, with one round being a secret theme/music round. All are welcome to attend and be ready to trash talk! If you are interested, please visit the virtual gathering section on PLC website home page for the Zoom link!
Brewing Questions is Back!: It's been a while since we have gathered for Brewing Questions, so let's do so....over Zoom! Everyone is welcome to join in for some great conversation, laughs and, of course, bring your beverage of choice. Our next Brewing Questions meeting will be in August. If you are interested, please visit the virtual gathering section on PLC website home page for the Zoom link!
‘Secret Sister’ Update: We will be moving our Secret Sister Reveal until early fall. In the meantime, it is always good to pray and we hope you have kept your “Secret Sister” in your daily prayers. We would encourage you to use the old fashioned letter with a stamp to send a warm thought to your secret sister on a monthly basis or if you live close, you can drop them off a goodie in their mailbox. They may have guessed who you were, but if not, the fun will continue! At this time, if you pop in the church, please do not post any new notes on the bulletin board as it is not actively being monitored. Please reach out to Sherri Juveland and Sandy Hanna with any questions. Stay safe and enjoy these summer days!
FAITH FORMATION NOW
For Families with Children:
Each Sunday you can access 10 Spiritual Activities for Families with Children on the Peace website that change each week with the Scripture theme.
Peace Lutheran’s VBS will be online this year. An email with the details and registration link was sent to all Sunday school families on July 2. It’s not too late to register!! Contact Liz for the link. Lhopman@comcast.net
Book Discussion during Virtual Coffee Hour of Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the U.S. We are off this week in order to meet the pastoral candidate in a Zoom meeting Virtual Coffee Hour will resume with the book stody next week, July 19 at 10am with discussion of Chapter 8-9.
The Wednesday morning women’s bible study will be starting a new book on July 22 titled “The Misunderstood Jew” by Amy-Jill Levine. This Jewish author writes about the “Jewishness” of Jesus by looking at the stories of Jesus from a Jewish perspective. It promises to provoke honest conversations and debates about the relationship between Christians and Jews. Everyone is welcome to join us at 9am on Wednesday at church. If you have any questions you can contact Carol Wojnarowski at 847-540-8150.
Men of Peace! Looking for a way to connect with other guys in the congregation during our ”Sabbath”from physical church? Join us at 8:00 am Saturday mornings for men’s Bible Study. And sports. And job stuff. And whatever comes up! Looking forward to seeing new faces we haven’t seen in a while! Go to www.peacelutheranlz.com and click on “Virtual Gatherings of Peace” to get the Zoom link.
The Labyrinth is open for your personal time of reflection and prayer.
Access a daily 1-minute reading “Centering in the Psalms” on the Peace Facebook page.
If you missed last Sunday’s worship, go to www.peacelutheranlz.com to access at any time.
HOW TO GIVE YOUR OFFERING
Thank you! Thank you as you continue your generous contributions to the virtual offering plate we pass. Congregation members are using these methods: Mailing their check to church / Using their own bank website “send-payment” feature / Going to www.peacelutheranlz.com and clicking on “make a donation” / or, downloading and using the app we recommend: https://www.vancopayments.com/egiving/church-app
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!
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!
Workers for Meal Support: A Big Thank You for all the workers, 20 in all, both adults and youth, who showed up on a toasty Sunday to help a couple of people in our congregation do some outside work around their homes. Lots of things were fixed, trimmed and weeded and it was nice to catch up from a safe distance with others from our church. We are looking for more work for our group to do for another work day in July/August. We can do weeding, grass cutting, mulch laying, outside painting, etc. so if you need some help around your house or have a friend, neighbor or relative in the Lake Zurich area that would like to be considered for our work day, please reach out to Sue or Bill Koenig. The person having the work done will pay for any necessary supplies but nothing for the labor that is provided. If you would like to make a donation to the Meal Support fundraiser for Mike Wilms that is always an option but is not required. A Thrivent Action Team has provided seed money for this project. Thank you to all!
Next Mobile Food Pantry: The next Mobile Food Pantry will be held at the Chapel in Lake Zurich on July 25 and will start at 10am and end at 11:30. If you are interested in helping with the food distribution please go to: https:11www.signupgenius/com/go/10C04DAAA723AAFD0-mobile34. You will need to bring and wear a mask while volunteering. If you are in need of food or know of someone who is, please plan to attend. If you have any questions, please contact Ken Rasbid at the Chapel or Sue Koenig at Peace.
You can continue to help: St. Francis and the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry continues to be very active among more clients with food insecurity. To help supply food for local people in need, look for the blue donation boxes at St. Francis church and the ministry center in LZ. They are taking non-perishable food, toilet paper, diapers and other paper products.