IMPORTANT UPDATES – WEEKLY CHANGES
Contents (scroll down for each):
A MOMENTOUS WEEKEND FOR PLC
Peace Lutheran Church Reopening?
Care and Concern
Faith Formation Now
How to give your offering
A MOMENTOUS WEEKEND FOR PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH
The PPC and Call committee are excited to announce the results from our special Congregational meeting on July 12. Of the 122 votes cast, the results were 100% unanimous to extend a call to Pastor Daniel Morris and his family to serve as our pastor. Nearly 70% of all ballots sent out were returned. This is evidence of the extraordinary engagement and caring that our members share for our church. We anticipate that Pr Morris will be joining us in mid-August, after completing his transition period at his current church. A big ''Thank You" to the Transition team, the Call committee, Pastor Dale and each member for working with us diligently and patiently through this transition journey. We are blessed indeed.
Additionally, the Peace Lutheran Church constitution was ratified in a unanimous vote. The PPC appreciates all who provided feedback and questions. The newly ratified constitution contains modern language to help our church navigate the future.
The Saturday evening worship service and Meet & Greet with Pr. Morris was well attended with over 60 people worshiping. It was a beautiful, albeit warm, evening to worship together for the first time in almost 4 months. Your feedback regarding the worship service is much appreciated. Please share your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org about the service and what we could do to make the worship experience better.
Online worship in-your-own-home. Watch for the email early Sunday morning, or go to the PLC website to access the worship script and YouTube video. Last Sunday - Jesus’ parable of the Seeds and the Sower inspired us through Pastor Daniel’s sermon. This Sunday - Jesus’ parable of the WEEDS! Be sure to connect through online worship. We are church together!
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 on July 11 was 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 --
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!
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 the Children’s Bulletin along with activities that enable families to worship together and learn from each week’s Scripture theme. Access these resources at www.peacelutheranlz.com .
Peace Lutheran’s VBS updates coming soon.
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 begin at 10am by checking in, and then proceed to discussion. Prepare for this week by reading chapter 8-9. Access the link to the live Zoom coffee hour on the PLC website www.peacelutheranlz.com .
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!
Need school supplies? For any families that reside in District 95 and are in need of school supplies, Joanie's Closet can help. Contact them via their FB page for more information.https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040D4CACA722A4FF2-school
School Supply Drive: It’s that time of year! Sign up to purchase specific items here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040D4CACA722A4FF2-school All items can be dropped off in the bin outside the church doors by August 2nd. If you are unable to purchase items, we will also be taking donations to purchase additional items. Donations can be mailed to the church or dropped off at the office during office hours (T-F 9-1). Please include School Supplies in the memo section or envelope. Remember to wear a mask if entering the building. All school supplies will be going to local students in District 95. Thank you for your generosity! If you would like to sign up for items, but cannot access the online sign up form, email email@example.com
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.