IMPORTANT UPDATES – WEEKLY CHANGES - June 14, 2020
Contents (scroll down for each):
This Sunday - video intro
REOPENING PLC OFFICE
Congregational Meeting in the books
CALL COMMITTEE UPDATE
Care and Concern
Faith Formation Now
How to give your offering
“MAY” You Have Enough – final tally
While we are apart from each other on Sundays, we look to make the virtual worship experience in-your-home as engaging as possible, with as many faces and voices and talents of PLC people as possible. On June 14 our Sunday School children will be featured participants and leaders! Watch for the worship link coming to you by email early Sunday morning!
In coming weeks, we invite MORE MUSICAL OFFERINGS. It is such a pleasure to see the talents of many – young and old. Just record yourself doing a classical or spiritual music piece, and follow the directions in this File Sharing Tutorial to upload your selection for worship. For questions or help, email or call Ben or Karen Dahlke firstname.lastname@example.org Ben- (847)757-8570; Karen- (248)921-4463
Reopening PLC office
Following PLC Reopening Protocol, the PLC office is now open with limited hours of operation Tuesday - Friday, 9am-1pm. Allison and Pastor Dale will rotate their days in the office to cover these hours. Tracy’s hours are 10am-1pm Wed and Thurs. It is best to call, email or text ahead if you wish to meet face to face or just stopping in to attend to church business. We will follow all social distancing guidelines while meeting with anyone in the church office. You can expect:
The first ever PLC virtual congregational meeting is in the books
More than 70 people were ‘counted’ in the meeting to join in the first PLC virtual congregational meeting. We heard about current finances, approved nominations for PPC, protocols for returning to the building, the pastoral search and call process, and changes to the congregation constitution. Important documents were shared, and are available here:
CALL COMMITTEE UPDATE
Be sure to catch the announcements after this Sunday's service for an update from the call committee that you won't want to miss!
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, Greg, Dr. David Anderson at Lydia Home in Chicago, residents of Lexington in LZ, Chris and Stephanie Mitchel’s family. Brandon. 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!
Sandy and Eric Ruskoski are moving! “We have been members at Peace for 18 years and have truly been blessed with knowing so many of you. We will always remember the welcoming congregation, the spiritual leadership and fun fellowship we have enjoyed with you over the years. We have really appreciated the virtual worship that everyone has worked so hard on these last two months. We will be moving to State College, PA where both Thor and Terry and Chelsea and Brad are living - and of course our new grandson Jackson Eric Keen! We will miss you but we are so thankful for our times together. We wish you all the best in the future. Peace and Blessings, Sandy and Eric
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, June 17th 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 contact Tracy at email@example.com so she can send you 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 July, date TBA. If you are interested, please contact Tracy at firstname.lastname@example.org so she can send you the Zoom link!
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.
VBS: A VBS survey will be coming soon so we can figure out details for virtual VBS options this summer.
Book Study seeking understanding: In light of current widespread protest after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, we come face to face with long unresolved racial tension in our society. Seeking we awareness, deeper understanding and taking positive steps – begins with us. Sunday morning Virtual Coffee Hour will offer ample time to “check in” with each other, followed by discussion of Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the U.S. The book can be purchased at nearly any bookseller. We’ll begin on Sunday, June 21 at 10am.
The Labyrinth is open for your personal time of reflection and prayer.
Access a daily 1-minute reading “Centering in the Psalms” on Peace Facebook page.
Read this message from Bishop Curry of our Metropolitan Chicago Synod on the events of these recent weeks.
Listen to another Holy Trinity Sunday sermon? Here is our ELCA Presiding Bishop, Elizabeth Eaton, reflecting on news of today and the Holy Trinity.
If you missed last Sunday’s worship, go to www.peacelutheranlz.com to access it 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
Gift cards for dad: Looking for an easy perfect gift for that hard to buy for dad? An order will be placed on Sunday, June 14 for gift cards - and will be available for pick up on Thursday, June 18. Look for an email with an order form attached from Lori Schwartz. If you did not receive an email, send me an email and I will send it to you.
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!
2020 GRADUATES PARADE: Last Saturday, May 30th, 15 cars met at Peace Lutheran to celebrate our NINE high school graduates!! We decorated our cars, honked our horns and we were LOUD in showing our love and pride for our graduates! Simply put, the parade was AMAZING! It was SO COOL to see the smiles on the faces of our graduates and their families!! There was lots of excitement and joy in the air - we are SO PROUD of each of our grads! Job well done!!
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!
“MAY” YOU HAVE ENOUGH – Hunger Relief
For Hunger-Update -We have concluded our fundraising efforts for the Northern Illinois Food Bank. We raised $4850!!! A check will be sent to them soon and will go a long way in helping those in our community that need it. Thank you all for your generosity!
You can continue to help: St. Francis and the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry continue 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.
Update on masks: Sue Koenig will continue to make masks for anyone who needs one. Just let her know how many are needed.
Small Group Helpers: Are you someone who likes to go on mission trips or someone who wants to help others but your time is limited? We are looking to put together small groups of helpers that can help people in our community by doing projects such as lawn care, simple carpentry, some painting or other odd jobs that they might find difficult or that they could just use a little help with. Let Sue or Bill Koenig know if you are interested in helping or would like some assistance with a task.