Dear Friends in Christ: Sunday: Bring dad for worship at 9:00 and take him out for breakfast afterward! This Sunday we consider Jesus’ parables about the growth of seeds. One little seed can produce a huge plant! Think of loving works this way. Sometimes dads are rewarded with substantial positive outcomes by their children, who report a small deed that their dad had done in bringing up his kids! We all need to be aware of our ability to “sow seeds” of good in this world. Come and hear God’s Word and be fed by Jesus in bread and wine. Adult Forum: On break until September. Reading for this Sunday: Please read 1 Corinthians chapter 5 plus the sidebar notes in your Lutheran Study Bible (LSB.) This is a rich text from the apostle Paul. The tone is shaded by Paul’s suffering and rejection by the authorities and even by other missionaries! Paul talks about himself being an ambassador for Christ, working for the reconciliation of the world to God. How would you feel if you considered yourself an ambassador for God? If you don’t yet have a LSB, see Pastor Mark.
Worship Schedule: Our Summer worship schedule is in effect. We have a service of Holy Communion at 9:00 a.m.
Reading for Next Week: Please read 2 Corinthians chapter 6 plus the sidebar notes for this chapter in your Lutheran Study Bible (LSB.) This chapter speaks of the suffering that the apostle Paul has been experiencing - suffering that makes him a reliable messenger of the gospel (good news.) On the part about not marrying unbelievers, see a different opinion of Paul in 1 Corinthians 7:12-15. If you don’t yet have a LSB, see Pastor Mark.
Attendance: On June 10, 2018, 77 attended worship. On June 13, 2018, there was no service at Lexington.
Green Sheet Entries: With the mission trip coming up, please submit your green sheet items by Wednesday, June 20th. Both Pastor Mark and Allison Hearst will be on the mission trip.
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 from 11:30am-3:30pm. She can be reached on her cell for urgent matters. Her cell phone can be accessed by calling church.
Youth Group Water Balloon Battle: Our water balloon battle with the youth groups from St. Peter UCC and Peace Lutheran had to be rescheduled on May 20th due to inclement weather. We will try again on Sunday, June 24th from 4:30-6pm at Christ Lutheran (41 S. Rohlwing Rd in Palatine). Everyone is welcome to attend and bring friends! Please have your teen come hungry since we will have pizza and wear something that they don't mind getting soaked!
A Big Thank You to Grace Trumbull’s Girl Scout Troop for planting a beautiful Peony bush by the pergola near the Labyrinth and for scattering wild flower seeds that were donated in memory of Elly Taheny.
Pot Luck: The next pot luck will be July 7th at 4:30 p.m. The theme for this potluck will be "Mystery". Bring your favorite summer or anytime of year dish to pass! Beer and Wine have been approved for this event. Look forward to seeing everybody there! If any questions, my contact is email@example.com. Thank you.
Food Pantry: While you are stocking up for your 4th of July barbecues supplies, Think of the Food Pantry! They are in need of paper goods. Such as paper towels, napkins, tissues and toilet paper. Donations are always welcome, but for this need we would like to shower the Food Pantry by July 16th. Please put items in the bin in the hallway. Thank you so much for helping the local people in the Ela Township Community.
Preparation for mission projects day 2019: if you can help with cutting tabs in fleece for the Lutheran world relief or project Linus blankets, sewing pillow covers for hospice or making school bags for Lutheran world relief, check out the kits in the hallway by the office. Work on them when you have a chance; they don’t need to be completed until December! If you have any questions, please contact Sue Koenig. Thank you for your help!
In Crisis? Anyone, anywhere can be affected by a mental health struggle including depression, anxiety, having feelings of being overwhelmed, or having suicidal thoughts. It has been in the news lately about the significant increase (up nearly 30%) in the annual rate of suicide from 1999-2016. The key to preventing people from reaching the point of suicide is to talk about it and offer help, encouragement and resources to those struggling to keep living. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255 and the crisis text line is text CONNECT to 741741 for people who are in distress and feel like they are at risk for hurting themselves; or if you know of a person who is at risk.
Donate Blood regularly? Remember our blood drive on September 9th. Be sure to not donate for 8 week prior so you can donate on that Sunday.
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.
AmazonSmile: Shop on AmazonSmile and 0.5% of your purchase can be donated to Peace Lutheran. For more information about the AmazonSmile program, go to http://smile.amazon.com/about.
Prayer Requests: We pray for those who need healing and wholeness: for Mike Wilms, Wes Willard, Kathy Zak, Kristen Jorgensen, Brian Bounds, Peggy Schmidt, Joyce Smith, Reita Schultz, Charlie Lindsey, Dolly Hansen, Theresa Sacamono, and Lizetta Moore. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phone/text (847-738-8599).
Mom/Toddler Group: Are you a new mom or have little ones 5 years or younger? Do you want to connect with other local moms? Then PLEASE join our mom's group where kids are welcome to play, while moms get some adult conversation! Peace Lutheran Church has graciously offered to open their doors to the community to give moms a place to gather. This is not a religious group, just a community mom’s group. We will meet every Friday at 10 AM. If you have any question please contact Cathy Malloy.
Wednesday Morning Women’s Bible Study: We will continue to meet at Panera Bread in Deer Park at 9:00 am for the summer. Anyone is welcome to join us for coffee.
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. Please contact Andy Heroff (email@example.com) if you would like to help assist.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to be added to the emailing list.
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 to be posted on the calendar, please email the church at mailto:email@example.com church social email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This Week at Peace
June 17 9:00am Worship (Holy Communion
June 18 7:00pm Al-Anon
June 20 9:00am Women’s Bible Study - Deer Park Panera
June 21 12:30-6:3pm Voice Lessons
June 24 9:00am Worship (Holy Communion)