IMPORTANT UPDATES – WEEKLY CHANGES
Contents (scroll down for each):
SHARING HOPE AND JOY
Care and Concern
Faith Formation Now
How to give your offering
“MAY” YOU HAVE ENOUGH – May emphasis
This is Mother’s Day! We honor all who have nurtured and cared for us! Thank you mothers, moms, grandmas, aunts, sisters, …and caregivers of every kind!
We welcome Dr. David Anderson as our guest speaker this Sunday with a focus on families. He has spent most of his professional life working with children and families at risk, asking, “Is there a way to prevent the tragedies of child abuse and neglect? Could the church be the answer to helping families in crisis stabilize and thrive?” Get a preview here and join in worship this Sunday, and come to the Virtual Coffee Hour at 9:15am.
3 ways to get the worship video link and printable resource each Sunday:
a) Look in your email inbox after 7am Sunday morning;
b) On the Peace website www.peacelutheran z.com; or
c) on the Peace Facebook page.
Join in a ‘VIRTUAL COFFEE HOUR’ at 9:15am this Sunday and each Sunday while we are apart. Go to Peace website to get the link www.peacelutheranlz.com. We welcome our guest Dr. David Anderson this Sunday for some informal conversation. (Come on at 9:05am if you would like some technical help).
Get Ready, Get set… Go! Sunday School children of all ages join the virtual Sunday School this Sunday, May 10 at 11:00 a.m. Watch your email for the link to join the Zoom gathering. Here’s our chance to see each other and our teachers!
Jesus once said to his fearful and anxious followers: “Don’t let this throw you. You trust God, don’t you? Trust me” (The Message). Worries are some of our daily fare in these days of coronavirus pandemic. Read more of Jesus’ words in John 14:1-14 for this Sunday, May 10. Jesus provides the long view, covering our concerns for today, and our worries about tomorrow. In the midst of it all, he promises that we can yet be faithful and extremely fruitful in the work of his mission! We know that to be a fact among the people of Peace!
SHARING HOPE AND JOY
Where have you found joy in reaching out to others while sheltering in place? What is something positive you have learned or tried in your time at home? How has someone showed love towards you or your family? How has your faith changed over these weeks? Please send a picture, video or story of sharing hope and joy. Watch this short video from the peace outreach team: SHARING HOPE AND JOY IN MAY and send your picture, video or story! Write it out, video yourselves or your family, and send it to Anne Blaylock or Sue Koenig or contact them and they will write it up. You never know how a small act of kindness will impact someone else - or you!
CARE & CONCERN
We pray for one another: We pray for those who need healing and wholeness. This week we pray for Mike Wilms and Lin Hodkinson, and a co-worker of Natalie Trumbull, and Helen Handley’s grandma Glenie Merwin. 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!
FAITH FORMATION NOW
Dr. David Anderson, founder and executive director of Safe Families for Children is our guest this Sunday in the VIRTUAL COFFEE HOUR. His important work impacts families in crisis where children are at risk, keeping them safe and families intact, and surrounding them with a caring compassionate community. Get a preview here.
For Families with Children: Each Sunday you can access 10 Spiritual Activities for Families with Children on Peace website that change each week with the Scripture theme. Scatter Seeds around the Labyrinth: Seed packets are located in a bin at the Labyrinth for each Sunday School child. Pick a number and find the “space” with that number to scatter your seeds in the Easter season. Watch this video to learn more. Get Ready, Get set… Go: Sunday School children of all ages join the virtual Sunday School this Sunday, May 10 at 11:00 a.m. Watch your email for the link.
The Labyrinth is open for your personal time of reflection and prayer. Come outside by yourself, breath in the fresh air, and walk the labyrinth. And keep your distance from others – the Labyrinth was made for this! See the recent article about the Labyrinth in local news!
Pastor Dale is reading through the Psalms – the deep collection of prayers and songs that have sustained God’s people in all times and seasons. Journey with Pastor Dale each day on Facebook for a 1-2 minute daily devotion.
If you missed last Sunday’s worship go to www.peacelutheranlz.com. to access to view the awesome contributions to our worship online during these stay-at-home days.
The call committee is excited to announce the completion of the first round of interviews! We are inviting multiple candidates into the second round of interviews. With the assistance of Pastor Severson from the Bishop's office and the PPC, we have determined an appropriate way to interview our candidates within COVID-19 limitations. We remain on track with our timeline, but will update you on any alterations that may need to be made. Until we choose our final candidate to present to the Peace congregation, we hope you understand the need to limit identifying information of our current candidates. Thank you again for choosing and trusting us to serve on your call committee! Feel free to reach out with any questions via email at email@example.com
HOW TO GIVE YOUR OFFERING
Your friends and fellow members are sharing their gifts and talents to advance all of the ministries of worship, service, outreach, and faith formation! As we now gather in many and various ‘virtual’ ways, please consider your contributions to the virtual offering plate we pass. Send your offering through one of these 4 convenient methods:
· Mail your check to church
· Use your bank website “send-payment” feature
· Go to PLC website www.peacelutheranlz.com. and click on “make a donation”
· Download and use the app we recommend:
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!
Teen Devotions: Tracy will also be doing weekly devotions via a 5-minute video for our teens. These devotions will be emailed to families as well as posted on the Peace Lutheran Facebook page Facebook.
2020 HS Mission Trip to Knoxville, TN Update: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Next Step Ministries has decided to cancel all 2020 mission trips. Therefore, our High School mission trip to Knoxville, Tennessee will not be happening. However, please keep the week of July 19th-25th open! Tracy is working on some options for a local mission trip, as well as keeping an eye on our state regulations.
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
PLC Outreach Team works to keep a finger on the pulse of the wider community, people and populations who are particularly stressed or challenged. And we want to make a difference in people’s lives right here in Lake Zurich. Please watch this 2 minute video from your Outreach Team. Can you help? Here are the details:
· Kicking off May 3, “MAY You have Enough”
· Congregation-wide effort to raise much needed funds for the Northern Illinois Food Bank.
· Give whatever financial gifts you are able to give.
· Send a check to Peace with “May You Have Enough” in the memo section anytime between May 3-May 31.
· Congregation goal of $2000 for the month.
· Watch for weekly updates through May on progress to the goal.
We know the need for food in our community will continue for months. The Northern Illinois Food Bank supplies food to our local shelters and also gives them funds to purchase those items that are most needed at the lowest possible bulk price. Our expectation is for any family that wants to give (but to not feel any pressure to do so) but can give whatever amount they feel is right.
Here are additional ways to help directly in Lake Zurich, if you prefer:
Join with District 95 to help families in need. District 95 is providing $20/$25 grocery gift cards to families, providing non-perishable food items, and handing out school supplies like crayons, markers, and pencils to help families with remote learning. If you would like to help families in District 95 in any of these ways, please contact Anne Blaylock .
St. Francis and the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry have been very active these past few weeks. On April 2 they had 145 clients pick up groceries curbside. This was up to 45 clients in one week! 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.
PADS of Lake County: The PADS housing site at Messiah Lutheran Church, and at all churches in Lake County, have been suspended due to the COVID-19. The homeless people are being housed at several motels in the Waukegan area. At this time, their biggest need is for financial assistance, there is also a signup link that offers a range of opportunities so if you are interested check that out at www.padslakecounty.org
Lou Malnatis coupons are still available until April 30: We have concluded our sale. The coupons will be mailed to Sue Koenig in the next 2 weeks. Once received, Sue will send them to you with a note on how much much is due. Please send a check to Peace (each coupon is $13). Put Lou Malnati coupon sale on the memo line. We raise $200 to go towards future adult mission trips. There are extra coupons, so if you forgot or would like more please contact Sue.
Sew for Lutheran World Relief: School bags need to be made for Mission Projects Day 2021 and this is a perfect time to start sewing them. Just email Sue Koenig if you would like a bag of kits dropped off on your front porch. It's an easy pattern!
Update on Feed My Starving Children: Due to safety concerns, Feed My Starving Children has suspended packing events through the end of July for now. We will reschedule our packing session (was scheduled for May) when we are able.
Secret Sister Luncheon/Reveal: TBD.
Adult Mission Trip: Due to the uncertainty of group gatherings extending into the summer, the decision was made to cancel this summer's trip. For those of you who paid the deposit, you have two options. Please let Sue Koenig or Lynn Marinelli know which of the two you prefer. Your options are 1. Have your $25 deposit put in the scholarship fund for future trips to help those who have a desire to help but can't afford it 2. Have your deposit refunded directly to you. Look for us to come back next year and have another great trip to help a community needing assistance to recover from a natural disaster.
Update on masks: Sue Koenig will continue to make masks for anyone who needs one. Just let her know how many are needed (they won't be white as she’s out of that material!).
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.
Making Donations to Charities regarding the coronavirus: Please be aware that there are many scammers using fake appeals for people to donate to their charities during this uncertain time. Here are some guidelines from the Federal Trade Commission that you can do to make sure your donations are going where you think it should:
1. Search online for the charity's name and the words "scam or fraud"
2. Review ratings of the charity.
3. Check the charity's registration status with you local charity regulator
(are they registered to take donations in your state?)
They also suggest:
1. Donating using a credit card.
2. Double checking the name of the organization.
3. Asking a lot of questions.
4. Confirm that your donation will be tax deductible.
5. Don't assume a donation request on social media is legitimate because it was shared.