PRINTS OF PEACE – Looking to Sunday May 24
IMPORTANT UPDATES – WEEKLY CHANGES
Contents (scroll down for each):
Congregational Meeting – June 7
Sharing Hope and Joy
Care and Concern
Faith Formation Now
How to give your offering
“MAY” You Have Enough – Hunger relief
Join in a ‘VIRTUAL COFFEE HOUR’ – time change to 10:00 this Sunday and each Sunday while we are apart. Go to Peace website to get the link www.peacelutheranlz.com. This is narthex conversation, coffee-room laughter, hallway check-in – in a virtual Zoom room setting. In the cozy of your own kitchen, bring your cup of coffee (or not) and join the conversation.
Virtual Sunday School May 24 at 11:00am. Sunday School families – watch your email this week for the link to have your children join in.
For this Sunday May 24: View Pastor Dale’s intro to Sunday’s Word brief video.
More musical recordings for worship please! We have received so many wonderful musical contributions during our time worshiping together at home. It has been a pleasure to see the talents of the many members of our congregation young and old! We are now looking for even more recordings of people performing classical or spiritual music. If you have already played something for virtual worship, record something new! And if you haven't shared your musical talents yet because you were waiting for the right moment, here it is! Just record yourself and follow the directions in this File Sharing Tutorial to upload your selection for worship. If you have any questions or trouble uploading, e-mail or call Ben or Karen Dahlke and they will be thrilled to help. Hope to hear you soon! firstname.lastname@example.org Ben- (847)757-8570; Karen- (248)921-4463
CONGREGATIONAL MEETING – JUNE 7
June 7 @ 10:00am Virtual Congregational Meeting. Come one, come all! Experience the first ever Peace Lutheran Church virtual congregational meeting. We have much to cover and want to share important information about our wonderful active church. Hear about the restart plan being worked on by the PPC, our financial status, PPC council nominations, revised constitution presentation and an update from the Call committee. We will also be testing our virtual meeting skills in a big way with what we hope is a large attendance. This meeting will help pave the way for our church to carry on important business involving you during these times of social distancing, when meeting in person is not an option. Meeting invites will be emailed in June. You will be able to call in to the meeting if online attendance is not an option. Any questions or concerns, please email the PPC at email@example.com or call the church office.
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, Helen Handley’s grandma Glenie Merwin, Sherri Juveland, Greg, Dr. David Anderson at Lydia Home in Chicago where he serves, and Chris and Stephanie Mitchel’s family. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or the church office email@example.com .
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
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.
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. The Labyrinth was made for such a time as this!
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. Find a 1 minute daily psalm on Peace Facebook page.
If you missed last Sunday’s worship go anytime 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!
PARADE FOR GRADUATING SENIORS: Our combined Peace Lutheran/Christ Lutheran/St. Peter UCC Youth Group is blessed to have NINE graduating seniors this year! To celebrate their achievements, we are going to do a parade! Tracy will be making individual signs for each graduate, as well as decorating her vehicle. Please consider joining us and decorating your car! We will be meeting at Peace Lutheran Church at 1pm on Saturday, May 30th! We'll go to all of the Lake Zurich homes before heading to Palatine. The more cars/vehicles we have, the merrier! Let's celebrate our seniors and send them lots of love!!
Online Sunday School this Sunday: Seventeen students and their parents "Zoomed" for our first online Sunday school on May 10th and we hope for more kids to join us for our next meeting on May 24 at 11:00. We will be learning about Noah’s Ark by hearing the story, praying, singing and sharing. Families should expect to spend about 30 minutes with the group. Information will be sent out via emails in the days leading up to May 24, so look for that information if you’d like to join us! If you have questions, contact Liz at LHOPMAN@comcast.net.
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 – Hunger Relief
Enjoy this video with an update on progress to the goal.
We are concluding our "May" You Have Enough efforts to raise money for the Northern Illinois Food Bank. So far over $3100 has been raised! If you would like to still contribute, please send a check written to Peace and sent to the church with “May you have enough” in the memo section. One check will then be sent to them to help those in need in our community. Thank you all for your generosity and for being a good neighbor!
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 . So far we have collected $300!
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.
Lou Malnatis coupons are still available until April 30: We are still waiting for the coupons to be sent to us. We should be getting them at any time and then they will be mailed to you. Once you receive them, you can send a check to Peace for the amount that is owed. Thank you for supporting adult mission trips!
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.