IMPORTANT UPDATES – WEEKLY CHANGES
Contents (scroll down for each):
Holy Communion – How to Prepare at Home
Care and Concern
Faith Formation Now
How to give your offering
“MAY” YOU HAVE ENOUGH – May emphasis
All will have opportunity to observe Holy Communion in their home this Sunday, May 3, by accessing Peace online worship. We recognize that many yearn for this means of grace while joining each other around the altar. This Sunday may the risen Lord’s presence renew your hearts and strengthen your faith through this gift as we are one in the Spirit and physically apart. While offering communion in this way, we also recognize that it is OK to ‘fast’ or abstain until we do again celebrate it in each other’s physical presence. While Holy Communion is a means of grace, we give thanks for all the ways the risen Lord graces us with his presence through the Good News and moments of fellowship we continue to share!
Each Sunday there are three ways you can get the worship video link and printable resource: a) Look in your email inbox. If you don’t see it, look in your spam folder and retrieve from there; b) On the Peace website www.peacelutheranlz.com; c) on the Peace Facebook page. It is made available in all 3 ways at 7:00am Sunday.
Join in a ZOOM ‘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 Come on at 9:05am if you would like some technical help.
Next Sunday, May 10 is Mother’s Day! Send in a picture of you with your Mom to include in the Sunday worship video. We would love to see you! Email to email@example.com .
Whether together or apart, Jesus the Good Shepherd gathers us and cares for us during these days of so many limitations! Read Jesus’ words in John 10:1-10 for May 3. Jesus the Good Shepherd knows his own and his own know him. They hear his voice and they follow him. This ancient image from a by-gone agrarian world still hits home as we wander, search, and wait for better days, greener pastures, and a world opened again to contact and commerce. Our lives are in the hands of a Good Shepherd.
HOLY COMMUNION on MAY 3 – HOW TO PREPARE AT HOME
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 to 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
Next Sunday, May 10 on Mother’s Day our guest speaker in the VIRTUAL COFFEE HOUR at 9:15am is Rev. David Anderson, founder and director of Safe Families for Children. This important work impacts families in crisis where children are at risk, keeping them safe and families intact, and surrounding them with caring compassionate community. Get a preview here.
For families with children at home: 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 next 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!
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.peaceluthernlz.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
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:
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 at email@example.com .
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 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 padslakecounty.org.
Lou Malnatis coupons are still available until April 30. Call, text or email Sue Koenig for more information. Coupons are each $13 and money will be collected at the time the coupons are delivered in mid may. It’s a good way for people to help a local restaurant and help support adult mission trips! Thanks! SALE ENDS ON APRIL 30th!!!
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: Unfortunately, the adult mission trip to WI in June is now cancelled. We are continuing to evaluate if we can have a later date-possibly in August. If we are unable to go on our trip this summer, your money will be refunded to you. If you have any questions, please contact Sue Koenig or Lynn Marinelli.
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!).
Peace Lutheran Communion Bread Recipe
(this recipe can be halved)
4 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 egg yolk
7/8 cup warm milk
Sift flour and add salt.
Mix honey and oil, and warm slightly.
Mix egg yolk in warm milk
Add honey and oil to the flour and salt
Add egg and milk mixture gradually to the flour mixture.
Divide dough into 2 equal pieces.
Working with one piece at a time, roll out thin (but not too thin) to dinner plate size.
Score each piece, making the sign of a cross.
Bake on greased cookie sheet for 12 minutes at 350 degrees.