Prints of Peace – Looking to Sunday, November 22, 2020
IMPORTANT UPDATES – WEEKLY CHANGES
Contents (scroll down for each):
THANKSGIVING EVE WORSHIP AND PIE SOCIAL
Care & Concern
Pastor Daniel’s Office Hours
Getting to Know You
Time and Talents Survey
Gift Card Orders
Faith Formation Now
How to give your offering
The Worship Team wants to hear from you! Help Samantha Rozema and Lisa Fralish evaluate Zoom as a worship tool by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org before Sunday, November 29. Thank you for helping us shape our life together in worship!
Celebrating Harvest Sunday and Installing Pastor Daniel Morris
As of Monday, November 16 the Metropolitan Chicago Synod staff is only available to lead worship remotely. The service will be conducted over Zoom. Pastor Kyle Severson will bring the sermon on this special celebration Sunday. Drop all produce for Mount Saint Joseph at the church Friday, Saturday, and before 9:00 a.m. Sunday for a special blessing. Remember to mail your pledge into the church office or submit it online!
THANKSGIVING EVE WORSHIP AND PIE SOCIAL
Get a slice of your favorite pie ready for a special Thanksgiving Eve celebration over Zoom with your friends at Peace! We will join together in worship at 7:00 p.m. and enjoy our pie together at 7:45 p.m. In celebration of God’s generosity, Deacon Tracy suggests a special Thanksgiving offering of canned goods be made to St. Francis Food Pantry in lieu of a financial offering. To access the service and pie social, follow the instructions in the emailed Prints of Peace or by calling the church office.
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, Lizetta Moore, Kim Wilkinson, Kyle, Gina Nilsen, Laurie G., Deacon Tracy Katschke and Jeff Peterson. We also pray for our nation following the general election, all who are affected by the wildfires out west including Wendy Brown and Tamara Alliston Johnson with her family, and we pray for those affected by the hurricanes in the South.
We welcome prayer requests. Let us remember to lift up our needs, concerns, and joys – and those of others – in our prayer! Make your prayer request by emailing the church office email@example.com .
We care for one another: If you have any special needs or know someone who does, reach out to the Caring Tree by contacting Judy Tetour.
PASTOR DANIEL’S OFFICE HOURS
Pastor Daniel is working remotely for the next several weeks. He is available on his mobile number or over Zoom for appointments at the following times each week:
Wednesday 10:00 - 11:00 a.m, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m
Thursday 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Friday 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
He is also available at other times if needed. Please call in advance to schedule an appointment.
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
Pastor Daniel, Amanda, Ethan, and Adam would like to kick-start the weekend with you in a family friendly virtual happy hour! Sign up for a 5:00 p.m. Friday time slot online by clicking here. Prepare your own appetizers and drinks at home. Then enjoy them with 30 minutes of good conversation over Zoom, FaceTime, or landline!
TIME AND TALENT SURVEYS
Thank you to those who responded to the surveys. Let’s try to get a few more. Another email will be sent to those who have not yet responded as a reminder. These surveys are being sent out in spite of Covid-19 in the hope that by this time next year, Covid will be a part of the past and Peace will have returned to full functioning. Team leads will adapt their projects to meet Covid precautions. Please complete your survey as soon as possible. Thanks! Members’ team.
GIFT CARD ORDERS
Gift card orders will be placed on Sunday, Dec 6. Outreach will likely need some gift cards around these dates, so look for information on that. If you would like to order for either the food pantry donations or LSSI Christmas donations, this would be a great way to help out both the Outreach group as well as our Youth Group!
If you have any questions about ordering, please reach out to Lori Schwartz. Here are some easy steps for you to follow when placing your order: When you are ready to place your order, send Lori Schwartz an email. Please indicate how many of each card you would like. Please make sure to indicate what denomination of gift card you would like. Some merchants, like Walmart or Target, give you many denominations to choose from - you can order a $100 gift card or 4 $25 gift cards - both costing you the same $100. But, if you are planning on getting them as 4 different gifts, the one card at $100 is not what you want. When you know how much your order is in total, you can mail your check directly to Peace Lutheran with a note in the MEMO indicating Gift Cards. ALL CHECKS SHOULD BE PAYABLE TO PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH. Once the gift cards have arrived, Lori will send you an email letting you know that the cards are in a cooler on her front porch. Lori will put your gift cards into an envelope with your name on them so you know which cards are yours. If you have cards that you are ordering for any of the Outreach donations, please put a note on your order so she can pull those and can drop them at church. Lori will get them to the church office in one group - this will save each of you a stop at church.
Please let Lori know if you have any additional questions. FYI - You can set up your gift cards to come directly out of your bank account (instead of having to write a check and send that in to church). If you would like to do this, please let Lori Schwartz know. This option allows you to send ecards to others (children away from home) or get them on your phone as well.
Sign Ministry: The Outreach Team is looking for someone to take over coordinating the outdoor sign ministry for 2021. This involves coming up with messages for the sign and scheduling the volunteers to change the sign message every two weeks or so. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Sue Koenig.
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 held on Wednesday, November 18th at 6pm! If you are interested, please visit the virtual gathering section on PLC website home page for the Zoom link!
FAITH FORMATION NOW
For Families with Children:
Each Sunday you can access the Children’s Bulletin with activities that enable families to worship together and learn from each week’s Scripture theme. Access these resources at www.peacelutheranlz.com .
DECEMBER VIRTUAL SUNDAY SCHOOL: Lessons are scheduled from 9:15-9:45 on December 6 & 20. We will be focusing on the Christmas story for the month of December. Future Sunday school lessons will take place on the first and third Sundays of the
month with a meeting link sent on the Saturday prior to the lesson. Contact Liz (Lhopman@comcast.net) or Natalie (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
The Wednesday Morning Women’s Bible Study: Women’s Bible Study meets on Wednesday morning in the church at 9:00 am. We will be reading and discussing the book “The First Christmas” by Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan. It looks into the theological and political aspects of the birth of Jesus. Please join us. If you have any questions you can contact Carol Wojnarowski at 847-540-8150.
Men of Peace! Looking for a way to connect with other guys in the congregation in our social distanced world? Join us at 8:00 am Saturday mornings at church for men’s Bible Study. And sports. And job stuff. And whatever comes up! Looking forward to seeing new faces we haven’t
seen in a while!
The Labyrinth is open for your personal time of reflection and prayer.
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
Triple D Bible Study: Both Triple D and the High School Youth Group will be held virtually for a time while Tracy recovers from hip replacement surgery. Triple D will meet next on Sunday, November 22nd from 9:15am-10:15am (which was our normal time pre-COVID). This time also coincides with our virtual breakout rooms, so the Zoom link will be able to be accessed via the Prints of Peace! As always, everyone - ALL Confirmation and Senior High teens - are welcome to join for a morning of laughs, Bible study, awesome discussion and virtual donuts!
Senior High Youth Group: Senior High Youth Group will also meet on Sunday, November 22nd from 1-2pm via Zoom. All are welcome to bring their lunch and join in for some laughs and great conversation!
THANK YOU!!: I would like to say a huge “THANK YOU” to everyone who reached via email, text, phone call, cards and prayers during my hip replacement surgery and continued recovery! Thank you so much for the amazing cards, flowers, gift cards and treats - each one brought a smile to my face and your generosity and love mean the world to me! I am so incredibly blessed to have such a wonderful Peace Lutheran family!! - Tracy :)
Harvest Sunday Donations: We are accepting fresh produce donations for Mt. St. Joseph this week. A bin will be outside church from 9-5 on Friday and Saturday and before church on Sunday. This is an old tradition for Peace to show generosity to the residents of this facility on Harvest Sunday so please donate if you can!
Operation Warm Update: We raised $662 for Operation Warm which helped 33 children receive new coats this year. A big thank you to the 5 volunteers from Peace who attended the event to help pass out coats and to everyone who donated to this effort.
Gift Cards: The holidays will soon be upon us and with that, we like to think of the many ways we can reach out to support individuals in need. Instead of collecting Christmas gifts for the children served by LSSI (Lutheran Social Services of Illinois), we will be collecting gift cards from Target and Walmart. We will also be collecting gift cards for the St. Francis de Sales Food Pantry from Jewel, Aldi or Walmart. These gift cards can be of any amount. There will be a small box in the church office that you can personally drop off any donation cards you would like to do. Just put the gift card in an envelope and indicate which program (LSSI or Food Pantry) you would like to support. You can make your gift card money go even further by purchasing cards through our church. Thank you in advance for your generosity! The gift cards for LSSI are needed by Dec. 6 and for the food pantry by Dec. 13. If you have any questions, please contact Sue Koenig.
Meal Assistance: You can also help local families that are in need of food by going to the School District 95 website, http://www.lz95.org/20220-21-shool-year/where-do-i-find, and by clicking on Meal Assistance. If you are in need of food, the website also gives you information about local food resources that you can access.
Coins for Change: Thank you to all who contributed to our drive through coin drop off on Saturday, Nov. 7. We raised $911.06! This money will be sent to PADS of Lake County to help them meet the needs of people facing homelessness in our community. If you missed the opportunity to contribute-no worries! The donation jar is in the church office and you can contribute to it at any time! We will count it again when the jar is filled to the top! Thank you too, to the confirmation students who helped at this event and were very enthusiastic in their efforts to let people know what we were up to! During normal times, PADS would be operating its homeless shelters from October - April. We would be bringing food or donations to Messiah Lutheran Church and doing their laundry to help out. Currently, PADS is not operating any of their shelters. They are putting people up in hotels and working with them to find long-term housing solutions. Our Coins for Change program will continue to support this much needed organization.
Mission Projects Day: Mission Projects Day is now-Mission Projects SEASON! We, at Peace, have been participating in this project, a morning of many service projects, for over a decade and this year, we are switching it up to be Mission Projects SEASON! People have been busy sewing school bags, sewing blankets for Project Linus, sewing pillows for hospice, rolling bandages and assembling baby and health kits in the safety of their homes. Would you like to help? We have paracord bracelets to assemble and cards can be made for children in the hospital. If you are interested, please contact Sue Koenig. If you would like to donate more items and make additional kits, you can find the information at www.lwr.org and look for " make kits". It will tell you what supplies to buy and how to make them. It would be a great project for family members to do together over the holidays when you can't have your traditional festivities. Once your kits are made, you can call Sue and she will collect them and put them to be delivered with the other kits that have been completed in the Mission Projects Season when we conclude it in February 2021.