Dear Friends in Christ: Sunday: This Sunday is Reformation Sunday. We commemorate Martin Luther and the reformation of the church. We also recognize that the church always needs to be reforming, that is, refocusing on Jesus, rather than our own ideas of how to be church. Come and hear God’s Word and be fed by Jesus in bread and wine. Adult Education: This Sunday at 9:15. The theme is confirmation for adults, see below. All are welcome. Pastor Mark will be leading. Reading for this Sunday: Please read Romans chapter 3 plus the sidebar notes for this chapter and the introduction to Hebrews in your Lutheran Study Bible (LSB.) This chapter was pivotal for Luther to come to the realization that it is Jesus Christ who makes us right (justified) in God’s eyes, not any good works we do ourselves. 3:28 says “For we hold that a person is justified by faith apart from works prescribed by the law.” Please pay attention to the sidebar notes, which are very helpful. If you don’t yet have a LSB, see Pastor Mark.
Worship Schedule: The service of Holy Communion at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
All Saints Sunday: A sign-up sheet is in the narthex for those who wish to have a loved one remembered on All Saints Sunday, November 4, 2018
Reading for Next Week: Please read Revelation chapter 21 plus the sidebar notes for this chapter in your Lutheran Study Bible (LSB.) We celebrate All Saints Day next Sunday, which is a time for us to reflect on the reward for the saints: everlasting life. Remember that the New Testament definition of a saint is one who is baptized into Christ. Revelation 21 is a vision of the end time, a vision of the heavenly throne room, where God will make all creation new. Please pay attention to the sidebar notes, which are very helpful. If you don’t yet have a LSB, see Pastor Mark.
Adult Education: Time for Adult confirmation. Do you remember your confirmation training? Can you explain Christian faith to someone who isn’t Christian? If not, it’s time for a tune up. Join us for a basic confirmation course. We will be viewing quick paced, clever videos, then learning about faith all over again. Pastor Mark will be leading. Please plan on joining us.
Attendance: On October 21, 2018, attended worship. On October 24, 2018, 16 attended service at Lexington.
Church Administrator: Allison Hearst is our church administrator. She works part time - Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. One of the many things Allison is in charge of is the church calendar. She can be reached by phone at 847-438-4400.
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 10am - 2pm. She can be reached on her cell for urgent matters. Her cell phone can be accessed by calling church.
Confirmation Retreat: Our Confirmation class will be going on a retreat to Tower Hill in Sawyer, MI November 2nd-4th. During our retreat weekend, we will be exploring the Apostles' Creed, doing a service project and having fun connecting with each other! Retreat permission slips and the $50 fee are due in Tracy's mailbox by Sunday, October 21st! Please see Tracy with any questions.
Joyful Noisemakers: Children in grades K-5 that can read are invited to join our children's choir, Joyful Noisemakers. We have short rehearsals every Saturday morning at 10:30, where we learn how to sing beautifully to the Lord!
Pot Luck: The next pot luck will be for October 27th at 4:30 p.m. and the theme will be "Fall". Bring your favorite fall dish as we enter into the fall/holiday season. This event has been approved for BYOB beer and wine. Look forward to seeing you there! If any questions, please contact Kelly Ratajczak at email@example.com.
Ladies Night Out: Wednesday, Nov. 7th at 6:30pm at Marianos (Lake Zurich). We will eat dinner first and then will shop for the food needed for the Culver's Thanksgiving dinner.
Quilt Group: Next meeting Saturday November 10th from 9:00 to noon. We’re working on Lutheran World relief quilts. Please bring 6 blocks, 10 ½” each, as well as 2 squares of fabric 10 ½" each. The fabrics colors are black, white and grey, as well as patterns with those colors. It’s a very simple project. Great for beginners! And if you want help, just bring a ½ yard of 4 different fabrics and we’ll help you sew some blocks. Questions? Email Carol Wojnarowski at firstname.lastname@example.org
Worship & Music: The Worship& Music committee is hosting review sessions for Ushers and Lay Readers in November. Usher Review - Ushers are invited to attend a review session on Sunday, November 11th . For your convenience, we have two sessions scheduled immediately following each service. If you are considering becoming an Usher, please join us for either session. Lay Reader Review - Lay Readers are invited to attend a review session on Sunday, November 18th immediately following the 10:30 service. If you are considering becoming a Lay Reader, please join us. Please direct all questions to Worship & Music, email@example.com or see Samantha Rozema or Lisa Fralish. Thank you for your commitment to our worship service.
A Big Thank You to all who help Mike Wilms. He really appreciated all the meals, transportation and well wishes as well as the donations for his much needed new shoes. He wanted to let you all know how grateful he is for all your support.
Make a Difference! Help Needed! Did you know that Make a Difference Day is this month? What a great reason to get a team of people together to volunteer and give back to the community! Home of the Sparrow has a housing unit located in Woodstock that is vacant and are in need of many hands to get it painted and ready for the next family to move in. The unit is quite large: 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms plus a loft. We can paint any day or weekend that would work for you between the time frame of Wednesday, October 10 to Saturday October 27th. We will provide the supplies, all you need to do is come and volunteer your time! If you help, contact Michelle Lusmann, Volunteer Program Manager at Mlusmann@HOSparrow.org
Mobile Food Pantry: November 3rd Thank you so much to all who helped make our recent Mobile Food Pantry a success on September 8th. For those who were unable to join, there were 170 families that received a week's worth of groceries across the morning as result of the generous financial donation from The Stahl Family Foundation, along with volunteers from across many walks of life in our community. You are invited to join us in serving for our next event on November 3. Consider joining us? It is a small amount of time that provides a significant result, both in the lives of the people you help, but also in your own heart. Register now via the following link:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4DAAA723AAFD0-mobile23 Our neighbors and our community deserves to know they are loved and can receive help through their struggles. At The Chapel, "we are more than food" as we work together to bring hope one relationship at a time. "We show God’s love when we are willing to help others; we show His strength when we take on the task He gives us to do." Questions, contact Ken Rasbid at Ken.Rasbid@gmail.com
Operation Warm, Volunteers needed: November 10th. Thank you so much to all who donated money for the 50 coats! We made our goal! Our campaign is, however, still running, Sept 16- Oct 21. So if you still want to donate, go to the website and make a donation using the following link: https://give.operationwarm.org/team/183187. On November 10th we will be giving out the new warm winter coats to the children who come to try one on. It will take place at The Chapel Church, 330 S. Old Rand Road, Lake Zurich 7am - 4pm. If you would like to help you MUST sign up with the following link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f48aea62fa46-lake2 You can then pick what you would like to do. Please act fast, these spots fill up quickly. Again, thank you so much for your generosity and keeping the kids warm at the bus stop this winter! See Donna Walstrum with questions.
In Crisis? Anyone anywhere can be affected by mental health struggles 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 of hurting themselves, or if you know of a person who is at risk.
Mission Projects Day: Feb. 2, 2018. We are looking for individuals that would like to donate items for the various kits that we assemble. There are sign-up sheets in the hallway. Indicate how many of each item that you plan to provide and check them off when you drop them off. Put the items in the bins in the hallway with "Mission Projects Day" on them somewhere. It is a great time to find things on sale! We are also looking for individuals to help cut the fringe for the fleece blankets sew school kit bags and pillows for hospice that we will stuff on Mission Projects Day. If you can help in any way, please sign up! If you have any questions, please call Sue Koenig. Thank you!!
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.
On-Line Giving: You now have the option to make a gift to Peace from your computer, tablet or phone! To give online go to the Peace web site www.PeaceLutheranLZ.com and click on the "Make a Donation" button. To give from your phone, download the
Give Plus Church app and search for Peace in Lake Zurich to make your gift. Finally, to give from your phone without downloading the Give Plus Church app just text a gift to the Peace text number, 224-458-2996. Just enter an amount and send the text to the Peace number and you will be sent a link to complete the transaction. See Kirk Swanson if you have any questions.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer Requests: We pray for those who need healing and wholeness: for Wes Willard, Michael Salazar, Kathy Zak, Kristen Jorgensen, Brian Bounds, Joyce Smith, Reita Schultz, Lindsey, Dolly Hansen, Theresa Sacamono, Bob Kayser, Heather Hagedorn, and the Rev. Herb Carlmark. 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 a 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 email@example.com.
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).
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
Choir: Adult choir practices on Thursday evenings at 7:30pm at Peace We usually sing on the 2nd and 4th Sundays from September through mid-May and take a break over the summer. Bring your voice and come join us!
Hand Bell Choir: Hand Bell Choir practices on Tuesday evenings 6:45 to 7:45pm at Peace. We play 1 Sunday a month. No experience needed. Come have some musical fun
Wednesday Morning Women’s Bible Study: We meet at Panera Bread in Deer Park at 9:00 a.m. Anyone is welcome to join us for coffee.
AmazonSmile: Shop on AmazonSmile and 0.5% of your purchase can be donated to Peace Lutheran. For information about it, go to http://smile.amazon.com/about.
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.
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 you want posted on the calendar, please email the church at the church social email: email@example.com
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.
This Week at Peace
October 28 8:00am Worship (Holy Communion)
9:15 Sunday School
10:30am Worship (Holy Communion)
October 29 7:00pm Al-Anon
October 30 6:45pm Bell Choir
October 31 9:00am Women’s Bible Study - Deer Park Panera
10:30 Lexington worship
November 1 12:30 - 6:30pm Voice Lessons
7:30 - 8:30 Adult Choir
November 3 10:30 Joyful Noisemakers
November 4 8:00am Worship (Holy Communion)
9:15 Sunday School
10:30am Worship (Holy Communion)