Dear Friends in Christ
This Sunday is our Semiannual Congregation meeting at 9:15 a.m. Please come to be informed about our mission at Peace Lutheran. Please stay for the Ministry Fair after the meeting – find out how you can support our ministry at Peace! The theme of worship this week is returning God’s blessing. Jesus tells a parable about tenants who work the vineyard. This ancient story has learnings for us today! Come to be nourished in faith by hearing the Word and sharing in the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Adult Forum: On break this Sunday for the congregation meeting. Next Sunday we will continue viewing a video called “Reformation Roots.” This video explains how there are so many Christian denominations, and what differences are among them. Pastor Mark will lead discussion. Please read Philippians chapter 3 and the sidebar notes for this chapter in your Lutheran Study Bible (LSB.) Here we hear the Apostle Paul complain about his competitors in the practice of preaching the Gospel – the “Judaizers,” who want Gentiles to convert to Judaism before they are recognized as Christians. Despite these challenges, Paul conveys some wonderful encouragement to the Christians in Philippi. The famous phrase “our citizenship is in heaven . . .” is found in verse 20. If you don’t yet have a LSB, see Pastor Mark.
PRINTS OF PEACE
PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH
October 8, 2017
Worship Schedule: We are now in our our two services worship schedule: 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Semiannual Congregation Meeting: Join us today between services at 9:15 a.m., for an informational meeting. Join us whether you are a member or friend of Peace.
Ministry Fair: See the displays after the meeting about the many ways you can serve Peace!
Reading for Next Week: Please read Philippians chapter 4 and the sidebar notes for this chapter in your Lutheran Study Bible (LSB.) In this letter we see a mature Paul, one who perhaps is at the end of his life. He has softened his rhetoric here in this letter. We don’t know who Euodia and Synthyche were, but they were obviously leaders in the Christian community in Philippi, and they were seemingly at odds with each other. Pay attention to the wonderful passages of encouragement in verses 4-7, and 8-9. If you don’t yet have a LSB, see Pastor Mark.
Youth Director’s Days Off & Office Hours Change: Our Youth Director is Tracy McClure 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 have changed to Monday‑Thursday from 11:30am-3:30pm. She can be reached on her cell for urgent matters. Her cell phone can be accessed by calling church.
Confirmation Classes: Wednesdays from 7-8:15pm. This year, our friends from St. Peter UCC will be joining us! All 6th-8th graders are welcome to attend. It’s Time to Plan the 2018 Mission Trip!: Even though we just returned from South Carolina, it is time to meet to discuss next year’s options! The youth from Christ Lutheran and St. Peter UCC will be joining us for what promises to be an amazing time! We will meet for a pizza/arty/mission trip discussion on Sunday, October 15th from 7pm-8:15pm! Bring your appetite and lots of ideas!
Wednesday Morning Bible Study: This year we will meet at Panera Bread in Deer Park at 9:00am. We will be looking at different devotionals to understand what the Bible tells us about life. Hope you can join us.
Choir Calling! If you enjoy singing to, for, and about God and can learn your harmonizing part, please come to our adult choir practices on Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm at Peace‑‑no audition required. Our choir usually presents an anthem on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month beginning in September and ending around mid‑May. We also sing with 2 other LZ church choirs several times each year. We take a break during Summer. We share a prayer and fellowship time (with snacks) following practices. We'd welcome some new singers if you'll please bring your melodious voice to join us!
Habitat for Humanity-We are looking for volunteers for a Habitat for Humanity home in Elgin. The work day is Wednesday, October 18, 8:30 am-4:00 pm. Morning coffee and donuts will be provided along with lunch. If you are interested in helping please rsvp to email@example.com or call 847-836-1432. Please RSVP by Oct. 3rd with your name and email address. Thank you for your willingness to serve and build a new home for a deserving family.
Worship and Music: The Worship and Music team is searching for people that are interested in assisting before, during, and after worship time on Sundays. Currently, we are in specific need of assistants for the following roles: Readers (8am), Greeters (8am), Counters (counting is done after both services), Communion Setup (before 8am service, or on Saturday), Communion Bread Baking (one baker per month). Please contact Andy Heroff (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to help assist in these roles or any others.
Pot Lucks: The next two Pot lucks and fire pits will be September 30th and October 21st. For September 30th the theme will be casserole dishes; anything in a casserole works. The theme for October 21st will be German Food. BYOB beer and wine have been approved. Start time will be for 4:30 pm. Please let me know if any questions. Thanks. Kelly Ratajczak <email@example.com>
Womens’ Retreat Rescheduled to Feb 17‑18‑ 2018! How about a little TLC this Feb? Consider asking a special gal in your life to join you on a relaxing weekend retreat. To help us plan better, we are looking for a headcount to help us plan. New sign‑up sheet on the bulletin board. Contact Sherri for information 847‑975‑7705. Hope you can come!
Peace now has Opt Out Photo Release Forms, they are on the main table in the Narthex. If you do NOT want your/family mem ber picture on the Church's website or Facebook page please sign and put in Cathy Malloy's mailbox in church office.
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.
Jean Foltin is the coordinator for the Caring Tree. The Caring Tree provides services to those in our congregation with special needs, i.e. dinners for new moms, meals for those who have been hospitalized, short term help with lawn needs or snow shoveling, etc. Please contact Jean or Pastor Mark if you have a need you think the Caring Tree might be able to help with.
Online Newsletter: Do you get the Peace Lutheran weekly newsletter Prints of Peace online? If not, please send your email address to Karen Zicco at firstname.lastname@example.org. You’ll receive a weekly edition from Karen.
Peace Lutheran Church Facebook Page: Be sure to go 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.
Adult Forum: Join us this morning in the sanctuary at 9:15. We will be viewing a video series called Reformation Roots. Do you ever wonder why we have so many Christian denominations, and if there is really much difference between them? The answers to these questions lie in the dramatic and turbulent times of the Reformation.
Simply Giving: Many of our members and friends give by Simply Giving automated debit. This program has no fees for you or our congregation. This program is very important for our congregation. It keeps income steady during the summer months when giving drops because of people being out of town. Please consider it! If you do participate in Simply Giving, when you worship please grab a Giving Acknowledgment Card from an usher in order to physically fulfill the act of giving during the offertory. There are forms on the table in the narthex.
Giving Acknowledgment Cards: If you participate in the Simply Giving program or if you do not have an offering on a particular Sunday you can still participate in the act of giving during the service Ask an usher for a small laminated Giving Acknowledgment Card before you enter the sanctuary. You can then place the card in the offering plate to acknowledge your support of our ministries at Peace.
Prayer Requests: We pray for those who need healing and wholeness: for Shareen Hilger, Amy Falco, Justin Morgenthaler; Kathy Zak, Kristen Jorgensen, and Gina Redina. 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 your 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.
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 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attendance: On October 1, 94 members and friends attended service. Eighteen worshiped with us at Lexington Service this week.
Pastor Mark’s Day Off: Monday is Pastor’s day off. He does not check church voice mail or Email that day. He can be reached at home for urgent matters. Please contact him for non-urgent matters Tuesday through Sunday. His cell phone number can be accessed by calling church.
Church Calendar: The 2017 church calendar shows all 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 to be posted on the calendar, please Email Matt Handley at email@example.com.
Spiritual Learning Opportunities
1) Adult forum on Sunday mornings
2) Tuesday evening Bible study
3) Wednesday morning Bible Study
4) Men's Bible Study on Saturday mornings
5) Confirmation huddle leader
6) High school night life mentor
7) Leadership Lab
9) Sunday school teacher/VBS
10) Women's retreat
11) Other opportunities to come
1) Lexington ministry‑Wednesday morning worship
2) Feed My Starving Children activity
3) Adult mission trip
4) High school mission trip
5) Deliver Safe Haven meals
6) Caring Tree ministry
Bernie’s Book Bank: Thank you to everyone who has donated books! Also, we will continue to drop off and a box is located I the narthex. Family and friends are encouraged to volunteer at Bernie’s Book Bank located in Lake Bluff, IL. Their mission is to collect and distribute gently used children’s books to significantly increase “Book Ownership” among at risk infants, toddlers and school age children throughout Chicagoland! You can sign up at https://berniesbookbank.org/volunteer. Thank you.
Safe Haven Gift Card Donations: Thank you to everyone who has donated Walmart Gift Cards! They are much appreciated and will be used to buy needed household items. A box is in the narthex on a table labeled Safe Haven Donations. Please include a note with your name and address so that a thank you can be sent. You can purchase a gift card directly or you can order through Lori Schwartz at the beginning of the month which will also benefit our youth! Thank you for your continued support of this wonderful ministry! If you have any questions, please reach out to Donna Walstrum.
Mission Projects Day ‑ Saturday, February 3, 2018: This is an exciting and fun day of outreach activities. In order to make this day a success, we are looking for individuals to be table leads. The role of the table lead will be to help organize the items for the table, partner with individuals writing Action Teams to purchase items (if needed) and lead the creation of the kits/project on the day of the event. There will be many volunteers to help at each table, but the lead will guide the process. If you are interested in helping out, please sign‑up in the narthex or speak with Sandy Hanna or Sue Koenig and let us know where your passion is. We look forward to working with you and welcome your thoughts and ideas!
Offering Through July, 2017
Actual Received $162,055
Short $ 20,061
This Week at Peace
October 8 8:00am Worship (Holy Communion)
9:15am Semi Ann Congregational Mtg.
10:30am Worship (Holy Communion)
October 9 7:00pm Al-Anon
October 10 6:45pm Bell Choir practice
October 11 9:00am Bible Stdy. at Panera’s in Deer Park
10:30am Lexington Worship
October 12 12:30-6:30pm Voice Lessons
7:30pm Adult Choir
October 14 8:00am Men’s Bible study at Dunkin Donuts
10:30am Joyful Noisemakers
October 15 8:00am Worship (Holy Communion)
9:15am Sunday School/Adult Forum
10:30am Worship (Holy Communion)
7:00pm-8:15pm Confirmation Pizza/Party&2018 Mission Trip Planning party