IMPORTANT UPDATES – WEEKLY CHANGES
Contents (scroll down for each):
THIS WEEKEND - Saturday In-Person Affirmation of Baptism and Holy Communion,
Sunday Online Service, & Adult Ed
SPECIAL NOTICE - Returning to the Sanctuary
Care & Concern
Pastor’s Paternal Leave
Getting to Know You
Faith Formation Now
How to give your offering
Saturday Outdoor Service of Affirmation of Baptism and Holy Communion: During our outdoor worship on Saturday, September 26th at 6pm, our congregation will be celebrating the Affirmation of Baptism for our 2020 Confirmands: Jocelyn and Anna! Please join us to celebrate this amazing accomplishment, as well as enjoy an individually wrapped cupcake from Small Cakes. We will conclude worship with a cupcake toast of our Confirmands! We will gather in accordance with all required safety protocols (see below).
Saturday: What to expect for in-person communion
Christ offers us his real presence in a multitude of ways, and in a plurality of places! In communion, however, his presence to us and for us is made so very clear. We will celebrate communion in a manner in which you can be assured you will receive the full blessing of the sacrament, and also safely participate in the midst of the current pandemic. Please note that we will be sharing communion in the same manner (bread only) whether celebrating at Peace on Saturday or at home on Sunday as an expression of unity around the Lord’s Table.
We ask that you bring bread from home
Prepare to bring a small portion of bread for you and your household. Carry it sealed with you to worship. In the communion service you will be invited to take it out, unwrap and hold it up during the prayer of consecration, and eat. Uneaten bread should return home with you to be consumed there. The cup while consecrated will not be served. This is in keeping with the tradition (may be unusual to us in modern times) of receiving communion in one kind (bread) instead of both kinds (bread and wine). We are assured in either manner that Christ gives himself fully to us and for us for the forgiveness of our sins, and sends us out to share his love with the world. In case you forget to bring bread, a limited number of individually wrapped gluten-free wafers will be available.
Protocols to be respected at in-person worship:
Please note the following protocols to be respected for all who are in attendance:
Join us virtually for a Service of Affirmation of Baptism and Holy Communion on Sunday, September 27. Please note that we will be sharing communion in the same manner (bread only) whether celebrating at Peace on Saturday or at home on Sunday as an expression of unity around the Lord’s Table. Watch your email on Sunday morning for the link to the YouTube video and script to join in worship, or find it online at www.peacelutheranlz.com.
Adult Ed: Sunday, 10:00 a.m.
Don’t Know Much about...the Parables! Have you ever wondered what Jesus was REALLY talking about in some of His parables? Come find out and learn more about Jesus’ most popular method of teaching! During virtual coffee hour (10am-11am) on 9/27, 10/11 & 10/25, all are welcome to join Tracy as we journey into the world of Jesus. We’ll take a look at some of Jesus’ most popular, as well as lesser known, parables to explore the context of Jesus’ teaching as well as how these lessons can be applied to us today. Please let Tracy know if you have any questions.
SPECIAL NOTICE - Returning to the Sanctuary
The virtual worship planning team and the COVID-19 Task Force are beginning preparations for our return to the sanctuary following Pastor Daniel’s paternal leave! Planning will take existing recommendations, guidelines, and best practices into account. While no date has been set, we are hoping to resume indoor services by Advent or sooner. Services will continue to be made available online for all who wish to continue gathering virtually. The PPC, the virtual worship planning team, and the COVID-19 Task Force will keep the congregation informed through a variety of outlets as plans develop.
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, Mike Tetour, Brad Baker, Lizetta Moore, Amanda Morris, Kim Wilkinson, Kyle, Randy Bounds, Jan Allen, Margaret Sherman, Rita, and Matthew Vehrs. We also pray for 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 life up our needs, concerns, and joys – and those of others – in our prayer! Make your prayer request by emailing the church office firstname.lastname@example.org .
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’S PATERNAL LEAVE
Pastor Daniel will begin paternal leave Friday, September 25 and return Tuesday, October 27. Deacon Tracy Katschke will be on call to respond to emergencies and provide spiritual care. She can be reached on her cell phone (630.202.9834).
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
Pandemic got you down? Join Pastor Daniel, Amanda, and Ethan for a virtual happy hour starting in November! Prepare your own appetizers and drinks at home. Then enjoy them with 30 minutes of good conversation and toddler antics over Zoom! Check back in November for sign-up information.
Peace Lutheran Quilters: we will meet on Saturday, September 26th in the church (Outside if weather permits) at 9:00 am. We will be putting together our rainbow quilt for LWR (if all the blocks are done) and we will be looking at future projects Please bring your suggestions!
Our playground has reopened. We are following the protocols being used by the LZ Parks and Recreation department, which is basically playing at your own risk. Based on information from the CDC and IPDH, the virus is killed by UV rays from the sun, so there is no need to sanitize the playground. We ask parents to monitor their kids while they play on the playground. Try to keep social distancing between kids of different families. Kids should be wearing masks if more than one family is on the playground. At this time we are not reopening the Music Wall or the basketball hoop. It is pretty impossible to social distance while doing both of those activities.
Wine Women and Weeding. Come on over, and as we chat, weed, have a sip of wine and enjoy each other’s company. Every Wednesday at 6:00 at the Labyrinth.
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, October 14th at 6pm! If you are interested, please visit the virtual gathering section on PLC website home page for the Zoom link!
‘Secret Sister’ Update: We will be moving our Secret Sister Reveal into the fall. In the meantime, it is always good to pray and we hope you have kept your “Secret Sister” in your daily prayers. We would encourage you to use the old fashioned letter with a stamp to send a warm thought to your secret sister on a monthly basis or if you live close, you can drop them off a goodie in their mailbox. They may have guessed who you were, but if not, the fun will continue! At this time, if you pop in the church, please do not post any new notes on the bulletin board as it is not actively being monitored. Please reach out to Sherri Juveland and Sandy Hanna with any questions. Stay safe and enjoy these fall days!
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 .
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 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
OCTOBER VIRTUAL SUNDAY SCHOOL: Lessons are scheduled from 9:15-9:45 on October 4 & 18. Please have lesson materials ready before logging in. 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 (email@example.com) with any questions.
YOUTH GROUP IS BACK!: The Peace Lutheran Youth Group had an AWESOME kick off on Sunday, September 20th that was filled with games and laughter! We will start meeting biweekly for a social distancing picnic lunch, discussion, service projects and fun! All are welcome to join us for our next youth group, which will be held Sunday, October 4th from 12-1:15pm!
TRIPLE D (DONUTS, DEVOTIONS & DISCUSSION) IS BACK!: Our youth Bible study, Triple D, will be starting up again on Sunday, September 27th from 11:30am-12:30pm in the Peace parking lot! All are welcome to join us for this time of devotion, which is always accompanied with laughter and a side of silliness! Masks and social distancing is required and at this time, we will NOT have donuts - BUT, you can always have donuts beforehand!
CONFIRMATION IS ABOUT TO BE IN FULL SWING!: The Peace Lutheran Confirmation Class will begin on Wednesday, September 23rd! Confirmation will be conducted virtually from 7-7:50pm. Our virtual class time together will consist of highs and lows, 1-2 lesson discussions/activities and, of course, a GAME! Tracy will send out the Wednesday Zoom link, as well as the 5-10 minute lesson video, to families on the Monday before our Wednesday class. Depending on comfort levels and the pandemic, we will decide as January 2021 gets closer as to whether to continue with only a virtual option.
- GOD'S WORK, OUR HANDS MONTH OF SERVICE!: In honor of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, the Metro Chicago Synod participates in God Work, Our Hands Sunday every year. God's Work, Our Hands usually falls on the Sunday closest to September 11th. On this day, congregations from around the country participate in a day of service - cleaning up neighborhoods, serving at food pantries, painting schools, etc. However, with the pandemic, serving in a group is not feasible. Tracy, our Youth Director, has put together a God's Work, Our Hands calendar with a FULL month of service opportunities that can be done as a family or individually - all from home! Try to complete one of these tasks each day!!
FOR ALL PARISHIONERS:
Operation Warm: Operation Warm Donations - We are collecting donations again this year. $20 provides a new coat to a child in need. Donations can be made on-line at: https://give.operationwarm.org/campaign/the-lake-zurich-area-coats-for-kids-2020-21/c285374 Credit your donation to our fundraising team by typing in Peace Church Lake Zurich! Operation Warm Volunteers - This year’s coat distribution will occur on 11/14/20 and will be a drive up event. Anyone interested in volunteering can sign up here:
Culver's Fundraiser for Adult and Youth Mission Trips: Culver's has resumed offering non-profits the chance to earn money for their projects. On Monday, October 5th at the Lake Zurich Culvers, they will give Peace 15% of all sales that bring or mention the below flyer. This is good for drive-thru and carryout only. The money that we receive will be split between the adult and youth trips. Please support a local business that has been so generous to our mission trips in the past!
Coins for Change: Mark your calendar now for Saturday, Nov. 7 from 10-2pm. As we have done in the past, we are collecting coins (and dollars) to help with PADS (Homeless Services) in Lake County. Here is how we are going to do it: Find all those coins that you have been collecting at home, on top of your dresser, in your car, or purse, etc. and bring them to Peace. We will have confirmation students (getting in some service hours!) and an adult in the parking lot. You can just drive up and we will be wearing our masks and will happily collect whatever you can bring. The money we collect will be converted into gift cards for PADS. If you have any questions, please call Sue Koenig. If you have coins but can't make that day, please call Sue and she will pick up any donations at your home.
PADS: 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.
Next Mobile Food Pantry: Mark your calendars for the next mobile food pantry that will be held at the Chapel in Lake Zurich on Nov. 7 from 10-11:30am. If you need food or know someone who does, please plan to attend.
Feed My Starving Children in Libertyville and Schaumburg: These meal packing sites are open with new safety restrictions that are listed below. You must have a reservation to attend and should plan to attend with a group of people of 5 or less. Volunteers must be at least 8yrs. old to attend.
· If you are experiencing any symptoms related to COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 please stay home.
· All volunteers will be required to wear masks for the duration of their session (masks can be cloth, surgical, N95, etc.) We encourage volunteers to bring their own masks.
· All volunteers will have their temperature checked and go through a verbal symptom screening upon arrival. Temperatures must be under 100.4°F in order to pack.
· Volunteer group size is limited to five people. Please note that you will not be socially distanced from anyone you choose to sign up with. You will be socially distanced from any other groups in the packing room. If you sign up as an individual, you will likely be paired with another volunteer but will still be six feet from each other (at opposite ends of our packing stations).
· If your group is larger than five, simply register for multiple groups of five. Your groups of five will still need to maintain social distance from your other groups of five, however we will do our best to keep your packing stations as close to each other as possible.
· If you or anyone in your group develops symptoms while packing, you and your entire group will be asked to leave immediately.
· The packing setup has been changed to accommodate groups ranging in size from one to five.
· The minimum volunteer age has been temporarily increased to eight.
· If you are in a high risk category, please stay home.
· A reservation is required to pack. No walk-ins can be accepted.
· Service hour verification is temporarily suspended.
Mission Projects Day: Currently Mission Projects Day is scheduled for February 6, 2021. We recognize that we will likely still be operating under significant restrictions but we really feel called to continue this awesome opportunity for all people of Peace to engage in fellowship and in service to others. In light of that, we have decided that we will start some of the projects prior to February and will get started on them now. The first to roll out is making bandages for Global Health Ministries. You will get a rolling jig, plenty of strips, and tape. All you have to do is roll! It is an easy project to do while talking to others or watching a movie or football game. It is great for students looking for service hours. We will also be making pillows for hospice, paracord bracelets for Operation Gratitude for service members and cards for kids in the hospital. .If you can help with anything, please call or email Sue Koenig and she will get you the supplies you need.