Dear Friends in Christ: Saturday: Remember to attend the Suicide Awareness and Prevention seminar at 7:00 p.m. at church. Sunday: Jesus speaks of being like a child (child-like, not childish) in order to enter the kingdom of God. 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 James chapter 4 plus the sidebar notes for this chapter in your Lutheran Study Bible (LSB.) James is a catholic epistle, that means it was not written for any one community (for instance, Romans was written for the church in Rome,) but for the whole (catholic) church. Chapter 4 challenges us: the message reflects the teaching of Jesus and of the Old Testament prophets. The main message: be humble, not proud. If you don’t yet have a LSB, see Pastor Mark.
Worship Schedule: Our worship schedule is the service of Holy Communion at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Reading for Next Week: Please read James chapter 5 plus the sidebar notes for this chapter in your Lutheran Study Bible (LSB.) James has a harsh critique of the rich. We should all know this and consider this. If we are rich (materially,) we should always be aware that the Scriptures always challenge the rich and comfort the poor and the outcast! This does not mean we are condemned if we are rich, but, as Jesus says in the parable of the rich fool, we need to “be rich toward God!” This chapter includes many encouragements to live as we wait for the perfection of God’s kingdom. If you don’t yet have a LSB, see Pastor Mark.
Adult Forum: 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 September 16, 2018, 100 attended worship. On September 19, 2018, 16 attended service at Lexington.
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.
Youth Group Meetings: Our youth group will be meeting from 7-8:15pm on Sunday, September 23rd and Sunday, October 7th. All are welcome to join and bring friends!
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!
Gift Card Orders: Your gift cards will be in church Sunday September 23rd.
Free Community Program - September is National Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month and we will be holding a community wide information program here at Peace on Sept. 22, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. This program is for adults and teens. The program is being led by licensed professional counselors from the Center for Identity Potential. Please plan to attend and bring others to help address this and other mental health issues that are affecting some many lives. If you have any questions, please call Sue Koenig.
Ladies’ Night Out: We will be making “salads in a jar” 6:30pm September 25th in the fellowship room. One to eat and maybe one to take home. Please plan to bring an item for the food pantry - a few of the much needed items for the food pantry are rice and beans. There is a sign-up sheet out in the hallway - please indicate how many will be coming in your party, so we can plan accordingly. Contact Lori Schwartz with questions.
Room to Breathe Workshop: Please join us next Sunday, September 30 at 12:00 noon. Time for our members to get together for yoga, meditation, and guided relaxation. Healthy lunch/snacks will be provided and there will be a blood pressure check-up, as well as handouts on health handouts, mindfulness, and meditation for stress relaxation. Social Outreach
Annual Blood Drive: A big thank you to all who donated. By doing so, you saved up to 3 lives and since a whopping 24 people donated you all saved as many as 72 lives!! Great job everyone! And a thank you to all who have donated in the past and to those who have tried but couldn’t, your efforts are appreciated.
Operation Warm: Once again we have partnered with the Chapel Church in Lake Zurich for Operation Warm! We would like to gather enough donations to provide 50 new warm winter jackets to children in the local area. $20 will procure a new coat. Our campaign will run Sept 16- Oct 21. You may go to the website and make a donation using the following link: https://give.operationwarm.org/team/183187. This goes right to our page. Click the donate button on the left. You may also drop off a check or cash in the school bus box in the Narthex. Make checks payable to Operation Warm. Please tear off a square for each coat on the display. This will be our barometer of how we are doing. 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. It is a long time until this event takes place, but much needs to happen behind the scenes to make it a success. 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. Just indicate how many of each item that you plan to provide and check them off when you drop them off. Just 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 and you can buy things before we get in to your holiday budgeting! We are also looking for individuals to help cut the fringe for the fleece blankets that we make on that day and to 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, Charlie Lindsey, Dolly Hansen, Theresa Sacamono, Bob Kayser, 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
September 23 8:00am Worship (Holy Communion)
9:15 Sunday School
10:30am Worship (Holy Communion)
September 24 7:00pm Al-Anon
September 25 6:45pm Bell Choir
September 19 9:00am Women’s Bible Study - Deer Park Panera
10:30 Lexington worship
September 20 12:30 - 6:30pm Voice Lessons
7:30 - 8:30 Adult Choir
September 22 10:30 Joyful Noisemakers
September 23 8:00am Worship (Holy Communion)
9:15 Sunday School
10:30am Worship (Holy Communion)
Actual Giving $ 189,286
Budget $ 197,794
Deficit ($ 8,508)