PRINTS OF PEACE
Looking to Sunday June 7, 2020
IMPORTANT UPDATES – WEEKLY CHANGES
Contents (scroll down for each):
This Sunday - Holy Communion
Care and Concern
Sharing Hope and Joy
Faith Formation Now
How to give your offering
“MAY” You Have Enough – final tally
THIS SUNDAY - Holy Communion-in-your-home
All will have an opportunity to observe Holy Communion this Sunday, June 7, by accessing Peace online worship and preparing bread and cup at home. May the risen Lord, present to us in Word and Sacrament, renew your hearts and strengthen your faith as we are one in the Spirit and physically apart. While offering communion in this way, we also recognize that it is OK to ‘fast’ or abstain until we do again celebrate it in each other’s physical presence. While Holy Communion is a means of grace, we give thanks for all the ways the risen Lord graces us with his presence through the Good News and moments of fellowship we continue to share!
Holy Communion - How to Prepare at Home
1. The bread: Use bread from your own kitchen. Or as an option, use the Peace communion bread no-yeast recipe (at the end of this email).
2. The wine: Choose the drink (wine or juice) appropriate for your household.
3. Take out a plate and napkin, and goblet or cup. As an option you may choose one that has special significance for you, remembering why this is a special plate or cup.
4. You may bring out and light a candle for your table.
5. Print out the Sunday morning email which includes the entire order of service with parts to join in along with the worship video.
A prayer for times of conflict and crisis
O God, where hearts are fearful and constricted, grant courage and hope.
Where anxiety is infectious and widening, grant peace and reassurance.
Where impossibilities close every door and window, grant imagination and resistance.
Where distrust twists our thinking, grant healing and illumination. Where spirits are daunted and weakened, grant soaring wings and strengthened dreams.
All these things we ask in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
Evangelical Lutheran Worship, p.76
More musical recordings for worship please! It has been a pleasure to see the talents of the many members of our congregation young and old, contributing to our time of worshipping together at home! We are now looking for even more recordings of people performing classical or spiritual music. Just record yourself and follow the directions in this File Sharing Tutorial to upload your selection for worship. For questions or help, email or call Ben or Karen Dahlke firstname.lastname@example.org Ben- (847)757-8570; Karen- (248)921-4463
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 in midst of surgeries, Greg, Dr. David Anderson at Lydia Home in Chicago, Chris and Stephanie Mitchel’s family, Brandon, and Brad Malloy. 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 Pastor Dale email@example.com or the church office firstname.lastname@example.org .
We care for one another: If you have any special need or know someone who does, reach out to the Caring Tree by contacting Jean Foltin or Pastor Dale.
How are you doing – you, your family or household? Expect a phone, email or text. A CONNECTIONS TEAM of volunteers and staff are checking in with all Peace households. We are the church – connected!
SHARING HOPE AND JOY
Watch this inspiring video A “Peace” of Good News – bringing you hope and joy from members of Peace, brought to you by Peace Outreach Team.
If you missed it on last Sunday, you can still view the 690 member virtual choir singing “O Day Full of Grace”. Can you pick out Peace members, Diana Franklin, Andy Heroff, and Stan Sanderson?
Trivia with Tracy!: Do you fancy yourself to be an expert in all things sports or geography? Are you a wizard of facts great and small? Come test your knowledge during Trivia with Tracy! We will meet twice a month via Zoom: Wednesday, June 3rd at 7pm and Wednesday, June 17th at 7pm! Our trivia game will consist of five rounds, with one round being a secret theme/music round. All are welcome to attend and be ready to trash talk! If you are interested, please contact Tracy at email@example.com so she can send you the Zoom link!
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 Wednesday, June 10th at 7pm! If you are interested, please contact Tracy at firstname.lastname@example.org so she can send you the Zoom link!
FAITH FORMATION NOW
For Families with Children:
Each Sunday you can access 10 Spiritual Activities for Families with Children on the Peace website that change each week with the Scripture theme.
VBS: A VBS survey will be coming soon so we can figure out details for virtual VBS options this summer.
Book Study seeking understanding: In light of current widespread protest after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, we come face to face with long unresolved racial tension in our society. With many emotions and questions, it is good to explore together what we can do to bring deeper understanding and peace. We can begin with us. Sunday morning Virtual Coffee Hour will be dedicated over the summer weeks to “check in” with each other, and also to take up a book to read and discuss together: Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the U.S. by Lenny Duncan. The aim is greater awareness that leads to positive steps we can take. The book can be purchased at nearly any bookseller. We’ll begin on Sunday, June 21 at 10am.
The Labyrinth is open for your personal time of reflection and prayer. Come outside by yourself, breathe in the fresh air, and walk the labyrinth. The Labyrinth was made for such a time as this!
Access a daily 1-minute reading through the Psalms on Peace Facebook page. View today’
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
Special Treat for Graduates of Kindergarten, 5th, 8th and 12th grades at Culver's of Lake Zurich: Culver's is generously providing students that are graduating this year to a free scoop of ice cream-all you need is the coupon that you print at home. Treat the rest of your family too-it will be a great way to support a local business!
Gift cards for dad: Looking for an easy perfect gift for that hard to buy for dad? An order will be placed on Sunday, June 14 for gift cards - and will be available for pick up on Thursday, June 18. Look for an email with an order form attached from Lori Schwartz. If you did not receive an email, send me an email and I will send it to you.
Virtual Confirmation & Youth Group: Tracy has set up weekly Zoom meetings so our teens can connect, talk and spend some time together while we are sheltered in place. The Virtual Youth Group will be held on Thursdays from 4-5pm and the Virtual Confirmation will be held on Thursdays from 7-8pm. Tracy will email and text the Zoom link and meeting code to each family on Wednesdays so everyone can participate!
2020 GRADUATES PARADE: Last Saturday, May 30th, 15 cars met at Peace Lutheran to celebrate our NINE high school graduates!! We decorated our cars, honked our horns and we were LOUD in showing our love and pride for our graduates! Simply put, the parade was AMAZING! It was SO COOL to see the smiles on the faces of our graduates and their families!! There was lots of excitement and joy in the air - we are SO PROUD of each of our grads! Job well done!!
Teen Devotions: Tracy will also be doing weekly devotions via a 5-minute video for our teens. These devotions will be emailed to families as well as posted on the Peace Lutheran Facebook page.
2020 HS Mission Trip to Knoxville, TN Update: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Next Step Ministries has decided to cancel all 2020 mission trips. Therefore, our High School mission trip to Knoxville, Tennessee will not be happening. However, please keep the week of July 19th-25th open! Tracy is working on some options for a local mission trip, as well as keeping an eye on our state regulations.
It's Community Garden Time! The weather is (finally) starting to warm up, which means it is time to begin work on our community garden! We will be practicing and following our social distancing guidelines during this time and Tracy will be working with the Confirmands and High School students to determine times/what will be planted. Congregation members: If you would like to donate vegetable seeds for the garden, please let Tracy know!
“MAY” YOU HAVE ENOUGH – Hunger Relief
Watch this Sunday's video for a final tally for our collection for the Northern Illinois Food Bank. We surpassed our goal big time and that money will go towards feeding the hungry in our community.
You can continue to help: St. Francis and the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry continue to be very active among more clients with food insecurity. To help supply food for local people in need, look for the blue donation boxes at St. Francis church and the ministry center in LZ. They are taking non-perishable food, toilet paper, diapers and other paper products.
Lou Malnati's Pizza Coupons are in! If you ordered pizza coupons from Lou Malnati's, you should have received them in the mail this past week. Once you receive them, (if you have not already paid for them), please send a check to Peace for the correct amount and put Lou Malnati's Fundraiser in the memo section. Thank you for supporting adult mission trips!
Adult Mission Trip: Due to the uncertainty of group gatherings extending into the summer, the decision was made to cancel this summer's trip. For those of you who paid the deposit, you have two options. Please let Sue Koenig or Lynn Marinelli know which of the two options you prefer by June 15. Your options are 1. Have your $25 deposit put in the scholarship fund for future trips to help those who have a desire to help but can't afford it 2. Have your deposit refunded directly to you. Look for us to come back next year and have another great trip to help a community needing assistance to recover from a natural disaster.
Update on masks: Sue Koenig will continue to make masks for anyone who needs one. Just let her know how many are needed.
Small Group Helpers: Are you someone who likes to go on mission trips or someone who wants to help others but your time is limited? We are looking to put together small groups of helpers that can help people in our community by doing projects such as lawn care, simple carpentry, some painting or other odd jobs that they might find difficult or that they could just use a little help with. Let Sue or Bill Koenig know if you are interested in helping or would like some assistance with a task.