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"P.O.P. News"
December 16, 2018
PRINCE OF PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH
 
FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK...


Grace and Peace to you Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Merry Christmas!  As those of you at church this Sunday know, I have just celebrated my one-year anniversary with you as your pastor!  It’s a blessing to be sharing this wonderful celebration with you for a second time!  My family and I truly appreciate being here at Prince of Peace and the kiddos had a wonderful time in the Christmas program!

This holiday, this celebration of our Lord and Savior’s birth, is so moving.  I think it provides ups and downs for everybody.  From the heights of our magical Christmas worship services to the stress of trying to make sure everybody on your list will receive something that reminds them of how much they mean to you.

This time of year is also hard for many people.  There are many who do not have the means to purchase the gifts they would like to.  There are many who cannot afford the food they need.  There are many who struggle because they do not have adequate shelter.  There are also those who feel even more isolated during the holiday season than they do the rest of the year. 

One lesson I always like to share about the birth narrative of Jesus is the miraculous gift we have in the way he was born.  I have gotten myself into trouble in Christmas’s past for inviting people to smell the smells of a barn occupied by animals, the clean hay (which is actually pretty sterile if you know about the qualities of hay) and the hay’s job of soaking up the “mess” that accompanies every baby’s birth.  All of this is to help people appreciate just how humble the birth was of the most powerful and important and holy human ever born.

Jesus was born in a barn on hay surrounded by animals so that nobody would ever need to worry that they are beneath Jesus.  Jesus was born in the most humble way possible, and the news was shared with the uneducated shepherds instead of the priests serving in the temple first, because for all time Jesus wants anyone who approaches him to feel welcome.

His birth in a barn is an announcement to the world, behold your Savior!  Come and see, do not be afraid, look how accessible he is, not even inside a house!  He’s outside with the animals so that anyone can just walk right up and see him, witness him, worship him!  Which is exactly what the shepherds did.  And it’s also exactly what the Wise Men did.  And it is exactly what you and I do every time we turn to him.  Every time we reach out to him from our hearts, every time we need him, we can approach him without fear or guilt or shame.  We can approach him as though he were as threatening to us as a beautiful baby.  We can turn to him with love and adoration like he’s still a only a fragile baby, who is for a short while dependent upon those around him for his survival.  Then he would grow one day to sacrifice himself to save those who protected him as a baby, along with the rest of the world.
This love given to us in the birth of Jesus is the love he still offers to everyone of us who seek him out.  We do not need to fear his judgment.  Instead we are invited to come to him with love and adoration and gifts of our own that we offer him.  We can expect to be received with the love and joy that is Grace – God’s unconditional love. 

There are a lot people who celebrate Christmas but don’t make the connection to Jesus Christ.  They don’t realize the miraculous invitation contained in the story of Jesus’ birth.  Well it’s our job to show them the loving invitation the story of Jesus being born in a barn truly is!
Don’t even remind people with words, but with our actions for the next 2 weeks lets remind people what a truly amazing gift the humble birth of Jesus Christ truly is!  Nobody is unworthy to come to Jesus.  Nobody is unworthy or our Love and our service as those who follow Jesus. 
The strange and wonderful thing is that the more Love we share, the more we see in the world around us.  If we don’t see enough Love and compassion, if we don’t see enough Grace, than we need to check to see how much we are giving.

That is our call.  That is another reason this season is so moving.  We can go from the depths of our own struggle to being elevated in spirit simply by lifting someone else’s spirits.  We are called to Love everyone we encounter with the Love of God.  We are reminded of His humble birth so that we remember he came into the world in a way that makes him approachable by anyone and everyone no matter where you came from or how you were born.

We are invited to remind those around us, and the world, that our God is a loving, compassionate God who calls on us to love and serve our neighbor, the stranger, and even our enemies – because through Christ, nobody is unworthy of God’s Love.  That is the reason we celebrate His birth.
 
God bless you and everyone you encounter this Christmas,
Pastor Tim Seitz
 
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE
Our Christmas Service will be Monday, December 24th at 4 PM.   Christmas Carols will begin at 3:45 PM.   There will NOT be a Service on Christmas Day.


COOKIES FOR SANTA?
Do you have enough cookies for Santa?  BOOM will be selling prepackaged cookies this week!  We have 1/2 lb. packs for $4 and 1 lb. for $8.  BOOM would also like to thank everyone who helped to make our sale last week a success!


IMPORTANT SCHEDULE CHANGE - SUNDAY SCHOOL
Please be aware that there will NOT be Sunday School on December 30th

2019 FLOWER CHART
The 2019 Flower Chart is now posted in the Narthex Hallway.  Please sign up to reserve your special dates.  Thank you!

CHRISTMAS FOOD AND GIFTS FOR FAMILIES
Thank you to everyone who donated food and gifts for our families in need.  Your generosity was very much appreciated!  Your kindness has touched many hearts this Christmas.

 
NEW FUNDRAISER
Just in time for Christmas!!  Prince of Peace has been added to the Goodsearch listing of charities.  Here's how it works.  Go to www.Goodsearch.org and create an account.  Then, every time you need to search the web, go to www.goodsearch.org, make sure you are logged in and then enter the information you are looking for.  Every search earns a penny for POP!!  Additionally, you can use www.GoodShop.com and earn even more!  It doesn't cost you a thing other than the time to set up your account.  Spread the word and join the fun!  Let's see how much we can earn just doing what we would do anyhow!  For questions, please contact Lisa O'Reilly.


ANNUAL REPORTS DUE
Reports from all committee chairpersons are due in to Maureen (Admin. Asst) by Sunday, January 6th.  You can email them to: info@popwoodridge OR hand deliver them to the office.

JANUARY LADIES LUNCH
Mark your calendars to join us on Tuesday, January 8th.  Janet Wardin will be organizing the luncheon, which will be at Home Run Inn Pizza on 75th & Lemont Road in Woodridge.  Please let her know if you will be attending.

INFO WANTED
Do you have:  Committee information, thank you's, important dates, announcements or a celebration?  Please let the office know so that we can include the information in our weekly POP News, bulletin insert and calendar!  Thanks!!
 
 
 
The Council met on December 11, 2018 and discussed the following:
 
Web Site – Stef T. reported that she and Maureen are still working with Karen, our web master, who is doing the changes that have been requested on POP’s web site and the web site is looking great now.
 
Organist Search – Pastor stated that at this time there were no applicants for the position.
 
Woodridge Sign – Stef T. presented the two drawings for the sign to be put on the Village sign at 75th and Woodridge Drive and stated it will cost $150 as well as that the signs would have to be approved by the village. The motion was approved by voice vote to proceed with having the signs made.
 
Pastor’s Contract Amended – The council approved a motion to extend Pastor Seitz contract with Prince of Peace from December 15, 2019 to December 31, 2019.
 
2019 Budget - Margo M. reviewed the 2019 tentative budget and the pledges received to date. The budget will be approved by Council in January that will be presented at the Annual Congregational meeting.
 
Boy Scouts – Nancy C. reported on recent activities of Boy Scout Troop 516 and announced that the Troop will be present at church services for Scout Sunday on February 10, 2019.
 
Snow Plowing – Bob S. stated the show plowing contract for the winter 2018-2019 has been signed with a new company.  He stated that the contract cost is the same as in the past but an additional $30 has been added for the sidewalk to the church door to be shoveled when the snowplowing is done.
 
Energy Efficient Program – Will E. explained an energy saving program that Com Ed has.  He stated he contacted Com Ed who recommended the company TCL to come and view our facility. Dean B. motioned to have TCL replace all the florescent lights throughout the facility and to replace with LED strips.  This will cost $7,299.15 but Com Ed will pay $5,868.20 and POP will pay $1,430.95 for this work to be done.  This payment will come out of POP’s Capital Improvement Fund.  The motion was approved by voice vote.  It was also stated that there will be a savings in POP’s electric bill of $1400 over a period of eight months.
 
 
Bette Bruce, Council Secretary
 
               First Reading              Micah 5:2-5a
               Psalm                           Luke 1-46b-55
              Second Reading         Hebrews 10:5-10
              Gospel Reading           Luke 1:39-45 [46-55]
 
 
 
 
Worship Assistants for: December 23rd
Lector: Sharon Lindeman
Liturgist:  Rich Martin
Acolyte:   Calder Zwart
Altar Guild:Connie Husby
Host Family/Welcome Team: Bob & Jeanne Smejkal
Sound-Video Board: Lisa O'Reilly
Counters: Atis Makstenieks & Bill Albrecht



Worship Assistants for: December 24th
Lector: Joyce Wettstaedt
Liturgist:  Bette Bruce
Acolyte:   Michael Thompson
Altar Guild:  Joyce Wettstaedt & Connie Husby
Host Family/Welcome Team: Battaglia Family
Sound-Video Board: Lisa O'Reilly
Counters: Margo Makstenieks
Prayers for strength and healing for  Lois Cartwright, Candy Nesbitt, Mary Paul, Sharon Lindeman,  Ted Donovan, Cameron LaMantia, Tracy LaMantia, Bob Jelinek, Cindy M.,  Marge A., Allison & Susan V.
 
A prayer for healing for Pastor Todd Napoli, Lord of Life in Darien.
 
A prayer for strength and successful treatment of Mark’s cancer over the next six months.
 
A prayer for wisdom and guidance for Jody
 
A prayer of thanks for the BOOM Committee and all their fund raising efforts for our church community.
 
A prayer of Thanks for the Blessings of the meaningful and exciting messages from Pastor Tim each week
 
A prayer for guidance, comfort and peace for those who are going through the difficult time of adjustment after the loss of a beloved family member.
 
A prayer for healing and comfort for Niel Iversen, who has been diagnosed with cancer.
 
Prayers for peace and comfort and guidance for all those whose lives have been impacted by the hurricanes.
 
A prayer for safe travel for all 

A prayer for wisdom and guidance for the Prince of Peace council and community


A prayer of thanks for the faithfulness & caring of the Thursday Morning Bible Study group.
 
A prayer for all caregivers and a prayer of thanks for the many blessings of love and caring of family & friends.
 
 
 
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