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P.O.P.News
September 23, 2018
PRINCE OF PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH
 
INVITATION: A CELEBRATION OF WOODRIDGE DIVERSITY
This multi-faith service is a wonderful opportunity to gather with community members over light refreshments.  Casual attire.
Sunday, October 7th, 2018, Service 3 to 4 pm, fellowship reception immediately following the service.  Location: Grass area in front of 8258 Janes Avenue, Woodridge. 

CROP HUNGER WALK
- WALK, GIVE, CHANGE THE WORLD
Sunday, October 14, 2018
Check in at 1:30 p.m.
Step off at 2:00 p.m.
 Starts & Ends at
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
4501 Main St.
Downers Grove
To learn more, register, or donate: cropwalk.org/southdupage

OCTOBER LADIES LUNCH
The October Ladies Lunch will be held on Tuesday, October 2nd at Noon at Black Rock located at 2740 W. 75th Street in Naperville.  Please RSVP to Jeanne Smejkal if you will be attending.


GIVE NOW FOR HURRICANE FLORENCE RELIEF
As a church, we are standing ready to assist our neighbors through their recovery. Lutheran Disaster Response is coordinating with Lutheran Services Carolinas, Lutheran Family Services of Virginia and the synods in the hurricane and flooding path to respond to this disaster. Here are some ways to donate:
Checks or money orders can be sent to:
Lutheran Disaster Response
P.O. box 1809
Merrifield, VA 22116-8009
Write “Hurricane Response” on your check memo line.
 Give by phone at 800-638-3522
Make a personal donation through Thrivent.  Thrivent will match individual donations up to $1 million made through Thrivent.com.

 
ADOPT-A-SPOT -  HELP WANTED! 
This program is for P.O.P. members, families, friends or teams who “Adopt a Spot” and take active responsibility for maintaining that particular Spot (flowerbed, shrubs, area) of the Church grounds. Currently there are several Spots available for "adoption". If you are interested please write your name on one or more blank lines on the large poster in the Narthex.  I will then contact you to give you more  information. Or you can contact me at juddex59@yahoo.com, (630) 964-3611, or see me at church for any questions you might have.
Judy McClure, Chairperson of Adopt-a-Spot.

POP WEBSITE HELP NEEDED:
We are looking for someone to manage our website.  If you are interested, or know someone who might be, please contact the Office.  Thank you!

CAN YOU HELP?
An employee from Cedar Hurst Assisted Living would like to know if there might be someone willing to pick up one of their residents and her caregiver on Sundays to attend our Services. Thanks to those who have already stepped forward to offer their help!  Please call or email Maureen if you can help.

 
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 information in our weekly newsletters and add your info onto our church calendar.
 
 
  Chapel Chats
September 30th and October 7th
 Vision and Mission Statement Discussion
 
After church on Sundays September 30th and October 7th we will gather for an hour to talk about the purpose of our church and what we feel called to focus on together.

“Messaging” is more important than ever.  While it is Jesus Christ that is the common reason we are all together, as a community we need to be able to share what we focus on as a church and how we are unique from every other church.  Our Vision and Mission statement is our message.  It is our guiding principal as a church community.  It is the message we will be following and promoting as our vision for why we are here and our mission for what we are called to do while we are here as a community around Christ.

Our proposed Vision Statement is:
To know Christ – To Live Christ – To Share and Proclaim Christ
 
Our proposed Mission Statement is:
To Know Christ by the Grace of God through the power of the Holy Spirit at work in our worship, our prayer, the Gospel, and each other.
To Live Christ by loving and following the Lord through accepting and nurturing all people on our journey of faith.
To Share and Proclaim Christ by inviting, welcoming, and encouraging all to share in the Peace of the Lord by proclaiming the Gospel, celebrating the Sacraments, and serving our community.

            
I was at a baseball game for my Grandson. Sitting next to me was the sister of one of the boys on the team. She had brought her math homework. She is in the 8th grade and in an advanced math class. She was getting angry because she wanted to get her homework done before the game was over. After asking her why she was so upset, she told me she could not complete her math because she had forgotten her scientific calculator at home.
 
Could I help her, I asked? “I need my calculator to figure out 2 to the 7th power times 100.”  Use your calculator on your phone, I suggested or we can do that in our head. She said that wouldn’t work and after a discussion, I realized she did not understand what 2 to the 7th power meant! I explained what that meant and wondered why she hadn't learned that in school. 2*2*2*2*2*2*2 she figured out in her head was 128. She smiled at me while I was wondering why you are not taught to understand something like that in math if you are required to use it.
 
The next day, Pastor was talking about grace and the incident popped into my head, Do we really understand the Grace of God? Christian teaching is that grace is unmerited mercy (favor) that God gave to humanity by the death of his son Jesus on the cross!
 
Grace is free! It cannot be earned or paid for by us! There is nothing we can do to earn it; we can’t earn it by good works. We can’t get it by loving our neighbor. It is important we understand it is a gift from God paid for by Jesus’ death on the cross and His resurrection,
 
Over the next couple of Sundays, after church, Pastor will be having open forums to get feedback and ideas on the POP mission statement. The council had drafted the statement and wants your feedback and suggestions; please take the time to attend.
 
Rich M.
          
               First Reading               Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29
               Psalm                           19-7-14
              Second Reading          James 5:13-20
              Gospel Reading           Mark 9:38-50
 
 
Worship Assistants for:  September 30th
Lector: Janet Wardin
Liturgist:  Bette Bruce
Acolyte:   Al Husby
Altar Guild: Joyce Wettstaedt
Host Family/Welcome Team: Al & Connie Husby
Sound-Video Board: Lisa O'Reilly
Counters: Margo Makstenieks & Ruth Hughes
Children's Church:  Jill Baker
Prayers for peace and comfort and guidance for all those whose lives have been impacted by Hurricane Florence
 
Prayers for strength and healing for Ted Donovan, Lois Cartwright, Candy Nesbitt, Mary Paul, Cameron LaMantia, Tracy LaMantia, Bob Jelinek, Cindy M., Jim Stroud, Sharon Lindeman and Judy Peterson.
 
A prayer of thanks for all the blessings of the life of Larry McKelvie, and a prayer for peace and comfort for Joan and their family.
 
A prayer for successful recovery and rehab from Suzanne’s  successful knee surgery.
 
A prayer for wisdom and guidance for Jody
 
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.
 
A prayer for courage and strength for Marge A as she deals with pain and uncertainty as she goes through treatments from her eye surgery in the next weeks.
 
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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