September 20, 2017
ARE YOU CONNECTED?

It is often said that we are living in the age of "hyper-connectivity".

Consider the following data from the Pew Research Institutes latest study:
Roughly three-quarters of Americans (77%) now own a  smartphone , with lower-income Americans and those ages 50 and older exhibiting a sharp uptick in ownership over the past year, according a Pew Research Center survey conducted in November 2016. Smartphone adoption has more than doubled since the Center began surveying on this topic in 2011: That year, 35% of Americans reported that they owned a smartphone of some kind.

Smartphones are nearly ubiquitous among younger adults, with 92% of 18- to 29-year-olds owning one. But growth in smartphone ownership over the past year has been especially pronounced among Americans 50 and older. Nearly three-quarters (74%) of Americans ages 50-64 are now smartphone owners (a 16-percentage-point increase compared with 2015), as are 42% of those 65 and older (up 12 points from 2015). There has also been a 12-point increase in smartphone ownership among households earning less than $30,000 per year: 64% of these lower-income Americans now own a smartphone.

Nearly seven-in-ten Americans now use  social media .  When the Center started tracking social media adoption in 2005, just 5% of Americans said they used these platforms. Today, 69% of U.S. adults are social media users. Social media is especially popular among younger adults, as 86% of 18- to 29-year-olds are social media users. But a substantial majority of those ages 30-49 (80%) and 50-64 (64%) use social media as well. Only about one-third (34%) of Americans 65 and older currently use social media, but that figure has grown dramatically in recent years: As recently as 2010, only around one-in-ten Americans age 65 and older used social media.
So what do these trends tell us?

One the one hand it's amazing to realize that more and more people have access to knowledge than ever before. The weather forecast, global news, e-books, dictionaries, encyclopedias, opinion articles, banking tools, pictures of your neighbors cat taking a nap......are all just the swipe of the screen or touch of a button away. There literally is an APP for nearly everything....even your church has an APP for goodness sake.

On the other hand the "connectivity" brought through technology has it's limits. I would agree that we are living in the age of hyper-connectivity, it's just that what we are "hyper" connected to is information not necessarily one another.

In fact, a great deal of research is being done about the negative impact increased technology and social media usage can have on people. A recent study from the University of illinois has found that high engagement with mobile technology is linked to anxiety and depression in college-aged students (read the full article here).

Through all of the research being done one thing is clear - the need for authentic human connection remains critical. In a society where it is easier than ever to retreat into our own little "worlds" and isolate ourselves from others, the church can and should have a powerful role to play in fostering authentic community.

The vision of Prince of Peace is to restore the world with grace & peace. We need to stay mindful of the reality that the worlds restoration includes calibrating lives from an individualized focus towards the communal.

Simply put, at it's best the church of Jesus Christ connects people to:
  • God
  • One another
  • The local community
  • The needs of others around the globe
  • Creation
In an effort to help our community live into our value of connection we invite you to come and explore our "Connect Weekends" this weekend and next. Consider it an opportunity to learn more about the different opportunities God has provided for you through Prince of Peace to live amore "connected" life of faith!

Our hope through connect weekends is that everyone in the community would:

FIND A GROUP
(to form community)
  • Grace Groups
  • Craft Groups
  • Music Groups
  • Social Groups
  • Youth Groups
JOIN A TEAM
(to serve with others)
  • Welcome Team
  • Worship Team
  • Youth Team
  • Kids Team
  • Property Team
  • Care Team
  • Events Team
  • Media Team
  • Community & Global Team
I look forward to seeing everyone this weekend as together we live into our shared mission and vision. My prayer is that this fall will be a season where deep and fruitful relationships are formed.

"For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit." - 1 Corinthians 12:12-13

Joyfully,

Pastor Lorne

 Weekly News 
CONNECT WEEKEND
THIS WEEKEND

Connect with POP Team leaders and leaders from POP's Grace, Craft, Social, Music, & Youth Groups in the Gathering Space the next two weekends of Sept. 23/24 & Sept. 30/Oct 1!

We encourage everyone to find a group and join a team to be in community with others at POP and to live lives of service in response to God's gift of abundant grace.
ALSO AT CONNECT WEEKENDS...

  • Have your family or individual photo taken (or retake a new one) for the online directory. Photo station will be set up outside the new main entrance (weather permitting)
  • Need help with connecting with POP on mobile devices? Find personal help from the Media team at their table!
  • Learn more about POP Wednesdays starting in October!
We want to hear from you...on how you'd like to hear from us!

We are asking everyone to help us improve our POP communications by completing an online survey by October 1. Thank you for your help!

SUNDAY SCHOOL IS ON!

Every family is asked to complete an annual information form online that covers youth activities at POP throughout the school year.

DEADLINE EXTENDED ONE WEEK!

ELCA Youth Gathering goes to Houston!
Next summer we go to worship, serve, and grow with 30,000 other young Lutherans. This trip is June 26-July 2. All students currently in 8th through 12th grade are invited. Grab an info packet from the display board, pray about it, and sign up to participate online: www.popluther.org/gathering. The deadline has been extended by one week to sign up for this opportunity - you must sign up by Sunday, September 24! Contact Mary Ellen Helms with any questions.
 
No Engage Class (Adult Education) this weekend.

A new series on "Reformation History" begins Sunday, October 1 at 10 am.



Missed this past week's sermon in the new REforming Life Sermon Series?

Click here to listen online!
JOIN OUR POP TEAM AT THE WARRIOR RUN: RUNNERS AND WALKERS!

Join the POP team at the upcoming Warrior Run on September 30 in Mariemont. The Warrior Run partners with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center to raise money for their suicide prevention program. Click here to register - all are welcome!
  
NEW TO POP!

Starting - Wednesday, October 4
Each Wednesday to follow!

6 pm: Meal open to the community

7 pm: Good stuff to follow (bible studies, youth groups and more!)
FOR TEENS 13+ AND PARENTS

Prince of Peace is hosting a workshop on October 11 from 7-8:30 pm led by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for all students 13 and up and their parents. We know the teenage years can be extremely stressful and challenging time for adolescents and their families. The goal of this program is to provide information, resources and support to help guide teens and families through the ups and downs they might face in the warm and supportive community of the church. All are welcome to this community event—spread the word to friends and family.