April 2022
Peace Lutheran Church's
Monthly Newsletter

Please let the church office know if you are in need of prayers, pastoral visits
or anything else.
Please call (354-2774) or email (connect@peacenewlondon.com )
Of all the worship we do together, let me share with you...hands down...HOLY WEEK is my absolute favorite. Even as a kid, back in the day when I wasn’t such a fan of going to church, there was just something about Holy Week.
 The rhythm changed.
The rituals changed.
The focus became a single story.

...a story of brutal agony and exhilarating joy....a story of deep, eternal relationships and the lengths to which God’s love for humanity will go...a story about ME, and how incredibly fortunate I am.

When it comes to the heart of our faith, the reason for our faith, HOLY WEEK is ground zero, and I invite you to take that HOLY WEEK journey with us. Allow this story to permeate your story. Make room for a holy interruption to your busy or not-so-busy life. Give God top billing for these few days and LISTEN and FEEL and KNOW just how incredibly fortunate YOU are.

4 days.

4 meaningful worship experiences, each unique...each another step in the telling of this enormous story. Join us, please.

MAUNDY THURSDAY (6:30pm) Jesus invites us to his banquet of love and sacrifice. All are welcome without exception.

GOOD FRIDAY (6:30pm) We re-tell the story of an unjust trial and inhumane crucifixion of our Savior through the experience of music and transformation of our sanctuary into a tomb.

EASTER VIGIL (8:00pm) Starting by the light of a campfire, we process inside, into the sanctuary-tomb, by candlelight. You’ll want to give this new, powerful service a try!

EASTER FESTIVAL WORSHIP (9:00am & 10:30am) Sound the trumpets! Sing and shout ALLELUIA! Join us in celebrating Jesus’ victory over the grave that will someday be your own!

See you on HOLY WEEK!
Pastor Todd
A few snapshots from March
Donuts with Dads
Thanks to this crew for building staging cubes for our upcoming Kingdom Tales Muscial. And thanks to all of you who funded the project! These cubes will be a great resource for all the programming and ministries at Peace!!
2022 Bread Bake-Off
We Welcomed New Members March 27th
Jeff & Lori Bestland
Quentin & Maci Markfort
Rosalie Jaenisch & Dennis Sulflow
Keith & Malibu Sand
Leo & August
Kevin & Kale Weber
Wesley & Ainsley
Palm Sunday, April 10, 9:00a.m. 
Kids age 3 through 5th grade will share the passion story.
There will be 3 locations (Sanctuary, Chapel, Prayer Room) set up at the church. Sign up for an hour between Friday 8pm—Saturday 8pm to join our congregation in this time of continuous prayer. There will be prayer guides, devotionals, and suggestions on how to spend the hour, but is also open for you to be guided by the God as you seek His heart and draw close to him. 
Look for the sign-up board in the Gathering Space or give our office a call to schedule your prayer hour!
Easter Sunday Breakfast (sponsored by the youth): On Sunday April 17th (Easter Sunday) the Youth are sponsoring a breakfast from 8:30am-10:15am in the Fellowship Hall here at Peace. They will be serving Egg Bake, Breads, and Fresh Fruit for a freewill offering. Proceeds will go towards Summer Trips to Nashville & Milwaukee, summer Bible Camp, or any other future trips. The youth will serve the breakfast, but we are also asking the congregation to help donate egg bakes, breads, or a cash donation as you are able and interested. Sign-up sheets will be posted in the Narthex. Any youth or families interested in serving can contact Quentin at youth@peacenewlondon.com
Easter Flowers and Gifts:
Peace will once again be offering Easter flowers and other special gifts to honor and/or remember your loved ones. If you would like to provide such a gift, please complete the EASTER GIFTS FORM either online or printed in the bulletin and return with payment to the office by April 10th
10:00 a.m. Sunday School (3yo - 3rd Grade)
10:00 a.m. Sunday Sweets with Q:
6th - 8th Grade Mentor Night
10th @ 9am - “Twas the Week Before Easter” Pageant
14th—First Communion at Maundy Thursday Service
22nd - L.Y.F. Lock-In
 24th—9th Grade Affirmation of Baptism
April 14th 6:30p
Maundy Thursday Service
Youth/children receiving First Communion, please arrive at 6:10p for pictures. Don't forget your stole!
LYF Lock-In @ Peace: Because the Sr. High Youth Gathering has been canceled, we are planning a LYF Lock-In at Peace on Friday, April 22nd starting at 7pm. This is open to all 9th-12th grade students from Peace and Faith and their friends. The cost is $10 and students MUST sign up ahead of time by Wednesday, April 20th. This Lock-in includes a trip to Shores of St. Andrew Bible Camp (rural New London, MN) to enjoy a campfire, hot dogs & s’mores, and play the classic night game Romans and Christians. When we get back to Peace, there will be a chance to shower. The night will continue with the LYF-invented game Footy Dodge (a football/dodgeball combination) and various games, worship opportunities, and an option to sleep (eventually). Contact Quentin at youth@peacenewlondon.com with questions. 
Upcoming Youth Trips:
Serve Boldly Milwaukee (June 18-25) $480: Students in grades 6-8 are invited on this joint Mission Trip between Peace and Faith Lutheran Churches. We will travel by van to Milwaukee, and then partner with Serve Boldly for a week long Mission Trip. Serve Boldly is an organization that will lead us in serving our neighbors and spending evenings exploring the beautiful and historic city of Milwaukee! 
Serve Boldly Nashville (July 15-24) $520: Students in grades 8-12 are invited on this joint Mission Trip between Peace and Faith Lutheran Churches. We will travel by van to Nashville, with a pit stop in Kansas City for day. Our fun day in Kansas City will include Worlds of Fun Amusement Park and authentic Kansas City BBQ supper. In Nashville, we will partner with Serve Boldly for a week long Mission Trip. Serve Boldly is an organization that will lead us in serving our neighbors and spending evenings exploring the culture of Nashville. This includes a stroll down the world famous Broadway Street.
Contact Quentin if you are interested!
Peace Book Club:
Book Club Selections for

by Elizabeth McCracken


April 28th
10:00 a.m.
Fireside Room
These books can be signed out from the office. Please contact Jane for further information!
We are looking forward to exchanging both conversation & laughs with our neighboring church family! Meet us at Goat Ridge Brewery (located at 17 Central Avenue West) downtown New London. Give us a call if you have questions.
Do you need to Relax, Unwind, & Laugh?

Join us for relaxation, h'ordevers & wine, and conversation of the Fruit of the Spirit.

We will meet in various homes starting Tuesday, April 26th at 6:30p. Our hostess is Maribeth Williamson: 8701 71st St NE, Spicer.

Come as you are!
Questions? Contact Jane Wardell 320-354-0425 jane@peacenewlondon.com
Mission Committee:
Missionary for A Day
Peace’s ELCA missionary is the Rev. Dr. Elisabeth Johnson. She serves as a professor at the Lutheran Institute of Theology in Cameroon, West Africa. Pastor Elisabeth has visited at Peace on a home visit, and she preached one Sunday at a Sibley Park service. In February, we introduced a new opportunity to support her ministry. Forms will be available in the church office and online where you can choose a date to sponsor her in honor of, or in memory of, someone or some event. A gift of $7.00 per day you choose will help with her support. Checks may be made to “Peace – ELCA Missionary.” Please keep her in your prayers.
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Dates Sponsored April:

10th - In Memoroy of Elaine Peterson
11th - In Celebration of Vivian Kroells Birthday (Art & Brenda Wiese)
13th - In Memory of Shirley Olson
28th - In celebration of Greg & Carol Roverud’s Anniversary

The MN FoodShare Campaign runs Feb 28 - April 10 to "help stock our food shelves." Please bring your non-perishable food item donations to the grocery cart. We will divide the food collected between the Link's Food Pantry and the Kandiyohi Food shelf.
Funeral Committee:
The Funeral Committee would like to thank all the volunteers who have signed up to support this ministry in various ways. Please be aware that you may be getting calls from different people requesting your help and serving with different groups than before. Thanks for being such an important part of caring for our grieving families.
All are welcome to view this live-stream together with us in our Sanctuary. We will offer coffee and donuts and a time of fellowship following the service.
To access the live-stream: https://youtu.be/FTV05KQIUKc
Our Lenten Wednesday Services have been a great opportunity to worship and hear faith stories from a variety of our members. Thanks to all those who have shared! Join Us April 6th for the last one of the season!
The Grief Support Group is pausing their meetings for now....
Christian Service Day of Quilting
First Thursday of the Month in the Fellowship Hall
9:00 a.m.
ALL are welcome!
There is no Council Report from March for the Voice of Peace....
2022 Church Council                                                                                     
Cliff Gesellchen, President - gesellchenc@gmail.com
Kevin Acquard - kacquard@chartermi.net
Jon Austvold - jona@rambow.com
David Feist - dave.feist@tpihospitality.com
Margaret Knisley - jmlknisley@yahoo.com
Melanie Netland - mcnetland@hotmail.com
Gail Olson - gmolson@tds.net
Carol Roverud - carolroverud@gmail.com
Mary Semmler - msemmler@gmail.com
Jennifer Stone - jjstones365@gmail.com
Melissa Straus - cmsstraus@gmail.com
Raelin Van Meter - rae.vm98@gmail.com
Click on the links below for the Birthdays and Anniversaries for this month!
Please note: the Peace Staff Meetings are on
Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.

Other Important Dates Coming Up!

  • 2nd - 4:00 p.m. Live-Stream of Rachel Huddleston's Celebration of Life (Sanctuary)
  • 3rd - 11:30 a.m. Kingdom Tales Rehearsal
  • 3rd - 1:30 p.m. Theology at the Movies: Showing "Doubt" (Theater)
  • 4th - 11:00 a.m. Memorial Service of Deloris Fundingsland
  • 6th - 5:30 p.m. 8th Graders meet with Mentors
  • 7th - 9:00 a.m. Peace Quilters' Christian Service Day
  • 7th - 6:00 p.m. Theology at the Movies: Discussion of "Doubt" (in Youth Sanctuary)
  • 10th - 9:00 a.m. Palm Sunday's "Twas the Week Before Easter" Pageant
  • 10th - 10:00 a.m. Sweets with Quentin-Grade 4 & Up (Library)
  • 10th - 1:00 p.m. Kingdom Tales Rehearsal
  • 13th - 6:30 p.m. Peace Choir Rehearsal
  • 14th - 6:30 p.m. Maundy Thursday Service
  • 15th - 6:30 p.m. Good Friday Service
  • 15th - 8:00 p.m. 24 Hour Prayer Vigil Begins
  • 16th - 8:00 p.m. Easter Vigil Service (Start at Campfire Pit)
  • 17th - 8:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Easter Breakfast served by Youth
  • 17th - 8:00 a.m. Peace Choir Rehearsal
  • 17th - 9:00 a.m. Easter Festival Worship ft. Choir
  • 17th - 10:30 a.m. Easter Festival Worship
  • 19th - 5:30 p.m. Executive Committee Meeting (Fireside Room)
  • 19th - 6:30 p.m. Church Council Committee Meeting (Fireside Room)
  • 20th - 6:00 - 7:15 p.m. 4th - 9th Grade Youth
  • 21st - 6:30 p.m. God on Tap (at Goat Ridge Brewery, New London)
  • 22nd - 7:00 p.m. L.Y.F. (9th - 12th Grade) Lock-In
  • 24th - 9:00 a.m. Worship with 9th Grade Confirmation
  • 24th - 1:00 p.m. Kingdom Tales Rehearsal
  • 26th - 6:30 p.m. Wine Women & Word (at Maribeth Williams)
  • 28th - 10:00 a.m. Book Club Discussion on "Bowlaway"
Staff Email addresses:

Pastor Todd:

Pastor Linda:

Jane Wardell:

Quentin Markfort

Lindsay Freeland

Gail Olson

Mike Lagergren
Contact Us:
100 Fourth Avenue SW, P.O. Box 286
New London, MN 56273
Phone: (320) 354-2774
Email: connect@peacenewlondon.com