February 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 )
Ah, February!
...makes me think of Valentines Day, which then makes me think of those special people we love; those special relationships we have that are truly gifts in our lives.
As I think of those special relationships, I am aware that they require an investment of time and desire on my part. What kind of relationship would it be if I never talked to that person, spent time with that person, desired to know that person well?
The other night I shared with both my 9th grade confirmation students and my Divine Drama class, “Please memorize this sentence: God intends a loving relationship with God’s people forever.” If you want to know God’s driving desire, that is it. It is the intent with which God created the world. And when that intent was hijacked by sin and our brokenness, God spared no expense, crossed every boundary, gave up life itself in order to see that intent yet realized, in spite of our poor choices. That sentence is a one-sentence summary of the entire Bible and God’s efforts to be in relationship with us.
I love this picture that is on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
Just look at God in that picture. His arm stretched out with as much effort as possible and the heavenly host holding on to God for all their worth. I’m reminded of how people who have fallen through the ice are rescued. Everyone holding on to the one who is risking everything to reach and save the person who has fallen through the ice. God is giving God’s all to save Adam. And then look at Adam...no effort. No energy expended...almost apathetic. This is the story of humanity and God. This painting, like that earlier sentence, sums up the Bible well. This painting often summarizes my relationship with God as well.
God desires a relationship with you and me. God has made extreme effort and paid the extreme price of Jesus’ life itself to be in relationship with us. So...how are we doing on our end of that relationship? How well do we know God...spend time with God, learn God’s story and listen to God’s word for our lives? How much do we talk to God...and listen?
Thank you, God, for all those special relationships you have given us. Thank you God for the relationship YOU have made with us. May we make our effort, give you our time and desire to deepen OUR relationship with you. Amen.

Shine On,
Pastor Todd
9:00 a.m. Worship
10:00 a.m. Faith Formation Hour (all ages)

Office is closed

Office open 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
7:00 a.m. Men's Bible Study
9:00 a.m. Women's Bible Study
10:30 a.m. Staff Meeting

Office open 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
10:30 a.m. Divine Drama
3:00 p.m. Kids Club
5:30 p.m. Pizza by the Slice ($1/slice)
6:00 p.m. Worship
6:30 p.m. 4th - 9th Grade Youth/Confirmation
7:39 p.m. R.O.C. (9th - 12th Grade)

Office open 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m. Divine Drama

Office open 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
A few snapshots from January
Mission and Ministry Fair:
Epiphany Sunday Kid's Sermon: They made a S.P.L.A.S.H.
Kids Winter Carnival
MOP Book Sale:
3:00 p.m. Kids Club
5:30 p.m. Pizza by the Slice ($1/slice)
6:00 p.m. Worship
6:45 p.m. 4th - 9th Grade Youth/Confirmation
**7:39 p.m. R.O.C. (9th - 12th Grade)
**note ROC time change
10:00 a.m. Sunday School (3yo - 3rd Grade)
10:00 a.m. NEW!! Sunday Sweets with Q:
13th @ 9am - Kids Sing at Worship
27th @ 10am - Donuts with Dads
Get Your Forms in!
Quentin and Jane will be leading a Retreat on Saturday and Sunday February 19th and 20th to the Mall of America, and lodging at a church in the Twin Cities. We will leave Saturday morning at 9am from Peace and return to Peace around lunch on Sunday. The cost is $85 and includes transportation, laser tag, lodging, & meals EXCEPT Saturday lunch. Registrations forms are due to the church office on Monday, February 14th, and are available from Quentin at ROC or in the spinner in the Gathering Space.
The purpose for this retreat is to vision and brainstorm ideas for a combined High School Youth Group for Faith and Peace, and have a little fun doing so. Contact Quentin by cell (call/text) at (320) 293-0568 or youth@peacenewlondon.com with any questions.  
Pre-Order your Super Bowl Dips!
Choices include:
  • Texas Caviar Dip
  • Pickle Roll Up Dip
  • Cheese Ball Dip
Each comes in a 12 oz container for $8!
Pick up Sunday, Feb. 13th at Worship.
Register by February 15th for the early bird discount!
*Camp scholarships available!
Contact Jane for more info.
Peace Book Club
Book Club Selections for

Bury What We Cannot Take
by Kirstin Chan


February 24th
10:00 a.m.
Fireside Room
These books can be found and signed out from the table outside Quentin's Office (Jane's OLD 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. Look for the God on Tap signs in the main seating area. Give us a call if you have questions.
Do you need to Relax, Unwind, & Laugh?

Come for a casual evening to sit, chill, have casual conversation & a bit of the Word one evening a month.

We will meet in various homes starting Tuesday, Feb 22nd at 6:30p. Our first hostess is Kendra Van Meter: 9030 71st St NE, Spicer.

Come as you are!
Questions? Contact Jane Wardell 320-220-3250 or 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 will begin a new opportunity to support her ministry. A calendar will be available in the church office 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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Souper Bowl of Caring
Football’s Super Bowl LVI will be played at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, CA on Sunday, February 13, 2022. We will celebrate the Souper Bowl of Caring at Peace that day. Join us by bringing one or more cans of SOUP which will be given to the New London Food Pantry. Everyone can participate. Help us tackle hunger!!

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The Link is holding a winter fund raiser with an opportunity to DOUBLE the IMPACT!  An anonymous donor is offering a matching opportunity! Dollar for dollar, your donation to The Link's Building Fund will be matched up to $10,000!
There are several ways to make a donation to The Link's Building Fund:
·    Donate on their website at www.youarethelink.org
·    Check out their fundraiser at https://www.facebook.com/donate/3019046898410544/
·    Venmo @the-link-1
·    Mail a check to The Link, PO Box 823, New London, MN 56273
·    Drop off your donation at The Link, 20 Central Ave. E., New London 
It's that easy to make a difference today. Your donation + the match = DOUBLE the IMPACT!
Upcoming Happenings:
FAT TUESDAY is traditionally a day when fat is burned and used before the lean season of Lent begins. In other words, time to PARTY!
The Peace staff invites you to join us for a fun-filled night with laughs, great music, AH-mazing dessert (guaranteed FATTNING!) and fun for all ages!
TUESDAY, MARCH 1 6pm in the Fellowship Hall.
Sign up in the Gathering Space
Prayer Shawl Knit In
Come join us
in the Fireside Room
for a time of knitting.
Sunday, February 20th, 10:00 to noon.
A time to hear about this new ministry.
A time to learn how to knit
A time of prayer and support.
Bring your needles and yarn and join us,
Even if you haven’t started a shawl yet.
Please turn in your fleece donations ASAP so we can begin to prep them for tying!

Next Date: February 8th
Christian Service Day of Quilting
First Thursday of the Month in the Fellowship Hall
9:00 a.m.
ALL are welcome!

Here is the January 2022 Council Report to the congregation. If you have questions feel free to contact me or other members of the council.

FINANCES: All considered we had a good year financially as we were able to pay the bills and finish the year in the black. A big “THANKS” to all. If interested, I would suggest that you get an Annual Report booklet and review the financial data from 2021. Also included is the budget for 2022. A cautionary reminder is in order. As we move beyond Covid and the church continues to open programming, our expenses will increase, Please continue to give to Peace what you can afford. Prayers are most helpful, too.

ELECTRICAL PANEL: At a “table talk” session is January it became known that our insurance carrier has said our main electrical panel no longer meets code and must be replaced. A cost of around $30,000 has been floated. To address this situation the council decided that we need more information. Just what is wrong with our current panel? We will seek a second opinion and get replacement bids from several electricians. We will pass along more information as it becomes available.

MUSIC COORDINATOR/OFFICE HELP: We are still looking for an individual to fill the music coordinator position. If interested contact Pastor Todd. Also, with Julie Muffley leaving us to attend to her daughter’s health, we are looking for an individual to take over her duties.

SUMMER OUTDOOR WORSHIP: We are moving forward with securing Shores of St. Andrew Bible Camp as the site for our summer outdoor worship services.

CHURCH COMMITTEES: We really do need to upgrade our church committees, especially Memorial Trust. Like many other things Covid has damped committee work. As I’ve written before, volunteering to be on a church committee can be rewarding in knowing you are helping out your church.

NOISY MICROPHONES: I think everyone has noticed the annoying clicking and clacking of the pastor’s microphones during church services. The council authorized the pastors to research and purchase workable microphones.

WET FLOORS: If you have ever worked in the dishwashing room you cannot help but notice how wet the floor gets. The council authorized the purchase of mats to eliminate the problem.

MASKS: As per a request from Centracare Health the council encourages people to wear masks to services for the next few weeks as the omicron variant is very prevalent at this time.

This concludes my January report. Thanks for taking the time to read it.
Cliff Gesellchen, Council President
2021 Church Council                                                                                     
Cliff Gesellchen, President - gesellchenc@gmail.com
Kevin Acquard - kacquard@chartermi.net
Jon Austvold - Newly Elected
DavidFeist - dave.feist@tpihospitality.com
Margaret Knisley - jmlknisley@yahoo.com
Melanie Netland - Newly Elected
Gail Olson - gmolson@tds.net
Carol Roverud - carolroverud@gmail.com
Mary Semmler - Newly Elected
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 February Dates Coming Up!
  • 3rd - 9:00 a.m. Peace Quilters Service Day
  • 8th - 5:30 p.m. Grief Support Group Meeting (in Fireside Room)
  • 10th - 6:30 p.m. God On Tap (meet at Goat Ridge Brewery, NL)
  • 13th - 9:00 a.m. Kids Sing at Worship
  • 13th - 10:00 a.m. Sunday Sweets with Quentin: 4th Gr + up (in Youth Room)
  • 13th - 10:00 a.m. Congregational Fleece Blanket Tying Event (Fellowship Hall)
  • 13th - Pick up Dips for Trips today at worship!
  • 13th - 11:00 a.m. 9th Grade Confirmation Make-up
  • 14th - Registration Forms due for HIGH SCHOOL RETREAT
  • 15th - Last day for Green Lake Bible Camp Early Bird Registration
  • 15th - 5:30 p.m. Executive Committee Meeting (in Fireside)
  • 15th - 6:30 p.m. Church Council Meeting (in Fireside Room)
  • 16th - 1:00 p.m. Prayers Shawl Ministry Meeting (in Fireside Room)
  • 19th - 9:00 a.m. HIGH SCHOOL RETREAT BEGINS
  • 20th - 10:00 a.m. Prayer Shawl Ministry KNIT IN (in Fireside room)
  • 22nd - 6:30 p.m. Wine Women & Word (at Kendra Van Meter's)
  • 23rd - 6:30 p.m. Peace Choir Practice
  • 24th - 10:00 a.m. Book Club Discussion (in Fireside room)
  • 27th - 8:00 a.m. Peace Choir Rehearsal
  • 27th - 10:00 a.m. Donuts with Dads
  • 27th - 10:00 a.m. Sweets with Quentin: 4th Gr + up (In Youth Room)
Staff Email addresses:

Pastor Todd:

Pastor Linda:

Jane Wardell:

Quentin Markfort

Lindsay Freeland

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