January 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 )
Merry Christmas, Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

For as I am writing this it is Christmas, in fact when you receive this it is still Christmas!
It’s so easy for us to forget Christmas, once we’ve moved past Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. But this Christ-event is a defining moment for Christians everywhere. We should remember it every day of our lives, as well we should live each day as if it were Christmas.

And I wonder what that would look like?! Every year we are so busy making sure that our Christmas celebration is special and perfect. We clean, and bake, and shop, and decorate, and send cards, and attend holiday events, and gather with family. Whew! But what if? What if we continued some of these things throughout the year?
What if we continued to bake special treats, purchased special little gifts, sent cards throughout the year? Especially to those who might be forgotten, those who are lonely, those alone and feeling lost in the world. 

During the message on the 26th, I encouraged you to keep out one ornament or decoration from this holiday season to remind you throughout the year to be Christmas people every day. Ponder the shepherd left out from the creche and wonder what it might have meant to be the first shepherds to see the baby Jesus, and how can we share the message as they did. 

Live as Christmas people!

Blessed Christmas,
Pastor Linda
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

WEDNESDAYS *note time changes!
Office open 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
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
7:19 p.m. R.O.C. (9th - 12th Grade)

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

Office open 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Peace was a busy place in December!
Our youth selecting ways to support ELCA's Global Barnyard, thanks to a generous donor.
The Advent Vespers Wednesday night services were a great opportunity to pause and join others in prayer during a busy month!
Children's Program "Sleepover in the Stable"
The Wonder of It All Drive-Thru Living Nativity was huge success, with over 78 vehicles driving through in the 2 hours. Huge thanks to all the volunteers, including the Knisley family who brought Pete, the donkey!
9th grade confirmation putting up Christmas lights.
Peace youth went around town Christmas Caroling!
Mission Committee:
Introducing our new
Hello! My name is Quentin Markfort, and I am really looking forward to begin serving Peace and Faith in early January. I am so excited for this new combined ministry, and I’m looking forward to getting to know and walk alongside everyone in these two congregations in so many new and different ways. I live in Renville, MN with my wife Maci who teaches 4th Grade at RCW School in Renville, and together we enjoy board games, movies, and spending time with family.
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
7:19 p.m. R.O.C. (9th - 12th Grade)
Our 4th - 6th grade youth groups spent some time collecting and assembling "Birthday Bags" for the local food pantry!
Book Club Selections for

Every Bone a Prayer
by Ashley Blooms
All You Can Ever Know
by Nicole Chung


January 6th
10:00 a.m.
Fireside Room
BONUS Book Club Selection for JANUARY:

The Trouble with Sheep and Goats
By Joanna Cannon
Discussion: Thurs, Jan 27th
@ 10:00am
These books can be found and signed out from the table outside Jane's office. Please contact Jane for further information!
Upcoming Happenings:
Inviting you to a special Sunday morning worship service, giving blessings to individuals and families for the new year.
Mission & Ministry Fair
Sunday January 9th
Do you feel the new energy at Peace? We’ve got a great staff and facilities! There is lots going on! We’re excited! Do you feel the Holy Spirit? As we start the New Year, we’re inviting you to participate with a Mission and Ministry Fair on Sunday, January 9, 2022. We’ll have a showcasing of what is going on at Peace with different missions and ministries set up in the gathering space extending to the Fellowship Hall. You’ll have a chance to ask questions about “US” and find out more about what is planned for 2022 at Peace.
Christian Service Day of Quilting
First Thursday of the Month in the Fellowship Hall
9:00 a.m.
ALL are welcome!
The Peace Quilters delivered 8 quilts to Glen Oaks in December!

Here is the December 2021 Council Meeting Report to the congregation. If you have questions or comments please contact me or any other Church Council member.

FINANCES: For only the second month this year our income did not cover expenses. We are OK because for 10 months our income exceeded expenses and that offset the November income decline. As Peace Lutheran continues to increase our ministry options and add programing after the Covid slowdown, our expenses will increase. Thank you for all you give to Peace Lutheran. Give what you can afford and remember that all offerings large or small are appreciated. Most importantly, continue to pray for our church.

SANCTUARY PROJECTORS: By the time you read this our new projectors should be installed and you should notice a large improvement in the readability of what’s on the wall. A huge thank you to all church members who donated extra money to this project.

YOUTH DIRECTOR: A new Youth Director has been hired with the individual being jointly employed by Peace Lutheran and Faith Lutheran Church in Spicer. Specific Information about our new director, and when he will begin working, will be released shortly. MUSIC

COORDINATOR: We are still in need of a part-time music coordinator. If anyone is interested in the position and would like more information, call Pastor Todd.

ANNUAL MEETING: Remember our churches Annual Meeting with be held on January 23rd with January 30th being the backup date. Please plan on attending. Our treasurer Gail Olson has been working on the 2022 budget and all other information and reports for the meeting booklet are due in the church office by January 9th.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: We are in need of volunteers to join the Church Council and Church Committees. Every year the church elects four new council members. Covid has put a damper on committee work and committee membership. The Memorial Trust Committee plus others need volunteers. Please considering helping out your church by being a volunteer. I think you might find that volunteering for church work can be very rewarding.

DAY CARE: Day care at Peace Lutheran??? Peace has been approached by an organization to run a day care program at our church. This proposal is in a preliminary stage at this time and more information will be forthcoming. Dave Feist and Rick Swenson from the council, plus Pastor Todd, are studying the proposal.

THE FUTURE OF PEACE: You may recall that last fall the council plus all church staff participated in a retreat with the only discussion topic being how to proceed in moving our church forward. Throughout the next months these ideas will be discussed at future council meetings.

This concludes my December report. Thanks for taking the time to read this report.
Cliff Gesellchen, Council President
2021 Church Council                                                                                     
Cliff Gesellchen, President - gesellchenc@gmail.com
Kevin Acquard - kacquard@chartermi.net
Mike Collins - mikecollins4607@yahoo.com
DavidFeist - dave.feist@tpihospitality.com
Margaret Knisley - jmlknisley@yahoo.com
Gail Olson - gmolson@tds.net
Mindy Radabaugh - jmrad@yahoo.com
Carol Roverud - carolroverud@gmail.com
Jennifer Stone - jjstones365@gmail.com
Melissa Straus - cmsstraus@gmail.com
Rick Swenson - rickswenson88@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 December Dates Coming Up!
  • 2nd - 9:00 a.m. Blessing Sunday
  • 2nd - 10:30 a.m. Stewardship Committee Meeting (in Fireside Room)
  • 4th - 5:00 p.m. Personnel Committee Meeting (in Fireside Room)
  • 4th - 6:00 p.m. Faith Formation Committee Meeting (in Fireside Room)
  • 6th - 9:00 a.m. Christian Service Day (Quilting)
  • 6th - 10:00 a.m. Book Club Discussion (in Fireside)
  • 6th - 6:30 p.m. Mission of Peace Committee Meeting (in Fireside Room)
  • 11th - 10:00 a.m. Staff Retreat
  • 11th - 5:30 p.m. Monthly Grief Support Group Meeting (in Fireside Room)
  • 14th - 9:00 a.m. - 6:oo p.m. Book Sale!
  • 15th - 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Book Sale!
  • 16th - 10:00a.m. - Noon Book Sale
  • 16th - 9:00 a.m. Kids Sing at Worship!
  • 18th - 5:30 p.m. Executive Committee (in Fireside Room)
  • 18th - 6:30 p.m. Church Council Meeting (in Fireside Room)
  • 19th - 1:00 p.m. Informational Meeting on Prayer Shawl Ministry (in Fireside Room)
  • 23rd -10:00 a.m. Peace Lutheran Annual Meeting (in Sanctuary)
  • 26th - 6:30 p.m. Peace Choir Rehearsal (in Sanctuary)
  • 27th - Book Club Discussion (in Fireside Room)
  • 30th - 8:00 a.m. Peace Choir Rehearsal (sing at 9:00 worship)
  • 30th - 10:00 a.m. Sunday School Beach Party!
Notes of Thanks:
Dear Peace Family,

We are overwhelmed with the generosity and so appreciative of the gift card to assist with gas, parking and tolls in Texas. We seem to have appointments 3 to 4 days a week.  
We have been blessed by all the prayers and support! 

Thank you,
Julie & John Muffley,
Rachel, Jonathan & Haley James Huddleston
Staff Email addresses:

Pastor Todd:

Pastor Linda:

Jane Wardell:

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