March 2022
Peace Lutheran Church's
Monthly Newsletter

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or anything else.
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Who are your superheroes? We live in a time when the Marvel comics have produced numerous movies and media, including books and comics to entertain us. Some of these superheroes have unusual and unique super powers that enable them to fly and do deeds needing great strength.

But every time we turn around there are superheroes in our midst. Our Kid’s Club students have been studying heroes of the Bible all year, from Abraham to David to Rachel. None of these had any supernatural powers, but were simply humans following God’s leading to care for God’s people.

This week as we studied Meshach, Radshack and Abednego, we realized that you didn’t really need to be in the spotlight or doing something outstanding. Simple gestures of kindness, assistance and love can make you a superhero as well. We also learned that we need to stand up for what is right in the world.

A third grader shared his story: one of his friends is dealing with cancer and others were making fun of him because of his hair loss. This young man defended him against those bullies. That is a super hero!

The same is true for all of us. God has gifted us all with different talents and gifts to use as we love and care for God’s people and kingdom. We are to “do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God.” Micah 6:8. Even the smallest task of care and concern for one another makes us super heroes.

May we all be blessed to be superheroes for the sake of God’s kingdom. 

Pastor Linda
9:00 a.m. Worship
10:00 a.m. Faith Formation Hour (all ages)
1:30 p.m. Theology at the Movies Showing

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.
3:00 p.m. Kids Club
5:30 p.m. Soup Supper
6:30 p.m. Lenten Evening Services
7:39 p.m. R.O.C. (9th - 12th Grade)

Office open 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m. Theology at the Movies Discussion

Office open 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
A few snapshots from February
The Peace Choir sings the last Sunday of every month.
Sunday School kids enjoyed a mid-winter BEACH Party!
Thanks for making the youth fundraiser, "Dips for Trips", such a HUGE success! 276 oz of pickles were diced, and 32 lbs of cream cheese was used to fulfill all the orders! Photo of some of the prep workers.
Working together, our congregation tied 62 Fleece Blankets in an hour!
A Sneak Peak at some Hootenanny pictures:
Every Sunday a new recipe will be handed out!
Join us each Sunday to collect them all!
*Participate in a BREAD BAKE-OFF on March 27th!*
3:00 p.m. Kids Club
5:30 p.m. Soup Suppers
6:30 p.m. Lenten Evening Services
7:39 p.m. R.O.C. (9th - 12th Grade)
10:00 a.m. Sunday School (3yo - 3rd Grade)
10:00 a.m. Sunday Sweets with Q:
13th @ 9am - Kids Sing at Worship
13th @ 10am - Goodies with Grandparents (Fellowship Hall)
23rd - NO KIDS CLUB (Spring Break)
March 27th 11am - 1pm
Peace will be offering a First Communion Class for kids AND parents on Sunday, March 27 from 11-1pm. This class is open to all 5th graders AS WELL AS any other youth whose parents are wanting their child to start receiving communion. In other words, children younger than 5th grade are welcome. 
We ask that at least 1 parent attend this class with their child(ren.) The cost is $25 to cover chalice expense. Lunch is included. Participants will be receiving their first communion at the 6:30pm Maundy Thursday service on April 14th. 
Interested? Please register by by filling out the First Communion Form.

Questions? Feel free to contact Jane or Pastor Todd. 
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.
Peace Book Club:
Book Club Selections for

This Tender Land
by William Kent Krueger


March 31st
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.
Join us March 22nd for our first meeting!

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, March 22nd at 6:30p. Our first hostess is Kendra Van Meter: 9030 71st St NE, Spicer.

Come as you are!
Questions? Contact Jane Wardell 320-354-0425
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. 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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Dates Sponsored In January, February & March:

30th - Given by Mike & Linda Lagergren in celebration of Reed Olson's Birthday

1st - Given by Art & Brenda Wiese
4th - Given by Art & Brenda Wiese in Memory of Geraldine Wiese
11th - Given by Greg & Carol Roverud in Celebration of Granddaughter Aubrey's birthday
15th - Given by Leonard & Linda Nelson in honor of Christina Helmbeethy's birthday
19th - Given by Greg & Carol Roverud in celebration of granddaughter Nadine's birthday
21st - Given by the Freelands in celebration of Matt & Clara's birthday

12th - Given by Greg & Carol Roverud in celebration of grandson Ethan's birthday
13th - Given by Mike & Linda Lagergren in celebration of Theo Lagergren's birthday
20th - Given by the Freelands in celebration of Lindsay's birthday
26th - Given by Art & Brenda Wiese in Memory of William J Kroells
29th - Given by Art & Brenda Wiese in memory of Edmund Wiese

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.
If interested, please turn in your in your Peace Musical Form by March 6th (or fill it out online here)

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

EXECUTIVING COMMITTEE REORGANIZATION: The officers of the council for 2022 are: Cliff Gesellchen President, Dave Feist Vice President. Carol Roverud Secretary and Gail Olson Treasurer.

CONFESSION: I am writing this report with the help of council members Dave Feist and Gail Olson. Jo Ann and I are spending February and March in Florida so I am not physically present at meetings. Computers are great but they are not perfect.

FINANCES: January starts another year of church expenses. We covered our bills in 2021 but we'll face new challenges in 2022 with the church programming returning to pre-covid offerings. Again, thank you very much for your support of Peace Lutheran Church with your offerings and prayers. Give what you can afford as all contributions are greatly appreciated.

ELECTRICAL PANEL: The Property Committee is studying our insurance companies problems with the current electrical panel that they say needs replacement. Information concerning this costly replacement will be forthcoming when we know more.

LAWN SERVICES: Several church members have expressed interest in doing the mowing of the church lawn this summer. We will still need the professional lawn services for fertilizing and weed control.

OFFICE HELP and CHURCH TREASURER STATUS CHANGE: Gail Olson has agreed to officially assume the office position held by Julie Muffley. Because Gail is also the Peace treasurer, and because our constitution states that a church employee cannot be a voting member of the church council, the council also voted to make the Peace treasurer position one that has a voice but no vote on the church council. This shift in status of treasurer IS allowed by our constitution and not only allows Gail's hiring, but also enables the treasurer to serve in the treasurer position longer than the 3 year council team which had previously been the limit of service.

This concludes my February Report. Thanks for taking the time to read this report.

Cliff Gesellchen, Council President
2022 Church Council                                                                                     
Cliff Gesellchen, President -
Kevin Acquard -
Jon Austvold -
David Feist -
Margaret Knisley -
Melanie Netland -
Gail Olson -
Carol Roverud -
Mary Semmler -
Jennifer Stone -
Melissa Straus -
Raelin Van Meter -
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 MARCH Dates Coming Up!
  • 1st - 6:00 p.m. Fat Tuesday Hootenanney
  • 2nd - 6:30 p.m. Ash Wednesday Service
  • 3rd - 9:00 a.m. Christian Day of Service - Peace Quilters
  • 3rd - 10:00 a.m. Rescheduled February Book Club Discussion
  • 6th - 1:30 p.m. Theology at the Movies: Showing "The Shack" (Theater)
  • 8th - 5:30 p.m. Grief Support Group (Fireside Room)
  • 9th - 5:30 p.m. 4th Graders meet with Mentors
  • 10th - 6:00 p.m. Theology at the Movies: Discussion of "The Shack" (in Youth Sanctuary)
  • 10th - 6:30 p.m. God on Tap (at Goat Ridge Brewery, New London)
  • 13th - 10:00 a.m. Treats with Quentin-Grade 4 & Up (Library)
  • 13th - 11:00 a.m. New Member Class
  • 13th - 11:00 a.m. Informational Meeting on Youth Mission Trips
  • 13th - 1:30 p.m. Theology at the Movies: Showing "The Hate You Give" (Theater)
  • 13th - TBD Peace Musical Rehearsal
  • 15th - 5:30 p.m. Executive Committee Meeting (in Fireside Room)
  • 15th - 6:30 p.m. Church Council Meeting (in Fireside Room)
  • 16th - 1:00 p.m. Prayers Shawl Ministry Meeting (in Fireside Room)
  • 16th - 5:30 p.m. 5th Graders meet with Mentors
  • 17th - 6:00 p.m. Theology at the Movies: Discussion of "The Hate You Give" (Youth Sanctuary)
  • 20th - TBD Peace Musical Rehearsal
  • 20th - 1:30 p.m. Theology at the Movies: Showing "Noah" (Theater)
  • 22nd - 6:30 p.m. Wine Women & Word (at Kendra Van Meter's)
  • 23rd - 5:30 p.m. 6th Graders meet with Mentors
  • 23rd - 7:30 p.m. Peace Choir Practice (after the Lenten Service)
  • 24th - 6:00 p.m. Theology at the Movies: Discussing "Noah" (Youth Sanctuary)
  • 27th - 8:00 a.m. Peace Choir Rehearsal
  • 27th - 10:00 a.m. Bread Bake-Off with judging (Fellowship Hall)
  • 27th - 10:00 a.m. Sweets with Quentin: 4th Gr + up (In Youth Room)
  • 27th - 11:00 a.m. 1st Communion Class (Fellowship Hall)
  • 27th - 1:30 p.m. Theology at the Movies: Showing "Doubt" (Theater)
  • 27th - TBD Peace Musical Rehearsal
  • 30th - 5:30 p.m. 7th Graders meet with mentors
  • 31st - 10:00 a.m. Book Club Discussion (Fireside Room)
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