The Epiphany of Our Lord
                                             January 6, 2019

This Sunday's Readings
Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14; Ephesians 3:1-12
Matthew 2:1-12
In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, "Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage." When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They told him, "In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet: 
   'And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, 
       are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
    f or from you shall come a ruler 
       who is to shepherd my people Israel. 
   Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, "Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage." When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.

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Please remember in your prayers this week...

Recently Added
Susan Weiner
Dara Gibson

Continuing Prayers
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*Please notify the church office of anyone else needing prayers, or if the concern is resolved.    
Coming Up at Prince of Peace

This Weekend...
Saturday, January 5 - Worship will be held at 5:00 pm
Sunday, January 6 - Worship will be held at 8:30 & 11:00 am
Sunday School will be held at 9:45 am
Confirmation Theme Event will be held at 6:00 pm
Next Weekend...
Saturday, January 12 - Worship will be held at 5:00 pm
Sunday, January 13 - Worship will be held at 8:30 & 11:00 am
Sunday School will be held at 9:45 am
Confirmation Theme Event will be held at 6:00 pm
Bible Art Journaling class at 6:00 pm

Looking Ahead...

Thursday, Jan. 3          6:00 PM           Faithful Families Epiphany Event
                                       7:30 PM           Finance Meeting
Saturday, Jan. 5         8:00 AM           Men's Group
                                      5:00 PM           Worship
                                      6:15 PM           Saturday Dinner Out at Hot Breads
Sunday, Jan. 6            8:30 AM           Worship
                                     9:45 AM           Sunday School Resumes
                                   11:00 AM           Worship          
                                      6:00 PM           Confirmation Theme Event
Tuesday, Jan. 8         10:00 AM           Quilters
                                   12:30 AM           Women's Bible Study
                                      7:30 PM           Church Council Meeting
Wednesday, Jan. 9     7:30 PM           Adult Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, Jan. 10       7:30 PM           Women's Book Group @ FH
Saturday, Jan. 12        8:00 AM           Men's Group
                                      5:00 PM           Worship
Sunday, Jan. 13          8:30 AM           Worship
                                     9:45 AM           Sunday School
                                    11:00 AM          Worship
                                      6:00 PM           Bible Art Journaling
                                      6:00 PM           Confirmation Theme Event
Tuesday, Jan. 22         7:30 PM          Theology on Tap (@ Dogfish)
Sunday, Jan. 27                                   Presentation of Bibles
                                       1:00 PM           Annual Congregational Meeting 
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*TODAY*  Faith-Full Families' Epiphany event will be held Thursday, January 3 from 6-7:30pm in the Fellowship Hall. Families with pre-school - elementary age children, and their siblings, are invited for dinner, crafts, a Bible story and fellowship. Email Judy Bruening or just come! We will provide a main dish. If you would like to bring a side dish/salad or a dessert, sign up in the narthex or email Judy. If you just have younger children you are welcome to join us for fellowship, too. Questions? Contact   Judy

*THIS WEEK*  Join us for our next Saturday Dinner Out on Saturday, January 5 around 6:15 pm at Hot Breads ( 70 Market St.) . Saturday Dinner Out is a casual way to gather with others, break bread, and enjoy some fellowship. All are welcome!  
*THIS WEEK*  The Women's Book Group book for January 10, 7:30 pm , is The Indigo Girl by Natasha Boyd and will be hosted by Kathy Mellott here in the fellowship hall.  Please note that our February gathering will be February 14 instead of February 21.

Bible Art Journaling: Join us Sunday,  Jan. 13 from 6-8 pm . Carmen Hill uses her artistic skills to guide us in our creativity based on a brief scripture lesson led by Pastor Christine. This is a fun and creative way to get into God's Word and enjoy each other's company.. Questions? Contact Pastor Christine.

*NEW*  Join us for our next Theology on Tap session on Tuesday, January 22 at 7:30 pm at
Dogfish Head Alehouse  (800 West Diamond Ave; Gaithersburg)! We have the "Dome" reserved for our discussion. During 2019, most of our Sunday Gospel readings will come from the Gospel of Luke.  So, this month, Pastor Steve will talk about some of the important themes and theological emphases of Luke's Gospel.  You don't need to sign up, but if you know you're coming, please let Pastor Steve  know!
Mark your calendar for our  Annual Congregational Meeting on January 27 at 1:00 pm ! At our annual meeting, we approve our budget, elect Church Council members and make other important decisions about our ministry together in the coming year. A Potluck lunch will be held prior to the meeting (following the late service). Food donations for the luncheon will be needed as well as volunteers for set-up and clean-up. Please look for a Signup Sheet in January or contact Pamela Cook  or Melanie Zobel .

Women's  Bible Study meets on Tuesdays at 12:30 pm. 
We are reading and discussing
  'What is the Bible'  by Rob Bell. All are welcome, join when you can!  We will take a holiday break and return on January 8!   

L utheran Disaster Response brings God's hope, healing and renewal to people whose lives have been disrupted by disasters in the United States and around the world. With wildfires, hurricanes, flooding, and an earthquake, there are many immediate needs here and around the world. Visit the  ELCA Disaster Response webpage  to donate or learn more about how you can help.  

The 2019 Flower Chart is now available on the bulletin board in the narthex for your flower dedications for the coming year. Cost for flowers for 2019 is $35

The Nominating Committee is looking for volunteers, including a youth representative, to serve on Church Council starting January 2019. If you are interested, please contact Mary Staab-Michel

Our Care Team has resumed arranging evening meals for the Gibson family on Tuesdays & Thursdays. If you can help, sign ups will be posted on Dara's Caring Bridge calendar. By providing meals, we can alleviate some of their daily burdens, allowing Lauren & Dan to focus on Dara and the decisions to be made. Please know that your love, prayers and support provide a foundation for the Gibsons' courage and strength as they move forward in this journey. Questions/Need help signing up? Contact Sharon Wahl.  

Note to Federal Employees-As Lauren & Dan are once again taking Dara to radiation treatments and medical appointments, they are needing to take leave during this time. If you would like to support them by donating leave, please see the 3/15 Journal entry on Dara's Caring Bridge page.

During the winter months , if inclement weather requires us to cancel services or activities, a notice will appear on our website homepage.  
The Serving in Worship schedule for December & January has been posted  on our website and the bulletin board in the narthex. Please review it and make arrangements for any conflicts. Thanks!   

The December/January Glad Tidings is available on our   website!

Critical Need for Greeters & Ushers (and other worship helpers)! Please volunteer to serve at your preferred Sunday service. If willing, sign up in the narthex or contact the Office. You will be scheduled every 6-8 weeks. Thank you for helping!

Simplify with Online giving to Prince of Peace!  It's easy and will make your life easier. Just go to the church webpage and click the green Donate Online button. Giving online can help all of us easily provide consistent support for the church. Signup today!

Thanks for your used toner and ink cartridges and keep 'em coming!  Bring them to PoP for recycling and we can get a credit toward purchasing office supplies. Please leave them in the designated box on the table in the foyer. 
Please remember in your prayers this week...
Continuing Prayers - PoP Members
Eardie Baka,  Elizabeth Langum Chung, Steve Crookshank, Brittany (DeGeorge) Daniel,  Kevin Ely,  Steven Hill, Roy Johnson, Mike Langum, Remi Langum, Kaitlyn McGurgan & her family, Jim McNerney, Heather Robinson, David Rogers, James Rogers, Martha Rogers,  Tim Rose, Sherry Schiebel Denny Tritinger, Laura Wilson,  Angelo Witten.

Continuing Prayers - Family & Friends
Joanne Anderson (family friend of the  McGurgans),  Sue Beck (friend of Jon Conary), James Baur (husband of Alice Baur), Margaux Bereston (friend of Cherie DeGeorge), The Berman Family (friend of Cassidy Solomon),  Dr. Gary & Kathie Calandra (friends of Sherry Schiebel), The Rev. Jeong & Nam Cho (parents of Claire Cho), Bobby & Jaimee Clarke & family (friends of Sherry Schiebel), Alma Daniel (moher-in-law of Brittany Daniel),  Nathan Farrar (nephew of Richard Farrar),   Pam Farrar (sister-in-law of Richard Farrar),  Stephen Farrar (brother of Richard Farrar), Scott Garretson (husband of Laura Garretson), Michael Greenberg (husband of Stephanie (Goodwin) Greenberg), Joni Hanley (friend of Jean Bernstein), Becky Harbert (niece of Tam Harbert), Celia Horne (aunt of Nettie Horne), Fred Horne (nephew of Nettie Horne), Christopher Johnson (son of Roy Johnson), Bonnie Keller (former quilter),  Sue Kienzle (mother of Ric Kienzle), Joseph Lankford, II (brother of Martha Rogers), Roberta Lucas (friend of the Forish family) (sister-in-law of Jennifer Schambura), Charlotte M. & family (relative of Nancy & Dave Swanson), Lisa McMurtry (friend of Kim & Pat Drissel), Michael Moran (husband of Gail Moran), Giselle Morch (friend of Sherry Schiebel),  Charles Munday (uncle of Lisa Conary), Robin & John Murray (friends of Sherry Fischer),  Jo Ann Oddo (grandmother of AJ Oddo), Pr. Dave Pearcy, Bill & Linda Prueter, Richard Prueter (brother of Bill Prueter), Ted Prueter (father of Bill Prueter), Bea Rogers (mother of David Rogers), Victoria Andrakakos Rumley (daughter of Tracy Solomon's friend), Drew Salisbury (son of Lisa McGurgan's friend), Pauline Shumaker (mother of Lisa Conary), Andrea Smith (friend of Richard Farrar), Evelyn Stephens (mother of Jon Conary),  Deborah Stuckey (friend of Martha Rogers), Joyce Taylor (mother of Kim Drissel), Joan Tripp & Family (in-laws of Megan Bruening), Nancy Varipapa (mother of Cherie DeGeorge's daughter's fiance),  Howard Weidemoyer, Jerry & Carol Weisdock (parents of Jean Bernstein),  Dan Whithaus (husband of friend of Joan Beeler),  Kathy Williams (stepdaughter of Ann Callahan), Matthew Wolejsza (son of Nancy & Chet Wolejsza),  Linda Zeller (sister of Gordon Gipe) .

*Please notify the church office of anyone else needing continuing prayers, or if the concern is resolved.   
Attendance Last Weekend: 72
Saturday 5:00 pm (20), Sunday 10:00 am (52)

                                              Serving in Worship Sunday   
      8:30 AM                                     11:00 AM
Team Leader                 Elizabeth Cockerham                  Crawford Griffith
Altar Guild                  Regina Harrington                    Susan Tritinger               
Communion Assts.    Regina Harrington                     Judy Bruening &  
                                      Elizabeth Cockerham                Susan Tritinger
Lector                            Laura Garretson                        Tom Kettler
Acolyte                         Dekker Spielman                       Evan Schneider
Ushers                           Susan Victor &                           Bill Harral &
                                      Joan Kowalik                              Lisa Bain
Greeters                        Jamie Plasterer &                       Judy Bruening &
                                      Chuck Harrington                      Vickie Hutchinson
Snacks                           Jamie Pflasterer                          Vickie Hutchinson
Prayer Writer               Jim McNerney
Counters                       Martha Rogers & Laura Garretson
Cookie Brigade           Muma Family (bake & deliver)
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