Prince of Peace
Weekly Update

September 10-16, 2021

“I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom.”

~ Bob Dylan
Join us
as we Rally, Resume, & Renew community life
this Sunday!
Dear Members and Friends,

You are invited to join us for a special Prince of Peace Rally Day reunion!
This Sunday, September 12th
  1. We will gather at 9:00 a.m. inside to worship (masks required),
  2. At 10:00 a.m. we will experience an expanded fellowship time and faith formation events for all ages, and
  3. At 11:00 a.m. we will provide an outside worship service.

This will be an all-congregational morning -the first real gathering of Prince of Peace since the start of the pandemic. And, we want everyone to be a part of it.

We are looking forward to a glorious all congregation Rally Day reunion and renewal this Sunday, September 12, 2021! 

It won’t be the same without you.

Yours in turning the corner,

The PoP Executive Committee
Lorraine Lavery, Nan Carlson, Liz Davies, and Pastor Lutz

Sundays at 9:00 a.m. in the building, in-person.
  • No online registration. Everyone will be, however, asked to sign in upon arrival.
  • Masks are NOW required regardless of vaccination status.*
  • The single-use bulletins will remain, but the hymns will be sung from the hymnal.
  • While social distancing will be encouraged worshipers may sit wherever they prefer. 
  • Communion will continue to use the communion kits where worshipers are seated.
  • The offering will be gathered when worshipers arrive and brought forward during the service.   
*from the Town of Brookfield - Effective Monday, August 16th, the use of face masks that cover the nose and mouth is mandatory in all indoor areas, both public and private, regardless of vaccine status, where safe social distancing cannot be maintained. This includes all indoor spaces that are open to the public.
Sundays at 9:00 a.m. will also be on Zoom and streamed to our Facebook page. 
Sundays from 10:15 to 10:50 a.m. Sunday School
in-person in the Green Room or playground (weather permitting) for children 1st-5th grade. See the Sunday School page on our website for details.
Sundays at 11:00 a.m. 
outdoor, parking lot, worship with communion. This service will not be on Zoom or streamed. Park in the lower parking lot and walk toward the church with your folding chairs. Bring your own bread and wine or use the kit provided. In case of inclement weather, service will be broadcast over FM radio in the parking lot. Those fully vaccinated do not need to wear masks.
ELCA Domestic Disaster Fund

100% of your financial gifts given to the ELCA Domestic Relief Fund will go to assist victims of Hurricane Ida. Please give today.

Creating Community is an email devotion to guide your preparation for worship for the following weekend. 

Imagine how much more clear and relevant God's Word will be if you have had an opportunity to read, reflect, and dwell in the Word prior to worship. You may do this devotion as an individual, with others, as a family, or over Zoom as a small group. 

Each devotion arrives on Monday and can be engaged in anytime before Sunday's worship. 
The devotion includes three simple steps:

1. Read through the text (provided)

2. Respond to the questions (select one of the sets of questions from the three possibilities )

3. Offer a Prayer (one is provided)
Click below to see devotions for this Sunday.
Friday, September 17th
at 6:00 p.m.

Host Home:

Nancy & Juri Tolmoff
31 High Ridge Road
Brookfield, CT

Please click below for more information.
2022 Calendars
                                                         I realize that many people use two calendars each year, one from a computer and one loose or wall calendar. This year I have ordered 25 wall calendars with beautiful pictures. They are free. People who ordered these calendars from Marci Sharp can pick them up at the church office. We will let you know when they are available.
Please see Rene.

There are five unspoken for. Please contact Marci if you are interested in one of the extras.

Happy Days!

S. Brian Rinelli   
 Craft Fair

We have decided to do the Craft Fair this Fall. Please start making crafts and contact Marci Sharp or myself for ideas that sell. We will be collecting the following for sale:

  • Books
  • Gently used costume jewelry
  • Gently used holiday decorations and supplies

We will be asking for volunteers to staff the kitchen and various tables. The Bake Sale is always a draw to get people in. Susi Lehmann will be in charge of the kitchen for making sandwiches and collecting soups and stews. Storage for general things is not available at church. A box for collecting small items will be available in the Narthex by September.
Nan Carlson
How to Reach
the Pastor

And as always, Pastor Lutz is easily accessible. You can email him (poppastorpaul@ call him on his cell (609.578.7921) or post on his Facebook page
Although there will be no regular office hours, the church phone is checked every couple of days for messages.
A Blessing of Backpacks and a special prayer for teachers, parents, and all who nurture faith will be provided at both the 9:00 a.m. and the 11:00 a.m. worship opportunities. Please remember to bring your back-pack to church.

Spread the word! Invite your neighbors and friends!
Small Group Conversations

We hope that you are all well and enjoying your summer. 
We are excited about the increasing opportunities for
in-person worship and our steady return to more
in-person fellowship.

These positive changes enable us to now shape our identity and focus relentlessly on our mission and purpose for the future. As mentioned in previous communications, the Congregation Council together with the Forward Leadership Team have been working to organize a series of small group conversations with all of you to help us shape our mission and define our calling as a church family.

We are now ready to kick off the second round of conversations and would like to extend an invitation to those who haven't yet participated. 
These conversations will take place in groups of four members and facilitated by two members of the Forward Leadership Team/Council. We intend to keep the session to one hour and focus the conversation on the following three questions:

1. What brought you to Prince of Peace for the first time?
2. What keeps you coming to Prince of Peace?
3. What do you love about Prince or Peace?

Through these questions, we intend to gain insights on our core strengths as a
congregation and use those
strengths to define our “why” and establish a roadmap moving forward.

The upcoming dates and times are as follows:

Tuesday 9/21/21 7:00 p.m. (Zoom)
Sunday 9/26/21 9:50 a.m. (Prince of Peace - Outdoors)
Sunday 10/3/21 9:50 a.m. (Prince of Peace - Outdoors)

Please click the button below to sign up for the date and time convenient for you.   If you are uncomfortable using Sign-up Genius, you can also call the church office and Rene will put you on the schedule. It is very important that you make sure to sign up in a timely fashion to help us with planning and implementation.

We encourage you to join us on this exciting journey and thank you for your commitment!

In Christ,
Council and Forward Leadership Team

Dress A Girl Around the World Sew-A-Thon
Please Sign up in the narthex for the Sew-A-Thon on October 2 at 9:00 a.m. or contact Nancy Carlson. Please tell us whether you will bring your sewing machine to sew or help with other related tasks. You can press fabric, trim threads or sort dresses for sending. We also need a few people to provide snacks and several people to help clean-up when we are done.
Backpacks for Salvation Army children
We provided 20 backpacks for the Salvation Army children. This is the first time many children came to school. We are pleased to have the packs loaded with school supplies. Thank you to all who met the needs of the children.
Daily Bread Food Pantry
Thank you to those who continue to donate food to the Pantry. People in need continue to come for food. Our members respond to the call and open their hearts and pockets to those in need. Please check their request list to get suggestions of their needs.

Nan Carlson
Come and Work with PoP's newly forming Finance Committee
Openings now exist to get in on the formation of this essential ministry team!

If you have the desire and willingness to help your congregation remain good stewards of all our financial resources, you are the perfect fit for this team!
For more information about this committee please reach out to Lorraine Lavery at 
Is God calling you to serve as PoP's new Treasurer?
The newly forming Finance Committee is anticipating supporting a new church treasurer. This will be a stipend position with oversite for Congregational finances.
Please see the bulletin board for a specific job description or email Lorraine Lavery at for more information. This is a limited-time opportunity. Is God calling you? 

Most Sundays during the year, we have a beautiful bouquet of flowers at the altar that was created by the members of Altar Guild. Those flowers are dedicated and paid for by members of the congregation The donor or recipient of the flowers are welcome to take their arrangement after the last service on Sunday.

The arrangements cost $25.00.  If you would like to dedicate altar flowers in memory of a loved one, to the glory of God, or in honor of a person or event, you can sign up for your chosen date on the Flower Chart between the bathrooms in the Narthex. You also need to fill out a flower request form, which is located next to the Flower Chart, and put it in Rene Tuccillo’s mailbox. Your name and dedication will appear in the worship bulletins.  If two people sign up for the same date, flowers can be placed in other locations in the Sanctuary, such as on the organ or  piano or at the baptismal font.  We do not have flowers at the altar during lent.
Please consider a food or monetary donation to the DAILY BREAD FOOD PANTRY during this pandemic. 

Your food-insecure neighbors will benefit from your donations of:

  • Black beans or any kind of canned or bagged beans
  • Rice in 1,2 or 3 lb. bags
  • Pasta - any kind
  • Cereal - Cheerios, Corn Flakes. Rice Krispies (no sweet cereals)
  • Tomato sauce in cans
  • Tuna
  • Chicken in cans
  • Peanut butter
  • Pork & beans or meals in cans
  • Canned vegetables (especially corn)

Drop off your food items or checks (payable to DAILY BREAD FOOD PANTRY) to the church's freshly painted front door.

Your neighbors thank you.