Prince of Peace
Weekly Update

July 16-22, 2021

"Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more."

- H. Jackson Brown Jr.

We offer the following weekly worship and learning opportunities through the summer (or until COVID recommendations suggests otherwise).

Sundays at 9:00 a.m. in the building, in-person, worship with communion following all the COVID-19 precautions. Click below to register to attend in-person.

Sundays at 9:00 a.m. will also be on Zoom and streamed to our Facebook page. Click below for Zoom Link.

Meeting ID: 893 6306 3583
Passcode: 689284

Sundays from 10:15 a.m. 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. According to the CDC, for those fully vaccinated, no masks are needed for outside worship. In case of inclement weather, service will be broadcast over FM radio in the parking lot.
With the Summer Worship Schedule...

 ...comes new opportunities for worship leadership.

If you have already decided which Sunday worship service you will regularly attend - 9:00 a.m. inside or 11:00 a.m. outside - please consider assisting with worship leadership for that service.

There is an opportunity for you to be a part of the Welcome Team (greeter, temperature taker, attendance taker, help with seating, lector, etc,) at the 9:00 a.m. indoor service and the Welcome Team (set-up manager, greeter, bulletin distributor, offering collector, parking assistant, lector, etc.) at the 11:00 a.m. outdoor worship.

Please prayerfully consider how you can be a part of these two essential Welcome Teams. For more information and an opportunity to serve, contact Pastor Lutz today. 
Has been postponed...

Due to anticipated thunderstorms this evening Friday Night Live has been postponed to July 23.
We hope to see all vaccinated adults at the Duffy's 17 Pilgrim Lane Sandy Hook, CT 06482 on Friday July 23rd at 6:00 p.m.

Please e-mail Laura at with what you plan to bring for potluck.

For more information about the event please click below.
P.S. The weather looks glorious on the 23rd looking forward to seeing you!
 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

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.

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 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.
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.

There is still time to register!
So far 1,634 people and dogs are participating!

The goal: 1,500 registrants, trekking 200,000 miles over 62 days to raise $106,250 or more for Calumet. There is still time to register! Each registrant receives an official “Walk the Walk 2021” T-Shirt. 
If 1,500 sign up to participate, Calumet will receives $37,500 in matching funds they won’t otherwise receive.
Each participant (including dogs) joins a Team and Jim and I decided this would be a great thing for POP to join in so we will be the Team leaders. You can walk, run, bicycle, or swim. Four times during the 62 day event, participants will report their mileage to us and we will report to Calumet.
Registration fee is $25 which goes to Calumet. If the participants…together…reach the 200,000 mile goal, Calumet will receive thousands of dollars in pledged money from Angel Donors they otherwise wouldn’t receive.
The link to register is below.
Please let us know if you are joining our Team.
Marci & Jim Sharp….(203) 775-4657 or e-mail:
Social Ministry

Mary Weisensee is now bringing food to Daily Bread in Danbury. Donations have been good most weeks but we can always use more. Remember that monetary donations buy more for the pantry as food is sold on wholesale costs. You can donate on the website.
There is always a need for volunteers on donation days, Tuesday and Friday. Prince of Peace had regular volunteers in the past and the hope is that we will continue to support the pantry. Thank you, Mary and all the donors who give of themselves so that families can eat and children can grow.

We have significant interest in a new world charity. It’s called “Dress a Girl Around the World”. We will start to make simple dresses for girls from infant to size 18. Girls need to be dressed to go to school in all countries. One pattern that looks interesting is a “tee shirt dress”. It utilizes children’s tee shirts to form the top or bodice. A skirt is attached. 
Please save gently used plain tee shirts if you have them. Please, no graphics or print on the shirts. Another pattern is a rectangle which falls from the shoulders. It’s finished with bias tape so look through your supplies for tape. Fortunately, we have some fabric and elastics and trims so we should be able to make them without much monetary outlay. There is some interest in meeting at church for a workshop to get us going. Stay tuned. Men are welcome! You don’t have to be an expert sewer. Willingness to help is all that’s needed.

It was suggested that we establish a list of people who are willing to drive members to appointments. Please call me until we get permission from other drivers to publish a list.

Please call the office or Pastor if you have a chronic health problem or hospitalization. We want to help but we also respect your privacy.  

We are good about taking care of ourselves, our community and away from CT.

Nan Carlson

P.S. Do you enjoy the refreshments after church on Sunday? Could you help? Call Laura Duffy at (203) 270-8644.

New Congregational Officers/ Executive Committee

President: Lorraine Lavery
Vice President's: Liz Davies and Kevin Peterson
Secretary: Nan Carlson
Financial Secretary:
Nicole Cable
Acting Treasurer:
Rich Mercado
Other Council Members:
Laura Duffy, Tina Giubileo, Casey Johansen, Susi Lehmann, Meg McLoone &
Julie Parker.
Committee/Ministry Liaisons:
Finance Committee:
Susi Lehmann
Faith Formation:
Lorraine Lavery
Preschool: Julie Parker
Social Ministry: Nan Carlson
Parish Life: Laura Duffy
Worship & Music:
Tina Giubileo
Property: Kevin Peterson
There are currently two openings on Council. If you'd like to learn more about these important positions, please speak with any member of the Council or Pastor Paul.

The next Executive Committee meeting will be on July 14th at 7:00 p.m. at Prince of Peace.
The next Council meeting will be on July 21st at 7:00 p.m. at Prince of Peace.
 Altar Guild

We now have an opportunity for you to assist with Altar Guild.

Currently this is a group of ladies but we can welcome gentlemen, to set and clean up after services in the church. At present there is very little to do. More responsibility will come as more in person services are scheduled.

A team of three is scheduled for each weekend of the month. You will not be on your own until you feel comfortable with the procedure. You will be trained. 

Please call or email Susi at 203-744-2033 or for more information.

Susan Lehmann
Offering,Tithes and
Special Donations 

We say "Thank you" to all who have mailed in their offerings.
Please help us stay current with our financial obligations
during this difficult time.
Mail in your offering to address below or give online by clicking the button below.
You can now make a one time or reoccurring donation
through your bank account or debit/credit card.
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.