Prince of Peace
Weekly Update

February 26 - March 4, 2021

"If there is no struggle, there is no progress."

- Frederick Douglass
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WORSHIP IN MARCH

Continuing through March 2021 worship will remain at 9:30 a.m. (over Zoom).
 
There are four options (Five, if you count not participating at all. Not a recommended option).
 
1. You are invited to join us for Zoom worship and stay after for some fellowship time. You’ll need to provide your own coffee or morning beverage of choice. There is no need to leave the zoom worship meeting and enter the zoom coffee hour meeting. Worship will flow into Fellowship. And, you can stay for as little time or as long of a time as you like.

2. You are invited to join us for Zoom worship and leave when the worship has concluded.

3. You are invited to join us for Fellowship/Coffee Hour without participating in worship, where we catch up with each other, talk about PoP, and share in Christian community.

4. You may watch any of the services on our website at your convenience as an individual or a household.
 
The same Zoom invite will be used for both worship and Fellowship. You will be admitted at 9:30 a.m. for worship. If you click in close to 10:15 a.m. you will be  admitted as soon as worship is concluded.  Again, you can stay for as little time or as long of a time as you like. See the PoP weekly emails for the Zoom link. We will use the same link through the season of Lent.
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Fellowship/Coffee Hour Goes Earlier

The consensus of the Coffee/Fellowship Hour participants was to add this social time immediately following worship. So, going forward the Fellowship/Coffee Hour will begin at the conclusion of the worship service (approx. 10:15 a.m.).

Fellowship/
Coffee Hour
Discussion

What does Lent
mean to me?
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Binge Reading the Gospel of Mark
 
You are invited to join with others in a binge reading of the Gospel of Mark. Mark is the primary source of our Sunday Gospel stories during this liturgical year. This will be a one time event during the season of Lent. You can get a head start by reading it through the gospel yourself. It takes about 90 minutes. But don’t give away any spoilers.
CREATING COMMUNITY

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.
READING MATERIALS

The new Christ in Our Home devotional (April, May, June) is available for pick up.
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.

If you previously had an envelope # higher than 180, you have been assigned a new number for 2021. Contact the church office for the new number.
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STATEMENTS

Year to date statements through 11/30/20 were sent out the first week of December.  Remember statements can be run at any time, please just reach out to Nicole Cable at andcable03@yahoo.com  or 203.775.8358.
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How to Reach
the Pastor

And as always, Pastor Lutz is easily accessible. You can email him (poppastorpaul@ sbcglobal.net) call him on his cell (609.578.7921) or post on his Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/plutznj). Although there will be no regular office hours, the church phone is checked every couple of days for messages.
My Preparation For Easter

Prayerfully consider participating in an activity or practice suggested from this list of Inward and Personal and Outside and Social Disciplines. Click here to review.

Lent Challenge & Cleaning Closets - Each day of Lent, remove one item from your closet that you no longer wear or need and put it in a trash bag. At the end of the forty days, donate these items to a place that can share them with someone who can really use them!
 
Midweek Zoom Encouragements

  • 6:30 p.m. Soup and Bread Supper
  • 7:00 p.m. Holden Evening Prayer
  • 7:30 pm A Thirty-minute Bible Project Zoom class each Wednesday from 2.24 through 3.24.
 
FM Communion in the Parking Lot

There will be three more services of the FM communion in the parking lot” experience (based on our Christmas day service).
 
They are all the second Sunday of the month.
  • March 14
  • April 11
  • May 9
Arrive with your own bread and wine (or use what is provided), take a worship packet from the worship greeter, park facing the building, stay in your car, turn on your FM radio, and follow along with the short communion service.
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If you have a soup recipe you would like to share for the Wednesday's Soup Suppers please send them to Rene at poplutheranchurch@sbcglobal.net and she can include them in future weekly updates.
The Congregational Council met on Wednesday, February 17, 2021.

Here are some of the items they discussed:

· Need to do some Spring Cleaning? In April, we will be collecting items to bring to Savers to collect a donation to go towards the Daily Bread Food Pantry. More information in Blueprints and Weekly emails.

· Update from Council Retreat: In April we are looking to start outreach to the congregation with people from council and forward leadership.

· A focus group will be formed to see how we can incorporate the Care of Creation Covenant (sent by Synod) into PoP.

· During Lent- on Wednesdays there will be a 6:30 p.m. soup and bread supper over Zoom. 7:00 p.m. - Evening prayer and 7:30 p.m. - Bible Project Video Series.

· There will be parking lot communion services on the 2nd Sunday of each month.

March 10th Executive Meeting at 8:00 p.m. -subject to change

March 17th Full Council Meeting at 8:00 p.m. – subject to change
Fundraiser for the Daily Bread Food Pantry

The Misty Hollow garage is ready for donations. We can leave the door unlocked on Saturdays, unless you have another convenient time for drop-off. Recent snow has made some of the grounds wet and muddy so don’t wear “good” shoes there. There is a key for the garage door in the church office during regular office hours. We’re hoping to have three bags of clothes and one box with metal /plastic appliances or knick-knacks per person. I thought that that was a lot until I accumulated some of our donations.
 
People who study the use of household goods and clothing say that we only wear about 10% of our closet and use little of accumulated housewares. If you rotate clothes for seasons, check those piles. If you didn’t wear it last season, you probably won’t wear it this time. How nice it is to have more room in your closet or cabinets! Look for extra sheets and blankets, pillows, comforters. Do you store curtains that you changed a while ago?
 
Remember, no books, CD’s, DVR’s. Items should be clean and saleable. 
Toys and children’s clothes are in demand.  Talk to your family and friends about this. Let us know if you need help getting the items to the garage.
Let’s get it together and donate money for lots of food for the Food Pantry. There are many hungry people out there.

Nan Carlson
203-778-1171
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DAILY BREAD
FOOD PANTRY IS SEEKING DONATIONS
 
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.
203-775-9070
popluthernchurch@sbcglobal.net