Prince of Peace
Weekly Update

November 20-26, 2020

 
"The grass is not, in fact, always greener on the other side of the fence. No, not at all. Fences have nothing to do with it. The grass is greenest where it is watered. When crossing over fences, carry water with you and tend the grass wherever you may be."

- Robert Fulghum
Register for Saturday's
4:00 p.m.
Outside Worship

Outdoor worship on Saturday, November 21st at 4:00 p.m. EARLIER TIME (no rain date) in the church parking lot. (Also Facebook Live) Simply register in advance (see below), bring a mask, some folding chairs and bread and wine for communion. Enjoy some congregational singing and have your bread and wine consecrated for eating and drinking as a household.

Registration is required of every household member or individual to participate in the outside worship services this month.

Friday noon IS THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE
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Advent Worship
at Prince of Peace Sundays and Wednesdays
 
November 29, 2020, is the first Sunday in Advent - the 4 week season of preparation and anticipation for the birth of the messiah. There will be two ways to worship this Advent at PoP.
 
Join us every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. for LIVE Zoom Service of the Word/Morning Prayer worship. Be on the lookout for the Zoom invitation link next week.
 
Or
 
Join us every Sunday anytime after 11:00 a.m. on our website for the link to the recording of the earlier live Zoom worship.
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Prince of Peace
Communion Bread Recipe

 (Passed down from Pastor Amanda & Britton Warner)
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Ingredients:
1 ½ cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ cup white all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
¾ cup water
¼ cup oil
¼ cup honey
 
Directions:
Mix the dry ingredients. Combine all liquids in a separate bowl. Add combined liquids to the dry ingredients. Knead well and roll into a flat circle (about half an inch thick). Score into bite size squares. Bake at 350o F. for 10 to 12 minutes. (The bread can also be baked in a loaf pan for non-communion purposes.)
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Sunday Virtual Coffee/Fellowship Hour
Join us this Sunday at
11:00 a.m. for our weekly Fellowship/Coffee Hour.
It is an opportunity to stay connected, hear the latest congregational news, care for one another, and see the faces of all you are missing.

This Sunday's topic is "Encourage One Another"

Tell stories of how you have given and received encouragement from other members of Prince of Peace.

Sign into a Virtual Coffee Hour by clicking on the link below.
If prompted

Meeting ID: 988 8813 8373 Password: 735006

It is always helpful to test your ability to join and visual & audio sounds on your computer or tablet prior to the meeting.

See you Sunday at 11:00 a.m.!
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Can you help?

November is a month when we are thankful for all that we have and celebrate together as families with huge Thanksgiving meals.
Well this year will be different for so many due to the pandemic. But we can together help families in need purchase food to create a Thanksgiving meal for themselves. Any amount of donation would be great. If you can’t get to the store I will purchase gift cards with your donation.
Please let me know if you would like to participate. Please call or text me (203)512-1166 or email me mwalsh21@sbcglobal.net.

Please click below for more details.

~ Monica Walsh
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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.
Check out the amazing 
stories of Christian
encouragement from 
members
and friends of Prince of Peace.
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The Salvation Army Angel Tree Program
 
Prince of Peace will again be participating in the Salvation Army Angel Tree Program.
Tags are currently available. There are about seven tags left as of this morning. There is a folder at the main entrance to the church which contains the tags, a sheet upon which to indicate which family has taken a tag and a pen. If you take a tag, please make sure you write your family name on the sheet in that folder. The tag numbers you should use are written in black marker on the back of the tag. If the item on the angel tag is more than $30, feel free to substitute for it. When the tags were prepared, it was not possible to research the price of each item. Attach the entire tag to the giftDo not detach any part of the tag.  When returning the gift, it is very important that the tag be secured to the gift because it has the family number and the name of the child on the tag. When these become disconnected, it makes it difficult trying to match up the gift to the child. Gifts may be returned to the church during the morning hours during the week or on a day when we have either indoor or outdoor church services. However, it would be best to check by phone to see if someone will be there when you plan to come. Please do not leave the gift at the church entrance if no one is in the building. Please direct any questions to Ernie Lehman (203) 746-1224.
 
DO NOT WRAP THE GIFT
All gifts need to be back to the church by Sunday, December 6th.

Thank you for your generosity in participating in this program.

Ernie Lehman
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CRAFT FAIR

Due to the pandemic the women of Prince of Peace will not be holding the Craft Fair this year...keep making those crafts and pray that we will be able to hold it in 2021.
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Home for the Holidays

As we think about Thanksgiving this year, we are faced with decisions about what to do and how many people will come to the dinner.
The Pandemic is causing changes in our thinking and this is not easy. Please consider a group of less than 10 or better, just your immediate family.
People who come from other areas of the country may present higher risks for infection, but so can people who live close, or next door. College students are risky as they are exposed to many people, as are people who work out of the home. Masks are recommended in the home as people mingle. Seating should be spread out for social distancing.
 
Many are getting tested and feel that a negative Covid-19 test is permission to go home. The rapid test is not particularly accurate and the “long” test may take days to get the result. The second wave of infections has caused longer wait for the result. A friend told me yesterday that it took 7 days for her to get the results and she was positive. You can be tested and be exposed to the virus after that.
 
Be Safe. Prince of Peace congregation loves you and wants you present for next Thanksgiving.
 
~Nan Carlson
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Year to date statements through 11/30/20 will be 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.

If you currently have an envelope # higher than 180, you will be assigned a new number for 2021.

If you would like Nicole to set up annual giving online for 2021, please return the form to her by December 20th. If the financial secretary set this up for you last year, it will expire on 12/30/20.
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Holden Evening Prayer

Several of us in the PoP community have enjoyed Knute and company at Camp Calumet sharing the Holden Evening Prayer service on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m.. I know some of you have enjoyed participating in that service during Advent in the past. This year, we invite you to tune in with Knute and company at Camp Calumet at 7:30 every Wednesday evening- he will be sharing this service LIVE every Wednesday at least through Advent. Sing along in your own living room! Join the Camp Calumet YouTube or Facebook page for the link.
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Christmas Cookie 
Exchange
 
To have some POP fun and to have an opportunity to acquire an assortment of Christmas cookies without having to make multiple batches of different varieties of cookies, we are planning to have a Christmas Cookie Exchange.
 
Each baker will contribute 4 dozen cookies. You will need to email or give me the recipe for your cookies in advance so that we know what kind of cookies you are making and what ingredients are in the cookies (due to food allergies) and to enable us to provide everyone with a cookie recipe booklet.

Our hope is to be able to take some extra cookies to our homebound and those in long-term care facilities. If you want to you can make extra cookies to make this possible or you could choose to donate a dozen or two of your cookie assortments towards this cause.

We will put your assortment of cookies back in the container that you brought your own cookies to the church in. Please put your name and phone number on your container.

We will let you know when your cookies can be dropped off at POP – this will be determined based on the situation with Covid-19 during the next month or so.

Currently, a few of us plan to meet at POP on Saturday morning, December 19th to sort the cookies. Most likely you would be able to pick up your cookies late morning.

Please let me know if you are planning to be part of our cookie exchange by calling or emailing me by Wednesday, December 16th. This will allow adequate time for me to put together the cookie recipe booklet. If you have any questions or would like to help, please contact me. Looking forward to enjoying some yummy Christmas cookies baked with love by POP members!!
 
Thanks,
Janet Lutz, jblutz60@gmail.com
(609) 235-6070
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.
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2020 BUDGET PREPARATION
 
All committees are asked to submit their 2021 budget  requests by Sunday, December 1st to Rich Mercado. Please provide as much detail as possible to support your request.
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We’re bringing Sunday School into your home!

Pre-K through 6th graders will meet via Zoom for 30-minutes of games, bible stories, and interaction!

Sunday mornings at 8:30-9:00am.

Parents - Please follow the link below to join Zoom each Sunday.

Meeting ID: 810 2966 7079
Passcode: 999695
"Creating Community" Email Devotions sent on Mondays
 
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.
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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.
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Church Directory

We are in the process of updating our church directory. If you have a new address, phone number or email address please contact Rene with this information at poplutheranchurch@sbcglobal.net
203-775-9070
popluthernchurch@sbcglobal.net