Prince of Peace
Weekly Update

March 5-11, 2021

"Greet every morning with open arms and say thanks every night with a full heart. Each day is a precious gift to be savored and used, not left unopened and hoarded for a future that may never come."
- Regina Brett
communion-priest.jpg
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.
heart_mocha_coffee.jpg
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?
joy_of_learning.jpg
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.
vector_mobile_phone.jpg
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.
grilled_cheese_soup.jpg
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.
   Carrot and Coriander Soup
Courtesy of Nancy Carlson

1 onion, sliced thin
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 garlic clove, minced
1 ½ pounds carrots, sliced
¼ pound potato, peeled and sliced
5 cups chicken broth, unsalted
1 ¼ cup orange juice
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon white pepper
2/3 cup heavy cream
 
In kettle, cook onion in butter until soft.  Stirring, add garlic, and cook for 2 minutes, add ground coriander and cook for 2 minutes.
Add carrots and potatoes, stir for 2 minutes. Add liquids, salt and pepper, if desired. Bring to a boil and simmer for 20-30 minutes, until carrots are tender.
Puree soup in batches in a blender. Add cream and stir in. Salt and pepper to taste.
Makes about 9 cups.
Serve hot or cold. Cold is great in Summer!
Fundraiser for the Daily Bread Food Pantry

Thank you to all who have donated food and items for the Food Pantry.

It’s good to note that some are thinking about those less fortunate than many of us.
It’s hard to imagine the increasing numbers of our neighbors who are hungry and food insecure.

If you aren’t shopping, you can always donate money to the pantry at dailybreadfoodpantry.com.
 
We will leave the Misty Hollow garage entry door open on Saturdays through the month of March.

Call the church office or Nan if you need things to be picked up. Please continue to leave food at church.
Nan Carlson
203-778-1171
food_drive_girl.jpg
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.
financial_accounting.jpg
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.
203-775-9070
popluthernchurch@sbcglobal.net