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Fifth Sunday After Pentecost

5 July 2020

Year A Readings
Zechariah 9:9-12
Psalm 145:8-14 (8)
Romans 7:15-25a
Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

Prayer of the Day
You are great, O God, and greatly to be praised. You have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you. Grant that we may believe in you, call upon you, know you, and serve you, through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Lay Ministry Groups suspended until further notice


Church Inquiries: PoP

Official Church Contact: Pastor Emily Kuenker
Phone: 720-579-8229

Communications: Kara Bradford

The Paper Pulpit
Dear Church,
I recently told some of you in one of our small groups that watching Stephen Colbert is one of my little indulgences. I was watching an episode the other evening and he commented again (as have a lot of late night hosts who are now recording shows in their homes) how strange it is to have no audience. He tells jokes with no laughter from the front row, he offers commentary on the news of the day with no response from an eager crowd. He has repeated in the last few months how disorienting it has been in a job where you are accustomed to immediate feedback, to continue working with none.

I am no late night host, nor am I a comedian, but I have to a preacher, I feel Mr. Colbert’s pain. It has been quite an adjustment for me to learn to preach to a camera. I don’t get to meet any of your eyes halfway through the sermon and see if what I am saying is resonating with you. I don’t get to see your nodding heads or confused looks telling me I didn’t quite say something clear enough. And I don’t get to hear your responses as we share in fellowship after the service. And it is not that I miss those things because I am in need of validation, though the affirmation is always appreciated. I miss those things because I believe that preaching is the beginning of a conversation.

Over the last several weeks, I have had occasion to preach on some “hot button” social issues including the wealth gap and disparities in the healthcare system made all the more visible by the pandemic and of course the Black Lives Matter movement in light of the deaths of Ahmaud Arberry, George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor. My goal in broaching these subjects from the pulpit is not to tell you how to think about them, or prescribe what a Christian response to these issues will be...I don’t actually have that kind of authority. My goal is to begin and contribute to what can and should be ongoing discussions in the church about what it means to pursue Christian discipleship in our time. I don’t have all the right answers, and I don’t possess a monopoly on knowing where God is calling us, but I believe strongly that when we talk about these things together, when we share our thoughts and knowledge, we can learn and grow together. That also doesn’t mean that we will be in total agreement. We learn little from people who think exactly like us. As the Jewish scholars teach, wisdom arises not from any one of us, but from the space between us when we sit together. 

My hope is that while we are a socially distanced church, and even when we find ourselves meeting in person again, we won’t shy away from big questions, and bigger discussions. Pursuing discipleship takes courage and resilience...qualities I know this community has in spades. It can be hard (and occasionally uncomfortable) work, but it is work I am glad to do with you all.

Peace be with you, 


Pastor Emily 


Blessing During Quarantine
The blessing box out in front of the church is seeing a lot of use these days. We would like to keep it replenished for any who need assistance. If you would like to help, nonperishable foods and supplies are always appreciated! 

Another way to bless the community is to help out at the Cache Community Food Pantry, if you are able. They have always offered touch-free drop off 24/7 at the back of their building (359 South Main Street in Logan). Financial donations are also welcomed on their website.

If you are looking to donate, a list of distribution centers and instructions for those affected by COVID-19 are attached. A list of accepted items for donation is also attached. 

Distribution Centers & Instructions
Accepted Items for Donation
Giving During COVID-19
We are truly thankful for your continued support of Prince of Peace during this challenging time. Here are a few ways to make a contribution while social distancing:

1) Write a check and mail it to the church.
2) Use your bank’s bill pay option and they will mail a check to the church.
3) At this time, the only way to do a direct deposit to the church account is to sign up for
Simply Giving through the company Vanco. Prince of Peace has been working with this
company for quite awhile with no problems. They do charge a percentage fee to the church for this service.There is a form you need to fill out; and the Financial Secretary can set it up. The form asks for name, address, Amount and frequency of contribution and your bank account info.(I will try and attach a pdf of the form for viewing. To protect your personal information, please do not email the form to me or the church).
4) FYI: For the safety of the counters:
A) If you are mailing a contribution, please only use water or tape for sealing the
envelope or use a self‐sealing envelope.
B) For right now, please no cash.

5) If you need to talk to me my phone numbers are in the directory.

Please Stay Safe!
In the Peace of Christ,

Gini Anderson
Financial Secretary

Vanco Authorization Form PDF
Advocacy Tools for Loving Your Neighbor
Our thoughts and prayers inform our actions. “Advocacy Tools for Loving Your Neighbor” is an online training event jointly hosted by The Episcopal Church and Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to equip you. The event will take place on Thursday, July 9, from 12:30-2 p.m. (EST). Both Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, and other advocacy leaders from both denominations, will be part of this time of exploring the nature of faith-based advocacy, the issues to which we can speak, and the ways we can make our voices heard. Rostered ministers, Lutherans, Episcopalians and friends are welcome to the free webinar and will leave with tools and inspiration to make a difference.

Click here to register
Happy Birthday!
Happy birthday to Karon K. (July 5), Joan M. (July 22), Lela G. (July 24), Autumn (July 25), Frank P. (July 28). We hope you have an incredible day!

If you would like to be included on our birthday list, click here!

Celebrating Service
Pr. Steve Klemz (Zion Lutheran Church-Salt Lake) is retiring and is well known to many at Prince of Peace. Here is a link to a Salt Lake Tribune article written on the occasion of his retirement.
         Income     Expenses     Bottom Line
FYD   $
10,299     $8,716     $+ 1,583
May    $10,299    $8,716      $+ 1,583

FYD = Fiscal-year-to-date
May = May 2020
Kristi Grussendorf wrote this month's Council Corner, "Accepting the Challenge." She discusses Pastor Emily's challenge to "lean into discomfort," and how doing so can encourage growth. She relates her experience confronting the opinions of family members, and the importance of accepting discomfort for transformation. To read her article, click here!


Comfort and peace for Stephanie upon the loss of her mother, and Glenn on the loss of his wife (both friends of Barbara K.)

Thanksgiving for birthdays for Julia P. and Karon K. this week

Prayers for peace and smooth transitions for all those who are dying in the time of pandemic and are deprived of touch and the normal rituals of saying goodbye, especially Karin's Aunt Betsy

Thanksgiving for a successful heart surgery for Steve (Jon G.'s brother)

Prayers of comfort for Chester (Kim Lott's dog) in his last days, and peace for the Lott family who love him

Thanksgiving for continued healing for Paul (friend of Paula Z), and hope that he will be able to go home next week as scheduled

Reassurance and hope for the future for Ann (friend of Sandra W.) as she faces some disappointing professional news

Prayers for a resolution to the question of how schools will be operating this fall, and patience for all of our students as that decision is being made

Safety and perseverance for all those working in the Black Lives Matter movement and elsewhere for racial equality, and a prayer for our society that we may be ready and willing to work for positive change at this crucial tipping point

Check out Bishop Gonia and the Synod Council's recommendations on reopening here!
Pastor Emily is happy to make a phone call or set up a zoom meeting if anyone wants to connect one-on-one at this time. Don't hesitate to reach out!
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