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Third Sunday of Easter

26 April 2020

Year A Readings
Acts 2:14a, 36-41
Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 (13)
1 Peter 1:17-23
Luke 24:13-35

Prayer of the Day
O God, your Son makes himself known to all his disciples in the breaking of bread. Open the eyes of our faith, that we may see him in his redeeming work, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Lay Ministry Groups suspended until further notice


Important Dates To Know
April 26: 11 a.m. Annual meeting on zoom

Church Inquiries: PoP

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

Communications: Kara Bradford

The Paper Pulpit:
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PoP Annual Budget 2020-21 
Barbara Daniels, church treasurer, has prepared some Budget Notes (pasted at the end of this email) to explain the budget (attached). These notes are intended to help the congregation interpret the budget, understand where the numbers came from, and note what changes were made since last year's budget. Please read through the notes and the budget prior to the annual meeting. 
2020-2021 Prince of Peace Budget Notes
To prepare the budget for 2020-2021, we started with last year’s budget. Each expense line item was reviewed for a) relevancy – do we still need it, and b) projected amount needed. Committee chairs were asked if they wished to change their budget requests. New line items were added as needed. For example, the projects specifically funded by SAS-inspired giving are included as new line items.
Here are highlights by major budget expense category (moving down the page as you view the budget):
Admin Office & Building: This category remained largely unchanged, with most increases based on projected inflation or on last year’s actual expenditures. Two new line items were added. Pastor’s Hospitality Allowance ($200), as requested by Pastor Emily, will enable her to offer hospitality (coffee, a meal) to those she may interact with in her capacity as pastor. Finance Tech Expenses ($500), as requested by the Finance Committee, will allow the purchase (over several years) of dedicated laptops for the Finance Secretary and the Treasurer, rather than requiring them to use personal equipment.
Benevolence: To this category, we have added Logan Pride gift ($3000), as proposed by SAS giving. We have also increased giving to the Rocky Mt Synod/ELCA by $2400, as proposed by SAS giving.
Call Committee Expenses: No longer needed, hooray!
Christian Education, Evangelism Ministry, Fellowship, Ministry Conferences: No change.
Property: Snow Removal was increased to reflect 9 removals at $155 per removal. Utilities was projected upward, based on this year’s actual expenses. Three new items were added as a result of SAS-inspired giving: Church Signage ($2000); Sound System ($5000); and Water Meter ($7000). These three items are considered to be one-time line items.
Service Outreach: No change.
Staff Ministry: The major changes within this category are adjustments in Housing Allowance, Pastor Salary, Pension/Insurance, and Social Security Offset, as dictated by our contract with Pastor Emily. Nursery Worker wages ($1560) will be covered this year by SAS-inspired giving. Next year, they will again be part of the regular budget, depending on need. Pastor Sabbatical was decreased to $2000, as we already have a healthy sum set aside for that.
Stewardship, Worship Ministry, and Youth Ministry are largely unchanged.
The Bottom Line: Income was calculated by projecting last year’s giving for a baseline of $106,000 of expected pledged giving. The increased giving inspired by SAS ($24,700) was added for an estimated giving total of $126,700. Since the final Total Expense line is $141,015, we had to add $13,235 to Income to make the budget balance. Given that over at least the last two years, our actual expenditures have been less than our actual income, we should again have no trouble covering our actual expenses next year.

To view the full annual budget click here
Stewardship (SAS) Update:
In spite of COVID-19, we are staying positive and moving forward with our 3 Ministry Initiatives from our late fall campaign when we doubled our goal through your generosity! You may think we put things on hold, but quite the opposite as indicated in the following excerpt from our annual report.

"... our first Ministry Initiative, Enhancing Our Image, is in the works – the letters for the front of the building have been ordered and have arrived. They will be mounted by Jon G., Matt Outsen & Tony Walton. Once mounted, a floodlight will be installed to shine on the lettering at night.

With the second Ministry Initiative, Caring for the Earth, I am waiting for contractor information. And the third Ministry Initiative, Supporting Our Community, is on hold until “Stay at Home, Stay Safe” is lifted at which time we will present a $1,000 check, for needed equipment, to the Logan Pride Center.

The Stewardship Team is grateful for the generous response from the congregation and is looking forward to continuing to create a culture of generosity through an integrated ministry emphasis. In Year 2, we will be working with our consultants again, but with a less intensive curriculum and at no cost. We learned a lot from our first year and look to build on that knowledge as well as add bible studies, small groups, and, possibly, a mid-year special project."

Stay safe, stay well, keep your distance and continue giving as you are able through this uncertain time. We will get through it together!

Remember, “Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.” 1 Peter 4:10

Your Stewardship Team   

Check out the Logan Senior Care and Assisted Living Guide:
Small Group Worship:
We will continue with small group worship this week. I heard that they went pretty well last week - well done everyone! I am excited to jump back in with you this week. The Northern Cohort will meet Tuesday at 5pm and the Southern and Central Cohorts will meet together Wednesday at 7pm. Please look for a second email in your inbox early this week for meeting details and Zoom links. If your scheduled group is at a time that does not work for you, please let me know and I will gladly forward the Zoom link for the alternate meeting so you can still participate.

The small groups have been assigned by geographical area. My hope in doing this is that not only will we have interactive worship time together, but that we will also take responsibility for the others in our group. These are the people to check in on, make a phone call, or drop a letter in the mail (remember snail mail?) and make sure one another's needs are being met in these strange times. Do you need groceries or a pharmacy run? Can you offer those things to your small group members? Let's pull together as a community during this time. 

*If you are one of the folks on our mailing list who does not live here in the Logan area, but would like to be included in one of the small group worship Zoom calls, please reach out to me directly at

Zoom may be a new technology for some of you, and to help I've included a link to a video tutorial about how to join your first meeting: Joining a Zoom Meeting Tutorial Video

I look forward to seeing you all via screen later this week. Keep an eye on your inbox, the church website, and the Proclaimer for more updates.
Annual Meeting 2020:
Our annual meeting will take place online via Zoom this year at 11 a.m. on Sunday, April 26. You should have received a letter in the mail last week, as well as an email saying the same thing. (We want to be sure everyone knows how to participate!)

The annual meeting packet is attached. Please plan to have it handy during the annual meeting. We will not have a slide show during the meeting; instead we'll all refer to the annual meeting packet, so you'll want to have it in front of you as we discuss. 

Please plan to attend the annual meeting (see Zoom details below); we must have a quorum to hold the meeting. We need you!

Topic: Annual Meeting
Time: Apr 26, 2020 11:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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If Zoom is a new technology for you, you might want to watch this video tutorial about how to join the meeting: Joining a Zoom Meeting Tutorial Video  

I look forward to seeing you there. In the meantime, I hope you are staying safe and healthy!

Rebecca Walton (on behalf of Church Council)
         Income     Expenses     Bottom Line
FYD   $
109,145     $73,133     $+36,012
Mar.   $6,886         $10,777      $-3,891

FYD = Fiscal-year-to-date
Mar.= March 2020

*all of the offering collected in March has not been deposited yet, so that is why the bottom line is negative this month.
Barbara Daniels wrote this month's Council Corner, "Living Lessons from Holden Village." She reflects on her experiences traveling to Holden Village with a group of Prince of Peace and Lutheran Campus Ministry members. To read her article, click here!


Prayers for health and healing:  Jack Anderson, Charlie,  Ed Howard, Mark and Austin, and Paul.

Prayers for a successful heart transplant for Paul, and that a heart is available soon

Prayers for all medical professionals for continued health and wisdom

Prayers for all those in leadership in our government and institutions that prudence might guide them

Prayers for comfort for the Scott family at the death of K.' s dad, Scottie

Prayers for protection and safety for AshleyGrae Outsen in her work as a nurse

Check out the Rocky Mountain Synod's message on Coronavirus!

Concerns and Precautions Regarding COVID-19:
From the Office of the Bishop:

As of now, the immediate risk to American public is low. We will continue to share any updated recommendations from the CDC as they emerge. As congregations continue to gather for worship in light of concerns around the Corona virus,  we encourage you to be mindful of the same basic precautions you would take during cold and flu season:
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