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THIS SUNDAY AT PRINCE OF PEACE

Tenth Sunday in Pentecost
9:30 a.m. worship 

18 August 2019
Year C Readings
Jeremiah 23:23-29
Psalm 82 (8)
Hebrews 11:29—12:2
Luke 12:49-56
Prayer of the Day
O God, judge eternal, you love justice and hate oppression, and you call us to share your zeal for truth. Give us courage to take our stand with all victims of bloodshed and greed, and, following your servants and prophets, to look to the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Green
Lay Ministry Groups
August 18: 2
August 25: 3
September 1: 4
September 8: 1
Important Dates To Know

August 15: 10:00 a.m. Bible Study at PoP
August 16-18: Pastor Teri in CA for family wedding
August 18: Praise Service
August 19: 6:30 p.m. Choir Practice begins

Interim Pastor Teri Hermsmeyer
Email: teri.hermsmeyer@gmail.com 
Phone: (303) 903-4171
Hours: Tuesday and Thursday from 1:30-5:30 in the front church office and Wednesdays from 10-6, Tuesday mornings at Caffe Ibis from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and Sunday at PoP and as needed on an emergency basis.

Communications: Kara Bradford
Email: karadbradford@gmail.com

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Choir Practice:
Choir practice begins on Monday, August 19th at 6:30 p.m. at PoP. Please join us for another season of singing. All are welcome.
STEWARDSHIP FOR ALL SEASONS 
As September quickly approaches, the Stewardship Team is beginning the planning process for our program for the coming year.  We're excited to share a new logo for Prince of Peace (passed by Church Council) that better represents who we are, and will be quite recognizable.  This logo can be used on any fliers, mailers, posters, etc.  We hope this new logo will be the beginning of the next chapter in the life of PoP as we share God's good news!  A huge thank you to Tony Walton for the design and to the Church Council for their support!  Be watching for the colored version of the logo ...  

Your Stewardship Team
Guitars for Vets- 501(c)3 non-profit organization (national)

Ron Hill will be using space in PoP's building to teach guitar to vets with PTSD for free.  (Because he volunteers his time for this, instead of a donation, he will play guitar for our services about once a month- he learned through this program!) 

Started in Wisconsin in 2007, this program is aimed at providing Veterans struggling with physical injuries, PTSD and other emotional distress, a unique supportive environment.  G4V pursues its mission to share the healing power of music by providing free guitar instruction a new acoustic guitar and accessory kit in a structured program run by volunteers.  

If you are interested in supporting this program, you can:
  • Contact the Cache Valley Chapter Coordinator, Ron Hill (801-473-5686) to make a tax deductible donation of a guitar, amp, strings, or accessories
  • Make a tax deductible monetary donation through the guitarsforvets.org website - $200 covers all costs for a veteran to complete the program.Volunteer to teach guitar to veterans
Know a veteran that could benefit from learning guitar?  To be eligible, they must be referred by one of the Vet Center therapists that works in Cache Valley.  You do not need to enroll with the VA or collect VA disability to be eligible.  Call the vet center at 801-737-9737 and ask for an appointment in Logan with either Lance or Dan to verify eligibility - remember your DD 214!  Ask about the Guitars for Vets program, and they will send your information to the program.  This local Guitars for Vets is proudly sponsored by Main Street Guitars at the Book Table.
New Digital Archive for PoP
We've started a digital archive of important moments in the life of the congregation.  We'd like to include photos of special services (think baptisms, confirmations, weddings, memorial services), community outreach , congregational gatherings (our famous potlucks!), and so forth. Think of it as a  chronologically organized, digital scrapbook. Please email anything you'd like to include in the digital archive to karin.dejongekannan@gmail.com.   Printed photos (from any year) and paper invitations / announcements also welcome.  You can also give it to Karin to scan and upload.  Many thanks to each one who participates in documenting our history as a congregation.
Ministry Site Profile on Prince of Peace sent to ELCA-now awaiting candidates! Click here to see the official posting

UPCOMING EVENTS

September 8th – God’s Work Our Hands Sunday
It is time to start arranging some local service projects for this GWOH day across the US in ELCA churches! 
Last year we did an annual clean up of Prince of Peace’s 2 mile portion of Hwy 30; helped clean up Karen Anderson’s yard after her back surgery (Yehfen’s this year?); sewing project for impoverished girls in Africa (try Lutheran World Relief kits this year?); strung lights on the church building; etc.
There are plenty of needs in the community – we just have to find or know about them!

If you have any ideas or suggestions for projects, please contact Pastor Teri by August 15th
"Be Still" retreat in the Sawtooth Mountains
Join us for the "Be Still" retreat at Luther Heights Bible Camp Aug 23-25. It's not a silent retreat, just a no-programming retreat -- a time to unwind, breathe, spend time in nature, read, whatever sounds good to you. Bikes available. Delicious and plentiful  meals. We sleep in shared cabins. We are carpooling. 

Click here for more details

Contact Karin deJonge-Kannan with questions
More Retreats with Luther Heights Bible Camp:
Women's Wellness Retreat: 
This retreat is for adult women only on September 20-22, 2019. It will feature guest speakers connected to LHBC on a variety of topics and workshops. We will also be featuring Boise's Paint 'n Sip  - an instructor-taught class where participants will be guided through painting their own canvas of Redfish Lake (no experience necessary; additional $50). Our Maker's Retreat participants can also add this workshop on (as well as a workshop for farmhouse signs and felt florals). The Maker's Retreat is open to everyone.

Young Adult Adventure Weekend: This retreat is over the Labor Day weekend, but they need at least 10 participants by this Thursday, August 15th signed up. This is for anyone 18-35 years old. Right now we do not have enough to participate and will most likely cancel this retreat. 

For more information, check out these sites:
www.lutherheights.org

Pastor's Note:
The  ELCA Churchwide Assembly (every 3 years) came to a close on Saturday after a very busy week of worship, discussing and voting on matters of governance and policy, service, celebrations, and being church together for the sake of the world.  

To summarize the event's important votes and actions:

 • Re-elected Rev. Elizabeth Eaton as our Presiding Bishop for a second six-year term on the first ballot.
 • Offered a declaration of apology to our siblings of African descent, which was received by the African Descent Lutheran Association with thanks and a call for accountability and living into the words shared.
 • Approved a resolution declaring the ELCA to be a sanctuary church body, encouraging participation in the ELCA AMMPARO initiative for migrant children, discernment of care for our immigrant neighbors in our context, and the promise of forthcoming resources for this work.
 • Approved support for the World Council of Church’s Thursdays in Black, awareness movement for a world without rape and violence.
 • Voted to commemorate June 17 as a day of repentance, in honor and remembrance of the martyrdom of the Emanuel 9. 
 • Approved a Declaration of Inter-Religious Commitment, reaffirming ecumenical and interfaith partnerships.
 • Celebrated the completion of the Campaign for the ELCA: Always Being Made New and gave thanks for the $250 million in current and promised gifts to enable ministry in the US and around the global 
• Approved the process for a new social statement to articulate our ELCA understanding of the relationship between Church and Government • Approved the recommendations from a strategic taskforce which has been studying how to work toward authentic diversity in our church. 
• Approved memorials: affirming but not “endorsing” the Poor People’s Campaign, care for immigrants and refugees, and other statements.
 • Adopted a new social statement, Faith, Sexism, and Justice: a Call to Action, and its implementing resolutions. 
• Elected Deacon Sue Rothmeyer as Churchwide Secretary, a full-time position which acts as executive administrator and leader on all constitutional matters and interpretation. 
• Approved a constitutional change so that Deacons (rostered ministers of word and service) will be ordained, replacing the previous practice of consecration. 
• Celebrated the milestones of 50 years of women's ordination, 40 years since the first woman of color was ordained, and 10 years since full inclusion of LGBTQIA+ clergy.


 Bishop Gonia has given his blog summary of the Assembly (here) , as well as another blog on what the declaration of the ELCA becoming a "Sanctuary Church" means to us.  We are the first North American denomination to declare itself a sanctuary church body. As a sanctuary church the ELCA is committed to serving and supporting migrant children and families in communities across the country.

It is my hope that when Adult Sunday School/Forum begins in September, we can begin to talk about some the ELCA Social Statements, in which "Faith, Sexism and Justice: A Call to Action" is the 13th to be issued by the ELCA since its inception in 1988.  "Church and Government"  will have a task force working on that social statement over the coming years - perhaps to be approved at the Churchwide Assembly in 2022.  OR, we can talk about what  "Sanctuary Church" means to Prince of Peace.  Give me your feedback on what would interest you, to stay after worship on Sunday mornings!

It is a blessing to be a part of an active vital denomination that acts on Jesus' teachings out in the world!

P.S. 
Pastor Teri will be in CA for family wedding from August 16-18.

Pastor Teri

HOLY HUMOR

LUKE 12:32-40

 Anyone will tell you that the problem with purses that don’t wear out is that they go out of style

BIBLE PASSAGE — “Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. “Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit; be like those who are waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that they may open the door for him as soon as he comes and knocks. Blessed are those slaves whom the master finds alert when he comes; truly I tell you, he will fasten his belt and have them sit down to eat, and he will come and serve them. If he comes during the middle of the night, or near dawn, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves. “But know this: if the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.”
INSPIRATION
FINANCIAL DASHBOARD
         Income     Expenses     Bottom Line
FYD  $
18,443      $14,251      $+4,193
June  $10,099      $7,238       $+2,861

FYD = Fiscal-year-to-date
June= June 2019
COUNCIL CORNER
Dave Wilson wrote this month's Council Corner, "August, The End of The War of The Roses, and The Unintended Beginning of Religious Tolerance Within Christianity." His article delves into history and provides an interesting take on the beginning of religious tolerance. To read his article, click here.

IN OUR PRAYERS

Prayers for health and healing:  Jack Anderson, Ed Howard, Judy Hermsmeyer, Sage Alixander (Pr Teri's cousin), Mark and Austin (Ramona's son and grandson), Mara Ballard, and Becky Yeager and family at the passing of her father.

Pray for all those affected by violence in our country.

Prayer of thanksgiving for a full completed agenda, collaborative work, meaningful worship and celebratory fun at the ELCA Churchwide Assembly.

Prayers for God's guidance and providence as names come forward to go to Call Committee.


Prayers for refugee children and families/asylum seekers at the border, that they be treated humanely and not separated from each other.

Prayers for safe travel this Summer

SYNOD NEWS
Bishop Jim Gonia has returned and is now back from sabbatical
 
In the wake of recent mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, click here to read Bishop Gonia's blog about the recent violence in our country 

Check out another article on justice in a culture of gun violence here

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