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THIS SUNDAY AT PRINCE OF PEACE

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

11 August 2019
Year C Readings
Genesis 15:1-6
Psalm 33:12-22 (22)
Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16
Luke 12:32-40
Prayer of the Day
Almighty God, you sent your Holy Spirit to be the life and light of your church. Open our hearts to the riches of your grace, that we may be ready to receive you wherever you appear, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Green
Lay Ministry Groups
August 11: 1
August 18: 2
August 25: 3
September 1: 4
Important Dates To Know

August 5-10: Churchwide Assembly in Milwaukee
August 8: 10:00 a.m. Bible Study at PoP
August 8: 6:30 p.m. Church Council Meeting
August 14: 7:30 a.m. Bible Study at Angie's
August 15: 10:00 a.m. Bible Study at PoP
August 19: 6:40 p.m. Choir Practice begins

Interim Pastor Teri Hermsmeyer
Email: teri.hermsmeyer@gmail.com 
Phone: (303) 903-4171
Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday and as needed on emergency basis.

Communications: Kara Bradford
Email: karadbradford@gmail.com

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Big things are happening! August 5-10 marks the date for the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The theme is "We are Church." Voting members will meet to decide on a number of things that will prove to be influential in the future of the church.

Watch it live here:
https://elca.org/cwa-2019/
Choir Practice:
Choir practice begins August 19th at 6:40 p.m. at PoP.
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.
St. John's Episcopal Summer Rummage Sale
Saturday August 17 - 8 a.m. to Noon
Items may be donated to the Rummage Sale through Sunday, August 11th.

The Blessing Box is almost empty! Non-perishable food items are urgently needed.

Ministry Site Profile on Prince of Peace sent to ELCA-now awaiting candidates! Click here to see the official posting
Pastor Teri now enjoys the front church office. Over the rest of summer (until USU starts), you can most likely find her there on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons 1:30 - 5:30, and Wednesdays 10-6 (minus a lunch break in there).  Tuesday mornings after meeting with Kara (communications intern) at 9:00 a.m., you can find Pastor Teri at Cafe Ibis until 12:30 p.m.

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

Pastor's Note:
Once again, we are a nation grieving the gun violence in our country. My heart just sank deeper each time I heard the news from Gilroy, El Paso, and Dayton (my home town before moving to Colorado in 1964). The number of mass murders in our country has spiraled. And nothing is being done, no matter how many times this is brought up! All states but California allow military style (automatic) rifles to be sold to the public (legally).
Yes – mental health awareness education is spreading across the US, so we know how to identify it and lead that person to professional help. Does Prince of Peace want to get on board with that and help be a part of mental health awareness education (e.g. www.MentalHealthFirstAid.org)? What else can we do to curb violence in this community of Cache Valley? As we are called to serve the marginalized and the poor, we are also called to help the oppressed and strive for justice for all. Although written in 1994, the ELCA social statement on Community Violence (link) remains sadly relevant today. The message speaks about the causes of violence as complex and pervasive, and of how violence breeds violence. In proclaiming the forgiveness and love of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the church addresses the root of violence while being committed to social actions that respond directly to community violence and the people it affects. The message explores how the church can live out this commitment as a community of worship, education, service and ongoing deliberation and advocacy. “Community Violence” urges us to become more involved in countering the reality and fear of violence
in our communities and our neighbors’ communities, pursuing justice and seeking peace no matter how long the journey or complex the challenge. How will Prince of Peace become more involved in this? Who will step forward and take a stand? Please read the document to plant seeds of ideas to carry out.

Christ’s peace and love to you all+
Pastor Teri

P.S. To read a summary of the first day of the ELCA Churchwide Assembly, Monday, August 5th click here.

HOLY HUMOR
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), Becky Yeager and her father, Paula Zsiray, and Lesa Wilson after surgeries.

Prayers for those grieving lives lost in El Paso and Dayton including all those effected by mass murders in our country

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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