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THIS SUNDAY AT PRINCE OF PEACE

The Holy Trinity- First Sunday After Pentecost
NO WORSHIP

7 June 2020


Year A Readings
Genesis 1:1–2:4a
Psalm 8 (1)
2 Corinthians 13:11-13
Matthew 28:16-20

Prayer of the Day
Almighty Creator and ever-living God: we worship your glory, eternal Three-in-One, and we praise your power, majestic One-in-Three. Keep us steadfast in this faith, defend us in all adversity, and bring us at last into your presence, where you live in endless joy and love, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Lay Ministry Groups suspended until further notice

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Church Inquiries: PoP
Email: poplogan3@gmail.com
Phone: 
 435-752-7753

Official Church Contact: Pastor Emily Kuenker
Email: 
pastoremily.princeofpeace@gmail.com
Phone: 720-579-8229

Communications: Kara Bradford
Email:  poplogan3@gmail.com

THE PAPER PULPIT
The Paper Pulpit:
Dear Church,

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. These are the words I use to greet you whenever we worship together, and these days I mean them more than ever. I am sending you grace, love, and communion.

As we have heard countless times in the last few months we are living through “unprecedented times.” At the outset of the year, probably none of us could have foreseen what 2020 would look like. I remember those early days of January when I thought the biggest news story of the year would be the bush fires raging in Australia...that seems like a long time ago now. That was before quarantine, before drive through COVID testing, before the suspension of in person school and the postponement of the summer Olympics. That was before Ahmaud Arberry, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd were senselessly and unjustly killed and streets in our cities were occupied by both peaceful demonstrations and violent agitators. So much has happened in just a matter of months, and if you are anything like me, you might be wondering where we left the receipt for 2020, so we can return or exchange it for a new year.

Times like these are often revealing. We find out more about the social structures and conditioning that has shaped our culture. We see the fissures in the systems we rely on. But, in difficult times, we also find out who we are. We see our true character emerge and we discover what we really believe in. We find out where we put our faith. 

So my friends, it is with both faith and frustration that we face the days ahead, and attempt to do our level best. And this is the very reason I send you grace, love, and communion, because in the church, these virtues are our starting place. It is the goodness, the fellowship, the encouragement that we find in our relationship with God and with this beloved community that are our foundation. When we begin with grace, love, mercy, peace and justice, I am confident that our most spacious imagination, and our most faithful behavior will follow. I wish these upon your lives, and our life together as a congregation.

Grace and peace to you, to our church, and to our world.
 

-Pastor Emily

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.
Send Us Your Birthday!:
We want to celebrate birthdays together as a community! Karin has put together a google form for people to fill out their name and birthday so we can celebrate when the time comes. Don't worry! We won't ask you for the year, *wink wink;) 

Birthday Doc
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
Top Ten Reasons to do some Weeding at Church:
1. You’ve run out of weeds at your own place

2. Your current residence has no yard and you are longing to get down in the dirt

3. You want to re-visit childhood memories of helping your parents with weeding

4. You’re interested in learning how to combine yoga with weeding – free demonstration upon request

5. You'd like a free cup of coffee and a muffin – delivered upon request if pre-arranged

6. You’ve always wanted to learn the difference between weeds and flowers – free in-person tutorial upon request

7. You're eager to get out of the house to do something productive outdoors

8. You're concerned about keeping your distance while doing something for the church (the yard is big enough)

9. You want to make the world more beautiful by keeping our flowerbeds looking good

10. You're into working on your tan and your muscles at the same time.

Also: Set your own hours, go when you can. Even an hour is great if that’s all you’ve got. 

If you worry you can’t participate because you don’t have the tools, have no fear. Just text Karin (435-760-5350) to borrow tools. Same number for questions or requests.

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!
UPCOMING EVENTS
Vigil for Floyd:
When:This Friday, 6/5/2020 (6 p.m.-8 p.m.)
Where: Corner of 200 N and Main St., Logan, UT


Bring your own sentimental items to lay at rest, your own source of light (candle/phone), and an open mind and heart.

*Masks and social distancing are required. Love is required!
 
Vigil for Racial Justice and Healing:
When: This Sunday, June 7th at 7 p.m.
Where: Zoom

The vigil is being organized by Prince of Peace, St. John's Episcopal and First Presbyterian. Details including the Zoom link will be forthcoming. 

 
Suicide Prevention Training:
The Utah Pride Center recently began a new program to develop a more strategic plan for LGBTQ+ Suicide Prevention & Services across the state of UT. The goal of this program is to help expand access to education, tools, and resources to outlying parts of Utah (areas outside of Salt Lake County - with an initial focus on St. George and Logan).

One of the big focus areas of this project is creating community gatekeepers by offering Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) suicide prevention training, and your team might be a great fit for it.

QPR is designed to help you help someone who may be considering suicide. If you are a friend, parent, spiritual leader, professional caregiver, police officer, firefighter, teacher, youth leader, or staff in any human-serving organization, you will very likely have first-hand contact with people who have thoughts of suicide. This training is free, virtual, and open to all adults 18 and older.

The Utah Pride Center is offering QPR training Mondays from 1-3pm and Fridays 10:30-12:30 p.m. through the end of June. If you and your team are interested in receiving this training, please register through the following link: https://forms.gle/VKbqqLKbuZRjJtuF9

Small Group Worship:
 The Northern Cohort will meet Tuesdays at 5 p.m. and the Southern and Central Cohorts will meet together on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. 

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. 
FINANCIAL DASHBOARD
         Income     Expenses     Bottom Line
FYD   $
117,140     $82,478     $+34,662
Apr.   $7,995          $9,345        $-1,350

FYD = Fiscal-year-to-date
Apr.= April 2020

*all of the offerings collected in April have not been deposited yet, so that is why the bottom line is negative this month.

 
COUNCIL CORNER
New Council President, Erik Ingram wrote this month's Council Corner, "Until We Meet Again." He reflects on the community of PoP and recent efforts to remain connected. His words issue hope for the future meetings of PoP, face-to-face. To read his article, click here!
 

IN OUR PRAYERS

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

Wisdom and safety for all those protesting in Minneapolis and in cities around the country

Safety for those in the Utah Guard who have been sent to Washington DC


Healing and recovery for Julie L's sister, Karen, after surgery

Healing, comfort and peace for Karin's father Jacque who has undergone minor strokes and is facing surgery

Peace for Alex, Kristi G's niece, who is eager to join the protests in her city, and safety for her if she should go out to demonstrate

Comfort and peace for Julia P, as she mourns for two foster kittens who passed while in her care


Peace and comfort for Elaine and her family as they mourn the passing of her cat, River

Prayers of thanksgiving for Paul, friend of Paula, who is continuing to improve after being in a coma, comfort for his wife, Christina, and continued wisdom and guidance for his medical team

Prayers of thanksgiving for safe arrival and new opportunities for David, Elaine's son, who is working in Alaska this summer

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

SYNOD NEWS
Check out Bishop Gonia and the Synod Council's recommendations on reopening here!
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