This Week at Prince of Peace August 26, 2018

Chris Schaefer will be preaching for us August 25 and 26.

Please plan on welcoming him. Chris has been assigned to the Delaware-Maryland synod and has recently moved to the Baltimore area. He is awaiting call. We anxiously wait with him to see where God leads him next!

Join Pastor Christine on Sunday, August 26th at 10:45 am to discuss the ELCA’s Draft Social Statement on Women and Justice. This is a great opportunity to consider the church’s role in raising up women, in addressing bias, and dismantling systems which have historically silenced women. Please try to read at least the first 10 pages before our discussion. Questions? Please see Pastor Christine. A copy of the statement can be downloaded here .

Bible Art Journaling.

Join us Sunday, August 26 from 6-8pm. Carmen Hill uses her artistic skills to guide us in our creativity based on a brief scripture lesson led by Pastor Christine. This is a fun and creative way to get into God’s Word and enjoy each other’s company. Questions? Contact Pastor Christine.

Pastor Steve is on vacation August 20 – September 5.

School Supply Drive Thanks!

The congregation was generous in their abundant donations of backpacks, binders, paper & notebooks, etc! Your support of this critical program is greatly appreciated. Thank you all! And thanks to Joan Kawolik who organized the drive and delivered everything!

*NEW* PB&J for the Hungry

We are collecting peanut butter and jelly for Gaithersburg HELP to celebrate Back-to-School and help restock their pantry. Donations can be left in the special collection bucket in the narthex. The drive will continue through October, so please consider picking up something to donate each time you shop. The Sunday School will also be participating in this collection. If you have children, please encourage them to bring some to Sunday School.

KIDS: Bring your backpack with you to worship on September 1 or 2!

We will bless your backpacks during the children’s message as you begin a new school year. If you don’t attend school or daycare, bring a coloring book or some other item that you do ‘work’ in at home. BIG Kids (middle & high school): Please bring your backpacks too and join the younger kids up front that day. The more the merrier!

The Interfaith 5K Run/Walk is almost here – Register today!

Once again, Prince of Peace has partnered with Shaare Torah and the Islamic Society of the Washington Area to host the Montgomery County Interfaith 5K run! The event will take place on Labor Day Monday, September 3 at 8:00 am at the Soccerplex in Germantown. Proceeds from this event will benefit Gaithersburg HELP and C4. You may run, walk, or cheer at this event. When you sign up, select PoP as your team! Please come out and take a stand for hope! Questions? See Pastor Christine. Sign up here.

The POP Adult Choir is looking for singers!

We are a group that loves to sing, and we warmly encourage all levels of experience to sing with us. We rehearse every Wednesday 7:30-9:00 pm, and we sing at the late service one Sunday a month. Please join us each Wednesday evening beginning September 5 at 7:30 pm. If you have any questions, please contact our Choir Director, Lindsey Paradise.

The Serving in Worship schedule for August & September has been posted

on our website and the bulletin board in the narthex. Please review it and make arrangements for any conflicts. Thanks!

Women’s Bible Study

…will resume regular weekly meetings on Tuesday, September 4 at 12:30 pm. We will be discussing the book ‘Leaving Church’ by Barbara Brown Taylor. Please read chapters 1-3 (the chapters aren’t long). This is a great time to join our group! All are welcome, come when you can!

*DON’T FORGET* Our Fall Worship Schedule

… resumes on the weekend of Sept 8 & 9!Join us for:

  • Saturday Worship at 5 pm
  • Sunday Worship at 8:30 & 11:00 am
  • Sunday School at 9:45 am – Rally Day!

The Women’s Book Group selection for Thursday, September 13, 7:30 pm, is ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ by Celeste Ng. The book “explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster”. Please RSVP to our host, Judy Bruening.

Honduras Mission Trip Presentation! Please join us on September 16 at 10:00 am in the Sanctuary to hear about the great work the team from Haven Universe and Prince of Peace did on their recent trip to Honduras. Learn about the people, the country and culture, and how you might be able to participate in the future.

Posaunenchor, our German brass band friends from Hamm, Germany, will be returning to Prince of Peace on the weekend of October 13-14. They’ll play a concert on Saturday evening, and at both Sunday services on Sunday, October 14! This will be a great celebration weekend! We’re looking for a few hosts willing to house 2-4 band members over the weekend, and also help providing transportation. If you can help, or have questions, please contact Pastor Steve.

Running on Faith! In preparation for the Interfaith 5k on September 3 for which Prince of Peace is a sponsor, we have just started a weekly training/Bible study for those interested. We’ll meet one hour a week on Sunday evenings at 6 p.m. throughout the summer to read a Bible passage, run/walk for 30 min, then reflect on the passage while cooling down. All fitness (and spiritual!) levels welcome! Please feel free to join us. We also encourage ALL to sign up soon for the Interfaith 5k to represent Prince of Peace and to support a great cause!

Note To Any Federal Employees If you would like to support the Gibson family by donating leave to Lauren, please see the 3/15 Journal entry on Dara’s Caring Bridge page: Lauren and Dan are back to work currently and their family is enjoying some normalcy, however the future is unknown and leave donations will be needed if things change. Meal donations are currently not needed. Updates can be found on the CaringBridge site.

The July/August Glad Tidings is available on our website!

The updated POP Directory is available! Pick one up from the narthex.

Critical Need for Greeters & Ushers!

Please volunteer to serve at your preferred Sunday service. If willing, sign up in the narthex or contact the Office. You will be scheduled every 6-8 weeks. Thank you for helping!

The Flower Chart for 2018 still has a few openings!

Flowers can be given in memory or honor of a person or special occasion. A donation of $30 covers the flowers for a week, and they are yours to take home after the late service. Sign up on the Chart posted on the bulletin board in the narthex and place your donation (marked “Altar Flowers”) in the Offering. Thanks for adding to our worship experience!

Simplify with Online giving to Prince of Peace! It’s easy and will make your life easier. Just go to the church webpage and click the green Donate Online button. Giving online can help all of us easily provide consistent support for the church. Signup today!

Thanks for your used toner and ink cartridges and keep ’em coming! Bring them to PoP for recycling and we can get a credit toward purchasing office supplies. Please leave them in the designated box on the table in the foyer.