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CONGREGATIONAL MEETING AND DECORATING


Peace Church's annual congregational meeting has been rescheduled for 12:15 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3. A light lunch will be served.

The season of Advent begins Dec. 3 as well, and we will be decking the halls after the meeting, about 1:30 p.m. Your help is always needed and appreciated!



HOUSING CONVERSATIONS


In January, February, and March of 2018, the Continuum of Care Wood County (CoWCW) will be conducting community conversations regarding housing, homelessness, and what causes housing struggles.

The purpose is to gain information from Wood County residents on their housing struggles, specifically the causes and how agencies can change the manner in which these issues are addressed. These conversations will occur in all areas of the county to reach as many community members as possible, those with or without housing struggles.

Watch for more details!



PEACE BOOK CLUB


The Peace Book Club will meet at 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11) at Peace Church. The book for discussion is "Ruby" by Cynthia Bond.

A New York Times bestseller and Oprah Book Club 2.0 selection, the epic, unforgettable tale of a man determined to protect the woman he loves from the town desperate to destroy her. This beautiful and devastating debut heralds the arrival of a major new voice in fiction.

Check with the Wood County Library a few weeks before that date, copies may be available for our club by then. See Pastor Debbie as she may have extra copies to lend. As strange as it may seem, one does not need to read the book to participate; the conversation is not so much a literary review but rather exploration of questions and insights gleaned from the story.



SOLAR PANELS POWERING PEACE


Check out the roof of Peace Church on the east end of the south side: We have solar panels up there!

They look really great and they are operating great as well. We can monitor via a computer app each panel's production and whether there are any failings or concerns. We expect to see as much as a 25-percent savings in our utility bills, which we will be able to apply to ministry!

This project was made possible with the gift we received from the Leonard and Margaret Davis trust and was one of four environmental projects. They proclaim God's resourcefulness and generosity by embracing and practicing good creation care, doing what we can to lower our carbon footprint, reduce our negative impact on the environment, and promote this calling to the larger community in a positve and inviting manner.

Approximately $40,000 is accomplishing this effort in four ways. We have:

  • Partnered with Ohio Interfaith Power and Light and Energy Stewards to monitor and analyze our energy use. (This is an ongoing effort.)
  • Upgraded our facility to LED lighting.
  • Purchased a picnic table equipped with solar-powered lighting and electric outlets.
  • Installed solar panels on the south side to both promote and practice energy efficiency.

Other projects made possible by the trust gift include new playground equipment, sponsorship of a Syrian refugee family, and debt reduction.

Thanks be to God for generous neighbors and for granting us a vision to keep striving to Create Christ-Connected Community!



MITTENS FOR DEVLAC HALL


Peace's Cast-off Ministry collects hand-crafted items of care, concern and cheer to cast off to others, especially to those experiencing significant need. This ministry is grounded in prayer and upon request by parishoners or as prompted by Pastor Debbie.

Prayer shawls, infant caps, and blankets are always welcomed, and this time of year we especially welcome mittens for the women residents of Devlac Hall, a women’s residential chemical dependency treatment program here in Bowling Green (and a special outreach of the Share Team.)

Purchased mittens are appreciated too. Any extras will be shared with the Salvation Army to distribute this winter as needed.

Shawls are prayed upon at worship before being taken to the recipient. Give items to Pastor Debbie or place in basket at the base of the Lord’s Table for prayer and distribution.



TAIZE WORSHIP EXPERIENCE


Our weekly Taizé service is held at 6 p.m. Thursdays at Peace.

Modeled after the worship of the Taizé ecumenical community in France, the service is calm and contemplative, connecting one’s spirit to the Spirit of God with prayer, song and silence.

All are welcome to participate without requirement or judgment. Please join us!


Special Offerings

Special Offerings are selected by the Share Team and are offered throughout the year as a way for us to stretch our benevolence as an extra expression of thanksgiving to God’s generosity and desire for a just world.

The Share Team encourages you to make a special offering each month as an expression of thanks to God for something significant or special in your life.

To contribute, please use the pink envelope from your offering box, or one marked special on an envelope available on the songbook shelf.

NOTE: 2017 envelopes are available. If yours are missing or you would like to start using a set, contact Jim Stainbrook at jstainb@bgsu.edu.

NOVEMBER: ELCA World Hunger Appeal


The ELCA World Hunger Appeal is a connected, comprehensive, and compassionate program that helps individuals and communities obtain and sustain self-sufficiency. Through our annual giving and caring, through our advocacy and action, we make a life-saving difference.>/p>

Gifts to the Appeal total near $25 million per year with more than 90 percent of every gift providing direct support for our church's hunger ministry, and less than a dime per dollar used for administration. About 60 percent of the offering supports two key partners and their efforts around the world: Lutheran World Relief and Lutheran World Federation.

ELCA World Hunger responds to Christ's call to "Go and do likewise' (Luke 10:37), serving with compassion people who are most vulnerable, paying focused attention to the full participation of women and the needs of children.


Year Round Giving:

All non-perishable food and hygiene items welcomed. Loose cash offerings on second Sundays of the month are donated to the food pantry for purchases from local food banks. Old cell phones may be donated to help fund services for the Cocoon Shelter. Place items in the blue tub under table near north exit in the church lobby.

Community Opportunities


Interested in using Peace Church facility for a community or family event? See Pastor Debbie for details on use of the building. Barring any inconsistency with the Mission and Vision of Peace Church, or calendar conflict, use is approved with the understanding that the host is responsible for setting up for the event and cleaning up afterwards.
Creator God, making us one in Christ, guide us by your Spirit
and create your community in this place. Thank you. Amen.

Volunteer opportunity - BG Christian Food Pantry

Occasional help on Saturdays is needed from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. For more information or to volunteer, call Shirley Woessner at 419-601-2760. The two food pantry locations have been combined into just the E. Wooster pantry, which is open M-W-F-Sat 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday.

Prayer Requests / Ministry

Those requesting prayer are asked to notify Pastor Debbie by calling 419-266-5865 or emailing pastordeb@peacechurchbg.org. She will include them in the Sunday Weekly Notes and Prayers for the People at worship. She also will share them with the Prayer Wheel Ministry, a confidential email list. To join this ministry, please contact Pastor Debbie.

Please keep in mind Patient Privacy Act precludes hospitals or other care facilities to contact Pastor Debbie without your permission. Please include her as a contact on your registration so that she may be notified.

Prayer for Faithful Response to Others

Holy God, help us to be quick to understand and eager to assist where we can.
Let no one in our midst celebrate without companions, grieve without consolation, sin without mercy, suffer without loving care, live without respect, hunger without food, or die without being tended with love and surrounded by prayer. Amen.

Prayer for National Tragedy

O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son. Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance
and hatred that infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us;
unite us in bonds of love; and through our struggle and confusion, empower us
to work for peace and justice. Amen

Smile!

Our web/communications team will continue taking occasional pictures of our sharing, learning and celebrating Christ. Some of these will find their way to the Peace web site and other printed publications. If you would like not to be included, please advise Pastor Debbie.

Internet

Wireless High-Speed Internet is available within the church building for anyone to use. Enjoy!

Peace Email List

Are you currently on the Peace email list? If you've received an e-note from Pastor Debbie in the last month the answer is yes. If not, please forward your address to her at: pastordeb@peacechurchbg.org and get on the list for timely updates and requests.

This page updated 11/20/2017.

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