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Peace Church is hosting an American Red Cross blood drive from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. Walk-ins are accepted but it is best to make an appointment. Call 1-800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code PEACELUTHERAN.
Save time at the blood drive by using RapidPass. On the day of the drive, log on to redcrossblood.org/rapidpass to read the required material and answer all the health history questions in advance. Print out the verification form or sent it to your email where you can access it electronically with a smartphone. Verification forms are required to be shown at the blood drive.
Every donor is warmly welcomed at Peace and will be offered a beverage and a cup of homemade and/or a slice of homemade pie, along with the regular snacks provided by the Red Cross. Thank you!
PEACE BOOK CLUB
The Peace Book Club will meet at 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1 at Peace Church. The book for discussion is "An American Marriage" by Tayari Jones.
An Oprah Book Club 2018 selection, this novel is a stirring love story, a deeply insightful examination of the hearts and minds of three people who are at once bound and separated by forces beyond their control. 'An American Marriage' is a masterpiece of storytelling, an intimate look into the souls of people who must reckon with the past while moving forward -- with hope and pain -- into the future. It also is on President Obama's summer reading list. For more information visit www.tayarijones.com/books/an-american-marriage.
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.
PEACE COMMUNITY GARDEN
Peace brother Bruce Kidder is gardening the Peace Community Garden this year while the Common Ground is focused on reorganizing and re-energizing their holistic and welcoming work for BGSU students and others. Bruce has planted a very ambitious garden and appreciates any help in keeping the weeds down so as to have an abundant a harvest as possible. Questions? Email Bruce at email@example.com or contact Pastor Debbie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
Taizé 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 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: 2018 envelopes are available. If yours are missing or you would like to start using a set, contact Jim Stainbrook at email@example.com.
SEPTEMBER: ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission
Gracia Luoma-Overstreet, granddaughter of Peace sister Louis Luoama, has been accepted to be part of YAWGM in Argentina and Uruguay. She writes that she is very excited to be immersed in Spanish language and to learn about a new culture.
A year of service through the Young Adults in Global Mission program invites young adults to become the hands and feed of Jesus in the world, providing critical support to ministries and projects in communities of need. It also invites volunteers into a journey of self-reflection, providing space to consider their sense of identity, God's work in the world, and their place within it all.
Young adults serve in the spirit of accompaniment, walking alongside global companions in a manner that practices mutuality, interdependence, and solidarity. Areas of service include but are not limited to health and development, congregational ministry, human rights, education, homelessness, addiction recovery, women's issues, and children and youth.
Each participant is required to raise funds for this work and all Peace gifts will go to the ELCA for Gracia.
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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.
and create your community in this place. Thank you. Amen.
Prayer Requests / Ministry
Those requesting prayer are asked to notify Pastor Debbie by calling 419-266-5865 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.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
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.
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: email@example.com and get on the list for timely updates and requests.
This page updated 9/5/2018.
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