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COMMUNITY HARVEST DINNER


Food! Fun! Free! Peace Church will host its annual Community Harvest Dinner from 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28. This event will include children's activities, live music, the ever-popular cake walk, and more!

All are welcome at Peace! This is our signature event providing our authentic welcome and interest in engaging with friends, newly made or longtime known, strangers, and community members enjoying an afternoon of music, food, conversation, games, and crafts -- free and open to all.

Needed: Desserts, greeters, set-uppers, clean-uppers, servers, and items for the cake walk. See the sign-up sheet in the lobby.



PEACE BOOK CLUB


The Peace Book Club will meet at 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5 at Peace Church. The book for discussion is "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter" by Carson McCullers.

With its profound sense of moral isolation and its compassionate glimpses into its characters' inner lives, this novel is considered McCuller's finest work, and enduring masterpiece first published by Mifflin in 1940. At its center is the deaf-mute John Singer, who becomes the confidant for various types of misfits in a Georgia mill town during the 1930s. Each one years for escape from small town life. When Singer's mute companion goes insane, Singer moves into the Kelly house, where Mick Kelly, the book's heroine, finds solace in her music. Wonderfully attuned to the spiritual isolation that underlies the human condition, and with a deft sense for racial tensions in the South, McCullers spins a haunting, unforgettable sotry that gives voice to the rejected, the forgotten, and the mistreated and, through Mick Kelly, gives voice to the quiet, intensley personal search for beauty.

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 bkidder@woh.rr.com or contact Pastor Debbie at pastordeb@peacechurchbg.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

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 jstainb@bgsu.edu.

OCTOBER: Cocoon Shelter


The Cocoon Shelter's vision is the be a trusted partner, community leader, and transforming voice in Wood County and surrounding areas, committed to ending domestic violence and empowering those affected by it. It provides safe emergency housing to battered women and their children in Wood County at no cost. The shelter is accessible 24 hours a day. Length of stay is 30 days but this time can be extended if residents have imminent housing prospects and continue to benefit from staing in shelter. The shelter's services are based on an empowerment model by working in collaboration with many local agencies. Donations will help the shelter with ongoing basic needs for residents. The entry point for emergency shelter is the long-established crisis hotline at The Link, 419-352-1545.


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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.

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.

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 10/9/2018.

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