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CREATION CARE CELEBRATION
The third annual Creation Care Celebration will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at Peace Church. This free community event hosted by the Black Swamp Green Team is open to all. The event will feature local efforts, organizations, and leaders practicing good stewardship and increasing awareness and practices for sustainable, renewable energy use and healthy living.
Come enjoy a provided light lunch, music by the Peace Band, and presentations on the value, threats, and actions to improve Lake Erie and sustain clean water in our area and beyond.
SPRING SPRUCE UP
The Peace Church building and property is in need of its annual spring tidying and tending. There are indoor and outdoor tasks for all ages, and your help is needed and greatly appreciated! We will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 21; donuts and beverages will be provided.
Anyone who donated potted flowers to beautify our space for our Easter celebrations may take them home to plant or tend.
PEACE BOOK CLUB
The Peace Book Club will meet at 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, April 9 at Peace Church. The book for discussion is "Frankenstein" by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.
With the emergence and forthcoming integration of artificial intelligence in our daily activities, a classic tale has been chosen for the next book conversation. The conversation should be very enlightening!
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!
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: 2017 envelopes are available. If yours are missing or you would like to start using a set, contact Jim Stainbrook at firstname.lastname@example.org.
APRIL: Lutheran Disaster Relief - Puerto Rico
Lutheran Disaster Relief - Puerto Rico (LDR-PR) is a ministry of Lutheran Social Services of Puerto Rico (LSSRPR). Partnering with LDR-PR and the Caribbean Synod, Lutheran Disaster Response distributes critical relief supplies such as food, water, formula, and diapers during the days and weeks immediately following a disaster. Through its continued partnership, it also provides household items like mattresses as well as case management to individuals and families to indentify other unmet needs in communities.
Lutheran Disaster Response continues to work with LDR-PR to build its capacity to respond to Hurricane Maria. A multi-year volunteer rebuild/repair program is being developed and will be in place for the long term. To learn more, visit www.elca.org/Our-Work/Relief-and-Development/Lutheran-Disaster-Response/Our-Impact/Hurricane-Relief.
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.
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 email@example.com. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org and get on the list for timely updates and requests.
This page updated 4/9/2018.
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