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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.



COMMUNITY YARD SALE


Peace Church's annual Community Yard Sale is slated for Saturday, June 23. If you wish to donate items for Peace to sell, you may place them in the Fellowship Hall beginning May 27. Please see the recommended donation items in the sale information packet; fashion accessories and vintage clothing sell well, but you may wish to donate your regular clothing elsewhere. If you'd like to be a vendor, please fill out a vendor form. The packet and form are available on the tall table in the lobby as well as on our Facebook page.

The yard sale is always a wonderful opportunity to connect with our neighbors, and volunteers are always appreciated. Look for a sign-up sheet in the lobby at Peace.


PEACE BOOK CLUB


The Peace Book Club will meet at 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, May 14 at Peace Church. The book for discussion is "Lucky Boy" by Shanthi Sekaran.

This novel gives voice to the devotion and anguish of motherhood through two women bound together by their love for one boy. Soli, a young undocumented Mexican woman, finds that motherhood offers her an identity in a world where she is otherwise invisibile. When she is placed in immigrant detention, her son comes under the care of Kavya, an Indian-American wife overhwhelmed by her own impossible desire to have a child. As Soli fights for her son, Kavya builds her love on a fault line, her heart wrapped around someone else's child. This is a very timely book given the real-time, real-life experience of so many immigrant children at our borders.

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

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.

JUNE: ELCA National Appeal


Launched in February 2014, Always Being Made New, the ELCA’s first comprehensive campaign, seeks to raise $198 million in support of new and expanded church-wide ministries above and beyond those supported by our regular benevolence offering. The campaign seeks to:

  • Renew and begin new congregations
  • End poverty and hunger, and overcome malaria
  • Identify, train and support new leaders
  • Engage young people in the life of the church
  • Grow its capacity to serve globally, including supporting women leaders among companion synods

As of March 31, 2018, the campaign has received nearly $147 million in cash and multi-year commitments, representing 74% of our $198 million goal. The special offerings received at Peace this month will go directly to assist the ELCA in developing leaders.


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 6/12/2018.

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