NEWS BLOG

Navigating the Vaccine Process

There are so many things in our lives that we don’t have the power to change. But there’s one very concrete thing we can do to fight the coronavirus: get vaccinated for Covid-19, to help move us towards herd immunity. Many of us have already had the first or both shots; many of us are still working on getting an appointment. The process of getting that appointment can be daunting and frustrating. We rejoice that an increasing number of our community members are being successful in getting vaccinated, but for those you haven’t been successful yet, here is some information that might help you.


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Godly Play

Godly Play Comes to Big Church

For the season of Lent, our Godly Play circle will not meet live at 9:30. Instead, the Godly Play circle will be embraced within the wider circle of Big Church…where we all can share and grow from the story of Lent. If you need to come to the circle after Sunday morning, you will still find the story posted as an independent video on the Peace Facebook page.

If you received a care package from Peace for Lent, there are story cards you can color or use for reflection that connect to the story. If you want to print those cards (or additional copies) you can find them here.


Support

Support—to keep from falling or yielding to stress—is something we all need. God gives us support through our Christian brothers and sisters. Let us all be sensitive to one another’s needs and take the time to support each other through prayers, phone calls, or friendly chats on Zoom.
 
Please remember that we have Stephen Ministers who are willing to give their support.
 
If you’d like to learn more about Stephen Ministry for yourself or someone else (inside or outside our congregation), please email us with your contact information or call the church office and and a Stephen Leader will contact you.
 
During this period of social distancing, we can provide care by telephone, video conferencing, or other methods needed to maintain social distance. 


Resources for Lent

You may use these resources during the season of Lent:
 
 
 
 
Home Companion booklet for home worship from Lent through Pentecost


Ash Wednesday and Lent

A Lent at Home care package for your household will be delivered to local Peace community members who weren’t able to pick one up. If you would like to have a bag delivered, let us know.  Thanks to all who were able to drop off a donation of hygiene items to help stock the Mobile Loaves & Fishes truck. 
 
Resources for Lent will be published here and in the weekly email. 

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Weekly Connections Update

Here are some of the ways to stay connected with Peace throughout the week:

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Celebrate Epiphany

We remember the magi’s journey to worship the Christ child, and we participate in the world-wide tradition of blessing homes for the new year…as the magi blessed the Holy Family’s home with their visit…and as Christ blesses our earthly home by his incarnate presence. (Have some chalk handy to do your own house blessing after worship!) We will also hear a sermon from guest preacher, Jarell Wilson!


Christmas Eve Services 2020

This Christmas Eve will be unlike any we have ever known, and our Peace family has worked together from a distance to offer our praise to the God who is born among us again, in the midst of the most difficult times.

Please feel free to join in whichever parts of our Christmas Eve worship are right for you. We look forward to sharing in worship on this holiest of nights.
 
For Christmas Eve worship this year, there are two ways to join us – one entirely virtual; the other – a safely distanced, in-person journey through the Christmas story.

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Advent Resources

Here are resources for luminarias and devotionals for your Advent preparations:


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12/13/20 Christmas Program

Join us here, on Facebook or YouTube for the Christmas Program at 1:00 pm on December 13.


TLU Christmas Vespers 12/4/20

Singing Darkness To Light – Christmas Vespers: Dec. 4, 2020
Join TLU for a special virtual performance marking the 80th anniversary of this sacred service of music and word by the TLU choirs and musicians. The event will be available on TLU’s YouTube channel starting Friday, December 4.


Year-end Giving

If you are able, please consider making an extra contribution to Peace in December. Our third quarter contributions have been lower than projected, and we expect to fall far short of meeting our expenses this year. There are several ways to give:

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Preschool Reopens in January 2021

Our Peace Preschool is reopening in January and looks forward to seeing our preschool families, both current and new. Please reach out  if you are interested in very small classes and individualization. For more information visit the website.


Feeling Stressed?

Stress: Constraining forces or influences that can cause bodily or mental tension
We’ve all felt and know what it is. But sometimes the stress level reaches a point where things begin to break. Don’t let you stress reach that point. Stephen Ministers are available to help you work through life’s difficulties and give you a safe, confidential place to vent your troubles.

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Submit Photos for Advent

You’re invited to contribute photos for Advent worship or participate in wreath lighting!


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Giving Tree

Deadline December 6, 2020
It’s been a tradition for Peace to support Hill Country Giving Tree by purchasing Christmas gifts for children. This year, to keep everyone safer, we’ve been asked to provide cash donations, gift cards, or direct ship from the wish list to support this project instead of purchasing gifts. Please click here to find out how to provide gifts for children in the community!
 


Christmas Program Online

Recording December 6, 2020 – Online Presentation December 13, 2020
This year our Children’s Christmas Program will be done online! We will record our program via Zoom, and share it on December 13th! You can find our script here. And you can sign up for a part here on Sign Up Genius. There are many different parts to be filled, and children and adults are welcome to participate!

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Communion Nuts & Bolts

Each Sunday during we will gather around the sacrament of Holy Communion. And, like everything else in this age of pandemic, it’s going to look and feel different – and we trust God will be revealed in new and wonderful ways even as we muddle through what is not yet familiar. Below is a description of what we will be doing…and if you have any questions at all…please don’t hesitate to contact Pastor Carolyn

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A Little Help from My Friends…

I get by with a little help from my friends…
Remember the Beatles song? We all need a concerned caring friend in these stressful times. A Stephen Minister can listen and care for you or for someone you know who is going through a rough time.
 
Please email us with your contact information or call the church office and and a Stephen Leader will contact you. During this period of social distancing, we can provide care by telephone, video conferencing, or other methods needed to maintain social distance.


Peace Family Bible Project

In celebration of the Reformation, and Martin Luther helping to put Scripture into the hands of all people, we will be creating our own Peace family Bible (or at least, to start with, the Gospel of Mark). All who wish are invited to sign up to hand-write one chapter of Mark’s gospel.

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Lanterns on the Labyrinth

Sunday, November 22, 2020   5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Join us on November 22 near the labyrinth at Peace Lutheran Church for a meditation walk from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Lanterns/luminarias will light your way on the labyrinth that evening and Tom Winn will provide guitar instrumental music. We will wear masks and socially distance for this outdoor activity. You may also pick up a kit to make lanterns to light your Advent at home.


Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service

Tuesday, November 24, 2020   7:30 pm
Peace will be participating in the Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 7:30 pm. Below are the links to the live service, hosted by Unity Church of the Hills:

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Cub Pack 1720 Helped with Election Cleanup

Cub Pack 1720, a Peace Lutheran Charter troop, helped with the post election clean-up of our 3.85 acres last Sunday.  Many hands definitely made our load lighter.  Heartfelt thanks goes out to the leaders and parents of these super kids. 


Congregational Meeting

Virtual Congregational MeetingSunday, November 8th at 11:15am

Please plan to attend via Zoom the Fall Meeting of the Congregation on November 8th at 11:15 am. We will be electing new officers, directors, and board members; voting on the annual budget for 2021; voting on the Pre-School budget; and reviewing annual board reports. The full agenda and reports will be available for your review before the meeting. Check the weekly email for the link to the report.


Turkey Drive

Hill Country Community Ministries Holiday Meals Project
Update: We raised over $1,900 for holiday meals, serving over 76 families. Thanks for your generous support of our neighbors in need!
Each year we find that families in our neighborhood need assistance with their holiday meals. With the pandemic this need is greater than ever. Peace is raising money throughout October to supply meals to those in need through our partnership with Hill Country Community Ministries (HCCM).

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