The Peace Messenger
SEASON: LENT 2017
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LENT & HOLY WEEK: The season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday and will continue
for the next 40 days, culminating in the week of Christ’s Passion. But wait, that’s more like
46 days,” you say. And you are right. This brings us to one of the interesting conundrums of
this season.
Lent is meant as a time of intentional focus on our spirituality and has traditionally
taken on a more serious and somber tone. However, Sunday is always a celebration of Christ’s
resurrection and therefore we are admonished from being somber and penitential on the day
of God’s victory over death. That’s why the six Sundays of Lent are not counted.
As such, our Lenten season will be a mix of happiness and contemplation as we
worship joyously on Sundays and reflectively on Wednesdays. And we hope that in
embracing both of these states of being we can help convey something of the everyday
holiness of this life of faith.
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from Pastor Nate
Pastor’s Message
Martin Luther used these words throughout
his Small Catechism to closely examine
parts of the Christian faith he felt were
essential to a life of which was not one of,
deplo rable, wretched deprivation.
Luther’s concern was not just that people
memorize these pieces of the faith, but that
they learn what these things mean: that
these pieces of faith are not just words, but
that they speak truthfully about who God is
to us and how we are to behave towards
each other.
I know that, for a lot of us, when we
were exposed to this book the focus was
mostly on memorizing and repetition. That
is a problem; and it is one we want to
amend. That is why, for the Wednesdays of
Lent, we are going to pick and choose
various pieces of the Small Catechism and
focus on this wonderful question, What
does this mean? Luther had his own
answers, and they are certainly useful to
read and know, but we do not live in the
16
th
century German states, so these are
things we need to think about and work
with for our day and time as well. This is
par t of the wonder ful give and take
relationship that a living tradition offers.
Now, we love our traditions, but we
also love fun, so as a part of these nights,
along with supper and the Small Catechism,
we will be playing games too. Im being
purposefully vague about this to keep it
alluring, but please know that there will be
fun, parallel play on hand to help grease
the wheels of conversation and fellowship.
All in all, I think it’s going to be an
amazing series and I am eager to see you
with us on Wednesday nights in Lent, at
6pm, in the Fellowship Hall. I wish you a
Good Lent.
Yours in Christ,
Pr. Nate+
WHAT IS THIS? OR WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
On March 19th, during FED time, our Bishop, Mark
Holmerud will be with us to talk about the Synod
and how we do "church together".
He will also be preaching for us at both worship
services.
Join us for this special Sunday of hearing a word
from our wider Synod!
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Special Services and Programs
Worship News
Starting March 8th
Prep 5:45, Meal 6:00 pm
Our theme for Lent this year is "What does this
mean?" On Wednesdays we will be gathering
around a common meal and worship in the
fellowship hall to eat, worship, talk, and
play. Pastor Nate will be guiding us through some
brief teachings from Martin Luther. The question
behind all of the teachings in the Small Catechism
is, "What does this mean." Our hope is to help
bring this 500 year old teaching into relevancy for
our lives of faith here and now.
Lenten Soup & Salad meals this year are in the
format that includes food preparation & clean-up
as part of the experience. We are still planning to
have groups “host” (to provide soups and salads.)
Help is always appreciated, even when there is a
host.
March 8No Host, help needed! Sign-up on
Sunday or call the office if you can help.
Mar 15Choir Host
Mar. 22Weavers HostSmall group so help
needed!
Mar 29NOW circle host
Apr 5 No Host, help needed! Sign-up on
Sunday or call the office if you can help.
LENTEN FED TIME
To continue our Lenten theme
FED time each Sunday will be
answering the question “What
does it mean?” with a variety of
presentations and leanings
around what our faith means to this PoP
community and our wider world! The schedule is
as follows:
March 5Rotating Men's Shelter Presentation by
Cathey Edwards, Executive Director of Faith in
Action Silicon Valley.
March 12Small Group Ministry Fair (Come and
learn about all of our groups and ministries here
at PoP. Prizes galore and opportunities to connect
to your PoP community!
March 19Bishop Mark W. Holmerud will be here
to talk about the synod and have a brief Q and A!
March 26Help Us Pack and Bless Care Packages
for our college youth!
April 2Adopt a Highway Kick-off and Introduction
LENTEN SERMON SERIES
Lent is for kids! Look for special Pixar characters coming to
a Sunday worship service near you, beginning March
5th and throughout the Sundays in Lent.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SOUP & SALAD:
DINNER WORSHIP
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Holy Week
PALM SUNDAY, APRIL 9
Regular Schedule 8:45 & 10:45
Palm Sunday service celebrates Jesus' arrival into Jerusalem.
The journey to the resurrection begins here-join us on the Journey.
MAUNDY THURSDAY, APRIL 13
Worship service: 7:30 pm
Maundy is Latin for mandate. Join us as we reflect on Jesus' last words to his disciples. You are invited
to bring a bottle of red wine and/or grape juice for our yearly communion stores.
GOOD FRIDAY, APRIL 14
9:00Noon and 2:00-4:00pm
Sanctuary open for walking the stations of the cross
Evening worship: 7:30 pm
Tenebrae Service with Gabriel Fauré's moving Requiem featuring choir soloists and a
small orchestra. In a Tenebrae service (Latin for darkness or shadows), a series of candles are
extinguished representing the gathering darkness of sin as Jesus moves toward death by crucifixion.
EASTER, APRIL 16
He has Risen! Risen indeed!
Joyous music makes a real Resurrection ruckus!
8:45 Casual worship with our own Youth Band
10:45 Traditional style worship with Sanctuary choir,
soloists & brass
9:15-10:45 Breakfast Fundraiser for Youth Programs in the Fellowship Hall
**NEW 10-10:30 Egg Hunt
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Community Service Opportunities
NEW OPPORTUNITY: ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY
Prince of Peace is commemorating our 60th Anniversary by "adopting" a
section of Highway 85 near the church. It will be our job to clean up the
northbound section between Saratoga Avenue and De Anza Boulevard
throughout the year. We are looking for volunteers to help with this effort.
Crews will clean-up approximately once per month. Neon vests, hardhats, and
all equipment will be provided.
If interested, please contact Ricky Williams
(rtwilli0520@gmail.com)
ROTATING SHELTER HOST
The rotating shelter will be here at Prince
of Peace in March
See the needs calendar at:
http://www.propeace.org/serve-take-action.html
CHURCH COUNCIL NEEDS YOU!
There are five (5) openings on the church council.
Elections are in May.
The Council is the volunteer leadership and vision
team who oversee operations, plan budgets, and
work with the Pastors to steer Prince of Peace.
Meetings will be on the third Wednesday, once
per month.
Contact Pastor Nate if you feel called to support
Prince of Peace in this way.
Prince
of Peace
CARE PACKAGES FOR
COLLEGE STUDENTS
On March 26th, as part of our
FED time, we will be putting
together care packages for our
students in college. In the
Sundays preceding, you are
invited to take a tag from our
"Giving Tree and return those items by Thursday
the 23rd of March. During the FED hour on
that Sunday, we will pack the boxes, stuff them
with little notes of encouragement, and bless
them with our prayers!
If you are a parent of a student who is in college,
please send your child's mailing address
to pastorsara@propeace.org so that we can have
the boxes pre-addressed and ready to mail.
CALL FOR SYNOD ASSEMBLY
DELEGATES
Synod Assembly is an annual gathering of
churches all over northern California. At
assemblies, actions are started, relationships
built, and our work together as the Sierra Pacific
Synod is strengthened. All voting members of PoP
are eiligible for one of three delegate positions. If
you are interested in this amazing gathering of
church folks, check your calendar to see if you are
available for an all-expense paid trip to bea-u-tiful
Fresno California on May 4th through the 6th. Talk to
Pastor Sara if you want to know more!
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Mark your Calendars for these Fellowship Opportunities
Fellowship News
SUMMER PATIO PARTY / GAME NIGHTS
Our Patio Parties are moving to 2nd Fridays:
Starts June 9 @ 6pm
You are asked to bring a salad or dessert to share. We will grill something
yummy. Stay for games, or just to chat.
THEOLOGY IN THE PUB & GAME NIGHTS
Resume in May
Because of Lent and Good Friday there will not be game nights or Theology
Pub in March and April.
Pastor Nate will be at Seniore’s Pizza on May 3 for Theology in the Pub and
Game Nights return on Friday, May 12 at 6:30.
EASTER EGG HUNT!
EASTER SUNDAY
April 16
at 10:00 am
All kids and neighbors through fifth grade are welcome and
invited! Big kids come be bunny helpers
COMING THIS SPRING:
INTERFAITH PICNIC & SPORTS
Dates: To be determined
We are exploring the idea of an inter-faith softball league, as well as
opportunities to get together with the other faith communities in Saratoga.
Watch the Peace Notes and website for details as they emerge!
PRINCE OF PEACE
Evangelical Lutheran Church
12770 Saratoga Avenue
Saratoga, CA 95070
(Corner of Cox and Saratoga Ave.)
Return Service Requested
Non-Profit Org.
US Postage Paid
Permit No.7
Saratoga, CA
STAFF
Pastors: Rev. Sara Pearson & Rev. Nathan Winterhof
Dir. Of Music: Barbara Day Turner
Children/Youth Dir.: Kendall Jeske
Community Life Dir: Anne Hess
Music Staff Associate: Kerry Lewis
Organist: Michael Touchi
Office Manager: Carol Gobby
CHURCH COUNCIL OFFICERS
President: Sandra Long
Vice-President: Janet Chance
Secretary: Tim Hoffman
Treasurer: Jane Pyle
ENDOWMENT FUND: Roger Curry, Erik Hess,
Maria Garibaldi, Ken Pyle, Carol Rydeen
CHURCH COUNCIL COMMITTEE LEADERS
Financial Secretary: Reinhard Wolter
Children/Youth Ministry: Sandra Long & Jon Linthacum
Christian Education: Bill McHugh & Janet Chance
Evangelism/Bridging: Janet Chance & Maria Jorgensen
Fellowship: Marilyn Clawson & Rita Baum
Property: Barbara Emerson
Social Ministry: North Grueskin & Karen Hauschildt
Stewardship: Bill McHugh
Worship & Music: Tim Hoffman & North Grueskin
COMMITTEE LEADS
Women of ELCA Pres.: Jennifer Robert
Mutual Ministry: Todd Hauschildt, Carol Carroll, Jerry
Katzung
Lector Coordinator: Maria Garibaldi
Head Ushers: Jim Wilczak & Todd Hauschildt
Office Phone: (408) 253-7167
Email: office@propeace.org
Fax #: (408) 253-7280
Website: www.propeace.org
Pastors: pastorsara@propeace.org
pastornate@propeace.org