Good News of Peace L E T T E R January 2014 A.D.
From the Pastor’s Desk And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. - Isaiah 9:6 Dear Friends in Christ, As I sit down to write this, I am finding it hard to believe that, just like that, another Advent and Christmas have already come and gone. You may agree. Of course, on the Church Year calendar it will still be Christmas for another week and a half. Because Epiphany, January 6, falls on a Monday, we will have a First Sunday after Christmas and a Second Sunday after Christmas this year before the Epiphany season begins. Even then, Epiphany is really still a part of the larger Christmas season, and we will have a long one this year - Ash Wednesday isn't until March 5. Nevertheless, for all practical purposes, once the calendar turns to December 26, Christmas is done for another year. Gradually, our family gatherings come to a halt, the gifts and the decorations get put away, and our lives begin to return to normal. As a result, it is easy to find ourselves with post-holiday blues. As the old Christmas song says, "It's the most wonderful time of the year." And just like that, it's over. The joys of the season are mostly behind us, and what lies ahead is the potential bleakness of the rest of winter.
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For some of us, however, the holidays may not be the most wonderful time of the year. For many, the season may have brought unwanted anxiety in the form of family strife, loneliness, or grief. For others, the approaching end of one calendar year and the beginning of another may be a source of anxiety and uncertainty. What will the new year bring? For all of us, wherever we are in our lives at the moment, even when we leave Christmas behind for another year, the message of Christmas goes with us into and stays with us throughout the new year. In the passage from Isaiah above, the prophet looks ahead to the coming of the Savior, the Prince of Peace. In our Lord Jesus Christ, we know that He has come. Having come, He brings His peace - the peace He alone can give through the forgiveness of sins, reconciliation with God, and the promise of eternal life - into our hearts and lives, not only during the Christmas season but always. Our Lord Jesus did not come into the world at Christmas and then simply return to heaven as quickly as He came, abandoning us and leaving us on our own. He came in order to remain with us. He is with us for the long haul. That is His promise: "I will not leave you as orphans," He says to His disciples (John 14:18a). "Behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age" (Matthew 28:20). That is why He gives us His Holy Spirit. That is why
He gives us His holy Word. That is why He gives us the blessings of Holy Baptism and Holy Communion. These are the ways in which He fulfills His promise to remain with us, and these are the ways in which He reminds us regularly that He remains with us always. So, whether we are dreading the post-holiday season or the remainder of the winter, or feeling ourselves reeling from family conflict, or feeling intimidated at the prospect of a new year, or feeling overwhelmed by everyday anxieties, or just plain exhausted by the busy holiday season as it begins to wind down, we are not alone. We are never alone. You are never alone! His promise is the same for each of us: I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world" (John 16:33). Whether it is December 1, December 24, December 25, December 26, December 31, January 1, or somewhere between January and next December, Jesus is the Prince of Peace. The message of Christmas the message of the manger, the message of the cross, the message of the empty tomb - the message that in Christ God is always with us - goes with us into our daily lives, into the post-holiday season, and into the new year and beyond.
I pray that message brings each of you a sense of peace today. I pray that each of you enjoyed a peaceful, Christ-filled Christmas! And I pray the same for each of you in the new year to come! Serving You in the Name of the Prince of Peace,
study will consider the following six topics: • Understanding Conflict • Responding to Conflict • Glorifying God • Getting the Log Out of Your Own Eye • Gently Restoring • Going and Being Reconciled Everyone is welcome! Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.
Pastor Derek Riddle
Weekly Services on CD A Note from Our Family Life Minister Abi’s column is taking a break this month and will return for the February newsletter.
Upcoming activities please mark your calendars: • New Year's Day Service with Holy Communion - Wednesday, January 1 at 9:30 a.m. • Installation of New and Returning Congregational Officers - Sunday, January 5 • First Elders Meeting of the New Year - Tuesday, January 7 • First Council Meeting of the New Year - Thursday, January 9 • First Voters Meeting of the New Year - Sunday, January 12 • Wednesday Evening Bible Study beginning Wednesday, January 22 at 7:00 p.m.
Winter Wednesday Evening Bible Study Beginning on January 22, you are invited to attend a Bible Study on Wednesday evenings during January and February, at 7:00 p.m. at the church, entitled, "Blessed Are the Peacemakers." A Bible Study on personal peacemaking, this worthwhile
If you are not already aware, our services are recorded each week on CD. If you or a family member would like a copy of a particular service, if you would be interested in receiving a copy of our services on a regular basis, or if you are aware of a fellow member who might be interested, this is a very simple process. Please see Pastor or one of the Elders any time.
Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries Why not begin the new year by adding a quick daily devotion to your routine? Brief daily devotions are available from Lutheran Hour Ministries in the following formats: • Read the devotion at www.lhm.org. • Listen to the devotion at the web address above. • Listen via podcast at the web address above. • Subscribe at the web address above to receive the devotions via E-mail. • Download the Daily Devotions Mobile App to your mobile device. Instructions for doing so can be found at www.lhm.org/apps/.
a.m. on 92.5 FM and at 11:00 a.m. on 1450 AM. You can also listen on-line or via podcast at www.lutheranhour.org. Now you can also download the new Lutheran Hour Mobile App to your mobile device. Instructions for doing so can be found at www.lhm.org/apps/.
January 2014 Schedule: January 5 "Pray, Praise and Give Thanks" Lutheran Hour Speaker: Rev. Gregory Seltz The Lord's Prayer ends with a doxology of praise and a challenge for all who pray it. (Psalm 150)
January 12 "Keeping Score When It Counts" Lutheran Hour Speaker: Rev. Gregory Seltz God really does keep score, but in Christ He counts you among the righteous. (Romans 6:1-11)
January 19 "Just in Time" Lutheran Hour Speaker: Rev. Gregory Seltz Jesus is the sacrificial Lamb of God Who brings hope and new life to all, just in time. (John 1:29-42)
January 26 "Jesus in a Box" Speaker Emeritus of The Lutheran Hour: Rev. Ken Klaus Jesus transcends the labels and limits that people try to put on Him. (Luke 4:24)
Board of Stewardship
The Lutheran Hour The Lutheran Hour can be heard locally on Sunday mornings at 7:00
The two-fold mission of the Board of Stewardship at Peace Lutheran is: (1) to help members of our church family better understand stewardship as a
matter of individualityâ€“ giving our time, talent, and treasure with gratitude to God, as He has first given to us, both in the service of our congregation's mission (as a caring family, to reach out, to share Christ's love, and teach God's Word) and in love to our neighbor; and (2) to encourage our members to practice such stewardship faithfully, cheerfully and generously. The Board will be providing ongoing stewardship life by using our time, talents and treasures to give glory to God. The more we educate ourselves, the more we grow in our Biblical understanding of stewardship. Our November three-week program, Empowered by Grace to Tithe, talked about firstfruits and proportionate giving of our time, talent, and treasures. Our educational process continues as we learn that God's Word is the seed that grows bountiful fruit in our lives. The more we study God's Word and promises the more we grow in faith in His word and promises. We just celebrated Christmas and received gifts from family and friends, but God loves us so much that He gave us our greatest giftâ€“ Jesus, who came, died, and rose again for us so we will live with Him forever. May we continue to celebrate in 2014 and beyond, as we share the story of Jesus and His love and how He has blessed us. God said "Go teach and make disciples of all nations." David Grulke
Board of Elders We hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and that all will have a blessed and Christ-centered New Year.
We give thanks to God for all the blessings that He continues to bless us and Peace Lutheran Church with. Let us all show our love to one another so that all we do (actions) and say (speak) may glorify God as a caring family, reaching out to all, sharing Christ's love, and teaching God's Word. The Elders are continuing to go through our membership directory to see how we can care for our members spiritually. If you have a family member in college or who has moved from the area, please give their mailing address to the church office. If you, or if you know of someone who has a need, please let an Elder or Pastor Riddle know. All will be kept confidential. The Board is making some member visits and we are here to serve all members. David Grulke
Stewardship Corner It's a new year. And with a new year comes the time where we take stock of the previous year and change what needs to be changed, improved or done away with altogether. Let's consider then our stewardship of the things that God, out of His divine goodness and mercy, has given to us. St. Paul writes: "The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has made up his mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. As it is written, 'He has distributed
freely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.' He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way for all your generosity, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God" (2 Cor 9:6-15). St. Paul tells us that the Lord of all will both supply and increase what you need to give to the church for its work in and for the world. He tells us that this work that God is doing in us will enrich and bless us in every way and through this it will produce thanksgiving to God. With this in mind, here is some practical advice to help you take stock of your giving of years past, which will help you to change what needs to be changed, improved or forgotten with altogether. First, attend the Divine Service to receive God's gifts of forgiveness, life, and salvation. If you've not been faithful in attending worship to hear the preaching of God's Word, to receive forgiveness, and feast of the rich food of our Lord's body and blood for the eternal benefit of your body and soul, then repent and come to receive the gifts God freely gives. God doesn't want your money. He wants you-all of you (Matt 22:20-22). Second, pray for the Lord's help. Your right as a Christian is to speak with your Father, the King of all creation, freely through His Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ. Go to the throne of grace and ask for strength and wisdom to follow His bidding faithfully (John 15:1-16).
Third, consider what the Church is and what the Church does. The Church is a mercy place. It inhales the mercy of the Father by the death, resurrection, and ascension of His Son through the preaching of the Gospel and the Sacraments. It exhales this mercy in love toward the neighbor. You are a member of the Church, of God's family. Thus, you are not only a recipient of God's mercy, but a bearer of that mercy for the life of the world. You spread that mercy in showing mercy through the generous giving of your income to support the work of the Church in and for the world, as the Israelites did in the Old Testament (Lev 27:1-34). Fourth, take stock of your current giving in light of the New Testament's teaching on supporting the work of the Church. Are you giving of your first fruits, taking it out of your paycheck first, or does God get what's left over? Are you giving voluntarily and cheerfully? Are you giving proportionally and generously? The Old Testament required a tithe, ten percent. The New Testament gives freedom to be generous, to give more for the Church's work. Are you relying on God's promise to provide and increase what you need to do His work? If your answer is no to any of these, repent. If God gave you His only Son, will He not provide for you all things, even physical things? Trust Him, His Word, and heed it.
January Anniversaries Bob & June Heller Phil & Amy Henry Tom & Tricia Selke
Date Yrs 1/1 65 1/25 17 1/31 16
January Birthdays Cheryl Kortman Margaret Grulke Cole Henry Gail Martens Shana Myers Jack Schalk Peggy Prell Jon Kortman Abby Muller Marlin Schalk Ryan Schaudt Joan Sorgenfrei Jacob Yarch Jack Mosher, Sr. Elise Muller Cindy Srebnik Sharon Hein Valarie Peltz Michael Sobeck Russell Sobeck Dreyden Kandal William Peetz Alexander Jones Catheryn Hart Joyce Peetz Jessica Olden Ann Reisener Raelyn Hoeft Lisa Coolman Edward Rothe Justin Vekaryasz Larry Darga
1/3 1/4 1/4 1/7 1/8 1/8 1/12 1/13 1/13 1/13 1/16 1/16 1/19 1/20 1/20 1/20 1/21 1/21 1/23 1/23 1/24 1/24 1/25 1/26 1/26 1/27 1/27 1/28 1/29 1/30 1/30 1/31
Spuds ‘n Splits Where can you get a tasty, loaded baked potato AND finish it off with a banana split (or other ice cream treat)? At Peace Lutheran Church, of course! On Friday, January 17 from 4-7 p.m. you can load up on Spuds ‘n Splits–only $7.00 for adults and $4.00 for kids age 12 and under. Come join us for good food and good fellowship! Beginning
January, Peace offers
resumes January 8 at 10:00 a.m. Pastor Riddle will also be hosting a Wednesday evening Bible Study, beginning January 22 at 7:00 p.m. Our regular Christian
resumes Sunday, January 5, which includes Sunday School for preschool through high school and Adult Bible Study.
Good News of Peace Peace Lutheran Church Missouri Synod
_______ Fifth, commit for the year a generous proportion of your income, God's gift to you for this body and life. You are children of the New Covenant. You are free to give more because you have been given more. There is no limit.
Kids’ “Winter Land” Carnival is
Taken from www.lcms.org
for some fun games, prizes, and
Saturday, January 25th, beginning at 11:00 a.m. in the fellowship hall. Bring your kids and grandkids in food!
1401 M-68 Highway Rogers City, Michigan 49779-9792 (989) 734-7621 www.peacelcms.org Peggy Schaudt Parish Letter Editor email: email@example.com
Published on Jan 17, 2014