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Volume 18, Issue 5

The Gospel of Matthew Beginning with the season of Advent and continuing throughout the Christmas and Epiphany seasons, the gospel readings for each Sunday will come from the Gospel of Matthew. I thought it might be fun to explore Matthew’s gospel more deeply during this time. The Wednesday night Bible studies from January 15 to February 26, will focus on this gospel. What is unique about Matthew’s story of Jesus? What are some of the larger themes in this gospel? How does Matthew’s story of Jesus teach us about what it means to be the church? These are a few of the questions we will explore together. The good news is there is much good news in Matthew. I hope that you will join me to gather around the good news of this gospel: Jesus is God’s promised one; Jesus is “God with us;” Jesus is with us always. — Pastor Jim

Volunteers Are Needed Peace Lutheran is providing a meal for the TreeHouse students once a month. If there is one month that you are interested in helping with this meal, please contact Deb Weir.

January 2014

Inside This Issue Be Healthy in 2014. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 New Nursery Staff & Policies. . . . . 2 Advent & Christmas Highlights. . . 3 Connect with Peace. . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Events for All Ages. . . . . . . . . . Insert

ANNUAL MEETING OF THE CONGREGATION Sunday, January 26 at 9:40 am

The Annual Meeting of Peace Lutheran Church will be held following the 8:30 am service on Sunday, January 26. Included in the regular order of business is the election of the 2014 Congregation Council and the approval of the annual budget. The Annual Report of 2013 will be available one week prior to the meeting, January 19, as we will hold the Budget Forum. Please participate in the decisions of your congregation by attending these important meetings!


COUNCIL COLUMN Notes from the December 10 meeting: Judy Wold met with Council to discuss 2014 budgeting and year‑to‑date review of financial budgets in comparison to actuals. The Call Committee noted that the meeting with the Bishop had a good turn out and was very productive. The Nominating Committee has been talking with members about serving on Council and should have another update before Christmas. Pastor Jim gave a verbal report highlighting the events of the past month and looking forward to Christmas and the new year. Full approved meeting minutes can be found in the meeting minute binder in the church office. Respectfully submitted,  Mark Weinhandl, secretary


Have a Healthy New Year YOGA DEVOTION AT PEACE

Mondays, January 13 to March 3 from 5:30–6:30 pm Saturdays, January 18 to March 8 from 9:30–10:30 am

The Health Ministry Committee is pleased to announce that two series of yoga classes will begin at Peace. Yoga is an exercise that increases flexibility, balance and fitness. Yoga Devotion is a unique experience because it includes Christian devotion and music, and increases our sense of peace and awareness. If you haven’t signed up, check with Rebecca West at or Lisa Lukis at

SOUP AND SANDWICH FOR SENIORS Thursdays, February 6 & 20 and March 6 & 20

This upcoming series is co‑sponsored by the Parish Nurses of Peace and St. Barnabas. If you’re 55 or over, join us on for lunch and a presentation. Details will be posted on the Health Ministry bulletin board.

“BE HEALTHY” Saturday, March 1

Save the date for an event for the whole congregation. More information will be available in the February Peace Notes. Make 2014 the year you take better care of your physical, emotional and spiritual health. Let me know if I can help! Sondra

Changes for the Peace Nursery

Peace Notes 3695 County Road 101 N, Plymouth, MN 55446 tel: 763-478-9406  •  fax: 763-478-9561 email: Peace Notes is a monthly newsletter for members and friends of Peace Lutheran Church of Plymouth. The deadline for submissions is the fifteenth of the month prior to publication. Interim Senior Pastor Interim Youth & Family Director of Music Organist Volunteer Ministries Parish Nurse Office Administrator Newsletter Layout


James Nelson Sue Megrund Benj Cramer Daniel Corneliussen Judy Lubben Sondra Weinzierl Anita Anderson Donna Daubendiek

We are happy to announce the addition of two new nursery helpers to our staff! Brianna Brolin and Brooke Kyllo have agreed to help us care for your children (infants – 3 years) on Sunday mornings between the hours of 9:30 and 11:45. Brianna and Brooke are both high school students and have been trained by our Parish Nurse, Sondra Weinzierl, in basic care and Brianna Brolin Brooke Kyllo safe practices in our nursery. Beginning in January, the first time you bring your child to the nursery, parents will be asked to fill out a “Release and Information” form for our file. Each Sunday you bring your child to the nursery, you will be asked to sign in/ sign out with the time you dropped off and picked up your child, note where in the building you will be during this time, leave a cell phone number to reach you, if necessary, and give the name of the person authorized to pick up your child. All of these new changes are intended to help you, your child and the nursery staff meet our goals for a safe, nurturing nursery. Please address any questions or concerns you have to Judy Lubben, who is supervising the nursery.



Candidates ELCA


Call Committee

Ministry Site Profile

Call Committee

We Are Here

Congregation Votes


Candidate Accepts

Interviews Candidate

Call Committee Update The call committee is excited to announce that we have submitted the ministry site profile! It was quite the process putting this document together but with the help of the congregation, we ended with a profile we are happy about and were excited to submit. The next step in this process is to wait for some names that match our needs for our church. In the meantime, we are developing our approach to the interview process. Thank you for your continued support as we move through this exciting process. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, feel free to contact anyone in the call committee!

“God’s Gift to Us”

IN MEMORIAM Frederick J. Hanson

October 1, 1918 – November 20, 2013 “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”  – Psalm 23:6

BAPTISM Breck Ross Johnson

Son of Brandon & Jill Johnson December 8, 2013

Advent Wreaths



Peace Lutheran Church of Plymouth 3695 County Road 101 N Plymouth, MN  55446-2907


Connect with Peace Wherever You Are! Search for Peace of Plymouth (peaceofplymouth)

Connect with members of Peace and our community by using our website, Facebook, Twitter and email (enews and prayer chain). These are ways to help keep us connected outside of our regular activities like Sunday worship and Peace-Full Nights. In addition we can help spread the word about the great things Peace has to offer. It also helps remind us about upcoming events. If you need help connecting, members will be available to help on Sunday mornings. Join us online to share to the good word!


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PEACE-FULL NIGHTS SCHEDULE Wednesdays, January 15, 22 and 29

5:15–6:30 6:00–6:30 6:00–6:30 6:15–7:00 6:30–7:00 6:30–7:30 6:30–7:30 7:00–7:30 7:00–7:45 7:45–8:30 7:45–8:45

Buffet Dinner Large Group Confirmation High School Handbells Hallelujah Chorus (2nd–5th grade) Confirmation Handchimes High School Oasis Adult Bible Study Small Group Confirmation Celebration Singers Adult Handbells Senior Choir

Fellowship Hall Activity Room Music Room Sanctuary Music Room Youth Room Fireside Room Assigned Rooms Sanctuary Music Room Sanctuary

Families Moving Forward January 5–12

Volunteers will be needed to cook suppers, serve as evening and overnight hosts, shop for lunch and breakfast groceries, set up bedrooms and take them down again on Sunday morning. Volunteers of all ages are needed to make a welcoming, comfortable home for our guests. Please say you’ll come and help the children by sharing your time. If you have any questions about how you may serve this ministry, please contact Tim and Pam Hughes or Dave and Jean Swanson.

BLOOD DRIVE Wednesday, January 29 from 4:00 – 6:30 pm

Pizza & Movie Night Friday, January 31 at 5:30 pm

Escape the cold and attend our summer in January movie night! Bring lawn chairs, blankets, pillows and get comfortable in the fellowship hall for a summer style family movie and Green Mill pizza! Kids can even come in their P.J.s! Cast your vote on Sunday, January 19 or 26 for which movie we watch! Choices are: ▶ Mary Poppins ▶ Back to the Future ▶ The Wizard of Oz Questions? Contact Melissa Weinhandl at 952‑484‑9859 or

SPAGHETTI & MEATBALL DINNER Sunday, February 23 at 5:00 pm

Stay tuned for more information!

Think Spring! Sunday, January 5 at 9:35 am

Even though it’s still cold, with snow on the ground, it’s time to start planning the Rummage/Bake Sale. We will have our first meeting between services in the fireside room. Anyone interested in learning more about this great event is urged to come. Please see Deb Weir, Evonne Carlson or Pam Jette.

January 2014 Calendar of Peace Lutheran Church of Plymouth




The Qué Tal Language Program meets at Peace Mondays—Thursdays (school days) from 2:20 to 3:40 p.m. TreeHouse meets at Peace on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 9 p.m.

5 Epiphany Sunday

Wed 1









New Year’s Day Church Office Closed

6 Epiphany


8:30 a Worship 9:30 a Ed Hour 9:35 a Rummage Sale Meeting 10:45 a Worship 4 p FMF Begins—

8:00 a ROMEO 7:00 p Wayzata Women’s Chorus — FMF —

9:30 a Staff Mtg 5:30 p Executive Committee Meeting 7:00 p All-Church Committee Night — FMF —




Baptism of Lord — FMF ends 8:30 a Worship 9:30 a Ed Hour 9:30 a Blood Pressure Checks 10:45 a Worship

5:30 p Yoga Devotion Class 6:00 p Girl Scout Troop #15036 7:00 p WWC

9:30 a Staff Mtg 12:30 p Faith and Hope Circles 7:00 p Congregation Council Meeting

19 Epiphany 2



8:30 a Worship 9:30 a Ed Hour 9:40 a Annual Budget Meeting 10:45 a Worship

5:30 p Yoga Devotion Class 7:00 p WWC

9:30 a Staff mtg.

26 Epiphany 3




8:30 a Worship 9:35 a S. School 9:40 a Annual Meeting of the Congregation 10:45 a Worship

5:30 p Yoga Devotion Class 6:15 p Girl Scout Troop # 14513 7:00 p WWC

9:00 a Quilting 9:30 a Staff mtg.

4:00 p Blood Drive


9:00 a Quilting — FMF —

15 Newsletter Deadline

— FMF —


— FMF —


2:30 p Den #8 7:00 p Knitting Club

— FMF —

18 9:30 a Yoga Devotion Class

8:00 a Womens Breakfast Club

Peace-Full Night #13 (schedule on the back of this page)




Peace-Full Night #14 (schedule on the back of this page)

Peace-Full Night #15 (schedule on the back of this page)

January 5 — Epiphany Sunday 8:30 am W o rship with Ho ly Communion

December 18, 2013


25 9:30 a Yoga Devotion Class


31 5:30 p Pizza and Movie Night Fellowship Hall

January 19 — Second Sunday after Epiphany 8:30 am W orship with Ho ly Communion

10:45 am W orship with Holy Communion

10:45 am W o rship with Holy Communion

January 12 — Baptism of Our Lord

January 26 — Third Sunday after Epiphany

8:30 am W o rship

8:30 am W orship

10:45 am W o rship

10:45 am W orship

Peace Notes Jan 2014