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JANUARY 2012

P.O. B 306, R, MN 55374  763.496.2400

108 Youth AďŹƒrm their Bapsms On Saturday and Sunday, January 7th and 8th, 108 youth aďŹƒrm their bapsm at four special conďŹ rmaon services (Saturday at 11am, 1:30pm and 4pm and Sunday at 1:30pm). These youth have a'ended 3½ years of conďŹ rmaon classes, parcipated in various retreats and servant/ fellowship events, completed homework and worship notes, served their church in a variety of ways, and completed a conďŹ rmaon project, exam, and interview. We celebrate with these youth and their families as they aďŹƒrm their bapsms and connue on their faith journey. We look forward to their connued involvement at Word of Peace. Several of these youth are already involved as conďŹ rmaon junior guides, assisng or teaching church school and parcipang in Senior High Ministry. Congratulaons to these conďŹ rmands! We look forward to connuing with

Join us on January 22nd at 9:30am for the Word of Peace Annual Congregaonal Meeng. Hear about and vote on our new leadership for 2012 as well as the General Fund budget. Be a part of the unveiling of the new Vision and Mission statement for Word of Peace! Come and ďŹ nd out when ground will be broke to build the new sanctuary! Celebrate at worship before at 8am or a=erwards at 11am. Regular church school schedule will be followed. Regular Noah’s Ark Nursery hours will be available as well as childcare for ages 3-10 during the 9:30-10:45am meeng.


Thank You

C.R.O.S.S. Corner

THANK YOU to all who are connuing to bring in Campbell’s products bar codes and Box Tops for Educaon. The children at the Navajo Lutheran Mission School are always in need of the items that are available through these programs. The Mission School staff and children are grateful for your ongoing support. THANK YOU to all those who are donang stamps, envelopes & seasonal cards for the Word of Peace Sunshine/wring ministry. Your donaons are greatly appreciated. THANK YOU for supporng the Women's Prison Book Program. Through your generous donaons, over 300 books have been given to these women so far. Keep them coming!

The support and generosity given to C.R.O.S.S. in 2011 has been beyond amazing! We collected over 6,500 POUNDS OF FOOD from Word of Peace in 2011!!! Thank you to all who donated gloves, hats, scarves, toys and gi=s for the C.R.O.S.S. Holiday Drive—it was a great success! We collected 427 pounds of food, 116 toys and gi=s, and 310 hats/mi'ens/scarves from this giving congregaon! Food and daily product needs connue: large juice, creamed soup, medium size peanut bu'er, honey, jam, jelly, spagheG sauce, tomato sauce/paste, canned tomatoes, kidney beans, chili beans, walnuts, almonds, large bars of soap, toilet ssue, Kleenex and paper towels. — Ken & Karen Jongeward, C.R.O.S.S. Representaves for Word of Peace

ALPHA is Back! Sundays, January 22-April 1 6-8:30pm Alpha is an 11-week praccal exploraon of the Chrisan faith and offers answers to some key quesons, such as: • Who is Jesus? • How can I be sure of my

faith? • Why and how should I read

the Bible? • Why and how do I pray? • How does God guide us?

Each weekly session begins with an informal dinner, followed by large-group learning me and then small-group discussion and interacon. Cost is $5 for the course manual and there is a free-will donaon for the dinners. Child care is available. For more informaon, contact the Educaon Office or go to www.wordofpeace.org.

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21705 129th Ave. N., P.O. Box 306 Rogers, MN 55374 Church Office: 763-496-2400 (press 3 to leave an emergency message for the pastor) On the Web: www.wordofpeace.org www.facebook.com/wordofpeace Office Hours: Mon-Thurs 8am-4:30pm; Fri 8am-12:30pm NEWSLETTER SUBMISSIONS Contact Jennie Priebe in the church office at 496-2401 or jpriebe@woplc.org. February newsle"er deadline: January 13 at Noon Peace Notes is mailed to over 1,500 households each month. Help us save costs (and trees) by signing up to receive it as an e-mail. Contact Jennie Priebe in the church office at 496-2401 or jpriebe@woplc.org or go to www.wordofpeace.org.


Music & Worship Happy New Year! And Thank You to everyone who helped make our Christmas Celebraons memorable: to Grace Choir and volunteers for The Reluctant Innkeeper, for the Fesval Chorus, Angel Wings, Grace and musicians for the 2011 Fesval of Carols, and to all the musicians, cantors, singers, ringers and more than 200 worship volunteers and parking lot a'endants who helped during Christmas Eve. We worshipped with more than two thousand people that day, and you made it all possible. May God bless you and keep you in this new year!

Boys are needed for Grace Choir producon of “Oh JONAH!” Rehearsals are on Thursday evening from 6-7 p.m. and the producon will take place during worship on May 6th and 7th. This is going to be a lot of fun, and there will be something special involved… So if you’re interested, come to Grace Choir rehearsal on Thursday, January 12th.

Word of Peace Seniors Please contact Judy Hanson at 763-428-7657 for resource, community or general informaon for seniors. If you’d like to subscribe to the Senior Newsle'er, call 763-241-3520. Or, you can read the newsle'er online by going to www.seniors.cityofrogers.org. Date

Time

Activity

Cost/Details

Contact

Thursdays

10:00am

Thursday Senior Shop Rogers Bus

$1.00 per rider

Judy 763-428-7657

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1-6pm

Jammers Pot Luck & Music

Dayton Community Center (eat at 4pm)

Dave 763-428-4217

Tuesdays

2:30-3:30pm

Fit & Fun Exercise for Seniors

North Ballet Academy Hwy. 101 & CR 141

Barb at 763-429-4955

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12:30-2pm

Cards at Rogers Community Center

Bring a snack to share

Margaret 763-428-8650

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9:30am

Kids-Care Bus: Wal-Mart & Maple Grove Stores

$1.00 per rider

Judy 763-428-7657

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1:30-3pm

Memory Loss Support Group at Wellstead

For family members caring for loved ones

Heidi at 763-428-8181

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9-10:30am

Breakfast at Denny’s in Rogers

Menu items for $6.95, coffee included

Margaret 763-428-8650

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3-5 pm

Happy Hour at Dehns in Dayton

Early dinner $3.95, drinks not included

Margaret 763-428-8650

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2012 General Fund Commitments We have so many wonderful ministries at Word of Peace and we are so thankful that you are a part of this church and community! You are a vital part of this ministry and we invite you and your family to parcipate in making a financial commitment to our Lord and our Lord’s work through Word of Peace’s General Fund for the year 2012. If you have already turned in a Commitment Card— THANK YOU! If not, we invite you to take this opportunity to parcipate. We don’t ask you to give a certain amount, we only ask that you give. You decide on the amount.

Pledge cards are available at the Informaon Desk. You may drop it off at the office, Informaon Desk, in the offering plate or send it in the mail. We thank you for your connued support and we look forward to sharing God’s love and grace with you in 2012! NOTE: Direct Giving parcipants must complete a new enrollment form if your pledge has changed in 2012. Contact Holly Finstad at hfinstad@woplc.org or 763-496-2407 with quesons.

Making a Commitment is More Important than the Specific Amount that you Give. We Celebrate and Thank You for your Giving to our Lord and our Lord’s Work through Word of Peace This Year!!! Here is just a sample of what your giving made possible in 2011: • Thousands a'ending special wor-

ship services like Holy Week and Easter, Christmas, and the Rogers High School Baccalaureate

• Providing ministry and space for

several community families experiencing tragedy

• Over 100 Senior High youth in our

high school small group ministry, with 108 9th graders celebrang their Confirmaon in January

• Over $11,000 given to purchase • The “Fearless” worship series and

study in Lent, and “The Greatest Story” series this fall

1,100 mosquito nets for families in developing countries suffering from malaria

• 80 children a'ending our Kids of

Peace Preschool • Calling Pastor Krista Strum to serve

• Over 1,000 children in our Church

School and Confirmaon ministries • 400 Bibles given to three year olds,

3rd graders and 6th graders

• $5,459 given to famine relief in

Africa • $9,387 given to our local food shelf,

C.R.O.S.S.

• Vacaon Bible School, with over 500 • 24 local families helped through our

kids and 200 leaders a'ending • The 99 kids and 20 families who

a'ended Church Camp

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Adopt-A-Family and Local Christmas Relief ministries

as our Children, Youth, and Family Pastor • The compleon of our three-year

Growing In Grace Building Appeal that raised $790,000 for six new classrooms, the Brekke Room, and expanded space for the nursery, adult educaon, youth and educaon offices, and the south entrance


Faith Formaon Ministry NEW SPRING STUDIES Word of Peace is unveiling a variety of new studies this Spring! Make it your New Year’s Resoluon to try something new. Sign up for classes Sunday, January 8 and Sunday, January 15. ALPHA (See arcle on page 2) THE REST OF THE STORY is a Sunday morning study that focuses on the sermon text that is used in worship. Come and discuss the historical and cultural context of these Bible passages and learn more about what this means for us in today’s world. EATING & DRINKING During this threeweek study, we will learn how the pracces of eang and drinking shape who we are as persons and our relaonships with each other and God. This study explores how food fits into our present cultural and global context, how it has been understood in Chrisan history and theology, and how it might creavely feed our spiritual lives today.

MAKING SENSE OF THE CROSS gives you the opportunity to “listen in” on a conversaon with two people having an open and candid conversaon and discussion about the cross. One of the voices knows a li'le more and assumes the role of teacher or coach, someone who has had the me and opportunity to study the faith in some depth. The second voice assumes the role of someone who is curious and knows a li'le bit about the faith but brings a lot of quesons. Come ask quesons about the cross.

SMALL GROUP MINISTRY Looking to meet new people & grow in faith? • • • • • • • • • • •

FIX-IT FELLOWSHIP KNIT WITS MEN’S BREAKFAST & BIBLE STUDY MEN’S NIGHT MONDAYS WITH MOMS MOPS: MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS WOMEN OF FAITH: 1 & 2 CORINTHIANS TUESDAY EVENING CIRCLE WOMEN’S FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE VIA DE CRISTO YOGA

IMPORTANT DATES Sunday, January 8 Small Group and Adult Educaon Sign-up begins Wednesday, January 11 Confirmaon Resumes Sunday, January 15 and Monday, January 16 Church School Teacher Workshops Teachers, please put the following dates on your calendar. Before church school begins in January it is important to gather and look at the goals and ministry ahead. If you cannot a'end the training designated at your church school hour, please feel free to a'end another day or me. Workshop Times: Sunday: 9:20; 10:50 Monday: 5:00; and 6:15 pm Thursday, January 19 Celebraon of Communion 5th grade KTP Event The next opportunity to parcipate in a Celebrate Communion Event is Thursday, January 19 at 5:45 pm. Registraon forms are found at wordofpeace.org or outside the educaon office. Sunday, January 22 and Monday, January 23—Church School Resumes

Middle School Ministry

High School Ministry

Middle School Ministry A.M. Two Sundays a month, all middle school youth are invited to MSM.AM (Middle School Ministry in the A.M.). We meet from 9:30-10:30am in the Youth Room for food, devoons and fun games. MSM.AM is on January 15th & 29th. Invite your friends!

January 4th—NO Smallgroups January 11, 18 & 25—Smallgroups at 7:30 pm January 25—Tubing night @ Elm Creek 6:00-8:00pm, cost is $10! Meet at Elm Creek for an awesome night of frozen fast fun. You must have an Elm Creek Release form to parcipate.

Camp Sunday Summer is six months away, but who wants to wait that long to hear about the fun things we’ll be doing? January 29th is Camp Sunday at Word of Peace! Check out informaon tables, sign up early for camps and visit with camp staff! Grab a potato while you fill out paperwork. There’s a Potato Bake on Camp Sunday hosted by the youth who are a'ending the Naonal Youth Gathering in New Orleans!

Come worship with us as we confirm 108 ninth grade youth on January 7 & 8. Worship mes: January 7th at 11:00, 1:30 & 4:00pm and January 8th at 1:30pm Welch Village All Night Ski is February 10th. More informaon coming soon. Naonal Youth Gathering meeng: Sunday, January 22 at 12:15pm in the Sanctuary. 5


PARENTING EXPERT BETH BREKKE

PARENTS ASK

Christmas has come. The Savior is born. I know it is a joyous me, but I’m not seeing much to be happy about with all the terror in the world. And worse, I see my children anxious and worried. Yes, it certainly is a me when all the news seems to be bad news. We have to actually look for good news.

Some of this is inevitable and is the way they grow up. It’s important to teach Any suggesons on how to do that with children (and model it in our own speech and acons) to not generalize one failkids? ure in one area to other areas of their We can assure them that we love them lives. “I did poorly in this math test.” and are there for them. We can turn off “Now how can I change the next one?” television news (and programs with vio- And also to help them recognize their lence) when small children are around. strengths in other areas—language, music, being a great helper, a wonderful As bad as the news really is, they are friend. likely to think that there are 6 house fires rather than 1 house fire reported 6 I need some help in dealing with my mes. They cannot separate fact from ficon. They do not understand the ge- own fears. This isn’t a safe world. ography of what is happening. When it is in our living rooms, it is a present danJesus promised, “I will be with us alger. This increases their anxiety. ways even unto the end of the age.” I remember how comforng that was They do seem to concentrate on the when as a 16 year old I made my first worst. In fact, they somemes get trip away from my home. However, it is stuck on the worst aspects of their own sll comforng now—perhaps more so. lives too. As adults we understand some of the world dangers. And in Jesus we find Perhaps you can help your children con- promise that this life is not all there is. centrate on the good things in their As He rose from the tomb a=er being lives. At bedme or any set me, ask dead three days, we also will rise and them what good things happened today. live with Him in eternity. What can they thank God for today? You might want to keep a list of your prayer IN JESUS THERE IS JOY— requests and check them off if when NOW AND FOREVER! they are answered. As parents, how can we protect our children from disappointment and sadness? I remember when my youngest was in fi=h grade. While helping her with her math, she began saying, “I’m no good at

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anything” “I’m dumb.” “You never have to help my brothers.” Her brothers were 8 and 4 years older than she. I told her that I helped them too. But her tears told me that she did not (at that me, at least) internalize these supporve messages.


JANUARY Sermons & Texts

January 1—10am Worship Only (No Worship January 2) Pastor Ron Prasek “Pu0ng on Heirs” Christ had adopted us into the family. We are no longer slaves but heirs. The challenge is to grow on that faith throughout the year. Scripture Readings: Luke 2:22-40, Isaiah 61:1062:3, Psalm 148, Galaons 4:4-7

January 8 & 9 Pastor Rick Skare “A Spiritual Resoluon”

January 22 & 23 Pastor Ron “The Today Factor” The beginning of each Chrisan life, however that takes place, is important. But more important is that we remember that our life is a connual response to God’s call. Scripture Readings: Mark 1:14-20, Jonah 3:1-5, 10, Psalm 62:5-12, 1 Corinthians 7:29-31

January 29 & 30 Pastor Rick Skare “Looking Out for Each Other”

January is marked by people resolving to live new lives according to new habits. But in our bapsm into Christ we are given something far more powerful than human resolve—we are given the Spirit of God.

As Chrisans, we are to be concerned for the welfare of others. We are called to live in a way that others are blessed by our living.

Scripture Readings: Mark 1:4-11, Acts 19:1-7, Genesis 1:1-5, Psalm 29

Scripture Readings: 1 Corinthians 8:1-13, Psalm 111, Mark 1:21-28, Deuteronomy 18:15-20

January 15 & 16 Pastor Krista Who’s Calling? God calls us regardless of age, where we are or where we’ve been. It is much less about us and more about the One who does the calling. Scripture Readings: 1 Samuel 3:1-10 [11-20], John 1:43-51, Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18, 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 7


May God Bless You in 2012!

From the Word of Peace Church Staff


Peace Notes (January 2012)