A MONTHLY PUBLICATION OF WORD OF PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH
Word of Peace Lutheran Church
INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
Monday Nights at Word of Peace
From the Pastor
February Sermons & Readings
Worship & Music
Pastor Ron Prasek Senior Pastor
As you know, February is Valen-ne’s Day. It is interes-ng that we really don’t know much about St Valen-ne, the person for which the day is named. Legend has it that he was a Chris-an, who by refusing to deny his faith, was martyred by the Roman Emperor Claudius in 280 A.D. Before they cut oﬀ his head, he restored sight and healing to the jailor’s daughter. How you end up with candy hearts and a roman-c holiday out of that is a mystery. About the only thing that makes sense is that he loved even those who would take his life. Even though the day has a rather shaky founda-on for its beginning, I think it is a great day to celebrate the gi: of love that is so precious. The following quote is right on: “The moment you have in your heart this extraordinary thing called love and feel the depth, the delight, the ecstasy of it, you will discover that for you the world is transformed.” — J. KrishnamurWe who are followers of Jesus have so many reminders of how precious the love of God is and how important it is to love one another. When you have a moment, grab your Bible and reread 1 Corinthians 13. It is so o:en read at weddings and appropriately so. These marvelous words wriAen by Saint Paul are some of the most magniﬁcent words ever wriAen. Read them on Valen-ne’s Day. They will put a wonderful perspec-ve on the day that is dedicated to love. Let me oﬀer another thought that comes from Mother Theresa that may also be helpful for you on Valen-ne’s Day. She said, “Spread love everywhere you go; ﬁrst of all in your own house. Give love to your children, to your wife or husband, to a next door neighbor….Let no one ever come to you without leaving beAer and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm gree-ng.” Valen-ne’s Day is an oasis in the long desert of holidays between Christmas and Easter. Take -me to focus again on the love of Jesus and the love you have for those who are precious to you. The gi: of the holiday is to help us not take those things for granted. In Christ’s love,
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On the Web www.wordofpeace.org www.facebook.com/ wordofpeace Oﬃce Hours Mon-Thurs 8am-4:30pm Fri 8am-12:30pm Our Vision Statement Our vision is to be a community where everyone knows Christ’s Love and shares Christ’s Love with all people.
Our Mission Statement Christ works through us as we: • Welcome all people to grow in faith, love and devo-on, • Share Christ through word and deed, • Care for others and the world God made, and • Work for jus-ce and peace.
NEWSLETTER SUBMISSIONS Contact Jennie Priebe in the church oﬃce at 496-2401 or email@example.com. March newsleer deadline:
February 15 at Noon
Happenings Super Bowl Subs Sunday, February 3, 9am-Noon Wouldn’t it be great if you didn’t have to worry about lunch on Super Bowl Sunday? Swing by the Gathering Area between services on Sunday, February 3rd and purchase your Super Bowl Sub Sandwiches for the whole family! $6.00 includes sandwich, chips and a cookie. All proceeds go to Word of Peace youth. Thank you for suppor-ng our youth fundraising eﬀorts! Parents Night Out—Saturday, February 9, 6-10pm Parents, would you like to celebrate Valen-ne’s Day without worrying about what do with the kids? Sign them up for Parents Night Out on the Youth bulle-n board. Games, cra:s, snacks and a movie! Cost: $3/hour for poAy trained children; $5/hour for infants or children not poAy trained. $35 family maximum. Ash Wednesday, February 13 Join us as we mark the beginning of Lent with worship services at 5:30 and 7:00pm. Wednesday Lenten Worship begins on February 20 and runs through March 20. Services are at 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Wednesday Lenten Suppers will be served from 5-7pm.
Mark Your Calendars Men’s Retreat—March 16 at Word of Peace The annual Men’s Retreat is open to Word of Peace members, visitors, friends and rela-ves. The fun and fellowship event will be from 8am-4pm and will feature guest speakers, engaging discussion topics, great BBQ and more. Stay tuned for more informa-on. Look for tables in the Gathering Area between church services beginning late February or ask for more informa-on in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women’s Retreat—March 23 at Word of Peace Ladies, you’ll want to make an eﬀort to aAend this wonderful day of faith, friendship and fun! More informa-on and registra-on will be available soon.
Enroll Now for Kids of Peace Preschool 2013-14 Kids of Peace Preschool is open to children ages 33 months—5 years. For more informa-on, go to www.wordofpeace.org/ kidsofpeace or stop by the Educa-on oﬃce. Conﬁrma7on Collec7on for C.R.O.S.S.—In November and December 2012, our Conﬁrma-on youth donated 106 hats, 102 miAens and 91 pairs of socks to C.R.O.S.S. Thank you all so much for your generosity! Leadership Summit on February 21 Word of Peace Leaders (Ministry Teams, Strategic Planning Team, and Execu-ve Team) come together on Thursday, February 21 from 6:30pm-8:30pm for an evening of visioning, team building, faith building, and fellowship. The agenda includes visioning for the new leadership structure and for ministry in the year ahead and beyond, an orienta-on on working as a team, and a Communion blessing and prayer for church leaders.
4th Annual “Stomp Out Hunger” 5k Run/Walk—Saturday, April 27 All ages and abili-es are welcome! The course starts and ends at Word of Peace. Early registra-on is $20 and all proceeds go to C.R.O.S.S. food shelf. Registra-on begins February 1 (details to come). Save the date and spread the word! 3
THANK YOU Thank You to Elain Edge for her many hours of work in organizing the Fair Trade Fair this year. Elain worked -relessly to make sure there were great products available and she worked many hours at the fair so our congrega-on could shop. We sold almost $4,000 worth of handmade products, and all the proceeds go directly back to the ar-sans who made them...into the hands of people around the world who are trying to build a beAer life.
The following is a leAer from a family who was helped through our Adopt-A-Family program:
February Sermons & Readings February 3 & 4 Pastor Ron Prasek: “U Before I” The Chris-ans in Corinth were proud of their spiritual gi:s. Paul reminds them that God gives many gi:s, but the purpose of them is love.
Word of Peace, Words cannot express the many thanks and gratefulness we have for all that you have done for our family. This has been a tough year for our family and because of your love and support we have been blessed with so many things. We were able to keep our electricity on because of your help and able to put gas in our vehicles so that we could ﬁnd/get to work. But words really can’t express how we felt that day when we picked up our 2 boxes of gi=s for our children and ourselves.
Scripture Readings: Jeremiah 11:4-10; Psalm 71: 1-6; 1 Corinthians 13:1-3; Luke 4:21-30
Because of everyone’s love and generosity our children will have gi=s to open on Christmas morning. To us though as parents our greatest gi= is knowing that we are surrounded by so many people that love and care for our family. We have never felt more blessed than we do now! We are forever grateful for everyone’s love, support and prayers for us and our family. We are truly honored and blessed to be a part of such a wonderful congrega>on/family!
Scripture Readings: Luke 9:28-36
Thank You for Your Thrivent Choice Dollars Thank you for naming Word of Peace as the recipient for your Choice Dollars. You have given over $17,000 in the last two years! These gi:s have been used for things like Keeping the Promise events, Kids of Peace scholarships, youth scholarships for the Na-onal Youth Gathering, a speaker in the sanctuary, worship enhancements, funeral service items and a youth room sound system. Thrivent members with products designate Choice Dollars monthly, quarterly or annually. Members direct their Choice Dollars to the Lutheran organiza-on and congrega-ons of their choice. The funds are deposited into the recipient’s bank account, in this case, Word of Peace. Thank you so much for your generosity! Your oﬀerings are being used to further the ministry at your church, Word of Peace. 4
February 10 & 11 Pastor Rick Skare: “The Experience of God in Prayer” The Transﬁgura-on of Jesus occurs in the context of prayer. This event challenges us to seek something higher and more powerful in our prayer life.
February 17 & 18 Pastor Krista Strum: There’s an App for That! There’s an app for almost anything. What apps would Jesus create to help us resist tempta-on that we could APPly to our lives today? Scripture Reading: Luke 4:1-13
February 20—Lent Pastor Ron Prasek: “Take Care of Your House” A:er Hurricane Sandy, hundreds of damaged houses are being demolished. In the last several years, thousands of homes have been lost to foreclosure. Jesus also laments the imminent destruc-on of a “house.” Unless we tend to our rela-onship with God, our spiritual “houses” can become disasters as well. Scripture Reading: Luke 13:31-35
Ash Wednesday and Lent begins February 13 See p. 5 for more informa7on
Worship & Music
Sunday, January 27th What do Camp Wapo, Ox Lake, Luther Dell, Luther Crest and Wilderness Canoe Base all have in common? These camps provide awesome opportuni-es for youth to have fun, grow in their faith and meet new friends in a safe and posi-ve environment. Pick up a summer program informa-on sheet from the kiosk outside the Youth oﬃce to learn more! Deadline for camp sign up is March 4th.
Summer Camp Dates: Youth Camp at WAPO (Completed grades 4-6)
Journey of the Cross at Ox Lake (Completed grades 7-12)
SEEDs Camp at WAPO (Completed grades 2-3)
Fishing Camp at WAPO (Completed grades 7-12)
Horse Camp at Ox Lake (Completed grades 4-9)
Family Camp at Luther Crest (All families welcome)
Middle School Mystery Trip (Completed grades 6-8)
Night Owl Camp at Luther Crest (Completed grades 9-12)
July 28-August 2
High School Mission Trip (Completed grades 9-12)
Youth Camp at Luther Dell (Completed grades 7-9)
Roots Camp at Luther Dell (Completed grades 10-12)
Wilderness Canoe Base (Completed grades 9-12)
TBD (Jun or August)
Ash Wednesday and Lent is is a -me of reﬂec-on and evalua-on of our place in our spiritual journey. Some people give up something that is dear to them as a sign of their thankfulness of the sacriﬁce Jesus made for us. Others add a spiritual discipline to their regular rou-ne for the same reason. We gather on Wednesday evenings to fellowship and worship together. On Wednesdays during Lent this year, we will be looking at the characters that took a part in the Passion of Christ as they have a conversa-on with God: one character per evening. There will also be a puppet show each evening featuring the same person. Again we will sing Marty Haugen’s beau-ful Holden Evening Prayer. Why not make Wednesday evenings a part of your Lenten journey? God be with you this day and every day.
Michael Sahlen Director of Worship & Music
Each year Word of Peace hosts a Rela7onal Music Ministry Team from Youth Encounter. The seven members of this year's New Vision team come from a close as Minnesota and as far away as Denmark. They traveled around the United States this past fall and are currently sharing the Gospel in Australia. If you would like to follow their adventures please check out their blog—Scan the QR Code with your smart phone or go to: hAp://www.youthencounter.org/Default.aspx?tabid=972&ar-cleType=CategoryView&categoryId=42&team=NS
Please keep the team in your prayers. We look forward to their return to Word of Peace this spring. 5
Learning Ministry Sundays at 9:30 in Room #120 February 10—Meet Dr. Gaiser Frederick J. Gaiser is Professor of Old Testament at Luther Seminary. He is one of the professors featured during the Good God Ques-ons study. He will be here to answer your ques-ons about how this educa-on series came about and the process behind it.
February 17—Meet Pastor Peter Hanson Pastor Peter Hanson will discuss serving our Global Family. For more than ten years, Pastor Hanson served as Theological Advisor for Leadership Development with the Lutheran Church of Senegal. That is a fancy way of saying that he worked in con-nuing educa-on with pastors, evangelists, and catechists of this young growing church. He also oversaw a training program for new pastors.
February 24 and March 3—Meet Pastor Malotky Pastor Cathy Malotky will explore what it means to love ourselves, God and our world by sharing what we have with others. Pastor Malotky is an ordained pastor, author and speaker and she leads retreats for local and na-onal expressions of the church.
Church School and Conﬁrma7on Dates February 10—Celebrate Communion Class for 5th Graders February 13—Ash Wednesday/No Conﬁrma-on February 17/18—No Church School (President’s Day Weekend)
CARING FOR YOUR SOUL: An Online Retreat Experience for Moms How do you care for your soul as a parent when you have so many demands on your -me? How do you grow spiritually in the midst of the many balls that you juggle? This four-week online retreat will help you to slow down and reﬂect on what really maAer in your life—and your faith! Please visit hAp://-nyurl.com/CaringForYourSoul for a full descrip-on and retreat format. WHEN: Sunday, February 17—Thursday, March 14 REGISTRATION: Go to VibrantFaith@Home.org This retreat is presented and facilitated by Jolene Roehlkepartain, writer and speaker on family, paren-ng, children, teenagers and spirituality.
Conﬁrma7on Times Change During Lent Parents mark your calendars! Class >mes change during the season of Lent. February 20, 27 and March 6, March 20, March 27: • Early Group 5:30-6:45 • Late Group 7:00-8:15
Y R T S I N I M YOUTH 6th-12th Grade Welch Village All-Night Ski Friday, February 1 We meet at Word of Peace at 8:30pm on Friday and return Saturday morning at 6am. Cost is $55 for a li: -cket + ski rental, or $40 for just a li: -cket. All who are aAending must provide a signed and completed Welch Village registra-on form and a Word of Peace health form, available outside the Youth Oﬃce. MSM.AM Sunday, February 12 and 24, 9:30-10:30am Twice a month, 6th-8th graders are invited to 6
MSM.AM (Middle School Ministry AM) in the Youth Room for food, devo-ons and games. Join us! T.E.C. Weekend April 5-7 at Word of Peace Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) is a three day, peer-led retreat aimed at bringing youth together to explore their faith, experience God’s love and develop a deeper rela-onship with Jesus Christ. Find out more informa-on at www.wordofpeace.org/high-school or contact Dain Swanson at 763-496-2409. Registra-on deadline is March 27.
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In 2012, the Word of Peace congrega-on donated 6,354 pounds of food to C.R.O.S.S. Thank you so much for your generosity! Another $5000 check was presented to C.R.O.S.S. from our congrega-on’s generous oﬀerings toward the building fund!
GENERAL NEEDS: Juicy Juice baking products (ﬂour, white and brown sugar, etc.), popcorn, cereal (especially heart healthy and sugarless varie-es), canned meats, peanut buAer, jelly, paper products, instant oatmeal, snack bars. MONROE CROSSING BENEFIT CONCERT Friday, February 8 at 7:00pm at Word of Peace $15 per -cket (children under 12 are free; -ckets available in the church oﬃce)
EMPTY BOWLS Thursday, March 14, 2013 from 11am-7pm at the Maple Grove Community Center. More informa-on at www.crossfoodshelf.org.
Seniors Please contact Judy Hanson at 763-428-7657 for resource, community or general informa-on for seniors. To subscribe to the Senior NewsleAer, call 763-241-3520. Or, you can read the newsleAer online at ww.seniors.cityofrogers.org.
Thursday Senior Shop Rogers Bus—Thursdays at 10am, $1.00 per rider. Contact Judy at 763-4287657.
Jammers Potluck & Music— Sunday, February 2 from 1-5pm (eat at 4pm) at the Rogers Community Room. Contact Dave at 763-428-4217.
Rogers Senior Dining—Monday through Thursday every week at 12:00noon at the Rogers Community Center. Call at least two days in advance by 2pm for reserva-ons, 763-428-0976. Cost: 55+ $4.00/Under 55 $7.00
Cards & Games—Every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday a:er Senior Dining (open to all) - 12:302:00pm at the Rogers Community Room. No cards & games on February 11. Call Margaret, 763-4288650.
Happy Hour at Dehn’s Country Manor—Tuesday, February 26 from 3-5pm. Hamburger & fries, $3.95; House wine & beer, $2.00. Call Margaret, 763-428-8650.
Valen7ne Social: Thursday, February 14 at the Rogers Community Room from 1-3pm. Come and join with Senior friends for Sweet Valen-ne Treats, fun, and board games.
The Word of Peace Kids-Care Bus takes seniors shopping at Ridgedale every other month. The next trip will be February 12th. Cost is $1.00 for the round trip. The bus will pick us up at Word of Peace at 9:30am and return us by 1:30pm. Call Judy to sign up at 763-428-7657. 7
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Change Service Requested
Sundays 8:00 a.m. Traditional 9:30 a.m. Blended 11:00 a.m. Contemporary Mondays 6:30 p.m. Contemporary
ASH WEDNESDAY February 13 Worship Services at 5:30 & 7:00 p.m.
LENT BEGINS February 20 Worship Services at 5:30 & 7:00 p.m.