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Peace Notes W  P  L   C   . .

JUNE 2012

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

SUMMERTIME at WORD OF PEACE! SUMMER WORSHIP SERVICES SUNDAYS: 8:30 am (Traditional) 10:00 am (Contemporary)

SUMMER CAMPS Family Camp June 8-10 Kids Camps June 10-15 and Aug. 5-10

MONDAYS: 6:30 pm (Evening Contemporary) Stay for Sundaes on Mondays



Vacation Bible School June 25-29 Preschool Camp with Boz! July 16-20

June 21-24 Visit us at the Word of Peace Food Booth during Rockin’ Rogers June 23 Watch for the Word of Peace float at the Rockin’ Rogers Parade August 9 Community Corn Feed

More Information Inside or at

YOUTH MINISTRY 912_Bonfires Wednesday evenings Summer Stretch Middle and high school youth meet for service, and fun Select Wednesdays throughout the summer. National Youth Gathering 86 youth and adults are headed to New Orleans July 17-24

Happenings Pat and Jacquie Bencke, our Missionaries in

Pastor Krista Strum Faith Formation Pastor

I recently returned from a graduaon of a very special person in my life. I drove to Sioux Falls, South Dakota and was greeted by a 23 year old young man I’ve known for a very long me. He was waing for me in the hotel lobby and as I walked into the door received the biggest, ghtest, warmest embrace with the words “WELCOME, I am so glad you are here!” To be welcomed is a wonderful experience. Part of Word of Peace’s Mission statement is “Christ works through us as we: welcome all people to grow in faith, love, and devoon.” We welcome you into the Lord’s family, we receive you as a fellow member of the body of Christ, child of the same heavenly Father and worker with us in the kingdom of God. These are the words of welcome heard at every bapsm. These are words of identy, belonging, and responsibility. As a body of Christ, we are commi1ed to the faith journeys of one another but also to bring God’s love to the world. We welcome others by connecng with one another in many ways—a handshake, a glance, a smile or hug. We also welcome

others by having space for them in our building and by having opportunies for people to grow in relaonship with others and with God. We welcome others in prayer. One of my favorite bible stories is the story of the Prodigal Son. The story of the son that le5 his father, squandered his inheritance, lived with the pigs, and came groveling home to work as a servant for his father. Remember what happened? God’s model for us is the father, with no thought for his dignity, races down the road to welcome his son home. He clothes him and hosts a celebraon in his honor as his son who was lost was now found. We are called to welcome those we know and those we don’t. I invite you to be intenonal in this: Pay a1enon to how you welcome your family. Greet someone you don’t know when you share the peace in worship. Find a place to volunteer. Peace to you!

Japan, will be at Word of Peace on Monday, July 30th! Please mark your calendars for this rare opportunity to share a meal with the Bencke’s and learn more about the mission work they are doing in Japan. More informaon to come. 3rd Annual Community Corn Feed fundraiser will be on Thursday, August 9th. Request your book of raffle ckets by contacng Stacy Stolba at 763-428-6306 or The raffle ckets will be mailed to you the first part of June. They are $5.00 each and come in a booklet of 10. Proceeds from the Corn Feed will go to C.R.O.S.S, ROADS, Lutheran Partners (ministry in India), and A Strong Foundaon building drive. In an effort to provide more space in the Gathering Area, the offices of Karen Running and Mary Miller have been moved to Room 149 (Beth Brekke’s office) and Carrie Fischer has moved into the Educaon office. All Rogers Senior High School seniors are invited to the 2nd Annual Community Baccalaureate Worship Service on Wednesday, June 6th at 7:00pm at Christ Church in Otsego. Ceremony will include staff and student speakers, prayers and music. Please contact Karen Running at 763-428 -5510 with quesons.

payments each month; and, we can make extra payments on the principal of our mortgage to reduce it and the interest we are charged each month. We have faith that we will connue to receive pledges over the next several months and through the term of the camA Strong Foundaon has started out really strong! Thank you paign. We are on our way to meeng our goal and you are a for pledging and joining us on the journey that will reduce our part of that journey! If you have made a pledge to A Strong Foundaon already, THANK YOU for your pledge. It is a gi5 mortgage debt over the next 3 ½ years and help fulfill the dream of a new sanctuary for Word of Peace. and a blessing! If you have not made a pledge yet, we encourage you to think and pray about being a part of this journey. To date, pledges total just over $848,000 with 242 households It’s never too late to pledge and all gi5s are important and a making a pledge. This is so excing! With this pledge total, we blessing. can give $40,000 to C.R.O.S.S. Food Shelf to help those in need in our community; we can connue to make our mortgage God bless you and remember, God’s not finished with us yet! 2

Music & Worship Dear Word of Peace Family, I will be on sabbacal throughout the summer and so we are looking for special music for our worship services during this me. If you have a talent you'd like to share with your church family, contact Dawn Saxton in the music office at or 763-496-2413. Musical talent is a gi= to you from God, and is meant to be shared. So don't hide your light "under a bushel." Let it shine "for all the world to see."

C.R.O.S.S. Corner Our Word of Peace congrega.on gave over 2,000 pounds of food to CROSS so far this year! Now that fed some families!!! Hunger Facts: • Food shelf use is at record highs across the state • 56% of food shelf visitors are families with children and 20% are seniors • More than 50% of adult food shelf visitors are employed. In the Twin Cies alone, the working poor make up 60% of people who use food shelves • 2/3 of food shelf visitors make less than $1,000 a month; not enough to cover their basic needs • Hunger hurts every day: of those who use Minnesota's food shelves, 47% of adults and 14% of children skip meals to stretch their budgets

Best wishes for a blessed and peaceful summer.

Michael Sahlen Minister of Music and Worship

CURRENT NEEDS: Large juice, medium size peanut bu1er, honey, jam/jelly, cereal, walnuts/almonds, popcorn, canned or jar spagheV sauce, tomato sauce & paste, canned tomatoes, canned beef stew, spam, kidney or chili beans, tuna, macaroni and cheese, taco mix, bar/face soap, paper products Thank you for your con.nued support of our local food shelf!

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 Newsle1er, call 763-241-3520. Or, you can read the newsle1er online at Date







Thursday Senior Shop Rogers Bus

$1.00 per rider

Judy 763-428-7657



Jammers Pot Luck & Music

Rogers Community Center (eat at 4pm)

Dave 763-428-4217



Line Dancing

Rogers Community Center

Margaret 763-428-8650



Breakfast at Denny’s in Rogers

Menu items for $6.99 includes drink

Margaret 763-428-8650



Memory Loss Support Group at Wellstead

For family members caring for loved ones

Heidi at 763-428-8181



Chicken Dinner

Rogers Community Center

Margaret 763-428-8650

Rockin’ Rogers Days: Thursday, June 21 through Saturday, June 23. Come and enjoy the fesvies! Come out and watch the parade on Saturday! July 1st—Minnesota Orchestra’s Salute to America at the Ted Mann Concert Hall at U of M. Motor coach from Heritage Place. Cost is $43.00. Call Margaret at 763-428-8650. 3

flocks have mulplied, and your silver and gold is mulplied, and all that you have is mulplied, then do not exalt yourself, forgeVng the LORD your God…Do not say to yourself, ‘My power and the might of my own hand “It goes without saying that money is have go1en me this wealth.’ But repower in today’s world. In and of itmember the LORD your God, for it is self, money as power is not necessari- he who gives you power to get ly a bad thing. Money as power can wealth, so that he may confirm his become a bad thing when it takes covenant’ (Deuteronomy 8:11-18). hold of our aVtudes and acons. Jesus puts the issue starkly: ‘No one can It’s easy to think that the salary we serve two masters; for a slave will ‘earn’ is enrely our own doing. We either hate the one and love the oth- forget the talents God gave us that er, or be devoted to the one and des- enable us to do the work we do, the pise the other. You cannot serve God fortuitous circumstances of living in a and wealth’ (Ma1hew 6:24). When country with a market economy that money becomes master, we become will pay fair wages and benefits, the idolaters, worshiping something other sacrifices made by others to equip us than the God who claims and calls us. with the educaon and skills needed, the God-given gi5s of family and The Bible warns against failing to sub- friends who support us in our occupamit totally to God’s rule over all of ons. It’s easy to think that we do it our lives. In Deuteronomy, shortly all for ourselves, Sasfacon with a a5er the admonion to commit total- good standard of living can lead us to ly to God noted above, the people are serve money as master rather than warned about the temptaons of life God, who gives and enables all good in the Promised Land. ‘Take care that things.” you do not forget the LORD your God…When you have eaten your fill and have built fine houses and live in them, and when your herds and A reflecon on the power of money from “A Well-Formed Stewardship Leader Embraces Financial Health as an Expression of Faith” by Marty E. Stevens:

Why does Word of Peace have BeFrienders?

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 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 devoon, • Share Christ through word and deed, • Care for others and the world God made, and • Work for jusce and peace.

Ask yourself: “Did you ever need to talk with someone? Were you frustrated when someone didn’t seem to listen?” I think we all have those experiences somemes. BeFrienders are trained to listen. Each BeFriender is assigned one person to visit with once a week. This may be a shut in, a person new to the community, a new mother, or someone suffering a loss of some sort. A new BeFrienders training class will begin soon. Contact Beth Brekke, 612-922-4366 or bbrekke@woplc for details.


NEWSLETTER SUBMISSIONS Contact Jennie Priebe in the church office at 496-2401 or July newsleAer deadline:

June 15 at Noon

Faith Forma.on Ministry Sign-up for Vaca.on Bible School by June 1 We’re making the final preparaons for VBS! If you would like to waive the $25 registraon fee, please sign-up for VBS by June 1. VBS Volunteers are S.ll Needed Call Rachel, Lisa, and Krisn to find out how you can have a week of morning fun June 25-29 from 9 am-noon. We can be reached at 763.496.2400. Incoming 9th Grade Confirma.on Students Be sure to schedule your confirmaon conversaon by July with your assigned staff person. Bear in mind several of our staff members will be gone on youth trips and vacaons in June or July so be sure to sign-up early. Church School Teachers Needed We need YOU to teach church school next year! We have more than 700 kids who need a caring adults in their life to share the love of God with them. Haven’t tried it before? No problem! All you need is a heart for learning and to like kids! Call Krisn, Lisa, or Rachel!

Kids of Peace Preschool has Openings! Your li1le one will be blessed by Word of Peace’s preschool program. Children 33 months through five years who have been po1y trained are invited to a1end one of three programs: ●Three/Four year Program ●Four/Five year Program ●High Five Program-for five year olds not heading off to kindergarten in the fall. We offer a warm, welcoming environment and great teachers who provide an academic, social, and spiritual educaon. For more informaon call, Julie Piccona1o at 763-4962419 or email her at Sign-up for Church School and Confirma.on! Returning families, please register July 31.

Youth Ministry MSM.AM: Middle School Ministry A.M! We meet Na.onal Youth Gathering: Our next Naonal Youth twice a month for food, devoons and games. Friends Gathering meeng is June 24th at 11:45am in the are always welcome. This month we meet June 3rd Sanctuary. See you there! and 24th from 10-11am in the Youth Room. High School Bonfires are Back! Every Wednesday VBS ABer-Party: If you’re a youth volunteering at this from 7:30-9pm from now through August. This year’s VBS, you’re invited to the VBS a5er-party! Each month’s dates are June 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th. a5ernoon following the program, we will get together Food, faith, fire and fun! for fun acvies like movies, outdoor games, Bunker Beach and more! Monday, June 25th through Thursday, June 28th! Camp Info Going to camp this summer? Awesome! Come to the Word of Peace camp info meeng on June 3rd at 11:30 in the Brekke Room and learn everything you need to know about your week away from home! 5

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Change Service Requested

Sundays 8:30 a.m. Traditional 10:00 a.m. Blended Mondays 6:30 p.m. Contemporary

JUNE Sermons & Texts June 3 & 4

June 17 & 18

Pastor Krista Strum: “Can You Hear Me Now?” We may take for granted how powerfully connected our voices are in our relaonships. Today, we consider how God speaks in the World and whether we are tuned in to what God has to say.

Pastor Ron Prasek: “Now is the Time” As Paul writes to the Chrisans in Corinth, he encourages them to consider their weapons of righteousness. This is an invitaon to us to consider our strengths and how we can best apply them to the needs at hand in our community and in our world.

Scripture Readings: Psalm 29, Isaiah 6:1-8, Romans 8:12-17

June 10 & 11

Scripture Readings: 2 Corinthians 6:1-13, Mark 4:35-41, Psalm 9:9-20, Job 38:1-11

Pastor Ron Prasek: “Opmism, It’s the Way to Go!” June 24 & 25 Chrisan hope is made possible by God’s promises, the Pastor Rick Skare: “It’s Not What it Seems” wonderful creeds given to us by our parents and grandparThe Kingdom of God may look unimpressive to the world, ents, and people’s tesmonies. but rejoice! What the world regards as unimpressive, Scripture Readings: Jesus depicts as miraculous. 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1, Mark 3:20-35, Psalm 138 Scripture Reading: Mark 4:26-34, Ezekiel 17:22-24, Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15, 2 Corinthians 5:6-17

Peace Notes June 2012  

Word of Peace Lutheran Church in Rogers, Minnesota

Peace Notes June 2012  

Word of Peace Lutheran Church in Rogers, Minnesota