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PEACE NOTES

A MONTHLY PUBLICATION OF WORD OF PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH OCTOBER 2013

Chalk Drawing by 15 year-old Word of Peace member, Claire Olson


Dear friends, We want to thank each of you for the wonderful celebra#on for my last Sunday as your senior pastor. Becky and I have opened the cards, gi)s, gi) cards, and major gi) from all of you at Word of Peace, and we are both humbled and amazed by your tremendous generosity. A simple “thank you’ does not seem to express what we want to say. It has been overwhelming and we have been so filled with joy and thanksgiving as we have opened your more-than-wonderful wishes and many gi)s. As a result of your generosity, we will be able to make a reality the dream of visi#ng the birthplace of our Lutheran Chris#an faith in Germany. Becky and I will enjoy wonderful #mes sharing travel and new experiences together. We are so grateful for your faithfulness and your future as you love him and serve him in the years ahead. It is exci#ng for us to look forward to the tremendous future that Word of Peace has as you serve and witness to our Lord and Savior, Jesus, with your words and ac#ons. It has been a joy and an honor to be your pastor and your friends in Christ. By God’s Amazing Grace, Pastor Ron and Becky Prasek

A Message from the President of our Congregation Dear friends at Word of Peace, First of all, thank you to everybody who helped organize the going away party for Ron and Becky. Many of you put in a lot of 7me and effort to make it a first class event. We made progress in September on the next chapter at Word of Peace. • The Strategic Planning Team completed their work on the Ministry Site Profile and turned it over to the Call CommiAee. • Due to all the ac7vity around the re7rement of Pastor Ron and the end of summer, we extended the deadline for Call CommiAee applica7ons. The deadline was September 22, 2013. • As of press 7me, the first Call CommiAee mee7ng was scheduled for the week of September 30, 2013. Weekly updates on the transi7on period are provided in the bulle7n, e-news and at www.wordofpeace.org. Thanks again to all of you for your pa7ence and understanding. Please keep the church and leadership in your prayers throughout the transi7on. Mike Schlegel Congrega7on President 2

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 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 devo7on, • Share Christ through word and deed, • Care for others and the world God made, and • Work for jus7ce and peace.

NEWSLETTER SUBMISSIONS Contact Jennie Priebe at 763-496-2401 or jpriebe@woplc.org. November newsleer deadline:

October 11 at Noon


ury; he also saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. He said, ‘Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them; for all of them have contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in all she had to live on.’”

A LIFE OF JOY A young pastor tells a story about a visit he once made to a member of his congrega7on as part of an “every member visit” for a giving campaign. It was one of those campaign calls in which he knew, at some point, that he was going to have to ask for her financial pledge for the coming year. He dreaded that moment, because this woman was a single mother with a poverty level income. On the day of the visit, the pastor found himself siFng at her kitchen table, making small talk and generally avoiding the subject of why he was there. Finally, she got to the point, saying something like, “I suppose you want my pledge.” He stammered that he’d been hesitant to ask, knowing her circumstances.

Maybe that’s just it, she knew she gave from what she had, or what she had first been given. The woman that young pastor visited that day modeled the life of a steward, a disciple. From her, and from the poor widow in Luke 21, we learn: • We don’t give because we’re preAy well off and won’t miss a few bucks. • We don’t give because we somehow feel obligated. • We don’t give because we owe “dues to the church”. Some7mes we get so caught up in our giving that we forget why we’re giving. We forget about our joyful response. The woman in the Luke 21 story and the woman visited by the young pastor knew exactly what their reasons were. Do we?

When we give from what we have— and with an awareness of all the With her pledge card lying on the blessings we have—that’s when we table between them, she laid her truly become joyful. That’s when we faith on the line: “I want to pledge become stewards. God leads us $30 a week.” The pastor was dumb- there. As the psalmist writes in founded, saying “I know how much Psalm 16:11: “You show me the path you make—you can’t afford that!” of life. In your presence there is fullThat’s when the loud and clear les- ness of joy; in your right hand are son came through as the woman pleasures forevermore.” There is replied, “It’s the least I can do. Jesus fullness of joy just from being in gave everything and all for me. God’s presence, and that joy shows Write it down.” up where we least expect it. That woman, who had liAle in the way of material comforts, pledged $30 a week to her church. And she did it with confidence and no small amount of joy. She had been blessed, and she knew it. Maybe it starts with Luke 21:1-4: “Jesus looked up and saw rich people puFng their giJs into the treas-

We give in joyful response and oJen it’s a joy we haven’t known before. AJer all, it’s the least we can do.

YOUR GIVING HELPS MAKE ALL THIS POSSIBLE Caring Ministry • Over 1,800 cards are sent out to show the care and concern Word of Peace has for its church family • 23 ac7ve BeFrienders, caring for those in difficult 7mes. • Care Notes are provided free for grief support • A monthly grief support group that has been aAended by 11 individuals • Journeying Through Grief booklets are sent quarterly to 22 families who are currently experiencing grief. Senior Ministry • Transporta7on for as many as 14 Rogers seniors to essen7al services each week, and monthly trips for a dozen seniors to a major shopping area. Outreach Helped 8 families with their housing needs • Over $20,000 was given to CROSS food shelf from our Building and General Funds. •

Educa)on Ministry 543 kids aAended Vaca7on Bible School • $4,634 was raised by VBS kids for Kids Against Hunger • Over 700 children (and growing) are aAending church school and 431 youth (and growing) aAending Confirma7on rd • 279 Bibles were given to 3 year olds, 3 th graders, 6 graders, and new families • The addi7on of a Church School hour. •

Youth Ministry 89 middle school and senior high youth par7cipated in Summer Stretch, a 6-week program of community service, fun, and fellowship.

Building Ministry New carpet for the Gathering Area and west and north hallways • Office addi7ons and reloca7ons • Landscaping and pain7ng •

Worship and Music 11 music groups • A joy-filled Peace Fest with a Ministry Fair, games, and catered lunch • Four full worship services. •

And the wonderful and meaningful farewell celebra7on for Pastor Ron and Becky.

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New Adult Studies & Small Groups This Fall at Word of Peace Sunday Evening Adult Bible Study Group Every other Sunday from 8:00-9:00pm This study will offer a chance to gather around God’s Word, dig into Scripture, and engage in lively discussion. The study will begin with 1 Corinthians. All adults, couples, and singles are welcome to aAend. For more informa7on, contact Elaine and Lou WiA at 763-843-4195 or lwiA_ilc@yahoo.com. Dwelling in the Word Wednesdays at 8:30am It’s a 7me to listen to God speaking to you, to feel God’s presence in the Word, and to hear what He is telling us today. Come when you are able. Family Faith Forma)on Groups Want to be a part of a group of 3-4 other families who gather around God’s Word and prayer? Contact Pastor Krista for more informa7on at 763-496-2400 or kstrum@woplc.org. Praying In Color Oct. 2 and Nov. 13, 5:30pm-6:30pm and 6:45pm-7:45pm Praying in Color is a way to pray with your eyes, your ears, and your hands. It’s opening a new prayer path to God – opening your heart and praying in color. This is a wonderful prayer method for all ages. Emo)ons Anonymous Twelve-step organiza7on, similar to Alcoholics Anonymous. Our fellowship is composed of people who come together in weekly mee7ngs for the purpose of working toward recovery from emo7onal difficul7es. Contact Pastor Krista for day and 7me (763-4962400 or pastorkrista@woplc.org) Mental Health Book Club Second Monday of Each Month at 7:30pm Beginning October 14 The Mental Health Task Force is offering a monthly book club to explore some of the many different aspects of mental health. The first book to be discussed is “You and your Anxious Child” by Anne Marie Albanon, PhD. The book deals with separa7on anxiety, generalized anxiety, and social phobia and offers many helpful methods for dealing with anxiety in children of all ages. Join us at Word of Peace on October 12 at 7:30pm. Whether you have the opportunity to read the book or not, you may find the discussion helpful. For a complete list of adult offerings, pick up a copy of the Adult Ministries brochure, available at the Informa#on Desk and outside the Educa#on office. 4

Sunday Evenings October 6 - November 24 6:00pm-8:30pm Adults, High School Students, and Middle School Students with their parents are invited to a refreshing new take on what the Bible is, how it came to be, and how we should read it. You will view videos with seven dynamic contemporary Chris7an leaders from across the country. They are authors, pastors, theological experts, and professors—and they each have compelling perspec7ves. Presenters include Eric Elnes, Phyliss Tickle, Rachel Held Evand, Nadia Bolz-Weber, Jose Morales, Will Willimon, and Jay Bakker. This exci7ng series helps people of all ages and stages in their faith journey grow deeper in their understanding of the Bible. ANIMATE appeals to a variety of learning styles. It’s not stuffy or in7mida7ng! Join us for a meal, a 7me of fellowship, and a study of the Bible in this unique format. Registra7on forms for ANIMATE Bible are available online or outside the educa7on office. Childcare is available upon request. For more informa7on, please contact Pastor Krista Strum at 763-4962400 or kstrum@woplc.org.

Save the Date! NAMI presents: In Our Own Voice November 3, 6:30-8:00pm at Word of Peace Two trained presenters from NAMI (Na7onal Alliance on Mental Illness) will tell their personal story to promote understanding of mental illness as well as the hope for recovery. There are 5 sec7ons which include dark days, acceptance, treatment, coping skills, and successes, hopes and dreams. Following the presenta7on there will be 7me for discussion, ques7ons and answers. Stay tuned for more informa7on.


Do You Want to Truly Understand the Uncondi)onal Love that Christ Has for You? October 6 - November 24 6:00—8:30pm Who is The Marriage Course for?

The Marriage Course is perfect for any married couple, including those who are: • • • •

In the first five years of marriage Looking to enhance their marriage Struggling with issues At a challenging stage (i.e. new baby, career change, empty nest)

What Can I Expect? During seven evenings spent together, couples talk about important issues, such as: • • • • • • • •

Recognizing each other's needs Rela7ng to parents and in-laws Learning how to communicate Healing past hurt How to make each other feel loved Resolving conflict Making 7me for and having fun with each other Good sex

Each evening begins with a candlelit meal, a video presenta7on, followed by the chance to talk about the topic together as a couple. The seFng is welcoming, relaxed, and non-threatening. Privacy as a couple is always respected. While based on Chris7an principals, the course is helpful for any couple with or without a Chris7an faith or background. Registra7on forms for The Marriage Course are available online or outside the educa7on office. Childcare is available upon request. For more informa7on, please contact Pastor Krista Strum at 763-496-2400 or kstrum@woplc.org.

Have You Been Through The Marriage Course? Take the Next Step with Lutheran Marriage Encounter A Weekend of Discovery...A Life2me of Love Step away from the distrac7ons and hassles of daily life and enjoy some quality 7me for just the two of you on a Lutheran Marriage Encounter weekend. You’ll spend two nights in a comfortable hotel and enjoy five delicious meals from Friday at 8:00pm to Sunday at 5:00pm. Four presen7ng couples, including a Lutheran clergy couple, give a series of presenta7ons followed by ques7ons that the two of you discuss in the privacy of your hotel room. There is no counseling and no group sharing. No one tries to change who you are. It’s great for couples who already have a good marriage and want to enrich their rela7onship, but it also does wonders for those marriages that have lost their luster through the years.

If yes, then you should aAend a Via de Cristo weekend! What is Via de Cristo? Via de Cristo is a three-day weekend designed to strengthen and renew the faith of Chris7an people and bring them to a new awareness of living in God’s grace. A Via de Cristo weekend begins on Thursday evening and ends on Sunday evening. The par7cipants live, study, worship and commune together daily. Through 14 progressive talks that include personal stories, Via de Cristo gives aAendees a living understanding of basic Chris7an truths. There is music and singing, food and fellowship, a 7me for laughter and a 7me for prayer. The next Via de Cristo weekends are October 17-20 (Men’s) and October 24-27 (Women’s) in West St Paul. For more informa7on on this wonderful experience and weekend, please contact Eric or Missy Henderson at 763-428-5225 or go to www.mnviadecristo.org.

The next Lutheran Marriage Encounter Weekends in Minnesota are October 25-27 at the Country Inn and Suites in Duluth and November 22-24 at the Crown Plaza in Brooklyn Center. To register, contact Larry and Coke Guilfoile at 651-257-6960, Pete & Phyllis McMahon at 763-561-1575 or visit www.godlovesmarriage.org.

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SHAVED BY GRACE

GRACE SERIES CONTINUES THROUGHOUT OCTOBER October 6 & 7 Pastor Krista Strum, “Accep2ng the Gi9 of Wet Feet” Grace has happened to you! Your feet are wet, grace-soaked. Go, with your wet feet, and share God’s grace with others! Scripture Readings: John 13:3-15; 1 John 4:7-12, 16-21

October 13 & 14 Pastor Rick Skare, “Coming Clean with Grace That Abounds” Because of God’s grace, we can “come clean” and confess our sin. Jesus teaches us that we are to extend the same grace to others. Scripture Readings: Mahew 18:21-35; Psalm 51:1-12; Genesis 50:15 -21

October 20 & 21 Pastor Krista Strum, “You Have a Place—Chosen to a Guaranteed Place in God’s Family” God loves you! Nothing you can do will make God love you more and nothing you can do will make God love you less. Your adop7on is IRREVERSIBLE. You have a place at God’s table. Scripture Readings: Romans 8:14-17; John 14:1-6

October 27 & 28 Pastor Rick Skare, “Sustaining and Sufficient Grace” We can be confident in God’s grace because God is always there for us. Even when we think or feel that we are separated from God’s love, we receive the “fullness of God,” “Grace upon grace!” Scripture Readings: John 1:1-4, 14-18; Romans 8:31-35, 37-39; Isaiah 40:28-31

October 27 & 28 is Family Worship Mark your calendars! The children’s choirs will be singing, children will be reading, we will have some great songs for kids of all ages, a puppet show and a special Sunday brunch. This is going to be a great Sunday—you won’t want to miss it! 6

As we par7cipate in the GRACE worship series and celebrate World Communion Sunday on October 6, Word of Peace is being challenged to raise an addi7onal offering (over and above those to the General and Building funds) for our congrega7on’s mission work in India through Lutheran Partners in Global Ministry (LPGM). Our goal is to raise $3,500 by the end of October to help support two members of our congrega7on, Paige Messenbrink and Vicki Johnson, in their mission work in India this winter through LPGM (we are also organizing another trip next summer). To help raise money for our congrega7on’s mission work in India, Pastor Rick will not shave his facial hair for the dura7on of the seven-week “Grace” series as long as addi7onal offerings come in for our congrega7on’s mission work in India. He will then be shaved by 10 year-old Grace Olson at the conclusion of the series on Monday, October 28. Pastor Rick said that “the congrega7on should not expect to see a very preAy beard (and maybe even not one at all).” He added, “While my family is excited about me helping to raise money for mission work in India, they are not too pleased that they will have to live with it every day.”

CROSS Corner Do you have old ink cartridges? Donate them to CROSS! Each empty cartridge will bring in much needed cash. Please place them in the box located on the shelves in the CROSS Corner in the North Gathering Area. CROSS is running very low on certain items and will let us know each month what is in desperate need. Please look for signs in the CROSS Corner for items in need. CROSS currently assists over 1500 households in our area. Thank you for your support, we couldn't do it without you!!! October Food Needs: salad dressing and toilet paper


MUSIC MINISTRY Confirma)on Moms and Dads! Angel Wings bell choir rehearses the same 7me as Confirma7on? We are looking for four new ringers. If you can read music, you can ring a bell. It's a great musical experience and a wonderful small group! High School Youth are needed to help with a new puppet ministry. This is a great volunteer opportunity for people who are crea7ve and a liAle bit wacky! Teenagers, come sing with Voices of Peace on Wednesdays at 7:30pm We could use your musical abili7es to enhance our choir! Are you a Designer or Ar)st? Do you have a passion for worship? The Worship and Visual Arts Team could use your giJs to visually enhance our worship and to begin to plan for our new sanctuary.

Is God Calling You to the BeFriender Ministry? Our BeFrienders report that this is a truly rewarding ministry. The caring that they do enriches their lives as well as the lives of the people they visit. They also remark that the training is very helpful in their day-to-day contacts in the family and at work. BeFrienders are trained to listen. The theme is, “We care, not cure.” Each BeFriender is assigned one person to visit with once a week. This person could be a shut in, someone new to the community, a new mother, a person recovering from surgery, or someone suffering a loss. Talk with Jean Bumgartner, Pam Olson, Beth Brekke, or any BeFriender for more informa7on. If you would like to become a BeFriender, please contact Beth Brekke at 763-496-2411 or bbrekke@woplc.org to schedule training.

Handicap Parking is for Those who are Handicapped! The handicapped parking stalls are reserved for people that hold a handicap s)cker/tag. Please respect the law and these individuals. If you have a s7cker or tag authorizing the use of these stalls, please be sure to display it prominently so there is no confusion. Rogers Police have no7fied us that cars parked illegally in these stalls will be 7cketed.

An Accompanist is needed for the Deo Glorias women's gospel choir. Rehearsals are on Mondays at 7pm. And the group sings in worship once a month. For more informa#on about any of these opportuni#es, please contact Michael Sahlen at @woplc.org or 763496-2412.

Like Us on Facebook! Follow Us on TwiAer! Come be a part of our online community of Word of Peace friends! Stay up-to-date on what’s happening at church, view pictures and videos from various events, post comments or create discussions about sermons or studies, etc. www.facebook.com/wordofpeace www.twiAer.com/woplc

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Learning Ministry 7th Grade Box City

Important Dates:

Saturday, October 5 from 6 pm through Sunday, October 6 at 9:30 am.

No Church School on October 20, 21, 27, and 28 No Confirma7on on October 16

7th grade confirma7on students bring a large cardboard box to sleep-in, a sleeping bag, and a non-perishable food item to church on Saturday,

Sunday Morning Studies

You will all sleep outside to experience what our homeless brothers and sisters live with each day. We end our 7me together worshipping at the 8:30 am worship service on Sunday. Call Marcus Eads or Carrie Fischer with your ques7ons at 763.496.2400.

Church School Teacher Workshop Sunday, October 27 @ 8:30, 9:45, and 11:00am Monday, October 28 @ 5:00 and 6:15pm

Every Sunday morning at 9:45am. Please come to room #120 for great discussion and an explora7on of our faith. This month we are discussing the sermon series and book, GRACE by Max Lucado. No previous experience is necessary and everyone is welcome!

Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) MOPS meets every other Wednesday at 9:15am. Women who are raising infants through kindergarteners are invited to spend a morning in fellowship with other women, learning, and growing together.

Church school teachers, you will not need to prepare a lesson on October 27 and 28 because these days are dedicated to important 7me together for informa7on about upcoming lessons. You may choose any of the 7mes listed above.

Y R T S I N I M YOUTH ades 6-8 MS: Middle School Youth, Gr

MS: Bagels & Bibles Join us October 13 and 27 from 9:45-10:45am in the youth room for bagels, devo7ons and games! Leadership is provided by our high school youth. MS: Hayride (5th-8th Grade) Join us for a hayride and bonfire at Hayrides Inc. $7.00 October 13th, 6-8pm. Sign up on the youth bulle7n board.

es 9-12 HS: High School Youth, Grad Hello, my name is Kate and I am the new High School Youth Minister at Word of Peace! I want to welcome all current high school students and I am very excited for this year and all the new and exci#ng changes it will bring!

There are 486 of you and my goal is to remember 100 of your names and MSMS-HS: Parents Night Out Fundraiser favorite ice cream by the end of OcCome work and play on October 11, 5:15-10:15pm, earn money or service hours to help pay for church events during tober and 100 more every month. Come introduce yourself (parents too!) and see if I have reached my goal! the year. Sign up on the youth bulle7n board.

HS: ValleyScare Join us for a creepy night of fun at Valley Scare! Saturday, October 12, we’ll meet at Word of Peace at 7:00pm, back at midnight. More informa7on and sign-up is located on the youth bulle7n board.

I would love the opportunity to meet as many of you as possible, so please join me in the youth room for Sunday Perk at 11am on Sunday, October 6, 20, and 27. Come for coffee/hot chocolate, treats, and Kate conversa#on! I look forward to mee#ng all of you and hearing your ideas for our high school program! — Kate Gantz

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Hands and Feet Day Saturday, October 12 Be the Hands and Feet of Jesus and Make a Difference in the Lives of Others! Need a Hand? Whether you are busy, physically unable, or just need extra hands with household projects, please ask! Make a request on behalf of friends, family members or neighbors! Simply complete a Service Request form (available in the church office) and return it to Word of Peace by Sunday, Oct. 6. Some work examples include, but are not limited to, raking leaves, tree pruning, cleaning guAers, cleaning windows, 7lling a garden, cuFng and stacking wood, moving furniture, changing light bulbs, preparing for winter, and other repairs and projects. We hope to honor all service requests; however, we will need to ensure we have adequate volunteers and resources to do so. If you have any ques7ons about asking Word of Peace for assistance with a household chore, contact the church office at 763-496-2400 or send an email to lifeandgrowth@wordofpeace.org. This event will depend heavily on volunteers. Thanks in advance for your support!

Seniors Please contact Judy Hanson at 763-428-7657 for resource, community or general informa7on for seniors in the Rogers area. To subscribe to the Rogers Senior NewsleAer, call 763-241-3520. Read the newsleAer online at www.seniors.cityofrogers.org.

Thursday Senior Shop Rogers Bus—Thursdays at 10am, $1.00 per rider. Contact Judy at 763-4287657.

Jammers Potluck & Music— Sunday, Oct. 6 from 1-5pm (eat at 4pm) at the Rogers Community Room. Contact Dave at 763-4284217.

Rogers Senior Dining—Tuesday through Thursday every week at 12:00 noon at the Rogers Community Room. Call at least two days in advance by 2pm for reserva7ons, 763-428-0976. Cost: 55+ $4.00. Under 55 $5.00.

Cards & Games are played Tuesdays through Thursdays from 12:30-2pm at the Rogers Community Room. Call Margaret, 763-4288650.

Breakfast at Denny’s in Rogers— Enjoy breakfast with your friends for $6.99. Call Margaret, 763-4288650.

Annual CraL Sale, Oct. 19, 9am2pm at the Rogers Community Room. Call Elsie, 763-428-1131.

The Word of Peace Kids-Care Bus takes seniors shopping at Ridgedale every other month. The next trip will be October 8. 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. •

Plymouth Playhouse: October 4— Bus departs from the Rogers Community Room at 12:00pm to see The Last Pot Luck Supper by the Church Basement Ladies. Cost is $26.00 per person. Contact Liz at 763-428-0939 to reserve your spot.

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Change Service Requested

Sundays 8:30 a.m. Traditional 9:45 a.m. Blended 11:00 a.m. Contemporary Mondays 6:30 p.m. Contemporary

Parents, Need a Break? Parents Night Out is Friday, Oct. 11 Sign up on the Youth Bulletin Board Contact the Youth Ministry office for more information


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