Peace Update – Friday April 13

Trivia Night – Mark your calendars for tomorrow April 14, for an evening of fun and trivia! We are looking for groups, families, or individuals, to sponsor raffle baskets. Put on your thinking caps, come up with creative themes, and check the sales for items we can fill our baskets with. Please see Barb Johnson if you have questions.

In Worship this Week
Second Sunday of Easter
Liturgical Color: White
Acts 4:32-35
Psalm 133
1 John 1:1-2:2
John 20:19-31

This week we will have a special Sunday worship, incorporating a healing service into our regular Sunday service. Last summer, when the members of Peace studied together our spiritual gifts, the gift of healing was revealed to be surprisingly common among our members. We will honor that gift and begin to learn to share it as we are able through worship on Sunday, April 15. Gathered by the Holy Spirit around Jesus Christ, the Word of salvation, we will pray together for God’s healing in all its dimensions. Personal prayer and a sign of healing – the laying on of hands and anointing with oil – will be offered to all who wish to receive it. The anointing with oil will be reminiscent of the marking with ashes that we experienced together only a few weeks ago. This time, however, instead of marking our mortality, we will be receiving a sign of God’s promised healing, made manifest in the resurrection of Our Lord. Everyone is invited to join in this special Sunday of worship, whether you wish to receive the anointing or not.

Christian Education
Adult Forum will take a break this week, and resume on April 22 with our discussion of  the book Life Together, by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Bonhoeffer was a Lutheran pastor in Germany during the Nazi era, and participated in the resistance against the regime. He was particularly known as a founder of the Confessing Church, an illegal Protestant body that broke away from the state church when it was taken over by Nazism. He was executed by the Nazis in 1945, just two weeks before American troops liberated the concentration camp in which he was held. Bonhoeffer wrote the book Life Together for the communities of that church, and particularly for their seminaries. Copies of the book can be purchased for less than $10 at Amazon.com and most other bookstores. Links to a couple of sites where it is available:
http://www.amazon.com/Life-Together-Classic-Exploration-Community/dp/0060608528/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_2
http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?an=bonhoeffer&sts=t&tn=life+together&x=0&y=0
http://store.augsburgfortress.org/store/product/15/Life-Together-The-Classic-Exploration-of-Faith-in-Community

In Worship next Week
Third Sunday of Easter
Liturgical Color: White
Acts 3:12-19
Psalm 4
1 John 3:1-7
Luke 24:36b-48

On May 6, Peace will join St. Peter’s UCC for a joint service worship. We will gather at Peace at 9 a.m. for a brief prayer service and communion, then divide up for various service projects around town. These will include working to remove invasive honeysuckle vines down on the riverfront trail, planting fruit trees, and packing up youth kits for teens in the foster care system. There will be projects available for people of all ages and abilities. If you have ideas for projects that might be added to the list, please notify Pr. Aimee. Afterwards, we will gather at St. Peter’s for fellowship over a picnic luncheon. Come for worship and select your project that day. No need to sign up!

We will be holding a congregational meeting on April 29, immediately following worship.  The purpose of this meeting is to present a budget update.  All members are encouraged to attend!

New Website! We have a new website, which is now up and running, and will be updated with fresh content on a regular basis. Pastor Aimee has started blogging there. Soon you will be able to go there to find all kinds of things, including upcoming events, ministry activities, and sermons. Pastor Aimee has already started blogging. You are invited to sign up to have an email sent to you with all of the updates, automatically! Eventually, this will replace the Friday Update emails, and you will be able to find the latest information on what’s happening at Peace, all in one easy-to-use place. The address hasn’t changed, it is still at peacebewithyou.org.

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One response to “Peace Update – Friday April 13

  1. Just to clarify, we will be removing “Bush honeysuckle” not the vine. 🙂

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