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Peace Update, 14th Week of Pentecost

In Worship this Week
Pentecost 14
Liturgical Color: Green
Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9
Psalm 15
James 1:17-27
Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

Christian Education will resume on September 16.

The Adult Forum has decided that we will be using the book Lutheran Questions, Lutheran Answers, by Martin Marty, as the framing text for this year’s Sunday morning adult education time. We will read from this book, and use it as a jumping off point to explore issues and themes that arise, including but not limited to Christian ethics, the meaning of the cross, and chapters or books of the Bible. Everyone is welcome to join us! The book is available from Amazon for $13, and as an ebook for the Kindle for $9. It is probably available for other e-readers as well. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Pr. Aimee.

In Worship next Week – Outdoor Service!
Pentecost 15
Our annual Outdoor Service is scheduled for next Sunday, September 9, at the riverfront. This year, we are taking the opportunity to join with St. Peter’s UCC for a joint worship service. St. Peter’s is providing a bounce house, a popcorn machine, and snow cones! Service starts with music at 9:40; worship with communion at 10:00; and a community picnic afterwards at 11:30. St. Peter’s has kindly offered to provide everything for grilling, so please plan to bring a side dish or dessert, as well as a couple dollars for the free-will offering to help defray the costs. There are picnic tables, but you may also want to bring folding chairs along, as well as Frisbees, lawn darts, or other picnic games to join in the fun! Please plan to come out for this wonderful opportunity to join with our neighbors to worship in God’s creation!

New Lectionary!
Each week during worship, we read four texts, usually organized around a specific theme. The texts are most often one from the Old Testament, a psalm, one from an epistle (or letter) of the New Testament, and one from a gospel book. We rotate through Matthew, Mark, & Luke, and sprinkle John through the three year cycle. These readings are rich and provide a survey of all of the literature in the Bible. However, many people these days are not as Biblically literate as in days past. A primary complaint that church-goers have across the country is that they do not know the story arc of the Bible from beginning to end. This can make the order of our readings confusing, especially when, in Advent, we hear stories of Jesus as a grown man, and then two weeks later are reading about a baby in a manger! To address this, a group of Lutheran scholars has created the Narrative Lectionary, which we will begin using on September 9. This series of readings will begin with Genesis and work its way through the Bible, so that when we arrive at Christmas, Jesus is born! Then we will read stories from the life of Christ between Christmas and Easter, leading us into Acts and the letters of the New Testament. Each week, we will have one reading, plus a psalm. I believe this will be a refreshing way to work our way through scripture over the coming 9 months, giving us a different perspective and more time to spend with each reading. It will also align well with the Sunday school curriculum, which already follows this more narrative story arc. If you have any questions or concerns about this experiment, please speak with me (Pr. Aimee). I will be very interested in your feedback, and will share it with the developers of this lectionary.

Saturday Sept. 8 is our next Peace Night at the Harvest Table. We are partnering with staff from Mercy Hospital -Washington beginning with this meal. We are still in need of the following from Peace:
2 casseroles – recipe and pan provided  – on narthex table
2 workers at 3:45 p.m – 6:45 p.m.
2 workers 4:15 p.m.-6:45 p.m.
24 oz bags of salad greens
2 doz. brownies
Thank you to everyone who has already pledged to provide food and/or work at the meal. If you’ve never been to the Harvest Table, I invite you to join those from Peace and Mercy Hospital who will be serving next Saturday. Please contact Nancy Nagel if you can help or have questions.  636-390-2126  nagel5us@yahoo.com

Gateway Ringers Concert – Sunday, October 7
The Gateway Ringers is a talented group of bell-ringers from the St. Louis metro area.  The Gateway Ringers will perform a concert here in Washington on Sunday, October 7, beginning at 3:30 pm.  Many in this group are professional musicians, and their performances are usually in the knock-your-socks-off category. This concert is free.  There will be a free-will offering for the benefit the residents of Emmaus Home in Marthasville.  The Emmaus Home Bell Choir will also perform. The concert will be held at St. Peter’s UCC (20 East Fifth Street).  After the concert, a Dutch-treat supper is planned at a local restaurant for those interested. For more information, please contact Phyllis Steckel at 636-239-4013 or psteckel@charter.net; or, visit www.gatewayringers.org.

Take a look at the bulletin board in the Narthex! It illustrates the results of the last congregational planning retreat, which took place on May 19. As members of the congregation read through the scriptures for the season of Pentecost, they heard a call to Rest, Renew, Prepare, Grow, Build, and Respond – all To God’s Purpose. Over the course of this Pentecost season, we will be focusing a lens on each of these ways of engaging God’s promised and preferred future for the Body of Christ here at Peace Lutheran. You are invited to add to the bulletin board by bringing examples from your own life: pictures, articles, momentos, anything in your life that demonstrates these ways of engaging God’s Purpose.

Kids in need! Grace’s Place – Franklin County’s Children’s Crisis Nursery is in desperate need of new-unused baby, toddler, and kid size underwear, socks, and shoes. They must be new in a package for health reasons. Grace’s Place is very busy now that schools are not in session and many of the children coming to them are in need of these items as soon as they walk in the door. They are running out of these items fast. If you have donations, please either drop bring them to the church, or if you are able to, drop them off during business hours at Grace’s Place at 302 Lafayette St. in downtown Washington.

Marsha Posz is spearheading a committee of individuals to look into maintenance issues as they come up. If you are interested in serving on this committee, please contact Marsha. Also, if you notice any maintenance issues, contact Marsha and she will contact the appropriate person(s) to look into it. Marsha’s cell # is 636-667-1370 and her email is mposz75@hotmail.com.

A “Blue Jean Sunday” has been scheduled for September 23rd. After the service, we will work together to complete projects on our grounds and in our building. If you have noticed a job that needs to be done and could be completed at this event, please let Marsha Posz know. So far a few of the projects listed have been: Maintenance on our flower beds, touch-up painting, vacuuming the chairs, and repairing fissures in the parking lot, just to name a few. We are looking for someone to clean the carpets also. The rental of the cleaning machine has been generously donated by one of our members. This is something that can be done according to YOUR schedule, not on “Blue Jean Sunday.” If you are interested in donating your time to this effort, please contact Bill Stewart.

Marsha Posz has agreed to be in charge of checking on supplies and seeing that they get ordered. A process for requesting supplies is being developed by Susan Woodcock in the form of a spreadsheet. If you notice that we are running low on anything or you use the last of something, please let Marsha know either by phone 636-667-1370 or email mposz75@hotmail.com so that more supplies can be purchased. Thank you everyone!

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