Easter blessings to you!
Easter morning we had glorious worship services with more people than we’ve had in years.The Easter egg hunt and breakfast added to the joy. For the season of Easter, the church is focused on the Road to Emmaus. We have four small groups plus sermons and worship services focused on that story. Many congregants have sent in pictures and poems that remind them of the Road to Emmaus. We’ve developed a new church blog to share those. Check it out on our website.
Looking ahead, May 20 is a big day for the church. It’s Pentecost Sunday, three of our young people will confirm their faith, and the church will see the draft master plan that the architects and a group of ambassadors representing various ministries within Peace have been working on. Please plan to stay after either worship service to see what Peace for the Future might look like.
Speaking of the Capital campaign, we are doing well. Our first commitments to the campaign were community engagement and worship. Through Nadia’s work on community engagement, we are partnering with Lutheran Social Services and neighboring churches to sponsor a refugee. I urge you to go to one of the upcoming films in the series to generate awareness. The next is at Ravensworth Baptist on May 5.
And our worship life has been enhanced by an upgraded sound system and a new baby grand piano. We will formally dedicate the piano with an all-piano worship service in June. This instrument will sound beautiful and give our choirs more flexibility to sing from the sanctuary. Plus, we’ll be more able to host top-notch concerts, drawing people closer to God through the gift of music.
Finally, you may recall that I set a challenge for every member to serve the church and the world in 2018. In June, the stewardship team will be taking surveys of the various ways people serve. This isn’t so that we can keep tabs on you; it’s so we can share all the ways people serve, connect people who are serving in similar ways/with similar interests, and make sure to develop the right opportunities for people who want to serve in new ways.
Examples of serving the church: buying communion bread, assisting in worship, singing in a choir, teaching Sunday school, mowing the grass, counting the offering, leading a committee, vacuuming the fellowship hall, coordinating a picnic, welcoming new members etc.
Examples of serving the world: (may or may not be coordinated through the church) running a basketball league; teaching citizenship classes; volunteering at a food bank; giving to Toys for Tots through your work; leading Boy Scouts, writing a letter advocating for a cause; working on a house through Rebuilding Together; walking in the CROP walk; making quilts for Lutheran World Relief; volunteering on a board of directors; etc.
The more feedback we get, the better we’ll be able to celebrate all the ways Peace Lutheran Church touches lives with the good news.
As always, grateful to be your pastor. Christ is risen!
Be at Peace,