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The Publication of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church Banner May 2020 19030 8th Ave S, SeaTac 98148 1 Volume 29 Issue 5
YES, THINGS WILL CHANGE
We are all learning, or 'getting used to,' huge changes
as to how the world and our lives work day after day.
Some of these changes are very unwanted, some
downright frightening. How we act as to being safe,
having money, interacting with people for whom we
care dearly, is uncertain and discouraging. And yet
we see new examples every day of the courage and
caring hearts of so many people. To watch how
medical people, first responders, and 'essential
personnel' and many just 'neighbors' risk their own
safety to care for someone else is truly amazing to me.
Stories of servanthood are all over. Where did all
these 'acts of kindness,' sacrificial deeds, attitudes of
love, come from? We are also seeing much
selfishness, deceit, crime, stupidity, but we expect that
from our broken nature. (My own judgmental
impatience wants to call such persons "semi-human"
and depraved and evil. Yet God's gospel apparently is
intended for them as well as to the rest of us. Uffdah!)
Covid-19 has changed our world. Yet we will
Prince of Peace will go on. There may be some
things that will never be the same again. Yes, really!
Will worship change? How long till we can do Holy
Communion quite the same? Hugging? Will the
same ministry events still be the best ones? Will we
discover that the word 'neighbors' has a slightly
different meaning? Will 'salvation' be a bigger
reality, with some different stories than before? Will
some religious groups become even kookier than they
have been? Will God's call to us be more emphatic
and exciting? Or more scary at first?
Yet we will survive!
You may recall some very exciting conversation from
our last congregational meeting in February. We
noted three areas important to work on right now
(Quoting from the February 2020 Banner):
1) Developing a ministry direction and plans. Some
things are obviously going to continue much as
they are at Prince of Peace, as we are a traditional
congregation with wonderful people involved in
worship, regular ministries, pastoral care, etc.
We're not going to let that go. We are also a
congregation in a community of diverse cultures
and new possibilities which we will either partner
with (exciting ministry) or try to avoid (dying
ministry). We have wonderful neighbors with
whom we have shared ministry for years. Being a
good neighbor is in Jesus' Great Commission to
us, and it is printed on the cover of every bulletin
and Banner we put together. We have Pastor
Sam, who has experience and training in many of
the possibilities awaiting us, with youth,
worshiping groups, and pastoral care. Developing
a ministry direction and plans is HUGE for
Prince of Peace.
2) Stewardship. All of us supporting the ministries
of Prince of Peace with our financial gifts and
other time and talents is essential. Every person
needs to give generously. People who give are the
people who will smile, who love life, who sleep
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well at night. And the ministry that happens
when people give is ministry that will grow and
be successful in all the right ways. People need to
give, for their own sake. People need to give for
the world's sake, in Christ. Stewardship is HUGE
for Prince of Peace.
3) Using our resources. Our congregation has
avoided some common pitfalls, such as debt,
rundown facilities, blah reputation as a good
neighbor, and lack of spiritual energy. We're
really fortunate. An additional plus we have is a
fair amount of land with which we may be able to
do good things for the good news and for God's
people. Much caring energy has gone into
possible ways to use some of this land recently,
the most talked about possibility being to let it be
used to put up affordable supportive housing.
This option is awaiting further information
regarding longer times involved and trends in
government and agency methods. Whatever we
end up doing with this super resource, we would
be lacking to just let it go to waste. It can be part
of our ministry of being a good neighbor. And it
can also play a major role helping fund the
ministries we are developing (see leg # 1).
We noted that these were a bit like a three-legged
stool with which we could build a stable and effective
ministry. We had several adult ed classes on these
ideas, and the council has appointed a task force to
study and suggest some particulars to bring to the
congregation. So watch for some of these ideas soon.
Yes, we will survive! The pandemic will require from
us some courageous actions. But God has not made
us wimps. Pray for
The Youth Group started Zoom
meetings on Easter
Sunday and it went
really well. We’ll keep
doing this on Sundays
at noon. It was fun!
All in-person youth events are canceled for
The mission trip to Montana has been
canceled by Youthworks. Pastor Sam and
Christy are working to put together a
meaningful local outreach activity for the
Youth later this summer. Our non-refundable
deposit to Youthworks will be available for
next year’s mission trip—no worries about
any lost funds. They understand that we will
continue to work with them and will have
in-person activities for us in the future.
We are still working with Youthworks to
make sure that our Lenten Offering to the
Blackfeet Nation gets to the right place and
helps out as many people as possible,
especially children and youth. Watch for
updates on that.
Make sure to check emails in the weeks to
come to stay aware on PoP Youth activities.
Thanks, Christy Tollefson-Hyler
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With Governor Jay Inslee’s press conference on April 21
and on May 1, we are hearing
that it may not be possible to have in-person activities
for a while. We know the community meal is an
important ministry and, especially now, people are
facing hunger and isolation.
Donations to our Human Needs fund right now make
it possible to feed these hungry people in our
community who are missing this important monthly
meal. Consider donating food at the church Monday
through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. or by
going to www.princeofpeaceseatac.com to making a
one-time monetary donation.
In the place of our regular Parish Nurse article, we’re printing CDC stress and coping with COVID-19
information which can be found online at the link
First, give yourself a break. This is hard. We’ve
never lived through anything like this and while some
of us are used to being home a lot due to retirement,
for instance, we aren’t used to not being able to go
out whenever we want to shop, eat, travel, or
Outbreaks are stressful! Fear and anxiety about a
disease can be overwhelming and cause strong
emotions. Coping with stress will make you, the
people you care about, and your community stronger.
Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations.
How you respond to the outbreak can depend on your
background, the things that make you different from
other people, and the community you live in.
Take care of yourself and your community. Taking
care of yourself, your friends, and your family can
help you cope with stress. Helping others cope with
their stress can also make your community stronger.
Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to
news stories, including social media. Hearing about
the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting. Take care
of your body—eat right, take deep breaths, stretch,
meditate, exercise, avoid alcohol and drugs, and get
plenty of sleep. Make time to unwind with activities
you enjoy. Connect with others. Talk with people
you trust about your concerns and how you are
There is a lot more advice and information at this
website; I recommend it to all who are at times
having stress related to isolation and worry.
Know that we are here for you and will support you in
any way that we