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N E W S O F P E A C E
Peace Lutheran Church, Steeleville, IL
Reflections from the Pastor:
Faith 5 Whats It All About?
This is the beginning of Dr. Richs book Holding Your Family Together 5 Simple Steps to Help Bring Your Family Closer to God and to Each Other
He will turn the hearts of parents to their children and the hearts of children to their parents. MALACHI 4: 6
Imagine raising a daughter who wouldnt think of going to bed without talking to you about her highs and lows every night, even though shes 16.
Imagine raising a son who wont turn out the lights without asking you about your day, praying for your highs and lows, and blessing you.
Imagine growing up in a home where everyone feels loved, valued and heard every night; a family that seeks Gods wisdom, will and Word at the center of their lives; an intimate community where every night is an experience of caring, sharing, comfort and peace. Does this sound like an impossible dream? It isnt. Does it sound like an improbable dream? Maybe. One thing is for sure: This dream is not going to magically materialize without intention, commitment and a workable plan on your part to make it happen. Having a close and caring family is a beautiful dream, but a dream without a plan isnt worth a nickel. However, a dream with a workable plan may be worth a million bucks.
And here is the plan:
Step 1: SHARE your highs and lows every night.
Step 2: READ a key Bible verse or story every night.
Step 3: TALK about how the Bible reading might relate to your highs and lows every night.
Step 4: PRAY for one anothers highs and lows aloud every night.
Step 5: BLESS one another before turning out the lights on the day.
Simple, huh? Actually, it is. The hardest part is not coming up with the plan but starting it and following through with it for the first few nights. After that, it gets easier and a lot more fun. My staff and I call this plan FAITH5, or Faith Acts in the Home. When you use this simple nightly routine intentionally and consistently over time, it will help you model compassion, empathy, reflection and care for your children.
With these words Dr. Rich begins his wonderful book where he lays out a new way of being in relationship a system for strong and healthy relationships and families of all kinds. So what is Faith 5 all about?
First it is about deepening family relationships for families of all kinds. It is possible the you may have received the impression that this Faith 5 system is just for families with children. While the benefits of Faith 5 for those kinds of nuclear families are obvious, this system is for families of all kinds including single parent families, couples without children, or whose children are grown. It is for everyone.
2nd it is about deepening our relationship with God. It is about bringing God into a closer and more intimate connection with our daily lives.
3rd It is about being physically healthy healthy relationships lower stress for everyone and make us over all healthy. But there is more than that, the entire system is designed to help move and keep us on a healthy track through exercise, strong relationships and prayer.
4th It is about being mentally healthy In order to be mentally healthy we need good sleep and a key to good sleep is lowered stress. What is the last thing you normally do before you go to bed? Is it conducive to good rest?
So, who do we do all of this? Dr. Rich has a system of 5 simple steps: Share, Read, Talk, Pray Bless.
Take a minute to share your high and your low with each other in your family. This begins to establish communication. Then read a brief scripture lesson together and talk about how this might apply to what you have already shared. Then pray for each other Dear Lord, thank you for the high; help her/him with the low.
Then comes my favorite part bless each other. When was the last time you offered a blessing to a loved one? Take your finger, give it a kiss and then draw the sign on the cross on the forehead of your loved one(s). That is all there is to it. This can take as long as or be as brief as you wish. And thats it. But it is powerful.
Why not give it a try just try what I have written above. We will be integrating this system into the ministry of the congregation and the parish, and we highly recommend that you take a little time and read the book. But you can get started with just this simple information. This system is a gift. Try it. Talk to Pastor or Julie if you have questions. And may God bless you and your loved ones.
More information and Faith 5 resources are available at faith5.org
Below are the contributions for the month of June.
(thru June 30th) $5,221.17 is needed weekly to meet our budget
Date Weekly Offering Received Year Needed Year Difference Year
To Date To Date To Date 1 & 2 $5,162.25 $121,142.37 $114,865.74 $ 6,276.63
8 & 9 $4,534.35 $125,676.72 $120,086.91 $ 5,589.81
15 & 16 $4,203.50 $129,880.22 $125,308.08 $ 4,572.14
22 & 23 $2,635.50 $132,515.72 $130,529.25 $ 1,986.47
Worship at Peace for the Summer: Throughout the summer we will continue the schedule of the weekly celebration of Holy Communion at Sunday 9:00 AM worship; and on Saturday, Holy Communion on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays using the Service of the Word on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays. Below is a listing of the appointed lessons for each week. It is included here to give you the opportunity to read through the Sunday texts and pray with them before worship.
July 6/7 2 Kings 5:1-14 this text concludes the Elijah/Elisha series of lessons. Galatians 6:1-16 concluding our series of readings from Galatians; Luke 10:1-11, 16-20.
July 13/14 We begin a series of lessons taken from the prophets: Amos 7:7-17; Also we begin a new series of lessons from the book of Colossians with 1:1-14; The Gospel will be Luke 10:25-37 the Parable of the Good Samaritan. This weekend the Praise Band will lead worship at both services.
July 20/21 Our lessons this weekend are Amos 8:1-12; Colossians 1:15-28 and Luke 10:38-42 Jesus visits the home of Mary & Martha.
July 27/28 Our lessons this weekend are Hosea 1:2-10; Colossians 2:6-19; and Luke 11:1-13 Jesus gives the disciples the Lords Prayer. This is Wartburg Parish rotation weekend and we will welcome Pastor Laura Kamprath.
August 3/4 Our lessons this weekend are Hosea 11:1-11; Colossians 3:1-11; Luke 12:13-21 the Parable of the Foolish Rich Man.
August 10/11 Our lessons this weekend are Isaiah 1:1, 10-20; Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16; Luke 12:32-40 We continue with parables of the Kingdom. The Praise band will lead worship this weekend.
August 17/18 Our lessons this weekend are Isaiah 5:1-7; Hebrews 11:29-12:2; Luke 12:49-56.
August 24/25 Our lessons this weekend are Jeremiah 1:4-10; Hebrews 12:18-29; Luke 13:10-17. This is Wartburg Parish Rotation weekend. We will welcome Pastor Ken Bergo.
August 31/September 1 We will be using the Service of the Word for Healing on this weekend. The lessons are Jeremiah 2:4-13; Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16; Luke 14:1, 7-14.
The Fellowship and Outreach Committee of St. Peters Wine Hill will be hosting a monthly Walk by Faith evening. We will meet at the Steeleville Library parking lot at 6:30pm on the second Thursday of the month, starting on August 8, 2013. We plan to walk for 30 minutes.
Bring your strollers and/or pets on a leash. This is an opportunity for exercise and fellowship for the community. Bring a healthy recipe to share we will make copes and distribute them at the following month.
Everyone welcome at St. Peters Annual Picnic on Saturday, August 17, 2013. Serving begins at 4:00PM.
Menu: Fried Chicken, BBQ Pork, Potato Salad, Slaw, Hamburgers, Fish Sandwiches, Desserts, Ice Cream, Soda, Coffee and more. Also Ladies Stand with Baked Goods and Handmade items, Kids Games. Come enjoy an evening of fellowship, meeting old and new friends.
Steeleville in Its Early Years
written by Imogene Fiene is on sale
through the Randolph County
Genealogy Society or the First National
Bank. All the proceeds go to Randolph
County Genealogy Society.