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  • “We are a Family of Christians - Growing In Faith & Reaching Out In Love”

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    December 2016 • VOLUME 10

    This Christmas may you celebrate with joyous hearts knowing God’s love!!

    May His presence shine brightly through us all in the new year,

    knowing that He is always with us and unfolds great possibilities.

    From your ‘humble’ PoP staff!!

  • Christmas/New Year Schedule “Traditions” Christmas Program followed by potluck lunch (see pg. 10 for details)

    - 10:45 a.m. Sunday, December 11 Blue Christmas Service

    - 7:00 p.m. Sunday, December 18

    Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24 - 10:30 a.m. Worship w/Comm. - 2:00 & 4:30 p.m. Lessons & Carols - 8:00 p.m. Worship w/Comm.

    Christmas Day, Sunday, Dec. 25 - 10:00 a.m. Worship w/Comm.

    Wednesday, Dec. 28 - No Service/Lessons New Years Day, Sunday, January 1

    - 10:00 a.m. Worship w/Comm.


    Inside This Issue Staff Photo Greeting……...1

    Pastor’s Page..….................2

    From the Files .…….…..…...3

    Announcements …..……....4

    News to Use.………...……….5

    Worship Support…...…......6



    Child., Youth & Family..10

    Community Board….…..11

    Advent: A Journey of Prayer

    During Advent this year, we will be on a journey of

    prayer with Zechariah, Elizabeth and Mary. We will

    hear the stories of Advent in the gospel of Luke. We

    never hear these stories all together in Advent, but

    now we will. We will hear how the angel Gabriel

    comes to the aging Zechariah to announce the birth

    of John, and again how the angel Gabriel comes to

    Mary to announce the birth of Jesus and how Mary

    and Elizabeth meet to share their incredible stories

    and we will hear about the birth of John. Along with

    receiving a message on these texts, you with learn

    the prayer called the Examen. This is short for ‘the examination of consciousness,’ a prayer writ-

    ten by St. Ignatius. This prayer will help us become more aware of God’s presence in our life

    and to discern God’s direction.

    The Examen is a prayer I learned when I was being trained as a spiritual director. During that

    training, I learned about the life of Ignatius. He was born in 1491 to a large wealthy family in

    Spain. As a young adult, he entered into the military and was wounded in battle, injuring both

    his legs. During his recovery, he experienced a spiritual conversion after reading a book about

    the life of Jesus and the life of the saints. This conversion led him to earnestly seek God’s call on

    his life through prayer. Through prayer Ignatius eventually wrote the spiritual exercises, (a guide

    book for spiritual directors), went to study at a university and formed the order called The Soci-

    ety of Jesus or Jesuits. To this day, the Jesuits pray the Examen daily.

    Come and join us for our Wednesday Advent services beginning November 30th at 6:15

    p.m. where we will sing the “Joyous Light” liturgy, reflect on scripture, and learn the Examen



    Cover Photo (L to R Standing): Cindy R., Nate R., Anna R., Sondra J.,

    Colleen P., Amy B., Brigetta W., Morgan C., Lyn A., Jennifer D.;

    (Bottom row): “Drummer Boy” Roger M., Jayne S., Shayla M. Laurie H.;

    (Insets): Adam K.(left), Will C. (right)

    And a special thanks to our behind the lens photographer, Cindy Robarge!

    MIDWEEK ADVENT SERVICES Midweek Advent Services will be held Nov.30, Dec. 7, 14 & 21 at 6:15 p.m. We will be using Ray McKeever’s Joyous Light liturgy, which we have used in years past. Come enjoy our Ad- vent Soup Suppers before hand from 5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.

    BLUE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL SERVICE You are invited to a special service at 7:00 pm on December 18th. We are hosting a “Blue Christmas” service. The holidays are a festive time. However, they can also be hard times for those who are grieving the loss of loved ones, changes in life situations or endings of dreams. Come and experience God speaking to you at this time in a very intimate and caring way. Feel free to invite any family members or friends, who may find this useful, to join us in the worship.



    Attendance :

    October 26 OASIS 79

    October 30

    First Service 103 Second Service 142

    Third Service 60

    November 2 OASIS 107

    November 6

    First Service 146 Second Service 234

    Third Service 88

    November 5 Oasis 137

    November 13

    First Service 127 Second Service 181

    Third Service 52

    November 9 Oasis 103

    November 20

    First Service 108 Second Service 229

    Third Service 74

    November 23 - No Service

    Baptism: Nov. 6th Elena Kristine Ortega,

    parents Fernando & Amber Ortega


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    or photo.

    Printed copies available in the narthex

    (see above details for how to access digital version).

    Thank You Dick, Cindy and

    all the gang who came out

    to our 3rd annual Family

    Bowling event at Superbowl

    last month. What a fun

    time rockin’ the lanes!!




    Women & Justice: One in Christ Conversations toward a Social Statement

    You are invited to join ELCA members from around the

    Appleton Conference to participate in a study and conversation

    that will lead to a new ELCA Social Statement on Women & Jus-



    Conversations toward a Social Statement

    Come to participate in the process and to preview the materials for your own congregation.

    Come for any one of the sessions or all seven.

    WHEN: Saturday mornings during January & February from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

    January 7, 14, 21, 28 and February 11, 18, 25 .

    (NOTE: No study session on February 4 due to Appleton Conference Annual Meeting)

    WHERE: First meeting at Copper Rock Coffeehouse, 210 W. College Ave., Appleton

    Registration appreciated. Please e-mail Nancy Jones @ with W&J in the subject line to register or with your questions. Hard copies of the study booklet will be available for use or purchase.

    All study materials can be downloaded at the link below. NOTE: Meeting location may vary depending on the group size and preference. For more information, visit

    Poinsettia Plants for Christmas Beautiful poinsettia plants can be ordered to decorate our chancel for the Christmas services. Two sizes are available (Single or Double plants). Your choices of color are red, pink or white. Please use the form below to order one or more poinsettias. Place your completed form with cash/check in the box in the church office (envelopes provided). Make checks payable to: Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, and note “poinsettia" in the memo line. Orders should be received on or BEFORE Sunday, December 13th. You may take plants home after the last service on Christmas Eve, or after the 10:00 service Christmas Day. Church will be closed Monday, 12/26, with limited hours the rest of that week. Please mark the quantity of plants, by the color desired below. If in honor or memory of someone, please PRINT CLEARLY the name(s) for whom they are for and include your name/contact info for reference.

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    7-7.5" SINGLE plant ($14.00 ea.) Red ___ Pink ___ White ___

    IN HONOR OF: _________________________________________________________

    IN MEMORY OF: _______________________________________________________

    LARGE DOUBLE plant ($26.00 ea.) Red___ Pink ___ White ___

    IN HONOR OF: _________________________________________________________

    IN MEMORY OF: _______________________________________________________

    DONOR'S (Your) NAME(S): _______________________________________________________________________

    PHONE:_______________________________ EMAIL:__________________________________________________