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1 Prince of Peace Lutheran Church December 2018 Prince of Peace Lutheran Church Wuthrich Hill 3101 CR 417 P.O. Box 1182 Taylor, Texas 76574 Phone 512-365-6155 E-mail princeofpeacetaylor @eccwireless.net Web Site www.princeofpeacetaylor.org Rev. Kerri M. Veit, Pastor Cell Phone: 512-595-4316 LCMC Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ LCMC Texas District Sunday Schedule Worship 9:00 a.m. Sunday School 10:15 a.m. “Hitherto hath the Lord helped us.” 1 Samuel 7:13 My husband finally gave in a few weeks ago (I’ve been waiting for months) and he asked me, “What’s with all those Latin phrases in your newsletter articles?” Truth be told, when I began this back in January, I was simply looking for a different way to close my articles. I wanted something kind of interesting, a little spectacular, possibly out-there. So I chose Latin. A little bit classy, a little bit old school. Each of the closing lines relate in some manner to the article itself. Closings are events unto themselves. Think of the fireworks which end Fourth of July celebrations. Or the kiss at the end of the wedding ceremony. Or the bell that tolls the end of worship. This month, we have reached the close of a long, tension-filled year. 2018 is just about over. Looking back, we ponder what happened in those 365 days. We laughed. We cried. We celebrated weddings and birthdays, cried at funerals, experienced new jobs, rejoiced at retirement. Life touched us in many ways. That’s what life does. I don’t know what 2019 will bring. I pray it will be a good year. A safe year. One thing I know for certain: it will be filled with God’s blessings, just as this year has been. Our God is a generous God, “who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.” Eph 1:3 He supplies every need we have “according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Phil. 4:19 At times we may complain that God hasn’t provided for us as we would like. But if God never does anything more than forgive us our sins and guarantee us life eternal with Him, He has already been more than abundant in His generosity! Gloria in excelsis Deo! Which of course means . . Glory to God in the highest! Pastor Kerri P.S. Here are the Latin closings and their translations. (the corner clip art above) Keep calm and know Latin January -“Luceat lux vestra” = Let your light shine February – "beatus hortorum cultus" = Happy gardening March “Deus autem nobiscum” = God almighty with us April– “Restituere animam meam Domine ad Deum” = Restore me to life O God May – “Pax Domini sit semper vobiscum Christi” = The peace of Christ be with you always June – “Vade in pace et diligendum colendumque praeceperat Dominus” = Go in peace to love and serve the Lord July– “Omnis praeparata” = Come all is prepared August – “Hoc facite in meam commemorationem” = Do this in remembrance of Me September – “Ad Dominus Deus truus = Return to the Lord your God October– “Et duxit me” = He leadeth me November – “Quaestus magnus pietas cum sufficientia” = Godliness with contentment is great gain. (1 Tim. 6:6)
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December 2018
Wuthrich Hill
Cell Phone: 512-595-4316
LCMC Texas District
1 Samuel 7:13
My husband finally gave in a few weeks ago (I’ve been waiting for months) and he asked me, “What’s with all those Latin phrases in your newsletter articles?”
Truth be told, when I began this back in January, I was simply looking for a different way to close my articles. I wanted something kind of interesting, a little spectacular, possibly out-there. So I chose
Latin. A little bit classy, a little bit old school. Each of the closing lines relate in some manner to the article itself.
Closings are events unto themselves. Think of the fireworks which end Fourth of July celebrations. Or the kiss at the end of the wedding ceremony. Or the bell that tolls the end of worship.
This month, we have reached the close of a long, tension-filled year. 2018 is just about over. Looking back, we ponder what happened in those 365 days. We laughed. We cried. We celebrated weddings and birthdays, cried at funerals, experienced new jobs, rejoiced at retirement. Life touched us in many ways. That’s what life does. I don’t know what 2019 will bring. I pray it will be a good year. A safe year. One thing I know for certain: it will be filled with God’s blessings, just as this year has been.
Our God is a generous God, “who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.” Eph 1:3 He supplies every need we have “according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Phil. 4:19 At times we may complain that God hasn’t provided for us as we would like. But if God never does anything more than forgive us our sins and guarantee us life eternal with Him, He has already been more than abundant in His generosity!
Gloria in excelsis Deo! Which of course means . . Glory to God in the highest!
Pastor Kerri
P.S. Here are the Latin closings and their translations. (the corner clip art above) Keep calm and know Latin
January -“Luceat lux vestra” = Let your light shine
February – "beatus hortorum cultus" = Happy gardening
March – “Deus autem nobiscum” = God almighty with us
April– “Restituere animam meam Domine ad Deum” = Restore me to life O God
May – “Pax Domini sit semper vobiscum Christi” = The peace of Christ be with you always
June – “Vade in pace et diligendum colendumque praeceperat Dominus” = Go in peace to love and serve the Lord
July– “Omnis praeparata” = Come all is prepared
August – “Hoc facite in meam commemorationem” = Do this in remembrance of Me
September – “Ad Dominus Deus truus = Return to the Lord your God
October– “Et duxit me” = He leadeth me
November – “Quaestus magnus pietas cum sufficientia” = Godliness with contentment is great gain. (1 Tim. 6:6)
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Council Notes
The Council will meet on Monday, December 10, 2018, at 7:00 p.m.
It will soon be time to vote in new council members. If you are interested in filling these
positions, please contact any current council member as soon as possible.
Memorials
Memorial Fund for Erwin Meiske
Charles Wagner Alice Wuensche Sheri & Marvin Petzolt Bobby & Ruth Ann Wuensche
Maurice & Mary Maluschka Charlotte Vrana & Family
Building Fund for Erwin Meiske
Betty Harbers
Memorial Fund for Linda Limmer
Lou Bergstrom Robert & Donna Rinehart
Please Note: The 2019 Worship Leaders Lists are being assembled and will be handed out soon. Thank
you to all those who signed up to help with the services each Sunday. We could not do it without you.
Also, the 2019 Offering Envelopes will be handed out as soon as they arrive.
And, work will soon begin on updating the 2019 Member Directory booklets. If you have any address, phone
number or e-mail changes to be made, please let the office know.
Completed Projects
Thanks to Brian Neidig, Eric Medford and Ben Veit for finishing
the paint job on the refinished parsonage shed.
It has become easier to enter the south end of the cemetery
thanks to Raymond Lenz and the Williamson County Road
Crew. New culverts were installed and the ditch has been
cleaned out to aid in water drainage.
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Advent
At a time when much of the world is frantically gift shopping, putting up Christmas lawn decorations and anticipating the arrival of Santa Claus, Christians around the world are observing the liturgical season of Advent. From the Latin word for “coming”, Advent is a time of preparation and anticipation for the coming of Christ both in the past in His incarnation as the baby Jesus, but also in the future with His promised second coming as Christ Triumphant. Furthermore, Advent is a time to focus on His present coming to us in the Word and Sacrament. In the Lutheran church there have been many traditions observed during Advent that help Christians to both prepare for and anticipate His coming at this time. Martin Luther encouraged families to observe Advent as a time for them to teach their children about the coming of Christ.
Advent marks the beginning of the church calendar. It traditionally starts on the Sunday closest to St. Andrew’s Day (November 30th) and continues for four Sundays until Christmas. During this time the liturgical paraments and vestments in many churches will change to violet to recognize Advent as a time of preparation and repentance as well as a symbol of the royalty of the coming King. The color blue can also be used as a symbol of anticipation and hope.
Christians in many countries have adopted various traditions of lighting candles during Advent to observe this as the time of the coming of Christ who is the light of the world. One widespread tradition is the use of an Advent wreath both in the church and the home to mark each Sunday in the Advent season. While the origin of this as an Advent tradition dates back to the Lutheran church following the Reformation, the current form commonly used today was developed more recently and is used in many other Christian churches throughout the world. The wreath is made out of evergreens in the shape of a circle to represent eternal life. It consisted of four candles originally; three purple or blue candles to match the liturgical colors and one pink candle lit on the 3rd Sunday in Advent. This 3rd Sunday is known as Gaudete Sunday, meaning “rejoice” in Latin and comes from Philippians 4:4. Lighting this 3rd candle, Christians relax the fast to rejoice for the promised Messiah is coming soon. Many Advent wreaths also have a 5th candle, the Christ candle, which is lit during the time of Christmas, symbolizing that Christ, the light of the world, has entered the darkness.
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Come and join in Worship for the Advent Season. Pastor Kerri will be presenting “A Pirate
Advent” over the next few Sundays. It sounds like it will be very interesting. (The keyword
is “Aarrgh”.)
May the Christ of Christmas bring
joy to your heart and peace to your
soul. From our hearts to yours,
Pastors Kerri and Gary
Gem Naivar-Vice-Pres. Brian Neidig
December Worship Leaders
December 30 Sadie Medford
Bread Betty Warren
Dec. 9 Suzanne Lenz
Dec. 16 Louis Menk
Flower Chart Dates Available
The 2019 Flower Chart is available in the Narthex.
If you would like to provide the flowers on a certain date or dates, please sign up as soon as possible or contact Barbara Nygrin,
and let her know which dates you would prefer.
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Dec. 15 John Houghtaling
God Said No!!
I asked God to take away my habit. God said, No, it is not for me to
take away but for you to give it up. I asked God to make my handi-
capped child whole. God said, No, his spirit is whole, his body is only
temporary. I asked God to grant me patience. God said, No,
patience is a by-product of tribulations; it isn’t granted, it is learned. I
asked God to give me happiness. God said, No, I give you blessings;
happiness is up to you. I asked God to spare me pain. God said, No,
suffering draws you apart from worldly cares and brings you closer to
me. I asked God to make my spirit grow. God said, No, you must
grow on your own, but I will prune you to make you fruitful. I asked
God for all things that I might enjoy life. God said, No, I will give you
life so that you may enjoy all things. I asked God to help me LOVE
others as much as He loves me. God said...Ahhh, finally, you have
the idea. This day is yours—don’t throw it away.
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Please join us as we set up the Christmas tree
and decorate the Sanctuary for the coming
Christmas season. LAF will provide hot dogs
for a lite supper before we decorate. Please
bring a side dish/dessert to share.
Please come and help beautify our buildings for
the Christmas season and enjoy the fel-
lowship.
When: Saturday, December 15
to share.
son gets to select a wrapped gift, unwrap it
and then possibly lose it to someone else
and have to select again. Being able to select
from unwrapped gifts or “steal” a gift some-
one is holding is what makes this game so
much fun.
Everyone is invited—bring a friend/s.
The Council is sponsoring a Toy Drive to benefit the Thrall Blue Santa
Program. A box is available in the Fellowship Hall to fill with your
donations. Either new or unwrapped toys gift cards, or monetary
donations will be accepted.
Donations will be accepted thru Sunday, December 9th before being
turned over the to Thrall Police
Department by December 15th.
Toy Donations
What items can I provide?
Typically, the minimum is 2 toys, a book, and a stuffed animal per child but you are free to help with more. Some sponsors provide gift cards for the parents to buy food or clothing in addition to the children’s gifts. Follow your heart and your
budget.
How much should I spend?
This is a personal choice. There is no minimum dollar amount. Follow your heart
and your budget.
give happiness, bad days give experience,
worse days give lessons, and best days
give memories.”
Everyone bring something to share.
The 2019 Sign-up sheet is posted on the kitchen bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall.
Your help is always appreciated.
With the successful start-up of A.C.E.S., it has been decided to participate in the Adult Christian Education Studies and have separate business meetings at various times during the year as
deemed necessary. It is hoped that everyone will participate.
Mission Statement
WinGS is for ALL women at Prince of Peace. Each of us can use our spiritual gifts for the glory of God and the encouragement of one another. WinGs is a growing ministry that welcomes your participation, questions, and ideas. It is the purpose of WinGs to promote lasting friendships through fellowship and
service to our church family, our community, and other meaningful outreaches. Let us join hands and hearts in the accomplishment of this purpose.
All women of the congregation are considered members of WinGS.
WinGS News (Women in God’s Service)
Thank-you to all that contributed to the WinGS Thankoffering Drive. The funds collected this year
have been directed to Shepherd’s Heart Food Pantry.
Also, thank-you to all that gave canned and boxed goods for the food box. The food and a check
for $500 ($250 from L.A.F. and $250 from WinGS was delivered to Shepherd’s Heart by Eric and
Hattie Medford.
Immanuel Lutheran Church at
9th from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Donations for the Taylor
and the Hutto Food Bank will be
accepted.
Gem Naivar is the Sunday School Director.
Pastor Kerri will be teaching the Confirmation class.
Gem Naivar & Megan Medford will be teaching the Beginners class.
Sunday School Schedule: Program Practice—December 9 & December 16
Confirmation Schedule: Program Practice—December 9 & December 16
A.C.E.S.
“Adult Christian Education Studies”
A.C.E.S. meets each first and third Wednesdays of the month and begins each night
with a light supper at 6:30 p.m. with class beginning shortly thereafter.
Join us for interesting and informative classes.
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Christmas Schedule
The children have begun practicing really hard for the Christmas Program. This year the
program will be during the Sunday Worship on Sunday, December 23rd.
On Christmas Eve, December 24th, there will be the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service with
Holy Communion beginning at 6:00 p.m. We sincerely hope that everyone will attend and
invite any friends and relatives to come along and worship with us.
New Acolytes
Joining the Acolyte list with Cade Talley and Dawson Meiske are Gracelynn Badgett,
Sadie Medford, Karson Bradshaw, Harrison and Andrew Patschke. Best wishes to
these children as they reach this new level of church activity.
Gracelynn Sadie Karson
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Please keep these listed and those you hold dear to your heart in prayer:
Lillie Krieg (Pflugerville N & Rehab) Mildred Kuhl (Home) Thomas Kotrla (SPJST)
Louis Menk (SPJST) Dorothy Walther (Pflugerville N & Rehab)
Cindy Hehmann Randy Hehmann Barbara Kuhl
Alfred Meiske Gem Naivar Lea Rhoades
Randall Roeglin Tammy Talley Vernaline Stolte
Karyl Townsend
Ida Watkins
Marcie Zrubek
Lord, look upon us with eyes of mercy, may your healing hand rest upon us, may your life-giving powers flow into every cell of our bodies and into the depths of our souls, cleansing, purifying,
restoring us to wholeness and strength for service in your Kingdom. Amen.
If you have anyone that you would like to have added to the prayer list, please let
Maxine Schroeder know—512-862-3347 or 512-269-8405.
Newsletter Delivery
For everyone who has an e-mail address, the newsletter will be e-mailed to you. There will be some printed copies available at the church on each 4th Sunday of the month for the month following. The only exception will be in months with five Sundays. Copies will be mailed via USPS to the shut-ins, those without e-mail (unless you pick up a copy in church), or to those who request it to be mailed. Let us know your preference. We do not want to exclude anyone.
If you have an e-mail address, but have not been receiving any of the e-mailed notifications, and would like to be included, please send your address to: [email protected]; princeofpeacelu- [email protected] or to [email protected] Your e-mail address will be kept confidential. If you know of anyone that would like to receive the newsletter, please send that name and address as well.
January Newsletter Articles
All articles for the January 2019 newsletter are due to Maxine by or no later than
Thursday, December 20, 2018.
Fellowship Hall and Church Rental
If you wish to rent the Fellowship Hall or the Church for some occasion such as birthday parties,
showers, family reunions, weddings, etc., please contact Maxine Schroeder for rental information.
Phone: 512-862-3347 Cell: 512-269-8405 Email: [email protected]
Missionary Mandate
The Great Commission in Matthew 28:19-20 has served as the church’s marching orders since the very day Jesus ascended to heaven: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you.”
The church has long understood its purpose is to make new disciples and to strengthen the disciples we al- ready have. Church leaders have long debated which is more important: making new disciples (mission) or strengthening the faith of disciples (maturity). Most pastors, if forced to choose, I believe fall on the side of maturity even though they believe mission (making new disciples) is also important.
But what if there was a way the church could more effectively do both? This is the final article in a five-part series on increasing effectiveness in developing disciples by making small shifts in our behavior, based on Daniel Im’s book No Silver Bullets: Five Small Shifts That Will Transform Your Ministry.
The fifth shift Im highlights in his book is to move from maturity to missionary. Before you start throwing darts, hear this out: Im is not suggesting maturity is in any way unimportant. In fact, what the author is advocating for is a form of discipleship that results in both mission and maturity. Im writes: “In my experience pastoring, leading, and consulting with churches, I’ve discovered that when you focus on developing mature disciples, you do not necessarily find yourself with an army of missionaries. However, when you focus on developing missionary disciples, you will always get mature disciples.”
The author is not advocating that everyone become a pastor or an overseas missionary, but that the local congregation develops a culture of vocation to make disciples as they go about their everyday lives: “In other words, every plumber, poet, and police officer in your church has the same vocation—to go and make disci- ples. This is our missionary mandate as the church!”
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Pastor Bryce Formwalt is the Director of Mission Growth for the LCMC Texas District. Residing in Georgetown, Pastor Bryce is available to coach congregations on mission. Feel free to contact him with any questions or comments: 512-942-7776 or [email protected] Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/lcmctexas
© 2018 Bryce J. Formwalt, All Rights Reserved. Reprinted with permission. December 2018
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Mission Statement
Our mission is to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ, as it is revealed
through our heritage and reflected in our hope for the future.
December 2018 Newsletter