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    September 2016

    Peace Lutheran


    A congregation of Lutheran

    Congregations in Mission for Christ 203 N. Jackrabbit Lane

    Belgrade, MT 59714 406-388-1358

    The Words Inside

    Current Events 1 RightNow Media 2 Pastor Jeff 3 Pastor Bob 4 Sept. Ministry Teams 5 Calendar 6 Thank You’s 7 Anniversaries Oct. Ministry Teams Birthdays Blessings of Peace 8 Help Wanted Youth News 9 Upcoming Events 10 Altar Guild 11 Council Minutes Finance Reports 12 Scripture Readings 13

    ______________________ Pastor Bob Coughlin Pastor Jeff Redlin Mike Hansen Council President Karlene Swenson Church Office


    September marks the beginning of our 2016-17 Sunday School program.

    We are offering some great opportunities for children and adults. Thanks to

    the dedicated teachers and helpers who have committed to invest in the

    Christian education of our congregation. All classes will begin at 10:30.


    after worship. This is a chance for teachers to meet and get ready for the coming year

    of Sunday School. This meeting will take place in the Youth Room.


    Classes will be organized ~ Pre-K and Kindergarten; 1-3 grades; 4-6 grades.

    The curriculum for these classes the “Sunday Schoolhouse” from Sola Publishing.

    Each class will meet in the sanctuary at 10:30 for Music before classes begin in their

    assigned Sunday School rooms.


    Study and to discuss relevant topics in the youth room each Sunday at 10:30.

    ADULT FORUM will begin September 18 in the Fellowship Hall following

    coffee & fellowship. We begin with a 7 session Bible study on Lutheran Themes called

    “We Still Believe!” The curriculum is also from Sola Publishing.

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    GRADE FIRST COMMUNION CLASSES These 4 week classes are on Tuesdays at 3:45pm beginning on October 11. If you have

    a candidate for Communion instruction (even if they are not in third grade), please

    notify the church office.

    PEACEMAKERS Peacemakers begins on Thursday, September 22 after school in the Fellowship Hall

    for 4 th -7

    th graders. Snacks are at 3:45pm, followed by Bible lesson time and then game

    time. Parents and guardians are to pick up their children at 5pm. This ministry is for

    PLC members and non-members alike as a community outreach.

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    Faith Inkubators, our confirmation program will begin Sunday, September 18 th with ice cream at 6:00 p.m. Kids in 8th

    through 12th grade are invited to join us as we kick off a new season of learning and fun! Parents of confirmation

    students are invited to this first meeting for an introduction of this year’s program.


    Crossways begins Tuesday, September 20 at 1:30pm in the Fellowship Hall. We are continuing the

    CROSSWAYS Bible Study. This study gives a broad overview of the Bible's story-line and we will be

    continuing with Units 58-60 covering Hebrews and Revelation. Come join us!

    BIBLE BOOK GET TOGETHER will begin in mid to late September at a date TBD. See page 10 for

    further information.

    Our church’s library is now digital and gigantic! Over 14,000 videos for kids,

    youth and adults on topics that will educate, entertain, and help you grow. You

    can instantly stream videos to your computer, phone and tablet of over 150

    leading Christian publishers and ministries. For a limited time members of PLC

    will be able to explore this valuable resource and discover ways it can serve

    you, your family and the whole church. Join for free: (1) Receive your invitation

    email to register for Rightnow Media. Please let us know if it hasn’t shown up

    yet. (2) Click the Get Started button in the email. (3) Create your profile. Then


    We want to know if this is a resource church members will use. Our trial period

    is until October 21, so please register and check out the site:

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    Dear Family at PLC “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that

    through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have

    hope.” Rom. 15:4 (Italics mine)

    Where did the summer go? It’s a question many of us ask ourselves this time of year. In a few weeks most

    backcountry campgrounds will close for the season and before you know it snow will once again be a

    prominent feature on the peaks surrounding our beautiful valley. Leaves are already turning color in the high

    country and the water temperature of our rivers will soon cool down. It’s a good thing for it’s been a hot


    Fall is beyond a doubt my favorite time of year. If you’re a sports fan (are you ready for some football?)

    there’s plenty to keep you entertained; if you’re a hunter now is when you put some legs to your planning; if

    you’re a fisherman the fish are on the bite again; if you’re a hiker the forest service trials are still open, and if

    you’re a student or teacher, school is back in session. In short, there is a LOT going on!

    But with that, perhaps as you read the list of Christian Education opportunities listed at the beginning of this

    newsletter you thought, “Man, there is a LOT going on at my church too!” But even better, perhaps you

    thought, “I (and my family) need to participate in this!” For my part, I hope you thought both of them! At

    PLC we are once again blessed with a stellar group of dedicated Sunday School teachers, Youth leaders, and

    Bible study leaders. And we have engaging and edifying Christian materials that they will teach from.

    General Robert E. Lee said “The education of a man is never completed until he dies.” To that I would add

    that the same should be said of Christian education. It is true that in the life of a congregation, worship,

    fellowship and service are held as of great importance. But can the same be said for teaching and for

    learning? Mary of Bethany indeed had the “better part” as Jesus termed it when she sat at Jesus feet as he


    This fall let all of us in the Peace Lutheran Church family dedicate or re-dedicate ourselves to “the better

    part”- to learning more about our God of love, grace and mercy. In so doing we learn more about ourselves,

    too! As individuals and as families let us participate in the many Christian Education classes listed in this

    newsletter and also in special classes or seminars that may occur during the Sunday School year.

    If you are a parent, encourage your children to regularly come to Sunday School classes, Peacemakers,

    Confirmation, and Youth group and be persistent about it when you need to be! For all adults, if you haven’t

    been attending the Adult Forum class held during the Sunday School hour I encourage you to do so. The

    fellowship is awesome, the lessons are edifying and we always strive to have plenty of time for discussion

    and questions. If your schedule permits you to come, the same can be said of the Crossways study group also.

    Let us grow in the Lord together!

    Love in Christ,

    Pastor Jeff

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    Dear Peace Family,

    Early in August, I was privileged to take a group of High School Students on an Urban Mission Trip to

    Denver, CO. The kids did a very fine job presenting the trip during and after Sunday Worship when they

    returned. I thought I would use my monthly letter to give you my take.

    What impressed me from the very beginning was that the students expressed their desire to do another

    summer mission and took responsibility to research their options. We partnered with the Center for Student

    Missions, a ministry that coordinates mission opportunities in cities across the United States. I think the kids

    were aware that an “urban mission” would stretch them. They weren’t disappointed.

    From the first evening, when we were taken on a prayer tour of the city, we started to become more aware of

    the needs and problems of a large urban area (with a population larger than our state!). After a great meal of

    Indian tacos, we ended the night with a beautiful evening view of the entire city. We talked about the culture