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Upcoming Events 4, 5
Concert: May 21st 6
Ministry to Others 7
Advocacy 10
May 7 New Members Received
May 7 Adult Forum: Care for Creation
May 8 Lunch at Greensprings
May 14 Adult Forum: Care for Creation
May 21 Family Meeting
The Rev. Sarah Scherschligt
[email protected]
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Page 2 May 2017
FROM PASTOR SARAH
From Pastor Sarah
Greetings. In May, our congregation will focus on Care for Creation. We live in a time when caring for the earth has never been more pressing or more complicated. The warming of our planet affects all manner of life forms. Our economy is built on unsustainable consumption and pollution. Each of us is affected by environmental shifts and at the same time, responsible for them.
I believe that one hundred years from now, our great-grandchildren will look at all we knew about climate change and environmental degradation and ask: why didn’t you care?
We do care. One of Peace’s core values is “we promote love and justice for all of God’s creation.” Our church already has taken many steps to curb our use of energy (programmable thermostats, LED lights, automatic light switches). We have planted native trees and turned much of our property into gardens. The time is ripe, how- ever, to come together and ask ourselves and our God, what more can we do?
The issues can be totally overwhelming. It’s especially hard to figure out what one person or one church can do when faced with the enormity of our environmental problems. And yet, there is always hope.
As we give intentional focus to how we can care for creation, we will find new hope, avenues to affect real change, and the grace that comes from living in sync with our world.
Each Sunday in May you will be invited to share one thing you’ve done to care for creation. For a list of 10 ways you can act today to care for creation, see here.
Adult education sessions on May 7 and 14th, led by Greta Christ and Aaron Mulhollen, will focus on how scripture and faith compel us to care for creation.
Sermons in May will focus on various aspects of caring for creation:
May 7: Right Relationship: to till and to keep. May 14: Love Your Mother: Dependence and Praise May 21: Care for creation = care for people.
This is just the beginning of recommitting ourselves as Christians and as a church to the holy work of caring for the world God made. Sometimes our individual actions seem remarkably small, but they are important. As Mar- tin Luther famously said:
“Even if I knew the world were going to go to pieces tomorrow, today I would plant a tree.”
Be at Peace, Pastor Sarah
COUNCIL NEWS / TRANSITIONS
Baptisms:
April 23, 2017 Emerson Stephen Glei, son of Jason and Cristine Glei
April 30, 2017 Lydia Sarah Ruth Addison, daughter of Pastor Sarah
Scherschligt and Ridgeway Addison
Hello all !
Please remember the family meeting on May 21st - we'll be electing new members to the council, and voting on ELCA mandated changes to the Peace constitution, as well as changes to the by-laws. We'll also have more information and discussion on the proposed capital campaign; if you have questions and/or comments, you can bring them up with any council member or with Pr. Sarah or you can bring them to the meeting.
Council has been discussing and praying about both the how and the why of future plans for Peace. What makes us church (as opposed to simply being a very nice social group)? What are the ways in which we, this group of people in this place can share the gospel - now and in the future? We want to not only continue the good work we do now, but also to be open to new, different ways to engage the world (near & far) and spread the good news of God's love. The purpose of any fund raising we do - whether our annual stewardship campaign or a special "capital" campaign - is not to "fix the building" or "fix the organ" or build a whatever". The purpose is always to enable us to better spread the gospel; part of our work is to always remember this.
These discussions about the future, both within the council and within the family as a whole, have been exciting and stressful. By involving the entire family, we've ensured input from different people who have various concerns, anxieties, and goals. We've disagreed about proposed goals and proposed meth- ods, but we're still talking to each other, still planning, still praying - and I am sustained and supported by the love and the grace that the people of peace show over and over.
From Council President, Cathy Kroohs
Page 4 May 2017
7:00 pm
The men’s group meets each month for fellowship, discussion, support and prayer. This is your opportunity to get to know other men at Peace better, and to participate in discussing the significant issues and challenges men face in our world today. Please join us! For more information, talk to any of our leadership team, Jim Nice, Ron Maree, Steve Rinnert, or Pastor Brian Erickson for more infor- mation.
Metro DC Synod WELCA Convention May 6, 2017
8:30 am - 4:00 pm Exciting news from the Women of the ELCA. Peace is hosting the event and you are invited for fellowship, worship, work- shops and shopping opportunities. See downloadable registration and flyer. La- dies from Peace get a discount on regis- tration, just $10, and lunch is included. On line registration and information is available.
First Monday Lunch at
Changes in Office Hours: New church office hours
9:00 am - 3:00 pm Monday - Friday.
Kris will be on vacation from May 11 - May 19 The of- fice will be staffed by a volunteer and the office hours will be varied. Thank you to Lynne Fishburn for help- ing cover the office during that time.
Family Meeting
9:15 am
Members will be electing new council members, discussing the upcoming capital cam- paign and voting on required bt-law and constitutional changes.
UPCOMING EVENTS
Adult Forum:
May 7th: “Care for Creation” led by Aaron Mulhollen and Greta Christ
May14th: “Care for Creation” led by Aaron Mulhollen and Greta Christ
May 21st: Family Meeting
May 28th: Presentation on the Village of Hope by Brenda Waltz and Ron &
Marnee Maree.
See something that needs fixing? Let us know!
Help us keep the church and furnishings in good working condition. If you see something that is broken or just doesn’t look right, let us know. Leave a note on the property sheet on the fellowship hall bulletin board or call or
email the church office.
if you have ideas for the property committee, please contact Don and Anna at 703-931-4133 or [email protected] or just stop us at church
and let us know.
Beading for Haiti Sale May 6, 2017, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Metro DC Synod WELCA Convention held at Peace Lutheran and May 7, 2017, 11:45 a.m. to12:30 p.m. Peace Lutheran Church, Fellowship Hall
All proceeds benefit Village of Hope.
This is your chance to pick up a one-of-a-kind piece of hand-rolled paper jewelry as a Mother’s Day gift for loved ones or yourself. The Beading for Haiti Sale is a fundraiser and all proceeds will be donated to help the 650 children being educated at the Village of Hope School in Gauntier, Haiti. Drop by to see our newest crea- tions and take advantage of this great opportunity to help others while you complete your Mother’s Day shopping!
New Peace Friends and Family Directories are available in the fellowship hall.
MINISTRY TO OTHERS
Soon you will see a new garden in the Lauxman
House lawn. Amy Reagan represents “Food for Oth-
ers” a program with Harvest Against Hunger Ameri-
Corps VISTA. “Food for Others” is a non-profit food
pantry located in Merrifield, Virginia that gives free
food to about 1,800 families in need every week. In
our effort to provide healthier choices for our cli-
ents, all of the produce grown in this garden will be
distributed to them. Peace is donating the space for
the garden that will be cared for by Amy’s volun-
teers. If you have any questions about the commu-
nity garden program or about Food for Others in
general please email Amy Reagan at
[email protected]
for Lutheran Camps
Mar-Lu-Ridge, Caroline Furnace and Lu- theran Social Services Kid Haven and Teen Haven (formerly Camp Safe Haven). The offerings received will be evenly divided among these three local Lutheran- supported youth camps. Be sure to write “Lutheran Camp” in the memo line of your check or use the envelopes in the back of the pews.
May 7, 2017 5:00 pm
Theme: Easter We will be exploring the meaning of Easter. Please sign up here to bring a dish to share so that we have some variety or contact Nadia. Faithful Families is a faith-formation fellowship event for families with kids up to age 12. We welcome you!
Property Committee is Looking for Tools!
If you have any tools or a toolbox sitting around your house un-
used looking for a home, Peace could be that home. The prop-
erty committee is looking to start a toolbox at Peace so that
maintenance projects can be completed without having to drag a
tool box from home. If you have any tools you would like to do-
nate (we are also looking for a leaf blower) please bring them in
and place them in the usher's closet or see Don or Anna Hart-
mayer. If we get duplicates the extras will be donated to a local
charity.
Volunteer with ALIVE! May 27, 2017 8:30am - 11:30am
ALIVE!( ALexandrians In Volved Ecumeni- cally) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization of volunteers from over 40 religious congrega- tions and the community working together to help those in need in Alexandria, Vir- ginia. ALIVE! serves thousands of needy Al- exandrians each year. There is a food distri- bution for families in need on the last Sat- urday of every month.
May 21, 2017 - Last Day of Sunday School A special thank you to all the Sunday school teachers who made this
year so successful.
PEACE FOR THE FUTURE
From Pastor Sarah
Every month there will be an update about our vision, capital campaign, and progress in the newsletter. Council and I have been working hard on the vision our campaign will help fund. Our vision incorporates the thoughts and feedback we’ve gathered from the congregation in the past year, as well as the congre- gational values and mission. From now on, instead of “funding the future” you’ll hear about:
Peace for the Future: Rooted in Community, Ready to Serve.
This theme captures that it’s essential that what we do now enables a bright and Peace-filled future. We are dedicated to our neighborhood and we value life in community. Changes to our facilities will make us poised to serve more people.
Most importantly, this theme captures what is most important: We trust that God is making a future for Peace! I take inspiration from Isaiah 43: “I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?”
At the May Family Meeting, May 21st, I will present the vision. There are 4 main components:
Warm Welcome Inspired Worship Environmental Integrity Community Ministry
Once we have determined, as much as possible, the “what and why” of our vision, we will work on the “how.” A team of people will work in May and June to engage architects and determine how we can up- grade our property to realize our vision.
The major projects that emerged from the engineering study and that we have been discussing all along (HVAC, Roof, Repainting bricks, AV System, Solar panels, Signage etc) will be included. The more we can see those individual projects as part of a larger vision of welcome, worship, environment and community, the more we will move into the future together.
Next Steps for you:
Come to the family meeting on May 21st to learn more and give your feedback.
Volunteer to be on the architect / design team (we are looking for two more people).
Pray for our church’s future, that what we are doing now positions us to serve future generations of people.
Finally, last but not least, John Clark will serve as the chairperson for the capital campaign that will fund this vision. In the summer we will fill out the campaign leadership team. Thank you to John for taking on this important role!
Be at Peace, Pastor Sarah
Page 10 May 2017
ADVOCACY
We will join our neighbors on May 6 in solidarity for immigrant rights and reform of immigration laws. Please share this event with your groups and friends.
We will: ...hear speakers from advocacy groups ...discover how we can help refugee resettlement in this area ...hear from a DREAMer and a refugee ...tell VA State Delegates Lopez and Levine that this is a priority, and hear from them about hostile anti-immigrant legislation that has been proposed ...discuss why we need more immigration judges ...enjoy music and poetry ...be called to further action ...close the night at approximately 8:30 with a candlelight vigil
Agenda: 6:00-7:00 - Sign-waving on King Street 7:00 - Welcome and Introduction 7:10-7:30 - National Focus DREAM Project Board Member Lizzette Arias and DREAMer Giancarla Kathy Doan, Capital Area Immigrants' Rights Coalition 7:40-8:00 - Virginia Focus VA Delegate Alfonso Lopez and Mark Levine 8:10-8:30 - Local Focus Refugee Resettlement opportunities and needs Kenn Speicher, NOVA Friends of Refugees Autumn Orme, Lutheran Social Services
More details on agenda and speakers as we get closer to the date. Details: We will be on the front lawn of Fairlington Presbyterian Church 3846 King Street, Alexandria. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and a candle (wax or battery) for the candlelight vigil. Make and bring your own signs to wave on King Street beginning at 6pm!! In case of rain, the event will be inside the church. Feel free to bring food, snacks, and water. Restrooms and plenty of parking available. We will have snacks and water for sale, with proceeds going to a local advocacy group.
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Easter Celebration
MAY SERVING SCHEDULE
Assisting Minister TBD TBD TBD TBD
Acolyte Hary Ramampandrison Emma Solem Jacob Thiessen Landan Gates
Lector Steve Rinnert Mary Malmberg Bill Mitchell TBD
Communion Assistant
Ushers
Altar Care Cathy Kroohs Tammy Heppner Christine Howlett Susan DeHaven
Serving on Sundays
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
30 8:00 AM Informal Worship w/Holy Communion 9:15 AM Sunday School and Confirmation 10:30 AM Worship 12:15 PM House of Faith International HOFI 5:00 PM Faithful Families 7:00 PM Brass of Peace Rehearsal
1 7:00 AM Pinecrest School Use 10:00 AM Beading for Haiti 7:00 PM Bethany House Meeting 7:00 PM Voices of Peace 7:30 PM Al-Anon 8:15 PM Bells of Peace
2 7:00 AM Pinecrest School Use 10:00 AM Tuesday Bible Study 7:00 PM Bells con Brio 7:00 PM Spirit and Scripture Group 8:15 PM Messengers of Peace
3 7:00 AM Pinecrest School Use 1:00 PM Project Boomerang 4:00 PM Yoga 6:15 PM Lenten Supper 6:45 PM Girl Scout Daisies 7:00 PM Brothers of Peace Discussion Group
4 7:00 AM Pinecrest School Use 8:00 PM AA Meeting in Lauxman House
5 7:00 AM Pinecrest School Use 10:00 AM WELCA convention set up 1:00 PM Prayer Shawlers 6:00 PM Facility Use - Watchman 10:00 PM House of Faith Late Night Prayer Service
6 WELCA Women’s
Conference 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
7 New Members Received 8:00 AM Informal Worship w/Holy Communion 9:15 AM Sunday School and Confirmation 9:15 AM Adult Forum: Care for Creation 10:30 AM Worship w/ Holy Communion 12:15 PM House of Faith International HOFI 5:00 PM Faithful Families 7:00 PM Brass of Peace Rehearsal
8 7:00 AM Pinecrest School Use 10:00 AM Beading for Haiti 12:00 PM Lunch at Greensprings 7:00 PM Bethany House Meeting 7:00 PM Voices of Peace 7:30 PM Al-Anon 8:15 PM Bells of Peace
9 7:00 AM Pinecrest School Use 10:00 AM Tuesday Morning Bible Study 6:30 PM Cub Scouts 7:00 PM Bells con Brio 7:00 PM Spirit and Scripture Group 8:15 PM Messengers of Peace
10 7:00 AM Pinecrest School Use 9:00 AM NOVA Antiques Group 1:00 PM Project Boomerang 4:00 PM Yoga
11 7:00 AM Pinecrest School Use 9:30 AM Quilting 12:15 PM WRAP Women's Renewal at Peace 8:00 PM AA Meeting in Lauxman House
12 7:00 AM Pinecrest School Use 1:00 PM Prayer Shawlers 6:00 PM Facility Use - Watchman 6:00 PM Pinecrest School Use 10:00 PM House of Faith Late Night Prayer Service
13 10:00 AM HOFI Prayer Meeting
14 Brass of Peace plays at 10:30 service 8:00 AM Informal Worship w/Holy Communion 9:15 AM Sunday School and Confirmation 9:15 AM Adult Forum: Care for Creation 10:30 AM Worship w/Holy Communion 11:45 AM Liturgy Planning Meeting 12:15 PM House of Faith International HOFI 2:00 PM Girls Scouts 7:00 PM Brass of Peace Rehearsal
15 7:00 AM Pinecrest School Use 10:00 AM Beading for Haiti 7:00 PM Bethany House Meeting 7:00 PM Voices of Peace 7:30 PM Al-Anon 8:15 PM Bells of Peace
16 7:00 AM Pinecrest School Use 10:00 AM Tuesday Morning Bible Study 7:00 PM Bells con Brio 7:00 PM Spirit and Scripture Group 8:15 PM Messengers of Peace
17 7:00 AM Pinecrest School Use 1:00 PM Project Boomerang 6:45 PM Girl Scout Daisies
18 7:00 AM Pinecrest School Use 7:00 PM Council Meeting 8:00 PM AA Meeting in Lauxman House
19 7:00 AM Pinecrest School Use 1:00 PM Prayer Shawlers 6:00 PM Facility Use - Watchman 10:00 PM House of Faith Late Night Prayer Service
20 10:00 AM HOFI Prayer Meeting
21 8:00 AM Informal Worship w/Holy Communion 9:15 AM Family Meeting 9:15 AM Sunday School and Confirmation 10:30 AM Worship 12:15 PM House of Faith International HOFI 4:00 PM Concert: Flutes on the Brink 7:00 PM Brass of Peace Rehearsal
22 7:00 AM Pinecrest School Use 10:00 AM Beading for Haiti 7:00 PM Bethany House Meeting 7:00 PM Voices of Peace 7:30 PM Al-Anon 8:15 PM Bells of Peace
23 7:00 AM Pinecrest School Use 10:00 AM Tuesday Morning Bible Study 7:00 PM Bells con Brio 7:00 PM Spirit and Scripture Group 8:15 PM Messengers of Peace
24 7:00 AM Pinecrest School Use 1:00 PM Project Boomerang 4:00 PM Yoga
25 7:00 AM Pinecrest School Use 8:00 PM AA Meeting in Lauxman House
26 7:00 AM Pinecrest School Use 1:00 PM Prayer Shawlers 6:00 PM Facility Use - Watchman 10:00 PM House of Faith Late Night Prayer Service
27 8:30 AM ALIVE! Food Distribution 10:00 AM HOFI Prayer Meeting
28 8:00 AM Informal Worship w/Holy Communion 9:15 AM Sunday School and Confirmation 10:30 AM Worship 12:15 PM House of Faith International HOFI 7:00 PM Brass of Peace Rehearsal
29 MEMORIAL DAY 7:00 PM Voices of Peace 7:30 PM Al-Anon 8:15 PM Bells of Peace
30 7:00 AM Pinecrest School Use 10:00 AM Tuesday Morning Bible Study 7:00 PM Bells con Brio 7:00 PM Spirit and Scripture Group 8:15 PM Messengers of Peace
31 7:00 AM Pinecrest School Use 1:00 PM Project Boomerang 4:00 PM Yoga
MAY CALENDAR
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
30 8:00 AM Informal Worship w/Holy Communion 9:15 AM Sunday School and Confirmation 10:30 AM Worship 12:15 PM House of Faith International…