The Mustard Seed Prince of Peace Lutheran Church 6001 Colgate St Philadelphia PA 215-342-3535 www.popphilly.org Sunday Worship: 10 AM We are committed to being a radically loving and welcoming community of faith centered in the Good News of Jesus Christ. Doing God's work with our hands. All children of God are welcome here! There is no such thing as a visitor or guest at Prince of Peace. If you are worshipping with us today, you are part of the Body of Christ which the Holy Spirit has gathered to be the Church. All baptized Christians may receive Jesus' true body and true blood which are connected to the bread and wine by the Word of God. If for any reason, you do not wish to commune, you may still come forward for a blessing. Some children may not yet comprehend that this is a Holy Sacrament and not just a snack; they may receive a blessing. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask one of our ushers. The ushers sit in the last pew centered against the back wall of the sanctuary. Prince of Peace Announcements April 19, 2015 3rd Sunday of Easter Today’s Worship Servants - Worship Leader: Kay Hayward; Communion Assistants: Ruth Mecum & Ruth Martin; Lector: Al Pfender; Greeter: Elsie Staub; Ushers: Bill Graham & Eloisa Morales; Alter Guild: Ray Seddon Sunday School – Jean Graham, Rose DuPree & Kristen McKee In Our Prayers: Tim Strecker, Marge & Jim Tobin, Tila Subedi, Tom Salber, Marion Joiner, Betty Miller, Mary Himmelreich, Ruth McDonnell, Robert Ambach, Joyce Strausser, Helen Barrett, friends & family of Ed Solem & Charles Joiner and the Children & Parents in our neighborhood. Christian Disciples are people who know and follow Jesus Christ. They are not perfect, but they desire to grow closer to God. Five marks of discipleship that we teach at Prince of Peace are: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Daily Prayer Daily Bible Study Weekly Worship Generous Giving Service at and beyond POP Get Ready for Camp! Bear Creek Camp is working hard to connect with Philadelphia congregations, making it possible for us to send campers off to camp again this year. We are sending campers for Session #5, July 19-25. You can sponsor a camper with a $50 donation made out to Prince of Peace for "camp." Thank You Women of POP for another well-run Fisher's Pot Pie sale yesterday! Special thanks to Joan Hummel for leading the pot pie fundraiser. The Good, the Bad, the Beautiful: CAT Survey Results The leaders of Prince of Peace are discussing the results of the survey we took in January & February. We are looking to focus on 2 or 3 areas so our ministry bears the most fruit. The Good: Our giving is in the 87th percentile. Compared to other congregations, we are very generous! The Challenge: We give 3.5% of our income to the church. A tithe is 10%. The Beautiful: God has given us everything: life, forgiveness, grace, mercy, daily bread, etc. The Good: We are in the 97th percentile of helping each member understand that he or she is called to ministry. The Challenge: We rated lower (60th percentile) on giving people opportunities to engage in active ministry. The Beautiful: God is working through us! The Good: We rated high on "I work to connect my faith to all the other aspects of my life" and "I experience the presence of God in my life." The Challenge: We rated low on "Although my faith is important to me, I feel there are other things more pressing in my life right now." The Beautiful: "Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom." 2 Cor 3:17 Healthy congregations have high levels of satisfaction and energy. Executive Committee members will present to council the areas of ministry that they discern council should focus on to increase our satisfaction and energy the most. Make a Donation so We BUILDING CAMPAIGN Can Reach Our Goal! Our goal is to raise $20,000 by December 31, 2015 to renovate & repair God's House. The money will be used to renovate the Sunday School Room, repair broken bricks on the outside wall, and address plumbing issues. To raise $20,000 we will need many people to be very generous with a combination of one-time gifts and monthly pledges. You can safely set-up automatic monthly donations on-line at www.popphilly.org. Book Club The next reading choice for the club is Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize wining To Kill a Mocking Bird. Even if you have read this ground breaking novel before, it is worth a second go round. Contact Bill Graham Northeast Conference Annual Meeting All the congregations from the Northeast Philadelphia Conference met at St. John's yesterday. Reformation, St. Mark's, Zion, Tabor, and St. Paul's have joined the Northeast Philadelphia Conference since the Northwest Olney Conference disbanded. Helen Tobin presented on Welcome Home sharing personal stories of refugees who have said "this is what God calls us to do, to serve one another, just like Prince of Peace taught us." Tom Salber thanked those who helped families after the apartment fire near St. David's on Academy Rd. We also heard reports about the Women's Retreat, fundraising to send youth to the National Gathering, Interfaith Hospitality Network, Lydia's Closet, Hope's Table, Feast of Justice, Rhawnhurst Turning Point, the new collaboration of St. John's, Redemption, & St. Petri-Hope, and other ministries. Men's Group Next Saturday, the Men's Group will visit Ryerss Museum & Library in Burholme. We will leave Prince of Peace at 10 AM. Ryerss Museum & Library has free parking and free admission. Bill Graham will be our tour guide. Altar Flowers areGiven to the Glory of Good & in Honor of: His Mother Joyce’s Birthday by William Strausser Ruth Mecum’s Birthday by Sr. Katherine Homburg Frank & Helen’s Anniversary by Helen Tobin Bulletins areGiven to the Glory of Good & in Honor of: His Mother Joyce’s Birthday by William Strausser Frank & Helen’s Anniversary by Helen Tobin ~ Upcoming Activities at POP ~ Today - 3rdSunday of Easter April 21 - Lawncrest Community Assoc. 7 PM at St. William's April 22 - Council Meeting at 7 PM April 25 - Men's Group, meet at 10 AM at POP April 27 - Lutheran Day at the Capital (Harrisburg) May 6 - Children of God Fun Night at 6 PM May 10 - Mother's Day May 17 - VBS Meeting at Pilgrim at 12 noon May 30 - Welcome Home Dinner Event at 5:00 PM Would You Like To Think About Something Warm? Think Summer. Think July. Better Yet, Think-----Vacation Bible School: July 27-31, 2015 Who is Welcome at Prince of Peace? If you are Asian, Latino, Black, or White ... If you are male or female ... If you are three days old, 30 years old, or 103 years old... If you've never stepped foot in a church; or if you are Buddhist, Roman Catholic, agnostic, or a long-time Lutheran... If you are single, married, divorced, separated, or partnered... If you are straight, gay, lesbian, or bisexual... If you are a Republican, Democrat, Independent, Socialist, or not registered to vote... If you have, or had, addictions, phobias, abortions, or a criminal record... If you own your home, rent, live with your parents, or are homeless... If you are fully-abled, disabled, or a person of differing abilities... YOU ARE WELCOME HERE AT PRINCE OF PEACE!! Children of God Fun Night "In Christ Jesus, You are all Children of God through faith." (Galatians 3:26) Children of God Fun Night is the 1st & 3rd Wednesday of every month at 6 PM. Every Children of God Fun Night includes dinner, worship, and activities for all ages. We are striving to be disciples of Christ, not just members of a congregation. We want to show people the life-giving meaningful depth of discipleship. English Classes every Monday & Wednesday at 10 AM. We are working to start a second ESL class each week. Contact the church office at 215-342-3535 if you are interested. Jesus taught us to "welcome the stranger" (Matthew 25:36), offering free English classes is one way we live this out.
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