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Please sign the Welcome register and pick up a packet made especially for you.

Communion is on the first and third Sunday, and all are welcome to share in the Lord's table.

Please join us for refreshments and coffee on the first and third Sundays, too!

We hope you find love and peace in our worship service and that you get to know our wonderful members. 

May God bless you in your search!

Prince of Peace

P.S.  Remember, we're the END OF YOUR SEARCH FOR A FRIENDLY CHURCH!!

 

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Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), released a statement June 18 on behalf of this church in response to Pope Francis' encyclical on climate change and the deteriorating global environment. The full text of the statement follows:


As members of the Evangelical Lutheran

Church in America, we share a deep concern

with our Catholic brothers and sisters for the

well-being of our neighbors and of God's good

creation.

"Humans, in service to God, have special roles

on behalf of the whole of creation. Made in the

image of God, we are called to care for the

earth as God cares for the earth" (ELCA social

statement, "Caring for Creation: Vision, Hope

and Justice").

Daily we see and hear the evidence of a

rapidly changing climate.

At the same time, we also witness in too many

instances how the earth's natural beauty, a

sign of God's wonderful creativity, has been

defiled by pollutants and waste.

An accounting of climate change that has

credibility and integrity must name the

neglect and carelessness of private industry

and the failure of government leadership that

have contributed to these changes.

However, it also must include repentance for

our own participation as individual consumers

and investors in economies that make

intensive and insistent demands for energy.

Yet we find our hope in the promise of God's

own faithfulness to the creation and

humankind.

We serve in concert with God's creative and

renewing power, understanding that we have

the resources and responsibility to act

together for the common good, especially for

those who are most vulnerable to the effects

of climate change.

Today we join with Pope Francis in calling on

world leaders to embrace our common

responsibility as work continues toward a

global agreement on climate change.

We urge leaders to support an ambitious

agreement that reduces greenhouse gas

emissions, encourages development of low-

carbon technologies, and supports the ability

of countries to cope with the effects of a

changing climate and build resiliency for a

sustainable future.

The present moment is a critical one,

filled with both challenge and opportunity to

act as individuals, citizens, leaders and

communities of faith in solidarity with God's

good creation and in hope for our shared

future.

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Bishop-Messages.

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About the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America:

The ELCA is one of the largest Christian

denominations in the United States, with more

than 3.8 million members in nearly 10,000

congregations across the 50 states and in the

Caribbean region.

 

Known as the church of "God's work. Our

hands," the ELCA emphasizes the saving grace

of God through faith in Jesus Christ, unity

among Christians and service in the world.

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Greetings in the name of Christ's love,
 
All the women at POP (and friends) are personally invited to attend Thursday's Bible Study at 10am. (Every third Thursday).
Copies of the lesson (from Gather magazine) will be provided, as well as study bibles.
 
 
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Letter from the ELCA Presiding Bishop:
 
It has been a long season of disquiet in our country. From Ferguson to Baltimore,
simmering racial tensions have boiled over into violence. But this … the fatal shooting of nine
African Americans in a church is a stark, raw manifestation of the sin that is racism. The church
was desecrated. The people of that congregation were desecrated. The aspiration voiced in the
Pledge of Allegiance that we are “one nation under God” was desecrated.
Mother Emanuel AME’s pastor, the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, was a graduate of the
Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, as was the Rev. Daniel Simmons, associate pastor at
Mother Emanuel. The suspected shooter is a member of an ELCA congregation. All of a sudden
and for all of us, this is an intensely personal tragedy. One of our own is alleged to have shot and
killed two who adopted us as their own.
We might say that this was an isolated act by a deeply disturbed man. But we know that
is not the whole truth. It is not an isolated event. And even if the shooter was unstable, the
framework upon which he built his vision of race is not. Racism is a fact in American culture.
Denial and avoidance of this fact are deadly. The Rev. Mr. Pinckney leaves a wife and children.
The other eight victims leave grieving families. The family of the suspected killer and two
congregations are broken. When will this end?
The nine dead in Charleston are not the first innocent victims killed by violence. Our only
hope rests in the innocent One, who was violently executed on Good Friday. Emmanuel, God
with us, carried our grief and sorrow – the grief and sorrow of Mother Emanuel AME church –
and he was wounded for our transgressions – the deadly sin of racism.
I urge all of us to spend a day in repentance and mourning. And then we need to get to
work. Each of us and all of us need to examine ourselves, our church and our communities. We
need to be honest about the reality of racism within us and around us. We need to talk and we
need to listen, but we also need to act. No stereotype or racial slur is justified. Speak out against
inequity. Look with newly opened eyes at the many subtle and overt ways that we and our
communities see people of color as being of less worth. Above all pray – for insight, for
forgiveness, for courage.
Kyrie Eleison.
The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton
Presiding Bishop
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
 
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In love of Christ, which is ever near and always with us...forever!

 

 

 

  

 
 

 

 

 

  November 13th - Veterans Day worship service
You are invited to bring photos of loved ones who served in the military as we remember them in our prayers   
 

 

 

 

SEE YOU THIS SUNDAY!

 

In the faithful love of Christ,

 

Pastor Thom Johnson

        

 

What is Ascension Day?

The Ascension of Jesus | When is Ascension Day?

 
ascension day meaning history
Ascension Day commemorates the ascension of Christ into Heaven. Observed generally by Catholics and Anglicans, Ascension Day, also known as the Feast of Ascension, occurs on the Thursday 40 days after Easter. 
 
The History of Ascension Day
According to the accounts in the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles, Jesus appeared to many of his disciples during the 40 days following his resurrection. On the 40th day, he came again to the Apostles and led them out to the Mount of Olives where he instructed them to wait in Jerusalem for the promise of the Holy Spirit. Then, as they were watching, he ascended into clouds. As they continued to watch, two angels appeared and declared to them that, just as he ascended, Jesus would return in glory. According to Augustine of Hippo, one of the early church fathers, the Feast of Ascension originated with the Apostles. John Chrysostom and Gregory of Nyssa, contemporaries of Augustine, refer to it as being one of the oldest feasts practiced by the Church, possibly going as far back as AD 68. There is no written evidence, however, of the Church honoring Ascension Day until Augustine's time in the fourth century. Ascension Day Traditions 
As an Ecumenical feast, Ascension Day is one of the six holy days where attendance at Mass is mandatory for Roman Catholics and Anglicans. The event is generally a one-day public commemoration, although the Church, in keeping with earlier traditions regarding festivals, offers devotions for seven days. The night before the feast, priests and deacons attend a vigil of prayers and scripture readings. On the day of the feast, Mass is attended and the Paschal candle, which was lit on Easter Sunday, is extinguished. Liturgies proclaiming the finished work of salvation and the ascension of the glorified Christ into Heaven are recited, followed later by evening prayers. At the end of the seven-day devotion, two additional days are kept by the priests, making a total of nine days (a novena). The novena allows for the preparation of Pentecost, which takes place the next day. Churches around the world observe many Ascension Day traditions, such as "the blessing of the first fruits," in which grapes and beans are blessed. Some churches depict the Ascension of Christ by raising a statue of Jesus above the altar and lifting it through a special door in the roof. Other churches have outdoor processions with torches and banners. In an old Ascension Day tradition from England, parishioners carried a banner bearing the symbol of a lion at the head of the procession, and a second banner bearing the symbol of a dragon at the rear. This represented the victory of Christ over the devil. For many Christians, Ascension Day's meaning provides a sense of hope that the glorious and triumphant return of Christ is near. It is a reminder of the Kingdom of God within their hearts, and of the ever-present Spirit of God, watching over and protecting them as they spread the light of Jesus' truth throughout the world. 

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Join Us!

Our Christian Happy Hour Morning Worship begins at 10:15 a.m. to about 11:30 a.m.

Please sign the Welcome register and pick up a packet made especially for you.

Communion is on the first and third Sunday, and all are welcome to share in the Lord's table.

Please join us for refreshments and coffee on the first and third Sundays, too!

 

We hope you find love and peace in our worship service and that you get to know our wonderful members. 

 

May God bless you in your search!

Prince of Peace

 

P.S.  Remember, we're the END OF YOUR SEARCH FOR A FRIENDLY CHURCH!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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