Weekly Announcements from Pastor Valerie Brown-Greenly, Senior Pastor

Weekly Announcements from Pastor Valerie Brown-Greenly, Senior Pastor

Dear Friends,
I hope your week is starting off well.  Your weekly email is a couple of days early this week.  Debbie Clipson will be out of the office on Wednesday, and my emailing this would end in a funny sort of disaster where only a few might get the updates.
Thank you to those of you who attended the Annual Meeting on Sunday, in-person and on Zoom.  It was a great meeting and many thanks to everyone who contributed reports, helped organize and carry off the meeting!  Annual Reports are available in the Church entryway.
Confirmation, Spirit Time and High School Youth Group are resuming in-person this Wednesday, February 9.  Sunday School will meet in-person on February 13 and 27.
In-person worship continues on Sundays, February 13 and February 27.  We are uploading our worship on Sunday, February 20.  This date had been planned well before we ended up on livestream during the month of January.  February 20 will be our last uploaded worship until the Sunday after Easter.  The weekend of February 20 gives me an opportunity to let the whole staff have the weekend off.  While we try to make what we do look ‘effortless’ it is not.  One of the learnings of COVID 19 is the need to give everyone a break every 8 to 9 weeks.  We record the worship for the 20 a few days early so it will be available online.
Peace Lutheran Church Preschool registration for the 2022-2023 school year will begin on Monday, February 14.  Please contact Preschool Director, Kerri Tomandl at preschool@peacecoonrapids.org or 763-754-2383 for registration information and registration materials.
Our stewardship campaign, “God’s Grace”, is going nicely.  We have 11 of the 22 Foundational Givers, and the hope is to have all 22 Foundational Givers in the next two to three weeks.  Please contact me directly if you are interested in being one of the 22 Foundational Givers.  The congregation is invited to match what I hope to be a $22,000 base.  This campaign will run through Easter morning!  Thank you so much for your ongoing giving and gifting to the mission and ministry of Peace Lutheran.  Many of us are blessed and we are blessed to be a blessing for others.
You can still sign up to have your photo in the upcoming Picture Directory.  Photo day is Tuesday, February 15.  Please contact Pastor Tim if you would like an appointment time.  You can also email Pastor Tim a digital photo to be included in the Directory.  If you have a photo and need help scanning it, drop it by the church office and Pastor Tim will get it scanned and returned to you after worship in the coming Sundays.  If you have any questions please call or text Pastor Tim at (715) 216-7799 or email at tschroeder@peacecoonrapids.org
Office hours are normal this week: Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 8:30-Noon, and Thursday morning from 8:30-Noon for those I have in-person appointments with.  This coming Thursday morning I have a funeral planning at 11:00am.  I have availability for more appointments between 8:30am-11:00am.  Please contact me for an appointment.  I would love to meet with you in-person!
Sadly, the ELCA National Youth Gathering scheduled for this coming July, has been cancelled.  This was a very difficult decision for the Gathering Team.  Please keep them in your prayers as they meet together and begin planning for 2024.  We want to encourage our high school youth to join us on Wednesday evenings for Youth Group, for fellowship and for planning upcoming events and activities.
There has been an increase in the use of the Food Shelf.  Thank you so much for your donations.  At this time we are asking for canned chicken and tuna, pancake mix and syrup, boxed oatmeal packets, spaghetti sauce and noodles, pasta and rice side dish pouches, mac and cheese, peanut butter and jelly, crackers, kid friendly cereals and snacks.
I hope you have a good week.  Take care…be safe…
Pastor Valerie
Cell:  612-280-6493     Email:  bvalerie65@yahoo.com
Church:  763-757-4459     Email:  vbrown-greenly@peacecoonrapids.org
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