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 going well, and that you are enjoying the warmer temperatures!  It’s hard to believe it’s been two years since the beginning of the COVID 19 Pandemic.  As we begin a third year, things seem to be improving!  As you know, we have removed the mask requirement for worship services and the building.  You are encouraged to continue to do what is best for you as far as masking.  For the next while, the staff will continue to mask.
Our Wednesday Lenten worship series, “In View of God’s Mercy,” continues this evening.  The theme is ‘mercy in suffering.’  Please come and join us for worship at 6:30pm.  This service features a children’s sermon, a presented sermon, and special music.  Hope to see you tonight!
Our Webstore, Peace Clothing Fundraiser runs through this coming Sunday, March 20.  Please go to Rebyl.com, then to the ‘webstores’ tab, scroll down and click on the Peace dove logo to see the selections of polos, hoodies, jackets and denims.  You can place your order online and your products will be available to pick up at church on Palm Sunday, April 10.  This Webstore will not re-open again for a few months, so if you want some new Peace Lutheran clothing, get your orders in this week.  If you have questions, please contact me.  There are some examples of the materials for each of these products in the Fellowship Hall. I would like to add that it seems the women’s polos run small.  Stop in and see what you think.
Thank you for all who have contributed to the Nesdahl family ‘fire’ fund.  As you know, fire destroyed Amy’s home, and she and her sons have now relocated to an apartment in our area.  If you would like to make a donation, please write your check to Peace Lutheran and put ‘house fire’ in the memo.  We will disperse funds to Amy at the end of the month.
If you wish to contribute to helping refugees and others in the Ukraine and in Poland, please make your check out to Peace Lutheran and put “Ukraine” in the memo.  We will gather the funds and send them to Lutheran Disaster Response.  All dollars are used for direct help to those in need.
The Gerten’s fundraiser for youth going to Camp Wapo, continues through Thursday, April 7, with plant delivery on Saturday, May 14.  Please look at the flyers in the Fellowship Hall, and contact Karlene Fusenig with questions.  Thanks for supporting our youth!
The altar area will be a beautiful spring garden for Easter services on Sunday, April 17.  You can help by ordering one or more spring plants, which will be available for you to take home after the 10:00am Easter service or picked up on Tuesday, April 19.  Easter Garden Flower forms are in the Fellowship Hall.  Payment must accompany the order.  This is a great way to commemorate special occasions and family events for the special ones in your life!  Take the plant home, enjoy it and then plant it in the garden.
Thank you to those who have contacted me to help with ushering and communion prep and serving.  We will be able to move ahead with a return to ushering on Palm Sunday and a return to pre-covid Holy Communion practices on Easter Sunday morning.  We will need to get some teams of communion servers set up for on-going Sundays.  If you wish to be on a communion team, please let me know.  We will use the same practice with ushers so we know who is serving from week to week.
The “God’s Grace” stewardship campaign is going well!  I still need one individual or family to step up and we will have all of our Foundational Givers!  Be in prayer and let me know if you are that individual or family!  The campaign is in full swing from now until Easter Sunday morning.  Our members and friends are invited to make an ‘additional,’ sacrificial financial gift during the Lenten season.  On your additional gift, please write “God’s Grace” in the memo.  Our Foundational Givers have built a wonderful financial base for us, and we want to match as many of these dollars as possible.  If you have questions, please contact me.
As I have said many times before, if you or your family are struggling, this ‘financial ask’ is not intended to put any pressure or further hardship on any of our members or friends.  If you are struggling, please contact me so we can see how Peace Lutheran can be of assistance to you.  All contacts are kept confidential.
Our Food Shelf ministry is in high gear right now.  Thank you so much to those of you who have been shopping and bringing in donations!  The need for the Food Shelf is higher than it’s been for some time.  With Easter Holiday Baskets being planned, and our Food Shelf in use, we need all products: boxed pasta, boxed oatmeal packets, pancake syrup, peanut butter and jelly, spaghetti, and sauce, peanut butter and jelly, canned chicken and tuna, and kid friendly cereals and snacks.  March is our month of highest need and we are thankful for your generosity!
Office hours are normal this week and next week.  Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 8:30am-Noon and Thursday morning from 8:30am-Noon for those of you who have made appointments with me.
Have a blessed 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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