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April Showers bring May
Flowers, beans lettuce, carrots and
strawberries! Our preschoolers are busy
planting and learning about the amazing
science God created behind plants! We
have root observation gardens, Jack's
beanstalk growing up to the giant's castle,
vegetable and flower gardens growing in
our playground, and our strawberry patch
has been tilled. Through all of this our
students have learned new vocabulary,
estimation, the difference between fact
and fiction, prediction, comparing and
contrasting different versions of a story
(have you heard of Kate and the
Beanstalk? Jack and the Baked Bean
Beanstalk?), and the many plants that
we have at our healthy tables. Did you
know that you can eat roots, stems,
flowers, seeds and roots all in one salad?
The preschool parents are also out
sharing the wonderful news about our
school! Please stop by after church
on Sunday, May 3 at the Closter
Spring Fling at Closter Commons. We
will be there until 3:30. Many thanks
to the Weston Family for organizing
our participation in this event Our
parents also organized a Painting
Night at Pinot's Pallette to raise
funds for our playground. Thank you
to Julia Weston, Denise Rizzo and
our fundraising team for organizing
such a fun and successful evening!
Thanks also go to Thrivent Financial
for sponsoring our event. Our marketing
team has been busy creating
banners and sharing the word about
our school online. The power of parents
Sunday School Happenings
May 10th - Special Mother’s Day surprises.
May 17th - Planting project. Please dress the kids for mess!!
May 24 - No Sunday School.
May 31st - Preparing for the youth service.
June 7th-9am - Youth Service practice. 10am– Youth Service. Last
day of Sunday School for the season.
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church Scholarship Application
Book of Faith
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Peace this Lent at http://bookoffaith.ning.com/groups.
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Wurffel Fund College Aid Available
Financial aid for college students is now available through the Karl, John, Elizabeth Wurffel Memorial Fund. The aid will be provided in the form of student loans. While the amount of funds available is limited, Lutheran students are encouraged to apply. Terms for the loans are very beneficial to the recipients. Eligibility is described as follows:
"Any member of a NJ Synod, ELCA, congregation planning to attend or enrolled in a matriculated program of study in an accredited 4-year or 2-year college or university may apply. Loans are for undergraduate study only.
Priority of consideration is given on the basis of activity in the life of the church as described by the recommendation letter of the applicant's pastor and on the basis of need. Priority is given first to students attending any ELCA Lutheran College or University, and then to any accredited 2-year or 4-year university."
Please contact the church office to obtain the application and letter of recommendation forms.
Do You Know the Signs of a Stroke? Remember The 1st Three Letters.... S.T.R.
A neurologist said that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke... totally. He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough. Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.
Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:
S * Ask the individual to SMILE.
T * Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (coherently-- e.g. It is sunny out today.)
R * Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.
And… Stick out Your Tongue ...
Another 'sign' of a stroke is this: Ask the person to 'stick' out his tongue. If the tongue is 'crooked,' if it goes to one side or the other, this is also an indication of a stroke.
If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call 911 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.
The Christian Education Ministry
What are the aims and/or goals of this ministry?
The Christian Education Ministry is responsible for the overall education of the members of the congregation- including: Sunday School, Adult Bible Studies, Confirmation instruction, First Communion instruction, Vacation Bible School, Good Friday Mini Camp, and other educational programs. Our goals are:
How will it accomplish these in the coming year?
- Increasing attendance in these programs,
- Promoting age appropriate familiarity with the Bible,
- Instilling an understanding of God's unconditional love.
- Meeting certain educational goals for our Sunday School children. By the time that they enter Confirmation Class, they should know; The Lord's Prayer (Grades1-2), The Ten Commandments (Grades 3-4), and The Apostles' Creed (Grades 5-6).
What opportunities are there for volunteers?
- Offering a variety of educational opportunities
- Evaluating our curriculum to ensure that it meets our educational goals
- Increasing publicity of our programs to increase attendance
- Keeping accurate attendance records and reaching out to students who have not been attending Sunday School
Long Term Projects (approximate time needed)
Sunday School Teacher (1-3 hours a month)
Bible Study Leader (1-4 hours a month)
Short Term Projects
Teach Vacation Bible School (one week)
Create Decorations for VBS ( 2-3 hours)
Assist with Good Friday Mini Camp (1 day)
Assist with a Super Sunday(1-2 hours)
Assist with Rally Day (1-2 hours)
Make Suggestions to:
Andrea Flannery, Melissa Millad or Margaret Donne
Stewardship - Your Offering Envelopes
A number of people have asked for an explanation of the various ‘boxes' on the front of our offering envelopes. The regular Sunday envelope has four boxes marked:
In addition to the regular weekly envelope, your box contains envelopes for special, designated uses, such as flowers for decorating the altar, payment for your "Lutheran" magazine ($8.00 per subscription), etc. Other special envelopes are included for special services during the church year. All offerings made to the church are recorded by number and you receive a quarterly report to show your stewardship of your treasure toward Prince of Peace Church.
- Operation Expenses: These offerings pay for the day-to-day costs keeping Prince of Peace open and engaged in ministry. Included in this are: salaries, utilities, supplies, etc.
- Mission Support: These offerings are remitted to the New Jersey Synod and the National Headquarters of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Included in this are: Staff salaries, costs of training clergy, distribution of church-wide materials for helping congregations, assistance to missions throughout the world, etc.
- Mortgage: These offerings help to pay the current mortgage on the parsonage which will pay for the new roof on the church and other needed improvements.
- Other: Unless the donor indicates otherwise (and you may use this box for any item you wish to specifically designate) these offerings are remitted to Synod for World Hunger.
Facts About the Homeless
- There has been a rapid increase in the number of homeless people caused by a weak economy and cuts in federal aid.
- The homeless population is largely made up of adult men, but the proportion of women, children and youth has steadily increased.
- Homeless individuals are often estranged from family and other social networks—1/3 are chronically mentally ill—1/2 are substance abusers.
- Today's homeless, however, are mostly non-white, relatively young (middle 30s) and include a large number of women and children—1/3 are veterans.
- 28% of homeless clients report that they sometimes or often do not get enough to eat. 29% also report abuse or neglect in childhood from someone in their household.
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