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We're looking for your input to make POP the best it can be!

POP Question
of the Month

What kind of church-sponsored activity would inspire you to invite a friend?

Please email your responses to popquery@gmail.com

Thank you!

Dear Friends and family,
Picture a place where kids can be kids. A special place where nature and creative exploration go hand in hand. A place where good old-fashioned dirt and water are available at all times. A place where kids can be pirates sailing the seven seas on a simulated sail boat or perform in a fairy rock band in our amphitheater. A place where digging for worms, catching bugs or observing butter ies collecting nectar from a plant is a common occurrence. It is our dream at Prince of Peace Preschool to have an outdoor classroom where our students can enjoy the wonders of the outdoors while taking advantage of the many bene ts of playing in nature. Once the project is completed, we would like to have nature summer programming and a “pick me” garden. The garden will be cared for by our preschoolers and Sunday school students. Congregation members and families will be encouraged to pick what they would like to eat or use the produce in our social ministries that feed the homeless. This dream can become a reality with your help. Over the summer it is our hope to be able to expand the playground and transform it into a Nature Playscape.

In order to complete the project, we need to raise $10,000. To date we have raised almost 50% of our goal. Please consider making a tax deductible donation of $150 or more, or whatever you feel comfortable with, to our school by using our Go Fund me account https://www.gofundme.com/ Poppsplayground or by simply writing a check to Prince of Peace Preschool. Please share this with friends and family, corporations etc. We will have a Go Fund Me link on Facebook that can also be shared on your page. A generous benefactor has agreed to matchup to $1000 of money we raise! Donors who donate $200 or more will have a commemorative plaque with your family name incorporated into our playground. What a great way to leave a lasting mark on our school!

If you would like to help out with the building and planning of our new playscape, please let me know. I’m always looking for hard workers and dreamers!

Thanks in advance for your support!

Lids and Tops
Prince of Peace Preschool students are going to be creating sculptures out of recycled materials. Help us out by saving lids and tops from any size containers or jars. Please deposit them in the bag located on the preschool office door. Thanks!

Scholarship Application
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church Scholarship Application
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:

  • 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).
How will it accomplish these in the coming year?
  • 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
What opportunities are there for volunteers?

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)

One-time opportunities
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

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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