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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!


Closing Ceremonies At Prince of Peace Preschool on Friday, June 10th at 10:00am
Inch by inch, row by row,
Gonna make this garden grow.
Gonna mulch it deep and low,
Gonna make it fertile ground.
Inch by inch, row by row,
Please bless these seeds I sow.
Please keep them safe below.

At our Closing Service this year, amid pews filled with families, grandparents, godparents and siblings dancing in the aisles, I shared this familiar folk song. These lyrics always inspire and encourage me to look at our little preschool ministry as our own garden with many seeds being tenderly nurtured into seedlings and strong healthy plants. During our service we took a moment look back at our school year and thank all of our fellow farmers for being such hard working stewards of our little garden. Thank you to all of our parent committees that organized fundraisers, helped decorate our school for holidays, spread mulch and tended our playground and helped us spread the word about the good work we do here through marketing. Thank you to congregation members who support our ministry with time, talents and encouragement. Thank you to our Preschool Board for your wise guidance and hours of volunteer work. Thank you to their families of our staff who pitch in at fundraisers, build playgrounds, furniture and all of the less desirable jobs:) Thank you to the Eagle and Sea Scouts of Troop 37 in Pearl River for helping to bring our Nature Playground and Outdoor classroom to life. And of course thank you to the parents who entrust their seedlings to us. It truly is an honor. With God's blessings, we truly have a beautiful and thriving garden!

Your trash may be our treasure! Please save pine cones, natural (not pressure treated) wood scraps for loose parts play, scraps of material and embroidery hoops.

We also have a Sea Scout collecting water bottles, and rinsed soda and beer bottles/can (please rinse!!) to fund her playground project. There is a box for collecting them on the lower level. Thank you!!


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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