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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!

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 is inspiring!

Happy Spring
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.

Scholarship Application
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church Scholarship Application
Book of Faith

Be a part of this conversation at Prince of Peace this Lent at http://bookoffaith.ning.com/groups.

Please contact Pastor Holliday pastorholliday@princeofpeacenj.org for more information

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

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:
  • 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.

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.

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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