55 Years of Service
In 1955, a New York Post headline proclaimed, "Girl Chemist Finds new Calling: Will Be a Lutheran Deaconess". That chemist is our very own Hertha Fischer! CLICK HERE to read the story from the Lutheran Deaconess Association!
Stewardship - By Dr. Andrea DeCapua
Birthday? Anniversary? Another special occasion coming up? In lieu of yet more "stuff," how
about asking people to donate to Prince of Peace in your name--A gift that keeps on giving.
Adult Study And PHellowship (ASAPH)
Prince of Peace's Adult Study And PHellowship (ASAPH) will begin another year of study on Wednesday, October 16th! This year our study will focus on the Bible book of Daniel and the Letter of Revelation to John using the materials from the ELCA's “Book of Faith" initiative.
Meetings for ASAPH will be held on Wednesdays from 1:00PM until 2:30pm. A $15 donation is asked for each semester to offset the cost of course materials.
The dates of the sessions for the 2013-2014 course year are as follows:
Fall Semester - "The Book of Daniel": 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13
Winter Semester - "The Revelation to John - Part 1": 1/8, 1/22, 1/29, 2/12
Spring Semester - "The Revelation to John - Part 2: 4/30, 5/14, 5/21, 5/28, 5/29.
Please sign the registration sheet in the church lobby or contact the church office if you would like to participate.
Lets Talk Turkey, Cookies and More! On Sunday, November 24th, we will be collecting turkeys plus all the fixins’ for our needy neighbors . Food items are: Turkey or canned ham, packages of stuffing mix, 1 lb yellow onions, celery, 5 lbs of white potatoes, 4 cranberry sauce, 4 cans of green vegetables, sweet potatoes, 5 apples, 5 tangerines/oranges, 6 yams or sweet potatoes, 2 cans cranberry sauce 4 cans green vegetables, 1 loaf of bread or packaged rolls, pumpkin pie or apple pie, nuts and/or candy. Please have the items to church on Sunday morning, November 24th.
On December 1st, we’ll collect home-made cookies to be packed for Rockland Psychiatric Center and local shut-ins.
On December 9th, there will be a Christmas party and luncheon here at POP for Rockland Psychiatric Center patients.
Keep an eye out for our Giving Christmas Tree at the beginning of December. You’ll have an opportunity to make a Merry Christmas for the homeless, local needy residents, and abused women.
CHRISTMAS AT THE PARSONAGE!
Pastor, Lisa, Rachel, Rebekah and Matthew Holliday
invite you to celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas
on Saturday, January 4th from 1:30pm until 4:30pm at 3 Haring Drive in Old Tappan
Please consider ordering a poinsettia plant for the Church Sanctuary by either registering in the Narthex (church lobby) or calling the office. Each plant costs $15.00 and the hanging baskets cost $35.00
The deadline for ordering is December 10th!
The Word on Wednesday (WOW!)
Barbara Fitzgerald & Pastor John Holliday will be leading the Bible study on the first Wednesday of each month .
The following session will be held at
Applebee’s restaurant, 273 Livingston Street, Northvale.
Wednesday, December 4th at 8pm
Wednesday, January 8th at 8 pm
We will continue our study of "The Book Of Acts".
Participants will be invited to continue the discussion at the Prince of Peace online Chat Group!. If you are interested, please sign the registration sheet or contact the church office.
January Bible Studies at Prince of Peace! ASAPH - Adult Bible Study and Fellowship
Wednesdays, January 8th,22nd, 29th and February 12th from 1:00-2:30pm
"The Revelation to John—Part 1"
Please contact the church office (201-768-8691) for more information.
The Giving Tree
On our Christmas Giving Tree, this year, we’ll be asking for gift certificates from Target, Shop Rite, Toys R Us , plus sweatshirts & individual gifts which will be distributed to needy families, homeless families, abused women & their children and homeless individuals at the Hackensack Shelter. We’d like to have these gifts & certificates by December 17th at the latest.
Thanks for your support!
POP Coupon Swap Club
I’d like to start a coupon swap club. We all get coupons in the mail, flyers, newspaper ads. Coupons for products we don’t use, or restaurants we may not frequent. It’s been awhile since I’ve needed diaper coupons, but someone else might benefit. Let’s start up a POP Coupon Swap Club. I’ll start us off by bringing in a small box of coupons we can’t use in the Lewis home, from manufacturers, restaurants, etc. come and browse through the box, and drop off some of your own unused coupons. The box will be clearly labeled. This is an exchange, so to get—you’ve got the give! I will periodically go through the box and cull any that have expired. Let’s give this a try, and save a little money to boot.
Social Action News - By Evelyn Passante
Christmas is for Giving!
On Sunday, December 1, we'll be collecting home-made cookies for 140 patients at Rockland Psychiatric Center.
On Monday, December 2, we'll pack the cookies at 10 AM at church. Please sign the sheet in the narthex if you can bake and/or pack.
On December 9, we'll have a Christmas party and luncheon at POP for the RPC patients.
The Christmas Giving Tree has been set up at POP for needy local families, abused women and their children, homeless families, and homeless individuals at the Hackensack shelter. We are looking for gift certificates to Target, Toys R Us, Shop Rite...plus sweat suits and individual gifts. They'd like to get some of these gift certificates by December 17th. Please give someone a Merry Christmas and take a tag off the tree!
Christmas Matching Gift Challenge! It is a Lutheran tradition to step up and speak up when our neighbors are in need. You’ve heard about the recent tornados in the Midwest and the typhoons in the Philippines. Now a group of ELCA members have agreed to match people’s monetary gifts given by December 31, 2013. If you give $50, $100 will be given to the ELCA World Hunger Appeal. You can donate by calling 1-800-638-3522 or www.elca.org/hunger/donate. Please prayerfully consider this.
Any questions, call Evelyn Passante at 201-768-0355.
Please don't forget about donating food for the food barrel in January. The Center for Food Action is always very short on food in the beginning of the year.
The Church council has approved the Weston family (Donald, Julia, Olivia & Ava) for future church membership.
The Church council is hopeful that phase one of our newly redesigned website can be launched early in 2014. An open WiFi connection is being explored allowing POP to be a public hotspot.
The treasurer will compose a letter to the congregation asking for additional year end donations in order to decrease our operating deficit.
It's Stewardship time! That is, it's that time of year when we try to understand and respond to God's expectations of us as stewards and when we reflect on what our church, Prince of Peace, means to us. When we come together at Prince of Peace to hear God's word, to share the sacraments and to worship God with joy and thanksgiving, we are strengthened and blessed. At the same time, we need to examine prayerfully what we can give back to the Lord. Out of love for God, we give, and as we grow in love toward God, so, too, we want to grow in our commitment to our church.
Pledging is an opportunity for us to commit some of our gifts to God. We pledge of our time, of our abilities, and of our money as an expression of our love to God and of our commitment to following His ways.
I would ask all of you to prayerfully consider how you can best share your gifts with God and complete a pledge card and return it to Prince of Peace either via mail or in the collection. Pledge cards are available in the Narthex.
Pictures of Peace
Visit POP on Youtube Learn Sarver Heart Center's Continuous Chest Compression CPR
Every three days, more Americans die from sudden cardiac arrest than the number who died in the 9-11 attacks. You can lessen this recurring loss by learning Continuous Chest Compression CPR, a hands-only CPR method that doubles a person's chance of surviving cardiac arrest. It's easy and does not require mouth-to-mouth contact, making it more likely bystanders will try to help, and it was developed at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.
Don't Forget your Church Family
We rejoiced with your family when you were born, a priceless gift from God.
We welcomed you into the Lord's family on the morning in which you were baptized,
and we looked forward to seeing your light so shine before others.
We watched you grow and smiled: as you made happy squawks and chatter during
worship, sat sort-of quietly during the children's sermon, and attended church school.
You were so excited to receive your first communion, and we happily joined you at the rail.
We celebrated with you on the day you were confirmed and officially joined our team as adult leaders
of the congregation, and we looked forward to rolling up our sleeves alongside you and joining us in the
work of this congregation.
We haven't seen much of you lately. We miss you. We'll leave a candle lit for you.
Your Church Family Attention POP Musicians!
Mix It Up With Moses, Jam With Jesus, Or Just Play While You Play... Prince of Peace is still looking for people to join the Band of Peace! If you are interested, please contact Pastor Holliday or Barbara Fitzgerald.
Want To Learn To Knit, Or Renew Your Love Of Knitting?
Prayer Shawl Ministry is open to anyone interested in this art --youngsters, teenagers, adults of all ages.
Prayer Shawl Ministry will continue to meet over the summer on Mondays at 10:00 am. You are most welcome to join us for an hour and a half of handwork and fellowship!
For more information contact Doris Baumann at (845)359-5311. Keeping Your Bills Down
The State of New Jersey has several programs to help homeowners with their electric and home heating bills. If you have an income of $18,000 or less you may receive up to $1,800 in aid. For moderate income individuals and even middle income folks aid of up to $1,000 per year is available if you qualify. This program is designed for the winter season. To learn more and determine your eligibility call 1-888-337-3339.
In addition, the State offers a Senior's Property Tax Freeze for those seniors with incomes of $53,000 or less. In a year this amount will increase to $60,000 and in two years to $70,000 and in three years to $80,000. The Senior Freeze has nothing to do with the property tax rebate you receive annually which you will continue to get. To learn more about the Senior Freeze call 1-800-882-6957. STEWARDSHIP Stewardship at Prince of Peace: What does my church mean to me? This year we are focusing on asking members to reflect upon what Prince of Peace means to them. As we reflect, let us think about how we can use our gifts and talents in the service of our church and our Lord.
One member writes
Paul's letter to the Corinthians (one of those letters – I'm not very good with Chapter and Verse notations) tells us that we each have gifts. The trick is recognizing these gifts in people and then allowing them to use them. We have those who are gifted in business and can tend to the "business" side of church; those gifted in giving who see that our mission work continues; those who are gifted in prayer who watch out for each other -- there are more gifts to talk about - but you get the idea. POP has the ability to see these people and recognize their gifts and better yet, the vision to support them.
That is not to say that life at POP is perfect. It can't be, it is, after all, filled with sinners and so there will always be room for improvement. It will always be that some of us are blind to visions and gifts to others, and that some of us will have the wrong vision in mind. As members of POP we must find ways to continue to support each other and encourage each other even when our ideas conflict.
Overall, POP is a place to find peace (well, most of the time) encouragement, friendship and so much more. It's a place where opportunities to grow spiritually and explore one's gifts abound.
Too often I hear someone saying they "don't get anything out of worship". Worship is NOT a spectator sport! You "put in" to worship – you don't come expecting to "take out". When we did the NCD survey and found that "spirituality" was our low point, the immediate reaction was "change worship". But the NCD program had forewarned against that, pointing out that churches that score low on spirituality will do so regardless of what form their worship takes; the same holds true for those churches that scored high on spirituality. It isn't about the worship "presentation;" it's about our personal relationship with God. So get to know Him better! The best way to do that is to read and DISCUSS His Word. Dive in! If POP doesn't have a Bible Study that works with your schedule, start one that will – talk to Pastor. He is always eager to talk/teach the Word – as we all should be!
A strong personal relationship to our church is what makes our faith stronger. Please share your thoughts with me and/or the rest of the congregation. Hearing your voices helps us all reflect and realize the many ways the Lord gives us strength, support, and shares His love in our community here at Prince of Peace.
By Dr. Andrea DeCapua
Local Heroes Of The Christian Faith
We are looking for leaders in the congregation who would be willing to share stories of their vocations and God's presence in life with our confirmation class and other youth of the congregation. If you are interested, please contact the church office or Pastor Holliday.
What is your vocation?
How did you arrive at your decision to pursue this activity for your life's work?
How do you prepare to work in this position?
What are some of the things that give you joy in your work?
What are some of the things that are challenging about your work?
How does your Christian faith impact your work? Where do you see God at work in your life?
Help Our Soldiers Overseas!
Let's not forget to HELP OUR SOLDIERS. It's hot, dangerous and lonely overseas!
I especially need donations of: instant packets of hot chocolate; individually wrapped pieces of hard candy; beef jerky; packs of gum; chap stick; small snacks, e.g. cookies, crackers, pretzels; moist toilettes (water is at a premium in the desert!)
Please leave items in the labeled box in the narthex.
One of the soldiers you have been helping me support with your generous donations and cards asked me to pass this message to our congregation:
"I received all the boxes that you had sent, and of course I shared with my fellow troops. Will you please do me a big favor and thank all the nice people that sent me the encouraging cards, I can't possibly address all of them, but I do appreciate it very much. Tell them that I post everyone of them on my wall in my little tiny room.
We do make a difference and I thank all of you, too.
Curbing the exodus of Christians from Jerusalem is vital for peace and stability in the Holy Land
Christians represent a natural and stabilizing presence in the Holy Land and with their churches, schools and healthcare facilities provide vital humanitarian services to all the residence. In addition, they often play an unexpected peace keeping role between the Israelis and Palestinians. Unfortunately, do in large part to a lack of affordable housing, the Christian population has dwindled down to approximately 10,000 people or 2% of the population in Jerusalem. Completion of the separation wall will likely further reduce this figure to less than half that. Enabling Christians to continue to live in Jerusalem is crucial to the larger goal of realizing the vision of Jerusalem as a city of peace shared by Jews, Christians, and Muslims and an example of reconciliation for the world.
The Mount of Olives Housing Project (MOHP) will provide 84 affordable housing units for Palestinian Christians in Jerusalem with a spirit of ecumenical and inter-religious openness. While serving only 500 or so Christians, this project is symbolic of a larger international effort committed to peace and stability in the greater Middle East. The major cost of purchasing land for the project is avoided because the Kaiserin Augusta Victoria Foundation and the Lutheran World Federation agreed to dedicate 15 dunums (3.75 acres) of land for it. The total financial requirements for this project will be $8M broken down as follows: US Donations $2M, European Partners $4M and $2M in Financing.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Lutheran World Federation and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land are sponsoring a Holy Land Summit on the MOHP in October of 2008. The purpose of this summit is to provide participants with an understanding of the issues and challenges faced by Palestinian Christians in Jerusalem and the urgent need for affordable housing. The group will meet with the leaders of the project in Jerusalem and key figures from the Israeli, Palestinian and Muslim communities in Jerusalem and Palestine to talk about the historical and modern day role of Christians in the Holy Land and to gain broad cooperation and support for the MOHP. Participants will experience day trips around the Old City of Jerusalem, around the Mount of Olives and to some of the historic and biblical sites nearby including the Church of the Nativity and Manger Square. They may also add on elements to extend their visit to include travel to Galilee, if their time permits.
If you would like more information about the Mount of Olives Housing Project, and/or the Holy Land Summit, please contact Jim Hooker at firstname.lastname@example.org or Susan Hooker at email@example.com. You may also reach the Hookers by phone at 815.353.5032. You may also support the project by raising awareness of Christians in the Holy Land, by praying for them, or by making a financial gift to the Mount of Olives Housing Project.
ELCA Mount of Olives Housing Project
P.O. Box 71764
Chicago, IL 60694-1764
Phone: 1.800.638.3522 x 2970 Worship, Music & Art Ministry Focus What the aims and/or goals of this ministry?
Increase worship attendance.
Make worship more meaningful for all.
Teaching the Christian faith and understanding the meaning of worship
How will it accomplish these in the coming year?
Offer a variety of worship and musical experiences.
Evaluate liturgies for Palm/Passion Sunday.
Integrate with other ministries (Education, Congregational Life and Witness)
Encourage more involvement with participation and planning
What opportunities are there for volunteers?
Long term projects (approximate time needed):
Altar guild 2 hr/month
Worship leaders 2 hr/month
Maintain and stock candle supplies 2 hr/month
Choir 2 hr/week
Short term projects (approximate time needed):
Special music (solos and musicians)
Decorating for season
Make a new banner
Readings for special services
Reading for special services
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