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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!

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.
Scholarship Application
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church Scholarship Application
Attention High School Seniors who are pursuing post secondary education, including college, seminary, or trade school and anyone already enrolled as a college student in anyone of these areas. The Endowment Fund is making available applications for scholarships for members of the Congregation. Applications can be downloaded from our website: www:princeofpeacenj.org.

Applications will also be made available in the church lobby. Please submit your application on or before May 15, 2015, and send it to the attention of the Endowment Committee.
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. Applications are also available in the Narthex. Applications must be postmarked no later than June 15,2016.
Bible Study at Prince of Peace!
ASAPH - Adult Bible Study and Fellowship
Wednesdays, April 27th, May 4th, 11th, 18th,25th and June 1st & 8th. 1:00-2:30pm
"God Saves a People"
Please sign the registration sheet in the church lobby or contact Pastor Holliday or the church office (201-768-8691) if you are new to the group and would like to participate.

The Rite of Confirmation
Sunday, May 15th at the 10:15 am worship

You can help us promote Prince of Peace
Hello everyone!
I've been asked to reboot/relaunch/invigorate our promotion efforts here at Prince of Peace - spread the word about what we do and what we offer, with the ultimate goal of the congregation growing in size and also growing in involvement.
You can help with our outreach efforts - please "LIKE" our official Prince of Peace Facebook page, and check back with us regularly to read our news and events. If you read an item on our Facebook page, please SHARE it with your friends. Social media doesn't work unless our network grows. So start spreadin' the news about POP - it's easy!
"Who Was Here First? A Discussion on the First Americans"
Led by local author, professor and lecturer
Dr. Andrew J. Smith
Date to be determined Prince of Peace Lutheran Church A free will offering will be taken
Drivers Needed!
Do you know someone who would be interested in driving Prince of Peace members and friends to worship and for other needs? Monetary compensation will be provided. Please contact Pastor Holliday at johncholliay@yahoo.com or 201-768-8691.
A Challenge – are you up for it??
By Barbara Fitzgerald

I rarely get to fully engage in worship and this makes me sad. I consider it a privilege when I do get to sit, listen, sing, pray to our Creator, but though I am in church pretty much every Sunday, I am working as much as I am wor- shiping. Now, I know it’s called “playing”, but as any of our musicians at POP will tell you, it’s work. I have to be one step ahead, as you can focus fully on prayer, confession, communion, I am “playing” or switching music, changing stops or moving to a different instrument.

I’ve heard it said that “you don’t have to be in church to worship God” and I know that is true, but I also know that being church helps.

I know it to be true because of a fairly new hobby I have. I go out with my camera and take pictures of this amaz- ing area we live in. Inevitably, as I watch view the Hudson, or icicle formations up in Harriman, I realize that I am singing – sometimes in my head, sometimes out loud. Being a church musician, I have a fairly good repertoire of hymns available at any given moment. How can one stand on top of Bear Mountain and not have their soul sing “My God How Great Thou Art”. Being a Lutheran and accustomed to the liturgical seasons, I tend to keep these hymns “in season”. One recent evening, like every photographer up in Stony Point, I was down by the river taking pictures of a unusual January rainbow, and started humming “How Good Lord to be Here”. (ELW 315) (Luke 9:33) We will, most likely, be singing that hymn on February 7th, Transfiguration Sunday.

Unintentionally, time and time again, my little camera toting hikes turn into moments of worship, and I find peace in that, I feel rejuvenating and energized after it. Worship is so much more than us doing some sort of “duty” to God. It is good to be there in His presence.

Here’s the challenge:
Starting February 7th and going through Lent, I ask that each of you, as you enter the worship space and help prepare your heart and mind for worship: walk up to the chancel (altar rail), pause for just a moment, look up at the cross and think or say, “How Good Lord to Be Here”.

Yes I find it is good to be there, in church at Prince of Peace worshiping, even if I am working.
Men's forum
Casual conversation regarding faith and life
Led by pastor john holliday
At the parsonage - 3 haring drive, old tappan Thursda , Marh 31st, 8-9:30pm
Snacks and A Featured "Beer of the Month" will be provided
President's Perspective

Listen! God is calling... That was the theme at last year’s New Jersey Synod Assembly and a message that continues to ring load and clear with me. We all need to listen for and respond to God's call particularly when faced with challenging circumstances and questions. For the synod, these questions included: Where and how are we to be the church together for the sake of the world? How do we make changes that will be life-giving? When do we bring certain ministries to an end in order for new ministries to be raised up? Whose voices go unheard unless we intentionally seek them out? What is standing in the way of our congregations being strengthened? Why are we often afraid to risk going where Jesus leads?

At Prince of Peace we can ask: What is the best way for POP to modernize our worship, while holding true to our Lutheran traditions? How do we make changes at POP that will be life-giving to more people? When do we bring certain ministries to an end in order for new ministries to be raised up? How do we keep up with increasing operating costs and unexpected expenses? Whose conditions may not be improved without the amazing job Evelyn and the Social Action ministry are doing? What is standing in the way of our congregations being strengthened? If we know, supporting POP is doing good works, then why are we sometimes reluctant to do so? While we wrestle with these questions, we must listen for God's voice providing clarity.

Having the privilege to serve as President this past 2-year has exposed me to the many good works you all are doing. Please know that what you are doing is making a difference. If God is calling you in a general or specific way to support POP, please know it is most welcomed and appreciated. If you have any questions regarding how or were to support POP, please do not hesitate to contact me, pastor or any of our dedicated leaders for suggestions. Thank You all for the work that you do.

Respectfully Submitted,
Lloyd B Aanonsen
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.

Mike Lewis
Social Action News - By Evelyn Passante
On Sunday, May 1st, at 11:30 AM we'll do letter writing for Bread for the World asking for support for maternal and child nutrition programs. With all the discord in the world, the children should not suffer. Please sign some letters.

Then, on Sunday, May 8th, the Sunday School children will do a skit illustrating the need for Church World Service blankets to help needy people in the USA and throughout the world.

Finally, on Tuesday, May 17th, we will bring stew for 140 people to the Hackensack homeless shelter. There is a sign up sheet in the narthex for stew makers.
Property Ministry Update
by Jim Schaefer

The Property Ministry is gearing up for new work during 2016.

Next Meeting: Sunday, April 10 after church service. We will be discussing what projects need to be completed and who can help with completing the projects.

Workday, Saturday, March 25: Eight people participated in cleaning up the church property and some work inside the building before Easter. Many thanks to Lloyd Anonsen, Rafael Silva, Pastor Holliday and Jim Schaefer for cleaning up the lawn and grounds; Kim DiMauro and Helene Welsing for planting flowers by the back door; and Eleanor Powley and Margaret Donne for cleaning up in the kitchen and lower level!!
Council Highlights
  1. Council chose ministry chair people
  2. Discussion of incorporating of Social Media for witness and outreach to our com- munity about POP activities relating to issues helping people in need.
  3. Trying to find a youth leader to encourage high school students to attend Synod activities such as service trip to Detroit
  4. Task force formed to meet with other churches in our area to identify common, concerns and possible shared ministry. We invite any interested members to join. You can speak with Pastor Holliday, John Hulbrock or Lloyd Aanonsen.
  5. April 7, 2016 at 8PM the council will be meeting with the council for talking about concerns we have and how Synod can help or work with us. All members are invited to attend.
  6. We are exploring having a “family friendly place” for young families to use if needed during worship.
  7. The next Council meeting is scheduled for Thursday March 17, 2016 at 8PM.

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

Preschool Art Show

Congregaonal Hike

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 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.

Contact Andi DeCapua if you have any questions: 201-263-9552 or adecapua@optonline.net

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 jhooker@mtofoliveshousing.org or Susan Hooker at shooker@mtofoliveshousing.org. 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.

Website: www.mtofoliveshousing.org
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
  • Advertise

    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
      • Staple bulletin

    • Short term projects (approximate time needed):
      • Special music (solos and musicians)
      • Lenten Dramas
      • Decorating for season
      • Staple bulletin
      • Make a new banner
      • Readings for special services

      One-time opportunities:
      • Staple bulletin
      • Polish brass
      • Reading for special services

    Please Make suggestions to Beth Cochran, Eric Shreck or Peter Burgos

    Prince of Peace Preschool Site Online!
    Special thanks to Arp Laszlo and Joann Kitlas for putting this informational site together! Click the logo below to check it out...

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