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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
Spring Clean-up Day at Church
Join us on Saturday, April 4, between 9 AM and 1 PM, the day before Easter to clean-up the church grounds and the sanctary. We'll clean-up the leaves and debris on the grounds, trim a few bushes and otherwise clean-up. Cleaning windows in the sanctuary will be another priority. Please contact Jim Schaefer if you have any questions
Preschool Fundraiser!
Wine ... Painting ... Food ... and much more The fundraiser will be a fun filled night of painting, eating, and wine tasting for parents and friends to enjoy. The event will be a great time for you, your friends and/or your newly acquainted friends to meet, socialize and enjoy. The event will take place on April 17th from 7-10 pm at the Pinots Palette in Nanuet, NY. A little about Pinots Palette and how the event will work...
  • One professional artist will lead a painting class and take you step by step through various painting techniques to build your very own masterpiece. Simultaneously, two other professional artists will be on hand to assist with the techniques and to answer any questions.
  • Both Acrylic paints and levity music will be provided to set the atmosphere for a quaint evening of enjoyable pleasure.
  • Food will be provided to keep you energized and on point.
  • A cash bar will be available to help develop your creativity!!!!!
  • At the end, you will go home with your own painting feeling full of food and a good time.
Space is limited, so please contact me julia.weston94@gmail.com, if you are interested in attending. The cost is $55 per person which includes all your painting materials, food, and door prizes. If you are curious about Pinots Palette, more information is available at their website www.pinotspalette.com. Thank you for supporting our preschool! Julia Weston
Bible Study at Prince of Peace!
ASAPH - Adult Bible Study and Fellowship

Wednesdays, April 15th, 29th, May 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th , June 3rd and 10th from 1:00-2:30pm

"Jeremiah/Lamentations" 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.
Preschool Needs!!!
Our preschool 3 year old class will be having a science discovery and invention lab in the classroom. This is a great way to foster creativity in young minds! If you can spare any of the following items to enhance the kid's experience we would greatly appreciate it. Children's aprons,3D glasses, Measuring cups, Measuring spoons, Beakers, Eye droppers, Tweezers, Safety glasses, Mirrors, Clipboards, T.P. Tubes, Paper towel tubes, Ribbon, Yarn, Small claw hammer, Tape measures, 6" needle nose pliers, 6"flat head screwdriver, 6" Phillips head screwdriver, Mini screwdriver set, 2 inch clamps, Rulers, Small tool box, 9" magnetic level, Manual hand drill, Small workbench, Workbench vise, Sandpaper, Shells, Funnels, Sea glass, Test tubes, Rock collections, Crystals, Acorns, Snake skin, Prisms, Microscope, Broken appliances and gadgets (no tv's please) such as remotes, phones, toasters, computers, fax machines, cell phones, Scrap wood, Mallets, Nails, Screws, Nuts, Wing nuts, Jig saws, Wood glue.

Items can be left in the basket located in the lower level of the church.
Do you shop on Amazon.com?
By shopping at Amazon.com through our website link, up to 8% of your purchases will be sent to our Prince of Peace to support our programs!

Please bookmark the Prince of Peace Preschool website below and use it as your Amazon. COM connection!
princeofpeacepreschoolnj.org
Simply click on the Amazon link on the right hand side of our website, sign into your own personal Amazon.com account (if you are not already signed in) and shop as you normally would.  If you do not already have an Amazon. COM account, you will need to create one.

Please Note!

When you use our link to connect to Amazon.com, everything will look exactly the same as if you were going to Amazon on your own. Rest assured that your purchases through our Amazon. COM link will benefit Prince of Peace Preschool. With respect to the issue of privacy, we do not see your name when you make purchases through our website’s Amazon. COM link.
Thanks for your support!
President’s Perspective

Listen! God is calling... That was the theme at the New Jersey Synod Assembly and a message that rang 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? In a local context, we at POP, wrestle with these same questions and also listen for God's voice calling us into action.

The mission context here at POP is very active for a small congregation. Having the privilege to serve as President this past year has exposed me to many of the good works you all are doing. We are small but mighty, and that allows us to focus our efforts on where God is calling us. It is normally customary to list the many accomplishments of the past year in a president's report, but inevitably someone or something will be missed, so I will instead say Thank You all for the work that you do. Please know that what you are doing is making a difference.
Best Regards,

Lloyd 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.

Thanks!
Mike Lewis
Social Action News - By Evelyn Passante
On April 19th, we'll be explaining about the ELCA Malaria campaign. Any gifts that we provide will work through Lutheran churches in Africa to provide mosquito nets, insecticides, medication, health care, education, and more to eliminate deaths from malaria- for good. Join us in church on April 19th, so you can see how our Sunday School children participate in this endeavor.

One in seven Americans (46 million people) rely on food pantries and meal service programs. And 25% of military families, 620,000 households, need help putting food on the table. Nearly 16 million children in the United States- one in five- live in households that struggle to put food on the table. So on May 3rd, we'll join Bread for the World in writing letters to our Congress asking them to renew their support for child nutrition programs. Congress must review and renew child nutrition programs every 5 years, and they are up for "reauthorization" on 2015. Please join us in church on May 3rd to sign some letters.

We are happy to report that we have been giving food from our food barrel to the Englewood Center for Food Action and to our needy neighbors in Orangetown. Keep up the good work!
Council Highlights
  1. New treasurer, Anne Murphy reports offerings received in January were about $13,000. Less than needed to pay expenses. She is setting up online banking to save cost and time
  2. There will be 2 shared worship services followed by social events with Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and POP in June and July
  3. Pastor Holliday had his vacation August 10-31 approved by council
  4. Council authorized Altar Guild to purchase a new communion Flagon and chalice set. The cost will paid from a memorial. The “old set” cost of repair exceeds the cost of a new set.
  5. Need a coordinator for congregation social events. Any volunteers for several or one would be greatly appreciated!!!
  6. Reminders to all members that Social Media is a great way to bring the good news about POP to our community. No cost advertising!!
  7. Sunday School will be having a butterfly theme event during Lent and Easter. Piggy banks were distributed to Sunday School children to buy a pig for a family in need.
  8. Pre-school Pancake Fund-Raiser on Sunday March 15. There will be 2 seating one before church and one after. It is a great opportunity to help the pre-school and invite family and friends to attend worship
  9. Council is setting up a task force to brainstorm long range strategic planning for our church. Any one interested, please talk with Lloyd, Pastor or John Hulbrock.

STEWARDSHIP
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.
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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.
Love,

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.

Questionnaire
  • 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

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