WORSHIP and SUNDAY SCHOOL
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Summer Worship at 9am
Sunday Education Hour in recess until after Labor Day
Hannah’s House: Update and One Last Request
- Update: thanks be to God (and Brian Reedstrom, Vance Csaszar, and Timmy the Carpenter), the deck is finished!
- Last Request: Thursday afternoon, Aug 24 – we need folks to haul leftover materials back to curb for pickup and refund; PC cannot be there because he will be at RLA and then MLT. Please let PC know if you can help – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Directory Update: This Sunday and Next!
Coming this Sunday! We will have a draft copy of the member directory for you to review and make any necessary changes ahead of printing for Rally Day. If you would like to have your picture included/retaken (especially if you have children), please show up before worship or stay after, on either of the next two Sundays (August 20 or 27) ready to say “cheese!” Time commitment will be less than one minute. You can review your image to make sure you’re happy with it. If you have questions, see PC or Christy Clark or Renee Peggs.
New Partnership and Resource – Dunes Hospice Community Grief Share: 3:30-4:30pm Second Monday Monthly, Starting Sept 11
St. Peter is set to host this new group for people journeying together through grief after the loss of a loved one. The regular leaders will be Chaplain Matt Barker and a social worker, both from Dunes Hospice. But importantly, the loved one you lost does not need to have been in hospice for you to participate. The group is free and open to the public. Before attending, please contact Chaplain Barker at email@example.com. (You can also see PC with any questions relevant to St. Peter)
Chaplain Barker has served many years locally as a Presbyterian pastor and is a personal friend of the Deliyannides family. We thank them (and God!) for this connection.
RLA 25th Anniversary Picnic: Saturday, August 26th, 3-5pm
Ribbon Cutting by a member of the St. Joe Chamber of Commerce at 3pm. Food starts at 3:30 – hot dogs, brats, chips and watermelon, veggies, cupcakes. Come celebrate RLA’s 25th and our partnership in the Gospel! 6840 Nimtz Pkwy, South Bend
Pop-up canopies still requested. If you have one you could drop off at the school by Friday, August 25, please contact Esther Nowicki at 574-514-7814 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Sunday School Preparations: Could YOU serve our kids this Fall?
It is time to be thinking about staffing our Sunday school program for the next school year. This takes at least nine people, and I know I have a few people who are not returning to their position. There are five classrooms of students ranging from 2-18 years old, and I rely on four craft leaders who serve once a month in the early elementary class (ages 3-first grade) who walk the students through a prepared craft once a month. Teaching positions can be shared, so people aren’t committed to every week as well if that is interesting to some. We also have a good supply of subs available if you take a position but can’t make some weeks. Materials are provided. “Training” can be included if this is your first time engaging in this way. Class sizes are manageable. Classes begin on September 10 at 9 a.m. If you are interested in participating or learning more, please contact Krista Hunt (email@example.com/ 574-339-5479).
Memory Verse Challenge
Did you know that the LCMS offers an opportunity for its members and churches to memorize scripture together? Each week, you can join other Lutherans in the discipline of committing scripture to memory. Why is this a good idea? These days, we have all the information we want, right at our fingertips: memorization of anything is rarely needed. But having God’s word in our hearts, readily available in any circumstance, is a great comfort and encouragement. Check out other benefits and motivations by clicking this link and then get started with this week’s verse!
Some members of St. Peter are already engaged in this discipline! Ask around, see if you can find someone who’s memorizing and see if they’ll help you get started. Anyone can join at any time.
Ministry Updates and Opportunities
ANNOUNCING FALL 2023: Adult Bible Studies and Small Groups
Sunday Morning Adult Study: Live Connected in Spiritual Formation – The Book of Ruth
Pastor Borger will teach and lead discussion on the Book of Ruth starting on Sunday, September 17th (Rally Day, Sept 10, is our Annual Prayer Walk). How do we see God forming the character and relationships of everyone in this narrative? How might this help form our character and relationships as we “live connected”? How does this connect with our overall story in Israel and in Christ?
When: Sundays, 9am | Where: Church Fellowship Hall
Friday Night Bible Study
The FNBS kicks off September 1 at 6:30pm with dinner, followed by study beginning at 7pm. This year’s focus will be Chad Bird’s book, Limping with God: Jacob and the Old Testament Guide to Messy Discipleship. Anyone is welcome to join; no previous bible study experience needed!
Jacob seems to be anything but a model disciple. And yet he is also “Israel,” the namesake of the Old Testament community of God, chosen and blessed. In Jacob’s life we see our lives, our struggles, our failures…but most especially, the God who loves us and chooses us as his own. Come explore his story as we learn more together about ourselves and about the God of Israel, who is with us and for us in Jesus the Messiah.
Book: Check it out or order here (the church will cover the cost if needed)
Time: Meal, 6:30pm | Study 7-8:30pm
Dates: 1st and 3rd Fridays, starting Sept 1st [Sept 1 and 15, Oct 6 and 20, Nov 3 and 17]
Where: Fellowship Hall
Sign-up: Please contact either John Schroeder (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mike Fonck (email@example.com) to let them know you’re interested.
Pick Your Next Usher Date!
Thanks to everyone who has served as an usher or part of an usher team. It’s time to pick another date to serve! Please sign up on the Sunday Servants sheet on the slat wall. You can see the specific list of duties, with video demos, here. A veteran usher will assist you and teach you one extra duty beyond communion each time you serve.
Crucifer: Pick a Date to Carry the Cross!
Anyone interested and able is invited to carry the Cross for the processional at the beginning of worship. Sign up on the Sunday Servants sheet in the Narthex and watch this video to prepare.
We need volunteers for hospitality on Sundays. Pick up some treats from the store such as mini rolls, strudel, fruit, donut holes, small cinnamon rolls, or similar. Total cost is no more than $20 (3-4 packages). There is a sign-up sheet and instructions on the table by the slat wall. Please contact Nancy Kroll if you have any questions at (574) 229-9496.
Week of August 13, 2023
General Fund: $6,774
Sunday 8/13: 84
M.A.C. Food Pantry
• food collected this week: Cindy is away for a couple weeks
• this week’s shopping list: Jiffy mix, Jell-o, hamburger helper
Contact Cindy Matthews (574) 855-3504 for more information.
Sewing Quilt Team
• Sewing resumes in September!
The Sewing Group meets Tuesdays to cut squares, size sheets, assemble backs and fronts of quilts, iron sheets, sew and pin quilts. Participants of ANY skill level from the least to the greatest are welcome. If you are interested in this human care ministry, contact Helga Platz (574) 514-3751 for more information.
Braille Bible Team
• Braille resumes in September!
Contact Sharon Csaszar (574) 904-1411 or Sandy Ellis (574) 220-3636 for more information.
Links and General Info
Prayer Requests may be submitted by:
- Using the convenient on-line Submit New Prayer Request Here Link
- Adding written prayers to the “Our Gathering Prayers” form on Sunday morning
Announcements may be submitted by:
- Using the online form: https://splcm.org/forms/submit-announcement/
- Filling out an announcement form from the left of the slat wall in the Narthex and placing it on the pastor’s chair to the right of the Cross at the front of the sanctuary.
St. Peter Members Website Page
Did you know that we have a dedicated page just for members of St. Peter? This page contains the most current church directory; monthly celebrations for birthdays, baptism and wedding anniversaries; annual Kingdom Spending Plan (budget); monthly financial reports; MLT and Voter Assembly minutes and announcements; church Constitution, and more. NOTE: Password is the same as “prayers” password; call the church office with questions, 574-255-5585.
Changes have continued. If your group needs to use Zoom, please email PC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your St. Peter Leadership
- Mission Leadership Team (MLT)
Brian Reedstrom (President)
David Seitz (Vice-President)
Alex Homann (Secretary)
David Luster-Bartz (Treasurer)
Andrew Deliyannides (At-Large member)
Elizabeth McGrath (At-Large member)
Dylan Bergstrom (At-Large member)
Chuck Ryan (Head Elder), Marty Orlowski, Brian Reedstrom, Mark Waldron, David Gurnee, John Schroeder, Jeff Rockwell
Pastor Bryan Borger, Senior Pastor
Pastor Adam Clark, Associate Pastor
F: “Flex” (call to see)
- Education Hour: 9:00-9:50am
- Divine Worship: 10:15am