WORSHIP and SUNDAY SCHOOL
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Summer Worship at 9am
Sunday Education Hour in recess until after Labor Day
RLA 25th Year Kick-off Picnic: tomorrow (Sat.), 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 help celebrate the kick-off of RLA’s 25th Year Celebrations and our partnership in the Gospel! 6840 Nimtz Pkwy, South Bend; no RSVP necessary.
Rally Day Coming Soon: Sunday School, Prayer Walk, Potluck, Slide, Spirit Wear!
Please plan to attend Rally Day on Sunday, September 10! Rally Day kicks off the new year in Sunday School for ages 3 to adult, as well as all our Fall adventures under the 2023-24 Theme: “Biomen Syndesmoi: Live Connected in Spiritual Formation”
- 9am Prayer Walk for the adults at the church; Sunday School for the kids
- 10:15am Divine Worship returns to its regular time
- Potluck after worship: Chicken and dessert will be provided (thank you Paula Ryan and MLT!). Please sign up for sides, salads, and bread/crackers. You can sign up in the Narthex or by using this sign-up genius link (either one, no need to do both). A mega-slide will also be available for the kids.
- Spirit Wear: the webstore will re-open with samples; keychains coming for everyone!
- First Adult Sunday Study: Pastor Borger will teach and lead discussion on the spiritual formation of character and relationships in the Book of Ruth and in our lives.
Choir Begins this Week: Wednesday, August 30th, 7:30-9pm
No previous choral experience is necessary. Everyone is welcome! Come on out to “make a joyful noise unto the Lord,” enjoy some fellowship, and help lead worship to the glory of God and the building up of the Body of Christ here at St. Peter. Contact Emily Ruch with any questions: email@example.com.
Friday Night Bible Study Begins this Week: Sept 1, 6:30pm at the Church
FNBS meets twice a month. This year’s focus will be Old Testament scholar 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! See “Ministry Updates” below for full information, book ordering, and who to contact to join in!
Directory Update: This Sunday!
We still have a draft copy of the member directory if you have not yet reviewed and made any necessary changes ahead of printing for Rally Day. If you have not yet had your picture taken (especially if you have children), please show up before worship or stay after on Sunday (August 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. (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.
Donate Books to Help 8th Graders in Our Community Do Art!
Ninette Deliyannides invites you to join her, along with our Art Museums, in providing art opportunities for 8th Graders by bringing used books to church. We are looking for (age-appropriate) word- or picture- books, and “younger child” books are just fine for the project. A bin will be available under the slat wall for your donations. Thank you!
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 [Sept 1 and 15, Oct 6 and 20, Nov 3 and 17]
Where: Fellowship Hall
Sign-up: Please contact either John Schroeder (email@example.com) or Mike Fonck (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 20, 2023
General Fund: $6,045.26
Sunday 8/20: 111
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 email@example.com.
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