Announcements for October 1 – Divine Worship 10:15am


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Sunday Education Hour for 3 year olds – adults at 9am
Divine Worship at 10:15am

The News

Sunday Servants Gather Before Worship – Beginning This Sunday, October 1

Starting this Sunday, Oct. 1, all who help lead the Divine Service will gather by the font at 10 a.m. to prepare their hearts and minds for worship. If you are serving as altar guild, usher, crucifer/acolyte, lector, greeter, tech person, elder, musician/dancer, doorkeeper or other HEART member, etc. on a particular Sunday, please come together for 5-ish minutes of introduction, reflection, and prayer led by Deaconess Amy Smessaert. Together, we will ask God to bless our service to God’s people as we live connected in spiritual formation in Christ. All confirmands and parents are encouraged to participate, whether or not you are serving on that Sunday.  

Hannah’s House “Capstone” Event and Service: This Sunday, October 1 after Worship

This Sunday, our confirmands and their families will take a “field trip” to Hannah’s House to eat a pizza lunch with some of the moms and then spend a couple of hours mulching, weeding, and doing “Fall maintenance.” As our devotion will highlight, this is an opportunity to talk about the value of life and creation and answer God’s call to care for both. We have room for a handful of other St. Peter folks to join us, if you have the time and desire to serve; if so please email Pastor Clark ASAP at

St. Peter Keychains are Here! Pick up yours from the basket in the Narthex

Mangelsdorf Hymn-Sing and Reception in Celebration of Marriage: Sign Up
Sunday, Oct 22, 4pmNote Time Change!

In honor of their 60th Anniversary, Pastor Ken and Anne Mangelsdorf are hosting a Hymn Sing in celebration of God’s gift of marriage to them and to us all. Jerry Kuker will be the featured organist, and Emily Ruch will direct the St. Peter Choir in leading all of us in worship. In addition to singing together, we will hear short readings from Scripture and from theologians like Martin Luther and C.S. Lewis. The Hymn Sing will be followed by a wine and cheese reception.

Instead of material gifts, the Mangelsdorfs request your presence, your song, and your joy! If you can join us, please sign up at:

Thank you for supporting our CROP Hunger Walk Fundraiser – Donations Still Accepted

Last Sunday, we once again participated in the annual St. Joseph County CROP Hunger Walk, organized by Zion Church in South Bend on behalf of Christian World Services (CWS). 13 of our members come out to represent St. Peter Lutheran Church. To date we have raised $470 in donations, which will support projects addressing hunger and food insecurity, lack of clean water, and other issues defining poverty in our community and across the globe.
25% of all the funds raised stay with local organizations, including Broadway Christian Parish UMC Food Ministries, Christian Community Pantry of Walkerton, Sunnyside Presbyterian Church Food Pantry and United Religious Community Advocacy Center.

If you would still like to contribute, please click here to donate online or give your check (made out to “CWS/CROP”) or cash to Halrun Luppes. Thank you for all your support!

Women of St. Peter calendar

If you are a woman, you are a member of WoSP! Please mark the following events on your calendar and plan to join us.

Tuesday, October 24 — cheesecake mixing
Thursday, October 26 — cheeseball wrapping

December 3 — Advent by Candlelight

December 9 — cookie sale

January (date still TBD) — Epiphany Tea

February (date still TBD) — college boxes

Please see WoSP President Paula Ryan if you have any questions!

Reformation Worship – St. Paul’s, Bremen

Please join the congregation of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Bremen on Reformation Sunday, October 29, at 3pm, for a special Reformation worship service. The service will feature pastors from our South Bend Circuit (Rev. Roger Rhode, Rev. Eric Ahlemeyer, Rev. Bill Carney, Rev. Neil Wonnacott) and the Rev. Dr. Daniel Gard from Concordia Ft. Wayne. No reservations are necessary but if you have any questions, please contact Michael Gumz via email. Light refreshments will be served following the service.

Ministry Updates and Opportunities

Sunday Morning Adult Study: Live Connected in Spiritual Formation – The Book of Ruth

Pastor Borger is teaching and leading discussion on the Book of Ruth through the end of October. 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 meets next on October 6, at 6:30pm for dinner, followed by study beginning at 7pm. This year’s focus is 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 [Oct 6 and 20, Nov 3 and 17]
Where: Fellowship Hall
Sign-up: Please contact either John Schroeder ( or Mike Fonck ( to let them know you’re interested.

Dunes Hospice Community Grief Share: 3:30-4:30pm Second Monday of Each Month

St. Peter hosts this group for people journeying together through grief after the loss of a loved one. The regular leaders are 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
Upcoming Dates: Oct 9, Nov 13, Dec 11, Jan 8, Feb 12, Mar 11, Apr 8, May 13

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 by emailing Pastor Clark at and watch this video to prepare.

Church Set-up

If you are using the church for any reason and need the church set up a certain way, please contact Matt Rockwell

Coffee Hour/Hospitality

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.

This Week in the Lord’s Service
Week of September 24, 2023

General Fund 9/17: $4,442.26
General Fund 9/24: $7,704

Worship Attendance
Sunday 9/24: 106

M.A.C. Food Pantry
• food collected last week: 403 pounds
• this week’s shopping list: Jiffy mix, mac n cheese, Jell-o
Contact Cindy Matthews (574) 855-3504 for more information.

Sewing Quilt Team
6 quilts this week
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
• 25 books of I Kings in Contracted English Braille (on Tuesday)
Contact Sharon Csaszar (574) 904-1411 or Sandy Ellis (574) 220-3636 for more information.

Prayer Requests may be submitted by:
Announcements may be submitted by:
  • Using the online form:
  • 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 monthly celebrations for birthdays, baptisms, 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.

Zoom Videoconferencing
Changes have continued. If your group needs to use Zoom, please email PC at

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)
  • Elders
    Chuck Ryan (Head Elder), Marty Orlowski, Brian Reedstrom, Mark Waldron, David Gurnee, John Schroeder, Jeff Rockwell
  • Pastors
    Pastor Bryan Borger, Senior Pastor
    Pastor Adam Clark, Associate Pastor

Office Hours:
Tu/Th: 9am-12pm
Wed: 8-10:30am
F: “Flex” (call to see)

Bryan Borger, Senior Pastor
Adam Clark, Outreach Pastor
Renee Peggs, Ministry Coordinator

Sunday Schedule

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