Growing in Faith • Serving in Love • Living in Joy
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, ELCA
A Video Message from Pastor Brett:
Click to hear the message.
PRINCE OF PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH welcomes all who are seeking God’s love and grace. We welcome all because God welcomes all, regardless of race or culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, or relationship status. We welcome all without regard to addictions, physical or mental health, imprisonment, socio-economic circumstances, or anything that too often divides us. We welcome all without regard to where you are on your personal faith journey, whether you are a life-long Lutheran, you come from another faith tradition, you are doubting, or whether you have no faith practice at all.
OUR UNITY IS IN CHRIST,
who embraces all.
Come join us!
"Proposed"POP Virtual Events
Special Monday Edition Email with Pastor’s Video Message
Pastor’s Day Off
Pastor’s Sabbath Day
Special Wednesday Edition Email with Pastor’s Midweek Lent Video Message
Zoom Room Test time for anyone who wants to test things out
Women’s Zoom Room
9:30 am zoom Bible Study
8:00 pm Bedtime story with Pastor Brett via YouTube Live
Special Friday Edition Email with Pastor’s Sunday Sermon Via Video
Zoom Room Test Time for anyone who want to test things out
6:30 pm Evening Prayer on Facebook
5:30 pm Zoom Conversation about Pastor’s Sermon Sent in Friday’s Special Edition Email
8:45 pm Night Prayer – YouTube Live
8:30 am Zoom Conversation about Pastor’s Sermon sent in Friday’s Special Edition Email
10:00 am Discipleship Practice via Zoom
11:00 am Zoom Conversation about Pastor’s Sermon sent in Friday’s Special Edition email
6:30 pm Confirmation Class via Zoom
8:45 pm Night Prayer – YouTube Live
This is key! We are going to do our best to stay in touch with you. We will send you a Special Edition Email every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday containing updates, support, and ways you can stay connected during this time of physical distancing. For the few who do not have email we have made special accommodation to stay in touch with them. The other part of communication is you with us. Please know that all of the staff is available please reach out to us.
Pastor Brett - firstname.lastname@example.org (856) 470-8793 cell
Laura Glatz - Lutheran@popmarlton.org Guy W. Kirk - email@example.com
We are created in community to be in community. We know that is essential for us to have time apart to connect more deeply with our Divine Source who then empowers us to engage in community with greater compassion. We are going to do our best to help provide avenues and suggestions on how to nurture both of these needs during this time.
HOW WILL WE STAY IN COMMUNITY?
This week the Congregation Council will call each family for an initial check-in if you would like to be included on a weekly (or daily) check-in, please let someone know.
We encourage each of you to reach out to one another: have a goal to make a certain number of contacts every day with friends, family, and neighbors.
PRACTICE REACHING OUT
We ask each member of the congregation to pick three people in the congregation and connect with them in some way (phone call, text, instant message, face-time, card, note, etc.) every week. Remember to listen deeply and ask them to do the same for you.
SHARE INSPIRATION - 'GOD SIGHTINGS'
If you have encountered music, poems, prayers, scriptures, videos, movies, etc. that inspired you please share them with us, and we may be able to pass them on to inspire others. Examples: Your local neighborhood reaching out, something you saw on Facebook, something you overheard at the food store, someone complimenting others.
• Post to our POP Facebook page Prince of Peace, Marlton ELCA • Post to our Instagram (popmarltonelca) or Twitter account (@popmarlton)
• Email Laura:Lutheran@popmarlton.org
GATHERING IN GROUPS THROUGH TECHNOLOGY
This and every email will contain a schedule of times when we will have various ways to gather on Facebook or through a free-to-you conferencing platform called Zoom. Zoom allows us to gather together from our computer, smart phone app or a regular land line telephone. We will have Zoom Rooms for prayer, conversation, support, study, and ministry planning. See the schedule above.
LAY EUCHARISTIC MINISTRY, LEM, are those who visit our home-bound members
They are suspending in-person visitation but will be calling our regular home-bound members as well as others who live alone. If you are interested in helping to make some of these calls, please contact Pam Hann firstname.lastname@example.org
SUPPORTING FAMILIES with Children at home during school closures
All schools are shut down until further notice. Parents are having to adapt and be creative. We support you. We also know that some are in a real bind between work commitments and caring for their children. If you know of families with school age children please reach out to them and see if there is a way to help: watch their child for a period of time, teach their child a skill you know, sing or dance with them. If you are interested in helping families in this way but do not know someone who needs assistance, please let us know we may be able to connect you.Lutheran@popmarlton.org
WHAT IS ZOOM??
Zoom Video Communications is a remote conferencing service. It provides remote conferencing services that combines video conferencing, online meetings, chat, and mobile collaboration.
ABOUT ZOOM GATHERINGS
We will be using the online platform Zoom to gather. Zoom gatherings are fairly easy to navigate but do take some familiarity. One of the nice features about Zoom gatherings is that they can be accessed from any kind of phone, even landlines. To get the most out of the Zoom experience we recommend using a computer with a camera and microphone (most have them built in these days) or a smartphone. However, if you have any difficulty with either of those methods simply call the number in the invitation. Smartphones can use the OneTouch Dialing feature and do not need the Meeting ID. Traditional phones will require punching in the Meeting ID after dialing the number.
When you first use zoom, you will be asked to download the zoom software onto your computer. While this process is automatic, you may wish to do it in advance of your first gathering simply by clicking on the link to the gathering.
1. Click the zoom link early to familiarize yourself with the controls and iron our any kinks. This link is located under the Join Zoom Meeting heading in the invitation. The default setting for when you join the gathering is for your video to be on and your audio muted. You can change these settings once you've joined the meeting.
2. If you have trouble with audio or video, you can always default to the conference call option.
3. Take care to mute yourself when you are not speaking. This cuts down on feedback and background noise. The hosts have the power to mute and will use it from time to time when appropriate. Also, be sure to unmute yourself when you speak.
4. Use the chat feature to ask questions. This cuts down on interruptions and helps the flow of the meeting. We will also be using the chat feature to collect prayers during worship.
5. Take note of the multiple ways you can switch screen views. You can choose between a "brady bunch" view of many people on your screen or a "presenter" view of the active speaker filling your screen. At times we will be sharing our computer screens with you for parts of worship. If your zoom window covers content you should be able to click and drag it out of the way.
Please note that the links for each room are only good for that
date and time. You must click the link for the specific date,
time, and room.
Public worship in person worship is suspended at least until further notice. Even though we will not be meeting in person for worship we will be providing resources and opportunities to spend time in worship practices. Each of these Special Edition Emails will include a schedule and links for such.
Link to a couple of prayers
* Pastor Brett will lead online prayer services on various platforms
See the Proposed Schedule for time and links (above in email).
Mid-Week Lenten Series on “Practices of the Heart” will continue
Pastor Brett will record the message and the weeks practice which will be included in the Wednesday Special Edition Email.
In the Friday Special Edition Email there will be a link to the Sunday Sermon that Pastor Brett has recorded. Then there will be opportunities for you to gather in a Zoom room via your computer, smart phone app, or telephone during the regular Saturday and Sunday Worship times to have conversation with pastor and others about the message. Please see the schedule for the time and the link to the Zoom room.
Mr. Kirk, our Director of Music, is collaborating with others to make and experience the healing of music. Please stay tuned to these weekly emails for more information.
* Still in process.
POP Feeding Ministries
In that the government has mandated that the schools still provide food to those who are food insecure we determined that we would not need to create the meals like we do for the Summer Meals Program. With that in mind, we are still aware that food insecurity still exists and will be exacerbated during this time therefore, we are choosing to highlight our Food Pantry and provide food to the entire family. Please remember that we not only run our own food pantry but also support the pantry at Bridge of Peace Lutheran Church in Camden. They are always a special concern for us, even more so at this time.
We need food to supply the pantry.
Click here to see list of needed items.
You can also send money to the Church marked for the pantry.
Food can be dropped off during our pantry hours:
Monday: 5-7 pm Thursday: 9-11 am
We may have other times for drop off yet to be revealed.
We are checking in with our present Pantry Volunteers as to their own personal boundaries in working with the pantry at this time, that especially in light that many of our pantry workers are in the higher risk profile. The Feeding Ministry Team has changed how food will be distributed during this time. Therefore, there are two categories of risk which pantry jobs fall into at this time.
More-Risk Greeting the Pantry Clients in the parking lot and then going inside to gather the appropriate number of bags for that family and delivering them outside so that the client can put their own bags in their own vehicle.
If you are willing to help with Restocking, packing and / or client interaction please let us know and we will put you on the list. Remember that we cannot have too many of our own volunteers together at one time either.
Social Missions Projects Already in Motion
Clothing Drive We are still collecting clothes. Stuck at home is a great time to clean out those closets and drawers. We can receive clothing drop offs during pantry hours. Use the Pantry Door Entrance, a bin will be in Luther Hall.
Easter Project We have modified our traditional Easter Shoe campaign to reflect that not all children need the same things. Some may need shoes but others might need shirts, underwear, sweatshirts or jackets. We have an opportunity to significantly expand the program from previous years. In addition to the children who come to us through our food pantry or social services, we have newly developed relationships with Bridge of Peace in Camden and with our local school district. So, please give generously to show our love to these neighbors. You can give cash or write a check to “Prince of Peace” and in the memo line “Easter Project”. You can use a mail your donations to the church: 61 Route 70 East, Marlton, NJ 08053.
HEALTH & ADDICTION MINISTRY
SUPPORTING THE ILL IN THE CONGREGATION
If you are of become ill with any illness as always let us know so that we may pray for you and continue to reach out to you. Please also tell us if you have particular needs that you are having trouble addressing in your illness, we may be able to help. Please email: Lorraine Hoilien email@example.com
We may need to step up our preparation and delivery of healthy meals to those who are ill. We will need people willing to make meals and those willing to deliver them. If you are willing to cook or deliver, please let Lorraine Hoilien know so that we can put you on the list of willing helpers. firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Learning Ministry Team is working hard to help ensure that we are still engaged in study and practice. To help support this Zoom rooms will be open for the following during their regularly scheduled time: Thursday Bible Study, Lydia Women’s Bible Study, Sunday Discipleship Practice, and Confirmation.
Discipleship Practice will still send out their own email every Friday to share about the upcoming Sunday Zoom Room.
Parents Support Group. We are looking to see if there is interest in a parents support group meeting via zoom. If you are interested in this please contact Kim Syvertsen at email@example.com and suggest a couple times that might work for you to gather via Zoom.
Please see the schedule in each email for the times and links for each event.
STEWARDSHIP / FINANCE MINISTRY
Many of you have already shared concern about making sure that Prince of Peace continues to receive financial support during this time. Thank you. Indeed, this will be an especially important time to be sure that we continue to receive your offering, gifts and tithes. Help by continuing to make your financial offerings.
Here is how:
Send a check to us marked,“Attention: Financial Secretary.” Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 61 E Route 70, Marlton, NJ 08053
Autopay with your Bank
Through your Bank’s online portal or phone app you can set up regular payments to be made in the amount and schedule you choose. Then the bank sends a check to the church on your behalf at no charge to you (usually).
Thank you so very much for your continued faithfulness and generosity to help enable the continued ministry of Jesus in this place through us especially during this time.
Please Remember in Prayer: Each week we pray for our church family.
Melissa Morgan, Diana, Kete Counard
Darren, Ellen Crane
Karen, Kevin, Meghan Cronin
MARCH Prayer Request: Pat Samson
Family of Richard Smalley
Family of Ray Belko
Joseph Horan - 102 Birthday!!
Walt and Cindy Link
In Remembrance: Ray Belko
POP Community Garden Eagle Scout Project
POP Youth, Tyler Hoilien, is building a community garden at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, for his Eagle Scout project. The garden will have raised and level beds along with a rain garden and compost area. He is planning to have everything up and ready for Spring 2020. Any donation is greatly appreciated.