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DEVLAC AND PEACE


People of Peace are welcome to join its Share Team in a meal celebrating the recovery efforts at Devlac Hall at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, at Peace. Staff and residents will be here, and the Peace band will provide after-dinner music.

A gift basket will be shared with the Devlac program for residents' needs. The following donations are very much appreciated: stationery/envelopes, nail polish and polish remover, AA and AAA batteries, toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, chewing gum, shampoo, conditioner, and flip flops in various sizes.

Want to attend or help out? There is a sign-up sheet in the Peace lobby. Questions? Contact Esther Nagel at 419-669-2226.

For more information about Devlac Hall, visit Behavioral Connections online. Also scroll down to read more in our Special Offerings section for the month of May.



GRADUATION RECOGNITION


The people of Peace will offer Prayers of Thanksgiving for high school and college graduates at its 10:30 a.m. worship service Sunday, June 11, and cake during our 'holy buzz' time following.

Pastor Debbie appreciates reminders of who is graduating and from where; please leave a message at 419-266-5865 or pastordeb@peacechurchbg.org.



YARD SALE


Peace's Annual Community Yard Sale is slated for Saturday, June 24, and the Share Team invites you to spread the word and consider renting a space to sell your own items as well. Registration forms can be obtained by emailing office@peacechurchbg.org.

Proceeds from Peace's tables support our mission and ministry. Donated items may be brought to Peace and placed in the Fellowship Hall beginning Sunday, May 28. We appreciate fashion accessories, but the Share Team has found that clothing does not sell well as a general rule (except for vintage) and asks you to donate clothes to others. There is a recommended donations list on the second page of the Yard Sale Information brochure available on the tall table near the office at Peace. Vendor forms included there as well.

The sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 24, rain or shine. Help is needed to set up and tear down, and the Share Team will post a sign-up sheet at Peace.

Thank you to everyone for all that you do to make the sale such a great success, which is measured by the good time had by vendors and shoppers and visitors and the connections made among neighbors!



SOLAR PANELS INSTALLED


Check out the roof of Peace Church on the east end of the south side: We have solar panels up there!

They look really great and they are operating great as well. We can monitor via a computer app each panel's production and whether there are any failings or concerns. We expect to see as much as a 25-percent savings in our utility bills, which we will be able to apply to ministry!

This project was made possible with the gift we received from the Leonard and Margaret Davis trust and was one of four environmental projects. They proclaim God's resourcefulness and generosity by embracing and practicing good creation care, doing what we can to lower our carbon footprint, reduce our negative impact on the environment, and promote this calling to the larger community in a positve and inviting manner.

Approximately $40,000 is accomplishing this effort in four ways. We have:

  • Partnered with Ohio Interfaith Power and Light and Energy Stewards to monitor and analyze our energy use. (This is an ongoing effort.)
  • Upgraded our facility to LED lighting.
  • Purchased a picnic table equipped with solar-powered lighting and electric outlets.
  • Installed solar panels on the south side to both promote and practice energy efficiency.

Other projects made possible by the trust gift include new playground equipment, sponsorship of a Syrian refugee family, and debt reduction.

Thanks be to God for generous neighbors and for granting us a vision to keep striving to Create Christ-Connected Community!



PEACE BOOK CLUB


The Peace Book Club next meets 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, June 11, at Peace. The book for discussion is "The Association of Small Bombs: A Novel" by Karan Mahajan.

Award winning, including being a National Book Award Finalist, this novel was noted as 'wonderful, smart, devastating, unpredictable, and enviably adept in its handling of tragedy and its fallout.' The New York Times Book Review continues, 'If you enjoy novels that happily disrupt traditional narratives – about grief, death, violence, politics - I suggest you go out and buy this one. Post haste!'

Check with the Wood County Library a few weeks before that date, copies may be available for our club by then. See Pastor Debbie as she may have extra copies to lend. As strange as it may seem, one does not need to read the book to participate; the conversation is not so much a literary review but rather exploration of questions and insights gleaned from the story.



ELCA BISHOP ON IMMIGRATION


The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), has issued a pastoral message addressing President Trump's executive order to restrict entry by refugees and visitors into the United States from seven predominately Muslim countries.

"The Bible calls us to welcome the stranger and treat the sojourner as we would our own citizens. I agree with the importance of keeping our country secure as the administration stated in its executive order last Friday, but I am convinced that temporarily banning vulnerable refugees will not enhance our safety nor does it reflect our values as Christians. Instead, it will cause immediate harm by separating families, disrupting lives, and denying safety and hope to brothers and sisters who are already suffering."

You can read the entire message on the ELCA website. There you also will find links to the church's social statement on immigration and resources to examine issues such as migrant workers, disaster relief, and refugees.

Bishop Eaton, along with Pastor Debbie, also added her signature to the thousands of religious leaders across denominations and faith traditions who signed a letter from the Interfaith Immigration Coalition that urges the Trump administration to heed an "urgent moral responsibility to receive refugees and asylum seekers who are in dire need of safety."

You can read the entire letter on the IMC website.



TAIZE WORSHIP EXPERIENCE


Our weekly Taizé service is held at 6 p.m. Thursdays at Peace.

Modeled after the worship of the Taizé ecumenical community in France, the service is calm and contemplative, connecting one’s spirit to the Spirit of God with prayer, song and silence.

All are welcome to participate without requirement or judgment. Please join us!


Special Offerings

Special Offerings are selected by the Share Team and are offered throughout the year as a way for us to stretch our benevolence as an extra expression of thanksgiving to God’s generosity and desire for a just world.

The Share Team encourages you to make a special offering each month as an expression of thanks to God for something significant or special in your life.

To contribute, please use the pink envelope from your offering box, or one marked special on an envelope available on the songbook shelf.

NOTE: 2016 envelopes are available. If yours are missing or you would like to start using a set, contact Jim Stainbrook at jstainb@bgsu.edu.

MAY: Delvac Hall Recovery Program for Women


Located in Bowling Green, this residential program is medically supervised and consists of individual and group counseling, lecture, family education, and therapeutic activities focusing on chemical dependency and trauma issues. The length of stay is individualized and averages 10 weeks. Extended care is available for Wood County residents. Priority admission is given to pregnant women.

The program is accredited by the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services and is recognized statewide as an excellent referral source for women with addiction issues.

The Special Offering will be used to purchase personal items needed by clients as well as household items needed tos upply the program at Devlac Hall.


Year Round Giving:

All non-perishable food and hygiene items welcomed. Loose cash offerings on second Sundays of the month are donated to the food pantry for purchases from local food banks. Old cell phones may be donated to help fund services for the Cocoon Shelter. Place items in the blue tub under table near north exit in the church lobby.

Community Opportunities


Interested in using Peace Church facility for a community or family event? See Pastor Debbie for details on use of the building. Barring any inconsistency with the Mission and Vision of Peace Church, or calendar conflict, use is approved with the understanding that the host is responsible for setting up for the event and cleaning up afterwards.
Creator God, making us one in Christ, guide us by your Spirit
and create your community in this place. Thank you. Amen.

Volunteer opportunity - BG Christian Food Pantry

Occasional help on Saturdays is needed from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. For more information or to volunteer, call Shirley Woessner at 419-601-2760. The two food pantry locations have been combined into just the E. Wooster pantry, which is open M-W-F-Sat 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday.

Prayer Requests / Ministry

Those requesting prayer are asked to notify Pastor Debbie by calling 419-266-5865 or emailing pastordeb@peacechurchbg.org. She will include them in the Sunday Weekly Notes and Prayers for the People at worship. She also will share them with the Prayer Wheel Ministry, a confidential email list. To join this ministry, please contact Pastor Debbie.

Please keep in mind Patient Privacy Act precludes hospitals or other care facilities to contact Pastor Debbie without your permission. Please include her as a contact on your registration so that she may be notified.

Prayer for Faithful Response to Others

Holy God, help us to be quick to understand and eager to assist where we can.
Let no one in our midst celebrate without companions, grieve without consolation, sin without mercy, suffer without loving care, live without respect, hunger without food, or die without being tended with love and surrounded by prayer. Amen.

Prayer for National Tragedy

O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son. Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance
and hatred that infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us;
unite us in bonds of love; and through our struggle and confusion, empower us
to work for peace and justice. Amen

Smile!

Our web/communications team will continue taking occasional pictures of our sharing, learning and celebrating Christ. Some of these will find their way to the Peace web site and other printed publications. If you would like not to be included, please advise Pastor Debbie.

Internet

Wireless High-Speed Internet is available within the church building for anyone to use. Enjoy!

Peace Email List

Are you currently on the Peace email list? If you've received an e-note from Pastor Debbie in the last month the answer is yes. If not, please forward your address to her at: pastordeb@peacechurchbg.org and get on the list for timely updates and requests.

This page updated 5/17/2017.

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