SCHEDULE FOR THIS WEEK
Sunday, December 18th
9:00am Sunday School
11:00am Love Fellowship
Tuesday, December 20th
7:00pm Band Rehearsal
Wednesday, December 21st
10:00am Bible Study
Saturday, December 24th
4pm Candlelight service; music led by the band
7pm Candlelight service; music led by the choir
Both services will be livestreamed online.
Sunday, December 25th
9am Christmas Day Worship in the sanctuary and livestreamed online.
Sunday, January 1st
8am & 10am Lessons and Carols worship in the sanctuary and livestreamed online.
No Sunday School
Stop by the office door, grab a sticky note, and write down something that gives you joy. It can be anything! Maybe it is certain people, places, things, or activities. You can share things about your family, our church, or certain ministries that give you joy. Then, post it on the glass wall to share joy this holiday season. This will add to the notes we posted about what we are thankful for! It is a great way for us to see what gives different people joy. Fill out as many as you want to!
ST. PETER ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE
We thought it was a good time to remind everyone of our organizational structure at St. Peter. A chart is attached to this email, which will be very helpful in understanding how this works! It is a structure that is built around collaboration and healthy communication.
Each Ministry Team is part of a Mission. Each Mission exists for different purposes, but they are all rooted in the gospel and carry out the mission of St. Peter Lutheran Church to “Glorify God by building healthy relationship with God, with one another, and with our community following the example of Jesus Christ.” Ministry Teams meet as needed to carry out specific goals related to specific ministries.
Each Mission is assigned a council liaison. Some Missions may have more than one liaison. The liaison(s) function as a link between Ministry Teams within the Missions and the church council. The liaison(s) are not required to attend meetings and events for teams in their Missions. If you are part of a Ministry Team and don’t know who your council liaison is, please ask Joy, our council president, or reply to this email and Carrie will get you the appropriate information.
Below is a description of the Missions at St. Peter. Remember to use the chart that is attached to this email to give you a whole picture and a list of Ministry Teams in each Mission!
Social Outreach Mission – This mission consists of church, community, synod, and international ministries that focus on efforts to live into Matthew 25:35-40. The Social Outreach Mission supports a wide variety of local, national, and international efforts that include, but are not limited to promoting justice; providing school supplies; donating food; building relationships; and traveling to partner congregations.
Lifelong Learning Mission – Ministries for all ages that are related to the learning, service, and growth of the congregation. The Lifelong Learning Mission connects members of the congregation through worship, prayer, play, and fellowship ministries.
Worship and Witness Mission – This mission oversees the worship life of the congregation. The Worship and Witness Mission ministries offer direction through leadership in worship planning, preparing recommendations, and acting related to all aspects of worship, music, and the use of worship space.
Resource Development Mission – This mission consists of ministries that work to ensure responsible care of the building, grounds, finances, and financial future of St. Peter. The Resource Development Mission offers consideration and attention to financial activities and takes care of the physical property of the church.
Parish Life Mission – These ministries offer activities, learning, service, and growth through fellowship, entertainment, information sharing, and relationship building. Parish Life Mission Ministries operate within their own spirit-driven time frame and may overlap with other Missions in the church.
WORSHIP AND WITNESS MISSION NEWS
Thank you to all the Confirmation students and their families who helped decorate the church for Christmas. Make sure you check it out – they did a great job!!
St. Peter Live
Our service is livestreamed to our Facebook page (https://m.facebook.com/stpetersheboygan/) each Sunday morning. Following worship, the service will be uploaded to YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkvPIB8agxVhS72C5822etA) and our website (https://stpetersheboygan.com). The weekly bulletin is attached to this email if you would like to follow along with the online service.
Sign up to be a Worship Assistant
It is now easier than ever to help with worship! Visit the Sign-Up Genius site to help with reading, ushering, communion and tech through the end of the year.
It’s cold and flu season suddenly! These cold temperatures force everyone indoors and the germs are out in full force. This is just a reminder that if you are not feeling well, please stay home and enjoy worship online. If you do come to church, please consider wearing a mask to protect yourself and others! Masks are still available inside the main doors and at the fellowship hall entrance.
LIFELONG LEARNING MISSION
Join us for Sunday School at 9:00am. Kids ages 3 years old through 5th grade are invited to join us for a time of bible stories, music, and activities. No Sunday School December 25th or January 1st. Please click the link to register for Sunday School.
Confirmation is on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30pm. Don’t forget Chime Practice after Confirmation on the 14th of December! No Confirmation Class on December 21st or 28th. Please click the link to register for confirmation. https://stpeter.breezechms.com/form/3931c5
Men’s Bible/Book Study
Join Jim and Steve for a weekly men’s study of The Walk by Adam Hamilton beginning on Wednesday January 11, 2023, from 1:30 – 2:30pm in the Fireside Room. Amazon and Sonlight Books are good places to purchase the book for about $20. If you need help (placing the order or financially) please let us know and we can assist. All men are welcome, you need not be a member of St. Peter to attend. Please reply to this email if you would like to participate.
Join us for Bible Study, led by Myra, on Wednesday mornings from 10:00am to 11:00am in the Fireside Room.
SOCIAL OUTREAH MISSION NEWS
Lutheran World Relief
LWR collections are always ongoing. Currently for the months of Nov/Dec we are collecting: For the Layettes: T-shirts in sizes 6 mos – 24 mos, and socks in toddler sizes. For Health Care kits: white bar soap, wide tooth combs, and nail clippers. Your donations are tax deductible, just ask Carrie for a form. Thank you so much.
The Mitten Tree is up in the hallway to the Fellowship Hall and ready for your donations of warm mittens and gloves for our friends at the elementary schools. We did receive a wonderful donation of almost 120 handmade hats – so we would love your donations of mittens and gloves in a range of colors and sizes. We would love to send items to the schools before it gets cold, so they are ready to go! Thank you!
Fidget mats and cuffs continue to be popular items. We give thanks to the many hands that create these, each with their own special style and creativity. Every place we take them there is so much appreciation, especially since their budgets are small and because of your generosity in giving doodads and gizmos we can gift them. Please join us each Thursday morning from 10am to noon in the Quadrooms. No experience necessary, we can help you get started. No Fidgeting on Thursday, December 22nd – see you back on December 29th.
Join us for quilting for Lutheran World Relief on Tuesdays from 9am– 12pm in the quad room. Please come, we have a lot of work to do. No experience necessary. We will teach you. See you there.
El Salvador News
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)
God is love, says John, indeed, he communicated to the world through Jesus Christ, our Lord. The identification with the human being was so real, that God made human lived the same steps that occur in the life of the human beings: being born, growing up and dying. The whole Jesus life was grace expressed with tenderness, this is how the Christmas story picks it up.
The God Child is born in a manger, the angels sing to him, the creation trembles with joy, singing reigns: Glory to God in the highest, on earth peace to the people of good will. This time of the God child, is celebrated in all Christian nations, and despite the crisis and pain that are experienced, it is a time of lights, of fireworks, hugs and presents, great joy. The God Child´s tenderness floods the expressions of happiness, the families get together, the caresses reign, the messages of peace and hope rises up. It is not just important to celebrate Christmas, but live it, and above all drawing the wishes of a better future, of a year in which social, economic and political problems are overcome.
God´s will is always directed to those most in need, because they are the ones who most cry out to feel the great divine loving affection. It is my wish that those children of God who have special attention, and all men and women because they are needy, enjoy this Christmas the tenderness of God and feel the divine company in the coming year, being full of hope.
Merry Christmas and Blessed New year 2023!!
Dr. Medardo E. Gómez Soto, Bishop, Salvadoran Lutheran Church
Northside Christian Food Pantry
NSCFP continues to serve those in need every Thursday. Faithful volunteers and donations from partners like St. Peter make this happen. December’s most needed items are: Boxed Potatoes, Manwich, Baked Beans, Peanut Butter/Jelly, Cereal/Breakfast Bars, Juice/Iced Tea, Assorted Crackers, and Canned Fruit/Vegetables. Always in need of toilet paper and paper towels. Thank you for your donations and partnership. ~ Pat L
Winter market is in full swing at First Congregational UCC Church, located at 310 Bluff Avenue. The winter market will continue every first and third Saturday through April, from 9am-12pm. We will continue to offer EBT and the $15 Double Your Bucks match at every market!
Two families currently call Bridgeway “home”. Another family of three will be moving into Bridgeway before Thanksgiving. SCIO’s mentoring program is going strong! We plan to ring bells for the Salvation Army and go to Evergreen Park to look at Christmas Lights in addition to having a Holiday Party. Please hold the Bridgeway family in your thoughts and prayers as we venture through a season of change with new residents.
End of Year Giving: We have experienced many challenges in 2022 but remain mission-focused! As we enter the season of giving, please keep SCIO in your heart. It is our goal to enter 2023 with robust community support and the financial means to grow our three programs: Bridgeway, Family Pathways, and the farmer’s market. We are grateful for your continued generosity.
Bridgeway needs paper products. Paper towels, Kleenex, and toilet paper would be greatly appreciated. SCIO families need transportation assistance. Daily bus passes and gas cards are welcomed donations as the winter season approaches.
The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is now operational. This lifeline provides care and support to people experiencing stressful situations. It is free, confidential, and is available 24/7. People of all ages who need help for themselves or a loved one can access the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline by: calling 988, sending a text message to 988, or using the chat feature at 988lifeline.org. People who contact 988 will be connected with a trained counselor who takes note of the person’s needs, understands how the person’s problem is affecting them, provides support, and, if needed, gets the person additional help.
Please keep the following people in your prayers:
Dave, Dan, Tom, Those who are LGBTQ+, Carol, Roger, Terry & Family, Leonart and his family, Jennifer, Kelvin and family, Kari, Tim, Wina, Mike, Connie, Cirilla, Terry, Liz, Dale and Apostles of Christ.
BULLETIN AND WEEKLY NEWSLETTER ARTICLE DATES
Announcements for the bulletin and weekly newsletter are due at noon each Wednesday. Please submit information to Carrie, at email address firstname.lastname@example.org. The staff will review and make final decisions based on clarity, space, content, timing, and needs of the community.