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APRIL 2015
Peace-Tohickon Evangelical Lutheran Church
100 Old Bethlehem Road, Perkasie, Pa 18944
Office: 215-257-3294 Fax: 215-257-9143
Website: www. peace-tohickon.org
e-mail: [email protected]
The Mission of Peace is to invite, encourage, and equip all people to love God with
all our heart mind, soul, and strength and to go love our neighbors as Christ loves us.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
In my childhood I would wrack my little brain every April Fools Day to
come up with some kind of prank that would give me a “gotcha” moment.
With an older brother and sister, I was often the one who was fooled, but
there was a great deal of satisfaction when I could defy expectation and pull
the wool over their eyes. In more recent years I have listened with interest to
some outrageous stories on public radio, with an “ah-ha” moment as I
glanced at the calendar. (It’s always a real whopper, but sometimes they
string me along for a minute).
But this April we begin with an April fools on a cosmic rather than a comic
scale. On April second we join Jesus as he gives a final lesson to his disciples
before they all abandon him. He shows them that God doesn’t use his power
to control, but to serve. He gives them a new commandment, a new way to
live a fulfilling life when he instructs them to love as he has loved them.
When Jesus goes into the Garden of Gethsemane we see a man in turmoil.
The stress of his situation is unbearable – in one of the gospels he sweats
blood. He prays that he might escape the pain that he knows is coming, yet
he submits to human cruelty in order for God’s love to be seen.
After a secret trial with trumped up charges and a hostile group bent on
conviction, Jesus is condemned. The Roman authorities are called in by the
Temple authorities to give the order for a humiliating execution. After a
brutal beating, and mocking by his captors, Jesus literally carries his cross –
the cross on which he will be nailed, tortured, and killed.
Then death wins. Death doesn’t almost win. Jesus doesn’t come close to
death. Jesus is killed.
We know that death is not a temporary condition. Although in shock and
grief it is common to “forget” and imagine that the one who isn’t home is
running late, or might pick up the phone if we call, that brief illusion comes
crashing down again and again until we wrap our mind around the truth.
Once dead, our loved one is not going to return. Life is temporary. Death is
permanent.
It is only because his death was real that Christ’s resurrection matters. In
the resurrection, the most elemental truth of life and death is turned on its
head. Death is shown to be temporary. Life is shown to be permanent.
Abundant, eternal life becomes the dependable truth which casts a new light
on everything.
St. Paul writes about the incredulity of those who hear this great good
news in the first chapter of I Corinthians 1: “We proclaim Christ crucified, a
stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are the
called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
For God's foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God's weakness is
stronger than human strength.”
This April God reveals the trick, death is not the victor. God loves us
enough to overcome the power of death. Happy Easter indeed!
Love, Pastor Sellers
April at Peace
Apr. 5 - EASTER
Apr. 10 - 12
Bear Creek
Youth Retreat
Apr. 18 8:00am Dawn
Herrmann 5k Cancer Run
Apr. 19 – New Spirit
Worship
3:00pm Concert. Main
Street Brass
Apr. 22 – 4:00 – 7:00pm
Bloodmobile
Apr. 26 - 12:30pm WELCA
Spring Tea
Parish Nurse
Coming up in May
May 3rd – Jim Heckman to
preach
May 10th - Mother’s Day
Confirmation Day
Seth’s last day.
Deadline for Geraniums
May 17th – Music Sunday
HOLY WEEK
PALM SUNDAY, March 29
8:15 am Brief Order of Communion
9:00 am—Sunday School
10:15 am—Congregational Reading of the Passion
According to Mark
Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem and journey to
the cross. Come share in the retelling!
MAUNDY THURSDAY, April 2
FLOWERS AND
BULLETINS FOR APRIL
9th - Marcia & Joe Kramer in
honor of our new grandchild,
Harper Wrigley
7:30 pm
Service of Communion
and
Last Supper Tableau
All Night Prayer Vigil, 9 pm – 6 am
“Could you not watch with me
one hour?”
GOOD FRIDAY, APRIL 3
Community Service to be held at NOON
St Andrew’s UCC,
Perkasie
7:30 pm TENEBRAE SERVICE
(Service of Diminishing Lights)
At Peace Lutheran Church
ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT
Saturday, April 4th at 10 am
All Elementary Age Children are invited to attend!
Prize Eggs!
EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 5
7:00 am—Holy Communion Service
8:00 am—Pancake Breakfast
9:00 am—Sunday School
10:15 am—Holy Communion Service
12th – Open
19th – Sparango’s in memory
of our grandparents
26th – Peter & Cheryl Moyer
in honor Cheryl’s mom,
Delores Scalese’s 80th
Birthday
BACKGROUND CHECKS
Pennsylvania now requires all
volunteers that work with
children and youth (18 and
under) to have background
checks every 36 months.
The following checks are now
required:
Report of criminal history
from the PA state Police:
http://www.dhs.state.pa.us/finda
form/childabusehistoryclearanc
eforms/S001769
Child Abuse History
Clearance from Dept. of
Human Services:
http://www.dhs.state.pa.us/finda
form/childabusehistoryclearanc
eforms/S001762 If you don’t
have access to email it can be
done in the church office. You
will need an appointment.
Undesignated Bequest Idea Proposals Explained
A couple years back, the congregation approved a Council proposal to enable our
church to better fulfill its mission by allowing it to take advantage of bequests of
over $20,000 of no specific designation. Furthermore, the congregation was invited
to participate by offering their ideas for what purpose this money could be used.
Shortly afterward Peace received the Buck estate and we were able to put this plan
into action. After contributing a tithe from this amount, ideas submitted by the
congregation were reviewed by Council. These proposals are outlined in the 2014
Annual Congregational Report. Council elected to move ahead with hiring a
Director of Christian Education and a nursery attendant. However, the DCE position
was never filled and we had a paid nursery attendant with us for only a short while.
(On a side note, we are deeply indebted to Elaine Miller who is graciously serving in
the nursery on Sunday mornings – without pay. Thank you, Elaine.) So we never
spent the money from the Buck estate that was intended to be spent in 2014 and
Council began looking over some of the other ideas. Eventually approved were a
fellowship area, a projector, and funds for promoting lay leadership.
Council is again sharing this information with the congregation so that you
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are reminded of the history and purpose of this program
may be encouraged to think of ways to invigorate worship and outreach
activities
realize there is a means to turn these ideas into actions and understand the
steps in doing so
understand what is happening with the approved ideas
As mentioned, we had approved funding of a DCE. Filling this position was more
difficult than we expected. With hindsight, we suspect that our job description was
a bit too daunting, so the job description is being re-written. In short, we are still
hoping to find a DCE and fund this position for three years through the Buck estate.
Another approved idea is to encourage members in our congregation to enroll in lay
leadership courses. If you are interested in learning how you can be more effective
in a ministry at Peace, please contact a member of Council or Pastor with a
description of the course you want to attend. Once Council has the details, we will
review the merits of that training and decide whether it qualifies as a means for
fulfilling our church’s mission. There is $1,500 available for this opportunity.
The most contentious of the ideas that Council approved concerns our after service
coffee fellowship. The vision was to build on the success of our coffee fellowship by
providing a bit more space and a lot more convenience (especially to those setting
up and tearing down the coffee table). The planned renovations were modest and
would blend into our worship space. However, several congregants expressed
concern over social activity noise from the rear of the church interfering with quiet
contemplation and voiced worries over potential clutter and spills marring the
beauty of our worship space. This activity is on hold while Council and Property
work together to look at how to best use all the space on the nave level to enable
the functions of invitation, worship, and fellowship.
Council hopes this brief description provides a clearer picture of how we are using
these gifts. If you have other questions or concerns, please contact a member of
Council.
APRIL BIRTHDAYS
1
Sherry Dulsky
Jennifer Gabel
Jacob Stranick
Susan Poust
Paige Souder
Lisa Grim
Emma Lemon
David Landis
Robert Propsner
Judy Hamilton
Cyanna Penn
Barbara Bachman
Courtney Michener
Andres Susi
Daniel Grace
Kimberly Stassi
Jessica Winn
Joelle Doherty
Nichole Wilfong
Dawn Lutz
Daniel Saint-Pol
Luke Stranick
Kolby Kramer
Edward Harris
Carmine Camerlengo
Brianna Gerth
William Roeger, Jr
Harold Swartley
Courtney Steiner
Julia Wisler
Robyn Burton
Aidan Marascio
Evelyn Fretz
Ashley Propsner
Deborah Bagg
Madeline Barnes
Alexandra Souder
Yvonne Thomas
Herb Laird
Curt Gerth
Scott Dages
Shirley Slozer
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3
5
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
18
19
20
21
23
24
25
26
29
th
4
William & Ellen Roeger
Aloysius & Cheryl Shanley
Gordon & Lilli Benner
th
9 Garry & Julia Engelmann
th
17 Robert & Diana Long
th
18 Shawn & Janet Hughes
th
24 Matthew & Denise Wrigley
th
28 Randall & Donna Lemon
th
7
ALTAR GUILD will meet on
Saturday, April 4th at 8:30 am
to decorate the sanctuary
and narthex for the Easter
services.
Tuesday Group
“Practicing the
Way of Jesus:
Life Together in
the Kingdom of
Love”
Join us April 7,
14 & 28th at 7:30 p.m. at Peace
to explore experiments in
practicing faith!
WELCA (Women of the ELCA) News
Once again the ladies of WELCA have decided to collect
donations for Swaziland. There is a great need for
WARM children’s and adult clothing (no pants for women longer skirts and dresses preferred), sweaters, sweatshirts, coats, shoes,
blankets, comforters, bedspreads, towels and sheets. These folks sleep on
mud floors, so we would like to make them warm and more
comfortable. Khara Woehr and family will collect the items from the coat
room, and deliver them to be shipped for this summer's mission trip. We
are asking for the entire congregation's help with this project! Please clean
out those closets and place your donations in the coat room. Thank you!
April 15th is the deadline for these donations.
Join us at our next meeting on April 20 at 7:00 PM. All Women of Peace are
invited. Bring a friend.
The Peace Men’s Group
meets on Saturday, March
14 at 8:00 am in the
Church Library
Join us!
Thirsty Thursday Bible Study
Becker’s Corner (originally Cappies), located at 110 Old Bethlehem Rd.
and Rt. 563 in Quakertown. Bring your bible, your friends, your
questions, and your thirst for biblical knowledge to this informal
gathering! Our next session will be on Thursday, April 16 at 7:30pm.
Please contact Bruce
Bachman call 215-2575319 or bbbachman
[email protected]
Call the Pastor When…
A
member is hospitalized or shut-in
Someone you know needs prayer
You are having a baby
You have spiritual questions you want to explore
You are curious about God’s call to you
You need to talk something through
Church Office: 215-257-3294
Cell: 267-377-6138
(Emergency only)
SPECIAL ENVELOPE DESIGNATION
Ash Wednesday – Bear Creek Lutheran Camp, Wilkesboro. (Used each year for our
Confirmation retreats.)
Mid-week Lenten Services – F.I.S.H.
Lenten Quarter Cards – Seamen’s Church Institute (Advocates the wellbeing of
seafarers)
Easter – 2/3 for current funds and 1/3 for Building Maintenance.
Our Shut-ins
Anna Bishop
Rockhill Mennonite Community
Personal Care – Room 105
3250 State Road
Sellersville, PA 18960
Richard Bradish
Lutheran Community –
Healthcare Pavilion
12 Lutheran Home Drive
Telford, PA 18969
Arthur & Mary Dunlap
401 Three Mile Run Road
Sellersville, PA 18960
Evelyn Fretz
521 Arch Street
Perkasie, PA 18944
George Heverly
482 Covered Bridge Drive
Quakertown, PA 18951
Leon Miller
Solana of Doylestown,
Rm 216
Warrington, PA18976
Blood Drive –
Wednesday, April 22nd
from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Severe weather caused the cancelation of many blood drives
throughout our community, but the need continues to be great.
Dawn Herrmann
Memorial Cancer Run
5K Run and 1Mile Fun Run/Walk - Saturday, April 18th
Registration Opens at 8:00 am
1 Mile Fun Run/Walk 8:30 am,
Volunteers needed!
Together we can continue to the fight for the cure to cancer!
For more information call the church office at 215-257-3294
Harold Myers
Clare Bridge of Dublin
160 Elephant Road
Dublin, PA 18917
Helen Poust
4596 CR # 305
Lake Panasoffkee, FL 33538
Jean Scholl
2301 North Fifth Street
Perkasie, PA 18944
Marlene Shilling
The Birches
691 Main Street, Room 28
Harleysville, PA 19438
Pauline Texter
Atria Woodbridge Place
P.O. Box 879
Kimberton, PA 19442
BUDGET PATCHWORK NEEDED
Indeed, spring is at our doorstep -- a re-birth, an awakening, an anticipation of better times
ahead.
Still, you may have noticed that winter, in its icy wake, has left behind a trail of destruction
as potholes, some the size of baby walruses, pockmark our roads and threaten to swallow us
whole as we go about our daily commutes.
The frequent snowfalls of January and especially February have done their damage as well
to the income side of our church budget. Sunday worship attendance was pockmarked
which resulted in less giving. Only two months into 2015 and the pothole in our income is
~$2000 deep. A hole this deep makes for treacherous driving, at the very time we begin to
prepare for celebrating the joy of Easter and in moving forward in our mission.
Please do what you can to patch up this hole and to enable us, as a congregation, to smooth
our path so we can provide meaningful worship and life-changing service. Keep in mind,
that although you may not have been able to get to church on those snowy Sunday
mornings, our expenses do not take snow days. In fact, heating bills go up as the
temperatures drop and snow removal from our parking lot doesn’t come cheap. You may
also consider enrolling in an automated giving program, either through Thrivent’s Simply
Giving or through your own bank, as this action will help smooth out the rough spots in our
cash flow.
Let’s welcome spring and set a course for rejoicing in the spirit of the season.
In peace,
Philip Deck
Council President
FISH NEEDS
Current needs at the food pantry:
Pancake mix, pancake syrup, toothpaste/shampoo/soap, detergent, sugar,
flour, cake, cookie & brownie mixes, canned potatoes, canned beans (all
types), canned sweet potatoes, pudding & Jell-O, cream soups, canned
pineapple, spaghetti & spaghetti sauce, diapers& wipes (sizes 3-6)
PEACE CONCERT SERIES
Mainstreet Brass Quintet
April 19th 3:00 pm
Mainstreet Brass formed in 1986, inspired by a musical camaraderie, a passion for
brass quintet literature and performance and a goal to present interesting and
entertaining music to its audiences. The quintet has performed for enthusiastic
audiences at arts festivals, colleges and concert series in Pennsylvania, New York,
New Jersey, New England, the Midwest and the United Kingdom. The concert is a
MUST-SEE!
Learn more at Mainstreetbrass.com
-Paul Stever for fifteen years of
service as the head counter at
Peace!
- Our soup and salad makers for
our Sunday night supper worship:
Linda Gonet, Dottie Ritter, Joyce
Burkett, Serena Sellers, Kathy
Lindsay, and Janice Propsner.
-Everyone who supported our Stop
Hunger Now fundraiser at
Friendly’s Restaurant and Cheryl
Saint Pol for putting together the
“Dinner and a Movie” raffle basket
- Sandy Miller for digging out the
septic vent from mounds of snow
in preparation for servicing.
- Elva Groff and all who
participated in arranging our
fabulous hospitality following the
Wednesday Night Lenten Service
hosted by Peace.
- WELCA and all who baked or
purchased delicious baked goods
for raising over $500 toward Stop
Hunger Now!
- The Sunday School for wrapping
the prizes for our Lutheran
Community at Telford game day.
- All who contributed to the
Lutheran World Relief “Baskets of
Promise“. Many refugees and
disaster victims will be blessed by
your generosity!
- Cheryl Moyer for preparing our
palm crosses and sharing the
tradition of making them, and all
who helped with the reading of the
passion story.
- All who contributed candy and
prizes for our annual egg hunt,
and our confirmands for assisting
with the filling of the eggs.
Geraniums for Pentecost
We invite you to order a geranium in honor or
remembrance of loved ones for Pentecost,
Sunday May 24th
The price is $3.50 per plant. Cash or checks made payable
to Peace Lutheran Church along with this order form.
Please place your order in an envelope clearly marked
for flowers.
Then return your order to the church office or place it in
the offering plate.
Deadline for Orders is Sunday, May 10th
Your Name__________________________________
In Memory of________________________________
In Honor of _________________________________
Number of Plants ___________
Total Paid _________________
______ I wish to leave my flowers to be planted on the
church property.
Paid Check # ____________
Paid Cash____________
CHURCH COUNCIL FOR 2015
President – Phil Deck
Vice President – Kolby Kramer
Secretary – Elaine Keckeissen
Treasurer - Teresa Kramer
COMMUNITY: Janice Propsner [email protected]
Beverly Azzalina - [email protected]
Paula Richards - [email protected]
OPPERATIONS: Elaine Keckeissen - [email protected]
Cheryl Moyer- [email protected]
Nate Ritter - [email protected]
SPIRITUAL GROWTH: Barbara Bachman - [email protected]
Kolby Kramer - [email protected]
Barbara May [email protected]
Unassigned: Darryl Smith - [email protected]
Sabbatical – Randi Schaeffer
BEAR CREEK YOUTH
RETREAT
April 10, 11, & 12. All middle
and high school student are
welcome to attend. We’ll leave
Peace on Friday at 6:00 pm
and be back at the church
Sunday around 2:00 pm. This
will be a fun weekend camping
event (cabins with heat &
indoor bathrooms!) with friends,
worship, hiking, games, study
and good food! Please sign up
on the sheet on the bulletin
board in the vestibule or by
email at [email protected] You may also call
at 215-257-3294. Thank you.
PALM CROSS WORKSHOP
Saturday, April 4TH 9:00
amCheryl Moyer will be
instructing how to fold crosses
and hearts from palms… a
family tradition that she is
sharing with members of
Peace. Please bring scissors.
DONATIONS NEEDED:
for the Easter egg hunt.
Please drop them off at
the church Palm Sunday
or by Thursday night,
April 2nd. Thank you.
APRIL 2015
Peace-Tohickon Lutheran Church
215-257-3294 (Office) 215-257-9143 (Fax) [email protected]
SUNDAY
MON
TUE
WED
THUR
1
Choirs 6:45pm
Youth
7:00 Bells
8:00 SC
7:00 Confirmation
FRI
2
7:30 Maundy
Thurs.Service
All night Prayer
vigil, 9pm – 6am
Daisies 6:30
5
6
Easter
7:00 & 10:15am Communion 7pm Outreach
8:00 Breakfast
6pm Brownies
9:00am Sunday school
7
7:30 Tues. Grp.
8
1:30 Staff Mtg
3
4
9 – 10am
10am Egg Hunt
confirmation
Noon Community
8:30 Altar Guild
Service St.
Andrew’s UCC
7:30 Good Friday
service.
10
9
Youth Retreat
Bear Creek
7:30pmN/A
SAT
11
8:00am Men’s
Study Group
Youth Retreat
6:00pm N/A
12
2nd Easter
8:15am Communion
10:15am worship
9:00am Sunday school
Hymn Sing
Bear Creek return
6:00pm N/A
13
19
3rd Sunday of Easter
New Spirit
8:15,Communion 10:15 am
worship
9:00am Sunday school
20
14
6:30pm Daisies
7:30pm Tues.
Group
7:30pm N/A
7PM WELCA
21
7pm Church
Council meets
16
7:30pm Thirsty
Thurs Group
15
Choirs
6:45pm Youth
7:30 New Spirit
17
18
1:30pm To Live
Again
Dawn Herrmann
Cancer Run
24
25
6:30pm Daisies
7 pm Confirmation
22
Bloodmobile
4 – 7pm
23
7:30pm N/A
7pm Bells
8pm Senior Choir
6pm Brownies
6:00pm N/A
26
27
4th Sunday of Easter
7pm PageTurners
8:15am Communion
10:15am worship
9 am Sunday school
WELCA Spring Tea 12:30pm
6:30pm Daisies
N/A 6pm
Parish nurse
GREETERS
Apr. 3
Good Friday
Apr.5 Early: Teresa Kramer
ACOLYTE
28
7:30pm Tues.
Group
29
Choirs
6:45pm Youth
7:30 New Spirit
30
7:30pm N/A
7pm Confirmation
CRUCIFER
LECTOR
Sophia Hughes
Sophia Hughes
John Woehr
Pete Moyer
Apr. 5 Late: Nancy & Holly Grace Courtney Steiner
Luke Stranick
Melissa Yates
Apr. 12 Ruth Lewis
Kari Beck
Nathaniel Barnes
Jillian Dages
Dana Caporaletti
Apr. 19 Jayne Kramer
Apr. 26 Gary & Roxane D’Aprile
ASSISTANT MINISTER
Bill Markland
Chip Kramer
Bruce Bachman
Tom Smith
NEW SPIRIT SERVICE
Jan Abate
Joe O’Donnell
Head Usher –Gary Schott Nurse – Sharon Bagg Altar Guild – Jan Abate and Sue Keen Nursery - Elaine Miller
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