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July August 2016 newsletter
Words of Peace
Brass of Peace
Spring Concert
On June 12th, Brass of Peace finished out their year with a wonderful concert on the church lawn. The musicians sounded great
despite the wind constantly blowing their music away!
July 10 - 15
July 19
July 25 - 29
Youth Group Mission Trip to Hurley
Lunch Bunch at Atlantis
Vacation Bible School
August 16
Lunch Bunch at Juke Box Diner
The Rev. Sarah Scherschligt
Pastor
[email protected]
Cathy Kroohs
Council President
[email protected]
Peace Lutheran
Church
July/August
2016
The Words Inside:
A Word from
Pastor Sarah
2
Financial Update
Youth and Family
3
Transitions and
Fellowship
4
ELCA News
5
Brass of Peace Concert
6-7
New Members
8-9
Serving Schedule
10-11
July Calendar
12-13
August Calendar
14-15
Electronic giving is now at
Peace! To make an online
gift through our secure
site, scan the
code with your
smart phone.
Paul Sticha
Dr. Adela Peeva
Beth Olkowski
The Rev. Nana Opoku
Director, Messengers and Bell Choirs
[email protected]
Parish Administrator
[email protected]
Music Director
[email protected]
House of Faith International
[email protected]
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From Pastor Sarah
It seems as if issue after issue keep cropping up for us to contend with. I imagine this is how it has
been for Christians of every time and place. If you are paying attention with eyes of love, you can’t
help but notice when people are hurting and feel the call to be a part of the healing of the world.
For the past couple of years, America has had a veil lifted as we have seen the way that racism is still
present, still pernicious, and still damaging lives.
As I preached on Sunday, I don’t think it is faithful for us in a mostly white congregation to simply
hope that someone else will solve this nor to say that since we aren’t the ones hurting, it’s not our
problem. If the Good Samaritan – if Jesus – teaches us anything, it’s that grace shows up when we
take on the suffering of others.
We are going to start by educating ourselves. For three weeks in August, I will lead an adult forum
based on the book “The Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism” by Drew
Hart. Hart is a theologian, pastor, professor and writer with a PhD from the Lutheran Seminary in
Philadelphia. Please note that this is a change from my original plan to read the book “Between the
World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates. I think for Peace at this time The Trouble I’ve Seen will lead to
a more fruitful discussion, though I highly recommend Between the World and Me.
Discussions will take place on Aug 7, 14 and 28 from 9:15 – 10:10 am. I ask that you a) let me know
if you plan to attend by emailing me at [email protected] (even if you’ve told me faceto-face, please still email), b) come to the forum having read the entire book and c) do all that you
can to attend all the sessions.
You can buy the book online. If you can’t afford it, please let me know and I can arrange for the
church to buy you a copy.
One final note: beginning a discussion about racism in America in no way implies that we as a
church or as individuals don’t care about police officers and don’t mourn the dead in Dallas. As a
church, we pray for all the terrified yet faithful who protect and serve and I am grateful for police
officers and first responders who daily put their lives on the line. The safety of cops and the safety
of African-Americans should not be something we have to choose between.
I hope you can join the discussion in August and if you can’t but want to be part of further
discussions, please let me know.
This is tough stuff church. I know that, we all know that. God’s grace will lead us,
Council
News
/ Youth
and Family
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Financial Report
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A Note from Beth
As of July 13, our budget net income
was a negative (loss) of $4,529. This
has improved because we are using
$9 thousand of the AT&T termination fee that we received last year as
income for this year. In addition,
our cash flow has been negative recently as we paid all of the $23 thousand needed to renovate the pipe organ. This renovation is complete
and Adela reports that the organ
plays better than it ever has!
Dear Family of Peace,
Alan Byroade
Beth, Emily and Julia Olkowski
[email protected]
Thank you for all the love and support you
have given to me and my girls the past two
years. I have truly enjoyed my time with you
all - Peace is a wonderful place to work! Be
proud of the community you have created
here. Peace Lutheran Church has a loving
heart and open arms; it is a simply amazing
family that I'm so sad to be leaving.
We will miss you all - please stay in touch!
The Village of Hope Christmas shopping list has been updated. Check out
http://sharingpeace.org/village-of-hope-haiti/ for more information.
YOUTH AND FAMILY NEWS
The Mission Trip to Hurley
participants were up bright and
early as they got ready to leave
on their trip on Sunday, July
10th.
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Rachel Peters will be joining Chris Peters in Harrisonburg, VA
Max Family, moving to Wichita Falls, TX
Beth Olkowski moving to Wyckoff, NJ
Congratulations to soon-to-be Reverend Lamar Bailey. He has been called to St.
Stephen Lutheran Church in Silver Spring, MD. Ordination details will be forthcoming.
Fellowship
Opportunities
Women Renewing at Peace
(WRAP)
Meets 2nd Thursday each month
Next meeting is July 14th and
August 11th at 12:15pm
WRAP is continuing a summer series
called “The Heart of the Matter”. All
are welcome. Bring a lunch or snack
if you wish. Our Bible Study lessons
are taken from the “Gather”
magazine. (It’s OK if you don’t get the
magazine. We share!)
Lunch Bunch is a group of individuals who
meet monthly for fellowship and food. A
sign up sheet is located in Fellowship Hall.
If you have any questions, please call
Elaine Peoples at 703-751-8937. See you
there!
Tuesday, July 19th at 12pm
Atlantis
3648 King St, Alexandria
Tuesday, August 16th at 12pm
Juke Box Diner
7039 Columbia Pike, Annandale
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ELCA NEWS
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The Rev. Leila Ortiz to Join Synod Staff
We are excited to announce that the Rev. Leila Ortiz will be
joining the staff of the Metro D.C. Synod as the next Assistant to the Bishop. Pr. Ortiz currently serves as the Associate Pastor at
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Gaithersburg, Md. and is a graduate of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. She will make
a slow transition from Good Shepherd to the synod office over the next
few weeks, and begin full-time at the synod office following the ELCA
Churchwide Assembly in August. Pr. Ortiz will not only be a Voting
Member of the Churchwide Assembly but also a guest preacher there!
This transition comes with the departure of the Rev. Amy Sevimli, who
has been serving faithfully as Assistant to the Bishop for the
past eight years. Look for more information on Pr. Ortiz's new
role in weeks to come.
News from Pastor Mark Olsen
I have been called to serve as the Associate Director for the ELCA's Fund for
Leaders in Mission. The Fund for Leaders (FFL) is an ELCA scholarship
program. We award full- and partial- tuition scholarships to some of the
brightest and most promising future leaders of our church who will be attending our ELCA seminaries. You are probably familiar with the ELCA's
Fund for Leaders because Lamar Bailey, a member of Peace Church whom
you sent to, and supported, at Gettysburg Seminary the past four years, was
one of our FFL full tuition scholarship recipients.
At present, we are awarding about 16 new full tuition scholarships each academic year, another 24
new partial tuition scholarships, and an additional 4 new full tuition diversity scholarships aimed
specifically at raising up leaders who are people of color or whose primary language is other than
English. We also award partial-tuition scholarships for a few seminarians being prepared to serve as
mission developers for new and renewing congregations, as well as for a few seminarians who will
be serving as military chaplains. The ELCA's Fund for Leaders is supported by a dedicated endowment fund. In addition to helping to administer the FFL scholarship program, I will be meeting with
donors and prospective donors (individuals and congregations) to help build the endowment so we
can increase the number of scholarships we award. At present, our endowment is valued at approximately 47 million dollars. Our goal is to eventually raise that to 300 million dollars so as to be able
to fully fund the tuition for every ELCA seminarian who will serve as a rostered leader in our church.
If anyone at Peace would like to learn more about the ELCA's Fund for Leaders, I'd be happy to talk
with them about it.
Finally, when I left Peace in 2006 to become the Director of Admissions at Gettysburg Seminary, I
did so because of my passionate interests in helping to raise up new leaders for our church. It is because of that same passion, and because there is a critical need in our church to raise up new leaders
now, that I have left Shepherd of the Hills in order to once again help the church to meet that need.
The cost of seminary is an obstacle to many and can prevent gifted and promising people from going
to seminary. Likewise, if seminarians graduate with burdensome levels of student loan debt, it can
restrict how and where they are able to serve in our church. Fund for Leaders is looking to help reduce those obstacles for our future leaders.
Thanks, and be at peace! Mark Olsen
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New Members
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Welcome
New Members
Jack and Lynne Fishburn have been
married for 30 years, and have moved here from
New Jersey. They have three adult children who
live in three different states. Jack is interested in
current events, especially economics, and science
and technology, especially computer chess and
quantum mechanics. Lynne loves to quilt and sew,
listen to books on tape and walk the family beagle.
Clem and Pam Chakra:
Maria Parisi
moved from Bowie, Md
where she attended All
Saints Lutheran
Church. She confesses
to being a native plant
geek and gardener.
Hilda Crabtree
was born in the Netherlands and grew up in
Michigan but has spent
most of her life in
Virginia. She has two
sons and two grandsons.
She enjoys quilting and
playing pool.
We prayed for a welcoming church
family within a ten minute drive from
our home, now that we are in our 60s
and 70s, so we could easily participate
in various church activities and events.
Not only did our Lord lead us to the
Peace Church family, but he blessed us
with so much more: Such a beautiful
spiritual worship experience , a kind
caring and helpful Pastor Sarah,
wonderful supportive members and a
rainbow of opportunities for fellowship
and ministry. We’re very happy to be
officially part of the Peace Church
family and we thank and praise you,
Lord.
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Kory, Kristin and Dixon
Auch have been worshiping at
Peace this past year after moving to
Alexandria last July. They have
been an Air Force family for over 27
years and Kory will be retiring next
year. Kristin's love for dogs has her
working part-time at a local doggie
daycare. Dixon is a senior at JEB
Stuart HS. Their two older children
live in Philadelphia (Madison) and
Oakton VA (Carter). They were attracted to Peace because of the
warm and friendly people, and a
common Minnesotan upbringing
with Pastor Sarah.
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Aaron Mulhollen
has been a resident of the metro
DC area since 2007, and moved
to Lake Barcroft in the summer
of 2014. His wife, Devon, is a
high school history teacher at the
National Cathedral School, and
they have a two year old son,
Harrison. He is currently a
graduate lecturer at George
Mason, working on his
dissertation research on the
geography of intercollegiate
athletics.
Ron Stanley is a
native Virginian, an avid
walker and enjoys landscaping. He has three adult
children and four grandchildren. He is retired
from the United States
Agency for International
Development and also
taught school for ten years.
Kristin Stone says
Clay Baros moved to Arlington in July
last year after his wife took an assignment in
Washington for the US State Department. He
currently works for a small company called
HumanGeo where he attempts to map all
sorts of current events. He is a proud Texan
that likes to grill and learn about photography
in his spare time. He and his wife, Roberta,
are expecting their first child, a boy, in
September. Clay used to live in Gaithersburg
where he attended Pastor Sarah's previous
church, Prince of Peace, and upon moving to
Arlington, was happy to have a church where
he could reunion with such a great pastor.
Peace Lutheran Church was
recommended to her as an
exciting congregation in the
area. She loves all kinds of
swing dancing: Jitterbug,
Hustle, Carolina Shag, DC
Hand Dancing, and West
Coast Swing.
Frank Ballenger,
a life-long resident of Alexandria and a
retired
banker, is a civil war buff
and local historian.
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JULY SERVING
SCHEDULE
July/August
For July
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July 3
July 10
July 17
July 24
July 31
Assisting
Minister
Laura Maul
Steve Rinnert
Judy Gallagher
Mary Malmberg
Alison Samuels
Acolytes
Emma Solem
Adie Selassie
Hary Ramampandrison and Dylan Leonard
Jacob Thiessen
William and
Christopher Matthey
Lector
Bill Mitchell
Cathy Kroohs
Christine Howlett
Jacque Hill
Jaime Wong-Lopez
Communion
Assistant
Sue Buchanan
Hannah Puisto
Sue Sticha
Ray Marquardt
Debbie Marquardt
Ushers
Alan Byroade, Mike
Stumpf, Bill Mitchell,
Ronal Mitchell
Alan Byroade, Mike
Stumpf, Bill Mitchell,
Ronal Mitchell
Alan Byroade, Mike
Stumpf, Bill Mitchell,
Ronal Mitchell
Nadine KrutzkyMitchell
Cathy Kroohs
Christine Howlett
Mary Malmberg
Nadine KrutzkyMitchell
Debbie and Ray
Marquardt
Arle Samuels
Tracy Schall/Kurt
Shultz
Elaine and Bob
Peoples
TBD
Ray Marquardt*,
Debbie Marquardt,
Kathy Nice
Ray Marquardt*,
Debbie Marquardt,
The Adhocs
Altar Care
Serving on
Sundays
Tellers
Ray Marquardt*,
Debbie Marquardt,
Kathy Nice
Tammy Heppner*,
Ed Axthelm*, Tammy
Karen Grubbs, Diane
Heppner, Bill Duerre
Woodworth
Alan Byroade, Mike Alan Byroade, Mike
Stumpf, Bill Mitchell, Stumpf, Bill Mitchell,
Ronal Mitchell
Ronal Mitchell
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August
August 7
August 14
August 21
August 28
Assisting
Minister
Acolytes
Landon Gates
Lector
Donna Thiessen
Marcia Dursi
Kara Danner
Jaime Wong-Lopez
Communion
Assistant
Tammy Heppner
Jacque Hill
Lynette Gates
Christine Howlett
Ushers
Anna Hartmayer
Don Harmayer
Ronal Mitchell
Jason Nice
Anna Hartmayer
Don Harmayer
Ronal Mitchell
Jason Nice
Anna Hartmayer
Don Harmayer
Ronal Mitchell
Jason Nice
Anna Hartmayer
Don Harmayer
Ronal Mitchell
Jason Nice
Tammy Heppner
Jacque Hill
Susan DeHaven
Christine Howlett
Serving on
Sundays
Beth Westerburg
Allison Samuels
Mary Malmberg
Susan and Stuart DeHaven
Tellers
Ex Axthelm*
Tammy Heppner
Bill Duerre
Altar Care
Ray Marquardt*,
Karen Grubbs
Diane Woodworth
Ray Marquardt*,
Donna Thiessen
Jacob Thiessen
Ray Marquardt*,
Debbie Marquardt, Kathy
Nice
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JULY
July/August
Sunday
3
8:00am
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Monday
4
Tuesday
5
Office Closed
Informal Worship with Holy Communion
Office Closed
Independence Day
10:30am Traditional Worship with Communion
12:15pm House of Faith International (HOFI)
7:00pm Spirit and Scripture Group
8:15pm Messengers of Peace
7:30pm Al-Anon—Lauxman House
10
11
Youth Group
Mission Trip to Hurley
8:00am
Informal Worship with Holy Communion
10:30am Traditional Worship with Communion
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Youth Group
Mission Trip to Hurley
9:00am Music Camp
10:00am Morning Bible Study
10:00am Beading for Haiti
7:00pm Spirit and Scripture Group
11:45am Liturgy Planning Meeting
12:15pm House of Faith International (HOFI)
Youth Group
Mission Trip to Hurley
8:15pm Messengers of Peace
7:30pm Al-Anon—Lauxman House
7:30pm AA Meeting—Lauxman House
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8:00am
18
Informal Worship with Holy Communion
10:30am Traditional Worship with Communion
9:00am Music Camp
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10:00am Morning Bible Study
10:00am Beading for Haiti
12:00pm Lunch Bunch - Atlantis
7:00pm Spirit and Scripture Group
12:15pm House of Faith International (HOFI)
8:15pm Messengers of Peace
7:30pm Al-Anon—Lauxman House
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8:00am
Informal Worship with Holy Communion
10:30am Traditional Worship with Communion
11:45am Farewell to Beth Olkowski and faimily
7:30pm AA Meeting—Lauxman House
25 Vacation Bible School - The 26 Vacation Bible School Peaceable Kingdom
The Peaceable Kingdom
9:00am Music Camp
10:00am Beading for Haiti
10:00am Morning Bible Study
7:00pm Spirit and Scripture Group
12:15pm House of Faith International (HOFI)
8:15pm Messengers of Peace
7:30pm Al-Anon—Lauxman House
7:30pm AA Meeting—Lauxman House
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Wednesday
Thursday
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Friday
Saturday
1
2
1:00pm Prayer Shawlers
10:00pm Late Night Prayer Service (HOFI)
6:00pm Facility Use—Watchmen
6
7
Holistic Ministry
8
1:00pm Project Boomerang
9
1:00pm Prayer Shawlers
10:00pm Late Night Prayer Service (HOFI)
4:00pm Yoga—Lauxman House
8:00pm AA Meeting in Lauxman
House
6:00pm Facility Rental—Watchmen Holistic Ministry
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14
Youth Group
Mission Trip to Hurley
9:00am Music Camp
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Youth Group
Mission Trip to Hurley
9:30am Quilting
1:00pm Project Boomerang 12:15pm Women’s Renewal at Peace (WRAP)
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Youth Group
Mission Trip to Hurley
9:00am Music Camp
1:00pm Prayer Shawlers
10:00pm Late Night Prayer Service (HOFI)
4:00pm Yoga—Lauxman House
8:00pm AA Meeting in Lauxman
House
6:00pm Facility Rental—Watchmen Holistic Ministry
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23
9:00am Music Camp
9:00am Music Camp
1:00 PM Project Boomerang
1:00pm Prayer Shawlers
5:30 PM Farewell Party at St.
Alban’s Episcopal Church for
Beth Olkowski and family
4:00pm Yoga—Lauxman House
10:00pm Late Night Prayer Service (HOFI)
2:00 PM Watchmen Holistic Ministry
Facilty Use - Leadership Meeting
8:00pm AA Meeting in Lauxman 6:00pm Facility Rental—Watchmen Holistic Ministry
House
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The Peaceable Kingdom
Beth Olkowski’s Last Day
9:30am Quilting
9:00am Music Camp
9:00am Music Camp
1:00pm Prayer Shawlers
1:00pm Project Boomerang
10:00pm Late Night Prayer Service (HOFI)
4:00pm Yoga—Lauxman House
30
8:00pm AA Meeting in Lauxman 6:00pm Facility Rental—Watchmen Holistic Ministry
House
10:00 AM Facility Use Parisi
6:00 PM Janet Viewing and Funeral
Service- HOFI
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Monday
1
Tuesday
2
10:00am Morning Bible Study
7:00pm Spirit and Scripture Group
10:00am Beading for Haiti
12:00pm First Monday Lunch
at Green Springs
7:30pm Al-Anon—Lauxman House
7
8:00am
Informal Worship with Holy Communion
8:15pm Messengers of Peace
7:30pm AA Meeting—Lauxman House
8
9
10:00am Beading for Haiti
10:00am Morning Bible Study
10:30am Traditional Worship with Communion
7:00pm Spirit and Scripture Group
12:15pm House of Faith International (HOFI)
8:15pm Messengers of Peace
7:30pm Al-Anon—Lauxman House
14
8:00am
Informal Worship with Holy Communion
15
16
10:00am Beading for Haiti
10:00am Morning Bible Study
10:30am Traditional Worship with Communion
12:00pm Lunch Bunch
11:45am
7:00pm Spirit and Scripture Group
Liturgy Planning Meeting
12:15pm House of Faith International (HOFI)
8:15pm Messengers of Peace
7:30pm Al-Anon—Lauxman House
7:30pm AA Meeting—Lauxman House
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8:00am
22
Informal Worship with Holy Communion
10:00am Beading for Haiti
23
10:00am Morning Bible Study
10:30am Traditional Worship with Communion
7:00pm Spirit and Scripture Group
12:15pm House of Faith International (HOFI)
8:15pm Messengers of Peace
7:30pm Al-Anon—Lauxman House
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8:00am
Informal Worship with Holy Communion
7:30pm AA Meeting—Lauxman House
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30
10:00am Beading for Haiti
10:00am Morning Bible Study
10:30am Traditional Worship with Communion
7:00pm Spirit and Scripture Group
12:15pm House of Faith International (HOFI)
8:15pm Messengers of Peace
7:30pm Al-Anon—Lauxman House
7:30pm AA Meeting—Lauxman House
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Wednesday
3
Thursday
4
1:00pm Project Boomerang
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Friday
Saturday
5
6
1:00pm Prayer Shawlers
10:00pm Late Night Prayer Service (HOFI)
6:00pm Facility Use—Watchmen
4:00pm Yoga—Lauxman House
8:00pm AA Meeting in Lauxman
House
10
11
1:00pm Project Boomerang 9:30am Quilting
12:15pm Women’s Renewal at Peace (WRAP)
Holistic Ministry
12
13
1:00pm Prayer Shawlers
10:00pm Late Night Prayer Service (HOFI)
4:00pm Yoga—Lauxman House
8:00pm AA Meeting in Lauxman
6:00pm Facility Rental—Watchmen Holistic Ministry
House
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18
1:00pm Project Boomerang
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20
1:00pm Prayer Shawlers
10:00pm Late Night Prayer Service (HOFI)
4:00pm Yoga—Lauxman House
8:00pm AA Meeting in Lauxman
6:00pm Facility Rental—Watchmen Holistic Ministry
House
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25
1:00 PM Project Boomerang 9:30am Quilting
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27
1:00pm Prayer Shawlers
10:00pm Late Night Prayer Service (HOFI)
8:00pm AA Meeting in Lauxman
House
6:00pm Facility Rental—Watchmen Holistic Ministry
4:00pm Yoga—Lauxman House
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2
1:00pm Project Boomerang
1:00pm Prayer Shawlers
7:00pm Men’s Ministry
Planning Meeting
10:00pm Late Night Prayer Service (HOFI)
4:00pm Yoga—Lauxman House
8:00pm AA Meeting in Lauxman 6:00pm Facility Rental—Watchmen Holistic Ministry
House
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Peace Lutheran Church
6362 Lincolnia Road
Alexandria, VA 22312
Address Correction Requested
“THE WORDS OF PEACE” ~ AUGUST 21, 2016
(Inputs should be emailed to: [email protected] or [email protected] or leave in secretary’s mailbox)
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Peace Events
Contact Info
[email protected]
Phone: 703-354-5233
Fax: 703-750-6773
Sunday Services
8:00 a.m. Informal Worship and Holy
Communion
10:30 a.m. Traditional Worship
12:15 p.m. House of Faith International Service
Nursery & Preschool Care Provided from 10 -12
Weekly Services
Friday Prayer Service (HOFI) 10:00 p.m.
Editor in Chief: Kris Rinnert Editor: Beth Olkowski
Contributors: Pastor Sarah Scherschligt,
July 10—15
July 19
July 23
July 25-29
July 25
Youth Mission Trip to Hurley, VA
Lunch Bunch at Atlantis
Farewell Potluck for the Olkowski’s
Vacation Bible School
Quilting
August 7
August 11
August 11
August 16
August 25
Children, Youth and Family Ministry Meeting
Quilting
Women Renewing at Peace (WRAP)
Lunch Bunch at Juke Box Diner
Quilting
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