DECEMBER NEWSLETTER


 

Fall & Winter Worship Schedule

 

Sunday's 

9:00- 10:00am    Sunday School/Education Hour

10:15am               Worship

Advent Services:

Wednesday's Dec. 5, 12 & 19  

12:00pm & 7:00pm

Christmas Cantata:

Sunday, Dec. 16 @ 10:15am

Christmas Eve Services:

Monday, Dec. 24

Candlelight Services @ 4:30pm & 7:00pm

Please join us after Worship Service for coffee in the fellowship hall!

 

From Pastor Dave Zemke:


Every year at about this time a great cry erupts. People are upset that stores have begun to sell Christmas décor earlier every year. By now, it’s not odd to see one aisle of Christmas merchandise up before Halloween. And certainly, November first is a Yule wonderland, Thanksgiving notwithstanding. As a former retail employee I understand all this to just be a necessity of the workload. We simply don’t have time between Halloween and Thanksgiving to get everything we want to sell out onto the sales floor. I’m sure that’s not a good enough reason for many people. And I’m sure there are further arguments against the commercialization of Christmas, but that’s for another day. 

Christmas is my favorite holiday. I’m sure you probably already knew that. I’m a pastor and we really do get excited about Christmas. In spite of my waistline, it’s not my favorite holiday because of the baking. It’s my favorite holiday because I love to hear the story of Jesus’ birth and I love to tell that story, that old story we know so well, again. It just doesn’t get any better than announcing the birth of the savior to the world.

As a Christian I’m a little confused about this outcry against early Christmas decorating. Don’t we want everybody to know about Jesus? Isn’t this a wonderful way to get people excited about Jesus? Isn’t this just free publicity? I think, as a Church, Christians in America should change their tunes. We should start setting our yard nativities up in July! Wouldn’t that create the buzz for which we’ve been looking?

More to the point, Christmas is an evangelistic opportunity par excellence. When else do you get such a blatant opportunity to talk about who Jesus is and what he’s here to do? The major gift of Christmas isn’t wrapped up in paper with a nice bow. The foremost gift of Christmas is the chance to show somebody the real reason for the season and the real reason for our joy.

This also entails two points. I want to put the Christ back in Christmas. I don’t celebrate “the holidays.” Unless of course you mean Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany, but nobody does mean that. So I say merry Christmas. But more than that, I tell the story of a loving God who has blessed us with His most precious gift, Jesus. This also means putting the Mass back in Christmas. That is to say, putting the worship of God in His house on His days, back into our schedule is part of Christmas. I know none of you faithful souls have any problem with this. I bring this up because it’s a great time to invite people to church! They’re looking for a meaning in the season and they’re looking for that one thing they lack: Jesus. They will find that in God’s house.

This year, let us celebrate not just the coming of Christ, but the wonderful gift of an opportunity to tell about the real reason for Christmas.

 

 

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From the Preschool:

Diane Bradseth, Director            

News from the Preschool


We are thankful for November!

November brought many things to be thankful for including our Thanksgiving Feasts.  We had countless hours of fun, creating crafts, feast wear, plus lots of reading and learning!  We also earned many food items to be given to the North County Community Food Bank.  With Thanksgiving as our theme, the children focused on “what they are thankful for”.  They also learned to thank others for the good that they do.

Come One, Come All!

Our Christmas Program is on December 16 @ 3:00pm.  It will be a celebration of the birth of our Lord, with the program followed by wonderful treats and a special visitor.  Please have your child here for costuming at 2:30pm.

Drive on In:

November was our Food Drive month.  Many thanks to the families for their donations!  Thanks for helping us teach the children about giving and leading your child to “earn” their donations with chores and special help at home.  We raised double food this year!!!

Thanksgiving Feasts!

In celebration of Thanksgiving, each class held a Thanksgiving Feast.  They were a big success!  Many thanks to the families who participated and helped in the kitchen!  See our Facebook page for photos of these events.

“Wild West Round-Up!”

Howdy Partners!  Mosey on over to our annual Preschool/Kindergarten Auction!  We will hold it on March 9 at 5:00pm.  It is an evening full of old west fun at a starlit Corral!  There will be many wonderful items to bid on at both our Silent and Live Auctions.  Once again, this awesome event is free!  Tickets are limited and will be available on February 11.  We are looking for donations for both the live and silent auctions.  If you would like to donate an item(s) to our Auction, we will be collecting them in February.  This is a large event and our primary fundraiser.  It requires lots of parent help!  Please let me know if there is any area in which you would like to serve for this event.  Our next Auction Planning Meeting will be January 16 @ 2:45 – 3:45pm.  Please come and share your ideas and talents for this fun event!

Registration 2019 - 20!!!

Registration for the Preschool and Kindergarten classes will begin on January 7, 2019.  We will again offer exclusive registration to all of our Preschool/Kindergarten families and Prince of Peace members for the month of January.  On February 1, we will open up Registration to the community.  You may pick up a packet from the table outside my office the last week of school in December, if you want to take one home over the Christmas Break.

We strive to keep our tuition costs low for our families, with increases to our tuition only when necessary to meet the increased cost of living in our community.  Due to the recent increases in the minimum wage laws for Washington State, we will be increasing our tuition to meet the increased staff wages. The new tuitions are listed in the new packets.  We will continueto offer you a high-quality program at competitive prices for our community.

Christmas Parties:

Our Christmas Parties are held from 10:00a-11:30am.  If your child’s class is having its Christmas Party, they will not have regular class times.  During the week of the Christmas parties, all classes not holding a party will have regular class schedules.

Policy Reminder:

Each month I will restate a policy or policies from our Parent Handbook, as needed.  These are issues that either have come up during the previous month or have importance for this particular month.

Illness:

If your child is showing any of the following symptoms of cold, flu, or any other communicable disease, please keep him/her home and inform the school:

1)Fever over 99.5*F

2)Frequent “wet” sneezing and/or coughing; thick or green nose drainage

3)Accompanying severe aches and pains

4)Nausea

5)Head Lice

6)Family member with serious communicable disease

Weather Policy:

We follow the Battle Ground School District’s inclement weather policies and procedures.  To reach their weather hotline, call: 885-5343 or go to their website: battlegroundps.org.  

If BGPS has no school, we won’t either.  If they have a one, two or three hour late start for any part of the district, we will cancel all of our classes.  If any of their preschool and/or kindergarten classes are cancelled, ours are cancelled as well. 

What’s up at POP?

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church has many activities for all ages.  Please join us at any or all of these events!

Sunday Worship Services:

 9:00am Sunday School

10:15am Worship

Wednesday Night Youth:

5:00pm-6:30pm

4th Grade – 12th Grade

Christmas Services:

Dec. 16 – 10:15am Christmas CantataDec. 24 -  4:30 & 7:00pm Christmas Eve    

    Services

Upcoming Events:

Dec. 16:  Christmas Program @ 3:00pm

Dec. 17-21: Christmas Parties 10:00-11:30am

(NOT regular class times!)

Dec. 17: MW3

Dec. 18: TTh3

Dec. 19: MWFam/pm

Dec. 20: TTh4, K

Dec. 21: Toddler

Dec. 24 - Jan. 4: Christmas Break

Jan. 7:    School Resumes

Contact Us:

Please feel free to contact me with 

any questions, comments or concerns  

at either: (360)687-2448 or

preschool@princeofpeacebg.com

Merry Christmas!

 

 

Diane Bradseth, Director

 

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Our Fall Sunday Worship Schedule 

Sunday School Classes begin at 9am 

 for an hour, followed by a 15 minute break. 

Sunday Church Service begins at 10:15am.  

 

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The Youth are making Caramel Apples 

Saturday, Dec. 8th @ 10am!

Don’t forget to Pick Up Your Apples

Sunday, Dec. 9th from 9-11am!

Thank you for Continuing to Support the Youth and their efforts to get to the National Youth Gathering in Minnesota!

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Hope you will Join Us 

at Prince of Peace, 

Sunday, December 16 @ 10:15am

for Our Christmas Cantata!

Dress Rehearsal for the Christmas Cantata will be Wednesday, Dec. 12 from 7:30pm-8:30pm

& Saturday, Dec. 15 from 10am-12:30pm!

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For Members of Prince of Peace…

 

Please See Poster in the Church Office Window!

 

 

 

You are invited to a unique worship service called The Longest Night-

 

a time of candlelight, readings, and music that bring hope and comfort

 

to those who are grieving or desire a contemplative way to worship this

 

Christmas Season.

 

 

 

Friday, December 21st, @ 7:00pm

 

St. John Lutheran Church

 

11005 NE Highway 99

 

Vancouver, WA  98686

 

360-573-1461

 

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Parish Activities Coming Events: 

 

Please Join Us

 

Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10am-12pm

 

as we Decorate the Church for Christmas!

 

 

 

snacks will be served in the kitchen for volunteers!


 

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Please Join Us

December 24, 2018 @ Prince of Peace 

for Our Candlelight Services!

4:30pm & 7pm 

 

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Advent Services @ Prince of Peace

Wednesday’s at Noon & 7:00pm

Dec. 5:  12:00pm & 7:00pm

Dec. 12:  12:00pm & 7:00pm

Dec. 19:  12:00pm & 7:00pm


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Once again we plan to adorn our worship space with Poinsettias.

 

If you would like to purchase a Poinsettia for the worship area, in memory of a loved one, in celebration of a family event, for the glory of God’s blessings or just because, please complete the information below and return this form to Lori in the Church Office. Please bring your Poinsettias to the Church by December 20, 2017, so they may be beautifully placed at the altar.

 

 

Name:_______________________________________

 

Phone:______________________________________

 

Occasion:____________________________________

 

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 #Poinsettias brought to the Church

 

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POP Quilt Ministry:  While POP's small group of quilters are not represented on the PPC, they continue to be a viable Ministry of the Prince 

of Peace community. Since its inception in 2017, these 7 women have made and delivered 96 lap and baby quilts and 12 receiving blankets.  These comfort items are appropriately divided between a hospice facility in Salmon Creek, Options 360 in Battle Ground as well as our own Stephens Ministry participants and is currently entirely funded by the women of this Ministry on behalf of the congregation.  Donations are gladly accepted.  The group meets at the home of Dona Thompson on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month and welcomes anyone wishing to join.  By the way, we would get more done if we didn't chat and laugh as much!

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Wednesday Night High School Youth

at Prince Of Peace @ 5:00pm!

Will Not Meet December 19 & 26.

Please check our website 

@ www.princeofpeacebg.org 

or the Youth and Family Bulletin Board 

for more details!!

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December Readers & Greeters!

 

December 2:       Readers/Diane & Zac Bradseth

 

  Greeter/Judy Brookshire

 

December 9:       Reader/Matt & Carol Ebert

 

  Greeters/Matt & Carol Ebert

 

December 16:      Reader/Keith & Ursula Ansell

 

    Greeter/Sue Sigrist

December 23:      Readers/Pastor Zemke

 

    Greeter/Bill & Louise Tucker

 

December 30:      Readers/Keith & Ursula Ansell

 

            Greeter/Debbie Ostrand


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Calling all Women of Prince of Peace!   

Tuesday, December 11 @ 6:00pm, 

We will have a “Christmas Party”!

This year our devotions will be centered on 

"Women of the Bible",

with a different Woman featured each month.

Come and Join the fun and fellowship!

Questions?

please talk with Diane Bradseth or Cindy Klug.  

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Sun

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

 

 

DECEMBER

1

10am-12pm                   Elyssa Morris/            POP Christmas Decorating

2

9:00 - 10am      Sunday School 

10:15am        Worship                 

3

Church Office Closed

9-3pm            Preschool/K

10am                  Sisters in Christ 

7-8:30pm  AA

4

9-3pm                   Preschool/K    

1:30pm                     Staff Meeting 

 

5

9-3pm               Preschool/K  

11am                           POP Quilters

12pm  Advent Service 

5:00pm                         Youth Bible Study 

?-6:45pm                           Hand Bell Rehearsal

7pm  Advent Service

7:30-8:30pm           Choir Rehearsal          

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9-3pm                Preschool/K                       

10:00am              M&M  Prayer & Bible Study @ Carolines

6pm  AHG     Fellowship Hall

 

7

Church Office Closed

9-3pm                 Preschool/K    

 

8

10am  Caramel Apples

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9:00 - 10am      Sunday School

10:15am                 Worship

9-11am  Caramel Apple Pick Up!

5:30pm                  Amy Cole Recital

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9-3pm            Preschool/K 

10am                  Sisters in Christ  

7pm  Preschool Board Meeting

7-8:30pm  AA

 

 

11   

9-3pm                   Preschool/K  

1:15pm  PSK Staff Meeting  

6pm  Ladies Night

 

12

9-3pm                    Preschool/K

12pm  Advent Service  

5:00pm                         Youth Bible Study 

?-6:45pm                           Hand Bell Rehearsal

7pm  Advent Service

7:30-8:30pm           Christmas Cantata Dress Rehearsal   

 

13

9-3pm             Preschool/K 

10:00am              M&M  Prayer & Bible Study @ Carolines

1pm - Women’s Ministry Meeting  

6pm  AHG     Fellowship Hall

6:30pm   BLM 

14

Church Office Closed

9-3pm            Preschool/K 

6pm                     Suzanne Babcock

15

10am-12:30pm    Christmas Program Dress Rehearsal

16

Sunday School Christmas Break

10:15am   Worship/             Christmas Cantata

3pm              Preschool    Christmas Program

 

 

17

9-3pm                 Preschool/K  - Christmas Party! 

6pm  AA Potluck   7-8:30pm  AA Meeting

18

9-3pm                   Preschool/K    Christmas Party!  

 

6pm  PPC

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9-3pm                    Preschool/K Christmas Party!

11am                           POP Quilters                 

12pm  Advent Service

12:30pm  Staff Lunch 7pm  Advent Service

7:30-8:30pm           Choir Rehearsal         

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9-3pm                  Preschool/K Christmas Party!                     

10:00am              M&M  Prayer & Bible Study @ Carolines

6pm  AHG     Fellowship Hall

 

21

Church Office Closed 

9-3pm                 Preschool/K Christmas Party!    

 

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23

Sunday School Christmas Break

10:15am   Christmas Worship

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Sunday School Christmas Break

10:15am Worship

24

Preschool/K  - Christmas Break

4:30pm & 7pm Christmas Eve Srvc.

 

 

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Merry Christmas!

Church Office Closed

Preschool/K  - Christmas Break 

 

26

Church Office Closed

Preschool/K  - Christmas Break 

 

  

27

Church Office Closed

 Preschool/K  - Christmas Break 

10:00am              M&M  Prayer & Bible Study @ Carolines

6pm  AHG 

 

28

Church Office Closed        Preschool/K  - Christmas Break 

6pm                     Suzanne Babcock

 

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Prince of Peace News and Announcements:

 

Psk/Kindergarten

Dec. 16                                               Christmas Program 3:00pm

Dec. 17 – 21 Christmas Parties 10:00am-11:30am                                                  (NOT regular class times!)

Dec. 17 – MW3

Dec. 18 – TTh3

Dec. 19 – MWFam/pm

Dec. 20 - TTh4,K

Dec. 21 – Toddler

Dec. 24 - Jan. 4:  Christmas Break

Jan. 7:  School Resumes

                                                                                    

Women’s Ministries

2nd Tuesday of the Month

6-8pm @ Prince of Peace

 

 

Sister’s in Christ Bible Study

Monday’s

10am @ Lois Moffat’s

Not Meeting, December 17, 24 or 31.

 

Advent Services

Wednesday’s

12pm & 7pm @ Prince of Peace

Dec. 5th, 12th, & 19th.

 

Youth Bible Study                                              Wednesday’s                                                           5:00pm @ Prince of Peace                                            Not Meeting, December19 or 26 

Hand Bell Rehearsal 

Wednesday’s

?-6:45pm @ Prince of Peace                                 Not Meeting, December 19 or 26

 

Choir Rehearsal

Wednesday’s                                       7:30-8:30pm @ Prince of Peace                         Not Meeting, December 26

 

Prince of Peace Quilters

1st & 3rd Wednesday of each month

11am @ Dona’s

 

M&M Women’s Prayer & Bible Study

Thursday’s

10:00 am @ Caroline’s

Not Meeting, December 27


Serving Us in Worship:

December Readers:

2.     Diane & Zac Bradseth

9.      Matt & Carol Ebert

16.   Keith & Ursula Ansell

23.   Pastor Zemke

30.   Keith & Ursula Ansell

December Greeters:

2.      Judy Brookshire

9.      Matt & Carol Ebert

16.    Sue Sigrist

23.    Bill & Louise Tucker

30.    Debbie Ostrand

December Ushers:  

Elyssa Morris, Judy Doss,

Paul Ostrand, Paul Schumacher

Slides & Sound

2.     Joe Vaught & Tim Rast

9.     Keith & Lisa Rast

16.   Len Crawford

23.   TBD

30.   No Slides Needed!

December Flower Chart:

2.      Tom & Karen Goldsby

9.      Please Sign Up

16.    Please Sign Up

23.    Poinsettias

30.    Poinsettias


Please call Lori in the Church Office if you would like to volunteer to be an Usher, Lector, Greeter

or a part of the Slides and Sound Team!

 

 

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P r i n c e   o f    P e a c e

 

L u t h e r a n   C h u r c h 

 

Lori Young

 

Office Administrator

 

Office Hours:

 

Monday – Thursday

 

9:00am – 3:00pm

 

Lunch 12:00pm - 1:00pm

 

Last Friday of Each Month

 

8am2pm

 

Phone:  360-687-7455

 

Email:  popoffice@qwestoffice.net

 

Website:  www.princeofpeacebg.org

 

14208 NE 249th Street

 

Battle Ground, WA  98604

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*Tithing is our way of giving God thanks for what He does!

 

Contact Us:

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
14208 NE 249th Street
 Battle Ground, WA 98604
Phone: 360-687-7455 Fax: 360-687-7862
office@princeofpeacebg.com
www.princeofpeacebg.org
Preschool direct line: 360-687-2448

 

Church office hours
Monday - Thursday
9-3pm
Lunch 12:00-1:00pm.

Last Friday of Each Month

8am-2pm


Publication Deadlines


Submissions for the weekly church bulletin are due Wednesday’s by noon. Newsletter articles are due on the 15th of each month.  
Are you interested in learning how to become a newsletter editor or want to share your gifts with the church? To learn more: contact Lori in the church office.

 



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