FAITH AT HOME

We believe faith begins in the HOME and is where faith is lived out. It is our desire to equip you to BE THE CHURCH where you live, work and play.
 

2019 SUMMER MINISTRY: STEP UP

God is REAL. He is PRESENT. He does not take the SUMMER off!

STEP UP! You and your family are encouraged to take the NEXT STEP in your faith journey this summer through Bible classes and service opportunities. We invite you to STEP UP and stay active in your faith throughout the months of June, July and August.
 
CHILDREN: (birth – grade 6)
STEP UP to the next class based on your grade for Fall 2019
NEW this summer: POP-POP! This preteen ministry will combine grades 5 and 6.
KidZone (2nd floor) | Sundays | 9:30am | Contact Jessica Janscha
Learn more about summer Sundays in KidZone HERE.

YOUTH: (grades 7-12)
STEP UP to the next class based on your grade for Fall 2019
Youth Center | Sundays | 9:30am | Contact Jeremiah Bauer
Learn more about summer Sundays and FUN activities for Youth HERE.

ADULTS:
STEP UP and join a Bible class this summer!
Already a regular Bible class attender? Great! Keep it up through the summer.
Been wanting to join a class? Super! Now is a great time to start.
Too busy this summer to join a class? Join one anyways! You will be blessed by the Word of God and the encouragement from others in the class.
View class listings HERE.
Have a question about Adult Bible classes? Contact Pastor Dan Trempala.
 

SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

You are encouraged to intentionally seek out ways to serve God by serving others where you live, work and play. In addition, you are invited to serve in the following ways this summer through Prince of Peace:

June 10-14: Vacation Bible School
Help serve our local community by volunteering to share God’s name through VBS!
More information and to sign up, go HERE.

August 24: Feed My Starving Children
You are invited to join in a special servant event. We will be packing food at Feed My Starving Children for those who are hungry and struggle to afford food.
Sign up by contacting Jeremiah Bauer.
 

LEARN MORE ABOUT FAITH AT HOME

Want to learn more about Faith at Home (FAH)? Contact one of the FAH team members listed below:
Dave Rahberg, FAH Director
Jeremiah Bauer, Youth Director
Many Lowe, Parent Ministry
Jessica Janscha, Children’s Director
Barb vonBehren, Community Engagement
Jennifer Clark, Children’s Coordinator
Carol Slawson, New Member & Benevolence

June 2 – August 25

 

 
Watch Sermon Videos HERE.

Renewed Joy, Love and Loyalty

“Return to me, says the Lord of hosts, and I will return to you” (Zechariah 1:3). God’s word to His people then is still His word to His people now. Like the Israelites, WE have departed from the Lord. In this series, we journey through all 12 of the Minor Prophets, exploring how God invites His people to repent of their sins and return to Him with renewed joy, renewed love and renewed loyalty.

June 2: The Minor Prophets Introduction
Old Testament Reading: Joel 2:12-17
Throughout the Minor Prophets, the voice of the Lord descends like the roar of a Lion. His righteous word of rebuke and judgment comes to shake us and revive us. As a loving Father disciplines his children, so our Heavenly Father disciplines us. But what is the true message of the Father? It’s not, do better, work harder, get your act together. The word of the Gospel is that the Lord desires a relationship. The Lord simply says, “Return to me.”

June 9: Joel (Pentecost)
Old Testament Reading: Joel 2:18-32
The day of the Lord comes with both judgment and hope. God’s people should repent and look forward to the day when God’s Spirit will be poured out on all flesh.

June 16: Hosea
Old Testament Reading: Hosea 3: 1-5
God’s people are like an unfaithful bride; yet even their adultery cannot exhaust God’s redeeming love.

June 23: Amos
Old Testament Reading: Amos 2: 4-16
God’s people have become complacent, oppressing the poor and worshiping false gods. As a result, God’s judgment is coming. Amos calls the people to turn from their hypocrisy and pursue justice and righteousness.

June 30: Obadiah (Patriotic Sunday)
Old Testament Reading: Verses 1-21
Edom will experience God’s retributive judgment because of their alliance with Babylon. God’s people will be restored because of His covenant love and faithfulness.

July 7: Jonah
Old Testament Reading: Jonah 4: 1-11
The Lord is a God of boundless compassion, not just for us (i.e. Jonah and the Israelites), but also for them (i.e. the pagan sailors and Ninevites).

July 15: Micah
Old Testament Reading: Micah 6:6-8
God speaks words of warning and hope to His people. Though He scatters His people for their sins, He is also the Shepherd-King who in covenant faithfulness gathers, protects and forgives His people.

July 21: Nahum
Old Testament Reading: Nahum 1: 1-15
God is sovereign over the nations, and in His sovereignty, He will bring judgment against mighty Assyria.

July 28: Habakkuk
Old Testament Reading: Habakkuk 1: 1-11
God will use Babylon as an instrument of His judgment against Israel – but how is this fair, since Babylon is a wicked and godless people? Though God’s ways are sometimes mysterious, they are always good, and the righteous will live by faith in God’s character and promises.

August 4: Zephaniah
Old Testament Reading: Zephaniah 3: 14-20
The day of the Lord approaches with two faces: one of judgment against sin and one of blessing for those who seek God.

August 11: Haggai
Old Testament Reading: Haggai 1: 1-11
God’s people should rebuild God’s house – the temple – so that they can enjoy God’s presence.

August 18: Zechariah
Old Testament Reading: Zechariah 9: 9-17
God’s people should repent and renew their covenant with God. After exile, God is renewing His commitment to restore Judah as His treasured people.

August 25: Malachi
Old Testament Reading: Malachi 3: 6-12
God’s people were apathetic, compromising the demands of proper worship. Malachi calls them to renewed covenant fidelity.

May 2019 Message Series

 
 
Watch Sermon Videos HERE.

Christian Life is Uncomfortable

American culture is a culture of comfort. It’s being sold to us everywhere we look. We’re encouraged to do what we want, when we want, with whomever we want. If something is uncomfortable, we want to avoid it at all costs. The Christian faith, though, is just that: uncomfortable. It is when we are uncomfortable that The Comforter (Holy Spirit) responds. For God has no need to comfort the comfortable. But the Lord delights in comforting the uncomfortable.

April 28: Uncomfortable Mission
New Testament Reading: Acts 1: 4-9
Now that Jesus has risen from the dead, what do we do now? The disciples ask Jesus, “will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” In other words, is now the time for peace and comfort? Jesus responds by saying, “You will be my witnesses….to the end of the earth.” What an uncomfortable mission! A mission to people who don’t look like me, act like me, believe like me. They are nothing like me. They make me uncomfortable.

May 5 (Confirmation Sunday): Uncomfortable Commitment
New Testament Reading: Hebrews 10: 19-25
Holding fast to a confession when the world calls you a fool is – uncomfortable. Stirring up one another to love and good works means someone might push my buttons. That is – uncomfortable. Wouldn’t it be better to just avoid it all together? More and more people say, “I love Jesus but not the Church.” That’s like saying, “I like you, but your wife is ugly.” Jesus is the head of His Church. We cannot have a relationship with the head without the body.

May 12 (Mother’s Day): Uncomfortable Gospel
New Testament Reading: Philemon
The Church of Jesus is called to live out the Gospel in radical ways – in ridiculous ways – in uncomfortable ways. Faith in Jesus is more than believing in Jesus. It is more than believing historical events. Faith in Jesus is transformational. Faith in Jesus is uncomfortable. Faith in Jesus changes everything.

May 19: Uncomfortable CommUNION
New Testament Reading: 1 Corinthians 11: 17-26
We want to be somebody but that often means seeing other people as nobody. During the Lord’s Supper, we are in Communion with Jesus through His really present body and blood. But guess what, we are also in Communion with Christ’s body of forgiven sinners called the Church. Each of us claims the words of the hymn, “Nothing in my hand I bring – only to the cross I cling.” This truth levels the fields and makes us all a nobody who are forgiven by the body and blood of somebody – Jesus Christ.

May 26: Uncomfortable Humility
New Testament Reading: 2 Corinthians 4: 7-18
Our culture says You, the customer, are always right. In our world, You, the customer, are the center of the universe. Everything revolves around you. The uncomfortable truth of the Church is this – it’s about Jesus, not you.

Elder Meeting Minutes

2019

Elder Minutes April 9, 2019
Elder Minutes March 12, 2019
Elder Minutes February 12, 2019
Elder Minutes January 8, 2019
Elder Minutes January 5, 2019
 

2018

Elder Minutes December 11, 2018
Elder Minutes November 13, 2018
Elder Minutes October 9, 2018
Elder Minutes September 11, 2018
Elder Minutes September 4, 2018
Elder Minutes August 21, 2018
Elder Minutes August 14, 2018
Elder Minutes June 12, 2018
Elder Minutes May 25, 2018
Elder Minutes May 8, 2018
Elder Minutes April 10, 2018
Elder Minutes March 13, 2018
Elder Minutes February 13, 2018
Elder Minutes January 9, 2018
 

2017

Elder Minutes November 21, 2017
Elder Minutes October 17, 2017


 

For all 2019 Grads and Families

Prince of Peace Youth Ministry invites the Class of 2019 High School Graduates and their families to celebrate this exciting milestone!

Sundays, April 7 and 14 | 12:30pm | Room 301
Take a stroll down memory lane, recalling the faithfulness of God through your child’s life and looking ahead in faith at life after graduation.

Sunday, April 28 | 11:00am | Worship Center
We will recognize all 2019 graduates and their families at the 11:00am worship service through a blessing and presentation of a gift.

Please RSVP HERE.

Questions? Contact Jeremiah Bauer.

Host an Egg Hunt for Easter 2019

Are you ready to engage in a fun way of sharing the love of Jesus with your family, neighbors, co-workers, friends and more? POPLC is trying something new this Easter and we would love for you to join us!

The Faith at Home Team is excited to walk with families; equipping, mentoring and strengthening them to fulfill Jesus’ mission of living out faith at home. God invites each of us to “let His light shine before others” in the places we live, work and play (Matthew 5:16).

We desire to come alongside and equip you to Be the Light this Easter. The idea is for many Easter Egg Hunts to take place across the metroplex hosted by the body and friends of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. It can be in your yard, a neighborhood park, your work place . . . wherever you desire. It can be small or large, for your grandkids or neighborhood, just an egg hunt or an afternoon of fellowship and fun, with people you know or people you’d like to meet – YOU GET TO DECIDE!

SIGN UP HERE TO HOST AN EGG HUNT.

The Faith at Home Team wants to equip you with whatever it takes to make your egg hunt a reality (eggs, stuffers, invitations, ideas, etc.).

Have questions or want to learn more? Contact Barb vonBehren.

If you know you would like to host an Egg Hunt, sign up HERE. You will be contacted and provided all the details.
 
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GENEROUS GIVING

God Created Us to Serve Him by Serving One Another:

A man was driving his car, when he saw an old lady, stranded on the side of the road. He saw that she needed help. So he stopped his Pontiac near her Mercedes and got out.

He smiled, while he was approaching her, still she was worried, as nobody had stopped for hours. Moreover, he did not look safe, as his appearance was so poor and shabby. He could see, how frightened she was, so he tried to calm her: „ I‘m here to help you, don‘t worry. My name is Bryan Anderson“.

The tire was flat, so he had to crawl under the car. While changing the tire, he got dirty and his hands were hurt.

When the job was done, she asked how much she owed him for his help. Bryan smiled. He said: „If you really want to pay me back, the next time you see someone, who needs help, give that person the needed assistance. And think of me“.

A the same evening, the lady stopped by a small cafe. That place looked dingy. Then she saw a waitress, nearly eight months pregnant, wiping her wet hear with a towel. The waitress had a sweet friendly smile, although she had spent on her feet the whole day.

The lady wondered, how someone, who has so little, can be so kind and giving to a strange. Then she remembered Bryan.

The lady had finished her meal and paid with a hundred dollar bill. The waitress went to get change and when she came back, the lady was gone. She left a note on the napkin: „You don‘t own me anything. Somebody once helped me, just like now I‘m helping you. If you really want to pay me back, do not let this chain of love end with you“. The waitress found four more one hundren bills under the napkin.

That night the waitress came home earlier. She was thinking about the lady and the money she left. She was wondering, how the lady could know, how much she and her husband needed it? Especially now, when the baby will soon arrive. She knew, that her husband worried about that, so she was glad to tell him good news. Then she kissed him and whispered; “Now everything will be all right. I love you, Bryan Anderson”.

Retirement Workshop

All Ages Welcome!

Saturday, February 2 | 9:00am – 1:00pm

Do you think you are too young or too old to plan for retirement?  THINK AGAIN!  This workshop is for everyone.  It’s never too early or too late to plan. 

Free workshop.  Lunch provided.  Location: POPLC Conference Center

Register to Attend

Contact Pastor Ken Holdorf via email HERE to register.

Retirement Is Not Just About Finances

When planning for retirement, the most common issue talked about is finances. While important, money is only one of the many issues that must be addressed regarding an overall healthy retirement.

  1.  Retirement is a relatively new concept.
  2.  The purpose of retirement has changed over the years.
  3.  Retirement years have extended as life expectancy has increased.
  4.  Actual retirement can take place years before and after the age of 65.
  5.  Most people do not adequately plan for retirement.
  6.  There are ten top reasons why people flunk retirement.
  7.  It is common to have a negative attitude about retirement.
  8.  There are 20 common myths about retirement.
  9.  At what age should a person prepare for retirement?
  10.  Planning for retirement involves dealing with questions, fear, concerns and hopes.
  11.  What are the main reasons why people like retirement?
  12.  What are the main reasons why people do not like retirement?
  13.  Retirement from something must also include retirement to something.
  14.  What is your purpose for retirement?
  15.  Have you ever thought about obtaining a Master’s Degree in retirement? 

Questions?

Contact Pastor Ken Holdorf HERE.

Jan – Feb 2019 Message Series

 

January 6 (Epiphany): All That is Within Me
Old Testament Reading: Psalm 103: 1-5
Is your soul healthy? We almost never ask this question, but we should. Our physical bodies get a lot of attention. We get annual check-ups. We sign up for hot yoga, Crossfit, and Pilates and pretend to like them. Similarly, our bank accounts, vehicles, children, and lawns get regular attention. But we rarely, if ever, focus on our souls. It’s time for a soul check-up.

January 13: A Quiet Soul
Old Testament Reading: Psalm 131
We talk about slowing down, about finding time to relax and decompress. That’s great in theory, but I’m not sure we can control the volume and velocity of our existence. Living life with this level of intensity can produce anxiety, fear, and a sense of desperation. I wonder, even in a fast and furious world, can we cultivate quiet souls? Can we be calm and peaceful and at rest on the inside, even when all around us is chaos and noise? Psalm 131 gives us insight into David’s unique ability to maintain a quiet and restful soul.

January 20 (MLK weekend): Inside Job
New Testamnet Reading: Philippians 1: 3-6
Where did God start His work? He starts IN you and it is HIS work not yours. This means we don’t have to force anybody to believe, look, act, or talk a certain way. That is God’s responsibility and He is really good at it. This can be frustrating because most of us have discovered that a small dose of threats and condemnation goes a long way. So why wait for God? Because His kind of change is the only authentic, lasting, soul-level change. We may be able to change the outside, but God alone can change the inside.

January 27: Feelings – Good Companion Bad Leader
Old Testament Reading: Psalm 42: 1-11
Psalm 42 reminds us that God knows exactly what is going on inside of us. God is the master architect of the complicated, confusing, and even contradictory constructs that make up our souls. If God designed the human soul, then it’s only logical that he would know how to fix it when it gets out of alignment. Yet sometimes we are so embarrassed by our emotions and so freaked out by our feelings that we avoid the one who knows our souls the best.

February 3 (Super Bowl): Surrendered and Surrounded
New Testament Reading: 1 Corinthians 16: 5-9
We weren’t designed to be alone. We are relational beings. No matter how introspective or shy we might be, we are all designed for community. We are meant to benefit from one another. How do you live an effective life? You surrender to the lover of your soul – but you don’t do it alone. You surround yourself with other surrendered people.

February 10: Love is God or God is Love?
New Testament Reading: 1 Corinthians 13
God is love, and God designed our souls to thrive within the context of authentic love. Just like our need for hope and stability, love is a fundamental desire of our souls. If love is foundational to the human experience, then how do we define and locate love? Either, Love is God or God is love. How you define and locate love makes all the difference.

February 17: Stretchy Souls
Old Testament Reading: Exodus 13: 17-18; 14: 10-14
To grow stronger, your muscles must stretch, hurt, and be torn. You know – “No pain, No gain.” If this is true about our bodies, could it also be true of our souls? The answer is, Yes! Sometimes God will keep us from experiences because our souls are not strong enough. Other times, the Lord will see us through times of pain when he stretches and heals our souls.

February 24: Soul Anchor
New Testament Reading: Hebrews 6: 17-20
In this series, we are defining the soul as the “inside you.” It’s your heart; your inner being; your mind, will, and emotions. If you are like me, your soul has the tendency to drift like a boat on a sea. The purpose of an anchor is to keep you from drifting. It keeps you from being carried by every wake and current that swirls past. Ultimately, an anchor keeps you from capsizing. We all need an anchor for our soul.

March 3: Your True Identity
New Testament Reading: Ephesians 2: 1-10
Sometimes we like to think that we are doing pretty good before knowing God, and then we found God, and then we got even better. In reality, we were dead, lost and helpless, then God found us, and he completely changed us. We are new people, born anew from the inside out. We are not remodeled or whitewashed versions of our old selves. Our souls are born again. They have been made brand-new. This is your true identity.