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!
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.
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
The tire was flat, so he had to crawl under the car. While changing the tire, he got dirty and his hands were hurt.
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“.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
Are you looking to donate funds as we approach the end of 2018? Consider giving over and above your regular tithe to four areas of ministry:
1. General Fund ($100,000)
2. Replace Children’s Play Area in the Fellowship Center ($100,000)
3. Conference Center Upgrades ($50,000)
4. Financial Assistance for 30+ Students attending the 2019 LCMS Youth Gathering in Minneapolis ($30,000)
1. ONLINE: Go HERE to give online (preferred method)
2. SUNDAY OFFERING: Put a check in the Sunday offering. Make checks payable to “Prince of Peace Lutheran Church”, note which ministry you’re giving to in the memo section.
3. MAIL: Mail a check (see #2) to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Attention Sandy Ericksen, 4000 Midway Road, Carrollton, TX 75007.
Want to donate stocks or other means of income? Contact Al Johnson.
Our new Youth Director, Jeremiah Bauer, his wife, Kaitlin, and their sons, Caleb (3) and Levi (18 mos), will be moving to Texas the last week of November.
First Time Home Owners
Remember the first time you purchased a home? There is so much to do! Stock the refrigerator and pantry. Buy furniture. Landscaping. The list goes on and on. YOU can engage in welcoming the Bauers to Texas and POPLC by serving in one of three ways:
1. Purchase or Donate Needed Appliances, etc.
They are in need of the following: Refrigerator, Washer & Dryer, Lawnmower, Edger, Weed Eater, Blower and Large Ladder.
If you would like to purchase or donate (if donating, only items that are LIKE NEW, barely used) one of these items for the Bauer family, contact Dave Rahberg for measurements, to arrange delivery or donate funds.
2. Purchase Designated Gift Cards
You can help with expenses by donating funds for gift cards to Kroger, Target, Home Depot and Walmart.
Visit the designated table in the Fellowship Center on Sundays, November 18 & 25 and December 2 to donate funds for gift cards.
Questions? Contact Madelyn Sosinski.
3. Help Prepare Their Home for Move-In
We are assembling a team of 10 people to help with minor repairs and cleaning. Want to help? Contact Dick Ranker.
Help welcome the Bauer family to POPLC by flooding them with welcome notes! Stop by the Fellowship Center between November 18 and December 2 and write a note. Supplies provided.
>>> Jeremiah’s installation will be on Sunday, December 9. Go HERE for details.
$2,925+ was given to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church for Giving Tuesday 2018! Thank you to everyone who supported the ministry of POPLC as we continue to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ and lead others to a relationship with Him!
After Black Friday and Cyber Monday comes #GivingTuesday, a global day of generosity! We invite and encourage YOU to give to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church on Tuesday, November 27.
How to Give to POPLC
#GivingTuesday is an opportunity for you to give OVER and ABOVE your regular giving (tithe).
If you already have a login, go HERE. Click on Beyond My Tithe, then Giving Tuesday.
Need to create a login? Go HERE.
Or Give Now without a login.
Thank you for your generosity! You may donate instantly without a login HERE. Click on Beyond My Tithe, then Giving Tuesday.
Mission and Vision of POPLC
HE LEADS. WE FOLLOW.
To learn more about the mission and vision of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, go HERE.
How will the Donations be Used?
All donations received on November 27, will be used for ministry needs, outreach and property.
What is #GivingTuesday?
#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Learn more HERE.