Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
Saint Joseph, Illinois
We are a family of believers, united to know Christ and make him known.


Worship Times:
Saturdays at 5:00 p.m.
Sundays at 9:00 a.m.

Address:
802 East Douglas Street
Saint Joseph, IL 61873

Church Office Phone Number:
(217) 469-7422

Pastor Seth Jersild:
Pastor.Seth.JJ@gmail.com

Director of Christian Education
Shane Remington:
popsjyouth@gmail.com


Church Secretary:
Lori.Bensyl@popstjoe.com






ANNOUNCEMENTS:

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL:  DEALING WITH GRIEF – The death of a loved one is painful at any time, but the shorter days of winter and approaching holidays can be especially challenging, whether our loss is recent or one that occurred years ago. Beginning November 19th, join Melissa Idleman for a 4 week discussion of grief and mourning. Where is God in our suffering? Will it always hurt this much? How can I support and encourage others who are dealing with loss? The adult Sunday School class is a safe place for conversation and sharing. Class begins in the Main Sanctuary at 10:30 a.m.  All are welcome!

“BLUE CHRISTMAS” WORSHIP SERVICE, THURSDAY DECEMBER 21ST, 7:00 p.m.
Blue?  Yes, blue as in the blues.  As in "I am feeling blue."  Not everyone is up and cheery for the Christmas holidays.  Dealing with the death of a loved one, facing life after divorce or separation, coping with the loss of a job, living with cancer or some other dis-ease that puts a question mark over the future, and a number of other human situations can make parties and joviality difficult during the holiday season.  On Thursday, December 21st (the longest night of the year), Prince of Peace will hold a “Blue Christmas” service with Holy Communion at 7:00 p.m. which focuses on the needs of people who are blue at Christmas.  The service will be reflective, accepting where we really are, and holding out healing and hope through the promise of God which has come into the world through the birth of Jesus Christ, our Savior.  Keep this service in mind for that friend, family member or neighbor who is going through a hard time right now, and invite them to come with you!

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS FOR CHURCHES:  Living Word Family Church in Saint Joseph is holding an emergency preparedness educational event for churches on Friday, December 1st from 7:00-8:30 p.m.  All are invited to attend.  Please let Pastor Seth know if you will be coming.  Living Word is located at 1000 Park Avenue in St. Joseph.

CONFIRMATION STUDENTS: Our 7th-8th grade students meet for class every Sunday after worship at 10:30 in the East Fellowship Hall.  Confirmation students also come to church right after school each Wednesday from 3-5 with friends for fun, fellowship, and service activities.

WOMEN'S COFFEE AND PRAYER:  Need a midweek dose of powerful prayer?  How about support from other women who are ready to listen?  All women are invited to Geschenk Coffee and Tea Haus, 228 East Lincoln, in St. Joseph, on Wednesdays at 7:00 a.m.  Each week we'll hear a word of scripture, pray together and inspire one another for a new day--all while sharing delicious morning coffee or tea--and you'll still be in time for work or school!  See you there!
 
JOIN THE NORTH AMERICAN LUTHERAN CHURCH’S RESPONSE TO THE HURRICANE DISASTERS IN TEXAS AND FLORIDA
To support our national church's relief efforts,  securely donate online by clicking
here and following the cues for "hurricanes Harvey and Irma."  Thank you so much for your prayers and support!









WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY CONTINUES
We meet for bible study every Wednesday night at 6:30.  Everyone is encouraged to attend these hour-long classes; you can jump in any time!  Drinks and snacks will be provided at the beginning of each session.  Our discussion schedule will be as follows:
November 22:  No class (day before Thanksgiving)
November 29:  James chapters 3-5
December 6:  Ephesians chapters 1-2
December 13:  Ephesians chapters 3-4
December 20:  Ephesians chapters 5-6


SALT AND LIGHT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED, TUESDAY DECEMBER 12TH:  Salt and Light Ministries is working towards the Grand Opening of their new Urbana location in December.  They are in need of volunteers to help them organize for the opening!  If you are interested in helping, please contact Pastor Seth as soon as possible.  They would like to know how many people from Prince of Peace will be coming.  We will meet at the new location at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 12th.  The address is 1819 S. Philo Road in Urbana.  For information on Salt and Light’s ministry and philosophy, go HERE .  They are a great organization and a blessing to our community.  We hope you can come!

CHRISTMAS FELLOWSHIP DINNER FOR SATURDAY WORSHIPERS:  DECEMBER 16TH
All members and visitors who regularly attend the Saturday worship services are invited to enjoy a Christmas Fellowship Dinner immediately following worship on Saturday, December 16th (about 6:00 p.m.)  Main courses and drinks will be provided; if you would like to bring a side dish or a dessert, that would be great!   Please sign up if you are coming when the sign-up sheet becomes available.  Come and enjoy the fellowship and good food as we prepare to celebrate Christmas!

BAKED GOODS AUCTION, SUNDAY DECEMBER 3RD:
We will be auctioning baked goods after the 9:00 worship service on Sunday, December 3rd to support our high school Workcampers.  What can you do to help?  1) Provide baked goods for the auction!  Just bring them in before worship that day, and our high schoolers will get them ready for the auction.  2) Attend the auction after church!  Remember, your donations will enable our high school youths and their adult chaperones to go to Workcamp in July 0f 2018 to make repairs on the homes of people in need.  Thank you for making this excellent Christian mission trip possible for our young people!


HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH GATHERINGS take place in the youth room every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.  Check the "Youth" page for updates!

KIDSZONE SUNDAY CLASSES!  All youths aged pre-K through 6th grade meet in the West Fellowship Hall after worship.  After a full-group activity, the children will break into three separate groups (pre-K-K; grades 123, grades 456) for the last 25 minutes of class.  Parents, please pick your children up at 11:15 in their separate classrooms!

EAT, PRAY, CARDS:  WEDNESDAYS AT 10:00 A.M.
Each Wednesday, you are invited to meet in the newly revamped Sunday School room for a light brunch, a brief devotion led by Pastor Seth, and a few rounds of cards.  We will meet at 10:00 a.m. every Wednesday.  Please sign up in the Narthex if you will be attending either the first or second meetings (September 20 or 27th).