Thank You, Volunteers!
THIS MONTH IN
MAY 7 & 8
Grace Choir Presents: Once Upon A Parable
(See Page 3)
MAY 14 & 15
Growing Into Salvaon
On this Mother’s Day, as we honor all women who bless and nurture our lives,
we celebrate God who blesses and nurtures us as we “grow into salvaon.”
Bible Texts: 1 Peter 2:2-10; Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16; John 14:1-14
Worship Series Begins May 21
MAY 21 & 22
Is God Knowable?
How do you proclaim the gospel to those who know nothing of the Chris-
an tradion? An introducon to the Acts of the Apostles.
Bible Texts: Acts 17:22-33; John 14:15-21
MAY 28 (No worship on Memorial Day)
Lord, Is This the Time?
The disciples are le wondering how on earth they are going to carry on
the work Jesus has given them to do in his name.
Bible Texts: Acts 1:1-14; John 14:25-31
Pastor Rick Skare
Pastor Keith Long
Pastor of Life & Growth
Minister of Spiritual Care
Minister of Faith in Acon
21705 129th Ave. N.
Rogers, MN 55374
(press 3 to leave an emergency message for the pastor)
Mon-Thurs 8:00 AM-4:30 PM
Fri 8:00 AM-12:30 PM
Our Vision Statement
Our vision is to be a community where
everyone knows Christ’s Love and shares
Christ’s Love with all people.
Our Mission Statement
Christ works through us as we:
Welcome all people to grow in faith,
love and devoon,
Share Christ through word and deed,
Care for others and the world God
Work for jusce and peace.
Contact Jennie Priebe at
(763) 496-2401 or
June newsleer deadline:
May 12, 2017
GRACE CHOIR PRESENTS:
Once Upon a Parable
May 7 & 8 at all Services
Peace Market, Word of Peace’s popular churchwide rummage sale, is
coming up on June 1 & 2. This is our largest fundraiser of the year, with
proceeds going to support the ministry of Word of Peace.
Donaons & Volunteers Needed!
Donaons of gently used furniture, books, clothes, toys, tools, etc. may be
dropped off on May 30 & 31 from 12-7 PM.
We’ll need all hands on deck to help this be successful so please make
plans to be a part of this fun event! Sign up today on the kiosks in the
The sale runs on June 1 from 9 AM-8 PM and June 2 from 9 AM-Noon. Tell
your friends & family about this huge sale and share it on your social media
accounts! For more informaon contact Tracy Rowe at (763) 496-2421
Naonal Day of Prayer
Thursday, May 4
On Thursday, May 4, we are joining with other churches throughout the
U.S. in Naonal Day of Prayer. We will come together in prayer with all
other Rogers area churches for a prayer service at 7:00 PM on Thursday,
May 4 at the Rogers Community Room, 21201 Memorial Drive. We will
also be collecng non-perishable food donaons for CROSS Food Shelf.
Jesus told the crowds all these things in
parables; without a parable he told them
nothing. This was to fulfill what had been
spoken through the prophet, “I will open
my mouth to speak in parables. I will uer
things hidden from the foundaon of the
world” —Mahew 13:34-45
The Grace Choir musical, Once Upon a
Parable, uses the parables of the Prodigal
Son, the Good Samaritan and the Farmers
and the Vineyard to tell the story of Jesus,
himself. Jesus is played by five different
children, illustrang that we are all
called to be Jesus to the world. The music
is fresh and excing and the dialogue is
brisk and humorous. Don’t miss it!
Three Ministry Leaders on
Study Leave this Summer
Three of our ministry leaders will be taking
summer study leaves beginning in
June. Pastor Rick will be on leave June 9-
September 1 for a concentrated study on
leadership and strategic planning. Michael
Sahlen, Minister of Worship & Music,
will take his leave from June 2-August
24, studying with composion teacher
Dr. Sarah Miller at McPhail Center for
Music. Minister Krisn Skare’s study
leave will be from June 26-September 1
and her focus will be in the areas of grief,
trauma, illness, and Biblical study.
In addion to study, this me away will
be an opportunity for our ministry leaders
to spend me in worship, rest, rela-
onships, and spiritual renewal.
Join us for an hour as we pray for our community’s families, leaders, businesses,
April 27 & May 25
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Sunday, May 21, 2:00 PM
in the Word of Peace Parking Lot
Word of Peace will be celebrang and blessing one of our favorite
fair weather acvies: riding bikes and motorcycles! We want
to bless and pray for our safety as we take to the streets and
paths this summer.
Bring your bikes, trikes, scooters, and motorcycles to the church
parking lot for a short worship service and community ride. All
“Topics on Tap” is a
monthly discussion group
for adults, designed to be
an informal discussion that
leads to deeper thinking. Along with other curious
and open-minded learners, we’ll gather for a “cold
one” and some good old-fashioned table talk.
Facilitated by Pastor Keith and Word of Peace
member Greg Heinecke, the group meets on the
last Thursday of each month at Guadalajara restaurant
April 27: Death and Dying
May 25: The Meaning of Life
Look for suggested readings and viewings for these
topics at wordofpeace.org/topicsontap.
For more informaon, contact Dain Swanson at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (763) 496-2409.
Summer is almost here! Kids are
out of school and looking for ways
to keep busy. What beer way to
teach them the joy of giving back
to their community than by volunteering
at the CROSS Food Shelf in
Rogers? Providing these volunteer opportunies to kids at a
young age will follow them into their adult years.
CROSS is always in need of volunteers to sort food, clean refrigerators,
organize the birthday gi area, and more.
Please consider reaching out to CROSS for their current needs
and how you and your family can help. They have day, evening
and weekend openings.
Imagine the impact that can have on our community in the years
Calling all movie buffs! Join Pastor Keith for this
new and innovave study of how faith meets culture.
We will meet at the St. Michael Movie Theater
on Friday, April 28 for the 7pm showing of “The Circle*,”
[PG-13] starring Emma Watson and Tom
Hanks. Join Pastor Keith and others upstairs across
from the bar about 30 minutes prior to the start of
the movie as well as aerwards for discussion and
*Movie tle and me is subject to change.
Contact Pastor Keith at email@example.com or
(763) 496-2402 with quesons.
If you will only heed his every commandment that I am commanding you
today—loving the Lord your God, and serving him with all your heart and
with all your soul… You shall put these words of mine in your heart and
soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and fix them as an
emblem on your forehead. Teach them to your children, talking about
them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie
down and when you rise.
—Deuteronomy 11:13, 18-19
For the ancient Israelites, the commandments were considered to be words of “heart and
soul” that were bound to their hands and affixed to their foreheads—these powerful
promises were literally in front of their eyes 24/7/365! Nowadays, however, instead of
commandments, our hands and eyes are glued to tweets, status updates, and headlines,
all bathed in that mesmerizing so glow of the screen.
Pastor Keith Long
Pastor of Life and Growth
“Some studies esmate that an average person checks their screen 150 mes a day. In a recent publicaon, it was noted that
56 percent of children between the ages of 10 to 13 own a smartphone. While that fact alone may come as a shock, it is esmated
that 25 percent of children between the ages of 2 and 5 have a smartphone.” (pyschcentral.com)
Regardless of what you think about our use of technology, screens are probably here to stay. So why not wield that wireless
device for good, not necessity? Did you know that by texng a mere five digits (77977) you can make an impact for the kingdom
of God? In the me it takes you to update your profile or check your fantasy baseball lineup, you can make a donaon to
Word of Peace by using Pushpay®. You could even teach your child (how to use Pushpay®, not how to update your profile!)
So as you bond around the warm glow of the campfire this summer, remember the good we’re up to through Word of Peace;
then gather around that so glow of the screen, and joyfully text a one-me gi – or beer yet, invite your child to set up a
recurring donaon through Pushpay®, and thereby teach them the importance of being a cheerful and faithful giver “when you
are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise”.
Peace and Joy in Christ,
Text ‘woplc’ to 77977
Or visit wordofpeace.org/give
for giving to
CHILDREN, YOUTH AND FAMILY
People in Children, Youth, and Family ministry have an odd job. The other day, I got to sit on the floor
and fill 3,500 Easter eggs while talking to middle school students about video games. The week before
that, it was riddles and 5-minute mysteries.
But we also get to tell the great stories of the faith. We get to sing songs about Jesus with 3 year olds
and 30 year olds. We laugh and play and cry and wonder together. We teach and explore and care for
each other. It’s an odd, wonderful job.
At this me of the year, our “regularly scheduled programing” comes to an end. We move from church
school and confirmaon to Vacaon Bible School and summer camps. Our lessons and conversaons
move from the classroom to the campfire.
So I want to remind you: as our ministries and our lives take us in different direcons over the summer,
please know that we connue to be here for you. If you have quesons or concerns or just want to
come in for a visit, our joy and passion for helping you to share the story of Jesus with your children
and teens connues. We’d love to see you!
Director of Children, Youth
& Family Ministry
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
June 20-24, 9am-Noon
Pre-K through 5th Grade
Easter Fun at the Egg Hunt!
Sign Up Now!
$25 per child on or before June 1, 2017
$35 per child aer June 1, 2017
Registraon forms are available outside the Children’s Ministry
Office, or you can sign up online at wordofpeace.org/vbs.
WE NEED YOU!
Help make a difference in kid’s lives by volunteering for Vaca-
on Bible School this summer. We need over 200 volunteers to
help with VBS come to life. We have openings for crew leaders
(preschool and elementary), cra leaders, games leaders and
more! See the complete list and a descripon of each on the
registraon form wordofpeace.org/vbs. Many of our volunteers
return year aer year, with each member of their family either
aending or serving at VBS. This year, make it part of your fun
summer tradions and bring the whole family. Whether you
are a working parent, a grandparent, or someone who just likes
to have a great me with great kids – join our crew!
DONATIONS ARE NEEDED! Stop by the Children’s Ministry
office to see what is sll needed.
Show Off Your Talent at the Rogers Revue!
The Rogers Revue is a community talent show with proceeds benefing the Rogers
Area Seniors. If you would like to parcipate, please contact Michael Sahlen at
(763) 496-2414. Make plans to come to this fun family-friendly event!
Minneapolis Area Synod Assembly
The Minneapolis Area Synod Assembly convenes
on May 5 & 6 at Lord of Life Lutheran
Church in Ramsey. Each year at the assembly,
representaves from churches
throughout the Synod gather for worship,
business, keynote speeches and reports
from the naonal church.
The Minneapolis Area Synod consists of
155 missions, ministries and congregaons
of the ELCA. The synod (a word which
means “meeng together”) includes urban,
suburban and rural communies in the
greater metropolitan Minneapolis area.
The Minneapolis Area Synod is the largest
of the ELCA’s synods and home to some of
the largest Lutheran congregaons in the
Pastor Rick Skare and Pastor Keith Long are
represenng Word of Peace at this year’s
Rogers Senior Center—12913 Main Street. Open 9 AM-4:30
PM Monday-Thursday and 9 AM-3 PM Friday. Coordinator, Liz:
Senior Shop Rogers Bus—Thursdays at 10 AM, $1.00 per rider.
Assistance provided with groceries. Contact Judy: (763) 428-
Jammers Potluck & Music—Sunday, May 7, 1-5 PM (eat at 4
PM) at the Rogers Community Room (21201 Memorial Drive).
Bring a dish for potluck and enjoy free entertainment from
local musicians. Contact Dave: (763) 428-4217.
Word of Peace Kids-Care Bus takes seniors shopping at
Ridgedale on Tuesday, June 13. $1.00 round trip. Call Judy to
sign up, (763) 428-7657.
Monthly Book Club—10:30 AM Wednesday, May 24. New
members welcome! Meeng date is the 4th Wednesday each
month, a different book discussed each me. April book is
Wild by Cheryl Strayed. Call Liz: (763) 428-0939.
Games at the Senior Center—500: Mondays at 1 PM. Cribbage:
Wednesdays at 1 PM. Mah Jongg: Fridays at 9:30 AM.
Texas Canasta: Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays at 1 PM.
Call Liz: (763) 428-0939.
Grease at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre: Wednesday, June
7, 10:15 AM-4:30 PM. Join Sandy, Danny and the rest of the
Burger Palace Boys and Pink Ladies for an affeconate sare of
high school life in the 1950’s. Don’t miss unforgeable tunes
like: “Summer Nights”, Beauty School Dropout”, and “You’re
the One That I Want”. Bus leaves Rogers Community Room
(21201 Memorial Drive) at 10:15 AM. Arriving at the theatre,
we will be seated for a gourmet lunch before the show. Grease
is 2 hours, 10 minutes long and includes one 20-minute intermission.
We leave for Rogers at 3:30 PM. Call Liz by May 9 to
sign up, (763) 428-0939. Cost: $75 includes bus transportaon,
lunch, and show.
Please contact Judy Hanson at (763) 428-7657 for resource,
community or general informaon for seniors.
To subscribe to the Rogers Senior Newsleer, call (763) 428-
0939. Or, read it online at www.rogersmn.gov/seniors-home.
PERMIT NO. 9
Sundays at 8:30,
9:45, & 11:00 AM
Mondays at 6:30 PM
BEGINS MAY 29
8:30 & 10:00 AM
Mondays at 6:30 PM