Peace Notes-May 2017 - Word of Peace Lutheran Church


Word of Peace Lutheran Church in Rogers, MN

MAY 2017

Peace Notes

Thank You, Volunteers!



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

Senior Pastor

Pastor Keith Long

Pastor of Life & Growth

Krisn Skare

Minister of Spiritual Care

Tyler Strom

Minister of Faith in Acon

21705 129th Ave. N.

Rogers, MN 55374

(763) 496-2400

(press 3 to leave an emergency message for the pastor)

Office Hours

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

made, and

Work for jusce and peace.


Contact Jennie Priebe at

(763) 496-2401 or

June newsleer deadline:

May 12, 2017



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

Gathering Area.

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,

and more!


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

are welcome!

“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

in Rogers.

April 27: Death and Dying

May 25: The Meaning of Life

Look for suggested readings and viewings for these

topics at

For more informaon, contact Dain Swanson at

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

to come!

CROSS Services:

(763) 425-1050

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 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.” (

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

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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!

Kari Osmek

Director of Children, Youth

& Family Ministry


June 20-24, 9am-Noon

Pre-K through 5th Grade

Easter Fun at the Egg Hunt!

Sign Up Now!

Registraon fee:

$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


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 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:

(763) 428-0939/

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


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