Fall 2018

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Bi-Annual Report for Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Palatine, Illinois

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BI-ANNUAL REPORT

FALL 2018

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THINKING

NEXT

50

FOR

THE

YEARS

A NOTE FROM PASTOR KARL

We are fast approaching our 50 th anniversary in October 2021! Alright, alright.

I know that’s three years away, but we all know how quickly three years can fly.

Over the past year, the leaders of Prince of Peace reviewed our history and

studied what makes this church so unique and what events shaped us over the

47 years we’ve existed. Why? We’ve been looking back to focus our work in the present and

move courageously into the future God has mapped out for us.

What are we going to do? In the next three years, POP will ignite spiritual transformation

while addressing critical social needs in our community through our 3 X 50 Campaign.

3

By 2021, our objective is to

• grow to 50 active adult groups,

• give 50,000 service hours, and

• invest $500,000 in our community.

50 Groups: We will pursue a revival of relational discipleship by growing to 50 adult

groups that meet regularly by our 50th year. In addition to adult groups, children’s and

student ministry will combine for 33 groups in 3 years (33 in 3).

50,000 Hours: Given the busyness of our lives, the most precious commodity we can share

is our time. We will put others first by giving 50,000 hours of service in our community to

bring restoration and build relationships, both inside and outside the church. Ultimately,

we pray that through this intentional investment of our time and attention, more people will

discover peace in Christ.

$500,000: To top it off, we want to invest with courage up to $500,000 in our community.

While we continue to support our partner church, Crosspoint, we want to amplify our

financial support of local service agencies with whom we partner.

Let’s celebrate 50 years of God’s grace upon Prince of Peace by doing what God designed

us to do best: We empower caring people to share Christ’s peace in our busy communities.

Let’s connect with one another in groups, serve together in our community, and share what

God has given us! Let’s ignite spiritual transformation as we intentionally grow to 50

adult groups, share 50,000 hours in service, and invest $500,000 in our community.

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Worship

AS A COMMUNITY

162

Hours of Worship

104,800

Hours of People in Worship

435

Average Weekend Attendance

4080

Volunteer Hours for Worship

35

Choir

Members

48

Hours of

Rehearsal

26

Anthems

Sung

875

People in Worship

Easter Sunday 2018

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SPOTLIGHT

MEET ALEX

New Worship Arts Director

With a Bachelor of Music in Voice and a Master

of Music in Jazz Piano, Alex Falls hit the ground

running. He brings a wealth of knowledge and

experience, as well as abilities to play a variety

of instruments. Marta Rees, Prince of Peace’s

Communications Manager, sat down with Alex

to talk about his musical journey.

Marta Rees: How did God lead

you to work at Prince of Peace

as Worship Arts Director?

Alex Falls: When I was in grad

school, I led the Praise Band at

a “lil ol’ church” in the middle of

a cornfield at the edge of town. I

realized that playing there was the

most fulfilled I felt every week. I felt

I had a calling to lead worship and

began working on that career path.

Before coming to POP, I served as

the music director at Living Christ

Lutheran Church and taught piano

and guitar at St. Peter Lutheran

Church and School in Arlington

Heights.

MR: What can we expect new

in worship?

AF: My goal is to have half

traditional music and half

contemporary praise music. I

would like to get as many people

involved as possible to make the

worship experience as great as

possible and accessible for the

congregation. I also want to include

actual music in the worship folders.

It enhances the experience, gives

more information for those who

read music, and helps those who

can’t follow the music.

MR: How are you planning to get

the congregation more involved?

AF: By making it more appealing to

sing at church and making it more

accessible for everyone. The choir

will sing more often, and rehearsals

will be on a monthly schedule. I am

a “the more, the merrier” kind of

Worship Arts Director.

MR: What qualities are you

looking for in musicians?

AF: Enthusiasm and passion for

music! You don’t have to read

music to sing in a choir or play in

the praise band. Those who read

music will naturally become leaders

for those who don’t.

MR: Are you planning

to introduce any unique

instruments?

AF: Keyboard! [He laughs.] Not

necessarily a unique instrument,

but you will hear some sounds

you may never have heard before.

I would also like to get interesting

drama off the ground for special

occasions.

MR: Who have been the most

influential people in your life?

AF: My parents. We are a

musical family. My dad plays the

saxophone, and my mom sings.

They were both heavily involved

in church choirs. My dad instilled

the love of jazz in me! They both

encouraged me to follow my

dreams to become a musician.

Alex’s Motto:

“The More the Merrier!”

MR: Who’s your favorite

Christian artist or songwriter?

AF: That’s easy! Keith & Kristyn

Getty. They are contemporary

hymn writers and their music is

simply beautiful! I will be bringing

more of their songs into worship!

MR: Any parting thoughts?

Words of wisdom?

AF: I see a lot of enthusiasm for

music and worship at POP! I am

excited to be here and throw in

my unique ideas to make worship

a positive experience. I find that a

fulfilling calling!

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Connect

IN A GROUP

32

Adult Groups

ADULTS

200+

Adults Connecting

with One Another

39

Group Leaders

7

Apprentice

Leaders

5

Coaches

1

Division

Coach

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Connect in a Group

1998 2018

13

PEOPLE

200+

2

NUMBER

OF GROUPS

32

Adult

P.E.A.C.E.

Groups

Types of Groups

20-40 People

Missional

Community

Open

3-12 People

PEACE

Group

Open

3-8 People

Huddle

Closed

3-6 People

Coaching

Groups

Closed

In the fall of 1998, two P.E.A.C.E. Groups with 13 people began

meeting. For 20 years, groups regularly gathered to share

life, meals, prayers, God’s Word and to care for one another.

Today, our groups still connect around these same practices

of relational discipleship. Raising up new leaders and starting

new groups has empowered a growing number of caring people

to share Christ’s peace in our busy communities! Looking

ahead, we will pursue an expansion of relational discipleship

by increasing the number and types of groups, where we live

and learn Christ’s peace together. We hope to ignite spiritual

transformation as we intentionally grow to 50 adult groups

by 2021!

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Connect

IN A GROUP

STUDENTS

12

Youth

on 2018

Mission Trip

425

Miles

Driven to

Uniontown,

Pennsylvania

11

Confirmed

in 2018

18

Youth registered

for Confirmation

2019

60+

People

involved

in IGNITE

30+

People

involved

in FUEL

28

Volunteers

in Student Ministries

9

IGNITE

Mentors

from FUEL

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Connect in a Group: Student Ministry

While on the mission trip in Uniontown,

Pennsylvania this summer, the youth

were out to dinner for a night off. They

were relaxing and telling stories about

what they accomplished and the funny

things that happened during the trip. Right after the

table prayer, a woman diner asked if they were part

of the group who was doing the amazing work in the

community.

Pastor Matt said, “Well, we are on a mission trip

participating with the group that’s working in the

community. We are helping with projects like

construction, painting, general cleaning, and much

more. Why do you ask?”

“I own a pizza shop in Uniontown and would love to

thank you for what you are doing by inviting you to eat

at my restaurant for free tomorrow night,” the diner

replied. She wrote down her name and number, gave it

to the group, and asked them to call her on the way to

the restaurant.

When the team arrived, they sat down and ordered

two pizzas for the group. She looked at them and said,

“Thank you for all

you are doing

in Uniontown.

You are a Godsend!”

“That is not enough; you need at least five pizzas and

cheese bread and drinks and dessert if you want.”

Pastor Matt knew he had never eaten so much in his

life…and it was good — so good, especially after

eating cafeteria food all week. It was heavenly! After

expressing their gratitude for all she provided, she

paused, smiled, and said, “No. Thank you for all you

are doing in Uniontown. You are a Godsend!”

(PHOTO)

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Serve

ON A TEAM

129

Serving Teams


poppalatine.org/

servingoutreach

12

Mission Partners


poppalatine.org/

featured-missions

100

Happiness

Pinwheels

Delivered

142

Volunteers

13

Summer

Projects

9

Local Organizations Served by Here2Serve Projects:

• Phil’s Friends

• Feed My Starving Children (FMSC)

• Women in Need Growing Stronger (WINGS)

• Palatine Township

• JOURNEYS the Road Home

• Palatine Fire Station

• Partners for Our Communities (POC)

• Palatine StreetFest

• Palatine Park District

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Serve on a Team:

Imagining the Possibilities through Palatine LERT

Lutheran Early Response

Team (LERT), a ministry of

Mission Partner Lutheran

Church Charities, shares

the mercy, compassion,

presence, and proclamation of Jesus

Christ to those who are suffering

and in need. The teams are primarily

called to action when natural disasters

strike. In the past few months, local

teams deployed to Wisconsin and

the Carolinas. When not deployed

to weather disasters, LERT assists

in local projects, such as community

paint-a-thons or helping neighbors

amid personal disasters.

In the past six months, we imagined

the possibilities by partnering with

Immanuel Lutheran Church to form

a combined Palatine LERT. Sharing

people and material resources allows

the joint team to be better equipped

to deploy locally and beyond. Jim

Beckley, our lay leader from POP,

works with Steve MacKay, the lay

leader from Immanuel. We also

hosted a LERT basic training session

in April to equip new, area volunteers.

Serving with the Palatine LERT

provides opportunities to put others

first:

• Physical Opportunities: dragging

branches, mucking out flooded

homes, and using a chain saw

• Care and Prayer Opportunities:

minister to the spiritual and

emotional needs of those impacted

by disaster

• Administrative Opportunities:

keeping the behind-the-scenes

tasks running smoothly

Want to learn more?

Email Jim Beckley:

jimkarenbeckley@gmail.com

Visit:

lutheranchurchcharities.org

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Serve on

a Team:

Putting

Others

First at

Phil’s

Friends

“It was

refreshing

to get

to know

people in

a different

life stage.”

— A volunteer

shared while

serving side-by-side

coloring pictures

Phil’s Friends is a Christian,

nonprofit organization

founded by two-time cancer

survivor Phil Zielke that seeks

to bring support and hope to

those affected by cancer. Volunteers

help provide care packages,

monthly cards, and prayer. They are

headquartered in Roselle, IL with

another site in Indiana. Although Phil’s

Friends isn’t an official POP mission

partner, many people from POP

demonstrate putting others first by

serving Phil’s Friends:

• During a Here2Serve opportunity,

17 people from our POP

community (including three cancer

survivors) colored cards and

assembled care packages.

• Another summer evening, two

POP families volunteered – both

included cancer survivors who

received Phil’s Friends care

packages. Just as they were

supported during their journeys,

they are paying it forward to those

in need.

• Hope Shawl Ministry makes and

donates lap blankets and hats to

include in the care packages.

• A group of POP members and

friends volunteers in Roselle on the

first Monday of each month.

Connections and friendships truly

grow while serving on a team.

There are many ways to put others

first, either through serving teams

organized by Prince of Peace or

by creating your own opportunities

where you live, work, or play.

To help imagine the possibilities,

contact Susan Klemstein,

Director of Outreach & Assimilation,

at susank@poppalatine.org

or visit PhilsFriends.org.

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STEP UP TO

Serve on a Team: POPKids Needs YOU!

For the 2018-19 ministry year, POPKids is embracing a new serving mindset. Instead of requiring leaders to

serve weekly, the team expanded to include people who want to serve one, two, or three times a month. As

our communities get busier, people struggle to commit to serving every week. Now, instead of a small group

of volunteers doing a lot, a larger group of volunteers shares the responsibilities of shepherding and teaching

our kids on Sunday mornings. It’s been a big win all around! “I get to learn what my daughter is learning when I

volunteer in her class!” says one volunteer, “and I can take off weekends when my spouse is working.”

Come join us! We’re always looking for more members of our energetic team!

Serve based on

your availability

Serve 1-4 times

per month

Serve in a

specific classroom

Serve with a team

of leaders who share

responsibilities

50-70

Average weekly attendance

in 2018-19 POPKids classes

4

New Support Staff to help with

supplies and check-ins

16

Volunteers

New to

POPKids Teams

Want to

Serve on a

POPKids Team?

Email Jeni Walker,

Director of Children’s

& Family Ministry:

jeni@poppalatine.org

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Serve on a Team: VBS

30

Days for registration

to reach capacity

What makes our Vacation Bible School (VBS) unique?

We run two VBS programs in one week: one

“traditional VBS” designed for kids age three through

first grade and an Arts Camp for kids in grades 2-5.

Those in the traditional VBS camp, called Rookies, do

the typical VBS things: crafts, games, Bible study, music, etc. The

Arts campers choose one area of focus for the week: Domestic Arts,

Construction Arts, Performing Arts or Visual Arts. Arts Campers learn

a variety of skills in their area of study, use their gifts to serve the

community in some way, and take time during their learning to see

what God is teaching through his Word.

2

Days for Domestic Arts

and Construction Arts

registration to reach capacity

250 107

Students Volunteers


2900

Total Volunteer Hours

40

Pounds of

M&Ms in our

trail mix!

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Serve on a Team: POPCare

We’ve reorganized our Care Ministries under the name

POPCare. This network of ministry teams provides

spiritual, emotional, and physical support for people hit

with challenging life circumstances. Why the change?

First, we are responding to a growing need for flexibility

and creativity in addressing needs while continuing the long-term

success of our care efforts, like our cards and meal teams. Second,

we want to provide easier access to our diverse options for Christian

caregiving. One call to the church office, a request via our website,

or a discussion with a care leader will get the ball rolling and open a

dialogue to how we can best provide care.

We introduced the POPCare name during the August worship services

when we highlighted the Hope Shawl Ministry. We prayed over

and blessed the shawls draped over the pews. In the past year, this

ministry created more than 316 lap blankets, shawls, and hats. We

distribute these through our care teams and to organizations such as

Phil’s Friends who bring cheer and comfort to cancer patients.

More intricate long-term care situations, such as Circles of Care,

require a different approach. This ministry approach, in its infancy

for POP, organizes a team of caregivers coordinated by a care guide.

The care guide works with the care receiver to determine needs and

then coordinates a team of volunteers to distribute the work to make

caregiving more flexible and fit our volunteers’ busy schedules.

Opportunity and need for visits to the homebound and those at

extended care facilities is increasing. To help meet those needs, we

have plans to enlist, train, and support additional Visitation Team

volunteers. Furthermore, we plan to hold a Stephen Ministry training

class early in 2019 for those with gifts of compassion, shepherding,

and mercy. Stephen Ministry is our approach for giving one-onone

support to individuals experiencing crisis in their lives. Those

situations include losses or distress due to aging, death, divorce,

employment, health, or life changes. We have many members in need

who would be blessed by an expansion of the Stephen Ministry team.

Countless care receivers sent wonderful, heartfelt notes and

cards expressing gratitude to the many POPCare volunteers. We

acknowledge your gratitude and emphasize to all our care givers that

your efforts are a blessing and very much appreciated. Praise God

from whom all blessings flow!

Watch for these upcoming opportunities:

• DivorceCare — 13 weeks starting January 28, 2019

• GriefShare — 14 weeks starting February 2, 2019

• Loss of a Spouse — January 17, 2019

• Mental Health Information Seminar — February 11, 2019

Contact Us About

These POPCare

Ministry Teams

Pastoral Care Support/

Visitation

Nursing Home Worship

Caring Crafts

Support Groups:

• GriefShare

• DivorceCare

• DivorceCare for Kids

Stephen Ministry

Care Teams

• Cards

• Meals

• Cheer

Hope Shawl Ministry

Funeral Lunch

Access Care in 3 Ways

• Call church office 24/7:

847-359-3451

• Submit request online:

pop.church/getcare

(Beginning December 20)

• Complete Prayer

and Care card in our

sanctuary pews

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POPFinancials

Year-To-Date (YTD) through October 31

2018 has been a challenging year on the income

side, but it is on the upswing. Can you step into

the gap and help POP finish strong?

1,500,000

1,200,000

900,000

600,000

300,000

Prince of Peace

YTD Income

250,000

200,000

150,000

100,000

50,000

Crosspoint

Where do your offering dollars go?

Prince of Peace’s annual budget, approved by the

congregation at our December Voters Meeting,

determines our spending plan each year.

Here’s what it looks like for 2018:

Invest With Courage

inside POP

Staff:

$1,103,332

Administration:

$156,700

Building & Grounds:

$203,300

Worship:

$28,750

Programs:

$103,435

Training/Consultant:

$35,000

0

Budget

Actual

0

Budget

Actual

Budget:

$1,327,875

Actual:

$1,190,214

Budget

Actual

Crosspoint:

$124,200

Dei Campaign:

$100,973

Crosspoint:

$101,767

Dei Campaign:

$102,412

The Prince of Peace staff continues to exercise

great stewardship of what God has given Controlling

expenditures helps us minimize the deficit that

would be created by this year’s income gap.

1,500,000

1,200,000

900,000

600,000

300,000

0

Prince of Peace

Budget

YTD Expenses:

Actual

Budget:

$1,480,816

Actual:

$1,406,133

250,000

200,000

150,000

100,000

50,000

0

Crosspoint

Budget

Actual

Budget:

$225,173

Actual:

$204,179

Crosspoint:

$269,073

LCMS-NID:

$43,000

Lutheran Church Charities:

$5,000

Home Missions:

$10,000

Grace Christian Academy:

$10,000

Mission Grants:

$18,700

Put Others First

Crosspoint and Missions

Palatine Township:

$1,900

Palatine Opportunity Center:

$5,000

Journeys the Road Home:

$3,000

Local School Missions:

$2,000

Serving Projects:

$3,500

Walcamp:

$2,000

Wycliffe (Ladish Family:)

$7,000

Exodus World Service:

$1,000

Together Mission

(Baker Family:) $5,000

Feed My Starving Children:

$1,500

PATH:

$2,500

2018 Budget: $2,024,690

Haiti Missions:

$4,000

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POPEvents

Mark Your Calendars

Nov. 21

Dec. 1

Dec. 2

Dec. 9

Dec. 15

Dec. 24

Dec. 25

Dec. 28

Jan. 12/13

Feb. 3

Mar. 6

Apr. 21

Apr. 27/28

Apr. 28

May 5

Thanksgiving Eve

Worship and

Pie Fellowship

Hanging of the Greens

Fall Voters

Info Meeting

Fall Voters Meeting

Tree of Giving

Gifts Deadline

Adopt-a-Family

Gift Distribution

Christmas Eve

Services: 3pm, 5pm,

7pm, 11pm

Christmas Morning

Service:10am

Feed My Starving

Children event

Explore God

Sermon Series Begins

First Communion

Sunday

Ash Wednesday

Easter Sunday

Confirmation

Spring Voters

Info Meeting

Spring Voters Meeting

About Our New Logo

It’s an aerial view, God’s eye view, of our busy communities

where we’re called to share Christ’s peace. May this image

remind you to live your faith “beyond the building” in your

everyday life. Notice the cross in the negative space.

Blue communicates trustworthiness, green communicates

peacemaking, and orange communicates creativity.

Taken together, they communicate embracing diversity.

discover peace. together.

1190 N. Hicks Road | Palatine, Illinois 60067

poppalatine.org

Look for our new website, pop.church, on December 20!

847-359-3451 office@poppalatine.org

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