THE PULSE of Prince of Peace
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church newsletter.
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Board of Social Ministry:
COMMUNITY PANTRY FOOD DRIVE
Prince of Peace will be having a food drive for the Hemet/San Jacinto Community Pantry. Because of the COVID-19, many people have lost their jobs either temporary or permanent. We will start collecting August 1st thru December 1st. With your generous donations we will make two deliveries. There will be boxes in the Narthex for the food collections. Please no glass jars or bottles. Some suggestions:
cold or hot cereal instant potatoes
powdered milk peanut butter
canned fruit, soup, vegetables stew, chili, pork & beans
canned meats, tuna jello, puddings, cake mix
pasta, rice, beans pancake mix, crackers
Our Mother's Day through Father's Day collection of your loose change in the baby bottles for Birth Choice has hit a little snag with the pandemic. You will be able to pick up a bottle at church or in the church office and the bottles will be collected until the end of July.
Thank you of your continued support of Birth Choice.
Lutheran Braille Workers
We have been in contact with Lutheran Braille Workers, and made a recommendation that we postpone production until September. We offered to ship what books we have produced, but the majority of our production is sent over seas, and at this point they are not shipping internationally.
We thank our volunteers for their service. We will be in contact when we resume production.
Sharon, Bob and Sharyn
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade – kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.
In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” 1 Peter 1:3-9
Hello to all our Preschool families and Friends,
We have been able to stay open throughout the months that have been so tedious with the pandemic. I am happy to say our student count is slowly coming back up and we are so happy to have our students returning and welcoming new families as well.
It has been an interesting path that God has set before us, but I know He is right with us, blessing our mission to care for the children that have been attending regularly. We have been taking all the precautions asked of us by state and county and have not had any one present sick throughout these months. I take the temperature of each person that enters the building and wash and disinfect all our toys, doors, and equipment as needed. Our children are learning to cough and sneeze into their elbows or Kleenex and washing our hands after everything we do. So, this has been a great time to teach us to always be aware of our surroundings and our friends as we protect ourselves and each other.
I pray that you all have been safe and healthy as well and are ready to return soon to school and back to the new normal whatever that turns out to be. I am so excited to be hearing from some of our families again and look forward to seeing our little ones back with us.
Our teachers are anxious as well to be back in the classroom and start teaching again. We had a Zoom staff meeting last week and it was so nice to see and hear from everyone and know they are doing well and will return soon.
God’s Blessings on all of you and call if you have any questions, thoughts or ideas that might benefit our school in the future. I am always open to ideas. I believe that our new school year, which I plan on opening August 10th, will be blessed with returning and new families and their beautiful children for us to teach.
In His Service and Grace,
Lilah Wheeler and staff
“For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul”?
In Matthew 16: 26 Jesus asks the question: “What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?” (NIV)
I have read several authors explaining the difference between the term’s soul and spirit. Often, soul and spirit are interpreted to mean the same and end up being used interchangeably. This can lead to the question: is there a difference between the soul and the spirit? Hebrews 4:12 puts it this way: “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” From this verse, I understand that the soul and the spirit are so close to one another only the word of God can separate them from each other. And why should knowing this be central in my spiritual relationship with God?
The Holy Spirit is God, the third person of the Trinity, coequal with the Father and the Son, Jesus Christ. As I was growing up in the German Lutheran Church it was the Holy Ghost, (or Spirit), that was always used. The Holy Ghost is probably more proper when referring to God because the Holy Ghost is a spirit, it has no body, so when it speaks through others its presence seems like that of a ghost. In John 14:26 Jesus told his disciples, “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Then in John 16:7,8 it is written, “Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment. God gives His followers the Holy Spirit so that we may know Him better. Since the Holy Spirit is God’s Spirit, it knows the thoughts of God and reveals those thoughts to believers. The Holy Spirit opens believers’ eyes to the hope of salvation and the inheritance they have in Christ.
The Holy Spirit is called the “Spirit of Truth” in John 16:13; “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come; because he guides believers into all truth.”
We all have times when we feel weak and do not know what to do. The Holy Spirit helps us line up with God’s will during those times by going to God for us. In Romans 8:26-27, “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. rr For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”
Just as the Holy Spirit raised Christ from the dead, the Holy Spirit will give eternal life to believers in Christ. “But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.” (Romans 8:10-11).