Gratitude Moment and a Note from the Pastor
Funeral: Peace Lutheran Church hosted the funeral service for Erica C. Vaughns, who died unexpectedly the week before. Erica was a familiar face at Peace Lutheran because she worshiped with us on occasion after relocating to Waldorf but continued to be a member of Hope Lutheran Church in Clinton, MD. Her funeral was a wonderful homage to her life, but it was most importantly a reflection of her tremendous faith in God and Jesus Christ's promises. Erica's funeral was practically "standing room only," and Erica's family and the Hope Lutheran community are grateful to Peace Lutheran for accommodating the funeral.
Many thanks to Gretta Williams, Sharon Altman, Becky Sutay, Don Robinson, Kaden Robinson, Deb and Stephen Foster, and Will Derr for all their assistance with the funeral preparations and hard work on the day of the service.
Safe Nights: After a week with us, our Safe Nights guests left on Sunday morning. Safe Nights returned to churches for the first time since the pandemic, and we had a smaller number than in previous years. Yet, we greeted our visitors graciously and responded to their needs while they were in our company. Thank you to everyone who helped make the week a success by donating their time and resources. And a special thanks to the coordinating team, which included Anna Barba, Cindy McCallam, and Earle Knapp!
Beloveds of God:
I will be taking some vacation time beginning Wednesday, March 8 through Saturday, March 18, 2023. In my absence, Rev. Brian Taylor will be preaching and presiding on Sunday, March 12, and Rev. Eric Faret from Hope Lutheran Church will be available for any pastoral emergencies. Rev. Faret can be reached at email@example.com or by phone (301) 868-2678 (Hope Lutheran Church Office). I'll be returning on Sunday, March 19, refreshed and ready as we continue our journey towards Holy Week and the Resurrection of Our Lord.
Grace and peace,
Adult Bible Study: Book of Revelation
Pastor Eric's adult Bible study on the Book of Revelation will begin Tuesday, March 21 both in-person and online. We'll begin to gather around 6:30 p.m. and then start the study at 7:00 p.m. Each study will last between 45-50 minutes. The Zoom link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85941689495.
Peace Lutheran Church will be hosting a Red Cross blood drive on Friday, March 31, 2023, from 1:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall. All donors receive a free health screening prior to donating (temperature check, blood pressure, pulse rate and hemoglobin (iron) levels). For an appointment, please visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (733-2767).
Charles County Children's Aid Society
Once again during Lent we are teaming with Charles County Children’s Aid Society. Youare invited to join us in donating the following personal hygiene items for our neighborsin need:
You can drop off your donations at Peace Lutheran Church:
Monday to Thursday mornings between 9 a.m. - 12 noon
during Food Pantry on the first and third Saturday of each month from 9-11 a.m., or
Sunday mornings before or after worship at 10 a.m.
All donations will be taken to the Charles County Children’s Aid Society to be shared withthose in need of these items. If you have questions you can call the church office: 301-843-1832. Or contact Children’s Aid Society directly to donate to them or request assistance: 301-645-1561.
Join the Peace Quilters
Join Peace Quilters in March as we work on quilts for Lutheran World Relief and as we make fleece Chemo hats for local distribution.
We will meet on the following days and times:
Mondays - 6-8 PM - March 6 & 20
Thursdays - 9-11 AM - March 2 & 16.
Please note that we are returning to our Monday evening time. All are welcomed! No experience needed! If you are interested, contact Leah at quilters@ myplc.org
Pastor Eric raised an issue to the Charles County Traffic Safety Committee about the lack of a "One Way" sign in the median of Smallwood Road as you exit from Rubina Place. Last Friday, an incident demonstrated the need of having such warnings in place to avert potential accidents. The Traffic Safety Committee granted the proposal, and the sign will be erected in the following weeks.