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Announcements for Sunday, 11 September 2022

Today In Worship

The grumbling of the religious leaders in today’s gospel is actually our holy hope: This Jesus welcomes sinners and eats with them. That our God seeks and saves the lost is not only a holy hope, it is our only hope. As the writer of 1 Timothy reminds us, “The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” Thanks be to God.

Sunday's Texts: Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28; Psalm 14; 1 Timothy 1:12-17; and Luke 15:1-10

God's work. Our hands.

Today following worship, we gather in the fellowship hall to prepare to-go bags for Our Place Waldorf soup kitchen. Our Place Waldorf operates out of Good Shepherd United Methodists Church on Mondays and Thursdays from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and serves approximately 150 individuals. Donations of pre-packaged single serve non-perishable items will still be accepted on Sunday. Suggested items include: single serve Mac & Cheese, Ramon noodles, Vienna sausages, Chef Boyardee, fruit cups, granola bars, crackers, nuts, Slim Jim's, bottles of water, Pop Tarts, potato chips and pretzels, pudding cups, etc.

On Monday, September 12, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. come volunteer at Our Place Waldorf (at GSUMC) to prepare the dinner or help serve and clean-up. The sign up sheet is located in the narthex: 3:00-5:00 p.m. cook; 4:30-7:00 p.m. serve and clean up). You may also donated funds towards the dinner that will be provided by making a contribution to Elsie's Food Pantry.

Blessing of the Animals and Peace's 2nd Annual Yard Sale and Bake Sale | October 8, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Pastor Eric will be on hand from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. to bless your beloved household pets. Stop by for the blessing and stay for the yard sale and bake sale!

Yard Sale – please continue to gather your treasures to donate.* Drop off dates will be announced in a couple of weeks.

Call or text Sharon Altman 301-266-0525 or email at if you have questions or if you can help in any of the following ways:

- Sorting items (we will begin Monday, October 3, time TBA. Other days/times during that week will be scheduled as needed)

- Getting the word out on social media (see below for link to share)

- Putting signs out Friday, Oct. 7

- Directing traffic for parking and Blessing of the Animals (starting at 7:00 am Oct. 8)

- Setting up in parking lot (starting at 7:00 am Oct. 8)

- Being at the yard sale to help sell items, answer questions, etc. (any time between 8:00 am – 12 noon)

- Helping with refreshments for volunteers (any time between 7 am and 1 pm)

- Help with clean up (12-1 pm)

- Retrieve signs (starting at noon)

- Lend us fanny packs for the day of the sale

- Taking left over items to donate to local thrift store(s)

Bake Sale – we will be offering some delicious treats for sale at our fundraiser. Contact Ginny Wolford at or call her at 301-579-2593 to volunteer to bake items.

More information will be coming as to when you can drop off your donations for the bake sale.

The donations should be labeled and packaged in zip locked bags.

Cookies should be packaged 6 cookies per bag, depending on size of cookies.

Give Online! - Don’t have things to donate or aren’t available to help or just wanting to give more? You will have the opportunity to donate through our Facebook page. All money donated comes directly to Peace Lutheran. Thrivent Financial covers all of the processing costs! And be sure to share this opportunity with everyone you know on your social media or through email.

Pray for good weather on October 8 so we can be outside. But, this year we are having our event rain or shine! If it rains we will be inside.

All items remaining at the end of the sale will be donated elsewhere.

*Please be kind to those organizing this event as well as those buying items and be sure what you donate is still in good, clean condition.

*Also, if you are donating furniture or other large item, please be advised that, if it doesn’t sell, you will be responsible for picking it up and disposing of it.

More details will be forthcoming in the next couple of months.

For questions or to volunteer, please contact Sharon Altman at 301-266-0525 (c)

Pastor Eric's Installation Service and Reception

All are invited to attend Pastor Eric's installation as Peace Lutheran Church's new pastor!

On Saturday, October 15, 2022, at 4:00 p.m., the installation will take place at Peace, followed by a reception in the fellowship hall. Pastor Eric will be installed by the Dean of the Maryland Conference of the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Synod, and the guest preacher will be The Reverend Alexander Stall, pastor of Advent Lutheran Church, Arlington, VA.

Bell Choir Resuming! New hearts and hands are welcome!

New members are welcome to join Peace Lutheran Church's handbell choir, which meets on Wednesdays at 6:15 p.m. in the sanctuary. Don't let a lack of musical experience keep you from joining this joyful and unique music ministry–come out and make some joyful noise! For more information, contact Tara Derr at

New Member Classes and Confirmation 101

Are you thinking about joining Peace Lutheran Church?

Are you curious about Lutheranism?

Later this fall, Pastor Eric will host new member classes. Fill out the inquiry form if you're interested in attending or learning more to assist with class scheduling. There will be in-person and zoom options. Click here to complete the inquiry form.

Classes for Confirmation will begin shortly!

Later this fall, Pastor Eric will also resume confirmation classes. To assist with scheduling, families interested in sending students can fill out the inquiry form here.

Come Join the Quilters!

The quilters meet the 1st, 3rd and 5th Mondays from 6-8 p.m. and Thursdays from 9-11 a.m. at the church. You are welcome to join whenever you are able. No experience necessary.

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