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Announcements for Sunday, 16 October 2022

Don't forget Pastor Eric's Installation Saturday

On Saturday, October 15, 2022, at 4:00 PM, The Reverend Eric Randolph will be formally installed as the new pastor of Peace Lutheran Church. The installation will be presided by the Reverend Troy Jacobson, pastor of Good Samaritan Lutheran Church in Lexington Park and dean of the Maryland Conference of the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Synod. The Reverend Alex Stall, pastor of Advent Lutheran Church in Arlington, Virginia, will deliver the sermon as a guest preacher. He is a friend of Pastor Eric and a fellow graduate of United Lutheran Seminary. A catered reception will follow in the fellowship hall. All are invited.

2nd Annual Yard Sale and Bake Sale Huge Success

by Sharon Altman

On Saturday, October 8th from 8:00 a.m. to noon we held our 2nd Annual Yard Sale and Bake Sale in the parking lot along Smallwood Drive. We had beautiful, if chilly, weather, lots of volunteers and folks who came out to see us and help us raise some needed funds.

I truly am thankful for everyone who stepped up in so many ways to help, including donating items for the sale, baking goodies, sorting items, setting up, being present at the sale, cleaning up, providing refreshments for our volunteers and even buying some items! Thrivent provided start up funds, t-shirts and a link for folks to donate online to our event through an Action Team.

We changed things slightly this year and, rather than pricing each item, we offered things for a Free Will donation. This was well received by attendees and volunteers alike. Between the monetary donations we received from donors both in person and through Thrivent’s link, the free will donations for items and baked goods on that Saturday, and the free will donations given for the left-over baked goods on the following Sunday morning we made about $3,300 to go toward repairing our alarm system.

Again, many thanks for coming together to make our Yard Sale & Bake Sale a success!

Gratitude from Our Place Waldorf

Dear Peace Lutheran Church,

It was simply a joy to serve our neighbors with all of you. Volunteers like you who have gone out of their way to help us provide food for the hungry in our community are invaluable assets at Our Place Waldorf, and we want to take this time to express our most sincere gratitude for your time and effort. We could not do what we do without your support.

We appreciate the dinner sponsorship and thank you for providing a nutritious meal for our guests. We want to extend our gratefulness to those who volunteered in the kitchen preparing the delicious Chicken Parmesan with Broccoli Normandy, a dinner roll and delicious looking glazed donut for dessert for our guests and those who prepared the To Go Bags with the single serve non-perishable food items for our guests to take home. As our guest continues to increase, particularly during the Pandemic, we recognize that we could not provide without your help. Thank you for your support and for making Our Place Waldorf more than just a soup kitchen.

Sincerely, Deanna Gerhart Executive Director, Our Place Waldorf

Joint Reformation Sunday Service Planned

This year, Hope Lutheran Church in Clinton, Maryland, and Peace Lutheran Church will hold a joint service for Reformation Sunday. A beautiful service that draws from Lutheran musical heritage and Martin Luther's Deutsche Messe (German Mass) is being planned by Pastor Eric, Will Derr, and the Worship and Music Team. Pastor Eric will lead worship alongside the Reverend Eric Faret of Hope Lutheran Church, who will preside over Holy Communion and Pastor Eric will deliver the sermon. Worship at Peace Lutheran Church will begin at 10:00 a.m., followed by fellowship in the social hall. Everyone is invited to bring a dish to pass during the fellowship time.

Worship and Music Team Notes

by Gretta Williams

Peace People, you have been supportive of our worship services, answering the call for worship assistants each month. We are grateful that you have shown up with enthusiasm. Stay tuned as each month we invite more of Peace folks to step into worship greatness through these open doors.

Remembering the Faithful Departed on All Saints Sunday

On All Saints Sunday, we remember the dead, but the service also serves as a tribute and a reminder that death does not have the final say. As candles are lit and bells are tolled, the names of the faithful departed from the previous year will be read aloud.

If you want a friend or family member who died in the last year remembered on All Saints Sunday, November 6, 2022, please email Pastor Eric with their full name(s), birth and death dates, and a picture (optional).

Email Pastor Eric at Please include "All Saints Sunday" on the subject line. Please have names submitted by Monday, 31 October 2022.

Confirmation Bootcamp Beginning Sunday, November 6

Pastor Eric is rethinking the confirmation program by introducing Confirmation Bootcamp, in which students will receive a focused confirmation experience over 15 Sundays rather than the "traditional" three-year program cycle. Self-study and volunteer requirements will be part of the Bootcamp experience. Martin Luther's Small Catechism, the Old and New Testaments, and the Means of Grace will be central to the curriculum.

Session One: 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 11/27, 12/4, 12/11

Self-Study Period: Confirmation project work and participate in two volunteer opportunities at Elsie's Pantry.

Session Two: 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/5, 3/12

Self-Study Period: Confirmation project work and participate in two volunteer opportunities at Elsie's Pantry

Session Three: 5/7, 5/14, 5/21

Graduation: 5/28 - Pentecost Sunday!

All unconfirmed youth in grades 6-12 are invited to participate. Lunch will be provided during class meetings. All classes will be in-person.

Come Join the Quilters

Quilters meet Mondays from 6-8 pm, Thursdays from 9-11am. 1st, 3rd and 5th Mondays and Thursdays. To learn more about the quilters, contact Leah at

Peace Prays

Remembering our baptismal promises to support each person of Peace Lutheran Church, we pray for: Judy R. and Jennifer T. Recognizing that people throughout the world are subjected to discrimination, oppression or torture, we pray for the organizations working on our behalf to create safe places for all God's people: Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services and its local affiliates; Lutheran Social Services; ReconcilingWorks; National Religious Campaign Against Torture; Reconciling In Christ Congregations, Seminaries, and ministries; and other faith based coalitions. Remembering United States military personnel, we pray for the members of this church who now serve:

Kinsey P., Anthony B., and Nathan B.

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