Summer pictures of three Peace teenagers

Aidan Moretz, our summer soloist

Erik Osteen on an early morning hike above the clouds

Carter Vogt the Sunday before leaving for his freshman year at University of South Carolina

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Peace vegetables given to A Place to Turn in Natick

A volunteer at A Place to Turn in Natick receives vegetables from our garden. Stephanie dug the potatoes and the onions, and planted beets. Mary Ann and Ron have worked in the garden recently.

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Jonathan’s CD and Emilie’s lilies

Congratulations to Jonathan and Bruce on the release of their latest CD!

These lilies, planted and tended by Emilie, are in bloom in the Peace garden.

Stephanie Smoot weeded the vegetable garden Sunday after church. Weeders are needed through the rest of the summer. Contact Stephanie for instructions and support. stephanieesmoot@gmail.com

Tim Smith removed the remaining parts and pieces of our organ this week. Our new organ is being assembled in Portageville, New York. Tim and his crew will return in early August to begin on-site assembly of our new organ.

The organ committee met Monday to talk about learning opportunities, recitals and dedicatory events to mark the installation of our new organ. It will be a fall of celebration of and for our community of faith.

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Karen Viola is a member of Peace!

Karen was born in Glen Cove, New York and was baptized at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Glen Head, New York.  She is a graduate of Muhlenberg College. She works in the advancement office at the Fenn School in Concord.

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Day of Pentecost 2019

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Confirmation 2019

Affirmation of Baptism 2019
Alison, Lukas, Maddie, Madeline, Veronica

Confirmands’ statement of faith 

Through our years of confirmation classes, and involvement at church, in preparation for becoming adult members of the church, we have tried to do some of the things that adult church members do.

Here are some of those things:

-Worship regularly, and offer our time and talents to the church.

Most of the time we worshiped with our families, but we also served as worship assistants, musicians, nursery attendants, acolytes and ushers. We have learned about prayer, and practiced praying, within this community of faith.

We took part in many Christmas programs and holiday worship services.

We spent many happy days with our family and friends at Camp Calumet in New Hampshire.

-Learn about our faith to better understand scripture and tradition.

We wish to thank our faith formation teachers, Mrs. Canning and Ms. Borkowski, and our classmates who learned with us. Mrs. Canning and Ms. Borkowski, would you please stand?

Through Sunday morning faith formation classes, we learned about the Bible.
We remember many lessons and projects from those classes. Here are a few:

-offering boxes we made, which reminded us to give to others.

-prayer crosses, which gave us a visual reminder of the importance of prayer

-locusts made of Twix Bars

-the chair

-and many other projects and activities

In our confirmation classes we talked about our lives outside of church. We told how school was going and talked about our after-school activities. We shared some of our personal hopes and dreams for the future.

We learned to pronounce the names of the books of the Bible and we practiced finding passages in the Bible.

We explored Bible history and discussed the meaning of the Bible passages we read.

We planted and weeded the congregation’s gardens and helped harvest vegetables for A Place to Turn in Natick.

With the help of our parents, we built an arbor out of branches from the woods around the church. Later this morning we will walk out to the garden, and dedicate it as a sign of our commitment to working together, and to stewardship of the world around us. Thank you to Mrs. Smoot for directing our work on the garden.

-Serve other people.

We have worked with members of Peace, and with people from the community, to welcome homeless families into our church, through Family Promise. At the end of each Family Promise host week, we washed the blankets and sheets. This is not something that we would normally think of doing, but it was fun, especially eating lunch together while the clothes were in the wash.

We collected food for A Place to Turn in Natick, and helped deliver it.

-Care for other church members

We try to be aware of health needs of other members and provide assistance as we are able. When members of the church face a loss, we try to support them in some way.

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When we were baptized, our parents and sponsors promised to bring us to church and provide for our instruction in the Christian faith, to teach us the Lord’s Prayer, the Ten Commandments, and the Creed.

They fulfilled their promises, and we thank them.

Throughout our years of learning, we studied Luther’s Small Catechism, and talked about the Ten Commandments, the Apostles’ Creed, and the Lord’s Prayer.

We understand that these are the essential elements of the Christian faith. If we do not have all of them in our memories, at least we have studied them and talked about them many times, so that we might return to them, and meditate on them throughout our lives.

Parents, will you please stand?

We thank you, our parents and our brothers and sisters…

…for taking us to church, and for worshiping with us.

…for taking us to faith-formation classes and confirmation classes.

…for helping us with sermon report forms.

…for encouraging us, and helping us through our confirmation program.

…for working on the garden and the arbor with us.

…for showing us what it means to love God and love our neighbors

We thank the other members and friends of this congregation…

…for maintaining the ministry through your involvement and financial support

…for providing a place where young people can learn and grow in faith

…for caring about the spiritual and ethical training of young people in our communities

Thank you all, for your prayers, for your support, and for your presence here this morning, as the five of us affirm our baptisms and become adult members of the church.

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Camp Calumet report 2019

Here is Annika O’Steen’s summary of the annual Peace camping weekend at Camp Calumet in New Hampshire.

I am here to give those of you who might have not gone to Calumet this year a little recap of what happened so that you can catch up, or be more encouraged to go next year.
Calumet has always been such a fun experience for everyone, no matter your age. This year we had about nine families come that are connected to Peace. People stayed in cabins by the water, tents, trailers, and in rooms at the conference center. This year, the campers weren’t able to be in their usual spots because it had been such a wet spring that the campsites were too soggy. My family relocated to near the volleyball and badminton net, which I really enjoyed. When Pastor Jeff and Ms. Johnson arrived on Friday night, they found Mr. Ho desperately trying to keep a tiny little flame alive since the firewood was so wet. But, later when they visited the Vogt’s campsite, they found Teddy making a fire with a blowtorch. There sure are lots of interesting ways to solve problems at Calumet!
Most people had all their meals at the conference center, hot and ready three times a day, while some kept it old school and cooked on the fires at their campsite; whatever floats your boat. At breakfast, Ms. Vogt discovered the peeled grapefruit that my dad and I consider a personal favorite. But, the waffles at brunch are really good too. After some meals, kids and parents would go and hang out in the game room which is in the basement of the conference center, and have a blast. There is ping pong, air hockey, foosball, and my new personal favorite option, pool. The game room is a great place for family bonding, and for the kids to have fun competing against each other, while the dads face off in an ultimate battle of pool. Church was in the Lakeside Dining Hall again this year, which some of us were disappointed about because we prefer being down by the water in the old building known as Luther Hall.

Some other fun things that Calumet hosted this year were the annual bonfire on the beach with the ice cream social and trivia night. Although, most of us decided against going to the bonfire because this year it would be indoors, and who likes an indoor bonfire? So, we had our own group fire after trivia and ice cream. Trivia is one activity that we all seem to look forward to and last year we were all on one team known as the Pink Fluffy Unicorns, and we won! But this time, half of us split away so that we became two teams and we had to battle against each other. The Cuddly Porcupines just beat the Purple Chubby Monkeys by a few points, which were both teams of Peace members if you weren’t there. We got pretty competitive.
Some people also did things outside of the campgrounds and went other places. For example, some people went to a ropes course, some went horseback riding in the hills, and some went on a hike up and over Jackman’s Ridge. Lots of people also enjoyed spending time at the beach in the warm sun during the day. But no matter what we did, it was all so much fun. Every night ended with my brother, Erik, making an amazing fire in spite of the wet wood. We would all sit around, chat about random stuff, and make delicious s’mores. It was always a great way to end each fun filled day.

This year the weather was very nice, it wasn’t overly buggy, and there was only a little sprinkle of rain on the first day, but otherwise it was always sunny. The average temperature was about 70 degrees, and cool at night. There was a lot less pollen in the air, unlike previous years when some spots along the shoreline resembled green swamp water! It was about the best weather that we’ve had in years.

Many of us came home with an armful of new Calumet apparel that should last us until next year when we can do it all over again, hopefully with more of you. Like my new sweatshirt?

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