New Worship Times

For the sake of joy and unity, Faith Lutheran Parish will have a new worship schedule on Sunday, April 8, 2018. POP together in one Sunday worship service at 9:00 a.m. and St John will worship at 10:45 a.m.

If worship time is critical for you, it’s okay if you choose to worship on the other side of the lake: The worship services at SJ and POP will be the same; when you use an offering envelope your tithe will go back to your congregation (or you can choose to mail your offering in or use your pay billing program to send your tithe to church).

This step is also the big learning curve. Music is important to all of us. We’ll be uniting our worship styles and we’ll all be learning new songs and hymns. Especially in the beginning, the worship committee will take great care in selecting the most sing-able and beautiful songs and there will be song leaders sitting among you to help you catch the music.

This step is also the step with the most potential for good surprises. The councils anticipate that we’ll discover new and special opportunities over the summer, e.g. committees might have Sunday meetings, new adult and children education offerings could develop, our choirs might grow or special music offerings may spring up, friendships will be renewed and new friendships made. Pray for the parents who dressing and feeding their children on Sunday morning, so that we can all be blessed by the presence and the wisdom of children in worship. Take this opportunity to try a different leadership role at worship. Invent a theme for fellowship time. Invite a friend to join you for lunch after worship. The worship committee asked and I agreed to be ready to greet all the folks at POP 8:30 a.m. So come early and have coffee with me.

Look for God in the chaos you are feeling. Look for God in the new faces you see at worship. Look for God in the new songs you sing and surely you find God. Don’t let anyone take this opportunity for joy and unity from you. And continue to talk to your council as we discover and discern where God is leading us.

Love, Pastor Denise

Holy Week

Making Easter Holy

Palm Sunday
Today we celebrated Jesus’ triumphant entrance into Jerusalem; we heard the story of Christ’s Passion to save us.

Maundy Thursday
March 29, 7:00 p.m. at St. John
Celebrate The New Commandment: To Love One Another as I (Jesus) have Loved You.

Good Friday
March 30 7:00 p.m. at Prince of Peace
Tenebrae Service of the Words of Passion

Easter Sunrise
April 1, 7:00 a.m. at Mosquito Lake State Park Beach

Easter Worship
April 1 8:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. at Prince of Peace 9:45 a.m. at St. John
Celebrate Jesus triumphant over Sin, Death and the Devil!

Holy Humor Sunday – New Worship Schedule

Sunday, April 8

9:00 a.m. at Prince of Peace
10:45 a.m. at St. John

The joy of Easter spills into laughter and fun. Bring a funny story and your funny bone.

Youth Group

Do you want to build a TALC (Trumbull Area Lutheran Coalition) YouthGroup?
St. Paul LC would like to kick it off with a YOUTH DAY: Corn Hole Tournament-Picnic

  • Where? St Paul Cassel Hall and Front Lawn—Rain or shine
  • When? Sunday, May 6th, before we break for summer
  • Who? All youth (13 to 19) and their families
  • Time: Worship 12:30, lunch 1:30, Corn hole to follow

Menu Participation: Hotdogs and drinks (St. Paul); Pasta/salads (LLLC); Sides (Grace); Desserts (Faith Parish, Emmanuel, St. Mark)

Jack Groves 19 and Drew Thirion 17 of St. Paul issued this invitation. They want to keep the catechism kids active after confirmation classes end, and build an inter-church youth group that could be hosted the various churches. They are also planning a survey to be circulated to youth and their parents during the cornhole tournament. A summer camping event is a possibility if there is enough interest.
Please text Pastor Ann Marie Winters 330 469-6296 to RSVP


Prince of Peace

One of the benefits of changing our worship services and times beginning April 8th will be the increase in the number of people available to fill the various leadership roles. I will be devising the schedule each month beginning with the one in this edition of the Post. Generally, we have a workable number of people available for these jobs with a few exceptions. You will note that Mike Roche is the only sound technician. Dave Elonen is not likely to be available on a predictable basis. We have one greeter. The ushers and Theme/Prayer Leaders would both benefit from a couple of additions. Please let Pastor Denise or me know if you will fill any one of the roles on the schedule. One last note: Please let me know by the 15th of the month if you will be unavailable during the next month. Also, if you are scheduled for a task and are unable to be present, please find a replacement. Thank you for volunteering! – Carole Wiley.


Prince of Peace

Each quilt and kit we donate costs money to ship to its eventual destination far away. Churches are asked to help with these costs. When we send $500 in a lump sum we get an engraved brick set in the plaza outside LWR headquarters in Baltimore. Prince of Peace needs about $100 more for our seventh brick. Mark your donation “LWR Quilt and Kit Fund”. Pictures of our bricks are in the area next to the quilt room.


St. John

Noisy offering in March Warren Rescue; April offering will be designated at March meeting.

New Parish Ed & Enrichment Work Group

Do you want to experience and share the love and grace of Jesus? Are you a creative thinker? Do you have ideas and suggestions? Can you be flexible? Are you able to commit to making a few meetings this spring? Do you text? We’re seeking to expand our summer education and enrichment opportunities in the parish, so creativity is welcome. Meeting location and time will be negotiated a week ahead when our chairperson gets her part-time work schedule, so flexibility is a must.

Text “E&E Group” to Pastor Denise 330 282 2843 to get in on the group text to negotiate the meeting place and time.

Worship Service Times

To renew worship for joy and unity the Parish Worship committee recommended to the Parish councils and the councils agreed to change our worship schedule to one service at POP and one service at SJ starting April 11th. Linda Webb is working on choosing music to blend the best of the contemporary and traditional music for worship at POP and will share the contemporary resources with SJ. When POP is using contemporary songs that SJ may not be using, the worship folder will list another hymn for SJ.

The time of the worship services is not yet set. The worship committee proposes that the schedule flip at least once a year. Because POP does not have air conditioning, the committee proposes 9:00 a.m. at POP and 11:00 a.m. at SJ and then flip these times in September.

At the SJ congregation meeting, there was support for this proposed schedule. At the POP congregation meeting today, there will be time to discuss the proposal over dinner. While we eat our potluck supper, the council members will spread themselves among the tables for discussion. They will ask:

  • In the last year we made a few changes to worship, how do feel about worship now?
  • Outreach is very important at POP, how do feel about our current outreach?
  • Are your spiritual needs being met, is there more that POP can do for your needs?
  • How would a 9:00 worship service work for you and for POP

Congregation Meeting and Potluck

Prince of Peace
THIS Sunday, February 25 @ 4:30 p.m.

In February we meet to receive the reports of our Pastor, Treasurer, and committee chairs. We will hear the direction the councils are taking in 2018. There will be an opportunity to discuss the life of the church, ask questions and bring up business for the good of the parish. Your congregation’s annual meetings are the most important activity you can do for the church each year. A properly called congregation meeting is the highest authority of our fellowship.


Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
490 North High St
Cortland OH 44410

St. John Lutheran Church
5734 Mahoning Ave. NW
Warren, OH 44483-1197

Rev. Denise Gundersen

Parish Office
Phone: 330-637-4994

Office Hours:
Mon, Tue & Thu
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Wed. 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Secretary: Amy Roach