Fellowship Ride

Sunday, September 2, 1:00 p.m.
Western Reserve Greenway Sunside Trailhead on State Route 305 in Champion.

Faith Lutheran Parish invites you to an afternoon of cycling—Bike, walk, jog, roller skate, etc. Dust off your bikes and have a great day riding through the trees. Ride at your own pace. Ride your own distance. There is a pavilion with picnic tables so bring a sack lunch and a drink before we take off. (extra water will be on hand) If you need a bicycle, ask Coleen. She has 2 spare bikes that may fit you.

Gods Work. Our Hands.

Join us on Sunday, Sept. 9th at Prince of Peace after the worship service, 10 a.m. ish to assemble Health and School Kits to be sent to Lutheran World Relief and distributed to people in need all around the world.

2018 Fall Bishop Gathering

Saturday, October 6 from 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Grace, 162 S Raccoon Rd. Austintown
Bible study led by Bishop Allende.

Then Leadership training:
 Expectations of council members
 How to run a good council meeting
 How to face the coming financial challenges.

$5/ congregation, Registration is required one week prior, contact Pastor Denise and she’ll register you! All, everyone of you, should come to this event, because it’s all hands on deck in a small congregation

LWR ingathering for North Eastern Ohio Synod

October 13-14 in Seville

The quilts from POP will be displayed and blessed Sunday, October 7th. Jean would like help after worship September 30th to bring the quilts into the sanctuary and help display them. Then on the 7th after worship it would be good if people could fold up the quilts and pack them in boxes waiting in the narthex. The quilts, health kits and school kits will be delivered to Seville, Ohio (thank you Fritz and Karen Poese!) then go on to New Windsor. Thanks to all the quilters and all who donate to the kits.

If you would like to make a Servant Week Outing to LWR headquarters in Windsor MD you can join a group going for October 14-17. Jean Bolinger can help you connect with Terry Wentworth of Emmanuel LC to make all the arrangements.


For ten years the Bollinger’s of POP planned special events on or near that special day, including the Rise Against Hunger event last year. This year we are asking that each of you promote the International Day of Peace in your own way. We have posters for you to take to your workplace, your doctor’s office, or any place where they can be displayed. We also have bulletin inserts that you can give to friends. The International Day of Peace will be celebrated all over the world. Let Peace begin with each of us in our homes, schools, places of work, clubs, community, and our world. Peace on Earth Begins With Me.

Blessing of the Animals

Sunday September 30 at St John

We will enjoy another outdoor worship service at 10:45 a.m. Bring your pets, your farm animals, or photos of them and we’ll bless each and every one. (POP will worship as usually at 9 a.m.)

Project Christmas Child Shoeboxes

St. John


Please bring a shoebox of any size, a wow gift, personal care items, clothing, crafts or school supplies, and toys. For ideas of what to bring, please go to Samaritans Purse

For a list of what can go into a box for a boy or girl in the age groups 2-4, 5-9, 10-14

Wow items include doll, soccer ball and manual air pump to reflate it, stuffed animal, toy truck or boat, outfit of clothing, small musical instrument like a harmonica or woodwind recorder, or a backpack.

No time to shop, for $25 we can make a box online

Adopt a Foot

We are ready for your donations for the shoe shopping which will be done in November.

Please make your check payable to Prince of Peace and be sure to indicate that your offering is to be used for shoes. Neal’s Shoes will once again provide the shoes at an affordable price and personally fit each child who comes into the store for shoes

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!


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