Weekly Newsletter 12-01-2019

Sunday, December 1

This coming Sunday is the first week of Advent, the beginning of a liturgical year during which we will hear from the gospel of Matthew. In Sunday’s readings, the coming of Christ means the hope of justice, peace, and honorable living. Come to worship, to pray for such a world as this.
Will be providing shoes for area students this  month, so your donations before November 30  would be appreciated.  Please make your checks  out to Prince of Peace, but indicate that it is for  shoes! Shoes will be purchased at Neal’s Shoes  in the Warren Plaza for $30 a pair.  We hope to  give away 100 pairs to students in Lakeview,  Maplewood, Mathews, Bristol, Badger and Champion Schools grades k-8. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! 
Christmas Benefit
Join Frederick for their 6th annual Christmas benefit on Saturday December 7th from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at The Embassy Banquet Center in Youngstown. There will be a full buffet, open bar, DJ, 50/50 raffle, and Chinese auction. Cost is $40 and all proceeds benefit Camp Frederick. Call 330-506-1301 for tickets.
Bell Ringers Needed
We now have the opportunity to sign up online to ring the bell for the Salvation Army.  The LOAF churches volunteer each December at both WalMart and Cortland Sparkle.  Slots are covered at Sparkle so if you can help at Walmart please do the following:

Go to www.cortlandchristianchurch.com

Click on Ministries tab

Click on LOAF at the bottom of that tab menu

Click on Walmart or Sparkle

You can then select the date, and time you can assist for one hour.

This procedure will greatly reduce scheduling conflicts.  If two of you want to work together you will both need to sign up.

Open Spots
Dec 6th at Walmart from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Most 1 hour slots only need 1 more person to work as pairs.

Dec. 7th at Walmart from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wide Open. 
ELCA Christmas Party

Tuesday, December 10, 6:00 p.m., Wayside Restaurant in Champion, all Parish women invited. Noisy Change for November and December, Lutheran World Relief
15 Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes turned in to being joy to children somewhere in the world
December Outreach:  Angel Tree
Christmas Poinsettias

Remember to order your poinsettias! here is a sign-up sheet on the table in the sanctuary or there is a order form on page 11 of the December Post. Deadline is Sunday, December 15.
Nativity Display @ SJ
Saturday, December  14,  11:00  a.m. to  2:00  p.m. The  Parish  members/friends  are  encouraged  to  share  nativity scenes  for  display at  St.  John  for  the  community  to  come  and  see.  Then  visitors  will  be  invited  to  sit down,  relax,  and  enjoy  some  soup,  cookies,  beverages  and  fellowship  in  the  fellows hip  hall.  No  admission  fee.  Please  register  with  Sara  Glee  Baxter  by  December  10th if  you  plan  to  display  your  nativity(ies).    luvs2bak@embarqmail.com or 330-847-9715.
Community Christmas Concert

The LOAF sponsored Christmas Concert, Christmas in Cortland, will be Wednesday, December 18th at 7 Pm at Lakeview High School. The main stars are the musicians of the renowned Cortland Community Band. The supporting cast is the Community Chorus which consists of local singers, many of whom are Prince of Peace members or folks closely connected to our church. Ike, Ed, Lisa, Carol C., Mary A., Cathy G., Fritz, Clyde, Jean B., Chloe, Vanessa, and Rita are in this group.

LOAF is accepting donations for the two local fire departments to assist them to purchase bulletproof vests to protect the EMS workers in the event of a shooter situation. Wearing such a vest will allow for them to attend to the wounded at an earlier time and therefore save more lives. The music this year is just beautiful! Don’t miss it! If you do miss it, you will not get any of the 1,000 cookies served after the concert.

Lutheran Church 
SUNDAYS at 9:00 a.m.

Lutheran Church
SUNDAY at 10:30 a.m.
Opportunities To Serve  
Noisy Offering for December @ SJ Lutheran World Relief.
December @ SJ is the Angel tree
Salvation Army Bell Ringing– Please volunteer online or by phone-see instruction on table in sanctuary
Giving Tree– Please take a name(s) and the corresponding tag. Don’t spend more than $50. Bring unwrapped gifts with the tag attached to the church by Dec 15th! Take Thrivent shirt of you’d like!
Christy House– shelter in Warren needs towels, washcloths and twin sheets. Bring them to POP.
Lakeview Food pantry
Salvation Army– needs personal hygiene items
Mitten Tree– Hats, scarves, mittens, socks and underwear for all ages! Will be collecting after Christmas!
Please take a name(s) and the corresponding tag. Don’t spend more than $50 (hit the sales and save money). Bring unwrapped gifts with the tag attached to the church by Sun. Dec. 15. Take a new Thrivent t-shirt if you like.

If anyone wants to provide for a child but is unable to shop, please let Jean Bolinger know! Some people love to shop especially with someone else’s money

Names of 5 children from Champion are available. Don’t spend more than $50. Please wrap the gifts, or put them in a gift bag. All gifts are due by Sunday, December 15.

This is the first year I have taken some responsibility for the Giving Tree.  Previously Rita Benoit did all the work so I didn’t worry about the details.  This year Rita once again got the names of the children we have been asked to serve and the information about each of them and gave me instructions about the process.  I didn’t get all that information to you so there have been some questions raised.  Here are the procedures we have been asked to follow while working in cooperation with the Maplewood and Lakeview Schools.

Maplewood gifts are to be gift wrapped and brought to the church by Sunday, Dec. 15. Rita will deliver them to Maplewood K-8 building.

Lakeview gifts are not to be wrapped, as per the request of the school.  The gifts are to be placed in a black garbage bag but it would be helpful if you would enclose some wrapping paper or gift bags with tissue to help the parents do the wrapping.  Again, bring the gifts to POP by Dec. 15.  Rita will take them to the Optimist Club where the parents will pick them up on the 17th.

In all cases, BE SURE TO SIGN YOUR NAME ON THE LIST next to the child’s name so we know you are responsible for buying for that child.  Almost every year gifts don’t get to the church in time and Rita has to contact the donor.  If we don’t have your name the child you chose may not receive his or her gifts.  If you forgot to sign please do so next Sunday or call Amy this week and ask her to put your name on the list as the “Elf” for your child.

Also, BE SURE TO ATTACH THE NAME TAG PROVIDED WITH INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR CHILD.  The name tag with the appropriate number for the child should be securely fastened to either the gift bag of wrapped items or the black garbage bag of unwrapped items. 

As always we appreciate your generosity.  We sometimes think we have taken on too many names  but you always come through as do the other LOAF churches who in total provide gifts for about 200 children in the Lakeview Schools.  We do the Maplewood School on our own because we have traditionally helped Maplewood since long before LOAF got involved.  If you have questions I will try to answer them; hopefully this will clear things up for everyone.

Jean Bolinger

HATS, GLOVES, SCARVES, SOCKS, UNDERWEAR are welcomed by all the area schools as winter approaches. We will turn our GIVING TREE into a MITTEN TREE after Christmas. Any size accessories, underwear, and socks are needed at Maplewood, Lakeview, Champion, and Warren Schools. These are often items that some families cannot afford to purchase so your help is needed.
From Brian Kovach
My family is going to Florida without me 🙁 and I am looking for someone you could spend some nights at my house. Dec 30 through Jan 3. I have aides and nurses doing the care. I just would like to spend the nights. Call me if your interested

Weekly News 
Worship Bulletin 
December Post
December Calendar
This Week 

Sunday, December 1
9:00 a.m. Worship at St. John
10:30 a.m. Worship at Prince of Peace
10:30 a.m. Choir rehearsal, St. John

Monday, December 2
8:30 a.m. Exercise Class at St. John
6:00 p.m. Girl Scouts, Prince of Peace

Tuesday, December 3
5:15 p.m. TOPS, St. John
6:00 p.m. Girl Scouts, Prince of Peace

Wednesday, December 4
8:30 a.m. Exercise Class at St. John
6:00 p.m. Girl Scouts, St.John
6:00 p.m. St. John Ministry Meetings
6:30 p.m. St. John Council Meeting
7:00 p.m. Prayer & Care at Prince of Peace

Thursday, December 5
9:00 a.m. Coffee at Panera
10:00 a.m. LOAF at Prince of Peace

Friday, December 6
8:30 a.m. Exercise Class, St. John
6:00 p.m. Girl Scouts, Prince of Peace

Saturday, December 7
9:00 a.m. Breakfast at Wayside
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. SJ Hall reserved

Sunday, December 8
9:00 a.m. Worship at St. John
10:30 a.m. Worship at Prince of Peace
10:30 a.m. Choir rehearsal, St. John
Planning Ahead 
December 14 11:00am-2:00pm Nativity display @ SJ

December 24 Christmas Eve Worship Service
6:00pm @ SJ and 8:30pm @ POP

December 29 10:00 a.m. One Worship Service @ S