Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers has signed an Executive Order mandating face coverings “whenever you are indoors or in an enclosed space, other than a private residence.” This means all Wisconsin residents who attend a church service will be expected to wear masks unless they have a medical condition that prevents them from doing so. Pastors who are preaching or presiding at worship services won’t need to wear a face covering as long as they are more than 6 feet away from other individuals.
Since this mandate is in effect August 1 through the month of September, our upcoming worship services will be impacted .
Your congregational leadership understands that this is a controversial topic and there are members of Peace who stand firmly on opposite sides of the issue. Reasonable people can debate how effective masks are. Reasonable people can have friendly debates over whether or not the government guidelines are too restrictive or not aggressive enough. However, this much is not debatable: our Lord directs us to obey our government unless that government would ever ask us to do something that goes against God’s Word. In fact, that was well covered a few weeks ago in worship focusing on the 4th Commandment (here’s a link to the service and Pastor Waldshmidt’s sermon – https://peacehartford.org/weekly-worship-july-23-26-2020/).
Let us all remember that brothers and sisters in Christ can disagree, even disagree with friendly and reasonable debate. Let’s also remember that there are matters that are much more important than mask wearing or not mask wearing. May our language and our actions express the love that God has first shown to us in Christ—as well as the unity that we enjoy in Him. We who are so dearly loved by the Lord — together let’s agree that this debatable issue about masks will not divide us, take our hearts and minds off of Christ, or rob us of our unity.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things – Philippians 4:8
A few additional notes:
Peace still offers online worship for those who are not comfortable attending in-person worship (you can find a link to the latest service on the home page)
A limited amount of homemade and disposable masks will be available for worshipers, but we encourage you to use your own if you are able.
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to one of the Pastors.
Advent, coming from the Latin word meaning to come, is a season of preparation and anticipation. The Church looks for the coming of her Savior in this threefold advent: his coming in the flesh, his return in judgment, and his daily coming in Word and Sacrament. The Church encompasses all these facets of the season in the single word that defines Advent worship: “Come!” Throughout the prayers, verses, songs, and lessons that single word is our invitation, our anticipation, our sure and certain hope. Come, Lord Jesus!
December 1 He Is Coming! Prepare!
December 8 He Is Coming! Repent!
December 15 He Is Coming! Persevere!
December 22 He Is Coming! He Is God with Us; Immanuel!
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God looked at our broken world and loved it. He sent his Son to bring God’s love and forgiveness to people in desperate need of both. The child born in a Bethlehem stable came to live for us, die for us, and rise from the dead to be out Savior. Join us to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ! Our worship will feature an inspiring message, favorite Christmas carols and a place to fine God’s word-changing love. A Savior has been born to you, he is Christ the Lord.
Christmas Eve. December 24
Sunday School Children’s Program @ 4pm
Candlelight Worship @ 6pm & 8pm
Christmas Day December 25
Worship with Communion @ 9am
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Peace Lutheran Church has joined the LMSG supporting our veterans beginning with the addition of an LMSG Liaison, Mike Lippert who will report to the Board of Youth and Family. We will soon be adding an LMSG Support Group as well. Please CLICK HERE to sign up for the support group.
Lutheran Military Support Group is a non-profit organization providing Christ-centered support to military service members, veterans, and their families.
LMSG Organizational Concept and Design
LMSG is an incorporated WI nonprofit, run by a Board of Evangelical Lutheran (WELS/ELS) Veterans from all branches of service, in several states.
The group is a national level organization, designed to have national reach, but local impact. We are designed to be both an auxiliary to WELS Military Services, and the ELS Christian Service Board in their support of active duty service members, and an independent organization supporting the needs of our military veterans and our “military families” of both active duty members and veterans. Further information about the LMSG can be found at http://lutheranmilitary.org/
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Read through Scripture and count the times it refers to believers as “brothers and sisters.” The Holy Spirit uses terms like these to help us think of each other as family.
In this 6-week worship series, we will look at how our Father knits us together in love and unity into a spiritual family. We will see the benefits of being part of this family. In the Church, Christ has given us a better home.
We hope you will be able to join us as we strengthen the ties that have bound us together as family members in Christ!
October 20 – Our Need for Christian Community
October 27 – The Lost Are Now Found
November 3 – You Are Free to Be Yourself
November 10 – Where You Are Perfectly Safe
November 17 – You Have an Everlasting Family
November 24 – You Are Part of Christ’s Glorious Kingdom
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