Grace Waves/Pastor’s Blog 02.22.18


I am prayer. (Ps. 109: 4) There are three rungs to this ladder:  Third best is to talk about prayer.  Second best is to pray. Best is to be prayer.”

“How Did We Get Here?”  We begin celebrating our 60th Anniversary as a Congregation on February 25 in worship and at the Forum.  You will get to hear stories and memories about Immanuel Church (merged in 1988 with All Saints to create Peace). Throughout 2018 we will be learning about our history and discerning our future.

Re-imagining Exodus – A Freedom Story:  The story of Exodus is pivotal in Jewish and Christian communities.  Rabbi Dan Goldblatt and Pastor Steve will teach this class over four Wednesday evenings beginning Feb 28, 7:30p at Peace.   Simple Soup Supper 6:45p  Continuing 3/7, 3/14, AND, at our last class, on 3/21,  author Rabbi David Zaslow will be with us!   Purchase your copy of the book today – $10.  The book is important, even if you cannot attend – it is the core of the Lenten experience.

For more insight, an interview with the author, Rabbi David Zaslow:

Last Friday Films:  Wonder Woman!  Fantastic Food, Fun, and Film!!!   Why do teenage girls and boys around the country love this movie? Maybe it’s because of director Patty Jenkins’ (Monsters) role as the first woman to direct a superhero film. When Chris Pine lands near the Amazon’s island, he tells them of WWI raging across Europe. Diana says, “I am willing to fight for those who cannot fight for themselves.” She believes her calling – to help stop the war and end humankind’s suffering. Will she discover her powers and her fulfill destiny?

Run time 2 hrs. 21 min.; rated PG-13 – Parents Strongly Cautioned – Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Common Sense Media Rating: 12+, kids say 11+. If you wish to be removed from this list, please let me know.

Please keep in your prayers:  Eric and Julia Nieman whose mother Ritas Memorial gathering is this weekend. Don Britt on the death of Linda, Brian, Bob, David, Gun, Naftali, Drew, Sue, Dennis, Ed, Danny, Mike, Zach, Michael’s father, Goran, Spoon and Liz, Pastor Lucy, disabled people, and the students, staff, and families who were killed or survived the recent Florida mass shooting.

Mask Making Workshop with Kaleo and Elise was incredible!!  You will see the fruits of their labor this Sunday.

Peace Dance with Open Floor International Saturday, March 3 from 4 – 6 pm.  Come Sweat your Prayers and move to the joy of music and movement.


Peace as Sanctuary: The LIRS / Lutheran Immigration & Refugee Services report on the ELCA Sanctuary Movement was presented this past Sunday.  Visit the LIRS link – We are intending to speak with LIRS staff by Skype on a Sunday Morning in March.

Happy Hour for Hunger with the Jazz Church West – Hosted by Melanie and Frank Hobden:  On Sunday, March 4 following the Kristen Strom Quartet performance at 5:00pm, a Fundraiser for the ELCA World Hunger program will present Speaker Sharon Magnuson from our national church office in Chicago.  Our church has done outstanding work for decades to alleviate hunger in the US and abroad.  In addition we will have a Craft Beer Tasting with a local expert to highlight the latest trends in this industry.  Invite friends to join you in this evening dedicated to superb music and essential support for hungry families.

Did you know??  The Peace Calendar is now fully online?  Any time you want to be ‘in the know’, go to our website!  AND, if you want your event added to the calendar, send an email to [email protected] with ‘Calendar’ in the subject line

Aging in Place – The Facts behind Senior Hunger:  Nearly one in every six seniors in America faces the threat of hunger and not being properly nourished. This applies to those who aren’t sure where their next meal is coming from and those who don’t have access to the healthiest possible food options. The issue is severe enough that the AARP reports that seniors face a healthcare bill of more than $130 billion every year due to medical issues stemming from senior hunger.  The full article is posted on our website.

Reclaiming the Heart of Humanity: At the final judgment we are asked:  Were you honest in business and life?  Did you set aside times for learning?  Did you look beneath the surface?  Did you ponder the inner meaning of what you saw?  Did you live with hope?

Delegation to Nicaragua:  We are exploring the possibility of a delegation to Nicaragua in September or December.  If you are interested please send your date availability to the office at [email protected] with Delegation in the subject line.

Lenten Blessings,

Pr. Steve

Annual Congregational Meeting:  The Annual Report itself is quite an endeavor. Therefore links to each of the Reports are provided below (end of blog).  I hope you will give read, absorb all that is happening through our ministries within and beyond Peace. I hope the Report will make you proud and prompt insights and questions about our ministries.

FULL ANNUAL REPORT:  2018.0201 Peace 2017 Annual Report

2018.0201 Peace 2017 Calendar of Events

2018.0201 Peace 2017 Connections Deacon Report

2018.0201 Peace 2017 Education Deacon Report

2018.0201 Peace 2017 Pastors Report

2018.0201 Peace 2017 Presidents Report

2018.0201 Peace 2017 Property Deacon Report

2018.0201 Peace 2017 Stewardship Deacon Report

2018.0201 Peace 2017 Treasurer Report