Milt Warkentien, Music Ministry Coordinator

Worship Schedule for September

Sept. 2nd   Outdoors service held on the grounds on the northeast side of the building.  One service only at 10:00, with communion service.     Ryan Miller will lead a guitar-led service.

Sept. 9th    Traditional  Chancel Choir at both services.     Fall service times begin this Sunday at 8:30 and 10:45.

Sept. 16th   Traditional with communion     8:30 Chancel Choir, 10:45 Lightshine

Sept. 23rd Traditional     Bells of Peace at both services

Sept. 30th Band led with communion     8:30 Worship Team, 10:45 Sunday School Choir

Oct. 7th Traditional with communion     Chancel Choir at both services

News for Children’s and Youth Choirs

This is an exciting time of year at Prince of Peace, as our various choirs are now beginning. Bells of Peace and Chancel Choir will both meet on Wednesdays (see Kathy Tunseth or Milt Warkentien for more details).

We are trying something new this year as Alleluia Choir and Joyful Noise will be the Sunday School Choir. They will meet together during the Sunday School hour, instead of separately like last year. Please give us your feedback on this. We are trying this because of suggestions from many parents, but if we don’t think it is working this fall, we can return to the old format. ANOTHER new twist to the Sunday School Hour is that Lightshine will also be meeting on Sunday mornings. We are going to try this as the Confirmation group doesn’t always meet on Wednesday evenings and the High School group does projects from time to time, which made rehearsals on Wednesdays difficult. Prince of Peace ensemble rehearsals will still be on Wednesdays and band led rehearsals will be when it seems best for those involved.

I’ve been part of the Children’s Ministry team looking at new ways to think about Sunday mornings and other topics. It’s been a fascinating time of exploration and out of the box thinking. It is so easy to say, “That’s the way it’s always been done.” An ever changing exploration of ideas, I believe, is now more important than ever. What are the best ways we can use individuals’ time and talents? This is a true statement in ALL aspects of life; but as we move forward, as a church, I believe it is an essential statement. So henceforth we’re trying some new things in Music Ministry!

Take Time to Smile

As I look at my church life and my faith in my everyday life, I wonder what are the best ways I can use my faith? I was always amazed at Mother Theresa and her simplistic, yet powerful, sayings. Mother Theresa always made faith seem so simple. Why does it seem so complicated when I’m thinking about what to do? Some of Mother Theresa’s quotes are

“Every time you smile at someone, it’s a gift to that person.”

“If we want to love, we must learn to forgive.”

“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed one.”

“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”

“If you want to change the world, love your family.”

“Spread love everywhere you go.”

“Peace begins with a smile.”

Simple and powerful statements of faith, but I don’t find them easy to always keep in mind, so I offer everyone this challenge. TAKE TIME TO SMILE AT PEOPLE WHEN THEY WALK BY YOU! I find a smile one of the most uplifting things there is and it is something I try passing along. As we go thru the transition of new staff, take the time to share a smile with them and those amongst our congregation and visitors. We need to be welcoming. As we go thru our everyday trials, take the time to smile with those around you; it may be what they need to get thru their trials. Who knows, they may even pass it along. As we encounter those with opposing views, take the time to share a smile, it may begin a discussion rather than an argument.

That’s my goal this fall and beyond, to share a smile. I’ve been blessed by many wonderful smiles over the years, so I have some catching up to do. The nice thing about a smile is that it can be done at ANY AGE.  I hope Mother Theresa was right when she said, “PEACE BEGINS WITH A SMILE.”

May God bless us all with smiles, Milty