2022 ANNUAL REPORT
It may seem as if a sense of community is an inherent and assumed part of being part of a church congregation. But in the years after COVID lockdowns kept us at home and physically apart, connections are even more important for some. For Lea Thornton, parent and congregation council member, church community in a post-lockdown world has taken several shapes, from the Tanzanian fundraising dinner, to Women on Wednesdays, to informal meet ups with other parents. “COVID just made us...
A Valued Part
For one tenth grader at Prince of Peace, the renewed investment in Children, Youth & Family programming has made her feel more like a part of the church. “During the pandemic the only way you were connected with the church was through a video of the church service and it's just so hard to relate and feel like you're actually there,” Sofie Sethi said. “When you actually go in person, you get to see other people, you get to be a part of a community and not isolated.” In years past, it was a...
Just the Beginning
For almost 25 years, Prince of Peace has owned the lot next door to the church — but what to do with the space? The congregation explored several ideas, long-time member Gus Haugan said, including creating an outdoor worship area overlooking the pond, creating gardens for refugees from Burma, or deepening the church’s commitment to community-first housing. The gardens got planted, but no other plans came to fruition. Until this year, that is. Now, the lot next door is...
A Letter from the Congregation’s President
2022 was a challenging year for our leadership. In the face of these challenges we continued our efforts to find ways in which we are called to “build the church and love the world”. We listened to each other, revisited our history and considered how our community and the world around us is changing.
Our mission, vision and values help us connect with each other by building a common understanding of what Prince of Peace is all about. To paraphrase Hebrews 11:1, I have confidence in what we hope for (our future) and assurance about what we do not see (the spirit moving among and through us). I encourage you to read the full annual report to learn more about how, with God’s active presence, we have found new avenues for discipleship and new ways to imagine the future with renewed confidence.
-Michael Stetzler, Congregation President
We are claimed, gathered, and sent to build the Church and love the World.
Our vision is for a vibrant community that seeks a transformational relationship with God, our neighbors, and one another, while responding authentically, creatively, and justly to the most compelling needs of our community.
More Ministry Stories
Reports from our staff and ministry leaders.
I first noticed the school bus in our south property parking lot this summer. After seeing it there for a few days, I naturally became curious. During a coffee break with our Monday Morning Crew, Pastor Peter was asked about the bus.
Jesus Was Born
When Mary Palumbo received Ruth Hagander’s Christmas letter last year, she was inspired to create some music. Working closely together, these two crafted Ruth’s lyrics together with Mary’s melodic vision for an original composition.
A Place for Everyone
Some of you may have had the pleasure of meeting Addy at a Family Fun Night, helping out with VBS, or working in the kitchen during an event. For those of you who haven’t met her, Addy is a Roseville sophomore, always willing to lend a hand, self-confident, assertive, and hysterically funny.
Simple Acts & Grateful Hearts
Several Prince of Peace members sat with Kathleen Tempel in the gathering area of her assisted living facility. It was her 97th birthday, and Jan Hanson had organized a little party for her, complete with cake and coffee.
Together we Make a Difference
The Social Concerns Committee has renewed its efforts to bring the church into the community following the hiatus of the pandemic. During the two years off, we lost two important committee members, Judy Florine and Barb Lyman. We are striving to replace their skills and energy.
The Lydia and Ruth Bible Study Circles each lost half of their participants during the last two years. The answer was that the remaining five from each circle combined to form the Lydia/Ruth Circle which meets on the second Monday of each month in the church library.
A Celebration of Partnerships
November 13 2022 saw the return of our Tanzanian Dinner and auction, following a 2-year COVID break. We had so many volunteers who helped with food prep, auction setup, table decorating, serving, hand washing, and clean-up.
We at Prince of Peace are making a concerted effort to open our doors to the greater community and this has made for some “behind-the-scene” changes!
It’s amazing what can happen when you take an existing idea, re-imagine it, and trust the Spirit to take it where it needs to go. Such was the case with WOW (Women on Wednesday), an initiative that began this past September at Prince of Peace.
Befrienders delivered twenty-one large Advent Greeting Cards which were signed by members of the congregation. Homebound recipients are reluctant to take the old 2021 greeting card off their wall and often insist on just adding the new greeting.
Learning Never Ends
One of the more sobering and passionate adult forums we had this fall was on November 20, when our guest, Ron Letnes (Rev. Dr.) shared about ENGAGE, one of the St. Paul Synod Public Witness Committees. Their mission is “to meditate on, educate about, and advocate for gun violence prevention in the non-violent Spirit of Jesus.”
An Idea Grows
This is an example of how you start with an idea, and it grows as more people become involved. When I started in September, I was thinking about music I could play for the Halloween Spooky Music.
THIS IS WHAT WE VALUE…
We welcome all of God’s children through open doors to be in RELATIONSHIP with one another and with God in ever deepening ways.
We respond with GENEROSITY to the world, reflecting the abundance of God’s love present in our lives and made available to all.
CARING for each other, our neighbors and all of God’s creation as we are inspired to offer genuine compassion and love.
We nurture the FAITH given to each of us, listening for how God’s story informs our own and practicing our response.
We are always LEARNING, remaining curious about God’s ever-changing world and our place within it.
Addendum to the Annual Report
Reports from our partners in ministry & detailed financial reports of the congregation.