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** Tuesday 3/31 Update – Holy Week Schedule **

April 1, 2020

Holy Week Service Schedule 2020

Remember to call the church office to reserve seating.

Note services with live streaming.

Recordings will also be available upon request.


Saturday and Palm Sunday

Current Schedule of Services and Service Times

Saturday at 3:30, 4:30 (with live streaming), 5:30, and 6:30

Sunday at 7:45, 9:15, 10:30 (with live streaming), and 11:45


Holy Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday

8:00 (Congregation at Prayer)

11:00 (Palm Sunday’s Sermon)

Noon (Congregation at Prayer)


Maundy Thursday

Noon, 6:00, and 7:00 (with live streaming)


Good Friday (without Holy Communion)

            Noon, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 (with live streaming)


Holy Saturday Vigil (Confirmations will be celebrated on Pentecost)

6:00 (with live streaming; limited seating)

 


Easter Sunday

7:45, 9:15, 10:30 (with live streaming), and 11:45


Easter Monday (with Easter Sunday sermon)

8:00, 11:00, Noon, and 6:30


  • Call the church office (262-246-3200) and reserve a spot at one of the small group Divine Services for you and your family.

 

  • The Bulletin, Congregation at Prayer, and Sermon are available from the home page of the website: www.peacesussex.org .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

** Thursday 3/26 Update **

March 26, 2020

Updated Schedule of Services as of 3/26/2020  During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, we are thankful that “religious gatherings” are considered “essential services” in the governor’s most recent order. Our schedule of services will continue as previously announced, but we have added services on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday at 11:45 a.m. We are still obligated to limit the number of people gathered in one room to fewer than 10 and to practice social distancing. People who live in the same household may sit together and kneel together in church. Others should leave the required space between themselves and their neighbors when choosing seats in the nave or places at the communion rail. Call the church office (262-246-3200) and reserve a spot at one of the small group Divine Services for you and your family. At other times you may call Susan Gehlbach at 262-372-4353 or call/text Sherry Prowatzke at 414-378-5793.

  • If you are in a high-risk group (compromised immune system, other health problems, or elderly), we want you to take care of yourselves, shelter in your homes if necessary, and we will be happy to bring the Lord’s Supper to you.
  • We will live stream the Saturday service at 4:30 p.m. and the Sunday service at 10:30 a.m. on YouTube.com during these weeks of isolation. These videos may also be viewed at a later time as your schedule allows. You will find links on the website on the Downloads > Additional Recordings page http://peacesussex.org/downloads/additional-recordings/ .  Alternatively, you may go to www.youtube.com and then search for “Peace Lutheran Church Sussex”.
  • If you are unable to attend services and do not have internet access, please call/text Sherry Prowatzke at 414-378-5793 and we will provide bulletins, CDs of a service, etc. for you.
  • Sunday School Lessons will be emailed to parents each week.
  • We encourage you to continue to support the General Fund of the congregation by dropping your offerings off at church or mailing them to Peace Lutheran Church, Box 123, Sussex, WI 53089

Our Lord Jesus promises to work in all things for our good.  He will never leave us or forsake us.  By His Word and Sacraments He imparts to us forgiveness, life, salvation, and the strength to face uncertain times with courage and hope.  By these gifts He prepares us for the day in which we will leave this vale of tears.  Now more than ever, when there is so much fear and uncertainty in the world, we need to receive Christ’s gifts.


Full Schedule During the Virus Outbreak

Please call 262-246-3200 to reserve your spot for Divine Services

Limit of 8 in the nave and 9 in the Gerhardt Room

 

Weekend Divine Services (common cup):

3:30 pm  Saturday                                                7:45 am  Sunday

4:30 pm  Saturday (live stream)               9:15 am  Sunday

5:30 pm  Saturday                                                 10:30 am  Sunday (live stream)

6:30 pm  Saturday                                                 11:45 am  Sunday

 

Monday through Friday Divine Services at 11:00 a.m. (individual cup)

  • Monday and Tuesday will repeat the previous Sunday theme.
  • During Lent, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday will be a midweek Lenten service.
  • The Lenten service will be available online.
  • Those without online access may call the Church Office and we will provide you with a printed copy or CD.

 

Daily Chapel Monday through Friday at 8:00 and Noon

  • Using the Congregation at Prayer, a homily, and the Great Litany
  • Communion will be offered at the conclusion of these services for those desiring to receive.
  • Currently there is no need to sign up for daily Chapel.

 

In-home communion for shut-ins and those who request it.

  • Call the church office to request a visit

 

Make use of the Congregation at Prayer at Home

When you are at home, set aside time to regularly and faithfully pray and read the Scriptures utilizing the Congregation at Prayer. Know that while you are doing this in your homes with your families, the rest of the congregation is united with you in faith and prayer.

 

Note: Check the website each week for recordings of sermons and services, videos of services which have been live streamed, devotions from Pastor Bender, and updates from the leadership of the congregation. Our website is: www.peacesussex.org. Our administrative group will do everything we can to supply information to the elderly and others who do not have internet access.

All choirs, Coffee Break Bible Study, and business gatherings of the congregations of greater than 9 people are cancelled until further notice.

Each week, in consultation with Pastor Gehlbach and the Board of Elders, the schedule listed above will be evaluated and adjusted as needed.  If you have specific needs, please contact Pastor.

A modified service schedule for Holy Week will be available next week.

** Wednesday 3/25 Update **

March 20, 2020

Following the issuance of Emergency Order #12 (Safer at Home), the schedule of services as previously outlined will continue to remain in effect.  We will continue to limit the number of people in a single room to fewer than 10 and practice “social distancing” as much as we are able.  Please continue to call the church office at 262-246-3200 to reserve a spot at a service offered on a weekday or weekend.  The days and times remain consistent with what was outlined in the Friday, March 20 post (see below).

As mentioned previously, the standard weekly downloads continue to be available on the Peace website www.peacesussex.org.  This includes the bulletin, Congregation at Prayer, and a recording of the sermon.  In addition, other recordings and videos may be found at these sites:

Peace Lutheran Church Podcast:

Full length recordings of the Divine Service, Midweek Lenten Devotions.  You may search for “Peace Lutheran Church Sussex” on a variety of podcast platforms, or navigate to  https://anchor.fm/peacesussex.  A link to these recordings is also available from our website www.peacesussex.org by accessing the Downloads > Additional Recordings page.

 

Peace Lutheran Church YouTube Channel:

In an effort to offer additional options to the congregation, two services were live-streamed on YouTube as a test to determine feasibility of offering live or recorded video of the Divine Service.  We are planning to continue to this practice (now with some different equipment for higher audio quality) and more information will be posted related to which services will actually be streamed live.  Nonetheless, once a service has been streamed the video is available for play back at any time.  Follow this link to the YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgGHTC8apZp-9ZVgy7nk74Q, or go to youtube.com and search for “Peace Lutheran Church Sussex” .

 

The main point for the moment is that we are staying the course.  Please continue to check this News posting area for additional updates.  

As always, if you have questions or special needs please feel free to reach out to Pastor Bender, Pastor Gehlbach, Sherry Prowatzke, an Elder, or the church office.



Original post from Friday, March 20, 2020:

Schedule of Services During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, many of us have been grieved over the events of recent days concerning the outbreak and spread of the Coronavirus and its effect on our society.  If you are sick, stay at home.  If you are in a high-risk group (compromised immune system, other health problems, or elderly), we want you to take care of yourselves, shelter in your homes if necessary, and we will do everything we can to provide you with Christ’s Word and Sacrament.  Pastor Bender, Pastor Gehlbach, and Pastor Anderson will bring the Lord’s Word and Sacrament to those who are unable to come to Divine Services. The rest of the congregation is asked to call the church office (262-246-3200) and reserve a spot at one of the small group Divine Services for you and your family. The office is open Monday through Saturday from 8 to 5.  At other times you may call Susan Gehlbach at 262-372-4353 or Sherry Prowatzke at 414-378-5793.

Why the dramatic change from what was previously announced? The civil government has issued orders limiting the numbers of people gathered in one room to fewer than 10.  According to the statement of the Department of Health Services, “This order may include…places of worship and religious gatherings.”  We have been made aware of individuals and groups that are intentionally trying to shut down churches who have more than 9 in attendance in one room at any one time.  Jesus said, “Be wise as serpents and harmless as doves” when dealing with the evils of the world and religious persecution (Matthew 10:16). We are NOT closing our church, but we are also not going to give anyone else the opportunity to do so.  We may use the Nave of the Church (pastor, plus 8 people) and the Gerhardt room (9 people) for a total of 17 souls for each Divine Service.

We desire to do all we can under God to follow the mandates of the civil realm; however, for us, as Christians, Christ’s Word and Sacraments are the one thing needful. Through these gifts Christ imparts to us forgiveness, life, salvation, and the strength to face uncertain times with courage and hope.  By these gifts He prepares us for the day in which we will leave this vale of tears.  Now more than ever, when there is so much fear and uncertainty in the world, we need to receive Christ’s gifts.

The following revised schedule of services and opportunities to receive Christ’s Word and Sacrament is intended to meet the civil requirements, while not giving anyone an opportunity to take away our opportunities to receive:


  • Weekend Divine Services: (SIGN UP REQUIRED, Limit of 8 in the nave; limit of 9 in the Gerhardt Room)

3:30 pm  Saturday                                    7:45 am  Sunday

4:30 pm  Saturday                                    9:15 am  Sunday

5:30 pm  Saturday                                    10:30 am Sunday

No Bible Class, Sunday School, coffee or treats

       No choirs until further notice


  • Lenten Devotions on the Passion according to St. Matthew will be posted on the website each week in place of Lenten Midweek Services.

All extended length such as these recordings are posted at https://anchor.fm/peacesussex.  A link to these recordings is also available from our website www.peacesussex.org by accessing the Downloads > Additional Recordings page.

Those unable to access the devotions online, are asked to request copies of the devotions from the Church Office and we will provide them to you on a CD.


  • Divine Services with Communion Monday through Friday at 11:00 a.m.

(SIGN UP REQUIRED, Limit of 8 in the nave; limit of 9 in the Gerhardt Room)

If you are able, please consider signing up to attend a week day service in order to leave more openings on the weekend services.


  • Daily Chapel Monday through Friday at 8:00 and Noon

Led by Pastor using the Congregation at Prayer, a homily, and the Great Litany

Communion will be offered at the conclusion of these services for those desiring to receive.


  • In-home communion for shut-ins and those who request it.

Pastor Bender or one of the other pastors in the congregation will bring the Lord’s Word and Sacrament to you in your home.  Call the church office at 262-246-3200 to request a visit and Pastor will reply.


  • Make use of the Congregation at Prayer at Home

When you are at home, set aside time to regularly and faithfully pray and read the Scriptures utilizing the Congregation at Prayer.  Know that while you are doing this in your homes with your families, the rest of the congregation is united with you in faith and prayer.

 

Note: Check the website each week for recordings and postings of Services, sermons, and devotional updates from Pastor Bender and the leadership of the congregation. Our website is: www.peacesussex.org. Our administrative group will do everything we can to supply information to the elderly and others who do not have internet access.

 

All choirs, Coffee Break Bible Study, and business gatherings of the congregations of greater than 9 people are cancelled until further notice.

Throughout the week, in consultation with Pastor Gehlbach and the Board of Elders, the schedule listed above will be evaluated and adjusted as needed.  If you have specific needs, please contact Pastor.

Schedule of Services During the COVID-19 Outbreak

March 18, 2020

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, many of us have been grieved over the events of recent days concerning the outbreak and spread of the Coronavirus and its effect on our society.  The civil government has issued orders closing “non-essential facilities” and/or limiting the numbers of people gathered in one room to no more than ten.  According to the statement of the Department of Health Services, “This order may include…places of worship and religious gatherings.”  On the one hand, we desire to do all we can under God to follow the mandates of the civil realm; on the other hand, for us, as Christians, Christ’s Word and Sacraments are the one thing needful. Through these gifts Christ imparts to us forgiveness, life, salvation, and the strength to face uncertain times with courage and hope.  By these gifts He prepares us for the day in which we will leave this vale of tears.  Now more than ever, when there is so much fear and uncertainty in the world, we need to receive Christ’s Word and Sacraments.

If you are sick, stay at home.  If you are in a high-risk group (compromised immune system, other health problems, or elderly) we will do everything we can to provide you with Christ’s Word and Sacraments. 

The following schedule of services and opportunities to receive Christ’s Word and Sacraments is intended to meet the needs of all, based on your circumstance and level of comfort:

Weekend Divine Services: (Open seating in the nave; limit of 10 in the Gerhardt Room)

5:30 Saturday afternoon

7:45 Sunday morning

10:30 Sunday morning

No Bible Class, Sunday School, coffee or treats

No choirs until further notice

 

Wednesday Divine Services: (Open seating in the nave; limit of 10 in the Gerhardt Room)

6:30 a.m.,  8:00 a.m.,  2:30 p.m.,  and 6:45 p.m

 

Daily Chapel Monday through Friday at 8:00 a.m.

Communion will be offered at the conclusion of the chapel service for those who request it.

 

Monday through Friday “Sign-up Communion Services” at 11:00 a.m.

5 opportunities will be available each week to receive the Lord’s Supper in a group of no more than 10 people utilizing individual cups.

Call the church office 262-246-3200 to reserve a spot on a first-come, first-serve basis.

 

In home communion for shut-ins and those who request it.

Pastor Bender or one of the other pastors in the congregation will bring the Lord’s Word and Sacrament to you in your home.  Call the church office at 262-246-3200 to request a visit and Pastor will reply.

 

Note about Recordings Available online:

We will now offer recordings of the entire Sunday morning Divine Service as well as midweek Lenten sermons at https://anchor.fm/peacesussex.

You may also navigate to this link from the Peace website www.peacesussex.org.   To navigate to the link, select the Downloads >  Additional Recordings option, then click on the link under Divine Service for the Peace Lutheran Church and Academy Podcast

 

Note about Recordings Available on a CD:

Those preferring a CD of any service may call the church office to request copies.  

 

Other Information:

All choirs, Coffee Break Bible Study, and business gatherings of the congregations of greater than 10 people are cancelled until further notice.

Each week, in consultation with Pastor Gehlbach and the Board of Elders, the schedule listed above will be evaluated and adjusted as needed.  If you have specific needs, please contact Pastor.

Ordinations

January 10, 2020

On Sunday, January 26, at the 10:30 service at Peace, Archbiship Ekong will ordain three men into the Office of the Holy Ministry: Elijah Essang, David Ukpong, and Kufre-Abasi Etim.  “How beautiful are the feet of him who brings good news, who proclaims peace, who proclaims glad tidings of good, who proclaims salvation!”  The pericopes for the 7:45 service will be Epiphany 3; the pericopes for the 10:30 service will be the feast of St Titus.  Rejoice and be exceedingly glad!

Pastors Essang, Ukpong, and Etim are spending a year at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, along with their brothers Pastor Luke and Bishop Willie, as they each study further in their area of specialty.  These men will return to Nigeria next winter to serve as faculty at Ekong Memorial Seminary.