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6/26/2020 Update – Adjustments to Service Times

June 26, 2020

Starting on Saturday, June 27, a change is being made to the services offered on Saturday.   Services will be reduced to only one service at 5:00 pm.  As we work back toward our former schedule, we are eliminating the 3:15 service on Saturday.  Services on Sunday will continue as before with an early service at 7:45 am, Bible Class at 9:15 am, and a late service at 10:30 am.

Bible Class has worked well outdoors on the patio.  For those who wish to be especially cautious of gathering, Sunday morning Bible Class at 9:15 am is a great option.  We’re outdoors and can spread out on the lawn and patio while still delighting in the opportunity for catechesis.

Chapel services continue at 8am weekdays, followed by a brief communion service for those who wish to receive.  Chapel runs through July 10, after which there will be a break.  Regular chapel services (without the Lord’s Supper) will resume August 17, the week before school starts.  

Sunday services have been full.  Please continue to phone or email the office to reserve a spot so that we can ensure adequate distance between families: 262-246-3200 or office@peacesussex.org.  Because we want to make room for as many people as possible on Sunday, please pay attention to where you choose to sit so that there is room for others.  For families smaller than 5, we can easily fit four per pew (two couples; or a group of three people on one end, with one on the other end).  

Remember that the Gerhardt Room is available for those who have a need to be in a space that is more separated.  Pastor will commune those in Gerhardt Room first.  

Current Schedule

Divine Service (with common cup)
     Sat 5:00 pm, limit of 70 people
     Sun 7:45 am, limit of 70 people
     Sun 10:30 am, limit of 70 people

Bible Class (Outdoors on the Patio)
     Sun 9:15 am, limit of 600 people or so

Divine Service (with individual cups)
     Mon 7:00 pm, limit of 25 people
     Wed 6:45 pm, limit of 50 people

Chapel (with Lord’s Supper afterwards)
     Mon – Fri 8:00 am, through July 10

Summer Service Schedule Starting June 6

May 26, 2020

The Summer Service Schedule will officially begin on Saturday, June 6th:

  • Saturday services 3:15 and 5:00pm, Sunday services 7:45 and 10:30am
    • Limit 50 per service
    • Please sign up as usual
    • Live-streaming — 10:30am service

 

  • Sunday Bible class (weather permitting) 9:15 on the patio
    • Some seating will be provided on the patio
    • You are welcome to bring a lawn chair or blanket for the grass
    • Please bring your own Bible

 

  • Monday Divine Service at 7:00pm (individual cup)
    • Limit 25
    • Please sign up as usual
    • Tuesday service at 7:00 may be added if Monday’s service fills up

 

  • Wednesday Divine Service at 6:45pm (individual cup)
    • Limit 50
    • Please sign up as usual

 

  • The Gerhardt Room will be available for all services for those with special needs
    • Communion will be distributed first to those in the Gerhardt Room

 

  • Daily chapel with communion Mon–Fri at 8:00am

 

  • In-home communion for shut-ins and those who request it
    • Call the church office to request a visit

 

 

Those without online access may call the church office and we will provide you with a printed copy or CD of services that you were unable to attend.

Friday 5-22 Update

May 22, 2020

Summer Service Schedule begins  June 6.

Saturday services 3:15 and 5:00pm.   
Sunday services 7:45 and 10:30am.

  • Limit 50 per service. Please sign up as usual: (262) 246-3200.
  • Live-streaming — 10:30 service.

 

Sunday Bible class (weather permitting) 9:15 on the patio.

  • Some seating will be provided on the patio.
  • You are welcome to bring a lawn chair or blanket for the grass.
  • Please bring your own Bible.

 

Monday and Tuesday Divine Services at 11:00am (individual cup).

  • Limit 25.

 

Wednesday Divine Service at 6:45pm (individual cup).

  • Limit 50.

 

The Gerhardt Room will be available for all services for those with special needs. 

  • Communion will be distributed first to those in the Gerhardt Room.

 

Access to the building throughout the parking-lot construction will be allowed only through the patio entrances.

  • Parking throughout construction will be available on Maple Avenue, side streets, and at Maple Ave School.
  • A special transport vehicle will assist those with ambulatory needs.

 

Daily chapel with communion Mon–Fri at 8:00am.

 

Previous schedule continues through May.
No services on Memorial Day.

Wednesday 5-20 Update

May 22, 2020

Service schedule remains the same through May, but with somewhat increased numbers.  Please continue to make appointments for a service.  Memorial Day — no chapel and no 11:00 service.  During construction on the parking lot (beginning May 26) you will be able to enter church only through the patio doors at the front of the building.  

Thursday 5-14 Update

May 14, 2020

Services continue Saturday through Tuesday, as planned.  Please come to the service you signed up for.  More information should be available Wednesday for next weekend’s schedule.  If you will be attending an Ascension service, please call the office to reserve a spot.  Wednesday at 6:45 will have individual cups; Thursday’s 6:45 service will have the chalice.

Friday 4-24 Update to Service Schedule

April 24, 2020

Saturday service-time changes slightly.  Chapel will be at 8:00 only.  Keep an eye on the Sunday bulletins for the latest information.  

Live-streamed services are Saturday 4:30, Sunday 10:30, and chapel.

 Daily Chapel (common cup available)   
   Monday to Friday 8:00am 
     
 Weekday Divine Services (individual cup)   
   Mon & Tuesday 11:00am 
   Wednesday  6:45pm
     
 Weekend Divine Services  (common cup)  
   Saturday  3:15, 4:30, 5:45
   Sunday  7:45, 9:15, 10:30, 11:45

Please phone the church office if you are unable to attend and would like a pastor to visit you at home.

Remember to phone the church office (262-246-3200) to reserve a spot at one of the services.

Make use of the Congregation at Prayer. 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.

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. The bulletin, Congregation at Prayer, and sermon are available at our website: PeaceSussex.org. Our administrative group will do everything we can to supply information to the elderly and others who do not have internet access.

** Thursday 4/9 Update – Service Schedule: Holy Week and Following **

April 9, 2020

The schedule of services has been planned for the period following Easter Monday.  Please see the information below for a listing of service times for the current and upcoming weeks.

Holy Week Through Easter Monday

Services for Holy Week through Easter Monday will continue as previously planned:

Maundy Thursday

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

Good Friday (without Holy Communion)

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

Holy Saturday Vigil (Confirmations will be celebrated on Pentecost)

6:00 pm (with live streaming; limited seating)

Easter Sunday

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

Easter Monday (with Easter Sunday sermon)

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

 

Printed copies of the Maundy Thursday through Easter Vigil service may be found at this link:

http://peacesussex.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/M.-Thurs-Easter-Vigil-Inserts-2020.pdf

 

The bulletin for Easter Sunday may be accessed with the link on the web site home page, or by following this link:

http://peacesussex.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/0bl200412-2doc.pdf


Week of April 14-17

During Easter week (April 14-18) chapel will be at held only at 8:00am with The Lord’s Supper via common cup for those who desire it.  (The 11:00 am and 12:00 pm services will not be offered in order to allow Pastor Bender to take some time off.)

The Wednesday 6:45 pm service will resume on April 15.  The Lord’s Supper will be celebrated with individual cups.

 


Week of April 19-25

The week of April 19 we will return to a similar schedule followed prior to Holy Week:

Daily Chapel (Common Cup):

Monday through Friday at 8:00 and Noon 

 

Weekday Divine Services (individual cup):

Monday through Friday at 11:00 am

Wednesday at 6:45 pm

 

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

 


Other

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.

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.

 

Call the church office (262-246-3200) to reserve a spot at any of the services listed above.  As much as possible, the calendar on the Peace website is kept up to date.

 

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

 

Additional recordings are available at:

  • Peace website, home page, then navigate to Downloads > Additional Recordings:    http://peacesussex.org/downloads/additional-recordings/
  • Full length recordings of select services are available at the Peace Podcast site:   https://anchor.fm/peacesussex

Live Stream and Video Playback of select services are available at the Peace YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgGHTC8apZp-9ZVgy7nk74Q

** 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.