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We offer a streaming service every Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

 


2600 East Euclid Avenue
Des Moines IA 50317
(515) 265-2865
popluthdsm@att.net

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Office hours:
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday - Friday


Worship Services:

SUNDAYS:
SUMMER SERVICES
(Memorial Day - Labor Day)
10:30 a.m. live stream
(September - May) 8:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.
CHRISTMAS EVE:
4:00 p.m & 7:00 p.m.
EASTER:
7:00 a.m. & 10:00 a.m.
WEDNESDAYS:
(During Lent) 7:00 p.m.
(Hymn Sing starts 6:50)

This week's calendar:
November 29 (first Sunday of Advent)

Sunday:
November 29,
9:30 a.m. remote Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Worship Streaming Service

There shall no evil befall you, neither shall any plague come near your dwelling. For He will give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. -Psalm 91:10-11
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Next Contemporary Service: TBD.
Contemporary Service occurs every 2nd Sunday of the month at our 10:30 a.m. service (or 9:00 a.m. during the summer).

Next Chicago Folk Service: TBD.
Chicago Folk Service occurs on the 5th Sunday of any month which has 5 Sundays (unless the WMA Committee chooses an alternative liturgy).

CHOIR SCHEDULE

Our Mission Statement:
We are a Gospel-centered community of people blessed by God to be a blessing to others.



All church activities, including in-person worship, are canceled for the next few weeks due to the coronavirus. However, the Sunday morning service at 10:30 will be live-streamed through the church's Facebook page. Joe Nolte is in charge of setting this up. You can contact him with any questions, at jtnolte22@gmail.com.


Get involved!
Highlights of our upcoming events:


The Coming Back Together Committee
-A new committee has been formed to make decisions about worship as we deal with COVID-19.

Want to spotlight your event? Email the webmaster at popdsm@gmail.com and we'll put it here!


This month's letter from Pastor Roger Osbeck

I'll have a blue Christmas without you I'll be so blue just thinking about you Decorations of red on a green Christmas tree Won't be the same, dear, if you're not here with me

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Most of you who read the Pastor's Page are old enough to remember Elvis Presley's 1957 version of the song Blue Christmas (first verse above). The song is about the sad feeling the singer experiences as he is unable to be with his loved one during Christmas. Blue? Yes, blue as in the blues. As in "I am feeling blue." Not everyone is up and cheery for the Christmas holidays. Most often the sad sensation comes as one tries to deal with the death of a loved one, or facing life after divorce or separation, coping with the loss of a job, living with cancer or some other disease that puts a question mark over the future. These and a number of other human situations make parties and joviality painful for many people in our congregations and communities.

There is a growing attentiveness to the needs of people who are blue at Christmas. Over the years, increasing numbers of churches started to create sacred space in worship services for people living through dark times. Such services are reflective, accepting where one might really be, and holding out healing and hope. Loneliness blurs the vision of the true meaning of Christmas: the peace, hope, love and joy found in the birth of the Christ Child. It robs the soul of celebration. A Blue Christmas Worship aims to help clarify the vision of Christmas and restore the soul's remembrance of all it's significance.

For most of you who are unfamiliar with this kind of service, a Blue Christmas Worship contains passages from Scripture, hymns and prayers which reflect the nature of human loneliness; not recognizing God’s presence, carrying the burden of life's complexities, responsibilities, adversities, and defeats, and the separation from the loved ones with whom we long to share time.

Some churches have held a service of worship on the longest night of the year, which falls on or about December 21st, the Winter Solstice. There is an interesting convergence for this day as it is also the traditional feast day for Saint Thomas the Apostle. This linkage invites making some connections between Thomas's struggle to believe Jesus' resurrection, the long nights just before Christmas, and the struggle with darkness and grief faced by those living with loss.

Blue Christmases will, no doubt, be suffered in a larger part of our congregation this year from the separation we will experience due to the pandemic through which we still endure. Many plans will have to be altered as the expectation the COVID numbers will dramatically improve seem slim. The curve is not flattening at the degree we have hoped. Families who are used to gathering together at Christmas will decide not to take the risk. The disappointing, discouraging circumstances will spread like the virus.

To help all those who might be experiencing a blue Christmas this year to better cope with the situation, we at Prince of Peace will be offering our own Blue Christmas Worship online to be posted on our Facebook page beginning sometime the week before Christmas. If you would like to join us, please look for further information with our regular announcements (ironically, the blue pages), and our Facebook page.

Peace to you. See you, sometime soon, in church,

Pastor Roger


Outreach links:
Meals from the Heartland
Habitat for Humanity
Lutheran Services in Iowa
Lutheran World Relief
Make Malaria History