Office and Mail: 9 Mercer Avenue
North Plainfield, NJ 07060
An ELCA Congregation
A Reconciling in Christ Congregation
The Rev. Sara Kay Olson-Smith, Pastor
St. Peters Closing ServiceDear Treasured Members and Friends of St. Peters,
As you may have heard or read, St. Peters will be ending its ministry service in Christs name on All Saints Day, Sunday, November 1, 2009. To celebrate our 117 years of ministry in North Plainfield and to recognize the new paths for service to which God is leading us, we will be having a celebratory Service of Holy Communion on Sunday, November 1, 2009 at 3:00 p.m., surrounded by the presence and prayers of friends, neighbors, other congregations and pastors. Bishop E. Roy Riley, Bishop of the New Jersey Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, will also be here for this service to offer thanks and appreciation for the life of this congregation.
The public and all present and former members of the congregation are invited to attend the service, which will be followed by refreshments and time for conversation in Fellowship Hall. Please mark your calendars for this important day in the life of St. Peters.
During the closing service, all of St. Peters membership records will be transferred to St. Stephens Lutheran Church, ELCA, in South Plainfield, which has been designated to care for the members during the time of transition.
We also invite you to please take time to read both the open letter from Pastor Sara addressed to the congregation, which appears in the October 2009 issue of the Friendly Messenger, and our Special Final Issue of the Friendly Messenger (see below).
Loved by God, growing in faith, we are a place of welcome,
St. Peter's Lutheran Church has a number of beautiful stained glass windows which are available for viewing here.
Our Church remains an important part of our lives, because the GOOD NEWS that God, through Christ, loves us, forgives us, and is always with us means so much. Church is also a wonderful way to meet people, to strengthen family relationships, and to become involved in the community.
The LORDS SUPPER is celebrated on the first, third, and fifth Sunday of each month, as well as festival days.
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We take our name from Martin Luther, a priest who lived in Germany from 1483-1546. He became the key figure in the period of history known as the Reformation. As a young man, Luther was frightened of God, for the church taught that each person had to do things or pay money to earn Gods favor. Luther, realizing that he was not a perfect person (as none of us are), knew that he could never do enough or pay enough to deserve Gods love. And if not, then what? Eternal condemnation and punishment! A pretty scary thought.
Bible verses such as For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God made all the difference in the world to Luther. This verse is really a good summary of what it is to be a Lutheran. Since Gods love and forgiveness come to us as free gifts, we can live serving God not fearfully because we have to, but gratefully because we want to.
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