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									                                                                                                    When Going Back is Moving Forward
                                                                                                    I took a year off from school after I graduated from Fresno State University. Originally I
                                                                                                    had planned to go directly to seminary, but the thought of more classes and books and
                                                                                                    papers was just too much. I was burned-out on school.
                                                                                 The Church Mouse   A year off, I thought, would give me a nice break—a chance to recharge my academic
                                                                                                    batteries. But I knew the risk. School was hard work. It demanded a higher level of
                                                                                                    commitment. There was always work to be done—a book to read, a paper to write, an
                                                                                                    exam to study for—school was a 24 hour-a-day job. I may never want to go back if I take
                                                                                                    time off.
                                                                                                    But I needed the break, so I went to work—Assistant Superintendent on a construction site.
                                                                                                    It wasn’t 9:00 to 5:00—more like 6:30 to 4:30—but it was nice. My nights were my own,
                                                                                                    my weekends were free, and I had more money than I’d seen in my life. I joined two
                                                                                                    softball teams and even took a couple of classes at the local community college. My
                                                                                                    greatest problem was finding enough to do. Meeting Georgia soon took care of that worry.
                                                                                                    Life was easy. I did what I wanted, when I wanted.
                                                                                                    When the year was over I set off to seminary. I’d promised myself I’d go and I was going
                                                                                                    to keep that promise. But I was right about needing the break. Seminary was hard work—
                                                                                                    much more reading and writing than at Fresno. Longer hours in the Library, later nights
                                                                                                    with my head in the books, the incessant screeching of my dot matrix printer spitting out
                                                                                                    page after page of paper after paper. When those four years were over I thanked God that I
                                                                                                    wouldn’t need to go to school anymore.
                                                                                                    I am writing this article in a little dorm room at McCormick Theological Seminary. The
                                                                                                    first class of my doctoral program begins in two hours and I’m feeling a mixture of
                                                                                                    excitement and dread. Excitement for new learnings and all that can grow from them, and
                                                                                                    dread about four more years of books and classes and papers. And yet in some ways I have
The Newsletter of the Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church in Crofton, Maryland




                                                                                                    to be here.
                                                                                                    It seems to me that we can only live on past experiences, education and accomplishments
                                                                                                    for so long. Eventually, if we really want to advance ourselves, we have to go back to
                                                                                                    school. We have to break out of our comfortable routines and familiar habits. We have to
                                                                                                    accept the challenge to do even greater
                                                                                                    things than we may have done before. In
                                                                                                    doing that we sacrifice some of what we           Inside this Mouse
                                                                                                    enjoyed before.                                   Going Back—Moving Forward            1
                                                                                                                                                     Educator’s Blackboard              2
                                                                                                    Some things small and some things large
                                                                                                                                                     Christian Education Corner         3
                                                                                                    must be put aside. Time enjoyed relaxing
                                                                                                                                                     Music Notes                        5
                                                                                                    with my remote control, time spent with my
                                                                                                                                                     Church Family                      5
                                                                                                    daughter at softball practice. Time shared
                                                                                                                                                     Member Care and Fellowship         6
                                                                                                    with my wife. Helping one son with his
                                                                                                                                                     Worship and Music                  6
                                                                                                    math and another learn to ride his new bike.
                                                                                                                                                     May Activity Calendar              7
                                                                                                    But what are the options? To be satisfied        Kid’s Page                         8
                                                                                                    with the status quo? To quash the Spirit of      Sunday School…           blue insert
                                                                                                    God at work? To settle for less than what
                                                                                                    God desires?
                                                                                                                                                     STAFF
                                                                                                    We have a choice. To continue to grow into             Rev. Jon Fregger – Pastor
                                                                                                    the people God is creating us to be, or to sit               Dana Marzolf –
                                                                                                    around in our own little world imagining              Certified Christian Educator
                                                                                                    we’re at the center. The call is God’s, the       Suzann Barthold – Director of Music
                                                                                                    choice is ours.                                   Cindy Collins – Office Administrator
                                                                                                    Blessings,                                           Art Craytor – Clerk of Session
                                                                                                    Jon                                                  Julie Zimmerman - Treasurer




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                                     EDUCATOR’S BLACKBOARD
                                    Dana Marzolf, Certified Christian Educator
Workshop News: Another wonderful year is just about over for the Rotation Workshop classes. The children have
learned about Jacob, Joseph, Zacchaeus, Mary Magdalene and how Christmas and Easter are celebrated around the
world. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the workshop leaders and helpers for their dedication and
for their affirmation of this educational model. Thanks are due to the many, many people who worked behind the
scenes to assure that the workshops would be successful. Thanks are also in order for the parents who send their
children each Sunday to learn, in exciting and new ways, the stories of the Bible and Jesus.
Sign Up for Next Year: Teacher sign-up sheets for next year’s workshops will be posted in the hall of the
Education Wing. The yearlong theme for 2004-2005 is ―The Word of God.‖ The children will learn more about the
most widely read and studied book in the world as they continue their journey of faith as young Christians. Please
look over the new workshop offerings and see if there is one that interests you. A brief description of each
workshop is shown. More information is available from me. Sign up early to insure that you get the workshop(s)
you are interested in teaching.
            From Becky Daniel comes this special Workshop Equation:
            GIVENS: bright and beautiful children, wise and wonderful volunteers
            EQUAL: one small hour of sharing
IMPORTANT DATES: Christian education classes will end for the summer on May 23rd. Because Prince of Peace
will have one worship service during the summer at 10:00 a.m. each Sunday beginning May 30, there will be no
church school class for children and youth on that day. On June 6, we will have our annual Teacher Recognition.
Church school classes will resume in the fall on September 12. More information in next month's Mouse.
Summer Kids Club: Beginning June 13, a modified Kids Club will continue through the summer months. A very
simple Bible story will be read followed by snacks and games. We need YOU to volunteer to lead one or more of
these sessions. Please see Brenda Bulich or Dana Marzolf. There will be a sign-up schedule posted on the bulletin
board in the narthex.
Easter Egg Hunt: Over 30 children participated in the annual Prince of Peace Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, April 4.
Although the children had to hunt eggs inside, that did not stop them from having a great time. Special thanks to
Beth Ross, Anna Bradford and David Jensen for preparing and assisting with a delicious lunch. Special thanks to
Andrew Ross, Robbie Bailey, Erika Fregger and McKenzie Bieler for hiding those 300 eggs! And Rev. Jon did a
great job reading the Easter story, told around 12 special eggs!
Surprise for Rev. Jon: In March, the children in the Bedouin Encampment, taught by Georgia Fregger, learned all
about Christian symbols and made individual banners. They also made additional symbols and unknown to them,
a special gift was being prepared for Rev. Jon. Pat Crosby and Jean Fries made a clergy stole and on Palm Sunday
during a special Children’s Chat, I surprised Jon by presenting him with a beautiful ―Resurrection‖ stole decorated
by Georgia with some of the symbols the children made. The children remembered many of the symbols and
joyfully pointed out the individual symbols they had made. Jon wore this special stole on Easter Sunday and the
children were delighted. Many thanks to the children and the ladies for helping with this gift (and keeping it a
secret!).
Out of the Mouths of Children: A Sunday school teacher was discussing the Ten Commandments with her five
and six year olds. After explaining the commandment to ―honor thy father and thy mother,‖ she asked, ―Is there a
commandment that teaches us how to treat our brothers and sisters?‖ Without missing a beat, one little boy
answered, ―Thou shalt not kill.‖
Special Dates to Remember:
    May 6 – National Day of Prayer                                May 23 – Last Day of Church School Classes
    May 7 – May Friendship Day                                    May 30 – Pentecost Sunday
    May 11 – Mother’s Day                                         May 31 – Memorial Day
    May 20 – Ascension of the Lord




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                                CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CORNER
                                By Elders Dana Marzolf and Brenda Bulich
Vacation Bible School Wish List: The following list of items is needed for Vacation Bible School this
year. If you have any of these items or would like to purchase them, please bring them into the church
office and marked ―VBS‖. If you would like to make a monetary donation to help purchase these items,
please send money or check to the church office and marked VBS. Thank you for your assistance.
                                 Items Needed for Vacation Bible School
glue, stick or large bottles of Elmer’s Glue                             child’s molding clay
tissue paper in various colors                                           markers
Fiskar scissors (similar scissors found at Dollar Store)                 fabric scraps
yarn, various colors                                                     fabric paint
round (non spring) clothespins                                           newspapers
muslin, enough for a 12’’ x 18‖ piece for each child                     straws
rubber stamps (crosses, heart, fish, birds, etc.)                        crayons
paper towels                                                             kitchen sponges
There will be two meetings for Vacation Bible School volunteers to discuss scheduling and details about
the entire week of programming. Please plan to attend both meetings, if possible. Contact Brenda Bulich
if you cannot attend these meetings:
        1st meeting – Sunday, May 16 at 1:00 p.m. – Prince of Peace Education Wing
        2nd meeting – Sunday, June 6 at 12:00 p.m. – Prince of Peace Education Wing
Hiking, Canoe Rides, Boat Tours and more: On May 8 the Prince of Peace youth group will attend an
open house at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. Admission is free and the youth will
have the opportunity to enjoy hiking, canoe rides, boat tours and a ride in the basket of a crane. The
group will leave the Prince of Peace parking lot at 9:00 a.m. and return home by around 2:30 p.m. Let
Roger Shull know by May 5 if you want to join the group and he will see to it that you get a permission
slip. You can contact Roger by calling 410-451-1233.
Confirmation Class: As part of the confirmation class process, the confirmands were asked to write a
personal faith statement. Annie Lo’s faith statement follows:
       I believe in God, as creator of heaven and earth, of all mankind and living things. I believe
        God as a loving, guiding spirit of good who is always there to guide us.
       Even when humankind fails to serve God and help others, and believe and trust in God
       and ourselves, I can trust God to be there and love me no matter what.
       God, who sent Jesus Christ down to earth in the form of a human being, was willing to
       sacrifice Jesus for us humans. God sacrificed Jesus on the cross, who descended into hell
       and ascended into heaven to save us from our sins. Jesus is our Lord and savior, and died
       to forgive us of our sins.
       Jesus helped heal and save others. Christ loved, cared, and respected those around him.
        Jesus did not uphold appearance against anyone nor anything, he was not prejudiced,
        and loved each living thing, despite its physical appearance.
       Jesus Christ was healing, courageous, and strong. During Christ's life spent on earth,
        Jesus would heal and save the lives of others, get followers to help follow in the footsteps
        of Jesus self and God, to save us from our sins, and teach us how to live a better life in
        God's path.



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         I believe in the Holy Spirit, whom is God in our subconscious, leading us towards the
          right path to take. Leading us in the right direction, telling us of the right things God
          would want us to do, which decisions God would want us to make, and how to live our
          lives in the eyes of God and helping others.
         I believe the church exists because it calls us together as a community through the
          worship of God. It informs us, and others about God, the Bible, Jesus, and all the valuable
          teachings learned from them.
         The church will not include only certain members, and exclude others judging by physical
         appearance. The church will not teach us false accusations about God, but rather the good
         preaches of the Lord.
         I believe humanity is basically good. People chose to believe in God because they are
          loving, caring, and need God to lead them down the right path, show them the way, and
          be there for them at all times of need.
         The purpose for baptism is to confirm one's belief and faith in God. Communion serves a
         purpose in the fact that it helps us remember God gave up God's only Son to save us from
         our sins, and that God cares and loves us this much.
         I believe the Bible is the stories or tellings of God passed down through generation, and
          the word of God, and things God wants us to do and follow. The Bible is unique because
          it consists of stories passed down for centuries, generation after generation, teaching us
          the word and lessons learned through and by God and Jesus.
         I trust in God, and believe that I am here to help and nurture others through God's word.
          I also am here to save others, teach the word of God, and let God lead the way so that I
          can follow in his path and do what God wants me to do. I am here to help mankind and
          all living things. I am here to preserve the earth, not destroy it. I will do so in my faith
          and trust in God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.
                                     ##########################
Thank you to all who helped with this year’s class, including Dana Marzolf, Jon Fregger and especially
the faith partners, Georgia Fregger and Mary Kay Honeycutt. You have helped to guide a young person
toward a better relationship with God and your work is greatly appreciated.
Summer Kids Club: There will be a Summer Kids Club beginning June 13 in classrooms 2 and 4 for
children K-2nd grade (for the fall school year). There is a volunteer schedule prepared. Please see Dana
Marzolf for a copy or any scheduling conflicts. There will be no Kids Club on the last Sunday of each
month as that is Family Sunday. You may also want to take the summer months as an opportunity to
assist your child in learning how to worship.
Last Day of Sunday School/Teacher Recognition: The last day of Sunday School is May 23. The
teachers will be recognized on June 6. Thanks to all the volunteers who have helped with Sunday School,
Kids Club, childcare and support.




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                                                   MUSIC NOTES
                                       By Suzann Barthold, Director of Music
Thank You: A big thank you to all the singers, instrumentalists, bell ringers and youth who provided
music during the Lenten and Easter Season at both the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. worship services. A
potluck lunch to officially ―close‖ the choir rehearsal season will be held at the Bartholds on June 13 for
all musicians. On Thursday, June 17, 22 of us will travel to Stowe, Vermont for the International Choir
Festival at the Trapp Family Lodge.
The Ceildh: Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 10. A family oriented talent show called ―The
Ceildh” (kalee), an Irish or Scottish social gathering with traditional music, dancing and storytelling will
start at 7:00 p.m. at the church. There is a sign-up sheet in the narthex. Please think about what you can
do. This is a great opportunity to share your creativity. All entrants are limited to a three-minute
program. Cindy Collins and I will coordinate the event.
Join a Choir: New people are always welcome in the choirs. Perhaps you have seen a new face in the
tenor section, David Townsend. We are delighted that he has joined us. During the summer we will have
a more informal music program, with details to follow in the June Mouse.
                            Regular Rehearsal Schedule
         Wednesday          7:30 – 9:00 p.m.               Boyles Memorial Ringers
         Thursday           7:30 – 9:00 p.m.               Senior Choir
         Sunday             9:45 – 10:00 a.m.              Kid’s Choir/Chimes

                                                CHURCH FAMILY
                                      By Cindy Collins, Office Administrator
Prince of Peace will hold a Baccalaureate service for all 2004 graduates and needs help in identifying all
graduates. Please send to the church office the name of the graduate and the school as well as the degree
earned, if applicable, and future plans. The information should be sent by email or phone call to the
church office by May 15. If you have any questions, please call 410-721-2313.
Dear Church Family,
Thank you for your prayers. My sinus surgery went well and prayers that the surgeon would not have to reset the
septum were answered, resulting in less pain. I’ve had a setback due to allergic reactions to antibiotic drugs to clear up
some infection that remains in the sinuses. By the time you read this in May, I should be much better. Thank you for all
the prayers, cards, and calls. Each one was appreciated and kept my spirits up.
Gratefully, Barbara Groom
Dear friends,
Thank you for your cards and warm wishes. How are each of you? All of the Leonard’s say hello, we miss each and every
person and pray you and your families are well. I wanted to let you know that I am beginning a 2 year internship at
Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severna Park (my home town) as part of seminary and presbytery
requirements for the fulfillment of my masters degree in divinity. Of course, the whole family, Dan, myself, Torrey and
Lucy will continue to worship together at Woods during this time. Since we will not be with you in body, please know
we are together in spirit. At the end of these two years, I hope to be standing with you in the sanctuary at Prince of Peace
for ordination to ministry, the same place I was baptized as an adult. The thought of this parallel brings tears to my eyes,
to think what God can do and how God changes lives. (I hope to complete my degree by May 2006, or shortly thereafter.)
We hold all of you close to our hearts, and hope over these next 2 years you will hold our family in prayer and thought, as
we will you. The body of believers in Jesus Christ runs deep and wide, and we are connected beyond the walls of church
buildings, geographical divisions, and vocational requirements. You and the Session sponsor me as a seminary student
in the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. and I am grateful for your confidence and most of all, your kindness and love. Please
visit Woods any time, we’d be overjoyed to see you. May Jesus continue to be Lord over our daily lives!
Susan Leonard


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                               MEMBER CARE AND FELLOWSHIP
                            By Elders Don Bailey and George Laboissonniere
Pentecost Picnic: Pentecost is considered the birth date of the Christian church. It occurs on the seventh
Sunday after Easter, celebrating the appearance of the Holy Ghost before the disciples. Prince of Peace
celebrates this special day with an annual Pentecost picnic. This year Pentecost falls on May 30, 2004.
The picnic will be held that day following the 10:00 a.m. church service. Hamburgers, hot dogs, and
drinks will be provided. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. Be sure to wear something that is
Pentecost red to church that day.
National Arboretum Trip: Prince of Peace is coordinating a trip to the National Arboretum in
Washington, D.C. on May 2, 2004. According to the arboretum’s web site, this is the best time of year to
see the brilliance of all the flowers in bloom. The azaleas should be at their peak. A car pool will leave
the church parking lot at 12:30 p.m. Interested folks may join the car pool or meet everyone at the
arboretum. There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the narthex. An information packet that
includes a map to the arboretum is also available on the board.
Coffee Hour Fellowship: The Coffee Hour provides a great opportunity to talk with friends and share
what is happening in our lives while enjoying a little snack. The goal is to have a Coffee Hour each
Sunday after the 11:00 a.m. service (10:00 a.m. during the summer). Please consider signing up to host a
Coffee Hour fellowship time. Perhaps you would like to celebrate someone’s birthday or a special event.
Small groups could sign up to host together. A sign-up sheet for the remainder of the year is posted on
the bulletin board near the office.
The Lunch Bunch: Women of the church who meet to share a meal and fellowship. Each luncheon
begins at 12:15 p.m. Bring a dish to share and enjoy the conversation. The schedule for the rest of the
year is as follows:
    May               Tish Smith, hostess                    August          summer break
    June              summer break                           September       Norma Talbert, hostess
    July              summer break                           October         Carlene Craytor, hostess


                                      WORSHIP AND MUSIC
                                         By Elder Bob Hemming
May Communion: Prince of Peace will celebrate communion this month on Sunday, May 9, 2004. The
tradition at Prince of Peace is to have the Sacrament of Communion on the first Sunday of the month.
However, the Reverend Jon Fregger is scheduled to be out of town on Sunday, May 2, 2004. He will be
away working on his doctor of ministry degree at McCormick Theological Seminary. Accordingly,
communion Sunday in May will be delayed until his return.
Dana Marzolf: Come and hear Director of Christian Education Dana Marzolf preach on Sunday, May 2,
2004. Thank you, Dana for filling in while Jon is pursuing his studies.
Choir Recognition : On Sunday, June 13, 2004 the Prince of Peace choirs will be recognized. Watch the
bulletin for more information.
Summer Schedule: Prince of Peace will hold a single worship service each Sunday morning between
May 30, 2004 and September 5, 2004. The service will be at 10:00 a.m. The contemporary and traditional
music programs will coordinate the summer music schedule.
Nursery Schedule:
May 2 Beth Ross                                                 23 Lara and Bruce Walker
      9 Georgia Fregger                                         30 Valerie and Ronny Mentzer
     16 Cindy Collins


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            PRINCE OF PEACE          MAY 2004 ACTIVITY CALENDAR
5/2     9:00 a.m. Worship Service                        5/16  9:00 a.m.     Worship Service
        9:45 a.m. Children’s Choir/Chimes                     10:00 a.m.     Sunday School
                  rehearsal                                   11:00 a.m.     Worship Service
       10:00 a.m. Sunday School                          5/17 7:00 p.m.      Session meeting
       11:00 a.m. Worship Service                        5/19 8:30 a.m.      Men’s Fellowship Breakfast at
5/3     7:30 p.m. Ministry Night                                             Friendly’s
5/4     7:00 p.m. Church History class, Room 5                   6:30 p.m.   Healing Journey – FH
5/5     8:30 a.m. Men’s Fellowship Breakfast at                  7:00 p.m.   Changing Focus board
                  Friendly’s                                                 meeting
        6:30 p.m. Healing Journey – FH                           7:30 p.m.   Boyles Memorial Ringers
        7:30 p.m. Boyles Memorial Ringers                                    rehearsal
                  rehearsal                              5/20    7:00 p.m.   Single Again meets in FH
5/6     7:00 p.m. Single Again – FH                              7:30 p.m.   Senior Choir rehearsal
        7:30 p.m. Senior Choir rehearsal                 5/21    8:30 p.m.   AA and Al-Anon meet in FH
5/7     8:30 p.m. AA and Al-Anon meet in FH              5/23    9:00 a.m.   Worship Service
5/9     9:00 a.m. Worship                                        9:45 a.m.   Children’s Choir/Chimes
                  Service/Communion                                          rehearsal
        9:45 a.m. Children’s Choir/Chimes                     10:00 a.m.     Final Sunday School until Fall
                  rehearsal                                   11:00 a.m.     Worship Service
       10:00 a.m. Sunday School                          5/26 8:30 a.m.      Men’s Fellowship Breakfast at
       11:00 a.m. Worship                                                    Friendly’s
                  Service/Communion                              6:30 p.m.   Healing Journey – FH
5/12    8:30 a.m. Men’s Fellowship Breakfast at                  7:30 p.m.   Boyles Memorial Ringers
                  Friendly’s                                                 rehearsal
        6:30 p.m. Healing Journey – FH                   5/27    7:00 p.m.   Single Again
        7:30 p.m. Boyles Memorial Ringers                        7:30 p.m.   Senior Choir practice
                  rehearsal                              5/28    8:30 p.m.   AA and Al-Anon meet in FH
5/13    7:00 p.m. Single Again meets in FH               5/29    7:00 p.m.   Gimperling/Coker wedding
        7:30 p.m. Senior Choir rehearsal                                     rehearsal
5/14    6:00 p.m. Allotta wedding rehearsal              5/30 10:00 a.m.     Worship service/2 Cents a
        8:30 p.m. AA and Al-Anon meet in FH                                  Meal Sunday
5/15    5:00 p.m. Allotta wedding                                7:00 p.m.   Gimperling/Coker wedding

May Birthdays                                                     May Anniversaries
5/5     Debbie Borelli          5/19 Lee Coleman                  5/3       Bob and Barbara Groom
5/5     Valerie Mentzer         5/23 Sue Venter                   5/3       Bob and Mary Smyer
5/12 Lisa Gualtieri             5/25 Nick Shearin                 5/25      Mark and Christina Salziger
5/16 Ted Daniel                 5/25 Jennifer Venter              5/29      Charles and Norma Talbert
5/17 Anna Wichman               5/25 Bruce Walker                 5/29      Chris and Nancy King
5/17 Heather Hanson             5/26 Tom Frank
5/18 Erin Coleman               5/29 Peter Kuffel
5/19 Ron Fries                  5/31 Becky Daniel
5/19 Laurie Bailey
If your birthday or anniversary was overlooked, please call the church office at 410-721-2313 to have the
correction made.



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                      PRINCE OF PEACE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
                                    SUNDAY SCHOOL AND MORE…
Volume IV, Number 10                                                                                  May 2004
Mission Statement for the Workshop Rotation Model: To provide a Christian education program that will
further faithfulness to Christ through creation of appropriate stimulating environments for learning that will
increase retention of the main concept of the story. Additional information on the model is available from
Dana Marzolf.
Four year olds through 5th grade Rotation Workshops
This is how it works: Over a period of four weeks children rotate through different workshops that teach the
same Bible story/passage in unique and creative ways. The following information describes the study and
workshops for May.
Year Theme – Quest for Identity
                                  May Unit – Paul: Who Can Be a Christian?
Paul was himself a convert to the Christian faith. He was born and raised in Tarsus as a faithful learned Jew.
He was a Pharisee and was very opposed to the teachings of Jesus. One day as he was traveling from
Jerusalem to Damascus, he had an experience that changed not only his life, but the course of history. He
encountered the risen Christ and became a faithful believer who spread the gospel message with great
passion. Because Paul traveled throughout the Roman Empire, he preached to both Jews and Gentiles.
Paul was often not the first Christian who traveled to these distant regions. From his letters, we know that far
away people were familiar with the ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus. Paul came to help them come to
a deeper and fuller understanding of the Gospel message. Gentiles are all people who are not Jewish. Many
people heard Paul’s preaching and became Christians. Congregations gathered throughout the Empire. Many
of these congregations included both Jews and Gentiles. This made some sense as Jesus was Jewish and the
Messiah was to come to the Jews.
In Paul’s day, as in Jesus’, many Jewish people were very strict in their observance of the law as given to
Moses. The Law included not only the Ten Commandments, but over 600 other laws that governed daily life.
Observance of the Law was the very way to salvation.
Paul wanted to redirect that thinking in relation to Jesus Christ. He asked the people to think about Abraham;
Abraham had a covenant with God before the Law was created. His salvation was based on faith, not
obedience to a set of guidelines. Abraham did not live by the ―Law‖ because the ―Law‖ did not then exist.
Abraham lived by faith! He had faith that God’s covenant was valid and real.
Paul told the people that the covenant established with Abraham was a covenant with all people, all the
descendants of Abraham, regardless of the Law. Therefore, obedience to the Ten Commandments (plus over
600 other laws) did not bring salvation; faith in Jesus Christ brought salvation.
Paul also encouraged the Jewish Christians to remember the prophet Isaiah. Isaiah said that the nation of
Israel would be a light for all nations. ―I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness, I have taken you by
the hand and kept you; I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations…‖ (Isaiah 42:6)
Paul knew that Jesus was the Messiah, the chosen one of God, the Son of God. Paul did not want the people
to exclude others from the faith. They were to include all people. Their love of God and their relationship
with God should shine out for all to see. Their faith in God put them in right relationship with God. Their
actions in the world were now a reflection of this relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
                               Workshops on Paul: Who Can Be A Christian?
Bedouin Encampment: Hear Paul tell his tale of travels through Greece. Decorate flowerpots to make the
connection to II Corinthians 4:7. Leaders: Denise and Mike Smith, Room 5


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Eat Your Way Through the Bible: Learn about the Fruits of the Spirit as defined in Galatians 5:22-26. Make a
fruit salad. Leader: Joanne Laboissonniere, Room 4
Faith Issues: Explore how mission projects are a reflection of the light of Jesus which we carry within us.
Decorate mirrors to be placed around the church so that the congregation can see how their own image
reflects the true light. Leader: Cindy Collins, Room 3
Mary & Martha’s Bed & Breakfast: Hear Lydia’s story, learn about church houses and share an Agape meal.
Leader: Marcy Hess, Room 2
More News
Last Day of Workshops: May 23 is the final day of the workshops. They will start up again on Sunday,
September 12 at 10:00 a.m. Information on the classes offered in the new year will be available in the August
issue of the Mouse. Teacher Recognition Sunday will be June 13. Please stop by during this time and thank the
teachers for the wonderful work they are doing with our children.
End of Year Four: The workshops in May will mark the end of the fourth year Prince of Peace has used the
Workshop Rotation Model. The Prince of Peace Christian Education Committee has decided to continue using
this educational model in 2004–2005. One reason for continuing to use the model is that many people have
taught in the workshops that we would never have thought to ask to teach. And they are coming back to
teach again and again. Another reason for continuing is that class attendance has stayed constant throughout
the year. But perhaps the most important reason for continuing to use this model is that the committee feels
Prince of Peace children are indeed learning the Bible stories, but most importantly they are retaining the
stories not only from week to week but from month to month. The overall theme for Year Five will be The
Word of God.
Thank you: I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the workshop leaders, helpers, volunteers and Design Team
members who helped make Year Four a success. Many people work very hard behind the scenes to make our workshops
work. Many teachers came forward at the last minute in April and May and their help and dedication were gratefully
appreciated. I would also like to thank the children and their parents for their faithful attendance and support of this
education model. I know the children enjoyed the workshops (and I think the adults did, too). I am looking forward to
another exciting year.
                                                                    Dana Marzolf
Sign-Up Sheets for 2004 – 2005 Workshops: Posted in the Education Wing are the sign-up sheets for next
year’s workshops along with a very brief explanation of each. Many exciting and fun workshops have been
selected for next year. Please sign up early to secure the workshop you would like to teach. If you haven’t
taught before, please sign up to help a teacher who has already signed up to teach; they are more than willing
to help you learn this model and to have you join the education team. This year we are hoping that more men
will sign up! Materials are provided, the lesson is well planned and help is always available. Remember, it is
for only four weeks and it is not as hard as you might think.
Dates to remember:
June 6 — Teacher Recognition Day
August 31 — 7:00 p.m. —Teacher Training, Room 5 — Special presentation on the new Kids Club material
September 12, 2004 — Church School resumes




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