VOLUME XXXXI, Number 10             OCTOBER 2008


Greetings to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Well, summer is over. It went so very fast didn't it? We are back into the full swing of things here at Prince of Peace. Sunday school, Confirmation class, Bible studies, and youth group gatherings are in full swing.

We are planning a bon-fire here at POP on October 18 at 6:00 pm. Please come and join us. Saturday Sept. 20 was a special day here at POP. Over 20 of our members and friends participated in the painting of the outside of our church. Even Phil's Tree Service allowed us to use his bucket so we could get way up in the air to paint our tower. The church looks so very nice and new. I would like to express my thanks to all who participated in this wonderful event.

On another happy note. I had the privilege of attending President Bill Klettke's celebration of his 35th year of Ordination into the Office of the Public Ministry on Sunday Sept. 21.. It was a very joyous occasion.

There were over 10 of our members there. The celebration took place at Luther Memorial Lutheran Church in Tinton Falls. Our prayers continue to go out to the Klettkes (Bill & Val), as they continue to faithfully serve Christ and us in His kingdom.

We have so much to look forward to here at POP. We have our challenges but "We can do all things through Christ that strengthens us." Looking forward to the future, we are working on getting our Praise Band going, and expanding our youth group. If you have a friend and/or a neighbor who is looking for a church and/or needs Christ in their lives, please invite them to our wonderful church.

In His service, 

Pastor Phil

Prince of Peace Youth Group Holds Luncheon / Gift Auction

The Youth Group will be sponsoring a luncheon and small gift auction on Sun., October 26th, which is Reformation Sunday. All profits from the luncheon will be donated to Matt Theriault to help with the costs of his Seminary education.

The cost of the luncheon will be $15 which includes your entry into the door prize.

Tickets for the gift auction will be sold at the door as well as after church services starting Sunday, October 5th.

A volunteer sign-up sheet will be posted in the narthex.

Please look for additional information in your mailbox.

If you have any questions, please contact Denise Abdul-Malak at 732-840-3883.

The mission of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church is to know Christ and inspire people to be caring instruments of God in spreading Christ’s love, with joyous enthusiasm, by word and deed.



Rain or Shine!

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church

Sat., November 1st 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

All funds and donations will directly

benefit the troop.

Please call Frank and Susan Hines for more

information at 732-730-3624

Our Annual Church Picnic

Our Church Picnic which was held on Sun., Sept. 14th was a great success! Prince of Peace wishes to thank Lucille Tanguay, who stepped up, to take on the coordination of the event.

She organized the games, food and prizes and most of all, she made sure everyone had a great time.

Thank you Lucille for all your hard work!


On October 31st we celebrate Reformation Day, the day that marks Dr. Martin Luther’s nailing of the 95theses [sentences] to the church door in Wittenberg, Germany. Martin Luther was not defacing the door but rather using it [common in that day] as a community bulletin board.

This document was a call to the spiritual freedom that we have in Christ. That call is as much of a“freedom from” as it is a “freedom for.” The Christian church in Luther’s day was being corrupted byfalse teachings that enslaved people into believing that they could earn God’s favor by doing the rightthings. Luther realized that Bible passages like Ephesians 2:8 clearly teach that “by grace we have been saved, through faith.” (NIV) It is all God’s doing in Christ that makes us the saved people of God. But

Ephesians 2:10 completes the picture by adding that “we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (NIV)

The traditional Gospel reading for Reformation Day is John 8:31-36. The opening two verses quoting words from Jesus are critical for us to understand and believe: “If you hold to [continue or remain in] my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” (NIV)

Being a Christian steward is not a once in a lifetime experience. It is a process that continues day after day.

It is a process in which we live out what we have been called to be—namely, the children of God. Just as children resemble and imitate their parents, so also we Christian stewards imitate our Heavenly Father.

God’s stewardship is shown in loving and giving—loving the world so much that he gave his only-begotten Son (John 3:16).

Loving and giving are major parts of our calling as God’s stewards. We are called to love the Lord, our God, with all our heart, soul and mind, and to love our neighbors as we already love ourselves. As God’s stewards we desire to remain steadfast in his Word and demonstrate our faithfulness in acts of loving and giving. The beautiful part is that God’s Holy Spirit empowers us to live as God’s loving and giving stewards when it comes to our management of money, time, skills, relationships and all the other blessings that he daily showers upon us.

May Reformation Day 2008 remind us again of the freedom from sin, death and the devil that Jesus won for us and the freedom for being his stewards who do those things that honor God and bring blessings to our neighbors.

LCMS Stewardship Newsletter Article October 2008

Christmas Poinsettias will be going on sale in mid-October.

Prices and order forms will be available soon.

Look for more information to follow.

Please direct any questions to AnnMarie Casaceli at 732-901-2140.

Thank You…….The fellowship opportunities at our church would not be possible without the efforts of so many of our parishioners who tirelessly volunteer their time. Jim Pape for scrubbing the grill prior to our church picnic. He also organized the painting team on Sat. Sept. 20th. Jim spearheaded the project by going out to match and buy all the paint and supplies, by helping to organize the volunteers, and by starting to paint a day ahead of everyone else. Bill Black who volunteered to go up in a bucket to paint the steeple and for coming back later in the week to finish up more of the painting. He also created a colorful, new POPEC sign for the front lawn. Ken French who helped Jim Pape paint the shed in the playground. all our painters who came out brushes in hand to paint the exterior of the church: Carl & Ilse Whisner, Jesse Black, Carol Bjornsen, Cindy Palladino, Tim Bennett, Don Grayce, Pastor & Val Klettke, Emilia Eiras, Leila and Lauren Renouf, Jim & Christine Lindquist, Bill Bastedo, Michael McDonnell, Jerry Jankowski, Joe Pereira, and of course, Pastor Phil. Lucille Tanguay supplying lunch on our painting day. Phil’s Tree Service for providing a bucket truck so that we could reach up to the tower to paint it. Dan Tess for repairing the lights in the meeting room. Tommy Decker for fixing the boiler in the Education Building.

We had so many helping hands, we may have missed someone.

Bible Studies

Tuesday Morning Bible Classes and Wednesday Evening Bible Classes have resumed.

Please join us on Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m. for our discussions on Colossians and on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. for our discussions on the gospel according to Matthew. Come join us - we look forward to seeing you there!

Please Join Us For Our Adult Information / New Member Class

On Sat., Oct 4, 2008, Pastor will teach an Adult Information/New Member Class from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The class will cover what the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod teaches, an overview of the bible, Lutheran history, and a study of comparative religions and cults.

We welcome anyone who wants to join Prince of Peace Lutheran Church and wants to learn more about our faith. This class is being held for information purposes only and does not mean you have to join.

Refreshments will be provided. Please look for a sign up sheet in the narthex or call to office if you plan to attend. Direct any questions to Pastor Phil Matarazzo at 732-363-0732.

Women’s Society

A luncheon was served before our meeting on Sun., Sept. 7th by Elba Hillis. A devotional “God’s Promised Washing” was presented by Marj Paynter. Mites were gathered for mission projects of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League.

We would like to invite the ladies of our church to attend the LWML Fall Rally on Sun., October 19th.

Here is our schedule of events for that day:

2:30 p.m. Registration

3:00 p.m. Short worship service led by Pastor Phil

3:30 p.m. Short business meeting

4:00 p.m. Pastor Steinbronn will be our guest speaker

5:00 p.m. Buffet Dinner 

If you plan on attending the dinner, lease call Anne Cullen at 732-363-4816. LWML members from the Raritan Valley Zone have been invited to be with us for this special day. We hope you can join us for an afternoon of fellowship and inspiration. The next Women’s Society meeting is Sun., Oct. 5th.

Family News

Harriet Jury, sister of Ken French, was called to

her eternal rest on September 23rd.

Frank Kalafsky, father of Kurt Kalafsky, was called

to his eternal rest on September 18th.

Robert Eith, Sr., father of Linda Cianci and Ron

Eith, was called to his eternal rest on August 23rd.

We ask for you to pray for God’s comfort on these


Successful Blood Drive

The Blood Drive held on Sunday, September 7th, was a great success, with a total of 20 donors.

The $500 gas card was won by a donor from the Howell Center, not from Prince of Peace.

Sincere thanks to all who supported this event, either by making a donation or telling a friend or family member about the drive. Prince of Peace gratefully acknowledges the work of Lucille Tanguay as coordinator of the blood drive.

Please watch for the notice of our next blood drive to be held in the January-February 2009 timeframe.

Your Stewardship Committee


We would like write about those members, young or old, who should be recognized for their accomplishments. If you know of anyone that fits the description, please let the office know, and we will give them “A PAT ON THE BACK’ in our next newsletter.

Lutherans for Life is having its annual DIAPER DERBY during the month of September 2008. The ingathering will be Sunday, October 5, 2008.It is open to all churches—the competition between Good Shepherd, Redeemer and Fellowship is heating up. Let’s get Prince of Peace into the race too! Any questions please call Karin Krueger at 732-736-1144.

Old Photos Wanted

We would like to compile a church photo album dating back to when we adopted our charter in 1961.

Look through your photo albums and find any Confirmation class pictures dating back over the past 47 years. Give us a list of the confirmands names if you can.

We will copy the pictures and return them to you intact. Please drop off any pictures, in an envelope, with your name and phone number, to the church office.


Join us on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 6:00 p.m.

(raindate Sat. Oct. 25).

Join us for songs, B-B-Q, smores and fellowship as we gather ‘round the campfire! If there are some old familiar favorites that you would like to sing, please add the titles to the list in the narthex. There will be a sign-up sheet in the narthex for anyone interested in coming.

Please contact Susan Larsen-Haren at 732-833-0399 or Annette Maresca at 732-367-8271 with any questions.

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church Annual Sunday School Christmas Program 

Our Family Memories of Christmas

The time is near. The annual Sunday school Christmas program will be on Sunday, December 14th during the 10:15 service. This year’s program is Our Family Memories of Christmas. The program is really a format for the congregation to share their experiences through their common stories of Christmas. Sign up began on September 28th and will continue through the deadline of October 19th.

The play rehearsal schedule will be as follows… Sunday November 16th during Sunday school, Sunday November 23rd during Sunday school, Sunday December 7th after 10:15 service Dress Rehearsal. Should you have any questions please feel free to contact Annette Maresca at 732 367 8271 or

October Deadline

If you have an article that you would like placed in the November 2008 newsletter, please email it or drop it off in the office. The deadline is: Thursday Oct. 23.

The church email address is

Propers Previews

A look at the readings to help you prepare for worship

October 5

Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost

Isaiah 5:1-7 God plants His vineyard, but Israel

fails to produce good fruit because of their rebellion

and sin.

Philippians 3:4b-14 Paul warns the Philippians

about Christian leaders who do not witness to

the gospel of Christ.

Matthew 21:33-46 Jesus’ parable reminds us of

the consequences of rejecting God and the

One He has sent to save us.

October 12

Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost

Isaiah 25:6-9 Isaiah tells of God’s conquest of


Philippians 4:4-13 Paul invites us to displace worry

with prayer and find contentment in God’s provision.

Matthew 22:1-14 Jesus’ parable of the wedding


October 19

Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost

Isaiah 45:1-7 God uses the pagan king Cyrus to

do His bidding.

1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 Paul thanks God for the

faith, love, and hope of His people at Thessalonica.

Matthew 22:15-22 Jesus responds to a question

about paying taxes.

October 26

Reformation Sunday

Revelations 14:6-7 God wants all peoples to be

saved and to come to all knowledge of the


Romans 3:16-28 The goodness God demands. He

gives by grace through faith.

John 8:31-36 Jesus has come to give freedom to

those enslaved by sin.



Oct. 5 Ed Theriault

Oct. 12 TBA

Oct. 19 Cindy Palladino

Oct. 26 Tarek Abdul-Malak

Alan Semko will be the Lector and Don Grayce will be

the Elder/Assistant at the 8:00 a.m. services.

Tarek Abdul Malak, 732-840-3883,

schedules Assisting Ministers


Patty Matarazzo

Lisa Tess, 732-905-0687, is Directress of the

Altar Guild. Members serve for a month

on a rotating basis.

Altar flowers are $15 per bouquet; please put

the correct amount in an envelope and place

in the offering plate.


Captain: Denise Abdul-Malak (732) 840-3883

Hayley Lauritsen, Walter Grosselfinger, Nancy

Grosselfinger, Joseph Pluchino, Cathy Pluchino

Tarek Abdul-Malak schedules ushers (732) 840-3883


Oct. 5 Cindy Palladino

Oct. 12 Becki Mazauskas

Oct. 19 Annette Maresca

Oct. 26 Lauren Renouf

Cindy Palladino schedules nursery coverage. Contact

her at (732) 905-7862 or at 

if you can volunteer.

Did you know?....

Prince of Peace Stewardship Update

Total Revenue Year to Date

Jan. 1 - Aug. 31 $125,998.17

Total Expenses Year to Date

Jan. 1 - Aug. 31 $152,883.98

Total Loss ($26,885.81)


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