Ministries

         Martin Luther taught that whatever work one is called to do--whether shoemaker or mother--that is one's primary ministry.  Stuff done at church is secondary.  At Peace, we emphasize "the priesthood of all believers," (1 Peter 2:4-10) so our teachers, in the classroom, are ministering.  Our mechanic, in his shop, doing good and honest work, is ministering.  Our retired folk, in being good neighbors, looking after their families, and volunteering in the community, are ministering.  Loving God and loving our neighbor (Matthew 22:6-10) are our primary ministries, and that can--and should--be done all the time.  One doesn't need a sanctioned church activity to "do ministry."
                
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Nevertheless, we do offer specific church ministries at Peace, namely...
    • Worship!  Every Sunday at 10:00am in addition to mid-week services during Lent and special services at other times of the year, e.g. Thanksgiving, Christmas and Holy Week.  Whenever there is a fifth Sunday in a month, we gather with our sisters and brothers from Holbrook's other evangelical congregations for an even of musical praise, rotating from church-to-church.  
    • Learning!  Adult weekday evening Bible studies scattered throughout the year (see calendar for specific dates and times); Confirmation for our middle-high school students; children's and youth ministries in conjunction with other Holbrook congregations; special workshops and seminars both by ourselves and in cooperation with other ministries, including the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University course we offer twice a year.
    • Youth For Christ!  Only two years old, YFC has made a HUGE impact in our community--and the people of Peace Lutheran were at the forefront of this iniative!  Jerad & Carrie Burgess moved here from Kentucky to lead-the-charge and what an amazing job they've done.  Adult volunteers from all eight of our evangelical congregations were recruited and trained and, together with the Burgesses, direct "Club" on Monday nights (an outreach to non-believing students; lots of high-energy games, snacks and a short devotional message), lead "Core" on Tuesday nights (a "going deeper" meeting for already-believing students) and oversee a plethora of other activities including separate guys' and girls' hangouts and a "big" monthly event involving everyone.  Do we have youth ministry at Peace?  You betcha!  We call it Youth For Christ.

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Fellowship! 
Developing deeper relationships with each other so that we can better know how to care for each other is a way-of-life with us at Peace Lutheran.  Whether chatting during the coffee fellowship after worship or getting to know each other better over dinner at each other's homes, fellowship is an important ministry here--and sometimes our fellowship events involve a little physical activity, e.g. a recent hiking trip near Sedona and an upcoming bowling event in Show Low.

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  • Community Service!  We support a number of ministries beyond our doorstep, the Bread of Life Mission (a rescue shelter) just down the street where Pastor Jeff leads chapel services each Saturday evening and our members provide a delicious, home-cooked meal once a quarter.  Our relationship with "the Mission" is very strong!  We also support the NAOMI House (Native American Outreach Ministries, Inc., a group foster home for children) in nearby Joseph City, again provide a home-cooked dinner quarterly and providing funding.  We help fund the First Step Workshop for adults with developmental disabilities and are very involved with the Native American Christian Academy in nearby Sun Valley.  This boarding school provides excellent, personalized Christian education for Grades 1-8).  We are active supporters of the Holbrook Pregnancy Center, a Christian "shop" downtown that not only provides material aid for young parents (mostly single moms) plus is there to provide emotional and spiritual support, as well.  Whenever anything good comes up in Holbrook, Peace Lutheran Church is there to provide support!
  • Financial Support!  Besides those ministries mentioned above, we also support our Holbrook Senior Citizen Center, the Winslow Senior Center, the Winslow pregnancy center, various Scouting projects, various missions and missionaries (e.g. during Lent we collected several hundred dollars--in coins!--for Faith Comes By Hearing), the Truckers Chapel just east of Holbrook  and many other Gospel-centered ministries across the country and world.  Our contributions may not be sizeable in the world's eyes but we believe that Jesus can do miracles with bread and fish! (Matthew 14:17) 
     We encourage any of our folk who have a heart for a particular ministry and desire additional support for it to discuss the matter with our Church Council.  Let's see what we can do together for God's sake!

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