Adults and youth have many opportunities for service, personal growth, and leadership at the Church of Peace. There are many activities and ways to get involved to enjoy one another’s company. Check out the Calendar of Events.
Some of the committees to participate in are: Outreach, Education, Health & Wellness, Building & Grounds, Memorials, and Worship/Music. Members can serve on the Church Council. Other volunteer opportunities include: choirs, youth group, Adult Social group, office work, gardening, Altar Guild, ushering, and women’s circles. Read descriptions of the Parish Nurse Program and the different circles below. Feel free to contact the church office for more information on any of these groups or to volunteer.
Parish Nurse Ministry
The Parish Nurse Program interprets the relationship between faith and health and incorporating spiritual values into health education. The Health & Wellness Committee assists Mary Oelschlaeger and Nancy Olson, the church’s Parish Nurses, with the health needs of the congregation and helping with health/blood pressure screenings, blood drives, and other activities. The Parish Nurse also makes home, hospital, and nursing home visits; lends emotional support; guides individuals to community resources; and leads a Caregivers Support Group.
The Women’s Guild has been at the church since its beginning. Originally called the Ladies Aid, they supported the church in its endeavors, by holding chicken dinners to raise money for the rose window and bell for the bell tower. Every woman that is a member of the church is a member of the Guild. The Women’s Guild meets on the first Thursday of each month. Every other month is a potluck with a program and a meeting. The other months are a cleaning day with a sack lunch. The Women’s Guild hosts the funeral luncheons. The Guild also gives monetary gifts to the church.
Filiae Pacis Circle (Daughter of Peace)
This group evolved from a former all girls’ Sunday School class at the church. Velma Talberg is the remaining charter member. They will celebrate their 80th anniversary in 2014. Meetings are the first Monday of most months at 7 pm at the Hauberg Civic Center, Rock Island. Activities include the Ash Wednesday supper, coffee hour refreshments, spring basket raffle, and making hot/cold comfort packs.
Martha Rolf Circle
The Martha Rolf Circle was started in 1943 as an evening circle for the young women of the church that were working. As the members got older most have quit working, but it continues to meet in the evening. They meet in the members’ homes on the second Tuesday of each month, with the exception of July and August, and in December there is Christmas Party at a local restaurant. The main money-making project is in November to sell Christmas wreaths. The circle was named after the Pastor’s wife Martha Rolf.
The Sarah Circle was founded in 1950. In the early days the ladies cut up old jeans and made strips of cloth to be made into rag rugs, place mats and bags. As the years passed we lost the lady that made those things, so it was decided to change the format. Now the members go out to eat once a month on the third Tuesday at 11:30 am to a different place each time. The fellowship is wonderful and there are seven active members.
Tri Mu Circle
The Tri Mu Circle was founded on May 1, 1933. Tri Mu stands for the three ‘M’s—mind, muscle, and morals. Their purpose is to improve and enrich themselves mentally, morally, and physically. Their motto is: live life more abundantly each day. They meet on the first Tuesday evening of each month. One of the group’s biggest projects has been the church’s Memorial Garden and its upkeep. One thing the members never forget is laughter is important to everyone.