Letter to the Voter’s Assembly:
For the Grace of God, we have gathered for nearly 60 years here in worship and service to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Fifty-three of these years we were blessed to have a school and we are thankful to God for this.
Thankful for the students He brought to us, the staff and support who have come together to train His Will, Way and Word. Jesus, Son of God, truly is the Way, the Truth and the Life.
As a congregation, we have come to understand the challenges, trials, and costs to operate such an endeavor.
As many schools in the Lutheran Church, we have discovered these challenges; particularly, the cost and funding of operations that have become more acute than in previous years
Economic factors have grown in scope and complexity over the years. The Council has fought to address and meet these challenges while our congregation has become more inventive in bridging the gaps.
It has become apparent that we are at a decision point, a crossroad that has been on the horizon for some years.
The gap between our income and obligations has continued to increase relative to our cash flow. The budget deficit percentage of income has grown from a manageable 15-25% to nearly 50%.
Several tipping points have been met. We have been unable to pay our debts. Many of these are not merely past due, but critically delinquent to the point of many near shut off of utilities and probable suspension of Employee Retirement and Disability benefits. There have been instances where we have not met the full amount of payroll with some employees being delayed in receiving their pay on time. We have become 60 days past due on our interest-only mortgage at a time when we are being pressured to resume adding to the principle to these payments.
The council has been encouraged and thankful for the enthusiasm, efforts and many sacrifices of all who have been involved in the continuing of our school. The fundraising and other sacrifices have allowed us to continue these past years, and what a blessing that has been.
The hard truth is that we, the church council does not anticipate our tithing and contributions in the near future to meet the expected obligations of paying for a school. We have been unable to find any other acceptable forms of income to support this as well. Therefore, it is our recommendation that the school will cease operation with the conclusion of this school year in June 2017.
This is not the end for us, but a new beginning. Our future life as a Body of Christ, goals and ministry together will begin to assemble with the leadership of our interim Pastor. The revision of our mission, focus of our ministry, our vision and how to meet and establish these goals will be completed.
God bless you all and may He continue to bless the ministry of Peace Lutheran Church.
It is with great sadness that we must inform you that the voters assembly of Peace Lutheran Church has decided to close Peace Lutheran School. With enrollment dwindling along with last years exodus from the school and decreased attendance coupled with declining Church membership it has become too heavy of a burden for the congregation to support the school. For those of you who have prepaid for registration or tuition, please stop in the office to receive a refund check. We will be available to answer any questions you may have in the morning, please come to the office to speak with one of us. We will also be available to discuss any concerns or questions with you Monday night at 6:30pm. Please let us know if you will be attending.
In April of 1961, the Voter’s Assembly gave final approval for the establishment of a Christian day school. The school was operated in cooperation with Trinity Lutheran of Warren and was opened in September of the same year. In 1964, the school officially became Peace Lutheran. Initially, it housed Kindergarten through 2nd grade classes and added a grade every year. The first graduating class of 8th grade was in 1970. Peace Lutheran School was created to serve the children of the congregation, children of other Lutheran congregations, and then the community. Peace Lutheran has been educating children and teaching them about the love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for 50 years.
In May 2017, the Voter’s Assembly of Peace Lutheran Church held a voter’s meeting in which all scenarios were discussed and the majority voted to cease operation with the conclusion of this school year in June 2017. This is not the end for us, but a new beginning. Our future life as a Body of Christ, goals and ministry together will begin to assemble with the leadership of our interim Pastor. The revision of our mission, focus of our ministry, our vision and how to meet and establish these goals will be completed. God bless you all and may He continue to bless the ministry of Peace Lutheran Church.
IN LOVING MEMORY OF LYNETTE PRIMEAU ~ Lynette was a dedicated and loyal servant of Peace Lutheran Church & School as a Teacher, Organist and Choir Director for 47 years. http://www.ahpeters.com/obituary/Lynette-R.-Primeau/Warren-MI/1605560