Peace is fortunate that we are able to serve as a gathering space for many community events, weddings, and other special events. Here you will find documents and forms to use our building and more. For any questions, please contact the office.
Adopted By Church Council on September 20, 2022
Peace Lutheran Church is happy to have your organization share our facilities. So that all church members and outside groups can enjoy our facility, we ask that you follow this guide and sign and return the Property Use Agreement and Release Form. A copy of the approved form will be returned to you.
Requests for building use are managed through the church office. No commitment for building use is finalized until the Use Agreement has been approved and executed through the church office. Our first priority is to congregation programs and membership needs. Peace Lutheran Church reserves the right to accept or deny requests for use of church facilities. Approval for the use of the grounds and/or facilities of Peace Lutheran Church does not constitute or imply endorsement of a group, their mission, or their positions. Groups approved to use congregation facilities are not to advertise the event in such a way as to imply endorsement by the congregation. Peace Lutheran Church reserves the right to deny use of church facilities or grounds to outside groups which promote that conflict with the mission of Peace Lutheran Church or the ELCA.
STEPS TO FACILITY USE SCHEDULING
1. Obtain and complete a Facility Use Agreement from the church office or at our website: www.peacenewlondon.org.
2. Attach any additional information you feel might be useful in helping to determine if we can accommodate your group.
3. Return the Facility Use Agreement to the church office and you will be notified whether it is approved or not approved.
FEES FOR FACILITY USAGE Modest fees are charged to cover the basic maintenance costs and the general wear and tear of the facility.
Building Use For Members: For Members of Peace Lutheran Church there is no rental charge for the use of the church building or grounds. It is a privilege of membership. (It is assumed that they are already generously contributing to the facility needs through their regular offering. However, a $25 fee for single room space/$50 for larger space for custodial services is charged per event. Church Sanctuary
Sound/Technology personnel Fee for 1st 2 hours
Fellowship Hall & Kitchen
Gym (for individuals, or organized teams & groups)
Small Individual Rooms & Spaces
All space reservation fees are payable to Peace Lutheran Church at the church office at least 10 days prior to the event.
Personnel fees are payable one time per event and should be paid directly to personnel.
Peace Lutheran Church reserves the right to waive the fees for non-profit service groups, to reduce the standard fee, or to negotiate regular, longer term building use for any groups.
RULES AND REGULATIONS
1. CHURCH PROPERTY. Church property will not be loaned, borrowed, or removed from church premises without prior permission from the church office. Church property such as chairs, tables, tablecloths, etc. may be used when using the facility under the rules herein.
2. FACILITY CARE. The church area used by your group must be left clean and orderly with church furniture and property returned to its designated place. Please turn off all lights and close all doors & windows.
3. KITCHEN RULES. The kitchen must be left clean and orderly after use. Garbage and trash must be bagged and disposed in the dumpster behind the church. Church supplies are not to be used except for church sponsored activities.
4. DISHWASHER ROOM. Use of church dishes and dishwashing room must be approved by Peace office staff prior to use. The dishwasher must be staffed by a trained Peace member.
5. MUSICAL & SOUND EQUIPMENT. Permission to use the piano, organ and/or drums must be granted by Peace office staff.
6. NO SMOKING and NO ALCOHOL USE ALLOWED. All members of all groups using the church building or grounds shall abide at all times by a “no alcohol use” rule and a “no smoking” rule, including e-cigarettes or other electronic smoking devices, in all parts of the building and grounds, including, but not limited to, corridors, restrooms or parking lot.
7. BUILDING USE. The church facility may not be used before or after the reserved time. Only the rooms reserved may be used. All groups agree that they will ensure that all event participants leave the building after the event. As applicable, if a key or key card is provided, the group or member will be responsible for locking the room/building.
8. NO GAMES OF CHANCE. Gambling on the church premises is strictly prohibited.
9. SUPERVISION OF CHILDREN AND YOUTH. The congregation seeks to provide a safe environment for children and youth. All users of the facility are expected to follow the guidelines of this policy including the following: • No fewer than two un-related adults should be present at all times during any program or event involving children. • Adult supervision is required at all times both inside and outside of the church property including playground and parking lot. • Children and/or siblings of the group members must stay with the group or under the care of additional adult supervisors.
10. NURSERY USE. The nursery facility is available, and our safety standards require that two (2) nursery care providers who are not related must be present to operate the nursery. At least one (1) caregiver must be at minimum, eighteen (18) years of age.
11. FOOD AND DRINK. Food and drink should be limited to designated areas. Anyone using the church property is responsible for cleaning up after each use, both inside and outside. If a private catering service is used for the event, the caterer must furnish all equipment (e.g. dishes, silver, table cloths, etc.) and remove immediately after the event. Storing of catering equipment is not permitted.
12. DECORATIONS. Decorations may be attached to the walls or doors with removable tape or fasteners that will not permanently damage the surface. All such decorations must be removed immediately and completely following the event. No rice or confetti may be thrown inside the building or on the church property.
13. EMERGENCY SCHEDULING CONFLICTS. The congregation reserves the right to pre-empt any facility use for its own in cases of emergencies, such as funerals. Notice will be provided as early as possible.
14. BREAKAGE. All persons and/or groups using our facilities are expected to exercise reasonable care and judgment in such use in order to prevent defacement, damage or breakage. The person(s) signing the facility use agreement shall be responsible for paying costs incurred by the church in cleaning, repairing, etc. any part of the building and/or its furnishings and equipment which in the judgment of the congregation has been carelessly or irresponsibly subjected to more than normal wear and tear by the person(s) or group(s) involved.
15. SECURITY. The congregation works to maintain a safe and secure environment within the facility, however no systems are foolproof. We ask that all users pay close attention to personal property and valuables, not leaving them unattended. Peace Lutheran Church or the congregation is not responsible for theft or damage to personal property.
16. SAFETY. For the safety of the congregation and those using church facilities, Peace Lutheran church prohibits the following items from being brought into the church without prior approval. • Guns and Firearms • Bows and Arrows • Explosive and Flammable Materials, Disabling Chemicals and other Dangerous Items
17. RULES OF CONDUCT. Abusive or foul language, violent behavior, and drug and alcohol abuse are strictly prohibited on church premises. Any person exhibiting such behavior will be required to leave the premises.
18. FINAL DECISIONS. In case of doubt or uncertainty by any outside person or group about the application or interpretation of these regulations, or in the customary practices not specifically mentioned here, the Peace Lutheran Church Council or their delegated representative shall decide the matter and all individuals and groups shall abide by the Council’s directions or forfeit the use of any part of the facility immediately.
Peace Lutheran Church
100 Southwest 4th Avenue
New London, MN 56273 (320) 354-2774
8 Observe therefore all the commands I am giving you today, so that you may have the strength to go in and take over the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, 9 and so that you may live long in the land that the LORD swore to your forefathers to give to them and their descendants, a land flowing with milk and honey. 10 The land you are entering to take over is not like the land of Egypt, from which you have come, where you planted your seed and irrigated it by foot as in a vegetable garden. 11 But the land you are crossing the Jordan to take possession of is a land of mountains and valleys that drinks rain from heaven. 12 It is a land the LORD your God cares for; the eyes of the LORD your God are continually on it from the beginning of the year to its end. 13 So if you faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today—to love the LORD your God and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul- 14 then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and oil. 15 I will provide grass in the fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied.
16 But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. 17 Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the LORD deal with me, be it ever so severely, if anything but death separates you and me.” 18 When Naomi realized that Ruth was determined to go with her, she stopped urging her.
Romans 12:1-2, 9-18
1Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual[a] act of worship. 2Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. 9Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. 14Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.[a] Do not be conceited. 17Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. 18If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
1 Corinthians 12:31 – 13:13
31But eagerly desire[a] the greater gifts. And now I will show you the most excellent way. 1If I speak in the tongues[b] of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames,[c] but have not love, I gain nothing. 4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. 11When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. 12Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. 13And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
1On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” 4″Dear woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied, “My time has not yet come.” 5His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” 6Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. 7Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim. 8Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” They did so, 9and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.” 11This, the first of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed in Cana of Galilee. He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him.
John 15:9-12 (11-17)
9″As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. 14You are my friends if you do what I command. 15I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 17This is my command: Love each other.
1 You showed favor to your land, O LORD; you restored the fortunes of Jacob. 2 You forgave the iniquity of your people and covered all their sins. 3 You set aside all your wrath and turned from your fierce anger. 4 Restore us again, O God our Savior, and put away your displeasure toward us. 5 Will you be angry with us forever? Will you prolong your anger through all generations? 6 Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you? 7 Show us your unfailing love, O LORD, and grant us your salvation. 8 I will listen to what God the LORD will say; he promises peace to his people, his saints— but let them not return to folly. 9 Surely his salvation is near those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land. 10 Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other. 11 Faithfulness springs forth from the earth, and righteousness looks down from heaven. 12 The LORD will indeed give what is good, and our land will yield its harvest. 13 Righteousness goes before him and prepares the way for his steps.
24 This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. 25 O LORD, save us; O LORD, grant us success. 26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD. From the house of the LORD we bless you. 27 The LORD is God, and he has made his light shine upon us. With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession up to the horns of the altar. 28 You are my God, and I will give you thanks; you are my God, and I will exalt you. 29 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.
1 Blessed are all who fear the LORD, who walk in his ways. 2 You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours. 3 Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your sons will be like olive shoots around your table. 4 Thus is the man blessed who fears the LORD. 5 May the LORD bless you from Zion all the days of your life; may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem, 6 and may you live to see your children’s children. Peace be upon Israel.
9 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: 10 If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! 11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? 12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
19 I will betroth you to me forever; I will betroth you in [a] righteousness and justice, in [b] love and compassion. 20 I will betroth you in faithfulness, and you will acknowledge the LORD.
26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, [a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. 28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” 29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so. 31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.
18 The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” 19 Now the LORD God had formed out of the ground all the beasts of the field and all the birds of the air. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds of the air and all the beasts of the field. But for Adam [a] no suitable helper was found. 21 So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs [b] and closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib [c] he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. 23 The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman, [d] ‘ for she was taken out of man.” 24 For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.
Peace Lutheran Church offers its facilities to be used by the community. To schedule to use our facility, please fill out the following form.