Category Archives: Happenings

All Saints’ Day

It was this festival day of the church—All Saints’ Day, November 1—which prompted Luther to post his words of protest on October 31.  He knew that people would be streaming through the church door the next day and would read his words.

We will observe All Saints’ Day on Sunday, November 5. It is a day in our life together when we recognize all of the saints who have gone before us—all who now rest in our Lord.  Washed into our Lord’s Church, we may live confident of the grace, mercy and power given us to live in faith through all the world throws at us.  It is also a day to praise God for the new saints among us, baptized just this past year. Let us worship together in the joy of celebrating our “sainthood” in Christ!

Learn more about Prince of Peace’s schedule of worship here

Pastor Pedro Suarez Elected Bishop of Florida-Bahamas Synod

October 16, 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ in the Florida-Bahamas Synod,

It is with joy and thanksgiving that I share with you that the Rev. Pedro Manuel Suarez was elected Oct. 13 to a six-year term as bishop of the Florida-Bahamas Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election was held during the Synod Assembly Oct. 12-14 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Kissimmee.

Pr. Suarez was elected on the 6th ballot with 334 votes. A total of 230 votes was needed for election. I give thanks to God for all the pastors who were open and available to the call of the Spirit, and for the prayerful discernment of the Assembly. What a gift it was to hear the candidates witness to their faith and vision for the Gospel in their addresses to the assembly, in their answers to questions, and in their overall presence in the Assembly. Additionally, I give thanks for ELCA Secretary Rev. Chris Boerger for his careful oversight of the election, for those serving on the elections committee, and for all involved in the election in any way.

Pr. Suarez currently serves as lead pastor of St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Pompano Beach, FL since 2015, as well as recently agreeing to serve as the Interim Director for Evangelical Mission for the south region of this synod. Pr. Suarez earned a Master of Divinity degree from the Lutheran School of Theology of Chicago in 1992. His previous experience includes serving on the synod staff of the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod, the South Central Synod of Wisconsin, and several congregations in both Illinois and Wisconsin. Pr. Suarez serves on the Latino Strategy Team for the ELCA and is the leader of the Latino Lay Academy of the ELCA.

Pastor Suarez will be installed as bishop at noon on Saturday, January 20, 2018, at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church in New Tampa, FL.

These next weeks will be full of holy conversation and a broad range of emotions for Pr. Suarez, his family, his congregation, and others. Thank you for keeping Pr. Suarez and his family in your prayers. I will be walking with Pr. Suarez, along with the rest of the synod staff and the synod council, through these weeks of transition.

A prayer for Bishop-elect Suarez:

Ever-living God, strengthen and sustain pastors and bishops, especially Bishop-elect Suarez, that with patience and understanding they may love and care for your people. Guide Pr. Suarez and all involved in transition at this time. Grace Pr. Suarez and his family with strength, courage and clarity in the days ahead. Equip him and all whom you have called for the work of ministry and for the building up of the body of Christ. With your Holy Spirit, empower him in this new calling, and grant that together we may follow in the way of Jesus Christ, our Savoir and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Together with you in Christ,

Marcus Lohrmann
Interim Bishop

Prayers for Healing Around the Cross

Wednesday, October 18 is the commemoration day St. Luke Evangelist. Following our meal and learning times on that night, we will gather in the sanctuary for prayer for healing. Scripture teaches that Luke was a physician, so on this special day the healing work of our Lord is what we seek together. Readings, prayers, song and silence all comprise this weekday time of worship.

Join us on Wednesday, October 18 at 7:07PM for Prayer of Healing Around the Cross.

Prayer Around the Cross September 13th

Last year we began periodically coming together on Wednesday nights for a time of prayer. We call it Prayer Around the Cross. We gather near the steps of the chancel. You can sit in pews or in chairs on the side. Laid on the steps is a large cross with candles all around. The lights are a little lower.

As we pray, sing softly, listen to scripture and just sit in silence, you may choose to light a candle and set it beside the cross. The pastors will lead us in prayer for our world, nation and leaders. We pray for what is happening with our families, dear friends, workmates and strangers. We pray for ourselves – decisions, challenges and joys.

Join us on Wednesday September 13 at 7:07PM for Prayer Around the Cross.

Summer 2017 Event Snapshot

t566_main_logoThreshers Baseball & Fireworks
$15 | July 3rd, 5pm-7:30pm
It’s time for our annual trip to the baseball game followed by a wonderful fireworks show! Enjoy hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, and drinks. There’s also a great playground to keep the little ones busy. Join the fun – we sure hope you’ll come along! Sign up on Sunday’s attendance card or call the Church Office: 727.585.9969.

Mobile Blood Drive – Sunday, June 11th
OneBlood will be here at Prince of Peace on Sunday, June 11th from 8:30am to 1:00pm. It’s a new season – and another opportunity to become a blood donor! If you are able, please consider becoming a donor.

One donation can save three lives – we’ll see you there!

17th Annual Health & Safety Fair August 5th
It’s getting closer! Free school physicals, after school programs, healthy good-for-you snacks, and more! No charge, and lots of giveaways! It will be the perfect time to get revved up and prepped for the new school year! Contact Faye or Jane for more information: 727.585.9969. More…

3M Mondays: Matthew, Mission & A Meal

Matthew, Mission & A Meal
3M Mondays | $10/week, $50/Summer | Starting June 5th

Note – we will not meet on July 17th, as we’ll be headed to summer camp with our youth! 3M Mondays will resume on July 24th.

This summer we are inviting our middle and high school youth to participate in Matthew, Mission & A Meal Mondays. It will be an opportunity to gather from 8:30am until 5:30pm for a full day of activity! Each week, we will have a service project in the community, a meal out at a restaurant, and a study on the book of Matthew. The afternoons will also include relaxing at the Church, watching movies, and other fun activities. Friends are welcome and encouraged to attend (the first week is free!).

Helping to lead these summer activities will be Nicole Gonzalez, our summer youth and family ministry intern. She is a recent graduate from the University of North Carolina who will spend the summer with us before spending a year with the Lutheran Volunteer Corps.

Welcome, Nicole! PoP’s Faith Formation Intern

We are excited to have Nicole Gonzalez joining us this summer as our Faith Formation Intern. Throughout the summer, she will be spending time with our youth and families. Nicole arrived this week and will be with us through the end of July. Below are a few words of introduction from her:

Hello! My name is Nicole Gonzalez.  This May I will be graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Go Heels!) where I spent the last four years studying Mathematics. I was also very involved in the Lutheran Campus Ministry at UNC during my time there, which provided me with a community that I would not be the same without! My leadership in this group, in addition to working at summer camp, helped me realize how passionate I am about faith formation and kids! A few of my other favorite things include Harry Potter, coffee, reading, and music. I am looking forward to spending the summer discerning my own call to ministry with your congregation! I can’t wait to meet you soon!

Wednesdays in the Park – Summer 2017


Wednesdays in the Park Potluck – May 31st @ 5:30pm
Meet us at Taylor Park, shelter 2. We’ll provide hamburgers, hot dogs, and drinks. If you are able, bring a generous side dish to share. Sign up so that we’ll know how many to plan for.

Wednesdays in the Park – June through August @ 5:30pm
Each week, we’ll gather at Taylor Park for an informal picnic with friends, fun, and fellowship. Bring your favorite meal. The last Wednesday of each month will be a special day!

Looking for information on our weekly Wednesdays Supper? Click Here!

Prayer Around the Cross: May 10th

Wednesday Evening, May 10th at 7:07pm

This year in the fall and winter we have experienced a unique time of quiet prayer together as a close to our Wednesday evening. Before Wednesdays Together takes a break this spring, let us join in prayer once again after our meal and classes.

Each day wherever we are, we offer to God our prayers. When we are together in worship on Sundays, we lift our voices in prayers and praises, making a joyful noise to the Lord even as scripture encourages us.

Sometimes it may be good for us to experience prayers and praises another way. With all of the harsh noise all around us and within, times together listening in the evening stillness can surely inspire our spirits.

Prayer Around the Cross is a time of prayer, scripture reading, song and silence.  In this 20-minute worship time, we will gather around an illuminated cross, hear brief passages, pray aloud and in our hearts and experience the silence of prayerful moments with sisters and brothers in Christ.

PoPTARTS Visit Pinellas Chocolate Company

Friday, May 19, 2017 | $5 per person | 10:15am meet at PoP

We’ll first meet at Prince of Peace, then we’ll head over to the Pinellas Chocolate Company (10550 72nd Street N, #504 in Largo). The tour will show how chocolate goes from bean to bar! All the chocolate is made in the Largo kitchen with high quality cocoa beans and a proprietary system. We’ll get to view the complete process: from roasting to refining and from tempering to molding!

The cost includes free chocolate (you may purchase more, if you wish)! Afterwards we’ll go to the nearby Applebee’s at Bardmoor Promenade for lunch. Sign up by May 17th!