Category Archives: Happenings

Shrove Tuesday – The Feast Before the Fast

Tuesday, February 13 at 6pm

This day before the disciplines of Lent begin is a traditional day of feasting. On Mardi Gras at PoP, we’ll continue our traditional way of marking this feast time by serving pancakes and everything you might imagine would accompany such a meal. The feast begins at 6pm. Don’t forget the children will also be burying their Alleluia banner as a part of the celebration and will wait to “resurrect” it on Easter Sunday. All proceeds over the cost of this event will go to helping our high school youth go to camp this summer.

Peace Garden Dedication

Sunday, February 4 at 10AM we will gather in the garden for special prayers of dedication and thanksgiving.

As a part of our Celebrate our Past Build our Future effort, we devoted some of those gifts to the re-creation of our former playground area. The Peace Garden has emerged as a beautiful center of our campus and life here at Prince of Peace. Because many of our winter friends have helped it come to life, we have waited until now to pray God’s blessings in dedication.

Prayer Around the Cross – January 31

At times throughout the year, we periodically come 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 January 31 at 7:07PM for Prayer Around the Cross.

PoP’s Pork Picnic Cook-off – January 28th

Devotions at 1pm | Food Served at 1:30pm | $10/Adults, $5/Child under 13

Bring a side dish or dessert to share! Games, fun & fellowship for all ages!

Worship at the park! Games, fun & fellowship for all ages. Can you cook a good rib? How about some pulled pork? Consider entering our cook-off! Competitors will prepare their own Pork product (ribs, BBQ, etc…PoP will provide a set amount for each to cook). The winner will receive a POP’s Pork Picnic trophy!

Bring a side dish or dessert to share – let’s gather at: Eagle Lake Park, 1800 Keene Road, Shelter #6.

Annual Congregational Meeting Nov. 29

Our Annual Congregational Meeting will take place at 7:00pm in the Sanctuary.

We will convene our Annual Congregation Council meeting where we will approve our financial plan for ministries 2018, elect Congregation Council members, Endowment Board members, and hear reports. Of course, we will share a meal together at 6PM prior to the meeting. Let us come together for this important night of meeting and prayer for our work in Christ.

Please be sure to mark your RSVP on the attendance card in Sunday’s bulletins OR RSVP here online by completing the form below.

Thanksgiving Eve Dinner & Worship 2017

ON THE MENU Your choice of Turkey OR Ham with all of the trimmings!
COST $6.00 per person, $2.50 per child under 12 years

Thanksgiving Eve Supper | 5:45pm, November 22nd | Parish Hall

We look forward to fellowship in worship and a dinner of thanksgiving together. To help us ensure we’ll have enough seats and food for everyone, sign up on the “Thanksgiving Dinner” list in the Parish Hall. Last year, nearly 150 individuals came together for good food & great fellowship. Be sure to RSVP by November 19th!

Thanksgiving Eve Worship | 7pm, November 22nd | Sanctuary

At Prince of Peace, on the evening before Thanksgiving, we set aside time to gather for worship, giving thanks to God for all the blessings of this life.

As an offering of gratitude, we invite you to bring non-perishable food items to be donated to the RCS food bank. In addition, all monetary offerings will also go to the food bank.

We look forward to fellowship in worship after Thanksgiving Dinner together.

Annual Congregational Meeting | Wednesday, November 29th

Our Annual Congregational Meeting will take place at 7:00pm in the Sanctuary. We will enjoy dinner together at 6:00pm in the Parish Hall. Please be sure to mark your RSVP on the attendance card in Sunday’s bulletins or RSVP Now Online by Clicking Here.

Largo Holiday Stroll 2017: Live Nativity & Bethlehem Marketplace

December 2nd, 6:00pm-9:30pm

Each year, thousands come to the Largo Holiday Stroll to see over one million beautiful Christmas Lights, numerous Christmas displays, and various activities throughout the park. Prince of Peace will tell the story of Christ’s birth through our Live Nativity Display and our Bethlehem marketplace.

Guests will enter the “ancient city of Bethlehem” at the time of the census, explore the busy marketplace, visit with the shopkeepers and talk to the townspeople. Experience the Christmas story told through a live nativity scene depicting Mary, Joseph and the Christ child, along with angels, shepherds, and wise men!

Meet us at: Largo Central Park | 101 Central Park Drive | Largo, FL 33771

It takes many hands to make this event a success – a full volunteer calendar will be forthcoming – sign up if you’d like to help!


Celebrating Donald Rolander

Sunday, November 5 is All Saints’ Sunday.

It also happens to be the last Sunday that our brother in Christ, Donald Rolander will be “on the bench” supporting our song together as God’s people. Read More on Don’s retirement & celebrations here…

Don’s tenure here has spanned decades. His contacts in the community run long and deep. His devotion to our Lord in our worship life together has been a blessing for us in every season. In fact, most of us here have never known PoP without Don’s hands on the manuals and feet on the pedals.

As you know, we have planned a special event in Don’s honor on January 21. There are still tickets available. The cost is $10; the congregation will pay all additional costs. You may get tickets from choir members after worship outside the front door of the sanctuary or contact the Church Office. Seating is limited.

On November 5, we will have a reception immediately following 11AM worship with light refreshments to mark Don’s last Sunday.


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

Donald Rolander, Parish Musician, Retires

Our brother in Christ, Don Rolander, will be retiring soon. All Saints’ Sunday, November 5 will be his last day “on the bench” supporting our congregational song. On that day after 11 AM worship we will have a very special reception in Don’s honor. Read More Here…

We have set aside Sunday, January 21 for a luncheon to celebrate our friend’s ministry with us over 42 years.  The event will take place after worship on that day at the Clearwater Country Club starting at 1:30PM. There will be gifts, stories to share and lots of fun.

We encourage you to make your reservations now for the January event. The cost per person is $10. The actual cost is more, but the congregation is paying that additional amount. In order to accommodate everyone, the planning team asks that you make reservations as soon as possible. All reservations need to be made by November 15. Capacity of the facility limits our seating for this event to 200.

During the Sundays of October, Lois Joldersma and Marian Wuertz will be outside the sanctuary on Sunday mornings to greet you and receive your reservation. You may also contact the Church Office.

Thank you to the Planning Team for their diligent work. Lois Joldersma, Carol Millspaugh, Frankie and Don Rogers, John and Marian Wuertz.