Category Archives: Youth & Family

No Time Like the Present

The afterglow of a strong time of serving our Lord together can be especially warming. Each year I hear stories from folk about our Health and Safety Fair and other large serving events that stir my heart. This year I have heard from several youth about their experiences over the summer with Matthew, Monday, Mission, Meal [not sure if that’s the exact name, but you know what I mean].

The excitement and exhaustion that comes from serving together, worshiping together, being together in Christ our Lord inspires us all.

What about asking someone to be a part of it all with you…us? 

So many opportunities in the months ahead! Just check the newsletter. Special worship times together as we Pray Around the Cross September 13. Women, join other women in retreat September 30. Be a part of the fun when we ‘Guess’ Who’s Coming to Dinner October 7.

October 31 marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing 95 Theses to the church door—what we observe as the beginning of the Reformation. In adult learning times on Wednesdays and Sundays, we are witnessing how this reformation took more than Luther. Courageous individuals from many different countries called for change. Come see!

Our middle school youth will be learning more about reformation in retreat with youth from all over the Synod later in October.

All of these opportunities and many more [from choirs to quilt tying to…] are not just for those who call themselves members of PoP. They are for everyone, just like worship on Sunday morning – for everyone. Bring a friend. Tell others about how we are trying to live as God’s people in Christ. As our Lord’s friends said to their friends about Jesus, “Come and see!”

Can you help with VBS supplies?

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There are so many ways that you can get involved. From station leaders and special projects to providing supplies and setting up, you can make a difference! Here are ways that you can help our children attending summer VBS by providing supplies for our inventors’ factory!

Calling for cans: We need 70 clean, empty, shiny soup or similar size cans. Please save yours and bring them to church by June 11.

  1. Walmart gift cards are needed to purchase food, paper products and other supplies. Gift cards can be purchased in store or online (please ship directly to the church) at: http://bit.ly/2sjfNg0

We expect to have more than 100 children, youth volunteers and adult leaders taking part in this great week of sharing God’s word. Please help us make it happen with the purchase of needed supplies.

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.

Fall Festival for Youth & Families

October 15th // 11am-5pm // Horsepower for Kids // $10

horsepowerforkidsJoin us for the annual Fall Festival at Horsepower for Kids in Tampa, which includes pony rides, hay rides, face painting, a bounce house, petting zoo, bonfire, games, train rides, and live music. Food and pumpkins are available at an additional charge. They accept cash only.

PoP members, families, and friends of all ages are encouraged to attend.  Please do not drop off unattended children – this is a great event for families to enjoy together.  We hope to see you there!!

VBS: Sweet Summer Sun – and Fun!

Vacation Bible School | June 20-24, 2016

Day5_Ray_HRGear up for an over-the-top underground, Cave Quest adventure! Ground kids in the rock-solid foundation of God’s love, a love that takes us through life’s dark times. At Cave Quest VBS, children will experience God’s Word in surprising and unforgettable ways! We’re looking forward to an adventurous and fun-filled summer, so be sure to register your child today!

Each day, leaders reinforce one simple truth, while kids take part in fun Bible learning that they can see, hear, touch, and even taste! This interactive, hands-on experience creates an atmosphere that reinforces simple biblical principles while keeping children engaged and making it easy for them to remember and apply to real life!


CLICK HERE to register your child for this incredible experience. Space is limited, so register now! VBS registration is for children ages 3 years through 5th grade. Our daily schedule is from 9am to 3pm. Middle and high school aged volunteers are needed as crew leaders and service crew.

Get connected today for more details on VBS registration, becoming a volunteer, or providing supplies for our big quest!

VBS Volunteers, Supplies, Workdays & Training

PoP VBS NEEDS YOU!

Summer VBS will be a great success with your help:

Volunteer your time
Middle and High School helpers are needed! Adults – choose to assist us with special projects! We’ll need station leaders, lunch hands, naptime helpers for our little ones, and more! Help for 1-2 hours, or stick around all day!

Visit our VBS page, and register to become a Youth or Adult volunteer.

Look for our Supply Pack!
A “pack” filled with a list of necessary supplies have been placed under the Portico. Select an item (or a few!) from our supply “pack” and bring those items back to PoP to get our kids ready for an exciting summer VBS!

VBS Setup Workday
Saturday, June 18 | 1pm-5pm

Please drop in during this time & assist where you are able!

Volunteer Training
Sunday, June 12 | 12pm-2pm Youth Crew Leaders
Sunday, June 12 | 12pm-1pm All Adult Volunteers

VBS Celebration | June 26 10AM in parish hall!

2016 Health & Safety Fair Overview

SchoolBusNewSave the Date! Saturday, August 6th | 9am-12pm
The BIG yellow school bus is getting closer – it’s nearly time for PoP’s 16th Annual Back-to-School Children’s Health and Safety Fair! There is no charge, and we’ll have lots of giveaways!

Here’s what you can expect:

Face Painting – Clowns – After School Programs – School Supplies

Largo Recreation – Parks & Arts – Girl & Boy Scout Registration

Healthy “Good-for-You” Snacks – and more!

You will also be able to receive free school physicals, but make sure to register early (excludes sports physicals). Parents and/or legal guardians must accompany children. It will be the perfect time to get revved up and prepped for the new school year! Contact Faye or Jane for more: 727.585.9969.

Want to volunteer? Are you, your children, and friends attending? Find out more about the health and safety fair here!

Help Us “Stamp Out Hunger”

LC_Hunger16Letter Carriers’ “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive
Saturday, May 14th

Every second Saturday in May, letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America host the largest one-day food drive in the nation. In the past 20 years, more than one billion pounds of food has been delivered.

Each year, Religious Community Services (RCS) collects TONS of food for the hungry right here in our own neighborhood, enabling us to make a direct contribution to our community. Once postmen bring donations in from the field, PoP Youth will join other volunteers from numerous organizations to receive and sort the canned goods into food categories, making it easier for RCS to supply to those in need. This is a great project for families, so parents are welcome.

Middle School Youth
Meet at PoP at 1:30pm, Return at 6:00pm (contact to have a ride arranged)
Contact: Terri Carmody, 727.492.0322

High School Youth
Meet at PoP at 12:30pm
Contact: Randy or Barbara Holm, 727.480.1190 or rholm@me.com

HS Youth at Tampa Bay Grand Prix

April 17th | Meet at PoP for fun from 12:15pm-5:00pm! | Bring $20

logo_TampaGrandPrixHigh School Youth – come and enjoy an afternoon of Go-Karts at the Grand Prix in Tampa! Over 15 acres of fun for everyone!

The Big Track Go Kart Track will get your engines roaring! This ¾-mile track offers fast turns and intense speeds…so riders beware! Bring a lunch and $20 for the Go-Karts.

Interested? Contact Randy or Barbara: 727.480.1190 or rholm@me.com.

EGGStravaganza!

March 26th, 2016 | 3:30pm-5:00pm

Join us for a fun-filled Saturday afternoon. Toddlers and children will enjoy egg hunts (in age-appropriate groups), games & fun!

Boy & Bubbles

Hunters should bring a basket to collect their eggs! Don’t forget to invite neighbors and friends. Help make our annual egg hunt a success – donate eggs, individually wrapped (non-chocolate) candy, and prizes. Contact Angie Pryor: 727.768.9961 or angiepryor@rocketmail.com.

Let us know you’re coming…RSVP today!