Welcome, Dr. Linda Pointer – Interim Parish Musician

We welcome our interim Parish Musician, Dr. Linda Pointer to Prince of Peace!

Since receiving her degree in Organ & Church Music from Indiana University, Linda has taught at universities and has served in congregations throughout the southeast. Over the years in our area, Linda has served congregations of many denominations, supporting them with her organ and piano talents as well as her abilities to inspire choirs and conduct guest musicians.

We are blessed to have Linda among us during our search for a full-time Parish Musician.

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’ Sunday, Festivals & Worship

Sunday, November 5 is All Saints’ Sunday – a day to give thanks to God for the saints in Christ who have gone before us, who have influenced us, whom we have loved with all the love God gives. It is a day when we thank God as well for the new saints among us, those who have been washed into the Lord’s Church in this past year. We will worship and sing God’s praises on this festival day, that God has made us saints through our Lord’s death and resurrection. Yes, we are all saints; we are all set aside through our baptisms to live and serve as our Lord calls all our lives long.

All Saints’ Sunday worship always inspires our hearts as we remember and give thanks. This year will be no different.

Festivals & Worship This Season at Prince of Peace

November 22nd | Thanksgiving Eve Worship at 7:00pmAfter sharing a meal together, we join in thanks for all God’s generous giving.

November 26th | Christ the King SundayThe last day of the Church Year is a festival time of remembrance, where we look back at what the Lord has done and look ahead knowing that Christ Jesus is sovereign Lord over all creation.

December 3rd | First Sunday in AdventAdvent, the blue season. Blue for the hope we all share in a God of grace and mercy who comes and will come. What a blessed time to be together, hearing the marvelous word of anticipation and singing the advent songs that quicken our hearts to our Lord.

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.

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

Consecration Day is October 22nd


Read more from “How Did You Learn to Give?”

For several weeks we have heard and read some stories – some wonderfully inspiring stories of how we learned to give. It just doesn’t come naturally. Somewhere, someone in our lives gave us some instructions – either intentionally or without even realizing the marvelous teacher she or he was being. So, it is indeed a good question to ask ourselves. How did you learn to give?

Next Sunday, October 22 is our Consecration Sunday. At both services we will present our intentions for giving to the Lord from all that the Lord has given us. Our gifts of energy and talent, skills and creativity, finances and time we prayerfully plan to give in our ministries in Christ here at PoP. We serve the Lord here and out from here into the community all around us each day and, even further, to the places in the world where our finances and quilts and gifts of food and prayer go to support the work of Christ. Through our partners in ministry in the Florida Bahamas Synod, the ELCA and even others, we are blessed to touch many lives.

In the coming week you will receive by mail a Time/Talent inventory as a way of helping you assess how you may serve our Lord here at PoP. There will also be an Estimate of Giving card to record your financial giving goals for the new year in our work in Christ. Pray about them when you receive them.  Pray about how the Spirit is inspiring your own part in our Lord’s work. Then bring them to worship next week. We will present them at worship by laying them in a basket at the foot of the altar. We will then pray God’s multiplying and blessing of these gifts God has already given to us and that we now have the blessing of returning a portion.

Thank you for your stories. They are so inspiring! Keep sharing them.

“…they gave themselves first to the Lord and, then by the will of God, to us…”

II Corinthians 8:3