“Uninvited” – A Women’s Book Study

Wednesdays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm (Weekly through July 12th) in the Community Outreach Center

You are invited to Uninvited! Sometimes we feel left out, lonely, and less than. God wants us to “live loved.” In this six-session video Bible study, New York Times Best Selling Author Lysa TerKeurst digs deep into God’s Word. She helps us explore the roots of rejection, and the truth about what it looks like to live loved.

Lysa will take us on a visual journey in the Holy Land to some of the places where people of the Bible such as Hannah, David, and even Jesus lived and walked. Uninvited reminds us we are destined for a love that can never be diminished, tarnished, shaken or taken – a love that does not reject or uninvite. Participants will need to purchase the Uninvited study guide, but do not need to purchase the book. Our guide will have all of the materials we need.

Sessions Include:

  1. Living Loved
  2. Empty or Full?
  3. The Yoke of God is Freedom
  4. Set Apart
  5. Remembering God’s Presence
  6. Lessons from the Olive

Resources You’ll Need:

Participants will need to purchase the Uninvited Study Guide. It is available on Amazon.com and Lifeway.com for between $8.00 and $13.00 (see link below) It is not necessary to purchase the book. If you have problems or concerns with purchasing, feel free to contact Debbie Carter directly via phone or email: 727.410.0008 or rcdc90@gmail.com.

Follow this link to purchase the Guidebook on Amazon.com: http://amzn.to/2rpKPFB

Can you help with VBS supplies?

Back to VBS

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.

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!

A Month of Easter: The Stage for What’s to Come

With Pentecost not coming until June 4, May brings us a month of Easter.  Tracing the movement of our Lord and his followers through Holy Week always opens us to the Spirit’s inspiration.

And we come away with so many memories as well – an archway of palms for procession; everything solemnly being removed from the chancel; the large cross laid across the steps and the slowly dimming light; entering that darkened place with handheld candles and then celebrating the baptism of our newest little sister; brass, timpani and joyful anthems for Easter Sunday. What a week!

Many folk have asked me about the busiest season being over, as in, “now what do you do?” Frankly, now we enter a different “busy.”  There are graduations for some of our youth and the end of school for all.

Here at the church our summer intern arrives, and there’s the golf tournament for youth scholarships and fun. We will observe Prayer around the Cross once again and hold another Inquirers’ Class.

But May serves as a staging month for what’s coming. Vacation Bible School, with all of the singing, learning, crafts, games and fun arrives in June.  We need to get ready! We are already looking to August and our Health and Safety Fair.

The staff has already begun planning for 2017-18. We also will be firing up some task groups for planning adult learning opportunities and our stewardship emphasis. And, finally, we will be looking toward the fall as we observe the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in October.

Before we pat ourselves on the back for being so busy, remember May is a month of Easter. Undergirding all that we do, inspiring all that we are and hope to be is the reality that God has raised our Lord, Jesus the Christ, from death to life for all the world. Sure, we are busy. But this is May…Easter – a time to ponder God’s blessed gift for us. A time for shouting an age-old greeting:

“Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!”

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!

Adam’s Rib Cook-Off: February 19th

February 19th  – Worship at the Park!
Eagle Lake Park | 1800 Keene Road, Shelters 5 & 6

***Remember*** We worship three times on Sunday, February 19th! 8:45am at Prince of Peace; 11:00am at Prince of Peace; and 1:00pm at Eagle Lake Park


Can you cook a good rib? Consider joining our rib-off!

Competitors will purchase and prepare 6 racks of ribs. The winner will receive $50 to donate to their favorite PoP Ministry AND a Rib-Off trophy. Join us for food, fellowship & fun to benefit our Youth Scholarship Fund. Bring a side dish to share if you are able.

Worship 1:00PM | Food Served 2:30PM | $10/adult, $5/child 13 & under
Games, fun & fellowship for all ages. Tickets are available Sundays under the Portico and at Wednesday Night Supper. Questions? Call Ron Carter: 727.725.4503 OR the Church Office: 727.585.9969

Shrove Tuesday – February 28th

The Feast Before the Fast – 6pm in the Parish Hall

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 go to the Discretionary Fund to help friends in need inside and outside the congregation.

Sign up for dinner below (you may also RSVP via Sunday’s attendance cards or call 727.585.9969).