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Sing a NEW Song! Join the Parish Choir!

The Prince of Peace Parish Choir is being intentional about “Each One, Reach One” – we’re excited about growing our Music Ministry together!

Join us as we lift our voices in worship! We invite all to share in the joy of singing – Parish Choir begins on August 19th! We’ll provide a robe and a music folder. Take your pick: 8:45am or 11:00am Sunday worship. Warm-ups begin at 8:15am or 10:30am, respectively.

Rehearsals for Parish Choir begin August 15th from 7:30pm to 9:00pm. Come for supper, then work it off during choir! You enjoy attending an adult class between eating and exercising! Contact Parish musician, Shawn Thomas: 727.585.9969 or

Rally Day! August 19 at 10am

We’re kicking off our Sunday School year and Wednesday nights with an opportunity to “reach out.”

In the fall, we’ll take the time to be intentional about inviting others into the mission and ministry we share. Let’s gather in the Parish Hall and kick-start a new season!

Learn more about Fall classes, adult education and sharing with others!

On Sundays August 5th & 12th, reusable grocery bags will be distributed after worship. Each family is encouraged to take two bags – fill up one bag with food and personal hygiene supplies for RCS (see list below) and share the second bag with a friend or neighbor to fill. Bring your filled bag on August 19th; your neighbor is encouraged to bring theirs, too! If they are unable be with us that day, they can return their bag to you. When we gather for Rally Day, we will collect these donations and prepare food packs and hygiene kits that can be distributed to those in need.

  • Canned Soup
  • Canned Fruit (non-syrup)
  • Beans – canned or dried
  • Canned Meats (tuna, chicken, chili, stews, low sodium hearty soups)
  • Canned Veggies (beans, greens, tomatoes, low sodium)
  • Cereal – low sugar, high fiber

We will also have the opportunity to look back at all the ministry that has taken place at PoP over the summer: photos and stories from VBS, the ELCA Youth Gathering, and camp at Luther Springs and Lutheridge. Rally Day will also provide a snapshot of our year ahead – from adult learning opportunities to youth and children ministry as well as choir and handbell opportunities. Come – join us for a day of service, celebration and learning…and bring a friend!

Tell It On Missouri Electronic Sign Moves Forward

We have received the funds needed to construct our electronic messaging sign on Missouri Avenue.

We have signed the contract with Thomas Signs and are now completing the paperwork necessary to submit the design to the city of Largo for permitting. At this time, we do not have a projected starting date for construction, but when we do, we will share it with everyone.

Thank you for your gifts toward this project. Our hope is that the sign will not only help our local friends to identify this place as Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, (it is surprising how many folks over the years have driven by and not realized we are “a church”), but we see the sign as a channel for communicating who we are and for sharing the ministries in our Lord that we are carrying out here.

From the very occasional newspaper ad to consistent daily word of mouth conversations, to our website and social media posts, we want to share with all how we believe our Lord is at work in and through us at PoP.

Life Line Vascular Screenings

August 24 | 8:15am – 5:30pm

Once again, Prince of Peace is pleased to offer a preventive health event. Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive screenings, will host their affordable, non-invasive and painless health screenings. Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems related to: blocked arteries, a leading cause of stroke; abdominal aortic aneurysms; peripheral vascular screening of the legs; atrial fibrillation or irregular heart beat which is closely tied to stroke risk; and bone density screening, used to assess the risk of osteoporosis. Look for the white information sheet located in the Parish Hall, or in the church office; talk to our Parish Nurse, Jane; or call 1.888.814.0416.

Part of our Christian walk is caring for all that we have been given; let us not forget the precious gift, our bodies, given to us from the Creator of life.

Cancer Support Group

…meets the first and third Sundays from 3PM to 4:30PM in the COC (Faith Room). This group is intended for those who are preparing for surgery, following surgery or having therapies post-diagnosis. If you have recently completed treatment and feel that this shared experience and support will be helpful, do come! Please let our parish nurse, Jane, know of your desire to be a part of the group or if you need additional information: 727.585.9969.

Ruth’s Promise Adult Day Stretches and Grows

Ruth’s Promise Adult Day Program was honored to be the recipient of a grant from Senior Citizen Services Inc (SCS). The grant will be dedicated to offering full and part scholarships to attendees to our respite program that meets 9:30am-2:30pm Tuesdays and Wednesdays. It has been through grants like this that allow our participants to continually benefit from our rich program, even amidst its financial difficulty. For a picture of the scope of our program, visit It is a great honor to be the recipient of such a generous grant from SCS!

Find out more information on Ruth’s Promise Adult Day Care

On July 26 from 9:30am to 11:30am, Ruth’s Promise Adult Day will be starting the first of a four-part summer series called Navigating Dementia Care. Replacing our Time for Two dementia support group, the Navigating Dementia Care series highlights the first addition to the Ruth’s Promise Caregiver Library, the bestsellers collection of Teepa Snow of Positive Approach™ to Care. Terri Ziegler, RN, MSN and Cate McCarty, PhD chose this series because Teepa training has impacted their care approach throughout the years. Each session offers a DVD as well as discussion and application. Sessions will be held in the Prince of Peace Community Outreach Center on the fourth Thursdays monthly through October. This program is free due to the generosity of our sponsors.

  • July 26:  Challenging Behaviors in Dementia Care
  • Aug. 23: It’s All in Your Approach
  • Sept. 20: The Art of Caregiving
  • Oct. 25: The Journey of Dementia

To RSVP, please contact Terri: 727-365-1866 or; OR contact Dr. Cate: 813-384-7571 or


New Parish Musician Begins

Shawn Thomas, our new Parish Musician, begins leading our song here at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church on Sunday, July 15. Shawn comes to us with significant experience in many aspects of church music leadership with adults, youth and children. He also has sung with various choral groups, including the small ensemble, Florida Pro Musica, which performed here in our Art For Faith’s Sake series back in December.

We look forward to welcoming Shawn to the PoP Church family. Maybe when choir rehearsals begin again in August, you will want to be there on Wednesday nights!

Labors of Love, A Prayer of Hope

At Prince of Peace, July is often a month where we are taking off in many directions. That blessed and busy VBS for 2018 is behind us. Friends are coming and going, visiting family or just getting away. Youth are off to the Houston Youth Gathering or to camp; children are off to camp, too. And while so many are on the move, we will welcome our new parish musician.

But in this newsletter, you will see how God has blessed us in our serving and how we are planning for labors of love in Christ Jesus in weeks and months ahead.

There is something more we must ponder in these steamy days of summer as we celebrate our nation’s birthday.

In past weeks, the world around us often seems to be roiling with controversy. To be sure, the issues of immigration are challenging. But in a land that has extended arms of help from the Marshall Plan to assistance with AIDS relief in Africa to heath care training by our armed services in obscure corners of the world, the recent actions dividing families do not seem to be consistent with that humanitarian spirit. As Christians, we follow our Lord’s lead in caring for the poor, the homeless, the helpless.

To be sure, there are many sides to these stories. I encourage us to voice our feelings to our representatives. We also devote ourselves now to prayer for our President and our representatives – for productive negotiations and positive actions that will calm the waters and bring justice for all. We pray that they may lay aside partisan differences and pull together in a direction that is good for all.

Below is a prayer of Luther that may be helpful in these days:

“Lord, grant that anger or other bitterness does not reign over us, but that your grace, genuine kindness, loyalty, and every kind of friendliness, generosity, and gentleness may reign in us. Amen.”

Threshers Baseball & Fireworks – July 3

Threshers Baseball & Fireworks

$15 | 6pm – Meet at the Fountain at Spectrum Field
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, and sign up below! For more information, contact Faye in the Church Office: 727.585.9969.

Sign up for the Threshers game below!

Wednesdays in the Park – Summer 2018

Wednesdays in the Park Potluck – May 23rd @ 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 – May 30 through August 8th @ 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!