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Winter Resident Welcome Brunch 2018

January 15 at 10AM in the Parish Hall

Get settled in – there’s so much for you to explore! Renew old friendships, then meet and greet a few new folks, too! In order to help you get a bit more comfy, we’ve planned a Welcome Brunch just for you! Stay up-to-date on fellowship and volunteer opportunities via Sunday worship bulletins, monthly newsletters, and digital emails!

Be sure to sign up to attend below (or via Sunday attendance cards)!

Reservations can also be made by calling the church office at 727.585.9969 or filling out the attendance card during Sunday Worship.

Young Adult in Global Mission

Katie Elkin – Sunday, January 20 at 10AM

Join Katie Elkin, a recently returned ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) volunteer, for a presentation and conversation during the Sunday School hour.

The YAGM program invites young adults ages 21-29 into a year of international service with ELCA companion churches in 14 different countries. Katie served in Farafangana, Madagascar and taught English at three Lutheran schools – a primary school, a high school, and a school for visually impaired students. While in Farafangana, Katie enjoyed living in community with her global siblings and singing in her church’s choir!

Katie graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2017 with degrees in Biology and Psychology. She is currently serving as a Campaign Interpreter for “Always Being Made New: The Campaign for the ELCA” and is excited to have the opportunity to share her stories of accompaniment from the past year with Prince of Peace!

Zinga Pediatric Hospital – Tanzania (East Africa)

During Wednesdays Together on January 23, Dr. Denny and Paula Lofstrom will be here to talk about an exciting project in Tanzania. The Lofstroms helped develop the effort and have been actively involved for many years. Zinga is the first stand-alone pediatric hospital in Tanzania. Its aim is to provide specialized pediatric care in a country where 22 million children are under the age of 15 (around 45% of the total population), and for whom these services were unavailable until now.

The project is under the auspices of International Health Partners, a non-governmental non-profit organization formed by the Lofstroms to facilitate partnerships from all over the world with Tanzania to improve health care. In their heart-felt presentation, Denny and Paula will talk about the needs of the Tanzanian people and their own spiritual, mental, professional and geographic journey which has sustained them and brought them to opening The Children’s Hospital at Zinga and keeps them moving forward.

Along with education and inspiration, the Lofstroms will also bring Tanzanian handicrafts to admire. You may consider purchasing them as a way of raising funds in support of the facility. Thanks to Pr. Dick and Pam Landeen for arranging for the Lofstroms to be with us.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – Jan. 24

For many years, congregations from this part of Pinellas County have gathered on this week to observe the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. It falls between the observance days of the Confession of Peter [January 18] and the Conversion of Paul [January 25]. It is our honor to host this event in 2019.

We will worship together with brothers and sisters in Christ from many different congregations. There will be a joint choir to support our song. Kirk Ray Smith, President/CEO of Religious Community Services will be our speaker. Join us for this special time of worship.

Family Day at Taylor Park

On Sunday, January 13th at 12:30PM, all children, youth and their families are invited to gather for a cookout at Taylor Park. The main dish will be provided, but each family is encouraged to bring a side. We will be eating, playing games, and learning about faith-building activities that we can do together as families. If you have questions about the event, please contact Pastor Adam.

Celebrate Epiphany with The Feast of Lights

Feast of Lights: Coming of the Wise Men

Sunday, January 6, 2019 at 5pm – Prince of Peace welcomes all to join us for a festive night – Feast of Lights: Coming of the Wise Men is a retelling of the Advent – Christmas – Epiphany stories with tableau with choirs, handbells, banjo, and double bass. Join us – 455 Missouri Avenue, Largo, FL 33770. A reception and refreshments in the Parish Hall follow this exciting night of worship.

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Interested in knowing more about Prince of Peace Lutheran Church? Call us: 727.585.9969

Festival Days Ring in the New Year!

Leave it to the Church to ring in the Church Year as only the Church can—with festival times to lift up the goodness of God for all!

Even as we enter into the new year, we find ourselves still walking in the season of Christmas. The twelve days stretch across the calendar’s page turn. Just think, even after the big ball drops in NYC, we Christians are still pondering and marveling at the work of a God who comes as a baby born in a barn.

Sunday, January 6 is the Epiphany of our Lord, marking the coming of the magi. They lay odd gifts before the Christ child and give his parents even more to wonder about. On this day we recall how the wise men came from afar – from countries whose cultures were far different from Jesus’ family. We learn yet again how the good news of this Child’s birth is meant to go all over the world, even as the magi returned to their homes “by a different road.”

This year we will celebrate the Epiphany in the morning at our usual worship times. But we will also observe the day as we have been doing so at PoP for many years. We call it the Feast of Lights. There will be costumed friends, inspiring music from our choir, scripture and prayers. We will also welcome the special music of our handbells, double bass and, yes, banjo.

The Feast of Lights will be on Sunday evening January 6 at 5PM.

But there is another festival of the year that meets us in January.

On Sunday, January 13 we observe the Baptism of our Lord. This very traditional time for baptizing is rooted in the story of our Lord’s own baptism by John in the Jordan River. There, from the waters where our Lord emerged, he began his ministry among us. In our Church Year observances, this Baptism of our Lord day pairs significantly with another day that…well, we’ll talk about that one later.

Blessed opportunities abound to serve our Lord, to worship with the sisters and brothers, to learn more about our Lord and his work in our lives, to walk together in the joy-filled confidence that we belong to a mighty God—a God who has gotten us this far and will see us through the new year, too.

A joyous new year, indeed!

Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship – December 24

December 24th | 4:30pm, 7:00pm, 9:30pm

Candlelight Christmas Eve worship at Prince of Peace is a blessed evening of honoring the Lord. Come, invite your friends to hear the story of the child born for us this day! O Come, Let us Adore Him, Christ the Lord!

Christmas Eve Worship | December 24th
4:30pm Nativity of Our Lord – Christmas Eve

Holy Communion with the music of our children.

7:00pm

9:30pm

Nativity of Our Lord – Christmas Eve

Holy Communion with music of our Festival Choir, brass, timpani, violin, organ and bells. Pre-service music begins 20 minutes before the hour.

A Good Opportunity

So, here’s a good opportunity. But when we think about it, we have opportunities available on a regular basis. An opportunity for what?

Inviting someone to be with us. Maybe it would be to join us at the park. Would they want to help with one of our Bethlehem booths? It could be an invitation to a very special night of Advent lessons and carols, followed by the sight of a young woman with live candles on her head!

What about a time away on Wednesdays in the Chapel – away from the season’s busy-ness for a brief reading, prayer, Advent song and Holy Communion?

Or even, especially Christmas Eve. To hear the story of God arriving to the fanfare of lowing barn animals and the murmur of shepherds who heard from angels.

Throughout this letter are opportunities for inviting, bringing a friend to experience God-with-us, God among us. Just invite. Let the Spirit do the rest.

Christmas Angel Tree 2018

Let Christ be our light this Advent season, and let it shine through these faithful works. Lutheran Services Florida (LSF) & Eckerd Community Alternatives have partnered to provide foster children with a brighter Christmas this holiday season.

Eckerd is a national non-profit youth and family service organization that has given much-needed second chances to over 150,000 children and families. Together with local non-profit agencies like LSF they provide case management, adoption and independent living services for children and teens who have been victims of child abuse or neglect.

Our Angel Tree is in the Narthex once again this year. Each “Angel” represents one of these children in need – every child gets four gift wishes, and each Angel tag reflects one of their wishes. With ages ranging from infancy to teens, you can select an angel (or two, or more!) in order to help a child in need receive their Christmas gift wishes! Many times, older teenagers’ wishes may get overlooked, so this year we will also be collecting gift cards to anywhere in any amount for teens.

Be sure to bring unwrapped gifts and gift cards (with the original Angel attached) back to the church by Wednesday, December 12th. May we always be inspired through God’s peace and love. Thank you! Questions? Contact Angie Pryor: 727.768.9961 or angiepryor@rocketmail.com.