Category Archives: High School Youth

Senior Recognition Sunday – 2018 High School Graduates

The families of the High School Class of 2018 would like to thank you for helping to nurture and support these graduates on their life journey here at PoP and are hosting a reception following 11AM worship on Sunday, May 13th. Drop by to say hello or to write an encouraging note as they transition to a new time in their lives. During worship, we will gather around the font with these graduating seniors, giving thanks to God for their ministry with us and asking God’s blessing on them during the months and years ahead.

Come, join us as we worship and celebrate with: Weston Peter Kaufman, Sierra Lynn Mitchell, Victoria Mary Murray, Casey Aaron Temple, Anna Marie Roe and Katarina Lee Vrakas.

4th Annual Earth Day Garden Giveaway!

PHASE II: GARDENERS – NURTURE, CARE & SHARE!

Once your wonderful plants and seedlings have been nurtured and have had time to grow and develop, bring them back to PoP for our big Earth Day Plant Give-Away Celebration (check the box below for set-up and Giveaway dates)! Your prized plants will be offered to a good home. A special thanks to Ruth’s Promise for working hard to fill over 50 containers of dirt and to our High School Youth for rolling up their sleeves to help make this year’s event a success!

SETUP & DROP-OFF ONLY: April 21, 10am-12pm
UPCOMING PLANT GIVEAWAY DATES: April 22, 10am-12:30pm | April 25, 5:30pm-7:30pm | April 29, 10am-12:30pm

“Shoppers” – Come Celebrate God’s Creations!

On a “Giveaway Date,” pick a favorite plant or flower that one of our many talented gardeners have nurtured – they are free to a good home!

Contact Nancy for more: 727.564.7097


PHASE I COMPLETE: PLANTING & PREPARATION!

Help us celebrate Earth Day! Celebrate God’s beautiful plants while helping to raise funds for PoP High School Youth’s journey to the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston, TX.

The PoP Green is partnering with Ruth’s Promise and our high school youth to celebrate Earth Day 2018. We’ll need all green thumbs and your help to make this year’s Garden Giveaway the best! Let’s rejoice in God’s beauty and practice being good stewards of the Earth while sharing the joy of gardening.

Pick up a prepared pot of soil from PoP and take it home to plant your favorite cutting or seedlings. Plantings may be edible or ornamental. Pick up pots of soil from PoP on these dates: March 14 & March 18.


 

ELCA Youth Gathering – first service event

Our high school youth will be heading to Houston in June of 2018 to be a part of the ELCA Youth Gathering. This is an opportunity which occurs once every three years for youth from all across the ELCA to gather for five days of worship, service, learning, and community. In preparation for the Gathering our youth will be learning and serving together here in Florida.

This trip to the Gathering will be a great experience, but it will also be expensive. In the past the youth have hosted a number of events to raise funds for the trip within the congregation. This year we are trying something a little different. We are asking the congregation to sponsor our youth as they go out and serve in our community. Donations to the youth ministry fund will help the youth to meet their goal of $10,000 to go to Houston. Our youth will be planning and participating in service opportunities here in our community throughout the year as they prepare for the event. The congregation is invited to support our youth financially while our youth support our community with their time and energy. The youth are hoping to plan five or six of these events throughout the year in addition to the service they normally do as a group. They will be inviting you at those times to make a gift to the youth ministry fund.

For the first event, our youth will be going to the Homeless Empowerment Program(HEP) where they will be serving in HEP’s Learning Center’s afterschool program on September 22. They will be working with children who are a part of HEP’s residential program. Check out HEP’s website to see more about the great work that this organization does for our community: www.HEPEmpowers.org. Keep an eye out in the narthex for more information about the youth’s effort to head to Houston next summer!

Beach Day for High & Middle School Youth

November 19th // Middle & High School Youth

PoP’s Middle and High School youth will host a day at the beach for the Lutheran youth groups of Pinellas County. From 3-6pm we will gather at Fort De Soto Park (Shelter #5) for games, dinner and devotions. This will be a great chance to meet Lutheran youth from across the county and beyond.

Congratulations, 2016 High School Graduates!

Recognition of High School Graduates

June 5th immediately following 8:45am Worship (under the Portico)
Come out and join in celebrating the final Stepping Stone for our great students. These students are graduating from high school in the coming weeks. Join them as they worship together and share in a reception following the service.


Christopher M.
Christopher will be graduating from Seminole High School with honors. He is a member of the National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society. He was also a four-year member of the basketball team. In the fall, Chris will attend the Florida Institute of Technology on a scholarship to major in Computer Science.

Cooper C.
An upcoming graduate of Seminole High School, Cooper is planning to attend St. Petersburg College in the fall. Currently, he has not yet declared a major and is undecided, so he will begin his college career in general study courses this fall.

Jacob P.
Jacob will be graduating from Osceola High School and will also receive certification for participation in Osceola’s four-year Pre-Engineering Manufacturing Academy. In order to increase his knowledge of the field, he has decided to become a “Wing Man” at The National Aviation Academy located here in the heart of Pinellas County! In July, he will begin a 14-month Aviation Maintenance Technology course to become an Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) mechanic.

Alyssa S.
Alyssa is a proud graduate of Osceola Fundamental High School. While at Osceola, she completed four years of theatre, participated in numerous shows, and most recently starred as Ariel in OFHS’ production of The Little Mermaid. She also completed four years of technical theatre, which included making and designing costumes and props and where she earned the name “makeup master” who plotted out and applied the makeup for many cast members in each show she has performed in. She plans on continuing in theatre around Pinellas County while acquiring her Associates of Art degree locally. She is then planning on transferring to UCF and majoring in musical theatre. Her ultimate dream is to star on Broadway in NYC, where she will actually be visiting for the second time in a few weeks in order to seek new opportunities and visit her favorite place in the world. She thanks God for giving her this amazing talent and is looking forward to being happy doing what she loves to do: singing and acting for the rest of her life!

David M., Jr.
After graduating from Pinellas Park High School, David plans to enlist the military. He also has St. Petersburg College in mind as an alternative career plan. David’s long-term goal is a career in law enforcement.

Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you. – Philippians 4:9

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.

High School Youth Volleyball Marathon

January 29th-30th
Get ready to “bump, set, spike” your way through the night at the 13th Annual Volleyball Marathon! This is a fundraiser for Luthersprings with competing congregations within the Florida-Bahamas Synod. This year’s event will take place at Faith Lutheran Church in Sarasota.

Meet at Prince of Peace parking lot – we’ll depart at 6:30pm on January 29th and will return on January 30th at approximately 9:00am. Bring $25 for food and volleyball expense. Need more info? Contact Randy or Barbara Holm: 727.480.1190 or rholm@me.com.

Volleyball Marathon: High School Youth Travel

Get ready to “bump, set, spike” your way through the night at the 13th Annual Volleyball Marathon! This is a fundraiser for Luthersprings with competing congregations within the Florida-Bahamas Synod. This year’s event will take place at Faith Lutheran Church in Sarasota.

Meet at Prince of Peace parking lot – we’ll depart at 6:30pm on January 29th and will return on January 30th at approximately 9:00am. Bring $25 for food and volleyball expense. Need more info? Contact Randy or Barbara Holm: 727.480.1190 or rholm@me.com.

High School Youth Ice Skating

Ice skating in Florida? That’s right! Mark your calendars for January 3rd, when the High School Youth will be traveling to Curtis Hixon Park to go ice skating!

Pack a lunch for a 12:00pm departure from the church. There will be a $12 charge for skate rentals. Need more info? Contact Randy or Barbara Holm: 727.480.1190 or rholm@me.com.