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PoP’s Pork Picnic Cook-off: February 24, 2019

Devotion at 1PM | Food Served at 1:30PM

Games, fun & fellowship for all ages. Can you cook a good rib? How about some pulled pork? Consider entering our cook-off! Competitors will prepare their own Pork product (ribs, BBQ, etc…PoP will provide a set amount for each to cook). The winner will receive a PoP Pork Picnic trophy! Bring a side dish or dessert to share – let’s gather at: Eagle Lake Park, 1800 Keene Road, Shelter #6.

LifeKeys Discovery Workshop

February 8-9, 2019 in the Parish Hall

Save the date and join this weekend retreat! Explore a multi-faceted approach to the best ways to add meaning and purpose to your life. This workshop utilizes the materials of LifeKeys: Discover Who You Are, a comprehensive resource for understanding your gifts and using the information for transitions to first careers, fulfilling volunteer opportunities, mid-life changes, and retirement. This resource is for those who may ask, “What gifts do I have?” or “What’s next for me?”

At the workshop, you’ll use valuable exercises from the workbook to clarify who you are through five different lenses: Personality Type, Preference, Spiritual Gifts, Values, and Passions. Friends, family and community members are most welcome – this experience is appropriate for high school students to retirees.

Friday Workshop (6pm-9pm, includes light supper)
Saturday Workshop (8:30am-3:30pm, includes breakfast & lunch)

A registration fee of $10 includes the LifeKeys workbook. Donations are requested for the cost of meals and snacks. Scholarships and childcare are available. For more information, contact Faye: 727.585.9969, OR visit

Prayer Around the Cross: February 13 at 7:07PM

Prayer Around the Cross is a brief time in the middle of our noisy, busy weeks to enter a quiet moment of prayer, song and scripture with all the brothers and sisters. We sit and listen together, voicing our own prayers in silence, while the pastors summon prayers for us all.

During our time together, friends rise and light candles, placing them around a cross laid across the chancel steps as they bring loved ones before the Lord.

Join us on this special evening, after our meal and classes, as we end the day together in prayer.

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


Peace Garden Planned for 2017

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you…Do not let your hearts be troubled…” (John 14:27)

Watch for activity in the open area between the newly renovated Community Outreach Center and the Parish Hall this Spring as a team of PoP workers transform the former preschool playground into a garden for meditation and enjoyment.

The first step in this work was the removal of the Laurel Oak, which an arborist determined had too much internal decay, and had become a potential safety hazard.

In the space where the oak had been, the garden planning team has proposed installing a pergola, which is an archway in a garden or park consisting of a framework covered with trained climbing or trailing plants. The garden area will include benches, potted palms, a paver pathway and raised garden beds, as shown in the “artist’s conception” picture created by Chris Sheppard.

There is much work to be done to amend and improve the soil, install garden beds, and to do the actual planting. The garden will include an area for butterfly plants to attract those beautiful creatures – traditionally a symbol of resurrection – to the garden area in their seasons.

Commemorative Pavers Planned

A paver pathway is proposed for the garden. The sale of commemorative bricks will help to pay for the cost of this pathway, and for ongoing maintenance of the Peace Garden. Pavers can be inscribed to celebrate a special event (baptism, confirmation, wedding, anniversary or other milestone), in memory of a loved one, or as a family sponsorship. The cost of a brick is $65, and forms are available in the church office, or from members of the garden planning team.

Download Commemorative Paver Form Here

The garden planning team includes Susan Cherwein, Marilyn Franz, Steve Leonard, Tom Loesch, Bob Luxa, Kevin Murphy, Chris Sheppard, Bill Silberman, and Terri Ziegler. There will be opportunities to join us on workdays as we make this garden a beautiful entrance to our campus. Thanks be to God!

Christmas Worship at Prince of Peace

Christmas at Prince of Peace

Each year our Christmas Eve celebration draws us together with so many folk from all around to give thanks and sing praises to God for the coming Christ child.

This year with Christmas Day falling on Sunday, we have the opportunity to celebrate this blessed festival day on the Sabbath. Christmas music will ring out, and we will hear together the mysterious word of our Lord’s coming from John 1. Thanks be to God for this blessed time of worship. We will worship together at 10am on Christmas Day.

Christmas Eve Worship & Event Schedule
5:00pm Christmas Eve Worship – December 24th

Holy Communion with the music of our youth and children




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

10:00am Nativity of Our Lord – Christmas Day

Festival Choir with Carols

Ruth’s Promise Receives $5,000 grant

From Senior Citizens Services, Inc.

Ruth’s Promise recently was awarded a $5,000 grant from Senior Citizens Services Inc. This grant is designated for the Ruth’s Promise Scholarship fund. Senior Citizens Services Inc. recently sold a 200-unit apartment tower and created a charitable foundation with the proceeds from the sale. The foundation is dedicated solely to issuing grants to local agencies that provide care or services to the elderly.

Director Terri Ziegler attended a Grant Award Ceremony on September 27 to receive the check. Ruth’s Promise is excited and grateful to have the opportunity to continue to serve the seniors in our community and their caregivers who might benefit from Ruth’s Promise regardless of their ability to pay.