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 ruthspromise.net. 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 tmsz@gmail.com; OR contact Dr. Cate: 813-384-7571 or catemccarty@gmail.com.

 

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 @ 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!

Prayer Around the Cross: May 16th

Wednesday, May 16th at 7:07pm

What a blessed time of prayer at the end of the day. We gather in the sanctuary literally around a cross and sing, pray, listen for God’s Word in scripture and sit in contemplative silence. We pray for our world and for friends in need, for strangers and for our work as God’s people here.

As we do, we light candles and place them around the cross as a way of helping us recall those for whom we pray and the One in whose name we gather. It is a peaceful way of ending a busy day, as we gather with brothers and sisters to sit before our Lord in prayer.

Invite a friend and come to this brief time of worship.

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.

Annual Preschool Dolls Fundraiser – 2018

It’s time for the Preschool Dolls to make their annual debut! On Sunday, April 8th, look for paper dolls in the pew during worship. A gift attached to a paper doll helps our preschool purchase educational materials, supplies and play items for our children’s learning and academic progress.

We are thankful for your contributions and giving hearts!

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.


 

Prayer Around the Cross: April 18

Wednesday, April 18th at 7:07pm

What a blessed time of prayer at the end of the day. We gather in the sanctuary literally around a cross and sing, pray, listen for God’s Word in scripture and sit in contemplative silence. We pray for our world and for friends in need, for strangers and for our work as God’s people here.

As we do, we light candles and place them around the cross as a way of helping us recall those for whom we pray and the One in whose name we gather. It is a peaceful way of ending a busy day, as we gather with brothers and sisters to sit before our Lord in prayer.

Invite a friend and come to this brief time of worship.