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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!

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.

Thanksgiving Eve Dinner & Worship 2018

ALL ARE INVITED TO THANKSGIVING DINNER!
ON THE MENU Your choice of Turkey OR Ham with all of the trimmings!
COST $6.00 per person, $2.50 per child under 12 years

Thanksgiving Eve Supper | 5:45pm, November 21st | Parish Hall

We look forward to fellowship in worship and a dinner of thanksgiving together. To help us ensure we’ll have enough seats and food for everyone, sign up on the “Thanksgiving Dinner” list in the Parish Hall. Last year, nearly 100 individuals came together for good food & great fellowship. Be sure to RSVP by November 19th!


Thanksgiving Eve Worship | 7pm, November 21st | Sanctuary

At Prince of Peace, on the evening before Thanksgiving, we set aside time to gather for worship, giving thanks to God for all the blessings of this life.

As an offering of gratitude, we invite you to bring non-perishable food items to be donated to the RCS food bank. In addition, all monetary offerings will also go to the food bank.

We look forward to fellowship in worship after Thanksgiving Dinner together.


Annual Congregational Meeting | Wednesday, November 28th

Our Annual Congregational Meeting will take place at 7:00pm in the Sanctuary. We will enjoy dinner together at 6:00pm in the Parish Hall. Please be sure to mark your RSVP on the attendance card in Sunday’s bulletins or RSVP Now Online by Clicking Here.

Annual Congregational Meeting Nov. 28

The Annual Congregational meeting will convene on Wednesday, November 28 at 7PM.

Prior to the meeting there will be a meal beginning at 6PM. The meeting’s agenda will consist of reports of the pastors, the Preschool, Ruth’s Promise, and the Endowment Fund. We will also elect new Council members and approve the 2019 Spending Plan for Ministries. Please plan to attend our annual meeting.

Please be sure to mark your RSVP on the attendance card in Sunday’s bulletins OR RSVP here online by completing the form below.

Largo Holiday Stroll 2018: Live Nativity & Bethlehem Marketplace

December 1st, 6:30pm-9:30pm

Each year, thousands come to the Largo Holiday Stroll to see over one million beautiful Christmas Lights, numerous Christmas displays, and various activities throughout the park. Prince of Peace will tell the story of Christ’s birth through our Live Nativity Display and our Bethlehem marketplace.

Guests will enter the “ancient city of Bethlehem” at the time of the census, explore the busy marketplace, visit with the shopkeepers and talk to the townspeople. Experience the Christmas story told through a live nativity scene depicting Mary, Joseph and the Christ child, along with angels, shepherds, and wise men!

Meet us at: Largo Central Park | 101 Central Park Drive | Largo, FL 33771

It takes many hands to make this event a success – a full volunteer calendar will be forthcoming – sign up if you’d like to help!

 

Annual Congregational Meeting Nov. 29

Our Annual Congregational Meeting will take place at 7:00pm in the Sanctuary.

We will convene our Annual Congregation Council meeting where we will approve our financial plan for ministries 2018, elect Congregation Council members, Endowment Board members, and hear reports. Of course, we will share a meal together at 6PM prior to the meeting. Let us come together for this important night of meeting and prayer for our work in Christ.

Please be sure to mark your RSVP on the attendance card in Sunday’s bulletins OR RSVP here online by completing the form below.

Thanksgiving Eve Dinner & Worship 2017

ALL ARE INVITED TO THANKSGIVING DINNER!
ON THE MENU Your choice of Turkey OR Ham with all of the trimmings!
COST $6.00 per person, $2.50 per child under 12 years

Thanksgiving Eve Supper | 5:45pm, November 22nd | Parish Hall

We look forward to fellowship in worship and a dinner of thanksgiving together. To help us ensure we’ll have enough seats and food for everyone, sign up on the “Thanksgiving Dinner” list in the Parish Hall. Last year, nearly 150 individuals came together for good food & great fellowship. Be sure to RSVP by November 19th!


Thanksgiving Eve Worship | 7pm, November 22nd | Sanctuary

At Prince of Peace, on the evening before Thanksgiving, we set aside time to gather for worship, giving thanks to God for all the blessings of this life.

As an offering of gratitude, we invite you to bring non-perishable food items to be donated to the RCS food bank. In addition, all monetary offerings will also go to the food bank.

We look forward to fellowship in worship after Thanksgiving Dinner together.


Annual Congregational Meeting | Wednesday, November 29th

Our Annual Congregational Meeting will take place at 7:00pm in the Sanctuary. We will enjoy dinner together at 6:00pm in the Parish Hall. Please be sure to mark your RSVP on the attendance card in Sunday’s bulletins or RSVP Now Online by Clicking Here.

Largo Holiday Stroll 2017: Live Nativity & Bethlehem Marketplace

December 2nd, 6:00pm-9:30pm

Each year, thousands come to the Largo Holiday Stroll to see over one million beautiful Christmas Lights, numerous Christmas displays, and various activities throughout the park. Prince of Peace will tell the story of Christ’s birth through our Live Nativity Display and our Bethlehem marketplace.

Guests will enter the “ancient city of Bethlehem” at the time of the census, explore the busy marketplace, visit with the shopkeepers and talk to the townspeople. Experience the Christmas story told through a live nativity scene depicting Mary, Joseph and the Christ child, along with angels, shepherds, and wise men!

Meet us at: Largo Central Park | 101 Central Park Drive | Largo, FL 33771

It takes many hands to make this event a success – a full volunteer calendar will be forthcoming – sign up if you’d like to help!