Tag Archives: ELCA

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!

Pastor Pedro Suarez Elected Bishop of Florida-Bahamas Synod

October 16, 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ in the Florida-Bahamas Synod,

It is with joy and thanksgiving that I share with you that the Rev. Pedro Manuel Suarez was elected Oct. 13 to a six-year term as bishop of the Florida-Bahamas Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election was held during the Synod Assembly Oct. 12-14 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Kissimmee.

Pr. Suarez was elected on the 6th ballot with 334 votes. A total of 230 votes was needed for election. I give thanks to God for all the pastors who were open and available to the call of the Spirit, and for the prayerful discernment of the Assembly. What a gift it was to hear the candidates witness to their faith and vision for the Gospel in their addresses to the assembly, in their answers to questions, and in their overall presence in the Assembly. Additionally, I give thanks for ELCA Secretary Rev. Chris Boerger for his careful oversight of the election, for those serving on the elections committee, and for all involved in the election in any way.

Pr. Suarez currently serves as lead pastor of St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Pompano Beach, FL since 2015, as well as recently agreeing to serve as the Interim Director for Evangelical Mission for the south region of this synod. Pr. Suarez earned a Master of Divinity degree from the Lutheran School of Theology of Chicago in 1992. His previous experience includes serving on the synod staff of the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod, the South Central Synod of Wisconsin, and several congregations in both Illinois and Wisconsin. Pr. Suarez serves on the Latino Strategy Team for the ELCA and is the leader of the Latino Lay Academy of the ELCA.

Pastor Suarez will be installed as bishop at noon on Saturday, January 20, 2018, at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church in New Tampa, FL.

These next weeks will be full of holy conversation and a broad range of emotions for Pr. Suarez, his family, his congregation, and others. Thank you for keeping Pr. Suarez and his family in your prayers. I will be walking with Pr. Suarez, along with the rest of the synod staff and the synod council, through these weeks of transition.

A prayer for Bishop-elect Suarez:

Ever-living God, strengthen and sustain pastors and bishops, especially Bishop-elect Suarez, that with patience and understanding they may love and care for your people. Guide Pr. Suarez and all involved in transition at this time. Grace Pr. Suarez and his family with strength, courage and clarity in the days ahead. Equip him and all whom you have called for the work of ministry and for the building up of the body of Christ. With your Holy Spirit, empower him in this new calling, and grant that together we may follow in the way of Jesus Christ, our Savoir and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Together with you in Christ,

Marcus Lohrmann
Interim Bishop

“God’s Work. Our Hands.”

Elementary Youth Group | Sunday, September 11th at 12:30pm

GWOHJoin us in the Parish Hall as we kick off the first elementary youth group event of the fall! After lunch, we will play some games. Then we’ll create cards for our home-bound congregants in honor of “God’s work. Our hands.”

We would love to see your Kindergarten through 5th grade children there!!  The cost is $3.  Scholarships are readily available if needed.

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.

HS Youth ELCA Good Gifts Fair

Sunday, Nov. 15th after worship & Wednesday, Nov. 18th

Join the High School Youth for our ELCA Good Gifts Fair and browse more than 50 different giving options that support life-changing projects and programs around the world! Give a gift with meaning that makes an impact on this world and brings true joy. These gifts can be purchased in honor of a special person in your life. Come visit the youth to find out more, or just stop by to make a craft!

When you think about the special people in your life and the best gifts you have given or received, it is not the gift itself, but the meaning behind the gift that makes it significant. ELCA Good Gifts helps us to rethink the tradition of gift-giving and get to the heart of why people give. “We love because (God) first loved us.” – I John 4:19

During the Good Gifts Fair, the congregation will have an opportunity to learn about hunger, poverty and alternative giving such as water, chickens, pigs, sheep, bees and education. Your gift reflects God’s love, making a difference in people’s lives and around the world. There will also be crafts and learning opportunities for children and families.

Although PoP’s high school youth will be hosting the fair, this is a significant opportunity for our whole congregation to be involved. To learn more about ELCA Good Gifts, click here. Contact Randy Holm: 727.480.1190 or rholm@me.com for more information and to get involved.

High School Synod Retreat – Rise Up Florida!

rise-up-slider

Coming November 6-8, 2015!!!

This Florida-Bahamas Synod sponsored retreat will equip and re-ignite those who were at the Gathering to “bring the Gathering home” and provide a feel of the experience for those who were not able to be there. Experience large group sessions and games, campfire, zip lining, a heated pool, a water slide and live music! The fee includes a 2-night stay, 3 meals on Saturday, and 2 meals on Sunday. Contact Randy or Barbara Holm for more: 727.480.1190 or rholm@me.com

Click here to learn more about registration and fees!