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Welcome, Nicole! PoP’s Faith Formation Intern

We are excited to have Nicole Gonzalez joining us this summer as our Faith Formation Intern. Throughout the summer, she will be spending time with our youth and families. Nicole arrived this week and will be with us through the end of July. Below are a few words of introduction from her:

Hello! My name is Nicole Gonzalez.  This May I will be graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Go Heels!) where I spent the last four years studying Mathematics. I was also very involved in the Lutheran Campus Ministry at UNC during my time there, which provided me with a community that I would not be the same without! My leadership in this group, in addition to working at summer camp, helped me realize how passionate I am about faith formation and kids! A few of my other favorite things include Harry Potter, coffee, reading, and music. I am looking forward to spending the summer discerning my own call to ministry with your congregation! I can’t wait to meet you soon!

A Month of Easter: The Stage for What’s to Come

With Pentecost not coming until June 4, May brings us a month of Easter.  Tracing the movement of our Lord and his followers through Holy Week always opens us to the Spirit’s inspiration.

And we come away with so many memories as well – an archway of palms for procession; everything solemnly being removed from the chancel; the large cross laid across the steps and the slowly dimming light; entering that darkened place with handheld candles and then celebrating the baptism of our newest little sister; brass, timpani and joyful anthems for Easter Sunday. What a week!

Many folk have asked me about the busiest season being over, as in, “now what do you do?” Frankly, now we enter a different “busy.”  There are graduations for some of our youth and the end of school for all.

Here at the church our summer intern arrives, and there’s the golf tournament for youth scholarships and fun. We will observe Prayer around the Cross once again and hold another Inquirers’ Class.

But May serves as a staging month for what’s coming. Vacation Bible School, with all of the singing, learning, crafts, games and fun arrives in June.  We need to get ready! We are already looking to August and our Health and Safety Fair.

The staff has already begun planning for 2017-18. We also will be firing up some task groups for planning adult learning opportunities and our stewardship emphasis. And, finally, we will be looking toward the fall as we observe the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in October.

Before we pat ourselves on the back for being so busy, remember May is a month of Easter. Undergirding all that we do, inspiring all that we are and hope to be is the reality that God has raised our Lord, Jesus the Christ, from death to life for all the world. Sure, we are busy. But this is May…Easter – a time to ponder God’s blessed gift for us. A time for shouting an age-old greeting:

“Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!”

Adam’s Rib Cook-Off: February 19th

February 19th  – Worship at the Park!
Eagle Lake Park | 1800 Keene Road, Shelters 5 & 6

***Remember*** We worship three times on Sunday, February 19th! 8:45am at Prince of Peace; 11:00am at Prince of Peace; and 1:00pm at Eagle Lake Park


Can you cook a good rib? Consider joining our rib-off!

Competitors will purchase and prepare 6 racks of ribs. The winner will receive $50 to donate to their favorite PoP Ministry AND a Rib-Off trophy. Join us for food, fellowship & fun to benefit our Youth Scholarship Fund. Bring a side dish to share if you are able.

Worship 1:00PM | Food Served 2:30PM | $10/adult, $5/child 13 & under
Games, fun & fellowship for all ages. Tickets are available Sundays under the Portico and at Wednesday Night Supper. Questions? Call Ron Carter: 727.725.4503 OR the Church Office: 727.585.9969

Joint Ecumenical Commemoration of the Reformation

Monday | October 31, 2016


On Oct. 31, 2016, we will make history. Lutherans and Catholics from around the world will come together for the anniversary of the Reformation. The Lutheran-Catholic commemoration will take place in Lund, Sweden, with a Common Prayer service lead by Pope Francis, The Lutheran World Federation President Bishop Dr. Munib A. Younan and its general secretary, the Rev. Dr. Martin Junge.

Launching the 500th Reformation anniversary in 2017, a joint Lutheran-Catholic commemoration will take place in Lund and Malmö, Sweden, on Oct. 31, 2016. The Lutheran World Federation and the Roman Catholic Church (Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity) are hosting the event, highlighting solid ecumenical developments and the joint gifts received through dialogue. You can participate and watch these events live by clicking the link below or copying & pasting it into your web browser:


14:30 CET Common Prayer in Lund Cathedral // 9:30am in Largo, FL
16:45 CET Together in Hope in Malmö Arena // 11:45am in Largo, FL

Pope Francis, The Lutheran World Federation President Bishop Dr. Munib A. Younan and its general secretary, the Rev. Dr. Martin Junge, will lead the Common Prayer service in Lund and the event in Malmö in cooperation with leaders from the Church of Sweden and the Catholic Diocese of Stockholm.

Together On Our Own Dinner at Mama’s June 18th

Together On Our Own 2016There’s always fun and fellowship when we are all together! Save the date for Saturday, June 18th to dine & fellowship at Mama’s Kitchen (5885 Seminole Boulevard in Seminole, FL)!

If anyone would like to carpool, we can meet at the church and leave for dinner at 4:30pm! See you there! Contact Vivian: 727.330.6975

PoPTARTS Visit the Dunedin Fine Arts Center

Friday, April 15th at 10:00am | Meet at PoP for carpooling


Join the PoPTARTS to visit the Dunedin Fine Art Center! The annual student/member/faculty show features various works of art including acrylic, watercolor, oil, colored pencil, jewelry, pottery, sculptures and more!

There is no museum admission fee. Afterwards, we’ll eat lunch at Sea Sea Riders in Dunedin. Be sure to sign up on Sunday bulletins to let us know of your attendance! Contact Faye: 727.585.9969 or faye@poplargo.org.

April 2016 Basket Weaving

Thursday, April 28, 2016 | 6:00pm in Morack/Parish Hall

IMG_20150411_104245882Basket weavers, this month we will weave a handled basket with a combination of reed and seagrass. We’ll incorporate some curls through which we will thread seagrass to form decorative loops. No prior experience is necessary – simply take a list of necessary supplies. The cost of this month’s class is $20, payable upon registration. Sign up for this event is now closed.


A “Special Note” from Meredith: At this time, I do not know if there will be any further basket weaving classes. My husband and I have put our home up for sale and will be moving to Citrus County. We regret having to leave PoP and all of the lovely people here, although we do have some friends in that area also. I have enjoyed introducing you to basket weaving and getting to know you better. I think we always have a good time in class. Any additional classes will be announced in the Sunday bulletins. Classes will continue until our home is sold and a moving day is set. Thank you for your interest in the ancient art of basket weaving!

Transfiguration of Our Lord

TransfigurationSunday, February 7th

The Transfiguration of our Lord is one of those odd days of our Church Year and calendar, bringing us one of the versions of this event that appears in 3 of the gospels. Here our Lord, before three of his disciples on a mountaintop, begins to glow, his clothes as white as no fuller could bleach them. He is joined by Moses and Elijah. What a revelation, an epiphany!

This day always comes as the last Sunday before we turn to Ash Wednesday and Lent. From the bright light of a star in the dark of night leading magi to the Christ Child to the nearly blinding light of that grown Child before his disciples, we witness epiphanies of who this Holy One is for us and for all the world. Come, let us worship on this festive day!

Grands Weekend at Luther Springs

Grands photoMarch 11-13, 2016
Bring your grandchildren for a weekend of spiritual growth and fun! Each day includes worship, Bible study, exploring creativity, sharing stories, and growing together in Christ. Activities include campfires, cookie baking, crafts, hiking, and plenty of family free time.

Registration Fees:

  • $90 per adult, $65 per child (by 2/08/16)
  • 110 per adult, $75 per child (after 2/08/16)

Register 1 of 3 Ways:

Children may stay with grandparents or in Morgan Village Cabins with a Luther Springs counselor. Each cabin is carpeted, heated/air-conditioned, and has its own restroom. Accommodations for adults are in comfortable hotel-style rooms with a private bath. RV sites with water and electrical hookup are also available. Registration fees include four delicious meals and lots of snacks.

Contact Margot Walbolt for more information: 727.535.1155 or margo.walbolt@mac.com.

Presented in cooperation with ALOA (Adult Lutherans Organized for Action). Program Leaders: Rev. Dave and Debby Kruger, Rev. Dick Hafer, Steven Helm, and Margo Walbolt.

Dinner with Together On Our Own

Upright, Together On Our OwnSaturday, February 20th | 4:15pm Meet at PoP for Carpooling

Together On Our Own invites everyone to enjoy dinner and fellowship with us at Mama’s Kitchen, located at 5885 Seminole Boulevard, 33772. We can meet at PoP at 4:15pm for carpooling. Contact Vivian with questions: 727.330.6975 or RSVP below!