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Wednesdays in the Park – Summer 2017


Wednesdays in the Park Potluck – May 31st @ 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 – June 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!

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!”

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

Beach Day for High & Middle School Youth

November 19th // Middle & High School Youth

PoP’s Middle and High School youth will host a day at the beach for the Lutheran youth groups of Pinellas County. From 3-6pm we will gather at Fort De Soto Park (Shelter #5) for games, dinner and devotions. This will be a great chance to meet Lutheran youth from across the county and beyond.

Christmas Angel Tree – Sponsor a Child!

AngelTreeHelp a child have a wonderful Christmas!

Prince of Peace is partnering with Lutheran Services of Florida and Eckerd Community Alternatives to help provide a memorable Christmas to hundreds of Children in the Head Start Program and the Foster Care Program.

Our Angel Tree will go up in the corner of the Narthex prior to our Thanksgiving Eve Worship. Each Angel on our tree will feature information about a child and one of their gift wishes. With ages ranging from infancy to teens, you can select an Angel then return unwrapped gifts with the original Angel attached to be placed under the tree.

Not much of a shopper, but still want to contribute? Gift cards are graciously accepted also. Imagine the joy that even the smallest gift might bring to one of the children! May you always be inspired through God’s peace and love. Thank you! Questions? Contact Angie: angiepryor@rocketmail.com | 727.768.9961

Mr. Frank Correa, Armed Forces History Museum

Frank Correa is the Historian of the Armed Forces History Museum in Largo, Florida. Originally from Torrington Connecticut, he joined the United States Marine Corps and was assigned to the Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team Pacific. Frank is a veteran of the Persian Gulf War, which he was awarded the Kuwaiti Liberation Medal. During his time at the Armed Forces History Museum, he has given hundreds of tours, including to members of Congress, The Governor of the State of Florida, Generals, Admirals, and several recipients of the Medal of Honor. Frank has also given tours to major defense contractors, such Raytheon and General Dynamics.

Over the course of several years, Frank has lectured at many schools and charitable organizations. He has been the keynote speaker in many public events and has worked on behalf of veterans’ causes. He is a recipient of the Gold Distinguished Citizen Medal of the Marine Corps League for his work with Wounded Warriors.

In 2010, he visited the island of Iwo Jima, Japan, the sight of the bloodiest battle for the American Forces in the 20th Century. He is the Past Commander of the Marine Corps League Detachment #54 and is a member of the Military Order of Devil Dogs along with Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. He is also a spokesperson for Retired K-9 Heroes. In 2013, he began a new venture as a voice-over artist. Frank is available to lecture on Military History as well as analysis of foreign military capabilities.

2016 Health & Safety Fair Recap!

SchoolBusNewThanks to YOU!

WOW! What a week this has been! Although the Health & Safety Fair was on August 6th, plans and preparation have been going on for months. Here is our praise report:

  • 850 total in attendance, including 115 POP volunteers
  • 500 school bags given away (Walmart sent 3 volunteers including Assistant Mgr to help distribute)
  • 75 physicals (3 doctors, and nurses from Clearwater Clinic)
  • 50 haircuts
  • 150 children ID’d (fingerprinted)
  • 4 bikes raffled
  • 60 bike helmets given out by Suncoast Epilepsy
  • 28 vendors participated

What a blessing!  Thanks be to God!

View Photos from the 2016 Fair!

Preparation in Weeks Past

Last week, everything came together – thanks to all of YOU who gave of your time, donated books, volunteered for setup, spent your Saturday welcoming and helping  in so many different ways, and tearing down and packing up at the end. Wednesday evening was truly amazing to watch our friends from Walmart join together with members from PoP to make more than 500 backpacks filled with school supplies.

With the leftovers, more than 100 extra packages of supplies were given out. Several other little projects were also completed.

Thanks be to God and to YOU for your service! We have been truly blessed to be able to host this event for 16 years for the community.

Faye Belskey
Coordinator of Discipleship Ministries

Annual Mother’s Day Dresser Ministry


What is that dresser doing in the Narthex?

If you are not familiar with our Dresser Ministry, you can read about it on the poster near the dresser. As you leave church, please select a gift suggestion tag from one of the tiny, colorful diapers that are hanging on the “clothes line.” If you prefer, there is a box for a monetary gift. Your baby item should be returned to PoP by Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 8th). The dressers and gifts will be shared with mothers in need at Isaiah’s Inn and the Kimberly Home.

God has blessed Prince of Peace with a spirit of caring and giving, and for that we are thankful. As always, we ask for prayers for all families and their new babies.

Together On Our Own, April Fellowship

Dine & Fellowship | April 9th & April 23rd at 5pm

Upright, Left, Together On Our Own

There’s always fun and fellowship when we are all together! Together On Our Own has TWO lively events planned for the month of April.

On Saturday, April 9th, join us for dinner at Los Mariachis Restaurant. Then save the date for Saturday, April 23rd to dine and fellowship at Applebee’s! Both events begin at 5pm – we can meet at PoP for carpooling! For more information, contact Vivian: 727.330.6975

The New Learning Center

And now that the parking lot is beginning to look like its new normal, you may also be wondering about the new Learning Center (LC). By the time you receive this newsletter, the LC will be very close to completion. Of course, the City will weigh in with inspections, and we don’t know how long that will take.

But since school isn’t out until June 7th and Vacation Bible School begins June 20th, we may not be able to make the move from the Community Outreach Center (COC) to the LC until July. And there are many more issues to consider as we plan some refurbishing work for the COC.

A Transition Task Group with several teams will now oversee the transition of our campus when the construction process is complete. Former Council president, Charlie Salemi, will lead this effort with the help of MANY of us along the way. Our goals are to make the transition of children’s ministries from one building to the other; landscape the old playground area to be a welcoming center of the campus; and to carry out much needed cosmetic refurbishment to the COC.

THANK YOU for all your patience and encouragement as we have watched our God-given resources transformed before our eyes. We do not yet have a date for dedication, but we will make sure EVERYONE knows as soon as we are able to set that time.