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06/18/2020 – 6:30am: Spending the Summer with Jesus

We are officially launching our “Spending the Summer with Jesus” online program for children and families!  This is an online opportunity for you and your family to grow in faith and knowledge of Jesus and to share Him with others! Spread the word! How does “Spending the Summer with Jesus” work? Each week on Thursday, we post resources on our website (and share through social media) to help you and your family grow closer to Jesus. Through this program, we highlight bible stories from Jesus’ life and provide you with online resources to help you dive deep into the story- kind of like a “stay at home VBS” that you can explore as a family. There are LOADS of activities to learn the bible story! This week we are providing a fun recipe you can make together, coloring sheets, a maze, word match, crossword puzzle and a craft activity.

05/27/2020 – 10:00am: Vacation Bible School is not happening this year but, Children & Family Ministry WILL!

Every summer, one of the highlights for many is Vacation Bible School. We were really looking forward to “Rocky Railway- Jesus’ Love Pulls Us Through!” and preparations were taking place. However, the Youth and Family Ministry Committee made the difficult decision to cancel VBS this summer due to the fact that we could not guarantee a safe environment for all involved. We did not see how we would reach our outreach goals with an online VBS alternative. Therefore, we decided to plan on holding “Rocky Railway” NEXT summer and find a new way to serve children and their families this summer.

Starting in June, Prince of Peace/Principe de Paz will be launching a weekly, online gathering for kids and families. The site will have LOADS of family friendly activities do together! You will be able to learn about the week’s themes, participate in a contest each week for families and compete against one another for a prize and most importantly- we will invite children and families to share an online devotion each week with their PoP family as well as their own friends and family. We hope to reach new families every week and equip them to grow in faith together as a family.

While this pandemic has been limiting in someways, it is also opening doors to new ministry opportunities! We believe this Family Ministry Page will be a wonderful way to help us reach families in ways we have not been able to before. Please pray for this ministry and watch for details about our launch in June!

05/4/2020 – 7:00 am:
This week, most of Florida has entered Phase One of reopening in a way that is “Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step.” What does that mean for Prince of Peace/Príncipe de Paz? 

Throughout this COVID-19 pandemic, PoP/PdeP has remained focused on providing Christ-centered ministry in ways that protect those who make up vulnerable populations, both in our congregation and in our community. The health and safety of all will continue to be an important focus for us. With recent news of cities, states, and countries loosening shelter-in-place restrictions and reopening the economy, many of you are asking questions about when we will be bringing people back into the church office and resuming in-person worship and on-campus activities.
 
The answer is simple: We continue to be in a “wait, watch, and learn” posture when it comes to reopening our campus for daily activities and Sunday worship. Over the next several weeks we will continue to assess the current environment and make decisions based on what’s right for all of us at PoP/PdeP. We will take the time to learn best practices by observing other congregations, as well as watch our community for any resurgence of the virus. We will continue to monitor the areas of testing, therapeutics, and vaccines for advancements as we determine how to open our campus in the most safe and secure manner.
 
In short, we won’t be the first church to open, but we won’t be the last. Having said that, online worship for God’s people of PoP/PdeP has been amazingly effective. Moreover, we have found ways to make online work…well…work for us. And God’s continued hand of blessing has been evident.
 
Please continue to pray…practice good, safe, social distancing…and anticipate God using us in powerful ways because He is with us! 

~ pastor ken

04/23/2020 – 7:00 pm:
A Task Force has been meeting twice weekly to provide guidance to the staff and to the Board of Directors of Prince of Peace/ Príncipe de Paz for making operations decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Task Force is comprised of three Registered Nurses, a Physician’s Assistant, a Board of Directors representative, and a chairperson along with the POP staff.

This Task Force has provided guidance in the following areas:
• Office and Preschool operations, including suggestions for social distancing and   appropriate cleaning measures.
• Remote worship services, including recommending the cancellation of in-person services and other on-campus activities along with idea for keeping youth and adults engaged and connected.
• Food Pantry procedures, including suggestions for health screening of volunteers and appropriate distancing to protect both volunteers and recipients.
• Plans and timing for resuming on-campus activities and in-person worship, including suggestions for health screening and required intensive cleaning measures that will need to be followed.
• Announcements that go out to the congregation explaining the measure that are being taken.

Do you have questions to ask this group? Email them! 

04/01/2020 – 7:00 pm:
CRISIS RESOURCES
In this uncertain time, our partners at Lutheran Counseling Services are working to continue to offer services and support to those in need. We know that those who struggle with mental health, relationship issues as well as grief and loss will be at great risk for increased symptoms during this time. LCS offers FREE virtual groups and other resources of HOPE at this time. Click Here and share with others who are needing help. We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. The number is 1-800-273-8255.

03/26/2020 – 6:40 am:
THE FOOD PANTRY DISTRIBUTION THIS SATURDAY, MARCH 28, WILL HAPPEN. 
Food distribution has been deemed essential by Orange County and the City of Orlando.
 The need in our community is more critical than ever. Special procedures will be implemented for the March 28 distribution that will stress social distancing and minimize any and all contact. Visit the website for more specific information. If you are interested in volunteering AND you are healthy, without preexisting conditions or risk factors, and are interested in helping on Saturday, please email the Food Pantry directly or sign up here.  

03/21/2020 – 3:00 pm:
STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS ACTIVELY ASSESSING PoP/PdeP ACTIVITIES
Prince of Peace/Príncipe de Paz has formed a COVID-19 Task Force that is meeting (virtually) at least twice a week to provide the Pastors and Board of Directors with guidance on how we can continue our ministry throughout this crisis. The Task Force is comprised of three Registered Nurses, a Board of Directors Representative, and a chairperson.  The nurses are monitoring changes in CDC and WHO guidelines and monitoring Federal, state, and local announcements to make informed recommendations for how PoP/PdeP can responsible citizens in this time of crisis even as we seek to fulfill the mission God has given us.

03/18/2020 – 8:30 am:
ALL ON-CAMPUS ACTIVITIES SUSPENDED
Worship services, gatherings, and activities at PoP/PdeP are SUSPENDED until further notice: “Social Distancing” is a must at this time, especially to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and in order to protect the most vulnerable among us. We anticipate this to be the case for at least the next 4 weeks.

Los servicios de adoración, reuniones y actividades en la iglesia POP/PdP han sido SUSPENDIDAS hasta próximo aviso.  El “Distanciamiento Social” es un deber imperioso en este momento para prevenir el esparcimiento del coronavirus y para proteger a los más vulnerables de en medio de nosotros.  Prevemos que esto será así por lo menos por las próximas 4 semanas. 

03/14/2020 – 11:13 am:
WORSHIP ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18 CANCELLED
In an abundance of caution, Prince of Peace/Príncipe de Paz is canceling all Lenten worship services and gatherings on Wednesday, March 18.

03/13/2020 – 7:21 pm:
WORSHIP ON SUNDAY, March 15 CANCELLED
A team of leaders from Prince of Peace/Príncipe de Paz has decided to cancel all three worship services on Sunday, March 15, due to the threat of the coronavirus and to practice wise social distancing. If you are in need of assistance, prayer, or have any questions about these matters, please email info@poporlando.com

03/13/2020 – 7:06 pm:
CONCERT SERIES EVENT CANCELLED
After monitoring all that is happening with the COVID-19 virus, we have made the difficult decision to cancel The Kapelle of Concordia University Chicago’s concert on Saturday, March 14. Please keep the students and faculty of The Kapelle in prayer as they return back to Chicago this weekend.