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11/21/2020 – 6:30 am: You Can Combat “Pandemic Fatigue”
Update from the COVID-19 Task Force
Pandemic Fatigue. It’s real. It is the one thing that we all could test positive for right at this moment.
It is important to combat Pandemic Fatigue, both for us at Prince of Peace/Príncipe de Paz, as well as in our individual lives. To combat it, we simply need to be vigilant. We need to remember those practices that we used to combat the spread of the virus this summer—and do those things.
Things like the 3-W’s:
• Wash your hands
• Wear your mask over both mouth and nose
• Watch your distance
Our COVID-19 Task Force continues to meet. Our objectives are to remain aware of the state of the virus both locally and nationally; to advise the pastors, staff, and Board of Directors in making sound decisions during this pandemic; and to encourage and assist those at PoP/PdeP in the best practices that fight the spread of the virus.
Our prayer and concern is always for the protection of the most vulnerable among us, that no activity on our campus would needlessly increase anyone’s risk of being exposed to COVID-19.
To that end, we encourage anyone who does not feel well or who may be experiencing symptoms to refrain from coming to campus; instead worship online. If you have been in close contact with or exposed to someone with COVID-19, please follow CDC guidelines and quarantine for 14 days and monitor for any symptoms.
We continue to ask those who are planning to worship to register their intent through our online form. On a base level, doing so gives one pause to evaluate any contact or possible symptoms they could be experiencing. (Recognize, also, there have been scores of people who have transmitted the virus while not having any symptoms.
We at PoP/PdeP will continue to ask people to require those on campus to wearing a mask over their mouth and nose, encourage people to practice social distancing, have hand sanitizing stations on campus, and we will frequently clean and sanitize high-touch surfaces.
Stay safe. And remain committed to keeping others safe, especially the most vulnerable around us.
And combat Pandemic Fatigue. Someone’s life may be depending on it.
Do you have a questions for the COVID-19 Task Force? Email them!
09/13/2020 – 12:30 pm: In-Person Worship has begun!
Welcome back to church Prince of Peace/Principe de Paz family! On Sunday, September 13 our church family gathered safely in the sanctuary and family life center to worship our Lord and Savior for the first time, in-person in 6 months. Temperatures were checked as worshippers and worship leaders entered the building, hand sanitizer was provided throughout campus to keep all clean, elbow bumps and waving hello were the safest ways to greet our friends.
Visit the In-Person website page for more information!
We know that some are not ready to gather in-person for worship. We want everyone to know that making a choice to continue to worship online is not only acceptable but for many that will be an excellent choice. For that reason, we will continue to offer our high-quality online worship experience and, we continue to offer Communion at Home for any who desires.
Visit the Online Worship webpage for more information!
08/29/2020 – 6:30 am: In-Person Worship UPDATE
We are preparing to resume in-person worship at Prince of Peace/Príncipe de Paz, beginning Sunday, September 13. Service times will be at 9:00 (English in the Sanctuary) and 11:00 (English in the Family Life Center, and Culto en español en el templo).
More information of details and registration will be shared this week!
One of the most important things to us as leaders at Prince of Peace/Príncipe de Paz has been to make wise choices out of love for our neighbor, minimizing the risk that our coming together for worship would be a point of community spread for COVID-19. The upcoming services are for those who are healthy, those who understand and accept the associated risks of gathering together.
We know that some will not be ready yet to gather in-person for worship. We want everyone to know that making a choice to continue to worship online is not only acceptable but for many that will be an excellent choice. For that reason, we will continue to offer a high-quality online worship experience and we continue to offer Communion at Home for any who desire.
08/5/2020 – 6:30 am: Back to School Event SUCCESS
THANK YOU to our amazing volunteers that supported this event in all different ways! Donations of items and financial support, Thrivent action teams, Mask the People that provided masks to all at the event, and the large group of volunteers that gathered Saturday morning, in person, to help Pastor Borges and Deaconess Ligia make this event possible.
We distributed OVER 600 backpacks and 700 masks!! Humana was also present and distributed bags of hygiene products and school supplies.
Visit our website for more from the event! www.poporlando.com/event/backtoschool
08/1/2020 – 6:30 am: Preschool THANK YOU & Update
We have seen a great deal of change over these past five months, and as we prepare to move into a new school year, we look for another new beginning. One constant on our campus during this challenging time has been our Preschool. They never stopped serving families during the Pandemic, and they have been recognized for that—by the state, in the community at large, and by God’s people here at Prince of Peace/Príncipe de Paz.
Most recently, Prince of Peace Preschool and CDC was recognized with the “2020 Best of Orlando Award” in the Preschool category. Receiving this award for the fourth consecutive year has qualified our Preschool to be included in the “2020 Orlando Business Hall of Fame” sponsored by the Orlando Award Program.
Led by our Preschool Director, Julianne Wiegand, our Preschool staff has continued to provide care to their students by going above and beyond while facing this world-wide pandemic. Because very young children cannot wear masks, providing social distancing for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers is very difficult (perhaps even impossible). Children that age require constant supervision and ratios cannot be broken. And yet our staff rises to the occasion to do things like extra cleaning, changing diapers, and keeping these safe—all while creating an environment that is age and stage appropriate as students learn through play.
While “Miss Julianne” and our teachers might not get summers or spring break off like K-8 teachers, they provide children and their families with the consistency of love, care, respect while they embody the love of Jesus. Our team nurtures the youngest, teaching them to eat, teaching them to walk, teaching them to share and how to love others around them, and as developmentally appropriate, our teachers lay a foundation for children to learn to read and understand more and more about the world around them. We are blessed to have dedicated staff that serve children and families in these ways year-round.
THANK YOU, Prince of Peace Preschool staff and teachers, for your continued love, hard work and carrying on the mission of Prince of Peace/Príncipe de Paz!
The mission of Prince of Peace Lutheran Preschool and CDC is to provide a safe, nurturing Christian environment where all children can learn, play, and feel secure. Their goal is to provide our children the opportunity to grow spiritually, physically, emotionally, and socially through creative hands-on learning activities. Play is perhaps the most important method we use to support these ideals. We recognize each child is created uniquely and loved unconditionally by God to grow to their fullest potential individually and as a member of God’s family.
Our Preschool and CDC are a key part of what makes Prince of Peace/Príncipe de Paz “The heart, hands, and feet of Jesus, in the heart of Orlando.”
07/15/2020 – 6:30 am: Please Press Pause
One of the most important things to us as leaders at Prince of Peace/Príncipe de Paz is that, out of love for our neighbor, we want do all that we can do so that we don’t risk transmission of the Coronavirus when we come back to in-person worship.
As much as we all long to worship together, the numbers of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Central Florida tells us that it would not be responsible to gather for in-person worship at this time. Please continue to worship online. Please continue to BE the church wherever God puts you. Please join us for Communion at Home (click here to learn more) to be a part of these intimate, online gatherings. Moreover, do not hesitate to contact our pastors or ministry staff for any need of prayer of support that you may have during this difficult time of social distancing.
~ pastor ken
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: Phase One of Re-Opening
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: PoP/PdeP COVID-19 Task Force
Our 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 ideas 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: FOOD PANTRY DISTRIBUTION 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, 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 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 email@example.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.