Week of February 4, 2024

Today: “Embrace His Miracle” • Mark 1:29-39, 1 Corinthians 9:16, 22, Isaiah 40:28-31 If you could ask Jesus for one miracle, what would it be? Would it be big, or small? Would you be hesitant to ask? God’s word today paints a clear picture of Jesus’ compassion, His healing power, and His power to restore. (His word also shows how Jesus Himself embraced His Father’s restoration through prayer.) We ask the Lord to give us the courage and boldness to ask, the faith to believe, and wisdom to discern and accept His will. We also ask the Lord to plant within us a desire to be in communion with Him so we would embrace that with all our heart.

About Our Sermon Series: Embrace • At the beginning of this new year, we have opportunity to embrace the uncertainty of the days ahead with a sure confidence in the God who goes with us, whose hand is leading us and whose love is supporting us. Walking with Jesus, the One who embraces us with His boundless love, gives us great faith as we go out with good courage.

To view or print Sunday’s 9am Worship bulletin: http://poporlando.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/2024_02_04-Epiphany-5.pdf

Bible Classes
Adult Sunday Morning Bible Class at 10:00 am • The class is led by Jim Essig. We are studying the book of Acts. Classes are in the Music Room during our 10:00 am Education Hour, between 9 am & 11 am worship.
SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR AGE 4 – GRADE 5: Heart of God • This year, our Sunday School will be digging into the “Heart of God.” Our volunteers will help children understand God’s attributes through Bible stories, crafts, games and more. Each week the children will learn about who God is and how we can follow Him. The children will have a lot of fun and learn important faith lessons at the same time. | https://poporlando.breezechms.com/form/57d9c8
YOUTH SUNDAY BIBLE CLASS (6th-12th) Pray Like Jesus Prayed – We are looking at the big events in Jesus’ life- and the prayers he prayed about them. What can we learn from Jesus’ prayers to help us pray today. This will be a fun, interactive discussion. We meet in the Church Office Conference Room from 10:00-10:45 each Sunday.
The Mid-week Bible Class for Adults • Wednesday Mornings 9:30am – 10:30am in the Board Room. Our topic is looking at Scriptures for the upcoming Sunday’s theme. Led by Pastor Ken.

Altar Flowers If you wish to sponsor Altar Flowers at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in celebration of a special occasion or in memory of a loved one, please fill out a form online or contact our church office. https://poporlando.breezechms.com/form/flowers
Today’s altar flowers were given by Donna Browne & Gail Eaton in memory of their mother, Eleanor Eaton.

Souper Bowl of Caring – Donate Now! • The annual Souper Bowl of Caring unites us and communities across the nation by helping those in need. The Prince of Peace Food Pantry provides food to around 450 families every month (representing 17,000 people throughout the year). Please continue to pray for our Food Pantry and consider donating to its ministry on by check, envelope, or online at https://poporlando.breezechms.com/form/souperbowl

Lunch & Zilch: RSVP by Monday, February 5! Mark your calendars for Thursday, February 8 and come enjoy some fun. Lunch & Zilch will be held in the FLC at 11:30am. Please RSVP to Jim via text or email. There is a cost of $10 per person to cover the lunch and the prizes for the Zilch winners (this is not a fund-raiser), so we can be sure to have the correct number of prizes for our winners! Jim.essig@poporlando.com | 407-446-7147

Valentines Luncheon – Sunday, February 11 at 12:15 in the FLC All of Prince of Peace/Principe de Paz Congregation are welcome to come and enjoy some fun, music, food, and fellowship to celebrate Valentine’s Day, on Sunday February 11. The luncheon is sponsored by our Hispanic brothers and sisters.

Ash Wednesday, February 14 – 11am Traditional Service (light lunch to follow) & 7pm Combined Bilingual Service. The season of Lent is coming up soon and it helps us prepare for Easter by acknowledging our great need and turning to God in repentance and remembering the redemptive mercy and forgiveness we have through Jesus. Both services will have imposition of ashes and Holy Communion. The 11:00 a.m. service will be followed by a light meal.

Bilingual First Communion Workshop – Saturday, March 16 at 9am-12pm All children who wish to start taking Communion and are in at least 3rd Grade are invited to our annual First Communion Workshop. Both Spanish and English speakers will work with the children to help them understand what Communion is, where it came from and why it is important. Students will learn from discussion, crafts, games, and practicing taking communion. Advance registration is required.  Please contact DCE Eric Gerken with any questions. https://poporlando.breezechms.com/form/04ff50

Sports Card DonationsIf you have any old sports cards or Pokémon, magic and yu-gi-oh cards and not sure what to do with them, do not throw them away! You can donate them to Prince of Peace or to Jeff Powell to be sold for the general fund. Jeff oversees 4 Sports Consultation which is the name he uses for online sales of sports cards. He has years of experience in this so be assured that this will be handled professionally. You can contact Jeff for any questions. (407)538-5206 | 4sportconsultation@gmail.com

Compassion Project Works with the Samaritan Resource Center and the Healthcare Center for the Homeless and the Orlando Union Rescue Mission. There is a collection site in the church office hallway to donate items such as a clean pair of jeans, a change of underwear, men’s shoes (athletic/tennis), a blanket, a backpack, some shampoo, etc.
Thank you for being the Heart, Hands and Feet of Jesus in the Heart of Orlando!

PRAYERS
Prayers of Comfort: We pray for the Lord to embrace the family and friends of firefighter Rick Stilp who lost his battle with cancer. We especially pray for his wife, Anna, and all those whose lives Rick touched. | We continue to pray for the family and friends of Lois Stanhope, especially her daughter Kay. A memorial service for Lois will be held on February 17 at 11:00am. | Jesus, You are the resurrection and the life. Comfort, we pray, all those from our congregation that are grieving.
New Life: We give thanks for the birth of Mason Powell, son of Matt & Rachel Powell, grandson of Jeff & Jayne Powell. | We give thanks for the gift of new life given to Theseus Frazier in the waters of Holy Baptism this morning at our Contemporary service. The Lord of love watches over and embraces all His children and their families with His love and life.
Recovering: Rick Burns, Barbara Conyers, Mike Fleming, Joshula Flowers, Ethan Jones, Camille Neville, Norma Poutre, Jeff Powell, Sheila Roberts, Cindy Sibly, Pete Spudich, Joni Steidly, Pat Williams
Healing and Strength: Karen Adkins, Dave & Mary Ann Ault, Deaconess Ligia Borges, Rebecca Brooks, Delores B, Michael B, Donna C, Danny Conlin, Elizabeth Dawson, Sarah D, Steven Dorsagano, Gail Eaton, John Elmore, Amanda Fearce, Judy Finnie, Leonard G, Rev. Dennis Glander, Michael Halstead, Joe Heinz, Jim & Pam Ingersoll, Chris & Kristen Ivanic, Bill Jordan, Jerry Jordan, Merle Kroeplin, Henry Leon, Jim Lord, Kathy McCartin, Michael McCarty, Maddie, Royanne Martin, George Meder, Lewis Mendez, Christopher Miller, Mario Muniz, Dave Schloemer (upcoming surgery), Skylar Newport, Debbie Noss, Rick Perre, Miriam Rivera, David Rodgers, Nitza Rohena, Rex Serio, Hannah Steinbronn, Shirley Stockett, Meridith Swanson, Carmen & Juan, Rosalee Wessel, Ted Wessel, Cricket Winters, Leon W, Linda Zamsky | Family & Friends: Stephanie, Matthew, Samantha, Jason
Receiving Treatments: Ellen Boogher, Sarah vonBraun, Cameron LaPointe, Pastor Brian Roberts, Elena Santana, Jeff S, Tina T, Janet V, Vincent Ward, Debbie W, Staci Welburn, Dayton Whites, Brenda Williams, Michelle Zicarelli
Continued Care: Chuck Boogher, Pat C., Kelly DeFrietas, Al & Linda Dicks, Bob E, Linda House, Linda Jackson, Otto Krumpholc, Mary K.M, Jean LaPointe, Micki & Sal LoBue, Todd O, Betty Schnell, Caitlyn Thoms; Michael, Noel, & Roger V, Harry Wahl
Special: Jesus, You have the power to heal and forgive. Give us boldness to ask, faith to trust, and confidence in Your wisdom. Remind us that the greatest healing is found in Your restorative embrace. Help us to embrace others with the love that we have received. • We pray for our troubled world, longing for the day that wars and violence will cease over all the earth, the day when all wrongs will be righted, and the Lord’s justice will prevail. Love have mercy; Christ have mercy; Lord have mercy. • Be with President Biden, members of Congress, and the Supreme Court, as well as all state and local leaders. • Lord, watch over and keep our first responders safe.
Prayers for those in the military or deployed: We pray for those who serve our nation in the armed services and for those who are deployed, especially those connected with our PoP/PdeP family: Jake Allison, Zachary Carbonell, Cody Dowling, Kyle Holysz, Matthew Rojas, Amanda S, Greg S, Geoffrey W

Fruits of Faith
January 28
9:00 Traditional: 114 | 11:00 Contemporary: 56 | 11:00 Spanish: 70 | TOTAL: 240
Giving: Thank you for your faithful engagement in our ministry through your gifts and offerings.
January 14 offerings $6,609
January 21 offerings $11,393
January 28 offerings $8,595
needed each week: $12,403.

Giving statements for 2023 were emailed last week. If you did not receive your statement, or if you require a printed statement, please contact the church office. We thank all that have participated in the Lord’s ministry here with their gifts and offerings.

Loaves & Fishes: Monthly Food Pantry Distribution Updates
January’s Food Pantry was held on Saturday, January 27. We were blessed to have served 462 families for a total of 1,956 individuals! They had 1,270 pounds of apples and 376 pounds of baked goods to give to the food clients, in addition to the regular assortment of food they provide. Each family got two bags of food; a baked item; cereal; vegetable oil; milk; a bag of apples; frozen meat or poultry; and fruit juice. They had about 44 Volunteers including 6 Colonial High School Kiwanis Key Club students – 10 members of the Hispanic congregation directed vehicles into the parking lot and the queue lines, and registered people. 22 people working outside the food loading area, and 12 people bagging food, taking the food items outside, and staging scores of cases of food for the bagging operation. At the end of the day, approximately 322 bags of food were left. The amount of food bags distributed that day was approximately 830 (768 packed previously, plus 384 packed the same day, minus 322 remaining)

Upcoming Monthly Events
Thursday, February 8 – Lunch & Zilch Come and enjoy some fun and fellowship. RSVP to Jim Essig by Monday, February 5. There is a $10 fee per person to cover lunch and prizes for the winners.

Ash Wednesday, February 14 – 11am Traditional Service (light lunch to follow) and 7pm Combined bilingual serviceThe season of Lent is coming up soon and it helps us prepare for Easter by acknowledging our great need and turning to God in repentance and remembering the redemptive mercy and forgiveness we have through Jesus. Both services will have imposition of ashes and Holy Communion. The 11:00 a.m. service will be followed by a light meal.

Midweek Lenten Services at 11am Begins Wednesday, February 21 We invite you to join us each Wednesday, beginning February 21st, at 11:00 am in the Sanctuary as we gather for midweek Lenten worship services. Following worship there will be a light meal held in the Family Life Center. *Midweek Lenten Worship dates: Feb 28, Mar 6, Mar 13, Mar 20*

Saturday, March 2 – Choir Concert – Cornerstone University Chorale Dr. Kent Walters, Conductor. More detailed information will be provided soon as the time gets closer.

Bilingual First Communion Workshop – Saturday, March 16 at 9am-12pm All children who wish to start taking Communion and are in at least 3rd Grade are invited to our annual First Communion Workshop. Both Spanish and English speakers will work with the children to help them understand what Communion is, where it came from and why it is important. Students will learn from discussion, crafts, games, and practicing taking communion. Advance registration is required.  Please contact DCE Eric Gerken with any questions. https://poporlando.breezechms.com/form/04ff50

Holy Week Services
Palm Sunday, March 24 – Regular Worship Time Schedule
9am – Traditional | Sanctuary
11am – Contemporary | FLC
11am – Adoración del Domingo de Ramos | Templo

Maundy Thursday, March 28
6pm Traditional Worship | Sanctuary
7:30pm Culto Español | Templo

Good Friday, March 29
11am Traditional Worship | Sanctuary
6pm Traditional Worship | Sanctuary
7:30pm Culto Español | Templo

Save the Date – Vacation Bible Camp is set for June 10-14! VBC will be the second full week of June and will be lots of fun for kids Aged 4- Grade 5 as they explore the coral reefs AND what it means to be God’s friend. Kids will explore games, crafts, science experiments, snacks, skits, creative Bible storytelling, music and more each day from 9:00-12:15. Information about registration, volunteering and donations will be available soon.

Staff Contacts:
Rev. Ken Green, Senior Pastor ken.green@poporlando.com
Rev. Adolfo Borges, Assoc. Pastor adolfo.borges@poporlando.com
David Ludwig, Jr., Worship & Music david.ludwig@poporlando.com
Deaconess Ligia Borges, Outreach ligia.morales@poporlando.com
DCE Eric Gerken, Families and Youth eric.gerken@poporlando.com
Anne Dobbins, Preschool Director anne.dobbins@poporlando.com
Jim Essig, Senior Adult Ministry jim.essig@poporlando.com
Pam Fuller, Chief of Staff pam.fuller@poporlando.com
Adriana Alas, Administrative Assist. adriana.alas@poporlando.com
Office Contact information: (407)277-3945 | staff@poporlando.com

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