Upcoming Events...

Come See the New Building Design Concept and Share Your Thoughts! On Feb. 1 & 8 at 12:15 pm, we’ll be holding sessions for everyone to see the concept, and give us feedback. Our architects have proposed a design concept that is a very good balance of new space combined with renovating all of our existing space! We believe that this design concept has great potential to significantly enhance worship, learning, fellowship, and service for many years.

Souper Bowl Sunday is February 1st! Join us as we participate in the Souper Bowl of Caring, a national movement to fight hunger and poverty. Bring a donation of canned beef stew or hearty soup, or make a monetary donation. Contributions will be given to Gaithersburg HELP, our local food pantry assisting our neighbors in need. Boxes for your donations will be in the narthex beginning Sunday, January 25.

New Adult Study ~ Parables of Jesus: By their very nature, parables ask the question, "Now what?" However, often we assume the answers are pretty clear and miss a chance to delve into these rich parts of the Bible. Jesus never meant parables to be understood, but wrestled with. Come explore Jesus' parables with us beginning January 25 through February 22 during the Sunday educational hour (9:45-10:45).

The Arts and Scripture class will be having an 'exhibition' on Tuesday, February 10 from 7:30-8:30pm.  We invite the congregation to join us and view what we've been doing and hear a bit about our pieces. Cynthia Johnson, our art instructor, will also be joining us. Wine, soft drinks, and light appetizers will be served. We hope you come celebrate creativity and the Word of God with us.

POP Women's Book Group will meet Thursday, February 12, at 7:30 pm to discuss All the Light You Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, hailed as one of the best books of 2014. All POP women are welcome. RSVP to Gina.

Please join us Thursday, February 12 from 5-9pm at Zoes Kitchen in the Kentlands for our next Dine Out Youth Fundraiser.  Just tell the server you are supporting the Prince of Peace Fundraiser and we will earn 15% to support the youth going to the 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering in Detroit this summer.

All are welcome to Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner on Tuesday, February 17 from 5-7pm in the Fellowship Hall. Youth 6th grade and up are needed to cook and serve a delicious dinner of pancakes and sausage. Gluten-free/allergen-free pancakes are also on the menu. After dinner, Pastor Steve will lead us in one of his favorite rituals - burning palms for our Ash Wednesday service.

Come join us as we begin our Lenten journey at our Ash Wednesday service on Wednesday, February 18 at 7:30 pm. 

The POP Men's Club is now reading John Dean's The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It. Next meeting is Thursday, February 19 at 7:30 pm. Please RSVP to Chet . All men of POP and their male friends are cordially invited to attend.

Come pretend it's summer with the PoP Playgroup at the Germantown indoor swim center on Saturday, February 21st from 2-4 pm! PoP Playgroup is a great way for families and their babies/ toddlers/preschoolers to connect with each other.  Please contact Jamie or Lauren with any questions!

Recent Events...

Check out the sermons, music and more from last weekend by clicking here!

Faith-Full Families’ Epiphany event was held on January 15 as families with pre-school – elementary age children shared dinner, crafts, a Bible story and fellowship!

The Gingerbread Throwdown kicked off 2015 on Sunday, Jan. 4, as we shared lunch, made gingerbread houss, and we'll be decorated cookies to donate to local homeless shelters.

Our Annual Christmas Cantata was held on Sunday, December 14 as our choir and guest instrumentalists ushered in the season with “Darkness into Light – A Christmas Musical Journey” by Mary McDonald.

"The Only Christmas Pageant in Town", a play with traditional Christmas music and a modern twist, was performed on December 6 & 7!

Our Faith-Full Families’ Advent event was held Thursday, December 4 as families with pre-school – elementary age children, and their siblings, enjoyed dinner, crafts, a Bible story and fellowship.

"Journey to Bethlehem" helped us begin our Advent preparations as we traveled with Mary, Joseph, the inn keeper, and Zachariah through parts of the Christmas story which prepared us for the birth of Jesus. The event included service components, prayer and devotionals, story and learnings, along with making an Advent wreath to take home.

Faith-Full Families’ Thanksgiving event was held Thursday, November 20 as families with pre-school – elementary age children, and their siblings, enjoyed dinner, crafts, a Bible story and fellowship.

Our Annual Silent Auction with Music for Allwas held on November 15th, with an evening of food, music, deals and fellowship!

Confirmation was celebrated for 4 of our young people on Reformation Sunday!

The PoP Halloween Party welcomed the Peanuts gang at our "Great Pumpkin" Halloween party on Friday, Oct. 24, which also included our annual Trunk-or-Treating in the parking lot!

Our annual Blessing of the Animals service as held on Saturday evening, October 4! Lots of pets came with their people and were blessed!

The Empty Nesters went to the Maryland Wine Festival on Sat., Sept 20! (At PoP, you’re an Empty Nester if your children (if you have any) are all over 18. It doesn’t matter whether you have children, where your children live, what your marital status is, or what your retirement status is.) Contact Nancy Wolejsza for more information.

The ELCA National High School Youth Gathering is coming!! ....in July. BUT, registration is coming much sooner in early October, so planning has begun! For info, contact Chris Schaefer.

 

 

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