King of Peace MCC Matters

January 18th, 2023

Sunday, January 22nd, 2023

3rd Sunday of Epiphany

King of Peace's 48th Anniversary

Sermon Title:

"God's Chosen People"

Sacred Text:

1 Peter 2:4-10

Worship (in-person and online): 11:15 AM

A Word from Renae

This Sunday we will celebrate the 48th Anniversary of King of Peace MCC. On January 19, 1975 King of Peace was birthed. I did the math to see how old I was then and what I remember of that year. (Maybe you just did that too if it wasn’t before your time!) I was in high school and so the most important things to me were sports and music. There was so much good music in 1975! It always amazes me that you can hear a song and it can transport you back to that time in your mind. This Sunday we will take a stroll back through a little history of KOP and celebrate God’s presence with us every step of the way!

Come early to share a piece of Anniversary cake in the Social Hall and get the party started!


Rev. Renae

Safety Protocols for In-person Worship
Masks are optional for all those fully-vaccinated. If you have not been fully-vaccinated, we ask that you please continue to wear your mask.

In terms of physical contact, please be sensitive and respect everyone's personal wishes.

If you don't feel well, we ask you to please stay home. This includes fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

You can find any regular updates from our Pastoral Search Team here in King of Peace Matters or our website here.

The Pastoral Search Team would like to thank everyone who took the time to fill out the survey. They have reviewed the survey results and are using that information to work on the interview questions!

If you have any pics of King of Peace activities over the years or about the interesting things to do or go in St. Pete, please send pics! Send pics for anything that you believe would make our next pastor want to join us! Send to

Take a few minutes each day this week to pray this prayer for our church, our Pastoral Search Team, and our next Senior Pastor:

God of Hope, we are grateful for our church and the ministry you call us to do in the world. We join our hearts in prayer in this season of discernment as we search for our next Senior Pastor. We trust that you are already preparing the person who will lead us into the days ahead. Be with our Pastoral Search Team and give them wisdom and guidance from your Spirit as they do their work. May we be a place where faith and real life intersect for healing, hope and service through God’s love.

We pray in the name of Jesus our Savior. Amen.

Upcoming Activities

Join us this Sunday, at 10:30 am, in the Fellowship Hall and get a slice of Anniversary cake!

Need a new big screen tv for SuperBowl Sunday or the Oscars? We are selling tickets for one lucky winner of a Vizio V-Series 65" smart TV! The winning ticket will be drawn at the end of worship on Sunday, February 12th, just in time for the SuperBowl that night.

1 Ticket- $5

3 Tickets- $10

10 Tickets- $20

If you have any questions, call the church office or email

February Book Study

Starting Wednesday, February 1st, at 11 am join us for an in-person look at Father Richard Rohr's book Falling Upward. Rohr helps us understand the tasks of the two halves of life and explains that those who have fallen, failed, or "gone down" are the only ones who understand "up." Most of us tend to think of the second half of life as largely about getting old, dealing with health issues, and letting go of life, but the whole thesis of this book is exactly the opposite. What looks like falling down can largely be experienced as "falling upward."

Classes will be on Wednesdays, February 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd at 11 am. You can purchase the book through Amazon or wherever you buy books. To RSVP, sign up in the foyer or email Rev. Lorraine at

King of Peace's Soul Food Dinner is back! Mark your calendars for Wednesday, February 15th at 6:30 pm. We'll meet in the Fellowship Hall for a great comfort meal. Then we will move into the sanctuary at 7:30 pm and fill our souls with upbeat and energetic gospel praise.

Tickets for the catered meal are $10 and will be sold until Sunday, February 5th. Come for food and to feed your soul! It will be a great night that you won't want to miss.

If you are interested in helping with this dinner, please plan to attend a meeting this Sunday, immediately after worship in the foyer.

Save the date! We will hold our annual Ash Wednesday Service, starting the season of Lent on February 22nd at 7 pm. Ash Wednesday helps remind us that God makes beautiful things out of the dust, preparing us for the resurrection power found on Easter!

Although it's still a few months away, save the date for a night of southern gospel music presented by our music team. More information TBD!!

Become a Covenant Keeper

Covenant Keepers is our Stewardship program for 2023. Make a covenant with God through King of Peace MCC in six areas of your life: Presence, Spiritual Growth, Prayer, Financial Support, Witness, and Service. If you haven't yet filled one out, you can get your Covenant Keeper Commitment Card here. Email with any questions.

Join us in the Fellowship Hall each Sunday from 10:30-11 am for coffee and refreshments! If it's your week to bring something to share, our Hospitality Team would greatly appreciate it.

Do you know of anyone within our congregation who might need some congregational care or for us to offer their name in prayer during Sunday service? If so, please email

Buy from Amazon, Give Back to King of Peace

If you are someone who likes to shop on Amazon, did you know that you could purchase things and have King of Peace receive a percentage of donation based on your purchase? Go to and fill out the information to have King of Peace MCC be your charitable organization.

Upcoming Community Events

If you have any questions about EPIC Generation's activities, call 727.415.3287 or 727.492.6178 or email

For more information about this women's only event, go to

Total Weekly Budget for 2023: $5,337

Total Income for week of 1/8-1/14: $6,393.68

In-Person attendance for 1/8: 101

Facebook Live attendance for 1/8: 24

Online Views: 238

Class/Event Attendance: 24

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Remote Giving Options

with VANCO Mobile

In our continual effort to make giving easy for you, we are offering VANCO Mobile. This mobile app is accessible on your phone or tablet anywhere you are! Best yet, it is easy to use! Or you can access their website at For instructions on how to do this, click here.

If you have any questions about this or need some help, call the church office and ask for Melanie or send her an email at

Here are a few other ways to give your tithes/offerings to King of Peace:

  • Call in your contribution to VANCO Client Services 800.675.7430

  • Mail your contribution to King of Peace MCC (5995 Dr MLK Jr St. S, St. Petersburg FL 33705) or you may drop it by the church office Monday - Thursday 9:30 AM - 4PM.

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