King of Peace MCC Matters

September 21, 2022

Sunday, September 25th, 2022

16th Sunday after Pentecost

Sermon Title: "Have You Been with Jesus?"

Sacred Text: Acts 4:5-20

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

A Word from Ray

Throughout the gospels, there are countless examples of lives changed after they have had an encounter with Jesus. In the Scripture reading we are reminded of how lives continue to be changed, even after Jesus completed his earthly ministry. Even today, lives continue to be transformed. The question being asked this Sunday is "Have YOU been with Jesus?" Those that have can identify how their life has been impacted. How has your life changed?


Rev. Ray

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.

Upcoming Activities

In worship over the next month, we are celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15). We are looking for individuals to read the scripture in Spanish. If you are able to help with this, contact

To find out more about the significance of Hispanic Heritage Month, click here.

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.

The Jesus Challenge

September 25th, October 2nd and 9th

at 9:30 am

Following Jesus Christ is challenging because belief requires something of us. Being a practitioner of love means we have to learn how to love God more intentionally, love our neighbors (and figure out who they are), and forgive our enemies. This four-week class will equip you to take next steps on that journey. Join us each Sunday morning at 9:30 am for 1 hour as we examine how we can learn to better love God, love neighbor, and love our enemy. You can register for this class by signing up in the lobby or send an email to

To purchase the book in paperback or Kindle, click here.

Starting this Sunday through October 9th, we are selling King of Peace T-shirts again. They were such a hit at Pride, we want to make sure that everyone at Come Out St. Pete sees the same message. In case you didn't know it, "God Thinks You're Fabulous!" T-shirts are $18, and standard men's sizes. You can pay cash or check in the back on Sunday, or if you want to pay by credit/debit card, contact the church office at 727-323-5857, or email

St. Francis knew that all God's critters got a place in the choir! So bring your four-legged, feathered, or finned children to our annual Blessing of the Animals, in honor of the Feast of St. Francis. On Saturday, October 1st, at 10 am, we'll join at King of Peace for a time of giving thanks to God for our pets and praying blessings over them for all the unconditional love and joy they are to us!

If you are an early riser, join us for our monthly Breakfast Club on October 13th at 9 am. We meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month at Parkside Cafe (8180 49th St. N., Pinellas Park). This is a great way to meet others from King of Peace, and get your day started! All are welcome.

Golf Tournament to Support Suncoast MCC

Do you like to golf and want to help raise funds for a good cause? Our sister church, SunCoast MCC, in Venice, FL is holding a golf tournament on October 15th. Grab some friends and dust off your clubs! For more information, email For a sign-up sheet, click here.

We will offer our next Membership Class on Sunday, October 23rd following worship. (Lunch will be provided.) If you want to know more about being a member of King of Peace, you should sign up to attend. You can sign up in the foyer or email

The Florida Network of MCC churches is offering a live panel discussion about Monkeypox via Zoom. If you'd like to be a part of this discussion on Monday, October 17th at 7 pm, click here to RSVP. All are welcome to attend.

Research on LGBTQ+ Inclusion in Church

Are you an adult (18 years or older) member of King of Peace who identifies as LGBTQ+? If so, please consider participating in a research study being conducted by Dr. Megan Yost, a professor at Dickinson College (Carlisle, PA). The purpose is to learn about LGBTQ+ people who have found a home in a welcoming congregation, because most other research on this topic has examined LGBTQ people who have left churches due to experiences with sexual prejudice, and never returned. Dr. Yost is looking for at least 16 more people from MCC to take the survey. To learn more about the study and for the survey link, please see a video at or written information at

To take the survey, you can click here.

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.

Total Monthly Budget for 2022: $21,667

Total Income for August 2022: $22,474.89

Total Weekly Budget for 2022: $5,000

Total Income for week of 9/11-9/17: $4,983.49

In-Person attendance for 9/11: 101

Facebook Live attendance for 9/11: 27

Online Views: 210

Class/Event Attendance: 14

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Remote Giving Options
with VANCO Mobile

King of Peace has an exciting new way for you to give! In our continual effort to make giving easy for you, we are offering a new option and rolling out a new app called 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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