Prince of Peace Anaheim | May 12, 2021
A Letter From Our Pastor

Renewed In Christ

I remember, when I was a chemistry student, one of the principles we were taught was in a closed system (like the world we live in), if left alone, things will always go from order to disorder unless outside energy is put into it. We see this in action, don’t we, when we look at an aging church building, the school grounds, the car we drive, or our bed- rooms and kitchens; they will not fix or clean themselves up unless someone spends some energy and resources to bring them back to a “like new” or “improved” condition. It doesn’t happen “automatically” and often more energy is required than one or two people can offer, regardless of their kind intentions. 
You know this is how it is with us when it comes to faith and the gospel. When we were born, we were already broken down as we inherited Adam’s sinful nature. We were born faithless people going from bad to worse. That’s the hard truth. We see it in the world around us, but we don’t like to admit it about ourselves, do we? But God, in His mercy knowing we could not fix ourselves, sent His Son Jesus to renew us, literally to make us new, through His life, death, and resurrection. This is the heart of Christianity – God recreates us through the outside power of the Gospel to make us new creatures in Christ. This is the Christian hope as well, that we wait with confidence and certainty that God will complete this new work he has begun in us when our Lord Jesus returns to bring us home with new bodies into the new heaven and earth.

In the meantime, God renews us and keeps us going, if you will, through the renewing and strengthening of our faith through his outside gifts of grace. This is why God established His church; this is why He calls us to gather together on the Lord’s Day, this is why we get up out of bed and come to church on Sunday. Our faith, like a building, car, or yard, needs to be cared for, and built up; otherwise, like everything else, it will go from strength to weakness from order to disorder, from growth to dying out.

Faith is given, fed, strengthened and sustained through the power of God’s word that comes from outside of us and is delivered to us in Christian Worship – through the Word of forgiveness declared to you, through the biblical words of the liturgy, through the faithful songs we sing, through the Christ-centered preaching of the Word, through bread and wine, and the water of baptism – all these gifts for you – to feed, strengthen, and keep you until the Day of Christ.

This puts a different perspective on coming to church, doesn’t it? We don’t come to do maintenance on ourselves, but we come needing someone outside of us to do the work of renewal and restoration. God meets us in Divine Worship, and he does just that. His Word of Gospel breaks into our lives once again to renew and restore us in Christ. May God continue to make Prince of Peace such a place for you.  

 -Pastor Darrin Sheek


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! If you are available to help set up or tear down during the rummage sale please let Heather know in the school office. We have a lot of items and will need as many hands on deck as possible! We will begin setting up at 4:30 am. Thank you so much!
We are still collecting items for our annual rummage Please drop donations off any time before May 14th and don't forget to come and shop: 6am-1pm on May 15th!

The church often receives extra books and study materials that we would like to pass on to you. Please visit the literature table in the Narthex to see what we have available. Help yourself to anything that sparks your interest! 
Sunday Service:
Please Join us this Sunday as we gather for worship. Service times are 8:00am & 10:30am.

We continue to ask that congregants please practice social distancing, wear masks if desired, and be seated 6 ft apart. Hand Sanitizer will be available in the back for everyone to use. We are looking forward to seeing you this Sunday!

Upcoming Service: Jesus Prays for his Disciples
8:00am: John Henderson 10:30am: Steven Sarandis

8:00am: Joshua Scott 10:30am: Ron Jones

Altar Guild
(1st, 3rd, & 5th Sunday)
6:30am: Kelly Umali 10:00am: Sandra Sarandis

Ways you Can Serve:
We are thankful for those who support our Divine Service every Sunday by filling much these needed positions. If you are interested in learning more about these roles, or how you can help during service,
Please Contact Pastor Sheek:
(949) 370-7198
Sunday School is held every Sunday at 9:15 in the school building and is open to all children age 4-12. Sunday school students enjoy a Snack, Craft and Bible lesson. Please encourage your children to try out Sunday School and maybe even bring a friend from the neighborhood!
Sunday Morning
Bible Study

Please join us this Sunday, May 16th at 9:15am for coffee and a time of study.
Tuesday Bible Study
The Living Way Bible Study group meets every week through fall. The next study will be Tuesday, May 18th, and will be on The Gospel of John at 9:30am. Everyone is Welcome! We will meet in person and continue to practice social distancing. We have plenty of space so everyone can spread out! In the meantime, you are welcome to read ahead to get acquainted with the scriptures.

Wednesday Night Bible Study
Wednesday Night Bible Study will be held tonight May 12th at 7pm. We will be studying the letters of Apostle John. See you there!

Special thank you to the congregant that donated the funds for Ms. Steinert's new Office Chair!

Please check out our church bulletin board for some items needed by our teachers and church staff. Our giving tree is an opportunity for our congregation to support our church, school and preschool. Please choose a blossom and turn it in to either the church or school office with a donation towards your selected item, or feel free to donate the item outright if it's something you already have!
Please check back frequently for new items.

Here are some items we are in need of so far:

Postage Stamps
Lysol Wipes
Donuts & Coffee Fund

Child-Size Face Masks
Non-perishable Snacks and Small Waters

Grade School:
2 Refrigerators for the Gym Kitchen (Used is fine!)
Staples Gift Cards
Field Trip Fund
STEM Lab Equipment
Tuition Help

We are happy to be able to live stream our 8:00 am service to our YouTube Channel for those that would like to view from home. You can find a link to our services and other videos on our channel. Please Subscribe to our channel using the YouTube icon below, and click the 'Notifications Bell' to ensure you are alerted every time we post a new video. Thank You!
We thank God that our congregation remains healthy and so far, free from the Covid-19 Virus! We pray for everyone’s continued health and strength as we move forward!

  • For all those separated from their families, friends, church family, and work during this health crisis, and for those suffering from Covid -19 across the globe.
  • For all those unemployed or under-employed, that their daily needs be met.

  • For our staff, teachers, students, and families at Prince of Peace, that our Lord would sustain them all through these days as we strive to continue and support the mission of our church and school.

  •  Pray for continued student enrollment at Prince of Peace School and Preschool and outreach efforts into the community.

  • Members at Prince of Peace to grow in faith and love for one another, willing to give of our gifts and talents within the congregation, serving and sharing Christ with our neighbors, family, and friends.

  • Tony and Donna Beltran – Prayers for their family members recovering from Covid

  •  Tom Olmos – Prayers for recovery from ongoing illness.

  •  Linda Olmos - Prayers for strength and peace during a difficult time

  • For Stephen Ramsay, diagnosed with stage 3 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

  • For good results on follow up testing for Albert Ojeda Jr, diagnosed with heart failure.

  • Prayers for Matt Cooper and family: God’s blessings and care upon Matt and his children.

  • For Ed Reese, neighbor of Judy Vega, who is recovering from a heart attack.

  • For speedy healing and strength of Joanne Harrold, Grandmother of Kayleen Ojeda, who underwent hip revision surgery.

  • Ciara Donnelson-Loken, for quick healing and recovery of her injured ankle and foot.

  • For the family of Arlene Tan's aunt, the Uy family, fighting covid in Manila

  • Lisa Gilbertson for continued health and recovery

  • Debi Winrich for healing of a leg fracture

  • For Bill Cwirla - Recovering from heart surgery

If you would like to add a prayer request to this list, feel free to reply to this email or contact the church.
Let us pray for our Members of The Week:
Dan and Elaine Girhing

Let us give thanks and pray for these members for the following:

  • Prayers of thanksgiving for how the Lord has taken care of them and their family over the last year.  

  • They thank God for all of those who have kept them and their family in prayer - loving and caring for them in this blessed way.  

  • They ask us to pray for continued health, healing, and strength for them and Elaine's sister, Jackie.  

  • Let us pray that our Lord will continue to bless both Dan and Elaine, with long life and health. May our Lord continue to use them to bless others, as they have done here at Prince of Peace for so many years.  

  • May they be full of the joy of Christ as they live life in faith under His divine grace and care.  

Early 1970s: One of our first Jog-A-Thons!
Teachers and students alike ran to raise much needed funds for the school! Bonus Trivia: Did you know the first use of the Nike Swoosh was all the way back in 1971?
Have any vintage POP photos or Memorabilia? Please bring them by the Church office so we can share it to our 'Blast from The Past' section and add a copy to our church archives!
We Are Here For You!
Pastor Sheek And Our Elders
Pastor Sheek and our Board of Elders continue to pray for you and are here to support you during these trying times. Pastor Sheek is available any time and can be reached via email or his cell for continuing support.

Cell #: (949) 370-7198

Our Board of Elders have been reaching out and are hard at work to keep our flock in contact during this transitional time of distancing.

Staying in The Loop!

  • We have been working hard to update our member contact information. We now have our printed Church Directories, which you can pick up either in your designated mail box or at the church office.

  • Our goal is to send out a new “News and Updates” email to all of our members every week. This email highlights important upcoming events for both the church and school. You can even check out the scripture readings for upcoming Sunday Services ahead of time! Please be sure to check your emails every week.

During this time of uncertainty, your continuing support is as important as ever! There are several options for you to give this month to help our church succeed and grow in the challenging times ahead. Please consider pledging a donation on our secure donation page which can be found on our website or simply by clicking the Donate Now button below. You can also mail a check or drop off a donation to the church office at :

1421 W Ball Road
Anaheim, CA 92802

Church Office Hours:
Monday -Thursday
9:00am -2:00pm