King of Peace MCC Matters

May 17th, 2023

Sunday, May 20th, 2023

Ascension Sunday

Sermon Title:

"What Are You Searching For?"

Sacred Text:

Acts 1:6-14

Worship (in-person and online):

11:15 AM

A Word from Renae

The disciples had just gotten used to the Resurrected Jesus hanging out with them when he leaves them again. They stayed lingering in the place they saw him last. Looking to see if he might just come back again. We tend to memorialize places where we have memories with our loved ones in the same way, hoping to rekindle a feeling or memory.

Then the angels appear to them, and ask them what they are looking for? I wonder how we would answer today if asked the same question. What are you looking for? Join us on Sunday as we explore some possible answers.


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 by clicking here or our website here.

Here is the most recent update from the Team:

The Pastoral Search Team has shared the completed packet with the Board. This will be the packet of information that goes out to receive applicants.

If you have any other questions for the Pastoral Search Team, you can email [email protected].

Take a few minutes each day this week to pray this prayer for our church, as we search for our next space:

God of Hope, we praise you for Your unfailing love and blessing over our lives and our church. Be our refuge and strength in this time of uncertainty. Guide us by Your Spirit to our next place of ministry, where we can have the most influence for You. We ask this prayer in the name of Jesus the Christ. Amen. 

Upcoming Activities

If you like singing hymns and Southern Gospel music, join us this Thursday, May 18th at 7 pm for our GAY-ther Style Sing-along. You'll feel like you're watching one of the Gaither Homecoming Videos, but with people you know and love! We will receive a love offering during this event. Tell all your friends and come sing along!

Through May 28th, we are now accepting donations of gift cards for our next Gift Card Bouquet. The funds from this fundraiser will go towards our move. We will accept any gift card donations from $5 or more to restaurants, Amazon, movies, etc. Ticket sales to win the bouquet start soon!

Do you have a King of Peace t-shirt yet? If not, they will be for sale Sunday in the Foyer. T-shirts are $20 each. Sizes Small-3XL are available for purchase. This Sunday will be the last day to buy a shirt!

Pride season is right around the corner. "Pride @ the Village 2023" is in Pinellas Park this Saturday, May 20th from 2-8 pm. If you are there, stop by our booth and say hi!

Gulfport Pride takes place on Saturday, June 3rd from 10 am-8 pm. We need lots of volunteers to help us work the King of Peace booth that day. Please sign up in the foyer on Sunday or contact [email protected] to ask what slots are open. We hope you'll help us get out the good news that we have to share. "God thinks you're fabulous!"

We are collecting pictures for our special Father's Day presentation on Sunday, June 18th. So please send pictures of your fathers and father figures to [email protected], including their names. If you don't know how to scan your pictures, we are more than happy to help. Just drop them off at the church office Monday through Thursday, 9 am-5 pm or bring them with you to church on Sunday. Deadline to be a part of this is Sunday, June 4th.

To everyone who bought tickets for the Rays Pride Night game on Saturday, June 10th, you can get your tickets before/after service on Sundays, May 28th and June 4th. You can also come by the church office Monday-Thursday, 9 am-5 pm.

Sunday June 4th is "Bring a Friend Sunday". We want to fill up the church with people who need the inclusive message of Jesus Christ that we have to start inviting your friends now. Prizes will be awarded for whoever brings the most friends with them that day.

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 [email protected] 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 [email protected].

Upcoming Community

Spiritual Pride Dinner

Saturday, June 10, 2023 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Harvard Hall

140 4th St N

St Petersburg, FL 33701-3807

As Lumiere once said to Belle in the Disney version of Beauty and the Beast, the Friends of St. Aelred invite you to Be Our Guest as we revive the Spiritual Pride dinner (after a three-year gap because of Covid), at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 10.

Tickets are $35. Dinner will include your choice of entree and various beverages, with libations from the hops and the vines. (Because alcohol will be served, this event is restricted to those 21 and older.) Catering will be provided by A Fresh Connection.

This is an interfaith event. Please invite friends and family from all walks of life to join our evening celebrating the importance of a supportive faith community to the LGBTQI community. See you there!

To purchase tickets or for more information, click here

Total Monthly Budget for 2023: $23,125

Total Income for April 2023: $21,448.15

Total Weekly Budget for 2023: $5,337

Total Income for week of 5/7-5/13: $6,692.50

In-Person attendance for 5/7: 92

Facebook Live attendance for 5/7: 25

Online Views: 266

Class/Event Attendance: 17

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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 [email protected].

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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