King of Peace MCC Matters

June 12th, 2024

This Saturday, June 15th at 11 am, King of Peace will hold a special Installation Service for Rev. Ray Simms as Senior Pastor of King of Peace MCC! This will be a very special day in the life of King of Peace, and we hope that you will make plans to be present. We'll pray for God's blessing upon King of Peace and upon Rev. Ray's leadership. Following the service, there will be a reception in the Social Hall. Let's celebrate the new thing that God is doing as the great legacy of King of Peace continues!

Sunday, June 16th, 2024


"Freedom Ain't Free -

Offering the Sacrifice of Well-Being"

Sacred Text:

from 1 Samuel chapters 8:4-20 and 11:14-15

Worship (in-person and online):

10:30 AM

Guest Preacher This Sunday!

As we take a look at Juneteenth this Sunday in worship and what it means to be free, we will be taking a look at freedom. The Bible reminds us that it is for freedom that we have been set free, but "freedom ain't free and there is still work to do..."

Our guest preacher this Sunday is Rev. Yevette Christy, a close friend of Rev. Ray. She is currently serving as a United Methodist Elder and pursuing her Doctor of Ministry degree from Brite Divinity School.  She is the Founder of The Reclamation Project, a nonprofit organization that assists survivors of sex trafficking with post-life assessments for vocational and educational opportunities. The Reclamation Project also assists survivors with big ticket items that come with beginning one’s life again. You can check out more about her and her organization at these websites: and

It's going to be a Sunday that you won't want to miss!

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.


We have received word from a few individuals that they received an email from someone pretending to be Rev. Ray, asking for help with a personal matter. If you have received an email, do not respond, and do not go along with the request for any form of money or gift cards. This is a scam! If there is any question as to whether this is a legitimate request from Rev. Ray, please do one of several things:

  1. Look at the sent email address. It will more than likely be an email address that is not "".
  2. Before responding, feel free to contact the church and ask to speak with Rev. Ray, to verify if this email was actually sent from him.

We are working on our end to change passwords to things like this newsletter server to help ensure there are no further issues.

Upcoming Activities

If you are an early riser, make plans now to attend our next Breakfast Club on Thursday, June 13th at 9 am. We meet at Parkside Cafe, located at 8180 49th St. N, Pinellas Park. This is a great way to have fellowship with others from King of Peace.

Join Rev. Ray and Rev. Lorraine this Thursday night. The Unitarian Universalist Church (located at 100 Mirror Lake Dr. N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701) is hosting a special interfaith worship service for pride month on Thursday, June 13th at 6:30 pm. All are welcome to attend. If you have any questions, you can email

We are inviting you to wear all your favorite pride shirts and colors during the month of June. Let's show our pride in who God created us all to be!

If you ordered one of the new King of Peace Pride T-shirts, make sure you pick it up this Sunday before or after worship. If you aren't able to make it on Sunday, you can come by the office on Monday and Tuesday, June 17th and 18th from 9 am-4 pm or contact

Our Pride Team is collecting gift cards for a gift card bouquet. If you are able, please bring a gift card in of any amount, $5-$100 from places like Wawa, McDonalds, Amazon, etc. You can give them to TC, the head of our Pride Team! This will be the last Sunday to donate gift cards!

Before and after worship on Sunday, get your tickets for your chance to win the Gift Card Bouquet.

1 Ticket for $5

3 Tickets for $10

10 Tickets for $20

The winning ticket will be selected in worship on Pride Sunday, June 23rd!

Our monthly (virtual) Board Meeting will be available on zoom Tuesday, June 18th at 6:30pm!

To login to the Zoom meeting, click on the link below!

Meeting ID: 821 7410 6018

Passcode: 652393

We need your help! St. Pete Pride weekend is June 22nd-23rd. We need people staffing the booth for the event, including set up and tear down. Also, we are looking for people to march in the parade on Saturday, June 22nd at 6 pm. There will also be a small amount of people that can ride in the trailer or truck! Sign up in the foyer on Sunday or email

We are still looking for 1 individual to represent King of Peace as part of a large group of many affirming churches and faith groups walking in the parade. If this is something you'd be interested in, please reach out to

We are collecting supplies for CampOUT again this year. CampOut is a local youth summer camp for LGBTQ+ young people ages 10-17. You'll see the list of needed supplies in the picture above. You can drop any donations off on Sundays or during office hours in the bin marked for CampOUT through June 30th. If you would prefer to give a monetary donation to apply towards the purchase of supplies, please place your contribution in an envelope and clearly indicate that it is intended for the camp supply fund or contact the church office. Additionally, our next 5th Sunday Benevolence Offering in June will go to CampOUT, to help students who may not have the financial means to participate in the camp. You can find out more information about CampOUT here.

King of Peace will be hosting the Suncoast Blood Bank for a blood drive on Sunday, June 30th from 8:30 am-12:45 pm.

Here's information about the gifts for those who donate:

  • The All of Us Program - $25.00 E-gift card.
  • Platelet donors will receive a $50.00 E-gift card for a successful platelet donation.
  • Any type of donation will enter you into 3 different SUMMER TO THE MAX raffles. One weekly raffle is for a stand-on paddle board and one monthly raffle for a brand-new kayak! The end of the summer raffle is for two electric bikes!
  • We also have $10.00 Publix gift cards for double red and whole blood donors.

If you want to register to donate or have any questions about the updated regulations around members of our community donating, call 1.866.97.BLOOD.

We are looking for a few more volunteers that can help us set up the altar on Sunday mornings. If you'd be interested in this, please contact the church office or see Kenny!

We are offering a book study before worship on Brian McLaren's "We Make the Road by Walking". Every Sunday, we meet from 9:30-10:15 am, in Room 5. If you miss Sunday School, this is for you! Want to know more about the book or how to order it, click here. See Rob Pannett if you have any questions.

This month, the Good Samaritan Food Pantry is in need of donations of jars of peanut butter and cheese crackers. If you are able to donate these items, please bring them to church with you on Sunday or you can drop them off at the church office Monday through Thursday from 9 am-5 pm. There will be a shopping cart in the foyer, just inside the front door, where you can please them.

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

Covenant Keepers is our Stewardship program for 2024. It provides an opportunity for you to 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. This program is designed to help us grow as individuals and together as a Church.

Our theme this year is "There's No Place Like Home." What a journey we have been on to get “home”. As we settle in to our new facility, there is a lot to do at the church and beyond the church.  If you haven't yet filled one out, you can still do so. Put it in the offering basket, mail it to the church office (6085 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park, FL 33781) or email it to

You can get an electronic copy of the Covenant Keeper Commitment Card here.

Community Events

If you have any questions about any of the LGBTQ+ activities offered by Empath Health, call 727.328.3260.

Total Monthly Budget for 2024: $24,956

Total Income for May 2024: $23,750.77

Total Weekly Budget for 2024: $5,759

Total Income for week of 6/2-6/8: $5,901.80

In-Person attendance for 6/2: 136

Facebook Live attendance for 6/2: 11

Online Views: 179

Class/Event Attendance: 71

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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 (6085 Park Blvd, Pinellas Park, FL 33781) or you may drop it by the church office Monday - Thursday 9:30 AM - 4PM.

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Council of Elders End of Term Report

Governing Board Nominating Committee Deadline Extended

Reminder: People of African Descent Conference

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