King of Peace MCC Matters

May 15th, 2024

Sunday, May 19th, 2024


"The Power of Pentecost"

Sacred Text:

Acts 2:1-13

Worship (in-person and online):

10:30 AM

A Word from Rev. Ray

This Sunday we celebrate Pentecost, a significant event in the Christian church. Pentecost marks the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ. This event is described in the Book of Acts (Chapter 2) and is considered the birth of the Church because it's when the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to spread Jesus' message, leading to the rapid growth of early Christianity.

This Sunday we will look at Pentecost versus Pentecostal which should make for an interesting sermon! Having the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is not just for those in Pentecostal Churches, it is for all believers. Pentecost is primarily about the fulfillment of Jesus' promise to send the Holy Spirit to guide, empower, and inspire the believers after His ascension.

Do you have the Holy Spirit? Come out on Sunday and hear about some of the characteristics of being filled with the Holy Spirit. 


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

Starting this Sunday, you can buy your Pride T-shirts! This year, we went with a red moisture wicking shirt, to help be a little more light weight in the Florida heat! We will take orders from Sunday, May 12th-Sunday, June 2nd and then place the order to have them printed. Because of this, you must pay for your shirt at the time of ordering!

Shirt Sizes are available in Adult, Women's, and Children.

S-XL shirts are $20

2XL shirts are $22

3XL shirts are $24

Bring your money on Sunday or you can contact the church office to place your order!

Do you like to bowl? Want to bowl while getting to know others from King of Peace? Join Penny this Saturday, May 18th at 10 Pins in Pasadena at 3:30 pm. If you are interested or want more information, contact the church office and we'll put you in touch with her.

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!

Tickets for the Gift Card Bouquet will begin on Sunday, June 2nd.

On Saturday, May 18th, starting at 10 am, we are having a Pride Team Work Day at King of Peace. We will be working on making new signs for the Pride Parade. If this is something you are interested in helping with, please join us! Many hands make light work! There will be something that everyone can do, no matter your arts and craft skills! If you have any questions, please contact

The next meeting of the 50th Anniversary Team will be after worship on Sunday, May 19th. If you are on the team, please stick around after worship and meet with Kathy King in the Overflow Room.

Our monthly (virtual) Board Meeting will be available on zoom Tuesday, May 21st at 6:30pm!

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

Meeting ID: 812 9548 9144

Passcode: 018020

We need your help! Gulfport Pride is on Saturday, June 1st and St. Pete Pride weekend is June 22nd-23rd. We need people staffing the booth for both events, 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 will be putting together a special photo presentation for Father's Day on June 16th. Submit pictures of your fathers and father figures to (Please do not text pictures to Tim, only send via email.) If you don't know how to scan your pictures, feel free to bring them on Sunday and we'll do that for you! Deadline to send pictures is Sunday, June 2nd.

Any Tampa Bay Rays fans out there? Join King of Peace at Tropicana Field on Saturday, June 8th at 4:10 pm for the annual Pride Night with the Tampa Bay Rays (vs Baltimore Orioles)! For $33 you will get preferred seating and a Rays Pride Bucket Hat, and we'll get a shout out to King of Peace on the big screens! If you'd like to go, sign up in the foyer or email This Sunday, May 19th, is the deadline to get your ticket with King of Peace!

On Wednesday, June 5th at 6:30 pm, join us in the Social Hall for a very special Spaghetti and Bingo Pride Team Fundraiser. Dinner Tickets are $10 are will be on sale starting this Sunday! 10 Bingo games for $10! Bingo books will be sold at the door. There will also be a 50/50 cash prize winner that night. Mark your calendars now for a fun night of fellowship, food, and fun! If you have any questions, contact the church office!

June 9th is Bring a Friend Sunday! Invite all of your friends and family to come to King of Peace with you! Prizes will be awarded to the individuals who bring the most friends! Let's fill up all our empty chairs!

Save the Date! On 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!

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. If you want to register to donate or have any questions, call 1.866.97.BLOOD.

Prayer is a vital part of our church. We are looking for a few more people who are willing to be on our Prayer Team. For more information, talk with Rev. Lorraine. You can sign up in the foyer or email

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.

Join SunCoast MCC, our Moderator Rev. Cecilia Eggleston and her wife Orgena Rose, Marsha Stevens-Pino, Rev. Nancy Wilson, Rev. Renae and Terrie, and many MCCers on a 6 night cruise aboard the Carnival Paradise on September 30th-October 6th. Make your reservations today!

This month, the Good Samaritan Food Pantry is in need of donations of canned meat and tuna. 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.

The Good Samaritan Food Pantry is looking for some able-bodied volunteers to help unload the truck on the 2nd Wednesday morning of the month at 8:30 am. If you are able to help or want more information, contact the church office or email

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

The Gay Men's Chorus of Tampa Bay are having their concert this weekend. For more information or to get your tickets, click here.

Every start of LGBTQ+ Pride Month, the Mayor of St. Petersburg raises the Pride Flag at City Hall. If you can join us, wear your "God Thinks You're Fabulous" shirts and meet at City Hall on Friday, May 31st at 9 am. Our presence makes a difference! We have good news to share with our community!

In the spirit of Pride Month, St. Alban's Episcopal Church (located at 330 85th Ave., St. Pete Beach, FL) is hosting an evening of worship and fellowship on Friday, June 7th at 7 pm. The evening will feature contemporary worship music with singing, prayer, and fellowship, with light refreshments. The purpose of the event is to bring local LGBTQIA+ folks together to make new friends and celebrate our love for one another and our love of faith. If you'd like to go, please RSVP to Terri (207.576.2665) or Scott (407.637.0237).

This is great news from Equality Florida! Click here or on the picture to find our more information about this historic bill. (The link here has been corrected from last week's King of Peace Matters!)

Click here to find out more information about Equality Florida and Parenting with Pride's #BringBackBooks campaign and how you can get involved in Pinellas County!

Total Monthly Budget for 2024: $24,956

Total Income for April 2024: $28,871.88

Total Weekly Budget for 2024: $5,759

Total Income for week of 5/5-5/11: $7,235.40

In-Person attendance for 5/5: 156

Facebook Live attendance for 5/5: 17

Online Views: 321

Class/Event Attendance: 32

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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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