Whether you are a guest or have been a disciple of Prince of Peace for years, we warmly welcome you to come together for the Christmas season to worship and celebrate the birth of God’s gift to us all, Emmanuel, Christ with us – the ultimate gift of love that God hopes we will experience throughout this season.

Gift Tree

Gifts come in all shapes and sizes and our Gift Tree is a reflection of what that may look like around the world. This year we will be focusing our giving by partnering with Armful of Love, Ebenezer, Tanzania scholarships, and Feed My Starving Children.

We invite you to take a tag from our Gift Trees beginning November 18-19 and be the reason for a smile this Christmas. Come let your abundance be a blessing to others throughout the community, the world. Follow the instructions on the tag and return gifts no later than Sunday, December 3 at noon.

Volunteers are needed during the following times:

Thursday, November 16 | 4:00 pm | Sanctuary | Set Up Trees and Tags 
Sunday, December 3 | Noon – 3:00 pm | Sanctuary | Gift Sorting PartyContact: Tina at ttjk.walker@gmail.com

For more information contact Linda Olson at lolson@popmn.org or 952-898-9307.

Order Poinsettias for Christmas

Order poinsettias in honor or memory of a loved one to beautify the altar area during the Christmas season. The cost is $20 for a large red 8” double poinsettia. Order envelopes are available at the Welcome Desk and tables in the Sanctuary or place an order online below. The deadline to order is Sunday, December 3.

Advent Worship: Invitation to Advent

For centuries, the church used Advent as a time of anticipation, time to reflect and ponder the coming of the Christ-child. Beyond a time of contemplation and preparation we want to also use this as a time of invitation…inviting you to step in to this season and participate each week in meaningful worship. Each week we will consider a different invitation:

November 25-26 – Invitation to Promise
December 2-3 – Invitation to Restoration
December 9-10 – Invitation to Hope
December 16-17 – Invitation to Christ

Let me also encourage you to reach out to those who are disconnected from the church or struggling with issues of faith and invite them to journey with us through this season. Our prayer is that Advent will not only prepare us Christmas, but will also allow us to set aside time to breathe deeply, slow down, and consider the Promise, the Restoration, our Hope, and the precious gift of Jesus Christ.

Light the Advent Candles

Families and individuals are invited to light the Advent candles at any of our worship services: November 26-27, December 3-4, December 10-11, December 17-18, December 24-25

Holiday Bake and Craft Sale

Sunday, December 3 | 9:00 to 11:30 | Worship Center Community Room

Cookies, breads, candies, lefse, gluten-free goodies and hand-sewn items will be available for purchase.

Bakers, please donate cookies, breads, candies, lefse and gluten-free goodies packaged and ready to sell, but not priced. Bring donations to the Community Room on Saturday, December 2 from 5:00 – 6:00 pm or Sunday, December 3 from 8:00 – 9:30 am.

We also need help the day of the sale. Sign up to help with a shift: set-up, pricing, cashiers, baggers and hosts from 8:00 – 9:30 am or 9:30 – 11:15 am.
If you have questions or would like to volunteer, please call, text or email Barb Timm at 612-501-4427 or barbtimm@frontier.com. Happy Baking!

POP Praise Choir Concert [Grade K-5]: Jingle Bell Beach

Saturday, December 2 | 3:30 & 5:30 pm | Sanctuary
Join the POP Praise choir as they present this fun musical. Grab your surfboard and microphone and head down to Jingle Bell Beach! The Snowflakes, Starfish and Electrons sing in the Jingle Sing competition as we learn that God is with us, even when things don’t turn out the way we had planned.

POP Joy Christmas Concert [Age 3-5]: Peace, Love and Joy

Monday, December 4 | 7:00 pm | Sanctuary

Christmas Presentation: An Invitation to Christ

Saturday, December 16 | 5:30 pm
Sunday, December 17 | 8:30, 9:45, 11:00 am

During all four worship services the choir, orchestra, children’s ensemble and many other beautiful elements await us as we gather to fully embrace an invitation to experience Christ. Pastor Jeff will be speaking at all services a powerful word to awaken our hearts to meet with Christ. Make plans to bring your friends and neighbors to a wonderful weekend of worship at Prince of Peace.

Sing With Us This Christmas

All singers are invited to join us for this year’s Christmas presentation.  This is a great time to join with a large chorus to sing amazing songs of the season. Find more information, including rehearsal schedule here.

Service of Remembrance

Saturday, December 9 | 7:00 pm
Honor and remember your loved ones who have died, through this meaningful, healing service. To have the name of your loved one read and a candle lit for him/her at the service, provide the first and last name of your loved one, with the correct spelling and a phonetic pronunciation to the Church Office by noon on Thursday, December 7 at 952-435-8102 or Remembrance@popmn.org.

Christmas Worship

Lessons & Carols Worship Service
Saturday, December 23 | 5:30 pm
Sunday, December 24 | 10:00 am

Christmas Eve: Sunday, December 24
3:00, 4:00 & 5:00 pm | Family worship led by the Family Ministry team
7:00 & 8:30 pm | Special worship celebrating Christ coming for the world

Christmas Day: Monday, December 25
10:00 am | Worship with communion led by organ, instrumental and vocal soloists

New Year’s Worship

Saturday, December 30 | 5:30 pm
Sunday, December 31 | 8:30, 9:45, 11:00 am

Child care available for all services except the Thanksgiving Meal and the 8:30 pm Christmas Eve worship service. All events take place in the Worship Center Sanctuary unless otherwise noted.