A Special End-of-Year Giving Opportunity

Are you looking to donate funds as we approach the end of 2018? Consider giving over and above your regular tithe to four areas of ministry​:

​​1. General Fund​ ($100,000)
2. Replace​ Children’s ​Play Area in the Fellowship Center ($100,000)
3. Conference Center Upgrades ($50,000)
​4. ​Financial Assistance for 30+ ​​Students ​attending the 2019 LCMS Youth Gathering in Minneapolis​ ($30,00)

Questions? Contact Meredith Wheeler (Church Administrator) or Al Johnson (Business Operations).

Ways to Give

1. ONLINE: Go HERE to give online (preferred method)
2. SUNDAY OFFERING: Put a check in the Sunday offering. Make checks payable to “Prince of Peace Lutheran Church”, note which ministry you’re giving to in the memo section.
3. MAIL: Mail a check (see #2) to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Attention Sandy Ericksen, 4000 Midway Road, Carrollton, TX 75007.

Want to donate stocks or other means of income? ​Contact Al Johnson.


The Bauer Family

Our new Youth Director, Jeremiah Bauer, his wife, Kaitlin, and their sons, Caleb (3) and Levi (18 mos), will be moving ​to Texas the last week of November.


First Time Home Owners

Remember the first time you purchased a home? There is so much to do! Stock the refrigerator and pantry. Buy furniture. Landscaping. The list goes on and on. YOU can engage in welcoming the Bauers to Texas and POPLC by serving in one of three ways:

1. Purchase or Donate Needed ​​Appliances, etc.
They are in need of the following: Refrigerator, Washer & Dryer, Lawnmower, Edger, Weed Eater, Blower and Large Ladder.

If you would like to purchase or donate (if donating, only items that are LIKE NEW, barely used) one of these items for the Bauer family, contact Dave Rahberg for measurements, to arrange delivery or donate funds.
2. Purchase Designated Gift Cards
You can help with expenses by donating funds for gift cards to Kroger, Target, Home Depot and Walmart.

Visit the designated table in the Fellowship Center on Sundays, November 18 & 25 and December 2 to donate funds for gift cards.
Questions? Contact Madelyn Sosinski.
3. ​Help Prepare Their Home for Move-In
We are assembling a team of 10 people to help with minor repairs and cleaning. Want to help? Contact Dick Ranker.

Welcome Notes

Help welcome the Bauer family to POPLC by flooding them with welcome notes! Stop by the Fellowship Center between November 18 and December 2 and write a note. Supplies provided.
>>> Jeremiah’s installation will be on Sunday, December 9. Go HERE for details.

$2,925+ was given to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church for Giving Tuesday 2018! Thank you to everyone who supported the ministry of POPLC as we continue to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ and lead others to a relationship with Him!

Giving Tuesday is NOVEMBER 27

After Black Friday and Cyber Monday comes #GivingTuesday, a global day of generosity! We invite and encourage YOU to give to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church on Tuesday, November 27.

How to Give to POPLC

#GivingTuesday is an opportunity for you to give OVER and ABOVE your regular giving (tithe).
If you already have a login, go HERE. Click on Beyond My Tithe, then Giving Tuesday.
Need to create a login? Go HERE.
Or Give Now without a login.

Thank you for your generosity! You may donate instantly without a login HERE. Click on Beyond My Tithe, then Giving Tuesday.

Mission and Vision of POPLC

To learn more about the mission and vision of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, go HERE.

How will the Donations be Used?

All donations received on November 27, will be used for ministry needs, outreach and property.

What is #GivingTuesday?

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Learn more HERE.

A Service of Celebration for (Coach) Phil Taylor’s Eternal Life

Monday, October 1, 2018
7:00 PM Central Time

Phil Taylor

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
4000 Midway Rd, Carrollton, TX 75007
Light reception to follow.

If you feel so led to honor Coach Taylor, he requested that in lieu of flowers donations be made to POPCS Football, Orange Lutheran Football in Orange, CA, TCU Football, or the Martin Truex, Jr. Foundation for Childhood Cancers.

The service will be livestreamed. Please go to www.pop.lc/philtaylor at 6:45pm Central Time on Monday, October 1 to watch the stream on Facebook.
(You do not have to have a Facebook account. Just click “not now” when Facebook’s Create an Account box pops up.)

October 7 – November 18, 2018



(Excerpts below are from the Red Letter Challenge website)

The mission of Red Letter Challenge (RLC) is to help people live more like Jesus. Sadly, when people think of Jesus-followers it is a far cry from who Jesus actually is. After all that Jesus has done for us, we cannot be content with the picture and representation that we are sharing. We must change the story and perception of who Jesus is. At RLC, we believe that if people truly met the real Jesus, they would really fall in love with Him.

So how do we change the story that we are telling?

We go back to Christ’s words. You know, those red letters in your Bible. It turns out He had a lot to say to His followers about what we are called to do and how we are called to live.

The RLC will help you:

1. Have a deeper relationship with Jesus.
2. Receive God’s forgiveness in your life and give grace to others.
3. Give you a greater heart of service.
4. Help you become more generous.
5. Give you confidence to speak about what Jesus has done in your life.

Ready to take the challenge?

​The RLC sermon series will kickoff on Sunday, October 7. Day 1 of reading the book will begin on Tuesday, October 9. We encourage ​YOU and YOUR FAMILY to engage in the RLC in 3 ways:

The Red Letter Challenge, authored by Past Zach Zehnder, will be the book we use during our 40 day challenge together. It will be available (suggested donation of $15) on Sundays in the Fellowship Center, by contacting Madelyn Sosinski or you can donate online HERE and pick up your book at the church.

Every Sunday during the Red Letter Challenge, the sermon messages will kick-off that week’s theme and daily readings. We invite and strongly encourage you to come EACH SUNDAY.

A critical, impactful part of the RLC is journeying through it WITH OTHERS! RLC Groups encourage accountability, fellowship, relationship building and structure while you journey through the challenge.

Starting Sunday, September 16 – Sunday, October 7, signups will be available to join a group. Head out into the Fellowship Center and look for the RLC Group table. There you will see over 12 groups meeting at different times and days of the week.

Groups will begin meeting during the week of October 14 and go through the week of November 11 for a total of five weeks. You can signup with a group when you grab a book or by contacting Madelyn Sosinski.

Are you already in a small group or meet regularly with a group of people for Bible study? Would your busy family like to do the challenge together? Contact Madelyn Sosinski. for the RLC Group devotion guide.

Need more information?

Visit the Red Letter Challenge website HERE.
Contact Madelyn Sosinski.

Sunday Series Information

What if we stopped reading about Jesus and started putting his Red Letter words into practice? What if following Jesus is not as complicated as you think? What if we stopped trying to find our purpose and our place? What if by putting the words of Jesus into practice, we discover who He is and who He has created us to be? If you ask these and other questions, then join us as we take the Red Letter Challenge.

October 7: Introduction
New testament Reading: Matthew 7: 24-27
More than half of the words in the Gospels come from the mouth of Jesus. These are the Red Letters of Scripture. We memorize them, we quote them, we write books about them, we post them on social media. Jesus called us to do none of these things. He called us to do them!

October 14: Week 1 – BEING
New Testament Reading: Matthew 11:25-30
Let’s face it, life is busy. Too busy! You’re five days into the Red Letter Challenge. If you’re like most people, you’ve already missed a day or two, or three, or five. In our desire to follow Jesus we often jump into action and forget that our DOING flows out of our BEING with Jesus. In the coming weeks, Jesus will call us to Forgive, to Serve, to Give, and to Go. None of these are possible unless we first learn to rest in Being with Jesus.

October 21: Week 2 – FORGIVING
New Testament Reading: John 7:53-8:11
As followers of Jesus we are always asking, “What is my purpose?” We ask the question, but do we really want the answer? What if the answer is to forgive that person who has wounded you deeply? What if the answer is to put down your self-righteous stones that make you feel better than others. What if Jesus is calling His followers to be known for what they are FOR than what they are AGAINST?

October 28: Week 3 – SERVING
New Testament Reading: John 13:6-17
We are motivated by expectations. We give and serve but we expect something in return. We may start without expectations but at some point, we ask, “What’s in it for me?” As we follow Jesus and put his words into action, He calls us to serve without expecting anything in return. This is the true heart of a servant.

November 4: Week 4 – GIVING
New Testament Reading: Luke 9:10-17
Today is day 27 of the 40-day Red Letter Challenge. So far we have journeyed through Being, Forgiving, and Serving. Now we begin one of the most challenging weeks – Giving. There are more Red Letters about giving than almost any other subject. So why is this one more difficult than others? Maybe because you have never experienced how the Lord multiplies your giving for His Kingdom work. This week, Jesus invites you to put Him to the test.

November 11: Week 5 – GOING
New Testament Reading: Matthew 28:16-20
Jesus and His disciples began their journey on a mountain in Galilee. After His death and resurrection, Jesus brings His disciples back to the mountain where it all started. Jesus brings them back to their simple beginning. At the beginning they are reminded that His words are trustworthy and true. They are reminded that every Red Letter happened just as Jesus said it would. The challenge for the disciples, and for us, is will we follow His call to “Go and make disciples?”

November 18: Red Letter Challenge Wrap-up
New Testament Reading: John 15:1-17
The Red Letter challenge is over. How did you do? Did you make it all the way through? Did you start and stop a few times? Did you only do a few days? Did you read the devotions but not act on them? Whatever your experience, Jesus calls you to continue to trust His Words and do them. But before you keep following Him and trusting Him, Jesus reminds you that He is your source of strength. For He says, “Apart from me, you can do nothing.”

September 9, 2018


A healthy church is not a perfect church . . .

. . but it is a learning church! In Proverbs 15, we are instructed that wise people seek guidance. As Prince of Peace Leadership seeks to improve the health and effectiveness of ministry, we will be partnering with The Center, a premiere non-profit consulting firm serving faith-based organizations.

Why do we need a spiritual health survey?

Today’s ministry environment is challenging and complex. As good stewards, it is vital that we make wise decisions and utilize our resources to their fullest potential. In order for us to lead well, sometimes it is necessary to seek spiritual counsel from an objective third party. The Center exists for just such occasions.

It’s an exciting time at POPLC! In order to provide the best leadership possible, we need to listen, learn, and then provide leadership that properly reflects the heart of the people and the will of God.

When will the survey take place?

We will be setting aside a few minutes in all three services on Sunday, September 9 to facilitate an ANONYMOUS congregational spiritual health survey. Everyone’s input is valuable! We want to hear from YOU!

If you are unable to attend worship on September 9, please come to the church office during normal office hours (Monday – Thursday, 8:30am – 4:30pm) to complete the survey by Wednesday, September 12.

Because it is important that the survey be anonymous, it will not be available via the website or online. We apologize for any inconvenience.

However, we want as many in-person participants as possible, so please plan to attend one of the services on September 9!

When will the results be available?

The survey results will be available on Sunday, September 23, 2018. After this date, results will be available on this webpage.

Pray as we move Forward

Please pray for Prince of Peace and The Center as God guides us in the assessment of our church’s spiritual health and ministry direction through consulting, training, and coaching.


Meredith Wheeler, POPLC Church Administrator, is leading this effort. You can contact him via email at Meredith.Wheeler@princeofpeace.org. Also, please feel free to contact any Prince of Peace Lutheran Church Council Member or Elder with your questions. For a listing of Council and Elders, go HERE.

All buildings, offices, closets, storage areas…EVERYTHING is being cleaned out! After 20+ years, every nook and cranny of our campus is being purged. Some items will be trashed, some will be recycled and some will be passed on to bless others!

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure: all usable items being removed from the POPLC campus will be available to take for FREE on Thursday, August 16, 3:30 – 4:30pm.

Questions? Contact Sandy Ericksen.

December 9, 2018

Service of Installation and Celebration Breakfast

Jeremiah Bauer has accepted the Call to serve as POPLC’s Youth Director! Mark your calendars for Jeremiah’s Installation on Sunday, DECEMBER 9 at all three worship services (8:00, 9:30 & 11:00am). This is a DIFFERENT date from what was originally communicated!

A celebration breakfast will take place between services in the Fellowship Center. Join us for a good ol’ fashioned “Welcome to Texas” party complete with pancakes and a fun activity for all ages!

Bauer Family

Jeremiah and his family have purchased a home in The Colony and will be moving in the last week of November. Please keep them in your prayers as they handle all of the last minute details, say goodbye to friends at St. Paul in Boca Raton, FL and safely drive to Texas.

Caleb (3), Katilin, Jeremiah and Levi (18 mos)

Welcome the Bauers to Texas POPLC

Three ways you can help welcome the Bauers . . . go HERE.

BBQ and fellowship at its finest! From beginners to pros, this group of men are on a mission to cook the best meat in town for the homeless, needy, student ministries, schools, and members. For more information, contact Craig Sunderman.

Holy Smoker Upcoming Events

1. August 15 : Back to School Celebration with Rainbow Days : lunch for 1000 kids : Dallas Market Hall
2. Labor Day Meat Sale at POPLC : August 5 – 26