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About Peace

We are people from all walks of life.

We are people who grew up in a wide variety of Protestant and Roman Catholic churches - and people with no church background at all.

We are a community where visitors are warmly welcomed, but not rushed, and where new members quickly find friends and opportunities to serve and grow in the love of God.

The Peace of Christ be with you.


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The History of Peace Presbyterian Church



  • 2003

    2003

    The Kitchen Table Group

    The vision for a Lakewood Ranch Church develops around a kitchen table.

  • 2004

    2004

    The Idea Grows

    Regular planning sessions are held at a variety of Lakewood Ranch locations.

  • 2005

    2005

    Pastor Called

    Rev. Elizabeth Deibert is called as Pastor. Sunday night meetings are held at Living Lord Lutheran Church on State Road 70.

  • 2006

    2006

    New Place of Worship

    Sunday morning worship is moved to Manatee Community College (now State College of Florida.)

  • 2007

    2007

    Music Director Called

    Music and Arts Director Gia Havener joins the staff; Mission Outreach expands around Lakewood Ranch and beyond.

  • 2008

    2008

    Youth & Families Ministry Grows

    Rev. Tricia Dillon Thomas is called as Pastor to Youth and Families.

  • 2009

    2009

    Presbytery Chartering

    Peace Church is chartered as the 39th church in Peace River Presbytery.

  • 2010

    2010

    New Location

    Peace relocates to the Manatee Association of Realtors building on Lakewood Ranch Blvd. The congregation continues to grow.

  • 2011

    2011

    Continued Growth and Development

    Peace continues to develop groups for prayer, Bible study, youth, peacemaking, Christianity & science, interfaith dialogue, exercise, movie discussions, parenthood, marriage, and more.

  • 2012

    2012

    Building Vision

    The Building Vision Team begins to develop a master plan for either a new church building or the purchase of an existing one.

  • 2013

    2013

    Purchase of Permanent Home

    Peace purchases the former Aurora Ministries property on State Road 64 and establishes a permanent home. Peace celebrates its first Christmas in its new home.

  • 2014

    2014

    New Home Projects

    The congregation begins the work of making our former office building suitable for church activities. The chapel is painted and wired for sound. Rooms are furnished. Walls come down. And the kids' wing begins its transformation into a friendly place.

  • 2015

    2015

    Music Program Grows!

    With the gift of a grand piano and bells from a sister church, the Music Program at Peace grows to 65 participants. Children and Youth number more than 40 with 20 in college.

  • 2016

    2016

    New Sanctuary Finance Goal Met

    Reached financial goal for a new Sanctuary construction will begin in 2017.

  • 2017

    2017

    Groundbreaking

    Groundbreaking ceremony for new sanctuary held April 9, 2017. The session calls an intern for the Children, Youth, and Families ministry, John Daniel DeBevoise.







Building Vision


sanctuary2

Since the purchase of the current property the dream has always been to construct a sanctuary.
In 2016 the financial goal for this building was reached with plans to begin construction in 2017.
April 9, 2017 we held our groundbreaking ceremony for the new sanctuary.
This is a visual rendering of our future place of worship.

**Thank you to all who helped make this possible**










Staff

Reverend Elizabeth M. Deibert, Pastor & head of staff



Elizabeth is a Tarheel basketball fan, a flower gardener, and a lover of Montreat, the Presbyterian Conference Center in the N. Carolina mountains . After graduating from the University of North Carolina with a B. Music Ed., Elizabeth worked as a music teacher for a year, before following the call to ministry (which explains her trumpet and guitar in worship). She and husband, Richard, a physician, attended Columbia Theological Seminary, and after ordination, they served as co-pastors at Immanuel Presbyterian in Montgomery, Alabama from 1990-1999. The Deiberts next lived for several years in Cambridge, England, where Richard received his PhD. in New Testament. Upon their return to the US, Elizabeth served as interim pastor of Faison Presbyterian Church in Faison, North Carolina before being called to serve as Peace's founding pastor in 2005. Richard practices medicine at Tidewell Hospice at Lakewood Ranch.

Richard and Elizabeth have four children. Emily, who married Nicolas Cisneros in March 2016, is a student at the Florida State University College of Medicine, doing rotations in the Sarasota area ; Catherine, who married Taylor Harris in July 2015, is a speech pathologist in Greenville, SC, where her husband is in medical school; Andrew, a recent graduate of High Point University, works for Americorp at the Durham Literacy Center; and Rebecca, who is studying abroad in New Zealand, as a junior at Wake Forest University.





Gia Havener, Director of Music and Arts



Gia has been playing the organ for worship since she was twelve years old. Her roots are in Massachusetts, where she trained at the Berklee School of Music and at the New England Conservatory. She spent most of her adulthood in SW Florida managing several music stores and doing tours to promote new lines of organs. Gia has been leading our music program at Peace since 2007 and has two sons and two granddaughters. In addition to leading several choirs here at Peace, Gia regularly delights the congregation with her diverse playing styles.





John Daniel DeBevoise, Summer Intern



John Daniel, an Information Communication Technology major, Business minor at Florida State University, who is discerning a potential call to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament, will spend the summer working with Peace. He worked as a Cedarkirk camp counselor last summer and has extensive experience with the Montreat conference center, both Music and Worship and Youth conferences. He is currently a youth advisor at First Presbyterian Church of Tallahassee and serves on the Executive Board of the UKirk (PCUSA college ministry) at Florida State. John grew up in Winter Park, Florida where he helped deliver a state championship in basketball at Winter Park High School. He has an older sister in Tampa, an older brother in Washington D.C., and his parents who are co-pastors at Park Lake Presbyterian Church in downtown Orlando. He is extremely excited to help the youth at Peace grow in both their understanding of Christ's role in their own life and their role of being Christ's light in an ever changing world.





Damaris Luna, Childcare Director



Damaris is a child development specialist who serves as co-director of Kids R Kids, daycare in Lakewood Ranch during the week.
She has three children of her own and understands the needs of families.






PCUSA

Peace Church is a devoted member of the Presbyterian Church USA and Peace River Presbytery
Get to Know the Presbyterian Church

Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God,
and the communion of the Holy Spirit,
we trust in the one triune God, the Holy One of Israel,
whom alone we worship and serve.

God comes to us in free and undeserved favor in the person of Jesus Christ who lived, died, and rose for us that we might belong to God and serve Christ in the world.
Following Jesus, Presbyterians are engaged in the world and in seeking thoughtful solutions to the challenges of our time.
Presbyterians affirm that God comes to us with grace and love in the person of Jesus Christ, who lived, died, and rose for us so that we might have eternal and abundant life in him.
As Christ’s disciples, called to ministry in his name, we seek to continue his mission of teaching the truth, feeding the hungry, healing the broken, and welcoming strangers.
God sends the Holy Spirit to dwell within us, giving us the energy, intelligence, imagination, and love to be Christ’s faithful disciples in the world.
More than two million people call the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) their spiritual home. Worshiping in 10,000 Presbyterian congregations throughout the United States, they engage the communities in which they live and serve with God’s love.

Learn more about the PCUSA at PCUSA.ORG as well as information about the Peace River Presbytery at PEACERIVERPRESBYTERY.ORG




Location & Times

Worship Services @ 8:30am & 11:00am

Fellowship Time & Coffee - 9:30am

Sunday School - 9:45am





Peace Presbyterian Church
12705 SR 64 E
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34212

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What to Expect

What should I wear?

We want you to walk in and feel at home. So wear what makes you comfortable and able to focus on your time at Peace. Some of us dress up for worship, and others of us prefer shorts and t-shirts. You'll fit in no matter what you're wearing. We may not look impressive on the outside, but inside, you will find people who care deeply.


Where should I park?

There are no reserved parking spaces; park wherever you like. Handicapped parking spaces are located directly in front of the church entrance.


Where should I sit?

There are no reserved seats, so feel free to sit wherever you feel comfortable. We have armchairs placed in the front and back rows for those with mobility challenges, and we're happy to make room for those who use wheelchairs or other personal mobility aids.


Where do my children go?

Children are cherished and welcomed at Peace And again, we want you to feel comfortable, so you have choices.
Nursing moms are welcome to stay in worship and may slip into the side parlor while still being able to see and hear worship.
Families who wish to keep their infants and preschoolers with them in the worship service are supported and free to slip out as needed. Children of all ages enjoy Pastor Elizabeth's children's sermons.
Infants and preschoolers are also welcome in our nursery, where they are supervised by Damaris Luna, a child development specialist and co-director of Kids R Kids in Lakewood Ranch, and background-checked volunteers.
All children are invited to participate in Pastor Elizabeth's Children's Sermon, and preschoolers can then return to be with their family or be led to the nursery/Godly Play rooms for supervised play during the sermon. Children are brought back to their parents for Communion each week.
Grade school children are encouraged to stay with their families during worship. We provide age-appropriate bags with coloring sheets, crayons, blank paper, and a little treat; just ask for one at the desk in the narthex (lobby).


Am I expected to put money in the offering?

No. If you are visiting with us, we don't expect you to put money in the offering, and you are welcome to just let it pass you by.


I have hearing/visual/mobility/dietary issues. Is there any special assistance?

Yes.
For those who are hearing impaired, we have special hearing devices that you can wear that will allow you to control the volume; pick one up at the desk in the narthex (lobby).
For those who are visually impaired, we project readings, prayers, and hymns on a large screen above the communion table.
For those with mobility issues, we will gladly accommodate walkers, wheelchairs, or any other equipment in the chapel and throughout the building.
If you prefer to stay seated at Communion, servers will come to you.
For those with dietary issues, we offer a gluten-free wafer and juice at Communion, as well as snacks during Fellowship labeled with dietary information.


What is a Peace service like?

It's not our communion table - it's Christ's. And it's open to all who seek to respond to Christ's love.
Ours is an intergenerational blended worship service. That means that we include the best of tradition, believing that there is value in staying connected to the roots of our faith.
We also include the best of the emerging contemporary elements of worship, believing that the church is always reforming to speak clearly to the current generation.
At a Peace service, we pray together, we read Scripture together, we sing together. We also celebrate Communion every week using grape juice and homemade bread, baked in our chapel. Anyone at any age who seeks Christ is welcome to receive at the communion table.
Worship usually lasts about 60 minutes.


Sermons

Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the LORD is God.
Psalm 100:1-3

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7.16.17

Character: Joshua
Joshua 1:1-9


7.9.17

Character: Elijah
1 Kings 19:3-16


7.2.17

Character: Samuel
1 Samuel 1:1-13, 3:1-10


6.25.17

Character: Noah
Acts 2:1-21


6.18.17

Father's Day
Genesis 1:26-2:9, 15-25

6.11.17

Trinity Sunday
Matthew 28:16-20


6.4.17

Pentecost Sunday
Acts 2:1-21





Worship Style

We are full of faith and honest about our doubts and mistakes.
We are a church rooted in tradition, but not stuck in it.

8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday Worship at Peace is rooted in tradition and committed to relevance and freshness. Both services are nearly identical, blending the best of contemporary and historical styles. Lively Learning (Sunday School) classes for all ages are held at 9:45 a.m. Currently services are being held in our chapel inside the main building. A new sanctuary is in the planning stages. (see Building Vision)

Most of our young families attend the 11 a.m service after Lively Learning. Peace loves having kids in worship: Pastor Elizabeth includes a children's sermon every week, and we invite them to join in Communion (young children may exit during the sermon for supervised learning and return for Communion.) Nursery care is provided, but we love the sights and sounds of babies too!



A major part of Protestant worship is the sermon, and we expect you'll enjoy and be uplifted by the engaging sermons of Pastor Elizabeth. Her gentle and joyous spirit (and her occasional North Carolina drawl) will embrace you, surprise you, and, we hope, nudge you forward in your relationship with Christ.

Ask most of our members why they joined Peace, and they'll tell you it was a combination of the warm greeting they received and sense of family they feel as we worship together. Whether it is through familiar hymns or new spiritual songs, beautiful visual art or the sight of children walking up to Communion, you too will feel God's presence among our people.


Sacraments

"Then Jesus declared, 'I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.'" - John 6:35

Communion

Communion is celebrated weekly at both services. We come forward to receive the Bread and Cup. Children are invited, as are Christians from any church, and all seekers who wish to participate in this act of fellowship and nurture.

Baptism

Peace welcomes infants, children, youth, and adults to the Sacrament of Baptism conducted during our regular times of worships. Infants and children must be sponsored by at least one parent or guardian who promises to nurture the child in faith.

Confirmation

Confirmation classes for youth are held as needed. In this sacrament, young people confirm the vows made by their parents at their baptism, and they make their own profession of faith as young adults. If they have not already been baptized, they will be at their confirmation.


Musical Groups

Peace is blessed with the talent of many musicians who love to worship God through beautiful noise.

The Voices of Peace



Our adult choir is a vibrant, energetic group of dedicated singers, ranging in age from young adults to retirees.
The choir sings from a broad spectrum of styles from traditional to spiritual to newly composed anthems.
Music Director, Gia Havener, makes choir rehearsals enjoyable and has a remarkable ability to play all music - from classic hymns to jazzy spirituals and contemporary songs - in just the right spirit of prayerful worship.
New singers welcome! We rehearse on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 pm. Come!



Ringers of Peace



Peace is fortunate to have received a wonderful gift of three octaves of melody chimes.
Come try your hand at this beautiful musical experience, or contact Gia at the church for more information.
Our group rehearses on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 pm.



The Gospel Guys



The Gospel Guys are a bunch of church friends who love to harmonize, singing old-time and barbershop-style Christian songs and hymns.
They meet weekly on Tuesday afternoon to practice songs they often present in Worship (sometimes 8:30 a.m., sometimes 11 a.m.), and share at various locations around the community.
Interested in joining?
Contact Gia!



Harmonizing Women



Peace's newest musical group is for women of all ages who love to sing.
Rehearsals are held on Fridays at 1:30 pm.
Speak to Gia about joining, or just drop in and see if it's for you.


Child Care

Children are cherished and welcomed at Peace Church

Child care is provided on Sundays from 8:15 am to 12:30 pm to allow parents to participate in worship, Fellowship, and Lively Learning.

Damaris Luna is our professional childcare manager. Damaris is a child development specialist who serves as co-director of Kids R Kids, daycare in Lakewood Ranch during the week. She has three children of her own and understands the needs of families.

Your children are safe with us. All staff and volunteers who work with children have been fingerprinted and background-checked.

Calendar

Check out what Peace and its members are up to this month below or go to our dynamic calendar on CCB (Church Community Builder)



Small Groups

Getting involved beyond Sunday morning worship is crucial to the community of Peace. Come and check out one of the many small groups offered here:

Faith and Film

Meets monthly to view a film and then have a lively discussion afterwards.



Peaceful Parents

Monthly potluck to share joys and challenges of raising chldren



Men's Prayer Group and Bible Study

Meets Tuesday mornings at 6:45 a.m. at Peace for coffee and a time of prayer and study.



Women's Bible Study

Meets weekly on a Wednesday mornings at 9:30am until 10:30am at Peace.



Sisters of Peace

Groups of women gather occasionally to take walks, share dinner or drinks, walk on the beach, or to have baby showers.


Peaceful Crafters

Meets twice monthly to work on prayer shawls and other requested needs for the community.



Small Dinner Groups

Meets about once a month for 6 months in one another's homes, the church or restaurants to share a meal and fellowship.




The Peaceful News

The Peaceful News is the quarterly newsletter from PPC used to update members and visitors alike on Peace's present activity


Outside Groups

Mondays @ 1:45-3:00 pm: Qi Gong (medicinal form of Tai Chi)

Mondays @ 6:00 pm: Cub Scouts

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday @ 6:00 pm AND Tuesday, Thursday, Friday @ 9:30 am: Jazzercise

Wednesdays @ 1:00-4:00: Mah Jongg





Does your community group need a meeting place? Peace may be what you're looking for.

Contact the front office (941-753-7778) or office@peacepcusa.com for more information.


Joining

Interested in Becoming a member of Peace?

At least 4 times a year, an invitation is extended to prospective members to join with Pastor Elizabeth in a short course of study, discussion, and fellowship.
We want all our members to understand who we are as Presbyterians and as members of this faith community.
Your commitment to being a member is not only a sign of your faith in Christ, but a promise to support and participate with us in the ministry and mission of his Church.
When you're ready to officially join, let Pastor Elizabeth know.

We have several participants who keep their official membership in their former church, but who regularly worship with us.
Talk to Pastor Elizabeth about the affiliation process.

Children & Youth

Sundays, 9:45-10:45 a.m.



Peace Church loves sharing the Word with its young people.
To that end, we strive to make our classrooms inviting, creative spaces where young people can feel at home with God and with each other.



Our pre-K and younger elementary children learn about the Bible, worship, and discipleship in their Sacred Space and Creative Space rooms using the Godly Play™ curriculum.
Our older elementary and younger youth classes rotate through a series of creative workshops
to learn major Bible stories in-depth through art, video, drama, cooking, computer software, and Bible games.
Our Youth settle into their youth room couches every week for Bible discussion & activities relevant to their age and needs.



Our Nursery is staffed by a certified care-giver Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon. As well, children of all ages are always welcome in worship.
Our creative spaces and learning experiences are part of our overall effort to make the House of the Lord a home where God's Word is sown and grown.


Middle & High School Youth Group

Grades 6-12

From the beginning, Peace Presbyterian has made a commitment to youth ministry beyond what you would expect for a congregation our size in Florida. This commitment includes youth ministry staff, a healthy youth budget, and an inclusive vision for youth participating and leading in the congregation.



A high percentage of Peace youth participate in the life of the church. Challenged to grow through education, worship, mission, and fun and fellowship, the young people of Peace reach out to serve others within this church, our local community, and God's creation throughout the world.


Young Adults

Peace Church loves its Young Adults

...and we have quite a few of them!

Whether you're a young adult living in town or away at college, Peace Church is family.

Our young adults assist with worship, music, and mission when they can.
They have the opportunity to grow and bond at the College conference in Montreat, NC in early January.






Family Ministry

We love because He first loved us. - 1 John 4:19

Peace Church believes that it does indeed take a village to "raise children in the way they should go."
To this end, we strive to make our congregation and events family and parent-friendly.





Not being a big church has its advantages!
At Peace, our children and youth get to know a wide variety and age-range of adults in meaningful ways.
And our older members are especially generous with their support and attention to the needs of our younger generation.


Adult Education

The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek it out. - Proverbs 18:15



At Peace, we are lifelong learners. Classes are intergenerational, informal, and generally short-term so you can participate as you feel led.





From deep discussions of Jesus and the Gospels,
to thoughtful dialogue about current events,
to affinity groups on parenting, mental illness, caring for aging parents, life transitions, and managing stress,
Peace offers options on Sunday mornings for all adults who want to grow as disciples of Jesus Christ.






Camps & Conferences

"The Mountains are calling and I must go"

Cedarkirk Camp & Conference Center

Cedarkirk in Lithia, Florida is a mission of Peace River Presbytery, which our church is associated with, and Tampa Bay Presbytery.
This wonderful church camp offers outdoor and conference experiences for our members.



Each summer, a group of Peace kids attends one of Cedarkirk's many different camp offerings for a week of recreation, friendship, and spiritual formation.
As a sign of our commitment to our families and children, Peace gives each participant a partial scholarship to help pay their church camp registration.





Cedarkirk runs a summer day camp at Peace and every year Peace families have a retreat at Cedarkirk.
Peace Church makes an annual mission donation to support the camp's ministry to others.





Montreat Conference Center

One of our BIGGEST youth ministry events of the year is our annual trip to the Montreat Youth Conference in North Carolina.
Our teenagers worship, play, and learn with a thousand other Presbyterian teens in a safe and spiritually alive experience.





Fishing in Lake Susan, energizers in the morning, and community at meals are part of what makes Montreat such a thin place.




Ministry Teams

The Session of Peace Presbyterian Church oversees and organizes the work of our congregation among the following teams. Speak to Pastor Elizabeth about joining the work of any of these teams.



Administration Team

To faithfully and responsibly manage the financial resources of the church, to provide for personnel reviews for all staff members, and to write policies governing the above.



Adult Education Team

To provide opportunities for adults to grow in Christian discipleship through Bible studies, small groups, discussions, and devotionals.



Building Vision Team

To develop a master plan for the Peace campus, especially the sanctuary building, and to obtain all necessary approvals, as well as carry-out a fund-raising campaign in coordination with Gratitude Team.



Children, Youth, & Families Team

To provide opportunities for building authentic relationships and nurturing discipleship among the children, youth, young adults, and families of the church.



Congregational Care Team

To nurture authentic relationships and pray for the congregation, with special attention to those in great need and, through the Stephen Ministry, to provide one one-on-one confidential care to people after a divorce, a death or another life crisis



Fellowship Team

To host the fellowship time between Sunday services, encouraging conversation and providing a welcoming atmosphere for all who attend, along with supporting those who host congregational get-togethers and events that strengthen the joyous unity of Christ's Body.



Gratitude Team

To encourage and facilitate the involvement of Peace people in giving their time, talent, and treasure with gratitude in their hearts, and to make sure gifts are recorded and people thanked.



Mission Team

To embody the lifestyle of Jesus Christ by compassionate service to those in need by providing various opportunities for the congregation to give and serve locally, nationally, and throughout the world.



Outreach Team

To make Peace’s presence known in the community through website, signage, publicity, and special events, and to welcome guests warmly, providing follow-up contact to encourage their return visits



Property Team

To make the missions of Peace possible by caring for the building and grounds



Worship & music Team

To assist the Pastor and Director of Music in providing inspiring worship experiences that bring glory to God and challenge and comfort congregants



Peace in the Community

Helping in our community is an exciting part of our congregation's focus. We recognize that we have been blessed, and in turn, we want to bless others in the name of Jesus Christ. Annually, we tithe at least 10% of our operating budget to support denominational missions and local mission groups such as Mission Beth-El and Cedarkirk Camp and Conference Center.



Mission Team leaders and elder present our Souper Bowl of Caring offering to the Manatee County Food Bank (February 2014)
Additionally, we regularly highlight an important missional need somewhere in our community, country or around the world. Our members respond in many ways, including purchasing supplies, writing checks, and getting involved with the mission partner.

Recent local mission projects include:

  • the Manatee CROP Walk for hunger relief
  • the spring diaper drive for local moms in need
  • the fall food drive for the Manatee County Food Bank - our record is donations equivalent to 13,000 pounds of food!
  • support for Peace Members to go on overseas mission trips




We promote and participate in the four Presbyterian church-wide Special Offerings each year:

  • One Great Hour of Sharing for worldwide disaster relief
  • The Pentecost Offering for programs supporting children and youth at risk
  • The Peacemaking Offering for ministries of justice and understanding
  • The Christmas Joy Offering for the support of retired church workers and racial/ethnic ministries and education.


Mission Beth-El





Peace Church has had a long and rewarding relationship with the people of Mission Beth-El in Wimauma, who work to aid the farm workers who struggle to feed their families and educate their children. Each Thursday morning, Peace people travel together to Wimauma every Thursday morning to pack groceries and organize clothing donations.
Other assistance throughout the year includes a back-to-school backpack drive and a Christmas Giving Tree.

For more information, visit www.beth-el.info/




Contact Us

We'd love to hear from you and have you join us at Peace! Please reach out to us so we can further engage you in prayer and worship: