Prince of Peace Lutheran Church

"Behold, how good and pleasant it is for brethren
to dwell together in unity."                     Psalm 133:1
3101 CR 417
Taylor, TX 76574

Our Church Today

Change In Affiliation

 

In 2009 and 2010, Prince of Peace underwent major transitions. It began at the ELCA church-wide assembly held on August 19, 2009, when the assembly adopted a social statement on human sexuality called "Human Sexuality: Gift and Trust." The passage of these changes generated discussions among ELCA congregations nationwide and ended with many congregations electing to discontinue their association with the ELCA.

 

Under the church constitutions, two votes separated by no less than 90 days were required to make a change of this magnitude. On January 19, 2010 and April 18, 2010, a resolution to leave the ELCA was presented to members and a vote was taken at each congregation. The resolution passed.

 

In a simultaneous activity, a Parish Affiliation Search Committee was elected to conduct research of Lutheran church affiliations and concluded that Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC) would most closely match the criteria set forth by the committee. A resolution to become affiliated with LCMC was also presented and votes cast on the same days as the resolution to leave the ELCA. This resolution also passed.

 

As a result of this decision, changes to the Prince of Peace constitution were made and presented to the members for consideration. At a special called meeting held on September 26, 2010, members voted unanimously to adopt the new constitution as presented.

 

Dissolution Of The Parish   

 

Due to unresolved conflicts, Pastor Jack Bohls resigned as Pastor of the Immanuel/Prince of Peace Parish effective November 1, 2010. His resignation terminated a six-year role as Parish pastor.

 

On November 14, 2010, the members of Immanuel Lutheran Church voted to dissolve the Parish relationship, ending the 40-year Parish agreement that began in July, 1970.

 

A Time Of Rebuilding

 

After a tumultuous two years, filled with many challenges and difficult decisions, the members of Prince of Peace looked at 2011 as a new beginning, a time of spiritual healing and an opportunity to breathe new life into our worship and fellowship. With no pastor, no organist and no church secretary, members rallied and gave of their time and talents to ensure the tasks of running the church did not falter. Many prayers were raised to our Lord and Savior to give members the strength, fortitude and perseverance to refresh and rebuild the congregation.

 

As the plea went out to the community for supply pastors to assist through this transition, prayers were indeed answered. Pastor Kerri Veit of Taylor, Texas, answered the call and her loving care and positive outlook have been uplifting.


On February 20, 2011, in a service conducted by her husband, Pastor Gary Veit of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Pastor Kerri Veit was ordained as a Lutheran Pastor.


Our congregation's 115th year of fellowship with the Lord and each other was strong.

 

Dedication Of New Church Steps

A group of members recognized the need to make the entrance to the Prince of Peace sanctuary safer and more accessible. On July 25, 2010  at the semi-annual congregational meeting, a proposal for new steps and a handicap ramp was presented and approved.

 

Honoring loved ones is a longstanding tradition at Prince of Peace and most of the funds were raised through memorial contributions and direct gifts from members and friends. The project was completed in less than 3 1/2 months, which was an amazing feat for a small congregation of believers.  

 

The steps and ramp were dedicated in a ceremony held on November 14, 2010. A plaque commemorating this event was hung in the Narthex of the sanctuary. 


We remain strong in our faith as we approach our 125th anniversary!