HIGHLIGHTS TODAY AND THIS WEEKEND
Stations of the Cross today at San Marco Catholic Church after the 8:30 a.m. mass and at 4:15 p.m. and every Friday during Lent.
Knights of Columbus Fish Fry/Bake, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., San Marco Catholic Church. The meal consists of fried or baked fish, French fries or baked potato, coleslaw, ice cream, rolls and coffee. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Take out is available.
Stations of the Cross service today and every Friday at 5:30 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. The unique stations hanging in St. Mark’s Church were each artistically designed and completed by one of St. Mark’s Artists in Residence. The stations of the cross are also open to the public for viewing or private mediation during Lent from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Game Night at Marco Presbyterian Church, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., tonight. Note time change. Fun for all ages. Bring your favorite dessert and favorite game. Hot chocolate will be provided. Free.
Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, 8 p.m., tonight, at Wesley United Methodist Church. Conductor Lavra Joella will present his Reaching Out series comprised of Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 8,” Mozart’s ballet music from “Idomeneo,” and the Handel Harp Concerto with Dickie Fliesher. Tickets are $38 at the door and student admission is $15. For ticket information call the Phil at 597-1900.
Saturday Night Contemporary Service, 5 p.m., at Capri Christian Church. Dress is casual. The vocal team leads the singing every Saturday through Easter.
“Paul in Rome”, a new study for youth begins 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Marco Presbyterian Church. The video study by David Nasser uses the life of the apostle Paul to answer the question: “Has anything really changed in 2000 years?” Students in America are growing up in a culture that places high emphasis on entertainment, politics and self. The study highlights how followers of Christ can stand up to cultural norms and stand firm in Christ. Free. Pizza will be provided.
HIGHLIGHTS NEXT WEEK
Fashion Show and Luncheon — Council of Catholic Women, St. Finbarr’s Catholic Community, 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, includes lunch, show, and door prizes. Tickets, $20, may be purchased at the church office or after all Masses.
Wednesday Special Lenten Event, 5:30 p.m. at St. Marks Episcopal Church, Curt Cloninger One-Man Show followed by a 6 p.m. soup and salad meal in the parish hall.
Gospel Musician Thomas Shelton and his Son Zack — Capri Christian Church will host a 6 p.m. potluck dinner Wednesday followed by a 7 p.m. concert. The concert is free and open to the public. A love offering will be received.
Wednesday Lenten Worship Services, 7 p.m., at Marco Lutheran Church. Pastor Kevin Koenig will deliver a sermon series on the theme: “By His Stripes ... Healing Wounded Relationships.”
Paul Todd Concert — San Marco Catholic Church presented by the Council of Catholic Women (CCW), 7 p.m., Wednesday. Tickets are $20 and are available in the church office from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and at the Gift Shop in Church after most Masses. Attendees are also urged to bring a gently used or new children’s book to the concert for the Give a Kid a Book Program. CCW in partnership with Stewardship will donate books to the migrant children at the Manatee School, grades Pre-K through 8. For more information about the concert, call Ann Allard at 394-4011.
Annual Prayer Breakfast — The 26th Annual Prayer Breakfast will be held 7:30 a.m., Thursday, at Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, 400 South Collier Boulevard, Marco Island. This year’s speaker is Dr. Douglas M. Johnston, President and Founder of the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy. Tickets for the event are available at the Chamber of Commerce and most Marco Island houses of worship: $200 for a reserved table of 10 or $20 for individual open seating.
Passover Seder — The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI) will celebrate Passover at their Annual Passover Seder 6 p.m., April 8. The Haggadah, which tells of the exodus of the Jews from Egypt, will be read by the attendees, led by Rabbi Edward M. Maline, D.D. and Cantorial Soloist Hari Jacobsen. A complete holiday meal of traditional foods such as chicken soup with matzo balls, eggs in salt water, gefilte fish, and a main entrée of chicken will be served. Desserts include an assortment of Passover cakes and macaroons. The Seder is open to the public. The prices for guests are $55 for adults, $15 for children 4 to 12, and children under 4 are free. Contact JCMI’s office at 642-0800 to make reservation or for more details.
Easter Sunrise Service on the Beach — The 21st annual Easter Sunrise Service on the Beach will be held 7 a.m., April 12, between the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, 400 South Collier Boulevard and the Madeira Condominium. Free.
HOUSES OF WORSHIP
Below in alphabetical order is information on the houses of worship in the greater Marco area.
Capri Christian Church, 111 East Hilo Street, Isles of Capri, has three Sunday worship services an 8:15 a.m. blended service, a 9:30 a.m. contemporary and 11 a.m. blended service. Sunday School for all ages at 9:30 a.m. They also have a 5 p.m. Saturday contemporary service. The music ministry gets people involved through the choir program, instrumental teams, and seven praise teams. The teams enhance the service with uplifting and exciting music. The children’s ministry offers an evening program for first through sixth graders every Sunday at 6:30 p.m. The junior high and high school youth meet each Wednesday at 7 p.m. The church offers Small Groups during the week for adults. They will host a 6 p.m. potluck dinner followed by a concert by gospel musician Thomas Shelton and his son Zack, March 11. Call 642-6233, e-mail email@example.com, or visit caprichristianchurch.com.
First Baptist Church, the family church, 1450 Winterberry Drive, offers two worship services on Sunday: 9 a.m. traditional and a 10:30 a.m. contemporary. Life Groups and Kid’s Clubhouse meet at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. A Spanish Life Group also meets at 9 a.m., Sunday. There is a 10:30 a.m. Spanish worship service the last Sunday of the month. Wednesday evening activities, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. for adults, youth, and children. Beth Moore’s current women’s Bible study, “Esther: It’s Tough Being a Women”, 9 a.m., Thursday. They are also home to “The Well,” a Christian bookstore and Coffee Shop is open 7 a.m.to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, and whenever the church is open for services or classes. Call 394-1646, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit fbcmarco.com.
Goodland Baptist Church, 412 Mango Avenue, Goodland. Sunday worship service 11 a.m., Sunday School. 9:45 a.m. Call 394-6233.
The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, 991 Winterberry Drive, has services on Friday evenings at 8 p.m., followed by a time of food and fellowship. Saturday morning 9:30 a.m. Torah study followed by a 10:30 a.m. service and luncheon. Rabbi Maline teaches an adult study course one Sunday a month with breakfast. Hebrew language instruction is available and there is an extensive library available to all. Concluding, this season’s Saul I. Stern Cultural Series, David O. Stewart, a Washington attorney, will discuss his book, “The Men Who Invented the Constitution: The Summer of 1787,” 7:30 p.m., March 15. The discussion is followed by a reception and tickets are required: $20, single tickets for members; $25 for others. They will celebrate Passover at their Annual Passover Seder 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 8. The Haggadah, which tells of the exodus of the Jews from Egypt, will be read by the attendees, led by Rabbi Edward M. Maline, D.D. and Cantorial Soloist Hari Jacobsen. A complete holiday meal of traditional foods such as chicken soup with matzo balls, eggs in salt water, gefilte fish, and a main entrée of chicken will be served. Desserts include an assortment of Passover cakes and macaroons. The Seder is open to the public. The prices for guests are $55 for adults, $15 for children 4 to 12, and children under 4 are free. Reservations are required. There is also an active Sisterhood and Men’s Club, auctions, bingo, mah-jongg tournaments, bridge groups, and a fledgling book club. Call 642-0800, or visit marcojcmi.tripod.com.
Marco Lutheran Church, 595 North Collier Boulevard, has a Saturday evening, 5 p.m., worship service. This is in addition to the two Sunday worship services at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. They will also conduct a series of weekly, 7 p.m., Wednesday Lenten worship services that will conclude on April 8. Pastor Kevin Koenig will deliver a sermon series on the theme: “By His Stripes ... Healing Wounded Relationships.” Each week the homily will reflect on how the suffering and death of Jesus bring renewal and reconciliation to areas of life where our human weakness or failings cause separation between God and people, and in our human inter-relationships as well. The church also offers: Divorce Care led by family minister Joyce Heffernan; Caring for Care Givers led by parish nurse, Dr. Gail Cacciola; weekly Bible Classes led by Rev. Carl Zahrte — 8 a.m. men on Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. women on Wednesday, and 10 a.m. mixed on Thursday; the Day Out Club offers chair-yoga, 9 a.m.; Wednesdays Food For Thought church dinners 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Under His Wings support group for people in grief on Thursday; chair strength, chair pilates, and chair stretch are offered 8:30 am on Thursdays and yoga classes at 4 p.m. on Thursdays. There will be an evening of gospel music with Phil and Pam on March 17 and Bill Allred’s Classic Jazz Band on March 24. Tickets for the performances are $20 and are available in the choir room, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday. On April 6,7,8 Marco Lutheran members will present “The Last Supper”. Call 394-0332, e-mail email@example.com, or visit marcolutheran.org.
Marco Presbyterian Church, 875 West Elkcam Circle, services and classes are as follows: Sunday — 9 a.m. worship service, adult and children’s Sunday School; 10 a.m. fellowship; 10:30 a.m. worship service with children’s church and adult Sunday School; 4:30 p.m. youth group; and 6 p.m. worship service. Nursery and quiet room are available for all morning services and T-coil system for the hearing impaired. The Sunday evening youth group meets over pizza to study “The Five Love Languages” by Gary Chapman. SWAT — Service, Witness and Training for middle and high school students meet, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. every Wednesday. The group study focuses on rebellion against low expectations and uses the book “Do Hard Things” by teen twin brothers Alex and Brett Harris. There is also a Wednesday evening prayer and Bible meeting at 6:30 p.m. for adults; two 7:30 a.m. men’s Bible studies, one on Tuesday and one on Wednesday; and a women’s Friday 9:30 a.m. Bible study. The church’s “Music Makes the Heart Glad” concert series continues, on March 15, pianist Marv Hollenbeck will present a potpourri of patriotic songs, hymns, and gospel music at 6 p.m. The final concert in the series will feature the gospel singing Baker/Plasma Families at 6 p.m. on April 5. Concerts are free and open to the public. A love offering will be received. They also will host “The Fabulous Forties” scheduled for 6 p.m., Friday, March 20, in the Fellowship Hall. The evening will consist of a shared dish dinner, antique cars, the “Andrews Sisters”, WWII stories, and a special tribute to veterans. Free. Call 394-8186, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit marcochurch.com.
New Life Community Church of God, 590 West Elkcam Circle. The two churches New Life Community Church and the Community Church, (formally the Church of God), began worshipping together on Christmas Eve. On Sunday, Feb. 8 they unanimously voted to join and selected the Rev. Thomas McCulley as pastor. On March 1 they decided their new name. They have a 9 a.m. adult Sunday school, and 10 a.m. worship service. Tuesday, 6 p.m. Alpha course with dinner and a movie, free. The Alpha Course explores what Christianity is all about in a relaxed informal setting. Information on Alpha visit alphausa.org. Wednesday, 7 p.m. Bible study. Thursday, 7 p.m. “The Shack” book discussion groups. The Corner Cottage and Tea Lady Ministry will continue. The Corner Cottage, 100 Palm Drive, Suite 210, in the Shops of Olde Marco offers Bible studies, craft classes, topical tiny teas, as well as, a variety of courses ranging from abuse and addictions, to divorce, loss and grief. The Saturday, 2 p.m. teas, held in the Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall are as follows: March 7, “Garden Party,” and April 18, “Teapots and Toppers” with a hat contest. New Life office call 394-4980, or Marco Community office call 394-3469, e-mail email@example.com. For the Corner Cottage or Tea information call 642-1406.
San Marco Catholic Church, 851 San Marco Road, Mass schedule is as follows: Saturday 2:15 p.m., 3:45 p.m., and 5:30 p.m.; Sunday 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 12:15 p.m., and 6 p.m. The Sunday 6 p.m. service is a contemporary Mass. Daily Mass will be celebrated at 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., Monday through Friday through April 8. There will be stations of the cross after the 8:30 a.m. Mass and at 4:15 p.m. on Fridays during Lent. The Knights of Columbus will also host a fish fry every Friday during Lent from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Choice of baked or fried, includes sides and deserts. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12 at the door. The church also has line dancing in the Parish Center 9:30 a.m. every Monday. Paul Todd Concert presented by the Council of Catholic Women (CCW), 7 p.m., March 11. Tickets are $20 and are available in the church office from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and at the Gift Shop in Church after most Masses. Attendees are also urged to bring a gently used or new children’s book to the concert for the Give a Kid a Book Program. CCW in partnership with Stewardship will donate books to the migrant children at the Manatee School, grades Pre-K through 8. For more information about the concert, call Ann Allard at 394-4011. The Life in the Spirit Seminar presented by the Yes, Lord Prayer Group on March 14 begins at the 8 a.m. Mass, with a continental breakfast, speakers, and reflection. Call Nancy at 642-6083 or Mary Ann at 394-2864. The suggested offering is $15 pre-registration is required. A continental breakfast will be provided; attendees are urged to bring a brown bag lunch. There will be a St. Pat and St. Joe Dinner on March 17 details to follow at a later date. The community is also invited to attend the popular Big Band Dance, in the Parish Center, 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 31. Tickets at the door are $10. Call 394-5181, or visit sanmarcochurch.org. Information on some specific parish services and ministries: Liturgical — worship 394-5181, alter servers 393-0891, music 394-5181 ext. 15, eucharistic 389-4972, lectors 642-3836, ushers 642-9582, and youth choir 775-8284. Support — bereavement 394-5181, communion to homebound 389-0945, Meals on Wheels 394-0108, Overeater’s Anonymous 394-5044, Respect Life 394-2864, and respite care 272-3434. Education — Educational Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults 394-4068 and scripture study 642-9905. Service — Council of Catholic Women 393-2509, Knights of Columbus and Columbiettes 389-0512, San Marco Senior Women 389-4997, and St. Vincent de Paul 775-1667. Prayer — Rosary for Life 394-3620, Novena 404-5361, Yes Lord, Prayer Group 642-6083, Divine Mercy 394-5181, and Blessed Sacrament 394-5181. Youth Ministries — Maidens of Mary and Squires 394-5181.
St. Finbarr Catholic Community, 13520 Tamiami Trail East, located on Highway 41, one mile east of the intersection of Highway 41 and Collier Boulevard (State Road 951) schedule is as follows: Saturday Vigil 4:30 p.m.; Sunday Masses 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.; and weekday Masses on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday at 9 a.m. The 10 a.m. Sunday Mass during season is contemporary and upbeat. It features a 40 to 50 voice choir and a 5 to 6 piece band. Ministries and services: Liturgical — alter servers, Eucharistic ministers, lectors, music, and ushers. Support and prayer communion to the homebound, rosary makers, and prayer shawl. Service ministries — Council of Catholic Women (CCW) and Knights of Columbus (K of C). Tickets may be purchased for the following events at the church office or after all Masses: CCW Fashion Show and Luncheon, 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., $20 includes lunch, show, and door prizes, March 10 and K of C Fish Bake, 5 p.m. cocktails, 6 p.m. dinner, $15 April 3; Call 417-2084, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit stfinbarr.org.
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1101 North Collier Boulevard has three Sunday services: 8 a.m. Holy Eucharist; 9:15 a.m. casual, family-friendly Holy Eucharist with guitar music followed by Sunday School for children and youth; and 10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist with choir. Fellowship and refreshments follow each Sunday service and the nursery is available at all Sunday services. Holy Eucharist service, Saturday 5:30 p.m., now through the Easter Vigil. Additional services and events for Lent: Tuesday’s 9 a.m., Saints Bible Study, 9 a.m. led by Pastor Kyle; Tuesdays 10:15 a.m. Morning Prayer with Holy Eucharist; Wednesday’s 11:30 a.m. Fr. John’s Senior Seminar, meets March 4 to April 1 in the Chapel followed by a light lunch in the Parish Hall, registration required; Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m. a special Lenten Event followed by a 6 p.m. soup and salad meal in the parish hall; and Fridays 5:30 p.m. the Stations of The Cross. Schedule for the 5:30 p.m. Wednesday Lenten Event is as follows: March 11, Curt Cloninger One-Man Show; March 18, Taize Healing Service; March 25, The Annunciation – He; April 1, Fr. John leads Compline with Music. The Laughter Yoga Club with music minister and certified Laughter Yoga instructor Dr. Ronald Doiron meets from noon to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesdays on the patio or in the Parish Center, depending on the weather, followed by a brown bag lunch. The church will also host an Arts and Crafts Fair on March 12 -13, and April 2-3. Call 394-7242, e-mail email@example.com, or visit stmarksmarco.org.
The United Church of Marco Island (UCMI), a member of the United Church of Christ and the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches, 320 North Barfield Drive, has a 10 a.m. worship service. On Feb. 20 the UCMI members voted to accept the recommendation of a committee of their peers to install the Rev. Richard Adair as their permanent senior minister. He will begin his ministry on March 15. The church also offers classes, a book club, women’s fellowship lunches and other events. They are also the church that runs the Bargain Basket and are a Stephen Ministry church. The Bargain Basket is one of the oldest ministries of its kind in Collier County. Call 394-6572, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit ucmarco.org.
Wesley United Methodist Church, 350 South Barfield Drive, has a 9 a.m. contemporary service and a 10:30 p.m. traditional service. Children’s Sunday school is available during each service. Adult Sunday school is also available at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. United Methodist Women meet the third Wednesday of each month at 9:30 a.m. in their Fellowship Hall. A study for children ages 5 through 12, based on C.S. Lewis’ “The Chronicles of Narnia”, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays through April 1. A light supper will be provided. Registration is required. The suggested fee is $10 per child; $15 maximum. “The Dare to Pray” covenant group, led by pastors Bill Beebe and Linda Johnson meets at 10 a.m. every Thursday. The group’s focus is humility, prayer and seeking God’s will. Although Beth Moore’s Studies are traditionally for women, this study is open to both men and women. The Naples Philharmonic returns 8 p.m., Friday, on April 3, with director Jorge Meister conducting, Mendelssohn’s Overture and Scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola (Glenn Basham, Violin and Jessie Goebel, Viola), and lastly, Hayden’s Symphony No. 103. Tickets are $38 at the door and student admission is $15. For ticket information call the Phil at 597-1900. The church will host an Arts and Crafts Fair March 25 to 26. For church information call 394-3734, e-mail WUMCMarco@comcast.net, or visit wesleymarco.com.