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HIGHLIGHTS TODAY AND THIS WEEKEND
Stations of the Cross follow the 8:30 a.m. Mass and at 4:15 p.m. every Friday during Lent at San Marco Catholic Church, 851 San Marco Road.
Stations of the Cross follow the 9 a.m. Mass every Friday during Lent at St. Finbarr’s Catholic Community, 13520 Tamiami Trail East.
Fish Fry/Bake at Knights of Columbus, 5 to 7 p.m. every Friday at San Marco Catholic Church. The meal consists of fried or baked fish, French fries or baked potato, coleslaw, ice cream, rolls and coffee. Tickets $10/adults, $5/children. Take out available.
Stations of the Cross Service 5:30 p.m. every Friday at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1101 North Collier Boulevard. The unique Stations hanging in St. Mark’s Church were each artistically designed and completed by one of St. Mark’s Artists in Residence. Open to the public for viewing or private meditation during Lent from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
“The Fabulous Forties” 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Marco Presbyterian Church, 875 West Elkcam Circle. The evening will consist of a shared dish dinner, antique cars, the “Andrews Sisters,” WWII stories and a special tribute to veterans. Free.
Saturday Night Contemporary Service 5 p.m. every Saturday through Easter at Capri Christian Church, 111 East Hilo Street. Dress is casual. The vocal team leads the singing.
HIGHLIGHTS NEXT WEEK
Special Lenten Event 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. Marks Episcopal Church. “The Annunciation – He” followed by a 6 p.m. soup and salad meal in the parish hall.
Lenten Worship Services 7 p.m. Wednesday at Marco Lutheran Church, 595 North Collier Boulevard. Pastor Kevin Koenig will deliver a sermon series on the theme: “By His Stripes. . . Healing Wounded Relationships.” The message will explore 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.
Arts and Crafts Fair 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Wesley United Methodist Church, 350 South Barfield Drive.
A View from the Underside: The Legacy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. The United Churches of Marco Island and Naples present the life of German pastor-theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, whose moral choice to leave a comfortable middle-class life in order to openly oppose Adolf Hitler’s regime cost him his life. Bonhoeffe’s most famous writing, “Letters and Papers from Prison,” detail his last years in Nazi confinement. Video introduction to Bonheffer’s life and work 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26 in Disseler Hall, the United Church of Marco Island, 320 North Barfield Drive, followed by a discussion facilitated by Dr. Betty R. Pursley, Minister of Music. Actor Al Staggs’ one-man play will delve into the inner world of Bonhoeffer, 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 29 at the Naples United Church of Christ, 5200 Crayton Road, Naples. Free-will donations accepted. Need a ride to Naples? Call 394-5096 by March 26.
Easter Vacation Bible School. The Wesley United Methodist Church will present a three-day “Easter Story” Vacation Bible during Easter break 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. April 6 through 8 for elementary and middle school students. There will be games, music, crafts and snacks. Free. Please pre-register by calling the church office at 394-3734.
The Last Supper. Marco Lutheran Church will present The Last Supper, 7 p.m. on April 6, 7, 8. Free will offering.
Passover Seder. The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, 991 Winterberry Drive, 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 will be served. Desserts include an assortment of Passover cakes and macaroons. Open to the public, $55/adults, $15/children 4 to 12, children under 4 free. Call 642-0800 to make reservations or for details.
Easter Sunrise Service on the Beach. The twentieth-first annual Easter Sunrise Service on the Beach will be held 7 a.m. Sunday, 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 8:15 a.m. blended service, 9:30 a.m. contemporary, 11 a.m. blended service. Sunday School for all ages 9:30 a.m. The Music Ministry gets people involved through the choir program, instrumental teams and seven praise teams to enhance the service with uplifting and exciting music. The Children’s Ministry offers an evening program for first through sixth graders Sundays at 6:30 p.m. The junior high and high school youth meet Wednesdays at 7 p.m. The church offers Small Groups during the week for adults. Call 642-6233, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit caprichristianchurch.com.
First Baptist Church, the Family Church, 1450 Winterberry Drive, offers two worship services on Sunday: 9 a.m. traditional, 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 meets at 9 a.m. Sundays with a 10:30 a.m. Spanish worship service the last Sunday of the month. Wednesday evening activities, 6:30 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. “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 email@example.com, 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, services Friday evenings at 8 p.m. followed by a time of food and fellowship. Saturday morning 9:30 a.m. Torah study followed by 10:30 a.m. service and luncheon. Hebrew language instruction available and an extensive library open to all. There are active Sisterhood and Men’s Clubs, 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, 5 p.m. Saturday evening worship service in addition to two Sunday worship services at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. The church offers: Caring for Care Givers led by parish nurse, Dr. Gail Cacciola; weekly Bible Classes led by Rev. Carl Zahrte at 8 a.m. for men on Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. for 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 to 7:30 p.m.; Under His Wings support group for people in grief on Thursday; chair strength, chair pilates and chair stretch 8:30 a.m. Thursdays and yoga classes at 4 p.m. Thursdays. Call 394-0332, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit marcolutheran.org.
Marco Presbyterian Church, 875 West Elkcam Circle, services and classes: 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; 6 p.m. worship service. Nursery and quiet room available for all morning services; T-coil system for the hearing impaired. The Sunday evening 4:30 p.m. youth group meets over pizza to study “Paul in Rome.” SWAT—Service, Witness and Training for middle and high school students meet, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, focuses on rebellion against low expectations and uses the book “Do Hard Things” by teen twin brothers Alex and Brett Harris; Wednesday evening prayer and Bible meeting at 6:30 p.m. for adults; two 7:30 a.m. men’s Bible studies on Tuesday and Wednesday; women’s Friday 9:30 a.m. Bible study. The church’s “Music Makes the Heart Glad” concert series concludes 6 p.m. April 5 with a presentation by the gospel singing Baker/Plasma Families. Free and open to the public. A love offering accepted. Call 394-8186, e-mail email@example.com, or visit marcochurch.com.
New Life Community Church of God, 590 West Elkcam Circle. New Life Community Church and the Community Church (formally the Church of God), began worshipping together Christmas Eve. The Rev. Thomas McCulley, pastor holds 9 a.m. adult Sunday school and 10 a.m. Sunday worship service; Tuesday 6 p.m. join Alpha course with dinner and a movie, free. alphausa.org; Wednesday 7 p.m. Bible study; Thursday 7 p.m. “The Shack” book discussion groups. The Corner Cottage, 100 Palm Drive, Suite 210, in the Shops of Olde Marco offers Bible studies, craft classes, topical tiny teas, a variety of courses from abuse and addictions to divorce, loss and grief. There will be a 2 p.m. Saturday, April 18, “Teapots and Toppers” Tea, with a hat contest held in the Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall. Call 394-3469, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For the Corner Cottage or Tea information call 642-1406.
San Marco Catholic Church, 851 San Marco Road. Mass schedule: 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. The church also has line dancing in the Parish Center 9:30 a.m. every Monday. The community is invited to attend the popular Big Band Dance, in the Parish Center, 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 31. Tickets $10. Call 394-5181 or visit sanmarcochurch.org. Information on 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; 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; 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; 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; 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: Saturday Vigil 4:30 p.m.; Sunday Masses 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.; weekday Masses Monday, Tuesday, and Friday at 9 a.m. Stations of the Cross follow the 9 a.m. Friday Mass every Friday during Lent. The 10 a.m. Sunday Mass during season is contemporary and upbeat featuring 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). There will be a K of C Fish Bake on April 3 with 5 p.m. cocktails, 6 p.m. dinner. Tickets $15 at the church office or after all Masses. Call 417-2084, e-mail email@example.com, 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; 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: Tuesdays 9 a.m. Saints Bible Study led by Pastor Kyle; Tuesdays 10:15 a.m. Morning Prayer with Holy Eucharist; Wednesdays 11:30 a.m. Fr. John’s Senior Seminar meets through April 1 in the Chapel followed by a light lunch in the Parish Hall, registration required. The Laughter Yoga Club with music minister and certified Laughter Yoga instructor, Dr. Ronald Doiron, meets from noon to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays on the patio or in the Parish Center, depending on the weather, followed by a brown bag lunch. The church will host an Arts and Crafts Fair on April 2-3. Call 394-7242, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, 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. The church offers classes, a book club, women’s fellowship lunches and other events. They run 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 email@example.com, 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. United Methodist Women meet the third Wednesday of each month at 9:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. A study for children ages 5 through 12, based on C.S. Lewis’ “The Chronicles of Narnia,” 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays through April 1. Light supper provided. Registration required. Suggested fee for the Narnia study $10/child, $15 maximum. “The Dare to Pray” covenant group, led by pastors Bill Beebe and Linda Johnson meets at 10 a.m. Thursdays, focus on humility, prayer and seeking God’s will. Open to both men and women. There will be a Missions Fair, Sunday, March 29 after both the services attended by representatives from the Charter Middle School, Immokalee Friendship House, St. Matthews House, Grace Place in Golden Gate, and Habitat for Humanity. The Naples Philharmonic returns 8 p.m. Friday, 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 Hayden’s Symphony No. 103. Tickets $38/adults; $15/students. For ticket information call the Phil at 597-1900. The church hosts an Arts and Crafts Fair March 25 to 26. For church information call 394-3734, e-mail WUMCMarco@comcast.net, or visit wesleymarco.com.