“Music affects the mind, body and spirit,” said Dr. Ronald Doiron, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church’s director of music ministries. “Music that is prepared and presented well becomes an inspiration and draws the community together in worship like nothing else.”
“Music has always been part of the Judeo-Christian worship from Abraham singing praises to God in Genesis 14 to the songs sung around the throne in Revelation 5 to the beautiful book of Psalms that covers all emotions,” said the Rev. William Lyle, Marco Presbyterian Church’s lead pastor. “Music is a natural response to coming face to face with the creator.”
Several houses of worship have organized concerts and ministry events for the upcoming season.
San Marco Catholic Church recently hosted the Newman Singers, who sang at eight Masses and gave two concerts. And St. Finbarr’s Parish hosts several benefit concerts a year. Their Knights of Columbus annual concert for charity on Wednesday featured the Townsmen Orchestra’s big band sound. They play an Irish concert in the spring.
“A world without music would be a dreary one,” said Tom Mulvey, St. Finbarr’s concert chairman. “Music lifts our spirits.” The concerts at St. Finbarr’s open with inspirational songs and close with “God Bless America,” which is sung to be patriotic and to ask for divine help. “This is in keeping with the adage ’to sing is to pray twice,’” said Mulvey.
The New Life Community Church will once again host Grammy Award-winning pianist Dino Kartsonakis, “American’s Piano Showman,” 6 p.m., Jan. 22. Dino is known for his emotional and spontaneous piano styling of classical and sacred music.
“Talent wise he is the Christian equivalent of Liberace,” said the Rev. Greg Barrett New Life’s worship pastor. “It’s a piano ministry event not a concert and will feature all new music,” he said.
This is the third year for St. Mark’s Friends of Music concert series. The series began in December with its eighth annual Advent Concert and continued with a Concert of Harps on Jan. 8. Requiem Sunday — A Celebration of Life at 10:30 p.m., on March 25, will feature John Rutter’s “Requiem” with St. Mark’s choir, soloists and an instrumental ensemble.
Their final event will be A Classical Dinner, 5 p.m., April 21 that will feature a catered dinner and the Rauschenberg Quartet. Tickets are $25 per person and will be available at the church office after Feb. 1.
The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI) will host the Naples Philharmonic Brass Quintet at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 15. Their performance is part of the Saul Stern Cultural Series. Advance tickets are $25. There will also be a “Jazz Shabbat” 8 p.m., March 3 featuring Kevin Mauldin, principal bass for the Naples Philharmonic.
“As Jewish music has predominantly reflected the music of each host country in each age, it seems only fitting, and long overdue, to include jazz,” said Hari Jacobsen, JCMI’s cantorial soloist.
“Outreach and fellowship build a sense of community,” said Marco Lutheran Church’s music director Craig Gruesel. “The arts provide a medium of communication for everyone not only to share in the entertainment, but to carry a piece of the enjoyment into their everyday lives.”
This year Marco Lutheran Church’s Artist Series will feature music from bluegrass to jazz to classical. The first in the series featured the Boxcars, a bluegrass group on Tuesday. Let’s Hang On, a Frankie Valli tribute show will perform on Jan. 31. Clarinetist Dave Bennett whose style and sound has been likened to Benny Goodman, will appear on Feb. 21. March 5 will feature the Three Redneck Tenors. Their original performance pairs operatic voices and comedy.
The final concert will feature the 60-voice women’s choir the Purduettes whose repertoire ranges from classical to pop. All concerts are at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and need to be purchased in advance; call 391-5579.
“As churches we are here to serve the community,” said Wesley United Methodist Church’s Pastor, the Rev. Kirk J. Dreiser. “The more sacred events are an opportunity for Christians to be built up through music.”
The Hyssongs, a traveling gospel group, will return once again to Wesley for a performance at 6:30 p.m., March 10. They are known for their humor, talent and unique sound.
The Naples Orchestra and Choir will once again present the Seven Last Word’s of Christ, 7 p.m., April 1. Free, with a free will offering.
This is the seventh year for Marco Presbyterian Church’s concert series. The first concert will feature Marv Hollenbeck at the piano 6 p.m., this Sunday, Jan. 22. He will play a potpourri of gospel, sacred and patriotic selections. A reception in the courtyard will follow.
Vocalists Alan and Linda Sandlin will join the organ piano duo of Babs Hillenbrand and Hollenbeck at 6 p.m. Feb. 19, for an evening of classical selections and traditional hymns.
The legendary Blackwood Brothers Quartet will perform a concert at 7 p.m., March 2.
Billy Dean and Dawn Birch will give a gospel concert on March 18 at 6 p.m. Grammy Award-winning tenor, Larry Ford will return on April 15 to present an evening of gospel music at 6 p.m. Free, love offerings will be received.
Watch for reminders and details in the weekly Faith Briefs.
Kathleen Tuttle, a Marco Island resident since 1987, has written articles for various non-profits for more than 25 years. She is a community volunteer, former science teacher and microbiologist. Kathleen can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marco Presbyterian Church: Women’s weekly Bible Study, Friday, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., of Beth Moore’s “The Patriarchs: Encountering the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” Area women and their pre-school children will delve into the concepts of blessing, covenant and promise, and how they shaped the lives of Abraham, his descendants and today’s Christians. Study guides are available for $17 at the Bible study or the church office. Pre-schoolers will learn the same Biblical concepts through song and fun activities. There is no charge for children but pre-registration is required. Call the church office for information.
Grief Share with Seasonal Pastor, the Rev. Rod Whited, continues 10 a.m. every Monday.
“Praying Life” with the Rev. Rod Whited meets 10:30 a.m., Wednesdays.
Ladies book club, lead by Peggy Whited, will discuss Francine Rivers’ book “Redeeming Love,” 9:30 a.m., Jan. 26 in the choir room. Next month they will discuss Catherine Marshall’s “Beyond Our Selves.” Information call Whited at 904 608-9469.
Marco Lutheran Church: Boyz Only Splash! event for infants to 5 years olds and their dad or another male adult will feature games, prizes, snacks, stories and the VeggieTales movie “Josh and the Big Wall” 5 to 7 p.m. tonight. Boys need intentional time with the men in their life and God wants us to know the benefit of obedience. Five dollars per family cover to offset cost of supplies (waived upon request).
GriefShare, a Christ-centered support group for those who have lost a loved one through death continues 10 a.m. each Thursday. Sessions are proceeded by a time of fellowship and coffee at 9:30 a.m. and conclude at noon. For information call Joyce Waidelich at 793-4601 or Dory Catalano at 389-2363.
The Birds of Paradise Women’s Retreat, time for women and young ladies to connect with God and community, will be held 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 28 at the Cape Marco Clubhouse. God designed women to soar, but they often choose to stay in their self-created cages. All are welcome to find courage to take flight with the support of other “birds of paradise.” There is a $10 registration fee (waived upon request). To register, contact Faith Rattei at email@example.com or call the church.
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church: The Youth Group is sponsoring a Goat Inspired Coffeehouse evening, 6 to 7:30 p.m. tonight, to benefit the Episcopal Relief and Development fund. There will be live goats to pet from 6 to 7 p.m. (outside St. Mark’s Preschool), appetizers, baked goods, coffee and music. Donations accepted to purchase goats for Third World communities.
Fr. John Ineson’s Friday morning class begins 10 a.m., today in the Willis Ministry Center’s Community Room and will continue for six sessions. They will study Marcus Borg’s “Embracing an Adult Faith, What it Means to be Christian.” Workbooks will be provided for the class. Please RSVP the church.
The Rev. Sue Price will celebrate Morning Prayer at 9 a.m. every morning in the Chapel through Lent. Information: 239-331-4626.
St. Finbarr Parish: The Spanish Ministry will host a car wash to benefit the children’s religious education program 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday in the church’s parking area; suggested donation, $5.
Jewish Congregation of Marco Island: Open House 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday. Meet with Rabbi Edward Maline, D.D., Cantorial Soloist Hari Jacobsen and other leaders at the temple. The open house is free; reservations are requested. Refreshments will be served. Information, please contact the JCMI office or Harvey Brenner at 304-0737.
The Saul I. Stern Cultural Series will host Dr. Bernd Wellschlaeger 7:30 p.m., also on Sunday. Wellschlaeger, the son of an SS officer, will discuss his conversion to the Jewish faith. His book, “A German Life” will be available for purchase and signing. Reception follows. Tickets are $25 for nonmembers.
The JCMI Sisterhood and Men’s Club will host a Gourmet Italian Dinner with wine pairings Jan. 29. The evening begins with hors d’oeuvres at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. Wine expert Ronald Kapon of New York City will explain the wine selections. The James Beard Foundation has honored Kapon for his educational contributions. Reservations required, please contact the synagogue.
San Marco Catholic Church: The Respect Life Committee will hold their Marco Island Life Walk from noon to 1 p.m. on Monday. Jan. 23 is the 39th anniversary of the Roe vs Wade Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal through all nine months of pregnancy. Community members are invited to join their silent, prayerful demonstration on both sides of Collier Boulevard from the Esplanade to Walgreens. Pro-life, non-graphic signs will be available at 11:30 a.m. in front of the church’s Blessed Sacrament Chapel. For more information, call Mary Ann Hansen 394-2864.
The Council of Catholic Women (CCW) will host their Annual Fashion Show and Luncheon on Jan. 25 in the Parish Center with fashions by Kay’s on the Beach, Chloe’s Boutique and Marco Island Clothing; lunch by Chef Bob Aylwin of Premier Chef Services; door prizes and raffle. Doors open at 11 a.m. Cost is $45 per person. Reservations are required. For tickets, please contact Lynne Minozzi at 642-3836.
CCW’s annual “This ’n That” and bake sale, 9 a.m. to noon, Feb. 4 in the parish hall. Donations are accepted, but no clothing, furniture or computer equipment. Call Susie Walsh at 389-9755 for details.
New Life Community Church of God: Women’s Tuesday evening weekly Bible Study, Beth Moore’s “Daniel, Lives of Integrity, Words of Prophecy” continues at 6:30 p.m. Session 2 begins 6:30 p.m. Feb. 21. Christians today face many of the same trials and temptations as the prophet Daniel — pressures to compromise one’s faith in a hostile culture. The study shows how individuals can live with integrity in today’s self-absorbed society. The six-week sessions may be studied independently. Cost: $20, scholarships are available. Call the church office for information.
Interfaith Community Adult Education Series: The Rev. Thomas McCulley will discuss the Pentecostal movement 7 p.m., Wednesday at the New Life Community Church. The Rev. Richard Adair will discuss Congregational Christianity 7 p.m., Feb. 1 at the United Church of Marco Island.
The Family Church—Marco Island: Women’s Thursday morning, 9 to 11 a.m., weekly Bible study, Beth Moore’s “David, Seeking a Heart Like His” continues. Thursday. The 11-week study is for anyone who has ever experienced doubts, temptations, losses, family problems, or personal inconsistencies. Study guides are $20 and are available upon registration. Contact Judy Boston at 393-3495 or Pat Hagedorn at 394-4567 to pre-register. Bring a Bible and pencil to class.
20th Annual Marco Island Women’s Interfaith Gathering: The Family Church—Marco Island will host the 9:30 a.m. Gathering on Jan. 27. The event includes a continental breakfast; a theatrical presentation of “Shear Heaven,” a drama created and performed by Larraine Olnowich; and music by vocalist and guitarist, Pastor Ben Sprankle. Seating is limited; reservations required; $6 donation. Call Judy Boston at 393-3495 or Pat Hagedorn at 394-4567.
St. Leo’s Parish Life and Education Center in Bonita Springs: Speaker and New York Times bestselling author, Matthew Kelly will speak on the relevance of Catholicism, 7:30 p.m., Feb. 9. Over the past decade, Kelly has spoken to more than 3 million people in 50 countries. In his talk, “Is Catholicism Still Relevant?” Kelly will dispel many of the widespread myths surrounding the practice and rejection of Catholicism. His presentation is based on his book, “Rediscovering Catholicism.” The doors open for networking at 6:15 p.m. Wine, beer and light snacks will be served. Those attending are encouraged to eat dinner before they arrive. The cost to attend is $15 per person; registration and pre-payment is required. To register or for more information, go to www.faithandwine.com/speakerFeb9. Faith and Wine, Faith and Ale-Ft. Myers, Faith and Ale-Naples and the San Marco Council of Catholic Women are the event’s host.
A bus to St. Leo’s will leave at 5 p.m. from San Marco Catholic Church. Those interested in riding the bus must call Michele Irimies at: 440-610-2823, before 5 p.m., today.
29th Annual Marco Annual Prayer Breakfast: The annual event will be held 7:30 a.m., Feb. 14 at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, 400 South Collier Blvd. The doors open at 7 a.m. and the breakfast will conclude at 9 a.m.
Guest speaker, retired Chaplain, Brigadier General Doug Lee will give the keynote address. Lee retired from the Army in 2008 after nearly 31 years of service. He now works with civilian and military chaplains across the United States.
Tickets are $20 per person and are available at the Marco Chamber of Commerce and most area churches. A table of 10 may be reserved for $200. Please purchase your tickets early.
Mega Ministries Mega Praise Team and pianist Marv Hollenbeck will provide music.
The group will pray for the city council, police, firemen and public works officials. They will also honor veterans and first-responders.
Call Prayer Breakfast Chairman, Don Kolowsky for information, 642-3622.