Church Lady: Area churches get upgrades, new attractions

Workers set the United Church of Marco Island’s new steeple in place on May 10. The steeple adorns Dissler Hall the churches original sanctuary.
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Photo by Kathleen G. Tuttle

Workers set the United Church of Marco Island’s new steeple in place on May 10. The steeple adorns Dissler Hall the churches original sanctuary. /Submitted

Marco Presbyterian Church’s new communion table, foreground, and baptismal font, right, are made of walnut.  Both were constructed by seasonal church member Dr. Bruce Kane.
/Kathleen Tuttle Special to the Eagle

Photo by Kathleen G. Tuttle

Marco Presbyterian Church’s new communion table, foreground, and baptismal font, right, are made of walnut. Both were constructed by seasonal church member Dr. Bruce Kane. /Kathleen Tuttle Special to the Eagle

The United Church of Marco Island’s Bargain Basket sports a new bright paint job.  The building was painted to celebrate the stores third year in their new location.
/Kathleen Tuttle Special to the Eagle

Photo by Kathleen G. Tuttle

The United Church of Marco Island’s Bargain Basket sports a new bright paint job. The building was painted to celebrate the stores third year in their new location. /Kathleen Tuttle Special to the Eagle

New Life Community Church’s Children’s Pastor Nicci Moroney prepares the revamped children’s room for Sunday morning worship.  Moroney got the idea for a minimalist approach from children’s ministry specialist the Rev. Jay Risner 
/Kathleen Tuttle Special to the Eagle

Photo by Kathleen G. Tuttle

New Life Community Church’s Children’s Pastor Nicci Moroney prepares the revamped children’s room for Sunday morning worship. Moroney got the idea for a minimalist approach from children’s ministry specialist the Rev. Jay Risner /Kathleen Tuttle Special to the Eagle

San Marco Catholic Church’s Director of Christian Education and Youth Ministry Kim Adamson readies books for the church’s new lending library.  The bookcases were donated in memory of Marie Pucci by her husband Thomas.
/Kathleen Tuttle Special to the Eagle

Photo by Kathleen G. Tuttle

San Marco Catholic Church’s Director of Christian Education and Youth Ministry Kim Adamson readies books for the church’s new lending library. The bookcases were donated in memory of Marie Pucci by her husband Thomas. /Kathleen Tuttle Special to the Eagle

Car carriers wend their way to the condos as our seasonal friends flock back to their winter nests. While they were away, there were some physical changes and additions to our area churches: A new steeple, a new paint job, a revamped children’s worship area, a glass sculpture, new library shelves, a new communion table and baptismal font.

The changes were acts of love wrought by thankful worshippers.

SPIRITUAL STEEPLE, COLORFUL BARGAINS

The two most noticeable are the new steeple on the United Church of Marco Island’s fellowship hall and a new multihued paint job at the Bargain Basket, a United Church mission.

Dissler Hall, the United Church’s original sanctuary, and the steeple are approximately 40 years old. It was leaking badly and needed to be replaced, explained Richard Hearn, church’s property chair in a telephone interview.

Since the days of Emperor Constantine, steeples have been used to direct people’s eyes toward heavens giving them a spiritual mindset, as well as making it easier to find the churches.

Overseeing the project was a natural fit for Hearn who has more than 40 years experience in construction.

“The New Testament urges us to use our talents to honor God and I was glad to serve and use my training,” said Hearn.

The church got a quote to refurbish the steeple from Dan’s Custom Sheet Metal Inc. and the contractor started on the base. However, the contractor woke up one night and realized that he couldn’t in good conscious refurbish the old steeple.

“You can’t put new wine in an old wine skin, it will burst,” said Hearn.“And you can’t put new aluminum on an old steeple.” The contractor built a new steeple and absorbed the additional cost.

Hearn is happy to report that despite high winds and rain not a drop of water has come in.

The Bargain Basket celebrated its third year in the new location by painting the building. Drab was banished and replaced with blue, green, salmon and yellow.

“It’s pretty soothing,” said Sue Woods, Bargain Basket manager.“We stand out, but it’s not in a garish way and we have had many positive comments.” The thrift store has been serving the Marco community for approximately 38 years.

A CHURCH FOR CHILDREN

Speaking of paint, the newly refurbished children’s ministry area at New Life Community Church sports a new dark green hue. The furnishings are minimal with two large monitors and a wooden cross. The children sit on risers in the room’s back third.

Pastor Nicci Moroney got the idea for the minimalist approach from the Rev. Jay Risner, a children’s ministries specialist for the Assemblies of God World Missions. He travels around the world training children’s pastors and workers, ministering at large scale kids’ crusades and developing children’s ministries in other countries.

Risner was the main speaker at a Kids Camp, a gathering Moroney attended in conjunction with her volunteer work at her previous church. She was able to talk to him during his down time.

“He encouraged me so much,” she said.“He explained that the best way to get children’s attention is to be the most interesting thing in the room. He was very theatrical, a one-man variety show, and I love theater, and he pushed that aspect.”

For Moroney, worship is not about the person in front of the room or the various props; it’s about Jesus and being led by the Spirit.

Sculpted In Memoriam

New at Marco Lutheran Church is a carved glass sculpture in the courtyard. The 42 by 72 inch sculpture depicts Jesus onshore calling out to his disciples in a boat. The sculpture was a gift to the church from longtime seasonal members Ed and Muriel Vogt in memory of their son Peter.

Peter’s sister and the sculptor Karin Mesa was reached via telephone at her home and studio that she shares with her husband Julian in Tarpon Springs. She wanted to design something that acknowledged how much Peter was loved, as that is the most important part of a person.

“The sculpture gave my parents a point where grieving could stop and the celebration of the life of a child they loved could continue,” she said.

Mesa also wanted something that would touch other people. The artist spoke to Pastor Kevin Koenig and discovered that the ship of the church is an important element of Marco Lutheran’s motif. A ship has been a symbol for the Christian church since the days of the apostles.

After conducting research and completing the drawing, her husband did the carving.“There’s a connection we are always being called from the shore,” she said.

LOVE OF BOOKS

Another longtime Marco seasonal resident made a donation to his church. Thomas Pucci donated bookshelves in memory of his wife Marie.

San Marco Catholic Church was the couple’s second home for more than 40 years. Marie served as a lector and Eucharist minister, coordinator of volunteers to the Guadalupe Framer’s Soup Kitchen and was active in several prayer groups.

Thomas, reached via telephone at his home in Rhode Island, shared how they met. It was love at first sight when in 1948 he saw her in an office at Brown University where she was the dean’s secretary.

“She was a very giving, charitable person,” he said of his wife. She was also an avid reader. Thus he donated the bookshelves and her library for the church’s lending library now housed in a Parish Center hallway.

MORE COMMUNION

Marco Presbyterian Church seasonal member Bruce Kane saw a need; the communion table was inappropriately sized for the space and size of the congregation. In season the communion trays could barely fit on the table. He had made the pulpit the year before and wanted to do something in the same style.

As an orthopedic surgeon he worked with bolts and screws his whole career and woodworking came naturally to him. Another church member paid for the materials and Paul Sellers did the engraving. Kane made the letters on the table in gold. The inspiration for the style came from the church he attends in Alpena, Mich.

“I enjoy using my talents for the glory of God,” he said via telephone from his home in Alpena.

After he completed the table he made a new baptismal font with the help of Al Cassens. It was an enriching experience for both as they got to know each other and Cassens learned new skills.

Keep an eye out for what’s new and enriching at Marco’s houses of worship. Also check out the Faith Briefs for various bible studies, concerts, community events, cultural series, dinners, prayer meetings and support groups hosted by our faith community.

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MIOCENE (Inactive) writes:

Funny thing about church steeples:

For centuries they built them higher and higher; and for centures they kept being struck by lightning; killing thousands of church-goers.

After Ben Franklin finally invented the lightning rod; it took thirty years plus for Catholics and Protestants to install them on church steeples.

The clergy claimed that the lightning rod was heresy, the devil's work, and interfered with acts of god.

The "Christ the Redeemer" statue in Rio was struck by lightning so many times; it finally had to have lightning rods istalled.

It seems that the almighty Jesus Christ can't even protect his own image.

It's funny how there is never a genuine miracle when you need one; like church steeples never being struck by lightning.

MIOCENE

MIOCENE (Inactive) writes:

Notice that the WRATH OF GOD; through earthquakes and natural disasters most often strike the poor, the faithful, and the Bible Belt;
-while Reno and Vegas, the modern desert cities of Sodom and Gomorrah; remain unscathed.

The record shows that god always "BLESSES" the people who don't live in seismic areas, tornado zones, hurricane paths, and flood zones.

Case in point: Earthquake strikes Philippine Islands and destroys Christian Churches.

When millions die in war; the faithful site "free will" or the "fall of man".

Yet what explanation can the faithful give when god either destroys or ALLOWS to be destroyed; the ancient and classical symbols of his own existence, and so-called power and glory?

RayPray writes:

in response to MIOCENE:

Funny thing about church steeples:

For centuries they built them higher and higher; and for centures they kept being struck by lightning; killing thousands of church-goers.

After Ben Franklin finally invented the lightning rod; it took thirty years plus for Catholics and Protestants to install them on church steeples.

The clergy claimed that the lightning rod was heresy, the devil's work, and interfered with acts of god.

The "Christ the Redeemer" statue in Rio was struck by lightning so many times; it finally had to have lightning rods istalled.

It seems that the almighty Jesus Christ can't even protect his own image.

It's funny how there is never a genuine miracle when you need one; like church steeples never being struck by lightning.

MIOCENE

"It's funny how there is never a genuine miracle when you need one..."

Not true!

There is the miracle of modern communication networks requirement for oodles of high rental cell phone towers....

http://www.npr.org/2012/07/26/1574008...

<<Please, Jesus, anoint me with a hill and a steeple....>>

MIOCENE (Inactive) writes:

How about the miracle of getting a good New York style pizza in Florida?

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