Church Lady: Love and a strong faith aid two Marco moms
Published 05/07/2013 at 4:19 p.m.
Two Marco mothers share their spiritual journey with the Church Lady. Our community is rich with ordinary women dealing with extraordinary challenges. Among them are two mothers — Hari Jacobsen and Janet Stapleton; one Jewish, the other Catholic. Both sing ...
Church Lady: Season's over - First-time reflections from three Marco clergy
Published 04/11/2013 at 8:44 a.m. 1 Comment
On Easter Marco's churches were bursting. Parishioners at San Marco Catholic Church were receiving communion on the entrance steps. Many churches hastily put up additional chairs in their lobbies to accommodate the standing room only crowds. The folks tha
CHURCH LADY: Good Friday traditions differ, but meaning stays the same
Published 03/27/2013 at 4:32 p.m. 1 Comment
Church Lady talks to Marco Island houses of worship.
Church Lady: Marco Island Clergy Association 2013 Education Series Promoting unity, harmony and concord among the houses of worship
Published 01/17/2013 at 9:08 a.m.
Its one of the best things the island has ever done, said Wesley United Methodist Church member Betty Thacher. Her and her husband Tom, a lay leader at their church, attended nine of the 10 sessions at last years Marco ...
Church Lady: Capri Christian Church welcomed new student minister
Published 11/09/2012 at 3 a.m.
Capri Christian Church welcomes new pastor.
Church Lady: A study of faith Marco churches host adult religion classes this fall
Published 10/19/2012 at 3 a.m.
Adult religion classes begin on Marco Island.
CHURCH LADY: Selichot service - JCMI prepares for upcoming Jewish New Year
Published 09/14/2012 at 3 a.m.
Kathleen Tuttle is the Church Lady; she writes about the houses of worship on Marco Island.
Rosh Hashana: Three area rabbis share their vision for Days of Awe
Published 09/13/2012 at 1:28 p.m.
The Hebrew year 5773 and the month of Tishrei will soon be here. A time when Jews all over the world observe the Days of Awe, the 10 days begin with Rosh Hashana and culminates with Yom Kippur.
CHURCH LADY: Autism doesn't hinder the spirit of Hannah Kandel
Published 08/03/2012 at 3 a.m.
Kathleen Tuttle is the Marco Eagle Church Lady, who writes about the houses of worship on the island.
CHURCH LADY: Capri Christian Church is making room for more
Published 07/20/2012 at 3 a.m.
CHURCH LADY explores the new sanctuary at Capri Christian Church on Isles of Capri.
CHURCH LADY: Mother to many: St. Mark’s reverend spiritual journey brings her to Marco Island
Published 05/10/2012 at 3:42 p.m.
Many call her Mother. Some call her Sue. Her name is the Rev. Sue Price, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church’s assisting priest.
CHURCH LADY: Marco churches take part in Prayer Shawl ministries
Published 04/26/2012 at 3:25 p.m.
Knit three, purl three, pray is the traditional pattern for making Prayer Shawls. For some, it represents the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. For others, it represents the knitting together of mind, body and spirit. Five area churches have Prayer ...
CHURCH LADY: Celebrating Passover: Annual seders feature traditional Haggadah
Published 04/12/2012 at 3 p.m. 1 Comment
If you’ve read Faith Briefs lately, you may be wondering what is a Haggadah? Last Friday, April 6, Jews all over the world gathered together to celebrate Erev Pesach, the Eve of Passover. It is an evening rich in symbolism ...
CHURCH LADY: Easter Sunday services; Memories of Easter
Published 04/06/2012 at 6 a.m.
Everywhere you look there are large displays of chocolate bunnies, miniature candied eggs and bright-colored baskets as well as Peeps in numerous colors. Restaurants offer special menus for Sunday brunch and of course there are the always-constant seasonal clothing sales ...
CHURCH LADY: March is a musical month at Marco churches
Published 03/09/2012 at 6 a.m.
Life is rich here on Marco, musically and most importantly spiritually. On Saturday, the Hyssongs, a traveling gospel group known for their humor, talent and unique sound, will give a concert at Wesley United Methodist Church. On Monday, Martha Gallagher ...
CHURCH LADY: Marco’s March music makers; Island churches hosts concerts
Published 03/02/2012 at 11:23 a.m.
It’s March and there are many opportunities for music and inspiration at Island houses of worship. Marco’s balmy winter weather makes it an attractive place for musical groups to visit.
Music makes Marco marvelous
Published 02/24/2012 at 6 a.m.
Love was in the air at Marco Presbyterian Church last Friday — love of God and love of others. Church members and friends, from Canada to the Isles of Capri, shared their musical talents at Marvelous Marco.
CHURCH LADY: Bread plays a central role in all of Marco’s houses of worship
Published 02/10/2012 at 10:12 a.m.
Bread plays a central role in all of Marco’s houses of worship. In the Jewish tradition it represents God’s bounty and food that sustains us. However, its meaning in the Christian churches is deeper and more profound. The Church Lady ...
Islander crafts knitted hats for local agencies
Published 02/03/2012 at 10:01 a.m.
Marco Islander Sandy Boy is a soft dynamo of a woman with the pixyish smile and twinkle in her eye. Her passion is caps. Her goal: nit a cap for every migrant child and cancer patient.
CHURCH LADY: Annual Prayer Breakfast marks a special occasion for Islanders
Published 02/03/2012 at 9:55 a.m.
It will be a time of patriotism, prayer and heart, as participants celebrate their first amendment right at the 29th annual Marco Island Prayer Breakfast on Marco Island. Local clergy will offer prayers during the event which will take place, ...
CHURCH LADY: Forming friendships: Interfaith Gathering welcomes Island women
Published 01/20/2012 at 6 a.m.
Today’s Christians are more understanding and frequently seek out ways to learn more about their brothers and sisters in Christ. Others seek to learn about the root of Christianity — Judaism. Bible studies that focus on the Old Testament are ...
Church Lady: Marco churches celebrate season with special concert series
Published 01/19/2012 at 3:18 p.m.
Season is in full swing. Church pews are packed. Our northern friends are back. What better way to celebrate their arrival than with special music in Marco Island houses of worship?
Church Lady: Religion 101: Area churches join together for interfaith program
Published 01/13/2012 at 10:36 a.m.
Are you a cradle Baptist, Catholic or Episcopalian who has never been to another house of worship? Or a born-again Christian who never has stepped out of the church where you were saved? Perhaps the only time you go to ...
Church Lady: Prayers for the New Year: Marco’s clergy share their message for 2012
Published 01/06/2012 at 6 a.m.
he New Year is here; the parties are over. It is a time for new hopes, dreams and most importantly prayers. As many have shared how much last year’s prayers for the New Year meant to you, the Church Lady ...
CHURCH LADY: Songs of Christmas, part two
Published 12/30/2011 at 6 a.m.
The Church Lady asked church musicians to share a favorite Advent or Christmas carol, hymn or song. Imagine the Walter Mitty (James Thurber’s fictitious daydreamer); and George Plimpton (journalist and writer who engaged in participatory journalism) moments for someone who ...
Church Lady: Songs of Christmas, part one
Published 12/23/2011 at 6 a.m.
A shout out was sent to Marco church musicians, the unsung church pillars, to share a favorite Advent or Christmas carol, hymn or song. For many who grew up in secular homes, Christmas songs are endless choruses of “Jingle Bells.” ...
Church Lady: St. Finbarr hosts craft fair, raises money for Haitian school
Published 12/16/2011 at 6 a.m.
For the Reverend Jean-Marie “Fritz” Ligonde, the St. Finbarr Parish’s Church administrator, it was his everyday life. Known as Fr. Fritz, the reverend grew up in Ducis and as a child attended the school run by the Sisters of St. ...
Church Lady: Countdown to Christmas – San Marco Catholic celebrates Advent with special program
Published 12/09/2011 at 6 a.m.
It was an evening of scripture, spaghetti and St. Nicolas as families gathered in San Marco Catholic Church’s Parish Hall on Monday — to focus on Jesus. Emcee Kim Adamson, director of religious education, began the festivities by asking the ...
PHOTOS: 12th Annual Christmas Box Angel Memorial Service—Peace through remembering
Published 12/08/2011 at 2:27 p.m.
The air was balmy with barely a breeze. A waxing moon peaked out from the clouds. A perfect evening for candle lighting. People gathered from all walks of life at the base of Marco Island Cemetery’s Christmas Box Angel. They ...
CHURCH LADY: JCMI hosts first Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
Published 12/02/2011 at 10:39 a.m.
What is more fitting than to begin Thanksgiving Day at an interfaith service at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island? Our pilgrim forefathers knew the Bible and their celebration of Thanksgiving had its roots in the Old Testament festival of ...
CHURCH LADY: Food and fellowship: Methodist church hosts dinner where you sing
Published 10/21/2011 at 10:31 a.m.
They sang with gusto, with joy, and some sang with a hint of tears in their eyes. Welcome to the Potluck Dinner and Hymn Sing at Wesley United Methodist Church, held last Friday. “For Methodists music is essential,” said the ...
Church Lady: Islanders attend special conference that focused on empowering women
Published 10/14/2011 at 6 a.m.
You may have noticed something different about some of the women around town. A special glow on their faces. A new strength in their stride. No, they didn’t just receive the latest treatment at one of Marco’s many spas. They ...
Church Lady: Sounding the new year: Rosh Hashana begins at JCMI
Published 09/29/2011 at 1 p.m.
Last Saturday, the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI) ushered in the Days of Awe with a Selichot service. Selichot, which means forgiveness, is a time to attune to and prepare for the High Holy Days. The Days of Awe ...
Church Lady: Presbyterian church spreads God’s love in Peru
Published 09/22/2011 at 2:57 p.m.
What does Peru, piranhas, a playground, puppets, prayer, Presbyterians and mud have in common? A short-term mission trip to Peru. Twelve volunteers from Marco Presbyterian Church stepped out of their comfort zone to partner with Kids Around the World (KIDS) ...
Church Lady: Family Church opens its Naples campus, introduces technology to sermons
Published 09/15/2011 at 3:19 p.m. 1 Comment
It’s a busy area, with 33,000 cars passing by each day, and approximately 77,000 people living within five miles, yet the area is under-served by God; there are only five churches and two are non-English speaking congregations. The site is ...
Church Lady: Faith Club recreates Muslim festival at monthly meeting
Published 09/08/2011 at 11:11 a.m. 10 Comments
Eid is a small word with a big meaning. You have seen the Eid stamp, with its Arabic calligraphy on a dark background. The word, Eid, stands out as does the word greetings. What does it mean? What does it ...
Church Lady: Ministering to young minds
Published 09/02/2011 at 5:56 p.m.
The call from teacher Peggy Totten was “peanut, peanut butter,” and the response from the children was “Jelly!” But it was all about Proverbs 18.15-16: “An intelligent mind acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge. A gift ...
Church Lady: Make a Splash! Lutheran Church introduces new program for kids under 5
Published 08/24/2011 at 6:12 p.m.
The shoes come off as they enter the sacred space. Greetings are exchanged and they begin with prayer. The focus is fully on Jesus, with the story of the day on Noah. Welcome to Splash!, Marco Lutheran Church’s (MLC) program ...
Church Lady: Marco Island's Faith Club explore Ramadan
Published 08/18/2011 at 5:34 p.m. 1 Comment
There were smiles, hugs and kisses all around. They referred to each other as sister. There were sighs of dismay as the news was shared that their Jewish sisters could not attend due to health reasons. It was the monthly ...
Church Lady: Marco Family Church has ‘BigStuf’ happening
Published 08/11/2011 at 6:32 p.m.
“It’s about diving into the mystery of your relationship with Him.” Casey Nowlin, Family Church-Marco Island Campus’ student pastor
Church Lady: Camp Barnabas isn’t your typical summer camp
Published 08/05/2011 at 1:26 p.m.
“Being out of your comfort zone is cool,” said teen Hannah Lyle in her video from Camp Baranbas. Camp Barnabas is a place where children who have mental or physical challenges or chronic illnesses and their siblings are shown the ...
Church Lady: God’s love letter to humanity – San Marco Catholic Church’s VBS celebrates the Bible
Published 08/04/2011 at 3:43 p.m.
Vacation Bible school – “Inside Out and Upside Down on Main Street: Where Jesus Makes a Difference Every Day” – at San Marco Catholic Church’s was a time of service, fun, fitness, prayer and Scripture with an emphasis on gratitude, ...
PHOTOS: Marco Island youth group feeds community, raises funds
Published 08/01/2011 at 2:29 p.m.
Islanders had an opportunity to keep their kitchen cool and clean for a cause on Sunday at Wesley United Methodist Church’s spaghetti dinner and silent auction. The church’s youth group and their parents cooked and served spaghetti, salad, breadsticks, beverages, ...
Church Lady: Camp Able – An emotional experience
Published 07/29/2011 at 1:38 p.m.
On July 21 the Church Lady went on a road trip with some folks from St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. Our destination was Camp Able, a camp designed for persons with special needs. The camp is the creation of St. Mark’s ...
Church Lady: Christian Youth in Action brings just that to area youth
Published 07/21/2011 at 4:41 p.m.
The floor shook and the walls reverberated with joy at the 5-Day Club vacation Bible school (VBS). No, the children were not reenacting the walls of Jericho tumbling down. They were singing an upbeat version of “Jesus Loves Me” complete ...
Church Lady: Hari Jacobsen uses her Julliard training to inspire, comfort and celebrate
Published 07/14/2011 at 1:34 p.m. 1 Comment
“Know before whom you are standing,” are the words that inspirit the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island’s (JCMI) Cantorial Soloist Hari Jacobsen. “The words get me where I need to be during the service,” said Jacobsen. “When I am standing ...
Church Lady: Meet Rev. Kirk Dreiser, Wesley United Methodist Church’s new pastor
Published 07/08/2011 at 12:21 p.m.
As a youngster growing up in Kingston, New York and as an industrial engineering student at Iowa State University, the Rev. Kirk Dreiser, Wesley United Methodist Church’s new pastor, did not aspire to be a pastor. He was not even ...
Church Lady: First Baptist kicks it old school
Published 07/07/2011 at 11:55 a.m.
The First Baptist Family Church’s worship center was the star of “Kickin’ It Old School” vacation Bible school (VBS), June 27 to July 1. “Kickin’ It Old School” was a high energy, high decibel romp through the Bible. Flashing colored ...
Church Lady: Meet William ‘Bill’ Lee Elliott: Organist, father, grandfather, Francophile and conversationalist
Published 07/01/2011 at 11:57 a.m.
It was a match made in heaven. He was an organist that longed to move back to Southwest Florida and the United Church of Marco Island was in need of a part-time organist. Meet William “Bill” Lee Elliott: Organist, father, ...
Church Lady: It was panda-monium at Marco Presbyterian Church
Published 06/30/2011 at 3:09 p.m.
What do a bamboo forest, drums, sardines and the Bible have in common? Everything. Marco Presbyterian Church was the site for controlled pandemonium, with a whole lot of love, at their annual Vacation Bible School (VBS). This years event was ...