Marco Island's annual Easter Sunrise Service beckons the faithful
Published 04/11/2014 at 4 a.m. 13 Comments
They prepare in the wee early mornings, in the quiet solitude of their homes. The only light coming from an iPad or computer screen. They listen and reflect, thinking of God and his resurrection. For three Island clergymen, it's a ...
PHOTOS: Marco Islanders shake a tail feather at Nest Fest
Published 03/17/2014 at 10:57 a.m. 19 Comments
A convocation of eagle lovers met at the Island Country Club for an evening of cocktails, dinner and dancing. The bywords for Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation's March 16 Fourth Annual Nest Fest Gala's were education and conservation.
Verve and zest: Island nonagenarians set an active pace
Published 02/14/2014 at 4 a.m. 35 Comments
If 26 is the new 18 and 60 is the new 30, what is 90? Marco abounds with active, witty nonagenarians who continue to serve God and their community with verve and zest. Their friends and admirers in their 50s ...
Marco Island's Pirate Day a swashbuckling smash
Published 01/27/2014 at 11:39 a.m.
Argh matey, Saturday, Jan. 25 was picture perfect for The Marco Island Historical Museum's Second Annual Pirate Day. Parents, grandparents, babies, toddlers and kids strolled the grounds in search of fun and treasure. Eight pirate-themed activities ranged
Church Lady: Women and faith –Two upcoming events for the ladies
Published 01/06/2014 at 11:46 a.m. 3 Comments
Women and faith Two upcoming events for the ladies
CHURCH LADY: A holiday greeting for all
Published 12/18/2013 at 10:17 p.m. 22 Comments
What's the meaning of Merry Christmas? Is the greeting a secular one or does it still maintain its origins in Christ.
Church Lady: The story behind St. Mark's Advent windows
Published 12/06/2013 at 4 a.m. 3 Comments
A view of Advent, through the glass etchings at St. Mark's Episcopal Church. In the beginning, silence, night was the Lord.‘Let there be’ creating a way to be heard, in God’s holy image, word becomes flesh, from atom to Adam ...
CHURCH LADY: Music enhances the church experience for Island teens
Published 10/24/2013 at 1:39 p.m. 2 Comments
The Church Lady Kathleen Tuttle find teenagers who play at church.
Church Lady: Area churches get upgrades, new attractions
Published 10/08/2013 at 2:07 p.m. 4 Comments
ar 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, ...
Church Lady: Marco Lutheran welcomes a new associate pastor
Published 09/25/2013 at 1:44 p.m. 1 Comment
Marco Lutheran Church welcomes a new assistant pastor to its helm. The Rev. Kenneth Garazin was called upon to officiate the service on Sept. 8.
Killer bees: Eradicating an Africanized hive on Marco Island
Published 09/12/2013 at 9 a.m.
The sign stating:"Danger, Africanized bee removal, keep away," in front of a home in old Marco is enough to induce a panic attack. How can we have Africanized bees on Marco?The state of Florida considers all feral bees to be ...
Church Lady: Mission trip unites Family Church members to assist needy children
Published 09/12/2013 at 7:45 a.m. 2 Comments
It's all about families helping families. The Family Church of Marco Island held a reception on Aug. 31 to introduce the congregation to the Orbit Village Project. Ten team members, headed by the church's Pastor Casey Nowlin, will leave on ...
Church Lady: God's message of labor
Published 08/30/2013 at 4 a.m. 8 Comments
Kathleen Tuttle is the Church Lady. She spoke to area clergy were asked to share, from a spiritual perspective, a reflection on Labor Day.Their responses ranged from a mini lesson in Hebrew, to words from Pope John Paul II, the ...
Church Lady: JCMI prepares for Days of Awe while Rabbi vacations
Published 08/15/2013 at 1:50 p.m. 1 Comment
Church Lady Kathleen Tuttle talks to the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island about High Holy Days. The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island’s Rabbi Edward Maline leaves for summer vacation mid June and returns mid August just in time to gear ...
Church Lady: Greek expert shares God's true meaning; child ministry springs to life at New Life
Published 08/01/2013 at 2:16 p.m. 3 Comments
Out with the old and in with the new. Church Lady shares her thoughts on the New Testament and Old.
Church Lady: Area youth share how they received God's calling
Published 07/19/2013 at 4 a.m. 5 Comments
Marco Island clergy have hearts of god, and the Church Lady shares it with readers.
Church Lady: The Sprankles – A family's Journey from Marco to Madagascar
Published 07/01/2013 at 4:07 p.m.
Take a 12-year-old boy with a heart for Jesus, mix in a little superhero and vanilla extract and you get Ben Sprankle a soon to be missionary to Madagascar, the land of lemurs and vanilla beans. Sprankle gave his heart ...
Church Lady: Deacons, a blessing to serve
Published 06/19/2013 at 9:35 a.m. 1 Comment
What is a deacon? The Church Lady ponders the question.
Dressed for service: Area pastors, priests share the significance of color
Published 06/06/2013 at 10:30 a.m.
The Church Lady writes about the houses of worship on Marco Island.
Church Lady: Two Island churches add new musical directors
Published 05/29/2013 at 9:26 a.m.
Kathleen Tuttle is the Church Lady and writes a twice-monthly column for the Marco Eagle.
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.
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 ...