Page 1

T h e

F i r s t

P r e s b y t e r i a n

C h u r c h

o f

N a p l e s

July 2013

IN THIS ISSUE From the Interim Pastor


From the Associate Pastor






Children and Youth




Congregational Care


Presbyterian Women






News and Events


Family Movie Night Everyone is invited! Saturday, July 20 5—9 p.m. for Pizza and a Movie See page 5 for details

Sunday, July 14

9:30 a.m.

Join in singing all of YOUR favorite hymns!


From the Interim Senior Pastor

Dr. David Horne, Interim Senior Pastor,

Dear Friends, Thank you for suggesting your favorite hymns. At least one of your favorites will be included in worship on July 14. Plan to attend worship and join in the singing. “The person who sings, prays twice�- Martin Luther Humor is another God given gift. You are blessed with a great sense of humor. On Sunday, August 11, 9:30 a.m. worship the Best Church Jokes will be enjoyed. Your stories for this Sunday will be received through Sunday, July 28, at the Church Office or email

Dr. David L. Horne

July Worship Schedule 9:30 a.m. Sanctuary July 7 Clean Holy Communion II Kings 5:1-14 Dr. Horne July 14 Favorite Hymns Sunday Dr. Horne July 21 Guest Preacher: Rev. Dr. Kathleen Weller, (former Interim Associate Pastor, Chair of Committee on Ministry Peace River Presbytery) July 28 Psalm 23 Dr. Horne


Sunday, July 7 9:30 a.m. Worship Service

to Sandy Poore, Facilities Manager, for 32 years of dedicated and loyal service.

Steve Crosby and Brice Gerlach Musical Duets

Hansen Long, Clerk of Session, presented Sandy with a plaque and gift from the church on Sunday, June 16.

Farewell to Steve and Bonnie Crosby as they begin a new chapter of their lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.

From the Associate Pastor

Rev. Jonathan Evans, Associate Pastor,


Homelessness...Here?!? Last winter I responded to an invitation by some elders from Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church to attend a meeting on homelessness in Collier County. Over 30 individuals came from 19 faith communities in the county to hear about what is happening and what can be done. I came to understand what homelessness looks like locally. We often think of a homeless person as someone at the side of the street with a sign or someone pushing a cart. However, those make up only a very small number of homeless and are considered the “chronically homeless.” The vast majority of homeless in our county can be found in shelters, motels, cars, camping, or temporarily “doubled up” in someone else’s home. Additionally, it surprised me to learn that we have over 1,050 homeless children in our schools, and they are in every school in the county! After hearing stories about the homeless here in Collier County, we soon formed a group: Faith Communities to End Homelessness. I soon joined the executive committee. This initial year we are focusing on 1) awareness, 2) grants for rent subsidies and case management, 3) support of a drop-in center for homeless youth (ages 16-24), and 4) increased efficiency in local government procedures. We have already been published in the Naples Daily News as the feature article in the Perspectives section on June 2. It can be accessed at We can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.


Hansen Long, Clerk of Session,

From the Associate Pastor Rev. Jonathan Evans, Associate Pastor, SESSION HIGHLIGHTS 

Session approved a request from the Presbyterian Women to recognize veterans on Veterans Sunday in November 2013.


Session voted to send a letter of appreciation and commendation to Sandy Poore, our Facilities Manager, on the anniversary of her thirty-second year of loyal and devoted service to First Presbyterian Church of Naples. Sandy was presented with a plaque acknowledging her years of service and was advised that the church would underwrite the cost of her next round trip air fare to Boston to visit and assist her grandchildren. The gift was presented to Sandy during the worship service on June, 16, 2013.



Session approved a gift to Brice Gerlach, Director of Music Ministries. The belated gift was in recognition of his receiving a Doctor of Music degree in 2008 and of his continued dedication, commitment, and contributions to all areas of his responsibility including the overall worship experience as well as the Season of Music. The gift was presented to Dr. Gerlach during the worship service on June 2, 2013. The Christian Education Committee reported that our new Director of Children and Family Ministries, Andrea Plueddeman, has created a new summer program for youth in our community. This will involve opening our Youth Room two days a week throughout the summer for events and activities for middle school and high school youth. This will be continued into the fall as these programs move forward.

Plans are in process for members of our church to attend this exciting event! The Big Tent combines ten national conferences under one roof, gathering thousands of Presbyterian pastors, elders, and other church leaders to study, share, worship, and fellowship, and to build up the body of Christ. It’s been called “a giant Presbyterian family reunion” – and the 2013 Big Tent brings that reunion to Louisville, Kentucky, home of the PC(USA)’s national offices since 1988. Please contact Rev. Jonathan Evans at 239.262.1311 ext. 224 or for more information.


PreschoolEducation Christian

Ashley Houk, Preschool Director,

We’ve put a wrap on yet another school year and after June 14, the hallways will be much quieter…at least for a few months. We have been busy with end of year celebrations, the Fantastic Finale, Teacher Appreciation, working with Aldo’s Ristorante Italiano & Bar, enrolling students for next year and saying goodbye to students and staff alike that will not be returning.

The First Presbyterian Preschool participates in the collection of Labels for Education, which can be We would like to extend our gratitude to those families redeemed for Arts, Athletics and Academic merchandise. that had dinner at Aldo’s to support the Preschool’s fundraiser. The funds from the fundraiser will be Please check product labels for participating items added to our Angel Fund. The Angel Fund provides within these categories. financial assistance to families that have students enrolled in the Preschool, and also provides curriculum Bic® pens, highlighters, markers enrichment opportunities for all of our students. We Campbell’s® soups, beans, gravies, tomato juice would also like to thank Aldo’s owners, Aldo and Kelly Dannon® kids yogurt Musico. Aldo’s presented a check for $427.10 to First Emerald® Nuts Presbyterian Preschool’s Angel Fund following the Franco American® fundraiser! Glad® food storage With a new school year, we will welcome new faces both in the classroom as well as in the Preschool office. Elizabeth (Liz) Psota will be joining me as the Preschool’s Administrative Assistant. Liz brings with her experience in business and education. Liz is a long time member of First Presbyterian Church and both her children will be enrolled in our Brian and Liz with their children Leah and Ian program next year. Liz also spent this last year serving as the Preschool Parent Committee Chair Person. We hope that everyone has a fantastic summer filled with fun and creativity. School begins on August 19, at which time the halls will once again be filled with joyful and excited activity and voices!

Ashley Houk

Preschool Director

Pace® Pepperidge Farm® Pop Secret® multi packs Post® cereals and treats Prego® SpaghettiO’s® Swanson® Time Inc® magazines V8® beverages and soup

Wolfgang PuckTM Please look for these labels on participating products.

Children and Youth

Andrea Plueddeman, Director of Children and Family Ministries

A note from Andi Thank you to the church and all the great volunteers we have so far, your support means so much to me and the rest of the Christian Education Team.


Water Fun Day Friday, July 12 10 a.m.—2 p.m. Children (grades K-5) are invited to join Miss Andi for a fun filled day of water activities and games. Things you’ll need: bathing suit, change of clothes, and a towel

New Directions We have officially begun our “New Directions” summer programming, and we are having a blast. We have seen between 40-50 teenagers (in groups of about 30) and 10-15 elementary children, and we are continuing to grow. As a reminder for the month of July the Youth Room will be open every Tuesday and Thursday (closed July 4) from 1-4 p.m. for kids in grades 6-12. Tuesday, July 2 we are going to the movies. We will be seeing the new Monsters Inc. movie. The cost is $20 and will include food at the theater. Friday, July 26 Youth event: Mystery Service Project from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information on any of these programs, to volunteer to help with any event, please contact Andi at 239.262.1311 ext. 229.

Please save:  Empty shoe boxes  Prescription pill bottles

for a few upcoming youth projects

 Soda can tabs

we collect them for Ronald McDonald House Look for the receptacles in Spencer Hall

To sign up contact Andi at 239.262.1311 ext. 229 or

amily Moccc ovie Fccccc ight Niccc Martin Taylor has totally lost touch with his family. He has no clue who his teenage daughter's friends are, why his son only communicates with an electronic sign outside his bedroom door, or why his youngest child only watches faith TV. Convinced the family needs to reconnect, Martin surprises the wife and kids with a little experiment-he locks them in their own home with no power, no heat, no running water, and absolutely no contact with the world outside! The sudden holiday staycation isn't what the Taylors had in mind for the weekend, but they'll have to team up to prove they can survive Dad's wacky mission. With a heartfelt message and some persistence, one little member of the family helps put their priorities back in the pews, because they'll need all the faith they have to get through this!

Join us on Saturday, July 20 from 5—9 p.m. for Pizza and a Movie (Nursery care is available) Contact Andi Plueddeman for more information and to sign up 239.262.1311 ext. 229





Sandy Poore, Facilities Manager,

TUESDAY 2 7 a.m. Men’s Breakfast Bible Study (separate






Independence Day 5 9:30 a.m. Office Closed Sunday Cookie Baking


11 9:30 a.m. Stephen Ministry 10 a.m. Sew&Sews 1 p.m. Youth Room open 7 p.m. Cumberland Church

13 12 9:30 a.m. Sunday Cookie Baking 10 a.m. Children’s Water Fun Day


18 1 p.m. Youth Room open 3 p.m. Endowment Committee 7 p.m. Cumberland Church

20 19 9:30 a.m. Sunday 5 p.m. Family Pizza Cookie Baking and Movie Night


25 10 a.m. Sew&Sews 1 p.m. Youth Room open 7 p.m. Cumberland Church

26 27 9 a.m. Youth Service Day 9:30 a.m. Sunday Cookie Baking



10 a.m. Youth at Movies 11 a.m. Alzheimer’s Support Group 1 p.m. Youth Room open 4 p.m. Personnel 8 7 8:45 a.m. Choir 9:30 a.m. Communion Worship 12 p.m. Cumberland Church

15 14 OUTREACH Favorite Hymn DEADLINE Sunday 8:45 a.m. Choir 9:30 a.m. Worship 12 p.m. Cumberland Church 22 21 8:45 a.m. Choir 9:30 a.m. Worship 12 p.m. Cumberland Church

29 28 8:45 a.m. Choir 9:30 a.m. Worship 12 p.m. Cumberland Church

9 7 a.m. Men’s Breakfast Bible Study (separate location)

8 a.m. Facilities Committee 1 p.m. Youth Room open 16 7 a.m. Men’s Breakfast Bible Study (separate location)

1 p.m. Youth Room open 23 7 a.m. Men’s Breakfast Bible Study (separate location)

9 a.m. LifeLine Screening 1 p.m. Youth Room open 3 p.m. St. Matthew's House Mission Project 30 7 a.m. Men’s Breakfast Bible Study (separate location)

1 p.m. Youth Room open

31 11 a.m. PW Mission Projects 12 p.m. PW Luncheon

This calendar does not necessarily include all events that are scheduled at the church. For additional information, call or visit the website Deadline for monthly Outreach is the fifteenth of the month prior to that edition. Submit all items to If submissions are not received prior to the deadline, we cannot guarantee that your article will be considered for publication for that month.

Congregational Care

Sandy Poore, Manager, Rev. Jonathan Evans,Facilities Associate Pastor,


Heart Rhythm Screening for Atrial Fibrillation-$60

Tuesday, July 23 9 a.m.—1 p.m. Spencer Hall Carotid Artery Disease/Stroke Screening-$60 The carotid artery/stroke disease screening procedure is simple, painless, and noninvasive. You will be asked to lie on your back on an exam table. After applying gel to your neck, the technologist will move an instrument called a transducer on your neck to create images of the carotid arteries and assess the rate of blood flow within them.

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening-$60 (AAA) is a condition in which the lining of the blood vessel called the aorta is enlarged within the abdomen. Because abdominal aortic aneurysms are likely to tear if they reach 5 centimeters in diameter, monitoring is important for preventing a rupture. A ruptured AAA can cause blood loss, shock, and death.

Atrial fibrillation also known as irregular heartbeat, is a condition that can cause a stroke. A stroke results from the disruption of adequate blood flow to the brain. Atrial fibrillation is the most common type of heart arrhythmia (abnormal heartbeat) and can cause a clot that travels to the brain where it results in stroke.

Osteoporosis Risk Assessment-$35 We use ultrasound to detect the risk of osteoporosis by measuring for the bone mineral density of your heel. The heel is measured because its bone is similar to that found in the hip, where fractures occur most often. Bone mineral density is a powerful predictor of skeletal strength and fracture risk, especially when considered along with other factors such as gender, age, and family history. When you receive an osteoporosis screening, you will simply place your foot in a painless ultrasound device called a bone densitometer and the bone mineral density of your heel will be measured. Special Packages available to us: Package 1 Stroke, Vascular Disease & Heart Rhythm Package—4 tests only $139 Package 2 Add an Osteoporosis Screening for only $10 more— 5 tests only $149

Peripheral Arterial Disease/ABI Screening-$60

Please call 888.653.6450 to register for your preventative health screening. No appointments can be made through the church office.

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is more commonly known as hardening of the arteries. PAD screening is done by using the ankle-brachial index (ABI). This ABI screening is painless, quick, and noninvasive. It will identify most cases of peripheral arterial disease.

Screening results are provided to you in 21 days. All participants with abnormal results are directed to take the report to their physician. Life Line Screening does not file insurance claims nor provide referrals to any physician’s group or hospital. Life Line Screening does not participate in the Medicare program and the cost of the screening services is not covered or reimbursable by Medicare.


Presbyterian Women

Ann Goodnight, PW Moderator,

Women’s Luncheon &

Mission Projects All women are invited to the Second Annual “Bring a Piece of Salad” Luncheon

to be held Wednesday, July 31, in Spencer Hall. In addition to the luncheon, we will be packing up school supplies for children of need at Grace Place as well as filling detergent bags for The Shelter for Abused Women and Children. We ask everyone in the congregation to please consider buying school supplies for this project: crayons, pencils, notebooks, and loose-leaf paper, etc. School supplies can be dropped off in Spencer Hall from July 18 to 30. If you would like to help with the hands-on mission work, come to Spencer Hall On July 31 at 11:00 a.m. The luncheon will then be held at Noon. Come for both the mission work and the luncheon or just the luncheon if you prefer. What is a “piece” of salad, you ask? Bring a container of some type of salad topping: cheese, croutons, chopped tomatoes--you get the idea. It will be very casual-- paper plates and all. No reports, no business, just fun and a chance to get together and to get to know each other better. This party is for all women of the church. You don’t have to belong (or want to belong) to the PW organization. We hope that the younger ladies in our church will join us too. You can make reservations for the luncheon in Spencer Hall on Sunday, July 21 or July 28. Wednesday July 31 in Spencer Hall 11 a.m. for hands-on mission work 12 p.m. for luncheon Please bring: a salad topping to share in a serving dish school supplies What can we do to make it easy for you to attend this get-together? Do you need transportation? A babysitter? Call Janet Root at 239.963.9838 or Barbara Blattner 239.348.2944.


Keith Gahagan , Mission Committee Chair,

JULY MISSION ADVENTURE Meet us in the kitchen of St. Matthew’s House Tuesday, July 23 to prepare and serve dinner to the residents. We will work there from about 3 to 6 p.m. and welcome all chefs and kitchen workers. No experience necessary. There will be a meeting before hand to plan the menu. Be part of our crew – from sauce makers to ice cream scoopers.

Local Mission Work Last May, we joined with First Presbyterian Church of Fort Myers to serve 500 meals at Mision Peniel in Immokalee, one of our local mission partners. Above, Gloria and Shirley work hard and below, Diana and Nancy are assembling meals.

For more information, or to sign on, contact Betty Plum at, or call 239.732.8799.

Feed the 5,000 Luke 9:10-17 During summer months, visitors are away, some seasonal jobs are gone, and the Naples area has fewer donors. But those less fortunate still need food. During July, our efforts to help feed the hungry are focused on the Salvation Army. The Salvation Army is an evangelical Christian church. Its mission is to teach and preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, and to meet human needs in his name. Suggested items are: cans kidney, pinto or baked beans cans tuna, chicken or ham jar of peanut butter jar of jam or jelly cans of fruit cans of vegetables box of macaroni and cheese pound of pasta pound of rice If you can help refill the pantry shelves, please pick up a Publix bag from an usher as you leave the Sanctuary on July 7, and return it with food on the following Sunday. Checks my be made payable to "First Presbyterian Church" and the memo marked "Feed the 5,000."


On June 8, Gloria Kersch, Peg Lamont, and Rev. Evans helped Grace Place by preparing the campus for summer camp! After some initial moving of computer equipment, they settled into nice times of helpful work and good conversation.



Michele Martin, Accountant,

Financial Report May 31, 2013 Actual YTD 2013

Offerings Other Income Total Operating Expenses Operating Gain/Loss

Budget YTD 2013

Actual YTD 2012

Budget YTD 2012

















If you have particular questions in relation to church budget and expenses, please speak to a member of the Finance Committee or contact Michele Martin, our church accountant, 239.262.1311, ext. 242. The Finance Committee members are: Jan Gazdic (chair), Terry Brennan, Lloyd Doerflinger, Don Grandi, Bob King, Karen Martin, Bill Stafford and Tom Stevens.

News and Events

g{tÇ~ lÉâ Don and I want to thank our friends at First Presbyterian Church for the cards and prayers during Don’s recent hospital and Chateau therapy stay.

Send all publication submissions to:

In Memoriam Boyd McDowell June 9, 2013 Stan Dunwiddie Husband of Preschool teacher, Carmen Dunwiddie

June 18, 2013

A special thanks to Jonathan for your many visits and words of encouragement. They were greatly appreciated and brought much comfort. Thanks again! Love and peace, Don and Juanita Bunker

Reminder: The church office will be closed Thursday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.

News and Events

Send all publication submissions to:

A New Baby!


Need a ride to church?

Proud parents, Holly Perkins and Deon Jansen van Vuuren (Parish 6) welcomed a daughter on Friday, June 14. Chloe Harper van Vuuren was born at 9:10 a.m., weighing 6.9 oz. and measuring 20 inches.

Uxáà j|á{xá Catherine “Katy” Rogers and

Jason Eritano June 8, 2013

The deacons are assessing the need for providing transportation to church on Sundays for members…or anyone for that matter…who may not be comfortable driving or may not be able to drive or get a ride to church on Sunday mornings.

The goal is to make sure that anyone who wishes to worship on Sundays is not prevented from doing so because of transportation issues. Anyone interested in learning more should contact their parish deacon or Gary Root, Deacon, Parish 5, who is exploring transportation options. Gary can be reached at 239.963.9838, or

We bid farewell

to the following members as they move from their First Presbyterian Church family to new beginnings: Lamar and Bunny Oxford Bonita Springs, FL Ruth Pence Bethlehem, PA

First Presbyterian Church of Naples 250 Sixth Street South Naples, FL 34102 239.262.1311 or fax 239.262.1275

Non-Profit Org. Postage PAID Naples, FL 34102 Permit No. 8

First Presbyterian Church of Naples is called, with God’s help, to provide for the spiritual and material needs of those within the church and community; to welcome, encourage, and educate people of all ages in Christian faith; and to enhance its active, diverse, and dynamic missions. Vision Statement Adopted by Session June 25, 2013

Outreach Newsletter July 2013  

First Presbyterian Church of Naples Monthly Outreach Newsletter News, Events

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you