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March 2014

IN THIS ISSUE From the Pastors

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Music Ministries

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Worship Christian Education

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Presbyterian Women Preschool

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Children and Youth Calendar

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Congregational Care Missions

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Communications

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Finance

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News and Events

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Prayer Shawl recipient Lee Lemasters with members Roger Miller and Marilyn Currier Learn more about the Prayer Shawl Ministry on page 10.


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Rev. Dr. Kathleen Weller,

Temporary Head of Staff

This is my favorite photo.

It's not that I don't like the rounded white head of the Beluga, but there is something at the same time mysterious, ethereal and strong about this image. Maybe the mystery is in the nature of the fluke—which we know is like the whale version of human fingerprints...no two exactly alike. Maybe its the strength we imagine of this magnificent creature as she plunges herself into the SOPHIA the BELUGA WHALE deep. Or simply the stark visual contrast of the white flesh against the dark water in her naturalized tank.

kathleenw@fpcnaples.org

Transitions can be public like changes in where we work or where we live. They can be more private like matters of our health or changing our mind. But sometimes the transitions of our life are of the spirit. Transitions in our spirit often affect all areas of our lives-as they involve the very bedrock of who we are. In my work in spiritual direction, I'm able to accompany folks individually as they are being awakened to fresh impulses of God's Spirit. Often they don't recognize the new...but they do know that the old ways they thought, prayed, experienced the Holy, or believed are changing. It's at first a frightening thing. But as we meet, together we're able to begin to see an order, or direction, or even a divine plan. Waiting is the most difficult part of any transition.

Currently you are in a transition as a congregation. It can be approached as a threat, or an opportunity. My prayer for you is that you have the openness and willingness to take the time to listen My eye, heart and imagination are caught by the amazing color of and follow, whatever that may bring. That like Sophia, you have the the submerged head and body under the water. The cool teals and spiritual depth to listen deeply—unlike the practice of our instant turquoises call me to follow. I want to know what caused her to and disposable culture which more often follows the “ready-firechange course. I want to feel the water quickly going over my aim” approach. body. I want to know what called to her that was worth the I'm convinced that for the most part we've been poorly taught in plunge—perhaps especially that—what made her dive deeper? how to be aware and listen for spiritual birthing moments. Life This photo is of a moment in time of a transition. We don't know what happened the moment before, or what came after. We do know that something or someone called and Sophia took the plunge, changed direction, went by another path, deeper...and alone.

moves at a pace that is not conducive to such subtlety. Chances are we've whooshed right past Spirit nudges and have left behind opportunities for our good and for the good of others around us. But it need not be so. Why not observe this season of Lent—by going deeper? Meditate. Pray. Attend to the stillness in the depth of your being. Set an intention to connect with your spirit—and don't be surprised when The Spirit shows up.

That is the nature of transitions, isn't it? One moment we're headed one way and then something happens, or we hear a different voice, a different call. It's the nature of transitions that they In peace and joy, often feel like we're taking a plunge which can be exciting or Kathleen fearful or both. What transitions have you experienced lately?

Rev. Jonathan Evans,

Associate Pastor

For those of you who have not heard, Andrea “Andi” Plueddeman, Director of Children and Family Ministries, submitted her letter of resignation. She indicated that she needs to focus on her family and what she needs to be doing right now. Her departure has been difficult for many of the youth in our church here, but they are transitioning well with our leadership. I met with several of our dedicated volunteers and tried to see what we could do for the youth to keep them engaged with the ministry here. This was critical; youth ministries dissolve rather quickly without attention. We considered what is essential with children and youth activities for now and talked with the youth and many parents about what we could offer moving forward.

jonathane@fpcnaples.org Thanks be to the grace of God, both the parents and youth were understanding and resolved to remain committed to the ministries that we could offer. Also, by the grace of God, we found a very capable and caring person to serve as Interim Director of Children and Family Ministries, Shana Dublan. For the meantime, she is working 29 hours per week with the children and family ministries, overseeing the nursery, Sunday School, youth programming, and other components of this ministry. She has joined with skill, ease, and grace. As we move forward, please keep the youth, children, families, Personnel Committee, and Christian Education Committee in your prayers. Peace and grace,


Music

Dr. Brice Gerlach, Director of Music Ministries, briceg@fpcnaples.org

Butler University Chorale Chancel Choir Concert Eric Stark, Director Monday, March 10, 2014 7 p.m.

Michele Byrd, soprano Todd Donovan, baritone Sunday, March 16, 2014 4 p.m.

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Florida Gulf Coast University Chamber Choir Trent Brown, Director Sunday, March 30, 2014 4 p.m.

The Butler University Chorale is the premier choral organization of the Jordan College of the Arts. The Chorale's membership is made up of graduate and undergraduate students from a variety of professional academic disciplines in music including music education, performance, and arts administration.

The incredible Chancel Choir of First Presbyterian Church will be featured in this Spring Concert. They will perform Gabriel Fauré’s The Bower School of Music hauntingly beautiful Requiem joined Chamber Choir is a mixed, by guest soloists, Michele Byrd and auditioned ensemble open to all Todd Donovan. students regardless of major at FGCU. Fauré’s masterpiece is a work of peacefulness and serenity focused Their concert will include music on comfort for the living and of Viennese composers, as well as Major concert appearances have eternal rest for the departed. It beautiful a cappella repertoire of included engagements with the has been described as a requiem the American choral tradition. This National Chamber Orchestra of without the Last Judgment. special concert will help raise Mexico, the Indianapolis Chamber money for their upcoming tour of Orchestra, the Fort Wayne Come and enjoy this sacred gem! Europe. Philharmonic and such venues as You will be moved by its ethereal Canterbury Cathedral, Saint Francis beauty. Church in Salzburg, Notre Dame in Paris, Saint Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City and Saints John and Paul Church in Venice.

Lenten Noontime Organ Recitals Wednesdays, March 12, March 19, March 26, April 2, April 9 and April 16, 2014 12 - 12:30 p.m. The spectacular Ruffatti pipe organ is featured in six Lenten organ recitals offered by our Director of Music, Brice Gerlach. In these informal concerts Brice takes the time to explain some of the mechanical workings of the organ and offers some musical insights about the pieces on the program. After the recital, the audience is invited up to the console to ask questions and to see the beautiful woodwork and craftsmanship of the Ruffatti. Tours of the pipe chambers are also offered each week. Come hear beautiful organ music during Lent. Don't miss these special opportunities for personal reflection, meditation, and celebration of this holy season.


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Worship

Susan Stafford, Worship and Music Committee Chair, wcssas@aol.com

From time to time, the Worship and Music Committee has been asked, “why

do we have two

services?”

They cite the Sanctuary has not been as full as they would like in the first service, and so it is suggested we go to one service. There are a number of reasons that the committee has decided to stay the course of having two services during season:  The second service is quite full and adding more may be a bit of a strain for many members.  Attendance for the first service has been roughly equivalent to recent years.  Continuity is a high priority, given the amount of transition that is occurring.  A significant number of people prefer having an earlier service and would be disappointed if we were not able to offer it.

The flowers gracing the Chancel each Sunday come from YOU. They not only look beautiful and remind us further of God's creation, but they are later taken by the Deacons to our own members who are ill, homebound, or having a

special birthday. Won't you please sign up for a specific Sunday? The chart is on the bulletin board in Spencer Hall. You are asked to pay $50 and if two people sign up each Sunday, that covers the two arrangements. If there are no dedications we will use the artificial flowers. Keep in mind that there will be no flower deliveries that Sunday.

Christian Education

Men’s Breakfast Bible Study

Adult Bible Study is held each Sunday from 8:30—9:15 a.m. in Room 204. Please contact Gretchen Oakley at 239.591.3467 for more information. The book of Acts provides a detailed, orderly, eyewitness account of the birth and growth of the early church and the spread of the gospel immediately after the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Its narrative supplies a bridge connecting the life and ministry of Jesus to the life of the church and the witness of the earliest believers.

Tuesday mornings, 7 a.m. at Skillet’s (4170 Tamiami Trail N. behind Wendy’s).

HUDDLE A Men’s Bible Study Each Thursday the men’s HUDDLE group meets in Spencer Hall at noon for lunch and Bible Study. Bring your own lunch and join in the study of Kings.


Presbyterian Women

Ann Goodnight, PW Moderator, flgoodnight@aol.com

Wednesday, March 5 at noon in Spencer Hall

Wednesday, April 2 at noon in Spencer Hall

Miracles in Action

we welcome

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The Conservancy of Southwest Florida for

Raptor Rapture

The March Gathering will welcome Penny Rambacher from Miracles in Action, a local organization that impacts lives in Guatamala. Listen to her story of how she started Miracles in Action and how First Presbyterian Women are involved.

The April Gathering

Menu: Chicken Parmesan on pasta, salad, garlic bread, and birthday cake.

will feature a live raptor in the program. If grandchildren are in town, we’re sure they’d enjoy the program….as might husbands. Menu: Garlic shrimp on angel hair pasta, romaine salad, spiced apple slices and peach crisp.

Reservations available in Spencer Hall on Sunday, March 2.

Reservations available in Spencer Hall on Sunday, March 23 and Sunday, March 30.

March Circle Meetings Date

Circle

Place

Leader

Phone

Monday, March 17 7 p.m.

Eventide

Church Parlor

Margaret Green

239.430.4757

Tuesday, March 18 9:30 a.m.

Faith/Joy

Church Parlor

Barbara Korntheuer

239.591.0260

Wednesday, March 19 9:30 a.m.

Grace/Peace

Youth Room

Katie Geshay

239.592.5358

9:30 a.m.

Love

Church Parlor

Nina Howard Mary Vande Voren

239.248.3647 239.353.1620

9:30 a.m.

Friendship

Room 202

Bonita Kraus Carolyn Mollers

239.435.0462 239.213.1577

12:00 p.m.

Sunshine

Youth Room

Jeanenne Somers Janet Root

239.434.2168 239.963.9838

1 p.m.

Honor/Spencer

2349 Gulf Shore Blvd. N

Barbara Swallen

239.263.0896


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Preschool

Ashley Houk, Preschool Director, ashleyh@fpcnaples.org


Children and Youth

Shana Dublan, Interim Director of Children and Family Ministries shanad@fpcnaples.org

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Help fight hunger Please join us March 16 after both services for a pancake breakfast to help fight hunger. The youth will be participating in

World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine on April 25. Through the Famine, our youth will learn about real-world issues of poverty and injustice, and they get the chance to make a real difference for hungry children. Plus, their own lives are transformed as they experience hunger firsthand — going without food so others don’t have to. All proceeds from the breakfast will go to fighting world hunger. Suggested donation is $5.00


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Calendar

SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

This calendar does not necessarily include all events that are scheduled at the church. For additional information, call 239.262.1311 or visit the webs sandyp@fpcnaples.org to reserve a room for your meeting. Please do not assume that if a room is vacant that it is available for use. This will alleviate

2 Dr. Kathleen Weller preaching 8:30 & 10 a.m. Communion Worship 8:30 a.m. Adult Bible Study 10:15 a.m. Sunday School 12 p.m. Cumberland Church

3 9 a.m. PW Bible Facilitators

4 7 a.m. Men’s Bible Study (separate location) 9 a.m. Prayer Shawl Ministry 11 a.m. Alzheimer's Support Group 2 p.m. CE Committee

5 ASH W 10:30 a.m 10:30 a.m 12 p.m. P 7 p.m. As

9 PW SUNDAY Rev. Jonathan Evans preaching 8:30 & 10 a.m. Worship 8:30 a.m. Adult Bible Study 10:15 a.m. Sunday School 12 p.m. Cumberland Church

10 10:30 a.m. Men’s Club 7 p.m. Season of Music Concert

11 7 a.m. Men’s Bible Study (separate location) 8 a.m. Facilities Committee 8:45 a.m. Mission Tour 9 a.m. Prayer Shawl Ministry 1:30 p.m. Worship & Music Committee 4 p.m. Mission Committee

12 11 a.m. C 12 p.m. P 12 p.m. Le 4:30 p.m. 7 p.m. Ch

16 Rev. Cynthia Brasher preaching 8:30 & 10 a.m. Worship Pancake Breakfast 8:30 a.m. Adult Bible Study 10:15 a.m. Sunday School 12 p.m. Cumberland Church 4 p.m. Season of Music Concert

17 3:30 p.m. Finance Committee 7 p.m. Eventide Circle

18 7 a.m. Men’s Bible Study (separate location) 8 a.m. Habitat for Humanity Work Day 9 a.m. Prayer Shawl Ministry 9:30 a.m. Faith/Joy Circle 5:30 p.m. Deacons’ Mtg

19 9:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 12 p.m. S 12 p.m. Le 1 p.m. Ho 4:30 p.m. 7 p.m. Ch

23 Dr. Doug Pratt preaching 8:30 & 10 a.m. Worship 8:30 a.m. Adult Bible Study 10:15 a.m. Sunday School 12 p.m. Cumberland Church

24 7:30 a.m. Blood Drive 10:30 a.m. Men’s Club

25 7 a.m. Men’s Bible Study (separate 9 a.m. Prayer Shawl Ministry 4 p.m. Session

26 12 p.m. Le 7 p.m. Ch

St. Patrick’s Day

location)

Preschool Spring Break 30 Rev. Kathleen Dain preaching 8:30 & 10 a.m. Worship 8:30 a.m. Adult Bible Study 10:15 a.m. Sunday School 12 p.m. Cumberland Church 4 p.m. Season of Music Concert

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Preschool Spring Break

Upcoming events in April

April 14, Naples Orchestra Concert 7 p.m. April 17, Maundy Thursday Service 7 p.m. April 18, Good Friday Service 12 p.m. April 20, Easter Sunrise Service, 7:30 a.m. April 20, Easter Service, 8:30 & 10 a.m. April 21, Church office Closed


Sandy Poore, Director of Facilities, sandyp@fpcnaples.org

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

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SATURDAY

site www.fpcnaples.org. Contact Facilities Manager, Sandy Poore at 239.262.1311 ext. 228 or e any awkward situations from occurring.

1 9:30 a.m. Meals of Hope Packing Party

WEDNESDAY m. PW Coordinating Team m. Communications Committee PW Gathering sh Wednesday Service

Coffee & Comfort Preschool Scholarship Meeting enten Series Organ Concert CHAOS hoir

Grace/Peace Circle Love Circle Friendship Circle Sunshine Circle enten Series Organ Concert onor/Spencer Circle CHAOS hoir

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6 9:30 a.m. Women’s Bible Study 10 a.m. Sew&Sews 12 p.m. HUDDLE 3 p.m. Adult Handbells 7 p.m. Cumberland Church

7 9:30 a.m. Cookie Baking

8 8:30 a.m. CPR/AED class 7 p.m. Preschool Silent Auction (separate location)

13 9:30 a.m. Women’s Bible Study 9:30 a.m. Stephen Ministry 12 p.m. HUDDLE 3 p.m. Adult Handbells 7 p.m. Cumberland Church

14 9:30 a.m. Cookie Baking 5 p.m. Pot Luck Dinner & Movie

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20 9:30 a.m. Women’s Bible Study 12 p.m. HUDDLE 3 p.m. Adult Handbells 7 p.m. Cumberland Church

21 9:30 a.m. Cookie Baking 9:30 a.m. Introducing the Church Website

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27 9:30 a.m. Women’s Bible Study 10 a.m. Sew&Sews 12 p.m. HUDDLE 3 p.m. Adult Handbells 7 p.m. Cumberland Church

28 9:30 a.m. Cookie Baking 6 p.m. Dinner for 6 or 8

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Congregational Care

Rev. Jonathan Evans, Associate Pastor, jonathane@fpcnaples.org

STEPHEN MINISTRY WELCOMES LEGACY OPTIONS Thursday, March 13, at 9:30 a.m. The Stephen Ministry meeting is pleased to present speakers Michael Whyte and Glenn Witzenburg of Legacy Options (A remembrance of Life Organization). Glenn refers to their presentation as the “Final Stage of Estate Planning”. Their mission is “to provide families a more meaningful environment in which to hold a visitation, a funeral, or a memorable life-tribute and doing so at a more affordable cost under an approach that supports community organizations that are relevant to the families we serve”. Everyone is invited to attend.

In Memoriam Jane Cable February 1, 2014 Priscilla Reed February 6, 2014

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Our Stephen Ministers had the privilege of touring the Lighthouse of Collier (Center for Blindness & Vision Loss) recently, and were so blown away by the services offered that we wanted to share this with members and friends of our church. Founded in May, 2009, the mission of the Lighthouse of Collier is: “to promote the development, implementation and on-going evaluation of programs and services which foster independence and enhance the quality of life for the blind, visually impaired and their caregivers.” Kathleen Peck, Volunteer, Executive Director & CEO and our own David Weigel, Secretary, shared with us their story of how the Lighthouse came to be, the amazing technology offered, the devoted volunteers, staff consisting of a Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist, a Case Manager, a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist, and the many classes offered free of charge. An inventory of help aids are available for loan to those who need them. Since opening their doors they have connected with 825 individuals and offer free programs for all ages: blind babies, children’s monthly outings, summer camps, and adult group classes offering training in life skills. If you or someone you know is visually challenged, we encourage you to contact the Lighthouse of Collier at 239.430.3934 or visit their web site at www.LighthouseofCollier.org. Brochures explaining their services are also available at our Stephen Minister table.

Tuesdays from 9—10:30 a.m. in the Youth Room. Each shawl is created with love and prayer to help the recipient through their difficult time. Even though the group meets weekly you don’t have to be there each week. Join them when and if you can. For more information, contact Dorie Tichenor at 239.775.4246 or Gail Clark at 239.331.3312.


Missions

Feed the 5,000 Luke 9:10-17 This month we are using our food drive to help St. Matthews House. St. Matthews House feeds the hungry, houses the homeless, and provides an opportunity to change lives for the better, in a caring, disciplined, spiritual environment. Suggested items are: coffee sugar all purpose flour pasta sauce pasta canned fruit peanut butter jam or jelly canned tuna, chicken, or spam dried beans cereal Please take a Publix bag from an usher as you leave the Sanctuary on the first Sunday of the month, and return it with food on the second Sunday of the month. If you prefer, checks are welcome and should be payable to the "First Presbyterian Church," with the memo marked "Feed the 5,000." THANK YOU Together we provided 80 bags of food to Grace Place last month and contributed $1,150 to the Feed the 5,000 fund.

Keith Gahagan , Mission Committee Chair, keithgahagan@yahoo.com

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March is shaping up to be

MISSION MONTH In addition to assembling Meals of Hope and visiting the agencies we support in Immokalee, there will be a

Habitat for Humanity workday on Tuesday, March 18.

There are jobs for all ages and skills at the worksite on US 41, east of Collier Boulevard. We will work from 8 a.m. to noon. Wear old clothes and shoes, bring along a hammer if you want to work outside, and be ready for a morning of camaraderie with other FPC members and friends. Questions? Contact Jeanne Perkins at 239.732.7426. You may sign up online or on the board in Spencer Hall. Any additional information necessary will be provided to those who register. See you at the worksite!!

Immokalee Bus Trip

Are you curious about Immokalee and the agencies we support there? Join us for a trip to visit the Guadalupe Center, Immokalee Friendship House (a St. Matthew’s House facility) and Misión Peniel. We will start our visit with a drive through town and hear about life there. We will conclude our visit with a stop at the farmers market. The date for this mission trip is Tuesday, March 11, meeting in the church parking lot. The church bus will depart promptly at 8:45 a.m. and we will return about 4 p.m. We will have lunch at a local restaurant. The Mission Committee thinks you will be delighted to learn about the work being done in Immokalee and to see our mission dollars at work. Questions? Contact Betty Plum, 239.732.8799. Sign up online or on the board in Spencer Hall.


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Communications

Kathleen Law, Coordinator of Communications, kathleenl@fpcnaples.org

The art of letter writing Nearly everyday we post something on our Facebook is lost. Recently my mother page. Some days it’s about our mission partners,

gave me a stack of letters, somewhat tinted from age, and wrapped in a ribbon. They were letters that my father had sent her when he was in the Coast Guard and away from her. They’re beautifully written, describing the events of his day, how much he missed her, and wishing he could be with her. I treasure them. I can’t remember the last time I received a hand written letter. Yes, I get the Christmas brag letters, but they’re not hand written, and even the Christmas cards I receive are mostly stamped with the families name and not even signed. I admit that I don’t send handwritten letters, but at least I sign my Christmas cards and write a short note in them. Today we communicate with friends, both near and far, through e-mail, text, Facebook, Skype, Facetime and many others. If you don’t know what some of those words mean, don’t worry, you still probably know the art of letter writing.

The world has transformed in the last 10 years or so into an instant gratification, instant answer type of world. When I was a kid and I wanted to know something I went to the library or the good old Encyclopedia Britannica. Do they even still sell them? Now I just “Google” it. I want a phone number...I don’t get out the phone book, my house doesn’t even have one and neither does my office. I just go to white pages.com. Getting ready to go out to dinner? Google the restaurant and see what you can find...hours, map, menu, phone number and much more. And that’s what people are doing these days to find a new church, too. They look online, instead of going from church to church. They check out the Facebook page, the website and see what they are offering besides the weekly service. They find out about the staff, the music program, the children’s programs, the preschool, who the mission partners are and on and on.

other days its about an upcoming event, a speaker we hosted, a youth group outing, a luncheon, the preschool kids having fun, a thought provoking message, and so much more. If you like something or comment on something on our page, then your friends will see it and then that spreads the word about what our church is doing. You see, the more you all like us and share information with your friends, the more likely we’ll have some new people check out our church. It’s a new way of outreach! Our church has a new website that has so much to offer. You can give online toward Stewardship Tithes, Flower Fund, Deacons' Benevolence, Feed the 5000, Preschool Tuition, and other funds. You can watch the video from Sunday service and read the Outreach Newsletter, listen to music clips, sign up for dinners and events, view the church calendar for upcoming events, and even access the preschool registration packet and documents for enrollment.

Because we have so much to offer, we’re hosting a class for those interested in learning how to maneuver our new website and find out about online giving. Michele Martin, Director of Finance, will lead the section for online giving and setting up an account through our secure website. I will lead the section for getting around the website, registering for events and give a review of our Facebook page. We hope you can join us in Spencer Hall on Friday, March 21 at 9:30 a.m. for this informative and instructional meeting. Call the church office to sign up. (After the class you’ll be able to sign up for classes and events online with ease!) For more information about the class please contact me at kathleenl@fpcnaples.org or 239.262.1311 ext.213.

How many of you have Facebook pages? Have you Hope to see there! and on Facebook :) checked out the church’s Facebook page? Have you “liked” us? We have 156 “likes” on our Facebook page. I’d like to see that number climb up to 300 or more.


Finance

Michele Martin, Director of Finance, michelem@fpcnaples.org

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Financial Report December 31, 2013 Actual YTD 2013

Offerings Other Income Total Operating Expenses Operating Gain/(Loss)

Budget YTD 2013

Actual YTD 2012

Budget YTD 2012

1,009,786

975,000

1,147,493

1,170,584

452,638

487,675

517,602

541,847

1,780,073

1,912,122

1,702,690

1,756,788

(317,649)

(449,447)

(37,595)

(44,357)

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 Director of Finance, 239.262.1311, ext. 242. Finance Committee members include: Jan Gazdic (Chair), Terry Brennan, Franklin Ellis, Bob Fultz, Don Grandi, Rich Peterson, John Rader and Bill Stafford.

Did you know you can make your gifts online?

Visit our website www.fpcnaples.org and look for the “GIVE online” link at the bottom of the home page. Here you will be able to establish a secure online account which will allow you to set up a recurring gift or a one-time gift. Recurring gifts are a great way to pay your pledge and not have to worry about writing a check on Sunday morning. Don’t worry; you can make changes to your recurring gift at any time you wish. The Church also allows you to make donations to some of our special funds such as the Deacons Benevolence Fund, Feed the 5000, Birthday Mission Fund, Season of Music and the Preschool Angel Fund. You can use any major credit card/debit card or checking/savings account. If you use a savings or checking account number, the Church will not incur any fees. The Church has computers available for you to use. If you have any questions or need assistance in setting up a gift, please contact Michele Martin, Director of Finance at 239.262.1311 ext. 242 or michelem@fpcnaples.org.


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News and Events

Kathleen Law, Coordinator of Communications, kathleenl@fpcnaples.org

Dinner for 6 or more Friday, March 28 Church members and friends, couples and singles, are invited to a member’s home for a shared meal. Hosts/hostesses needed! Reservation deadline is March 19 and can be made by contacting Diane Stellema at 239.455.8796 or dandis37@gmail.com.

Pot Luck Dinner &

Movie Friday, March 14 5 p.m. Those whose last names begin with the following, please bring: A-G: Main course H-P: Dessert Q-Z: Salad/side Sean Thornton has returned from America to reclaim his homestead and escape his past. Sean's eye is caught by Mary Kate Danaher, a beautiful but poor maiden, and younger sister of ill-tempered "Red" Will Danaher. The riotous relationship that forms between Sean and Mary Kate, punctuated by Will's pugnacious attempts to keep them apart, form the main plot, with Sean's past as the dark undercurrent.

Men’s Club Monday, March 10 Bradley G. Rigor, a local attorney, will speak on Estate Planning. Brad is a partner at the law firm of Quarles & Brady. He is Chair of the Firm’s Trusts & Estates Group in Florida and is a Florida Bar Board Certified Wills, Trusts and Estates Attorney who concentrates his practice in estate planning and estate and trust settlement. He holds a MartindaleHubbell “AV ” (best) legal rating and is listed in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.

Monday, March 24 Neil Ressler will speak on “A Career at Ford Motor Company.” Neil served as a Vice President of Research and Vehicle Technology and Chief Technology Officer at Ford Motor Company. He serves as a Member of Transportation Industry Advisory Board at Fallbrook Technologies, Inc. He was involved in the development of the GT90 and Mustang Cobra R cars and the Lightning pickup truck. In 2000 he was chairman of Jaguar Racing. At one time any new Ford had been touched in some way by Neil Ressler.

Join us in Spencer Hall 10 a.m. coffee and donuts 10:30 a.m. program All are welcome


News and Events

Kathleen Law, Coordinator of Communications, kathleenl@fpcnaples.org

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Thank You Thank you to all who helped make the 2014 Blankets+ Sunday a success. We collected $330 that will be divided between St. Matthews House and Church World Services. Clothing collected included 17 blankets, 13 jackets, 8 sweatshirts, 9 sweaters and 44 other miscellaneous pieces of clothing and linens. All of these items were delivered to St. Matthew’s House and were greatly appreciated. Mark Your Calendar Next Blood Drive Monday, March 24 7:30 a.m.—12 p.m.

Easter Lily Order Form You are invited to purchase a beautiful lily to decorate our Sanctuary on Easter Sunday. You may take your lily home following the 10 a.m. service. Please PRINT the information requested and submit this form to First Presbyterian Church, 250 Sixth Street S., Naples, FL 34102, to the attention of Sharman or place in the offering plate. A check for $20.00 should be made payable to First Presbyterian Church, and indicate “Lily” on the check memo. Completed form and payment must be submitted to the office no later than Thursday, April 10. PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY

Name of donor _________________________________________________________________ Phone: _________________________ Name in whose HONOR or MEMORY the lily is donated (circle one): ______________________________________________________________________________ Please, only one dedication per plant. Please note, this will not be a tax deductible contribution.


First Presbyterian Church of Naples 250 Sixth Street South Naples, FL 34102 www.fpcnaples.org 239.262.1311

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


March 2014