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Welcome to Adult Enrichment 2014 Naples United Church of Christ provides a wide variety of adult enrichment opportunities, benefiting the NUCC family and our community. You are invited to participate in any or all of the events contained in this brochure. For your convenience, the material has been divided into sections, and each section organized chronologically: Education, Fellowship, and Music. To register for an event, please call the church office at 239.261.5469. Additional details about these offerings will appear in the weekly worship bulletin announcements and, for select events, in the monthly Steeplelights newsletter. More information will also be available on our website:

Education – Dr. Greg Smith


Fellowship – Pat McGee


Music – Dr. Becky Weese


Education ~ Beginning in October


An Introduction to Paul

Charnley Marsden

Description: Using selected readings from Paul’s letters in the

New Testament, we will explore Paul’s teachings. Together we will try to understand Paul in the light of the historical setting and his particular purposes in writing to the church communities of the first century.

Bio: Charnley Ann Marsden graduated from Smith College with

a major in religion. She has been active in the United Church of Christ all of her life in Massachusetts, Seattle, New York City, and Naples. She is married to Rev. Dr. Ronald Patterson.

Dates: Tuesdays (Oct. 15 – Dec. 3)

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Cost: N/A Registration: not required, all are welcome

A Conversation With the Letter of James

Rev. Dr. Bill Crawford, Retired American Baptist Minister Description: The letter of James is developed around exhor-

tations that profoundly challenge the values of the dominant culture, in the first century and today. It is a letter that requires engagement, whose perspective can be tested against experience. James, a form of the name Jacob, was a common name among Jews of the first century. Some scholars believe that this James was the brother of Jesus who became the leader of the church in Jerusalem in the early years of the Christian movement.

Dates: Thursdays (Oct. 24 – Nov. 21)

7:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.

Cost: N/A Registration: not required, all are welcome


Education ~ Beginning in November

Women’s Coffee and Conversation

Rev. Beverly Duncan, Assistant Minister Description: Women of the church are invited to partake of

coffee and good conversation at the same time as the men are meeting: third Thursdays of every month except February, when it’s the fourth Thursday. There is an announced topic for which articles of interest and preparation are made available ahead of time in the church office. As always, the assumption is that we will give some thought to how our Christianity informs the topic at hand as well as our conversational interactions with one another.

Dates: Thursdays (once a month)

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Nov. 21, Dec. 19, Jan. 16, Feb. 27, Mar. 20, Apr. 17, May 15. Cost: N/A Registration: not required, all women are welcome

Men’s Coffee and Conversation

Rev. Dr. Ronald Patterson, Senior Minister Description: Men of the church are invited to partake of coffee

and good conversation at the same time as the women are meeting: third Thursdays of every month except February, when it’s the fourth Thursday. There is an announced topic for which articles of interest and preparation are made available ahead of time in the church office. As always, the assumption is that we will give some thought to how our Christianity informs the topic at hand as well as our conversational interactions with one another. (Participants are also invited to share lunch together following the meeting.)

Dates: Thursdays (once a month)

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Nov. 21, Dec. 19, Jan. 16, Feb. 27, Mar. 20, Apr. 17, May 15. Cost: N/A Registration: not required, all men are welcome

Education ~ Beginning in November



Shannon Danford, Yoga Instructor Description: Yoga is the practice of stilling the body and

quieting the mind in preparation for meditation. While it may sound foreign, meditation is the other half of prayer. It is the “be still and know that I am” practice of listening.

Bio: Shannon Danford has been teaching yoga for three years

and practicing for five. She is determined to do a headstand on her 125th birthday.

Cost: $9 per session Dates:

Mat: Mondays and Thursdays – 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Thursdays – 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Chair: Wednesdays – 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Registration: not required, all are welcome

NUCC Book Club

Candy Nordland, Book Club Coordinator Description: Explore a new book each month alongside other book lovers. Each session is led by a different member of the group. Dates: All sessions start at 2:00 p.m. Nov. 25: The Scent of Scandal written by Craig Pittman Discussion led by Margaret Ward Dec. 16: It’s All About Him written by Denise Jackson Discussion led by Pat Slater Jan. 27: The Light Between Oceans written by M.L. Stedman Discussion led by Abigail Jones Feb. 24: The Dove Keepers written by Alice Hoffman Discussion led by Nancy Kaegi Mar. 24: The Invisible Bridge written by Julie Orringer Discussion led by Katy Serr Apr. 28: The Warmth of Other Suns written by Isabel Wilkerson Discussion led by Jill Crawford May 19: The Aviator’s Wife written by Melanie Benjamin Discussion led by Marcia Elders Cost: book prices vary Registration: not required, all are welcome


Education ~ Beginning in January

The Book of Exodus

Charnley Marsden

Description: This 12-week study will cover the entire book of

Exodus, which is the story of movement from bondage to worship – a foundation of the Old Testament and the story of Jesus and the New Testament. As Anthony Robinson says in his introduction to this UCC Bible Study, “We will study Exodus, as we study all Scripture, to hear God, the still speaking God, speak to us in our own time and place.”

Dates: Tuesdays (Jan. 7 - Apr. 1) (skipping Feb. 18)

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Cost: There are two workbooks, each for 6 weeks,

and each at a cost of $3.50.

Registration: not required, all are welcome

An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith

Rev. Dr. Dawson Taylor, Associate Minister

Description: In the New York Times best seller An Altar in the World, acclaimed author Barbara Brown Taylor shares how she learned to find God beyond the church walls by embracing the sacred as a natural part of everyday life. In An Altar in the World, she shows us how to discover altars everywhere we go and in nearly everything we do as we learn to live with purpose, pay attention, slow down, and revere the world we live in. Dates: Wednesdays (Jan. 22 – Feb. 26)

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Cost: $10 for book, available in the church office Registration: not required, all are welcome

Education ~ Beginning in January


A People’s History of Christianity: The Other Side of the Story

Rev. Dr. Ronald Patterson, Senior Minister

Description: In preparation for Diana Butler Bass’s February

14-16 weekend at NUCC, join Dr. Patterson for a study of her book: A People’s History of Christianity. This is a book that looks at how the strength of love and the teachings of Jesus have impacted his followers throughout the centuries—often in defiance of orthodox doctrine imposed through power. The book and our discussion will offer a review of the basics of Christian history with a twist! Marcus Borg has called this book: “Interesting, insightful, illuminating, and remarkably relevant.”

Dates: Wednesdays (Jan. 8 - Feb. 5) – 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

OR Thursdays (Jan. 9 - Feb. 6) – 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Cost: $15 per book/books are available in the church office. Registration: not required, all are welcome

Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

Rev. Dr. Kathleen Kircher, Retired Episcopalian Priest Description: This 2013 work by Reza Aslan yields a fresh

perspective, one synthesizing Scripture and scholarship to create an original account, affirms the transformative nature of Jesus’ life and mission. This absorbing, reader-friendly book does “full justice to the real Jesus, and honors him in the process” (San Francisco Chronicle).

Bio: The Rev. Dr. Kathleen Kircher is an Episcopal priest who

served parishes in Naples, FL and Elk Rapids, MI. Since retiring from parish ministry, Kathy has remained active in her northern and southern communities as a guest preacher; advocate for interfaith collegiality; teacher/educator across many disciplines; and as a consultant in pastoral care ministries.

Dates: Mondays (Jan. 13, 20, 27 and Feb. 3)

9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Cost: $15 per book/books are available in the church office. Registration: not required, all are welcome


Education ~ Beginning in January

Matthew Revisited

Rev. Luvvy Kovacik, Assistant Minister Description: Matthew is offered in our weekly sermon text

selections from Jan. 14 to Feb. 18.

Our class will revisit some of these highlights from Jesus genealogy, his birth, baptism, ministry, final walk to Jerusalem and resurrection. Matthew’s gospel, originally written in Greek, presents Jesus as the Messiah of Israel, the King who will rule and save the world. Jesus comes as the Teacher greater than Moses. Jesus is the Son of Man giving his life for all. Matthew lays it all out and invites us to learn and have a richer life. Bring any translation of the Bible. Let’s all learn new insights from the Gospel of Matthew as we revisit this wonderful book. Dates: Tuesdays (Jan. 14 – Feb. 18) - 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Cost: N/A Registration: not required, all are welcome

NUCC101 (Naples United Church of Christ 101)

Lynda Christensen, Membership Committee Chair Description: Several times a year the Membership Committee

sponsors a lay-led information session designed to help orient people to our congregation. This single-session learning opportunity is subtitled “What We Do, How We Do It, and How You Can Participate. Multiple church leaders will offer brief presentations and answer your questions about a wide range of activities that may be of interest to you. Attendees typically include a mix of guests who regularly visit the congregation, newer members, and anyone interested in better understanding our community of faith.

Dates: Monday Jan. 27 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. OR Monday Mar. 24 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Cost: N/A Registration: not required, all are welcome

Education ~ Beginning in February


A World Gone Social

Ted Coiné

Description: Welcome to the Age of Social Media! Ted Coiné

will share some of the most compelling - and controversial changes he uncovered while researching his upcoming book, How Business Is Done in a World Gone Social. Learn why companies must be nimble to survive, why the nano-corporation will replace the mega-enterprise, and why flat isn’t just an interesting way to do business: it’s an imperative!

Bio: Ted Coiné is a business author, speaker, and a 3-time CEO,

most recently of, a multimedia leadership website focused on “The Human Side of Business.” He is topranked by Forbes as a Social Media Influencer, by Huffington Post for his leadership online.

Date: Monday, Feb. 3 – 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Cost: N/A Registration: not required, all are welcome

Are You Saved?

Ron Thompson, Seminarian & Ministry Intern Description: Are you saved? This word means many things to

many people. What does the Bible actually say about salvation? What does my church teach about salvation? We will explore the meaning and implications of this important and often misunderstood word in this 4 week class.

Dates: Thursdays (Feb. 6 – 27) - 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Cost: N/A Registration: not required, all are welcome


Education ~ Featured Lecture

The Romance of Faith: Exploring New Ways of Thinking about Love, Faith, Spirituality and Theology

A Weekend with Diana Butler Bass

Description: This weekend is based on Diana Butler Bass’ up-

coming book, Grounded: Finding God’s Spirit in the Spirit of the Age and will explore how changes in the ways Americans love, form relationships, friendships and families can open us to a deeper awareness of God’s love and love of neighbor. Bio: Diana Butler Bass is an author, speaker, and independent

scholar specializing in American religion and culture. She blogs at The Huffington Post and Patheos and regularly comments on religion, politics, and culture in the media including USA Today, Time, Newsweek, The Washington Post, CBS, CNN, FOX, PBS, and NPR. Previously she wrote a weekly column on American religion for the New York Times Syndicate, and was the Project Director of a national Lilly Endowment-funded study of mainline Protestant vitality.

Bass is the author of eight books, including Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening ( 2012). Her other books include A People’s History of Christianity: The Other Side of the Story (2009), and the best-selling Christianity for the Rest of Us: How the Neighborhood Church is Transforming the Faith (2006) which was named as one of the best religion books of the year by Publishers Weekly. Date: Friday (Feb. 14) – 8:00 – 9:30 p.m. Lecture: The God Who Woos: The Romance of Spirituality Date: Saturday (Feb. 15) – 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Theme: Love of God/Love of Neighbor:

Faith and Ethics for the 21st Century (three lectures)

Cost: Early Registration (through Jan. 31)

Fri. Only: $20 Sat. Only: $60 Fri. & Sat: $75 Registration (beginning Feb. 1) Fri. Only: $25 Sat. Only: $75 Fri. & Sat: $90

Note: Diana Butler Bass will preach at both services on

Sunday, Feb. 16. All are welcome.

Education ~ Beginning in February


Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers

Rev. Dr. Kathleen Kircher, Retired Episcopalian Priest Description: Publishers Weekly describes Anne Lamott’s

poetic and practical best-seller as a “prayer manual for people who wouldn’t be caught dead reading prayer manuals.” This imaginative and refreshing approach to spirituality is packed with humor, wisdom and profound spiritual insight. Open to all.

Dates: Mondays (Feb. 17, 24 and Mar. 3, 10)

9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Cost: $15 per book/available in the church office Registration: not required, all are welcome

The Internet is Everywhere

Marcus Zillman, Internet Pioneer Description: Marcus describes the “New Economy” Internet

that is available everywhere and from all devices! This fast paced and timely presentation allows all to fully understand the latest happenings on the Internet and how we will all be touched by this virtual technology and what we need to know to apply these exciting resources to our daily lives.

Bio: Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A. is the Executive

Director of the Virtual Private Library, eSolutions Architect and an Internet expert, tutor, author, keynote speaker and corporate consultant.

Date: Thursday (Feb. 20) – 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Cost: N/A Registration: not required, all are welcome


Education ~ Beginning in February/March

Finding Oasis in the Desert Land(s) of Grief

Rev. Dr. George Bell, Retired Presbyterian Minister Description: Themes: In this workshop we will consider how

to deal with various elements of grief experiences such as willingness to be renewed, paradox, finding resources, use of time, identifying and owning your realities, looking beyond your self, learning how to attach yourself to someone or something else. “Land(s) of Grief ” include; death, divorce, loss of home or job, military separation / discharge from military, lost of physical capabilities, retirement, imprisonment.

Bio: George is a Certified Poetry Therapist and Presbyterian

minister who served in the same parish for thirty-eight years. He was the only minister of the group of counselors who founded the National Association for Poetry Therapy.

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 26 – 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Cost: N/A Registration: not required, all are welcome

Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God

Peg Clark, President - Voice of the Faithful of Southwest Florida Description: Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God is a

powerful documentary that first aired in 2012 on HBO. Alex Gibney explores the charged issue of pedophilia in the Catholic Church, following a trail from the first known protest against clerical sexual abuse in the United States all the way to the Vatican. The documentary focuses on St. John’s School for the Deaf in Milwaukee, WI, including interviews with four deaf adults who claim to have been molested by Father Lawrence Murphy while they were young. After viewing the film, participants may leave or linger for conversation about the topic with Ms. Clark.

Date: Monday, Mar. 3 – 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Cost: N/A Registration: not required, all are welcome

Education ~ Beginning in March


“Journey to the Common Good” — Walter Bruggemann

Rev. Dr. Bill Crawford, Retired American Baptist Minister

Description: Walter Brueggemann is regarded by many to be

the foremost American interpreter of the Old Testament, the Hebrew scriptures. His writings are prolific. Journey to the Common Good engages the Exodus narrative, the words of Jeremiah and significant texts in Isaiah on behalf of an understanding of the common good that is faithful, energetic and contemporary. Brueggemann believes that a faithful church will nurture an historical imagination that addresses our present situation that is characterized as consumer individualism.

Dates: Thursdays (Mar. 6, 13, 20, and 27)

2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Cost: $15 per book/available in the church office Registration: not required, all are welcome

Supper with Jesus: “The Jesus Diaries”

Rev. Beverly Duncan, Assistant Minister

Description: The Jesus Diaries is the text for this six-week Lenten

study. The Still-Speaking Writers’ Group has written the short reflections in this “diary” on the topic of “Who is Jesus to me?” Each participant will receive a copy of the diary-sized book and a small blank notebook. Discussion will be based on questions and interest raised with each entry, culminating in participants’ (we hope) deciding, “Who Jesus is to ME.”

Supper: We are offering homemade soups and bread to eat

together while we talk around the table.

Dates: Mondays (Mar. 10 - Apr. 14)

6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.

Cost: $10 for soup & supplies Registration: Sign up beginning in February; class limited to 15.


Education ~ Beginning in March

My Bright Abyss: A Book Study on Finding Meaning in Life

Rev. Dr. Ronald Patterson, Senior Minister

Description: Poet, editor and teacher Christian Wiman has

created a contemporary spiritual classic: My Bright Abyss. How do we answer the “burn of being?” Wiman asks and then wonders “what it might mean for our lives—and for our deaths—if we acknowledge the ‘insistent, persistent’ that some of us call God.” Join Dr. Patterson for conversation and reflection using this beautifully written book as a gentle guide for the Lenten journey.

Dates: Wednesdays (Mar. 19 – Apr. 16) – 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

OR Thursdays (Mar. 20 – Apr. 17) – 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Cost: $20 per book/available in the church office Registration: not required, all are welcome

Walking The Sacred Path: Rediscovering the Labyrinth

Kathe Rhinesmith, Trained Labyrinth Facilitator and Dr. Ronald Patterson, Senior Minister

Description: A two-session discussion of Dr. Lauren Artress’s

book: Walking the Sacred Path: Rediscovering the Labyrinth. This class will introduce participants to the wonder and mystery of the labyrinth. We will cover the history, design and meaning of the labyrinth and consider how this ancient tool of spiritual practice can help us lead more meaningful lives in the present. It will also prepare participants to share more fully in the April 12, 2014 visit of Dr. Artress to Naples UCC. Dr. Artress will lead a day-long seminar on the labyrinth and help us dedicate our new outdoor labyrinth.

Dates: Tuesday, Mar. 25 and

Tuesday, Apr. 1 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $15 per book/available in the church office Registration: not required, all are welcome

Education ~ April


The Wisdom of the Labyrinth: Its History, Mystery and Modern Uses

A Workshop by Rev. Dr. Lauren Artress

Description: This workshop celebrates the recently completed

outdoor labyrinth at Naples United Church of Christ. In our time together we will review the basics of labyrinth walking and then look into the wisdom that is evoked by walking the labyrinth together in community.

The labyrinth is an ancient archetypal imprint being rediscovered in many cultures around the world. Today it is gaining recognition as an effective meditation practice with many applications. It can help psycho-spiritual healing, such as finding forgiveness or quieting critical inner voices. It can open our hearts in compassion or give us insight into conflicts and ways to deepen and enrich our lives. It can be used as a path of prayer or to encounter parts of ourselves that seem to be out of control. Bio: The Rev. Dr. Lauren Artress is a world-renowned author-

ity on the labyrinth and is President and Founder of Veriditas, Inc., the voice of the labyrinth movement. Additionally, she is the Canon of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco and the author of three books on the labyrinth, including Walking the Sacred Path: Rediscovering the Labyrinth.

Date: Saturday, Apr. 5 – 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Cost: Early Registration (through Mar. 31)

$60 Registration (beginning Apr. 1) $75


Education ~ Children and Youth Church School: Children in grades K – 6 are invited to church

school for a journey learning Bible truths they will remember for a lifetime. We meet after the children’s sermon in the 9:00 a.m. service. The curriculum follows the lectionary which introduces children to all the major themes in the Bible during a three-year cycle.

Junior Disciples: Meets on Wednesdays during the school

year from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. This program offers a behavior-over-belief curriculum that teaches God within all, inclusion, compassion, and self-awareness that follows the teachings of Jesus. There will be rehearsals for children’s choir, and students will also have rotations in art, yoga, crafts, games, cooking and gardening or optional homework help. (Pick-up from Seagate Elementary is available.)

Children’s Choir: Meets as a rotation in the Wednesday Junior Disciples Program. The choir sings periodically during the school year in the Sunday services. All children are learning songs that will be performed for the end-of-year children’s musical. (Additional practice time is required in April.) Youth Group: For 6th – 12th graders and is a gathering of open-minded youth welcoming of diverse perspectives. We meet at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday and after some combined “hang out” time, we split up middle and high school to have discussion, study and prayer time. We also provide fun and educational outings, retreats, service opportunities and summer mission trips. We plan to attend the Regional UCC Youth Event in 2014 (dates to be announced). Vacation Bible School: Jun. 9 – Jun. 13

All children and youth are welcome to attend our programs. It is not necessary to attend Naples United Church of Christ or be part of a family that worships here. We welcome everyone at any time and have a safe-church policy! For more information contact:

Nancy Van Fleet, Youth CE Director, at 239.293.7748 email:



Holiday Bazaar Description: The Holiday Bazaar is sponsored by Women’s

Fellowship with all items sold provided by members of the church. Approximately 150 volunteers work the week of the Bazaar, while untold scores donate hand crafted items, theme baskets, linens, jewelry, cookies and other baked goods, and any other item from very special treasures to garage sale “stuff ” (no furniture or clothing, please)! Proceeds, in cooperation with the Mission Board, are designated to specific mission partners as well as specific church projects. Church members and friends are encouraged to be a part of this exciting event – DONATE – VOLUNTEER – BUY!

Date: Saturday, Nov. 9

8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. For information please call Pat McGee at 239.659.5312. Save the date! Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Women’s Fellowship Description: Women’s Fellowship is open to all women of the

church – a great way to meet new people and enjoy old friendships! Potluck luncheons (salad, sandwiches, dessert) with a program are held three times a year. Sign-up is available in the Gathering Place on Sundays or by calling the church office – necessary only to ensure enough tables and chairs are set up! Luncheons are at 11:30 a.m. Try it – you’ll like it!

Dates: Nov. 9 – Holiday Bazaar sponsored by

Women’s Fellowship

Feb. 10 – Bargain Box Fashion Show Apr. 14 - Caregiver Wellness Cost: N/A Registration: Please sign up. All are welcome.



Senior Singles Description: Senior singles are invited to enjoy lunch together

once a month at a local restaurant or club. Sign-up must be completed a week prior to the date of the luncheon to ensure adequate space. This can be accomplished in the Gathering Place on Sundays or by calling the church office. Each person is responsible for his/her own meal. Contact person: Rev. Luvvy Kovacik at 495-8439. Suggestions are welcome. Places are to be announced.

Dates: Nov. 10, Dec. 15, Jan. 12, Feb. 9, Mar. 23, Apr. 13,

May 18, Jun. 15

Cost: N/A Registration: Please sign up. All singles welcome.

Monday Morning Workshop Description: The Monday Morning Workshop was the original

group of crafters who started the Annual Holiday Bazaar. Members of this group have produced a wide variety of different kinds of projects for the annual Bazaar. Knitting, crocheting, cross stitch, needlepoint, machine and hand sewing (and other craft forms) produce everything from scarves and caps and mittens to pillows and bibs and children’s dresses to pot holders and dishcloths! Christmas trees – wreaths – Christmas ornaments – stockings – tree skirts – all find their way onto the Bazaar tables! Service projects such as treats for Meals on Wheels annually at Easter and teddy bears wearing hospital gowns for use in our local hospitals with children due for surgery are also done annually. MMW meets weekly throughout the year from 9:30 a.m. to approximately 12:00 p.m., even on official holidays! Monthly, the group goes to a nearby restaurant for lunch together. Mondays are a “fun” time with a wonderful group of ladies, who work during the week, as well, to complete many projects for the Bazaar.



Prayer Shawl Ministry Description: Prayer Shawl Ministry is a wonderful outreach to

people who need solace in the form of comfort through a hand knit or crocheted shawl. We knit/crochet, visit, and bless the finished shawls. Please join us and we’ll give you instructions to make shawls that are so appreciated by those who receive them.

Dates: First Tuesday of the month at 3:00 p.m. Cost: N/A Registration: not required, all are welcome

MIDDLERS’ PLUS ~ Off-Campus Social Events Description: Attend one, a few or all events each season accord-

ing to what interests you. Sign-up usually starts about a month prior to the event; theatre events are earlier. Registration forms are available in the Middlers’ Plus mailbox. Events are posted in Sunday Bulletins and Steeplelights. Participants’ names are added to a mailing list for future events. Suggestions for theatre, dining, boating trips, etc. are welcome.

Dates: Nov. 13: Naples Sailing & Yacht Club Dinner Buffet Jan. 19: Thai Udon Cafe Sunday Lunch Feb. 16: “High Society” at Theatre Zone May 4: “Forever Plaid” at Theatre Zone Registration: requires payment with registration form. For questions & information call Bobbi Richardson, 239.596.7349.



Newcomers Dinners Description: For the first eighteen months of membership, new

members are invited to a monthly dinner as a way of getting acquainted and forming friendships. During the winter and spring, these dinners are usually potlucks held at a private home or a community’s activity room. During the summer months, the dinners are usually held at a restaurant. Invitations are mailed to eligible members, and reservations are made by calling the church office. Newcomers Dinners are sponsored by the Membership and Growth Committee.

Dates: 2nd Thursday of each month – 6:00 p.m. Cost: N/A Registration: Reservations please, all are welcome.

Perky Patchers Description: The Perky Patchers began to meet in January, 1993

as a quilting group. Since then, we have expanded to a variety of sewing project categories of which most are sold at the annual Bazaar. Some projects are service projects for various charity causes supported by the church Mission Board. In past years we have made the counted cross stitch “Reserved” pew cloth signs for the sanctuary, Christmas stockings for the Red Cross to send to our troops, raffle baskets, and gift items for the Angel Tree children. In 2011 we made a mini-quilt wall hanging for exchange at the General Synod meeting in Tampa. We continue to work on our projects for the Bazaar over the summer at our homes. We enjoy a brown bag lunch or go out to a nearby restaurant for a monthly birthday celebration.

Dates: Friday mornings – 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Cost: N/A Registration: not required, all are welcome



Palette Pals Description: Palette Pals is a group of NUCC artists, using many different mediums. We meet on the 1st Monday of every month at 11:00 a.m., beginning Nov. 4 and ending Apr. 7. All interested persons are invited to our free meetings. Some of our activities include: gallery/studio tours; specialized workshops; card-making for the bazaar; in-church exhibits; youth art program. Dates: Nov. 6 – Mar. 26: Rona Steingart mixed-media weekly painting work-

shop. $25 per class, call 239.594.0666 to register.

Jan. 16: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Jean Marie Baldwin will teach the ancient

Japanese technique for making silk scarves. $90 for Palette Pal members/$100 for nonmembers. Advance registration is required.

Feb. 7 & 8: Two-day workshop by Joan Dunkle on mixed-media collage.

$180 for Palette Pal members/$200 for nonmembers. Class size is limited to 10. Advance registration is required.

Registration: For more information and reservations, call Pat Slater

(home: 239.262.4867) or (cell: 239.961.1715).

Games! Description: Spend an afternoon with fellow members and

friends with your choice of Party Bridge or Mah Jongg! Sign up in the Gathering Place or call the church office. Reservations are necessary to provide tables! Drinks and snacks will be available. If you like it, we’ll plan more!

Date: Jan. 17 – 1:00 p.m. Cost: $5.00 suggested donation. Registration: Please sign up. All are welcome.



At-Home Coffee Description: Want to meet some new people? Attend an

“At-Home Coffee” where you have the opportunity to meet new members as well as veteran members. Groups are limited to 20-24. Each person will introduce themselves by answering a question provided ahead of time. Reservations can be made in the Gathering Place on Sundays or the church office. Directions will be given to those who sign up. Try it!

Dates: Jan. 22: At the home of Patricia Cullen –

co-hosted by Bobbie Richardson

Apr. 2: At the home of Susan Melick –

co-hosted by Ellie Matheson

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Cost: $5 Registration: Please sign up. All are welcome.

Progressive Dinner Description: This annual event of fellowship and good food

begins with a cocktail hour at a member home, followed by dinner at a second home, and, finally, dessert at a third home or other venue. Each person/couple is asked to provide some portion of the food/drink for the evening. This is a wonderful way to meet a number of new friends all in one evening! Sign up in the Gathering Place with Jean Partridge or call the church office beginning in late January.

Dates: Mar. 8 – 5:30 p.m. Cost: N/A Registration: Please sign up. All are welcome.

Summer Fellowship


Thursday at the Movies Description: During the summer, movies are shown in Beverly

Hall at 4:00 p.m. Following the movie, those interested go to dinner together at a neighboring restaurant. A $5 donation per person is suggested for the movie. Dinner is by reservation only, as arrangements need to be made with the restaurant. Sign-ups take place in the Gathering Place on Sunday or by calling the church office.

Dates: The 2014 movie season will begin the first Thursday at 4:00 p.m. in May and continue monthly throughout the summer. Cost: $5.00 suggested donation. Registration: Please sign up. All are welcome.

Summer Golf Outings Description: During the summer season, golf outings are held

at various clubs in the Naples area, sponsored by members and friends. Sign-up can be done at coffee hour on Sunday or by calling the church office. Payment is by credit card at reciprocal prices.

Dates: The 2014 schedule will begin in May. Cost: See above. Registration: Please sign up. All golfers welcome. Contact Rev Luvvy Kovacik for further information at 239.495.8439. She welcomes suggestions.


Entertainment and Music

Wednesday Nite Live

Dinner and Entertainment Description: Enjoy a catered dinner and wonderful


Dates: Wednesdays – 5:45 p.m. Nov. 20: Re-inactor Carlos Richo as Ponce de Leon Jan. 15: Dixieland Band Feb. 19: Country Western music by Ralph Curtis Mar. 19: Speaker, Mr. Dan Bumstead, retired CIA Agent Apr. 16: “Name That Tune” - Sing Along Cost: $15. Tickets are available two weeks preceding the dinners

at the Church office or following the Sunday services. For further information call Marsha Arthur 594-8958.

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 8 – 8:00 p.m. Description: Anglican Evensong with John

Fenstermaker and the choir of Trinity-by-theCove. This event is part of the National Conference on Sacred Music. The congregation of NUCC is invited to take part in this inspiring service of hymns, readings and anthems. No cost, all are welcome Date: Friday, Jan. 10 – 7:30 p.m. Description: Hymn Festival with Anton Armstrong and John Ferguson and the Festival Choir of the National Conference on Sacred Music along with our own NUCC Sanctuary choir. Dr. Armstrong and Dr. Ferguson are world renowned for their treatment of hymns and choral arrangements. This will be a truly enjoyable and inspirational evening. No cost, all are welcome. Date: Sunday, Jan. 12 – 9 :00 & 11:00 a.m. worship services Description: Creative worship led by Dr. John Ferguson, Dr. Ronald Patterson, our own NUCC Choir, & a brass quartet.

Dr. John Ferguson is a world renowned leader of creative worship.

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Advent Meditations

In the Sanctuary, Tuesdays at 12:00 p.m., free will offering Dr. Becky Weese, organ and piano; pastoral staff, homily Dec. 3 D Geoffrey Day, G violin vi

Dec. 10 D Rebecca Richardson, R soprano so

Dec. 17 D Leelo Basham, flute Le

Lenten Meditations

In the Sanctuary, Tuesdays at 12:00 p.m., free will offering Dr. Becky Weese, organ and piano; pastoral staff, homily

Mar. 25 M Javier Abreu, Ja tenor te

Apr. 1 A Ellen Tomasiewicz, El horn ho


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he Music Committee at Naples United Church of Christ is proud to bring to you the talents and gifts of these fine musicians. All tickets are available through the church office. Chrysalis Chamber Players Date: Sunday, Nov. 3 – 3:00 p.m. Cost: $20.00

Meghan Brachle, flute ~ Mary Bowden, trumpet Shannon Thomas, violin ~ Alexandra Carlson, piano The Chrysalis Chamber Players is a nonprofit music ensemble dedicated to providing exciting new programs to Southwest Florida. The group is flexible in structure, enabling its members to perform a kaleidoscope of music. It seeks to incorporate other art forms into its concerts in order to provide an invigorating cultural experience to audiences in the area.

An Afternoon with Glenn Basham Date: Sunday, Jan. 19 – 3:00 p.m. Cost: $20.00

Glenn Basham, violin ~ Tian Ying, piano This concert promises to be the highlight of our concert season! Glenn, concertmaster of The Naples Philharmonic since 1994, has a B.M. degree from the North Carolina School of the Arts and an M.M. degree from Indiana University. He has been a member of the artist faculty at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami since 1992. He also serves as the first violinist in the Bergonzi String Quartet, which is the quartet-inresidence at the Frost School of Music. Accompanying Glenn will be Tian Ying, associate professor of keyboard performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, where he has also served as department chair. Winner of many prestigious awards, including high honors at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 1989. Tian Ying enjoys a worldwide reputation as a pianist of taste, dexterity and artistry.

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Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Chuck Bergeron from the University of Miami Date: Sunday, Feb. 23 – 3:00 p.m. Cost: $20.00

The Stamps Jazz Quintet features five stellar young jazz musicians who went through a rigorous audition process and are provided generous scholarships and special performance opportunities as a group through the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation and the University of Miami. In addition to their regular music studies, the group is provided special opportunities to perform at festivals and venues of distinction and to create a cohesive group over a four-year period. The group is under the direction of Chuck Bergeron who teaches jazz history, conducts big bands and small jazz ensembles and is an active clinician at schools throughout the country. He is one of the most active and innovative musicians working in the field of jazz. Equally versatile on the acoustic and electric bass, his unique compositional style and approach to improvisation reflect a wide variety of musical influences.

The Singing Brooks & Naples UCC Choir Date: Sunday, Mar. 16 – 3:00 p.m. Cost: $20.00

Combined choral concert: The Singing Brooks & Naples UCC Choir under the direction of Dr. Becky Weese Accompanists: Jamie Hardesty & Lan Lam Both choirs will perform individually featuring sacred and secular tunes. Then they will join forces for “Over the Rainbow,” Shenandoah,” and many of your patriotic favorites.


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Requiem by Bob Chilcott Date: Sunday, Mar. 30

9:00 & 11:00 a.m. worship services Pamela Jimenez, soprano ~ Javier Abreu, tenor Dr. Becky Weese, Conductor ~ Sanctuary Choir Leelo Basham, flute ~ Andrew Snedeker, oboe Paul Votapek, clarinet ~ Ellen Tomasiewicz, horn Deb Stehr, bass ~ John Evans, timpani David Erwin, organ Requiem by Bob Chilcott (b.1955) is written for soprano and tenor soloists, SATB chorus, a small ensemble of instruments (flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, timpani, and organ). This large work is solemn, yet uplifting. It is a musical offering of meditation and reflection for our season of Lent. Setting words from the Missa Pro Defunctis and the Book of Common Prayer, the work gives a new slant to established texts: a beautiful setting of ‘Thou knowest, Lord’ sits alongside the powerful ‘Offertorio’, driving ‘Sanctus’, and enchanting ‘Pie Jesu’.

Becky’s Birthday Bash Concert Date: Sunday, Apr. 6 – 3:00 p.m. Cost: Free!

What better way to celebrate your birthday than to have a party and invite your friends! Instrumentalists & vocalists will come and share their talents with Dr. Becky Weese at the organ and the piano! There will be birthday cake!

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Please join us for a complimentary wine and cheese reception before and after the concert. Trinity by the Cove Date: Tuesday, Dec. 3 – 7:00 p.m. Cost: $30.00

Catch the true spirit of Christmas with the acclaimed choir of Trinity-by-the-Cove as they sing carols old and new, filling Beverly Hall with holiday sounds. John Fenstermaker conducts. They will be accompanied by harp, flute, and piano. Music will include “O Come, All Ye Faithful”; “In the Bleak Mid-Winter”; “Silent Night”; “What Child Is This?”; and others. A carol sing-along concludes the concert.

Daniela Shtereva ~ Billie Jo Miller, piano Date: Tuesday, Jan. 21 – 7:00 p.m. Cost: $30.00

~ Photo by Friedman Wagner

Daniela Shtereva and Billie Jo Miller will present the unknown in violin and piano literature. They will also feature miniatures honoring the theme of twilight in music and wrap this whole gift with a classical sonata and a bravura ending. Daniela Shtereva was born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, into a family with preserved musical traditions for five generations. She began violin lessons with Elena Doykova and completed her high school studies with her. Shtereva holds a bachelors degree from the National Conservatory of Music in Sofia, an M.M. degree from Louisiana State University and an Artist Diploma from Carnegie Mellon University. Currently, Shtereva performs as a member of the Naples Philharmonic at Artis–Naples and performs on a violin and a bow generously on loan from her teacher – Cyrus Forough. She joined the Naples Philharmonic in 2008.


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Stacey Berkley Date: Tuesday, Feb. 4 – 7:00 p.m. Cost: $30.00

Harpist, Stacey Berkley, a native Floridian, is an extraordinary musician, and award winning performer. With her unique sound, she won First Place in Lyon & Healy’s prestigious International Pop & Jazz Harp competition & she will change your mind about what can be played on the harp! Stacey has 3 CDs, that showcase her original compositions of world music including moody ballads to dynamic Brazilian rhythms, Celtic, Calypso, Latin & more.

The Bean Pickers Dates: Tuesday, Mar. 4 – 7:00 p.m. Cost: $30.00

Naples favorite Bluegrass Band! Featuring guest artist Glenn Basham – Violin Scott Ritter - Guitar, Mandolin and Vocals Leslie Weidenhammer - String Bass, Guitar and Vocals Linda Kallinger - Fiddle, Mandolin and Vocals Naples favorite sometimes bluegrass, Texas swing with American roots music on the side but mostly bluegrass band. Confused? So are they...but we know what they like, and they play it. Plan on having a great time at this concert! Glenn Basham will be featured as a guest artist. Who knows what instrument he will be playing!


Entertainment and Music Adam Satinsky ~ Alexandra Carlson, piano Date: Tuesday, Apr. 15 – 7:00 p.m. Cost: $30.00

Included in this program is the wonderfully murky B-flat major cello sonata by Mendelssohn. The last movement has the most gloriously intimate melody ever put on paper, and it keeps returning just when you’re least expecting it. Adam promises we will have lots of fun listening to a cello transcription of the theme from Marriage of Figaro, with lots of pyrotechnics in the cello part to wow and amaze the listener. Adam will be accompanied by Alexandra Carlson, the extraordinary international pianist. She has chosen some beautifully romantic solo piano works to round out the program.

Join us for Worship Oct. 6 - May 4 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

God is still speaking,

May 11 - Sept. 28 10:00 a.m. Rev. Dr. Ronald Patterson, Senior Minister Rev. Dr. Dawson Taylor, Associate Minister (eff. 12/1) Rev. Beverly Duncan, Assistant Minister (eff. 12/1) Rev. Luvvy Kovacik, Assistant Minister Dr. Becky Weese, Director of Music and Organist Dr. Greg Smith, Director of Adult Education

Naples United Church of Christ 5200 Crayton Road, Naples, Florida 34103 Phone: (239) 261-5469 E-mail: Read our church newsletter, Steeplelights, online at:

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