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October 2013

Naples United Church of Christ

God is still speaking,

From the Senior Minister A New Season! October marks the beginning of another exciting program year in the life of NUCC. We return to two services on October 6th (9 and 11 am); prepare to gather on October 20th to affirm the recommendation of our Search Committee that the Rev. Dr. Dawson B. Taylor become our Associate Minister; and join together to package thousands of meals for the hungry on Saturday, October 26. Details on each of these events are to be found elsewhere in this edition of Steeplelights.

Dr. Ron Patterson

Calls are always welcome, and if you are still up north, give me a call to share how your summer has gone. I enjoy your calls! Remember, I make house calls and a call from you is the best way to arrange one.

I anticipate a season of faith-building worship, life-enhancing classes, engaging mission opportunities, and music to stir the soul and gladden the heart. I got a glimpse of both the Concert series flyer and the Adult Education brochure before I left for vacation at the end of August, and I am excited and deeply grateful for the staff and church committees who commit their energy to making our congregation the vital and faithful place we are growing to become. We are disciples of a living Jesus, who is reborn each time we gather in service, commit ourselves to unconditional caring, and give our lives to the way of love! Just as this season marks new beginnings, it marks some endings. The Rev. Beverly Duncan has faithfully served for the last year as our Interim Associate Minister. In addition to her regular duties as one of our Assistant ministers for visitation, she has taken on a full range of pastoral duties with distinction. If you choose to extend a call to Dr. Taylor on October 20, Rev. Duncan will return to her part-time role, but I want to express my thanks for her faithful service. The last year would have been impossible without her! I am grateful as well for the ministry of the Rev. Dr. Kathy Kircher who guided our Stephen Ministry program and taught classes among us last season. Current plans are that she will return in the New Year to teach once again. While it is for the congregation to make the final decision, let me once again affirm the work of our Search Committee. Under the leadership of Mr. John Richardson, they sought the best candidate across the entire United Church of Christ, and I believe they have succeeded. In my conversations with colleagues around the nation and members of the national staff of the United Church of Christ, there has been unanimous enthusiasm for Dr. Taylor’s ministry. He brings gifts we need, experience we can use, and a genuine call to ministry that will support our lay-led congregation in the days ahead. I am excited about working together with him, serving you!

May I invite you to make a pilgrimage with me? Of course, in one sense, that’s what we have been doing every day for nearly ten years; but this time I’m talking about a real travel opportunity. May 19-28, Charnley and I will lead a Holy Land Pilgrimage. It will be a time to be together visiting the places Jesus lived and taught and a great deal more. The trip will include an optional extension to the magical city of Istanbul. A brochure is available in the church office or in the narthex on Sunday. Our tour coordinator from Magi Travel will be here on Sunday, November 10. We will have an informational meeting on the trip at 3:00 pm that day, but if you are interested, give me a call and get on the list now. As always, I am here to serve and to lead. I rejoice in the journey we have made together and I relish the days yet to come. I count myself blessed to serve among you!


With love, Ron

From the Interim Associate For All the Saints… For Christians, Friday, November 1 is All Saints Day. “Saints” are those people the church honors following their death. The wonderful hymn “For All the Saints” celebrates this “communion” of saints, who are the “fellowship divine.” The hymn tells us that they were beloved people of faith who rest from their labors now, and have risen to be with God in “bright array.” (I love that hymn).

Sunday, November 3… Rev. Beverly Duncan

Each year on the Sunday nearest November 1, our worship service incorporates, in prayerful memoriam, the names of our members and friends who have died and joined the “fellowship divine” in the past twelve months. You are invited to call the church office by October 29th, if you would like to add a name to that list.

Friday, November 1 Memorial Garden Service at 6:00 p.m… Then we also provide a separate occasion to lift the names of the saints who have departed from our lives at any time in the past. As we did last year, we are holding a special service of remembrance in the Memorial Garden (outside near the chapel entrance; in case of rain we will use the chapel). It is open to anyone who would like to honor and celebrate the life of a deceased loved one. We begin at 6:00 p.m. to take advantage of a cooler time of day—and while there is still light after the service for wending your way home. You may have a loved one interred in our Memorial Garden, but whether you do or not, this will be a quiet and sacred time for you of reflection and prayers, and music performed by soloist and flute. Candles and flowers will help rekindle the spirit of the saint(s) whom we hold in our hearts. Pamela Oliveira is an NUCC deacon and a palliative care chaplain. She and I will again share the privilege of leading this service. Please join our community of memory at 6:00 on Friday evening, November 1, bearing with you the assurance in the hymn “For All the Saints”:

“We feebly struggle; they in glory shine. Yet all are one in thee, for all are thine. Alleluia!” With affection and hope, Bev


NUCC Staff Ministers Rev. Dr. Ronald M. Patterson, Senior Minister

In This Issue...

Rev. Beverly Duncan, Interim Associate Minister Rev. Luvvy Kovacik, Assistant Minister Music Ministry Dr. Becky Weese, Director of Music

October 2013

Christian Education Dr. Greg Smith, Adult CE Nancy Van Fleet, Director of CE

2...........From the Senior Minister 3...........From the Interim Associate

16-17 ...Youth Christian Education

5........... Mission 1 Food Packaging Event

18-19 ... Adult Enrichment Opportunities

6...........Board of Mission and Outreach

20-21 ...Profiles in Good Age

7........... Stoves for Guatemala – A Progress Report

21.........Bargain Box News

8...........Holiday BAZAAR 9...........Holy Land Pilgrimage Meeting 9...........All Saints’ Day Memorial List 9...........What is Trunk or Treat? 10.........Musical Notes 10......... Tuesdays at Twilight Concert Series 2013-2014 11......... Sanctuary Concert Series 2013-2014 11.........Advent and Lenten Meditations 12.........Palette Pals 13.........Volunteer Corner!


14-15 ...October Calendar

22.........New Members 23.........Membership and Growth 24.........Book Recommendations 24.........Financial Report 25.........Endowment Committee 26.........October Lectionary

Ronald Thompson, Ministry Intern Administration Kary Sirken, Church Administrator Sharon Magiera, Finance Administrator Susan Pratt, Pastoral Assistant and Membership Kaleigh Caldwell, Administrative Assistant Donna Blais, Publications Gregg Lepore, Production Manager, Susan Melick, Events Coordinator

26.........In Service to Our Country

Pat McGee, Volunteer Coordinator


Georgia Lundy, Sunday Fellowship/Kitchen Coordinator

27.........October Birthdays 27.........October Anniversaries

Daniel Brower, Facilities Hector Indart, Facilities Precious Cargo Academy Mary Jo Welch, Director Leanne Badham, Assistant Director Bargain Box Thrift Store Sandy Goldstein, Manager (239) 262-3802

We need your help! Saturday, October 26th from 11 am to 1 pm! We will be assembling 125,000 packages of protein fortified macaroni and cheese in McSpadden and Nelson Halls. Reservations are a must, limited space available. Want to put your faith into action? Pick one of the options below.

Just help invite people. Want more information? Just go to or call the church office. Watch the process on our web site

Be that 1 person who makes a difference in Collier County!


Board of Mission and Outreach Naples UCC Gift Purchases Disaster Relief Trailer With a grant from our Board of Mission and Outreach, the Florida Conference of the United Church of Christ has purchased a trailer to be used by people around the state when natural disaster strikes. The trailer, after being equipped with the necessary tools, will be stationed at our sister church, Mayflower UCC on County Barn Road, for deployment when teams of volunteers reach out to help people rebuild. Our donations and volunteer effort at the Bargain Box made this gift possible. This is an example of our faith in action!

A Different Graduation Day Another school year comes slowly to a close at the Ebenezer School. Students quiet down and concentrate as they prepare for exams and that last day of school, November 31st. There are six students in Grade 9 who are completing their education at the school. One of them is age seventeen. Three of them have been in the school since 2006, and have been sponsored every year through the continuing generosity of NUCC members and friends. Some of these students may move on to higher learning; most of them will seek employment. The school’s director, Sra. Ochoa, works hard to prepare the graduates for some form of work, arranging for them to train as mechanics, hairdressers, manicurists, servers, etc. This will not be easy as unemployment levels are high. On June 17, 2013, the U. S State Department issued a travel warning on Honduras. Then on June 26th the PBS news broadcast had a segment on San Pedro Sula, Honduras, and its drug traffic and out-of control violence. The scenes were graphic and frightening—guns firing, people running, chaos in the streets. Finally, President Porfirio Lobo ordered the Honduran military to take charge of the prison, as gangs were taking over, marauding the city streets.


What affect must this have on the children at the school, surrounded by this tumult? Some of them may even have family members involved in the frenzy. At Ebenezer they have at least some degree of safety, amid teachers and caretakers. Our mission there in Honduras takes on more significance and surely more prayers as we send all the support and help we can for the school and these children.

Stoves for Guatemala – A Progress Report on this Mission 4/1 Earth Project The first 106 families participating in our Guatemala Stove Project have received their stoves. Another 233 families are scheduled to receive stoves in October and November. The $85,035 NUCC funding will enable over 850 Guatemalan families to receive stoves. Before stoves are delivered to any village, the women have to attend training to learn how to assemble and use the stove plus contribute Q100 (equivalent of $12) toward the purchase of the stove. This assures that the stove is not just charity and the family has ownership of the stove.

Sometimes there are surprises. The community receiving the first 71 NUCC stoves was Rosario Canajal. The members of this community speak only Kachequel, one of 22 Mayan languages spoken in Guatemala. Marlon Moran, who is responsible for stove training, solicited the help of Jose, a bi-lingual co-worker, to translate. During the first meeting Marlon and Jose explained to the women of the village that they needed to organize themselves into 7 groups and choose 2 women leaders from each group to be trained. These leaders would then teach the rest of the women in the groups, thus empowering the women to make the stove project their project. A date was set to return to train the 14 women leaders. When Marlon and Jose arrived 2 weeks later with 3 stoves to conduct the training, 36 women were waiting for them. The women were so enthusiastic about their stove project they couldn’t choose only 14 women to attend the training. The training plan was quickly revamped; the women worked in groups of 3, and all 36 women participated in the training. Later, Marlon learned that this stove project is the first time the women in this village have received any form of help. The president of this group, Dorca Aguilar, told Jose “I am working with another group of 100 women; they all have Q100 saved now, and are ready to request stoves”. Amilcar Vielman, a key member of the “People for Guatemala” team, builds the Chapina stoves in a new facility located just outside of La Antigua. He has expanded his facility because of the NUCC donation, and can now produce about 200 stoves a month. He is committed to making sure the women are properly trained and follows up with each group after installation to confirm the families are receiving the health and dietary benefits. This progress report is addressed to the NUCC congregation which so generously supported stoves for so many Mayan Mountain Village Guatemalans. The result is that we are improving thousands of lives who will remember and appreciate our generosity for many years to come. Thank you, Lois Werner, President, People for Guatemala Mike Armstrong, Member, NUCC


Holiday BAZAAR November 9, 2013, 8 am - 2 pm DONATE! 1) Linens of all kinds – It’s good to have them early – to get them ready for sale!


Jewelry – any kind – even broken gold pieces! These are needed now, as well, if possible!


Almost-new items – that gift you never used – those candle sticks that are the wrong color – that bowl that doesn’t match anything else...

4) 5) 6)

Garage sale items – you know what those are! Tools – hand tools and small power tools, Theme Baskets – Donate a basket for raffle worth $100-150! Pick your theme!

Come and Buy!

Besides all that’s listed – Cheese – Swiss and Cheddar - it melts in your mouth! Pecans – perfect for holiday baking! Coffee – it’s the best! And the Palette Pals will have some WONDERFUL original artwork you will love!



Treasures for Silent Auction – something VERY special – or a service!

YOU are the one WHO MAKES THIS A SUCCESS! Help is needed on Tuesday to cover tables! Help is needed on Sunday after church to help pack up! A lot of help is needed on Saturday!


Cookies – dozens and dozens of cookies! Bar cookies, drop cookies, decorated cookies, chocolate cookies, diabetic cookies…



Baked goods of any kind – breads, cakes, pies, brownies, coffee cakes, muffins…


Any home-made food “goodies” – pickles, salsas, jams, chutneys, appetizers, casseroles, soups…


Hand-crafted items of any kind – whatever your talent! Join with the Perky Patchers and Monday Morning Workshop ladies in providing extraordinary creative “goodies”!

ANYTHING you find in your home – EXCEPT clothing and furniture – they go to the Bargain Box! 8

Best of all is the fellowship! What a great way to meet new people! This is a way to use YOUR talent for the benefit of our community! It’s short term! The profit is given to our community, in cooperation with the Missions Board. Our own church benefits as well through special projects of Women’s Fellowship! Last year, more than $32,000 was earned to share with OUR community!

Join Your Fellow Members and Friends!

Without your donations, there is nothing to sell! Without volunteers, the event cannot take place! Without buyers, we have a room filled with wonderful items! DONATE, VOLUNTEER, BUY! Credit cards accepted.

Mark the Date! Holy Land Pilgrimage Meeting Sunday, November 10 at 3:00 pm For those already planning to make the May 19-28, 2014 Holy Land Pilgrimage with Dr. Patterson, and for those interested in receiving more information about the trip, Mr. John Brady of Magi Travel will be present Sunday, November 10 to answer questions. He will be on hand in the Gathering Place after both worship services and then again that afternoon at 3:00 pm in Nelson Hall room 207 to make a detailed presentation. Brochures with trip details are available in the church office and from Susan Pratt. To sign up or to ask questions, please call Susan or Dr. Patterson, (239) 261-5469. The trip will be limited to 40 participants.

All Saints’ Day Memorial List On Sunday, November 3rd, during both worship services, we will be remembering our loved ones who passed from this life in the last year. Please call the office, (239) 261-5469, if you would like to add a name to the list. Please have the names in by October 29th.

What is Trunk or Treat? Grab some candy (enough for 80 children and preferably peanut-free), decorate your car trunks, and wait for the children to come Trunk or Treating! Located in the church parking lot, Trunk or Treat is an annual tradition! The Precious Cargo Costume Parade begins at 4 p.m. After the parade, children will play carnival games and enjoy pizza! Then they will Trunk or Treat! Come early to decorate your trunks! The trunk or treating will begin at 5 p.m. Please RSVP so we have enough pizza! If you have questions, please call Nancy Van Fleet, CE Director.


Musical Notes

It is through your generous gifts to the Music Gift Fund, that Dr. Weese can hire the best vocalists and instrumentalists Naples has to offer! Your pledges/contributions to the annual operating budget do not include funds for these musical enhancements to our worship services. These are made possible by your special contributions to the Music Gift Fund. When possible, the worship bulletins will indicate when the special music for the service was provided by the Music Gift Fund. Sunday, January 12th 9:00 & 11:00 a.m. worship services A Celebration of Epiphany led by Dr. John Ferguson, Dr. Ron Patterson, our own NUCC Choir, and a brass quartet Dr. John Ferguson is a world renowned leader of creative worship

Sunday, March 30th 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


Photo by Friedman Wagner

Dr. Weese and the Music Committee have been busy organizing the Special Worship Service music and three unique concert series at NUCC for the 2013-2014 season. These include the Sanctuary Concert series, the Tuesday at Twilight series (Performances in Beverly Hall), and the Advent and Lenten meditations. Tickets can be purchased through the church office or online at

Programs begin at 3:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Tickets are $20.00. Sunday, November 3rd S

In the Sanctuary, Tuesdays at noon Dr. Becky Weese, organ and piano Pastoral Staff, homily Free will offering December 3rd Geoffrey Day, violin

M Meghan Brachle, flute M Mary Bowden, trumpet Shannon Thomas, violin Alexandra Carlson, piano

D December 10th R Rebecca Richardson, soprano

Sunday, January 19th

Glenn Basham, violin Tian Ying, piano

D December 17th LLeelo Basham, flute

Sunday, February 23rd S March 25th Javier Abreu, tenor F From The FROST School of Music, U University of Miami U Under the direction of C Chuck Bergeron

April 1st A Ellen Tomasiewicz, horn E

Sunday, April 6th W What better way to celebrate your b birthday than to have a party and invite yyour friends!

Sunday, March 16th h

Instrumentalists & vocalists will come In and share their talents with Becky at a th the organ and the piano!

Dr. Becky Weese, conductor Jamie Hardesty & Lan Lam, accompanists

Reception to follow! R


Palette Pals An exciting new season is planned for 2013/14. All art interested persons are invited to our monthly meetings and to participate in special events which are announced in the newsletter and the weekly bulletin.All workshop participants may bring their own favorite brushes and paints, or can use available brushes, paints and mediums supplied by Palette Pals.

Feb. 3, 2014, after our 11:00 a.m. meeting, we will have Joan Dunkle from San Jose, California as our guest to discuss her unique method for unlocking the creative spirit in each of us and to learn more about the 2-day workshop she will be conducting on Feb. 7 & 8. Come meet this amazing artist who is the recipient of Who’s Who in American Art and Who’s Who in the East, National Association Women Artists.

Our first meeting of the season is on Monday, Nov. 4 at 11:00 am. After lunch, we will have a workshop for making, finishing and packaging note cards for the bazaar.

Mixed-media Collage Workshop

Wednesday, Nov. 6 Rona Steingart mixed-media painting

workshop will be available every Wednesday morning. Nov. 6, 13, 20; Dec. 4, 11, 18; Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29; Feb. 5, 12, 19; Mar. 5, 12, 19, 26. $25 for each class, call 239-594-1066 for information and reservation. Monday, Dec. 2, after our 11:00 a.m. meeting, a representative from Nordstroms will be our guest to learn new and unique ways to tie scarves. Monday, Jan. 6 after our 11:00 a.m. meeting, we will have a demo by Terry Clemente about the upcoming class on painting silk scarves. Come meet the artist, see her work and learn more about the workshop she will be conducting on Jan. 16.

Jean Marie Silk Scarf Workshop Jan. 16, 2014, 1-4 pm

This class teaches students the basics of SHIBORI, an ancient Japanese fold, resist, dye technique. We will explore various resist techniques such as; folding, wrapping, pleating and clamping to create beautiful one-of-a-kind repeat patterns. We will be working on silk and each student will complete at least 2 scarves. Class fee includes 2 scarves, dyes and all other materials and equipment necessary. Additional scarves and shawls are available from the instructor at an additional charge. No previous experience or drawing skills are necessary. A great way to begin working with dye techniques. $90 for Palette Pals members/ $100 for nonmembers. Advance registration is required.


Joan Dunkle

Feb. 7 & 8, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

This class is for developing painters who are ready to move beyond the typical workshop approach. A variety of techniques will be presented to express your own ideas, interests and feelings. Your finished paintings will happen as you exercise abandonment, excitement and enthusiasm. Class is limited to a maximum of 10 people. $180 for Palette Pals members/ $200 for non-members Mar. 3, 2014, after our 11:00 a.m. meeting, Rona Steingart will moderate a panel discussion with top docents from the Baker Museum of Art. Come learn about art in Naples. Mar. 7 & 8, returning by popular demand, Rona Steingart

will lead a 2-day workshop for the “wannabe artist” as well as the experienced artist. All supplies are included in the $100 tuition for the 2 days for Palette Pals members and $120 for nonmembers.

Volunteer Corner NUCC CARES! Our “soup ministry” volunteers made some delicious Italian vegetable soup for our members and friends last month. Our numbers are expanding, but we need YOU to join us.

There are lots of ways you can help – • Soup makers get together and share the fun of cooking together. When? The fourth Thursday of the month at 9:00 am - October 24 is next! • Soup packers arrive at 4:00 pm that afternoon to put the soup in freezer bowls. We also need people to help deliver soup as needed during the month. • Like to make cookies? They go with the soup when it gets delivered, so let us know if you could make some and bring them in. And if you love shopping for groceries, maybe you would enjoy getting the ingredients to the church for Thursday soup making. • We could use some great soup recipes too, so share your talents. As you can see, our soup ministry is off and running, so join in by calling Susan Pratt at the church. You can also be a part of NUCC Cares by volunteering to make friendly visits to members or send cards, or sharing your ideas as we work to expand the program. Help make a difference – by becoming part of NUCC Cares today. ~ Pat McGee, Volunteer Coordinator


1 3:00pm Prayer Shawl Ministry (P) 6:30pm Board of Christian Education Meeting (N101) 7:00pm Diaconate Meeting (ACR)


NEIGHBORS IN NEED SUNDAY VERO BEACH RETREAT WITH YOUTH GROUP 9:00am Worship Service (S) 10:00am Stephen Ministry Pastoral Care (P) 11:00am Worship Service (S) 12:00pm Stephen Ministry Pastoral Care (P)


9:00am 10:00am 10:00am 11:00am 12:00pm 11:00am 12:00pm 6:00pm

Worship Service (S) Stephen Ministry Pastoral Care (P) Guest Information Brunch (N104) Worship Service (S) Stephen Ministry Pastoral Care (P) Guest Information Brunch (N104) Single Senior’s Lunch Youth Group Meeting (N201)


CONGREGATION VOTES ON NEW ASSOCIATE MINISTER NEW MEMBER SUNDAY 9:00am Worship Service (S) 10:00am Stephen Ministry Pastoral Care (P) 11:00am Worship Service (S) 12:00pm Stephen Ministry Pastoral Care (P) 6:00pm Youth Group Meeting (N201)

27 9:00am 10:00am 11:00am 12:00pm 4:30pm

Worship Service (S) Stephen Ministry Pastoral Care (P) Worship Service (S) Stephen Ministry Pastoral Care (P) Elaine Murphy/George Sutcliffe Wedding (S) 6:00pm Youth Bowling Night (Beacon Bowl)


9:30am 9:30am 10:00am 5:00pm 6:30pm

Mat Yoga with Shannon (BH) Monday Morning Workshop (N104) Moderator Meeting (NH207) Baby Basics Diaper Pick-up (WH) Moderator Meeting (NH207)

14 9:30am Mat Yoga with Shannon (BH) 9:30am Monday Morning Workshop (N104) 7:00pm UCC Class (N101)

8 3:00pm Precious Cargo Meeting (ACR) 3:00pm Membership & Growth (N104)

15 10:00am WNL Meeting (N102) 10:00am Introduction to Paul with Charnley Marsden (N101) 4:00pm Bargain Box Committee Meeting (BB)

219:30am Monday Morning Workshop (N104) 22 9:30am Mat Yoga with Shannon (BH) 6:00pm Trustees Meeting (N104) 6:30pm NUCC - What We Do and How We Do It (N207) 6:45pm VON Practice (BH)


9:30am Mat Yoga with Shannon (BH) 9:30am Monday Morning Workshop (N104) 11:30am Women’s Fellowship Luncheon (MH/NH) 6:45pm VON Practice (BH)

9:00am Precious Cargo Pictures (MH) 10:00am Introduction to Paul with Charnley Marsden (N101) 6:30pm Full Council Meeting (N104)


8:30am Trustees Budget Presentations (N104) 10:00am Introduction to Paul with Charnley Marsden (N101) 4:00pm Planned Parenthood Movie and Reception (BH/GP)

What’s Happening This Month at Naples United Church of Christ



9:30am Chair Yoga with Shannon (BH) 10:00am WNL Meeting (N101) 11:30am Glenview Worship Service (Glenview) 1:00pm Stephen Ministry (N207) 3:30pm Junior Disciples (N207) 4:00pm Children’s Choir: PreK-1st Grades (BH) 4:30pm Children’s Choir: Grades 2-5 (BH) 7:00pm Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal (BH/S)


9:30am 9:30am 4:00pm 5:45pm

Mat Yoga with Shannon (BH) Precious Cargo Chapel (S) Thursday Movie and Dinner (BH) Precious Cargo Staff Meeting (N104)

10 9:30am Chair Yoga with Shannon (BH) 7:00pm Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal (BH/S)


9:30am Chair Yoga with Shannon (BH) 3:30pm Junior Disciples (N207) 4:00pm Children’s Choir: PreK-1st Grades (BH) 4:30pm Children’s Choir: Grades 2-5 (BH) 7:00pm Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal (BH/S)


8:00am Bargain Box Strategic Planning Meeting (N207) 9:00am Precious Cargo Pictures (MH) 9:30am Chair Yoga with Shannon (BH) 3:30pm Junior Disciples (N207) 4:00pm Children’s Choir: PreK-1st Grades (BH) 4:30pm Children’s Choir: Grades 2-5 (BH) 7:00pm Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal (BH/S)


8:30am Trustees Budget Presentations (N104) 9:30am Chair Yoga with Shannon (BH) 3:30pm Junior Disciples (N207) 4:00pm Children’s Choir: PreK-1st Grades (BH) 4:30pm Children’s Choir: Grades 2-5 (BH) 7:00pm Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal (BH/S)



9:30am Perky Patchers (N103) 12:00pm Al Anon Meeting (N104)


11 9:30am Mat Yoga with Shannon (BH) 9:30am Precious Cargo Chapel (S)


9:30am Mat Yoga with Shannon (BH) 9:30am Precious Cargo Chapel (S) 10:00am Men’s Coffee and Conversation (N104) 10:00am Women’s Coffee and Conversation (N101) 1:00pm Board of Missions and Outreach Meeting (N101) 7:00pm PFLAG Meeting (N104)


8:30am Trustees Budget Prep Meeting (N104) 9:00am NUCC Cares Soup Preparation (NH-K) 9:30am Mat Yoga with Shannon (BH) 4:00pm Nominating Committee (N101) 7:00pm Bible Study on the Book of James with Rev. Dr. Crawford (N104)

31 9:30am Mat Yoga with Shannon (BH) 9:30am Precious Cargo Chapel (S) 7:00pm Bible Study on the Book of James with Rev. Dr. Crawford (N104)


9:30am Perky Patchers (N103) 12:00pm Al Anon Meeting (N104)

18 9:30am Perky Patchers (N103) 12:00pm Al Anon Meeting (N104)



10:00am Meet and Greet with Rev. Dr. Dawson Taylor (MH) 2:00pm Meet and Greet with Rev. Dr. Dawson Taylor (MH)


9:00am NUCC Summer Golf Meals of Hope (Bear’s Paw) Food Packaging 9:30am Event (MH) Perky Patchers (N103) 12:00pm Al Anon Meeting (N104) 5:00pm Trunk or Treat (parking lot)

Youth Christian Education Greetings to my church family As I write this article, I look back at the last few weeks with excitement and look forward to a year full of gifts – those precious people God has surrounded me with at this time in my ministry. Each year is filled with changes, and I am ever aware how quickly our children and youth grow up. We welcomed back our families and embraced new families as we began this year on August 18th with the Blessing of the Children and Youth. It was so wonderful to see everyone again after going our separate ways this summer. Our Junior Disciples kicked off on September 4, a class that has more little ones than we have ever had. And then, on September 7th and 8th our youth group journeyed up to Universal Studios for Rock the Universe – Florida’s biggest Christian Music Festival. A total of 24 of us drove up to enjoy the music and one another as we lifted our hands and our hearts and ended the weekend with a worship service that was created for the youth, but spoke to the adults just as much. I am so thankful to all the parents and other adults who are stepping in to be a vital part of this ministry. Each year has its challenges, and as we grow, our new challenges grow as well. Parents are teaching Sunday school, helping with the Junior Disciples and chaperoning at events with the youth group. Leanne Badham, Assistant Director at Precious Cargo Academy, is volunteering at our Sunday night youth group. Jessica Van Ord and Elaine Murphy will provide enrichment classes to our Wednesday Junior Disciples in addition to our very own Palette Pals. Our faith community continues to reach out and support the children and youth and I am so grateful. Jesus promised us that he would “be there” for us always. In “Practicing Passion, Youth and the Quest for a Passionate Church”, Kenda Creasy Dean argues that many of today’s teens have few adults or institutions that will “be there” for them until the end of the age, or until the end of high school for that matter. The New York Times tagged today’s adolescents, “the Autonomous Generation.” “Will you be there for me?” is the cry of this generation. Having six parents and two young adults with us at Rock the Universe was a blessing, and demonstrated the steadfast love of Jesus. How amazing it was to witness faith exhibited differently through unique personalities – an incredible gift to our youth who are shaping not only faith, but discovering who they are. I thank not only the parents, but this church, for “being there” for our children and youth. We are all blessed! In Christ’s love, Nancy Van Fleet CE Director

Mark your calendars! Come join us for the fun on October 25. Pizza and carnival games at 4:30 p.m. Trunk or Treat at 5 p.m. “Thank You Luncheon” for all our Mission/ Synod Trip supporters. We appreciate you! November 3rd at Noon.


Take a look at our church facebook page, search for Naples United Church of Christ and like our page to find out about youth events.


Adult Enrichment Opportunities Yoga Shannon Danford will begin classes on Wednesday, October 2nd. Classes will be in Beverly Hall on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:30-10:30am. For questions & information call the church office at 261-5469.

Thursday at the Movies On October 3rd we will show “A Shine of Rainbows”. On November 7th we will show “The Note”. The movies will begin at 4:00 pm in Beverly Hall. Admission is a $5.00 donation taken at the door. The group then adjourns to a local restaurant for a social time. Sign-up sheets will be available after Sunday services or by calling the church office at 261-5469.

Single Seniors Single Seniors will be meeting for lunch after worship service on October 13, at 12:20 pm at Country Club of Naples. Bobbie Smith is our host. Please sign your name on the sign-up sheet during coffee hour or call the church office. Lunches can be paid that Sunday with a credit card or cash to our host.

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. Dates: 8 weeks, Tuesdays (Oct. 15 - Dec. 3) 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Registration: not required, all are welcome

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. October Topic: “Syria, Poison Gas, Missile Strikes and Peace?” Dates: Oct. 17, Nov. 21, Dec. 19 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Cost: none Registration: not required; all women are welcomed 18

Men’s Coffee and Conversation

Rev. Dr. Ron 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.) October Topic: “Syria, Poison Gas, Missile Strikes and Peace?” Dates: Oct. 17, Nov. 21, Dec. 19 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Cost: none Registration: not required; all women are welcomed

Golf Outings for NUCC Friday, October 25 will be our last golf outing. We will play at Bear’s Paw Country Club with Chris Bramley as our host. Please sign up at the coffee hour or call the church office by October 20. You will be informed of your tee times. Payment is made that day at the golf course. Our many thanks to our golf host for this season:

Michael Hunt -Quail Creek C.C. Ed Graf and Gary Fox - Audubon Bobbie Smith - Country Club of Naples Ann & Alan Olson - Naples Grande Bob Morse - Spanish Wells C.C. Chris Bramley - Bear’s Paw C.C. “NUCC Golf for Fun” will resume May 2014.

A Conversation With the Letter of James

Rev. Dr. Bill Crawford Description: The letter of James is developed around exhortations 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. (Oct. 31 - 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.) Registration: not required, all are welcome, no cost

MIDDLERS’ PLUS ~ Off-Campus Social Events

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Description: Attend one, a few or all events each season according 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. Participants’ names are added to a mailing list for future events. Suggestions for theatre, dining, boat trips, etc. are welcome.

Prayer Shawl Ministry is a wonderful outreach to people who need solace in the form of comfort through a hand knit or crocheted shawl. Those who make the shawls meet on the first Tuesday of each month at 3:00 pm in the parlor. 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.

November 13th

Naples Sailing & Yacht Club Dinner Buffet Registration for the event requires payment with registration form. For questions & information call the church office at 261-5469.

NUCC Book Club

Candy Nordland, Book Club Coordinator Explore a new book each month alongside other book lovers. Each session is led by a different member of the group. All sessions start at 2:00 p.m. in Nelson Hall Rm 104. Book prices vary, all are welcome. 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

Monday Morning Workshop Members of this group have produce 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, caps, mittens to pillows, 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.

Newcomers Dinners For the first eighteen months, 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. They are scheduled for the second Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. 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 p.m. Cost: N/A Registration: Required, please call the church office to sign up. Description:

Perky Patchers Perkys meet every Friday morning at 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Nelson Hall from September to May. 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. Anyone is invited to join us on Friday morning for fellowship and to help us create new ideas for Bazaar projects.

MMW meets weekly throughout the year from 9:30 a.m. to approximately 12 noon, 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.


Profiles in Good Age ~ by the Rev. Bev Duncan, Interim Associate Minister

Another in a series of occasional profiles of NUCC members and friends I have been privileged to meet in my ministry. Bert and Peggy Stockwood only have eyes for each other, but hands that reach out to everybody—even at ages 88 and 86. They have lived at least part of the year in Naples since 1984 and joined NUCC in 1993. They grace a welcoming home that’s replete with beautiful antiques, some of them acquired when Peggy was in the antiques business and many of them family heirlooms. Both Stockwoods have solid roots in New England. Just listen to their accents. But they have now sold their homes in Winchester MA, Cumberland Foreside Maine, and Meredith NH and are fully in Naples. Their time here at NUCC has been memorable for us and for them—they get all starry-eyed when they talk about close church friendships, cooking (and eating), and going on trips and cruises. Bert always loved cooking for the church suppers. They met through the second marriage of Peggy’s grandmother—to Bert’s uncle. Oddly enough, at that time both Peggy and Bert as young adults worked at the Harvard (Hah-vahd) Law School, but had never met each other there. He worked in the stacks and she was in the secretarial pool. Instead, it was when Bert’s mother was


Bert and Peggy Stockwood

in the hospital with a broken bone that Peggy’s mother invited Bert and his father to dinner. The rest is history. They married on July 23, 1949. During the War (WW2) Bert had been deployed in the Pacific on the USS Biscayne. Both Generals Patton and Eisenhower came aboard during that time—194346. Bert has an amazing array of medals to show for his wartime service. At the close of the war, Bert dreaded the thought of returning home via crowded troop transport, so he requested to stay on board the Biscayne and became part of a maintenance crew. I asked them what people might not know about them. Peggy said this: During the Depression, when she was a child and lived in Cambridge, she was a Girl Scout. She sold the most cookies two years in a row, and both times won two weeks at Girl Scout camp in Lake Ossipee NH. She said the reason for her success was that she went into all the apartment buildings and knocked on every door to take orders. Delivery of the cookies later on was a massive undertaking that involved her mother and a big red wagon. But she won the prize twice!

Bargain Box News It is still definitely summer in Naples, but season is coming! Stop by the Bargain Box and enjoy the cool A/C. When you walk in, it is so refreshing and everyone there is so glad to see you! The seasonal traffic is diminished so we can give you our undivided attention!

Bert’s Military Awards

Bert said people might not know that he is a beekeeper, and was an active one in all the places they lived in New England. He has given it up now, but tells a story about watching a neighbor’s house down here in Naples, and finding a nest of bees in the neighbors’ backyard. When the neighbors returned from their time away they were startled and delighted to find a newly built, working beehive in the yard! Bert has retired from a very successful electrical contracting business of his own in Massachusetts (W.B. Stockwood), and Peggy has retired from twelve years of traveling the world buying antiques to sell at shows in the States. But neither of them has retired from the joy of their marriage, their lives, their family, or their church. They have five children, fifteen grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. But they’re still looking for ways to stay involved and active: Peggy is thinking of joining our Prayer Shawl ministry, and despite failing health, Bert is ever ready with a twinkling eye if you need a hand with anything. He’s just not allowed to climb ladders anymore—on orders from the church sextons. Bert is something akin to a national treasure, and we won’t stand for national treasures breaking bones. Often I see Bert pahking his cah at my condominiums as he helps out a neighbah of mine. Just can’t shake that wonderful man!

Our shoe rack needs your shoes! The donations of clothing and shoes have decreased. We are hoping you will clean out your closets to refresh the store. The old philosophy is that if you haven’t worn it in a year, you aren’t going to. Our furniture selection is in constant need of new pieces. So spend some of those rainy afternoons cleaning out; and always let us know if we can help! Our schedule of volunteers could always be fuller and we are really looking forward to the return of our seasonal volunteers. Everyone shies away from a new adventure, but this is one you should really take. The reward of helping far outweighs anything you have experienced before. ~ Sandy, Bargain Box Manager, (239) 262-3802 153 10th St S, Naples, FL 34102


New Members who joined in August 2013

Sandra Scoggins and Wayne Hemstead

Linda and Gregory Smith


Sandy Stafford

Membership and Growth Welcoming a New Season! The Membership and Growth committee has been working throughout the summer planning for a wonderful 20132014 winter season. For those of you who have joined NUCC within the last 18 months, don’t forget to put our Newcomers’ dinner schedule on your calendar immediately – they meet every SECOND Thursday of each month at someone’s home, club house or an occasional restaurant. You don’t want to miss these dinners!

Our Visitor Information Brunches, UCC Classes and New Member Sunday schedule is listed below. Attending a brunch is not a commitment to join NUCC. It does, however, prepare those who have given time and thought in their search for a church family. The video overview of our church, along with homemade strata and light fare, is welcome to all who wish to learn more about “who we are and what we believe”. If you have friends who are interested, please encourage them to call the office to sign up. Dr. Patterson offers the class “UCC 101” on the history and culture of the United Church of Christ denomination, and the class “NUCC 101” is offered by our church leaders to learn more about “what we do, how we do it, and how you can participate.” These classes are open to anyone who wishes to find a deeper knowledge and relationship with their church family. All of us on the Membership and Growth Committee are looking forward to seeing you. So please stop by the Kiosk with your guests and let us welcome them to our church. ~ Membership and Growth

2013 Schedule

2014 Schedule

October 13 “Visitor Information” Brunch following both services 14 UCC 101 - 2:00pm & 7:00pm 20 New Member Sunday 21 NUCC 101 “What we do...and how we do it” - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

January 12 “Visitor Information” Brunch following both services 13 UCC 101 - 2:00pm & 7:00 pm 19 New Member Sunday 27 NUCC 101 “What we do...and how we do it” - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

November 17 “Visitor Information” Brunch following both services 18 UCC 101 - 2:00pm & 7:00 pm 24 New Member Sunday

February “Visitor Information” Brunch following both services 9 10 UCC 101 - 2:00pm & 7:00 pm 16 New Member Sunday March 16 “Visitor Information” Brunch following both services 17 UCC 101 - 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm 23 New Member Sunday 24 NUCC 101 “What we do...and how we do it” - 6:30pm - 8:00pm May “Visitor Information” Brunch following both services 4 5 UCC 101 - 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm 23 11 New Member Sunday

Book Recommendations ~ Recommended by Don Snyder

“The Fourth Gospel: Tales of a Jewish Mystic” by John Shelby Spong

The author says to read this Gospel as if it were an account of literal history is to misunderstand it completely. John is not writing a literal narrative. He is creating a mystical portrait of oneness, of new life, of a transition into a new being. This book will challenge the way the Gospel of John has been understood.

“The Green Boat: Reviving Ourselves in Our Capsized Culture” by Mary Pipher The author asks and answers a number of penetrating questions about climate change, such as: how do you get deniers to even believe in man made climate change, and even if you do convince people of this crisis facing our planet, what can you do to make a difference? She captures the complexity of environmental issues and the conflict it causes, yet leaves us with hope.

“God Revised: How Religion Must Evolve in a Scientific Age” by Galen Guengerich The author points out the modern person’s struggle to combine modern science with outdated religious dogma. He says just as we had to evolve our concept of the universe to coincide with new scientific data we are long overdue in evolving our concept of God.

Financial Report As of August 30, the net operating income stood at $104,262, a large increase over last year’s figure. Year-to-date revenues are up and year-to-date expenses are down. All bode well for another good year financially. Precious Cargo continues to manage the changes in enrollment season to season and is showing a net operating gain of $31,304. And the Bargain Box keeps chugging along producing income for our Missions Committee. ~ Dave Hocking, Treasurer




Endowment Committee Campaign Update and Food for Thought

Preserving Our Future

Our last report to the congregation on the “Preserving our Future” estate-focused Endowment Campaign on March 17, 2013 celebrated reaching the half-way mark ($5,000,000) toward our five-year goal of raising $10,000,000 by November of 2015. We made good progress in the late spring and continued progress over the summer with just over another $600,000 in pledges coming from 15 donors (five couples and five individuals). Consistent with our experience to date, 85% of these recent gifts are estate gifts that will come to the church at some point in the future. As the 2013-2014 “season” begins, we are at 56% of our campaign goal. Several members (over age 70 ½) chose to take advantage of the extended ability (discussed in the August September issue of Steeplelights) to make their gift directly from their IRA. One of them commented “by using this IRA direct gifting approach now, rather than waiting for the church to get it from our estate, the income from our gift can get to work right now.” Included in the above figures was a cash gift that came from a trust established in the estate of a member who had passed away over 20 years ago, where his heirs received the income for their lives and NUCC received the eventual remainder. Gifts to the endowment fund enable members to know that what they love about NUCC and its positive impact on the community around us will continue after they are gone. Some of you know that one of our endowment funds helped with a small $2,500 seed grant to the “Stoves for Guatemala” initiative that captivated and inspired our congregation on May 5. Initially hoping to raise $30,000 for 300 stoves to change the lives of 3,000 people; the generosity of our congregation was overwhelming. Over 250 people contributed and we raised $85,035 for 850 stoves. Their gifts are now being put to work to improve the health and living conditions for 8,500 people. Please read the Stoves for Guatemala Update article in the Mission and Outreach section of this issue. This was another “gift that keeps on giving.” Food for Thought – is there something that you love at NUCC that you would like to see preserved into the future. Please talk with us - we might be able to help. For your Endowment Committee, David Stevenson, Chair


October Lectionary Our music and worship resources each Sunday are based on the lectionary readings. The lectionary is a three-year cycle, which takes the reader through all the major themes in the Bible. Use these readings to prepare for Sunday and for your private devotions.

October 6: (Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost) Lam 1:1-16 * Lam 3:19-26 or Ps 137 or Hab 1:1-4, 2:1-4 * Ps 37:1-9 2 Tim 1:1-14 Luke 17:5-10

October 13: (Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost) Jer 29:1, 4-7 * Ps 66:1-12 or 2 Kings 5:1-3, 7-15c * Ps 111 2 Tim 2:8-15 Luke 17:11-19

October 20: (Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost) Jer 31:27-34 * Ps 119:97-104 or Gen 32-22-31 * Ps 121 2 Tim 3:14-4:5 Luke 18:1-8

October 27: (Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost) Joel 2:23-32 * Ps 65 or Sirach 35:12-17 or Jer 14:7-10, 19-22 * Ps 84:1-7 2 Tim 4:6-8, 16-18 Luke 18:9-14


In Service to Our Country Please see printed booklet for this information.

Condolences Please see printed booklet for this information.

October Birthdays Please see printed booklet for this information.

October Anniversaries Please see printed booklet for this information.


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Please Note: Please call the church office with address updates. The next issue will be a single issue for November. November Submission Deadline: October 15th

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God is still speaking,

NUCC October 2013 Steeplelights  

NUCC October 2013 Newsletter

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