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WHILE PASTOR BUCEY IS RECOVERING

Pastor Bucey is recovering at home after successful hip replacement surgery. If you would like to send him well wishes please contact the church. During his recovery a team of ordained pastors have stepped forward to respond to pastoral needs. Members and friends may call the church office Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm at 239-482-3133. Outside those hours, the following schedule will be in place. Feel free to contact these capable people to assist you. Rev. Wesley Snedeker 239-297-1586 cell October 10 – 20; Rev. Dr. Roger Martin 315-529-2765 cell October 14 – 20; Rev. Dr. Sandra Boler 239-489-0730 home October 13 – 20; Rev. Nancy Rohde 239-994-1735 cell 239-437-6978 home October 13 – 20.

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L.I.F.E. SACRED CONVERSATIONS

In the last four weeks our Justice Ministry Team Leaders have hosted four “House Meetings” as part of our congregation’s participation in LIFE (Lee Interfaith for Empowerment). Throughout this Fall there will be 60 meetings where about 600 people from 16 LIFE congregations will participate in such “Sacred Conversations.” These are conversations where participants share their experiences, or the experiences of people they know and love, of needing services for children or being affected by the affordable housing crisis. These are the two topics LIFE is currently addressing with local leaders and at the meetings you will hear reports of what is being done and be invited to become a Justice Ministry Network Member. Come to a “Sacred Conversation” at Fort Myers Congregational UCC offered at two different times: Tues., Oct 22, from 10:30 am to Noon or Wed., Oct 23, from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Please RSVP by signing up in Fellowship Hall or contacting Jim Boler ([email protected]) for more information.

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MEDICAL EQUIPMENT

If you have walkers or bedside commodes you no longer need, please consider donating them to the church. We loan those items out to those in need and are currently out. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Riehl in the church office, 239-482-3133

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ALL SAINTS DAY

We will celebrate All Saints’ Day on Sunday, Nov. 3rd during worship. We will read the names of all who have died since Nov. 1st of last year. It will be a time of commemoration and remembrance. We will toll the chimes for each name as we remember that person’s impact on our lives. How can you help? During the month of October, we will be gathering the names of the deceased. You may submit the names of Fort Myers Congregational members, family members, friends, co-workers or neighbors. We will print the names in the worship bulletin on Nov. 3rd as we remember those who have gone before us. At the conclusion of the service, we will sing one of the greatest hymns of the church, “For All the Saints”. Please plan to submit names and be in attendance for this most meaningful service. Call the church office 239-482-3133 or send an email [email protected]

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RAISING THE ROOF

Great progress! To date we have raised $39,202.00 in cash and pledges of our $100,000.00 goal. Thank you to everyone for your gifts and efforts! NOTE: During the construction on the roof, for safety reasons, please pay attention to the dumpsters and caution tape.

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CHRISTMAS GET TOGETHER

Come join us with the holiday show, Sounds of Christmas, to get you in the happy feeling of the Christmas season. The show is Saturday matinee at Off Broadway Palm at the Broadway Palm Theater, Dec 7, at 11:30 AM for the buffet followed by the show at 1:00PM. The cost is $59.00 which covers the show and tip for the servers. This is a group rate so we need at least 20 people to participate. All tickets need to be paid for by Nov 21. If you have any questions, call Susan Hegner, Oct. 22 – Nov 9, call or 239-281-1601 and leaved a message. Otherwise call Susan on 239-482-0959.  Here is a synopsis of the show: Sounds of Christmas is a joyous musical revue that is centered around a family celebrating the spirit of the season through many musical memories! Bring your family and friends as we celebrate the season with festive production numbers, beautiful dancing and dazzling costumes! You’ll hear holiday classics along with more contemporary songs you know and love including Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, Little Drummer Boy, All I Want For Christmas Is You, Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, Run Run Rudolph and more. And this holiday extravaganza wouldn’t be complete without a visit from the big guy himself…Santa Claus! This fun-filled production is perfect for everyone and will remind you why this is the most wonderful time of the year!

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GROW

GROW is an educational ministry of Fort Myers Congregational United Church of Christ. It draws upon the resources that make our church unique to foster an atmosphere of intellectual and social experimentation. GROW is a series of free classes, workshops, and social events led by staff members, retired clergypeople, and guest facilitators who seek to edify our community through the enlightenment and organization of its members. You are welcome to attend any course listed at any point in its progress. If you would like more information about GROW or any of its courses, please contact our Community Minister Wesley Snedeker at [email protected] Please click here for a detailed description of all classes offered.

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FINE TUNINGS

The 2019 Fall Session of Fine Tunings has been scheduled to begin on Monday, November 11th. Fine Tunings is designed to help young people enhance their education by participating in three 30 minute break-out sessions during the evening – Tutoring, Music and Arts /Crafts. A light meal is also offered for any families and volunteers who desire. The success of our program depends on our talented and dedicated church family volunteers. Please consider helping us by either working with children on craft projects, helping with homework, or simple music (piano, vocal, guitar etc.)  We also need people to help set-up for the meal and clean up after. This is a great opportunity for some new members, to get more involved in the work of our church. Past volunteers will tell you how rewarding it is to work with the children. If you would like your child to participate in the program, please return the registration ASAP since we offer this first to our church families. For additional information the 2019-2020 brochure is posted on the Church School bulletin board and copies are available at the welcome desk. Sandy Blackington or Susan Hegner can provide additional detail and answer questions or volunteer.
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