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Religion Notes

December 24, 2011
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Cape Coral

Alliance Church

Beginning Jan. 4, join friends at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month, in the Cape Alliance family room, to discuss classic and contemporary Christian books. The first book discussed will be Fearfully and Wonderfully Made by Dr. Paul Brand and Phillip Yancey.

Monday evenings at 7 beginning Jan. 9, Women in the Word will continue the study of 1st and 2nd Corinthians.

Each Tuesday morning at 10, Older Adults Knowing the Savior (OAKS) study various Bible books and topics.

Thursday nights at 6:15., the church offers free English lessons to anyone interested. Bring your friends.

Sunday evenings at 6, AWANA and student activities are available to kids age 3 through 5th grade and teens grade 6 to 12.

Cape Alliance Church is located at 4307 Skyline Blvd, Cape Coral. Telephone: 239-542-7844. Web: Sunday worship celebration is at 9:30 a.m. - family atmosphere Nursery Care through age 4; Children's Church for children age 5 through 5th grades; and Teens' ministry provided. Casual dress. We welcome everyone just as they are.

Cape Coral

Community Church

Cape Coral Community Church has announced its holiday schedule. The church is located at 811 Santa Barbara Blvd. For information, call 239-571-1148.

- Christmas Eve Candlelight Service: Dec. 24, three services - 4, 5:30 and 7 p.m.

Bring the children and experience the sights and sounds of the season. Enjoy singing carols, hearing the Christmas story and candle lighting while singing "Silent Night." Hot apple cider and goodies will be served afterwards. Please bring a canned food item to support the local food pantries.

- Christmas Service: Dec. 25 - 6:30 p.m,

- New Year's Day: Jan. 1 - 10:45 a.m.

Cape Coral First United Methodist Church

Cape Coral First United Methodist Church's new sermon series is "The Journey: Walking the Road to Bethlehem." Using historical information, archaeological findings and personal reflections, Adam Hamilton will lead a journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem in this fascinating look at the birth of Jesus Christ. The congregation will follow the footsteps of Mary, Joseph, the shepherds and others, gaining insight into our own journeys with Christ.

Christmas Eve services are at 5 p.m., 7 p.m., and 11 p.m. All services are candlelight services and the 5 p.m. service is focused on children.

On Christmas Day there will be a single worship service at 10 a.m. The regular worship service schedule resumes Jan. 1.

Foundations Early Learning Center provides childcare, preschool and afterschool care for children from infants to 8 years old in a new facility as part of the growing family and youth programs at Cape Coral First United Methodist Church. The preschool's website is and has information on programs, curriculum and educational philosophy. It offers small class sizes with an experienced staff and affordable rates. A discount is available for children of "first responders" (police, fire, EMT) as well as Lee County teachers. Come visit, tour the facility and meet Director Mary Richardson. For information, contact or call 239-542-4051.

Cape Coral First is located at 4118 Coronado Parkway, Cape Coral. Phone: 239-542-4051. . Sunday services are at 8:45am - Traditional Service and 11:00am - Casual Service. Come as you are!

Christ Lutheran Church

Christ Lutheran Church, ELCA, will hold the following Christmas and New Year Worship Services:

- Dec. 24 - German Worship Service: 2 p.m.; Candlelight Eucharist Service: 7 p.m.; and Candlelight Eucharist Service: 11 p.m.

- Dec. 25- Christ-Mass Eucharist Service: 10 a.m.

- Jan. 1 - Family Communion Service: 9 a.m.; and Traditional Communion Service: 11 a.m.

Cuppa Life, A Life in Christ

The Cuppa Life coffee shop at the Del Prado Mall, home of A Life In Christ, is hosting a public community Christmas Eve worship experience that will include music, prayer, the Christmas story, candlelight celebration and Holy Communion. The service is at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served. A children's story and activity packs provided.

For more information, call Pastor Leah at 574-3511, or email

Faith Presbyterian Church

Saturday, Dec. 24, at 5 p.m. - The Present is the Future The Youth of Faith present its annual re-telling of the Christmas story in the way that only youth can. Bring your family to this fun service from Faith's children and youth program.

Saturday, Dec. 24, at 8 and 10 p.m. - Christmas Eve Candlelight Services. The story of Jesus' birth will be presented through Scripture readings and carols. Pastor Timothy Halverson will preach at both services; the 10 p.m. service will include the Lord's Supper.

Sunday, Dec. 25, at 10 a.m. - Join with the congregation as it celebrates Christmas Day with the Chrismon Tree and Carols remembering the story of the birth of Christ. Chrismons are ornaments symbolizing the traditional and ancient symbols of the Christian faith. All are invited to join in this holiday tradition.

Faith Presbyterian Church is at 4544 Coronado Parkway, across from the Cape Coral Arts Studio. All activities listed are free and open to the public. For more information, phone the church office at 239-542-2858 or visit

In addition to the three Sunday services listed above, Faith also offers a 9:18 a.m. contemporary service in Faith Center. The church's mission is to be a Presbyterian community of joy and excitement that promises to love, comfort and respect everyone through the challenging power of Christ.

First Baptist Church

First Baptist Church of Cape Coral is offering several community outreach meetings each week. All meetings are open to the public and are held on the First Baptist Church Campus at 4117 Coronado Parkway, Cape Coral.

Included weekly are the following:

- Sundays at 5:30 p.m.: AA Meeting

- Tuesdays: Al-Anon, all welcome;

10 a.m.: beginners meeting

10:30 a.m.: regular meeting

- Wednesdays at 8 p.m.: Al-Anon men's meeting and

8 p.m. Al-Anon, women's meeting

- Saturdays at 8:30 a.m.: Weight Watcher

For more information, call First Baptist Church at 542-3703.

Grace Baptist Church

Grace Baptist Church of Cape Coral will be meeting in a new location. Join the congregation for services at the former Ada's Organic Food Store (1242 S.W. Pine Island Road, Cape Coral). The same meeting times.

- Sunday: 9 a.m. - Sunday School (classes for all ages)

10:30 a.m. - Morning worship

6 p.m. - Evening worship

- Wednesday- 7 p.m. Bible study and prayer/children and youth activities

For more information, call 239-772-1400.

Messiah Lutheran Church

Messiah Lutheran Church, located at 2691 N.E. Pine Island Road, will hold Candlelight Christmas Eve Services with communion at 7 and 10 p.m., Dec, 24. The Christmas Day worship service with communion will be at 10 a.m.

The New Year's Eve service will be at 5 p.m., Dec. 31, and 10 a.m. on New Year's Day,

For more information, call 239 995-0133

Trinity Reformed Church

Trinity Reformed Church provides the following programs and services:

Dec. 24

- 6 p.m. - Christmas Eve Services - "Who Was This Child?" (Matthew 1:18-25)

Dec. 25

- 10:30 a.m. - Christmas Day AM worship service - Sermon: "The Angel Announces His Birth" (Luke 2:10.11)

- 6 p.m. - Christmas Day PM service - The Reading of the Nativity Accounts, "He is the Savior," selected scripture.

The messages will be delivered by Stephen Wetmore

The "Missionary of the Month" is Dr. Sylvia Martinez. She runs the Luke Society Clinic in the Dominican Republic, giving care to the poorest of the poor among the people of the Dominican Republic and to Haitians near the border who work in the sugar cane fields.

Send support donations to Dr. Sylvia Martinez, P.O. Box 1760, Santo Domingo, Rep. Dom., 10100.

Trinity Reformed Church is a member of the United Reformed Churches of North America, a federation of churches located throughout the United States and Canada. It is a part of the wider reformed and Presbyterian family of churches.

Listen to the church's sermons eery week for free at

Trinity Reformed Church is located at 2220 Hancock Bridge Parkway in Cape Coral.

For more information, call 239-574-1424.



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