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January 21, 2012
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

'Our Sunday Best'

at First Congregational Church

First Congregational Church of Cape Coral, located at 312 Santa Barbara Blvd., will present its 5th Matinee Musicale, "Our Sunday Best," Sunday, Jan. 22 at 2 p.m. The Chancel Choir and Chimes of Faith, under the direction of Helen Gierke with Martha Deyo as accompanist and Maggi Payne playing the Flute, will provide a special treat for all. Donation is $15, which includes a gourmet reception following the concert.

Call 239 898-0945 for tickets and information.

"Let's Hang On"

at Faith Presbyterian Jan. 27

"Let's Hang On" pays tribute to '60s band icon Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons with a performance of mega-hits. This stage show features four outstanding male vocalists and two talented female artists who sing and dance their way across the stage with a "Jersey Boys" swing. Unlike other tribute acts, these performers are backed by a live band.

The performance will be at Faith Presbyterian Church Friday, Jan. 27, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 16 and under and can be purchased through the church in advance or at the door.

Faith Presbyterian Church is a Presbyterian community of joy and excitement that promises to love, comfort and respect everyone through the challenging power of Christ. Faith is located at 4544 Coronado Parkway, Cape Coral, FL.

For additional information, contact Michael Helman at 239-542-2858.

Organist to perform

at New Hope Presbyterian Church

New Hope Presbyterian Church welcomes organist James Crawford Wiley Saturday, Feb. 18, at 7:30 p.m., in the sanctuary.

Wiley is a native of Southwest Florida and began his organ studies at the age of 13 with New Hope's organist Claire Marie Faasse. In May 2011, he completed his bachelor's degree in organ performance from Bob Jones University.

A multiple recipient of the Hazel Meagley organ scholarship, awarded to the winners of a competition held by Buncombe Street United Methodist Church in Greenville, S.C., Wiley has also performed on National Public Radio's From the Top program featuring outstanding young musicians.

He is passionate about great organ and choral works, chamber music and delving into works of lesser-known composers. He hopes to begin pursuing his Master's degree in sacred music this fall.

This concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call the church office at 239-274-1230 or visit the church website at

New Hope Presbyterian Church is located at 3825 McGregor Blvd., just one block south of the Fort Myers Country Club.

Jewish Food Fest

at Temple Beth Shalom

Temple Beth Shalom will hold its annual Jewish Food Fest on Sunday, February 26 from 11 am to 3 pm. Ethnic food such as corned beef, pastrami, brisket, kugel, chicken soup with matzoh balls, knishes, kasha varnishas and cabbage rolls, to name a few, will be sold. We hope to satisfy your taste with food just like Bubbe used to make! We will also be having a bake sale. Food to Go is available at the fest and also during the year by calling the Temple. The festival will also have a local marketplace featuring jewelry, Tastefully Simple, assisted living, Joey's Greyhounds and other local vendors. The event is free to attend and is being held at the Temple which is located at 702 SE 24th Ave. in the Cape. For further information call 239-772-4555 or visit our website at

Fruits of Israel Festival

at Temple Beth El

Temple Beth El of Fort Myers is hosting a community family event on Sunday, February 12, 2012 from 11 AM to 4 PM on the Temple's grounds at 16225 Winkler Road, South Fort Myers. Celebrating the holiday Tu B'Shevat and the gifts of the fruits of the Holy Land, the festival, sponsored by Lipman Produce, will include fruit booths, Israeli food, a carnival for kids including bounce house, face painting, a world class magician, and the musical sounds of Israel provided by Joe and Lynn Goldovitz. In an effort to fulfill the commandment of caring for one's neighbors, Temple Beth El will be donating a portion of the proceeds from the event to the local Harry Chapin Food Bank, where the Temple's Rabbi, Jeremy Barras, holds a seat on the board.

A Life In Christ

holding Mega Yard Sale

A Life In Christ is inviting the community to the first Mega Yard Sale to raise funds for both the A Life In Christ congregation and the Church Development Council. CDC provides training and financial support to Church of the Brethren church planters and new outreach programs.

Sale item donations can be delivered to Cuppa Life Coffee Shop at Del Prado Mall from 6-9 p.m., Friday, Jan. 27. Volunteers are needed to set up at 6:30 a.m. and to run the sale from 8 to noon. Cuppa Life is located in the same plaza as TJ Maxx and CiCi's Pizza.

Call Lynn or Leah at 772-0800, or email Bill at if you are willing to assist in the sale or to donate items for the sale.

The Marlins to perform

at Messiah Lutheran Church

The Marlins will be playing at Messiah Lutheran Church, located at 2691 Pine Island Road in Cape Coral, Sunday, Jan. 22, at 3 p.m.

The Marlins are four brothers who have played together for over 25 years. Their repertoire covers the entire musical spectrum including country, rock, jazz, big band, pop, classical and blue grass.

Come early and enjoy a great afternoon. $12 donation. For information, call 239 995-0133

Cape Christian Fellowship

Cape Christian Fellowship has a worship time and style to fit everyone! Contemporary Worship is held on Sunday mornings at 9:45 and 11:15. Traditions, which incorporates classic hymns and a more relaxing atmosphere, is held on Sunday mornings at 8:30. The newest service offering, Family Nights, is held Fridays at 6:30 p.m., and is always followed by a special event or activity for the whole family to enjoy! All services have the same message - this week Pastor Wes Furlong speaks on "Our Next Chapter."

During our 9:45 and 11:15 a.m, worship gatherings, Bugz Landing is where infants through Pre-K learn about how God loves them and how Jesus is their forever friend. KidzStreet is for children from kindergarten through 5th grade and Infuse is where middle school students learn to grow in their faith. There is a special service every Wednesday night, "Awakening" for high school students, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Cape Christian Preschool has one VPK spot open - for more information or to schedule a tour, call 772.5781.

Cape Christian is located at 2110 Chiquita Boulevard South, 1/3 mile north of Veteran's Parkway. For more information, visit or call 772.5683.

Cape Coral First United Methodist Church

Cape Coral First United Methodist Church's new sermon series is "Living on the Edge: Taking a Step Back." The church will examine how God means for us to live - not at the far edge of our lives with no time to enjoy life or God. Bigger isn't always better. More isn't always the goal.

Join the congregation for this insightful sermon series.

Sunday School classes for children and adults meet at 10 a.m. The Intersection Youth ministry for students from 6th grade through 12th grade meets on Sunday evenings starting at 5.

Operation Love Your Neighbor, the church's fifth annual community mission effort, will be held Saturday, Feb. 18. Over 300 people will participate in 30 service projects in the community to share the love of Jesus to those in need. Follow this special project on Facebook at "OLYN."

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 8:45 a.m. - Traditional Service; and 11 a.m. - Casual Service. Come as you are!

Trinity Reformed Church

Trinity Reformed Church will hold the following services and programs:

9:30 a.m. - Sunday School (children and adult)

10:30 a.m. - Sunday morning worship service - Sermon: "Put on the Breastplate of Righteousness" (Eph. 6:14)

5:15 p.m. - Prayer meeting

6 p.m. - Sunday evening worship service - Sermon: "Who is the True Holy Catholic Church? Hint, It's not Rome!" (John 10:28-30)

The messages will be delivered by Stephen Wetmore

Jan. 21: 11 a.m. - Church picnic at Paul Sanborn Park, 2310 S.E. 3rd St.

Jan. 25: 6:30-9:30 p.m. - Youth Group meeting.

Our "Missionary of the Month" is Dr. Cornelius Hageman, academic dean at Miami International Seminary. He supervises distance education for pastors around the world. He travels extensively throughout Latin America, teaching classes to pastors of churches who lack a desirable level of education. Regular seminary-level courses are offered in all areas, and degrees are awarded as the students advance to higher levels of learning. The pastors then teach others courses so that the program is growing exponentially.

Listen to the church's sermon every week for free at

Trinity Reformed Church is located at 2220 Hancock Bridge Parkway in Cape Coral. For information, call 239-574-1424.

Women of the Word

Women of the Word is a unique program that brings women in the Lee County area together to support one another in their faith. This spring season women from a variety of faith backgrounds meet weekly to study the book of 2 Corinthians.

They will meet to student an Old Testament book in the fall. While women who are mothers are involved in the study, their children have a special program for all ages. The study is done in small groups that become support groups as relationships are developed. Many relationships continue when there is no program.

The study meets Tuesday mornings from 9-11 or Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:30 at Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 701 Mohawk Parkway, in Cape Coral (near the public library and opposite the Neighborhood Wal-Mart).

There is a complete nursery and children's program, including home-schoolers. for the morning session only.

The spring session will begin Jan. 17 and end April 24.

For additional information, contact the church at 549-5556.



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