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April 4, 2014
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Branch of Life Christian Fellowship

The Branch of Life Christian Fellowship is a spirit-filled, contemporary Christian church, located at 815 S.E. 47th St., Cape Coral. Sunday Services are at 10:30 a.m., with Children's Church provided. Wednesday Bible Studies are at 7 p.m. All faith backgrounds are welcome.

For information, call 239-464-4803, e-mail or visit

Cape Alliance Church

Join Cape Alliance Church every week at 9:30 a.m. for an uplifting and transforming time of worship, grounded in God's word, enriched with an authentic blend of traditional and contemporary music.

Women in the Word, a study of the New Testament, meets Monday evenings, beginning at 7.

Each Tuesday morning at 10:30, Ordinary Adult Kingdom Seekers is a weekly Bible study for those who would like to learn more about the Bible.

Students meet at the Nomad Lounge Sunday nights at 6. All students in grades 6-12 are welcome!

Cape Alliance Church is at 4307 Skyline Blvd., Cape Coral. Call 239-542-7844 or visit

Sunday worship celebration is at 9:30 a.m. - family atmosphere, casual dress. Nursery care through age 4; KIDMO worship for children age 5 through 5th grades.

Cape Baptist Church

AWANA youth club is for kids ages 3 years old through 6th grade. Meetings are held each Thursday from 6:30-8 p.m. Kids have an exciting time playing games, winning prizes and learning about Jesus Christ.

Teens are invited to come to the Impact Youth Group. Students in 7th-12th grades are welcome. Impact meets every Wednesday evening from 6:30-8. Participants will play games, have snacks and learn how God wants teens to live their lives.

Ladies' Bible Study takes place every Friday at 2 p.m. The group dives into the inexhaustible word of God. Currently the group is studying "Women of the Bible."

Join the congregation Sundays at 11 a.m. for a time spent in God's word! Pastor Holler brings timely truths and practical tips from the Bible on day-to-day Christian living.

Visit or call 239-242-8022. Cape Baptist Church is at 435 S.E. 10th Terrace.

Cape Christian

This weekend is the CRAZE 5K at Cape Christian. It's a music festival, it's family fun, it's an amazing 5K run! Come out Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - the Kids Zone is free with Lowe's Creation Station, bounce houses, face painting and more. There's more information at

Easter is the biggest celebration of the year and this year Cape Christian celebrating with Easter In The Park. The service schedule is: Good Friday (April 18) 6:30 and 7:30 p.m., Easter Saturday 6:30 p.m., and Easter Sunday at 9, 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Children's services (three months to 5th grade) will be held as well. Please join us and plan to spend the time after service by playing and enjoying Fellowship Park!

Cape Christian is a contemporary church with a focus on helping families experience God's fullness. It is located at 2110 Chiquita Blvd., South, and it offers a variety of weekend services.

Friday night service is held at 6:30, and will be followed by FamJam at 7:30. There's only one more FamJam left until the season finale in May - 45 minutes of laughs and learning for families - it's a great way to start off the month!

Sunday morning services are held at 9, 10:15 and 11:30 a.m.

Online services are at Sundays at 10:15 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Childcare, classes and services for children from 3 months old through 8th grade are available during Friday evening and Sunday morning services. Youth Night is a worship gathering for middle and high school students - they take over the campus every Wednesday starting at 6:30 p.m. - come on out and join us! It's a challenging, fun, interactive and friendly environment!

The public is also invited to stop by throughout the week to enjoy coffee drinks, tea, and other great menu items available at our caf, Tony & Ada's Coffee. Tony & Ada's prides itself on serving premium, handcrafted coffee drinks prepared with high-quality beans ordered farmer direct from the best farmers around the globe. All proceeds from the sale of Tony & Ada's drinks are re-invested into local and global humanitarian causes. The caf is open in the Worship Auditorium Monday - Friday, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday & Sunday, from 8 a.m. to noon. Find out more about Tony & Ada's at

For more information on Cape Christian and all of its activities, check out or contact the church office at 239-772-5683. To join in the conversation, visit

Cape Coral Community Church

Cape Coral Community Church is holding a GriefShare recovery seminar and support group on Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m., through May 13. The church is located at 811 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral.

GriefShare sessions include a video, featuring nationally recognized experts of grief,and group discussions focused on those who have lost a loved one through death. Seminar sessions include "The Effects of Grief," "Why" and "Stuck in Grief."

For information, call Ernie Gouker at 239-573-7110 anytime or Claudette Oney at 239-242-9922 after 5 p.m.

Cape Coral First United Methodist Church

Easter is just around the corner and following are the times of upcoming services at Cape Coral First United Methodist Church.

- Passion Sunday: 8:45 and 11 a.m.

- Maunday Thursday, 7 p.m.

- Good Friday, 7 p.m.

- Eggstravaganza Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon

- Easter Sunday, three identical services, 8:30, 9:45 and 11 a.m. - From Despair to Hope

Sermon Series - The Final Week

- April 6, Holy Thursday - A Supper and Two Gardens

- April 13, Good Friday - The Trial and Crucifixion of Jesus

- April 17, Maundy Thursday - Holy Thursday Revisited

Celebrate Recovery every Monday, 6-9 p.m. Transforming people with hurts, habits and hang, ups by connecting them to God and each other. Contact Ken Fox at 239-945-8477

Foundations Early Learning Center provides childcare, preschool and afterschool care for children from infants to 4 years old, as part of the growing family and youth programs at Cape Coral First UMC. The preschool's website is 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.

The Intersection Youth Ministry of Cape Coral First UMC meets from 5-7 p.m. Middle and high school students gather in The Intersection Youth Center, located on the upper floor of the church. The Curbside Caf will also be open, featuring loaded nachos, pizza, candy and concessions at minimal prices for students.

All students, 6th -12th grade are welcome!

Cape Coral First is at 4118 Coronado Parkway, Cape Coral. Phone 239-542-4051 or visit Sunday services are at 8:45 a.m. - Traditional Service; and 11 a.m. - Casual Service.

Come as you are!

Center for Spiritual Living - Kirtaan

Community services are held at he "Center" the third Friday of each month. A love donation is optional.

For information, call Rampersad at 239-673-9152; Sita at 239-772-0438; or the Spiritual Center at 239-574-6463.

Church Women United of Lee County

Church Women United of Lee County Community Forum presents programs of the Dr. Ella Piper Social Center.

Come to learn in fellowship with other Christian women at Lehigh Faith Lutheran Church, 705 Leeland Heights Blvd., E, Lehigh Acres

Registration 9:30 a.m. with the service at 10 a.m. Donations welcome for Wings of Shelter. The program and lunch is $6.

Call Lynn 239-368-6076.

Crosspoint Christian Church

Crosspoint is located at 204 S.W. 11th Place in Cape Coral. Every Sunday Crosspoint offers three worship experiences at 9, 10:20 and 11:40 a.m. A safe, enriching program for children birth through 5th grade is offered during each of the worship times.

For information, visit Crosspoint on the web at or call 574-1422.

Evangelical Presbyterian Church

Evangelical Presbyterian Church invites everyone to its worship service this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Brent Lauder will be preaching from I John 2:12-17 in the series, titled, "Vital Signs."

The church has started a new adult Sunday School classes called, "Presbyterianism 101," a theology class on the Presbyterian denomination. This class and other Sunday School classes for all ages start at 9:15 a.m.

Also, counseling, resume writing and career coaching services are available through EPC. There are no fees for members and a sliding scale fee for non-members. To make an appointment, call the church office at 239-549-5556, extension 18, and speak to counselor Colleen Shue.

Providence Christian School strives for academic excellence within the context of a program that addresses the whole child - mind, body and spirit. Class sizes are small; curriculum is enriched and varied with attention to the development of children as unique individuals. Throughout the school community, shared values, perspectives, and biblical standards are reinforced to support what is teach at home and to encourage children to live lives that honor God.

Evangelical Presbyterian Church is at 701 Mohawk Parkway, Cape Coral. The website is and the phone number is 239-549-5556

Faith Bible Fellowship

Come join Faith Bible Fellowship each Sunday morning. Also Wednesday night is small group ministry: Connections. Everyone is welcome to join the congregation to worship, pray, study the Word of God and fellowship. The Kairos youth ministry gathers Friday nights. Call the church office for additional details at 239-458-0020.

Pastors Dan Roth and Bob Hamway, and the Faith Bible Fellowship family invite all to join the church for its Contemporary Praise and Worship service Sundays at 10 a.m. Ministry to children is provided during the service.

Faith Bible Fellowship meets Sundays at the Cape Coral Youth Center, located off of Santa Barbara Boulevard and Mid Cape Terrace, at 315 S.W. 2nd Ave., Cape Coral. For more information or directions, call 239-458-0020 or click

Fellowship Life Church

Caring for people and having a heart for Jesus

Fellowship Life Church is a non-denominational church where all faiths, backgrounds and cultures are welcome.

The church truly believes that Jesus loves and offers forgiveness to all people regardless of who they are, where they come from, or what they have done. We are a church that cares about all people.

Join us Sundays at 10 a.m., at the Lake Kennedy Senior Center, 400 Santa Barbara Blvd, Cape Coral.

Join the Small Group Ministry Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at the pastor's home.

For more information, contact Pastor Mark at 239-770-6103.

First Baptist Church of Cape Coral

First Baptist Church of Cape Coral, 4417 Coronado Parkway (at Del Prado Boulevard) will hold the following services:

- Easter Sunrise Service, 6:30 a.m., at Jaycee Park on the river.

- Good Friday Service, noon to 1 p.m., April 18, at the church. Communion will be observed.

- Sunday School & Children's Ministry, 8:45 a.m.weekly.

- Sunday morning worship, 10 a.m.

- Wednesday Awana & Youth, 5:30 p.m.

- Wednesday Midweek Service, 6:30 p.m.

The senior pastor is Dr. James H. Wigton. The public is welcome at all services.

First Baptist offers various other ministries for all ages. For more information, call 239-542-3703 or visit

First Church of God

The First Church of God, 2213 Country Club Blvd., Cape Coral, holds the following services: Sunday, 9:30 a.m., Adult Sunday School; 10:30 a.m., Worship Service; Wednesday, 7 p.m., Children and Youth Ministry; All Church Prayer Meeting; Friday, 4 p.m., prayer meeting at the Grants. For information, call 239-574-5271 or visit

Sunday morning at 9:30, the congregation and guests can hear the sounds the "Praise Team" rehearsing in the sanctuary and the adult Sunday school class assembles in the fellowship hall. As members and guests arrive, there is a coffee and donut bar in the foyer to enjoy while visiting with friends. "Worship countdown" begins at 10:25 a.m. and worship starts at 10:30 a.m. A blend of contemporary, as well as traditional songs, prepares the worshipers for an inspiring, Bible-based message from Pastor Don Neace.

Wednesday evening activities include adult Bible study and prayer and also youth and teen programs.

First Church of God is at 2213 Country Club Blvd in Cape Coral. Telephone 239-574-5271. Please visit our web site at

First Congregational Church

Join the First Congregational Church, located at 312 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral, for worship service each Sunday at 10 a.m. Visitors will discover that this is a "small church with a big heart" with people who gather in faith, worship in freedom and live in fellowship. The doors are always open as well as our hearts.

The church offers communion, Bible Study (first and third Saturday at 9 a.m.), choir, chimes, mission programs, birthday celebrations, coffee hour and many fellowship events.

For more information, call 239-574-6184 or

Coming events:

- Each Wednesday during Lent a Lenten Service will be held at 7 p.m. This service called Songs of Renewal and is a time of singing, prayers, readings and meditation.

- April 17 Maundy Thursday Service, 7 p.m.

- April 18 Good Friday, church will be open from noon to 3 p.m. for prayer, meditation and readings.

- April 20 Easter Resurrection Service at 7 a.m., breakfast at 8 a.m. and Easter Worship at 10 a.m.

- April 27 Aloha Party/Picnic at 11 am after the 10 a.m. worship service. Bring a dish to share and join in the fun!

Messiah Lutheran Church

Messiah Lutheran Church, located between the communities of North Fort Myers, Cape Coral and Fort Myers, at 2691 N.E. Pine Island Road, at the corner of Corbett Road, has been a presence in Southwest Florida for many years. A member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Messiah offers a variety of worship services, educational programs, fellowship opportunities and social justice and mission endeavors. Messiah is a welcoming and caring family of God, centered in the Good News of Jesus. Its mission is to educate, equip and energize believers to serve as disciples. Everyone is welcome!

Worship times are Saturday 5 p.m. (informal) and Sunday at 8 and 11 a.m.(traditional)

April events:

- April 13 - Spring Concert, portions of Handel's Messiah at 3 p.m. Free will donation

- April 17 - Maundy Thursday, 11 a.m.& 6:30 p.m.

- April 18 - Good Friday, noon & 6:30 p.m.

- April 19 - Easter Vigil, 8 p.m.

- April 20 - Easter, 7, 9 & 11 a.m., with Sunrise breakfast served from 7-11 a.m.

For more information, call 239 995-0133.

Seventh-day Adventist Church of Cape Coral

The Power of the Cross Series begins Friday evening, April 4, at 7, at the church auditorium at 1813 El Dorado Pkwy W. The series will continue on Saturday evening, April 5, at 7, also on April 11, 12, 18, 19 and 25.

Come and learn how the Power of the Cross can change your life.

St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church

St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church is offering a six-week series entitled "Catholics Returning Home" beginning Wednesday, April 23, from 7-8:30 p.m., in the parish hall.

The sessions are for non-practicing Catholics who are seeking answers to questions about returning to the church.

Call Jane DiPaola at 573-8766 or Andy Halek at 471-7315 for information.

Trinity Reformed Church

Trinity Reformed Church of Cape Coral will hold the following services Sunday:

9:15 - 9:55 a.m. - Sunday School (children and adults).

9:55 - 10:15 a.m. - Fellowship

10:20 a.m. - Announcements/prelude

10:30 a.m. - Worship service:?Sermon, "Is Christ Willing to Cleanse (Save) You?" (Mark1:40-45)

6 p.m. - Worship service: Sermon, "The Name of God, the Great I AM (Exodus 3)

The messages will be by the Rev. Stephen Wetmore.

April 9 - 7-8 p.m., Prayer/Family Fellowship Meeting

April 18 -7 p.m., Good Friday Service

April 23 - 6:30-9 p.m., Youth Group

The church's "Missionary of the Month" is the Rev. Allen Vander Pol, a missionary and professor for Miami International Seminary. He writes theology courses in English for students around the world who study with MINTS. He supervises students and study centers in Southeast Asia. He travels to India, Myanmar and the Philippines to teach and supervise the work of study centers there.

Vander Pol was pastor of Trinity Reformed Church for 13 years before he went into full-time missions. Prior to that he pastored churches in Minnesota and New Zealand. He attended Westminster Seminary in Philadelphia and Calvin Theological Seminary. He holds a D.Min. from MINTS?International Seminary. He has written courses and articles, as well as the book on the Trinity - "God in Three Persons:?Biblical Testimony of the Trinity."

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

The church is at 2220 Hancock Bridge Parkway. Call 239-574-1424 for more information.



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