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Religion Notes

December 17, 2011
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Cape Christian Fellowship

Contemporary worship gatherings are Saturday at 5 p.m., and Sunday Tradition service at 8:30, and contemporary 9:45 and 11:15 a.m.

During worship gatherings, Bugz Landing is a safe and caring place for infants through Pre-K5 and Kidz Street is open for K-Grade 5 (8:30 a.m. service only provides childcare for 0-2 years old). Energy is a class for middle school students during worship gatherings each weekend.

Middle school students are invited to Energy every Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. High school students are invited to Awakening every Wednesday from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Cape Christian Preschool offers educational programs for children ages 2-5. it is a VPK provider, and accepts school-ready students. For more information or to schedule a tour call 772-5781.

Cape Christian Fellowship is located at 2110 Chiquita Blvd., South, 1/3 mile north of Veteran's Parkway. For more information visit or call 772-5683

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 guide the congregation from Nazareth to Bethlehem in this fascinating look at the birth of Jesus Christ. We follow the footsteps of Mary, Joseph, the shepherds and others, gaining insight into our own journeys with Christ.

The Winter Wonderland Dance for students will be hosted by The Intersection youth ministry on Saturday, Dec. 17, from 6-9 p.m. Come enjoy great music, dancing, and refreshments. This is a formal Christmas dance and outreach project. Admission is a bag of nonperishable food for the Harry Chapin Food Bank. For more details contact Ron Wilson at

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

Foundations Early Learning Center provides childcare, preschool and afterschool care for children from infants to 8 years old in a brand new facility as part of the growing family & 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!

Candlelight at Cuppa Life

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

Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Cape Coral

Sunday morning worship service starts at 10:20 a.m. to noon. The church offers adult and youth Sunday school classes, ages 2 through 8th grade, starting at 9:10 a.m. During the worship service and Sunday school hour, director Stacey Lakes provides a loving place for infants to Pre-K.

Sunday evenings at 6, the church has an adult prayer time while the children's program and youth group meet.

Women of the Word, a product of EPC's women's ministry, meets on Tuesday mornings at 9 and offers a night class as well at 7. The winter session is a 12-week series on 2 Corinthians which begins in January 2012.

Providence Christian School strives for academic excellence within the context of a program that addresses the whole child-mind body and spirit. For its missions outreach project this school year, Providence Christian School has partnered with the Gitega Future Hope School in Burundi, Africa. PCS Children are bringing in change to help purchase playground equipment for the school in Africa. A PCS parent, working with Builders Without Borders in Burundi, took a "love-gift" of 100 backpacks, signed by the PCS students, to the children last week.

PCS is a Pre-3 through 8th grade school. For more information about Providence Christian School, call 239-549-8024 or visit their website at

Evangelical Presbyterian Church & Providence Christian School are located at 701 Mohawk Parkway, across from Wal-Mart on Skyline Boulevard. For more information, visit or call 549-5556.

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.

Healing Prayer

Afghan Ministry

A Life In Christ invites all knitting or crocheting prayer warriors in Cape Coral to join our Healing Prayer Afghan Ministry Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. HPA knits and crochets 6-inch x 6-inch or 8-inch x 8-inch afghan squares that are pieced together into afghans that are given away freely to the ill or grieving. Only 100 percent Acrylic 4-ply medium worsted weight yarn (washable, fade resistant, mothproof) is used. Volunteers pray for the healing, comfort, financial peace and salvation of each afghan recipient.

Anyone with even beginning knitting / crocheting skills may participate. There is no cost to join, and supplies are available for volunteers to use on site. HPA meets each Friday at Cuppa Life, a coffee and sandwich shop at Del Prado Mall, in the same plaza as TJ Maxx.

For more information, call Pastor Leah or Lynn at 239-772-0800

Messiah Lutheran Church

Messiah Lutheran Church will continue its annual drive-through living nativity today, Sat. 17, from 7-9 p.m. There will be a free will offering.

Messiah Lutheran Church will present Lessons and Carols Concert Sunday, Dec 18, at 3 p.m. The tradition of nine lessons and carols at Christmas dates back to the 19th century England. Nine short scripture readings tell the story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah and the birth of Jesus, intersersed with beloved carols, hymns and special music.

Messiah Lutheran Church is located at 2691 N.E. Pine Island Road in Cape Coral. For more information, call 239-995-0133 or email

Trinity Lutheran Youth Group to deliver Meals of Love

The Youth Group of Trinity Lutheran Church will be delivering 25 meals (Meals of Love) to families in our community who are still struggling during this economy. The meals are being purchased at Publix and funded by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Lee County Chapter. This event will take place on Tuesday, December 20th from 4-6 p.m.

For additional information, call 239-772-0172.

Trinity Reformed Church

Trinity Reformed Church provides the following programs and services:

Dec. 18

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

- 10:30 a.m. - Sunday morning worship service - sermon: "Wearing the Armor of God" (Ephesians 6: 10-18).

- 5:15 p.m. Prayer meeting

- 6 p.m. - Sunday evening worship service - sermon: "Grace for Disgraced People" (Isaiah 40: 1-11).

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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