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Bhinder brings ‘gift’ to Pine Island Community Church

May 8, 2015
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Catherine Bhinder, affectionately known as "Opera Kate" at Pine Island Community Church, joined the church's praise band in the fall of 2014, and since the beginning it was clear that her musical talents are something special. When you hear her sing, her voice leaves an impression on your soul.

If you ask her how she does it, she humbly replies, "It's God, He's given me this gift and I just want to give my best back to him."

Bhinder moved to Pine Island from Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Being part of a musical family where everyone played a different instrument, her love of singing began as a child when she would sing at family get-togethers. She recalls growing up, "always singing at church," and as an adult she sang for many years at the Mid-Hudson Opera Theater, weddings, funerals and was the mascot of the Dutchess Blues Hockey team where she sang the national anthem.

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Catherine Bhinder, known as “Opera Kate” to the congregation, at Pine Island Community Church.

Pine Island Community Church has welcomed Bhinder as part of the family, and appreciates that she is so willing to share her special gift with everyone during the Sunday morning worship service.

When asked where she wants to go with her music in the future, she said she "wants to sing right here (at Pine Island Community Church)." She said she feels the presence of the Lord at PICC, and wants to always be in the middle of it.

Pine Island Community Church is at 5320 Doug Taylor Circle in St. James City. Sunday worship is at 10 a.m. The pastor is the Rev. Heidi Grueser.

For more information about the church, contact the PICC at 239-283-9944 or visit



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