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September 9, 2016
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Christ Lutheran plans service project for 9/11

Members of Christ Lutheran Church are gathering snack and grab-n-go foods for first responders at its annual "God's Work. Our Hands." project to be held this weekend.

"'God's Work. Our Hands.' is the tagline for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America," explains the Rev. Dr. William E. Bogholtz, Christ Lutheran's pastor. "It has also become the name of our national day of service when congregations are challenged to go out of their buildings and share the gospel message through action. It occurs the second weekend of September every year; this year it coincides with the fifteenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks."

Pastor Bogholtz continued, "Since the congregation moved into shared facilities with Epiphany Episcopal Church, I have felt that God had a ministry for us with the local firehouse on Everest Parkway. That began in April when they sent an honor guard for the funeral of a retired fire captain. When we realized the service weekend would fall on the 9/11 anniversary thanking our first responders seemed like a natural."

Thrivent Financial Services provided a seeding grant for the project which involves providing the grab-as-you-go snack baskets for the Police Department muster room, the 911 Call Center, and the Everest Parkway Fire Station. The assembled baskets will be blessed at the morning Eucharist on Sept. 11 and then delivered to the three sites. In addition, the congregation will be providing lunch for the fire fighters and rescue personnel at the fire station.

Christ Lutheran Church is a congregation of the Florida Bahamas Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The congregation currently shares space at Epiphany Episcopal Church, 2507 Del Prado Blvd., S., Cape Coral.

Liturgies of Holy Communion are celebrated Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday at 9 a.m.

First Baptist Church of Matlacha welcomes Smith as new pastor

First Baptist Church of Matlacha has welcomed a new pastor. Pastor Steven Smith and his wife Rita recently accepted the call to come to the church, located at 3310 S.W. Pine Island Road in Cape Coral, just west of the Veterans Memorial Parkway/Burnt Store Road intersection.

Pastor Smith comes to the area from Illinois, serving churches and congregations in that state for 20 years.

The church invites all to stop by, attend a service and meet Pastor Steve and Rita. Sunday School begins at 10 a.m., with morning worship at 11 a.m. There is also a Sunday evening service at 6, and Wednesday Bible Study & Prayer at 6 p.m.

For more on the church and its services, call 239-283-2446.

Second Annual Elegant Dinner at Iglesia Bautista Trinidad in North Fort Myers

The Children's Ministry of the Iglesia Bautista Trinidad in North Fort Myers will be holding its Second Annual Elegant Dinner Saturday, Oct. 1, at 6:45 p.m.

Tickets for the black tie event are $30 per person or $55 per couple. The deadline to RSVP is Sept. 24; payments are also due by that date.

Reserve a spot by calling Megan Lebron at 239-443-9213 or Elizabeth Crespo at 239-785-9351 or email the church at

As part of the event, there will be a silent auction for a special day for a couple at a spa.

The church is at 16521 Slater Road. For more information about the church or its activities, call 239-810-1459.

GriefShare recovery seminar to begin Monday at Cape Community Church

Cape Coral Community Church will hold a GriefShare recovery seminar and support group on Mondays from 6-8 p.m., starting Sept. 12 and continuing through Dec. 5.

The church is located at 811 Santa Barbara Blvd., in Cape Coral.

GriefShare sessions include a video, featuring nationally recognized experts on grief, and group discussions focused on those who have lost a loved one through death.

Seminar sessions include "The Journey of Grief," "Challenges of Grief," "Guilt and Anger" and "Why?" Attending at any point is welcome.

For more, call Ernie or Kathleen Gouker at 239-573-7110 or Judy Lech at 239-574-1148.

The registration fee for the recovery program is $10.



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