Healing, Hope & Hospitality on Ft. Myers Beach

September 16, 2022


September 18 - Rite I worship at this Sunday's 10:00 service

September 21 - Vestry meeting next Wednesday - Agenda highlight: Shrimp dinners

September 25 - St. Raphael's Day,  our Patron Saint Celebration

November  5 - First shrimp dinner of the Season

November 20 - Bishop's Visit with Confirmation and Reception


Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

One day Jesus was walking and saw a tax collector named Matthew sitting at a tax collection post, and said to him, "Follow me." And Matthew stood up and followed Him, and became one of His twelve apostles.

Tax collectors in those days were social outcasts. Matthew brought many of his former associates to meet Jesus, and social outcasts in general were shown that the love of Jesus extended even to them.

The name "Matthew" means "gift of the LORD." Mark and Luke, in the story of his calling, name him "Levi." Perhaps this was his original name, and he received a new name from Jesus when he became a disciple.

Scriptures tell us nothing about Matthew's life afteer Pentecost. Later accounts of his life vary, some reporting that he was martyred, others that he died a natural death. The Christian community since early times has commemorated him as a martyr.

Whether the Apostle Matthew is also the Evangelist Matthew -- that is, whether the Apostle Matthew actually wrote the Gospel that bears his name -- is disputed. The Gospel itself does not say who wrote it, but the designation "according to Matthew" is very old.

The light of Christ shines through the St. Matthew window on the worshipers at St. Raphael's each Sunday morning - Be sure to look him up on Sunday!

Focus on Sunday

Read the gospel lesson for this week here.

and then please join us in church

this Sunday, September 18, 10:00 am

followed by fellowship in Comfort Hall


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Praying with St. Raphael's

Please remember in your prayers:

Andrew John, Mariann, Julie, Calvin, Christy, Jane, Andrew, Elizabeth & Byron, Phil, Penny, Mary Ann, Edward, Karen, Paula, Greg, Eric, Inoka, David, Jeff, Jan, Eli, Christina, Lucinda, Susan, Marian & Rodger, Janee, Nicole, Donald, Bill, Terry, Pat David, Sharon, Mark, Dee

Do you need prayer? Does someone you know need prayer? 

To add a name to the prayer list please call (239) 463-6057 and leave a message - or email the Parish Office. - or call your parish priest direct:

Jean+ (239) 980-0912.

Gentle Yoga Flow 

Tina Estep, instructor

is meeting each Thursday morning this season - 9:00 am in Comfort Hall.

You are invited!

Please pick up a flyer in the parish hall or Click here to learn more about Gentle Yoga Flow.

Thank you Patricia Eggenschiller

Your continuing financial support ...

is vital to St. Raphael's and very much appreciated!

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St. Raphael's Episcopal Church
5601 Williams Drive, Ft. Myers Beach, FL 33931
Phone (239) 463-6057

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