Fort Myers Beach, Florida -- January 14, 2022
Dear Friends,

Come and see.  That’s what Jesus says to two men in the Gospel story this week. You’re probably pretty familiar with those words, Come and see. And I don’t just mean in the context of today’s gospel.  Even if you’ve never read or heard this week's gospel, you’ve probably both heard and said those words Come and see.

How many times have you heard your child or grandchild say Come and see.  - “Come and see my drawing!” - “Come and see the bug I just caught!” -   “Come and see what I made!”  There’s excitement and joy in their voices - and maybe even insistence. “Hurry up! Come and see!” The words are an invitation to share in a discovery, to experience their world, and to see what they see. They’re asking you to get involved in their lives.

Of course, it’s not just children that say Come and see.  We adults say it too.  

What would happen at St. Raphael's if we begin to invite friends, neighbors to Come and see? Come and see how we're rebuilding at St. Raphael's - not just our physical buildings but our spiritual community, as well. 

Just Come . . .

and hope to See you tomorrow morning at 10:00 in the Memorial Garden,

Jean+

To read the Gospel for this week, John 1:29-42, click here.
Join us on the Island tomorrow morning,
in the Memorial Garden at St. Raphael's
10:00 am
Bring your own chair!
Epiphany Light emerging from behind the silhouette of St. Raphael's - in the Memorial Garden on Epiphany Sunday, January 8 (Photo by Mary Ann Gee)
Looking for an opportunity to reach out to those who are struggling to rebuild on Ft. Myers Beach?
Beach Baptist Church, 130 Connecticut St, is serving a free lunch everyday in their parking lot. They could use more volunteers to serve. Just arrive at 10:30 am to help set up.
Praying with St. Raphael's
Keep them in your prayers

Mariann, Julie, Calvin, Jane, Andrew, Elizabeth & Byron, Paula & Phil, Penny, James, Evelyn, Ed, Nella, John, Will, Marie and Katie

for all who are hospitalized
for all who are experiencing grief and loss as a result of the devastation brought on by Hurricane Ian,
for all in any need or trouble.

Are there others?
To add names to the prayer list, please email office@straphaelschurch.org

Spirit of the living God, present with us now,
enfold us and those for whom we pray, body, mind and spirit,
and heal us of all that harms us.
In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Your financial assistance will enable us to rebuild our home, our presence and our mission of
HEALING, HOPE & HOSPITALITY
on Ft. Myers Beach.
To send a check, our current mailing address is:
St. Raphael's Episcopal Church
c/o St. Mary's Episcopal Church
P.O. Box 1923
Bonita Springs, FL 34133
St. Raphael's Episcopal Church
5601 Williams Drive, Ft. Myers Beach, FL 33931
Phone (239) 980-0912