"Celebrating God's Presence, Serving All People"
United Church News February 10th, 2019
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,      

This Sunday following worship at 10AM, we will dedicate our new steeple and enjoy together a delicious brunch hosted by our Social Events Committee. In recent weeks, I've been reading about the history of steeples. Steeples denote difference. A church with a steeple atop it was originally meant to be a beacon to the rest of the world that the building was "different" or "sacred"--a city on a hill for the world to see. Throughout the centuries, God has called the Church to be different from the rest of the world. On Sunday, I plan to say more about this in a sermon from Matthew 5: 13-16 entitled "Unusual People Beneath the Steeple." Indeed, our faith and love for others makes us unusual from the rest of the world. It is this "unusual" difference to which God has called each of us.

I look forward to being with you Sunday at 8:15AM and 10AM.

In Christ,

Pastor Mark
Join Us THIS SUNDAY For Our Steeple Dedication
Not Too Late to sign up to bring something to the Steeple Dedication Brunch this Sunday!

February 10th we will be dedicating the New Steeple after the 10am service. Following the dedication, the social events committee will host a brunch in Disseler Hall. The menu will consist of a variety of quiches and sliced ham. To All, please join us as we celebrate this momentous occasion for our Church.

This Sunday's Sermon Title and Scripture Reading
Sunday, February 10th
"Unusual People Beneath Our Steeple"
Scripture: Matthew 5: 14-16
Reader: Chuck Jennings

27th Annual Women's Interfaith Gathering
Friday, February 8th, 2019
The United Church of Marco Island will be hosting the 27th Annual Women's Interfaith Gathering on Friday, February 8 at 9:30 AM in Diseeler Hall. A continental breakfast will be served. Ticket cost is $6.00 and can be purchased by contacting Trish Nash or Sue Toussaint. Our guest speaker is Rev. Mark Williams and music will be provided by
John Toussaint and LuWayne Arnold. The topic to be discussed is summarized below.

“Communicating Our Faith In 2019: New Dilemmas, Ancient Answers”
We live in a world where the means and mediums of communication are changing rapidly. Rev. Dr. Mark Williams will share how the ancient rabbis of old might help all of us communicate our faith in the 21 st century. Rev. Williams will share how Protestants, Catholics, and Jews might all benefit from studying the communication of ancient rabbinical tradition of which Jesus was part.
Bible Study Winter 2019
Continuing this coming week, join pastor Mark at 10am and 7pm every Tuesday in the Sunset Conference Room for Bible Study where The Gospel of Mark will be discussed. Click on the link below to see the schedule of verses studied each week.
All are welcome! Call in for the 7PM study is available, and more participants at the 7PM study would be warmly welcomed!
Click on the link below to see this coming week's discussion questions.

Dial 1-866-866-2244 – When prompted dial the following access code followed by the #sign
Access code: 5218829

Make Sure To Schedule Your Appointment TODAY!
We are going to be updating our Church Photo Directory with new photos and also include all our new members. To sign up click on the link below. See the sign up table in the Narthex after Church on Sunday. There will be someone there to assist in setting up appointments. Appointment times are as follows:
Tuesday, February 12th, 2PM - 8:40PM
Wednesday February 13th, 12PM -6:40PM
Thursday, February 14th, 12PM - 6:40PM
Friday February 15th, 12PM-6:40PM
Saturday, February 16th, 10AM -4:40PM

Make sure to look at all available times, it can take awhile for all times to load.
Renew Your Wedding Vows February 10th at 9AM

On Sunday, February 10th at 9AM between worship services in the sanctuary, United Church's Deacons, Pastor Mark and Pastor Kathy will be hosting a renewal of wedding vows opportunity for any and all couples at United Church who might be interested in renewing their wedding vows prior to Valentine's Day! Before renewing their vows at the altar, couples will asked to share a 30-second piece of advice on marriage. The advice can be serious or humorous! Pictures will be taken, and our Deacons will be providing a small gift to all couples who participate. 
Sign Up in the Narthex!

“Winter Series”
Come join us for information and fun!
January- April, 3 rd Thursday of each month @10:00am in the Sunset Conference Room
Click on the link below to see the details for each event.
On Thursday, February 21st,  Mark Beland, of AVOW Hospice, will be with us to instruct us on the document, The FIVE WISHES. 
This is an amazing seminar for all people over 18 years of age. This court-ready document will greatly help families, Pastor Mark and our staff with end of life care and funeral preparations. This document should be in place by all adults, should any of us become unable physically or mentally unable to communicate our wishes by a tragedy or illness. It is much more detailed than a living will and should be be attached to primary care doctors patient file and family records. It costs us nothing and you will have a court ready document when you leave.

I have held this seminar 10 times in the last 7 years. For more information click on the button to the right or contact me with any questions.

Pastor Kathy

Monday, February 11th at 11:30AM in Disseler Hall, join the Women's Fellowship for a program presented by Ann Jansons from ICANDOG. Ann Jansons is from the Indianapolis, Indiana area and trains rescue and service dogs for ICANDOGS, the only accredited dog service program in Indiana. ICANDOGS has brought together dogs, offenders and people living with disabilities to provide hope for more enriched and independent living. One or more of her special,
furry friends will be on hard for us to get to know. JOIN US!
For more information regarding upcoming Women's Fellowship events please click on the link to the right.
Children's Church

2/10 Teachers: Sheila Sawyer and
Susan Ngondo
Lesson: The Lost Coin

This Week In Music
NO Children's Choir Practice this week as we will be celebrating the Steeple Dedication
Frank Guido will be singing at the 8:15 service, and our Chancel Choir will be performing at 10:00.
Bargain Basket Update


Monday: 10am - 4pm
Tuesday: 10am - 4pm
Wednesday: 10am - 6pm
Thursday: 10am - 6pm
Friday: 10am - 4pm
Saturday: 10am - 4pm

Upcoming Promotions
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On Thursday, February 14th, all jewelry is 50% off for Valentine's Day! Come on in for a loved one or to treat yourself.
Bargain Basket Event Highlighted in Newspaper

Click on the link below to read the Coastal Breeze article written, titled "Attitudes and Words Make A Difference". An event held for all of our Customer Service volunteers who dedicate and donate their time to the Bargain Basket. Thank you to all those who attended and who make the Bargain Basket such an important part to our community.
In The Coming Week at UCMI

TODAY! Friday, February 8th 1:30PM Music Committee Meeting (SSC)
Sunday, February 10th 9AM Renewal of Wedding Vows
11AM Children's Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)
11AM Steeple Dedication followed by Brunch (Disseler Hall)
Monday, February 11th Women's Fellowship Event (Disseler Hall)
Tuesday, February 12th 10AM Bible Study (SSCR)
7PM Bible Study (SSCR)
Wednesday, February 13th 9:30 AM Crafting Group (SSCR)
10:30 AM GriefShare (Disseler Conference Room)-Registration still available
Thursday, February 14th 3:45 PM Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)
5 PM Hand Bell Rehearsal (Sanctuary)

Click on the link below to see what the next few months have to offer at UCMI!

To All those interested in getting your 2018 Annual Financial Statement:
Please contact the Church Office and we will make sure that you receive your statement. Statements will not be sent out unless you choose to receive one.
Visit our website to listen to the Sunday sermons no matter where you may be in the world, you can feel close to the United Church of Marco Island.
Continuing This Week!
Make sure to register today or speak to Pastor Kathy if you have any questions.


Well, that little skirmish in Atlanta last Sunday night is long over but our Super Bowl of a fundraiser has just begun. As an official sponsor of Habitat’s GIVE TO THE MAX, United Church has pledged to raise $100,000 during February and when we’ve met that pledge it will be matched with an additional $100,000. That’s $200,000 in SUPER BOWL GOLD, enough for United Church to build 4 more Habitat homes this year.

At the kickoff last Sunday, United Church members put $ (Wanda please fill in the amount from Stephen) on the scoreboard. That includes the well played $1050 from the Women’s Fellowship Bake sale and $500 from the UC Crafters who drained their treasury to score for the team. Let’s give them a cheer! I urge you to get geared up and bring your gifts this Sunday. We’re going to need all of you, every player out on the field to reach this goal. Let’s bring home the trophy to Coach Mark. Let’s win this one for all the hardworking families who need us.

On Saturday Feb. 23 we’ll be dedicating the home United Church built last year for the Chavez family. Remegio has worked 16 years for a local plastering company while Jessica is both a homemaker and childcare teacher at the Y. The family has struggled to afford a safe and decent place to raise their 15 year old Isiah and 9 year old Elizabeth. All four had been occupying a single bedroom. Remegio said “ we just want the best for our children...a safe and humble home”.

Please come this Sunday ready to help the next deserving hardworking family. Make your gifts payable to United Church and add HABITAT to the memo line. Stop by the Gridiron poster in the narthex or deposit your gift in the offering plate.


Curt Gillespie
Habitat campaign chair

New Location for Lunch with Friends over 60

Marco Lutheran Church
525 N Collier Blvd
The 3rd Wednesday of the month
February Birthdays!

2/10               Murrel Hollis
2/11               Kathy Hollis
2/11               Sheila Sawyer
2/13               Beverly Kilpatrick
2/13               Sandra Ngondo
2/14               Russ Rainey
2/14               Louise Burns       
Sorry we missed your birthday-
If you are not currently on the birthday list and would like to be, please stop in to the office or call and we will make sure to not miss it again!