"Celebrating God's Presence, Serving All People"
United Church News March 1st, 2019
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Have you ever had to endure one of life's valleys? Our journey of faith often includes mountaintop experiences but it also includes valley experiences. Valleys can be dark, lonely, and scary. Thankfully, God gives us the strength we need to navigate life's valleys. I plan to say more about this on Sunday in a sermon entitled "Valley Vigor" from Luke 9: 28-36. I look forward to seeing you Sunday at 8:15AM and 10:00AM.

At 1:00PM on Sunday, I also look forward to cheering on United Church's Bargain Basket volunteers as they march in the Marco Island St. Patrick's Day parade and champion the cause of this important ministry. I hope you'll join me in supporting them! 

In Christ,

Pastor Mark
This Sunday's Sermon Title and Scripture Reading
Sunday, March 3rd
"Valley Vigor"

Scripture :
Luke 9: 28-36

Reader : Dave Yates
Deacons : Dave and Joanie Fuller
Ushers: Brad and Paula Carlson, John Foster, Linda Fox, Russ and Linda Howald
Greeters : Paul and Jean O'Neill

The deacons of UCMI would like to encourage members to sign up as ushers or greeters for Sunday service. Please note, you do not need to be a deacon in order to be an usher or a greeter. If you are interested in these positions, sign up sheets are located in the Narthex or you can contact Joanie Fuller, joaniefuller@embarqmail.com. Thank you for your help!
Ash Wednesday Service - This Wednesday 9 am

Faith and humility shall unite us with the divinity.

Join us for our Ash Wednesday service at 9 am on Wednesday, March 6th.




And put Saturday, March 9 from 8am to noon on your calendar. Your chance to help build the first of UCMI’s Habitat homes for 2019. Join the construction crew at Dockside on Henderson Creek Drive - just east of Collier Blvd. and just south of our Walmart. See me in the narthex for more detail. 

Curt Gillespie
Habitat campaign chair
United Church of Marco Island is supported by the generosity of God's people. Our giving brings us great joy. In giving to God's church and to those in need, we help others experience heaven on earth. Don't forget! Donations can be made online through our website. Click below to donate online.
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

Service for Chuck Purple - This Saturday
Sadness has come to life of our church family in the passing of Chuck Purple. Let us continue to keep Alicia Purple and family in our prayers in the days ahead. As we grieve, we do so with the hope of heaven in our hearts.

Chuck's service is planned for  Saturday, March 2nd at 4PM  in the Sanctuary.

Cindy Johnson would appreciate the help of a few volunteers in the following areas: 10am set up, serving, clean-up, and food donations. If you are able to assist in any of these areas this please contact her at (239) 389-1876 or via email at cindyj27@comcast.net.
Member-Care "Winter Series"
Women's Fellowship
Monday, March 11, 2019 - 11:30AM
Disseler Hall

Program: Biblical Deborah
Presented By: Judy Daye
Devotions: Marge Koch

Long before God anointed kings, he appointed judges to restore law and order in Israel. There was a succession of twelve judges but the fourth one had qualifications that were quite different from the others- SHE was called Deborah. Was she just a judge or was she more? A prophetess? A warrior? Come and meet Deborah and learn her story firsthand. Just Daye will portray a reenactment of this remarkable woman of the Bible.

Barb Rassler and the board will be serving Barb's famous sloppy joes for all. It is suggested that others bring either a salad or dessert.

For more information regarding upcoming Women's Fellowship events please click on the link below.
Ladies Who Lunch - Date Change for March
Please note, the Ladies Who Lunch have moved their March gathering to March 13th due to the Bargain Basket Fashion Show falling on the usual date.

The next luncheon will be on Thursday, March 13th at The Island Gypsy in Isles of Capri. Those wishing to join should meet there at 11 am.

The Island Gypsy
292 Capri Blvd, Naples, FL 34113
Children's Church
Teacher: Sheila Sawyer
Assistant Teacher: Susan Ngondo
Lesson: The Widow & His Judge

Children's performance this Sunday at 10am service!

Children's Church is always in need of teachers and assistants to help with the Sunday lesson and activity. If you are interested in helping, you can sign up directly in the Children's Church or email Children's Ministry Coordinator, Susanne Golden, susannegolden304@gmail.com.
Last Sunday's jazz service was an excellent, fun-filled performance! If you missed it, be sure to check out the video (link below) and the photos posted to our Facebook page .
This Sunday we welcome guest soloist, Chris Moore, who will be singing in both of our morning services.

During our 10 AM service we look forward to hearing our chancel choir perform in addition to the children's choir.


Next Sunday, March 10th, Martha Gallagher brings over 30 years of diverse talents and performances to The United Church of Marco Island. Join us in The Sanctuary at 4 PM for a harp performance that is sure to be a memorable experience!
Bargain Basket Update
"Spring Fling" Fashion Show - This Thursday!

Our models, including Pastor Mark Williams and his daughter Marie, will be showing off the latest spring trends! Hors d'oeuvres and dessert will be served and a raffle drawing will take place in between each category.

$30.00 tickets for the show can be purchased at The Bargain Basket register or with Dottie Jeggle after Sunday service. Don't wait until the last minute!

This year's proceeds will be donated to Our Daily Bread Food Pantry. Our Daily Bread Food Pantry exists to share the love of Christ by reducing hunger and building relationships in our community.

March 7, 2019
United Church of Marco Island
Before heading to the fashion show, stop by the Bargain Basket and test your searching skills. If you find our hidden spring flower, you'll get $3.00 off your purchase on Thursday, March 7th!
Join UCMI and The Bargain Basket in The Marco Island St. Patrick's Day Parade on Sunday, March 3rd at 1 PM ! Contact Carol Peterson for sign-up and more information, carolopete49@gmail.com.

Monday: 10am - 4pm
Tuesday: 10am - 4pm
Wednesday: 10am - 6pm
Thursday: 10am - 6pm
Friday: 10am - 4pm
Saturday: 10am - 4pm
In The Coming Week at UCMI

Saturday, March 2nd
  • 4 PM Celebration of Life for Chuck Purple (Sanctuary)

Monday, March 4th
  • 1 PM Mission Committee (SSCR)
  • 1 PM Social Events (SRCR)

Tuesday, March 5th
  • 10 AM Bible Study (SSCR)
  • 7 PM Bible Study (SSCR)

Wednesday, March 6th
  • 9 AM Ash Wednesday Service (Sanctuary)
  • 9:30 AM Crafting Group (SSCR)
  • 10:30 AM Grief Share (Disseler Conference Room)- Registration still available

Thursday, March 7th
  • 2 PM Bargain Basket Fashion Show (Disseler Hall)
  • 3:45PM Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)
  • 5 PM Hand Bell Rehearsal (Sanctuary)

Friday, March 8th
  • 9:30 AM Music Committee (SRCR)

Sunday, March 10th
  • 4 PM Harp Concert (Sanctuary)

Click on the link below to see what the next few months have to offer at UCMI!
Visit our website to listen and watch the Sunday sermons no matter where you may be in the world, you can feel close to the United Church of Marco Island.
Grief Share Support Group

Continuing This Week!

"Help and encouragement after the death of a loved one"

Join Pastor Kathy on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 in the Disseler Hall conference room for Grief Share Support Group.

Make sure to register today and let Pastor Kathy know if you have any questions!
March Birthdays!
3rd- David Jeggle
4th- Barbara Sutton
4th- Janice Farrell
6th- Wanda Anderson
9th- Evelyn Case
11th- Pat Timbury
14th- Joan Shields
14th- Doug Baillie
18th- Bud Zinn
25th- Grayson Hamilton
25th- Preston Hamilton
26th- Ethan Zarate
28th- Susan Smith
29th- Irene Burns
29th- Alicia Purple
31st- Emily Williams
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!