"Celebrating God's Presence, Serving All People"
United Church News November 8th, 2019
Life can be a challenge! In fact, every human that I know has walked through times of physical, emotional and spiritual trauma. But, as we look to God in our seasons of trial, separation, and anxiety...our God is present. Most of us patiently pray, asking God to show up and deliver us...but in our Scripture this coming Sunday, our most appropriate prayer to God could be a loud "cry for help"! Join us, as we focus on the marvelous account in Luke, Chapter 17, where ten men, infected with Leprosy, catch Jesus' attention! 

These lepers will teach us 3 lessons they gleaned as the cried aloud, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”

I'll be looking for miracles in our midst! 

Pastor Kathy
This Sunday's Sermon Title and Scripture Reading
Worship Sunday at 10am
Sunday, November 10th
"An Unusual Thanksgiving"

Scripture :
Luke 17: 11-19

Reader : Alicia Purple
Deacons : Gene and Carolyn Leman, Dave and Joanie Fuller
Ushers : Brad and Paula Carlson, Mary Jane Irvine, Marie Dowling
Greeters: Becky and Steve Krisko

Fellowship this week will be hosted by The Bargain Basket Committee. If you would like to host a Sunday fellowship hour please contact Linda Fox, lfox08@comcast.net.
Craft Bazaar - TODAY!
Stop by Dissler Hall TODAY, November 8th, from 9am-2pm for the annual craft bazaar. This year's bazaar will feature a delicious lunch, silent auction, and many new craft items! You won't want to miss it!

  • Silent Auction
  • Food
  • Coffee
  • Crafts
  • Jewelry
  • Holiday Items
  • Home Decor
  • Granny's Attic Items

Join the UCMI crafting group each Wednesday morning in the church office from 9:30am-11:30am as they craft, chit-chat, and create beautiful new creations. If you are interested in joining this talented group, stop by on Wednesday at 9:30am!
Carol Meles Service - Monday, November 11th
Carol Meles passed away Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at her home in Plainwell, MI. At United Church, Carol served on the Education Committee, taught children's church, and was involved in women's fellowship.

Marco Island held a special spot in Carol's heart and she spent many happy retirement years in her Florida home. As such, Carol's family will be hosting a memorial service for Carol at the United Church of Marco Island this upcoming Monday, November 11th at 10am. Coffee, muffins, and fruit will be served in the narthex following the service.
Music
Last Sunday, the choir sang for the first time this season while debuting their beautiful new choir robes!

Choir Practice - Thursday 3:45pm (Music Suite)
Bell Choir Practice - Thursday 5pm (Sanctuary)
Kid's Choir Practice - Sunday 11am (Music Suite)
All are welcome to be a Music Patron for the 2020 UCMI Music Concert Series. At a cost of $100 per person, the Music Patron status comes with preferred seating at the concerts presented by the United Church of Marco Island. Contact the Church Office at any time to become a patron. Enjoy the variety of musical performances that we have to offer this year:  ucmarco.org/music

(Deadline to become a Music Patron is December 22nd)
ATTENTION: We are currently looking for photos of Luwayne and photos of any music events that Luwayne was involved in. This is a project for Luwayne's Retirement Celebration. If you have any photos that you would like to share, please email them to the church office, ucmarco@comcast.net with subject line "Music Photos". Thank you!
Veteran's Seminar - This Thursday!
RSVP TO CHURCH OFFICE BY MONDAY NOVEMBER 11TH TO RECEIVE A BROWN BAG LUNCH

On Thursday, November 14th, Pastor Kathy Sprague, Dennis Eckles, and United Church's Men’s Fellowship will be hosting an educational seminar for Marco Island Veterans. ALL Marco Island Veterans are invited to join us! Come hear Mr. David Soldano, the Veteran Outreach Specialist of Naples Vet Center, speak on the topic of: "Re-adjustment Counseling Services" which are now provided by the Department of Veteran Affairs."

Mr. Soldano is joined by Mr. Mark Beland, an educational speaker for AVOW Hospice and Community Liaison for Naples and Marco Island Veterans. Mark will also be speaking on the, "We Honor Veterans Program".

* "Re-adjustment Counseling Services, provided by the Department of Veteran Affairs, will be on campus that day to assist veterans with questions and administrative services.

* A brown bag lunch plus soft drinks will be provided by the United Church of Marco Island through Publix during the lunch hour. Please RSVP to the church office to reserve a lunch bag.

For more information: David Soldano - 239-403-2377 | Mark Beland - 239-283-9300
First Down and Heavenly Goal Potluck - November 17th
Join us for a football-themed potluck fellowship on Sunday, November 17th welcoming back our fellow congregants!

Wear your favorite team's garb!
Bring a friend!
Bring a covered dish!
Volunteer to lend a hand! 

If you would like to sign up for the potluck please see the sign-up sheet in the Narthex, or email Linda Fox, lfox08@comcast.net
Holiday Events
From an Island-wide Thanksgiving service to Christmas celebrations, there's many happenenings to attend at UCMI this holiday season!

Please click on the events flyer for all the dates and details.

Also, a Thanksgiving Feast is being hosted by Lois Kenyon from the Nominations Committee at 1:30PM on Thanksgiving Day, November 28th. All are invited to sign up in the Narthex.

The annual Caroling Trolley will be taking place Sunday, December 1st at 4:30pm. We will load the trolley in the church parking lot. Immediately after Caroling we will return for a light supper in Disseler Hall. Please sign up in the Narthex or contact the Church Office if you plan to attend.
Focused Prayer
Pastor Kathy's Prayer School continues this Tuesday in the UCMI Sanctuary and will continue through April 2020.

Prayer study will meet at 9:15am and the focus for prayer study through 2019 will be Psalm 23.
Following Prayer School, join Pastor Mark Williams in the Sunset Conference Room for Bible Study at 10am!
Bible Study
Pastor Mark's Fall Bible Study:
I John, II John, III John

Continuing this Tuesday at 10AM, Pastor Kathy leads fall Bible Study on John's letters in the New Testament. In his letters, John expresses delight at believers who are "walking in the truth" and behaving with the integrity that reflects the gospel. This involved not just correct doctrine but living and embodying love for God and neighbor. It's this love, John argued, that shows the truth of the gospel really being grasped. All are invited to attend! Simply bring your Bible and an open mind!

Up north? No problem. You can call and participate: Dial 1-866-866-2244 Access code: 5218829
Children's Church
Second Sunday in November will be a lesson on the "Ten Lepers". To coordinate with the lesson, our craft puts emphasis on how important those words "thank you are"!

Speaking of thanks, a big thank you to Miss Sheila and Miss Jenny for all their help this past Sunday.

Don't forget- Children's Choir meets at 11am on Sundays, in the music suite.
Grief Share Seminar
“LOSS OF A SPOUSE”
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4TH 10:30 AM
DISSLER HALL CONFERENCE ROOM

This is a Ministry open to all grieving Widows, Widowers. Do you dread the lonely days and nights? Wonder what to do with your spouse’s belongings? Feel like your brain is in a fog? At this Loss of a Spouse seminar you’ll discover other people understand and have found ways to make it through, why it won’t always hurt so much, reasons for hope, and practical tips for coping with the death of a spouse.

There will be a blue Christmas Litany at the end of the seminar discussion with lighting of memorial candles.
Bargain Basket Update
You asked and we listened- our extended seasonal hours are starting sooner than ever before and include more week days.

Join us until 6pm Monday-Thursday beginning this Monday, November 4th!

Please note, our donation hours will remain 9am-3pm Monday-Saturday in order to allow our staff the time to process and price items during our peak volunteer hours.

If you are interested in becoming an evening cashier from 4-6pm during season, please let us know, we would love to have you!
Online Giving
To all those who would like to use our Online Giving Program, while up North for the summer or for the convenience, please click on the link below to see how you can do so.
This Week at UCMI
Sunday, Novmeber 10th
  • 11:00 AM - Children's Choir Practice (Music Suite)

Monday, Novmeber 11th
  • 10 AM - Carol Meles Memorial Service (Sanctuary)
  • 1 PM - Music Director Search Committee Meeting (SSCR)

Tuesday, November 12th
  • 9:15 AM - Focused Prayer (Sanctuary)
  • 10 AM - Bible Study (SSCR)
  • 10:30 AM - Endowment Committee Meeting (SRCR)

Wednesday, November 13th
  • 9:30 AM - Craft Group (SSCR)

Thursday, November 14th
  • 11 AM - Veteran's Seminar (Disseler)
  • 3:45 PM - Choir Practice (Music Suite)
  • 5 PM - Bell Choir Practice (Sanctuary)
Upcoming Birthdays
11/10- Byron Farrell
11/10- Barbara Berry
11/14- Doug Schmitt 

We hope your special day is filled with fun surrounded by the ones you love most!
We're sorry we missed your birthday! If you do not see your birthday listed in the e-news please check with the church office to see if we have all of your info!