"Celebrating God's Presence, Serving All People"
United Church News October 18th, 2019
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

At a recent meeting of our Board of Church Life and Growth, our ministry committee chairs spoke enthusiastically about United Church's "spirit of inclusion." Indeed, part of what we all love about United Church is that we are a church for  all  people in our community. Simply put, we are includers. Of course, our spirit of inclusion has deep roots in Christ. For on one particular occasion, Jesus became so passionate about the virtue of inclusion that he overturned a few tables! I'll say more on Sunday in a message from Mark 11: 12-19 entitled "Furious Inclusion."


Pastor Mark
This Sunday's Sermon Title and Scripture Reading
Worship Sunday at 10am
Sunday, October 20th
"Furious Inclusion"

Scripture :
Mark 11: 12-19

Reader : Denny Eckels
Deacons : Dave and Joanie Fuller
Ushers : Russ and Linda Howald
Greeters: Mary Jane Irvine and Marie Dowling
Ginny Rapp will be providing a beautiful solo during Sunday's worship service!
Name-Tag Reminder
As we move into the "season" at United Church and our participation on Sunday mornings increases, be sure to remember to wear your name-tag! Wearing your name-tag helps members, visitors, and staff all connect with one another. If you don't have a name tag or if you lost your name tag, be sure to call or email the church office and Administrative Assistant Wanda Anderson will be sure you have one. Also, if you are a friend of United Church or a frequent visitor and would like a name tag, we would love to provide you one. Simply email or call the church office, and we'll make it happen! 
Women's Fellowship
The first meeting of Women’s Fellowship will be on November 4th . Following this, Women’s Fellowship will meet on the second Monday of each month December-March. The final meeting, on March 30th, will be the Installation of new officers. For information on upcoming Women’s Fellowship events, please visit www.ucmarco.org/womens-ministry.
NOVEMBER 4TH, 2019 at 11:30am

Program : Effective Communication
Presented by : Dr. Pamela Shudes & Becky Krisko                              
Devotions : Rita Clark
Hospitality : Cindy Johnson, Judy Hattendorf, Lois Kenyon

Presidents, Dr. Pamela Shudes and Becky Krisko, will be presenting on using brain compatible strategies, multiple intelligences and learning styles to impact our lives. This presentation will cover the learning pyramid, the triune brain, the role of emotions in learning, the nine types of intelligence, and left brain vs. right brain characteristics. Understanding these multiple intelligences will improve effective communication with others.
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Wondering how you will survive the weeks surrounding Thanksgiving and Christmas? Are you dreading these holidays, knowing that everything has changed and that happy memories from past years can’t be recreated?
Our Surviving the Holidays seminar is especially for people who are grieving a loved one’s death. You’ll learn how to deal with the many emotions you’ll face during the holidays, what to do about traditions and other coming changes, helpful tips for surviving social events, and how to discover hope for your future.
Craft Group
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.

Right now, the crafting group is preparing for the November 8th Craft Bazaar and could use many volunteers!

If you are interested in joining this talented group, stop by on Wednesday at 9:30am!

This year's Craft Bazaar will feature a delicious lunch, silent auction, and many new craft items! You won't want to miss it!
Veteran's Seminar
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
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 Mark leads his 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
Children's Church will continue learning the lessons on Paul and the Apostles. Our lesson will be "Letters from Paul" in the Children's Bible.
Our craft will be writing letters, but with a big emphasis on...Can Jesus read and hear our secrets?

Also the students are practicing "The Lord's Prayer" every Sunday in Children's Church.

Lesson: Letters from Paul
Teachers: Sheila and Susan
A Week in Review
Honoring Edna Grod

This past Sunday, we honored Edna Grod who has served as our Bell Choir Director for the past 6 years and recently made the decision to retire.

Edna's faith in Christ, her kind spirit, her musical talent, and her warm heart will be missed by all of us!
Welcoming New Members

This past Sunday, we also celebrated new members at UCMI! It is with great enthusiasm that we welcomed Joy and Don Hopkins, Gwen and David DeCrow, and Debbie Bonavita!

We hope you will find encouragement, love, and support as you walk with God and live with God's people. 
Bargain Basket Update
Get your Halloween costumes! Halloween merchandise is now on sale at the Bargain Basket. Most costumes are just $3!

And join us on Thursday, October 31st for Spooky Halloween Savings! Our entire store will be 50% off!
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
Monday, October 21st
  • 11 AM - Music Director Search Committee Meeting (SRCR)
  • 1 PM - Music Committee Meeting

Tuesday, October 22nd
  • 9:15 AM - Focused Prayer (Sanctuary)
  • 10 AM - Bible Study (SSCR)
  • 11 AM - Building and Grounds Committee Meeting (SRCR)

Wednesday, October 23rd
  • 9:30 AM - Craft Group (SSCR)

Thursday, October 24th
  • 9:30 AM - Board of Church Life and Growth (SSCR)
Upcoming Birthdays
10/21 - Scot Kaufman
10/21 - Mike Kropp
10/22 - Jean O'Neill
10/22 - Angelica Scalora
10/22 - Marie Williams
10/23 - Priscilla Penn
10/24 - Yvonne Hall
10/24 - Grace White
10/24 - John O'Brien
10/24 - Joanie Fuller

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!