eChimes for August, 2019
From the Pastor's Mac

Godspeed, Marilyn!

On Sunday, we said “farewell” to our beloved choir director of nearly thirty years, Dr. Marilyn Michael. Dr. Michael served the Chapel faithfully through many seasons, building up one of the finest church choirs in the area, and establishing a way to combine paid professionals with volunteer singers while keeping the choir loft filled with beautiful, young voices from among her many vocal students. She will be deeply missed for her skill at the piano, her leadership in the choir loft, but mostly, for her kind heart and loving spirit. It is with sad hearts that we say “goodbye,” while giving thanks for her newfound joy as she begins the next chapter of her life in Colorado!

Many thanks to Donna Dennis and members of the Congregational Life Team who quickly put together a lovely reception in Marilyn’s honor. I know Marilyn was touched—you can read a thank you note from her a bit later in this e-Chimes.

While Marilyn’s departure leaves a question mark for the future of our choir and music ministry, I am confident that we will find a competent director to lead the next chapter of our music ministry. I am deeply grateful for our organist, Flo Bickel, who will take the helm throughout the month of August. Flo has filled in for Marilyn on a number of occasions without missing a beat. Thank you, Flo! We hope to have an interim director of music in place as early as September 1. Watch for a special e-Chimes in the days ahead for that announcement.

A search team representative of various stakeholders from within our membership has been formed to find our next director: Linda Walter (chair), Jared Acuff, Flo Bickel, Gail DeVisser, as well as our Board chair, Adrienne Archer and myself. We will be meeting soon. Please pray for this search team, that God might lead us to the right candidate.

In the meantime, I hope you’ll make plans to be in church each Sunday in August as I present a four-part sermon series, “The Four Secrets of Life Abundant.” In John 10:10 Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they might have life, and have it abundantly.” What is the recipe for the abundant life Jesus came to give us? We’ll explore this question each Sunday, beginning this Sunday with “The Pathway to Peace.” I hope to see you then!

Love and light,
Rev Blev

Thank You
from Marilyn Michael

I want to thank all of you at Chapel by the Sea for the beautiful reception you presented on behalf of my retirement/resignation. I certainly did not expect such an elaborate offering of delicious foods and the cake was a huge surprise! I loved the music notation and the exquisite flowers on the cake. The singing of the Chapel Quartet was very inspiring and emotional to me. We do have wonderful singers at the Chapel!
Thank you as well for the many gifts you gave me. That will greatly help me in my transition to Colorado. That was very sweet and generous of you and I also did not expect such an offering. I will miss you all terribly and please know that I will be thinking of you every Sunday morning. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you so very much!- Marilyn

August Preaching Series:
  “The Four Secrets of Life Abundant"

Find your way to Chapel by the Sea during the month of August as Pastor Blevins presents a 4-part series, “The Four Secrets of Life Abundant,” inspired by one of Jesus’ mission statements: “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” Together we’ll explore the abundant life qualities of peace, joy, contentment, and trust, and how to manifest those qualities in our own lives. See you at church!

Back to School Backpack Project
On Sunday, August 11, we’ll hold our annual “Blessing of the Students and Teachers” during the worship service, followed by a church-wide potluck luncheon. This year, we’re adding a mission component: during worship we’ll hold an offering of backpacks—backpacks will be donated to children at Sandy Lane Elementary School in Clearwater. Here’s what we need from you: bring a new kid’s backpack filled with the supplies listed below. During the opening hymn that Sunday, participants will be invited forward to drop their backpack offering on the chancel. Be sure to sign up for the potluck after church, and invite any students and teachers you know to join us August 11! 
·  Dry erase markers
·  Pencils
·  Composition notebooks
·  Copy paper
·  Crayons
·  Tissues
·  Hand Sanitizer

From our Parish Nurse
Carla Creegan, RN, MSN

Improved Health through Physical Fitness

More than 80% of adults do not meet the guidelines for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities. Similarly, more than 80% of adolescents do not do enough aerobic physical activity to meet the guidelines for youth.    Working together to meet Healthy People 2020 targets via a multidisciplinary approach is critical to increasing the levels of physical activity and improving health in the United States.
Why Is Physical Activity Important?
Regular physical activity can improve the health and quality of life of Americans of all ages, regardless of the presence of a chronic disease or disability. Among adults and older adults, physical activity can lower the risk of:
Early death, Coronary heart disease, Stroke, High blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, Breast and colon cancer, Falls and  Depression.
Among children and adolescents, physical activity can:     Improve bone health, Improve cardio, respiratory and muscular   fitness, Decrease levels of body fat, Reduce symptoms of depression, Improve cognitive skills, Improve ability to concentrate and pay attention.

For people who are inactive, even small increases in physical activity are associated with health benefits.
Ten Simple Ways to Increase Physical Activity Family Style!
  • Go for pre or post dinner walks! Get the whole family together and take your pick – 30 min before or 30 min after dinner!
  •  Crank up the music and boogie down! Have a dance party! Move to 5 or 6 preselected songs and you have created a 20-30 minute work out!
  • Make a game of household chores. Teach the children to vacuum, dust and sweep! Award prizes (winner gets to pick the Friday night movie) for best job!
  • Sneak workouts into other activities. Pushing the grocery cart down every aisle (even if you don’t need something on that aisle), taking the stairs all the time, parking the car far away from the door and walking briskly as much as possible.
  • Turn TV commercials into fitness breaks. March in place, do squats, jumping jacks or sit ups during commercials.
  • Have a weekly family sports night! Bowling, softball, relay races, basketball or swimming. 
  • Walk or run for a charity. There are plenty of charity events! Don’t forget out own Chapel Beach Walk!!!!!
  • Yard work! The entire family can rake, weed, trim and sweep the walks and driveway! 
  • Team up for Car Washing! Get the whole family together to wash the cars and everyone’s bikes – then go for a bike ride!!!!!!
  • Walk the family dog. Assign certain days for each family member or do it all together

Ocean Allies

Chapel By The Sea is Ocean Allie certified. We join a growing number of Clearwater Beach businesses and organizations committed to keeping our oceans safe and reducing plastic.

We are making small changes here at the Chapel and will share frequently in the bulletin ideas how you can help us make small changes that will make a big difference!


Every Sunday our Media Technician, Leon Tomlinson, records the Sunday  service. Following the service it is posted to YouTube. This is a great opportunity for our seasonal members, homebound, or anyone unable to attend in person to be part of Chapel By The Sea. Simply go to our website:
·   click sermons
·   select a date
·   click “click here for video” to watch
You may also  click “read more” which allows you to read the sermon from a recent weekly service.
July Attendance & Contributions

Date Contributions Attendance

July 7........................$4361.00..........................114
July 14.......................$3459.00.........................135
July 21.......................$4416.00.........................149
July 28.......................$6102.00........................ 135

July - TOTAL...........$18,608.00.......................533

Calendar for August

Every Week:
10:00 am - Worship Service, Sanctuary followed by Orange Juice Fellowship
9:15 am thru 11:15 am - Nursery is available for children infant through 4's in Nursery/Toddler Rm.
10:00 am - Children's Sunday School start in church
6:00 pm - Alcoholics Anonymous - Meeting Room 3
9:30 am - Al-Anon, Meeting Room 3
6:00 pm - Alcoholics Anonymous - Meeting Room 3
7:00 pm - Sunset Beach Walking Club, Chapel parking lot
10:30 am - Bible Fellowship - Conference Room
6:00 pm - Alcoholics Anonymous - Meeting Room 3

August 3 - 3:00 pm - Douglas Cossaboon Memorial - Sanctuary
August 4 - 11:00 - "Healthy Options For Living Well" - Parish Nurse - Conference Room
August 6 - 9:00 am - Beau Institute - Classroom 4
August 6 - 7:00 pm - Music Search Committee Meeting - Conference Room
August 7 - 9:00 am - Beau Institute - Classroom 4
August 7 - 9:00 am - Marketing Committee Meeting - Conference Room
August 11 - Back To School Sunday & Potluck
August 12 - 6:30 pm - Island Walk Annual Meeting - Chapel Hall
August 13 - 11:00 am - Chapel Chicks - Conference Room
August 15 - 1:00 pm - Peace Cafe' - Peace Memorial Church
August 21 - 6:00 pm - Size Transition Task Force Meeting - Conference Room
August 22 - 4:00 pm - Patterson/Kotzen Rehearsal - Sanctuary
August 23 - 1:00 pm - Patterson/Kotzen Wedding - Sanctuary
August 30 - 1:30 pm - Pete Porter Memorial - Sanctuary

Save These Dates:
October 5 - Praisin Pooches II
October 22 - Recycling Presentation
November 9 - Rise Against Hunger
February 1, 2020 - Beach Walk/Walk
Beach Walking Group on Wednesdays - 7:00 PM
 There is an evening walking group that meets every Wednesday at 7 pm for fun, fitness, and friendship. Please come out and join the sunset group which meets in the church parking lot. What a great way to get healthy and make new friends! All are welcome. Free to park. Free to walk. Free to talk.
Rise Again Hunger

Join us on November 9, 2019, to again package meals to support this worthy cause. It’s a fun event; all ages are welcome and we will have jobs for all volunteers!

  • Thursday Morning Bible Fellowship continues: You are invited to join the THURSDAY MORNING BIBLE FELLOWSHIP which is currently studying Philippians. The Fellowship meets at 10:30 am in the Conference Room for informal study and discussion on the subject of living our faith. Our group is multi-age, multi-gender, multi-denominational.

Plan on attending this program
on August 4th,
presented by our new Parish Nurse,
Carla Creega n!

New Chapel Hall Lights
Check out the new LED ceiling lights in Chapel Hall. Our Chapel By The Sea Facilities Manager, Rick, was busy in July replacing the old fluorescent lights with these beautiful new energy efficient lights. The new lights use 75% less energy and have a projected life span of approximately 15 years.

Parking is available in the church parking lot, and the entire City lot across the street. The parking charges on Sunday don’t start until 12:30 p.m. so that parking for church is free.

The Chapel currently contracts with Florida Parking Co. to    manage our lot outside of Sunday service hours. There is a solar    kiosk along with an attendant on duty during peak parking times.  Church members and guests can park free for events and meetings at the church. If you come for a meeting or event when an attendant is on duty, simply tell them you are here for church business and that will suffice. You may also place a church bulletin on your dashboard to ensure the attendant knows you are a Chapel By The Sea member.


August Birthdays

Flo Bickel...August 01
Raelene Hawi...August 01
Donna Dennis...August 02
David Robert...August 04
Robert Saylor...August 04
Patricia Hall...August 06
Joanne McIntyre...August 06
Nancy McRae...August 07
Jeff Shuler...August 07
Charlotte McLeod...August 08
Roscoe Pearce...August 08
Janelle Keegar...August 09
Patricia Parshall...August 10
Sophia Ridge...August 10
William Acuff...August 11
Cassidy Bingham...August 11
Ann Marie Krzesinsk...August 11
Harry Sutphen...August 11
Le'Sean Hawi...August 12
Helen Morgan...August 12
Tucker McElwaney...August 13
Taylor Sides...August 13
Robert Bingham...August 14
Joyce Muller...August 14
Devin Delaney...August 15
Lois Forsberg...August 15
Richard Schilleman...August 15
Phyllis Droste...August 16
Cathy Whittaker...August 17
Alyssa Koch...August 18
Ethan Collins...August 19
Hugh Heier...August 19
Debbie Wilson...August 19
Rhonda Blevins...August 20
Joshua Mellon...August 20
Trudy Supernor...August 21
Jill Hindley...August 22
Trevor Toenjes...August 22
David MacNamee...August 23
Derek Fowler...August 24
Michelle Reed...August 25
Kay Feeney...August 26
Valerie Fowler...August 30
LaVonne Newcomer...August 30

"Undie Sundays"

July was our month of "Undie Sundays". A big thank you to everyone that donated underwear or a monetary donation. Clothes To Kids (CTK) helps to provide the basic necessity of underwear and every $50.00 donation provides a week's worth of school clothes. For more information about this great organization go to their website: Clothes To Kids

Peace Café The Chapel participates in feeding the homeless at the Peace Memorial Church “Peace Café” on the third Thursday of every month. 12-15 individuals are needed each time to serve food, carry trays and clean up afterward. The next date is August 15. Please contact Teddi McCune if you can help - or 727-481-1855.

Chapel-By-The-Sea's  “Haven Orange Suitcase Project” collects the items listed below for the Safe House of “The Haven of RCS” Domestic Violence Center - which provides a temporary Safe House and other  services for victims of domestic violence in our community and their dependent   children.
The Haven Safe House residents are now in need of NEW REGULAR-SIZE TOILETRIES ( Shampoo, Soap & Body Wash, Lotions, Dental items, Cosmetics, Hair & Grooming Care)   as well as Towels, Washcloths, Single-bed Linens, Socks, Undergarments, C anvas & Duffel Bags, and Luggage .
Please note that at their request and due to storage limitations and other resources at the Safe House, we now collect and deliver only  the very much needed  donations listed above . All items listed are collected at the "Orange Suitcase" table in Friendship Foyer from which they are sorted and distributed to The Haven.
Two Important Changes :
1) Clothing is no longer received at the Safe House. (Thrift stores welcome them.)
2) Mini-toiletry hotel-type donations are now collected by Maureen Friday in a separate container NEXT TO the Orange Suitcase for the RCS Food Bank.
Thank you for adjusting as needs change at The Haven and for your continued support!! (Questions?  Contact Lorraine Freitag).
Orange Suitcase
Amazon Smile Program
Chapel by the Sea is enrolled in the Amazon Smile program. When you next go to Amazon to shop, instead go to and choose us as your charity. Amazon will donate to Clearwater Beach Community Church dba Chapel-By-The-Sea. 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. It is a simple and automatic way for you to  support the Chapel every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at , you’ll find the exact same low prices, selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to us.
Thank you for your support.

RCS Food Donation Barrel

The RCS food donation barrel is located in the south corner of Friendship Foyer. The RCS truck picks up Chapel By the Sea donations on the 2nd Tuesday each month. August 13 is the next pickup date. Thank you in advance for your continued generous contributions of food for this worthwhile organization!


Water Coolers

There are now water coolers in the Narthex and Church Office. Eliminating single serve plastic bottles is another small step the Chapel is making since becoming Ocean Allies.

Prayer Chain - To place someone on the prayer Chain or to join the group, contact Jan Burke at 418-5736 or .

Condolences to the Weeden Family on the loss of Steve Weeden