eChimes for
October, 2019
From the Pastor's Mac

It must be autumn on Clearwater Beach!

In addition to feeling my first cool-ish breeze as I walked to lunch today, the church is once again bustling with the energy of new programs and projects:
·        A new adult Sunday school class kicking off this Sunday (October 6)—a study of C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce, facilitated by Dr. Scott Moncrieff;
·        Chapel Chicks and Chapel Champs launching their new seasons on October 8;
·        Our first movie night of the season on October 25— Shawshank Redemption.

Behind the scenes, we’ve been giving the choir room a new coat of paint, some new shelving, and a new robe closet. I’ve been working with an outstanding group of folks on our music director search team: Jim Abegglen, Adrienne Archer, Flo Bickel, Gail DeVisser, and Linda Walter, with expert guidance from our interim director of music, Dr. Linda Pointer. We have received more than a dozen resumes, and we feel confident that one of our outstanding candidates will become our new director of music. The candidates are excited about the prospect of working with such a talented choir, building upon a foundation of excellence, and taking our music department to new heights!

Another team I’m enjoying working with is the Size Transition Task Force: Jared Acuff, Gene Beerens, Bev Mackin, and Linda Walter. Together we’re studying the question, “What changes would we need to make to accommodate the next 50 people God would send our way?” Unlike the average church in the United States, we are experiencing moderate growth, particularly during our peak season. We have both the opportunity and the responsibility to extend maximum hospitality to all who would seek to worship with us. We have something truly unique to offer—the best kept secret on Clearwater Beach! It’s no surprise we’re maxing out our capacity during peak season.

My deepest thanks to each of you for your support of Chapel by the Sea. Your gifts of time, talent, and treasure are what makes the Chapel such an amazing church. Let us give thanks for one another, and for Chapel by the Sea!

Love and light,


You can now listen to my sermons via podcast! Subscribe to my channel on iTunes at The Clergy Chick.

Back for its Second Season!
Second Tuesday of Each Month (Oct-May) | 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Registration is now open for the 2019-2020 season of Chapel Chicks! Each month will feature a delicious lunch by Chef Ken Hawi, a program facilitated by Pastor Rhonda Blevins, and time to fellowship with other Chapel Chicks. Cost: $15 per person per event (gratuity included).
Click the “register” button below to sign up for one or more of the Chapel Chicks gatherings in 2019-2020!
Upcoming Chapel Chicks Events -

October 8, 2019 : Carla Creegan, MSN will lead a program on women’s health and well-being.
Menu: Grilled chicken over baby spinach with bacon, mushrooms, and shredded cheddar served with a warm bacon vinaigrette. Top it off with a delicious Black Forest Cake.

November 12, 2019 : Pastor Rhonda Blevins will present a program on the power of gratitude (the focus of her doctoral thesis).
Menu: Turkey cranberry spinach wrap & butternut squash soup with cinnamon croutons. Pumpkin pie for dessert.

Click the "register" button to sign up for one or more of the Chapel Chicks gatherings in 2019-2020!

Chapel Champs
Monthly Chapel Champs is back. Meet in the Chapel conference room, October 8 at 9 am.  This group meets the second Tuesday of the month, October—May.     Frequent topics of discussion are economics, politics and sports.
September 29th was Care For Creation Sunday followed up with a Potluck in Chapel Hall. A very informative Ocean Allies presentation was given by the Marine Aquarium CEO, David Yates. Everyone learned more about taking care of our beautiful local environment.

The potluck luncheon and informative presentation was enjoyed by everyone. Another great event hosted by our Congregational Life Committee.

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!

Available Now.....
$10.00 each

Environmentally friendly Chapel By The Sea tote/grocery bags. Come by the Church office Monday through Thursday 9-5, or on sale the last Sunday of October (10/27) in Friendship Foyer before and after service.


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.

You can now subscribe to our Pastor's Podcast,
 The Clergy Chick, on iTunes...
September Attendance & Contributions

September 1.......................140..........$5,343.00
September 8......................134..........$2,919.00
September 15......................149..........$4,253.00
September 22.....................138..........$3,993.00
September 29.......................145..........$2,798.00

TOTAL September Attendance..........706

September- TOTAL Contributions...........$19,306.00

Calendar for October

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
7:00 pm - Choir Practice - Sanctuary
10:30 am - Bible Fellowship - Conference Room
6:00 pm - Alcoholics Anonymous - Meeting Room 3

October 1 - 6:30 pm - CBA Meeting - Chapel Hall
October 1 - 7:00 pm - Music Director Search Committee Meeting - Conference Room
October 5 - 10:30 am - Praisin' Pooches
October 6 - 11:00 am - Congregational Life Meeting - Conference Room
October 8 - 9:00 am - Chapel Champs - Conference Room
October 8 - 11:30 am - Chapel Chicks
October 8 - 7:00 pm - Property Committee Meeting
October 16 - 6:00 pm - Size Transition Task Force - Conference Room
October 16 - 7:00 pm - Church Board Meeting - Conference Room
October 17 - 1:00 pm - Peace Cafe Cooking - Peace Memorial Church
October 17 - 3:00 pm - Shepherd/Kupferschmid Rehearsal - Sanctuary
October 18 - 4:00 pm - Shepherd/Kupferschmid Wedding - Sanctuary
October 20 - 11:00 am - Parish Nurse Program - Conference Room
October 22 - 7:00 pm - Recycling Presentation - Chapel Hall
October 25 - 7:00 pm - Movie Night - Chapel Hall- "Shawshank Redemption"
October 27 - 11:00 am - Crime Prevention Seminar - Chapel Hall
October 31 - Halloween

Save These Dates:

November 9 - Rise Against Hunger
December 11 - Carols By Candlelight
December 17 - Service of Hope & Remembrance
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!

Christian Education Programs

Children & Youth Programs    
Sunday School

Our youth Sunday School program offers curriculums attending to nursery, grade school, pre-teen, and teenage students specific to their interests and learning abilities.
The “ Deep Blue ” At Home With God series presents a Full Faith Experience for toddlers and children 5-9. Pre-teens and teens are stimulated by the highly interactive “re-form” series that cleverly engages students to ponder life’s big questions like, Does God Still Create Stuff Today? Or, Who wrote the Bible? And, of course, we indulge in some healthy snacks to keep our energy high! 
This program starts when the children come out of the 10:00 worship service on Sunday mornings. 

The Nursery is open for those 4 and under.

Adult Sunday School—Sundays @ 9 am

The Great Divorce—October 6—November 24
Facilitator: Rev. Scott Moncrieff
An extraordinary meditation upon good and evil, grace and judgment, C.S. Lewis’s revolutionary idea in The Great Divorce is that the gates of Hell are locked from the inside.

Thursday Morning Bible Fellowship continues: You are invited to join the THURSDAY MORNING BIBLE FELLOWSHIP which is currently studying the many interpretations of the life and teachings of Jesus. 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.


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.

October Birthdays

Kennedy Downey
  October 01

George Conom
  October 02

Barbara Herr
  October 02

Barb Stauffer
  October 02

Gail VanZanten
  October 02

Ed Patch
  October 03

Teddi McCune
  October 04

Jan Kleinhans
  October 06

Caitlin Ryan
  October 07

Jo Ellyn King
  October 09

LaNae Thompson
  October 10

Alescia Brown
  October 12

Joe Hughes
  October 12

Patricia Fleet
  October 13

Alma Hunt
  October 14

Sharon Vincent
  October 14

Beverly Wright
  October 14

Anne Farmer
  October 15

Carolyn Schmidt
  October 16

Evan DeMichele
  October 17

Jill Martin
  October 17
Don Prokes
  October 17

Mariah Corbitt
  October 18

Elodie Dal Balcon
  October 18

Bob Prast
  October 22

Lurane Worth
  October 22

Richard Twining
  October 24

Gary Elert
  October 26

Dan Walker
  October 27

Didi Martin
  October 28

Don Suojanen
  October 28

Jane Caligiuri
  October 30

Charles Muller
  October 30

Terry Blevins
  October 31

Nancy Coltrain
  October 31
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 October 17. 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 Smil e 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. October 8 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 .

To the family of Brian Sullivan in the loss of his sister
To Woody & Alison Kennedy on the death of Alison's mother, Mary Dan Haney