OnLine Enews - July 27- August 3, 2022
Rev. Tom Willetts

Saturday Worship @ 4:45 PM meet in the CHAPEL during the summer months.

Sunday Worship @ 10:00 AM meet in the SANCTUARY.
  • WEDNESDAYS - 7pm PASTORS BIBLE STUDY - "Acts for Everyone" - let Pastor know your email and he will send you the ZOOM LINK to attend study.
  • No Summer Choir Rehearsals on Thursdays
  • Tuesday, Aug 2 - 11am - STAFF PARISH - Conf B
  • Tuesday, Aug 2 - 2pm - TRUSTEES - Conf B
  • AUGUST 6 & 7 - Communion Weekend
Luke For All Series
July 30 & 31 – Luke 12:13-21
“Parable of the Rich Fool”
August 6 & 7 - Luke 12:32-40 "Watchfulness"
August 13 & 14 - Luke 12:49-56
"Not Peace, But Division"
August 20 & 21 -  Luke 13:10-17
"A Crippled Woman Healed


This week and next week are going to be a series within our “Luke For All” series. Over these two weeks we will hear Jesus teach about God’s economic policy for disciples. God created all and God provides all. Why don’t we get everything we ask for from God? There are many answers, but let’s hear what Jesus teaches in this week’s scripture lesson.

Luke 12:13-21

The Parable of the Rich Fool

13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”

14 Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” 15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’

18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’

20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’

21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”

Jesus identifies the issue between these two brothers as greed and the desire for the abundance of possessions. Jesus then tells a parable about an amazingly productive farmer. The farmer’s crop realizes an abundant harvest and he faces his storage problem by building more barns, storing (hording) his abundance, and taking life easy. The problem arises when he suddenly dies and has no one with which to share his abundance and he finds he cannot take it with him. The problem is not a failure of inheritance laws, but a problem of relationships. The farmer never shares. The farmer never says thanks, even to God, for his bounty. The farmer relies only upon himself and trusts his ability, his productivity, his understanding only.

That is why the last verse, 21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.” Rings so profoundly. The essential relationship is with God. God loves us and we should love God in return. God will forgive. God will guide and provide. God does not give as the world gives. God gives what is most needful, not what we most want. That is why we don’t receive everything we ask for as though God where a heavenly dispensing machine. We are forced to understand the nature of God and a new perspective for life.

This reading from Simon Tugwell excerpted from A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Other Servants, pg. 250 helped me.

Before we get too carried away with thoughts of God’s power, we should listen attentively to what St. Paul says about the “weakness of God” (1 Cor.1:25), which is a vital part of God’s self-revelation. If we look at the way in which he discloses himself as Jesus Christ we have to acknowledge that he does come into our world with a great display of superior power; in fact, this was one of the temptations which our Lord had to resist as being contrary to his mission, contrary to his true nature (Mt. 4:5ff). He does not come in strength but in weakness, and he chooses the foolish and weak and unimportant things of the world, things that are nothing at all, to overthrow the strength and impressiveness of the world. As we saw earlier, he is like the judo expert who uses the strength of his opponent to bring him to the ground; it is the art of self-defense proper to the weak.

This is why, if we keep clamoring for things we want from God, we may often find ourselves disappointed, because we have forgotten the weakness of God and what we may call the poverty of God. We had thought of God as the dispenser of all good things we would possibly desire; but in a very real sense, God has nothing to give at all except himself.

From Prayer by Simon Tugwell.

Be rich toward God and all that is needed will be provided.

Blessings, Pastor Tom
Face Mask 2

According to the CDC the Covid 19 infection rate in Lee County remains HIGH.

In Lee County, Florida, community level is High.
Church attenders are reporting Covid 19 illness to the church office each week. None have knowingly attended worship or meeting while ill, but symptoms become apparent after infection. Please be aware and be careful to protect each other from illness. There are those who worship among us who have decreased immune systems, unable to get vaccination or booster, and other health issues which could make infection serious. Thankfully, no one has reported serious illness or hospitalization recently, but let’s remain careful, helpful, and aware.

Community Small Groups

Our Community Small Groups will begin on the week of September 4th. These small groups are open to all church attenders and our neighbors. A Small Group is a group of 6-10 friends who agree to meet, pray, read and study together each week. Meeting in homes with various folks providing light snacks and inviting various group members to “lead” a session works well. The group studies will have a video component to “teach” the content and then a series of questions and prompts to help the group discuss together. The church will purchase sets of leader and video materials for each group. Start talking to friends and forming groups now and be ready for the first study to begin in September.

Beginning the week of September 4th our first book is HOW HAPPINESS HAPPENS by Max Lucado. You can purchase it here from Amazon How Happiness Happens: Finding Lasting Joy in a World of Comparison, Disappointment, and Unmet Expectations: Lucado, Max: 9780718074272: Books or Cokesbury How Happiness Happens | Cokesbury.

On the week of October 23rd, we will begin; STORIES JESUS TOLD, HOW TO READ A PARABLE by Greg Carey. Groups can skip Thanksgiving week if they wish and conclude on the first week of December.

On the week of January 8, 2023, we will study, YOU ARE NEVER ALONE by Max Lucado.

Beginning on February 26 – Easter the study and preaching series will be CHRIST IS FOR US by April Yamasaki.

In May we will resume the Pastor’s ZOOM Bible Study series with the study of MATTHEW FOR EVERYONE by N.T. Wright. 

I feel I have been called to organize the 2023 TREASURE SALE for our Church. We are going to call it our TREASURE SALE because we will not sell trash. This Treasure Sale will be held, Friday, March 3rd & Saturday, March 4th, because I have other plans in February.

I have ideas which I have not formalized yet but would appreciate any and all input from anyone. I would like to put the food sale back in plus small furniture that our strong men can handle. NO LARGE APPLIANCES OR BIG PIECES OF FURNITURE.

I will be calling YOU in the near future but keep in mind when you are cleaning that closet or cupboard that Good Shepherd will have their sale date in 2023 and put it aside for us. Currently we have no available storage but hold on to your items. THANK YOU!! Louise Meehan.
Aug 6 Dale and Lauren Davis (28)
Aug 6 Dave and Jan Miller (62)
Aug 7 Chuck and Kay Twa (56)
Aug 12 Mark and Alice Crum (16)
Aug 13 Ron and Carol Fasnacht (19)
Aug 16 Bill and Kay Hampton (63)
Aug 17 Wayne and Bonnie Peterson (31)
Aug 20 Joseph and Carol Wheeler (44)
Aug 22 Jim and Lisa Teeman (41)
Aug 23 Tom and Lia Willetts (36)
Aug 24 Emmy and Chuck Taylor (26)
Aug 24 John and Darlene Topp (58)
Aug 30 Leroy and Sue Hall (25)


Aug 3 Dennis Martin
Aug 5 Pat McQuiston
Aug 6 Elaine Cook
Aug 6 Flora Gooding
Aug 10 Dottie Patterson
Aug 12 Dave Eherenman
Aug 13 Rita Fuchs
Aug 13 Jim Hoder
Aug 16 Marlene DeGraaf
Aug 16 Joan Laiman
Aug 16 Paul Perry
Aug 17 Tom Warren
Aug 19 Mabel Annette Karpe
Aug 19 Sharon Nelson
Aug 20 Lois Charles
Aug 21 Peg Ackley
Aug 21 Alan Holt
Aug 23 Floyd Jacobs
Aug 25 Thomas Dutton
Aug 26 Emmy Taylor
Aug 28 Sandi Eherenman
Aug 30 Bev Zeluff
Pastor’s Wednesday ZOOM Bible Study @ 7PM
Acts by N.T. Wright - For Everyone Bible Study Guides. Purchase the book here:
The guides in this series are designed to help you understand Scripture in fresh ways under the guidance of one of the world’s leading New Testament scholars. Thoughtful questions, prayer suggestions, and useful background and cultural information all guide you or a group more deeply into God’s Word. Discover how you can participate more fully in God’s kingdom.
Please send an email to Pastor Tom at to receive the ZOOM link. I will send the ZOOM link out by Wednesday at noon so it will be easy to find in your messages.
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