2012-02-23 / Top News

FAITH NOTES


Lowe Lowe ‘Lenten Soup for the Soul’ lunch programs through Lent

The Theological Center in Naples presents the 14th annual “Lenten Soup for the Soul” luncheon series from noon to 1 p.m. every Wednesday during Lent at various locations.

Programs consist of a simple meal and reflection offered by spiritual leaders from throughout the community. Donations are appreciated to help cover expenses and support the mission of The Theological Center are appreciated.

¦ Feb. 29: Program about love, by Fr. George Hazler, St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Location: First United Methodist Church, 388 First Ave. S.

¦ March 7: Program about joy, by Rev. Lana Hope, Celebration Community Beach Church. Location: New Hope Ministries, 7675 Davis Blvd.

¦ March 14: Program about peace, by Vann Ellison of St. Matthew’s House. Location: St. John the Evangelist Catholic

Church, 625 111th Ave. N.

¦ March 21: Program about kindness, goodness and generosity, by Rev. Eileen Shaw of Unity of Naples. Location: Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church, 1225 Piper Blvd.

¦ March 28: Program about faithfulness, gentleness and meekness, by Rev. Dr. Jim Kirk of Moorings Presbyterian Church. Location: Trinity-by-the-Cove Episcopal Church, 553 Galleon Drive.

¦ April 4: Program about self-control, by Rev. Andrew DeLong of Tree of Life Church. Location: St. Monica’s Episcopal Church, 7070 Immokalee Road.

The Theological Center in Naples is committed to religious education and outreach among communities of faith, while fostering dialogue, tolerance and harmony. For more information, call Rev. Sam Sewell at 591-4565, e-mail sams@bestselfusa.com or visit tcnaples. blogspot.com. ¦

Evangelical drama coming to Tree of Life

“Heaven’s Gates, Hell’s Flames,” a touring evangelistic drama, comes to Tree of Life Church, 2132 Shadowlawn Drive, for three performances in March:

¦ 6:06 p.m. Sunday, March 4

¦ 7:07 p.m. Monday, March 5

¦ 7:07 p.m. Tuesday, March 6

The play is based on an evangelical presentation of the Gospel, and presents the Biblical message that one must believe in Jesus Christ in order to be saved and go to Heaven, or otherwise face eternal punishment in Hell. It consists of a series of skits in which various characters die unexpectedly and then immediately find out whether they are destined for heaven or hell. ¦

Church hosts mother who wrote about autistic son

Emily Colson, author of “Dancing with Max: A Mother and Son Who Broke Free,” will share the lessons she has learned as single parent of a 20-year-old autistic son during a program at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at Covenant Church of Naples, 6926 Trail Blvd.

Ms. Colson’s father, evangelical Christian leader Chuck Colson, will introduce her and share his thoughts about the value of all members of our society.

Ms. Colson spent many years as an advertising art director and has poured her creativity into helping her son, who was diagnosed with autism as a toddler. She even pioneered an innovative communication system to help Max. Copies of her book will be available for purchase and signing.

An offering taken during the evening will be donated to the ABLE Academy of Naples, a nonprofit organization committed to the advancement of children with autism and other developmental disabilities and to support for their families.

The church will provide childcare for infants through fifth-graders, including those with special needs, but reservations are required. Call 597-3464 to arrange for care. ¦

A day for women to celebrate their blessings

“Women: A Bouquet of Blessing,” a day of celebration of God’s blessings, takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at Naples Church of Christ, 12760 Livingston Road. The ladies day will include continental breakfast, lunch, songs of praise, entertaining skits, door prizes and more.

Keynote speaker Sheila Lowe is a graduate of Harding University with a major in communications and a minor in Christian counseling. She has worked in youth and women’s ministries, and her straightforward and often humorous approach to topics such as self-esteem, relationships and faith has made her a popular speaker at rallies and retreats throughout the southeastern United States.

Guests are encouraged to decorate a spring hat for the “hat-a-tude” competition.

Cost is $10 per person. RSVP by calling Pam Macon at 455-8887 or e-mailing nocam5@embarqmail.com. ¦

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