Pastor Ed Update – September 14, 2023

Pastor Ed

Dear Members, Friends, and Guests:

So good to welcome Sharon Tolnai from the “Pace Center for Girls.” Her update on the difference being made in the lives of young women is inspirational!

Bonnie Hartley and I took a tour of the facility and left very impressed. There are numerous places in Collier County to give Time, Talent, and Treasure! Continue praying to God for you can serve our Risen Lord!

The sermon series, “What Made Jesus Mad” concludes this Sunday with a sermon entitled, “Graceless Religion.” Based on John 9.1-12, we take a look at the life of a man born blind. Healed by Jesus, you’d think that it should be a time of rejoicing. However, the religious leaders questioned and doubted him, and eventually tossed him out of the synagogue! Why is faith so fickle?

This Sunday, September 17, worship will take place “without a safety net.” For the last several years, Lely provided a bulletin and a Power Point Presentation for Sunday worship. This week, each attendee will receive an announcement page and the service will be projected on the television screens. Large print lyrics will be available in the narthex. Click Here to Send Feedback.

Also, Lely Pres will connect to four new members during the 10:30 am service! Lely will welcome Treva Larkson, Jackie Snyder, Dayle DeAngelo, and Aimee Trochessett. Their pictures and bios will be available and attached to the Life with Lely Constant Contact on Friday, September 15! Please connect with each person this Sunday!

The paper costs continue to rise along with every other commodity. This will be a good way to reduce costs and streamline preparations in the office.

Years ago, preparing for Sunday was much simpler. Now, with PowerPoint, inserting pictures and videos in the sermon, as well as posting clips of the service and streaming worship, the “moving parts” of preparation are challenging and the reward via digital outreach is connecting to more people!!

On Sunday, September 24, Melana Scruggs will fill the pulpit.

Following the 9:00 and 10:30 am worship services on the 24th, Bette Decoteau will host a Town Hall on some of the implications of a growing church!

Blessing of the Animals will be held Sunday, October 1, at 5:00 pm on the church campus. Such a joy to see the four legged members of the families turn out for a this special service!

Lely’s Music Team returns for worship on Sunday, October 15 and Choir Rehearsal begins Thursday, October 19 at 4:00 pm!!! Get your voices ready!!
See you Sunday!

Welcome to Lely…..Welcome Home….You Belong Here!!

I remain a Servant of Christ….


Pastor Ed

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