Pastor Ed’s Letter for January 1, 2024

Pastor Ed

Happy New Year and Hello 2024!!

Bonnie Kluttz did a great job reminding all of us of the upcoming 50th Anniversary Dinner, planned for Saturday, February 3, 2024 from 4:00-8:00 pm at New Hope Ministries! Tickets are $25 pp and you can either send a check to the church office or go to Click Here to Register and Pay Online.

Seeing previous clergy who served Lely Pres such as Ted Land or Harold Brown and hopefully Jim Kirk will be joyous and bring back many wonderful memories!

A huge thanks to Bonnie Hartley for baking the Sticky Buns for Sticky Bun Sunday!!! They were delicious and well appreciated!! Many hands do a lot of work every weekend to ensure coffee hour and refreshments! Thanks to all who arrive early, stay late, and make sure coffee is plentiful!!

Saturday, January 6 kicks off the Winter Concert Series at 2:00 pm with Carl Granieri with Voyces in Concert. Carl was blessed blessed to be Musical Director for several of Atlantic City’s biggest Casino Hotels over a 40 year career. Playing piano and conducting his 40-piece CGO Superstar Orchestra at the Sands, The Showboat, Caesars, Bally and Harrah’s Casinos he backed a “who’s who” of classic stars including Tony Bennett, Bob Hope, Julio Iglesias, Rod Stewart, Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, Diana Ross, Johnny Mathis, Mannheim Steamroller and many others. VOYCES is a CGO “Pay it Forward” ensemble showcasing young singers in 5-part close harmony. YOU WILL WANT TO SEE THIS!!

Thanks to Cherie Millsom for working so hard to put the series together!!

And before the concert, please gather on Friday morning, January 5 at 11:00 am to take down the Christmas decorations! Lunch will be provided!!

Sunday’s sermon focused on hope and hope is needed as we cross the threshold into 2024!! We are a people of hope because of what God has done through Jesus Christ!!!

Friendlies Luncheon is January 4, at 12 Noon at KC’s Parrot 41 located at 3340 Tamiami Trail East. Contact Bonnie Kluttz at 239-777-8978 for additional information

Your prayers are appreciated as Jane and I return to New York January 8-20, 2024 for follow up tests and consults. The guest speaker for January 21 will be Rev. Tim Halverson. You got me in the pulpit on January 7!!!

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

I remain a Servant of Christ….



Pastor Ed

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