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Dr. Bruce W. Porter, Pastor 941-383-8833

941-383-0401 (fax)

Web-site: www.christchurchoflbk.org E-mail: info@christchurchoflbk.org

TO:

Christ Church of Longboat Key, Presbyterian U.S.A.

6400 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key, FL 34228

challenges in 2014, and we trust that our people will let gratitude have its way.

Also, in this season, Christ Church hosts the Inter-faith Thanksgiving Service.

What a pleasure that is, particularly since we will have been in our new worship and fellowship space for just over two years.

How many friends of mine have said what a marvelous building we have on Longboat Key, and they are right! Our building is one of the ways we honor Christ. We also do so by our service to each other, and our mission to others. All of this is possible because of your gifts.

Don’t forget the other side of thanks, which is giving. Let gratitude have its way!

Vision Statement:

“Growing in Jesus’ Name”

Members of Session:

Charlie Gorham, Clerk Class:

2015, Burt Borgelt, Building/Grounds 2016, Donald Buck

2015, Dick Cardin, Administration/Finance

2015, Michael Chester, Education/Fellowship 2014, Ginny Dreher, Mission

2014, Karen Fors, Education/Fellowship 2014, Angela Freeman, Membership 2015, Karen Gardiner, Caring Ministry 2016, Steve Himes, Worship

2016, Evey Huntington, Membership 2016, Ronald Northington

2015, Ann Quackenbush, Membership/Involvement 2016,Trish Thaler, Worship

“THE OTHER SIDE OF THANKS”

Chesterton said that there are three events that make us thankful: to escape death by a hair, to have one’s love returned, unexpectedly by another, and to discover that your sins are forgiven.

Most of us have known these in our experience and have received many other blessings too numerous to list.

However, I wonder if we realize that the word, thanksgiving, includes two motions - thanks and giving. It’s not just appreciation, but a response. It is gratitude and giving back. It is being blessed and being a blessing. It is counting our gifts and making our gifts count.

That’s why I am glad that through the years of stewardship, emphasis occurs during the Thanksgiving season. Our pledging for next year comes out of a spirit of gratitude for all that God has done and is doing for us. After all, all three of Chesterton’s events come to us supremely through Christ. We are forgiven for our sins, we are loved beyond all imagining, we are promised not only an escape from death, but a life to come. Out of that joy comes our giving. Our theme this year is “Growing in Our Giving.” That title reflects our Church’s statement of purpose - “Growing in Jesus’ Name.” We have unique

NOVEMBER 2013 A Monthly Newsletter - Christ Church of Longboat Key VOL VII, ISSUE IX

THE GRAPEVINE

“I am the vine, you are the branches.”

COMING UP IN DECEMBER . . . 3 Asolo Rep Theatre tour

7 Sarasota Baptist Christmas Pageant 8 Community Caroling

12 All Church Carol Sing &

Children’s Christmas Party 15 Christmas Cantata

OFFICE HOURS

PASTOR:

Tuesday 9:00 - 4:00 & Thursday 9:00 - Noon SECRETARY:

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8:30 - 1:30

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NOVEMBER BIRTHDAYS

11/02 Patty Bowes

11/04 Sally Cutler 11/06 George Rauch 11/07 Syble Gwatney 11/07 Betty Bornhoeft 11/08 Janet FitzGerald 11/10 Bill Buckley

11/10 Bill Gambill 11/10 Macky Groen 11/10 Lorena Noyes 11/11 John E. Anderson 11/14 Katharine Penfield 11/15 Douglas Moppert 11/15 Ron Northington 11/15 Trude’ Smith 11/15 Sandy Warren 11/16 Norma Compton 11/16 Bob Dods

11/23 Marge Wiegmann 11/26 Gaye Schwarz 11/30 Joanna Cuccia 11/30 Barbara Scherer

NOVEMBER ANNIVERSARIES

11/01 Claire & Ralph Hunter 11/02 Patty & Tom Dunham 11/06 Mindy & Bob Butler 11/06 Ellie & Vic Falck

11/21 Snookie & Cash Register 11/24 Marg & Gary Aubry

11/26 Trude’ & Phil Smith

11/28 Judy Marsh & Kimball Leiser 11/29 Bennie & Bob Dods

SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY

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World Community Day

2 Change clocks

3 10:00 a.m.

WORSHIP Communion 11:15 a.m.

BIBLE STUDY - M.R.

PROJECT 5000

4 8:15 a.m.

MEN’S CLUB F.H.

5 9:30 a.m.

WORSHIP C.R.

1:00 p.m.

BRIDGE

6 10:00 a.m.

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY (WBS) M.R.

7:00 p.m. CHOIR

7 9:30 a.m.

MISSION C.R.

8 9 5:00 p.m.

P A R T F.H. Y 10 10:00 a.m.

WORSHIP 11:15 a.m.

BIBLE STUDY - M.R.

11 9 - 10:30 WOMEN’S CLUB 1st collection for SALE AWAY VETERANS DAY

12 9:30 a.m.

EDUCATION C.R.

1:00 p.m.

BRIDGE

13 10:00 a.m.

WBS - M.R.

7:00 p.m. CHOIR

14 9:00 a.m.

C.R.

Reading Buddies

15 DINEAROUND 16

17 10:00 a.m.

WORSHIP 11:15 a.m.

BIBLE STUDY - M.R.

STEWARDSHIP SUNDAY

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2:00 p.m.

C.R.

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1:00 p.m.

BRIDGE

20 10:00 a.m.

WBS - M.R.

7:00 p.m. CHOIR

21 9:00 a.m.

Presb. Stated Mtg 1st Presb.- Naples Reading Buddies

22 23 11:00 a.m.

MEMORIAL SERVICE MERLE HUNTINGTON Sanctuary 24 10:00 a.m.

WORSHIP 11:15 a.m.

BIBLE STUDY - M.R.

25 9 - 10:30 SALE AWAY collection

26 1:00 p.m.

BRIDGE 5:00 p.m.

INTER-FAITH THANKSGIVING SERVICE CCLBK Sanctuary

27 10:00 a.m.

WBS - M.R.

7:00 p.m. CHOIR

28 Office Closed 4:00 p.m.

THANKSGIVING DINNER - F.H.

29 Office Closed 30 M.R. =

Meeting Room F.H. =

Fellowship Hall C.R. =

Conference Rm

NOVEMBER 2013

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NOVEMBER SERMONS & SCRIPTURES

11/03 “You Don’t Have to Be Invincible” (Communion) (II Samuel 23:14-17; Luke 10:25-37)

11/10 “Let’s Grow in Our Giving” (Veterans) (11 Corinthians 9:6-8, 15; Luke 10:25-37) 11/17 “Christ’s Hands” (Stewardship Sunday)

(Numbers 6:22-27; Luke 4:40, 5:12-13; John 20:19-29)

11/24 “Thankful Because You Were Kissed” (Thanksgiving Sunday) (Genesis 2:4b-9; John 20:19-23; II Corinthians 13:11-13)

14 Our Church Library

We’re highlighting our books about World War II for the month of

November in gratitude to all those who have served in our military in any capacity.

We have eye-witness descriptions of Pearl Harbor and D-Day, as well as epic accounts of heroic rescue missions and battles in the Pacific.

You will also find numerous novels that highlight the tragic and courageous experiences of ordinary citizens in Paris, Lisbon, Berlin, or the United Kingdom.

Come explore the era that defined the Greatest Generation.

Library hours are 9:00 to noon on Sundays and 8:30 - 1:30 Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

Pastor Porter’s sermons can be found on our website:

www.christchurchoflbk.org When you hover your cursor on

“Directory” (located in the upper right- hand corner of the homepage), a box will appear for you to make your selection. You may read or print them from there.

Our first bridge game of the season will be Tuesday, November 5, at 1:00 p.m. We meet in our Coffee Bar Area every Tuesday and hope you will join us!

To reserve a seat, please call Kay and Keith Tschannen at 383-2749.

“But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

1 Corinthians 15:57 NIV

“Give thanks to the Lord for he is good; his love endures forever.”

Psalm 107:1 NIV

All of life is a continuous gift from God. Let us live with an attitude of gratitude realizing that we have so many blessings. This time of year reminds us to be ever thankful for all of our gifts. God, who has given us so much, gives us one more thing - a grateful heart.

Jean Gorham For prayer requests and/or praises, please call Holly Braun at 387-7415.

A Ministry Opportunity: Following Worship on Sundays, we invite people who wish prayers for themselves, or for others they love, to come to the Pastor’s Robing Room.

If you would be willing to serve our Church on a few Sundays, by offering prayers of joy or concern, please call Douglas Moppert

at 383-2656.

BOOK CLUB

On Monday, November 18, at 2:00 p.m. in our Conference Room, we will be discussing the book, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Hope to see you there!

Kay and Keith Tschannen 383-2749

SUNDAY BIBLE STUDY

Just what is Christology? Most people will shy away from words like that. Unfortunate for them. The reason is that the word simply describes the whole list of titles and names that the Christian church has applied to Jesus for two thousand years. Words like Christ/Messiah, Lord, Savior, Son of God, Son of Man, and more. That is the content of our Sunday morning class that I will be teaching following worship next January, February, and March.

I hope you will come to find out the depth of understanding of Jesus that can come when we examine what these words mean.

They will give you a larger and more profound understanding of Jesus.

John Noah

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The man’s fleet had two identical planes to be used by Agape. One would also be out of service for the same reason as Agape’s plane, but if he could get a waiver from the FAA on the second plane, he would loan it to Agape for as long as needed. Then came the bad news: the man said with FAA bureaucracy, it could be 4-6 weeks to get the waiver request processed. But, he would place a call and get the ball rolling.

So, there was an answer to prayer - an identical plane that the pilot was familiar with would be loaned to them. It was almost unbelievable, but it didn’t totally solve the problem of getting critical December shipments to Haiti and beyond. But God wasn’t through yet.

At around 4:00 that same afternoon, the man from Vermont called back. “I can’t understand what has happened,” he said,

“but the FAA just called back indicating the waiver request has been approved.

The aircraft will be ready to fly to Venice early tomorrow morning.”

Late that next day, the fully-loaded plane took off for Haiti and the Dominican Republic. And, soon flights were going down and back five days a week. The missionaries were receiving their needed supplies on a regular basis.

As the old hymn says, “It is no secret what God can do; what he’s done for others, he’ll do for you.”

Jerry Fox

MISSION MATTERS

There was a slight chill in the wind that early December morning, signaling that winter was approaching. But a stronger signal was evident in the hangar of Agape Flights: boxes upon boxes were piling up in the part of the hangar devoted to outgoing shipments, and mailboxes for each of the more than 350 missionary families were quickly filling up. It was time to begin adjusting the flight schedules - from once a week flights to Haiti and beyond to two or three flights a week.

In the mail for Agape Flights that day was a letter from the Federal Aviation Agency.

It held ominous news: the plane that Agape used for its flights had to be immediately withdrawn from use until a mechanism inside its wings could be removed and fully checked. This procedure would take the plane out of use for at least a month - during the busiest time of the year. The news was devastating. Discussions among staff, the senior pilot, and the mechanic took place but no solution was evident. Just when Agape Flights was needed most, it would essentially be closed down for the month of December.

Around 11:00 that morning, CEO, Allen Speer, called a meeting of his entire staff.

But this was not a typical staff meeting.

Everyone gathered in the hangar, formed a circle and held hands. They prayed to God for guidance and direction.

About 2:00 that afternoon, Rev. Speer took a phone call from a businessman in Bennington, Vermont, whom he knew and who knew Agape. There was good news.

Worship & Music: Trish Thaler stated that the planning for the Inter-Faith Thanksgiving Service on November 26, 2013 is well underway.

The Women’s Bible Study will be using the book “Turning Toward Joy” this Fall. The Sunday morning study group will be reading “The People God Uses”. It was moved, seconded and unanimously approved the use of these books for the programs.

Trish stated that beginning in January, John Noah will lead the Sunday morning Bible Study concerning Christology. He will be using a book authored by Oscar Cullman. It was moved, seconded and unanimously approved to accept the program.

The Christmas cantata, entitled “Bethlehem Morning” will be held at the worship service on December 15, 2013

Personnel: Charlie Gorham reported that Kathy Butler would be on vacation from September 14, 2013 through October 5- 2013. Kathy in entitled to two weeks paid vacation. The third week will be taken as personal leave. Bill Buckley will be on vacation October 18, 2013 through October 28, 2013. Rev.

Bruce Porter will be on vacation October 8, 2013 through October 19, 2013. Paul Groen will preach on October 8th and Rev. Graham Hart will preach on October 20th.

Building & Grounds: Burt Borgelt stated that the additional sound and visual equipment has been installed. Burt has received many favorable comments. Burt reported that there is some money remaining in the Bench Fund and requested that it be released to the landscaping budget. It was approved by acclamation that this transfer funds be completed.

The trustees of the note holders meet annually to review the Church’s debt and the notes. It was moved, seconded the unanimously approved that Michael Chester, Van Neely and Ron Northington be appointed Trustees for 2013

The Longboat Key Historical Society has requested that they be allowed to meet in Fellowship Hall on January 16, 2014, February 20, 2014, and March 20, 2014. This was unanimously approved. They will be charged $100 for each usage.

Michael Chester presented a written document entitled “Policy on Accepting Donations of Household Items.” It was moved, seconded and unanimously approved that the policy be adopted.

That policy will be attached to the Session Minutes.

SPECIAL MEETING - SEPTEMBER 29, 2013 The Rev. Bruce Porter, the Moderator, opened the meeting with a prayer at 11:05AM. The temporary clerk declared a quorum was present.

One individual voiced an interest in joining Christ Church as an affiliate. Rev. Bruce Porter asked the individual a series of questions, which were answered in the affirmative.

The new member is Betty Cook whose main church is First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Chattanooga, TN. It was moved, seconded and unanimously approved that the individual be accepted as an affiliate member of Christ Church.

The session members welcomed Mrs. Cook.

STATED MEETING -- SEPTEMBER 19, 2013 The Rev. Bruce Porter, the Moderator, opened the meeting with a prayer at 9AM. It was moved, seconded and unanimously approved the Minutes of the Stated Meeting June 13, 2013, the Minutes of the Special Session Meeting August 4, 2013 and the Special Session Meeting August 25, 2013, be approved as presented.

Unfortunately four members of the Church have died this past summer: Mary Jemsek 7-17-2013, Kenneth Unteed 7-22-2013, Stanford Snyder 7-27-2013 and Merle Huntington 9-9-2013.

Rev. Bruce Porter officiated at the marriage ceremony of Bill Gambill and Lutie Uihlein on 8-8-2013.

Rev. Bruce Porter stated that Amanda Barber and Michael Wise would like to be married at the Church on November 30, 2013 with a rehearsal on November 29th. It was moved, seconded and unanimously approved that the Church be reserved for the ceremony.

The following committee reports were presented:

Finance: Burt Borgelt presented the August financial statement. Year to date, the revenue has exceeded expenses by approximately $46,000. This includes paying the Bond Retirement Fund $80,000 versus $33,000 at this time of last year. By acclamation the financial statement, as presented, was approved. It was moved, seconded and unanimously approved that Ron Northington be elected Acting Treasurer. It was approved by acclamation that Michael Chester review and code all bills. Michael was also approved to be a signer on checks.

Burt Borgelt said a letter has been received from the Southwest Florida Water Management District stating that the Church is in compliance with their regulations. The letter is attached to these minutes.

Preparation for Ministry: Donald Buck is pursuing a number of employment opportunities.

Missions: Ginny Dreher reported that Jean Russo, of Russo Prison Ministry, has been collecting small toys for the children of prisoners for many years. Each prison provides a list of the number of toys needed. The inmates give the toys to the children, when the families visit for Christmas. This helps to bond the inmates and their children. The collection of toys is called “Mama Mia Love Train”. It was moved, seconded and unanimously approved that starting November 1st, a box for toys be placed near the Missions table in Fellowship Hall for the collection of toys.

Education/Programs: Michael Chester reported that approximately 60 attended each of the three social events this summer --Taco Night in June, Fish Fry in July and the Barbecue in August.

Janet Fitzgerald organized the Reading Buddy program this summer. Twelve people from the Church volunteered. The Fall Reading Buddy program will begin on November 14th, 2013.

The Welcome Back dinner will be November 9, 2013.

SESSION ACTIONS

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We met on October 14, for a program on de-cluttering. Pat Morton and Mary Gamrot from Pampered Movers in Sarasota provided tips and suggestions for de-cluttering our lives and preparing for the March Sale Away.

T h e y a l s o p r o v i d e d d e t a i l e d information on how their company can provide numerous services to assist in

“right-sizing” your home. There are hand-outs with detailed information available at our Activities Table for anyone interested in receiving more information on the services they can provide.

Our next meeting will be on Monday, November 11. At that time, we will be assisting with the collection for the March Sale Away from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

Janet FitzGerald 778-4376 Our band of hungry brothers will convene

for our first autumn visit on Monday, November 4, and will then meet to savor our menu each month on the FIRST MONDAY - about 8:15 a.m. We will have breakfast and outside speakers for most meetings.

In November, fellowship will be central as we hold an “in-house” session. Specifically, each of us will receive a handout with four questions (shown below) on ONE of which we will in turn make pithy comments. We will have a facilitator to keep things on track and to engineer a free pass for any attendee who prefers to remain in a sidecar. Idea is to have some fun - from frivolous to provocative - sharing insight about ourselves to whatever extent each man feels inclined. We are counting on Cash Register and his hearty sous chefs to feed us well.

Four likely questions:

1. What unfinished dream/aspiration do you harbor?

2. What advice would you offer the younger generation? (any subject)

3. What career might you have followed if not the one you did choose?

4. Ask a question of yourself (spiritual or otherwise) - tell us and then answer it.

In December, Chef Wiley Osborne will be on hand and the Rev. Vincent Carroll, from the Island Chapel (a retired Navy Captain Chaplain), will assume the speaker’s mantle. Suggested topic: “The military and spiritual - do they complement one another?”

Your Leadership Team is working to firm up speakers for January, February, and April.

We look forward to welcoming you back November 4, if not before.

Duane Compton Tom Dunham Gordon Lenci Wayne Swift

O U T S I D E S O C I A L

For the month of December, we are planning two events that we hope will be of interest to our Church members.

Asolo Rep Theatre Behind-the-Scenes tour will be Tuesday, December 3, at 10:00 a.m. The musical “Showboat” will be in production at the time of our tour, which means we will be getting an up-close-and-personal tour of the theatre, as well as the scenery and costumes from the musical. We will learn about the history of the building and see main stage, green room, and costume room, among other theatre areas. The tour is approximately 1 1/2 hours and is free!

We will have sign-ups at our Activities Table, as the docents require a headcount. Invite your friends to join us for what we hope will be an interesting and fun tour.

Our second offering will be the annual Christmas Pageant at Sarasota Baptist Church on Proctor Road. Our visit to “A Moment in Time,” this year’s pageant title, will be on Saturday, December 7, at 3:00 p.m. until approximately 5 p.m. Tickets are $9.00 per person. Depending on interest, we plan on carpooling from our Church. Tickets will be going fast, so we encourage early sign- up at our Activities Table. If your would like to see prior performances or find out more about this pageant, please visit their website: www.SarasotaChristmas.com.

Janet FitzGerald 778-4376 baxterdamonte@hotmail.com

THANKSGIVING DINNER!

All are invited to our 6th Annual Christ Church Thanksgiving Dinner in our Fellowship Hall on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28, at 4:00 p.m.

Served will be the traditional Thanksgiving dishes, including fresh roasted turkey, gravy, assorted potatoes, all the good vegetables and salads that you enjoy at this holiday, and of course, delicious desserts and beverages. Tickets may be purchased for $7.00 a person, along with an accompanying dish.

We will be looking for helpers, so if you are interested and able, please see me. Looking forward to sharing another special holiday with you.

There will be a sign-up sheet at our Activities Table. If you have any questions, please phone me at 383-8357.

Patty Buck

Our first Dinearound of the season will be held on Friday, November 15.

For those new to our Church, Dinearounds are social occasions where we share delicious food and drink (in small groups in someone’s home), enjoy special fellowship with old and new Church friends, and always leave with joy in our hearts having had such a delightful evening.

You may sign up before or after worship services, and I will be there at the Activities Table to answer any questions you may have. This is also a great way to introduce someone new to our Church. All are welcome.

You will be asked to contribute a food or drink - appetizer, salad, vegetable, or dessert. The host provides the main dish.

I look forward to seeing you at the Dinearound sign- up on Sunday and maybe even at a Dinearound at my home.

Patty Buck 383-8357

DINEAROUND

In celebration of the return of our members and friends for the season, Christ Church will be hosting a Welcome Back Party on Saturday, November 9, at 5:00 p.m. in our Fellowship Hall.

Please join us for a delicious dinner prepared by Jim Seaton. Attendees are asked to bring either an appetizer or dessert.

If you plan to attend, please sign up at our Activities Table.

Vivian Chester

WOMEN’S CLUB

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God uses ordinary people throughout the Bible to do his work. He rarely used the people we would have chosen, like the highly successful, the religious leaders, the popular. Come join us in Sunday School as we look at many people you have never heard about, but how God used them to accomplish his will. You will be encouraged that he can even use YOU.

We will continue the study, “The People God Uses.” Please join us in our Meeting Room after Sunday worship and our time of fellowship in our Fellowship Hall. Come see how God’s word can change your life.

Barbara Grimes

Did you know that you can experience joy and peace in the midst of difficult circumstances?

Join us as we study the book of Philippians, so you, too, can experience the joy of the Lord in all aspects of your daily life.

We will continue our 10-week series, “Turning toward Joy,” by Dr. David Jeremiah, on Wednesdays through November 20, from 10:00 - 11:30, in our Conference Room.

Please sign up at our Activities Table. For further information and to obtain a copy of our study guide, contact Barbara Grimes at 387- 8729 (or barbaracgrimes@gmail.com).

SALE AWAY 2

March 8, 2014

The purposes of our one-day sale are many:

To provide fun and fellowship

To recycle unneeded items

To bring people from our community into our Church

To raise funds to meet human needs and draw people to Jesus Christ We will be accepting donations on Monday, November 11, November 25, and December 16, from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. at our Church office building. Just drive up and we will unpack your car to take your items to Hideaway Storage on Cortez Road, who have again generously donated a storage unit to us. We welcome your donations of clothing, miscellaneous items, jewelry, housewares, and books.

A guideline for donated items is available in our Fellowship Hall, and you may also sign up to help us with collections. We guarantee a fun time and an extremel y rewardi ng experience.

Questions? Call Sue Wertman at 383- 1731 or email quackbf@aol.com or call Joyce or Jerry Fox at 383-6024 or email RJerryFox@cs.com.

Sue Wertman

COMMUNITY INTER-FAITH THANKSGIVING SERVICE

Tuesday, November 26

This year, our Church is honored and privileged to host the 34th annual Inter-faith Thanksgiving Service, which includes the pastors for all the island churches and the synagogue, as well as a combined choir.

The service will be from 5 - 6 p.m. with a fellowship reception to follow from 6 - 7 p.m. We will need lots of helping hands to assist with parking, food donation and preparation, serving and cleanup. We have a sign-up table in our Narthex before and after our services. Please help us by volunteering to serve.

We hope that everyone will attend to welcome our community to our new Church.

The Service Committee:

Holly Braun, Judy Marsh, Diana Neely, Trish Thaler, and Linda Wilson

Jean Russo, Russo Prison Ministry, has been collecting small toys for the children of prisoners for many years. They get a list from each prison of how many children will need toys. The toys are delivered and when the families visit for Christmas, the inmates can give their children toys. This helps to bond the inmates and their children. Sometimes, this is the only gift the children receive.

The toy deadline this year is December 9. They are anticipating the need for at least 6,000 toys this year! Please help to continue this wonderful tradition, as we share God’s love and miracles by giving a toy (not more than $8.00). No need to wrap the gift - it must be in its original package.

Starting the first of November, there will be a box near the Mission’s Table in our Fellowship Hall.

Just put your toys inside and someone will pick them up. Thank you!

For more information: Sandy Warren 792-7057 svette1@aol.com

OUR MAMA MIA OUR MAMA MIA LOVE TRAIN LOVE TRAIN IS EMPTY!

IS EMPTY!

CHRISTMAS Toy Drive

CHRISTMAS Toy Drive

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TWO GRATEFUL YEARS IN OUR NEW BUILDING!

We have been blessed.

HONORING THOSE WHO SERVED

Ross P. Alander Army 1963-67

Jack Bornhoeft Army Air Corps/AFR 1942-64

Robert O. Bridges Army Air Corps 1943-46

Bill Buckley Army 1965-71

Stew Cloud Army 1961-63

Duane E. Compton Navy 1961-64

John Davis Navy 1942-46

Joe D’Eugenio Navy & Reserves 1968-88 Bob Dods Army National Guard 1970-76

Tom Dunham Army 1958-60

Bob Eldredge Army Air Corps 1942-46

Vic Falck Navy 2004-09

Elmer Featherston Army 1953-55 Fred Fillmore Air Force 1956-58

McCord Fraser Army 1967-70

Chuck Fuller Army Air Corps 1942-45

Mike Gardiner Army 1968-71

Donald Good Air Force 1962-66

Barbara Grimes Air Force 1974-77 John Himmelspach Army Air Corps 1943-46

Jim Huber Navy 1944-46

Ralph Hunter Army Air Corps 1942-46 Nick Kovalakides Marine Corps 1961-64

Kimball Leiser Army 1965-67

Bill McClure Army 1968-70

Jim McConnell Navy 1944-46

Rich Miner Navy 1954-76

Douglas Moppert Air Force 1950-54

Hugh Moss Air Force 1966-68

Mary Tschudy Moss Air Force 1966-68

Van Neely Army 1958-61

Harvey Noyes Army Air Corps 1941-45

Wiley Osborn Navy 1965-69

Joe Palumbo Coast Guard Reserves 1965-97

George Rauch Army 1964-66

Andy Sawyer Army Reserves 1966-72

Hank Schreimann Army 1944-46

Winifred Schroeder Navy 1966-69

John David Wild Air Force 1967-71

Bill Wright Navy 1955-57

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PHOTOS (left to right): Nick Kovalakides; Doug Davidson, Janet FitzGerald, John Pol;

Jackie Dixon, Karen Fors, Carolyn Pol; Nicole McCarren, Trish Thaler, Susan Davidson

“OUR CUP RUNNETH OVER”

Did you ever look around your house and think about all the “stuff” you’ve collected over the years? Some of it is very valuable, some not so valuable. Or maybe there is that piece of artwork that looked so great when you bought it, but it just doesn’t tickle your fancy any longer. Or that piece of furniture that just doesn’t “fit” in that special space like it did when you first bought it.

Since our Church began, our members have been exceptionally generous in donating various used furniture, artwork, floor coverings, decorations and other such items to our Church for use throughout the facilities. The Session appreciates the spirit of giving inherent in each donor’s gift and is very thankful for such a thoughtful and generous congregation. Because of such generosity, our Church has collected enough of its own “stuff” over its short history and recently has had to take the difficult position of turning down offers of donations of such household items, sometimes leading to hurt feelings and disappointment. Because of space limitations, current and future maintenance requirements, and other practical considerations, the Session has found it necessary to establish the general policy of not accepting donations of such items for use within or upon the premises. Rather, donors are encouraged to donate their used furniture, artwork and other household decorations to one of our Mission organizations, many of which have the vehicles and the volunteers necessary to pick-up some of those special items you may desire to donate.

The new policy still allows (and the Session encourages) donations that are solicited for special projects, such as the “Sale Away” program, book donations to our Church Library, or similar Church sponsored activities. We are confident that our congregation will continue to be a caring, thoughtful and generous congregation and will abide by the new policy in the spirit in which it was developed.

A copy of the new policy is printed below.

Christ Church of Longboat Key

Policy on Accepting Donations of Household Items

Christ Church appreciates the spirit of giving inherent in each donor’s prospective gift and thanks each donor for their thoughts and intention.

It is the responsibility of the Session to balance the needs of our Church regarding such donations with other considerations such as available storage space, current or future maintenance requirements, Church décor, potential conflict with other Church policies (such as the Policy on Care and Use of Church Facilities), legal, ethical or other practical aspects.

For purposes of this policy, “Household Items” shall include but are not limited to any furniture, fixture, musical instrument, floor covering, wall covering, artwork, decorations or other such items offered to our Church for use within or upon the premises.

Accordingly, it is the general policy of Christ Church to not accept donations of Household Items.

Prospective donors are encouraged to donate such Household Items to one of the charitable missions supported by Christ Church.

The Session shall have the sole authority to make exceptions to this policy on a case-by-case basis. Any donations of Household Items accepted by the Session may be liquidated at the sole discretion of the Session. Other than acknowledging the gift, there will be no appraisal, acknowledgement of appraisal or determination of value offered to the donor. The donor has sole responsibility to the Internal Revenue Service for identifying the value of any non -monetary gift.

Approved by Session on 9/19/13

ROBERT and KAREN JENNINGS met while working for ABC as broadcasters. They later married, and Karen left to start a family. Rob was the broadcaster at our country’s #1 ABC affiliate in Philadelphia for 36 years. Rob and Karen have a daughter in Philadelphia, who is an artist, and their son is in his last semester at Villa Nova University, where he is studying video production and visual arts. Karen loves tennis and glass painting, while Rob is an oil painter and a model railroader. Their mutual hobby is boating. After coming to our Church for only three weeks, they joined as full members. Please welcome Rob and Karen.

BETTY COOK has been attending Christ Church for a number of years, and now that she has moved here permanently from Chattanooga, TN, she has joined as an affiliate member. She enjoys swimming and reading and is looking forward to participating in our Reading Buddies’ program. Betty’s daughter and son-in-law are Barbara and Jon Grimes. Please welcome Betty to our Christ Church family.

NEW MEMBERS!

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