Newsletter 1 - Moorings Presbyterian Church
A GROWING CHURCH...
Eighty-six people signed the charter that resulted in Moorings Presbyterian Church being approved by the Presbytery
of the Everglades. Of that dedicated number, just one is a member today---Penny McKay Strickland.
Along with Penny Strickland it seems appropriate to recognize those people who became members in the first
ten years---they joined a small church showing great promise. Their work over the years, alongside many others,
provided the foundation for the Moorings we love and cherish today. Through their diligence we can find program
after program in which Christ is glorified.
As we celebrate fifty years, let us be thankful for these loyal members who were here in this place almost from the
Stewart Macfarlane Mary Macfarlane Patricia Meixner
Our 50th Anniversary Celebration!
Saturday, November 14
Morning Prayer Vigil
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Dedication of Needlepoint Chair Cushions
11:00 AM to 11:45 AM
Afternoon Prayer Vigil
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Sunday, November 15
One Worship Service in the Sanctuary with Holy Communion
10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Luncheon and Celebration in Moss Hall at 11:30 AM
Please RSVP for the luncheon: 261-1487 before Wednesday, November 11.
$10 adults, $5 children (payable at the door or in advance, cash or check noted 50th Anniversary).
Gearing Up for our 50th Anniversary
...A GROWING CHURCH WHERE CHRIST WOULD BE GLORIFIED
...the first 50 years
1965…September 15, the Reverend David C. Moss was called
by Home Mission and Church Extension of the
Everglades Presbytery to organize a church in north
…November 14, a group of eight worshipers met in the
Music Room at Naples High School; five of the
eight were of the Moss family;
…December 18, ground was broken for construction of
Moorings Presbyterian Church.
1966…April 10, Easter Sunday service was held in the not
…June 6, the city granted the certificate of occupancy;
…June 12, the first service in the new Sanctuary;
…November 27, the building was dedicated to the Glory
1967…Session was made up of eight Deacons and eight Elders who met jointly; a public address system was
1968…Session began incorporation procedures and applied
for a Florida charter.
1969…The church became self-supporting; the Carillon was
donated, its chimes reminding Moorings neighbors,
“We are here to worship God.”
1970…Moorings gave financial aid and teaching help to
organize a church in Golden Gate.
1971…Ground was broken for building a wing on the west
side of the Sanctuary and for a Fellowship Hall;
...Women of the Church were buying china and
furnishings needed for fellowship potluck dinners.
1972…Our new Rogers console organ was dedicated to the
Glory of god.
1973…Moorings sponsored a satellite church, Lely Chapel;
...Moorings assisted with financing and employed the
1974…The first monthly newsletter, The Moorings Line, was
...A Moorings Trust Fund was established.
1975…January 24, the Reverend David C. Moss was called to
his Eternal Home following open-heart surgery in
…November 17, the Reverend David C. Moss Fellowship
Hall was dedicated.
…Twenty-two of Moorings charter members attended
the tenth anniversary celebration.
1976…The Moorings blood bank was initiated.
1977…March 13, congregation voted to build an Education
…May 27, with pledges in hand, congregation voted to
proceed with the Education Building and to expand
the Sanctuary; July 27, ground breaking;
…December 18, service in the expanded Sanctuary;
…First full-time organist was employed;
…Moorings Men’s Fellowship was organized.
1978…February 12, first classes held in the new Education
…First closed circuit television to broadcast
the worship service to overflow crowds in Moss Hall;
…Members knocked on doors to find six boys and three
men to begin Troop 2, Boy Scouts of America.
1979…The initial television broadcast of our worship service
was made to the community;
…Twenty youth and adults went on a work mission to
1980…Thursday night Bible study drew a crowd—the
parking lot was full.
1981…The Youth Group brought snow back to Naples to
commemorate their ski trip.
1982…The Community Involvement Committee arranged
for Emergency Relief and church vans to park by the
church doors to collect food for Immokalee.
1983…Easter Sunday bulletin--We are grateful to
Almighty God for the beautiful manner in which He
has been blessing our church. It is the fastest
growing church in Southwest Florida.
...We have expanded and completely renovated our
Sanctuary; erected a new Education Building, a new
Music Center, a new Chapel and enlarged our parking
area and office space.
1984…Moorings Chancel Choir sang at the Naples Mayor’s
1985…Moorings sponsored a marriage enrichment seminar
at Port of the Islands.
1986…A series of open houses was held in twenty different
homes; 700 participated.
1987…Session conducted its first away-from-the church
Gearing Up for our 50th Anniversary
1988…The Sanctuary Stitchers completed over 200 beaded
chrismons and skirt for the tree.
1989…Deacons arranged a major reorganization resulting in
better records and services to our shut-in members.
1990…January 29, the closing hymn for the annual
congregational meeting was “The Church Our Parents
Founded Is Still Our Church Today.”
1991…A twelve-hour prayer vigil was held in the Sanctuary
in celebration of Moorings 25 years and to provide a
prayerful beginning for the next 25.
1992…Moorings hosted a Puppets Production
Workshop—89 people came.
1993…The chancel cross was regilded, requiring many
layers of gold.
1994…The Mother’s Day musical by our youth choirs was
based on the story of Noah.
1995…The Church Mouse program was begun—members
‘adopt’ one or more college-aged young people with
whom they stay in touch.
1996…A new computer lab was installed in the Weekday
Preschool for use by all our youth.
1997…The debt on the Music Center was 93% paid in less
than two years.
1998…37 people donated blood; blood is credited to MPC
for use by members as needed.
2003…Small Groups Ministry was active—three groups
met weekly in members’ homes to experience
Christian fellowship, study and ministering together.
2004…The Timothy Botts calligraphy was placed in Moss
Hall---“We Welcome You as We Would Welcome
2005…A memorandum of understanding with the Red
Cross and with Collier County outlined the ways
Moorings can assist the community after a disaster.
Baker Family Life Center can serve as a hurricane
recovery center for the Naples community.
2006…Hundreds of written prayers received from members
were dedicated and buried beneath the chancel area
of the foundation for the new Sanctuary.
2007…During the first worship service in the new Sanctuary,
these symbols were dedicated: The Cross, The Bible,
The Water for Baptism, The Chalice and Paten.
2008…The Sanctuary dedication service was held on
Sunday, February 3, at 4:00 PM.
2009…4,320 people were served Thanksgiving dinner in the
park in Immokalee.
2010…Over 100 members participated in “Read the Bible
in 90 Days.” This required reading twelve pages per
...Moorings organized a work trip to New Orleans
to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina.
1999…The Memorial Garden was dedicated.
2011…Diane Bish recorded “Diane Bish on World Famous
Organs” on our Sterritte organ.
…December 31, our Burn the Mortgage Committee
realized the goal of $3.1 million with all pledges paid.
2000…Fourteen students from Lake Park Elementary were
tutored by our members all year.
2012…The annual “Golden Agers” birthday celebration
reported 97 members ages 90-102.
2001…Our TV ministry has a wide following. Our pastor
was asked to conduct a funeral for a non-member
who said his church was the “Moorings Lighthouse.”
2002…The Men’s Sunday Bible Study featured a special
time for sharing their World War II experiences.
2013…Faith and Art Ministry staged the inaugural
“Expressions of Faith” Art Exhibition.
2014...Wednesday evening dinners continue to be popular,
resulting in intergenerational fellowship.
2015…FIFTY YEAR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Thanks be to God for the many blessings!
Doug Learned Preaching
9:00 AM Casual Worship in Webster Chapel
10:00 AM Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary
Church School for Children 10:00 AM
Nursery/Childcare 8:45 AM
"Be Alive in Christ" All Saints' Day
John 11: 32-44
November 8 "Who Can You Believe? " Mark 12: 38-44
24th Sunday after Pentecost
November 15 "The Church Alive"
Ephesians 4: 1-7, 11-16
50 Anniversary Celebration
November 22 "For the Truth" John 18: 33-37
Christ the King Sunday • Stewardship Sunday
November 29 "Before the Son"
1st Sunday of Advent
Luke 21: 25-36
Moorings Music Ministry
Sunday, November 8 4:00 PM
Alexandra Carlson and Friends
(Michele Byrd, Marion Birsa,
Brice Gerlach, and Ed Byrom)
Internationally renowned pianist Alexandra Carlson has put together an outstanding chamber music
program of varied selections from Johannes Brahms, Franz Liszt and Franz Schubert. The concert will
open with the “Shepherd on the Rock” by Franz Schubert performed by Michelle Byrd, soprano, Paul
Votapek, clarinet, and Alexandra. Following that will be the delightful Liebeslieder Waltzes (Lovesong
Waltzes) by Johannes Brahms sung by a quartet of vocalists from right here in southwest Florida.
After intermission Sasha will play "La Leggierezza” from Three Concert Études by Franz Liszt and the
concert will conclude with the Johannes Brahms Trio for Piano, Clarinet and Violoncello a-minor
featuring the cellist Adam Satinsky, clarinetist Paul Votapek, and Alexandra Carlson at the piano.
Hyacinth Concerts are free of charge and open to the public. Donations encouraged.
Your Invitation to Join Us
Wednesday Evening Dinners
5:15 PM to 6:15 PM in Moss Hall
Wednesday Night Dinners are off and running
with good attendance and terrific volunteer
help throughout the month of October.
November brings dinners on three Wednesdays
only, with our chefs Evie and Michael Viggiani
offering an early Thanksgiving dinner on
November 18. Sign up soon to reserve a spot
for this special meal that gathers our church
family for turkey and traditional sides, including
Evie’s pumpkin pie.
Reservations and payment can be made
online if you have a church account, Sunday
mornings at the kiosk in the Narthex, daily at
the reception desk by Moss Hall entrance, or
by calling the receptionist 261-1487. We ask
that reservations be made before 1:00 PM on
Hawaiian Chicken Skewers
Stir Fried Vegetables, Steamed Rice
Hawaiian Rolls & Butter
BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Sweet Potato Fries, Mixed Vegetables
Hot Fudge Brownie Sundaes
Roast Turkey with Gravy & Dressing
Mashed Potatoes, Green Bean Casserole
Butter & Rolls
Pumpkin Pie & Fresh Whipped Cream
Moorings Art Guild
A Celebration of the Arts
Tuesday, November 3
The Guild will kick off the season at 1:00 PM
in Classroom A (second floor of Moss Hall.)
Stained Glass Artist, Vickie Bausch, will give us
a presentation regarding her 30-year journey
as a stained glass artist. Vickie has designed
and made everything From sun catchers to
large stained glass church windows.
Friday, November 6
At 1:00 PM in room 202, Beginning Watercolor
Classes with award-winning artist and
member of the National Watercolor Society,
Robert Eoff, instructing. This is a 5-class series
with a cost of $50, which will be donated for
supplies to the Moorings youth art program.
Email: [email protected] to check
Tuesday, November 10
Crayton Cove Outing - In the morning, at
your leisure, go to Crayton Cove to paint or
photograph this picturesque enclave. At noon
we will meet at Blue Provence restaurant for
lunch. After lunch we will go to the Nora
Butler Gallery for a presentation of how she
does her medium. You can participate in part
or all of this program. There is something for
everyone. Email Jean Godden: [email protected]
fuse.net to reserve your place for lunch.
Sunday, November 29
After both worship
services, plan to attend
the opening of the
member's art exhibit
Into the Light, which
will be held in the
Pastor's Gallery on the second floor of Moss
Our middle-school and high-school Sunday school classes have been following the lectionary discussing the same
scriptures that the congregation is hearing about in worship. We have had discussions about what Jesus is really
challenging us to do with our lives and the ideas of sharing what we have, taking care of others, and keeping God
the most important part of our lives. We have also carried these conversations into our youth fellowship meetings
and have started to learn about how others from within our church, community, and beyond are living out this
challenge from Jesus.
David Granfield spoke
with the middle-school
group and shared
his experiences with
ECHO and Miracles In
Along with hundreds
of others, we had the
opportunity to hear
from Bob Goff how
he works alongside
others putting Love
In November, JoDee Hanssen from St. Matthew's House will
share details about their programs. In December, we look
forward to learning more about the Jim Smith School.
We are trying to experience love in action and looking for
God in our everyday lives. Several of our high schoolers
helped sort, count and box hundreds of stuffed animals from
the Christmas in Guatemala Toy Drive.
We visited ECHO and were inspired to look at things in a new
way. We have been collecting non-perishable food, and the
youth have been sharing their experiences of how they have
been keeping their eyes open for those in need.
We're Looking for Our College Friends!
We would like to keep in touch with your college students. Please send us your/their latest information so we
can mark our map, pray for them, and even send them a special message. Send information to Alicia Rowland
at [email protected]
The Children's Mission Fair
We are grateful for everyone who
participated in and supported
the 2015 Children’s Mission Fair.
It is always a blessing for our
children to have a chance to work
with the Mission and Outreach
Committee. During the process,
the children had the opportunity
to decide where their funds would
be donated, create crafts and
baked goods to sell, and work as
merchants during the fair. Each
stage has had a positive impact.
Our Sunday school classes raised
$600 to be donated to ECHO
Global Farm and Love the Children.
Several of our children were able
to present our donation as part of
a MPC Youth Day at ECHO Global
Farm in Fort Myers on October 20,
Sunday, November 8 – Milestone
Acolytes – 4th grade
Sunday, December 6
Advent Pajama Party
November will be a busy month for the preschool, as the children learn the true
meaning of giving thanks during Thanksgiving. Pilgrims and Indians will appear
everywhere, as lessons revolve around their lives and customs. The children will
pick Indian names around a ceremonial fire, make Indian beads, and use their
imaginations and map skills to go on a voyage aboard the Mayflower.
Thanksgiving will not be complete without the annual Thanksgiving Feast.
Dressed as Pilgrims and Indians, the children will enjoy a preschool style
Thanksgiving feast, complete with turkey, Indian fry bread and trail mix.
A reminder to anyone interested in registering their children for the 2016-2017 school year, to contact the preschool
office and have their child’s name added to our registration list. You may call Nanette Rathbun at 213-5250 or email
Nanette Rathbun, Director
to See What Volunteering is Like
at New Horizons
New Horizons is a relatively new “mission partner
organization” for Moorings. At six different locations
in Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero and Ft. Myers, New
Horizons helps children in grades K – 5 with their after
-school homework. The children who participate are
largely from Hispanic-speaking families and may fall
behind in school without this help. The after-school
sessions engage the children in stories from the Bible.
This is a very enjoyable and enriching volunteer
experience as the children are such a joy to work with.
(You may have seen their Super Kids Choir perform at
Moorings earlier this year.)
Ideally, a volunteer would commit to one day a week,
3:30 – 5:00 PM, Monday – Thursday, at the most nearby
If you may possibly have interest and want to see what
volunteering entails, Mary Lynn Moser invites you
to just sit with her at a 3:30 – 5:00 PM session and
observe. If you would like to join her on a Thursday
at East Naples Baptist Church (Shadowlawn and
Davis Blvd.), email Mary Lynn at [email protected]
rr.com or call 263-2651.
New Horizons is conducting a training session for new
volunteers at East Naples Baptist Church (Shadowlawn
and Davis), 9:00 – 11:00 AM on October 31.
Opportunities to Volunteer
at Grace Place
Grace Place for Children and Families,
a mission partner organization of
our church, has many volunteer
opportunities available to members
of MPC. Located in Golden Gate city, their mission is
to put faith into action – providing pathways out of
poverty by educating children and families. Volunteer
opportunities range from assisting in early childhood
classrooms, homework help for elementary and middle
school students, helping teach English classes to
adults, and distributing food in the food pantry. There
are opportunities in the mornings, afternoons, and
evenings. For more information, contact the Volunteer
Experience Manager, Hannah Vet, at 239-214-6401 or
[email protected] To learn more about
Grace Place, visit www.graceplacenaples.org.
November Food Donations
Benefit Helps Outreach
Their needs: peanut butter and jelly, Chicken Helper,
Tuna Helper, macaroni and cheese, tuna, canned ham
and chicken, roast beef, soups (all kinds), beans (all
kinds), rice (family-size bags), pasta and pasta sauces,
canned fruit and vegetables, canned milk, baby food
and diapers. Donations can be dropped off in the two
white wicker bins in the Narthex, or to the three large
bins behind the Reception Desk in Moss Hall.
Did You Know...
In Collier County, 47% of third grade children cannot read with minimal proficiency.
33rd ANNUAL THANKSGIVING DINNER IN IMMOKALEE
for farm workers and others less fortunate.
TO HELP PREPARE THE DINNER THE DAY BEFORE (Wednesday, November 25)
at St. John’s Catholic Church, 625 111th Ave North, Naples, FL.
(note this change of place)
please call Megan at The Guadalupe Center: 239-657-7124
or email: [email protected]
Two-hour shifts (8:30 AM — 4:30 PM). Please bring your own apron and carving knife.
TO SERVE DINNER ON THANKSGIVING DAY IN IMMOKALEE (Thursday, November 26)
Call Megan at The Guadalupe Center: 239-657-7124 or email: [email protected]
MPC WILL BE RECEIVING FOOD & CASH DONATIONS
on Tuesday, November 24 in Moss Hall kitchen (9:00 AM - 1:00 PM - note this change in day and time).
We Are Only Collecting:
•Turkeys (thawed, cooked)
Note: If you plan to bring a turkey, please call 261-1487 or sign up at the Reception Desk so we know how many to expect.
•Pies (commercially prepared only)
payable to Moorings Presbyterian Church, noted “Immokalee Thanksgiving.”
Financial Report - September 30, 2015
Total Operating Expenses
Financial Giving for 2015
Donating Stock to MPC
Please take a moment to make sure you have
fulfilled your yearly pledge and consider making
an extra gift so we can finish the year strong.
See the notice to the right and consider making
a stock donation.
Moorings makes this process very easy. Anyone
who is interested in learning more should phone
Jana Geiger in the church office (213-5233), who
will be pleased to help. You may also want to check
with your tax advisor first, in the event you may
have special circumstances to take into account.
Stewardship Sunday - November 22, 2015
Commitment cards will be mailed soon and we ask that you please return yours
before Stewardship Sunday.
THE MOORINGS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Serve, Support and Strengthen
Our Personal Commitment to Moorings' Ministries
My (Our) Annual Commitment for 2016 is $______________.
I (We) will give (check one) weekly __, monthly__, quarterly__, annually__
You may email your commitment confidentially
to Jana at [email protected]
Please return your commitment card
by Stewardship Sunday, November 22, 2015.
Presbyterian Women’s News
Wow! This season is starting off with a bang!
Distinguished Speaker, Bob Goff; our new Associate
Pastor, Rev. Jaci Patman; and our 50th Anniversary
Celebration! We have much for which to be grateful.
We do ask you to please register
ahead of time for an accurate lunch
count. Call 261-1487 or sign up at the
Reception Desk by Moss Hall.
I hope you’ll join us for our first Gathering, Tuesday,
November 10th at 11:30 in Moss Hall. Dudley
Goodlette, Chair of the Greater Naples Chamber of
Commerce, will be our keynote speaker. Our mission
in action speaker is Angie Volentini, President and
Founder of Helps Outreach. This organization is one
of Moorings Presbyterian mission partners.
Looking ahead: Blanket Sunday will be
December 6. We’ve moved the collection up a month
so that when the chilly nights set in those in need will
not have to wait for a warm blanket.
Any and all are welcome to come to our Gatherings –
they are sponsored by Presbyterian Women, but our
hope is to reach out to a greater audience within our
congregation and beyond.
Also, if you’ve been a bell ringer for the Salvation Army,
it looks like our days will be December 3rd and 4th at
Neapolitan Publix. Sign-up sheets will be available at
the November 10 gathering. Be sure to sign up!
PW Circle Meetings
Church Board Room
Home of Linda Osborne (315 Dunes Blvd.#907)
Our 2016 Reader's Rendezvous Chairman, Marcia Williams, will be discussing Circling the Sun
by Paula McLain on Wednesday, November 11, at 10:00 AM, in our Strozier Library located
right off the courtyard. Be sure to mark your calendar and bring a friend. We'll also have a
few refreshments to enjoy!
Cooking Classes Are Back!
Thursday, November 19 6:00 PM in Moss Hall S.
Evie Viggiani will present the first cooking class of the season. Back by popular demand, this
first class will feature more "Gifts from the Kitchen." Just in time for Christmas gift-giving, she
has new ideas for homemade gifts and unique ways to package them for the special people in
your life. Included in the class will be recipes and tips for making: Salted Chocolate Caramel
Bars, Basil & Pignoli Nut Cheese Ball with Pine Nuts, Doggie Biscuit Treats, Porcini Mushroom
Risotto Mix, and much more.
The $25 cost includes recipes, delicious samples, fresh gift-packaging ideas, and gifts from the
kitchen specially prepared by Evie. Contact Kris Doyle, (293-5032 or [email protected]
org), to reserve a spot in this popular class. More classes will be offered starting January 2016.
Happy Birthday to You
Donald Goldsmith Joey Nicol
Paul & Marty Franklin
Len & Sue Larsen
Don & Deborah Baluch
Allen & Virginia Granfield
Matt & Allison Young
Jerry & Susan Watkins
Patrick & Wendy Dowling
Charles & Ada Walz
Howard & Susanne Landis
Steve & Cynthia DeShields
Philip & Joanne Wolfe
Larry & Sally Tibstra
Salomon & Jen Cardenas
Chuck & Corky Carlsen
Tony & Nancy Pressley
Max & Johanna Winia
Martin & Emily de St Pierre
Jeffrey & Susan Nunner
Harry & Jane Dunn
Marty & Terri Ringham
Emily & Eric Hazlett
William & Jill Keith
George & Beverly Metcalf
Robin & Kris Doyle
Roy & Erna Nash
Paul & Nancy Theado
Jim & Karen Warnken
Dyam & Melissa Sanchez
THE MOORINGS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
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PERMIT NO. 88
Dr. Douglas A. Learned
Rev. Jaci Smith Patman
Dr. Frank T. Mohr, Jr.
Dr. Herbert B. Anderson
Rev. Nancy P. Stewart
Dr. Edward Byrom
October 1, 2015
October 8, 2015
October 8, 2015
Pastor/Head of Staff
Parish Associate Parish Associate Parish Associate Interim Director of Music/Organist
Director of Youth Ministries
Assistant to the Pastor
Director of Children and Family Ministries
Church Communications/Administrative Assistant
Finance and Stewardship Administrator
Bldg. & Grounds Admin./Maintenance Technician
Wings of Change Counseling
791 Harbour Drive, Naples, Florida 34103
(239) 261-1487 | FAX (239) 261-8740 | Pastor’s Emergency Line (239) 213-1582