OnLine Enews June 5 - 12, 2024

Rev. Tom Willetts


Saturday Worship 4:45pm - CHAPEL

Sunday Worship 10am



Wednesday, June 12th at 1pm - Movie Day - "The Soloist"

Wednesday, June 12th at 1pm - Alzheimer's Caregivers Meeting - Conf B

Wednesday, June 12th at 7pm - Pastor's Bible Study - Zoom

Thursday, June 13th at 9am - Laundry Love

Thursday, June 13th at 10am - GriefShare - Conf B

Sat/Sun June 15 & 16 - Father's Day Weekend and Membership Weekend

Monday, June 17th at 11:30am - Lunch Out - Texas Tony's on Pine Island

Tuesday, June 18th at 10am - Caring Committee - Conf B

Wednesday, June 19th - OFFICE CLOSED - Juneteenth Holiday

Wednesday, June 19th at 7pm - Pastor's Bible Study-Zoom

Thursday, June 20th at 10am - GriefShare - Conf B

Sat/Sun June 22nd and 23rd-Envelopes available for 5th Sunday Offering - Residing Hope (Children's Home)




O God, loving parent of us all, we approach you in confidence that though father and mother forsake us, you will never forsake us, and that Jesus is a friend who sticks with us closer than a brother. O glorious bond. AMEN.


We have all been misunderstood. Sometimes the misunderstanding brings glory and fame, other times it brings doubt, worry and intervention from others seeking to “help” us. Jesus endures both as he begins his ministry. People clammer to him to “receive healing and relief” from their suffering while others are envious and seeking to destroy him. His family comes to save him from himself. Let’s read the scripture.


Mark 3:20-35 NIV

Jesus Accused by His Family and by Teachers of the Law

20 Then Jesus entered a house, and again a crowd gathered, so that he and his disciples were not even able to eat. 21 When his family heard about this, they went to take charge of him, for they said, “He is out of his mind.”

22 And the teachers of the law who came down from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by Beelzebul! By the prince of demons he is driving out demons.”

23 So Jesus called them over to him and began to speak to them in parables: “How can Satan drive out Satan? 24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. 26 And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come. 27 In fact, no one can enter a strong man’s house without first tying him up. Then he can plunder the strong man’s house. 28 Truly I tell you, people can be forgiven all their sins and every slander they utter, 29 but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin.”

30 He said this because they were saying, “He has an impure spirit.”

31 Then Jesus’ mother and brothers arrived. Standing outside, they sent someone in to call him. 32 A crowd was sitting around him, and they told him, “Your mother and brothers are outside looking for you.”

33 “Who are my mother and my brothers?” he asked.

34 Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 35 Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”


Jesus will not be deterred from his ministry. The crowds have pressed in upon him and his disciples to the degree that they have no time even to eat. People are demanding of Jesus to help them. It was becoming a mob scene. This reaction and chaos frightened his family. They come to save Jesus from himself. They do not understand who Jesus is. Jesus expects misunderstandings and welcomes them as opportunities to bring clarity, healing, and the good news of God to people. Jesus is not disrespecting his mother and brothers and sisters – he is simply remaining on God’s mission. All this is upsetting and seems abnormal to many. But this scripture is a glimpse of holiness.

I found this reflection by James C. Howell helpful.

Holiness only appears to be abnormal. The truth is, holiness is normal; to be anything else is to be abnormal. Being a saint is simply being the person God meant you to be. Saints at the end of the day are not really strange or odd or misfits. They are simply real, or normal. They actually are what we all are made to be, what we can be. 

From Servants, Misfits, and Martyrs by James C. Howell

All disciples must remember the final verse of today’s scripture in times of chaos, misunderstanding and conflict. 35 Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.” (Mark 3:35). This verse gives us grounding and purpose even when everything is shifting under our feet. Always seek to do God’s will as disciples of Jesus Christ.


My Lord, you said your mother, brothers and sisters were all those who did your will. Help me this day to accomplish your will for my life that you and I may be one. AMEN.


Pastor Tom

Prayer Card for this week.


June is “Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month”. Currently, there are almost 7 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia. Of the 55 million people worldwide, it is estimated that 60 to 70% have Alzheimer’s.

The exact cause of Alzheimer’s is not completely understood, but basically brain proteins begin to function abnormally, causing the brain to shrink and brain cells eventually to die. It is a brain disease which begins years before the first symptoms appear, affecting memory and decision making.

Currently, Alzheimer’s is progressive and irreversible. Treatments in the form of medications are constantly being developed and clinical trials are ongoing, some locally in our area, for those with early Alzheimer’s.

Warning signs for Alzheimer’s are listed here for your information.

  • Problems with thinking and reasoning which disrupt daily life.

  • Impairment of sensible judgements and decisions.

  • Difficulty completing familiar tasks, such as cooking, paying bills, using the computer, etc.
  • Problems with remembering familiar words, names and objects.

  • Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps.

  • Changes in mood and personality, and possibly withdrawing from social activities

  • Confusion with time, place and date. 

If you or anyone you know are caring for someone with dementia, you are invited to the Support Group held in the Ministry Center on the 2nd Wednesday at 1pm and the 4th Friday at 10am. There you will find support, friendship and a safe place to express your fears and find possible answers to a challenge you are facing. I can be reached for specific questions on my cell at 239-994-5351.

Blessings and Hope, Judy Greenstreet 

Many thanks to Jackie Morton for sewing "Compassionate Blankets" for Lee Health System. When they were delivered, Cape Coral Hospital had been completely out of them. These blankets serve as a reminder to grieving families of the caring and support that the nursing staff can offer, at the most vulnerable of times. 

Thanks again, Jackie!!! Well Done!! 

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