Dearest Faith Community Near and Far-

As I type this out, I am sitting in my office smelling the amazing food for our Community Thanksgiving Feast that begins today at 2pm in the Sanctuary. Friends, if you don’t have a place to go for Thanksgiving, please join us. And go find people who might need a safe place to come today! After our meal, we will play the movie Jesus Revolution for anyone who would like to stay. 

I pray that we are all thinking about how we can have an attitude of gratitude in all that we do. Find ways this weekend to share your gratitude and thankfulness for those around you.

This Sunday we will gather at 10:00 for our continential breakfast/fellowship time. Worship will begin around 10:30. Then beginning on Sunday, December 3, we will begin our Sacred Space Meditation service in the garden by the fountain at 8:30am, followed by a time of fellowship/continential breakfast at 9:30am, and worship will begin at 10:00am. Sunday school will follow after worship. We hope you will join for our Advent series “How does a weary world rejoice?” I’m praying this series will speak to us in many different ways. 

As we continue into November and keep inching closer to December, our series for the month of November will be “An Attitude of Gratitude.” In the midst of everything going on, having an attitidue of gratitude can help make or break any situation. I’m looking forward to being back in worship with you all and seeing what God has in-store for us this upcoming season. Blessings to you this weekend. 

Dates to Remember

  • Thanksgiving – We’re having 2 of them! Lots of turkey, food, and fellowship!
    • What a joyous feast we had with FPC! Thank you to everyone who joined and cooked and did the things! Everything was wonderful.
    • TODAY, our traditional Community Thanksgiving on Thanksgiving Day at 2 pm. Bring a dish to share. After our meal, folks are invited to stay to wath the movie “Jesus Revolution.” 

Making Headway
We’re making some headway on some more projects around the church. 

  • The canopy for the food pantry is completed! And the fininshing touches for the electrical will happen next week.  
  • Shower permit is still in the final stages. Hopefully that project will begin this month. 
  • Exterior lighting is completely done. The new light was installed until the steeple. 

I am looking forward to seeing you all. Again, Fridays and Saturdays are the two days I am taking off every week.

Happy Thanksgiving! And see you soon. 

Much love, 
Pastor Devon

Worship with Wintergarden
Sunday, November 19, 2023

Breakfast Church @ 10:00 am
Worship following about 10:30 am

IN THE SANCTUARY and on Facebook Live
*Please bring a dish to share. 

How to access the bulletin:
Bulletin HERE
How to Access Services Online:

Join us on Facebook for Worship Services
Remember, you don’t need a Facebook Account
to join us for worship. 

You can also click HEREfor the Facebook link.

Sunday, November 26, 2023
Breakfast Church @ 10:00 am
Followed by Worship @ 10:30 amSermon: Do Not Forget
Deuteronomy 8: 7-18
ADVENT 2023 
Advent Begins Next Sunday, December 3, 2023
How Does A Weary World Rejoice?
First Sunday of Advent:  We Acknowledge Our Weariness
Every Monday Lectio Divina 8am
Every Wednesday Food Delivery Truck
Every Thursday Food Pantry 12-4pm
Nov 28 Giving Tuesday
Nov. 30 CNS Care N Share
Every Monday Lectio Divina
Food Truck Delivery Wednesday
Every Thursday Food Pantry 12-4pm
Dec 5:  Wintergarden Wordies 1pm
Dec. 9: Coffee, Conversation, Gardeners Gather, and Workday
Dec. 19:  Homeless Coalition mealDec. 21: CNS Care N Share (Every 4th Thurs.)
Dec. 21: Longest Night of the Year Service 5:30pm
Dec. 23: Christmas Eve Eve Service (Outdoors) at 4pm
Dec. 28: Family Fun Night (ice skating early afternoon, followed by dinner and movie)
FOOD PANTRY VOLUNTEERS NEEDEDPlease contact the church office at 941-743-5335 or email at foodpantry@wintergardenpres.orgIt is starting to warm up, which means we need to be able to rotate volunteers more frequently while outdoors. If you can come and give an hour or more, please talk with Kymmie and come join us. 
Interested in joining our Garden?
Garden of Eatin’ – Food Forest
For more information click HERE
At Wintergarden Presbyterian Church
we’re eager to pray with you!  

Please let us know how we can pray by submitting a Prayer Request online (link below). The prayer requests are emailed to Pastor Devon once submitted.
Prayer Request
Lectio Divina for Monday, November 27, 2023All are welcome to join us as we continue to engage in the spiritual practice of Lectio Divina together as a community. 

This Week’s Scripture: Luke 1:1-23; Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19

We will gather via Zoom for an intentional time of listening, reflecting, responding, and resting in the Word of God. We will meet on Mondays from 8-9am. 

Here are some details about Lectio Divina. 

Lectio Divina, literally meaning “divine reading,” is an ancient practice of praying the Scriptures. During Lectio Divina, the person listens to the text of the Bible with the “ear of the heart,” as if he or she is in conversation with God, and God is suggesting the topics for discussion.

There are four movements for Lectio Divina: 
1. Lectio: (Listening to the Word of God or Reading God’s Word)
2. Meditation: (Reflecting on the Word of God)
3. Oratio: (Responding to the Word of God)
4. Contemplatio: (Resting in the Word of God)

Here is the Zoom Link: 
Join Zoom Meeting: Click HERE 

Meeting ID: 878 3208 0869
Passcode: 396015
+16465588656,,87832080869#,,,,*396015# US (New York)
Do you have a facebook account? If you do, I want to encourage you to like “Wintergarden Presbyterian Church” and “Garden of Eatin’.” Click on the blue circle with the “f” in it to access our two facebook pages. 

Why check out Wintergarden on Facebook? Well, a few months ago, Wendy started doing our Facebook marketing for social media. She spends a great deal of time creating posts, sharing our story, taking pictures, and telling folks about the exciting things happening at Wintergarden. For this, Pastor Devon is incredibly grateful!

One of the things we would love is YOUR help. Every day, Wendy puts up a new post. Then she shares it to her page and the Garden of Eatin facebook page. We would love to grow our audience even more, but it will take YOUR help. When something is posted on facebook, we would love for you to share it with your friends and family. This helps build our online presence and broadens our outreach to share about the amazing ministries and mission at Wintergarden. Oh, and you can share our worship services with others if you would like too. 

Truly, we need your help to connect with the wider community to build more and more excitement about “feeding people physically, spiritually, mentally, and emotionally in our community.”
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