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Dearest Faith Community Near and Far-

Friends, Christ is Risen! And I hope you will join us this Sunday for Holy Humor Sunday. Please bring some jokes to share that are acceptable for church 😉 Folks will be invited to share jokes throughout the service. 

Second, I hope you are following our facebook page for highlights around the construction projects, our mission and ministry, and updates about the church. Here are a few updates on construction highlights, updates, and property work. In addition, pictures are being posted on our Facebook page:The outside of the building is almost completely repainted. Thank you to our Praying Pelican Mission Teams for all of that work!The gutters are fully replaced and look amazing. And the soffits have been blocked in and ready to go. The electricians have the final documents they need and will put some finishing touches on the sanctuary before the rough in can be finalized with the county, but we are getting really, really close! We have officially passed our plumbing inspection and roof inspection…just a few more to go. And engineering plans for the kitchen remodel and bathrooms/laundry area are completed. A few edits need to be made for electrical on the outdoor covered area for the pantry…and then everything will go for permitting.   Third, over the course of the past few weeks and months, Wendy and I have been working through a great deal of processes and procedures for how to welcome groups, come alongside the groups while they are with us, and building relationships with the homeowners. Now that we have more of that figured out, we would like to invite you to a gathering on Tuesday, April 25 at 6:30pm. We will gather in the library at the church for this conversation. If you would like to join via zoom, please let me know and we can set that up. There will be a sign up sheet passed around on Sunday for you to sign up to join our conversation.

Fourth, I have had a few folks asking about when my Sabbatical will start. Please know we are still working through the details of this and much of that timing is dependent on the progress of the building. As we know know about that progress and when we can be back in the building, updates will come about the timing of the Sabbatical. Prayers for a blessed weekend for everyone! And traveling mercies for everyone heading back north over these next couple of weeks. Please let us know when you arrive home safely! If you have any questions or wonderings or concerns, please let me know. Call, text, or email. Blessings to you all!

Much love, 
Pastor Devon 

Worship with Wintergarden
Sunday, April 16, 2023

Breakfast & Easter Worship @ 9:30am, with going Live on Facebook around 10am.
Under the Tent 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, April 16, 2023 at 9:30amHumor Sunday
The Easter Laugh
1 Corinthians 1:22-24

Prepare a silly joke
Wear a wacky colorful hat/outfit
Bring a good sense of humor
Excitement to worship
Every Monday Lectio Divina on Zoom, 8am
Every Wednesday Food delivery
Every Thursday Food Pantry, 12-4pm

Every Tuesday & Friday Bone Builders, 10amApr. 18: Homeless Coalition meal at 4:30pm
Apr. 27: CNS Care N Share (Every fourth Thurs.)
Apr. 28: Family Fun Night (Last Friday of every month)
Facebook for Wintergarden Presbyterian Church
Facebook for the Garden of Eatin’ at Wintergarden Presbyterian Church

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.”

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,  April 17, 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: John 20: 19-31.

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 8-9 am. 

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. Meditatio: (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
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