Dearest Faith Community Near and Far-

First, as this year comes to a close, many are looking forward to a new year, a new beginning. Advent is that time as well. Advent marks the beginning of a new year in our faith journey and the Christian calendar. We are going to embrace this season using the theme from A Sanctified Art called “From Generation to Generation”. From the creators of this theme: From Generation to Generation… reminds us of the ways our lives, histories, actions, and stories are interconnected and woven together. In the midst of narratives, policies, and rhetoric designed to divide us, what does it look like to practice belonging to one another? The work of God is always unfolding— in and through us. This Advent season, how will we carry it forth?I’m praying this theme will carry us forward as a faith community through so much unknown. I mean, shouldn’t we learn more about what it means to belong to each other and God when we have gone through so much? Praying you join us for this journey on Sunday mornings as well as Wednesday evenings at 5pm for arts and crafts, potluck meal, and a brief bible study. 

Second, the roof replacement has begun! After a very long day of listening to the roof being scraped off and screws drilled in, we now have the underlayment on the roof and the metal roofing materials are being delivered. In addition the demolition will most likely finish on Monday, December 12th. As we have gone through demolition, some items have come up that we will need to take care, so we are looking into those at this time. 

Third, for Breakfast Church, please bring a dish to share. Thanks for making Breakfast Church such a beautiful experience of communion with one another. 

Fourth, for worship, we will continue to have “Breakfast Church” on Sunday mornings. What will breakfast church look like? We will gather in the garden around tables to eat breakfast. With this meal, we will enjoy fellowship, prayer, a scripture lesson, and being in community together. We are going to embody breaking bread together and being the body of Christ in a different way. We will gather at 9:30 and this Sunday, please bring a dish to share.  Well, streaming on the 4th didn’t work, so we are praying we will be able to stream worship this Sunday, December 11. Join around 10am for the live stream. We are not 100% sure this will happen because of some technical issues…check out Facebook around 10 and hopefully we will be going live!

Fifth, Sacred Space will be on Sunday, December 11 at its new time, 8:00am. If you are joining us from home, please grab bread and juice for communion. Sixth, thank you for the way you are giving of your time and your financial gifts.  Click HERE if you would like to contribute to disaster relief and please share this link with your friends and family. You can also continue to give to the general fund, food pantry, and community garden. Thank you for supporting our faith community and for everything you do to help us live into our mission to feed people physically, spiritually, mentally, and emotionally in our community. You are helping us truly be the hands and feet of Christ in our community.

Seventh, we hosted our first group in the bunk trailers. This group helped properly tarp roofs and will be coming back to continue that work. Our hospitality room now has furniture, internet, and Dish TV. 

And last, if you need anything to help with recovery from the Hurricane, please let me know. Just call, text, or email. Call me at 941-525-6671. Also, please continue to pray deeply for our community at large. 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, December 11, 2022
Sacred Space @ 8:00 am (NEW TIME)
At the Fountain and on Facebook Live
Casual Breakfast Church 
@ 9:30 am in person
@ 10:00 am for Facebook Live

In the Garden and on Facebook Live 
Please bring a dish to share for breakfast. 

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.


Third Sunday of Advent
From Generation to Generation
We Can Choose a Better Way

Matthew 1:18-25; Isaiah 35:1-10

Join us in the Garden at 9:30am for a time of Fellowship, Scripture, and Prayer. Please bring a dish to share this Sunday. 
See you on December 11 to continue the study in the book of Hebrews. 
Every Monday Lectio Divina at 8am
Food Truck Delivery Wednesday (7, 14, 21, 28)
Every Thursday Food Pantry 12-4pm  
CNS Care N Share Food Pantry-CNS will be Dec. 29

On Wednesdays (12/7, 12/14, and 12/21), join us for A potluck dinner and Advent/Christmas Crafts, and bible study. Bring the kiddos!

Dec. 20 Homeless Coalition meal
Dec. 21 Longest Night of the Year Service 7:00pm after dinner and crafts
Dec. 23 Christmas Eve Eve Dinner Church at 4pm- with lasagna, salad, bread, dessert 
Dec. 25 Christmas Morning Service at 9:30am (wear your Christmas Jammies!)
Dec. 30 Family Fun Night (ice skating early afternoon, followed by dinner and movie)
Join us for a Potluck Dinner and Advent/Christmas Crafts, and Bible Study on Wednesday (Dec 14 & 21).
Bring the kiddos!
Dec. 21 Longest Night of the Year Service
at 7pm after dinner and crafts
Dec. 23 Christmas Eve Eve Dinner Church at 4pm
with lasagna, salad, bread, and dessert! 
All are welcome! 
Dec. 30 Family Fun NightI
Ice Skating early afternoon, followed by Dinner and a Movie
Holiday fun for the entire family!

Please contact the church office at 941-743-5335 or email at
Interested in joining our Garden?
Garden of Eatin’ – Food Forest
For more information click HERE
At Wintergarden Presbyterian Church we are eager to pray for 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, December 12, 2022All are welcome to join us as we continue to engage in the spiritual practice of Lectio Divina together as a community. 

Our Scripture Lesson is Luke 1:39-45; 56-58; Luke 1:46-55.

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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