Dearest Faith Community Near and Far-

Volunteer Needed!
We continue to recruit and work closely with long-term recovery teams from out of the area; however, we have found that we also need local volunteers to help as well. This is a new initiative in our county, but has proven itself in other areas. Regardless as to if you’re experienced or simply willing to learn – all skill levels welcome to help. Youth (14 yrs. & older) are also welcome to participate. We are partnering with our friends at the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church (FLUMC) in this effort as they have the Construction Coordinators who will be on site with volunteers. They will be able to teach / guide us in doing the work correctly and safely. Sign up at Wintergarden, then you’ll be contacted for paperwork and availability.  Email Wendy at for information. By  giving a day or a weekend or whatever your time allows, you’ll have a chance to help rebuild your community! 

Help for Those Struggling with Ian-related Insurance Issues

We have a resource available to those that are struggling with their Ian insurance claims. It’s a grant funded non-profit that specializes in this work. Check in with Wendy if you, or someone you know need more information. 

Dates to Remember

  • We will be having a Halloween themed Family Fun night for Oct! That will be Friday, Oct 27th 5:30-8:00 pm in the garden. 
  • The long awaited pantry awning will be started 11/6. 
  • Thanksgiving celebration details are underway. Details coming soon. 
  • Pastor Syl’s last Sunday with us will be Nov 5th, as Pastor Devon will return the following week. As much as we all miss Devon and are excited for her return, we’ll also all miss Pastor Syl. We’re hoping to do more jointly with 1st Pres PC so we can stay connected in that way. 

Music Related Suggestions Wanted🎶  .

Heather has been asking for music suggestions and has received many! Thanks for your responses. If you have more ideas or haven’t gotten yours in yet, let her know! More are welcome! Suggestions can go on the lovely bulletin board in foyer/ or you can reach Heather DeGroot 570-875-8527 or at

Christmas Cantata News!

The Cantata will be Sunday Dec 10. There will be two – one at First Pres and one here! Music scores and CD’s will be available to anyone who would like to participate. Contact Heather DeGroot for music. We are excited about this opportunity and need you to help make this happen!

If you have a need, please reach out!

Much love, 
Wintergarden Presbyterian Church 

Worship with Wintergarden
Sunday, October 22, 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, October 22, 2023
Breakfast Church @ 10:00 am
Followed by Worship @ 10:30 amSermon: A New Reformation
 Romans 12:1-2; 9-21 (NIV)
Every Monday Lectio Divina
Every WednesdayFood delivery
Every ThursdayFood Pantry 12-4pm
Every Wednesday The Chosen Watch Party & Bible StudyOct.26: CNS Care N Share (Every 4th Thurs.)
Oct..27: Family Fun Night (Trick or Treat through the garden, hotdogs/chips, s’mores)
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, October 23, 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: TBA

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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