We’ve all seen all the pictures, we hear and live the stories every day
So here’s a picture to warm your heart.
And a list of resources to help you heal.
Go to the above link for a list of very helpful companies and organizations to get furniture and more.
Jobs Jobs Jobs
Career Source – has lots of part-time and full-time jobs; and they are THE one stop shop, you can also apply for Disaster Unemployment there as well as much more. They’re at the Pink Plaza, go past West Marine (north) and up the stairs/elevator.
St. Justin Martyr Catholic Church – Mondays starting at 4 PM
Burton Memorial UMC – call them for hours 305.852.2581
1st Baptist Islamorada – call them for hours 305.432.0312
New places to get food/clothes/diapers and more!
Key Largo Baptist – call for information 305.451.1642
Church of the Nazarene – call for help 305.304.9060
If you need mattresses call Sean at 407.451.4310.
Catholic Charities has items available: bunk beds, storage lockers, and refrigerators, all in good working order.
Please contact Meagan Hull (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested or know somebody who could use this stuff. updated Nov 3, 2017
For help with rent/bills/mortgage from Catholic Charities contact: Charlene Pagan 305.619.2646.
More Help with Rent/bills/mortgage
Florida Keys Fishing Guides Association, $25,000 from the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys to provide much-needed help for rent, housing and other needs to full-time fishing guides. Contact Steve Friedman at email@example.com for more information. updated 10/25/17
Monroe County Education Foundation, $25,000 from the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys to provide immediate assistance to teachers and educators Keys-wide. For assistance, contact Chuck Licis at firstname.lastname@example.org. updated 10/25/17
Financial Assistance available through Catholic Charities for residents of Monroe County affected by Irma. Call Charlene Pagan for information at 305 619 2646.
KAIR is also offering help with rent/bills/mortgage. Call at (305) 743-4582.
FKEC and Coldwell Banker foundations are offering assistance with rent/bills/mortgage.
Living Springs Counseling – offering Pastoral Counseling at a generous sliding scale, Rx assistance and urgent needs assistance. Call at 305.432.9554 (no text)
“12 Then a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. 2 She was pregnant, and she cried out because she was in labor, in pain from giving birth. 3 Then another sign appeared in heaven: it was a great fiery red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and seven royal crowns on his heads. 4 His tail swept down a third of heaven’s stars and threw them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth so that when she gave birth, he might devour her child. 5 She gave birth to a son, a male child who is to rule all the nations with an iron rod. Her child was snatched up to God and his throne. 6 Then the woman fled into the desert, where God has prepared a place for her. There she will be taken care of for one thousand two hundred sixty days.”
On the tail of the August 21 Solar Eclipse we experience yet another stunning heavenly event. Many are comparing the upcoming September 23 placement of stars, planets, sun and moon to the scripture we find in Revelation 12. What does this mean?
There are some who read the book of Revelation as a timeline for the end of times. People with this understanding are quite concerned about the movement of the “heavenly bodies” on September 23. As you can see in the picture above, the “scene” depicted in the Bible can be applied to the “scene” astrology provides for us. As a result, people of this thinking, believe this is “one more sign that” the end of the world is coming.
Many have asked for my thoughts on the matter. Some are fearful, some aren’t sure if they should be fearful or not, many are confused. On top of these “heavenly events” Americans are experiencing hate in our communities and streets in a way that hasn’t been typical in the last few decades. This hate seems to be getting stronger right here in our own backyards. Confusion on how to deal with hate without hating has become an imminent concern. Our economy continues to struggle despite increased interest rates and proclamations from on high. Trust in our political system is in an all time low. Stress, hate, fear, signs seem to be everywhere. Our world seems to be falling apart around us. Is it true? Is the end coming in September?
Even more important is the question: What is a Christian’s place in the midst of all of this?
When God revealed to God’s beloved (every human) then and now: “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.” Revelation 21:1 God also confirmed: “See, the home of God is among the mortals. He will dwell with them as their God; they will be his people and God himself will be with them” vs 3 This is reminiscent of Jesus saying to his disciples of then and now: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? … the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.” John 14 Jesus was speaking to people who knew he was/is/always will be the Christ, the Messiah, the Savior of the World, the Son of God and the listeners were suffering under the terrible hate, stress and signs in their time. Jesus also said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not be afraid.” John 14
Was Jesus trying to threaten his disciples into “being good”? Or was Jesus proclaiming the Divine promise of hope that his followers can trust in and hold on to, cherish so they/we can live lives of faithful thanksgiving based on the agape (love in action) defining their/our every decision, every action, every breathe? Was the One Who Loved Us Into Being and who has provided for our Salvation, telling us to cower in a dark corner when terrible things happen? Or was the Giver of Life reminding us of what we are to be about regardless of what happens? Was the Giver of Life reminding us that our role as God’s beloved is to live out the agape and grace and blessings that we are continually given?
True Christians don’t have to run amuck suddenly and “fix” their behavior. True Christians are already, in the here and now, living according to the grace and agape and blessings and salvation given to us freely. Why would we be living this way? Because we grasp the incredibly wonder-full gifts/blessings God has already and continues to deliver to us each and every minute just because God loves us. When we finally understand (as best we can) we can do no less than live our lives in thanksgiving. Sure we mess up, yes we are still stumbling but we catch ourselves AND one another, seeking to truly live according to the grace we’ve been given.
So, are Christians the only one’s given all this amazing stuff by God? Heaven’s no! Every human being is held in God’s blessed embrace of love and grace and salvation simply because God chooses to keep you there. God calls you and every other human being “Beloved” no matter what. The only difference is knowing and accepting these gifts and allowing them to truly bless your life and living.
Heavenly signs, hostility, hate, ugliness of every kind has no hold over God’s Beloved, over those who believe in the Divine. Sure, we hurt, we feel fear, we are saddened, but none of that can control us because “we know that God works all things together for the good for the ones who love God, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
So, on September 23 walk forward into the day, holding your head high and proclaim the love of God through your walking, talking, living, watching, holding, working, driving, thinking … through it all. And on September 24, go and do likewise God’s good and faithful servant.
May you always know God’s Blessings through all things.
Worship at all local churches during their regular worship times.
St. James the Fisherman Episcopal: Sunday, April 9th.…………8:00AM & 10:00AM: PALM SUNDAY Services at Church; 8:00 am service procession with palms in Church; 10:00am service procession with palms and incense outside
Coral Isle Church – 10 AM Worship
St. Justin the Martyr Catholic Church – 8 AM mass; 10 AM Solemn Procession
11:00 – 4:00 PM Kindness Festival at Morada way. Living Springs Counseling will have a booth where you’ll have an opportunity to have your feet washed, pray, relax and fellowship with others if you like.
St. Justin the Martyr Catholic Church – Sacrament of Reconciliation /Confession 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
St. James the Fisherman Episcopal: Wednesday, April 12th…….6:00 PM: TENEBRAE/TAIZE SERVICE: Tenebrae is Latin for Shadows. This beautiful ancient tradition is a special Lenten observance which attempts to recreate the emotional aspects of the Passion Story. All are invited
Maundy Thursday is an alternate name for Holy Thursday, the first of the three days of solemn remembrance of the events leading up to and immediately following the crucifixion of Jesus. The English word “Maundy” comes from the Latin mandatum, which means “commandment.” As recorded in John’s gospel, on his last night before his betrayal and arrest, Jesus washed the feet of his disciples and then gave them a new commandment to love one another as he had loved them (John 13:34). This is why services on this night generally include the washing of feet or other acts of physical care as an integral part of the celebration.
While John’s gospel does not record the institution of the Lord’s Supper among the events of this night, the other gospels do. Christians therefore keep this night with celebrations both at the basin (footwashing) and at the Lord’s Table (Holy Communion).
Immanuel Lutheran Church – 7 PM – Communion
Burton Memorial United Methodist Church – MM 93 – 7 PM – Communion
Coral Isle Community Church – MM 90 – 7 PM
Matecumbe United Methodist Church – MM 81.8 – 6:30 PM Passover Meal
St. James the Fisherman Episcopal; 6:00PM: MAUNDY THURSDAY (HOLY THURSDAY) in Church. The evening ends with the stripping of the altar followed by time for silent meditation/reflection in our Church or at home. All will have the opportunity to sign up to sit/pray for ONE HOUR INTERVALS in Vigil throughout the night either in the Church or at home.
The Easter Triduum begins with the Vigil of Holy Thursday. It marks the end of the forty days of Lent and the beginning of the three-day celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ – Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Vigil/Easter Sunday. The Fathers of the Second Vatican Council reminded us of the extraordinary significance of the Triduum : “Christ redeemed us all and gave perfect glory to God principally through his paschal mystery: dying he destroyed our death and rising he restored our life. Therefore the Easter Triduum of the passion and resurrection of Christ is the culmination of the entire liturgical year.” (General Norms for the Liturgical Year and the Calendar, # 18)
These last Forty Days were a time of preparation for these great Three days, which is what Triduum means. These three days lead us to an empty tomb and an Octave, eight days, of celebrating the Resurrection. They also introduce an entire liturgical season, the Easter Season, which lasts for Fifty days until Pentecost.
St. Justin the Martyr Catholic Church – Mass of the Last Supper, 7 PM; Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament until 9 PM
The source of our term for the Friday before Easter, “Good Friday,” is not clear. It may be a corruption of the English phrase “God’s Friday,” according to Professor Laurence Hull Stookey in Calendar: Christ’s Time for the Church (p. 96). It is the common name for the day among English- and Dutch-speaking people. It is a day that proclaims God’s purpose of loving and redeeming the world through the cross of our Lord, Jesus Christ. It is a day that is good because God was drawing the world to God’s self in Christ. As seen in John’s gospel, particularly, God was in control. God was not making the best of a bad situation, but was working out God’s intention for the world — winning salvation for all people. We call it “good” because we look backward at the crucifixion through the lens of Easter!
Walk with the crosses on Good Friday to Matecumbe Methodist Church. Meet at Spirit and Truth Ministries at 9AM —-start the walk from Venetian Shores at 9:30AM……everybody welcome!!!
Ecumenical Good Friday worship – held at Matecumbe UMC – MM 81.8 at noon
Coral Isle Church and St. James Episcopal will offer Good Friday services twice: The Seven Last Words of Jesus & Adoration of the Holy Cross Service to be let by Fr. Tom & Rev. Kerby (Pastor at Coral Isles church)
12:00 (Noon) at St. James
6:00 PM at the Caribbean Club
St. Justin the Martyr Catholic Church – 6:30 PM Liturgy
Immanuel Lutheran Church – 7 PM
St. Justin the Martyr Catholic Church – 8 PM
Island Grill at Mandalay – 6:30 AM
Harry Harris Park – MM 93 – 6:30 AM
The Islander – MM 83 – 7 AM
Cheeca Lodge – MM 81.8 – 6:30 AM
Chesapeake Resort – MM 83.4 – 6:45 AM
Bluewater Ministries, MM 86.5 Bayside – 9:30 AM with Egg Hunt after worship
Coral Isle Church will have a fellowship time after 10 AM morning worship at 11 AM
Spirit and Truth – 10 AM
Immanuel Lutheran Church – 10 AM communion
Matecumbe UMC – 11 AM
1st Baptist Islamorada – 11 AM
St. James the Fisherman Episcopal: 8:00AM & 10:00AM: EASTER SUNDAY SERVICES – Easter Egg Hunt following 10:00am service
Alleluia…Christ is Risen…the Lord is risen indeed…Alleluia!!!!!!!!!!!
St. Justin the Martyr Catholic Church – 8 AM Mass; 10 AM Solemn Mass of the Lord’s Resurrection
At noon – Burton Memorial UMC will have their Easter Egg Hunt
We are now in the season of Lent. Below are opportunities you are invited to participate in:
Wednesdays, 5:30 – 6:30 PM Art and Meditation – book: Becoming: A Spiritual Journey Call 305.432.9554 when you get there and someone will come unlock the door.
Thursdays, 6:00 – 7:30 PM Lenten Soup and Study – call 305.852.5813 for more info
This morning America is waking up to intense fear, stunned dismay and a deep sense of loss. Many Americans are asking, “How is it possible that we went to the polls, voted and this is the outcome?” The outrage and terror is more outspoken than I’ve ever heard it. How do we survive this?
I recently heard a recording that comes out of Kenya, We Are All One. Please go to this website and listen to the music. Fear, rage, divisiveness will only hurt us. If you are happy about the outcomes of our Presidential election then please, celebrate, and turn to God with your celebrations, but don’t hurt those who are unhappy. If you are unhappy about the outcomes of our Presidential election then please, turn to God with your concerns and allow hope through God to permeate your being.
Ultimately happy or unhappy, we must all look to God for guidance. We must stand together creating a space where Divine guidance, for how we treat one another regardless of political stance, race, gender or any other divide; where Divine Guidance may be our center.
Hate and angry words are too easy and only rip and tear apart. We can stand up with integrity in our faith and do so with respect and maturity regardless of how we perceive ourselves to be treated. This is NOT EASY, but it creates a new world.
Please don’t settle for divisiveness.
Reach deeper … (regardless of happy or unhappy)
“The greatest faith is born in the hour of despair. When we can see no hope and no way out, then faith rises and brings the victory.” Lee Roberson
2 Corinthians 1:10 He has rescued us from a terrible death, and he will rescue us in the future. We are confident that he will continue to rescue us,
Psalm 43:5 Why are you in despair, my soul? Why are you disturbed within me? Hope in God, because I will praise him once again, since his presence saves me and he is my God.
Psalm 71:5-6 For you are my hope, Lord GOD, my security since I was young. I depended on you since birth, when you brought me from my mother’s womb; I praise you continuously.
Psalm 27:13-14 Yet I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living. Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.
Psalm 130:5 I am counting on the Lord; yes, I am counting on him. I have put my hope in his word.
Psalm 40:1-2 I waited patiently for the LORD to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along.
1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
Psalm 10:17 LORD, you know the hopes of the helpless. Surely you will hear their cries and comfort them.
Psalm 37:23-24 The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the Lord upholds his hand.
Isaiah 41:13 For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.
Psalm 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom will I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom will I be afraid?
Psalm 143:4-6 So I am ready to give up; I am in deep despair.I remember the days gone by; I think about all that you have done, I bring to mind all your deeds. I lift up my hands to you in prayer; like dry ground my soul is thirsty for you.
Hebrews 10:35-36 So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.
Well known saying of Bishop Cornelius Henderson