We Welcome You

Wherever you are on life's journey, you are welcome and appreciated for who you are. The best way to find out about our congregation and this opportunity for you is to visit and observe.

Please accept our invitation to worship with us on any Sunday morning or visit our grounds.  Visitors and congregants alike can enjoy meditation on our labyrinth and a walk in our memorial grounds.

We are a warm and caring community of faith, centrally located on picturesque Sanibel Island.  Welcome!

--The members and staff of Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ


Office Hours:
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. & 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Weekdays

Announcements

02/23/15 WHAT'S HAPPENING AT SCUCC!

The Chorale of the VOICES OF NAPLES, an auditioned choral ensemble with singers from Lee and Collier Counties, will be returning to the Sanibel Congregational Church on Sunday, March 1, 2015. The concert begins at 3:00 and is open to the public. Under the direction of Dr. Douglas Renfroe (also serves as Cantor at Temple Bat Yam) for the past five seasons, the Chorale performs a varied program and raises money for their annual Scholarship Program. They have provided over $30,000 in vocal scholarships to high school students majoring in vocal music over the past 10 years.

The afternoon concert will be titled Music to Touch the Heart, and will include music from Sacred to Broadway as well as music to touch your Patriotic heart as well. Featured soloists will include June Ricks, alto, Paul Guehler, baritone and Muddy Waters, baritone. Kathy Caldwell, well known oboe player in the area, will also be featured on several compositions.  Music touches each of us in different ways, and this concert will attempt to provide a variety of music that will touch each of the audience.

 

New Theological Studies Course: RACE, RELIGION AND LITERATURE

Dr. Thomas Cooley will join the Rev. Dr. John H. Danner in teaching a three week course, "Not Just Black and White:  Race and Religion in Nineteenth Century Literature," at the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ.  Classes will be held on Wednesdays, March 4-18, at 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM (Identical sessions).  Part of the church's ongoing Theological Studies series of classes, the course will feature works by Melville, Thoreau, Emerson and Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin. 

"Our nation has wrestled with the issue of race from it's very beginnings," Dr. Danner recently noted.  "Having a better understanding of that history, and the impact of slavery on our attitudes, can be very useful as we deal with race relations in our own day."

Thomas Cooley is Emeritus Professor of English at the Ohio State University, specializing in American Literature from 1820-1920.  He is the author of Educated Lives:  The Rise of Modern Autobiography in America and The Ivory Leg in the Ebony Cabinet:  Madness, Race, and Gender in Victorian America, a study particularly relevant to this course.  In addition to academic books and articles, Cooley has published numerous college textbooks in the field of composition and rhetoric, including The Norton Sampler (now in its eighth edition) and Back to the Lake, a reader and guide for writers (third edition, 2015).  The drummer in Island Jazz, the Blue Dirt Dixieland Jazz band, and several other local groups, he also plays the washboard.

John H. Danner has served the Sanibel church as its Senior Pastor since 2010.  Prior to that he served churches in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts and Maine.  He is the author of several published articles and a contributor to two volumes of liturgical materials, Touch Holiness and From Psalms to the Cloud.  He has degrees from Bradford College, the University of Maine, Bangor Theological Seminary and Boston University.  He areas of special interest are in the field of church history, especially nineteenth century American church history. 

The course is free and open to the public.  The texts will be available at cost at the first class. 

 

We offer a biblical studies course on Tuedays at 10:00 AM.  The weekly sessions will focus on the Gospel of John and the Gospel of Thomas.  The course will be taught by the congregation's Senior Pastor, the Rev. Dr. John H. Danner. The Gospel of John is chronologically the last of the four gospels in the New Testament.  Dramatically different than the other three canonical gospels, Matthew Mark and Luke, John is the source of some of the most familiar stories about Jesus as well as some of his most famous sayings. 

The Gospel of Thomas is not found in the New Testament and is one of the roughly fifty gospels to have been written in the first two centuries of Christianity.  Thomas is sometimes referred to as a Gnostic Gospel, and is largely composed of sayings of Jesus. Participants are invited to bring a Bible, though copies of the text to be studied each day will be available.  The course will take place in the church's Fellowship Hall, which is located in the church complex at 2050 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.  It is free and open to the public.  For further information call the church office at 239-472-0497.

 

ROOKERY BOOKERY OPEN TO THE PUBLIC EVERY SUNDAY THROUGH MARCH 29TH!

 

SANIBEL CHRISTIAN PRESCHOOL APPLICATION - Below

http://www.sanibelucc.org/docs/boarddocs/152/FinalSanibelpreschool_2014-15_school_year_app.pdf

 

WE OFFER SHINE AND JOURNEY - GREAT PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN & YOUTH.  SEE OUR YOUTH PROGRAMS TAB FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION. See the 2014/2015 SHINE Program Registration Form - click link below:

Sign up now for “Shine!” at  Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ’, our Wednesday after school  program for Preschoolers and K-5th graders. Beginning August 27  “Shine!” meets Wednesdays from 3:30pm-5pm on Wednesdays August through May, with drop-off time beginning at 2:30pm.  During the hour for drop-off we provide a snack, time for free play on our playground, or a quiet area for students to begin homework or other quiet activities. The Registration fee is $65.00 per child, maximum of $130.00 per family for the complete school year.  Scholarships are available.  Starting at 3:30pm Associate Pastor Deb Kunkel lead’s the kids with fun and activities as they discover how God’s love shines both on us and through us to others.  Preschoolers join Mrs. D (Judi Daugherty) to enjoy their own activities. We use faith and Bible lessons, arts and crafts, games, devotions, music, service projects and more!  There will also be special “guests” from our church family and from the community who will share ways to live out their faith and love from God in everyday life with the children. The program is open to the public and children of all backgrounds are welcomed.  To help make it a little easier for tight family schedules, we offer an optional “Pizza Club” at 5:00pm.  The whole family- older and younger siblings as well as parents are welcome to join us for dinner!  There is no charge, but freewill donations are accepted to help us with costs.  Take advantage of our “free trial period” on August 27, September 3 and 10.  Register your child, let them try it for three weeks, and THEN if you want them to continue, pay the $65.00 registration fee for the year.  If transportation is needed, we have parents willing to drive other students along with theirs to and from the program. Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ is located at 2050 Periwinkle Way, directly across from Periwinkle Place.  To register, see the link to the registration form below, or stop by the church office.  For more information, or if you’d like to volunteer to help, contact the church at 472-0497. 

http://www.sanibelucc.org/docs/boarddocs/155/SHINE_204_Registration.pdf

 

ELECTRONIC GIVING AUTHORIZATION FORM:

http://www.sanibelucc.org/docs/boarddocs/154/ACH_AUTHORIZATION_FORM0001.pdf

12/18/14 WORSHIP SCHEDULE

                             

REGULAR WORSHIP SERVICE SCHEDULE

Join us on Sundays at 7:45 AM Chapel; 9:00AM & 11:00 Full Service, with Sunday School and nursery care provided.

 EVERYONE IS WELCOME! Call the church for more information (239) 472-0497                                                                  

 

 

 

 

08/24/11 EXPERIENCE JOHN'S BLOG!

To read Pastor John's Blog click on this link: www.periwinkleponderings.blogspot.com

08/24/11 Sermons (Printed Format)

Would you like to review a past sermon?  Or did you see something in last week's bulletin you forgot to jot down?   We've got you covered.  The weekly Sermons and Bulletins in printed format, are a few clicks away in the "Sermons & Bulletins" tab.

   

Sanibel Congregational
United Church of Christ

2050 Periwinkle Way
Sanibel, FL 33957
Phone: 239-472-0497
Fax: 239-472 -5939
Email: office@sanibelucc.org

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