May, 2021 Calendar

The highlight of May is the celebration of Pentecost, the birth of the Church, on May 23. On May 2, we start our one Sunday worship service schedule in the Sanctuary at 9:30 a.m. Masks will be required at this service. To view the May calendar, please click the link following: May, 2021 Calendar

COVID 19 Vaccination Information

If you have not already been vaccinated, following is information about scheduling an appointment for Saturday, May 1, 2021: ACFrOgAKGfDNBZ-fe6PlWwyBrBtkvAzOGzgebKE..

April, 2021 Calendar

The highlight of April is the celebration of Easter, of course. Maundy Thursday worship is at 5:30 p.m. on April 1. Good Friday Tenebrae service is at 7:00 p.m. on April 2. Joyous Easter celebrations on Sunday, April 4, will be 7:00 a.m. in the courtyard, 8:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary, and at 10:30 a.m. in the courtyard. We continue to have two Sunday worship services; one in the sanctuary at 8:30 a.m. with masks required and one at 10:30 a.m. outside (weather permitting) where masks are optional through the month of April. Both services require physical distancing. In May, we will return to one Sunday worship service at 9:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary. To view the April calendar, please click the link following: April, 2021 Calendar

March, 2021 Calendar

The highlight of March is the season of Lent. Although we are not able (due to Covid-19) to enjoy soup suppers, please join us in person or virtually on Wednesdays for Lenten worship at 5:30 p.m. Palm Sunday worship will be celebrated on March 28, 2021. We continue to have two Sunday worship services; one in the sanctuary at 8:30 a.m. with masks required and one at 10:30 a.m. outside (weather permitting) where masks are optional. Both services require physical distancing. To view the March calendar, please click the link following: March, 2021 Calendar

February, 2021 Calendar

The highlight of February is Ash Wednesday, February 17th, and the beginning of the season of Lent. Although we are not able (due to Covid-19) to enjoy soup suppers, please join us in person or virtually on Wednesdays, starting Ash Wednesday, for Lenten worship at 5:30 p.m. We continue to have two Sunday worship services; one in the sanctuary at 8:30 a.m. with masks required and one at 10:30 a.m. outside (weather permitting) where masks are optional. Both services require physical distancing. To view the February calendar, please click the link following: February, 2021 Calendar

January, 2021 Calendar

The highlight of January is Epiphany, the coming of the Magi to Bethlehem where the Christ was first revealed to the Gentiles. We continue to have two Sunday worship services; one in the sanctuary at 8:30 a.m. with masks required and one at 10:30 a.m. outside (weather permitting) where masks are optional. Both services require physical distancing. To view the January calendar, please click the link following: January, 2021 Calendar

December, 2020 Calendar

The highlight of December is, of course, Christmas. Because of CoVid-19 and the desire to sing on Christmas Eve, there will be two Christmas Eve services at 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. outside in the church courtyard. To view the December calendar, please click the link following: December, 2020 Calendar

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November, 2020 Calendar

The highlight of the November calendar is, of course, Thanksgiving! In addition to our virtual on line worship, you may attend in person at our 8:30 a.m. service or, starting November 8, an outdoor 10:30 service. To see our November, 2020 calendar, please click here: November 2020 Calendar

July 31, 2020 Hurricane Safety Drive Thru

On Friday, July 31, 2020 from 10 a.m. – Noon, Lely Palms is hosting the following: Hurricane Safety Drive Thru

March 13, 2020 Pastoral Letter in Response to Coronavirus

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I begin with the words of Jesus Christ, to whom we belong. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27
My Pastoral letter regarding the corona virus and the effects it has had around the globe, in the United States, and may have on our future as a community of faith is not written out of or determined by fear, but through prayer and reflections on how the Holy Scriptures guide us as we live together as Children of God. When I was called to serve Shepherd of the Glades, I shared with the call committee and the council that I believe there is a reason the Holy Spirit alighted upon Jesus in the form of a dove. The dove, although it has two opposing wings, flies gracefully when the opposing wings work together. I also stated that the core of our faith as believers in Jesus is Loving God with all our heart soul and might, and loving our neighbor as our self. (See Luke 3:22 and Luke 10:27) The current national response to the corona virus may be the first test of these two core teachings I have lifted up since the time of my arrival. As a community of faith, Shepherd of the Glades has members who have very different views about the corona virus and how it is being handled. As a leader of this faith community, remaining silent regarding ways we can live out these two principals of faith during the current global pandemic would not be helpful. Therefore, I want everyone to be aware of the steps we have taken thus far regarding loving our neighbor as our self. I understand that we will have differing views regarding the nation’s response to the virus, but rather than allowing it to cause division in this body of Christ, it is my hope that we can use God’s Word to be a light to our path in this unprecedented time in the history of the Christian Church in the USA. The responses taken thus far by the Church and whatever decisions the future may hold will be determined through prayerful consideration of how we can work through this health epidemic as a faith community. We will also utilize the gift of medical professionals who have been called to study and educate the public about this virus. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has an entire website dedicated to information regarding COVID-19 (the corona virus) and you can access that information by going to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/index.html.
Since Sunday, March 8th, changes in communion practices were put into place to protect those who are most vulnerable from getting the corona virus. The distribution of wine via intinction is still available for those who wish to receive it, but it is acceptable to receive just the host and Christ will be present. Beginning Sunday March 15th, the Pastor will be the only person to distribute the host with a continuous flow and we will no longer kneel at the railing to receive communion. Wine and grape juice will continue to remain optional. On Sunday, March 8th, we began the process of not shaking hands during the passing of the peace We now simply bow to our neighbor or wave a sign of Christ’s peace. We will no longer shake hands with Pastor prior to or after Worship. You will continue to be greeted with a smile and a loving greeting. From my perspective, the passing of the peace of Christ is a necessity and should not be eliminated from the liturgy. We need to share Christ’s peace with one another and reconcile with one another before God. It is very biblical. (See Matthew 5:24) Beginning Sunday, March 15th, we will no longer pass the offering plates. The offering plate will be in the Narthex and you may place your offering in the plate either before or after Worship. Offering is a form of Worship as we return to God what God has first given to us. We ask that if you are unable to attend Worship that you continue supporting the ministry of Shepherd of the Glades Church. If you would like to give electronically, please contact the office and we will discuss what form of electronic giving or automatic withdrawal will work best for you.
Another pending change will be the availability to livestream our Worship service on the internet and also make it available for viewing at a later time. I am working quickly to implement this change as it may be one of the most important changes for those who are unable to come to Worship. The worship bulletins are already on the website. The Worship services have been available on our website, as well, as an audio file, but it has not been well maintained and updated. This will change beginning this week. Availability of online audio and video services will become a priority as many public gathering venues are being shut down in an attempt to contain the virus. An audio file of the worship service should be available for you to listen to as soon as Tuesday or Wednesday following that week’s service on our website at www.sotgweb.org.
There will likely be more changes in the near future as things are changing rapidly with regard to closures and CDC recomendations for public gatherings including places of Worship. Again, I share this information not out of panic or worries, but out of love and concern for our faith community at Shepherd of the Glades.
As I was writing this pastoral letter, after prayerful consideration and deliberation, a very difficult decision was made to postpone the passion play for this year. This decision was made out of an abundance of care for our community. This was not an easy decision to make, but it is to be noted that Ecclesiastes writes that there is a time for every matter under heaven. This year is a time for Shepherd of the Glades to postpone the passion play and pray that we will be able to return to this tradition in the future.
I was also just notified that the Everglades Choir concerts sceduled for Saturday the 21st has been cancelled and they will not be performing this Sunday.

As the leader of this faith community, it is my desire that we continue to gather together for Worship and small group activities as long as we are able to do so safely. We will make changes as necessary and, of course, we will follow all CDC guidelines and the recommendations of local authorities. I invite you to follow Jesus command to not let your hearts be troubled in these times and do not be afraid. This season and time will pass. But please! If you are not feeling well remain at home, even if you have an assigned duty for Worship that Sunday! If you are concerned about getting the virus and are limiting your other social engagements, remain at home and call the church so we can stay in contact with you and make sure you still are able to get access to Worship materials online. We will have bulletins for you to access and follow along available as well. It may be difficult to adjust to these changes, but remember that whether you are the right wing or the left wing of the Holy Spirit, we belong to Christ, and all things are possible through Christ who gives us strength and direction.
May the peace that passes all human understanding guard and keep our hearts and minds on Jesus Christ. Amen +

Pastor Jeff Ungs
Shepherd of the Glades Lutheran Church, ELCA

6020 Rattlesnake Hammock Road
Naples, Florida, 34113
Worship at 8:30 AM and 10:30 AM
(239) 775-0696 Church
(641) 529-2479 cell phone

What does the LORD require of you but to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8

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