The parishioners of the United Church of Marco Island have been reminded of the fury of Hurricane Irma every Sunday since the Category 3 Hurricane slammed into the island on September 10, 2017 and tore the steeple from the church.
“Many of our church’s members and friends were personally impacted by the storm, but by the Grace of God no one on the island lost their lives,” said Pastor Mark Williams that Sunday morning.
“Our first responders, the city employees and hundreds of volunteers came together to insure our community was well taken care of after the storm moved north,” said Pastor Mark, as he made his way out to the parking lot on Sunday, February 10, 2018, after the close of his sermon that morning.
His congregation gathered outside their church on North Collier Boulevard in the parking lot as Williams would lead his congregation in the dedication of the new steeple which replaces the older structure that was blown off the building when Hurricane Irma came ashore on September 10, 2017.
The replacement of the steeple was covered through the generosity of the congregation at a cost of approximately $30,000. The church itself marked its 50th anniversary on Marco Island this year.
After a short dedication service, the congregation would move back into the church’s Fellowship Hall to enjoy a delightful breakfast buffet.
In 2015 Dr. Mark Williams assumed the role as the pastor for the church after a nationwide search to replace Reverend Richard Adair, who moved to Tennessee to be closer to his family with his wife.
Williams, along with his wife Emily and their two young children provide a natural boost in the positive energy levels and smiles as they pass amongst parishioners. All of this while the sounds of laughter and merriment cascade around the church and parsonage as you see the young couple and their children interact with those in attendance during services and at church functions.
The ever-popular Bargain Basket is another great success story for the church. Operating since 1975, the popular thrift store is the largest on the island and attributes its success to its many volunteers and the generous donations from the community. Proceeds from that operation go to support the church, local charities such as Habitat for Humanity, the local food pantry, Grace Place and other organizations which help those in need.
You can visit the church’s website to find more about service times, events and other information by simply going to www.ucmarco.org or by calling 239-394-6572