Houses of Worship

Chanukah, Feast of Lights


Because Chanukah is not only a sacred celebration but a bright spot amid winter’s darkness, it is traditionally a joyous holiday occasion, celebrated with gift-giving, story-telling, singing, and games. As darkness falls on Sunday, December 2, the Jewish community will be lighting the first candle of Chanukah, the Feast of Rededication. Each of the eight nights of Chanukah an additional […]

Marco Community Chorus Presents ‘The Christmas Story’


The Marco Island Community Chorus will present a carol cantata celebration of “The Christmas Story” written by Tom Fettke and Thomas Grassi on Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 3 PM at the San Marco Catholic Church (851 San Marco Rd.). An additional worship celebration of the cantata will take place on Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 10:30 AM at Wesley […]

Marco Jewish Community ‘Pioneers’ Honored | Elena Rosner and Lenore Greenstein Played Different and Vital Roles


New to Marco Island in the early 1980s, Elena Rosner saw a need for a homegrown Jewish center. So, with a personal mindset of “there’s nothing you can’t do if you set your mind to it,” Rosner began to negotiate for just such a center with executives of the island’s original developers, the Deltona Corporation. As it happened, Deltona had […]

Interfaith Celebration on Marco Island


“Come, ye thankful people, come,” goes the old hymn, and that is exactly what seven diverse faith communities on Marco Island will be doing on the evening of Tuesday, November 20, as they gather together under one roof for the annual pre-Thanksgiving Interfaith Unity Service. The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI) will be hosting the event this year, which […]

Fairway Church Brings Creative Outreach to East Naples


Fairway Church puts its motto, “Helping People Take Their Next Step With God,” into practice in some unique ways. The East Naples church recently held their first-ever “Bring Your Dog to Church Day.” Dogs and their humans enjoyed special stations set up in the church, which included Christmas ornaments for dogs, puzzle boxes and treats. PetSmart was on hand for […]

United Church Retires Bargain Basket Mortgage


They came early on a Friday morning to celebrate two wonderful events at the United Church of Marco Island’s popular Bargain Basket Thrift Shop on Bald Eagle Drive. Since 1975, the popular shopping venue has provided financing for many of the church’s local outreach programs and philanthropy efforts and has been a popular draw for residents and visitors alike.   In […]

High Holiday Services at JCMI


The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI) prepares for its High Holiday Services in September. All of faith are welcome to the congregation of more than 150 families of diverse backgrounds. There is a $100 charge for each guest for the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services. Nonmembers who reside in the City of Marco area can join the synagogue […]

Volunteer Crews Pay It Forward


Although Hurricane Irma hit Southwest Florida on September 10, 2017, many area families are living in homes still desperately in need of immediate repairs; and some remain displaced, unable to return to their homes. Thankfully, volunteer crews descended upon Southwest Florida during their summer vacation, giving of their time and manpower to rebuild homes for families gravely impacted by Irma. […]

Knights of Columbus | A Strong Tradition of Service to Their Community


Like many organizations, the Knights of Columbus, which is affiliated with Catholic churches throughout the United States, is dedicated to service within its church and the community it serves. Their origins reach back to the late 19th century, with a young 29-year-old assistant pastor in St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Connecticut. Father Michael J. McGivney saw a need to […]

JCMI Helps Feed Local Seniors


The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI), following the Jewish custom of Tzedakah, the ethical obligation to do what is right and just, raises money to feed seniors in our community. Every Fourth of July, a Barbeque Dinner is held as a fundraiser. The money raised by our JCMI members at our barbeque is used to buy Publix gift cards, […]


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