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FORT MYERS, FL – Amigos Center is one of three local non-profits chosen to be a recipient of a unique fundraising event being organized by a group of Hispanic community leaders.

Members of the Hispanic Heritage Festival & 5K events committee are pleased to invite the Fort Myers community and surrounding areas to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by honoring generations of Hispanic Americans living in Southwest Florida, for their tremendous contributions to our culture and economy. The Hispanic Heritage Festival & 5K, presented by Fuccillo Kia of Cape Coral, takes place at Centennial Park on Saturday, September 24 starting at 7:30 a.m. for the 5K and will be an all-day event.

Event organizers and supporters plan to transform Centennial Park in Downtown Fort Myers into a diverse Latin entertainment arena, showcasing food, live music, arts, and culture. What’s more, several local nonprofits, including Abuse Counseling and Treatment, Inc. (ACT), CCMI, the Multicultural Centre and Amigos Center will benefit from the proceeds made from the 5K and soccer tournament.

“Lee County boasts a Hispanic population of nearly 20% of our 700,000+ residents,” shared Pastor Benjamin Flecha, Chairman of the Hispanic Heritage Festival, “We are excited to bring back the Hispanic Heritage Festival as an opportunity to not only share pride for the culture, but also to dedicate proceeds to organizations that have made a major impact on our community as a whole.”

Sponsorships from local businesses are now being accepted. In addition, all are invited to create teams for the 5K. Registration fees for the 5K start at $25. To find out more about how to become involved, please visit http://hispanicfestivalfortmyers.com/.

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IMMOKALEE, FL – Come join us as we celebrate a milestone in the development of our mission work in Immokalee. On Sunday, October 16 at 5:00 PM we will ordain Vicar Karl Glander into the pastoral ministry of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod.  We will also install Rev. Karl as a member of our Immokalee pastoral team.  The Rev. Dennis E. Glander, Karl’s father, will preach.

With Karl’s ordination, he will be the third pastor that Amigos en Cristo, Inc. will have trained, ordained and called into the pastoral ministry in the past three years. Karl will focus on the English speaking Hispanic and Haitian community in Immokalee.  God willing, our next pastor to train and ordain will be one of the men from our Hispanic congregation.

Our ministry model relies on the formation of a team of bi-vocational pastors, each with their own specialties and strengths. In addition to his pastoral duties, Karl will continue to serve as the Service Director of the Immokalee Amigos Center where he oversees our social service programs and staff.

For more information contact Vicar Karl at Karl@amigoscenter.org or the Rev. Robert Selle at bobsellle@amigoscenter.org

 

Querido Amigo en Cristo,

Te escribo deseándote las mejores bendiciones de nuestro Señor Jesucristo.  También, como alguien que ha apoyado nuestro ministerio en años recientes, me urge comunicarme contigo con el fin de solicitar tu opinión sobre el ministerio de nuestra iglesia.

Este año Amigos en Cristo celebra 16 años desde que comenzamos a ofrecer la misa en español, con Palabra y sacramento de nuestro Señor, en Bonita Springs. Durante estos años de ministerio he tenido el privilegio de celebrar:

  • 32 baptismos
  • 19 primera comunión
  • 22 confirmaciones de adultos
  • 7 bodas

Actualmente tenemos 56 familias, representando 159 almas, que están contados como amigos de la iglesia.

La asistencia en promedio a la misa dominical más alto para nosotros fue en el año 2010 con 47 personas. Desde aquel año, la asistencia a la misa dominical ha disminuido poco a poco cada año. Hasta la fecha, la asistencia para el año 2016 ha llegado a sólo 21 personas cada domingo.

Mientras el número de hispanos sigue aumentando en Bonita Springs y sus alrededores, la participación en nuestra iglesia disminuye. Eso me deja desconcertado.

El motivo de esta carta es solicitar tu opinión valiosa en cuanto a tu participación con este ministerio.

Solo debes responder las preguntas de la encuesta:

 

Bendiciones

 

Rvdo. Robert Selle

Pastor

  • Storytime Nana

Monday through Thursday mornings we have many children in our Immokalee Amigos Center that would love to have you read to them.  Our Storytime Nanas meet with the kids while their parents are occupied in our Amigos Center.  They meet in a kid friendly area of the Amigos Center where they can choose a book they can read and take home, play, enjoy a snack, crafts, etc.   The kids love it and so will you.  Call Donna for information (239) 281-1665.

 

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BONITA SPRINGS, FL – For the twelfth year in a row, Amigos Center will receive financial support from the United Way of Lee County.  In addition to providing financial support for our immigration services, United Way annually conducts a careful examination of our finances, management, sustainability and results produced.  This includes a visit by the allocation team to our office. After this year’s site visit the team reported their impressions of Amigos Center:

“The Team was pleased with the Agency’s presentation and they had a clear understanding of the value of the programs and the impact of United Way funding. The Team appreciated that the Agency walks the clients through the whole citizenship process, from start to finish. The Team was impressed with the Agency’s focused mission and the obvious positive impact that the program is having on the lives of immigrants.”

The team recommended an allocation of $42,000 for calendar year 2017: family immigration services $32,000 and $10,000 for our U-Visa Victims of Domestic Violence program. We are thankful for the support of the United Way and all the people of Lee County who provide financial and volunteer support to the United Way.

Christina Leddin (Immigration Specialist), Rev. Selle (CEO), Lindsay Ray (Immigration Attorney), Eileen Ortegon (Immigration Assistant), Donna Selle (Bookkeeper), Maria Isabel Diaz (Immigration Assistant)

Christina Leddin (Immigration Specialist), Rev. Selle (CEO), Lindsay Ray (Immigration Attorney), Eileen Ortegon (Immigration Assistant), Donna Selle (Bookkeeper), Maria Isabel Diaz (Immigration Assistant)

 

IMMOKALEE, FL – Nine Immokalee boys, from Kindergarten to 5th grade, had a blast during a three day Cub Scout event at the Immokalee Amigos Center this month.  Activities included chemical reactions, archery, slingshots, pinewood derby cars, arts & crafts and an awards ceremony at the end.  The boys learned about citizenship, respect for others and how to be a great leader in their family.

James Giles, Executive of the SWFL Alligator District led the day camp in order to raise awareness of the Boy Scouts of America in Immokalee. Amigos Center is a charter organization for Immokalee Cub Scout pack 7, meeting at Pinecrest Elementary.  For more info call Karl Glander, Amigos Center Service Director (239) 293-1489.

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Official Festival LogoFORT MYERS, FL – Members of the Hispanic Heritage Festival & 5K events committee are pleased to invite the Fort Myers community and surrounding areas to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by honoring generations of Hispanic Americans living in Southwest Florida, for their tremendous contributions to our culture and economy. The Hispanic Heritage Festival & 5K, presented by Fuccillo Kia of Cape Coral, takes place at Centennial Park on Saturday, September 24 starting at 7:30 a.m. for the 5K and will be an all-day event.

Event organizers and supporters plan to transform Centennial Park in Downtown Fort Myers into a diverse Latin entertainment arena, showcasing food, live music, arts, and culture. What’s more, several local nonprofits, including Abuse Counseling and Treatment, Inc. (ACT), CCMI, the Multicultural Centre and Amigos Center will benefit from the proceeds made from the 5K and soccer tournament.

“Lee County boasts a Hispanic population of nearly 20% of our 700,000+ residents,” shared Pastor Benjamin Flecha, Chairman of the Hispanic Heritage Festival, “We are excited to bring back the Hispanic Heritage Festival as an opportunity to not only share pride for the culture, but also to dedicate proceeds to organizations that have made a major impact on our community as a whole.”

Sponsorships from local businesses are now being accepted. In addition, all are invited to create teams for the 5K. Registration fees for the 5K start at $25. To find out more about how to become involved, please visit http://hispanicfestivalfortmyers.com/.

 

Just in time for the summer heat, we were able to replace two of our broken Air Conditioning units in the Immokalee Amigos Center.  Special thanks to Saint Michael’s Lutheran, Fort Myers; Zion Lutheran, Fort Myers; Hope Lutheran, Bonita Springs; and Marco Lutheran Church, Marco Island for coming through with special above budget donations to make this possible.

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By Pastor Bob Selle

A sign of a healthy Christian congregation is when they think outside of themselves.  One of our Immokalee church members recently returned from Mexico with the story of an orphanage in Nuevo Laredo that cares for 100 children.  The farmworkers of our congregation, mostly from Mexico and Guatemala, were moved beyond tears by the plight of these border town children.  As a result they have resolved to help support this worthy effort.  Each Sunday they make a special collection (piggy bank), above and beyond their regular Sunday plate offerings that they will send to support these children.  Later this summer the congregation will send a delegation to deliver the socks, underwear, toiletries, etc. that they collect, in addition to the money to sponsor the children.

 

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By Pastor Bob Selle

Our Immokalee congregation was pleased to receive a new member on Mother’s Day, May 8.  Reina, a farmworker and mother of six children, made her public confession of faith and so joined our growing congregation.  Reina has been attending our worship services and studying with Pastor Selle for over two years.  She says that she felt she really needed to do this.  Her hope is to grow closer to God and to learn more about the Bible and the things of God.  Reina expects to baptize her newborn infant daughter later this year.

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