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Amigos en Cristo, Inc. d/b/a Amigos  Center

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January 2017

By Rev. Robert Selle

Since 1997 Amigos en Cristo has helped tens of thousands of immigrants to southwest Florida to a successful life here in the United States and the Kingdom of God. We want to celebrate it with you at the Amigos Center Fundraising Luncheon at noon on Wednesday, March 22 at the Southwest Florida Performing Arts Center.  Our goal for the luncheon is to raise $80,000.  Please RSVP at our webpage www.amigoscenter.org or by telephone

(239) 437-6727. Hope you can make it.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017,

12:00 to 1:00 PM

Southwest Florida Performing Arts Center

(Corner of Livingston and Bonita Beach Road)

11515 Bonita Beach Road, SE

Bonita Springs, FL 34135

 

By Pastor Bob Selle

Next year “Amigos en Cristo” will celebrate 20 years of ministry.  For two decades we have provided immigrants to Southwest Florida with the tools to be successful and contributing members of our community and the Kingdom of God.

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To help us kick off our 20th anniversary, Judy Small, widow of longtime volunteer and board member Bob Small, has offered a $20,000 challenge grant to help us grow.

Any donation to Amigos Center that you give by December 31, 2016 that exceeds what you gave last year will be matched up to $20,000. This Challenge Grant represents a potential financial increase of $40,000!  This challenge grant together with your above-and-beyond gift will put Amigos en Cristo in a strong financial position heading into the New Year.

So far we have received $600 in qualified gifts.  Thank you all for your support and “Amistad” with Amigos Center.

You can double your gift to Amigos Center by making a special gift before December 31:

  • Send a check, just write the word “Challenge” in the memo line, make payable to AMIGOS CENTER and mail it to our administrative office: 7401 Winkler Road, Fort Myers, FL 33919, or use the enclosed remittance envelope; or

  • Click the DONATE NOW button on our website amigoscenter.org and make your contribution by credit card or by Pay Pal.  Write the word “Challenge” in the message box.

We serve remembering what Jesus said “Go and make disciples of all nations” and “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

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By Rev. Robert Selle

Immokalee, FL – Over a hundred people gathered at the Immokalee Amigos Center to participate in the ordination and installation of Karl Glander on October 16, 2016.  Accompanied by his wife, Ginny, their sons Jeff and Matt, and local LCMS clergy, Rev. Glander made his solemn vow that with the help of God he will perform the duties of the pastoral office in conformity with Holy Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions.  Rev. Jon Zehnder, Second Vice-President of the LCMS Florida-Georgia District, vested Karl with a red stole, symbol of the pastoral office.  Rev. Richard Browning, Circuit Visitor performed the rite of installation.

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Rev. Glander now joins our team of pastors working in Immokalee: Pastors Andre Mezilus and Saint Luc Charelus serve Bethlehem Haitian Church, while Pastor Bob Selle serves as missionary pastor for our Hispanic congregation.    Pastor Glander is called to serve with special emphasis on the English speaking family members of the predominantly immigrant community of Immokalee.

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By Pastor Bob Selle

Next year “Amigos en Cristo” will celebrate 20 years of ministry.  For two decades we have provided immigrants to Southwest Florida with the tools to be successful and contributing members of our community and the Kingdom of God.

To help us kick off our 20th anniversary, Judy Small, widow of longtime volunteer and board member Bob Small, has offered a $20,000 challenge grant to help us grow.

Any donation to Amigos Center that you give by December 31, 2016 that exceeds what you gave last year will be matched up to $20,000. This Challenge Grant represents a potential financial increase of $40,000!  This challenge grant together with your above-and-beyond gift will put Amigos en Cristo in a strong financial position heading into the New Year.

Because of your financial support, during the next 12 months we expect to:

  • Enroll one of our Hispanic church leaders from Immokalee with the Center for Hispanic Studies at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO. This will lead to his ordination into the pastoral ministry in four years.
  • Charter our Hispanic Lutheran Church in Immokalee as a member congregation of the Florida-Georgia District of the LCMS
  • Open an eye clinic in our Immokalee Amigos Center in partnership with another non-profit;
  • Expand our new Hispanic ministry in Lehigh Acres in partnership with one of our supporting LCMS congregations;
  • Continue to provide ESOL, emergency food and clothing to hundreds of poor in Immokalee;
  • Continue providing affordable legal immigration help for families and for victims of domestic violence.

You can double your gift to Amigos Center by making a special gift before December 31:

  • Send a check, just write the word “Challenge” in the memo line, make payable to AMIGOS CENTER and mail it to our administrative office: 7401 Winkler Road, Fort Myers, FL 33919, or use the enclosed remittance envelope; or
  • Click the DONATE NOW button on our website amigoscenter.org and make your contribution by credit card or by Pay Pal.  Write the word “Challenge” in the message box.

We serve remembering what Jesus said “Go and make disciples of all nations” and “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

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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/.

 

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

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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