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Vacation Bible School (VBS) is a ministry outreach churches provide to educate children about God and all He has done for us. On a rainy June 7th the Amigos Center in Immokalee had a delightful and eager crowd of kids ready to have fun and learn more about their Lord and Savior. The theme this year was “A Mighty Fortress” in commemoration of the Lutheran Reformation – 500 years ago. Each day totaled 22+ kids and over 14 adult volunteers from Immokalee Lutheran Church and the Amigos Center who assisted to make this VBS possible. The ages of the kids ranged from pre-school to sixth grade. VBS has been held at this location for the past 2 years and continues to grow each year. This Vacation Bible School was a wonder opportunity for kids to socialize and learn more about religion in a relaxed and fun setting. V.B.S. has something for everyone, despite each person’s religious views. While activities are centered around teaching kids about God, V.B.S. combines fun and learning without the formality of a Sunday service. This event was provided free to the public because of the gracious donations given by members of Immokalee Lutheran Church and donations received by the Amigos Center.

We cannot thank you and the volunteers enough for your prayers and support.

 





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

Newsletter

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

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Diego’s kind words are very gratifying. Over the 13 years since he arrived in the United States with nothing, he and his family have established three Metro PCS stores and have proven themselves as faithful servants of Jesus Christ and members of our Amigos en Cristo church.

Thank you for helping make our ministry possible. Last month I announced the launching of our 20th Anniversary Challenge Grant; any donation given in November and December of this year that exceeds the amount given in 2015 will be matched up to a maximum of $20,000.  I am pleased to report that through December 15 we have received $15,451 in qualified donations.  We still have a couple of weeks to go to meet our $20,000 goal.

Thank you for your kind support of Amigos en Cristo. 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 www.amigoscenter.org and make your contribution by credit card or by Pay Pal.  Write the word “Challenge” in the message

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.”

By Rev. Robert Selle

Immokalee, FL – Experience Thanksgiving like never before with our staff and the whole Immokalee community this Thanksgiving holiday.  On Tuesday, November 22 at 4:00 PM we will begin serving a hot turkey meal in the parking lot of the Immokalee Amigos Center.   Come early and help.  Contact Pastor Bob at (239) 281-1664 for more information.

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Click here for directions to our Immokalee Amigos Center

By Pastor Bob Selle

Amigos en Cristo pastor, Pastor Andre Mezilus, was stranded in Haiti during the recent strike of Hurricane Matthew, due to the temporary suspension of airline flights out of Haiti.  He was in Haiti at the time supervising his mission congregations in Cap ‘Haitian.  He regrettably reported the death of one of his church members due to the hurricane, leaving behind a family of five (see picture).

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A blog posted by the LCMS Disaster Response reports:

“In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, LCMS Disaster Response looks to broaden aid to victims, after having seen the tragic effects of the hurricane firsthand in both Haiti and the Carolinas during Oct. 10-13 visits to the hardest-hit areas.

LCMS Disaster Response Director Rev. Ross Johnson visited Haiti, as an outbreak of cholera was complicating recovery efforts there. His visit revealed specific needs of the victims not already being addressed by various government and nongovernment agencies responding to the catastrophe.

‘We’re currently working to provide an initial 10 wells — with a goal of providing up to 50 wells — for clean water and also to provide tin roofs for some 50 area pastors and possibly 50 churches without roofs in Haiti,’ said Johnson. ’This is a focused response to the destruction and sanitation issues brought about by the storm, while other agencies are providing for medicine, food and other necessities.’”

Donations for relief work can be made directly to , LCMS Disaster Response fund or to Amigos en Cristo, Inc. to help Pastor Andre’s mission congregations.

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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.

Sheila Morales is a full-time Parish Nurse at Hope Lutheran Church and Hope’s Hispanic ministry, Amigos en Cristo.

Sheila Morales is a full-time Parish Nurse at Hope Lutheran Church and Hope’s Hispanic ministry, Amigos en Cristo.

By Sheila Morales

BONITA SPRINGS, FL – Our mission is to “Heal our community, Mind, Body and Spirit”.  Our community is our church congregations and beyond to the cities of Bonita Springs and Estero.  This involves assessing our communities health needs, identifying community resources, health curriculum, and programs to address these needs.  This requires building community partnerships with health-providers, schools, city governments, non-profits, neighborhoods and businesses to create and provide health promotion activities and training.  The Faith Community Nurse Ministry is holistic encompassing physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs.  It is bible based. Christ was and is the greatest healer who can accomplish anything.  It is leading by example, demonstrating God’s love in all that we do.  It is compassionate, giving hope to those who suffer.  It is what Christ calls us to do!  Please feel free to contact Sheila F. Morales, Faith Community Nurse @ 239-919-2295 or sheila@hopebonita.org if you have questions of want to get involved in making our community healthy!

 

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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

Amigos en Cristo

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