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Karl Glander

Karl Glander

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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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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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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 You can make a difference in the life of the children of Immokalee farmworkers.  We have opportunities for you to help during the summer recess from school.

  • Vacation Bible School: June 20 – 23

We are using the Barnyard Roundup curriculum from Concordia Publishing House.  We need help with snacks, crafts, songs and Bible story time.

  • 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.

For more information contact Karl Glander (239) 293-1489 about the VBS or Donna Selle (239) 281-1665 about the Storytime Nana program.

 

 

 

By Rev. Robert Selle

 On Sunday March 6 our Immokalee Lutheran Church was pleased to receive Virginia Herrera and six of her children into the Christian faith through the washing away of their sins by baptism into the name of Jesus.

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This was a big step for her and her children, one that they did not enter into lightly. Virginia and her family have participated in our Immokalee worship community for several years. We studied Scriptures and talked often about baptism and what it means to be a child of God. Pray for Virginia and her children as they embark on a new walk with Jesus as the focus of their family.

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Fundraising Luncheon

(Pictured from left to right)

Christiina Leddin (Immigration Specialist), Lindsay Ray (Immigration Attorney), Rev. Robert Selle (Pastor/CEO), Anastacia Hernandez (Immokalee Housekeeping), Nancy Ramirez (Immokalee Receptionist), Vicar Karl Glander (Immokalee Service Director), Rev. Andre Mezilus (Pastor Bethlehem Haitian Church), Rev. Saint Luc Charelus (Pastor Bethlehem Haitian Church) and Donna Selle (Bookkeeper). Not pictured are Eileen Ortegon and Maria Isabel Diaz.

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