We invite you to come to our church and worship with us anytime. The Episcopal Church members are held together by our common worship and the loving respect we give to each other. Our worship is Biblically centered and highly participatory; modern, but poetic and of ancient origin.
The sacrament of Holy Communion, the Last Supper Jesus shared with His disciples, continues to be central to our worship and present to us today. All baptized persons are invited to share in this meal of bread and wine.
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Fr. Shevlin's Message
So There They Were
Simon, Andrew, James, and John, in the same place where they spent most of their days, doing the things that took up most of their waking hours. They probably expected that the next day would be much the same, and the day after that and many more days and weeks and years. You see, they were poor men; they had to work hard to make a living for themselves and their families. No doubt they were good Jews and they observed the Sabbath and listened to the readings from Scripture and spent time with their families and friends. But mostly, they fished.
And then along comes this man, Jesus, passing along the Sea of Galilee. And what was He doing? He was; “proclaiming the Good News of God, and saying, 'The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near, repent, and believe in the Good News." "Follow me and I will make you fish for people," He said to Simon and Andrew -- and immediately they left their nets and followed Him. Then He called James and John, and they left their father, Zebedee, in the boat with the hired men, and followed Jesus. They followed Jesus, without giving it a second thought.
What we need to wonder is, why do you suppose that was? Was it just because Simon and Andrew and James and John were gullible men? Or maybe it was because there was something about Jesus that they didn't even think twice about it? They didn't know, they really couldn't have known, at that point, who He really was or where their choice to follow Him would lead. But there was something about Him that they just could not resist. In a way, God was being made known to them, and would continue to be made known to them in the person of Jesus Christ. It was an epiphany!
And it isn't just Simon and Andrew and James and John to whom God is made known in the person of Jesus. And it isn't just Simon and Andrew and James and John who are called to follow Jesus Christ. Jesus calls each of us to follow Him -- and He calls us every single day, wherever we are and whatever we are doing!! We don't have to be rich and we don't have to have a lot to offer. We just have to be willing to follow. We have to be willing to make ourselves available, so that God may use us. Use us by spreading the Good News and bringing others to Christ! But sometimes we are selfish or improper in our thoughts!! Because sometimes we feel it is only people like us who will be saved, you know; who are deserving of it. Really none of us are deserving!! It’s not our place to say who should be saved; because that’s up to God!! Jesus doesn't promise that the journey will be a smooth road. We have all experienced difficulties haven’t we? Jesus does promise that He will be with those who believe in Him!
Healing Service and
Soup & Salad Meal follows in the Parish Hall
Announcements & Events
The Blessings of a New Church Roof
First Sunday Brunch
@ 9:30 a.m.
No better way to start the first Sunday of the month than with a hearty breakfast of eggs, pancakes and sausage.
Join us for a breakfast at 9:30 a.m., between services.
You don’t need to bring anything!!!
Just and enjoy the food, fun and fellowship.
Sunday School Kickoff
September marked the start of Sunday School for parishioners of all ages, from nursery to adults.
Three of our younger parishioners attended Sunday School and were learning about the creation. And as a part of that they created things themselves out of clay.
We encourage everyone to attend class between services, starting at
9:30 a.m. to learn more about the God we worship and Jesus Christ his son.
As a new outreach program to the community of Okeechobee, we are partnering with the Council on Aging to work with neighbors in our city to address crucial needs. We hope to sponsor at least one SOS day per quarter. Currently, we have two families in need with projects which require basic carpentry skills.
If you are interested in volunteering, please see either Fr. Jim or Kay Mueller.
(Hebrews 13:16 "Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.")
The Book Club
Meets on Sunday, October 9th
@ 2:00 p.m.
Twelve Extraordinary Women: How God Shaped Women of the Bible
The book is a poignant and personal look into the lives of some of the Bible's most faithful women. Their struggles and temptations are the same trials faced by all believers at all ages. The book, written by John MacArthur, shows that the God to whom they were so committed is the same God who continues to mold and use ordinary people today.
If you are interested in reading the book, please use the signup sheet at the back of the church to order copy for $10.
Church Yard Sale
Our church yard sale will be held on November 5th from 7 a.m.- 2 p.m.
If you have nothing to donate, maybe you would like to contribute by making baked goods for the sale table!
If you have any questions or want to make a donation, please contact:
Rose Bangert @
Altar Guild Volunteers Needed!
The church desperately needs volunteers for our Altar Guild! If you would be willing to help out, or you sense God calling you to this ministry, see Hazel Parnis, Deacon Deche, or Fr. Jim immediately or call the church office at