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Religion Notes (5/28/14)

May 28, 2014
Lehigh Acres Citizen

Church group provides the community with handmade items

Buckingham Presbyterian Church's sewing and crocheting group, called Stitch-n-Stuff, contributes to the community by hand making useful items that are distributed to patients at Hope Hospice and various nursing homes, such as Page Rehabilitation Center.

Some of the items are prayer shawls, quilts, wheelchair and walker bags, afghans, arm pillows, face and neck pillows, slippers and more, which add to the comfort of patients during their rehab programs or as they approach end of life.

They do not leave out the children as things are made for Healthy Start and Orange River Elementary School. Stitch-n-Stuff has been making small quilts for the incoming kindergarten students at Orange River Elementary. For babies, they produce bibs, dolls, hats and blankets.

During a typical year, the co-ed group of about 10 produces - free of charge - 6,500 to 7,000 items for the community.

There is also a program for veterans through Hope Hospice called Valor, which helps to comfort all of the veterans. A couple of years ago, Stitch-n-Stuff made about 50 lap quilts for the World War II veterans to use on their trip to visit the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Buckingham Presbyterian Church is at 4241 Buckingham Road, Fort Myers. Stitch-n-Stuff meets Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon or 1 p.m.

If you have an interest in joining the group, call the church at (239) 694-2444 or call the group leader, Betty Carlisle, at (239) 728-1101.

Course aims to provide hope to participants

More than two million families have positively changed their financial future through Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University.

The nine-week course provides families and individuals with practical tools to gain control of their finances and set themselves up for long-term financial success.

The course meets once a week, where a different lesson is taught by Ramsey on DVD, followed by a small-group discussion.

Lessons include budgeting, relationships and money, getting out of debt, saving for emergencies and investing.

A Financial Peace University course will begin June 8 at 10:45 a.m. at the New Life Assembly of God, at 5146 S. Leonard Blvd.

For information and to register, contact Jason Goss at (239) 369-6147.

Financial Peace University lessons also include guest speakers Rachel Cruze, Ramsey's daughter, and Chris Hogan, a counselor and speaker for Ramsey's organization.

The revised Financial Peace University is offered through churches and community centers.

After purchasing a membership, each participant receives a workbook, "Dave Ramsey's Complete Guide to Money," an envelope system and an audio CD library. Participants will also have access to budgeting forms and MP3s of all the lessons.

For more information or to purchase a membership, visit online at:

Church prepares for Vacation Bible School

St. Anselm Episcopal Church will host Vacation Bible School from June 9-13 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 2201 E. Sixth St.

This year's theme is "Praise Break," Celebrating the Works of God.

There will be activities and games for all ages, as well as free lunch.

To register or for information, contact (239) 369-1916 or



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