Continuing to Celebrate the Resurrection - Sunday Service Preview 4/12/15

Dear Friends,

Easter is an extended season of celebrating Christ's resurrection. While the celebration of Christmas begins weeks, if not months, before the actual event, we tend to think of Easter as only Easter Sunday.  It is the one event that changes everything and its celebration continues as resurrection appearances are revealed.  Among his appearances is the story of his appearance to two on the Road to Emmaus.  This story is found only in the gospel of Luke, the evangelist who has a penchant for details other gospel writers often overlooked.  The manner in which his appearance to these two is gripping.

Serving Him together,
Rev. Les Wicker
First Congregational Church of Naples

Come and Celebrate His Glorious Resurrection!

The Tomb is Empty

Dear Friends,

Easter is the highest and most holy day of the Christian year.  Without Easter, there would be no Christmas for it is on Easter and the resurrection of our Lord that our entire faith rests. As the Apostle Paul said, "If there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ ha not been raised; If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.'

I Corinthians 15: 13-14.  Easter is, in fact, the centerpiece of our faith and His resurrection is our hope of life eternal in His kingdom.

We have a wonderful and inspiring service planned for you and your family and friends. Why not reach out to someone and invite them to share in this experience.

Serving Him together,
Rev. Les Wicker
First Congregational Church of Naples

Palm Sunday Service

Please join us for the Palm Sunday Parade that will begin at the Target Shopping Center (Regions Bank) and march down Immokakee Road to the church. Palm branches will be available at the site.

Palm Sunday is one of the great holidays of the Christian year. It is Christ's Day of Triumph prior to his betrayal and suffering. Palm Sunday crosses will be available for all worshippers. Palm frons will be laid down the church aisle as a reminder of Histriumphant entry into Jerusalem.

Palm Sunday Message: A Special Message reflective of The Parable (1964) (Look up on line) will be focus on Jesus' Triumphant Entry into Jerusalem as the Prologue of Tragic Things to Come.

Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday!

Pastor Les Wicker

FCCN Easter Youth Video Contest

A couple of weeks ago our youth were challenged to create their own video about the Palm Sunday and Easter.  The youth have been busy working on their videos and we now have our first entry from Jacob Sokolich.......(It's really good!.....warning:  Get out the Kleenex).  Please see the video below.
Pastor Les Wicker

Look for other Palm Sunday / Easter .. More Videos coming up soon! To view all contest submissions, please visit

Additionally, it is not too late to take part in the video contest. For more information on the contest, please visit:

FCCN Service Preview (3/22/15) - 5th Sunday of Lent

Life can throw us some real curve balls from time to time.  These come often at most unexpected moments and we are never prepared for them.  They can come in terms of disappointment, grief, trial, betrayal, or unexpected trials.  The question becomes one of overcoming and healing those things that can be an impasse to the joy in life that God intended. No doubt Christ felt such painful blows as he made His way to the crucifixion...He felt all of those deep hurts....disappointment, grief, trial, betrayal, and the unexpected cross.  But in the end He was triumphant and God raised him not only from the grave, but gave Him His place of honor as He is seated at the  Father's right hand.  The focus of this Lenten service will be Healing Our Hurts, taking our cue from the One who overcame the world.

Bullet Points from the Message

Miracle Limbs Charity Golf Tournament

JUST CHECKING - The First Congregational Church of Naples, Fla., and its member Frank Rostron present a check for $90,015.00, raised through a charity golf tournament on Oct. 25th, 2014, to the Miracle Limbs Foundation started by First Congregational member Bob Ayres. Miracle Limbs helps people who need prosthetic limbs and cannot afford them. For more information on Miracle Limbs, please visit

Pictured from left to right: Frank Rostron, Robert Ayres, Rev. Dr. Les Wicker, and Jonathan Lombardi.

FCCN Service Preview (3/15/15) - The Fourth Sunday of Lent

FCCN Preview Service

It is always important to finish a race, whether in a marathon or in the race of life. The words of Paul found in II Timothy 4:7 say so much about finishing the race of life, "I have fought a good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."  The message on Sunday will focus on ways to finish the race of keeping our faith the in the race of life.  You will want to read and think about the verses found in Philippians 3: 13-14 in preparation for the message.
Bullet points include:

  • Removing Distractions
  • Remembering Our Reason for Running
  • Renewing Ourselves Daily
  • Resisting Discouragement
  • Relying on Christ for Strength for the Run

Two Great Vocalists to Join Talents

James McDuffy and Michael Conway will be joining their voices to sing "He Touched Me" and "It Is Well with My Soul."