“It’s always too early to quit.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale
History of Our Church
We are a relatively new church, having been founded in 2004, but we are a growing congregation in Naples, Florida. The ensuing years since our founding have brought many wonderful changes including moving from the school in which we met for five years to our beautiful new place of worship, located at 6630 Immokalee Rd, Naples, Florida.
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The motto of our church, A Positive Church with a Positive Message, captures in a nutshell who we are. We believe that through connecting people with the positive aspects of life, they are able to grow and blossom and be able to share their joy and faith with a world that so desperately needs a word of hope.
First Congregational Church of Naples was founded in October, 2004, as a new church plant by the National Association in an effort to have a successful new church start. In an effort to find a successful pastor in church growth, Rev. Wicker was contacted to see if he would consider coming to Naples to start a new church. Rev. and Mrs. Wicker were living in Wisconsin at the time and thinking of retirement a couple years down the way. But responding to the invitation, they quickly made a decision as timing was crucial to plant the new church.
An announcement was made about the first service to be held in Pelican Marsh School cafeteria via the local media and an unbelievable fifty-two people showed up the first Sunday. The church grew quickly as others heard about the new church and by Charter Sunday in March, 2005, the church had seventy-five members.
Three generous gifts from members enabled the church to purchase its property at the present site in October, 2005. While it took over three years to obtain zoning and building permits, the church was ready to begin the building process in March, 2009, and the beautiful new building was ready for its first service on December 6, 2009. Along the way there have been some most generous gifts to enable the church to pay off its debt and look to expansion with two new wings for fellowship, Sunday School, and offices. In April, 2012, just over two years from the time of the first service, the church broke ground for the new facilities.
During its brief history, First Congregational Church has achieved some remarkable steps, even with the cost of the new facilities. Those accomplishments include: Growth of a dynamic music program, becoming a flagship congregation for the mission outreach of the National Association, the building of two Habitat for Humanity homes, adoption of a school to provide for needy children, a concert program, a charity golf tournament for Foundation for People with Disabilities, a mission trip to Honduras, among many other on-going ministries.