The heavens declare the

glory of God

and the sky above proclaims

his handiwork.

Psalm 19:1

Easter 2024.
Because He Lives, I can face tomorrow!
Alleluia! Christ is Risen!
Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!
Over 185 Children of God gathered this morning
under our tent to celebrate the risen Lord!
A big thank you to the folks at Messiah Lutheran Church in Panama City. They had to make the sad decision to close their church. As the Council President, Sue Gllkiss put it, they just “aged out”. They knew about our situation and chose to donate their altar, lectern, pulpit and baptismal font and stand to us! They also sent us their paraments and communion supplies. They even sent the Christmas Tree! These lovely folks feel that, in some small way, Messiah Lutheran Church will live on here on Fort Myers Beach. Keep all these folks in your prayers as we get ready to put their things to work in our sanctuary.
March 23, 2024
In his letter to the Galatians, Paul shares a list of nine characteristics that come to fruition in the lives of Christians when they are full of the Spirit of God. He focuses on how God's Spirit gives us the power to serve others in love and suggests that we must allow the Holy Spirit to lead us. Please note that in verses 22-23 patience is one of these virtues.
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law."

It has been almost 18 months since Hurricane Ian crashed ashore at Ft. Myers Beach and ravished our little piece of paradise. During this time, we have had to exhibit an abundance of patience. But God is good all the time and I write to you with some exciting updates regarding the progress at St. Peter.

With the assistance of Keys Claims Consultants, Council settled with Citizen’s Insurance to close the wind claim. This resulted in an additional $94,100 for St. Peter above the original settlement offer of $182,819.82 which is an approximate 51% larger settlement after fees. The check has been received and deposited into our account.

A contract has been executed with Valco Contacting, LLC, a general contractor, to begin the process of the repair and rebuilding. The repair of the flooring in the sanctuary has already begun and plumbers will start by the end of the week.
The cross from Lua Hall was salvaged during demolition and will be installed at the top of the sanctuary building. Engineering details have been completed and the structural framing and stainless brackets are being purchased and fabricated. We are hoping that the cross will be a beacon of hope from its new location in a short two weeks.
A contract with GSD Construction Services, LLC has been signed for a new metal roof. Materials are being ordered and the tear off and dry-in should be started within two weeks.

An electrical permit should be issued any day and power will soon be restored to the building.
A completed set of construction/permit drawings for the renovations to the St. Peters Lutheran Sanctuary have been finished. This includes plumbing and electrical drawings for updating the restrooms for ADA compliance, the engineering for the cross, new stairways and ramps to access the building, a new lift for wheelchair accessibility and a redesigned entranceway to replace the old breezeway.

Council has voted to purchase a new 12x16 shed to replace the one lost. This will allow the storage of furniture, materials, etc. during construction and into the future. We continue with the assistance of Pastor Stehr to successfully hold regular Sunday service under the tent. This has been well received and attended with an average weekly attendance of over 75 people.
We understand that exhibiting patience can be difficult. Thank you for your patience and for the trust you have placed in the hands of the council. Let’s continue to celebrate all the things God has bestowed on St. Peter and pray for the future of St. Peter and Fort Myers Beach.
In service,
Dr. Jason Kurtz,  Council President

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at st Peter Lutheran Church
3751 Estero Blvd
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