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Part of CPC’s mission is to help people KNOW God and GROW as disciples.  Growing in our faith is a lifelong process!  We never stop growing.  While we all are at different levels, we all can continue to grow!

Adults

Throughout the year, CPC offers Bible studies and small groups led by our Pastor and others in the church family. Some groups meet during the day, and others meet in the evening.

Christian education also is provided at some of our monthly church dinners. Watch the calendar and church newsletter for details about upcoming study groups, or call the church office for more information.

Children

Our Children’s Ministry is vibrant and growing! At CPC we love children, and we are committed to the vows we take when children are baptized, to help them know and follow Jesus Christ through our words, deeds, love and prayers.

Children are always welcome in worship.

Every Sunday, our Pastor offers a Children’s Sermon during the worship service.

From mid-September through mid-May, we provide Children’s Church.

The kids begin worship with their families, and then after the Children’s Sermon, they go with our Children’s Church leaders for age-appropriate Christian education. The children learn about God’s love through Bible stories, activities and music. All of our Children’s Ministry volunteers have had Safe Sanctuary Training and have passed criminal background checks.

Children's Sunday

On the last Sunday before Children’s Church breaks for the summer, we have Children’s Sunday, when the kids lead in the worship service, sharing some of the things they have learned through the year.

Monthly Church Dinners

We welcome families at our monthly church dinners, with kid-friendly menu options and fun activities. The kids build friendships and grow in their faith through art and craft activities, while the adults are engaged in the program.

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School is another opportunity for children to learn and grow in their understanding of God and scripture.

More Information

For information about any of these Children’s Ministry opportunities, please call the church office at 941-474-9579.

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With natural gifts in caregiving, Buffett is well-suited to be a pastoral care dog. He and his handler, Pastor Dawn, went through training and passed tests in order for him to become a Certified Pet Therapy Dog. Therapy Dogs are different than Service or Emotional Support Animals, in that they provide support for other people, rather than their owners. Church members regularly drop by the church office to visit Buffett. In addition to providing care in the church office, Buffett and Pastor Dawn volunteer in the community through Suncoast Humane Society.
Frank and Cathy moved to Naples, FL in 1996. Frank retired from the Newton, MA Police Department after 30 years of service. Cathy worked with special education students in Ohio. They were married in 1999. They have six children, eleven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Frank and Cathy moved from Naples to Englewood and love the small-town atmosphere.
Jeanne Jessup has been a member of Community Presbyterian Church since 1997. Before coming to Englewood, she was an elementary school teacher in Pennsylvania for thirty years. At CPC, Jeanne has served as elder, sang in the Church Choir and served, for a time, as interim choir director. Jeanne has been CPC Bell Choir Director since 2002. She has, for over ten years, been ringing bells with the ‘Distinctly Bronze’, a national audition bell choir. Jeanne invites everyone to join in ringing bells. “You do not need to know how to read music,” she says. “If you can count to four, I can teach you how to ring bells.”
Linda earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Organ/Church Music at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida and her Master of Church Music degree from Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY. She continued with pre-doctoral work at Southern Seminary and holds a certificate in choral studies from Cambridge University of Cambridge, England. Linda has served as a fulltime director of music, education and youth in three American Baptist churches, and also taught private piano and organ students. After nine years in the pharmaceutical industry, she returned to music, and for seven years, she taught middle school students, along with her church position as organist, handbell director, youth choir accompanist and adult choir director in Noank, CT. Linda now resides in Venice, FL. She is a chauffeur, maid and butler to a very large German Shepherd.
Rebecca joined CPC and became the Finance Secretary in October 2016. She is a retired licensed Professional Engineer with a BSCE from Purdue University. After practicing consulting engineering for over 20 years in NYC, she retired to manage her multiple rental properties. After her husband of 32 years’ death in 2009, she moved back to Indiana to help care for her mother, where she started a second career in accounting. In 2015 she moved permanently to her Englewood condominium, which she had been enjoying since 1999. She serves as her 48-unit condominium association president and volunteers at the Englewood Meals on Wheels.
Lisa joined the CPC staff in 2017 and has twenty years of experience in nursing, has been a Hospice Volunteer, and has care giving experience through the church. Lisa enjoys being an active member in the life of the church and has served as an Elder. Lisa and her husband, John, have been married for thirty-six years and are originally from Indiana. They have lived in Englewood full time since 2014. They have two adult children and a Westie named Millie.

Michelle has lived in Florida since 1979, when her family moved from Illinois to Englewood. Michelle graduated from Lemon Bay High School in 1984 and continued her education at SCF. Michelle has worked at CPC since 2000. Michelle has been married to Adam since 1986 and they have three sons, four grandsons, one granddaughter and two dogs, Fergus and Maggie.