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At Community Presbyterian, we believe that the church exists not just for its members, but for the good of our community and world. We find a sense of purpose and meaning as we joyfully participate in the work God is doing. We invite you to join us as we share God’s love in tangible ways, in our community and beyond.

To discover ways to serve at CPC, please email us or call (941) 474-9579

Ministry in the Community

Meals on Wheels – CPC began the Meals on Wheels ministry in the tiny kitchen in Coburn Hall in 1968. Today it is a separate non-profit but still is housed on our church campus, in a stand-alone building on the corner of Church Avenue and Loma Linda Drive. Our members continue to volunteer faithfully, and a CPC member always serves on the Meals on Wheels Board. Englewood Meals on Wheels provides a nutritious meal and a watchful eye on the health and safety of their clients. They help clients who are unable to prepare meals to continue to live independent lives. Often, delivery teams are the only visitors they come in contact with. Englewood Meals on Wheels relies on client fees, which do not cover the costs of the meals, and donations to fulfill their mission accomplished by an all-volunteer organization. To volunteer, please call 941-474-4445

Habitat for Humanity of South Sarasota County – In January 2019, CPC began a new relationship with Habitat for Humanity. As part of our mission goal to engage in systemic issues like affordable housing, we covenant to support and pray for the work of Habitat. We will have several days each year where teams from CPC will volunteer on Habitat builds. We also encourage people to shop at and donate to the Habitat Re-Store. If you want to be part of CPC’s work with Habitat, please call the church office. For more information about Habitat of South Sarasota County (including how to donate or volunteer at the Re-Store):

F.I.S.H. – CPC was one of the founders of FISH, which stands for Friends in Service to Humanity. FISH provides transportation to medical services or shopping. Volunteers receive telephone calls and arrange for transportation. Drivers transport people as needed. There is always a need for more telephone volunteers and drivers. Call 941- 475-4494.

Local Food Collections – We have an on-going collection of non-perishable food items for local food pantries. Containers are in the narthex and in Kastner Hall. A Deacon delivers the food to the pantries each week.

Jubilee Center – Jubilee Center offers services and resources to local people in need. CPC supports Jubilee Center with volunteers, donations and financial gifts.

Helping Hand – CPC supports Helping Hand Food Pantry with financial gifts and other donations.

On The Spot Aid – On The Spot Aid, Inc is a street medicine outreach, providing assessments, treatments, education, and provision of basic first aid supplies in public places where the homeless can be found in the Venice, Englewood, Port Charlotte, North Port areas. CPC hosted On the Spot Aid at a recent church dinner, donated medical supplies and is assessing further support for this worthy cause. For those interested in volunteering or donating, please contact them at

Ministry Beyond the Community

Misión Peniel – CPC has a passion for our Presbytery’s mission to farmworkers in Immokalee. Every Friday, Misión Peniel provides meals for 500+ farmworkers and their family members. Misión Peniel also provides supplies such as diapers, toilet paper, and paper towels, as well as clothing and other basic needs. Pastoral care is provided to farmworkers, including counseling, hospital visitation, and assistance in orienting migrants to a new culture. CPC sends volunteer teams to Misión Peniel about eight times a year, helping with the Friday ministries, working in the Garden, and doing other work at the mission center. We also provide Christmas gifts for about 75 children every December. We collect and deliver rice and beans; a container for donations is in Kastner Hall. Last year, we provided 553 pounds of rice and beans! By supporting Misión Peniel, we are fulfilling our mission to GO and share God’s love through transformational mission beyond the community. If you would like to be involved in this valuable ministry, please call the church office. For more information about Misión Peniel:

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance – In times of disaster or catastrophe, PDA is the healing presence of the Presbyterian Church (USA). PDA responds after natural disasters, as well as human-created crises such as mass shootings. We support PDA with our financial gifts, donations, and volunteer efforts. For more information, contact the church office.

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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 grew up in Auburn, Maine. She 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 for a year while at Southern Seminary. After spending a summer in the UK, she holds a certificate in choral studies from Cambridge University. For twenty-six years, Linda served as an Associate Minister in three American Baptist churches- in Iowa, New York and Connecticut. She also taught private piano and organ students during those years. Wanting to experience a career in a “corporate America” she took a position with Pfizer Pharmaceuticals in Groton/New London, CT as an Executive Associate In Clinical Development.  At the same time, she served as Organist/Choir Director in Noank, CT. After nine years at Pfizer, she decided to return to full-time music, teaching Middle School music in a private school in Stonington, CT as well as continuing as Organist/Choir Director (handbells, youth and adult choirs) in Noank, CT. Linda now resides in Venice, FL. Besides being “mostly” retired, she is the Organist/Director of Music at Community Presbyterian Church in Englewood.  In her free time, she is a chauffeur, maid and butler to a very silly, but adorable shepherd-mix dog.

Colleen was born and raised on a farm in southwest Ohio until her parents retired and became snowbirds spending a good portion of their time living in Englewood. They attended CPC and fell in love with it. Colleen was active in the church community outreach activities and choir throughout her junior high and high school years until she returned to Ohio to finish her last year of high school and college. She graduated as valedictorian and received both her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Education. She continued to visit her parents and CPC every chance she got and sang with the choir again each time. Colleen taught 4th grade in Ohio for years before moving to Englewood full time where she taught 4th and 5th grade for the Charlotte County Public Schools. When her twins Malori and Whitni were born, they were baptized at CPC and Colleen became active as a Deacon and leading the BLAST youth program at church. She loves being a part of our church and looks forward to her new chapter as the Finance Secretary. Colleen is also the proud dog mom of 2 dachshunds Gus and Otis. Her family keeps her busy and brings her so much joy. She is truly blessed.

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.