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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. Last year, Meals on Wheels delivered meals to 43,000 people in the Englewood area! Our members continue to volunteer faithfully, and a CPC members always serves on the Meals on Wheels Board. 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): https://www.habitatsouthsarasota.org

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

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 volunteers 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 50 children every December. We collect and deliver rice and beans; a container for donations is in Kastner Hall. Last year, we provided 450 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: https://www.misionpeniel.com

Little Dresses for Africa – Year-long planning culminates in an all-day sewing project, when Kastner Hall is filled with people and sewing machines creating dresses to send to Africa. The motto of the non-profit Little Dresses for Africa is “We’re not just sending dresses; we’re sending hope.” Sending dresses allows girls to go to school, and the dresses are “ambassadors” that help build relationships, resulting in programs that improve quality of life for individuals and communities. If you would like to be involved, contact the church office.

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.

PCUSA Mission Co-Workers – Through Peace River Presbytery, CPC supports two mission co-worker families. Dan and Elizabeth Turk have been mission co-workers in Madagascar since 1997. In a country where 80% of the people live in poverty, Elizabeth and Dan transform lives through health and sustainable food ministries. Les and Cindy Morgan have been mission co-workers in Bangladesh since 1989. As medical doctors who also have Masters degrees in public health, Cindy and Les are involved in a wide variety of hospital, community and congregation-based health and healing work.

Beth El Farmworker Ministry – Beth El was founded in 1976 to assist Hispanic farmworkers and their families in the Wimauma area. Our Presbytery is one of the supporters of this ministry, which includes worship services, pastoral care, and assistance with basic needs. A new dental clinic provides free care to income-qualified adults. For more information about Beth El: https://beth-el.org

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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.