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(The following is taken from the new Anglican Catechism,
To Be A Christian, pub. April 2014)


Why did Jesus suffer?

Jesus suffered for our sins so that we could have peace with God, as prophesied in the Old Testament: “But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5).


In what ways did Jesus suffer?

On earth, the incarnate Son shared physically, mentally and spiritually in the temptations and sufferings common to all people. In his agony and desolation on the cross, he suffered in my place for my sins and, in so doing, displayed the self-denial I am called to embrace for his sake. (Hebrews 4:14-5:10; Mark 8:34-38; Philippians 2:5)

Why does the Creed say that Jesus suffered under the Roman governor Pontius Pilate?

The Creed thus makes clear that Jesus' life and death were real events that occurred at a particular time and place in Judea in the first century A.D. (Matthew 27:22-26)

What does Jesus' crucifixion mean?

It means that Jesus was executed as a common criminal. He was scourged, mocked, and nailed to a cross outside the walls of Jerusalem . Though humanly a miscarriage of justice, his execution fulfilled God's plan that Jesus would bear my sins and die the death that I deserve, so that I could be saved from sin and eternal condemnation and reconciled to God. (Matthew 20:28; 27:32-37, Romans 5:10-11; 2 Corinthians 5:18-19)

Why does the Creed make a point of saying that Jesus died?

The Creed makes the point to emphasize that Jesus died a real, bodily death such as all people face because of our sins. (Matthew 27:45-51)

Why does the creed emphasize Jesus' death in this way?

The Creed emphasizes Jesus' death to counter suspicions that Jesus did not truly die on the cross, to celebrate the fact that He died there to secure our salvation, and to prepare our minds to grasp the glory of his bodily resurrection.

What does the Creed mean by saying that Jesus descended to the dead?

That Jesus descended to the dead means that he truly died; his spirit did not remain with his body, but entered the realm of death. (1 Peter 3:19)

What does the Creed mean when it affirms that Jesus rose again from the dead?

It means that Jesus was not simply resuscitated; God restored him physically from death to life in his perfected and glorious body, never to die again. His tomb was empty; Jesus had risen bodily from the dead. The risen Jesus was seen by his apostles and hundreds of other witnesses. (1 Corinthians 15:3-8)

What kind of earthly life did Jesus have after he rose from the dead?

Following his resurrection, Jesus spent forty days visiting and teaching his followers. He appeared to his disciples, spoke to them, invited them to touch him and see his scars, and ate with them. (John 20:19-23; Luke 24:23-49; Acts 1:3)




Doris Sellers, wife of Bishop Franklin Sellers, went to be with her Lord on March 31, 2015 at the age of eighty-nine. She is survived by Bishop Sellers, their sons, Franklin, Walter, David, and Paul and their families. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Sellers family at this time. There's a Memorial Service Saturday, April 11, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. Marco Presbyterian Church, 875 West Elkcam Circle , Marco Island , Florida 34145 . There will be a Memorial Service here, but date and time to be announced.




The Lenten Soup Suppers & Services, which began on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, concluded Wednesday evening, March 25, 2015. We wish to thank those who prepared soup, salad, and bread for the suppers.


The Annual Parish meeting was held on Sunday, March 22, 2015. It was preceded by a pot luck lunch. Reports were made and officers were elected to the Vestry and Parish Council. Vestry: Senior Warden, Bill Nash; Junior Warden, George Yapp; Vestrymen for 2015-2018 voted in: Yemi Onayemi and Franklin Sellers. Parish Council: Rev. Dr. Derrick Hassert and Franklin Sellers.


“The Last Supper” Play was presented on Maundy Thursday, April 2 at 7:00 p.m.

We appreciate all who were in attendance and gave so generously to Love INC. We give praise to our Lord and Savior for the opportunity to present this play about Jesus and His disciples.

We heartfully thank our Cast & Crew which included:

NARRATOR & Angel - Madeline Levi;
Portraying JESUS - William R. Garrison;
DISCIPLES in Speaking Order:
SIMON PETER – Raymond Nowicki,
ANDREW – Benjamin Anderson,
JOHN – Franklin Sellers, Jr., (Sub. Pastor Levi),
JAMES, John's brother – Funmi Onayemi,
JAMES, the younger – Ike Nwosu, Jr.,
MATTHEW – Yemi Onayemi,
THOMAS – Robinson Ike Nwosu,
JUDAS ISCARIOT played by – Jacob Tjoelker,
PHILIP – Rev. Philip Tjoelker,
JUDAS THADDEUS – Richard Nyboer;
GOD'S SERVANTS – Bethany Tjoelker and Tola Balogun,
DIRECTOR – Patty Levi;
LIGHTS: Mikayla Nowicki;
PHARISEE's VOICE: Ray Nowicki;
SCENERY & PROPS: Tutu Balogun and helper, Cordelia Olotu;
CAMERAMEN: Rev. Frank Levi/Mark Levi;
Make-up BEARDS: Elaine Spencer;
BEHIND THE SCENES WORK: Main Ones w/Director: Tutu, Yemi, Will, & Pastor


We thank Sara Hassert for the Easter Egg Hunt for the children.

We appreciate the ladies, especially our Guild President, Tutu Balogun, for the lovely Easter Breakfast and decorations.

The Sunday School Children recited and sang at 10 a.m., which included: Joseph and Lexie Tjoelker, Renee Hassert, Uchenna and Chidera Mochu, Stella Levi, William and Audrey Garrison. Youth who recited, sang, and/or played instruments included: Our Sunday School pianist, Bethany Tjoelker, who also played the flute; Tola Balogun, who played clarinet, and Maddie Levi on the Violin.

We had seventy-one in attendance for Palm Sunday and eighty-six for Easter Holy Communion Service. We thank and praise our Lord and Savior!





April 12 & May 3, 2015 after church



Friday 8 p.m. – Saturday 8 a.m., April 17 – 18, 2015



May 9 & September 26 from 10 to noon



Theme: “We Are All Flowers In His Garden”

Saturday, May 9, 2015, at 5:30 p.m.



Saturdays, June 13 th & 20 th , 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.



Bishop Royal U. Grote will be with us for the Annual Episcopal Visit on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015.



Sunday, September 6, 2015






Beth Garrison
Cheryl Novak
Amelia Sellers
Festus Olotu
Ijeoma Nwosu
Mark Levi
Gabriel Olajide
Gideon Olajide
Logan Sellers
Dr. Richard Oni



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