Due to Covid19 virus, all services are cancelled until further notice.
MAY 31, 2020 SERVICE
We are a warm, friendly, welcoming church. Whether you are new to the area or just haven’t noticed us before, you are welcome to come join us in worship and our many activities. Our worship style and music are traditional. We are easy to find, on Saint Andrews Blvd., just a few hundred feet north off the Tamiami Trail (US 41) , the main highway which crosses over the Everglades.
Our MEMORIAL GARDEN, across from the entrance to the sanctuary, is a landscaped area with benches, set aside for visiting and quiet contemplation.
The members of Lely Presbyterian Church covenant with each other and with God to be a community of Christ’s people, sharing His ministry and love. This church shall focus on the Holy Scripture as the foundation and Jesus Christ as the Head of the church. The members of this church shall serve God by reaching out to all generations of His people and committing their time, talents and resources to enable the spiritual growth of the congregation.
NEWS & EVENTS
WORSHIP EVERY SUNDAY AT 10:15am
Meals of Hope – every Monday at 3:00pm in church parking lot
Girl Scout Troup #873 – Tuesday 6:30pm
Bible Study with Bill Deeb every Wednesday at 1:00pm
CHOIR REHERSAL every Thursday at 9:30am
FRIENDLIES first Thursday of month 11:30am at a local restaurant – Contact Bonnie Kluttz at 239-777-8978 or email email@example.com
Cub Scout Pack #325 – Thursday 6:30pm
Super Saturday Workday – first Saturday of month 9:00-11:00am
Cook-In – third Saturday of month – 12:00pm
DR. WILL BROWNE
A child of missionaries, Will Browne grew up in India from the age of three through high school graduating from Woodstock School, Mussoorie, UP, India. Upon returning to the USA he earned his BA from the College of Wooster, Wooster, OH majoring in Indian Studies and Political Science; a Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt Divinity School where he majored in New Testament and Pastoral Care; and received his Doctor of Ministry in 1991 from Princeton Theological Seminary.
Dr. Browne, an ‘Honorably Retired’ PCUSA minister, is “grateful to God to be serving as Interim Pastor with Lely Presbyterian Church”. His first call was to a church very much like Lely, so he feels “at home.” Additionally, he has served: two called pastorates; six interim pastorates; on Presbytery executive staff; in World Mission; and with the Medical Benevolence Foundation. Beyond that, in churches in which his wife, Rev. Dr. Lal Hmingliani Browne, served(s) as an Associate Pastor, he supported her through his involvement in the church where he enjoyed being a preacher, Adult Sunday School teacher, Bible-in-Depth teacher, and mission speaker. And as a pastor’s spouse, he baked cookies, visited parishioners, provided worship leadership, substitute preached, and attended church events. Will, as he likes to be called, was also on the board of National Church Residences, and volunteered as a hospice chaplain for 13 years.
Dr. Will Browne has a love for classical and Indian music and the vocal genius of Bobby McFerrin. He loves fiction, especially mysteries, and movies that end on a happy note. Will loves to eat and is “married to an amazing cook.” He is a devoted father, grandfather, and uncle. And, he enjoys the stories of peoples’ lives.
Dr. Browne loves “being a part of what God is doing in the world and at and through Lely Presbyterian Church in particular”.
Melanie Chadwick was born in Manhattan but grew up in Pittsburgh. Her mother, who always sang around the house, taught her to sing rounds—early practice for harmony singing! Melanie started on piano lessons quite young and was classically trained, but her true love was The Fireside Book of Folk Songs—a collection of beautifully-arranged songs, spirituals and hymns.
Melanie earned a Bachelor’s degree from Brown University, where she majored in Semiotics and Comparative Literature. After college, she circled back to New York City and worked as an editor and writer. One of the highlights of her writing career was interviewing Fred Rogers (Mister Rogers) for a profile in Parents magazine.
After ten years in New York, Melanie moved to eastern Pennsylvania. She was a staff writer at a magazine, worked as a lay hospital chaplain and taught creative writing at a local college. She lived for many years in Berks County, land of Mennonite buggies and beautiful stone barns, where she worked part-time as a substitute teacher and continued to freelance-write. She also worked as an activities coordinator at a skilled-nursing facility, where she led many sing-alongs and hymn sings, and created a residents-only chorus.
In 2016, Melanie earned a Master’s degree in Theological Studies from Moravian Theological Seminary in Bethlehem, PA. Her thesis explored the historical, cultural and theological underpinnings of bluegrass music. Note: Moravians are the oldest Protestant denomination and have many lovely traditions, including the well-known “Moravian Star.”
In May 2017, Melanie moved to Naples fulltime. Her partner, Larry, is a longtime resident of Naples who hails from eastern Kentucky. A general contractor and carpenter, he also plays banjo in a local bluegrass band. They enjoy playing bluegrass music and attending festivals.
Melanie’s hobbies include walking, swimming, reading, playing the piano, making collages, and framing. She has two grown sons--one in Massachusetts and one in Pennsylvania…and they both love music.
JoAnn Johansen joined Lely Presbyterian Church as part time Office Manager in November 2018, having previously worked for 10 years as the Volunteer Manager at the Humane Society Naples, followed by another 10 years with the Conservancy of Southwest Florida as their Volunteer & Intern Manager. She holds an AAS degree in Graphic Arts from Dutchess Community College, Poughkeepsie, NY. Regretfully she says she made the mistake of not completing the last two courses for her Bachelor’s degree in Education.
JoAnn moved to Florida from her home town of Hyde Park, NY in 1979 making Naples her permanent home in 1989. Since 1976 she has been an active member going through the chairs of women’s Masonic organizations with her father by her side: Order of the Eastern Star (Worthy Matron), White Shrine of Jerusalem (Worthy High Priestess), and the Order of the Amaranth (Royal Matron). While serving with the Amaranth, she held state offices and traveled extensively throughout Florida, the United States (including Hawaii), and internationally in England, Canada, Germany and Australia.
JoAnn and her partner, David, share their home with three feline fluff balls (Sunny, Savannah and Chris) all adopted from the Humane Society Naples during her tenure with the non-profit organization. Together they enjoy kayaking and sailing in the 10,000 Islands, and going for rides on their Harley-Davidson. Additionally, JoAnn enjoys reading, watercolor and acrylic painting, and especially takes pleasure cooking and creating new gourmet recipes.
Lely Christian Missions Organization
This organization is made up of men and women of the church, who have a heart for mission work. They meet on the second Tuesday of the month during the Winter Season. (November - April) for lunch and planning. During the Winter months they conduct a Rummage Sale and a Craft and Bake Sale to raise money for the various projects they support.
These projects include:
Monetary support for the Back Pack program of Collier County
Workers meet to pack and distribute the Back Packs
Good Shepherd Pantry
The Good Shepherd Pantry, headed by Bill Deeb, collects donations of food and money and distributes food to families with children in need in our community.
Projects carried out by the Good Shepherd Pantry are:
Weekly distribution of food to needy children in the community
Meals of Hope
Each week the Meals of Hope parks their refrigerated truck in our church parking lot. Members of our church assist with distribution of food every Monday afternoon to many needy families.
Habitat for Humanity
Each month members of the church meet and carpool to the construction site of Habitat for Humanity where they spend the morning helping with the latest construction project.
The Cub Scouts meet weekly at Lely Church. The Cub Scouts hold a pancake breakfast fund raising event after our church services each month during the Winter season.
The Girl Scouts meet in Kemp Hall weekly.