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Learning Lessons in Music

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Our Lord has given our ladies the gift of music lessons. Mr. Michael Simons, who also serves as a Sunday school flute instructor, has dedicated his time to providing flute lessons to our ladies in the name of the Lord.
For the past six months, Michael has spent an hour every Sunday afternoon teaching the ladies how to play the flute. They have developed a deep interest and commitment to practicing in preparation for their weekly flute lesson. Tiffany has especially grown a passion as all of the ladies move forward in lesson.
Please pray for Michael Simons and that he may continue to bless our ladies with the beauty of music.
“Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good; sing praise to his name, for that is pleasant.”
Psalm 135:3

Christmas Celebration with Gulf Coast High School Key Club

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The ladies were blessed to begin the holiday season in the company of members from the Gulf Coast High School Key Club. Six students visited the home to share many Christmas activities. The ladies were overjoyed to decorate their 8-foot tall Christmas tree with the students in preparation for the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
The ladies spent the day baking and decorating cookies with the help of the Key Club members. The students also made Christmas crafts with the ladies and were delighted to embrace the holiday spirit for His Glory.
Join us in prayer for the students of the Gulf Coast High School Key Club and that they may continue to bring light to the lives of our lovely residents.
“And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.”
John 5:11

Gulf Coast Key Club Christmas Celebration & Flute Lesson

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Tiffany’s Birthday!

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Prayer Breakfast 2016

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First Baptist Church of Naples – My Friend Dennis

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dennisEvery Wednesday and Friday, Dennis comes knocking on the door of the FBCN Finance Department. We know his “knock” and I smile as he comes in with his shirt tucked into his pants that are riding pretty high on his belly, and his belt cinched tight. His white tennis shoes with Velcro fasteners are always crossed at just the right angle.

Dennis is 46 and I love to have him visit to bring me into his world and give me an update on things. He comes in, sits down in the same chair, puts his brush, the one he cleans with that usually has a lot of hair in it he’s swept up, and we begin to “chew the fat.” It usually goes like this every time,

Dennis: Hi! How you doin’?
Me: What’s up, buttercup, I’m good, how ‘bout you?
Dennis: We got the land for the group-home-house! But we don’t have the house. What are you going to bring me when I move into my new house?

Dennis will be a partaker of the Protected Harbor home for men with special needs once they are able to raise enough money to fund the building project. He then goes on to tell me who is going on/off the Protected Harbor board, who isn’t doing their job to get this home built, and a variety of other things that I won’t go into so as not to incriminate my friend! So continuing from our last question…..

Me: Diet coke and a candy bar. Do you want cookies or a balloon?
Dennis: No, just a diet coke and a candy bar.
Dennis: How’s Bella (my dog), where’s Carleton (my husband), and where’s Caroline (my daughter who is grown now and lives in Nashville whom Dennis knew).
Me: Bella is sleeping on my bed, Carleton’s at work, and Caroline BETTER be at work!
Dennis: Are you coming tonight? (Dennis goes to Wednesday night activities and the dinner).
Me: Yes, I’m coming tonight.
Dennis: What are you going to wear?
Me: What do you think I should wear?

And on we converse for about 10 minutes about Joe and his bowling score, and how Joe always brings a drink into the bowling alley and Dennis always tells him to take it out of there. We talk about FBA football and if they will win or lose the game, even if they aren’t playing this week. He always says, “Do you want me to talk to Billy about it?” We talk about the election and Dennis wants to make sure I’m not going to vote for Hillary.

Dennis brings hope into my office. He is my reminder that God sees our crazy world and how much fretting goes on about it. So He sends Dennis to remind me-it’s not about me or how bad things look, or what’s to come of our country, my family, or my life. He is always smiling, always has a friendly word, always takes care to visit each and every one of us, even if he just says Hi. If we have to get back to work, he understands, because he should be getting back to work too! But we don’t really care how much work he does. He’s had a job at FBCN for many years but his real job is letting God shower His kindness on us through Dennis. His needs are simple; he is not stressed about his life or his job. He isn’t wondering what will become of him when his parents get older. He trusts that someone is always looking out for him. He loves a good laugh, and is endlessly looking for something to satisfy his sweet tooth. Dennis is God’s gift to me as a reminder that He is in charge and I’m not to worry about my life because Dennis doesn’t. End of story.

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Lucky Strike at the Special Olympics

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“Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt”,  is the Special Olympics athlete’s oath that was quoted by our ladies before the start of their Special Olympic Bowling Games on Saturday, September 17th.
The Special Olympics oath originated with Eunice Kennedy Shriver jotting down these words on the morning of July 20, 1968 — just ahead of the opening of the very first Special Olympics International Games. She recited them at a brief Opening Ceremony at Chicago’s Soldier Field before the start of competition.
The ladies were blessed to spend the day having a fabulous time and all received ribbons which they proudly showed to friends and family. Please pray for God’s continued blessings on our Protected Harbor home.
“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”
Philippians 4:13 

It is not too late to RSVP to Protected Harbor’s Annual Prayer Breakfast!

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Wonderful Time at the Wizard of Oz

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The ladies of our blessed home spent the evening of Saturday, July 16th attending the theatrical production of the Wizard of Oz at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theater in Fort Myers.
The enchanting tale of Dorothy, Toto, and their new friends on the yellow brick road was complemented by a delicious dinner. The ladies had the opportunity to choose between multiple delicious entrees of beef stroganoff, fried chicken, and baked fish.
They loved dressing up for a night at the theater enjoying themselves and singing along to the classic musical, they are very excited to for their next outing to the Broadway Palms Dinner Theater.
“Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.” Psalm 95:1

November 4 – Prayer Breakfast

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Protected Harbor invites you to our Sixth Annual Prayer Breakfast celebrating six years of blessings since the opening of the Fort Myers ladies’ home. This event will be a special time to rejoice in God’s Spirit that Protected Harbor relays in the form of loving care for the ladies served.

guests2The event will take place on Friday, November 4, 2016 at the The Vineyards Country Club in Naples from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. The cost of this event is $30 per person or $240 per table of eight.

Our featured speaker will be Harry Mihet, Vice President of Legal Affairs and Chief Litigation Counsel for the Liberty Counsel. Harry will join us as our featured speaker once again to bring his passion and expertise on current legal issues in Southwest Florida as well as our country that are relevant to Protected Harbor’s values.

Please pray for God’s wisdom for Harry as he carries His message in discussing the current events in our society and the relevant importance of Protected Harbor’s work of empowering life through nurturing care. Also pray for God’s blessing on this joyous breakfast to enlist donors as well as additional prayer partners.

If you wish to attend, please call Patricia Milford Schubring at (239) 597-4514 to make your reservations.

“Then you and your household will eat in the presence of the LORD your God and rejoice with all the works of your hand with which he blessed you.”
Deuteronomy 12:7