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ABOUT PINE ISLAND

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Pine Island is a  island located just west of Ft. Myers, Florida on the Gulf of Mexico. Maybe not nearly as famous as it's sister island of Sanibel, 'islanders' see that as an asset. The rural, agricultural island community of some 9000 fulltime residents prides itself on the "quiet life" and the fact that fishermen, writers, retirees, young families, and farm families cross cultural and language lines weaving a community fabric that is quite diverse. One four-way stop is the crossroads for the 15-mile long island that is host to four different communities. Matlacha is a historic village that sits on a narrow strand of land. The artsy, fishing community is a carnival of colors and the 'bridge keeper' for Pine Island's only land access, a draw bridge. St. James City is located at the far southern tip of the island and is a labyrinth of neighborhoods where almost every backyard sports a canal. The far northern tip is Bokeelia, which is home to many of the island's palm and agricultural nurseries; not to mention a "main street" of upscale galleries, B&B, and waterside residential options. The waterside community of Pineland is rich in history of the Caloosa Indians with mounds, a research center, historical nature trail, 'postage stamp' size post office, boutique lodge and priceless sunsets. Low density, plenty of open spaces, and water related sports, fishing being the stellar drawing card; continue to challenge the idea that this quiet island can continue to be a 'best kept secret"! The economics of the island and hurricane whippings of 2004 have put the island into a new light. How to pull together as an island and how to make it possible for young and old, poor and rich, retired and newly hired all to live together as a "peaceable kingdom" has surfaced to a new level in post hurricane months. Immediately following Hurricane Charley, 8/13/04, four of the island churches went into action as community shelters, resource centers, food banks, medical centers, etc. These initial efforts by the Catholic, Episcopal, Lutheran and Methodist Churches on the island have evolved into a faith-based long term recovery center for the island, Beacon of HOPE (Helping Our People Everyday). The work through the recovery center and the needs of the farm workers, primarily Spanish-speaking; are just the tip of the iceberg for mission opportunities to serve the Lord. The community of many single, older folks is a wealth of knowledge, skills, energy and inspiration on the island. St. John's Episcopal Church on Pine Island may be small; but, it is mighty. The smallest of the four churches working on the recovery efforts; they are very tuned into outreach, community needs, and try to live the church mission, "Know God, Follow Christ, Serve Others."

 

St. John's Episcopal Church

7771 Stringfellow Road

St. James City, Fl 33956

239 283-1820

239 283-8518 (fax)

Sunday Service 9:30 AM

 

Office Hours:

 Tuesday

 9 - 12 p.m.

Wednesday

 9 - 4 p.m.

Thursday

 9 - 1 p.m.

 Closed:

Monday

Friday

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