We Welcome You

Wherever you are on life's journey, you are welcome and appreciated for who you are. The best way to find out about our congregation and this opportunity for you is to visit and observe.

Please accept our invitation to worship with us on any Sunday morning or visit our grounds.  Visitors and congregants alike can enjoy meditation on our labyrinth and a walk in our memorial grounds.

We are a warm and caring community of faith, centrally located on picturesque Sanibel Island.  Welcome!

--The members and staff of Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ

Office Hours:
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. & 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Weekdays




Join us at our 11:00AM worship service November 30, 2014 and enjoy the talents of the Moeller Duo.  The rare combination of the classical guitar and cello make up the Moeller Cello and Guitar DuoTogether, guitarist Paul Moeller and his wife, cellist Kerena Moeller, have concertized throughout the United States, England and Italy.  After winning the Baltimore Chamber Music Awards Competition, the Moeller Duo toured throughout the USA. Recently, they were guest artists and judges of the International Guitar Competition in Lagonegro, Italy.  Paul and Kerena’s most recent CD, “My Better Half” contains a full range of duets from Baroque to Blues.   The new CD is available at concert performances, and on the web at www.moellermusic.com.  



Two long time pastors in the United Church of Christ will join together for a three-week course as part of the 2014-2015 Theological Studies program at the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ.  Titled "United and Uniting:  The History and Theology of the United Church of Christ," the course will explore the roots of the denomination which traces its history back to the Pilgrims and earlier.

Senior Pastor, the Rev. Dr. John H. Danner, will be joined by Pastor Emeritus, the Rev. Dr. Randall Niehoff, in teaching the course which will be offered Wednesdays, November 5-19.  Two identical sessions each week at 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM.

Dr.  Danner began his tenure as Senior Pastor in January of 2010. Prior to coming to Sanibel he served churches in the northeast, most recently in Westport, CT. Ordained in 1980, John has degrees from Bradford College, the University of Maine, Bangor Theological Seminary and Boston University. He has trained as a pastoral psychotherapist and is a Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and is also a graduate of the Shalem Institute of Spiritual Formation.

Dr. Niehoff was Danner's immediate predecessor.  He began his ministry at the church in 1991, retiring in 2007.  He attended Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, where he earned a degree in philosophy.  He earned a master's in divinity and a doctorate in ministry at Eden Theological Seminary in Webster Groves, Missouri.  He also studied at the           American School of Classical   Studies in Athens, Greece,  and the Jerusalem Center for  Biblical Studies in Israel.

Dr. Danner notes, "Ran Niehoff and I bring similar backgrounds, yet different perspectives to the denomination's rich history.  The United Church of Christ came about as the result of the merger of two denominations in 1957.  Ran grew up in the Evangelical and Reformed Church, especially strong in the Midwest.  I hail from New England, and grew  up in churches from the  Congregational tradition."

The two pastors will be joined in the third week by a special guest, Mark Behle.  Behle is a missionary of the United Church of Christ, who serves the  Lesotho Evangelical Church after 15 years of teaching mathematics and religion at  Masitise High School in Lesotho, Africa, he moved to Morija, a small town about 25 miles south of the capital city Maseru. He is the Planning Officer for the Lesotho Evangelical Church. Behle will discuss the history of mission work  in the United Church of Christ.





Biblical studies course begins Tuesday, November 4 at 10:00 AM.  The weekly sessions will   focus on the Gospel of John and the Gospel of Thomas.  The course will be taught by Pastor Danner.  The Gospel of John is chronologically the last of the four gospels in the New           Testament.  Dramatically different than the other three canonical gospels, Matthew Mark and Luke, John is the source of some of the most familiar stories about Jesus as well as some of his most famous sayings.  The Gospel of Thomas is not found in the New Testament and is one of the roughly fifty gospels to have been written in the first two centuries of Christianity.    Thomas is sometimes referred to as a Gnostic Gospel, and is largely composed of sayings of Jesus. Participants are invited to bring a Bible, though copies of the text to be studied each day will be available.  The course will take place in Fellowship Hall; is free & open to the public. 


Sanibel Christian Preschool Welcomes New Teacher - Lora Lea Plummer as the teacher of our new class for two year old students.  Lora joins Director and VPK Teacher Laura Miltner and 3 year old class Teacher Ana Abella providing students with a warm and welcoming environment in which to nurture each individual student’s developmental emotionally, educationally, physically and spiritually.  Lora adds her talents as an artist to the Fine Arts and Music component of the program.  Children are introduced to both classical music and other fine arts, and encouraged to experience these through multiple sensory expressions, including their own creative interpretations.  As a ministry of the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ, the Preschools shares in the congregations practice that all people are God’s loved children, welcoming children and families of all backgrounds.  We offer scholarships, enabling families in all economic situations an affordable, quality education.    For applications or more information please contact the Preschool through the church office at 472-0497.  







Sign up now for “Shine!” at  Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ’, our Wednesday after school  program for Preschoolers and K-5th graders. Beginning August 27  “Shine!” meets Wednesdays from 3:30pm-5pm on Wednesdays August through May, with drop-off time beginning at 2:30pm.  During the hour for drop-off we provide a snack, time for free play on our playground, or a quiet area for students to begin homework or other quiet activities. The Registration fee is $65.00 per child, maximum of $130.00 per family for the complete school year.  Scholarships are available.  Starting at 3:30pm Associate Pastor Deb Kunkel lead’s the kids with fun and activities as they discover how God’s love shines both on us and through us to others.  Preschoolers join Mrs. D (Judi Daugherty) to enjoy their own activities. We use faith and Bible lessons, arts and crafts, games, devotions, music, service projects and more!  There will also be special “guests” from our church family and from the community who will share ways to live out their faith and love from God in everyday life with the children. The program is open to the public and children of all backgrounds are welcomed.  To help make it a little easier for tight family schedules, we offer an optional “Pizza Club” at 5:00pm.  The whole family- older and younger siblings as well as parents are welcome to join us for dinner!  There is no charge, but freewill donations are accepted to help us with costs.  Take advantage of our “free trial period” on August 27, September 3 and 10.  Register your child, let them try it for three weeks, and THEN if you want them to continue, pay the $65.00 registration fee for the year.  If transportation is needed, we have parents willing to drive other students along with theirs to and from the program. Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ is located at 2050 Periwinkle Way, directly across from Periwinkle Place.  To register, see the link to the registration form below, or stop by the church office.  For more information, or if you’d like to volunteer to help, contact the church at 472-0497. 








Join us on Sundays at 7:45 AM Chapel; 10:00AM Full Service, with Sunday School and nursery care provided.

 EVERYONE IS WELCOME! Call the church for more information (239) 472-0497                                                                  






To read Pastor John's Blog click on this link: www.periwinkleponderings.blogspot.com

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Sanibel Congregational
United Church of Christ

2050 Periwinkle Way
Sanibel, FL 33957
Phone: 239-472-0497
Fax: 239-472 -5939
Email: office@sanibelucc.org

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