One of the trademarks of our 4 years as Chapel pastor and spouse is dealing with setbacks.
In March of 2020 the Covid 19 pandemic closed us down. The next season the pandemic limited our access to the Chapel and the number of people who were willing to gather for worship. This year Covid has subsided, but another storm called Hurricane Ian devastated the islands.
The good news is that God showed us new ways to connect with one another. Our setbacks fueled our comeback.
After more than three months of restoration, it was a joy to Worship inside on Palm Sunday. Every day people visit and smile when they see the finished product. The Chapel looks great again.
There are so many to thank for bringing us through the storm. It would be impossible to name everyone, so let’s just say thanks for sharing your time, talent and financial resources.
Now we look forward to next November and the beginning of a new season.
Pastor Doug Dortch and his wife Judy will bring a fresh spirit to our precious Chapel by the Sea. Know that Rosie and I will always have love in our hearts for you all. What a blessing and privilege it has been to serve the Lord in this place.
As we bid farewell, the words of a song written by Michael W. Smith came to mind. And friends are friends forever, If the Lord's the Lord of them. And a friend will not say never 'Cause the welcome will not end. Though it's hard to let you go In the Father's hands we know That a lifetime’s not too long to live as friends.
Captiva Chapel by the Sea & Captiva's Historic Cemetery (just beyond the Captiva Memorial Library at the corner of Chapin Lane & Wiles Drive)
11580 Chapin Lane Box 188 Captiva, FL 33924
A historic and sacred space, on serene Captiva Island.