When Helen Stine moved to Naples 18 years ago, she went through the phone book to find the nearest Lutheran Church.  She wanted to find a dynamic church with Bible-based sermons that were educational and insightful.

Following her first church service visit, Helen was invited by Fran to Sunday Bible Study led by Pastor Frank.  “It was a small group. Everyone was very friendly but not intrusive. I liked that the people were from all parts of the U.S.” Pastor Frank started a group called Sharing and Learning Together (SALT). SALT was a small group that met for a meal, Bible study and prayer.  The friendships and support formed in this small group remain important to Helen today.

“Everyone was very friendly but not intrusive”

In addition to learning with and through the people in her small groups, Helen said, “the sermons are outstanding. They are not ‘I’ based but ‘we’ based.  You come away with a new perspective.”  She also loves the music.  “The music itself stands alone.  It is just wonderful.”

Helen feels fulfilled at Emmanuel. “I love being part of the congregation.  I feel like I belong here.”

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