Hispanic Heritage Month is an official celebration of people whose ancestry can be traced back to Spain, Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean. Hispanic Heritage Month “pays tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society,” according to HispanicHeritageMonth.gov.
The festival now lasts from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 every year, but it first started out as just a weeklong celebration in 1968. Twenty years later, it expanded to dedicate a whole four weeks for the celebration of being Hispanic.
The celebration starts in the middle of the month, as opposed to the end, because the 15th marks the independence days of five Latin America countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico, Chile, and Belize follow shortly after, on Sept. 16, 18 and 21. (Source: TIME)
Come and bring your family to join our family. With our hearts and passion for the Lord, we will embrace you. Our services are led by the Holy Spirit and presided over by Pastor Orlando Ramirez (see his bio on the Staff page). Sunday worship service is held in the Fellowship Hall of the East Naples UMC on Airport Road.
Dios es amor. ¡Su misma esencia es AMOR! Pero, ¿cómo revela Dios su amor a toda su creación? Lo hace a través de su misericordia, gracia y paciencia. En el Ministerio Hispano de ENUMC acabamos de concluir una serie de estudio Bíblico en la cual aprendimos acerca de los atributos comunicables e incomunicables del carácter de Dios. Es nuestra oración, que el Espíritu Santo pueda producir en cada uno de nosotros el carácter de Dios.
Translation: God is Love. His very essence is LOVE! But how does God reveal his love to all his creation? He does so through his mercy, grace, and patience. At ENUMC Hispanic Ministry we just concluded a Bible study series in which we learned about both the communicable and incommunicable attributes of the character of God. As his church, it is our prayer that his Holy Spirit may produce his character in each one of us.
Domingos, 10:00 am
Los Miercoles, 7:30 pm
Jueves, 7:30 pm
Pastor Gary Connor served the East Naples United Methodist Church (ENUMC) from 1973 – 1975. Two years prior, a family of mixed heritage had made the courageous journey from Cuba to Miami and then across to Naples. Exploring her new surroundings one day, the mother and wife, Udene Torres, saw a sign for the East Naples United Methodist Church and made a bold declaration of faith, “This will be my church.”
Though she was born in Cuba, Udene, has a proud British heritage from parents who were from the Cayman Islands and Jamaica. The mixture afforded her the luxury of being bi-lingual (speaking fluent English and Spanish); the same was not true of her husband, Andres, and three children. However, that did not stop the family from seeking to worship at an English-speaking church.
When Pastor Connor got to know the family and further, that the language barrier existed, what he did was one of the most outstanding acts of Christian and human kindness ever.
He made a commitment to meet with the family, and with a dictionary as his aid, delivered a sermon in Spanish so that the entire family would, together, receive the Word of God. Pastor Connor did this every Sunday afternoon at 4:00 pm until he was transferred out of ENUMC.
How awesome! Just like Jesus, Pastor Connor made a bold declaration of faith and love and showed one family that they were worthy. Pastor Connor sacrificed not only his time, but also his ego—after all, he could not speak the Spanish language—to share God’s word, and to ensure that two grown-ups and three small children, received the sacraments of their Methodist faith.
The Torres Family blazed the trail for what is today the Hispanic Ministry of ENUMC. With Udene’s persistence and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, she was led to find the right contacts within the Florida United Methodist Conference to approve the establishment of ministry in 1987.
Without a local Pastor to lead, Pastors came from all over Florida to officiate over services on Sundays. The road has been a rocky one for the ministry, but the Torres Family and a few others including Udene’s brother, Howard Moxam, his wife Isabel, and their daughters have persevered. Today, Pastor Orlando Ramirez serves as the local Pastor.
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