Weekly Update

2601 54th Avenue South, St Petersburg, FL 33712-4700
(727) 867-7961 ~ lakewooducc.org

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THIS SUNDAY This Sunday is a time to reflect on the image of building. What kind of lives are we building? What kind of society are we building? What materials are we using? What resources do we trust? You can read about Stephen in Acts. His story culminates in Acts 7:55-60. There are wonderful building images in 1 Peter 2:2-10. It’s all Sunday morning at 10:30. Child care provided.
SAT, MAY 17 FLORIDA CONFERENCE SPRING GATHERING: The Florida Conference of the United Church of Christ will be holding a Spring Gathering on Saturday, May 17 in Jacksonville. All are invited to pray for the Florida Conference of the United Church of Christ holding the annual Spring Gathering in Jacksonville on Saturday.
DISASTER PREPAREDNESS TRAINING: The Florida Conference of the United Church of Christ is offering Disaster Preparedness and Response Training at Good Samaritan Church (6085 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park) on Sunday May 18 at 12:15 p.m. The program will be led by Rev. Dr. Bill Wealand, the Florida Conference UCC Staff person for Disaster Preparedness and Recovery. Please consider attending this important presentation which is intended to help churches prepare for and respond when disaster strikes.
SUN, MAY 18 ALUMNI SINGERS SPRING CONCERT: The Alumni Singers perform May 18 at 4:00 p.m. at Lakewood United Methodist Church (5995 Dr. MLKing St. South, St. Petersburg).
PASTOR ATTENDING EDUCATION EVENT: Rev. Wells will be attending the Festival of Homiletics in Minneapolis from Monday May 19 through Friday May 23. Please call Bill Ryland (867-7052 or 709-0485) if pastoral assistance is needed.
MON, MAY 19 FAMILY PROMISE: This is an initiative to bring faith communities together to provide temporary shelter for homeless families in Pinellas County. LUCC has committed to at least being a support congregation, helping the congregations that are able to host the homeless families of the area. The next meeting is Monday, May 19th at 7:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 1900 Gandy Blvd., 2nd Floor, Room 210. If you are interested in hearing more, please talk with Carol Shores.
WED, MAY 21 OPERATION ATTACK: Help Lakewood UCC serve the community by bagging food, sorting clothes, and serving clients at Operation Attack (Lakeview Presbyterian Church, 1310 22nd Ave. S., St. Petersburg). Contact Janet Blair to sign up or for more information (jandblair@yahoo.com or 259-9957). The remaining date/time Lakewood UCC is are scheduled to volunteer in the first half of this year is Wed., May 21st 5:30-7:00.
 MON, MAY 26 SUNKEN GARDENS TOUR AHEAD: Bill Ryland from the LUCC congregation is now working at Sunken Gardens. He will be leading a special tour for those from the LUCC congregation who are interested in learning more about the plant life of Florida and beyond! The tour is tentatively scheduled for Monday, May 26 at 10:00 a.m. Tickets must be purchased for entrance into Sunken Gardens. The tour is free.
 FRI, MAY 30 BOOK CLUB: The May book selection, The Life List, by Lori Nelson Spielman, is a novel about Brett, who at age 34 must complete a “Bucket List” she wrote when she was 14 years old. In order to get her inheritance she must do this within one year. The story is unbelievable, but entertaining. The book club will meet Friday, May 30 at 12:30 in the fellowship hall. Please bring your own sandwich. Drinks and dessert will be provided by Vita Uth. Everyone is invited.
Skyway LogoSKYWAY COMMUNITY MARKET: New hours and FIVE NEW VENDORS! Produce, Barbeque, Plants, Crafts, and more! The Skyway Community Market is held every Saturday from 10-2 on the church grounds under the trees. To volunteer for setup, clean up, or to staff the information booth, please speak with Christy Martin. Vendors and musicians are also needed.
CONTINUING lunch bunch at chattaway'sLUNCH BUNCH: On Sundays after fellowship an informal and open group gathers at a local restaurant for lunch and lively conversation. You are welcome at this gathering of friends old and new. Please check with one of the regulars–Melanie Moore, Bill Ryland, Carol Shores, or Ruth Halderman–about the details for this week. Pictured on the right is an example of some of the folks who sometimes lunch as a bunch. (Photo by Melanie Moore)
CONTINUING ELECTRONIC GIVING: LUCC is offering electronic giving. Arrangements can be made for donations and contributions to be made as account to account transfers. Credit card donations can also be arranged. Single and recurring donations can also be made at the church website through Pay Pal via credit card or bank debit. Additional information, as well as authorization forms, is available at church. So far, three families have signed up for electronic giving. More are always welcome!
CONTINUING WEBSITE — lakewooducc.org: Everything you always wanted to know about the church. Go ahead and ask. The information is probably at the church website. You can subscribe and have updates and comments automatically sent to your email address. See the homepage for details. You can also keep connected with on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LakewoodUCC and on Twitter at twitter.com/lakewoodUCC.


Carolyn Moore ~ Livy Parsons Rhodes
Jerry Riesen and Knud Uth are under hospice care
Betty Harris ~ Gertie Pirazzini ~ the USA
Please keep these people in your prayers.
Calls and notes are appreciated also.








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