Weekly Update 9-28-16

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

wcsundayTHIS SUNDAY IS WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY:  Christians around the world celebrate communion and our common bond in Christ. The theme at LUCC will focus on immigrants and refugees.  Aren’t we all in need of family and home? Everyone is welcome at LUCC and all are invited to participate in communion. This is an embodiment of the belief that in God, all people are part of one family. Gratitude is expressed to Janet Blair of the LUCC congregation for helping with the resources for this service. Janet is Community Liaison for Refugee Services for the SunCoast Region of the Department of Children & Families.

COMMUNION SUNDAY:   The first Sunday of the month is Communion Sunday. All are welcome to participate in communion including children at the discretion of their parents or adults who brought them. The communion offering will be received. Funds from this offering are used to help with basic needs such as rent and utilities for people in the congregation as well as in the broader community. As you know, the need is great. Please make God’s love real with your gifts to the church and to the communion offering.

gatheringTHE “BIG EVENT” IS AHEAD: – Oct. 23, 2016
The theme for The BIG Event this year is Lakewood Base Camp:  Mission Support.  This event is a celebration of the many ways that LUCC supports mission and ministry of the church family all week.  There will be several speakers from the church family sharing how LUCC inspires and supports them in their mission in the world.  Base Camp provides hikers with supplies, information, support, and community for challenging and rewarding journeys.  So LUCC is a community of support to all in their daily lives and in their service.
This celebration of the ministry of LUCC is a reminder of how much the church means to those involved and to the world.  The BIG Event is an opportunity to make a pledge of financial resources, gifts, and talents, to support the mission of the church for the coming year.  Be part of the team.  Offer your support so that LUCC can continue to be a vibrant Base Camp of nurture and support for service and mission in the world as well as for life’s journey.  Don’t miss it!  Sunday morning Oct. 23 at 10:30 a.m.  Refreshments and fellowship following the service.  All welcome!  Bring a guest or visitor.  This is a great way to be introduced to LUCC!
REAPING THE HARVEST 2016:  As part of the celebration of abundance this fall season, you are invited to fill out the “Reaping The Harvest 2016” form and bring it/send it/email it back to the church by Sunday, October 16th.   The information will be compiled and reported back at The Big Event in November. The information will not be audited, round figures are fine. This is a way to celebrate the full ministry of this congregation in its many forms including, but not limited to, service within the church. The ministry of the church extends into society through our service and generosity 7 days a week, not just Sunday!!! There are forms at church or go to http://lakewooducc.org/2016/09/29/reaping-the-harvest-form-2016/
 WOMEN’S SPIRITUALITY GROUP FORMING AT LUCC:  Those interested in a women’s spirituality group are invited to meet after church on Sunday, Oct. 2.  Please contact Sue Sherwood for additional information.

ECKERD COLLEGE CENTER FOR SPIRITUAL LIFE FALL BURCHENAL LECTURE SERIES:   The series theme is Imagining Justice.  On Tuesday, October 4th at 7:30pm in Fox Hall, Rev. Dr. Matthew Coomber, Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at Ambrose University will be presenting Seeking Community in a Capitalist Age: A Collective Response to Poverty and Debt in the Bible and Today.  Admission if free.  For more information call 727-864-8587 or go to eckerd.edu/csl

labOUTDOOR LABYRINTH INSTALLATION:  A small group has been developing plans for an outdoor labyrinth at LUCC. Walking a labyrinth can provide spiritual opportunities, e.g., meditation, connection/reconnection with God, discernment, recovery from grief, celebration. There are trained facilitators in the congregation who would like to offer workshops in the future. To get started, the plan is to install a temporary labyrinth and evaluate its placement and usefulness. The labyrinth is expected to be available for several weeks (depending on weather conditions and its durability).  The temporary labyrinth will be installed on the front lawn of the church on Saturday, October 8, 9-10:30 am.  You are invited to help with this project.  Please wear close-toed shoes that will be suitable in case of wet grass and please bring work gloves or garden gloves, a folding chair, and a lawn rake if available. (All ages and abilities are welcome.) Please call/text Mardie Chapman so we know how many to prepare for and so we have a contact number in case of inclement weather.

veggieINTERFAITH VEGETARIAN DINNER:  All are invited to an Interfaith Vegetarian Potluck Dinner on Thursday Oct. 13 at 6:00 p.m. at Good Samaritan Presbyterian/United Church of Christ (6085 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park). This is an informal opportunity to meet and get to know people of other faiths. Everyone desiring to foster interfaith relations is welcome! To sign up, please call or email LUCC (867-7961 or lakewooducc@gmail.com)
FLORIDA CONFERENCE DISASTER MINISTRY: Clean up bucket kits ($30 per kit) and all other monetary donations are being gratefully accepted to assist those affected by flood damage. Please mark your gift “2016 Flood Relief” and mail to 9300 University Blvd, Orlando, FL 32817.


retreatIN THE COMPANY OF WOMEN RETREAT: Saturday, Oct 15th, at the United Community Church UCC. 1501 La Jolla Ave. Sun City Center, Fl. 33578.   8:30am -2:30 pm. More information and registration information is on the bulletin board at the back of the church. Registration deadline is 10/3/16. The cost is $15 and includes breakfast, lunch and materials. Register and pay online at www.uccwomen.org or mail to FL UCC Women, Barb Coons, 1419 S.E. 33rd Terrace, Cape Coral, Fl 33904.   239-549-8283, kayebarb3344@aol.com.

CIRCLES OF CARING:  Lakewood UCC has chosen to be one of the three local congregations participating in “Creating Unbroken Circles of Caring,” a program to help seriously ill people maintain meaningful contact with their spiritual communities. If you are interested in participating in this project contact Lakewood UCC member, Jim Andrews, Director of Spiritual Care at Suncoast Hospice (JamesAndrews@thehospice.org).

GUN VIOLENCE INFORMATION PAMPHLET:  Copies of a Gun Violence information pamphlet are available. This resource was created by Grace Lewis of the LUCC congregation to educate the public about gun violence.  They are located at the back of the sanctuary.  Please take them and share them.

electionELECTION SEASON GUIDELINES: The Advisors have created a statement offering guidelines for engaging in conversation and political discourse during the election season within the context of the church.  The statement is posted on the church website and on the bulletin board.  Everyone is encouraged to read the statement and respect the suggestions provided that apply to the context of the LUCC congregation.  Click here – Election Season Guidelines – for details.

USHERS NEEDED:  Please sign up to usher for services during the months of October and November.  The signup sheet is on the bulletin board at the back of the church.
ANNOUNCEMENTS WELCOME:  To have an announcement put in the bulletin or weekly update, please turn it into the church office by Wednesday at noon. Email, or voicemail, as well as written material is welcome. The church is glad to share activities and news from members and friends.
bookclubThe book club will meet October 28 at 12:30 in the Fellowship hall.  Please bring your own sandwich, drinks and dessert will be provided by Genie Terrell.  The book is  “Deep Down Under”  by: Hector Tobar.  This is the untold stories of 33 men buried in a Chilean mine and the miracle that set them free.  We would love to have more people join us. There are 16 copies of this book in the Library System,  if your local library doesn’t have the book they will get it for you, just call and request it.
CREATION CARE TASK FORCE BEING FORMED:  The church is forming a group to encourage ways that we can impact global climate change and the condition of the environment. This will include consideration of LUCC becoming a Creation Justice Church, a covenant process similar to Just Peace and Open and Affirming. Those who would like to work on creation care at LUCC are asked to speak with an Advisor or indicate interest on the attendance pad.   Charlie Lewis, Claire Stiles, and Adrien Helm will be working on this and welcome others to join them!
FAMILY PROMISE REQUEST:  LUCC is a support congregation for Family Promise, a coalition of congregations in the St. Petersburg area seeking to help homeless families with children become financially self sufficient and stable.  Family Promise has requested that LUCC collect laundry detergent.  Do, if you are able, please consider donating a jug of laundry soap.  Donations may be place in the Operation Attack shopping cart in the hallway at church.  It will be taken to Family Promise.  Many thanks!

updateFAMILY PROMISE UPDATE:    The last week LUCC will be volunteering this year will be the week of Oct. 2.  This is a change from the original schedule.  Gary Long will be coordinating the volunteer schedule for LUCC for the week.



OPERATION ATTACK UPDATE: The following are new volunteer dates for Operation Attack:  10/12, 11/7 and 12/5. The time is 6-7pm for all dates. Hope to see you there.  If you have any questions please contact Zach Blair-Andrews at zachmusicc@gmail.com.  Nonperishable food and slightly used clothing donations are always welcome.

LUNCH BUNCH: This informal and open group gathers at a local restaurant for lunch and lively conversation after the service. Please check with one of the regulars – Don Ritchie or Ruth Halderman – about the details each week.
Screenshot 2016-08-08 18.34.07NEW EZ PODCASTS!!!  No downloading! Just click and play!  Try it! Just click on the little orange circle with the white arrow in it.  Only one click and it plays!  Every week, a new podcast is posted on the church website. All our streamable podcasts are athttps://soundcloud.com/luccpodcasts   –  please tell your friends who might enjoy listening!  Keep checking back, more and more will be added each week.
childrenYOUNG PEOPLE AT LAKEWOOD: Children and young people are a vital part of the LUCC family. All children participate in the beginning of the worship service. Elementary age children and younger are invited to participate in Children’s Time during the service. After Children’s Time elementary children are welcome in Church School  Grace Lewis with assistance from others in the congregation are the teachers this year. Preschool children are welcome in the Nursery under the able care of Claudia Rodriguez. Middle and High School students participate in the Lakewood service on Sunday morning and attend the youth groups at Pass A Grille Beach Community United Church of Christ on Sunday evening during the school year. Children and young people are an integral part of this church family and the intergenerational relationships that form in this small congregation are truly a blessing!
roofRAISING THE ROOF! The church has been informed by competent professionals, that the roof will need to be replaced probably within a year or two. The Advisors do not want to jump up one Sunday and beg for a huge amount of money. Therefore, you are being asked for Shekels for Shingles. Have you a few spare coins…$1’s,…. $5’s? If we scrape now, we won’t have to dig as deeply later. Please place donations in the bottle on the back table in the sanctuary.
givingELECTRONIC GIVING: The church offers several options for electronic giving.  There are information sheets and sign up forms available in the sanctuary and the church office.  For additional information, please contact Bill Parsons or Adrien Helm.
FREE BOOKS:  Did you know that there are not only books to borrow in the church library but books being given away for free.  Take a peek at the great selection.  Many new titles have been added including a selection of books for children.
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.
recycle1RECYCLE: Recycle your print cartridges, cell phones, and all paper. At this time we CANNOT recycle toner cartridges, only inkjet cartridges. Keep it coming in!  Many thanks to all who contribute to the church recycling.  This income stream helps the ministry of the church.
AA: In the Fellowship Hall Thursdays at 7:45 p.m.

                                                CIRCLE OF CONCERN

 Lloyd Conover, Jill Presley Cox and family, Betty Harris,
Gertie Pirazzini, Carolyn Moore, Virginia Bodendorfer, The USA


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