Weekly Update 11-2-16

COMING EVENTS
LAKEWOOD UNITED CHURCH of CHRIST
2601 54th Avenue South, St Petersburg, FL 33712-4700
(727) 867-7961 ~ lakewooducc.org

 

allsaintsTHIS SUNDAY:  Sunday Nov. 6 will be observed as All Saints Sunday. This is a time to remember those who have been saints in our lives and in the world. As part of there service there is a special ritual of “Naming the Saints.” This is a time for people in the congregation to name those who they consider saints – past and present. Saints may be family and friends. They may be historical figures or artists. Please be thinking about those who have shown God to you in some way and consider naming them in worship on Nov. 6.

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.

img_7599OUTDOOR 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).

On Sundays Nov. 6 and Nov. 13 trained labyrinth facilitators from the congregation will be available to host walking the hay labyrinth.  They will be available before church at 9:30 and after the service as well.

 

ECKERD COLLEGE CENTER FOR SPIRITUAL LIFE FALL BURCHENAL LECTURE SERIES:   The series theme is Imagining Justice.  On Thursday, November 3rd at 7:30pm in Fox Hall Eckerd College will be presenting An Evening with Eboo Patel, featuring Eboo Patel, the Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core, engaging the community in a lively conversation about pluralism and the responsibilities  of citizenship in the U.S.   Admission if free.  For more information call 727-864-8587 or go to eckerd.edu/csl


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ELECTION DAY:  Don’t forget to vote this Tuesday, November 8th.  For a ride to the polls, please contact the church at 727-867-7961 or email us at lakewooducc@gmail.com. 

ELECTION 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.

AMENDMENT ONE:  To support the consumer-friendly spread of solar energy, you are encouraged to vote NO on Amendment One.  For additional information, please speak with Lucille Ruga (lruga@tampabay.rr.com).

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TIME CHANGE:  Don’t forget to “fall back” and change your clocks this Sunday!!

 

 

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.

technoCOLOR PRINTER NEEDED:  The church is in need of a color printer.  If anyone has a color printer in good working order that they would like to donate to the church, please contact the church office at 727-867-7961 or email at lakewooducc@gmail.com.  Thank you!
COMMUNITY INPUT SOUGHT ON CLOSING THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP:  A series of community input sessions are being held during the 2016-2017 school year to gather ideas and opinions from school leaders, teachers, parents and community members. Each meeting will include a short presentation on the latest progress in closing the achievement gap and a summary of proposed action steps. There will be five areas set up at each meeting where participants can review action steps and provide input on the five key goals of the district’s Bridging the Gap Strategic Plan: graduation rates, student achievement, participation and performance in accelerated coursework, discipline, and Exceptional Student Education (ESE).
The following meeting has been scheduled. These will be from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.:
•             Tuesday, November 15, 2016 – Tarpon Springs High School
Additional meetings will be scheduled and announced. Visit www.pcsb.org/BTG to review the plan online. There is a form available on the webpage to submit comments electronically.

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.
USHERS NEEDED:  Please sign up to usher for services during the month 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.

recycleUCC ENVIRONMENT WORKSHOP ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12:  Members of area UCC churches are invited to an informational environmental workshop onSaturday Nov. 12 from 9:30 – noon.  In our beautiful location surrounded by water, there is concern for water issues.  The workshop will address water issues in this area including the Mosaic sinkhole, the sewage dumping, sea level rise, and fracking.  Leaders from area environmental organizations will be making presentations about these issues and churches will be invited to take action on these issues locally.  Together, we can make a difference!  The water issues workshop will be held at Good Samaritan Presbyterian/UCC Church at 6085 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park, FL.   This event is free and open to the public.  You are welcome to invite others.  For additional information, you may contact Kim Wells at wells.kim.p@gmail.com.

bookclubBOOK CLUB: The book club will meet November 25, (the day after Thanksgiving) 12:30 in the church fellowship hall. Please bring your sandwich, drinks and dessert will be provided by Jean Johnson. The book is: Claire of the Sea Light by: Edwidge Danticat, there is one large print copy available at the 62nd Ave. So. Library Branch. This is an almost lyrical story of what it means to be a parent, child, neighbor, lover and friend in a small sea-side town in Haiti. Everyone is invited.

 meetingLEADERSHIP SELECTION:  It’s that time of year again.  It’s your opportunity to help select leaders for LUCC for the year ahead.  The Leadership Selection forms are available in the sanctuary and at the church website.  Please fill out a form and recommend people to serve as Advisors for 2017 including yourself!  Completed forms can be put in the envelope on the bulletin board at church, mailed, or emailed to the church.  Being an Advisor is a wonderful way to find joy in service and to nurture this precious, treasured faith community which nurtures all of us and the world.
ART FOR HOPE: Wally LeBlanc has cards and paintings featuring his artwork for sale. The proceeds will be donated to the roof fund and other community ministries. Thank you, Wally!

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!

OPERATION ATTACK UPDATE: The following are new volunteer dates for Operation Attack:  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.

CONTINUING
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.
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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, Joyce Lee
Gertie Pirazzini, Carolyn Moore, Virginia Bodendorfer, The USA
Dave Radens, Ruth Harrington, Lucille Ruga, Ann Rogers

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