Weekly Update 11-9-16

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

politicsTHIS SUNDAY: In the aftermath of the election,  we will ground ourselves in the wisdom of our faith.

The Labyrinth Task Force will meet on Friday Nov.11th  at 1:00 pm.

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 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.



The next Advisor’s Meeting is Thursday, November 17th, at 4:15 pm in the church library. All are welcome.




womenWOMEN’S SPIRITUALITY GROUP: On Saturday, November 19th, the Women’s Spirituality Group will meet at the Church at 11 am to explore the labyrinth and embodied prayer, followed by lunch at a local restaurant.



NEW MEMBERS:  New members will be received into the church family in the coming weeks. Those who are interested in considering joining the church are asked to speak with Rev. Wells.

fallsoupTHANKSGIVING SUNDAY AHEAD: Sunday, November 20th, will be a service dedicated to Thanksgiving. Each year on this Sunday, the people of the congregation are invited to bring something that represents what they are thankful for. During the Ritual of Thanksgiving in the service, participants are invited to place the item on the alter and mention what they are thankful for. It is a glorious celebration and blessing.  For Thanksgiving the church will also be doing some special giving. You are invited to consider making a donation to Operation Attack to help keep the food pantry there stocked for the holidays. The church will also be taking the annual United Church of Christ special offering Neighbors in Need. This offering is used for empowerment projects especially involving Native American Indian churches and projects. The classic Thanksgiving story tells of the indigenous peoples helping the European immigrants. This is an opportunity to return the gesture by helping the Indians today. Special envelopes will be available at the church or mark your check NIN.

COMMUNITY INTERFAITH THANKSGIVING SERVICE: Sunday, November 20, 4-5 p.m.  This is Us: An Interfaith Thanksgiving and Celebration of Gratitude Through Storytelling.  Empath Health Center, 3050 1st Ave. S., St. Petersburg, FL 33712  All are welcome. Program followed by refreshments and conversation.

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!


lunchLUNCH AT WESTMINSTER SUNCOAST:   Wed. Nov. 16, 11:30 a.m. Chip Cosper will be there to discuss the Hospice services that are available to Westminster residents.

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.


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.

messiahHANDEL’S MESSIAH:  December 4th, 3pm at Christ United Methodist Church, 467 1st Ave N.  Claire Stiles from the LUCC Congregation is participating in this performance.  Admission is a free will offering.


SUNDAY CELEBRATIONS:  THERE WILL BE NO CELEBRATION SUNDAY POTLUCK on Sunday Nov. 27. Instead, you are invited to be part of a 25th anniversary celebration for Kim Wells on the following Sunday, Dec. 4, after church.

 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!

Wally Leblanc is in need of bottle caps and old keys for an art project. If you have keys that you no longer need or bottle caps from glass bottles, please bring them to church and give them to 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 is the new volunteer date for Operation Attack:  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.
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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


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