Weekly Update 2 February

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

SAT, FEB 4 FUNDRAISER: The church is planning to do a fundraiser February 4th involving Craig’s List and eBay. If you have things to donate, please bring them to the church on Thursday between 9 am and noon or Friday between 3 and 5 pm. If there are large items that need to be picked up, please make arrangements with Preston Poe. Items for Resale to Benefit Lakewood United Church of Christ include:

  • Tools/ Power Tools/Hand Tools/Woodworking
  • Electric Kitchen Tools: Blenders/Food Processors/Mixers/Microwave/Toaster Oven
  • Cameras/Video Cameras
  • Air Conditioners/Dehumidifiers/Fans
  • Sporting Goods / Exercise Equipment
  • Vintage Clothing / Coats in great shape- Unusual Items!
  • Furniture & Luggage in Excellent Condition
  • Musical Instruments

Please place items in your trunk, help unloading will be provided after the
church service as you pull around to the storage shed behind the Fellowship Hall. (Only items in Good Condition!)

SUN, FEB 5 THIS SUNDAY: This Sunday, February 5th, The familiar images of salt and light invite reflection on the nature of discipleship. With so much turmoil and need in the world, how do people of faith live in a way that is pleasing to God and makes a difference? See Matthew 5:13-20 and Isaiah 58:1-12.
SUN, FEB 5 CREATION JUSTICE TASK FORCE: The Creation Justice Task Force has begun meeting on a regular basis in order to shepherd the congregation through a process of declaring itself a Creation Justice Congregation. The next meeting will be Sunday, February 5th following morning worship. Lunch will be provided. Please speak with Claire Stiles if you would like to be part of this important initiative in the life of the church.
SAT, FEB 11 MEMORIAL SERVICE: There will be a memorial service celebrating the life of Phil Crowe on Saturday, February 11th at 11:00 am in the sanctuary.
IN MEMORIAM: Max Wells, part of the LUCC family for over 20 years, was found dead in his home this past week. Please keep his family and loved ones in your prayers. This dear brother in Christ will be greatly missed by the church.
MON, FEB 13 – MON JUN 12 FAMILY PROMISE VOLUNTEER TRAINING: If you are interested in participating in this program that provides meals and compassion for helping low-income families “achieve lasting independence” by providing shelter, meals, and support services to “redress the underlying causes of homelessness,” you are invited to attend one of the upcoming volunteer trainings. The training sessions are scheduled for 2/13/17, 3/13/17, 4/10/17, 5/8/17, and 6/12/17. All sessions will be held on Monday evenings from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Central Christian Church, 6161 22nd Ave. N in St. Petersburg FL.

LUCC has been serving Family Promise as a support church for 2 years and has seen many families graduate from the program and enter into new lives with opportunity, life skills, and hope. We support Lakewood United Methodist Church (LUMC), a host church, by providing meals and evening coverage at LUMC. For more information, please contact Patti Cooksey.

FRI, FEB 24 BOOK CLUB: The Book Club will meet Friday, February 24th at 12:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Please bring your own sandwich, drinks and dessert will be provided by Jean Johnson. The book is “The Wright Brothers” by David McCullough, a true story of the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly. Vita Uth will have extra copies available after church. Everyone is welcome.
SAT, FEB 25 FL CONFERENCE UCC WOMEN: Join in a lighthearted day of fellowship, food and fun at Lakewood UCC in St. Petersburg on Saturday, February 25th. For more information and/or to rsvp, please contact Marty Synnott, Central West Coast Representative, at martysynnott@yahoo.com.
SAT, FEB 25 LUCC WOMEN’S SPIRITUALITY GROUP: Learn a meditative and centering practice called Feldenkrais Awareness through Movement on Saturday, February 25th at 2:00 pm in the sanctuary. Fon Nguyen, a physical therapist and Feldenkrais teacher, will lead the workshop. This involves gentle movements done from a seated position, all abilities welcome.
MON, FEB 27 – MON APR 24 OPERATION ATTACK: 2017 Volunteer nights – February 27th, March 27th, and April 24th. Hours 6-7 p.m.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

THU, FEB 2 I AM A MAN: Dr. Bernard Lafayette, a Freedom Rider and advisor to Dr. Martin L. King Jr. will discuss the history and status of black males with USFSP professor Ray Arsenault. February 2, Thursday – 6:00PM, at USFSP 140 7th Avenue South • St. Petersburg, FL
WED, FEB 1 PARTNERING FOR PEACE WITH ST PETE QUAKERS: Looking at tragic moments in history, one could ask, “What would I have done if I were there?” It’s happening here. It’s happening now. We must #Resist now. Peace First, a faithful group that have been maintaining a presence and protesting for years, continues for the month of February on Wednesday afternoons from 4:30 to 5:30pm. Our location for February is 34th St. N. and 22nd Ave. N.. There is plenty of parking in the Winn Dixie parking lot on the southwest corner. We will have a variety of signs, especially protesting the new anti-immigration policy. We usually have many positive responses to our presence and welcome all to join us in speaking out for peace and justice.
SAT, JAN 19 – SUN, FEB 5 WORLD PEACE MANDALA: Eight Tibetan monks from the Drepung Gomang monastery in India will create the sacred mandala, which was designed by the Dalai Lama and depicts all religions in harmony. They will share Tibetan cultures and traditions, and offer lessons on compassion. Tibetan works of art will also be for sale. Tuesday January 31st through Sunday February 5th. There will be daily chanting at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.floridacraftart.org/events/sacred-art-tour-of-tibetan-monks-2017/
SAT, FEB 11
SING OUT! TAMPA BAY: 
This is the second annual concert given by the Florida Orchestra and a volunteer community chorus. Claire Stiles and Mark Gibson from LUCC are singing in the chorus. The free concert will be Saturday, February 11th at 7:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church of St. Petersburg, 1900 Gandy Blvd.
SAT, FEB 11 CROP WALK: The walk will be Sunday, Feb. 26 starting and ending at First Presbyterian, 701 Beach DR NE – registration at 1:30, Walk begins at 2! Registration materials are available at church.
FRI, FEB 17 – SAT, FEB 18 “EVERY STEP A PRAYER” RETREAT WITH THOMAS HAWKINS: Despite our North American romance with automobiles, walking is making a comeback. Nearly two-thirds of Americans report they regularly walk for leisure, exercise, or transportation. Beneath this renewed interest in walking lies a yearning to slow down in a 24/7 world, to reconnect to the natural world in a wired, technological society, and to express our protest in a political climate where many feel they may have a vote but do not have a voice. These yearnings have deep connections to Christian spirituality’s century-old understanding of walking as a spiritual practice that brings us into the presence of God, and heightens our awareness of the Spirit’s movement both in our own hearts as well as the world around us. This retreat will explore the rich resource of the Bible and Christian spirituality for walking as a spiritual practice. It will include Bible study, personal reflection, and guided experiences in walking as a form of prayer and spiritual practice. February 17 & 18 at Pass-a-Grille Beach Community Church Registra on Fee: $20 (includes refreshments and light lunch) For more information and to register, visit pagchurch.org. or contact the church office at 360-5508.
FRI, FEB 17 – SAT, FEB 25 ECKERD COLLEGE ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL: For 19 years, the Visions of Nature/Voices of Nature Environmental Film Festival has brought compelling and important films to the Tampa Bay area to raise awareness and promote discussion of matters relating to nature, place and the environment. Film scholars and filmmakers from around the world engage the audience in a lively dialogue about the environmental perspectives contained in documentary, animated, experimental and feature films. All films are free and open to the public. Visit environmentalfilmfest.com for the film schedule.
THU, FEB 23 – SAT FEB 25 FLORIDA INTERFAITH CLIMATE ACTION NETWORK: This year’s assembly, which will explore the theme “water is life,” is scheduled for February 23-25, 2017, at First United Methodist Church in downtown Orlando. This Assembly will give participants a working knowledge of Florida’s critical water system issues and will provide opportunity for participants to collaborate in networks with others to protect Florida water. Visit interfaithflorida.com to register.
SAT, FEB 25 FAMILY PROMISE FUNDRAISER: Saturday, February 25th from 10:30 am to 3:00 pm at the First Baptist Church of St. Petersburg (1900 Gandy Blvd.). Games, food, entertainment, silent auction and raffle. Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for school-aged kids and free for 5 and under. To purchase tickets, make reservations, or ask questions contact Family Promise of Pinellas at 727-201-9571 or familypromisepinellas.org
WED, MAR 22 – FRI, MAR 24 2017 CREATION JUSTICE WORKSHOP SCHEDULED: There has never been a more important time for people of faith to come together to talk about what is happening to our beloved environment here in Florida. If the topic of creation justice is something you would like to explore further, either for your own interest or on behalf of your faith community, please consider attending this workshop! The event has been scheduled tentatively for March 22-24 at the Florida Conference Offices at 9300 University Blvd., Orlando, FL 32817. Alternate dates are March 23-25. Cost varies depending on the rooming option selected: $295 for a single-occupancy room, $215 for double occupancy, or $95 for those who don’t need accommodations. The workshop is limited to the first 12-15 people who register, so register today! If you have any questions, please contact any of the facilitators: Kim Wells, Mike MacMillan, or Bill Wealand.

CONTINUING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

AA: In the Fellowship Hall Thursdays at 7:45 p.m.
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.
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! He is in need of bottle caps, soda can tabs and old keys for his current art project. If you have any to donate, please bring them to church and give them to Wally.
THE BIBLE ON REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS: As Christians, we are called to love our neighbors. The Bible is unambiguous in calling us to welcome aliens and strangers in our land, and to love them as we love ourselves. In these times, let us listen to the voice of the still-speaking God. Visit ucc.org for a list of biblical references to immigrants and refugees.
BUDGET MEETING REPORT: The proposed budget for 2017 was endorsed unanimously at the Congregational Meeting last Sunday. The budget is posted on the bulletin board at church. Notes from the meeting as well as the budget will also be available on the church website. The budget that was affirmed includes a deficit. This is an opportunity for those who are able to consider increasing their regular giving to the church to make up this difference. Please consider increasing your pledge $10 a month, or $5 a week, or $2,000 a year or whatever will work for you in response to God’s goodness in your life.
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.
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.
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.
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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 at https://soundcloud.com/luccpodcasts – please tell your friends who might enjoy listening! Keep checking back, more and more will be added each week.
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.
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.
UPDATE ON A FORMERLY HOMELESS FRIEND OF THE CHURCH: The formerly homeless couple that the church has been helping are continuing to live indoors. They are grateful for all the church has done for them. At the moment, they are in need of a few additional things: AA and AAA batteries, fix a flat for a bike tire, two inner tubes for a bike tire (size 700 X 35-43C), and candles.
USHERS NEEDED: Please sign up to usher for services during the month of December. The signup sheet is on the bulletin board at the back of the church.
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 and on Twitter.
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!


CIRCLE OF CONCERN
Virginia Bodendorfer, Lloyd Conover,Jill Presley Cox and family,
friends and family of Phil Crowe,  Betty Harris, Carolyn Moore, Gertie Pirazzini,
friends and family of Max Wells, The USA

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