Weekly Update 31 May

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



THIS SUNDAY: Sunday June 4 is Pentecost.  It is the celebration of the beginning of the church.  The assigned scripture reading from Acts quotes a passage from the prophet Joel:

Your daughters and sons will prophesy,
your young people will see visions,
and your elders will dream dreams.

As part of the service this Sunday, people from the congregation will be invited to share the visions and dreams that they feel they are being given by God.  Please be thinking about the dream or vision you may want to share on Sunday as part of the celebration of the Holy Spirit enlivening the faith community.  You may want to write your thoughts down ahead of time.  Also, the liturgical color for Pentecost is red, the color for the Holy Spirit.  So you are encouraged to wear red if you would like to.  

This Sunday is also the first week of Summer Sundays for this season.  The service will still start at 10:30 a.m.  and will include the singing of favorite hymns.  Things will be a bit less structured and more informal.  

Remember the One Great Hour of Sharing special offering that is being received this Sunday.  This years focus is on addressing famine in Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria, and Yemen.

AND because this is the first Sunday of the month, it is Communion Sunday. All are welcome to participate including children. The communion offering will not go to the Special Needs Fund this week but to the One Great Hour of Sharing offering instead.

SUN, JUN 4 ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING: A special offering on Pentecost Sunday will go to One Great Hour, an ecumenical effort to empower people to provide for their families; build wells for communities who need access to water; feed the hungry; and give relief from disasters. Famine has officially been declared in South Sudan and, for the first time in recent history, there is a very real possibility of four famines – in Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria, and Yemen – breaking out all at once. Contributing to One Great Hour of Sharing is one way to address this crisis. Please be generous as you are able.
SUN, JUN 4 LITURGIST TRAINING: Sue Sherwood and Colleen Coughenour will be offering Liturgist Training after church this Sunday. All current liturgists and those who may want to be liturgists in the future are encouraged to attend. Choir members are welcome as well. This training will offer readers techniques to help make the words of scripture come alive and be heard with new depth and meaning.
MON, JUN 5 – SAT, JUL 22 REV. WELLS AWAY: This summer Kim and Jeff Wells will be walking the Portuguese Route of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. This involves walking from Lisbon, Portugal to Santiago, Spain, a distance of about 370 miles.  Following the Camino, they will be visiting relatives in Germany.  Kim will be gone from June 5 – July 22.  When pastoral care is needed, please call or email Sally Purvis.


SAT, JUN 3 FAMILY PROMISE GALA: Family Promise of Pinellas County presents Reach for the Stars 2017 Gala honoring those who share their light with homeless children and their families on Saturday, June 3, 6pm at St. Jude the Apostle Cathedral. Come and celebrate with dinner a silent auction and lively entertainment. $50 per ticket, $400 for a table of 8. For registration details visit fppinellas.org to purchase tickets visit eventbrite.com. If you cannot attend but are interested in purchasing a star for the event, order forms are available on the bulletin board in the narthex.
WED, JUN 14 IFTAR DINNER: On June 14, 2017, Mayor Rick Kriseman and Muslim leaders from throughout Tampa Bay will host St. Petersburg’s first ever Iftar Dinner welcoming residents of all faiths to celebrate the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The event will be held at St. Petersburg’s historic Coliseum, doors open at 6:30. Mayor Kriseman said “Now more than ever, we must be expressive in our love and respect for people of all faiths. I am excited to bring the community together to honor our Muslim brothers and sisters.” Abdul Karim Ali, the president of the Tampa Bay Area Muslim Association, said: “We know that breaking bread together helps a community work together for a common cause, and so we thank Mayor Kriseman and his team for their leadership in ensuring that the sun shines bright on all residents and faiths in St. Petersburg.” Please sign up on the bulletin board in the narthex. Help fill the LUCC table at this important local event – an opportunity to show solidarity with the Muslim community.


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!
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.
CONTACTING YOUR REPRESENTATIVES IN WASHINGTON:  If you are interested in calling, emailing or writing your representatives in congress, here is some contact information:

Senator Bill Nelson
716 Senate Hart Office Building, Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202-224-5274
Tampa office: 801 N. Florida Ave., 4th Floor, Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: 813-225-7040
www.billnelson.senate.gov (Click “Contact” to write a message)

Senator Marco Rubio  
284 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington DC, 20510
Phone: 202-224-3041
Tampa office: 5201 West Kennedy Blvd, Ste. 530, Tampa, FL 33609
Phone: 813-287-5035
www.rubio.senate.gov (Click “Contact” to write a message)

Dist. 14: Rep. Kathy Castor  
2052 Rayburn House Office Bldg., Washington DC 20515
Tampa Office 4144 N. Armenia Avenue Tampa FL 33607
Website: www.castor.house.gov (Click “Contact” to write a message)
(202) 225-3376   Washington
(727) 392-4100   St. Petersburg
(813) 871-2817   Tampa

District 13: Rep. Charlie Crist
427 Cannon House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515
696 1st Avenue North, Suite #203 St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Website: www.crist.house.gov  (Click “Contact” to write a message)
(202) 225-5961 Washington
1-(888) 205-5569 District office

If you are living outside Florida or local districts, you may phone your Member of Congress by calling the U.S. Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121. Visit americantrails.org for additional contact information.

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.
NEW MEMBERS: Lakewood UCC is always ready to welcome new members into the church family. Joining the church involves attending an orientation session and being part of a Reception of New Members ritual during Sunday morning worship.
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.
FREE ECO-THEOLOGY COURSE: Yale is offering three free courses centering on eco-theologian Thomas Berry and the application of his work and writing to understanding the gift of God’s creation and our relationship to it. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals or small groups in churches to participate in the course. Learn more about this exciting opportunity at coursera.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, or you can download one here. Please take them and share them.
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.
USHERS NEEDED: Please see or email Wally LeBlanc if you would like to volunteer to usher for services.
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!

Betty Harris, Carolyn Moore, Gertie Pirazzini, Earl Waters


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