Weekly Update 26 July

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


SUN, JUL 30 THIS SUNDAY: Slogging through the ups and downs of daily life and the sordid politics around us, it is easy to lose sight of the beautiful commonwealth of God that is our true home. The Gospel reminds us of the glories of the way of Love. Take a look at Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52. What is the realm of God like for you? How would you describe the kindom of God? Looking forward to Sunday. . .
SUN, JUL 30 SUNDAY CELEBRATIONS: The Celebration Sunday potluck lunch will be this Sunday following worship. Bring a dish to share and celebrate July birthdays! Kim and Jeff Wells will give a short presentation about their recent trip to Europe which included walking the Portuguese route of the Camino de Santiago.
TUE, AUG 29 FAMILY PROMISE: There will be a meeting on August 29th at 6pm at Lakewood United Methodist Church with Jen Sunshine for Family Promise updates. Any new interested persons are invited to stay for a 6:30pm orientation. There will be light refreshments. Contact Patti Cooksey if you have any questions.
SUN, SEP 10 CHOIR BEGINS: The first choir rehearsal of the fall season is September 10th at 9:15am, the Sunday after Labor Day. The choir will also sing in the service that Sunday. A tentative schedule, as well as links to the scores and, where available, mp3s to listen to and practice with, is available online. Anyone is welcome to join, just give Hilton a heads up so he can have the music ready for you.
VIDEO UPDATE: Check out this video about Zach Blair-Andrews’ student ambassadorship to Takamatsu, Japan.
ANNIVERSARY: This year we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the founding of Lakewood UCC. A committee has been formed to help plan this celebration consisting of Kim Wells, Bill Parsons, Mark Gibson, Colleen Coughenour, and Lucille Ruga. If you would like to participate in this committee, or if you have suggestions, please contact Bill Parsons.
VOTING RIGHTS: A petition to restore the right to vote for people with prior felony convictions, except those convicted of murder or a felony sexual offense, upon completion of their sentences will be available to sign after worship on Sunday. Currently, people with prior felony convictions are permanently disqualified to vote unless they receive clemency. Contact Lucille Ruga if you are interested or have any questions.


WED JUL 26 DRAG QUEEN BINGO: Every Saturday morning, Celebrate Outreach, a homeless aid and advocacy coalition, sponsors a breakfast at Trinity Lutheran Church in downtown St. Petersburg that serves a full breakfast to over 150 people experiencing homelessness. On Wednesday, July 26 you can support the breakfast by playing Drag Queen Bingo at Hamburger Mary’s, 2901 Tyrone Blvd. N. in St Pete. Seating for dinner is between 6:00 and 6:30. Bingo sheets cost $10 cash; there will be gift bags for the winners. Proceeds will go toward keeping the eggs and sausage on the table at Trinity Lutheran every Saturday morning. Call Hamburger Mary’s at (727) 851-9386 to reserve seats. Information about the bingo is at hamburgermarys.com; information about Celebrate Outreach is at celebrateoutreach.org
WEDs JUL-AUG PEACE FIRST SITE FOR JULY-AUGUST: Since 2002, Peace First has gathered on street corners weekly to speak for peace and justice. In July and
August, Peace First will demonstrate every Wednesday morning from 8:00-9:00 AM (new summer time) at the intersection of 54th Avenue and 49th Street N. in St. Petersburg. There are a CVS Pharmacy, Zeko’s Mediterranean Grill, and Memorial Park Cemetery at this intersection. This is a new site for the group. It is a main north/south artery that crosses a road leading to the interstate, so there is a lot of traffic. A map is available at google.com. Afterward the group will gather at the Burg Diner at 2950 49th Street for breakfast. For more information email FMI.
SAT, AUG 12 COMMUNITY WORKSHOP: Come on out to this community workshop, as we work to fight for freedom in Florida! The agenda is going to be full of education, information and actions to follow up with on topics of police accountability, campaign zero, voter restoration, and cannabis legalization. Together, we can build a strong community! We anticipate this will be a three-hour event, however, it may run longer depending on the gravity and the intensity of the discussions. If you have any questions or comments, please e-mail. This event is FREE and OPEN to the public, however, donations of $5.00 per participant are strongly encouraged. To learn more about our group visit restorativejusticecoalition.com
TUE, AUG 29 HOLY LAND TRIP: A Stillspeaking Journey Through the Holy Land, a two-week trip to Israel, Palestine, and Jordan led by Rev. Carol Hallman, UCC will not only provide the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Jesus and many other ancestors of faith but also see how God is still speaking in the Holy Land today. Participants will meet with Rev. Naim Ateek with Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center in East Jerusalem, politicians from various points on the political spectrum, and others who are actively involved in peacemaking. The journey will be shepherded by two guides, one Israeli and the other Palestinian, making this a unique opportunity for a continuing and deeper experience of our still speaking God. December 29, 2017 to January 11, 2018. $3,992 per person. Deadline to register August 29, 2017. For more information, or to register for the trip, visit mejditours.com.


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.
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!




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