23 August Weekly Update

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


SUN, AUG 27 THIS SUNDAY: Many of us grew up with the taunt, “Sticks and stones can break my bones but words can never hurt me.” But we know that words can hurt. Jesus has something to say about that. See Matthew 15:10-28.
SAT, AUG 26 IN MEMORIAM: Charter Lakewood UCC member Evelyn Kaspar died at home in her sleep on Saturday August 5th. Condolences go to her family and friends, especially Ed Kaspar and James Waterman, her son and son-in-law. A service to celebrate her life will be held on Saturday, August 26th here in Lakewood’s Sanctuary at 11am with reception to follow in Fellowship Hall.
IN MEMORIAM: The church received news of the death of Helen Myers. Helen was the spouse of Frank Myers, the pastor of All Saints Lutheran Church which preceded Lakewood United Church of Christ at the current site. Helen died Friday July 21, 2017 at age 98. Helen had written out her final wishes years ago for cremation and no obituary, no service in Florida. There will be a burial and graveside service in Glen Rock, PA, where she will be buried in the family plot.
SUN, AUG 27 CELEBRATION SUNDAY: This potluck luncheon is held after worship on the last Sunday of the month. It is an opportunity to honor the celebrations and important events in the congregation in the month that has passed. All are welcome! This month’s lunch will be hosted this month by the Creation Justice Task Force and the Ushers. The potluck will be vegetarian, so keep that in mind as you plan. Bring a dish to share and help celebrate August birthdays.
PEACE FESTIVAL REFLECTIONS: Church members who staffed the Lakewood UCC free table share their reflections on the Peace Festival in Williams Park.
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.
SUN, SEP 10 START OF CHURCH SCHOOL: Church school for elementary and middle school age children will resume the first Sunday after Labor Day.
MON, SEP 11 OPERATION ATTACK: A Lakewood volunteer night is scheduled at Operation Attack for Monday, September 11th from 6:00-7:00pm at Lakeview Presbyterian Church. Volunteers are also needed to launder, sort and organize donated items, or to occasionally substitute for regular volunteers when needed. Clothing needs include underwear and socks, jackets of all sizes and uniform items required by many schools. Donations of newborn diapers to be included in the layettes and travel size hygiene products for seniors served by the Neighborly Care Network are also welcome. Food needs include canned fruit, soup, vegetables, meat, pasta, pasta sauce, rice, beans, peanut butter and cereal. Donations can be placed in the grocery cart in the narthex. For more information about volunteering contact Zach Blair-Andrews.
TUE, SEP 12 WOMENS SPIRITUALITY GROUP: The Women’s Spirituality Group is planning an evening gathering on Tuesday, September 12th. Time and location to be determined.
SUN, SEP 17 NEW MEMBERS: New members will be received on Charter Sunday September 17th.
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.
ECLIPSE GLASSES: Bring your gently used eclipse glasses to church so they can be reused! Lakewood UCC will participate in the Astronomers Without Borders program to collect glasses after the eclipse, so they can be sent to schools in South America and Asia when eclipses cross those continents in 2019. Don’t waste. Donate!


ONLINE RESOURCE: The Southern Poverty Law Center has published a new online resource, Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide. All over the country people are fighting hate, standing up to promote tolerance and inclusion. More often than not, when hate flares up, good people rise up against it — often in greater numbers and with stronger voices. This guide sets out 10 principles for fighting hate in your community.
WED, AUG 23 FREE FILM SERIES: St. Pete for Peace is hosting the film “American Anarchist” at Community Cafe (2444 Central Ave) today, August 23, from 7-9pm. The story of one of the most infamous books ever written, “The Anarchist Cookbook,” and the role it’s played in the life of its author, now 65, who wrote it at 19 in the midst of the counterculture upheaval of the late ’60s and early ’70s. (80 min)
THU, AUG 24 DEATH PENALTY VIGIL: Pinellas anti-death penalty demonstration: Pax Christi Tampa Bay, Peace First, Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty and other death penalty opponents will gather from 5:00-6:00 PM on Thursday, August 24 at an anti-death penalty demonstration at the intersection of Ulmerton Road and 49th Street N. in mid-Pinellas County. Park in the lot behind Checkers and the bank on the northwest corner of the intersection. Signs and banners will be provided, or you can bring your own. Since execution dates often change, please check the media for updates and changes. The demonstration occurs during the execution; if the execution is re-scheduled, the demonstration will be rescheduled.
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.
MON, AUG 28 CIVICS WORKSHOP: Former Congressman David Jolly and Pinellas County Commission Chair Janet Long will provide national and local perspectives on our system of government at a workshop as part of our Civics Literacy Initiative. Sponsored by the Institute and the League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area Democracy 101: A Civic Action Primer takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 28 at the American Stage Theatre, 163 Third St. N., St. Petersburg. This free workshop will provide the basics of government structure, policy-making, and civic engagement.
THU, AUG 31 CONVERSATION AND FILM SCREENING: Join fellow community members for a conversation about building stronger & safer communities, following a special viewing of “Newtown,” a documentary on the sense of community after the scathing mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Film Screening of “Newtown” at 6:00 p.m. Community Discussion at 7:45 p.m. Free and open to the public! Light refreshments and appetizers will be served prior to the film screening. To reserve your seat, please email. This event will take place on Thursday, August 31st at 6:00pm at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg (University Student Center). Community Partners: The Florida Holocaust Museum, USF St. Petersburg, Community Tampa Bay, Sandy Hook Promise, and Temple Beth-El, St. Petersburg, FL. See facebook for more information.
SAT, SEP 16 SUSTAINABILITY SUMMIT: Learn how the League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area and our partners are working toward clean energy and clean water and how you can get involved! Saturday, September 16th from 9AM to 12:30PM at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute 100 8th Ave S, St. Pete. For ticket information visit facebook.


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 there is Church School for Elementary and Middle School students with Grace Lewis. Preschool children are welcome in the Nursery under the able care of Claudia Rodriguez. 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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