Weekly Update 12 October

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


SUN, OCT 15 THIS SUNDAY: Who is welcome in the church? Is church really safe space for everyone? We’ll explore that on Sunday. Rev. Leslie Etheredge from the Florida Conference will be joining us again this Sunday for another special recognition, this time for Lucille Ruga. Don’t miss the celebration!
FRI, OCT 13 – SAT, OCT 14 CONFERENCE MEETING: The Florida Conference of the United Church of Christ is having its Annual Meeting Friday Oct. 13-Saturday Oct. 14 in Daytona Beach. Rev. Susan Sherwood and Rev. Kim Wells are attending as representatives of LUCC.
SAT, OCT 14 YARD SALE: LUCC member Ed Kaspar is having a yard sale at his home on Saturday, October 14th from 9am to 1pm.
SUN, OCT 15 PHOTO DIRECTORY: After waiting for what may have seemed like 50 years, the photo directories are finally done! Pick up your copy at church on Sunday.
SUN, OCT 15 REAPING THE HARVEST: This Reaping the Harvest 2017 form is available at church and online. As part of the celebration of abundance this fall season, you are invited to fill out this form and bring it/send it/email it back to the church by Sunday, October 22nd. The information will be compiled and reported back at The Big Event on October 29th. This is a way to celebrate the full ministry of this congregation in its many forms including, but not limited to, service within the church. The ministry of the church extends into society through our service and generosity 7 days a week, not just Sunday!!!
MON, OCT 16 OPERATION ATTACK: LUCC volunteer dates will be 10/16, 11/6 and 12/11, 6:00pm at Lakeview Presbyterian Church. Donations needed are children’s gently used winter clothing, canned fruits & vegetables, and peanut butter.
SUN, OCT 15 CIRCUS MCGURKIS: LUCC will be hosting Circus McGurkis, a peace and justice festival, on Saturday Nov. 11. Please plan to save the date and volunteer – the sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board in the narthex. The Site Team meeting after church on the 15th. The Steering Committee will meet Tuesday Oct. 17 at 6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
SUN, OCT 18 WESTMINSTER SUNCOAST LUNCH: Wednesday October 18th at 11:30 in the main dining room at Westminster Suncoast. All residents of the Shores and Suncoast are welcome.
SAT, OCT 21 GROUNDS CLEANUP: Help finish the grounds cleanup after Hurricane Irma. The Southwest portion of the church property still needs some work, so come Saturday October 21st from 8:30-11am and bring rakes, gloves, tarps, etc. to use.
SUN, OCT 29 THE BIG EVENT: October 29th will be an opportunity to pledge your resources to the ministry of the church in 2018. Special this year, you can make a pledge to the roof fund. In the aftermath of Irma, the church roof must be replaced. Over 100 shingles were blown off during the hurricane. A very generous member of the LUCC family has decided to spur your giving by offering to match, dollar for dollar, all donations to the roof fund up to $35,000 collected by April 15th, 2018. Look for a letter in the mail this week with more information. . .
SUN, OCT 29 SUNDAY CELEBRATIONS: The monthly potluck will be hosted by the Advisors this month on Sunday Oct. 29. Bring a dish to share and help celebrate October birthdays.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: In an effort to be environmentally friendly, shorter bulletins will continue to be used this fall at Lakewood. This means there will be room for only some of the announcements that are posted online. You are encouraged to subscribe to the website (this means you will get new posts emailed to you) in order to stay up to date on everything that’s happening. Alternatively, you can check the website, lakewooducc.org frequently for updates.
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.


THU, OCT 12 COMMUNITY CONVERSATION ON EDUCATION: If there is one thing we can all agree on during this divided time, it is that our children are our community’s most precious resource. And yet, the struggle for an equitable and just education for all of St Pete’s children has continued for decades. The time is now to achieve this victory with and for our youth. Dream Defenders, along with the Childs Park Neighborhood Association, will be hosting a listening and strategy session to learn more about what Southside residents want out of our schools, and how we can collectively achieve this. Dream Defenders will also be sharing some of our strategies that have been effective in our work across the state. Join us for this critical step in demanding justice for our youth! Oct 12. America Divided: St. Pete United – A Community Conversation on Education, 6 PM @ Community Center Child’s Park, 4301 13th Ave S, Saint Petersburg. Please secure your free ticket to the community conversation by registering.
THU, OCT 12 SPIRITUAL LIFE LECTURE: Drawing on decades of social science research, Robert P. Jones, CEO of Public Religion Research Institute and author of The End of White Christian America, argues that today’s most divisive debates—over immigration, the rise of white supremacy groups, and police violence—can only be understood against the backdrop of demographic, religious, and cultural transformations that are challenging long-standing assumptions about what it means to be an American. If we are to continue to make one out of many, we will need both leadership and practices that can help us all step back from the reactivity of the present and take up the more arduous task of weaving a new national narrative in which all Americans can see themselves. Jones’ lecture, What the End of White Christian America Means for Our Shared Sense of National Identity, will be Thursday, October 12, at 7:30 p.m., in Fox Hall at Eckerd College.
MON, OCT 23 CONFEDERATE MONUMENT LECTURE: Lee Irby, local author and professor of history and American studies at Eckerd College, discusses recent news of cities trying to handle the legacy of the Civil War and the monuments erected to glorify the Lost Cause, one of the themes in his latest book Unreliable. Irby’s lecture, Confederate Monuments in the South: Place, Memory and Lingering Wounds, will be Monday, October 23, 2017 at 7 p.m., in the Dan & Mary Miller Auditorium at Eckerd College.
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.


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. Middle School age children and younger are invited to participate in Church School with Grace Lewis. Preschool children are welcome in the Nursery under the able care of Claudia Rodriguez. All children return to the sanctuary during the offering so they can participate at the end of the worship service. 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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