Weekly Update 2 November

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

SUN, NOV 5 THIS SUNDAY: This is All Saints Sunday, a time to remember those who have been saints in our lives and in the world. During the service the congregation is invited to name those they honor as saints – living or having completed life on earth. Please plan to be part of this special service which includes Holy Communion.
SUN, NOV 5 TIME CHANGE:  Don’t forget to “fall back” and change your clocks this Sunday!!
SUN, NOV 5 COMMUNION SUNDAY: The communion offering goes to the Special Needs Fund which is used to help people in our community with basic necessities such as food, rent, utilities, and prescription medication costs. Please be generous as you are able.
MON, NOV 6 OPERATION ATTACK: The next LUCC volunteer date is November 6th at 6:00pm at Lakeview Presbyterian Church. Donations needed are children’s gently used winter clothing, canned fruits & vegetables, and peanut butter.
SAT, NOV 11 CIRCUS MCGURKIS: LUCC will be hosting Circus McGurkis, a peace and justice festival, on Saturday Nov. 11 from 10am – 4pm. Please plan to save the date and volunteer – the sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board in the narthex.
SUN, NOV 19 THANKSGIVING SUNDAY: There will be a Ritual of Thanksgiving to celebrate Thanksgiving Sunday. Participants who would like to are invited to bring something that represents what they are thankful for. As part of the Ritual, congregants may come forward, mention what they are thankful for, and put the object on the altar.
REAPING THE HARVEST: The results are in from the 27 collected forms. Lakewood UCC members are responsible for 7,792 volunteer hours and $95,015 in charitable giving this past year!
THE BIG EVENT AND RAISING THE ROOF: Many thanks to all who were part of The BIG Event celebration last Sunday. The service was very inspiring. A couple visiting from Fort Myers commented, “Your church is so dynamic!” Yes, it is! Thanks to the wonderful generosity of the congregation, the church is well on the way to a new roof. As of Sunday, 14 pledges had been received for the roof fund totalling gifts of $20,400. Over $10,000 has already been collected. Several additional pledges are still expected.

Special thanks to the LUCC family member who is making the matching gift up to $35,000. That has really inspired the generosity of the congregation!

There will be more information about moving forward with the roof in the weeks to come. The expenditure will need to be approved at a congregational meeting.

At one time, the idea of having the roof replaced looked beyond reach. But we see again that nothing is impossible! As the folks from Fort Myers said, this congregation is “so dynamic!”

COMMUNITY EVENTS

THU, NOV 9 LECTURE: Scholar and Poet Jennifer Michael Hecht will give a lecture “The Wonder Paradox: Doubting Religion, Believing in Ritual and Poetry” on Monday, November 6 at 7:30pm in Fox Hall at Eckerd College. This talk focuses on how we need to make a place in our lives for the unspeakably beautiful, the unbearable and the absurd — for wonder, and for the sublime paradox that we material beings are the source of all that wonder.
THU, NOV 9 DIALOGUE: Join Community Tampa Bay for an evening that will include interactive learning, dialogue, and networking focused professional strategies for talking about current events in ways that advocate for inclusion. Free and open to the public. November 9, 6:30pm at the Kaizen Collaborative, (5215 W Laurel St #110, Tampa). Light meal served. Registration required.
SAT, NOV 11 SOLAR TOUR: Join the 2nd annual 100% St Pete Solar Tour to see how neighbors and businesses, such as LEED certified Planet Fitness and USF St. Petersburg, are using solar energy and energy efficiency to reduce monthly utility bills and to help tackle climate change – and how you can too. The tour concludes at the St Pete Eco Village for optional garden lunch and informal Q&A with homeowners and business owners from the tour. Nov 11th, 8:30am at St. Pete Eco-Village, (302 15th St N, St. Petersburg). Hosted by St. Pete Eco-Village, Florida Suncoast Sierra Club and League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area. The St Pete Solar Tour includes $15.00 to cover the transportation. Registration required: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3103169
SUN, NOV 12 CONCERT: A free concert celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation will feature Cantata No. 80, “Ein feste Burg (A mighty fortress),” by Johann Sebastian Bach and Symphony No. 5 in D minor, “Reformation,” by Felix Mendelssohn. Performed by the Concordia Vocal Ensemble, members of the Florida Orchestra, Jack Rain, organist, and Dr. Matt Caine, conductor. Sunday, November 12, 2017, 4pm AT First Presbyterian Church in St. Petersburg. The concert is free and tickets are not required. A freewill offering will be received to help offset expenses. Complimentary valet parking will be available.
THU, NOV 16 MEMORIAL SERVICE: Suncoast Hospice invites you to Celebrating Life, Love & Hope: A Community Memorial Service. A special evening of life, love and hope to support each other and remember those we have cared for over the past 40 years in our community. Special guest speaker Rev. Dr. Carla Cheatham and musical guest Concordia Vocal Ensemble with conductor Dr. Matthew Caine. The service is inclusive of all faith traditions. Thursday, November 16 at 6pm. First Baptist Church of St. Petersburg (1900 Gandy Blvd N). RSVP at (727) 523-3444 or at suncoasthospice.org
FRI, NOV 17 CONCERT: Emma’s Revolution will be doing a concert celebrating the release of their new album, “Revolution Now,” at the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater on Friday, November 17th at 7:30pm. Full details are available on their facebook event page.
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.

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!
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.
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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.
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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