Weekly Update 23 November

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


SUN, NOV 19 THIS SUNDAY: In the aftermath of Thanksgiving and Black Friday, with the hectic holiday seasons ahead, this is a time to pause and be reminded of the heart of our identity as human beings created in the divine image.  See Matthew 25:31-46.  

This is the last Sunday before the season of Advent.  Next Sunday the observance of Advent begins with the singing of Christmas songs before church at 10:15 a.m.  This year, the Sundays of Advent will be marked by Contemplative Services.  There will be readings and time for reflection as well as sharing.  The theme for Advent at LUCC this year is “Be Born in Us Today.”  It is a time to contemplate how God is seeking to birth Christ into the world through us.  Mary was willing to serve God’s purposes.  This is a time to explore how to say “yes” as Mary did.  Advent is a time to prepare, to make room.  For God.  For joy.  For love.  For peace.  Through prayer and contemplation and song, space is created for Divine Love to enter the world through us.  There will also be daily devotions posted to the church website to guide the way for those seeking to bear Love to the world.

SUN, NOV 26 SUNDAY CELEBRATIONS: The monthly potluck will be hosted by the Advisors this month on Sunday Nov. 26 hosted by the 50th Anniversary Committee. Several people (some you may not have seen for quite some time) will speak about how growing up in LUCC provided a foundation for their future. Plan to bring some Thanksgiving leftovers to share!
MON, DEC 11 OPERATION ATTACK: The next LUCC volunteer date is December 11th at 6:00pm at Lakeview Presbyterian Church. Donations needed are children’s gently used winter clothing, canned fruits & vegetables, and peanut butter.

At Lakewood UCC, we’d rather love our enemies than shoot them. This is one way we strive to birth Christ into the world.


FRI, NOV 24 BUY NOTHING DAY: Since the early 1990s, Buy Nothing Day has inspired worldwide personal and collective action against consumerism. This year why not get your family together and do something wildly different. Ignore Black Friday. Try buying almost nothing for Christmas and you might experience the most joyous holiday season you’ve ever had.
CHRISTMAS CONCERTS: There are quite a few concerts this season!

FRI, DEC 1 – 7pm at the Lealman Community Church, (4090 58th Ave N). The SPC student choral group will perform Schubert’s Mass in G Major and other Christmas music.

SAT, DEC 2 – 5pm at the SPC Music Center on the 66th St. campus.
The Adult Community Chorus will perform Vivaldi’s Gloria and other holiday music.
WED, DEC 6 – 7:30pm Wireman Chapel on campus. The Eckerd College Choir will perform holiday music.
SUN, DEC 10 – 4pm at 1st Presbyterian Church (701 Beach Dr NE). The Chancel Choir of FPC will perform the Many Moods of Christmas St. Petersburg Free Clinic Benefit Concert.

SUN, DEC 10 – 4pm at Lakewood United Methodist Church (5995 Dr. MLK Jr. St. S). The Alumni Singers of St. Petersburg present Sounds of the Season Christmas concert.

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 – 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.
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!


Betty Harris, Ruth Halderman, Ron Huff, Carolyn Moore,
Gertie Pirazzini, Ann Quinn, Earl Waters



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