Weekly Update 18 January

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

SUN, JAN 21 THIS SUNDAY: During morning worship, those who will serve as Advisors for the coming year will be affirmed in this important leadership role in the church.  Please plan to show your support for Martha Lamar, Patti Cooksey, Melanie Moore, Don Ritchie, and Charlie Lewis this Sunday and throughout the year ahead.
WED, JAN 17 IN MEMORIAM: Gertrude (Gertie) Pirazzini died on Wednesday January 17th, she was 89 years old. Condolences go to her family and friends, especially Kim and Jeff Wells, her daughter and son-in-law. A service to celebrate her life will be held at Lakewood UCC, date and time yet to be determined.
SUN, JAN 21 BUDGET WORKSHOP: The congregation is invited to participate in a Budget Workshop with the Advisors after church on Sunday Jan. 21 in the Fellowship Hall. All are welcome!
SUN, JAN 28 SUNDAY CELEBRATIONS: Folks are needed to host this potluck lunch! Who would like to help with set up and clean up? Please contact the church office by phone: (727)867-7961 or e-mail: lakewooducc@gmail.com
SUN, FEB 1 CONGREGATIONAL MEETING: There will be a congregational meeting following worship on Sunday Feb. 4 to take action on the proposed budget for 2018 and to take action on any other matters as needed. All are encouraged to participate!

COMMUNITY EVENTS

 THU, JAN 18 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Can you take a shift at a cold weather shelter? Shifts are typically 4 hours in duration. Duties include registering guests, preparing meals, serving meals, handing out blankets/mats, and serving as a shelter monitor during the evening hours. Training is on-site, just show up and you will be partnered with an experienced volunteer. If you are able to help at the Northwest Presbyterian Church shelter (6330 54th Ave. N) please contact Cliff Smith, Manager of Veterans, Social and Homeless Services for the City of St. Petersburg by phone: 727-893-7627 or email: clifford.smith@stpete.org.
THU, JAN 18 FASTING: National day of fasting planned to support the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and their boycott of Wendy’s. On Jan. 18th, faith leaders from around the country will join together for National Day of Fasting and Witness in protest of Wendy’s executives’ ongoing refusal to join the Fair Food Program. The fast will take place on the 20th anniversary of the breaking of the 30-day hunger strike undertaken by six workers in 1998, when the CIW was calling for a dialogue with growers to end poverty and violence in the fields. The hunger strike was finally broken when former President Jimmy Carter and Bishop John Nevins of the Catholic Diocese of Venice intervened, and called upon people to join with farmworkers to bring justice to U.S. agriculture. Learn more at ucc.org
THU, JAN 18 LECTURE: Author Thomas Moore will speak at First Unity Sanctuary (460 46th Ave N) on Thursday, January 18th at 7pm. His lecture is titled Ageless Soul: Ripening Maturing and Feeling Fulfilled as We Get Older. A love offering will be collected.
SUN, JAN 21  WOMEN’S MARCH 2018: January 21st from 12:30-4:30 in Williams Park (330 2nd Ave N). This anniversary event in St. Petersburg will be a community event focusing on voter registration, ending voter suppression in Florida and supporting our marginalized communities. For more information visit womensmarchfl.org.
THU, JAN 25 EXTREMISM EVENT: A dinner forum on Jan. 25th, sponsored by the Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions at St. Petersburg College titled Full of Hate: The Toll of Violent Extremism, will be from 6-8:15 pm in the Conference Center at the Seminole campus (9200 113th St N). Tickets are $25, or $20 for students and educators. Advanced registration required. See the Full of Hate flyer for more information.

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.
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!


CIRCLE OF CONCERN

Betty Harris, Ruth Halderman, Ruth Harrington, Ron Huff, Carolyn Moore,
Willy Zessoules, Genevieve Jackle, 
Gertie Pirazzini’s family and friends,
Ann Quinn, Earl Waters, Vita Uth & family

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