Weekly Update 15 February

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


SUN, FEB 18 THIS SUNDAY: .The focus will be on new directions in Christian expression that can form a solid “Foundation for the Future” as the church seeks to serve the world in the years ahead.
SUN, FEB 18 ADVISORS MEETING: The advisors will meet following worship on Sunday. All are welcome to attend.
WED, FEB 21 WESTMINSTER LUNCH: Westminster Suncoast Luncheon Wednesday Feb. 21 at 11:30 in the private dining room at Westminster Suncoast. All residents of the Shores and Suncoast are welcome.
SUN, FEB 25 UNBROKEN CIRCLES MEETING: There will be a meeting following worship on Sunday, 25 February. All are welcome to attend.
BATH TOWELS WANTED: Wally LeBlanc is need of bath towels to distribute to various shelters and others in need. Bath towels can be used or new – if used no stains or holes. Please bring towels to the church or contact Wally to make arrangements for getting them to him.
MANY THANKS: Bill (a retired electrician) and Kim Grant have come to St. Petersburg to visit Martha Lamar for the week. While they are here from Indiana, they expressed the desire to volunteer at the church. Here are some of the projects and repairs that have been done so far:  they worked with Claire Stiles and others (Joyce Lee, Lynn Young, Don Ritchie, Bill Parsons) helping to clean out the garage, installed new LED lights above the piano in the sanctuary, installed a motion detector light near the Fellowship Hall exit, put up new swings on the playground, fixed the faucet in the bathroom off of the library, fixed the communion room door and the northeast door of the sanctuary. Kim and Bill are a delight and the church is so GRATEFUL for their service!  Blessings abound!
ASH WEDNESDAY: Many thanks to the Cospers for hosting the beautiful Ash Wednesday service around a fire, lakeside, in their backyard. Music was provided by Yoko Nogami and her daughter, Tora Alexander (see the video at the website). Jim Andrews had planned to lead music but was sick. Hopefully he is feeling better. Thanks to Janet Blair for preparing communion and to Colleen Coughenour and Mark Gibson for providing s’mores. And many thanks to the 29 people that attended!
SUN, FEB 18 – MAR 18 SUNDAYS IN LENT: Services begin at 10:30 and focus on new directions in Christian expression that can form a solid “Foundation for the Future” as the church seeks to serve the world in the years ahead.
WED, FEB 21 – MAR 21 WEDNESDAY PRAYERS: Gatherings from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. for the ancient prayer practice of lectio divina, praying the scriptures. Lectio Divina is not a Bible study. It matters not whether a person knows very little about the Bible or is a biblical scholar. Led by Rev. Emily Bell.
SUN, MAR 25 PALM SUNDAY: The service begins outside with the blessing of the palms. Please bring a palm branch and some to share if you can.
THU, MAR 29 MAUNDY THURSDAY: This is a night to remember Jesus’ last supper with his friends and followers. A light soup supper will be served at 6:00pm in the Fellowship Hall followed by a service of communion and Tenebrae in the sanctuary at 7:00. All are welcome at this solemn service of remembrance.
FRI, MAR 30 GOOD FRIDAY: There will be a guided labyrinth walk at noon related to the crucifixion of Jesus. The sanctuary will be open for meditation and prayer from noon until 3:00pm.
SUN, APR 1 EASTER: The celebration of Easter begins with a sunrise service at 7:00am outdoors on the church grounds followed by breakfast in the Fellowship Hall.
The Festival Service begins at 10:30am. This is an intergenerational service celebrating the power of Love that is stronger than death. The season of spring is a reminder that new life bursts forth even in the least expected places.
An Easter Egg hunt will be held following the Festival Service along with refreshments on the church grounds.
SAT, MAR 3 MEMORIAL SERVICE: 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 on Saturday, March 3rd here in Lakewood’s Sanctuary at 11am with luncheon to follow in Fellowship Hall.
SAT, MAR 24 GREENFEST: Wally LeBlanc is considering having a booth once again at IRB Greenfest representing LUCC. If you are interested in volunteering for 2 or 3 hours on the day of the event or assisting with preparations beforehand please email Wally. The 11th Annual Indian Rocks Beach Greenfest will be March 24th from 10am to 5pm on the block of 24th Avenue & 1st Street in Indian Rocks Beach.


GUN VIOLENCE: LUCC was a co-sponsor of the League of Women Voters Event on Tuesday night sharing conversations about how to reduce gun violence in St. Petersburg.  Church brochures and the gun violence brochures created by Grace Lewis we handed out at the event. Many thanks to Earl Waters, Patti Cooksey, Sue Sherwood, Lucille Ruga, and Kim Wells for attending. There will be follow up with the congregation about things that can be done to continue to address this important issue especially in light of the Parkland shooting.
PETITION: Legislation to end the death penalty has just been introduced in the Florida Legislature. Urge your lawmakers to co-sponsor the bills and support ending the use of the death penalty. Visit Equal Justice USA for more information.
FRI, FEB 16 CONCERT: One City Chorus Concert featuring the One City Chorus and the Urban Gypsies will be Friday, 16 February at 7:30pm at the Palladium (253 5th Ave N). Music is themed around justice and civil rights. Jeff Wells from LUCC and Leslie Ethredge from the UCC Florida Conference staff sing with the One City Chorus. The Chorus also rehearses occasionally at LUCC when the Carter Woodson Museum is not available.
FEB 20 – 23 CONFERENCE: The St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs is a cooperative venture of a group of civic-minded St. Petersburg residents and the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. The conference will begin with the Keynote Address on February 20th at 6:30 PM. Panels will be February 21-23, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. All panels will be held in the USFSP University Student Center. For more information visit stpetersburgconferenceonworldaffairs.com.
FEB 16-24 FILM FESTIVAL:The 2018 “Visions of Nature/Voices of Nature,” Environmental Film Festival will be held February 16-24. For 20 years, the Environmental Film Festival has brought compelling and important films to the Tampa Bay area to raise awareness and promote discussion of matters relating to nature, place and the environment. Film scholars and filmmakers from around the world engage the audience in a lively dialogue about the environmental perspectives contained in documentary, animated, experimental and feature films. Free and open to the public. Visit environmentalfilmfest.com to see the schedule.
SAT, MAR 3 UCC WOMEN’S LUNCH: The Central West Coast Annual Regional Meeting & Luncheon for UCC Women will be March 3rd from 10:00am to 1:30pm at Pilgrim UCC (6315 Central Ave). The theme will be: “Untold Stories: The Unconquered Seminoles” Presented by Barb Coons, State Treasurer. 9:15am Registration in Fellowship Hall. Program begins at 10:00 a.m. Lunch will be served, Cost is $8.00 per person. Please bring nonperishable food items for the Good Samaritan UCC food pantry in Pinellas Park. To ensure there is enough lunch for everyone, please submit your registration with Payment by February 24th. Registration forms are on the bulletin board in the narthex. If you don’t get it mailed in time and plan on attending, please contact Eleanor Rouse by phone (727.215.4752) or email.
SUN, MAR 18 FLORIDA AIDS WALK: Wally LeBlanc is participating in the Florida AIDS Walk as a sleepwalker meaning he won’t be walking but is fundraising. If you would like to donate, you can do so online or if you would like to donate with cash or check see Wally on Sunday after church.


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.
THERE IS HOPE – COMMUNITY: 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!



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