Weekly Update 1 March

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


SUN, MAR 4 THIS SUNDAY: Grace. It’s one of the hardest things to accept because it is free and beyond our control. Being Christian in a market driven culture can be a challenge. The story of Jesus turning over the table of the money changers in the Temple encourages reflection on faith and accounting. See John 2:13-22.
SUN, MAR 4 COMMUNION: All are welcome to participate in communion at Lakewood UCC, children at the discretion of the adults who brought them. The communion offering goes to the Special Needs Fund which is used to help people in our community and the congregation with basic necessities such as food, rent, utilities, and prescription medication costs. Please be generous as you are able.
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.
FRI, MAR 9 MEMORIAL SERVICE:  Ruth Harrington of the LUCC congregation and a resident of Westminster Suncoast died Saturday February 17th.  Sincere sympathy is expressed to her family and friends. A service to celebrate her life will be held on Friday, March 9th at 1pm at Westminster Suncoast chapel.
SAT, MAR 10 FUNERAL:  Ruth Halderman of the LUCC congregation died Saturday February 24th.  Sincere sympathy is expressed to her family and friends. Her funeral will be held on Saturday, March 10th at 1pm here in Lakewood’s Sanctuary with a reception to follow in the Fellowship Hall.
BATH TOWELS NEEDED: 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.
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 24 GREENFEST: Wally LeBlanc is 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.
SUN, MAR 25 REFRESHMENTS: In lieu of Sunday Celebrations, there will be light refreshments following worship on Sunday March 25th. Bring a snack to share if you like.
SUN, APR 15 ANNIVERSARY SUNDAY: Save the date for this big celebration coming up!
LABYRINTH MAKEOVER: The labyrinth on the lawn at Lakewood has had a makeover thanks to the help of Melanie Moore and Bob Bell. Please use the labyrinth anytime you would like for reflection and prayer. It is always “open.”


ONLINE PETITIONS: Urge your lawmakers to vote in ways that promote peace! Visit Equal Justice USA to support an end to the death penalty and  Move On to support a ban on military-style assault weapons and large capacity magazines.
WED, MAR 7 INNOCENCE PROJECT EVENT: Meet James Bain, an innocent man who suffered in Florida’s prisons for 35 years. Wednesday, March 7th, 6:30pm at Allendale United Methodist Church (3803 Haines Rd N). Discuss the causes of wrongful conviction and what needs to change to improve the Criminal Justice System.
THU, MAR 8 ADVOCACY TRAINING: Women are Making Democracy Work! Celebrate International Women’s Day by putting more in your advocacy tool chest. This workshop, led by League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg area, and co-sponsored by Fired Up Pinellas, will provide a hands-on look at advocating for political change in 2018 with the CRC and beyond. The goal is to empower everyday activists to find their passion, get involved and go make a difference. Thursday, March 8, 6:15 – 8:45pm at Allendale United Methodist Church (3803 Haines Rd N). Everyone is invited. Refreshments provided. Registration is free, but required.
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.
WED MAR 21 SOLAR CO-OP INFO SESSION: Attend this info session to raise your awareness on the many benefits of going solar, how to save money on residential PV, and how co-op membership will make going solar easier. Wednesday, March 21, 6:00-7:30pm at the West St Petersburg Library
(6700 8th Ave N). Sponsored by the City of St. Petersburg, Solar United Neighbors of Florida, the League of Women Voters of St. Petersburg Area, and the Suncoast Sierra Clubs. RSVP for the event.
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 will have cards available for sale on Sun. March 18th. The mission for March is Daystar, funds from card sales will go to benefit DaystarMinistry item for months of March and April is deodorant, these will be given to Daystar to be used for their work. There will be a box in the back of Sanctuary for items to be placed in.
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 the church office 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!


Katharine Conover & the family and loved ones of Martin Keane, Betty Harris,
Ruth Halderman’s family and friends, Ruth Harrington’s family and friends, Carolyn Moore, Bert and Joyce Lee, Willy Zessoules, Genevieve Jackle,
 Ann Quinn, Vita Uth



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