Weekly Update 28 June

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

SUN, JUL 1 THIS SUNDAY: The theme for this Sunday is Peer Pressure. It’s not just about teens anymore. How are we influenced by the behavior of others? Can peer pressure be used to work for positive change?

Summer Sundays Services are more informal and favorite hymns will be sung each week. Children attend the beginning of the service and may go to the Nursery following Children’s Time.

SUN, JUL 1 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, 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.
SUN, JUL 1 A/C UPDATE: Following worship this Sunday, July 1, there will be a congregational conversation to hear about the ongoing projects on the church property with a focus on the next large undertaking – new air conditioning.  Most of the system in the church building now dates from the 1960’s.  A new system will help to save energy, the planet, and, yes, money.  Plan to stay for this brief conversation after church this Sunday.
SUN, JUL 1 GOD AND BEYOND: The Advisors are hosting conversations about faith and the LUCC constitution. The advisors have undertaken the updating of the LUCC Constitution and By Laws. This conversation has led to an examination of the faith statements that are made at the beginning of the document: “This church affirms God as Creator, Jesus Christ as Savior, and the Holy Spirit as our strength. This church recognizes the United Church of Christ Statement of Faith.” The mission statement of the church is also included.
 The advisors would like to involve the congregation in this conversation. The first opportunity will be on Sunday July 22 before church at 9:00am in the Fellowship Hall. All are welcome!
In preparation, you may want to review the sermon that was given Sunday June 24. The theme was requested by the advisors to help give some perspective on this conversation.
JUL 2-10 REV. WELLS AWAY: Pastor Wells will be away from July 2nd to July 10th. Many thanks to Victoria Long who will preach on Sunday. For pastoral care, please contact Emily Bell or the church office.
DEATH PENALTY ADVOCACY: Last week, Bernie McCabe, the State’s Attorney for Pinellas and Pasco Counties agreed to meet with two religious leaders to discuss the death penalty: LUCC pastor Kim Wells and Father Bob Schneider of St. Cecelia’s Catholic Church. The conversation was mutually enlightening and Mr. McCabe has agreed to meet again after the upcoming gubernatorial election. Many thanks to Lucille Ruga and Sally Purvis for helping Kim prepare for this important initiative.
NAME TAGS: If you want or are in need of a name tag please contact or see Wally LeBlanc so he can make one for you.
OPERATION ATTACK: Operation Attack is an ecumenical ministry housed at Lakeview Presbyterian Church in St. Petersburg offering food and clothing to families in the area. LUCC supports Operation Attack with donations as well as by volunteering one evening a month. Contact Ian Blair-Catala for upcoming volunteer dates.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

JUN 29-30 CLIMATE CONFERENCE: Rev. Wells will be attending the 4th annual gathering of the Florida Interfaith Climate Actions Network June 29-30 in Orlando. The theme is Collaborating for a Healthy Environment and Climate Resiliency.
The program includes:

  • Earth Charter 18th Birthday Celebration
  • World Health Organization Report
  • Global Health and climate change challenges
  • Campfire honoring Miccosukee-Simanolee clan leader Bobby C. Billie
  • Hear how people came together to work on brownfields, air quality, and sea level rise
  • Brainstorm about how to cultivate resilient communities
  • Hear examples for policy education and actions
  • FL youth celebrations & success stories
  • Healthy food prep demonstration
  • Sowing a culture of peace in Florida
TUE, JUL 10 LGBTQ PROGRAMS: Teacher and children’s book author Rob Sanders will be featured in a pair of programs at the Gulfport Public Library (5501 28th Ave S) on Tuesday July 10th in which he will read from his new children’s book, Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag. The new book has already been praised by Publishers Weekly as a “poignant and uplifting biography.” There will be one afternoon program geared to children and their families from 4 – 5pm, as well as an evening program geared to adults from 7 – 8pm. Both programs are free and open to the public and all ages.
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.
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.
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.
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! 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. School age children are invited to participate in Summer Sundays church services. Preschool children are welcome in the Nursery under the able care of Claudia Rodriguez following Children’s Time. 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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