Weekly Update 17 October

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

SUN, OCT 21 THIS SUNDAY: A miracle story about the healing of a blind person invites reflection on how faith helps people to see. How do fact and fiction fit into the picture? Take a look at Mark 10:46-52.
IN MEMORIAM: LUCC Member Fran Whitney died October 12th. A Memorial Service will be held November 11th at 3pm at Benjamin Towers (250 58th St N). Rev. Kim Wills is officiating.
SUN, OCT 21 HURRICANE RELIEF: We have all seen in the media the devastation caused by Hurricane Michael.  The Florida Conference has called on all UCC Churches in Florida to take up a special collection for Hurricane Relief to be administered by the Conference.  Last Sunday we received $185 from the congregation, but not everyone was prepared to make a donation at that time so there will be another collection this Sunday. After this Sunday’s collection, we will send in our contribution to the Florida Conference hurricane relief effort.
EXTRA MILE GIVING: The church is facing a $13,500 shortfall in operating expenses for 2018.  $5,000 has already been pledged to help close this gap.  If you are able to “go the extra mile” to help, please place your donation in an envelope marked “the extra mile” or indicate this on the memo line of your check.  Watch the bulletin board at church to see the progress toward this important goal.  Many thanks in advance for your generosity!
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MONTGOMERY TRIP: Rev. Kim Wells’ trip to Montgomery AL was postponed until November because of Hurricane Michael.
SAT, OCT 20 CIRCUS MCGURKIS: More volunteers are needed for Circus McGurkis on Saturday October 20th at Gibbs High School.  Bring family and friends to this people’s fair celebrating peace, justice, and art.  The event is sponsored by the Friends Meeting of St. Petersburg (Quakers) and co-produced by Lakewood UCC. Contact Yoko Nogami or Claire Stiles for volunteer opportunities.
SAT, OCT 20 PATIO UMBRELLAS: Umbrellas are needed for Circus McGurkis. Contact Yoko Nogami or Claire Stiles if you are able to lend your patio umbrella to the cause.
SUN, NOV 11 CONGREGATIONAL MEETING: There will be a congregational meeting following morning worship on Sunday 11 November to discuss the Creation Justice Covenant. Draft copies of the covenant will be available soon and it will be posted on the church website.
THERE IS HOPE COMMUNITY: Many thanks to those who supported the card sale last Sunday. Thanks to your generosity, a contribution of $15 was made to the Special Needs fund. The next card sale will be in Advent.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

REMEMBER TO VOTE: There are free t-shirts from the Legacy Center for Social Justice for folks who vote! Sizes large and medium will be available in the Sanctuary on Sunday. The t-shirts say “Black White Brown LGBTQ Straight #sidebyside #vote.” The vote by mail deadline is 22 September, early voting will take place from 27 October to 3 November, and election day is 6 November.  LUCC is a sponsor of Souls to the Polls, an initiative to encourage people who are part of faith communities to vote. This will be held on Sunday Nov. 4 from noon to 6 at Demens Landing. Anyone who needs transportation to the polls, please contact the church office and we will make arrangements for you.
WED, OCT 17 ECKERD PERFORMANCE: An Evening with Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston tonight from 7 to 9pm in Fox Hall at Eckerd College. Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes will come alive in riveting performances by Phyllis McEwen and Bob Devin Jones. Part of the Eckerd College Series “Race and Class in America: 50 Years Without King.” Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Faculty.
FRI, OCT 19 YES ON 4 ICE CREAM SOCIAL: Who’s ready to make history and get FREE Ben & Jerry’s ice cream? Right now, we have the power to end 150 years of a broken system by voting #YesOn4 on behalf of 1.4 million Floridians who’ve earned a second chance – the largest expansion in voting access since the Voting Rights Act. After years of working towards this goal, the moment we’ve been waiting for has arrived – it’s time to Get-Out-The-Vote for Those Who Can’t.

Join Second Chances FL and Ben & Jerry’s for a Yes on 4 Early Voting Ice Cream Social on Friday from 11 AM – 3 PM at Williams Park (350 2nd Ave N). We’ll be educating people about Amendment 4, launching a community canvass to remind people that early voting starts on Oct 22, and of course celebrating with delicious Ben & Jerry’s ice cream! (Non-Dairy/Vegan Options Available).

SUN, OCT 21 INTERFAITH ENVIRONMENT DIALOGUE: Representatives from different faiths will address the environmental crisis with insights arising from their traditions and will share their customs and beliefs that encourage followers to care for the environment. “Caring for the Earth: An Interfaith Dialogue Event” will be held Sunday, 21 October at First Congregational United Church of Christ, (1031 S. Euclid Ave., Sarasota). The event will begin at 2 p.m. with a panel discussion featuring Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim and Christian speakers. A second panel discussion featuring young people from various faiths will start at 3:30 p.m., followed by a shared community meal and prayer break at 5 p.m. After the meal, Dr. Waleed El-Ansary, an internationally known expert on Islam and the environment and Chair of Islamic Studies at Xavier University, will give the keynote address at 7pm. For more information or to reserve your spot, please call (941) 953-7044. Seating will be limited.
TUE, OCT 23 POVERTY LECTURE: The Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis will speak on the long-term work of organizing a movement of the poor and dispossessed, the roles religion and a liberation theology have in advancing transformative change in this country, and the recent efforts of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. Tuesday, 23 October at 7:30pm in Fox Hall at Eckerd College. A reception for Dr. Theoharis will be held at LUCC on Tuesday Oct. 23 from 2-3:15.  Come for a time of coffee and conversation with this prophetic national leader confronting poverty in this land of extreme wealth.
TUE, OCT 23 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS: 12 amendments to the FL Constitution, submitted by the Constitutional Review Commission, the Legislature, as well as citizen groups will be on the ballot in November. They include critical issues such as the restoration of felon voting rights, oil drilling along the FL coast and a proposal to require 2/3 vote of the Legislature to approve new or increased taxes or fees, rather than a simple majority. The non-partisan League of Women Voters will share their presentation, recommendations and fact sheets with us. Tuesday, 23 October at the Unitarian Universalist Church (100 Mirror Lake Drive) from 7:00 to 8:30pm. FREE and open to the public. Join us and bring your friends. Become informed before you vote, and remember that every election is determined by the people who show up. The church is strongly recommending that people vote “yes” on Amendment 4.
WED, OCT 24 FAKE NEWS FORUM: Fake news, a term and concept that barely existed three years ago, has morphed into an industry of malicious fabrication that undermines honest debate and, some fear, threatens the foundation of Western democracy that is built on an informed electorate arriving at consensus. A distinguished panel will attempt to define what is “fake” news and what is just “bad” news, explore the impact of fake news on mainstream journalism and geopolitics, and offer tips on how to identify fake news. Admission cost is $25 ($20 for Students & Educators) and includes dinner. The Panelists are John Duff, Ph.D., Baccalaureate Academic Chair, College of Computer and Information Technology at St. Petersburg College; Hiwot Hailu, Multimedia Reporter for the MediaWise Project at The Poynter Institute; Christopher Ingram, Political Commentator and President of 411 Communications; and Alexios Mantzarlis, Faculty & Director of the International Fact-Checking Network at The Poynter Institute. Wednesday, 24 October from 6 to 8:15pm at the Seminole Campus Conference Center of St. Petersburg College (9200 113th St N, Seminole). Register online now. Call 727.394.6942 for more information.
OCT 29 & 30 FALL REVIVAL: Join Rev. J. C. Pritchett, President of the Legacy Center for Social Justice to hear guest speaker Rev. Raphael Warnock of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta (Rev. Dr. Luther King Jr.’s church) on Monday, 29 October at 7pm and to discuss mass incarceration and amendment 4 on Tuesday, 30 October at noon. Both events will be at Bethel Community Baptist Church (2901 54th Ave S). Rev. Warnock was a classmate of LUCC member Grace Lewis at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Grace highly encourages attendance at this inspiring event!

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 the church office.
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 Church School and preschool children are welcome in the Nursery under the able care of Claudia Rodriguez. They will join the congregation for 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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