Weekly Update 24 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 28 THIS SUNDAY: A story from the gospel of Mark invites reflection on greatness and the power structures that humans create and maintain. The images that Jesus offers are at odds with conventional thinking then and now. See Mark 10:35-45.
SUN, OCT 28 SUNDAY CELEBRATIONS: Celebrate October birthdays at this potluck lunch following worship this Sunday. Many thanks to Patti Cooksey and Dana Cosper for hosting!
SUN, NOV 4 GUEST PREACHER: LUCC newcomer Edward Jones will preach while Rev. Kim Wells travels to California to attend a Jesus Seminar event. His ministry is a blessing!
SUN, NOV 4 CROP WALK: Planning for the 2019 Pinellas County CROP Walk is beginning! If you are interested in representing LUCC in this planning process, let the church office know and attend the planning meeting on Sunday, 4 November, at 4pm at Gulfport Presbyterian Church (5313 27th Ave S., Gulfport).
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.
SUN, NOV 11 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 Wells is officiating.
SUN, NOV 18 THE BIG EVENT: This year the focus of the BIG Event will be on “Sharing the Harvest.” November is a season of gratitude, a time to celebrate abundance and the ministry of Lakewood UCC. Gratitude journals will be distributed at church on Sunday as will harvest forms. They will also be available online later this week, so keep an eye out. The church is grateful for all you do to offer the inclusive love of Christ to all people and work for peace and justice throughout creation!
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!
OPERATION ATTACK: Operation Attack needs boys/men’s clothes along with coats for all ages.
TRUCK? Help is needed to transport a couch that is being donated to the church. If you have a vehicle that can accommodate a couch and are willing to help, please contact the church office for details.
CIRCUS MCGURKIS: Thanks to all who volunteered at Circus McGurkis especially Yoko Nogami or Claire Stiles!

COMMUNITY EVENTS

THU OCT 25 ANTIRACISM EVENT: Ibram Kendi, Ph.D., professor and founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University and author of the National Book Award–winning Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, seeks to shift the discussion from how not to be racist to how to be an antiracist through a deeply personal and empowering lecture. Kendi will share his own racist ideas and how he overcame them. He also will provide direction to people and institutions who want more than Band-Aid programs; they want actual antiracist action that builds an antiracist America. Thursday, October 25, from 7 to 8:30pm at Fox Hall, Eckerd College.
SAT, OCT 27 OPERATION MEDICINE CABINET: Operation Medicine Cabinet will be held on Saturday 27 October, between 10:00am and 2:00pm at SPPD Headquarters (1300 1st Ave N). Citizens are invited to drop off their unused and expired prescription medications for safe collection and disposal – no questions asked.
MON, OCT 29 FALL REVIVAL CHANGE OF VENUE: 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. This event will now be held at Wireman Chapel of Eckerd College (4200 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!
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.

The church strongly recommends that people vote “yes” on Amendment 4. For more information on the amendments visit the League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area website lwvspa.org.

WED RAYTHEON PROTEST: Major U.S. defense contractor Raytheon is the world’s largest producer of guided missiles. Since Saudi Arabia launched its war on Yemen in March 2015, there have been 212 confirmed civilian deaths involving Raytheon’s missiles. During this same time, the company’s stock has almost doubled in value from $108.44 to $210.70 per share. For more information on Raytheon’s involvement in Saudi Arabia’s war on Yemen see this article on the news and opinion website salon.

Pax Christy holds a weekly demonstration of U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia nearby Raytheon’s Largo facility at the corner of Bryan Dairy and Belcher from 4:30 to 5:30pm on Wednesdays and invites you to join. There is plenty of parking in the lot behind the bank on the SW corner.

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!


CIRCLE OF CONCERN

Family & Friends of Fran Whitney,
Shirley and Bill Locke, Carolyn Moore, Ann Quinn, Willy Zessoules

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