Weekly Update 1 November

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

SUN, NOV 4 THIS SUNDAY: This Sunday is All Saints Sunday.  It is a time to remember those whom we consider saints, those who have shown us the light of Divine Love. The congregation will have the opportunity for the naming of saints during worship. Newcomer to LUCC Elder Edward Jones will be preaching.  He will be honoring a modern saint, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
SUN, NOV 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, used to help people in our community and the congregation with basic necessities such as food, rent, utilities, and prescription medication costs. Recently there has been great need for these funds, please help as you are able knowing that your gift will be a blessing to someone in need.
SUN, NOV 4 MANY THANKS: Gratitude is expressed to those leading worship Sunday while Rev. Wells is away on study leave:  Elder Edward Jones, Colleen Coughenour, and Victoria Long. The congregation is blessed by their ministry!  
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 worship on Sunday Nov. 11 to take action on the Creation Justice covenant.  The meeting will be a time to discuss the covenant and to suggest any changes.  Feel free to review the history of the Creation Justice process that the and the proposed Creation Justice Covenant.  The Covenant has been endorsed by the Advisors.

Please plan to be part of the congregational meeting on Nov. 11.  This is a very important commitment in the life of the church.  It is a very exciting ministry to be pursing at this crucial time.
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 available at church and online. 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. The next LUCC volunteer date is November 7th.
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.

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.

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!
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