Bulletin for March 23, 2014

WELCOME

(Please remember to silence all cell phones and pagers.)

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LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE

Ed Kaspar, Liturgist

Creator of Peace and sustainer of justice,
lead us to this vision, we pray:
Bread
Water
A clean sky
A woman’s voice singing somewhere
The armies disbanded
The harvest abundant
The wound healed
The child wanted
The prisoner free
The body’s integrity honored
The beloved returned
Labor equal, fair, and valued
No hand raised in any gesture but greeting
All living free of fear
All living free of want
On this blessed earth,
As You would will it.
So be it
Amen.

Women’s Environment and
Development Organization

PRELUDE Danza de la Rosa Granados

* CALL TO WORSHIP

Happy are those who delight in the way of God.
They are like trees planted by flowing water;
They bear fruit in every season
and their leaves never wither.
Happiness comes to those who reject the path of violence.
God watches over the steps of those who do justice.

from Psalm 1, adapted

* HYMN I’ve Got Peace Like a River 478

Children’s Time

Response: Love, love, love, love,

(a cappella)

The Gospel in one word is love.
  Love your neighbor as yourself,
  Love, love, love.

(Children may proceed to Church School and Nursery.)

SCRIPTURE LESSONS

Let us prepare ourselves for the Word of God as
it comes to us in the reading of Holy Scripture.
Our hearts and minds are open.
Exodus 17:1-7 and John 4:5-42
For the word of God in scripture, for the word of
God among us, for the word of God within us.
Thanks be to God.

SERMON Rev. Wells

* HYMN Christ Is the Mountain of Horeb 45

ANNOUNCEMENTS

MORNING OFFERING

You are invited to place your prayer requests in the offering plate along with your morning tithes and offerings.

Offertory Prelude Debussy

* Prayer of Dedication

My Lord is the source of love;
I, the river’s course.
Let God’s love flow through me.
I will not obstruct it.
Irrigation ditches can water
but a portion of the field;
the great Yangtze River
can water a thousand acres.
Expand my heart, O Lord,
that I may love yet more people.
The waters of love can water vast tracts,
nothing will be lost to me.
The greater the outward flow,
the greater the returning tide.
If I am not linked to Love’s source,
I will dry up.
If I dam the waters of Love,
they will stagnate.
Can I compare my heart
with the boundless seas?
But abandon not the measure
of my heart, O Lord.
Let the waves of your love
still billow there!

Wang Weifan1

ANTHEM We Are One Pethel

Morning Prayers – Savior’s Prayer

Our Father-Mother, who is in the heavens, may your name be made holy. May your dominion come, may your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us today, the bread we need; and forgive us our debts, as we have forgiven our debtors; and do not put us to the test, but rescue us from evil. For yours is the dominion, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

* Hymn Shall We Gather at the River 597

* BENEDICTION

* CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE 581

Lead us from death to life, from falsehood to truth,
from despair to hope, from fear to trust.
Lead us from hate to love, from war to peace;
let peace fill our hearts, let peace fill our world,
let peace fill our universe.

* PASSING THE PEACE

* POSTLUDE Promenade Mussorgsky
* Those who wish to stand may do so at the places marked with an asterisk.
1 In Lilies of the Field, quoted in The Word and You: A Lectionary-based Exploration of the Bible, edited by Nan Duerling, p. 137

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Weekly Update

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

drawing of church

THIS SUNDAY This Sunday we reflect on two stories involving water. One is the story of Moses getting water from the rock in Exodus 17:1-7. The other is the well-known story of the Samaritan woman at the well found in John 4:5-42. These stories give us the opportunity to think about how God waters our souls. Where is God seeking to tend and nurture new life in us?
LENT LENT AT LAKEWOOD: The theme for the season of Lent this year is “A Time to Grow.” Themes from scripture will be interwoven with themes from the nature related to plants to inspire spiritual growth. Lent is the season of 40 days before Easter not including Sundays. It is a time for reflection, prayer, and spiritual disciplines which encourage following the way of Jesus. The spiritual discipline of giving something up for Lent is an opportunity to explore areas for growth. What will you give up this season? Sometimes people take something on for Lent, again with the intention of making a sacrifice and growing spiritually. In these days of global climate change, there is the trend of observing a carbon fast during Lent. This may involve not driving a car one day a week, or not eating meat for the season of Lent. There are also other options for such a carbon fast. Please consider how you will open yourself up to spiritual growth in this reflective season of Lent. When we give something up, we make room for God to enter our lives in new ways. A daily devotional from Rev. Wells will be posted each day during Lent on the church website.
NEW! 51p1C+iNFFL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-v3-big,TopRight,0,-55_SX278_SY278_PIkin4,BottomRight,1,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_BOOKCLUB: The bookclub will meet Friday, March28 at 12:30 in the church fellowship hall. Please bring your own sandwich, drinks and dessert will be provided by RuthAnn Dudley. Everyone is welcome. The book is “In His Steps” by Charles M. Sheldon. This is an old Christian Classic. A story about what happens in a small community, when the pastor of an affluent church asks the members to pledge to spend a year asking themselves “What Would Jesus Do”, before making important questions.
NEW! hotcrossbunsEASTER BREAKFAST: Help is needed with the Easter breakfast. If you are interested in assisting please speak with Rev. Wells.
NEW! ciw logo
NOW IS THE TIME: The following Lakewood UCC folk attended the tour: LUCC: Melanie Moore, Adrien Helm, Ed Helm, Jeff Wells, Kim Wells, Claudia Rodriguez, Jaime Gonzalez, and Claudia’s friend, George. For a report on the tour see lakewooducc.org/2014/03/20/now-is-the-time-tour/
WED, APR 23 OPERATION ATTACK: Help Lakewood UCC serve the community by bagging food, sorting clothes, and serving clients at Operation Attack (Lakeview Presbyterian Church, 1310 22nd Ave. S., St. Petersburg). Contact Janet Blair to sign up or for more information (jandblair@yahoo.com or 259-9957). Following are the remaining dates/times Lakewood UCC is are scheduled to volunteer in the first half of this year:

Weds., April 23rd 5:30-7:00
Weds., May 21st 5:30-7:00

MAR 25-27 freedomfromwarlogoENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE RETREAT: The Florida Conference of the United Church of Christ sponsors this “train-the-trainer” immersion experience in environmental justice. This experience is designed to stimulate a new grass-roots conversation about how people of faith can work for a sustainable, healthy, and inclusive community that can become what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. identified as The Beloved Community. Beginning on Tuesday, March 25 at 5:00 p.m. with dinner, workshop participants will gather to discuss the challenges and opportunities of economic instability, energy costs, equity and fairness, and environmental justice and continues Wednesday morning exploring five themes central to a faith-based approach to environmental justice. Wednesday afternoon the group will travel off site to see how environmental justice issues are impacting people in the region. On the morning of Day 3, the final sessions will help participants develop strategies and activities to bring what they have learned to their home communities and make commitments for action. Day 3 will conclude after lunch. For more information see http://bit.ly/1aK6SKL
TUE, APR 1 Eckerd_College“Because of Science, I Have to Be an Atheist” and Other Fallacies of Our Age: Tue., April 1, 7:30 p.m., Fox Hall – Join Professor Philip Clayton, of Claremont School of Theology, in an interactive conversation on science and the spiritual journey. Author of numerous books and articles on science philosophy, and religion, Clayton seeks the intersections of ethics, faith, and the most significant issues facing our pluralistic society – See more at: http://bit.ly/1kMiEaS
SAT, APR 5 Skyway LogoSKYWAY COMMUNITY MARKET: The church is finally preparing to launch the Skyway Community Market beginning the first Saturday of April. It will be held Saturdays from 9-1. This is a wonderful initiative on many fronts: bringing the people of the community together, offering healthy food at reasonable prices, letting people know about the church, and generating income for the church. Many thanks to Christy Martin for her willingness to serve as coordinator of the market. To volunteer, please speak with Christy Martin or Melanie Moore. Also visit lakewooducc.org/market, the new page on the church’s website devoted entirely to the market. There are four documents that can be downloaded there. One is a flyer you can print out at home and put up in places that will allow you to do so. Give the vendor forms to people you know who might be interested in being vendors. Musicians are also needed. Special thanks to Sterling Wells for designing Skyway Community Market’s very own logo!
WED, APR 16 Modern Day Slavery in Florida’s Fields: Wed., April 16, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m., Miller Auditorium – Former farm workers discuss the realities farm work. This panel will focus on the harmful impacts of pesticide use on the environment and the dangerous health issues caused by pesticide exposure. Former farm workers will share compelling stories of their personal experiences, and farm worker advocates will elaborate on how pesticide exposure, immigration status, low wages, systemic injustices, and workplace conditions are affecting the men, women and children who are responsible for feeding us every day but are still the invisible ones – See more at: http://bit.ly/1kMiEaS
THUR, APR 24 Oxfam America Hunger Banquet: Thursday, April 24, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Fox Hall – Life isn’t fair – and neither is this. The Oxfam America Hunger Banquet is where your seat and your meal are determined by the luck of the draw. Just as in real life, some of us are born into relative prosperity and others into poverty. One in 7 people goes hungry. But hunger is not about too many people and too little food. Our rich and bountiful planet produces enough food to feed everyone on earth. Hunger is about power. Its roots lie in inequalities in access to resources. The results are illiteracy, poverty, war and the inability of families to grow or buy food. Few experiences bring to life these inequalities more powerfully than an Oxfam America Hunger Banquet. – See more at: http://bit.ly/1kMiEaS
CONTINUING CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: 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. The church will be receiving new members in the near future. Those who are interested in joining the church are asked to speak with Rev. Wells.
CONTINUING lunch bunch at chattaway'sLUNCH BUNCH: On Sundays after fellowship an informal and open group gathers at a local restaurant for lunch and lively conversation. You are welcome at this gathering of friends old and new. Please check with one of the regulars–Melanie Moore, Bill Ryland, Carol Shores, or Ruth Halderman–about the details for this week. Pictured on the right is an example of some of the folks who sometimes lunch as a bunch. (Photo by Melanie Moore)
CONTINUING ELECTRONIC GIVING: LUCC is offering electronic giving. Arrangements can be made for donations and contributions to be made as account to account transfers. Credit card donations can also be arranged. Single and recurring donations can also be made at the church website through Pay Pal via credit card or bank debit. Additional information, as well as authorization forms, is available at church. So far, three families have signed up for electronic giving. More are always welcome!
CONTINUING 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 at www.facebook.com/LakewoodUCC and on Twitter at twitter.com/lakewoodUCC.

CIRCLE OF CONCERN

Joey Williams ~ Helen Nims ~ Betty Harris
Gertie Pirazzini ~ the USA
Jerry Riesen and Knud Uth are under hospice care

Calls and notes are appreciated also.


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Now is the Time tour

From: Interfaith Action of Southwest Florida <info@interfaithact.org>
Date: March 19, 2014 at 8:53:02 AM EDT
Subject: 1,000 march through Lakeland for Now is the Time Tour finale!

Dear friends,
 
The “Now is the Time” Tour came to a rallying close on Saturday as over 1,000 people gathered in Lakeland to complete the 24-hour vigil and set off marching up the main thoroughfare to downtown Lakeland.
 
The 24-hour witness outside an iconic Publix in the company’s hometown — staged from mid-dayFriday to mid-day Saturday — proved to be the most poignant close to witness and community-building in ten cities over ten days. Click on the must-see video to the right for a sense of the confrontation between Publix officials and religious leaders during Friday’s candlelight rally (or check out a written reflection from the Rev. Lindsay Comstock, Executive Director of National Farm Worker Ministry) as well as the powerful, guiding words that the faith delegation shared upon return, fueling the vigil participants for the long, chilly night ahead.
 
At dawn, CIW members orchestrated a sunrise ceremony, inviting the enlarging crowd to contemplate the power of the new day dawning in the fields. The stirring reflections carried us through the late morning until finally, in the early afternoon, the crowd of a couple hundred doubled, then tripled, until we swelled into 1,000 people and stepped off onto the town’s main avenue. We stretched out farther and farther until the emcees at the front lost sight of the march’s tail, winding our way into the heart of Lakeland’s downtown. All along the way, we were greeted by a constant stream of honks, waves and cheers, making it abundantly clear that Publix’s home community has grown increasingly impatient with Publix’s resistance to joining the Fair Food Program, when it has become widely recognized for its power to transform lives in the fields with little effort on the part of the corporation.
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Be sure to check out the final video dispatch (left) from the media team documenting the culminating march, as well as the full CIW photo report and analysis!
 
Finally, after the three-mile trek, we arrived on the edge of Lake Mirror for our colorful celebration and rally. The Rev. Michael Livingston, National Policy Director of Interfaith Worker Justice, kicked off the rally with what would be the first of many sharply critical comments towards Publix’s cold intransigence in the face of the beauty and unity exhibited that day:
 
“We’ve been on this journey towards justice together, and while we’ve been doing that, Publix has been standing still, telling lies, denying justice. Publix is just standing still, telling lies, while we are growing together, and embracing one another, and loving one another. So we’re on a… (audience) Journey towards justice… Now is the time!”
 
Among the many high notes of the rally was an address by author and theologian Brian McLaren, who spoke directly to Publix executives: “I want to say something to the leaders of Publix, based on this book (holding a Bible aloft). Love your neighbors. Love your neighbors who work on the farms, love your customers who care about those workers. Turn from your pride and arrogance, and turn towards your partners in business, the workers of Immokalee.”
 
And as the sun began to set once more, the Lakeland rally came to a close, as did the Now is the Time Tour as a whole. Fair Food supporters congratulated each other on a wildly successful tour, which amplified the ever-growing call to holdout corporations Publix and Wendy’s to join us in strengthening and expanding the new reality in the agricultural industry as it begins to flourish, one based on the dignity and human rights of every person.
 
We close with gratitude for every person who made this remarkable undertaking possible, and give the final word to the CIW women’s group, who closed out Saturday’s rally:
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“We want to say to Publix that as women, we will not even consider allowing sexual violence to continue in Florida’s fields or the agricultural industry. We will not take one step backward. We will only continue forward.”
 
Indeed, we look foward to continuing the journey with all of you.
 
Sincerely,
 
 
 
Elena & Claire

Interfaith Action of Southwest Florida
People of faith partnering with farmworkers to cultivate justice in the fields

 

PS. Please consider donating to help with the costs of the Now is the Time Tour! Thank you!
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PCTB newsletter: James Douglass, Project Unspeakable, and Gandhi and the Unspeakable

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Author and longtime nonviolence activist James W. Douglass will be in the TampaBay and Sarasota area from March 27-30. Douglass is the author of JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters and, most recently, Gandhi and the Unspeakable. Both books analyze the role of “the Unspeakable,” monk Thomas Merton’s term for systemic evil, in the two leaders’ assassinations.

While he is in the area, Douglass will lead discussion after two dramatic readings ofProject Unspeakable¸ a play examining the truth about the assassinations of JFK, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy. A reading in Sarasota will be on Thursday, March 27 and a St. Petersburg reading will be Sunday, March 30. Details are below.

He will also lead Gandhi and the Unspeakable: Will We Wake Up to Nonviolence?, a retreat at the Dayspring Conference Center in Ellenton fromSaturday, March 29-Sunday, March 30. A talk about his JFK book will precede the retreat. Details are below.

Pax Christi Tampa Bay

 

A staged reading and discussion

featuring author James W. Douglass

A dramatic reading of Project Unspeakable, a new readers’ theater play about the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, and Robert F. Kennedy, will take place on Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 4:00 PM, at theStudio@620, 620 1st Avenue South in St. Petersburg. An acting ensemble of professional actors including Bob Devin Jones, Roxanne Fay, Tia Jamison and Bob Heitman will present the reading under the direction of Bonnie Agan. The reading is open to the public and admission will be “pay what you can” at the door.

In the actual words of the four assassinated leaders and the people surrounding the assassinations, the play challenges the silence that has surrounded these four “unspeakable” assassinations for decades and sheds light on the “unspeakables” of today: the covered-up crimes by elements in the U.S. government and corporations. The play also includes the words of courageous individuals who, despite government intimidation, refused to be silent about their knowledge of the assassinations, and challenges us to consider how we react toward our “unspeakables.” Douglass will lead the discussion after the reading. This reading is sponsored by Peace First, the St. Petersburg Friends Peace and Social Concerns Committee, and Pax ChristiTampa Bay. For more information: (727) 439-0147; selmocabi@gmail.com For more information on the Studio@620 performance: http://www.thestudioat620.org/events/project-unspeakable

Sarasota reading: The PEACenter will present a dramatic reading of Project Unspeakable on Thursday, March 27 at 7:00 PM at the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Court in Sarasota. Author James Douglass will lead the discussion following the production. The reading is open to the public. Tickets are $5.00 in advance and $7.00 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased at www.sarasotapeacenter.org.

Project Unspeakable Asks the Big Questions” is a National Public Radio news story about a reading of the play. For an overview of Project Unspeakable, go tohttp://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=247967234

For more on Project Unspeakable, go to the website athttp://projectunspeakable.com/

Note to those attending the Gandhi and the Unspeakable retreat: Jim Douglass recommends attending Project Unspeakable along with the retreat. The DayspringConference Center in Ellenton is between St. Petersburg and Sarasota, so retreatants can attend the Sarasota reading before the retreat or the St. Petersburgreading on the way home.

GANDHI AND THE UNSPEAKABLE: Join James W. Douglass for “Gandhi and the Unspeakable: Will We Wake Up to Nonviolence?”, a two-day retreat that explores Mohandas K. Gandhi’s confrontation with the Unspeakable through his nonviolent experiments with the infinite force of Truth.

“We are unconscious of the right questions to ask,” Douglass says of our deep denial of the “the Unspeakable”: assassinations on our doorstep, an unending war of terror, a total-surveillance empire, nuclear weapons poised to destroy all humanity, and catastrophic climate change. “I hope to raise a few. Gandhi offers us the right questions and the right directions about the Unspeakable. He is so truthful he sees the right questions, and they are the same as our questions, except in scope.”

The retreat is Saturday, March 29-Sunday, March 30. It is at the DayspringConference Center, a wooded retreat center on the Manatee River just east ofBradenton (http://dayspring.dioswfl.org/) It will feature talks by Douglass, time for personal and group reflection, and worship. All meals are included. Registration deadline is March 20. More information is at http://paxchristiflorida.org/events/

Varying prices and scholarships are available. For a retreat brochure with a schedule, costs, and more details, go to

http://paxchristiflorida.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/2014-pcf-retreat-brochure-final.pdf

“JFK and the Unspeakable”: Before the retreat, at 10:00 AM Saturday morning,Douglass will examine John F. Kennedy’s miraculous turning from the edge of a nuclear holocaust to a commitment for a disarmed world, a decision that cost him his life.

James W. Douglass was a co-founder of the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolence inWashington state to campaign against the building of a Trident submarine base and the installation of Trident nuclear missiles. He has travelled to the Middle East on several peace missions and stayed with Iraqi civilians during the 2003 U.S. invasion. His books include The Nonviolent Cross, Lightning East to West, and The Nonviolent Coming of God. He and his wife Shelley operate Mary’s House, a house of hospitality for homeless and indigent people in Birmingham, Alabama. He is a co-founder of Religious Leaders for 9/11 Truth.

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Photos from Lakewood’s participation in march on Publix

Today was the culmination of the “Now is the Time” tour around the Southeast. It called to Publix and Wendy’s to commit to uphold farmworkers’ human rights by joining the Fair Food Program. Lakewood UCC folks participated in the Tour Grand Finale in Lakeland on Saturday today. Below are photos of the march and Lakewood’s participation in that march.

Click on any picture for a larger image and then again for a closeup.

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Lunch Bunch Snapshots

On Sundays after fellowship an informal and open group gathers at a local restaurant for lunch and lively conversation. You are welcome at this gathering of friends old and new. Please check with one of the regulars–Melanie Moore, Bill Ryland, Carol Shores, or Ruth Halderman–about the details for this week. Pictured on the right is an example of some of the folks who sometimes lunch as a bunch. (PhotoS by Melanie Moore and Sue Sherwood — click photos for larger images)

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Weekly Update

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

drawing of church

LENT LENT AT LAKEWOOD: The theme for the season of Lent this year is “A Time to Grow.” Themes from scripture will be interwoven with themes from the nature related to plants to inspire spiritual growth. Lent is the season of 40 days before Easter not including Sundays. It is a time for reflection, prayer, and spiritual disciplines which encourage following the way of Jesus. The spiritual discipline of giving something up for Lent is an opportunity to explore areas for growth. What will you give up this season? Sometimes people take something on for Lent, again with the intention of making a sacrifice and growing spiritually. In these days of global climate change, there is the trend of observing a carbon fast during Lent. This may involve not driving a car one day a week, or not eating meat for the season of Lent. There are also other options for such a carbon fast. Please consider how you will open yourself up to spiritual growth in this reflective season of Lent. When we give something up, we make room for God to enter our lives in new ways. A daily devotional from Rev. Wells will be posted each day during Lent on the church website.
NEW! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASKYWAY COMMUNITY MARKET: The church is finally preparing to launch the Skyway Community Market beginning the first Saturday of April. It will be held Saturdays from 9-1. This is a wonderful initiative on many fronts: bringing the people of the community together, offering healthy food at reasonable prices, letting people know about the church, and generating income for the church. Many thanks to Christy Martin for her willingness to serve as coordinator of the market. There will be a meeting on Sunday March 16 after church of all who are interested in volunteering and helping with the market. Please plan to stay and be part of this significant initiative in the life of the church. Everyone is welcome and needed to help. Please speak with Christy to find out how you can help.
NEW! CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: 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. The church will be receiving new members in the near future. Those who are interested in joining the church are asked to speak with Rev. Wells.
SAT, MAR 15 NOW IS THE TIME: The CIW’s 10-day, 10-city “Now is the Time” tour around the Southeast is fast-approaching. The call to Publix and Wendy’s to commit to uphold farmworkers’ human rights by joining the Fair Food Program will grow even stronger with your continued support! Join for any of the stops along the way. The culminating witness of the tour will be a powerful 24-hour vigil outside of the Southgate Publix in Lakeland, FL, Saturday, March 15, followed by a spirited march to the final rally in downtown Lakeland. LUCC folks will be participating in the Tour Grand Finale in Lakeland on Saturday. Speak with Adrien or Ed Helm to make carpool arrangements.ciw logo
TUE, MAR 18 FAMILY PROMISE: There is a Family Promise meeting at Central Christian Church (6161 22nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg) on Tuesday, March 18 at 7:00 p.m. Family Promise is a community based approach to offering shelter to those who are homeless. Congregations serve as hosts and volunteers providing space and meals for a week at a time.
WED, MAR 19 OPERATION ATTACK: Help Lakewood UCC serve the community by bagging food, sorting clothes, and serving clients at Operation Attack (Lakeview Presbyterian Church, 1310 22nd Ave. S., St. Petersburg). Contact Janet Blair to sign up or for more information (jandblair@yahoo.com or 259-9957). Following are the remaining dates/times Lakewood UCC is are scheduled to volunteer in the first half of this year:

Weds., March 19th 5:30-7:00
Weds., April 23rd 5:30-7:00
Weds., May 21st 5:30-7:00

MAR 25-27 freedomfromwarlogoENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE RETREAT: The Florida Conference of the United Church of Christ sponsors this “train-the-trainer” immersion experience in environmental justice. This experience is designed to stimulate a new grass-roots conversation about how people of faith can work for a sustainable, healthy, and inclusive community that can become what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. identified as The Beloved Community. Beginning on Tuesday, March 25 at 5:00 p.m. with dinner, workshop participants will gather to discuss the challenges and opportunities of economic instability, energy costs, equity and fairness, and environmental justice and continues Wednesday morning exploring five themes central to a faith-based approach to environmental justice. Wednesday afternoon the group will travel off site to see how environmental justice issues are impacting people in the region. On the morning of Day 3, the final sessions will help participants develop strategies and activities to bring what they have learned to their home communities and make commitments for action. Day 3 will conclude after lunch. For more information see http://bit.ly/1aK6SKL
TUE, APR 1 “Because of Science, I Have to Be an Atheist” and Other Fallacies of Our Age: Tue., April 1, 7:30 p.m., Fox Hall – Join Professor Philip Clayton, of Claremont School of Theology, in an interactive conversation on science and the spiritual journey. Author of numerous books and articles on science philosophy, and religion, Clayton seeks the intersections of ethics, faith, and the most significant issues facing our pluralistic society – See more at: http://bit.ly/1kMiEaS
WED, APR 16 Modern Day Slavery in Florida’s Fields: Wed., April 16, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m., Miller Auditorium – Former farm workers discuss the realities farm work. This panel will focus on the harmful impacts of pesticide use on the environment and the dangerous health issues caused by pesticide exposure. Former farm workers will share compelling stories of their personal experiences, and farm worker advocates will elaborate on how pesticide exposure, immigration status, low wages, systemic injustices, and workplace conditions are affecting the men, women and children who are responsible for feeding us every day but are still the invisible ones – See more at: http://bit.ly/1kMiEaS
THUR, APR 24 Oxfam America Hunger Banquet: Thursday, April 24, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Fox Hall – Life isn’t fair – and neither is this. The Oxfam America Hunger Banquet is where your seat and your meal are determined by the luck of the draw. Just as in real life, some of us are born into relative prosperity and others into poverty. One in 7 people goes hungry. But hunger is not about too many people and too little food. Our rich and bountiful planet produces enough food to feed everyone on earth. Hunger is about power. Its roots lie in inequalities in access to resources. The results are illiteracy, poverty, war and the inability of families to grow or buy food. Few experiences bring to life these inequalities more powerfully than an Oxfam America Hunger Banquet. – See more at: http://bit.ly/1kMiEaS
CONTINUING a bunch at lunchLUNCH BUNCH: On Sundays after fellowship an informal and open group gathers at a local restaurant for lunch and lively conversation. You are welcome at this gathering of friends old and new. Please check with one of the regulars–Melanie Moore, Bill Ryland, Carol Shores, or Ruth Halderman–about the details for this week. Pictured on the right is an example of some of the folks who sometimes lunch as a bunch. (Photo by Melanie Moore)
CONTINUING ELECTRONIC GIVING: LUCC is offering electronic giving. Arrangements can be made for donations and contributions to be made as account to account transfers. Credit card donations can also be arranged. Single and recurring donations can also be made at the church website through Pay Pal via credit card or bank debit. Additional information, as well as authorization forms, is available at church. So far, three families have signed up for electronic giving. More are always welcome!
CONTINUING 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 at www.facebook.com/LakewoodUCC and on Twitter at twitter.com/lakewoodUCC.

CIRCLE OF CONCERN

Joey Williams ~ Helen Nims ~ Betty Harris
Gertie Pirazzini ~ the USA
Jerry Riesen and Knud Uth are under hospice care

Calls and notes are appreciated also.

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Bulletin for March 16, 2014

WELCOME

(Please remember to silence all cell phones and pagers.)

CHIME

LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE

Roger Jackle, Liturgist

Dear God,
Please be with us at this critical time.
As we let go of one era,
may something new and wondrous now be born.
Replace, Dear Lord, the ravages of war
with the sweetness of peace.
May light replace all darkness
and love replace all fear.
Please heal all hearts, dear God.
Amen.
PRELUDE Danza Espanola (excerpt) Albeniz

* CALL TO WORSHIP

Sing to God with thanksgiving!
God knows the number of the stars and calls each one by name.
God covers the heavens with clouds and provides rain for the earth,
God makes grass sprout on the mountains and herbs for the service of the people.
God heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
God lifts up the oppressed.
There is no limit to God’s wisdom.
God delights in those who worship with reverence and put their hope in divine love.

from Psalm 147, adapted

* HYMN Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness 286

Children’s Time

Response: Love, love, love, love,

(a cappella)

The Gospel in one word is love.
  Love your neighbor as yourself,
  Love, love, love.

(Children may proceed to Church School and Nursery.)

SCRIPTURE LESSONS

Let us prepare ourselves for the Word of God as
it comes to us in the reading of Holy Scripture.
Our hearts and minds are open.
Genesis 12:1-4a and John 3:1-17
For the word of God in scripture, for the word of
God among us, for the word of God within us.
Thanks be to God.

SERMON Rev. Wells

Response: Behold, I Make All Things New 1

ANNOUNCEMENTS

AFFIRMATION OF LEADERS

There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit gives them.
There are different ways of serving, but the same God is served.
There are different abilities to perform service, but the same God gives ability to each of us for our particular service.
The Spirit’s presence is shown in some way to each person for the good of all.
Christ is like a single body, which has many parts.
It is still one body even though it is made up of different parts.
If one part of the body suffers, all the other parts suffer with it; if one part is praised, all the other parts share its happiness.
All of us are Christ’s body, and each one is a part of it.

(I Corinthians 12:4-7, 26-27, adapted)

Vows

* Congregational Affirmation
We stand in celebration of the joy that is ours to be partners with you in the service of Jesus Christ. We promise to love you and honor your leadership, that together we may be a faithful church of Jesus Christ.

MORNING OFFERING

Anthem: What Wondrous Love Southern Harmony

* Prayer of Dedication

We know what God desires of us, yet sometimes we are too busy, or hard-hearted, or reluctant, or cynical to fulfill God’s dreams for us. May God’s forgiving love blow through us and refresh us. We give our gifts this day as a sign of our intention to live according to God’s unfolding design ever fresh and new. May we open ourselves to being equipped by God’s brooding, mysterious spirit to be a blessing in the world. Amen.

CALL TO PRAYER Beautiful Jesus 44

Morning PrayerS – Savior’s Prayer

Fathering and Mothering God, lover of us all, most holy one.
Help us to respond to you
To create what you want for us here on earth.
Give us today enough for our needs.
Forgive our weak and deliberate offenses,
Just as we must forgive others when they hurt us.
Help us to resist evil and to do what is good.
For we are yours, endowed with your power to make the world whole. Amen.
Response: Take, O Take Me as I Am2
 

* BENEDICTION

* CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE 581

Lead us from death to life, from falsehood to truth,
from despair to hope, from fear to trust.
Lead us from hate to love, from war to peace;
let peace fill our hearts, let peace fill our world,
let peace fill our universe.

* PASSING THE PEACE

* POSTLUDE Mazurka in Bb Major Chopin
* Those who wish to stand may do so at the places marked with an asterisk.
1 © 1995 The Iona Community. GIA Publications, Inc. exclusive North American agent. — OneLicense A716828
2 © 1995 The Iona Community. GIA Publications, Inc. exclusive North American agent. — OneLicense A716828

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Pictures of Lakewood Choir 2014 Pops Concert

 Front row, left to right: Yvonne Riesen, Kim Wells, Adrien Helm, Claire Stiles, Denise Williams Back row, left to right: Jim Andrews, Randy Allen, Jeff Wells, Bill Parsons, Mark Gibson Floor level, extreme left: Priscilla Brodeur, Resident Lifestyle Facilitator, Westminster Suncoast Floor level, seated at piano: Hilton Jones, music director, Lakewood United Church of Christ


Front row, left to right: Yvonne Riesen, Kim Wells, Adrien Helm, Claire Stiles, Denise Williams
Back row, left to right: Jim Andrews, Randy Allen, Jeff Wells, Bill Parsons, Mark Gibson
Floor level, extreme left: Priscilla Brodeur, Resident Lifestyle Facilitator, Westminster Suncoast
Floor level, seated at piano: Hilton Jones, music director, Lakewood United Church of Christ



photos by Melanie Moore

pops concert web graphicLakewood UCC Choir’s 2014 Pops Concert at the Westminster Suncoast Quak Center was a roaring success with, literally (!), standing room only attendance. Many thanks to all who made this program possible. Here’s hoping this will be but the first of many such appearances by the Lakewood UCC Choir.

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

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THIS SUNDAY

DON’T FORGET TO SET YOUR CLOCKS AHEAD SATURDAY NIGHT!
(“Spring forward!”)

THIS SUNDAY LENT AT LAKEWOOD: This Sunday is the first Sunday of Lent. The service focuses on the gospel story of Jesus spending 40 days in the wilderness in preparation for his ministry. The theme for the season of Lent this year is “A Time to Grow.” Themes from scripture will be interwoven with themes from the nature related to plants to inspire spiritual growth. Lent is the season of 40 days before Easter not including Sundays. It is a time for reflection, prayer, and spiritual disciplines which encourage following the way of Jesus. The spiritual discipline of giving something up for Lent is an opportunity to explore areas for growth. What will you give up this season? Sometimes people take something on for Lent, again with the intention of making a sacrifice and growing spiritually. In these days of global climate change, there is the trend of observing a carbon fast during Lent. This may involve not driving a car one day a week, or not eating meat for the season of Lent. There are also other options for such a carbon fast. Please consider how you will open yourself up to spiritual growth in this reflective season of Lent. When we give something up, we make room for God to enter our lives in new ways. A daily devotional from Rev. Wells will be posted each day during Lent on the church website.
THIS SUNDAY LAKEWOOD UCC CHOIR POPS CONCERT: This Sunday, March 9th, at 3 p.m., the Lakewood UCC Choir will be presenting a Pops Concert at the Westminster Suncoast, Quak Center (1095 Pinellas Pt. Dr. S., St. Pete, FL 33705). There is no admission and it is open to the public and all the residents of the Westminster Communities of Florida. The first half of the program is a potpourri of Disney hits. The second half begins with a medley of familiar favorites from The Sound of Music and concludes with an energetic mix of tunes from the hit musical, Hairspray. Please come to the Quak Center and support the choir you enjoy on Sunday mornings performing an entirely different kind of music than you’ve heard them perform before! This is a fun concert appropriate for an audience of all ages.
pops concert web graphic
NEW! SKYWAY COMMUNITY MARKET: The church is finally preparing to launch the Skyway Community Market beginning the first Saturday of April. It will be held Saturdays from 9-1. This is a wonderful initiative on many fronts: bringing the people of the community together, offering healthy food at reasonable prices, letting people know about the church, and generating income for the church. Many thanks to Christy Martin for her willingness to serve as coordinator of the market. There will be a meeting on Sunday March 16 after church of all who are interested in volunteering and helping with the market. Please plan to stay and be part of this significant initiative in the life of the church. Everyone is welcome and needed to help. Please speak with Christy to find out how you can help.
NEW! CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: 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. The church will be receiving new members in the near future. Those who are interested in joining the church are asked to speak with Rev. Wells.
MAR 14-15 NOW IS THE TIME: The CIW’s 10-day, 10-city “Now is the Time” tour around the Southeast is fast-approaching. The call to Publix and Wendy’s to commit to uphold farmworkers’ human rights by joining the Fair Food Program will grow even stronger with your continued support! Join for any of the stops along the way. The culminating witness of the tour will be a powerful 24-hour vigil outside of the Southgate Publix in Lakeland, FL from Friday March 14 to Saturday, March 15, followed by a spirited march to the final rally in downtown Lakeland. LUCC folks will be participating in the Tour Grand Finale in Lakeland on Saturday March 15 at 1:00 p.m. Speak with Adrien or Ed Helm to make carpool arrangements.ciw logo
WED, MAR 19 OPERATION ATTACK: Help Lakewood UCC serve the community by bagging food, sorting clothes, and serving clients at Operation Attack (Lakeview Presbyterian Church, 1310 22nd Ave. S., St. Petersburg). Contact Janet Blair to sign up or for more information (jandblair@yahoo.com or 259-9957). Following are the remaining dates/times Lakewood UCC is are scheduled to volunteer in the first half of this year:

Weds., March 19th 5:30-7:00
Weds., April 23rd 5:30-7:00
Weds., May 21st 5:30-7:00

MAR 25-27 freedomfromwarlogoENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE RETREAT: The Florida Conference of the United Church of Christ sponsors this “train-the-trainer” immersion experience in environmental justice. This experience is designed to stimulate a new grass-roots conversation about how people of faith can work for a sustainable, healthy, and inclusive community that can become what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. identified as The Beloved Community. Beginning on Tuesday, March 25 at 5:00 p.m. with dinner, workshop participants will gather to discuss the challenges and opportunities of economic instability, energy costs, equity and fairness, and environmental justice and continues Wednesday morning exploring five themes central to a faith-based approach to environmental justice. Wednesday afternoon the group will travel off site to see how environmental justice issues are impacting people in the region. On the morning of Day 3, the final sessions will help participants develop strategies and activities to bring what they have learned to their home communities and make commitments for action. Day 3 will conclude after lunch. For more information see http://bit.ly/1aK6SKL
CONTINUING cherry pieLUNCH BUNCH: On Sundays after fellowship an informal and open group gathers at a local restaurant for lunch and lively conversation. You are welcome at this gathering of friends old and new. Please check with one of the regulars–Melanie Moore, Bill Ryland, Carol Shores, or Ruth Halderman–about the details for this week.
CONTINUING ELECTRONIC GIVING: LUCC is offering electronic giving. Arrangements can be made for donations and contributions to be made as account to account transfers. Credit card donations can also be arranged. Single and recurring donations can also be made at the church website through Pay Pal via credit card or bank debit. Additional information, as well as authorization forms, is available at church. So far, three families have signed up for electronic giving. More are always welcome!
CONTINUING 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 at www.facebook.com/LakewoodUCC and on Twitter at twitter.com/lakewoodUCC.

CIRCLE OF CONCERN

Evelyn Kaspar ~ Helen Nims ~ Betty Harris
Gertie Pirazzini ~ the USA
Jerry Riesen and Knud Uth are under hospice care

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Bulletin for March 9, 2014

WELCOME

(Please remember to silence all cell phones and pagers.)

CHIME

LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE

Earl Waters, Liturgist

“You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.”

Jeannette Rankin

On March 4, 1917, Montana elected Republican Jeannette Rankin as the first woman to sit in the U.S. House of Representatives three years before American women nationwide could legally vote. A persistent advocate for women’s rights, particularly suffrage, Rankin voted in Congress against American entry into both world wars, and late in life led marches against the Vietnam war.

PRELUDE Playera Op. 4, No. 5 Granados

* CALL TO WORSHIP

Give glory to God!
Give God glory and strength!
Worship God in the splendor of holiness!
The voice of God resounds over the waters.
The God of glory thunders over the raging seas.
God’s voice is powerful.
God’s voice is full of majesty.
The voice of God snaps the cedars of Lebanon.
The voice of God strikes with bolts of lightening.
The voice of God shakes the wilderness.
The voice of God twists the oaks and strips the forests bare.
And in God’s Temple all cry, “Glory!”
Give strength to your people, God!
Bless your people with peace!

from Psalm 29, adapted

* HYMN O Mighty God, When I Survey in Wonder 35

Children’s Time

Response: Love, love, love, love,
The Gospel in one word is love.
Love your neighbor as yourself,
Love, love, love.

(Children may proceed to Church School and Nursery.)

SCRIPTURE LESSONS

Let us prepare ourselves for the Word of God as
it comes to us in the reading of Holy Scripture.
Our hearts and minds are open.
Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7 and Mark 1:9-15
For the word of God in scripture, for the word of
God among us, for the word of God within us.
Thanks be to God.

SERMON

Response: Don’t Be Afraid 1

ANNOUNCEMENTS

MORNING OFFERING

Anthem: Sweet the Moments, Rich in Blessing

Trad./Wagner

* Prayer of Dedication2

Faithful God, let these gifts be like food and drink in the wilderness for those who have suffered and longed for your presence. May these offerings strengthen those who are resisting temptation and lead us to attend to all who need your healing touch.
This we pray in the name of Jesus, our example and savior. Amen.

CALL TO PRAYER Be Still, My Soul 488

Morning PrayerS – Savior’s Prayer3

Our Father who is in heaven, uphold the holiness of your name. Bring in your kingdom so that your will is done on earth as it’s done in heaven. Give us the bread we need for today. Forgive us for the ways we have wronged you, just as we also forgive those who have wronged us. And don’t lead us into temptation, but rescue us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory for ever. Amen.

Response: Nothing Can Trouble 772

* BENEDICTION

* CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE 581

Lead us from death to life, from falsehood to truth,
from despair to hope, from fear to trust.
Lead us from hate to love, from war to peace;
let peace fill our hearts, let peace fill our world,
let peace fill our universe.

* PASSING THE PEACE

* POSTLUDE Sonatina in Bb Major Handel

* Those who wish to stand may do so at the places marked with an asterisk.
1 © 1995 The Iona Community. GIA Publications, Inc. exclusive North American agent. — OneLicense A716828
2 UCC Worship Ways
3 Based on the Common English Bible

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Heating Up For Lent

Heating Up For Lent

Breathing in the salt air – meditating about Lent,

Sitting around the fire – taking in the ocean scene,

Surrounded by church family – would we give up something?

What does it all really mean?

Asked to share what we are fired up about,

Takes us digging deep into our souls,

Peace and justice – supporting women in prison,

Caring for the earth – sharing the vibrancy of our church,

Appreciating music – the future and what it holds.

Always a lot to think about – worry about – pray about,

Trying to keep our joy and hope – not to fear,

Sharing communion with each other,

Seeking out our roles and what fires us up this year!

— Carol Shores, 2014


On Ash Wednesday, 31 people from the Lakewood UCC church family gathered about a fire along the seawall at the home of Jean Johnson for a beautiful beginning to the Lenten season. The service included the imposition of ashes and communion. There was also a time for participants to share what they are “fired up” about. For some, this is their favorite service of the church year.

Carol Shores, a Lakewood UCC member, wrote the above poem, reflecting on the Ash Wednesday service.

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

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THIS SUNDAY TODAY: This Sunday is the celebration of the Transfiguration. The church year begins with Advent and preparing for Jesus coming into the world. After celebrating the birth of Jesus, there is the season of Epiphany. This is a season to celebrate the light of God coming into the world through Jesus. The season of Epiphany ends with the story of the Transfiguration. In this story, Jesus and three of the disciples head up a mountain and Jesus appears bathed in light. You can read about it in Matthew 17:1-9. This story is reminiscent of the story of Moses going up on the mountain to receive the 10 commandments. You can read about that in Exodus 24:12-18. The Transfiguration is a celebration of the glory of God. This is the last Sunday of the season of Epiphany before Lent begins.
WED, MAR 5 ASH WEDNESDAY: The season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday March 5. There will be a special outdoor service at 7:00 p.m. around a fire on the waterfront at the home of Jean Johnson (5728 Bahama Shores Drive South, St. Petersburg). This is a beautiful service to begin Lent. It is an opportunity to reflect on what we need to give up and what we need to cultivate in our lives. Communion is offered. Transportation is available. Please call the church office. Bring a chair if you can and a small stick. All are welcome!
NEW! LENT AT LAKEWOOD: The theme for the season of Lent this year is “A Time to Grow.” Themes from scripture will be interwoven with themes from the nature related to plants to inspire spiritual growth. Lent is the season of 40 days before Easter not including Sundays. It is a time for reflection, prayer, and spiritual disciplines which encourage following the way of Jesus. The spiritual discipline of giving something up for Lent is an opportunity to explore areas for growth. What will you give up this season? Sometimes people take something on for Lent, again with the intention of making a sacrifice and growing spiritually. In these days of global climate change, there is the trend of observing a carbon fast during Lent. This may involve not driving a car one day a week, or not eating meat for the season of Lent. There are also other options for such a carbon fast. Please consider how you will open yourself up to spiritual growth in this reflective season of Lent. When we give something up, we make room for God to enter our lives in new ways. A daily devotional from Rev. Wells will be posted each day during Lent on the church website.
NEW! MARKET COMING: The church is finally preparing to launch a Saturday Farmer’s Market beginning the first Saturday of April. This is a wonderful initiative on many fronts: bringing the people of the community together, offering healthy food at reasonable prices, letting people know about the church, and generating income for the church. Many thanks to Christy Martin for her willingness to serve as coordinator of the market. Please speak with Christy to find out how you can help.
NEW! NEW MEMBERS: The church will be receiving new members in the near future. Those who are interested in joining the church are asked to speak with Rev. Wells.
SUN, MAR 9 LAKEWOOD UCC CHOIR POPS CONCERT: The Lakewood UCC Choir will be presenting a Pops Concert at the Westminster Suncoast, Quak Center (1095 Pinellas Pt. Dr. S., St. Pete, FL 33705). There is no admission and it is open to the public and all the residents of the Westminster Communities of Florida. The first half of the program is a potpourri of Disney hits. The second half begins with a medley of familiar favorites from The Sound of Music and concludes with an energetic mix of tunes from the hit musical, Hairspray. Please mark March 9th, 3 p.m. in your calendars for this remarkable event and come to the Quak Center and support the choir you enjoy on Sunday mornings doing something entirely different!
On_Broadway
MAR 14-15 NOW IS THE TIME: The CIW’s 10-day, 10-city “Now is the Time” tour around the Southeast is fast-approaching. The call to Publix and Wendy’s to commit to uphold farmworkers’ human rights by joining the Fair Food Program will grow even stronger with your continued support!Join for any of the stops along the way, and check out more details HERE.The culminating witness of the tour will be a powerful 24-hour vigil outside of the Southgate Publix in Lakeland, FL from Friday March 14 to Saturday, March 15, followed by a spirited march to the final rally in downtown Lakeland.

Friday, March 14:
2:00 pm – Beginning of 24-hour vigil in front of Southgate Publix (2515 S. Florida Ave.)
7:00 pm – Candlelight Witness
Saturday, March 15:
1:00 – Tour Grand Finale — closing of the vigil and three mile march to downtown Lakeland!
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WED, MAR 19 OPERATION ATTACK: Help Lakewood UCC serve the community by bagging food, sorting clothes, and serving clients at Operation Attack (Lakeview Presbyterian Church, 1310 22nd Ave. S., St. Petersburg). Contact Janet Blair to sign up or for more information (jandblair@yahoo.com or 259-9957). Following are the remaining dates/times Lakewood UCC is are scheduled to volunteer in the first half of this year:

Weds., March 19th 5:30-7:00
Weds., April 23rd 5:30-7:00
Weds., May 21st 5:30-7:00

MAR 25-27 freedomfromwarlogoENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE RETREAT: The Florida Conference of the United Church of Christ sponsors this “train-the-trainer” immersion experience in environmental justice. This experience is designed to stimulate a new grass-roots conversation about how people of faith can work for a sustainable, healthy, and inclusive community that can become what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. identified as The Beloved Community. Beginning on Tuesday, March 25 at 5:00 p.m. with dinner, workshop participants will gather to discuss the challenges and opportunities of economic instability, energy costs, equity and fairness, and environmental justice and continues Wednesday morning exploring five themes central to a faith-based approach to environmental justice. Wednesday afternoon the group will travel off site to see how environmental justice issues are impacting people in the region. On the morning of Day 3, the final sessions will help participants develop strategies and activities to bring what they have learned to their home communities and make commitments for action. Day 3 will conclude after lunch. For more information see http://bit.ly/1aK6SKL
CONTINUING cherry pieLUNCH BUNCH: On Sundays after fellowship an informal and open group gathers at a local restaurant for lunch and lively conversation. You are welcome at this gathering of friends old and new. Please check with one of the regulars–Melanie Moore, Bill Ryland, Carol Shores, or Ruth Halderman–about the details for this week.
CONTINUING ELECTRONIC GIVING: LUCC is offering electronic giving. Arrangements can be made for donations and contributions to be made as account to account transfers. Credit card donations can also be arranged. Single and recurring donations can also be made at the church website through Pay Pal via credit card or bank debit. Additional information, as well as authorization forms, is available at church. So far, three families have signed up for electronic giving. More are always welcome!
CONTINUING 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 at www.facebook.com/LakewoodUCC and on Twitter at twitter.com/lakewoodUCC.

CIRCLE OF CONCERN

Evelyn Kaspar ~ Helen Nims ~ Betty Harris
Gertie Pirazzini ~ the USA
Jerry Riesen and Knud Uth are under hospice care

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Two lectures of interest in Eckerd College Burchenal Lecture Series

A New New Testament: A Bible for the 21st Century Combining Traditional and Newly Discovered Texts
Hal Taussig

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Fox Hall, 7:30pm

Hal Taussig is Visiting Professor of New Testament at Union Theological Seminary in New York (since 1999), Professor of Early Christianity at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (since 1993), and Co-Pastor of the Chestnut Hill United Church in Philadelphia (since 1990). The most recent of his 13 published books are Re-Reading the Gospel of Mark Amidst Pain and Trauma; A New New Testament: A Bible for the 21st Century Combining Traditional and Newly Discovered Texts; The Thunder: Perfect Mind: An Introduction and New Translation; In the Beginning Was the Meal: Social Experimentation and Early Christian Identity.

“Because of Science I Have to Be an Atheist” and Other Fallacies of Our Age
Philip Clayton

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Fox Hall, 7:30pm

Philip Clayton is Ingraham Professor at Claremont School of theology. A Christian theologian, he has been a leading advocate for interreligious dialogue, comparative theologies, and the internationalization of the science-religion dialogue. Among his 22 authored or edited books are Religion and Science: The Basics; Transforming Christian Theology: For Church and Society; Adventures in the Spirit: God, World, Divine Action; In Quest of Freedom; and The Predicament of Belief: Science, Philosophy, Faith.

For more information on the Burchenal Lecture Series see http://www.eckerd.edu/csl/lectures.php.

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Bulletin for March 2, 2013

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WELCOME

(Please remember to silence all cell phones and pagers.)

CHIME

LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE

Ann Quinn, Liturgist

The price of peace is to abandon fear and replace it with faith — faith that if we obey God’s laws we will receive God’s blessing. The price of peace is to abandon hate and allow love to reign supreme in our hearts — love for all our fellow human beings over the world. The price of peace is to abandon arrogance and replace it with repentance and humility, remembering that the way of peace is the way of love. The price of peace is to abandon greed and replace it with giving, so that none will be spiritually injured by having more than they need while others in the world still have less than they need.

Peace Pilgrim (1908-1981), aka Mildred Norman Ryder. American pacifist, walker, philosopher

PRELUDE              Lord of the Dance               Shaker

* CALL TO WORSHIP

The glory of God is around us.

The glory of God is among us.

The glory of God is within us.

Let us open our eyes to the glory of God!

* HYMN   From All That Dwell below the Skies       27

CELEBRATION OF HOLY COMMUNION

Invitation

Communion Prayer – Savior’s Prayer

Our Creator, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory for ever. Amen

Blessing the Bread and Cup

Sharing the Meal

Giving Thanks   Spirit of the Living God       283

(Children may proceed to Church School and Nursery.)

SCRIPTURE LESSONS

Let us prepare ourselves for the Word of God as

it comes to us in the reading of Holy Scripture.

Our hearts and minds are open.

Exodus 24:12-18 and Matthew 17:1-9

For the word of God in scripture, for the word of

God among us, for the word of God within us.

Thanks be to God.

SERMON                                                     Rev. Wells

* HYMN                All Earth Is Waiting                  121

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Moment for Mission – Fair Food Campaign

MORNING OFFERING

Anthem:            Holy, Holy, Holy             Schubert

* Prayer of Dedication

God, transfigure our perception

With the purest light that shines,

And recast our life’s intentions

To the shape of Your designs,

Till we seek no other glory

Than what lies past Calvary’s hill

And our living and our dying

And our rising

by Your will.

Thomas H. Troeger

* Hymn Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart   290

* BENEDICTION

* CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE                         581

Lead us from death to life, from falsehood to truth,

from despair to hope, from fear to trust.

Lead us from hate to love, from war to peace;

let peace fill our hearts, let peace fill our world,

let peace fill our universe.

* PASSING THE PEACE

* POSTLUDE                Sicilienne                       Fauré

* Those who wish to stand may do so at the places marked with an asterisk

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Pianist Elizaveta Ukrainskaya to Perform at Eckerd College

ElizabetaPianist Elizaveta Ukrainskaya to Perform at Eckerd College on February 26 and at St. Petersburg College on February 27

Russian Heritage presents two concert by Elizaveta Ukrainskaya, an outstanding student of the Special Music School at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Wednesday evening, February 26 at 7:00 pm in Roberts 104 in the Music Center at Eckerd College (4200 54th Ave. S.). For directions to the Music Center, inquire at the front entrance gate where you will be given a map.

Thursday, February 27 at 12:30 pm in Room HS-117 on SPC Gibbs Campus (6605 5th Avenue North in St. Petersburg, 33710). The Humanities Building is in the center of the campus, and can be reached with a short walk from any of the parking lots. It might be good to try the lots on the north side of 5th Avenue north or on the west side of the campus. Plan to come early.

Admission is free and open to the public at both locations.

Elizaveta was born in 1996 and began her musical education at age 5. In 2011 she entered one of the best musical schools in Russia where she began studying with Liubov Rudova, a Distinguished Artist of the Russian Federation (who is accompanying Elizaveta on this tour). She has frequently performed in St. Petersburg, Russia, Switzerland, Germany, and the Czech Republic. She is a prize-winner at many international competitions, including the first prize for interpretation of Schumann and Chopin at the Third International Chopin Youth Competition. In 2008 and 2009 she was awarded a “Talented Youth” prize in St. Petersburg. In 2012 she won third prize at the Sixth International Competition for Pianists in Serbia. In 2008 she produced a CD to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Chopin.

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Pax Christi Tampa Bay update

Good folks,

 

Governor Scott is approaching re-election, and he is killing prisoners at a breathtaking rate. 

 

Scott intends to kill Paul Howell this coming Wednesday, despite controversy over the method of execution (information here ).   Howell will be executed for the 1992 death of Highway Patrol trooper Jimmy Fulford (information here) This will be Scott’s fourteenth execution and his second this month.

 

Politicians can use executions as a way to win support because most citizens don’t know the facts about the death peanlty.  They don’t know that the death penalty does nothing to reduce the murder rate, that executions are far more expensive than life in prison, and that Florida leads the nation in releasing wrongly convicted inmates from death row.  Signing death warrants is an easy way to pander to the worst human instincts instead of leading to a more just society.  Death penalty opponents need to be diligent about getting out the truth, just as the politicians who sign the death warrants are diligent.

 

Please contact Governor Rick Scott’s office and ask him to suspend allexecutions:
Phone: (850) 488-7146
Email: Rick.Scott@eog.myflorida.com

Pinellas anti-death penalty demonstration:
 Pax Christi Tampa Bay, Peace First, Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty and other death penalty opponents will gather from 5:00-6:00 PM on Wednesday, February 26 at an anti-death penalty demonstration at the intersection of Ulmerton Road and 49th Street N. in mid-Pinellas County  (map).  Park in the lot behind Checkers and the bank on the northwest corner of the intersection.  Signs and banners will be provided, or you can bring your own. Since execution dates often change, please check the media for updates and changes.  The demonstration occurs during the execution; if the execution is re-scheduled, the demonstration will be rescheduled. Be sure to check weather reports and radar (tbo.com radar here).  The last demonstration had to be cancelled due to rain.  FMI: sjstew@gte.net or(727) 492-1590.

Sarasota demonstration:
 A protest and prayer vigil against the death penalty will take place on Wednesday, February 26, starting at 5:30 PM with a silent protest with signs along Beneva Road just north of Golden Gate Blvd, on the front lawn of St. Andrew United Church of Christ, 6908 Beneva Road inSarasota. The prayer service will begin at 6:00 PM.  This event is an activity of Pax Christi USA–Manasota Chapter, St. Andrew Church of Christ and the Catholic Community of Mary, Mother of Jesus.  FMI: (941) 748-6855 orRjbanner@verizon.net

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1997 Photos when Lakewood received Just Peace award.

This Sunday, Lakewood hosts guests Charles and Carol McCullough as they lead morning worship. Charles is a UCC pastor and artist (sculpturebymccollough.com). He designed the medallion on the Just Peace Award that Lakewood received in 1997 from the national United Church of Christ.

Below are three photos from when Lakewood received this award! If anyone can help identify the people in the photos (left to right, back row, front row) this post will be updated and reposted with that information.

Click on any picture for a closeup.


Photos taken in Columbus, Ohio at the Just Peace Award presentation ceremony in 1997.

Photo #1. Closeup of award.

Photo #2. Holding award: Beth Causey, Associate Pastor at the time.
Back row: Wells family; Jeff Wells.
Middle row: Kristin Andes with son Joseph; Angela Wells; Kim Wells; Gertrude Pirazzini holding grandson Malcolm; Frank Pirazzini; Beth Frey; Vivian Parsons.

Photo #3. In Front: Kristin Andes holding Joseph. Second Row: Vivian Parsons; Virginia Bodendorfer; JoAnn Taylor; UCC Representative; Angela Wells; UCC Representative; Beth Causey; Debbie Rice.
Back Row: Bill Parsons; Gaylord Taylor; Kim Wells holding Malcolm; Beth Frey; Bob Frey; Florida Conference Representative; Jeff Wells.

Special thanks to Bill Parsons for photos and names!

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Mormon Interfaith additional information

interfaith symbol 1ST. PETERSBURG INTERFAITH CONVERSATIONS

Invites you to the Open House Series:

“LIVING OUR FAITH WELL,

WORKING TOGETHER IN ONE COMMUNITY”

The Fifth Open House:

Tell Me About the Faith of the

“The Church of Jesus Christ

of Latter-day Saints” (Mormon)

Thursday – February 27, 2014

at the St. Petersburg Chapel

570 – 62nd Ave. North, St. Petersburg

6:00 PM – Meet and Greet;

6:30 Host Presentation; 7:00 Dinner and Interfaith Conversations

To Make Dinner Reservations Call: 727-686-6875

By February 22nd – No Charge for Dinner

Sponsored by the St. Petersburg Interfaith Association

Interfaith Association Intro Brochure

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