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The church where I work, Lakewood United Church of Christ, is in the midst of a fund drive to fix their roof which is badly in need of repair. As part of that, the pastor, Rev. Kim Wells, is having three weeks of sermons that center around a theme of Lakewood UCC as “Our shelter from the stormy blast,” a line from the hymn, “O God Our Help in Ages Past.”

Church musicians are always looking for ways to make what they do “fit” somehow. So, I decided to write three preludes on the hymn tune, ST ANNE, which is the actual name of the melody of “O God Our Help in Ages Past,” playing each one on a different Sunday of the three Sundays.

Links to computer “performances” of each of the three are below. I hope, someday, I can record them because there’s simply no comparison to the subtle changes a human can make in shading of tempo and color and the sterile rendering of a computer. But…ya gotta go with what ya got. So here are links to scores and streaming audio for each.

Prelude on St. Anne #1   score   audio
Prelude on St. Anne #2   score   audio
Prelude on St. Anne #3   score   audio

Here’s a link to the audio of all three as a playlist in the order I would recommend if played as a group.

Note: my teacher’s teacher was Paul Hindemith. Go to this link for a good, SHORT, description of Gebrauchsmusik (Music for Use).


Confronting Our Racism

Monday, November 20, 2017
8:45am – 4:30pm
Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida
Fox Hall and Wireman Chapel
4200 – 54th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, Florida 33711
(727) 864-8587

Whether you are just thinking about this issue for the first time or have been doing this work all of your life, you are invited to join us for a day long conversation about opposing racism. We will be asking questions and talking about next steps in dealing with racism in our own local communities.

Our guests will be the Reverend Paul Roberts, President of Johnson C. Smith Seminary, and Professor Erin Cooley of Colgate University. There is no cost to register for the conference. You will be asked to pay $15 (cash or check) for lunch on the day of the conference. To register for the conference, please visit the following Google link:

This conference is made possible with funding from the John and Phyllis Ogden Fund of the Synod of the South Atlantic.

Doug McMahon
Director of the Center for Spiritual Life and Chaplain
Wireman Chapel, Eckerd College
4200 54th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711


Restoring Respect”, a community conversation, at The Cathedral Church of St. Peter

ST. PETERSBURG–The Cathedral Church of St. Peter will host a five-part series, “Restoring Respect: A Community Conversation,” starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17.

The initial gathering, “Restoring Respect: Where Did It Go?” will offer a panel discussion with President Donald R. Eastman III; Eric Deggans, television critic for National Public Radio; and Dr. Brendan Goff, professor of history at New College, Sarasota.

“Lack of respect for those who look, think, worship or vote differently is one of the compelling issues of the day,” said the Very Rev. Stephen B. Morris, dean of the cathedral. “It is something we all confront, day in and day out, regardless of who we voted for in the presidential election, where we are on the political spectrum, where we get our news,” Dean Morris said. “This is a time of heat without light, shouting without listening. We want to contribute to a community conversation that helps us get beyond that, listen and learn from each other.”

Additional sessions and topics are:

Nov. 14: Restoring Respect: In the Media; Jan. 16: Restoring Respect: In Religion; Feb. 20: Restoring Respect: In Race; March 20: Restoring Respect: In Politics.

All five sessions are free and open to the public. The Cathedral is at 140 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. The entrance is on Second Avenue N, and there is free parking in the city-owned lots on the north side of Second Avenue opposite the Cathedral. Information:(727) 822-4173.


Lakewood UCC is a member of the Florida Coalition to prevent gun violence

Your energy is needed!
The Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence is on the move again with introducing bills that would ban semiautomatic assault weapons and large capacity magazines. Senator Linda Stewart and Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith brought the bills forward in the 2017 Legislative Session, and they are again sponsoring them for the upcoming 2018 Session. We applaud them for doing so. Read about their announcement here.
These bills did not get a hearing last Session, even though Florida had just experienced what was, at that time, the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando.
This week with the terrible news out of Las Vegas, now the site of the worst mass shooting in American history, the ban is more relevant than ever. The Nevada shooter possessed 47 guns, and jerry-rigged his semiautomatic rifle so that it would work like a fully automatic weapon. The result was at least 58 people dead and over 500 injured.
We cannot allow the further normalization of gun violence. We should not have to fear getting shot whenever we step into a movie theater, nightclub, or attend a concert.
The fight for smart gun laws remains in the states. Senator Stewart’s and Rep. Smith’s proposals—SB 196 and HB 219—deserve a hearing. The time for debate on responsible gun safety legislation is long overdue. We need your help to encourage Florida Legislative leaders to hear these bills!
Please call the following lawmakers and request that they give Senate Bill 196 and House Bill 219 a fair hearing!
Senate President Joe Negron
Senator Bill Galvano
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman, Sen. Greg Steube
House Speaker Richard Corcoran
House Rules Chairman Rep. Jose Oliva
House Criminal Justice Committee Chairman, Rep. Ross Spano
Thank you! With the thousands of members under the umbrella of the Coalition and League of Women Voters of Florida, we can affect grassroots change that will make our state safer from gun violence.
In League,
Pamela Goodman
Patti Brigham
Co-Chair, Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence

League of Women Voters of Florida


Coming concerts

Below is the list of concerts at St. Petersburg’s 1st Presbyterian Church. Lakewood UCC member, Claire Stiles, will be participating in at least one of these as well as these two concerts of the SPC Community Chorus: November 5 – Sunday at the Palladium at 6:00pm – Veterans Day concert with patriotic music; and, December 2 – Saturday at the SPC Music Center on the 66th St. campus (not certain of time yet, but likely 7:00pm) – Vivaldi Gloria and other holiday music.


Florida Coalition to end gun violence

Lakewood UCC is a member of Florida Coalition to end gun violence

Media Contact:
Pamela Goodman
President, LWV Florida
Patricia Brigham
Co-Chair, Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence
Statement from LWVFL and Coalition on Las Vegas Shooting
Once again, Americans awoke this morning to the news of another horrific mass shooting, this time in Las Vegas. At this writing, at least 58 were killed by a lone gunman. In addition, over 500 people were injured. Just a little more than a year after the massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, the mass shooting in Las Vegas is now the deadliest in modern U.S. history.
While we are still learning the facts of what happened, the League of Women Voters of Florida and the Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence mourn the loss of life of so many innocent people in Las Vegas. However, the response of our elected officials with messages of “thoughts and prayers” is insufficient. We do not elect our government officials for thoughts and prayers. We elect them to make law. We cannot continue to allow easy access to assault weapons in our country. We have seen the consequences of such access too many times. We honor the lives lost today with our unwavering commitment to protect all communities from gun violence.
Pamela S. Goodman
LWV Florida
Patricia Brigham
Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence
Andy Pelosi
Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence

Response to Las Vegas Shooting


Las Vegas Response, Oct. 2, 2017


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Conference Call


Rev. John VertiganDear Church,

The member congregations and staff of the Florida Conference woke this morning to an all-too-familiar tragedy; a mass shooting. Our hearts break at the thought of more terror being spread by a lone gunman with a high-volume weapon. We are brought back to the morning of June 12, 2016, when the PULSE nightclub became a crime scene and a memorial.

We hold our sister churches in Las Vegas in our prayers, knowing that the path to wholeness is a long one and that the scars of those few minutes of gunfire will stay with the Las Vegas community for years to come. As congregations in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, and Hood, Texas, have taught us, the work of healing goes on long after the cameras are gone and the candles have gone out, and people are left with pain in body and soul.

We are also witnesses to the power of love. We learned from the PULSE shooting that communities can come together to proclaim and live out the gospel news that LOVE WINS. Violence scars and strains our communities, but it is not the final word.

But as faith communities that respond to individual need, to natural disasters and to the specific needs of our local communities, we have to ask ourselves and our nation this question: what are we called to do to help end gun violence? Whatever the motive of this shooter, he had the means to inflict enormous harm in a very short time. Can we continue to wring our hands and accept this violence, or will we seek policies that limit the access of angry people to means of destruction? As contentious as this issue can be, it is one that we must confront if we are to honor the memories of those who have been lost today and each day.

The Florida Conference is a member of the Florida Coalition to End Gun Violence, and we encourage our local settings to act for the safety and security of all God’s children. We hold in prayer those who have lost loved ones, or who face long-term rehabilitation. We ask that our members be sensitive to victims of violence who are re-traumatized by this event. And we pray for the courage to confront the gun violence in our society, believing that change can happen.

Be at peace and be in touch, won’t you. LOVE WINS.

Rev. John Vertigan

The Rev. John Vertigan
Conference Minister

A pdf version of this letter on Florida Conference letterhead is available here for further distribution.


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New Members!

Yesterday, Rhonda Lay and Penny Hammond joined Lakewood United Church of Christ.

panorama of congregation during new member liturgy

panorama of congregation during new member liturgy

photos by Yoko Nogami
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Service cancelled this morning due to hurricane Irma

A beautiful service of hymns, prayers, and readings about storms was planned for today, but evidently Irma has other ideas.

Calls to local authorities say that tropical storm winds are expected as early as 8 a.m., there is a 100% chance of rain, and the authorities are requesting no one on the roads after noon.

In light of this, we are cancelling worship, choir rehearsal, and church school for today. So, please say your prayers for the storm at home. Please remember your Lakewood family. Take care and much love.


Prepping for Irma

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After sandbagging all the doors that leak in heavy rains, taking off the roadsign letters, moving plants and nursery gear indoors, and arranging interior to prevent damage, the hearty crew pauses for a selfie: (L to R above) Hilton Jones, Bill Lindsay, Yoko Nogami, Rev. Wells, Gary Long, Victoria Long, and Bill Parsons.


Another Florida Execution Scheduled

Governor Scott has ordered the execution of Michael Lambrix for Thursday, October 5th at 6pm. This would be the 25th execution ordered by Gov. Scott, a new record for a Florida governor. Originally scheduled for February 2016, Mr. Lambrix’s execution was put on hold when the U.S. Supreme Court’s Hearst decision declared sentencing juries must be unanimous. There were hopes that Lambrix would be resentenced to life in prison, where he has already served 33 years. But the state of Florida has since determined that the Hearst decision could not be considered retroactive, so the 8-4 and 10-2 jury decisions to execute have been declared legally binding.

Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty works for restorative justice in the form of effective alternatives to the death penalty. More information is available at We expect that there will be a vigil at the time of execution; information about that will be shared when available. In the meantime, letters to Gov. Scott (400 S. Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399) are an appropriate response.


Help for Hurricane Harvey

Help for Hurricane Harvey

HOUSTON, TX – AUGUST 28: Evacuees are helped to dry land after their homes were inundated with flooding from Hurricane Harvey on August 28, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Harvey, which made landfall north of Corpus Christi late Friday evening, is expected to dump upwards to 40 inches of rain in Texas over the next couple of days. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries is already engaged in response to Hurricane Harvey by supporting partners and planning for recovery. Giving to the Harvey appeal ensures that 100% of your support will be used for disaster relief and rehabilitation targeting the unique needs of vulnerable individuals and families. We do this by being nimble and adaptable in each disaster which allows us to fill gaps in services through provisions of spiritual care, community organizing, repair and reconstruction of homes, tools, building materials and volunteer coordination.

This Epic disaster will require an epic response. Your generous contribution today makes the long-term response that will be needed, possible.

Read more about how UCC Disaster Ministries is responding and how you can help by clicking here.


League of Women Voters’ Sunrise Over the Bay: Sustainability Summit

Sunrise Over the Bay: Sustainability Summit
Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM EDT
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Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
100 8th Ave SE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701-5020
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Hello Claire!

Solar panels, bicycles and electric cars, green stormwater management, preserving beaches. Each of these helps make our area more sustainable.
What’s going on in your county? Your city? Maybe even your neighborhood?
Sunrise Over the Bay, sponsored by the LWVSPA Sustainability Action Group, will look at the many ways organizations and individuals are working towards clean energy and clean water–and sustainability.
Speakers include:
  • Alan Brand, AKA the “Solar Shepherd”
  • Mary Dipboye, FL SUN Solar Co-op
  • Claude Tankersley, St Pete Public Works
  • Holly Greening, Tampa Bay Estuary
  • Andy Squires, PC Beach Restoration
  • Susan Glickman, Southern Alliance Clean Energy
  • Dr. Gary Mitchum, Associate Dean,USF College of Marine Science
Topics will include solar energy co-ops, actions the City and County have taken in support of solar energy, and community solar opportunities. Also, as part of the conversation about climate change, participants will explore stormwater and wastewater planning, integrated sustainability action planning, and beach replenishment,
Register Now!
Doors will open at 8:00 am. A 20-minute break mid-program between sessions when light refreshments will be provided.


Metered street parking is available, along with the pay lot at the Mahaffey Theatre.

Sponsorship and vendor opportunities are available. Tables will be available at no charge to non-profit exhibitors. Please reply to this email to reserve your vendor/table spot.
We hope to see you at Sustainability Summit 2017!
LWV-St. Pete Sustainability Action Group Co-Chairs,
Lisa Vanover
Claire Karas
Susan Tuite
LWVSPA, P.O. Box 11775, St. Petersburg, FL 33733

Workshop Offers How-to for Citizen Action

Workshop Offers How-to
for Citizen Action
A spirit of activism not seen since at least 2008 is sweeping across America. Motivated by the 2016 election campaign and its outcome, people on both sides of the political aisle are energized to become active in the political process – either to support the policies of the current administration at the national, state or local level, or to oppose them. But many are unsure of how the process works. How does one begin to make a difference in the political world?


Former Congressman David Jolly and Pinellas County Commission Chair Janet Long will provide national and local perspectives on our system of government at a workshop as part of our Civics Literacy Initiative. Sponsored by the Institute and the League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area Democracy 101: A Civic Action Primer takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 28 at the American Stage Theatre, 163 Third St. N., St. Petersburg. This free workshop will provide the basics of government structure, policy-making, and civic engagement.


Moderating the workshop will be Tara Newsom, Professor of Social and Behavioral Science at SPC, and Julie Kessel, president of the League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area. They will give a brief overview of the nuts and bolts of government as well as strategies for engaging with elected and appointed officials. Advance registration is available here.

Pax Christi Tampa Bay newsletter

Pax Christi Tampa Bay E-mail Newsletter


Weekly Calendar with a new item
1. Act against Thursday’s execution
2. Drag Queen Bingo update
3. “Still No Room in the Inn” caroling date set
4. Women’s March St. Pete events list and Surly Feminists calendar link

Good folks,

Governor Rick Scott has ordered the execution of Mark Asay for next Thursday, August 24 at 6:00 PM, and local death penalty opponents will gather during the execution at the corner of 49th St. and Ulmerton Road in mid-Pinellas County. They will have signs like those above, or you can bring your own. A vigil and protest will also take place at 5:30 at St. Andrew United Church of Christ, 6908 S Beneva Road in Sarasota. Listed below are details and other actions you can take. A petition to halt the execution, with details about the murders and legal problems with the case, is here

Also below is a Drag Queen Bingo update and the Women’s March St. Pete events list.

Pax Christi Tampa Bay



RESIST TRUMP TUESDAYS: Resist Trump Tuesdays, Indivisible Tampa’s ongoing dissent against Trump administration policies, is every Tuesday from 10:00 AM-11:30 at the corner of Dale Mabry Highway and Kennedy Boulevard in Tampa (map).  Note the new time; the demonstration has been moved earlier to avoid midday heat.  This is the group that caused Senator Rubio to close his Tampa office rather than hold a town hall meeting. For more information (FMI):

PEACE FIRST SITE FOR AUGUST: Last Wednesday, a “Honk against hate” sign drew a huge positive response at the August Peace First demonstration at the intersection of 54th Avenue and 49th Street N. in St. Petersburg (map) .  Peace First will demonstrate every Wednesday morning in August from 8:00-9:00 AM at this site. There are a CVS Pharmacy, Zeko’s Mediterranean Grill, and Memorial Park Cemetery at this intersection.

Afterward the group will gather at the Burg Diner at 2950 49th Street ( for breakfast.  For more information (FMI):

NEW ITEM: INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION RALLY: An ongoing demonstration focusing on an independent investigation into Trump/Russia ties and other issues concerning the Trump Administration is every Wednesday from 12:00 noon-1:00 PM on the sidewalks surrounding the St. Petersburg Judicial Building, 545 1st Ave N. in St Petersburg, FL 33711.  Bring signs! Organized by Floridians Against Corruption & Treason (FACT):
On August 30, the demonstration will be part of the Handmaids’ Protest; details are in the St. Pete Women’s March event list below.

FRIDAY NIGHT PICNIC ON THE PLAYGROUND IN ST. PETEThe Friday Night Picnic is a potluck picnic for hungry people, most of whom are low income or experiencing homelessness.  The picnic continues to need potluck food, beverages, picnic supplies, and volunteers. The picnic, which serves over 100 people a week, is at 6:00 PM every Friday at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 719 Arlington Avenue N. at Mirror Lake Drive in downtown St. Petersburg.  FMI: or (973) 768-3256.

WEEKLY BREAKFAST: Loaves and Fishes is the breakfast held at Trinity Lutheran Church on Saturday mornings that was supported by Drag Queen Bingo at Hamburger Mary’s. Volunteers serve a hot breakfast to over 150 people. The breakfast is held on the third floor of Trinity Lutheran Church, 401 4th Avenue North in St. Petersburg.

The breakfast runs from 7:30-10:30 AM, and volunteers can participate some or all of the breakfast.   Please contact G. W. Rolle at (727) 424-1088 to help.




  1. GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT TO EXECUTE HIS 23RD FLORIDIAN: Governor Rick Scott has ordered the execution of Mark Asay for Thursday, August 24 at 6:00 PM. This would be Florida’s first execution in 18 months. Florida holds a national record for death row exonerations. In May, Ralph Wright, Jr., became the 27th exonerated Florida Death Row survivor – far more than any other state.

    The Florida Supreme Court directed that Wright be acquitted of all charges related to the murders of his ex-girlfriend and their son, ruling that the “purely circumstantial” evidence against him was insufficient to convict. Read the story here

    “If an Air Force Sergeant and former Orange County Deputy Sheriff with no criminal record can be wrongfully convicted and sent to death row,” said Mark Elliott, director of Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty,   “it can happen to anyone.”  Read his full statement at This website also has articles and information about the death penalty, including an easy-to-read death penalty fact sheet.

    Contact Gov. Rick Scott and ask him to suspend this and ALL executions.
    Phone: (850) 488-7146

    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 Thursday, August 24 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. FMI:  or (727) 492-1590.

    Manasota demonstration against the death penalty: A witness against the death penalty prayer vigil will take place on Thursday, August 24.  The witness begins at 5:30 PM with a silent protest with signs on the front lawn of St. Andrew United Church of Christ, 6908 S Beneva Rd., just north of Gulf Gate Drive in Sarasota (map).  The Prayer Service follows in the church at 6:00 PM.  Sponsored by Pax Christi USA—Manasota Chapter.  FMI:

  2. DRAG QUEEN BINGO REPORT: Thanks to the 200 people who supported Celebrate Outreach’s Drag Queen Bingo night in support of the Loaves and Fishes Saturday morning breakfast. Along with having a lively and hilarious evening, participants (with vigorous support from our bingo caller in drag) raised $1,800, enough to supply a weekly breakfast for over 150 people for the next sixth months.

    Mark your calendars now: Celebrate Outreach has scheduled another Drag Queen Bingo for January 17. Details will follow.

    3. CAROLING DATE SET: For 27 years, Tampa Bay residents have caroled at homeless shelters and retirement homes in downtown St. Petersburg as part of the “Still No Room in the Inn” carol sing. This year, the caroling will be on Friday, December 8. Since holiday schedules fill up fast, we are telling you now so you can mark your calendars. Details will follow.

    4. EVENTS CALENDAR: The Surly Feminists Events Calendar is a comprehensive listing of progressive political, educational, activist and cultural events in the Tampa Bay area:

    An events list from former members of the Women’s March St. Pete steering committee is below. They are volunteers working to keep fellow citizens informed. Join the e-mail list at





Women’s Day at the Masjid

Aug 19

2pm @ 7326 E Sligh Ave, Tampa, Florida 33610

Women’s Day at the Masjid is for women, conducted by women, and about women. Topics include: Islam 101, Women in Islam, Muslim Contributions to the World, and Hot Topics. Snacks provided.



Aug 24 – Suds for Sustainability, 6 pm @ Caledonia Brewing, 587 Main St, Dunedin, Florida 34698

Socialize, Network, and Enjoy!  Learn about various organizations and how they are helping our local environment and our planet. Representatives from local groups will briefly update us on what they’re up to and how you can get more involved. Then have a beer and catch up with old and new friends.



A Series of Sessions: Democracy 101: A Civic Action Primer

  • August 28 – Session #1, 6:00pm @ American Stage Theatre Company, 163 3rd St N, St. Petersburg, FL
  • September 13  – Session #2, 

6:00 pm @  SPC – Midtown Campus, 1300 22nd St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33712

  • December 6 – Session #3, 6:00 pm @ SPC EpiCenter Services, 13925 58th St N, Clearwater, FL 33760

A spirit of activism not seen since at least 2008 is sweeping across America.


Motivated by the 2016 election campaign and its outcome, people on both sides of the political aisle are energized to become active in the political process – either to support the policies of the current administration at the national, state or local level, or to oppose them. But how does that work? What can citizens do to make a difference in the political world?


This fall, the Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions at St. Petersburg College and the League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area will present three free public workshops where attendees will learn the basics of local government structure, policy-making, and civic engagement. Hosted by SPC Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions and League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area.


Registration is free, but required:




Handmaids’ Protest ~ Women’s Rights are Human Rights


August 30, 12:00 noon @
St. Petersburg Judicial Building, 545 1st Ave N, St. Petersburg


Register here to participate and for free use of costume:

Join with UltraViolet and the League of Women Voters St. Petersburg’s Reproductive Rights Action Group in this visibility event to call out sexism and anti-women policies. If we don’t act, we might soon be starring in our own real-life version of “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

This August is a key moment for women to resist – to rise up and boldly demonstrate that a society where women are treated as anything but equals will not be tolerated.

PLEASE NOTE: Ultraviolet is lending us outfits — you do not need to purchase or rent robes or bonnets as long as you register!!

St. Petersburg handmaids will walk in silent procession around downtown blocks; this is in tandem with the weekly Wednesday noon protests held by FACT at the Judicial Building.

Registration is free, but required. Click here!


September 16 – Sunrise Over the Bay: Sustainability SummitTaking Care of Our Peninsula on a Peninsula, 9:00am-12:30pm, Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, 100 8th Ave SE, St. Petersburg 33701.

Sunrise Over the Bay will focus on how we are working toward clean energy and clean water. Topic include solar energy co-ops, actions the City and County have taken in support of solar energy, community solar opportunities, storm waste and wastewater planning, integrated sustainability action plan, and beach replenishment. Our goal is to educate and engage people about why we need Clean Energy and Clean Water in St Pete today!





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Lakewood UCC presence at Candlelight Vigil for Charlottesville

On Sunday evening, August 13, Susan Pomeroy and Sue Sherwood from LUCC attended the Charlottesville Solidarity Vigil at Demens Landing in St. Petersburg. This candlelight vigil drew people together within 24 hours of the tragic and deadly confrontations in Virginia. This gathering was organized by many local organizations, among them the Women’s March Pinellas Chapter.

It was a hushed atmosphere. Gradually 300-500 people of all ages gathered – silently walking across the park to stand together or sit on the grass and talk quietly – remembering, mourning. praying, and breathing deeply of the power of community. Many in the crowd quietly held signs as in the January marches: Love Trumps Hate, Black Lives Matter, We the People Can Resist. The Uhurus silently wove through the crowd with a sign and flyers for their mayoral candidate.

There were many inspiring speakers — County Commissioner Ken Welch and Equality Florida’s Nadine Smith among them — the crowd often breaking into applause. One shared that the violence of Charlottesville brought back memories of what it was like growing up in racially charged Florida decades ago, urging us to reach out to one another across the differences that divide us and claim common ground. City Council’s Darden Rice called us all to view again the photo of the car plowing through the crowd in Charlottesville and to look deeply into each of the faces there.

As the evening drew to a close, we were heartened by this caring community with the pink sky above us and the babies around us, cuddled and happy as we raised candles of hope for their future to be one of justice and peace. We lingered after the candle-lighting to hear the shared music and poetry – passion expressed in so many ways.

We were especially touched by Rabbi Michael Torop of Temple Beth-El, who blessed us with one of the most ancient prayers in Judaism:

Yevarechecha Adonai u’vishmarechav
May All that is Good surround you and protect you;
Ya’eir Adonai panav eleicha v’chuneka
May All that is Good enlighten you, and may you then shine it on others;
Yisa Adonai panav eleicha, v’yaseim lecha shalom.
May All that is Good be your constant companion, and may such Goodness bring you, indeed bring to all of us, wholeness, completeness, unity and peace.

–Sue Sherwood

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Here you can see the Vigil from the front near the stage. Squatting down & holding the “Hate Has No Home Here” sign is Joran Oppelt, President of Interfaith Tampa Bay. The Interfaith statement to the community is immediately below the picture.

Interfaith Tampa Bay Statement
In light of the recent events in Charlottesville, VA and as members of Interfaith Tampa Bay, we feel it is imperative to make our position clear.
It is the mission of Interfaith Tampa Bay to build bridges between individuals and faith communities through shared dialogue and experience, heal ourselves and our society by serving the community and fighting injustice together, and effect change in our world by promoting non-violence and religious pluralism.
This amazing and beautiful country belongs to all of us, not just one race, not just one religion. And while we believe in the benefits of multiculturalism, a culture of hate is not sustainable for our city, our society or the planet.
We invite people of all faiths (as well as our atheist brothers and sisters) to join us in our stand and support for what is right and just for all.
We believe that by whatever name we choose – God, Allah, Creator, The Force – there is something that connects us all. And that unifying principle, that Golden Rule – no matter how difficult it may seem – is that we love one another.
It is time to send a message to those who would support a culture of hatred, fear and xenophobia (specifically white nationalism and white supremacy). It is time for us to share the antidote for those who would poison the minds of our children. The message is that your time is up and we are not willing to let you divide us or run our country into chaos. The antidote is love, acceptance, courage, non-violence and dialogue.
Interfaith Tampa Bay stands in solidarity with all who uphold these principles in Tampa Bay and beyond.
Peace be upon you, Shalom aleikhem, As-salamu alaykum.
The Board of Directors of Interfaith Tampa Bay
Joran Slane Oppelt, President
Imam Abdul Karim Ali, Vice President
Rev. J.C. Pritchett, Secretary
Rev. Doral Pulley, Treasurer
Rev. Canon Katie Churchwell
Rev. Katy Korb
Kitty Rawson


Operation Attack July Newsletter

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July 2017 Peggy Junkin & Diane Klamer – Lead Volunteers
Hours: 9:30 am – 12:00 pm (1st, 2nd, 3rd Tuesday each month)
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm (One evening a month)

The 2017-2018 school year will be beginning on August 10. Operation Attack continued our regular Tuesday morning schedule through the summer months, providing both food and children’s clothing. We hoped by continuing the summer schedule that our clients would feel less stress as they prepared for their children’s new school year. We appreciate your help in providing the students in our community the appropriate clothing, new underwear, socks, and a school uniform, if required. During the first half of the year we provided assistance to 271 families, clothed 301 children and fed 661 people.

We wish to extend a big Thank You to our friends at St. Andrew Lutheran Church who had a special collection for layette items in observance of Rachel’s Day. Rachel’s Day is a time set aside to mourn the loss of our children and to renounce the forces of violence and fear. The day takes its name from Jeremiah 31:15-17, in which matriarch Rachel grieves for her children. We were blessed to receive baby items, including newborn diapers, sleepers, onesies, bibs, clothing and more.

Each one of you, with your regular donations, special food and clothing drives, and volunteering your time, are critical to our being able to serve our neighbors who need this support.

Volunteers Needed
• To launder, sort and organize by gender, items donated and purchased for layettes.
• To be an “on call” volunteer when we need substitutes for our regular volunteers while they are on vacation or there is a special need.

Clothing Needs
As well as underwear and socks, we especially need jackets of all sizes and uniform items required by many of our schools.
Boys slacks/shorts, khaki or navy, size 5 -16
Girls slacks/shorts/skirts/skorts, khaki or navy, size 5-16, teen 7 & 9
Polo shirts without logos for both boys and girls, size 5-16, teen S,M,L
(white, navy, hunter green, maroon, sky blue, red)
We also welcome donations of newborn diapers to be included in the layettes and travel size hygiene products for seniors we serve from the Neighborly Care Network.

Food Needs
We can always use canned fruit, soup, vegetables, meat, pasta, pasta sauce, rice, beans, peanut butter and cereal.

Speakers/Tours available
We would be happy to speak to your group about Operation Attack or provide a tour of our facility.