Weekly Update 1 February

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

SUN, FEB 4 THIS SUNDAY: This Sunday the service focuses on one of the healing stories in the first chapter of Mark. How can faith be healing today?  See Mark 1:29-39.
SUN, FEB 4 COMMUNION: All are welcome to participate in communion at Lakewood UCC, children at the discretion of the adults who brought them. The communion offering goes to the Special Needs Fund which is used to help people in our community and the congregation with basic necessities such as food, rent, utilities, and prescription medication costs. Please be generous as you are able.
SUN, FEB 4 CONGREGATIONAL MEETING: There will be a congregational meeting following worship on Sunday February 4th. All are encouraged to participate! Here is the tentative agenda:

Call to Order
Opening reading/prayer
Presentation of the budget
Q and A on the budget
Taking action on the budget
Updates on:

  • The roof
  • Family Promise
  • Operation Attack
  • Unbroken Circles
  • Creation Justice
  • Solar panels for the church
  • CROP Walk Feb. 25 – any one want to be LUCC coordinator?

Other comments, suggestions, etc.
Closing song

WED, FEB 14 ASH WEDNESDAY: There will be a beautiful outdoor service on Wednesday, February 14th from 7-8pm around a fire next to the lake at Chip and Dana Coper’s home. It is a service of reflection on the season of Lent as a time of repentance and renewal. The service will include communion and the imposition of ashes. Bring an outdoor chair if you can. And a stick. If transportation is needed, please contact the church office by phone (727.867.7961) or email.
SAT, MAR 3 MEMORIAL SERVICE: Gertrude (Gertie) Pirazzini died on Wednesday January 17th, she was 89 years old. Condolences go to her family and friends, especially Kim and Jeff Wells, her daughter and son-in-law. A service to celebrate her life will be held on Saturday, March 3rd here in Lakewood’s Sanctuary at 11am with luncheon to follow in Fellowship Hall.
SAT, MAR 24 GREENFEST: Wally is considering having a booth once again at IRB Greenfest representing LUCC. If you are interested in volunteering for 2 or 3 hours on the day of the event or assisting with preparations beforehand please email Wally. The 11th Annual Indian Rocks Beach Greenfest will be March 24th from 10am to 5pm on the block of 24th Avenue & 1st Street in Indian Rocks Beach.
SUN, FEB 28 MANY THANKS: Wally LeBlanc dedicated a painting entitled “Beyond the Rainbow” at Lakewood UCC last Sunday. See photos here.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

SAT, FEB 3 STORYTELLING WORKSHOP: First Congregational United Church of Christ in Sarasota and the Florida Conference will sponsor a workshop by acclaimed storyteller Valerie Tutson Saturday, 3 February from 10am to 3pm at First Congregational UCC (1031 S. Euclid Ave. in Sarasota). During the workshop, “Storytelling as a Spiritual Practice,” Valerie will invite participants to explore and experience the wonder of stories — our own and others. Admission is free, and lunch will be served. However, registration is required, and the registration deadline is 31 January. A free will offering will take place at the end of the workshop to defray costs. For more information, you may call the church at (941) 953-7044. Visit uccfla to register.
SAT, FEB 10 PRAYER BREAKFAST: Celebrate Black History by attending the Legacy Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, 10 February at 10am at Maximo Presbyterian Church (3200 58th Ave S). Aramis Ayala, the State Attorney for for Orange and Seminole Counties, will be speaking. Admission is $15 per person.
TUE, FEB 13 GUN VIOLENCE EVENT: Gun violence has touched a broad cross section of our city and our country, and remains a persistent public safety issue. The League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area invites you to hear local community leaders share their personal stories and professional insights and then join in exploring how we can take personal and collective action.  A primary focus will be the impact on families, children and adolescents. LUCC is a community partner for Preventing Gun Violence: A Community Conversation. It will be held Tuesday, 13 February from 7-8:30pm at Allendale United Methodist Church sanctuary (3803 Haines Rd).
FRI, FEB 16 CONCERT: One City Chorus Concert featuring the One City Chorus and the Urban Gypsies will be Friday, 16 February at 7:30pm at the Palladium (253 5th Ave N). Music is themed around justice and civil rights. Jeff Wells from LUCC and Leslie Ethredge from the UCC Florida Conference staff sing with the One City Chorus. The Chorus also rehearses occasionally at LUCC when the Carter Woodson Museum is not available.
FEB 16-24 FILM FESTIVAL:The 2018 “Visions of Nature/Voices of Nature,” Environmental Film Festival will be held February 16-24. For 20 years, the Environmental Film Festival has brought compelling and important films to the Tampa Bay area to raise awareness and promote discussion of matters relating to nature, place and the environment. Film scholars and filmmakers from around the world engage the audience in a lively dialogue about the environmental perspectives contained in documentary, animated, experimental and feature films. Free and open to the public. Visit environmentalfilmfest.com to see the schedule.
SAT, MAR 3 UCC WOMEN’S LUNCH: The Central West Coast Annual Regional Meeting & Luncheon for UCC Women will be March 3rd from 10:00am to 1:30pm at Pilgrim UCC (6315 Central Ave). The theme will be: “Untold Stories: The Unconquered Seminoles” Presented by Barb Coons, State Treasurer. 9:15am Registration in Fellowship Hall. Program begins at 10:00 a.m. Lunch will be served, Cost is $8.00 per person. Please bring nonperishable food items for the Good Samaritan UCC food pantry in Pinellas Park. To ensure there is enough lunch for everyone, please submit your registration with Payment by February 24th. Registration forms are on the bulletin board in the narthex. If you don’t get it mailed in time and plan on attending, please contact Eleanor Rouse by phone (727.215.4752) or email.

CONTINUING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

AA: In the Fellowship Hall Thursdays at 7:45 p.m.
ANNOUNCEMENTS WELCOME: To have an announcement put in the bulletin or weekly update, please turn it into the church office by Wednesday at noon. Email, or voicemail, as well as written material is welcome. The church is glad to share activities and news from members and friends.
THERE IS HOPE – COMMUNITY: Wally LeBlanc has cards and paintings featuring his artwork for sale. The proceeds will be donated to the roof fund and other community ministries. Thank you, Wally!
THE BIBLE ON REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS: As Christians, we are called to love our neighbors. The Bible is unambiguous in calling us to welcome aliens and strangers in our land, and to love them as we love ourselves. In these times, let us listen to the voice of the still-speaking God. Visit ucc.org for a list of biblical references to immigrants and refugees.
CONTACTING YOUR REPRESENTATIVES IN WASHINGTON: If you are interested in calling, emailing or writing your representatives in congress, here is some contact information:

Senator Bill Nelson
716 Senate Hart Office Building, Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202-224-5274
Tampa office: 801 N. Florida Ave., 4th Floor, Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: 813-225-7040
www.billnelson.senate.gov (Click “Contact” to write a message)

Senator Marco Rubio
284 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington DC, 20510
Phone: 202-224-3041
Tampa office: 5201 West Kennedy Blvd, Ste. 530, Tampa, FL 33609
Phone: 813-287-5035
www.rubio.senate.gov (Click “Contact” to write a message)

Dist. 14: Rep. Kathy Castor
2052 Rayburn House Office Bldg., Washington DC 20515
Tampa Office 4144 N. Armenia Avenue Tampa FL 33607
Website: www.castor.house.gov (Click “Contact” to write a message)
(202) 225-3376 Washington
(727) 392-4100 St. Petersburg
(813) 871-2817 Tampa

District 13: Rep. Charlie Crist
427 Cannon House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515
696 1st Avenue North, Suite #203 St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Website: www.crist.house.gov (Click “Contact” to write a message)
(202) 225-5961 Washington
1-(888) 205-5569 District office

If you are living outside Florida or local districts, you may phone your Member of Congress by calling the U.S. Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121. Visit americantrails.org for additional contact information.

givingELECTRONIC GIVING: The church offers several options for electronic giving. There are information sheets and sign up forms available in the sanctuary and the church office. For additional information, please contact Bill Parsons or Adrien Helm.
NEW MEMBERS: 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.
FREE BOOKS: Did you know that there are not only books to borrow in the church library but books being given away for free. Take a peek at the great selection. Many new titles have been added including a selection of books for children.
FREE ECO-THEOLOGY COURSE: Yale is offering three free courses centering on eco-theologian Thomas Berry and the application of his work and writing to understanding the gift of God’s creation and our relationship to it. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals or small groups in churches to participate in the course. Learn more about this exciting opportunity at coursera.org.
GUN VIOLENCE INFORMATION PAMPHLET: Copies of a Gun Violence information pamphlet are available. This resource was created by Grace Lewis of the LUCC congregation to educate the public about gun violence. They are located at the back of the sanctuary, or you can download one here. Please take them and share them.
Screenshot 2016-08-08 18.34.07NEW EZ PODCASTS!!! No downloading! Just click and play! Try it! Just click on the little orange circle with the white arrow in it. Only one click and it plays! Every week, a new podcast is posted on the church website. All our streamable podcasts are at https://soundcloud.com/luccpodcasts – please tell your friends who might enjoy listening! Keep checking back, more and more will be added each week.
recycle1RECYCLE: Recycle your print cartridges, cell phones, and all paper. At this time we CANNOT recycle toner cartridges, only inkjet cartridges. Keep it coming in! Many thanks to all who contribute to the church recycling. This income stream helps the ministry of the church.
USHERS NEEDED: Please see or email Wally LeBlanc if you would like to volunteer to usher for services.
WEBSITE — lakewooducc.org: Everything you always wanted to know about the church. Go ahead and ask. The information is probably at the church website. You can subscribe and have updates and comments automatically sent to your email address. See the homepage for details. You can also keep connected with on Facebook and on Twitter.
childrenYOUNG PEOPLE AT LAKEWOOD: Children and young people are a vital part of the LUCC family. Middle School age children and younger are invited to participate in Church School with Grace Lewis. Preschool children are welcome in the Nursery under the able care of Claudia Rodriguez. All children return to the sanctuary during the offering so they can participate at the end of the worship service. Children and young people are an integral part of this church family and the intergenerational relationships that form in this small congregation are truly a blessing!


CIRCLE OF CONCERN

Betty Harris, Ruth Halderman, Ruth Harrington, Ron Huff, Carolyn Moore, Willy Zessoules, Genevieve Jackle, Gertie Pirazzini’s family and friends, Ann Quinn, Earl Waters

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Painting Dedication

Wally LeBlanc dedicated a painting entitled “Beyond the Rainbow” at Lakewood UCC last Sunday. He read the following prayer, adapted from the lyrics of “Bless Us All”

Life is full of sweet surprises Every day is a gift The sun comes up and I can feel it lift my spirit Fills me up with laughter, fills me up with joy I look into the eyes of love and know that I belong Bless us all, who gather here The loving family we hold dear No place on earth, compares with home And every path we take will bring us back from where we roam Bless us all, that as we live We always comfort and forgive We have so much, that we can share With all those in need we see around us everywhere Let us always love each other Lead us to the light Let us be and hear the voice of reason, shining in the darkness Let us run from anger and catch us when we fall Teach us in our lives and please, yes please Bless us one and all Bless us all with joyous years With wonderful moments and joyful tears We reach for You and we stand tall And in our prayers and our lives We ask You bless us all. Amen.

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Weekly Update 25 January

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

SUN, JAN 28 THIS SUNDAY: What happens when fear is the driving force in our lives?  In society?  In religion?  Jesus was about love not fear. Now that is a radical, counter-cultural reality orientation.  See you Sunday for more reflection on these themes.  Focus scripture: Mark 1:21-28.  There will also be a special surprise presentation during the service.  And then, stay for lunch – Sunday Celebrations this week!
SUN, JAN 28 SUNDAY CELEBRATIONS: The theme for this month’s potluck lunch, after church on January 28th, will be a New Year’s Feast. Bring food that you traditionally eat on your New Year’s celebration! There will also be an open music jam after lunch, so bring your instruments and play along to peace songs.
SUN, FEB 1 CONGREGATIONAL MEETING: There will be a congregational meeting following worship on Sunday Feb. 4 to take action on the proposed budget for 2018 and to take action on any other matters as needed. All are encouraged to participate!
WED, FEB 14 ASH WEDNESDAY: There will be a beautiful outdoor service on Wednesday, February 14th from 7-8pm around a fire next to the lake at Chip and Dana Coper’s home. It is a service of reflection on the season of Lent as a time of repentance and renewal. The service will include communion and the imposition of ashes. Bring an outdoor chair if you can. And a stick. If transportation is needed, please contact the church office by phone (727.867.7961) or email.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

TUE, FEB 13 GUN VIOLENCE EVENT: Gun violence has touched a broad cross section of our city and our country, and remains a persistent public safety issue. The League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area invites you to hear local community leaders share their personal stories and professional insights and then join in exploring how we can take personal and collective action.  A primary focus will be the impact on families, children and adolescents. Preventing Gun Violence: A Community Conversation will be held Tuesday, 13 February from 7-8:30pm at Allendale United Methodist Church sanctuary (3803 Haines Rd).
SAT, FEB 3 STORYTELLING WORKSHOP: First Congregational United Church of Christ in Sarasota and the Florida Conference will sponsor a workshop by acclaimed storyteller Valerie Tutson Saturday, 3 February from 10am to 3pm at First Congregational UCC (1031 S. Euclid Ave. in Sarasota). During the workshop, “Storytelling as a Spiritual Practice,” Valerie will invite participants to explore and experience the wonder of stories — our own and others. Admission is free, and lunch will be served. However, registration is required, and the registration deadline is 31 January. A free will offering will take place at the end of the workshop to defray costs. For more information, you may call the church at (941) 953-7044. Visit uccfla to register.
SAT, FEB 10 PRAYER BREAKFAST: Celebrate Black History by attending the Legacy Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, 10 February at 10am at Maximo Presbyterian Church (3200 58th Ave S). Aramis Ayala, the State Attorney for for Orange and Seminole Counties, will be speaking. Admission is $15 per person.
FRI, FEB 16 CONCERT: One City Chorus Concert featuring the One City Chorus and the Urban Gypsies will be Friday, 16 February at 7:30pm at the Palladium (253 5th Ave N). Music is themed around justice and civil rights. Jeff Wells from LUCC and Leslie Ethredge from the UCC Florida Conference staff sing with the One City Chorus. The Chorus also rehearses occasionally at LUCC when the Carter Woodson Museum is not available.
SAT, MAR 3 UCC WOMEN’S LUNCH: The Central West Coast Annual Regional Meeting & Luncheon for UCC Women will be March 3rd from 10:00am to 1:30pm at Pilgrim UCC (6315 Central Ave). The theme will be: “Untold Stories: The Unconquered Seminoles” Presented by Barb Coons, State Treasurer. 9:15am Registration in Fellowship Hall. Program begins at 10:00 a.m. Lunch will be served, Cost is $8.00 per person. Please bring nonperishable food items for the Good Samaritan UCC food pantry in Pinellas Park. To ensure there is enough lunch for everyone, please submit your registration with Payment by February 24th. If you don’t get it mailed in time and plan on attending, please contact Eleanor Rouse by phone (727.215.4752) or email.

CONTINUING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

AA: In the Fellowship Hall Thursdays at 7:45 p.m.
ANNOUNCEMENTS WELCOME: To have an announcement put in the bulletin or weekly update, please turn it into the church office by Wednesday at noon. Email, or voicemail, as well as written material is welcome. The church is glad to share activities and news from members and friends.
ART FOR HOPE: Wally LeBlanc has cards and paintings featuring his artwork for sale. The proceeds will be donated to the roof fund and other community ministries. Thank you, Wally!
THE BIBLE ON REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS: As Christians, we are called to love our neighbors. The Bible is unambiguous in calling us to welcome aliens and strangers in our land, and to love them as we love ourselves. In these times, let us listen to the voice of the still-speaking God. Visit ucc.org for a list of biblical references to immigrants and refugees.
CONTACTING YOUR REPRESENTATIVES IN WASHINGTON: If you are interested in calling, emailing or writing your representatives in congress, here is some contact information:

Senator Bill Nelson
716 Senate Hart Office Building, Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202-224-5274
Tampa office: 801 N. Florida Ave., 4th Floor, Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: 813-225-7040
www.billnelson.senate.gov (Click “Contact” to write a message)

Senator Marco Rubio
284 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington DC, 20510
Phone: 202-224-3041
Tampa office: 5201 West Kennedy Blvd, Ste. 530, Tampa, FL 33609
Phone: 813-287-5035
www.rubio.senate.gov (Click “Contact” to write a message)

Dist. 14: Rep. Kathy Castor
2052 Rayburn House Office Bldg., Washington DC 20515
Tampa Office 4144 N. Armenia Avenue Tampa FL 33607
Website: www.castor.house.gov (Click “Contact” to write a message)
(202) 225-3376 Washington
(727) 392-4100 St. Petersburg
(813) 871-2817 Tampa

District 13: Rep. Charlie Crist
427 Cannon House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515
696 1st Avenue North, Suite #203 St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Website: www.crist.house.gov (Click “Contact” to write a message)
(202) 225-5961 Washington
1-(888) 205-5569 District office

If you are living outside Florida or local districts, you may phone your Member of Congress by calling the U.S. Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121. Visit americantrails.org for additional contact information.

givingELECTRONIC GIVING: The church offers several options for electronic giving. There are information sheets and sign up forms available in the sanctuary and the church office. For additional information, please contact Bill Parsons or Adrien Helm.
NEW MEMBERS: 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.
FREE BOOKS: Did you know that there are not only books to borrow in the church library but books being given away for free. Take a peek at the great selection. Many new titles have been added including a selection of books for children.
FREE ECO-THEOLOGY COURSE: Yale is offering three free courses centering on eco-theologian Thomas Berry and the application of his work and writing to understanding the gift of God’s creation and our relationship to it. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals or small groups in churches to participate in the course. Learn more about this exciting opportunity at coursera.org.
GUN VIOLENCE INFORMATION PAMPHLET: Copies of a Gun Violence information pamphlet are available. This resource was created by Grace Lewis of the LUCC congregation to educate the public about gun violence. They are located at the back of the sanctuary, or you can download one here. Please take them and share them.
Screenshot 2016-08-08 18.34.07NEW EZ PODCASTS!!! No downloading! Just click and play! Try it! Just click on the little orange circle with the white arrow in it. Only one click and it plays! Every week, a new podcast is posted on the church website. All our streamable podcasts are at https://soundcloud.com/luccpodcasts – please tell your friends who might enjoy listening! Keep checking back, more and more will be added each week.
recycle1RECYCLE: Recycle your print cartridges, cell phones, and all paper. At this time we CANNOT recycle toner cartridges, only inkjet cartridges. Keep it coming in! Many thanks to all who contribute to the church recycling. This income stream helps the ministry of the church.
USHERS NEEDED: Please see or email Wally LeBlanc if you would like to volunteer to usher for services.
WEBSITE — lakewooducc.org: Everything you always wanted to know about the church. Go ahead and ask. The information is probably at the church website. You can subscribe and have updates and comments automatically sent to your email address. See the homepage for details. You can also keep connected with on Facebook and on Twitter.
childrenYOUNG PEOPLE AT LAKEWOOD: Children and young people are a vital part of the LUCC family. Middle School age children and younger are invited to participate in Church School with Grace Lewis. Preschool children are welcome in the Nursery under the able care of Claudia Rodriguez. All children return to the sanctuary during the offering so they can participate at the end of the worship service. Children and young people are an integral part of this church family and the intergenerational relationships that form in this small congregation are truly a blessing!


CIRCLE OF CONCERN

Betty Harris, Ruth Halderman, Ruth Harrington, Ron Huff, Carolyn Moore,
Willy Zessoules, Genevieve Jackle, 
Gertie Pirazzini’s family and friends,
Ann Quinn, Earl Waters, Vita Uth & family

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Preventing Gun Violence: A Community Conversation

Gun violence has touched a broad cross section of our city and our country, and remains a persistent public safety issue. The League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area invites you to hear local community leaders share their personal stories and professional insights and then join us in exploring how we can take personal and collective action.  A primary focus will be the impact on families, children and adolescents.

This event is purposefully scheduled during the 2018 Florida legislative session and will be outcome and action-oriented.

Panelists:
• Lisa Wheeler-Bowman, Chair, St. Petersburg City Counci
• Amanda Thalji-Raitano, PhD, licensed psychologist, BeSMART for Kids
• Rev. Dr. Manuel L. Sykes, Bethel Community Baptist Church
• Dr. David Berman, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital
• Facilitator: Ryan Mitchell, Lieutenant Firefighter Paramedic

Doors open at 6:30pm
See Facebook for more information. Please register at constant contact.

Community partners:
• Allendale United Methodist Church
• American Civil Liberties Union of Pinellas
• Bethel Community Baptist Church
• City of St. Petersburg
• Leif Nissen Foundation
• Lakewood United Church of Christ
• Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America/St. Pete
• Pinellas County Urban League
• St. Petersburg Quakers
• Zonta Club of Pinellas County

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Weekly Update 18 January

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

SUN, JAN 21 THIS SUNDAY: During morning worship, those who will serve as Advisors for the coming year will be affirmed in this important leadership role in the church.  Please plan to show your support for Martha Lamar, Patti Cooksey, Melanie Moore, Don Ritchie, and Charlie Lewis this Sunday and throughout the year ahead.
WED, JAN 17 IN MEMORIAM: Gertrude (Gertie) Pirazzini died on Wednesday January 17th, she was 89 years old. Condolences go to her family and friends, especially Kim and Jeff Wells, her daughter and son-in-law. A service to celebrate her life will be held at Lakewood UCC, date and time yet to be determined.
SUN, JAN 21 BUDGET WORKSHOP: The congregation is invited to participate in a Budget Workshop with the Advisors after church on Sunday Jan. 21 in the Fellowship Hall. All are welcome!
SUN, JAN 28 SUNDAY CELEBRATIONS: Folks are needed to host this potluck lunch! Who would like to help with set up and clean up? Please contact the church office by phone: (727)867-7961 or e-mail: lakewooducc@gmail.com
SUN, FEB 1 CONGREGATIONAL MEETING: There will be a congregational meeting following worship on Sunday Feb. 4 to take action on the proposed budget for 2018 and to take action on any other matters as needed. All are encouraged to participate!

COMMUNITY EVENTS

 THU, JAN 18 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Can you take a shift at a cold weather shelter? Shifts are typically 4 hours in duration. Duties include registering guests, preparing meals, serving meals, handing out blankets/mats, and serving as a shelter monitor during the evening hours. Training is on-site, just show up and you will be partnered with an experienced volunteer. If you are able to help at the Northwest Presbyterian Church shelter (6330 54th Ave. N) please contact Cliff Smith, Manager of Veterans, Social and Homeless Services for the City of St. Petersburg by phone: 727-893-7627 or email: clifford.smith@stpete.org.
THU, JAN 18 FASTING: National day of fasting planned to support the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and their boycott of Wendy’s. On Jan. 18th, faith leaders from around the country will join together for National Day of Fasting and Witness in protest of Wendy’s executives’ ongoing refusal to join the Fair Food Program. The fast will take place on the 20th anniversary of the breaking of the 30-day hunger strike undertaken by six workers in 1998, when the CIW was calling for a dialogue with growers to end poverty and violence in the fields. The hunger strike was finally broken when former President Jimmy Carter and Bishop John Nevins of the Catholic Diocese of Venice intervened, and called upon people to join with farmworkers to bring justice to U.S. agriculture. Learn more at ucc.org
THU, JAN 18 LECTURE: Author Thomas Moore will speak at First Unity Sanctuary (460 46th Ave N) on Thursday, January 18th at 7pm. His lecture is titled Ageless Soul: Ripening Maturing and Feeling Fulfilled as We Get Older. A love offering will be collected.
SUN, JAN 21  WOMEN’S MARCH 2018: January 21st from 12:30-4:30 in Williams Park (330 2nd Ave N). This anniversary event in St. Petersburg will be a community event focusing on voter registration, ending voter suppression in Florida and supporting our marginalized communities. For more information visit womensmarchfl.org.
THU, JAN 25 EXTREMISM EVENT: A dinner forum on Jan. 25th, sponsored by the Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions at St. Petersburg College titled Full of Hate: The Toll of Violent Extremism, will be from 6-8:15 pm in the Conference Center at the Seminole campus (9200 113th St N). Tickets are $25, or $20 for students and educators. Advanced registration required. See the Full of Hate flyer for more information.

CONTINUING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

AA: In the Fellowship Hall Thursdays at 7:45 p.m.
ANNOUNCEMENTS WELCOME: To have an announcement put in the bulletin or weekly update, please turn it into the church office by Wednesday at noon. Email, or voicemail, as well as written material is welcome. The church is glad to share activities and news from members and friends.
ART FOR HOPE: Wally LeBlanc has cards and paintings featuring his artwork for sale. The proceeds will be donated to the roof fund and other community ministries. Thank you, Wally!
THE BIBLE ON REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS: As Christians, we are called to love our neighbors. The Bible is unambiguous in calling us to welcome aliens and strangers in our land, and to love them as we love ourselves. In these times, let us listen to the voice of the still-speaking God. Visit ucc.org for a list of biblical references to immigrants and refugees.
CONTACTING YOUR REPRESENTATIVES IN WASHINGTON: If you are interested in calling, emailing or writing your representatives in congress, here is some contact information:

Senator Bill Nelson
716 Senate Hart Office Building, Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202-224-5274
Tampa office: 801 N. Florida Ave., 4th Floor, Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: 813-225-7040
www.billnelson.senate.gov (Click “Contact” to write a message)

Senator Marco Rubio
284 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington DC, 20510
Phone: 202-224-3041
Tampa office: 5201 West Kennedy Blvd, Ste. 530, Tampa, FL 33609
Phone: 813-287-5035
www.rubio.senate.gov (Click “Contact” to write a message)

Dist. 14: Rep. Kathy Castor
2052 Rayburn House Office Bldg., Washington DC 20515
Tampa Office 4144 N. Armenia Avenue Tampa FL 33607
Website: www.castor.house.gov (Click “Contact” to write a message)
(202) 225-3376 Washington
(727) 392-4100 St. Petersburg
(813) 871-2817 Tampa

District 13: Rep. Charlie Crist
427 Cannon House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515
696 1st Avenue North, Suite #203 St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Website: www.crist.house.gov (Click “Contact” to write a message)
(202) 225-5961 Washington
1-(888) 205-5569 District office

If you are living outside Florida or local districts, you may phone your Member of Congress by calling the U.S. Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121. Visit americantrails.org for additional contact information.

givingELECTRONIC GIVING: The church offers several options for electronic giving. There are information sheets and sign up forms available in the sanctuary and the church office. For additional information, please contact Bill Parsons or Adrien Helm.
NEW MEMBERS: 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.
FREE BOOKS: Did you know that there are not only books to borrow in the church library but books being given away for free. Take a peek at the great selection. Many new titles have been added including a selection of books for children.
FREE ECO-THEOLOGY COURSE: Yale is offering three free courses centering on eco-theologian Thomas Berry and the application of his work and writing to understanding the gift of God’s creation and our relationship to it. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals or small groups in churches to participate in the course. Learn more about this exciting opportunity at coursera.org.
GUN VIOLENCE INFORMATION PAMPHLET: Copies of a Gun Violence information pamphlet are available. This resource was created by Grace Lewis of the LUCC congregation to educate the public about gun violence. They are located at the back of the sanctuary, or you can download one here. Please take them and share them.
Screenshot 2016-08-08 18.34.07NEW EZ PODCASTS!!! No downloading! Just click and play! Try it! Just click on the little orange circle with the white arrow in it. Only one click and it plays! Every week, a new podcast is posted on the church website. All our streamable podcasts are at https://soundcloud.com/luccpodcasts – please tell your friends who might enjoy listening! Keep checking back, more and more will be added each week.
recycle1RECYCLE: Recycle your print cartridges, cell phones, and all paper. At this time we CANNOT recycle toner cartridges, only inkjet cartridges. Keep it coming in! Many thanks to all who contribute to the church recycling. This income stream helps the ministry of the church.
USHERS NEEDED: Please see or email Wally LeBlanc if you would like to volunteer to usher for services.
WEBSITE — lakewooducc.org: Everything you always wanted to know about the church. Go ahead and ask. The information is probably at the church website. You can subscribe and have updates and comments automatically sent to your email address. See the homepage for details. You can also keep connected with on Facebook and on Twitter.
childrenYOUNG PEOPLE AT LAKEWOOD: Children and young people are a vital part of the LUCC family. Middle School age children and younger are invited to participate in Church School with Grace Lewis. Preschool children are welcome in the Nursery under the able care of Claudia Rodriguez. All children return to the sanctuary during the offering so they can participate at the end of the worship service. Children and young people are an integral part of this church family and the intergenerational relationships that form in this small congregation are truly a blessing!


CIRCLE OF CONCERN

Betty Harris, Ruth Halderman, Ruth Harrington, Ron Huff, Carolyn Moore,
Willy Zessoules, Genevieve Jackle, 
Gertie Pirazzini’s family and friends,
Ann Quinn, Earl Waters, Vita Uth & family

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Go, Granny D!

Tonight from 7-8:30 at Allendale United Methodist Church experience the wonderfully unique true story of Doris “Granny D” Haddock, who walked across America at the age of 90 to secure democracy for future generations.
Picture this: “Granny D” dressed as a mermaid registering voters at Weeki Wachee Springs, at Bikers Week in Daytona and from the Little Rock pulpit where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once preached!
You’ll laugh and be thoroughly entertained as off-Broadway actress Barbara Bates Smith and musician Jeff Sebens share the story of this warm witty crusader, whose steel determination took the world by surprise and elevated her to national fame.
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Weekly Update 11 January

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

SUN, JAN 14 THIS SUNDAY: This Sunday is a moment to remember the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His vision was not limited to equal rights for African Americans in the United States. How could it be? He was first and foremost a Christian. His vision was a comprehensive manifestation of the commonwealth of God on Earth. That is something to celebrate! Looking forward to Sunday.
JAN 14 – 21 FAMILY PROMISE: LUCC is serving as a support congregation at Lakewood Methodist Church this coming week – Jan. 14-21. If you would like to become involved in this important ministry helping homeless families with children achieve financial stability, please speak with LUCC Family Promise Coordinator Patti Cooksey.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: The recent cold weather has meant that the cold weather shelters have been in use several nights this past week. In order to keep offering these places if temperatures drop again, volunteers are needed! Shifts are typically 4 hours in duration. Duties include registering guests, preparing meals, serving meals, handing out blankets/mats, and serving as a shelter monitor during the evening hours. Training is on-site, just show up and you will be partnered with an experienced volunteer. If you are able to help at the Northwest Presbyterian Church shelter (6330 54th Ave. N) please contact Cliff Smith, Manager of Veterans, Social and Homeless Services for the City of St. Petersburg by phone: 727-893-7627 or email: clifford.smith@stpete.org.
WED, JAN 17 WESTMINSTER LUNCH: Westminster Suncoast Luncheon Wednesday Jan. 17 at 11:30 in the private dining room at Westminster Suncoast. All residents of the Shores and Suncoast are welcome.
SUN, JAN 21 BUDGET WORKSHOP: The congregation is invited to participate in a Budget Workshop with the Advisors after church on Sunday Jan. 21 in the Fellowship Hall. All are welcome!
SUN, JAN 28 SUNDAY CELEBRATIONS: Folks are needed to host this potluck lunch! Who would like to help with set up and clean up? Please contact the church office by phone: (727)867-7961 or e-mail: lakewooducc@gmail.com
SUN, FEB 1 CONGREGATIONAL MEETING: There will be a congregational meeting following worship on Sunday Feb. 1 to take action on the proposed budget for 2018 and to take action on any other matters as needed. All are encouraged to participate!

COMMUNITY EVENTS

THU, JAN 11 FILM: This screening features the 2012 film Cloudburst, in which a lesbian couple escape from a nursing home and flee to Canada to get married. Thursday, January 11th, at 7pm in the Gulfport Public Library (5501 28th Ave. S).
SAT, JAN 13 VOLUNTEER: Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Saturday, January 13th. Meet at Tomlinson Park (1820 55th St S, Gulfport) for opening ceremonies at 8am before departing to participate in various community service projects.
SAT, JAN 13 MLK VIGIL: The Martin Luther King Jr. Vigil will take place this Saturday at 4:30pm at the Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum (2240 9th Ave S). Music will be provided by The One City Chorus singing songs from the Civil Rights Era. The candlelit vigil will follow in the beautiful Museum gardens..
JAN 13-15 GARDENING: Volunteer restoring gardens and planting winter vegetables at the Sojourner Truth Center, Inc. (311 57th Ave S) on Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 2pm. And visit their table at the MLK Family Fun Day at Tropicana Field from 3-6pm to paint a plant pot and take home soil and seeds to fill your pot.
SAT, JAN 13 ECKERD LECTURE: Writers in Paradise Evening Reading Series on Saturday, January 13th, 8pm in the Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium at Eckerd College (4200 54th Ave. S). Keynote speaker, Ana Menendez with an on stage Q and A with Les Standiford following. The authors will present readings from their works followed by book signings.
THU, JAN 18 FASTING: National day of fasting planned to support the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and their boycott of Wendy’s. On Jan. 18th, faith leaders from around the country will join together for National Day of Fasting and Witness in protest of Wendy’s executives’ ongoing refusal to join the Fair Food Program. The fast will take place on the 20th anniversary of the breaking of the 30-day hunger strike undertaken by six workers in 1998, when the CIW was calling for a dialogue with growers to end poverty and violence in the fields. The hunger strike was finally broken when former President Jimmy Carter and Bishop John Nevins of the Catholic Diocese of Venice intervened, and called upon people to join with farmworkers to bring justice to U.S. agriculture. Learn more at ucc.org
THU, JAN 18 LECTURE: Author Thomas Moore will speak at First Unity Sanctuary (460 46th Ave N) on Thursday, January 18th at 7pm. His lecture is titled Ageless Soul: Ripening Maturing and Feeling Fulfilled as We Get Older. A love offering will be collected.
THU, JAN 25 EXTREMISM EVENT: A dinner forum on Jan. 25th, sponsored by the Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions at St. Petersburg College titled Full of Hate: The Toll of Violent Extremism, will be from 6-8:15 pm in the Conference Center at the Seminole campus (9200 113th St N). Tickets are $25, or $20 for students and educators. Advanced registration required. See the Full of Hate flyer for more information.

CONTINUING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

AA: In the Fellowship Hall Thursdays at 7:45 p.m.
ANNOUNCEMENTS WELCOME: To have an announcement put in the bulletin or weekly update, please turn it into the church office by Wednesday at noon. Email, or voicemail, as well as written material is welcome. The church is glad to share activities and news from members and friends.
ART FOR HOPE: Wally LeBlanc has cards and paintings featuring his artwork for sale. The proceeds will be donated to the roof fund and other community ministries. Thank you, Wally!
THE BIBLE ON REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS: As Christians, we are called to love our neighbors. The Bible is unambiguous in calling us to welcome aliens and strangers in our land, and to love them as we love ourselves. In these times, let us listen to the voice of the still-speaking God. Visit ucc.org for a list of biblical references to immigrants and refugees.
CONTACTING YOUR REPRESENTATIVES IN WASHINGTON: If you are interested in calling, emailing or writing your representatives in congress, here is some contact information:

Senator Bill Nelson
716 Senate Hart Office Building, Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202-224-5274
Tampa office: 801 N. Florida Ave., 4th Floor, Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: 813-225-7040
www.billnelson.senate.gov (Click “Contact” to write a message)

Senator Marco Rubio
284 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington DC, 20510
Phone: 202-224-3041
Tampa office: 5201 West Kennedy Blvd, Ste. 530, Tampa, FL 33609
Phone: 813-287-5035
www.rubio.senate.gov (Click “Contact” to write a message)

Dist. 14: Rep. Kathy Castor
2052 Rayburn House Office Bldg., Washington DC 20515
Tampa Office 4144 N. Armenia Avenue Tampa FL 33607
Website: www.castor.house.gov (Click “Contact” to write a message)
(202) 225-3376 Washington
(727) 392-4100 St. Petersburg
(813) 871-2817 Tampa

District 13: Rep. Charlie Crist
427 Cannon House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515
696 1st Avenue North, Suite #203 St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Website: www.crist.house.gov (Click “Contact” to write a message)
(202) 225-5961 Washington
1-(888) 205-5569 District office

If you are living outside Florida or local districts, you may phone your Member of Congress by calling the U.S. Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121. Visit americantrails.org for additional contact information.

givingELECTRONIC GIVING: The church offers several options for electronic giving. There are information sheets and sign up forms available in the sanctuary and the church office. For additional information, please contact Bill Parsons or Adrien Helm.
NEW MEMBERS: 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.
FREE BOOKS: Did you know that there are not only books to borrow in the church library but books being given away for free. Take a peek at the great selection. Many new titles have been added including a selection of books for children.
FREE ECO-THEOLOGY COURSE: Yale is offering three free courses centering on eco-theologian Thomas Berry and the application of his work and writing to understanding the gift of God’s creation and our relationship to it. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals or small groups in churches to participate in the course. Learn more about this exciting opportunity at coursera.org.
GUN VIOLENCE INFORMATION PAMPHLET: Copies of a Gun Violence information pamphlet are available. This resource was created by Grace Lewis of the LUCC congregation to educate the public about gun violence. They are located at the back of the sanctuary, or you can download one here. Please take them and share them.
Screenshot 2016-08-08 18.34.07NEW EZ PODCASTS!!! No downloading! Just click and play! Try it! Just click on the little orange circle with the white arrow in it. Only one click and it plays! Every week, a new podcast is posted on the church website. All our streamable podcasts are at https://soundcloud.com/luccpodcasts – please tell your friends who might enjoy listening! Keep checking back, more and more will be added each week.
recycle1RECYCLE: Recycle your print cartridges, cell phones, and all paper. At this time we CANNOT recycle toner cartridges, only inkjet cartridges. Keep it coming in! Many thanks to all who contribute to the church recycling. This income stream helps the ministry of the church.
USHERS NEEDED: Please see or email Wally LeBlanc if you would like to volunteer to usher for services.
WEBSITE — lakewooducc.org: Everything you always wanted to know about the church. Go ahead and ask. The information is probably at the church website. You can subscribe and have updates and comments automatically sent to your email address. See the homepage for details. You can also keep connected with on Facebook and on Twitter.
childrenYOUNG PEOPLE AT LAKEWOOD: Children and young people are a vital part of the LUCC family. Middle School age children and younger are invited to participate in Church School with Grace Lewis. Preschool children are welcome in the Nursery under the able care of Claudia Rodriguez. All children return to the sanctuary during the offering so they can participate at the end of the worship service. Children and young people are an integral part of this church family and the intergenerational relationships that form in this small congregation are truly a blessing!


CIRCLE OF CONCERN

Betty Harris, Ruth Halderman, Ruth Harrington, Ron Huff, Carolyn Moore, Willy Zessoules, Genevieve Jackle, Gertie Pirazzini, Ann Quinn, Earl Waters, Vita Uth & family

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Volunteers Needed at Cold Night Shelters

The recent cold weather has meant that the cold weather shelters have been in use several nights this past week. Unfortunately, the need for assistance is still continuing. Without the cold night shelters, many individuals and families do not have a place to go when it is bitter cold outside. In order to keep offering these places, volunteers are needed!

Below you will find a list of some shelter locations. The locations with the greatest need for volunteers is at Northwest Presbyterian Church in St. Pete and the Boys and Girls Club in Pinellas Park. Shifts are typically 4 hours in duration. Duties include registering guests, preparing meals, serving meals, handing out blankets/mats, and serving as a shelter monitor during the evening hours. Training is on-site-just show up and you will be partnered with an experienced volunteer. Adult volunteers only.

If you, or anyone you know, is interested, please reach out directly to:

Cliff Smith
Manager of Veterans, Social and Homeless Services
City of St. Petersburg
175 5th Street North
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Work: 727-893-7627 / Cell: 727-698-1809 / Fax: 727-892-5365
clifford.smith@stpete.org

Thank you for all you do, and thank you for spreading the word about this need in our community!

Northwest Presbyterian Church
6330 54th Ave. North
St. Petersburg, FL 33706
Phone: (727) 544-4551

The Turning Point
1810 5th Avenue N
St. Petersburg, FL 33713
Phone: (727) 823-7811

Salvation Army
1400 4th Street South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Phone: (727) 822-4954

My Place in Recovery 
1655 16th Street South
St. Petersburg, FL 33705

Boys and Girls Club of the Suncoast in Pinellas Park
7790 61st Street N
Pinellas Park, FL 33781
Phone: (727) 547-5437

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Register Now for Event on Violent Extremism

Hate groups are on the rise – as is the violence their members generate. Since the violent marches last August in Charlottesville, Va., white nationalists, neo-Nazis and sovereign militias have moved out of the shadows, spewing messages of hate on the street, in mass media and on the internet. Why do people join violent hate groups, and how do they affect American politics? Moreover, how do they impact the lives of those they hate?

A former member of a violent right-wing extremist group who left that lifestyle and now promotes love will be the featured speaker at a dinner program on Jan. 25, 2018, sponsored by the Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions at St. Petersburg College.Titled Full of Hate: The Toll of Violent Extremism, the forum will be from 6-8:15 p.m. in the Conference Center at the Seminole campus, 9200 113th St. N.

Tickets are $25, or $20 for students and educators. Advanced registration required. See the Full of Hate flyer for more information.

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Interfaith MLK Service

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Interfaith Memorial Service
Sunday, January 14, 2018 from 3-4:30 PM
St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Cathedral
5815 5th Ave. North, St. Petersburg FL 33710

Keynote speaker: Rev. Dr. Russell Meyer.

“Stand Up Together” Winner of the 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Organization, Inc. Essay and Oratorical Contest will be presented.

Performers: St. Petersburg’s Christ Gospel Choir and Tampa Bay Lumina Aurora Children’s Chorus.

A Love Offering will be taken to benefit Fairmount Park Elementary School.

Contact Imam Abdul K. Ali 727-560-2567 for more information.

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Weekly Update 3 January

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

SUN, JAN 7 THIS SUNDAY: Epiphany is the celebration of the coming of the light of Christ into the world and into our lives. Begin the new year rejoicing in the glory surging through creation and pulsing through your being! Whatever path you have been on, find your way back to giving, goodness, and love in 2018. The gospel of Matthew tells of magi who follow a star to find Jesus. Today, people also have the opportunity to decide whether or not to follow the light. Will the light be a guide into the New Year?
 SUN, JAN 7 COMMUNION OFFERING: The communion offering goes to the Special Needs Fund which is used to help people in our community and the congregation with basic necessities such as food, rent, utilities, and prescription medication costs. Please be generous as you are able.
SUN, JAN 14 NEXT SUNDAY:  Annual remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

SUN, JAN 7 LECTURE: “Truth. Humanity. Justice.” Sunday, January 7th at 6pm Erin Brockovich will speak at Temple B’nai Israel (1685 S Belcher Road).
THU, JAN 11 FILM: This screening features the 2012 film Cloudburst, in which a lesbian couple escape from a nursing home and flee to Canada to get married. Thursday, January 11th, at 7pm in the Gulfport Public Library (5501 28th Ave. S).
SAT, JAN 13 VOLUNTEER: Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Saturday, January 13th. Meet at Tomlinson Park (1820 55th St S, Gulfport) for opening ceremonies at 8am before departing to participate in various community service projects.
SAT, JAN 13 ECKERD LECTURE: Writers in Paradise Evening Reading Series on Saturday, January 13th, 8pm in the Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium at Eckerd College (4200 54th Ave. S). Keynote speaker, Ana Menendez with an on stage Q and A with Les Standiford following. The authors will present readings from their works followed by book signings.
THU, JAN 18 FASTING: National day of fasting planned to support the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and their boycott of Wendy’s. On Jan. 18th, faith leaders from around the country will join together for National Day of Fasting and Witness in protest of Wendy’s executives’ ongoing refusal to join the Fair Food Program. The fast will take place on the 20th anniversary of the breaking of the 30-day hunger strike undertaken by six workers in 1998, when the CIW was calling for a dialogue with growers to end poverty and violence in the fields. The hunger strike was finally broken when former President Jimmy Carter and Bishop John Nevins of the Catholic Diocese of Venice intervened, and called upon people to join with farmworkers to bring justice to U.S. agriculture. Learn more at ucc.org

CONTINUING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

AA: In the Fellowship Hall Thursdays at 7:45 p.m.
ANNOUNCEMENTS WELCOME: To have an announcement put in the bulletin or weekly update, please turn it into the church office by Wednesday at noon. Email, or voicemail, as well as written material is welcome. The church is glad to share activities and news from members and friends.
ART FOR HOPE: Wally LeBlanc has cards and paintings featuring his artwork for sale. The proceeds will be donated to the roof fund and other community ministries. Thank you, Wally!
THE BIBLE ON REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS: As Christians, we are called to love our neighbors. The Bible is unambiguous in calling us to welcome aliens and strangers in our land, and to love them as we love ourselves. In these times, let us listen to the voice of the still-speaking God. Visit ucc.org for a list of biblical references to immigrants and refugees.
CONTACTING YOUR REPRESENTATIVES IN WASHINGTON: If you are interested in calling, emailing or writing your representatives in congress, here is some contact information:

Senator Bill Nelson
716 Senate Hart Office Building, Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202-224-5274
Tampa office: 801 N. Florida Ave., 4th Floor, Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: 813-225-7040
www.billnelson.senate.gov (Click “Contact” to write a message)

Senator Marco Rubio
284 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington DC, 20510
Phone: 202-224-3041
Tampa office: 5201 West Kennedy Blvd, Ste. 530, Tampa, FL 33609
Phone: 813-287-5035
www.rubio.senate.gov (Click “Contact” to write a message)

Dist. 14: Rep. Kathy Castor
2052 Rayburn House Office Bldg., Washington DC 20515
Tampa Office 4144 N. Armenia Avenue Tampa FL 33607
Website: www.castor.house.gov (Click “Contact” to write a message)
(202) 225-3376 Washington
(727) 392-4100 St. Petersburg
(813) 871-2817 Tampa

District 13: Rep. Charlie Crist
427 Cannon House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515
696 1st Avenue North, Suite #203 St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Website: www.crist.house.gov (Click “Contact” to write a message)
(202) 225-5961 Washington
1-(888) 205-5569 District office

If you are living outside Florida or local districts, you may phone your Member of Congress by calling the U.S. Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121. Visit americantrails.org for additional contact information.

givingELECTRONIC GIVING: The church offers several options for electronic giving. There are information sheets and sign up forms available in the sanctuary and the church office. For additional information, please contact Bill Parsons or Adrien Helm.
NEW MEMBERS: 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.
FREE BOOKS: Did you know that there are not only books to borrow in the church library but books being given away for free. Take a peek at the great selection. Many new titles have been added including a selection of books for children.
FREE ECO-THEOLOGY COURSE: Yale is offering three free courses centering on eco-theologian Thomas Berry and the application of his work and writing to understanding the gift of God’s creation and our relationship to it. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals or small groups in churches to participate in the course. Learn more about this exciting opportunity at coursera.org.
GUN VIOLENCE INFORMATION PAMPHLET: Copies of a Gun Violence information pamphlet are available. This resource was created by Grace Lewis of the LUCC congregation to educate the public about gun violence. They are located at the back of the sanctuary, or you can download one here. Please take them and share them.
Screenshot 2016-08-08 18.34.07NEW EZ PODCASTS!!! No downloading! Just click and play! Try it! Just click on the little orange circle with the white arrow in it. Only one click and it plays! Every week, a new podcast is posted on the church website. All our streamable podcasts are at https://soundcloud.com/luccpodcasts – please tell your friends who might enjoy listening! Keep checking back, more and more will be added each week.
recycle1RECYCLE: Recycle your print cartridges, cell phones, and all paper. At this time we CANNOT recycle toner cartridges, only inkjet cartridges. Keep it coming in! Many thanks to all who contribute to the church recycling. This income stream helps the ministry of the church.
USHERS NEEDED: Please see or email Wally LeBlanc if you would like to volunteer to usher for services.
WEBSITE — lakewooducc.org: Everything you always wanted to know about the church. Go ahead and ask. The information is probably at the church website. You can subscribe and have updates and comments automatically sent to your email address. See the homepage for details. You can also keep connected with on Facebook and on Twitter.
childrenYOUNG PEOPLE AT LAKEWOOD: Children and young people are a vital part of the LUCC family. Middle School age children and younger are invited to participate in Church School with Grace Lewis. Preschool children are welcome in the Nursery under the able care of Claudia Rodriguez. All children return to the sanctuary during the offering so they can participate at the end of the worship service. Children and young people are an integral part of this church family and the intergenerational relationships that form in this small congregation are truly a blessing!


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Epiphany Sunday to Start the New Year

Epiphany is the celebration of the coming of the light of Christ into the world and into our lives. Begin the new year rejoicing in the glory surging through creation and pulsing through your being! Whatever path you have been on, find your way back to giving, goodness, and love in 2018. Be part of this special celebration of light as the New Year begins Sunday Jan 7th at 10:30am.

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New Year’s Eve Sunday Around Labyrinth

Out with the old, in with the new! New Year’s eve is a time to look back and let go. It’s a time to look ahead with openness and wonder. The 10:30am service on December 31 will include an invitation to walk the labyrinth as a pathway of prayer into the New Year.

Take the promise, hope, and joy of Christmas with you into the New Year in this very special service.

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Weekly Update 21 December

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

SUN, DEC 24 THIS SUNDAY: This fourth Sunday in Advent will continue with the theme for the season: “Be Born in Us Today.” It’s a time to remember all we are being given! You are being given time. Choose to spend some of it in church. The service will be contemplative in style offering inspiration as well as time and space for reflection. Pause. Be. Renew. Reconnect with yourself, with God, and with others who are also seeking to stay centered in love. Church school and nursery care is provided for children. The service will include the lining of the manger as a symbolic preparation for the birth of Jesus.

10:15 Singing of favorite songs of the season
10:30 Contemplative worship.

SUN, DEC 24  CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE: “Be Born in Us Today” A service of lessons and carols, candlelight and communion helps express the joy and wonder of the birth of Jesus. Jesus shows us the potential and promise of every human life as an expression of Divine Love and grace. Celebrate how God is being “born in us today.” Child care provided.
6:30 Music of the Season featuring the Lakewood church choir
7:00 Service of candlelight and communion
SUN, DEC 24  CHRISTMAS OFFERING: In honor of Jesus, a homeless refugee and immigrant, the Christmas offering will be donated to Gulfcoast Legal Services, an organization that helps provide legal services to those who are new to the United States. Remember to bring your collection cans to the Christmas Eve service! If you’re not coming to the evening service you can bring your can in the morning and it will be put on the altar for you at the evening service.
 SUN, DEC 24 LUMEN CHRISTI TO RETURN: Lumen Christi means light of Christ. This Advent season, a candle with a brief prayer liturgy circulated in the LUCC church family.  The Lumen Christi began its journey at church on Sunday, December 3rd and will return to church for the Christmas Eve service.
DAILY DEVOTIONS: “Be Born in Us Today” is the theme for the daily devotions that will be posted on the church website and emailed to church family & friends each day. These daily reminders of the “reason for the season” provide touchstones on the journey of preparation to receive the incarnation of Divine Love.Each day brings a new barrage of information & news – much of it disturbing and distressing. Stay grounded in the Love that is at the heart of creation and fully expressed in the life of Jesus. This is the love seeking to be born in us.

Another daily devotion option is an Advent Book of Daily Devotions by the Still Speaking Writers of the United Church of Christ.  It is available in a Kindle version from https://www.uccresources.com/products/watch-2017-advent-devotional-the-stillspeaking-writers-group?variant=48339482831
REMEMBERING LOVED ONES AT CHRISTMAS:  Those who ordered ornaments may take them after the service on Christmas Eve.
 A SPECIAL THANK YOU FROM WALLY: Thanks to everyone who donated for Covenant House Florida through the Christmas table and other donations. Wally is overwhelmed with the support received. A total of $250 was received in various donations. He will be forwarding the donations to Covenant House Florida. Your support and continued prayers are still needed. Again, thank you everyone!
NEW TAX LAW: If you’re going to give to a charity (like LUCC) next year, consider donating now instead. Because of changes to tax rules, most families won’t itemize deductions and thus won’t get much tax benefit from charitable giving once the new system kicks in. So it is probably better to give now, when you can write it off as part of an itemized tax return. For more tax tips see Hacking the Tax Plan an article published in The New York Times.
CHRISTMAS CAROLING: Many thanks to all who came out to carol this year! The singers were able to make four different stops and visit Lakewood members & friends who aren’t able to get to church on a regular basis. A special thanks to Colleen Coughenour & Mark Gibson for hosting a wonderful dinner afterwards!
SUN, DEC 31 NEW YEAR’S EVE SUNDAY: Out with the old, in with the new! New Year’s eve is a time to look back and let go. It’s a time to look ahead with openness and wonder. The service on December 31 will include an invitation to walk the labyrinth as a pathway of prayer into the New Year. Take the promise, hope, and joy of Christmas with you into the New Year in this very special service.
SUN, DEC 31 NO SUNDAY CELEBRATIONS 12/31: There will be no potluck lunch this month. December birthdays will be remembered along with the January ones on 1/28.
SUN, JAN 7 EPIPHANY SUNDAY: Epiphany is the celebration of the coming of the light of Christ into the world and into our lives. Begin the new year rejoicing in the glory surging through creation and pulsing through your being! Whatever path you have been on, find your way back to giving, goodness, and love in 2018. Be part of this special celebration of light as the New Year begins Sunday Jan 7th.
CONGRATULATIONS: LUCC’s very own Zach Blair-Andrews won first place in The Power of Song Inc.’s annual music contest and will perform as the opener for Sounds of the Civil Rights Movement: The Power of Song on January 7th and 8th, 2018 at the Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg. Judges were moved by Zach’s rendition of “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around.”

CONTINUING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

AA: In the Fellowship Hall Thursdays at 7:45 p.m.
ANNOUNCEMENTS WELCOME: To have an announcement put in the bulletin or weekly update, please turn it into the church office by Wednesday at noon. Email, or voicemail, as well as written material is welcome. The church is glad to share activities and news from members and friends.
ART FOR HOPE: Wally LeBlanc has cards and paintings featuring his artwork for sale. The proceeds will be donated to the roof fund and other community ministries. Thank you, Wally!
THE BIBLE ON REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS: As Christians, we are called to love our neighbors. The Bible is unambiguous in calling us to welcome aliens and strangers in our land, and to love them as we love ourselves. In these times, let us listen to the voice of the still-speaking God. Visit ucc.org for a list of biblical references to immigrants and refugees.
CONTACTING YOUR REPRESENTATIVES IN WASHINGTON: If you are interested in calling, emailing or writing your representatives in congress, here is some contact information:

Senator Bill Nelson
716 Senate Hart Office Building, Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202-224-5274
Tampa office: 801 N. Florida Ave., 4th Floor, Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: 813-225-7040
www.billnelson.senate.gov (Click “Contact” to write a message)

Senator Marco Rubio
284 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington DC, 20510
Phone: 202-224-3041
Tampa office: 5201 West Kennedy Blvd, Ste. 530, Tampa, FL 33609
Phone: 813-287-5035
www.rubio.senate.gov (Click “Contact” to write a message)

Dist. 14: Rep. Kathy Castor
2052 Rayburn House Office Bldg., Washington DC 20515
Tampa Office 4144 N. Armenia Avenue Tampa FL 33607
Website: www.castor.house.gov (Click “Contact” to write a message)
(202) 225-3376 Washington
(727) 392-4100 St. Petersburg
(813) 871-2817 Tampa

District 13: Rep. Charlie Crist
427 Cannon House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515
696 1st Avenue North, Suite #203 St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Website: www.crist.house.gov (Click “Contact” to write a message)
(202) 225-5961 Washington
1-(888) 205-5569 District office

If you are living outside Florida or local districts, you may phone your Member of Congress by calling the U.S. Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121. Visit americantrails.org for additional contact information.

givingELECTRONIC GIVING: The church offers several options for electronic giving. There are information sheets and sign up forms available in the sanctuary and the church office. For additional information, please contact Bill Parsons or Adrien Helm.
NEW MEMBERS: 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.
FREE BOOKS: Did you know that there are not only books to borrow in the church library but books being given away for free. Take a peek at the great selection. Many new titles have been added including a selection of books for children.
FREE ECO-THEOLOGY COURSE: Yale is offering three free courses centering on eco-theologian Thomas Berry and the application of his work and writing to understanding the gift of God’s creation and our relationship to it. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals or small groups in churches to participate in the course. Learn more about this exciting opportunity at coursera.org.
GUN VIOLENCE INFORMATION PAMPHLET: Copies of a Gun Violence information pamphlet are available. This resource was created by Grace Lewis of the LUCC congregation to educate the public about gun violence. They are located at the back of the sanctuary, or you can download one here. Please take them and share them.
Screenshot 2016-08-08 18.34.07NEW EZ PODCASTS!!! No downloading! Just click and play! Try it! Just click on the little orange circle with the white arrow in it. Only one click and it plays! Every week, a new podcast is posted on the church website. All our streamable podcasts are at https://soundcloud.com/luccpodcasts – please tell your friends who might enjoy listening! Keep checking back, more and more will be added each week.
recycle1RECYCLE: Recycle your print cartridges, cell phones, and all paper. At this time we CANNOT recycle toner cartridges, only inkjet cartridges. Keep it coming in! Many thanks to all who contribute to the church recycling. This income stream helps the ministry of the church.
USHERS NEEDED: Please see or email Wally LeBlanc if you would like to volunteer to usher for services.
WEBSITE — lakewooducc.org: Everything you always wanted to know about the church. Go ahead and ask. The information is probably at the church website. You can subscribe and have updates and comments automatically sent to your email address. See the homepage for details. You can also keep connected with on Facebook and on Twitter.
childrenYOUNG PEOPLE AT LAKEWOOD: Children and young people are a vital part of the LUCC family. Middle School age children and younger are invited to participate in Church School with Grace Lewis. Preschool children are welcome in the Nursery under the able care of Claudia Rodriguez. All children return to the sanctuary during the offering so they can participate at the end of the worship service. Children and young people are an integral part of this church family and the intergenerational relationships that form in this small congregation are truly a blessing!


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Banned-words Magnificat read in church December 17th

According to The Washington Post, policy analysts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta were told not to use seven words while writing documents connected to next year’s budget. The forbidden words are “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and “science-based.”

In response, Reverend Susan Russell composed a version of the Magnificat that was adapted by Rev. Victoria Long and read in church last Sunday:

God has cast down the mighty from their thrones of entitlement
and lifted up the vulnerable.
God has filled the hungry with good things —
like an evidence/science-based strategy to end global warming —
and the rich will be sent away empty.
God has come to help for God remembers God’s promise of diversity,
the promise made to our transgender siblings,
To Sarah and her fetus and Mary’s too.

This adapted version, along with other prayers and meditations can be found in an article The CDC Christmas Sermon: Banned Words Will Preach! by Susan Thistlethwaite, a Professor of Theology and President Emerita of Chicago Theological Seminary, in the Huffington Post.

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Weekly Update 14 December

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

SUN, DEC 17 THIS SUNDAY: This third Sunday in Advent will continue with the theme for the season: “Be Born in Us Today.” It’s a time to remember all we are being given! You are being given time. Choose to spend some of it in church. Church school and nursery care is provided for children.
DEC 13-17 PASTOR AWAY: Pastor Kim Wells will be away from Dec. 13-17 attending her son Sterling’s graduation in Pasadena, CA. If pastoral care is needed please contact the church.
SUN, DEC 17 CHRISTMAS CAROLING: Be part of sharing the love and peace of Christmas with the homebound friends of the LUCC church family. Join church friends to sing Christmas carols and share warm greetings with those who are homebound. All are welcome! Meet at the church on Sunday Dec 17th at 2pm and be part of this beautiful sharing of the spirit of Christmas.
TUE, DEC 19 GUIDED LABYRINTH WALKS: The labyrinth provides a tool for walking meditation and prayer. Another straw labyrinth is being created on the church grounds. During Advent, guided labyrinth walks will be offered to help deepen your preparation to incarnate Divine Love in the world today. All are welcome! Tuesday Dec 19 at 6pm at the church.
SUN, DEC 24 CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE: “Be Born in Us Today” A service of lessons and carols, candlelight and communion helps express the joy and wonder of the birth of Jesus. Jesus shows us the potential and promise of every human life as an expression of Divine Love and grace. Celebrate how God is being “born in us today.” Child care provided.
6:30 Music of the Season featuring the Lakewood church choir
7:00 Service of candlelight and communion
SUNDAYS IN ADVENT: “I’m so busy!” “I don’t have time.” “I’m so behind on all I have to do!” It must be the holiday season! Resist! Come to church each Sunday in December for, well, some peace and quiet. The services will be contemplative in style offering inspiration as well as time and space for reflection. Pause. Be. Renew. Reconnect with yourself, with God, and with others who are also seeking to stay centered in love.

10:15 Singing of favorite songs of the season
10:30 Contemplative worship.

SONGS OF THE SEASON: The spirit of this special season is beautifully expressed in carols and songs. Come early on Sundays in Advent to enjoy singing favorite songs of the season led by Hilton Jones. Sunday Dec 10, 17 & 24. at 10:15 am in the sanctuary.
DAILY DEVOTIONS: “Be Born in Us Today” is the theme for the daily devotions that will be posted on the church website and emailed to church family & friends each day. These daily reminders of the “reason for the season” provide touchstones on the journey of preparation to receive the incarnation of Divine Love.Each day brings a new barrage of information & news – much of it disturbing and distressing. Stay grounded in the Love that is at the heart of creation and fully expressed in the life of Jesus. This is the love seeking to be born in us.

Another daily devotion option is an Advent Book of Daily Devotions by the Still Speaking Writers of the United Church of Christ.  It is available in a Kindle version from https://www.uccresources.com/products/watch-2017-advent-devotional-the-stillspeaking-writers-group?variant=48339482831
REMEMBERING LOVED ONES AT CHRISTMAS: This year to honor loved ones and friends, you are invited to order a special handmade ornament that will grace the Christmas tree at church through Christmas Eve. Those who order ornaments may take them after the service on Christmas Eve. Order forms are available at church and on the church website. You are invited to include a donation with your order. If you would like to help make the ornaments, come by the Fellowship Hall on Wednesday at 3:30.
IN HONOR OF JESUS A HOMELESS REFUGEE & IMMIGRANT: Life is very difficult for immigrants and refugees in the US today. Locally, Gulfcoast Legal Services helps to provide legal help to those who are new to the United States. LUCC has been looking for ways to support immigrants and refugees in our area. As a special opportunity for giving, in celebration of gratitude and abundance the Christmas offering at Lakewood will be donated to Gulfcoast Legal Services. Jena Blair, part of the LUCC church family, works as a lawyer at Gulfcoast. Giving cans are available at church for your Christmas offering. Collect throughout the month and bring your offering can to church on Christmas Eve.
We are told stories of Jesus’ family migrating to Bethlehem and immigrating to Egypt where they lived as refugees fleeing the threat of death. So many people are in similar circumstances today. We help them in honor of Jesus.
LUMEN CHRISTI: Advent is the season of preparing to receive the gift of the light of Christ. It is a season in which to get ready for the blaze of Divine Love in the world and in our lives.

Lumen Christi means light of Christ. This Advent season, a candle with a brief prayer liturgy will circulate in the LUCC church family. A sign-up sheet will be available on Sunday. Select a date that you would like to host the Lumen Christi. Make arrangements to receive it from whoever had it the day before you. The day you have it, pause, perhaps at dinner time. Display the candle, light it and offer the prayers included. Then see that it gets to the next person on the list. This is a beautiful way to engage in welcoming the light of Christ. The Lumen Christi will begin its journey at church on Sunday, December 3rd and will return to church for the Christmas Eve service. Make sure to sign up and take a turn celebrating the coming of the light of Christ.

CHRISTMAS CARDS: Wally has holiday and Christmas cards featuring his artwork, as well as other holiday cards and holiday items. Items and cards available on a love offering basis. The proceeds will be donated to Covenant House Florida. Thank you, Wally!

CONTINUING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

AA: In the Fellowship Hall Thursdays at 7:45 p.m.
ANNOUNCEMENTS WELCOME: To have an announcement put in the bulletin or weekly update, please turn it into the church office by Wednesday at noon. Email, or voicemail, as well as written material is welcome. The church is glad to share activities and news from members and friends.
ART FOR HOPE: Wally LeBlanc has cards and paintings featuring his artwork for sale. The proceeds will be donated to the roof fund and other community ministries. Thank you, Wally!
THE BIBLE ON REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS: As Christians, we are called to love our neighbors. The Bible is unambiguous in calling us to welcome aliens and strangers in our land, and to love them as we love ourselves. In these times, let us listen to the voice of the still-speaking God. Visit ucc.org for a list of biblical references to immigrants and refugees.
CONTACTING YOUR REPRESENTATIVES IN WASHINGTON: If you are interested in calling, emailing or writing your representatives in congress, here is some contact information:

Senator Bill Nelson
716 Senate Hart Office Building, Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202-224-5274
Tampa office: 801 N. Florida Ave., 4th Floor, Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: 813-225-7040
www.billnelson.senate.gov (Click “Contact” to write a message)

Senator Marco Rubio
284 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington DC, 20510
Phone: 202-224-3041
Tampa office: 5201 West Kennedy Blvd, Ste. 530, Tampa, FL 33609
Phone: 813-287-5035
www.rubio.senate.gov (Click “Contact” to write a message)

Dist. 14: Rep. Kathy Castor
2052 Rayburn House Office Bldg., Washington DC 20515
Tampa Office 4144 N. Armenia Avenue Tampa FL 33607
Website: www.castor.house.gov (Click “Contact” to write a message)
(202) 225-3376 Washington
(727) 392-4100 St. Petersburg
(813) 871-2817 Tampa

District 13: Rep. Charlie Crist
427 Cannon House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515
696 1st Avenue North, Suite #203 St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Website: www.crist.house.gov (Click “Contact” to write a message)
(202) 225-5961 Washington
1-(888) 205-5569 District office

If you are living outside Florida or local districts, you may phone your Member of Congress by calling the U.S. Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121. Visit americantrails.org for additional contact information.

givingELECTRONIC GIVING: The church offers several options for electronic giving. There are information sheets and sign up forms available in the sanctuary and the church office. For additional information, please contact Bill Parsons or Adrien Helm.
NEW MEMBERS: 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.
FREE BOOKS: Did you know that there are not only books to borrow in the church library but books being given away for free. Take a peek at the great selection. Many new titles have been added including a selection of books for children.
FREE ECO-THEOLOGY COURSE: Yale is offering three free courses centering on eco-theologian Thomas Berry and the application of his work and writing to understanding the gift of God’s creation and our relationship to it. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals or small groups in churches to participate in the course. Learn more about this exciting opportunity at coursera.org.
GUN VIOLENCE INFORMATION PAMPHLET: Copies of a Gun Violence information pamphlet are available. This resource was created by Grace Lewis of the LUCC congregation to educate the public about gun violence. They are located at the back of the sanctuary, or you can download one here. Please take them and share them.
IMG_3544
LUNCH BUNCH: This informal and open group gathers at a local restaurant for lunch and lively conversation after the service. Please check with one of the regulars – Don Ritchie – about the details each week.
Screenshot 2016-08-08 18.34.07NEW EZ PODCASTS!!! No downloading! Just click and play! Try it! Just click on the little orange circle with the white arrow in it. Only one click and it plays! Every week, a new podcast is posted on the church website. All our streamable podcasts are at https://soundcloud.com/luccpodcasts – please tell your friends who might enjoy listening! Keep checking back, more and more will be added each week.
recycle1RECYCLE: Recycle your print cartridges, cell phones, and all paper. At this time we CANNOT recycle toner cartridges, only inkjet cartridges. Keep it coming in! Many thanks to all who contribute to the church recycling. This income stream helps the ministry of the church.
USHERS NEEDED: Please see or email Wally LeBlanc if you would like to volunteer to usher for services.
WEBSITE — lakewooducc.org: Everything you always wanted to know about the church. Go ahead and ask. The information is probably at the church website. You can subscribe and have updates and comments automatically sent to your email address. See the homepage for details. You can also keep connected with on Facebook and on Twitter.
childrenYOUNG PEOPLE AT LAKEWOOD: Children and young people are a vital part of the LUCC family. Middle School age children and younger are invited to participate in Church School with Grace Lewis. Preschool children are welcome in the Nursery under the able care of Claudia Rodriguez. All children return to the sanctuary during the offering so they can participate at the end of the worship service. Children and young people are an integral part of this church family and the intergenerational relationships that form in this small congregation are truly a blessing!


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Parents’ Afternoon Out

A free afternoon of peace-themed indoor and outdoor activities for kids on Saturday, December 9th from noon to 4. Take some time for yourself to prepare for the holidays (or maybe take a break from all the preparations). Staffed by licensed day care workers and Pinellas County teachers. In order to be inclusive of all faith traditions, there will be no religious instruction. (If you are interested in this for your children, there is church school during the school year Sunday mornings at 10:30.) Bring your own snacks. For more information call (727) 867-7961 or email.

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Weekly Update 7 December

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

COMMUNITY EVENTS

SUN, DEC 10 THIS SUNDAY: This second Sunday in Advent will continue with the theme for the season: “Be Born in Us Today.” It’s a time to remember all we are being given! You are being given time. Choose to spend some of it in church. Church school and nursery care is provided for children.
SAT, DEC 9 PARENTS AFTERNOON OUT: LUCC will host a free afternoon of peace-themed indoor and outdoor activities for kids on Saturday, December 9th from noon to 4. Free babysitting while you prepare for the holidays (or maybe take a break from all the preparations). Staffed by licensed day care workers and Pinellas County teachers. In order to be inclusive of all faith traditions, there will be no religious instruction. (If you are interested in this for your children, there is church school during the school year Sunday mornings at 10:30.) Bring your own snacks. For more information call (727) 867-7961 or email.
SUN, DEC 10 ADVISORS MEETING: The Advisors will meet after church on Sunday, all are welcome to attend.
MON, DEC 11 OPERATION ATTACK: The next LUCC volunteer date is December 11th at 6:00pm at Lakeview Presbyterian Church. Donations needed are children’s gently used winter clothing, canned fruits & vegetables, and peanut butter.
TUE, DEC 12 & 19 GUIDED LABYRINTH WALKS: The labyrinth provides a tool for walking meditation and prayer. Another straw labyrinth is being created on the church grounds. During Advent, guided labyrinth walks will be offered to help deepen your preparation to incarnate Divine Love in the world today. All are welcome! Tuesdays Dec 12 and 19 at 6pm at the church.
SUNDAYS IN ADVENT: “I’m so busy!” “I don’t have time.” “I’m so behind on all I have to do!” It must be the holiday season! Resist! Come to church each Sunday in December for, well, some peace and quiet. The services will be contemplative in style offering inspiration as well as time and space for reflection. Pause. Be. Renew. Reconnect with yourself, with God, and with others who are also seeking to stay centered in love.

10:15 Singing of favorite songs of the season
10:30 Contemplative worship.

SONGS OF THE SEASON: The spirit of this special season is beautifully expressed in carols and songs. Come early on Sundays in Advent to enjoy singing favorite songs of the season led by Hilton Jones. Sunday Dec 10, 17 & 24. at 10:15 am in the sanctuary.
DAILY DEVOTIONS: “Be Born in Us Today” is the theme for the daily devotions that will be posted on the church website and emailed to church family & friends each day. These daily reminders of the “reason for the season” provide touchstones on the journey of preparation to receive the incarnation of Divine Love.Each day brings a new barrage of information & news – much of it disturbing and distressing. Stay grounded in the Love that is at the heart of creation and fully expressed in the life of Jesus. This is the love seeking to be born in us.

Another daily devotion option is an Advent Book of Daily Devotions by the Still Speaking Writers of the United Church of Christ.  It is available in a Kindle version from https://www.uccresources.com/products/watch-2017-advent-devotional-the-stillspeaking-writers-group?variant=48339482831
REMEMBERING LOVED ONES AT CHRISTMAS: This year to honor loved ones and friends, you are invited to order a special handmade ornament that will grace the Christmas tree at church through Christmas Eve. Those who order ornaments may take them after the service on Christmas Eve. Order forms are available at church and on the church website. You are invited to include a donation with your order. If you would like to help make the ornaments, come by the Fellowship Hall on Wednesday at 3:30.
IN HONOR OF JESUS A HOMELESS REFUGEE & IMMIGRANT: Life is very difficult for immigrants and refugees in the US today. Locally, Gulfcoast Legal Services helps to provide legal help to those who are new to the United States. LUCC has been looking for ways to support immigrants and refugees in our area. As a special opportunity for giving, in celebration of gratitude and abundance the Christmas offering at Lakewood will be donated to Gulfcoast Legal Services. Jena Blair, part of the LUCC church family, works as a lawyer at Gulfcoast. Giving cans are available at church for your Christmas offering. Collect throughout the month and bring your offering can to church on Christmas Eve.
We are told stories of Jesus’ family migrating to Bethlehem and immigrating to Egypt where they lived as refugees fleeing the threat of death. So many people are in similar circumstances today. We help them in honor of Jesus.
LUMEN CHRISTI: Advent is the season of preparing to receive the gift of the light of Christ. It is a season in which to get ready for the blaze of Divine Love in the world and in our lives.

Lumen Christi means light of Christ. This Advent season, a candle with a brief prayer liturgy will circulate in the LUCC church family. A sign-up sheet will be available on Sunday. Select a date that you would like to host the Lumen Christi. Make arrangements to receive it from whoever had it the day before you. The day you have it, pause, perhaps at dinner time. Display the candle, light it and offer the prayers included. Then see that it gets to the next person on the list. This is a beautiful way to engage in welcoming the light of Christ. The Lumen Christi will begin its journey at church on Sunday, December 3rd and will return to church for the Christmas Eve service. Make sure to sign up and take a turn celebrating the coming of the light of Christ.

CHRISTMAS CARDS: Wally has holiday and Christmas cards featuring his artwork, as well as other holiday cards and holiday items. Items and cards available on a love offering basis. The proceeds will be donated to Covenant House Florida. Thank you, Wally!
DEC 13-17 PASTOR AWAY: Pastor Kim Wells will be away from Dec. 13-17 attending her son Sterling’s graduation in Pasadena, CA. If pastoral care is needed please contact the church.
SUN, DEC 17 CHRISTMAS CAROLING: Be part of sharing the love and peace of Christmas with the homebound friends of the LUCC church family. Join church friends to sing Christmas carols and share warm greetings with those who are homebound. All are welcome! Meet at the church on Sunday Dec 17th at 2pm and be part of this beautiful sharing of the spirit of Christmas.
SUN, DEC 24 CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE: “Be Born in Us Today” A service of lessons and carols, candlelight and communion helps express the joy and wonder of the birth of Jesus. Jesus shows us the potential and promise of every human life as an expression of Divine Love and grace. Celebrate how God is being “born in us today.” Child care provided.
6:30 Music of the Season featuring the Lakewood church choir
7:00 Service of candlelight and communion

COMMUNITY EVENTS

CHRISTMAS CONCERTS: There are quite a few concerts this season!

FRI, DEC 1 – 7pm at the Lealman Community Church, (4090 58th Ave N). The SPC student choral group will perform Schubert’s Mass in G Major and other Christmas music.

SAT, DEC 2 – 5pm at the SPC Music Center on the 66th St. campus.
The Adult Community Chorus will perform Vivaldi’s Gloria and other holiday music.
WED, DEC 6 – 7:30pm Wireman Chapel on campus. The Eckerd College Choir will perform holiday music.
SUN, DEC 10 – 4pm at 1st Presbyterian Church (701 Beach Dr NE). The Chancel Choir of FPC will perform the Many Moods of Christmas St. Petersburg Free Clinic Benefit Concert.

SUN, DEC 10 – 4pm at Lakewood United Methodist Church (5995 Dr. MLK Jr. St. S). The Alumni Singers of St. Petersburg present Sounds of the Season Christmas concert.

CONTINUING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

AA: In the Fellowship Hall Thursdays at 7:45 p.m.
ANNOUNCEMENTS WELCOME: To have an announcement put in the bulletin or weekly update, please turn it into the church office by Wednesday at noon. Email, or voicemail, as well as written material is welcome. The church is glad to share activities and news from members and friends.
ART FOR HOPE: Wally LeBlanc has cards and paintings featuring his artwork for sale. The proceeds will be donated to the roof fund and other community ministries. Thank you, Wally!
THE BIBLE ON REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS: As Christians, we are called to love our neighbors. The Bible is unambiguous in calling us to welcome aliens and strangers in our land, and to love them as we love ourselves. In these times, let us listen to the voice of the still-speaking God. Visit ucc.org for a list of biblical references to immigrants and refugees.
CONTACTING YOUR REPRESENTATIVES IN WASHINGTON: If you are interested in calling, emailing or writing your representatives in congress, here is some contact information:

Senator Bill Nelson
716 Senate Hart Office Building, Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202-224-5274
Tampa office: 801 N. Florida Ave., 4th Floor, Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: 813-225-7040
www.billnelson.senate.gov (Click “Contact” to write a message)

Senator Marco Rubio
284 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington DC, 20510
Phone: 202-224-3041
Tampa office: 5201 West Kennedy Blvd, Ste. 530, Tampa, FL 33609
Phone: 813-287-5035
www.rubio.senate.gov (Click “Contact” to write a message)

Dist. 14: Rep. Kathy Castor
2052 Rayburn House Office Bldg., Washington DC 20515
Tampa Office 4144 N. Armenia Avenue Tampa FL 33607
Website: www.castor.house.gov (Click “Contact” to write a message)
(202) 225-3376 Washington
(727) 392-4100 St. Petersburg
(813) 871-2817 Tampa

District 13: Rep. Charlie Crist
427 Cannon House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515
696 1st Avenue North, Suite #203 St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Website: www.crist.house.gov (Click “Contact” to write a message)
(202) 225-5961 Washington
1-(888) 205-5569 District office

If you are living outside Florida or local districts, you may phone your Member of Congress by calling the U.S. Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121. Visit americantrails.org for additional contact information.

givingELECTRONIC GIVING: The church offers several options for electronic giving. There are information sheets and sign up forms available in the sanctuary and the church office. For additional information, please contact Bill Parsons or Adrien Helm.
NEW MEMBERS: 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.
FREE BOOKS: Did you know that there are not only books to borrow in the church library but books being given away for free. Take a peek at the great selection. Many new titles have been added including a selection of books for children.
FREE ECO-THEOLOGY COURSE: Yale is offering three free courses centering on eco-theologian Thomas Berry and the application of his work and writing to understanding the gift of God’s creation and our relationship to it. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals or small groups in churches to participate in the course. Learn more about this exciting opportunity at coursera.org.
GUN VIOLENCE INFORMATION PAMPHLET: Copies of a Gun Violence information pamphlet are available. This resource was created by Grace Lewis of the LUCC congregation to educate the public about gun violence. They are located at the back of the sanctuary, or you can download one here. Please take them and share them.
IMG_3544
LUNCH BUNCH: This informal and open group gathers at a local restaurant for lunch and lively conversation after the service. Please check with one of the regulars – Don Ritchie – about the details each week.
Screenshot 2016-08-08 18.34.07NEW EZ PODCASTS!!! No downloading! Just click and play! Try it! Just click on the little orange circle with the white arrow in it. Only one click and it plays! Every week, a new podcast is posted on the church website. All our streamable podcasts are at https://soundcloud.com/luccpodcasts – please tell your friends who might enjoy listening! Keep checking back, more and more will be added each week.
recycle1RECYCLE: Recycle your print cartridges, cell phones, and all paper. At this time we CANNOT recycle toner cartridges, only inkjet cartridges. Keep it coming in! Many thanks to all who contribute to the church recycling. This income stream helps the ministry of the church.
USHERS NEEDED: Please see or email Wally LeBlanc if you would like to volunteer to usher for services.
WEBSITE — lakewooducc.org: Everything you always wanted to know about the church. Go ahead and ask. The information is probably at the church website. You can subscribe and have updates and comments automatically sent to your email address. See the homepage for details. You can also keep connected with on Facebook and on Twitter.
childrenYOUNG PEOPLE AT LAKEWOOD: Children and young people are a vital part of the LUCC family. Middle School age children and younger are invited to participate in Church School with Grace Lewis. Preschool children are welcome in the Nursery under the able care of Claudia Rodriguez. All children return to the sanctuary during the offering so they can participate at the end of the worship service. Children and young people are an integral part of this church family and the intergenerational relationships that form in this small congregation are truly a blessing!


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Gertie Pirazzini, Ann Quinn, Earl Waters

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New Interpreter’s Bible Dedication

The New Interpreter’s Bible is a set of Biblical reference volumes that provide critically sound scholarship about all the books of the Bible including every chapter and verse.  Many scholars from around the world have contributed to this important tool for learning and study.  For each section of Biblical text there are explanatory notes about the setting of the text, the details, and the intended function.  There is also a section with suggested themes for preaching and teaching.
Ever since this reference work was published in 2003, Rev. Wells has gone to the main library in St. Petersburg almost every week to read about the lectionary passage in preparation for preaching each Sunday.  The volumes were well used.  Often one or more was off the shelf in the reference room.  Other clergy in the LUCC congregation also used this reference resource in the library.
 Over the years, the 12 volume set has been moved to different locations in the reference room of the main library.  So, Kim was not surprised to look for it on the shelf and find it wasn’t there.  She figured it had been moved since she used it a couple of weeks before.  She asked at the desk.  After some conversation and the involvement of the head of the reference room, Rev. Wells was stunned to learn that the whole 12 volume set had been thrown out.  Put into the recycle bin.  And was gone.  Period.  She was shocked and speechless which doesn’t happen often!
 Kim contacted Lucille Ruga from the LUCC congregation to discuss the situation.  Lucille is a long time volunteer in the public library system.  Lucille, too, was surprised at this news.
 In response, Lucille spearheaded an initiative to buy a set of the New Interpreter’s Bible for Lakewood UCC.  With donations from several LUCC members, the books were purchased and on Sunday Sept. 24, the books were dedicated during morning worship with a rousing affirmation that LUCC is a church of HEAD and HEART.
 The books are available in the church library for use by the congregation.  Several people in the church have already been using them and Rev. Wells uses them each week.
 Many thanks to Lucille and the others who made this gift possible.
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Covenant with Rev. Victoria Long

On Sunday October 8, 2017, the Rev. Victoria Long, an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ, and a member of Lakewood UCC was affirmed in a four-way covenant.
This covenanting process is the UCC way of honoring the ministry of those who serve in a setting other than the local church.  The partners in the four-way covenant are the individual ordained minister, the local church home of the individual, the wider United Church of Christ, and the organization or institution in which the individual is serving.
In Victoria’s case, the partners were Victoria, Lakewood UCC, the Florida Conference of the UCC, and Suncoast Hospice/Empath Health.  Following several years in parish ministry, Victoria has found herself called to ministry as a Hospice Chaplain (also known as a spiritual care coordinator).  Now that the four-way covenant is in place, Victoria maintains her standing as an authorized minister of the UCC and Lakewood UCC officially recognizes her ministry beyond the congregation taking the church to the world.
Participants in the special liturgy during morning worship on October 8 were Victoria Long, Rev. Leslie Ethredge of the Florida Conference, Charlie Lewis an Advisor at LUCC, and Jim Andrews, Director of Spiritual Care for Suncoast Hospice and and LUCC member.
 

THE FOUR-WAY COVENANT LITURGY

Regional Minister/Conference Rep – LESLIE
We affirm with the wider United Church of Christ that God calls the whole church and every member to participate in and extend the ministry of Jesus Christ.  Further, we recognize that God calls individuals to all kinds of special service to the church and to God’s world on behalf of the church, through the power of the Holy Spirit.  Victoria Long has been called to the special ministry of hospice chaplaincy and the Florida Conference of the United Church of Christ now covenants with Victoria in this ministry.

Covenant Partner Representative – JIM ANDREWS
Suncoast Hospice/Empath Health has declared that, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, it has called Victoria Long to minister as a Chaplain and that it now receives her as appointed by God and covenants with her in this ministry.

Local Church Rep – CHARLIE LEWIS
Lakewood United Church of Christ, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, has prayerfully considered Victoria Long’s call to specialized ministry as a chaplain and now covenants with Victoria in this ministry.

Regional Minister/Conference Rep – LESLIE
Victoria, given that you are called to ordained ministry by the grace of God and that Suncoast Hospice has been led to call you as a spiritual care coordinator, are you willing to covenant with the Florida Conference of the United Church of Christ, Lakewood United Church of Christ, and Suncoast Hospice/Empath Health in this specialized ministry?

Individual – VICTORIA
I am willing, and I promise to serve faithfully, fulfilling the pastoral office according to the faith and order of the United Church of Christ.

Regional Minister/Conference Rep – LESLIE
Representatives of Suncoast Hospice and representatives and members of Lakewood Church and the Florida Conference of the United Church of Christ, will you rise in body or spirit, and affirm our mutual covenant with Victoria?  We will read together from the statement printed in the bulletin:

Members and Representatives of the Four-Way-Covenant – CONGREGATION
We receive Victoria and offer our prayerful blessing and loving support to her as we enter into this covenant.  May we find together the excitement of new discoveries and new creations, building together a faithful and faith-filled community where love, joy, and peace abound!

Regional Minister/Conference Rep – LESLIE
In the name of Jesus Christ, and on behalf of the Florida Conference of the United Church of Christ, I declare that Victoria Long is duly installed as Chaplain and as part of a four-way-covenant. Let the people say, “Thanks be to God!”

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Weekly Update 30 November

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

COMMUNITY EVENTS

SUN, DEC 3 THIS SUNDAY: This Communion Sunday will mark the beginning of the Advent contemplative services. The communion offering goes to the Special Needs Fund which is used to help people in our community with basic necessities such as food, rent, utilities, and prescription medication costs. Please be generous as you are able.
SUNDAYS IN ADVENT: “I’m so busy!” “I don’t have time.” “I’m so behind on all I have to do!” It must be the holiday season! Resist! Come to church each Sunday in December for, well, some peace and quiet. The services will be contemplative in style offering inspiration as well as time and space for reflection. Pause. Be. Renew. Reconnect with yourself, with God, and with others who are also seeking to stay centered in love.

The theme for the season is “Be Born in Us Today.” The candles of the Advent wreath will be lit each week to mark the weeks until the celebration of the birth of Christ. It’s a time to remember all we are being given! You are being given time. Choose to spend some of it in church. Church school and nursery care is provided for children.

10:15 Singing of favorite songs of the season
10:30 Contemplative worship.

SUN, DEC 3 HANGING THE GREENS: Help transform the sanctuary for the holy season celebrating the birth of Jesus. Decorating the church will take place Sunday Dec 3rd following morning worship. Plan to be part of this time of fellowship and fun!
DAILY DEVOTIONS: “Be Born in Us Today” is the theme for the daily devotions that will be posted on the church website and emailed to church family & friends each day. These daily reminders of the “reason for the season” provide touchstones on the journey of preparation to receive the incarnation of Divine Love.Each day brings a new barrage of information & news – much of it disturbing and distressing. Stay grounded in the Love that is at the heart of creation and fully expressed in the life of Jesus. This is the love seeking to be born in us.

Another daily devotion option is an Advent Book of Daily Devotions by the Still Speaking Writers of the United Church of Christ.  It is available in a Kindle version from https://www.uccresources.com/products/watch-2017-advent-devotional-the-stillspeaking-writers-group?variant=48339482831
SONGS OF THE SEASON: The spirit of this special season is beautifully expressed in carols and songs. Come early on Sundays in Advent to enjoy singing favorite songs of the season led by Hilton Jones. Sunday Dec 3, 10, 17 & 24. at 10:15 am in the sanctuary.
REMEMBERING LOVED ONES AT CHRISTMAS: This year to honor loved ones and friends, you are invited to order a special handmade ornament that will grace the Christmas tree at church through Christmas Eve. Those who order ornaments may take them after the service on Christmas Eve. Order forms are available at church and on the church website. You are invited to include a donation with your order. If you would like to help make the ornaments, please contact Yoko Nogami.
IN HONOR OF JESUS A HOMELESS REFUGEE & IMMIGRANT: Life is very difficult for immigrants and refugees in the US today. Locally, Gulfcoast Legal Services helps to provide legal help to those who are new to the United States. LUCC has been looking for ways to support immigrants and refugees in our area. As a special opportunity for giving, in celebration of gratitude and abundance the Christmas offering at Lakewood will be donated to Gulfcoast Legal Services. Jena Blair, part of the LUCC church family, works as a lawyer at Gulfcoast. Giving cans are available at church for your Christmas offering. Collect throughout the month and bring your offering can to church on Christmas Eve.
We are told stories of Jesus’ family migrating to Bethlehem and immigrating to Egypt where they lived as refugees fleeing the threat of death. So many people are in similar circumstances today. We help them in honor of Jesus.
LUMEN CHRISTI: Advent is the season of preparing to receive the gift of the light of Christ. It is a season in which to get ready for the blaze of Divine Love in the world and in our lives.

Lumen Christi means light of Christ. This Advent season, a candle with a brief prayer liturgy will circulate in the LUCC church family. A sign-up sheet will be available on Sunday. Select a date that you would like to host the Lumen Christi. Make arrangements to receive it from whoever had it the day before you. The day you have it, pause, perhaps at dinner time. Display the candle, light it and offer the prayers included. Then see that it gets to the next person on the list. This is a beautiful way to engage in welcoming the light of Christ. The Lumen Christi will begin its journey at church on Sunday, December 3rd and will return to church for the Christmas Eve service. Make sure to sign up and take a turn celebrating the coming of the light of Christ.

CHRISTMAS CARDS: Wally has holiday and Christmas cards featuring his artwork, as well as other holiday cards and holiday items. Items and cards available on a love offering basis. The proceeds will be donated to Covenant House Florida. Thank you, Wally!
TUE, DEC 5, 12 & 19 GUIDED LABYRINTH WALKS: The labyrinth provides a tool for walking meditation and prayer. Another straw labyrinth is being created on the church grounds. During Advent, guided labyrinth walks will be offered to help deepen your preparation to incarnate Divine Love in the world today. All are welcome! Tuesdays Dec 5, 12 and 19 at 6pm at the church.
SAT, DEC 9 PARENTS AFTERNOON OUT: LUCC will host a free afternoon of peace-themed indoor and outdoor activities for kids on Saturday, December 9th from noon to 4. Free babysitting while you prepare for the holidays (or maybe take a break from all the preparations). Staffed by licensed day care workers and Pinellas County teachers. In order to be inclusive of all faith traditions, there will be no religious instruction. (If you are interested in this for your children, there is church school during the school year Sunday mornings at 10:30.) Bring your own snacks. For more information call (727) 867-7961 or email.
MON, DEC 11 OPERATION ATTACK: The next LUCC volunteer date is December 11th at 6:00pm at Lakeview Presbyterian Church. Donations needed are children’s gently used winter clothing, canned fruits & vegetables, and peanut butter.
SUN, DEC 17 CHRISTMAS CAROLING: Be part of sharing the love and peace of Christmas with the homebound friends of the LUCC church family. Join church friends to sing Christmas carols and share warm greetings with those who are homebound. All are welcome! Meet at the church on Sunday Dec 17th at 2pm and be part of this beautiful sharing of the spirit of Christmas.
SUN, DEC 24 CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE: “Be Born in Us Today” A service of lessons and carols, candlelight and communion helps express the joy and wonder of the birth of Jesus. Jesus shows us the potential and promise of every human life as an expression of Divine Love and grace. Celebrate how God is being “born in us today.” Child care provided.
6:30 Music of the Season featuring the Lakewood church choir
7:00 Service of candlelight and communion
MON, DEC 4 BLACK MINDS MATTER: A focus on black boys and men in education which explores their real experiences and parallels them with the Black Live Matter campaign. Monday, Dec 4th at 7pm at St. Petersburg College Midtown (1048 22nd St. S.)
WED, DEC 6 DEMOCRACY 101: The Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions at St. Petersburg College and the League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area is presenting free public workshops where attendees will learn the basics of local government structure, policy-making, and civic engagement. Free to attend. Seating limited; registration required. For more information visit Facebook.
CHRISTMAS CONCERTS: There are quite a few concerts this season!

FRI, DEC 1 – 7pm at the Lealman Community Church, (4090 58th Ave N). The SPC student choral group will perform Schubert’s Mass in G Major and other Christmas music.

SAT, DEC 2 – 5pm at the SPC Music Center on the 66th St. campus.
The Adult Community Chorus will perform Vivaldi’s Gloria and other holiday music.
WED, DEC 6 – 7:30pm Wireman Chapel on campus. The Eckerd College Choir will perform holiday music.
SUN, DEC 10 – 4pm at 1st Presbyterian Church (701 Beach Dr NE). The Chancel Choir of FPC will perform the Many Moods of Christmas St. Petersburg Free Clinic Benefit Concert.

SUN, DEC 10 – 4pm at Lakewood United Methodist Church (5995 Dr. MLK Jr. St. S). The Alumni Singers of St. Petersburg present Sounds of the Season Christmas concert.

CONTINUING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

AA: In the Fellowship Hall Thursdays at 7:45 p.m.
ANNOUNCEMENTS WELCOME: To have an announcement put in the bulletin or weekly update, please turn it into the church office by Wednesday at noon. Email, or voicemail, as well as written material is welcome. The church is glad to share activities and news from members and friends.
ART FOR HOPE: Wally LeBlanc has cards and paintings featuring his artwork for sale. The proceeds will be donated to the roof fund and other community ministries. Thank you, Wally!
THE BIBLE ON REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS: As Christians, we are called to love our neighbors. The Bible is unambiguous in calling us to welcome aliens and strangers in our land, and to love them as we love ourselves. In these times, let us listen to the voice of the still-speaking God. Visit ucc.org for a list of biblical references to immigrants and refugees.
CONTACTING YOUR REPRESENTATIVES IN WASHINGTON: If you are interested in calling, emailing or writing your representatives in congress, here is some contact information:

Senator Bill Nelson
716 Senate Hart Office Building, Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202-224-5274
Tampa office: 801 N. Florida Ave., 4th Floor, Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: 813-225-7040
www.billnelson.senate.gov (Click “Contact” to write a message)

Senator Marco Rubio
284 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington DC, 20510
Phone: 202-224-3041
Tampa office: 5201 West Kennedy Blvd, Ste. 530, Tampa, FL 33609
Phone: 813-287-5035
www.rubio.senate.gov (Click “Contact” to write a message)

Dist. 14: Rep. Kathy Castor
2052 Rayburn House Office Bldg., Washington DC 20515
Tampa Office 4144 N. Armenia Avenue Tampa FL 33607
Website: www.castor.house.gov (Click “Contact” to write a message)
(202) 225-3376 Washington
(727) 392-4100 St. Petersburg
(813) 871-2817 Tampa

District 13: Rep. Charlie Crist
427 Cannon House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515
696 1st Avenue North, Suite #203 St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Website: www.crist.house.gov (Click “Contact” to write a message)
(202) 225-5961 Washington
1-(888) 205-5569 District office

If you are living outside Florida or local districts, you may phone your Member of Congress by calling the U.S. Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121. Visit americantrails.org for additional contact information.

givingELECTRONIC GIVING: The church offers several options for electronic giving. There are information sheets and sign up forms available in the sanctuary and the church office. For additional information, please contact Bill Parsons or Adrien Helm.
NEW MEMBERS: 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.
FREE BOOKS: Did you know that there are not only books to borrow in the church library but books being given away for free. Take a peek at the great selection. Many new titles have been added including a selection of books for children.
FREE ECO-THEOLOGY COURSE: Yale is offering three free courses centering on eco-theologian Thomas Berry and the application of his work and writing to understanding the gift of God’s creation and our relationship to it. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals or small groups in churches to participate in the course. Learn more about this exciting opportunity at coursera.org.
GUN VIOLENCE INFORMATION PAMPHLET: Copies of a Gun Violence information pamphlet are available. This resource was created by Grace Lewis of the LUCC congregation to educate the public about gun violence. They are located at the back of the sanctuary, or you can download one here. Please take them and share them.
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LUNCH BUNCH: This informal and open group gathers at a local restaurant for lunch and lively conversation after the service. Please check with one of the regulars – Don Ritchie – about the details each week.
Screenshot 2016-08-08 18.34.07NEW EZ PODCASTS!!! No downloading! Just click and play! Try it! Just click on the little orange circle with the white arrow in it. Only one click and it plays! Every week, a new podcast is posted on the church website. All our streamable podcasts are at https://soundcloud.com/luccpodcasts – please tell your friends who might enjoy listening! Keep checking back, more and more will be added each week.
recycle1RECYCLE: Recycle your print cartridges, cell phones, and all paper. At this time we CANNOT recycle toner cartridges, only inkjet cartridges. Keep it coming in! Many thanks to all who contribute to the church recycling. This income stream helps the ministry of the church.
USHERS NEEDED: Please see or email Wally LeBlanc if you would like to volunteer to usher for services.
WEBSITE — lakewooducc.org: Everything you always wanted to know about the church. Go ahead and ask. The information is probably at the church website. You can subscribe and have updates and comments automatically sent to your email address. See the homepage for details. You can also keep connected with on Facebook and on Twitter.
childrenYOUNG PEOPLE AT LAKEWOOD: Children and young people are a vital part of the LUCC family. Middle School age children and younger are invited to participate in Church School with Grace Lewis. Preschool children are welcome in the Nursery under the able care of Claudia Rodriguez. All children return to the sanctuary during the offering so they can participate at the end of the worship service. Children and young people are an integral part of this church family and the intergenerational relationships that form in this small congregation are truly a blessing!


CIRCLE OF CONCERN

Betty Harris, Ruth Halderman, Ron Huff, Carolyn Moore,
Gertie Pirazzini, Ann Quinn, Earl Waters

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Weekly Update 23 November

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

SUN, NOV 19 THIS SUNDAY: In the aftermath of Thanksgiving and Black Friday, with the hectic holiday seasons ahead, this is a time to pause and be reminded of the heart of our identity as human beings created in the divine image.  See Matthew 25:31-46.  


This is the last Sunday before the season of Advent.  Next Sunday the observance of Advent begins with the singing of Christmas songs before church at 10:15 a.m.  This year, the Sundays of Advent will be marked by Contemplative Services.  There will be readings and time for reflection as well as sharing.  The theme for Advent at LUCC this year is “Be Born in Us Today.”  It is a time to contemplate how God is seeking to birth Christ into the world through us.  Mary was willing to serve God’s purposes.  This is a time to explore how to say “yes” as Mary did.  Advent is a time to prepare, to make room.  For God.  For joy.  For love.  For peace.  Through prayer and contemplation and song, space is created for Divine Love to enter the world through us.  There will also be daily devotions posted to the church website to guide the way for those seeking to bear Love to the world.

SUN, NOV 26 SUNDAY CELEBRATIONS: The monthly potluck will be hosted by the Advisors this month on Sunday Nov. 26 hosted by the 50th Anniversary Committee. Several people (some you may not have seen for quite some time) will speak about how growing up in LUCC provided a foundation for their future. Plan to bring some Thanksgiving leftovers to share!
MON, DEC 11 OPERATION ATTACK: The next LUCC volunteer date is December 11th at 6:00pm at Lakeview Presbyterian Church. Donations needed are children’s gently used winter clothing, canned fruits & vegetables, and peanut butter.

GUN-FREE CHURCH:
At Lakewood UCC, we’d rather love our enemies than shoot them. This is one way we strive to birth Christ into the world.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

FRI, NOV 24 BUY NOTHING DAY: Since the early 1990s, Buy Nothing Day has inspired worldwide personal and collective action against consumerism. This year why not get your family together and do something wildly different. Ignore Black Friday. Try buying almost nothing for Christmas and you might experience the most joyous holiday season you’ve ever had.
CHRISTMAS CONCERTS: There are quite a few concerts this season!

FRI, DEC 1 – 7pm at the Lealman Community Church, (4090 58th Ave N). The SPC student choral group will perform Schubert’s Mass in G Major and other Christmas music.

SAT, DEC 2 – 5pm at the SPC Music Center on the 66th St. campus.
The Adult Community Chorus will perform Vivaldi’s Gloria and other holiday music.
WED, DEC 6 – 7:30pm Wireman Chapel on campus. The Eckerd College Choir will perform holiday music.
SUN, DEC 10 – 4pm at 1st Presbyterian Church (701 Beach Dr NE). The Chancel Choir of FPC will perform the Many Moods of Christmas St. Petersburg Free Clinic Benefit Concert.

SUN, DEC 10 – 4pm at Lakewood United Methodist Church (5995 Dr. MLK Jr. St. S). The Alumni Singers of St. Petersburg present Sounds of the Season Christmas concert.

ONLINE RESOURCE: The Southern Poverty Law Center has published a new online resource, Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide. All over the country people are fighting hate, standing up to promote tolerance and inclusion. More often than not, when hate flares up, good people rise up against it — often in greater numbers and with stronger voices. This guide sets out 10 principles for fighting hate in your community.

CONTINUING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

AA: In the Fellowship Hall Thursdays at 7:45 p.m.
ANNOUNCEMENTS WELCOME: To have an announcement put in the bulletin or weekly update, please turn it into the church office by Wednesday at noon. Email, or voicemail, as well as written material is welcome. The church is glad to share activities and news from members and friends.
ART FOR HOPE: Wally LeBlanc has cards and paintings featuring his artwork for sale. The proceeds will be donated to the roof fund and other community ministries. Thank you, Wally!
THE BIBLE ON REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS: As Christians, we are called to love our neighbors. The Bible is unambiguous in calling us to welcome aliens and strangers in our land, and to love them as we love ourselves. In these times, let us listen to the voice of the still-speaking God. Visit ucc.org for a list of biblical references to immigrants and refugees.
CONTACTING YOUR REPRESENTATIVES IN WASHINGTON: If you are interested in calling, emailing or writing your representatives in congress, here is some contact information:

Senator Bill Nelson
716 Senate Hart Office Building, Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202-224-5274
Tampa office: 801 N. Florida Ave., 4th Floor, Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: 813-225-7040
www.billnelson.senate.gov (Click “Contact” to write a message)

Senator Marco Rubio
284 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington DC, 20510
Phone: 202-224-3041
Tampa office: 5201 West Kennedy Blvd, Ste. 530, Tampa, FL 33609
Phone: 813-287-5035
www.rubio.senate.gov (Click “Contact” to write a message)

Dist. 14: Rep. Kathy Castor
2052 Rayburn House Office Bldg., Washington DC 20515
Tampa Office 4144 N. Armenia Avenue Tampa FL 33607
Website: www.castor.house.gov (Click “Contact” to write a message)
(202) 225-3376 Washington
(727) 392-4100 St. Petersburg
(813) 871-2817 Tampa

District 13: Rep. Charlie Crist
427 Cannon House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515
696 1st Avenue North, Suite #203 St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Website: www.crist.house.gov (Click “Contact” to write a message)
(202) 225-5961 Washington
1-(888) 205-5569 District office

If you are living outside Florida or local districts, you may phone your Member of Congress by calling the U.S. Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121. Visit americantrails.org for additional contact information.

givingELECTRONIC GIVING: The church offers several options for electronic giving. There are information sheets and sign up forms available in the sanctuary and the church office. For additional information, please contact Bill Parsons or Adrien Helm.
NEW MEMBERS: 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.
FREE BOOKS: Did you know that there are not only books to borrow in the church library but books being given away for free. Take a peek at the great selection. Many new titles have been added including a selection of books for children.
FREE ECO-THEOLOGY COURSE: Yale is offering three free courses centering on eco-theologian Thomas Berry and the application of his work and writing to understanding the gift of God’s creation and our relationship to it. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals or small groups in churches to participate in the course. Learn more about this exciting opportunity at coursera.org.
GUN VIOLENCE INFORMATION PAMPHLET: Copies of a Gun Violence information pamphlet are available. This resource was created by Grace Lewis of the LUCC congregation to educate the public about gun violence. They are located at the back of the sanctuary, or you can download one here. Please take them and share them.
IMG_3544
LUNCH BUNCH: This informal and open group gathers at a local restaurant for lunch and lively conversation after the service. Please check with one of the regulars – Don Ritchie – about the details each week.
Screenshot 2016-08-08 18.34.07NEW EZ PODCASTS!!! No downloading! Just click and play! Try it! Just click on the little orange circle with the white arrow in it. Only one click and it plays! Every week, a new podcast is posted on the church website. All our streamable podcasts are at https://soundcloud.com/luccpodcasts – please tell your friends who might enjoy listening! Keep checking back, more and more will be added each week.
recycle1RECYCLE: Recycle your print cartridges, cell phones, and all paper. At this time we CANNOT recycle toner cartridges, only inkjet cartridges. Keep it coming in! Many thanks to all who contribute to the church recycling. This income stream helps the ministry of the church.
USHERS NEEDED: Please see or email Wally LeBlanc if you would like to volunteer to usher for services.
WEBSITE — lakewooducc.org: Everything you always wanted to know about the church. Go ahead and ask. The information is probably at the church website. You can subscribe and have updates and comments automatically sent to your email address. See the homepage for details. You can also keep connected with on Facebook and on Twitter.
childrenYOUNG PEOPLE AT LAKEWOOD: Children and young people are a vital part of the LUCC family. Middle School age children and younger are invited to participate in Church School with Grace Lewis. Preschool children are welcome in the Nursery under the able care of Claudia Rodriguez. All children return to the sanctuary during the offering so they can participate at the end of the worship service. Children and young people are an integral part of this church family and the intergenerational relationships that form in this small congregation are truly a blessing!


CIRCLE OF CONCERN

Betty Harris, Ruth Halderman, Ron Huff, Carolyn Moore,
Gertie Pirazzini, Ann Quinn, Earl Waters

 

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Weekly Update 16 November

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

SUN, NOV 19 THIS SUNDAY: With the Thanksgiving holiday ahead, the service is a celebration of gratitude. All are invited to bring something that represents what you are thankful for to be placed on the altar. Children are welcome to bring what they are thankful for and participate in the Ritual of Thanksgiving toward the beginning of the service. Church School and Nursery care will be offered after the Thanksgiving ritual. See Deuteronomy 26:1-11. Come, O Thankful People, Come!
FRI, NOV 17 CIRCUS MCGURKIS POTLUCK: The Quakers have invited the LUCC volunteers to join them for a potluck dinner in celebration of Circus McGurkis on Friday 6pm at the Quaker Friends Meeting House (130 19th Ave SE).
SUN, NOV 26 SUNDAY CELEBRATIONS: The monthly potluck will be hosted by the Advisors this month on Sunday Nov. 26 hosted by the 50th Anniversary Committee. Several people (some you may not have seen for quite some time) will speak about how growing up in LUCC provided a foundation for their future. Plan to bring some Thanksgiving leftovers to share!
MON, DEC 11 OPERATION ATTACK: The next LUCC volunteer date is December 11th at 6:00pm at Lakeview Presbyterian Church. Donations needed are children’s gently used winter clothing, canned fruits & vegetables, and peanut butter.
LEADERSHIP SELECTION: There are 3-5 LUCC members who serve each year as Advisors at Lakewood. They are charged with seeing that the life and ministry of Lakewood is an embodiment of the mission statement of the church. In November, the congregation is asked to begin suggesting names of people they feel would serve well as Advisors for the coming calendar year. Please e-mail the church with your list or fill out a leadership selection form on Sunday. You may offer as many names as you wish and may suggest yourself.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

THU, NOV 16 MEMORIAL SERVICE: Suncoast Hospice invites you to Celebrating Life, Love & Hope: A Community Memorial Service. A special evening of life, love and hope to support each other and remember those we have cared for over the past 40 years in our community. Special guest speaker Rev. Dr. Carla Cheatham and musical guest Concordia Vocal Ensemble with conductor Dr. Matthew Caine. The service is inclusive of all faith traditions. Thursday, November 16 at 6pm. First Baptist Church of St. Petersburg (1900 Gandy Blvd N). RSVP at (727) 523-3444 or at suncoasthospice.org
FRI, NOV 17 SHABBAT SERVICE AND LECTURE: The Leif Nissen Social Justice Lecture Series of Temple Beth-El, in partnership with Allendale United Methodist Church, presents a Social Justice Shabbat. Investigative journalist, scholar and author Chip Berlet will be giving a lecture titled “White Nationalism, Anti-Semitism, and Neo-Fascism” on Friday 17 November at Allendale United Methodist Church (3803 Haines Rd N). The service begins at 7pm, the lecture at 7:45pm.
FRI, NOV 17 CONCERT: Emma’s Revolution will be doing a concert celebrating the release of their new album, “Revolution Now,” at the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater on Friday, November 17th at 7:30pm. Full details are available on their facebook event page.
MON, NOV 20 RACISM CONFERENCE: Eckerd College is hosting Confronting Our Racism, a conference on Monday, November 20, 2017 from 8:45am to 4:30pm in Fox Hall and Wireman Chapel. 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.

Guests will be Rev. Paul Roberts, President, Johnson C. Smith, and Prof. Erin Cooley, 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. Please register by Friday (11/17) at noon.

WED, NOV 22 INTERFAITH THANKSGIVING SERVICE: The Interfaith Tampa Bay Thanksgiving Celebration will be Wednesday, November 22, 2017 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at Empath Health (3050 1st Avenue South).
FRI, NOV 24 BUY NOTHING DAY: Since the early 1990s, Buy Nothing Day has inspired worldwide personal and collective action against consumerism. This year why not get your family together and do something wildly different. Ignore Black Friday. Try buying almost nothing for Christmas and you might experience the most joyous holiday season you’ve ever had.
CHRISTMAS CONCERTS: There are quite a few concerts this season!

FRI, DEC 1 – 7pm at the Lealman Community Church, (4090 58th Ave N). The SPC student choral group will perform Schubert’s Mass in G Major and other Christmas music.

SAT, DEC 2 – 5pm at the SPC Music Center on the 66th St. campus.
The Adult Community Chorus will perform Vivaldi’s Gloria and other holiday music.
WED, DEC 6 – 7:30pm Wireman Chapel on campus. The Eckerd College Choir will perform holiday music.
SUN, DEC 10 – 4pm at 1st Presbyterian Church (701 Beach Dr NE). The Chancel Choir of FPC will perform the Many Moods of Christmas St. Petersburg Free Clinic Benefit Concert.

SUN, DEC 10 – 4pm at Lakewood United Methodist Church (5995 Dr. MLK Jr. St. S). The Alumni Singers of St. Petersburg present Sounds of the Season Christmas concert.

ONLINE RESOURCE: The Southern Poverty Law Center has published a new online resource, Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide. All over the country people are fighting hate, standing up to promote tolerance and inclusion. More often than not, when hate flares up, good people rise up against it — often in greater numbers and with stronger voices. This guide sets out 10 principles for fighting hate in your community.

CONTINUING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

AA: In the Fellowship Hall Thursdays at 7:45 p.m.
ANNOUNCEMENTS WELCOME: To have an announcement put in the bulletin or weekly update, please turn it into the church office by Wednesday at noon. Email, or voicemail, as well as written material is welcome. The church is glad to share activities and news from members and friends.
ART FOR HOPE: Wally LeBlanc has cards and paintings featuring his artwork for sale. The proceeds will be donated to the roof fund and other community ministries. Thank you, Wally!
THE BIBLE ON REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS: As Christians, we are called to love our neighbors. The Bible is unambiguous in calling us to welcome aliens and strangers in our land, and to love them as we love ourselves. In these times, let us listen to the voice of the still-speaking God. Visit ucc.org for a list of biblical references to immigrants and refugees.
CONTACTING YOUR REPRESENTATIVES IN WASHINGTON: If you are interested in calling, emailing or writing your representatives in congress, here is some contact information:

Senator Bill Nelson
716 Senate Hart Office Building, Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202-224-5274
Tampa office: 801 N. Florida Ave., 4th Floor, Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: 813-225-7040
www.billnelson.senate.gov (Click “Contact” to write a message)

Senator Marco Rubio
284 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington DC, 20510
Phone: 202-224-3041
Tampa office: 5201 West Kennedy Blvd, Ste. 530, Tampa, FL 33609
Phone: 813-287-5035
www.rubio.senate.gov (Click “Contact” to write a message)

Dist. 14: Rep. Kathy Castor
2052 Rayburn House Office Bldg., Washington DC 20515
Tampa Office 4144 N. Armenia Avenue Tampa FL 33607
Website: www.castor.house.gov (Click “Contact” to write a message)
(202) 225-3376 Washington
(727) 392-4100 St. Petersburg
(813) 871-2817 Tampa

District 13: Rep. Charlie Crist
427 Cannon House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515
696 1st Avenue North, Suite #203 St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Website: www.crist.house.gov (Click “Contact” to write a message)
(202) 225-5961 Washington
1-(888) 205-5569 District office

If you are living outside Florida or local districts, you may phone your Member of Congress by calling the U.S. Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121. Visit americantrails.org for additional contact information.

givingELECTRONIC GIVING: The church offers several options for electronic giving. There are information sheets and sign up forms available in the sanctuary and the church office. For additional information, please contact Bill Parsons or Adrien Helm.
NEW MEMBERS: 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.
FREE BOOKS: Did you know that there are not only books to borrow in the church library but books being given away for free. Take a peek at the great selection. Many new titles have been added including a selection of books for children.
FREE ECO-THEOLOGY COURSE: Yale is offering three free courses centering on eco-theologian Thomas Berry and the application of his work and writing to understanding the gift of God’s creation and our relationship to it. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals or small groups in churches to participate in the course. Learn more about this exciting opportunity at coursera.org.
GUN VIOLENCE INFORMATION PAMPHLET: Copies of a Gun Violence information pamphlet are available. This resource was created by Grace Lewis of the LUCC congregation to educate the public about gun violence. They are located at the back of the sanctuary, or you can download one here. Please take them and share them.
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LUNCH BUNCH: This informal and open group gathers at a local restaurant for lunch and lively conversation after the service. Please check with one of the regulars – Don Ritchie or Ruth Halderman – about the details each week.
Screenshot 2016-08-08 18.34.07NEW EZ PODCASTS!!! No downloading! Just click and play! Try it! Just click on the little orange circle with the white arrow in it. Only one click and it plays! Every week, a new podcast is posted on the church website. All our streamable podcasts are at https://soundcloud.com/luccpodcasts – please tell your friends who might enjoy listening! Keep checking back, more and more will be added each week.
recycle1RECYCLE: Recycle your print cartridges, cell phones, and all paper. At this time we CANNOT recycle toner cartridges, only inkjet cartridges. Keep it coming in! Many thanks to all who contribute to the church recycling. This income stream helps the ministry of the church.
USHERS NEEDED: Please see or email Wally LeBlanc if you would like to volunteer to usher for services.
WEBSITE — lakewooducc.org: Everything you always wanted to know about the church. Go ahead and ask. The information is probably at the church website. You can subscribe and have updates and comments automatically sent to your email address. See the homepage for details. You can also keep connected with on Facebook and on Twitter.
childrenYOUNG PEOPLE AT LAKEWOOD: Children and young people are a vital part of the LUCC family. Middle School age children and younger are invited to participate in Church School with Grace Lewis. Preschool children are welcome in the Nursery under the able care of Claudia Rodriguez. All children return to the sanctuary during the offering so they can participate at the end of the worship service. Children and young people are an integral part of this church family and the intergenerational relationships that form in this small congregation are truly a blessing!


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Betty Harris, Ruth Halderman, Ron Huff, Shirley Locke, Carolyn Moore,
Gertie Pirazzini, Ann Quinn, Earl Waters

 

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Weekly Update 9 November

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

SUN, NOV 12 THIS SUNDAY: As the Israelites become settled in a new land, their leader, Joshua, asks them to decide what god they will be loyal to as they establish their community.  We, too, live in a time of transition in human development.  So this is an issue that is timely for us:  “Choose this day whom you will serve.”  Take a look at Joshua 24:1-25.
SAT, NOV 11 CIRCUS MCGURKIS: Circus McGurkis is this Saturday at LUCC! Volunteers are still needed. Please contact the church office if you can spend a few hours contributing to the effort. What a gift to be hosting a people’s fair for justice and peace!
 SUN, NOV 12  ADVISORS MEETING: The Advisors will be meeting Sunday Nov. 12 following worship. All are welcome.
 WED, NOV 15  WESTMINSTER LUNCH: Westminster Suncoast Luncheon Wednesday Nov. 15 at 11:30 in the private dining room at Westminster Suncoast. All residents of the Shores and Suncoast are welcome.
SUN, NOV 19  THANKSGIVING SUNDAY: There will be a Ritual of Thanksgiving to celebrate Thanksgiving Sunday. Participants who would like to are invited to bring something that represents what they are thankful for. As part of the Ritual, congregants may come forward, mention what they are thankful for, and put the object on the altar.
SUN, NOV 26 SUNDAY CELEBRATIONS: The monthly potluck will be hosted by the Advisors this month on Sunday Nov. 26 hosted by the 50th Anniversary Committee. Plan to bring some Thanksgiving leftovers to share!
MON, DEC 11 OPERATION ATTACK: The next LUCC volunteer date is December 11th at 6:00pm at Lakeview Presbyterian Church. Donations needed are children’s gently used winter clothing, canned fruits & vegetables, and peanut butter.
 BIG EVENT UPDATE: Many thanks to all who have responded to the invitation to support the mission of the church through The BIG Event. For the roof fund, $13,400 has been received and there are additional pledges of $20,000. There have been 23 pledges received for the support of the mission of the church for 2018. Many have offered their time and talent for the work of the church in 2018. You are still welcome to turn in a pledge for the ministry of the church and/or the roof fund. Through these efforts, you are helping to provide a “Foundation for the Future” for LUCC!

COMMUNITY EVENTS

THU, NOV 9 DIALOGUE: Join Community Tampa Bay for an evening that will include interactive learning, dialogue, and networking focused professional strategies for talking about current events in ways that advocate for inclusion. Free and open to the public. November 9, 6:30pm at the Kaizen Collaborative, (5215 W Laurel St #110, Tampa). Light meal served. Registration required.
SAT, NOV 11 SOLAR TOUR: Join the 2nd annual 100% St Pete Solar Tour to see how neighbors and businesses, such as LEED certified Planet Fitness and USF St. Petersburg, are using solar energy and energy efficiency to reduce monthly utility bills and to help tackle climate change – and how you can too. The tour concludes at the St Pete Eco Village for optional garden lunch and informal Q&A with homeowners and business owners from the tour. Nov 11th, 8:30am at St. Pete Eco-Village, (302 15th St N, St. Petersburg). Hosted by St. Pete Eco-Village, Florida Suncoast Sierra Club and League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area. The St Pete Solar Tour includes $15.00 to cover the transportation. Registration required: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3103169
SUN, NOV 12 CONCERT: A free concert celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation will feature Cantata No. 80, “Ein feste Burg (A mighty fortress),” by Johann Sebastian Bach and Symphony No. 5 in D minor, “Reformation,” by Felix Mendelssohn. Performed by the Concordia Vocal Ensemble, members of the Florida Orchestra, Jack Rain, organist, and Dr. Matt Caine, conductor. Sunday, November 12, 2017, 4pm AT First Presbyterian Church in St. Petersburg. The concert is free and tickets are not required. A freewill offering will be received to help offset expenses. Complimentary valet parking will be available.
THU, NOV 16 MEMORIAL SERVICE: Suncoast Hospice invites you to Celebrating Life, Love & Hope: A Community Memorial Service. A special evening of life, love and hope to support each other and remember those we have cared for over the past 40 years in our community. Special guest speaker Rev. Dr. Carla Cheatham and musical guest Concordia Vocal Ensemble with conductor Dr. Matthew Caine. The service is inclusive of all faith traditions. Thursday, November 16 at 6pm. First Baptist Church of St. Petersburg (1900 Gandy Blvd N). RSVP at (727) 523-3444 or at suncoasthospice.org
FRI, NOV 17 CONCERT: Emma’s Revolution will be doing a concert celebrating the release of their new album, “Revolution Now,” at the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater on Friday, November 17th at 7:30pm. Full details are available on their facebook event page.
FRI, NOV 24 BUY NOTHING DAY: Since the early 1990s, Buy Nothing Day has inspired worldwide personal and collective action against consumerism. This year why not get your family together and do something wildly different. Ignore Black Friday. Try buying almost nothing for Christmas and you might experience the most joyous holiday season you’ve ever had.
SUN, DEC 10 CHRISTMAS CONCERT: The Alumni Singers of St. Petersburg present Sounds of the Season Christmas concert at Lakewood United Methodist Church (5995 Dr. MLK Jr. St. S) on December 10th at 4pm.
ONLINE RESOURCE: The Southern Poverty Law Center has published a new online resource, Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide. All over the country people are fighting hate, standing up to promote tolerance and inclusion. More often than not, when hate flares up, good people rise up against it — often in greater numbers and with stronger voices. This guide sets out 10 principles for fighting hate in your community.

CONTINUING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

AA: In the Fellowship Hall Thursdays at 7:45 p.m.
ANNOUNCEMENTS WELCOME: To have an announcement put in the bulletin or weekly update, please turn it into the church office by Wednesday at noon. Email, or voicemail, as well as written material is welcome. The church is glad to share activities and news from members and friends.
ART FOR HOPE: Wally LeBlanc has cards and paintings featuring his artwork for sale. The proceeds will be donated to the roof fund and other community ministries. Thank you, Wally!
THE BIBLE ON REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS: As Christians, we are called to love our neighbors. The Bible is unambiguous in calling us to welcome aliens and strangers in our land, and to love them as we love ourselves. In these times, let us listen to the voice of the still-speaking God. Visit ucc.org for a list of biblical references to immigrants and refugees.
CONTACTING YOUR REPRESENTATIVES IN WASHINGTON: If you are interested in calling, emailing or writing your representatives in congress, here is some contact information:

Senator Bill Nelson
716 Senate Hart Office Building, Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202-224-5274
Tampa office: 801 N. Florida Ave., 4th Floor, Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: 813-225-7040
www.billnelson.senate.gov (Click “Contact” to write a message)

Senator Marco Rubio
284 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington DC, 20510
Phone: 202-224-3041
Tampa office: 5201 West Kennedy Blvd, Ste. 530, Tampa, FL 33609
Phone: 813-287-5035
www.rubio.senate.gov (Click “Contact” to write a message)

Dist. 14: Rep. Kathy Castor
2052 Rayburn House Office Bldg., Washington DC 20515
Tampa Office 4144 N. Armenia Avenue Tampa FL 33607
Website: www.castor.house.gov (Click “Contact” to write a message)
(202) 225-3376 Washington
(727) 392-4100 St. Petersburg
(813) 871-2817 Tampa

District 13: Rep. Charlie Crist
427 Cannon House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515
696 1st Avenue North, Suite #203 St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Website: www.crist.house.gov (Click “Contact” to write a message)
(202) 225-5961 Washington
1-(888) 205-5569 District office

If you are living outside Florida or local districts, you may phone your Member of Congress by calling the U.S. Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121. Visit americantrails.org for additional contact information.

givingELECTRONIC GIVING: The church offers several options for electronic giving. There are information sheets and sign up forms available in the sanctuary and the church office. For additional information, please contact Bill Parsons or Adrien Helm.
NEW MEMBERS: 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.
FREE BOOKS: Did you know that there are not only books to borrow in the church library but books being given away for free. Take a peek at the great selection. Many new titles have been added including a selection of books for children.
FREE ECO-THEOLOGY COURSE: Yale is offering three free courses centering on eco-theologian Thomas Berry and the application of his work and writing to understanding the gift of God’s creation and our relationship to it. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals or small groups in churches to participate in the course. Learn more about this exciting opportunity at coursera.org.
GUN VIOLENCE INFORMATION PAMPHLET: Copies of a Gun Violence information pamphlet are available. This resource was created by Grace Lewis of the LUCC congregation to educate the public about gun violence. They are located at the back of the sanctuary, or you can download one here. Please take them and share them.
IMG_3544
LUNCH BUNCH: This informal and open group gathers at a local restaurant for lunch and lively conversation after the service. Please check with one of the regulars – Don Ritchie or Ruth Halderman – about the details each week.
Screenshot 2016-08-08 18.34.07NEW EZ PODCASTS!!! No downloading! Just click and play! Try it! Just click on the little orange circle with the white arrow in it. Only one click and it plays! Every week, a new podcast is posted on the church website. All our streamable podcasts are at https://soundcloud.com/luccpodcasts – please tell your friends who might enjoy listening! Keep checking back, more and more will be added each week.
roofRAISING THE ROOF! The church has been informed by competent professionals, that the roof will need to be replaced probably within a year or two. The Advisors do not want to jump up one Sunday and beg for a huge amount of money. Therefore, you are being asked for Shekels for Shingles. Have you a few spare coins…$1’s,…. $5’s? If we scrape now, we won’t have to dig as deeply later. Please place donations in the bottle on the back table in the sanctuary.
recycle1RECYCLE: Recycle your print cartridges, cell phones, and all paper. At this time we CANNOT recycle toner cartridges, only inkjet cartridges. Keep it coming in! Many thanks to all who contribute to the church recycling. This income stream helps the ministry of the church.
USHERS NEEDED: Please see or email Wally LeBlanc if you would like to volunteer to usher for services.
WEBSITE — lakewooducc.org: Everything you always wanted to know about the church. Go ahead and ask. The information is probably at the church website. You can subscribe and have updates and comments automatically sent to your email address. See the homepage for details. You can also keep connected with on Facebook and on Twitter.
childrenYOUNG PEOPLE AT LAKEWOOD: Children and young people are a vital part of the LUCC family. Middle School age children and younger are invited to participate in Church School with Grace Lewis. Preschool children are welcome in the Nursery under the able care of Claudia Rodriguez. All children return to the sanctuary during the offering so they can participate at the end of the worship service. Children and young people are an integral part of this church family and the intergenerational relationships that form in this small congregation are truly a blessing!


CIRCLE OF CONCERN

Betty Harris, Ron Huff, Shirley Locke, Carolyn Moore, Gertie Pirazzini, Ann Quinn, Earl Waters

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Weekly Update 2 November

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

SUN, NOV 5 THIS SUNDAY: This is All Saints Sunday, a time to remember those who have been saints in our lives and in the world. During the service the congregation is invited to name those they honor as saints – living or having completed life on earth. Please plan to be part of this special service which includes Holy Communion.
SUN, NOV 5 TIME CHANGE:  Don’t forget to “fall back” and change your clocks this Sunday!!
SUN, NOV 5 COMMUNION SUNDAY: The communion offering goes to the Special Needs Fund which is used to help people in our community with basic necessities such as food, rent, utilities, and prescription medication costs. Please be generous as you are able.
MON, NOV 6 OPERATION ATTACK: The next LUCC volunteer date is November 6th at 6:00pm at Lakeview Presbyterian Church. Donations needed are children’s gently used winter clothing, canned fruits & vegetables, and peanut butter.
SAT, NOV 11 CIRCUS MCGURKIS: LUCC will be hosting Circus McGurkis, a peace and justice festival, on Saturday Nov. 11 from 10am – 4pm. Please plan to save the date and volunteer – the sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board in the narthex.
SUN, NOV 19 THANKSGIVING SUNDAY: There will be a Ritual of Thanksgiving to celebrate Thanksgiving Sunday. Participants who would like to are invited to bring something that represents what they are thankful for. As part of the Ritual, congregants may come forward, mention what they are thankful for, and put the object on the altar.
REAPING THE HARVEST: The results are in from the 27 collected forms. Lakewood UCC members are responsible for 7,792 volunteer hours and $95,015 in charitable giving this past year!
THE BIG EVENT AND RAISING THE ROOF: Many thanks to all who were part of The BIG Event celebration last Sunday. The service was very inspiring. A couple visiting from Fort Myers commented, “Your church is so dynamic!” Yes, it is! Thanks to the wonderful generosity of the congregation, the church is well on the way to a new roof. As of Sunday, 14 pledges had been received for the roof fund totalling gifts of $20,400. Over $10,000 has already been collected. Several additional pledges are still expected.

Special thanks to the LUCC family member who is making the matching gift up to $35,000. That has really inspired the generosity of the congregation!

There will be more information about moving forward with the roof in the weeks to come. The expenditure will need to be approved at a congregational meeting.

At one time, the idea of having the roof replaced looked beyond reach. But we see again that nothing is impossible! As the folks from Fort Myers said, this congregation is “so dynamic!”

COMMUNITY EVENTS

THU, NOV 9 LECTURE: Scholar and Poet Jennifer Michael Hecht will give a lecture “The Wonder Paradox: Doubting Religion, Believing in Ritual and Poetry” on Monday, November 6 at 7:30pm in Fox Hall at Eckerd College. This talk focuses on how we need to make a place in our lives for the unspeakably beautiful, the unbearable and the absurd — for wonder, and for the sublime paradox that we material beings are the source of all that wonder.
THU, NOV 9 DIALOGUE: Join Community Tampa Bay for an evening that will include interactive learning, dialogue, and networking focused professional strategies for talking about current events in ways that advocate for inclusion. Free and open to the public. November 9, 6:30pm at the Kaizen Collaborative, (5215 W Laurel St #110, Tampa). Light meal served. Registration required.
SAT, NOV 11 SOLAR TOUR: Join the 2nd annual 100% St Pete Solar Tour to see how neighbors and businesses, such as LEED certified Planet Fitness and USF St. Petersburg, are using solar energy and energy efficiency to reduce monthly utility bills and to help tackle climate change – and how you can too. The tour concludes at the St Pete Eco Village for optional garden lunch and informal Q&A with homeowners and business owners from the tour. Nov 11th, 8:30am at St. Pete Eco-Village, (302 15th St N, St. Petersburg). Hosted by St. Pete Eco-Village, Florida Suncoast Sierra Club and League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area. The St Pete Solar Tour includes $15.00 to cover the transportation. Registration required: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3103169
SUN, NOV 12 CONCERT: A free concert celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation will feature Cantata No. 80, “Ein feste Burg (A mighty fortress),” by Johann Sebastian Bach and Symphony No. 5 in D minor, “Reformation,” by Felix Mendelssohn. Performed by the Concordia Vocal Ensemble, members of the Florida Orchestra, Jack Rain, organist, and Dr. Matt Caine, conductor. Sunday, November 12, 2017, 4pm AT First Presbyterian Church in St. Petersburg. The concert is free and tickets are not required. A freewill offering will be received to help offset expenses. Complimentary valet parking will be available.
THU, NOV 16 MEMORIAL SERVICE: Suncoast Hospice invites you to Celebrating Life, Love & Hope: A Community Memorial Service. A special evening of life, love and hope to support each other and remember those we have cared for over the past 40 years in our community. Special guest speaker Rev. Dr. Carla Cheatham and musical guest Concordia Vocal Ensemble with conductor Dr. Matthew Caine. The service is inclusive of all faith traditions. Thursday, November 16 at 6pm. First Baptist Church of St. Petersburg (1900 Gandy Blvd N). RSVP at (727) 523-3444 or at suncoasthospice.org
FRI, NOV 17 CONCERT: Emma’s Revolution will be doing a concert celebrating the release of their new album, “Revolution Now,” at the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater on Friday, November 17th at 7:30pm. Full details are available on their facebook event page.
ONLINE RESOURCE: The Southern Poverty Law Center has published a new online resource, Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide. All over the country people are fighting hate, standing up to promote tolerance and inclusion. More often than not, when hate flares up, good people rise up against it — often in greater numbers and with stronger voices. This guide sets out 10 principles for fighting hate in your community.

CONTINUING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

AA: In the Fellowship Hall Thursdays at 7:45 p.m.
ANNOUNCEMENTS WELCOME: To have an announcement put in the bulletin or weekly update, please turn it into the church office by Wednesday at noon. Email, or voicemail, as well as written material is welcome. The church is glad to share activities and news from members and friends.
ART FOR HOPE: Wally LeBlanc has cards and paintings featuring his artwork for sale. The proceeds will be donated to the roof fund and other community ministries. Thank you, Wally!
THE BIBLE ON REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS: As Christians, we are called to love our neighbors. The Bible is unambiguous in calling us to welcome aliens and strangers in our land, and to love them as we love ourselves. In these times, let us listen to the voice of the still-speaking God. Visit ucc.org for a list of biblical references to immigrants and refugees.
CONTACTING YOUR REPRESENTATIVES IN WASHINGTON: If you are interested in calling, emailing or writing your representatives in congress, here is some contact information:

Senator Bill Nelson
716 Senate Hart Office Building, Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202-224-5274
Tampa office: 801 N. Florida Ave., 4th Floor, Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: 813-225-7040
www.billnelson.senate.gov (Click “Contact” to write a message)

Senator Marco Rubio
284 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington DC, 20510
Phone: 202-224-3041
Tampa office: 5201 West Kennedy Blvd, Ste. 530, Tampa, FL 33609
Phone: 813-287-5035
www.rubio.senate.gov (Click “Contact” to write a message)

Dist. 14: Rep. Kathy Castor
2052 Rayburn House Office Bldg., Washington DC 20515
Tampa Office 4144 N. Armenia Avenue Tampa FL 33607
Website: www.castor.house.gov (Click “Contact” to write a message)
(202) 225-3376 Washington
(727) 392-4100 St. Petersburg
(813) 871-2817 Tampa

District 13: Rep. Charlie Crist
427 Cannon House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515
696 1st Avenue North, Suite #203 St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Website: www.crist.house.gov (Click “Contact” to write a message)
(202) 225-5961 Washington
1-(888) 205-5569 District office

If you are living outside Florida or local districts, you may phone your Member of Congress by calling the U.S. Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121. Visit americantrails.org for additional contact information.

givingELECTRONIC GIVING: The church offers several options for electronic giving. There are information sheets and sign up forms available in the sanctuary and the church office. For additional information, please contact Bill Parsons or Adrien Helm.
NEW MEMBERS: 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.
FREE BOOKS: Did you know that there are not only books to borrow in the church library but books being given away for free. Take a peek at the great selection. Many new titles have been added including a selection of books for children.
FREE ECO-THEOLOGY COURSE: Yale is offering three free courses centering on eco-theologian Thomas Berry and the application of his work and writing to understanding the gift of God’s creation and our relationship to it. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals or small groups in churches to participate in the course. Learn more about this exciting opportunity at coursera.org.
GUN VIOLENCE INFORMATION PAMPHLET: Copies of a Gun Violence information pamphlet are available. This resource was created by Grace Lewis of the LUCC congregation to educate the public about gun violence. They are located at the back of the sanctuary, or you can download one here. Please take them and share them.
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LUNCH BUNCH: This informal and open group gathers at a local restaurant for lunch and lively conversation after the service. Please check with one of the regulars – Don Ritchie or Ruth Halderman – about the details each week.
Screenshot 2016-08-08 18.34.07NEW EZ PODCASTS!!! No downloading! Just click and play! Try it! Just click on the little orange circle with the white arrow in it. Only one click and it plays! Every week, a new podcast is posted on the church website. All our streamable podcasts are at https://soundcloud.com/luccpodcasts – please tell your friends who might enjoy listening! Keep checking back, more and more will be added each week.
roofRAISING THE ROOF! The church has been informed by competent professionals, that the roof will need to be replaced probably within a year or two. The Advisors do not want to jump up one Sunday and beg for a huge amount of money. Therefore, you are being asked for Shekels for Shingles. Have you a few spare coins…$1’s,…. $5’s? If we scrape now, we won’t have to dig as deeply later. Please place donations in the bottle on the back table in the sanctuary.
recycle1RECYCLE: Recycle your print cartridges, cell phones, and all paper. At this time we CANNOT recycle toner cartridges, only inkjet cartridges. Keep it coming in! Many thanks to all who contribute to the church recycling. This income stream helps the ministry of the church.
USHERS NEEDED: Please see or email Wally LeBlanc if you would like to volunteer to usher for services.
WEBSITE — lakewooducc.org: Everything you always wanted to know about the church. Go ahead and ask. The information is probably at the church website. You can subscribe and have updates and comments automatically sent to your email address. See the homepage for details. You can also keep connected with on Facebook and on Twitter.
childrenYOUNG PEOPLE AT LAKEWOOD: Children and young people are a vital part of the LUCC family. Middle School age children and younger are invited to participate in Church School with Grace Lewis. Preschool children are welcome in the Nursery under the able care of Claudia Rodriguez. All children return to the sanctuary during the offering so they can participate at the end of the worship service. Children and young people are an integral part of this church family and the intergenerational relationships that form in this small congregation are truly a blessing!


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Betty Harris, Ron Huff, Shirley Locke, Carolyn Moore, Gertie Pirazzini, Ann Quinn, Earl Waters

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