Weekly Update 15 March

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

SUN, MAR 18 THIS SUNDAY: These Lenten Sundays are a time to think about how the church needs to be a Foundation for the Future.
EASTER FLOWERS: The time to order Easter Flowers is now! Fill out a form on Sunday or e-mail the church office with your name, the number of plants you would like to buy ($10 each) and who they are in honor or memory of. Make sure checks have “Easter Flowers” written in the memo line.
MAR 20 & 25 NEW MEMBERS: The church will be receiving new members Sunday March 25. Those interested in church membership are invited to speak with Rev. Wells. There will be two orientation sessions for those who are new to LUCC or who are interested in exploring membership. They will be held Tuesday March 20, one at 2:00 and one at 7:00. The sessions are the same. Choose the one most convenient for you. The orientation will offer a brief look at the history and mission of LUCC. All are welcome!
SUN, MAR 25 ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING: This special offering of the United Church of Christ will be received on Palm Sunday, March 25.  The One Great Hour of Sharing offering is taken by mainline denominations in the United States and it is used to help people around the world, including the US, in times of crisis.  Church sponsored organizations use the money to provide aid in times of famine, earthquakes, hurricanes, and other disasters and crisis situations.  Please pray about what you are able to give so that others may know the compassion of Christ in tangible ways in times of need.  
SUPPLIES NEEDED: Wally LeBlanc is collecting bath towels and deodorant to distribute to various shelters and others in need. Bath towels can be used or new – if used no stains or holes. Please bring towels to the church or contact Wally to make arrangements for getting them to him.
SUN, FEB 18 – MAR 18 SUNDAYS IN LENT: Services begin at 10:30 and focus on new directions in Christian expression that can form a solid “Foundation for the Future” as the church seeks to serve the world in the years ahead.
SUN, MAR 25 PALM SUNDAY: The service begins outside with the blessing of the palms. Please bring a palm branch and some to share if you can. The One Great Hour of Sharing Offering will be collected this Sunday. This offering is taken by mainline denominations in the United States and it is used to help people around the world, including the US, in times of crisis.
THU, MAR 29 MAUNDY THURSDAY: This is a night to remember Jesus’ last supper with his friends and followers. A light soup supper will be served at 6:00pm in the Fellowship Hall followed by a service of communion and Tenebrae in the sanctuary at 7:00. All are welcome at this solemn service of remembrance.
FRI, MAR 30 GOOD FRIDAY: There will be a guided labyrinth walk at noon related to the crucifixion of Jesus. The sanctuary will be open for meditation and prayer from noon until 3:00pm.
SUN, APR 1 EASTER: The celebration of Easter begins with a sunrise service at 7:00am outdoors on the church grounds followed by breakfast in the Fellowship Hall.
The Festival Service begins at 10:30am. This is an intergenerational service celebrating the power of Love that is stronger than death. The season of spring is a reminder that new life bursts forth even in the least expected places.
An Easter Egg hunt will be held following the Festival Service along with refreshments on the church grounds.
SAT, MAR 24 MARCH FOR OUR LIVES: On Saturday March 24, thousands of people will gather in Washington, D.C. for the March for Our Lives a march in support of sane gun laws. Susan Pomeroy from the LUCC family is planning to go and would like to know if there are others from the church family who want to go as well. Please be in touch with Susan. Many thanks to Susan for making this witness. There is a sister march planned for St. Petersburg, visit facebook for more information. “Blessed are the peacemakers.”
SAT, MAR 24 GREENFEST: Wally LeBlanc is 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, MAR 25 REFRESHMENTS: In lieu of Sunday Celebrations, there will be light refreshments following worship on Sunday March 25th. Bring a snack to share if you like.
SUN, APR 15 ANNIVERSARY SUNDAY: Reserve your seat now for this celebration dinner! Forms available at church on Sunday.
LABYRINTH MAKEOVER: The labyrinth on the lawn at Lakewood has had a makeover thanks to the help of Melanie Moore and Bob Bell. Please use the labyrinth anytime you would like for reflection and prayer. It is always “open.”

COMMUNITY EVENTS

CIW ACTION: Five-day fast to fight sexual violence against women farmworkers underway outside Manhattan office of Wendy’s Board Chairman Nelson Peltz. Read more on the coalition website.
ONLINE PETITIONS: Urge your lawmakers to vote in ways that promote peace! Visit Equal Justice USA to support an end to the death penalty and  Move On to support a ban on military-style assault weapons and large capacity magazines.
SUN, MAR 18 FLORIDA AIDS WALK: Wally LeBlanc is participating in the Florida AIDS Walk as a sleepwalker meaning he won’t be walking but is fundraising. If you would like to donate, you can do so online or if you would like to donate with cash or check see Wally on Sunday after church.
WED MAR 21 SOLAR CO-OP INFO SESSION: Attend this info session to raise your awareness on the many benefits of going solar, how to save money on residential PV, and how co-op membership will make going solar easier. Wednesday, March 21, 6:00-7:30pm at the West St Petersburg Library
(6700 8th Ave N). Sponsored by the City of St. Petersburg, Solar United Neighbors of Florida, the League of Women Voters of St. Petersburg Area, and the Suncoast Sierra Clubs. RSVP for the event.
SUN, APR 8 SOCIAL JUSTICE LECTURE: Les Leopold, co-founder of the Labor Institute and author of Runaway Inequality: An Activist’s Guide to Economic Justice will give a lecture on causes and solutions to economic inequality at 4:30pm Sunday, April 8th at Temple Beth El (400 Pasadena Ave S). For more information call the Temple office at (727) 347-613.
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 will have cards available for sale on Sun. March 18th. The mission for March is Daystar, funds from card sales will go to benefit DaystarMinistry item for months of March and April is deodorant, these will be given to Daystar to be used for their work. There will be a box in the back of Sanctuary for items to be placed in.
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 the church office if you would like to volunteer to usher for services.
WEBSITE — lakewooducc.org: Everything you always wanted to know about the church. Go ahead and ask. The information is probably at the church website. You can subscribe and have updates and comments automatically sent to your email address. See the homepage for details. You can also keep connected with on Facebook and on Twitter.
childrenYOUNG PEOPLE AT LAKEWOOD: Children and young people are a vital part of the LUCC family. 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

Katharine Conover & the family and loved ones of Martin Keane, Betty Harris,
Ruth Halderman’s family and friends, Ruth Harrington’s family and friends, Carolyn Moore, Bert and Joyce Lee, Willy Zessoules, Genevieve Jackle,
 Ann Quinn

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Weekly Update 8 March

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

SUN, MAR 11 THIS SUNDAY: These Lenten Sundays are a time to think about how the church needs to be a Foundation for the Future.  This Sunday is a time to reflect on an individualist approach to life and a communitarian approach.  What is needed by the world going forward?  What is in keeping with the Christian tradition?  See Jeremiah 31:31-34 and John 12:20-15.
SUN, MAR 11 DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME BEGINS: Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead an hour (perhaps for the last time? Florida Lawmakers Vote to Stay in Daylight Savings Time All Year Long).
FRI, MAR 9 MEMORIAL SERVICE:  Ruth Harrington of the LUCC congregation and a resident of Westminster Suncoast died Saturday February 17th.  Sincere sympathy is expressed to her family and friends. A service to celebrate her life will be held on Friday, March 9th at 1pm at Westminster Suncoast chapel.
SAT, MAR 10 FUNERAL:  Ruth Halderman of the LUCC congregation died Saturday February 24th.  Sincere sympathy is expressed to her family and friends. Her funeral will be held on Saturday, March 10th at 1pm here in Lakewood’s Sanctuary with a reception to follow in the Fellowship Hall.
SUPPLIES NEEDED: Wally LeBlanc is collecting bath towels and deodorant to distribute to various shelters and others in need. Bath towels can be used or new – if used no stains or holes. Please bring towels to the church or contact Wally to make arrangements for getting them to him.
SUN, FEB 18 – MAR 18 SUNDAYS IN LENT: Services begin at 10:30 and focus on new directions in Christian expression that can form a solid “Foundation for the Future” as the church seeks to serve the world in the years ahead.
WED, FEB 21 – MAR 14 WEDNESDAY PRAYERS: Gatherings from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. for the ancient prayer practice of lectio divina, praying the scriptures. Lectio Divina is not a Bible study. It matters not whether a person knows very little about the Bible or is a biblical scholar. Led by Rev. Emily Bell.
SUN, MAR 25 PALM SUNDAY: The service begins outside with the blessing of the palms. Please bring a palm branch and some to share if you can. The One Great Hour of Sharing Offering will be collected this Sunday. This offering is taken by mainline denominations in the United States and it is used to help people around the world, including the US, in times of crisis.
THU, MAR 29 MAUNDY THURSDAY: This is a night to remember Jesus’ last supper with his friends and followers. A light soup supper will be served at 6:00pm in the Fellowship Hall followed by a service of communion and Tenebrae in the sanctuary at 7:00. All are welcome at this solemn service of remembrance.
FRI, MAR 30 GOOD FRIDAY: There will be a guided labyrinth walk at noon related to the crucifixion of Jesus. The sanctuary will be open for meditation and prayer from noon until 3:00pm.
SUN, APR 1 EASTER: The celebration of Easter begins with a sunrise service at 7:00am outdoors on the church grounds followed by breakfast in the Fellowship Hall.
The Festival Service begins at 10:30am. This is an intergenerational service celebrating the power of Love that is stronger than death. The season of spring is a reminder that new life bursts forth even in the least expected places.
An Easter Egg hunt will be held following the Festival Service along with refreshments on the church grounds.
SAT, MAR 24 MARCH FOR OUR LIVES: On Saturday March 24, thousands of people will gather in Washington, D.C. for the March for Our Lives a march in support of sane gun laws. Susan Pomeroy from the LUCC family is planning to go and would like to know if there are others from the church family who want to go as well. Please be in touch with Susan. Many thanks to Susan for making this witness. “Blessed are the peacemakers.”
SAT, MAR 24 GREENFEST: Wally LeBlanc is 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, MAR 25 REFRESHMENTS: In lieu of Sunday Celebrations, there will be light refreshments following worship on Sunday March 25th. Bring a snack to share if you like.
SUN, APR 15 ANNIVERSARY SUNDAY: Reserve your seat now for this celebration dinner! Forms available at church on Sunday.
LABYRINTH MAKEOVER: The labyrinth on the lawn at Lakewood has had a makeover thanks to the help of Melanie Moore and Bob Bell. Please use the labyrinth anytime you would like for reflection and prayer. It is always “open.”

COMMUNITY EVENTS

ONLINE PETITIONS: Urge your lawmakers to vote in ways that promote peace! Visit Equal Justice USA to support an end to the death penalty and  Move On to support a ban on military-style assault weapons and large capacity magazines.
THU, MAR 8 ADVOCACY TRAINING: Women are Making Democracy Work! Celebrate International Women’s Day by putting more in your advocacy tool chest. This workshop, led by League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg area, and co-sponsored by Fired Up Pinellas, will provide a hands-on look at advocating for political change in 2018 with the CRC and beyond. The goal is to empower everyday activists to find their passion, get involved and go make a difference. Thursday, March 8, 6:15 – 8:45pm at Allendale United Methodist Church (3803 Haines Rd N). Everyone is invited. Refreshments provided. Registration is free, but required.
SUN, MAR 18 FLORIDA AIDS WALK: Wally LeBlanc is participating in the Florida AIDS Walk as a sleepwalker meaning he won’t be walking but is fundraising. If you would like to donate, you can do so online or if you would like to donate with cash or check see Wally on Sunday after church.
WED MAR 21 SOLAR CO-OP INFO SESSION: Attend this info session to raise your awareness on the many benefits of going solar, how to save money on residential PV, and how co-op membership will make going solar easier. Wednesday, March 21, 6:00-7:30pm at the West St Petersburg Library
(6700 8th Ave N). Sponsored by the City of St. Petersburg, Solar United Neighbors of Florida, the League of Women Voters of St. Petersburg Area, and the Suncoast Sierra Clubs. RSVP for the event.
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 will have cards available for sale on Sun. March 18th. The mission for March is Daystar, funds from card sales will go to benefit DaystarMinistry item for months of March and April is deodorant, these will be given to Daystar to be used for their work. There will be a box in the back of Sanctuary for items to be placed in.
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 the church office if you would like to volunteer to usher for services.
WEBSITE — lakewooducc.org: Everything you always wanted to know about the church. Go ahead and ask. The information is probably at the church website. You can subscribe and have updates and comments automatically sent to your email address. See the homepage for details. You can also keep connected with on Facebook and on Twitter.
childrenYOUNG PEOPLE AT LAKEWOOD: Children and young people are a vital part of the LUCC family. 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

Katharine Conover & the family and loved ones of Martin Keane, Betty Harris,
Ruth Halderman’s family and friends, Ruth Harrington’s family and friends, Carolyn Moore, Bert and Joyce Lee, Willy Zessoules, Genevieve Jackle,
 Ann Quinn, Vita Uth

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Weekly Update 1 March

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

SUN, MAR 4 THIS SUNDAY: Grace. It’s one of the hardest things to accept because it is free and beyond our control. Being Christian in a market driven culture can be a challenge. The story of Jesus turning over the table of the money changers in the Temple encourages reflection on faith and accounting. See John 2:13-22.
SUN, MAR 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.
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.
FRI, MAR 9 MEMORIAL SERVICE:  Ruth Harrington of the LUCC congregation and a resident of Westminster Suncoast died Saturday February 17th.  Sincere sympathy is expressed to her family and friends. A service to celebrate her life will be held on Friday, March 9th at 1pm at Westminster Suncoast chapel.
SAT, MAR 10 FUNERAL:  Ruth Halderman of the LUCC congregation died Saturday February 24th.  Sincere sympathy is expressed to her family and friends. Her funeral will be held on Saturday, March 10th at 1pm here in Lakewood’s Sanctuary with a reception to follow in the Fellowship Hall.
BATH TOWELS NEEDED: Wally LeBlanc is need of bath towels to distribute to various shelters and others in need. Bath towels can be used or new – if used no stains or holes. Please bring towels to the church or contact Wally to make arrangements for getting them to him.
SUN, FEB 18 – MAR 18 SUNDAYS IN LENT: Services begin at 10:30 and focus on new directions in Christian expression that can form a solid “Foundation for the Future” as the church seeks to serve the world in the years ahead.
WED, FEB 21 – MAR 21 WEDNESDAY PRAYERS: Gatherings from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. for the ancient prayer practice of lectio divina, praying the scriptures. Lectio Divina is not a Bible study. It matters not whether a person knows very little about the Bible or is a biblical scholar. Led by Rev. Emily Bell.
SUN, MAR 25 PALM SUNDAY: The service begins outside with the blessing of the palms. Please bring a palm branch and some to share if you can.
THU, MAR 29 MAUNDY THURSDAY: This is a night to remember Jesus’ last supper with his friends and followers. A light soup supper will be served at 6:00pm in the Fellowship Hall followed by a service of communion and Tenebrae in the sanctuary at 7:00. All are welcome at this solemn service of remembrance.
FRI, MAR 30 GOOD FRIDAY: There will be a guided labyrinth walk at noon related to the crucifixion of Jesus. The sanctuary will be open for meditation and prayer from noon until 3:00pm.
SUN, APR 1 EASTER: The celebration of Easter begins with a sunrise service at 7:00am outdoors on the church grounds followed by breakfast in the Fellowship Hall.
The Festival Service begins at 10:30am. This is an intergenerational service celebrating the power of Love that is stronger than death. The season of spring is a reminder that new life bursts forth even in the least expected places.
An Easter Egg hunt will be held following the Festival Service along with refreshments on the church grounds.
SAT, MAR 24 GREENFEST: Wally LeBlanc is 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, MAR 25 REFRESHMENTS: In lieu of Sunday Celebrations, there will be light refreshments following worship on Sunday March 25th. Bring a snack to share if you like.
SUN, APR 15 ANNIVERSARY SUNDAY: Save the date for this big celebration coming up!
LABYRINTH MAKEOVER: The labyrinth on the lawn at Lakewood has had a makeover thanks to the help of Melanie Moore and Bob Bell. Please use the labyrinth anytime you would like for reflection and prayer. It is always “open.”

COMMUNITY EVENTS

ONLINE PETITIONS: Urge your lawmakers to vote in ways that promote peace! Visit Equal Justice USA to support an end to the death penalty and  Move On to support a ban on military-style assault weapons and large capacity magazines.
WED, MAR 7 INNOCENCE PROJECT EVENT: Meet James Bain, an innocent man who suffered in Florida’s prisons for 35 years. Wednesday, March 7th, 6:30pm at Allendale United Methodist Church (3803 Haines Rd N). Discuss the causes of wrongful conviction and what needs to change to improve the Criminal Justice System.
THU, MAR 8 ADVOCACY TRAINING: Women are Making Democracy Work! Celebrate International Women’s Day by putting more in your advocacy tool chest. This workshop, led by League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg area, and co-sponsored by Fired Up Pinellas, will provide a hands-on look at advocating for political change in 2018 with the CRC and beyond. The goal is to empower everyday activists to find their passion, get involved and go make a difference. Thursday, March 8, 6:15 – 8:45pm at Allendale United Methodist Church (3803 Haines Rd N). Everyone is invited. Refreshments provided. Registration is free, but required.
SUN, MAR 18 FLORIDA AIDS WALK: Wally LeBlanc is participating in the Florida AIDS Walk as a sleepwalker meaning he won’t be walking but is fundraising. If you would like to donate, you can do so online or if you would like to donate with cash or check see Wally on Sunday after church.
WED MAR 21 SOLAR CO-OP INFO SESSION: Attend this info session to raise your awareness on the many benefits of going solar, how to save money on residential PV, and how co-op membership will make going solar easier. Wednesday, March 21, 6:00-7:30pm at the West St Petersburg Library
(6700 8th Ave N). Sponsored by the City of St. Petersburg, Solar United Neighbors of Florida, the League of Women Voters of St. Petersburg Area, and the Suncoast Sierra Clubs. RSVP for the event.
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 will have cards available for sale on Sun. March 18th. The mission for March is Daystar, funds from card sales will go to benefit DaystarMinistry item for months of March and April is deodorant, these will be given to Daystar to be used for their work. There will be a box in the back of Sanctuary for items to be placed in.
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 the church office if you would like to volunteer to usher for services.
WEBSITE — lakewooducc.org: Everything you always wanted to know about the church. Go ahead and ask. The information is probably at the church website. You can subscribe and have updates and comments automatically sent to your email address. See the homepage for details. You can also keep connected with on Facebook and on Twitter.
childrenYOUNG PEOPLE AT LAKEWOOD: Children and young people are a vital part of the LUCC family. 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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Katharine Conover & the family and loved ones of Martin Keane, Betty Harris,
Ruth Halderman’s family and friends, Ruth Harrington’s family and friends, Carolyn Moore, Bert and Joyce Lee, Willy Zessoules, Genevieve Jackle,
 Ann Quinn, Vita Uth

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Weekly Update 22 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 25 THIS SUNDAY: What does God’s covenant with Noah mean for the church today? How is this a Foundation for the Future going into the 21st century and beyond? See Genesis 9:8-17. Earl Waters will be doing a Moment for Mission on his experience at the gun violence rally in Tallahassee this week.
SUN, FEB 25 REFRESHMENTS: In lieu of Sunday Celebrations, there will be light refreshments following worship on Lenten Sundays. Bring a snack to share if you like.
SAT, FEB 17 IN MEMORIAM:  Ruth Harrington of the LUCC congregation and a resident of Westminster Suncoast died Saturday February 17th.  Sincere sympathy is expressed to her family and friends. Information about a service will be shared when arrangements have been made.
SUN, FEB 25 UNBROKEN CIRCLES MEETING: There will be a meeting following worship on Sunday, 25 February. All are welcome to attend.
BATH TOWELS WANTED: Wally LeBlanc is need of bath towels to distribute to various shelters and others in need. Bath towels can be used or new – if used no stains or holes. Please bring towels to the church or contact Wally to make arrangements for getting them to him.
MASS SHOOTING VICTIMS: Last Sunday, Colleen Coughenour created an installation in the sanctuary to remember those killed by gun violence including the Parkland shooting. The installation will be up through the season of Lent. Many thanks to Colleen for this moving witness! See a picture and full description here.
SUN, FEB 18 – MAR 18 SUNDAYS IN LENT: Services begin at 10:30 and focus on new directions in Christian expression that can form a solid “Foundation for the Future” as the church seeks to serve the world in the years ahead.
WED, FEB 21 – MAR 21 WEDNESDAY PRAYERS: Gatherings from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. for the ancient prayer practice of lectio divina, praying the scriptures. Lectio Divina is not a Bible study. It matters not whether a person knows very little about the Bible or is a biblical scholar. Led by Rev. Emily Bell.
SUN, MAR 25 PALM SUNDAY: The service begins outside with the blessing of the palms. Please bring a palm branch and some to share if you can.
THU, MAR 29 MAUNDY THURSDAY: This is a night to remember Jesus’ last supper with his friends and followers. A light soup supper will be served at 6:00pm in the Fellowship Hall followed by a service of communion and Tenebrae in the sanctuary at 7:00. All are welcome at this solemn service of remembrance.
FRI, MAR 30 GOOD FRIDAY: There will be a guided labyrinth walk at noon related to the crucifixion of Jesus. The sanctuary will be open for meditation and prayer from noon until 3:00pm.
SUN, APR 1 EASTER: The celebration of Easter begins with a sunrise service at 7:00am outdoors on the church grounds followed by breakfast in the Fellowship Hall.
The Festival Service begins at 10:30am. This is an intergenerational service celebrating the power of Love that is stronger than death. The season of spring is a reminder that new life bursts forth even in the least expected places.
An Easter Egg hunt will be held following the Festival Service along with refreshments on the church grounds.
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 LeBlanc is 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, APR 15 ANNIVERSARY SUNDAY: Save the date for this big celebration coming up!
LABYRINTH MAKEOVER: The labyrinth on the lawn at Lakewood has had a makeover thanks to the help of Melanie Moore and Bob Bell. Please use the labyrinth anytime you would like for reflection and prayer. It is always “open.”

COMMUNITY EVENTS

ONLINE PETITIONS: Urge your lawmakers to vote in ways that promote peace! Visit Equal Justice USA to support an end to the death penalty and  Move On to support a ban on military-style assault weapons and large capacity magazines.
FRI, FEB 23 CELEBRATION: Join in a night of celebration and bringing the community together for Black History Month at Enoch Davis Recreation Center (1111 18th Ave S) on Friday, February 23rd from 6 to 8pm.
SAT, FEB 24 BLACK ARTS FESTIVAL: Works by over 40 local and national artists, reflecting art from the African diaspora will be showcased. Experience African Drumming, dancing, the Nomad Art Bus and more family fun. Films showing at the Historic Royal Theater throughout the day ($2 donation for each or a day pass can be purchased). Saturday, February 24 at 11am – 6pm at the Skyway Marina District at Skyway Marina Mall (4301 34th St S). Visit Facebook for more information.
FEB 20 – 23 CONFERENCE: The St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs is a cooperative venture of a group of civic-minded St. Petersburg residents and the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. The conference will begin with the Keynote Address on February 20th at 6:30 PM. Panels will be February 21-23, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. All panels will be held in the USFSP University Student Center. For more information visit stpetersburgconferenceonworldaffairs.com.
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.
TUE, FEB 27 FILM SCREENING: Backpack Full of Cash, thought-provoking documentary on the privatization of public education, will be shown Tuesday, February 27 at 6:30 – 8:30pm at Allendale United Methodist Church (3803 Haines Rd N). Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of St. Petersburg and North Pinellas, Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association, and Allendale United Methodist Church. The event is free, but registration is required.
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.
WED, MAR 7 INNOCENCE PROJECT EVENT: Meet James Bain, an innocent man who suffered in Florida’s prisons for 35 years. Wednesday, March 7th, 6:30pm at Allendale United Methodist Church (3803 Haines Rd N). Discuss the causes of wrongful conviction and what needs to change to improve the Criminal Justice System.
THU, MAR 8 ADVOCACY TRAINING: Women are Making Democracy Work! Celebrate International Women’s Day by putting more in your advocacy tool chest. This workshop, led by League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg area, and co-sponsored by Fired Up Pinellas, will provide a hands-on look at advocating for political change in 2018 with the CRC and beyond. The goal is to empower everyday activists to find their passion, get involved and go make a difference. Thursday, March 8, 6:15 – 8:45pm at Allendale United Methodist Church (3803 Haines Rd N). Everyone is invited. Refreshments provided. Registration is free, but required.
SUN, MAR 18 FLORIDA AIDS WALK: Wally LeBlanc is participating in the Florida AIDS Walk as a sleepwalker meaning he won’t be walking but is fundraising. If you would like to donate, you can do so online or if you would like to donate with cash or check see Wally on Sunday after church.
WED MAR 21 SOLAR CO-OP INFO SESSION: Attend this info session to raise your awareness on the many benefits of going solar, how to save money on residential PV, and how co-op membership will make going solar easier. Wednesday, March 21, 6:00-7:30pm at the West St Petersburg Library
(6700 8th Ave N). Sponsored by the City of St. Petersburg, Solar United Neighbors of Florida, the League of Women Voters of St. Petersburg Area, and the Suncoast Sierra Clubs. RSVP for the event.
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 the church office if you would like to volunteer to usher for services.
WEBSITE — lakewooducc.org: Everything you always wanted to know about the church. Go ahead and ask. The information is probably at the church website. You can subscribe and have updates and comments automatically sent to your email address. See the homepage for details. You can also keep connected with on Facebook and on Twitter.
childrenYOUNG PEOPLE AT LAKEWOOD: Children and young people are a vital part of the LUCC family. 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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Demand Action on Gun Violence!

In the wake of yet another horrific massacre in our state and as students’ outraged voices join the growing cry demanding action, the Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence (LUCC is a member) and the League of Women Voters of Florida are holding a Rally To Support Gun Safety Reform at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 21 on the steps of the Historic Florida Capitol.

A bus to the rally is departing from Allendale United Methodist Church (3803 Haines Rd N) at 6:30am on Wed, Feb 21. Visit facebook for more information or go to eventbrite to reserve a seat.

If you cannot make it to the protest, consider signing this online petition supporting a ban on military-style assault weapons and large capacity magazines used in the mass shootings like those in Parkland, FL and Newtown, CT.

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LUCC Remembers Victims of Mass Shootings

The last 20 years have seen some of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history:

April 20, 1999 – 13 people killed at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado.

April 16, 2007 – 32 people killed at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.

November 5, 2009 – 13 people and an unborn child killed at Fort Hood, Texas.

December 14, 2012 – 27 people killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

December 2, 2015 –  14 people killed at Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California.

June 12, 2016 – 49 people killed at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

October 1, 2017 – 58 people killed at a country music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada.

November 5, 2017 – 25 people and an unborn child killed at a small church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

February 14, 2018 – 17 people killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

It’s easy to get lost in those grim statistics. To remember that each victim was a person, a flower shape representing their life hangs in this commemorative installation in the sanctuary.


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Weekly Update 15 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 18 THIS SUNDAY: .The focus will be on new directions in Christian expression that can form a solid “Foundation for the Future” as the church seeks to serve the world in the years ahead.
SUN, FEB 18 ADVISORS MEETING: The advisors will meet following worship on Sunday. All are welcome to attend.
WED, FEB 21 WESTMINSTER LUNCH: Westminster Suncoast Luncheon Wednesday Feb. 21 at 11:30 in the private dining room at Westminster Suncoast. All residents of the Shores and Suncoast are welcome.
SUN, FEB 25 UNBROKEN CIRCLES MEETING: There will be a meeting following worship on Sunday, 25 February. All are welcome to attend.
BATH TOWELS WANTED: Wally LeBlanc is need of bath towels to distribute to various shelters and others in need. Bath towels can be used or new – if used no stains or holes. Please bring towels to the church or contact Wally to make arrangements for getting them to him.
MANY THANKS: Bill (a retired electrician) and Kim Grant have come to St. Petersburg to visit Martha Lamar for the week. While they are here from Indiana, they expressed the desire to volunteer at the church. Here are some of the projects and repairs that have been done so far:  they worked with Claire Stiles and others (Joyce Lee, Lynn Young, Don Ritchie, Bill Parsons) helping to clean out the garage, installed new LED lights above the piano in the sanctuary, installed a motion detector light near the Fellowship Hall exit, put up new swings on the playground, fixed the faucet in the bathroom off of the library, fixed the communion room door and the northeast door of the sanctuary. Kim and Bill are a delight and the church is so GRATEFUL for their service!  Blessings abound!
ASH WEDNESDAY: Many thanks to the Cospers for hosting the beautiful Ash Wednesday service around a fire, lakeside, in their backyard. Music was provided by Yoko Nogami and her daughter, Tora Alexander (see the video at the website). Jim Andrews had planned to lead music but was sick. Hopefully he is feeling better. Thanks to Janet Blair for preparing communion and to Colleen Coughenour and Mark Gibson for providing s’mores. And many thanks to the 29 people that attended!
SUN, FEB 18 – MAR 18 SUNDAYS IN LENT: Services begin at 10:30 and focus on new directions in Christian expression that can form a solid “Foundation for the Future” as the church seeks to serve the world in the years ahead.
WED, FEB 21 – MAR 21 WEDNESDAY PRAYERS: Gatherings from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. for the ancient prayer practice of lectio divina, praying the scriptures. Lectio Divina is not a Bible study. It matters not whether a person knows very little about the Bible or is a biblical scholar. Led by Rev. Emily Bell.
SUN, MAR 25 PALM SUNDAY: The service begins outside with the blessing of the palms. Please bring a palm branch and some to share if you can.
THU, MAR 29 MAUNDY THURSDAY: This is a night to remember Jesus’ last supper with his friends and followers. A light soup supper will be served at 6:00pm in the Fellowship Hall followed by a service of communion and Tenebrae in the sanctuary at 7:00. All are welcome at this solemn service of remembrance.
FRI, MAR 30 GOOD FRIDAY: There will be a guided labyrinth walk at noon related to the crucifixion of Jesus. The sanctuary will be open for meditation and prayer from noon until 3:00pm.
SUN, APR 1 EASTER: The celebration of Easter begins with a sunrise service at 7:00am outdoors on the church grounds followed by breakfast in the Fellowship Hall.
The Festival Service begins at 10:30am. This is an intergenerational service celebrating the power of Love that is stronger than death. The season of spring is a reminder that new life bursts forth even in the least expected places.
An Easter Egg hunt will be held following the Festival Service along with refreshments on the church grounds.
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 LeBlanc 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.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

GUN VIOLENCE: LUCC was a co-sponsor of the League of Women Voters Event on Tuesday night sharing conversations about how to reduce gun violence in St. Petersburg.  Church brochures and the gun violence brochures created by Grace Lewis we handed out at the event. Many thanks to Earl Waters, Patti Cooksey, Sue Sherwood, Lucille Ruga, and Kim Wells for attending. There will be follow up with the congregation about things that can be done to continue to address this important issue especially in light of the Parkland shooting.
PETITION: Legislation to end the death penalty has just been introduced in the Florida Legislature. Urge your lawmakers to co-sponsor the bills and support ending the use of the death penalty. Visit Equal Justice USA for more information.
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 20 – 23 CONFERENCE: The St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs is a cooperative venture of a group of civic-minded St. Petersburg residents and the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. The conference will begin with the Keynote Address on February 20th at 6:30 PM. Panels will be February 21-23, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. All panels will be held in the USFSP University Student Center. For more information visit stpetersburgconferenceonworldaffairs.com.
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.
SUN, MAR 18 FLORIDA AIDS WALK: Wally LeBlanc is participating in the Florida AIDS Walk as a sleepwalker meaning he won’t be walking but is fundraising. If you would like to donate, you can do so online or if you would like to donate with cash or check see Wally on Sunday after church.

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!


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Pastoral Letter in Response to the Parkland Shooting

Ash Wednesday Evening 2018

Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.
Wash away all my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin. (Psalm 51)

We are desperately in need of mercy. We are painfully in need of knowledge of God’s unfailing love. We are a nation in need of forgiveness and the cleansing of our sin.

Today, on a day of repentance, Parkland, Florida experienced a shooting. A school shooting. A massacre. A national sin. Our hearts break at the news of the twelfth (12!) school shooting of 2018 and the loss of life the scope of which is still unfolding.

Our condolences go out to all involved, but our condolences are not enough. That said, the emptiness we feel in the face of this tragedy can easily cause us to shut down, to isolate ourselves, and to turn from the news in despair. I understand the emptiness because I feel it, too. And so, I pray, ‘have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love,’ and I strive to keep faith with a hurting people, a devastated community, and a nation in need of repentance at our lack of resolve to bring an end to the senseless gun violence that continues to scar the lives of so many young people and their families who start each school day with a hug they hope will be returned later that very same day.

The Florida Conference of the United Church of Christ is a member of the Florida Coalition for the Prevention of Gun Violence and today proves that membership is not enough. Activism and advocacy are essential. It’s past time for the Church to act. It’s past time to stand up to the gun lobbies and to advocate for Jesus’ way of peace that just can’t imagine how sisters and brothers or a nation can dwell together in unity while doing nothing to train our common spirit in the ways of justice, while doing nothing to mitigate the availability of weapons that enable such rampant violence, while doing nothing to stand in the public square and shout with a prophet’s heart that our prayers are not adequate and our faith demands more. We cannot pray “How long, O God, how long!?” and stand by doing nothing in the face of evil.

Pastors, find your people today and console them. People, find your pastors today and ask them to lead with you in a movement to end violence in our communities. Remember especially the people of Parkland, Florida whose anguish cries out and whose pain demands justice. Help build communities where this doesn’t happen. Use your own compassion and power to heal this national sin. And, yes, continue to pray.

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

John Vertigan
Conference Minister

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Weekly Update 8 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 11 THIS SUNDAY: This Sunday marks the end of the season of Epiphany in the church year.  The assigned scripture lesson is the story of the transfiguration, this year, from Mark 9:2-10.  It is a time of transition from Epiphany celebrating the coming of Jesus, the light of the world, and Lent commemorating Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem and the crucifixion.  What does it mean to follow Jesus, the light of the world?  We will all have different answers.
SAT, FEB 10 YARD SALE: Ed Kaspar is having a yard sale on Saturday Feb. 10 from 9-1 at his home (2993 61st Ave S). Items for sale include: household items, kitchen appliances, miscellaneous, jewelry, and clothing.
FEB 12 & 13 GARAGE CLEANING: Claire Stiles and others will be working on cleaning out the church garage on Monday Feb. 12 and Tuesday Feb. 13 from 9am to noon. Please contact Claire if you can help or for more information. Thank you!
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.
SUN, FEB 18 – MAR 18 SUNDAYS IN LENT: Services begin at 10:30 and focus on new directions in Christian expression that can form a solid “Foundation for the Future” as the church seeks to serve the world in the years ahead.
WED, FEB 21 – MAR 21 WEDNESDAY PRAYERS: Gatherings from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. for the ancient prayer practice of lectio divina, praying the scriptures. Led by Rev. Emily Bell.
SUN, MAR 25 PALM SUNDAY: The service begins outside with the blessing of the palms. Please bring a palm branch and some to share if you can.
THU, MAR 29 MAUNDY THURSDAY: This is a night to remember Jesus’ last supper with his friends and followers. A light soup supper will be served at 6:00pm in the Fellowship Hall followed by a service of communion and Tenebrae in the sanctuary at 7:00. All are welcome at this solemn service of remembrance.
FRI, MAR 30 GOOD FRIDAY: There will be a guided labyrinth walk at noon related to the crucifixion of Jesus. The sanctuary will be open for meditation and prayer from noon until 3:00pm.
SUN, APR 1 EASTER: The celebration of Easter begins with a sunrise service at 7:00am outdoors on the church grounds followed by breakfast in the Fellowship Hall.
The Festival Service begins at 10:30am. This is an intergenerational service celebrating the power of Love that is stronger than death. The season of spring is a reminder that new life bursts forth even in the least expected places.
An Easter Egg hunt will be held following the Festival Service along with refreshments on the church grounds.
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.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

SAT, FEB 10 FILM: The Other Side of Hope, the newest film from Finnish auteur Aki Kaurismäki applies the director’s signature deadpan humor to the contemporary refugee crisis. Kaurismäki won the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival for this comic meditation on home. Free and open to the public. Friday 7-9pm Eckerd College (4200 54th Ave S) Miller Auditorium.
SAT, FEB 10 EXHIBITION: Operation Finale: The Capture and Trial of Adolf Eichmann opens to the public on Saturday 10 February at the Florida Holocaust Museum (55 5th St S). The exhibit is the first in the United States to fully document the pursuit, capture, extradition, and trial of a Nazi war criminal. Visit flholocaustmuseum.org for more information.
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

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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!


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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.
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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!


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