Weekly Update 16 November

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

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

COMMUNITY EVENTS

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

Guests will be Rev. Paul Roberts, President, Johnson C. Smith, and Prof. Erin Cooley, Colgate University. There is no cost to register for the conference. You will be asked to pay $15 (cash or check) for lunch on the day of the conference. Please register by Friday (11/17) at noon.

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

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

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

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

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

CONTINUING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

 

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Weekly Update 9 November

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

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

COMMUNITY EVENTS

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

CONTINUING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


CIRCLE OF CONCERN

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

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Weekly Update 2 November

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

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

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

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

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

COMMUNITY EVENTS

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

CONTINUING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Love Your Neighbor, Some Concrete Ideas

Love of neighbor can be expressed in many ways. Here are some suggestions:

  • Give a neighbor a hug.
  • Offer to take care of a neighbor’s pets when they need help.
  • Keep your neighbor in your prayers.
  • Introduce your neighbor to other neighbors they don’t know.
  • Send your neighbor a card – birthday, religious holiday, “just thinking of you.”
  • Introduce yourself to someone new.
  • Visit, and talk with your neighbor, regularly.
  • Arrange a neighborhood Kid’s Day.
  • Invite a neighbor to dinner.
  • Volunteer to run errands for your neighbor.
  • Take a neighbor to church.
  • Learn from and actively listen to your neighbors who are culturally and ethnically different; or a different religion than yourself.
  • Start a neighborhood cleanup program.
  • Buy chalk and have a sidewalk chalk contest for neighborhood children.
  • Write a note of encouragement to a public school teacher.
  • Help a neighbor with transportation to the grocery store or doctor’s visits.
  • Volunteer at a local neighborhood school, park, or community center.
  • Check in on your neighbor regularly.
  • Reconcile with your neighbor.
  • Volunteer to serve a community meal at a local church or agency.
  • Show a neighbor how to use a computer to connect via social media.
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Weekly Update 26 October

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

SUN, OCT 29 THIS SUNDAY: It’s finally here! The BIG Event is an annual celebration of the ministry of Lakewood United Church of Christ. Friends, guests, and visitors are most welcome. This year the theme is Foundation for the Future: Our Shelter from the Stormy Blast.  The service includes an opportunity to make a financial commitment to the ministry of the church for the year ahead. This year there is a special challenge to make a pledge to the roof fund. A very generous member of the LUCC family has decided to spur your giving by offering to match, dollar for dollar, all donations to the roof fund up to $35,000 collected by April 15, 2018.
Guests and visitors, whether or not you choose to financially contribute to the church, please join in celebrating how LUCC is a Shelter from the Stormy Blast providing a Foundation for the Future.   There will be a Sunday Celebrations potluck lunch after the service.
SUN, OCT 29 SUNDAY CELEBRATIONS: The monthly potluck will be hosted by the Advisors this month on Sunday Oct. 29 after church. Bring a dish to share and help celebrate October birthdays.
SUN, OCT 29 REAPING THE HARVEST: This Reaping the Harvest 2017 forms have been compiled and the results will be reported to the congregation on Sunday as part of the BIG event. If you’ve not yet submitted one, it is available at online. Email it back to the church by 2pm on Friday, and you can still be included!
SAT, NOV 11 CIRCUS MCGURKIS: LUCC will be hosting Circus McGurkis, a peace and justice festival, on Saturday Nov. 11. Please plan to save the date and volunteer – the sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board in the narthex.
MON, NOV 6 OPERATION ATTACK: LUCC volunteer dates will be 11/6 and 12/11, 6:00pm at Lakeview Presbyterian Church. Donations needed are children’s gently used winter clothing, canned fruits & vegetables, and peanut butter.
PHOTO DIRECTORY: After waiting for what may have seemed like 50 years, the photo directories are finally done! Pick up your copy at church on Sunday.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: In an effort to be environmentally friendly, shorter bulletins will continue to be used this fall at Lakewood. This means there will be room for only some of the announcements that are posted online. You are encouraged to subscribe to the website (this means you will get new posts emailed to you) in order to stay up to date on everything that’s happening. Alternatively, you can check the website, lakewooducc.org frequently for updates.
VOTING RIGHTS: A petition to restore the right to vote for people with prior felony convictions, except those convicted of murder or a felony sexual offense, upon completion of their sentences will be available to sign after worship on Sunday. Currently, people with prior felony convictions are permanently disqualified to vote unless they receive clemency. Contact Lucille Ruga if you are interested or have any questions.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

FRI, NOV 17 CONCERT: Emma’s Revolution will be doing a concert celebrating the release of their new album, “Revolution Now,” at the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater on Friday, November 17th at 7:30pm. Full details are available on their facebook event page.
THU, NOV 9 DIALOGUE: Join Community Tampa Bay for an evening that will include interactive learning, dialogue, and networking focused professional strategies for talking about current events in ways that advocate for inclusion. Free and open to the public. November 9, 6:30pm at the Kaizen Collaborative, (5215 W Laurel St #110, Tampa). Light meal served. Registration required.
SAT, NOV 11 SOLAR TOUR: Join the 2nd annual 100% St Pete Solar Tour to see how neighbors and businesses, such as LEED certified Planet Fitness and USF St. Petersburg, are using solar energy and energy efficiency to reduce monthly utility bills and to help tackle climate change – and how you can too. The tour concludes at the St Pete Eco Village for optional garden lunch and informal Q&A with homeowners and business owners from the tour. Nov 11th, 8:30am at St. Pete Eco-Village, (302 15th St N, St. Petersburg). Hosted by St. Pete Eco-Village, Florida Suncoast Sierra Club and League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area. The St Pete Solar Tour includes $15.00 to cover the transportation. Registration required: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3103169
ONLINE RESOURCE: The Southern Poverty Law Center has published a new online resource, Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide. All over the country people are fighting hate, standing up to promote tolerance and inclusion. More often than not, when hate flares up, good people rise up against it — often in greater numbers and with stronger voices. This guide sets out 10 principles for fighting hate in your community.

CONTINUING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Moment for Mission: The Big Event

Dear Friends,

I would like to talk with you about church finances.  You should have received a letter from the church saying that you are not being asked to increase your pledge for next year.

But we would like you to pledge so that we know what we can count on to run the church and its programs.  Many people make donations each week and some give once a month.  Some like to give automatically on line, and we can help you set up such a plan.

We have a big challenge this year – – we need a new roof.  You have a special pledge form this year just for the roof.  We are most fortunate to have to have a matching grant from a very generous member of the LUCC family who has decided to match dollar for dollar all donations to the roof fund up to $35,000 collected by April 15th, 2018.  What a blessing this is!

One of the tricks of fundraising is to think big – – don’t ask for too little.  We encourage everyone to think big.  We probably have some who can contribute $1,000, $3,000, $5,000 or more.  A few have already indicated that they are up for a challenge at this level.  Not everyone can do this, of course, and every little bit pledged will help.  Please bring your pledge forms to the Big Event on Sunday, October 29, or mail them to the church.

Two ideas to help you in your thinking about this pledge.  You might want to consider giving your pledge before December 31, because tax reform legislation might affect the deductions possible next year.  Or complete your pledge by April 15, our major celebration planned for our 50th anniversary as a congregation with the theme “Foundation for the Future”.  My second idea is that you may have the church remembered in your will, or in my case, I have a CD with the church as the beneficiary.  It might be appropriate to use some of these “funds for the future” now at a time when there is a great need, and opportunity.

As a final note, I urge you to complete this year’s pledge, or perhaps add a little additional.  We are running a bit short as the end of the year approaches.  Blessings.

Bill Parsons, Treasurer

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The Animal Plays, A Climate Change Theatre Action Staged Reading This Tuesday at 6pm

Tuesday
October 24
at 6pm in ES 100

The Animal Plays:
A Climate Change Theatre Action Staged Reading
Directed by Dr. Tonia Krueger
Featuring

Henry Cowhey
Christina Rubinetti
Victoria Bamford
Sahra Carpenter
Amelia Kalagher
Kaley Whipple
Noela Lokolo
Megan Smiley
Shannon Tivona
Caroline Wood
Dr. Joanna Huxster
Dr. Miranda Goodman-Wilson
Dr. Amanda Hagood
Dr. Cynthia Totten

#climatechangetheatreaction
www.climatechangetheatreaction.com

​CCTA 2017 is a collaboration between the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts, NoPassport Theatre Alliance, The Arctic Cycle, Theatre Without Borders, and York University.

Modeled on previous NoPassport theatre actions focused on gun control and the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill, CCTA draws on the expertise and resources of local artists, while being global in scope and uniting multiple countries around a common issue.

Fifty playwrights from around the world were asked to write 1- to 5-minute plays about climate change with the following prompt:

Assume your audience knows as much as you do. Assume they are as concerned as you are. But they may not know what to do with this information and those concerns. So how can we turn the challenges of climate change into opportunities?

The plays featured in Eckerd’s reading all have an animal theme and reflect the theme of changing challenges into oppportunities.
Runtime is approximately one hour.

A series of short play readings on the topic of climate change

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40 Countries, 50 States are participating in CCTA 2017. Come see Eckerd’s contribution!

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Climate Change Theatre Action (CCTA) is a worldwide series of readings and performances of short climate change plays presented biennially in support of the United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP meetings)

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The Animal Plays Include

“Homo Sapiens” by Chantal Bilodeau

“Brackendale” by Elaine Ávila 

“The Penguins” by Elspeth Tilley

“Minor Flood, Major Constellation: Sirius and the Cartographer Map the New World” by Lisa Schlesinger

 “Pond Life” by Elyne Quin

“El Toro Sagrado at the Car Repair Shop” by Mindi Dickstein

“Appreciation” by Katie Pearl

 

Climate Change Theatre Action 2017 at Eckerd College


Environmental Studies Auditorium

climatechangetheatreaction.com

#climatechangetheatreaction

Tues Oct 24 at 6pm

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Some local events of interest to the social conscious

This information is provided by former members of the Women’s March St Pete steering committee to raise awareness about upcoming events that may be of interest.

 

Oct 20.
Sheroes & Heroes Among Us
6 PM @ Enoch Davis Community Center, 1111 18th Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL 33705

The arrival of a new documentary series shot on location in South Saint Petersburg. Sheroes & Heroes Among Us kicks off with its first premiere “Winnie Foster: The Activist Pollinator.” Mrs. Foster’s contagious energy and tenacity fed the progressive spirit for civil rights . Her courage and willingness to work with bulwarks of integration and the women’s rights movement forever altered the political and socioeconomic landscape in Southern Pinellas County.

This documentary is the first of twelve episodes about Saint Petersburg’s Sheroes & Heroes Among Us who have left an indelible footprint in the advancement of equal rights, education, and the arts. The documentaries are scheduled to be released over the next year. A panel discussion and dinner will follow every viewing.

A $10-plus donation at the door would be most appreciated. Food will be provided.
Oct 21. Petition Picnic2pm @ Capaz Park, 2700 W Aileen St, Tampa, FL 33607

Join Indivisible Action Tampa Bay in downtown Tampa to meet progressive candidates running for office in Hillsborough County and sign petitions to help them get on the 2018 ballot. Bring food to share for a picnic potluck.

Everyone is welcome at this family-friendly event with a terrific playground that will appeal to kids — bring them along! Spend the afternoon hanging out with fellow progressives making a difference in the world.

Oct 25.  Fired Up Pinellas: FL Gun Laws & Issues, Charter Schools6 PM @
Metro Wellness & Community Center, 3251 3rd Ave N, Suite 125, St. Petersburg, Florida 33713

  • FLORIDA GUN LAWS AND ISSUES. Speaker: Patricia Brigham, First Vice President League of Women Voters Florida & Co-Founder Florida Gun Safety Committee & Chair. Learn about gun safety issues, advocacy, and legislative goals.
  • CHARTER SCHOOLS, WHOSE CHOICE?. Speaker: Robin R. Jones – Education Co-Chair, LWV St. Pete. -Charter schools began in the 1990’s as laboratories of innovation within the public education system, supported by teachers and education professionals. Today charter schools have become highly controversial, promoted more as competitors of rather than compliments to public schools and often built and managed by national for-profit charter chains. Last spring the Florida legislature continued its quest to make Florida one of the most charter friendly states in the country with it omnibus HB 7069. As parents and taxpayers we need to understand charters and their proper role in our public education system.
  • METRO HEALTH, WELLNESS & COMMUNITY CENTER – Learn about this center with a mission to provide quality health and wellness services that are inclusive, relevant, supportive and represent the lifetime continuum of the diverse people in our community.
  • CLOTHES TO KIDS – Learn about this great local organization and their mission to provide new and quality used clothing to low-income or in crisis school-age children, free of charge.
  • PLEASE BRING DONATIONS – New or used children’s and teen’s clothing, school uniforms and shoes (especially sneakers). Also, new donations of socks and girls underwear (bikini style) and boys underwear (boxer style).
Nov 2. Brookwood Florida’s 90th Anniversary Celebration6:30 @ Duncan McClellan Gallery, 2342 Emerson Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL 33712

Join the 90th anniversary celebration of Brookwood Florida — an amazing organization providing a home for girls diverted by abuse, neglect or homelessness. At Brookwood, girls learn the life skills they need to lead self-sufficient and independent lives.

This fun-filled evening will include food, craft beers, wonderful wines, music, a special live glass blowing demonstration, and a raffle for an amazing one-of-a-kind piece of glass. All proceeds from ticket sales, raffle and sponsorships wilI directly benefit Brookwood.

Nov 8. Get on the Bus – Advocacy Day in Tallahassee
Guns at the courthouse? Guns in churches and private schools? No thanks! Tell your legislative representatives how you feel in person during Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense Florida Advocacy Day. The round-trip chartered bus ride leaves from Curtis Hixon Park in Tampa and is free to any and all volunteers. Interested?  SIGN UP HERE
November 9, 6:30pm @ Kaizen Collaborative, 5215 W Laurel St #110, Tampa FL  33607
Events like the mass shooting in Las Vegas or the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville weigh heavy on people’s minds and hearts, and it can be difficult to disengage entirely from these critical events and conversations while at work. So how do we talk about current events in ways that strengthen relationships rather than divide them? What happens when someone’s identity feels too “political” to talk about?
Join Community Tampa Bay for an evening that will include interactive learning, dialogue, and networking focused on best practices in inclusion. Free and open to the public. Light meal served.
Nov 11. 100% St Pete Solar Tour. 8:30 AM @ St. Pete Eco-Village, 302 15th St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33705

Join the 2nd annual 100% St Pete Solar Tour to see how neighbors and businesses, such as LEED certified Planet Fitness and USF St. Petersburg, are using solar energy and energy efficiency to reduce monthly utility bills and to help tackle climate change – and how you can too.

The tour concludes at the St Pete Eco Village for optional garden lunch and informal Q&A with homeowners and business owners from the tour.

Hosted by St. Pete Eco-Village, Florida Suncoast Sierra Club and League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area

The St Pete Solar Tour includes $15.00 to cover the transportation. Registration required: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3103169

https://www.facebook.com/events/146728096064202/

Nov 11. Circus McGurkis:
The Next Generation  

Celebrating Peace Education, Diversity, and Community Activism
10am-4pm @ Lakewood United Church of Christ, 2601 54th Ave S St. Petersburg

Featuring arts, crafts, music, games and ideas which celebrate the creativity and activism that makes our community a more beautiful, loving and just place to live. Roving poets and actors, musicians and drummers and art activities for children and families of all ages and types  Circus McGurkis is an expression of Quaker belief in the dignity and worth of each person an in the power of love and nonviolence to bring about change. Sponsored by the Quakers and hosted by Lakewood United Church of Christ
https://www.facebook.com/events/153838005198370/

Nov 16. A Former Skinhead Speaks Out Against Hate, 7 PM @ Eckerd College, 4200 54th Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL 33711

Frank Meeink, author of “Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead,” will share his personal story.

Frank Meeink was a skinhead at age 13. By age 17, he had his own cable-access TV show, “The Reich” and he was roaming the country as a skinhead leader and Neo-Nazi recruiter, with gangs that would beat people indiscriminately. At age 18, he was finally arrested and convicted of kidnapping and beating a member of a rival skinhead gang.

While in prison he befriended men he used to think he hated, men of different races. After being released from prison, Meeink tried to rejoin his old skinhead pals but couldn’t bring himself to hate those whom he now knew to be his friends.

Now a noted speaker, author, and founder of Harmony Through Hockey, Frank’s life stands for tolerance, diversity, and mutual understanding in racial, political, and all aspects of society.

Presented by Eckerd College. Sponsored by The Florida Holocaust Museum.

Free and open to the public. Please RSVP at 727.820.0100, extension 301.

https://www.facebook.com/events/138055743501304/

Nov 16 & 17. Impact Summit @ USF St. Petersburg Student Center, 200 6th Ave South, St. Petersburg FL 33701

Data is key to the identification of community trends and a basis for addressing health disparities and inequities and to mobilize around other key issues that matter to residents.  Yet, the validity of data is routinely questioned and information is increasingly coming from unreliable sources. Now at growing risk of being eliminated or withheld, community data matters more than ever.

The 2017 Impact Summit will offer a forum to discuss and explore the role of data in supporting community change, on how to facilitate the use of accurate data for democratic decision-making at various scales – locally, regionally, statewide, nationally and internationally – and on opportunities to fortify and intensify our efforts to promote and lead change through the use of community data.   Sponsored by the Community Indicators Consortium.

Registration: http://www.communityindicators.net/2017ImpactSummit

Nov 17. Lecture: White Nationalism, Anti-Semitism, and Neo-Fascism7pm @ Allendale United Methodist Church, 3803 Haines Road North, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33703
The Leif Nissen Social Justice Lecture Series of Temple Beth-El, in partnership with Allendale United Methodist Church, presents a Social Justice Shabbat with Investigative Journalist, Scholar & Author Chip Berlet.

  • 7:00 PM Shabbat service
  • 7:45 PM lecture and Q/A

The evening is free and open to the public; dessert reception to follow lecture.

Chip Berlet is a progressive activist, journalist and scholar who has spent over thirty years studying bigoted right-wing movements. He is a co-author of the entry on Neo-Nazism in the current Encyclopedia Judaica and contributed a chapter on Anti-Semitic conspiracy theories to the book The Paranoid Apocalypse: A Hundred-year Retrospective on the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. In 2000, he co-authored the book Right-Wing Populism in America: Too Close for Comfort, which received a Gustavus Myers Center Award for outstanding scholarship on the subject of human rights and intolerance. Berlet has authored numerous peer review articles and book chapters on White Nationalism and Neo-fascism.
Chip blogs at www.researchforprogress.org.

Nov 21. Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos Or Community?
6pm @ Childs Park Rec Center, 4301 13th Avenue South, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33711

During this electoral cycle proverbial shots have been fired, shade has been thrown and relationships have been tested. As sad as it is, the one thing we can all be sure of is, no matter who wins and who loses, the work must continue. With that in mind, we would like to invite you to a post election community conversation and dinner to discuss, “Where do we go from here?” We will highlight the book with the same title by Dr Martin Luther King Jr and work to settle our differences and prepare to move forward.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1428614617259292/

Every Tuesday-Resist Trump Tuesdays10:30 am, Corner of Kennedy and Dale Mabry Blvd, Tampa. Sponsored by Indivisible Tampa – Join us every Tues for our ongoing show of dissent! Bring your favorite sign.
Every Wednesday – Independent Investigation Rally, 12 noon – 1:30pm @ St. Petersburg Judicial Building, 545 1st Ave N, St Petersburg, FL 33711. Ongoing Wednesday rallies to demand a public, independent investigation into Trump/Russia ties. Bring signs! We meet on the sidewalks surrounding the St. Pete Judicial Building.  Organized by Floridians Against Corruption & Treason (FACT).
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Weekly Update 19 October

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

SUN, OCT 22 THIS SUNDAY: The concept of shelter invites further reflection as we prepare for the BIG Event and the roof challenge. “O God, Our Help in Ages Past” reminds us that God is “Our shelter from the stormy blast.” This Sunday music director Hilton Jones will offer a second original composition that is a variation on the hymn tune used for “O God, Our Help in Ages Past.”
SAT, OCT 21 GROUNDS CLEANUP: Help finish the grounds cleanup after Hurricane Irma. The Southwest portion of the church property still needs some work, so come Saturday October 21st from 8:30-11am and bring rakes, gloves, tarps, etc. to use.
SUN, OCT 22 PHOTO DIRECTORY: After waiting for what may have seemed like 50 years, the photo directories are finally done! Pick up your copy at church on Sunday.
SUN, OCT 22 REAPING THE HARVEST: This Reaping the Harvest 2017 form is available at church and online. As part of the celebration of abundance this fall season, you are invited to fill out this form and bring it/send it/email it back to the church by Sunday, October 22nd. The information will be compiled and reported back at The Big Event on October 29th. This is a way to celebrate the full ministry of this congregation in its many forms including, but not limited to, service within the church. The ministry of the church extends into society through our service and generosity 7 days a week, not just Sunday!!!
SUN, OCT 22 CIRCUS MCGURKIS: LUCC will be hosting Circus McGurkis, a peace and justice festival, on Saturday Nov. 11. Please plan to save the date and volunteer – the sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board in the narthex. The Site Team meeting after church on the 22nd. The Steering Committee will meet Tuesday Oct. 24 at 6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
SUN, OCT 29 THE BIG EVENT: October 29th will be an opportunity to pledge your resources to the ministry of the church in 2018. Special this year, you can make a pledge to the roof fund. In the aftermath of Irma, the church roof must be replaced. Over 100 shingles were blown off during the hurricane. A very generous member of the LUCC family has decided to spur your giving by offering to match, dollar for dollar, all donations to the roof fund up to $35,000 collected by April 15th, 2018. Look for a letter in the mail this week with more information. . .
SUN, OCT 29 SUNDAY CELEBRATIONS: The monthly potluck will be hosted by the Advisors this month on Sunday Oct. 29 after church. Bring a dish to share and help celebrate October birthdays.
MON, NOV 6 OPERATION ATTACK: LUCC volunteer dates will be 11/6 and 12/11, 6:00pm at Lakeview Presbyterian Church. Donations needed are children’s gently used winter clothing, canned fruits & vegetables, and peanut butter.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: In an effort to be environmentally friendly, shorter bulletins will continue to be used this fall at Lakewood. This means there will be room for only some of the announcements that are posted online. You are encouraged to subscribe to the website (this means you will get new posts emailed to you) in order to stay up to date on everything that’s happening. Alternatively, you can check the website, lakewooducc.org frequently for updates.
VOTING RIGHTS: A petition to restore the right to vote for people with prior felony convictions, except those convicted of murder or a felony sexual offense, upon completion of their sentences will be available to sign after worship on Sunday. Currently, people with prior felony convictions are permanently disqualified to vote unless they receive clemency. Contact Lucille Ruga if you are interested or have any questions.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

THU, OCT 19 & FRI, OCT 20 GRIEF PRESENTATIONS: Suncoast Hospice/Empath Health will be hosting Dr. Alan Wolfelt, Grief Educator and Counselor. Dr. Wolfelt will be presenting two presentations. Exploring Death, Grief and Mourning will be held at 7pm on Thursday, October 19th at North Bay Community Church (3170 N McMullen Booth Rd in Clearwater). The Art of “Companioning” the Mourner will be held at 9 am on Friday, October 20th at Empath Health (3050 1st Ave S in St Petersburg). Call 727.789.2000 to reserve a seat.
FRI, OCT 20 DOCUMENTARY: Many people in the community and in the church know Winnie Foster.  She is a tireless worker for justice and peace.  Her focus now is on the environment.  Winnie is an inspiration.  A documentary has been made about her life and her activism.  Even if you don’t know Winnie, the film will warm your heart and feed your spirit. Enoch Davis Community Center, Friday October 20th at 6pm.
SUN, OCT 22 INSTALLATION OF REV. PAUL WERNER: St. Andrew United Church of Christ cordially invites you to celebrate the installation of Rev. Paul T. Werner Sunday, October 22nd at 3pm as Pastor and Teacher. Clergy are invited to robe and process, gathering at 2:30 PM. (The liturgical color is red.) A reception of celebration will follow in Stewart Hall.
MON, OCT 23 CONFEDERATE MONUMENT LECTURE: Lee Irby, local author and professor of history and American studies at Eckerd College, discusses recent news of cities trying to handle the legacy of the Civil War and the monuments erected to glorify the Lost Cause, one of the themes in his latest book Unreliable. Irby’s lecture, Confederate Monuments in the South: Place, Memory and Lingering Wounds, will be Monday, October 23, 2017 at 7 p.m., in the Dan & Mary Miller Auditorium at Eckerd College.
ONLINE RESOURCE: The Southern Poverty Law Center has published a new online resource, Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide. All over the country people are fighting hate, standing up to promote tolerance and inclusion. More often than not, when hate flares up, good people rise up against it — often in greater numbers and with stronger voices. This guide sets out 10 principles for fighting hate in your community.

CONTINUING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Lakewood UCC Members “Attack” Poverty


Members of Lakewood United Church of Christ volunteer at Operation Attack, where the mission is to “attack” poverty! The church members donate non perishable foods and clothing items regularly and Zach Blair-Andrews delivers the donations about once a month. Operation Attack volunteers are able to personally witness the positive impact that they are having on the community when they make the food bags and hand them to those in need. Helping make the community a better place is an enriching experience for everyone involved. Great work is being done at Operation Attack.

The next volunteer date for LUCC is 6 November, 2017 at Lakeview Presbyterian Church. For more information visit operationattack.org

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Coalition for Immokalee Workers Co-Founder Awarded MacArthur Genius Fellowship

Greg Asbed is a human rights strategist developing a new model—worker-driven social responsibility (WSR)—for improving conditions for low-wage workers within the twenty-first-century labor market. WSR is a bottom-up approach that ensures human rights are respected in the workplace; workers play a central role in establishing work condition standards and codes of conduct and have transparent channels for monitoring and enforcing those standards.

WSR emerged from the decades-long work of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), an organization co-founded by Asbed, with Lucas Benitez and Laura Germino, in 1993 to redress injustices in the Florida tomato industry, including forced labor, sexual assault, and wage theft. Asbed was a principal architect of the coalition’s Fair Food Program (FFP), a mechanism by which the purchasing power of consumers and large food companies is tapped to compel growers to improve farmworkers’ working conditions. Growers agree to adhere to a code of conduct in the treatment of workers, and workers are educated (by other workers) about their rights and responsibilities. Purchasers have a zero-tolerance policy for abuses by their suppliers and also agree to pay a penny-per-pound premium that goes directly into growers’ payrolls as a line-item bonus on workers’ paychecks. Asbed helped devise the Fair Foods Standards Council, an independent monitoring organization, to ensure compliance through regular audits and complaint investigations. Since 2010, the Florida Tomato Growers Exchange and over a dozen purchasers, including Walmart, have signed on to the Fair Food Program. With the success of the FFP in the tomato industry, Asbed envisioned the potential for wider economic and social change, and together with colleagues, he designed the WSR framework.

Workforces engaged with other crops in Florida, the garment industry in Bangladesh, and the dairy industry in Vermont have already or are in the process of adopting the WSR approach, and Asbed’s expertise is being sought by international organizations for the development of customized variants of the WSR model to address such issues as child labor in Africa and gender-based violence in domestic work settings in Mexico. Asbed’s visionary strategy for WSR has the potential to transform workplace environments across the global supply chain.

Greg Asbed received a B.S. (1985) from Brown University and an M.A. (1990) from Johns Hopkins University. Prior to co-founding the Coalition for Immokalee Workers (CIW) in 1993, he spent three years in Haiti as part of the Peasant Movement of Papaye. He also harvested watermelons in the southeastern United States for eighteen seasons and is a founding member of the Worker-Driven Social Responsibility Network.

Read more at mic.com about Asbed and the MacArthur ‘Genius’ Award.

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Restoring Respect: A Community Conversation

ST. PETERSBURG–The Cathedral Church of St. Peter will host a five-part series, “Restoring Respect: A Community Conversation,” starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17.
The initial gathering, “Restoring Respect: Where Did It Go?” will offer a panel discussion with President Donald R. Eastman III; Eric Deggans, television critic for National Public Radio; and Dr. Brendan Goff, professor of history at New College, Sarasota.
“Lack of respect for those who look, think, worship or vote differently is one of the compelling issues of the day,” said the Very Rev. Stephen B. Morris, dean of the cathedral. “It is something we all confront, day in and day out, regardless of who we voted for in the presidential election, where we are on the political spectrum, where we get our news,” Dean Morris said. “This is a time of heat without light, shouting without listening. We want to contribute to a community conversation that helps us get beyond that, listen and learn from each other.”
Additional sessions and topics are:
Nov. 14: Restoring Respect: In the Media; Jan. 16: Restoring Respect: In Religion; Feb. 20: Restoring Respect: In Race; March 20: Restoring Respect: In Politics.
All five sessions are free and open to the public. The Cathedral is at 140 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. The entrance is on Second Avenue N, and there is free parking in the city-owned lots on the north side of Second Avenue opposite the Cathedral. Information:(727) 822-4173.
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Weekly Update 12 October

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

SUN, OCT 15 THIS SUNDAY: Who is welcome in the church? Is church really safe space for everyone? We’ll explore that on Sunday. Rev. Leslie Etheredge from the Florida Conference will be joining us again this Sunday for another special recognition, this time for Lucille Ruga. Don’t miss the celebration!
FRI, OCT 13 – SAT, OCT 14 CONFERENCE MEETING: The Florida Conference of the United Church of Christ is having its Annual Meeting Friday Oct. 13-Saturday Oct. 14 in Daytona Beach. Rev. Susan Sherwood and Rev. Kim Wells are attending as representatives of LUCC.
SAT, OCT 14 YARD SALE: LUCC member Ed Kaspar is having a yard sale at his home on Saturday, October 14th from 9am to 1pm.
SUN, OCT 15 PHOTO DIRECTORY: After waiting for what may have seemed like 50 years, the photo directories are finally done! Pick up your copy at church on Sunday.
SUN, OCT 15 REAPING THE HARVEST: This Reaping the Harvest 2017 form is available at church and online. As part of the celebration of abundance this fall season, you are invited to fill out this form and bring it/send it/email it back to the church by Sunday, October 22nd. The information will be compiled and reported back at The Big Event on October 29th. This is a way to celebrate the full ministry of this congregation in its many forms including, but not limited to, service within the church. The ministry of the church extends into society through our service and generosity 7 days a week, not just Sunday!!!
MON, OCT 16 OPERATION ATTACK: LUCC volunteer dates will be 10/16, 11/6 and 12/11, 6:00pm at Lakeview Presbyterian Church. Donations needed are children’s gently used winter clothing, canned fruits & vegetables, and peanut butter.
SUN, OCT 15 CIRCUS MCGURKIS: LUCC will be hosting Circus McGurkis, a peace and justice festival, on Saturday Nov. 11. Please plan to save the date and volunteer – the sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board in the narthex. The Site Team meeting after church on the 15th. The Steering Committee will meet Tuesday Oct. 17 at 6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
SUN, OCT 18 WESTMINSTER SUNCOAST LUNCH: Wednesday October 18th at 11:30 in the main dining room at Westminster Suncoast. All residents of the Shores and Suncoast are welcome.
SAT, OCT 21 GROUNDS CLEANUP: Help finish the grounds cleanup after Hurricane Irma. The Southwest portion of the church property still needs some work, so come Saturday October 21st from 8:30-11am and bring rakes, gloves, tarps, etc. to use.
SUN, OCT 29 THE BIG EVENT: October 29th will be an opportunity to pledge your resources to the ministry of the church in 2018. Special this year, you can make a pledge to the roof fund. In the aftermath of Irma, the church roof must be replaced. Over 100 shingles were blown off during the hurricane. A very generous member of the LUCC family has decided to spur your giving by offering to match, dollar for dollar, all donations to the roof fund up to $35,000 collected by April 15th, 2018. Look for a letter in the mail this week with more information. . .
SUN, OCT 29 SUNDAY CELEBRATIONS: The monthly potluck will be hosted by the Advisors this month on Sunday Oct. 29. Bring a dish to share and help celebrate October birthdays.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: In an effort to be environmentally friendly, shorter bulletins will continue to be used this fall at Lakewood. This means there will be room for only some of the announcements that are posted online. You are encouraged to subscribe to the website (this means you will get new posts emailed to you) in order to stay up to date on everything that’s happening. Alternatively, you can check the website, lakewooducc.org frequently for updates.
VOTING RIGHTS: A petition to restore the right to vote for people with prior felony convictions, except those convicted of murder or a felony sexual offense, upon completion of their sentences will be available to sign after worship on Sunday. Currently, people with prior felony convictions are permanently disqualified to vote unless they receive clemency. Contact Lucille Ruga if you are interested or have any questions.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

THU, OCT 12 COMMUNITY CONVERSATION ON EDUCATION: If there is one thing we can all agree on during this divided time, it is that our children are our community’s most precious resource. And yet, the struggle for an equitable and just education for all of St Pete’s children has continued for decades. The time is now to achieve this victory with and for our youth. Dream Defenders, along with the Childs Park Neighborhood Association, will be hosting a listening and strategy session to learn more about what Southside residents want out of our schools, and how we can collectively achieve this. Dream Defenders will also be sharing some of our strategies that have been effective in our work across the state. Join us for this critical step in demanding justice for our youth! Oct 12. America Divided: St. Pete United – A Community Conversation on Education, 6 PM @ Community Center Child’s Park, 4301 13th Ave S, Saint Petersburg. Please secure your free ticket to the community conversation by registering.
THU, OCT 12 SPIRITUAL LIFE LECTURE: Drawing on decades of social science research, Robert P. Jones, CEO of Public Religion Research Institute and author of The End of White Christian America, argues that today’s most divisive debates—over immigration, the rise of white supremacy groups, and police violence—can only be understood against the backdrop of demographic, religious, and cultural transformations that are challenging long-standing assumptions about what it means to be an American. If we are to continue to make one out of many, we will need both leadership and practices that can help us all step back from the reactivity of the present and take up the more arduous task of weaving a new national narrative in which all Americans can see themselves. Jones’ lecture, What the End of White Christian America Means for Our Shared Sense of National Identity, will be Thursday, October 12, at 7:30 p.m., in Fox Hall at Eckerd College.
MON, OCT 23 CONFEDERATE MONUMENT LECTURE: Lee Irby, local author and professor of history and American studies at Eckerd College, discusses recent news of cities trying to handle the legacy of the Civil War and the monuments erected to glorify the Lost Cause, one of the themes in his latest book Unreliable. Irby’s lecture, Confederate Monuments in the South: Place, Memory and Lingering Wounds, will be Monday, October 23, 2017 at 7 p.m., in the Dan & Mary Miller Auditorium at Eckerd College.
ONLINE RESOURCE: The Southern Poverty Law Center has published a new online resource, Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide. All over the country people are fighting hate, standing up to promote tolerance and inclusion. More often than not, when hate flares up, good people rise up against it — often in greater numbers and with stronger voices. This guide sets out 10 principles for fighting hate in your community.

CONTINUING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


CIRCLE OF CONCERN

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Reaping the Harvest 2017

As part of the celebration of abundance this fall season, you are invited to fill out this form by Sunday, October 22nd. The information will be compiled and reported back at The Big Event on October 29th. This is a way to celebrate the full ministry of this congregation in its many forms including, but not limited to, service within the church. The ministry of the church extends into society through our service and generosity 7 days a week, not just Sunday!!!.

Please note that the submit button will only work if you are using Adobe Reader. If you use another application (like your internet browser, or Preview) to view pdfs, you’ll need to e-mail it to the church manually. Paper copies of the form will also be distributed at church on Sunday.

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Weekly Update 4 October

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

SUN, OCT 8 THIS SUNDAY: The 10 commandments invite thinking about what it means to be a life-affirming community.
SUN, OCT 8 RECOGNITION OF CHAPLAINCY: In morning worship on Sunday Oct. 8, LUCC will recognize the authorized ministry of LUCC member and ordained minister Victoria Long. This is a celebration of a 4-way covenant between Victoria, Lakewood UCC, the Florida Conference of the UCC, and Suncoast Hospice/Empath Health.
SUN, OCT 8 ADVISORS MEETING: The Advisors will meet on Sunday following worship, all are welcome to attend.
SUN, OCT 8 REAPING THE HARVEST: This Sunday the Reaping the Harvest 2017 form will be available at church. As part of the celebration of abundance this fall season, you are invited to fill out this form and bring it/send it/email it back to the church by Sunday, October 22nd. The information will be compiled and reported back at The Big Event on October 29th. This is a way to celebrate the full ministry of this congregation in its many forms including, but not limited to, service within the church. The ministry of the church extends into society through our service and generosity 7 days a week, not just Sunday!!!.
MON, OCT 16 OPERATION ATTACK: LUCC volunteer dates will be 10/16, 11/6 and 12/11, 6:00pm at Lakeview Presbyterian Church. Donations needed are children’s gently used winter clothing, canned fruits & vegetables, and peanut butter.
SUN, OCT 17 CIRCUS MCGURKIS: LUCC will be hosting Circus McGurkis, a peace and justice festival, on Saturday Nov. 11. Please plan to save the date and volunteer – the sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board in the narthex. The Steering Committee will meet Tuesday Oct. 17 at 6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
SAT, OCT 21 GROUNDS CLEANUP: Help finish the grounds cleanup after Hurricane Irma. The Southwest portion of the church property still needs some work, so come Saturday October 21st from 8:30-11am and bring rakes, gloves, tarps, etc. to use.
SUN, OCT 29 THE BIG EVENT: October 29th will be an opportunity to pledge your resources to the ministry of the church in 2018. Special this year, you can make a pledge to the roof fund. In the aftermath of Irma, the church roof must be replaced. Over 100 shingles were blown off during the hurricane. A very generous member of the LUCC family has decided to spur your giving by offering to match, dollar for dollar, all donations to the roof fund up to $35,000 collected by April 15th, 2018.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: In an effort to be environmentally friendly, shorter bulletins will continue to be used this fall at Lakewood. This means there will be room for only some of the announcements that are posted online. You are encouraged to subscribe to the website (this means you will get new posts emailed to you) in order to stay up to date on everything that’s happening. Alternatively, you can check the website, lakewooducc.org frequently for updates.
VOTING RIGHTS: A petition to restore the right to vote for people with prior felony convictions, except those convicted of murder or a felony sexual offense, upon completion of their sentences will be available to sign after worship on Sunday. Currently, people with prior felony convictions are permanently disqualified to vote unless they receive clemency. Contact Lucille Ruga if you are interested or have any questions.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

OCT 1-8 INTERFAITH WEEK: October 1-8 will mark a city-wide, week-long celebration of the sacred, where individuals and families can explore their city – seeing how other people worship, study or pray as well as participating in community panels or roundtable discussions – and we would love for you to be a part of it. See tampabayinterfaithweek.com for a complete schedule of events.
THU, OCT 5 DEATH PENALTY: Governor Scott has ordered the execution of Michael Lambrix for Thursday, October 5th at 6pm. This would be the 25th execution ordered by Gov. Scott, a new record for a Florida governor. Please contact Florida Gov. Rick Scott and ask him to halt the execution of Michael Lambrix and grant a new clemency hearing by phone: 850-488-7146 (Mon-Fri 8am-5pm) or email.
THU, OCT 5 INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY: Reconsider Columbus Day and learn about the Doctrine of Discovery and the impact this doctrine had on the indigenous people of the Americas and exploration and settlement of this country. On this day, from here on out known as Indigenous Peoples Day, celebrate and honor all Native American cultures both past and present. Monday, October 9, 3-8pm at 1700 Park St. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33710. Education from 3-5; Potluck dinner at 5:30 followed by evening celebration and sharing. Register by calling 727-347-0354 or via email. Love offering for Sacred Lands and travel expenses.
TUE, OCT 10 PEACE AND JUSTICE LECTURE: Frances Moore Lappé—author or co-author of 18 books about world hunger, living democracy, and the environment—will share her knowledge on the deep connection between a functioning democracy and a prosperous people. Her writing career started with the three-million-copies-sold Diet for a Small Planet in 1971 and has extended to her new book, Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want, co-authored with Adam Eichen (Beacon Press, Sept. 2017). Lappé received the Right Livelihood Award “for revealing the political and economic causes of world hunger and how citizens can help to remedy them.” Her lecture, To End Hunger, Begin With Democracy, will be Tuesday, October 10, at 7:30 p.m., in Fox Hall at Eckerd College.
THU, OCT 12 SPIRITUAL LIFE LECTURE: Drawing on decades of social science research, Robert P. Jones, CEO of Public Religion Research Institute and author of The End of White Christian America, argues that today’s most divisive debates—over immigration, the rise of white supremacy groups, and police violence—can only be understood against the backdrop of demographic, religious, and cultural transformations that are challenging long-standing assumptions about what it means to be an American. If we are to continue to make one out of many, we will need both leadership and practices that can help us all step back from the reactivity of the present and take up the more arduous task of weaving a new national narrative in which all Americans can see themselves. Jones’ lecture, What the End of White Christian America Means for Our Shared Sense of National Identity, will be Thursday, October 12, at 7:30 p.m., in Fox Hall at Eckerd College.
MON, OCT 23 CONFEDERATE MONUMENT LECTURE: Lee Irby, local author and professor of history and American studies at Eckerd College, discusses recent news of cities trying to handle the legacy of the Civil War and the monuments erected to glorify the Lost Cause, one of the themes in his latest book Unreliable. Irby’s lecture, Confederate Monuments in the South: Place, Memory and Lingering Wounds, will be Monday, October 23, 2017 at 7 p.m., in the Dan & Mary Miller Auditorium at Eckerd College.
ONLINE RESOURCE: The Southern Poverty Law Center has published a new online resource, Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide. All over the country people are fighting hate, standing up to promote tolerance and inclusion. More often than not, when hate flares up, good people rise up against it — often in greater numbers and with stronger voices. This guide sets out 10 principles for fighting hate in your community.

CONTINUING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Coming concerts

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

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Response to Las Vegas Shooting

 

Las Vegas Response, Oct. 2, 2017

 

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Conference Call

 

Rev. John VertiganDear Church,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rev. John Vertigan

The Rev. John Vertigan
Conference Minister

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

 


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Speak out for Puerto Ricans in Crisis after Hurricane Maria

As we are reminded in Proverbs 31:8-9, we are called to speak up for the vulnerable:

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
    for the rights of those abandoned by others.
Speak up and judge fairly;
    defend the rights of the homeless and hungry.

Three and a half million Puerto Ricans are facing a devastating humanitarian crisis in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Flooding and mudslides have left millions without power, 40 percent without drinking water, and only 11 of the island’s 69 hospitals in operation.

The United Church of Christ has a long history of walking with the people of Puerto Rico in the form of support for Puerto Rican self-determination through General Synod statements and ties to the Iglesia Evangelica Unida de Puerto Rico. In addition UCC and Global Ministries advocates, in partnership with Jubilee USA, have been instrumental in advancing public policies to address the economic crisis, and specifically child poverty, in Puerto Rico, now further exacerbated by the hurricane.

It is time for Congress to act.
Although many lawmakers on Capitol Hill have called for emergency aid for Puerto Rico, similar to the Harvey and Irma disaster responses, the timing and nature of such support is unclear. With the Columbus Day recess approaching, it is critical that policy makers act in the coming days. Any delays or failure to pass such critical humanitarian aid will have a devastating impact on the lives of many. Further, any aid packages must be offered in the form of grants, not loans, to avoid worsening the financial crisis on the island.

Act now to support hurricane relief for Puerto Rico.
Contact your representatives in congress and urge them to act now to help our fellow Americans.

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Weekly Update 27 September

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

SUN, OCT 1 THIS SUNDAY: The first Sunday of October is World Communion Sunday. Christians around the world recognize our common bond through this holy meal. This is an opportunity to celebrate what it means to be in communion with the world, the whole world. Your place at the table is waiting!
SUN, OCT 1 COMMUNION OFFERING: The communion offering goes to the Special Needs Fund which is used to help people in our community with basic necessities such as food, rent, utilities, and prescription medication costs. Please be generous as you are able.
SUN, OCT 1 CIRCUS MCGURKIS: LUCC will be hosting Circus McGurkis, a peace and justice festival, on Saturday Nov. 11. Please plan to save the date and volunteer! The LUCC Site Team for Circus McGurkis will meet on Sunday Oct. 1 following morning worship. The Steering Committee will meet Tuesday Oct. 3 at 6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
SUN, OCT 8 RECOGNITION OF CHAPLAINCY: In morning worship on Sunday Oct. 8, LUCC will recognize the authorized ministry of LUCC member and ordained minister Victoria Long. This is a celebration of a 4-way covenant between Victoria, Lakewood UCC, the Florida Conference of the UCC, and Suncoast Hospice/Empath Health.
CHURCH SCHOOL CHANGE: Instead of starting the service together, bring your children directly to the church school room and they will join the service at the end so they can participate in the morning prayers and close of the service.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: In an effort to be environmentally friendly, shorter bulletins will continue to be used this fall at Lakewood. This means there will be room for only some of the announcements that are posted online. You are encouraged to subscribe to the website (this means you will get new posts emailed to you) in order to stay up to date on everything that’s happening. Alternatively, you can check the website, lakewooducc.org frequently for updates.
FAMILY PROMISE: Donations are needed! Lawn Bags, Garbage Bags, Work Gloves/Garden Gloves, Bottled Water, Non-perishable Food Items, Cleaning Supplies, Sponges, Buckets, Laundry Detergent, Personal Hygiene Products
Feminine Hygiene Products, Toilet Paper, and Batteries. The donations can be placed in the cart in the narthex. Contact Patti Cooksey if you have any questions.
VOTING RIGHTS: A petition to restore the right to vote for people with prior felony convictions, except those convicted of murder or a felony sexual offense, upon completion of their sentences will be available to sign after worship on Sunday. Currently, people with prior felony convictions are permanently disqualified to vote unless they receive clemency. Contact Lucille Ruga if you are interested or have any questions.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

MON, OCT 2 POVERTY LECTURE: Matthew Desmond, Ph.D., professor of sociology at Princeton University and author of 2017 Pulitzer Prize winning book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, will discuss his research involving eight families from Milwaukee, which focuses on a topic largely unexplored: the role of rising rents and rampant evictions in feeding a cycle of poverty and despair in the U.S. Sponsored by the Class of 1968 Distinguished Visiting Scholar Endowment in partnership with the Foundations Collegium as part of the College Program Series. His lecture, Evicted: An Evening With Matthew Desmond, will be Monday, October 2, 2017 at 7:30 p.m., in Fox Hall at Eckerd College.
WED, OCT 4 FAITH AND RELIGION SERIES: Dana Cosper, LUCC member, will present A Spiritual Toolbox for Healthy Grieving for Eckerd College’s Academy of Senior Professionals (ASPEC) on Wednesday, Oct. 4th at 11 a.m., in the Palmer Room at Lewis House. Contact Vita Uth if you would like to carpool.
THU, OCT 5 DEATH PENALTY: Governor Scott has ordered the execution of Michael Lambrix for Thursday, October 5th at 6pm ET. This would be the 25th execution ordered by Gov. Scott, a new record for a Florida governor. Please contact Florida Gov. Rick Scott and ask him to halt the execution of Michael Lambrix and grant a new clemency hearing by phone: 850-488-7146 (Mon-Fri 8am-5pm) or email.
TUE, OCT 10 PEACE AND JUSTICE LECTURE: Frances Moore Lappé—author or co-author of 18 books about world hunger, living democracy, and the environment—will share her knowledge on the deep connection between a functioning democracy and a prosperous people. Her writing career started with the three-million-copies-sold Diet for a Small Planet in 1971 and has extended to her new book, Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want, co-authored with Adam Eichen (Beacon Press, Sept. 2017). Lappé received the Right Livelihood Award “for revealing the political and economic causes of world hunger and how citizens can help to remedy them.” Her lecture, To End Hunger, Begin With Democracy, will be Tuesday, October 10, at 7:30 p.m., in Fox Hall at Eckerd College.
THU, OCT 12 SPIRITUAL LIFE LECTURE: Drawing on decades of social science research, Robert P. Jones, CEO of Public Religion Research Institute and author of The End of White Christian America, argues that today’s most divisive debates—over immigration, the rise of white supremacy groups, and police violence—can only be understood against the backdrop of demographic, religious, and cultural transformations that are challenging long-standing assumptions about what it means to be an American. If we are to continue to make one out of many, we will need both leadership and practices that can help us all step back from the reactivity of the present and take up the more arduous task of weaving a new national narrative in which all Americans can see themselves. Jones’ lecture, What the End of White Christian America Means for Our Shared Sense of National Identity, will be Thursday, October 12, at 7:30 p.m., in Fox Hall at Eckerd College.
MON, OCT 23 CONFEDERATE MONUMENT LECTURE: Lee Irby, local author and professor of history and American studies at Eckerd College, discusses recent news of cities trying to handle the legacy of the Civil War and the monuments erected to glorify the Lost Cause, one of the themes in his latest book Unreliable. Irby’s lecture, Confederate Monuments in the South: Place, Memory and Lingering Wounds, will be Monday, October 23, 2017 at 7 p.m., in the Dan & Mary Miller Auditorium at Eckerd College.
ONLINE RESOURCE: The Southern Poverty Law Center has published a new online resource, Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide. All over the country people are fighting hate, standing up to promote tolerance and inclusion. More often than not, when hate flares up, good people rise up against it — often in greater numbers and with stronger voices. This guide sets out 10 principles for fighting hate in your community.

CONTINUING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Sermon 9.17.17 Charter Sunday

Scripture Lesson: Matthew 7:24-29
Sermon: Foundation for the Future – The 50th Anniversary
Pastor: Rev. Kim P. Wells

This week I heard someone interviewed in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma on “On Point” with Tom Ashbrook, out of Boston, Massachusetts. The person who called in was from the Tampa Bay area. She said that she and her husband were newly married. They had grown up in St. Petersburg. They had been planning to buy a house and make St. Pete their home. But after this storm, given sea level rise and the increasing temperature of the water which increases the likelihood of more and worse storms, they have decided that they will not be settling here but will be moving to a safer locale. They do not want to create their future in this area any more.

While that sounds drastic, we can also see how it makes good sense. They are talking about building their lives on solid ground, not shifting sands. And we can affirm the importance of this though many of us will continue to live on Florida’s shifting, unsteady sands.

In the scripture that we heard this morning, we hear of Jesus sharing a parable about building a house on an unstable foundation of sand and building a house on solid rock. This image would have spoken volumes to the residents of Palestine at the time. A house built on sand in the dry season would seem secure. Yet when the rains and winds and floods came, the house would be washed away. Better to build on bedrock. The story is figurative yet we can also relate to the literal image of building on sand and rock.

At issue in this story is the response of those who hear the word of God. There are those who listen and don’t act. And those who listen and do act. They are the ones who build on the rock. The issue is not knowing. The presumption is that those listening know the will of God. At issue is the doing of the will of God.

The verses we heard this morning are the conclusion of what is know as the Sermon on the Mount in the gospel of Matthew. It includes some of the most well-known teachings associated with Jesus such as:

Love your neighbor.
Turn the other cheek.
Blessed are the peace makers.
Love your enemy.
You are the light of the world.
You are the salt of the earth.
Where your treasure is there your heart will be also.
No one can serve two masters.
Do not judge, so that you may not be judged.

These teachings and many others are known well by those who are part of the church. But at issue is not knowing these teachings, it is putting them into practice. The one who builds on rock is the one that puts them into practice. The one who knows about them but does not act accordingly is the one who builds on sand.

When we think of churches building on sand today, we are not talking about churches that don’t know these teachings of Jesus which convey the will of God. We are talking about churches that know the sayings but do not put them into practice. Churches building on the sand are churches that are basing decisions and behavior on greed and economic gain. They are churches that are denying human influence on climate change. They are churches reinforcing racism, white privilege, and fascism. They are churches that promote American exceptionalism. They are churches that exclude certain kinds of people. They are churches that promote division and violence. They are churches that in some way deny the humanity of others. Churches that are ignoring or acting in contradiction to the teachings of Jesus are churches that are building on the sand. And this includes each and every church at one time or another including this one.

Through Jesus we are encouraged to build our ministry and our lives as disciples on solid rock. On a firm foundation. This means putting into practice the teachings that Jesus gives us which show us the will and way of God for the good of all Creation. What does that mean for us? Well, for one thing, it means being shaped by the goodness and generosity of a loving God. It means accepting a foundational belief in the sacredness not only of every single human being, but in the sacredness of every life and all of Creation that sustains life. To build on the rock in gospel terms means to define the worth of a person based on their value to God, not based on economic output, or class, or ethnicity, or sexual identity. It means doing good, not just not doing bad. It means working for peace and reconciliation and seeking the well being of those you consider enemy.

To build on the rock means to build on the teachings of Jesus and to choose behaviors and actions which reflect that. It means allowing yourself and the faith community to be formed, shaped, and designed by the way of Jesus. As the New Testament shows us, this can be a significant challenge when there are forces around us that are pushing in other directions. It can be hard to build on the rock of generosity and love when the community around you is focussed on greed and gain. It can be hard to build a community of justice, equality and mutuality when the societal context reinforces racism and classism. It can be hard to build a community that reverences the Earth and Creation in a context that is rooted in ravaging the environment through the acceptance of toxic energy, chemicals, waste, and over consumption. In the story we heard, Jesus knows that he is directly assaulting the foundation of his religion and his culture by accusing them of being built on sand. It is a verbal attack on accepted values and behavior.

As we begin this 50th anniversary year at Lakewood United Church of Christ, we are dealing with a nexus of issues. Yes, the church needs a new roof and we are looking at other issues that need attention to maintain the structural integrity of the building. We are looking at the importance of Creation Justice and thinking about what we can do to manifest our reverence for the environment examining options like solar energy. We are also thinking about climate change and sea level rise. Will it be feasible to do ministry in this location for another 50 years? We are examining that. Given these realities as best we can determine them, what do we need to be doing as a congregation regarding our buildings and grounds? What is the best use of our resources? How do we build on the rock? How do we take action based on the way of Jesus?

There are other challenges in our context that we are thinking about as we launch into the next 50 years and beyond. We are living in a time of more and more and more information but of less and less intimacy. The teachings of Jesus encourage authentic connection and relationship. People are deeply yearning for such connection and belonging. And the church built on the rock offers this. How can we implement the way of Jesus in the next 50 years in terms of encouraging healthy relationships?

As we assess our context and think of building on the rock, we are mindful that we live in a time when life is safer perhaps than at any other time in the past. And yet there is increasing fear. Why is there so much fear when there is quite literally less to be afraid of? We live with more access to information than any other time in the past, we know so much more about the world and about other people. Yet instead of this information leading to harmony and understanding, it is producing threat, hostility and hatred. How can we bring the teachings of Jesus to bear on these realities?

The intersection and the nexus of these many issues, and challenges, and circumstances make it a very exciting time to be part of the church and to be celebrating an anniversary that invites us to look back and to look ahead. In the next fifty years, what is the ministry that will be needed from this church and how are we positioning ourselves to build on the rock and to provide a solid foundation for those who will come after us? How are we making sure that we are building on the rock so that this church will be faithful in sharing God’s love for the good of the world entire?

Looking back, we can see how those in the past built on the rock giving us a solid foundation. In many ways the teachings of Jesus were taken very seriously and were borne out in the actions of the church. There was a commitment to racial integration in the 1960’s even when it meant that members left the church. The church has built on the rock hastening the end of the Cold War through a relationship with a sister church in the Soviet Union. The church chose to embrace the full inclusion of sexual minorities in the 90’s. Again, something which led to losing members. The church has confronted poverty through Operation Attack, being a founding partner of Pinellas Habitat for Humanity, and Family Promise. The church has built on the rock working for justice for the farmworkers and for all workers. The church has built on the rock confronting violence in its many forms from nuclear weapons to handguns.

Jesus teaches us that a faith community built on the rock of the gospel can have a constructive, creative influence on a world that is desperately in need of the love and compassion that is at the heart of our faith. Our voice is needed in the public square and in personal relationships.

Those who have been part of the ministry of this church for the past 50 years have given themselves to building on the rock; to being true and faithful to the way of Jesus no matter which way the wind is blowing. The goal has been to see that the ministry of the church is promoting transformed lives that put the values of Jesus into concrete action in the world. It has not always been easy. There has certainly been conflict between the dreams of the gospel and the reality of the society in which we live. There has also been contention within the church from time to time.

In looking back on my tenure at Lakewood, I tried to identify what I remember as the most contentious issue that was confronted. Many years ago, in the mid ’90’s I believe, the church council spent several months discussing what to do about the American flag that had been displayed in the sanctuary. Apparently at one time, there was an American flag and a Christian flag in the sanctuary. That was standard practice in churches then and it still is in many places today. For some reason the flags had been removed – maybe when some repair work was done or something like that. And, inadvertently, they were not put back. After a long interval, this was noticed. So it was requested that the flags be put back out. This issue came before the church council. Opinions were sought from the congregation. Many people weighed in. Consensus did not emerge. It finally came down to a vote at a church council meeting. Well, you know the result of the vote because you don’t see the flags here in the sanctuary this morning. But the way that it was resolved is interesting. When it came time for the vote, the moderator called the question. Those on the council voted. And the vote was split. Half for putting the flags back out. Half against. It was the one time in my 25 years here that the moderator had to cast the deciding vote. The council members were commenting about which group she was going to side with, and who she would make happy. Was she going to keep the group happy that wanted the flags in the sanctuary or the group that wanted the flags displayed in the Fellowship Hall? Who was she going to keep happy? The moderator, Kristin Andes, announced that her intention was not to please one group or the other, but to please God. There you go. Build on the rock. Trying to the best of our limited ability, to side with the gospel. And you know how she voted.

May we continue in our commitment and intention to build on the rock; to be designed, formed, and shaped by the gospel of Jesus Christ so that our actions are part of building a more just and loving world for all. For at least the next 50 years!  Amen.

A reasonable effort has been made to appropriately cite materials referenced in this sermon. For additional information, please contact Lakewood United Church of Christ.

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Weekly Update 20 September

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

SUN, SEP 24 THIS SUNDAY: Matthew 20:1-16 invites us to think about economics and grace, an unlikely pairing perhaps, but issues often linked together in the teachings of Jesus.  What do economics teach us about the grace of God?  What does the grace of God teach us about economics?

Also this Sunday, there will be a celebration of a special gift to the church library.
SUN, SEP 24 SUNDAY CELEBRATIONS: The next potluck will be hosted by the 50th anniversary committee and will include conversations related to the anniversary theme: Foundation for the Future. Those who are part of the Lakewood church family are invited to share a paragraph or two about LUCC: what has the church meant in your life? Your thoughts will be collected and posted at the church website and perhaps made into a booklet as well. For those who cannot attend the lunch, your reflections about the church are still welcome. Please bring, send or email your paragraph(s) to the church at your convenience. Many thanks!
TUE, SEP 26 CIRCUS MCGURKIS: LUCC will be hosting Circus McGurkis, a peace and justice festival, on Saturday Nov. 11. Please plan to save the date and volunteer! The Steering Committee will meet at LUCC in the Fellowship Hall Tuesday Sept. 26 at 6:00 p.m. The LUCC Site Team for Circus McGurkis will meet on Sunday Oct. 1 following morning worship.
SUN, OCT 1 WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY: The first Sunday of October is World Communion Sunday.  The service will be a celebration of world community.
MANY THANKS: To all who helped clean up after Irma, and to Patti Cooksey and Marg Radens who brought pizza and water! Pictures from Saturday will be posted tomorrow.
CHURCH SCHOOL CHANGE: Instead of starting the service together, bring your children directly to the church school room and they will join the service at the end so they can participate in the morning prayers and close of the service.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: In an effort to be environmentally friendly, shorter bulletins will continue to be used this fall at Lakewood. This means there will be room for only some of the announcements that are posted online. You are encouraged to subscribe to the website (this means you will get new posts emailed to you) in order to stay up to date on everything that’s happening. Alternatively, you can check the website, lakewooducc.org frequently for updates.
FAMILY PROMISE: Donations are needed! Lawn Bags, Garbage Bags, Work Gloves/Garden Gloves, Bottled Water, Non-perishable Food Items, Cleaning Supplies, Sponges, Buckets, Laundry Detergent, Personal Hygiene Products
Feminine Hygiene Products, Toilet Paper, and Batteries. The donations can be placed in the cart in the narthex. Contact Patti Cooksey if you have any questions.
VOTING RIGHTS: A petition to restore the right to vote for people with prior felony convictions, except those convicted of murder or a felony sexual offense, upon completion of their sentences will be available to sign after worship on Sunday. Currently, people with prior felony convictions are permanently disqualified to vote unless they receive clemency. Contact Lucille Ruga if you are interested or have any questions.
ECLIPSE GLASSES: Bring your gently used eclipse glasses to church so they can be reused! Lakewood UCC will participate in the Astronomers Without Borders program to collect glasses after the eclipse, so they can be sent to schools in South America and Asia when eclipses cross those continents in 2019. Don’t waste. Donate!
SPACE HEATER: A formerly-homeless friend of the church has asked for a space heater. If you have one you can donate, please let the church office know.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

ONLINE RESOURCE: The Southern Poverty Law Center has published a new online resource, Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide. All over the country people are fighting hate, standing up to promote tolerance and inclusion. More often than not, when hate flares up, good people rise up against it — often in greater numbers and with stronger voices. This guide sets out 10 principles for fighting hate in your community.
SAT, SEP 23 SUSTAINABILITY SUMMIT POSTPONED: Learn how the League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area and our partners are working toward clean energy and clean water and how you can get involved! We have rescheduled for Sept 23rd, 8:15am – 12:30pm at the FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (100 8th Ave SE, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33701). For more information visit facebook.
THU, OCT 5 DEATH PENALTY: Governor Scott has ordered the execution of Michael Lambrix for Thursday, October 5th at 6pm ET. This would be the 25th execution ordered by Gov. Scott, a new record for a Florida governor. Please Take Action! Support the statewide organized grassroots effort to end executions in Florida. Make your much needed and appreciated donation today.

CONTINUING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Mark Gibson and family, Betty Harris, Ron Huff,
Carolyn Moore, Gertie Pirazzini, Ann Quinn, Earl Waters

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New Members!

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

panorama of congregation during new member liturgy

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UCC Florida Conference Hurricane Irma Response

Rev. John VertiganGreetings to you, and peace, Florida Conference.

We’ve all been impacted by Irma. Some have felt the wrath of that storm more intensely than others, but not a one of us escaped the effects of that massive storm. Through it, and after it, I have remembered the words of Jesus when he promised his disciples, “I will not leave you desolate.” It’s a promise from which we can take heart as we move into the recovery phase of this event. I recall an announcer on news radio remarking that “the hurricane was the scary part; now we get into the tough part.”

The church house at 9300 did not sustain any major damage but remains without power as of this writing. We have no access to lights, phones, internet or e-mail systems, and the best way for you to let us know of needs is to phone your regional minister or me directly if you have those numbers. In any event, we are trying mightily to survey the damage to our church communities across the state so we can advocate for a powerful rebuilding response as time passes.

The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors has approved a $1,000 immediate gift to our partners in the Coalition of Immokalee Workers to assist them in their response to those in need there.

I have already received outreach from the Pension Boards of the United Church of Christ who have offered help to clergy who might find themselves in financial crisis because of this storm. Perhaps you missed a paycheck or encountered an unmet need due to the hurricane. Please reach out to me; we have ways of helping in such times. Additionally, I’ve received outreach from the office of disaster ministries in the national setting of the United Church of Christ. I can speak boldly for them and for us in the conference leadership when I say we are committed to a long-term response to this disaster and will do everything in our power to assist our churches and communities in their recovery efforts.

Jesus said, “I will not leave you desolate.” Today I ask you to live with the mind of Christ and see to it that not one person in your sphere of influence feels they have been left alone in this crisis. To that request I add the promise of the wider United Church of Christ that we are with you in this time as together we make way for a new day and a new dawn to the glory of the One who calls us.

Now more than ever, be at peace and be in touch, won’t you.

Rev. John Vertigan

The Rev. John Vertigan
Conference Minister

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Free Meals Available Thursday and Friday

Free hot meals, free canned food, and free water will be offered to those affected by Hurricane Irma at the Enoch Davis Center, 1111 18th Ave. S., St. Petersburg, from noon until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday Sept. 14 and 15.

This service is being provided by the Women’s March Pinellas and the City of St. Petersburg.

Please spread this information to those whom it would benefit.

 

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Weekly Update 13 September

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

SUN, SEP 17 THIS SUNDAY: It is Charter Sunday! This is a Sunday to celebrate the founding of Lakewood United Church of Christ and the opening of the church charter. This year, Charter Sunday marks the beginning of the 50th anniversary of the church. There will be festivities planned through April when the charter was closed. The theme for the 50th anniversary celebration is “Foundation for the Future.”
SAT, SEP 16 IRMA: The church property survived Irma in tact! There are many shingles from the roof and branches down, but no water came in. The sandbags worked!

Please come to help work on brush clean up on Saturday 8:30 am if you can! If you want to help before Saturday, feel free to come to church and start amassing debris under the big oak tree by the parking area or by the dumpsters. Our lawn care person will take it to the dump later in the week.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: In an effort to be environmentally conscious, shorter bulletins will continue to be used this fall at Lakewood. This means there will be room for only some of the announcements that are posted online. You are encouraged to subscribe to the website (this means you will get new posts emailed to you) in order to stay up to date on everything that’s happening. Alternatively, you can check the website, lakewooducc.org frequently for updates.
SUN, SEP 17 CHOIR BEGINS: This morning the choir begins its ministry for the year ahead. Many thanks to the singers and Music Director Hilton Jones for providing this important part of our life together. New voices are always welcome in the choir – no experience required. Rehearsals begin Sunday morning at 9:15 a.m.
SUN, SEP 17 START OF CHURCH SCHOOL: Church school for elementary and middle school age children will resume. Instead of starting the service together, bring your children directly to the church school room and they will join the service after the offering. This week the children will assemble emergency clean-up buckets to send to people whose homes were flooded by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. To learn more, visit cwskits.org.
FAMILY PROMISE: Donations of laundry detergent are needed! This ongoing drive is becoming the LUCC compassionate response to providing for one of the greatest needs of the families. The detergent can be placed in the cart in the narthex. Contact Patti Cooksey if you have any questions.
VOTING RIGHTS: A petition to restore the right to vote for people with prior felony convictions, except those convicted of murder or a felony sexual offense, upon completion of their sentences will be available to sign after worship on Sunday. Currently, people with prior felony convictions are permanently disqualified to vote unless they receive clemency. Contact Lucille Ruga if you are interested or have any questions.
ECLIPSE GLASSES: Bring your gently used eclipse glasses to church so they can be reused! Lakewood UCC will participate in the Astronomers Without Borders program to collect glasses after the eclipse, so they can be sent to schools in South America and Asia when eclipses cross those continents in 2019. Don’t waste. Donate!
SPACE HEATER: A formerly-homeless friend of the church has asked for a space heater. If you have one you can donate, please let the church office know.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

ONLINE RESOURCE: The Southern Poverty Law Center has published a new online resource, Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide. All over the country people are fighting hate, standing up to promote tolerance and inclusion. More often than not, when hate flares up, good people rise up against it — often in greater numbers and with stronger voices. This guide sets out 10 principles for fighting hate in your community.
SUSTAINABILITY SUMMIT POSTPONED: Learn how the League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area and our partners are working toward clean energy and clean water and how you can get involved! We are hoping to reschedule for Sept 23rd or 30th, depending on venue and panelist availability, as it is clear now more than ever that we must push ahead toward clean energy and clean water in the context of climate change and what it means for our weather. For more information visit facebook.

CONTINUING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


CIRCLE OF CONCERN

Mark Gibson and family, Betty Harris, Ron Huff, Ed Kaspar,
Carolyn Moore, Gertie Pirazzini, Ann Quinn, Earl Waters, Denise Williams

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Service cancelled this morning due to hurricane Irma

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

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

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

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