Weekly Update 5 December

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

THIS SUNDAY: This Sunday is the second Sunday in Advent. Lakewood UCC will offer an oasis of calm during what is for many a very busy month. Come center your heart and see where the journey leads. Join the migration to Divine Love! Come a little early (10:15am) to sing favorite Christmas Carols.
EXTRA MILE GIVING: The church is facing a $13,500 shortfall in operating expenses for 2018. If you are able to “go the extra mile” to help, please place your donation in an envelope marked “the extra mile” (available in the back of the sanctuary) or indicate this on the memo line of your check. Watch the bulletin board in the narthex to see the progress toward this important goal – each step represents $1000. We’ve raised $11,400 so far. Many thanks in advance for your generosity.
LEADERSHIP SELECTION: Would you like to be an Advisor? Are there people in the congregation you would like to be an Advisor in 2019? In addition to stewarding the finances, property, and staff, the Advisors also have a significant role to play in guiding the overall ministry of the church. Your help is needed identifying those who will lead in the coming year. Please fill out a Leadership Selection form and place it in the envelope on the bulletin board.
ADVENT: This season the Advent services at Lakewood UCC will be contemplative services patterned on the style of Taizé in France. In what is often the busiest, most hectic time of the year, the church is offering a window of calm and quiet for reflection, re-creation, and rest. In Christianity, as in most religious expressions, quiet is an important spiritual discipline. Quiet creates space to listen, to feel, to be. It may be an opportunity to experience God, however you may understand God. In this season of Advent, a time to prepare for the celebration of the birth of Jesus, may these contemplative services create space for love.
LETTER WRITING: During the season of Advent you are invited to write to inmates on death row in Florida. This is a time of year when they can feel especially hopeless and alone. Letter writing materials are available in the back of the sanctuary.
LUCC CONCERT SERIES: The Stillhouse Shakers are a string band based in the Tampa Bay Area. They strive to authentically represent the music of America’s past while blending their own unique styles into a high-energy show, filled with history, hilarity, and a wide variety of Fiddle Tunes, Folk Songs, Blues, Ballads and Breakdowns. They will perform at Lakewood UCC (2601 54th Ave S) on Friday, January 11 at 7pm. There is a $20 suggested donation for the band.

The band is comprised of three young, award-winning musicians: Tyler Nall from Florida on the Fiddle, Camden Pugh from Tennessee on the Banjo, and Holly Foss from Minnesota on the Guitar. The three long time friends formed the band in 2015, and since then they have relentlessly performed their music at festivals, farms, bars, breweries, weddings and many other venues throughout Florida as well as many other states throughout the Southeast.
CHRISTMAS CAROLING: Join in offering the joy of music to those from the church family who are homebound! Meet at church on Saturday Dec. 15 at 3pm. After caroling, there will be a dinner party at Yoko Nogami’s house. Many thanks to the Blair-Andrews family for organizing this expression of seasonal cheer!
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE: Music of the season begins Monday Dec. 24 at 6:30 followed by a service of readings and reflections at 7pm. The service includes communion and candlelight. All ages are welcome.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

CAROLING FOR THE HOMELESS: Still No Room in the Inn, the annual carol sing at downtown homeless shelters, will begin at 6:30pm on Friday, December 7 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, (100 Mirror Lake Drive). The caroling is sponsored by Celebrate Outreach, a coalition of St. Petersburg area faith groups that provide aid to those experiencing homelessness, including three weekly meals and the Tiny Homes for Homeless Veterans program. This will be the 29th year of Still No Room in the Inn. Still No Room in the Inn takes its name from the Christmas story, when Jesus was born as a homeless refugee. He was put in an animal’s feeding trough because there was “no room in the inn” for him and his refugee family. The name is a reminder to us that two thousand years after the first Christmas there is “no room in the inn” for many in St. Petersburg. Contact sjstew@gte.net or (727) 894-2832 if you have questions.
CONCERTS: The Tampa Oratorio Singers (LUCC’s Claire Stiles is a member) will perform the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah with the Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir and orchestra on Sunday, December 9, at 7pm and again on Tuesday, December 11, at 7pm at Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church (3501 W. San Jose St., Tampa). There will be a free will offering collected.

They will perform a second concert, Carols of the Season, on Saturday, December 15, at 4pm at Pass-A-Grille Beach Community Church (107 16th Ave, St. Pete Beach) and again on Sunday, December 16, at 4pm at Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church. Contact Claire Stiles for more information.

ALUMNI SINGERS: The Alumni Singers of St. Petersburg will give a Christmas Concert at 4pm on Sunday, 9 December at Lakewood United Methodist Church (5995 Dr MLK, Jr St S). The Alumni Singers, founded in 1980, is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the African-American experience through choral arrangements of African American spirituals, anthems, and gospel music. The choir will be under the direction of Ms. Janice Seay Hogans. A freewill offering will be taken during the event.
CHRISTMAS DINNER: Celebrate Outreach sponsors an annual Christmas (December 25th) dinner from 3-6pm at Trinity Lutheran Church (401 5th St. N) for over 150 homeless people who would otherwise go without. Workers will be needed all day to prepare, cook, serve, and clean up after the meal. To give food, funds, and volunteer help, and to schedule your work time: G. W. Rolle at gwrolle@gmail.com or (727) 424-1088.

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.
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.
ELECTRONIC 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 the church office.
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.
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.
NEW 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.
RECYCLE: Recycle your print cartridges! At this time we cannot recycle toner cartridges, only inkjet cartridges. Keep it coming in! Many thanks to all who contribute to the church recycling. This income stream helps the ministry of the church.
USHERS NEEDED: Please see or email the church office if you would like to volunteer to usher for services.
WEBSITE — lakewooducc.org: Everything you always wanted to know about the church. Go ahead and ask. The information is probably at the church website. You can subscribe and have updates and comments automatically sent to your email address. See the homepage for details. You can also keep connected with LUCC on Facebook and on Twitter.
YOUNG PEOPLE AT LAKEWOOD: Children and young people are a vital part of the LUCC family. School age children are invited to participate in Church School and preschool children are welcome in the Nursery under the able care of Claudia Rodriguez. They will join the congregation for 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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Sermon 11.25.18 Dinner’s Ready

Scripture Lessons: Isaiah 25:6-9, Psalm 23:5, and Luke 14:1-24

This was the week for the iconic American Thanksgiving feast.  According to the National Turkey Foundation, 51.6 million turkeys were consumed.  [22% of them were raised in Minnesota.]  That’s about 736 million pounds of turkey eaten!  Along with the turkeys, Americans consumed something like 3.1 billion pounds of sweet potatoes, 859 million pounds of cranberries, 50 million pumpkin pies and 40 million green bean casseroles.  Add to that gravy, corn bread, rolls, apple pie, pecan pie, butternut squash, mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts, and macaroni and cheese, among other sides, and you have a colossal feast!  

According to the American Farm Bureau, a typical Thanksgiving dinner costs $5 per person for the food.  An average of 3,000 calories is consumed at Thanksgiving dinner with the big ticket calorie item being the pecan pie.  I had a large piece of pecan pie!   [Thanksgiving food statistics from:  https://spoonuniversity.com/lifestyle/thanksgiving-day-food-facts and https://us.blastingnews.com/food/2017/11/the-number-of-turkeys-consumed-on-thanksgiving-day-002187613.html]

Thanksgiving is definitely our national feast day.  Countless social service agencies and food banks and churches provide Thanksgiving meals to those made poor.  People who are alone are invited to dinner by neighbors and coworkers.  With the narrative of the Pilgrims and the Indians fading into the background, Americans still sat down to a feast day last Thursday. 

The abundance of food at Thanksgiving is reminiscent of the scene portrayed in the book of Isaiah.  The prophet images God’s intentions for humanity in terms of a feast:  At a meal of rich foods and well-aged wines, all people come together and there is no fear, no sadness, and no scarcity.  Thanksgiving almost seems to be our national enactment of the concept of the commonwealth of God albeit for one meal; no one is hungry or thirsty and everyone has a place at a table.  I hope we never lose that glimmer of heaven even if it is only once a year.  

Given that the feast is a common way of imaging the intentions of Divine Love, it is not surprising that Jesus was famous for feasting.  He enacts the idea that the realm of God is among you through food and eating in story after story.   Jesus is remembered for being at dinner with people to the point of being a glutton and a drunkard.  Think of the last supper, and the meal at which a woman anoints Jesus’ feet with oil, the wedding in Cana, the dinner at the home of Zacchaeus the tax collector, to name a few.    Jesus is also remembered for feeding people.  Each of the four gospels includes the story of the feeding of the multitudes and the gospel of Matthew includes it twice.  And in every case, there are leftovers.  Abundance, no scarcity.  And Jesus is remembered not only for eating, but for telling stories about feasts and dinners and eating.  

In the story we heard this morning from Luke, Jesus is at a dinner and he teaches using the imagery of meals.  We are told that this meal is at the home of a Pharisee.  This is someone from the ruling religious class, so someone important, with the status and means to host a banquet.  Jesus begins by healing someone on the Sabbath.  This can be seen as a violation of Sabbath Law.  So this act is a direct challenge to the authority and legalism of the Pharisees who are entrusted with upholding the Law of God.  So, from the get-go, Jesus is enacting the commonwealth of God, embodying the saving, healing power of Divine Love for all people at all times. 

Then Jesus goes on to talk about who gets invited to dinner.  The whole banqueting thing was about the host inviting prominent people to impress them, to impress those below the host with the host’s status, and about getting the guests to then be obligated to the host – to invite the host to a banquet to impress and improve the host’s standing and status.  So a banquet was about promoting status and privilege, and keeping people indebted to you so that you could expect their loyalty and cooperation when needed.  A banquet was an occasion to increase and solidify power and prestige.  And this was very much tied up with who was invited and where they sat.

And in this very setting, absolutely aware of the situation, Jesus talks about taking a seat of lower status, and inviting people to dinner who can’t invite you back:  Those made poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind.  Jesus is choosing these categories of people because these are just the people who are denoted in the scriptures for receiving favoritism from God. Jesus is explaining the commonwealth of God in a way that completely undermines what his host is doing, as well as overturning the expectations of all of the guests present.  Think, the last shall be first and the first shall be last.  That is essentially what Jesus is saying in a context in which the first are trying to stay first, and those who are not first are trying to get in with those who are first. 

Then Jesus tells another story to those at the Pharisee’s banquet.  It is about someone throwing a banquet and the guests refusing the invitation.  They are too busy.  Caught up with other matters.  So, those made poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind are invited.  They come.  The implication is that the “important” people refuse the invitation to be part of the realm of God present here and now.  Those who are the “Establishment”, the structure legitimators, the privileged, those with status, they turn down God’s offer and instead invest in maintaining their own power and place.  And those made poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind, those from whom nothing can be expected in return, they accept the invitation to be part of God’s reality.   They are held up as the recipients of Divine Blessing because they accept while the others choose to protect themselves and their power constructs rather than being part of God’s realm.  

Jesus, like Isaiah, envisions a feast for all people.  Those with status and privilege, as well as those on the margins and fringes of society.  All are welcome.  In the scene at the Pharisees dinner, as the stories unfold, the realm of God is welcoming to all, but those with power and property to protect opt out.  To create community based on Divine Love, religious, social, and economic hierarchies that privilege some over others must be dismantled.  There are no haves and have nots.  All are beloved children of God.  

Jesus knew that creating such community, embodying Divine Love, living out the reign of God, would not be accepted by all people.  He knew there were those who would want to protect their power, privilege, and place.  And he encountered their opposition.  Jesus loved those who were threatened by God’s realm.  He offered them a place.  He courted their presence at the table.  But they chose not be part of Divine reality.  

Here we think of that verse that was read from Psalm 23.  We tend to think of this psalm as one of comfort and assurance especially at a time of death and grief.  But there is that indelible verse:  “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.”  This is an image of the banquet of Divine Love where everyone has a place.  We have a place.  Our enemies have a place.  And when we take our place with our enemies, as Jesus did, we experience the overflowing of grace, mercy, forgiveness, and reconciliation.  Our cups overflow.  

Given the current polarized political climate in our country, it is inevitable that some of us sat down to Thanksgiving dinner with our enemies.  There were articles and posts and blogs and even a training event at Eckerd College about how to deal with people with whom we disagree at events like Thanksgiving dinner.  Sometimes our first reaction is to avoid the situation.  But that can be very hard at a holiday.  

And we have more holiday gatherings ahead in the coming weeks.  Social events with family, clubs, teams, coworkers, organizations, and other groups.  These gatherings may include people we do not agree with, especially about the current political situation in the United States.  Some of us anticipate these gatherings with dread.  

So let’s remember these scriptures about feasting and banquets and parties as images for the commonwealth of God.  Everyone is welcome. That means even the people we vehemently disagree with.   The image of eating together is a universal image that everyone can relate to.  It is important that people sit down to eat together.  This simple ritual reinforces our common bond as human beings.  We all need to eat.  We all need each other.  And we are all recipients of the bounty of Earth.  With the banquet image we are reminded that there is more than enough for all.  That means even the people we may deem undeserving.   In the feast image, everyone receives from the goodness of God.  It is grace for everyone.  There is no pecking order, or hierarchy, or power to protect.  Think of a round table not a rectangular one.  

In that verse from Psalm 23, there is mention of enemies.  A table set before us in the presence of our enemies.  There is the assumption that we have enemies.  It is not assumed that we are living harmoniously with everyone.  It is assumed that we have enemies.  Maybe those we consider “other.”  Those who are different and seem threatening in some way.  Those whose beliefs and views are abhorrent to us.  

In the season to come, we will likely have to deal with some of these enemies at a holiday gathering.  We are preparing to celebrate the birth of Jesus, the incarnation of Divine Love in Jesus, showing us what it is to be a human being, full and free.  These gatherings are an opportunity for us to incarnate Divine Love:  To be present at a table with our enemies.  To have a conversation with someone we don’t like.  To sit near someone we disagree with.  To speak our truth in love.  To enact and incarnate the reality of God.  That is what it’s like in the realm of God.  In the love of God there is room for all at the table.  

And what happens at that table with the enemies?  The psalm tells us, “My head is anointed with oil, my cup overflows.”  As we embody love in these difficult situations, we may find meaning and purpose.  We may experience grace and even peace.  We may grow and learn.  We may feel in some small way more a part of the reality of Love.  That, after all, is the reason for the season before us.  

So, with Thanksgiving behind us, we look to the feasts and parties and gatherings ahead.  The invitations will come.  Jesus spent more time at dinners and banquets and meals than in the synagogue.  It is at the table that beloved community is created.  That is where the gospel is experienced.  May we be willing to be present even in the presence of our enemies.  Especially in the presence of our enemies.  Dinner’s ready.  Are we?  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 28 November

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

THIS SUNDAY: This Sunday is the first Sunday in Advent. Lakewood UCC will offer an oasis of calm during what is for many a very busy month. Come center your heart and see where the journey leads. Join the migration to Divine Love!
EXTRA MILE GIVING: The church is facing a $13,500 shortfall in operating expenses for 2018. If you are able to “go the extra mile” to help, please place your donation in an envelope marked “the extra mile” (available in the back of the sanctuary) or indicate this on the memo line of your check. Watch the bulletin board in the narthex to see the progress toward this important goal – each step represents $1000. We’ve raised $11,000 so far. Many thanks in advance for your generosity.
LEADERSHIP SELECTION: Would you like to be an Advisor? Are there people in the congregation you would like to be an Advisor in 2019? In addition to stewarding the finances, property, and staff, the Advisors also have a significant role to play in guiding the overall ministry of the church. Your help is needed identifying those who will lead in the coming year. Please fill out a Leadership Selection form and place it in the envelope on the bulletin board.
ADVENT: This season the Advent services at Lakewood UCC will be contemplative services patterned on the style of Taizé in France. In what is often the busiest, most hectic time of the year, the church is offering a window of calm and quiet for reflection, re-creation, and rest. In Christianity, as in most religious expressions, quiet is an important spiritual discipline. Quiet creates space to listen, to feel, to be. It may be an opportunity to experience God, however you may understand God. In this season of Advent, a time to prepare for the celebration of the birth of Jesus, may these contemplative services create space for love.
DECORATING THE SANCTUARY: Decorating the sanctuary for the Advent season will take place following worship on Sunday Dec. 2. Please plan to stay and help with the wonderful process of the transformation of the worship space that encourages transformation of our hearts during the Advent season. Many thanks to Colleen Coughenour for organizing this effort.
CHRISTMAS CAROLING: Join in offering the joy of music to those from the church family who are homebound! Meet at church on Saturday Dec. 15 at 3pm. After caroling, there will be a dinner party at Yoko Nogami’s house. Many thanks to the Blair-Andrews family for organizing this expression of seasonal cheer!
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE: Music of the season begins Monday Dec. 24 at 6:30 followed by a service of readings and reflections at 7pm. The service includes communion and candlelight. All ages are welcome.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

ONE CITY CHORUS: Be uplifted and inspired by the rousing music of the 140-voice One City Chorus, featuring LUCC singers Yoko Nogami and Jeff Wells. The music features themes of social justice, civil rights, diversity and equality. The next concert is Dec. 1 at 7:30pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Clearwater (2470 Nursery Rd, Clearwater, FL 33764). Tickets: $18 in advance, $20 at the door. See Jeff or Yoko for details.
CAROLING FOR THE HOMELESS: Still No Room in the Inn, the annual carol sing at downtown homeless shelters, will begin at 6:30pm on Friday, December 7 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, (100 Mirror Lake Drive). The caroling is sponsored by Celebrate Outreach, a coalition of St. Petersburg area faith groups that provide aid to those experiencing homelessness, including three weekly meals and the Tiny Homes for Homeless Veterans program. This will be the 29th year of Still No Room in the Inn. Still No Room in the Inn takes its name from the Christmas story, when Jesus was born as a homeless refugee. He was put in an animal’s feeding trough because there was “no room in the inn” for him and his refugee family. The name is a reminder to us that two thousand years after the first Christmas there is “no room in the inn” for many in St. Petersburg. Contact sjstew@gte.net or (727) 894-2832 if you have questions.
ALUMNI SINGERS: The Alumni Singers of St. Petersburg will give a Christmas Concert at 4pm on Sunday, 9 December at Lakewood United Methodist Church (5995 Dr MLK, Jr St S). The Alumni Singers, founded in 1980, is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the African-American experience through choral arrangements of African American spirituals, anthems, and gospel music. The choir will be under the direction of Ms. Janice Seay Hogans. A freewill offering will be taken during the event.
RAYTHEON PROTEST: Major U.S. defense contractor Raytheon is the world’s largest producer of guided missiles. Since Saudi Arabia launched its war on Yemen in March 2015, there have been 212 confirmed civilian deaths involving Raytheon’s missiles. During this same time, the company’s stock has almost doubled in value from $108.44 to $210.70 per share. For more information on Raytheon’s involvement in Saudi Arabia’s war on Yemen see this article on the news and opinion website salon.

Pax Christi holds a weekly demonstration of U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia nearby Raytheon’s Largo facility at the corner of Bryan Dairy and Belcher from 4:30 to 5:30pm on Wednesdays and invites you to join. There is plenty of parking in the lot behind the bank on the SW corner.

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.
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.
ELECTRONIC 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 the church office.
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.
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.
NEW 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.
RECYCLE: Recycle your print cartridges! At this time we cannot recycle toner cartridges, only inkjet cartridges. Keep it coming in! Many thanks to all who contribute to the church recycling. This income stream helps the ministry of the church.
USHERS NEEDED: Please see or email the church office if you would like to volunteer to usher for services.
WEBSITE — lakewooducc.org: Everything you always wanted to know about the church. Go ahead and ask. The information is probably at the church website. You can subscribe and have updates and comments automatically sent to your email address. See the homepage for details. You can also keep connected with on Facebook and on Twitter.
YOUNG PEOPLE AT LAKEWOOD: Children and young people are a vital part of the LUCC family. School age children are invited to participate in Church School and preschool children are welcome in the Nursery under the able care of Claudia Rodriguez. They will join the congregation for 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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Weekly Update 21 November

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

THIS SUNDAY: After a holiday centered on eating, we reflect on the table God prepares for us and taking our place at that table. There is a promise of lavish food and well-aged wine. It’s the last Sunday of the month, but there will not be a Sunday Celebrations Potluck this week.
EXTRA MILE GIVING: The church is facing a $13,500 shortfall in operating expenses for 2018. If you are able to “go the extra mile” to help, please place your donation in an envelope marked “the extra mile” (available in the back of the sanctuary) or indicate this on the memo line of your check. Watch the bulletin board in the narthex to see the progress toward this important goal – each step represents $1000, we’ve raised $10,000 so far. Many thanks in advance for your generosity.
ADVENT: Advent begins Dec. 2. This is the 4 week season of preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus. Advent used to be called “Little Lent.” It was a season of penitence, preparing for the feast of the nativity, as Lent is the season of penitence preparing for the feast of Easter.

At Lakewood this year, the concept of migration will lead us through this season. We are told that Mary and Joseph migrated to Bethlehem. There is a story of the holy family migrating to Egypt for safety. While you may not be involved in a physical migration, every person is making a migration through life. There is migration to new ways of thinking and believing. There is migration in life that comes from knowledge and experience. There is migration that takes place as part of the aging process. Hardship and illness often cause migration in terms of self understanding and abilities. Changes in relationship status and loss involve migration to a new normal. There are many ways that migration applies to life’s journey. In this season of Advent, the theme of migration will be explored hopefully leading us to more fully welcome the new love and life represented by the birth of Jesus. Join in this spiritual journey of migration!

Sunday services will involve readings and time for quiet reflection. The congregation will be invited to join in singing chants in the style of the Taize community in France. This contemplative form of worship was offered last year during Advent and it was very much appreciated as an oasis of calm during what is for many a very busy month. Come center your heart each week and see where the journey leads. Join the migration to Divine Love!

DECORATING THE SANCTUARY: Decorating the sanctuary for the Advent season will take place following worship on Sunday Dec. 2. Please plan to stay and help with the wonderful process of the transformation of the worship space which encourages transformation of our hearts during the Advent season. Many thanks to Colleen Coughenour for organizing this effort.
CHRISTMAS CAROLING: Join in offering the joy of music to those from the church family who are homebound! Meet at church on Saturday Dec. 15 at 3pm. After caroling, there will be a dinner party at Yoko Nogami’s house. Many thanks to the Blair-Andrews family for organizing this expression of seasonal cheer!
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE: Music of the season begins Monday Dec. 24 at 6:30 followed by a service of readings and reflections at 7pm. The service includes communion and candlelight. All ages are welcome.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

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 nothing on Friday, 23 November.
ONE CITY CHORUS: Be uplifted and inspired by the rousing music of the 140-voice One City Chorus, featuring LUCC singers Yoko Nogami and Jeff Wells. The music features themes of social justice, civil rights, diversity and equality. The next concert is Dec. 1 at 7:30pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Clearwater (2470 Nursery Rd, Clearwater, FL 33764). Tickets: $18 in advance, $20 at the door. See Jeff or Yoko for details.
ALUMNI SINGERS: The Alumni Singers of St. Petersburg will give a Christmas Concert at 4pm on Sunday, 9 December at Lakewood United Methodist Church (5995 Dr MLK, Jr St S). The Alumni Singers, founded in 1980, is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the African-American experience through choral arrangements of African American spirituals, anthems, and gospel music. The choir will be under the direction of Ms. Janice Seay Hogans. A freewill offering will be taken during the event.
RAYTHEON PROTEST: Major U.S. defense contractor Raytheon is the world’s largest producer of guided missiles. Since Saudi Arabia launched its war on Yemen in March 2015, there have been 212 confirmed civilian deaths involving Raytheon’s missiles. During this same time, the company’s stock has almost doubled in value from $108.44 to $210.70 per share. For more information on Raytheon’s involvement in Saudi Arabia’s war on Yemen see this article on the news and opinion website salon.

Pax Christy holds a weekly demonstration of U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia nearby Raytheon’s Largo facility at the corner of Bryan Dairy and Belcher from 4:30 to 5:30pm on Wednesdays and invites you to join. There is plenty of parking in the lot behind the bank on the SW corner.

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.
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.
ELECTRONIC 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 the church office.
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.
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.
NEW 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.
RECYCLE: Recycle your print cartridges! At this time we cannot recycle toner cartridges, only inkjet cartridges. Keep it coming in! Many thanks to all who contribute to the church recycling. This income stream helps the ministry of the church.
USHERS NEEDED: Please see or email the church office if you would like to volunteer to usher for services.
WEBSITE — lakewooducc.org: Everything you always wanted to know about the church. Go ahead and ask. The information is probably at the church website. You can subscribe and have updates and comments automatically sent to your email address. See the homepage for details. You can also keep connected with on Facebook and on Twitter.
YOUNG PEOPLE AT LAKEWOOD: Children and young people are a vital part of the LUCC family. School age children are invited to participate in Church School and preschool children are welcome in the Nursery under the able care of Claudia Rodriguez. They will join the congregation for 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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Weekly Update 14 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 18 THIS SUNDAY: This Sunday is The BIG Event: Sharing the Harvest. It will be a celebration of the abundance of life – all that we have been given and all that we have to give. As part of the service, the congregation will help to create an altar of gratitude. Please bring something that represents what you are thankful for to put on the altar during the Ritual of Thanksgiving. There will also be an opportunity to make a financial commitment to the church for the coming year. This will be an exciting Sunday. Please plan to be part of the celebration!
SUN, NOV 18 RECEPTION: There will be a reception following worship on Sunday Nov. 18 to celebrate Sharing the Harvest and the full ministry of the Lakewood UCC congregation.
EXTRA MILE GIVING: The church is facing a $13,500 shortfall in operating expenses for 2018. If you are able to “go the extra mile” to help, please place your donation in an envelope marked “the extra mile” (available in the back of the sanctuary) or indicate this on the memo line of your check. Watch the bulletin board in the narthex to see the progress toward this important goal – each step represents $1000, and we need to get all the way across the board! Many thanks in advance for your generosity.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

THU, NOV 15 INTERFAITH EVENT: Join Interfaith Tampa Bay for their annual Interfaith Thanksgiving event. This year, the focus will again be on the art of storytelling and feature some amazing storytellers presenting on the theme of gratitude and community. New this year will be a potluck dinner, where guests are encouraged to bring a dish to share (as well as a tablecloth) that represents their family or community. Thursday, November 15, from 6:30 to 8:30pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church of St. Petersburg (100 Mirror Lake Dr N). This event is free and open to the public. A collection will be taken for Interfaith Tampa Bay and UUSP. RSVP to Joran Slane of Interfaith Tampa Bay.
SUN, NOV 18 CONCERT: Join the Tampa Oratorio Singers (Claire Stiles is a member) for their 50th Anniversary Concert featuring favorite choral masterworks at 4pm on Sunday, November 18 at Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church (3501 E. San Jose St., Tampa). A free will offering will be collected.
TUE, NOV 20 LOVE NOT FEAR EVENT: Is there someone you love that disagrees with you about something important? Are you dreading that conversation over Thanksgiving dinner or social media? Come to Loving Through Disagreement at Eckerd College Bininger Theater on Tuesday, 20 November at 7pm to hear from people with perspectives on loving people who disagree on core issues like race, religion, sexuality and politics. Share your experiences and get new ideas from fellow participants. Get your free tickets on eventbrite.
SUN, DEC 9 CONCERT: The Alumni Singers of St. Petersburg will give a Christmas Concert at 4pm on Sunday, 9 December at Lakewood United Methodist Church (5995 Dr MLK, Jr St S). The Alumni Singers, founded in 1980, is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the African-American experience through choral arrangements of African American spirituals, anthems, and gospel music. The choir will be under the direction of Ms. Janice Seay Hogans. A freewill offering will be taken during the event.
WED RAYTHEON PROTEST: Major U.S. defense contractor Raytheon is the world’s largest producer of guided missiles. Since Saudi Arabia launched its war on Yemen in March 2015, there have been 212 confirmed civilian deaths involving Raytheon’s missiles. During this same time, the company’s stock has almost doubled in value from $108.44 to $210.70 per share. For more information on Raytheon’s involvement in Saudi Arabia’s war on Yemen see this article on the news and opinion website salon.

Pax Christy holds a weekly demonstration of U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia nearby Raytheon’s Largo facility at the corner of Bryan Dairy and Belcher from 4:30 to 5:30pm on Wednesdays and invites you to join. There is plenty of parking in the lot behind the bank on the SW corner.

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.
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 the church office.
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.
GUN VIOLENCE INFORMATION PAMPHLET: Copies of a Gun Violence information pamphlet are available. This resource was created by Grace Lewis of the LUCC congregation to educate the public about gun violence. They are located at the back of the sanctuary, or you can download one here. Please take them and share them.
Screenshot 2016-08-08 18.34.07NEW EZ PODCASTS!!! No downloading! Just click and play! Try it! Just click on the little orange circle with the white arrow in it. Only one click and it plays! Every week, a new podcast is posted on the church website. All our streamable podcasts are at https://soundcloud.com/luccpodcasts – please tell your friends who might enjoy listening! Keep checking back, more and more will be added each week.
recycle1RECYCLE: Recycle your print cartridges! At this time we cannot recycle toner cartridges, only inkjet cartridges. Keep it coming in! Many thanks to all who contribute to the church recycling. This income stream helps the ministry of the church.
USHERS NEEDED: Please see or email the church office if you would like to volunteer to usher for services.
WEBSITE — lakewooducc.org: Everything you always wanted to know about the church. Go ahead and ask. The information is probably at the church website. You can subscribe and have updates and comments automatically sent to your email address. See the homepage for details. You can also keep connected with on Facebook and on Twitter.
childrenYOUNG PEOPLE AT LAKEWOOD: Children and young people are a vital part of the LUCC family. School age children are invited to participate in Church School and preschool children are welcome in the Nursery under the able care of Claudia Rodriguez. They will join the congregation for 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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Weekly Update 7 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 11 THIS SUNDAY: This Sunday the season of gratitude continues in preparation for The BIG Event Sharing the Harvest on Sunday Nov. 18. No matter how you are feeling after the election, it is always the right time to cultivate gratitude
WED, NOV 7 OPERATION ATTACK: Operation Attack needs boys/men’s clothes along with coats for all ages. Volunteer tonight at Lakeview Presbyterian Church (1310 22nd Ave S) from 6:30 to 7:30pm.
SUN, NOV 11 CONGREGATIONAL MEETING: There will be a congregational meeting following worship on Sunday Nov. 11 to take action on the Creation Justice covenant.  The meeting will be a time to discuss the covenant and to suggest any changes.  Feel free to review the history of the Creation Justice processthat the and the proposed Creation Justice Covenant.  The Covenant has been endorsed by the Advisors.

Please plan to be part of the congregational meeting on Nov. 11.  This is a very important commitment in the life of the church.  It is a very exciting ministry to be pursing at this crucial time.
SUN, NOV 11 IN MEMORIAM: LUCC Member Fran Whitney died October 12th. A Memorial Service will be held November 11th at 3pm at Benjamin Towers (250 58th St N). Rev. Kim Wells is officiating.
TUE, NOV 13 SHARING THE HARVEST: Please return your Sharing the Harvest 2018 forms to the church office by Tuesday, November 13th. The information will be compiled and reported back at The BIG Event on the following Sunday. This is a way to celebrate the full ministry of the congregation, from underpaid jobs to volunteer work to charitable giving.
SUN, NOV 18 THE BIG EVENT: This year the focus of the BIG Event will be on “Sharing the Harvest.” November is a season of gratitude, a time to celebrate abundance and the ministry of Lakewood UCC. Gratitude journals will be distributed at church on Sunday as will harvest forms. They will also be available online later this week, so keep an eye out. The church is grateful for all you do to offer the inclusive love of Christ to all people and work for peace and justice throughout creation!
EXTRA MILE GIVING: The church is facing a $13,500 shortfall in operating expenses for 2018.  $5,000 has already been pledged to help close this gap.  If you are able to “go the extra mile” to help, please place your donation in an envelope marked “the extra mile” or indicate this on the memo line of your check.  Watch the bulletin board at church to see the progress toward this important goal.  Many thanks in advance for your generosity!

COMMUNITY EVENTS

SUN, NOV 18 CONCERT: Join the Tampa Oratorio Singers (Claire Stiles is a member) for their 50th Anniversary Concert featuring favorite choral masterworks at 4pm on Sunday, November 18 at Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church (3501 E. San Jose St., Tampa). A free will offering will be collected.
WED RAYTHEON PROTEST: Major U.S. defense contractor Raytheon is the world’s largest producer of guided missiles. Since Saudi Arabia launched its war on Yemen in March 2015, there have been 212 confirmed civilian deaths involving Raytheon’s missiles. During this same time, the company’s stock has almost doubled in value from $108.44 to $210.70 per share. For more information on Raytheon’s involvement in Saudi Arabia’s war on Yemen see this article on the news and opinion website salon.

Pax Christy holds a weekly demonstration of U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia nearby Raytheon’s Largo facility at the corner of Bryan Dairy and Belcher from 4:30 to 5:30pm on Wednesdays and invites you to join. There is plenty of parking in the lot behind the bank on the SW corner.

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.
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 the church office.
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.
GUN VIOLENCE INFORMATION PAMPHLET: Copies of a Gun Violence information pamphlet are available. This resource was created by Grace Lewis of the LUCC congregation to educate the public about gun violence. They are located at the back of the sanctuary, or you can download one here. Please take them and share them.
Screenshot 2016-08-08 18.34.07NEW EZ PODCASTS!!! No downloading! Just click and play! Try it! Just click on the little orange circle with the white arrow in it. Only one click and it plays! Every week, a new podcast is posted on the church website. All our streamable podcasts are at https://soundcloud.com/luccpodcasts – please tell your friends who might enjoy listening! Keep checking back, more and more will be added each week.
recycle1RECYCLE: Recycle your print cartridges! At this time we cannot recycle toner cartridges, only inkjet cartridges. Keep it coming in! Many thanks to all who contribute to the church recycling. This income stream helps the ministry of the church.
USHERS NEEDED: Please see or email the church office if you would like to volunteer to usher for services.
WEBSITE — lakewooducc.org: Everything you always wanted to know about the church. Go ahead and ask. The information is probably at the church website. You can subscribe and have updates and comments automatically sent to your email address. See the homepage for details. You can also keep connected with on Facebook and on Twitter.
childrenYOUNG PEOPLE AT LAKEWOOD: Children and young people are a vital part of the LUCC family. School age children are invited to participate in Church School and preschool children are welcome in the Nursery under the able care of Claudia Rodriguez. They will join the congregation for 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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Weekly Update 1 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 4 THIS SUNDAY: This Sunday is All Saints Sunday.  It is a time to remember those whom we consider saints, those who have shown us the light of Divine Love. The congregation will have the opportunity for the naming of saints during worship. Newcomer to LUCC Elder Edward Jones will be preaching.  He will be honoring a modern saint, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
SUN, NOV 4 COMMUNION:  All are welcome to participate in communion at Lakewood UCC, children at the discretion of the adults who brought them. The communion offering goes to the Special Needs Fund, used to help people in our community and the congregation with basic necessities such as food, rent, utilities, and prescription medication costs. Recently there has been great need for these funds, please help as you are able knowing that your gift will be a blessing to someone in need.
SUN, NOV 4 MANY THANKS: Gratitude is expressed to those leading worship Sunday while Rev. Wells is away on study leave:  Elder Edward Jones, Colleen Coughenour, and Victoria Long. The congregation is blessed by their ministry!  
SUN, NOV 4 CROP WALK: Planning for the 2019 Pinellas County CROP Walk is beginning! If you are interested in representing LUCC in this planning process, let the church office know and attend the planning meeting on Sunday, 4 November, at 4pm at Gulfport Presbyterian Church (5313 27th Ave S., Gulfport).
SUN, NOV 11 CONGREGATIONAL MEETING: There will be a congregational meeting following worship on Sunday Nov. 11 to take action on the Creation Justice covenant.  The meeting will be a time to discuss the covenant and to suggest any changes.  Feel free to review the history of the Creation Justice process that the and the proposed Creation Justice Covenant.  The Covenant has been endorsed by the Advisors.

Please plan to be part of the congregational meeting on Nov. 11.  This is a very important commitment in the life of the church.  It is a very exciting ministry to be pursing at this crucial time.
SUN, NOV 11 IN MEMORIAM: LUCC Member Fran Whitney died October 12th. A Memorial Service will be held November 11th at 3pm at Benjamin Towers (250 58th St N). Rev. Kim Wells is officiating.
SUN, NOV 18 THE BIG EVENT: This year the focus of the BIG Event will be on “Sharing the Harvest.” November is a season of gratitude, a time to celebrate abundance and the ministry of Lakewood UCC. Gratitude Journals will be available at church and online. The church is grateful for all you do to offer the inclusive love of Christ to all people and work for peace and justice throughout creation!
EXTRA MILE GIVING: The church is facing a $13,500 shortfall in operating expenses for 2018.  $5,000 has already been pledged to help close this gap.  If you are able to “go the extra mile” to help, please place your donation in an envelope marked “the extra mile” or indicate this on the memo line of your check.  Watch the bulletin board at church to see the progress toward this important goal.  Many thanks in advance for your generosity!
OPERATION ATTACK: Operation Attack needs boys/men’s clothes along with coats for all ages. The next LUCC volunteer date is November 7th.
TRUCK? Help is needed to transport a couch that is being donated to the church. If you have a vehicle that can accommodate a couch and are willing to help, please contact the church office for details.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

REMEMBER TO VOTE: There are free t-shirts from the Legacy Center for Social Justice for folks who vote! Sizes large and medium will be available in the Sanctuary on Sunday. The t-shirts say “Black White Brown LGBTQ Straight #sidebyside #vote.” The vote by mail deadline is 22 September, early voting will take place from 27 October to 3 November, and election day is 6 November.

LUCC is a sponsor of Souls to the Polls, an initiative to encourage people who are part of faith communities to vote. This will be held on Sunday Nov. 4 from noon to 6 at Demens Landing.

Anyone who needs transportation to the polls, please contact the church office and we will make arrangements for you.

The church strongly recommends that people vote “yes” on Amendment 4. For more information on the amendments visit the League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area website lwvspa.org.

WED RAYTHEON PROTEST: Major U.S. defense contractor Raytheon is the world’s largest producer of guided missiles. Since Saudi Arabia launched its war on Yemen in March 2015, there have been 212 confirmed civilian deaths involving Raytheon’s missiles. During this same time, the company’s stock has almost doubled in value from $108.44 to $210.70 per share. For more information on Raytheon’s involvement in Saudi Arabia’s war on Yemen see this article on the news and opinion website salon.

Pax Christy holds a weekly demonstration of U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia nearby Raytheon’s Largo facility at the corner of Bryan Dairy and Belcher from 4:30 to 5:30pm on Wednesdays and invites you to join. There is plenty of parking in the lot behind the bank on the SW corner.

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.
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 the church office.
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.
GUN VIOLENCE INFORMATION PAMPHLET: Copies of a Gun Violence information pamphlet are available. This resource was created by Grace Lewis of the LUCC congregation to educate the public about gun violence. They are located at the back of the sanctuary, or you can download one here. Please take them and share them.
Screenshot 2016-08-08 18.34.07NEW EZ PODCASTS!!! No downloading! Just click and play! Try it! Just click on the little orange circle with the white arrow in it. Only one click and it plays! Every week, a new podcast is posted on the church website. All our streamable podcasts are at https://soundcloud.com/luccpodcasts – please tell your friends who might enjoy listening! Keep checking back, more and more will be added each week.
recycle1RECYCLE: Recycle your print cartridges! At this time we cannot recycle toner cartridges, only inkjet cartridges. Keep it coming in! Many thanks to all who contribute to the church recycling. This income stream helps the ministry of the church.
USHERS NEEDED: Please see or email the church office if you would like to volunteer to usher for services.
WEBSITE — lakewooducc.org: Everything you always wanted to know about the church. Go ahead and ask. The information is probably at the church website. You can subscribe and have updates and comments automatically sent to your email address. See the homepage for details. You can also keep connected with on Facebook and on Twitter.
childrenYOUNG PEOPLE AT LAKEWOOD: Children and young people are a vital part of the LUCC family. School age children are invited to participate in Church School and preschool children are welcome in the Nursery under the able care of Claudia Rodriguez. They will join the congregation for 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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A letter to the UCC Family of Faith: We can’t let evil prevail

This call to action comes from the Conference Minister of the Penn Northeast Conference UCC, with the affirmation of the denomination’s National Officers and the Rev. David Ackerman, Conference Minister of the Penn West Conference UCC.

The news over the past weeks has revealed an undercurrent of hate within our culture and our country. Between the assumption that immigrants walking nearly 2,000 miles seeking asylum are seen as a threat to our security; the pipe bombs mailed to those who oppose our current political administration; the massacre of 11 Jewish citizens during services at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh; and the shooting of an African American man and woman in a grocery store after a failed attempt to enter a church of Black worshippers, it is hard to find cause for hope in our nation.

The rhetoric of hate and divisiveness calls for a response from the faith community. While we should not advocate for candidates or political parties, we must advocate for justice, humanitarian treatment of our neighbors, and for safety in our places of worship. We are a diverse nation and until recently that diversity has been seen as a strength. We, in the Church, must stand as moral authorities proclaiming peace and hope, compassion and justice.

Wherever and whenever you have the opportunity to provide wisdom and comfort, inspiration and compassion, I urge you to do so. To be silent is to let evil prevail and we, as people of faith, cannot do that, any more than Jesus could do it in his time and culture. Find a way to bring peace and hope to your faith communities, your communities, our state and our nations.

We are called to be people of prayer, but we are also called to remember that “The Spirit of the LORD is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free (Luke 4:18). May we each and all do our part to make our communities, state and nation places of hope and peace.

Faithfully,

The Rev. Bonnie Bates
Conference Minister
Penn. Northeast Conference United Church of Christ

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CAUTION: FL Amendment 6 limits Death Penalty appeals to 5 years

If you vote “YES” on Amendment 6 you are also voting to limit death penalty appeals to 5 years. The ballot language for “Rights of Crime Victims; Judges” does not mention the Death Penalty and says nothing about what lies hidden deep in the full text of Amendment 6.

Although it does not appear on the ballot, the full text of Amendment 6, Section 16, paragraph 10, sub-paragraph (b) states, “All state-level appeals and collateral attacks on any judgment must be complete within…five years in capital cases.”

 

FADP steadfastly supports the rights of all crime victims. Many of us are family and friends of murder victims. Most of the victims rights in Amendment 6 already exist in Florida statutes and it is not clear how adding these to the Florida constitution would meaningfully benefit victims of crime. It would seem that better enforcement of existing laws would be more effective.

The League of Women Voters of Florida lists the following organizations opposed to Amendment 6:
 Florida Public Defenders Association, League of Women Voters of Florida, ACLU of Florida, Southern Poverty Law Center, Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops and Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty.

Florida’s 27 Exonerated Death Row Survivors spent an average of 7 years on Death Row before being released due to evidence of innocence – 13 for longer than 5 years.

Examples of why Death Penalty appeals should not be limited to 5 years:
 
Wilbert Lee was on Florida’s Death Row for 12 years before the real killer confessed and both he and Freddie Pitts were exonerated and released.

Tommy Zeigler has been on Death Row for 42 years trying to prove his innocence. WFLA News Channel 8 will air a Special Report “Fighting for His Life” Monday, October 29 at 11:00pm.

See more at the Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty website.

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Weekly Update 24 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 28 THIS SUNDAY: A story from the gospel of Mark invites reflection on greatness and the power structures that humans create and maintain. The images that Jesus offers are at odds with conventional thinking then and now. See Mark 10:35-45.
SUN, OCT 28 SUNDAY CELEBRATIONS: Celebrate October birthdays at this potluck lunch following worship this Sunday. Many thanks to Patti Cooksey and Dana Cosper for hosting!
SUN, NOV 4 GUEST PREACHER: LUCC newcomer Edward Jones will preach while Rev. Kim Wells travels to California to attend a Jesus Seminar event. His ministry is a blessing!
SUN, NOV 4 CROP WALK: Planning for the 2019 Pinellas County CROP Walk is beginning! If you are interested in representing LUCC in this planning process, let the church office know and attend the planning meeting on Sunday, 4 November, at 4pm at Gulfport Presbyterian Church (5313 27th Ave S., Gulfport).
SUN, NOV 11 CONGREGATIONAL MEETING: There will be a congregational meeting following morning worship on Sunday 11 November to discuss the Creation Justice Covenant. Draft copies of the covenant will be available soon and it will be posted on the church website.
SUN, NOV 11 IN MEMORIAM: LUCC Member Fran Whitney died October 12th. A Memorial Service will be held November 11th at 3pm at Benjamin Towers (250 58th St N). Rev. Kim Wells is officiating.
SUN, NOV 18 THE BIG EVENT: This year the focus of the BIG Event will be on “Sharing the Harvest.” November is a season of gratitude, a time to celebrate abundance and the ministry of Lakewood UCC. Gratitude journals will be distributed at church on Sunday as will harvest forms. They will also be available online later this week, so keep an eye out. The church is grateful for all you do to offer the inclusive love of Christ to all people and work for peace and justice throughout creation!
EXTRA MILE GIVING: The church is facing a $13,500 shortfall in operating expenses for 2018.  $5,000 has already been pledged to help close this gap.  If you are able to “go the extra mile” to help, please place your donation in an envelope marked “the extra mile” or indicate this on the memo line of your check.  Watch the bulletin board at church to see the progress toward this important goal.  Many thanks in advance for your generosity!
OPERATION ATTACK: Operation Attack needs boys/men’s clothes along with coats for all ages.
TRUCK? Help is needed to transport a couch that is being donated to the church. If you have a vehicle that can accommodate a couch and are willing to help, please contact the church office for details.
CIRCUS MCGURKIS: Thanks to all who volunteered at Circus McGurkis especially Yoko Nogami or Claire Stiles!

COMMUNITY EVENTS

THU OCT 25 ANTIRACISM EVENT: Ibram Kendi, Ph.D., professor and founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University and author of the National Book Award–winning Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, seeks to shift the discussion from how not to be racist to how to be an antiracist through a deeply personal and empowering lecture. Kendi will share his own racist ideas and how he overcame them. He also will provide direction to people and institutions who want more than Band-Aid programs; they want actual antiracist action that builds an antiracist America. Thursday, October 25, from 7 to 8:30pm at Fox Hall, Eckerd College.
SAT, OCT 27 OPERATION MEDICINE CABINET: Operation Medicine Cabinet will be held on Saturday 27 October, between 10:00am and 2:00pm at SPPD Headquarters (1300 1st Ave N). Citizens are invited to drop off their unused and expired prescription medications for safe collection and disposal – no questions asked.
MON, OCT 29 FALL REVIVAL CHANGE OF VENUE: Join Rev. J. C. Pritchett, President of the Legacy Center for Social Justice to hear guest speaker Rev. Raphael Warnock of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta (Rev. Dr. Luther King Jr.’s church) on Monday, 29 October at 7pm. This event will now be held at Wireman Chapel of Eckerd College (4200 54th Ave S). Rev. Warnock was a classmate of LUCC member Grace Lewis at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Grace highly encourages attendance at this inspiring event!
REMEMBER TO VOTE: There are free t-shirts from the Legacy Center for Social Justice for folks who vote! Sizes large and medium will be available in the Sanctuary on Sunday. The t-shirts say “Black White Brown LGBTQ Straight #sidebyside #vote.” The vote by mail deadline is 22 September, early voting will take place from 27 October to 3 November, and election day is 6 November.

LUCC is a sponsor of Souls to the Polls, an initiative to encourage people who are part of faith communities to vote. This will be held on Sunday Nov. 4 from noon to 6 at Demens Landing.

Anyone who needs transportation to the polls, please contact the church office and we will make arrangements for you.

The church strongly recommends that people vote “yes” on Amendment 4. For more information on the amendments visit the League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area website lwvspa.org.

WED RAYTHEON PROTEST: Major U.S. defense contractor Raytheon is the world’s largest producer of guided missiles. Since Saudi Arabia launched its war on Yemen in March 2015, there have been 212 confirmed civilian deaths involving Raytheon’s missiles. During this same time, the company’s stock has almost doubled in value from $108.44 to $210.70 per share. For more information on Raytheon’s involvement in Saudi Arabia’s war on Yemen see this article on the news and opinion website salon.

Pax Christy holds a weekly demonstration of U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia nearby Raytheon’s Largo facility at the corner of Bryan Dairy and Belcher from 4:30 to 5:30pm on Wednesdays and invites you to join. There is plenty of parking in the lot behind the bank on the SW corner.

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.
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 the church office.
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.
GUN VIOLENCE INFORMATION PAMPHLET: Copies of a Gun Violence information pamphlet are available. This resource was created by Grace Lewis of the LUCC congregation to educate the public about gun violence. They are located at the back of the sanctuary, or you can download one here. Please take them and share them.
Screenshot 2016-08-08 18.34.07NEW EZ PODCASTS!!! No downloading! Just click and play! Try it! Just click on the little orange circle with the white arrow in it. Only one click and it plays! Every week, a new podcast is posted on the church website. All our streamable podcasts are at https://soundcloud.com/luccpodcasts – please tell your friends who might enjoy listening! Keep checking back, more and more will be added each week.
recycle1RECYCLE: Recycle your print cartridges! At this time we cannot recycle toner cartridges, only inkjet cartridges. Keep it coming in! Many thanks to all who contribute to the church recycling. This income stream helps the ministry of the church.
USHERS NEEDED: Please see or email the church office if you would like to volunteer to usher for services.
WEBSITE — lakewooducc.org: Everything you always wanted to know about the church. Go ahead and ask. The information is probably at the church website. You can subscribe and have updates and comments automatically sent to your email address. See the homepage for details. You can also keep connected with on Facebook and on Twitter.
childrenYOUNG PEOPLE AT LAKEWOOD: Children and young people are a vital part of the LUCC family. School age children are invited to participate in Church School and preschool children are welcome in the Nursery under the able care of Claudia Rodriguez. They will join the congregation for 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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Shirley and Bill Locke, Carolyn Moore, Ann Quinn, Willy Zessoules

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Boycott Wendy’s

Earlier this summer, caving to pressure generated by the Fair Food movement’s national boycott, Wendy’s announced its decision to move the vast majority of its tomato purchasing away from Mexican to U.S. and Canadian greenhouses. Contrary to the misinformation released by Wendy’s, including the claim of the”inherent benefits of safe, indoor working conditions” in greenhouse operations, this shift is nothing more than another PR ploy to deceive consumers. We are mobilizing our campuses and communities to pull back the curtain on Wendy’s shameful façade of social responsibility and expose the truth behind the tomato that tops a Dave’s Single.

Join the Tampa Bay Fair Food action on Tuesday, October 23 at 6:00pm outside Wendy’s (8330 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33604). Contact Tampa Fair Food, tbfairfood@gmail.com for more information.

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Weekly Update 17 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 21 THIS SUNDAY: A miracle story about the healing of a blind person invites reflection on how faith helps people to see. How do fact and fiction fit into the picture? Take a look at Mark 10:46-52.
IN MEMORIAM: LUCC Member Fran Whitney died October 12th. A Memorial Service will be held November 11th at 3pm at Benjamin Towers (250 58th St N). Rev. Kim Wills is officiating.
SUN, OCT 21 HURRICANE RELIEF: We have all seen in the media the devastation caused by Hurricane Michael.  The Florida Conference has called on all UCC Churches in Florida to take up a special collection for Hurricane Relief to be administered by the Conference.  Last Sunday we received $185 from the congregation, but not everyone was prepared to make a donation at that time so there will be another collection this Sunday. After this Sunday’s collection, we will send in our contribution to the Florida Conference hurricane relief effort.
EXTRA MILE GIVING: The church is facing a $13,500 shortfall in operating expenses for 2018.  $5,000 has already been pledged to help close this gap.  If you are able to “go the extra mile” to help, please place your donation in an envelope marked “the extra mile” or indicate this on the memo line of your check.  Watch the bulletin board at church to see the progress toward this important goal.  Many thanks in advance for your generosity!
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MONTGOMERY TRIP: Rev. Kim Wells’ trip to Montgomery AL was postponed until November because of Hurricane Michael.
SAT, OCT 20 CIRCUS MCGURKIS: More volunteers are needed for Circus McGurkis on Saturday October 20th at Gibbs High School.  Bring family and friends to this people’s fair celebrating peace, justice, and art.  The event is sponsored by the Friends Meeting of St. Petersburg (Quakers) and co-produced by Lakewood UCC. Contact Yoko Nogami or Claire Stiles for volunteer opportunities.
SAT, OCT 20 PATIO UMBRELLAS: Umbrellas are needed for Circus McGurkis. Contact Yoko Nogami or Claire Stiles if you are able to lend your patio umbrella to the cause.
SUN, NOV 11 CONGREGATIONAL MEETING: There will be a congregational meeting following morning worship on Sunday 11 November to discuss the Creation Justice Covenant. Draft copies of the covenant will be available soon and it will be posted on the church website.
THERE IS HOPE COMMUNITY: Many thanks to those who supported the card sale last Sunday. Thanks to your generosity, a contribution of $15 was made to the Special Needs fund. The next card sale will be in Advent.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

REMEMBER TO VOTE: There are free t-shirts from the Legacy Center for Social Justice for folks who vote! Sizes large and medium will be available in the Sanctuary on Sunday. The t-shirts say “Black White Brown LGBTQ Straight #sidebyside #vote.” The vote by mail deadline is 22 September, early voting will take place from 27 October to 3 November, and election day is 6 November.  LUCC is a sponsor of Souls to the Polls, an initiative to encourage people who are part of faith communities to vote. This will be held on Sunday Nov. 4 from noon to 6 at Demens Landing. Anyone who needs transportation to the polls, please contact the church office and we will make arrangements for you.
WED, OCT 17 ECKERD PERFORMANCE: An Evening with Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston tonight from 7 to 9pm in Fox Hall at Eckerd College. Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes will come alive in riveting performances by Phyllis McEwen and Bob Devin Jones. Part of the Eckerd College Series “Race and Class in America: 50 Years Without King.” Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Faculty.
FRI, OCT 19 YES ON 4 ICE CREAM SOCIAL: Who’s ready to make history and get FREE Ben & Jerry’s ice cream? Right now, we have the power to end 150 years of a broken system by voting #YesOn4 on behalf of 1.4 million Floridians who’ve earned a second chance – the largest expansion in voting access since the Voting Rights Act. After years of working towards this goal, the moment we’ve been waiting for has arrived – it’s time to Get-Out-The-Vote for Those Who Can’t.

Join Second Chances FL and Ben & Jerry’s for a Yes on 4 Early Voting Ice Cream Social on Friday from 11 AM – 3 PM at Williams Park (350 2nd Ave N). We’ll be educating people about Amendment 4, launching a community canvass to remind people that early voting starts on Oct 22, and of course celebrating with delicious Ben & Jerry’s ice cream! (Non-Dairy/Vegan Options Available).

SUN, OCT 21 INTERFAITH ENVIRONMENT DIALOGUE: Representatives from different faiths will address the environmental crisis with insights arising from their traditions and will share their customs and beliefs that encourage followers to care for the environment. “Caring for the Earth: An Interfaith Dialogue Event” will be held Sunday, 21 October at First Congregational United Church of Christ, (1031 S. Euclid Ave., Sarasota). The event will begin at 2 p.m. with a panel discussion featuring Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim and Christian speakers. A second panel discussion featuring young people from various faiths will start at 3:30 p.m., followed by a shared community meal and prayer break at 5 p.m. After the meal, Dr. Waleed El-Ansary, an internationally known expert on Islam and the environment and Chair of Islamic Studies at Xavier University, will give the keynote address at 7pm. For more information or to reserve your spot, please call (941) 953-7044. Seating will be limited.
TUE, OCT 23 POVERTY LECTURE: The Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis will speak on the long-term work of organizing a movement of the poor and dispossessed, the roles religion and a liberation theology have in advancing transformative change in this country, and the recent efforts of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. Tuesday, 23 October at 7:30pm in Fox Hall at Eckerd College. A reception for Dr. Theoharis will be held at LUCC on Tuesday Oct. 23 from 2-3:15.  Come for a time of coffee and conversation with this prophetic national leader confronting poverty in this land of extreme wealth.
TUE, OCT 23 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS: 12 amendments to the FL Constitution, submitted by the Constitutional Review Commission, the Legislature, as well as citizen groups will be on the ballot in November. They include critical issues such as the restoration of felon voting rights, oil drilling along the FL coast and a proposal to require 2/3 vote of the Legislature to approve new or increased taxes or fees, rather than a simple majority. The non-partisan League of Women Voters will share their presentation, recommendations and fact sheets with us. Tuesday, 23 October at the Unitarian Universalist Church (100 Mirror Lake Drive) from 7:00 to 8:30pm. FREE and open to the public. Join us and bring your friends. Become informed before you vote, and remember that every election is determined by the people who show up. The church is strongly recommending that people vote “yes” on Amendment 4.
WED, OCT 24 FAKE NEWS FORUM: Fake news, a term and concept that barely existed three years ago, has morphed into an industry of malicious fabrication that undermines honest debate and, some fear, threatens the foundation of Western democracy that is built on an informed electorate arriving at consensus. A distinguished panel will attempt to define what is “fake” news and what is just “bad” news, explore the impact of fake news on mainstream journalism and geopolitics, and offer tips on how to identify fake news. Admission cost is $25 ($20 for Students & Educators) and includes dinner. The Panelists are John Duff, Ph.D., Baccalaureate Academic Chair, College of Computer and Information Technology at St. Petersburg College; Hiwot Hailu, Multimedia Reporter for the MediaWise Project at The Poynter Institute; Christopher Ingram, Political Commentator and President of 411 Communications; and Alexios Mantzarlis, Faculty & Director of the International Fact-Checking Network at The Poynter Institute. Wednesday, 24 October from 6 to 8:15pm at the Seminole Campus Conference Center of St. Petersburg College (9200 113th St N, Seminole). Register online now. Call 727.394.6942 for more information.
OCT 29 & 30 FALL REVIVAL: Join Rev. J. C. Pritchett, President of the Legacy Center for Social Justice to hear guest speaker Rev. Raphael Warnock of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta (Rev. Dr. Luther King Jr.’s church) on Monday, 29 October at 7pm and to discuss mass incarceration and amendment 4 on Tuesday, 30 October at noon. Both events will be at Bethel Community Baptist Church (2901 54th Ave S). Rev. Warnock was a classmate of LUCC member Grace Lewis at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Grace highly encourages attendance at this inspiring event!

CONTINUING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

AA: In the Fellowship Hall Thursdays at 7:45 p.m.
ANNOUNCEMENTS WELCOME: To have an announcement put in the bulletin or weekly update, please turn it into the church office by Wednesday at noon. Email, or voicemail, as well as written material is welcome. The church is glad to share activities and news from members and friends.
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 the church office.
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.
GUN VIOLENCE INFORMATION PAMPHLET: Copies of a Gun Violence information pamphlet are available. This resource was created by Grace Lewis of the LUCC congregation to educate the public about gun violence. They are located at the back of the sanctuary, or you can download one here. Please take them and share them.
Screenshot 2016-08-08 18.34.07NEW EZ PODCASTS!!! No downloading! Just click and play! Try it! Just click on the little orange circle with the white arrow in it. Only one click and it plays! Every week, a new podcast is posted on the church website. All our streamable podcasts are at https://soundcloud.com/luccpodcasts – please tell your friends who might enjoy listening! Keep checking back, more and more will be added each week.
recycle1RECYCLE: Recycle your print cartridges! At this time we cannot recycle toner cartridges, only inkjet cartridges. Keep it coming in! Many thanks to all who contribute to the church recycling. This income stream helps the ministry of the church.
USHERS NEEDED: Please see or email the church office if you would like to volunteer to usher for services.
WEBSITE — lakewooducc.org: Everything you always wanted to know about the church. Go ahead and ask. The information is probably at the church website. You can subscribe and have updates and comments automatically sent to your email address. See the homepage for details. You can also keep connected with on Facebook and on Twitter.
childrenYOUNG PEOPLE AT LAKEWOOD: Children and young people are a vital part of the LUCC family. School age children are invited to participate in Church School and preschool children are welcome in the Nursery under the able care of Claudia Rodriguez. They will join the congregation for 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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Weekly Update 10 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 14 THIS SUNDAY: It’s one of the best known stories in the New Testament – Mark 10:17-31. “Jesus loved him at first sight.” [Mark 10:21, the Jesus Seminar translation.] This Sunday is an opportunity to explore what it means to be loved by Jesus.
SUN, OCT 14 THERE IS HOPE – COMMUNITY: There will be cards and other items available for sale on Sunday October 14th. The mission for October card sales is The Special Needs Fund, used to help people in our community and the congregation with basic necessities such as food, rent, utilities, and prescription medication costs.
WED, OCT 10 OPERATION ATTACK: Attack poverty, help provide children’s clothing and food for low income families. Tonight, 10 October at 6:30pm at Lakeview Presbyterian Church (1310 22nd Ave S) is the next volunteer date for LUCC.
OCT 11-13 FLORIDA CONFERENCE: LUCC pastor Rev. Wells and member Lucille Ruga will attend the fall gathering of the UCC Florida Conference in Naples this Friday and Saturday. LUCC member Earl Waters is a candidate for the Committee on Church and Ministry for the Western Region of the Florida Conference.
SUN, OCT 14 ADVISORS MEETING: The advisors will meet following morning worship on Sunday, 14 October. All are welcome to attend.
SAT, OCT 20 CIRCUS MCGURKIS: More volunteers are needed for Circus McGurkis on Saturday October 20th at Gibbs High School.  Bring family and friends to this people’s fair celebrating peace, justice, and art.  The event is sponsored by the Friends Meeting of St. Petersburg (Quakers) and co-produced by Lakewood UCC. Contact Yoko Nogami or Claire Stiles for volunteer opportunities.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

REMEMBER TO VOTE: There are free t-shirts from the Legacy Center for Social Justice for folks who vote! Sizes large and medium will be available in the Sanctuary on Sunday. The vote by mail deadline is 22 September, early voting will take place from 27 October to 3 November, and election day is 6 November.  LUCC will participate in Souls to the Polls, an initiative for people who are part of faith communities to vote. Anyone who needs transportation to the polls, please contact the church office and we will make arrangements for you.
DEMOCRACY LECTURE: Making Democracy Work: The State of Politics Today – and Where We Are Headed is tonight, 10 October from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the SPC Allstate Center, (3200 34th St S). How far have we come – and where do we go from here? Those are the types of questions that Bakari Sellers asks and answers as he recounts the sacrifices of civil rights leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his own father, Cleveland Sellers, then challenges his audiences to “dream with your eyes open.” Sellers, who is regularly seen in CNN’s line-up of news analysts, will speak on the intersection of race, politics and social justice, and answer questions from the audience. The featured speaker is Bakari Sellers, CNN Analyst and Former Member of South Carolina House of Representatives. The moderator will be Kimberly G. Jackson, Esq., Chairperson, Department of Social & Behavioral Science, St. Petersburg College.
TUE, OCT 16 GUN SAFETY: Join members of the League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area Gun Safety Action Team, We the Students, Inc., Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense and other community activists to learn about gun safety issues, effective legislative solutions and how your vote in November can make a difference. Tuesday, 16 October at the Unitarian Universalist Church (100 Mirror Lake Drive) from 7:00 to 8:30pm. FREE and open to the public. Join us and bring your friends. Become informed before you vote, and remember that every election is determined by the people who show up.
SAT, OCT 20 RETREAT: Florida United Church of Christ Women invites you to “In the Company of Women” Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Trinity United Church of Christ, (1150 49th St N), from 8:30am to 3:30pm. The theme is “This Means Love”.
Registration deadline is October 1st. The $20 cost includes breakfast, lunch, “This Means Love” workbook, and craft materials. Mail registration and check made payable to: FL UCC Women to: Barb Coons, 1419 SE 33rd Terrace, Cape Coral, FL 33904 or Register online.
SUN, OCT 21 INTERFAITH ENVIRONMENT DIALOGUE: Representatives from different faiths will address the environmental crisis with insights arising from their traditions and will share their customs and beliefs that encourage followers to care for the environment. “Caring for the Earth: An Interfaith Dialogue Event” will be held Sunday, 21 October at First Congregational United Church of Christ, (1031 S. Euclid Ave., Sarasota). The event will begin at 2 p.m. with a panel discussion featuring Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim and Christian speakers. A second panel discussion featuring young people from various faiths will start at 3:30 p.m., followed by a shared community meal and prayer break at 5 p.m. After the meal, Dr. Waleed El-Ansary, an internationally known expert on Islam and the environment and Chair of Islamic Studies at Xavier University, will give the keynote address at 7pm. For more information or to reserve your spot, please call (941) 953-7044. Seating will be limited.
TUE, OCT 23 POVERTY LECTURE: The Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis will speak on the long-term work of organizing a movement of the poor and dispossessed, the roles religion and a liberation theology have in advancing transformative change in this country, and the recent efforts of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. Tuesday, 23 October at 7:30pm in Fox Hall at Eckerd College.
TUE, OCT 23 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS: 12 amendments to the FL Constitution, submitted by the Constitutional Review Commission, the Legislature, as well as citizen groups will be on the ballot in November. They include critical issues such as the restoration of felon voting rights, oil drilling along the FL coast and a proposal to require 2/3 vote of the Legislature to approve new or increased taxes or fees, rather than a simple majority. The non-partisan League of Women Voters will share their presentation, recommendations and fact sheets with us. Tuesday, 23 October at the Unitarian Universalist Church (100 Mirror Lake Drive) from 7:00 to 8:30pm. FREE and open to the public. Join us and bring your friends. Become informed before you vote, and remember that every election is determined by the people who show up.
WED, OCT 24 FAKE NEWS FORUM: Fake news, a term and concept that barely existed three years ago, has morphed into an industry of malicious fabrication that undermines honest debate and, some fear, threatens the foundation of Western democracy that is built on an informed electorate arriving at consensus. A distinguished panel will attempt to define what is “fake” news and what is just “bad” news, explore the impact of fake news on mainstream journalism and geopolitics, and offer tips on how to identify fake news. Admission cost is $25 ($20 for Students & Educators) and includes dinner. The Panelists are John Duff, Ph.D., Baccalaureate Academic Chair, College of Computer and Information Technology at St. Petersburg College; Hiwot Hailu, Multimedia Reporter for the MediaWise Project at The Poynter Institute; Christopher Ingram, Political Commentator and President of 411 Communications; and Alexios Mantzarlis, Faculty & Director of the International Fact-Checking Network at The Poynter Institute. Wednesday, 24 October from 6 to 8:15pm at the Seminole Campus Conference Center of St. Petersburg College (9200 113th St N, Seminole). Register online now. Call 727.394.6942 for more information.
OCT 29 & 30 FALL REVIVAL: Join Rev. J. C. Pritchett, President of the Legacy Center for Social Justice to hear guest speaker Rev. Raphael Warnock of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta (Rev. Dr. Luther King Jr.’s church) on Monday, 29 October at 7pm and to discuss mass incarceration and amendment 4 on Tuesday, 30 October at noon. Both events will be at Bethel Community Baptist Church (2901 54th Ave S).

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.
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 the church office.
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.
GUN VIOLENCE INFORMATION PAMPHLET: Copies of a Gun Violence information pamphlet are available. This resource was created by Grace Lewis of the LUCC congregation to educate the public about gun violence. They are located at the back of the sanctuary, or you can download one here. Please take them and share them.
Screenshot 2016-08-08 18.34.07NEW EZ PODCASTS!!! No downloading! Just click and play! Try it! Just click on the little orange circle with the white arrow in it. Only one click and it plays! Every week, a new podcast is posted on the church website. All our streamable podcasts are at https://soundcloud.com/luccpodcasts – please tell your friends who might enjoy listening! Keep checking back, more and more will be added each week.
recycle1RECYCLE: Recycle your print cartridges! At this time we cannot recycle toner cartridges, only inkjet cartridges. Keep it coming in! Many thanks to all who contribute to the church recycling. This income stream helps the ministry of the church.
USHERS NEEDED: Please see or email the church office if you would like to volunteer to usher for services.
WEBSITE — lakewooducc.org: Everything you always wanted to know about the church. Go ahead and ask. The information is probably at the church website. You can subscribe and have updates and comments automatically sent to your email address. See the homepage for details. You can also keep connected with on Facebook and on Twitter.
childrenYOUNG PEOPLE AT LAKEWOOD: Children and young people are a vital part of the LUCC family. School age children are invited to participate in Church School and preschool children are welcome in the Nursery under the able care of Claudia Rodriguez. They will join the congregation for 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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Shirley and Bill Locke, Carolyn Moore, Ann Quinn, Willy Zessoules

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Weekly Update 3 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, SEP 30 THIS SUNDAY: This Sunday is World Communion Sunday. The Communion Offering will be received. These funds are used to help those in the congregation and in the community with basic needs such as rent, food, medication, & utility bills.
TUE, OCT 9 CONCERT: Today, October 3 at 6:30pm at Lakewood UCC (2601 54th Ave S) the Pinellas County Center for the Arts Jazz Band opens at 6:30, Zoe Speaks (the band of Yoko’s banjo teacher) goes on at 7pm! Suggested donation $20. All ages welcome! Doors open at 6pm. For more information see the facebook event page.
TUE, OCT 9 FAMILY PROMISE: LUCC is serving as a support congregation to Lakewood United Methodist Church this week. Training opportunity coming up: Tuesday, 9 October from 7:00 to 8:30pm at Temple Beth-El (400 Pasadena Ave S). Contact Patti Cooksey for more information on getting involved in this ministry for homeless families.
WED, OCT 10 OPERATION ATTACK: Attack poverty, help provide children’s clothing and food for low income families. Wednesday, 10 October at 6:30pm at Lakeview Presbyterian Church (1310 22nd Ave S) is the next volunteer date for LUCC.
SUN, OCT 14 THERE IS HOPE – COMMUNITY: There will be cards and other items available for sale on Sunday October 14th. The mission for October card sales is The Special Needs Fund, used to help people in our community and the congregation with basic necessities such as food, rent, utilities, and prescription medication costs.
SAT, OCT 20 CIRCUS MCGURKIS: Save the date for Circus McGurkis Saturday October 20th at Gibbs High School. Plan to attend and volunteer.  Bring family and friends to this people’s fair celebrating peace, justice, and art.  The event is sponsored by the Friends Meeting of St. Petersburg (Quakers) and co-produced by Lakewood UCC. Contact Yoko Nogami or Claire Stiles for volunteer opportunities.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

KAVANAUGH DEMONSTRATIONS: People concerned about the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court will gather at noon daily on the corner of 6th Street and 1st Avenue N. at the St. Petersburg Judicial Courthouse in downtown St. Petersburg. The daily demonstrations, which will last for an hour, are scheduled until there is resolution of the Kavanaugh nomination.

Please come as often and for as long as you can. Signs will be provided, or you can bring your own. Metered parking is available around the courthouse, and there is free two-hour parking around Mirror Lake beginning at the Unitarian Universalist Church. There are restaurants and craft beers within easy walking distance.

This demonstration is organized by Andrea Smith. You can contact her at  (727) 643-7189 or factorganizer@gmail.com for more information.

VOTING APP: Try this new voting app developed by Rev. Wells’ nephew. Make sure you cast your vote for better government, and download the free iVote app from Apple. It has all the resources to register, request a mail-in ballot, and check your status. And it will send reminders so you don’t miss any deadlines for this important election.
THU, OCT 4 PIZZA & POLITICS: Come talk with local politicians 4 October from 6 to 8pm at the SPC Seminole Campus Conference Center (9200 113th St, Seminole). St. Petersburg College presents this free program as a public service to help voters make educated choices in the Nov. 6 election. Space is limited, advance registration is requested.
MON, OCT 8 CLIMATE & HEALTH: The increasing frequency of hurricanes and heat waves, heat-related illnesses and changes in infectious illnesses like Zika virus call for personal and societal attention. A multidisciplinary panel will address how climate affects physical and mental health – of both individuals and communities – and highlight existing resources and approaches to developing resiliency. October 8, from 6 to 7:30pm at St. Petersburg College Midtown Center (1300 22nd St S). Space is limited, advance registration is requested.
MON, OCT 8 INDIGENOUS PEOPLES FILM: Race, Trauma, and the Doctrine of Discovery a film with Navajo minister Mark Charles. Indigenous Peoples Day is a way to recognize and respect those who lived on these lands for many thousands of years. October 8 is marked as Columbus Day on most calendars. Mark Charles explains the Doctrine of Discovery, and the historic, systemic trauma this myth perpetuates today. Monday, 8 October from 6:30 to 8pm (closing conversation optional till 8:30) at Allendale United Methodist Church (3803 Haines Rd N).
TUE, OCT 16 GUN SAFETY: Join members of the LWVSPA gun safety action team, We the Students, Inc., Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense and community activists to learn about gun safety issues, effective legislative solutions and how your vote in November can make a difference. Tuesday, 16 October at the Unitarian Universalist Church (100 Mirror Lake Drive) from 7:00 to 8:30pm. FREE and open to the public. Join us and bring your friends. Become informed before you vote, and remember that every election is determined by the people who show up.
SAT, OCT 20 RETREAT: Florida United Church of Christ Women invites you to “In the Company of Women” Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Trinity United Church of Christ, (1150 49th St N), from 8:30am to 3:30pm. The theme is “This Means Love”.
Registration deadline is October 1st. The $20 cost includes breakfast, lunch, “This Means Love” workbook, and craft materials. Mail registration and check made payable to: FL UCC Women to: Barb Coons, 1419 SE 33rd Terrace, Cape Coral, FL 33904 or Register online.
SUN, OCT 21 INTERFAITH ENVIRONMENT DIALOGUE: Representatives from different faiths will address the environmental crisis with insights arising from their traditions and will share their customs and beliefs that encourage followers to care for the environment. “Caring for the Earth: An Interfaith Dialogue Event” will be held Sunday, 21 October at First Congregational United Church of Christ, (1031 S. Euclid Ave., Sarasota). The event will begin at 2 p.m. with a panel discussion featuring Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim and Christian speakers. A second panel discussion featuring young people from various faiths will start at 3:30 p.m., followed by a shared community meal and prayer break at 5 p.m. After the meal, Dr. Waleed El-Ansary, an internationally known expert on Islam and the environment and Chair of Islamic Studies at Xavier University, will give the keynote address at 7pm. For more information or to reserve your spot, please call (941) 953-7044. Seating will be limited.
TUE, OCT 23 POVERTY LECTURE: The Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis will speak on the long-term work of organizing a movement of the poor and dispossessed, the roles religion and a liberation theology have in advancing transformative change in this country, and the recent efforts of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. Tuesday, 23 October at 7:30pm in Fox Hall at Eckerd College.
TUE, OCT 23 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS: 12 amendments to the FL Constitution, submitted by the Constitutional Review Commission, the Legislature, as well as citizen groups will be on the ballot in November. They include critical issues such as the restoration of felon voting rights, oil drilling along the FL coast and a proposal to require 2/3 vote of the Legislature to approve new or increased taxes or fees, rather than a simple majority. The non-partisan League of Women Voters will share their presentation, recommendations and fact sheets with us. Tuesday, 23 October at the Unitarian Universalist Church (100 Mirror Lake Drive) from 7:00 to 8:30pm. FREE and open to the public. Join us and bring your friends. Become informed before you vote, and remember that every election is determined by the people who show up.

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.
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 the church office.
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.
GUN VIOLENCE INFORMATION PAMPHLET: Copies of a Gun Violence information pamphlet are available. This resource was created by Grace Lewis of the LUCC congregation to educate the public about gun violence. They are located at the back of the sanctuary, or you can download one here. Please take them and share them.
Screenshot 2016-08-08 18.34.07NEW EZ PODCASTS!!! No downloading! Just click and play! Try it! Just click on the little orange circle with the white arrow in it. Only one click and it plays! Every week, a new podcast is posted on the church website. All our streamable podcasts are at https://soundcloud.com/luccpodcasts – please tell your friends who might enjoy listening! Keep checking back, more and more will be added each week.
recycle1RECYCLE: Recycle your print cartridges! At this time we cannot recycle toner cartridges, only inkjet cartridges. Keep it coming in! Many thanks to all who contribute to the church recycling. This income stream helps the ministry of the church.
USHERS NEEDED: Please see or email the church office if you would like to volunteer to usher for services.
WEBSITE — lakewooducc.org: Everything you always wanted to know about the church. Go ahead and ask. The information is probably at the church website. You can subscribe and have updates and comments automatically sent to your email address. See the homepage for details. You can also keep connected with on Facebook and on Twitter.
childrenYOUNG PEOPLE AT LAKEWOOD: Children and young people are a vital part of the LUCC family. School age children are invited to participate in Church School and preschool children are welcome in the Nursery under the able care of Claudia Rodriguez. They will join the congregation for 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

Fran Whitney, Family & Friends of Genevieve Jackle,
Shirley and Bill Locke, Carolyn Moore, Ann Quinn, Willy Zessoules

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Weekly Update 26 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 30 THIS SUNDAY: This Sunday is designated Native American Indian Ministry Sunday in the United Church of Christ. Worship will reflect this theme and honor the contributions of Native American cultures to the church and society.
SAT, SEP 29 PRAYER WORKSHOP: Contemplative Outreach Tampa Bay presents the Centering Prayer Workshop featuring themes from The Wisdom Jesus by Cynthia Bourgeault at Lakewood UCC on Saturday, 29 September from 9-3:30pm (registration starts at 8:30am). There is a $25 fee and continental breakfast is included.
SUN, SEP 30 SUNDAY CELEBRATIONS: Celebrate September birthdays at this potluck lunch following morning worship on Sunday, 30 September in the Fellowship Hall. Wally LeBlanc will give a presentation entitled A Wasteful Society – Part 1. The primary focus of this presentation will be food waste with an additional focus on single use items. Bring a dish to share (6-8 servings) and be prepared to take home leftovers so we don’t waste food!
SUN, SEP 30 DONATIONS: Natasha, a literacy coach at Maximo Elementary, is hosting a literacy night for her school on October 2nd. She would like to have a station for students to read recipes and create little fall treats. If you can bring items to church on Sunday the 30th, LUCC member Melanie Moore will take them to Maximo.

Chocolate sandwich cookies
Pumpkin shaped candy corn
Candy corn
Bugels corn chips
Pretzels
Plain m&ms
Popcorn
Cheerios
Pretzels
Chocolate pudding cups
Graham crackers
Nutella

TUE, OCT 9 CONCERT: Wednesday, October 3 at 6:30pm at Lakewood UCC (2601 54th Ave S) the Pinellas County Center for the Arts Jazz Band opens at 6:30, Zoe Speaks (the band of Yoko’s banjo teacher) goes on at 7pm! Suggested donation $20. All ages welcome! Doors open at 6pm. For more information see the facebook event page.
TUE, OCT 9 FAMILY PROMISE: Training opportunity coming up: Tuesday, 9 October from 7:00 to 8:30pm at Temple Beth-El (400 Pasadena Ave S). Contact Patti Cooksey for more information on getting involved in this ministry for homeless families.
WED, OCT 10 OPERATION ATTACK: Attack poverty, help provide children’s clothing and food for low income families. Wednesday, 10 October at 6:30pm at Lakeview Presbyterian Church (1310 22nd Ave S) is the next volunteer date for LUCC.
SUN, OCT 14 THERE IS HOPE – COMMUNITY: There will be cards and other items available for sale on Sunday October 14th. The mission for October card sales is The Special Needs Fund, used to help people in our community and the congregation with basic necessities such as food, rent, utilities, and prescription medication costs.
SAT, OCT 20 CIRCUS MCGURKIS: Save the date for Circus McGurkis Saturday October 20th at Gibbs High School. Plan to attend and volunteer.  Bring family and friends to this people’s fair celebrating peace, justice, and art.  The event is sponsored by the Friends Meeting of St. Petersburg (Quakers) and co-produced by Lakewood UCC. Contact Yoko Nogami or Claire Stiles for volunteer opportunities.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

KAVANAUGH DEMONSTRATIONS: People concerned about the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court will gather at noon daily on the corner of 6th Street and 1st Avenue N. at the St. Petersburg Judicial Courthouse in downtown St. Petersburg. The daily demonstrations, which will last for an hour, are scheduled until there is resolution of the Kavanaugh nomination.

Please come as often and for as long as you can. Signs will be provided, or you can bring your own. Metered parking is available around the courthouse, and there is free two-hour parking around Mirror Lake beginning at the Unitarian Universalist Church. There are restaurants and craft beers within easy walking distance.

This demonstration is organized by Andrea Smith. You can contact her at  (727) 643-7189 or factorganizer@gmail.com for more information.

VOTING APP: Try this new voting app developed by Rev. Wells’ nephew. Make sure you cast your vote for better government, and download the free iVote app from Apple. It has all the resources to register, request a mail-in ballot, and check your status. And it will send reminders so you don’t miss any deadlines for this important election.
THU, SEP 27 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS: Voting on proposed constitutional amendments is always a challenge. Cloaked in legalese that is difficult for a non-lawyer to understand, they address issues that seem arcane but can have a major impact on public policy. The Nov. 6 election has 12 such proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution, some containing multiple changes. This forum will provide context and explanation of the pros and cons of each. September 27, 2018 6 – 8:30pm at the SPC Seminole Campus Digitorium (9200 113th St, Seminole). Seating is limited, please register online.
THU, SEP 27 WATER CONVERSATION: Water is the lifeblood of our state. From drinking to recreation to tourism, water influences the lives of every Floridian. How can be become effective stewards of this precious resource? Join the Florida Humanities Council for an engaging conversation between two of Florida’s most insightful writers on water. Cynthia Barnett and Jack Davis will share key passages from their books, discuss how they came to understand Florida’s water stories, and dialogue with the audience on questions related to Florida’s future. Thursday, 27 September from 5:30 to 6:30pm at USF St. Pete (200 6th Ave S). Contact Keith Simmons for more information by email or phone (727-873-2011). Register online for this free event.
MON, OCT 1 JOURNALISM & DEMOCRACY: Veteran CNN anchor and correspondent Gene Randall lends his expertise on the hotly contested topic about the media’s role in today’s politically polarized landscape. In an age of fake news, distrust in journalism and media illiteracy, what must journalists and their audiences do to build trust, effectiveness and the skills of citizenship? “Can Journalism Save Democracy?” will be held on Monday, 1 October at 7pm in the Triton Room at Eckerd College.
MON, OCT 1 PRESENTATION & DISCUSSION: What would happen if the traditional African American Church, LGBTQ community, and progressives united around shared issues and causes? “Being in Relationship, we are Family” is an evening to explore this topic. Presentation by Cedric Harmon (Co-Director of Many Voices, a Black Church movement for gay & transgender justice). Discussion led by Rev. J C. Pritchett (Faith Church), Dr. Sharon Groves (Auburn Seminary) and Bishop Darlene Garner (MCC minister and LGBT activist). Monday, 1 October at 6pm at King of Peace MCC (3150 5th Ave N). Reception to follow. Invite someone!
TUE, OCT 2 LUNCH PAL: Change a Life – Be a Lunch Pal. With a small sacrifice of time, we can make a tremendous difference for children. Enjoy time with a student for 30 minutes at lunch once a week during the school year. Attend the Lunch Pals Workshop to learn more about how easy it is to help! Tuesday, October 2nd, from 5:30 to 6:30 pm, at SPC-Allstate (3200 34th St S). RSVP is required – Please contact Susan Schneck, Lunch Pals Coordinator by phone 727-588-6000 ext. 1369 or email.
THU, OCT 4 PIZZA & POLITICS: Come talk with local politicians 4 October from 6 to 8pm at the SPC Seminole Campus Conference Center (9200 113th St, Seminole). St. Petersburg College presents this free program as a public service to help voters make educated choices in the Nov. 6 election. Space is limited, advance registration is requested.
MON, OCT 8 CLIMATE & HEALTH: The increasing frequency of hurricanes and heat waves, heat-related illnesses and changes in infectious illnesses like Zika virus call for personal and societal attention. A multidisciplinary panel will address how climate affects physical and mental health – of both individuals and communities – and highlight existing resources and approaches to developing resiliency. October 8, from 6 to 7:30pm at St. Petersburg College Midtown Center (1300 22nd St S). Space is limited, advance registration is requested.
MON, OCT 8 INDIGENOUS PEOPLES FILM: Indigenous Peoples Day is a way to recognize and respect those who lived on these lands for many thousands of years. October 8 is marked as Columbus Day on most calendars. Mark Charles explains the Doctrine of Discovery, and the historic, systemic trauma this myth perpetuates today. Monday, 8 October from 6:30pm to 8pm (closing conversation optional till 8:30) at Allendale United Methodist Church (3803 Haines Rd N).
SAT, OCT 20 RETREAT: Florida United Church of Christ Women invites you to “In the Company of Women” Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Trinity United Church of Christ, (1150 49th St N), from 8:30am to 3:30pm. The theme is “This Means Love”.
Registration deadline is October 1st. The $20 cost includes breakfast, lunch, “This Means Love” workbook, and craft materials. Mail registration and check made payable to: FL UCC Women to: Barb Coons, 1419 SE 33rd Terrace, Cape Coral, FL 33904 or Register online.
SUN, OCT 21 INTERFAITH ENVIRONMENT DIALOGUE: Representatives from different faiths will address the environmental crisis with insights arising from their traditions and will share their customs and beliefs that encourage followers to care for the environment. “Caring for the Earth: An Interfaith Dialogue Event” will be held Sunday, 21 October at First Congregational United Church of Christ, (1031 S. Euclid Ave., Sarasota). The event will begin at 2 p.m. with a panel discussion featuring Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim and Christian speakers. A second panel discussion featuring young people from various faiths will start at 3:30 p.m., followed by a shared community meal and prayer break at 5 p.m. After the meal, Dr. Waleed El-Ansary, an internationally known expert on Islam and the environment and Chair of Islamic Studies at Xavier University, will give the keynote address at 7pm. For more information or to reserve your spot, please call (941) 953-7044. Seating will be limited.
TUE, OCT 23 POVERTY LECTURE: The Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis will speak on the long-term work of organizing a movement of the poor and dispossessed, the roles religion and a liberation theology have in advancing transformative change in this country, and the recent efforts of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. Tuesday, 23 October at 7:30pm in Fox Hall at Eckerd College.

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.
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 the church office.
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.
GUN VIOLENCE INFORMATION PAMPHLET: Copies of a Gun Violence information pamphlet are available. This resource was created by Grace Lewis of the LUCC congregation to educate the public about gun violence. They are located at the back of the sanctuary, or you can download one here. Please take them and share them.
Screenshot 2016-08-08 18.34.07NEW EZ PODCASTS!!! No downloading! Just click and play! Try it! Just click on the little orange circle with the white arrow in it. Only one click and it plays! Every week, a new podcast is posted on the church website. All our streamable podcasts are at https://soundcloud.com/luccpodcasts – please tell your friends who might enjoy listening! Keep checking back, more and more will be added each week.
recycle1RECYCLE: Recycle your print cartridges! At this time we cannot recycle toner cartridges, only inkjet cartridges. Keep it coming in! Many thanks to all who contribute to the church recycling. This income stream helps the ministry of the church.
USHERS NEEDED: Please see or email the church office if you would like to volunteer to usher for services.
WEBSITE — lakewooducc.org: Everything you always wanted to know about the church. Go ahead and ask. The information is probably at the church website. You can subscribe and have updates and comments automatically sent to your email address. See the homepage for details. You can also keep connected with on Facebook and on Twitter.
childrenYOUNG PEOPLE AT LAKEWOOD: Children and young people are a vital part of the LUCC family. School age children are invited to participate in Church School and preschool children are welcome in the Nursery under the able care of Claudia Rodriguez. They will join the congregation for 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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Peace Day

The United Nations General Assembly declared the International Day of Peace (Peace Day) as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.
The 2018 Peace Day Theme is: “The Right to Peace – The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70”
“It is time all nations and all people live up to the words of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which recognizes the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human race. This year marks the 70th anniversary of that landmark document.” 
– Secretary-General António Guterres
From education to the arts, social justice to sports, health to the environment, neighborhood issues to service for others, there are many ways to participate in Peace Day! We invite you to create a public or private activity related to peace, spread the word about Peace Day and/or attend an event in the community:
Burning Bowl Ceremony at First Unity (460 46th Ave N) 6:45pm September 21
The International Museum of Radiant Peace (5601 Central Ave., St. Petersburg). Special hours for this event are September 22, 10 – 4. Enjoy award-winning art and inspirational writing about Radiant Peace from children around the world, including many from the Tampa Bay area. Admission is free.)
Call to Peace at Unitarian Universalist Church of Downtown (100 Mirror Lake Dr. N) Sunday, September 23 at 10:30am. Celebrate the 70th anniversary of the United Nations momentous Adoption of the Universal Human Rights Declaration by joining our Call to Peace issued by leaders of the interfaith community at the Unitarian Universalist Church by Mirror Lake. Presented by: St. Mary Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Pass-A-Grille Beach Community Church UCC, Congregation B’nai Israel of St. Petersburg, Unitarian Universalist Church of St. Pete, St. Petersburg Islamic Center, Baha’i Faith of St. Petersburg, Buddhist Community of Downtown, & Quaker Religious Society. For more information contact the Unitarian Universalist Church at (727) 898-3294.
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Weekly Update 19 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 23 THIS SUNDAY: Is Peace Sunday, a time to reaffirm our commitment to peace. You are invited to bring a poem or quote about peace to share in the service.
SUN, SEP 16 IN MEMORIAM:  Genevieve Jackle of the LUCC congregation and a resident of Westminster Suncoast died Sunday September 16. Sincere sympathy is expressed to her husband Roger, son George, family and friends. A service was held for Genevieve this morning at Westminster Suncoast.
SUN, SEP 16 BACKPACK FUNDS:  Many thanks to all who donated so that Kai’Lyn can get a backpack filled with nice things for her formerly homeless friend at school. We raised $146!
SAT, SEP 15 FAMILY PROMISE: Training opportunity coming up: Tuesday, 9 October from 7:00 to 8:30pm at Temple Beth-El (400 Pasadena Ave S). Contact Patti Cooksey for more information on getting involved in this ministry for homeless families.
SEP 18-22 PASTOR AWAY: Rev. Wells is away untill 22 September. If pastoral care is needed, please contact Jim Andrews.
WED, SEP 26 WESTMINSTER LUNCH: Westminster Suncoast Luncheon Wednesday 26 September at 11:30am in the private dining room at Westminster Suncoast. All residents of the Shores and Suncoast are welcome.
WED, SEP 19 OPERATION ATTACK: Attack poverty, help provide children’s clothing and food for low income families. Wednesday, 19 September at 6:30pm at Lakeview Presbyterian Church (1310 22nd Ave S) is the next volunteer date for LUCC.
FRI, SEP 21 PEACE DAY: September 21 will be the 36th international day of peace, a United Nations sanctioned holiday. The theme this year is “Right to peace”. Share your thoughts on the peace bulletin board in the narthex. On Sunday, 23 September the service will focus on peace in honor of Peace Day. You are invited to bring a poem or quote about peace to share in the service.
SUN, SEP 30
SUNDAY CELEBRATIONS: Celebrate September birthdays at this potluck lunch following morning worship on Sunday, 30 September in the Fellowship Hall. Wally LeBlanc will give a presentation entitled A Wasteful Society – Part 1. The primary focus of this presentation will be food waste with an additional focus on single use items. Bring a dish to share (6-8 servings) and be prepared to take home leftovers so we don’t waste food!
SUN, OCT 14 THERE IS HOPE – COMMUNITY: There will be cards and other items available for sale on Sunday October 14th. The mission for October card sales is The Special Needs Fund, used to help people in our community and the congregation with basic necessities such as food, rent, utilities, and prescription medication costs.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

THU, SEP 20 LITERATURE LECTURE: “The World Is Wrong: Microaggressions, Poetics and the Problem of Evil in Citizen” will be given by Daniel Spoth (Literature professor at Eckerd). This lecture places award-winning poet Claudia Rankine both within and outside of the broader traditions of American lyric poetry and critical writing about race – showing how her focus on small second-hand experiences of racism leads to a more expansive concern with the ideals of “post-racial” America and, still more broadly, the many social, political and environmental issues that afflict the world today. Thursday, 20 September at 7:30pm in Fox Hall at Eckerd College.
TUE, SEP 25 REFUGEE PLAY: “Refuge: The Story of St. Petersburg’s Jasmina Kuljanac” will be performed on Tuesday, September 25, at 7:00 pm at the Arts Exchange, 515 22nd St S. Refuge is part of Off the Wall, a series of dramatic presentations of the lives of St. Petersburg residents coordinated by Your Real Stories, a St. Pete nonprofit organization. Tickets are $15.
Jamsmina Kuljanac was born in the former Yugoslavia and fled the war that tore Yugoslavia apart when she was nine. She spent time in Poland and Germany and moved to St. Petersburg when she was fifteen. She learned English in a class in Germany and by watching MTV. Refuge is a dramatic presentation of Jasmina’s life as a refugee and how she faced prejudice and maneuvered successfully through different cultures. “It’s easy for me to relate to people,” Jasmina said, “because I had to really understand people to survive.” She has earned a BS in biology from USF, and now is a chemist for the city of St. Petersburg.
TUE, SEP 25 SOCIAL MEDIA ADVOCACY: Whether you’re using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn or even Snapchat, social media can be one of the most powerful tools in your advocacy toolbox. When leveraged effectively, social media can create opportunities to find, reach and engage advocates, recruit supporters, and connect with policy makers. Join the St. Pete League of Women Voters and Pinellas National Organization of Women to explore these topics. Participants will have the chance to dig deep in a breakout sections (Facebook 101, Twitter 101, or Advanced Facebook). Saturday, September 29 from 2:30 to 5 pm at the St Petersburg Main Library (3745 9th Ave N). Register online.
THU, SEP 27 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS: Voting on proposed constitutional amendments is always a challenge. Cloaked in legalese that is difficult for a non-lawyer to understand, they address issues that seem arcane but can have a major impact on public policy. The Nov. 6 election has 12 such proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution, some containing multiple changes. This forum will provide context and explanation of the pros and cons of each. September 27, 2018 6 – 8:30pm at the SPC Seminole Campus Digitorium (9200 113th St, Seminole). Seating is limited, please register online.
THU, SEP 27 WATER CONVERSATION: Water is the lifeblood of our state. From drinking to recreation to tourism, water influences the lives of every Floridian. How can be become effective stewards of this precious resource? Join the Florida Humanities Council for an engaging conversation between two of Florida’s most insightful writers on water. Cynthia Barnett and Jack Davis will share key passages from their books, discuss how they came to understand Florida’s water stories, and dialogue with the audience on questions related to Florida’s future. Thursday, 27 September from 5:30 to 6:30pm at USF St. Pete (200 6th Ave S). Contact Keith Simmons for more information by email or phone (727-873-2011). Register online for this free event.
MON, OCT 1 JOURNALISM & DEMOCRACY: Veteran CNN anchor and correspondent Gene Randall lends his expertise on the hotly contested topic about the media’s role in today’s politically polarized landscape. In an age of fake news, distrust in journalism and media illiteracy, what must journalists and their audiences do to build trust, effectiveness and the skills of citizenship? “Can Journalism Save Democracy?” will be held on Monday, 1 October at 7pm in the Triton Room at Eckerd College.
MON, OCT 1 PRESENTATION & DISCUSSION: What would happen if the traditional African American Church, LGBTQ community, and progressives united around shared issues and causes? “Being in Relationship, we are Family” is an evening to explore this topic. Presentation by Cedric Harmon (Co-Director of Many Voices, a Black Church movement for gay & transgender justice). Discussion lead by Rev. J C. Pritchett (Faith Church), Dr. Sharon Groves (Auburn Seminary) and Bishop Darlene Garner (MCC minister and LGBT activist). Monday, 1 October at 6pm at King of Peace MCC (3150 5th Ave N). Reception to follow. Invite someone!
THU, OCT 4 PIZZA & POLITICS: Come talk with local politicians October 4, 2018 6 – 8pm at the SPC Seminole Campus Conference Center (9200 113th St, Seminole). St. Petersburg College presents this free program as a public service to help voters make educated choices in the Nov. 6 election. Space is limited, advance registration is requested.
MON, OCT 8 CLIMATE & HEALTH: The increasing frequency of hurricanes and heat waves, heat-related illnesses and changes in infectious illnesses like Zika virus call for personal and societal attention. A multidisciplinary panel will address how climate affects physical and mental health – of both individuals and communities – and highlight existing resources and approaches to developing resiliency. October 8, 2018 – 6 – 7:30pm at St. Petersburg College Midtown Center (1300 22nd St S). Space is limited, advance registration is requested.
SAT, OCT 20 RETREAT: Florida United Church of Christ Women invites you to “In the Company of Women” Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Trinity United Church of Christ, (1150 49th St N), from 8:30am to 3:30pm. The theme is “This Means Love”.
Registration deadline is October 1st. The $20 cost includes breakfast, lunch, “This Means Love” workbook, and craft materials. Mail registration and check made payable to: FL UCC Women to: Barb Coons, 1419 SE 33rd Terrace, Cape Coral, FL 33904 or Register online.
TUE, OCT 23 POVERTY LECTURE: The Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis will speak on the long-term work of organizing a movement of the poor and dispossessed, the roles religion and a liberation theology have in advancing transformative change in this country, and the recent efforts of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. Tuesday, 23 October at 7:30pm in Fox Hall at Eckerd College.

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.
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 the church office.
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.
GUN VIOLENCE INFORMATION PAMPHLET: Copies of a Gun Violence information pamphlet are available. This resource was created by Grace Lewis of the LUCC congregation to educate the public about gun violence. They are located at the back of the sanctuary, or you can download one here. Please take them and share them.
Screenshot 2016-08-08 18.34.07NEW EZ PODCASTS!!! No downloading! Just click and play! Try it! Just click on the little orange circle with the white arrow in it. Only one click and it plays! Every week, a new podcast is posted on the church website. All our streamable podcasts are at https://soundcloud.com/luccpodcasts – please tell your friends who might enjoy listening! Keep checking back, more and more will be added each week.
recycle1RECYCLE: Recycle your print cartridges! At this time we cannot recycle toner cartridges, only inkjet cartridges. Keep it coming in! Many thanks to all who contribute to the church recycling. This income stream helps the ministry of the church.
USHERS NEEDED: Please see or email the church office if you would like to volunteer to usher for services.
WEBSITE — lakewooducc.org: Everything you always wanted to know about the church. Go ahead and ask. The information is probably at the church website. You can subscribe and have updates and comments automatically sent to your email address. See the homepage for details. You can also keep connected with on Facebook and on Twitter.
childrenYOUNG PEOPLE AT LAKEWOOD: Children and young people are a vital part of the LUCC family. School age children are invited to participate in Church School and preschool children are welcome in the Nursery under the able care of Claudia Rodriguez. They will join the congregation for 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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LUCC Given Baby Grand Piano!

A beautiful Yamaha baby grand piano has been gifted to Lakewood United Church of Christ by a church member who is downsizing.  This gift is a beautiful contribution to the music ministry of the church.  Music Director, Hilton Kean Jones, is thrilled about this most generous gift!  It is a delight to hear him play this wonderful piano.
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Weekly Update 12 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 16 THIS SUNDAY: Is Charter Sunday, a time to remember the founding of the church in 1967. The theme is Bound by Love. Love is what joined people together in a church family back in 1967 when LUCC was founded and what still does today.
WED, SEP 12 GOD AND BEYOND TODAY: The Advisors are continuing to provide opportunities for discussion about the theological orientation of the church along with the faith statement and mission statement. The next gathering will be tonight, Wednesday Sept. 12 at 6:30 in the Fellowship Hall. The discussion will refer to Dan Brown’s book Origin. There will be discussion of the lecture given by Robert Langdon that is featured toward the beginning of the book. All are welcome!
SAT, SEP 15 CHOIR PARTY: The choir will kick off a new year of singing at Kim and Jeff Wells’ home on Saturday, 15 September at 6:30pm. The theme for this potluck celebration is Mexican Independence Day (16 September).
SAT, SEP 15 FAMILY PROMISE: Training opportunities are coming up: Monday, 17 September from 6:00 to 7:30pm at Central Christian Church (6161 22nd Ave N); and Tuesday, 9 October from 7:00 to 8:30pm at Temple Beth-El (400 Pasadena Ave S). Contact Patti Cooksey for more information on getting involved in this ministry for homeless families.
TUE, SEP 18 CIRCUS MCGURKIS MEETING: There will be a Circus McGurkis (20 October) planning meeting on Tuesday, 18 September at 7:00pm in the Fellowship HallContact Yoko Nogami or Claire Stiles for more information.
SEP 18-22 PASTOR AWAY: Rev. Wells will be away from 18 to 22 September. If pastoral care is needed, please contact Jim Andrews.
WED, SEP 26 WESTMINSTER LUNCH: Westminster Suncoast Luncheon Wednesday 26 September at 11:30am in the private dining room at Westminster Suncoast. All residents of the Shores and Suncoast are welcome.
WED, SEP 19 OPERATION ATTACK: Attack poverty, help provide children’s clothing and food for low income families. Wednesday, 19 September at 6:30pm at Lakeview Presbyterian Church (1310 22nd Ave S) is the next volunteer date for LUCC.
FRI, SEP 21 PEACE DAY: September 21 will be the 36th international day of peace, a United Nations sanctioned holiday. The theme this year is “Right to peace”. Share your thoughts on the peace bulletin board in the narthex. On Sunday, 23 September the service will focus on peace in honor of Peace Day. You are invited to bring a poem or quote about peace to share in the service.
SUN, SEP 30 SUNDAY CELEBRATIONS: Celebrate September birthdays at this potluck lunch following morning worship on Sunday, 30 September in the Fellowship Hall. Wally LeBlanc will give a presentation about food waste. Bring a dish to share (6-8 servings) and be prepared to take home left overs so we don’t waste food!

COMMUNITY EVENTS

BOYD HILL UPDATE: The St. Petersburg Country Club has heard the community’s concerns, and has agreed to move “Area D” to the other side of the 18th fairway, away from Boyd Hill Nature Preserve. This solution meets the business needs of the SPCC while also maintaining a buffer for Boyd Hill.
FRI, SEP 14 ECONOMIC INEQUALITY WORKSHOP: What does it mean when the Marathon Petroleum CEO Gary Heminger took home an astonishing 935 times more pay than an average employee in 2017? CEOs of the largest 350 companies make, on average, 271 times what a typical worker earns. Why is it so commonplace now to have this disconnect between CEO income and everyone else’s? Do you actually know anyone who is getting ahead, even people who are supposedly doing well, or is the American dream really lost? In this workshop you will learn more about Runaway Inequality and how it’s hurting our society. Gain tools for telling the story and ready yourself to fight back. Friday, September 14 from 6 to 9 PM at Allendale UMC (3803 Haines Rd N).
TUE, SEP 25 REFUGEE PLAY: “Refuge: The Story of St. Petersburg’s Jasmina Kuljanac” will be performed on Tuesday, September 25, at 7:00 pm at the Arts Exchange, 515 22nd St S. Refuge is part of Off the Wall, a series of dramatic presentations of the lives of St. Petersburg residents coordinated by Your Real Stories, a St. Pete nonprofit organization. Tickets are $15.
Jamsmina Kuljanac was born in the former Yugoslavia and fled the war that tore Yugoslavia apart when she was nine. She spent time in Poland and Germany and moved to St. Petersburg when she was fifteen. She learned English in a class in Germany and by watching MTV. Refuge is a dramatic presentation of Jasmina’s life as a refugee and how she faced prejudice and maneuvered successfully through different cultures. “It’s easy for me to relate to people,” Jasmina said, “because I had to really understand people to survive.” She has earned a BS in biology from USF, and now is a chemist for the city of St. Petersburg.
TUE, SEP 25 SOCIAL MEDIA ADVOCACY: Whether you’re using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn or even Snapchat, social media can be one of the most powerful tools in your advocacy toolbox. When leveraged effectively, social media can create opportunities to find, reach and engage advocates, recruit supporters, and connect with policy makers. Join the St. Pete League of Women Voters and Pinellas National Organization of Women to explore these topics. Participants will have the chance to dig deep in a breakout sections (Facebook 101, Twitter 101, or Advanced Facebook). Saturday, September 29 from 2:30 to 5 pm at the St Petersburg Main Library (3745 9th Ave N). Register online.
THU, SEP 27 WATER CONVERSATION: Water is the lifeblood of our state. From drinking to recreation to tourism, water influences the lives of every Floridian. How can be become effective stewards of this precious resource? Join the Florida Humanities Council for an engaging conversation between two of Florida’s most insightful writers on water. Cynthia Barnett and Jack Davis will share key passages from their books, discuss how they came to understand Florida’s water stories, and dialogue with the audience on questions related to Florida’s future. Thursday, 27 September from 5:30 to 6:30pm at USF St. Pete (200 6th Ave S). Contact Keith Simmons for more information by email or phone (727-873-2011). Register online for this free event.
MON, OCT 1 PRESENTATION & DISCUSSION: What would happen if the traditional African American Church, LGBTQ community, and progressives united around shared issues and causes? “Being in Relationship, we are Family” is an evening to explore this topic. Presentation by Cedric Harmon (Co-Director of Many Voices, a Black Church movement for gay & transgender justice). Discussion lead by Rev. J C. Pritchett (Faith Church), Dr. Sharon Groves (Auburn Seminary) and Bishop Darlene Garner (MCC minister and LGBT activist). Monday, 1 October at 6pm at King of Peace MCC (3150 5th Ave N). Reception to follow. Invite someone!
SAT, OCT 20 RETREAT: Florida United Church of Christ Women invites you to “In the Company of Women” Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Trinity United Church of Christ, (1150 49th St N), from 8:30am to 3:30pm. The theme is “This Means Love”.
Registration deadline is October 1st. The $20 cost includes breakfast, lunch, “This Means Love” workbook, and craft materials. Mail registration and check made payable to: FL UCC Women to: Barb Coons, 1419 SE 33rd Terrace, Cape Coral, FL 33904 or Register online.
SAT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Celebrate Outreach hosts Loaves and Fishes weekly breakfast at Trinity Lutheran church every Saturday morning. Volunteers serve a full hot meal to over 150 hungry people. The breakfast runs from 7:30 to 10:30am and volunteers can participate with some or all of the breakfast. Please contact Carol Shores to help.
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.
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 the church office.
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.
GUN VIOLENCE INFORMATION PAMPHLET: Copies of a Gun Violence information pamphlet are available. This resource was created by Grace Lewis of the LUCC congregation to educate the public about gun violence. They are located at the back of the sanctuary, or you can download one here. Please take them and share them.
Screenshot 2016-08-08 18.34.07NEW EZ PODCASTS!!! No downloading! Just click and play! Try it! Just click on the little orange circle with the white arrow in it. Only one click and it plays! Every week, a new podcast is posted on the church website. All our streamable podcasts are at https://soundcloud.com/luccpodcasts – please tell your friends who might enjoy listening! Keep checking back, more and more will be added each week.
recycle1RECYCLE: Recycle your print cartridges! At this time we cannot recycle toner cartridges, only inkjet cartridges. Keep it coming in! Many thanks to all who contribute to the church recycling. This income stream helps the ministry of the church.
USHERS NEEDED: Please see or email the church office if you would like to volunteer to usher for services.
WEBSITE — lakewooducc.org: Everything you always wanted to know about the church. Go ahead and ask. The information is probably at the church website. You can subscribe and have updates and comments automatically sent to your email address. See the homepage for details. You can also keep connected with on Facebook and on Twitter.
childrenYOUNG PEOPLE AT LAKEWOOD: Children and young people are a vital part of the LUCC family. School age children are invited to participate in Church School and preschool children are welcome in the Nursery under the able care of Claudia Rodriguez. They will join the congregation for 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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Fran Whitney (at St. Anthony’s hospital), Genevieve Jackle,
Carolyn Moore, Ann Quinn, Willy Zessoules

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Legislature Should Re-Allocate Unused Funds to Hire School Resource Officers

ORLANDO, Fla. – In light of recent information that $58 million dollars remains in the Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program fund that will go unused if not reallocated, the Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence (LUCC is a member) and education partners call on the Joint Legislative Budget Commission to agree to disburse these funds for districts to hire School Resource Officers (SROs) when they meet on September 14th. The Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program is part of the larger Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act signed by Governor Rick Scott at the end of the 2018 Legislative Session.

“Local districts statewide are struggling to pay for school security while the $58 million that could be used to hire police officers for schools remains locked down in Tallahassee,” said Joanne McCall, president of the Florida Education Association. “The members of the Joint Legislative Budget Commission have the power to move the money to districts but have not yet acted. From the outside looking in, it appears these lawmakers care more about scoring political points than about protecting the children of Florida.”

Currently, 71 out of the 75 Florida school districts need additional school safety funding. If these funds are not allocated soon they will remain mired in Tallahassee, thereby risking the safety of our students, staff, and administrators. Members of the Joint Legislative Budget Commission need to act swiftly and re-allocate the Guardian Program funds under the auspices of the Department of Education’s Office of Safe Schools.

“School Resource Officers (SROs) are trained law enforcement. They are the ones best equipped to handle violence on campus — not school staff or private security guards,” said Patricia Brigham, president of the LWV of Florida. “We encourage the Legislative Budget Commission to reallocate the funds necessary for hiring more SROs for our schools.”

“Governor Scott has asked each member of the Joint Legislative Budget Commission to re-allocate these unused funds.” said Florida PTA President, Linda Kearschner. “The Legislative Budget Commission needs to listen and act. These funds need to be used to protect our children this year.”

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Weekly Update 5 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 9 THIS SUNDAY: Regular Sundays resume this Sunday, choir and church school begin for the Fall. The service focuses on hearing and speaking. What are we listening for? How does that inform our response? See Mark 7:31-37.
THU, SEP 5 CREATION JUSTICE: The creation justice team will meet tomorrow at 3pm in the Church library, all are welcome to attend.
SUN, SEP 9 CHOIR BEGINS: Regular Sundays resume on September 9. The choir will rehearse at 9am and sing in worship – all are welcome to join!
SUN, SEP 9  CHURCH SCHOOL RESUMES: Church school will begin Sunday for school-aged children. Younger children may go to the nursery. All children will rejoin the congregation for prayers and the end of the worship service.
SUN, SEP 9  ADVISORS MEETING: The advisors will meet following morning worship, all are welcome to attend.
WED, SEP 12 GOD AND BEYOND CONTINUES: The Advisors are continuing to provide opportunities for discussion about the theological orientation of the church along with the faith statement and mission statement. The next gathering will be Wednesday Sept. 12 at 6:30 in the Fellowship Hall. The discussion will refer to Dan Brown’s book Origin. There will be discussion of the lecture given by Robert Langdon that is featured toward the beginning of the book. Copies of the material will be available on Sunday in back of the Sanctuary. All are welcome!
SUN, SEP 16 CHARTER SUNDAY: A time to remember the founding of the church in 1967. New members will be received into the church family. If you are interested in church membership, contact Rev. Wells.
FRI, SEP 21 PEACE DAY: September 21 will be the 36th international day of peace, a United Nations sanctioned holiday. The theme this year is “Right to peace”. Share your thoughts on the peace bulletin board in the narthex.
SAT, OCT 20 CIRCUS MCGURKIS: Save the date for Circus McGurkis October 20th at Gibbs High School. Contact Yoko Nogami or Claire Stiles for volunteer opportunities.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

THU, SEP 6 BOYD HILL DEVELOPMENT: At its next meeting, the City Council will hear from the St. Petersburg Country Club to rezone land in Lakewood Estates for development. “Area D” is adjacent to Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, which carries out regular prescribed burns to clear invasive species, protect endangered species’ habitats and prevent wildfires. The Friends of Boyd Hill have asked that the land not be rezoned and the LUCC congregation wrote a letter to that effect as well. If you want to be heard in person, this is an opportunity to speak up. Thursday, 3pm at the St. Petersburg City Hall Council Chamber (175 5th St. N). 
SAT, SEP 8 RISE UP RINGING: We are woke to the need to change the dream of consumption and ring in a new dream of sustainability, equity, social justice, and beauty for all – no exceptions! The Peoples Climate Movement will lead a national mobilization for climate, jobs, and justice. Across the country, tens of thousands of people will show their power by hitting the streets, holding community forums, and educating voters about the issues – all to ensure that elected and private sector leaders make action on climate a priority. Look for the LUCC banner on Saturday, September 8 from 10 AM – 1:30 PM at Williams Park (330 2nd Ave N).
MON, SEP 10 GREEN GARDENING: There will be a Gardening to Reverse Global Warming workshop on Monday, September 10 at 6:30 PM – 8 PM at the Enoch D Davis Center, (1111 18th Ave S). The Sustainable Urban Agriculture Coalition’s free education session features Jennifer Andreani from the Pinellas Community Compost Alliance sharing how, through our home and garden projects, we can engage and promote some of the most potent solutions to actually reverse global warming. You’ll walk away with a clear outline to begin to take action right away.
MON, SEP 10 ECKERD LECTURE: Claudia Rankine—the Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry at Yale University, poet, playwright, essayist and author of “Citizen: An American Lyric”—has used her art to examine her relationship with her country and her compatriots. Her visceral collection of poetry, Citizen, won the PEN Open Book Award, the PEN Literary Award, the NAACP Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry (Citizen was the first book ever to be named a nominee in both the poetry and criticism categories). It also was a finalist for the National Book Award. Monday, September 10 at 7:30 – 8:30pm at Eckerd College, Fox Hall. This event is free and open to the public.
FRI, SEP 14 ECONOMIC INEQUALITY WORKSHOP: What does it mean when the Marathon Petroleum CEO Gary Heminger took home an astonishing 935 times more pay than an average employee in 2017? CEOs of the largest 350 companies make, on average, 271 times what a typical worker earns. Why is it so commonplace now to have this disconnect between CEO income and everyone else’s? Do you actually know anyone who is getting ahead, even people who are supposedly doing well, or is the American dream really lost? In this workshop you will learn more about Runaway Inequality and how it’s hurting our society. Gain tools for telling the story and ready yourself to fight back. Friday, September 14 from 6 to 9 PM at Allendale UMC (3803 Haines Rd N).
TUE, SEP 25 REFUGEE PLAY: “Refuge: The Story of St. Petersburg’s Jasmina Kuljanac” will be performed on Tuesday, September 25, at 7:00 pm at the Arts Exchange, 515 22nd St S. Refuge is part of Off the Wall, a series of dramatic presentations of the lives of St. Petersburg residents coordinated by Your Real Stories, a St. Pete nonprofit organization. Tickets are $15.
Jamsmina Kuljanac was born in the former Yugoslavia and fled the war that tore Yugoslavia apart when she was nine. She spent time in Poland and Germany and moved to St. Petersburg when she was fifteen. She learned English in a class in Germany and by watching MTV. Refuge is a dramatic presentation of Jasmina’s life as a refugee and how she faced prejudice and maneuvered successfully through different cultures. “It’s easy for me to relate to people,” Jasmina said, “because I had to really understand people to survive.” She has earned a BS in biology from USF, and now is a chemist for the city of St. Petersburg.
TUE, SEP 25 SOCIAL MEDIA ADVOCACY: Whether you’re using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn or even Snapchat, social media can be one of the most powerful tools in your advocacy toolbox. When leveraged effectively, social media can create opportunities to find, reach and engage advocates, recruit supporters, and connect with policy makers. Join the St. Pete League of Women Voters and Pinellas National Organization of Women to explore these topics. Participants will have the chance to dig deep in a breakout sections (Facebook 101, Twitter 101, or Advanced Facebook). Saturday, September 29 from 2:30 to 5 pm at the St Petersburg Main Library (3745 9th Ave N). Register online.
SAT, OCT 20 RETREAT: Florida United Church of Christ Women invites you to “In the Company of Women” Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Trinity United Church of Christ, (1150 49th St N), from 8:30am to 3:30pm. The theme is “This Means Love”.
Registration deadline is October 1st. The $20 cost includes breakfast, lunch, “This Means Love” workbook, and craft materials. Mail registration and check made payable to: FL UCC Women to: Barb Coons, 1419 SE 33rd Terrace, Cape Coral, FL 33904 or Register online.
SAT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Celebrate Outreach hosts Loaves and Fishes weekly breakfast at Trinity Lutheran church every Saturday morning. Volunteers serve a full hot meal to over 150 hungry people. The breakfast runs from 7:30 to 10:30am and volunteers can participate with some or all of the breakfast. Please contact Carol Shores to help.
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.
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 the church office.
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.
GUN VIOLENCE INFORMATION PAMPHLET: Copies of a Gun Violence information pamphlet are available. This resource was created by Grace Lewis of the LUCC congregation to educate the public about gun violence. They are located at the back of the sanctuary, or you can download one here. Please take them and share them.
Screenshot 2016-08-08 18.34.07NEW EZ PODCASTS!!! No downloading! Just click and play! Try it! Just click on the little orange circle with the white arrow in it. Only one click and it plays! Every week, a new podcast is posted on the church website. All our streamable podcasts are at https://soundcloud.com/luccpodcasts – please tell your friends who might enjoy listening! Keep checking back, more and more will be added each week.
recycle1RECYCLE: Recycle your print cartridges! At this time we cannot recycle toner cartridges, only inkjet cartridges. Keep it coming in! Many thanks to all who contribute to the church recycling. This income stream helps the ministry of the church.
USHERS NEEDED: Please see or email the church office if you would like to volunteer to usher for services.
WEBSITE — lakewooducc.org: Everything you always wanted to know about the church. Go ahead and ask. The information is probably at the church website. You can subscribe and have updates and comments automatically sent to your email address. See the homepage for details. You can also keep connected with on Facebook and on Twitter.
childrenYOUNG PEOPLE AT LAKEWOOD: Children and young people are a vital part of the LUCC family. School age children are invited to participate in Church School and preschool children are welcome in the Nursery under the able care of Claudia Rodriguez. They will join the congregation for 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 responds to Lakewood Estates development plans

Lakewood UCC
2601 54th Ave S

To Whom It May Concern:

Lakewood United Church of Christ is a small Christian community in the Lakewood Estates neighborhood. Each Sunday, in communion with all the Earth, we gather to worship God who formed all creation, who redeems all creation, and who sustains all creation. Part of our mission is to “work for God’s peace and justice throughout creation.” We are grateful for the opportunity to share our thoughts on this important question of land use and zoning in our neighborhood.

According to the very first story in the Bible, Genesis 1, we are called to love God, love our neighbors, and care for creation. This biblical revelation reorients our relationship with the natural world to a love and care for God’s creation. We focus on God as creator and the wonders of creation, all designed to help us love creation as God does and commit ourselves to care for it and rejoice in it. In this respect, the Earth is, for us, a sacred space, a place where God is active and where God encounters us. This experience of the sacred leads us to advocate for public policies and laws that foster love of neighbor and care for creation.

We are acutely aware that this Earth is an endangered planet—to a great extent due to our own actions. As Christians we are called to ask: How can we treat the Earth differently? One way we do this is to designate certain areas of land, air, and water as natural “sanctuaries” that offer protection to a variety of animals, species of plants, and whole eco-systems. We are lucky to have one such sanctuary in our own neighborhood: Boyd Hill Nature Preserve. We want to ensure that they have the ability to continue to fulfill their mission as environmental stewards.

It is our understanding that prescribed burns are among the management actions necessary to maintain appropriate eco-system function within the scrub habitat at Boyd Hill. And that development of the land in “Area D” will negatively impact the ability of Boyd Hill to protect this rare scrub habitat, including gopher tortoises and various endangered plants.

We humans have become alienated from our world and need to be deeply reconnected to the Earth as our home so we can be restored to a natural and life-giving relationship. It has taken our culture many years to recognize our kinship with the rest of creation. But this is the truth we now confess with new enthusiasm. God is reorienting us to a relationship with Earth so that we can now experience all creatures as our kin. God invites us to a new healing relationship with a vocation of service to the Earth rather than a relationship of domination and exploitation.

We hope that you will choose to embrace the work done at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve that gives so many in our community the opportunity to encounter the sacred in the natural world. We ask that you do not make this work more difficult by re-zoning “Area D” of our neighborhood.

Sincerely,

Lakewood United Church of Christ

 

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Weekly Update 29 August

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 2 THIS SUNDAY: This Labor Day Sunday is a time to think about the role of work in our lives. Are we defined by what job we do? Do we have enough time to let love in? What if we prioritized love over work? You’re invited to start exploring these questions by reading Song of Songs 2:8-14.

This Sunday is the last Summer Sunday Service. So come ready to sing favorite hymns! Children attend the beginning of the service and may go to the Nursery following communion.

AUG 31 PASTOR RETURNS: Rev. Wells will return August 31. For pastoral care before then, please contact Sally Purvis.
SUN, SEP 2 COMMUNION:  All are welcome to participate in communion at Lakewood UCC, children at the discretion of the adults who brought them. The communion offering goes to the Special Needs Fund, used to help people in our community and the congregation with basic necessities such as food, rent, utilities, and prescription medication costs. Recently there has been great need for these funds, please help as you are able knowing that your gift will be a blessing to someone in need.
SUN, SEP 2 THERE IS HOPE – COMMUNITY: There will be cards and other items available for sale on Sunday. The mission for September card sales is CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse).Ongoing ministry items needed: regular size or travel size hygiene supplies (e.g. shampoo, body wash, lotion, deodorant, toothpaste, kids shampoo, baby shampoo), gently used or new bath towels, composition books, pens, pencils. Also gently used or new clothing (specifically button down or polo style shirts, adult pants different sizes) Items will be given to various organizations in need.There is a box in back of sanctuary for items to be placed. See Wally LeBlanc for further information.
SUN, SEP 9 CHOIR BEGINS: Regular Sundays resume on September 9. The choir will rehearse at 9am and sing in worship – all are welcome to join!
SUN, SEP 9  CHURCH SCHOOL RESUMES: Church school will begin Sunday, 9 September for school-aged children. Younger children may go to the nursery.
SUN, SEP 9  ADVISORS MEETING: The advisors will meet following morning worship, all are welcome to attend.
WED, SEP 12 GOD AND BEYOND CONTINUES: The Advisors are continuing to provide opportunities for discussion about the theological orientation of the church along with the faith statement and mission statement. The next gathering will be Wednesday Sept. 12 at 6:30 in the Fellowship Hall. The discussion will refer to Dan Brown’s book Origin. There will be discussion of the lecture given by Robert Langdon that is featured toward the beginning of the book. Copies of the material will be available on Sept. 9 for review. All are welcome!
SUN, SEP 16 CHARTER SUNDAY: A time to remember the founding of the church in 1967. New members will be received into the church family. If you are interested in church membership, contact Rev. Wells.
FRI, SEP 21 PEACE DAY: September 21 will be the 36th international day of peace, a United Nations sanctioned holiday. The theme this year is “Right to peace”. Let Carol Shores know if you are interested in organizing a peace day event at LUCC.
SAT, OCT 20 CIRCUS MCGURKIS: Save the date for Circus McGurkis October 20th at Gibbs High School. Contact Yoko Nogami or Claire Stiles for volunteer opportunities.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

THU, AUG 30 GUN FORUM: One reason America seems unable to have a rational conversation about reducing gun violence is that the issue is steeped in myth and misinformation. Busting some of those myths is the focus of the forum titled Guns in America: Myth-Busting in Search of Solutions. It will be from 6 to 8:15 pm Aug 30 at the SPC Seminole Campus Conference Center, (9200 113th St N) Advance registration to the dinner event is required. Lead speaker will be Dr. John S. “Jack” Rozel, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh and co-author of a study of gun violence titled “The Link Between Mental Illness and Firearm Violence: Implications for Social Policy and Clinical Practice.”
SAT, SEP 8 RISE UP RINGING: We are woke to the need to change the dream of consumption and ring in a new dream of sustainability, equity, social justice, and beauty for all – no exceptions! The Peoples Climate Movement will lead a national mobilization for climate, jobs, and justice. Across the country, tens of thousands of people will show their power by hitting the streets, holding community forums, and educating voters about the issues – all to ensure that elected and private sector leaders make action on climate a priority. Saturday, September 8 from 10 AM – 1:30 PM at Williams Park (330 2nd Ave N).
SAT, OCT 20 RETREAT: Florida United Church of Christ Women invites you to “In the Company of Women” Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Trinity United Church of Christ, (1150 49th St N), from 8:30am to 3:30pm. The theme is “This Means Love”.
Registration deadline is October 1st. The $20 cost includes breakfast, lunch, “This Means Love” workbook, and craft materials. Mail registration and check made payable to: FL UCC Women to: Barb Coons, 1419 SE 33rd Terrace, Cape Coral, FL 33904 or Register online.
SAT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Celebrate Outreach hosts Loaves and Fishes weekly breakfast at Trinity Lutheran church every Saturday morning. Volunteers serve a full hot meal to over 150 hungry people. The breakfast runs from 7:30 to 10:30am and volunteers can participate with some or all of the breakfast. Please contact Carol Shores to help.
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.
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 the church office.
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.
GUN VIOLENCE INFORMATION PAMPHLET: Copies of a Gun Violence information pamphlet are available. This resource was created by Grace Lewis of the LUCC congregation to educate the public about gun violence. They are located at the back of the sanctuary, or you can download one here. Please take them and share them.
Screenshot 2016-08-08 18.34.07NEW EZ PODCASTS!!! No downloading! Just click and play! Try it! Just click on the little orange circle with the white arrow in it. Only one click and it plays! Every week, a new podcast is posted on the church website. All our streamable podcasts are at https://soundcloud.com/luccpodcasts – please tell your friends who might enjoy listening! Keep checking back, more and more will be added each week.
recycle1RECYCLE: Recycle your print cartridges! At this time we cannot recycle toner cartridges, only inkjet cartridges. Keep it coming in! Many thanks to all who contribute to the church recycling. This income stream helps the ministry of the church.
USHERS NEEDED: Please see or email the church office if you would like to volunteer to usher for services.
WEBSITE — lakewooducc.org: Everything you always wanted to know about the church. Go ahead and ask. The information is probably at the church website. You can subscribe and have updates and comments automatically sent to your email address. See the homepage for details. You can also keep connected with on Facebook and on Twitter.
childrenYOUNG PEOPLE AT LAKEWOOD: Children and young people are a vital part of the LUCC family. School age children are invited to participate in Summer Sundays church services. Preschool children are welcome in the Nursery under the able care of Claudia Rodriguez following Children’s Time. 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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