Weekly Update 20 September

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

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

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

COMMUNITY EVENTS

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

CONTINUING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


CIRCLE OF CONCERN

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

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New Members!

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

panorama of congregation during new member liturgy

panorama of congregation during new member liturgy


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UCC Florida Conference Hurricane Irma Response

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rev. John Vertigan

The Rev. John Vertigan
Conference Minister

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Free Meals Available Thursday and Friday

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

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

Please spread this information to those whom it would benefit.

 

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Weekly Update 13 September

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

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

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

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

COMMUNITY EVENTS

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

CONTINUING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


CIRCLE OF CONCERN

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

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Service cancelled this morning due to hurricane Irma

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

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

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

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Prepping for Irma

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

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Weekly Update 6 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 10 THIS SUNDAY: If hurricane Irma permits, we’ll be looking at what it means to live a good life. See Psalm 119:33-40 and Romans 13:8-10. Remember to bring your hurricane relief items for the rescue buckets the children will be assembling.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: In an effort to be environmentally conscious, shorter bulletins will continue to be used this fall at Lakewood. This means there will be room for only some of the announcements that are posted online. You are encouraged to subscribe to the website (this means you will get new posts emailed to you) in order to stay up to date on everything that’s happening. Alternatively, you can check the website, lakewooducc.org frequently for updates.
SANDBAGS: If you can bring sandbags to the church, drop them off by the garage and they will be used to protect our buildings from hurricane Irma.
 THU, SEP 7 CREATION JUSTICE: The Creation Justice Task Force is meeting Thursday Sept. 7 at 1:00 p.m. in the Church Library.
 THU, SEP 7 ANNIVERSARY: The Anniversary Committee is meeting Thursday Sept. 7 at 6:00 p.m. at the home of Bill Parsons. If you would like to participate in this committee, or if you have suggestions, please contact Bill.
SUN, SEP 10 CHOIR BEGINS: This morning the choir begins its ministry for the year ahead. Many thanks to the singers and Music Director Hilton Jones for providing this important part of our life together. New voices are always welcome in the choir – no experience required. A kickoff cocktail/mocktail gathering will be held at Grace Lewis’ home on September 9th at 7pm to celebrate the start of the choir season. Rehearsals begin Sunday morning at 9:15 a.m.
SUN, SEP 10 START OF CHURCH SCHOOL: Church school for elementary and middle school age children will resume the first Sunday after Labor Day. Instead of starting the service together, bring your children directly to the church school room and they will join the service after the offering. This week the children will assemble emergency clean-up buckets to send to people whose homes were flooded by hurricane Harvey. To learn more, visit cwskits.org.
SUN, SEP 10 ADVISORS MEETING: The advisors will be meeting after worship on Sunday in the Fellowship Hall. All are welcome.
MON, SEP 11 OPERATION ATTACK: A Lakewood volunteer night is scheduled at Operation Attack for Monday, September 11th from 6:00-7:00pm at Lakeview Presbyterian Church. Volunteers are also needed to launder, sort and organize donated items, or to occasionally substitute for regular volunteers when needed. Clothing needs include underwear and socks, jackets of all sizes and uniform items required by many schools. Donations of newborn diapers to be included in the layettes and travel size hygiene products for seniors served by the Neighborly Care Network are also welcome. Food needs include canned fruit, soup, vegetables, meat, pasta, pasta sauce, rice, beans, peanut butter and cereal. Donations can be placed in the grocery cart in the narthex. For more information about volunteering contact Zach Blair-Andrews.
TUE, SEP 12 WOMEN’S SPIRITUALITY GROUP: The LUCC Women’s Spirituality Group invites you (and friends) to the first Fall meeting “Celebrating Wonder” on Tuesday evening, Sept. 12th, 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Please RSVP to Sue Sherwood if you plan on coming or bringing a friend. Gathering location will be announced next week. Spirituality is lived faith – discovering and honoring the holy in you and all around you. Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel wrote that religion and awareness of the divine begins with wonder. This fall we, too, are beginning with Wonder. We will celebrate the wonders of life through music and sharing, song and silence. We surely live in a time of Wonder – the recent solar eclipse, the rhythms of summer, personal and worldwide awakenings, and love through it all in the power of community. Wonder opens our eyes to Spirit’s presence all around us and within us. So come and share and play! Yoko has her banjo and we have a guitar or two and a drum…if you have a musical instrument, bring it along! And if you have had an “aha!” moment this summer, bring that, too!
WED, SEP 13 CIRCUS MCGURKIS PLANNING MEETING: Lakewood UCC will be hosting Circus McGurkis this year on Saturday, November 11th! A Project of the St. Petersburg Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), Circus McGurkis is a peoples’ fair focusing on peace education and service to the community with special focus on activities for children of all ages and families of all types. It features arts, crafts, music, games, and ideas that celebrate the creativity and activism that makes our community a more beautiful, loving, and just place to live. A planning meeting will be held in the Fellowship Hall on Wednesday, September 13th at 6pm.
SUN, SEP 17 NEW MEMBERS: New members will be received on Charter Sunday September 17th. Those who are considering joining the church are asked to speak with Rev. Wells.
SUN, SEP 17 CHARTER SUNDAY: This is a Sunday to celebrate the founding of Lakewood United Church of Christ and the opening of the church charter. This year, Charter Sunday marks the beginning of the 50th anniversary of the church. There will be festivities planned through April when the charter was closed.
SUN, SEP 17 LITURGIST TRAINING: On Sunday Sept. 17 following the service, all those currently serving as liturgists and all those interested in this ministry are encouraged to participate in a training event. This brief session will begin in the Fellowship Hall and conclude in the sanctuary. Please contact Sue Sherwood for additional information.
FAMILY PROMISE: Donations of laundry detergent are needed! This ongoing drive is becoming the LUCC compassionate response to providing for one of the greatest needs of the families. The detergent can be placed in the cart in the narthex. Contact Patti Cooksey if you have any questions.
VOTING RIGHTS: A petition to restore the right to vote for people with prior felony convictions, except those convicted of murder or a felony sexual offense, upon completion of their sentences will be available to sign after worship on Sunday. Currently, people with prior felony convictions are permanently disqualified to vote unless they receive clemency. Contact Lucille Ruga if you are interested or have any questions.
ECLIPSE GLASSES: Bring your gently used eclipse glasses to church so they can be reused! Lakewood UCC will participate in the Astronomers Without Borders program to collect glasses after the eclipse, so they can be sent to schools in South America and Asia when eclipses cross those continents in 2019. Don’t waste. Donate!
SPACE HEATER: A formerly-homeless friend of the church has asked for a space heater. If you have one you can donate, please let the church office know.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

ONLINE RESOURCE: The Southern Poverty Law Center has published a new online resource, Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide. All over the country people are fighting hate, standing up to promote tolerance and inclusion. More often than not, when hate flares up, good people rise up against it — often in greater numbers and with stronger voices. This guide sets out 10 principles for fighting hate in your community.
THU, SEP 7 OPIOID CRISIS FORUM: This forum, hosted by the Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions at St. Petersburg College and co-sponsored by the Drug Free America Foundation, will address how opioid addiction became such a health crisis and what is being done to address it. The forum, titled The Drug Epidemic: How Opioids Became a Death Machine, will be on Sept. 7th, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Digitorium on SPC’s Seminole Campus, 9200 113th St. N. Admission is free, but advance registration is requested.
SAT, SEP 16 SUSTAINABILITY SUMMIT: Learn how the League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area and our partners are working toward clean energy and clean water and how you can get involved! Saturday, September 16th from 9AM to 12:30PM at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute 100 8th Ave S, St. Pete. For ticket information visit facebook.

CONTINUING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


CIRCLE OF CONCERN

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Another Florida Execution Scheduled

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

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

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The Drug Epidemic: How Opioids Became a Death Machine

This forum, hosted by the Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions at St. Petersburg College and co-sponsored by the Drug Free America Foundation, will address how opioid addiction became such a health crisis and what is being done to address it. The forum, titled The Drug Epidemic: How Opioids Became a Death Machine, will be on Sept. 7th, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Digitorium on SPC’s Seminole Campus, 9200 113th St. N. Admission is free, but advance registration is requested.

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CARE Watch Party

Improve the lives of those who provide and receive care through local discussions and impactful actions to change both the policies and cultural attitudes around caregiving.

Why is this important?

At some point in our lives, we will all need care. This need is growing; the U.S. elder population will double over the next two decades and our system is unprepared for this elder boom. In-home care work is one of the most affordable and desired long-term care solutions available yet this work is often unheralded and severely undervalued. Many families struggle to access and afford the highly skilled care they so desperately need. The situation is untenable. The stakes are high. We need a new way forward. Start by joining others around the nation who will be watching CARE.

Let Patti Cooksey know if you are interested in participating in the watch party at her home on Tuesday, September 5th at 8pm.

Larry and Laurie’s story is one of those featured in this powerful film that shows the dynamics of care and caregiving relationships.

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

Sunrise Over the Bay: Sustainability Summit
When
Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM EDT
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Where

Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
100 8th Ave SE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701-5020
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Hello Claire!

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

 

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

Sponsorship and vendor opportunities are available. Tables will be available at no charge to non-profit exhibitors. Please reply to this email to reserve your vendor/table spot.
We hope to see you at Sustainability Summit 2017!
LWV-St. Pete Sustainability Action Group Co-Chairs,
Lisa Vanover
Claire Karas
Susan Tuite
LWVSPA, P.O. Box 11775, St. Petersburg, FL 33733
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August 30 Weekly Update

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 3 THIS SUNDAY: This is the last of the Summer Sundays, Labor Day weekend, and a time to think about work. What kind of work have you done? What kind of work are you called to do? The story of Moses and the burning bush invites reflection on experiencing God’s call on holy ground. Get ready to take off your shoes! See Exodus 3:1-15.
SUN, SEP 3 COMMUNION SUNDAY: The first Sunday of the month is Communion Sunday. All are welcome to participate including children. The communion offering this month will go to UCC Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts. You can also donate online. Please be generous as you are able.
TUE, SEP 5 WATCH PARTY: CARE is a moving and powerful film that shows the dynamics of care and caregiving relationships—something we don’t often see on TV or in the movies. Using personal stories, it connects the dots between care workers and families, and shows how stretched the system is for everyone. Let Patti Cooksey know if you are interested in participating in the watch party at her home on Tuesday, September 5 at 8pm.
SAT, SEP 9 CHOIR PARTY: A kickoff cocktail/mocktail gathering will be held at Grace Lewis’ home on September 9th at 7pm to celebrate the start of the choir season. Choir members, family/friends of choir members, folks thinking about maybe joining the choir, and fans of the choir are welcome to come. Bring drinks to share!
SUN, SEP 10 CHOIR BEGINS: The first choir rehearsal of the fall season is September 10th at 9:15am, the Sunday after Labor Day. The choir will also sing in the service that Sunday. A tentative schedule, as well as links to the scores and, where available, mp3s to listen to and practice with, is available online. Anyone is welcome to join, just give Hilton a heads up so he can have the music ready for you.
SUN, SEP 10 START OF CHURCH SCHOOL: Church school for elementary and middle school age children will resume the first Sunday after Labor Day. Grace Lewis will assemble emergency clean-up buckets with the children to send to people whose homes were flooded by hurricane Harvey. To learn more, visit cwskits.org.
MON, SEP 11 OPERATION ATTACK: A Lakewood volunteer night is scheduled at Operation Attack for Monday, September 11th from 6:00-7:00pm at Lakeview Presbyterian Church. Volunteers are also needed to launder, sort and organize donated items, or to occasionally substitute for regular volunteers when needed. Clothing needs include underwear and socks, jackets of all sizes and uniform items required by many schools. Donations of newborn diapers to be included in the layettes and travel size hygiene products for seniors served by the Neighborly Care Network are also welcome. Food needs include canned fruit, soup, vegetables, meat, pasta, pasta sauce, rice, beans, peanut butter and cereal. Donations can be placed in the grocery cart in the narthex. For more information about volunteering contact Zach Blair-Andrews.
TUE, SEP 12 WOMEN’S SPIRITUALITY GROUP: The LUCC Women’s Spirituality Group invites you (and friends) to the first Fall meeting “Celebrating Wonder” on Tuesday evening, Sept. 12th, 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Please RSVP to Sue Sherwood if you plan on coming or bringing a friend. Gathering location will be announced next week. Spirituality is lived faith – discovering and honoring the holy in you and all around you. Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel wrote that religion and awareness of the divine begins with wonder. This fall we, too, are beginning with Wonder. We will celebrate the wonders of life through music and sharing, song and silence. We surely live in a time of Wonder – the recent solar eclipse, the rhythms of summer, personal and worldwide awakenings, and love through it all in the power of community. Wonder opens our eyes to Spirit’s presence all around us and within us. So come and share and play! Yoko has her banjo and we have a guitar or two and a drum…if you have a musical instrument, bring it along! And if you have had an “aha!” moment this summer, bring that, too!
WED, SEP 13 CIRCUS MCGURKIS PLANNING MEETING: Lakewood UCC will be hosting Circus McGurkis this year on Saturday, November 11th! A Project of the St. Petersburg Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), Circus McGurkis is a peoples’ fair focusing on peace education and service to the community with special focus on activities for children of all ages and families of all types. It features arts, crafts, music, games, and ideas that celebrate the creativity and activism that makes our community a more beautiful, loving, and just place to live. A planning meeting will be held in the Fellowship Hall on Wednesday, September 13th at 6pm.
SUN, SEP 17 NEW MEMBERS: New members will be received on Charter Sunday September 17th. Those who are considering joining the church are asked to speak with Rev. Wells.
ANNIVERSARY: This year we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the founding of Lakewood UCC. A committee has been formed to help plan this celebration consisting of Kim Wells, Bill Parsons, Mark Gibson, Colleen Coughenour, and Lucille Ruga. If you would like to participate in this committee, or if you have suggestions, please contact Bill Parsons.
PEACE FESTIVAL REFLECTIONS: Church members who staffed the Lakewood UCC free table share their reflections on the Peace Festival in Williams Park.
FAMILY PROMISE: Donations of laundry detergent are needed! This ongoing drive is becoming the LUCC compassionate response to providing for one of the greatest needs of the families. The detergent can be placed in the cart in the narthex. Contact Patti Cooksey if you have any questions.
VOTING RIGHTS: A petition to restore the right to vote for people with prior felony convictions, except those convicted of murder or a felony sexual offense, upon completion of their sentences will be available to sign after worship on Sunday. Currently, people with prior felony convictions are permanently disqualified to vote unless they receive clemency. Contact Lucille Ruga if you are interested or have any questions.
ECLIPSE GLASSES: Bring your gently used eclipse glasses to church so they can be reused! Lakewood UCC will participate in the Astronomers Without Borders program to collect glasses after the eclipse, so they can be sent to schools in South America and Asia when eclipses cross those continents in 2019. Don’t waste. Donate!
SPACE HEATER: A formerly-homeless friend of the church has asked for a space heater. If you have one you can donate, please let the church office know.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

ONLINE RESOURCE: The Southern Poverty Law Center has published a new online resource, Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide. All over the country people are fighting hate, standing up to promote tolerance and inclusion. More often than not, when hate flares up, good people rise up against it — often in greater numbers and with stronger voices. This guide sets out 10 principles for fighting hate in your community.
WED, AUG 30 PEACE FIRST SITE FOR JULY-AUGUST: Since 2002, Peace First has gathered on street corners weekly to speak for peace and justice. In July and August, Peace First will demonstrate every Wednesday morning from 8:00-9:00 AM (new summer time) at the intersection of 54th Avenue and 49th Street N. in St. Petersburg. There are a CVS Pharmacy, Zeko’s Mediterranean Grill, and Memorial Park Cemetery at this intersection. This is a new site for the group. It is a main north/south artery that crosses a road leading to the interstate, so there is a lot of traffic. A map is available at google.com. Afterward the group will gather at the Burg Diner at 2950 49th Street for breakfast. For more information email FMI.
THU, AUG 31 CONVERSATION AND FILM SCREENING: Join fellow community members for a conversation about building stronger & safer communities, following a special viewing of “Newtown,” a documentary on the sense of community after the scathing mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Film Screening of “Newtown” at 6:00 p.m. Community Discussion at 7:45 p.m. Free and open to the public! Light refreshments and appetizers will be served prior to the film screening. To reserve your seat, please email. This event will take place on Thursday, August 31st at 6:00pm at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg (University Student Center). Community Partners: The Florida Holocaust Museum, USF St. Petersburg, Community Tampa Bay, Sandy Hook Promise, and Temple Beth-El, St. Petersburg, FL. See facebook for more information.
THU, SEP 7 OPIOID CRISIS FORUM: This forum, hosted by the Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions at St. Petersburg College and co-sponsored by the Drug Free America Foundation, will address how opioid addiction became such a health crisis and what is being done to address it. The forum, titled The Drug Epidemic: How Opioids Became a Death Machine, will be on Sept. 7th, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Digitorium on SPC’s Seminole Campus, 9200 113th St. N. Admission is free, but advance registration is requested.
SAT, SEP 16 SUSTAINABILITY SUMMIT: Learn how the League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area and our partners are working toward clean energy and clean water and how you can get involved! Saturday, September 16th from 9AM to 12:30PM at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute 100 8th Ave S, St. Pete. For ticket information visit facebook.

CONTINUING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The LUCC Women’s Spirituality Group invites you (and friends) to the first Fall meeting:
                                 “Celebrating Wonder”
                 Tuesday evening, Sept. 12th, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Please RSVP to Sue Sherwood if you plan on coming or bringing a friend.
Gathering location will be announced next week.
Spirituality is lived faith – discovering and honoring the holy in you and all around you.  Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel wrote that religion and awareness of the divine begins with wonder.
This fall we, too, are beginning with Wonder.  We will celebrate the wonders of life through music and sharing, song and silence.
We surely live in a time of Wonder – the recent solar eclipse, the rhythms of summer, personal and worldwide awakenings, and love through it all in the power of community.  Wonder opens our eyes to Spirit’s presence all around us and within us.
So come and share and play!  Yoko has her banjo and we have a guitar or two and a drum…if you have a musical instrument, bring it along!  And if you have had an “aha!” moment this summer, bring that, too!
Looking forward to seeing you all!
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23 August Weekly Update

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

SUN, AUG 27 THIS SUNDAY: Many of us grew up with the taunt, “Sticks and stones can break my bones but words can never hurt me.” But we know that words can hurt. Jesus has something to say about that. See Matthew 15:10-28.
SAT, AUG 26 IN MEMORIAM: Charter Lakewood UCC member Evelyn Kaspar died at home in her sleep on Saturday August 5th. Condolences go to her family and friends, especially Ed Kaspar and James Waterman, her son and son-in-law. A service to celebrate her life will be held on Saturday, August 26th here in Lakewood’s Sanctuary at 11am with reception to follow in Fellowship Hall.
IN MEMORIAM: The church received news of the death of Helen Myers. Helen was the spouse of Frank Myers, the pastor of All Saints Lutheran Church which preceded Lakewood United Church of Christ at the current site. Helen died Friday July 21, 2017 at age 98. Helen had written out her final wishes years ago for cremation and no obituary, no service in Florida. There will be a burial and graveside service in Glen Rock, PA, where she will be buried in the family plot.
SUN, AUG 27 CELEBRATION SUNDAY: This potluck luncheon is held after worship on the last Sunday of the month. It is an opportunity to honor the celebrations and important events in the congregation in the month that has passed. All are welcome! This month’s lunch will be hosted this month by the Creation Justice Task Force and the Ushers. The potluck will be vegetarian, so keep that in mind as you plan. Bring a dish to share and help celebrate August birthdays.
PEACE FESTIVAL REFLECTIONS: Church members who staffed the Lakewood UCC free table share their reflections on the Peace Festival in Williams Park.
TUE, AUG 29 FAMILY PROMISE: There will be a meeting on August 29th at 6pm at Lakewood United Methodist Church with Jen Sunshine for Family Promise updates. Any new interested persons are invited to stay for a 6:30pm orientation. There will be light refreshments. Contact Patti Cooksey if you have any questions.
SUN, SEP 10 CHOIR BEGINS: The first choir rehearsal of the fall season is September 10th at 9:15am, the Sunday after Labor Day. The choir will also sing in the service that Sunday. A tentative schedule, as well as links to the scores and, where available, mp3s to listen to and practice with, is available online. Anyone is welcome to join, just give Hilton a heads up so he can have the music ready for you.
SUN, SEP 10 START OF CHURCH SCHOOL: Church school for elementary and middle school age children will resume the first Sunday after Labor Day.
MON, SEP 11 OPERATION ATTACK: A Lakewood volunteer night is scheduled at Operation Attack for Monday, September 11th from 6:00-7:00pm at Lakeview Presbyterian Church. Volunteers are also needed to launder, sort and organize donated items, or to occasionally substitute for regular volunteers when needed. Clothing needs include underwear and socks, jackets of all sizes and uniform items required by many schools. Donations of newborn diapers to be included in the layettes and travel size hygiene products for seniors served by the Neighborly Care Network are also welcome. Food needs include canned fruit, soup, vegetables, meat, pasta, pasta sauce, rice, beans, peanut butter and cereal. Donations can be placed in the grocery cart in the narthex. For more information about volunteering contact Zach Blair-Andrews.
TUE, SEP 12 WOMENS SPIRITUALITY GROUP: The Women’s Spirituality Group is planning an evening gathering on Tuesday, September 12th. Time and location to be determined.
SUN, SEP 17 NEW MEMBERS: New members will be received on Charter Sunday September 17th.
ANNIVERSARY: This year we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the founding of Lakewood UCC. A committee has been formed to help plan this celebration consisting of Kim Wells, Bill Parsons, Mark Gibson, Colleen Coughenour, and Lucille Ruga. If you would like to participate in this committee, or if you have suggestions, please contact Bill Parsons.
VOTING RIGHTS: A petition to restore the right to vote for people with prior felony convictions, except those convicted of murder or a felony sexual offense, upon completion of their sentences will be available to sign after worship on Sunday. Currently, people with prior felony convictions are permanently disqualified to vote unless they receive clemency. Contact Lucille Ruga if you are interested or have any questions.
ECLIPSE GLASSES: Bring your gently used eclipse glasses to church so they can be reused! Lakewood UCC will participate in the Astronomers Without Borders program to collect glasses after the eclipse, so they can be sent to schools in South America and Asia when eclipses cross those continents in 2019. Don’t waste. Donate!

COMMUNITY EVENTS

ONLINE RESOURCE: The Southern Poverty Law Center has published a new online resource, Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide. All over the country people are fighting hate, standing up to promote tolerance and inclusion. More often than not, when hate flares up, good people rise up against it — often in greater numbers and with stronger voices. This guide sets out 10 principles for fighting hate in your community.
WED, AUG 23 FREE FILM SERIES: St. Pete for Peace is hosting the film “American Anarchist” at Community Cafe (2444 Central Ave) today, August 23, from 7-9pm. The story of one of the most infamous books ever written, “The Anarchist Cookbook,” and the role it’s played in the life of its author, now 65, who wrote it at 19 in the midst of the counterculture upheaval of the late ’60s and early ’70s. (80 min)
THU, AUG 24 DEATH PENALTY VIGIL: Pinellas anti-death penalty demonstration: Pax Christi Tampa Bay, Peace First, Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty and other death penalty opponents will gather from 5:00-6:00 PM on Thursday, August 24 at an anti-death penalty demonstration at the intersection of Ulmerton Road and 49th Street N. in mid-Pinellas County. Park in the lot behind Checkers and the bank on the northwest corner of the intersection. Signs and banners will be provided, or you can bring your own. Since execution dates often change, please check the media for updates and changes. The demonstration occurs during the execution; if the execution is re-scheduled, the demonstration will be rescheduled.
WEDs JUL-AUG PEACE FIRST SITE FOR JULY-AUGUST: Since 2002, Peace First has gathered on street corners weekly to speak for peace and justice. In July and August, Peace First will demonstrate every Wednesday morning from 8:00-9:00 AM (new summer time) at the intersection of 54th Avenue and 49th Street N. in St. Petersburg. There are a CVS Pharmacy, Zeko’s Mediterranean Grill, and Memorial Park Cemetery at this intersection. This is a new site for the group. It is a main north/south artery that crosses a road leading to the interstate, so there is a lot of traffic. A map is available at google.com. Afterward the group will gather at the Burg Diner at 2950 49th Street for breakfast. For more information email FMI.
MON, AUG 28 CIVICS WORKSHOP: Former Congressman David Jolly and Pinellas County Commission Chair Janet Long will provide national and local perspectives on our system of government at a workshop as part of our Civics Literacy Initiative. Sponsored by the Institute and the League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area Democracy 101: A Civic Action Primer takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 28 at the American Stage Theatre, 163 Third St. N., St. Petersburg. This free workshop will provide the basics of government structure, policy-making, and civic engagement.
THU, AUG 31 CONVERSATION AND FILM SCREENING: Join fellow community members for a conversation about building stronger & safer communities, following a special viewing of “Newtown,” a documentary on the sense of community after the scathing mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Film Screening of “Newtown” at 6:00 p.m. Community Discussion at 7:45 p.m. Free and open to the public! Light refreshments and appetizers will be served prior to the film screening. To reserve your seat, please email. This event will take place on Thursday, August 31st at 6:00pm at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg (University Student Center). Community Partners: The Florida Holocaust Museum, USF St. Petersburg, Community Tampa Bay, Sandy Hook Promise, and Temple Beth-El, St. Petersburg, FL. See facebook for more information.
SAT, SEP 16 SUSTAINABILITY SUMMIT: Learn how the League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area and our partners are working toward clean energy and clean water and how you can get involved! Saturday, September 16th from 9AM to 12:30PM at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute 100 8th Ave S, St. Pete. For ticket information visit facebook.

CONTINUING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LUCC sponsored a “free” table at the “Disturbing the Peace Festival” in Williams Park in downtown St. Petersburg on Sunday August 20. Williams Park is known for being a comfortable green space where homeless people gather. The Festival included a focus on the inequities in society and increasing the compassion of our community. There were about 10 organizations with booths at the Festival. The day included a steady stream of music, poetry, and speeches calling for a more peaceful and just world.

The church had a tent and four tables covered with donated goods from the congregation. There were clothes, household items, and books. Lots of books! Many thanks to the congregation for the many donations. At the end of the day, just three small boxes of books and a few items of clothing were left. Those were donated to a thrift store.

The booth was staffed by several volunteers from the church. Here are their reflections on the experience last Sunday:

From Bob Bell

When we were setting up I was wondering what we going to do with all those books. To my surprise they were a very popular item.  Thought about it and for some of the people in the park their time is not spent watching big screen T.V.’s sitting in an air-conditioned house.  Some spend day and night there. (It’s home.)  Perhaps books are a welcome retreat from the daily effort to make the most out of what little they possess.  When I was able to tell people looking at the items on our booth’s tables and say to them, “Yes, it’s free, take all you want,” I realized just how much our church and all the other groups set-up there in the park do to serve and help those with less.  It was a day of peace, love and caring in the park.  Especially good way for me personally to spend a Sunday afternoon.  I needed that!

From Yoko Nogami

Hello Kim,
I want to thank you for the opportunity you have created for us to serve at the LUCC table for the Peace Festival.  I have now remembered why these things are so important to all of us.  As in the sermon you gave, love all sides of everything, without being in personal contact with a group of people who you are not associated with, you only have a “notion” of who these people are.  I learned this long time ago when I worked with people with disabilities at Creative Clay.  I jumped into a world I knew nothing about, the only common denominator being art.  Would I have ever imagined that this population could teach me more than I could teach them.  While I have worked with economically less privileged group and spent time with homeless folks at Williams Park on 2 art projects before, I had forgotten the spirit of love support and community they have for each other.  Some are incredibly educated and sober.  Just hit super bad times.

As soon as we started to set up, people were flocking, not just to receive things from us but to help set up and bring things from the car.  People spoke so honestly, when you are in such situations, we become humble and honest, much less pretense.  So many books I did not expect that they would want, people were not only hungry for food but for knowledge and growth.  Why would I think otherwise?  These are all good things for self reflections and my own prejudices I did not realize I had.  Aside from the people experience, the heat!  People are enduring this weather daily without shelter and air conditioning!  We are wimps!  So many stories and so much to learn from one another.

As a teacher, these are the places I felt I needed my students to come and experience.  Like you told Angela, if everyone had one day to spend in the crazy Florida heat, or one homeless folk as their friend, we could all be compassionate and empathize with others not from your neighborhood or kin.  There is less room for hate or ignorance.

And as a church located so remotely from the urban situation, we have to go to these things and not wait for things to come to us.

That’s my take.  And God willing I will find time somewhere to make it all fit.  Lol.

From Patti Cooksey

Like Yoko, I was extremely impressed to see so many drawn to the collection of books and to receive them as gifts.  As a teacher, this was a humbling and inspiring experience as I thought of all the needs that are not available to some of those who visited our table.  I sensed peace in their hearts as we shared our presence and gifts of love.  I think we also need to recognize how our church family can quickly respond to opportunities that provide love and support in our community.  Lastly I think we should be grateful to have a strong pastor who not only has the strength and passion to plan and take on such projects, but who also has the strength to tackle assembling large tents and transport heavy boxes of books!

From Denise Williams

I’m so glad I was able to be a small part of the peace festival.  The most wonderful thing for me was all the smiles surrounding our tent. I loved saying “everything is free” – just like the love of Jesus – no strings attached.  It was a pleasure, heat and all, to share love and laughter with one another.  I was humbled to see the joy our presence made in the day of our sisters and brothers.  I hope our tent visitors realized how much joy we received from them as well. I look forward to other events where LUCC folk can share their multitude of blessings – for free, once again…

From Emily Bell

I, too, thank Pastor Kim and Lakewood for the precious opportunity at William’s Park on Sunday afternoon.

A story I am left with involves a man who showed up from the park and began helping to arrange books on one of Lakewood’s “free tables.”

It happened to be the table where I was starting to unload books.  We said “hello” and began to work together.  No more words were spoken.  I wish I could tell you his name and something about his journey.  I cannot emphasize enough how carefully he handled each book.  At some point I decided to leave that table and move to a different table to unload household items.  The man’s presence captured my attention.  It soon became clear to me that he was an artist building a display of treasures.  Silence surrounded him.  He arranged and rearranged.  He was lost in his art. Nothing distracted him.

As I reflect on this man and the books I realize that his artistry reminded me of a sacred altar where the elements are handled with love, care and respect.

This was indeed holy ground.  At this “free table” I was nourished and taught.
God was here.
It was REAL!

 

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Execution Vigil in Pinellas County

Pinellas anti-death penalty demonstration: Pax Christi Tampa Bay, Peace
First, Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty and other death
penalty opponents will gather from 5:00-6:00 PM on Thursday, August 24 at an
anti-death penalty demonstration at the intersection of Ulmerton Road and
49th Street N. in mid-Pinellas County.  Park in the lot behind Checkers and
the bank on the northwest corner of the intersection. Signs and banners
will be provided, or you can bring your own. Since execution dates often
change, please check the media for updates and changes. The demonstration
occurs during the execution; if the execution is re-scheduled, the
demonstration will be rescheduled.

Other action to take:
Contact Gov. Rick Scott and ask him to suspend this and ALL executions.
Phone: (850) 488-7146
Email: Rick.Scott@eog.myflorida.com

Many thanks to Lucille Ruga for announcing this last Sunday in church and for providing this information.

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St Petersburg Plastic Bag Ban Petition

As the St. Petersburg City Council considers a ban on plastic bags, 36 members of Lakewood UCC signed a petition in support of such a ban. Along with the petition, Rev. Kim Wells sent a letter of explanation, it read:

Dear Members of the St. Petersburg City Council,
Greetings!  Our church is committed to the directive in the book of Genesis that humanity care for the Earth (Genesis 1:28).  We take this responsibility very seriously.  We feel an obligation to protect the Earth and all of the life that it supports.  We continue to seek out ways to fulfill this requirement of the Christian as well as the Jewish faith.
To this end, we enclose a petition in support of the limitation of the use of plastic bags.  This petition was circulated in church on the past two Sunday mornings.  There were about 30 people in attendance each Sunday.  We feel that the banning of plastic bags is an important way to show greater care and respect for the Earth and for the wildlife of our area.
I was in Portland, OR for a week in May attending a meeting and seeing the area since I had never been there.  After four days, I noticed that I had not been given a plastic bag at a store.  Paper bags had been used.  The next time I went to a store I asked about this.  Was there some kind of law or prohibition against plastic bags?  Oh yes!  The clerk was very enthusiastic about it and was quite surprised to hear that we did not have this in Florida.
Thank you for pursuing this initiative here in St. Petersburg.  Hopefully other municipalities will follow suit.  It’s good to live in a city that is setting the pace!
Many thanks for your leadership and service.
Blessings,
Rev. Kim Wells, pastor
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Weekly Update 16 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, AUG 20 THIS SUNDAY: In case you haven’t heard, there’s a solar eclipse on Monday. It’s a time to think about how the manifestation of the Divine in creation is speaking to us today.
SUN, AUG 20 DISTURBING THE PEACE FESTIVAL: LUCC will have a “free” table giving away household items, books, and clothes. Donations are needed. Bring them to church Thursday from 9-12, Friday from 1-4, or Sunday morning. Volunteers are also needed to staff the table in Williams Park from 2-7pm on Sunday. Visit facebook for more information. Please email to volunteer. Thank you!
 SAT, AUG 26 IN MEMORIAM: Charter Lakewood UCC member Evelyn Kaspar died at home in her sleep on Saturday August 5th. Condolences go to her family and friends, especially Ed Kaspar and James Waterman, her son and son-in-law. A service to celebrate her life will be held on Saturday, August 26th here in Lakewood’s Sanctuary at 11am with reception to follow in Fellowship Hall.
 SUN, AUG 27 CELEBRATION SUNDAY: Will be hosted this month by the Creation Justice Task Force and the Ushers. This potluck will be vegetarian, so keep that in mind as you plan. Bring a dish to share and help celebrate August birthdays.
TUE, AUG 29 FAMILY PROMISE: There will be a meeting on August 29th at 6pm at Lakewood United Methodist Church with Jen Sunshine for Family Promise updates. Any new interested persons are invited to stay for a 6:30pm orientation. There will be light refreshments. Contact Patti Cooksey if you have any questions.
SUN, SEP 10 CHOIR BEGINS: The first choir rehearsal of the fall season is September 10th at 9:15am, the Sunday after Labor Day. The choir will also sing in the service that Sunday. A tentative schedule, as well as links to the scores and, where available, mp3s to listen to and practice with, is available online. Anyone is welcome to join, just give Hilton a heads up so he can have the music ready for you.
SUN, SEP 10 START OF CHURCH SCHOOL: Church school for elementary and middle school age children will resume the first Sunday after Labor Day.
MON, SEP 11 OPERATION ATTACK: A Lakewood volunteer night is scheduled at Operation Attack for Monday, September 11th from 6:00-7:00pm at Lakeview Presbyterian Church. Volunteers are also needed to launder, sort and organize donated items, or to occasionally substitute for regular volunteers when needed. Clothing needs include underwear and socks, jackets of all sizes and uniform items required by many schools. Donations of newborn diapers to be included in the layettes and travel size hygiene products for seniors served by the Neighborly Care Network are also welcome. Food needs include canned fruit, soup, vegetables, meat, pasta, pasta sauce, rice, beans, peanut butter and cereal. Donations can be placed in the grocery cart in the narthex. For more information about volunteering contact Zach Blair-Andrews.
 TUE, SEP 12 WOMENS SPIRITUALITY GROUP: The Women’s Spirituality Group is planning an evening gathering on Tuesday, September 12th. Time and location to be determined.
ANNIVERSARY: This year we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the founding of Lakewood UCC. A committee has been formed to help plan this celebration consisting of Kim Wells, Bill Parsons, Mark Gibson, Colleen Coughenour, and Lucille Ruga. If you would like to participate in this committee, or if you have suggestions, please contact Bill Parsons.
VOTING RIGHTS: A petition to restore the right to vote for people with prior felony convictions, except those convicted of murder or a felony sexual offense, upon completion of their sentences will be available to sign after worship on Sunday. Currently, people with prior felony convictions are permanently disqualified to vote unless they receive clemency. Contact Lucille Ruga if you are interested or have any questions.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

WED, AUG 16 FREE FILM SERIES: St. Pete for Peace is hosting the film “Programming the Nation?” at Community Cafe (2444 Central Ave) today, August 16, from 7-9pm. Director Jeff Warrick leads this documentary journey through the subconscious mind while exploring the alleged usage of subliminal messaging in advertising, music, film, television, anti-theft devices, political propaganda, military psychological operations, and advanced weapons development, to determine if such tactics have succeeded in “PROGRAMMING THE NATION?” 1hr, 40 min.
WEDs JUL-AUG PEACE FIRST SITE FOR JULY-AUGUST: Since 2002, Peace First has gathered on street corners weekly to speak for peace and justice. In July and August, Peace First will demonstrate every Wednesday morning from 8:00-9:00 AM (new summer time) at the intersection of 54th Avenue and 49th Street N. in St. Petersburg. There are a CVS Pharmacy, Zeko’s Mediterranean Grill, and Memorial Park Cemetery at this intersection. This is a new site for the group. It is a main north/south artery that crosses a road leading to the interstate, so there is a lot of traffic. A map is available at google.com. Afterward the group will gather at the Burg Diner at 2950 49th Street for breakfast. For more information email FMI.
SAT, AUG 19 DOCUMENTARY FILM SCREENING: “America Divided” will be shown at Woodson African American Museum (2240 Ninth Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL) on August 19th from 2 – 4pm. Filmmakers, Jesse Williams, SPLC, and the Dream Defenders explore the School to Prison Pipeline in pinellas county. Join in this important screening, a panel discussion, and learn how to join the fight to disrupt and dismantle the school to prison pipeline in Pinellas County.
TUE, AUG 22 INTERFAITH POTLUCK: Interfaith Tampa Bay is sponsoring a potluck for the public to come and engage in interfaith dialogue with others from the community. The potluck is vegetarian out of respect for differing dietary traditions of various religions. The next potluck will be Tuesday Aug. 22 at 7:00 p.m. at Unity St. Petersburg, 6168 1st Ave. N. St. Petersburg, FL. All are welcome!
THU, AUG 31 CONVERSATION AND FILM SCREENING: Join fellow community members for a conversation about building stronger & safer communities, following a special viewing of “Newtown,” a documentary on the sense of community after the scathing mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Film Screening of “Newtown” at 6:00 p.m. Community Discussion at 7:45 p.m. Free and open to the public! Light refreshments and appetizers will be served prior to the film screening. To reserve your seat, please email. This event will take place on Thursday, August 31st at 6:00pm at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg (University Student Center). Community Partners: The Florida Holocaust Museum, USF St. Petersburg, Community Tampa Bay, Sandy Hook Promise, and Temple Beth-El, St. Petersburg, FL. See facebook for more information.

CONTINUING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Operation Attack
1310 22nd Avenue South St. Petersburg, FL 33705 (727) 822-1187 www.operationattack.org

 

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Weekly Update 9 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, AUG 6 THIS SUNDAY: How much difference does following Jesus really make in your life?  How far are you willing to go?  How about walking on water?  Would you do that?  The story from Matthew 14:22-36 invites reflection on what hold us back from following Jesus fully and freely.
 THU, AUG 10 SCHOOLS OPEN: Blessings to LUCC students and teachers as a new school year begins. Gratitude is expressed for all those involved in education and the contribution it makes to the world!
WED, AUG 16 WESTMINSTER SUNCOAST LUNCH: LUCC residents of the Westminster communities gather for lunch each month with Rev. Wells. Lunch this month will be on the usual third Wednesday of the month, Aug. 16, at 11:30 a.m. in the private dining room at Westminster Suncoast.
 SAT, AUG 26 IN MEMORIAM: Charter Lakewood UCC member Evelyn Kaspar died at home in her sleep on Saturday August 5th. Condolences go to her family and friends, especially Ed Kaspar and James Waterman, her son and son-in-law. A service to celebrate her life will be held on Saturday, August 26th here in Lakewood’s Sanctuary at 11am with reception to follow in Fellowship Hall.
 SUN, AUG 27 CELEBRATION SUNDAY: Will be hosted this month by the Creation Justice Task Force and the Ushers. This potluck will be vegetarian, so keep that in mind as you plan. Bring a dish to share and help celebrate August birthdays.
TUE, AUG 29 FAMILY PROMISE: There will be a meeting on August 29th at 6pm at Lakewood United Methodist Church with Jen Sunshine for Family Promise updates. Any new interested persons are invited to stay for a 6:30pm orientation. There will be light refreshments. Contact Patti Cooksey if you have any questions.
SUN, SEP 10 CHOIR BEGINS: The first choir rehearsal of the fall season is September 10th at 9:15am, the Sunday after Labor Day. The choir will also sing in the service that Sunday. A tentative schedule, as well as links to the scores and, where available, mp3s to listen to and practice with, is available online. Anyone is welcome to join, just give Hilton a heads up so he can have the music ready for you.
VIDEO UPDATE: Check out this video about Zach Blair-Andrews’ student ambassadorship to Takamatsu, Japan.
ANNIVERSARY: This year we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the founding of Lakewood UCC. A committee has been formed to help plan this celebration consisting of Kim Wells, Bill Parsons, Mark Gibson, Colleen Coughenour, and Lucille Ruga. If you would like to participate in this committee, or if you have suggestions, please contact Bill Parsons.
VOTING RIGHTS: A petition to restore the right to vote for people with prior felony convictions, except those convicted of murder or a felony sexual offense, upon completion of their sentences will be available to sign after worship on Sunday. Currently, people with prior felony convictions are permanently disqualified to vote unless they receive clemency. Contact Lucille Ruga if you are interested or have any questions.
OPERATION ATTACK: Volunteers are needed to launder, sort and organize donated items, or to occasionally substitute for regular volunteers when needed. Clothing needs include underwear and socks, jackets of all sizes and uniform items required by many schools. Donations of newborn diapers to be included in the layettes and travel size hygiene products for seniors served by the Neighborly Care Network are also welcome. Food needs include canned fruit, soup, vegetables, meat, pasta, pasta sauce, rice, beans, peanut butter and cereal. Donations can be placed in the grocery cart in the narthex. For more information about volunteering contact Zach Blair-Andrews.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

WED, AUG 9 FREE FILM SERIES: St. Pete for Peace is hosting the film “Trumbo” at Community Cafe (2444 Central Ave) today, August 9, from 7-9pm. In 1947, Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) was Hollywood’s top screenwriter until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs. TRUMBO (directed by Jay Roach) recounts how Dalton used words and wit to win two Academy Awards and expose the absurdity and injustice under the blacklist, which entangled everyone from gossip columnist Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren) to John Wayne, Kirk Douglas and Otto Preminger.
WEDs JUL-AUG PEACE FIRST SITE FOR JULY-AUGUST: Since 2002, Peace First has gathered on street corners weekly to speak for peace and justice. In July and August, Peace First will demonstrate every Wednesday morning from 8:00-9:00 AM (new summer time) at the intersection of 54th Avenue and 49th Street N. in St. Petersburg. There are a CVS Pharmacy, Zeko’s Mediterranean Grill, and Memorial Park Cemetery at this intersection. This is a new site for the group. It is a main north/south artery that crosses a road leading to the interstate, so there is a lot of traffic. A map is available at google.com. Afterward the group will gather at the Burg Diner at 2950 49th Street for breakfast. For more information email FMI.
SAT, AUG 19 DOCUMENTARY FILM SCREENING: “America Divided” will be shown at Woodson African American Museum (2240 Ninth Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL) on August 19th from 2 – 4pm. Filmmakers, Jesse Williams, SPLC, and the Dream Defenders explore the School to Prison Pipeline in pinellas county. Join in this important screening, a panel discussion, and learn how to join the fight to disrupt and dismantle the school to prison pipeline in Pinellas County.
TUE, AUG 22 INTERFAITH POTLUCK: Interfaith Tampa Bay is sponsoring a potluck for the public to come and engage in interfaith dialogue with others from the community. The potluck is vegetarian out of respect for differing dietary traditions of various religions. The next potluck will be Tuesday Aug. 22 at 7:00 p.m. at Unity St. Petersburg, 6168 1st Ave. N. St. Petersburg, FL. All are welcome!
THU, AUG 31 CONVERSATION AND FILM SCREENING: Join fellow community members for a conversation about building stronger & safer communities, following a special viewing of “Newtown,” a documentary on the sense of community after the scathing mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Film Screening of “Newtown” at 6:00 p.m. Community Discussion at 7:45 p.m. Free and open to the public! Light refreshments and appetizers will be served prior to the film screening. To reserve your seat, please email. This event will take place on Thursday, August 31st at 6:00pm at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg (University Student Center). Community Partners: The Florida Holocaust Museum, USF St. Petersburg, Community Tampa Bay, Sandy Hook Promise, and Temple Beth-El, St. Petersburg, FL. See facebook for more information.

CONTINUING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

givingELECTRONIC GIVING: The church offers several options for electronic giving. There are information sheets and sign up forms available in the sanctuary and the church office. For additional information, please contact Bill Parsons or Adrien Helm.
NEW MEMBERS: Lakewood UCC is always ready to welcome new members into the church family. Joining the church involves attending an orientation session and being part of a Reception of New Members ritual during Sunday morning worship.
FREE BOOKS: Did you know that there are not only books to borrow in the church library but books being given away for free. Take a peek at the great selection. Many new titles have been added including a selection of books for children.
FREE ECO-THEOLOGY COURSE: Yale is offering three free courses centering on eco-theologian Thomas Berry and the application of his work and writing to understanding the gift of God’s creation and our relationship to it. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals or small groups in churches to participate in the course. Learn more about this exciting opportunity at coursera.org.
GUN VIOLENCE INFORMATION PAMPHLET: Copies of a Gun Violence information pamphlet are available. This resource was created by Grace Lewis of the LUCC congregation to educate the public about gun violence. They are located at the back of the sanctuary, or you can download one here. Please take them and share them.
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LUNCH BUNCH: This informal and open group gathers at a local restaurant for lunch and lively conversation after the service. Please check with one of the regulars – Don Ritchie or Ruth Halderman – about the details each week.
Screenshot 2016-08-08 18.34.07NEW EZ PODCASTS!!! No downloading! Just click and play! Try it! Just click on the little orange circle with the white arrow in it. Only one click and it plays! Every week, a new podcast is posted on the church website. All our streamable podcasts are at https://soundcloud.com/luccpodcasts – please tell your friends who might enjoy listening! Keep checking back, more and more will be added each week.
roofRAISING THE ROOF! The church has been informed by competent professionals, that the roof will need to be replaced probably within a year or two. The Advisors do not want to jump up one Sunday and beg for a huge amount of money. Therefore, you are being asked for Shekels for Shingles. Have you a few spare coins…$1’s,…. $5’s? If we scrape now, we won’t have to dig as deeply later. Please place donations in the bottle on the back table in the sanctuary.
recycle1RECYCLE: Recycle your print cartridges, cell phones, and all paper. At this time we CANNOT recycle toner cartridges, only inkjet cartridges. Keep it coming in! Many thanks to all who contribute to the church recycling. This income stream helps the ministry of the church.
USHERS NEEDED: Please see or email Wally LeBlanc if you would like to volunteer to usher for services.
WEBSITE — lakewooducc.org: Everything you always wanted to know about the church. Go ahead and ask. The information is probably at the church website. You can subscribe and have updates and comments automatically sent to your email address. See the homepage for details. You can also keep connected with on Facebook and on Twitter.
childrenYOUNG PEOPLE AT LAKEWOOD: Children and young people are a vital part of the LUCC family. All children participate in the beginning of the worship service. Elementary age children and younger are invited to participate in Children’s Time during the service. After Children’s Time elementary children are welcome in Church School Grace Lewis with assistance from others in the congregation are the teachers this year. Preschool children are welcome in the Nursery under the able care of Claudia Rodriguez. Middle and High School students participate in the Lakewood service on Sunday morning and attend the youth groups at Pass A Grille Beach Community United Church of Christ on Sunday evening during the school year. 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 2 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, AUG 6 THIS SUNDAY: This is a Sunday to remember the use of nuclear weapons on Hiroshima and Nagasaki August 6-9, 1945. Through Jesus we learn of the things that make for peace. Each and every person can be part of creating peace in the world. This is an exciting dimension of discipleship.
SUN, AUG 6 COMMUNION SUNDAY: The first Sunday of the month is Communion Sunday. All are welcome to participate including children. The communion offering goes to the Special Needs Fund that is used to help people with basic necessities such as food, rent, utilities, and prescription medication costs. Please be generous as you are able.
TUE, AUG 29 FAMILY PROMISE: There will be a meeting on August 29th at 6pm at Lakewood United Methodist Church with Jen Sunshine for Family Promise updates. Any new interested persons are invited to stay for a 6:30pm orientation. There will be light refreshments. Contact Patti Cooksey if you have any questions.
SUN, SEP 10 CHOIR BEGINS: The first choir rehearsal of the fall season is September 10th at 9:15am, the Sunday after Labor Day. The choir will also sing in the service that Sunday. A tentative schedule, as well as links to the scores and, where available, mp3s to listen to and practice with, is available online. Anyone is welcome to join, just give Hilton a heads up so he can have the music ready for you.
VIDEO UPDATE: Check out this video about Zach Blair-Andrews’ student ambassadorship to Takamatsu, Japan.
ANNIVERSARY: This year we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the founding of Lakewood UCC. A committee has been formed to help plan this celebration consisting of Kim Wells, Bill Parsons, Mark Gibson, Colleen Coughenour, and Lucille Ruga. If you would like to participate in this committee, or if you have suggestions, please contact Bill Parsons.
VOTING RIGHTS: A petition to restore the right to vote for people with prior felony convictions, except those convicted of murder or a felony sexual offense, upon completion of their sentences will be available to sign after worship on Sunday. Currently, people with prior felony convictions are permanently disqualified to vote unless they receive clemency. Contact Lucille Ruga if you are interested or have any questions.
OPERATION ATTACK: Volunteers are needed to launder, sort and organize donated items, or to occasionally substitute for regular volunteers when needed. Clothing needs include underwear and socks, jackets of all sizes and uniform items required by many schools. Donations of newborn diapers to be included in the layettes and travel size hygiene products for seniors served by the Neighborly Care Network are also welcome. Food needs include canned fruit, soup, vegetables, meat, pasta, pasta sauce, rice, beans, peanut butter and cereal. Donations can be placed in the grocery cart in the narthex. For more information about volunteering contact Zach Blair-Andrews.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

WEDs JUL-AUG PEACE FIRST SITE FOR JULY-AUGUST: Since 2002, Peace First has gathered on street corners weekly to speak for peace and justice. In July and
August, Peace First will demonstrate every Wednesday morning from 8:00-9:00 AM (new summer time) at the intersection of 54th Avenue and 49th Street N. in St. Petersburg. There are a CVS Pharmacy, Zeko’s Mediterranean Grill, and Memorial Park Cemetery at this intersection. This is a new site for the group. It is a main north/south artery that crosses a road leading to the interstate, so there is a lot of traffic. A map is available at google.com. Afterward the group will gather at the Burg Diner at 2950 49th Street for breakfast. For more information email FMI.
SAT, AUG 12 COMMUNITY WORKSHOP: Come on out to this community workshop, as we work to fight for freedom in Florida! The agenda is going to be full of education, information and actions to follow up with on topics of police accountability, campaign zero, voter restoration, and cannabis legalization. Together, we can build a strong community! We anticipate this will be a three-hour event, however, it may run longer depending on the gravity and the intensity of the discussions. If you have any questions or comments, please e-mail. This event is FREE and OPEN to the public, however, donations of $5.00 per participant are strongly encouraged. To learn more about our group visit restorativejusticecoalition.com
TUE, AUG 29 HOLY LAND TRIP: A Stillspeaking Journey Through the Holy Land, a two-week trip to Israel, Palestine, and Jordan led by Rev. Carol Hallman, UCC will not only provide the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Jesus and many other ancestors of faith but also see how God is still speaking in the Holy Land today. Participants will meet with Rev. Naim Ateek with Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center in East Jerusalem, politicians from various points on the political spectrum, and others who are actively involved in peacemaking. The journey will be shepherded by two guides, one Israeli and the other Palestinian, making this a unique opportunity for a continuing and deeper experience of our still speaking God. December 29, 2017 to January 11, 2018. $3,992 per person. Deadline to register August 29, 2017. For more information, or to register for the trip, visit mejditours.com.

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 Bill Parsons or Adrien Helm.
NEW MEMBERS: Lakewood UCC is always ready to welcome new members into the church family. Joining the church involves attending an orientation session and being part of a Reception of New Members ritual during Sunday morning worship.
FREE BOOKS: Did you know that there are not only books to borrow in the church library but books being given away for free. Take a peek at the great selection. Many new titles have been added including a selection of books for children.
FREE ECO-THEOLOGY COURSE: Yale is offering three free courses centering on eco-theologian Thomas Berry and the application of his work and writing to understanding the gift of God’s creation and our relationship to it. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals or small groups in churches to participate in the course. Learn more about this exciting opportunity at coursera.org.
GUN VIOLENCE INFORMATION PAMPHLET: Copies of a Gun Violence information pamphlet are available. This resource was created by Grace Lewis of the LUCC congregation to educate the public about gun violence. They are located at the back of the sanctuary, or you can download one here. Please take them and share them.
IMG_3544
LUNCH BUNCH: This informal and open group gathers at a local restaurant for lunch and lively conversation after the service. Please check with one of the regulars – Don Ritchie or Ruth Halderman – about the details each week.
Screenshot 2016-08-08 18.34.07NEW EZ PODCASTS!!! No downloading! Just click and play! Try it! Just click on the little orange circle with the white arrow in it. Only one click and it plays! Every week, a new podcast is posted on the church website. All our streamable podcasts are at https://soundcloud.com/luccpodcasts – please tell your friends who might enjoy listening! Keep checking back, more and more will be added each week.
roofRAISING THE ROOF! The church has been informed by competent professionals, that the roof will need to be replaced probably within a year or two. The Advisors do not want to jump up one Sunday and beg for a huge amount of money. Therefore, you are being asked for Shekels for Shingles. Have you a few spare coins…$1’s,…. $5’s? If we scrape now, we won’t have to dig as deeply later. Please place donations in the bottle on the back table in the sanctuary.
recycle1RECYCLE: Recycle your print cartridges, cell phones, and all paper. At this time we CANNOT recycle toner cartridges, only inkjet cartridges. Keep it coming in! Many thanks to all who contribute to the church recycling. This income stream helps the ministry of the church.
USHERS NEEDED: Please see or email Wally LeBlanc if you would like to volunteer to usher for services.
WEBSITE — lakewooducc.org: Everything you always wanted to know about the church. Go ahead and ask. The information is probably at the church website. You can subscribe and have updates and comments automatically sent to your email address. See the homepage for details. You can also keep connected with on Facebook and on Twitter.
childrenYOUNG PEOPLE AT LAKEWOOD: Children and young people are a vital part of the LUCC family. All children participate in the beginning of the worship service. Elementary age children and younger are invited to participate in Children’s Time during the service. After Children’s Time elementary children are welcome in Church School Grace Lewis with assistance from others in the congregation are the teachers this year. Preschool children are welcome in the Nursery under the able care of Claudia Rodriguez. Middle and High School students participate in the Lakewood service on Sunday morning and attend the youth groups at Pass A Grille Beach Community United Church of Christ on Sunday evening during the school year. 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 26 July

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

SUN, JUL 30 THIS SUNDAY: Slogging through the ups and downs of daily life and the sordid politics around us, it is easy to lose sight of the beautiful commonwealth of God that is our true home. The Gospel reminds us of the glories of the way of Love. Take a look at Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52. What is the realm of God like for you? How would you describe the kindom of God? Looking forward to Sunday. . .
SUN, JUL 30 SUNDAY CELEBRATIONS: The Celebration Sunday potluck lunch will be this Sunday following worship. Bring a dish to share and celebrate July birthdays! Kim and Jeff Wells will give a short presentation about their recent trip to Europe which included walking the Portuguese route of the Camino de Santiago.
TUE, AUG 29 FAMILY PROMISE: There will be a meeting on August 29th at 6pm at Lakewood United Methodist Church with Jen Sunshine for Family Promise updates. Any new interested persons are invited to stay for a 6:30pm orientation. There will be light refreshments. Contact Patti Cooksey if you have any questions.
SUN, SEP 10 CHOIR BEGINS: The first choir rehearsal of the fall season is September 10th at 9:15am, the Sunday after Labor Day. The choir will also sing in the service that Sunday. A tentative schedule, as well as links to the scores and, where available, mp3s to listen to and practice with, is available online. Anyone is welcome to join, just give Hilton a heads up so he can have the music ready for you.
VIDEO UPDATE: Check out this video about Zach Blair-Andrews’ student ambassadorship to Takamatsu, Japan.
ANNIVERSARY: This year we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the founding of Lakewood UCC. A committee has been formed to help plan this celebration consisting of Kim Wells, Bill Parsons, Mark Gibson, Colleen Coughenour, and Lucille Ruga. If you would like to participate in this committee, or if you have suggestions, please contact Bill Parsons.
VOTING RIGHTS: A petition to restore the right to vote for people with prior felony convictions, except those convicted of murder or a felony sexual offense, upon completion of their sentences will be available to sign after worship on Sunday. Currently, people with prior felony convictions are permanently disqualified to vote unless they receive clemency. Contact Lucille Ruga if you are interested or have any questions.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

WED JUL 26 DRAG QUEEN BINGO: Every Saturday morning, Celebrate Outreach, a homeless aid and advocacy coalition, sponsors a breakfast at Trinity Lutheran Church in downtown St. Petersburg that serves a full breakfast to over 150 people experiencing homelessness. On Wednesday, July 26 you can support the breakfast by playing Drag Queen Bingo at Hamburger Mary’s, 2901 Tyrone Blvd. N. in St Pete. Seating for dinner is between 6:00 and 6:30. Bingo sheets cost $10 cash; there will be gift bags for the winners. Proceeds will go toward keeping the eggs and sausage on the table at Trinity Lutheran every Saturday morning. Call Hamburger Mary’s at (727) 851-9386 to reserve seats. Information about the bingo is at hamburgermarys.com; information about Celebrate Outreach is at celebrateoutreach.org
WEDs JUL-AUG PEACE FIRST SITE FOR JULY-AUGUST: Since 2002, Peace First has gathered on street corners weekly to speak for peace and justice. In July and
August, Peace First will demonstrate every Wednesday morning from 8:00-9:00 AM (new summer time) at the intersection of 54th Avenue and 49th Street N. in St. Petersburg. There are a CVS Pharmacy, Zeko’s Mediterranean Grill, and Memorial Park Cemetery at this intersection. This is a new site for the group. It is a main north/south artery that crosses a road leading to the interstate, so there is a lot of traffic. A map is available at google.com. Afterward the group will gather at the Burg Diner at 2950 49th Street for breakfast. For more information email FMI.
SAT, AUG 12 COMMUNITY WORKSHOP: Come on out to this community workshop, as we work to fight for freedom in Florida! The agenda is going to be full of education, information and actions to follow up with on topics of police accountability, campaign zero, voter restoration, and cannabis legalization. Together, we can build a strong community! We anticipate this will be a three-hour event, however, it may run longer depending on the gravity and the intensity of the discussions. If you have any questions or comments, please e-mail. This event is FREE and OPEN to the public, however, donations of $5.00 per participant are strongly encouraged. To learn more about our group visit restorativejusticecoalition.com
TUE, AUG 29 HOLY LAND TRIP: A Stillspeaking Journey Through the Holy Land, a two-week trip to Israel, Palestine, and Jordan led by Rev. Carol Hallman, UCC will not only provide the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Jesus and many other ancestors of faith but also see how God is still speaking in the Holy Land today. Participants will meet with Rev. Naim Ateek with Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center in East Jerusalem, politicians from various points on the political spectrum, and others who are actively involved in peacemaking. The journey will be shepherded by two guides, one Israeli and the other Palestinian, making this a unique opportunity for a continuing and deeper experience of our still speaking God. December 29, 2017 to January 11, 2018. $3,992 per person. Deadline to register August 29, 2017. For more information, or to register for the trip, visit mejditours.com.

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

1. Surly Feminists Events Calendar

2.  Catching the Sun documentary

3.  U.N. declares nuclear weapons illegal

4.  Drag Queen Bingo benefit for homeless

5.  Hiroshima/Nagasaki remembrance

6.  Governor Scott
schedules execution

7. Stop the killing of
23 people in Ohio

8. Surly Feminists
activist calendar

 

Good folks,

Every Saturday morning a group of well-housed and
homeless people join together at Trinity Lutheran Church to cook and serve
Loaves and Fishes Breakfast, a full breakfast for over 150 people
experiencing homelessness.

    

Description: Drag Queen Bingo logo St. Pete.jpg    On
Wednesday, July 26 you and your friends can support this breakfast by
attending the Drag Queen Bingo Fundraiser at Hamburger Mary’s, 2901 Tyrone
Blvd. N.
in St Petersburg. 

    Seating for dinner is between 6:00 and 6:30
PM
, and bingo starts at 7:00.  Bingo sheets cost $10 cash. There are
gift bags for the winners.  Those who have played Drag Queen Bingo know
how much fun it is; those who haven’t can find out for themselves next
Wednesday.  All proceeds go to Saturday morning breakfast.  A full
house will pay for six months of the breakfast.

     The website information for the bingo is here.  Homeless aid
and advocacy organization Celebrate Outreach sponsors the breakfast and the
fundraiser.  Information about their food program is at
http://www.celebrateoutreach.org/meals.html

Many
seats have already been reserved; call Hamburger Mary’s at (727) 851-9386 today
to make a reservation.  If you or your group would like to become part of
the community that serves on Saturday morning, call G.W. Rolle at (727)
424-1088.

Also below is information on planned executions in Florida and Ohio,
information on an historic U.N. treaty, and more.

At the end of the e-mail is a sample of the Surly Feminists activist
calendar. 
The calendar is available at https://localendar.com/public/surlyfemevents?style=M4

Pax Christi Tampa Bay

 

WEEKLY CALENDAR

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

PEACE
FIRST SITE FOR JULY-AUGUST
: Since 2002, Peace First has gathered on
street corners weekly to speak for peace and justice.  In July and
August,
Peace First will demonstrate every
Wednesday morning
from 8:00-9:00 AM (new summer time)
at the intersection of 54th Avenue and 49th Street N. in
St. Petersburg.  There are a CVS Pharmacy, Zeko’s Mediterranean
Grill, and Memorial Park Cemetery at this intersection.  This is a new
site for the group.  It is a main north/south artery that crosses a road
leading to the interstate, so there is a lot of traffic.  A map is at
https://www.google.com/#q=54th+avenue+and+49th+st+n+st+petersburg+fl   

Afterward the group will gather at the Burg Diner at 2950 49th
Street (
http://www.theburgdiner.com/) for
breakfast.  For more information (FMI):
sjstew@gte.net.

FRIDAY NIGHT PICNIC ON THE PLAYGROUND IN ST. PETE
The Friday
Night Picnic
is a potluck picnic for hungry people, most of whom are low
income or experiencing homelessness.  The picnic continues to need potluck
food, beverages, picnic supplies, and volunteers.
The picnic, which serves
over 100 people a week, is at 6:00 PM every Friday at the Unitarian
Universalist Church, 719 Arlington Avenue N.
at Mirror Lake Drive in downtown
St. Petersburg. 
FMI:
http://uustpete.org/2014/09/17/friday-picnic-playground or (973) 768-3256.

WEEKLY BREAKFAST: Loaves and Fishes, the breakfast held at
Trinity Lutheran Church on Saturday mornings, is the breakfast supported by
Drag Queen Bingo at Hamburger Mary’s on July 26 (see above). Volunteers serve
a hot breakfast to over 150 people. The breakfast is held on the third
floor of Trinity Lutheran Church, 401 4th Avenue North in St.
Petersburg.

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


SINGLE
EVENTS


1. EVENTS CALENDAR:
The
Surly Feminists Events Calendar is a
comprehensive listing of progressive political, educational, activist and
cultural events in the Tampa Bay area:   
https://localendar.com/public/surlyfemevents?style=M4

2.  CATCHING THE SUN DOCUMENTARY: Catching the Sun examines the workers and entrepreneurs who are leading the
transition to a clean energy future.  Following the film, County
Commissioner Pat Kemp, Dr. Rick Garrity of the Hillsborough Solar Co-Op, Bakari
Kennedy of the Suncoast Credit Union, and activist Daivd Sillman of the Florida
Sun Co-op will lead a discussion.

 

The film will be shown at 7:00 PM on Friday, July
21
at the Unity of Tampa Fellowship Hall, 3302 West Horatio in
Tampa.
Suggested donation is $7.00.
Details on the final film in the summer film series, the James Baldwin
documentary I Am Not Your Negro, are
here

3. U.N. DECLARES
NUCLEAR WEAPONS ILLEGAL
:
  An historic event in early July was
largely ignored by the media.

On July 7th, the United Nations passed the first treaty banning
nuclear weapons. 
The ban includes possessing and testing nuclear
weapons.  One hundred twenty-two non-nuclear nations voted in favor of the
treaty.  The nine nuclear-armed nations, NATO members (except the
Netherlands), Japan and South Korea boycotted the negotiations for the
treaty.

Despite the boycott, scholar Nina Tannenwald explains
the historic game-changing importance of the treaty in her
Washington Post column
 “The U.N. just passed a treaty outlawing nuclear weapons.
That actually matters.

The column has excellent links about the historical and current disarmament
campaigns.

At the activist level, National Catholic Reporter writer Chris Herlinger reports on
the anit-nuclear weapon effort uniting the young and the elderly life-long
activists in
Opposing nuclear weapons, young and old find common
ground
.”

In the article “
Peace activists
laud nuclear weapons ban
,”  Cmdr. Robert Green, a retired member of the
British Royal Navy who now heads the New Zealand-based
Disarmament & Security Center  told a
reporter on July 3 that the current global stalemate over nuclear arms is due
to “a nuclear protection racket that is being conducted by U.S.-led
organized crime syndicate for the benefit of the military industrial complex,

using nuclear deterrence dogma as a counterfeit currency of power. This treaty
is going to break through that. We have rumbled
them. We are going to go ahead and do this.”

Even if no more nuclear weapons are tested or used, they are still
deadly to the common good.  The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation
Studies has shown that the United States is planning to spend $1 trillion
over the next thirty years
to maintain and replace its nuclear
arsenal:  http://www.nonproliferation.org/us-trillion-dollar-nuclear-triad/

4. DRAG QUEEN BINGO BENEFIT: Support the
Saturday morning breakfast for people experiencing
homelessness
with Drag Queen Bingo on Wednesday, July 26 at
Hamburger Mary’s, 2901 Tyrone Blvd. N. in St Petersburg.
Details are at the beginning of the newsletter.

5. HIROSHIMA/NAGASAKI
REMEMBRANCE
:
An observance of the 72th anniversary of the atomic bombing
of Hiroshima, Japan (August 6, 1945) and Nagasaki, Japan (August 9, 1945) will
be held at the Kings Bay Trident Nuclear Submarine Base in St. Marys,
Georgia
on the Atlantic coast just north of the Florida/Georgia state
line.  The observance will be from 3:00-5:00 PM on Wednesday,
August 9
at the Stimson Main Gate of the base, at the corner of
Charlie Smith Sr. Highway and Kings Bay Road (map
here).
Participants should bring their own signs and banners; handouts will be
provided.  FMI: John Linnehan at  metanoia.mx@gmail.com or (904)
504-1004.

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

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

“If an Air Force Sergeant and former Orange County Deputy Sheriff with no
criminal record can be wrongfully convicted and sent to death row,” said Mark
Elliott, director of Floridians for Alternatives to the Death
Penalty,   “it can happen to anyone.”  Read his full statement
at https://www.fadp.org/

ACTIONS
TO TAKE:
Contact Gov. Rick Scott and ask him to suspend this and
ALL executions.

Phone: (850)
488-7146

Email:
Rick.Scott@eog.myflorida.com

Pinellas anti-death penalty
demonstration
: Pax Christi Tampa Bay, Peace First, Floridians for Alternatives
to the Death Penalty and other death penalty
opponents will gather from 5:00-6:00 PM on Thursday, August 24 at
an anti-death penalty demonstration at the intersection of Ulmerton Road and
49th Street N. in mid-Pinellas County 
(
map).
Park in the lot behind Checkers and the bank on the northwest corner of the
intersection.  Signs and banners will be provided, or you can bring your
own. Since execution dates often change, please check the media for updates and
changes.  The demonstration occurs during the execution; if the execution
is re-scheduled, the demonstration will be rescheduled. FMI:
sjstew@gte.net  or (727) 492-1590.

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

Description: https://assets.change.org/photos/4/gd/nq/fHgdnQUqocvTGPY-556x313-cropped.jpg?14992760187. STOP THE KILLING OF 27 PEOPLEGovernor John Kasich of Ohio wants to execute 27
people back-to-back.
 Joe D’Ambrosio, an Ohio exoneree who spent 22
years on death row, and four other Ohio exonerees have started a petition to
Governor Kasich, asking him to halt executions.  Read the petition and
sign it
here.

 

8. SURLY FEMINISTS CALENDAR:

 

 

 

 

Below are listed
activities in the Tampa Bay area that may be of interest to you. A
more comprehensive calendar of events managed by Surly Feminists is
always available at
https://localendar.com/public/surlyfemevents?style=M4. Bookmark
it!

 

Whenever
possible, we have included a link to follow for more information.
Understanding that not everyone is on Facebook, we strive to provide
an alternative link in addition to those pointing to Facebook event
pages.  However, more and more event planners are promoting
only via Facebook and may not offer another website. Note that
we do our best, as volunteers, to provide as much info as we can.

Every Tuesday-Resist Trump Tuesdays, 10:30 am, Corner of Kennedy and Dale Mabry
Blvd, Tampa. Sponsored by Indivisible Tampa – Join us every Tues for
our ongoing show of dissent! Bring your favorite sign.

Every Wednesday – Independent Investigation Rally, 12 noon –
1:30pm @ St. Petersburg Judicial Building, 545 1st Ave N, St
Petersburg, FL 33711. Ongoing Wednesday rallies to demand a
public, independent investigation into Trump/Russia ties. Bring
signs! We meet on the sidewalks surrounding the St. Pete Judicial
Building.  Organized by Floridians Against Corruption &
Treason (FACT).

  • https://www.facebook.com/FloridiansAgainstCorruptionandTreason

 

 

July 20 – Armed with
Art: Let’s make gun violence history!


6:30-8:30pm, St. Petersburg Museum of History, 335 2nd
Ave NE, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33701. 

 

The League of
Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area invites you to a
memorable evening of art, history and wine, benefiting
organizations working to keep guns off campuses.  Mingle while
you sip beer and wine, enjoy an array of epicurean delights, and
tap your feet to live music – all to the backdrop of the St.
Petersburg Museum of History’s floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking
the waters of beautiful Tampa Bay.  The League has joined
forces with our local creative community to present rousing
interactive art, and an auction of visionary artwork highlighting
the importance of gun safety and the devastation of gun violence.
Dr. Marjorie D. Sanfilippo of Eckerd College will be honored
for her extraordinary work to keep guns off campuses. St. Pete
band, Trailside Phantoms, will provide their unique blend of
rock, americana, funk, jazz, and blues.

21+
Doors open at 6 for art preview
Beer, wine, hors d’oeuvres included in ticket price
Cash liquor bar

Tickets are available now. Advance sales only. $50

  • http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07eebhxr5578ce908f&llr=jhigmrdab
  • https://www.facebook.com/events/1909816409299031/

July 20 – Coffee for the Climate: 

Climate March Film
Screening & Community Solutions Workshop. 

6-8pm @ The Blind
Tiger Cafe ~ 1901 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605

 

Are
you concerned about climate change, but don’t know what to
do? Do you want to learn about the problem, the solutions, and
get involved in your community?  

 

Join fellow residents
and activists for a screening of “People’s Climate March,”
the premier production by theLedge Media. Participate in a discussion
about what the next steps will be in the march toward climate
justice. 


Following the film, community members will engage in a workshop to
answer the question, “what now?” How can we come together
to advocate for progress on the local level, given the gridlock in
Washington?  How can we work together to make an impact in our
community?  

  • https://www.facebook.com/events/802690753189359/

 

 

July 22 – Women’s Day at the Mosque
– Educational Forum

 

10:30
AM – 2 PM

Islamic Center Of
Hernando County, 6307 Barclay Ave, Spring Hill, FL 34609

 

If you have never
been to a “Women’s Day At the Mosque – Educational
Forum,” you are in for a real treat. These women are some of
the most educated, gracious, community minded, and amazingly
powerful women, you will ever meet.

THEIR STORY . . .
“As Muslims in the United States these community minded women
felt the need to educate the public about this most misunderstood
religion. They believe that the sharing of knowledge dispels fear.
And in addition, that all it takes is effort on their part to
educate those that are willing to listen, ask questions, and to
learn. This was what began their journey into offering their
perspective of “Islam 101″ to the general public.”
(paraphrased from content shared by our local Islamic Women)


This is a WOMEN’S ONLY day of learning. A day of asking questions.
A day of sharing and creating community relationships with women of
diverse, interesting, and rich backgrounds.

After the educational forum, we will gather together for a
wonderful lunch provided by our hosts. This is the perfect
opportunity to ask more questions directly to the various women in
a more intimate, yet casual setting.

 

https://www.meetup.com/PascoActivists/events/240792311/

https://www.facebook.com/events/739103582944363

 

 

July 27 – Unified #GenderEquality


6-9pm

Morean Center for
Clay, 420 22nd St S, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33712

The United Nations Association of Tampa Bay is proud to present
UNIFIED, Florida’s premier live-art event focused on celebrating
the Women of Tampa Bay. This will be an exciting night of live art,
performances and discussions designed to positively promote Gender
Equality, featuring locally and internationally recognized artists,
performers and community leaders.

A portion of proceeds from each ticket will go to Community Action
Stops Abuse (CASA) and to hunger programs.

  • https://www.eventbrite.com/e/unified-genderequality-tickets-34373912297?aff=eac2
  • https://www.facebook.com/events/1680333432269095/

July 29 – Fight for 15 Full Speed Ahead. 2-4pm @ St. Petersburg Main Library, 3745
9th Ave N, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33713

One month before the St Petersburg City Primary, we are coming
together as a movement to speak about the incredible door to door
campaign we’ve been running as well as the powerful activism we’ve
been leading across the state.

Come hear about some of the other amazing work going on in Pinellas
County from other resistance groups and how we can all come together
in the fall to make a powerful statement together.

 

  • http://www.wherevent.com/detail/Fight-for-15-Fight-for-15-Full-Speed-Ahead-St-Pete
  • https://www.facebook.com/events/1920734424882579/

 

St.
Petersburg City Election
Candidate Forums

Plenty of chances for
voters to interact with candidates this month in St. Pete!  This
Times blog post lists many of them:

 

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/baybuzz/plenty-of-chances-to-see-rick-v-rick-debates-this-month-in-st-pete/2329424

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

SUN, JUL 23 THIS SUNDAY: This Sunday Rev. Wells is back! She will offer another perspective on the story of Jacob at the Jabbok River (Gen 32:22-31). Charles Lewis will serve as liturgist.
SUN, SEP 10 CHOIR BEGINS: The first choir rehearsal of the fall season is September 10th at 9:15am, the Sunday after Labor Day. The choir will also sing in the service that Sunday. A tentative schedule, as well as links to the scores and, where available, mp3s to listen to and practice with, is available online. Anyone is welcome to join, just give Hilton a heads up so he can have the music ready for you.
ANNIVERSARY: This year we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the founding of Lakewood UCC. A committee has been formed to help plan this celebration consisting of Kim Wells, Bill Parsons, Mark Gibson, Colleen Coughenour, and Lucille Ruga. If you would like to participate in this committee, or if you have suggestions, please contact Bill Parsons.
VOTING RIGHTS: A petition to restore the right to vote for people with prior felony convictions, except those convicted of murder or a felony sexual offense, upon completion of their sentences will be available to sign after worship on Sunday. Currently, people with prior felony convictions are permanently disqualified to vote unless they receive clemency. Contact Lucille Ruga if you are interested or have any questions.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

THU, JUL 20 ARMED WITH ART: Let’s make gun violence history! 6:30-8:30pm, St. Petersburg Museum of History, 335 2nd Ave NE, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33701. The League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area invites you to a memorable evening of art, history and wine, benefiting organizations working to keep guns off campuses. Mingle while you sip beer and wine, enjoy an array of epicurean delights, and tap your feet to live music – all to the backdrop of the St. Petersburg Museum of History’s floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the waters of beautiful Tampa Bay.  The League has joined forces with our local creative community to present rousing interactive art, and an auction of visionary artwork highlighting the importance of gun safety and the devastation of gun violence.  Dr. Marjorie D. Sanfilippo of Eckerd College will be honored for her extraordinary work to keep guns off campuses. St. Pete band, Trailside Phantoms, will provide their unique blend of rock, americana, funk, jazz, and blues. 21+ Doors open at 6 for art preview
Beer, wine, hors d’oeuvres included in ticket price. Cash liquor bar. Tickets are $50, purchase online now.
SAT, JUL 22 WOMEN’S DAY AT THE MOSQUE: Educational Forum from 10:30 AM – 2 PM at the Islamic Center Of Hernando County, 6307 Barclay Ave, Spring Hill, FL 34609. As Muslims in the United States these community minded women felt the need to educate the public about this most misunderstood religion. They believe that the sharing of knowledge dispels fear. And in addition, that all it takes is effort on their part to educate those who are willing to listen, ask questions, and to learn. This was what began their journey into offering their perspective of “Islam 101” to the general public. This is a WOMEN’S ONLY day of learning. A day of asking questions. A day of sharing and creating community relationships with women of diverse, interesting, and rich backgrounds. After the educational forum, we will gather together for a wonderful lunch provided by our hosts. This is the perfect opportunity to ask more questions directly to the various women in a more intimate, yet casual setting. Visit meetup.com for more information.
TUE, AUG 29 HOLY LAND TRIP: A Stillspeaking Journey Through the Holy Land, a two-week trip to Israel, Palestine, and Jordan led by Rev. Carol Hallman, UCC will not only provide the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Jesus and many other ancestors of faith but also see how God is still speaking in the Holy Land today. Participants will meet with Rev. Naim Ateek with Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center in East Jerusalem, politicians from various points on the political spectrum, and others who are actively involved in peacemaking. The journey will be shepherded by two guides, one Israeli and the other Palestinian, making this a unique opportunity for a continuing and deeper experience of our still speaking God. December 29, 2017 to January 11, 2018. $3,992 per person. Deadline to register August 29, 2017. For more information, or to register for the trip, visit mejditours.com.

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 Bill Parsons or Adrien Helm.
NEW MEMBERS: Lakewood UCC is always ready to welcome new members into the church family. Joining the church involves attending an orientation session and being part of a Reception of New Members ritual during Sunday morning worship.
FREE BOOKS: Did you know that there are not only books to borrow in the church library but books being given away for free. Take a peek at the great selection. Many new titles have been added including a selection of books for children.
FREE ECO-THEOLOGY COURSE: Yale is offering three free courses centering on eco-theologian Thomas Berry and the application of his work and writing to understanding the gift of God’s creation and our relationship to it. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals or small groups in churches to participate in the course. Learn more about this exciting opportunity at coursera.org.
GUN VIOLENCE INFORMATION PAMPHLET: Copies of a Gun Violence information pamphlet are available. This resource was created by Grace Lewis of the LUCC congregation to educate the public about gun violence. They are located at the back of the sanctuary, or you can download one here. Please take them and share them.
IMG_3544
LUNCH BUNCH: This informal and open group gathers at a local restaurant for lunch and lively conversation after the service. Please check with one of the regulars – Don Ritchie or Ruth Halderman – about the details each week.
Screenshot 2016-08-08 18.34.07NEW EZ PODCASTS!!! No downloading! Just click and play! Try it! Just click on the little orange circle with the white arrow in it. Only one click and it plays! Every week, a new podcast is posted on the church website. All our streamable podcasts are at https://soundcloud.com/luccpodcasts – please tell your friends who might enjoy listening! Keep checking back, more and more will be added each week.
roofRAISING THE ROOF! The church has been informed by competent professionals, that the roof will need to be replaced probably within a year or two. The Advisors do not want to jump up one Sunday and beg for a huge amount of money. Therefore, you are being asked for Shekels for Shingles. Have you a few spare coins…$1’s,…. $5’s? If we scrape now, we won’t have to dig as deeply later. Please place donations in the bottle on the back table in the sanctuary.
recycle1RECYCLE: Recycle your print cartridges, cell phones, and all paper. At this time we CANNOT recycle toner cartridges, only inkjet cartridges. Keep it coming in! Many thanks to all who contribute to the church recycling. This income stream helps the ministry of the church.
USHERS NEEDED: Please see or email Wally LeBlanc if you would like to volunteer to usher for services.
WEBSITE — lakewooducc.org: Everything you always wanted to know about the church. Go ahead and ask. The information is probably at the church website. You can subscribe and have updates and comments automatically sent to your email address. See the homepage for details. You can also keep connected with on Facebook and on Twitter.
childrenYOUNG PEOPLE AT LAKEWOOD: Children and young people are a vital part of the LUCC family. All children participate in the beginning of the worship service. Elementary age children and younger are invited to participate in Children’s Time during the service. After Children’s Time elementary children are welcome in Church School Grace Lewis with assistance from others in the congregation are the teachers this year. Preschool children are welcome in the Nursery under the able care of Claudia Rodriguez. Middle and High School students participate in the Lakewood service on Sunday morning and attend the youth groups at Pass A Grille Beach Community United Church of Christ on Sunday evening during the school year. 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 12 July

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

 SUN, JUL 16 THIS SUNDAY: This Sunday Victoria Long will be preaching on Ezekiel 2:1-5. Her sermon is titled Without Fear or Favor. Jim Andrews will serve as liturgist and Mark Gibson will give the children’s message.
MON, JUN 5 – SAT, JUL 22 REV. WELLS AWAY: This summer Kim and Jeff Wells will be walking the Portuguese Route of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. This involves walking from Lisbon, Portugal to Santiago, Spain, a distance of about 370 miles.  Following the Camino, they will be visiting relatives in Germany.  Kim will be gone from June 5 – July 22.  When pastoral care is needed, please call or email Sally Purvis.
JUL 13-16 REV. PURVIS AWAY: Sally Purvis, who is covering pastoral care while Rev. Kim Wells is away, will be out of town July 13-16.  If you need pastoral care on those days, please contact Jim Andrews.
ANNIVERSARY: This year we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the founding of Lakewood UCC. A committee has been formed to help plan this celebration consisting of Kim Wells, Bill Parsons, Mark Gibson, Colleen Coughenour, and Lucille Ruga. If you would like to participate in this committee, or if you have suggestions, please contact Bill Parsons.
VOTING RIGHTS: A petition to restore the right to vote for people with prior felony convictions, except those convicted of murder or a felony sexual offense, upon completion of their sentences will be available to sign after worship on Sunday. Currently, people with prior felony convictions are permanently disqualified to vote unless they receive clemency. Contact Lucille Ruga if you are interested or have any questions.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

SAT, JUL 15 CASA’S BACK TO SCHOOL BASH: CASA’s annual Back to School Bash helps under-served communities equip their children with backpacks and other supplies to be fully prepared for the start of school. Volunteers are needed to help on Saturday the 15th from 11am-2pm @ Tree of Life Church, 4682 40th Ave N, Saint Petersburg, FL 33714. Last year 200 people attended and 160 backpacks were given out. Visit casa-stpete.org for more information.
SUN, JUL 16 PROTEST GUN VIOLENCE: 11am – Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Dr, Tampa, FL 33602.  From the park, participants will march to the Federal Courthouse on N Florida Avenue for a rally with several speakers – including Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America state chapter leader, Michelle Gajda. Visit facebook.com for more information.
TUE, JUL 18 SEA LEVEL RISE SEMINAR: It’s Worse Than You Think. 6:30-8:30pm @ North Tampa Branch Library, 8916 N Boulevard, Tampa, Florida 33604. Tampa Bay Sierra Club Chair Kent Bailey will present information from leading experts in the field, official sources, and actual field data to explore and understand what we can reasonably expect and when we can expect it. Visit facebook.com for more information.
THU, JUL 20 ARMED WITH ART: Let’s make gun violence history! 6:30-8:30pm, St. Petersburg Museum of History, 335 2nd Ave NE, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33701. The League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area invites you to a memorable evening of art, history and wine, benefiting organizations working to keep guns off campuses. Mingle while you sip beer and wine, enjoy an array of epicurean delights, and tap your feet to live music – all to the backdrop of the St. Petersburg Museum of History’s floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the waters of beautiful Tampa Bay.  The League has joined forces with our local creative community to present rousing interactive art, and an auction of visionary artwork highlighting the importance of gun safety and the devastation of gun violence.  Dr. Marjorie D. Sanfilippo of Eckerd College will be honored for her extraordinary work to keep guns off campuses. St. Pete band, Trailside Phantoms, will provide their unique blend of rock, americana, funk, jazz, and blues. 21+ Doors open at 6 for art preview
Beer, wine, hors d’oeuvres included in ticket price. Cash liquor bar. Tickets are $50, purchase online now.
SAT, JUL 22 WOMEN’S DAY AT THE MOSQUE: Educational Forum from 10:30 AM – 2 PM at the Islamic Center Of Hernando County, 6307 Barclay Ave, Spring Hill, FL 34609. As Muslims in the United States these community minded women felt the need to educate the public about this most misunderstood religion. They believe that the sharing of knowledge dispels fear. And in addition, that all it takes is effort on their part to educate those who are willing to listen, ask questions, and to learn. This was what began their journey into offering their perspective of “Islam 101” to the general public. This is a WOMEN’S ONLY day of learning. A day of asking questions. A day of sharing and creating community relationships with women of diverse, interesting, and rich backgrounds. After the educational forum, we will gather together for a wonderful lunch provided by our hosts. This is the perfect opportunity to ask more questions directly to the various women in a more intimate, yet casual setting. Visit meetup.com for more information.

CONTINUING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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