Weekly Update 21 June

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

 SUN, JUN 25 THIS SUNDAY: This service will be a celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the United Church of Christ. Several people from the church family will be sharing what they appreciate about the UCC. Sally Purvis will be the liturgist and Lucille Ruga will be leading Children’s Time.
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 SUN, JUN 25 SUNDAY CELEBRATIONS: The Celebration Sunday potluck lunch, hosted by the choir, will be June 25th following worship. Bring a dish to share and celebrate June birthdays!
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.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

THU, JUN 22 INTERFAITH PRIDE WORSHIP SERVICE: Thursday, June 22, 7 p.m. at Eckerd College, Wireman Chapel, 4200 54th Ave. S., St. Petersburg, FL 33711.
TUE, JUN 27 INTERFAITH POTLUCK: Interfaith Tampa Bay is sponsoring a vegetarian potluck on Tuesday June 27 at 7:00 p.m at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 570 62nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Bring a vegetarian dish to share. All are welcome to this event which provides the opportunity for people of differing faiths to discuss their beliefs and their religious expression with one another. This event is free and open to the public.

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. 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!


CIRCLE OF CONCERN
Betty Harris, Evelyn Kaspar, Carolyn Moore, Gertie Pirazzini, Ann Quinn, Earl Waters

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Weekly Update 8 June

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

 SUN, JUN 11 THIS SUNDAY: Rev. Leslie Ethredge will be preaching this Sunday. Leslie is the Western Regional Conference Minister of the Florida Conference of the United Church of Christ. Her sermon, Hope for Humanity, will reflect on Genesis 1:26-31 and Matthew 28:16-20.
SUN, JUN 11 ADVISORS MEETING: The Advisors will meet on Sunday following morning worship. All are welcome to attend!
 SUN, JUN 25 SUNDAY CELEBRATIONS: The Celebration Sunday potluck lunch, hosted by the choir, will be June 25th following worship. Bring a dish to share and celebrate June birthdays!
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.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

SAT, JUN 3 FAMILY PROMISE GALA: Family Promise of Pinellas County presents Reach for the Stars 2017 Gala honoring those who share their light with homeless children and their families on Saturday, June 3, 6pm at St. Jude the Apostle Cathedral. Come and celebrate with dinner a silent auction and lively entertainment. $50 per ticket, $400 for a table of 8. For registration details visit fppinellas.org to purchase tickets visit eventbrite.com. If you cannot attend but are interested in purchasing a star for the event, order forms are available on the bulletin board in the narthex.
WED, JUN 14 IFTAR DINNER: On June 14, 2017, Mayor Rick Kriseman and Muslim leaders from throughout Tampa Bay will host St. Petersburg’s first ever Iftar Dinner welcoming residents of all faiths to celebrate the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The event will be held at St. Petersburg’s historic Coliseum, doors open at 6:30. Mayor Kriseman said “Now more than ever, we must be expressive in our love and respect for people of all faiths. I am excited to bring the community together to honor our Muslim brothers and sisters.” Abdul Karim Ali, the president of the Tampa Bay Area Muslim Association, said: “We know that breaking bread together helps a community work together for a common cause, and so we thank Mayor Kriseman and his team for their leadership in ensuring that the sun shines bright on all residents and faiths in St. Petersburg.” Please sign up on the bulletin board in the narthex. Help fill the LUCC table at this important local event – an opportunity to show solidarity with the Muslim community.
THU, JUN 22 INTERFAITH PRIDE WORSHIP SERVICE: Thursday, June 22, 7 p.m. at Eckerd College, Wireman Chapel, 4200 54th Ave. S., St. Petersburg, FL 33711.
TUE, JUN 27 INTERFAITH POTLUCK: Interfaith Tampa Bay is sponsoring a vegetarian potluck on Tuesday June 27 at 7:00 p.m at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 570 62nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Bring a vegetarian dish to share. All are welcome to this event which provides the opportunity for people of differing faiths to discuss their beliefs and their religious expression with one another. This event is free and open to the public.

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. 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!


CIRCLE OF CONCERN
Betty Harris, Carolyn Moore, Gertie Pirazzini, Earl Waters

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World Refugee Day Commemoration

Each year the Tampa Bay Refugee Task Force hosts a local event to commemorate World Refugee Day.
This is one day set aside internationally to recognize the courage and resilience of refugees.

This year’s local event will be held on June 16th at 1:00pm at Pinellas Technical College located at 901 34th Street South in St. Petersburg.

The event will begin at 1:00pm with a networking time in the lobby area featuring heavy hors d’oeuvres from the PTC Culinary Arts Department and live music from Lakewood High School’s 54th Ave Jazz Combo.

At 2:00pm a short program will be held in the main auditorium featuring Al Ruechel of Bay News 9 as the Master of Ceremonies, Mayor Kriseman of St Petersburg providing opening remarks and a Dance of Hope by refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

A brief awards ceremony will also recognize 5 former refugees/immigrants who have distinguished themselves by giving back to our refugee population in our community through our “Making a World of Difference” awards. These awards highlight the fact that our community is stronger and more welcoming because of the former refugees/immigrants who invest their time and resources here by giving back.

Finally, a citizenship ceremony will be held with 30 former refugees becoming U.S. citizens. The keynote speaker will be Sandra Grudic, a Pinellas County high school teacher, former refugee from Bosnia and current volunteer for refugees in our community.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Doug Haskitt at HASKITTD@pcsb.org

World Refugee Day Celebration:

“Yesterday, Refugees–

Today, Americans”

When:   June 16, 2017, 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Where: Pinellas Technical College, 901 34th Street South, St. Petersburg, FL, 33711. From 34th Street South, go westbound on 11th Ave. S. (across from Gibb’s High School), go past the Commercial Trucking Training Area on your right, and take your 2nd right into our Main Parking Lot. The Main Entrance and Reception Area will be on the north side of the Main Parking Lot in the center of the building.

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Celebrate Florida June-July 2017



Celebrate Florida newsletter

 

 

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  May 31, 2017  
 

Greetings Florida UCC members,

Here are the links to the June/July issue of Celebrate Florida. You will find two versions of this document; one is the standard PDF, and the other is the interactive version, which requires that your computer has a Flash player.

Standard version

Interactive version

We hope you will find this issue informative, especially the articles about:

• Earth Day, Easter and “Time for Conversations.”

• Congregational activities around music, the arts, movies, books … and food!

• Creative ideas to energize, motivate and expand your ministry; this issue is chock full of possibilities.

• The many opportunities open to our Florida congregations, clergy and members (see box on page 1).

Thanks to all those churches that share information about what has been happening in their congregations. But if you aren’t, maybe the reason your church isn’t mentioned is because we don’t hear from you. If your church is one that does not share with us, there’s a simple solution: add us to your mailing list, either electronic or hard copy. Mail us your information — hard copy (to 9300 University Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32817) or electronic (to celebrateflorida@uccfla.org). Yes, we do want to know what you are doing; there is always room for more good news.

We especially appreciate your providing the Celebrate Florida link information above to church members via your Sunday bulletin, newsletters, e-communications and your website. Please help spread all the good news about the United Church of Christ in Florida among your church members.

With blessings and appreciation for our covenant,

Rick Carson
Editor

 



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Weekly Update 31 May

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

 SUN, JUN 4

THIS SUNDAY: Sunday June 4 is Pentecost.  It is the celebration of the beginning of the church.  The assigned scripture reading from Acts quotes a passage from the prophet Joel:

Your daughters and sons will prophesy,
your young people will see visions,
and your elders will dream dreams.

As part of the service this Sunday, people from the congregation will be invited to share the visions and dreams that they feel they are being given by God.  Please be thinking about the dream or vision you may want to share on Sunday as part of the celebration of the Holy Spirit enlivening the faith community.  You may want to write your thoughts down ahead of time.  Also, the liturgical color for Pentecost is red, the color for the Holy Spirit.  So you are encouraged to wear red if you would like to.  

This Sunday is also the first week of Summer Sundays for this season.  The service will still start at 10:30 a.m.  and will include the singing of favorite hymns.  Things will be a bit less structured and more informal.  

Remember the One Great Hour of Sharing special offering that is being received this Sunday.  This years focus is on addressing famine in Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria, and Yemen.

AND because this is the first Sunday of the month, it is Communion Sunday. All are welcome to participate including children. The communion offering will not go to the Special Needs Fund this week but to the One Great Hour of Sharing offering instead.

SUN, JUN 4 ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING: A special offering on Pentecost Sunday will go to One Great Hour, an ecumenical effort to empower people to provide for their families; build wells for communities who need access to water; feed the hungry; and give relief from disasters. Famine has officially been declared in South Sudan and, for the first time in recent history, there is a very real possibility of four famines – in Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria, and Yemen – breaking out all at once. Contributing to One Great Hour of Sharing is one way to address this crisis. Please be generous as you are able.
SUN, JUN 4 LITURGIST TRAINING: Sue Sherwood and Colleen Coughenour will be offering Liturgist Training after church this Sunday. All current liturgists and those who may want to be liturgists in the future are encouraged to attend. Choir members are welcome as well. This training will offer readers techniques to help make the words of scripture come alive and be heard with new depth and meaning.
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.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

SAT, JUN 3 FAMILY PROMISE GALA: Family Promise of Pinellas County presents Reach for the Stars 2017 Gala honoring those who share their light with homeless children and their families on Saturday, June 3, 6pm at St. Jude the Apostle Cathedral. Come and celebrate with dinner a silent auction and lively entertainment. $50 per ticket, $400 for a table of 8. For registration details visit fppinellas.org to purchase tickets visit eventbrite.com. If you cannot attend but are interested in purchasing a star for the event, order forms are available on the bulletin board in the narthex.
WED, JUN 14 IFTAR DINNER: On June 14, 2017, Mayor Rick Kriseman and Muslim leaders from throughout Tampa Bay will host St. Petersburg’s first ever Iftar Dinner welcoming residents of all faiths to celebrate the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The event will be held at St. Petersburg’s historic Coliseum, doors open at 6:30. Mayor Kriseman said “Now more than ever, we must be expressive in our love and respect for people of all faiths. I am excited to bring the community together to honor our Muslim brothers and sisters.” Abdul Karim Ali, the president of the Tampa Bay Area Muslim Association, said: “We know that breaking bread together helps a community work together for a common cause, and so we thank Mayor Kriseman and his team for their leadership in ensuring that the sun shines bright on all residents and faiths in St. Petersburg.” Please sign up on the bulletin board in the narthex. Help fill the LUCC table at this important local event – an opportunity to show solidarity with the Muslim community.

CONTINUING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


CIRCLE OF CONCERN
Betty Harris, Carolyn Moore, Gertie Pirazzini, Earl Waters

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Weekly Update 24 May

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

SUN, MAY 28 THIS SUNDAY: This Sunday: This weekend, our nation remembers those who have died in military service.  It’s a poignant time.  Yet it is marked by picnics, parades, and sales.  Does this help us celebrate this wonderful country that is worth dying for?  Or is this a distraction from honestly remembering the costs of war?  Probably some of both.  Sunday will be a time to celebrate and remember.
SUN, May 28 SUNDAY CELEBRATIONS: The Celebration Sunday potluck lunch, hosted by the Kaspars, will be this Sunday following worship. Bring a dish to share and celebrate May birthdays!
MAY 21-28 FAMILY PROMISE: Lakewood UCC will be responsible for Family Promise for this week. Let Patti Cooksey know if you can help.
WED, MAY 24 CONGRATULATIONS: Amaiya Washington graduates from elementary school Today!
 SUN, JUN 4

PENTECOST SERVICE AHEAD: Sunday June 4 is Pentecost.  It is the celebration of the beginning of the church.  The assigned scripture reading from Acts quotes a passage from the prophet Joel:

Your daughters and sons will prophesy,
your young people will see visions,
and your elders will dream dreams.

As part of the service that Sunday, people from the congregation will be invited to share the visions and dreams that they feel they are being given by God.  Please be thinking about the dream or vision you may want to share that Sunday as part of the celebration of God’s hopes and dreams for the future.  In preparation, you can share your vision by writing it down on the “God is Still Speaking” bulletin board in the narthex.

SUN, JUN 4 ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING: A special offering on Pentecost Sunday will go to One Great Hour, an ecumenical effort to empower people to provide for their families; build wells for communities who need access to water; feed the hungry; and give relief from disasters. Famine has officially been declared in South Sudan and, for the first time in recent history, there is a very real possibility of four famines – in Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria, and Yemen – breaking out all at once. Contributing to One Great Hour of Sharing is one way to address this crisis. Please be generous as you are able.
SUN, JUN 4 LITURGIST TRAINING: Sue Sherwood and Colleen Coughenour will be offering Liturgist Training after church on Sunday June 4. All current liturgists and those who may want to be liturgists in the future are encouraged to attend. Choir members are welcome as well. This training will offer readers techniques to help make the words of scripture come alive and be heard with new depth and meaning.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

SAT, JUN 3 FAMILY PROMISE GALA: Family Promise of Pinellas County presents Reach for the Stars 2017 Gala honoring those who share their light with homeless children and their families on Saturday, June 3, 6pm at St. Jude the Apostle Cathedral. Come and celebrate with dinner a silent auction and lively entertainment. $50 per ticket, $400 for a table of 8. For registration details visit fppinellas.org to purchase tickets visit eventbrite.com. If you cannot attend but are interested in purchasing a star for the event, order forms are available on the bulletin board in the narthex.
WED, JUN 14 IFTAR DINNER: On June 14, 2017, Mayor Rick Kriseman and Muslim leaders from throughout Tampa Bay will host St. Petersburg’s first ever Iftar Dinner welcoming residents of all faiths to celebrate the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The event will be held at St. Petersburg’s historic Coliseum, doors open at 6:30. Mayor Kriseman said “Now more than ever, we must be expressive in our love and respect for people of all faiths. I am excited to bring the community together to honor our Muslim brothers and sisters.” Abdul Karim Ali, the president of the Tampa Bay Area Muslim Association, said: “We know that breaking bread together helps a community work together for a common cause, and so we thank Mayor Kriseman and his team for their leadership in ensuring that the sun shines bright on all residents and faiths in St. Petersburg.” Please sign up on the bulletin board in the narthex. Help fill the LUCC table at this important local event – an opportunity to show solidarity with the Muslim community.

CONTINUING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

givingELECTRONIC GIVING: The church offers several options for electronic giving. There are information sheets and sign up forms available in the sanctuary and the church office. For additional information, please contact Bill Parsons or Adrien Helm.
IRON NEEDED: The formerly homeless friend of the church is in need of an iron.  If you have one to donate, please contact the church office (727-867-7961).
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!


CIRCLE OF CONCERN
Betty Harris, Family and loved ones of Jean Johnson,
Carolyn Moore, Gertie Pirazzini, Ann Quinn, Kai’Lyn Washington

Carolyn Moore has recently moved to Menorah Manor.

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Weekly Update 17 May

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

SUN, MAY 21 THIS SUNDAY: What does it mean to follow Jesus? What defines a Christian? There are probably at least as answers as there will be people in church on Sunday, and the answers may very well change from week to week!
SUN, MAY 21 MEMORIAL SERVICE: Come celebrate the life of Jean Johnson on Sunday, May 21st at 2:30pm at Lakewood United Church of Christ sanctuary.
MAY 21-28 FAMILY PROMISE: Lakewood UCC will be responsible for Family Promise for the week of May 21st. Let Patti Cooksey know if you can help.
WED, MAY 24 CONGRATULATIONS: Amaiya Washington graduates from elementary school!
 SUN, JUN 4

PENTECOST SERVICE AHEAD: Sunday June 4 is Pentecost.  It is the celebration of the beginning of the church.  The assigned scripture reading from Acts quotes a passage from the prophet Joel:

Your daughters and sons will prophesy,
your young people will see visions,
and your elders will dream dreams.

As part of the service that Sunday, people from the congregation will be invited to share the visions and dreams that they feel they are being given by God.  Please be thinking about the dream or vision you may want to share that Sunday as part of the celebration of God’s hopes and dreams for the future.  In preparation, you can share your vision by writing it down on the “God is Still Speaking” bulletin board in the narthex.

SUN, JUN 4 ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING: A special offering on Pentecost Sunday will go to One Great Hour, an ecumenical effort to empower people to provide for their families; build wells for communities who need access to water; feed the hungry; and give relief from disasters. Famine has officially been declared in South Sudan and, for the first time in recent history, there is a very real possibility of four famines – in Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria, and Yemen – breaking out all at once. Contributing to One Great Hour of Sharing is one way to address this crisis. Please be generous as you are able.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

SAT, JUN 3 FAMILY PROMISE GALA: Family Promise of Pinellas County presents Reach for the Stars 2017 Gala honoring those who share their light with homeless children and their families on Saturday, June 3, 6pm at St. Jude the Apostle Cathedral. Come and celebrate with dinner a silent auction and lively entertainment. $50 per ticket, $400 for a table of 8. For registration details visit fppinellas.org to purchase tickets visit eventbrite.com. If you cannot attend but are interested in purchasing a star for the event, order forms are available on the bulletin board in the narthex.
WED, JUN 14 IFTAR DINNER: On June 14, 2017, Mayor Rick Kriseman and Muslim leaders from throughout Tampa Bay will host St. Petersburg’s first ever Iftar Dinner welcoming residents of all faiths to celebrate the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The event will be held at St. Petersburg’s historic Coliseum, doors open at 6:30. Mayor Kriseman said “Now more than ever, we must be expressive in our love and respect for people of all faiths. I am excited to bring the community together to honor our Muslim brothers and sisters.” Abdul Karim Ali, the president of the Tampa Bay Area Muslim Association, said: “We know that breaking bread together helps a community work together for a common cause, and so we thank Mayor Kriseman and his team for their leadership in ensuring that the sun shines bright on all residents and faiths in St. Petersburg.” Please sign up on the bulletin board in the narthex. Help fill the LUCC table at this important local event – an opportunity to show solidarity with the Muslim community.

CONTINUING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

givingELECTRONIC GIVING: The church offers several options for electronic giving. There are information sheets and sign up forms available in the sanctuary and the church office. For additional information, please contact Bill Parsons or Adrien Helm.
IRON NEEDED: The formerly homeless friend of the church is in need of an iron.  If you have one to donate, please contact the church office (727-867-7961).
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!


CIRCLE OF CONCERN
Betty Harris, Family and loved ones of Jean Johnson,
Carolyn Moore, Gertie Pirazzini, Ann Quinn, Kai’Lyn Washington

Carolyn Moore has recently moved to Menorah Manor.

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Weekly Update 10 May

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

SUN, MAY 14 THIS SUNDAY: Mother’s Day, the service includes the opportunity for the naming of Mothers. Come be part of this celebration of A Mother’s Love.
THU, MAY 11 CREATION JUSTICE: The next Creation Justice Task Force meeting will be Thursday, May 11th from 12:30 – 2pm in the church library.
NOW – MAY 15 EMOTIONAL AND SPIRITUAL CARE MINISTRY TEAMS: The Florida Conference UCC Disaster Ministries is currently in the process of developing and training volunteer teams to provide emotional and spiritual care in response to specific disaster events. We are recruiting persons willing, skilled and with a heart for this type of ministry to apply and be trained to become part of one these teams. To learn more visit uucfla.org or contact Conference Disaster Ministry Coordinator Bill Wealand (352) 406-4484 to apply before May 15th.
SUN, MAY 21 MEMORIAL SERVICE: Come celebrate the life of Jean Johnson on Sunday, May 21st at 2:30pm at Lakewood United Church of Christ sanctuary.
MAY 21-28 FAMILY PROMISE: Lakewood UCC will be responsible for Family Promise for the week of May 21st. Let Patti Cooksey know if you can help.
WED, MAY 24 LUNCH AT WESTMINSTER SHORES: The luncheon with Pastor Kim Wells in May will be held Wednesday May 17 at 11:30 a.m. at WESTMINSTER SHORES. Please let Kim Wells know if you plan to attend. All residents of the Shores and Westminster Suncoast are welcome!
 SUN, JUN 4

PENTECOST SERVICE AHEAD: Sunday June 4 is Pentecost.  It is the celebration of the beginning of the church.  The assigned scripture reading from Acts quotes a passage from the prophet Joel:

Your daughters and sons will prophesy,
your young people will see visions,
and your elders will dream dreams.

As part of the service that Sunday, people from the congregation will be invited to share the visions and dreams that they feel they are being given by God.  Please be thinking about the dream or vision you may want to share that Sunday as part of the celebration of God’s hopes and dreams for the future.  In preparation, you can share your vision by writing it down on the “God is Still Speaking” bulletin board in the narthex.

SUN, JUN 4 ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING: A special offering on Pentecost Sunday will go to One Great Hour, an ecumenical effort to empower people to provide for their families; build wells for communities who need access to water; feed the hungry; and give relief from disasters. Please be generous as you are able.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

SAT, JUN 3 FAMILY PROMISE GALA: Family Promise of Pinellas County presents Reach for the Stars 2017 Gala honoring those who share their light with homeless children and their families on Saturday, June 3, 6pm at St. Jude the Apostle Cathedral. Come and celebrate with dinner a silent auction and lively entertainment. $50 per ticket, $400 for a table of 8. For registration details visit fppinellas.org to purchase tickets visit eventbrite.com. If you cannot attend but are interested in purchasing a star for the event, order forms are available on the bulletin board in the narthex.
WED, JUN 14 IFTAR DINNER: On June 14, 2017, Mayor Rick Kriseman and Muslim leaders from throughout Tampa Bay will host St. Petersburg’s first ever Iftar Dinner welcoming residents of all faiths to celebrate the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The event will be held at St. Petersburg’s historic Coliseum, doors open at 6:30. Mayor Kriseman said “Now more than ever, we must be expressive in our love and respect for people of all faiths. I am excited to bring the community together to honor our Muslim brothers and sisters.” Abdul Karim Ali, the president of the Tampa Bay Area Muslim Association, said: “We know that breaking bread together helps a community work together for a common cause, and so we thank Mayor Kriseman and his team for their leadership in ensuring that the sun shines bright on all residents and faiths in St. Petersburg.” Please sign up on the bulletin board in the narthex. Help fill the LUCC table at this important local event – an opportunity to show solidarity with the Muslim community.

CONTINUING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

givingELECTRONIC GIVING: The church offers several options for electronic giving. There are information sheets and sign up forms available in the sanctuary and the church office. For additional information, please contact Bill Parsons or Adrien Helm.
IRON NEEDED: The formerly homeless friend of the church is in need of an iron.  If you have one to donate, please contact the church office (727-867-7961).
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!


CIRCLE OF CONCERN
Betty Harris, Family and loved ones of Jean Johnson,
Carolyn Moore, Gertie Pirazzini, Ann Quinn, Kai’Lyn Washington

Carolyn Moore has recently moved to Menorah Manor.

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Weekly Update 3 May

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

SUN, MAY 7 THIS SUNDAY: Gratitude is expressed to Jim Andrews, LUCC member and Director of Spiritual Care for Suncoast Hospice, for preaching. Colleen Coughenour’s ministry as liturgist is appreciated. And, many thanks to Rev. Sally Purvis for officiating for communion. Your service is a blessing!
SUN, MAY 7 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.
MAY 3-9 REV. WELLS AWAY: Rev. Wells is attending the Embrace Festival conference in Portland, OR from May 3-9. If there is a need for pastoral care, please contact Sally Purvis. Many thanks to Jim Andrews who will be preaching next Sunday.
SUN, MAY 7 USHER MEETING: There will be a meeting for the Usher Ministry immediately following service on May 7th. All who have been past ushers, current ushers or those interested in ushering are encouraged to attend. This meeting should only last about 20 – 30 minutes. Please contact Wally LeBlanc if you plan on attending.
THU, MAY 11 CREATION JUSTICE: The next Creation Justice Task Force meeting will be Thursday, May 11th from 12:30 – 2pm in the church library.
NOW – MAY 15 EMOTIONAL AND SPIRITUAL CARE MINISTRY TEAMS: The Florida Conference UCC Disaster Ministries is currently in the process of developing and training volunteer teams to provide emotional and spiritual care in response to specific disaster events. We are recruiting persons willing, skilled and with a heart for this type of ministry to apply and be trained to become part of one these teams. To learn more visit uucfla.org or contact Conference Disaster Ministry Coordinator Bill Wealand (352) 406-4484 to apply before May 15th.
SUN, MAY 21 MEMORIAL SERVICE: Come celebrate the life of Jean Johnson on Sunday, May 21st at 2:30pm at Lakewood United Church of Christ sanctuary.
MAY 21-28 FAMILY PROMISE: Lakewood UCC will be responsible for Family Promise for the week of May 21st. Let Patti Cooksey know if you can help.
WED, MAY 24 LUNCH AT WESTMINSTER SHORES: The luncheon with Pastor Kim Wells in May will be held Wednesday May 17 at 11:30 a.m. at WESTMINSTER SHORES. Please let Kim Wells know if you plan to attend. All residents of the Shores and Westminster Suncoast are welcome!
 SUN, JUN 4

PENTECOST SERVICE AHEAD: Sunday June 4 is Pentecost.  It is the celebration of the beginning of the church.  The assigned scripture reading from Acts quotes a passage from the prophet Joel:

Your daughters and sons will prophesy,
your young people will see visions,
and your elders will dream dreams.

As part of the service that Sunday, people from the congregation will be invited to share the visions and dreams that they feel they are being given by God.  Please be thinking about the dream or vision you may want to share that Sunday as part of the celebration of God’s hopes and dreams for the future.  In preparation, you can share your vision by writing it down on the “God is Still Speaking” bulletin board in the narthex.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

SUN, MAY 7 ALUMNI SINGERS CONCERT: The Alumni Singers’ Spring Concert will be on Sunday, May 7th at 4:00 PM at the Lakewood United Methodist Church 5995 Dr. MLK Jr. St. S. in St. Petersburg. The Alumni Singers are dedicated to the preservation of the African-American experience through spirituals and gospel music, and to continuing more than thirty years of “singing with love and harmony”. The organization now comprises singers from high schools, colleges and universities from all over Florida and the United States.
SAT, JUN 3 FAMILY PROMISE GALA: Family Promise of Pinellas County presents Reach for the Stars 2017 Gala honoring those who share their light with homeless children and their families on Saturday, June 3, 6pm at St. Jude the Apostle Cathedral. Come and celebrate with dinner a silent auction and lively entertainment. $50 per ticket, $400 for a table of 8. For registration details visit fppinellas.org to purchase tickets visit eventbrite.com. If you cannot attend but are interested in purchasing a star for the event, order forms are available on the bulletin board in the narthex.
WED, JUN 14 IFTAR DINNER: On June 14, 2017, Mayor Rick Kriseman and Muslim leaders from throughout Tampa Bay will host St. Petersburg’s first ever Iftar Dinner welcoming residents of all faiths to celebrate the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The event will be held at St. Petersburg’s historic Coliseum, doors open at 6:30. Mayor Kriseman said “Now more than ever, we must be expressive in our love and respect for people of all faiths. I am excited to bring the community together to honor our Muslim brothers and sisters.” Abdul Karim Ali, the president of the Tampa Bay Area Muslim Association, said: “We know that breaking bread together helps a community work together for a common cause, and so we thank Mayor Kriseman and his team for their leadership in ensuring that the sun shines bright on all residents and faiths in St. Petersburg.” Please sign up on the bulletin board in the narthex. Help fill the LUCC table at this important local event – an opportunity to show solidarity with the Muslim community.

CONTINUING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

givingELECTRONIC GIVING: The church offers several options for electronic giving. There are information sheets and sign up forms available in the sanctuary and the church office. For additional information, please contact Bill Parsons or Adrien Helm.
IRON NEEDED: The formerly homeless friend of the church is in need of an iron.  If you have one to donate, please contact the church office (727-867-7961).
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!


CIRCLE OF CONCERN
Betty Harris, Family and loved ones of Jean Johnson,
Carolyn Moore, Gertie Pirazzini, Ann Quinn,The USA

Carolyn Moore has recently moved to Menorah Manor.

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Weekly Update 26 April

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

SUN, APR 30 THIS SUNDAY: The road to Emmaus story invites reflection on “A Road to Heart Burn.” See Luke 24:13-35.
SUN, APR 30 SUNDAY CELEBRATIONS: Will be hosted by the book club. Please bring a dish to share and celebrate April birthdays. All are welcome, please know your presence is a blessing.
SUN, APR 30 ROAD CLOSURES: St. Anthony’s Triathlon will take place on Sunday, April 30th. Several sections of St. Petersburg roads and streets are expected to be closed. Those include:

  • Brightwaters Boulevard which will be closed between Snell Isle Boulevard and the turnaround in the 1900 block of Brightwaters
  • Bayshore Drive which will be closed between Seventh Avenue N and Fifth Avenue S
  • North Shore Drive NE and Coffee Pot Blvd. which will be closed between Seventh and 22nd avenues N
  • Sixth Avenue S which will be closed from First to Fourth streets (This is updated from the previous release)
  • Pinellas Point Drive will be closed (drivers will be allowed to cross when safe to do so)

Some roads that will be subject to intermittent closures and delays include:

  • First Avenue S between 28th and First streets S
  • Fourth Street S between 18th Avenue S and Pinellas Point Drive
  • Portions of First, Third, Fourth and Sixth streets S between First Avenue S and Pinellas Point Drive
  • Snell Isle Bridge will have limited vehicle traffic allowed
WED, APR 26 LUNCH AT WESTMINSTER SUNCOAST: Join Pastor Kim Wells for lunch today at Westminster Suncoast Wednesday, April 26th at 11:30am, a week later than usual.
FRI, APR 28 BOOK CLUB: Due to lack of participation the Book Club meeting this coming Friday has been cancelled.
MAY 3-9 REV. WELLS AWAY: Next week Rev. Wells will be attending the Embrace Festival conference in Portland, OR from May 3-9. If there is a need for pastoral care, please contact Sally Purvis. Many thanks to Jim Andrews who will be preaching next Sunday.
SUN, MAY 7 USHER MEETING: There will be a meeting for the Usher Ministry immediately following service on May 7th. All who have been past ushers, current ushers or those interested in ushering are encouraged to attend. This meeting should only last about 20 – 30 minutes. Please contact Wally LeBlanc if you plan on attending.
THU, MAY 11 CREATION JUSTICE: The next Creation Justice Task Force meeting will be Thursday, May 11th from 12:30 – 2pm in the church library.
NOW – MAY 15 EMOTIONAL AND SPIRITUAL CARE MINISTRY TEAMS: The Florida Conference UCC Disaster Ministries is currently in the process of developing and training volunteer teams to provide emotional and spiritual care in response to specific disaster events. We are recruiting persons willing, skilled and with a heart for this type of ministry to apply and be trained to become part of one these teams. To learn more visit uucfla.org or contact Conference Disaster Ministry Coordinator Bill Wealand (352) 406-4484 to apply before May 15th.
SUN, MAY 21 MEMORIAL SERVICE: Come celebrate the life of Jean Johnson on Sunday, May 21st at 2:30pm at Lakewood United Church of Christ sanctuary.
LENTEN OFFERING: The Lenten Offering at LUCC was dedicated to the Refugee and Migrant Women’s Initiative (RAMWI). RAMWI is an all volunteer group that offers monthly meetings consisting of workshops for the women on topics such as health care, working through grief, and domestic violence awareness and provides the women with materials to create crafts. A total of $687 was donated, many thanks for your generosity!

COMMUNITY EVENTS

FRI, APR 28  FLORIDA INTERFAITH CLIMATE ACTION NETWORK: This year’s assembly, which will explore the theme “water is life,” is scheduled for April 28, 2017, at First United Methodist Church in downtown Orlando. This Assembly will give participants a working knowledge of Florida’s critical water system issues and will provide opportunity for participants to collaborate in networks with others to protect Florida water. Visit interfaithflorida.com to register. Contact Rev. Kim Wells if you would like to carpool to this event.
SAT, APR 29 CLIMATE MARCH ST PETE: Join the Peoples Climate Movement on Saturday, April 29th and march to:

  • Advance solutions to the climate crisis [that are] rooted in racial, social and economic justice and committed to protecting front-line communities and workers.
  • Protect our right to clean air, water, land, healthy communities and a world at peace.
  • Immediately stop attacks on immigrants, communities of color, indigenous and tribal people and lands and workers.
  • Ensure public funds and investments create good paying jobs that provide a family-sustaining wage and benefits and preserve workers’ rights, including the right to unionize.
  • Fund investments in our communities, people and environment to transition to a new clean and renewable energy economy that works for all.
  • Protect our basic rights to a free press, protest and free speech.

Meet at Mirror Lake Park and 6th St. N. at 10:30 am. Rally at 11. March to follow beginning approximately 11:15. Look for Kim Wells and Claire Stiles. Wear an LUCC t-shirt if you have one.

SAT, APR 29 COMMUNITY YARD/TRUNK SALE: Lakewood United Methodist Church is hosting a trunk sale Saturday April 29th in their parking lot at 5995 MLK St. S. You park your car, open your trunk and sell; you can also set up a table or blanket behind your car. Register now, $10 per parking space. Any questions contact the Lakewood United Methodist Church office 727-867-1744.
SUN, MAY 7 ALUMNI SINGERS CONCERT: The Alumni Singers’ Spring Concert will be on Sunday, May 7th at 4:00 PM at the Lakewood United Methodist Church 5995 Dr. MLK Jr. St. S. in St. Petersburg. The Alumni Singers are dedicated to the preservation of the African-American experience through spirituals and gospel music, and to continuing more than thirty years of “singing with love and harmony”. The organization now comprises singers from high schools, colleges and universities from all over Florida and the United States.
WED, JUN 14 IFTAR DINNER: On June 14, 2017, Mayor Rick Kriseman and Muslim leaders from throughout Tampa Bay will host St. Petersburg’s first ever Iftar Dinner welcoming residents of all faiths to celebrate the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The event will be held at St. Petersburg’s historic Coliseum. Mayor Kriseman said “Now more than ever, we must be expressive in our love and respect for people of all faiths. I am excited to bring the community together to honor our Muslim brothers and sisters.” Abdul Karim Ali, the president of the Tampa Bay Area Muslim Association, said: “We know that breaking bread together helps a community work together for a common cause, and so we thank Mayor Kriseman and his team for their leadership in ensuring that the sun shines bright on all residents and faiths in St. Petersburg.” Please sign up on the bulletin board in the narthex. Help fill the LUCC table at this important local event – an opportunity to show solidarity with the Muslim community.

CONTINUING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

givingELECTRONIC GIVING: The church offers several options for electronic giving. There are information sheets and sign up forms available in the sanctuary and the church office. For additional information, please contact Bill Parsons or Adrien Helm.
IRON NEEDED: The formerly homeless friend of the church is in need of an iron.  If you have one to donate, please contact the church office (727-867-7961).
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!


CIRCLE OF CONCERN
Betty Harris, Family and loved ones of Jean Johnson,
Carolyn Moore, Gertie Pirazzini, Ann Quinn,The USA

Carolyn Moore has recently moved to Menorah Manor.

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Weekly Update 19 April

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

SUN, APR 23 THIS SUNDAY: The joy of Easter reminds us that the resurrection is a powerful and much needed image of transformation for people today. See Acts 10:34-43. The service will include the Affirmation of Ministry for those who have agreed to serve on the Unbroken Circles Care Team.
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SUN, APR 23 CREATION JUSTICE: The next Creation Justice Task Force meeting will be after church on Sunday.
MON APR 24 OPERATION ATTACK: 2017 Volunteer night – April 24th. Hours 6-7 p.m.
WED, APR 26 LUNCH AT WESTMINSTER SUNCOAST: Join Pastor Kim Wells for lunch at Westminster Suncoast Wednesday, April 26th at 11:30am, a week later than usual.
FRI, APR 28 BOOK CLUB: The book Club will meet Friday, April 28 at 12:30 at the home of Vita Uth. Please bring your own sandwich, drinks and dessert will be provided. The book is: Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance. There are no more books available, but they can be purchased online. A memoir of a family and culture in crisis, and a civilized reference guide for an uncivilized election in a vocabulary understandable to both Democrats and Republicans. Everyone is invited, whether you have read the book or not.
SUN, APR 30 SUNDAY CELEBRATIONS: Will be hosted by the book club.
NOW – MAY 15 EMOTIONAL AND SPIRITUAL CARE MINISTRY TEAMS: The Florida Conference UCC Disaster Ministries is currently in the process of developing and training volunteer teams to provide emotional and spiritual care in response to specific disaster events. We are recruiting persons willing, skilled and with a heart for this type of ministry to apply and be trained to become part of one these teams. To learn more visit uucfla.org or contact Conference Disaster Ministry Coordinator Bill Wealand (352) 406-4484 to apply before May 15th.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

SAT, APR 22 EARTH DAY: On April 22, 2017 from 10am – 5pm St. Petersburg will celebrate Earth Day with a community celebration to be held in Historic Williams Park. This free event is organized by Chart 411, a local nonprofit based in St. Petersburg. With the help of volunteers and environmental groups this will be a true community event with a focus on green businesses, environmental activists, and family focused activities that foster a deep appreciation for the planet we all call home.
SAT, APR 22 ST PETE MARCH FOR SCIENCE: You know what’s awesome? Science. It is constantly building and organizing knowledge, forming testable explanations, and repeatable methods to explain the world we live in. Come march on April 22nd, Earth Day! Bring your friends and a sign or two for a walk through Downtown St. Pete. Show our community what support for science looks like and why it’s an amazing thing. Begins at Poynter Park, and speakers will begin at 10:00 AM: 1000 3rd St. South St. Petersburg, FL 33701. The march itself will lead us through St. Petersburg, and we will end at Williams Park to unite with the Earth Day event.
MON, APR 24 MOZART REQUIEM: The combined choruses of St. Petersburg College and a chamber orchestra comprised of SPC faculty and friends, under the direction of SPC Interim Director of Choral Activities, Dr. Matt Caine, will present Mozart’s Requiem in memory of Jason Miller. The life of prolific composer and musician Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart tragically ended just shy of his 36th birthday, leaving others to come after him and complete his unfinished Requiem. Composer and locally-known musician Jason Miller, an alumnus of the music and theatre departments of St. Petersburg College, died in a tragic automobile accident in December 2016 at the age of 36. The musicians of SPC join together in this performance of Mozart’s Requiem to help the community mourn the passing of this beloved friend and, by doing so, in some small way seek to complete some of his life’s unfinished work in much the same way that composers completed Mozart’s unfinished Requiem. Monday, April 24 at 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM at The Palladium at St. Petersburg College 253 5th Ave N, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33701.
TUE, APR 25 INTERFAITH POTLUCK: Interfaith Vegetarian Potluck Dinner sponsored by Interfaith Tampa Bay on Tuesday April 25, 7:00 PM at Maximo Presbyterian Church 3200 58th Ave. S., St. Petersburg. Please come and bring a vegetarian dish to share. Over dinner, participants will be invited to have conversations about topics related to faith. For example: How is prayer part of your religious expression? What are your beliefs about death? What are some of the most important holy days for your faith tradition? Which is your favorite and why?
FRI, APR 28  FLORIDA INTERFAITH CLIMATE ACTION NETWORK: This year’s assembly, which will explore the theme “water is life,” is scheduled for April 28, 2017, at First United Methodist Church in downtown Orlando. This Assembly will give participants a working knowledge of Florida’s critical water system issues and will provide opportunity for participants to collaborate in networks with others to protect Florida water. Visit interfaithflorida.com to register. Contact Rev. Kim Wells if you would like to carpool to this event.
SAT, APR 29 CLIMATE MARCH ST PETE: Join the Peoples Climate Movement on Saturday, April 29th and march to:

  • Advance solutions to the climate crisis [that are] rooted in racial, social and economic justice and committed to protecting front-line communities and workers.
  • Protect our right to clean air, water, land, healthy communities and a world at peace.
  • Immediately stop attacks on immigrants, communities of color, indigenous and tribal people and lands and workers.
  • Ensure public funds and investments create good paying jobs that provide a family-sustaining wage and benefits and preserve workers’ rights, including the right to unionize.
  • Fund investments in our communities, people and environment to transition to a new clean and renewable energy economy that works for all.
  • Protect our basic rights to a free press, protest and free speech.

Meet at the northeast corner of Crescent Lake Park at 10:30. Rally at 11. March to follow beginning approximately 11:15.

SAT, APR 29 COMMUNITY YARD/TRUNK SALE: Lakewood United Methodist Church is hosting a trunk sale Saturday April 29th in their parking lot at 5995 MLK St. S. You park your car, open your trunk and sell; you can also set up a table or blanket behind your car. Register now, $10 per parking space. Any questions contact the Lakewood United Methodist Church office 727-867-1744.
SUN, MAY 7 ALUMNI SINGERS CONCERT: The Alumni Singers’ Spring Concert will be on Sunday, May 7th at 4:00 PM at the Lakewood United Methodist Church 5995 Dr. MLK Jr. St. S. in St. Petersburg. The Alumni Singers are dedicated to the preservation of the African-American experience through spirituals and gospel music, and to continuing more than thirty years of “singing with love and harmony”. The organization now comprises singers from high schools, colleges and universities from all over Florida and the United States.
WED, JUN 14 IFTAR DINNER: On June 14, 2017, Mayor Rick Kriseman and Muslim leaders from throughout Tampa Bay will host St. Petersburg’s first ever Iftar Dinner welcoming residents of all faiths to celebrate the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The event will be held at St. Petersburg’s historic Coliseum. Mayor Kriseman said “Now more than ever, we must be expressive in our love and respect for people of all faiths. I am excited to bring the community together to honor our Muslim brothers and sisters.” Abdul Karim Ali, the president of the Tampa Bay Area Muslim Association, said: “We know that breaking bread together helps a community work together for a common cause, and so we thank Mayor Kriseman and his team for their leadership in ensuring that the sun shines bright on all residents and faiths in St. Petersburg.”

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.
IRON NEEDED: The formerly homeless friend of the church is in need of an iron.  If you have one to donate, please contact the church office (727-867-7961).
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.
LOCAL ACTION ON REFUGEES: LUCC member Janet Blair works for the state in Refugee Resettlement. She shares this information:

Most of us are aware of the federal issues concerning refugee arrival now–but many are not aware of the actions being taken within our state. I’m hoping we can spread the news on two ways that our congregation can support refugees here in FL.

The Florida State Legislature has introduced a bill that will end our state government’s involvement in refugee services by the end of this year. Information on this initiative and a letter of support for refugee work can be found at Floridians Standing with Refugees – Support for Refugee Resettlement and Entrant Assistance in Florida.

Secondly, I am collecting letters of support locally for refugees from individuals, civic groups and faith organizations. People of all ages–kids included–can email to express their support for refugees and how they want to welcome them here in the Tampa Bay area. A compilation of these emails will be sent to the office of Gov. Scott.

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 sign up to usher for services. The signup sheet is on the bulletin board in the narthex.
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!


CIRCLE OF CONCERN
Betty Harris, Family and loved ones of Jean Johnson,
Carolyn Moore, Gertie Pirazzini, Ann Quinn,The USA

Carolyn Moore has recently moved to Menorah Manor.

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Weekly Update 12 April

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

SUN, APR 9 THIS SUNDAY: is Easter Sunday! The Lenten offering benefiting RAMWI will be received, so don’t forget to bring your collection cans! Filled easter eggs are also appreciated.

7:00 Easter Sunrise Service. Please bring your own chair if you can. This will be a beautiful outdoor service with communion.

8:00 Easter Breakfast hosted by Dina Gamma & friends.

10:30 Easter Festival Service. This is an intergenerational service. Children are welcome for the whole event. There is also nursery care provided.

11:30 Group photo in front of the church (see below).

11:45 Easter Egg Hunt and Refreshments on the lawn.

SUN, APR 16 GROUP PHOTO: A group photo will be taken after the 10:30 service on Sunday for the cover of the new LUCC church directory.
RAMWI (Refugee and Migrant Women’s Initiative): is an all volunteer effort attempting to meet a need for women in the refugee community. This monthly group brings together women from Somalia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Syria, Iraq and other countries who are now living in Tampa and want to gather and support each other while learning about their new community and practicing their English. Read two of their stories here. RAMWI holds workshops for the women on topics such as health care, working through grief, and domestic violence awareness for the first half of each meeting and then provides the women with materials to create crafts during the second half of each meeting. Sewing, crafts and jewelry making can provide refugee women with an opportunity to share cultures, start micro-businesses and have a creative outlet that transcends language. RAMWI has no funding stream and money is currently needed for craft supplies and also for lunches for the young kids who accompany their mothers to the program. Lakewood UCC has selected RAMWI as the beneficiary of our Lenten offering. Collection cans are available in the narthex for you to take home. The offering will be received on Easter Sunday. For more information about this program please email founder Florence Ackey or volunteer Janet Blair.
HOLY WEEK: The following are the events for Holy Week at Lakewood United Church of Christ. Please know that you are welcome!

Maundy Thursday April 13
An evening to remember the Last Supper and Jesus’ final teachings. A simple soup supper will be served at 6:00 in the Fellowship Hall followed by a service of Tennebrae and communion at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary.

Good Friday April 14
The sanctuary will be open for meditation and prayer from noon to 3:00 p.m. Come when you can for this sacred moment to reflect on the crucifixion of Jesus.

7:00-8:00 p.m. there will be an outdoor stations of the cross remembrance with a theme of environmentalism.

Easter Sunday April 16
7:00 – Sunrise service with communion followed by breakfast. If you would like to help with the Easter breakfast, please contact Dina Gamma.

10:30 – Festival Service followed by refreshments on the lawn and an Easter Egg Hunt.

Please contact the church office (727-867-7961) to arrange transportation to any of these services if needed.

All are welcome. Please know that your presence is a blessing!

MON APR 24 OPERATION ATTACK: 2017 Volunteer night – April 24th. Hours 6-7 p.m.
SAT, APR 29 BOOK CLUB: The book Club will meet Friday, April 28 at 12:30 at the home of Vita Uth. Please bring your own sandwich, drinks and dessert will be provided. The book is: Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance. There are no more books available, but it can be purchased online. A Memoir of a family and culture in crisis, and a civilized reference guide for an uncivilized election in a vocabulary understandable to both Democrats and Republicans. Everyone is invited, whether you have read the book or not.
SUN, APR 30 SUNDAY CELEBRATIONS: Will be hosted by the book club.
NOW – MAY 15 EMOTIONAL AND SPIRITUAL CARE MINISTRY TEAMS: The Florida Conference UCC Disaster Ministries is currently in the process of developing and training volunteer teams to provide emotional and spiritual care in response to specific disaster events. We are recruiting persons willing, skilled and with a heart for this type of ministry to apply and be trained to become part of one these teams. To learn more visit uucfla.org or contact Conference Disaster Ministry Coordinator Bill Wealand (352) 406-4484 to apply before May 15th.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

TUE, APR 4 – SAT, APR 15 NOMADIC TEMPEST: A Production of The Caravan Stage Company premiers in Poynter Park St. Petersburg, FL. April 4-8 and 11-15 2017. A Fable featuring the mythic saga of a band of Monarch Butterflies as they battle the evil Swallow-Worts. A metaphor for refugee migrant characters struggling due to climate change caused by the fossil fuel industry. LUCC member Grace Lewis went to the opening show: “unlike any theater production I’ve ever seen, lots of fun, fabulous music, acrobatics, film, special effects… I highly recommend going!” Visit caravanstage.org for more information or eventbrite.com to purchase tickets.
SAT, APR 22 EARTH DAY: On April 22, 2017 from 10am – 5pm St. Petersburg will celebrate Earth Day with a community celebration to be held in Historic Williams Park. This free event is organized by Chart 411, a local nonprofit based in St. Petersburg. With the help of volunteers and environmental groups this will be a true community event with a focus on green businesses, environmental activists, and family focused activities that foster a deep appreciation for the planet we all call home.
SAT, APR 22 ST PETE MARCH FOR SCIENCE: You know what’s awesome? Science. It is constantly building and organizing knowledge, forming testable explanations, and repeatable methods to explain the world we live in. Come march on April 22nd, Earth Day! Bring your friends and a sign or two for a walk through Downtown St. Pete. Show our community what support for science looks like and why it’s an amazing thing. Begins at Poynter Park, and speakers will begin at 10:00 AM: 1000 3rd St. South St. Petersburg, FL 33701. The march itself will lead us through St. Petersburg, and we will end at Williams Park to unite with the Earth Day event.
FRI, APR 28  FLORIDA INTERFAITH CLIMATE ACTION NETWORK: This year’s assembly, which will explore the theme “water is life,” is scheduled for April 28, 2017, at First United Methodist Church in downtown Orlando. This Assembly will give participants a working knowledge of Florida’s critical water system issues and will provide opportunity for participants to collaborate in networks with others to protect Florida water. Visit interfaithflorida.com to register. Contact Rev. Kim Wells if you would like to carpool to this event.
SAT, APR 29 CLIMATE MARCH ST PETE: Join the Peoples Climate Movement on Saturday, April 29th and march to:

  • Advance solutions to the climate crisis [that are] rooted in racial, social and economic justice and committed to protecting front-line communities and workers.
  • Protect our right to clean air, water, land, healthy communities and a world at peace.
  • Immediately stop attacks on immigrants, communities of color, indigenous and tribal people and lands and workers.
  • Ensure public funds and investments create good paying jobs that provide a family-sustaining wage and benefits and preserve workers’ rights, including the right to unionize.
  • Fund investments in our communities, people and environment to transition to a new clean and renewable energy economy that works for all.
  • Protect our basic rights to a free press, protest and free speech.

Meet at the north east corner of Crescent Lake Park at 10:30. Rally at 11. March to follow beginning approximately 11:15.

SAT, APR 29 COMMUNITY YARD/TRUNK SALE: Lakewood United Methodist Church is hosting a trunk sale Saturday April 29th in their parking lot at 5995 MLK St. S. You park your car, open your trunk and sell, you can also set up a table or blanket behind your car. Register now, $10 per parking space. Any questions contact the Lakewood United Methodist Church office 727-867-1744.

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.
IRON NEEDED: The formerly homeless friend of the church is in need of an iron.  If you have one to donate, please contact the church office (727-867-7961).
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.
LOCAL ACTION ON REFUGEES: LUCC member Janet Blair works for the state in Refugee Resettlement. She shares this information:

Most of us are aware of the federal issues concerning refugee arrival now–but many are not aware of the actions being taken within our state. I’m hoping we can spread the news on two ways that our congregation can support refugees here in FL.

The Florida State Legislature has introduced a bill that will end our state government’s involvement in refugee services by the end of this year. Information on this initiative and a letter of support for refugee work can be found at Floridians Standing with Refugees – Support for Refugee Resettlement and Entrant Assistance in Florida.

Secondly, I am collecting letters of support locally for refugees from individuals, civic groups and faith organizations. People of all ages–kids included–can email to express their support for refugees and how they want to welcome them here in the Tampa Bay area. A compilation of these emails will be sent to the office of Gov. Scott.

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 sign up to usher for services. The signup sheet is on the bulletin board in the narthex.
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!


CIRCLE OF CONCERN
Betty Harris, Family and loved ones of Jean Johnson,
Carolyn Moore, Gertie Pirazzini, Ann Quinn,The USA

Carolyn Moore has recently moved to Menorah Manor.

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Weekly Update 5 April

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

IN MEMORIAM: Jean Johnson died peacefully in her home Tuesday April 4th with her son by her side. Memorial arrangements have yet to be made.
CONGRATULATIONS! Amaiya Washington was inducted into the National Elementary Honor Society at North Shore Elementary School on Tuesday, April 4th. She was recognized for her scholarship, leadership and service.
SUN, APR 9 THIS SUNDAY: is Palm Sunday. The service begins outside around the cross with the blessing of the palms. Don’t forget:

  • Please bring a palm leaf if you can.
  • Filled easter eggs are also appreciated.
  • This Sunday is also the deadline for flower orders.
SUN, APR 16 LENTEN OFFERING: The Lenten offering benefiting RAMWI will be received on Easter Sunday, so don’t forget to bring your collection cans!
LENT RAMWI (Refugee and Migrant Women’s Initiative): is an all volunteer effort attempting to meet a need for women in the refugee community. This monthly group brings together women from Somalia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Syria, Iraq and other countries who are now living in Tampa and want to gather and support each other while learning about their new community and practicing their English. Read two of their stories here. RAMWI holds workshops for the women on topics such as health care, working through grief, and domestic violence awareness for the first half of each meeting and then provides the women with materials to create crafts during the second half of each meeting. Sewing, crafts and jewelry making can provide refugee women with an opportunity to share cultures, start micro-businesses and have a creative outlet that transcends language. RAMWI has no funding stream and money is currently needed for craft supplies and also for lunches for the young kids who accompany their mothers to the program. Lakewood UCC has selected RAMWI as the beneficiary of our Lenten offering. Collection cans are available in the narthex for you to take home. The offering will be received on Easter Sunday. For more information about this program please email founder Florence Ackey or volunteer Janet Blair.
WED, APR 5 BOOK REVIEW AND DISCUSSION: This Lenten season is a time to think about migrating closer to God and deepening our faith. This will be the context for a book review and discussion of How to Read the Bible and Still Be a Christian: Is God Violent? An Exploration from Genesis to Revelation by John Dominic Crossan. You are invited to read the book but you are also welcome to come and hear about the book and be part of the discussion without reading. The gathering will be in the Fellowship Hall on Wednesday April 5th at 7:00pm. Please contact the church office if you would like transportation.
SAT, APR 8 and SUN, APR 9 MATISSE PRESENTATIONS: Professor Kay Rencken will present two programs on Henri Matisse. On Saturday, April 8: “Matisse, the Man and his Art.” On Sunday, April 9: “Matisse and Shchukin: the Russian Connection.” Both programs are at 3:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall at Lakewood UCC (2601 54th Ave. S. St. Petersburg). $5 for one, or both presentations. Kay Rencken is a retired early childhood educator from Tucson, Arizona. She is an avid admirer of Matisse, using his art in her kindergarten classroom, and in her work with graduate students. She recently traveled to Paris, Moscow, and St. Petersburg “chasing Matisse.”
HOLY WEEK: The following are the events for Holy Week at Lakewood United Church of Christ. Please know that you are welcome!

Palm Sunday April 9 at 10:30 a.m.
A beautiful service that begins outside around the cross with the blessing of the palms. Please bring a palm leaf if you can.

Maundy Thursday April 13
An evening to remember the Last Supper and Jesus’ final teachings. A simple soup supper will be served at 6:00 followed by a service of Tennebrae and communion at 7:00 p.m. If you would like to be a reader for the service contact Sue Sherwood.

Good Friday April 14
The sanctuary will be open for meditation and prayer from noon to 3:00 p.m. Come when you can for this sacred moment to reflect on the crucifixion of Jesus.

7:00-8:00 p.m. there will be an outdoor stations of the cross remembrance with a theme of environmentalism.

Easter Sunday April 16
7:00 – Sunrise service with communion followed by breakfast. If you would like to help with the Easter breakfast, please contact Dina Gamma.
10:30 – Festival Service followed by refreshments on the lawn and an Easter Egg Hunt.

Please bring filled Easter eggs to the church for the hunt some time before Easter. You’re invited to order flowers to grace the sanctuary Easter Sunday. Order forms will be available in the bulletins. Please contact the church office (727-867-7961) to arrange transportation if needed.

All are welcome. Please know that your presence is a blessing!

MON APR 24 OPERATION ATTACK: 2017 Volunteer night – April 24th. Hours 6-7 p.m.
SAT, APR 29 BOOK CLUB: The book Club will meet Friday, April 28 at 12:30 at the home of Vita Uth. Please bring your own sandwich, drinks and dessert will be provided. The book is: Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance. There are no more books available, but it can be purchased online. A Memoir of a family and culture in crisis, and a civilized reference guide for an uncivilized election in a vocabulary understandable to both Democrats and Republicans. Everyone is invited, whether you have read the book or not.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

TUE, APR 4 – SAT, APR 15 NOMADIC TEMPEST: A Production of The Caravan Stage Company premiers in Poynter Park St. Petersburg, FL. April 4-8 and 11-15 2017. A Fable featuring the mythic saga of a band of Monarch Butterflies as they battle the evil Swallow-Worts. A metaphor for refugee migrant characters struggling due to climate change caused by the fossil fuel industry. LUCC member Grace Lewis went to the opening show: “unlike any theater production I’ve ever seen, lots of fun, fabulous music, acrobatics, film, special effects… I highly recommend going!” Visit caravanstage.org for more information or eventbrite.com to purchase tickets.
SAT, APR 22 EARTH DAY: On April 22, 2017 from 10am – 5pm St. Petersburg will celebrate Earth Day with a community celebration to be held in Historic Williams Park. This free event is organized by Chart 411, a local nonprofit based in St. Petersburg. With the help of volunteers and environmental groups this will be a true community event with a focus on green businesses, environmental activists, and family focused activities that foster a deep appreciation for the planet we all call home.
SAT, APR 22 ST PETE MARCH FOR SCIENCE: You know what’s awesome? Science. It uses logic to chip away at truth. It is constantly building and organizing knowledge, forming testable explanations, and repeatable methods to explain the world we live in. Come march on April 22nd, Earth Day! Bring your friends and a sign or two for a walk through Downtown St. Pete. Show our community what support for science looks like and why it’s an amazing thing. Begins at Poynter Park, and speakers will begin at 10:00 AM: 1000 3rd St. South St. Petersburg, FL 33701. The march itself will lead us through St. Petersburg, and we will end at Williams Park to unite with the Earth Day event.
SAT, APR 29 CLIMATE MARCH ST PETE: Join the Peoples Climate Movement on Saturday, April 29th and march to:

  • Advance solutions to the climate crisis [that are] rooted in racial, social and economic justice and committed to protecting front-line communities and workers.
  • Protect our right to clean air, water, land, healthy communities and a world at peace.
  • Immediately stop attacks on immigrants, communities of color, indigenous and tribal people and lands and workers.
  • Ensure public funds and investments create good paying jobs that provide a family-sustaining wage and benefits and preserve workers’ rights, including the right to unionize.
  • Fund investments in our communities, people and environment to transition to a new clean and renewable energy economy that works for all.
  • Protect our basic rights to a free press, protest and free speech.

Meet at the north east corner of Crescent Lake Park at 10:30. Rally at 11. March to follow beginning approximately 11:15.

SAT, APR 29 COMMUNITY YARD/TRUNK SALE: Lakewood United Methodist Church is hosting a trunk sale Saturday April 29th in their parking lot at 5995 MLK St. S. You park your car, open your trunk and sell, you can also set up a table or blanket behind your car. Register now, $10 per parking space. Any questions contact the Lakewood United Methodist Church office 727-867-1744.

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.
WELCOMING CITY: A resolution has been presented “declaring the City of St. Petersburg to be an inclusive and welcoming city for all of its residents, regardless of immigration status, religion, country of origin, race, culture, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression or disability; declaring that the City will work with law enforcement to ensure that the City is prepared to respond to hate crimes or other requests for services from immigrant communities.” The resolution is now headed to committee to determine accuracy on what the city can and cannot do before a final vote is taken. You are invited to call your council member to lend your voice in their decision.
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.
LOCAL ACTION ON REFUGEES: LUCC member Janet Blair works for the state in Refugee Resettlement. She shares this information:

Most of us are aware of the federal issues concerning refugee arrival now–but many are not aware of the actions being taken within our state. I’m hoping we can spread the news on two ways that our congregation can support refugees here in FL.

The Florida State Legislature has introduced a bill that will end our state government’s involvement in refugee services by the end of this year. Information on this initiative and a letter of support for refugee work can be found at Floridians Standing with Refugees – Support for Refugee Resettlement and Entrant Assistance in Florida.

Secondly, I am collecting letters of support locally for refugees from individuals, civic groups and faith organizations. People of all ages–kids included–can email to express their support for refugees and how they want to welcome them here in the Tampa Bay area. A compilation of these emails will be sent to the office of Gov. Scott.

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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 sign up to usher for services. The signup sheet is on the bulletin board in the narthex.
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!


CIRCLE OF CONCERN
Family and loved ones of Lloyd Conover, Jill Presley Cox and family, Betty Harris,
Family and loved ones of Jean Johnson, Carolyn Moore, Gertie Pirazzini, Ann Quinn,The USA

Carolyn Moore has recently moved to Menorah Manor.

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Congratulations!

Amaiya Washington and Yazmin Glassbrenner were inducted into the National Elementary Honor Society at North Shore Elementary School in St. Petersburg on Tuesday April 4, 2017. Seven 4th graders and six 5th graders were recognized for their scholarship, leadership and service.

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Holy Week

HOLY WEEK: The following are the events for Holy Week at Lakewood United Church of Christ. Please know that you are welcome!

Palm Sunday April 9 at 10:30 a.m.
A beautiful service that begins outside around the cross with the blessing of the palms. Please bring a palm leaf if you can.

Maundy Thursday April 13
An evening to remember the Last Supper and Jesus’ final teachings. A simple soup supper will be served at 6:00 followed by a service of Tennebrae and communion at 7:00 p.m. If you would like to be a reader for the service contact Sue Sherwood.

Good Friday April 14
The sanctuary will be open for meditation and prayer from noon to 3:00 p.m. Come when you can for this sacred moment to reflect on the crucifixion of Jesus.

7:00-8:00 p.m. there will be an outdoor stations of the cross remembrance with a theme of environmentalism.

Easter Sunday April 16
7:00 – Sunrise service with communion followed by breakfast. If you would like to help with the Easter breakfast, please contact Dina Gamma.
10:30 – Festival Service followed by refreshments on the lawn and an Easter Egg Hunt.

Please bring filled Easter eggs to the church for the hunt some time before Easter. You’re invited to order flowers to grace the sanctuary Easter Sunday. Order forms will be available in the bulletins. Please contact the church office (727-867-7961) to arrange transportation if needed.

All are welcome. Please know that your presence is a blessing!

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ACTION ALERT – GUN SAFETY

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ACTION ALERT – GUN SAFETY
CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE TODAY.
Tomorrow, April 4th, three bad bills will be debated in the House of Representatives.
HB 849 will be heard on the floor of the House. This bill would allow concealed carry permit holders to carry their weapons on private school property.
HB 245 AND SB 128 will be heard on the floor of the House.  These bills would require prosecutors to try Stand Your Ground (SYG) cases twice – once in a pretrial hearing and once in front of a jury.
Call your Representative (click here to find Rep.) and tell them that you are their constituent and that you strongly urge him/her to vote NO on HB 245, SB 128, and HB 849!
CALL YOUR SENATOR TODAY
 
Also, tomorrowApril 4th, the Senate will hear SB 1052. 
 
This additional Stand Your Ground proposal would remove a requirement that a person first must be attacked in his or her dwelling, residence, or vehicle before using or threatening to use force. This would allow a person who perceives a threat to use force without first being attacked.
Call your Senator (find them here) and tell him/her to vote NO on SB 1052.
Thank you for all that you do!
In League,
 
Pamela Goodman
President 
LWV of Florida
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Honoring Dr. King’s Death this Tuesday

From: Awake Pinellas <contact@awakepinellas.org>
Date: March 31, 2017 at 6:20:16 PM EDT
To: undisclosed-recipients:;
Subject: Honoring Dr. King’s Death this Tuesday
 
WHAT: Workers, Race and Class: 1968 Black Resistance
WHERE: James B. Sanderlin Center: 2335 22nd Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL 33712
WHEN: THIS Tuesday April 4th @ 6:00pm
See Facebook EVENT PAGE HERE
On April 4th, the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, the Fight for $15 and the Movement for Black Lives will hold over two dozen actions nationwide to honor the legacy and vision of King and recommit to the struggle against systemic racism and poverty wages. When Dr. King was killed nearly 50 years ago, he was in Memphis to support black sanitation workers who were on strike against politicians intent on busting their union. King saw a deep link between the labor and civil rights movements and believed that union rights were fundamental to achieving racial justice. He died while in Memphis for a strike because he knew that when people join together they build power to make change. Let’s continue that vision together.
Here in Florida, we will be hosting three special events connecting the dots between Dr. King’s struggle for racial and economic justice and the battles we are fighting today. We will also examine our current predicament as communities of color prepare to fight back against this administration and Republican efforts to curtail protest and decimate worker rights via draconian legislation.
In St. Petersburg, racial justice and labor leaders are convening a Town Hall Discussion entitled Workers, Race, and Class: Black Resistance from Then to Now” bringing together veterans from the 1968 Black-Led St. Petersburg Sanitation Worker Strike and current leaders and workers in the Movement for Black Lives and Fight for 15. We will hear from leaders of the historic 1968 sanitation worker strike, a pivotal moment that defined race and labor relations in the City and how those events connect with the fight for fair wages and worker rights today as the Trump administration gears up to expand Right to Work legislation nationwide.
See FB EVENT PAGE HERE.
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Climate Change and Migration through Art Dialogue

Friday, March 31, 2017 from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Join in an OPEN Conversation with the creative team of Caravan Stage Company as they share their inspiration for their latest production, Nomadic Tempest.  The event is FREE, please RSVP. The talk begins at 7:30; a reception with free refreshments will be held from 6:00-7:30.

OPEN will host an enlightening conversation with the founder of Caravan Stage Company, Paul Kirby, as we explore the intersection between the art and the timely topics this work represents.  He will be joined on a panel by Dr. David Randle, Director of the Patel College of Global Sustainability and Dr. Ella Schmidt, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of South Florida

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St. Pete Earth Day

On April 22, 2017 from 10am – 5pm St. Petersburg will celebrate Earth Day with a community celebration to be held in Historic Williams Park.  Earth Day is celebrated by over a billion people in hundreds of countries around the globe. By celebrating Earth Day we join with others and share our common reverence and respect for this beautiful but fragile planet.

This free event is organized by Chart 411, a local nonprofit based in St. Petersburg. With the help of volunteers and environmental groups we hope to present a true community event with a focus on green businesses, environmental activists, and family focused activities that foster a deep appreciation for the planet we call home.

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Weekly Update 29 March

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

SUN, APR 2 THIS SUNDAY: Is an opportunity to reflect on how new life emerges even from situations of death. See Ezekial 37:1-14.
SUN, APR 2 CIRCLES OF CARING: There will be a meeting for Creating Unbroken Circles of Caring after the service on Sunday.
LENT RAMWI (Refugee and Migrant Women’s Initiative): is an all volunteer effort attempting to meet a need for women in the refugee community. This monthly group brings together women from Somalia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Syria, Iraq and other countries who are now living in Tampa and want to gather and support each other while learning about their new community and practicing their English. Read two of their stories here. RAMWI holds workshops for the women on topics such as health care, working through grief, and domestic violence awareness for the first half of each meeting and then provides the women with materials to create crafts during the second half of each meeting. Sewing, crafts and jewelry making can provide refugee women with an opportunity to share cultures, start micro-businesses and have a creative outlet that transcends language. RAMWI has no funding stream and money is currently needed for craft supplies and also for lunches for the young kids who accompany their mothers to the program. Lakewood UCC has selected RAMWI as the beneficiary of our Lenten offering. Collection cans are available in the narthex for you to take home. The offering will be received on Easter Sunday. For more information about this program please email founder Florence Ackey or volunteer Janet Blair.
FRI, MAR 31 BOOK CLUB: The book club will meet Friday, March 31 at 12:00 at the home of Vita Uth.The book is: Soldier Girls by Helen Thorpe, a mostly true story of the battles of three women at home and at war. Everyone is welcome. Vita has several extra books available.
WED, APR 5 BOOK REVIEW AND DISCUSSION: This Lenten season is a time to think about migrating closer to God and deepening our faith. This will be the context for a book review and discussion of How to Read the Bible and Still Be a Christian: Is God Violent? An Exploration from Genesis to Revelation by John Dominic Crossan. You are invited to read the book but you are also welcome to come and hear about the book and be part of the discussion without reading. The gathering will be in the Fellowship Hall on Wednesday April 5th at 7:00pm. Please contact the church office if you would like transportation.
SAT, APR 8 and SUN, APR 9 MATISSE PRESENTATIONS: Professor Kay Rencken will present two programs on Henri Matisse. On Saturday, April 8: “Matisse, the Man and his Art.” On Sunday, April 9: “Matisse and Shchukin: the Russian Connection.” Both programs are at 3:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall at Lakewood UCC (2601 54th Ave. S. St. Petersburg). $5 for one, or both presentations. Kay Rencken is a retired early childhood educator from Tucson, Arizona. She is an avid admirer of Matisse, using his art in her kindergarten classroom, and in her work with graduate students. She recently traveled to Paris, Moscow, and St. Petersburg “chasing Matisse.”
HOLY WEEK: The following are the events for Holy Week at Lakewood United Church of Christ. Please know that you are welcome!

Palm Sunday April 9 at 10:30 a.m.
A beautiful service that begins outside around the cross with the blessing of the palms. Please bring a palm leaf if you can.

Maundy Thursday April 13
An evening to remember the Last Supper and Jesus’ final teachings. A simple soup supper will be served at 6:00 followed by a service of Tennebrae and communion at 7:00 p.m. If you would like to be a reader for the service contact Sue Sherwood.

Good Friday April 14
The sanctuary will be open for meditation and prayer from noon to 3:00 p.m. Come when you can for this sacred moment to reflect on the crucifixion of Jesus.

7:00-8:00 p.m. there will be an outdoor stations of the cross remembrance with a theme of environmentalism.

Easter Sunday April 16
7:00 – Sunrise service with communion followed by breakfast. If you would like to help with the Easter breakfast, please contact Dina Gamma.
10:30 – Festival Service followed by refreshments on the lawn and an Easter Egg Hunt.

Please bring filled Easter eggs to the church for the hunt some time before Easter. You’re invited to order flowers to grace the sanctuary Easter Sunday. Order forms will be available in the bulletins. Please contact the church office (727-867-7961) to arrange transportation if needed.

All are welcome. Please know that your presence is a blessing!

MON APR 24 OPERATION ATTACK: 2017 Volunteer night – April 24th. Hours 6-7 p.m.
IN MEMORIAM: Lloyd Conover died on March 11th, he was 93. There was a beautiful memorial service for Lloyd Conover Saturday March 18th, at Westminster Suncoast. Visit nytimes.com or washingtonpost.com for an obituary.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

WED, MAR 29 SUPPORT FARM WORKERS’ HUMAN RIGHTS: The Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a group of farm workers based in Immokalee, FL, continues to struggle to improve conditions in the fields. Last year the CIW called a boycott of fast-food chain Wendy’s to pressure the firm to join the Fair Food Program to ensure farm workers’ human rights are protected. The UCC Board of Directors has endorsed the boycott. In March, the CIW’s Human Rights Tour will visit multiple cities to build support for the boycott. It will come to Tampa on Wednesday, March 29. Visit boycott-wendys.org for more information.
THU, MAR 30 RALLY IN TALLY: Join FADP, Equal Justice USA, NAACP, Latino Justice, Florida Council of Churches, Orange County Black Voice, and Color of Change in Tallahassee on Thursday, March 30 at 12:30 PM to call on Governor Rick Scott to execute justice NOT people! A bus will leave the Allendale United Methodist Church (3803 Haines Rd N, St. Petersburg, FL 33703) @ 7am. Register online if you’d like to be on it!  Lucille Ruga will be going from LUCC.
TUE, APR 4 – SAT, APR 8 NOMADIC TEMPEST: A Production of The Caravan Stage Company premiers in St. Petersburg, FL. April 4-8 2017. A Fable created for audiences of all ages, from 10 to 100. It will feature the mythic saga of a band of Monarch Butterflies as a metaphor for refugee migrant characters struggling through their annual pilgrimage, journeying over a Land caked with consumptive delights, clamorous raptures and raging racism … a Planet engorged with many species rushing to stake their claim on a patch of paradise… The Land of SwallowWart! LUCC friend Jenn Oestreich is the tour coordinator for the show. Visit caravanstage.org for more information or eventbrite.com to purchase tickets.
SAT, APR 29 COMMUNITY YARD/TRUNK SALE: Lakewood United Methodist Church is hosting a trunk sale Saturday April 29th in their parking lot at 5995 MLK St. S. You park your car, open your trunk and sell, you can also set up a table or blanket behind your car. Register now, $10 per parking space. Any questions contact the Lakewood United Methodist Church office 727-867-1744.

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.
WELCOMING CITY: A resolution has been presented “declaring the City of St. Petersburg to be an inclusive and welcoming city for all of its residents, regardless of immigration status, religion, country of origin, race, culture, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression or disability; declaring that the City will work with law enforcement to ensure that the City is prepared to respond to hate crimes or other requests for services from immigrant communities.” The resolution is now headed to committee to determine accuracy on what the city can and cannot do before a final vote is taken. You are invited to call your council member to lend your voice in their decision.
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.
LOCAL ACTION ON REFUGEES: LUCC member Janet Blair works for the state in Refugee Resettlement. She shares this information:

Most of us are aware of the federal issues concerning refugee arrival now–but many are not aware of the actions being taken within our state. I’m hoping we can spread the news on two ways that our congregation can support refugees here in FL.

The Florida State Legislature has introduced a bill that will end our state government’s involvement in refugee services by the end of this year. Information on this initiative and a letter of support for refugee work can be found at Floridians Standing with Refugees – Support for Refugee Resettlement and Entrant Assistance in Florida.

Secondly, I am collecting letters of support locally for refugees from individuals, civic groups and faith organizations. People of all ages–kids included–can email to express their support for refugees and how they want to welcome them here in the Tampa Bay area. A compilation of these emails will be sent to the office of Gov. Scott.

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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 sign up to usher for services. The signup sheet is on the bulletin board in the narthex.
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!


CIRCLE OF CONCERN
Family and loved ones of Lloyd Conover, Jill Presley Cox and family, Betty Harris,
Jean Johnson, Carolyn Moore, Gertie Pirazzini, The USA

Jean Johnson is now under the care of Hospice.

Carolyn Moore has recently moved to Menorah Manor.

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Weekly Update 22 March

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

SUN, MAR 26 THIS SUNDAY: On the life long migration toward God, it is not always a smooth journey. The Hebrews wander in the wilderness and encounter many difficulties including lack of water, but they are never abandoned by God. See Exodus 17:1-7
SUN, MAR 26 SUNDAY CELEBRATIONS: There will be a potluck lunch following worship this Sunday, March 26th to celebrate March birthdays. The advisers are hosting and have chosen the theme of Migration and Immigration so people are encouraged to bring foods of different countries and cultures. All are welcome, whether you bring a dish or not!
LENT RAMWI (Refugee and Migrant Women’s Initiative): is an all volunteer effort attempting to meet a need for women in the refugee community. This monthly group brings together women from Somalia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Syria, Iraq and other countries who are now living in Tampa and want to gather and support each other while learning about their new community and practicing their English. Read two of their stories here. RAMWI holds workshops for the women on topics such as health care, working through grief, and domestic violence awareness for the first half of each meeting and then provides the women with materials to create crafts during the second half of each meeting. Sewing, crafts and jewelry making can provide refugee women with an opportunity to share cultures, start micro-businesses and have a creative outlet that transcends language. RAMWI has no funding stream and money is currently needed for craft supplies and also for lunches for the young kids who accompany their mothers to the program. Lakewood UCC has selected RAMWI as the beneficiary of our Lenten offering. Collection cans are available in the narthex for you to take home. The offering will be received on Easter Sunday. For more information about this program please email founder Florence Ackey or volunteer Janet Blair.
MON, MAR 27 – MON JUN 12 FAMILY PROMISE: Lakewood UCC will be responsible for Family Promise for this week. Let Patti Cooksey know if you can help. The next training session is scheduled for Monday, 3/27/17, and will be from 6:30-8:30 pm at Central Christian Church, 6161 22nd Ave. N in St. Petersburg FL.
MON, MAR 27 & MON APR 24 OPERATION ATTACK: 2017 Volunteer nights – March 27th and April 24th. Hours 6-7 p.m.
MAR 28 BECOMING A SANCTUARY CHURCH: LUCC has been exploring becoming a sanctuary church since the fall of 2016. There will be a conversation about what is involved in this commitment on March 28th at 7:00pm in the Fellowship Hall (note the change of date). All are welcome. Please contact the church office if you would like transportation.
FRI, MAR 31 BOOK CLUB: The book club will meet Friday, March 31 at 12:00 at the home of Vita Uth.The book is: Soldier Girls by Helen Thorpe, a mostly true story of the battles of three women at home and at war. Everyone is welcome. Vita has several extra books available.
WED, APR 5 BOOK REVIEW AND DISCUSSION: This Lenten season is a time to think about migrating closer to God and deepening our faith. This will be the context for a book review and discussion of How to Read the Bible and Still Be a Christian: Is God Violent? An Exploration from Genesis to Revelation by John Dominic Crossan. You are invited to read the book but you are also welcome to come and hear about the book and be part of the discussion without reading. The gathering will be in the Fellowship Hall on Wednesday April 5th at 7:00pm. Please contact the church office if you would like transportation.
SAT, APR 8 and SUN, APR 9 MATISSE PRESENTATIONS: Professor Kay Renken will present two programs on Henri Matisse. On Saturday, April 8: “Matisse, the Man and his Art.” On Sunday, April 9: “Matisse and Shchukin: the Russian Connection.” Both programs are at 3:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall at Lakewood UCC (2601 54th Ave. S. St. Petersburg). $5 for one, or both presentations. Kay Renken is a retired early childhood educator from Tucson, Arizona. She is an avid admirer of Matisse, using his art in her kindergarten classroom, and in her work with graduate students. She recently traveled to Paris, Moscow, and St. Petersburg “chasing Matisse.”
HOLY WEEK: The following are the events for Holy Week at Lakewood United Church of Christ. Please join us!

Palm Sunday April 9 at 10:30 a.m.
A beautiful service that begins outside around the cross with the blessing of the palms. Please bring a palm leaf if you can.

Maundy Thursday April 13
An evening to remember the Last Supper and Jesus’ final teachings. A simple soup supper will be served at 6:00 followed by a service of Tennebrae and communion at 7:00 p.m.

Good Friday April 14
The sanctuary will be open for meditation and prayer from noon to 3:00 p.m. Come when you can for this sacred moment to reflect on the crucifixion of Jesus.

7:00-8:00 p.m. there will be an outdoor stations of the cross remembrance with a theme of environmentalism.

Easter Sunday April 16
7:00 – Sunrise service with communion followed by breakfast.
10:30 – Festival Service followed by refreshments on the lawn and an Easter Egg Hunt.

Please bring filled Easter eggs to the church for the hunt some time before easter. You’re invited to order flowers to grace the sanctuary Easter Sunday. Order forms will be available in the bulletins. Please contact the church office (727-867-7961) to arrange transportation if needed.

All are welcome. Please know that your presence is a blessing!

IN MEMORIAM: Lloyd Conover died on March 11th, he was 93. There was a beautiful memorial service for Lloyd Conover Saturday March 18th, at Westminster Suncoast. Visit nytimes.com or washingtonpost.com for an obituary.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

WED, MAR 22 ONE CITY CHORUS: Wednesday, March 22nd at 7:30pm at the Palladium Theater. Tickets $25 at the door. Jeff Wells will be performing.
WED, MAR 22 COMPARATIVE PEACE PROCESSES IN THE MIDDLE EAST: Wednesday, March 22nd at 7pm in the Triton Room. Three local professors gather to tackle the challenges of negotiating lasting peace in Syria and Israeli settlements. The situations share distinct yet overlapping contexts that are formed with a critical understanding of the role of history, ethnicity, religion and geo-politics in a region long marked by state violence and popular resistance.
THU, MAR 23 THE END OF WHITE CHRISTIAN AMERICA: In his book The End of White Christian America, author and scholar Robert P. Jones argues that America is no longer a white Christian nation. If true, that has enormous political and cultural consequences for the United States. For it has been the (largely) white Christian Church that from America’s founding has set the tone for her national policy and shaped her ideals. Despite the important role white Christians played in electing Donald Trump, the author will argue that their high turnout does not reflect a major shift in demographic trends. March 23, 6-8:15pm St. Petersburg College Seminole Campus Conference Center 9200 113th St N, Seminole, FL. Call 727-394-6942 to register ($25, includes dinner) or for more information.
SAT, MAR 25 GREENFEST: Saturday March 25th from 10am to 5pm on the block of 24th Ave and 1st St, Indian Rocks Beach. Local eco-friendly products, services and non-profit organizations. Local food, beer & wine, baked goods, children’s area, playground, arts & crafts, raffle items, live music, unique items and more. Contact IRBGreenfest@gmail.com for more information.
Wally LeBlanc will have a booth representing LUCC and LUMC Counseling Center. If you can volunteer to help him run the booth, email Wally and let him know. If you need a ride to and from the event, call the church office, 727-867-7961, and we will arrange it for you.
WED, MAR 29 SUPPORT FARM WORKERS’ HUMAN RIGHTS: The Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a group of farm workers based in Immokalee, FL, continues to struggle to improve conditions in the fields. Last year the CIW called a boycott of fast-food chain Wendy’s to pressure the firm to join the Fair Food Program to ensure farm workers’ human rights are protected. The UCC Board of Directors has endorsed the boycott. In March, the CIW’s Human Rights Tour will visit multiple cities to build support for the boycott. It will come to Tampa on Wednesday, March 29. Visit boycott-wendys.org for more information.
TUE, APR 4 – SAT, APR 8 NOMADIC TEMPEST: A Production of The Caravan Stage Company premiers in St. Petersburg, FL. April 4-8 2017. A Fable created for audiences of all ages, from 10 to 100. It will feature the mythic saga of a band of Monarch Butterflies as a metaphor for refugee migrant characters struggling through their annual pilgrimage, journeying over a Land caked with consumptive delights, clamorous raptures and raging racism … a Planet engorged with many species rushing to stake their claim on a patch of paradise… The Land of SwallowWart! LUCC friend Jenn Oestreich is the tour coordinator for the show. Visit caravanstage.org for more information or eventbrite.com to purchase tickets.
SAT, APR 29 COMMUNITY YARD/TRUNK SALE: Lakewood United Methodist Church is hosting a trunk sale Saturday April 29th in their parking lot at 5995 MLK St. S. You park your car, open your trunk and sell, you can also set up a table or blanket behind your car. Register now, $10 per parking space. Any questions contact the Lakewood United Methodist Church office 727-867-1744.

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.
DEATH PENALTY BILL: A bill titled “Sentencing in Capital Felonies” (SB 280 and HB 527) in the Florida legislature is rapidly making its way towards passage. Your help is needed to try to stop it. This bill takes steps to reform and restart Florida’s flawed death penalty program by requiring a unanimous jury for a death sentence. However, this reform will not fix the many fatal flaws of this wasteful and unnecessary government program. Contact your Florida legislator today and call for an extension of the current pause on executions, and for the State of Florida to conduct a complete and impartial review of Florida’s death penalty program to determine cost, deterrence, accuracy, impact on victims’ families, impartiality, and most importantly – necessity. Visit fadp.org for a sample e-mail and phone script.
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.
LOCAL ACTION ON REFUGEES: LUCC member Janet Blair works for the state in Refugee Resettlement. She shares this information:

Most of us are aware of the federal issues concerning refugee arrival now–but many are not aware of the actions being taken within our state. I’m hoping we can spread the news on two ways that our congregation can support refugees here in FL.

The Florida State Legislature has introduced a bill that will end our state government’s involvement in refugee services by the end of this year. Information on this initiative and a letter of support for refugee work can be found at Floridians Standing with Refugees – Support for Refugee Resettlement and Entrant Assistance in Florida.

Secondly, I am collecting letters of support locally for refugees from individuals, civic groups and faith organizations. People of all ages–kids included–can email to express their support for refugees and how they want to welcome them here in the Tampa Bay area. A compilation of these emails will be sent to the office of Gov. Scott.

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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 sign up to usher for services. The signup sheet is on the bulletin board in the narthex.
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!


CIRCLE OF CONCERN
Family and loved ones of Lloyd Conover, Jill Presley Cox and family, Betty Harris,
Carolyn Moore, Gertie Pirazzini, The USA

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Weekly Update 15 March

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

SAT, MAR 18 IN MEMORIAM: Lloyd Conover died on Saturday, he was 93. There will be a memorial service for Lloyd Conover Saturday March 18th, at 3 p.m., the Westminster Suncoast Quak Center for Lifelong Learning, St. Petersburg, Florida  Visit nytimes.com to read his obituary.
SUN, MAR 19 THIS SUNDAY: This is the third Sunday of Lent, a time to think about migrating toward God.
LENT RAMWI (Refugee and Migrant Women’s Initiative): is an all volunteer effort attempting to meet a need for women in the refugee community. This monthly group brings together women from Somalia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Syria, Iraq and other countries who are now living in Tampa and want to gather and support each other while learning about their new community and practicing their English. RAMWI holds workshops for the women on topics such as health care, working through grief, and domestic violence awareness for the first half of each meeting and then provides the women with materials to create crafts during the second half of each meeting. Sewing, crafts and jewelry making can provide refugee women with an opportunity to share cultures, start micro-businesses and have a creative outlet that transcends language. RAMWI has no funding stream and money is currently needed for craft supplies and also for lunches for the young kids who accompany their mothers to the program. Lakewood UCC has selected RAMWI as the beneficiary of our Lenten offering. Collection cans are available in the narthex for you to take home. The offering will be received on Easter Sunday. For more information about this program please email founder Florence Ackey or volunteer Janet Blair.
MON, MAR 20 – MON JUN 12 FAMILY PROMISE: Lakewood UCC will be responsible for Family Promise for the week of March 19th. Let Patti Cooksey know if you can help. The next training session is scheduled for Monday, 3/20/17, and will be from 6:30-8:30 pm at Central Christian Church, 6161 22nd Ave. N in St. Petersburg FL.
WED, MAR 15 LUNCH AT WESTMINSTER SUNCOAST TODAY: Join Pastor Kim Wells for lunch at Westminster Suncoast Wednesday, March 15th at 11:30am.
THU, MAR 16 A CONVERSATION ABOUT PROGRESSIVE CHRISTIANITY: Lakewood UCC is affiliated with the Center for Progressive Christianity. The Center outlines eight points that describe and define progressive Christianity. Rev. Wells will lead a conversation about progressive Christianity and the eight points on Thursday, March 16th at 7:00pm in the sanctuary. All are welcome. You’ll find the eight points at progressivechristianity.org. Please contact the church office if you would like transportation.
TUE, MAR 21 LABYRINTH WALK FOR LENT: Following up on the Lenten theme of migrating closer to God there will be a guided evening labyrinth walk on Tuesday March 21st at 7:00 pm. The gathering will be outside at the straw labyrinth. Bring a chair if you can. Please contact the church office if you would like transportation.
SUN, MAR 26 SUNDAY CELEBRATIONS: There will be a potluck lunch following worship March 26th to celebrate march birthdays. The advisers are hosting and have chosen the theme of Migration and Immigration so people are encouraged to bring foods of different countries and cultures.
MON, MAR 27 & MON APR 24 OPERATION ATTACK: 2017 Volunteer nights – March 27th and April 24th. Hours 6-7 p.m.
MAR 30 BECOMING A SANCTUARY CHURCH: LUCC has been exploring becoming a sanctuary church since the fall of 2016. There will be a conversation about what is involved in this commitment on March 30th at 7:00pm in the Fellowship Hall. All are welcome. Please contact the church office if you would like transportation.
FRI, MAR 31 BOOK CLUB: The book club will meet Friday, March 31 at 12:00 at the home of Vita Uth.The book is: Soldier Girls by Helen Thorpe, a mostly true story of the battles of three women at home and at war. Everyone is welcome. Vita has several extra books available.
WED, APR 5 BOOK REVIEW AND DISCUSSION: This Lenten season is a time to think about migrating closer to God and deepening our faith. This will be the context for a book review and discussion of How to Read the Bible and Still Be a Christian: Is God Violent? An Exploration from Genesis to Revelation by John Dominic Crossan. You are invited to read the book but you are also welcome to come and hear about the book and be part of the discussion without reading. The gathering will be in the Fellowship Hall on Wednesday April 5th at 7:00pm. Please contact the church office if you would like transportation.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

WED, MAR 22 ONE CITY CHORUS: Wednesday, March 22nd at 7:30pm at the Palladium Theater. Tickets $25 at the door, or get them ahead of time from Jeff Wells who will be performing.
WED, MAR 22 COMPARATIVE PEACE PROCESSES IN THE MIDDLE EAST: Wednesday, March 22nd at 7pm in the Triton Room. Three local professors gather to tackle the challenges of negotiating lasting peace in Syria and Israeli settlements. The situations share distinct yet overlapping contexts that are formed with a critical understanding of the role of history, ethnicity, religion and geo-politics in a region long marked by state violence and popular resistance.
THU, MAR 23 THE END OF WHITE CHRISTIAN AMERICA: In his book The End of White Christian America, author and scholar Robert P. Jones argues that America is no longer a white Christian nation. If true, that has enormous political and cultural consequences for the United States. For it has been the (largely) white Christian Church that from America’s founding has set the tone for her national policy and shaped her ideals. Despite the important role white Christians played in electing Donald Trump, the author will argue that their high turnout does not reflect a major shift in demographic trends. March 23, 6-8:15pm St. Petersburg College Seminole Campus Conference Center 9200 113th St N, Seminole, FL. Call 727-394-6942 to register ($25, includes dinner) or for more information.
SAT, MAR 25 GREENFEST: Saturday March 25th from 10am to 5pm on the block of 24th Ave and 1st St, Indian Rocks Beach. Local eco-friendly products, services and non-profit organizations. Local food, beer & wine, baked goods, children’s area, playground, arts & crafts, raffle items, live music, unique items and more. Contact IRBGreenfest@gmail.com for more information.
Wally LeBlanc will have a booth representing LUCC and LUMC Counseling Center. If you can volunteer to help him run the booth, email Wally and let him know. If you need a ride to and from the event, call the church office, 727-867-7961, and we will arrange it for you.
WED, MAR 29 SUPPORT FARM WORKERS’ HUMAN RIGHTS: The Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a group of farm workers based in Immokalee, FL, continues to struggle to improve conditions in the fields. Last year the CIW called a boycott of fast-food chain Wendy’s to pressure the firm to join the Fair Food Program to ensure farm workers’ human rights are protected. The UCC Board of Directors has endorsed the boycott. In March, the CIW’s Human Rights Tour will visit multiple cities to build support for the boycott. It will come to Tampa on Wednesday, March 29. Visit boycott-wendys.org for more information.
SAT, APR 29 COMMUNITY YARD/TRUNK SALE: Lakewood United Methodist Church is hosting a trunk sale Saturday April 29th in their parking lot at 5995 MLK St. S. You park your car, open your trunk and sell, you can also set up a table or blanket behind your car. Register now, $10 per parking space. Any questions contact the Lakewood United Methodist Church office 727-867-1744.

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.
DEATH PENALTY BILL: A bill titled “Sentencing in Capital Felonies” (SB 280 and HB 527) in the Florida legislature is rapidly making its way towards passage. Your help is needed to try to stop it. This bill takes steps to reform and restart Florida’s flawed death penalty program by requiring a unanimous jury for a death sentence. However, this reform will not fix the many fatal flaws of this wasteful and unnecessary government program. Contact your Florida legislator today and call for an extension of the current pause on executions, and for the State of Florida to conduct a complete and impartial review of Florida’s death penalty program to determine cost, deterrence, accuracy, impact on victims’ families, impartiality, and most importantly – necessity. Visit fadp.org for a sample e-mail and phone script.
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.
LOCAL ACTION ON REFUGEES: LUCC member Janet Blair works for the state in Refugee Resettlement. She shares this information:

Most of us are aware of the federal issues concerning refugee arrival now–but many are not aware of the actions being taken within our state. I’m hoping we can spread the news on two ways that our congregation can support refugees here in FL.

The Florida State Legislature has introduced a bill that will end our state government’s involvement in refugee services by the end of this year. Information on this initiative and a letter of support for refugee work can be found at Floridians Standing with Refugees – Support for Refugee Resettlement and Entrant Assistance in Florida.

Secondly, I am collecting letters of support locally for refugees from individuals, civic groups and faith organizations. People of all ages–kids included–can email to express their support for refugees and how they want to welcome them here in the Tampa Bay area. A compilation of these emails will be sent to the office of Gov. Scott.

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 sign up to usher for services. The signup sheet is on the bulletin board in the narthex.
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!


CIRCLE OF CONCERN
Family and loved ones of Lloyd Conover, Jill Presley Cox and family, Betty Harris,
Carolyn Moore, Gertie Pirazzini, The USA

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Weekly Update 8 March

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

SUN, MAR 5 THIS SUNDAY: Daylight Savings Time begins this Sunday, March 12th at 2:00am; don’t forget to set your clocks ahead an hour! This is the second Sunday of Lent, a time to think about migrating toward God. The story of Abraham and Sarah involves being called to make a physical migration. The story of Nicodemus involves making a spiritual migration (see Genesis 12:1-4a and John 3:1-17). It’s a time to reflect on the call to new beginnings.
SUN, MAR 5 ADVISER’S MEETING: There will be an adviser’s meeting after church on Sunday in the Fellowship Hall, all are welcome to attend.
SUN, MAR 5 CREATION JUSTICE: The next Creation Justice Task Force meeting will be after church on Sunday.
LENT RAMWI (Refugee and Migrant Women’s Initiative): is an all volunteer effort attempting to meet a need for women in the refugee community. This monthly group brings together women from Somalia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Syria, Iraq and other countries who are now living in Tampa and want to gather and support each other while learning about their new community and practicing their English. RAMWI holds workshops for the women on topics such as health care, working through grief, and domestic violence awareness for the first half of each meeting and then provides the women with materials to create crafts during the second half of each meeting. Sewing, crafts and jewelry making can provide refugee women with an opportunity to share cultures, start micro-businesses and have a creative outlet that transcends language. RAMWI has no funding stream and money is currently needed for craft supplies and also for lunches for the young kids who accompany their mothers to the program. Lakewood UCC has selected RAMWI as the beneficiary of our Lenten offering. Collection cans are available in the narthex for you to take home. The offering will be received on Easter Sunday. For more information about this program please email founder Florence Ackey or volunteer Janet Blair.
MON, MAR 13 – MON JUN 12 FAMILY PROMISE: The next training session is scheduled for Monday, 3/13/17, and will be from 6:30-8:30 pm at Central Christian Church, 6161 22nd Ave. N in St. Petersburg FL.
WED, MAR 15 LUNCH AT WESTMINSTER SUNCOAST: Join Pastor Kim Wells for lunch at Westminster Suncoast Wednesday, March 15th at 11:30am.
THU, MAR 16 A CONVERSATION ABOUT PROGRESSIVE CHRISTIANITY: Lakewood UCC is affiliated with the Center for Progressive Christianity. The Center outlines eight points that describe and define progressive Christianity. Rev. Wells will lead a conversation about progressive Christianity and the eight points on Thursday, March 16th at 7:00pm in the sanctuary. All are welcome. You’ll find the eight points at progressivechristianity.org. Please contact the church office if you would like transportation.
TUE, MAR 21 LABYRINTH WALK FOR LENT: Following up on the Lenten theme of migrating closer to God there will be a guided evening labyrinth walk on Tuesday March 21st at 7:00 pm. The gathering will be outside at the straw labyrinth. Bring a chair if you can. Please contact the church office if you would like transportation.
MON, MAR 27 & MON APR 24 OPERATION ATTACK: 2017 Volunteer nights – March 27th and April 24th. Hours 6-7 p.m.
MAR 28,29, & 30 BECOMING A SANCTUARY CHURCH: LUCC has been exploring becoming a sanctuary church since the fall of 2016. There will be a conversation about what is involved in this commitment on March 28th, 29th and 30th at 7:00pm in the Fellowship Hall. All are welcome. Please contact the church office if you would like transportation.
FRI, MAR 31 BOOK CLUB: The book club will meet Friday, March 31 at 12:00 at the home of Vita Uth.The book is: Soldier Girls by Helen Thorpe, a mostly true story of the battles of three women at home and at war. Everyone is welcome. Vita has several extra books available.
WED, APR 5 BOOK REVIEW AND DISCUSSION: This Lenten season is a time to think about migrating closer to God and deepening our faith. This will be the context for a book review and discussion of How to Read the Bible and Still Be a Christian: Is God Violent? An Exploration from Genesis to Revelation by John Dominic Crossan. You are invited to read the book but you are also welcome to come and hear about the book and be part of the discussion without reading. The gathering will be in the Fellowship Hall on Wednesday April 5th at 7:00pm. Please contact the church office if you would like transportation.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

WED, MAR 8 RESIST WOMEN’S DAY EVENT: THE ART SQUAD and the Activists ride again! This time at the beach with red towels! (Start collecting extra red towels now.) Go to Treasure Island Beach at 5:30pm on Wednesday, March 8th and create giant human letters spelling out RESIST. After taking aerial photos, singing, drumming and watching the sunset participants will join circles all over the world lighting candles and meditating for World Peace and Justice. For more information email or visit Facebook.
THU, MAR 9 LOVE LIVES HERE, NO PLACE FOR HATE: Mayor Kriseman, community leaders, and faith organizations are holding this event at The Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg on March 9 at 6:30pm to stand in solidarity with those who have been targeted by acts of hate. This event has a goal of encouraging a community-wide response by institutions and individuals to create greater understanding and connection rather than fear of differences. Visit flholocaustmuseum.org for more information.
MON, MAR 13 IMAGINING WATER JUSTICE: Eckerd College’s Center for Spiritual Life Lecture series concludes this year with Dr. Christiana Z. Peppard of Fordham University. Water is a slippery substance – central to life and universal, it is symbolically potent and highly valued in many religions and cultures. In an era of planetary degradation and economic globalization, water is increasingly viewed as an economic commodity in ways that exclude religious and cultural customs and in ways that unduly burden vulnerable populations. Drawing on examples of activism, art, and cultural-religious moral reasoning, this lecture invites a conversation about the many values of water and how cultural, aesthetic, and religious values can vitally expand our social imaginations about what a just water ethic would be. Monday, March 13th, 7:30pm, Fox Hall, Eckerd College. For more information visit eckerd.edu
WED, MAR 22 ONE CITY CHORUS: Wednesday, March 22nd at 7:30pm at the Palladium Theater. Tickets $25 at the door, or get them ahead of time from Jeff Wells who will be performing.
WED, MAR 22 COMPARATIVE PEACE PROCESSES IN THE MIDDLE EAST: Wednesday, March 22nd at 7pm in the Triton Room. Three local professors gather to tackle the challenges of negotiating lasting peace in Syria and Israeli settlements. The situations share distinct yet overlapping contexts that are formed with a critical understanding of the role of history, ethnicity, religion and geo-politics in a region long marked by state violence and popular resistance.
THU, MAR 23 THE END OF WHITE CHRISTIAN AMERICA: In his book The End of White Christian America, author and scholar Robert P. Jones argues that America is no longer a white Christian nation. If true, that has enormous political and cultural consequences for the United States. For it has been the (largely) white Christian Church that from America’s founding has set the tone for her national policy and shaped her ideals. Despite the important role white Christians played in electing Donald Trump, the author will argue that their high turnout does not reflect a major shift in demographic trends. March 23, 6-8:15pm St. Petersburg College Seminole Campus Conference Center 9200 113th St N, Seminole, FL. Call 727-394-6942 to register ($25, includes dinner) or for more information.
SAT, MAR 25 GREENFEST: Saturday March 25th from 10am to 5pm on the block of 24th Ave and 1st St, Indian Rocks Beach. Local eco-friendly products, services and non-profit organizations. Local food, beer & wine, baked goods, children’s area, playground, arts & crafts, raffle items, live music, unique items and more. Contact IRBGreenfest@gmail.com for more information.
Wally will have a booth representing LUCC and LUMC Counseling Center. If you can volunteer to help him run the booth, email Wally and let him know. If you need a ride to and from the event, call the church office, 727-867-7961, and we will arrange it for you.
WED, MAR 29 SUPPORT FARM WORKERS’ HUMAN RIGHTS: The Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a group of farm workers based in Immokalee, FL, continues to struggle to improve conditions in the fields. Last year the CIW called a boycott of fast-food chain Wendy’s to pressure the firm to join the Fair Food Program to ensure farm workers’ human rights are protected. The UCC Board of Directors has endorsed the boycott. In March, the CIW’s Human Rights Tour will visit multiple cities to build support for the boycott. It will come to Tampa on Wednesday, March 29. Visit boycott-wendys.org for more information.
SAT, APR 29 COMMUNITY YARD/TRUNK SALE: Lakewood United Methodist Church is hosting a trunk sale Saturday April 29th in their parking lot at 5995 MLK St. S. You park your car, open your trunk and sell, you can also set up a table or blanket behind your car. Register now, $10 per parking space. Any questions contact the Lakewood United Methodist Church office 727-867-1744.

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.
DEATH PENALTY BILL: A bill titled “Sentencing in Capital Felonies” (SB 280 and HB 527) in the Florida legislature is rapidly making its way towards passage. Your help is needed to try to stop it. This bill takes steps to reform and restart Florida’s flawed death penalty program by requiring a unanimous jury for a death sentence. However, this reform will not fix the many fatal flaws of this wasteful and unnecessary government program. Contact your Florida legislator today and call for an extension of the current pause on executions, and for the State of Florida to conduct a complete and impartial review of Florida’s death penalty program to determine cost, deterrence, accuracy, impact on victims’ families, impartiality, and most importantly – necessity. Visit fadp.org for a sample e-mail and phone script.
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.
LOCAL ACTION ON REFUGEES: LUCC member Janet Blair works for the state in Refugee Resettlement. She shares this information:

Most of us are aware of the federal issues concerning refugee arrival now–but many are not aware of the actions being taken within our state. I’m hoping we can spread the news on two ways that our congregation can support refugees here in FL.

The Florida State Legislature has introduced a bill that will end our state government’s involvement in refugee services by the end of this year. Information on this initiative and a letter of support for refugee work can be found at Floridians Standing with Refugees – Support for Refugee Resettlement and Entrant Assistance in Florida.

Secondly, I am collecting letters of support locally for refugees from individuals, civic groups and faith organizations. People of all ages–kids included–can email to express their support for refugees and how they want to welcome them here in the Tampa Bay area. A compilation of these emails will be sent to the office of Gov. Scott.

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 sign up to usher for services. The signup sheet is on the bulletin board in the narthex.
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!


CIRCLE OF CONCERN
Lloyd Conover, Jill Presley Cox and family, Betty Harris, Carolyn Moore,
Gertie Pirazzini, The USA

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Weekly Update 1 March

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

SUN, MAR 5 THIS SUNDAY: This communion Sunday, March 5th, is the first Sunday of Lent. It’s time to wonder about how we migrate away from God, from Paradise, from God’s intentions for us and for Creation. Scripture: Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7, the story of Adam and Eve and the serpent and eating the apple.
COMMUNION SUNDAY: The first Sunday of the month is Communion Sunday. All are welcome to participate in communion including children at the discretion of their parents or adults who brought them. The communion offering will be received. Funds from this offering are used to help with basic needs such as rent and utilities for people in the congregation as well as in the broader community. As you know, the need is great. Please make God’s love real with your gifts to the church and to the communion offering.
IN MEMORIAM: Virginia Bodendorfer, a charter member of the church, died on February 2.
LENT RAMWI (Refugee and Migrant Women’s Initiative):
is an all volunteer effort attempting to meet a need for women in the refugee community. This monthly group brings together women from Somalia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Syria, Iraq and other countries who are now living in Tampa and want to gather and support each other while learning about their new community and practicing their English. RAMWI holds workshops for the women on topics such as health care, working though grief, and domestic violence awareness for the first half of each meeting and then provides the women with materials to create crafts during the second half of each meeting. Sewing, crafts and jewelry making can provide refugee women with an opportunity to share cultures, start small micro-businesses and have a creative outlet that transcends language.RAMWI has no funding stream and money is currently needed for craft supplies and also for lunches for the young kids who accompany their mothers to the program.Lakewood UCC has selected RAMWI as the beneficiary of our Lenten offering. For more information about this program please email founder Florence Ackey or volunteer Janet Blair.
MON, MAR 6 – MON JUN 12 FAMILY PROMISE: Lakewood UCC will be responsible for Family Promise for the week of March 19th. Contact Patti Cooksey if you can help.

The next training session is scheduled for Monday, 3/6/17, and will be from 6:30-8:30 pm at Central Christian Church, 6161 22nd Ave. N in St. Petersburg FL.

MON, MAR 27 & MON APR 24 OPERATION ATTACK: 2017 Volunteer nights – March 27th, and April 24th. Hours 6-7 p.m.
FRI, MAR 31 BOOK CLUB: The book club will meet Friday, March 31 at 12:00 at the home of Vita Uth.The book is: Soldier Girls by Helen Thorpe.
A mostly true story of the battles of three women at home and at war. Everyone is welcome. Vita has several extra books available.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

SUN, MAR 5 FESTIVAL OF PRAISE: An event where area church choirs come together for a 4-day festival ending with a concert. This year the Festival of Praise clinician is Composer and Conductor Donald McCullough. LUCC member Claire Stiles will be participating. The Concert is on March 5th at 4pm at First Presbyterian Church.
WED, MAR 8 RESIST WOMEN’S DAY EVENT: THE ART SQUAD and the Activists ride again! This time at the beach with red towels! (Start collecting extra red towels now.) Go to Treasure Island Beach at 5:30pm on Wednesday, March 8th and create giant human letters spelling out RESIST. After taking aerial photos, singing, druming and watching the sunset participants will join circles all over the world lighting candles and meditating for World Peace and Justice. For more information email or visit Facebook.
WED, MAR 22 – FRI, MAR 24 2017 CREATION JUSTICE WORKSHOP DEADLINE TODAY: There has never been a more important time for people of faith to come together to talk about what is happening to our beloved environment here in Florida. If the topic of creation justice is something you would like to explore further, either for your own interest or on behalf of your faith community, please consider attending this workshop! The event has been scheduled for March 22-24 at the Florida Conference Offices at 9300 University Blvd., Orlando, FL 32817. Alternate dates are March 23-25. Cost varies depending on the rooming option selected: $295 for a single-occupancy room, $215 for double occupancy, or $95 for those who don’t need accommodations. The workshop is limited to the first 12-15 people who register, so register today at 2017CreationJusticeWorkshop! If you have any questions, please contact any of the facilitators: Kim Wells, Mike MacMillan, or Bill Wealand.
WED, MAR 29 SUPPORT FARM WORKERS’ HUMAN RIGHTS: The Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a group of farm workers based in Immokalee, FL, continues to struggle to improve conditions in the fields. Last year the CIW called a boycott of fast-food chain Wendy’s to pressure the firm to join the Fair Food Program to ensure farm workers’ human rights are protected. The UCC Board of Directors has endorsed the boycott. In March, the CIW’s Human Rights Tour will visit multiple cities to build support for the boycott. It will come to Tampa on Wednesday, March 29. Visit boycott-wendys.org for more information.

CONTINUING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

AA: In the Fellowship Hall Thursdays at 7:45 p.m.
ANNOUNCEMENTS WELCOME: To have an announcement put in the bulletin or weekly update, please turn it into the church office by Wednesday at noon. Email, or voicemail, as well as written material is welcome. The church is glad to share activities and news from members and friends.
ART FOR HOPE: Wally LeBlanc has cards and paintings featuring his artwork for sale. The proceeds will be donated to the roof fund and other community ministries. Thank you, Wally! He is in need of bottle caps and soda can tabs for his current art project. If you have any to donate, please bring them to church and give them to 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.
DEATH PENALTY BILL: A bill titled “Sentencing in Capital Felonies” (SB 280 and HB 527) in the Florida legislature is rapidly making its way towards passage. Your help is needed to try to stop it. This bill takes steps to reform and restart Florida’s flawed death penalty program by requiring a unanimous jury for a death sentence. However, this reform will not fix the many fatal flaws of this wasteful and unnecessary government program. Contact your Florida legislator today and call for an extension of the current pause on executions, and for the State of Florida to conduct a complete and impartial review of Florida’s death penalty program to determine cost, deterrence, accuracy, impact on victims’ families, impartiality, and most importantly – necessity. Visit fadp.org for a sample e-mail and phone script.
FIELD TRIP GENEROSITY: Last Sunday the congregation was offered the opportunity to financial support a field trip for the first grade class taught by LUCC member Melanie Moore at 74th St. Elementary School. Money was needed to make sure all the students could go and that the bus could be paid for to take the children on the field trip. There were donations of $5, $10, $20, and $40 totalling $265! This is enough money to help pay for this trip and another field trip later in the spring. Melanie says this gives her another reason to brag about her church family!
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.
LOCAL ACTION ON REFUGEES: LUCC member Janet Blair works for the state in Refugee Resettlement. She shares this information:

Most of us are aware of the federal issues concerning refugee arrival now–but many are not aware of the actions being taken within our state. I’m hoping we can spread the news on two ways that our congregation can support refugees here in FL.

The Florida State Legislature has introduced a bill that will end our state government’s involvement in refugee services by the end of this year. Information on this initiative and a letter of support for refugee work can be found at Floridians Standing with Refugees – Support for Refugee Resettlement and Entrant Assistance in Florida.

Secondly, I am collecting letters of support locally for refugees from individuals, civic groups and faith organizations. People of all ages–kids included–can email to express their support for refugees and how they want to welcome them here in the Tampa Bay area. A compilation of these emails will be sent to the office of Gov. Scott.

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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 sign up to usher for services. The signup sheet is on the bulletin board in the narthex.
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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Family & friends of Virginia Bodendorfer, Lloyd Conover, Patti Cooksey,
Jill Presley Cox and family, Betty Harris, Carolyn Moore, Gertie Pirazzini,
Lucille Ruga, The USA

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Sentencing in Capital Felonies

 

Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty

Too Flawed to Fix

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A bill titled “Sentencing in Capital Felonies” (SB 280 and HB 527) in the Florida legislature is rapidly making its way towards passage. Your help is needed to try to stop it. This bill takes steps to reform and restart Florida’s flawed death penalty program by requiring a unanimous jury for a death sentence. However, this reform will not fix the many fatal flaws of this wasteful and unnecessary government program.

Now is the time to end the death penalty in Florida, not mend it!

The math is simple:

  • Florida’s Death Penalty costs taxpayers over $50 million a year more than the cost of life in prison with no parole;
  • Taxpayers could pay up to $200 million or more in additional costs to try to re-sentence 135-200 men and women on Florida’s Death Row to death;
  • Due to budget cuts, vital public safety programs could be cut by 10% in 2017;
  • So far 26 individuals have been exonerated after being wrongfully convicted and sentenced to Florida’s Death Row;
  • Recent polling shows 62% of Floridians now support life without parole over executions;
  • Prosecutors are actively seeking death in 313 cases and report 66 are ready for trial;
  • The alternative sentence of life in prison with no parole makes executions unnecessary.

The cost of maintaining Florida’s death penalty program far outweighs any imagined benefits.

Contact your Florida legislator today and call for an extension of the current pause on executions, and for the State of Florida to conduct a complete and impartial review of Florida’s death penalty program to determine cost, deterrence, accuracy, impact on victims’ families, impartiality, and most importantly – necessity.

Click here to find your legislator’s contact information and then use variations of the messages below and any of the points above to call their office or send them an email.

Sample Email

Subject: Vote against SB 280/HB 527 – End FL Death Penalty

Dear Representative/Senator,

I’m contacting you today to voice my opposition to “Sentencing in Capital Felonies” (SB 280 and HB 527). Now is not the time to mend the death penalty in our state, it’s time to end it. Instead of trying to put a Band-Aid on a terminally flawed program, we need to call for an extension of the current moratorium on executions and direct the State of Florida to conduct a complete and impartial review to determine cost, deterrence, accuracy, impact on victim’s families, impartiality, and necessity.

When up for review, please vote no for these bills and help to end this wasteful and unnecessary government program.

Your constituent,

Sample Phone Script

Hello, I’m calling today to voice my opposition to “Sentencing in Capital Felonies” (SB 280 and HB 527) and ask (Senator/Representative Last Name) to vote NO on these bills if they come up for a vote.

Florida’s death penalty program costs taxpayers over $50 million a year over and above the cost of life in prison with no parole.

Now is not the time to try to mend the death penalty in our state, it’s time to end it. The State of Florida should extend the pause in executions and conduct a complete and impartial review to determine cost, deterrence, accuracy, impartiality, impact on victim’s families, and necessity of the death penalty.

 

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Weekly Update 22 February

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

SUN, FEB 26 THIS SUNDAY: This Sunday, February 26th, marks the last Sunday of the season of Epiphany, a season that involves celebrating the light of Christ coming into the world. The scripture for this Sunday is the story of the Transfiguration, Jesus’ visit to the mountain top with Peter, James, and John. See Matthew 17:1-9. How is faith informed by the mountaintop experience? This Sunday there will also be guests from the farmworker coalition providing an update on the Fair Food Campaign. And Sundays Celebrations resumes, hosted by the Creation Justice Task Force. This is a monthly potluck after worship. Bring food or drink to share. The birthdays for the month will be recognized as well as other celebrations. And for those who participated in the Eckerd Environmental Film Festival, there will be discussion about the movies and their impact and implications for the church.
SUN, FEB 26 FARMWORKERS: Guests from the farmwork coalition will be visiting LUCC this Sunday to update the congregation about the Fair Food Campaign and the upcoming spring action in Tampa on March 29th.
SUN, FEB 26 SUNDAY CELEBRATIONS: There will be a potluck lunch following worship in the fellowship hall. We will celebrate February birthdays, and anyone who would like to can join in the environmental film festival discussion.
FRI, FEB 17 – SAT, FEB 25 ECKERD COLLEGE ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL: The Creation Justice Task Force at LUCC invites you to attend as many of these free films as possible to raise our awareness of creation justice issues locally and throughout the world. If you need a ride to a film, call the office at church at 727-867-7961. The church will help connect those planning to attend with folks needing rides. After each film, whoever is interested in further discussion will walk over to the Triton Pub café on campus and enjoy sharing a beverage and their thoughts. On Sunday, February 26th there will be a potluck lunch and discussion after church of the environmental films and related concerns including: what I learned about the environment; what impressed, surprised, or motivated me to act; and what LUCC as an organization might address or how we might follow up on our concerns. Please join be part of raisingawareness about this beautiful and endangered planet and our role in caring for the creation. Visit environmentalfilmfest.com for the film schedule.
THU, FEB 23 ISLAMOPHOBIA LECTURE: What does it mean to freely and voluntarily participate in public life? Is it sufficient to have legal equality? Or do we need something more for this essential component of democratic life? This talk will explore these questions in light of hate in the contemporary United States, focusing especially on how Islamophobia affects the nature of American Muslims’ participation in the public sphere. Visit eckerd.edu for more information.
FRI, FEB 24 BOOK CLUB: The Book Club will meet Friday, February 24th at 12:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Please bring your own sandwich, drinks and dessert will be provided by Jean Johnson. The book is “The Wright Brothers” by David McCullough, a true story of the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly. Vita Uth will have extra copies available after church. Everyone is welcome.
SAT, FEB 25 FL CONFERENCE UCC WOMEN: Join in a lighthearted day of fellowship, food and fun at Lakewood UCC in St. Petersburg on Saturday, February 25th. For more information and/or to rsvp, please contact Marty Synnott, Central West Coast Representative, at martysynnott@yahoo.com.
SAT, FEB 25 LUCC WOMEN’S SPIRITUALITY GROUP: Learn a meditative and centering practice called Feldenkrais Awareness through Movement on Saturday, February 25th at 2:00 pm in the sanctuary. Fon Nguyen, a physical therapist and Feldenkrais teacher, will lead the workshop. This involves gentle movements done from a seated position, all abilities welcome.
MON, FEB 27 – MON APR 24 OPERATION ATTACK: 2017 Volunteer nights – February 27th, March 27th, and April 24th. Hours 6-7 p.m.
MON, FEB 27 – MON JUN 12 FAMILY PROMISE VOLUNTEER TRAINING: If you are interested in participating in this program that provides meals and compassion for helping low-income families “achieve lasting independence” by providing shelter, meals, and support services to “redress the underlying causes of homelessness,” you are invited to attend one of the upcoming volunteer trainings. The next training session is scheduled for Monday, 2/27/17, and will be from 6:30-8:30 pm at Central Christian Church, 6161 22nd Ave. N in St. Petersburg FL. For more information, please contact Patti Cooksey.
TUE, FEB 28 PHOTO DIRECTORY: Be part of the new Lakewood UCC photo directory. Our goal is to include everyone! Make an appointment online to have your picture taken at lifetouch appointment plus. Or call the church office (727-867-7961) Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 9 am and noon and we’ll make an appointment for you. If you need transportation to and from your appointment, contact the church office and we’ll arrange transportation for you.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

WED, FEB 22 PARTNERING FOR PEACE WITH ST PETE QUAKERS: Looking at tragic moments in history, one could ask, “What would I have done if I were there?” It’s happening here. It’s happening now. We must #Resist now. Peace First, a faithful group that have been maintaining a presence and protesting for years, continues for the month of February on Wednesday afternoons from 4:30 to 5:30pm. Our location for February is 34th St. N. and 22nd Ave. N.. There is plenty of parking in the Winn Dixie parking lot on the southwest corner. We will have a variety of signs, especially protesting the new anti-immigration policy. We usually have many positive responses to our presence and welcome all to join us in speaking out for peace and justice.
SAT, FEB 25 FAMILY PROMISE FUNDRAISER: Saturday, February 25th from 10:30 am to 3:00 pm at the First Baptist Church of St. Petersburg (1900 Gandy Blvd.). Games, food, entertainment, silent auction and raffle. Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for school-aged kids and free for 5 and under. To purchase tickets, make reservations, or ask questions contact Family Promise of Pinellas at 727-201-9571 or familypromisepinellas.org
SAT, FEB 25 ROY BOOK BINDER: Craftsman House Presents friend of LUCC Roy Book Binder at The Studio@620 as part of the 2nd Annual Sunshine City Songwriters Festival. For the past 45 years Roy Book Binder has traveled the globe with blues legends such as The Reverend Gary Davis, Bonnie Raitt, and Jorma Kaukonen. His latest album,”The Good Book” reached #3 on the Americana chart, behind Guy Clark & Townes Van Zandt. For more information visit thestudioat620.org. To purchase tickets ($20 in advance) please call the Craftsman House Gallery: (727) 323-2787
SUN, FEB 26 CROP WALK: The walk will be Sunday, Feb. 26 starting and ending at First Presbyterian, 701 Beach DR NE – registration at 1:30, Walk begins at 2! Registration materials are available at church.
WED, MAR 22 – FRI, MAR 24 2017 CREATION JUSTICE WORKSHOP SCHEDULED: There has never been a more important time for people of faith to come together to talk about what is happening to our beloved environment here in Florida. If the topic of creation justice is something you would like to explore further, either for your own interest or on behalf of your faith community, please consider attending this workshop! The event has been scheduled tentatively for March 22-24 at the Florida Conference Offices at 9300 University Blvd., Orlando, FL 32817. Alternate dates are March 23-25. Cost varies depending on the rooming option selected: $295 for a single-occupancy room, $215 for double occupancy, or $95 for those who don’t need accommodations. The workshop is limited to the first 12-15 people who register, so register today! If you have any questions, please contact any of the facilitators: Kim Wells, Mike MacMillan, or Bill Wealand.
WED, MAR 29 SUPPORT FARM WORKERS’ HUMAN RIGHTS: The Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a group of farm workers based in Immokalee, FL, continues to struggle to improve conditions in the fields. Last year the CIW called a boycott of fast-food chain Wendy’s to pressure the firm to join the Fair Food Program to ensure farm workers’ human rights are protected. The UCC Board of Directors has endorsed the boycott. In March, the CIW’s Human Rights Tour will visit multiple cities to build support for the boycott. It will come to Tampa on Wednesday, March 29. Visit boycott-wendys.org for more information.

CONTINUING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

AA: In the Fellowship Hall Thursdays at 7:45 p.m.
ANNOUNCEMENTS WELCOME: To have an announcement put in the bulletin or weekly update, please turn it into the church office by Wednesday at noon. Email, or voicemail, as well as written material is welcome. The church is glad to share activities and news from members and friends.
ART FOR HOPE: Wally LeBlanc has cards and paintings featuring his artwork for sale. The proceeds will be donated to the roof fund and other community ministries. Thank you, Wally! He is in need of bottle caps and soda can tabs for his current art project. If you have any to donate, please bring them to church and give them to 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.
FIELD TRIP GENEROSITY: Last Sunday the congregation was offered the opportunity to financial support a field trip for the first grade class taught by LUCC member Melanie Moore at 74th St. Elementary School. Money was needed to make sure all the students could go and that the bus could be paid for to take the children on the field trip. There were donations of $5, $10, $20, and $40 totalling $265! This is enough money to help pay for this trip and another field trip later in the spring. Melanie says this gives her another reason to brag about her church family!
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.
LOCAL ACTION ON REFUGEES: LUCC member Janet Blair works for the state in Refugee Resettlement. She shares this information:

Most of us are aware of the federal issues concerning refugee arrival now–but many are not aware of the actions being taken within our state. I’m hoping we can spread the news on two ways that our congregation can support refugees here in FL.

The Florida State Legislature has introduced a bill that will end our state government’s involvement in refugee services by the end of this year. Information on this initiative and a letter of support for refugee work can be found at Floridians Standing with Refugees – Support for Refugee Resettlement and Entrant Assistance in Florida.

Secondly, I am collecting letters of support locally for refugees from individuals, civic groups and faith organizations. People of all ages–kids included–can email to express their support for refugees and how they want to welcome them here in the Tampa Bay area. A compilation of these emails will be sent to the office of Gov. Scott.

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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.
UPDATE ON A FORMERLY HOMELESS FRIEND OF THE CHURCH: The formerly homeless couple that the church has been helping are continuing to live indoors. They are grateful for all the church has done for them. At the moment, they are in need of a few additional things: AA and AAA batteries, fix a flat for a bike tire, two inner tubes for a bike tire (size 700 X 35-43C), and candles.
USHERS NEEDED: Please sign up to usher for services. The signup sheet is on the bulletin board in the narthex.
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!


CIRCLE OF CONCERN
Virginia Bodendorfer, Lloyd Conover, Patti Cooksey, Jill Presley Cox and family,
friends and family of Phil Crowe,  Betty Harris, Carolyn Moore, Gertie Pirazzini,
Lucille Ruga, friends and family of Max Wells, The USA

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