Weekly Update 17 October

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

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

COMMUNITY EVENTS

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

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

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

CONTINUING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Weekly Update 10 October

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

SUN, OCT 14 THIS SUNDAY: It’s one of the best known stories in the New Testament – Mark 10:17-31. “Jesus loved him at first sight.” [Mark 10:21, the Jesus Seminar translation.] This Sunday is an opportunity to explore what it means to be loved by Jesus.
SUN, OCT 14 THERE IS HOPE – COMMUNITY: There will be cards and other items available for sale on Sunday October 14th. The mission for October card sales is The Special Needs Fund, used to help people in our community and the congregation with basic necessities such as food, rent, utilities, and prescription medication costs.
WED, OCT 10 OPERATION ATTACK: Attack poverty, help provide children’s clothing and food for low income families. Tonight, 10 October at 6:30pm at Lakeview Presbyterian Church (1310 22nd Ave S) is the next volunteer date for LUCC.
OCT 11-13 FLORIDA CONFERENCE: LUCC pastor Rev. Wells and member Lucille Ruga will attend the fall gathering of the UCC Florida Conference in Naples this Friday and Saturday. LUCC member Earl Waters is a candidate for the Committee on Church and Ministry for the Western Region of the Florida Conference.
SUN, OCT 14 ADVISORS MEETING: The advisors will meet following morning worship on Sunday, 14 October. All are welcome to attend.
SAT, OCT 20 CIRCUS MCGURKIS: More volunteers are needed for Circus McGurkis on Saturday October 20th at Gibbs High School.  Bring family and friends to this people’s fair celebrating peace, justice, and art.  The event is sponsored by the Friends Meeting of St. Petersburg (Quakers) and co-produced by Lakewood UCC. Contact Yoko Nogami or Claire Stiles for volunteer opportunities.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

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

CONTINUING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Weekly Update 3 October

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

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

COMMUNITY EVENTS

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

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

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

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

CONTINUING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Weekly Update 26 September

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

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

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

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

COMMUNITY EVENTS

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

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

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

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

CONTINUING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Peace Day

The United Nations General Assembly declared the International Day of Peace (Peace Day) as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.
The 2018 Peace Day Theme is: “The Right to Peace – The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70”
“It is time all nations and all people live up to the words of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which recognizes the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human race. This year marks the 70th anniversary of that landmark document.” 
– Secretary-General António Guterres
From education to the arts, social justice to sports, health to the environment, neighborhood issues to service for others, there are many ways to participate in Peace Day! We invite you to create a public or private activity related to peace, spread the word about Peace Day and/or attend an event in the community:
Burning Bowl Ceremony at First Unity (460 46th Ave N) 6:45pm September 21
The International Museum of Radiant Peace (5601 Central Ave., St. Petersburg). Special hours for this event are September 22, 10 – 4. Enjoy award-winning art and inspirational writing about Radiant Peace from children around the world, including many from the Tampa Bay area. Admission is free.)
Call to Peace at Unitarian Universalist Church of Downtown (100 Mirror Lake Dr. N) Sunday, September 23 at 10:30am. Celebrate the 70th anniversary of the United Nations momentous Adoption of the Universal Human Rights Declaration by joining our Call to Peace issued by leaders of the interfaith community at the Unitarian Universalist Church by Mirror Lake. Presented by: St. Mary Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Pass-A-Grille Beach Community Church UCC, Congregation B’nai Israel of St. Petersburg, Unitarian Universalist Church of St. Pete, St. Petersburg Islamic Center, Baha’i Faith of St. Petersburg, Buddhist Community of Downtown, & Quaker Religious Society. For more information contact the Unitarian Universalist Church at (727) 898-3294.
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Weekly Update 19 September

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

SUN, SEP 23 THIS SUNDAY: Is Peace Sunday, a time to reaffirm our commitment to peace. You are invited to bring a poem or quote about peace to share in the service.
SUN, SEP 16 IN MEMORIAM:  Genevieve Jackle of the LUCC congregation and a resident of Westminster Suncoast died Sunday September 16. Sincere sympathy is expressed to her husband Roger, son George, family and friends. A service was held for Genevieve this morning at Westminster Suncoast.
SUN, SEP 16 BACKPACK FUNDS:  Many thanks to all who donated so that Kai’Lyn can get a backpack filled with nice things for her formerly homeless friend at school. We raised $146!
SAT, SEP 15 FAMILY PROMISE: Training opportunity coming up: Tuesday, 9 October from 7:00 to 8:30pm at Temple Beth-El (400 Pasadena Ave S). Contact Patti Cooksey for more information on getting involved in this ministry for homeless families.
SEP 18-22 PASTOR AWAY: Rev. Wells is away untill 22 September. If pastoral care is needed, please contact Jim Andrews.
WED, SEP 26 WESTMINSTER LUNCH: Westminster Suncoast Luncheon Wednesday 26 September at 11:30am in the private dining room at Westminster Suncoast. All residents of the Shores and Suncoast are welcome.
WED, SEP 19 OPERATION ATTACK: Attack poverty, help provide children’s clothing and food for low income families. Wednesday, 19 September at 6:30pm at Lakeview Presbyterian Church (1310 22nd Ave S) is the next volunteer date for LUCC.
FRI, SEP 21 PEACE DAY: September 21 will be the 36th international day of peace, a United Nations sanctioned holiday. The theme this year is “Right to peace”. Share your thoughts on the peace bulletin board in the narthex. On Sunday, 23 September the service will focus on peace in honor of Peace Day. You are invited to bring a poem or quote about peace to share in the service.
SUN, SEP 30
SUNDAY CELEBRATIONS: Celebrate September birthdays at this potluck lunch following morning worship on Sunday, 30 September in the Fellowship Hall. Wally LeBlanc will give a presentation entitled A Wasteful Society – Part 1. The primary focus of this presentation will be food waste with an additional focus on single use items. Bring a dish to share (6-8 servings) and be prepared to take home leftovers so we don’t waste food!
SUN, OCT 14 THERE IS HOPE – COMMUNITY: There will be cards and other items available for sale on Sunday October 14th. The mission for October card sales is The Special Needs Fund, used to help people in our community and the congregation with basic necessities such as food, rent, utilities, and prescription medication costs.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

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

CONTINUING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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LUCC Given Baby Grand Piano!

A beautiful Yamaha baby grand piano has been gifted to Lakewood United Church of Christ by a church member who is downsizing.  This gift is a beautiful contribution to the music ministry of the church.  Music Director, Hilton Kean Jones, is thrilled about this most generous gift!  It is a delight to hear him play this wonderful piano.
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Weekly Update 12 September

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

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

COMMUNITY EVENTS

BOYD HILL UPDATE: The St. Petersburg Country Club has heard the community’s concerns, and has agreed to move “Area D” to the other side of the 18th fairway, away from Boyd Hill Nature Preserve. This solution meets the business needs of the SPCC while also maintaining a buffer for Boyd Hill.
FRI, SEP 14 ECONOMIC INEQUALITY WORKSHOP: What does it mean when the Marathon Petroleum CEO Gary Heminger took home an astonishing 935 times more pay than an average employee in 2017? CEOs of the largest 350 companies make, on average, 271 times what a typical worker earns. Why is it so commonplace now to have this disconnect between CEO income and everyone else’s? Do you actually know anyone who is getting ahead, even people who are supposedly doing well, or is the American dream really lost? In this workshop you will learn more about Runaway Inequality and how it’s hurting our society. Gain tools for telling the story and ready yourself to fight back. Friday, September 14 from 6 to 9 PM at Allendale UMC (3803 Haines Rd N).
TUE, SEP 25 REFUGEE PLAY: “Refuge: The Story of St. Petersburg’s Jasmina Kuljanac” will be performed on Tuesday, September 25, at 7:00 pm at the Arts Exchange, 515 22nd St S. Refuge is part of Off the Wall, a series of dramatic presentations of the lives of St. Petersburg residents coordinated by Your Real Stories, a St. Pete nonprofit organization. Tickets are $15.
Jamsmina Kuljanac was born in the former Yugoslavia and fled the war that tore Yugoslavia apart when she was nine. She spent time in Poland and Germany and moved to St. Petersburg when she was fifteen. She learned English in a class in Germany and by watching MTV. Refuge is a dramatic presentation of Jasmina’s life as a refugee and how she faced prejudice and maneuvered successfully through different cultures. “It’s easy for me to relate to people,” Jasmina said, “because I had to really understand people to survive.” She has earned a BS in biology from USF, and now is a chemist for the city of St. Petersburg.
TUE, SEP 25 SOCIAL MEDIA ADVOCACY: Whether you’re using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn or even Snapchat, social media can be one of the most powerful tools in your advocacy toolbox. When leveraged effectively, social media can create opportunities to find, reach and engage advocates, recruit supporters, and connect with policy makers. Join the St. Pete League of Women Voters and Pinellas National Organization of Women to explore these topics. Participants will have the chance to dig deep in a breakout sections (Facebook 101, Twitter 101, or Advanced Facebook). Saturday, September 29 from 2:30 to 5 pm at the St Petersburg Main Library (3745 9th Ave N). Register online.
THU, SEP 27 WATER CONVERSATION: Water is the lifeblood of our state. From drinking to recreation to tourism, water influences the lives of every Floridian. How can be become effective stewards of this precious resource? Join the Florida Humanities Council for an engaging conversation between two of Florida’s most insightful writers on water. Cynthia Barnett and Jack Davis will share key passages from their books, discuss how they came to understand Florida’s water stories, and dialogue with the audience on questions related to Florida’s future. Thursday, 27 September from 5:30 to 6:30pm at USF St. Pete (200 6th Ave S). Contact Keith Simmons for more information by email or phone (727-873-2011). Register online for this free event.
MON, OCT 1 PRESENTATION & DISCUSSION: What would happen if the traditional African American Church, LGBTQ community, and progressives united around shared issues and causes? “Being in Relationship, we are Family” is an evening to explore this topic. Presentation by Cedric Harmon (Co-Director of Many Voices, a Black Church movement for gay & transgender justice). Discussion lead by Rev. J C. Pritchett (Faith Church), Dr. Sharon Groves (Auburn Seminary) and Bishop Darlene Garner (MCC minister and LGBT activist). Monday, 1 October at 6pm at King of Peace MCC (3150 5th Ave N). Reception to follow. Invite someone!
SAT, OCT 20 RETREAT: Florida United Church of Christ Women invites you to “In the Company of Women” Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Trinity United Church of Christ, (1150 49th St N), from 8:30am to 3:30pm. The theme is “This Means Love”.
Registration deadline is October 1st. The $20 cost includes breakfast, lunch, “This Means Love” workbook, and craft materials. Mail registration and check made payable to: FL UCC Women to: Barb Coons, 1419 SE 33rd Terrace, Cape Coral, FL 33904 or Register online.
SAT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Celebrate Outreach hosts Loaves and Fishes weekly breakfast at Trinity Lutheran church every Saturday morning. Volunteers serve a full hot meal to over 150 hungry people. The breakfast runs from 7:30 to 10:30am and volunteers can participate with some or all of the breakfast. Please contact Carol Shores to help.
CONTINUING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS
AA: In the Fellowship Hall Thursdays at 7:45 p.m.
ANNOUNCEMENTS WELCOME: To have an announcement put in the bulletin or weekly update, please turn it into the church office by Wednesday at noon. Email, or voicemail, as well as written material is welcome. The church is glad to share activities and news from members and friends.
THE BIBLE ON REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS: As Christians, we are called to love our neighbors. The Bible is unambiguous in calling us to welcome aliens and strangers in our land, and to love them as we love ourselves. In these times, let us listen to the voice of the still-speaking God. Visit ucc.org for a list of biblical references to immigrants and refugees.
CONTACTING YOUR REPRESENTATIVES IN WASHINGTON: If you are interested in calling, emailing or writing your representatives in congress, here is some contact information:

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Fran Whitney (at St. Anthony’s hospital), Genevieve Jackle,
Carolyn Moore, Ann Quinn, Willy Zessoules

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Weekly Update 5 September

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

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

COMMUNITY EVENTS

THU, SEP 6 BOYD HILL DEVELOPMENT: At its next meeting, the City Council will hear from the St. Petersburg Country Club to rezone land in Lakewood Estates for development. “Area D” is adjacent to Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, which carries out regular prescribed burns to clear invasive species, protect endangered species’ habitats and prevent wildfires. The Friends of Boyd Hill have asked that the land not be rezoned and the LUCC congregation wrote a letter to that effect as well. If you want to be heard in person, this is an opportunity to speak up. Thursday, 3pm at the St. Petersburg City Hall Council Chamber (175 5th St. N). 
SAT, SEP 8 RISE UP RINGING: We are woke to the need to change the dream of consumption and ring in a new dream of sustainability, equity, social justice, and beauty for all – no exceptions! The Peoples Climate Movement will lead a national mobilization for climate, jobs, and justice. Across the country, tens of thousands of people will show their power by hitting the streets, holding community forums, and educating voters about the issues – all to ensure that elected and private sector leaders make action on climate a priority. Look for the LUCC banner on Saturday, September 8 from 10 AM – 1:30 PM at Williams Park (330 2nd Ave N).
MON, SEP 10 GREEN GARDENING: There will be a Gardening to Reverse Global Warming workshop on Monday, September 10 at 6:30 PM – 8 PM at the Enoch D Davis Center, (1111 18th Ave S). The Sustainable Urban Agriculture Coalition’s free education session features Jennifer Andreani from the Pinellas Community Compost Alliance sharing how, through our home and garden projects, we can engage and promote some of the most potent solutions to actually reverse global warming. You’ll walk away with a clear outline to begin to take action right away.
MON, SEP 10 ECKERD LECTURE: Claudia Rankine—the Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry at Yale University, poet, playwright, essayist and author of “Citizen: An American Lyric”—has used her art to examine her relationship with her country and her compatriots. Her visceral collection of poetry, Citizen, won the PEN Open Book Award, the PEN Literary Award, the NAACP Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry (Citizen was the first book ever to be named a nominee in both the poetry and criticism categories). It also was a finalist for the National Book Award. Monday, September 10 at 7:30 – 8:30pm at Eckerd College, Fox Hall. This event is free and open to the public.
FRI, SEP 14 ECONOMIC INEQUALITY WORKSHOP: What does it mean when the Marathon Petroleum CEO Gary Heminger took home an astonishing 935 times more pay than an average employee in 2017? CEOs of the largest 350 companies make, on average, 271 times what a typical worker earns. Why is it so commonplace now to have this disconnect between CEO income and everyone else’s? Do you actually know anyone who is getting ahead, even people who are supposedly doing well, or is the American dream really lost? In this workshop you will learn more about Runaway Inequality and how it’s hurting our society. Gain tools for telling the story and ready yourself to fight back. Friday, September 14 from 6 to 9 PM at Allendale UMC (3803 Haines Rd N).
TUE, SEP 25 REFUGEE PLAY: “Refuge: The Story of St. Petersburg’s Jasmina Kuljanac” will be performed on Tuesday, September 25, at 7:00 pm at the Arts Exchange, 515 22nd St S. Refuge is part of Off the Wall, a series of dramatic presentations of the lives of St. Petersburg residents coordinated by Your Real Stories, a St. Pete nonprofit organization. Tickets are $15.
Jamsmina Kuljanac was born in the former Yugoslavia and fled the war that tore Yugoslavia apart when she was nine. She spent time in Poland and Germany and moved to St. Petersburg when she was fifteen. She learned English in a class in Germany and by watching MTV. Refuge is a dramatic presentation of Jasmina’s life as a refugee and how she faced prejudice and maneuvered successfully through different cultures. “It’s easy for me to relate to people,” Jasmina said, “because I had to really understand people to survive.” She has earned a BS in biology from USF, and now is a chemist for the city of St. Petersburg.
TUE, SEP 25 SOCIAL MEDIA ADVOCACY: Whether you’re using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn or even Snapchat, social media can be one of the most powerful tools in your advocacy toolbox. When leveraged effectively, social media can create opportunities to find, reach and engage advocates, recruit supporters, and connect with policy makers. Join the St. Pete League of Women Voters and Pinellas National Organization of Women to explore these topics. Participants will have the chance to dig deep in a breakout sections (Facebook 101, Twitter 101, or Advanced Facebook). Saturday, September 29 from 2:30 to 5 pm at the St Petersburg Main Library (3745 9th Ave N). Register online.
SAT, OCT 20 RETREAT: Florida United Church of Christ Women invites you to “In the Company of Women” Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Trinity United Church of Christ, (1150 49th St N), from 8:30am to 3:30pm. The theme is “This Means Love”.
Registration deadline is October 1st. The $20 cost includes breakfast, lunch, “This Means Love” workbook, and craft materials. Mail registration and check made payable to: FL UCC Women to: Barb Coons, 1419 SE 33rd Terrace, Cape Coral, FL 33904 or Register online.
SAT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Celebrate Outreach hosts Loaves and Fishes weekly breakfast at Trinity Lutheran church every Saturday morning. Volunteers serve a full hot meal to over 150 hungry people. The breakfast runs from 7:30 to 10:30am and volunteers can participate with some or all of the breakfast. Please contact Carol Shores to help.
CONTINUING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS
AA: In the Fellowship Hall Thursdays at 7:45 p.m.
ANNOUNCEMENTS WELCOME: To have an announcement put in the bulletin or weekly update, please turn it into the church office by Wednesday at noon. Email, or voicemail, as well as written material is welcome. The church is glad to share activities and news from members and friends.
THE BIBLE ON REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS: As Christians, we are called to love our neighbors. The Bible is unambiguous in calling us to welcome aliens and strangers in our land, and to love them as we love ourselves. In these times, let us listen to the voice of the still-speaking God. Visit ucc.org for a list of biblical references to immigrants and refugees.
CONTACTING YOUR REPRESENTATIVES IN WASHINGTON: If you are interested in calling, emailing or writing your representatives in congress, here is some contact information:

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Lakewood UCC responds to Lakewood Estates development plans

Lakewood UCC
2601 54th Ave S

To Whom It May Concern:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,

Lakewood United Church of Christ

 

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Weekly Update 29 August

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

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

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

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

COMMUNITY EVENTS

THU, AUG 30 GUN FORUM: One reason America seems unable to have a rational conversation about reducing gun violence is that the issue is steeped in myth and misinformation. Busting some of those myths is the focus of the forum titled Guns in America: Myth-Busting in Search of Solutions. It will be from 6 to 8:15 pm Aug 30 at the SPC Seminole Campus Conference Center, (9200 113th St N) Advance registration to the dinner event is required. Lead speaker will be Dr. John S. “Jack” Rozel, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh and co-author of a study of gun violence titled “The Link Between Mental Illness and Firearm Violence: Implications for Social Policy and Clinical Practice.”
SAT, SEP 8 RISE UP RINGING: We are woke to the need to change the dream of consumption and ring in a new dream of sustainability, equity, social justice, and beauty for all – no exceptions! The Peoples Climate Movement will lead a national mobilization for climate, jobs, and justice. Across the country, tens of thousands of people will show their power by hitting the streets, holding community forums, and educating voters about the issues – all to ensure that elected and private sector leaders make action on climate a priority. Saturday, September 8 from 10 AM – 1:30 PM at Williams Park (330 2nd Ave N).
SAT, OCT 20 RETREAT: Florida United Church of Christ Women invites you to “In the Company of Women” Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Trinity United Church of Christ, (1150 49th St N), from 8:30am to 3:30pm. The theme is “This Means Love”.
Registration deadline is October 1st. The $20 cost includes breakfast, lunch, “This Means Love” workbook, and craft materials. Mail registration and check made payable to: FL UCC Women to: Barb Coons, 1419 SE 33rd Terrace, Cape Coral, FL 33904 or Register online.
SAT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Celebrate Outreach hosts Loaves and Fishes weekly breakfast at Trinity Lutheran church every Saturday morning. Volunteers serve a full hot meal to over 150 hungry people. The breakfast runs from 7:30 to 10:30am and volunteers can participate with some or all of the breakfast. Please contact Carol Shores to help.
CONTINUING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS
AA: In the Fellowship Hall Thursdays at 7:45 p.m.
ANNOUNCEMENTS WELCOME: To have an announcement put in the bulletin or weekly update, please turn it into the church office by Wednesday at noon. Email, or voicemail, as well as written material is welcome. The church is glad to share activities and news from members and friends.
THE BIBLE ON REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS: As Christians, we are called to love our neighbors. The Bible is unambiguous in calling us to welcome aliens and strangers in our land, and to love them as we love ourselves. In these times, let us listen to the voice of the still-speaking God. Visit ucc.org for a list of biblical references to immigrants and refugees.
CONTACTING YOUR REPRESENTATIVES IN WASHINGTON: If you are interested in calling, emailing or writing your representatives in congress, here is some contact information:

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

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

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

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

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

givingELECTRONIC GIVING: The church offers several options for electronic giving. There are information sheets and sign up forms available in the sanctuary and the church office. For additional information, please contact the church office.
FREE BOOKS: Did you know that there are not only books to borrow in the church library but books being given away for free. Take a peek at the great selection. Many new titles have been added including a selection of books for children.
GUN VIOLENCE INFORMATION PAMPHLET: Copies of a Gun Violence information pamphlet are available. This resource was created by Grace Lewis of the LUCC congregation to educate the public about gun violence. They are located at the back of the sanctuary, or you can download one here. Please take them and share them.
Screenshot 2016-08-08 18.34.07NEW EZ PODCASTS!!! No downloading! Just click and play! Try it! Just click on the little orange circle with the white arrow in it. Only one click and it plays! Every week, a new podcast is posted on the church website. All our streamable podcasts are at https://soundcloud.com/luccpodcasts – please tell your friends who might enjoy listening! Keep checking back, more and more will be added each week.
recycle1RECYCLE: Recycle your print cartridges! At this time we cannot recycle toner cartridges, only inkjet cartridges. Keep it coming in! Many thanks to all who contribute to the church recycling. This income stream helps the ministry of the church.
USHERS NEEDED: Please see or email the church office if you would like to volunteer to usher for services.
WEBSITE — lakewooducc.org: Everything you always wanted to know about the church. Go ahead and ask. The information is probably at the church website. You can subscribe and have updates and comments automatically sent to your email address. See the homepage for details. You can also keep connected with on Facebook and on Twitter.
childrenYOUNG PEOPLE AT LAKEWOOD: Children and young people are a vital part of the LUCC family. School age children are invited to participate in Summer Sundays church services. Preschool children are welcome in the Nursery under the able care of Claudia Rodriguez following Children’s Time. Children and young people are an integral part of this church family and the intergenerational relationships that form in this small congregation are truly a blessing!
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Weekly Update 22 August

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

SUN, AUG 26 THIS SUNDAY: Rev. Dr. Melvin James of USF will preach. He is the author of God Bless America: Contemporary Analyses of Truth, Justice, and Compassion, and is an expert in race relations, politics, and christian theology. His sermon is titled “What do you do when all seems lost?” based on Job 1:13 -18 and Mt.14:22-31.

Summer Sundays Services are more informal and favorite hymns will be sung each week. Children attend the beginning of the service and may go to the Nursery following Children’s Time.

AUG 12 – 31 PASTOR AWAY: Rev. Wells will be away from August 12 – August 31. For pastoral care, please contact Sally Purvis (Aug. 12-15, 20-31) or Jim Andrews (Aug. 16-19).
WED, AUG 22 OPERATION ATTACK: Operation Attack is an ecumenical ministry housed at Lakeview Presbyterian Church in St. Petersburg offering food and clothing to families in the area. LUCC supports Operation Attack with donations as well as by volunteering one evening a month. The next Operation Attack volunteer night is tonight at 6:30pm. Items currently needed are:

Boys briefs/boxers: sizes 2 – Men’s 34 waist
Boys no show socks: S, M, L, & XL
Girls panties: sizes 4 – Women’s 6
Girls no show socks: S, M, & L

SUN, AUG 26 SUNDAY CELEBRATIONS: Carol Shores and Claudia Rodriguez will host this month’s potluck celebrating August birthdays. Please bring a dish to share.
SUN, SEP 2 THERE IS HOPE – COMMUNITY: There will be cards and other items available for sale on Sun. Sept. 2nd. The mission for September card sales is CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse).Ongoing ministry items needed: regular size or travel size hygiene supplies (e.g. shampoo, body wash, lotion, deodorant, toothpaste, kids shampoo, baby shampoo), gently used or new bath towels, composition books, pens, pencils. Also gently used or new clothing (specifically button down or polo style shirts, adult pants different sizes) Items will be given to various organizations in need.There is a box in back of sanctuary for items to be placed. See Wally LeBlanc for further information.
SUN, SEP 9 SUMMER SUNDAYS END: Regular Sundays resume on September 9. The choir will rehearse at 9am and sing in worship – all are welcome to join! Church School begins for school-aged children.
WED, SEP 12 GOD AND BEYOND CONTINUES: The Advisors are continuing to provide opportunities for discussion about the theological orientation of the church along with the faith statement and mission statement. The next gathering will be Wednesday Sept. 12 at 6:30 in the Fellowship Hall. The discussion will refer to Dan Brown’s book Origin. There will be discussion of the lecture given by Robert Langdon that is featured toward the beginning of the book. Copies of the material will be available on Sept. 9 for review. All are welcome!
FRI, SEP 21 PEACE DAY: September 21 will be the 36th international day of peace, a United Nations sanctioned holiday. The theme this year is “Right to peace”. Let Carol Shores know if you are interested in organizing a peace day event at LUCC.
SAT, OCT 20 CIRCUS MCGURKIS: Save the date for Circus McGurkis October 20th at Gibbs High School. Contact Yoko Nogami or Claire Stiles for volunteer opportunities.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

SUN, AUG 26 WOMEN’S EQUALITY DAY WALK: There will be a Unite for Justice Solidarity Walk around Mirror Lake on Sunday following morning worship. This is one of hundreds of events happening across the nation to demonstrate commitment to freedom and women’s rights to make decisions about their own bodies. The Walk is co-sponsored by Progress Florida, Pinellas National Organization for Women (NOW), Planned Parenthood St. Pete Leadership Action Team, Women’s March Pinellas, UniteWomen.org® FL, MoveOn, and NARAL Pro-Choice America.
TUE, AUG 28 VOTE: Please remember to vote in the primary election on 28 August. If you have any questions about the election, consider using the League of Women Voters’ voter guide website. It is a wealth of non-partisan information about local elections.
THU, AUG 30 GUN FORUM: One reason America seems unable to have a rational conversation about reducing gun violence is that the issue is steeped in myth and misinformation. Busting some of those myths is the focus of the forum titled Guns in America: Myth-Busting in Search of Solutions. IT will be from 6 to 8:15 p.m. Aug. 30 at the SPC Seminole Campus Conference Center, (9200 113th St N) Advance registration to the dinner event is required. Lead speaker will be Dr. John S. “Jack” Rozel, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh and co-author of a study of gun violence titled “The Link Between Mental Illness and Firearm Violence: Implications for Social Policy and Clinical Practice.”
SAT, OCT 20 RETREAT: Florida United Church of Christ Women invites you to In the Company of Women Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Trinity United Church of Christ, (1150 49th St N), from 8:30am to 3:30pm. The theme is “This Means Love”.
Registration deadline is October 1st. The $20 cost includes breakfast, lunch, “This Means Love” workbook, and craft materials. Mail registration and check made payable to: FL UCC Women to: Barb Coons, 1419 SE 33rd Terrace, Cape Coral, FL 33904 or Register online.
SAT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Celebrate Outreach hosts Loaves and Fishes weekly breakfast at Trinity Lutheran church every Saturday morning. Volunteers serve a full hot meal to over 150 hungry people. The breakfast runs from 7:30 to 10:30am and volunteers can participate with some or all of the breakfast. Please contact Carol Shores to help.
CONTINUING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS
AA: In the Fellowship Hall Thursdays at 7:45 p.m.
ANNOUNCEMENTS WELCOME: To have an announcement put in the bulletin or weekly update, please turn it into the church office by Wednesday at noon. Email, or voicemail, as well as written material is welcome. The church is glad to share activities and news from members and friends.
THE BIBLE ON REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS: As Christians, we are called to love our neighbors. The Bible is unambiguous in calling us to welcome aliens and strangers in our land, and to love them as we love ourselves. In these times, let us listen to the voice of the still-speaking God. Visit ucc.org for a list of biblical references to immigrants and refugees.
CONTACTING YOUR REPRESENTATIVES IN WASHINGTON: If you are interested in calling, emailing or writing your representatives in congress, here is some contact information:

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

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

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

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

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

givingELECTRONIC GIVING: The church offers several options for electronic giving. There are information sheets and sign up forms available in the sanctuary and the church office. For additional information, please contact the church office.
FREE BOOKS: Did you know that there are not only books to borrow in the church library but books being given away for free. Take a peek at the great selection. Many new titles have been added including a selection of books for children.
GUN VIOLENCE INFORMATION PAMPHLET: Copies of a Gun Violence information pamphlet are available. This resource was created by Grace Lewis of the LUCC congregation to educate the public about gun violence. They are located at the back of the sanctuary, or you can download one here. Please take them and share them.
Screenshot 2016-08-08 18.34.07NEW EZ PODCASTS!!! No downloading! Just click and play! Try it! Just click on the little orange circle with the white arrow in it. Only one click and it plays! Every week, a new podcast is posted on the church website. All our streamable podcasts are at https://soundcloud.com/luccpodcasts – please tell your friends who might enjoy listening! Keep checking back, more and more will be added each week.
recycle1RECYCLE: Recycle your print cartridges! At this time we cannot recycle toner cartridges, only inkjet cartridges. Keep it coming in! Many thanks to all who contribute to the church recycling. This income stream helps the ministry of the church.
USHERS NEEDED: Please see or email the church office if you would like to volunteer to usher for services.
WEBSITE — lakewooducc.org: Everything you always wanted to know about the church. Go ahead and ask. The information is probably at the church website. You can subscribe and have updates and comments automatically sent to your email address. See the homepage for details. You can also keep connected with on Facebook and on Twitter.
childrenYOUNG PEOPLE AT LAKEWOOD: Children and young people are a vital part of the LUCC family. School age children are invited to participate in Summer Sundays church services. Preschool children are welcome in the Nursery under the able care of Claudia Rodriguez following Children’s Time. Children and young people are an integral part of this church family and the intergenerational relationships that form in this small congregation are truly a blessing!
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Everytown for Gun Safety Releases ‘Gun Sense Candidate’ Lookup Tool

Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a part of Everytown, unveiled a lookup tool allowing voters to see if state and federal candidates have received a Moms Demand Action ‘Gun Sense Candidate’ distinction by satisfactorily completing a questionnaire and pledging to stand up for gun safety. The lookup tool, and more information on gun safety and getting involved, is available at: gunsensevoter.org.

The NRA gives candidates for office a letter grade indicating how good (or bad) the lawmaker is on gun issues. In the estimation of the NRA, an A-plus grade indicates that a lawmaker would be highly unlikely to support new gun restrictions. A lawmaker who regularly backed new gun laws would earn an F. Although the NRA has erased past candidate grades from it’s website, they are available for download here.

More and more candidates are actively running on gun safety platforms. Moms Demand Action volunteers have been distributing questionnaires to candidates across the country and educating them on key policies and what it means to be a Gun Sense Candidate. To date, more than 2,600 candidates have sought and received a Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate distinction this cycle. Incumbents, challengers or open seat candidates for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, State Senate, State House, the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives are eligible.

So far, there are Gun Sense Candidates in 46 states ― red, blue and purple. Criteria on the questionnaires for receiving the distinction includes a candidate’s stance on background checks and disarming domestic abusers. Criteria also includes stances on concealed carry reciprocity for federal candidates and red flag laws for state candidates. Everytown will continue to evaluate questionnaires and award the distinction to additional candidates in the coming weeks.

Moms Demand Action and Everytown are all in on the midterm elections, and the Gun Sense Candidate distinction program is just one example that gun safety and gun violence prevention are winning issues that candidates across the country are running on.

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Weekly Update 15 August

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

SUN, AUG 19 THIS SUNDAY: Rev. Victoria Long will be preaching on Sunday August 19 while Rev. Wells is away. The congregation is grateful for her ministry!

Summer Sundays Services are more informal and favorite hymns will be sung each week. Children attend the beginning of the service and may go to the Nursery following Children’s Time.

AUG 12 – 31 PASTOR AWAY: Rev. Wells will be away from August 12 – August 31. For pastoral care, please contact Sally Purvis (Aug. 12-15, 20-31) or Jim Andrews (Aug. 16-19).
WED, AUG 15 WEDDING: Congratulations are extended to Angela Wells and Andy Bean who will be married in Edinburgh, Scotland today.  Many blessings to them!
WED, AUG 22 OPERATION ATTACK: Operation Attack is an ecumenical ministry housed at Lakeview Presbyterian Church in St. Petersburg offering food and clothing to families in the area. LUCC supports Operation Attack with donations as well as by volunteering one evening a month. The next Operation Attack volunteer night is 22 August at 6:30pm. Items currently needed are:

Boys briefs/boxers: sizes 2 – Men’s 34 waist
Boys no show socks: S, M, L, & XL
Girls panties: sizes 4 – Women’s 6
Girls no show socks: S, M, & L

SUN, AUG 26 SUNDAY CELEBRATIONS: Carol Shores and Claudia Rodriguez will host this months potluck celebrating August birthdays. Please bring a dish to share.
SUN, SEP 2 THERE IS HOPE – COMMUNITY: There will be cards and other items available for sale on Sun. Sept. 2nd. The mission for September card sales is CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse).Ongoing ministry items needed: regular size or travel size hygiene supplies (e.g. shampoo, body wash, lotion, deodorant, toothpaste, kids shampoo, baby shampoo), gently used or new bath towels, composition books, pens, pencils. Also gently used or new clothing (specifically button down or polo style shirts, adult pants different sizes) Items will be given to various organizations in need.There is a box in back of sanctuary for items to be placed. See Wally LeBlanc for further information.
SUN, SEP 9 SUMMER SUNDAYS END: Regular Sundays resume on September 9. The choir will rehearse at 9am and sing in worship – all are welcome to join! Church School begins for school-aged children.
WED, SEP 12 GOD AND BEYOND CONTINUES: The Advisors are continuing to provide opportunities for discussion about the theological orientation of the church along with the faith statement and mission statement. The next gathering will be Wednesday Sept. 12 at 6:30 in the Fellowship Hall. The discussion will refer to Dan Brown’s book Origin. There will be discussion of the lecture given by Robert Langdon that is featured toward the beginning of the book. Copies of the material will be available on Sept. 9 for review. All are welcome!
FRI, SEP 21 PEACE DAY: September 21 will be the 36th international day of peace, a United Nations sanctioned holiday. The theme this year is “Right to peace”. Let Carol Shores know if you are interested in organizing a peace day event at LUCC.
SAT, OCT 20 CIRCUS MCGURKIS: Save the date for Circus McGurkis October 20th at Gibbs High School. Contact Yoko Nogami or Claire Stiles for volunteer opportunities.
WESTMINSTER LUNCH: There will be no lunch at Westminster Suncoast in August, Pastor Wells will be in Scotland for her daughter’s wedding.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

THU, AUG 9 ACTION PLANNING: In one month, Peoples Climate Movement and partners like 350.org, Sierra Club, GreenFaith, Service Employees International Union, and others from around the world are bringing together tens of thousands of people to show our leaders that we demand action on climate, jobs, and justice. With your help we can make this day a big success. Do you have any great ideas!? Want to help out? Ready to take action beyond attending the event? Please come to help organize Rise Up Ringing: Friday, August 17, 7pm. We will be meeting in person and by Zoom. Please RSVP to Michael for location or join the meeting with computer or phone: dial: +1 669 900 6833 or +1 929 436 2866 and use Meeting ID: 287 719 4100.
TUE, AUG 21 DOCUMENTARY FILM: Chasing Ice, a time-lapse record of the Arctic icecap undergoing dramatic shrinkage in Earth’s rapidly-warming climate, will be screened on Aug. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the SPC STEM Center, (4723 Bay Pines Terrace). Admission is free, but seating is limited and advance registration is required. Of special note is Director James Blalog’s footage of the calving of the Ilulissat Glacier in western Greenland, when 1.8 cubic miles of ice broke off in skyscraper-sized chunks over 75 minutes.
TUE, AUG 28 VOTE: Please remember to vote in the primary election on 28 August. If you have any questions about the election, consider using the League of Women Voters’ voter guide website. It is a wealth of non-partisan information about local elections.
THU, AUG 30 GUN FORUM: One reason America seems unable to have a rational conversation about reducing gun violence is that the issue is steeped in myth and misinformation. Busting some of those myths is the focus of the forum titled Guns in America: Myth-Busting in Search of Solutions. IT will be from 6 to 8:15 p.m. Aug. 30 at the SPC Seminole Campus Conference Center, (9200 113th St N) Advance registration to the dinner event is required. Lead speaker will be Dr. John S. “Jack” Rozel, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh and co-author of a study of gun violence titled “The Link Between Mental Illness and Firearm Violence: Implications for Social Policy and Clinical Practice.”
SAT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Celebrate Outreach hosts Loaves and Fishes weekly breakfast at Trinity Lutheran church every Saturday morning. Volunteers serve a full hot meal to over 150 hungry people. The breakfast runs from 7:30 to 10:30am and volunteers can participate with some or all of the breakfast. Please contact Carol Shores to help.
CONTINUING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS
AA: In the Fellowship Hall Thursdays at 7:45 p.m.
ANNOUNCEMENTS WELCOME: To have an announcement put in the bulletin or weekly update, please turn it into the church office by Wednesday at noon. Email, or voicemail, as well as written material is welcome. The church is glad to share activities and news from members and friends.
THE BIBLE ON REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS: As Christians, we are called to love our neighbors. The Bible is unambiguous in calling us to welcome aliens and strangers in our land, and to love them as we love ourselves. In these times, let us listen to the voice of the still-speaking God. Visit ucc.org for a list of biblical references to immigrants and refugees.
CONTACTING YOUR REPRESENTATIVES IN WASHINGTON: If you are interested in calling, emailing or writing your representatives in congress, here is some contact information:

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

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

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

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

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

givingELECTRONIC GIVING: The church offers several options for electronic giving. There are information sheets and sign up forms available in the sanctuary and the church office. For additional information, please contact the church office.
FREE BOOKS: Did you know that there are not only books to borrow in the church library but books being given away for free. Take a peek at the great selection. Many new titles have been added including a selection of books for children.
GUN VIOLENCE INFORMATION PAMPHLET: Copies of a Gun Violence information pamphlet are available. This resource was created by Grace Lewis of the LUCC congregation to educate the public about gun violence. They are located at the back of the sanctuary, or you can download one here. Please take them and share them.
Screenshot 2016-08-08 18.34.07NEW EZ PODCASTS!!! No downloading! Just click and play! Try it! Just click on the little orange circle with the white arrow in it. Only one click and it plays! Every week, a new podcast is posted on the church website. All our streamable podcasts are at https://soundcloud.com/luccpodcasts – please tell your friends who might enjoy listening! Keep checking back, more and more will be added each week.
recycle1RECYCLE: Recycle your print cartridges! At this time we cannot recycle toner cartridges, only inkjet cartridges. Keep it coming in! Many thanks to all who contribute to the church recycling. This income stream helps the ministry of the church.
USHERS NEEDED: Please see or email the church office if you would like to volunteer to usher for services.
WEBSITE — lakewooducc.org: Everything you always wanted to know about the church. Go ahead and ask. The information is probably at the church website. You can subscribe and have updates and comments automatically sent to your email address. See the homepage for details. You can also keep connected with on Facebook and on Twitter.
childrenYOUNG PEOPLE AT LAKEWOOD: Children and young people are a vital part of the LUCC family. School age children are invited to participate in Summer Sundays church services. Preschool children are welcome in the Nursery under the able care of Claudia Rodriguez following Children’s Time. Children and young people are an integral part of this church family and the intergenerational relationships that form in this small congregation are truly a blessing!


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Weekly Update 9 August

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

SUN, AUG 5 THIS SUNDAY: We live in busy times and we are bombarded by information. Think of that word, “bomb”arded. It’s as though we are being bombed continuously by events and news and updates. No relief. Church is a place to pause. To look out and see a bigger picture. To look in and connect. This Sunday is a time to think about dreams. What were your hopes and dreams when you were younger? What are they now? Are your dreams guiding your life? Can you remember what is was like to follow your dreams? You’re invited to prepare by reading Ephesians 4:1-16 and John 6:24-35.

Public schools open for students on Monday Aug. 13.  In church on Sunday Aug. 12 there will be a special blessing of the students and teachers of the congregation.  Please plan to be part of surrounding those involved with education with your support and love.

Summer Sundays Services are more informal and favorite hymns will be sung each week. Children attend the beginning of the service and may go to the Nursery following Children’s Time.

AUG 12 – 31
PASTOR AWAY: Rev. Wells will be away from August 12 – August 31. For pastoral care, please contact Sally Purvis (Aug. 12-15, 20-31) or Jim Andrews (Aug. 16-19). Rev. Victoria Long will be preaching on Sunday August 19. The congregation is grateful for their ministry!
MON, AUG 13
SCHOOL BEGINS: Blessings to the teachers, students, & parents of the LUCC congregation as school begins August 13.
WED, AUG 15
WEDDING: Congratulations are extended to Angela Wells and Andy Bean who will be married in Edinburgh, Scotland on Wednesday Aug. 15.  Many blessings to them!
WED, AUG 22
OPERATION ATTACK: Operation Attack is an ecumenical ministry housed at Lakeview Presbyterian Church in St. Petersburg offering food and clothing to families in the area. LUCC supports Operation Attack with donations as well as by volunteering one evening a month.The next Operation Attack volunteer night is 22 August at 6:30pm. Items currently needed are:
Boys briefs/boxers: sizes 2 – Men’s 34 waist
Boys no show socks: S, M, L, & XL
Girls panties: sizes 4 – Women’s 6
Girls no show socks: S, M, & L
Contact Ian Blair-Catala for more information.
SUN, SEP 2 THERE IS HOPE – COMMUNITY: There will be cards and other items available for sale on Sun. Sept. 2nd. The mission for September card sales is CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse).

Ongoing ministry items needed: regular size or travel size hygiene supplies (e.g. shampoo, body wash, lotion, deodorant, toothpaste, kids shampoo, baby shampoo), gently used or new bath towels, composition books, pens, pencils. Also gently used or new clothing (specifically button down or polo style shirts, adult pants different sizes) Items will be given to various organizations in need.There is a box in back of sanctuary for items to be placed. See Wally LeBlanc for further information.

WED, SEP 12 GOD AND BEYOND CONTINUES: The Advisors are continuing to provide opportunities for discussion about the theological orientation of the church along with the faith statement and mission statement. The next gathering will be Wednesday Sept. 12 at 6:30 in the Fellowship Hall. The discussion will refer to Dan Brown’s book Origin. There will be discussion of the lecture given by Robert Langdon that is featured toward the beginning of the book. Copies of the material will be available on Sept. 9 for review. All are welcome!
FRI, SEP 21 PEACE DAY: September 21 will be the 36th international day of peace, a United Nations sanctioned holiday. The theme this year is “Right to peace”. Let Carol Shores know if you are interested in organizing a peace day event at LUCC.
SAT, OCT 20 CIRCUS MCGURKIS: Save the date for Circus McGurkis October 20th at Gibbs High School. Contact Yoko Nogami or Claire Stiles for volunteer opportunities.
WESTMINSTER LUNCH: There will be no lunch at Westminster Suncoast in August, Pastor Wells will be in Scotland for her daughter’s wedding.
CREATION JUSTICE UPDATE: The Creation Justice Task Force at LUCC has many projects and initiatives in the works. Follow the link to find out more about this exciting ministry.
NAME TAGS: If you want or are in need of a name tag please contact or see Wally LeBlanc so he can make one for you.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

THU, AUG 9 JUSTICE FIRST TOUR: Southern communities are on the frontlines of the climate crisis in the US, bearing the greatest impacts of an economic system of exploitation that continues to concentrate power and wealth into the hands of a few. Now, more than ever, we need to come together and unite in one voice for climate justice and stand together to advance long-term solutions that put justice first and lift frontline communities up. The Justice First Tour calls for a strong network of grassroots organizations working together to advance climate justice with a focus on 100% clean energy for 100% of the people. The tour will feature local community leaders/speakers who will talk about local Justice issues (immigration, women’s rights, climate justice, jobs, etc.), to inspire a dialogue among participating citizens and organizations, seeking to find solutions to these issues in an intersectional way. August 9 6-8 pm, at Unity of Tampa (3302 W Horatio St, Tampa).
SAT, AUG 11 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Celebrate Outreach hosts Loaves and Fishes weekly breakfast at Trinity Lutheran church every Saturday morning. Volunteers serve a full hot meal to over 150 hungry people. The breakfast runs from 7:30 to 10:30am and volunteers can participate with some or all of the breakfast. Please contact Carol Shores to help.
TUE, AUG 14 SUSTAINABILITY SUMMIT: The City of St. Petersburg 2018 Sustainability Summit will explore how we get to 100% Clean Energy. The Integrated Sustainability Action Plan (ISAP) is well underway in advancing our city’s sustainability and resiliency initiatives, including a greenhouse gas emissions inventory and a roadmap for achieving 100% Clean Energy. You are invited to the 2018 Sustainability Summit to find out more and share your ideas, suggestions, and strategies to advance the sustainability goals of St. Petersburg. August 14, 2018 3-7:30 p.m.
Childs Park YMCA, (691 43rd St. S).
TUE, AUG 28 VOTE: Please remember to vote in the primary election on 28 August.
CONTINUING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS
AA: In the Fellowship Hall Thursdays at 7:45 p.m.
ANNOUNCEMENTS WELCOME: To have an announcement put in the bulletin or weekly update, please turn it into the church office by Wednesday at noon. Email, or voicemail, as well as written material is welcome. The church is glad to share activities and news from members and friends.
THE BIBLE ON REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS: As Christians, we are called to love our neighbors. The Bible is unambiguous in calling us to welcome aliens and strangers in our land, and to love them as we love ourselves. In these times, let us listen to the voice of the still-speaking God. Visit ucc.org for a list of biblical references to immigrants and refugees.
CONTACTING YOUR REPRESENTATIVES IN WASHINGTON: If you are interested in calling, emailing or writing your representatives in congress, here is some contact information:

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

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

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

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

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

givingELECTRONIC GIVING: The church offers several options for electronic giving. There are information sheets and sign up forms available in the sanctuary and the church office. For additional information, please contact the church office.
FREE BOOKS: Did you know that there are not only books to borrow in the church library but books being given away for free. Take a peek at the great selection. Many new titles have been added including a selection of books for children.
GUN VIOLENCE INFORMATION PAMPHLET: Copies of a Gun Violence information pamphlet are available. This resource was created by Grace Lewis of the LUCC congregation to educate the public about gun violence. They are located at the back of the sanctuary, or you can download one here. Please take them and share them.
Screenshot 2016-08-08 18.34.07NEW EZ PODCASTS!!! No downloading! Just click and play! Try it! Just click on the little orange circle with the white arrow in it. Only one click and it plays! Every week, a new podcast is posted on the church website. All our streamable podcasts are at https://soundcloud.com/luccpodcasts – please tell your friends who might enjoy listening! Keep checking back, more and more will be added each week.
recycle1RECYCLE: Recycle your print cartridges! At this time we cannot recycle toner cartridges, only inkjet cartridges. Keep it coming in! Many thanks to all who contribute to the church recycling. This income stream helps the ministry of the church.
USHERS NEEDED: Please see or email the church office if you would like to volunteer to usher for services.
WEBSITE — lakewooducc.org: Everything you always wanted to know about the church. Go ahead and ask. The information is probably at the church website. You can subscribe and have updates and comments automatically sent to your email address. See the homepage for details. You can also keep connected with on Facebook and on Twitter.
childrenYOUNG PEOPLE AT LAKEWOOD: Children and young people are a vital part of the LUCC family. School age children are invited to participate in Summer Sundays church services. Preschool children are welcome in the Nursery under the able care of Claudia Rodriguez following Children’s Time. Children and young people are an integral part of this church family and the intergenerational relationships that form in this small congregation are truly a blessing!


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Fran Whitney, Genevieve Jackle, Mary Beth Lewis,
Carolyn Moore, Ann Quinn, Willy Zessoules

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Weekly Update 2 August

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

SUN, AUG 5 THIS SUNDAY: It’s been in the news every day lately.  Stand your ground.  What does it mean for someone who follows Jesus to “stand your ground”?  That’s the topic for Sunday guided by John 6:1-21 and Ephesians 3:14-21.

Summer Sundays Services are more informal and favorite hymns will be sung each week. Children attend the beginning of the service and may go to the Nursery following Children’s Time.

SUN, AUG 5
COMMUNION:  All are welcome to participate in communion at Lakewood UCC, children at the discretion of the adults who brought them. The communion offering goes to the Special Needs Fund, used to help people in our community and the congregation with basic necessities such as food, rent, utilities, and prescription medication costs. Recently there has been great need for these funds, please help as you are able knowing that your gift will be a blessing to someone in need.
SUN, AUG 5 ADVISORS MEETING: The Advisors will meet following worship on Sunday, all are welcome to attend.
SAT, OCT 20 CIRCUS MCGURKIS: Save the date for Circus McGurkis October 20th at Gibbs High School. Contact Yoko Nogami or Claire Stiles for volunteer opportunities.
WESTMINSTER LUNCH: There will be no lunch at Westminster Suncoast in August, Pastor Wells will be in Scotland for her daughter’s wedding.
CREATION JUSTICE UPDATE: The Creation Justice Task Force at LUCC has many projects and initiatives in the works. Follow the link to find out more about this exciting ministry.
NAME TAGS: If you want or are in need of a name tag please contact or see Wally LeBlanc so he can make one for you.
OPERATION ATTACK: Operation Attack is an ecumenical ministry housed at Lakeview Presbyterian Church in St. Petersburg offering food and clothing to families in the area. LUCC supports Operation Attack with donations as well as by volunteering one evening a month. Contact Ian Blair-Catala for upcoming volunteer dates.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

SUN, AUG 5 FARMWORKER DEMONSTRATION: Join Immokalee farmworkers and allies from around the Tampa Bay area for a march on Publix and Wendy’s to demand that both Fair Food holdouts do their part to end human rights abuses in agriculture by joining the award-winning Fair Food Program! Students from March for Our Lives Tampa Bay will join CIW farmworkers and allies in turning up the heat on Publix following the supermarket’s contributions to NRA-supported politicians, calling on Florida’s largest grocer to do its part to end violence in its supply chain and in society. Having halted its political contribution program in response to students’ brilliant organizing, Publix must join the Fair Food Program to take a key step further in building a safer, fairer Florida!  3pm Sunday at Allendale United Methodist Church (3803 Haines Rd).
MON, AUG 6 TIDAL TOWN HALL: Come hear what local candidates have to say about tackling sea level rise and related environmental solutions. This panel discussion will be moderated by Bianca Graulau, a local reporter for CBS, and is hosted by Food & Water Watch, Rethink Energy Florida, First Street Foundation as well as several local organizations. The Forum is August 6th, at the Sunshine Center (330 5th St N) and is free and open to the public, you are encouraged to attend and to invite others. For more information visit FaceBookemail or call (516) 724-2759. Candidates from the following races have confirmed that they will participate: Congressional District 13, 15, and 16; State Senate 16; Sate House 61, 67, 70, 71, 72, 73, and 74.
TUE, AUG 14 JUSTICE FIRST TOUR: Southern communities are on the frontlines of the climate crisis in the US, bearing the greatest impacts of an economic system of exploitation that continues to concentrate power and wealth into the hands of a few. Now, more than ever, we need to come together and unite in one voice for climate justice and stand together to advance long-term solutions that put justice first and lift frontline communities up. The Justice First Tour calls for a strong network of grassroots organizations working together to advance climate justice with a focus on 100% clean energy for 100% of the people. The tour will feature local community leaders/speakers who will talk about local Justice issues (immigration, women’s rights, climate justice, jobs, etc.), to inspire a dialogue among participating citizens and organizations, seeking to find solutions to these issues in an intersectional way. August 9 6-8 pm, at Unity of Tampa (3302 W Horatio St, Tampa).
TUE, AUG 14 SUSTAINABILITY SUMMIT: The City of St. Petersburg 2018 Sustainability Summit will explore how we get to 100% Clean Energy. The Integrated Sustainability Action Plan (ISAP) is well underway in advancing our city’s sustainability and resiliency initiatives, including a greenhouse gas emissions inventory and a roadmap for achieving 100% Clean Energy. You are invited to the 2018 Sustainability Summit to find out more and share your ideas, suggestions, and strategies to advance the sustainability goals of St. Petersburg. August 14, 2018 3-7:30 p.m.
Childs Park YMCA, (691 43rd St. S).
CONTINUING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS
AA: In the Fellowship Hall Thursdays at 7:45 p.m.
ANNOUNCEMENTS WELCOME: To have an announcement put in the bulletin or weekly update, please turn it into the church office by Wednesday at noon. Email, or voicemail, as well as written material is welcome. The church is glad to share activities and news from members and friends.
THE BIBLE ON REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS: As Christians, we are called to love our neighbors. The Bible is unambiguous in calling us to welcome aliens and strangers in our land, and to love them as we love ourselves. In these times, let us listen to the voice of the still-speaking God. Visit ucc.org for a list of biblical references to immigrants and refugees.
CONTACTING YOUR REPRESENTATIVES IN WASHINGTON: If you are interested in calling, emailing or writing your representatives in congress, here is some contact information:

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

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

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

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

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

givingELECTRONIC GIVING: The church offers several options for electronic giving. There are information sheets and sign up forms available in the sanctuary and the church office. For additional information, please contact the church office.
FREE BOOKS: Did you know that there are not only books to borrow in the church library but books being given away for free. Take a peek at the great selection. Many new titles have been added including a selection of books for children.
GUN VIOLENCE INFORMATION PAMPHLET: Copies of a Gun Violence information pamphlet are available. This resource was created by Grace Lewis of the LUCC congregation to educate the public about gun violence. They are located at the back of the sanctuary, or you can download one here. Please take them and share them.
Screenshot 2016-08-08 18.34.07NEW EZ PODCASTS!!! No downloading! Just click and play! Try it! Just click on the little orange circle with the white arrow in it. Only one click and it plays! Every week, a new podcast is posted on the church website. All our streamable podcasts are at https://soundcloud.com/luccpodcasts – please tell your friends who might enjoy listening! Keep checking back, more and more will be added each week.
recycle1RECYCLE: Recycle your print cartridges! At this time we cannot recycle toner cartridges, only inkjet cartridges. Keep it coming in! Many thanks to all who contribute to the church recycling. This income stream helps the ministry of the church.
USHERS NEEDED: Please see or email the church office if you would like to volunteer to usher for services.
WEBSITE — lakewooducc.org: Everything you always wanted to know about the church. Go ahead and ask. The information is probably at the church website. You can subscribe and have updates and comments automatically sent to your email address. See the homepage for details. You can also keep connected with on Facebook and on Twitter.
childrenYOUNG PEOPLE AT LAKEWOOD: Children and young people are a vital part of the LUCC family. School age children are invited to participate in Summer Sundays church services. Preschool children are welcome in the Nursery under the able care of Claudia Rodriguez following Children’s Time. Children and young people are an integral part of this church family and the intergenerational relationships that form in this small congregation are truly a blessing!


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Mary Beth Lewis, Carolyn Moore, Ann Quinn, Willy Zessoules

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Weekly Update July 26

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

SUN, JUL 29 THIS SUNDAY: This Sunday is a time to reflect on the role of religion. What is the purpose of religion in today’s world?  Is religion loosing it’s capacity for a positive impact on society?  Second Samuel 11:1 – 12:13a tells one of the seamiest stories in the Bible.  We’ll see what it has to offer to a conversation about religion today.

Summer Sundays Services are more informal and favorite hymns will be sung each week. Children attend the beginning of the service and may go to the Nursery following Children’s Time.

CONGRATULATIONS: Congratulations are extended to the Rev. Mardie Chapman of the LUCC family who was married on July 13.  Mardie’s living at Westminster Palms downtown.
SUN JUL 29 SUNDAY CELEBRATIONS: This potluck lunch will give the opportunity for fellowship and celebration of July birthdays. Many thanks to Willy LaBlanc and Patti Cooksey for hosting.
THU JUL 26 LEWIS FAMILY: After a month of Montessori training in North Carolina, Grace Lewis and family have returned! Grace will be back working in the Church Office beginning tomorrow. WELCOME BACK, Grace! You have been missed!
THU JUL 26 A/C UPDATE: The work is almost done on the new air conditioning systems at the church.  Not only will this make the building more comfortable but it will use less electricity, saving the church money and making less of a contribution to global warming. MANY thanks to Ron Huff for overseeing this work and to all those in the church family that donated the money to make this possible!
CREATION JUSTICE UPDATE: The Creation Justice Task Force at LUCC has many projects and initiatives in the works. Follow the link to find out more about this exciting ministry.
NAME TAGS: If you want or are in need of a name tag please contact or see Wally LeBlanc so he can make one for you.
OPERATION ATTACK: Operation Attack is an ecumenical ministry housed at Lakeview Presbyterian Church in St. Petersburg offering food and clothing to families in the area. LUCC supports Operation Attack with donations as well as by volunteering one evening a month. Contact Ian Blair-Catala for upcoming volunteer dates.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

MON, JUL 30 SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATES: Meet the candidates running for Pinellas County School Board at SPC Gibbs (6605 5th Ave N) from 6-8pm on Monday July 30th.
MON, AUG 6 TIDAL TOWN HALL: Come hear what local candidates have to say about tackling sea level rise and related environmental solutions. This panel discussion will be moderated by Bianca Graulau, a local reporter for CBS, and is hosted by Food & Water Watch, Rethink Energy Florida, First Street Foundation as well as several local organizations. The Forum is August 6th, at the Sunshine Center (330 5th St N) and is free and open to the public, you are encouraged to attend and to invite others. For more information visit FaceBookemail or call (516) 724-2759.
Candidates from the following races have confirmed that they will participate:
Congressional District 13, 15, and 16; State Senate 16; Sate House 61, 67, 70, 71, 72, 73, and 74.
TUE, AUG 14 SUSTAINABILITY SUMMIT: The City of St. Petersburg 2018 Sustainability Summit will explore how we get to 100% Clean Energy. The Integrated Sustainability Action Plan (ISAP) is well underway in advancing our city’s sustainability and resiliency initiatives, including a greenhouse gas emissions inventory and a roadmap for achieving 100% Clean Energy. You are invited to the 2018 Sustainability Summit to find out more and share your ideas, suggestions, and strategies to advance the sustainability goals of St. Petersburg. August 14, 2018 3-7:30 p.m.
Childs Park YMCA, (691 43rd St. S).
CONTINUING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS
AA: In the Fellowship Hall Thursdays at 7:45 p.m.
ANNOUNCEMENTS WELCOME: To have an announcement put in the bulletin or weekly update, please turn it into the church office by Wednesday at noon. Email, or voicemail, as well as written material is welcome. The church is glad to share activities and news from members and friends.
THE BIBLE ON REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS: As Christians, we are called to love our neighbors. The Bible is unambiguous in calling us to welcome aliens and strangers in our land, and to love them as we love ourselves. In these times, let us listen to the voice of the still-speaking God. Visit ucc.org for a list of biblical references to immigrants and refugees.
CONTACTING YOUR REPRESENTATIVES IN WASHINGTON: If you are interested in calling, emailing or writing your representatives in congress, here is some contact information:

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

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

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

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

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

givingELECTRONIC GIVING: The church offers several options for electronic giving. There are information sheets and sign up forms available in the sanctuary and the church office. For additional information, please contact the church office.
FREE BOOKS: Did you know that there are not only books to borrow in the church library but books being given away for free. Take a peek at the great selection. Many new titles have been added including a selection of books for children.
GUN VIOLENCE INFORMATION PAMPHLET: Copies of a Gun Violence information pamphlet are available. This resource was created by Grace Lewis of the LUCC congregation to educate the public about gun violence. They are located at the back of the sanctuary, or you can download one here. Please take them and share them.
Screenshot 2016-08-08 18.34.07NEW EZ PODCASTS!!! No downloading! Just click and play! Try it! Just click on the little orange circle with the white arrow in it. Only one click and it plays! Every week, a new podcast is posted on the church website. All our streamable podcasts are at https://soundcloud.com/luccpodcasts – please tell your friends who might enjoy listening! Keep checking back, more and more will be added each week.
recycle1RECYCLE: Recycle your print cartridges! At this time we cannot recycle toner cartridges, only inkjet cartridges. Keep it coming in! Many thanks to all who contribute to the church recycling. This income stream helps the ministry of the church.
USHERS NEEDED: Please see or email the church office if you would like to volunteer to usher for services.
WEBSITE — lakewooducc.org: Everything you always wanted to know about the church. Go ahead and ask. The information is probably at the church website. You can subscribe and have updates and comments automatically sent to your email address. See the homepage for details. You can also keep connected with on Facebook and on Twitter.
childrenYOUNG PEOPLE AT LAKEWOOD: Children and young people are a vital part of the LUCC family. School age children are invited to participate in Summer Sundays church services. Preschool children are welcome in the Nursery under the able care of Claudia Rodriguez following Children’s Time. Children and young people are an integral part of this church family and the intergenerational relationships that form in this small congregation are truly a blessing!


CIRCLE OF CONCERN

Fran Whitney, Ann Rogers, Deedee Young, Genevieve Jackle,
Carolyn Moore, Ann Quinn, Willy Zessoules

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Update from Creation Justice Task Force

UPDATE from the CREATION JUSTICE TASK FORCE

July 19, 2018 Meeting

Paper Recycling Container

PAINT CONTAINER AND CREATE ENVIRONMENTAL FRIENDLY MESSAGE ON IT!  Will recruit church members to help.

Creation of Green Practices CHECKLIST 

REMINDERS WHEN USING FELLOWSHIP HALL AND CHURCH PROPERTY OR EVENTS – Coming Soon

Raise Awareness of Green Practices at LUCC

WALLY – Presentation on “Wasteful Society” at Sunday Celebrations on SEPTEMBER 30TH 

PLACE STICKERS “LANDFILL” ON ALL REGULAR GARBAGE CANS IN CHURCH AND FELLOWSHIP HALL.

PLACE ENVIRONMENTAL QUOTE IN BULLETIN ON A REGULAR BASIS – All are welcome to submit quotes via email or in writing to Pastor Kim

Writing of Creation Justice Covenant Statement

DANA COSPER AND CLAIRE STILES WILL WORK ON THIS STATEMENT in early August  – Review by Advisors and then will come to congregation for discussion and approval this fall

Greening of church property

PLANTING OF LOW GROWING TREES ON FRONT LAWN NEAR CROSS AREA.  NOT TOO NEAR BUILDING.  Task Force is looking into possible choices of plants and trees.

INCREASING PARTICIPATION AMONG CHURCH MEMBERS AND FRIENDS

1.  Invite individuals to participate in a specific initiative

2.  Speak to groups like choir, church school, book club, etc. for ideas 

3.  Ask for help and update congregation via LUCC Weekly Update 

Are you interested in attending ?

August 14 – Sustainability Summit

Sept. 8 – Rise Up for Climate Jobs and Justice

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Weekly Update July 18

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Weekly Update 11 July

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

SUN, JUL

15

THIS SUNDAY:   This Sunday the theme is “The Pursuit of Happiness.”  What does it mean to be happy?  Many sources have many answers.  What does the lens of Christianity have to say about this?

Summer Sundays Services are more informal and favorite hymns will be sung each week. Children attend the beginning of the service and may go to the Nursery following Children’s Time.

SUN, JUL 15 ADVISORS MEETING: The advisors will meet following worship on Sunday July 15th. All are welcome to attend.
WED, JUL 18 WESTMINSTER SUNCOAST LUNCH: The next luncheon for residents of Westminster Shores and Suncoast will be Wednesday July 18th at 11:30 in the private dining room at Westminster Suncoast.
THU, JUL 19 CREATION JUSTICE MEETING: The group will meet Thursday, July 19th at 1pm. All are welcome to participate.
SUN, JUL 22 GOD AND BEYOND: The Advisors are hosting a conversation about God and beyond that will inform work being done to update the Constitution (including the Mission Statement) and By-laws of Lakewood UCC on Sunday July 22nd from 9 – 10 am in the Fellowship Hall.
NAME TAGS: If you want or are in need of a name tag please contact or see Wally LeBlanc so he can make one for you.
OPERATION ATTACK: Operation Attack is an ecumenical ministry housed at Lakeview Presbyterian Church in St. Petersburg offering food and clothing to families in the area. LUCC supports Operation Attack with donations as well as by volunteering one evening a month. Contact Ian Blair-Catala for upcoming volunteer dates.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

THUR, JUL 12 March for Our Lives Continues: There will be a Road to Change: District 13 – Rally & Voter Registration sponsored by students on a bus tour registering young people to vote and end gun violence.  The gathering is in William’s Park (330 2nd Ave. N.) Thursday July 12 from 11-3.
MON, JUL 30 SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATES: Meet the candidates running for Pinellas County School Board at SPC Gibbs (6605 5th Ave N) from 6-8pm on Monday July 30th.
CONTINUING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS
AA: In the Fellowship Hall Thursdays at 7:45 p.m.
ANNOUNCEMENTS WELCOME: To have an announcement put in the bulletin or weekly update, please turn it into the church office by Wednesday at noon. Email, or voicemail, as well as written material is welcome. The church is glad to share activities and news from members and friends.
THE BIBLE ON REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS: As Christians, we are called to love our neighbors. The Bible is unambiguous in calling us to welcome aliens and strangers in our land, and to love them as we love ourselves. In these times, let us listen to the voice of the still-speaking God. Visit ucc.org for a list of biblical references to immigrants and refugees.
CONTACTING YOUR REPRESENTATIVES IN WASHINGTON: If you are interested in calling, emailing or writing your representatives in congress, here is some contact information:

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

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

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

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

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

givingELECTRONIC GIVING: The church offers several options for electronic giving. There are information sheets and sign up forms available in the sanctuary and the church office. For additional information, please contact Bill Parsons or Adrien Helm.
FREE BOOKS: Did you know that there are not only books to borrow in the church library but books being given away for free. Take a peek at the great selection. Many new titles have been added including a selection of books for children.
GUN VIOLENCE INFORMATION PAMPHLET: Copies of a Gun Violence information pamphlet are available. This resource was created by Grace Lewis of the LUCC congregation to educate the public about gun violence. They are located at the back of the sanctuary, or you can download one here. Please take them and share them.
Screenshot 2016-08-08 18.34.07NEW EZ PODCASTS!!! No downloading! Just click and play! Try it! Just click on the little orange circle with the white arrow in it. Only one click and it plays! Every week, a new podcast is posted on the church website. All our streamable podcasts are at https://soundcloud.com/luccpodcasts – please tell your friends who might enjoy listening! Keep checking back, more and more will be added each week.
recycle1RECYCLE: Recycle your print cartridges! At this time we cannot recycle toner cartridges, only inkjet cartridges. Keep it coming in! Many thanks to all who contribute to the church recycling. This income stream helps the ministry of the church.
USHERS NEEDED: Please see or email the church office if you would like to volunteer to usher for services.
WEBSITE — lakewooducc.org: Everything you always wanted to know about the church. Go ahead and ask. The information is probably at the church website. You can subscribe and have updates and comments automatically sent to your email address. See the homepage for details. You can also keep connected with on Facebook and on Twitter.
childrenYOUNG PEOPLE AT LAKEWOOD: Children and young people are a vital part of the LUCC family. School age children are invited to participate in Summer Sundays church services. Preschool children are welcome in the Nursery under the able care of Claudia Rodriguez following Children’s Time. Children and young people are an integral part of this church family and the intergenerational relationships that form in this small congregation are truly a blessing!


CIRCLE OF CONCERN

Family and friends of Betty Harris, Genevieve Jackle, Shirley Locke,
Carolyn Moore, Ann Quinn, Willy Zessoules

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Operation Attack Newsletter

Operation Attack

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

July 2018

Peggy Junkin & Diane Klamer – Lead Volunteers

Hours: 9:30 am – 12:00 pm    (1st, 2nd, 3rd Tuesday each month)
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm        (One evening a month)


The 2018-2019 school year will begin on August 13. Operation Attack continues our regular Tuesday morning schedule through the summer months, providing both food and children’s clothing. We hope by continuing the summer schedule that our clients will feel less stress as they prepare for their children’s new school year. We appreciate your help in providing the students in our community the appropriate clothing, new underwear, socks, and a school uniform, if required. During the first half of the year we provided assistance to 263 families, clothed 227 children, provided food bags to 600 people, and paid 4 electric bills.

We wish to extend a big Thank You to our friends at St. Andrew Lutheran Church who had a special collection for layette items in observance of Rachel’s Day. Rachel’s Day is a time set aside to mourn and renounce the forces of violence, based on Jeremiah 31:15-17. We were blessed to receive newborn diapers, wash clothes, towels, wipes, clothing and more. We also want to thank St. Bartholomew Episcopal Church for donating children’s clothing from their thrift store when they discontinued this type of clothing and Westgate Elementary’s First Grade for donating food when they enjoyed a Tree Climb at Pathfinder Outdoor Education, on our campus. A Big Shout Out goes to Rugena, Amber, Madison and Ms. Knobloch, for the hygiene products they donated for an 8th Grade Community Project at Sanderlin IB World School. In addition, blessings came from the Family of Myrna Gemmer when they requested people donate money to OA, in lieu of flowers, when Myrna died in May.

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

Volunteers

  • We welcome a new volunteer from Maximo Presbyterian (Shelah) who assists with tagging clothing items and miscellaneous other tasks.
  • We still need another volunteer to assist with re-stocking our clothing racks, especially at change of seasons, and assisting clients with shopping.
  • Also needed: an “on call” volunteer to substitute for our regular volunteers while they are on vacation, or when there is a special need.

Clothing Needs

School uniform items required by many of our schools.

  • Boys slacks/shorts, khaki or navy, size 5 -16
  • Girls slacks/shorts/skirts/skorts, khaki or navy, size 5-16, teen 7 & 9
  • Polo shirts without logos for both boys and girls, size 5-16, teen S,M,L
  • (white, navy, hunter green, maroon, sky blue, red)
  • Jackets of all sizes, toddlers through teens, especially light weight jackets.
  • We also welcome donations of diapers, newborn through size 5, and travel size hygiene products for seniors we serve from the Neighborly Care Network.

Food and Hygiene Product Needs

We can always use canned fruit, soup, vegetables, meat, pasta, pasta sauce, rice, beans, peanut butter, cereal, oatmeal, and individually wrapped toilet paper and bar soap.

Speakers/Tours available – Please call to schedule.

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Weekly Update 4 July

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

SUN, JUL 8 THIS SUNDAY:  Gratitude is expressed to Rev. Victoria Long for preaching this Sunday and to Claire Stiles for serving as liturgist. The sermon topic is “After the Fireworks.” See Deuteronomy 10:17-21 and Matthew 5:43-48.
Summer Sundays Services are more informal and favorite hymns will be sung each week. Children attend the beginning of the service and may go to the Nursery following Children’s Time.
JUL 2-10 REV. WELLS AWAY: Pastor Wells will be away from July 2nd to July 10th. Many thanks to Victoria Long who will preach on Sunday. For pastoral care, please contact Emily Bell or the church office.
SUN, JUN 1 A/C UPDATE: Many thanks to those who stayed for the congregational conversation after the service on July 1 to discuss the upcoming A/C work. Ron Huff shared information about the bids received and which one is being selected. He told of the extent of the work to be done. There were several questions raised. While this was not an official meeting and there was no actual voting, everyone was in agreement about going forward with the A/C work. This work was approved at an earlier congregational meeting. There was also discussion about removing the carrotwood tree that is in danger of falling on the church building. Ron will proceed with plans for taking the tree down especially since hurricane season has arrived.
SUN, JUL 15 ADVISORS MEETING: The advisors will meet following worship on Sunday July 15th. All are welcome to attend.
WED, JUL 18 WESTMINSTER SUNCOAST LUNCH: The next luncheon for residents of Westminster Shores and Suncoast will be Wednesday July 18th at 11:30 in the private dining room at Westminster Suncoast.
THU, JUL 19 CREATION JUSTICE MEETING: The group will meet Thursday, July 19th at 1pm. All are welcome to participate.
SUN, JUL 22 GOD AND BEYOND: The Advisors are hosting a conversation about God and beyond that will inform work being done to update the Constitution (including the Mission Statement) and By-laws of Lakewood UCC on Sunday July 22nd from 9 – 10 am in the Fellowship Hall.
NAME TAGS: If you want or are in need of a name tag please contact or see Wally LeBlanc so he can make one for you.
OPERATION ATTACK: Operation Attack is an ecumenical ministry housed at Lakeview Presbyterian Church in St. Petersburg offering food and clothing to families in the area. LUCC supports Operation Attack with donations as well as by volunteering one evening a month. Contact Ian Blair-Catala for upcoming volunteer dates.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

LGBTQ PROGRAMS: Teacher and children’s book author Rob Sanders will be featured in a pair of programs at the Gulfport Public Library (5501 28th Ave S) on Tuesday July 10th in which he will read from his new children’s book, Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag. The new book has already been praised by Publishers Weekly as a “poignant and uplifting biography.” There will be one afternoon program geared to children and their families from 4 – 5pm, as well as an evening program geared to adults from 7 – 8pm. Both programs are free and open to the public and all ages.
CONTINUING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS
AA: In the Fellowship Hall Thursdays at 7:45 p.m.
ANNOUNCEMENTS WELCOME: To have an announcement put in the bulletin or weekly update, please turn it into the church office by Wednesday at noon. Email, or voicemail, as well as written material is welcome. The church is glad to share activities and news from members and friends.
THE BIBLE ON REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS: As Christians, we are called to love our neighbors. The Bible is unambiguous in calling us to welcome aliens and strangers in our land, and to love them as we love ourselves. In these times, let us listen to the voice of the still-speaking God. Visit ucc.org for a list of biblical references to immigrants and refugees.
CONTACTING YOUR REPRESENTATIVES IN WASHINGTON: If you are interested in calling, emailing or writing your representatives in congress, here is some contact information:

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

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

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

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

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

givingELECTRONIC GIVING: The church offers several options for electronic giving. There are information sheets and sign up forms available in the sanctuary and the church office. For additional information, please contact Bill Parsons or Adrien Helm.
FREE BOOKS: Did you know that there are not only books to borrow in the church library but books being given away for free. Take a peek at the great selection. Many new titles have been added including a selection of books for children.
GUN VIOLENCE INFORMATION PAMPHLET: Copies of a Gun Violence information pamphlet are available. This resource was created by Grace Lewis of the LUCC congregation to educate the public about gun violence. They are located at the back of the sanctuary, or you can download one here. Please take them and share them.
Screenshot 2016-08-08 18.34.07NEW EZ PODCASTS!!! No downloading! Just click and play! Try it! Just click on the little orange circle with the white arrow in it. Only one click and it plays! Every week, a new podcast is posted on the church website. All our streamable podcasts are at https://soundcloud.com/luccpodcasts – please tell your friends who might enjoy listening! Keep checking back, more and more will be added each week.
recycle1RECYCLE: Recycle your print cartridges! At this time we cannot recycle toner cartridges, only inkjet cartridges. Keep it coming in! Many thanks to all who contribute to the church recycling. This income stream helps the ministry of the church.
USHERS NEEDED: Please see or email the church office if you would like to volunteer to usher for services.
WEBSITE — lakewooducc.org: Everything you always wanted to know about the church. Go ahead and ask. The information is probably at the church website. You can subscribe and have updates and comments automatically sent to your email address. See the homepage for details. You can also keep connected with on Facebook and on Twitter.
childrenYOUNG PEOPLE AT LAKEWOOD: Children and young people are a vital part of the LUCC family. School age children are invited to participate in Summer Sundays church services. Preschool children are welcome in the Nursery under the able care of Claudia Rodriguez following Children’s Time. Children and young people are an integral part of this church family and the intergenerational relationships that form in this small congregation are truly a blessing!


CIRCLE OF CONCERN

Ann Rogers, Deedee Young, Genevieve Jackle, Shirley Locke,
Carolyn Moore, Ann Quinn, Willy Zessoules

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Sermon 7.1.18 Peer Pressure

Scripture Lessons:  Matthew 13:33 and 16:5-12                                                       Pastor:   Rev. Kim P. Wells

We have three dogs.  One of them is new to us.  Stephanie, a 6 year old Newfoundland, came to live with us in March.  We have another 6 year old dog, Andre.  He is small, about 50 pounds, with short black hair.  And our third dog is Nahla, a golden retriever/German Shepherd mix, who is about 15 years old.  So, this spring, Stephanie joined Andre and Nahla in our household.  

Every night when I  take my vitamins I give the dogs a fish oil pill.  Andre and Nahla LOVE them.  They hear the rattle of a bottle of pills and they appear in the bathroom wagging and panting for their fish oil.  When we first got Stephanie, she didn’t know about this ritual so she would remain wherever she was, usually lying like a rug, in the middle of the living room.   Each night, I would find her and offer her a fish oil pill.  She sniffed the thing and left it.  She was not interested.  This went on for about a week.  

Then one night Stephanie appeared in the bathroom with the other dogs when they heard the pill bottles.  She stood and watched as Andre and Nahla eagerly devoured their fish oil.  I offered one to her as I had each night for the previous week expecting her to reject it as usual.  But no.  She gulped the thing down.  And she has appeared in the bathroom every night since for her fish oil pill along with Nahla and Andre.  

To me, this was clear evidence of pack behavior, or what in the human realm we call, peer pressure.  You see others doing something and you join in.  To fit in.  You think that is what you are supposed to be doing.  You follow the lead of those around you.  

We tend to associate issues around peer pressure with children and youth.  We think of a scene, perhaps on the playground, where kids are harassing or taunting someone, and everyone pretty much joins in; even those who would typically not engage in such mean behavior.  Maybe you have been part of such an episode.  I am reading a book with a scene where a group of kids coming home with bats from a ball game, find an injured horse lying on the ground and one kid takes a swing at the horse and, as expected, the other kids join in.  We reflect on such experiences and see how we are taken in by the crowd, allowing ourselves to blindly join in what is going on around us.  This happens partly because in childhood and youth fitting in is so important.  Loving, responsible adults try to teach children to think for themselves, make good choices, and not get taken in by the crowd.  

Then come the teenage years and loving adults hope and pray the message has gotten through because the stakes can be higher.  Teens are at a party and someone brings out alcohol or a joint.  Today, that is tame.  It could be a bowl of pills, mixed.  Or some kind of powder.  Or who knows what.    And then, it could be a sexual situation without mutual consent.   Or a hazing of some kind that turns very violent.  There are limitless possibilities.  So, we parent types, hope the teens we love know that they don’t have to go along.   Though they desperately want to fit in by going along, we hope they have learned that they have choices.  

So many times, we hear stories of people who do bad things, bad for themselves and others, because they followed those around them.  They succumbed to peer pressure.   And people with bad intent know how susceptible we are to peer pressure.  They know if they just start something, and apply little motivation, like shaming those who are resisting, they can pretty much get others to participate.  And it doesn’t stop in childhood or adolescence unfortunately.  Adults, too, are extremely vulnerable to peer pressure.  They, too, want to fit in, to be part of the group, to be accepted.  Especially if they did not feel a part of things growing up.  

Jesus knew about this tendency to want to fit in; to go along with things so that you feel a sense of belonging.  And he knew about our human tendency to want to exploit this to our own advantage.  Numerous times in the gospels we see Jesus accusing religious leaders of manipulating people, exerting peer pressure essentially, toward ends that are not consistent with the intentions of God.  In the verses we heard from Matthew this morning, we hear Jesus lambasting the religious authorities for leading the common people astray for selfish gains:  “Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” 

In this story, Jesus uses the image of yeast in the typical way.  Yeast had negative connotations in Jewish tradition.  Going back to the story of the Passover and leaving Egypt without time to make leavened bread, the image of yeast was a symbol of corruption.  It was very bad.  It was an image used to show how a little of something bad can have a huge negative influence.  Jesus draws on this tradition in his accusation.  One person or a few people start something bad and it is easy to get others to go along, to get along, to belong.  Very effective means toward harmful ends.  We see this again and again and again throughout history from Nazi Germany to college hazing.

What is surprising from Jesus, what is new and unexpected, is the other verse we listened to this morning; the one about a woman baking bread with yeast.  First I want to let you know that the Jesus Seminar, a group of highly respected brilliant Bible scholars, consider this verse one of the few in the New Testament to be authentic to the voice of Jesus.  The gospels were written well after Jesus’ death.  Much of the teaching associated with Jesus had been passed down over the years.  And, like any oral tradition, there were changes along the way to make the teaching applicable to the circumstances.  The Jesus Seminar was an academic initiative to try to determine what may be actually attributed to the historical Jesus.  The result was a book called The Five Gospels.  It includes Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, as well as the gospel of Thomas, a gospel that, for a variety of reasons, was not chosen to be included in the canon, the church-authorized New Testament.  In The Five Gospels, the words attributed to Jesus are printed in different colors.  If the quotes are in black then the scholars pretty much agree that this was not actually spoken by Jesus.  If the words are in gray, there is the possibility that this could have come from Jesus.  If the words are in pink, then there is more of a possibility that they may be attributable to Jesus.  And if the words are in red, then the group of scholars is in close agreement that those words are very likely words that were actually spoken by Jesus.   There is very little red print in the book.  In The Five Gospels, the words, “Heaven’s imperial rule is like leaven which a woman took and concealed in fifty pounds of flour until it was all leavened” are in red.  [The Five Gospels:  The Search for the Authentic Words of Jesus, Robert W. Funk, Roy W. Hoover, and The Jesus Seminar, p. 195]

Part of the reason they are in red is that Jesus was known for taking tradition and twisting it on its head.  Here the commonly used negative image of yeast as a symbol of corruption is turned around and used in a positive way.  That is characteristic of the historical Jesus.  

There are two other features of this teaching that are unexpected.  One is the amount of flour.  Three measures.  About 10 gallons.  Maybe the equivalent of 50 pounds.  Probably enough to make bread for 100-150 people.  So this image of the woman adding yeast to flour and baking bread is a common image but the way the symbol of yeast is used is a turn around.  It only takes a little to have a big influence, that is yeast, but this yeast is having a HUGE influence, and that HUGE influence is positive, it is good, it is of God.  Jesus is imbuing common images with new meanings.

And, there is something else unexpected in this teaching.  It is lost in the New Revised Standard translation and in the Inclusive Language translation we heard this morning.  But the original language tells us that the woman hid the yeast in the flour.  She conceals the yeast in the flour.  This is done surreptitiously.  Not out in plain view.  The realm of God can surprise.  It may not be an attention grabbing spectacle.  It may sneak up on us.  It may sneak into us.  Just a bit.  To huge effect.  Who knows?

This teaching is a beautiful image for the church today, for us, as Christian people.  It reminds us that we can be the yeast.  Just a little.  Making a big difference.  Perhaps without anyone even noticing.  Maybe we ourselves don’t even know the effect we are having.  

But look how easy it is to manipulate people with negative peer pressure.  Just a little shame and the enticement to fit in and you can get people on board.

This teaching of Jesus about the yeast is meant to motivate us to use positive peer pressure.  Do the good.  Quietly.  In the background.  Without a lot of fanfare.  Stand up for justice.  Help others.  Serve the common good.  Wherever you may be involved, in whatever your sphere of influence.  And trust the rest to God.  Trust that what you do will make a difference and may even influence others to make a positive difference.  

This positive modeling is what led to the burgeoning of the early church.  About Christians, people said, “see how they love each other.”  That is how Christians were known.  And people were attracted to that.  They weren’t attracted by the fear of rotting in hell.  They weren’t originally attracted by the glories of heaven.  It wasn’t about money or status.  It was the love.  The care.  The compassion.  The sharing.  The looking out for each other.  And this approach was not limited to just those in the faith community.  The first Christians shared this love with others out in the world who then were attracted in to the church because of what they saw.  Here we see the yeast.  A relatively small group of people, making real the realm of God, in their context.  And it has literally changed the world.  

Friends, I don’t need to tell you that the world is in desperate need of the yeast of the realm of God.  The church is needed to exert a positive example.  We are called to model another way.  We must speak for love in the many circumstances of our lives and trust the rest to God.  Let the love grow how and when it will.  But people need to see love, to feel it, to experience it, even if they don’t know what it is.

You can barely open a newspaper or check social media without seeing something about how uncivil our society has become.  People are confronting others in mean and hostile ways.  People of various political and social perspectives.  It isn’t limited to only one group.

I attended my book club last week and this topic came up.  One woman, an outspoken liberal, and a Catholic, got very heated.  Her complaint was that liberals are too nice.  The Democrats are too nice.  That’s why things are so bad.  That’s why our country is going down hill.  In her view, the people who are right are just being too nice about it.  She feels they need to be more devious and scrappy like their opponents.   I found this view alarming.  Since this was not a church setting, and I was not there in a pastoral role even though the woman saying this is Christian, I didn’t feel I could respond referring to Jesus, like what about “love your enemies.”  So, I turned to another authoritative source.  I said, “So much for Michelle Obama: ‘When they go low, we go high.’”  Well, that quieted things down.  

It’s not that we can’t disagree.  We SHOULD disagree when we see people treated with inequality, with hatred, with degradation, and when we see the Earth abused and harassed.  We should be saying something.  We should be strong and convicted about our values in defense of human life, human rights, human dignity, peace, and care for the Earth.  We should be saying something.  But to do it in a way that is degrading to those with differing opinions, to be mean, uncivil, and demeaning is to do the very thing we decry:  It is to diminish the value of the life of another person.  When confronting someone with differing views, it’s one thing to say, “This is what I think” and explain why.  It’s quite another to say, “You’re a bigot and an idiot.”   

What is needed in America and in the world today are bold people of conscience and principle who are not afraid to be the yeast in a positive way; in content and in style.  We are needed to model service, generosity, and reconciliation.  We are needed to be the people who help someone that is having a difficulty, not laugh at the person or scorn them.  We are needed to be the people who offer comfort to the stranger sitting crying in the waiting room at the doctor’s office instead of sitting as far away as possible because it is embarrassing and we feel uncomfortable.  We are the people who are needed to offer help, to say yes, to reach out in compassion and kindness.  We are the people who are needed to speak up and to speak out for human rights and human dignity.  We are needed to show love for our enemies.  

And then, see what others do.  How do they respond?  It’s likely that other people, seeing the example, are going to join in.  Your example is going to work like positive peer pressure, enticing people to do the right thing.  To join in a good cause.  To lift a finger to help.  To offer a word of comfort.  To change hearts and minds with love.  Use that peer pressure for good.  That’s what we need to be doing.  

And we don’t have to make a big deal about it.  We don’t have to get any credit.  We don’t have to be thanked.  Remember the hidden part of the yeast story.  The woman hid the yeast in the flour.  We just need to do what is right and neighborly and good.  We just need to see that every human being is treated like a human being.  We just need to show that all life is sacred.  But we need to do it.  To involve ourselves.  And with that quiet example, well, we just have to let go of the outcome.  In the Jesus’ teaching a bit of yeast made bread for 100 to 150 people.  That is a ridiculous outcome.  A woman could not manage that much dough at once.  So we have to let go of our expectations around the outcome.  We just have to do what is Jesus-like and let go of the rest.  

I heard a story this weekend about a woman who saw a bored boy outside her church on a summer day.  She had pity on him and invited him inside.  She had one game, Monopoly, so she asked him if he wanted to play.  Then she went to the corner store and got him some snacks.  The next day, he was back with some friends.  And this has turned into a neighborhood youth program that now has 75 students involved.  And they are not only playing games but getting help with homework and getting into college.  And the woman who started this program swore that she would never work in the church, her parents are pastors, and that she would never work with kids.  

And then there is the yeast.  Open yourself to the Love.  Let Jesus live and grow in you.  The world is hungry for your witness.  Amen.  

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

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Sermon 6.24.18 Timeless Faith – Timely Faith

Date:  61st Anniversary of the United Church of Christ  

Scripture Lesson: Mark 2:18-3:6

Pastor: Rev. Kim P. Wells

“The Lord hath more truth and light yet to break forth from his holy word.”  Listen to that again.  “The Lord hath more truth and light yet to break forth from his holy word.”

These are the words of John Robinson, pastor of a separatist congregation that left England seeking religious freedom.  Having been harassed and scorned in various European locations for their “expression” of Christianity,  Robinson’s congregation decided to send a group to the shores of North America hoping to find a place where they could practice their version of Christianity in peace.  

As those heading to the New World left to join the Mayflower, Robinson gave a farewell speech to his congregants.  It included these words:  “I charge you before God and his blessed angels that you follow me no further than you have seen me follow Christ. If God reveal anything to you by any other instrument of His, be as ready to receive it as you were to receive any truth from my ministry, for I am verily persuaded the Lord hath more truth and light yet to break forth from his holy word.”

Lest there be any misunderstanding, Robinson continued:  “The Lutherans cannot be drawn to go beyond what Luther saw.  Whatever part of His will our God has revealed to Calvin, they [Lutherans] will rather die than embrace it; and the Calvinists, you see, stick fast where they were left by that great man of God, who yet saw not all things. This is a misery much to be lamented.”

Robinson encouraged his followers to expect new leadings from God in the way of Christ as they faced new circumstances.  As heirs of the Reformation, Robinson encouraged his flock to keep growing and changing in ways that were consistent with the ministry of Jesus.  He foresaw that new situations would require new responses and he wanted his people to feel free to be completely faithful to Christ and not be limited by certain human teachings of the past.  And so he adjured them, “The Lord hath more truth and light yet to break forth from his holy word.”

John Robinson and those who came over on the Mayflower are our forebears in the United Church of Christ.  This is part of our heritage.   And the UCC has taken Robinson’s perspective very seriously in its 61 year history.  Most recently his sentiments have been promoted in the Gracie Allen quote widely used in UCC:  “Never place a period where God has place a comma.”  

This way of looking at matters of faith is not new to Robinson or the UCC.  It is clearly evident in the Bible.  Many times in scripture, God is portrayed as promising to do something new, a new thing.  The prophets speak for a God that is very willing to try new approaches to help humanity live into the fullness of joy and peace.  [See Jeremiah 31:22, Isaiah 42:4, 43:19, and 48:6]

Jesus is an example of this; of God doing a new thing.  One way we see this is in Jesus’ role in salvation history.  Many people were expecting a king-like, political, military messiah on the order of King David.  There is much to point to this expectation in the Hebrew Bible.  There are also verses in Isaiah about a suffering servant but that was the decidedly “minority” opinion.  [See Isaiah 53]  The more dominant view was that God would send a classic, powerful ruler who would garner the support of all the people and boot out the Roman invaders.  Jesus was not this messiah.  To those who saw Jesus as messiah, they believed that God was doing a new thing through a suffering servant.  

We also see God doing something new in the teachings of Jesus.  Jesus does not establish a new religion.  He does not condemn the heritage of Judaism.  He is born Jewish and remains Jewish, fully and completely.  But he offers new understandings of what had become core assumptions in the Judaism of his day.  In some cases, his teaching is actually going back to the original intentions.  We heard several examples of this in the scripture that was read this morning.  Regarding fasting, the old rules don’t apply.  Jesus is known as a glutton and a drunkard.  There are times to celebrate as well as to fast.  Sometimes you need to let the fasting go.  The story of picking grain on the sabbath and the healing of the withered hand show the humanitarian intent of the law.  Doing good is more important than being legalistic.  Jesus is challenging the current interpretation of the Law.  As one commentary points out:  The Pharisees and Scribes have no concerns for God’s will.  They substitute human traditions for the truth, which comes from God.”  [Pheme Perkins, in The New Interpreter’s Bible, vol. 7, p, 422]  This is always a temptation in religion.  So Jesus does a new thing.  He rocks the boat.  He is helping people see the truth.  And truth is sometimes upsetting, especially new truth. 

So when John Robinson declared, “The Lord hath more truth and light yet to break forth from his holy word,” he knew that he was part of a long standing stream of faithfulness in the Judeo-Christian tradition.  He knew that he was standing on solid ground in terms of scripture and tradition within Christianity. 

This idea, that God is doing something new, that faith continues to evolve and emerge, has continued to be an important part of the history and identity of the United Church of Christ.

The UCC was formed in 1957 from two predecessor denominations each of which was formed from two previous denominations.  While both were Protestant, the merger of the Evangelical and Reformed Church and the Congregational Christian Church was in some ways an unlikely match and it took many years of discussion to come to the point of actual merger.  One big difference was polity.  The Evangelical and Reformed Church was “connectional.”  That means there was a carefully constructed hierarchy and churches were under the authority of the hierarchy and they were bound to comply with the hierarchy.  The Congregational Christian Church had congregational polity.  Each congregation was responsible for its own affairs.  There was a wider church structure and churches were in fellowship and mission together but the final say was within the congregation.

The denominations differed in another important way.  The Evangelical and Reformed church was a creedal church.  The doctrine of the church was contained in the Heidelberg Catechism, Luther’s Catechism, and the Augsburg Confession.  The Apostle’s Creed was regularly recited in worship.  The creed was the test of faith.  The Congregational Christian Church did not use a creed as a test of faith.  The content of belief was left up to the conscience of the individual believer. 

We can see potential problems with two such differing expressions of Christianity coming together but they had a very strong bond.  As each was a merger of previous denominations, they had already shown their commitment to the unity of the church.  They really did believe that the church was the body of Christ, one body, and not a dismembered body.  They believed that God wanted one church working together for the good of the world.  Thus the motto chosen for the newly formed United Church of Christ was, “That they may all be one,” from Jesus’ prayer for the disciples in the gospel of John.  This was a church that would be united and uniting.  The anticipation was that other Christian communions, like the Presbyterians, Methodists, Lutherans, etc. in the US, would also join the UCC and it would be something like the United Church of Canada today.  

Obviously we know that this did not happen.  But those who were part of creating the UCC in 1957 wanted to create a communion that was open; open to welcoming other churches, open to working together with other churches, and open to God doing a new thing for the good of the world.  

To create this openness, the new United Church of Christ incorporated congregational polity.  Each church was responsible for its own affairs and for discerning its ministry.  You could keep using the same hymnal and financially supporting the same mission projects and using the same curriculum in Church School that you had been using.  You could keep your church organization and structure.  Or you could change it all.  That was up to the congregation.  

While making the UCC open and welcoming to additional communions, congregational polity also gave churches the freedom to adapt and change according to how they felt called to serve.  We see this in the history of Lakewood United Church of Christ.   Through the years this church has functioned in different ways depending on the times.  And we take seriously the responsibility to be always evaluating what we are doing and to adapt so that the way we are organized and how we make decisions facilitates our mission and ministry rather than obstructing it.  We appreciate the freedom to worship and teach and serve in ways that are relevant to our circumstances.  We take seriously the responsibility to discern our calling and to respond with generosity and love.  We have embraced the flexibility and openness that is a hallmark of the UCC.  

Along with this practical openness the UCC has also embraced theological openness.  With the merging of a creedal denomination and a non creedal denomination, the decision was made not to require a creed, a test of faith, for being part of the UCC.  If you look in your hymnal at readings 881-887 you will see the Nicene Creed and the Apostle’s Creed.  Churches are welcome to use those creeds if they so choose but they are not required to do so.   

The newly formed UCC decided to create a Statement of Faith for use in churches if they so desired.  We read one version this morning.  The Statement of Faith conveys a way of understanding God and God’s activity in human history and in our lives. It is not a test of faith.

In the original form, as was accepted for the time, God was referred to with male pronouns.  As the church evolved and became aware of the negative  effects of gender specific language for God in the church and in society, a new version of the Statement was created which uses the second person, You, instead of He.   Given the character of the UCC we can expect to have new forms of the statement in the future, or other statements of faith.  In the back of the hymnal, you can see that not only are there several historic creeds and the UCC Statement of Faith, but there are also several other affirmations of faith from other communions.  The idea is that no one statement is the be all and end all for all time.  

And this brings us to LUCC today.  The church has a constitution and by-laws.  Some of the organizational arrangements in the document are no longer fitting for our current situation so the advisors have undertaken conversations about updating this document.   While we may have thought that the discussion was going to revolve around practical arrangements for our life together, the conversation took an unexpected turn.  There was an involved theological discussion, this stemming from the fact that the constitution leads off with the Mission Statement of the church and the statement of the core assumptions of belief associated with the church:   “This church affirms God as Creator, Jesus Christ as Savior, and the Holy Spirit as our strength.  This church recognizes the United Church of Christ Statement of Faith.”   What we discovered is that it is important to the church today to have these foundational statements be truly inclusive of the congregation today and into the future.   These foundational statements in the constitution convey religious and theological language that implies certain understandings of faith.  Given that the church is evolving, today these statements may be perceived as limiting.   Can we say something that includes a broader spectrum of Christian understanding and expression?

The statements in the LUCC constitution specifically portray a traditional theistic view of God.  But some people in the congregation have found themselves growing toward a non-theistic understanding of God.  The desire of the church leadership is to explore ways to describe our faith in the constitution that include the theistic as well as the non-theistic.  Are there ways to state our faith that are inclusive in this way?  Can we open the door wider in our language and portrayal of our faith?  Can we let more light and truth break forth into our church constitution and our church life and language and worship?  Will this help us as a congregation to welcome more people who need the church and who are needed by the church?  Can this help us to grow in ways that increase the love we are sharing in the world?   Is this an extension of our ministry that is needed going forward?  There will be more conversations about this in the weeks to come and the advisors hope that you will want to participate.  

I think this is well worth exploring.  Many people today in our culture feel that Christianity is irrelevant or hypocritical or regressive.  Some of the traditional language and theology is contributing to this.   There are issues around some of our traditional Christian views that are at odds with currently verifiable scientifically proven reality.  Heaven is not “up” there.  Space is out there.  God is not “out there” somewhere.  The Cosmos is out there.  Our universe may be floating in a sea of universes.  The church talks about Jesus as God.  Was Jesus categorically, genetically different than the rest of humanity?  The church talks about Jesus resurrected and ascended into heaven.  Then where is he?  Orbiting in space somewhere?  We already see these ideas ably expressed by the evangelical atheist movement.  When I hear their voices, I agree with much of what is said.  But they are confronting a traditional view of Christianity.  And they are telling us that that expression of Christianity is going extinct.

So, going forward and into the far future (beyond the next election cycle), is Christianity viable with these claims that are at odds with science?  Can there be an expression of Christianity that respects science as it continues to unfold?  And can the understandings and concepts of Christianity continue to function in  figurative and metaphorical ways so that the teachings of Jesus continue to inspire faith communities to offer love and peace to the world?

I hope so.  Because when we look at the world today, at what is going on in our times, it’s clear that the message of Jesus is badly needed.  The world is crying out for his vision of unconditional, universal love which leads to relationships that are just and communities that are anti violent; a world characterized by peace and joy.  Look at the families divided at our southern border.  Look at the treatment of those lost children.  Look at an administration forming a space force, taking the use of military force out into space, beyond the confines of Earth’s atmosphere, spreading the cancer of violence.  We have a president that wants new nuclear weapons that are easier to use.  That is completely at odds with the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Then there is the increasing abuse of the environment and economic arrangements that continue to abuse workers.  The world sorely needs a church loudly proclaiming the values and world view of Jesus.  And the people who share those values need a church, a  community of inspiration and support, that doesn’t require them to suspend their rational intellect when they come through the door.  

The teachings of Jesus remain very attractive to many people who are not part of a church because of some of the archaic ways of talking about things in church.  Yes, there are those who think of God in theistic terms – think of God as a You, or a He, or a Creator, or a something, somewhere, an entity, with power to influence and control human history and individual circumstances.  People with understandings along these lines need to feel welcome in church.  There are also those who are moving toward thinking of God in non theistic terms.  No “You,” no anthropomorphism, no entity somewhere.  Instead, the non theistic believer may think of God as a principle, as an idea, as a concept of unity and love and life and relatedness or as the “ground of being” to quote 20th century theologian Paul Tillich.  Some are thinking about God as a foundational precept.  The core of reality.  And new ways to think about Jesus are emerging.  He may be seen as a manifestation of the full embodiment of universal, unconditional love.  The fullness of humanity.  The journey of faith then is to live in ever greater alignment with these concepts of love and unity and life.  Can we as one congregation embrace all of these views and more in the faith statement of our LUCC constitution?

We can see how these newly emerging theologies and understandings are an extension of those prescient words of John Robinson:  “The Lord hath more truth and light yet to break forth from his holy word.”  Robinson well understood, that as humanity evolves and develops and confronts new challenges, new ways of conveying faith will be needed or it will be left behind as anachronistic, archaic, and irrelevant.  It will go extinct.   And what prevents extinction?  Adaptation.  So we are right to hearken back to Robinson.  This is our moment to let more light and truth in; to revision how we speak of our faith, to expect new wine and new wineskins, because the world still desperately needs the healing love of Jesus.  Amen.  

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

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Weekly Update 28 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, JUL 1 THIS SUNDAY: The theme for this Sunday is Peer Pressure. It’s not just about teens anymore. How are we influenced by the behavior of others? Can peer pressure be used to work for positive change?

Summer Sundays Services are more informal and favorite hymns will be sung each week. Children attend the beginning of the service and may go to the Nursery following Children’s Time.

SUN, JUL 1 COMMUNION:  All are welcome to participate in communion at Lakewood UCC, children at the discretion of the adults who brought them. The communion offering goes to the Special Needs Fund, used to help people in our community and the congregation with basic necessities such as food, rent, utilities, and prescription medication costs. Please be generous as you are able.
SUN, JUL 1 A/C UPDATE: Following worship this Sunday, July 1, there will be a congregational conversation to hear about the ongoing projects on the church property with a focus on the next large undertaking – new air conditioning.  Most of the system in the church building now dates from the 1960’s.  A new system will help to save energy, the planet, and, yes, money.  Plan to stay for this brief conversation after church this Sunday.
SUN, JUL 1 GOD AND BEYOND: The Advisors are hosting conversations about faith and the LUCC constitution. The advisors have undertaken the updating of the LUCC Constitution and By Laws. This conversation has led to an examination of the faith statements that are made at the beginning of the document: “This church affirms God as Creator, Jesus Christ as Savior, and the Holy Spirit as our strength. This church recognizes the United Church of Christ Statement of Faith.” The mission statement of the church is also included.
 The advisors would like to involve the congregation in this conversation. The first opportunity will be on Sunday July 22 before church at 9:00am in the Fellowship Hall. All are welcome!
In preparation, you may want to review the sermon that was given Sunday June 24. The theme was requested by the advisors to help give some perspective on this conversation.
JUL 2-10 REV. WELLS AWAY: Pastor Wells will be away from July 2nd to July 10th. Many thanks to Victoria Long who will preach on Sunday. For pastoral care, please contact Emily Bell or the church office.
DEATH PENALTY ADVOCACY: Last week, Bernie McCabe, the State’s Attorney for Pinellas and Pasco Counties agreed to meet with two religious leaders to discuss the death penalty: LUCC pastor Kim Wells and Father Bob Schneider of St. Cecelia’s Catholic Church. The conversation was mutually enlightening and Mr. McCabe has agreed to meet again after the upcoming gubernatorial election. Many thanks to Lucille Ruga and Sally Purvis for helping Kim prepare for this important initiative.
NAME TAGS: If you want or are in need of a name tag please contact or see Wally LeBlanc so he can make one for you.
OPERATION ATTACK: Operation Attack is an ecumenical ministry housed at Lakeview Presbyterian Church in St. Petersburg offering food and clothing to families in the area. LUCC supports Operation Attack with donations as well as by volunteering one evening a month. Contact Ian Blair-Catala for upcoming volunteer dates.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

JUN 29-30 CLIMATE CONFERENCE: Rev. Wells will be attending the 4th annual gathering of the Florida Interfaith Climate Actions Network June 29-30 in Orlando. The theme is Collaborating for a Healthy Environment and Climate Resiliency.
The program includes:

  • Earth Charter 18th Birthday Celebration
  • World Health Organization Report
  • Global Health and climate change challenges
  • Campfire honoring Miccosukee-Simanolee clan leader Bobby C. Billie
  • Hear how people came together to work on brownfields, air quality, and sea level rise
  • Brainstorm about how to cultivate resilient communities
  • Hear examples for policy education and actions
  • FL youth celebrations & success stories
  • Healthy food prep demonstration
  • Sowing a culture of peace in Florida
TUE, JUL 10 LGBTQ PROGRAMS: Teacher and children’s book author Rob Sanders will be featured in a pair of programs at the Gulfport Public Library (5501 28th Ave S) on Tuesday July 10th in which he will read from his new children’s book, Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag. The new book has already been praised by Publishers Weekly as a “poignant and uplifting biography.” There will be one afternoon program geared to children and their families from 4 – 5pm, as well as an evening program geared to adults from 7 – 8pm. Both programs are free and open to the public and all ages.
CONTINUING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS
AA: In the Fellowship Hall Thursdays at 7:45 p.m.
ANNOUNCEMENTS WELCOME: To have an announcement put in the bulletin or weekly update, please turn it into the church office by Wednesday at noon. Email, or voicemail, as well as written material is welcome. The church is glad to share activities and news from members and friends.
THE BIBLE ON REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS: As Christians, we are called to love our neighbors. The Bible is unambiguous in calling us to welcome aliens and strangers in our land, and to love them as we love ourselves. In these times, let us listen to the voice of the still-speaking God. Visit ucc.org for a list of biblical references to immigrants and refugees.
CONTACTING YOUR REPRESENTATIVES IN WASHINGTON: If you are interested in calling, emailing or writing your representatives in congress, here is some contact information:

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

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

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

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

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

givingELECTRONIC GIVING: The church offers several options for electronic giving. There are information sheets and sign up forms available in the sanctuary and the church office. For additional information, please contact Bill Parsons or Adrien Helm.
FREE BOOKS: Did you know that there are not only books to borrow in the church library but books being given away for free. Take a peek at the great selection. Many new titles have been added including a selection of books for children.
GUN VIOLENCE INFORMATION PAMPHLET: Copies of a Gun Violence information pamphlet are available. This resource was created by Grace Lewis of the LUCC congregation to educate the public about gun violence. They are located at the back of the sanctuary, or you can download one here. Please take them and share them.
Screenshot 2016-08-08 18.34.07NEW EZ PODCASTS!!! No downloading! Just click and play! Try it! Just click on the little orange circle with the white arrow in it. Only one click and it plays! Every week, a new podcast is posted on the church website. All our streamable podcasts are at https://soundcloud.com/luccpodcasts – please tell your friends who might enjoy listening! Keep checking back, more and more will be added each week.
recycle1RECYCLE: Recycle your print cartridges! At this time we cannot recycle toner cartridges, only inkjet cartridges. Keep it coming in! Many thanks to all who contribute to the church recycling. This income stream helps the ministry of the church.
USHERS NEEDED: Please see or email the church office if you would like to volunteer to usher for services.
WEBSITE — lakewooducc.org: Everything you always wanted to know about the church. Go ahead and ask. The information is probably at the church website. You can subscribe and have updates and comments automatically sent to your email address. See the homepage for details. You can also keep connected with on Facebook and on Twitter.
childrenYOUNG PEOPLE AT LAKEWOOD: Children and young people are a vital part of the LUCC family. School age children are invited to participate in Summer Sundays church services. Preschool children are welcome in the Nursery under the able care of Claudia Rodriguez following Children’s Time. Children and young people are an integral part of this church family and the intergenerational relationships that form in this small congregation are truly a blessing!
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