photos by Melanie Moore, click images for closeups
photos by Melanie Moore, click images for closeups
photos by Melanie Moore, click images for closeups
On Sundays after fellowship an informal and open group gathers at a local restaurant for lunch and lively conversation. You are welcome at this gathering of friends old and new. Please check with one of the regulars–Melanie Moore, Bill Ryland, Carol Shores, or Ruth Halderman–about the details for this week. Pictured on the right is an example of some of the folks who sometimes lunch as a bunch. (PhotoS by Melanie Moore and Sue Sherwood — click photos for larger images)
The bookclub will meet in the church fellowship hall at 12:30, Friday, February 28. Please bring your own sandwich, drinks and dessert will be provided by Jean Johnson
The book is: The Dovekeepers, by Alice Hoffman. This novel takes place in 70 C.E. as 900 Jews help out against the Romans on Masada, a mountain in the Judean desert.
Several of us are planning to go to the Pass-a-grille beach community church for the live presentation of Nan Coltons performance of Catherine the Great on Tuesday, Jan. 21,at 1pm. (See http://lakewooducc.org/2013/12/10/a-book-club-event-catherine-the-great/ for details.) A 5 dollar donation is requested.
|Our regular bookclub meeting will be at the church fellowship hall, Friday Jan. 24th at 12:30. Please bring your own sandwich, drinks and dessert will be provided by Vita Uth. The book is “The Eco-Barons” by Edward Humes.
Everyone is invited.
— Vita Uth
The Pass-a-Grille Beach Community Church invites you to a live presentation of Nan Colton’s performance of Catherine the Great on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. This event will be held in the church at 107 16th Avenue, St. Pete Beach, FL. Parking is available in lot and on the street. A $5.00 donation is requested.
The church book club recommends the book, Catherine the Great, by Robert K. Massie, however you will thoroughly enjoy the performance if you have not read the book.
This live performance by Nan Colton will portray the Empress of Russia as a ruler and a woman. Many of her decisions are relevant to the world today. Come hear why this woman was named, “great.”
Nan Colton is a playwright, director, storyteller, actress, and arts educator having performed and lectured professionally on stages through South Africa, Great Britain, and the United States. Nan has been the Performing-Artist-in-Residence at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, for the the past 14 years, having researched, produced, and performed over 37 vastly different original scripted presentations that explain the art and the exhibition.
For more information, please contact Ann(firstname.lastname@example.org).
Pathfinder Open Tree Climb to Benefit Operation Attack: Saturday, December 7th 10 am to 2 pm — Climb for only $5.00 with a food, clothing or cash donation to Operation Attack. OA will be open for tours so you can see all the good work they do. Please feel free to come by with donations even if you don’t climb.
Operation Attack’s mission is to counteract the damaging forces of poverty. Their outreach helps low income families with children who are referred in times of need by partnering organizations.
OA is supported entirely by donations from churches, individuals and charitable organizations and has been in continuous operation on the same corner since 1967!
OA always needs:
Pathfinder Outdoor Education 1310 22nd Avenue South · St. Petersburg, FL · 33705 727-328-0300 · www.pathfinder-ed.org
Many folks were busy today, December 1, decorating the sanctuary for Christmas. Denise and Bill are considering the placement of an angel’s wings. Mark and Kai’lyn are taking a well-deserved break. Somehow one of the chief coordinators escaped the eye of the camera this year – you know who you are.
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A group of 28 from Lakewood went to the Rays game together on Sunday afternoon, September 22. The age range was 5 to 86!
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|On Sunday July 21, Lakewood UCC hosted the Rowell family as part of their family reunion festivities. LUCC member Mary Stokes organized this first ever family reunion for this branch of her family. On Sunday, all were invited to come to church and there were over 50 visitors. Katie Aurcremann played the euphonium. After the service, the Rowell family and the LUCC family shared lunch together in the Fellowship Hall. It was a wonderful celebration. Many thanks to Mary for including her church family in her family reunion.|
Thursday, Jul. 25, 7:30p — Some of the Bay area’s best jazz musicians come together to celebrate Stan Hunter, the pianist and Hammond B3 player. Patrick Bettison leads an all-star band and Stan himself joins in the concert for the finale. A night of jazz standards and original music by this legendary jazz master.
Tickets $18, $20 day of show. Go to http://www.mypalladium.org/?p=4473 to buy tickets and for more information.
Some LUCC members have expressed an interest in attending the Russian Festival Concert. We are attempting to arrange car pooling to the Sarasota Opera House. If you are planning to go and have space in your vehicle, or if you need a ride, contact Bill Parsons (email@example.com).
Tickets to the concert are $20 at the door. Members and friends of LUCC may purchase tickets in advance for $15. Contact Bill Parsons by July 7 for further information.
Here we go again! Get ready as we look to the summer of 2013 when you can be a part of a trip that will make a difference in the lives of so many people. This adventure will take you to La Romana in the Dominican Republic for one week to work with people in one of the poorest regions in the western hemisphere. We will be primarily conducting medical clinics for the Haitian families who live in the bateys (villages in the middle of the sugar cane fields). Our group will also be involved in building projects at Good Samaritan Hospital .We would love to have you join us! Here are a few answers to the questions you may have as you make your decision.
When? Saturday June 8th to Saturday June 15th, 2013
Leaving out of Tampa International Airport, flying into Santo Domingo.
Where? When we arrive we will be staying in dorm style accommodations sponsored by the Good Samaritan Project in La Romana. They will also take care of all of our meals, transportation, and translators where needed.
Who? The group will be made up of adults and teenagers. A team of medical personnel and myself from All Children’s Hospital will be leading the team from Tampa Bay.
What? The cost of the trip will be $1350. This will cover the cost of airfare, transportation while in La Romana, room and board, as well as medical supplies that we will purchase and bring with us. The cost of airfare on American Airlines is $523.50. We will need a $100.deposit by monday February 11th 2013 to reserve a seat for you. Your deposit will be applied to the total cost of the trip. The balance of the airfare ($423.50) is due March 25th. The remaining balance of $926.50.will be due April 15th, 2013. All payments should be made out to Lakewood UCC and mailed to my address at 491 22nd Ave. S.E. St. Petersburg 33705.
Once you have decided to join us for Project Dominican Republic, we will provide you with all of the specifics necessary to prepare you for a safe and rewarding experience. Take a look at the website, laromana.org to get a better idea of the world you will be a part of for a week. If you have any questions please feel free to call me at 727-744-7910. I look forward to the possibility of traveling with you on this summer adventure.
Rev. Dr. David R. Pitt
Chaplain, All Children’s Hospital
Member, Lakewood United Church of Christ
Over twenty years ago, Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart defined “drum circles” during testimony before the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging:
“Typically, people gather to drum in drum ‘circles’ with others from the surrounding community. The drum circle offers equality because there is no head or tail. It includes people of all ages. The main objective is to share rhythm and get in tune with each other and themselves. To form a group consciousness. To entrain and resonate. By entrainment, I mean that a new voice, a collective voice, emerges from the group as they drum together.”
In this Spirit, a community-wide “Drumming for Peace to Stop Gun Violence” will be held on Sunday, February 17 at 3pm at Lakewood UCC in St. Petersburg. Drummers hope to create a positive space, connect with each other, and be spiritually grounded as we work together to promote peace in our communities.
“Drumming for Peace to Stop Gun Violence” is free and open to the public. Lakewood UCC (lakewooducc.org) is located at 2601 54th Avenue. Bring your own drum (BYOD) and other percussion instruments to share. The event is hosted by the UCC Pinellas Plus Clergy Group. For more information, contact the Rev. Kim Wells at 727-867-7961.
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The presents under this tree at church this morning are the presents bought for some very needy kids at my school. Thank you to the many Lakewood folks that eagerly helped me out –you came through with abundant giving and thoughtfulness. The generosity of the people of Lakewood UCC is evident all year, but it was especially evident this Christmas season when I came at the last minute with a huge request for help for students at my school.
For Christmas this year another church had planned to adopt 56 kids from 74th Street Elementary, where I teach First Grade. Families were referred by teachers and staff based on known need, and the names and ages of children were collected However, the plans fell through for that church to donate. Our school staff was left in a panic – they did not want to have to tell the families that we could not provide gifts for their children after all. My principal sent an email explaining the dilemma. She immediately had some of the children “adopted” by teachers and staff, and another elementary and church helped out with some too, but 22 of the children were quickly “adopted” by the people of Lakewood United Church of Christ. You didn’t just go buy gifts to fulfill an obligation – you shopped with each child in mind, calling me to find out more about him or her. Thank you so much for doing what you do time and again – giving cheerfully and thoughtfully to those less fortunate. Much love, Melanie
“HANGING OF THE GREENS” — Nothing says “Glad Tidings” like Christmas decorations! Each year, the church family enjoys the process of transforming the sanctuary for the Advent/Christmas season. In the hanging of wreaths and assembling of trees, there is the symbolic participation in the transformation of the world that we celebrate at Christmas. This year, the “Hanging of the Greens” will be held on Sunday Dec. 2, immediately following worship. All ages and abilities are welcome to be part of the fun.
Be part of bringing the Glad Tidings of the season to the members and friends of the church who are homebound through Christmas caroling. All ages are welcome to come and share songs of the season that lift the spirits. Gather at church on Saturday Dec. 14 at 4:00 p.m. and we will carpool to various homes concluding with refreshments and good cheer.
Be sure to look for Lakewood UCC toward the end of this video!
Greetings everyone. It’s getting down to the last few days before St. Pete Pride. The organizers of the Parade ask that participants arrive as close to 8 am as possible, at the large parking lot across from Georgie’s Alibi at 31st Street and 3rd Ave.
Encourage everyone to wear something red and to come prepared to interact with the crowd with smiles and waving etc. Keep your cell phones on.
Fair Food Pray In – at Publix in downtown St. Petersburg (250 3rd Street South) on Friday April 20 at noon. Sponsored by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and Interfaith Action of Southwest Florida. Everyone is invited to come and pray for justice for the farmworkers, remember to only park in the Publix lot if you will be patronizing one of the stores in the plaza. Great thanks to Ed and Adrien Helm for their gracious hospitality in opening their home to host members of the CIW.
The Lakewood High School Drama Team, of which our own Olivia Gibson is a member, is this weekend mounting a production of Neil Simon’s 1988 play, Rumors. Two shows, both at 7:30 pm, Thursday April 19 and Friday, April 20th. Admission is only $8 for adults, $5 for children.
For more about the play, check out the Wikipedia page HERE
For more about the Lakewood production, check out a neat Spartan News Network article HERE. Your editor feels obliged to warn those over thirty, however, that the article includes the lines, “Drama teacher Colleen Coughenour says her team is researching the 1980’s. They plan to rent clothing and furniture that was hip during that time. ” A reminder(whether you want it or not) that the 80’s were nearly thirty years ago and that our current crop of high school seniors were born in 1994.
What are your plans for Lent 2012, for preparing for Easter?
Please prayerfully consider participating in a unique Lenten Retreat Day on March 24!
When: March 24, Saturday, 9 am until 3 pm
What: Lenten Retreat Day on Sabbath Economics
They will be using a DVD set called “From Mammon to Manna: Sabbath Economics and Community Investing”, sharing prayer (including some silent Sabbath time), and small group discussion time. The DVDs are recordings of a workshop by Ched Myers and Andy Loving.
Where: Lakewood United Methodist Church,
5995 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Street South, St. Petersburg, 33705
What to bring: an open heart, a curious mind, your Bible, a simple dish to share for our lunch (along with your own plate, utensils, cup, napkin—a “no waste” event)
FMI and to RSVP: For more information call (727-327-5045).
RSVP by March 17 so we can ensure adequate hand-outs and chairs.
The Book club will meet February 24th at 12:30pm in the fellowship hall.
Please bring your own sandwich, Mary Stokes and Ruth Halderman will have drinks and dessert for everyone.
The book is “HONOLULU” by Alan Brennert. A story of 4 women, arriving in Hawaii as “picture brides” in 1914. They are united by dreams, disappointment, sacrifices, and friendship.
Everyone is invited.
THE GATOR EVENT
FEBRUARY 18, 2012
UCC AT THE VILLAGES
9 A.M. – 3:30 P.M.
The Gator Clergy invites you to a day apart filled with special discussions.
A gathering time: 9 a.m.
seminar 9:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Cost: Lunch $15.00
Come and enjoy other UCC’ers building relationships, sharing thoughts, learning, listening to each other.
THE GRAND FINALE: GLIMPSES INTO REVELATION
Rev. Dr. Carlan Helgeson pastor Spring Hill UCC
Description: Far too many people have been held captive to fear and consternation by trendy, but poor, interpretations of the Bible’s last book. Come, learn to see Revelation as a book of encouragement and hope.
Some Dangerous (but Interesting) Re-readings of Scripture Texts
Description: (Rev.) Ronal K. Freyer-Nicholas, OSL; pastor Pilgrims’ UCC, Fruitland Park . Description: A brief, in-depth, look at several texts which open the texts to reconsideration for what they say. What did Gabriel really say to Mary at the Annunciation? Does God (Yahweh) have a feminine side? Why does the Hebrew Bible use the plural “elohim” for God rather than the singular “el”? Does any of this matter to us? Should it?
“Worship Ain’t Art”
Rev. Dr. Hal McSwain, pastor First Congregational UCC, Ocala
Description: Although Christian worship is chocked full of artistic objects and experiences (including music, visual images, flavors, smells, and textures—some more, some less), worship isn’t a time for Siskel and Ebert “thumbs up, thumbs down movie-type reviews.” Worship is encounter between God and the community of faith—and artistic objects and experience can hasten that encounter. Dr. Harold W. McSwain, Jr. (“Hal”; pastor of First Congregational United Church of Christ of Ocala, Conductor of the Central Florida Master Choir, holding Masters degrees in both music composition and conducting) is the author of “A Relational Aesthetic for Christian Ministry and the Arts” and “A Relational Aesthetic.” Hal will show us at least ten ways to enliven and hasten Christian worship not pivoting on “That’s Entertainment!” but on “Worship as Genitive to Worshipers—and God.”
“IMAGINE: Readers’ Theatre of The Mind – and Heart”
Rev. Drew Willard, pastor UCC at the Villages.
Bringing Bible stories and their lessons alive in a fun way for those who perform as well as their audience. A contingent benefit is experience in public speaking and confidence-building. When we ‘tell’ Bible stories, we give others an opportunity to hear their wisdom in new and meaningful ways.
A Dog as a full member of the Church
Rev. Dr. David Wild, pastor Community Congregational, Marion Oaks. Description:
Marianne Hughes, moderator for Community Congregational UCC, Marion Oaks, Is a gifted lady who is blind. Her German Shepherd is a full member of the church. Marianne will discuss and demonstrate the training process that is undergone by both dog and owner. Highlighting the month long in house training where dog and sightless owner spend 24 hours a day, seven days per week together in such venues as city streets, department stores, airports and of course traffic.
9:30 Session 1 The Grand Finale: Glimpses into Revelation
10:30 Session 2 Some Dangerous (but Interesting) Re-
readings of Scripture Texts
12:15 Session 3 “Worship Ain’t Art”
1:15 Session 4 “IMAGINE: Readers’ Theatre of The Mind – and
2:15 A Dog as a full member of the church
3:15 Closing prayer
COME SEE LAKEWOOD’S VERY OWN JEFF WELLS IN HAIRSPRAY!!!
The St. Petersburg City Theatre
By Shaiman, Wittman, Severin & Vreeke
Come to City Theatre January 20- February 5. We are pulling out all the stops and whipping up a big, frothy shake of a show! Its big hair, big music and big girls! Get out your rat combs and start teasing. Welcome to the Sixties. It’s the smash hit Hairspray.
Hairspray has made the journey from motion picture to Broadway musical to movie musical phenomenon. City Theatre is serving up the eight time Tony award winning Broadway sensation as its 3rd offering of the season. The pace is non-stop with songs like Good Morning Baltimore, Can’t Stop the Beat and a rockin do wap de do host of others.
1962 Baltimore is marching ” literally” toward racial integration. Tracy Turnblad pursues her dream to be famous and dance on the Corny Collins show . She’s in for an education when she finds that some see size and color as ways to hold you back. But, teaming up with the likes of Motormouth Maybell and Seaweed J. Stubbs, there’s no holding these kids back!
So grab your dance shoes, spray it up girls and book your tickets NOW.
Runs January 20 –February 5
Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00PM and Sunday matinees at 2:00.
Call the Box Office for Tickets and Information at 727-866-1973. Tickets are $24.00 adults and $10.00 students. Website: www.splt.org.
The theatre is located just off I-275 at 4025 31st. St. South, St. Petersburg, 33712. Book your tickets today! Call the Box office 727-866-1973.
Sponsored in part by the City of St. Petersburg