Sermon Easter Sunrise – Fully Known, Fully Loved

Easter Sunday April 1, 2018
Scripture Lesson: John 20:1-18
Pastor: Rev. Kim P. Wells

It is painted, sung about, and immortalized. That moment in the Easter story from the Gospel of John when Mary meets Jesus in the graveyard. She does not recognize him until he says her name. Mary. In the name is the knowing. It just takes the name and we know that this is a reference to the identity of the person, the history, the experiences, the inner feelings, the relationships, the habits, the quirks, the foibles, the full sense of Mary’s being. In that moment, Mary is made aware that she is fully known.

Jesus is known for fully knowing. He is known for knowing people as they truly are, not as they may perceive themselves nor as they may be perceived by others. His is a true knowing. A knowing in full not in part.

We see this in story after story in the New Testament. In the story of Jesus meeting the Samaritan woman at the well, he mentions that she has had five husbands. That is not something that she would have been advertising about herself. Yet he knew. Probably everyone else in her town was spreading the word. And we are shown a Jesus who knows this. And he still asks her for water. And he still gives her living water. And she goes to offer this saving gift to the people of her town who have doubtless tormented her. Fully known.

The gospels share a story of Jesus finding a group of men ready to stone a woman for adultery. She makes no plea of innocence. Fully known. But in the story, Jesus turns to those with the rocks at the ready, arms drawn back, and says, “Let the one without sin cast the first stone.” They, too, are fully known.

In another story, Zacchaeus, a notorious hated upper crust financial functionary, climbs a tree to get a glimpse of Jesus. And Jesus stops and invites himself to Zacchaeus’ house. Jesus knows all about Zacchaeus and his cheating and his greed. Zacchaeus is fully known.

And there is the story of a rich young ruler. He comes to Jesus desperately seeking life in God. Jesus knows this man. He knows there is just one thing. And the rich young man cannot accept Jesus’ offer. And Jesus is sad, so sad, for he knows this man.

We are told that Jesus knows those who initiate his execution. He knows those who adjudicate his trial. He knows the governor who can stay his execution, but does not. He knows the thieves that are crucified with him. Jesus knows them all. They are fully know.

Just that one word, in the cemetery, “Mary.” She is fully known. As are so many others. Nothing is hidden.

And what of these people who are fully known? With their past. With the evil intentions of their hearts. With their cheating and stealing. With their self absorption and greed. With their lust for power. With their self protectionist proclivities. What of this sorry lot? We are shown a Jesus who knows it all. They are fully known. Not in a clairvoyant, woo woo, supernatural way. But in a sincere, insightful, honest way that comes from paying attention and listening and caring.

We are also shown something else about Jesus. All of these people, all of the people healed and forgiven. The crowds. The women. The townspeople. The corrupt leaders. The hypocritical priests. The executioners. The disciples. All of them are fully known. And they are also fully loved. Loved for their full humanity and all of its imperfections. Loved for all of their misguided schemes. Loved for all of their hopes and dreams. Loved for all of their pain, grief, and guilt. Loved because of who they are. Loved in spite of who
they are. Fully known. Fully loved.

We may not know all about Jesus. We may hardly know his story. But all we really need to know is about the love. For each and every person. Because at the core, each and every one of us is holy and sacred. And because of that, we are worthy to be loved. Before anything we do or say, we are beloved. Because of everything we do and say, we are beloved. In spite what we do and say, we are beloved. And there’s nothing we can do about it. We are fully known and fully loved in the reality of God.

In the book, The Song of the Bird, Anthony De Mello shares this story:

I was a neurotic for years. I was anxious and depressed and selfish. And everyone kept telling me to change. And everyone kept telling me how neurotic I was. And I resented them, and I agreed with them, and I wanted to change, but I just couldn’t bring myself to change, no matter how hard I tried.
What hurt the most was that my best friend also kept telling me how neurotic I was. He too kept insisting that I change. And I agreed with him too, though I couldn’t bring myself to resent him. And I felt so powerless and so trapped.
Then one day he said to me, “Don’t change. Stay as you are. It really doesn’t matter whether you change or not. I love you just as you are; I cannot help loving you.”
These words sounded like music to my ears: “Don’t change. Don’t change. Don’t change. I love you.”
And I relaxed. And I came alive. And, oh wondrous marvel, I changed.

[Quoted in 25 Windows into the Soul: Praying with the Psalms, from the writings of Joan Chittister, p. 78]

Yes, the story of the encounter between Jesus and Mary in the garden is famous for that one word, “Mary,” showing us that we are fully known and fully loved. But there is another phrase in that story that is also well-remembered. Jesus asks Mary, “Why are you weeping?” Why are you weeping?

Do we weep because of this great love? We are fully known and fully loved. Does the enormity of it bring us to tears? Why are we weeping? Are we weeping in repentance? Seeking the healing of forgiving love? Why are we weeping? Are we weeping because the awareness that we are fully known and fully loved makes our compassion for ourselves, others and the world well up? Why are we weeping? Is it because in spite of this love, we will continue to hurt ourselves and others? Why are we weeping? Is it because we have not been able to say yes to this belovedness?

Why are we weeping? This Easter, may we know that we are fully known and fully loved and may we weep tears of joy. 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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2018 Palm Sunday at Lakewood UCC

The service started outside around the cross and after the blessing of palms proceeded with a processional inside. Later in the service new members were received into the church.

photos by Yoko Nogami

 

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Weekly Update 28 March

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

SUN, APR 1 THIS SUNDAY: We celebrate the power of Love that is stronger than death this Easter Sunday. There is an outdoor Sunrise Service at 7am followed by breakfast in the fellowship hall. The 10:30am Festival Service is designed as an intergenerational service: children and youth are encouraged to participate for the whole service.  There will also be childcare provided in the Nursery for the very young. The celebrations conclude with an egg hunt and refreshments on the church grounds.
THU, MAR 29 MAUNDY THURSDAY: This is a night to remember Jesus’ last supper with his friends and followers. A light soup supper will be served at 6:00pm in the Fellowship Hall followed by a service of communion and Tenebrae in the sanctuary at 7:00. All are welcome at this solemn service of remembrance.
FRI, MAR 30 GOOD FRIDAY: There will be a guided labyrinth walk at noon related to the crucifixion of Jesus. The sanctuary will be open for meditation and prayer from noon until 3:00pm.
SUN, APR 1 EASTER: The celebration of Easter begins with a sunrise service at 7:00am outdoors on the church grounds followed by breakfast in the Fellowship Hall.
The Festival Service begins at 10:30am. This is an intergenerational service celebrating the power of Love that is stronger than death. The season of spring is a reminder that new life bursts forth even in the least expected places.
An Easter Egg hunt will be held following the Festival Service along with refreshments on the church grounds.
SUN, APR 8 CONGREGATIONAL MEETING: There will be a brief congregational meeting following worship on Sunday, 8 April for the purpose of presenting, discussing, and taking action on the roof proposal. Everyone is encouraged to attend.
SUN, APR 15 ANNIVERSARY SUNDAY: Plan to be part of celebrating the first 50 years of LUCC’s ministry in preparation for at least the next 50 years! The bash is on Sunday April 15. The preacher for the morning is the Rev. Angela Wells, pastor of the United Church of Christ in Burlington, MA. Angela is the one person in the history of the church to go into the ministry. The theme will be “Foundation for the Future.” Rev. John Vertigan, Conference Minister of the Florida Conference of the United Church of Christ will be part of the festivities. Founding pastor, Rev. Richard Wiggins and Mae are planning to attend. At the catered luncheon after the service, memories of past years and hopes and dreams for the future will be shared. Contact the Church Office or Bill Parsons to make your reservation.
 LOST AND FOUND: There was a battery and a small piece to a hearing aid found on the floor of the sanctuary following the PalmSunday service March 25.  Please contact the church office for details.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

CIW ACTION: Five-day fast to fight sexual violence against women farmworkers underway outside Manhattan office of Wendy’s Board Chairman Nelson Peltz. Read more on the coalition website.
ONLINE PETITIONS: Urge your lawmakers to vote in ways that promote peace! Visit Equal Justice USA to support an end to the death penalty and  Move On to support a ban on military-style assault weapons and large capacity magazines.
WED, APR 4 MLK REMEMBRANCE: The community is invited to come together to commemorate the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the 50th anniversary of that terrible event April 4th, 7pm at The Palladium Theater (253 5th Ave N). The evening will include readings of excerpts from Dr. King’s writings and speeches, recollections of historic events in St. Petersburg, and musical performances. Participants include Bob Devin Jones, City Administrator Kanika Tomalin, Terri Lipsey Scott, Sharon Scott, Alex Harris and One City Chorus.
SUN, APR 8 SOCIAL JUSTICE LECTURE: Les Leopold, co-founder of the Labor Institute and author of Runaway Inequality: An Activist’s Guide to Economic Justice will give a lecture on causes and solutions to economic inequality at 4:30pm Sunday, April 8th at Temple Beth El (400 Pasadena Ave S). For more information call the Temple office at (727) 347-613.
WED, APR 11 ORGANIZING MEETING: The Poor People’s Campaign, A National Call for a Moral Revival, is building a movement to overcome systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, and the war economy. Come hear about this movement and how you can be involved Wednesday, April 11th at the Quaker Meeting Hall (130 19th Ave SE).
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.
THERE IS HOPE – COMMUNITY: Wally LeBlanc will have cards available for sale on Sun. May 6th. The mission for May card sales is still yet to be determined.
Ministry item for months of March and April is deodorant, these will be given to
Daystar to be used for their work. There will be a box in the back of Sanctuary for items to be placed in.
THE BIBLE ON REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS: As Christians, we are called to love our neighbors. The Bible is unambiguous in calling us to welcome aliens and strangers in our land, and to love them as we love ourselves. In these times, let us listen to the voice of the still-speaking God. Visit ucc.org for a list of biblical references to immigrants and refugees.
CONTACTING YOUR REPRESENTATIVES IN WASHINGTON: If you are interested in calling, emailing or writing your representatives in congress, here is some contact information:

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

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

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

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

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

givingELECTRONIC GIVING: The church offers several options for electronic giving. There are information sheets and sign up forms available in the sanctuary and the church office. For additional information, please contact Bill Parsons or Adrien Helm.
NEW MEMBERS: Lakewood UCC is always ready to welcome new members into the church family. Joining the church involves attending an orientation session and being part of a Reception of New Members ritual during Sunday morning worship.
FREE BOOKS: Did you know that there are not only books to borrow in the church library but books being given away for free. Take a peek at the great selection. Many new titles have been added including a selection of books for children.
FREE ECO-THEOLOGY COURSE: Yale is offering three free courses centering on eco-theologian Thomas Berry and the application of his work and writing to understanding the gift of God’s creation and our relationship to it. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals or small groups in churches to participate in the course. Learn more about this exciting opportunity at coursera.org.
GUN VIOLENCE INFORMATION PAMPHLET: Copies of a Gun Violence information pamphlet are available. This resource was created by Grace Lewis of the LUCC congregation to educate the public about gun violence. They are located at the back of the sanctuary, or you can download one here. Please take them and share them.
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. Middle School age children and younger are invited to participate in Church School with Grace Lewis. Preschool children are welcome in the Nursery under the able care of Claudia Rodriguez. All children return to the sanctuary during the offering so they can participate at the end of the worship service. Children and young people are an integral part of this church family and the intergenerational relationships that form in this small congregation are truly a blessing!


CIRCLE OF CONCERN

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Meditations & Reflections for solo piano 17 – The Legacy Of The River


Simply click on the arrow in the orange circle above to play The Legacy Of The River — it’s free to play. It is one of the pieces I wrote to play for a series on contemplative moments during a past season at Lakewood UCC. If you wish to hear the complete set of pieces, Meditations & Reflections for solo piano, you may stream the audio at https://soundcloud.com/hilton-kean-jones/sets/meditations-reflections-for-solo-piano. If you want to play them at home on the piano, yourself, you can download the sheet music at hiltonkeanjones.com/music. To buy the CD click on the following link.

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Sermon Palm Sunday – Ashes to Ashes: Life Before Death

Sunday March 25, 2018

Rev. Kim P. Wells

We began the Lenten season with ashes on Ash Wednesday. We reminded ourselves that we are dust and to dust we shall return. Death is the great fact of life. Real. True. Undisputed. No fake news, here. Death is democratic and egalitarian and inclusive. If you’re alive, there is one thing you can be sure of. You will die. Everyone dies.

This week, we remember one particular death. One very specific, cruel death. And this, too, is real. Factual. No fake news. While there is not much that can be historically verified about the life of Jesus, about his death, there is agreement. He was put to death on a cross. This was the Roman punishment for traitors, insurrectionists, and people who were thought to be threats to the Empire. Apparently, Jesus’ influence had become so great, that the Roman authorities could be convinced that he was a threat to their power in the territory of Palestine, already known for being rebellious.

So this week, we remember the death of Jesus. His death on the cross. But his death only really matters, only really is remembered, only really has meaning for us today, because of his life. Jesus lived his life in the reality of God. He breathed in and out unconditional, universal love. When he looked at a person, any person, he could only see a beloved, sacred, Divine being. And he, himself, was the most fully human human being.

Jesus knew that he was a wanted man by the authorities in Jerusalem. He knew they wanted him dead. We know from books and movies and TV that when there is a death threat, the person heads the other way, hides out, steers clear of the source of the threat. Not Jesus. He knew the threat was in Jerusalem. The capital. Where there was a concentration of religious power and political power. In collusion. Which typically results in corruption. And that is where he goes. And he doesn’t sneak in. We’re told he makes an entrance. In a parade. Not military style on a strapping steed with armaments in tow but on a donkey, the way strewn cloaks and with branches from nearby trees. Jesus imbues a traditional image, the military procession, with new meaning. He is not coming from having killed others in defense of the Empire. He is coming to be killed, to face his own death, because he is perceived as a threat to the Empire.

When we think of facing fear or a threat with our natural human instincts our response is typically fight or flight. Jesus chooses another way. He chooses the way of sacrificial love. He proceeds to his death not with resignation, but with strength, courage, and defiance, infused with compassion, meekness, and humility. It a rare and beautiful combination. Because of the way Jesus lived, because of the way he faces his death, because in him we see love conquering fear, the death penalty, the crucifixion, will not silence his voice, as his killers hope, but will amplify it so that his message is still powerfully heard today.

According to the gospel of John, in his last evening with his friends, his last opportunity to get across the main point, the big picture, the core concept, Jesus washes the feet of his friends. A humble, servile act. And he gives a new commandment – to “love one another as I have loved you.” Love and serve. That’s what he did. He didn’t just talk about it. He did it.

And he did this up to the very last moment of his life. We are given the tradition of Jesus forgiving even those responsible for his execution. We remember his death because of the way he lived his life.

The way you live is the way you die. Jesus shows us Divine Love that is not intimidated by fear or violence or hatred. When we live in that love, we need have no fear. Not even of death. Amen.

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Lakewood UCC presence at 2018 students’ MARCH FOR OUR LIVES, St. Pete

2018 March for our Lives LUCC folks & banner

2018 March for our Lives LUCC folks & banner

Banner was designed and constructed by Yoko Nogami, using salvaged materials from shed cleaning.

2018 March for our Lives panorama

2018 March for our Lives panorama

Below is a gallery of candid shots by Sue Sherwood of some of the sites plus pics of UCC folk actually marching!

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Meditations & Reflections for solo piano 16 – Guardian of the Mists


Simply click on the arrow in the orange circle above to play Guardian of the Mists — it’s free to play. It is one of the pieces I wrote to play for a series on contemplative moments during a past season at Lakewood UCC. If you wish to hear the complete set of pieces, Meditations & Reflections for solo piano, you may stream the audio at https://soundcloud.com/hilton-kean-jones/sets/meditations-reflections-for-solo-piano. If you want to play them at home on the piano, yourself, you can download the sheet music at hiltonkeanjones.com/music. To buy the CD click on the following link.

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Weekly Update 22 March

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

SUN, MAR 25 THIS SUNDAY: Palm Sunday commemorates Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem and marks the beginning of Holy Week. Worship will begin outside with the blessing of the palms (please bring palm branches if you can). The One Great Hour of Sharing Offering, used to help people in times of crisis, will be collected. New Members will be received this Sunday as well. Those joining include: Bill and Catharine Delcamp, Elinor Ross, Jen DeGroot, Claudia Rodriguez, Joyce and Bert Lee, and Kay Rencken. There will be light refreshments and fellowship following worship.
SAT, MAR 24 MARCH FOR OUR LIVES: On Saturday March 24, people will gather in Poynter Park (1000 3rd St S) at 11:00am to march in support of sane gun laws. Look for the LUCC banner on the southern end of the park. Carpool or take the bus (parking will be tight), wear orange, and bring a sign to express your support of the students working to create a safer society. Visit pinellas4parkland.org for more information.
SAT, MAR 24 GREENFEST: LUCC is having a booth at IRB Greenfest. Come by and see us and other non-profits and eco-friendly vendors and artists. The 11th Annual Indian Rocks Beach Greenfest will be March 24th from 10am to 5pm on the block of 24th Avenue & 1st Street in Indian Rocks Beach.
EASTER FLOWERS: The time to order Easter Flowers is now! Fill out a form on Sunday or e-mail the church office with your name, the number of plants you would like to buy ($10 each) and who they are in honor or memory of. Make sure checks have “Easter Flowers” written in the memo line.
EASTER EGGS: Please bring filled easter eggs to the church office for the children to hunt after the festival service on Easter Sunday.
SUN, MAR 25 ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING: This special offering of the United Church of Christ will be received on Palm Sunday, March 25.  The One Great Hour of Sharing offering is taken by mainline denominations in the United States and it is used to help people around the world, including the US, in times of crisis.  Church sponsored organizations use the money to provide aid in times of famine, earthquakes, hurricanes, and other disasters and crisis situations.  Please pray about what you are able to give so that others may know the compassion of Christ in tangible ways in times of need.  
SUN, MAR 25 REFRESHMENTS: In lieu of Sunday Celebrations, there will be light refreshments following worship on Sunday March 25th. Bring a snack to share if you like.
HOLY WEEK & EASTER
SUN, MAR 25 PALM SUNDAY: The service begins outside with the blessing of the palms. Please bring a palm branch and some to share if you can. The One Great Hour of Sharing Offering will be collected this Sunday. This offering is taken by mainline denominations in the United States and it is used to help people around the world, including the US, in times of crisis.
THU, MAR 29 MAUNDY THURSDAY: This is a night to remember Jesus’ last supper with his friends and followers. A light soup supper will be served at 6:00pm in the Fellowship Hall followed by a service of communion and Tenebrae in the sanctuary at 7:00. All are welcome at this solemn service of remembrance.
FRI, MAR 30 GOOD FRIDAY: There will be a guided labyrinth walk at noon related to the crucifixion of Jesus. The sanctuary will be open for meditation and prayer from noon until 3:00pm.
SUN, APR 1 EASTER: The celebration of Easter begins with a sunrise service at 7:00am outdoors on the church grounds followed by breakfast in the Fellowship Hall.
The Festival Service begins at 10:30am. This is an intergenerational service celebrating the power of Love that is stronger than death. The season of spring is a reminder that new life bursts forth even in the least expected places.
An Easter Egg hunt will be held following the Festival Service along with refreshments on the church grounds.
SUN, APR 15 ANNIVERSARY SUNDAY: Reserve your seat now for this celebration dinner! Forms available at church on Sunday. And talk to Bill Parsons about ordering an anniversary t-shirt.
LABYRINTH MAKEOVER: The labyrinth on the lawn at Lakewood has had a makeover thanks to the help of Melanie Moore and Bob Bell. Please use the labyrinth anytime you would like for reflection and prayer. It is always “open.”

COMMUNITY EVENTS

CIW ACTION: Five-day fast to fight sexual violence against women farmworkers underway outside Manhattan office of Wendy’s Board Chairman Nelson Peltz. Read more on the coalition website.
ONLINE PETITIONS: Urge your lawmakers to vote in ways that promote peace! Visit Equal Justice USA to support an end to the death penalty and  Move On to support a ban on military-style assault weapons and large capacity magazines.
WED, APR 4 MLK REMEMBRANCE: The community is invited to come together to commemorate the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the 50th anniversary of that terrible event April 4th, 7pm at The Palladium Theater (253 5th Ave N). The evening will include readings of excerpts from Dr. King’s writings and speeches, recollections of historic events in St. Petersburg, and musical performances. Participants include Bob Devin Jones, City Administrator Kanika Tomalin, Terri Lipsey Scott, Sharon Scott, Alex Harris and One City Chorus.
SUN, APR 8 SOCIAL JUSTICE LECTURE: Les Leopold, co-founder of the Labor Institute and author of Runaway Inequality: An Activist’s Guide to Economic Justice will give a lecture on causes and solutions to economic inequality at 4:30pm Sunday, April 8th at Temple Beth El (400 Pasadena Ave S). For more information call the Temple office at (727) 347-613.
WED, APR 11 ORGANIZING MEETING: The Poor People’s Campaign, A National Call for a Moral Revival, is building a movement to overcome systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, and the war economy. Come hear about this movement and how you can be involved Wednesday, April 11th at the Quaker Meeting Hall (130 19th Ave SE).
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.
THERE IS HOPE – COMMUNITY: Wally LeBlanc will have cards available for sale on Sun. May 6th. The mission for May card sales is still yet to be determined.
Ministry item for months of March and April is deodorant, these will be given to
Daystar to be used for their work. There will be a box in the back of Sanctuary for items to be placed in.
THE BIBLE ON REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS: As Christians, we are called to love our neighbors. The Bible is unambiguous in calling us to welcome aliens and strangers in our land, and to love them as we love ourselves. In these times, let us listen to the voice of the still-speaking God. Visit ucc.org for a list of biblical references to immigrants and refugees.
CONTACTING YOUR REPRESENTATIVES IN WASHINGTON: If you are interested in calling, emailing or writing your representatives in congress, here is some contact information:

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

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

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

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

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

givingELECTRONIC GIVING: The church offers several options for electronic giving. There are information sheets and sign up forms available in the sanctuary and the church office. For additional information, please contact Bill Parsons or Adrien Helm.
NEW MEMBERS: Lakewood UCC is always ready to welcome new members into the church family. Joining the church involves attending an orientation session and being part of a Reception of New Members ritual during Sunday morning worship.
FREE BOOKS: Did you know that there are not only books to borrow in the church library but books being given away for free. Take a peek at the great selection. Many new titles have been added including a selection of books for children.
FREE ECO-THEOLOGY COURSE: Yale is offering three free courses centering on eco-theologian Thomas Berry and the application of his work and writing to understanding the gift of God’s creation and our relationship to it. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals or small groups in churches to participate in the course. Learn more about this exciting opportunity at coursera.org.
GUN VIOLENCE INFORMATION PAMPHLET: Copies of a Gun Violence information pamphlet are available. This resource was created by Grace Lewis of the LUCC congregation to educate the public about gun violence. They are located at the back of the sanctuary, or you can download one here. Please take them and share them.
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, cell phones, and all paper. At this time we CANNOT recycle toner cartridges, only inkjet cartridges. Keep it coming in! Many thanks to all who contribute to the church recycling. This income stream helps the ministry of the church.
USHERS NEEDED: Please see or email 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. Middle School age children and younger are invited to participate in Church School with Grace Lewis. Preschool children are welcome in the Nursery under the able care of Claudia Rodriguez. All children return to the sanctuary during the offering so they can participate at the end of the worship service. Children and young people are an integral part of this church family and the intergenerational relationships that form in this small congregation are truly a blessing!


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Katharine Conover & the family and loved ones of Martin Keane, Betty Harris,
Ruth Halderman’s family and friends, Ruth Harrington’s family and friends, Carolyn Moore, Willy Zessoules, Genevieve Jackle,
 Ann Quinn

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Update for Pax Christi newsletter regard March for Our Lives

Friends,

 

There have been changes in the local March for Our Lives events since the last newsletter, and some of the information in that newsletter is now outdated. To get the latest information, go to

 

https://event.marchforourlives.com/event/march-our-lives-events/search/?source=zzns_March_MoveOn

 

A global map showing the location of over 840 worldwide marches will appear. Type in your city or zip code for information on the events near you.

 

WEARING ORANGE: Many activists will wear orange at the marches. Wearing orange dates to 2013 when 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton was shot and killed in Chicago. Pendleton was an honor student who was killed in a case of mistaken identity a week after she performed at one of the events surrounding President Obama’s second inauguration. Her parents, Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton and Nathaniel Pendleton, ask gun reform advocates to wear orange to honor their daughter.

 

From the Wear Orange website:

 

We wear orange for Hadiya and to honor the more than 90 lives cut short and the hundreds more injured by gun violence every day — and to demand action. Orange is what hunters wear in the woods to protect themselves and others from harm. Orange is a bright, bold color that demands to be seen. Orange expresses our collective hope as a nation — a hope for a future free from gun violence.

 

The Wear Orange website is at https://wearorange.org/about/

 

 

REPORT ON THE NRA: The National Rifle Association (NRA) promotes itself as an organization whose purpose is to speak for gun owners. However, an extensive report by the watchdog group Bridge Project has revealed that this is a deception:

  • Fewer than 10% of gun owners are NRA members and 62% of gun owners say the NRA does not represent their thinking on guns
  • In direct opposition to NRA 74% of NRA households favor making private gun sales and gun show sales subject to background checks
  • The bulk of NRA funding comes from the gun industry, not member dues
  • The NRA’s executive leadership and board of directors are deeply tied to the firearms industry and uses the NRA to promote increasingly deadly weapons

“Marketing Death: How the Gun Industry Uses the NRA to Boost Profits and Undermine Public Safety” is available at file:///C:/Users/Owner/Documents/NRA-Report.pdf

 

Pax Christi Tampa Bay

 

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Meditations & Reflections for solo piano 15 – Rainbow Of Dreams


Simply click on the arrow in the orange circle above to play Rainbow Of Dreams — it’s free to play. It is one of the pieces I wrote to play for a series on contemplative moments during a past season at Lakewood UCC. If you wish to hear the complete set of pieces, Meditations & Reflections for solo piano, you may stream the audio at https://soundcloud.com/hilton-kean-jones/sets/meditations-reflections-for-solo-piano. If you want to play them at home on the piano, yourself, you can download the sheet music at hiltonkeanjones.com/music. To buy the CD click on the following link.

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Pax Christi Tampa Bay E-mail Newsletter

Ongoing Weekly Events Calendar

 

  1. Local action if Trump fires Mueller
  2.  FAST action for affordable housing and youth arrest reform Monday
  3. Workshop: What Will It Take to Win in November?
  4. March for Our Lives against gun violence
  5. Laundry Love: clean clothes for people experiencing homelessness
  6. Dolores Huerta documentary and lecture at Eckerd College
  7.  Earth Day St. Pete
  8. United Faiths Walk of Peace


Women’s March St. Pete Events Calendar

Friends,

Below is information on joining thousands of Pinellas County residents to stand for affordable housing and youth arrest reform this Monday at the Nehemiah Action at Tropicana Field.

 

Also below is information on the local March for Our Lives anti-gun violence actions on March 24; actions planned if Trump fires Mueller; a workshop on winning elections; and more.

 

At the end of the newsletter is the St. Pete Women’s March calendar of events.


Pax Christi Tampa Bay


WEEKLY ONGOING EVENTS

 

MISSIO DEI SUNDAY DINNER: Missio Dei is a small church that meets in the refurbished corner of a warehouse at 1330 Burlington Avenue N. (map; the entrance is on 2nd Avenue on the south side of the building.)  They serve a meal after their worship service.  The congregation is largely homeless or marginally housed. The worship service features a congregational discussion of Biblical texts, combining the insights of a theologically trained minister, housed members, and those whose faith helps them survive in the streets.

The service begins at 5:30 PM; the dinner begins at 6:30.  For information on how you can help prepare, serve, or financially support the meal, contact G. W. Rolle at (727) 424-1088.

RESIST TRUMP TUESDAYS AT SENATOR MARCO RUBIO’S NEW OFFICE:
Marco Rubio has opened a new office in the Sam M. Gibbons U.S. Court House, 801 N. Florida Ave. in Tampa, FL 33602 (map).  Indivisible and other local activist groups have moved Resist Trump Tuesdays to the new office.  The protest is every Tuesday, 10:30-11:30 AM.  Bring signs, or the Indivisible organizers can provide them.  There is parking around the courthouse and the meters take credit cards.  For more information (FMI): sjstew@gte.net

WEEKLY SARASOTA DEMONSTRATION: Activists from Veterans for Peace and Manasota Pax Christi, among other groups, will demonstrate for peace through justice from 4:00-5:00 PM every Tuesday in downtown Sarasota along Bayfront Drive/N. Tamiami Trail near its intersection with Gulfstream Drive (map).  The demonstration is south of Unconditional Surrender, the “kissing statue.”  FMI: Russ at Rjbannerusa@gmail.com

PEACE FIRST: During every Wednesday in March, Peace First will demonstrate at the intersection of Pasadena Avenue South and Gulfport Boulevard South in South Pasadena (map)  from 4:30-5:30 PM.  They will focus on gun violence and other issues.  Bring a sign, or they will provide one. There are a Publix, a Winn Dixie, a gas station and a liquor store at this intersection.  

The group eats at a restaurant in an “after party” following the demonstration.   For more information (FMI): SMcCown@tampabay.rr.com 


PEACE MEDITATION: Biweekly meditation for peace every other Wednesday at 7:00 PM  (March 21, April 4 and April 18) at Sacred Lands, 1620 Park Street N. in St. Petersburg, Florida 33710-4348   For more information: http://www.sacredlandspreservationandeducation.org/; 727-367-3592 or 347-0354

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

WEEKLY BREAKFAST: Loaves and Fishes is a breakfast held at Trinity Lutheran Church on Saturday mornings. Volunteers serve a full hot breakfast to over 150 people. The breakfast is held on the third floor of Trinity Lutheran Church, 401 4th Avenue North in St. Petersburg. 

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

SINGLE EVENTS

  1. IF TRUMP FIRES MUELLER:  It seems more likely with each passing day that President Trump will fire special counsel Robert Mueller.  If that happens, Indivisible FL-13 will sponsor an emergency rally in Demen’s Landing, St Petersburg:

 

  • If Trump fires Mueller BEFORE 2:00 PM, meet at 5:00 PM

 

  • If Trump fires Mueller AFTER 2:00 PM, meet at NOON of following day.

Indivisible FL-13 will send an email notification and post it on Twitter and Facebook.

Indivisible FL-13 Contact Information:
Indivisible FL-13 on Facebook
Indivisible FL-13 on Twitter
Email Indivisible FL-13 at info@indivisiblefl13.com


  1. FAST PEOPLE POWER ACTION ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND YOUTH ARRESTS
    Monday, March 19th, 7:00 PM
    Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg


FAST (Faith and Action for Strength) is a congregation-based community organization in Pinellas County, Florida, whose purpose is to train low- to moderate-income residents from diverse congregations to work together to identify root causes of community problems and take action on these problems. Through FAST, diverse people come together to powerfully address the needs in their own communities.

Since one congregation does not have enough people power to hold systems accountable for justice, FAST holds huge “Nehemiah Actions.” Named after Nehemiah, the Biblical activist who called a huge assembly to confront systemic injustice (Nehemiah 5:1-13), these gatherings brings thousands of Pinellas County residents (who are also voters) face-to-face with leaders such as mayors, city and county officials, and police to win justice in our communities.

 

 

The next Nehemiah Action, on Monday, March 19th, at Tropicana Field will focus on two youth-oriented issues: affordable housing and youth arrests.  Everyone in Pinellas County is welcome to attend and to bring a friend.  There is free parking in lots 1, 2 and 4 off 16th Street. Enter at Gate 5.  There will be tickets to fill out and Tropicana security at the door. No food or beverage will be sold at the event.  For a parking map, click here.

Here are a few of FAST’s past accomplishments in Pinellas County:

-funding Pre-K funding for over 7,000 low-income four-year–olds
securing $19.2 million for affordable housing
getting the state legislature to allow 4,000 non-violent offenders to attend drug-treatment programs instead of prison
getting the County Commission to allocate $958,000 for dental care and $963,00 for a pilot prevention program for people who use mental health services.

For a complete list, go to http://fast-pinellas.org/issue-work/#/past-victories/

For more information on FAST, the issues, and the meeting, go to http://fast-pinellas.org/  

 

  1.  WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO WIN IN NOVEMBER 2018?
    Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 6:30 – 8:15 PM

Allendale United Methodist Church

3803 Haines Rd. N.

St Petersburg, FL 33703


Join Ana Cruz and Jennifer Webb to discuss the challenges of winning elections, the current political landscape going into the November mid-terms, and information on the demands of running a campaign and getting out the vote.  Ana Cruz, a political strategist referred to as “one of the top political players in the state of Florida” by FloridaPolitics.com, will speak about the complexities of the current political landscape and what it will take to turn the tide in the upcoming elections. Jennifer Webb, candidate for FL State Rep District 69, will describe the challenges and dynamics of running an effective campaign and getting out the vote. Also, one of the student leaders organizing the March 24th March for Our Lives will provide an update on the march. 

Map here.  For more information and to register, click here

Hosted by Fired Up Pinellas; Co-hosts: Indivisible FL-13, November Starts Now, South St.Pete Democratic Club & Women’s March FL – Pinellas/St. Pete

 

  1. There are over 760 worldwide marches against gun violence on Saturday, March 24, including ten in the greater Tampa Bay area.  Locally, marches are taking place at schools, government buildings, and children’s literary events.  For a map and to sign up for a march, go to https://event.marchforourlives.com/event/march-our-lives-events/search/?source=zzns_March_MoveOn.  Here are three local marches:

 

 

In Pinellas Park the march will be from the site of Caroline Morton-Hicks’ recent gun death to Long Bayou to lay flowers.  Details are here.

  

March for Our Lives –
St. Petersburg, FL
Judicial Building
545 1st Ave. N.  
St. Petersburg, FL 3370
RSVP ▶▶
March for Our Lives –
Clearwater, FL
Pinellas County Tax Collector
13025 Starkey Rd

Clearwater, FL 33771
RSVP ▶▶

March for Our Lives – Tampa, FL
Kiley Garden

400 N. Ashley Dr.

Tampa, FL 33602
RSVP ▶▶


  1. SOAP AND PIZZA: MONTHLY FREE LAUNDRY
    Monday, March 26, 6:30-8:00 PM
    Coin laundry at 365 8th St S, St Petersburg, Florida (map).

    Imagine being homeless and living in unwashed clothes for days on end.

    Laundry Love Projects are regular opportunities to help financially struggling people do their laundry. There are now over two hundred projects nationwide.

    Locally, Laundry Love is sponsored by the Missio Dei and takes place the last Monday of every month.  Organizers and their supporters provide soap, coins and pizza for those washing their clothes. 

    Each Laundry Love costs around $200.  FMI on how you or your group can support and participate, contact G. W. Rolle at (727) 424-1088 or gw@themissiodei.com 

 


  1.  DOLORES HUERTA ON PBS AND AT ECKERD COLLEGE
    2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom winner Dolores Huerta has spent her life organizing and advocating on behalf of the disenfranchised. From gathering her students’ parents into a labor movement that would become the National Farmworkers Association to working alongside Gloria Steinem to get more women into office, Huerta’s eight-decade life is a testament to the work and commitment social activism requires.

 

On Tuesday, March 27 the documentary Dolores premieres at 9:00 PM on PBS’s Independent Lens. FMI: http://www.pbs.org/show/independent-lens/episodes/   

 

An Evening With Dolores Huerta
Thursday, April 26, 2018 – 7:30
Eckerd College, Fox Hall (map)
St. Petersburg FL

Huerta will share her story and thoughts with the community during this special event. Sponsored by the Col. Christian L. and Edna M. March International Relations Lecture Series, her talk is free and open to the public.  FMI: https://www.eckerd.edu/news/events/

 

  1. St. Pete Earth Day will be Saturday, April 21 in Williams Park in downtown St. Petersburg.  Their website is at http://www.earthdaysp.com/ and their Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/stpeteearthday/

 

  1. UNITED FAITHS WALK OF PEACE
    Sunday, April 29  2:00-5:00 PM
    Gather at John R. Lawrence Pioneer Park
    400 Main Street in downtown Dunedin FL (map)

    Join Muslims, Unitarians, Catholics, Buddhists, Jews, Baha’is and others for a two-mile walk through Dunedin for peace, stopping for reflections on peace from many faiths.

    For more information: Rev. Becky Robbins-Penniman. (727) 733-4125; RevSBRP@gmail.com;   https://www.facebook.com/events/667220180154789

 

 

From the Women’s March St. Pete:

Solar Co-op Info Session


Wednesday, March 21, 6:00-7:30pm
West St Petersburg Library
6700 8th Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33710

Attend this info session to raise your awareness on the many benefits of going solar, how to save money on residential PV, and how co-op membership will make going solar easier. Read all about the co-op here.

RSVP for the event here: https://secure.everyaction.com/dlGwqQRYVk-Nk9maAAe6Og2

https://www.facebook.com/events/171988120081763/

 

 

Film Premiere ~ Heather Booth: Changing the World 

Thursday, March 22 at 6 PM
Bryan Glazer Family JCC
522 N Howard Avenue, Tampa, Florida 33606

The Tampa film premiere of Heather Booth: Changing the World is presented by the Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival.  Attendees will enjoy a talk-back after the film with Heather.

Heather has been organizing activists from the Civil Rights movement to the Women’s movement to helping Hon. Elizabeth Warren establish the Consumer Financial Protection bureau to her arrest last week at the Capitol at a demonstration in support of Dreamers. 


https://www.facebook.com/events/336812226835634/

 

 

More Guns Are Coming to Your School & The Assault on Net Neutrality

Thursday, March 29, 6:15 PM – 8:45 PM
Allendale United Methodist Church

3803 Haines Rd N, Saint Pete FL 33703

On March 9th, the 2018 FL legislative session came to an end. We’ve got the skinny on what legislation they passed, and what they didn’t pass. Significant areas of focus were guns, education and preemption.

The League will also launch its Net Neutrality initiative – what is it, why it matters, and what we’re going to do about it. 

The advocacy workshop portion of our event will focus on arming you with facts and talking points, learning to communicate effectively and preparing you to speak to your legislators. Workshop segments will focus on:

  • a legislative session debrief
  • introducing our net neutrality resolution initiative
  • effectively advocating with you city council rep
  • developing your own 30 second message to video and post on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/events/188981168378038/

 

 

VoteFest 2.0

Sunday, April 8, 12 PM – 6 PM
Grill Dawg, 5419 Treadway Dr, Port Richey, Florida 34668


VoteFest 2.0 will continue the trend of reaching out to invigorate and include the community in the political process. VoteFest combines fantastic local music with voter registration and candidate speeches. It is an opportunity to meet and greet candidates for office that will effect the lives of Pasco County residents. Candidates are given three minutes of stage time to talk about issues, and their solutions for those issues. Vendors will be on hand selling a wide variety of art and craft items, and food & beverage will be available. 

https://www.facebook.com/events/237543016785747/

 

 

Leif Nissen Social Justice Lecture Series:
A Discussion with Les Leopold

Sunday, April 8 at 4:30 PM 
Temple Beth-El 400 Pasadena Ave S, St Pete 

 Leopold, co-founder of the Labor Institute, will discuss his latest book “Runaway Inequality: An Activist’s Guide to Economic Justice.” A light dinner will follow the lecture. 

https://www.facebook.com/events/2010966389173885/

 

 

An Evening with Jemele Hill:
A Gala Benefit

Saturday, April 21, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

St. Petersburg Museum of History

Join the  League of Women Voters of St. Pete for a festive fundraiser featuring Jemele Hill, former host of ESPN’s SportsCenter and current Chief Correspondent and Senior Columnist for ESPN’s The Undefeated.  Jemele will speak to the St. Pete community about the intersectionality of race and gender in our culture, the world of sports, and the broader professional spectrum, as well as, the role of journalism in making democracy work.

Check LWVSPA webstite for ticket info (forthcoming): https://lwvspa.org/

 

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Meditations & Reflections for solo piano 14 – The Oak And The Holly


Simply click on the arrow in the orange circle above to play The Oak And The Holly — it’s free to play. It is one of the pieces I wrote to play for a series on contemplative moments during a past season at Lakewood UCC. If you wish to hear the complete set of pieces, Meditations & Reflections for solo piano, you may stream the audio at https://soundcloud.com/hilton-kean-jones/sets/meditations-reflections-for-solo-piano. If you want to play them at home on the piano, yourself, you can download the sheet music at hiltonkeanjones.com/music. To buy the CD click on the following link.

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Weekly Update 15 March

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

SUN, MAR 18 THIS SUNDAY: These Lenten Sundays are a time to think about how the church needs to be a Foundation for the Future.
EASTER FLOWERS: The time to order Easter Flowers is now! Fill out a form on Sunday or e-mail the church office with your name, the number of plants you would like to buy ($10 each) and who they are in honor or memory of. Make sure checks have “Easter Flowers” written in the memo line.
MAR 20 & 25 NEW MEMBERS: The church will be receiving new members Sunday March 25. Those interested in church membership are invited to speak with Rev. Wells. There will be two orientation sessions for those who are new to LUCC or who are interested in exploring membership. They will be held Tuesday March 20, one at 2:00 and one at 7:00. The sessions are the same. Choose the one most convenient for you. The orientation will offer a brief look at the history and mission of LUCC. All are welcome!
SUN, MAR 25 ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING: This special offering of the United Church of Christ will be received on Palm Sunday, March 25.  The One Great Hour of Sharing offering is taken by mainline denominations in the United States and it is used to help people around the world, including the US, in times of crisis.  Church sponsored organizations use the money to provide aid in times of famine, earthquakes, hurricanes, and other disasters and crisis situations.  Please pray about what you are able to give so that others may know the compassion of Christ in tangible ways in times of need.  
SUPPLIES NEEDED: Wally LeBlanc is collecting bath towels and deodorant to distribute to various shelters and others in need. Bath towels can be used or new – if used no stains or holes. Please bring towels to the church or contact Wally to make arrangements for getting them to him.
SUN, FEB 18 – MAR 18 SUNDAYS IN LENT: Services begin at 10:30 and focus on new directions in Christian expression that can form a solid “Foundation for the Future” as the church seeks to serve the world in the years ahead.
SUN, MAR 25 PALM SUNDAY: The service begins outside with the blessing of the palms. Please bring a palm branch and some to share if you can. The One Great Hour of Sharing Offering will be collected this Sunday. This offering is taken by mainline denominations in the United States and it is used to help people around the world, including the US, in times of crisis.
THU, MAR 29 MAUNDY THURSDAY: This is a night to remember Jesus’ last supper with his friends and followers. A light soup supper will be served at 6:00pm in the Fellowship Hall followed by a service of communion and Tenebrae in the sanctuary at 7:00. All are welcome at this solemn service of remembrance.
FRI, MAR 30 GOOD FRIDAY: There will be a guided labyrinth walk at noon related to the crucifixion of Jesus. The sanctuary will be open for meditation and prayer from noon until 3:00pm.
SUN, APR 1 EASTER: The celebration of Easter begins with a sunrise service at 7:00am outdoors on the church grounds followed by breakfast in the Fellowship Hall.
The Festival Service begins at 10:30am. This is an intergenerational service celebrating the power of Love that is stronger than death. The season of spring is a reminder that new life bursts forth even in the least expected places.
An Easter Egg hunt will be held following the Festival Service along with refreshments on the church grounds.
SAT, MAR 24 MARCH FOR OUR LIVES: On Saturday March 24, thousands of people will gather in Washington, D.C. for the March for Our Lives a march in support of sane gun laws. Susan Pomeroy from the LUCC family is planning to go and would like to know if there are others from the church family who want to go as well. Please be in touch with Susan. Many thanks to Susan for making this witness. There is a sister march planned for St. Petersburg, visit facebook for more information. “Blessed are the peacemakers.”
SAT, MAR 24 GREENFEST: Wally LeBlanc is having a booth once again at IRB Greenfest representing LUCC. If you are interested in volunteering for 2 or 3 hours on the day of the event or assisting with preparations beforehand please email Wally. The 11th Annual Indian Rocks Beach Greenfest will be March 24th from 10am to 5pm on the block of 24th Avenue & 1st Street in Indian Rocks Beach.
SUN, MAR 25 REFRESHMENTS: In lieu of Sunday Celebrations, there will be light refreshments following worship on Sunday March 25th. Bring a snack to share if you like.
SUN, APR 15 ANNIVERSARY SUNDAY: Reserve your seat now for this celebration dinner! Forms available at church on Sunday.
LABYRINTH MAKEOVER: The labyrinth on the lawn at Lakewood has had a makeover thanks to the help of Melanie Moore and Bob Bell. Please use the labyrinth anytime you would like for reflection and prayer. It is always “open.”

COMMUNITY EVENTS

CIW ACTION: Five-day fast to fight sexual violence against women farmworkers underway outside Manhattan office of Wendy’s Board Chairman Nelson Peltz. Read more on the coalition website.
ONLINE PETITIONS: Urge your lawmakers to vote in ways that promote peace! Visit Equal Justice USA to support an end to the death penalty and  Move On to support a ban on military-style assault weapons and large capacity magazines.
SUN, MAR 18 FLORIDA AIDS WALK: Wally LeBlanc is participating in the Florida AIDS Walk as a sleepwalker meaning he won’t be walking but is fundraising. If you would like to donate, you can do so online or if you would like to donate with cash or check see Wally on Sunday after church.
WED MAR 21 SOLAR CO-OP INFO SESSION: Attend this info session to raise your awareness on the many benefits of going solar, how to save money on residential PV, and how co-op membership will make going solar easier. Wednesday, March 21, 6:00-7:30pm at the West St Petersburg Library
(6700 8th Ave N). Sponsored by the City of St. Petersburg, Solar United Neighbors of Florida, the League of Women Voters of St. Petersburg Area, and the Suncoast Sierra Clubs. RSVP for the event.
SUN, APR 8 SOCIAL JUSTICE LECTURE: Les Leopold, co-founder of the Labor Institute and author of Runaway Inequality: An Activist’s Guide to Economic Justice will give a lecture on causes and solutions to economic inequality at 4:30pm Sunday, April 8th at Temple Beth El (400 Pasadena Ave S). For more information call the Temple office at (727) 347-613.
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.
THERE IS HOPE – COMMUNITY: Wally LeBlanc will have cards available for sale on Sun. March 18th. The mission for March is Daystar, funds from card sales will go to benefit DaystarMinistry item for months of March and April is deodorant, these will be given to Daystar to be used for their work. There will be a box in the back of Sanctuary for items to be placed in.
THE BIBLE ON REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS: As Christians, we are called to love our neighbors. The Bible is unambiguous in calling us to welcome aliens and strangers in our land, and to love them as we love ourselves. In these times, let us listen to the voice of the still-speaking God. Visit ucc.org for a list of biblical references to immigrants and refugees.
CONTACTING YOUR REPRESENTATIVES IN WASHINGTON: If you are interested in calling, emailing or writing your representatives in congress, here is some contact information:

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

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

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

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

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

givingELECTRONIC GIVING: The church offers several options for electronic giving. There are information sheets and sign up forms available in the sanctuary and the church office. For additional information, please contact Bill Parsons or Adrien Helm.
NEW MEMBERS: Lakewood UCC is always ready to welcome new members into the church family. Joining the church involves attending an orientation session and being part of a Reception of New Members ritual during Sunday morning worship.
FREE BOOKS: Did you know that there are not only books to borrow in the church library but books being given away for free. Take a peek at the great selection. Many new titles have been added including a selection of books for children.
FREE ECO-THEOLOGY COURSE: Yale is offering three free courses centering on eco-theologian Thomas Berry and the application of his work and writing to understanding the gift of God’s creation and our relationship to it. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals or small groups in churches to participate in the course. Learn more about this exciting opportunity at coursera.org.
GUN VIOLENCE INFORMATION PAMPHLET: Copies of a Gun Violence information pamphlet are available. This resource was created by Grace Lewis of the LUCC congregation to educate the public about gun violence. They are located at the back of the sanctuary, or you can download one here. Please take them and share them.
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, cell phones, and all paper. At this time we CANNOT recycle toner cartridges, only inkjet cartridges. Keep it coming in! Many thanks to all who contribute to the church recycling. This income stream helps the ministry of the church.
USHERS NEEDED: Please see or email 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. Middle School age children and younger are invited to participate in Church School with Grace Lewis. Preschool children are welcome in the Nursery under the able care of Claudia Rodriguez. All children return to the sanctuary during the offering so they can participate at the end of the worship service. Children and young people are an integral part of this church family and the intergenerational relationships that form in this small congregation are truly a blessing!


CIRCLE OF CONCERN

Katharine Conover & the family and loved ones of Martin Keane, Betty Harris,
Ruth Halderman’s family and friends, Ruth Harrington’s family and friends, Carolyn Moore, Bert and Joyce Lee, Willy Zessoules, Genevieve Jackle,
 Ann Quinn

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Meditations & Reflections for solo piano 13 – The Lake


Simply click on the arrow in the orange circle above to play The Lake — it’s free to play. It is one of the pieces I wrote to play for a series on contemplative moments during a past season at Lakewood UCC. If you wish to hear the complete set of pieces, Meditations & Reflections for solo piano, you may stream the audio at https://soundcloud.com/hilton-kean-jones/sets/meditations-reflections-for-solo-piano. If you want to play them at home on the piano, yourself, you can download the sheet music at hiltonkeanjones.com/music. To buy the CD click on the following link.

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Meditations & Reflections for solo piano 12 – The Darkest Gate


Simply click on the arrow in the orange circle above to play The Darkest Gate — it’s free to play. It is one of the pieces I wrote to play for a series on contemplative moments during a past season at Lakewood UCC. If you wish to hear the complete set of pieces, Meditations & Reflections for solo piano, you may stream the audio at https://soundcloud.com/hilton-kean-jones/sets/meditations-reflections-for-solo-piano. If you want to play them at home on the piano, yourself, you can download the sheet music at hiltonkeanjones.com/music. To buy the CD click on the following link.

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Meditations & Reflections for solo piano 11 – The Rose Of The World


Simply click on the arrow in the orange circle above to play The Rose Of The World — it’s free to play. It is one of the pieces I wrote to play for a series on contemplative moments during a past season at Lakewood UCC. If you wish to hear the complete set of pieces, Meditations & Reflections for solo piano, you may stream the audio at https://soundcloud.com/hilton-kean-jones/sets/meditations-reflections-for-solo-piano. If you want to play them at home on the piano, yourself, you can download the sheet music at hiltonkeanjones.com/music. To buy the CD click on the following link.

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Weekly Update 8 March

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

SUN, MAR 11 THIS SUNDAY: These Lenten Sundays are a time to think about how the church needs to be a Foundation for the Future.  This Sunday is a time to reflect on an individualist approach to life and a communitarian approach.  What is needed by the world going forward?  What is in keeping with the Christian tradition?  See Jeremiah 31:31-34 and John 12:20-15.
SUN, MAR 11 DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME BEGINS: Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead an hour (perhaps for the last time? Florida Lawmakers Vote to Stay in Daylight Savings Time All Year Long).
FRI, MAR 9 MEMORIAL SERVICE:  Ruth Harrington of the LUCC congregation and a resident of Westminster Suncoast died Saturday February 17th.  Sincere sympathy is expressed to her family and friends. A service to celebrate her life will be held on Friday, March 9th at 1pm at Westminster Suncoast chapel.
SAT, MAR 10 FUNERAL:  Ruth Halderman of the LUCC congregation died Saturday February 24th.  Sincere sympathy is expressed to her family and friends. Her funeral will be held on Saturday, March 10th at 1pm here in Lakewood’s Sanctuary with a reception to follow in the Fellowship Hall.
SUPPLIES NEEDED: Wally LeBlanc is collecting bath towels and deodorant to distribute to various shelters and others in need. Bath towels can be used or new – if used no stains or holes. Please bring towels to the church or contact Wally to make arrangements for getting them to him.
SUN, FEB 18 – MAR 18 SUNDAYS IN LENT: Services begin at 10:30 and focus on new directions in Christian expression that can form a solid “Foundation for the Future” as the church seeks to serve the world in the years ahead.
WED, FEB 21 – MAR 14 WEDNESDAY PRAYERS: Gatherings from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. for the ancient prayer practice of lectio divina, praying the scriptures. Lectio Divina is not a Bible study. It matters not whether a person knows very little about the Bible or is a biblical scholar. Led by Rev. Emily Bell.
SUN, MAR 25 PALM SUNDAY: The service begins outside with the blessing of the palms. Please bring a palm branch and some to share if you can. The One Great Hour of Sharing Offering will be collected this Sunday. This offering is taken by mainline denominations in the United States and it is used to help people around the world, including the US, in times of crisis.
THU, MAR 29 MAUNDY THURSDAY: This is a night to remember Jesus’ last supper with his friends and followers. A light soup supper will be served at 6:00pm in the Fellowship Hall followed by a service of communion and Tenebrae in the sanctuary at 7:00. All are welcome at this solemn service of remembrance.
FRI, MAR 30 GOOD FRIDAY: There will be a guided labyrinth walk at noon related to the crucifixion of Jesus. The sanctuary will be open for meditation and prayer from noon until 3:00pm.
SUN, APR 1 EASTER: The celebration of Easter begins with a sunrise service at 7:00am outdoors on the church grounds followed by breakfast in the Fellowship Hall.
The Festival Service begins at 10:30am. This is an intergenerational service celebrating the power of Love that is stronger than death. The season of spring is a reminder that new life bursts forth even in the least expected places.
An Easter Egg hunt will be held following the Festival Service along with refreshments on the church grounds.
SAT, MAR 24 MARCH FOR OUR LIVES: On Saturday March 24, thousands of people will gather in Washington, D.C. for the March for Our Lives a march in support of sane gun laws. Susan Pomeroy from the LUCC family is planning to go and would like to know if there are others from the church family who want to go as well. Please be in touch with Susan. Many thanks to Susan for making this witness. “Blessed are the peacemakers.”
SAT, MAR 24 GREENFEST: Wally LeBlanc is having a booth once again at IRB Greenfest representing LUCC. If you are interested in volunteering for 2 or 3 hours on the day of the event or assisting with preparations beforehand please email Wally. The 11th Annual Indian Rocks Beach Greenfest will be March 24th from 10am to 5pm on the block of 24th Avenue & 1st Street in Indian Rocks Beach.
SUN, MAR 25 REFRESHMENTS: In lieu of Sunday Celebrations, there will be light refreshments following worship on Sunday March 25th. Bring a snack to share if you like.
SUN, APR 15 ANNIVERSARY SUNDAY: Reserve your seat now for this celebration dinner! Forms available at church on Sunday.
LABYRINTH MAKEOVER: The labyrinth on the lawn at Lakewood has had a makeover thanks to the help of Melanie Moore and Bob Bell. Please use the labyrinth anytime you would like for reflection and prayer. It is always “open.”

COMMUNITY EVENTS

ONLINE PETITIONS: Urge your lawmakers to vote in ways that promote peace! Visit Equal Justice USA to support an end to the death penalty and  Move On to support a ban on military-style assault weapons and large capacity magazines.
THU, MAR 8 ADVOCACY TRAINING: Women are Making Democracy Work! Celebrate International Women’s Day by putting more in your advocacy tool chest. This workshop, led by League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg area, and co-sponsored by Fired Up Pinellas, will provide a hands-on look at advocating for political change in 2018 with the CRC and beyond. The goal is to empower everyday activists to find their passion, get involved and go make a difference. Thursday, March 8, 6:15 – 8:45pm at Allendale United Methodist Church (3803 Haines Rd N). Everyone is invited. Refreshments provided. Registration is free, but required.
SUN, MAR 18 FLORIDA AIDS WALK: Wally LeBlanc is participating in the Florida AIDS Walk as a sleepwalker meaning he won’t be walking but is fundraising. If you would like to donate, you can do so online or if you would like to donate with cash or check see Wally on Sunday after church.
WED MAR 21 SOLAR CO-OP INFO SESSION: Attend this info session to raise your awareness on the many benefits of going solar, how to save money on residential PV, and how co-op membership will make going solar easier. Wednesday, March 21, 6:00-7:30pm at the West St Petersburg Library
(6700 8th Ave N). Sponsored by the City of St. Petersburg, Solar United Neighbors of Florida, the League of Women Voters of St. Petersburg Area, and the Suncoast Sierra Clubs. RSVP for the 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.
THERE IS HOPE – COMMUNITY: Wally LeBlanc will have cards available for sale on Sun. March 18th. The mission for March is Daystar, funds from card sales will go to benefit DaystarMinistry item for months of March and April is deodorant, these will be given to Daystar to be used for their work. There will be a box in the back of Sanctuary for items to be placed in.
THE BIBLE ON REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS: As Christians, we are called to love our neighbors. The Bible is unambiguous in calling us to welcome aliens and strangers in our land, and to love them as we love ourselves. In these times, let us listen to the voice of the still-speaking God. Visit ucc.org for a list of biblical references to immigrants and refugees.
CONTACTING YOUR REPRESENTATIVES IN WASHINGTON: If you are interested in calling, emailing or writing your representatives in congress, here is some contact information:

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

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

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

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

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

givingELECTRONIC GIVING: The church offers several options for electronic giving. There are information sheets and sign up forms available in the sanctuary and the church office. For additional information, please contact Bill Parsons or Adrien Helm.
NEW MEMBERS: Lakewood UCC is always ready to welcome new members into the church family. Joining the church involves attending an orientation session and being part of a Reception of New Members ritual during Sunday morning worship.
FREE BOOKS: Did you know that there are not only books to borrow in the church library but books being given away for free. Take a peek at the great selection. Many new titles have been added including a selection of books for children.
FREE ECO-THEOLOGY COURSE: Yale is offering three free courses centering on eco-theologian Thomas Berry and the application of his work and writing to understanding the gift of God’s creation and our relationship to it. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals or small groups in churches to participate in the course. Learn more about this exciting opportunity at coursera.org.
GUN VIOLENCE INFORMATION PAMPHLET: Copies of a Gun Violence information pamphlet are available. This resource was created by Grace Lewis of the LUCC congregation to educate the public about gun violence. They are located at the back of the sanctuary, or you can download one here. Please take them and share them.
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, cell phones, and all paper. At this time we CANNOT recycle toner cartridges, only inkjet cartridges. Keep it coming in! Many thanks to all who contribute to the church recycling. This income stream helps the ministry of the church.
USHERS NEEDED: Please see or email 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. Middle School age children and younger are invited to participate in Church School with Grace Lewis. Preschool children are welcome in the Nursery under the able care of Claudia Rodriguez. All children return to the sanctuary during the offering so they can participate at the end of the worship service. Children and young people are an integral part of this church family and the intergenerational relationships that form in this small congregation are truly a blessing!


CIRCLE OF CONCERN

Katharine Conover & the family and loved ones of Martin Keane, Betty Harris,
Ruth Halderman’s family and friends, Ruth Harrington’s family and friends, Carolyn Moore, Bert and Joyce Lee, Willy Zessoules, Genevieve Jackle,
 Ann Quinn, Vita Uth

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Meditations & Reflections for solo piano 10 – Willow


Simply click on the arrow in the orange circle above to play Willow — it’s free to play. It is one of the pieces I wrote to play for a series on contemplative moments during a past season at Lakewood UCC. If you wish to hear the complete set of pieces, Meditations & Reflections for solo piano, you may stream the audio at https://soundcloud.com/hilton-kean-jones/sets/meditations-reflections-for-solo-piano. If you want to play them at home on the piano, yourself, you can download the sheet music at hiltonkeanjones.com/music. To buy the CD click on the following link.

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Meditations & Reflections for solo piano 09 – Dreamer In Silk


Simply click on the arrow in the orange circle above to play Dreamer In Silk — it’s free to play. It is one of the pieces I wrote to play for a series on contemplative moments during a past season at Lakewood UCC. If you wish to hear the complete set of pieces, Meditations & Reflections for solo piano, you may stream the audio at https://soundcloud.com/hilton-kean-jones/sets/meditations-reflections-for-solo-piano. If you want to play them at home on the piano, yourself, you can download the sheet music at hiltonkeanjones.com/music. To buy the CD click on the following link.

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Weekly Update 1 March

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

SUN, MAR 4 THIS SUNDAY: Grace. It’s one of the hardest things to accept because it is free and beyond our control. Being Christian in a market driven culture can be a challenge. The story of Jesus turning over the table of the money changers in the Temple encourages reflection on faith and accounting. See John 2:13-22.
SUN, MAR 4 COMMUNION: All are welcome to participate in communion at Lakewood UCC, children at the discretion of the adults who brought them. The communion offering goes to the Special Needs Fund which is 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.
SAT, MAR 3 MEMORIAL SERVICE: Gertrude (Gertie) Pirazzini died on Wednesday January 17th, she was 89 years old. Condolences go to her family and friends, especially Kim and Jeff Wells, her daughter and son-in-law. A service to celebrate her life will be held on Saturday, March 3rd here in Lakewood’s Sanctuary at 11am with luncheon to follow in Fellowship Hall.
FRI, MAR 9 MEMORIAL SERVICE:  Ruth Harrington of the LUCC congregation and a resident of Westminster Suncoast died Saturday February 17th.  Sincere sympathy is expressed to her family and friends. A service to celebrate her life will be held on Friday, March 9th at 1pm at Westminster Suncoast chapel.
SAT, MAR 10 FUNERAL:  Ruth Halderman of the LUCC congregation died Saturday February 24th.  Sincere sympathy is expressed to her family and friends. Her funeral will be held on Saturday, March 10th at 1pm here in Lakewood’s Sanctuary with a reception to follow in the Fellowship Hall.
BATH TOWELS NEEDED: Wally LeBlanc is need of bath towels to distribute to various shelters and others in need. Bath towels can be used or new – if used no stains or holes. Please bring towels to the church or contact Wally to make arrangements for getting them to him.
SUN, FEB 18 – MAR 18 SUNDAYS IN LENT: Services begin at 10:30 and focus on new directions in Christian expression that can form a solid “Foundation for the Future” as the church seeks to serve the world in the years ahead.
WED, FEB 21 – MAR 21 WEDNESDAY PRAYERS: Gatherings from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. for the ancient prayer practice of lectio divina, praying the scriptures. Lectio Divina is not a Bible study. It matters not whether a person knows very little about the Bible or is a biblical scholar. Led by Rev. Emily Bell.
SUN, MAR 25 PALM SUNDAY: The service begins outside with the blessing of the palms. Please bring a palm branch and some to share if you can.
THU, MAR 29 MAUNDY THURSDAY: This is a night to remember Jesus’ last supper with his friends and followers. A light soup supper will be served at 6:00pm in the Fellowship Hall followed by a service of communion and Tenebrae in the sanctuary at 7:00. All are welcome at this solemn service of remembrance.
FRI, MAR 30 GOOD FRIDAY: There will be a guided labyrinth walk at noon related to the crucifixion of Jesus. The sanctuary will be open for meditation and prayer from noon until 3:00pm.
SUN, APR 1 EASTER: The celebration of Easter begins with a sunrise service at 7:00am outdoors on the church grounds followed by breakfast in the Fellowship Hall.
The Festival Service begins at 10:30am. This is an intergenerational service celebrating the power of Love that is stronger than death. The season of spring is a reminder that new life bursts forth even in the least expected places.
An Easter Egg hunt will be held following the Festival Service along with refreshments on the church grounds.
SAT, MAR 24 GREENFEST: Wally LeBlanc is having a booth once again at IRB Greenfest representing LUCC. If you are interested in volunteering for 2 or 3 hours on the day of the event or assisting with preparations beforehand please email Wally. The 11th Annual Indian Rocks Beach Greenfest will be March 24th from 10am to 5pm on the block of 24th Avenue & 1st Street in Indian Rocks Beach.
SUN, MAR 25 REFRESHMENTS: In lieu of Sunday Celebrations, there will be light refreshments following worship on Sunday March 25th. Bring a snack to share if you like.
SUN, APR 15 ANNIVERSARY SUNDAY: Save the date for this big celebration coming up!
LABYRINTH MAKEOVER: The labyrinth on the lawn at Lakewood has had a makeover thanks to the help of Melanie Moore and Bob Bell. Please use the labyrinth anytime you would like for reflection and prayer. It is always “open.”

COMMUNITY EVENTS

ONLINE PETITIONS: Urge your lawmakers to vote in ways that promote peace! Visit Equal Justice USA to support an end to the death penalty and  Move On to support a ban on military-style assault weapons and large capacity magazines.
WED, MAR 7 INNOCENCE PROJECT EVENT: Meet James Bain, an innocent man who suffered in Florida’s prisons for 35 years. Wednesday, March 7th, 6:30pm at Allendale United Methodist Church (3803 Haines Rd N). Discuss the causes of wrongful conviction and what needs to change to improve the Criminal Justice System.
THU, MAR 8 ADVOCACY TRAINING: Women are Making Democracy Work! Celebrate International Women’s Day by putting more in your advocacy tool chest. This workshop, led by League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg area, and co-sponsored by Fired Up Pinellas, will provide a hands-on look at advocating for political change in 2018 with the CRC and beyond. The goal is to empower everyday activists to find their passion, get involved and go make a difference. Thursday, March 8, 6:15 – 8:45pm at Allendale United Methodist Church (3803 Haines Rd N). Everyone is invited. Refreshments provided. Registration is free, but required.
SUN, MAR 18 FLORIDA AIDS WALK: Wally LeBlanc is participating in the Florida AIDS Walk as a sleepwalker meaning he won’t be walking but is fundraising. If you would like to donate, you can do so online or if you would like to donate with cash or check see Wally on Sunday after church.
WED MAR 21 SOLAR CO-OP INFO SESSION: Attend this info session to raise your awareness on the many benefits of going solar, how to save money on residential PV, and how co-op membership will make going solar easier. Wednesday, March 21, 6:00-7:30pm at the West St Petersburg Library
(6700 8th Ave N). Sponsored by the City of St. Petersburg, Solar United Neighbors of Florida, the League of Women Voters of St. Petersburg Area, and the Suncoast Sierra Clubs. RSVP for the 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.
THERE IS HOPE – COMMUNITY: Wally LeBlanc will have cards available for sale on Sun. March 18th. The mission for March is Daystar, funds from card sales will go to benefit DaystarMinistry item for months of March and April is deodorant, these will be given to Daystar to be used for their work. There will be a box in the back of Sanctuary for items to be placed in.
THE BIBLE ON REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS: As Christians, we are called to love our neighbors. The Bible is unambiguous in calling us to welcome aliens and strangers in our land, and to love them as we love ourselves. In these times, let us listen to the voice of the still-speaking God. Visit ucc.org for a list of biblical references to immigrants and refugees.
CONTACTING YOUR REPRESENTATIVES IN WASHINGTON: If you are interested in calling, emailing or writing your representatives in congress, here is some contact information:

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

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

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

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

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

givingELECTRONIC GIVING: The church offers several options for electronic giving. There are information sheets and sign up forms available in the sanctuary and the church office. For additional information, please contact Bill Parsons or Adrien Helm.
NEW MEMBERS: Lakewood UCC is always ready to welcome new members into the church family. Joining the church involves attending an orientation session and being part of a Reception of New Members ritual during Sunday morning worship.
FREE BOOKS: Did you know that there are not only books to borrow in the church library but books being given away for free. Take a peek at the great selection. Many new titles have been added including a selection of books for children.
FREE ECO-THEOLOGY COURSE: Yale is offering three free courses centering on eco-theologian Thomas Berry and the application of his work and writing to understanding the gift of God’s creation and our relationship to it. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals or small groups in churches to participate in the course. Learn more about this exciting opportunity at coursera.org.
GUN VIOLENCE INFORMATION PAMPHLET: Copies of a Gun Violence information pamphlet are available. This resource was created by Grace Lewis of the LUCC congregation to educate the public about gun violence. They are located at the back of the sanctuary, or you can download one here. Please take them and share them.
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, cell phones, and all paper. At this time we CANNOT recycle toner cartridges, only inkjet cartridges. Keep it coming in! Many thanks to all who contribute to the church recycling. This income stream helps the ministry of the church.
USHERS NEEDED: Please see or email 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. Middle School age children and younger are invited to participate in Church School with Grace Lewis. Preschool children are welcome in the Nursery under the able care of Claudia Rodriguez. All children return to the sanctuary during the offering so they can participate at the end of the worship service. Children and young people are an integral part of this church family and the intergenerational relationships that form in this small congregation are truly a blessing!


CIRCLE OF CONCERN

Katharine Conover & the family and loved ones of Martin Keane, Betty Harris,
Ruth Halderman’s family and friends, Ruth Harrington’s family and friends, Carolyn Moore, Bert and Joyce Lee, Willy Zessoules, Genevieve Jackle,
 Ann Quinn, Vita Uth

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Meditations & Reflections for solo piano 08 – Light of Tranquility


Simply click on the arrow in the orange circle above to play Light of Tranquility — it’s free to play. It is one of the pieces I wrote to play for a series on contemplative moments during a past season at Lakewood UCC. If you wish to hear the complete set of pieces, Meditations & Reflections for solo piano, you may stream the audio at https://soundcloud.com/hilton-kean-jones/sets/meditations-reflections-for-solo-piano. If you want to play them at home on the piano, yourself, you can download the sheet music at hiltonkeanjones.com/music. To buy the CD click on the following link.

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Earl Waters reports on Tallahassee rally

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Meditations & Reflections for solo piano 07 – The Flowers Kiss


Simply click on the arrow in the orange circle above to play The Flowers Kiss — it’s free to play. It is one of the pieces I wrote to play for a series on contemplative moments during a past season at Lakewood UCC. If you wish to hear the complete set of pieces, Meditations & Reflections for solo piano, you may stream the audio at https://soundcloud.com/hilton-kean-jones/sets/meditations-reflections-for-solo-piano. If you want to play them at home on the piano, yourself, you can download the sheet music at hiltonkeanjones.com/music. To buy the CD click on the following link.

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Friends,

Below is information on buses to Tallahassee on Monday and other actions to take against gun violence; the new Resist Trump Tuesdays demonstration outside Senator Marco Rubio’s new Tampa office, and fourteen events on the Women’s March list of activities, including DACA Dreamers speaking at SPC on Monday.

There is also a link to “Marjory Stoneman Douglas Would Be Proud of These Kids,”  a newspaper column about journalist, feminist, human rights activist and, most famously, Everglades activist Douglas, the namesake of the Parkland high school.

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SUPPORTING THE PARKLAND STUDENTS IN TALLAHASSEE: In the wake of the shootings at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, the student survivors are not backing down. They want to stop gun violence. They’re articulate, smart and determined. They are savvy users of social media and have the nation’s attention. They also have the support of the grassroots resistance. Join this momentum with the current three-week session of the Florida Legislature. (See one of the many stories about their advocacy here).

Here are several ways to support the students:

1. RALLY to TALLY
Monday, February 26
FREE – Buses departing locally from St. Pete and Tampa

Led by Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, the Miami-Dade Dems, Broward Democratic Party and Women’s March Florida, this large Rally in Tally for Gun Reform will amplify the students’ voices—and the voices of most U. S. citizens.

REGISTRATION HERE (Buses departing St. Pete, Tampa and other Florida locations)

FACEBOOK INVITE

  1. MAKE THREE CALLS NOW (if after hours, you can leave a voice mail):1) Your State Representative, 2) Your State Senator and 3) Governor Scott.

Tell them to “Listen to the students of Parkland. They are asking for one thing: a ban on assault weapons in Florida. Period. Agenda these bills. Hear them, and pass them.”

  1. SIGN the petition to Florida’s Republican legislative leadership demanding they finally take action against gun violence and #HEARTHEBILLS ON GUN SAFETY on gun safety. Click here to sign.

    For months, gun safety bills have languished in the Florida Legislature, unable to get even a single committee hearing. This includes:
    • SB 838: Universal background checks for all gun sales.
    • HB 321/SB 456: A ban on bump stocks, which allows semiautomatic rifles to fire faster.
    • HB 231/SB 530: Risk Protection Orders that would allow families and law enforcement to petition a court to temporarily suspend a person’s access to firearms if there is documented evidence that an individual is threatening harm to themselves or others. 

“Marjory Stoneman Douglas Would Be Proud of These Kids,” a column about lifelong activist and feminist Douglas, is on page 11A of today’s Tampa Bay Times or here.  It is by Douglas biographer Jack Davis.  Davis describes how, like the students today, the Florida Legislature snubbed Douglas and her sister suffragists—in 1917. Nevertheless, she persisted.  Her last public speech, at age 99, was about women’s rights.

 

RESIST TRUMP TUESDAYS AT SENATOR MARCO RUBIO’S NEW OFFICE
Every Tuesday, 10:30-11:30 am
Outside Senator Marco Rubio’s new office:
Sam M. Gibbons U.S. Court House, 801 N. Florida Ave. in Tampa, FL 33602 (map),  




To avoid fulfilling his Senatorial duties by talking with constituents in a town hall meeting last year, Senator Marco Rubio closed his Tampa office.  Well over 100 people had gathered outside his office every Tuesday morning for weeks on end, demanding the meeting to discuss Donald Trump’s policies, and because of the protests his landlord told him to move.  Instead of meeting with his constituents, ending the protest, and keeping his office, Rubio fled. Now, his office is back—and so is the resistance.

Rubio’s new office is at the Sam M. Gibbons U.S. Court House, 801 N. Florida Ave. in Tampa, FL 33602 (map), and Indivisible and other local activist groups are reviving Resist Trump Tuesdays.  Bring signs, or the Indivisible organizers can provide them.
There is parking around the courthouse and the meters take credit cards.  

It is especially important to join the demonstration now.  Trump and his policies are even more dangerous, Senator Rubio needs to know that he can’t flee his constituents or his duty, and the Parkland shooting survivors need our support.  (Rubio has taken $3.3 million from the NRA.)

The Facebook page for Resist Trump Tuesdays is at https://www.facebook.com/indivisibleactiontampabay/

 

Details about the original protests, Rubio fleeing his old office, and the move to his new office are here

 

Here is the Women’s March calendar of activities:

Black History Month Celebration


Friday, February 23 at 6 PM – 8 PM
Enoch Davis Recreation Center, 1111 18th Ave S, St Petersburg, FL 33705-2506


Join us for a night of celebration and bringing the community together for Black History Month at Enoch Davis Recreation Center, 1111 18th Ave. S., on Fri., February 23 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The event will provide an opportunity to learn about black history, emphasize unity among neighbors and bring a positive impact to create a stronger community.

Admission is free and all ages are welcome. The event will be full of fun activities for the whole family, including free food, entertainment, music and prizes. There will also be poetry readings, live performances, acting and much more.

The event is cohosted by the St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation Department’s Enoch Davis Recreation Center, Campbell Park Recreation Center, and community partners.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1733894006662644/

FL Black Arts and Film Festival (3rd Annual)
Saturday, February 24 at 11 AM – 6 PM
Skyway Marina District at Skyway Marina Mall 4301 34th Street South, Saint Petersburg, FL 33711.

Works by over 40 local and national artists, reflecting art from the African diaspora will be showcased. Experience African drumming, dancing, the Nomad Art Bus and more family fun. Films showing at the Historic Royal Theater throughout the day ($2 donation for each or a day pass can be purchased).https://www.facebook.com/events/1645312359098053/
Film Screening: Jane
Saturday, February 24 at 7 PM – 10 PM
Miller Auditorium, 4200 54th Ave S, Saint Petersburg, FL 33711

Jane (directed by Brett Morgan, 90m, 2017) will be introduced by Dr. Lauren Highfill, professor of psychology at Eckerd College.

Jane Goodall, a young and untrained woman, challenges the male-dominated scientific consensus of her time with her chimpanzee research and revolutionizes people’s understanding of the natural world. Set to an orchestral score from composer Philip Glass, the film draws from over 100 hours of never-before-seen footage, and offers an intimate portrait of an astonishing woman.

Hosted by “Visions of Nature/Voices of Nature” Environmental Film Festival and Eckerd College

https://www.facebook.com/events/2058254827727534/
Equality Florida Tampa Gala
Saturday, February 24 at 7:30 PM – 11 PM
TPepin’s Hospitality Centre, 4121 N 50th St, Tampa, Florida 33610

Tickets: http://www.eqfl.org/tampagalaSponsorship opportunities are now available!

https://www.facebook.com/events/507622592941311/
The Butterfly Progression – Q&A Panel discussion
Monday, February 26 at 6 PM – 8 PM
SC Building, St. Petersburg College Clearwater, 2465 Drew St, Clearwater, Florida 33765Join this panel discussion featuring community members, SPC staff, legal attorney, and undocumented youth for a dialogue about immigration policies, the local enforcement partnership, and community safety. This event is to remind our community that these are issues we can’t ignore. Join us as we will be sharing our stories and most importantly putting a voice to those who are too scared to speak out.

Spsonsored by Clearwater HereToStay 

https://www.facebook.com/events/1986329595021742/

Film Screening:
Backpack Full of Cash

Tuesday, February 27 at 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Allendale United Methodist Church, 3803 Haines Rd N, St. Petersburg, FL 33703

View this thought-provoking documentary on the privatization of public education. Childcare available.


Sponsored by: League of Women Voters of St. Petersburg and North Pinellas, Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association, Allendale United Methodist Church 

Event is free, but registration required: 
https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ef2ltssk70d4a294&oseq=&c=&ch=

https://www.facebook.com/events/170444300350836/

Reproductive Justice: More than Just A Choice ~ Symposium 2018

Friday, March 2 at 9 AM – 1 PM (registration opens at 8:30AM)
USF Marshall Student Center Room 3707
4103 Cedar Cir, Tampa, Florida 33620

Join the Maternal, Child Health Student Organization for our Annual Symposium. Come explore the world of reproductive justice through conversations with National Speakers, Networking, and a Panel on the future of Reproductive Justice.

Open to students, faculty, staff, and community organizations. 

Free, but registration required: 
https://www.eventbrite.com/o/usf-maternal-and-child-health-student-organization-16742886507

 

Electric Car Ride and Drive
Saturday, March 3 at 11 AM – 3 PM
Palm Harbor United Methodist Church, 1551 Belcher Rd, Palm Harbor, FL 34683

Would you like to drive an electric car? Electrify the South, the Suncoast Sierra Club and The Solar Shepherd, Inc. are hosting an “Electric Vehicle Ride and Drive”.  Ride and Drives will be available by registering with local dealership tables at the event. Electric vehicle owners will be showcasing their electric vehicles and sharing their experience of driving electric. We will also have demonstrations on how to charge your electric vehicle and how to use apps to find charging locations. This fun event will be a hands on way to learn about the latest technology.Register here: 
https://driveelectricweek.org/event.php?eventid=1279

https://www.facebook.com/events/999718656845210/

ACLU of Pinellas County 
26th Annual Bill of Rights Dinner


Tuesday, March 6 at 6- 9 pm
Banquet Masters 13355 49th St N, Clearwater, FL 33762
Purchase $50 tickets, which include dinner:

https://action.aclu.org/secure/fl-pinellas-county-chapter-26th-annual-bill-rights-banquet

Key Note: ACLU National President Susan Herman

Gardner Beckett Civil Liberties Award Recipient: Nadine Smith, CEO Equality Florida
Irene Miller Vigilance in Journalism Award Recipient: Mark Puente, Tampa Bay Times

International Women’s Day Advocacy Training

Thursday, March 8, 6:15 PM – 8:45 PM
Allendale United Methodist Church

3803 Haines Rd N, Saint Pete FL 33703

Women are Making Democracy Work. Celebrate International Women’s Day by putting more in your advocacy tool chest. Some features of this interactive training will include:

  • getting up-to-date facts on the Florida Constitution Review Commission (CRC) and the issues that are at stake
  • learning more about the CRC activities related to privacy/reproductive rights/health care, education, gun legislation, preemption and election law.
  • preparing to testify for the CRC’s St. Pete public hearing on 3/13
  • creating a 90-120 second speech, a persuasive email, or a letter-to-the-editor
  • receiving feedback from seasoned advocates in your chosen issue area


This workshop, led by League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg area, and co-sponsored by Fired Up Pinellas, will provide a hands-on look at advocating for political change in 2018 with the CRC and beyond. Our goal is to empower the everyday activist to find their passion, get involved and go make a difference. Everyone is invited. Refreshments provided.

Registration is free, but required:

https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ef5dv4upfd3ff53f&oseq=&c=&ch=

https://www.facebook.com/events/191400954792789/

CRC Public Hearing St. Petersburg – Defend Privacy & Reproductive Rights


Tuesday, March 13 1pm to 7pm (Sign up for a shift)

At this Public Hearing of the FL Constitution Revision Commission, several groups dedicated to women’s rights will be coordinating resistance to Proposal 22.  This proposal seeks to alter Floridians’ constitutional right to privacy to allow the FL Legislature to impose intrusive restrictions on Florida women, making it harder for them to access an abortion.

Please register your interest in participating here:

https://goo.gl/forms/7MH1tbIkmxvbT7RK2

Facebook event page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/2096836780550403/

See this link for more information on the CRC and the privacy provision:

https://sites.google.com/view/floridaprivacy/

Solar Co-op Info Session


Wednesday, March 21, 6:00-7:30pm
West St Petersburg Library
6700 8th Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33710, USA

Attend this info session to raise your awareness on the many benefits of going solar, how to save money on residential PV, and how co-op membership will make going solar easier. Read all about the co-op here.

RSVP for the event here: https://secure.everyaction.com/dlGwqQRYVk-Nk9maAAe6Og2


Sponsored by the City of St. Petersburg, Solar United Neighbors of Florida, the League of Women Voters of St. Petersburg Area, and the Suncoast Sierra Clubs.

https://www.facebook.com/events/171988120081763/

Film Premiere ~ Heather Booth: Changing the World 

Thursday, March 22 at 6 PM
Bryan Glazer Family JCC
522 N Howard Avenue, Tampa, Florida 33606

The Tampa film premiere of Heather Booth: Changing the World is presented by the Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival.  Attendees will enjoy a talk-back after the film with Heather.

Heather has been organizing activists from the Civil Rights movement to the Women’s movement to helping Hon. Elizabeth Warren establish the Consumer Financial Protection bureau to her arrest last week at the Capitol at a demonstration in support of Dreamers.

All are welcome.

https://www.facebook.com/events/336812226835634/

March for Our Lives Tampa


Saturday, March 24 
Time and Location To Be Announced

March For Our Lives is created by, inspired by, and led by students across the country who will no longer risk their lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings that has become all too familiar. In the tragic wake of the seventeen lives brutally cut short in Florida, politicians are telling us that now is not the time to talk about guns. March For Our Lives believes the time is now.

On March 24, we will be marching in Tampa to stand with the survivors of the Parkland shooting and demand that a comprehensive and effective bill be immediately brought before Congress to address these gun issues. No special interest group, no political agenda is more critical than timely passage of legislation to effectively address the gun violence issues that are rampant in our country.

https://www.facebook.com/events/434943066938495/

 

 

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Weekly Update 22 February

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

SUN, FEB 25 THIS SUNDAY: What does God’s covenant with Noah mean for the church today? How is this a Foundation for the Future going into the 21st century and beyond? See Genesis 9:8-17. Earl Waters will be doing a Moment for Mission on his experience at the gun violence rally in Tallahassee this week.
SUN, FEB 25 REFRESHMENTS: In lieu of Sunday Celebrations, there will be light refreshments following worship on Lenten Sundays. Bring a snack to share if you like.
SAT, FEB 17 IN MEMORIAM:  Ruth Harrington of the LUCC congregation and a resident of Westminster Suncoast died Saturday February 17th.  Sincere sympathy is expressed to her family and friends. Information about a service will be shared when arrangements have been made.
SUN, FEB 25 UNBROKEN CIRCLES MEETING: There will be a meeting following worship on Sunday, 25 February. All are welcome to attend.
BATH TOWELS WANTED: Wally LeBlanc is need of bath towels to distribute to various shelters and others in need. Bath towels can be used or new – if used no stains or holes. Please bring towels to the church or contact Wally to make arrangements for getting them to him.
MASS SHOOTING VICTIMS: Last Sunday, Colleen Coughenour created an installation in the sanctuary to remember those killed by gun violence including the Parkland shooting. The installation will be up through the season of Lent. Many thanks to Colleen for this moving witness! See a picture and full description here.
SUN, FEB 18 – MAR 18 SUNDAYS IN LENT: Services begin at 10:30 and focus on new directions in Christian expression that can form a solid “Foundation for the Future” as the church seeks to serve the world in the years ahead.
WED, FEB 21 – MAR 21 WEDNESDAY PRAYERS: Gatherings from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. for the ancient prayer practice of lectio divina, praying the scriptures. Lectio Divina is not a Bible study. It matters not whether a person knows very little about the Bible or is a biblical scholar. Led by Rev. Emily Bell.
SUN, MAR 25 PALM SUNDAY: The service begins outside with the blessing of the palms. Please bring a palm branch and some to share if you can.
THU, MAR 29 MAUNDY THURSDAY: This is a night to remember Jesus’ last supper with his friends and followers. A light soup supper will be served at 6:00pm in the Fellowship Hall followed by a service of communion and Tenebrae in the sanctuary at 7:00. All are welcome at this solemn service of remembrance.
FRI, MAR 30 GOOD FRIDAY: There will be a guided labyrinth walk at noon related to the crucifixion of Jesus. The sanctuary will be open for meditation and prayer from noon until 3:00pm.
SUN, APR 1 EASTER: The celebration of Easter begins with a sunrise service at 7:00am outdoors on the church grounds followed by breakfast in the Fellowship Hall.
The Festival Service begins at 10:30am. This is an intergenerational service celebrating the power of Love that is stronger than death. The season of spring is a reminder that new life bursts forth even in the least expected places.
An Easter Egg hunt will be held following the Festival Service along with refreshments on the church grounds.
SAT, MAR 3 MEMORIAL SERVICE: Gertrude (Gertie) Pirazzini died on Wednesday January 17th, she was 89 years old. Condolences go to her family and friends, especially Kim and Jeff Wells, her daughter and son-in-law. A service to celebrate her life will be held on Saturday, March 3rd here in Lakewood’s Sanctuary at 11am with luncheon to follow in Fellowship Hall.
SAT, MAR 24 GREENFEST: Wally LeBlanc is having a booth once again at IRB Greenfest representing LUCC. If you are interested in volunteering for 2 or 3 hours on the day of the event or assisting with preparations beforehand please email Wally. The 11th Annual Indian Rocks Beach Greenfest will be March 24th from 10am to 5pm on the block of 24th Avenue & 1st Street in Indian Rocks Beach.
SUN, APR 15 ANNIVERSARY SUNDAY: Save the date for this big celebration coming up!
LABYRINTH MAKEOVER: The labyrinth on the lawn at Lakewood has had a makeover thanks to the help of Melanie Moore and Bob Bell. Please use the labyrinth anytime you would like for reflection and prayer. It is always “open.”

COMMUNITY EVENTS

ONLINE PETITIONS: Urge your lawmakers to vote in ways that promote peace! Visit Equal Justice USA to support an end to the death penalty and  Move On to support a ban on military-style assault weapons and large capacity magazines.
FRI, FEB 23 CELEBRATION: Join in a night of celebration and bringing the community together for Black History Month at Enoch Davis Recreation Center (1111 18th Ave S) on Friday, February 23rd from 6 to 8pm.
SAT, FEB 24 BLACK ARTS FESTIVAL: Works by over 40 local and national artists, reflecting art from the African diaspora will be showcased. Experience African Drumming, dancing, the Nomad Art Bus and more family fun. Films showing at the Historic Royal Theater throughout the day ($2 donation for each or a day pass can be purchased). Saturday, February 24 at 11am – 6pm at the Skyway Marina District at Skyway Marina Mall (4301 34th St S). Visit Facebook for more information.
FEB 20 – 23 CONFERENCE: The St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs is a cooperative venture of a group of civic-minded St. Petersburg residents and the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. The conference will begin with the Keynote Address on February 20th at 6:30 PM. Panels will be February 21-23, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. All panels will be held in the USFSP University Student Center. For more information visit stpetersburgconferenceonworldaffairs.com.
FEB 16-24 FILM FESTIVAL:The 2018 “Visions of Nature/Voices of Nature,” Environmental Film Festival will be held February 16-24. For 20 years, the Environmental Film Festival has brought compelling and important films to the Tampa Bay area to raise awareness and promote discussion of matters relating to nature, place and the environment. Film scholars and filmmakers from around the world engage the audience in a lively dialogue about the environmental perspectives contained in documentary, animated, experimental and feature films. Free and open to the public. Visit environmentalfilmfest.com to see the schedule.
TUE, FEB 27 FILM SCREENING: Backpack Full of Cash, thought-provoking documentary on the privatization of public education, will be shown Tuesday, February 27 at 6:30 – 8:30pm at Allendale United Methodist Church (3803 Haines Rd N). Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of St. Petersburg and North Pinellas, Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association, and Allendale United Methodist Church. The event is free, but registration is required.
SAT, MAR 3 UCC WOMEN’S LUNCH: The Central West Coast Annual Regional Meeting & Luncheon for UCC Women will be March 3rd from 10:00am to 1:30pm at Pilgrim UCC (6315 Central Ave). The theme will be: “Untold Stories: The Unconquered Seminoles” Presented by Barb Coons, State Treasurer. 9:15am Registration in Fellowship Hall. Program begins at 10:00 a.m. Lunch will be served, Cost is $8.00 per person. Please bring nonperishable food items for the Good Samaritan UCC food pantry in Pinellas Park. To ensure there is enough lunch for everyone, please submit your registration with Payment by February 24th. Registration forms are on the bulletin board in the narthex. If you don’t get it mailed in time and plan on attending, please contact Eleanor Rouse by phone (727.215.4752) or email.
WED, MAR 7 INNOCENCE PROJECT EVENT: Meet James Bain, an innocent man who suffered in Florida’s prisons for 35 years. Wednesday, March 7th, 6:30pm at Allendale United Methodist Church (3803 Haines Rd N). Discuss the causes of wrongful conviction and what needs to change to improve the Criminal Justice System.
THU, MAR 8 ADVOCACY TRAINING: Women are Making Democracy Work! Celebrate International Women’s Day by putting more in your advocacy tool chest. This workshop, led by League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg area, and co-sponsored by Fired Up Pinellas, will provide a hands-on look at advocating for political change in 2018 with the CRC and beyond. The goal is to empower everyday activists to find their passion, get involved and go make a difference. Thursday, March 8, 6:15 – 8:45pm at Allendale United Methodist Church (3803 Haines Rd N). Everyone is invited. Refreshments provided. Registration is free, but required.
SUN, MAR 18 FLORIDA AIDS WALK: Wally LeBlanc is participating in the Florida AIDS Walk as a sleepwalker meaning he won’t be walking but is fundraising. If you would like to donate, you can do so online or if you would like to donate with cash or check see Wally on Sunday after church.
WED MAR 21 SOLAR CO-OP INFO SESSION: Attend this info session to raise your awareness on the many benefits of going solar, how to save money on residential PV, and how co-op membership will make going solar easier. Wednesday, March 21, 6:00-7:30pm at the West St Petersburg Library
(6700 8th Ave N). Sponsored by the City of St. Petersburg, Solar United Neighbors of Florida, the League of Women Voters of St. Petersburg Area, and the Suncoast Sierra Clubs. RSVP for the 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.
THERE IS HOPE – COMMUNITY: Wally LeBlanc has cards and paintings featuring his artwork for sale. The proceeds will be donated to the roof fund and other community ministries. Thank you, Wally!
THE BIBLE ON REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS: As Christians, we are called to love our neighbors. The Bible is unambiguous in calling us to welcome aliens and strangers in our land, and to love them as we love ourselves. In these times, let us listen to the voice of the still-speaking God. Visit ucc.org for a list of biblical references to immigrants and refugees.
CONTACTING YOUR REPRESENTATIVES IN WASHINGTON: If you are interested in calling, emailing or writing your representatives in congress, here is some contact information:

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

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

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

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

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

givingELECTRONIC GIVING: The church offers several options for electronic giving. There are information sheets and sign up forms available in the sanctuary and the church office. For additional information, please contact Bill Parsons or Adrien Helm.
NEW MEMBERS: Lakewood UCC is always ready to welcome new members into the church family. Joining the church involves attending an orientation session and being part of a Reception of New Members ritual during Sunday morning worship.
FREE BOOKS: Did you know that there are not only books to borrow in the church library but books being given away for free. Take a peek at the great selection. Many new titles have been added including a selection of books for children.
FREE ECO-THEOLOGY COURSE: Yale is offering three free courses centering on eco-theologian Thomas Berry and the application of his work and writing to understanding the gift of God’s creation and our relationship to it. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals or small groups in churches to participate in the course. Learn more about this exciting opportunity at coursera.org.
GUN VIOLENCE INFORMATION PAMPHLET: Copies of a Gun Violence information pamphlet are available. This resource was created by Grace Lewis of the LUCC congregation to educate the public about gun violence. They are located at the back of the sanctuary, or you can download one here. Please take them and share them.
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, cell phones, and all paper. At this time we CANNOT recycle toner cartridges, only inkjet cartridges. Keep it coming in! Many thanks to all who contribute to the church recycling. This income stream helps the ministry of the church.
USHERS NEEDED: Please see or email 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. Middle School age children and younger are invited to participate in Church School with Grace Lewis. Preschool children are welcome in the Nursery under the able care of Claudia Rodriguez. All children return to the sanctuary during the offering so they can participate at the end of the worship service. Children and young people are an integral part of this church family and the intergenerational relationships that form in this small congregation are truly a blessing!


CIRCLE OF CONCERN

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Meditations & Reflections for solo piano 06 – Lotus Born


Simply click on the arrow in the orange circle above to play Lotus Born — it’s free to play. It is one of the pieces I wrote to play for a series on contemplative moments during a past season at Lakewood UCC. If you wish to hear the complete set of pieces, Meditations & Reflections for solo piano, you may stream the audio at https://soundcloud.com/hilton-kean-jones/sets/meditations-reflections-for-solo-piano. If you want to play them at home on the piano, yourself, you can download the sheet music at hiltonkeanjones.com/music. To buy the CD click on the following link.

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Demand Action on Gun Violence!

In the wake of yet another horrific massacre in our state and as students’ outraged voices join the growing cry demanding action, the Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence (LUCC is a member) and the League of Women Voters of Florida are holding a Rally To Support Gun Safety Reform at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 21 on the steps of the Historic Florida Capitol.

A bus to the rally is departing from Allendale United Methodist Church (3803 Haines Rd N) at 6:30am on Wed, Feb 21. Visit facebook for more information or go to eventbrite to reserve a seat.

If you cannot make it to the protest, consider signing this online petition supporting a ban on military-style assault weapons and large capacity magazines used in the mass shootings like those in Parkland, FL and Newtown, CT.

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LUCC Remembers Victims of Mass Shootings

The last 20 years have seen some of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history:

April 20, 1999 – 13 people killed at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado.

April 16, 2007 – 32 people killed at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.

November 5, 2009 – 13 people and an unborn child killed at Fort Hood, Texas.

December 14, 2012 – 27 people killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

December 2, 2015 –  14 people killed at Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California.

June 12, 2016 – 49 people killed at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

October 1, 2017 – 58 people killed at a country music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada.

November 5, 2017 – 25 people and an unborn child killed at a small church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

February 14, 2018 – 17 people killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

It’s easy to get lost in those grim statistics. To remember that each victim was a person, a flower shape representing their life hangs in this commemorative installation in the sanctuary.


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