Weekly Update 19 April

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

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

COMMUNITY EVENTS

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

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

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

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

CONTINUING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

givingELECTRONIC GIVING: The church offers several options for electronic giving. There are information sheets and sign up forms available in the sanctuary and the church office. For additional information, please contact Bill Parsons or Adrien Helm.
IRON NEEDED: The formerly homeless friend of the church is in need of an iron.  If you have one to donate, please contact the church office (727-867-7961).
NEW MEMBERS: Lakewood UCC is always ready to welcome new members into the church family. Joining the church involves attending an orientation session and being part of a Reception of New Members ritual during Sunday morning worship.
FREE BOOKS: Did you know that there are not only books to borrow in the church library but books being given away for free. Take a peek at the great selection. Many new titles have been added including a selection of books for children.
FREE ECO-THEOLOGY COURSE: Yale is offering three free courses centering on eco-theologian Thomas Berry and the application of his work and writing to understanding the gift of God’s creation and our relationship to it. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals or small groups in churches to participate in the course. Learn more about this exciting opportunity at coursera.org.
GUN VIOLENCE INFORMATION PAMPHLET: Copies of a Gun Violence information pamphlet are available. This resource was created by Grace Lewis of the LUCC congregation to educate the public about gun violence. They are located at the back of the sanctuary, or you can download one here. Please take them and share them.
LOCAL ACTION ON REFUGEES: LUCC member Janet Blair works for the state in Refugee Resettlement. She shares this information:

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

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

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

IMG_3544
LUNCH BUNCH: This informal and open group gathers at a local restaurant for lunch and lively conversation after the service. Please check with one of the regulars – Don Ritchie or Ruth Halderman – about the details each week.
Screenshot 2016-08-08 18.34.07NEW EZ PODCASTS!!! No downloading! Just click and play! Try it! Just click on the little orange circle with the white arrow in it. Only one click and it plays! Every week, a new podcast is posted on the church website. All our streamable podcasts are at https://soundcloud.com/luccpodcasts – please tell your friends who might enjoy listening! Keep checking back, more and more will be added each week.
roofRAISING THE ROOF! The church has been informed by competent professionals, that the roof will need to be replaced probably within a year or two. The Advisors do not want to jump up one Sunday and beg for a huge amount of money. Therefore, you are being asked for Shekels for Shingles. Have you a few spare coins…$1’s,…. $5’s? If we scrape now, we won’t have to dig as deeply later. Please place donations in the bottle on the back table in the sanctuary.
recycle1RECYCLE: Recycle your print cartridges, cell phones, and all paper. At this time we CANNOT recycle toner cartridges, only inkjet cartridges. Keep it coming in! Many thanks to all who contribute to the church recycling. This income stream helps the ministry of the church.
USHERS NEEDED: Please sign up to usher for services. The signup sheet is on the bulletin board in the narthex.
WEBSITE — lakewooducc.org: Everything you always wanted to know about the church. Go ahead and ask. The information is probably at the church website. You can subscribe and have updates and comments automatically sent to your email address. See the homepage for details. You can also keep connected with on Facebook and on Twitter.
childrenYOUNG PEOPLE AT LAKEWOOD: Children and young people are a vital part of the LUCC family. All children participate in the beginning of the worship service. Elementary age children and younger are invited to participate in Children’s Time during the service. After Children’s Time elementary children are welcome in Church School Grace Lewis with assistance from others in the congregation are the teachers this year. Preschool children are welcome in the Nursery under the able care of Claudia Rodriguez. Middle and High School students participate in the Lakewood service on Sunday morning and attend the youth groups at Pass A Grille Beach Community United Church of Christ on Sunday evening during the school year. Children and young people are an integral part of this church family and the intergenerational relationships that form in this small congregation are truly a blessing!


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

Carolyn Moore has recently moved to Menorah Manor.

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Mozart’s Requiem at SPC, Monday, April 24, 7:30 p.m.

Mozart’s Requiem: In memory of Jason Miller, Monday, April 24 at 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

The Palladium at St. Petersburg College

253 5th Ave N, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33701
The combined choruses of St. Petersburg College and a chamber orchestra comprised of SPC faculty and friends, under the direction of SPC Interim Director of Choral Activities, Dr. Matt Caine, will present Mozart’s Requiem in memory of Jason Miller.

The life of prolific composer and musician Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart tragically ended just shy of his 36th birthday, leaving others to come after him and complete his unfinished Requiem. Composer and locally-known musician Jason Miller, an alumnus of the music and theatre departments of St. Petersburg College, died in a tragic automobile accident in December 2016 at the age of 36.

We, the musicians of SPC join together in this performance of Mozart’s Requiem to help our community mourn the passing of our beloved friend and, by doing so, in some small way seek to complete some of his life’s unfinished work in much the same way that composers completed Mozart’s unfinished Requiem.

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FADPUpdate: Capitol Rally Report and Events

Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty

Capitol Rally Report and Upcoming Events

Thursday, March 30, more than 400 concerned Floridians, representing a diversity of groups from across the state, rallied with us at the Capitol Building in Tallahassee to call for an end to the death penalty and support Orlando State Attorney Aramis Ayala’s decision not to seek death sentences.

10 buses along with carpools brought Floridians from Pensacola, Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa/St. Pete, Broward, and Miami-Dade. A petition with 130,000 signatures was delivered to Gov. Scott. It was a beautiful, powerful, and inspirational experience. More than 20 Florida leaders spoke passionately to the crowd about the current and historic realities of Florida’s failed death penalty program. The rally was absolutely thrilling and uplifting.

Thank you everyone who made this possible. A bold, broad-based new era in the long struggle to end executions in our state has begun.

To see amazing photos from the rally, click here or visit the FADP.org website.

Exciting upcoming events and actions! Please visit the FADP “Events” page for details.

Your help is urgently needed now for the growing statewide struggle to end the death penalty. Please make a much needed and appreciated donation today. Please share this message with others. Only with your help can the work be done and progress made.

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Weekly Update 12 April

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

COMMUNITY EVENTS

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

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

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

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

CONTINUING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

givingELECTRONIC GIVING: The church offers several options for electronic giving. There are information sheets and sign up forms available in the sanctuary and the church office. For additional information, please contact Bill Parsons or Adrien Helm.
IRON NEEDED: The formerly homeless friend of the church is in need of an iron.  If you have one to donate, please contact the church office (727-867-7961).
NEW MEMBERS: Lakewood UCC is always ready to welcome new members into the church family. Joining the church involves attending an orientation session and being part of a Reception of New Members ritual during Sunday morning worship.
FREE BOOKS: Did you know that there are not only books to borrow in the church library but books being given away for free. Take a peek at the great selection. Many new titles have been added including a selection of books for children.
FREE ECO-THEOLOGY COURSE: Yale is offering three free courses centering on eco-theologian Thomas Berry and the application of his work and writing to understanding the gift of God’s creation and our relationship to it. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals or small groups in churches to participate in the course. Learn more about this exciting opportunity at coursera.org.
GUN VIOLENCE INFORMATION PAMPHLET: Copies of a Gun Violence information pamphlet are available. This resource was created by Grace Lewis of the LUCC congregation to educate the public about gun violence. They are located at the back of the sanctuary, or you can download one here. Please take them and share them.
LOCAL ACTION ON REFUGEES: LUCC member Janet Blair works for the state in Refugee Resettlement. She shares this information:

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

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

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

IMG_3544
LUNCH BUNCH: This informal and open group gathers at a local restaurant for lunch and lively conversation after the service. Please check with one of the regulars – Don Ritchie or Ruth Halderman – about the details each week.
Screenshot 2016-08-08 18.34.07NEW EZ PODCASTS!!! No downloading! Just click and play! Try it! Just click on the little orange circle with the white arrow in it. Only one click and it plays! Every week, a new podcast is posted on the church website. All our streamable podcasts are at https://soundcloud.com/luccpodcasts – please tell your friends who might enjoy listening! Keep checking back, more and more will be added each week.
roofRAISING THE ROOF! The church has been informed by competent professionals, that the roof will need to be replaced probably within a year or two. The Advisors do not want to jump up one Sunday and beg for a huge amount of money. Therefore, you are being asked for Shekels for Shingles. Have you a few spare coins…$1’s,…. $5’s? If we scrape now, we won’t have to dig as deeply later. Please place donations in the bottle on the back table in the sanctuary.
recycle1RECYCLE: Recycle your print cartridges, cell phones, and all paper. At this time we CANNOT recycle toner cartridges, only inkjet cartridges. Keep it coming in! Many thanks to all who contribute to the church recycling. This income stream helps the ministry of the church.
USHERS NEEDED: Please sign up to usher for services. The signup sheet is on the bulletin board in the narthex.
WEBSITE — lakewooducc.org: Everything you always wanted to know about the church. Go ahead and ask. The information is probably at the church website. You can subscribe and have updates and comments automatically sent to your email address. See the homepage for details. You can also keep connected with on Facebook and on Twitter.
childrenYOUNG PEOPLE AT LAKEWOOD: Children and young people are a vital part of the LUCC family. All children participate in the beginning of the worship service. Elementary age children and younger are invited to participate in Children’s Time during the service. After Children’s Time elementary children are welcome in Church School Grace Lewis with assistance from others in the congregation are the teachers this year. Preschool children are welcome in the Nursery under the able care of Claudia Rodriguez. Middle and High School students participate in the Lakewood service on Sunday morning and attend the youth groups at Pass A Grille Beach Community United Church of Christ on Sunday evening during the school year. Children and young people are an integral part of this church family and the intergenerational relationships that form in this small congregation are truly a blessing!


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

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Weekly Update 5 April

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

COMMUNITY EVENTS

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

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

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

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

CONTINUING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

givingELECTRONIC GIVING: The church offers several options for electronic giving. There are information sheets and sign up forms available in the sanctuary and the church office. For additional information, please contact Bill Parsons or Adrien Helm.
WELCOMING CITY: A resolution has been presented “declaring the City of St. Petersburg to be an inclusive and welcoming city for all of its residents, regardless of immigration status, religion, country of origin, race, culture, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression or disability; declaring that the City will work with law enforcement to ensure that the City is prepared to respond to hate crimes or other requests for services from immigrant communities.” The resolution is now headed to committee to determine accuracy on what the city can and cannot do before a final vote is taken. You are invited to call your council member to lend your voice in their decision.
NEW MEMBERS: Lakewood UCC is always ready to welcome new members into the church family. Joining the church involves attending an orientation session and being part of a Reception of New Members ritual during Sunday morning worship.
FREE BOOKS: Did you know that there are not only books to borrow in the church library but books being given away for free. Take a peek at the great selection. Many new titles have been added including a selection of books for children.
FREE ECO-THEOLOGY COURSE: Yale is offering three free courses centering on eco-theologian Thomas Berry and the application of his work and writing to understanding the gift of God’s creation and our relationship to it. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals or small groups in churches to participate in the course. Learn more about this exciting opportunity at coursera.org.
GUN VIOLENCE INFORMATION PAMPHLET: Copies of a Gun Violence information pamphlet are available. This resource was created by Grace Lewis of the LUCC congregation to educate the public about gun violence. They are located at the back of the sanctuary, or you can download one here. Please take them and share them.
LOCAL ACTION ON REFUGEES: LUCC member Janet Blair works for the state in Refugee Resettlement. She shares this information:

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

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

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

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LUNCH BUNCH: This informal and open group gathers at a local restaurant for lunch and lively conversation after the service. Please check with one of the regulars – Don Ritchie or Ruth Halderman – about the details each week.
Screenshot 2016-08-08 18.34.07NEW EZ PODCASTS!!! No downloading! Just click and play! Try it! Just click on the little orange circle with the white arrow in it. Only one click and it plays! Every week, a new podcast is posted on the church website. All our streamable podcasts are at https://soundcloud.com/luccpodcasts – please tell your friends who might enjoy listening! Keep checking back, more and more will be added each week.
roofRAISING THE ROOF! The church has been informed by competent professionals, that the roof will need to be replaced probably within a year or two. The Advisors do not want to jump up one Sunday and beg for a huge amount of money. Therefore, you are being asked for Shekels for Shingles. Have you a few spare coins…$1’s,…. $5’s? If we scrape now, we won’t have to dig as deeply later. Please place donations in the bottle on the back table in the sanctuary.
recycle1RECYCLE: Recycle your print cartridges, cell phones, and all paper. At this time we CANNOT recycle toner cartridges, only inkjet cartridges. Keep it coming in! Many thanks to all who contribute to the church recycling. This income stream helps the ministry of the church.
USHERS NEEDED: Please sign up to usher for services. The signup sheet is on the bulletin board in the narthex.
WEBSITE — lakewooducc.org: Everything you always wanted to know about the church. Go ahead and ask. The information is probably at the church website. You can subscribe and have updates and comments automatically sent to your email address. See the homepage for details. You can also keep connected with on Facebook and on Twitter.
childrenYOUNG PEOPLE AT LAKEWOOD: Children and young people are a vital part of the LUCC family. All children participate in the beginning of the worship service. Elementary age children and younger are invited to participate in Children’s Time during the service. After Children’s Time elementary children are welcome in Church School Grace Lewis with assistance from others in the congregation are the teachers this year. Preschool children are welcome in the Nursery under the able care of Claudia Rodriguez. Middle and High School students participate in the Lakewood service on Sunday morning and attend the youth groups at Pass A Grille Beach Community United Church of Christ on Sunday evening during the school year. Children and young people are an integral part of this church family and the intergenerational relationships that form in this small congregation are truly a blessing!


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

Carolyn Moore has recently moved to Menorah Manor.

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Sermon 4.2.17 “Dead Again”

Scripture Lesson: Ezekiel 37:1-14

A pile of dry bones. That’s about as absolute as you can get. Dead. No life. Over and done. Final. That’s the scene we are given in Ezekiel.

These bones indicate the death not only of individual people but of a society. Of the people of Israel. Of the Temple and worship in Jerusalem. Of the monarchy. It’s all over. Brought down by super power politics in a military defeat. The result of ethnic nationalism and idolatry manifested in violent crime and oppressive economics. Kind of sounds familiar, doesn’t it? The people of Israel, those that are still alive, anyway, have been driven from their homes, their land, and scattered. It is the end of the world as they knew it.

A pile of dry bones. The story makes sure to get the message across by telling us that the bones were “very dry.” No life. No hope. No future.

In the story the prophet is asked by God, “Can these bones live?” We can imagine Ezekiel thinking, “What kind of a question is that? Of course a pile of dry bones scattered out here in the wilderness cannot live.” Then trying to think of a diplomatic way to parlay the question. Ah, toss it back to God. “Can these bones live?” “You know.” Whew. Dodged that one!

The next thing we know, the prophet is instructed to prophesy over the bones. Again, can’t you hear the little voice in the prophet’s head: “Why are you doing this? This is ridiculous. This is absurd. Talking to dead, dry bones all in heap in the middle of nowhere.” But the prophet follows instructions. And – “. . . suddenly there was a noise, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. . . and there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them.”

We are told of the bodies but they are not animated. There is no breath in them. So, reminiscent of Genesis, in this re-creation story, we are told of the breath entering the bodies: “Thus says the Sovereign God: ‘Come from the four winds, O Breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live’ . . . and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood on their feet, a vast multitude.”

Ezekiel and the people of Israel who are left get the message. Don’t limit God. Don’t presume to think that you know the power of God. God is more powerful than the Empire that annihilated Israel. God is more powerful than fear. God is more powerful than death. God is more powerful than all the evil we can imagine.

And the story tells us, in graphic terms, that God is free. What the people have or have not done does not control God. However Israel got to the point of defeat and exile, God is going to do what God is going to do. God is completely free. No limitations. No constraints.

Like the people of Israel in the story from Ezekiel, we too, face death on many fronts. We face the death of our bodies, the end of our span on Earth. We face the death of loved ones. On top of that we are confronted with the death of our familiar lifestyle and assumptions. Our society is stressed to breaking. We live in a culture of violence. We see the inequities of our economic arrangements. We see the erosion of the commonly held values of honesty, decency, and civility. People around the globe, including within the United States, are forced to flee violence, famine, and changing environmental conditions facing the end of their world as they knew it. There is the looming collapse of the natural world as we know it. It may not be in our lifetime, but our grandchildren or great grand children will face a very different reality.

But Ezekiel tells us that in the mysterious power and freedom of God, there is the possibility of new life. Whatever the circumstances. There is a power in the universe, call it God, call it love, call it Oneness, call it Life, that is stronger than anything we can dish up.

This Lenten season, as we think about migrating closer to God, to our center, to the heart of the universe, we must remember that we are talking about mystery, freedom, and power that we do not control; that cannot be domesticated to suit our cultural proclivities, our sensibilities, and our assumptions.

God is not restricted and limited to what is in the Bible or to what the church has said about God.

We are reminded of a bigger God – a God not just of the US. Not just of capitalism. Not just of Christianity. Those are strong influences that shape our identity. But in God, those are small considerations. Our tradition shows us a God always powerful and free to do something new that is life giving and life affirming. Newness, beyond our imagination is possible. Not limited by our small sights.

To move closer to God, don’t hang on. Let go.

God, the same yesterday, today and tomorrow – yes! Powerful and free! 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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Congratulations!

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

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Holy Week

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ACTION ALERT – GUN SAFETY

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

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

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

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

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

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St. Pete Earth Day

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

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

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Weekly Update 29 March

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

COMMUNITY EVENTS

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

CONTINUING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

givingELECTRONIC GIVING: The church offers several options for electronic giving. There are information sheets and sign up forms available in the sanctuary and the church office. For additional information, please contact Bill Parsons or Adrien Helm.
WELCOMING CITY: A resolution has been presented “declaring the City of St. Petersburg to be an inclusive and welcoming city for all of its residents, regardless of immigration status, religion, country of origin, race, culture, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression or disability; declaring that the City will work with law enforcement to ensure that the City is prepared to respond to hate crimes or other requests for services from immigrant communities.” The resolution is now headed to committee to determine accuracy on what the city can and cannot do before a final vote is taken. You are invited to call your council member to lend your voice in their decision.
NEW MEMBERS: Lakewood UCC is always ready to welcome new members into the church family. Joining the church involves attending an orientation session and being part of a Reception of New Members ritual during Sunday morning worship.
FREE BOOKS: Did you know that there are not only books to borrow in the church library but books being given away for free. Take a peek at the great selection. Many new titles have been added including a selection of books for children.
FREE ECO-THEOLOGY COURSE: Yale is offering three free courses centering on eco-theologian Thomas Berry and the application of his work and writing to understanding the gift of God’s creation and our relationship to it. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals or small groups in churches to participate in the course. Learn more about this exciting opportunity at coursera.org.
GUN VIOLENCE INFORMATION PAMPHLET: Copies of a Gun Violence information pamphlet are available. This resource was created by Grace Lewis of the LUCC congregation to educate the public about gun violence. They are located at the back of the sanctuary, or you can download one here. Please take them and share them.
LOCAL ACTION ON REFUGEES: LUCC member Janet Blair works for the state in Refugee Resettlement. She shares this information:

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

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

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

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LUNCH BUNCH: This informal and open group gathers at a local restaurant for lunch and lively conversation after the service. Please check with one of the regulars – Don Ritchie or Ruth Halderman – about the details each week.
Screenshot 2016-08-08 18.34.07NEW EZ PODCASTS!!! No downloading! Just click and play! Try it! Just click on the little orange circle with the white arrow in it. Only one click and it plays! Every week, a new podcast is posted on the church website. All our streamable podcasts are at https://soundcloud.com/luccpodcasts – please tell your friends who might enjoy listening! Keep checking back, more and more will be added each week.
roofRAISING THE ROOF! The church has been informed by competent professionals, that the roof will need to be replaced probably within a year or two. The Advisors do not want to jump up one Sunday and beg for a huge amount of money. Therefore, you are being asked for Shekels for Shingles. Have you a few spare coins…$1’s,…. $5’s? If we scrape now, we won’t have to dig as deeply later. Please place donations in the bottle on the back table in the sanctuary.
recycle1RECYCLE: Recycle your print cartridges, cell phones, and all paper. At this time we CANNOT recycle toner cartridges, only inkjet cartridges. Keep it coming in! Many thanks to all who contribute to the church recycling. This income stream helps the ministry of the church.
USHERS NEEDED: Please sign up to usher for services. The signup sheet is on the bulletin board in the narthex.
WEBSITE — lakewooducc.org: Everything you always wanted to know about the church. Go ahead and ask. The information is probably at the church website. You can subscribe and have updates and comments automatically sent to your email address. See the homepage for details. You can also keep connected with on Facebook and on Twitter.
childrenYOUNG PEOPLE AT LAKEWOOD: Children and young people are a vital part of the LUCC family. All children participate in the beginning of the worship service. Elementary age children and younger are invited to participate in Children’s Time during the service. After Children’s Time elementary children are welcome in Church School Grace Lewis with assistance from others in the congregation are the teachers this year. Preschool children are welcome in the Nursery under the able care of Claudia Rodriguez. Middle and High School students participate in the Lakewood service on Sunday morning and attend the youth groups at Pass A Grille Beach Community United Church of Christ on Sunday evening during the school year. Children and young people are an integral part of this church family and the intergenerational relationships that form in this small congregation are truly a blessing!


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

Jean Johnson is now under the care of Hospice.

Carolyn Moore has recently moved to Menorah Manor.

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Execute justice not people Rally in Tally

Join FADP, Equal Justice USA, NAACP, Latino Justice, Florida Council of Churches, Orange County Black Voice, and Color of Change in Tallahassee on Thursday, March 30 at 12:30 PM to call on Governor Rick Scott to execute justice NOT people!

A bus will leave the Allendale United Methodist Church (3803 Haines Rd N, St. Petersburg, FL 33703) @ 7am. Register online if you’d like to be on it!

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Pax Christi Tampa Bay Newsletter

(Also available as PDF by clicking here: Pax Christi Tampa Bay March 2017.)

WEEKLY EVENTS calendar

  1. New Surly Fems Events Calendar
    2. People’s Budget in St. Petersburg
    3.  Laundry Love: Soap and Pizza
    4. Farmworkers march in Tampa
    5.  Rally in Tally against the death penalty
    6. Thomas Merton on War Lenten Retreat
  2. Tiny Homes Festival
    8.  Black Resistance in St. Petersburg
    9. International Peace in Space Conference
    10. Think Globally, Act Communally: An Evening with Becca Stevens
    11. Jeffrey Toobin on the Trump Court
    12. Sasha Abramsky: The American Way of Poverty
    13. Hopeful things from Rita Lucey

Good folks,

The resistance against the policies of the Trump administration continues.  Along with the events listed below, a recently formed calendar of local events is remarkable in the quantity and scope of its activities.

Notable this week are the monthly Laundry Love in St. Petersburg on Monday, the Coalition of Immokalee Farmworkers March in Tampa on Wednesday, and the Rally in Tally against the death penalty on Thursday.  Other opportunities below include protests, lectures, and chances for hands-on service.

Pax Christi Tampa Bay

WEEKLY CALENDAR

PEACE FIRST SITE: Since 2002, Peace First has gathered on street corners weekly to speak for peace and justice.  This presence is especially important now as a continuation of resistance to the current administration.

Peace First will demonstrate at the corner of 34th Street/US 19 and 22nd  Avenue N. in St. Petersburg every Wednesday through April from 4:30-5:30 PM (map)Participants usually gather afterward at a nearby restaurant for a meal. For more information (FMI): SMcCown@tampabay.rr.com


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

WEEKLY BREAKFAST: Loaves and Fishes is a breakfast held at Trinity Lutheran Church on Saturday mornings. Volunteers serve a hot breakfast to about 200 people. The breakfast is held on the third floor of Trinity Lutheran Church, 401 4th Avenue North in St. Petersburg.

The breakfast runs from 8:30-10:30 AM, and volunteers can participate in one or all of the shifts: early (7:30-8:30 AM) to help prep the meal; mid-meal (8:30-9:30 AM) for serving; and late (9:00-10:30 AM) for cleanup. Volunteers should go to the side of Trinity Lutheran Church and take the elevator to the third floor.   Please contact G. W. Rolle at (727) 424-1088 to help.
SINGLE EVENTS

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

2. PEOPLE’S BUDGET: Residents of St. Petersburg can go to https://andicastall.typeform.com/to/mFxb1q to take the People’s Budget survey to tell  the City of St. Petersburg decide how to spend its budget surplus.


  1. Laundry Love is an opportunity to help financially struggling people in St. Petersburg do their laundry. It is sponsored by the Missio Dei church and takes place the last Monday of every month.  This month Laundry Love meets from 6:30-8:00 PMon Monday, March 27 at the coin laundry at 365 8th St S, St Petersburg, Florida (map). Organizers provide soap, coins and pizza for those washing their clothes.

Your assistance is always needed and appreciated.  FMI on how you can support and participate in Laundry Love, call G. W. Rolle at (727) 424-1088.

 

  1. FARMWORKERS END NATIONWIDE TOUR WITH MARCH IN TAMPA: Join farmworkers andTampa Bay Fair Foodfor the grand Florida finale of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ Return to Human Rights Tour in Tampa on Wednesday, March 29. They will call on Wendy’s and Publix Supermarkets to make a real, verifiable commitment to protecting the fundamental human rights of farmworkers in their supply chains by joining the CIW’s Fair Food Program.

    The march begins at 5:00 PM at Publix GreenWise (2401 W Azeele St.) and concludes at Wendy’s (1615 W Kennedy Blvd) in Tampa. Parking will be provided.

    The fourteen-day, twelve-city Return to Human Rights Tour (March 16-29, 2017) is the longest protest action in the last ten years of the Campaign for Fair Food, joining thousands of consumers in mobilizing for the national Wendy’s Boycott. The boycott, launched by farmworkers last March, has garnered support from tens of thousands of students, faith leaders, human rights, activists, and consumers of conscience across the country. In spite of the growing pressure, the final fast food holdout has dug in its heels and defended its decision to shift purchases away from Florida’s tomato industry —which the New York Times called the “best working environment in American agriculture” — and towards a Mexican industry, riddled with inhumane working conditions.

    FMI: Tampa Bay Fair Food  or tbfairfood@gmail.com

    5. ANTI-DEATH PENALTY RALLY IN TALLY: Join FADP, Equal Justice USA, NAACP, Latino Justice, Florida Council of Churches, Orange County Black Voice, and Color of Change in Tallahassee this Thursday, March 30 at 12:30 PM to call on Governor Rick Scott to execute justice NOT people! 

The death penalty unnecessarily wastes millions of taxpayer dollars above the cost of sentencing people to life in prison with no parole.  Florida leads the nation with 26 people on death row exonerated and released due to wrongful convictions. Florida’s death penalty is rooted in racial bias: never in Florida’s history has a white person been executed for killing a black person. And there is no proof that the death penalty prevents violent crime or protects law enforcement officers.

Last week, after an extensive and non-partisan investigation of the facts of the death penalty process, State Attorney Aramis Ayala, elected on a platform of criminal justice reform, announced she would not seek death sentences in any cases in her jurisdiction. She acted responsibly and within her rights as State Attorney. Governor Scott, an extreme proponent of the death penalty, interfered in the lawful discretion and duties of the State Attorney and removed Ayala from an upcoming potential death penalty case.

This Thiursday people are rallying in Tallahassee to deliver a message to Gov. Scott’s office: Floridians are here to #StandWithAramis and to end the death penalty in our state. The rally will take place at The Capitol, 400 S. Monroe St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001.

There will be buses picking up participants in the following cities:

Tampa | Faith Lutheran Church @ 7am
12703 North Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33608

St. Petersburg | Allendale United Methodist Church @ 7am
3803 Haines Rd N, St. Petersburg, FL 33703

Orlando | Walmart Neighborhood Market @ 7am
1101 S Goldwyn Ave, Orlando, FL 32805

Jacksonville | Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church @ 7:30am
2036 Silver St, Jacksonville, FL 32206

FMI, to register, and to secure a spot on the bus, click here.

  1. THOMAS MERTON ON WAR: RETREAT WITH JIM FOREST: Thomas Merton is well known as a spiritual writer and explorer and a person of conscience, deeply concerned about issues or racial justice and peace in a time when those issues were not front and center for many religious folks. Merton’s forthright comments on American society, war culture, and racial injustice are still on the mark. What can we learn from him about our war culture and about ourselves and our efforts to resist it?

Jim Forest was a member of the New York Catholic Worker, an editor of their newspaper, friend of Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton. A life-long worker for peace, Jim is Secretary of the Orthodox Peace Fellowship and has written many books, including All is Grace, a biography of Dorothy Day, Loving Our Enemies, on living the Beatitudes, and The Root of War is Fear: Thomas Merton’s Advice to Peacemakers. Merton’s “Letter to a Young Peacemaker” was written to Jim Forest.

The retreat will include talks by Jim, times of discussion, silence, and prayer.  March 31st – April 3rd, 2017 at The Rush Center, Midfield, AL  Cost:  $60 day only, $65 for overnight  FMI: Contact Mary’s House  205-780-2020 or email shelleymdouglass@gmail.com
  1. TINY HOMES FESTIVAL: Tiny Home Festival features designs, construction options, and the benefits and challenges of living tiny.  The Festival features five tiny homes on wheels and tiny home owners, builders and experts.  The Festival will be on Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 10:00 AM–6:00 PM at St. Pete EcoVillage, 302 15th Street North in Saint Petersburg, FL 33705 (map) FMI and tickets, click here
  2. WORKERS, RACE AND CLASS: BLACK RESISTANCE FROM THEN TO NOW: Fight for $15, an organization of activists working for fair wages, honors the legacy and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the anniversary of his assassination by hosting a special panel discussion with leaders in St. Petersburg connecting the dots between Dr. King’s struggle for racial and economic justice and the battles we are fighting today.

    Leaders of the historic 1968 sanitation worker strike in St Petersburg will speak on how those events connect with the fight for fair wages and worker rights today as the Trump administration gears up to expand Right to Work and decimate the working class. The discussion will take place on Tuesday, April 4 from 6:00-8:00 at the James B Sanderlin Center 2335 22nd Ave S., St. Petersburg, FL 33712.  FMI: https://www.facebook.com/events/132159317314497/

 

 

 

  1. INTERNATIONAL PEACE IN SPACE CONFERENCE: “Pivot Toward War: US Missile Defense and the Weaponization of Space,” is the subject of the 25th Annual Space  Organizing Conference and Protest of the Global Network against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space. The annual conference, which features activists and experts from seven countries and sixteen states, will take place from April 7-9 in Huntsville, Alabama.  Huntsville, also known as the “Pentagon of the South,” is the home of weapons contractors, the Redstone Arsenal, and the Space and Missile Defense Command.  Huntsville receives over $7 billion dollars in military spending every year.  Even so, 14.2% of people in the area live below the federal poverty level.

    The conference will focus on resisting the effort by the Trump administration to develop and deploy the next generation of Star Wars weapons, which will increase global instability and cost hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars. Col. Ann Wright (US Army retired, diplomat) will be the keynote speaker.  FMI, including a video to the conference and to the history and contractors of Huntsville, go to http://www.space4peace.org/

    10. THINK GLOBALLY, ACT COMMUNALLY: An evening with Becca Stevens: Becca Stevens is an author, Episcopal priest and founder of Thistle Farms, a community of women healing from prostitution, trafficking and addiction.  She began Thistle Farms in 1997 as ​a residential ​program offering housing, medical and dental care,​ ​therapy, and ​education free to women for two years. Residents and graduates are given employment through one of four social enterprises, allowing them to move towards independence.  Stevens was named a “Champion of Change” from the White House in 2011 and a 2016 Top 10 CNN Hero.​ ​She will speak Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at the Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602. Doors open/welcome reception at 6:30 PM. Program begins at 7:30 PM.  The event is free and open to the public.  FMI and to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/think-globally-act-communally-an-evening-with-becca-stevens-tickets-32354352740?aff=efbeventtix

    11. JEFFREY TOOBIN: A senior analyst for CNN and staff writer for The New Yorker, Jeffrey Toobin is one of the country’s most esteemed experts on politics, media and the law. Toobin, who has covered all the major legal stories of the era, ranging from the nomination of four Supreme Court Justices to the trials of Michael Jackson and George Zimmerman, offers a unique look into the inner workings of the Supreme Court and its influence, as well as how the current administration will shape the court and, in turn, the nation.  Toobin will speak Thursday, April 27 from 7:30 – 9:30 PM at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N WC MacInnes Pl, Tampa, Florida 33602. FMI: https://www.facebook.com/events/409409009397905/

    12. Sasha Abramsky and the american way of poverty: Join author and journalist Sasha Abramsky, author of The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives for the Leif Nissen Social Justice Lecture Series of Temple Beth-El on April 30, 2017 from 5:00-8:00 PM at Temple Beth-El, 400 Pasadena Ave S, in Saint Petersburg, Florida 33707.  Born in England,  Abramsky studied at Balliol College, Oxford, and at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City. Currently living in Sacramento, he teaches in the U.C. Davis writing program, while also a fellow at the NYC-based Demos think tank.

    The lecture is sponsored in partnership with the League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area, University, University of South Florida St. Petersburg, Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater & Unitarian Universalists of St Petersburg. The event is free and a light dinner will follow.  For more information, contact Temple Beth-El Social Action co-chair, Robin Warren at rwarren200714@gmail.com or the Temple office at (727) 347-6136.

  2. HOPEFUL THINGS: When asked how he remained hopeful after so many years of activism, Father Daniel Berrigan said, “By doing hopeful things.”

Here is a list of hopeful things compiled by hopeful activist Rita Lucey:

  • Brisbane, Australia: Catholic workers remove a sword embedded in a cross – a symbol of war.
    ● Warton, England: a Methodist and a Quaker attempt to disarm warplanes bound for Saudi Arabia
    ● Jeju, South Korea: the community of resistance continues public protest while networking with Okinawa, Taiwan and other countries to halt military expansion.
    ● Falsane, Scotland  home of Britain’s Trident nuclear missile submarine fleet:  numerous activists arrested for protests
    ● Paris, France: Nineteen Greenpeace activists jailed for protesting against energy giant EDF for indiscriminate use of inferior materials in construction of nuclear facilities
    ●  Menwith Hill, England  the campaign for Accountability of American Bases (CAAB) continues.  Founder (1992) Lindis Percy arrested again  by British soldiers protecting the US run spy base.
    ● Okinawa, Japan Three activists jailed for opposition to expansion of US military bases in Okinawa.
    ● Brussels, Belgium A major international NO to NATO planned for May.
    ● Buchel AFB, Germany – 20 weeks of nonviolent resistance actions March 26-August 9  demand that U.S. nuclear weapons stockpiled there be sent home.  Support for U.N. effort to ban nuclear weapons.

    The most recent activities in the U.S.:
    ● Bath Maine: Twelve warship blockaders found guilty by jury. Judge sentences to 30 hours community service.
    ● Beale AFB, California: Drone resistance actions and continuous demonstrations, including yellow “-Crime Scene – Do Not Cross” tape plastered over the Beale AFB sign. “Perpetrators” given federal trespass citations.
    ● Washington, D.C.: At a Witness Against Torture (WAT) die-in at Hart Senate Office Building, nine activists arrested, the same number of deaths at Guantanamo of individuals never charged with crime.

    For more, Google war resisters groups for a listing.
    National War Tax Resistance: www.nwtree.org
    Nuclear Resister   nukeresister@igc.org
    falsanepeacecamp@protonmail.com
    www.greenpeace.fr
    savejejunow.org
    caat.org.uk (Campaign Against the Arms Trade)

 

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Rally with us in Tallahassee

 

Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty

Rally with us in Tallahassee!

Join FADP, Equal Justice USA, NAACP, Latino Justice, Florida Council of Churches, Orange County Black Voice, and Color of Change in Tallahassee on Thursday, March 30 at 12:30 PM to call on Governor Rick Scott to execute justice NOT people!

Rally In Tallahassee Flyer

Not only does trying to enforce the death penalty unnecessarily waste millions of taxpayer dollars over and above the cost of sentencing those same people to life in prison with no parole, it prolongs the judicial process for decades, forcing victim’s families to re-live the worst day of their lives over and over again.

Shockingly, Florida leads the nation with 26 people on death row exonerated and released due to evidence of wrongful convictions. Florida’s death penalty is rooted in racial bias – never in Florida’s history has a white person been executed for killing a black person. There is no proof that the death penalty prevents violent crime or protects law enforcement officers.

Last week, after an extensive and non-partisan investigation of the facts and reality of the death penalty process, State Attorney Aramis Ayala, elected on a platform of criminal justice reform, announced she would not seek death sentences in any cases in her jurisdiction. She acted very responsibly and within her rights as State Attorney.

This was a big win for the safety and well-being of Orange and Osceola County families and all Florida taxpayers. However, Gov. Scott, an extreme proponent of the death penalty, abused his power and interfered in the lawful discretion and duties of the State Attorney and ultimately removed Ayala from an upcoming potential death penalty case.

That’s why we’re rallying in Tallahassee; to deliver a message to Gov. Scott’s office: Floridians are here to #StandWithAramis and to end the death penalty in our state.

Will you Rally in Tally with us?  We encourage you to bring friends, family, and carpool to Tallahassee. But if you don’t have a ride, there will be buses picking up participants in the following cities:

Orlando | Walmart Neighborhood Market @ 7am
1101 S Goldwyn Ave, Orlando, FL 32805

Jacksonville | Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church @ 7:30am
2036 Silver St, Jacksonville, FL 32206

Tampa | Faith Lutheran Church @ 7am
12703 North Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33608

St. Petersburg | Allendale United Methodist Church @ 7am
3803 Haines Rd N, St. Petersburg, FL 33703

Register to attend and secure your spot on the bus today!

See you in Tallahassee,

Mark Elliott
Executive Director
Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
www.fadp.org

FADP is a non-profit and non-partisan Florida organization of individuals and groups united to abolish the Death Penalty in Florida.

 

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The Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence

The Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence is a project of the League of Women Voters. Lakewood United Church of Christ is a partner in this coalition. There is a link at the bottom to a list of all the Coalition partners.

Advocating for meaningful gun law reform for a safer Florida

Preventing gun violence is not a 2nd Amendment issue;
it’s a public safety issue.
Dear Coalition partners and supporters,
March has been a very busy month so far for the Coalition!
Senator Gary Farmer, D-Ft. Lauderdale, outlined his proposed bill to close the “Mile-Wide” background check loophole at gun shows during a press conference in Tallahassee hosted by the Coalition.
Powerful GOP Lawmaker Sen. Anitere Flores came out in opposition to guns in airport terminals and on college campuses. These bills were proposed by Senator Greg Steube, R-Sarasota.
Coalition Co-Chair and LWVF 1st VP Patricia Brigham participated in an enlightening conversation on Gun Safety and legislation with veteran journalist Mike Lafferty in the LWVOC Hot Topics event: Ballots Not Bullets. Brigham also joined Republican Attorney Wade Vose on the “Decision Florida” Facebook Live Show with WMFE Health Reporter Abe Aboraya on gun bills moving through the Florida Legislature.
Hot topics Gun Safety
Hot Topics:  Ballots no Bullets

Hot Topics: Ballots Not Bullets, A Gun Safety And Legislative Solutions Conversation With Veteran Journalist Mike Lafferty & Coalition Co-Chair/LWVF VP Patricia Brigham. We Have Included A Facebook Live Video Of The Event.

Brigham said that the Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence, of which the League is leading, is backing one bill that would ban semiautomatic weapons and high-capacity magazines and another that would close a loophole by expanding background checks for gun-show sales. There is no guarantee either will be heard during the committee process. The Coalition plans to bring these proposals back every year until they pass.
The coalition will be vigilant. “We will protect the public from bad bills; the League believes in responsible gun ownership,” Brigham said. “Gun control is not a Second Amendment issue but a public-safety issue.”
There is a plethora of bills for this legislative session, Brigham said, because the National Rifle Association and its Florida lobbyist Marion Hammer lost ground in the last few sessions. “The gun lobby is not used to being challenged.”
This year, Brigham said, both campus-carry and open-carry (for those 1.7 million Floridians who hold concealed-weapons permits) may be on “shaky ground.” Campus-carry, as last year, is particularly “shaky” because, Brigham said, it makes no sense in an environment of alcohol and drug use, not to mention student depression (leading to suicide). In addition, university officials and law-enforcement groups are on the record opposed to campus-carry.
Passing responsible gun legislation is laid upon the states because, Brigham said, the federal government did next to nothing, even after the Sandy Hook tragedy in 2012 when a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. (Congress has even banned funding for the Centers for Disease Control to study gun violence.)
All bills, with their filing numbers, are on the League Web site (see Citizen Toolkit), and Brigham encourages partners and coalition supporters to study them and let legislators know if you’re opposed.
“The better informed we are, the safer we are,” Brigham said.

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Farmer Press Conference, Back ground checks legislation
Proposed Bill to Close Gun Show Loophole
Senator Gary Farmer, D-Ft. Lauderdale, outlined his proposed bill to close the “mile-wide” background check loophole at gun shows during a news conference in Tallahassee hosted by the Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence.
“What does this bill do? It requires all firearm sales be conducted by a licensed firearms dealer,” Farmer said.
Decision Florida, WMFE
Decision Florida on WMFE
Watch the “Decision Florida” show about gun legislation hosted by 90.7 WMFE health reporter Abe Aboraya. Abe talked about gun bills moving through the Florida Legislature with Republican attorney Wade Vose and League of Women Voters of Florida‘s Patricia M. Brigham.

Upcoming Events
Join the Sarasota Chapter of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence for the forum, “Why Can’t We Do Something?” Featured speakers: Mark Barden, Co-Founder of Sandy Hook Promise, Cristen Rescigno, also with Sandy Hook Promise, and Patti Brigham, Co-Chair of the Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence.
We’re taking on the NRA, the gun lobby, and the politicians they fund to make Floridians safer from gun violence
The mission of the Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence is to reduce and prevent gun crimes, injuries, and deaths via:
  • A state ban on all semiautomatic assault weapons and large-capacity feeding devices
  • Comprehensive universal background checks and ensuring that the State provides all relevant records to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS)
  • Continuing our efforts to defeat unsafe gun legislation including Open Carry, Campus Carry and Stand Your Ground expansion
Contact: Patti Brigham
1st Vice President LWV of Florida,
Co-chair, Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence
The League of Women Voters of Florida, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. For more information, please visit the League’s website at: www.TheFloridaVoter.org.
League of Women Voters of Florida, 540 Beverly Court, Tallahassee, FL 32301-7530
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We need a budget that uplifts the common good!

President Trump released his “skinny budget” last week. The President’s budget is only a proposal, Congress will ultimately set our Nation’s spending priorities, but it is still important because it signals what the new president is thinking and what his vision for our common life is.

The President’s budget proposal calls for a large increase in military spending. This cost would be offset by severe cuts across much of the rest of the government. It would eliminate dozens of long-standing federal programs that assist the poor and slash funding for environmental protection, scientific research, foreign aid, and diplomacy.

This proposed budget also codifies a promise to build a wall on our southern border. It sets aside more than $4 billion to begin the building process as well as beefing up staffing needs to support more deportations.

Act now – Urge Congress to work towards a budget that reflects our commitment to the common good, uplifts all people and protects God’s Creation!

Reminding us that Jesus calls us to attend to the needs of the least of these, General Synod 25 challenged the United Church of Christ to support policies that serve the common good, saying:

“Our Christian faith speaks directly to public morality and the ways a nation should bring justice and compassion into its civic life.  In the story of the last judgment, Jesus tells us that nations will be judged by how they care for their most vulnerable citizens, those Jesus describes as, ‘the least of these who are members of my family.’ This story in Matthew (Matthew 25: 34-35) is not about personal salvation; rather it is presented as a story of the judgment of nations.”

This budget doesn’t reflect the values or commitments which we as people of faith hold dear. Now is the time to speak out!

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Weekly Update 22 March

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

COMMUNITY EVENTS

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

CONTINUING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

givingELECTRONIC GIVING: The church offers several options for electronic giving. There are information sheets and sign up forms available in the sanctuary and the church office. For additional information, please contact Bill Parsons or Adrien Helm.
DEATH PENALTY BILL: A bill titled “Sentencing in Capital Felonies” (SB 280 and HB 527) in the Florida legislature is rapidly making its way towards passage. Your help is needed to try to stop it. This bill takes steps to reform and restart Florida’s flawed death penalty program by requiring a unanimous jury for a death sentence. However, this reform will not fix the many fatal flaws of this wasteful and unnecessary government program. Contact your Florida legislator today and call for an extension of the current pause on executions, and for the State of Florida to conduct a complete and impartial review of Florida’s death penalty program to determine cost, deterrence, accuracy, impact on victims’ families, impartiality, and most importantly – necessity. Visit fadp.org for a sample e-mail and phone script.
NEW MEMBERS: Lakewood UCC is always ready to welcome new members into the church family. Joining the church involves attending an orientation session and being part of a Reception of New Members ritual during Sunday morning worship.
FREE BOOKS: Did you know that there are not only books to borrow in the church library but books being given away for free. Take a peek at the great selection. Many new titles have been added including a selection of books for children.
FREE ECO-THEOLOGY COURSE: Yale is offering three free courses centering on eco-theologian Thomas Berry and the application of his work and writing to understanding the gift of God’s creation and our relationship to it. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals or small groups in churches to participate in the course. Learn more about this exciting opportunity at coursera.org.
GUN VIOLENCE INFORMATION PAMPHLET: Copies of a Gun Violence information pamphlet are available. This resource was created by Grace Lewis of the LUCC congregation to educate the public about gun violence. They are located at the back of the sanctuary, or you can download one here. Please take them and share them.
LOCAL ACTION ON REFUGEES: LUCC member Janet Blair works for the state in Refugee Resettlement. She shares this information:

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

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

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

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LUNCH BUNCH: This informal and open group gathers at a local restaurant for lunch and lively conversation after the service. Please check with one of the regulars – Don Ritchie or Ruth Halderman – about the details each week.
Screenshot 2016-08-08 18.34.07NEW EZ PODCASTS!!! No downloading! Just click and play! Try it! Just click on the little orange circle with the white arrow in it. Only one click and it plays! Every week, a new podcast is posted on the church website. All our streamable podcasts are at https://soundcloud.com/luccpodcasts – please tell your friends who might enjoy listening! Keep checking back, more and more will be added each week.
roofRAISING THE ROOF! The church has been informed by competent professionals, that the roof will need to be replaced probably within a year or two. The Advisors do not want to jump up one Sunday and beg for a huge amount of money. Therefore, you are being asked for Shekels for Shingles. Have you a few spare coins…$1’s,…. $5’s? If we scrape now, we won’t have to dig as deeply later. Please place donations in the bottle on the back table in the sanctuary.
recycle1RECYCLE: Recycle your print cartridges, cell phones, and all paper. At this time we CANNOT recycle toner cartridges, only inkjet cartridges. Keep it coming in! Many thanks to all who contribute to the church recycling. This income stream helps the ministry of the church.
USHERS NEEDED: Please sign up to usher for services. The signup sheet is on the bulletin board in the narthex.
WEBSITE — lakewooducc.org: Everything you always wanted to know about the church. Go ahead and ask. The information is probably at the church website. You can subscribe and have updates and comments automatically sent to your email address. See the homepage for details. You can also keep connected with on Facebook and on Twitter.
childrenYOUNG PEOPLE AT LAKEWOOD: Children and young people are a vital part of the LUCC family. All children participate in the beginning of the worship service. Elementary age children and younger are invited to participate in Children’s Time during the service. After Children’s Time elementary children are welcome in Church School Grace Lewis with assistance from others in the congregation are the teachers this year. Preschool children are welcome in the Nursery under the able care of Claudia Rodriguez. Middle and High School students participate in the Lakewood service on Sunday morning and attend the youth groups at Pass A Grille Beach Community United Church of Christ on Sunday evening during the school year. Children and young people are an integral part of this church family and the intergenerational relationships that form in this small congregation are truly a blessing!


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Weekly Update 15 March

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

COMING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

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

COMMUNITY EVENTS

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

CONTINUING LAKEWOOD UCC EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

givingELECTRONIC GIVING: The church offers several options for electronic giving. There are information sheets and sign up forms available in the sanctuary and the church office. For additional information, please contact Bill Parsons or Adrien Helm.
DEATH PENALTY BILL: A bill titled “Sentencing in Capital Felonies” (SB 280 and HB 527) in the Florida legislature is rapidly making its way towards passage. Your help is needed to try to stop it. This bill takes steps to reform and restart Florida’s flawed death penalty program by requiring a unanimous jury for a death sentence. However, this reform will not fix the many fatal flaws of this wasteful and unnecessary government program. Contact your Florida legislator today and call for an extension of the current pause on executions, and for the State of Florida to conduct a complete and impartial review of Florida’s death penalty program to determine cost, deterrence, accuracy, impact on victims’ families, impartiality, and most importantly – necessity. Visit fadp.org for a sample e-mail and phone script.
NEW MEMBERS: Lakewood UCC is always ready to welcome new members into the church family. Joining the church involves attending an orientation session and being part of a Reception of New Members ritual during Sunday morning worship.
FREE BOOKS: Did you know that there are not only books to borrow in the church library but books being given away for free. Take a peek at the great selection. Many new titles have been added including a selection of books for children.
FREE ECO-THEOLOGY COURSE: Yale is offering three free courses centering on eco-theologian Thomas Berry and the application of his work and writing to understanding the gift of God’s creation and our relationship to it. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals or small groups in churches to participate in the course. Learn more about this exciting opportunity at coursera.org.
GUN VIOLENCE INFORMATION PAMPHLET: Copies of a Gun Violence information pamphlet are available. This resource was created by Grace Lewis of the LUCC congregation to educate the public about gun violence. They are located at the back of the sanctuary, or you can download one here. Please take them and share them.
LOCAL ACTION ON REFUGEES: LUCC member Janet Blair works for the state in Refugee Resettlement. She shares this information:

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

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

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

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LUNCH BUNCH: This informal and open group gathers at a local restaurant for lunch and lively conversation after the service. Please check with one of the regulars – Don Ritchie or Ruth Halderman – about the details each week.
Screenshot 2016-08-08 18.34.07NEW EZ PODCASTS!!! No downloading! Just click and play! Try it! Just click on the little orange circle with the white arrow in it. Only one click and it plays! Every week, a new podcast is posted on the church website. All our streamable podcasts are at https://soundcloud.com/luccpodcasts – please tell your friends who might enjoy listening! Keep checking back, more and more will be added each week.
roofRAISING THE ROOF! The church has been informed by competent professionals, that the roof will need to be replaced probably within a year or two. The Advisors do not want to jump up one Sunday and beg for a huge amount of money. Therefore, you are being asked for Shekels for Shingles. Have you a few spare coins…$1’s,…. $5’s? If we scrape now, we won’t have to dig as deeply later. Please place donations in the bottle on the back table in the sanctuary.
recycle1RECYCLE: Recycle your print cartridges, cell phones, and all paper. At this time we CANNOT recycle toner cartridges, only inkjet cartridges. Keep it coming in! Many thanks to all who contribute to the church recycling. This income stream helps the ministry of the church.
USHERS NEEDED: Please sign up to usher for services. The signup sheet is on the bulletin board in the narthex.
WEBSITE — lakewooducc.org: Everything you always wanted to know about the church. Go ahead and ask. The information is probably at the church website. You can subscribe and have updates and comments automatically sent to your email address. See the homepage for details. You can also keep connected with on Facebook and on Twitter.
childrenYOUNG PEOPLE AT LAKEWOOD: Children and young people are a vital part of the LUCC family. All children participate in the beginning of the worship service. Elementary age children and younger are invited to participate in Children’s Time during the service. After Children’s Time elementary children are welcome in Church School Grace Lewis with assistance from others in the congregation are the teachers this year. Preschool children are welcome in the Nursery under the able care of Claudia Rodriguez. Middle and High School students participate in the Lakewood service on Sunday morning and attend the youth groups at Pass A Grille Beach Community United Church of Christ on Sunday evening during the school year. Children and young people are an integral part of this church family and the intergenerational relationships that form in this small congregation are truly a blessing!


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

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