Weekly Update 20 February

This Sunday: The Shaker expression of Christianity, though almost extinct, has much to offer the church of the 21st century. The service will feature Shaker music including “Simple Gifts.”

Sunday Celebrations: The theme for this Sunday’s potluck lunch is PICNIC! Burgers and dogs, veggie burgers, buns, condiments, and drinks will be provided. Please bring a side dish to share. Tables will be set up outside, weather permitting. 24 February following morning worship.

Care Team Meeting: The Care Team met to discuss ways to reach out to church members who are not able to attend services. In addition to phone calls, visits and cards the care team will begin offering communion to homebound church members. Please e-mail Patti Cooksey if you would like to be involved in this ministry.

Environmental Film Festival: Eckerd College’s annual film festival begins 21 February and runs through 2 March. All films are free and open to the public. The festival takes place on the Eckerd College campus (4200 54th Ave S). For a complete schedule visit environmentalfilmfest.com. Claire Stiles and Kim Wells will be attending most of the movies and hope to see LUCC folks there.

Theological Orientation Discussions: The advisors are hosting these discussions as a way to follow up on conversations begun last year about LUCC’s mission statement. The next session will be held 6:30pm on Feb. 27. It will involve conversation about the word “Christ.” It’s often used like a last name for Jesus, but what does it really convey? What did it mean in the ancient world and what are implications of this word today? Future sessions will be on: March 19 and 27. All are welcome. Come when you can!

Festival of Praise: The 33rd Annual Festival of Praise at First Presbyterian Church (701 Beach Drive NE) features Guest Clinician and Organist Michael Hey, Associate Director of Music and Organist at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. The event includes the Chancel Choir of First Presbyterian Church as well as singers and musicians from the community (like LUCC’s Claire Stiles and Bert and Joyce Lee). Come hear the festival chorus and the thrilling organ masterworks of Michael Hey. Sunday, March 3 at 4pm.

Ash Wednesday: The season of Lent begins March 6 with Ash Wednesday.  There will be an outdoor service, lakeside around a fire, at the home of Dana, Chip, and Jackson Cosper starting at 7pm. Save the date for this beautiful gathering!

LUCC Concert Series: celebrating Old Time, Blues, Blue Grass, Folk & Country music. All concerts begin at 7pm. There is a $20 suggested donation for the band, doors open at 6:30pm. See the website or LUCC Facebook page for more information. Spread the word, share on Facebook or Nextdoor, invite your friends!

Friday, March 22 – Randy Wilson and Gabe Dansereau
Friday, May 3 – Charley Groth
Friday, May 31 – Rebecca Zapen

Sea Level Rise Conference: Plans are shaping up for the Suncoast Sea Level Rise Collaborative’s conference on climate, a two-day program that will explore changes in the level of climate impacts over four years and highlight action steps individuals and policy-makers could take to mitigate or adapt to those impacts.

The conference, titled [Sea Level] Rise Up: Realities and Opportunities, will be April 5 & 6 at the Conference Center at SPC Seminole, 9200 113th St. North.

The Collaborative, a small group of concerned citizens (LUCC’s Claire Stiles is one of them) committed to educating the public about the challenges and opportunities created by global warming, emerged from the Institute’s 2015 sea level rise conference. Since 2015, a great deal has happened on the climate change front to heighten the need for action to deal with the impacts of a warmer Earth. Register online.

February Birthdays: Happy birthday to Jim Andrews (2/6); Sarah Lewis (2/14); Jeff Wells (2/15); and Joyce Lee (2/28) Someone missing? Contact the church office with birthday information.

Circle of Concern: Family and friends of Bill and Shirley Locke, especially LUCC’s Dina Gamma. Roger Jackle who is in the Health Center of Westminster Suncoast. Bill Lindsay who just moved to Westminster Palms. Lucille Ruga who is moving to Westminster Suncoast this week. Christy Martin who is looking for a new job. Carolyn Moore, Ann Quinn, Willy Zessoules, and Ann Rogers.

Weekly Update: If you are involved with an activity or event that you would like to share with the LUCC family, please send the information to the church office by Tuesday since the Update usually is sent out on Wednesday.

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