Weekly Update 27 February

This Sunday: This Sunday is the last Sunday of the Epiphany season. Next Sunday Lent begins. Epiphany is a season of light. Where is the light leading us? The story for the day is the Transfiguration. Is the light leading up a mountain? Thanks to Chip Cosper for serving as liturgist and Colleen Coughenour for being an usher. If you’d like to usher with Colleen, just come a little early on Sunday.

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 is tonight at 6:30pm and will be about creeds. In addition, JoAnne Reid will be giving a book review of Bishop Spong’s latest book.  

Future sessions will be held 6:30pm on March 19 and 27 and will include a presentation from Professor Coke Coughenour about the word “Christ,” and the concept of messiah in the Hebrew scriptures and in the New Testament. We will examine the many associations with the word “Christ.” All are welcome. Come when you can!

Communion: The first Sunday of the month LUCC celebrates holy communion. All are welcome to participate in communion at Lakewood, children at the discretion of the adults who bring them. The communion offering goes to the Special Needs Fund which is used to help people in our community and the congregation with basic necessities such as food, rent, utilities, and prescription medication costs. Thanks to Jena Blair for preparing communion this Sunday!

Environmental Film Festival: Eckerd College’s annual film festival 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.

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. Bring a chair and a stick if you can.

Lent: Season of Lent is beginning next week. This is a season of reflection and repentance. It is a time to re-turn you life toward God however you conceive of God. The theme for this year is All Things New. As seeds seemingly dormant in the soil germinate and sprout as winter turns to spring, so Lent is a time for nourishing our faith and letting our hearts rest in God as preparation for the transformation that is celebrated at Easter.  

Operation Attack: Attack poverty! Ongoing needs include coats of all sizes, diapers of all sizes, oatmeal, cereal, and peanut butter. LUCC’s next volunteer evening is March 18 at 6:30 pm at Lakeview Presbyterian Church (1310 22nd Ave S).

LUCC Concert Series (and square dance): 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
Saturday, March 23 – Square Dance (1-4pm)
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.

March Birthdays: Happy birthday to Carol Shores (3/1), Grace Lewis and Yvonne Riesen (3/13), Ron Huff (3/19), Earl Waters (3/25), and Charlie Lewis (3/27). 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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