Weekly Update 20 March

This Sunday: Lent is a season of repentance and re-turning to God. This third Sunday of Lent is an opportunity to think about when to change, how to make change, how to embrace change.  See Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18 and Luke 13:1-9.

LUCC Concert: The Lakewood UCC Concert Series continues with Randy Wilson and Gabriel Dansereau this Friday, 22 March. Randy is a fifth generation eastern Kentuckian who served as folk arts director for 25 years at the Hindman Settlement School, an institution that has served mountain youth since 1902. He plays several different stringed instruments- guitar, autoharp, Celtic drum, and tells stories of his people in the mountains. But he specializes in banjo and banjo history, playing several different banjos from Africa to Appalachia, particularly banjo styles and tunes from Knott County. Banjo pickers, both men and women, from this region used a variety of techniques and tunings on the banjo. Randy Wilson will be joined by his son, Gabriel Dansereau, fiddler and jazz guitar player, just graduating from the University of North Carolina Greensboro School of Jazz. Join in an evening of stories and songs from the mountains! $20 suggested donation at the door. All proceeds benefit the musicians. Doors open at 6:30PM, show at 7PM.

Square Dance: Jenny & the Stray Dogs with Randy Wilson calling. 1-4pm on Saturday, 23 March. Come square dance on a Saturday afternoon with a live band and renowned caller from Kentucky! A rare opportunity to experience authentic square dancing in Florida. Jenny & the Stray Dogs with Gabe Dansereau will play live Old Time tunes with amazing Randy Wilson calling our dances. Have a sweet tooth? Bottomless dessert bar to keep you fueled. All ages, all abilities, everyone welcomed! Put on your dancing shoes or just come listen to music. $10 suggested donation for the artists.

1:00-1:30 … Dance lessons and refreshers … you will be ready to dance in no time!
1:30-3:30 … Dance!
3:30-4:00 … Mingle and eat up the dessert! 

One Ticket Available: A group from the church is attending Haydn’s Creation with the Florida Orchestra Saturday March 23 at 8pm.  There is one free ticket available please contact Claire Stiles or the Church Office if interested.

Sunday Celebrations: Celebrate March birthdays after church on Sunday, March 31 with a potluck lunch. 

Theological Orientation Discussions: On Tuesday April 2, Dr. Robert “Coke” Coughenour will offer a presentation on how the word “Christ” is used in the Bible.  Coke is a retired Biblical professor.  This will be a very informative and engaging evening.  The gathering will begin at 6:30 and end at 7:45 in the Fellowship Hall at church.  All are welcome.  Please contact the church office if you would like transportation.  

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.

Earth Day: April 13th from 10am to 5pm St. Petersburg will celebrate Earth Day with a community celebration in Historic Williams Park (350 2nd Ave N).  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. LUCC is considering having a booth at this event.  Those who are interested in helping, please contact Claire Stiles. For more information visit earthdaysp.com.

World Dance Day: April 13th from 1 to 2pm at William’s Park. This Global Celebration Dance For Humanity creates an international dance celebration that unites humanity. Registration Cost is just $5 and includes the download of epic 1 hour global mix of music for your dance party. Access to a private online Facebook community for dancers worldwide. Global Organizers: The Liberators International. Local Organizer: Wally LeBlancRegister online.

March Birthdays: Happy birthday to Carol Shores (3/1), Claudia Rodriguez (3/3), 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: Don Ritchie, Christy Martin, 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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