Weekly Update 3 April

This Sunday: “You always have the poor with you.”  Matthew 26: 11.  This verse invites a look at poverty from a faith perspective that celebrates abundance and blessing.  The gospel is not only good news for the poor, it is good news for everyone!

Communion Sunday: All are welcome to participate in communion at Lakewood UCC, children at the discretion of the adults who brought them. The communion offering goes to the Special Needs Fund which is used to help people in our community and the congregation with basic necessities such as food, rent, utilities, and prescription medication costs.

Care Team Meeting: The LUCC Care Team will be meeting following worship on Sunday April 7.  Those who may be interested in being part of the care team ministry are invited to attend!

Easter Eggs: Please bring filled plastic Easter eggs to church for the Easter egg hunt.  You may put the eggs in the designated box in the Sanctuary.  Donations accepted until Easter!  

Easter Flower Orders: You are invited to order Easter flowers to beautify the Sanctuary on Easter Sunday.  The order forms are available at the church.  You may also place an order by emailing the Church Office at lakewooducc@gmail.com

Palm Sunday April 14 10:30 a.m.
The service begins outside around the cross with the blessing of the palms and a processional into the sanctuary. Please bring a palm branch if you can.

Maundy Thursday April 18 7:00 p.m.
Service of Tennebrae and communion. This service will include a remembrance of the last day of Jesus’ life as portrayed in the Gospel. This includes Jesus’ last supper with his disciples which is commemorated in the sacrament of holy communion. This will be a beautiful, contemplative service.

Good Friday April 19 Noon
On Good Friday at noon, there will be a remembrance of the life of Jesus. Those who participate will join together in an oral reading of a gospel followed by the sharing of words of remembrance. It is a time to honor Jesus by not only remembering his death but by remembering his life. This ritual of remembrance will last at least 2 hours.

Easter Sunday April 21 10:30 a.m.
Join in an intergenerational festival service celebrating new life and hope. All ages welcome! The service will include communion.
There will be refreshments and an Easter Egg hunt on the church grounds following the service.
Be part of the celebration!

Help Angela Wells-Bean Win an Award! Angela Wells-Bean is a former member of Lakewood UCC.  She grew up in the church and is now the pastor of Burlington Congregational United Church of Christ in Burlington, MA.  Angela has been nominated for a community service award.  If she wins, a $2,000 donation will be made to People Helping People, this is the main provider of food and other services to those in need in Burlington.  Angela is on the board of People Helping People.  To help secure this significant donation for People Helping People, follow this link .  Go down to the Community category and click.  Then scroll down until you get to Angela Wells-Bean and vote by clicking in the red box with the heart.  Voting is open until April 12.  You can vote once a day.  

Office Position: The church is looking for someone to staff the office Tuesday-Friday mornings from 9:30-noon.  If you know anyone who may be interested in this part time position, please invite them to contact the church at 867-7961 or lakewooducc@gmail.com  Many thanks!

Parkland: Youth Activism with Parkland Survivor- Kai Koerber, founder of Societal Reform Corp. and Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting survivor, will be joining us for an evening of mindfulness and mental health practices, as well as talking about his own experience in transforming trauma into productive, creative solutions in youth activism.  April 5th form 6:30- 8 pm

Please Contact Rachel Burke (727)318- 7058 Rachlejoy@outlook.com

or Liesl Piotto (727)215- 2039 lpiotto@mindspring.com

For more details, including venue address, and to register for the event.

Sea Level Rise Conference: Last Chance to register.  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.

Creation Justice Team to Meet: The Creation Justice Team will meet on Wednesday April 10 at 4:00 p.m. at the church.  This group will follow up on the Creation Justice Covenant endorsed by the congregation in November.  All who are interested in this ministry are invited to attend! For more information, contact Claire Stiles at stilesca@eckerd.edu

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.

Earth Sunday April 28 – Request for Resources: The theme for Earth Sunday will be The Voice of Nature.  Quotes from article, books, poems, or the Bible that represent the voice of nature are needed.  You are invited to contribute things which you feel represent the voice of nature.  Sound recordings also welcome.  Please provide materials to the Church Office by Wednesday April 17.  Email lakewooducc@gmail.com  Many thanks!

Theological Orientation Discussion: After a very interesting presentation about the use of the title Christ in the New Testament, the group will continue the focus on  the word/concept Christ at the next session.  The next gathering will also be led by Dr. Robert “Coke” Coughenour.  It will bring us from the New Testament to Richard Rohr’s latest book, The Universal Christ:  How A Forgotten Reality Can Change Everything We See, Hope for, and Believe.  This discussion will be held on Tuesday April 30 at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at church.  If you would like transportation, please contact the Church Office at 727-867-7961 or lakewooducc@gmail.com

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, May 3 – Charley Groth
Friday, May 31 – Rebecca Zapen

April Birthdays: Happy birthday to Zachery Blair-Andrews (4/16), and Mary Beth Lewis (4/29). 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.

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