Weekly Update 14 April

This Sunday: Palm Sunday 
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.

Advisors: Advisors will meet at 11:30 this Sunday April 14, all are welcome 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.  The deadline for orders is this Sunday April 14.


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!

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.  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.

Concerts Sunday: Burt and Joyce Lee of LUCC will be performing in the Saint John Passion (by Bob Chilcott) concert on the 14th of April at 5:00 pm at The Cathedral Church of St Peter.April 14, 2019.

Tampa Oratorio Singers at 6:30 p.m.  Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church. Duruflé’s Requiem uses Gregorian chant to fashion the melodies of his most famous work.  This concert features masterworks of Duruflé, Fauré and Vierne, with orchestral ensemble.  Claire Stiles is able to get half priced tickets please contact if interested.

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, Susie Sherwood, Carolyn Moore, Ann Quinn, Willy Zessoules, and Ann Rogers.

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