16 May Weekly Update

This Sunday:  In the gospel of John, Jesus gives the disciples a new commandment.  That new commandment is the focus for the service Sunday.  You’ll hear about “The Love Laboratory.” See John 13:31-35.  Also, think about an endangered species you would like to name.

Organ Donation:  Westminster Suncoast very generously donated the organ from their chapel to LUCC.  It was delivered this week.  Many thanks to Westminster Suncoast for the organ and to Earl Waters and Hilton Jones for arranging for the transport and installation.

 LUCC Youth Receives Campership: Kai’Lyn Washington has received a campership from the Florida Conference of the United Church of Christ to attend West Ham United National Camp in Rome, GA, July 20-23, 2019 (soccer camp).  CONGRATULATIONS, Kai’Lyn Washington and many thanks to the Florida Conference!

Meeting: Advisors Meeting Sunday 5/19 after church in the Fellowship Hall. All welcome!

Endangered Species Day: May 17 is Endangered Species Day. This will be honored in church Sunday May 19. There will be a time in the service to mention endangered species so please consider what endangered species you would like to remember on Sunday.

Children’s Ministry:  The church is putting in place a children’s ministry for the rest of the year. If you are interested in being part of this effort, please speak with Kim Wells or one of the advisors. Many thanks!

Recycling Bin: The bin was picked up last Tuesday with no information given to the church.  We have tried to reach the company with no success.  We are working to find out what has happened to the bin and if we will get it back.   If anyone has any information that would be helpful please contact the church office at (727)867-7961.

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! If you would like transportation to the concert please contact the church (727) 867-7961.

Friday, May 31 – Rebecca Zapen & Jeremy Douglass.

Rebecca being the versatile vocalist and violinist has released 4 albums. Award-winning albums Nest and Japanese Bathhouse feature her eclectic folk-pop songwriting; Hummingbird and ZapStar feature jazz standards and bossa nova, as well as several original compositions. Awards and accolades include: Florida Album of the Year 2011 forNest, which debuted at #12 on the Folk DJ charts; Jacksonville’s Musician of the Year 2008; and Best Cabaret Album & Best Cabaret Song in Just Plain Folks Awards 2009 for Japanese Bathhouse. Zapen’s original songs appeared in a national promotion for Crocs Shoes. She placed 2nd in the Bushman World Ukulele Video Contest, and she was a Finalist in the 2007 DiscMakers’ Independent Music World Series. My Old Kentucky Blog says of Zapen’s newest release Nest: “There’s a sense of arcane, jazzy pop; fifties romanticism, classical music, and Yiddish and other folk traditions; a bowl of ingredients from which Zapen intuitively ladles the right elements for her evocative compositions…Nest is something of a miracle.”

An award-winning composer, she earned the Silver Medal of Excellence for Best Use of Music in a Short Film at the 2008 Park City Film Music Festival. Her original songs appear in Look Both Ways, which won for Best Music in the 2009 San Francisco Seven Day Film Festival. Her music has been featured on NPR’s All Songs Considered: Open Mic. In addition to performing extensively in Florida and touring throughout the United States, playing at venues such as The Bitter End (NYC), Genghis Cohen (L.A.), and Katerina’s (Chicago), she has also delighted audiences abroad at venues such as Les Temps Modernes (Switzerland), Le Caveau des Oubliettes (France), and Paganini Auditorium (Italy). A native of Jacksonville, Florida, she now calls St. Petersburg home, where she lives with her husband, pianist and recording engineer Jeremy Douglass, and their little boy.

Operation Attack: Operation Attack is very much in need of clothes for men, boys, and girls as well as diapers and peanut butter and canned fruit.  All volunteers are welcome! Operation Attack is an ecumenical effort serving families with children located a Lakeview Presbyterian Church, 1310 22nd. Ave. S., St. Petersburg. LUCC was a founding member of Operation Attack in the 1960’s!

IFTAR:  The Tampa Bay Area Muslim Association 2019 IFTAR invites you to Dinner Wednesday May 29 at 7 p.m. at The Coliseum 535 4th Ave N. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Mayor Rick Kriseman and Muslim leaders from throughout Tampa Bay will host the 3rd Annual Iftar dinner “Breaking Bread Together with Compassion and Love” welcoming residents of all faiths to celebrate the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Iftar is the evening meal when Muslims end their daily Ramadan fast at sunset.

FREE Please RSVP online, stpete.org/iftardinner by May 15 

Contact: Iman Abdul K. Ali, 727-560-2567 or abdulkrent@aol.com

May Birthdays:  Mark Gibson (5/2),  Angela Wells- Bean (5/7),  Emily Gibson (5/8),  Julian Riccardi (5/9),  Colleen Coughenour (5/11),  Jen De Groot (5/12),  Christy Martin (5/15),  Bill Parsons (5/16). Someone missing? Contact the church office with birthday information.

Circle of Concern: Sherry Santana, Carolyn Moore, Ann Quinn, Willy Zessoules, and Ann Rogers.

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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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