Weekly Update 5.22.19

This Sunday:  This is Memorial Day weekend, so there will be a time to remember those who have died in service to the country.  In addition, the story of Lydia provides a beautiful way of thinking about how we can work together for peace.  See Acts 16:9-15. 

Sunday Celebrations!  The last Sunday of each month is time for Sunday Celebrations!  At this potluck lunch the birthdays and other important events in the life of the congregation are celebrated.  Plan to stay for lunch this Sunday, May 26.  Bring a dish to share.  Lunch will be hosted by the What’s Cookin’? Soup Group including Patti Cooksey, Carol Shores, and friends.

At this month’s lunch, all who participated in the What’s Cookin’? dinner groups are encouraged to reflect on the What’s Cookin’? experience – what your group did, how things worked, how you felt about the experience, what suggestions you have for future rounds of What’s Cookin’?, etc.  (What’s Cookin’? involved small groups of people from the church family meeting for dinner once a month for 4 months. The dinners began in February and ended in May.)  EVERYONE WELCOME even if you did not participate in What’s Cookin’?!

In Memoriam:  Willy Zessoules, a friend of the congregation, died this past week.  She was living at Westminster Suncoast.  Condolences are expressed to her family and friends.  Plans for a memorial service have not yet been determined.

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.

Pentecost is Coming:  That is the Sunday that the start of the church is celebrated.  The story involves flames and lots of languages.  The liturgical color for the day is red so you are encouraged to wear red on Sunday June 9.

Graduation Reception Ahead:  On Sunday June 9, the Andrews-Blair family and the Coughenour-Gibson family, will host a reception celebrating the graduations of Zoe Blair-Andrews from USF and Olivia Gibson from Piedmont College.  The celebration will take place following worship in the Fellowship Hall.

Summer Sundays Ahead:  Summer Sundays begin Sunday June 16, Father’s Day!  The services will be more informal.  Themes will focus on favorite Bible stories that are referenced in literature, art, and cultural discourse.  The themes come from a book by former Eckerd professor, Tim Beal, called Biblical Literacy.  This is a very good opportunity for young people of the church to become acquainted with commonly referenced Bible stories.  May all increase their biblical literacy this summer!

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!

Organ Donation:  Westminster Suncoast very generously donated the organ from their chapel to LUCC.  It was played in church last Sunday for the first time.  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!

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!

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, the family and friends of Willy Zessoules, Dana and Chip Cosper and family, 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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