Weekly Update July 24

This Sunday: The story of Jonah and the whale or big fish is very well known.  This Sunday we will think about who was saved by the whale. You are encouraged to read the brief book of Jonah. After church this Sunday, there will be Fellowship – drinks and snacks.  All are encouraged to stay and enjoy food and friends!

Lights of Liberty: The Coalition met to follow up on the July 12th Light for Liberty vigil held at Allendale UMC and to set forth an action plan to go forward.  This organizational meeting began with the introduction of the first draft of a mission statement for the Coalition. Following that discussion, action teams were formed to represent the lanes (areas) that will work toward ending immigrant detention.  Those lanes are: Direct Action, Legislative Accountability, Homestead Witnessing, Research Complicit Companies, Flores Agreement, Immigration Protection. The six action teams met briefly to discuss methods and action approaches for their groups. The take-home word was, Action! If you are interested in more information about the Coalition, please see Lucille Ruga or Patti Cooksey.  The next meeting is scheduled for August 6th.

Rocking Chair: The church would like a rocking chair for the new family friendly area of the sanctuary.  If you have one to donate, please contact the church office. 727-867-7961 or lakewooducc@gmail.com. Many thanks!

Lunch Bunch: The Lunch Bunch is going to resume going out to lunch after church on Sundays.  This is an informal gathering of whoever would like to go out to lunch together after church on Sunday.  There will be an announcement each week about the plans for that day.  Many thanks to Wally Leblanc for getting this going again!

Come Out St. Pete: This street festival and parade will be taking place Oct. 5 on Central Ave. between 22 and 31st Sts.  The church is considering have a booth at the event.  Volunteers are needed to help.  Please speak with Rev. Wells or one of the advisors if you are willing to help staff a church booth that day.  

Theological Orientation Discussions: These discussions were requested as part of reviewing the church mission statement and possibly creating a new mission statement. The next gathering will be Wednesday July 24 beginning with a potluck at 6:30 and a presentation at 7:00. Kim Wells will offer the remarks that she gave to the Religions and Faith interest group at the Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College. The presentation was entitled, “Theological Challenges for Today’s Christian Churches.” There will be a variety of topics for discussion afterward. Upcoming dates for additional gatherings: August 7, 14, and 21. That will conclude the series. All are welcome to participate!

Concert and Old-Time Music Workshop Evan Kinney with Van Burchfield, Old-Time Music Workshop. As a duo, Evan and Van perform southern breakdowns, rags and novelty songs from the turn of the 20th century. The concert and workshop will be held here at Lakewood United Church of Christ August 17th. The workshop is 4-6pm and the concert at 7pm. To register for the workshop please send an email concerning your attendance to the church email, lakewooducc@gmail.com.

Children’s Ministry:  The church is working on putting a children’s ministry in place for the rest of the year.  Many thanks to Marg Radens, Patti Cooksey, Emily Bell, Olivia Gibson, and Claudia Rodriguez for working on this!

What’s Cookin’?: Get ready for another round of dinner groups!  The plan is to start in Sept.  To sign up for What’s Cookin’?, please email the church at lakewooducc@gmail.com , or add your name to the sign up sheet at church.  Please sign up by Sunday August 18.  For more information, contact Malcolm Wells at malcolm.wells14@ncf.edu

Yard Sales: Ed Kaspar’s neighborhood is having several yard sales on Saturday July 27th starting at 8 a m. The area is 61st Avenue South and 30th Street South. There will be some furniture and kitchen utensils books and a lot of other stuff. Please come and browse and buy!

July Birthdays:  Ann Quinn(7/6) Someone missing? Contact the church office with birthday information.

Circle of Concern: Sherry Santana, Carolyn Moore, Ann Quinn, Maggie Brizendine, Ann Rogers, and the loved ones of Jeff Spain.

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