Weekly Update July 31

This Sunday: This Summer is a chance to look back at some of the most well-known stories of the Bible. This week focuses on the story of Jesus turning water into wine in the gospel of John chapter 2. Jan Trebesch will be playing for the service while Hilton Jones is away. There will be special music offered by Randy Wilson on the dulcimer.

Communion: August 4 is a Communion Sunday. All are welcome to participate, children at the discretion of the adults who bring 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. In recent days the communion offering has assisted those in the congregation and the community with: rent, a bus pass, a car repair. Thanks to Janet Blair-Andrews for preparing communion.

Back to School Sunday Ahead: Sunday August 11 will be a chance to wish LUCC teachers and students well as the new school year begins. There will be a special Fellowship Hour after church that week. Don’t miss it!

Lights of Liberty: 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. Upcoming dates for gatherings are: August 7, 14, 21, and 28. 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. The suggested donation for the workshop is $20 and the suggested donation for the concert is $20. Or come to both for a suggested donation of $30. All of the proceeds are given to the musicians. To register for the workshop please send an email indicating your intention to attend to the church email, lakewooducc@gmail.com.

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. Donations may be placed in the shopping cart in the entryway to the sanctuary. 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!

Ministry with Children and Youth:  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! The next meeting will be Tuesday Aug. 6 at 9:30 a.m. This is the group responsible for the new family friendly seating area in the sanctuary!

What’s Cookin’?: Have you been needing an excuse to have a good time? Are you interested in stirring up new friendships? Do you like to eat? Then SIGN UP for What’s Cooking! Small, intimate groups that dine together monthly for 4 months for the purpose of fostering friendship among the entire LUCC community. Groups will be announced Sunday August 25, at a potluck held after the service, to which all are welcome.  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@gmail.com

Advisors to Meet: The next Advisors meeting will be Sunday Aug. 11 following worship. All are welcome!

August Birthdays:   There are no August birthdays on record at the church. 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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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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