Weekly Update 9/11

This Sunday: This Sunday is Charter Sunday, a celebration of the founding of the church in 1967.  When the church was founded and for many decades before that, the large oak tree was a guardian of the church.  The tree was taken down last summer because of disease and rot.  On Charter Sunday, the image of the tree will guide our thoughts about the identity of the church.  

New Members: will be received into the church family and there will be Fellowship after the service.  Looking forward to Sunday!

Church to Participate in Climate Strike: LUCC will participate in the local expression of the International Climate Strike to call attention to global warming.  The gathering will be Friday Sept. 20 at noon at St. Petersburg City Hall (175 5th St. N.).  Look for the church banner.  This is a chance to let people know that the church cares about the climate and the environment!  Join Rev. Wells and others for this one hour witness.

Lakewood Day Trippers: Patti Cooksey and Carol Shores would like to offer day trip opportunities to visit old Florida attractions, for entertainment and education to destinations that can be traveled to and toured in a day trip to the Lakewood congregation and friends.

LUCC Joins Pinellas Coalition for Immigrant Justice: At their meeting last Sunday, the LUCC Advisors endorsed LUCC becoming a sponsor of the newly formed Pinellas Coalition for Immigrant Justice.  COALITION MISSION STATEMENT: “We advocate that all people who approach our borders receive compassionate, just, and dignified treatment, whether asylum seekers, refugees, or those in search of a better life.”  Many thanks to Sue Sherwood for being LUCC’s liaison to the Coalition.  Patti Cooksey, Lucille Ruga, and Carol Shores have also been involved.  There will be opportunities for the church to engage in advocacy in the weeks ahead.

Peace Sing A Long: Come to church early, at 10:15 a.m. on September 22nd, to sing songs in honor of International Day of Peace which is Sept. 21.  Be part of celebrating peace in song!

Jason Charos Ensemble: Jason Charos graduated from the Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School in 2017. He is currently completing the third year of his undergraduate degree at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. The Jason Charos Quintet seeks to play repertoire from the straight-ahead jazz tradition that is not commonly performed as well as original music. The sole intent of the ensemble, though, is to provide the listener with an uplifting experience through music that is just swinging. The concert begins at 7:00 p.m. on September 13th. Suggested donation of $20. All proceeds go to the artist. Please feel free to contact the church with any questions! lakewooducc@gmail.com or call at 727-867-7961.

Mountain Dulcimer Lessons: Second lesson with master mountain music master Randy Wilson for mountain dulcimer. Bring your dulcimer and a music stand and willingness to play! $10 suggested donation! All levels welcome. Join us September 17th and 24th at 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Fun Socks Drive: Lakewood UCC collected over 350 socks.  The school is having crazy Sock day this week on Tuesday.  The children who come to school without a pair of crazy socks will be given a pair by the school social worker.  https://lakewooducc.org/2019/09/11/fun-socks-at-maximo-open-house/

Violin Update: The church in partnership with Bringe Music has been able to provide a violin for Kai’Lyn Washington.  Best wishes to Kai’Lyn on her musical journey!

Lectio Divina: Have you been feeling the need for a deeper spiritual connection in your life?  Do you need to rediscover that source of hope and inspiration to inspire and inform your social activism?  Please join us from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 11th in the Sanctuary at Lakewood UCC for an evening of Lectio Divina.  Lectio Divina is a Christian spiritual practice that has been around for hundreds of years.  It involves contemplative scripture reading, prayer and meditation which focuses on deepening our connection to the God of our understanding. It is a reflective and devotional process which can be practiced privately or with a group. Please RSVP to Jim Andrews @ 727-510-4170 and feel free to ask questions!

Lakewood UCC Choir: Please consider joining the Lakewood UCC choir. There’s no audition, no requirement to read music, no long-term commitment, no cost, no stress…the only requisite is a love of music and a desire to sing. The choir practices are Sundays at 9 AM.

Come Out St. Pete: This street festival and parade will be taking place Saturday Oct. 5 on Central Ave. between 22 and 31st Sts.  Wally Leblanc will be having a booth that will include information about the church.  If you can help volunteer at the booth, please let Wally know.  wally503x@gmail.com Many thanks!

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!

Hearing Augmentation: Devices are available from the usher in the sanctuary during worship.

September Birthdays: Kim Wells 9/19, Joanne Reid 9/22, Wilbur Reid 9/22, Donald Ritchie 9/27, and Carlolyn Moore 9/30. Someone missing? Contact the church office with birthday information.

Circle of Concern: Sherry Santana, Carolyn Moore, Ann Quinn, Maggie Brizendine, 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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