Weekly Update 10/16

This Sunday: One of the most important ways that we encounter awe, the Divine, transcendence, is through nature.  This Sunday the service will focus on God in Nature.  LUCC is blessed with the beautiful windows of the sanctuary to keep us grounded in God.  We’ll also hear more about What Seeds Are You Planting? in preparation for The BIG Event.  Chip Cosper will be leading that.  

Ali Kafka & Sarah Gwendolyn Concert: This Friday Ali Kafka and Sarah Gwendolyn are happy to be able to share what they do as they travel along, and as they develop more of a musical identity as a duo. Listeners can expect rousing fiddle tunes, sultry blues duets, and maybe a dash of country harmony singing. The concert begins at 7:00 p.m. on October 18th. 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.

Host Family Needed: This comes through Yoko Nogami.  There is a high school exchange student from France in need of a new host family.  The student is attending Boca Ciega High School.  She is a good student and a very nice person.  The host family is not a good match.  Please consider this opportunity to serve.  Feel free to share this need with others you think may be able to help. For additional information, contact Yoko Nogami at nogamiyoko@gmail.com

Arts & Crafts Fair: Ruth Pettis will be showing her artwork in this event in the Quak Center at Westminster Suncoast on October 19, 2019. Her Display will include 8×10″ prints of her artwork, greeting cards, and sewn felt “blessing Hearts.” 35% of sales will go to the Westminster Suncoast’s Health Center Employee Appreciation Fund! Please come out and join for a fun time!

Lakewood Day Trippers: We will be visiting Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park. We will meet at the church at 9:30 AM, November 7th. Then we will carpool to 18700 S County Road 325, Cross Creek, FL. 32640. The park admission is $3.00 per vehicle. After our guided tour we will eat at the Yearling. There will be . a sign up sheet in the Sanctuary. For more details contact Patti Cooksey or Carol Shores.

A Fair Food Congregation? The Coalition of Immokalee Workers and the Fair Food Program have set up a new initiative inviting churches to become a Fair Food Congregation.  Fair Food Congregations pledge to share information about farmworker exploitation and the how the Fair Food Program is working to end these abuses.  They also commit to promoting and participating in farmworker led campaigns such at the Wendy’s Boycott, marches, demonstrations, letter-writing, etc.  And they offer ongoing financial support to the Fair Food Program.  This support involves 3-5 people in the congregation giving a monthly financial donation of their choice to support the work of the Fair Food Program.  

The advisors discussed LUCC making this commitment to become a Fair Food Congregation.  The church is already doing parts one and two.  One person has come forward to be a financial sustainer.  With two or more additional people who will make a monthly ongoing financial commitment to the Fair Food Program, LUCC can take the pledge and become a Fair Food Congregation.  Please consider if you would like to become a financial sustainer giving the amount of your choice to the Fair Food Program each month.  Please speak with Rev. Wells or an advisor if you would like to make this commitment.  Many thanks. Si se puede!

The Big Event Save the date for the Big Event, Sunday November 10th. The theme will be What Seeds are You Planting?  This will be a wonderful celebration of the congregation and ministry of LUCC.  Don’t miss it!

Immigration Notice:  UCC Conference Ministers from across the country joined our Justice and Witness Ministry staff in DC to meet with legislators and demand the halt of funding for detention, deportation, and border militarization. Support the work of your Conference Ministers and ask your member of Congress, as they work on appropriations legislation, not to invest any more money in policies that fuel and feed the administration’s efforts to continue terrorizing immigrants. How we invest our money reflects our values as a nation, and right now those values are corrosive and harmful. Congress should instead invest in policies that uplift family unity, address the root causes of forced migration, and prioritize human needs by respecting the rights and dignity of every person.

Maximo Elementary Uniforms We have the money to provide the 20 uniforms that were requested! Thank you for your donations and all of your help!

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.

October Birthdays: Malcom Wells 10/8, Janet Blair 10/19, Denise Williams 10/28, Olivia Gibson 10/29, and Victoria Long 10/19. Someone missing? Contact the church office with birthday information.

Circle of Concern: The family and loved ones of Roger Jackle, Sherry Santana, Jen DeGroot, 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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