Weekly Update 10/30

This Sunday:  All Saints Sunday November 3 is an opportunity to name all those who have been saints in our lives. We celebrate those who inspire our faith. Don’t forget daylight saving time.

Please bring your Harvest Forms to church this Sunday!

Communion Sunday: The first Sunday of the month is a Communion Sunday.  That means the communion offering will be received.  This offering is used to help people in the church and the community with basic needs such as rent and utility assistance, bus passes, prescriptions, etc.  There has been heavy need for these funds in recent weeks.  Please consider how you can help the community through this offering.

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. Join in fellowship and refreshments following the service. Don’t miss it!

Pinellas Coalition for Immigration Justice: Thanks to the ongoing work of organizations like the Pinellas Coalition for Immigration Justice, long-time protestors at the Homestead Migrant Child/Youth Detention Facility, and elected representatives like Charlie Crist who have stood for compassionate, just, accountable immigration policies, the Trump administration announced today that the Homestead facility will be closed by Nov. 30.  Caliburn International (donor to Sen. Scott) has been charging taxpayers $720,000/day for a  now-empty facility. Special thanks to the LUCC postcard-writers Sunday, who asked our elected Congressional representatives not to re-open Homestead – and to monitor that these children receive the care and education required by law for any children.  You might just have been the “tipping point” for change.  Thank you, Lakewood!   – Sue Sherwood

Immigration Justice: This Sunday there will be a post card writing table set up before and after worship to (1) acknowledge our gratitude for the permanent closing of the Homestead Migrant Youth Detention Facility and (2) ask that for-profit detention centers all be closed.

Name Tags: For those who requested name tags on Oct. 13th your name tags are now ready. Name tags are in the long red basket near the entrance of sanctuary, usher name tags are green basket right next to the red basket. If you are in need of a name tag, please speak with Wally LeBlanc

Maximo Uniforms: Mrs. Moses and Ms Jones, administrators from Maximo Elementary were at church last Sunday to receive the uniforms being donated to help the homeless students at the school. Many thanks to all who donated!

Education ministry Team: There will be a meeting on Tuesday November 5th at 9 A.M.

Letter Writing: A letter writing station is being set up at church. Look for opportunities to share your faith perspective on immigration, the environment, and gun safety with elected officials.

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!

 Ben Prestage Concert (Tennessee, Blues/Roots Music) : Join us to see Ben Prestage perform and share his talent! Ben has participated in the International Blues Challenge (the world’s largest gathering of Blues musicians) and within three consecutive years he took 4th, 3rd, and 2nd place. He is also the only two-time recipient of the Lyon/Pitchford Award for “Best Diddley-Bow Player.” Ben’s interesting approach to instrumentation (fingerstyle guitar, harmonica, banjo, lap-steel, fiddle, resonator guitar, foot-drums), vocals, and his award-winning original songwriting (recipient of “The Most Unique Performer” at “The Song- Writers’ Showcase of America”) have earned him invitations to perform across North America, Europe, and as far as North Africa. All awards aside, he has proven himself, through his live performances, to be the future of American Blues, Roots Music, Americana and is one of today’s most talented outsiders. The concert begins at 7:00 p.m. on November 15th. 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.

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!

Remember to Vote: Tuesday November 5th is election day!

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: Tony Rogers, David Rowland, 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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