Weekly Update 11/6

This Sunday:  It’s finally here: The BIG Event. Be part of the celebration of the extensive ministry of LUCC! The theme is What Seeds are You Planting? Fellowship and refreshments follow the service. DON’T MISS IT! For transportation, please contact the Church Office.

Church School this Sunday will be led by Olivia Gibson. The theme is Generosity!

Creation Justice Task Force to Meet: The meeting is Friday Nov. 8 at 12:30 p.m. All are welcome.

Advisors to Meet: The Advisors will meet this Sunday following worship. All are welcome.

Congratulations Jim Andrews: In September of this year, Jim Andrews completed the process for commissioning and ordination with the Federation of Christian Ministries (FCM).  FCM is a progressive organization which ordains chaplains and others involved in public ministry.  Jim is grateful to everyone at LUCC for their encouragement and support through the years.  

Pinellas Coalition for Immigration Justice: Thanks to the ongoing work of organizations like the Pinellas Coalition for Immigration Justice, long-time protesters 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.  Twenty post cards were mailed over two Sundays! You might just have been the “tipping point” for change.  Thank you, Lakewood!  The Pinellas Coalition for Immigration Justice meets next week for further action steps. – Sue Sherwood

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 in the green basket right next to the red basket. If you are in need of a name tag, please speak with Wally LeBlanc.

Letter Writing: A letter writing station has been 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: Cross Creek on Thursday has been postponed and rescheduled to after the 1st of the year to get some more involvement and people interested to go. For more details contact Patti Cooksey or Carol Shores.

 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. LUCC volunteer nights include sorting clothes and bagging food. All are welcome to volunteer! The next opportunities are Nov. 13 and Dec. 4 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Operation Attack is an ecumenical effort serving families with children located at 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.

November Birthdays: Lucille Ruga 11/9, Emily Bell 11/15, Sue Sherwood 11/15, Maurice Gunyon 11/16, Ed Kaspar 11/21, Lorne Palmer 11/21, Bert Lee 11/22, Bill Lindsay 11/23, Wally LeBlanc 11/23, Kai’Lyn Washington 11/27, Jane Diven 11/29. 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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