Weekly Update 12/18

This Sunday: This Sunday is a special intergenerational service. The service will include the opportunity for the congregation to be part of forming a tableau of the nativity scene. Please bring any appropriate costuming or props: for shepherds, angels, Mary, Joseph, the animals in the barn, the three kings, etc.

Lakewood UCC Choir: Throughout the five Sundays of Decembers, choir rehearsals will begin at 9:40am instead of the usual 9:00am.

Pastor Away: Rev. Wells is away Dec. 29th.  For pastoral care, please contact Victoria Long at vlongrunner@gmail.com.

Next Sundays Sunday Dec. 29 Rev. Victoria Long will be preaching while Rev. Wells is away for the holiday.The following Sunday, Jan. 5, will be a special service themed around the beginning of a new year.

Advent/Christmas Season: “Come Home for the Holidays” season of preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus. Please pick up a collection can to use for the Christmas Eve offering which will provide rent, utility, and other assistance to people in the congregation and the community.  This assistance helps people to have a home and to feel connected to others as family.  After all, we are one human family and everyone deserves a home. 

Joy of Singing: Each Sunday of Advent, the congregation is invited to join in singing favorite Christmas songs at 10:15 before morning worship. May the music of Christmas inspire joy this holy season.

Daily Devotions: Look for a new devotion each day in your email or at the church website to help inspire your reflection about what it means to “Come home for the holidays.” What does home mean? Where do we find it? How do we create a sense of home with others?

Sundays in Advent: Each Sunday, singing songs of the season at 10:15 and lighting the Advent wreath during worship.

Dec. 22      A special intergenerational, interactive service that will end with lining the cradle in preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus.

Christmas Eve: 6:30      Music of the Season 7:00     Service with candlelight and communion. All ages welcome! Transportation provided. Please contact the church office.

Straw Labyrinth: Come home for the holidays. There will be a straw labyrinth installed on the church grounds. This is an opportunity to reflect on what “home for the holidays” means to you through walking meditation. The walking will provide an image for making our way home to God in this holy season. The labyrinth will be open and available for use all the time. Come at your convenience. There will be printed sheets provided to guide your reflection.

During the Advent season there will be two opportunities to be part of a group-guided walk on the labyrinth. Wednesday Dec. 18th at 3:00p.m.will be the next opportunity. There will be a time for gathering, reading of scripture, reflection, and walking. All are welcome!

Maximo Elementary: Maximo Elementary’s Social worker  has  identified “sweat shirts, jackets, and leggings“ as a need  at Maximo as cooler weather arrives. This school has 80 homeless children. We can help keep them warm and healthy. Sweat shirts and jackets can be any color.  Leggings need to be navy or black.  The Education Ministry Team will begin collecting these items  or donations soon. Stay tuned!

The following expression of gratitude came today  from Ms. Jones after all the toys/gifts were delivered to the school:

Please let me start off again by saying that I am so elated and grateful for all of the toys that your church donated to the “MAX”. The scholar’s are going to be just as elated as I am once they have a chance to see all of the toys as well. Please let everyone know how much we appreciate their generosity.   

 Chelsea Jones  Family and Community Liaison Maximo Elementary

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.

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 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.

December Birthdays: Patti Cooksey 12/8, Becky Palmer 12/16, Amaiya Washington 12/18, George Diven 12/27, Melanie Moore 12/27, Someone missing? Contact the church office with birthday information.

Circle of Concern: Wally LeBlanc, Tony Rogers, Sherry Santana, Jen DeGroot, Carolyn Moore, Ann Quinn, Maggie Brizendine, Earl Waters, 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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