Weekly Update 1/16

This Sunday: This Sunday will be the annual commemoration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  There is an opportunity in the service for congregants to recommit themselves to the mission of Dr. King.

Church School: The theme for this Sunday is justice.  The gathering will be led by Earl Waters.

Memorial Service: There will be a memorial service at the church on Saturday Jan 25th at 2:00 p.m. in remembrance of the life of Bruce Drouin, Bruce was Wally LeBlanc’s partner.  A Celebration of Life luncheon/party will follow the service. If planning on attending please only wear bright or colorful clothing, nothing dark or black.

Before I Die. . .  The installation on the chalk boards remains available in the sanctuary.  You are welcome to add to the responses finishing the sentence, Before I die, I am going to. . .   You are also encouraged to look at the boards and see the responses of others.

Maximo Elementary: The staff of Maximo Elementary was thrilled to receive the sweatshirts, jackets, and other warm clothing to be provided to students as needed. This school, just behind the church, has 80 homeless students. Thank you to all who donated and contributed and to Patti Cooksey, Claudia Rodriguez, and Olivia Gibson for helping with the delivery.

Creation Justice Task Force:The next meeting will be Jan. 17 at 12:30 p.m. New members welcome! Please speak with Claire Stiles about what’s ahead for 2020.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Service: This moving service will be held Sunday 1/19 at 4:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 1900 Gandy Blvd. The speaker is Hassan Shibly, Chief Executive Director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) of Florida.

Just Mercy Community Conversation: You are encouraged to see the movie Just Mercy and then participate in a community conversation Saturday Feb. 1 from 2-3:30 p.m. at James Weldon Johnson Community Library ( 1059 18th Ave. S, St. Pete). Everyone is welcome!

Opportunities Knocking: Here are several projects from the wider church that may be of interest:
The Florida Conference UCC women will be meeting Sat. Feb. 8 at Church of the Isles, Indian Rocks Beach.  There is information on the bulletin board at church.  Contact the Church Office for more information.  

Pinellas County CROP Walk for Hunger.  This Walt is scheduled for Sunday March 1 at 2:00 p.m.  The money collected is donated locally to DayStar Life Center and the St. Petersburg Free Clinic.  Funds are also donated to Church World Service to be used in other areas of the US and abroad.  For LUCC to participate, a coordinator is needed.  Please speak with Rev. Wells if you are interested in this mission project.  

Church Women United of Greater St. Petersburg meets regularly and is seeking addition participation.  Church Women United is involved in a variety of projects locally and beyond to foster a sense of compassion and community among diverse people.  For more information, please contact the Church Office.  

Letter Writing: Earl Waters has petitions to be signed about getting an assault weapon ban and legalizing recreational marijuana on the next FL ballot. You can fill them out on Sunday.

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.

January Birthdays: Martha Lamar 1/2, Elinor Ross 1/4, Chip Cosper 1/7, Jackson Cosper 1/9, Hilton Jones 1/23, Bob Bell 1/28. Someone missing? Contact the church office with birthday information.

Circle of Concern: Family and loved ones of Esther Ryland, Amaiya Washington, Tony Rogers, Wally LeBlanc 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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