Weekly Update 2/4

This Sunday: Weeks before the impeachment schedule was known, the theme assigned for this Sunday was “love your enemies.”  President Lincoln offers wisdom on this timely topic.  We have more in common than we may think.  

This Sunday the advisors for 2020 will be installed:  Jane Diven, Malcolm Wells, Lucille Ruga, Patti Cooksey, and Olivia Gibson. 

Valentine Cards: The Care Team will have Valentine cards to sign on Sunday to be sent to people in the congregation who are not able to come to church.  Make sure to sign and SHARE THE LOVE!

Donation Needed:  Wally LeBlanc is in need of Full Size Fitted Sheets, new or used is fine, if anyone is able to donate, please bring them to Lakewood United Church of Christ.

Legacy Week Breakfast: On Saturday February 8th at 9 a.m. come out to Maximo Presbyterian Church, 3200 58th Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL 33712, for a Prayer Breakfast during Legacy Week. Rev. Wells will be offering one of the prayers. This event costs $20 per ticket. To RSVP click the link below


Festival of Praise: Please plan to join us for the 34th Annual “Festival of Praise” Concert, as singers from across the state join together to sing the music of internationally-recognized composer Jake Runestad. The concert will feature narration by Jake Runestad, and special guests The Festival Singers of Florida under the baton of conductor and festival clinician Dr. Kevin Fenton, Professor of Conducting and Choral Ensembles at Florida State University. This will be an unforgettable evening of unity through singing that you will not want to miss!

Joyce and Bert Lee and Claire Stiles will be singing in this exciting musical performance.  Come and enjoy some uplifting music with us!

34th Annual “Festival of Praise” concert – Saturday, February 8, 2020  – 7:30 PM  9:00 PM  at the First Presbyterian Church, 701 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg

Ayala Legacy Luncheon: Each year, Legacy Week celebrates the accomplishments, power, strength and courage of black leaders in the community. Join us on February 12, 2020 from 11:30-1:30 p.m., in the Center for Health Equity, 2333 34th St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33711, for a keynote address from State Attorney Aramis Ayala, the first African American State Attorney in Florida’s history. Her powerful insights will address poverty, mass incarceration and other social justice issues. This event is free and open to the public but registration is requested for an accurate lunch count.

RSVP Here: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07egw1pfwp6973ee08&oseq=&c=&ch=

One City Chorus: Concert Sunday February 16th at 4:00 PM at the Palladium Theater 253 5th Ave North. One City Chorus, St. Pete’s 120-voice community chorus with special guests “The Alumni Singers.” Tickets $25/$20 in advance. Tickets available through Jeff Wells, one of the singers.

Youth Basketball Activity: On February 16 @ 2pm. We will be going to a USF Bulls Women’s Basketball game in Tampa. All of the details are still in progress such as transportation. But most likely a few cars can be taken after church to the game. Friends and families are welcome. Please RSVP to Olivia Gibson at gibsono1029@outlook.com so tickets can be purchased and all of the details can be worked out. 

Environmental Film Festival at Eckerd: Each year, Eckerd College offers an amazing Environmental film Festival, Visions of Nature/Voices of Nature, that is free and open to the public.  The dates are Feb. 21, 25, 26 (Ash Wednesday), 27,28, 29.  The details are at the link below.

This year, LUCC will be providing an opportunity for follow up discussion after the Festival.  Claire Stiles and Kim Wells are preparing a brief summary sheet for you to fill out after each film that you see.  Then we will all get together after the Festival to discuss our responses, learn together, and share our experiences of these important films.  Look for more details soon but get the dates on your calendar!  

If you would like to see the films but need transportation, please contact the church office.  
Here’s the link with more information about the films:  https://www.environmentalfilmfest.com

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.

Labyrinth Available: There is a straw labyrinth on the church grounds adjacent to the memorial garden. All are welcome to walk the labyrinth at any time. There is information about the labyrinth in a mailbox near the installation. The labyrinth is provided for your encouragement, support, and inspiration on your spiritual journey.

Congregational meeting: There will be a congregational meeting following worship on Sunday February 23 to take action on the budget for 2020 and to receive the annual review from the Creation Justice Task Force.

New Office Hours: The Church Office will be open Monday – Thursday mornings from 9:30 until noon. The office will no longer be open on Friday mornings. Thank you!

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. Volunteer dates are February 10, March 9, April 13, and May 11. They also need people to help on the first three Tuesdays of the month from 9:30-noon.

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.

February Birthdays: Jim Andrews 2/6, Sarah Lewis 2/14, Jeff Wells 2/15, Joyce Lee 2/28, Someone missing? Contact the church office with birthday information.

Circle of Concern: Martha Lamar, Tony Rogers, Dana Cosper, 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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