Weekly Update 3/11

This Sunday: What is in your heart?  Do you know?  Do others know?  The story of David being selected to be king tells us that God “looks on the heart.”  What does God see in our hearts?  Take a look at 1 Samuel 16: 1-13.  

About Hilton’s music. . . If you would enjoy hearing Hilton play more Irish folk songs, you can listen for free at either https://hiltonjones.bandcamp.com/album/irish-tunes or https://soundcloud.com/hilton-kean-jones/sets/irish-tunes

Church School: There will be Church School this Sunday morning for school age youth and nursery care for preschool children.  During Lent, the Church School will be exploring different spiritual practices and disciplines. Today the program will be about walking the labyrinth and will be led by Victoria Long.

Vote! Don’t forget the Florida Primary election on Tuesday March 17th– St. Patrick’s day. If you need a ride to the polls, contact the Church office.

Labyrinth Walks for Lent: As part of the Lenten journey to Easter, the church will be offering guided labyrinth walks on Wednesday mornings at 9:00 a.m. The dates are March 18th, 25th, April 1st, and 8th. There will be a handout for each week and these will be placed in the mailbox near the labyrinth for those who cannot meet on Wednesdays at 9:00.  The labyrinth is a way to deepen your prayer life and experience the Divine presence.  All are welcome!

National Refugee Shabbat: Thank you to all who participated in last Sunday’s post card writing to our elected Congressional representatives (Sen. Rubio, Sen. Scott, Rep. Crist).  We mailed 19 cards altogether, urging each to co-sponsor and then vote for The Refugee Protection Act to ensure fair, humane, and legal treatment of all who approach our borders.

Remember to mark your calendars for the National Refugee Shabbat at Temple Beth-El, 400 Pasadena Ave. S., on March 20 at 7:30 pm.  After a brief service three speakers will share their experiences as a refugee in Africa and as witnesses at the border of Mexico. Table talk will follow for those who wish to stay.

Creation Justice Task Force meeting: There will be a meeting Friday, 3/20 at 12:30 pm. All are welcome! Contact Claire Stiles for more information. stilesca@eckerd.edu

March Youth Event! For the month of March, Malcolm and Olivia want to do a Tie Dye event! It is scheduled to take place on March 22, after church. They will provide the dye, a t-shirt, and a bandana. If you want anything special to color bring that as well. They will also have some snacks and drinks. Friends and family of the church are welcome! Contact Olivia to sign up and to give her your shirt size. gibsono1029@outlook.com

Interfaith program: On Tuesday, March 24th, wisdom teachers from a variety of faith traditions will gather to share, compare and explore the perspectives and possibilities of interfaith understanding. The conversation will be held at USFSP University Student Center, 200 6th Ave. S., St. Petersburg, Fl 33701. The event is free and open to the public and is at 1:00p.m.- 3:00p.m. Rev. Sue Sherwood of LUCC is the moderator and Rev. Kim Wells will be a panelist.

View the flyer for more information at the link below: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/our-common-journey-towards-human-excellence-tickets-88554196987

In Memoriam: Former LUCC member Mattie Lesueur died March 5 at her home in St. Petersburg.  She was a member of Traveler’s Rest Baptist Church.  A memorial service will be held there on March 22.  The time has not yet been determined.

Safe Hygiene: The sanctuary is amply supplied with hand sanitizer.  Please be mindful of public health protocols. 

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 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!

Maximo Report: LUCC delivered 25 Sack Packs and 25 Activity Packs to Maximo Elementary Tuesday. Olivia and Claudia did their shopping magic in 1 hour and then put all the packs together.  I delivered them to Ms. Jones at Maximo Elementary. Thanks everyone for another awesome ministry to benefit  homeless children at Maximo Elementary.  A total of $978 was donated for this project. Olivia took pictures today which she will pass on. -Emily Bell

View the pictures here! https://lakewooducc.org/2020/03/11/maximo-elementary-project-report/

LUCC at St. Pete Earth Day Festival: April 4th 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Our Creation Justice Task Force is sponsoring a Table for this event as a non-profit, faith based organization who is supporting sustainability and environmental justice.  The event will be held in Williams Park.  
Help is needed setting up the table (a table and two chairs are provided), hosting the table during the day, and packing up materials for transport back to the church at the end of the day.
If you can possibly help and would enjoy being at this wonderful event even for a short time on April 4th, please contact Claire Stiles. stilesca@eckerd.edu 

Palm Sunday April 5 10:30 a.m.
The service begins outside around the cross with the blessing of the palms and a processional into the sanctuary. Please bring a palm branch if you can.

Guided Labyrinth Walk Wednesday April 8 9:00 a.m.

Maundy Thursday April 9 7:00 p.m.
Service of Tennebrae and communion. This service will include a remembrance of the last day of Jesus’ life as portrayed in the Gospel. This includes Jesus’ last supper with his disciples which is commemorated in the sacrament of holy communion. This will be a beautiful, contemplative service.

Good Friday April 10 Noon
There will be a guided labyrinth walk on Good Friday at noon. This is an opportunity to remember Jesus’ walk with the cross and his crucifixion while walking the labyrinth.

Easter Sunday April 12

7:00 a.m. Sunrise Labyrinth Walk at 7:00 a.m.  You are invited to a devotional time at dawn incorporating the themes of Easter into a guided labyrinth walk.  Awaken the new life within you!  

10:30 a.m.
Join in an intergenerational festival service celebrating new life and hope. All ages welcome! The service will include communion.
There will be refreshments and an Easter Egg hunt on the church grounds following the service.
Be part of the celebration!

Easter Flowers:You are invited to order Easter flowers to beautify the Sanctuary on Easter Sunday. All orders are due by April 5th. The cost is $10. Order forms are available at church or at the website at the following link: https://lakewooducc.org/2020/03/11/easter-flower-order-form/

Hearing Augmentation: Devices are available from the usher in the sanctuary during worship.

March Birthdays: Claudia Rodriguez 3/3, Grace Lewis 3/13, Yvonne Riesen 3/13, Ron Huff 3/19, Earl Waters 3/25, Charlie Lewis 3/27, Marg Radens 3/31, Someone missing? Contact the church office with birthday information.

Circle of Concern: William Owen, Wilbur Reid, 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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