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In Person Outdoor Services Resume Jan. 10

After the time of experimentation in Advent, weekly services will resume on Sundays at 10:30 a.m.  The services will be held outside on the lawn.  Masks are to be worn and physical distancing will be observed.  Please bring your own chair if you can.  

Childcare provided.  

If the weather is bad, the service will be held on the patio adjacent to the playground. 

The theme for the service this week will be around Epiphany – and the coming of the light of Christ into the world.  

With in person worship resuming, the weekly Corona Sabbath posts will be suspended.  The text of the Sunday sermon will be posted at the website early in the week and there will be regular posts of music and music videos from Hilton Jones.  

Thank you for your understanding in this continuing season of adaptation and experimentation!  


In Memoriam

Sympathy and condolences are expressed to Claire Stiles and Ruth Pettis and family over the death of Ruth’s mother, Dollie, on December 31. Dollie was a resident of Westminster Suncoast.  

Sympathy and condolences are expressed to the family and friends of LUCC member Irma Smith.  Irma died on Sunday Jan. 3.  She was living with her daughter, Linda, in Louisiana.   Irma is remembered with love at LUCC.  

Sympathy and condolences are expressed to JoAnne Reid and the family and friends of Wilbur Reid who died on Dec. 22 at home in Illinois.  JoAnne has come to Florida to recover.  

We hold all of these dear ones in our prayers in this time of remembering, grieving, and healing.


Church to Be a Possible Covid Vaccination Site

The church is in conversation with Pinellas County Emergency Management about serving as a covid vaccination site for the community.  There is no timeline yet but it may be soon.  If the church can serve in this way, volunteers will be needed to be on site during vaccination hours.  Please look for more updates about this important way the church may be able to serve the community!


Winter Solstice Celebration

The Winter Solstice Celebration involved readings and conversation around the fire about darkness and light.  And, yes, there were marshmallows.  There were also some unexpected visitations.  Here’s a link to a reflection on the evening from Jeff Wells. https://lakewooducc.org/2021/01/05/a-reflection-on-the-winter-solstice-celebration-at-church/


Operation Attack Message

Dear Friends,

Thank you for the donations of socks, clothes, food/water, soap, beans, canned meat, peanut butter, pasta and canned fruit! Wow! These donations went a long way in helping the families of our community. We are so grateful that you continue to partner with OA.

with love, Samantha


New Year’s Eve at LUCC

For New Year’s Eve, we gathered around the fire again, this time near the labyrinth.  After some discussion about 2020 and our experiences and reflections, we walked the labyrinth.  After the walk each person was given a pine cone.  We were reminded of the pine cones from an evergreen in California that only open and sow their seeds when there has been a forest fire.  It takes drastic conditions to draw forth new life.  We talked about the new life that we want to see coming out of the challenging circumstances we have faced in 2020.  Having expressed our hopes and dreams for 2021, we tossed our pinecones into the fire and watched them burst and crackle.  

Then it was time to roast marshmallows!  


Christmas Eve Service

All was calm, all was bright as the Christmas Eve service began on the patio at church.  And then about midway through, a storm instantly blew in.  Bulletins and papers went flying.  The little Christmas tree on the altar blew to the ground.  People moved out of the way of the rain that was blowing in.  At the end of the service, no candles would stay lit, so worshippers got out their phones to shine their light!  Even in the rain and the wind, the light of Love was still shining!  Here’s the link to some pictures.

https://lakewooducc.org/2021/01/05/christmas-eve-service/


Anti-Racism Demonstrations Resume January 10

Note that the Anti Racism Demonstrations Resume this Sunday at 4:30 p.m.

Weekly demonstrations to end racism will resume Sunday January 10 at 4:30 p.m..  Many thanks to all who are participating.  While there was a break in the demonstrations, we know that there is no break in the systemic racism that is harmful to everyone.  As the New Year begins, add your presence to this weekly demonstration making a witness to your commitment to anti racism.



Weekly Labyrinth Walks Continue

Each Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. a small group gathers at the outdoor labyrinth for a time of devotion, discussion, and meditative walking of the labyrinth.  The theme for the week is taken from the Sunday before, so it is an opportunity to go deeper in the spiritual exploration of that theme for your life.  This devotional gathering is outside and physical distancing is maintained. All are welcome!

If there is rain on Wednesday morning, the gathering will be held on Thursday morning at 9:00.


Spiritual Direction Offered by LUCC Clergy Member.

In these troubled times, it is important to find ways to tend to our spiritual lives. In the Christian tradition, Spiritual Direction is one of the ways of paying attention to the spirit in our lives. A Spiritual Director is someone to talk with about what is going on in our spiritual life and in our relationship with God however we may conceive of God.

Rev. Sally Purvis, Ph.D., a member of LUCC, is a retired clergy person with training and experience in Spiritual Direction. She is offering her services as a Spiritual Director to the community. The sessions would be held on Zoom and there is no fee to be paid. Church leaders are pleased to have the ministry of the church expand in this way.

Spiritual Direction with Sally is open to anyone, not just the congregation. And it is offered to everyone whatever their spiritual or religious background or affiliation or lack thereof. Sessions are generally held once every three weeks. Spiritual Direction is not a mode of therapy. It is a process for understanding and deepening your relationship with God/Spirit in ways that are authentic and life-giving.

Sally was trained by Henri Nouwen, a noted spiritual guide of the 20th century, and did Spiritual Direction as part of her professional ministry before retiring in 2015.

If you would like to explore Spiritual Direction with Sally, please contact her at
sallybpurvis@icloud.com or contact the church (867-7961 or lakewooducc@gmail.com ).

The church is very grateful to Sally for offering this avenue of support to the congregation and the community.


USEFUL LAKEWOOD LINKS DURING THE CORONA CRISIS:

For the above church website links, please note the “Older Posts” button near the bottom of each page.


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


Circle of Concern: Edward Jones, To the family and loved ones of Wilbur Reid, Dollie Pettis, and Irma Smith. Victoria Long, William Owen, Jen Degroot, Carolyn Moore, Ann Quinn, Maggie Brizendine, Dave Radens, Joyce Lee, Wally LeBlanc, teachers, students, and school personnel, and all healthcare workers and essential workers. All those suffering from COVID-19.

Please keep LUCC member, Olivia Gibson, in your prayers. She is a nurse in a COVID-19 unit in a local hospital. We are grateful for her ministry!


Church Office Hours:  Tuesday-Friday 9:30-noon. 


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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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