Congregational Meeting Ahead
There will be a congregational meeting held on this Sunday January 31 at 1:00 p.m. on Zoom to take action on the budget for 2021. Please plan to participate in this brief but important event in the life of the church. This work undergirds the ministry of the church. Here is the Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2700683648
Or call in at: 1-301-715-8592 and use the Zoom ID 270 068 3648
Please check the website later in the week for the proposed budget and ministry reports.
In Person Outdoor Services
Weekly services are being held on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. The services are held outside on the lawn. Masks are to be worn and physical distancing will be observed. Please bring your own chair if you can.
If the weather is bad, the service will be held on the patio adjacent to the playground.
This Sunday we reflect on perspective. Yes, we are created in the image of God. We are also like a blade of grass in a field. How does this ground our life experience? Looking forward to Sunday and worship outside under the oak tree or on the patio if it is raining.
The bulletin and 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!
Congratulations to Zach Blair-Andrews
LUCC’s Zach Blair-Andrews is one of two recipients of the 2021 USF Ron & Libby Sanders Public Service Scholarship given to students who have demonstrated a commitment to a career in public service!
Zach is an Honors student majoring in Political Science and minoring in Public Administration. He currently serves as the elected Lt. Governor for the USF Student Government on the Tampa campus. After he graduates from USF, he plans to pursue a master’s degree in Public Administration and work in the public/non-profit sector.
Westminster Palms and Westminster Suncoast Receive Covid Vaccines
Numerous people from the LUCC congregation live in these Westminster communities. We are grateful that they have received the first Covid vaccine with another to come on Sunday Feb. 7. We look forward to all in the congregation and community and country receiving the vaccine!
Many thanks to Bert Lee donated the vacuum cleaner to the church. It is much appreciated!
Adult Daycare Update
Renovations continue in the Fellowship Hall. Three accessible bathrooms are being added. New flooring is being installed. A new ceiling has been put in. Instead of a full kitchen, there will be a kitchenette and a nurses’ station. Meals will be brought in for the participants in the adult day care. The tentative opening date for the Adult Daycare Center is Feb. 15.
The church will have full use of the facilities in the evenings and on the weekends. It is very exciting to see this ministry finally coming to fruition!
Rev. Wells would like to thank everyone for their prayers and expressions of support as she and Jeff both had surgery this week. They are hopeful about continued healing!
Operation Attack Needs
There was another successful OA Food Distribution Drive Thru in December due to caring volunteers, thankful families, and all of you. We fed 91 families with 2 bags of non perishables, fresh produce, meat, and dairy products. We also gave extra food to large families (over 6 people), diapers and wipes, 50 referrals to Clothes to Kids, and 120 Christmas Goodie Bags. The goodie bags were donated and made by E.L.F.S., The Elected Ladies For The Savior. Each beautifully decorated Christmas bag was filled with a juice box, chips and candy. We were grateful to be asked to distribute these gifts to children.
The next Food Distribution Drive Thrus will be January 30 and March 13. Listed below are ways you can participate in our future Drive Thrus:
Volunteer to pre-bag food before the Drive Thru Volunteer on January 30 Purchase baby wipes and large/family size nonperishable food Donate plastic grocery bags Pray for the people/groups making this event happen Pray for the people we are serving
Thank you for your faithfulness to the people in the community who need our support right now. Yours in Christ!
Anti-Racism Demonstrations Continue
Weekly demonstrations to end racism resumed 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. 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.
The church is very grateful to Sally for offering this avenue of support to the congregation and the community.
Music from Hilton
You can watch 5 videos Hilton made as lead-ups to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUn2RmCFhW2uAVwKQLfqJnzNmZhEK_TK5.
If you want to just hear they soundtracks, without the videos, you can hear those at https://soundcloud.com/hilton-kean-jones/sets/mlk-day.
USEFUL LAKEWOOD LINKS DURING THE CORONA CRISIS:
- Corona Sabbath Posts
- Sermon and Reflection Texts
- Music at Lakewood
- Lakewood UCC YouTube Channel
- Lakewood UCC on Twitter
- Lakewood on Facebook
- Lakewood on Instagram
- Daily Corona Prayer
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: To the family and loved ones of Wilbur Reid, Dollie Pettis, and Irma Smith. Victoria Long, Kim Wells, Jeff Wells, Edward Jones, 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.
- They that wait upon the lord January 27, 2021
- Author Brian McLaren joins guest speaker series January 26, 2021
- Just Peace webinar set for Jan. 27 January 26, 2021
- ‘Burnout & Self-Care’ workshop January 26, 2021
- God Moves in a Mysterious Way January 26, 2021
- And I will raise you up on eagle’s wings January 25, 2021
- Standing in the Need of Prayer January 22, 2021
- Amazing Grace January 21, 2021
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.