Weekly Update 2/10/2022

This Sunday, Feb. 13 the service focuses on the blessings and woes in the gospel of Luke and the sermon on the plain.  What does the way of Divine Love teach us about flourishing in this life? Take a look at Luke 6:17-26.

The Sundays from Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday through Black History Month, the services are highlighting the teachings of Dr. King. Join in the celebration on Sunday in person or on Facebook Live.  

The service will be in the sanctuary with the doors and windows open.

Congregational Meeting Ahead

There will be a congregational meeting following worship on Sunday Feb. 20 to take action on the church budget for 2022.  Please plan to stay after church for this brief meeting.  

Date Change for Monthly Book Talk

This month Book Talk will be held on Wednesday February 23 at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom.  This is a wonderful time of sharing about books.  Everyone is welcome to listen in and to share about what you have been reading.  It’s a very inspiring time!  Join in!  Here’s the link:  

Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2700683648
Meeting ID: 270 068 3648

Family Promise Hires New Interim Director

Family Promise is nationwide organization that mobilizes faith communities to eliminate homeless among families with children.  Lakewood UCC has been involved in Family Promise of Pinellas County serving as a support congregation working with Lakewood Methodist Church.  Family Promise has been in a period of transition and has now hired a new interim director and will be up and running again soon.  

The Family Promise Board has hired a new Interim Executive Director, Nita Smith.  Nita is a seasoned non-profit professional with over 35 years of experience having worked with the United Way, Boys and Girls Club, and Friends of the Children here in Tampa Bay.  She is an accomplished fundraiser experienced in capital campaigns, annual giving campaigns, grant writing, and special event fundraising.  Nita has experience working with a board to reach organizational strategic goals, and proven skills in establishing and nurturing community partnerships.  She will begin February 14.  Welcome Nita!

Boley Plans Moving Ahead

The church has received word that after numerous setbacks, Boley will be moving ahead with the housing project on the land next door to the church.  

The development will have 6 one bedroom units, 9 two bedroom units, and 5 three bedroom units.  The development will be owned by Pinellas Affordable Living and managed by Boley Centers, Inc.  It will be serving families that meet the description below:

“Whispering Pines will serve a minimum of 16 (80%) households with adult persons with special needs requiring independent living skills who have a disabling condition that does not currently nor is likely in the future to impair their physical mobility – primarily people who are disabled by mental illness.  Priority will be given to people who are homeless with a minimum of 20% or four units reserved for people who are homeless.  Households who are homeless due to domestic violence will also be served.  This is the same population that Boley currently serves in its 1,000+ units of permanent housing.”

Rev. Angela Wells-Bean was  Installed at Naples United Church of Christ

You can watch the service at the church website: naplesucc.org

Grant Submitted for Anti-Racism Project

LUCC submitted a grant to the Flroida Conference of the United Chruch of Christ to fund an anti-racism project with Maximo Elementary School.  The church approached the school about possibly porviding anti racism books for each classroom or for the school library.  The school made a list of grade appropriate books for each classroom in the school.  Once the funding is in place, the school will purchase the books and the church is planning to put a bookplate in each book indicating that it was given to the school by Lakewood United Church of Christ.  The entire cost of the project will be about $1,000.  The grant, if received, would cover half of  the cost.  The church would have to provide matching funds for the other half.  Stay tuned to what happens with this project.  It is an exciting way for LUCC to have an important impact in the community!

Inkjet Recycling

The church is continuing to collect used inkjet cartridges.  They are sent to a recycler and the church receives payment for the cartridges provided.  So, don’t throw out your cartridges.  Bring them to church.  Not only do they get recycled but they provide income for the ministry of the church.

Guided Labyrinth Walks

The guided walk is held weekly on Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m. This provides an opportunity to be aware and deepen your spiritual journey. If it is raining, the walk is held on Thursday at 9:00 a.m.

Also, the readings and prayers used on Wednesdays at the guided walk are put in the mailbox by the labyrinth each week for use during the week.

The labyrinth is on the church grounds near the southwest corner of the church property. It is available for use at all times.

Operation Attack Update

OA needs donations of cereal/oatmeal, mac and cheese, pasta sauce, peanut butter, canned meat, fruit, soup, and vegetables. Donations may be placed on the shelf in the hallway at church.

Being Covid Safe and In-Person Worship

Please stay home if you are not feeling well.

Please wear a mask while in the church building.  While most people have been vaccinated, this helps visitors to feel safe.  

Additional masks will be available at church to use as needed.

Two hand sanitizing stations are available for use by worshippers.

There is well-ventilated, physically distanced indoor seating in the sanctuary.

Please know that your safety is of primary consideration! 

Safe childcare is provided.


Look for the bulletin posted on the church website on Friday: https://lakewooducc.org/category/bulletins/

Watch the service on Facebook Live Sundays at 10:30. https://www.facebook.com/LakewoodUCC

Or on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/LakewoodUCC/videos

Instructions for how to access Facebook Live: For additional assistance, please contact the church office.

Here are some instructions to watch our Sunday services live through Facebook:

Use the following link to visit our homepage: https://www.facebook.com/LakewoodUCC/

On Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. please use the link above to visit our homepage. There, after using the link, you will see a section labeled “Happening Now”. This is our Livestream of the Sunday Service.

To watch the live stream, locate and click the “watch video” button in the lower right corner of the screen.

If the link above is not working, there is also a link to our Facebook page on our website. Please try that link located on the Home page of our website.


With the cooler temperatures, we will resume opening the doors and windows for morning worship as we continue efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Sunday services are being held at 10:30 a.m. Masks are required. There is physical distancing. Childcare is provided.

You can also join in on Facebook Live at 10:30. Please see the instructions below. 


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

You can stream Hilton’s music and videos for free at hiltonkeanjones.com/look-listen/ as well as purchase his CDs and digital albums there.

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

Circle of Concern: 

Earl Waters

Christopher and Dana

Dyanne Edds

William Owen-Cowan

Jen Degroot

Carolyn Moore

Ann Quinn is now under Hospice care

Maggie Brizendine

Janet Hall

All those suffering from COVID-19 and all healthcare workers

Schools: Students, families, teachers, and staff

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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.

On land originally inhabited by the Tocabaga

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