Weekly Update 4/27

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 Wednesday.  Please provide the information in paragraph form with pertinent details and links.   THANK YOU!

This Sunday: Easter is not just one Sunday in the church year, it is a season extending from Easter Sunday until Pentecost, 50 days later.  This Sunday the themes of Easter continue to inspire worship.  Rev. Wells will be preaching.  The sermon is “Making Peace with Easter.”  Take a look at John 21:1-19.

If you would like to provide sunflowers for Sunday worship, please contact the Church Office. 727-867-7961 or lakewooducc@gmail.com

The service will be streamed live on Facebook.

Masks are required at in-person worship. 

PLEASE NOTE: Given the warming temperatures, the windows and doors of the sanctuary will be closed and the air conditioning will be on. Masks are still mandatory and there will be singing.

If you do not feel comfortable in those circumstances, please join in worship on Facebook live. There are instructions below.


Mask Policy at Church

After careful consideration of all of the information that has been received and the views that have been expressed, the advisors and church staff have decided that masks will remain mandatory at church on Sunday mornings and that congregational singing will resume.

The decision has also been made that at the church during the week, masks will be optional depending on the sensibilities of those who are present.

The Sunday morning service will continue to be streamed live on Facebook and posted at the church YouTube channel.


LUCC Earth Day Cleanup

On Saturday morning, April 23, Bill Parsons, Ruth Pettis, and Claire Stiles worked together to “tidy up” our Labyrinth and property while enjoying our time outdoors with Mother Earth.Celebrating Earth Day was a blessing and we are grateful for all efforts to care for Mother Earth and all the species who depend upon her health and well-being!  As a Creation Justice church we want to continue to do our part to live up to our covenant and be good stewards of creation.

please use the following link to view pictures on our website: https://lakewooducc.org/2022/04/27/lucc-earth-day-cleanup/


OWL Training Offered

The United Church of Christ and the Unitarian Universalist Church have worked together to create a comprehensive curriculum on sexuality for all ages – preschool through adult – called Our Whole Lives (OWL). To offer this curriculum, presenters must be trained.

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Clearwater is offering facilitator training for grades 7-12 the weekend of April 29-May 1.

This training could be used in a church setting as well as other settings involving young people. If you would like more information about the training for yourself or someone else, please contact Meredith Olson at learning@uuc.org or 727-531-7704 ext. 205.

There is a cost involved for the training. If you are interested in the training, LUCC can help to offset the cost.


One City Chorus Benefit Concert

The One City Chorus (70 progressive voices of sundry faiths) presents a free concert at the Lakewood United Methodist Church (5995 MLK Drive South) Sunday, May 1st, at 4:00 PM. A freewill offering will be collected to help the People of Ukraine.


USF St. Pete Program:  Preventing Dementia

The church has been contacted by USF about a research study called “Preventing Alzheimer’s with Cognitive Training (PACT)”.  They are currently enrolling older adult participants at the USF St. Petersburg campus to participate in the program.  They are looking for adults 65 years and older to participate in this important study. For more information, click here.  https://lakewooducc.org/2022/03/25/usf-st-pete-program-preventing-dementia/


How to Help Ukraine

The local Ukrainian Catholic Church is sponsoring humanitarian aid.  There are more details at their website: https://www.epiphanyukrch.com

The national United Church of Christ is also offering ways to support the Ukrainian people.  Here’s a link:  https://p2a.co/nGEvYVL?inf_contact_key=ad8269e3f149ec1ef1efd03de1e233aacc0558ed5d4c28cbfab114022b1ec50d


Toiletries for Celebrate Outreach

Celebrate Outreach is a local ministry with people who are living without shelter in St. Petersburg.  An average of 135 people are served each week.   LUCC was asked to collect toiletries to be distributed to the community at the meals that are provided on Saturday and Sundays each week.  This collection will be ongoing in addition to the food being collected for Operation Attack.  All are invited to donate the following items:

Celebration Outreach has an ongoing need for men’s and women’s underwear. 
Men sizes 30, 32,34 
Women’s sizes 5,6, 7,8. 
Also in high demand are socks of all kinds /sizes for both men & women. 
Other needed items are Deodorant & disposable razors. 

Toothbrushes, toothpaste, disposable razors, bar soap, wash cloths, deodorant, feminine hygiene items, travel size creams, shampoo, body wash, individual packets of Kleenex, hand wipes, toilet tissue, and paper towels are always needed as well.

Many thanks to Janet Blair and Jim Andrews for taking the donations to Celebrate Outreach.  


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.


Sundays

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.

PLEASE NOTE:

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. 


USEFUL LAKEWOOD LINKS:

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.


May Birthdays: Carol Shores 3/1, Claudia Rodriguez 3/3, Yvonne Riesen 3/13, Ron Huff 3/19, Earl Waters 3/25, Someone missing? Contact the church office with birthday information.


Circle of Concern: 

Joyce Lee

Christopher and Dana

William Owen-Cowan

Jen Degroot

Carolyn Moore

Ann Quinn is now under Hospice care

Maggie Brizendine

Janet Hall

Yoko Nogami walking the Appalachian Trail

All those suffering from COVID-19 and all healthcare workers

Schools: Students, families, teachers, and staff


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2 thoughts on “Weekly Update 4/27”

  1. FYI, there’s contradictory information about doors and windows. The new announcement toward the top says closed – the old announcement at the bottom says open. The latter should be deleted. Thanks, Sally

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