Weekly Update 2.8.23

Weekly Update 02.08.23
This Sunday:

This Sunday, the service is a prep for Valentine’s Day! Yes, there will be relationship advice! Don’t miss it!

Childcare is provided at all Sunday services.
Congregational Meeting Notice – BE THERE!

With many challenges facing the church post covid, there are important decisions that need to be made by the congregation relating to the ministry of LUCC going forward. All are needed to be part of the decision-making process, family-style!

Please make plans to attend an officially called congregational meeting after church on Sunday Feb. 19 to take action on a financial plan for 2023. The church advisors and the finance team have been working very hard to prepare for this meeting. Your presence is needed for responsible decisions to be made.All are encouraged to attend. Those who are not official members of the church are welcome to participate. This is an important part of our life together as a community. Please plan to be present!
Ash Wednesday Ahead

The Lenten season begins in just a few weeks. Lent is the 40 day season of preparation for the festival of Easter. In the New Testament we are told of Jesus spending 40 days in the wilderness to prepare for his ministry. We will spend 40 days, not including Sundays, focusing on tapping into the image-of-God within us. We will find that Love is Wild!

The Ash Wednesday service will be held Wednesday Feb. 22 at 7:00 p.m. around a fire at the lakefront home of Chip and Dana Cosper. For additional details or if you would like a ride, please contact the Church: lakewooducc@gmail.com or 727-867-7961.
New Members to be Received

LUCC is a welcoming community and on Sunday Feb. 19 during morning worship new members will be officially received into the membership of the church. Those who would like to know more about joining the church are asked to speak with Rev. Kim Wells, wells.kim.p@gmail.com or 727-867-7961.

Those who join the church during worship on the 19th will be able to vote at the Congregational Meeting following the service. That is putting faith immediately into practice!
Earthquake Response

In response to the horrific devastation and loss of life in Turkey, Syria, and beyond, the United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries in on the scene offering assistance. To make a financial donation through the UCC, please click here.
Annual Giving Reports

Finance Secretary Lucille Ruga has prepared annual giving statements for 2022.If you would like your statement for your records, please contact Lucille: ceilruga@gmail.com
Creation Justice Event in Sarasota

“Contagious Hope: Making a Difference on Climate” is the theme of a special presentation Saturday February 25 from 9:30-12:30 at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Sarasota [1031 S. Euclid Ave.]. The featured speaker is Rev. Brooks Berndt, Minister of Environmental Ministry for the United Church of Christ. There are several local panelists who will also be involved in the presentation. A vegetarian lunch will be served. To make a reservation for the event, please email Sarah Melcher at melchersj8856@gmail.com
If you would like to carpool from LUCC, please contact Rev. Wells at wells.kim.p@gmail.com
Guided Labyrinth Walks Wednesday Mornings at 9:00 a.m.

Each week there is a guided labyrinth walk on the outdoor labyrinth at the church. It is a time of prayerful faith sharing, and a time to listen more deeply to our spiritual lives.

In case of rain, the walks are held on Thursday morning.

Also, the readings and prayers used each week at the guided walk are put in the mailbox by the labyrinth 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.
Family Promise Needs

Family Promise, a local ministry to houseless families with children, is in need of the following items:

Water (small bottles)
Paper Goods (paper towels, toilet paper, napkins, plates, cups)
Cleaning supplies (disinfectants, sponges, dish soap, laundry soap)

Please bring items to church and place them on the shelves behind the curtain in the hallway.
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.

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.
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.

Many thanks to Owen Blair-Catala for seeing that the donations are received by Operation Attack.
Sermon and Reflection Texts
Lakewood UCC YouTube Channel
Lakewood UCC on TwitterLakewood on Facebook
Lakewood on Instagram
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!
02/06- Jim Andrews
02/15- Jeff Wells
02/28- Joyce Lee
Are any church family birthdays missing? Please contact the Church Office!
Circle of Concern
The Family and Loved Ones of Beulah Coughenour
Tony and Jim Larson
Erik Johnson
George and Jane Diven and Family
Katherine Conover
Sherry Santana
Ann Quinn is under Hospice care
Maggie Brizendine
Janet Hall
Schools: Students, families, teachers, and staff
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!
Sermon 01.29.23
Bulletin 1.29.23
Operation Attack Update

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