Congregational Meeting Notice

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.

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.

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:

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, 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 visit

Family Promise Needs

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

Milk, 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.

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. The address is: 1040 56th Ave. S. If you would like a ride, please contact the Church: or 727-867-7961.

Potluck Ahead

After church Sunday Feb. 26.  More details to come!

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 If you would like to carpool from LUCC, please contact Rev. Wells at

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.

Operation Attack

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.

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

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