Weekly Update 3.31.23

This Sunday
This Sunday: This Sunday is Palm Sunday! The service will begin outdoors on the lawn with the blessing of the palms.
Please bring a palm branch if you can!
Also, this Sunday is the deadline for ordering Easter flowers. Please turn your form in this Sunday.
This year the flowers will be cut flowers in vases. After the Easter service, the flowers will be delivered to those in the LUCC family that are homebound. You can email the church office to order flowers. Simply indicate who the flowers are ‘in memory of’ or ‘in honor of.’
Childcare is provided at all Sunday services.

Holy Week ScheduleApril 2 – Palm Sunday Service begins with the blessing of the palms outside. Please being a palm branch if you can.
April 6 – The Maundy Thursday service will be held at 6:30 around the table over dinner, a remembrance of the last supper.
April 7 – On Good Friday the sanctuary will be open for reflection and prayer from noon until 3 p.m There will be readings and prayers provided for your use.
April 9 – Easter Sunday there will be one service at 10:30 a.m. in the church sanctuary.
Lunch at the Tiki Docks (3769 50th Ave. S) on Sunday, April 2, 2023 after church. Please come for some fun conversation with some fun folks. Contact Kay Rencken (bobandkayrencken@cox.net) for more information.
LUCC Book Talk
For almost two years a small group has been meeting each month via zoom. Each member shares the book(s) they have been reading…fiction, non-fiction, current or classics. There is always a wide variety of books shared and discussion is lively. We usually meet on the third Thursday of each month. Rev. Kim issues the zoom invitation. We would love to have you join us!!! NEXT BOOK TALK: Thursday April 13 at 6:30. Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2700683648
Lakewood UCC feature in National UCC News about New College
Florida UCC Women to Host Retreat
LUCC Dyanne Edds is involved in the women’s ministry of the Florida Conference. She can share more information about this upcoming retreat.
93rd Annual FL UCC Women’s Conference – All women belonging to a UCC church are invited to attend the 93rd Annual FL UCC Women’s Conference, May 5-7 2023 at San Pedro Conference Center in Winter Park, FL.
Registration deadline is April 1, 2023. More information as well as registration forms can be found on the FL UCC Women’s website: Register here: https://www.uccfla.org/floridauccwomen
St. Petersburg Museum of History Offers Civil Rights Exhibit
This past week, Rev. Wells was part of a clergy tour of a new civil rights exhibit at the St. Petersburg Museum of History. The display, “Civil Rights in the Sunshine State” provides history and information about the civil rights movement in Florida. We often hear about Mississippi and Alabama but there was also a vibrant civil rights movement in Florida. Learn about it at this new exhibit. Feb. 25-June 8.
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:
Women’s underwear sizes S/M/LWomen’s socksWash clothsBath towelsPull Ups sizes 2T-3T, 3T-4T, 4T-5THair conditioner (no shampoo)Women’s deodorantCerealCups, forks, platesSnacks to go (not granola bars)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, 32,34Women’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 ChannelLakewood UCC on TwitterLakewood on FacebookLakewood 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 http://hiltonkeanjones.com/look-listen/ as well as purchase his CDs and digital albums there.
March Birthdays!
March 1 Carol ShoresMarch 3 Claudia RodriguezMarch 13 Yvonne RiesenMarch 19 Ron Huff
Are any church family birthdays missing? Please contact the Church Office!
Circle of Concern
Samantha Wassmer and family
Tony and Jim Larson
Ann Quinn is under Hospice care
Maggie Brizendine
Janet Hall
Family and Loved Ones of Lorne Palmer
All those suffering from COVID-19 and all healthcare workers, 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!
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