Randy Wilson with Gabriel Dansereau

Randy is a fifth generation eastern Kentuckian who served as folk arts director for 25 years at the Hindman Settlement School, an institution that has served mountain youth since 1902 (attended by some of Jean Ritchie’s siblings). He plays several different stringed instruments, but he specializes in banjo and banjo history, playing several different banjos from Africa to Appalachia, particularly banjo styles and tunes from Knott County, KY. Banjo pickers, both men and women, from this region used a variety of techniques and tuning on the banjo.

Randy serves the region in several different capacities. He calls dances, plays at the nursing home, advocates for miners, and searches for economic opportunities in a just transition from coal to more sustainable future. He has represented the region at the Smithsonian Festival on the national mall.

Randy will be joined by his son, Gabriel Dansereau, fiddler and jazz guitar player, just graduating from the University of North Carolina Greensboro School of Jazz. Join us for stories and songs from the mountains.
http://www.rwilsonbanjo.com

At Lakewood UCC:
3/22: Randy Wilson & Gabriel Dansereau, Friday night, 7PM
3/23 Saturday Afternoon Square Dance with Jenny & the Stray Dogs and Randy Wilson calling. 1-4PM
2601 54th Ave. S., St. Petersburg, FL 33712
Contact: Yoko Nogami

Coalition of Immokalee Workers Fair Food Tour Concludes in Gainesville

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On the final day of the five-city, two-week “4 for Fair Food Tour,” nearly 500 protesters – equal parts farmworkers, students, and community members – wove as one through the University of Florida’s picturesque campus in a colorful and boisterous demonstration. They were fed up with the UF administration’s willingness to turn a deaf ear to students’ concerns, calling on UF President Kent Fuchs to cut the university’s contract with Wendy’s, without further delay, until Wendy’s joins fast-food industry leaders McDonald’s, Burger King, Subway, Chipotle, and Taco Bell in requiring its tomato suppliers to meet the stringent human rights standards of the Presidential medal-winning Fair Food Program.

The CIW’s sincerest thanks go out to all the allies who worked tirelessly to organize last week’s march, and all the actions of the 4 for Fair Food Tour, from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, to Ann Arbor, Michigan. The logistics of housing, feeding, and transporting a busload of souls from Immokalee (two buses, in fact, once the tour hit Gainesville!) on an odyssey covering thousands of miles, from cold climes to warm, with impressive actions and presentations at every stop along the way, cannot be overestimated. And the tour’s conclusion on Thursday in Gainesville would never have been possible without the selfless assistance of innumerable members of the vast – and fast-growing – Fair Food nation. Now safely back home in Immokalee, all of us extend our deepest gratitude to all of you.

For more photos of the event go to ciw-online.org. To read an article about the coalition’s efforts to get Wendy’s to join the Fair Food Program see The New York Times.

Weekly Update 13 March


This Sunday: This Sunday the season of Lent continues with the theme All Things New.  See Philippians 3:17-4:1 and Luke 13:31-35.  Why are people resistant to change?  When something better is offered, why hesitate to accept? 


Picture: The Creation Justice office of the national United Church of Christ has requested that a picture be taken of the LUCC congregation with the new Creation Justice banner that was given to the church.

This photo will be taken at the church on Sunday March 17 immediately after the worship service.  Everyone is invited to wear green.  That should be easy to remember since it is St. Patrick’s Day!

Advisors: Advisor will meet at 11:30 this Sunday March 17, all are welcome to attend.


One Ticket Available: A group from the church is attending Haydn’s Creation with the Florida Orchestra Saturday March 23 at 8pm.  There is one free ticket available please contact Claire Stiles or the Church Office if interested.


Operation Attack: Attack poverty! Ongoing needs include coats of all sizes, diapers of all sizes, oatmeal, cereal, and peanut butter. LUCC’s next volunteer evening is March 18 at 6:30 pm at Lakeview Presbyterian Church (1310 22nd Ave S).


Theological Orientation Discussions: On Tuesday, March 19, those participating in the theological orientation conversations are invited to be part of an interfaith dialogue at Congregation B’nai Israel (300 58th St N) led by Dr. Roy Kaplan. LUCC was specifically requested to participate in this opportunity. Rabbi Weintraub will begin the event with a tour of the sanctuary and explanation of what the Jewish religion is about. That will be followed by about 1.5 hours in small groups discussing the different faith traditions represented, holy days, and what it is like to live and practice our religion in this area. The event will run from 7-9 PM and include snacks provided by the synagogue. Those who would like to may meet at LUCC at 6:30 to carpool to the synagogue. Please contact Patti Cooksey or Kim Wells for additional information or to arrange transportation.

On Tuesday April 2, Dr. Robert “Coke” Coughenour will offer a presentation on how the word “Christ” is used in the Bible.  Coke is a retired Biblical professor.  This will be a very informative and engaging evening.  The gathering will begin at 6:30 and end at 7:45 in the Fellowship Hall at church.  All are welcome.  Please contact the church office if you would like transportation.  


LUCC Concert Series (and square dance): celebrating Old Time, Blues, Blue Grass, Folk & Country music. All concerts begin at 7pm. There is a $20 suggested donation for the band, doors open at 6:30pm. See the website or LUCC Facebook page for more information. Spread the word, share on Facebook or Nextdoor, invite your friends!

Friday, March 22 – Randy Wilson and Gabe Dansereau
Saturday, March 23 – Square Dance (1-4pm)
Friday, May 3 – Charley Groth
Friday, May 31 – Rebecca Zapen


Sea Level Rise Conference: Plans are shaping up for the Suncoast Sea Level Rise Collaborative’s conference on climate, a two-day program that will explore changes in the level of climate impacts over four years and highlight action steps individuals and policy-makers could take to mitigate or adapt to those impacts.

The conference, titled [Sea Level] Rise Up: Realities and Opportunities, will be April 5 & 6 at the Conference Center at SPC Seminole, 9200 113th St. North.

The Collaborative, a small group of concerned citizens (LUCC’s Claire Stiles is one of them) committed to educating the public about the challenges and opportunities created by global warming, emerged from the Institute’s 2015 sea level rise conference. Since 2015, a great deal has happened on the climate change front to heighten the need for action to deal with the impacts of a warmer Earth. Register online.


Earth Day: April 13th from 10am to 5pm St. Petersburg will celebrate Earth Day with a community celebration in Historic Williams Park (350 2nd Ave N).  Earth Day is celebrated by over a billion people in hundreds of countries around the globe. By celebrating Earth Day we join with others and share our common reverence and respect for this beautiful but fragile planet. LUCC is considering having a booth at this event.  Those who are interested in helping, please contact Claire Stiles. For more information visit earthdaysp.


World Dance Day: April 13th from 1 to 2pm at William’s Park. This Global Celebration Dance For Humanity creates an international dance celebration that unites humanity. Registration Cost is just $5 and includes the download of epic 1 hour global mix of music for your dance party. Access to a private online Facebook community for dancers worldwide. Global Organizers: The Liberators International. Local Organizer: Wally LeBlancRegister online.


March Birthdays: Happy birthday to Carol Shores (3/1), Claudia Rodriguez (3/3), Grace Lewis and Yvonne Riesen (3/13), Ron Huff (3/19), Earl Waters (3/25), and Charlie Lewis (3/27). Someone missing? Contact the church office with birthday information.


Circle of Concern: Jane Diven, Christy Martin, Carolyn Moore, Ann Quinn, Willy Zessoules, and Ann Rogers.


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.

Weekly Update 6 March


This Sunday: This Sunday is the first Sunday of Lent, a time of repentance and re-centering on God, however you may conceive of God.  The theme for the season at LUCC is All Things New. In this season of re-turning, and the awakening of new life as the spring approaches, the focus will be on transformation and change toward healing and wholeness.


Daylight Savings Time: Daylight savings time begins on the second Sunday of March each year. Remember that we spring ahead on the 10th!


Ash Wednesday: The season of Lent begins today.  There will be an outdoor service this evening, lakeside around a fire, at the home of Dana, Chip, and Jackson Cosper (1040 56th Ave S). The service begins at 7pm. Bring a chair if you have one and bring a stick if you can.  Plan to be part of this beautiful gathering to begin the Lenten season of reflection and repentance.


In Memoriam: We received word several weeks ago that former LUCC member Lucille Bailey had died.  There will be a memorial service at Pilgrim Church (6315 Central) following 10:30 worship on Sunday March 10. Lu’s ashes will be buried at LUCC according to her wishes. 


Farmworker Rally: There will be a rally in support of the Fair Food Alliance and the Coalition of Immokalee workers on Thursday March 14 in Gainesville. The Florida Conference of the UCC is sponsoring a bus to take people to this important witness. The bus will stop in Tampa about 10:00 Thursday morning. After an afternoon of demonstrating in support of the Fair Food agreement, there will be a communal dinner and then the bus will bring folks back to Tampa. Kim Wells is going and would love to have others from LUCC join her! Please consider spending a day in support of those who put food on our tables!


Operation Attack: Attack poverty! Ongoing needs include coats of all sizes, diapers of all sizes, oatmeal, cereal, and peanut butter. LUCC’s next volunteer evening is March 18 at 6:30 pm at Lakeview Presbyterian Church (1310 22nd Ave S).


Theological Orientation Discussions: On Tuesday, March 19, those participating in the theological orientation conversations are invited to be part of an interfaith dialogue at Congregation B’nai Israel (300 58th St N) led by Dr. Roy Kaplan. LUCC was specifically requested to participate in this opportunity. Rabbi Weintraub will begin the event with a tour of the sanctuary and explanation of what the Jewish religion is about. That will be followed by about 1.5 hours in small groups discussing the different faith traditions represented, holy days, and what it is like to live and practice our religion in this area. The event will run from 7-9 PM and include snacks provided by the synagogue. Those who would like to may meet at LUCC at 6:30 to carpool to the synagogue. Please contact Patti Cooksey or Kim Wells for additional information or to arrange transportation.

On Tuesday April 2, Dr. Robert “Coke” Coughenour will offer a presentation on how the word “Christ” is used in the Bible.  Coke is a retired Biblical professor.  This will be a very informative and engaging evening.  The gathering will begin at 6:30 and end at 7:45 in the Fellowship Hall at church.  All are welcome.  Please contact the church office if you would like transportation.  


LUCC Concert Series (and square dance): celebrating Old Time, Blues, Blue Grass, Folk & Country music. All concerts begin at 7pm. There is a $20 suggested donation for the band, doors open at 6:30pm. See the website or LUCC Facebook page for more information. Spread the word, share on Facebook or Nextdoor, invite your friends!

Friday, March 22 – Randy Wilson and Gabe Dansereau
Saturday, March 23 – Square Dance (1-4pm)
Friday, May 3 – Charley Groth
Friday, May 31 – Rebecca Zapen


Sea Level Rise Conference: Plans are shaping up for the Suncoast Sea Level Rise Collaborative’s conference on climate, a two-day program that will explore changes in the level of climate impacts over four years and highlight action steps individuals and policy-makers could take to mitigate or adapt to those impacts.

The conference, titled [Sea Level] Rise Up: Realities and Opportunities, will be April 5 & 6 at the Conference Center at SPC Seminole, 9200 113th St. North.

The Collaborative, a small group of concerned citizens (LUCC’s Claire Stiles is one of them) committed to educating the public about the challenges and opportunities created by global warming, emerged from the Institute’s 2015 sea level rise conference. Since 2015, a great deal has happened on the climate change front to heighten the need for action to deal with the impacts of a warmer Earth. Register online.


Earth Day: April 13th from 10am to 5pm St. Petersburg will celebrate Earth Day with a community celebration in Historic Williams Park (350 2nd Ave N).  Earth Day is celebrated by over a billion people in hundreds of countries around the globe. By celebrating Earth Day we join with others and share our common reverence and respect for this beautiful but fragile planet. LUCC is considering having a booth at this event.  Those who are interested in helping, please contact Claire Stiles. For more information visit earthdaysp.


World Dance Day: April 13th from 1 to 2pm at William’s Park. This Global Celebration Dance For Humanity creates an international dance celebration that unites humanity. Registration Cost is just $5 and includes the download of epic 1 hour global mix of music for your dance party. Access to a private online Facebook community for dancers worldwide. Global Organizers: The Liberators International. Local Organizer: Wally LeBlancRegister online.


March Birthdays: Happy birthday to Carol Shores (3/1), Claudia Rodriguez (3/3), Grace Lewis and Yvonne Riesen (3/13), Ron Huff (3/19), Earl Waters (3/25), and Charlie Lewis (3/27). Someone missing? Contact the church office with birthday information.


Circle of Concern: Jane Diven, Christy Martin, Carolyn Moore, Ann Quinn, Willy Zessoules, and Ann Rogers.


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.

Regaining Balance Event

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Now that we have proclaimed St Pete to be a City of Compassion and a City of Peace; how do we heal the pains of our past and restore mutual understanding and respect?

Shawn Mulford, Dine’ (Navajo), joins us from the Four Corners of the southwest to speak about the roots of Indigenous People’s Rights and what we can learn about sustainability from the peoples who embrace it as a way of life.

Join The Open Partnership Education Network (OPEN) next Saturday, March 9th as their distinguished guest helps to re-ground us in the importance of reconnecting humans to nature.

Date: Saturday, March 9, 2019
Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Presentation + engaged Q&A

Location: The Pole Barn at Pioneer Village
Boyd Hill Nature Preserve
3130 31st Street South, St. Petersburg, FL 33712
(Enter at Gate #2 for parking)

Free and open to the public ~ all are welcome!

Register online.