Bulletin 7/3/2022

WELCOME and ANNOUNCEMENTS

LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE — Colleen Coughenour, liturgist

When I think about the battle, what comes to mind is that all those people, on both sides, had loved ones.

Hector Knowshisgun, Jr.
On the battle at Little Bighorn
Where his Cheyenne forebears fought with Custer, Seventh Cavalry

PRELUDE: Wendeyaho — Native American/arr. HKJ

*OPENING SENTENCES — Dakota Holy Song

O you people, be healed;
Life anew I bring to you.
O you people be healed;
Life anew I bring to you.
Through the Creator over all
do I offer healing.
Life anew I bring to you.

HYMN: Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior — 551

SCRIPTURE READING

Let us prepare ourselves for the word of God as it comes to us in the reading of Holy Scripture. Our hearts and minds are open.

2 Kings 5:1-19a

For the word of God in scripture, for the word of God among us, for the word of God within us. Thanks be to God.

CONTEMPORARY READINGCaring for Mother Earth
Keeshenakwat Art Solomon, Canadian Ojibway Elder

*HYMN: Many and Great, O God, Are Your Works — 3

SERMON: Learning from Naaman — Rev. Kim P. Wells

UNISON PRAYER Ojibway (Canada) Prayer

Grandfather, Grandmother, look at our brokenness. We know that in all creation only the human family has strayed form the Sacred Way. We know that we are divided, and we are the ones who must come back together to walk in the Sacred Way. O God, the Sacred One, teach us love, compassion, and honor, that we may heal the earth and heal each other.

MUSIC: My Peace — Arlo & Woodie Guthrie

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of Lakewood United Church of Christ, as part of the Church Universal is to:
• Celebrate the presence and power of God in our lives & in our world.
• Offer the hospitality and inclusive love of Christ to all people.
• Work for God’s peace and justice throughout creation.

MORNING OFFERING and COMMUNION OFFERING

Morning offerings may be brought forward and placed in the plates on the altar. You are invited to write your prayer requests on the sheets provided in the bulletin and bring them forward and place them in the basket on the altar. If you would like assistance, please turn to someone seated near you.

Offertory: Shenandoah — American folk/arr. HKJ

*Words of Dedication
Tadodaho, Chief Leon Shenandoah, 1915-1996, Onondaga

The most important thing is that each individual must treat all others, all the people who walk on Mother Earth, including every nationality, with kindness. That covers a lot of ground. It doesn’t apply only to my people. I must treat everyone I meet the same.

*PREPARATION FOR COMMUNION
This Is a Day of New Beginnings (v. 1-3, *) — 417

CELEBRATION OF HOLY COMMUNION

Invitation

Communion Prayer- Savior’s Prayer — Hattie C. Enos, Nez Perce

O Great Spirit, You are our Shepherd Chief in the most high place.
Whose home is everywhere, even beyond the stars and the moon.
Whatever You want done, let it also be done everywhere.
Give us Your gift of bread day by day.
Forgive our wrongs as we forgive those who wrong us.
Take us away from wrong doings. Free us from all evil.
For everything belongs to You.
Let Your power and glory shine forever. Amen.

Blessing the Bread and Cup
Sharing the Meal
Prayer of Thanksgiving
— Juanita Helphrey, 1941-2018

God is
     a cloud forming,
     an eagle soaring,
     a voice from the wilderness
     echoing through your ear.
Whispering, encouraging —
     keep going, seek My glory,
     don’t worry, I’ll keep
     your fears.

*HYMN: For the Healing of the Nations — 576

*BENEDICTION

*SUNG RESPONSE (please form a circle)

Weave, weave, weave us together; weave us together in unity and love.
Weave, weave, weave us together; weave us together, together in love.

*POSTLUDE: Sweet Rivers — Southern Harmony/arr. HKJ

Circle of Concern: Tony Larson, Christopher and Dana, Ann Quinn who is under Hospice Care, William Owen-Cowan, Jen Degroot, Carolyn Moore, 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.

Announcements

Communion This is a Communion Sunday. We are using the prepackaged individual communion servings. Please know that everyone is welcome to participate in communion. Young people are invited to participate at the discretion of the adult(s) who have brought them. The Communion Offering will be received. This offering is used to help people in the church and the community with basic needs such as rent and utility assistance, bus passes, prescriptions, etc. There has been heavy need for these funds. Please consider how you can help the community through this offering.

Facebook Live The 10:30 a.m. service is being streamed on Facebook Live.

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.

Toiletries for Celebrate Outreach Celebrate Outreach is a local ministry with people who are living without shelter in St. Petersburg. Celebration Outreach has an ongoing need for men’s and women’s underwear. (Men sizes 30, 32,34 and 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.
Voter Guide Recommended: The recent Voter Guide published by Interfaith Power and Light: offers a general perspective on issues that candidates may or may not be supporting, some of them environmental. To take a look at this free Voter Guide, see here: https://bit.ly/ipl-guide

For the safety and comfort of all, please wear a mask. Thank you!

Lakewood United Church of Christ 2601 54th Ave. S. St. Petersburg, FL 33712
727-867-7961 lakewooducc@gmail.com Lakewooducc.org
On land originally inhabited by the Tocabaga
LAKEWOOD UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
A Just Peace Church
An Open and Affirming Church
A Creation Justice Church
10:30 am
July 3, 2022

Weekly Update 6/29

This Sunday: It comes up in the lectionary every three years.  And if you’ve been part of the church for a while, you know that it is one of the pastor’s favorite stories.  And she is excited to preach on it yet again!  That’s the Bible.  It just keeps on giving.  New times.  New challenges.  New contexts.  New inspiration from ancient teachings.  Take a look at the story of Naaman in 2 Kings 5.  The Fourth of July holiday helps to reveal the many messages in this story.  See you on Sunday!

This Sunday is also a Communion Sunday. The Communion offering will be received. This offering is used to help people in the church and the community with basic needs such as rent and utility assistance, bus passes, prescriptions, etc. There has been a heavy need for these funds. Please consider how you can help the community through this offering.

Childcare is provided at all Sunday services.

The service will be streamed live on Facebook and then posted on the church’s YouTube channel.

Masks are required at in-person worship.

FACEBOOK LIVE UPDATE

Beginning this Sunday Facebook Live will be streamed from a new iPad that the church was able to purchase with funds from a grant from the Florida Conference of the United Church of Christ.  The grant also provided for the purchase of a new microphone.    With these two improvements, the sound on Facebook Live on Sunday mornings and on the videos posted to YouTube should be much better!


DOORS OPEN TO ALL

The Doors Open to All installation by LUCC artist William Owen-Cowan has become a distinguishing feature of the church grounds.  The church has become known in the community as the church with the colorful doors.  

The doors used in the installation were salvaged from tree lawns and alleys.  One door in the installation had begun to fall apart.  William and Don Ritchie removed the broken door.  William would like to replace it.  He needs a door to paint.  A salvaged door with lots of window panes would be perfect.  If you  see a suitable door, please pick it up and bring it to the church or contact the church or William. Many thanks!


VOTER GUIDE RECOMMENDATION

Claire Stiles of LUCC has this to say about the recent Voter Guide published by Interfaith Power and Light:

I just downloaded this Voter Guide for congregations for the 2022 elections. The information is a general perspective on issues that candidates may or may not be supporting, some of the environmental.

To take a look at this free Voter Guide, click here: https://bit.ly/ipl-guide

Interfaith Power and Light reminds us of the importance of the election process:

Every election year is significant, and 2022 is certainly no exception. The outcome will impact our nation’s response to climate change for years to come. As people of faith and conscience across the country, we believe elections are a referendum on the values that will shape our future. Voting is how we create a society based on our shared values. That’s why Interfaith Power & Light offers this multi-issue Faithful Voter Reflection Guide.

Whether you use it at the kitchen table, in a house of worship, at a community forum, or at an event with political candidates, we hope it helps you and your community navigate the urgent moral questions facing our nation.


The Candidates Forum

Please click here for more information: https://lakewooducc.org/2022/06/29/the-candidates-forum/


LUCC Creation Justice Property Cleanup Last Saturday

Bill Parsons, Ron Huff, Christy Martin, Kim Wells, and Claire Stiles worked from 9:00 – 11:00am mostly on clearing brush and vines from the area where the former cross stood.  You will see a difference tomorrow when you come to church!  This work is just the 1st step to reimagining and recreating the “front lawn” of our church and deciding what, if any one thing, will replace the cross.

We also buried 4 deceased birds/ducks on the property and Ron cleared trash along 54th Ave. South.

Thanks to Patti Cooksey for dropping fresh fruit and snack bars to sustain us along with a cooler of water provided by Kim!

With gratitude and blessings
Claire

Please click here to view images: https://lakewooducc.org/2022/06/29/lucc-creation-justice-property-cleanup-last-saturday/


Will You Help With Facebook Live?

Yes, LUCC has intentionally been “high touch, low tech.” But given the reality of the pandemic, the ministry of the church has expanded to offering the Sunday worship service live on FaceBook. This has been very meaningful to those who are not able or do not feel comfortable coming to church in person.

This ministry has been provided by Patti Cooksey, Barbara Donohue, Bert Lee, and Michelle Cloutier. Bert and Michelle are away for the next few months. With two new recruits, each one could serve one Sunday a month.

Barbara and Patti want you to know that it is very easy! There are clear instructions. A tutorial will be provided. Please contact the Church Office to express your willingness to help with this important outreach ministry. THANK YOU!


Guided Labyrinth Walks Time Change

For June and July, the weekly guided labyrinth walk will be on Fridays at 9:00 a.m. instead of Wednesdays. All are welcome!

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.


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.


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.


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.


July Birthdays: Ann Quinn 7/6. Someone missing? Contact the church office with birthday information.


Circle of Concern:

Christopher and Dana

William Owen-Cowan

Jen Degroot

Carolyn Moore

Ann Quinn is now under Hospice care

Maggie Brizendine

Janet Hall

Tony Larson

Yoko Nogami walking the Appalachian Trail

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!


RECENT POSTS

Rev. Wells’ Son-In-Law Hired by National UCC

Dear Pollinators,

Have the walls of your church become a bushel basket, or, perhaps, a plastic bucket, if we were to modernize the image? One clear indicator of whether or not your congregation confines itself to such an inhibiting container is whether you or other members of your congregation refer to your church as “the best kept secret in town.” As the bushel basket reference suggests, this phenomenon is not new or unique. Jesus devoted part of his Sermon on the Mount to addressing it. To followers who hid the radiant lamp of their faith under a bushel basket, Jesus urged that they let their “light shine before others,” so that others would see their good deeds and give glory to God.

Without those who took Jesus’s words to heart by going public with their light, there would never have been a rapidly expanding movement dedicated to his radical vision and values. Indeed, there would be no Christian faith today, if the early followers had stayed behind the walls of the bushel basket. The Good News would have flickered and faded long ago.

More broadly, we know that time and time again the catalyst for social change is public action. The spark for any movement cannot receive the oxygen it needs under a bushel basket. For this reason, it is not an exaggeration to posit that the salvation of the Church may very well reside in whether the Church takes public action on the critical issues of our time.

For this reason, I am excited to introduce the Pollinator audience to our new Environmental Justice Fellow: Andrew Wells-Bean. Andy’s sole job will be to support churches in taking public action to advance solutions that match the scale of the climate crisis. Andy’s background in organizing campaigns for organizations like the Sierra Club has given him the knowledge and the skills that we need for this moment. Get to know Andy and stay tuned to learn more about the hope-giving actions that will arise from his work.

With gratitude for your ministry,

Brooks

LUCC Creation Justice Property Cleanup Last Saturday

Bill Parsons, Ron Huff, Christy Martin, Kim Wells, and Claire Stiles worked from 9:00 – 11:00am mostly on clearing brush and vines from the area where the former cross stood.  You will see a difference tomorrow when you come to church!  This work is just the 1st step to reimagining and recreating the “front lawn” of our church and deciding what, if any one thing, will replace the cross.

We also buried 4 deceased birds/ducks on the property and Ron cleared trash along 54th Ave. South.

Thanks to Patti Cooksey for dropping fresh fruit and snack bars to sustain us along with a cooler of water provided by Kim!

With gratitude and blessings
Claire