UCC Florida Conference

Holiday greetings, Florida UCC members,

Here is the link to the December/January issue of Celebrate Florida.

Some articles which may be of particular interest:

  • Annual Gathering of the Conference (pp. 1-8)
  • Conference staff reports (pp. 10-12)
  • Hurricane Ian’s impact on our churches (pp. 14-17)
  • “Welcome to America!” (p. 23)
  • Southern Regional UCC Women’s Retreat (pp. 28-29)
  • Books by our UCC clergy as Christmas gift ideas (pp. 36-37)
  • Halloween and Thanksgiving around the state (pp. 41-42)

  As always, the issue contains lots of links to helpful resources and programming ideas you may wish to consider adopting or adapting in your own congregation. 

  If we’ve not been hearing from you, please make sure we’re on the mailing list for your newsletter and e-blasts (rickcarson1@gmail.com) — simple and much appreciated. 

  We especially welcome your providing the Celebrate Florida link (https://www.uccfla.org/celebrateflorida) to church members via your newsletters, e-communications and on your website.

Christmas blessings,  

Rick Carson, Editor

Bulletin 12.04.22

LAKEWOOD UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

A Just Peace Church

An Open and Affirming Church

A Creation Justice Church

10:30 am

December 4, 2022

SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT

SONGS OF THE SEASON                                                       10:15AM

WELCOME and ANNOUNCEMENTS

LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE  Sally Purvis, Liturgist

I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it.

    US President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1890-1969

 PRELUDE          I’ll Be Home For Christmas             Kent      

* OPENING READING    Every Evening   Thom M. Shuman

* HYMN       Come, O Long-Expected Jesus           122

LIGHTING THE ADVENT WREATH – Peace  

Unison Prayer

We give thanks for the many ways that hope is made manifest in our lives and in our world.  We need the gift of hope to sustain us on life’s journey.  May we look for signs of peace in the darkening days of this Advent season. May we be signs of peace for the world.     Amen. 

Response:                  Light Our Way           Joyce Rupp

                                    Please See Insert

SCRIPTURE LESSONS

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.

                                Isaiah 11:1-10 and Matthew 3:1-12

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.

* HYMN     Isaiah the Prophet Has Written of Old         108

SERMON               Seeking Christ      Rev. Kim P. Wells

UNISON READING          Winter Waiting       Jill Jenkins

            Last leaves drift down now,

            Trees standing bare along the skyline —

            Each branch etched clear against the winter light.

            On the dark fields the furrows turn

            To bare-backed ridges whitened hard by frost.

            Yet deep within this sullen soil

            New life already waits for birth —

            Release to life by the returning spring.

            Regenerating God, harrow our hearts

            Till we become the opened ground

            In which your Spirit’s seeds

            Take root and grow.       

SPECIAL MUSIC                      

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  & 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        What Child is This            trad./arr. HKJ 

 * Prayer of Dedication    Based on The New Branch   Heather Pencavel

God says

We’re opening a new Branch

a new Partnership with people.

Safe cities, peaceful communities

the new Branch will see to it.

Its mission will be based on just dealing.

 May we bank on this new Branch.  Amen.

* PREPARATION FOR HOLY COMMUNION   Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming          571

CELEBRATION OF HOLY COMMUNION

                  Invitation         Thom M. Shuman

In this season of bumper to bumper stress,

            with life more crowded than the stores,

                  God welcomes us to a feast of faithfulness,

                  where we may sit in peace and gentleness.

            In these times of rancorous rants and snide remarks,

            with people too busy to offer words of compassion,

                  Jesus whispers of hope for broken hearts,

                  sings carols of justice for all the outsiders.

            In these days of more and more time spent with devices,

            and fewer moments with those who could touch us with joy,

                  the Spirit embraces us with peace that comforts,

            loves us with a passion beyond 140 characters.  

COMMUNION PRAYER- SAVIOR’S PRAYER

Our Creator in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread.  Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.  Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.  For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours now and forever.     Amen.

            Blessing the Bread and Cup

            Sharing the Meal    

            Giving Thanks         

 * HYMN      Sing a Different Song             121

*BENEDICTION                                                                   

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE (please form a circle)   

Lead Us From Life to Death          581

Lead us from death to life, from falsehood to truth,

            from despair to hope, from fear to trust.

            Lead us from hate to love, from war to peace;

            let peace fill our hearts, let peace fill our world,

            let peace fill our universe.

*POSTLUDE      Sleigh Ride          Anderson

Circle of Concern: Erik Johnson, Katherine Conover, Danielle Hintz, Colombian Family, Ann Quinn is under Hospice care, Maggie Brizendine, Janet Hall, Tony Larson, All those suffering from COVID-19 and all healthcare workers, Schools: Students, families, teachers, and staff

Lakewood United Church of Christ 2601 54th Ave. S. St. Petersburg, FL 33712

 727-867-7961/ lakewooducc@gmail.com/ Lakewooducc.orgOn land originally inhabited by the Tocabaga

                                               Announcements

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

Choir Rehearsals Resume – Rehearsals began today and will continue each Sunday in the sanctuary from 9 to 10:15 a.m.  All are welcome!  For more information, please contact music director Hilton Jones.

Guided labyrinth walks Wednesday mornings at 9:00am – Each week there is a guided labyrinth walk on the outdoor labyrinth at the church. It’s 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.

Healing Through the Holidays– The holiday season is just ahead. We had our prologue with Halloween. Now we gear up for Thanksgiving, the Christmas season, and New Years. Whew!

This time of year can be fraught – and not only because we are busy celebrating. It can be a time to remember those who will not be with us this year. It is a time to negotiate difficult family relationships. It is a time requiring us to be with people who may have different values than we do. And it is a time when many of the activities and customs don’t necessarily align with what is good and healthy for us or for the earth. There is a lot to consider and to navigate.

The holiday season can also provide a wonderful opening for healing, for reconciliation, for understanding, and for transformation. In a three part discussion oriented workshop, we will look at some of the stresses and opportunities that may come with the holiday season. We will think about ways that this time of year can be a time of healing and restoration instead of a time of depletion and conflict.

This workshop will be held via Zoom on Tuesdays November 29, and Dec. 13 from 7-8 p.m. All are welcome! The Zoom number is: 270 068 3648.

All Church Read – Access a copy of Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan. It’s a very short story. This book is also available as an audio book. Join in a discussion of this beautiful story December 22 @ 6:30 via zoom.

Zoom Link: http://us02web.zoom.us/j/2700683648    Meeting Id: 270 068 3648

Holiday Gift Shop –  During this Holiday season the church is helping to support the Holiday Gift Shop Project at Maximo Elementary School. Please bring toys, jewelry, silly socks, stickers, mugs, coloring books, notepads in fun shapes and books or other gifts to church Sundays through Dec. 11. These will help to stock the Holiday Gift Shop at Maximo where children may select gifts for their families, their friends, and themselves

Baby Time – This is the time of the year to focus on the birth of a baby and the story a baby born in a barn, far away from home. Family Promise of Pinellas County is a faith-based coalition helping families without a house to move toward residential stability. This ministry to families without homes has been supported by LUCC for many years. This year Family Promise has asked that we collect diapers for the families in the program. Please bring donations of diapers- any size, any style- to church.

Christmas Caroling – Sunday Dec. 4 at 12:30 pm. Lunch will be served after the service for all who go caroling.   Share the joy of the season with the homebound

 CHRISTMAS EVE

6:30  Music of the Season

7:00     Service with candlelight and communion. All ages’ welcome!  

Family Promise Needs – Word was received this week that 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 the church and place them on the shelves behind the curtain in the hallway.

Sermon 11.27.22

LAKEWOOD UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

2601 54th Avenue South  St. Petersburg, FL  33712

On land originally inhabited by the Tocabaga

727-867-7961

lakewooducc.org

lakewooducc@gmail.com

Date: November 27, 2022 First Sunday of Advent

Scripture Lessons:  Isaiah 2:1-5 and Matthew 24:36-44

Sermon: Seeking Christ

Pastor:  Rev. Kim P. Wells

Thanksgiving is over.  Our annual orgy of eating has ended.  And now we are geared up for the even bigger extravaganza — the Christmas season.  We are primed for more food, parties, baking, shopping, cards, concerts, and decorating.

We engage in a month of festivity and frivolity and it’s mostly fun.  Stressful — fitting everything in — but FUN!

And all of this preparation and the events and the activities — are a much needed distraction from all the bad news that seems to inundate us. 

The week before Thanksgiving there were seven mass shootings in the US with twenty-two people killed and forty-four wounded.  Is it even news any more?  The UN Climate Conference COP27 was held in Egypt.  It resulted in treating some of the symptoms of climate change but not the causes.  Presidential ambitions were announced by a former president.  We hear of the continued ravages of the war between Russia and Ukraine.  The dust is setting after the midterm elections.  There has been a Twitter storm in the news.  And a snow storm.  Lots of bad news.

For most of us, the holidays are a fabulous diversion from business as usual — all the bad news that the media and social media choose to spread.  

This time of year, we’re too busy to tune in to all the bad news.  We’re decking the halls, and roasting the chestnuts, and making holly and jolly.  Yes, we need a little Christmas.  But our faith tradition offers us SO MUCH MORE than a little Christmas.  Our faith offers us a monumental Christmas. 

This morning we listened to that glorious vision of the prophet Isaiah.  There is mountain of God; the highest mountain, the most important, the highest good for all, and all nations stream to that mountain.  Everyone, no matter the color, creed, or culture, finds their highest good in the presence of Divine Love.  It is a way that is attractive and compelling to all people.  Because everyone is wanted and welcomed, all come.  Everyone seeks the way of love, justice, and joy.  And the result is peace.  All energies go into nurturing life — life for all people and for the planet.  There is no death-dealing.  At all.  Whatsoever.  And for us, Jesus is the Christ because he lights our way on this path.  He shows us where to go.  He marks the route for us.  And he brings us back when we wander off.  He takes us to that mountain Isaiah speaks of.  He is our trail guide. 

For Christians, Christmas is about more than a Jewish baby born in first century Palestine.  It’s also about the embodiment of Divine Love, God, in human form.  It’s about the fullest human expression of Love.  It’s about the best and brightest manifestation of the image of God in a person.  Christmas is about the coming of a Messiah — one who embodies the saving power of Love. 

Jesus is the Christ because he shows us what we are capable of.  He shows us our potential.  He leads us to our highest good.  In him we see the transforming power of love at work in the world; the greatest power there is.  And he teaches us how to use that power for the good of all Creation because Divine Love can only work for the good of all Creation, all of life.  Divine Love can’t be good for this person at the expense of that person.  It can’t be good for one country and create suffering for another.  Divine Love can’t foster oppression.  We celebrate Christmas because we see Jesus as the Christ, the full expression of Divine Love, of God.  And we trust his teachings to bless the world, the whole world, and everyone and every life in it. 

As an aside, a word about the word ‘Christ.’  Theologians joke that people think it is Jesus’ last name.  Actually, it is a title, like Doctor So and So or Professor So and So, or Attorney So and So.  Jesus the Christ.  Christ Jesus.  Our tradition tells us that this denotes Jesus as an agent of the saving love of God.  He is not just a baby born in a backwater town in rural Palestine. 

So, many years ago on a trip to Mexico City, as we were walking along and an armored truck parked at a bank to transfer a shipment of cash.  There were armed guards positioned beside the delivery people on the sidewalk.  They had large rifles.  We stopped to watch this carefully choreographed maneuver.  It took at least five minutes.  We stood across the street on the edge of the sidewalk.  Others passed by on the busy sidewalk ignoring this spectacle that so captivated us. 

After the drama at the bank we walked another few blocks to the subway station.  We went to get on the train.  I reached in my front pants pocket for my wallet.  It was gone. 

Evidently, while we were watching the cash transfer at the bank, I had been part of another cash transfer:  Out of the pocket of my pants, under my shirt, and beneath my long jacket that was zipped shut.  No guns involved!  How did that happen?  While I was watching one thing, I missed something more important that was actually happening under my nose — or under my clothes. . .

So, at Christmas, we can be distracted – all the presents and parties, the movies and music, the shopping and shipping.  Yes, it can distract us from the ‘bad’ news around us.  But it can also distract us from the Good News, from the deeper meaning of Christmas – from the powerful message of love and peace breaking into the world, shattering our prejudices, our greed, our addiction to violence, our indifference to injustice, our preoccupation with our personal problems while the world falls apart around us, our ignorance about the experiences of others, our captivation with consumerism, our alienation and separation.

Christmas is about the mountain top — ALL people living together in peace.  Swords transformed into plows.  Death to life.  Harm to healing.  Christmas is about more than Jesus born in a manger.  It is about Christ, the eternal spirit of Love, present in humanity, illuminating a path of salvation for the whole world.  Don’t be distracted!  Make sure Christ is on your list this Christmas.  And don’t settle for anything less.  Amen. 

A reasonable effort has been made to appropriately cite materials referenced in this sermon. For additional information, please contact Lakewood United Church of Christ.

Bulletin 11.27.22

LAKEWOOD UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

A Just Peace Church

An Open and Affirming Church

A Creation Justice Church

10:30 am

November 27, 2022

CAROL SINGING              10:15AM

WELCOME and ANNOUNCEMENTS

FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE                       Sherry Santana, Liturgist

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.

Where there is hatred, let me bring love.

Where there is offence, let me bring pardon.

Where there is discord, let me bring union.

Where there is error, let me bring truth.

Where there is doubt, let me bring faith.

Where there is despair, let me bring hope.

Where there is darkness, let me bring your light.

Where there is sadness, let me bring joy.

O Master, let me not seek as much

to be consoled as to console,

to be understood as to understand,

to be loved as to love,

for it is in giving that one receives,

it is in self-forgetting that one finds,

it is in pardoning that one is pardoned,

it is in dying that one is raised to eternal life.

                       Attributed to St. Francis of Assisi, 1181/2-1226

 PRELUDE       There’s No Place Like Home for the Holiday’s     Allen       

* OPENING READING                  Jim Cotter, 1942-2014

O come, O come, thou wisdom strange

            from deep within God’s womb to range

            the earth at midnight’s hour of fears

            to make us wise beyond our years.

Rejoice!  Rejoice!  Our God shall leap
with light that rouses us from sleep.  

* HYMN                 O Come, O Come, Emmanuel              116

LIGHTING THE ADVENT WREATH – HOPE

Unison Prayer

We give thanks for the many ways that hope is made manifest in our lives and in our world.  We need the gift of hope to sustain us on life’s journey.  May we look for signs of hope in the darkening days of this Advent season. May we be signs of hope for the world.     Amen. 

Response:    Light our Way                                   Joyce Rupp

Light our way, light our way, as we journey in the dark-ness. Light our way, light our way, gift us with hope for our world.

SCRIPTURE LESSON

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.

                                Isaiah 2:1-5 and Matthew 24:36-44

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.

MODERN READING             Peter Hooper, 20th c.

* HYMN       Keep Awake, Be Always Ready             112

SERMON    Seeking Christ                 Rev. Kim P. Wells

UNISON READING                Kate Mclhagga, adapted

Now is a time of watching and waiting

a time pregnant with hope

at time to watch and pray.

May we watch for the signs,

listen for the messenger,

wait for the good news to slip

into our world , our lives.

Christ our advent hope,

help us to clear the way for you;

to clear the clutter from our minds,

to sift the silt from our hearts,

to move the boulders that prevent us from meeting you.

ANTHEM                  I Wonder as I Wander              Amer. Trad

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

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      O Come, O Come, Emmanuel     trad./arr. HKJ  

            * Prayer of Dedication    Dorothy Mcrae- McMahon

In the face of all our realities:

We are the people who heal each other,

who grow strong together,

who  name the trut

who know what it mean

  to live in community,

  moving towards a common dream

 for a new heaven and a new earth

 in the power of the love of God,

  the company of Jesus Christ

   and the leading of the Holy Spirit.  Amen

* PREPARATION FOR PRAYER   O God of Love, O God of Peace     571

MORNING PRAYERS- SAVIOR’S PRAYER

Fathering and Mothering God, lover of us all, most holy one. 

Help us to respond to you

To create what you want for us here on earth.

Give us today enough for our needs.

Forgive our weak and deliberate offenses,

Just as we must forgive others when they hurt us.

Help us to resist evil and to do what is good.

For we are yours, endowed with your power to make the world whole.   Amen.

* HYMN                All Earth Is Waiting         121

*BENEDICTION                                                                   

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE (please form a circle)   

Lead Us From Death to Life                581

Lead us from death to life, from falsehood to truth,

            from despair to hope, from fear to trust.

            Lead us from hate to love, from war to peace;

            let peace fill our hearts, let peace fill our world,

            let peace fill our universe.

*POSTLUDE      It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year      Pola & Wyle

Circle of Concern: Erik Johnson, Colombian Family, Family and Loved ones of Carolyn Moore, Ann Quinn is under Hospice care, Maggie Brizendine, Janet Hall, Tony Larson, All those suffering from COVID-19 and all healthcare workers, Schools: Students, families, teachers, and staff

                                               Announcements

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

Choir Rehearsals Resume – Rehearsals began today and will continue each Sunday in the sanctuary from 9 to 10:15 a.m.  All are welcome!  For more information, please contact music director Hilton Jones.

Guided labyrinth walks Wednesday mornings at 9:00am – Each week there is a guided labyrinth walk on the outdoor labyrinth at the church. It’s 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.

Healing Through the Holidays– The holiday season is just ahead. We had our prologue with Halloween. Now we gear up for Thanksgiving, the Christmas season, and New Years. Whew!

This time of year can be fraught – and not only because we are busy celebrating. It can be a time to remember those who will not be with us this year. It is a time to negotiate difficult family relationships. It is a time requiring us to be with people who may have different values than we do. And it is a time when many of the activities and customs don’t necessarily align with what is good and healthy for us or for the earth. There is a lot to consider and to navigate.

The holiday season can also provide a wonderful opening for healing, for reconciliation, for understanding, and for transformation. In a three part discussion

oriented workshop, we will look at some of the stresses and opportunities that may come with the holiday season. We will think about ways that this time of year can be a time of healing and restoration instead of a time of depletion and conflict.

This workshop will be held via Zoom on Tuesdays November 29, and Dec. 13 from 7-8 p.m. All are welcome! The Zoom number is: 270 068 3648.

All Church Read – Access a copy of Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan. It’s a very short story. This book is also available as an audio book. Join in a discussion of this beautiful story December 22 @ 6:30 via zoom.

Zoom Link: http://us02web.zoom.us/j/2700683648

Meeting Id: 270 068 3648

Holiday Gift Shop –   During this Holiday season the church is helping to support the Holiday Gift Shop Project at Maximo Elementary School. Please bring toys, jewelry, silly socks, stickers, mugs, coloring books, notepads in fun shapes and books or other gifts to church Sundays through Dec. 11. These will help to stock the Holiday Gift Shop at Maximo where children may select gifts for their families, their friends, and themselves

Baby Time – This is the time of the year to focus on the birth of a baby and the story a baby born in a barn, far away from home. Family Promise of Pinellas County is a faith-based coalition helping families without a house to move toward residential stability. This ministry to families without homes has been supported by LUCC for many years. This year Family Promise has asked that we collect diapers for the families in the program. Please bring donations of diapers- any size, any style- to church.

Christmas Caroling – Sunday Dec. 4 at 12:30 pm. Lunch will be served after the service for all who go caroling.   Share the joy of the season with the homebound

 CHRISTMAS EVE

6:30      Music of the Season

7:00     Service with candlelight and communion. All ages’ welcome!  

2022 Advent Calendar

Seeking Christ
The Advent/Christmas Season at Lakewood United Church of Christ 2022

Sundays
10:15 Favorite Carols
10:30 Worship
Lighting the advent Wreath
Church school and Childcare

DAILY DEVOTIONS
Look for a new devotion each day in your email or at the church website to help inspire your reflection about seeking Christ this holy season.

HEALING THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS
Explore themes of the holidays that provide comfort and joy through the challenges of the season. This is a zoom meeting on November 29 and December 13 from 7-8pm. All Are welcome!!
Zoom Meeting link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2700683648
Meeting ID: 270 068 3648

ALL CHURCH READ
Access a copy of Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan. It’s a very short story. This book is also available as an audio book.Join in a discussion of this beautiful story December 22 @ 6:30 via zoom.
Zoom Meeting Link
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2700683648
Meeting ID: 270 068 3648

LABYRINTH WALKS
A prayerful walk seeking to find Christ in ourselves, others, and the world around us. Wednesday mornings from 9-10am. All welcome!

HOLIDAY GIFT SHOP
During this Holiday season the church is helping to support the Holiday Gift Shop Project at Maximo Elementary School. Please bring toys, jewelry, silly socks, stickers, mugs, coloring books, notepads in fun shapes and books or other gifts to church Sundays through Dec. 11. These will help to stock the Holiday Gift Shop at Maximo where children may select gifts for their families, their friends, and themselves.

CHRISTMAS CAROLING
Sunday Dec. 4 at 12:30 pm. Lunch will be served after the service for all who go caroling. Share the joy of the season with the homebound.

CHRISTMAS EVE
6:30 Music of the Season
7:00 Service with candlelight and communion.
All ages welcome! 

CHRISTMAS DAY
Gather Sunday morning at 10:30 in the sanctuary for songs and stories. Celebrate the gift we have been seeking. There may even be food and fun. You are welcome to attend in your pajamas.

BABY TIME
This is the time of the year to focus on the birth of a baby and the story a baby born in a barn, far away from home. Family Promise of Pinellas County is a faith-based coalition helping families without a house to move toward residential stability. This ministry to families without homes has been supported by LUCC for many years. This year Family Promise has asked that we collect diapers for the families in the program. Please bring donations of diapers- any size, any style- to church.

WORLD AIDS DAY
December 1st is a time to reflect on the ravages of AIDS. Wear a Red Ribbon. Offer a Prayer.

LINING THE CRADLE
Join in preparing for Jesus’ birth in the ritual of lining the cradle during Sunday worship on December 18th at 10:30

WINTER SOLSTICE
The longest night is a time for reflection and wonder. Join in a fireside gathering at 5:41pm on Wednesday December 21 at the church.

NEW YEARS DAY
There will be a service on Sunday @ 10:30 to start the New Year. Rituals will help set the heart’s intentions for the year ahead.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

CELEBRATE OUTREACH CHRISTMAS CAROLING
Join with others to offer Christmas joy to those who are houseless in St. Petersburg.Friday December 9 from 7-9pm. Meet at the Unitarian Universal Church100 Mirror Lake Drive S. Petersburg, FL.

COMMUNITY MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR THE HOUSELESS WHO HAVE DIED
In this season of “ No room at the inn” join in remembering those who have died who were houseless. This moving service will be held at Unitarian Universalist Church100 Mirror Lake Drive St. Petersburg, FL on Friday December 16 at 4:30pm.