Last week…

Last week, I played an arrangement of Amazing Grace that is, more or less, a transcription of an orchestrated version that’s on simple hymns (currently a digital album, soon an audio CD). I’m going to try to make as many of my arrangements on simple hymns into piano solos as I can since it’s unlikely I’ll ever get to perform them with an orchestra but I definitely will get to perform them as piano solos! This solo piano version is available for purchase on SheetMusicPlus. But, for a couple week you’re welcome to download a complimentary copy below!

Weekly Update 10/27

On land originally inhabited by the Tocabaga

Sunday, Oct. 31 – Day of the Dead Remembrance

This Sunday will be a celebration of our legacy and our inheritance as we give thanks for those who have gone before us and have shown us the way.

You are invited to give some thought to someone who has been particularly influential in your life.  Perhaps it is a family member or someone you knew in the past.  Or maybe it is an historic figure from the past.  Whose legacy lives on in you?  Who inspires you? 

So, give some thought to someone who has died and is important for you at this time.  And share that inspiration and legacy with your church family on Sunday, Oct. 31 during morning worship as we honor those who have gone before us and who help us to navigate the living of our days!

PLEASE NOTE:  Because of the personal nature of the remembrances that will be shared on Sunday, the service will not be left up on Facebook or YouTube for future viewing.  It can be viewed live and then will be removed from Facebook and YouTube.

Sunday services are being held at 10:30 a.m. Masks are required. There is physical distancing. Childcare is provided.

You can also join in on Facebook Live at 10:30. Please see the instructions below. 


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.


Yard Sale for Haitian Hurricane Relief

Redeemer Baptist Church will be having a yard sale this Saturday, October 30, from 8-3p.m. on the LUCC church grounds to raise money for hurricane relief for Haiti. This is yet another extension of the ministry of LUCC!


Wednesday Workshops Ahead!

The Florida Conference of the United Church of Christ is offering a series of Wednesday Workshops on Zoom at 7 p.m..  These events are intended for people from all churches of the Florida Conference.  Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate.  Here are the topics for the weeks ahead and information about how to tune in.  

Wednesday, Oct 27
Workshop Wednesdays: Justice, Advocacy, & Action

Join us at 7 p.m. for a conversation about doing justice right here in Florida. We’ve got voting rights concerns, environmental justice concerns, mass incarceration and death penalty concerns, a health care system that does not include nearly a million Floridians in the midst of a global pandemic, farm workers still facing harassment and injustice, just to name a few. What can we do to press for expansion of voting rights rather than suppression of them? That might be a good place to start the conversation, but we’re open to other ideas, too.

Rev. Dr. Bernice Powell Jackson is an activist on behalf of human and civil rights, women’s rights, and has been an advocate for peace with justice and ecumenism around the world, including serving as president of the North American region of the World Council of Churches for nine years. She just finished her term as co-president of HOPE (Hillsborough Organization for Progress and Equality) and still chairs its Criminal Justice Committee. Serving on the Conational staff for nearly two decades, Pastor Bernice was the founding Executive Minister of Justice and Witness Ministries and one of five officers of the denomination. She also served as Executive Director of the United Church of Christ Commission for Racial Justice. Prior to that, she served as the director of the Bishop Tutu Southern African Refugee Scholarship Fund, where she was also the Archbishop’s U.S. representative. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., she is a graduate of Wilson College and holds master’s degrees from the Columbia University School of Journalism and Union Theological Seminary and received honorary doctor of humane letters degrees from Defiance College and the Florida Center for Theological Studies.

Wednesday, Nov 03
Workshop Wednesdays: Update from Immokalee

Wednesday, Nov 10
Workshop Wednesdays: Preaching an Earth-loving Jesus in a Time of Climate Crisis

Wednesday, Nov 17
Workshop Wednesdays: Small Church is not Less Church

The Zoom Meeting ID is 361-687-8295, and here’s the link to connect: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/3616878295. And here is a link to a flyer with information on all the upcoming workshops.

https://www.uccfla.org


New Church Directory Available

An updated church directory is available.  The directory is a welcome tool to help the congregation remain connected and in contact with each other.  Please pick one up when you are at the church.  If you would like one sent to you, please contact the Church Office at lakewooducc@gmail.com or call at 727-867-7961. The directory is a welcome tool to help the congregation remain connected and in contact with each other.  


Technology Grant Received

The church has received a technology grant from the Florida Conference of the United Church of Christ to improve the sound system in the sanctuary and facilitate the streaming of the worship service on Sunday mornings.  Gratitude is expressed to the Conference for this generous assistance!


Adult Day Care Available

The Neighborly Services Adult Day Care at the church still has openings available.  The center is open Monday through Friday during the day.  Clients can come every day or part time.  Health insurance and VA benefits can be used to offset the expenses.  If you have a friend or neighbor who could benefit from these services, please suggest the Evergreen Adult Day Care Center.  For more information, call 727-954-6484 .


Electronics Recycling

The church is collecting a load of electronics to be taken to an electronics recycling company in Clearwater.  The electronics are dismantled and usable components, parts, and substances are recycled.  Given the current problems getting the materials to produce electronic equipment, this recycling service has become even more important.  If you have anything you would like recycled, please bring it to the church and put it on the built-in desk in the Church Office.

These are some of the items that are accepted for recycling:  computers, amps, batteries, cables and connectors, cd players, cassette players, cell phones, televisions, digital cameras, e-readers. medical and dental equipment, iPods, mp3 players, memory cards, modems, printers, projectors, radar detectors, radios, remotes, receivers, recorders, SLR cameras, TVs, TV antennas, VCRs, etc.  

The collection ends this Sunday .


Anti Racism Demonstrations

The church will resume its witness against racism with weekly demonstrations along the sidewalk of 54th Ave. S. Make your own sign or use one of the signs at the church.
Demonstrations will be held Sundays from 5:30-6 beginning Sunday, October 3. In case of rain, the demonstration will not be held that week.

Know justice, know peace! This is an important way to inspire hope in the community and to work to create an anti-racist society.


Guided Labyrinth Walks

The guided walk is held weekly on Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m. This provides an opportunity to be aware and deepen your spiritual journey. If it is raining, the walk is held on Thursday at 9:00 a.m.

Also, the readings and prayers used on Wednesdays at the guided walk are put in the mailbox by the labyrinth each week 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.


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.


Operation Attack Update

OA needs donations of cereal, peanut butter, canned meat, fruit, vegetables and soup, dried beans, and mac/cheese. Donations may be placed on the shelf in the hallway at church.


USEFUL LAKEWOOD LINKS:

For the above church website links, please note the “Older Posts” button near the bottom of each page.


October Birthdays: Janet Blair 10/19, Rick Carr 10/22, Denise Williams 10/25, Olivia Gibson 10/29, and Victoria Long 10/29. Someone missing? Someone missing? Contact the church office with birthday information.


Circle of Concern: 

Dave Radens

William Owen-Cowan

Jen Degroot

Carolyn Moore

Ann Quinn is now under Hospice care

Maggie Brizendine

Janet Hall

Claire Stiles

All those suffering from COVID-19 and all healthcare workers

Schools: Students, families, teachers, and staff


Church Office Hours:  Tuesday 9:30-noon Thursday-Friday 9:30-noon. 


Recent Posts:


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.

Music preview for 10/31/2021

Sunday, Lakewood will celebrate All Saints Day. Of course, the postlude has to be Sine Nomine! I assembled this video for online devotional last year (year before? this pandemic has gone on SO long).

I think I wrote both the trumpet descants, but I honestly can’t remember. For a working church musician, stuff like that gets lost in the shuffle and is lucky to even get written down somewhere scribbled on the back of a church bulletin or penciled into some hymnal.I know the last descant is mine, but not sure of the first one. If someone knows of a source (other than me) for the first one, please let me know. I’ll be doing an organ solo version of this video for Sunday.

Simple Hymns digital album now available on Bandcamp

My arrangements of 19 tunes from the 1835 hymn collection, “Southern Harmony, and Musical Companion,” are now available as a downloadable digital album on Bandcamp. It’s still available for free streaming on SoundCloud. For those who prefer a more tangible form, an audio CD will be available on Amazon sometime in the next 6 weeks–link to come.

Bulletin 10/24/2021

GATHERING MUSIC            

WELCOME and ANNOUNCEMENTS

LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE                   Barbara Donohue, liturgist

We should begin by ensuring that every child in the world is able to eat and go to school. Let us internationalize children, no matter where they are born, by treating them as a world heritage deserving of the entire world’s attention.

Cristovam Buarque, Brazil, university professor and senator

PRELUDE                    Won’t You Let Me Be Your Servant

Richard Gillard/arr. Betty Pulkingham

CALL TO WORSHIP                                   based on Pat Rodgers, Canada

When our hearts turn to stone
the sun still rises and the moon still sets and rain still falls.
When our hearts turn to stone
flowers still bloom and food still grows and we are fed.
When our hearts turn to stone
babies are born and life goes on, past grief and sorrow.
As we gather this day, may our hearts be softened and awakened.
May life and love course freely through us once more!

MUSICAL REFLECTION          When Love Is Found     English folk melody

SCRIPTURE READINGS

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.

Luke 1:46-55 and Mark 10:35-45

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.

TAOIST READING                                                  Lao-Tzu, b. 571 BCE

SERMON                                       Mama’s Boy              Rev. Kim P. Wells

UNISON PRAYER                                                                 from Brazil

Come Holy Spirit,
prepare us to change everything that imprisons
the life that comes from you.
Amen.

MUSICAL INTERLUDE     Adagio cantabile (Op. 13, Mov. 2)

 Ludwig Beethoven

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.

Offertory         Viennese Ladies’ Ländler (excerpts)       Schubert

Prayer of Dedication                                              Rory Cooney

My heart shall sing of the day you bring
Let the fires of your justice burn
Wipe away all tears
For the dawn draws near
And the world is about to turn! Amen.

PREPARATION FOR PRAYER 

                           Sois la Semilla (You Are the Seed)      Cesáreo Gabarain

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.  Please observe physical distancing.

MORNING PRAYER-SAVIOR’S PRAYER

Holy One, our only Home, hallowed be Your name.
May your day dawn, your will be done,
Here, as in heaven. Feed us today, and forgive us
As we forgive each other. Do not forsake us at the test,
But deliver us from evil. For the glory, the power,
And the mercy are yours, now and forever. Amen.

* BENEDICTION                                               Helen Keller, 1880-1968

To keep our faces toward change
and behave like free spirits
in the presence of fate
is strength undefeatable. Amen!

*POSTLUDE                   Prelude No. 4 in F Major                            Faure

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

Circle of Concern:  Jeff Wells and family, Dave Radens, William Owen-Cowan, Jen Degroot, Carolyn Moore, Ann Quinn, Maggie Brizendine, Janet Hall, 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.

Operation Attack OA needs donations of cereal, peanut butter, canned meat, fruit, vegetables and soup, dried beans, and mac/cheese. Donations may be placed on the shelf in the hallway at church.

Anti Racism Demonstrations The church will resume its witness against racism with weekly demonstrations along the sidewalk of 54th Ave. S.  Make your own sign or use one of the signs at the church. Demonstrations will be held Sundays from 5:30-6 beginning Sunday October 3. In case of rain, the demonstration will not be held that week. 

Electronics Recycling The church is collecting a load of electronics to be taken to an electronics recycling company in Clearwater.  The electronics are dismantled and usable components, parts, and substances are recycled.  Given the current problems getting the materials to produce electronic equipment, this recycling service has become even more important.  If you have anything you would like recycled, please bring it to the church and put it on the built-in desk in the Church Office.  These are some of the items that are accepted for recycling:  computers, amps, batteries, cables and connectors, cd players, cassette players, cell phones, televisions, etc.

Looking Ahead to Sunday Oct. 31 – Day of the Dead On the last Sunday in October, the service will involve celebrating those who have died who have been significant in our lives.  You are invited to give some thought to someone who has been particularly influential in your life.  Perhaps it is a family member or someone you knew in the past.  Or maybe it is an historic figure from the past.  Whose legacy lives on in you?  Who inspires you?  During the service, you will be invited to tell the congregation about who you would like to honor and why they are important to you.  Can’t be in church that Sunday?   Write something brief and it will be read in the service.  

Wednesday Workshops Ahead! The Florida Conference of the United Church of Christ is offering a series of Wednesday Workshops on Zoom at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct 27: Justice, Advocacy, & Action- We’ve got voting rights concerns, environmental justice concerns, mass incarceration and death penalty concerns, a health care system that does not include nearly a million Floridians in the midst of a global pandemic, farm workers still facing harassment and injustice, just to name a few. What can we do to press for expansion of voting rights rather than suppression of them? The Zoom Meeting ID is 361-687-8295, and here’s the link to connect: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/3616878295.

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