Weekly Update 1/16

This Sunday: This Sunday will be the annual commemoration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  There is an opportunity in the service for congregants to recommit themselves to the mission of Dr. King.


Church School: The theme for this Sunday is justice.  The gathering will be led by Earl Waters.


Memorial Service: There will be a memorial service at the church on Saturday Jan 25th at 2:00 p.m. in remembrance of the life of Bruce Drouin, Bruce was Wally LeBlanc’s partner.  A Celebration of Life luncheon/party will follow the service. If planning on attending please only wear bright or colorful clothing, nothing dark or black.


Before I Die. . .  The installation on the chalk boards remains available in the sanctuary.  You are welcome to add to the responses finishing the sentence, Before I die, I am going to. . .   You are also encouraged to look at the boards and see the responses of others.


Maximo Elementary: The staff of Maximo Elementary was thrilled to receive the sweatshirts, jackets, and other warm clothing to be provided to students as needed. This school, just behind the church, has 80 homeless students. Thank you to all who donated and contributed and to Patti Cooksey, Claudia Rodriguez, and Olivia Gibson for helping with the delivery.


Creation Justice Task Force:The next meeting will be Jan. 17 at 12:30 p.m. New members welcome! Please speak with Claire Stiles about what’s ahead for 2020.


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Service: This moving service will be held Sunday 1/19 at 4:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 1900 Gandy Blvd. The speaker is Hassan Shibly, Chief Executive Director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) of Florida.


Just Mercy Community Conversation: You are encouraged to see the movie Just Mercy and then participate in a community conversation Saturday Feb. 1 from 2-3:30 p.m. at James Weldon Johnson Community Library ( 1059 18th Ave. S, St. Pete). Everyone is welcome!


Opportunities Knocking: Here are several projects from the wider church that may be of interest:
The Florida Conference UCC women will be meeting Sat. Feb. 8 at Church of the Isles, Indian Rocks Beach.  There is information on the bulletin board at church.  Contact the Church Office for more information.  

Pinellas County CROP Walk for Hunger.  This Walt is scheduled for Sunday March 1 at 2:00 p.m.  The money collected is donated locally to DayStar Life Center and the St. Petersburg Free Clinic.  Funds are also donated to Church World Service to be used in other areas of the US and abroad.  For LUCC to participate, a coordinator is needed.  Please speak with Rev. Wells if you are interested in this mission project.  

Church Women United of Greater St. Petersburg meets regularly and is seeking addition participation.  Church Women United is involved in a variety of projects locally and beyond to foster a sense of compassion and community among diverse people.  For more information, please contact the Church Office.  


Letter Writing: Earl Waters has petitions to be signed about getting an assault weapon ban and legalizing recreational marijuana on the next FL ballot. You can fill them out on Sunday.


Operation Attack: Operation Attack is very much in need of clothes for men, boys, and girls as well as diapers and peanut butter and canned fruit. Donations may be placed in the shopping cart in the entryway to the sanctuary.

Operation Attack is an ecumenical effort serving families with children located at Lakeview Presbyterian Church, 1310 22nd. Ave. S., St. Petersburg. LUCC was a founding member of Operation Attack in the 1960’s!


Hearing Augmentation: Devices are available from the usher in the sanctuary during worship.


January Birthdays: Martha Lamar 1/2, Elinor Ross 1/4, Chip Cosper 1/7, Jackson Cosper 1/9, Hilton Jones 1/23, Bob Bell 1/28. Someone missing? Contact the church office with birthday information.


Circle of Concern: Family and loved ones of Esther Ryland, Amaiya Washington, Tony Rogers, Wally LeBlanc Sherry Santana, Jen Degroot, Carolyn Moore, Ann Quinn, Maggie Brizendine, and Ann Rogers.


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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 1/9

This Sunday: With the Christmas decorations stowed away for another year what difference does the birth of Jesus make? Has anything changed? That’s the topic for this Sunday.


Church School: There will be church school this Sunday led by Malcolm Wells.


Rev. Wells Away: Jan. 10-11, Rev. Wells will be helping to lead a retreat for the women’s group of First Congregational UCC, Winter Park. The retreat will be in Daytona Beach. The leader of the women’s group is Lisa Rotenberger, daughter of Genie Terrell of LUCC.


Maximo Elementary: The staff of Maximo Elementary was thrilled to receive the sweatshirts, jackets, and other warm clothing to be provided to students as needed. This school, just behind the church, has 80 homeless students. Thank you to all who donated and contributed and to Patti Cooksey, Claudia Rodriguez, and Olivia Gibson for helping with the delivery.


No Concert 1/10: The folk music concert series that was being held at LUCC will now be hosted by the Friends Meeting of St. Petersburg. There will be not be a concert at LUCC on Friday, Jan. 10.


Westminster Suncoast Lunch: All those connected with the church who are residents of Westminster communities are invited to lunch on the third Wednesday of the month, Wed. Jan. 15 at 11:30 a.m. in the main dining room at Westminster Suncoast.  


Creation Justice Task Force:The next meeting will be Jan. 17 at 12:30 p.m. New members welcome! Please speak with Claire Stiles about what’s ahead for 2020.


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Service: This moving service will be held Sunday 1/19 at 4:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 1900 Gandy Blvd. The speaker is Hassan Shibly, Chief Executive Director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) of Florida.


Just Mercy Community Conversation: You are encouraged to see the movie Just Mercy and then participate in a community conversation Saturday Feb. 1 from 2-3:30 p.m. at James Weldon Johnson Community Library ( 1059 18th Ave. S, St. Pete). Everyone is welcome!


Letter Writing: Earl Waters has petitions to be signed about getting an assault weapon ban and legalizing recreational marijuana on the next FL ballot. You can fill them out on Sunday.


Operation Attack: Operation Attack is very much in need of clothes for men, boys, and girls as well as diapers and peanut butter and canned fruit. Donations may be placed in the shopping cart in the entryway to the sanctuary.

Operation Attack is an ecumenical effort serving families with children located at Lakeview Presbyterian Church, 1310 22nd. Ave. S., St. Petersburg. LUCC was a founding member of Operation Attack in the 1960’s!


Hearing Augmentation: Devices are available from the usher in the sanctuary during worship.


January Birthdays: Martha Lamar 1/2, Elinor Ross 1/4, Chip Cosper 1/7, Jackson Cosper 1/9, Hilton Jones 1/23, Lakewood UCC 1/23, Bob Bell 1/28. Someone missing? Contact the church office with birthday information.


Circle of Concern: Amaiya Washington, Tony Rogers, Wally LeBlanc Sherry Santana, Jen Degroot, Carolyn Moore, Ann Quinn, Maggie Brizendine, and Ann Rogers.


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.


Weekly Update 1/2

This Sunday: Sunday, Jan. 5, will be a special service themed around the beginning of a new year.


Communion Sunday: The first Sunday of the month is a Communion Sunday.  That means 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 in recent weeks.  Please consider how you can help the community through this offering.


Church School: There is no church school on communion Sundays. Childcare is available in the nursery.


Free Introduction to Permaculture: Want to get a better idea of what permaculture really is and what it can do? What does sustainability and whole system design have to do with permaculture? Learn more in Fellowship hall at LUCC Sat, January 4, 2020 at 9:00am-12:00pm Eastern Time.


Maximo Elementary: Sweat shirts and jackets in any color are needed, along with navy or black leggings, for Maximo Elementary’s homeless children.  The Education Ministry Team will be collecting these items or donations of money Sunday January 5th.There are 80 homeless children at this one school.  These gifts are very much appreciated.  The clothing will be delivered to the school by Claudia and Olivia the week of the 6th when the school  re-opens from the holidays.


Letter Writing: A letter writing station has been set up at church. Look for opportunities to share your faith perspective on immigration, the environment, and gun safety with elected officials.


Operation Attack: Operation Attack is very much in need of clothes for men, boys, and girls as well as diapers and peanut butter and canned fruit. Donations may be placed in the shopping cart in the entryway to the sanctuary.

Operation Attack is an ecumenical effort serving families with children located at Lakeview Presbyterian Church, 1310 22nd. Ave. S., St. Petersburg. LUCC was a founding member of Operation Attack in the 1960’s!


Hearing Augmentation: Devices are available from the usher in the sanctuary during worship.


January Birthdays: Martha Lamar 1/2, Elinor Ross 1/4, Chip Cosper 1/7, Jackson Cosper 1/9, Hilton Jones 1/23, Lakewood UCC 1/23, Bob Bell 1/28. Someone missing? Contact the church office with birthday information.


Circle of Concern: Amaiya Washington, Tony Rogers, Wally LeBlanc Sherry Santana, Jen Degroot, Carolyn Moore, Ann Quinn, Maggie Brizendine, and Ann Rogers.


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.

Nativity Scene

On the Sunday before Christmas, the congregation participated in creating an impromptu nativity scene complete with three Marys and a woman Joseph. Much fun.

The service ended with the annual lining of the cradle with congregants putting a strip of cloth in the manger to prepare for the arrival of the baby Jesus.

Advent Devotion 24

Christmas Cactus

When I went outside this morning to get the newspaper I looked at the two Christmas cactus plants on our porch.  One bloom on each plant has opened!  And there are many more to come.  It’s like being allowed to open one present on Christmas Eve.  It’s just a glimpse of what’s ahead.

How did these plants know to begin opening on Christmas Eve?  How did they know it was the right moment?   How is it that they are timed just right?

Christmas knows.  After recent weeks of acrimony over the impeachment of Donald John Trump how did Christmas know to come?  To bring the cheer of music and parties?  To come with the distraction of decorations and presents?  How did Christmas come just when we needed it?  This most celebrated holiday in the world came right on time to upstage our political and moral morass.  
Christmas is exactly what we need.  Right now.  So, celebrate!

Prayer Christmas comes.  Whether we are ready or not.  And it is exactly what we need.  Amen