Weekly Update 5.22.19

This Sunday:  This is Memorial Day weekend, so there will be a time to remember those who have died in service to the country.  In addition, the story of Lydia provides a beautiful way of thinking about how we can work together for peace.  See Acts 16:9-15. 


Sunday Celebrations!  The last Sunday of each month is time for Sunday Celebrations!  At this potluck lunch the birthdays and other important events in the life of the congregation are celebrated.  Plan to stay for lunch this Sunday, May 26.  Bring a dish to share.  Lunch will be hosted by the What’s Cookin’? Soup Group including Patti Cooksey, Carol Shores, and friends.

At this month’s lunch, all who participated in the What’s Cookin’? dinner groups are encouraged to reflect on the What’s Cookin’? experience – what your group did, how things worked, how you felt about the experience, what suggestions you have for future rounds of What’s Cookin’?, etc.  (What’s Cookin’? involved small groups of people from the church family meeting for dinner once a month for 4 months. The dinners began in February and ended in May.)  EVERYONE WELCOME even if you did not participate in What’s Cookin’?!


In Memoriam:  Willy Zessoules, a friend of the congregation, died this past week.  She was living at Westminster Suncoast.  Condolences are expressed to her family and friends.  Plans for a memorial service have not yet been determined.


LUCC Concert Series: 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! If you would like transportation to the concert please contact the church (727) 867-7961.

Friday, May 31 – Rebecca Zapen & Jeremy Douglass.

Rebecca being the versatile vocalist and violinist has released 4 albums. Award-winning albums Nest and Japanese Bathhouse feature her eclectic folk-pop songwriting; Hummingbird and ZapStar feature jazz standards and bossa nova, as well as several original compositions. Awards and accolades include: Florida Album of the Year 2011 forNest, which debuted at #12 on the Folk DJ charts; Jacksonville’s Musician of the Year 2008; and Best Cabaret Album & Best Cabaret Song in Just Plain Folks Awards 2009 for Japanese Bathhouse. Zapen’s original songs appeared in a national promotion for Crocs Shoes. She placed 2nd in the Bushman World Ukulele Video Contest, and she was a Finalist in the 2007 DiscMakers’ Independent Music World Series. My Old Kentucky Blog says of Zapen’s newest release Nest: “There’s a sense of arcane, jazzy pop; fifties romanticism, classical music, and Yiddish and other folk traditions; a bowl of ingredients from which Zapen intuitively ladles the right elements for her evocative compositions…Nest is something of a miracle.”

An award-winning composer, she earned the Silver Medal of Excellence for Best Use of Music in a Short Film at the 2008 Park City Film Music Festival. Her original songs appear in Look Both Ways, which won for Best Music in the 2009 San Francisco Seven Day Film Festival. Her music has been featured on NPR’s All Songs Considered: Open Mic. In addition to performing extensively in Florida and touring throughout the United States, playing at venues such as The Bitter End (NYC), Genghis Cohen (L.A.), and Katerina’s (Chicago), she has also delighted audiences abroad at venues such as Les Temps Modernes (Switzerland), Le Caveau des Oubliettes (France), and Paganini Auditorium (Italy). A native of Jacksonville, Florida, she now calls St. Petersburg home, where she lives with her husband, pianist and recording engineer Jeremy Douglass, and their little boy.


Pentecost is Coming:  That is the Sunday that the start of the church is celebrated.  The story involves flames and lots of languages.  The liturgical color for the day is red so you are encouraged to wear red on Sunday June 9.


Graduation Reception Ahead:  On Sunday June 9, the Andrews-Blair family and the Coughenour-Gibson family, will host a reception celebrating the graduations of Zoe Blair-Andrews from USF and Olivia Gibson from Piedmont College.  The celebration will take place following worship in the Fellowship Hall.


Summer Sundays Ahead:  Summer Sundays begin Sunday June 16, Father’s Day!  The services will be more informal.  Themes will focus on favorite Bible stories that are referenced in literature, art, and cultural discourse.  The themes come from a book by former Eckerd professor, Tim Beal, called Biblical Literacy.  This is a very good opportunity for young people of the church to become acquainted with commonly referenced Bible stories.  May all increase their biblical literacy this summer!


Children’s Ministry:  The church is putting in place a children’s ministry for the rest of the year. If you are interested in being part of this effort, please speak with Kim Wells or one of the advisors. Many thanks!


Organ Donation:  Westminster Suncoast very generously donated the organ from their chapel to LUCC.  It was played in church last Sunday for the first time.  Many thanks to Westminster Suncoast for the organ and to Earl Waters and Hilton Jones for arranging for the transport and installation.


 LUCC Youth Receives Campership: Kai’Lyn Washington has received a campership from the Florida Conference of the United Church of Christ to attend West Ham United National Camp in Rome, GA, July 20-23, 2019 (soccer camp).  CONGRATULATIONS, Kai’Lyn Washington and many thanks to the Florida Conference!


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


May Birthdays:  Mark Gibson (5/2),  Angela Wells- Bean (5/7),  Emily Gibson (5/8),  Julian Riccardi (5/9),  Colleen Coughenour (5/11),  Jen De Groot (5/12),  Christy Martin (5/15),  Bill Parsons (5/16). Someone missing? Contact the church office with birthday information.


Circle of Concern: Sherry Santana, Carolyn Moore, Ann Quinn, the family and friends of Willy Zessoules, Dana and Chip Cosper and family, 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.

Rebecca Zapen & Jeremy Douglass

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About: LUCC Concert Series invite Old Time, Blues, Blue Grass, Folk and Country musicians, emerging and obscure in spirit to celebrate and promote Americana music and musicians from all over the United States.

All concerts at Lakewood United Church of Christ (LUCC) is $20 suggested donation at the door. All proceeds benefit the musicians. Doors open at 6:30PM, show at 7PM.

Lakewood United Church of Christ Concert Series
http://lakewooducc.org
Lakewood United Church of Christ Concert Series
Lakewood United Church of Christ
2601 54th Ave. S. St. Petersburg, FL 33712

Contact: Yoko Nogami
nogamiyoko@gmail.com
727-687-6742

5/31: Rebecca Zapen & Jeremy Douglass
http://www.zapen.com

A third-generation musician in a family tree including players of violin, piano, double bass, guitar, and accordion, Rebecca Zapen has developed into a versatile performer: jazz crooner, classically-trained violinist, and award-winning multi-instrumentalist songwriter. Her formal violin studies began at age 3, and singing always came naturally. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude from Florida State University, with degrees in Music and Biology. It was during her years at FSU that she fell in love with jazz and bossa nova. Past appearances include Jacksonville Jazz Festival, Clearwater Jazz Holiday, and Florida Folk Festival. Zapen has been a musical guest on Public Radio International show Michael Feldman’s Whad’Ya Know?, as well as being a featured soloist with the Hollywood Philharmonic Orchestra.

The versatile vocalist and violinist has released 4 albums. Award-winning albums Nest and Japanese Bathhouse feature her eclectic folk-pop songwriting; Hummingbird and ZapStar feature jazz standards and bossa nova, as well as several original compositions. Awards and accolades include: Florida Album of the Year 2011 forNest, which debuted at #12 on the Folk DJ charts; Jacksonville’s Musician of the Year 2008; and Best Cabaret Album & Best Cabaret Song in Just Plain Folks Awards 2009 for Japanese Bathhouse. Zapen’s original songs appeared in a national promotion for Crocs Shoes. She placed 2nd in the Bushman World Ukulele Video Contest, and she was a Finalist in the 2007 DiscMakers’ Independent Music World Series. My Old Kentucky Blog says of Zapen’s newest release Nest: “There’s a sense of arcane, jazzy pop; fifties romanticism, classical music, and Yiddish and other folk traditions; a bowl of ingredients from which Zapen intuitively ladles the right elements for her evocative compositions…Nest is something of a miracle.”

An award-winning composer, she earned the Silver Medal of Excellence for Best Use of Music in a Short Film at the 2008 Park City Film Music Festival. Her original songs appear in Look Both Ways, which won for Best Music in the 2009 San Francisco Seven Day Film Festival. Her music has been featured on NPR’s All Songs Considered: Open Mic. In addition to performing extensively in Florida and touring throughout the United States, playing at venues such as The Bitter End (NYC), Genghis Cohen (L.A.), and Katerina’s (Chicago), she has also delighted audiences abroad at venues such as Les Temps Modernes (Switzerland), Le Caveau des Oubliettes (France), and Paganini Auditorium (Italy).
A native of Jacksonville, Florida, she now calls St. Petersburg home, where she lives with her husband, pianist and recording engineer Jeremy Douglass, and their little boy.

Family Promise – DON’T MISS OUR MEET AND GREET THIS WEEK!

PLEASE JOIN US!

Wednesday May 8th
3:00-4:30 pm
or
Tuesday May 14th
6:00-7:30 pm
Excitement is in the air here at Family Promise and we want to share that excitement with you. Please join us! It will be a great opportunity for you to come and meet Sharon as well as discuss our plan for the future of the program!
Please join us on either Wednesday, May 8th from 3:00-4:30 pm or Tuesday, May 14th from 6:00-7:30 pm for our meet and greet session to be held at:

 

Central Christian Church of St. Petersburg
Fellowship Hall
6161 22nd Ave North
St. Petersburg, FL 33710

PLEASE RSVP which date you will be joining us via email tosboyes@fppinellas.org

We will be discussing the future of Family Promise and our plan of action for reopening our doors! We hope that you can join us and we look forward to seeing you there!

Sincerely,
-Board of Family Promise

 

StandingWomen.net

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The women of the world are rising! One by one, small group by small group, masses of us are coming together to do the work needed to evolve humanity toward its greater good. Please stand with us one more time to affirm and confirm this reality. (We are doing something here!)

Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 1 p.m. local time
See the invitation


Tell us where you will stand
See where others are standing

 

DECLARATION OF STANDING

     We are standing for the world’s children and grandchildren, and for the seven generations to come.
      We dream of a world where all of our children have safe drinking water, clean air to breathe, and enough food to eat.
      A world where they have access to a basic education to develop their minds and healthcare to nurture their growing bodies.
      A world where they have a warm, safe and loving place to call home.
       A world where they don’t live in fear of violence–in their homes, in their neighborhoods, in their schools, or in their world.
      This is the world of which we dream.
      This is the cause for which we stand.

[Print out the Declaration here.]

  • To register your ‘standing’ or to find a gathering in your area, visit www.standingwomen.net.  Each and every post is a step that grows the dream toward reality.
  • To help Standing Women go viral, forward this information on to your friends and family, in your own and other countries, and/or to any news service that seems appropriate. Use the hashtags: #StandingWomen #StandingWomen2019 #StandingWomenGlobalMovement
  • To be inspired, spend time on www.standingwomen.net, watching the ‘standings’ move around the world, reading the dreams and sensing into the unity of our human intention for the children.
  • To connect up, send an email of appreciation through the website to someone who speaks to your heart, standing in another state, province, or country.
  • On May 12, 2019, join countless people around the world standing for a time in silence with a common focus. Feel the deep connection and potential in this act of love… the call of the ‘seven generations to come’ … from every nation on earth.

With gratitude and trust,

Jeanie, Deb, Bruce, Julie and Bon

P.S. Check out Ariel’s song ‘White Linen’ to get an energetic sense of the ‘mother’ strength behind our 13 years of ‘standing!’