Death Penalty Bill

Thank FL Rep. Joe Geller and Rep. Dotie Joseph for introducing HB 6013 – Death Penalty. This bill would end the use of the death penalty in Florida. Please show your support. They need co-sponsors. If you don’t get a chance to thank them in person, here is their contact information:

Rep. Joseph Geller
(850) 717-5100
joseph.geller@myfloridahouse.gov

Rep. Dotie Joseph
(850) 717-5108
dotie.joseph@myfloridahouse.gov

Weekly Update 1/16

This Sunday: The focus for the service this Sunday will be the ministry of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the implications for today. Many thanks to Charlie Lewis for serving as liturgist, and to Earl Waters for ushering. A second usher is still needed, contact the church office if you can help out!


In Memoriam:  Former LUCC member Roger Goodson died on Sunday Jan. 6, Epiphany.  He was under the care of his niece in Winchester, VA. Roger was beloved at LUCC and at Mission Hills, his UCC church in San Diego.


Theological Orientation Discussions: The first session will be tonight, January 16, from 6:30-7:45pm.  There is a reading available to look at before the gathering and a short reading for the next session, Jan. 30, available at church.  This first session focuses on church. Future sessions will be held Jan. 30, Feb. 19, Feb. 27 (tentative), March 19, and March 27.


Sister Cities Meeting: Bill Parsons is a Co-Director for creating a sister city program with St. Petersburg, Russia. All who have an interest in this relationship are invited to come to this inaugural event. At this first meeting we will review the contacts between the two cities in the past, we will share ideas about possible future relationships, and hopefully get to know better the people who share a common interest in these two cities named St. Petersburg. Thursday, January 17 at 7:00 pm at Lakewood UCC (2601 54th Ave S) sanctuary.


What’s Cookin’?: Eat together once a month with a small group from church. Just fill out a “What’s Cookin’?” form by 20 January. Groups will be assigned at the next Sunday Celebrations potluck lunch on 27 January.


MLK Interfaith Service: The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Interfaith Service will be held on Sunday, January 20, at 4pm at Temple B’nai Israel (300 58th Street, N. St.). Free and open to the public. LUCC’s Jeff Wells is involved in this event.

Keynote speaker Dr. H. Roy Kaplan, former Executive Director of the National Conference of Christians and Jews for Tampa Bay, will address learning to live together in these tumultuous times.

Choirs from B’nai Israel and the Aurora Children’s Choir will perform. Students will receive awards for their essays about Dr. King. Representatives from diverse faith traditions will render prayers for peace and understanding.


Budget Workshop: Wednesday, January 23rd at 10am there will be a budget workshop to prepare a budget for the year to present to the congregation at the meeting on February 3rd. All are welcome to attend.


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.

Thursday, January 24 – Vaden Landers Band
Friday, February 15 – The Wandering Hours
Friday, March 22 – Randy Wilson and Gabe Dansereau
Friday, May 3 – Charley Groth
Friday, May – Rebecca Zapen


Sunday Celebrations: Start fresh and healthy for the new year at the LUCC Sunday potluck luncheon get together on Sunday Jan. 27 following worship! It’s time for a strong start to revitalize this monthly luncheon so please come and bring a friend!

The luncheon will include celebrating Jan. birthdays in the congregation, kicking off for the “What’s Cookin’?” dinner groups, and welcoming the Grow Permaculture group!

The theme for the potluck is: Salads!!! Warm, cold, light, hefty, bring your signature salads to share! Not all salads are green and look like rabbit food, be creative!

Let’s share this meal together to reconnect and mingle with our church peeps!


Creation Justice Outing: On Saturday, March 23, at 8:00pm, the Florida Orchestra  will perform Haydn’s The Creation. This piece celebrates the creation of the world, from first light to the Garden of Eden, in a resounding choral masterpiece, featuring the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay. If you would like to attend with a group from the church, contact Claire Stiles to get your reduced-rate ticket.


Civil Rights Lectures: Dr. Susannah Heschel (Professor of Jewish Studies, Dartmouth College) scholar, author, and daughter of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, will deliver two speeches in St. Petersburg, at part of Legacy Week 2019. Both are free and open to the community, and concern the Civil Rights Movement and the role her father played with his friend and confidant, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.. LUCC’s Sally Purvis, Chip Cosper, Jim Andrews, and Kim Wells are all associated with these events.

On Thursday, Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. Heschel will speak on “Faith, Courage and the Civil Rights Movement” in Ballroom 1 at the USF St. Petersburg Student Center, (200 Sixth Ave S). Following the lecture, time will be set aside for audience discussion with Heschel. This program is being brought to the community as a joint project of USF St. Petersburg and the Florida Holocaust Museum in collaboration with “Legacy Week 2019.” 

On Saturday, Feb. 2, Heschel will speak at Congregation B’nai Israel, (300 58th St N), on Shabbat morning services, beginning at 9am, on “The Prophetic Spirit and the Civil Rights Movement,” as part of the synagogue’s annual Law Shabbat. That speech is expected to dwell more heavily on Jewish law, but will include information as well on Rabbi Heschel and King and their Civil Rights work.


Climate change FLICAN event: “Climate Impact & Environmental Inequity: Towards Justice for All” will be held Friday & Saturday, February 1 & 2, at the Callahan Center in Orlando. Rev. Wells plans to attend and can provide transportation.

 


Congregational Meeting: There will be a congregational meeting for the purpose of endorsing a church budget for 2019.  It will be held after worship, in the sanctuary on Sunday February 3rd.


Operation Attack: Ongoing needs include coats of all sizes, clothes for boys and men, and diapers of all sizes. The next LUCC volunteer evening is February 11 at 6:30 pm at Lakeview Presbyterian Church (1310 22nd Ave S).


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


Circle of Concern: Bill Locke is under hospice care. Shirley has moved to the Grand Villa. Prayers for Bill and Shirley are greatly appreciated! Kai’Lyn Washington fractured her foot playing soccer. Please also remember Carolyn Moore, Ann Quinn, Willy Zessoules, Jen De Groot, and Ann Rogers.


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.

MLK Service

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Interfaith Service
Sunday, January 20, 2019, 4PM
Temple B’nai Israel
300 58th Street, N. St.
St Petersburg FL 33710 

Free and open to the public

Keynote speaker Dr. H. Roy Kaplan, former Executive Director of the National Conference of Christians and Jews for Tampa Bay, will address learning to live together in these tumultuous times.  

Choirs from B’nai Israel and the Aurora Children’s Choir will perform.  Students will receive awards for their essays about Dr. King. Representatives from diverse faith traditions will render prayers for peace and understanding.

2019 Environmental Film Festival at Eckerd College

Now entering into its 21st year, the festival is changing its format. It will now take place over two consecutive weekends, beginning on February 21st and ending on March 2nd, 2019. The first weekend will follow a format similar to that of the past twenty years, with evening screenings of critically acclaimed and important films from around the world. The second will highlight student and emerging filmmakers, and will offer workshops designed to nurture their original visions and voices. Visit environmentalfilmfest.com for the schedule.

Gun Safety Legislation

Democrats and Republicans in the House of Representatives just introduced H.R. 8, a bill to update background checks in America. Moms Demand Action Founder Shannon Watts stood alongside Speaker Nancy Pelosi, former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, newly elected Congresswoman and former Everytown spokesperson Lucy McBath, and other survivors of gun violence — on the eight year mark of the day Gabrielle Giffords was shot at a constituent meeting in Tucson, Arizona — to announce this landmark legislation.

This bipartisan bill will strengthen background checks and save lives. And your Representative needs to hear from you so this life-saving legislation passes the House. Send an email to your U.S. Representative now urging them to support and pass this bill to require background checks on all gun sales.