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.

Celebrate Outreach Saturday morning breakfasts


Last month, Celebrate Outreach’s Saturday morning breakfast served a full breakfast to 758 homeless and marginally housed people.  Also last month, we received $0 from outside contributors.

Fortunately, unlike Blanche Dubois, Celebrate Outreach has always been able to count on the kindness of our friends.

Calvary Church in Clearwater and in Seminole each sponsor one weekend a month, supplying food, supplies and workers.  Drag Queen Bingo largely supports the rest of the breakfasts.

This Wednesday, January 16 friends of the Saturday breakfast will gather at Hamburger Mary’s, 2901 Tyrone Blvd. N. in St Pete for Anything Goes Bingo with drag queen caller Miranda Sugarbaker (motto: “This ain’t your gramma’s bingo”).  We guarantee food, friends, double entendres, single entendres, and a lot of fun.  The website information for the bingo is here,  

If you haven’t called to reserve, please call today.  And don’t forget to bring a bevy of your chums for the drag queen bingo competition.  There will be two fabulous trophies awarded: one for the group with the most members in attendance and one for the group with the most bingo winners.  Don’t have a group?  Get some people together, name yourselves, and come on down!  Or come on your own.  You can play solo or depend upon the kindness of strangers:  organize a group on the spot!

In the past, Drag Queen Bingo has raised enough money to finance the breakfast for sixth months, and we hope to do that again.  

Bingo sheets are available for a $10.00 cash donation. There will be gift bags for the winners, including wine from American Spirits and a gift certificate from Haslam’s Books. (Just keepin’ it local.)

The restaurant will seat people from 5:30-6:30.  Bingo starts at 7:00.

Call Hamburger Mary’s at (727) 851-9386 to reserve seats.  Please call ASAP. 

Call us at (727) 894-2832 if you have any questions.  See you Wednesday, January 16, and, as always, thanks to the kindness of our friends from everyone at the Saturday morning breakfast.

John and Sheila Stewart

Weekly Update 1/9

This Sunday: is the celebration of the baptism of Jesus.  It is a time to think about the meaning of baptism and what we are being told about our calling. Many thanks to Joyce Lee for providing the ministry of music while Hilton takes a Sunday off, to Colleen Coughenour for serving as liturgist, and to Lucille Ruga and Charlie Lewis for ushering.

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.

Friday, January 11 – The Stillhouse Shakers
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

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

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.

Dining Set: Bert and Joyce Lee have a cream color dining table set with six chairs to give away.  Two chairs have some water marks, other than that the set is in good condition. The table measures 76 inches by 37.5 inches and is 30 inches tall when fully extended.  The center leaf is 18 inches wide.  If interested, please call Bert at 727-592-8577.

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.

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 in the hospital.  Prayers for Bill and Shirley are greatly appreciated! Please also remember Roger Goodson, Carolyn Moore, Ann Quinn, Willy Zessoules, Ann Rogers, and Yvonne Riesen.