Help Ukrainians Now

Help Ukrainians Now

LUCC is part of the Pinellas Coalition for Immigration Justice.  The initiative below is supported by the Coalition.  This is one way the congregation can assist by asking President Biden to offer TPS (Temporary Protective Status) for Ukrainians here in the US. More details are in the link below as well as a template for an email to be sent to the White House.   Please take action to help the Ukrainians who are currently in the US.


The U.S. must provide safety for Ukrainians

A woman and child peer out of the window of a bus as they leave Sievierodonetsk, the Luhansk region, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday announced a military operation in Ukraine and warned other countries that any attempt to interfere with the Russian action would lead to “consequences you have never seen.” (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
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Show Solidarity with Ukraine

A Call for Peace,
Unity and Support
for the
Ukrainian People

 
In 2019, the city of St. Petersburg issued a proclamation,
declaring the city of St. Petersburg an International City of Peace.
 
We sit at the edge of war, as the people of Ukraine are being killed
for exercising a country’s right of self-determination.
 
You may think there’s nothing you can do to stop this aggression,
but we can stand in solidarity with the Ukrainian people
and speak as one community against this crime and injustice.
 
Show up and stand with
the local Ukrainian community
in a call for peace, unity and support.
 
Wednesday, March 2
12 noon

 
An outdoor gathering
at the
Epiphany of Our Lord
Ukrainian Catholic Church

 
430 90th Avenue N.
St. Petersburg, FL  33702
(727) 576-1001
 
All are welcomed.

You are encouraged to wear a Lakewood UCC t-shirt if you have one.  You are welcome to make signs conveying support for Ukraine and for peace.  Look for the LUCC group and we can all stand together.  

A Call for Peace, Unity and Support for the Ukrainian People

A Call for Peace, Unity and Support for the Ukrainian People

In 2019, the city of St. Petersburg issued a proclamation,
declaring the city of St. Petersburg an International City of Peace.

We sit at the edge of war, as the people of Ukraine are being killed
for exercising a country’s right of self-determination.

You may think there’s nothing you can do to stop this aggression,
but we can stand in solidarity with the Ukrainian people
and speak as one community against this crime and injustice.

Show up and stand with
the local Ukrainian community
in a call for peace, unity and support.

Wednesday, March 2
12 noon

An outdoor gathering
at the
Epiphany of Our Lord
Ukrainian Catholic Church

430 90 th Avenue N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33702
(727) 576-1001

All are welcome.

Rev. Wells Supports the ‘Whispering Pines’ Housing Project at the St. Petersburg City Council Meeting

The plot of land next to the church was purchased by Boley for use as the site of a housing development for those who are vulnerable and in need of shelter.  There will be 20 units in the community.  In light of delays related to covid and increased costs, Boley approached the City Council asking for an additional $760,000 to fully fund the project.  Rev. Wells was asked by Boley to speak to the City Council at their meeting on Thursday Feb. 17 in favor of the funding.  This is what she said:

Good afternoon.  I am Rev. Kim Wells, pastor of Lakewood United Church of Christ which is next door to the property acquired by Boley for Whispering Pines.

We are a Christian church.  A consistent message in our faith tradition is the dictate to work to eliminate poverty, need, and want in society.  We are committed to ministering to ‘the least of these.’ 

Our church has responded to this call in various ways.  We support Operation Attack providing assistance to families in need.  We have been involved in Family Promise helping families secure housing.  We had about 30 houseless people stay at our church for a month several years ago.  We have a partnership with Maximo Elementary School to assist their unhoused students.  And we routinely have people in need come to the church for help and we provide assistance as we are able.

So, when we heard about the Boley initiative, we were thrilled.  

But we don’t expect the City Council of St. Petersburg to follow the teachings of our faith tradition.  You are the government not a faith-based organization.

So, having personally worked with people without housing, here’s what I feel you need to consider.

The struggles associated with home insecurity divert and distract people from being constructively involved in the community.  Housing issues impact the capacity to work in a reliable and consistent manner.  Housing instability impacts children getting to school and succeeding academically.  Housing insecurity contributes to health problems that stress the healthcare system.  There are many negative consequences to the community when people don’t have stable, secure housing.  A person with a safe place to live then has the capacity to be a responsible, constructive, contributing member of the community.  

The Whispering Pines community will have a significant positive impact not only on the new residents but it will have an important positive impact on the community as a whole and it will benefit us all.

When Boley leaders met with our church to introduce the Whispering Pines development, we were told that there would be a substantial fence erected on the property line between the church and the housing development.  We made one request:  Please put a big gate in that fence.

We implore you, the City Council, to vote to fully fund the Whispering Pines community.  It is a much needed improvement not only for those who will reside there but for the community and the city as a whole.  Thank you!

The City Council voted unanimously to fully fund Whispering Pines.

Music at Lakewood UCC for Black History Month, 2022

Feb 6, 2022 
PRELUDE:Tender Thought (from Ten Short Essays) – Ulysses Kay (USA 1917-95)
MUSIC:Lullaby – Bangambula Vindu (Congo b.1953)
MUSIC:Lead Me, Guide Me – Doris M. Akers (USA b.1922)
MUSIC:Dancing Barefoot in the Rain (from African Sketches) –  Nkeiru Okoye (Nigeria/USA b.1972)
OFFERTORY:Sweet Mister Jelly Roll (from Portraits in Jazz) – Valarie Capers (USA b.1935)
PREP FOR PRAYER:Deep River – African-American spiritual (USA)
POSTLUDE:Maple Leaf Rag – Joplin (USA)
Feb 13, 2022 
PRELUDE:Soufiane (from Mekta’ in the Art og Kita’ Book 2) – Halim El-Dabh (Egypt b.1921)
MUSIC:Piano Piece No. 2, Call and Response – Robert Mawuena Kwami (Ghana 1954-2004)
MUSIC:God’s Eye Is On the Sparrow – Charles H. Gabriel  (USA © 1905)
MUSIC:The Monk (from Portraits in Jazz) – Valarie Capers (USA b.1935)
OFFERTORY:Off-Beat Shorty (from Faces of Jazz) – Hale Smith (USA b.1925)
PREP FOR PRAYER:Precious Memories – Roberta Martin & Mrs. Georgia Jones (© 1939)
POSTLUDE:Easy Winners – Joplin (USA)
Feb 20, 2022 
PRELUDE:Lullaby (from Preludes in African Rhythm) – Isak Roux (South Africa b.1959)
MUSIC:Dusk (from African Sketches) – Nkeiru Okoye (Nigeria/USA b.1972)
MUSIC:Peace in the Valley – Thomas A. Dorsey (USA © 1939)
MUSIC:Builsa Work Song (from Twelve Pedagogical Pieces) –  J. H. Kwabena Nketia (Ghana b.1921)
OFFERTORY:Kwela No. 1 –  Isak Roux (South Africa b.1959)
PREP FOR PRAYER:Just a Closer Walk with Thee – anonymous (USA)
POSTLUDE:The Entertainer  – Joplin (USA)
Feb 27, 2022 
PRELUDE:My Scarf Is Yellow – Hale Smith (USA b.1925)
MUSIC:Until I Found the Lord – Clara Ward (USA 1924-1973)
MUSIC:Precious Lord, Take My Hand – Thomas A. Dorsey  (USA © 1932)
MUSIC:Ticklin’ Toes – Florence B. Price (USA 1887-1952)
OFFERTORY:Can’t Nobody Do Me Like Jesus – André Crouch (USA b.1945)
PREP FOR PRAYER:Oh, To Be Kept by Jesus – Thurston Frazier (USA © 1966)
POSTLUDE:Sunflower Slow Drag – Joplin (USA)

 from the Oxford Press collection: Piano Music of Africa and the African Diaspora

from The African American Heritage Hymnal