uccThis is a link to an article that appeared in the Tampa Bay Times last Friday about the sale of the property next to Lakewood UCC. Lakewood UCC leaders have met with folks from Boley and are supportive of this project as the article indicates. Church members are encouraged to find ways to express support for the Boley project especially church members who live in the Lakewood Estates neighborhood.

Halt the May 23 Execution of Bobby Long


Take Action! Halt the May 23 Execution of Bobby Long

Newly-elected Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has signed a Death Warrant for Bobby Joe Long, for the 1984 killing of Michelle Simms. The execution is scheduled for Thursday, May 23 at 6:00pm ET.

Please contact Gov. Ron DeSantis and urge him to halt the execution, sign no Death Warrants, and order an unbiased, thorough, and complete investigation of Florida’s costly, wasteful, racially biased, and mistake-ridden death penalty program.

Phone: 850-488-7146 (Mon-Fri 8am-5pm ET)
Direct Email:
or Email the Governor

Our partners at Equal Justice USA have put together this easy tool that will connect you directly with the Governor’s office and help you share your action. ACT NOW!
Join in the statewide organized grassroots actions to end executions in Florida. Make your much needed and appreciated donation today. Monthly donations in any amount are especially helpful. Become an active FADP Florida Death Penalty Abolition Action sustainer! Please join with others investing $5, $10, $25, $50 and $100 each month — automatically.

Please share this message with others. Only with your help can the work be done and progress made.

Sent by:
Mark Elliott
Executive Director
Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
FADP is a non-profit and non-partisan Florida organization of individuals and groups united to abolish the Death Penalty in Florida.



Wednesday May 8th
3:00-4:30 pm
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

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!

-Board of Family Promise


From Hurricanes to Creation Justice

Screenshot 2019-05-07 15.28.22originally published on the UCC Website
May 03, 2019
Written by Claire Stiles

This past year my congregation went through a process of deepening and enriching our understanding of faith as we intentionally reflected upon our relationship to God’s creation. Living and worshipping in St. Petersburg, Florida makes us keenly aware of the very real dangers that threaten not only our global home, but our coastal community here in the Tampa Bay area.

After Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys in 2017 as a Category 4 Hurricane, causing over $50 billion in damages statewide, many of us were jarred into the reality that our risks were escalating due to rising seas and more extreme storms caused by climate change. According to data from Climate Central in 2017, St. Petersburg ranked 6 out of the top 25 cities in the susceptible to sea level rise by 2050. By 2100, NOAA predictions run from a rise in sea level here in St. Petersburg from approximately 2 – 7 feet. By all indicators, we need to act now to protect our environment, both built, human, and natural.

As part of quest to take action rooted in our faith, our church undertook the United Church of Christ’s Creation Justice Church program which works to help local churches better care for our interconnected world, all living creatures, and every economically or racially marginalized community that suffers from environmental harm. The program lead to our church adopting a Creation Justice Covenant that captures and articulates our core commitments. Our covenant affirms “that all beings in the Sacred Web of life are ecologically interconnected and interdependent.” It further declares, “Our goal is not only to cherish creation, the land, and the earth itself, but also to restore living in balance with all of Creation and the Sacred.” Our work has really just begun. We shall continue to discern our higher calling to care for creation and seek justice for the oppressed. May we move forward together to fulfill our covenant and make a positive difference in our church, community, and world.

Claire Stiles is the Coordinator for the Creation Justice Task Force at Lakewood United Church of Christ in St. Petersburg, Florida.