Weekly Update 6.5.19

This Sunday:  This Sunday is Pentecost.  It is the holy day celebrating the gift of the Holy Spirit to the gathered disciples forming the faith community we have come to know as the church.  The liturgical color is RED so you are encouraged to wear red!


Graduation Reception on Sunday:  On Sunday June 9, the Andrews-Blair family and the Coughenour-Gibson family, will host a cake and coffee 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.


Creation Justice:  The Creation Justice Task Force will meet on Friday June 7 at 10:30 a.m. in the church library.  One thing on the agenda will be to compare the solar bids for installing solar power on the church roof.  Everyone who is interested is welcome!


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!


Next Sunday: Rev. Victoria Long will be preaching and Genie Terrell will be back offering the ministry of music. Rev. Wells returns to church June 30.


Pastor Away:  Many thanks to those offering pastoral care while Rev. Wells is away.  From June 10-17 contact Rev. Emily Bell  Emily’s email.   From June 18-28 contact Jim Andrews at Jim’s email.


PRIDE! The fifth annual St. Petersburg Interfaith Pride Worship Service will be held June 20 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 p.m. The event will begin at Metro Center 3251 3rd Ave. N. at 6:00 with a walking processional to King of Peace Metropolitan Community Church at 3150 5th Ave. N. where the service will begin at 7:00 p.m. The St. Petersburg Pride Festival will be held Sunday, June 23, 2019 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. between 22nd and 28th Streets on Central Avenue. LUCC member Wally LeBlanc will have a booth at the festival offering his artwork, photo prints, and other creations. Make sure to visit Wally when you go to the Festival! Visit http://www.stpetepride.com for more information.


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!


Property West of the Church:  Boley Centers is planning to buy the property to the west of the church and put in a 20 apartment complex for people who would otherwise be homeless.  Church leaders have met with Boley staff.  The church is very supportive of this project.  You can read about it in an article in the Tampa Bay Times last Friday:  Tampa Bay Times . You are encouraged to write letters to the City Council in support of the Boley project.  For more information, contact Earl Waters (Earl’s email).


New Church Administrator:  A new church administrator has been hired to staff the church office Tuesdays-Fridays 9:30 to noon.  Gabi Paxton will begin working on Tuesday July 2.  Please call, email, or stop by to introduce yourself to Gabi and welcome her to the church when she begins.


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!


June Birthdays:  Genie Terrell (6/10), Tony Rogers (6/21).  Tony is the church cleaner. 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.


Recent Posts:


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.

Weekly Update 5.29.19

This Sunday:  The Constitution promises life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  But what about joy?  Jesus promises abundant joy.  We’ll think about what that means on Sunday.  This Sunday is a Communion Sunday.   


Communion: June 2 is a Communion Sunday.  All are welcome to participate, children at the discretion of the adults who bring them. The communion offering goes to the Special Needs Fund which is used to help people in our community and the congregation with basic necessities such as food, rent, utilities, and prescription medication costs. Thanks to Janet Blair for preparing communion.


LUCC Concert Series: celebrating Old Time, Blues, Blue Grass, Folk & Country music. All concerts begin at 7 p.m. There is a $20 suggested donation for the band, doors open at 6:30 p.m. 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.


In Memoriam:  Willy Zessoules, a friend of the congregation, died recently.  She was living at Westminster Suncoast.  Condolences are expressed to her family and friends.  A memorial service for Willy will be held at LUCC on Monday June 3 at 4:00 p.m.


New Church Administrator Begins:  A new church administrator has been hired to staff the church office Tuesdays-Fridays 9:30 to noon.  Gabi Paxton will begin working on Tuesday June 4.  Please call, email, or stop by to introduce yourself to Gabi and welcome her to the church.


Creation Justice:  The Creation Justice Task Force will meet on Friday June 7 at 10:30 a.m. in the church library.  One thing on the agenda will be to compare the solar bids for installing solar power on the church roof.  Everyone who is interested is welcome!


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 cake and coffee 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!


Property West of the Church:  Boley Centers is planning to buy the property to the west of the church and put in a 20 apartment complex for people who would otherwise be homeless.  Church leaders have met with Boley staff.  The church is very supportive of this project.  You can read about it in an article in the Tampa Bay Times last Friday:  Tampa Bay Times


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!


June Birthdays:  Genie Terrell (6/10), Tony Rogers (6/21).  Tony is the church cleaner. 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.


Recent Posts:


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.

Weekly Update 30 January

This Sunday: The theme for worship this Sunday is “Just Be Nice?” What does it mean to follow Jesus? What was Jesus about? Have a look at Luke 4:21-30 and Jeremiah 1:4-10.


Theological Orientation Discussions: The next gathering is tonight (January 30) at 6:30pm. The conversation will focus on how to define Christianity. Future sessions will be held Feb. 19, Feb. 27 (tentative), March 19, and March 27 from 6:30-7:45pm in the Fellowship Hall.


Budget Workshop: There will be another meeting to create a budget for the year tomorrow (January 31) at 10am. All are welcome to attend. If you have thoughts and ideas to share and are unable to come, please e-mail Bill Parsons or Rev. Wells.


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).


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, February 15 – The Wandering Hours
Friday, March 22 – Randy Wilson and Gabe Dansereau
Friday, May 3 – Charley Groth
Friday, May – Rebecca Zapen


One City Chorus: The next One City Chorus concert will be on February 17th at the Palladium Theater (253 5th Ave N). Tickets are $25 at the door, $20 in advance. LUCC member Jeff Wells is a member of the chorus.

 


Exchange Student: This comes from LUCC member Yoko Nogami, a teacher at Gibbs High School. She received a request for a new host home for an international high school student. Maybe there is someone in the LUCC family or beyond that would be willing to host this student? The student attends Boca Ciega High School and is from Norway. He loves music and drawing. He is quiet and enjoys the beach. He is in the area until June. If you are willing to explore this opportunity, please contact Yoko. 


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: Family and friends of Bill Locke. Beverly Belche, a friend of LUCC member Martha Lamar, is fighting cancer and cellulitis and would like your prayers at this challenging time. 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.

Weekly Update

Many of you receive a weekly email from the church called the Weekly Update. In the past, this has included a lot of information about the church as well as community events. Starting in 2019, the Weekly Update will primarily feature information about the church, church family, and activities that church members are involved in. Community events and other initiatives will be posted on the church website and at the church Facebook page. If there is something you would like included in the Weekly Update, please notify the church before Wednesday as the Weekly Update typically is sent out on Wednesday.


This Sunday: is Epiphany.  The service will be celebration of light and following the light of Jesus.  New members will be received and it is a communion Sunday. Many thanks to Sally Purvis and Colleen Coughenour for ushering and to Chip Cosper for serving as liturgist!


New Members: Sunday morning Danielle Hintz and Julian Ricciardi will be welcomed back into LUCC membership. Their presence is a blessing!


Communion: 6 January is a communion Sunday. All are welcome to participate, children at the discretion of the adults who bring them. The communion offering goes to the Special Needs Fund which is used to help people in our community and the congregation with basic necessities such as food, rent, utilities, and prescription medication costs. Thanks to Janet Blair for preparing communion and to George & Jane Diven, Sally Purvis and Chip Cosper for serving communion!


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 


Jesus Seminar in Sarasota: On Friday and Saturday, February 8-9, the First Congregational UCC of Sarasota will host the Jesus Seminar on the Road. Celene Lillie and Natalie Renee Perkins (both Union Theological Seminary graduates) will introduce the Gospel of Mary and Thunder: Perfect Mind in their ancient context as well as in creative, modern expressions. Register online at westarinstitute.org or by calling (651) 200-2372. Rev. Wells will attend and can provide transportation.


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.  


Youth Moment: Most Sundays in 2019 there will be a Youth Moment in the service.  This will be a message specifically oriented to younger people.  Word has it that the grown ups have been missing “Children’s Time” so this is a new initiative in 2019 to include all those who are youth as well as those who are young at heart!


Theological Orientation Discussions: Following up on conversations about the mission statement of the church, in 2019 the Advisors will be offering a bi-weekly discussion group about theological orientation. The sessions will alternate between Tuesday and Wednesday nights. There will be a topic for each session and opportunity for discussion and learning from one another. The series will be coordinated by Rev. Wells and Patti Cooksey. Stay tuned for more details!


Extra Mile Giving: The church has reached its extra mile giving goal of $13,500! Thanks to all who donated.


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


Circle of Concern: Roger Goodson, Carolyn Moore, Ann Quinn, Willy Zessoules, Ann Rogers, Jen DeGroot and Yvonne Riesen.