Weekly Update 20 March


This Sunday: Lent is a season of repentance and re-turning to God. This third Sunday of Lent is an opportunity to think about when to change, how to make change, how to embrace change.  See Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18 and Luke 13:1-9.


LUCC Concert: The Lakewood UCC Concert Series continues with Randy Wilson and Gabriel Dansereau this Friday, 22 March. Randy is a fifth generation eastern Kentuckian who served as folk arts director for 25 years at the Hindman Settlement School, an institution that has served mountain youth since 1902. He plays several different stringed instruments- guitar, autoharp, Celtic drum, and tells stories of his people in the mountains. But he specializes in banjo and banjo history, playing several different banjos from Africa to Appalachia, particularly banjo styles and tunes from Knott County. Banjo pickers, both men and women, from this region used a variety of techniques and tunings on the banjo. Randy Wilson will be joined by his son, Gabriel Dansereau, fiddler and jazz guitar player, just graduating from the University of North Carolina Greensboro School of Jazz. Join in an evening of stories and songs from the mountains! $20 suggested donation at the door. All proceeds benefit the musicians. Doors open at 6:30PM, show at 7PM.


Square Dance: Jenny & the Stray Dogs with Randy Wilson calling. 1-4pm on Saturday, 23 March. Come square dance on a Saturday afternoon with a live band and renowned caller from Kentucky! A rare opportunity to experience authentic square dancing in Florida. Jenny & the Stray Dogs with Gabe Dansereau will play live Old Time tunes with amazing Randy Wilson calling our dances. Have a sweet tooth? Bottomless dessert bar to keep you fueled. All ages, all abilities, everyone welcomed! Put on your dancing shoes or just come listen to music. $10 suggested donation for the artists.

1:00-1:30 … Dance lessons and refreshers … you will be ready to dance in no time!
1:30-3:30 … Dance!
3:30-4:00 … Mingle and eat up the dessert! 


One Ticket Available: A group from the church is attending Haydn’s Creation with the Florida Orchestra Saturday March 23 at 8pm.  There is one free ticket available please contact Claire Stiles or the Church Office if interested.


Sunday Celebrations: Celebrate March birthdays after church on Sunday, March 31 with a potluck lunch. 


Theological Orientation Discussions: On Tuesday April 2, Dr. Robert “Coke” Coughenour will offer a presentation on how the word “Christ” is used in the Bible.  Coke is a retired Biblical professor.  This will be a very informative and engaging evening.  The gathering will begin at 6:30 and end at 7:45 in the Fellowship Hall at church.  All are welcome.  Please contact the church office if you would like transportation.  


Sea Level Rise Conference: Plans are shaping up for the Suncoast Sea Level Rise Collaborative’s conference on climate, a two-day program that will explore changes in the level of climate impacts over four years and highlight action steps individuals and policy-makers could take to mitigate or adapt to those impacts.

The conference, titled [Sea Level] Rise Up: Realities and Opportunities, will be April 5 & 6 at the Conference Center at SPC Seminole, 9200 113th St. North.

The Collaborative, a small group of concerned citizens (LUCC’s Claire Stiles is one of them) committed to educating the public about the challenges and opportunities created by global warming, emerged from the Institute’s 2015 sea level rise conference. Since 2015, a great deal has happened on the climate change front to heighten the need for action to deal with the impacts of a warmer Earth. Register online.


Earth Day: April 13th from 10am to 5pm St. Petersburg will celebrate Earth Day with a community celebration in Historic Williams Park (350 2nd Ave N).  Earth Day is celebrated by over a billion people in hundreds of countries around the globe. By celebrating Earth Day we join with others and share our common reverence and respect for this beautiful but fragile planet. LUCC is considering having a booth at this event.  Those who are interested in helping, please contact Claire Stiles. For more information visit earthdaysp.com.


World Dance Day: April 13th from 1 to 2pm at William’s Park. This Global Celebration Dance For Humanity creates an international dance celebration that unites humanity. Registration Cost is just $5 and includes the download of epic 1 hour global mix of music for your dance party. Access to a private online Facebook community for dancers worldwide. Global Organizers: The Liberators International. Local Organizer: Wally LeBlancRegister online.


March Birthdays: Happy birthday to Carol Shores (3/1), Claudia Rodriguez (3/3), Grace Lewis and Yvonne Riesen (3/13), Ron Huff (3/19), Earl Waters (3/25), and Charlie Lewis (3/27). Someone missing? Contact the church office with birthday information.


Circle of Concern: Don Ritchie, Christy Martin, Carolyn Moore, Ann Quinn, Willy Zessoules, 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 13 March


This Sunday: This Sunday the season of Lent continues with the theme All Things New.  See Philippians 3:17-4:1 and Luke 13:31-35.  Why are people resistant to change?  When something better is offered, why hesitate to accept? 


Picture: The Creation Justice office of the national United Church of Christ has requested that a picture be taken of the LUCC congregation with the new Creation Justice banner that was given to the church.

This photo will be taken at the church on Sunday March 17 immediately after the worship service.  Everyone is invited to wear green.  That should be easy to remember since it is St. Patrick’s Day!

Advisors: Advisor will meet at 11:30 this Sunday March 17, all are welcome to attend.


One Ticket Available: A group from the church is attending Haydn’s Creation with the Florida Orchestra Saturday March 23 at 8pm.  There is one free ticket available please contact Claire Stiles or the Church Office if interested.


Operation Attack: Attack poverty! Ongoing needs include coats of all sizes, diapers of all sizes, oatmeal, cereal, and peanut butter. LUCC’s next volunteer evening is March 18 at 6:30 pm at Lakeview Presbyterian Church (1310 22nd Ave S).


Theological Orientation Discussions: On Tuesday, March 19, those participating in the theological orientation conversations are invited to be part of an interfaith dialogue at Congregation B’nai Israel (300 58th St N) led by Dr. Roy Kaplan. LUCC was specifically requested to participate in this opportunity. Rabbi Weintraub will begin the event with a tour of the sanctuary and explanation of what the Jewish religion is about. That will be followed by about 1.5 hours in small groups discussing the different faith traditions represented, holy days, and what it is like to live and practice our religion in this area. The event will run from 7-9 PM and include snacks provided by the synagogue. Those who would like to may meet at LUCC at 6:30 to carpool to the synagogue. Please contact Patti Cooksey or Kim Wells for additional information or to arrange transportation.

On Tuesday April 2, Dr. Robert “Coke” Coughenour will offer a presentation on how the word “Christ” is used in the Bible.  Coke is a retired Biblical professor.  This will be a very informative and engaging evening.  The gathering will begin at 6:30 and end at 7:45 in the Fellowship Hall at church.  All are welcome.  Please contact the church office if you would like transportation.  


LUCC Concert Series (and square dance): 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. Spread the word, share on Facebook or Nextdoor, invite your friends!

Friday, March 22 – Randy Wilson and Gabe Dansereau
Saturday, March 23 – Square Dance (1-4pm)
Friday, May 3 – Charley Groth
Friday, May 31 – Rebecca Zapen


Sea Level Rise Conference: Plans are shaping up for the Suncoast Sea Level Rise Collaborative’s conference on climate, a two-day program that will explore changes in the level of climate impacts over four years and highlight action steps individuals and policy-makers could take to mitigate or adapt to those impacts.

The conference, titled [Sea Level] Rise Up: Realities and Opportunities, will be April 5 & 6 at the Conference Center at SPC Seminole, 9200 113th St. North.

The Collaborative, a small group of concerned citizens (LUCC’s Claire Stiles is one of them) committed to educating the public about the challenges and opportunities created by global warming, emerged from the Institute’s 2015 sea level rise conference. Since 2015, a great deal has happened on the climate change front to heighten the need for action to deal with the impacts of a warmer Earth. Register online.


Earth Day: April 13th from 10am to 5pm St. Petersburg will celebrate Earth Day with a community celebration in Historic Williams Park (350 2nd Ave N).  Earth Day is celebrated by over a billion people in hundreds of countries around the globe. By celebrating Earth Day we join with others and share our common reverence and respect for this beautiful but fragile planet. LUCC is considering having a booth at this event.  Those who are interested in helping, please contact Claire Stiles. For more information visit earthdaysp.


World Dance Day: April 13th from 1 to 2pm at William’s Park. This Global Celebration Dance For Humanity creates an international dance celebration that unites humanity. Registration Cost is just $5 and includes the download of epic 1 hour global mix of music for your dance party. Access to a private online Facebook community for dancers worldwide. Global Organizers: The Liberators International. Local Organizer: Wally LeBlancRegister online.


March Birthdays: Happy birthday to Carol Shores (3/1), Claudia Rodriguez (3/3), Grace Lewis and Yvonne Riesen (3/13), Ron Huff (3/19), Earl Waters (3/25), and Charlie Lewis (3/27). Someone missing? Contact the church office with birthday information.


Circle of Concern: Jane Diven, Christy Martin, Carolyn Moore, Ann Quinn, Willy Zessoules, 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 6 March


This Sunday: This Sunday is the first Sunday of Lent, a time of repentance and re-centering on God, however you may conceive of God.  The theme for the season at LUCC is All Things New. In this season of re-turning, and the awakening of new life as the spring approaches, the focus will be on transformation and change toward healing and wholeness.


Daylight Savings Time: Daylight savings time begins on the second Sunday of March each year. Remember that we spring ahead on the 10th!


Ash Wednesday: The season of Lent begins today.  There will be an outdoor service this evening, lakeside around a fire, at the home of Dana, Chip, and Jackson Cosper (1040 56th Ave S). The service begins at 7pm. Bring a chair if you have one and bring a stick if you can.  Plan to be part of this beautiful gathering to begin the Lenten season of reflection and repentance.


In Memoriam: We received word several weeks ago that former LUCC member Lucille Bailey had died.  There will be a memorial service at Pilgrim Church (6315 Central) following 10:30 worship on Sunday March 10. Lu’s ashes will be buried at LUCC according to her wishes. 


Farmworker Rally: There will be a rally in support of the Fair Food Alliance and the Coalition of Immokalee workers on Thursday March 14 in Gainesville. The Florida Conference of the UCC is sponsoring a bus to take people to this important witness. The bus will stop in Tampa about 10:00 Thursday morning. After an afternoon of demonstrating in support of the Fair Food agreement, there will be a communal dinner and then the bus will bring folks back to Tampa. Kim Wells is going and would love to have others from LUCC join her! Please consider spending a day in support of those who put food on our tables!


Operation Attack: Attack poverty! Ongoing needs include coats of all sizes, diapers of all sizes, oatmeal, cereal, and peanut butter. LUCC’s next volunteer evening is March 18 at 6:30 pm at Lakeview Presbyterian Church (1310 22nd Ave S).


Theological Orientation Discussions: On Tuesday, March 19, those participating in the theological orientation conversations are invited to be part of an interfaith dialogue at Congregation B’nai Israel (300 58th St N) led by Dr. Roy Kaplan. LUCC was specifically requested to participate in this opportunity. Rabbi Weintraub will begin the event with a tour of the sanctuary and explanation of what the Jewish religion is about. That will be followed by about 1.5 hours in small groups discussing the different faith traditions represented, holy days, and what it is like to live and practice our religion in this area. The event will run from 7-9 PM and include snacks provided by the synagogue. Those who would like to may meet at LUCC at 6:30 to carpool to the synagogue. Please contact Patti Cooksey or Kim Wells for additional information or to arrange transportation.

On Tuesday April 2, Dr. Robert “Coke” Coughenour will offer a presentation on how the word “Christ” is used in the Bible.  Coke is a retired Biblical professor.  This will be a very informative and engaging evening.  The gathering will begin at 6:30 and end at 7:45 in the Fellowship Hall at church.  All are welcome.  Please contact the church office if you would like transportation.  


LUCC Concert Series (and square dance): 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. Spread the word, share on Facebook or Nextdoor, invite your friends!

Friday, March 22 – Randy Wilson and Gabe Dansereau
Saturday, March 23 – Square Dance (1-4pm)
Friday, May 3 – Charley Groth
Friday, May 31 – Rebecca Zapen


Sea Level Rise Conference: Plans are shaping up for the Suncoast Sea Level Rise Collaborative’s conference on climate, a two-day program that will explore changes in the level of climate impacts over four years and highlight action steps individuals and policy-makers could take to mitigate or adapt to those impacts.

The conference, titled [Sea Level] Rise Up: Realities and Opportunities, will be April 5 & 6 at the Conference Center at SPC Seminole, 9200 113th St. North.

The Collaborative, a small group of concerned citizens (LUCC’s Claire Stiles is one of them) committed to educating the public about the challenges and opportunities created by global warming, emerged from the Institute’s 2015 sea level rise conference. Since 2015, a great deal has happened on the climate change front to heighten the need for action to deal with the impacts of a warmer Earth. Register online.


Earth Day: April 13th from 10am to 5pm St. Petersburg will celebrate Earth Day with a community celebration in Historic Williams Park (350 2nd Ave N).  Earth Day is celebrated by over a billion people in hundreds of countries around the globe. By celebrating Earth Day we join with others and share our common reverence and respect for this beautiful but fragile planet. LUCC is considering having a booth at this event.  Those who are interested in helping, please contact Claire Stiles. For more information visit earthdaysp.


World Dance Day: April 13th from 1 to 2pm at William’s Park. This Global Celebration Dance For Humanity creates an international dance celebration that unites humanity. Registration Cost is just $5 and includes the download of epic 1 hour global mix of music for your dance party. Access to a private online Facebook community for dancers worldwide. Global Organizers: The Liberators International. Local Organizer: Wally LeBlancRegister online.


March Birthdays: Happy birthday to Carol Shores (3/1), Claudia Rodriguez (3/3), Grace Lewis and Yvonne Riesen (3/13), Ron Huff (3/19), Earl Waters (3/25), and Charlie Lewis (3/27). Someone missing? Contact the church office with birthday information.


Circle of Concern: Jane Diven, Christy Martin, Carolyn Moore, Ann Quinn, Willy Zessoules, 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 27 February


This Sunday: This Sunday is the last Sunday of the Epiphany season. Next Sunday Lent begins. Epiphany is a season of light. Where is the light leading us? The story for the day is the Transfiguration. Is the light leading up a mountain? Thanks to Chip Cosper for serving as liturgist and Colleen Coughenour for being an usher. If you’d like to usher with Colleen, just come a little early on Sunday.


Theological Orientation Discussions: The advisors are hosting these discussions as a way to follow up on conversations begun last year about LUCC’s mission statement. The next session is tonight at 6:30pm and will be about creeds. In addition, JoAnne Reid will be giving a book review of Bishop Spong’s latest book.  

Future sessions will be held 6:30pm on March 19 and 27 and will include a presentation from Professor Coke Coughenour about the word “Christ,” and the concept of messiah in the Hebrew scriptures and in the New Testament. We will examine the many associations with the word “Christ.” All are welcome. Come when you can!


Communion: The first Sunday of the month LUCC celebrates holy communion. All are welcome to participate in communion at Lakewood, 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 Jena Blair for preparing communion this Sunday!


Environmental Film Festival: Eckerd College’s annual film festival runs through 2 March. All films are free and open to the public. The festival takes place on the Eckerd College campus (4200 54th Ave S). For a complete schedule visit environmentalfilmfest.com. Claire Stiles and Kim Wells will be attending most of the movies and hope to see LUCC folks there.


Festival of Praise: The 33rd Annual Festival of Praise at First Presbyterian Church (701 Beach Drive NE) features Guest Clinician and Organist Michael Hey, Associate Director of Music and Organist at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. The event includes the Chancel Choir of First Presbyterian Church as well as singers and musicians from the community (like LUCC’s Claire Stiles and Bert and Joyce Lee). Come hear the festival chorus and the thrilling organ masterworks of Michael Hey. Sunday, March 3 at 4pm.


Ash Wednesday: The season of Lent begins March 6 with Ash Wednesday.  There will be an outdoor service, lakeside around a fire, at the home of Dana, Chip, and Jackson Cosper starting at 7pm. Bring a chair and a stick if you can.


Lent: Season of Lent is beginning next week. This is a season of reflection and repentance. It is a time to re-turn you life toward God however you conceive of God. The theme for this year is All Things New. As seeds seemingly dormant in the soil germinate and sprout as winter turns to spring, so Lent is a time for nourishing our faith and letting our hearts rest in God as preparation for the transformation that is celebrated at Easter.  


Operation Attack: Attack poverty! Ongoing needs include coats of all sizes, diapers of all sizes, oatmeal, cereal, and peanut butter. LUCC’s next volunteer evening is March 18 at 6:30 pm at Lakeview Presbyterian Church (1310 22nd Ave S).


LUCC Concert Series (and square dance): 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. Spread the word, share on Facebook or Nextdoor, invite your friends!

Friday, March 22 – Randy Wilson and Gabe Dansereau
Saturday, March 23 – Square Dance (1-4pm)
Friday, May 3 – Charley Groth
Friday, May 31 – Rebecca Zapen


Sea Level Rise Conference: Plans are shaping up for the Suncoast Sea Level Rise Collaborative’s conference on climate, a two-day program that will explore changes in the level of climate impacts over four years and highlight action steps individuals and policy-makers could take to mitigate or adapt to those impacts.

The conference, titled [Sea Level] Rise Up: Realities and Opportunities, will be April 5 & 6 at the Conference Center at SPC Seminole, 9200 113th St. North.

The Collaborative, a small group of concerned citizens (LUCC’s Claire Stiles is one of them) committed to educating the public about the challenges and opportunities created by global warming, emerged from the Institute’s 2015 sea level rise conference. Since 2015, a great deal has happened on the climate change front to heighten the need for action to deal with the impacts of a warmer Earth. Register online.


March Birthdays: Happy birthday to Carol Shores (3/1), Grace Lewis and Yvonne Riesen (3/13), Ron Huff (3/19), Earl Waters (3/25), and Charlie Lewis (3/27). Someone missing? Contact the church office with birthday information.


Circle of Concern: Family and friends of Bill and Shirley Locke, especially LUCC’s Dina Gamma. Roger Jackle who is in the Health Center of Westminster Suncoast. Bill Lindsay who just moved to Westminster Palms. Lucille Ruga who is moving to Westminster Suncoast this week. Christy Martin who is looking for a new job. Carolyn Moore, Ann Quinn, Willy Zessoules, 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 20 February

This Sunday: The Shaker expression of Christianity, though almost extinct, has much to offer the church of the 21st century. The service will feature Shaker music including “Simple Gifts.”


Sunday Celebrations: The theme for this Sunday’s potluck lunch is PICNIC! Burgers and dogs, veggie burgers, buns, condiments, and drinks will be provided. Please bring a side dish to share. Tables will be set up outside, weather permitting. 24 February following morning worship.


Care Team Meeting: The Care Team met to discuss ways to reach out to church members who are not able to attend services. In addition to phone calls, visits and cards the care team will begin offering communion to homebound church members. Please e-mail Patti Cooksey if you would like to be involved in this ministry.


Environmental Film Festival: Eckerd College’s annual film festival begins 21 February and runs through 2 March. All films are free and open to the public. The festival takes place on the Eckerd College campus (4200 54th Ave S). For a complete schedule visit environmentalfilmfest.com. Claire Stiles and Kim Wells will be attending most of the movies and hope to see LUCC folks there.


Theological Orientation Discussions: The advisors are hosting these discussions as a way to follow up on conversations begun last year about LUCC’s mission statement. The next session will be held 6:30pm on Feb. 27. It will involve conversation about the word “Christ.” It’s often used like a last name for Jesus, but what does it really convey? What did it mean in the ancient world and what are implications of this word today? Future sessions will be on: March 19 and 27. All are welcome. Come when you can!


Festival of Praise: The 33rd Annual Festival of Praise at First Presbyterian Church (701 Beach Drive NE) features Guest Clinician and Organist Michael Hey, Associate Director of Music and Organist at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. The event includes the Chancel Choir of First Presbyterian Church as well as singers and musicians from the community (like LUCC’s Claire Stiles and Bert and Joyce Lee). Come hear the festival chorus and the thrilling organ masterworks of Michael Hey. Sunday, March 3 at 4pm.


Ash Wednesday: The season of Lent begins March 6 with Ash Wednesday.  There will be an outdoor service, lakeside around a fire, at the home of Dana, Chip, and Jackson Cosper starting at 7pm. Save the date for this beautiful gathering!


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. Spread the word, share on Facebook or Nextdoor, invite your friends!

Friday, March 22 – Randy Wilson and Gabe Dansereau
Friday, May 3 – Charley Groth
Friday, May 31 – Rebecca Zapen


Sea Level Rise Conference: Plans are shaping up for the Suncoast Sea Level Rise Collaborative’s conference on climate, a two-day program that will explore changes in the level of climate impacts over four years and highlight action steps individuals and policy-makers could take to mitigate or adapt to those impacts.

The conference, titled [Sea Level] Rise Up: Realities and Opportunities, will be April 5 & 6 at the Conference Center at SPC Seminole, 9200 113th St. North.

The Collaborative, a small group of concerned citizens (LUCC’s Claire Stiles is one of them) committed to educating the public about the challenges and opportunities created by global warming, emerged from the Institute’s 2015 sea level rise conference. Since 2015, a great deal has happened on the climate change front to heighten the need for action to deal with the impacts of a warmer Earth. Register online.


February Birthdays: Happy birthday to Jim Andrews (2/6); Sarah Lewis (2/14); Jeff Wells (2/15); and Joyce Lee (2/28) Someone missing? Contact the church office with birthday information.


Circle of Concern: Family and friends of Bill and Shirley Locke, especially LUCC’s Dina Gamma. Roger Jackle who is in the Health Center of Westminster Suncoast. Bill Lindsay who just moved to Westminster Palms. Lucille Ruga who is moving to Westminster Suncoast this week. Christy Martin who is looking for a new job. Carolyn Moore, Ann Quinn, Willy Zessoules, 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.