Weekly Update 23 January

This Sunday: The theme for this Sunday is “Body Parts.”  Bodies are awesome interworking biological organisms.  This image is used in Corinthians to describe the nature of the faith community.  What does this image have to offer in a time when things seem to be getting more divided, siloed, and fragmented?  Take a look at 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a and Luke 4:14-21. Many thanks to Earl Waters for serving as liturgist, and to  Colleen Coughenour for ushering. A second usher is still needed, contact the church office if you can help out!

Vaden Landers Band: The next concert in LUCC’s series is coming right up – tomorrow! Let folks know about it, share on Facebook, etc. Thursday 24 January at 7:00 (doors open at 6:30).

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.

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
Friday, May – Rebecca Zapen

In Memoriam: Bill Locke of the LUCC church family, beloved husband of Shirley Locke, died last Thursday, Jan. 17.  A memorial service will be held on Saturday Jan. 26 at 11:00 a.m. in the lounge of the mid-rise building at Westminster Suncoast (1095 Pinellas Point Dr. S., St. Petersburg).  Rev. Wells will be officiating and Hilton Jones will be providing the ministry of music for the service. All are invited to join the family for lunch following the service in the Westminster Suncoast dining room.

What’s Cookin’?: Groups will be assigned at the Sunday Celebrations potluck lunch on this Sunday (Jan 27). If you still want to join, contact Melanie Moore.

Sunday Celebrations: This Sunday Celebrations Potluck will feature salads! It is also the kick off event for the “What’s Cookin’?” dinner groups, and an opportunity to get to know the Grow Permaculture folks who have been using the Fellowship Hall. Since we’re expecting 15-20 guests, bring LOTS of salad to share!

Theological Orientation Discussions: Following up on conversations about the mission statement of the church, the Advisors are offering a bi-weekly discussion group about theological orientation. The sessions alternate between Tuesday and Wednesday nights. There is a topic for each session and opportunity for discussion and learning from one another. The series is coordinated by Rev. Wells and Patti Cooksey. There is a reading available to look at before the next gathering on January 30 at 6:30pm. Future sessions will be held Feb. 19, Feb. 27 (tentative), March 19, and March 27 from 6:30-7:45pm in the Fellowship Hall.

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).

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. Family and friends of Susan Howard Lass, Melanie Moore’s cousin, who died this week. 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.


Ban Assault Weapons Amendment

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