Announcements From Pastor Jack

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR UUSP MEMBER BARBARA ROWELL January 19, 10:00am  in UUSP’s sanctuary.  All are welcome.


MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR UUSP MEMBER TRISH BURCH’S HUSBAND JERRY January 26, 3:00pm in UUSP’s sanctuary.  All are welcome.


UUSP/LGBTQ PROGRAM INTERESTS:  As UUSP grows, we have the need and the resources to expand our programs to serve the spiritual growth – or, as Unitarian Thomas Jefferson put it, “the safety and happiness” - of all members of our diverse congregation.  Please join ­ Pastor Jack, Sabine Von Aulock, Randy Nolan and others for an exploratory meeting about what programs or activities might be of particular value to LGBTQ members – Sunday, January 17, 12:00 noon in Conway lounge.  Community needs many hearts & minds.


CONSIDERING UU ST. PETE MEMBERSHIP, and/or curious about our tradition?  Please come to our Inquirers sessions on Sundays January 27 and February 3 after the service in UUSP’s Conway Middle Room to talk with our minister and church leaders, learn more, get questions answered, offer suggestions, and meet new folks.  Sign up at the Welcome Table or with Patti at


ABOUT PARKING AT UUSP:  The Pinellas County Social Services parking lot (with 100 spaces on Mirror Lake Drive next to UUSP) is now open for public parking during all non-working hours including Saturday & Sunday all day and evening and Monday-Friday all evenings after 6pm.  (Even closer and available those same hours: the County parking lots at Mirror Lake Drive and Arlington Avenue.)


  The Focus of our Reading Room is UUism, UUs, and UU sources. Our books are now being categorized under five areas: Unitarian Universalism, World Religions, Direct Experience, Prophetic People, and Humanism and Science.  We ask for contributions in these categories.  (You might want first to check what we already have.)

  In an effort to maintain an organized system please place all donations in the book donation basket on the counter.  If you like, you may fill out a donation sticker and attach to the inside cover.

  To check out books, please write the title of the book, your name and date checked out on the clipboard.  We ask that you return books to the return basket on the counter, preferably within two or so weeks.

Thank you, UUSP Librarian Sarah Craig


UUSP MONDAY MEDITATION 5:30-6:15pm weekly - UUSP member Mimi Anzel


UUSP TUESDAY MEDITATION 11:45am-12:15pm weekly - Pastor Jack


UUSP TUESDAY BROWN BAG LUNCH 12:15-1:00pm weekly - Pastor Jack


UUSP WEDNESDAY MEDITATION 7:30am-8:00am weekly - Pastor Jack


UUSP WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES 10:00am & 7:00pm weekly - Pastor Jack


UUSP THURSDAY CITIZENS CAFÉ 12:00am – 1:00pm on weekly - The news worth lobbying about - Pastor Jack


UPCOMING WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES (10:00am and 7:00pm – your choice): 

(1) “Exploring the Border and the Refugee Caravan” January 16 – Karen Coale & Pastor Jack, facilitators

(2) “Pagan & Earth-Centered Voices in Unitarian Universalism” 8 sessions starting January 23 (with pp. ix-20). This is the first book in a UUA series (with books of Buddhist, Jewish, Christian, & Humanist UU Voices to be explored through 2019).  I have ordered 10 copies of this book.  Please let me know if you would like one ($12 each, discounted by UU Bookstore from $14) Pastor Jack at or sign-up sheet on piano.

(3) “Get Started with Mindfulness” 5 sessions starting March 27, 2019.   Topics:  Why Meditate; How to Meditate; Bringing It into Your Life (Work, Relationship, Self-Care), Deepening Your Practice.  I have 15 copies of the guidebook for sharing if you plan to participate – contact Pastor Jack at jfdonovan@bellsouth.netor see me at church.

(4) “21 Lessons for the 21st Century – the Summary” 8 sessions starting May 8, 2019 on historian Yuval Noah Harari’s overview (80pp) of humankind’s greatest challenges.  (Full 318pp edition also available.)


UUSP COVENANT GROUP PARTICIPATION: UUSP currently has six or seven Covenant Groups.  Covenant Groups are regular gatherings (usually monthly, sometimes more often) of 7-12 people to share confidentially about life and living.  UUSP members and those planning to become members are welcome to join.  Please let Pastor Jack know of your interest and the times at which you could meet. 


CONTRIBUTIONS WELCOME TO THE FLORIDA UU DISTRICT CHALICE LIGHTER CAMPAIGN to help UU in the Pines (Weeki Wachee, Florida) buy its first building to celebrate its 30th anniversary and begin expanding its programs in a settled home.  Donations via PayPal (no need for a PayPal account) at  Donations by check to “UU Church in the Pines” with memo “Chalice Lighters,” mailed to UU Church in the Pines, Attn: Chalice Lighter, PO Box 1062, Brooksville, FL 34605.


UUUs HELPING UUs:   Need help or know a UUSPer who might?  Please notify Sue Price, UUSP Care Committee chair:


AUDIOS OF UUSP SERMONS:   The Worship Committee as been working to making the Sunday experience accessible beyond attending the Service. Please visit UUSP's website, click the Spirituality tab, click Worship Services and Sermons. Scroll down the services and you will see "Sermons and Readings." For audio recordings, click on a Sunday Service and look for the sound icon   audio

For screen shots of examples, click the link:  Worship Service Online Enhancements

Posted on January 11, 2019, at 6:42pm