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UU St. Pete InfoNet: January 31, 2020

This Sunday's Worship Services

Sunday, February 2, 2020: "ARE YOU DIVERSE ENOUGH FOR YOUR OWN GOOD? Wisdom from Lady Brigid, Groundhogs, and Candlemas"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

Worship Associate:  Susan Burnore & Sarah Craig

When we enter February and leave the darker months and cooler days behind, that is when the celebrations of the purifying arts of goddess Brigid, the shadow-side of Groundhog Day, and the flickering light of Candlemas each ask us, in contrasting ways, what hopes do you look to and what ways do you pursue them.  And, Why?

 

 

RE Corner

Religious Education: February 2, 2020

 

This month’s theme for Religious Education is Resilience

 

Youth will continue to prepare for the RE lead service February 9th. Attendance is truly appreciated. For more information about the themed curriculum, review the monthly e-newsletter or contact jeanay.johnson@uustpete.org.

 

Nursery care is provided in Conway Hall from 10:00am - 12pm for infants through preschool by Laura and volunteer assistant. 

 

Family Seating for service: On the front, right side of the sanctuary, the first two rows are labeled and reserved for families with children. After “Time For All Ages/StoryTime” (roughly 10:40am) the children are then guided upstairs by RE teachers. Children and youth are returned to their parents in coffee hour at 11:45am.

 

Thank you for your support.

 

 

Food Collection Sunday

This Sunday is Food Collection Sunday and we will be collecting for Trinity Lutheran Church Food Pantry who assist the hungry in our neighborhood with their food pantry (open Tuesdays 10a-12p).

They are always in need of food products that is easy to open; canned soups and vegetables with pop tops, crackers and canned meats (tuna, Spam, sardines that can be opened without a can opener) and fruit cups and applesauce.

Thanks for all your support!

UU’s Helping People"

 

 

Qajaq (Kayak) Club Outing: Fort Desoto Park

Our first excursion of the year will be Saturday morning, February 1, at Ft. Desoto Park and is appropriate for all skill levels. Kayak rentals are available. We’ll paddle around Mullet Key in calm waters and see lots of wildllfe. Please arrive by 8:45am. We’ll meet at Ft Desoto’s Top Water kayak rental shop, and will launch our excursion from there at 9:00am. We plan to be back by 11am. 

No weather forecast at this point.  Ft. Desoto Park charges a $5 parking fee on entry. Turn right on Anderson Drive and go 2 miles to TopWater Kayak. We’ll launch and return here.

Bring:

  • lf you bring your own kayak, make sure to also bring a life jacket and whistle (these are provided for those who rent a kayak)
  • Water shoes, drinking water or gatorade, sun protection (hat, sun glasses, sun screen), towel and dry clothes
  • optional:  dry bag (for cell phones, cameras, keys, wallet, etc), binoculars
  • 75 cents in quarters for 1st park entrance (automated machine only)
  • $5 at last entrance for parking fee for the day

Rentals: Check out Top Water Kayak Outpost if you’re renting. This is where we’ll meet, put in, and end.
727-864-1991    

http://unitedparkservices.com/kayak.html

http://www.best-of-st-pete-beach.com/kayaking-fort-desoto-park.html

Please RSVP Paul Burnore at: plburnore@gmail.com if you plan to join us.

Contact: Paul Burnore

 

 

NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION TO UUSP PROGRAMS AND OPERATIONS

Sunday, February 2, 2020 - 12:00pm

Staff, Committee chairs, and Board officers will meet with newer members to talk about UUSP programs and operations.

Contact: Pastor Jack - jfdonovan@bellsouth.net

 

 

Antarctic Photos and Sharing: February. 6, at 6:30pm

Antarctic Photos and Sharing - Thursday, Feb. 6th, 6:30 pm

Please join Paul and Susan Burnore in Conway's middle room, for slides, videos and a discussion about their December cruise to Antarctica. Also included will be other stops on their itinerary: Chile; the Falkland Islands; Montivideo, Uruguay; and Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Popcorn provided.

Please RSVP to plburnore@gmail.com or susanburnore@gmail.com

 

 

 

Seder 2020 Planning Committee

Sunday, February 16, 2020 - 9:15am

Seder 2020 Planning Committee will meet in the church office. All are welcome.

Linda Paul and Barbara Archibald

 

 

Mingles Update

Mingles is the new name for our series of fun events hosted by UUSP members and friends to raise funds for our budget while having a great time together.  You'll see that we already have a wonderful variety of events - and more are coming!   The hosts pick up the tab so you can support the church while having a great time.  Come join the fun! Tickets are on sale each Sunday after church.  Or you can contact Geneva Nelson.

Check out the flyer, by clicking the link you can save a copy of all of our events or print it out.

Mingles Flyer Updated 1/30/2020

Contact: Geneva Nelson

 

 

Town Hall Meeting: February 16 after Service

What are we voting on at the Congregational Meeting on March 1st?

  • To ask Rev Jack Donovan to become our “settled” minister
  • Three small but important changes to our by-laws:
    • to allow vote by proxy for those who cannot be physically present for future votes
    • to change the last calendar date that our annual budget meeting can take place from April 30th to May 31st
    • to allow more flexibility for Endowment Fund donors

 

Do you have questions about what we are voting on?

  • The Town Hall meeting right after service on February 16th is the place for you. Come and ask your questions. We will stay until all are answered. 

 

Not available on February 16?

Contact a member of the Settlement Task Force for SETTLEMENT questions: 

•Karen Coale          kcoale@tampabay.rr.com      727 204-9141

•Margie Davis       bravamd@yahoo.com      941 447-7811

•Greg Davidson     gregdavid01@gmail.com      35312 229-1015

Contact Board President Steve Benton for BY-LAWS questions: benton4414@gmail.com     352-672-0800

 

Think your vote is not important?

Your vote is extremely important. A quorum of 50% of the membership is required which is 92 members.  AND 90% of those in attendance must approve calling Rev Jack as our settled minister.

 

Need a ride On March 1?  Will provide a ride on March 1? Contact  •Steve Benton         benton4414@gmail.com     352-672-0800  OR  Susan Burnore    susnburnore@gmail.com    770-480-0200

  

We can't move forward without your participation!  

 

Contact: Karen Coale

 

 

Announcements From Pastor Jack

THIS SUNDAY AFTER SERVICE: Newer Member Orientation with UUSP board and committee leaders – 12noon in Conway Middle Room.  All welcome who want to learn more about what UUSP offers and how we operate.  Pastor Jack and Board President Steve.

 

WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES DISCUSSIONS, February 5: “Confucianism: The Way of Propriety” -Chapter 3 of God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World by Professor Stephen Prothero.  Discussions in Conway Hall Wednesdays at 10am and 7pm (your choice).   Contact Pastor Jack if you haven’t received the discussion quotes.

 

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan

 

 

FAST Update 

UU StPete is now in its 3rd year as a member of FAST (Faith, Action, Strength,Together).  FAST’s involvement and pressure continues to be needed in its three areas: affordable housing, reducing school suspensions, and making mental health services more accessible.           

FAST has been able to get $84,000,000 allocated for affordable housing. However FAST has recently learned that the county does not want to spend the money on housing for low income families.  Instead they want the money spent on families making 120% of the area median income per year which is $80,000 or more.  FAST continues to need help to pressure the county to spend at least part of the $84,000,000 on housing for families earning less that the median income. 

With pressure from FAST, the Pinellas County school system has started using an excellent program called Restorative Practices (RP), to cut the large number of out-of-school suspensions.  But the county in order to save money, is not providing the training teachers need to implement RP.  At the January 28th school Board meeting FAST members expressed their frustration with the too slow implementation. 

In the mental health area, too many people with mental health problems continue to be arrested and suicides remain high.  The county has continued to delay moving forward in providing a single source for people with mental health problems to go to and seek help.  

Your Help Is needed NOW to ensure a strong UU St Pete presence at the March 30 meeting where FAST will be making demands of our County Officials. Our Goal is 100.

  • Help get others to join you. Come to the UUSP Network Members Meeting: Sunday, February 2 at 12pm– 1pm in Conway Middle room to organize a large turnout of UU St Pete members  on March 30th.
  • Mark your calendar now for the FAST Annual Action Forum on March 30, 7 pm  at Indian Rocks Baptist Church.  A bus from the UUSP will be available.  Others to car pool. 

To learn more about the above and to help us get as many UUSP people as possible involved,  call contact via email Pat Fling at flingp@att.net, Bud Murphy at budmurphy@gmail.com or Dave Coale at dcoale628@icloud.com.

 

 

 

Contacts: Pat Fling, Dave Coale

 

 

FAST Reports on First Time Homebuyer Mortage Assistance

FAST's Affordable Housing Committee met recently with Kathryn Driver, the Executive Director of the Pinellas County Housing Finance Authority. In addition to our work with her in driving rental units for affordable housing, we also discussed assistance for first time homebuyers.

 

There is a Housing Finance Authority of Pinellas County First Time Homebuyer Program, where those who haven't ever owned a home or not in the past 3 years or are a verteran, may qualify. Down payment and closing cost assistance is available. First step is taking a Homebuyer Education class. Then contact a lender from the Approved Lender List to assist you in securing a mortgage.

UUSP FAST leaders, Pat Fling and Tony Kamuth, have copies of the approved lender lists. See them or contact Pat by email.  flingp@att.net

 

 

Celebrate Outreach at Punkys

Drag Queen Bingo at Punky's, February 4, 6:30pm dinner, 7:30 Bingo: Have FUN helping Celebrate Outreach FUNdraise in support of their Saturday Morning Breakfast, which each week serves over 75 people who are living without housing.  Celebrate Outreach is a coalition of St. Petersburg-area faith groups that serve people living without housing. UUSP is a member and provides the Friday Night Picnic as part of the Meal Share Program.  For more information, contact Sabine at 973-768-3256 or beandex@aol.com.

 

 

 

 

Circle Dinners

We heard positive feedback on Circle Dinners so they will begin! This is an informal way to build our relationships, with newer and those around longer members. We hope one or two members will offer to host these each month. Sort of like a potluck, but the host structures the food list. The # of guests is up to the host but usually from 6-12 people so conversation is longer. But no agenda - just building relationships. The first one will be hosted by your UUSP Membership Chairperson, Pat Fling. The sign up sheet is in Gilmour after Sunday services so look for it. Interested in hosting?

See Lupe Torre or Pat Fling for more info.

 

 

Visitors' Table

New to UUSP? Did you know that we have a Visitors Table in Gilmour Hall, near the fireplace, where you can sign up to get our e-newsletter, and pick up your free copy of UU World? We can also answer your questions and provide info on upcoming programs. 

 

 

Guest at Your Table

In the solidarity with our first guest, Monica Curca, thank you for painting your support for those suffering at our southern border. Join us on February 9 and meet our second guest Marta Velasquez, a feminist organizer in Honduras. 

Contact: Karen Coale

 

 

 

 

Other Ongoing Items around UUSP

TUESDAY MEDITATION AND/OR BROWN BAG LUNCH:  Meditation 12-12:30; Lunch 12:30-1:15 – Gilmour Social Hall.

 

WEDNESDAY 8:00 A.M. MEDITATION 8:00-8:30 a.m. Gilmour Hall. Contact: Pastor Jack

 

UUSP COVENANT GROUPS – trusted circles for sharing about life.  Contact: Patti Hanks (pthanks1@gmail.com).

 

UUs HELPING UUs:   Need help or know a UUSPer who might?  Please notify Patti Hanks or Sue Price,  UUSP Care Committee: pthanks1@gmaiil.com or pricesue63@gmail.com

NAMETAGS FOR FREQUENT VISITORS:  If you come often and would like a permanent name tag, please email Dave Coale at dcoale628@icloud.com.  
 

UUSP SERMONS (printed or audio) are available on UUSP's website:   Go to www.uustpete.org, 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

 

 

 

The UUSP Silent Auction

The reception starting at 6:00 will include a Silent Auction of goods and services donated by our members, friends, and some local businesses. Everything from a vacation spot in Cape Cod to gift baskets to the Rays Opening Day game!  Please consider donating something yourself.  But above all – come on February 22 to support UUSP and have a great time!

Tickets - $20 in advance at the church or on BrownPaperTickets.com    $25 at the door

Includes concert, Silent Auction, food, drinks.  Cash/donation bar also available.

Contact Linda Paul at lindapaulelem@gmail.com for more information about donating

Contact Sue Burnore at susanburnore@gmail.com for any information.

 

Contacts: Linda Paul, Susan Burnore

 

 

DEATH CAFE: An Opportunity to Talk About Death, Eat Cake, and Drink Tea

Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 9:30am

Death Cafe: an opportunity to talk about death, eat cake and drink tea.  Our common human experiences are birth and death, with death being the more mysterious. Aging adds to the discomfort of important conversations.  A Death Cafe's mission is to help make talking about death less scary. This is not a grief support group meeting.  Come and share your thoughts/experiences about death in a safe and supporting environment. 

Facilitated by UU ministers Rev. Nan L. White (of our UUSP congregation) and Rev. Patricia Owen (former pastor of the UU Church of Tampa).

Please RSVPrevnanlwhite@gmail.com

 

 

Legacy Builders' Corner

Sunday, February 23, 2020 – 12:00-2:30 PM
Location: Gilmour Hall
Presented by Elder Law and Estate Attorney, April Hill

Subject:  The Top Ten Estate Planning/ Elder Law Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
 

Have you said or heard any of these statements?

  • "My family will handle everything!"
  • "My advisor says I have plenty of money until the end of my life."
  • "I'm sure I am going to live well and just not wake up one day."
  • "I can't trust any of my loved ones, so I won't do anything."
  • "I wrote my will 20 years ago, so I shouldn't need to update."
  • Elder Law and Estate Attorney, April Hill, will talk about these statements and more.

 

Contact Barbara Archibald for more information

Sponsored by UUSP Legacy Builders

 

UU St. Pete InfoNet: January 24, 2020

Mingles: Elegant Afternoon Tea

Only a Few Tickets left for this Mingles event!

The Elegant Afternoon Tea this coming Sunday afternoon! Ticket sales will end Friday evening Contact Geneva Nelson to purchase tickets (genevaan@yahoo.com).

Sunday, January 26, 2pm    

Hosted by Linda Paul, Kenwood

Spend an afternoon swept away into the world of an English country house, enjoying an assortment of dainty sandwiches, delectable scones, and delicious cups of tea.    Maximum 15 people, $20 

 

 

This Sunday's Worship Services

Sunday, January 26, 2020: "O, WHAT A TANGLED WEB WE WEAVE (When First We Practice to Perceive)"
Time: (All day)
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

 -Some of the foundational Transcendantalist Unitarians (eg, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Henry David Thoreau, Bronson Alcott, Walt Whitman) urged that we break free from the wisdom teachings of earlier generations and learn life first hand from our inner experience of nature and nature's depths.  But others from the same school urged caution as to how much we let ourselves be guided by such intuitional and emotional responses (eg, Melville and Hawthorne - think Moby Dick and The Scarlet Letter).  Today, psychologists and neurologists are further deconstructing our senses of perceving, discerning, and choosing and are re-shaping how we think about the mind and its realities.  So, let us ponder, In comparison to the world's wisdom traditions, how is our understanding of truth and meaning being influenced by our own direct experience - and how should we respond to that?

 

 

RE Corner

Religious Education:  January 26, 2020

This month’s theme is Integrity. 

This week, we are concluding our theme of the month with lessons encompassing: Finding Your Courage. Youth will also engage in preparation for the RE lead service February 9th. Attendance is truly appreciated. What a spectacular venture this season is sharing with us all. 

Thank you to the Social Justice Committee merging with Religious Education in kicking off our annual fundraiser for Guests At Your Table. We will return with another interview February 9.  

Nursery care is provided in Conway Hall from 10:00 am - 12pm for infants through preschool

Family Seating for service: On the front, right side of the sanctuary.

For more information about the themed curriculum, review the monthly e-newsletter or contact uurefc@gmail.com.

 

 

Share the Plate This Sunday 

This Sunday is Social Justice Share the plate Sunday where ½ of the lose offerings will go to support the operation of this church, and ½ of the plate goes to the Social Justice’s UU’s Helping People Programs. This month we are highlighting the St. Pete Free Clinic’s Family Residence Center where unsheltered families are housed and provided with intensive navigation services to overcome the barriers of obtaining permanent housing.

Last year, 98 families received support from the Free Clinic Family Residence.

 

 

Guest at Your Table

In the solidarity with our first guest, Monica Curca, thank you for painting your support for those suffering at our southern border. Join us on February 9 and meet our second guest Marta Velasquez, a feminist organizer in Honduras. 

Contact: Karen Coale

 

 

 

Announcements From Pastor Jack

WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES DISCUSSIONS, January 29: “Christianity: The Way of Salvation” -Chapter 2 of God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World by Professor Stephen Prothero.  Discussions in Conway Hall Wednesdays at 10am and 7pm (your choice).   Contact Pastor Jack if you haven’t received the discussion quotes.

 

THURSDAY NOON CITIZENS CAFÉ:   Conversation about the public issues of our times..   Please let Pastor Jack know if you’re planning to come, because our schedule is sometimes erratic! 

 

UU SNOWBIRDS: A UUSP MEMBER is renting a bedroom/bath and general access to home, yard. 15 minute drive to UUSP.   Well-behaved resident greyhound.  $250 weekly. thru 4/20.  Prefer female renter.  Info/pictures: JoAnn: 727.398.4403; JoAnn@JoAnnMil.com

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan

 

 

Fair Trade Coffee, Tea & Chocolate For Sale After Sunday Service

Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 11:30am

After our Sunday service, "Equal Exchange" Fair Traded Coffee, Tea and Chocolate will be available for your purchasing pleasure. These products are regularly available the 2nd & 4th Sundays of each month. (Dates may vary during the summer, holidays and special events.)

And remember, when you purchase the fair trade products that are available here, you are helping to support small farmers around the globe, you are helping the UUSC continue its commitment to their human rights, you are helping our church community to live our mission, and you are getting an excellent product at a fair price.

Contact: Karen Frank

 

 

Join us for State of the Church Facilities Report & Discussion

Please join us at noon this Sunday, in the sanctuary, as architect Martin Gold presents the “state of the church facilities report” and takes your questions.  Click the link below to read the report.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ezgimxihlbe61uc/AAAIn58kutho6HZJJibKmJSAa?dl=0&preview=UUSP_State+of+the+Curch_1-9-20-small.pdf 
 

On Sunday, February 9, Martin invites congregation members to an afternoon visioning workshop, starting at 12:15pm in Conway Hall, with lunch provided in Gilmour Hall in advance. The workshop will include break-out sessions focussed on major church functions: arrival & civic image, the service, fellowship, education and outreach. 

Your input is vital to our facilities master planning process and ensuring that our facilities and grounds meet our needs and fulfill our expectations into the future.

 We hope to see you there!

Click here to read the latest Renew-Restore-Rejuvenate monthly newsletter.   https://conta.cc/3azSjKp 

Contact: Sharon Winters

 

 

David Roth Concert: January 28, 2020

This year David Roth will be giving his concert at the St Pete Friends Meetinghouse

Tuesday, January 28, 2020
30 19th Ave SE at  7 pm

Suggested donation $20 all welcome.  Please join us for this joyful evening. 

Click the link below for more information

David Roth Jan 28 2020

For inquiries: flfriendsevents@gmail.com 

Contact: Laurie Clement

 

 

Town Hall Meeting: February 16 after Service

What are we voting on at the Congregational Meeting on March 1st?

  • To ask Rev Jack Donovan to become our “settled” minister
  • Three small but important changes to our by-laws:
    • to allow vote by proxy for those who cannot be physically present for future votes
    • to change the last calendar date that our annual budget meeting can take place from April 30th to May 31st
    • to allow more flexibility for Endowment Fund donors

 

Do you have questions about what we are voting on?

  • The Town Hall meeting right after service on February 16th is the place for you. Come and ask your questions. We will stay until all are answered. 

 

Not available on February 16?

Contact a member of the Settlement Task Force for SETTLEMENT questions: 

•Karen Coale          kcoale@tampabay.rr.com      727 204-9141

•Margie Davis       bravamd@yahoo.com      941 447-7811

•Greg Davidson     gregdavid01@gmail.com      35312 229-1015

Contact Board President Steve Benton for BY-LAWS questions: benton4414@gmail.com     352-672-0800

 

Think your vote is not important?

Your vote is extremely important. A quorum of 50% of the membership is required which is 92 members.  AND 90% of those in attendance must approve calling Rev Jack as our settled minister.

 

Need a ride On March 1?  Will provide a ride on March 1? Contact  •Steve Benton         benton4414@gmail.com     352-672-0800  OR  Susan Burnore    susnburnore@gmail.com    770-480-0200

  

We can't move forward without your participation!  

 

Contact: Karen Coale

 

 

New Year, New Friends!

Greetings!  As UUSP begins a new year, we're inviting all members of the congregation to gather to welcome the new year and to make new friends. Over the next several weeks, you will receive an invitation from a member of the congregation to join a small group of fellow members on a Sunday in January. Stay tuned!

 

Like coffee hour, we will gather informally, socially, but we also want to mix it up a little, and initiate a discussion as a starting point to explore the concept of "Radical Hospitality," especially with people you may not already know.

 

Please make every effort to attend the gathering to which you’ve been invited and RSVP promptly to your host. Thank you to the nine hosts who are inviting us into their homes to share conversation and hospitality with our congregation of 175 members!

 

Radical Hospitality?  What does that mean?

Radical Hospitality is not a new idea. It's been around for several years, embraced by many liberal churches and denominations like ours, to attempt to break away from our homogeneous boundaries. In our time of deeply partisan division, growing inequity, racial and social injustice, intolerance, and a decreased capacity for compassion, perhaps we, as Unitarian Universalists, might begin the new year with a sense of hope, strengthened by a commitment to find ways to open our minds and hearts even further, to think deeply about our lives, our church, and the diversity of our beloved community. Especially in 2020. 

 

“So what does this mean for us as a church? We are committed to being a welcoming community. We say we believe in the “inherent worth and dignity of all.” And yet we are human beings, and we have the same challenges that all human beings have. We feel more comfortable when we’re with people we know. We come to church, we gravitate to people we know. We feel less comfortable when we are with people who have different ideas and interests, different cultural assumptions. Tribalism is strong, and we need look no further than our church.”—Rev. Dr. Marilyn Sewell, minister emerita of the First Unitarian Church in Portland, Oregon.

To learn more about radical hospitality and inform our discussions with each other, we invite you to read Rev. Sewell’s writing on Radical Hospitality (on the UUA website) and explore your own definition of Radical Hospitality.  

 

We will explore the concept of radical hospitality together, asking questions and considering possible answers. We don't expect to provide you with any answers. We can't even begin to provide you with the questions.  But we trust that you will know how to engage in the discussion. We will engage with each other, speaking our truths and most of all, listening.

 

Get-togethers are being held each Sunday in January. Look for your invitation! Join us for nourishing the soul and spirit and making new friends.

Contacts: Michael Killoren, Carol Ulmer

 

 

FAST Update

UU StPete is now in its 3rd year as a member of FAST(Faith, Action, Strength,Together).  This year we are working with 41 other congregations on Affordable Housing, reducing school suspensions, and making mental health services more accessible. Our past successes are impressive.  Mark you calendars and attend:

--Network Members Meeting: Sunday, February 2 at 12 noon –1pm in Conway Middle room to choose names to invite to the FAST action

--March 30, 7 pm  FAST Annual Action Forum which will be at Indian Rocks Baptist Church this year instad of at Tropicanan Field. A bus from the UUSP will be available.  Others can car pool.  More info/questions see/call Dave Coale after service this Sunday in the Gilmore Hall Library or email Pat Fling at flingp@att.net

Contacts: Dave Coale, Pat Fling

 

 

Mingles

Mingles is the new name for our series of fun events hosted by UUSP members and friends to raise funds for our budget while having a great time together.  You'll see that we already have a wonderful variety of events - and more are coming!   The hosts pick up the tab so you can support the church while having a great time.  Come join the fun! Tickets are on sale each Sunday after church.  Or you can contact Geneva Nelson.

Check out the flyer, by clicking the link you can save a copy of all of our events or print it out.

Mingles Flyer Updated 1/24/2020

Contact: Geneva Nelson

Legacy Builders' Corner

Plus we want to tell you about a very interesting program on Sunday, February 23, 2020 right after the service and social hour:  Elder law and Estate Attorney April Hill will speak about The Top Ten Estate Planning/ Elder Law Mistakes and How to Avoid them

 

 

Finding A Woman’s Place

Finding A Woman’s Place

The Story of a 1970’s Feminist Collective in the Adirondacks

Presentation by Lorraine Duval, Ph.D.

Saturday, February 1, 4:00-5:30pm at UUSP, Middle Conway

Lorraine Duvall’s recent book tells the history of a women’s commune in the Adirondack Mountains of NY. In 1974, seven women with their eight children left jobs, family, and friends to live together communally on a 23 acre rustic resort. 

Hundreds of women passed through the doors of A Woman’s Place between 1974 and 1982.  The popularity spoke to the need for women to congregate and take comfort in knowing that they were not alone in the then male-dominated world.  Author Lorraine Duvall tells their story through a power- point slide presentation followed by a discussion period. Hearing about the lives of the women who were brave enough to begin anew at A Woman’s Place will hopefully inspire women, and men, to take action in their own personal lives.

For further Information and to let us know you’ll be coming, contact Karen White at kawpsy@verizon.net or text 518-524-1100.

Contact: Karen White

 

 

Writing the Mind Alive - A Proprioceptive Writing Sampler

Writing the Mind Alive - A Proprioceptive Writing Sampler

Workshop with Ann Mullen, Member of the Faculty of the Proprioceptive Writing Center

Saturday, February 8, 9:00am - 1:00pm

UUSP Library

Reconnect with yourself through Proprioceptive Writing (PW), a method for exploring your thoughts through writing. Easy enough for anyone to learn, PW is practiced under conditions designed to promote relaxation and reflection. Through a process called “Inner Hearing” PW teaches you to listen to your thoughts with empathy and curiosity and reflect on them in writing.

When practiced regularly, PW can bring a new sense of well-being and confidence that is vital to mental health and creativity and can help you communicate with others with greater clarity and purpose. No creative writing experience or ambitions necessary. PW is a thinking practice that uses writing as a vehicle for expression.

Sliding Fee: 0 to $50.00 to benefit UUSP

To register, contact Karen White at kawpsy@verizon.net or text 518-524-1100.

For more information about PW, visit www.pwrting.org

For more information about Ann, visit www.annmunroemullen.com

 

Contact: Karen White

 

 

Qajaq (Kayak) Club Outing: Fort Desoto Park

Our first excursion of the year will be Saturday morning, February 1, at Ft. Desoto Park and is appropriate for all skill levels. Kayak rentals are available. We’ll paddle around Mullet Key in calm waters and see lots of wildllfe. Please arrive by 8:45am. We’ll meet at Ft Desoto’s Top Water kayak rental shop, and will launch our excursion from there at 9:00am. We plan to be back by 11am. 

No weather forecast at this point.  Ft. Desoto Park charges a $5 parking fee on entry. Turn right on Anderson Drive and go 2 miles to TopWater Kayak. We’ll launch and return here.

Bring:

  • lf you bring your own kayak, make sure to also bring a life jacket and whistle (these are provided for those who rent a kayak)
  • Water shoes, drinking water or gatorade, sun protection (hat, sun glasses, sun screen), towel and dry clothes
  • optional:  dry bag (for cell phones, cameras, keys, wallet, etc), binoculars
  • 75 cents in quarters for 1st park entrance (automated machine only)
  • $5 at last entrance for parking fee for the day

Rentals: Check out Top Water Kayak Outpost if you’re renting. This is where we’ll meet, put in, and end.
727-864-1991    

http://unitedparkservices.com/kayak.html

http://www.best-of-st-pete-beach.com/kayaking-fort-desoto-park.html

Please RSVP Paul Burnore at: plburnore@gmail.com if you plan to join us.

Contact: Paul Burnore

 

 

Celebrate Outreach at Punkys

Drag Queen Bingo at Punky's, February 4, 6:30pm dinner, 7:30 Bingo: Have FUN helping Celebrate Outreach FUNdraise in support of their Saturday Morning Breakfast, which each week serves over 75 people who are living without housing.  Celebrate Outreach is a coalition of St. Petersburg-area faith groups that serve people living without housing. UUSP is a member and provides the Friday Night Picnic as part of the Meal Share Program.  For more information, contact Sabine at 973-768-3256 or beandex@aol.com.

 

 

 

 

DEATH CAFE: An Opportunity to Talk About Death, Eat Cake, and Drink Tea

Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 9:30am

Death Cafe: an opportunity to talk about death, eat cake and drink tea.  Our common human experiences are birth and death, with death being the more mysterious. Aging adds to the discomfort of important conversations.  A Death Cafe's mission is to help make talking about death less scary. This is not a grief support group meeting.  Come and share your thoughts/experiences about death in a safe and supporting environment. 

Facilitated by UU ministers Rev. Nan L. White (of our UUSP congregation) and Rev. Patricia Owen (former pastor of the UU Church of Tampa).

Please RSVPrevnanlwhite@gmail.com

 

 

The UUSP Silent Auction

It’s Back!  The UUSP Silent Auction returns on February 22, 2020

In conjunction with the February 22, Becca McCoy Concert, the Silent Auction returns! Be creative and donate your talents, some treasures or an event.

This is a chance to raise money for UUSP.

Auction items are currently being compiled .

Contact Steve Benton, Sarah And Paul Craig and Linda Paul to plan your donation.

 

Contacts: Steve Benton, Sarah Craig, Paul Craig, Linda Paul

 

 

Other Ongoing Items around UUSP

UUs HELPING UUs:   Need help or know a UUSPer who might?  Please notify Patti Hanks or Sue Price,  UUSP Care Committee: pthanks1@gmaiil.com or pricesue63@gmail.com

 

TUESDAY MEDITATION AND/OR BROWN BAG LUNCH:  Meditation 12-12:30; Lunch 12:30-1:15 – Gilmour Social Hall.

 

WEDNESDAY 8:00 A.M. MEDITATION 8:00-8:30 a.m. Gilmour Hall. Contact: Pastor Jack

 

UUSP COVENANT GROUPS – trusted circles for sharing about life.  Contact: Patti Hanks (pthanks1@gmail.com).

 

NAMETAGS FOR FREQUENT VISITORS:  If you come often and would like a permanent name tag, please email Dave Coale at dcoale628@icloud.com.  
 

UUSP SERMONS (printed or audio) are available on UUSP's website:   Go to www.uustpete.org, 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

UU St. Pete InfoNet: January 17, 2020

This Sunday's Worship Services

Sunday, January 19, 2020: "State of our Spirit 2020"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Paul Burnore

Worship Associate:  John Motter

Events of the 2010s have shaped the spirit of our country in 2020.  While general stability and prosperity are evident to some, others have experienced distrust and fatigue.  Some believe the drumbeat of negative news left us with a mood of general malaise and confusion.

 

On Monday, January 20, we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. How can he and contemporary activists like Greta Thunberg help in our troubled times? How can we temper our own spirits back to good health and enrich our collective mood?

 

As the events of the past year and decade are assessed, we also assess ourselves. Sometimes we make resolutions to make changes that better meet our personal goals. Our actions and aspirations can also benefit our collective spirit.

 

 

RE Corner

Religious Education:  January 19, 2020

This month’s theme for Religious Education is Integrity

This is a special week. We are introducing the pledge: Guest At Your Table. This year’s theme is Women Leaders, Strong Communities. Each year there are four guests who represent four organizations supported by this program. We will learn about each one during Worship committee services through March 9th. March is Women's History Month. Some of our younger RE kids will pass out boxes before service for families to keep home for a month. The idea is to have the box at the center of your table and donate the cost of the meal to support the cause.

Also, toward the end of class, RE is having a special guest, yoga instructor Monica Dechaine. She will be working with the children with some acro yoga in preparation for the RE lead service February 9. What an adventure this new year is bringing us all. This weeks session is based on Finding and Feeling the Integrity of “We”.

For more information about the themed curriculum, review the monthly e-newsletter or contact uurefc@gmail.com.

Nursery care is provided in Conway Hall from 10:00am - 12pm for infants through preschool by Laura and volunteer assistant. 

Family Seating for service: On the front, right side of the sanctuary, the first two rows are labeled and reserved for families with children. After “Time For All Ages/StoryTime” (roughly 10:40 am) the children are then guided upstairs by Ms. Jeanay, Ms. Trish and Mr. Joe to RE. Parents are more than welcomed to join their youth in class. 

Children and youth are returned to their parents in coffee hour at 11:45am.

Thank you for your support.

 

 

Legacy Builders' Corner

Depending on your situation, you may increase your economic security and financial independence while you put plans in place to ultimately benefit your loved ones, our congregation and other nonprofits important to you.

 

 

 

 

Guest at Your Table

Every winter UU Churches across the country engage in a unique program, called Guest at Your Table, to support the work of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC). This justice focused arm of Unitarian Universalism finds reliable on-the-ground outreach organizations across the globe and funnels our donations to them. 

On Sunday we are kicking-off UU St Pete’s campaign; the theme is Women Leaders, Strong Communities. Each year there are four guests who represent four organizations supported by this program.  

Our first guest is Monica Curca, the founder of Activate Labs, an organization that brings art, music, and storytelling into spaces migrants pass through on route from Central America. Monica: “We need joy, creativity, art, and self- expression to return us to ourselves, and regain what the trauma lost for us” she explains, “because you can just get lost in the sorrow.”

In Monica’s spirit you will have the opportunity after service to share your feelings in words or drawings and demonstrate your support for Monica’s work. Join us in creating a banner with the title: No Walls — Build Bridges of Love. Come add your signature, a drawing, your hand print, whatever inspires you. The banners will hang in Gilmour Hall for the duration of the Guest at Your Table campaign as a reminder of our support at the Border and beyond. 

Contact: Karen Coale

 

 

MLK Jr Parade: January 20

UUSP AT MLK PARADE, Monday , January 20,2020:  Meet on UUSP's front walk to depart at 10:45am for a spot on Central Avenue between 6th Street and 5th Street to wave banners and watch as much of the parade as you have time for.  Or join us there.  Pastor Jack

 

 

Announcements From Pastor Jack

THIS SUNDAY: A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISM AND UU ST. PETE after the service, January 19, 12noon, with Pastor Jack in the UUSP library.

 

WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES;  This Wednesday, January 22“Islam: The Way of Submission”, 10am and 7pm (your choice). Chapter 1 of scholar Stephen Prothero’s God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World.   Contact Pastor Jack if you haven’t received the quotes for discussion.

 

THURSDAY NOON CITIZENS CAFÉ:   Conversation about the public issues of our times..   Please let Pastor Jack know if you’re planning to come, because our schedule is sometimes erratic! 

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan

 

 

New Year, New Friends!

Greetings!  As UUSP begins a new year, we're inviting all members of the congregation to gather to welcome the new year and to make new friends. Over the next several weeks, you will receive an invitation from a member of the congregation to join a small group of fellow members on a Sunday in January. Stay tuned!

 

Like coffee hour, we will gather informally, socially, but we also want to mix it up a little, and initiate a discussion as a starting point to explore the concept of "Radical Hospitality," especially with people you may not already know.

 

Please make every effort to attend the gathering to which you’ve been invited and RSVP promptly to your host. Thank you to the nine hosts who are inviting us into their homes to share conversation and hospitality with our congregation of 175 members!

 

Radical Hospitality?  What does that mean?

Radical Hospitality is not a new idea. It's been around for several years, embraced by many liberal churches and denominations like ours, to attempt to break away from our homogeneous boundaries. In our time of deeply partisan division, growing inequity, racial and social injustice, intolerance, and a decreased capacity for compassion, perhaps we, as Unitarian Universalists, might begin the new year with a sense of hope, strengthened by a commitment to find ways to open our minds and hearts even further, to think deeply about our lives, our church, and the diversity of our beloved community. Especially in 2020. 

 

“So what does this mean for us as a church? We are committed to being a welcoming community. We say we believe in the “inherent worth and dignity of all.” And yet we are human beings, and we have the same challenges that all human beings have. We feel more comfortable when we’re with people we know. We come to church, we gravitate to people we know. We feel less comfortable when we are with people who have different ideas and interests, different cultural assumptions. Tribalism is strong, and we need look no further than our church.”—Rev. Dr. Marilyn Sewell, minister emerita of the First Unitarian Church in Portland, Oregon.

To learn more about radical hospitality and inform our discussions with each other, we invite you to read Rev. Sewell’s writing on Radical Hospitality (on the UUA website) and explore your own definition of Radical Hospitality.  

 

We will explore the concept of radical hospitality together, asking questions and considering possible answers. We don't expect to provide you with any answers. We can't even begin to provide you with the questions.  But we trust that you will know how to engage in the discussion. We will engage with each other, speaking our truths and most of all, listening.

 

Get-togethers are being held each Sunday in January. Look for your invitation! Join us for nourishing the soul and spirit and making new friends.

Contacts: Michael Killoren, Carol Ulmer

 

 

DEATH CAFE: An Opportunity to Talk About Death, Eat Cake, and Drink Tea

Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 9:30am

Death Cafe: an opportunity to talk about death, eat cake and drink tea.  Our common human experiences are birth and death, with death being the more mysterious. Aging adds to the discomfort of important conversations.  A Death Cafe's mission is to help make talking about death less scary. This is not a grief support group meeting.  Come and share your thoughts/experiences about death in a safe and supporting environment. 

Facilitated by UU ministers Rev. Nan L. White (of our UUSP congregation) and Rev. Patricia Owen (former pastor of the UU Church of Tampa).

Please RSVPrevnanlwhite@gmail.com

 

 

The UUSP Silent Auction

It’s Back!  The UUSP Silent Auction returns on February 22, 2020

In conjunction with the February 22, Becca McCoy Concert, the Silent Auction returns! Be creative and donate your talents, some treasures or an event.

This is a chance to raise money for UUSP.

Auction items are currently being compiled .

Contact Steve Benton, Sarah And Paul Craig and Linda Paul to plan your donation.

 

Contacts: Steve Benton, Sarah Craig, Paul Craig, Linda Paul

 

 

 

Stop Harming Florida's LGBTQ Citizens & Our LGBTQ Tourists

Do NOT pass the eight Bills (HB 1365, HB 305, HB3, HB 537;  and S-1864, S-1126, S1336 and S-778)

These eight anti-LGBTQ bills in the 2020 legislative session are making this the most hostile agenda from the Florida Legislature in recent history. Year after year, the Republican Florida lead Legislature tries to roll back protections for the LGBTQ community. Even more offensive are the anti-transgender bills filed in the eleventh hour that “ Would arrest and imprison doctors for providing medically necessary care to trans youth.”

Medical professionals, not politicians, should decide what medical care is in the best interest of a patient. Forcing a doctor to deny best-practice medical care and deny support to transgender youth can be life-threatening. Please oppose these bills attacking LGBTQ Floridians & Tourists.
 
When contacting your legislators, you might add that 12 national medical/mental health organizations oppose so-called conversion therapies and state that sexual orientation are not an illness. Some are: the AMA,  the American Psychiatric Association, the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, American Counseling Association et. el.
 
For updated information, see: www.Eqfl.org; its Facebook page; or contact UUSP member Greg Davidson (612.229.1015)
 

 

 

David Roth Concert: January 28, 2020

This year David Roth will be giving his concert at the St Pete Friends Meetinghouse

Tuesday, January 28, 2020
30 19th Ave SE at  7 pm

Suggested donation $20 all welcome.  Please join us for this joyful evening. 

Click the link below for more information

David Roth Jan 28 2020

For inquiries: flfriendsevents@gmail.com 

Contact: Laurie Clement

 

 

 

St. Pete Over the Next 30 Years

StPete2050 is a city-wide conversation about where our city is going and what it can become over the next 30 years.

Make sure your voice is heard by taking the first survey, if you haven’t already, before it closes on January 21.   Please visit StPete2050.com to take the survey.

Upcoming community workshop events! 

Event Details 

Workshop Option 2                                            
February 1, 2020                                                     
10:30 am- 12:30 pm                                                 
St. Petersburg Main Library                                   
3745 9th Avenue North                                          

Workshop Option 3
February 4, 2020
6:00 pm- 8:00 pm
Willis S. Johns Recreation Center
6635 Dr Martin L King Jr Street North

For questions, contact Greg Davidson after service in Gilmour Hall this Sunday at 612.229.1015

 

 

Mingles

Mingles is the new name for our series of fun events hosted by UUSP members and friends to raise funds for our budget while having a great time together.  You'll see that we already have a wonderful variety of events - and more are coming!   The hosts pick up the tab so you can support the church while having a great time.  Come join the fun! Tickets are on sale each Sunday after church.  Or you can contact Geneva Nelson.

Check out the flyer, by clicking the link you can save a copy of all of our events or print it out.

Mingles Updated 1/10/2020

Contact: Geneva Nelson

 

 

Finding A Woman’s Place

Finding A Woman’s Place

The Story of a 1970’s Feminist Collective in the Adirondacks

Presentation by Lorraine Duval, Ph.D.

Saturday, February 1, 4:00-5:30pm at UUSP, Middle Conway

Lorraine Duvall’s recent book tells the history of a women’s commune in the Adirondack Mountains of NY. In 1974, seven women with their eight children left jobs, family, and friends to live together communally on a 23 acre rustic resort. 

Hundreds of women passed through the doors of A Woman’s Place between 1974 and 1982.  The popularity spoke to the need for women to congregate and take comfort in knowing that they were not alone in the then male-dominated world.  Author Lorraine Duvall tells their story through a power- point slide presentation followed by a discussion period. Hearing about the lives of the women who were brave enough to begin anew at A Woman’s Place will hopefully inspire women, and men, to take action in their own personal lives.

For further Information and to let us know you’ll be coming, contact Karen White at kawpsy@verizon.net or text 518-524-1100.

Contact: Karen White

 

 

Writing the Mind Alive - A Proprioceptive Writing Sampler

Writing the Mind Alive - A Proprioceptive Writing Sampler

Workshop with Ann Mullen, Member of the Faculty of the Proprioceptive Writing Center

Saturday, February 8, 9:00am - 1:00pm

UUSP Library

Reconnect with yourself through Proprioceptive Writing (PW), a method for exploring your thoughts through writing. Easy enough for anyone to learn, PW is practiced under conditions designed to promote relaxation and reflection. Through a process called “Inner Hearing” PW teaches you to listen to your thoughts with empathy and curiosity and reflect on them in writing.

When practiced regularly, PW can bring a new sense of well-being and confidence that is vital to mental health and creativity and can help you communicate with others with greater clarity and purpose. No creative writing experience or ambitions necessary. PW is a thinking practice that uses writing as a vehicle for expression.

Sliding Fee: 0 to $50.00 to benefit UUSP

To register, contact Karen White at kawpsy@verizon.net or text 518-524-1100.

For more information about PW, visit www.pwrting.org

For more information about Ann, visit www.annmunroemullen.com

 

 

Contact: Karen White

 

 

Other Ongoing Items around UUSP

UUs HELPING UUs:   Need help or know a UUSPer who might?  Please notify Patti Hanks or Sue Price,  UUSP Care Committee: pthanks1@gmaiil.com or sueprice63@gmail.com

 

TUESDAY MEDITATION AND/OR BROWN BAG LUNCH:  Meditation 12-12:30; Lunch 12:30-1:15 – Gilmour Social Hall.

 

WEDNESDAY 8:00 A.M. MEDITATION 8:00-8:30 a.m. Gilmour Hall. Contact: Pastor Jack

 

UUSP COVENANT GROUPS – trusted circles for sharing about life.  Contact: Patti Hanks (pthanks1@gmail.com).

 

NAMETAGS FOR FREQUENT VISITORS:  If you come often and would like a permanent name tag, please email Dave Coale at dcoale628@icloud.com.  
 

UUSP SERMONS (printed or audio) are available on UUSP's website:   Go to www.uustpete.org, 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

 

 

UU St. Pete InfoNet: More about the Landscape Project Ground-Breaking

UUSP Landscape Project to Begin

After this Sunday's Service, join us out front for the Renew-Restore-Rejuvenate Project kick-off and ground-breaking.

After the kick-off, bring pots and a trowel if you want to adopt a few plants from our old landscape.

The landscaping work will commence on Monday, January 13 and should be complete by January 22.

Bicyclists please note: bike parking will move to the interior courtyard & back playground areas.  Once the parking

lot project is complete next door, likely this summer, abundant bike parking will be available.

UU St. Pete InfoNet: January 10, 2020

This Sunday's Worship Services

Sunday, January 12, 2020: "TESTIMONIES ON TRUTH AND MEANING FROM THE WORLD'S WISDOM TRADITIONS"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan
Worship Associate: Sarah Craig

To paraphrase the Declaration of Independence, "When in the course of human development it becomes necessary for one person to become individually responsible for one's own life decisions, a decent respect for the safety and happiness of self and all requires that one take up one's own search for truth and meaning."

This is the stage of life that some start as they begin puberty or young adulthood, or some much later, as they ponder how to raise their children or contribute to their society or care for Earthkind.  And some, never.

How helpful has the guidance of the world's wisdom traditions been in your search for truth and meaning?  (And for a later date, how helpful has your own direct experience been in finding truth and meaning.)

 

 

RE Corner

Religious Education:  January 12, 2020

 

This month’s theme for Religious Education is Integrity. 

 

Each week, the students have been submerged in the theme of each month.  We’re diving in this month by looking at the many ways our UU faith invites us to become “a people of integrity”. To get help with that, our sessions are each built around the various ways we come to feel integrity by being true to ourselves. What an adventure this new year will bring for us all. This weeks session is based on Finding your inner voice.

 

For more information about the themed curriculum, review the monthly e-newsletter or contact uurefc@gmail.com.

 

Nursery care is provided in Conway Hall from 10:00 am - 12pm for infants through preschool by Laura and volunteer assistant. 

 

Family Seating for service: On the front, right side of the sanctuary, the first two rows are labeled and reserved for families with children. After “Time For All Ages/StoryTime” (roughly 10:40 am) the children are then guided upstairs by Ms. Jeanay, Ms. Trish and Mr. Joe to RE. Parents are more than welcomed to join their youth in class. 

 

Children and youth are returned to their parents in coffee hour at 11:45 a.m.

 

Want to stay-in-the-know about what's going on in RE? Subscribe to the RE Newsletter. Text UUSPRE to 22828 and follow us on Instagram @UUSPRE! 

 

Thank you for your support.

 

 

UUSP Landscape Project Groundbreaking

After this Sunday's Service on the UUSP front lawn, join us for the "Groundbreaking" and the start of our Landscaping Project.

Everybody welcome to get into the photo!

 

 

Tibetan Monks Sacred Art Tour

NAMASTE! 

UU St. Pete is happy to welcome the Tibetan monks from Drepung Gomang Monastery in India (their place of exile with the Dalai Lama).

Come meet the Tibetan Monds on Saturday, January 11 at 5pm for the Second Saturday ArtWalk – at Florida CraftArts. (FCA)

All are invited to a special healing moment on Saturday, January 11 at 6 p.m.  (to purchase tickets go to www.floridacraftart.org - FCA members $15, nonmember $25).  As part of the Second Saturday ArtWalk, people can meet the monks at 5pm at Florida CraftArts and then promptly at 6pm participate in a worldwide meditation to promote healing of self, friend, family, country, and earth. It will be a time to come in harmony with the healing powers of the Universe. The Healing Minute of Meditation around the world broadcast live.  Participate wherever you are! 

Mandala Dissolution Ceremony, 1:00pm this Sunday at FCA. 

Further information about the monks' activities through the week, especially their creation of the healing mandala at Florida CraftArts, please check out the flyer as there are some costs involved for some events.  Just click the link below to view the flyer and/or print it out.

Tibetan Monks Events 2020

Thank you!

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan

 

 

UUSP Members' Notices

UU SNOWBIRDS: A UUSP MEMBER is renting a comfy room with bath and general access in her lovely St. Pete home, pretty private yard, jacuzzi. 15 minute drive to UUSP, a walk to park and bay.   Well-behaved resident greyhound.  $250 weekly; discounts for 30+ days; thru April 20, 2020.  Prefer female renter.  Info/pictures: JoAnn: 727.398.4403; JoAnn@JoAnnMil.com.

 

 

TREES OF LIFE: A Sunday Studio of the Expressive Arts

Sunday, January 12, 2020 - 11:30am

TREES OF LIFE” – UUSP’S SUNDAY STUDIO will offer the second workship in the series of seasonal expressive arts workshops for discovery and delight - first studio on Sunday January 12 after the church service in Conway Hall.  Using tree imagery as metaphor in each season’s workshop, we will explore the seasonal rhythms and patterns of the natural world and our own inner worlds. As we consider going "Into the Woods...in Winter" through story, movement and visual imagery, what winter wisdom might we bring to light?

Join Alisun Donovan, Cynthia Alicea, and Jill Oldenski for an afternoon of discovery and delight. Sign up after church on Sunday, January 5. Workshop begins at noon and ends at 3pm. You may want to eat lunch beforehand or bring a brownbag lunch. Limit 8 - Registration is full but see Alison about the wait list. Donations accepted for materials. Maybe bring a bag lunch.

Your expressive arts team: Alisun, Cynthia, Jill.

Contact Alisun with questions at alisundonovan93@gmail.com

Contact: Alisun Donovan

 

 

 

Thank your for Your Generosity 

People across the country are gathering on Sunday, January12 at the Brownsville,TX/Matamoros, Mexico border crossing to give witness to the atrocities of the Administration's “remain in Mexico” policy. Under this policy asylees arrive at the US border and request asylum, they file their request and then are returned to Mexico to await their court date. The conditions there are filthy and dangerous. 

Five people from the Pinellas Coalition for Immigrant Justice, which our Church is a member of, are witnessing at this Border crossing. They are also bringing all of the clothing that you donated and will be giving it to those trapped in Mexico by this horrific policy. Upon their return we will have a forum where they will share what they have witnessed and most likely have further actions we can take.

To help plan such events and advocacy steps as well as give a helping hand to two Congolese refugee families -- join us at the Migrant/Refugee Families planning meeting on Monday, January 13 in the Library at 5:00pm.

Contact: Karen Coale

 

 

Request for Transportation for Church Members

The Care Committee needs more volunteers who can provide transportation mainly to Sunday church services for our members who can no longer drive. If you would like to provide this service even occasionally, please contact  Sue Price pricesue63@gmail.com or 727-290-9910.  Ideally, I can connect a volunteer to someone needing a ride who lives near the volunteer.

 

Contact: Sue Price

 

David Roth Concert: January 28, 2020

This year David Roth will be giving his concert at the St Pete Friends Meetinghouse

Tuesday, January 28, 2020
30 19th Ave SE at  7 pm

Suggested donation $20 all welcome.  Please join us for this joyful evening. 

Click the link below for more information

David Roth Jan 28 2020

For inquiries: flfriendsevents@gmail.com 

Contact: Laurie Clement

 

 

Mingles

Mingles is the new name for our series of fun events hosted by UUSP members and friends to raise funds for our budget while having a great time together.  You'll see that we already have a wonderful variety of events - and more are coming!   The hosts pick up the tab so you can support the church while having a great time.  Come join the fun! Tickets are on sale each Sunday after church.  Or you can contact Geneva Nelson.

Check out the flyer, by clicking the link you can save a copy of all of our events or print it out.

Mingles Updated 1/10/2020

Contact: Geneva Nelson

 

 

Finding A Woman’s Place

Finding A Woman’s Place

The Story of a 1970’s Feminist Collective in the Adirondacks

Presentation by Lorraine Duval, Ph.D.

Saturday, February 1, 4:00-5:30pm at UUSP, Middle Conway

Lorraine Duvall’s recent book tells the history of a women’s commune in the Adirondack Mountains of NY. In 1974, seven women with their eight children left jobs, family, and friends to live together communally on a 23 acre rustic resort. 

Hundreds of women passed through the doors of A Woman’s Place between 1974 and 1982.  The popularity spoke to the need for women to congregate and take comfort in knowing that they were not alone in the then male-dominated world.  Author Lorraine Duvall tells their story through a power- point slide presentation followed by a discussion period. Hearing about the lives of the women who were brave enough to begin anew at A Woman’s Place will hopefully inspire women, and men, to take action in their own personal lives.

For further Information and to let us know you’ll be coming, contact Karen White at kawpsy@verizon.net or text 518-524-1100.

Contact: Karen White

 

 

Writing the Mind Alive - A Proprioceptive Writing Sampler

Writing the Mind Alive - A Proprioceptive Writing Sampler

Workshop with Ann Mullen, Member of the Faculty of the Proprioceptive Writing Center

Saturday, February 8, 9:00am - 1:00pm

UUSP Library

Reconnect with yourself through Proprioceptive Writing (PW), a method for exploring your thoughts through writing. Easy enough for anyone to learn, PW is practiced under conditions designed to promote relaxation and reflection. Through a process called “Inner Hearing” PW teaches you to listen to your thoughts with empathy and curiosity and reflect on them in writing.

When practiced regularly, PW can bring a new sense of well-being and confidence that is vital to mental health and creativity and can help you communicate with others with greater clarity and purpose. No creative writing experience or ambitions necessary. PW is a thinking practice that uses writing as a vehicle for expression.

Sliding Fee: 0 to $50.00 to benefit UUSP

To register, contact Karen White at kawpsy@verizon.net or text 518-524-1100.

For more information about PW, visit www.pwrting.org

For more information about Ann, visit www.annmunroemullen.com

 

Contact: Karen White

 

 

The UUSP Silent Auction

It’s Back!  The UUSP Silent Auction returns on February 22, 2020

In conjunction with the February 22, Becca McCoy Concert, the Silent Auction returns! Be creative and donate your talents, some treasures or an event.

This is a chance to raise money for UUSP.

Auction items are currently being compiled .

Contact Steve Benton, Sarah And Paul Craig and Linda Paul to plan your donation.

 

Contacts: Steve Benton, Sarah Craig, Paul Craig, Linda Paul

 

 

DEATH CAFE: An Opportunity to Talk About Death, Eat Cake, and Drink Tea

Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 9:30am

Death Cafe: an opportunity to talk about death, eat cake and drink tea.  Our common human experiences are birth and death, with death being the more mysterious. Aging adds to the discomfort of important conversations.  A Death Cafe's mission is to help make talking about death less scary. This is not a grief support group meeting.  Come and share your thoughts/experiences about death in a safe and supporting environment. 

Facilitated by UU ministers Rev. Nan L. White (of our UUSP congregation) and Rev. Patricia Owen (former pastor of the UU Church of Tampa).

Please RSVPrevnanlwhite@gmail.com

 

Legacy Builders' Corner

Who will write your legal will? The state of Florida does this for you if you don't. And you may not like the version Florida has prepared for you! (Never fear. We'll have a program for you soon.)

 

 

UU St. Pete InfoNet: Tibetan Monks 2020

Tibetan Monks Sacred Art Tour

NAMASTE! 

UU St. Pete will have eight Tibetan monks from Drepung Gomang Monastery in India (their place of exile with the Dalai Lama) staying as our guests in some of the rooms in Conway Hall from this Wednesday, January 8, through Saturday, January 11. They will be busy with the Sacred Arts Tour activities elsewhere most days - particularly at the Florida CraftArts shop (directed by UUSP member Katie Deits). If you meet them at UUSP, since most don't speak English, a simple hello and bow would be welcoming - or you may try your Tibetan.  

All are invited to a special healing moment on Saturday, January 11 at 6 p.m. (to purchase tickets go to www.floridacraftart.org - FCA members $15, nonmember $25)  As part of the Second Saturday ArtWalk, people can meet the monks at 5pm at Florida CraftArts and then promptly at 6pm participate in a worldwide meditation to promote healing of self, friend, family, country, and earth. It will be a time to come in harmony with the healing powers of the Universe.

Further information about the monks' activities through the week, especially their creation of the healing mandala at Florida CraftArts, please check out the flyer as there are some costs involved for some events.  Just click the link below to view the flyer and/or print it out.

Tibetan Monks Events 2020

 

Thank you!

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan

UU St. Pete InfoNet: January 3, 2020

This Sunday's Worship Services

Sunday, January 5, 2020: "PREPARING FOR EPIPHANY: What Do You Expect?"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan
Worship Associate: Paul Craig

Our congregation was founded on the Day of Epiphany, January 5, 1915, with a dream for a church that was "less rigid in its doctrines than those prevalent here in St. Petersburg."   And it came to be - as have many unexpected things in the last 100 years.

On this Epiphany Sunday, January 5, 2020, with what dreams do we as individuals and as a congregation begin the new year and new decade?  If epiphany is the name for unexpected revelations, what unexpected things are you expecting?  Are you ready?

 

 

RE Corner

Religious Education:  January 5, 2020

 

This month’s theme for Religious Education is Integrity

 

Each week, the students have been submerged in the theme of each month. January’s theme is Integrity. We’re diving in this month by looking at the many ways our UU faith invites us to become “a people of integrity”. To get help with that, our sessions are each built around the various ways we come to feel integrity by being true to ourselves. What an adventure this new year will bring for us all. This weeks session is based on Walking the talk (Emancipation Proclamation). 

 

For more information about the themed curriculum, review the monthly e-newsletter or contact uurefc@gmail.com.

 

Nursery care is provided in Conway Hall from 10:00 am - 12pm for infants through preschool by Laura and volunteer assistant. 

 

Family Seating for service: On the front, right side of the sanctuary, the first two rows are labeled and reserved for families with children. After “Time For All Ages/StoryTime” (roughly 10:40 am) the children are then guided upstairs by Ms. Jeanay, Ms. Trish and Mr. Joe to RE. Parents are more than welcomed to join their youth in class. 

 

Children and youth are returned to their parents in coffee hour at 11:45 a.m.

 

Want to stay-in-the-know about what's going on in RE? Subscribe to the RE Newsletter. Text UUSPRE to 22828 and follow us on Instagram @UUSPRE! 

 

Thank you for your support.

 

 

Help Those Stranded at the Border

Under the “Remain in Mexico” policy, migrants who request asylum are sent back to wait in Mexico while their asylum cases move slowly forward in the U.S. immigration court system. So far, at least 54,000 asylum seekers have been returned to wait in Mexico.

 

The conditions are deplorable with migrants oftentimes living in makeshift camps for months. They sleep outside in the cold and live without access to basic hygiene resources like a bathroom. The camps in Mexico’s northern border cities rank among the most dangerous in the country. 

 

The Pinellas Coalition for Immigrant Justice, which the UU St Pete Social Justice Committee is a member of, has decided to support a national witnessing program at the Brownsville, TX/Matamoros, Mexico border. Some are traveling to the border with their passports to witness the conditions on both sides of the border. The goal is to shine a spotlight on the inhumane conditions and thus force the cancellation of the “Remain in Mexico” policy. 

 

We can also provide temporary relief by purchasing necessities for those camping in Mexico awaiting their court date. Here is what they now need: sweatshirts with hoods, underwear, gloves and socks. All sizes — adult and children.

 

Because these supplies will be carried across the Border, there are some Customs requirements. No used clothing. Leave the price tags on the items and put them with the  sales slip in a bag and tie it shut. Place your donation under the Christmas Tree in Gilmour by January 5.  If you cannot deliver your gifts during a service – email Karen Coale to arrange for another delivery time. 

 

Thanks so very much!

 

Contact: Karen Coale

 

 

Announcements From Pastor Jack

TUESDAY MEDITATION AND/OR BROWN BAG LUNCH STARTS BACK UP THIS TUESDAY, January 7:  Meditation 12-12:30pm; Lunch 12:30-1:15pm.

 

WEDNESDAY 8:00am MEDITATION STARTS BACK UP THIS WEDNESDAY, January 8, 8:00-8:30am

 

THURSDAY NOON CITIZENS CAFÉ STARTS BACK UP THIS THURSDAY, January 9 at 12 noon – conversation about the public issues of our times.  Please let Pastor Jack know if you’re planning to come, because our schedule is sometimes erratic! 

 

WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES STARTS BACK UP WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 10am and 7pm (your choice).  Final decision on next study book: scholar Stephen Prothero’s God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World.   Contact Pastor Jack if you haven’t received the quotes for discussion.

 

NEXT BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISM AND UU ST. PETE after the service, January 19, 12noon, with Pastor Jack in the UUSP library.

 

UUSP COVENANT GROUPS – trusted circles for sharing about life.  Contact: Patti Hanks (pthanks1@gmail.com).

 

NAMETAGS FOR FREQUENT VISITORS:  If you come often and would like a permanent name tag, please email Dave Coale at dcoale628@icloud.com.  

 

UUs HELPING UUs:   Need help or know a UUSPer who might?  Please notify Sue Price,  UUSP Care Committee chair: pricesue63@gmail.com

 

UUSP SERMONS (printed or audio) are available on UUSP's website:   Go to www.uustpete.org, 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

 

Flea Market Bins

Several people donated goods to our November Flea Market in large plastic bins and asked for them to be returned. We still have several bins remaining.  If you have not picked up your bins, please check the porch, just outside the French doors in Gilmour Hall.

Thank you!

Geneva 

Contact: Geneva Nelson

 

 

Mingles

Mingles is the new name for our series of fun events hosted by UUSP members and friends to raise funds for our budget while having a great time together.  You'll see that we already have a wonderful variety of events - and more are coming!   The hosts pick up the tab so you can support the church while having a great time.  Come join the fun! Tickets are on sale each Sunday after church.  Or you can contact Geneva Nelson.

Check out the flyer, by clicking the link you can save a copy of all of our events or print it out.

Mingles Flyer Updated 1/1/2020

Contact: Geneva Nelson

 

 

New Year, New Friends!

Greetings!  As UUSP begins a new year, we're inviting all members of the congregation to gather to welcome the new year and to make new friends. Over the next several weeks, you will receive an invitation from a member of the congregation to join a small group of fellow members on a Sunday in January. Stay tuned!

 

Like coffee hour, we will gather informally, socially, but we also want to mix it up a little, and initiate a discussion as a starting point to explore the concept of "Radical Hospitality," especially with people you may not already know.

 

Please make every effort to attend the gathering to which you’ve been invited and RSVP promptly to your host. Thank you to the nine hosts who are inviting us into their homes to share conversation and hospitality with our congregation of 175 members!

 

Radical Hospitality?  What does that mean?

Radical Hospitality is not a new idea. It's been around for several years, embraced by many liberal churches and denominations like ours, to attempt to break away from our homogeneous boundaries. In our time of deeply partisan division, growing inequity, racial and social injustice, intolerance, and a decreased capacity for compassion, perhaps we, as Unitarian Universalists, might begin the new year with a sense of hope, strengthened by a commitment to find ways to open our minds and hearts even further, to think deeply about our lives, our church, and the diversity of our beloved community. Especially in 2020. 

 

“So what does this mean for us as a church? We are committed to being a welcoming community. We say we believe in the “inherent worth and dignity of all.” And yet we are human beings, and we have the same challenges that all human beings have. We feel more comfortable when we’re with people we know. We come to church, we gravitate to people we know. We feel less comfortable when we are with people who have different ideas and interests, different cultural assumptions. Tribalism is strong, and we need look no further than our church.”—Rev. Dr. Marilyn Sewell, minister emerita of the First Unitarian Church in Portland, Oregon.

To learn more about radical hospitality and inform our discussions with each other, we invite you to read Rev. Sewell’s writing on Radical Hospitality (on the UUA website) and explore your own definition of Radical Hospitality.  

 

We will explore the concept of radical hospitality together, asking questions and considering possible answers. We don't expect to provide you with any answers. We can't even begin to provide you with the questions.  But we trust that you will know how to engage in the discussion. We will engage with each other, speaking our truths and most of all, listening.

 

Get-togethers are being held each Sunday in January. Look for your invitation! Join us for nourishing the soul and spirit and making new friends.

Contacts: Michael Killoren, Carol Ulmer

 

 

 

We'd Like to Get to Know You!

Membership Directory at UUSP.org

 

Find contact information for UUSP members in the Directory at UUSP.org.

 

UUSP Members: Update your personal directory information on UUSP.org.

 

Click on Directory, type in your name, click on Edit Profile. Add a photo and tell your UUSP friends more about you!

 

If you do not know your user name or password, ask to be verified by clicking Sign In.

 

 

 

TREES OF LIFE: A Sunday Studio of the Expressive Arts

Sunday, January 12, 2020 - 11:30am

TREES OF LIFE” – UUSP’S SUNDAY STUDIO will offer the second workship in the series of seasonal expressive arts workshops for discovery and delight - first studio on Sunday January 12 after the church service in Conway Hall.  Using tree imagery as metaphor in each season’s workshop, we will explore the seasonal rhythms and patterns of the natural world and our own inner worlds. As we consider going "Into the Woods...in Winter" through story, movement and visual imagery, what winter wisdom might we bring to light?

Join Alisun Donovan, Cynthia Alicea, and Jill Oldenski for an afternoon of discovery and delight. Sign up after church on Sunday, January 5. Workshop begins at noon and ends at 3pm. You may want to eat lunch beforehand or bring a brownbag lunch. Limit 8. Donations accepted for materials.  Conact Alisun with questions at alisundonovan93@gmail.com

Contact: Alisun Donovan

 

 

 

Finding A Woman’s Place

Finding A Woman’s Place

The Story of a 1970’s Feminist Collective in the Adirondacks

Presentation by Lorraine Duval, Ph.D.

Saturday, February 1, 4:00-5:30pm at UUSP, Middle Conway

Lorraine Duvall’s recent book tells the history of a women’s commune in the Adirondack Mountains of NY. In 1974, seven women with their eight children left jobs, family, and friends to live together communally on a 23 acre rustic resort. 

Hundreds of women passed through the doors of A Woman’s Place between 1974 and 1982.  The popularity spoke to the need for women to congregate and take comfort in knowing that they were not alone in the then male-dominated world.  Author Lorraine Duvall tells their story through a power- point slide presentation followed by a discussion period. Hearing about the lives of the women who were brave enough to begin anew at A Woman’s Place will hopefully inspire women, and men, to take action in their own personal lives.

For further Information and to let us know you’ll be coming, contact Karen White at kawpsy@verizon.net or text 518-524-1100.

Contact: Karen White

 

 

 

Writing the Mind Alive - A Proprioceptive Writing Sampler

Writing the Mind Alive - A Proprioceptive Writing Sampler

Workshop with Ann Mullen, Member of the Faculty of the Proprioceptive Writing Center

Saturday, February 8, 9:00am - 1:00pm

UUSP Library

Reconnect with yourself through Proprioceptive Writing (PW), a method for exploring your thoughts through writing. Easy enough for anyone to learn, PW is practiced under conditions designed to promote relaxation and reflection. Through a process called “Inner Hearing” PW teaches you to listen to your thoughts with empathy and curiosity and reflect on them in writing.

When practiced regularly, PW can bring a new sense of well-being and confidence that is vital to mental health and creativity and can help you communicate with others with greater clarity and purpose. No creative writing experience or ambitions necessary. PW is a thinking practice that uses writing as a vehicle for expression.

Sliding Fee: 0 to $50.00 to benefit UUSP

To register, contact Karen White at kawpsy@verizon.net or text 518-524-1100.

For more information about PW, visit www.pwrting.org

For more information about Ann, visit www.annmunroemullen.com

 

 

Contact: Karen White

 

 

 

DEATH CAFE: An Opportunity to Talk About Death, Eat Cake, and Drink Tea

Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 9:30am

Death Cafe: an opportunity to talk about death, eat cake and drink tea.  Our common human experiences are birth and death, with death being the more mysterious. Aging adds to the discomfort of important conversations.  A Death Cafe's mission is to help make talking about death less scary. This is not a grief support group meeting.  Come and share your thoughts/experiences about death in a safe and supporting environment. February 22nd, 9:30am-11:30am at UU St Pete (Conway).

Facilitated by UU ministers Rev. Nan L. White (of our UUSP congregation) and Rev. Patricia Owen (former pastor of the UU Church of Tampa).

 

 

 

Legacy Builders' Corner

How important is a will? Does it bless your family and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Saint Petersburg?

 

 

 

 

UUSP Members' Notices

UU SNOWBIRDS: A UUSP MEMBER is renting a comfy room with bath and general access in her lovely St. Pete home, pretty private yard, jacuzzi. 15 minute drive to UUSP, a walk to park and bay.   Well-behaved resident greyhound.  $250 weekly; discounts for 30+ days; thru April 20, 2020.  Prefer female renter.  Info/pictures: JoAnn: 727.398.4403; JoAnn@JoAnnMil.com.

UU St. Pete InfoNet: For our Families

Nursery Availability December 29

We just want to give our families with small children an update that we will not have a volunteer available for our Nursery during services for December 29.

Any inquiries, contact UUREFC@gmail.com.

 

 

UU St. Pete InfoNet: December 27, 2019

This Sunday's Worship Services

Sunday, December 29, 2019: "Music, Poetry and Meditation"
Time: 10:30am

Speaker: Jon Arterton

This Sunday’s service will have a different format than our usual services. It will feature the singing of chants, a guided meditation, the mesmerizing sound of Travis Lacey’s Chinese gong, and the reading of some wonderful poems by Mary Oliver, Rumi and others – all this to mark the end of the year and to honor the new one.

 

 

RE Corner

Religious Education:  December 29, 2019

 

This month’s theme for RE is Awe

 

Each week, the students have been submerged in the theme of each month.  This last week's lesson entails Looking Into Each Other’s Eyes. The last Sunday of the decade. What a decade this has been for us all. Stay safe for New Years!

 

January’s Theme Integrity is up next. For more information about the themed curriculum, review the monthly e-newsletter or contact uurefc@gmail.com.

 

Nursery care is provided in Conway Hall from 10:00 am - 12pm for infants through preschool by Laura and volunteer assistant. 

 

Family Seating for service: On the front, right side of the sanctuary, the first two rows are labeled and reserved for families with children. After “Time For All Ages/StoryTime” (roughly 10:40 am) the children are then guided upstairs by Ms. Jeanay, Ms. Trish and Mr. Joe to RE. Children and youth are returned to their parents in coffee hour at 11:45 a.m.

 

Want to stay-in-the-know about what's going on in RE? Subscribe to the RE Newsletter. Text UUSPRE to 22828 and follow us on Instagram @UUSPRE! 

 

Thank you for your support.

 

 

Mingles

Mingles is the new name for our series of fun events hosted by UUSP members and friends to raise funds for our budget while having a great time together.  You'll see that we already have a wonderful variety of events - and more are coming!   The hosts pick up the tab so you can support the church while having a great time.  Come join the fun! Tickets are on sale each Sunday after church.  Or you can contact Geneva Nelson.

Check out the flyer, by clicking the link you can save a copy of all of our events or print it out.

Mingles Flyer 12/19/2019

Contact: Geneva Nelson

 

 

Use Your RMD to Contribute to UUSP

Save taxes by making contributions to UUSP directly from your IRA!

If you are 70-1/2 years or older and are required to take minimum distributions (RMD) from your IRA, you can take advantage of a tax benefit by contributing funds directly to UUSP or other charitable organizations. By contributing directly from your IRA, you lower your taxable income by that amount.

Qualified charitable contributions must be made by December 31 each year in order to exclude that amount from taxable income for that year.

Don’t wait. Act now. Ask your accountant or tax preparer for the best way to make your contribution to UUSP. You can direct contributions to any of the UUSP funds as you wish:

  • Annual Giving—satisfy all or a portion of your pledge
  • Renovation Projects—help fund the board-approved projects to create a more welcoming and functioning space for our members and visitors
  • Legacy Giving—contribute to UUSP’s endowment for the long-term financial health of UUSP

For more information, visit https://www.irs.gov/retirement-plans/retirement-plans-faqs-regarding-required-minimum-distributions.

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Contact: Carol Ulmer

 

 

New Year, New Friends!

Greetings!  As UUSP begins a new year, we're inviting all members of the congregation to gather to welcome the new year and to make new friends. Over the next several weeks, you will receive an invitation from a member of the congregation to join a small group of fellow members on a Sunday in January. Stay tuned!

 

Like coffee hour, we will gather informally, socially, but we also want to mix it up a little, and initiate a discussion as a starting point to explore the concept of "Radical Hospitality," especially with people you may not already know.

 

Please make every effort to attend the gathering to which you’ve been invited and RSVP promptly to your host. Thank you to the nine hosts who are inviting us into their homes to share conversation and hospitality with our congregation of 175 members!

 

Radical Hospitality?  What does that mean?

Radical Hospitality is not a new idea. It's been around for several years, embraced by many liberal churches and denominations like ours, to attempt to break away from our homogeneous boundaries. In our time of deeply partisan division, growing inequity, racial and social injustice, intolerance, and a decreased capacity for compassion, perhaps we, as Unitarian Universalists, might begin the new year with a sense of hope, strengthened by a commitment to find ways to open our minds and hearts even further, to think deeply about our lives, our church, and the diversity of our beloved community. Especially in 2020. 

 

“So what does this mean for us as a church? We are committed to being a welcoming community. We say we believe in the “inherent worth and dignity of all.” And yet we are human beings, and we have the same challenges that all human beings have. We feel more comfortable when we’re with people we know. We come to church, we gravitate to people we know. We feel less comfortable when we are with people who have different ideas and interests, different cultural assumptions. Tribalism is strong, and we need look no further than our church.”—Rev. Dr. Marilyn Sewell, minister emerita of the First Unitarian Church in Portland, Oregon.

To learn more about radical hospitality and inform our discussions with each other, we invite you to read Rev. Sewell’s writing on Radical Hospitality (on the UUA website) and explore your own definition of Radical Hospitality.  

 

We will explore the concept of radical hospitality together, asking questions and considering possible answers. We don't expect to provide you with any answers. We can't even begin to provide you with the questions.  But we trust that you will know how to engage in the discussion. We will engage with each other, speaking our truths and most of all, listening.

 

Join us for nourishing the soul and spirit and making new friends.

Contacts: Michael Killoren, Carol Ulmer

 

 

 

Witness at the Border — Provide Supplies for Those Waiting in Mexico

Under the “Remain in Mexico” policy, migrants who request asylum are sent back to wait in Mexico while their asylum cases move slowly forward in the U.S. immigration court system. So far, at least 54,000 asylum seekers have been returned to wait in Mexico.

The conditions are deplorable with migrants oftentimes living in makeshift camps for months. They sleep outside in the cold and live without access to basic hygiene resources like a bathroom. The camps in Mexico’s northern border cities rank among the most dangerous in the country. Cartel groups and other illicit organizations target migrants with extortion and/or kidnappings, among other crimes.

The Pinellas Coalition for Immigrant Justice, which the UU St Pete Social Justice Committee is a member of, has decided to support a national witnessing program at the Brownsville, TX/Matamoros, Mexico border. Some are traveling to the border with their passports to witness the conditions on both sides of the border. The goal is to shine a spotlight on the inhumane conditions and thus force the cancellation of the “Remain in Mexico” policy. 

We can also provide temporary relief by purchasing necessities for those camping in Mexico awaiting their court date. Here is what they now need: sweatshirts with hoods, underwear, gloves and socks. All sizes — adult and children

Because these supplies will be carried across the Border, there are some Customs requirements. No used clothing. Leave the price tags on the items and put them with the  sales slip in a bag and tie it shut. Place your donation under the Christmas Tree in Gilmour by January 5.  If you cannot deliver your gifts during a service – email Karen Coale to arrange for another delivery time. 

Thanks so very much!

 

Contact: Karen Coale

 

 

 

Announcements From Pastor Jack

NO UUSP TUESDAY NOON MEDITATION OR BROWN BAG LUNCH GATHERING this Tuesday, December 31.   We’ll start back up on January 7, with meditation 12-12:30 and lunch 12:30-1:15.

 

NO UUSP WEDNESDAY 8:00 A.M. MEDITATION this Wednesday, January 1.  We’ll start back up on Wednesday January 8, 8:00-8:30 a.m.

 

NO UUSP WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES until after the holidays.  Most likely to be starting the new year with Daring Democracy…for the America We Want, by Frances Moore Lappe.  Sometimes the political is about the spiritual, and it’s always about ethics.  We’ll begin on Wednesday, January 15, 10am and 7pm, your choice.  

 

NO UUSP THURSDAY NOON CITIZENS CAFÉ this Thursday, January 2.  We’ll start back up on January 9, 12 noon with our discussions of the public issues of our times. Join us then (but let Pastor Jack know you’re planning to come, because our schedule is sometimes erratic)! 

 

UU SNOWBIRDS TAKE NOTE: A UUSP MEMBER is renting a comfy room with bath and general access in her lovely St. Pete home, pretty private yard, jacuzzi. 15 minute drive to UUSP, a walk to park and bay.   Well-behaved resident greyhound.  $250 weekly; discounts for 30+ days; thru April 20.  Prefer female renter.  Info/pictures: JoAnn: 727.398.4403; JoAnn@JoAnnMil.com.

 

UUSP COVENANT GROUPS – trusted circles for sharing about life.  Contact: Patti Hanks (pthanks1@gmail.com).

 

NAMETAGS FOR FREQUENT VISITORS:  If you come often and would like a permanent name tag, please email Dave Coale at dcoale628@icloud.com.  

 

UUs HELPING UUs:   Need help or know a UUSPer who might?  Please notify Sue Price,  UUSP Care Committee chair: pricesue63@gmail.com

 

UUSP SERMONS (printed or audio) are available on UUSP's website:   Go to www.uustpete.org, 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

 

 

Introduction to Unitarian Universalism and UU St. Pete

Considering joining the UU St. Pete congregation - but still have a few questions?

Join me in the church library, off the social hall, to get a bit acquainted and for a bit of an introduction to our UU tradition and what our congregation offers for community and for spiritual growth.

These one-session introductions will be offered henceforth on Sundays at the end of each month.  Hope you can join us.

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan

 

 

Let's Go a Little Green Now!

We all know the kitchen renovation is going to take quite a while, and until it's finished, we will be using paper plates and cups and plastic utensils for serving food and drink in the church.

To reduce the amount of these going into the landfill, why don't all of us who are members or frequent visitors make it a habit to bring our own travel cup to church? If you put something in your coffee, you don't even have to use a stirrer or spoon to stir it - just put the lid back on the travel cup and shake it a little.

If you want to go a little farther, you could also bring your own reusable plates and utensils - and take them home with you!

Something to think about....

Contact: Geneva Nelson

 

 

Renew - Restore - Rejuvenate

We Did It!! Landscape Renovation Begins Mid-January!!!

Contributions to date by fund are as follows:

Renovation General                             $11,792
Landscaping                                        $14,475
Narthex, Tower, Lounge                        $2,725
Total                                                  $28,992

 

Thank you to all who are helping our dream come true!!

Special thanks to those who have contributed:

Barbara and Tom Archibald

Lise Beane

Sheryl and Stephen Benton

Tammy Boudreau

Susan and Paul Burnore

Denis Calandra

Sarah and Paul Craig

Carmina Day

Jane and Kent Fanning

Jim Fitzgerald II

Pat Fling

Tracy Horn

Jeri Huempfner-Gatz and Sabine von Aulock

Steve Lesak

Cheryl and Mark MacNeill

Rachelle and Richard Miller

Janet Mills

Michael Killoren and Randy Nolan

Amy and Lance Long

Cynthia Patterson

Harry and Amy Sauers

Carol Ulmer

Sara Wallace

Karen White and David Meeker, in memory of Joan Marie White

Sharon Winters

 

Make your payment by check or by credit card through the GivePlus app. For more information, visit UUSP.org and select Giving>Donate Now.

 

Contacts: Michael Killoren, Cynthia Patterson, Carol Ulmer, 3R Giving Team

Sharon Winters  swinters@tampabay.rr.com

Michael Killoren  mkillorendc@gmail.com

 

 

 

TREES OF LIFE: A Sunday Studio of the Expressive Arts

Sunday, January 12, 2020 - 11:30am

TREES OF LIFE” – UUSP’S SUNDAY STUDIO will offer the second workship in the series of seasonal expressive arts workshops for discovery and delight - first studio on Sunday January 12 after the church service in Conway Hall.  Using tree imagery as metaphor in each season’s workshop, we will explore the seasonal rhythms and patterns of the natural world and our own inner worlds. As we consider going "Into the Woods...in Winter" through story, movement and visual imagery, what winter wisdom might we bring to light?

Join Alisun Donovan, Cynthia Alicea, and Jill Oldenski for an afternoon of discovery and delight. Sign up after church on Sunday, December 29 & January 5. Workshop begins at noon and ends at 3pm. (You may want to eat lunch beforehand) Limit 8. Donations accepted for materials. Questions? Email alisundonovan93@gmail.com

Contact: Alisun Donovan

 

 

 

Finding A Woman’s Place

Finding A Woman’s Place

The Story of a 1970’s Feminist Collective in the Adirondacks

Presentation by Lorraine Duval, Ph.D.

Saturday, February 1, 4:00-5:30pm at UUSP, Middle Conway

Lorraine Duvall’s recent book tells the history of a women’s commune in the Adirondack Mountains of NY. In 1974, seven women with their eight children left jobs, family, and friends to live together communally on a 23 acre rustic resort. 

Hundreds of women passed through the doors of A Woman’s Place between 1974 and 1982.  The popularity spoke to the need for women to congregate and take comfort in knowing that they were not alone in the then male-dominated world.  Author Lorraine Duvall tells their story through a power- point slide presentation followed by a discussion period. Hearing about the lives of the women who were brave enough to begin anew at A Woman’s Place will hopefully inspire women, and men, to take action in their own personal lives.

For further Information and to let us know you’ll be coming, contact Karen White at kawpsy@verizon.net or text 518-524-1100.

Contact: Karen White

 

 

Writing the Mind Alive - A Proprioceptive Writing Sampler

Writing the Mind Alive - A Proprioceptive Writing Sampler

Workshop with Ann Mullen, Member of the Faculty of the Proprioceptive Writing Center

Saturday, February 8, 9:00am - 1:00pm

UUSP Library

Reconnect with yourself through Proprioceptive Writing (PW), a method for exploring your thoughts through writing. Easy enough for anyone to learn, PW is practiced under conditions designed to promote relaxation and reflection. Through a process called “Inner Hearing” PW teaches you to listen to your thoughts with empathy and curiosity and reflect on them in writing.

When practiced regularly, PW can bring a new sense of well-being and confidence that is vital to mental health and creativity and can help you communicate with others with greater clarity and purpose. No creative writing experience or ambitions necessary. PW is a thinking practice that uses writing as a vehicle for expression.

Sliding Fee: 0 to $50.00 to benefit UUSP

To register, contact Karen White at kawpsy@verizon.net or text 518-524-1100.

For more information about PW, visit www.pwrting.org

For more information about Ann, visit www.annmunroemullen.com

 

 

Contact: Karen White

 

 

 

Congregational Vote on March 1 -- Must be a Member by January 1, 2020

Our congregation will be having a very important vote in the sanctuary on Sunday, March 1, immediately following the service.  We will be voting to change the status of our Reverend Jack Donovan from a contract minister to a settled minister.  If you are a signed member of this church and have made a pledge as of January 1, 2020, then you will be eligible to vote.  

We must have a quorum of at least 50% of the membership at the meeting on March 1.  If you have any questions or comments that you would like to make, anything at all, please talk to someone on the Settlement Task Force, which includes Karen Coale, Greg Davidson, Steve Benton and Margie Davis.  We will keep these conversations private.

If you have been thinking of becoming a member of our church, you must do so by January 1, 2020, in order to vote on March 1.  See Pat Fling at the visitors' table in the gathering room Gilmore after the service to sign the membership book and to make a pledge.

 

 

Contact: Karen Coale

 

 

Year-End Contributions & Financial Statements for 2019

There's still time to make a year-end contribution to UU St Pete. I’ll be processing checks as late as Sunday afternoon, December 29, for a Monday, December 30, bank deposit. You can drop a check in the offering plate or try out a credit card on the new GivePlus+ UUSP Online Giving App.

 

Also, I emailed the computer-generated 2019 contributions reports on Thursday. Let me know if you spot an error. If you didn’t get one or if you don’t have email, let me know and I can print it for you. 

 

Rebecca Wilson
UUSP Financial Secretary
uustpete.fs@gmail.com

 

Contact: Rebecca Wilson

 

 

Volunteers Needed for Renew - Restore - Rejuvenate Projects

FL Master Gardeners Needed

The UUSP landscaping team needs additional FL Master Gardeners to help design and execute FL Friendly landscape educational features, manage a lawn maintenance contractor and coordinate quarterly volunteer clean-up days.  This work will fulfill MG volunteer requirements.  Contact Sharon at swinters@tampabay.rr.com if you’re willing and able, thanks.

 

Project Manager Needed

We need someone to take the lead on implementing the narthex/tower entrance/lounge project.  Much of the design work is complete but the task will require some additional design work; coordinating with contractors, the Buildings & Grounds team and volunteers; furniture and art acquisition; budget management and seeing the project through to completion.  Contact Sharon at email address above for details.

Contact: Sharon Winters

 

 

 

Email Scam/Phishing Attempt and Prevention

Dear UU St Pete Infonet recipients:  Someone using the fake email address "minister@uusp.com, jfdonovan.uustpete@gmail.com and/or minister.uustpete@gmail.com" is emailing requests for assistance pretending to be from Rev. Jack.

This is a scam, so please ignore it and delete it immediately.  Do not Click into on onto the links.

To help differentiate, our correspondance emails and those from Rev. Jack come from uustpete.org or  minister@uustpete.org.

As observed by UUSP webmaster Michael Pohl, "This is a fairly common phishing attempt. Unfortunately we cannot stop these from occurring as they originate from our servers. The best recourse is education -- no one should ever click on anything in an email that requests money or login credentials without first verifying its origin with the alleged sender. Even clicking on a link in such emails can trigger a virus or some other ill effect."

 

 

UU St. Pete InfoNet: 'Tis the Season for Email Scams!!

Email Scam/Phishing Attempt and Prevention

Dear UU St Pete Infonet recipients:  Someone using the fake email address "minister@uusp.com, jfdonovan.uustpete@gmail.com and/or minister.uustpete@gmail.com" is emailing requests for assistance pretending to be from Rev. Jack.

This is a scam, so please ignore it and delete it immediately.  Do not Click into on onto the links.

To help differentiate, our correspondance emails and those from Rev. Jack come from uustpete.org or  minister@uustpete.org.

As observed by UUSP webmaster Michael Pohl, "This is a fairly common phishing attempt. Unfortunately we cannot stop these from occurring as they originate from our servers. The best recourse is education -- no one should ever click on anything in an email that requests money or login credentials without first verifying its origin with the alleged sender. Even clicking on a link in such emails can trigger a virus or some other ill effect."

 

 

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