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UU St. Pete InfoNet: October 12, 2018

This Sunday's Worship Services

Sunday, October 14, 2018: "WESTERN CIVILIZATION: Wouldn't That Be a Good Thing?"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

Worship Associate:  Susan Burnore

The times they are a'changin'.  Just look at the clock - no, the digital one ticking off milliseconds faster than sand through an egg-timing hour glass.  What is calling the shots?  Whose side is it on?  Is there a cost for not knowing?

 

 

 

RE Corner

Religious Education: October 14

Nursery care is provided in Conway Hall from 10:15am - noon for infants through preschool by Laura and Dani.

Families will begin in the worship service together at 10:30am and school age children and youth will go to their groups after Time for All Ages. Our theme for this month is Sanctuary and today we will focus on stories and activities about sanctuary within, including special meditation activities with Ciara Bagley. (see workshop announcement too)

Rev. Karen Day, RE Family Minister, is available to talk with you after the service or Thursday pa-5. Contact Karen at re@uustpete.org.

 

Contact: Karen Day

 

 

Special Workshop: Meditation with Children

For our Adults that are interested in Meditation with Children:  Ciara Bagley, Melrose teacher and certified mindfulness meditation leader, will share suggestions for effective ways to meditate with children of all ages this Sunday, October 14, 11:45am - 1:00pm, upstairs in Conway Hall.

Contact Karen Day if you are interested and if you need childcare.

Contact: Karen Day

 

 

 

UU’s Helping People (UUHP) Volunteer Opportunities

October 28: Pancake Breakfast – Seeking flippers, servers, bus crew. Help needed 9:30-10:30am; 11:30am-12:30pm.

 

November 2: Showered and Empowered, a mobile shower, is coming to the Friday Night Picnic. We need 12 volunteers to assist efficient flow of guests, power wash the showers in between use and hand out supplies. 

 

November 18: Stone Soup (supports homeless ministry) – seeking bowl contributions, soup ingredients, bus crew. Day of help needed 9:30-10:30am; 11:30am-12:30pm. 

 

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities:

Saturday Morning Breakfast, Trinity Lutheran Church, St. Petersburg, 401 5th St, 3rd Floor, 8:00-10:00am. 

 

Friday Night Picnic: Seeking food donations, servers, bus crew, and guest outreach. UUSP, 5:30-7:00pm.

 

If you have any questions about any of the events or volunteer opportunities, please contact Sabine von Aulock at 973-768-3256, beandex@aol.com, as she will be more than happy to help you.

Contact: Sabine von Aulock

 

 

 

Announcements From Pastor Jack

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR MARCILE POWERS’ MOTHER NANCY next Saturday, October 20, 2:00pm at UUSP.

 

CONSIDERING UU ST. PETE MEMBERSHIP or curious about our tradition?  Attend the two-session Inquirers Class after Sunday services October 21 and October 28 to get all your questions answered (and meet folks).  Sign up at the Welcome Table or with Patti at pthanks1@gmail.com

 

UUSP CHOIR SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:  Already a choir participant or interested in joining UUSP’s voice and/or bell choir?  The voice choir rehearses with UUSP’s music director Jon Arterton Sundays at 9:15am before the service; bell choir Tuesdays in Conway Hall at 6:45pm.   Jon’s choir philosophy is that “the world would be a much saner place if everyone sang.”  So all our voices have a place in the choir!

 

OCTOBER 14 FOR CHILDREN AND PARENTS, 1:30pm at Florida CraftArts:  UU St. Pete member Katie Deits would like to inform UUSP parents and children of a new program series at Florida CraftArts, 501 Central Avenue (where Katie is executive director) -  Creative Discovery Workshops for Children and Families.  Today’s workshop: Creating Ceramic Clay Pendants (to wear or give) – project to be completed at November 11 paper beading workshop.  Reservations at FCA (727) 821-7381 – cost $5 per member, $10 per non-member. Scholarships available.  Children must be accompanied by an adult who may also take the class if space is available.

 

CORRECTION:  The awesome concert to which Pastor Jack referred in the October 2 sermon was performed by The Florida Orchestra.  (Thank you to the careful listener who spotted the incorrect identification.)

 

MONDAY EVENING MEDITATION (an experiment through October at least), 5:30-6:15pm.   Facilitator: long time meditator and yoga instructor, UUSP member Mimi Anzel.

 

TUESDAY MEDITATION 11:45am-12:15pm – or come a little earlier for instruction – in our social hall.   Pastor Jack

 

TUESDAY BROWN BAG LUNCH 12:15-1:00 pm – in UUSP’s Gilmour social hall.

 

WEDNESDAY MORNING MEDITATION (another experiment through October at least) 7:30am-8:00am in Gilmour Hall, coffee and tea following.  Contact: Pastor Jack

 

WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES DISCUSSION: This Wednesday, the third of three Unitarian sermons that changed religion and culture in America:  “Permanent and Transient in Christianity” by Theodore Parker (1841).  Please let Pastor Jack know if you would like to receive the full text of the sermon.  As usual, quotes excerpted from the text will be emailed and available at the discussions.  Pastor Jack

 

THURSDAY CITIZENS CAFÉ 11:30am – 1:00pm (the third of our experiments at least through October) to chat about the news of the day – and perhaps write a politician or two (wi-fi, pens, paper, envelopes provided along with officials’ addresses).  Coffee/Tea provided; BYO Lunch if desired.  Questions to Pastor Jack -  jfdonovan@bellsouth.net

 

STARTING THIS SUNDAY  EVENING, October 14, 6:30pm - UUSP Play Reading/Discussion Group.   Facilitators: Jean and Denis Calandra (calandra@usf.edu) First 2 meetings: October 14 and October 28 in UUSP’s social hall 6:30 – 8:30 PM. The first play is Helen Edmundson’s THE HERESY OF LOVE, based on the life of 17th Century nun Juana Inez de la Cruz living in colonial Mexico, striving to reconcile love of God, the free life of the mind, and the Spanish Inquisition. Shared scripts provided at reading.  If buying, get (2015) 2nd edition: ISBN 781848424937.

 

UUs HELPING UUs:   Need help or know a UUSPer who might?  Please notify Sue Price, UUSP Care Committee chair: sueprice63@gmail.com; 727-290-9910.

 

LEIF NISSEN MEMORIAL SOCIAL JUSTICE LECTURE SERIES presents “Story Telling for Social Justice” - featuring award-winning novelist and journalist Ana Menendez - Friday, November 16.   Supported by the Temple Beth-El Social Justice Action Committee and co-sponsored by UU St Pete.  You are welcome at the 7:30pm Shabbat service, the 8:15pm lecture and Q/A with Ms. Menendez and dessert to follow.

 

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

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

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan

 

 

 

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

Sunday, October 14, 2018 - 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

 

 

Parents' Covenant Group

Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 11:00am

Old, New, and Expecting Parents: Looking to connect with other parents in a small-group setting? Twice a month, the Parents' Covenant Group hits pause on our hectic family schedules and goes deep on parent-y and non-parent-y topics. Our next meeting is Saturday, October 20, from 11am - 1pm upstairs at church. Child care provided by request. Contact Michael Pohl or Morgan Gresham for more info.

Contacts: Michael Pohl, Morgan Gresham

 

 

Want to join other UUs to Support Amendment Four?

Our Unitarian Universalist Association is partnering with Second Chances Coalition to advocate passage for Amendment 4 that will restore voting rights to felons who have served their time. If you want to help here are some opportunities:

October 20, 9:30-3pm:  Sarasota Canvassing with UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray

Bring a carload to meet UU neighbors and knock on doors as our denominational leaders support Florida voting rights.

 

October 21, 12:30-3:30pm: Phone Banking

We can join Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray in Clearwater to make calls for Amendment 4 or do phone banking right here.

https://www.uua.org/justice/blog/2018-electoral-justice-yes-amendment-4-florida 

 

 

Contacts: Karen Day, Karen Coale

 

 

 

VOTER Table — Educational Materials 

Stop by the Voter Table during coffee hour. Handouts from forum on Education will be available as well as key Voter dates from the Supervisor of Elections and the League of Women Voters’ — Voter Guide. If you have questions or would like to provide some additional educational materials, please coordinate with Karen Coale. 

Contact: Karen Coale

 

 

 

Learn the Issues — Then VOTE

UU St. Pete and the League of Women Voters are co-sponsoring a series of educational forums to prepare you to vote knowledgeably in the upcoming November election.

The first, Local Control of Education and Restorative Practices for Students, was held on October 2. Presentations were given by the League's Education Co-Chair iris Yetter, and our own Pat Fling and Rev. Karen Day. Event moderator was Karen Coale. If you could not attend — pick up the very informative handouts on the VOTER Table in Gilmour Hall after service. 

Mark your calendar for the next two sessions:

October 16: Gun Safety: Join members of the LWVSPA gun safety action team, We the Students, Inc., Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense and community activists to learn about gun safety issues, effective legislative solutions and how your vote in November can make a difference. Speakers are:

  • Emily Handsel & Kayla Dixon We the Students Inc.
  • Jan Neuberger Moms Demand Action Against Gun Violence
  • Rev. Carlos Senior New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, St. Petersburg
  • Sharon Winters LWVSPA Gun Safety Action Team Lead

October 23: Amendments to the FL Constitution

In the UU St. Pete sanctuary; at 7:00pm — FREE and open to the public. Join us and bring your friends. Become informed before you vote, and remember that every election is determined by the people who show up. We are counting on YOU

 

Contacts: Karen Coale, Karen Day, Sharon Winters

 

 

 

Come One, Come All!

Let all those folks that would like to celebrate Thanksgiving with each other come to our annual UUSP Thanksgiving Dinner, Thursday, November 22 at 2pm in Gilmour Hall. It's a potluck affair, so brush off those traditional recipes, although you don't need to bring a dish to join in the festivities.

 

There are two sign up sheets on the piano in Gilmour Hall; one to help with the decorations the day before, and one to sign up for the dinner. Please note your name, email address, phone number, what you would like to tentatively bring and how many people will be attending with you.  We will verify the final list of food and the approximate number of people well in advance of the dinner.

 

As we mentioned you don't have to bring a dish to participate, but we do need to make sure we have enough food for all, so please sign the sheet if you want to attend.  If there are any questions please contact Kevin Wamboldt at 727 894-6628 or text only at 727 452-6818 or email at kwam4181@gmail.com.

 

I am looking forward to seeing you all come Thanksgiving!

Thank you!

Contact: Kevin Wamboldt

 

 

 

Animals + Halloween + UUs = Fun Inspiration!

Plan now to attend the worship service on October 28 and be ready to hear about how animals we live with, animals we use, and animals in the wild all enrich our lives.  

 

Well-behaved animals on leashes or in cages are welcome.  And costumes add to the fun for pets and people alike!

 

 

 

UUSP Movie Discussion Group - NEW!!

Movies, like poetry and music, are rich with themes important to all of us today, but they communicate with us in unique ways. UUSP would like to offer opportunities to explore relevant themes and issues through the art of movies.  The structure would be to select quality movies from different periods, genres, or directors which examine a particular idea or theme. Quotes and questions would be provided after the movies are viewed so that we can each personally think about what the movie says about the ideas and themes. Participants would the come together a week later for discussions (similar to the Wednesday book discussion sessions). Depending on the number of participants, movies could be shown at UUSP, or possibly at someone’s home. Popcorn will of course be provided!

 

In order to launch the Movie Discussion Group, I’d like to invite another movie buff to help organize and facilitate. I also need to know who is interested in participating. If you’d like to participate or help organize, please let Paul Burnore know at plburnore@gmail.com.

Contact: Paul Burnore

 

 

 

Parking Lot Update

Parking lot construction has been delayed many months due to an error by the City in entering basic property information. The City has now corrected this error. Final permits for WJA’s parking lot construction can now be processed. The latest estimate is that construction will begin within 1-3 months. So that the congregation will be kept up to date, further updates will be published as we receive more information.

 

Contact: Paul Burnore

 

 

 

Survey for the AA Committee

Our AA Committee is would like the congregation to take part in an online survey to gauge interest in some of the projects that they would like to go forward with.

Please take a moment to click on the link and go through the survey.
https://www. surveymonkey.com/r/T7T3ZD8

Thank you!

 

Contact: Rain Turner

 

 

Sunday Flowers

We would like to remind everyone that we need more folks to step up and agree to bring flowers on Sundays.  Just stop by the Sunday Flowers table during coffee hour after service (usually at the piano in Gilmour) and pick a date that works for you to maybe commemorate a birthday, anniversary, special event, in memory of, etc... 

Reach out to Jim Fitzgerald if you have questions or to sign up.  We love seeing the flowers each week. 

 

Thank you!

Contact: Jim Fitzgerald (jamfitz2nd@gmail.com)

UU St. Pete InfoNet: October 5, 2018

This Sunday's Worship Services

Sunday, October 7, 2018: "ARE THE TAOISTS RIGHT - Your Culture is Your Enemy?"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

Worship Associate: Sarah Craig

What is our culture, or yours?  Where did it come from and where is it trending?  How has it influenced who you are or can be - and will it continue all life long - and what does it matter?  Do all cultures have the same influence?  Is the Taoist idea valid, that cultural accretions constrict and corrode the precious natural you?

 

 

RE Corner

Religious Education:  October 7

Nursery care is provided in Conway Hall from 10:15-noon for infants through preschool by Linda and Mary Neal today.

Families begin in worship at 10:30 and school age children and youth will go to their groups after Time for All Ages. Our new theme for this month is Sanctuary and today we will focus on stories and activities about how our church has a sanctuary and can be a safe place.

Rev. Karen Day, RE Family Minister, is available to talk with you after the service or Thursday 2-5pm. Contact Karen at re@uustpete.org.

Contact: Karen Day

 

 

Food Collection THIS Sunday 

UUSP FIRST SUNDAY FOOD COLLECTION:  This month, our collection is allocated to UU’s Helping People, UUSP’s program to help feed those who are homeless.  The food collection is taken up during the Sunday service by the children as part of our Time for All Ages. Jelly, peanut butter, dinner sized paper plates, 8 oz paper cups and paper napkins are what is needed. 

 

Thank you!

Contact: Sabine von Aulock

 

 

Announcements From Pastor Jack

WITH SADNESS WE ANNOUNCE THE DEATH OF MARCILE POWER’S MOTHER.  Nancy Powers died earlier this week in Hospice care.  A memorial service is planned at UU St. Pete for October 20 at 2:00 p.m.

CONSIDERING UU ST. PETE MEMBERSHIP?  Attend the two-session Inquirers Class after Sunday services October 21 and October 28 to get all your questions answered (and meet folks).  Sign up at the Welcome Table or with Patti at pthanks1@gmail.com

 

MONDAY EVENING MEDITATION (an experiment through October at least), 5:30-6:15pm.   Facilitator: long time meditator and yoga instructor, UUSP member Mimi Anzel.

 

TUESDAY MEDITATION 11:45am-12:15pm – or come a little earlier for instruction – in our social hall.   Pastor Jack

 

TUESDAY BROWN BAG LUNCH 12:15-1:00 pm – in UUSP’s Gilmour social hall.

 

WEDNESDAY MORNING MEDITATION (another experiment through October at least) 7:30am-8:00am in Gilmour Hall, coffee and tea following.  Contact: Pastor Jack

 

WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES DISCUSSION: This Wednesday, the second of three Unitarian sermons that changed religion and culture in America: “The Harvard Divinity School Address” by Ralph Waldo Emerson (1838).  Please let Pastor Jack know if you would like to receive the full text of the sermon.  As usual, quotes excerpted from the text will be emailed and available at the discussions.  Pastor Jack

 

THURSDAY CITIZENS CAFÉ 11:30am – 1:00pm (the third of our experiments at least through October) to chat about the news of the day – and perhaps write a politician or two (wi-fi, pens, paper, envelopes provided along with officials’ addresses).  Coffee/Tea provided; BYO Lunch if desired.  Questions to Pastor Jack -  jfdonovan@bellsouth.net

 

UUSP PLAY READING/DISCUSSION GROUP.   Facilitators: Jean and Denis Calandra (calandra@usf.edu) First 2 meetings: October 14 and October 28 in UUSP’s social hall 6:30 – 8:30 PM. The first play is Helen Edmundson’s THE HERESY OF LOVE, based on the life of 17th Century nun Juana Inez de la Cruz living in colonial Mexico, striving to reconcile love of God, the free life of the mind, and the Spanish Inquisition. Shared scripts provided at reading.  If buying, get (2015) 2nd edition: ISBN 781848424937.

 

UUSP CHOIR SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:  Already a choir participant or interested in joining UUSP’s voice and/or bell choir?  The voice choir rehearses with UUSP’s music director Jon Arterton Sundays at 9:30am before the service.   Jon’s choir philosophy is that “the world would be a much saner place if everyone sang.”  So, ALL our voices have a place in the choir!

 

A BIT ABOUT JON ARTERTON:  We are very very happy that Jon has agreed to serve as UU St. Pete’s music director.  Several UUSP members have sung in the esteemed and spirited OneCity Chorus which Jon founded and directs – and others of us have attended performances by the Chorus which we found filled with vitality and joy with Jon’s inspiration.  Jon has extensive music training and experience.  He and his husband James moved to St. Pete fairly recently from Provincetown, Massachusetts.  At the Provincetown UU Church, Jon served as music director for fifteen years and James as president of the church Board for eight years!  Please warmly welcome Jon and James – and perhaps the most fun way to do that is join one of the choirs!

 

UU ST. PETE MEMBER KATIE DEiTS would like to inform UUSP parents and children of a new program at Florida CraftArts, 501 Central Avenue (where Katie is executive director).  FCA has started a series called Creative Discovery Workshops for Children and Families.  Next workshop: Creating Ceramic Clay Pendants (to wear or give) – Sunday October 14, 1:30pm at Florida CraftArts – project to be completed by the November 11 paper beading workshop.  Reservations at FCA (727) 821-7381 – cost $5 per member, $10 per non-member. Scholarships available.  Children must be accompanied by an adult who may also take the class if space is available.

 

UUs HELPING UUs:   Need help or know a UUSPer who might?  Please notify Sue Price, UUSP Care Committee chair: sueprice63@gmail.com; 727-290-9910.

 

LEIF NISSEN MEMORIAL SOCIAL JUSTICE LECTURE SERIES presents “Story Telling for Social Justice” - featuring award-winning novelist and journalist Ana Menendez - Friday, November 16.   Supported by the Temple Beth-El Social Justice Action Committee and co-sponsored by UU St Pete.  You are welcome at the 7:30pm Shabbat service, the 8:15pm lecture and Q/A with Ms. Menendez and dessert to follow.

 

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

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

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan

 

 

VOTER Table — Educational Materials 

Stop by the Voter Table during coffee hour. Handouts from this past week’s forum on Education will be available as well as key Voter dates from the Supervisor of Elections and the League of Women Voters’ — Voter Guide.

Contact: Karen Coale

 

 

 

Want to join other UUs to Support Amendment Four?

Our Unitarian Universalist Association is partnering with Second Chances Coalition to advocate passage for Amendment 4 that will restore voting rights to felons who have served their time. If you want to help here are some opportunities:

October 9, 5:30-8:30pm: Faith Day Phone Bank

Join UU callers from around the country: https://secondchancesfl.org/partner/uua/call/oct/

 

October 20, 9:30-3pm:  Sarasota Canvassing with UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray

Bring a carload to meet UU neighbors and knock on doors as our denominational leaders support Florida voting rights.

 

October 21, 12:30-3:30pm: Phone Banking

We can join Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray in Clearwater to make calls for Amendment 4 or do phone banking right here.

https://www.uua.org/justice/blog/2018-electoral-justice-yes-amendment-4-florida 

 

Contacts: Karen Day, Karen Coale

 

 

Learn the Issues — Then VOTE

UU St. Pete and the League of Women Voters are co-sponsoring a series of educational forums to prepare you to vote knowledgeably in the upcoming November election.

The first, Local Control of Education and Restorative Practices for Students, was held on October 2. Presentations were given by the League's Education Co-Chair iris Yetter, and our own Pat Fling and Rev. Karen Day. Event moderator was Karen Coale. If you could not attend — pick up the very informative handouts on the VOTER Table in Gilmour Hall after service. 

Mark your calendar for the next two sessions:

  • October 16: Gun Safety
  • October 23: Amendments to the FL Constitution

In the UU St. Pete sanctuary; at 7:00pm — FREE and open to the public. Join us and bring your friends. Become informed before you vote, and remember that every election is determined by the people who show up. We are counting on YOU

 

Contacts: Karen Coale, Karen Day, Sharon Winters

 

 

UUSP Fire Drill October 7

On October 7, we are conducting a Fire Drill after the Service and before coffee hour. 

Parents will receive specific instructions on how the children will be exiting the building and meeting up with the adults.

We will exit the building and line up on the side walk across Mirror Lake Drive. At the “All Clear” we will return to Gilmour Hall for coffee hour.

 

To prepare, test your fire safety awareness skills:

 

______ How many sets of stairs at UUSP?

______ How many exit doors at UUSP?

______ How many smoke detectors at UUSP?

______ What is our meeting place during a fire alarm?

______ Where is the closest fire extinguisher to you now?

 

Contact Sabine at beandex@aol.com

Contact: Sabine von Aulock

 

 

Special UUSP Announcements for this Week

STARTING THIS WEEK: October test runs for three new UUSP programs.  We plan to make these activities part of the regular UUSP program if they draw sufficient interest.  Pastor Jack

 

Starting This Monday Evening (October 1) Meditation, 5:30-6:15pm in Gilmour Hall.   Faciitator: UUSP member Mimi Anzel.

 

Starting This  Wednesday Morning (October 3) Meditation, 7:30am-8:00am in Gilmour Hall, coffee and tea following.  Facilitator: Pastor Jack

 

Starting This Thursday Midday (October 4) Citizens Café, 11:30am – 1:00pm, to chat about the news of the day – and perhaps write a politician or two (wi-fi, pens, paper, envelopes provided along with officials’ addresses).  Coffee/Tea provided; BYO Lunch if desired.  Facilitator: Pastor Jack -  jfdonovan@bellsouth.net

 

OCTOBER WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES: Theme: “Great Unitarian Cultural Breakthroughs”:

  • October 3: "Unitarian Christianity” by William Ellery Channing (1819);
  • October 10:  “The Harvard Divinity School Address” by Ralph Waldo Emerson (1838);
  • October 17:   “The Transient and Permanent in Christianity” by Theodore Parker;
  • October 24:  “Frankenstein” by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1818) – cheaply available on Amazon – 166pp. 

As usual, quotes excerpted from the texts will be available.  To receive quotes (and sermon texts) by email, contact Pastor Jack (jfdonovan@bellsouth.net).   

 

 

Sunday Flowers

We would like to remind everyone that we need more folks to step up and agree to bring flowers on Sundays.  Just stop by the Sunday Flowers table during coffee hour after service (usually at the piano in Gilmour) and pick a date that works for you to maybe commemorate a birthday, anniversary, special event, in memory of, etc... 

Reach out to Jim Fitzgerald if you have questions or to sign up.  We love seeing the flowers each week. 

 

Thank you!

Contact: Jim Fitzgerald (jamfitz2nd@gmail.com)

UU St. Pete InfoNet: Special Announcements

Special UUSP Announcements for this Week

STARTING THIS WEEK: October test runs for three new UUSP programs.  We plan to make these activities part of the regular UUSP program if they draw sufficient interest.  Pastor Jack

 

Starting This Monday Evening (October 1) Meditation, 5:30-6:15pm in Gilmour Hall.   Facilitator: UUSP member Mimi Anzel.

 

Starting This  Wednesday Morning (October 3) Meditation, 7:30am-8:00am in Gilmour Hall, coffee and tea following.  Facilitator: Pastor Jack

 

Starting This Thursday Midday (October 4) Citizens Café, 11:30am – 1:00pm, to chat about the news of the day – and perhaps write a politician or two (wi-fi, pens, paper, envelopes provided along with officials’ addresses).  Coffee/Tea provided; BYO Lunch if desired.  Facilitator: Pastor Jack -  jfdonovan@bellsouth.net

 

OCTOBER WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES: Theme: “Great Unitarian Cultural Breakthroughs”:

  • October 3: "Unitarian Christianity” by William Ellery Channing (1819);
  • October 10:  “The Harvard Divinity School Address” by Ralph Waldo Emerson (1838);
  • October 17:   “The Transient and Permanent in Christianity” by Theodore Parker;
  • October 24:  “Frankenstein” by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1818) – cheaply available on Amazon – 166pp. 

As usual, quotes excerpted from the texts will be available.  To receive quotes (and sermon texts) by email, contact Pastor Jack (jfdonovan@bellsouth.net).   

UU St. Pete InfoNet: September 28, 2018

This Sunday's Worship Services

Sunday, September 30, 2018: "Ten Year Vision"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Karen Day

Worship Associate: Nazeriah Allen

How do we make our visions of the future come to pass? If our central practice is love, what do we do when we don’t know what to do? We’ll look at our Universalist history and science fiction for some guidance.

 

 

RE Corner

Religious Education- September 30

Nursery care is provided in Conway Hall from 10:15-noon for infants through preschool by Laura and Ruth today.

Families begin in worship at 10:30 and school age children and youth will go to their groups after Time for All Ages to focus on stories and activities about Patience, Love and a Ten Year Vision. These activities highlight our Universalist roots.

Rev. Karen Day, RE Family Minister, is available to talk with you after the service or Thursday 2-5. Contact Karen at re@uustpete.org.

 

Contact: Karen Day

 

 

Announcements From Pastor Jack

UUSP CHOIR SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT and A BIT ABOUT JON ARTERTON:  Already a choir participant or interested in joining UUSP’s voice and/or bell choir?  The voice choir rehearses with UUSP’s music director Jon Arterton Sundays at 9:30am before the service.  See more information in the article about Jon, on the website online and in our InfoNet.

 

The UUSP Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Tammy Boudreau has accepted its request for Tammy to serve on the BoT to fill the current vacancy for the remaining year of service.  Tammy began her time on the Board at the September 13 meeting.  Thank you, Tammy, for sharing all your wonderful talents!

 

UU ST. PETE MEMBER KATIE DEITS would like to inform UUSP parents and children of a new program at Florida CraftArts, 501 Central Avenue (where Katie is executive director).  FCA has started a series called Creative Discovery Workshops for Children and Families.  Next workshop: Creating Ceramic Clay Pendants (to wear or give) – Sunday October 14, 1:30pm at Florida CraftArts – project to be completed at November 11 paper beading workshop.  Reservations at FCA (727) 821-7381 – cost $5 per member, $10 per non-member. Scholarships available.  Children must be accompanied by an adult who may also take the class if space is available.

 

OCTOBER SCHEDULE FOR WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES DISCUSSIONS - Three Sermons and a Unitarian Gothic Horror Story:

  • October 3: “Unitarian Christianity” by William Ellery Channing (1819);
  • October 10: “The Harvard Divinity School Address” by Ralph Waldo Emerson (1838);
  • October 17: “The Transient and Permanent in Christianity” by Theodore Parker;
  • October 24: "Frankenstein" by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1818). 

Pastor Jack will email the sermons to the Wednesday Discussions mailing list.  Please let Jack know if you would like to receive the sermons.  All three are included in the book, "Three Prophets of Religious Liberalism" along with a lengthy excellent introduction by Conrad Wright, professor emeritus of American Church History at Harvard Divinity School (inexpensively available on Amazon).  As usual, quotes excerpted from the text will be available.

 

CONSIDERING UU ST. PETE MEMBERSHIP?  Attend the two-session Inquirers Class after Sunday services October 21 and 28 to get all your questions answered (and meet folks).  Sign up at the Welcome Table or with Patti at pthanks1@gmail.com

 

UUSP PLAY READING/DISCUSSION GROUP.   Facilitators: Jean and Denis Calandra. (calandra@usf.edu) First 2 meetings: October 14 and October 28 in UUSP’s social hall 6:30 – 8:30pm. The first play is Helen Edmundson’s THE HERESY OF LOVE, based on the life of 17th Century nun Juana Inez de la Cruz living in colonial Mexico, striving to reconcile love of God, the free life of the mind, and the Spanish Inquisition. Shared scripts provided at reading.  If buying, get (2015) 2nd edition: ISBN 781848424937.

 

SIGN UP FOR COVENANT GROUPS* this month of Sundays after the service.  Members and friends are welcome to sign up to indicate interest and preferred days and times, whether in current groups or new groups we might form starting in October.  If you are already a covenant group member, no need to sign up here – just check in with your group’s facilitator.  * Covenant Groups have 5-12 members meeting at least monthly in church or home to be together and talk about life.  Pastor Jack for more info.

 

TUESDAY MEDITATION 11:45am-12:15pm – or come a little earlier for instruction – in our social hall.   Pastor Jack

 

TUESDAY BROWN BAG LUNCH 12:15-1:00 pm – in UUSP’s Gilmour social hall.

 

UUSP WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES (10am or 7pm, your choice) – now discussing A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism by F. Church and J. Buehrens.  Quotes for discussion provided – this week from chapters 8-10 – with Pastor Jack in Conway Hall.

 

ANNOUNCING OCTOBER TEST RUNS FOR THREE NEW UUSP PROGRAMS:

 

(1)  Monday Evening Meditation starts October 1, 5:30-6:15pm.   Facilitator: long time meditator and yoga instructor, UUSP member Mimi Anzel.

 

(2)  Wednesday Morning Meditation starts October 3, 7:30am-8:00am in Gilmour Hall, coffee and tea following.  Contact: Pastor Jack

 

(3)  Thursday Citizens Café starts October 4, 11:30am – 1:00pm, to chat about the news of the day – and perhaps write a politician or two (wi-fi, pens, paper, envelopes provided along with officials’ addresses).  Coffee/Tea provided; BYO Lunch if desired.  Questions to Pastor Jack -  jfdonovan@bellsouth.net

 

 

 

SAVE THE DATES:

 

- JUSTICE MINISTRY EXCHANGE presents “Being in Relationship, We Are Family” – featuring Rev. Cedric Harmon, executive director of Many Voices – a Black Church movement for gay and transgender justice – Monday, October 1, 6:00 pm, at King of Peace Metropolitan Community Church – sponsored by JME, in which Rev. Karen and Pastor Jack are participants.

 

- LEIF NISSEN MEMORIAL SOCIAL JUSTICE LECTURE SERIES presents “Story Telling for Social Justice” - featuring award-winning novelist and journalist Ana Menendez - Friday, November 16.   Supported by the Temple Beth-El Social Justice Action Committee and co-sponsored by UU St Pete.  You are welcome at the 7:30pm Shabbat service, the 8:15pm lecture and Q/A with Ms. Menendez and dessert to follow.

 

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

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

 

UUs HELPING UUs:   Need help or know a UUSPer who might?  Please notify Sue Price, UUSP Care Committee chair: sueprice63@gmail.com; 727-290-9910.

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan

 

 

Voter Education Series

The first of a three part series to help you vote knowledgeably in the November election will be at UUSP on Tuesday, October 2 at 7:00pm

The topic is Schools: Local Control of School and Restorative Practices. The attempts by the Constitutional Revision Commission and the Florida Legislature to erode local control of our schools; and the FAST coalition priority of restorative practices are two very important educational issues. 

This series is co-sponosred by the Unitarian Universalist Church of St Petersburg and the League of Women Voters of the St Petersburg Area. The other topics and their dates are:

  • Oct. 16: Gun Safety
  • Oct. 23: Amendments to the FL Constitution

Bring your friends — and volunteer to help out. Become informed before you vote, and remember that every election is determined by the people who show up. We are counting on YOU!

We could use a few more helpers for the October 2 session.  Please reach out to those noted as contacts to see how you can help.

 

Contacts: Karen Coale, Karen Day, Sharon Winters

 

 

UUSP CHOIR SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: 

Already a choir participant or interested in joining UUSP’s voice and/or bell choir?  The voice choir rehearses with UUSP’s music director Jon Arterton, Sundays at 9:30am before the service, including this Sunday, September 30!   Jon’s choir philosophy is that “the world would be a much saner place if everyone sang.”  So all our voices got a place in the choir!

 

A BIT ABOUT OUR NEW UUSP MUSIC DIRECTOR JON ARTERTON:  We are very very happy that Jon has agreed to serve as UU St. Pete’s music director.  Several UUSP members have sung in the esteemed and spirited OneCity Chorus which Jon founded and directs – and others of us have attended performances by the Chorus which we found filled with vitality and joy with Jon’s inspiration.  Jon has extensive music training and experience.  He and his husband James moved to St. Pete fairly recently from Provincetown, Massachusetts.  At the Provincetown UU Church, Jon served as music director for fifteen years and James as president of the church Board for eight years!  Please warmly welcome Jon and James – and perhaps the most fun way to do that is join one or both of the choirs!  

 

 

Fire Drill Alert: Sunday, October 7, 2018

There will be UUSP community wide fire drill.

We will practice leaving the buildings in a safe and swift fashion.

All are requested to participate.

Complete instructions will be provided in the September 30 OOS and InfoNet.  Fact sheets will be available during coffee hours.

Our full service coffee hour will be at usual time and location.

Contact: Sabine 973-768-3256  beandex@aol.com

Contact: Sabine von Aulock

 

 

UUSP Fire Safety Quiz

On October 7, we are conducting a Fire Drill after the Service and before coffee hour. You will see the Quiz in your September 30, Order of Service.

Parents will receive specific instructions.

We will exit the building and line up on the side walk across Mirror Lake Drive. At the “All Clear” we will return to Gilmour Hall for coffee hour.

 

To prepare, test your fire safety awareness skills:

 

______ How many sets of stairs at UUSP?

______ How many exit doors at UUSP?

______ How many smoke detectors at UUSP?

______ What is our meeting place during a fire alarm?

______ Where is the closest fire extinguisher to you now?

 

Contact Sabine at beandex@aol.com

Contact: Sabine von Aulock

 

 

 

Sunday Flowers

We would like to remind everyone that we need more folks to step up and agree to bring flowers on Sundays.  Just stop by the Sunday Flowers table during coffee hour after service (usually at the piano in Gilmour) and pick a date that works for you to maybe commemorate a birthday, anniversary, special event, in memory of, etc... 

Reach out to Jim Fitzgerald if you have questions or to sign up.  We love seeing the flowers each week. 

 

Thank you!

Contact: Jim Fitzgerald (jamfitz2nd@gmail.com)

UU St. Pete InfoNet: Choir Announcement

UUSP CHOIR SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: 

Already a choir participant or interested in joining UUSP’s voice and/or bell choir?  The voice choir rehearses with UUSP’s music director Jon Arterton, Sundays at 9:30am before the service, including this Sunday, September 30!   Jon’s choir philosophy is that “the world would be a much saner place if everyone sang.”  So all our voices got a place in the choir!

 

A BIT ABOUT OUR NEW UUSP MUSIC DIRECTOR JON ARTERTON:  We are very very happy that Jon has agreed to serve as UU St. Pete’s music director.  Several UUSP members have sung in the esteemed and spirited OneCity Chorus which Jon founded and directs – and others of us have attended performances by the Chorus which we found filled with vitality and joy with Jon’s inspiration.  Jon has extensive music training and experience.  He and his husband James moved to St. Pete fairly recently from Provincetown, Massachusetts.  At the Provincetown UU Church, Jon served as music director for fifteen years and James as president of the church Board for eight years!  Please warmly welcome Jon and James – and perhaps the most fun way to do that is join one or both of the choirs!  

UU St. Pete InfoNet: September 21, 2018

This Sunday's Worship Services

Sunday, September 23, 2018: "TURNING AND TURNING THE MORAL ARC: Can You Influence the Beginner of Being?"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

Worship Associate: Sherry Benton

 

Today UUSP will host the Interfaith Community of Tampa Bay in recognizing World Peace Day as begun by the United Nations on September 21, 1982.  We are also at the autumn equinox, bringing balance to days, nights, and weather, and marking the beginning of harvests and bounty in many parts of the world - all auspicious ingredients for peace.
 

Our service this morning will offer the question of whether we can bend the arced Source of our potentials toward a just and moral peace.  In other words, can we grow enough in faith and love - understanding and caring - for justice and peace to have a chance?

 

 

RE Corner

Religious Education: September 23

Nursery care is provided in Conway Hall from 10:15-noon for infants through preschool by Laura and Mary Neal today.
 

Families begin in worship at 10:30am and school age children and youth will go to their groups after Time for All Ages to focus on stories and activities about VISION and the Autumnal Equinox or Mabon.
 

Rev. Karen Day, RE Family Minister, is available to talk with you after the service or Thursday 2-5. Contact Karen at re@uustpete.org.
 

Contact: Karen Day

 

 

Announcements From Pastor Jack

UUSP VOCAL CHOIR SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:  Already a choir participant or interested in joining up?  This Sunday, September 23, our choir will rehearse with UUSP’s new music director Jon Arterton (WELCOME, JON!!!) at 9:30am and will sing our Anthem during our service.   Jon’s musical philosophy is that “the world would be a much saner place if everyone sang.”  So, all voices welcome!

 

THIS SUNDAY, members of Interfaith Tampa Bay will participate in our worship service by sharing readings on peace from their religious traditions to celebrate the 37th anniversary of the United Nation’s International Day of Peace.  With us will be representatives of Buddhist, Baha’i, Christian, Muslim and Jewish faith traditions.  Please welcome them warmly.

 

OCTOBER SCHEDULE FOR WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES DISCUSSIONS - Three Sermons and a Unitarian Gothic Horror Story:

  • October 3: “Unitarian Christianity” by William Ellery Channing (1819);
  • October 10: “The Harvard Divinity School Address” by Ralph Waldo Emerson (1838);
  • October 17: “The Transient and Permanent in Christianity” by Theodore Parker;
  • October 24: "Frankenstein" by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1818). 

Pastor Jack will email the sermons to the Wednesday Discussions mailing list.  Please let Jack know if you would like to receive the sermons.  All three are included in the book, Three Prophets of Religious Liberalism along with a lengthy excellent introduction by Conrad Wright, professor emeritus of American Church History at Harvard Divinity School (inexpensively available on Amazon).  As usual, quotes excerpted from the text will be available.

 

CONSIDERING UU ST. PETE MEMBERSHIP?  Attend the two-session Inquirers Class after Sunday services October 21 and 28 to get all your questions answered (and meet folks).  Sign up at the Welcome Table or with Patti at pthanks1@gmail.com

 

UUSP PLAY READING/DISCUSSION GROUP.   Facilitators: Jean and Denis Calandra. (calandra@usf.edu) First 2 meetings: October 14 and October 28 in UUSP’s social hall 6:30 – 8:30pm. The first play is Helen Edmundson’s THE HERESY OF LOVE, based on the life of 17th Century nun Juana Inez de la Cruz living in colonial Mexico, striving to reconcile love of God, the free life of the mind, and the Spanish Inquisition. Shared scripts provided at reading.  If buying, get (2015) 2nd edition: ISBN 781848424937.

 

SIGN UP FOR COVENANT GROUPS* this month of Sundays after the service.  Members and friends are welcome to sign up to indicate interest and preferred days and times, whether in current groups or new groups we might form starting in October.  If you are already a covenant group member, no need to sign up here – just check in with your group’s facilitator.  * Covenant Groups have 5-12 members meeting at least monthly in church or home to be together and talk about life.  Pastor Jack for more info.

 

TUESDAY MEDITATION 11:45am-12:15pm – or come a little earlier for instruction – in our social hall.   Pastor Jack

 

TUESDAY BROWN BAG LUNCH 12:15-1:00 pm – in UUSP’s Gilmour social hall.

 

UUSP WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES (10am or 7pm, your choice) – now discussing A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism by F. Church and J. Buehrens.  Quotes for discussion provided – this week from chapters 8-10 – with Pastor Jack in Conway Hall.

 

ANNOUNCING OCTOBER TEST RUNS FOR THREE NEW UUSP PROGRAMS:

 

(1)  Monday Evening Meditation starts October 1, 5:30-6:15pm.   Facilitator: long time meditator and yoga instructor, UUSP member Mimi Anzel.

 

(2)  Wednesday Morning Meditation starts October 3, 7:30am-8:00am in Gilmour Hall, coffee and tea following.  Contact: Pastor Jack

 

(3)  Thursday Citizens Café starts October 4, 11:30am – 1:00pm, to chat about the news of the day – and perhaps write a politician or two (wi-fi, pens, paper, envelopes provided along with officials’ addresses).  Coffee/Tea provided; BYO Lunch if desired.  Questions to Pastor Jack -  jfdonovan@bellsouth.net

 

 

SAVE THE DATES:

 

- JUSTICE MINISTRY EXCHANGE presents “Being in Relationship, We Are Family” – featuring Rev. Cedric Harmon, executive director of Many Voices – a Black Church movement for gay and transgender justice – Monday, October 1, 6:00 pm, at King of Peace Metropolitan Community Church – sponsored by JME, in which Rev. Karen and Pastor Jack are participants.

 

- LEIF NISSEN MEMORIAL SOCIAL JUSTICE LECTURE SERIES presents “Story Telling for Social Justice” - featuring award-winning novelist and journalist Ana Menendez - Friday, November 16.   Supported by the Temple Beth-El Social Justice Action Committee and co-sponsored by UU St Pete.  You are welcome at the 7:30pm Shabbat service, the 8:15pm lecture and Q/A with Ms. Menendez and dessert to follow.

 

A MATTER OF INHUMANITY AND GREED:  Prisons-for-Profit and Denial of Medical Care to Prisoners.  At this summer’s UUA General Assembly, the representatives of our assembled congregations voted to work to end the growing practice of privatization of prisons because of their cruelty, greed, and detrimental effect on individuals and society.  The GA Resolution asks us to learn about and act to end prison privatization and, among other efforts, asks us to urge our states and the United Nations to insist on U.S. adherence to UN standards for treatment of prisoners.  Read more about the GA resolutions at UUA.org.  Pastor Jack

 

RELATED TO THE ABOVE UUA PRISON MINISTRY:  The UUA’s outreach ministry, also known as the Church of the Larger Fellowship (CLF), is for UU-oriented folks who are without a near-by home church.  As members, they receive excellent monthly mailings of UU sermons and spiritual support.  Dr. Albert Schweitzer was one such member, receiving much appreciated mailings and support at his medical clinic in Africa.  There are also, currently, 2000 people incarcerated in American prisons who have connected to CLF and receive regular support by mail.  You can help with a contribution at clfuu.org/sponsor (CLF’s annual cost per incarcerated member is $150) or by becoming a pen pal (worthynow.org/pen-pals) or learning more (worthynow.org/classes-events).   Pastor Jack

 

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

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

 

UUs HELPING UUs:   Need help or know a UUSPer who might?  Please notify Sue Price, UUSP Care Committee chair: sueprice63@gmail.com; 727-290-9910.

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan

 

 

UU's Helping People Pancake Breakfast

Pancakes and Priorities (long-range plan)

Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 11:30am
 

Grab some Pancakes from UU's Helping People, and help the Board of Trustees and the 3 Year Plan Committtee hear from you about your church priorities for the next three years.
 

Our pancake breakfast also supports our ministry to people in need. Suggested donation $10/family, $4/individual or something in between. 

UUHP Contact: Sabine von Aulock
BoT Contact: Morgan Gresham

 

Survey for the AA Committee

Our AA Committee is would like the congregation to take part in an online survey to gauge interest in some of the projects that they would like to go forward with.
 

Please take a moment to click on the link and go through the survey"
https://www. surveymonkey.com/r/T7T3ZD8

Thank you!

Contact: Rain Turner

 

 

Learn the Issues -- Then VOTE

The Unitarian Universalist Church of St Petersburg and the League of Women Voters of the St Petersburg Area are co-sponsoring a series of educational forums to prepare you to vote knowledgeably in the upcoming November election.

The three-part voter education series will cover these topics:                     

  • October 2:  Local Control of Education & Restorative Justice Practices           
  • October 16: Gun Safety
  • October 23: Amendments to the FL Constitution

All three programs are FREE and open to the public, and will be held in our sanctuary, 7:00pm to 8:30pm 

Join us and bring your friends. Become informed before you vote, and remember that every election is determined by the people who show up. We are counting on YOU!

Since these events do not magically happen -- we need some help setting up, cleaning up and greeting the multitudes that attend. We will have sign-up sheets for each event on piano on Sunday after service. But you can beat the rush by responding to this notice. 

Contacts: Karen Coale, Karen Day, Sharon Winters

 

 

Fire Drill Alert: Sunday, October 7, 2018

There will be UUSP community wide fire drill.

We will practice leaving the buildings in a safe and swift fashion.

All are requested to participate.

Complete instructions will be provided in the September 30 OOS and InfoNet.  Fact sheets will be available during coffee hours.

Our full service coffee hour will be at usual time and location.

Contact: Sabine 973-768-3256  beandex@aol.com

Contact: Sabine von Aulock

 

 

Smile UU - Amazon.com Rebates

Shop local where possible, but if you use Amazon, you can get a rebate of 0.5% on your purchases donated to UU St. Pete at no cost to you. 

To do this:

  1. Log on to smile.amazon.com instead of amazon.com when you order
  2. Log on to your account (same logon for smile and the regular account)
  3. Your first time on smile you will designate our church and it will be automatic after that.
  • To designate our church, hover your mouse over the “account and lists” icon at top right corner. 
  • A dropdown menu will appear. 
  • Go down and click on “Your Amazon Smile”.  
  • Then, click on “change charity” at top right. 
  • On the new screen, at the bottom in the box under “pick your own charity” enter “St. Petersburg Unitarian” and search. 
  • Once you select St. Petersburg Unitarian Church, you will be donating to our general fund from then on.   

Contact Tom at archibaldmail@gmail.com

Contact: Tom Archibald

 

 

Sunday Flowers

We would like to remind everyone that we need more folks to step up and agree to bring flowers on Sundays.  Just stop by the Sunday Flowers table during coffee hour after service (usually at the piano in Gilmour) and pick a date that works for you to maybe commemorate a birthday, anniversary, special event, in memory of, etc... 

Reach out to Jim Fitzgerald if you have questions or to sign up.  We love seeing the flowers each week. 

 

Thank you!

Contact: Jim Fitzgerald (jamfitz2nd@gmail.com)

UU St. Pete InfoNet: September 14, 2018

This Sunday's Worship Services

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Sunday, September 16, 2018: "BEING OFF KILTER: In the Beginning Did Any Disturbances Influence Our Source and So Us?"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

Worship Associate: Patti Hanks

We are approaching Yom Kippur, the conclusion of Judaism's High Holy Days (September 18) with which the Jewish New Year begins.  Also we are approaching the anniversary (September 17) of the establishment of the U.S. Constitution with its goal of forming "a more perfect Union."  

In the spirit of those great traditions and our own tradition of seeking growth in understanding of life and in caring for it, this Sunday's theme continues with exploration of our potentials and what forces besides our Source might have influenced them from the beginning and may continue to do so, for better or worse.

 

 

 

RE Corner

Religious Education: September 16

Nursery care is provided in Conway Hall from 10:15am - noon for infants through preschool by Laura and Ruth.

Families begin in worship at 10:30am and school age children and youth will go to their groups after Time for All Ages to focus on stories and activities about VISION and the Jewish High Holidays.

Rev. Karen Day, RE Family Minister, is available to talk with you after the service or Thursday 2pm - 5pm.

Contact Karen at re@uustpete.org.

Contact: Karen Day

 

 

 

Announcements From Pastor Jack

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR BARBARA ROWELL – Saturday, January 19th, 10:00 a.m.  Barbara Rowell’s family has decided on Saturday January 19th for Barbara’s memorial service.  I hope you will put that on your calendars as we honor someone dear to many of us over the years.

 

AT UU St Pete: KEEP ST. PETE LIT presents “The Language of Disaster – a Salon”this Tuesday September 18, 7:00pm, in UUSP’s Gilmour Hall.  Event co-sponsored by UU St Pete.

 

CONSIDERING UU ST. PETE MEMBERSHIP?  Attend the two-session Inquirers Class after Sunday services October 21 and October 28 to get all your questions answered (and meet folks).  Sign up at the Welcome Table or with Patti at pthanks1@gmail.com

 

INTERESTED IN JOINING UUSP’S NEW PLAY READING GROUP?  Let facilitators Denis and Jean Calandra (both retired from USF’s Theater Department) know if you can join – at calandra@usf.edu - starting in October, on Sundays October 14 and October 28, 6:30-8:30pm in UUSP’s social hall.  The first play will be The Heresy of Love by Helen Edmundson, introduced in 2012 by the Royal Shakespeare Company in London.  The play is based on the life of 17th Century Spanish nun Juana de la Cruz living in colonial Mexico, striving to reconcile love of God, the free life of the mind, and the Spanish Inquisition.  Participants will read a variety of roles, opening their hearts and minds to fictional and historical characters whose struggles and triumphs along life’s trajectory remind us of our common humanity.  We will have a lot of fun and dynamic conversation for sure. No theatre experience is necessary, but we invite you to release your inner diva or ham, or for that matter Charlie Chaplin, in the process.  Scripts will be available for this first play. 

 

SIGN UP FOR COVENANT GROUPS* this month of Sundays after the service.  Members and friends are welcome to sign up to indicate interest and preferred days and times, whether in current groups or new groups we might form starting in October.  If you are already a covenant group member, no need to sign up here – just check in with your group’s facilitator.  * Covenant Groups have 5-12 members meeting at least monthly in church or home to be together and talk about life.  Pastor Jack for more info.

 

TUESDAY MEDITATION 11:45am-12:15pm – or come a little earlier for instruction – in our social hall.   Pastor Jack

 

TUESDAY BROWN BAG LUNCH 12:15-1:00 pm – in UUSP’s Gilmour social hall.

 

UUSP WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES (10am or 7pm, your choice) – now discussing A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism by F. Church and J. Buehrens.  Quotes for discussion provided – this week from chapters 8-10 – with Pastor Jack in Conway Hall.

 

ANNOUNCING OCTOBER TEST RUNS FOR THREE NEW UUSP PROGRAMS:
(1)  Monday Evening Meditation
starts October 1, 5:30-6:15pm.   Facilitator: long time meditator and yoga instructor, UUSP member Mimi Anzel.

 

(2)  Wednesday Morning Meditation starts October 3, 7:30am-8:00am in Gilmour Hall, coffee and tea following.  Contact: Pastor Jack

 

(3)  Thursday Citizens Café starts October 4, 11:30am – 1:00pm, to chat about the news of the day – and perhaps write a politician or two (wi-fi, pens, paper, envelopes provided along with officials’ addresses).  Coffee/Tea provided; BYO Lunch if desired.  Questions to Pastor Jack -  jfdonovan@bellsouth.net

 

 

SAVE THE DATES:
*JUSTICE MINISTRY EXCHANGE presents “Being in Relationship, We Are Family” – featuring Rev. Cedric Harmon, executive director of Many Voices – a Black Church movement for gay and transgender justice –
Monday, October 1, 6:00 pm, at King of Peace Metropolitan Community Church – sponsored by JME, in which Rev. Karen and Pastor Jack are participants.

 

*LEIF NISSEN MEMORIAL SOCIAL JUSTICE LECTURE SERIES presents “Story Telling for Social Justice” - featuring award-winning novelist and journalist Ana Menendez - Friday, November 16.   Supported by the Temple Beth-El Social Justice Action Committee and co-sponsored by UU St Pete.  You are welcome at the 7:30pm Shabbat service, the 8:15pm lecture and Q/A with Ms. Menendez and dessert to follow.

 

A MATTER OF INHUMANITY AND GREED:  Prisons-for-Profit and Denial of Medical Care to Prisoners.  At this summer’s UUA General Assembly, the representatives of our assembled congregations voted to work to end the growing practice of privatization of prisons because of their cruelty, greed, and detrimental effect on individuals and society.  The GA Resolution asks us to learn about and act to end prison privatization and, among other efforts, asks us to urge our states and the United Nations to insist on U.S. adherence to UN standards for treatment of prisoners.  Read more about the GA resolutions at UUA.org.  Pastor Jack

 

RELATED TO THE ABOVE UUA PRISON MINISTRY:  The UUA’s outreach ministry, also known as the Church of the Larger Fellowship (CLF), is for UU-oriented folks who are without a near-by home church.  As members, they receive excellent monthly mailings of UU sermons and spiritual support.  Dr. Albert Schweitzer was one such member, receiving much appreciated mailings and support at his medical clinic in Africa.  There are also, currently, 2000 people incarcerated in American prisons who have connected to CLF and receive regular support by mail.  You can help with a contribution at clfuu.org/sponsor (CLF’s annual cost per incarcerated member is $150) or by becoming a pen pal (worthynow.org/pen-pals) or learning more (worthynow.org/classes-events).   Pastor Jack

 

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

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

 

UUs HELPING UUs:   Need help or know a UUSPer who might?  Please notify Sue Price, UUSP Care Committee chair: sueprice63@gmail.com; 727-290-9910.

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan

 

 

 

ATTENTION SINGERS AND CHORISTERS

The singing begins next Sunday, September 23.  UUSP's new Music Director, Jon Arterton, will hold rehearsal, at the choir's usual rehearsal time, before the service for all those interested in making a joyful noise!  Come and give Jon a resounding welcome.   

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan

 

 

 

Parents' Group Potluck/Check-in

Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 5:30pm

The Parents' Covenant Group kicks off the church year with a check-in and light potluck on Sunday, September 23, from 5:30pm - 7:30pm. Bring a small dish to share, relax in a safe small-group setting, and take some time to share what's going on in your life with other parents. We'll meet in Gilmour Hall at church. Free child care provided by request. Please RSVP to Michael Pohl or Morgan Gresham.

Contacts: Michael Pohl, Morgan Gresham

 

 

 

UU's Helping People Pancake Breakfast

Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 11:30am

UU’s Helping People will sponsor a pancake breakfast to support their ministry to people in need. Suggested donation $10/family, $4/individual or something in between. 

Contact Sabine with any questions.

Contact: Sabine von Aulock

 

 

 

Learn the Issues -- Then VOTE

The Unitarian Universalist Church of St Petersburg and the League of Women Voters of the St Petersburg Area are co-sponsoring a series of educational forums to prepare you to vote knowledgeably in the upcoming November election.

The three-part voter education series will cover these topics:                     

  • October 2:  Local Control of Education & Restorative Justice Practices           
  • October 16: Gun Safety
  • October 23: Amendments to the FL Constitution

All three programs are FREE and open to the public, and will be held in our sanctuary, 7:00pm to 8:30pm 

Join us and bring your friends. Become informed before you vote, and remember that every election is determined by the people who show up. We are counting on YOU!

Since these events do not magically happen -- we need some help setting up, cleaning up and greeting the multitudes that attend. We will have sign-up sheets for each event on piano on Sunday after service. But you can beat the rush by responding to this notice. 

Contacts: Karen Coale, Karen Day, Sharon Winters

 

 

 

Smile UU - Amazon.com Rebates

Shop local where possible, but if you use Amazon, you can get a rebate of 0.5% on your purchases donated to UU St. Pete at no cost to you. 

To do this:

  1. Log on to smile.amazon.com instead of amazon.com when you order
  2. Log on to your account (same logon for smile and the regular account)
  3. Your first time on smile you will designate our church and it will be automatic after that.
  • To designate our church, hover your mouse over the “account and lists” icon at top right corner. 
  • A dropdown menu will appear. 
  • Go down and click on “Your Amazon Smile”.  
  • Then, click on “change charity” at top right. 
  • On the new screen, at the bottom in the box under “pick your own charity” enter “St. Petersburg Unitarian” and search. 
  • Once you select St. Petersburg Unitarian Church, you will be donating to our general fund from then on.   

Contact Tom at archibaldmail@gmail.com

Contact: Tom Archibald

 

 

 

Sunday Flowers

We would like to remind everyone that we need more folks to step up and agree to bring flowers on Sundays.  Just stop by the Sunday Flowers table during coffee hour after service (usually at the piano in Gilmour) and pick a date that works for you to maybe commemorate a birthday, anniversary, special event, in memory of, etc... 

Reach out to Jim Fitzgerald if you have questions or to sign up.  We love seeing the flowers each week. 

 

Thank you!

Contact: Jim Fitzgerald (jamfitz2nd@gmail.com)

UU St. Pete InfoNet: September 7, 2018

This Sunday's Worship Services

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Sunday, September 9, 2018: "CONSIDER THE SOURCE: What is the Influence of the Beginner's Mind on You?"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

Worship Associate: Sarah Craig
 

And so now the new church year begins - along with Rosh Hashanah (September 9), beginning the Jewish New Year with the High Holy Days - along with Labor Day marking the return to work and school after summer vacations -along with our Sunday service marking our new beginnings with our annual Ingathering Service, celebrating with our traditional Water Communion ceremony (created and introduced by the UU Women's Federation decades ago). 

We invite all to help mark our Ingathering and reconnecting for the new church year by bringing a tiny bit of water representing the oceans, lakes, streams or faucets from where you spent some time this summer.  Our Water Communion ceremony is a few moments to pour in our gathered waters and to name the interconnected sources and spirits they represent.

The basic purpose of our church, one might say, is to be an on-going community that helps us and all people grow spiritually, that is, in understanding of life and caring for it.  Our pastor's Sunday sermons mainly focus on our potentials and how they may be fulfilled from the beginning of life through its end.  Today's sermon asks what is the connection between our Source and our potentials.

 

 

 

 

 

RE Corner

Religious Education: September 9

Nursery care is provided in Conway Hall from 10:15am - noon for infants through preschool by Laura and Linda.

Families begin in worship at 10:30am and school age children and youth will go to their groups after Time for All Ages and our Water Ceremony where they will focus on stories and activities about VISION and Water. Trish, Joe, Natashia and Jeanay will lead our children and youth.

Rev. Karen Day, RE Family Minister, is available to talk with you after the service or Thursday's 2pm-5pm. Contact her at re@uustpete.org

 

Contact: Karen Day

 

 

 

Announcements From Pastor Jack

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR BARBARA ROWELL – Saturday, January 19, 10:00 a.m.  Barbara Rowell’s family has decided on Saturday January 19th for Barbara’s memorial service.  I hope you will put that on your calendars as we honor someone dear to many of us over the years.

 

WATER COMMUNION THIS SUNDAY (September 9)!  To mark our ingathering for the fall season we invite all to bring a tiny bit of water representing the oceans, lakes, streams or faucets from where you spent some time this summer.  Our Water Communion is a ceremony to pour in our gathered waters of summer and to name the interconnected sources and spirits they represent to us.

 

THE GLOBAL UU MINISTRY FOR EARTH urges local UUs to join this Saturday (September 8) in “Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice” rallies.  In St. Petersburg, join the gathering at Williams Park between 10:00am and 1:30pm.  Wear your UU St. Pete tee shirt.  (The rallies are timed to precede the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco called by California Governor Jerry Brown.)

 

The UUSP Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Tammy Boudreau has accepted its request for Tammy to serve on the BoT to fill the current vacancy for the remaining year of service.  Tammy will begin her time on the Board at the September 13 meeting.  Thank you, Tammy, for sharing all your wonderful talents!

 

SIGN UP FOR COVENANT GROUPS* this Sunday morning after the service.  Members and friends are welcome to sign up to indicate interest and preferred days and times, whether in current groups or new groups we might form starting in October.  * Covenant Groups have 5-12 members meeting at least monthly in church or home to be together and talk about life.  Pastor Jack for more info.

 

TUESDAY MEDITATION 11:45am-12:15pm – or come a little earlier for instruction – in our social hall.   Pastor Jack

 

TUESDAY BROWN BAG LUNCH 12:15-1:00 pm – in UUSP’s Gilmour social hall.

 

UUSP WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES will start this Wednesday, September 12 (10am or 7pm, your choice) continuing with A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism by Church and Buehrens.  Quotes for discussion will be from chapters 6-8.  Pastor Jack

 

SAVE THE DATE:  Tuesday, September 18, 7:00pm in UUSP’s Gilmour Hall, Keep St. Pete Lit will hold a salon with the on the topic “The Language of Disaster”.  This event is supported by UUSP.  Hope you all can come join in hearing the presentation and in the discussion to follow.  Pastor Jack

 

JOINING UU ST. PETE?  Attend the two session Inquirers Class to get all your questions answered (and meet folks) – after Sunday services October 21 and 28.  Sign up at the Welcome Table or with Patti at pthanks1@gmail.com

 

ANNOUNCING OCTOBER TEST RUNS FOR THREE NEW UUSP PROGRAMS:

(1)  Monday Evening Meditation starts October 1, 5:30-6:15pm.   Facilitator: long time meditator and yoga instructor, UUSP member Mimi Anzel.

 

(2)  Wednesday Morning Meditation starts October 3, 7:30am-8:00am in Gilmour Hall, coffee and tea following.  Contact: Pastor Jack

 

(3)  Thursday Citizens Café starts October 4, 11:30am – 1:00pm, to chat about the news of the day – and perhaps write a politician or two (wi-fi, pens, paper, envelopes provided along with officials’ addresses).  Coffee/Tea provided; BYO Lunch if desired.  Questions to Pastor Jack -  jfdonovan@bellsouth.net

 

SAVE ANOTHER DATE – Friday, November 16!  UUSP is co-sponsoring “Story Telling for Social Justice” featuring award-winning novelist and journalist Ana Menendez.  This is part of the Leif Nissen (Memorial) Social Justice Lecture Series” supported by the Temple Beth-El Social Justice Action Committee.  You are welcome at the 7:30pm Shabbat service, the 8:15pm lecture and Q/A with Ms. Menendez, and dessert to follow.

 

A MATTER OF INHUMANITY AND GREED:  Prisons-for-Profit and Denial of Medical Care to Prisoners.  At this summer’s UUA General Assembly, the representatives of our assembled congregations voted to work to end the growing practice of privatization of prisons because of their cruelty, greed, and detrimental effect on individuals and society.  The GA Resolution asks us to learn about and act to end prison privatization and, among other efforts, asks us to urge our states and the United Nations to insist on U.S. adherence to UN standards for treatment of prisoners.  Read more about the GA resolutions at UUA.org.  Pastor Jack

 

RELATED TO THE ABOVE UUA PRISON MINISTRY:  The UUA’s outreach ministry, also known as the Church of the Larger Fellowship (CLF), is for UU-oriented folks who are without a near-by home church.  As members, they receive excellent monthly mailings of UU sermons and spiritual support.  Dr. Albert Schweitzer was one such member, receiving much appreciated mailings and support at his medical clinic in Africa.  There are also, currently, 2000 people incarcerated in American prisons who have connected to CLF and receive regular support by mail.  You can help with a contribution at clfuu.org/sponsor (CLF’s annual cost per incarcerated member is $150) or by becoming a pen pal (worthynow.org/pen-pals) or learning more (worthynow.org/classes-events).   Pastor Jack

 

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

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

 

UUs HELPING UUs:   Need help or know a UUSPer who might?  Please notify Sue Price, UUSP Care Committee chair: sueprice63@gmail.com; 727-290-9910.

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan

 

 

 

Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice Rallies

THE GLOBAL UU MINISTRY FOR EARTH urges local UUs to join this Saturday, Septemeber 8 in “Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice” rallies. 

In St. Petersburg, join the gathering at Williams Park between 10:00am and 1:30pm.  Wear your UU St. Pete tee shirt - bring a friend!  (The rallies are timed to precede the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco called by California Governor Jerry Brown.)

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan

 

 

 

 

House Meetings FAST Approaching!

What wakes you up at night? What breaks your heart?

We are holding gatherings in early September to share concerns and to learn more about each other. These stories will be used by the FAST (Faith and Action for Strength Together) coalition to choose the problems we work on together. If you’d like to attend on September 9, 16, 17 contact Karen Day, Dave Coale, or Pat Fling.

 

Contacts: Karen Day, Dave Coale, Pat Fling

 

 

 

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

Sunday, September 9, 2018 - 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

 

 

 

BOT meeting

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 7:00pm

Board of Trustees monthly meeting

All BOT meetings are open, and all members of the congregation are invited to attend. If a member or committee representative would like to speak at the BOT meeting, please let the President or Vice President know so that it can be added to the agenda.

Contact: Morgan Gresham

 

 

 

Sunday Flowers

We would like to remind everyone that we need more folks to step up and agree to bring flowers on Sundays.  Just stop by the Sunday Flowers table during coffee hour after service (usually at the piano in Gilmour) and pick a date that works for you to maybe commemorate a birthday, anniversary, special event, in memory of, etc... 

Reach out to Jim Fitzgerald if you have questions or to sign up.  We love seeing the flowers each week. 

 

Thank you!

Contact: Jim Fitzgerald (jamfitz2nd@gmail.com)

UU St. Pete InfoNet: Special Announcements

Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice Rallies

THE GLOBAL UU MINISTRY FOR EARTH urges local UUs to join this Saturday, Septemeber 8 in “Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice” rallies. 

In St. Petersburg, join the gathering at Williams Park between 10:00am and 1:30pm.  Wear your UU St. Pete tee shirt - bring a friend!  (The rallies are timed to precede the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco called by California Governor Jerry Brown.)

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan

 

 

Water Communion

WATER COMMUNION THIS SUNDAY (September 9)!  To mark our ingathering for the fall season we invite all to bring a tiny bit of water representing the oceans, lakes, streams or faucets from where you spent some time this summer.  Our Water Communion is a ceremony to pour in our gathered waters of summer and to name the interconnected sources and spirits they represent to us.

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan

UU St. Pete InfoNet: August 31, 2018

This Sunday's Worship Services

Sunday, September 2, 2018: "Educators Inspire"
Time: 10:30am
Guest Speaker: 

John Motter

Ruth Bentley

 

Worship Leader: Bill Motter

Worship Associate:  Steve Benton

 

Two reflections on the inspiration of educators.

 

 

 

RE Corner

Religious Education: September 2

Nursery care is provided in Conway Hall from 10:15-noon for infants through preschool by Laura and Dani.

Families begin in worship at 10:30am and school age children and youth will go to their groups after Time for All Ages to focus on stories and activities about VISION and Justice. Trish, Joe, Natashia and Jeanay will lead our children and youth.

Rev. Karen Day, RE Family Minister, is available to talk with you after the service or this Friday, September 7 from 2-5pm.

Contact: Karen Day

 

 

 

Sunday is Food Collection Sunday

Our younger members will now be accepting your donations of food. Sunday’s collection will be given to one of the refugee families that this congregation supports. Twizere and his family of six comes from a rural area of the Congo. Keep in mind that their diet consists of primarily rice, dried beans, root vegetables, cabbage and fresh fruits. 

Thank you for your generosity. 

 

Contact: Karen Coale

 

 

 

Announcements From Pastor Jack

THIS SUNDAY MORNING AFTER THE SERVICE we begin the sign-up for COVENANT GROUPS*.  Members and friends are welcome to sign up to indicate interest and preferred days and times, whether in current groups or new groups we might form starting in October.  * Covenant Groups have 5-12 members meeting at least monthly in church or home to be together and talk about life.  Pastor Jack for more info.

 

SUNDAY NEXT WEEK (September 9) is our annual Ingathering Service, including our traditional WATER COMMUNION. 

We invite all to help mark our gathering for the new church year by bringing a tiny bit of water representing the oceans, lakes, streams or faucets from where you spent some time this summer.  Our Water Communion ceremony is a few moments to pour in our gathered waters and name the interconnected sources and spirits they represent.

 

TUESDAY MEDITATION 11:45am-12:15pm – or come a little earlier for instruction – in our social hall.   Pastor Jack

 

TUESDAY BROWN BAG LUNCH 12:15-1:00 pm – in UUSP’s Gilmour social hall.

 

UUSP WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES will start up again on Wednesday, September 12 (10am or 7pm, your choice) continuing with A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism by Church and Buehrens.  Quotes for discussion will be from chapters 6-8.  Pastor Jack

 

SAVE THE DATE:  Tuesday, September 18, 7:00pm in UUSP’s Gilmour Hall, Keep St. Pete Lit will hold a salon with the on the topic “The Language of Disaster”.  This event is supported by UUSP.  Hope you all can come join in hearing the presentation and in the discussion to follow.  Pastor Jack

 

ANNOUNCING OCTOBER TEST RUNS FOR THREE NEW UUSP PROGRAMS:

 

(1)  Monday Evening Meditation starts October 1, 5:30-6:15pm.   Facilitator: long time meditator and yoga instructor, UUSP member Mimi Anzel.

 

(2)  Wednesday Morning Meditation starts October 3, 7:30am-8:00am in Gilmour Hall, coffee and tea following.  Contact: Pastor Jack

 

(3)  Thursday Citizens Café starts October 4, 11:30am – 1:00pm, to chat about the news of the day – and perhaps write a politician or two (wi-fi, pens, paper, envelopes provided along with officials’ addresses).  Coffee/Tea provided; BYO Lunch if desired.  Questions to Pastor Jack -  jfdonovan@bellsouth.net

 

A MATTER OF INHUMANITY AND GREED:  Prisons-for-Profit and Denial of Medical Care to Prisoners.  At this summer’s UUA General Assembly, the representatives of our assembled congregations voted to work to end the growing practice of privatization of prisons because of their cruelty, greed, and detrimental effect on individuals and society.  The GA Resolution asks us to learn about and act to end prison privatization and, among other efforts, asks us to urge our states and the United Nations to insist on U.S. adherence to UN standards for treatment of prisoners.  Read more about the GA resolutions at UUA.org.  Pastor Jack

 

RELATED TO THE ABOVE UUA PRISON MINISTRY:  The UUA’s outreach ministry, also known as the Church of the Larger Fellowship (CLF), is for UU-oriented folks who are without a near-by home church.  As members, they receive excellent monthly mailings of UU sermons and spiritual support.  Dr. Albert Schweitzer was one such member, receiving much appreciated mailings and support at his medical clinic in Africa.  There are also, currently, 2000 people incarcerated in American prisons who have connected to CLF and receive regular support by mail.  You can help with a contribution at clfuu.org/sponsor (CLF’s annual cost per incarcerated member is $150) or by becoming a pen pal (worthynow.org/pen-pals) or learning more (worthynow.org/classes-events).   Pastor Jack

 

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

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

 

UUs HELPING UUs:   Need help or know a UUSPer who might?  Please notify Sue Price, UUSP Care Committee chair: sueprice63@gmail.com; 727-290-9910.

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan

 

 

House Meetings FAST Approaching!

What wakes you up at night? What breaks your heart?

We are holding gatherings in early September to share concerns and to learn more about each other. These stories will be used by the FAST (Faith and Action for Strength Together) coalition to choose the problems we work on together. If you’d like to attend on September 9, 16, and/or 17, please contact Karen Day, Dave Coale, or Pat Fling.

 

Contacts: Karen Day, Dave Coale, Pat Fling

 

 

Sunday Flowers

We would like to remind everyone that we need more folks to step up and agree to bring flowers on Sundays.  Just stop by the Sunday Flowers table during coffee hour after service (usually at the piano in Gilmour) and pick a date that works for you to maybe commemorate a birthday, anniversary, special event, in memory of, etc... 

Reach out to Jim Fitzgerald if you have questions or to sign up.  We love seeing the flowers each week. 

 

Thank you!

Contact: Jim Fitzgerald (jamfitz2nd@gmail.com)

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