UU St. Pete InfoNet

A weekly email digest of the latest breaking news from the Unitarian Universalist Church of St. Petersburg, Florida.

UU St. Pete InfoNet: Christmas Eve Choir Time Correction

Christmas Eve Choir - Corrected

Many of our choir members will be away for Christmas. We’re hoping some congregants with singing experience will be willing to jump in and sing with us on Christmas Eve. The service is at 6:00pm and we’ll rehearse at 4:45pm.

Please email Jon Arterton at jon@jonandjames.com

 

It was previously noted that service was to begin at 6:30p and to ge at the church at 5:15p.  Please note the changes above.

Thank you!!!

UU St. Pete InfoNet: December 14, 2018

This Sunday's Worship Services

Sunday, December 16, 2018: "WERE YOUR PARENTS RIGHT? And What to Do About Their Birthing of Your Light"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

Worship Associate: Sarah Craig

What did your parents know about Santa Claus, after all?  Did they manage to get your gifts right?

 

 

RE Corner

Religious Education: December 16

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

Families begin in worship 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 Mystery so today we will hear stories of the mysteries of everyday miracles and use our magic wands to see the miracles in the world around us.

Rev. Karen Day, RE Family Minister will be in the office Thursday afternoon. Contact Karen at re@uustpete.org.

Contact: Karen Day

 

 

UUSP Annual Holiday Coffee Hour

The annual Holiday Coffee Hour will be on December 16 after the service and not limited to an hour.

Bring your favorite dessert or appetizer and join us in Gilmour Hall to celebrate the season at UUSP.

Contact: Sue Price

 

 

 

 

Make the Holidays Merry for our Refugee Families - Share the Plate

December 16 is share the plate Sunday which means one half of the non-pledge portion of the offering will support one of UU St Pete’s social justice projects. Your donations will be used to help the two Congolese families that we all support.

They are Santa and her four children — one arrived here with her 3 years ago, and her three other children are currently in France with other relatives since their escape from the Congo. The paperwork to bring them here has just been approved by US Customs & Immigration Service. Now all three children can migrate permanently to the US and live with their older sister and mother — after a 6 year separation. Santa is picture a left with her children during a recent short viist with them in Lille, France. Your donation will help pay for their airfare. 

The other family — is a family of six: Twizere is the father and he and his wife have 3 small children —the oldest is in first grade. The grandmother lives with them and provides child care for the youngest while the two parents are at work. The children are growing and need some new clothes. Thank you for your generosity.

Contact: Karen Coale

 

 

 

Announcements From Pastor Jack

MINISTER’S CHRISTMAS WISH AND NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION:  First stop shopping at UUSP members Keevey and Marciile’s new “Kenwood Organic Produce (KOP - a Zero-Waste Store)” at 3325 5th Avenue North (corner of 5th Ave. and 34th Street North).  Locally sourced organic fruit and vegetables and KOP’s own-made salsas, sauces, jams & jellies with 100% reusable containers. 

 

UU ST. PETE CHRISTMAS EVE IN STORY & CAROLS – Monday, December 24, 6:00pm:   A Christmas Eve Family Service celebrating the Spirit of Christmas Past, Present & Future – with Sabine’s & Jeri’s wassail after the service.  'Tis the season to be yulely!!!  Come strike the harp and let us relight the hearth of our hearts with songs and stories and celebration of Christmas and a new year before us.  To quote an old Unitarian, “God bless Us, Every One.” Pastor Jack

 

HELP UU CHURCH IN THE PINES BUY A CHURCH HOME OF THEIR OWN!  The Fall 2018 Chalice Lighter call for our Florida geographical area has been awarded to UU Church in the Pines in Weeki Wachee, Florida. Chalice Lighter funding will help the congregation buy their first building.   UU Church in the Pines plans to celebrate their upcoming 30th anniversary by becoming more firmly planted. Plans include more community outreach than currently possible by adding evening and weekday programs in a new central location. A church home will help the congregation become a more integral part of the community by supporting an identity as a stable faith community and serving as a hub for justice-linked services and programs.  

Donations online via PayPal (no need for a PayPal account) may be made at www.UUPinesFL.org/Give

Donations by check, payable to “UU Church in the Pines” with a memo “Chalice Lighters,” mailed to UU Church in the Pines, Attn: Chalice Lighter, PO Box 1062, Brooksville, FL 34605.

 

WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES:  Break time until January 9 – see future topics below.

 

UPCOMING WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES: 

(1) “Exploring the Border and the Refugee Caravan” January 9 and 16 – usual Wednesday times, 10am or 7pm, facilitated by Karen Coale and Pastor Jack.

(2) “Pagan & Earth-Centered Voices in Unitarian Universalism” 8 sessions starting January 23 (with pp. ix-20) - 10am & 7pm (your choice).  This is the first book in a UUA series (with books of Buddhist, Jewish, Christian, & Humanist UU Voices to be explored through 2019).  I have ordered 10 copies of this book.  Please let me know if you would like one ($12 each, discounted by UU Bookstore from $14) Pastor Jack at jfdonovan@bellsouth.net or sign-up sheet on piano.

(3) “Get Started With Mindfulness” 5 sessions starting March 27 – 10am & 7pm (your choice).  Sessions on: Why Meditate; How to Meditate; Bringing It into Your Life (Work, Relationship, Self-Care), Deepening Your Practice.  I have 15 copies of the guidebook for sharing if you plan to participate – contact Pastor Jack at jfdonovan@bellsouth.netor see me at church.

 

UUSP EVERY MONDAY EVENING MEDITATION, 5:30-6:15pm.   Facilitator: long time meditator and yoga instructor, UUSP member Mimi Anzel.

 

UUSP EVERY TUESDAY MEDITATION 11:45am-12:15pm in our social hall. For instruction come a bit earlier.  Pastor Jack

 

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

 

UUSP EVERY WEDNESDAY MORNING MEDITATION 7:30am-8:00am, Gilmour Hall, followed by sharing as time and spirit allow.  Ramp door open at 7:15am.  Pastor Jack

 

UUSP EVERY THURSDAY NOON CITIZENS CAFÉ, 12:00am – 1:00pm in UUSP’s Gilmour Hall to chat about the news of the day for camaraderie and clarity’s sake – and perhaps write a politician or two (wi-fi, pens, paper, envelopes provided along with officials’ addresses).  Coffee/Tea provided; BYO Lunch if desired.  Pastor Jack

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

Guest at Your Table Continues 

At this time of year UU Churches across the country engage in an unique program to support the work of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC). "Guest at Your Table" is an annual intergenerational program to raise support for and awareness about key human rights issues. The UUSC works in over 25 countries, with over 75 grassroots partners. 

This year’s theme is: Justice Across Borders with particular emphasis on our southern border with Mexico and the path of refugees seeking safety. Together we are learning about the work of four individuals involved in the work of the UUSC partners. They are called “guests” and we invite them to dine with us by placing the Guest at Your Table box on our dining tables. 

Last week you were introduced to Ely who works for one of UUSC’s partners in Honduras, a radio station called Radio Progreso, which provides a rare independent media space amid waves of propaganda in favor of President Hernández. Reaching over 700,000 listeners daily, Radio Progreso covers a wide range of topics, from politics to environmental issues, as well as a weekly feminist talk show. With UUSC’s support, they continue to broadcast daily and share news about the political unrest in Honduras with U.S. media outlets.

Today you will hear the story of our second guest: Clementina Flores. In January the Religious Wednesdays Studies programs on January 9 & January 16 will  be informational discussions covering facts about caravans thru Mexico to our southern border, the immigration court system and for-profit detention centers.  

Thank you for remembering these heroic Guests and supporting them — as we have the luxury of enjoying this festive time with friends and family.

Contact: Karen Coale

 

 

 

Movie Night: A Christmas Carol - December 19 - 7pm

Please join us on Wednesday, December 19 at 7pm in Conway Hall for one of the best Christmas movies ever: Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

We'll watch the 1984 George C. Scott version directed by Clive Donner, a faithful retelling of the story which won Mr. Scott an Emmy nomination.

Those who’ve attended Pastor Jack’s Wednesday discussions, "Dreamwork with Ebenezer Scrooge,” may find this especially rewarding.

Everyone is invited. Popcorn and Christmas cheer are free, as is a short discussion afterwards. BYO beverage and pillow.

Please RSVP Paul Burnore at plburnore@gmail.com if you’d like to attend. 

Contact: Paul Burnore

 

 

 

Christmas Eve Choir

Many of our choir members will be away for Christmas. We’re hoping some congregants with singing experience will be willing to jump in and sing with us on Christmas Eve. The service is at 6:30pm and we’ll rehearse at 5:15pm.

Please email Jon Arterton at jon@jonandjames.com

 

 

David Roth Concert: January 19 at 7:30p

David Roth returns again this year with his songs of social justice and stories of the lives of inspiring people he has met over the years.

This will be his “third annual”, and near the two-year anniversary of his participation in the 2017 Women’s March in St. Petersburg. His music of social justice, peace, compassion, and inclusivity fly in the face of racism, discrimination, and disconnection, and his songs have found their way to Carnegie Hall, The United Nations, several Chicken Soup for the soul books, the Kennedy Center, NASA’s Space Shuttle “Atlantis”, Peter, Paul, & Mary and Kingston Trio CDs, (and 14 of his own), 5 Positive Music Awards, the “Rise Up Singing” and “Rise Again” (sequel) songbooks, and countless venues in this and other countries (and now other WORLDS) for three decades.  Poignant to improbable, holistic to hilarious, the Chicago native (now living on Cape Cod) once again adds St. Pete to his ongoing world tour.

Tickets will go on sale this Sunday at the Social Justice coffee/chocolate sales table. A portion of proceeds will benefit social justice projects at UU St. Pete and the wider community. 

Contacts: Laurie Clement, Reggie Craig

 

 

 

Bookstore Outlet

A Bookstore Outlet has been set up at the back of the center discussion room in Conway. The UUSP Bookstore Outlet is happy to accept recent books, DVDs and CDs in good condition. Donations which cannot be used will be donated to local service organizations. 

 

Many have been eager to share their favorite books and other media. This is a great time of year to find gifts for family and friends while supporting UU St. Pete. 

 

Contact: Laurie Clement

 

 

 

Citizens' Cafe at UU St. Pete - The Week's News: How Bad Is It Really?

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 11:30am

Feeling a need to vet the news these days?  Weekly starting Thursday October 4th, come join in sharing the week's news that most interests or concerns you.  Paper, envelopes, pens, and political addresses will be available in case you are moved to include public officials in the conversation.  Coffee and tea provided - bring lunch if you'd like.  Pastor Jack coordinating.  

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan

 

 

 

Exploring Human Sexuality

UU Church of Tampa Pioneers Regional Adult Workshops: 'Exploring Human Sexuality

On Saturday, January 12, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa will be the first UU congregation in western Florida to offer the adult version of the Our Whole Lives curriculum on human sexuality. Twelve regional congregations have been invited to register members for 20 workshop openings.

While versions for younger audiences have been offered for years, the adult (35 and over) and young adult (18-35) versions have not. The sexuality education series was jointly developed by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ.  

Beyond two prerequisite workshops, January attendees may choose up to three advanced topics from a list of additional workshops. "We've planned two field trips to venues where UUs rarely go in groups," said Dr. Ronald Hammerle, one of the two course leaders and a former interuniversity scholar at the Kinsey Institute for Sex Research.

The other co-leader, Betty Clark, a masters-educated, registered nurse, brings more than four decades of experience teaching human sexuality. She has presented workshops nationally and internationally on sexual function and sexuality issues related to people with disabilities.

Sessions run approximately two hours in length.  They are held on Saturday afternoons and will end in late February. The fee for the two prerequisite workshops is $25 for UUA and UCC members until December 8. Up to three, advanced courses are $10 per person for members of UUA and UCC congregations until  December 8. 

Applicants will need to complete a confidential, anonymous questionnaire to attend. The questionnaire and registration may be obtained by contacting Betty Clark, at bettyclark555@yahoo.com.

Click the link below to see the informational flyer:
Exploring Human Sexuality Flyer

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan

 

 

 

Make Mandatory IRA Distributions Work for You  

Want to save tax money while contributing to UUSP?

If you have reached the age where you must make required minimum distributions (RMDs) from your tax-deferred investments, usually 70-1/2 years, you can save on taxes while benefiting UUSP: make your pledge contribution directly to UUSP from your IRA.

By contributing directly from your IRA, you lower your taxable income by that amount. For example, if you donate $1 out of a $10 required minimum distribution, $1 goes directly to UUSP from your IRA account. For tax purposes, your income is now $9.

Compare that to withdrawing in cash the full RMD from your IRA and then donating $1. Your taxable income is $10 and you pay tax on the full amount of your required minimum distribution although you can deduct $1 as a charitable deduction.

IRA owners must be age 70-1/2 or older to make this kind of a charitable contribution. The annual limit on such a contribution is very high: up to $100,000 per year directly from one’s IRAs to an eligible charity such as UUSP without paying income tax on the transaction. If you file a joint tax return, your spouse can also make a charitable contribution of up to $100,000, meaning couples can exclude up to $200,000 of their retirement savings from income taxes if they donate it directly to a charity. 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.

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

Any questions, please contact Barbara Archibald (archibaldmail@gmail.com)

 

 

 

Do you play an instrument?

If you do, our music director would love to know about it. Please email him at jon@jonandjames.com.

 

 

 

 

A message from the Choir…

A number of gray hymnals seem to have disappeared over the years. Starting Sunday, the Choir will be accepting donations during coffee hour to replenish them. The books cost $35. Donors will have a dedicatory bookplate pasted into a book either “in memory of” a loved one who has passed, or “in honor of” someone – perhaps someone who’s done a lot for UUSP.

Please reach out to any of our choir members or Jon at jon@jonandjames.com.

 

Thank you!

 

 

 

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: Friday, December 7, 2018

This Sunday's Worship Service

Sunday, December 9, 2018: "Radiant Mystery"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Karen Day

Worship Associate: Michael Pohl

“Radiant Mystery”- All Ages Worship

We will look at traditional tales of the season and consider how 'miracles' inspire us to find hope, courage and trust. Join us for special meditation, shimmering stories, sparky songs, luminous gifts to help us shine this season.

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

All other children will join us in the sanctuary for ALL AGES WORSHIP today.

 

Pastor's Annual Season of Light Party

This Saturday, December 8, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
at Revs. Jack & Alisun Donovan’s house
1104 12 th Street North (Euclid-St. Paul neighborhood).

Bring family and friends as you wish,
to celebrate Hanukkah, Bodhi Day, Solstice, Christmas, Kwanza,
and UU St Pete.

Our holy days’ wish? Seeing you Saturday!

 

UUSP Annual Holiday Coffee Hour

The annual Holiday Coffee Hour will be on December 16 after the service and not limited to an hour.

Bring your favorite dessert or appetizer and join us in Gilmour Hall to celebrate the season at UUSP.

Contact: Sue Price

 

Guest At Your Table Begins This Sunday

At this time of year UU Churches across the country engage in an unique tradition to support the work of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC). This program is called Guest at Your Table (GAYT).

This year’s program focuses on providing support to those seeking refuge in our country at our southern border via reliable on-the-ground outreach organizations who provide shelter, food and legal assistance to those, mainly Central Americans, seeking refuge in our country. These  organizations are a counter-force to the recent disturbing treatment of caravans of migrants attempting to cross into California from Mexico.

Giving via the UUSC GAYT program is one big way to help them. Another is to prepare cards, drawings, and welcome messages to send to our partners on the U.S.-Mexico border who are working tirelessly to support asylum-seekers as they arrive in the United States. These cards will be shared with migrant children and families who have recently arrived to remind them that they have a home and are welcome here.

Join us after service and create your own welcome card or drawing. Cards, paper and markers will set up at a table after service. All ages welcome. 

We will send our “creations” to the UUSC who will share them with one of their host organizations. This is one small step to show asylum-seekers a welcome that is stronger and louder than the messages of hate and fear they are hearing from the Trump administration.

Contact: Karen Coale

 

Hosts For UUs4Us!

We're putting together a fabulous slate of events sponsored by UUSP members for everyone's enjoyment.  Hosts offer a dinner, party, or other gathering in their homes or elsewhere, and everyone has a chance to buy tickets to the events.  We have a great time getting to know one another and all the money goes to UUSP - a win for everyone!

if you are interested in perhaps hosting an event, please contact Susan Burnore (susanburnore@gmail.com or 770-480-0200) to discuss the possibilities. We hope to have the schedule ready in time for people to buy tickets as holiday gifts.  Events will be held January-May 2019.  Enjoy!

 

Minister's Announcements

THIS WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES: Dreamwork With Ebenezer Scrooge, this Wednesday 12/12, 10:00am and 7:00pm, UUSP’s Conway Lounge. chapter (stave) 5 of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol: “The Last of the Spirits (Christmas Future)”. Discussion Focus: Practicing dreamwork for personal discovery and spiritual growth, exploring Ebenezer’s dreams and our own. Quotes for discussion provided.

UPCOMING WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES:
(1) “Exploring the Border and the Refugee Caravan” January 9 and 16 – usual Wednesday times, 10am or 7pm, facilitated by Karen Coale and Pastor Jack.
(2) “Pagan and Earth-Centered Voices in Unitarian Universalism” starting January 23 (with pp. 1-20) - usual times of 10am or 7pm (your choice). This is the first book in a UUA study series (with books of Buddhist, Jewish, Christian, and Humanist UU Voices to be explored through 2019).

UUSP EVERY MONDAY EVENING MEDITATION, 5:30-6:15pm. Facilitator: long time meditator and yoga instructor, UUSP member Mimi Anzel.

UUSP EVERY TUESDAY MEDITATION 11:45am-12:15pm in our social hall. For instruction come a bit earlier. Pastor Jack

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

UUSP EVERY WEDNESDAY MORNING MEDITATION 7:30am-8:00am, Gilmour Hall, followed by sharing as time and spirit allow. Ramp door open at 7:15am. Pastor Jack

UUSP EVERY THURSDAY NOON CITIZENS CAFÉ, 12:00am – 1:00pm in UUSP’s Gilmour Hall to chat about the news of the day for camaraderie and clarity’s sake – and perhaps write a politician or two (wi-fi, pens, paper, envelopes provided along with officials’ addresses). Coffee/Tea provided; BYO Lunch if desired. Pastor Jack

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.

 

Fair Trade Chocolate, Coffee, & Tea: The Perfect Little Gift

Do you still need to find a thoughtful little gift or two this holiday season? Your friends and family might really enjoy a gift of fair traded, organic chocolate, coffee or tea. They are top quality, easy to use and ethically sourced -- Truly a perfect fit!

We will be offering these Fair Trade products after the service this Sunday, December 9th, and again the following Sunday, December 16th.

Please stop by to do a bit of holiday shopping, and while you’re there, maybe pickup a special treat for yourself.

For further information contact Karen Frank.

 

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 Archibald

 

Showered and Empowered

UU's Helping People, overseeing the Friday Night Picnic, was thrilled to host Christy Jenkins, owner and operator of Showered and Empowered on November 2.

Made possible by a grant, the mobile unit has 2 private shower stalls and a stackable washer/dryer. Guests are provided a shower bag filled with a wash cloth, shampoo, soap and conditioner. Friday night volunteers collect and provide clean tee shirts, socks, and underwear. Never underestimate what a small group of committed individuals can achieve!

We will be hosting Showered and Empowered again December 14 and are working on getting this going monthly.

Contact: Sabine (beandex@aol.com)

 

Christmas Eve Choir

Many of our choir members will be away for Christmas. We’re hoping some congregants with singing experience will be willing to jump in and sing with us on Christmas Eve. The service is at 6:30 and we’ll rehearse at 5:15. Please email Jon Arterton at jon@jonandjames.com.

 

A message from the Choir…

A number of gray hymnals seem to have disappeared over the years. Starting Sunday, the Choir will be accepting donations during coffee hour to replenish them. The books cost $35. Donors will have a dedicatory bookplate pasted into a book either “in memory of” a loved one who has passed, or “in honor of” someone – perhaps someone who’s done a lot for UUSP.

Please reach out to any of our choir members or Jon at jon@jonandjames.com.

We have received donations for 15 of the 20 hymnals we've purchased. Five to go!

Thank you!

 

"Still No Room in the Inn" - 29th Annual Christmas Caroling

Friday, December 7, 6:30pm UUSP, playground meeting place

"Still No Room in the Inn" - 29th annual Christmas Caroling in support of people experiencing homelessness.

Join members of UUSP and Celebrate Outreach in caroling at local shelters and the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Courts, ending at the manger on the waterfont. Help us remind our community that for some of us there is "still no room in the inn." Blister bus available.

Contact: John Stewart at (727) 894-2832 or sjstew@gte.net.

 

Make Mandatory IRA Distributions Work for You

Want to save tax money while contributing to UUSP?

If you have reached the age where you must make required minimum distributions (RMDs) from your tax-deferred investments, usually 70-1/2 years, you can save on taxes while benefiting UUSP: make your pledge contribution directly to UUSP from your IRA.

By contributing directly from your IRA, you lower your taxable income by that amount. For example, if you donate $1 out of a $10 required minimum distribution, $1 goes directly to UUSP from your IRA account. For tax purposes, your income is now $9.

Compare that to withdrawing in cash the full RMD from your IRA and then donating $1. Your taxable income is $10 and you pay tax on the full amount of your required minimum distribution although you can deduct $1 as a charitable deduction.

IRA owners must be age 70-1/2 or older to make this kind of a charitable contribution. The annual limit on such a contribution is very high: up to $100,000 per year directly from one’s IRAs to an eligible charity such as UUSP without paying income tax on the transaction. If you file a joint tax return, your spouse can also make a charitable contribution of up to $100,000, meaning couples can exclude up to $200,000 of their retirement savings from income taxes if they donate it directly to a charity. 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.

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

Any questions, please contact Barbara Archibald (archibaldmail@gmail.com)

 

Update from your Buildings and Grounds Committee

Major projects we are working on include a new stairway with lift to Conway’s second floor that may be located in the playground area, a new ADA accessible bathroom to be located in the front office bathroom, and remodel of the sinks and dishwasher area in the kitchen. A new patio area at the front of the church is also under consideration.

Over the past six months we have repaired broken air conditioners and dishwashers, fixed holes in the roof, replaced all exit lights, changed lights and switches with energy efficient replacements, repainted RE stairs, replaced RE classroom doors with fire doors, replaced the chimney cap, trimmed the trees at front and side of the church, renovated the inner courtyard, installed a French drain and trimmed the bamboo, repainted the library, and installed two new bike racks—just to name a few.

Our sanctuary was built in 1929 and requires a lot of maintenance and upkeep.  Much of this work is done by volunteers because the church budget does not cover enough to pay tradesmen.  In addition, our membership has increased and so too has our utility and other operating expenses.

Buildings & Grounds Committee hopes you will learn more about our church’s financial resource situation.  You are also encouraged to join our volunteers. There is always more to do and we can use your ideas and efforts.  Come join us.  We meet at 5:30pm on the first Tuesday of each month.

Contact: Tom Archibald

InfoNet Special: Pastor's Holiday Party This Saturday!

PASTOR’S ANNUAL SEASON OF LIGHT PARTY

This Saturday, December 8, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
at Revs. Jack & Alisun Donovan’s house
1104 12 th Street North (Euclid-St. Paul neighborhood).

Bring family and friends as you wish,
to celebrate Hanukkah, Bodhi Day, Solstice, Christmas, Kwanza,
and UU St Pete.

Our holy days’ wish? Seeing you Saturday!

 

UU St. Pete InfoNet: November 30, 2018

This Sunday's Worship Services

Sunday, December 2, 2018: "WHAT'S A PARENT TO DO? A Hanukkah Guide to Christmas"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

Worship Associate: Susan Burnore

December, the season of awaiting new light that there might be new life, raises  the question of the influence of parenting.  What are the end purposes of parenting a human soul?  What are the means?  What influence do parents have?  Why do so many comic strips feature kids trying to figure out parents or parents trying to figure out kids?  What's to figure?  Perhaps Hanukkah can show the light to Christmas.

 

 

RE Corner

Religious Education: December 2

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

Families begin in worship at 10:30am then school age children and youth will go to their groups after Time for All Ages. Our new theme for this month is Mystery so today we will hear stories of the mysteries of Tonantzin/Our Lady of Guadalupe and Hanukkah then reflect on courage and hope. Next week please join us for an all ages worship.

Rev. Karen Day, RE Family Minister will be in the office Thursday afternoon. Contact Karen at re@uustpete.org.

Contact: Karen Day

 

 

Food Collection This Sunday, December 2

This collection is for one of the Congolese families that we are supporting: Twizere, his wife Mariam, her mother Elizabeth and their three young children; Jibu (7), Sifa (4) and Joseph (20 months).

Keep in mind that their dietary preferences may differ from ours. Rice is a major staple as are all kinds of dried beans. Since we deliver the food right after service -- you may include some produce such as small red potatoes, cabbage, large root vegetables, bananas and oranges.

They also need cleaning products such as dish soap solutions like Lysol, Mr. Clean and laundry detergent.

Bring an item to service with you on Sunday, and our children will collect them during the service.

 

THANK YOU!  

 

Contact: Karen Coale

 

 

 

Announcements From Pastor Jack

THIS SATURDAY: THE UU CHURCH OF CLEARWATER INVITES UU ST PETE to attend a UUC fundraiser featuring One City Chorus Saturday, December 1, 7:30pm – receptions before and after – 2470 Nursery Road, Clearwater, tickets $20 at the door.  More details posted on our bulletin boards.  FYI, our music director, Jon Arterton, is the founder and director of One City Chorus.  It's a great (in size and quality) chorus as its many concerts in St. Pete have proved.

 

THIS SUNDAY, December 2, THE EXPRESSIVE ARTS WORKSHOP “Art Outside the Box” 1:00-4:00 pm in Gilmour Social Hall. This workshop is full, but look for more opportunities in the future.  Expressively, Alisun D. and Cynthia A.

 

THIS WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES:  Dreamwork With Ebenezer Scrooge – Wednesday, December 5, 10:00am and 7:00pm, UUSP’s Conway Lounge. chapter (stave) 4 of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol: “The Last of the Spirits (Christmas Future)”.   Discussion Focus: Practicing dreamwork for personal discovery and spiritual growth, exploring Ebenezer’s dreams and our own   Quotes for discussion provided.

 

NEXT SATURDAY, PASTOR’S ANNUAL SEASON OF LIGHT PARTY, December 8, 5:00-7:00 p.m.  At Revs. Jack & Alisun Donovan’s house, 1104 12th Street North (Euclid-St. Paul neighborhood).  Bring family and friends as you wish, to celebrate Bodhi Day, Hanukkah, Solstice, Christmas, and UU St Pete.

 

UU PLAY READING GROUP next Sunday December 9 and Sunday December 16, 6:30-8:30pm: Gilmour Hall:  JOYCE CAROL OATES’ THE PASSION OF HENRY DAVID THOREAU.  Oates describes the script as: “a dream play, yet for the most part realistically portrayed…my vision of HD THOREAU is that of the quintessential artist who creates a pure art out of the heterogeneous materials of his or her life—the “passion” of genius which is as mysterious as any phenomenon in nature.”  Available in Oates’ NEW PLAYS (1998) ISBN:0865380902 (pbk.)  NEWCOMERS WELCOME: CONTACT Jean or Denis Calandra (calandra@usf.edu.).

 

UPCOMING WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES: “Pagan and Earth-Centered Voices in Unitarian Universalism” starting January 9 (with pp. 1-20) - usual times of 10am or 7pm (your choice).  This is the first book in a UUA study series (with books of Buddhist, Jewish, Christian, and Humanist UU Voices to be explored through 2019).

 

UUSP MONDAYS - EVENING MEDITATION, 5:30-6:15pm.  Facilitator: long time meditator and yoga instructor, UUSP member Mimi Anzel.

 

UUSP TUESDAYS - MEDITATION 11:45am-12:15pm December 4 in our Gilmour Social Hall. For instruction come a bit earlier.  Pastor Jack

 

UUSP TUESDAYS - BROWN BAG LUNCH 12:15-1:00 pm – December 4 in UUSP Gilmour Social Hall.

 

UUSP WEDNESDAYS - MORNING MEDITATION 7:30am-8:00am.  Next meeting: December 5, Gilmour Hall, followed by sharing as time and spirit allow.  Ramp door open at 7:15am.  Pastor Jack

 

UUSP THURSDAYS - CITIZENS CAFÉ, 12:00am – 1:00pm in UUSP’s Gilmour Hall to chat about the news of the day for camaraderie and clarity’s sake – and perhaps write a politician or two (wi-fi, pens, paper, envelopes provided along with officials’ addresses).  Coffee/Tea provided; BYO Lunch if desired.  Pastor Jack

 

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

 

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

 

 

FAST (Faith and Action for Strength Together)

This year’s FAST Research Kick-Off begins our year of work on the issues we voted on at the Annual Assembly. The three committees at work will be Affordable Housing, Youth Suspensions and Arrests, and Criminal Justice Concerns.

 

The Kick-Off is at the First Baptist Church of St. Petersburg, 1900 Gandy Blvd No, St. Petersburg 33702 at 6:45pm on Monday, December 3. 

If you are interested in seeing more Social Justice for these three issues or have questions about FAST, please call Dave Coale, Pat Fling, Carol Ulmer, or Karen Day. 

Contacts: Dave Coale, Karen Day, Pat Fling, Carol Ulmer

 

 

Renew, Renovate and Repair

Building and Grounds committee is looking for help. We meet Tuesday, December 3 at 5:30 – 7pm in Conway Hall.

 

Our major projects include remodeling the kitchen, restoring the courtyard, installing a new stairway with lift to Conway’s second floor, finishing a new ADA accessible bathroom, and building new patio area. You are also encouraged to join our volunteers. There is always more to do and we can use your ideas and efforts.  Come join us.

Contacts:

Reggie Craig regcraig@mindspring.com or Tom Archibald archibaldmail@gmail.com  

 

 

 

Parents' Group Check-in / Potluck

Sunday, December 2, 2018 - 5:30pm

Old, New, and Expecting Parents: Looking to connect with other parents in a small-group setting? This Sunday, December 2, at 5:30pm, the Parents' Covenant Group has its monthly check-in and potluck in Gilmour Hall at church. Touch bases with other parents and share a small dish. Child care provided by request. Contact Michael Pohl or Morgan Gresham for more info.

Contacts: Michael Pohl, Morgan Gresham

 

 

Snowbird Covenant Group

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 2:00am

Snowbird Covenant group meets the first Wednesday of each week 

Contact: Ellen Hayes

 

 

December 7 - InfoNet

Please make sure you email all your submissions for our website, newsfeed and InfoNet to the "pubs@uustpete.org" email address. 

Kelli will be going out of town for a few weeks and may not have access to forward any articles that come directly to her email.  

We want to make sure you are heard and your word gets out!!

 

Thank you!!

 

 

"Still No Room in the Inn" - 29th Annual Christmas Caroling

Friday, December 7, 6:30pm UUSP, playground meeting place

"Still No Room in the Inn" - 29th annual Christmas Caroling in support of people experiencing homelessness.

Join members of UUSP and Celebrate Outreach in caroling at local shelters and the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Courts, ending at the manger on the waterfont. Help us remind our community that for some of us there is "still no room in the inn." Blister bus available.

Contact: John Stewart at (727) 894-2832 or sjstew@gte.net.

 

 

 

Movie Discussion Night - December 7: NETWORK

Please join us on Friday, December 7 at 6:30pm in the sanctuary for the movie Network, the second movie in our Movie Discussion series. The film is 2 hours, 1 minute long. A discussion will follow.

 

Network is a 1976 award-winning classic satire about TV news, the business behind the news, the importance of ratings, and how the news reported on TV is chosen. It was written by Paddy Chayevski and directed by Sidney Lummet. The sensationalism and fake news portrayed in Network portend today’s confusing landscape about truth, facts, manipulating what people see and believe, alternative facts, the role of the press in society, and ethical reporting.

 

The lead character, Howard Beale, is no Walter Cronkite or Harry Reasoner, particularly after the famous “God is business” speech (which reminds us of the “greed is good” speech in Wall Street)

 

Network compares with other movies about the news business, like another 1976 film All the President’s Men and the 1987 film Broadcast News. Coincidentally, Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) is currently playing Howard Beale on stage in Broadway’s Network.

 

Movie critic John Patterson says, "Prescient and powerful, the film foreshadowed the likes of Bill O’Reilly with its ‘mad as hell’ protagonists and the climate of American anger that birthed Trump.” 

 

We’ll meet in the sanctuary again, which seemed to work very well. Some people said we might consider bringing pillows. Bring your own snacks and drinks if you like. Popcorn will be free and available. I’ll send a few questions for consideration before the movie and for discussion afterwards.

 

Contact Paul Burnore at plburnore@gmail.com if you plan to attend.

Contact: Paul Burnore

 

 

 

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)

 

 

 

Guest at Your Table is at the Mexican Border

At this time of year UU Churches across the country engage in an unique tradition to support the work of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC). This program is called Guest at Your Table (GAYT).

This year the focus is on our southern border and providing support to those seeking refuge in our country. The UUSC finds reliable on-the-ground outreach organizations across the globe, but this year’s GAYT is focusing on supporting the NGOs who provide shelter, food and legal assitance to those, mainly Central Americans, seeking safety  who arrive at our southern border in California, Arizona and Texas. They are a counter-force to the recent disturbing treatment of caravans of migrants attempting to cross into California from Mexico.

Giving via the UUSC GAYT program is one way to help them. We can also contact elected officials and organize and/or participate in vigils locally. I welcome additional ideas. 

UU St Pete’s Guest at Your Table campaign takes place over a 2 month period, and will include introductions of four “guests” who are from Central America or Mexico and the organizations they participate in to help migrants; and two informational discussions in January covering facts about caravans, the immigration court system and for-profit detention centers. These discussions will be co-hosted by Rev Jack and Karen Coale.

We will kick-off the program by having our children distribute GAYT boxes during service on Sunday, December 9. We ask you to put the box on your dining table and enter the cost of feeding a guest for the duration of the campaign which will conclude on Sunday, January 20, 2019.  Bring your boxes to service on that date and the children will collect them. We suggest paying by check, payable to:  UU St Pete with UUSC/GAYT in the memo line. 

Thank you!

 

Contact: Karen Coale

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Showered and Empowered

UU's Helping People, overseeing the Friday Night Picnic, was thrilled to host Christy Jenkins, owner and operator of Showered and Empowered on November 2.

Made possible by a grant, the mobile unit has 2 private shower stalls and a stackable washer/dryer. Guests are provided a shower bag filled with a wash cloth, shampoo, soap and conditioner. Friday night volunteers collect and provide clean tee shirts, socks, and underwear. Never underestimate what a small group of committed individuals can achieve!

We will be hosting Showered and Empowered again December 14 and are working on getting this going monthly.

 

Contact: Sabine (beandex@aol.com)

 

 

 

Introducing The Giving Team

Through the efforts of many, UUSP is beginning to thrive. The signs are everywhere, from the vigor and commitment of our members to the shine on our heritage property. We want to provide the wherewithal for UUSP’s continued health through member contributions and participation and gifts from friends. With these efforts in mind, the Board of Trustees has approved a proposal by Carol Ulmer and Susan Burnore to place all our fundraising activities under one umbrella, The Giving Team.

 

Under Carol’s leadership, the team will coordinate and manage all fundraising activities with the help and involvement of UUSP members to sustain our spiritual home and create a thriving community. The team will focus on the following activities under the respective leaders:

 

 

The Giving Team invites congregational members to assist with all aspects of the team’s work and welcomes your suggestions and comments. Please contact any team member to learn how you can play an active role in nurturing our spiritual home.

 

 

 

A message from the Choir…

A number of gray hymnals seem to have disappeared over the years. Starting Sunday, the Choir will be accepting donations during coffee hour to replenish them. The books cost $35. Donors will have a dedicatory bookplate pasted into a book either “in memory of” a loved one who has passed, or “in honor of” someone – perhaps someone who’s done a lot for UUSP.

Please reach out to any of our choir members or Jon at jon@jonandjames.com.

 

Thank you!

 

Do you play an instrument?

If you do, our music director would love to know about it. Please email him at jon@jonandjames.com.

 

 

 

 

Exploring Human Sexuality

UU Church of Tampa Pioneers Regional Adult Workshops: 'Exploring Human Sexuality

On Saturday, January 12, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa will be the first UU congregation in western Florida to offer the adult version of the Our Whole Lives curriculum on human sexuality. Twelve regional congregations have been invited to register members for 20 workshop openings.

While versions for younger audiences have been offered for years, the adult (35 and over) and young adult (18-35) versions have not. The sexuality education series was jointly developed by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ.  

Beyond two prerequisite workshops, January attendees may choose up to three advanced topics from a list of additional workshops. "We've planned two field trips to venues where UUs rarely go in groups," said Dr. Ronald Hammerle, one of the two course leaders and a former interuniversity scholar at the Kinsey Institute for Sex Research.

The other co-leader, Betty Clark, a masters-educated, registered nurse, brings more than four decades of experience teaching human sexuality. She has presented workshops nationally and internationally on sexual function and sexuality issues related to people with disabilities.

Sessions run approximately two hours in length.  They are held on Saturday afternoons and will end in late February. The fee for the two prerequisite workshops is $25 for UUA and UCC members until December 8. Up to three, advanced courses are $10 per person for members of UUA and UCC congregations until  December 8. 

Applicants will need to complete a confidential, anonymous questionnaire to attend. The questionnaire and registration may be obtained by contacting Betty Clark, at bettyclark555@yahoo.com.

Click the link below to see the informational flyer:
Exploring Human Sexuality Flyer

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan

 

 

 

Make Mandatory IRA Distributions Work for You              

Want to save tax money while contributing to UUSP?

If you have reached the age where you must make required minimum distributions (RMDs) from your tax-deferred investments, usually 70-1/2 years, you can save on taxes while benefiting UUSP: make your pledge contribution directly to UUSP from your IRA.

By contributing directly from your IRA, you lower your taxable income by that amount. For example, if you donate $1 out of a $10 required minimum distribution, $1 goes directly to UUSP from your IRA account. For tax purposes, your income is now $9.

Compare that to withdrawing in cash the full RMD from your IRA and then donating $1. Your taxable income is $10 and you pay tax on the full amount of your required minimum distribution although you can deduct $1 as a charitable deduction.

IRA owners must be age 70-1/2 or older to make this kind of a charitable contribution. The annual limit on such a contribution is very high: up to $100,000 per year directly from one’s IRAs to an eligible charity such as UUSP without paying income tax on the transaction. If you file a joint tax return, your spouse can also make a charitable contribution of up to $100,000, meaning couples can exclude up to $200,000 of their retirement savings from income taxes if they donate it directly to a charity. 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.

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

Any questions, please contact Barbara Archibald (archibaldmail@gmail.com)

 

 

 

 

Save the Date: Roy Zimmerman In Concert

Friday, February 22, 2019 - 7:30pm 

Location: Sanctuary

Preparations begin at 6:00, concert begins at 7:30.

What can one person do about racism, gun violence, climate change, income inequality, bigotry, ignorance, war and greed? "Write funny songs," says Roy Zimmerman. Over twenty years on stages, screens and airwaves across America, Roy has brought the sting of satire to the struggle for Peace and Justice. The Los Angeles Times once said that "Zimmerman displays a lacerating wit and keen awareness of society's foibles that bring to mind a latter-day Tom Lehrer." His concerts bring laughter and encouragement to progressive-minded people who need a lot of both these days. "Sometimes I think satire is the most hopeful form of expression," says Roy, "because in calling out the world's absurdities and laughing in their face, I'm affirming the real possibility for change."  https://www.royzimmerman.com/

 

Contact Jon Arterton for information. jon@jonandjames.com

UU St. Pete InfoNet: Make Mandatory IRA Distributions Work For You!

Make Mandatory IRA Distributions Work for You              

Want to save tax money while contributing to UUSP?

If you have reached the age where you must make required minimum distributions (RMDs) from your tax-deferred investments, usually 70-1/2 years, you can save on taxes while benefiting UUSP: make your pledge contribution directly to UUSP from your IRA.

By contributing directly from your IRA, you lower your taxable income by that amount. For example, if you donate $1 out of a $10 required minimum distribution, $1 goes directly to UUSP from your IRA account. For tax purposes, your income is now $9.

Compare that to withdrawing in cash the full RMD from your IRA and then donating $1. Your taxable income is $10 and you pay tax on the full amount of your required minimum distribution although you can deduct $1 as a charitable deduction.

IRA owners must be age 70-1/2 or older to make this kind of a charitable contribution. The annual limit on such a contribution is very high: up to $100,000 per year directly from one’s IRAs to an eligible charity such as UUSP without paying income tax on the transaction. If you file a joint tax return, your spouse can also make a charitable contribution of up to $100,000, meaning couples can exclude up to $200,000 of their retirement savings from income taxes if they donate it directly to a charity. 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.

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

Contact: Carol Ulmer

UU St. Pete InfoNet: November 25, 2018

This Sunday's Worship Services

Sunday, November 25, 2018:  "My Thanksgiving"

Time:  10:30am

Speaker:  Bill Motter

Worship Associate: Susan Burnore

 

Three of our members share thoughts and memories about their Thanksgivings.

 

 

RE Corner

Religious Education:  November 25

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.

Our theme for this month is Memory so today we will have a bread ceremony to remember life's gifts.

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

Contact: Karen Day

 

 

Announcements From Pastor Jack

REMEMBER NEXT SUNDAY, December 2, THE EXPRESSIVE ARTS WORKSHOP “Art Outside the Box” 1:00-4:00pm in Gilmour Social Hall.  If you plan to attend after church please bring your lunch. Only light refreshments will be served during the workshop. If you signed up, look for an email with details next week. This workshop is full, but look for more opportunities in the future.  Expressively, Alisun D. and Cynthia A.

 

PASTOR’S ANNUAL SEASON OF LIGHT PARTY, Saturday, December 8, 5:00-7:00p.m.  At Revs. Jack & Alisun Donovan’s house, 1104 12th Street North (Euclid-St. Paul neighborhood).  Bring family and friends as you wish, to celebrate Bodhi Day, Hanukkah, Solstice, Christmas, and UU St Pete.

 

UUSP MONDAY EVENING MEDITATION (an experiment through November at least), 5:30-6:15pm.   Facilitator: long time meditator and yoga instructor, UUSP member Mimi Anzel.  (“A very peaceful end to the work day.”  Pastor Jack)

 

UUSP TUESDAY MEDITATION 11:45am-12:15pm 11/28 in our social hall. For instruction come a bit earlier.  Pastor Jack

 

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

 

WEDNESDAY MORNING MEDITATION (another experiment, through November at least) 7:30am-8:00am.  Next meeting: November 28, Gilmour Hall, followed by sharing as time and spirit allow.  Ramp door open at 7:15am.  Pastor Jack

 

WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES:  Dreamwork With Ebenezer Scrooge, Wednesday November 28, 10:00am and 7:00pm, UUSP’s Conway Lounge. chapter (stave) 3 of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol: “The Second of the Three Spirits (Christmas Present)”.  Discussion Focus: Practicing dreamwork for personal discovery and spiritual growth, exploring Ebenezer’s dreams and our own Quotes for discussion provided.

 

THURSDAY CITIZENS CAFÉ, 12:00am – 1:00pm in UUSP’s Gilmour Hall (another experiment at least through November).  to chat about the news of the day for camaraderie and clarity’s sake – and perhaps write a politician or two (wi-fi, pens, paper, envelopes provided along with officials’ addresses).  Coffee/Tea provided; BYO Lunch if desired.  Pastor Jack

 

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

 

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

 

 

A message from the Choir…

A number of gray hymnals seem to have disappeared over the years. Starting Sunday, the Choir will be accepting donations during coffee hour to replenish them. The books cost $35. Donors will have a dedicatory bookplate pasted into a book either “in memory of” a loved one who has passed, or “in honor of” someone – perhaps someone who’s done a lot for UUSP.

Please reach out to any of our choir members or Jon at jon@jonandjames.com.

 

Thank you!

 

 

Do you play an instrument?

If you do, our music director would love to know about it. Please email him at jon@jonandjames.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Sunday, November 25, 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

 

 

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: Our Next Keep St. Pete Lit Salon - November 20

Insects and Our Imagination Salon

November 20, 7:30-9:00pm at  The Universalist Unitarian Church of St. Petersburg in Gilmour Hall

[It] was dead and upside down when it materialized… a soul so static and intense, so immortally arranged, I felt, while I lay shell-like in our bed, turned inside out, driving my mind away, it was the same as the dark soul of the world itself. — William H Gass

 

Let’s talk about how we as Floridians and language enthusiasts live with the insect world.

 

How can their beauty and our anxiety create a personal evolution?

 

Enjoy 
•    a lyrical presentation by Stephen Lindow
•    insights on local insects 
•    writing exercises that show your deeper connection with insects in your life
•    excerpts from William H Gass’ "Order of Insects" 

 

$10 suggested donation for the presenters.

 

If you have questions, please contact Sabrina Dalla Valle at winternight.18@gmail.com .

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan

UU St. Pete InfoNet: November 16, 2018

This Sunday's Worship Services

Sunday, November 18, 2018: "TRANSCENDING MYSTERY, TRANSFORMING PROPHECY: On Influencing Your Ancestral Eagles and Turkeys"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

Worship Associate:  Sherry Benton
 

Aren't you sometimes amazed that humankind still exists, given how slowly - and often perversely - we mature and learn?  We inherit the wind from so many who have blown themselves and others to kingdom come - winners of Darwin Awards for cleansing the gene pool - servitude to killer eagles and gobbling turkeys, making evolution wonder if good taste can ever be served.  Are there not ways to influence the windy current of your ancestral lineage so you may soar?

The Covenant of Congregations in the Unitarian Universalist Association calls us to draw upon our direct experiences of transcending  mystery and the transforming influences of prophetic women and men.  So many treasures and heroes among the mysteries and prophecies from our personal ancestral lineages - and also so many handicaps and handicappers.  Can what influences us from our ancestral past be influenced by us to serve our still greater visions?

 

 

 

RE Corner

Religious Education: November 18

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

Families begin in worship 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 Memory so today we will focus on Remembering What Really Matters, with stories, meditation and crafts.

Rev. Karen Day, RE Family Minister is available to talk with you after the service or on Monday this week.. Contact Karen at re@uustpete.org.

 

HAND SEWERS NEEDED:

Carol Benjamin is creating a wonderful fabric hand collage for our Religious Education space. If you are able to spend a bit of time doing a simple running stitch on a square we would be grateful. Contact Rev. Karen Day or see Carol Benjamin.

 

Contact: Karen Day

 

 

 

Parents' Covenant Group

Saturday, November 17, 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. Child care provided by request. Contact Michael Pohl or Morgan Gresham for more info.

Contacts: Michael Pohl, Morgan Gresham

 

 

 

UUSP Annual "Stone Soup" event this Sunday after Service

"Stone Soup" is sponsored by UU's Helping People, a subcommittee of the Social Justice Committee, dedicated to serving people in need in our community, often those facing homelessness. UU's Helping People sponsors the Friday Night picnic as well as financially supports homeless care providers in St. Petersburg. We are able to do this from our fundraising events such as the Pancake Breakfasts and our annual Stone Soup event.

 

How it works is people donate new, used, or thrift store found, soup bowls. On Sunday we display all the bowls for people to bid on. Bid winners are identified and then everybody is served a bowl of homemade vegetable soup for a hearty lunch in communion with our UU family. For further information, please contact Reggie Craig at 727.631.1031 or  regcraig@mindspring.com.

Contact: Reggie Craig

 

 

 

Announcements From Pastor Jack

MEMORIAL SERVICE TOMORROW (SATURDAY) FOR LAURIE CLEMENT’S FATHER, JOHN CLEMENT – Saturday, November 17, 11:00am. in the UUSP sanctuary.  Reception to follow.  John Clement was a leading member of UU St. Pete since 1965, serving the congregation in countless caring and sustaining capacities.  All are invited to attend in honor and celebration.

 

UUSP MONDAY EVENING MEDITATION (an experiment through November at least), 5:30-6:15pm.   Facilitator: long time meditator and yoga instructor, UUSP member Mimi Anzel.  (“A very peaceful end to the work day.”  Pastor Jack)

 

UUSP TUESDAY MEDITATION 11:45am-12:15pm November 27 in our Gilmour social hall. For instruction come a bit earlier.  Pastor Jack

 

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

 

WEDNESDAY MORNING MEDITATION (another experiment, through November at least) 7:30am-8:00am. NO MEETING THIS WEEK.  Next meeting: November 28 in Gilmour Hall, followed by sharing as time and spirit allow.  Ramp door open at 7:15am.  Pastor Jack

 

WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES:  Dreamwork With Ebenezer Scrooge, 10:00am and 7:00pm, UUSP’s Conway Lounge.  NO MEETING THIS WEEK, THE DAY BEFORE THANKSGIVING!!! The Next Meeting Will Be:  Wednesday November 28, chapter (stave) 3 of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol: “The Second of the Three Spirits (Christmas Present)”.   Discussion Focus: Practicing dreamwork for personal discovery and spiritual growth, exploring Ebenezer’s dreams and our own   Quotes for discussion provided.

 

THURSDAY CITIZENS CAFÉ 12:00am – 1:00pm (another experiment at least through November).   NO MEETING THIS WEEK.  Next meeting: November 29  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.  Pastor Jack

 

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.

 

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

 

 

 

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 kwam4181@gmail.com.

 

I am looking forward to seeing you all come Thanksgiving!

Thank you!

Contact: Kevin Wamboldt

 

 

 

A message from the Choir…

A number of gray hymnals seem to have disappeared over the years. Starting Sunday, the Choir will be accepting donations during coffee hour to replenish them. The books cost $35. Donors will have a dedicatory bookplate pasted into a book either “in memory of” a loved one who has passed, or “in honor of” someone – perhaps someone who’s done a lot for UUSP.

Please reach out to any of our choir members or Jon at jon@jonandjames.com.

 

Thank you!

 

 

Do you play an instrument?

If you do, our music director would love to know about it. Please email him at jon@jonandjames.com.

 

 

 

 

Exploring Human Sexuality

EXPLORING HUMAN SEXUALITY - a program (based on the UUA sexuality education curriculum Our Whole Lives) for adults over 35

On Sunday, November 18, 1:00 pm, a one-hour free information session describing the program will be presented at the UU Church of Tampa (11400 Morris Bridge Road, Tampa) by highly experienced trainers Betty Clark and Ron Hammerle (see attached brochure for credentials).  The workshops in the series will begin in January - the first two (on Sexual Attraction in Early and Developing Relations - $25 for package) are required for continued participation, after which you may choose from the seven workshops that are relevant to you (such as Sexuality and Social Values, Health, Aging, etc. - $10 each)..  For details, please see the attached brochure. For questions and registration, contact the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa. 813.988.8188 

Click the link below to see the informational flyer:
Exploring Human Sexuality Flyer

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan

 

 

 

Insects and Our Imagination Salon at UUSP

UUSP and Keep St Pete Lit have been partnering to present quarterly salons with fascinating topics involving language and the world. 

The next Salon is Tuesday, November 20 in Gilmour Hall from 7:30 - 9pm.

Let’s talk about how we as Floridians and language enthusiasts live with the insect world. 
How can their beauty and our anxiety create a personal evolution?

Enjoy 
•    a lyrical presentation by Stephen Lindow
•    insights on local insects 
•    writing exercises that show your deeper connection with insects in your life
•    excerpts from William H Gass’ "Order of Insects" 
[It] was dead and upside down when it materialized… a soul so static and intense, so immortally arranged, I felt, while I lay shell-like in our bed, turned inside out, driving my mind away, it was the same as the dark soul of the world itself. — William H Gass

No charge but a donation is appreciated. 

 

If you have questions, please contact Sabrina Dalla Valle at winternight.18@gmail.com .

 

 

 

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)

 

 

Save the Date: Roy Zimmerman In Concert

Friday, February 22, 2019 - 7:30pm 

Location: Sanctuary

Preparations begin at 6:00, concert begins at 7:30.

What can one person do about racism, gun violence, climate change, income inequality, bigotry, ignorance, war and greed? "Write funny songs," says Roy Zimmerman. Over twenty years on stages, screens and airwaves across America, Roy has brought the sting of satire to the struggle for Peace and Justice. The Los Angeles Times once said that "Zimmerman displays a lacerating wit and keen awareness of society's foibles that bring to mind a latter-day Tom Lehrer." His concerts bring laughter and encouragement to progressive-minded people who need a lot of both these days. "Sometimes I think satire is the most hopeful form of expression," says Roy, "because in calling out the world's absurdities and laughing in their face, I'm affirming the real possibility for change."  https://www.royzimmerman.com/

 

Contact Jon Arterton for information. jon@jonandjames.com

UU St. Pete InfoNet: Tonight at Temple Beth-El

Story Telling for Social Justice

TONIGHT Friday, November 16, 8:15pm - featuring award-winning novelist & journalist Ana Menendez – at Temple Beth-El, 400 Pasadena Avenue South - a Leif Nissen Memorial Social Justice Lecture, supported by the Temple Beth-El Social Justice Action Committee & co-sponsored by UU St Pete, et al.  All are also welcome at the 7:30pm Shabbat service preceding the lecture.  Q/A with Ms. Menendez & dessert to follow.

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan

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