UU St. Pete InfoNet

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UU St. Pete InfoNet: April 19, 2019

This Sunday's Worship Services

Sunday, April 21, 2019: "SHAPING YOUR CREATIVITY: What Do You Make of That?"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

Worship Associate: Patti Hanks

Flower Communion: Pluck a blossom or a few and bring them with you to service.

With Passover, Easter, and Earth Day in mind, we say we want to find truth and meaning, grow spiritually, and build interconnected communities of peace, liberty, and justice for all.  Seems like a  new creation.   Are you up for it?  And should you be?  Are you up to it?  And can you be?  When you are enough, can you be more? 

God granted an inquiring rabbi to know the difference between heaven and hell.  In hell, people holding capacious long-handled cups were circled around a magnificent cauldron of delicious food - but they were in agony from hunger.  In heaven - the same setting, but all were happy.  What was the difference?

 

 

Announcements From Pastor Jack

FLOWER COMMUNION AT THIS SUNDAY MORNING’S EASTER SERVICE, whether you knew to bring flowers or not!

The traditional Unitarian Flower Communion is to commemorate the Flower Communion ceremony established in 1923 by Rev. Dr. Norbert Capek at the Unitarian Church in Prague, Czechoslovakia, and brought to the U.S. just prior to World War II by his wife, Rev. Maja Capek.  UU congregations everywhere continue the tradition - partly to celebrate Spring, partly to celebrate Easter, partly to symbolize resistance to Nazi-type attacks on the principle of the worth and dignity of every person.   With an expectation of lots of flowers to be gathered at our entry doors, we’ll redistribute the blossoms as we recess at the close of the service, for you to carry home - a lovely way to share faith, hope, and love, and the continual resurrection of humility, courage, and caring in the human heart.  Pastor Jack

 

NEXT WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES DISCUSSIONS ON “MINDFULNESS MEDITATION PRACTICE”, April 24 – session four of five - 10am or 7pm, your choice.   Topics:  Session #1) Why Meditate; #2) How to Meditate; #3 & 4) Bringing It into Your Life (Work, Relationship, Self-Care), #5) Deepening Your Practice.  15 loan copies of the guidebook are now circulating (“Getting Started with Mindfulness” published by Mindful Magazine and Mindful.org).  All welcome.

 

NO THURSDAY CITIZENS CAFE THIS COMING THURSDAY April 25.  Next Café, Thursday May 2, 12 noon. Come with your lunch (BYO), drink coffee or tea (provided), and chat about life's issues (BYO).  Pastor Jack

 

NEXT UP-COMING WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES (10:00am and 7:00pm):  “21 Lessons for the 21st Century – the Summary”.  Five sessions (likely start date May 15) on historian Yuval Noah Harari’s overview of humankind’s greatest contemporary challenges.  Our text will be The Summary, published in 80 pages, available on Amazon (as is the full 318 page edition).

 

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.

 

UUSP SERMONS (printed or audio) are available on UUSP's website:   Go to www.uustpete.org, click the Spirituality tab, click Worship Services and Sermons. Scroll down the services and you will see"Sermons and Readings." For audio recordings, click on a Sunday Service and look for the sound icon   audio

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

 

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan

 

 

UUSP Annual Meeting Packet

Your Packet for our Annual Meeting is available for UUSP members. The annual meeting will take place on Sunday, 28 April 2019, immediately after service.

The Packet for the meeting is being sent via email today, ten days before the meeting as prescribed in our bylaws. The packet contains the UUSP NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING and everything you need to know before attending the Annual Meeting. This includes annual reports from all committees, the minister, the president, and church officers. For voting purposes, it also includes the Nominating Committee’s slate of Trustees and Officers that will be elected, three proposed amendments to our bylaws, and our 2019-20 budget.

Please take some time to review these reports and the information that will be voted on. Our bylaws require a quorum of 20% of our membership as of 60 days before the annual meeting. All votes will be decided by simple majority. 

Please plan on attending this meeting and exercising our fifth UU principle: The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large.

And please come prepared by reading through this packet. It’s a great example of the energy and growth of our congregation.

Click on the link below for the Annual Meeting Packet:

UUSP Annual Meeting Packet for April 28, 2019

Thank you!

Contact: Morgan Gresham

 

 

Annual Giving Pledge Budget Vote

All members pledge annually during the Annual Giving Campaign for the upcoming fiscal year beginning July 1, 2019. Based on those pledges, the Finance Team develops and recommends a budget on how to allocate revenues, 80% of which are promised contributions from members and friends, to cover a variety of annual expenses.

 

As has been pointed out, UUSP does not:

  • Pay our minister a fair salary—only about 60% of what is fair.
  • Pay its full-share dues to the UUA—over $10,000.
  • Have sufficient funds to cover routine and scheduled maintenance--$30,000 added annually to a reserve.

 

What will be different this year? Many members have increased their pledges and we thank you. But based on total pledges to date of just over $181,000, we are still operating in survival mode.

 

If you have not yet pledged, now is the time.

If you have pledged, consider increasing your pledge by 10 to 15%, or more if you are able.

 

The UUSP Annual Meeting is Sunday, April 28. At that meeting, all members who have maintained their current-year pledge are eligible to vote. One of the most important votes is approving the budget—approving how our funds will be spent.

 

It is up to you to Show UpPledge, Budget, Vote!

 

 

In faith and appreciation,

 

The Annual Giving Team

Courtney Allen
Patti Hanks
Michael Killoren
Linda Paul
Carol Ulmer

Contact: Carol Ulmer

 

 

 

The Face of Immigration Today

Sunday, May 19:  4:30 - 7:00pm

Temple Beth El
400 Pasadena Ave South
St. Petersburg, FL 33707

Part of the Leif Nissen Social Justice Lecture Series

Born in England, Author/journalist Sasha Abramsky studied at Balliol College, Oxford, and at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City. Currently living in Sacramento, he teaches in the U.C. Davis writing program, while also a fellow at the NYC-based Demos think tank. Sasha's latest book, Jumping at Shadows, is a searing account of America's most dangerous epidemic: irrational fear. The book takes readers on a dramatic journey through a divided nation, where issues such as immigration, gun control and health care have become fodder for fearmongers and conspiracists. The book lays out today's political and cultural landscape and our misconceptions about risk and threats.

 

Check out the Flyer with more information:  Shasha Abramsky - Face of Immigration Today

 

 

Contact: Karen Coale

 

 

 

Mothers Day Brunch

Sunday, May 12 after Service

Suggested Donation: $5 single, $15 for family

Tickets available now, just reach out to Geneva, Susan T. , Sabine, or Reggie

Benefits UUHP’s Direct Outreach Programs

Contacts: Geneva Nelson, Sabine von Aulock, Reggie Craig

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Inquirers Classes

As Pastor Jack says, “If you think we’d be good for you, or you’d be good for us” please join us at our next 2-part Inquirers Classes and learn about our Unitarian Universalist religious community. Classes will take place after Sunday service from noon to 1:30 on May 19 and June 2 in Conway Hall Middle Room. Contact Patti Hanks at pthanks1@gmail.com or sign up at the Welcome Table during coffee hour.

Contact: Patti Hanks

UU St. Pete InfoNet: Flower Communion

Flower Communion Sunday

Pluck a blossom, or a few, and bring them to our Easter Sunday service, this Sunday, April 21.   This is to commemorate the Flower Communion ceremony established during World War II in the Prague, Czechoslovakia, Unitarian Church - partly to celebrate Spring, partly to celebrate Easter, and partly to celebrate resistance to the persecution by the Nazis.  Lots of flowers - bring some and take a blossom, or several, home with you - a lovely way to share faith, hope, and love, and the continual resurrection of courage and caring in the human heart.

UU St. Pete InfoNet: Parking Log Update

Parking Lot Update

The delay in starting construction on our parking lot is due to the bank, not the City. WJA decided to switch from building apartments to condos, which changed the financing requirements. Their bank requires 10% deposits for 5 of the 10 units before construction can begin. They started marketing the units this week through a realtor. 

 

The two bedroom condo prices are in the $375-400K range with a 3% discount for buying through WJA directly instead of a realtor. We do not know when construction will begin, so parking will remain the same for now.

 

Contact Paul Burnore for more information

Please contact Paul Burnore at plburnore@gmail.com with any questions.

Contact: Paul Burnore

UU St. Pete InfoNet: April 12, 2019

This Sunday's Worship Services

Sunday, April 14, 2019: "IS THE WORLD TOO MUCH WITH US? Creative Potentials Under Worldly Influences"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

Worship Associate:  Bill Motter

You have to be yourself, because everyone else is taken.  But does it seem that the worldly powers (whatever they may be) want you to be just like everyone else?  

 

 

RE Corner

Religious Education: 

For information about our Religious Education, families are invited to visit the welcome table in the entry to the sanctuary.

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

Families begin in worship at 10:30 then school age children and youth will go to their groups after Time for All ages. Each week the children will have stories and activities to strengthen our UU identity. Children will be accompanied to their parents in coffee hour at 11:45. Any questions? Contact re@uustpete.org.

 

 

 

Announcements From Pastor Jack

THIS SUNDAY, April 14, 11:45am: “LGBTQ+ INTERESTS” PROGRAM PLANNING – Organizational Meeting #2 – after the service in Conway Middle Room.  Pastor Jack

 

THIS SUNDAY, April 14, 12:30pm: “SUNDAY STUDIOS EXPLORING IDENTITY THROUGH ART: To Thine Own Self Be True.”  Today’s Exploration: “Like a Teabag: Portraits of Power.”  Group Limit: ten participants.   Reserve a space in Conway North Room after the service.  Alisun Donovan, facilitator.

 

THIS COMING WEDNESDAY APRIL 17th RELIGIOUS STUDIES DISCUSSION ON “MINDFULNESS MEDITATION PRACTICE” - 10am or 7pm, your choice.   Session three of five: Bringing Meditation into Your Life.  15 loan copies of the guidebook are now circulating (“Getting Started with Mindfulness” published by Mindful Magazine and Mindful.org).  All welcome.

 

DON’T FORGET THE THURSDAY NOON CITIZENS CAFÉ!!!  in UUSP’s Gilmour Hall library - a chance to clarify, deepen, and vent about the news of the day with real people.  Coffee and tea served.

 

UP-COMING WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES (10:00am and 7:00pm): “21 Lessons for the 21st Century – the Summary”.  Five sessions (likely start date May 15) on historian Yuval Noah Harari’s overview of humankind’s greatest contemporary challenges.  Our text will be The Summary, published in 80 pages, available on Amazon (as is the full 318 page edition).

 

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.

 

UUSP SERMONS (printed or audio) are available on UUSP's website:   Go to www.uustpete.org, click the Spirituality tab, click Worship Services and Sermons. Scroll down the services and you will see"Sermons and Readings." For audio recordings, click on a Sunday Service and look for the sound icon   audio

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

 

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan

 

 

A Thank You from FAST

We want to thank all who came to the Monday night FAST Nehemiah Action. AND a special thanks to -- not only all who recruited and brought other members or friends to the Action--  but also our ministerial support from Rev. Jack and Rev. Karen Day.

Our “official count,” based on tickets turned in, was 94! That is much higher than the 76 who attended last year. The total attendance was 2600 which is higher than our 2500 of last year.

Thank you again for your help, and we will work on keeping you informed during the year on the progress we make on our 3 issues of low-income housing, better school handling of student misbehavior, and criminal justice/mental health issues. 

Contacts: Dave Coale, Pat Fling, Carol Ulmer

 

 

 

The Face of Immigration Today

Sunday, May 19:  4:30 - 7:00pm

Temple Beth El
400 Pasadena Ave South
St. Petersburg, FL 33707

Part of the Leif Nissen Social Justice Lecture Series

Born in England, Author/journalist Sasha Abramsky studied at Balliol College, Oxford, and at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City. Currently living in Sacramento, he teaches in the U.C. Davis writing program, while also a fellow at the NYC-based Demos think tank. Sasha's latest book, Jumping at Shadows, is a searing account of America's most dangerous epidemic: irrational fear. The book takes readers on a dramatic journey through a divided nation, where issues such as immigration, gun control and health care have become fodder for fearmongers and conspiracists. The book lays out today's political and cultural landscape and our misconceptions about risk and threats.

 

Check out the Flyer with more information:  Shasha Abramsky - Face of Immigration Today

 

 

Contact: Karen Coale

 

 

UUSP Kayak Club - Fort Desoto Park

Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 9:00am

Kayak Club Outing - Saturday, April 13, 9:00am at Ft. Desoto Park

Our next excursion will be Saturday morning, April 13, at Ft. Desoto Park and is appropriate for all skill levels. Kayak rentals are available. We’ll paddle around Mullet Key in calm waters and see lots of wildllfe. We’ll meet at Ft Desoto’s kayak rental shop, which opens at 9 am (but come early to beat the crowd) and will launch our excursion from there by 9:15 or 9:30am. We plan to be back by 11:30 am. (You’ll also get to see my just finished wood kayak!)

The weather forecast at this point is totally speculative, but I’ll send an update a few days before the outing. There are lots of other activities at Ft. Desoto: a picnic, visit the fort, see Egmont Key, biking or swimming, etc. Ft. Desoto Park charges a $5 parking fee on entry. Turn right on Anderson Drive and go 2 miles to the kayak rental site, at which we’ll launch.

Bring:

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

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

http://unitedparkservices.com/kayak.html

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

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

 

 

Movie Night - Tootsie

Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 6:30pm

To celebration and honor Women’s “Herstory" Month (in March), please join us for a screening of Tootsie in Conway Hall on Saturday, April 13 at 6:30 pm.

Tootsie is a 1982 American comedy film  directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Dustin Hoffman, with a supporting cast that includes Jessica LangeTeri GarrDabney ColemanBill MurrayCharles DurningGeorge GaynesGeena DavisDoris Belack and Pollack. The film tells the story of a talented but volatile actor, Michael Dorsey, whose reputation for being difficult forces him to adopt a new identity as a woman in order to land a job. 

The film was nominated for 10 Academy Awards. Roger Ebert says: '"Tootsie" is the kind of Movie with a capital M that they used to make in the 1940s, when they weren't afraid to mix up absurdity with seriousness, social comment with farce, and a little heartfelt tenderness right in there with the laughs.” What Michael learns about being a woman in the workplace still has valuable lessons for us today. How far has our society come in the 37 years since Tootsie?

The movie is a little less than two hours long. Free popcorn will be provided. BYO beverages, snacks, and pillows. A short discussion will follow.

Please consider a donation to help pay for the new wide-screen TV we use for films, presentations and podcasts. (We have $210 to go…)

 

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

Contact: Paul Burnore

 

 

TO THINE OWN SELF BE TRUE: Four Sundays of Exploring Identity Through Art

Sunday, April 14, 2019 - 1:00pm

Four Expressive Arts Workshops (March 24, March 31, April 7, April 14) exploring identity through art - facilitated by Alisun Donovan

 

 

More on Pledging

For many, trying to decide how much to pledge is challenging. Follows is a chart that indicates how much to consider pledging each year based on one’s annual gross income.For many, trying to decide how much to pledge is challenging. Follows is a chart that indicates how much to consider pledging each year based on one’s annual gross income.

Annual Gross

Supporter

Sustainer

Visionary

Full Tither

$15,000

$144

$300

$450

$1,500

$25,000

$500

$720

$1,250

$2,500

$50,000

$1,500

$2,000

$2,500

$5,000

$75,000

$2,250

$3,375

$4,500

$7,500

$100,000

$3,500

$5,000

$6,500

$10,000

$150,000

$5,250

$5,500

$9,750

$15,000

$200,000

$8,000

$11,000

$14,000

$20,000

$300,000

$15,000

$18,000

$24,000

$30,000

$400,000

$24,000

$28,000

$34,000

$40,000

$500,000

$35,000

$40,000

$45,000

$50,000

 

Derived from UUA Guidelines

Contact: Carol Ulmer

 

 

Crank Up The Volume!

The Buildings and Grounds Committee is happy to announce the receipt of a new professional portable sound system to replace the one that was lost year.  This is a generous gift from Fred & Anne Sidell and it includes a mixer and six microphones. Thank you!

 

 

Mothers Day Pancake Breakfast

Sunday, May 12 after Service Tickets

$5 single, $15 for family

Tickets available now, just reach outto Geneva, Susan T. , Sabine, or Reggie

Benefits UUHP’s Direct Outreach Programs

Contacts: Geneva Nelson, Sabine von Aulock, Reggie Craig

 

 

 

Calling All Lovers of UU St. Pete

UU St. Pete Needs Your Pledge Now!

 

Why?

The UUSP Board needs to approve a budget that the congregation will vote on at its annual meeting in April.

The Finance Team needs to present its budget at the Town Hall Meeting on April 7 after the service.

The budget for Fiscal year 2019-20 that starts July 1 depends for 85% of its revenues on pledges by our members and friends.

And you are one of the 85%!

 

Please be as generous as you can. Consider a contribution of 3 to 5% of your personal annual budgeted expenses. We all need to stretch to support the congregation we love and call our spiritual home.

 

Your contribution will determine if UU St. Pete can:

  • Pay a market salary to our staff and pastor
  • Increase staff hours to assist our many volunteers
  • Pay our full share of dues to the UUA
  • Establish an adequate reserve of $30,000 to service scheduled maintenance and repair and replacement.

 

We all are counting on you. Our building is an historic treasure and our congregation is a refuge where we can turn to help us navigate the world. Whether you attend Sunday services, join in meditation, participate in Wednesday discussion groups, serve and cook for the Friday picnic, belong to FAST, or any of the other wonderful activities that we enjoy together, show your financial support by pledging generously to your spiritual home.

 

Click on the link for a pledge form.

UUSP Financial Commitment Form 2018-2019

 

Thanks to all who have pledged.

 

The Annual Giving Team

                                                           

 

Contact: Carol Ulmer

 

 

 

One of Our Congolese Families

Twizere’s family continues to grow — with a soon-to-be added little baby girl — due on April 15. The family arrived in St Pete from a refugee camp in Uganda in December, 2015. UU St Pete began supporting this and two other Congolese families in early 2016.  

This family has made tremendous progress in adapting to their new home — but periodically can use a helping hand. Twizere has a full-time job — but also fills in doing yard work: weeding, planting, mulching, etc. He is very thorough, conscientious and timely. Dave and I have hired him to work several half days for us on Saturday or Sunday — keeping the weeds under control and planting flowers, bushes, etc. If you could use some help in this area — please contact me, and I will gladly link you up. 

 

 

Contact: Karen Coale

 

 

 

UUSP Passover Seder - April 20 at 6pm

April 20, 2019 at 6:00pm

All are welcomed–especially children!

A Seder (SAY-der) is a ceremonial meal celebrating the festival of Passover by retelling the story of the liberation of the Children of Israel from slavery in ancient Egypt.

A Unitarian Universalist Seder invites everyone to share this story to promote peace and freedom.

Please come to our Seder and enjoy the age-old story retold with ritual foods and matzah, good food, music and dancing.

Sign-up sheets are located on the piano in Gilmour Hall. Food and/or monetary donations are welcomed.

For more information, contact Linda Paul (lindapaulelem@gmail.com) or Barbara Archibald (archibaldmail@gmail.com)

UU St. Pete InfoNet: Gratitude and Generosity

Gratitude and Generosity

The Annual Giving Campaign Gratitude and Generosity Is Over!

Thank you to all of the members and friends who have pledged to UU St. Pete. Your thoughtfulness and generosity is greatly appreciated by all in our congregation who aspire to create a loving and welcoming space to live our values and strive for personal spiritual growth.

 

 

If you have not yet pledged, don’t worry. You can still support your spiritual home. Complete a pledge form promptly by visiting the Annual Giving table in Gilmore Hall today. Join the rest of the congregation in making a promise to strengthen our UU presence in St. Petersburg.

 

Congregational pledges typically represent 85% of the annual budget. It is the responsibility of everyone to contribute generously and intentionally to benefit our community and the greater world by enabling UU St. Pete to flourish and provide a haven for all.

 

To find out what your financial commitment means, please attend the town hall meeting after the service on April 7.

 

In faith and appreciation,

 

The Annual Giving Team

Courtney Allen
Patti Hanks
Michael Killoren
Linda Paul
Carol Ulmer

Contact: Carol Ulmer

UU St. Pete InfoNet: April 5, 2019

This Sunday's Worship Services

Sunday, April 7, 2019: "THE UNEXPECTED HUMAN: Our Potentials for Creativity and Wholeness - Something Old, Something New"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

Worship Associate: Sarah Craig

Would it be fair to say that at every stage of life we seek a sense of spiritual wholeness?  Would it be fair to say that creativity is both a part of that sense and an essential path to it?  What are our potentials for creativity and what do they contribute to the surviving and thriving of the whole human spirit?  

 

 

RE Corner

Religious Education: 

For information about our Religious Education, families are invited to visit the welcome table in the entry to the sanctuary.

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

Families begin in worship at 10:30 then school age children and youth will go to their groups after Time for All ages. Each week the children will have stories and activities to strengthen our UU identity. Children will be accompanied to their parents in coffee hour at 11:45. Any questions? Contact re@uustpete.org.

 

 

 

Announcements From Pastor Jack

TO THINE OWN SELF BE TRUE: Sunday Studios Exploring Identity Through Art, April 7 and April 14.  This Sunday’s Exploration at 1:00pm: “Notes to Self – Booklet Creation.”  Group Limit: ten participants.   Reserve a space in Conway (RE building) after the service.  Alisun Donovan, facilitator.

 

DISCUSSIONS ON “MINDFULNESS MEDITATION PRACTICE” CONTINUE WEDNESDAY, April 10 – session two of five - 10am or 7pm, your choice).   Topics:  Session #1) Why Meditate; #2) How to Meditate; #3&4) Bringing It into Your Life (Work, Relationship, Self-Care), #5) Deepening Your Practice.  15 loan copies of the guidebook are now circulating (“Getting Started with Mindfulness” published by Mindful Magazine and Mindful.org).  All welcome.

 

DON’T FORGET THE THURSDAY NOON CITIZENS CAFÉ!!!  in UUSP’s Gilmour Hall library - a chance to clarify, deepen, and vent about the news of the day with real people.  Coffee and tea served.

 

“LGBTQ+ INTERESTS” PROGRAM PLANNING MEETING #2 – Next Sunday, April 14, after the service (11:45am) – in Conway Middle Room.  Pastor Jack

 

FUTURE WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES (10:00am and/or 7:00pm – your choice):  “21 Lessons for the 21st Century – the Summary” 5 sessions  (likely start date May 15) on historian Yuval Noah Harari’s overview of humankind’s greatest contemporary challenges.  Our text will be The Summary, published in 80 pages, available on Amazon (as is the full 318pp edition).

 

THANKS TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED IN LAST SATURDAY MORNING’S MEDITATION RETREAT – changing the world, one epiphany after another!

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO UUSP MEMBER IAN O’HARA ON HIS MARRIAGE TO DENISE!   

 

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.

 

UUSP SERMONS (printed or audio) are available on UUSP's website:   Go to www.uustpete.org, click the Spirituality tab, click Worship Services and Sermons. Scroll down the services and you will see"Sermons and Readings." For audio recordings, click on a Sunday Service and look for the sound icon   audio

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

 

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan

Take ACTION with FAST — Monday, April 8 at Tropicana Field

Come with us (UUSP needs 101 people) to the Nehemiah Action to ask our officials for better restorative practices to transform our schools, affordable housing money NOW, not four years from now and a central facility to address mental health and substance abuse treatment needs. 

If you do not yet have a ticket (FREE) — stop by the Social Justice table after service THIS Sunday. Our congregation will sit together — so wear your UU St Pete T shirt. There will be 3000 of our neighbors and community partners there to raise our voices as one. How do we stand? FAST together! 7:00pm at the Tropicana Field. 

If you need a ride contact Dave Coale: 727 898-8038. There is free parking across street from the west entrances (Gate 5 and Gate 6) on 16th Street. Everyone will be entering via these two Gates. Lot 1 has many reserved spaces for handicap parking. There will be wheelchair stations at both entrances, and their will be volunteers to take you to your seat if needed. There will also be wheel chairs available for those who do not have them.  

 

Contacts: Dave Coale, Pat Fling, Carol Ulmer

 

 

UUs4U Next Up..Ice Cream!

Thank you to all as we have sold out of all our UUs4U Events, except the Ice Cream Garden Party.  

Saturday, April 13, 2pm - Ice Cream Garden Party - Sweet conversation while enjoying the gardens and homemade ice cream - what could be better?!  Join hosts Gay and Billy for a fun and tasty afternoon.  $15 each, $15 for couple/family.

Reach out to Susan if you have questions or need tickets.

Contact: Susan Burnore

 

 

The Face of Immigration Today

Sunday, May 19:  4:30 - 7:00pm

Temple Beth El
400 Pasadena Ave South
St. Petersburg, FL 33707

Part of the Leif Nissen Social Justice Lecture Series

Born in England, Author/journalist Sasha Abramsky studied at Balliol College, Oxford, and at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City. Currently living in Sacramento, he teaches in the U.C. Davis writing program, while also a fellow at the NYC-based Demos think tank. Sasha's latest book, Jumping at Shadows, is a searing account of America's most dangerous epidemic: irrational fear. The book takes readers on a dramatic journey through a divided nation, where issues such as immigration, gun control and health care have become fodder for fearmongers and conspiracists. The book lays out today's political and cultural landscape and our misconceptions about risk and threats.

 

Check out the Flyer with more information:  Shasha Abramsky - Face of Immigration Today

 

 

Contact: Karen Coale

 

 

 

Parking Lot Update

If you've noticed Duke Energy trucks in our parking lot, it's because there're working on the electrical requirements for WJA, our neighbors, and for UUSP. They'll only be there for a few days and parking will remain open.

 

The delay by the City is a requirement that WJA sell 5 condo units before construction will be allowed. The two bedroom condos are designed to be more affordable for young professionals who would like to live near their work but can't afford the high prices of most condos. WJA is  actively marketing these condos before they're built, based on renderings of the final building and units. The price range is $370-400K. If you know of anyone who might be interested, and they go directly to WJA (not through a realtor), they'll get a 3% discount.

 

So parking will remain the same as before. There is no firm date as to when the construction will start. I'm in the process of trying to make an arrangement with the County for UUSP members to be able to use 10-12 spaces during the week, since County usage is less than 40% of their 50+ spaces (I've been keeping track). The law office next to them (just across Arlington) is now vacant and up for rent, so their parking lot is totally unoccupied. I'll try to get permission to use their 20 spaces also when the construction of our parking lot actually starts.

 

Please contact Paul Burnore at plburnore@gmail.com with any questions.

Contact: Paul Burnore

 

UUSP Kayak Club - Fort Desoto Park

Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 9:00am

Kayak Club Outing - Saturday, April 13, 9:00am at Ft. Desoto Park

Our next excursion will be Saturday morning, April 13, at Ft. Desoto Park and is appropriate for all skill levels. Kayak rentals are available. We’ll paddle around Mullet Key in calm waters and see lots of wildllfe. We’ll meet at Ft Desoto’s kayak rental shop, which opens at 9 am (but come early to beat the crowd) and will launch our excursion from there by 9:15 or 9:30am. We plan to be back by 11:30 am. (You’ll also get to see my just finished wood kayak!)

The weather forecast at this point is totally speculative, but I’ll send an update a few days before the outing. There are lots of other activities at Ft. Desoto: a picnic, visit the fort, see Egmont Key, biking or swimming, etc. Ft. Desoto Park charges a $5 parking fee on entry. Turn right on Anderson Drive and go 2 miles to the kayak rental site, at which we’ll launch.

Bring:

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

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

http://unitedparkservices.com/kayak.html

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

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

 

 

Movie Night - Tootsie

Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 6:30pm

To celebration and honor Women’s “Herstory" Month (in March), please join us for a screening of Tootsie in Conway Hall on Saturday, April 13 at 6:30 pm.

Tootsie is a 1982 American comedy film  directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Dustin Hoffman, with a supporting cast that includes Jessica LangeTeri GarrDabney ColemanBill MurrayCharles DurningGeorge GaynesGeena DavisDoris Belack and Pollack. The film tells the story of a talented but volatile actor, Michael Dorsey, whose reputation for being difficult forces him to adopt a new identity as a woman in order to land a job. 

The film was nominated for 10 Academy Awards. Roger Ebert says: '"Tootsie" is the kind of Movie with a capital M that they used to make in the 1940s, when they weren't afraid to mix up absurdity with seriousness, social comment with farce, and a little heartfelt tenderness right in there with the laughs.” What Michael learns about being a woman in the workplace still has valuable lessons for us today. How far has our society come in the 37 years since Tootsie?

The movie is a little less than two hours long. Free popcorn will be provided. BYO beverages, snacks, and pillows. A short discussion will follow.

Please consider a donation to help pay for the new wide-screen TV we use for films, presentations and podcasts. (We have $210 to go…)

 

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

Contact: Paul Burnore

 

 

One of Our Congolese Families

Twizere’s family continues to grow — with a soon-to-be added little baby girl — due on April 15. The family arrived in St Pete from a refugee camp in Uganda in December, 2015. UU St Pete began supporting this and two other Congolese families in early 2016.  

This family has made tremendous progress in adapting to their new home — but periodically can use a helping hand. Twizere has a full-time job — but also fills in doing yard work: weeding, planting, mulching, etc. He is very thorough, conscientious and timely. Dave and I have hired him to work several half days for us on Saturday or Sunday — keeping the weeds under control and planting flowers, bushes, etc. If you could use some help in this area — please contact me, and I will gladly link you up. 

 

 

Contact: Karen Coale

 

 

 

UUSP Passover Seder - April 20 at 6pm

April 20, 2019 at 6:00pm

All are welcomed–especially children!

A Seder (SAY-der) is a ceremonial meal celebrating the festival of Passover by retelling the story of the liberation of the Children of Israel from slavery in ancient Egypt.

A Unitarian Universalist Seder invites everyone to share this story to promote peace and freedom.

Please come to our Seder and enjoy the age-old story retold with ritual foods and matzah, good food, music and dancing.

Sign-up sheets are located on the piano in Gilmour Hall. Food and/or monetary donations are welcomed.

For more information, contact Linda Paul (lindapaulelem@gmail.com) or Barbara Archibald (archibaldmail@gmail.com)

UU St. Pete InfoNet : Parking Log

Parking Lot Update

If you've noticed Duke Energy trucks in our parking lot, it's because there're working on the electrical requirements for WJA, our neighbors, and for UUSP. They'll only be there for a few days and parking will remain open.

 

The delay by the City is a requirement that WJA sell 5 condo units before construction will be allowed. The two bedroom condos are designed to be more affordable for young professionals who would like to live near their work but can't afford the high prices of most condos. WJA is  actively marketing these condos before they're built, based on renderings of the final building and units. The price range is $370-400K. If you know of anyone who might be interested, and they go directly to WJA (not through a realtor), they'll get a 3% discount.

 

So parking will remain the same as before. There is no firm date as to when the construction will start. I'm in the process of trying to make an arrangement with the County for UUSP members to be able to use 10-12 spaces during the week, since County usage is less than 40% of their 50+ spaces (I've been keeping track). The law office next to them (just across Arlington) is now vacant and up for rent, so their parking lot is totally unoccupied. I'll try to get permission to use their 20 spaces also when the construction of our parking lot actually starts.

 

Please contact Paul Burnore at plburnore@gmail.com with any questions.

Contact: Paul Burnore

UU St. Pete InfoNet: March 29, 2019

This Sunday's Worship Services

Sunday, March 31, 2019: "Journeys - With a Little Help From Our Friends"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Bill Motter

Worship Associate: Susan Burnore

Guest Speakers:  Jamey Grey, Ruth Bentley and Michael Killoren

 

 

RE Corner

Religious Education: 

For information about our Religious Education, families are invited to visit the welcome table in the entry to the sanctuary.

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

Families begin in worship at 10:30 then school age children and youth will go to their groups after Time for All ages. Each week the children will have stories and activities to strengthen our UU identity. Children will be accompanied to their parents in coffee hour at 11:45. Any questions? Contact re@uustpete.org.

 

 

 

Announcements From Pastor Jack

THIS SATURDAY MORNING UUSP MEDITATION RETREAT March 30, 9:00am-12noon in Gilmour Hall.  Sitting and Walking Meditations through the morning.  A chance for spiritual healing, strengthening, and peace. Come for an hour, two, or three.  Brief instruction provided.  For questions, email Pastor Jack at jfdonovan@bellsouth.net.

 

THIS SUNDAY 12:30 AFTER SERVICE IN CONWAY HALL – EXPRESSIVE ARTS SUNDAY STUDIO CONTINUES!  Ink and String Drawing for personal discovery and delight.  Group Limit to ten participants.   You may reserve a space by email on Saturday (alisundonovan93@gmail.com) or on Sunday come back to Conway after the service to reserve a space.  Alisun Donovan, facilitator.

 

THIS MONDAY - Y’ALL COME – IAN MARRIES DENISE  – MONDAY APRIL 1, 2:30pm – wedding behind Casino Gulfport (5500 Shore Blvd); reception at El Chapo.  RSVP: Ian O’Hara 727-954-4198.

 

STARTING THIS WEDNESDAY DISCUSSIONS ON “MINDFULNESS MEDITATION PRACTICE” – five sessions starting this Wednesday April 3, 10am or 7pm (your choice).   Topics:  1) Why Meditate; 2) How to Meditate; 3&4) Bringing It into Your Life (Work, Relationship, Self-Care), 5) Deepening Your Practice.  I have 15 copies of the guidebook for sharing (“Getting Started with Mindfulness” published by Mindful Magazine and Mindful.org).  If you plan to participate, please contact Pastor Jack at jfdonovan@bellsouth.net or see me at church.

 

DON’T FORGET THE THURSDAY NOON CITIZENS CAFÉ!!!  in UUSP’s Gilmour Hall library.  This past Thursday’s news items of the day: 1) Collusion or What; 2) Venezuela, the U.S., & Russia; 3) Federal Judge & No to Unexamined Oil/Gas Drilling Impact.   What would you bring to the table (besides lunch, a latte, or a friend)?  Whom would you lobby?

 

LGBTQ+ INTERESTS – Program Planning Meeting #2 – Sunday, April 14, after the service (11:45) – in Conway Middle Room.  Pastor Jack

 

FUTURE WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES (10:00am and/or 7:00pm – your choice):  “21 Lessons for the 21st Century – the Summary” 5 sessions - likely start date May 15 on historian Yuval Noah Harari’s overview (80pp) of humankind’s greatest challenges.  (Full 318pp edition separately 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.

 

UUSP SERMONS (printed or audio) are available on UUSP's website:   Go to www.uustpete.org, click the Spirituality tab, click Worship Services and Sermons. Scroll down the services and you will see"Sermons and Readings." For audio recordings, click on a Sunday Service and look for the sound icon   audio

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

 

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan

 

 

One of Our Congolese Families

Twizere’s family continues to grow — with a soon-to-be added little baby girl — due on April 15. The family arrived in St Pete from a refugee camp in Uganda in December, 2015. UU St Pete began supporting this and two other Congolese families in early 2016.  

This family has made tremendous progress in adapting to their new home — but periodically can use a helping hand. Twizere has a full-time job — but also fills in doing yard work: weeding, planting, mulching, etc. He is very thorough, conscientious and timely. Dave and I have hired him to work several half days for us on Saturday or Sunday — keeping the weeds under control and planting flowers, bushes, etc. If you could use some help in this area — please contact me, and I will gladly link you up. 

 

 

Contact: Karen Coale

 

 

TO THINE OWN SELF BE TRUE: Four Sundays of Exploring Identity Through Art

Sunday, March 31, 2019 - 12:30pm

The second in a series of four Sunday afternoon workshops (March 24 through April 14) 1:00-2:30pm using Expressive Arts practices to explore identity - facilitated by Alisun Donovan.

 

 

 

Gratitude and Generosity

Thank you to the following members and friends who have made a financial commitment to UU St. Pete for the next fiscal year 2019-2020:

  • Cynthia and Robert Alicea
  • Melissa and Courtney Allen
  • Mimi Anzel
  • Barbara and Tom Archibald
  • Marilyn Barber
  • Christine Barker
  • Lise Beane
  • Dolores Benjamin
  • Ruth Bentley
  • Sherry and Steve Benton
  • Mary Berglund
  • Betty Bernhart
  • Tamera Boudreau
  • Andy Bragg
  • Gay Breuler and Billy Crider
  • Beate Brown
  • Jane Bunker and Mason Morfit
  • Trish Burch
  • Susan and Paul Burnore
  • Jean and Denis Calandra
  • Debbie Polis Carter
  • Sally Carville
  • Emily Chavie
  • Laurie Clement
  • Karen and Dave Coale
  • Sarah and Paul Craig
  • Margie Davis
  • Kelli DeGraw
  • Sulamita Donnolo
  • Suzanne Dudley
  • Pete Elem
  • Jane and Kent Fanning
  • Betsy Filz
  • James Fitzgerald II
  • James Fitzgerald III
  • Tim Flaherty
  • Patricia Fling
  • Beth Fountain
  • Karen Frank and Reggie Craig
  • Ann and Brett Freistadt
  • Dan Greenfeld
  • Iain Goddard
  • Morgan Gresham and Michael Pohl
  • Kaitlin Hammersley and Peter   Fritsche
  • Barbara Hamann
  • Patti Hanks
  • Ellen Hays
  • Jill Hoffman
  • Tracy Horn
  • Jennifer Hostetler
  • Jeri Huempfner-Gatz and Sabine von Aulock
  • Mary Neal and Barry Jones
  • Patti Kane-Wood
  • Joanne Kellner
  • Michael Killoren and Randy Nolan
  • Dwight Lawton
  • Jeannette and Tony Levy
  • Molly Lopata
  • James Mack and Jon Arterton
  • Cheryl and Mark MacNeill
  • Keevy McAlavy and Marcile Powers
  • Linda Mangelsdorf
  • Gloria Marvin
  • Richard Miller
  • Janet Mills
  • Arnt Monge
  • Bill Motter
  • John Motter
  • Bud Murphy
  • Geneva Nelson
  • Jill Oldenski
  • Marie Palena
  • Cynthia Patterson
  • Linda Paul
  • Sue Price
  • Kathleen Rehl
  • Bob Riddle
  • Deb Robinson
  • Amy Rodriguez and Will Tripoli
  • Robert Sanborn
  • Billy Sanford
  • Amy and Harry Sauers
  • Dani Skrzypek
  • Carol Ulmer
  • Sara Wallace
  • Joyce Wamboldt
  • Kevin Wamboldt
  • Edna Whisler
  • Karen White
  • Rebecca Wilson
  • Sharon Winters
  • Sharon Wood

 

We are very grateful for your thoughtful and generous pledge to our spiritual home.

 

Time is running out! Visit the Annual Giving table in Gilmore Hall after the service and fill out a pledge form today. We need your pledge! Friends of the Congregation, please consider supporting UU St. Pete. We love having you with us and count on your support.

 

The Annual Giving Team

 

Courtney Allen

Patti Hanks

Michael Killoren

Linda Paul

Carol Ulmer

Contact: Carol Ulmer

 

 

Calling All Lovers of UU St. Pete

UU St. Pete Needs Your Pledge Now!

 

Why?

The UUSP Board needs to approve a budget that the congregation will vote on at its annual meeting in April.

The Finance Team needs to present its budget at the Town Hall Meeting on April 7 after the service.

The budget for Fiscal year 2019-20 that starts July 1 depends for 85% of its revenues on pledges by our members and friends.

And you are one of the 85%!

 

Please be as generous as you can. Consider a contribution of 3 to 5% of your personal annual budgeted expenses. We all need to stretch to support the congregation we love and call our spiritual home.

 

Your contribution will determine if UU St. Pete can:

  • Pay a market salary to our staff and pastor
  • Increase staff hours to assist our many volunteers
  • Pay our full share of dues to the UUA
  • Establish an adequate reserve of $30,000 to service scheduled maintenance and repair and replacement.

 

We all are counting on you. Our building is an historic treasure and our congregation is a refuge where we can turn to help us navigate the world. Whether you attend Sunday services, join in meditation, participate in Wednesday discussion groups, serve and cook for the Friday picnic, belong to FAST, or any of the other wonderful activities that we enjoy together, show your financial support by pledging generously to your spiritual home.

 

Click on the link for a pledge form.

UUSP Financial Commitment Form 2018-2019

 

Thanks to all who have pledged.

 

The Annual Giving Team

                                                           

 

Contact: Carol Ulmer

Voices United - Free Concert April 2

VOICES UNITED

A Free Concert with The Alumni Singers, One City Chorus and Gibbs High’s Vox Nova

Tuesday, April 2, 2019     7:00 PM   FREE!

John Hopkins Middle School Auditorium - 701 16th St. South, St. Petersburg

 

     Three wonderful St. Petersburg choruses will join together in a multi-generational evening of song at John Hopkins Middle School on April 2nd at 7:00 PM. Featured will be Vox Nova, a jazz and contemporary vocal ensemble from Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School; the famed Alumni Singers of St. Pete, now in their 38th year; and St. Pete’s 130-voice One City Chorus. The 75-minute concert will include several of each group’s “greatest hits” – and it’s free and family-friendly. The Alumni Singers are led by Janice Hogans, the One City Chorus by Jon Arterton and Vox Nova by Matt Clear. The auditorium is located at 701 16th St. South. More information is available at 508-487-0477.

 

 

 

UUs4U Next Up: Cocktail Party - Men's Night In - Homemade Ice Cream!

It's time to get your tickets for the final UUs4U events, where all the money goes to UUSP and everyone has a great time.  

Friday, April 5, 5:30pm - Cocktails, Conversation and Appetizer Buffet with hosts Sally Wallace and Sue Price at Sally's beautiful home in Allendale.  Perfect evening for grown-ups!  $40 each

Saturday, April 6, 6pm til Sunday 10 am! - Men's Night In - Join hosts Paul Burnore and Tom Archibald for dinner, conversation, a Worst Joke Contest, a movie and nightcaps.  A stay-all-night-if-you-want event, with Sunday breakfast and heading to church the next morning.  New tattoos optional.  $40 each

Saturday, April 13, 2pm - Ice Cream Garden Party - Sweet conversation while enjoying the gardens and homemade ice cream - what could be better?!  Join hosts Gay and Billy for a fun and tasty afternoon.  $15 each, $15 for couple/family.

Finally the Boat Trip plus Poolside Dinner on Saturday, April 27 - The boat is full, but we have room for more people at dinner.  $30 each.  We'll have cocktails starting around 5 while the others are boating, then dinner for all at 7pm.  

Contact: Susan Burnore

Take ACTION with FAST — April 8 at Tropicana Field

Come with us (UUSP needs 101 people) to the Nehemiah Action to ask our officials for better restorative practices to transform our schools, affordable housing money NOW, not four years from now and a central facility to address mental health and substance abuse treatment needs. 

There will be 3000 of our neighbors and community partners there to raise our voices as one. How do we stand? FAST together! 7:00pm at the Tropicana Field. If you need aentracne ticket, didirections to the event or a ride contact Dave Coale: 727 898-8038. There is parking across street from the entrance on 16th Street, or you can park in our Church parking lot and walk to the Tropicana  — takes about 30 minutes.

 

Contacts: Dave Coale, Pat Fling, Carol Ulmer

 

 

 

Movie Night - Tootsie

Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 6:30pm

To celebration and honor Women’s “Herstory" Month (in March), please join us for a screening of Tootsie in Conway Hall on Saturday, April 13 at 6:30 pm.

Tootsie is a 1982 American comedy film  directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Dustin Hoffman, with a supporting cast that includes Jessica LangeTeri GarrDabney ColemanBill MurrayCharles DurningGeorge GaynesGeena DavisDoris Belack and Pollack. The film tells the story of a talented but volatile actor, Michael Dorsey, whose reputation for being difficult forces him to adopt a new identity as a woman in order to land a job. 

The film was nominated for 10 Academy Awards. Roger Ebert says: '"Tootsie" is the kind of Movie with a capital M that they used to make in the 1940s, when they weren't afraid to mix up absurdity with seriousness, social comment with farce, and a little heartfelt tenderness right in there with the laughs.” What Michael learns about being a woman in the workplace still has valuable lessons for us today. How far has our society come in the 37 years since Tootsie?

The movie is a little less than two hours long. Free popcorn will be provided. BYO beverages, snacks, and pillows.A short discussion will follow.

Please consider a donation to help pay for the new wide-screen TV we use for films, presentations and podcasts. (We have $210 to go…)

 

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

Contact: Paul Burnore

 

 

 

UUSP Kayak Club - Fort Desoto Park

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 12:00am

Kayak Club Outing - Saturday, April 13, 9:00am at Ft. Desoto Park

Our next excursion will be Saturday morning, April 13, at Ft. Desoto Park and is appropriate for all skill levels. Kayak rentals are available. We’ll paddle around Mullet Key in calm waters and see lots of wildllfe. We’ll meet at Ft Desoto’s kayak rental shop, which opens at 9 am (but come early to beat the crowd) and will launch our excursion from there by 9:15 or 9:30am. We plan to be back by 11:30 am. (You’ll also get to see my just finished wood kayak!)

The weather forecast at this point is totally speculative, but I’ll send an update a few days before the outing. There are lots of other activities at Ft. Desoto: a picnic, visit the fort, see Egmont Key, biking or swimming, etc. Ft. Desoto Park charges a $5 parking fee on entry. Turn right on Anderson Drive and go 2 miles to the kayak rental site, at which we’ll launch.

Bring:

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

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

http://unitedparkservices.com/kayak.html

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

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

 

 

UUSP Passover Seder - April 20 at 6pm

April 20, 2019 at 6:00pm

All are welcomed–especially children!

A Seder (SAY-der) is a ceremonial meal celebrating the festival of Passover by retelling the story of the liberation of the Children of Israel from slavery in ancient Egypt.

A Unitarian Universalist Seder invites everyone to share this story to promote peace and freedom.

Please come to our Seder and enjoy the age-old story retold with ritual foods and matzah, good food, music and dancing.

Sign-up sheets are located on the piano in Gilmour Hall. Food and/or monetary donations are welcomed.

For more information, contact Linda Paul (lindapaulelem@gmail.com) or Barbara Archibald (archibaldmail@gmail.com)

 

 

 

Gilmour Books On The Go!

Buildings and Grounds is preparing for improvements in accessibility and circulation in our "old house." The first step is removing the books from Gilmour Hall. They will be placed in boxes on tables in Conway for 2 weeks for browsing and removal. You are welcome to attend future BnG meetings to be part of our current and long range planning.

 

Reach out to Sabine (beandex@aol.com) with any questions.

Contact: Sabine von Aulock

 

 

 

Upcoming Inquirers Classes

As Pastor Jack says, “If you think we’d be good for you, or you’d be good for us” please join us at our next 2-part Inquirers Classes and learn about our Unitarian Universalist religious community. Classes will take place after Sunday service from noon to 1:30 on May 19 and June 2 in Conway Hall Middle Room. Contact Patti Hanks at pthanks1@gmail.com or sign up at the Welcome Table during coffee hour.

Contact: Patti Hanks

 

UU St. Pete InfoNet: Gratitude and Generosity

Calling All Lovers of UU St. Pete

UU St. Pete Needs Your Pledge Now!

 

Why?

The UUSP Board needs to approve a budget that the congregation will vote on at its annual meeting in April.

The Finance Team needs to present its budget at the Town Hall Meeting on April 7 after the service.

The budget for Fiscal year 2019-20 that starts July 1 depends for 85% of its revenues on pledges by our members and friends.

And you are one of the 85%!

 

Please be as generous as you can. Consider a contribution of 3 to 5% of your personal annual budgeted expenses. We all need to stretch to support the congregation we love and call our spiritual home.

 

Your contribution will determine if UU St. Pete can:

  • Pay a market salary to our staff and pastor
  • Increase staff hours to assist our many volunteers
  • Pay our full share of dues to the UUA
  • Establish an adequate reserve of $30,000 to service scheduled maintenance and repair and replacement.

 

We all are counting on you. Our building is an historic treasure and our congregation is a refuge where we can turn to help us navigate the world. Whether you attend Sunday services, join in meditation, participate in Wednesday discussion groups, serve and cook for the Friday picnic, belong to FAST, or any of the other wonderful activities that we enjoy together, show your financial support by pledging generously to your spiritual home.

 

Click on the link for a pledge form.

UUSP Financial Commitment Form 2018-2019

 

Thanks to all who have pledged.

 

The Annual Giving Team

                                                           

 

Contact: Carol Ulmer

UU St. Pete InfoNet: March 22, 2019

This Sunday's Worship Services

Sunday, March 24, 2019: "THE ART OF BLESSING AND BEING BLESSED: How to Influence Your Potentials for the Gifts of Companionship"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

Worship Associate:  Sabine von Aulock

Companionship, friendship, community - research strongly indicates what millennia of humans have surmised - companionship can make all the difference for surviving and thriving.  Having a sense of belonging is one of developmental psychology's indicators of a happy and fulfilled person.  Belonging to what?  To other people - to families, cliques, teams, tribes, peoples, Earth, Universe, God.  At the same time that we benefit in many ways from belonging , our potentials may also be affected adversely by these worldly influences.  The foundation of some religions is transcending the worldly influences - and yet almost all of them end up becoming communal - the worldly influence of companions is too important and potentially good to be dismissed.  How do we influence our potentials for becoming a valuable and valued part of the community?

 

 

RE Corner

Religious Education: 

For information about our Religious Education, families are invited to visit the welcome table in the entry to the sanctuary.

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

Families begin in worship at 10:30 then school age children and youth will go to their groups after Time for All ages. Each week the children will have stories and activities to strengthen our UU identity. Children will be accompanied to their parents in coffee hour at 11:45. Any questions? Contact re@uustpete.org.

 

 

 

Share the Plate -- with FAST

How do we DO justice? What we know is that we cannot do it alone. What we hope is that we can be stronger and smarter and more powerful with our neighbors. Faith and Action for Strength Together (FAST) is the way we join with neighbors from forty congregations all over Pinellas County to make changes that matter. Changes like almost $100 million in county and city funds for affordable housing, like full day preschool for all our children, like civil citations instead of arrests for juveniles.

YOU can actually DO justice by joining together in TWO important ways, with your money and your presence.

SUNDAY- Contribute generously to the offering. One half of the non-pledge portion of the offering will be invested in FAST to help cover this congregation’s dues for 2019. We have committed $1000; half is covered by the Social Justice budget, and we need to collect the rest. We hope to stretch the SJ budget next year to pay our fair share which is 1% of last year’s operational budget: $2,354.

APRIL 8- Come with us (we need 101 people) to the Nehemiah Action to ask our officials for better restorative practices to transform our schools, affordable housing money NOW, not four years from now and a central facility to address mental health and substance abuse treatment needs. There will be 3000 of our neighbors and community partners there to raise our voices as one. How do we stand? FAST together! 7:00pm at the Tropicana Field. 

 

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

 

 

Announcements From Pastor Jack

SENDING REV. KAREN DAY ON HER JOURNEY WITH THE LOVE OF UUSP
After Sunday Service, join us in Gilmour to Celebrate Rev. Karen and wish her well on her journey back to North Carolina.

 

SATURDAY MORNING UUSP MEDITATION RETREAT March 31, 9:00am-12noon in Gilmour Hall.    Sitting and Walking Meditations through the morning.  A chance for spiritual healing, strengthening, and peace.  Brief instruction provided. Sign-ups appreciated for planning – sign-up sheets in Social Hall or email Pastor Jack at jfdonovan@bellsouth.net.

 

FUTURE WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES (10:00am and 7:00pm – your choice, as always): 

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

(2) “21 Lessons for the 21st Century – the Summary” 8 sessions - likely start date May 15 on historian Yuval Noah Harari’s overview (80pp) of humankind’s greatest challenges.  (Full 318pp edition separately available.)

 

UUs HELPING UUs:   Need help or know a UUSPer who might?  Please notify Sue Price,  UUSP Care Committee chair: pricesue63@gmail.com; 727-290-9910.

 

UUSP SERMONS (printed or audio) are available on UUSP's website:   Go to www.uustpete.org, click the Spirituality tab, click Worship Services and Sermons. Scroll down the services and you will see"Sermons and Readings." For audio recordings, click on a Sunday Service and look for the sound icon   audio

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

 

ABOUT THE UUSP LIBRARY READING ROOM:   Come take a look as it grows!  The focus of our Reading Room is UUism, UUs, and UU sources.  Our books are now being categorized under five areas: Unitarian Universalism, World Religions, Direct Experience, Prophetic People, and Humanism and Science.  We ask for contributions in these categories.  (You might want first to check what we already have.  Please see future bulletins for Pastor Jack’s book wish list.)  Thank you, UUSP Librarian Sarah Craig

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan

 

 

 

Gratitude and Generosity

Thank you to the following members and friends who have made a financial commitment to UU St. Pete for the next fiscal year 2019-2020:

  • Cynthia and Robert Alicea
  • Melissa and Courtney Allen
  • Barbara and Tom Archibald
  • Marilyn Barber
  • Christine Barker
  • Lise Beane
  • Delores Benjamin
  • Ruth Bentley
  • Sherry and Steve Benton
  • Mary Berglund
  • Tamera Boudreau
  • Andy Bragg
  • Jane Bunker and Mason Morfit
  • Susan and Paul Burnore
  • Jean and Denis Calandra
  • Sally Carville
  • Emily Chavie
  • Laurie Clement
  • Karen and Dave Coale
  • Sarah and Paul Craig
  • Margie Davis
  • Kelli DeGraw
  • Sulamita Donnolo
  • Suzanne Dudley
  • Jane and Kent Fanning
  • James Fitzgerald II
  • James Fitzgerald III
  • Tim Flaherty
  • Patricia Fling
  • Beth Fountain
  • Karen Frank and Reggie Craig
  • Ann and Brett Freistadt
  • Iain Goddard
  • Morgan Gresham and Michael Pohl
  • Kaitlin Hammersley and Peter   Fritsche
  • Barbara Hamann
  • Patti Hanks
  • Ellen Hays
  • Mary Neal and Barry Jones
  • Patti Kane-Wood
  • Michael Killoren and Randy Nolan
  • Molly Lopata
  • James Mack and Jon Arterton
  • Cheryl and Mark MacNeill
  • Keevy McAlavy and Marcile Powers
  • Linda Mangelsdorf
  • Gloria Marvin
  • Richard Miller
  • Bill Motter
  • Bud Murphy
  • Jill Oldenski
  • Marie Palena
  • Cynthia Patterson
  • Linda Paul
  • Sue Price
  • Kathleen Rehl
  • Bob Riddle
  • Deb Robinson
  • Amy Rodriguez and Will Tripoli
  • Robert Sanborn
  • Billy Sanford
  • Amy and Harry Sauers
  • Dani Skrzypek
  • Carol Ulmer
  • Sara Wallace
  • Joyce Wamboldt
  • Kevin Wamboldt
  • Rebecca Wilson
  • Sharon Winters
  • Sharon Wood

 

We are very grateful for your thoughtful and generous pledge to our spiritual home.

 

Make your pledge today! Visit the Annual Giving table in Gilmore Hall after the service and pick up a pledge form. If you are a Friend of the Congregation, please consider supporting UU St. Pete. We love having you with us and count on your support.

 

Share What You Have--We all are responsible for the health and well-being of our congregation. We ask you to consider an annual gift of 3 to 5% of your disposable income or budgeted expenses (the money you have to spend on your wants and needs after taxes). Join us in gratitude and generosity.

 

The Annual Giving Team

Courtney Allen
Patti Hanks
Michael Killoren
Linda Paul
Carol Ulmer

Contact: Carol Ulmer

 

 

 

Gilmour Books On The Go!

Buildings and Grounds is preparing for improvements in accessibility and circulation in our "old house." The first step is removing the books from Gilmour Hall. They will be placed in boxes on tables in Conway for 2 weeks for browsing and removal. You are welcome to attend future BnG meetings to be part of our current and long range planning.

 

Reach out to Sabine (beandex@aol.com) with any questions.

Contact: Sabine von Aulock

 

 

 

Final Appreciation Dinner at Hamburger Mary’s Tyrone

UUSP recently was the #1 faith house in attendance at Hamburger Mary's Drag Queen Bingo benefiting Celebrate Outreach.

These fun-filled fundraisers have enabled this group to serve over 15,000 meals per year to people in need. Due to the unfounded health scare at their sister restaurant in Ybor City, Hamburger Mary's Tyrone will be closing their doors at the end of the month.

Join Celebrate Outreach for dinner, to show some UU gratitude to Hamburger Mary's, Monday, March 25, 6pm. Please call to make a reservation: 727 851-9386.

 For more information, contact Sabine von Aulock

Contact: Sabine von Aulock

 

 

 

The Armor of Light Documentary & Community Conversation

6:30-8:30pm, Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Room MTJC141, Midtown Center, St. Petersburg College, 1300 22nd St. S. St. Petersburg

The Armor of Light follows an evangelical minister and the mother of Jordan Davis, a FL teenage shooting victim, who ask if is it possible to be both pro-gun and pro-life.  Following the screening, Rev. Kenny Irby and others will reflect on their own experience with gun violence and facilitate a conversation with participants.  The event is free, open to the public and co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Gun Safety Action Team & Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.  For more info, contact Sharon at swinters@tampabay.rr.com  

Contact: Sharon Winters

 

 

 

TO THINE OWN SELF BE TRUE: Four Sundays of Exploring Identity Through Art

Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 1:00pm

Four Expressive Arts Workshops (March 24, March 31, April 7, April 14) exploring identity through art - facilitated by Alisun Donovan

 

 

 

Keep St. Pete Lit Salon: Immigration at the border - UUSP March 28, 7pm

Please join us at the next Keep St Pete Lit Salon in Gilmour Hall to learn more about the reality of immigrants on our southern border, and participate in a discussion about language, culture, and actions needed.

Language at the Border with Ana Maria Vasquez: immigrant activist, storyteller and painter 

 March 28, 2019 - 7:00-8:30pm

Mural by French photographer JR

With a degree in Anthropology from Montpellier, France; and dedicated to Border Patrol Victims Network; Love Has No Borders; and Bridges Across Borders; Ana Maria will bring us: 

  • eye-witnessed accounts of living on the border
  • new language that tells us about emerging cultures and realities
  • a short text by Panamanian author Jorge Ventocilla about the annual relay race from Alaska to Chile in celebration of Abya Yala

Share in a discussion about how we can support positive action by the way we visualize and talk about our geographical and cultural realities.

A $10 donation goes to support Ana Maria and her immigration activist work.

If you would like to participate in additional group action, please contact the UU Church committee on Farmer and Immigrant Families.

With questions please contact Sabrina Dalla Valle at: winter.night.18@gmail.com or Paul Burnore at plburnore@gmail.com.

 

 

 

Voices United - Free Concert April 2

VOICES UNITED

A Free Concert with The Alumni Singers, One City Chorus and Gibbs High’s Vox Nova

Tuesday, April 2, 2019     7:00 PM   FREE!

John Hopkins Middle School Auditorium - 701 16th St. South, St. Petersburg

 

     Three wonderful St. Petersburg choruses will join together in a multi-generational evening of song at John Hopkins Middle School on April 2nd at 7:00 PM. Featured will be Vox Nova, a jazz and contemporary vocal ensemble from Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School; the famed Alumni Singers of St. Pete, now in their 38th year; and St. Pete’s 130-voice One City Chorus. The 75-minute concert will include several of each group’s “greatest hits” – and it’s free and family-friendly. The Alumni Singers are led by Janice Hogans, the One City Chorus by Jon Arterton and Vox Nova by Matt Clear. The auditorium is located at 701 16th St. South. More information is available at 508-487-0477.

 

 

 

UUSP Passover Seder - April 20 at 6pm

April 20, 2019 at 6:00pm

All are welcomed–especially children!

A Seder (SAY-der) is a ceremonial meal celebrating the festival of Passover by retelling the story of the liberation of the Children of Israel from slavery in ancient Egypt.

A Unitarian Universalist Seder invites everyone to share this story to promote peace and freedom.

Please come to our Seder and enjoy the age-old story retold with ritual foods and matzah, good food, music and dancing.

Sign-up sheets are located on the piano in Gilmour Hall. Food and/or monetary donations are welcomed.

For more information, contact Linda Paul (lindapaulelem@gmail.com) or Barbara Archibald (archibaldmail@gmail.com)

 

 

 

UUs4U Next up: SHUFFLEBOARD PARTY!

On deck - COCKTAILS and MEN'S NIGHT IN and HOMEMADE ICE CREAM!

It's time to get your tickets for the final UUs4U events, where all the money goes to UUSP and everyone has a great time.

 

Next Friday, March 29, 7 pm - Join Ellen Hays, Eliot Wessler and Sarah Craig for shuffleboard, free lessons (!), snacks and beverages.  This was so much fun last year - don't miss it!  $25 each

 

Friday, April 5, 5:30 pm - Cocktails, Conversation and Appetizer Buffet with hosts Sally Wallace and Sue Price at Sally's beautiful home in Allendale.  Perfect evening for grown-ups!

$40 each

 

Saturday, April 6, 6 pm til Sunday 10 am! - Men's Night In - Join hosts Paul Burnore and Tom Archibald for dinner, conversation, a Worst Joke Contest, a movie and nightcaps.  A stay-all-night-if-you-want event, with Sunday breakfast and heading to church the next morning.  New tattoos optional.  $40 each

 

Saturday, April 13, 2 pm - Ice Cream Garden Party - Sweet conversation while enjoying the gardens and homemade ice cream - what could be better?!  Join hosts Gay and Billy for a fun and tasty afternoon.  $15 each, $15 for couple/family.

 

Finally the Boat Trip plus Poolside Dinner on Saturday, April 27 - The boat is full, but we have room for 3-4 more people at dinner.  $30 each.  We'll have cocktails starting around 5 while the others are boating, then dinner for all at 7.  

Contact: Susan Burnore

 

 

 

Upcoming Inquirers Classes

As Pastor Jack says, “If you think we’d be good for you, or you’d be good for us” please join us at our next 2-part Inquirers Classes and learn about our Unitarian Universalist religious community. Classes will take place after Sunday service from noon to 1:30 on May 19 and June 2 in Conway Hall Middle Room. Contact Patti Hanks at pthanks1@gmail.com or sign up at the Welcome Table during coffee hour.

Contact: Patti Hanks

 

 

 

 

 

Smile UU - Amazon.com Rebates

Smile.  UU St Pete received $41 this month from Amazon!!

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 thathttps://smile.amazon.com/ch/59-0895916
  • 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

 

 

 

 

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

Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 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

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