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.


  • 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.



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.

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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!



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)