UU St. Pete InfoNet: April 13, 2018

This Sunday's Worship Services

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Sunday, April 15, 2018: "COMMUNITY, SACRIFICE, AND FULFILLMENT #2: Who Do You Work For?"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

In the Covenant of UU Congregations, the seven affirmations about growing spiritually in life do not employ the words work or labor.  So what is the role of work in the growth of your spirit?  For whom do you work?



RE Corner

Religious Education - April 15, 2018

Nursery care is provided in Conway Hall from 10:15-noon.


All of our religious education groups will be working on their plans for the upcoming RE Earth Day Worship on April 22. Glazing Flowers (K-3) will be practicing their songs and preparing their Recycling Monster with Trish and Joe. Knights of Light (4-7) will choose a story to present during the service and practice with Natashia and her assistant. Comrade Cool Cats (8-12) will decide their contributions to the service including personal statements and suggestions for how best to love our earth with Jeanay and Alex.


RE Family Minister, Karen Day, is available to chat with any families about resources and support parenting as Unitarian Universalists, or other issues you are encountering. Her office hours are Thursday afternoons, arrange an appointment at re@uustpete.org

Contact: Karen Day



Pledge Campaign Update

THANK YOU to everyone who has pledged support for our next year's budget!  We had $153,028 in pledges as of Thursday, April 12.  This represents a real commitment on the part of about 134 people (99 pledges, some for couples) and we are so grateful.


The campaign officially ended on April 8, but we're still hoping to hear from everyone else.  Our Board is working on the budget for 2018-2019 now, and every bit helps!


Every pledge, of any size, represents love and generosity, and every pledge, of any size, is sincerely appreciated.


Easiest way to make your pledge?  Two choices:  


  • Complete a pledge card at church this Sunday and place it in the box we'll have in the sanctuary. We just need to know the amount and your current contact information.  


That's it!  Thank you so much for supporting our beloved community.

The 2018-2019 Pledge Committee


PS: We'll have a little celebration during Coffee Hour next week (April 22)!



A Very Special Happy Hour - unlimited

Sunday, April 22nd, 5-7pm, 1338 Monticello Blvd. N, $40 each

Hosts Sally Wallace and Sue Price welcome you to a beautiful evening at Sally’s home in Allendale.  The kind of party we all love - delicious food, your favorite drinks, and warm camaraderie in a lovely setting.


For tickets, come to the Pledge Table during Coffee Hour, or email SusanBurnore@gmail.com.  Join in the fun!


Contact: Susan Burnore



Announcements From Pastor Jack

WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES: Wednesday, April 18, 10am and 7pm:  Chapter 2 & 3 in Rev. Dr. William J. Barber’s The Third Reconstruction: How A Moral Movement Is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear, an inspiring experience-based way toward justice in which all can rewardingly help.  Discussion quotes provided.  Pastor Jack


SAVE THE DATE!!!  Saturday, June 2nd - UU St Pete will host a potluck at 5:30pm and public presentation at 7:00pm for the Tibetan monks of Drepung Gomang Monastery in India, traveling on a Sacred Arts Tour for global peace.  See Pastor Jack; and Florida CraftArt director Katie Deits (UUSP member) for more information.


NEW IN THESE PARTS?  Come learn more about Unitarian Universalism and about joining our UU St. Pete congregation.  Our next two scheduled Inquirers’ Gatherings are Sunday, May 27 and June 3 at 11:45am after church service.  If you feel we could be good for you or you could be good for us, we hope you’ll join us.  Sign up sheets are on the piano in Gilmour Hall.  Questions?  Contact Pastor Jack (jfdonovan@bellsouth.net) or Membership Chair Patti (pthanks1@gmail.com).


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

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan



Storage Space Needed!

Diana Sabella, a snowbird at UUSP, needs a small storage space (5' X 3') to store small items for the summer.  She is willing to pay rent.  Please contact her at  (857) 218-9421 or by email dtart23@gmail.com.



New Co-Chairs of Buildings & Grounds Committee

B&G has two new Co-Chairs, Reggie Craig and Tom Archibald. Reggie is a past Chair and brings considerable knowledge of our buildings and grounds, and has worked on numerous projects. Tom has been an active member of the committee and has contributed considerable time on the upkeep of our buildings.


Their next meeting is: April 17, 5:30p

Come see how you can support these co-chairs and keep our UUSP beautiful.


Paul Burnore



Three Year Plan Team Drafts New UUSP Mission Statement

After examining 16 sample mission statements from UU churches all over the country, plus suggestions from team members, we decided to edit our current mission statement and reached a consensus on what we think the new one should be. We need your considered feedback. We'd like to ask the congregation to vote on this at our Annual Meeting on April 29, with revisions possible for the course of a year when we could have a final vote at next year's Annual Meeting. It will be included in our orders of service so that people can get familiar with it.


UUSP's current mission statement is: 

"The mission of the Unitarian Universalist Church of St Petersburg is to provide a compassionate and welcoming community, inspiring spiritual and intellectual growth, and serving as a beacon for social activism and service." 


The new draft mission statement is:

"Our mission is to provide a compassionate and welcoming community, inspire personal growth, and help shape justice in our world."       


Your feedback is very welcome.

Contact: Paul Burnore



Survey Feedback Roundtables: Sunday, April 15

Sunday, April 15 from 11:45am - 12:30pm

Please join the Three Year Plan Team at roundtable discussions after the Sunday service in Gilmour Hall. The purpose is to discuss the major themes from the Congregational Survey with facilitators for each theme:

  • Community Outreach - Bill Motter
  • Programs - Pat Fling
  • Organization - Paul Burnore
  • Facilities - Teresa Kelly
  • Community Service - Morgan Gresham

We'll also ask for your feedback on the newly drafted UUSP Mission Statement. We'll have 5 tables set up for discussion, and the 5 facilitators will rotate from table to table to discuss their theme. We hope to keep this moving crisply and take no more than 50-60 minutes. 


Paul Burnore



Want To Make A Difference You Can See in 2018?

Check out the ‚ÄčBuildings & Grounds Committee!  

Next Meeting: Tuesday - April 17,  5:30pm - 7pm - Church Office

Whether you don’t know which end of a screwdriver to use or you can build a home from scratch, B&G is looking for YOU!  We have various projects you can enjoy like (1) helping to find and coordinate the best contractors or (2) getting your hands dirty outside on the grounds, or handyman jobs – light painting, electrical, carpentry, etc.  (Yes, that should probably be “handyperson” but we can only carry PC so far.)

Stop by and find out what we do!  Request copies of our Minutes be emailed to you.  Join in and brag to your friends about things like a new bookshelf you helped install (provided it stays up, of course …).  Anyway, come on by and find out more!  Fame, glory, fun and more can be yours!

For more info, please email us at uustpete.bg@gmail.com.

Contacts: Reggie Craig, Tom Archibald



New Chair of Arts & Aesthetics Committee

Rain Turner is the new Chair of our new A&A committee. Rain is a relatively new member of UUSP. She is an artist and author who specializes in creative leadership. She is a Senior Editor at The Penny Hoarder here in St. Pete. Rain was the 7-year host of About.com's DIY Fashion site, and in 2003 she founded Kidz Jam, a non-profit organization that provides creative engagement for families at music festivals. Rain is the author of The Complete Guide to Customizing Your Clothes (2012) and String Art Magic (2018).


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)