UU St. Pete InfoNet: April 20, 2018

This Sunday's Worship Services

Sunday, April 22, 2018: "Choosing to Love our Earth” - Brought to You by Life and Religious Education"
Time: 10:30am
Guest Speaker: Melissa Allen
Worship Leader: Karen Day

Worship Associate – Heather Jones

RE Earth Day Sunday

How much do you love the ground beneath your feet, the air you breathe and the water you drink? What choices do you make to preserve what you love? Come join us for this celebration of all that is our planet. Our children and youth will share their joy in song, story, dance, and reflections. We want all ages to be inspired together.

 

Sunday challenge – BIKE, WALK or CARPOOL to church this Sunday. To honor Earth Day we invite everyone to use less gasoline today, find someone near you to share a ride or walk or bike to get your heart pumping for worship.

 

For Infonet: Free bus rides on Earth Day for PSTA routes. Ride the bus to church, check routes at 727-540-1900 or psta.net.

 

 

RE Corner

Religious Education - April 22, 2018

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

Children and Youth are participating in the Earth Day service today.

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 2p-5p Thursday afternoons, arrange an appointment at re@uustpete.org

Contact: Karen Day

 

 

Share the Plate Sunday

This Sunday will be Share the Plate Sunday, which means one half of the non-pledge portion of the Offering will help one of this congregation’s social justice projects. Your contributions will provide a helping hand to a refugee family from the Congo.  Last month you helped cover the costs of school uniforms when Twizere’s son Jibu moved to a new school. Today’s Offering will help Santa buy clothing for her four children – three of whom are waiting in France to join her here.  With the help of a pro bono immigration lawyer and our committee – their paperwork has been submitted. Thank you!

Contact: Karen Coale

 

 

Announcements From Pastor Jack

THE SEARCH FOR A NEW UUSP OFFICE ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT has concluded with the selection of Cathy Norris.  Cathy became a member of UUSP in March 2017.  She will be resigning as a member so we may employ her on our UUSP staff, starting this Thursday, April 27.  Cathy combines the wonderful variety of personal qualities and technical skills that the Board, the Personnel Committee, and the minister had hoped to find.  We are very pleased she has accepted the position and will continue our office tradition of caring service to UU St. Pete.

 

WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES: this Wednesday, April 25, 10am and 7pm:  Chapter 5, 6, (and maybe 7) in Rev. Dr. William J. Barber’s The The Third Reconstruction: How A Moral Movement Is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear, an inspiring experience-based way toward justice.  Discussion quotes provided.  All welcome.  Pastor Jack

 

SAVE THE DATE!!!  Saturday, June 2 - UU St Pete will host a potluck (5:30p) and public presentation (7:00p) for the Tibetan monks of Drepung Gomang Monastery in India, traveling on a Sacred Arts Tour for global peace. 

Info: Pastor Jack; Florida CraftArt director Katie Deits (UUSP member).

 

NEW IN THESE PARTS?  Come learn more about Unitarian Universalism and about joining our UU St. Pete congregation.  Our next two Inquirers’ Gatherings are on Sundays, May 27 and June 3 at 11:45 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

 

 

In Honor of Earth Day!

In honor of Earth Day, April 22, Willow Barner will be selling bare root aloe vera during coffee hour. All profit made will be donated to the National Parks Service.

Contact: Karen Day

 

 

Have You Noticed?

The Board of Trustees, in conjunction with Building and Grounds, has authorized the upgrade of the sound system and lighting in the Sanctuary. Wake up your senses, this Sunday, with improved ambient light, and sound! 

Contact: Sabine von Aulock

 

 

Don't Forget!

 

‚ÄčThe 2018-2019 Pledge Campaign is over and we have 108 pledges totaling over $158,000.  And we're still hoping to hear from about 15 pledgers who could put us over last year's total and make our budget challenge much easier!

 

A BIG Thank You to everyone who has pledged.  Every pledge is important and appreciated - because it represents generosity and graciousness,.  And every pledge makes UUSP as stronger, more financially secure congregation.

 

And another BIG Thank You to everyone who worked on the campaign.  I'm afraid to list names because I'm sure I'll miss someone.  But the whole congregation owes its gratitude to the people who worked on so many aspects of fund raising this year:

- the Motown party - entertaining everyone with Motown hits, making and serving dinner‚Äč including those awesome cupcakes(!), decorating to set the mood, running the raffle, contributing prizes, tending the Temptations Bar, and dancing the night away 

- Very Merry Spring events - hosting 11 separate events in your members' home or at the Shuffleboard courts, offering delicious meals, mixing great drinks, setting up games, making sure everyone had a great time and got to know one another just a little better

- The Pledge Campaign - And So It Goes...Unless! - preparing brochures, printing letters, stuffing envelopes, tracking pledges, the Price Is Right Skit, bagged lunches, decorations, handing out packets and gifts = giving everyone a chance to learn about UUSP and show  their support

 

Thank you!!!!

 

 

A Very Special Happy Hour - unlimited

The Last Very Merry Spring event is the Happy Hour Sunday at 5 pm.

 

See Susan Burnore at church Sunday if you want to buy a last minute ticket!

Contact: Susan Burnore

 

 

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

Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 11:30am

After our Sunday service, "Equal Exchange" Fair Traded Coffee, Tea and Chocolate will be available for your purchasing pleasure. These products are regularly available the 2nd & 4th Sundays of each month. (Dates may vary during the summer, holidays and special events.)

And remember, when you purchase the fair trade products that are available here, you are helping to support small farmers around the globe, you are helping the UUSC continue its commitment to their human rights, you are helping our church community to live our mission, and you are getting an excellent product at a fair price.

Contact: Karen Frank

 

 

Packet for Annual Meeting Sent to ALL Members

The Packet for our April 29, 2018 Annual Meeting was sent via email on April 19, ten days before the meeting as prescribed in our bylaws. It is also available on our UUSP website and in hard copy on request. 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 2018-19 budget.

The links are below for you convenience: 
2018 Annual Meeting Packet   2018 Annual Mtg Packet PDF

 

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 Feb 28 (60 days before the annual meeting), which is 31 members out of 153 total members. All votes will be won 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. 

 

Paul Burnore, President

Board of Trustees

 

 

Annual Meeting Packet for UUSP Members

Your Packet for our April 29 Annual Meeting is available for UUSP members.

Just click this link to access it.    2018 Annual Meeting Packet   2018 Annual Mtg Packet PDF

 

The Packet for is also 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 2018-19 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 Feb 28 (60 days before the annual meeting), which is 31 members out of 153 total members. All votes will be won 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. 

 

Paul Burnore, President

Contact: Paul Burnore

 

 

Sunday Flowers

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

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

 

Thank you!

Contact: Jim Fitzgerald (jamfitz2nd@gmail.com)