UU St. Pete InfoNet: April 6, 2018

This Sunday's Worship Services

Sunday, April 8, 2018: "MUSIC AS WORSHIP"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Nic Filzen
Worship Leader: Nic Filzen

Worship Associate: Patti Hanks


This Sunday is our annual Music Sunday, where the UUSP Choir presents a major choral work as the "readings" and "sermon" of the service.  This year's piece is Seven Poems of Robert Bridges by Gerald Finzi.  Come and let the beauty of Bridges' poetry and Finzi's music transport you to a place of peace, hope, and joy.  In addition, we're fortunate to have several church youth help with the service!



RE Corner

Religious Education - April 8, 2018

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


Religious education groups will not meet today so that children can join their families in worship for Music Sunday.


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


Contact: Karen Day



Announcements From Pastor Jack

THE SEARCH FOR A NEW UUSP OFFICE ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT has started. The position is currently about half-time and pays about $15/hour.  At the least, the position requires graciousness, diligence, flexibility, and computer competence.  Applicants may get the job description from Pastor Jack by hand or email.  (Note: The UUSP Board established a “Nepotism” policy in 2014 holding that members are not to be employed by UUSP and relatives of members also are usually not to be employed by UUSP.)  Please see Pastor Jack if you have questions.


JERI’S RETIREMENT:   Jeri Huempfner-Gatz, is retiring as UUSP’s Administrative Assistant on Friday, April 27 (though not from the life of the congregation!).  At the Sunday service on April 15, we will honor Jeri for her three great years of service to the congregation.  We hope you'll be there! 


OUR UP-COMING WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDY starts this Wednesday, April 11, 10am and 7pm:  Our focus will be The Third Reconstruction: How A Moral Movement Is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear, by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II.  Our Study Group has been through two painful books on racial injustice in America.  In The Third Reconstruction, Rev. Barber presents an inspiring experience-based way forward in which we all can rewardingly help.  Pastor Jack


SAVE THE DATE!!!  UUSP member Katie Deits, executive director of Florida CraftArt, has announced another Sacred Art Tour visit to St. Petersburg by eight Tibetan monks from Drepung Gomang Monastery in India.  The tour is to help spread teachings for global peace, non-violent conflict resolution, compassion, and wisdom.  UU St Pete will host the monks on Saturday, June 2 (not Friday June 1st as originally advertised) at 5:30pm we will have a potluck with UUSP; then at 7:00pm we will have a panel discussion on meditation and peace, open to the public.


NEW IN THESE PARTS?  Come learn more about Unitarian Universalism and about joining our UU St. Pete congregation.  Our next two Inquirers’ Gatherings: 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



Pledge Update - Campaign ends Sunday!

Procrastinators, it's your time to shine!  The 2018-2019 Pledge Campaign ends this Sunday, so please get your pledge in as soon as you can.


You can fill out a pledge card at coffee hour after church this Sunday.  Or mail a card to the church.  Or email your pledge amount and contact information to our financial secretary, Barbara Archibald at ArchibaldMail@gmail.com.  


A big thank you to everyone who has already pledged.  You should have received an email confirming your pledge.  If you don't receive one, please email SusanBurnore@gmail.com.


So far we have $107,428 in pledges, which is 58% of our goal of $185,000.  Eeeek!  We really need to hear from everyone, and we really need everyone to do what they can.


"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.  It's not."

Contact: Susan Burnore



The Grand Finale!

You can still buy tickets to the Very Special Happy Hour;  the final Spring event coming up on Sunday, April 22, at Sally Wallace's home, 5 - 7pm, in Allendale.  She and co-host Sue Price are planning delicious hors d'oevres, an enticing bar, and lots of good times.  All of your $40 ticket price goes to UUSP Social Justice projects, so why not join in?


Tickets available at the pledge table during coffee hour or contact Susan Burnore at susanburnore@gmail.com.




Hops for the Homeless Veterans: Sunday, April 8

Sunday, April 8th 2018, 1-5pm Hops for Homeless Veterans


Join members of the Social Justice Committee and Celebrate Outreach in a fundraising event at:


81Bay Brewing Company
4465 W. Gandy Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33611


Part of each sale will go towards the development of C.O.'s Tiny Homes for Homeless Veterans project. Meet the project team and generous owners of 81Bay Brewing.


IPAs * Lagers * Ales * Sours * Stouts * Special Brews


Games * Non-alcoholic options * Family and dog friendly * food truck on site.


For More Information:  http://81baybrewco.com/ ● 813-837-BREW ● www.celebrateoutreach.org/



Congregational Survey Results - THANKS For Participating!

The Three Year Plan team received nearly 70 completed electronic and paper surveys. Thank you to all who participated!

Preliminary review of the survey indicates these areas of need or growth:

  • Access
  • Leadership Development
  • Community
  • Social Justice
  • Education
  • Communication/Administrative

A link to the full results will be made available soon.


We’d like to offer the opportunity for all members to discuss the survey results with Three Year Plan members (Morgan Gresham, Teresa Kelly, Pat Fling, Paul Burnore, and Reverend Jack). Please plan to join us for survey roundtable discussions on April 15 after the Sunday service in Gilmour Hall.


The survey information will help us understand more about you, what your experience has been at UUSP, and what direction you’d like the church to go. Along with your Needs and Priorities feedback, the surveys will also guide us with our 2018-19 budget, with our three year plan, the creation of an updated mission/vision statement.


Paul Burnore, President
Morgan Gresham, Vice President


Contacts: Paul Burnore, Morgan Gresham



Art & Aesthetics Committee Meeting: Sunday, April 8

Sunday, April 8, 2018 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Location: Sanctuary

We had a great first meeting with 14 talented and motivated members, where we brainstormed creating and A&A committee. This is our second A&A meeting, which will take advantage of the ideas and feedback from members on important items. In this meeting we'll discuss:

  • Structure of the committee - subcommittees, meetings, chairs/subchairs
  • Programs and activities - top projects and programs to begin, estimated budget
  • Ideas for policies and procedures 
  • Ideas for goals, mission and vision statements 

If you were unable to attend the first meeting but want to be involved, please join us.


Paul Burnore, President

Contact: Paul Burnore



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

Sunday, April 8, 2018 - 11:30am

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


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

Contact: Karen Frank



Sunday Flowers

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

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


Thank you!

Contact: Jim Fitzgerald (jamfitz2nd@gmail.com)



New Sound and Lighting Systems Installed

The congregation put sound and lighting as high priority projects on the Needs & Priorities list for the church. This past week, technicians moved all the pews, put up scaffolding, and completed both projects during the weekdays in order to be ready on Sunday.


The new sound system which has been installed will provide much clearer sound throughout the sanctuary. It can also be used for musicians and performances on a limited basis. In addition, we’ve added a second wireless handheld microphone to help with meetings.


The new lighting is all LED and will provide a clear view of the front of the sanctuary, including each pulpit and the steps, and cost much less. Separate areas can now be controlled separately.  We’ve also replaced the beam lights that shine up to the ceiling to provide indirect lighting.


The two projects were paid from our parking lot fund and do not affect our budget. Special thanks go to retired Buildings and Ground committee chair Howard Taylor for shepherding these projects to completion for many months.

Contact: Paul Burnore



Public Presentation by Tibetan Monks on Sacred Art Tour

Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 7:00pm

The public is invited to hear and share with a panel of Tibetan monks speaking on the practice of meditation and its application to our search for the best ways of living in our tumultuous times.  The panelists are
Tibetan monks of the Drepung Gomang Monastery in India.  The monastery is one of several established by the Dalai Lama after political conditions under Chinese rule in Tibet necessitated exile. (See Pastor Jack's Announcements this presentation)