UU St. Pete InfoNet: August 24, 2018

This Sunday's Worship Services

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Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan
Guest Speaker: Amy Weintraub

Worship Associate: Sarah Craig

Nationally, this Sunday is Women's Equality Sunday.  Why is "Women's Equality" an issue?   How is it a religiously spiritual issue?  Is it important to you?  Do we need to do something?  Do you?  Members of the League of Women Voters, Planned Parenthood, and Progress Florida will join us for this service.  Progress Florida advocate and lobbyist Amy Weintraub and Rev. Jack Donovan will give presentations in recognition of the day, with further explorations after the service among those gathered.



RE Corner

Religious Education: August 26


Nursery care is provided today in Conway Hall from 10:15am - noon for infants through preschool by Laura Beard and Natashia Milburn.


School age children meet in worship at 10:30am. After Time for All ages we will proceed upstairs to create a community quilt of handprints with Carol Benjamin and Karen Day. Children will be brought to meet parents at the back of the sanctuary for the Womens Equality March.

Rev. Karen Day, RE Family MInister, is available to talk with you after the service on Sundays or on Thursdays 1pm - 5pm, re@uustpete.org.

Contact: Karen Day



Share the Plate Sunday

This Sunday is Share the Plate Sunday which means that one half of the non-pledge portion of the collection will assist one of this congregation’s social justice projects. Your generous donations will help cover back-to-school expenses for both of the Congolese refugee families that this congregation supports. Twizere’s son, Jibu, is now a first grader at North Shore Elementary, and Santa’s daughter Aaliyah has started her junior year at St Pete High. Thank you.

Contact: Karen Coale



UU's Helping People Sponsored Coffee Hour

UU's Helping People (UUHP) has a ministry of serving people in need in our neighboring community. We do this by serving healthy meals at our Friday Night Picnic (check out the spruced up playground!), participating in Family Promise and making financial contributions to Day Star, the Family Resource Center and the Free Clinic. We will also be funding the installation of a bike rack in the playground. Sunday, UUHP is sponsoring coffee hour. Find out how you can be involved and how you can contribute.

Contact: Sabine von Aulock



Announcements From Pastor Jack

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT FOR SUNDAY’S SERVICE (August 26, 2018).  At our service this Sunday we will be joined by members of the League of Women Voters, St. Pete High Feminist Club, NOW, Planned Parenthood, and others in celebrating Women’s Equality Day and the suffrage movement that won the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guaranteeing voting rights to women.  For you who prefer parking close to the church, you might want to come a bit early.  For those who don’t mind parking in one of the lots provided nearby by our neighbors, you might do that so visitors find a space close by.


The short strip of Mirror Lake Drive in front of the church and our neighboring architectural firm will be closed to allow participants in the Women’s Equality Day Walk (after the service for those interested) to safely access Mirror Lake.  Arlington Avenue and 2nd Avenue on either side of the church will be open, with the usual access to our parking areas.   Questions to Pastor Jack -  jfdonovan@bellsouth.net


PASTOR JACK IS BACK FROM VACATION AND STUDY LEAVE.  For a new church-year visit, please email him at jfdonovan@bellsouth.net.


SAVE THE DATE:  Tuesday, September 18, 7:00pm in UUSP’s Gilmour Hall, Keep St. Pete Lit will hold a salon with the on the topic “The Language of Natural Disaster”.  This event is supported by UUSP.  Hope you all can come join in hearing the presentation and in the discussion to follow.  Pastor Jack


TUESDAY MEDITATION 11:45am-12:15pm – or come a little earlier for instruction – in our social hall.   Pastor Jack


TUESDAY BROWN BAG LUNCH 12:15-1:00 pm – in UUSP’s Gilmour social hall.


UUSP WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES will start up again on Wednesday, September 12 (10am or 7pm, your choice) continuing with chapter 6 of A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism by Church and Buehrens.  Pastor Jack



(1) Wednesday Morning Meditation 7:30-8:00am, coffee and tea following – starts October 3. Questions to Pastor Jack -  jfdonovan@bellsouth.net


(2) Thursday Citizens CafĂ© 11:30am – 1:00pm, to chat about the news of the day – and perhaps write a politician or two (wi-fi, pens, paper, envelopes provided along with officials’ addresses).  Coffee/Tea provided; BYO Lunch if desired.  Questions to Pastor Jack -  jfdonovan@bellsouth.net


(3) Monday Evening Meditation 5:30-6:15pm – starts 10/1. Questions to UUSP member Mimi Anzel – mimianzel@yahoo.com


A MATTER OF INHUMANITY AND GREED:  Prisons-for-Profit and Denial of Medical Care to Prisoners.  At this summer’s UUA General Assembly, the representatives of our assembled congregations voted to work to end the growing practice of privatization of prisons because of their cruelty, greed, and detrimental effect on individuals and society.  The GA Resolution asks us to learn about and act to end prison privatization and, among other efforts, asks us to urge our states and the United Nations to insist on U.S. adherence to UN standards for treatment of prisoners.  Read more about the GA resolutions at UUA.org.  Pastor Jack


RELATED TO THE ABOVE UUA PRISON MINISTRY:  The UUA’s outreach ministry, also known as the Church of the Larger Fellowship (CLF), is for UU-oriented folks who are without a near-by home church.  As members, they receive excellent monthly mailings of UU sermons and spiritual support.  Dr. Albert Schweitzer was one such member, receiving much appreciated mailings and support at his medical clinic in Africa.  There are also, currently, 2000 people incarcerated in American prisons who have connected to CLF and receive regular support by mail.  You can help with a contribution at clfuu.org/sponsor (CLF’s annual cost per incarcerated member is $150) or by becoming a pen pal (worthynow.org/pen-pals) or learning more (worthynow.org/classes-events).   Pastor Jack


AUDIOS OF UUSP SERMONS:   The Worship Committee as been working to making the Sunday experience accessible beyond attending the Service. Please visit UUSP's website, 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


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



FAST Information on School Board Candidates

Dear UU St. Pete members and friends: 


Before you vote for School Board members please review the report (clickable link below) from our FAST (Faith and Action for Strength Together) community organizers about the results of questions on FAST's goal to reduce suspensions and arrests for normal school misbehaviors. The report may provide you with some helpful information as you vote in the primary. 


FAST Info on School Board Candidates Aug 2018


Thanks, Rev. Karen Day,  UUSP Community and RE Family Minister




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

Sunday, August 26, 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)