UU St. Pete InfoNet: August 3, 2018

This Sunday's Worship Services

Inspiration from Activists

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Time: 10:30am

Worship Leader:  Steve Benton

Worship Associate: Sherry Benton


In the face of challenges some lapse into despair while others are inspired to action for transformation and change.  Our service will explore our own roles in inspiring hope, transformation, and change.




RE Corner

Religious Education: June 29

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

All children and youth will be in Hogwarts Summer through August 5. Instead of coming to worship children will go directly to Conway “Train Station Platform 9 ¾” to travel together to this magical school. Activities will focus on our seven principles and how they are lived in Harry Potter’s world.

Rev. Karen Day, RE Family Minister, is available to talk with you on Sundays or Thursdays, 1 - 5p.  Contact: re@uustpete.org.


Contact: Karen Day




Food Collection THIS Sunday 

Sunday’s collection is for Twizere and his family of six which inlcudes his wife Mariam, mother-in-law Elizabeth and three adorable children: Jibu, Sifa and Tarek. This congregation became involved with this Congolese refugee family soon after they arrived in December 2015.  They are doing quite well, but can always use a helping hand to make ends meet. 

They have a traditional diet of rice, root vegetables, citrus fruit and cabbage, but can also use cleaning products, laundry soap and toiletries. Please place your donations in one of the wagons located in each entry way.

Thanks so much!

Contact: Karen Coale




Women's Book/Covenant Group

Women's Book/Covenant Group: Meets Sunday mornings 9:15-10:15 a.m. in Conway North.

Our third season kicks off Sunday, August 5, 2018. We will begin with the book Not for Ourselves Alone, available from inSpirit, the UUA Bookstore in print; from the Amazon Kindle Store; and on Google Play.

Contact: Cynthia Patterson, cp3860@gmail.com.

Contact: Cynthia Patterson



"End the Violence in the Fields” March

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) is returning to St Petersburg this Sunday, August 5, as a part of its summer action. Publix and Wendy's have refused for years (eight and five years respectively) to join the CIW's groundbreaking Fair Food Program -- thereby refusing to guarantee fundamental human rights protections for the women and men who harvest our food. With the CIW and allies taking action in St. Pete, Miami, and Orlando, we will remind these two Fair Food holdouts that as long as they continue to turn their backs on farmworkers, we will raise our voices to demand justice in the fields! We will not allow Publix or Wendy's to continue rejecting farmworkers and consumers' urgent demands for justice, respect, and accountability through the Fair Food Program. 

The one-mile march will begin at 2:30pm at Allendale United Methodist Church (3803 Haines Rd N. in St. Petersburg). Our Social Justice Committee has been a long time supporter of the work of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. Stop by our table after service Sunday for more info about the CIW and the march.  


Contact: Karen Coale




Be Prepared to VOTE -- Attend Candidate Forum

JUDICIAL CANDIDATE FORUM: Sponsored by League of Women Voters and National Council of Negro Women - St. Pete Metro Section 

AUGUST 7, 2018  6pm- 7:30pm  Enoch D Davis Center, 1111 18th Ave S, St. Petersburg


Contacts: Karen Coale, Karen Day




Looking for UUSP volunteers to help...

UUSP will be hosting a Community Event supporting Celebrate Outreach's Tiny Homes for Homeless Veterans project on Monday, August 13, 12:30pm-2:30pm.

Come learn about this project, see the models, and  thank our sponsors, LP Building Products, and their volunteers who will make some aesthetic improvements in the playground (new canopy tarps). Enjoy free lunch provided by John and Lisa Riesebeck owners of Smokn' J's. The event is free.

Please reach out to Sabine von Aulock with your questions or if you can volunteer: beandex@aol.com

Contact: Sabine von Aulock



Progress on the New UU St. Pete Website

Janeya Filzen is working on giving UUSP a new website.  We need to put together some header pictures for the various pages, along with phrases describing or identifying the pictures.


If you have some interesting or informative photos depicting UUSP activities, we would love it if you'd send them to Janeya at janeyajoy@gmail.com

Thanks, Pastor Jack

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan




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)


Announcements From Pastor Jack (Reminders as he is away)

FOR PASTORAL NEEDS WHILE PASTOR JACK IS AWAY (July 30-August 19), please contact UUSP RE Family Minister Rev. Karen Day (karenelizabethday@gmail.com; 540-357-5657) or Care Committee chair Sue Price (sueprice63@gmail.com; 727-290-9910).


Tuesday Mediation: 11:45am, or a little earlier for instruction - in UUSP’s Gilmour social hall.

Tuesday Brown Bag Lunchtime; 12:15pm-1:00pm – in UUSP’s Gilmour social hall.

YES, Meditation and Lunch gatherings will continue through August.


UUSP WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES:  On summer break until Wednesday, September 12.  Thank you to everybody who participated in our 2017-2018 Wednesday Discussions of Experience and Beliefs.  What a richness there is within and among us!  On Wednesday September 12 (10am or 7pm, your choice) we continue with chapter 6 of A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism by Church and Buehrens.  Pastor Jack


Possible NEW Programs in the Fall  (Your feedback requested and appreciated):

(1) Wednesday morning meditation.  Which starting times would you prefer: 6:00am, 6:30am, 7:00am, 7:30am?

(2) Thursday Citizens Café:  To discuss your social concern of the day over lunch (brown bag) or coffee (provided) – with pens, paper, envelopes provided along with officials’ addresses.  Is this an idea worth implementing?

Tell Pastor Jack for Fall Planning: In person; or Feedback sheets on piano; or Email (jfdonovan@bellsouth.net)


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