UU St. Pete InfoNet: August 31, 2018

This Sunday's Worship Services

Sunday, September 2, 2018: "Educators Inspire"
Time: 10:30am
Guest Speaker: 

John Motter

Ruth Bentley


Worship Leader: Bill Motter

Worship Associate:  Steve Benton


Two reflections on the inspiration of educators.




RE Corner

Religious Education: September 2

Nursery care is provided in Conway Hall from 10:15-noon for infants through preschool by Laura and Dani.

Families begin in worship at 10:30am and school age children and youth will go to their groups after Time for All Ages to focus on stories and activities about VISION and Justice. Trish, Joe, Natashia and Jeanay will lead our children and youth.

Rev. Karen Day, RE Family Minister, is available to talk with you after the service or this Friday, September 7 from 2-5pm.

Contact: Karen Day




Sunday is Food Collection Sunday

Our younger members will now be accepting your donations of food. Sunday’s collection will be given to one of the refugee families that this congregation supports. Twizere and his family of six comes from a rural area of the Congo. Keep in mind that their diet consists of primarily rice, dried beans, root vegetables, cabbage and fresh fruits. 

Thank you for your generosity. 


Contact: Karen Coale




Announcements From Pastor Jack

THIS SUNDAY MORNING AFTER THE SERVICE we begin the sign-up for COVENANT GROUPS*.  Members and friends are welcome to sign up to indicate interest and preferred days and times, whether in current groups or new groups we might form starting in October.  * Covenant Groups have 5-12 members meeting at least monthly in church or home to be together and talk about life.  Pastor Jack for more info.


SUNDAY NEXT WEEK (September 9) is our annual Ingathering Service, including our traditional WATER COMMUNION. 

We invite all to help mark our gathering for the new church year by bringing a tiny bit of water representing the oceans, lakes, streams or faucets from where you spent some time this summer.  Our Water Communion ceremony is a few moments to pour in our gathered waters and name the interconnected sources and spirits they represent.


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 A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism by Church and Buehrens.  Quotes for discussion will be from chapters 6-8.  Pastor Jack


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 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




(1)  Monday Evening Meditation starts October 1, 5:30-6:15pm.   Facilitator: long time meditator and yoga instructor, UUSP member Mimi Anzel.


(2)  Wednesday Morning Meditation starts October 3, 7:30am-8:00am in Gilmour Hall, coffee and tea following.  Contact: Pastor Jack


(3)  Thursday Citizens CafĂ© starts October 4, 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


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



House Meetings FAST Approaching!

What wakes you up at night? What breaks your heart?

We are holding gatherings in early September to share concerns and to learn more about each other. These stories will be used by the FAST (Faith and Action for Strength Together) coalition to choose the problems we work on together. If you’d like to attend on September 9, 16, and/or 17, please contact Karen Day, Dave Coale, or Pat Fling.


Contacts: Karen Day, Dave Coale, Pat Fling



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)