UU St. Pete InfoNet: August 4, 2017

This Sunday's Worship Services

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Sunday, August 6, 2017: "The Journey Continues..."
Time: 10:30am
Speaker's: Gary Nakarado and Julie Newcomb
Worship Leader: Susan Burnore

Our popular “Journeys” series continues as Gary Nakarado and Julie Newcombe share their thoughts on being a part of Unitarian Universalism and this congregation.  Gary will focus on community, and Julie will speak about change.  Both are fairly new to our community, so we’re looking forward to getting to know them better this Sunday.

 

 

Food Collection THIS Sunday

During this Sunday's service our youngest members will collect food and household products for our two Congolese and one immigrant families. The diet for these families consists primarily of dried beans, rice and fresh produce such as cabbage, potatoes, yams and oranges. They do not eat canned vegetables or fruit, sodas, juices or boxed food that requires preparation.  Household products such as: dish and laundry soap, diapers sizes 3 and size 6, and hygiene products (shampoo/body lotion/bath soap) are are appreciated. 

Thank you for your generosity!

Contact: Karen Coale

 

 

Parking Lot Central

Stop by the Parking Lot Central table during Social Hour with questions, ideas, or concerns. You can also pick up printed copies of information about the forthcoming vote on the Parking Lot  proposal.  This table will be available each Sunday until the day of the vote on September 10.

Thank you!

Contact: Linda Paul

 

 

FLOWER POWER! 

Wouldn't it be nice to have flowers on our podiums each Sunday to brighten our church? 

If you would be interested in helping with this project, please sign up after service in Gilmore Hall to bring flowers for specific Sunday(s). Flower arrangements (from a florist or from your garden) can be made in honor of or in memory of someone, and we will note this in the order of service.  If you have any questions, please contact Jim Fitzgerald or Gay Breuler.  Thank you!

 

Contact: Gay Breuler

 

 

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

Sunday, August 6, 2017 - 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

 

 

A Month with Carl Sagan - Wednesday Beliefs Discussion Group

Join the discussion this Wednesday, August 9th, of chapters 4 - 8.  (One is titled “Aliens”!) Attend either session, 10-11:30 am or 7 - 8:30 pm, in Conway Hall.  Printed quotes from these chapters will be provided to get the discussion going.

To give Rev. Jack a bit of a break, Susan Burnore will facilitate the morning sessions, and Paul Burnore will lead in the evenings.  Come Join us!

Email Susan at susanburnore@gmail.com to be put on the distribution list for reminders and the weekly page of quotes to be discussed or with any questions. 

Every Wednesday in August in Conway Hall:
Morning Session: 10a -11:30am
Evening Sessions: 7p-8:30pm

 

Contacts: Susan Burnore, Paul Burnore

 

 

Welcome Medina Family

Welcome…Bienvenidos new UUSP members Pau, Andree and Farah Medina!

Born and raised in Mexico, Pau and Andree moved their family from Queretaro (near Mexico City) to St. Petersburg in 2015 to learn and experience the American culture, become fluent in English and grow together as a family and as individuals. Family has always been extremely important to Pau and Andree. “You can’t have healthy relationships with others if you don’t have it in your own family,” Pau says. Homeschooling six-year-old Farah gives Pau and Andree a chance to be involved and provide a holistic approach to Farah’s education.  

Andree’s construction company serves client investors building and remodeling houses, with the intention of selling or “flipping.” A martial arts black belt competitor in Mexico, Andree continues to practice here, as well as Japanese Jujitsu, Ninpo and other spiritual and physical arts and extreme sports. “After my accident in which I could have lost my life, I have become a sort of “God Warrior,” teaching and sharing my deep beliefs in the greater power." 

Creative and passionate about her Mexican culture, arts and health, Pau graduated with a college degree in Travel and Hospitality Management and is in the import/export retail business bringing top quality Mexican arts, crafts and products to the U.S. Her future plan is to open a retail store, as well as build her practice as a certified practitioner in Biomagnetic therapy, which is now being introduced into the U.S. An alternative medicine, Biomagnetic therapy aims to rebalance the body’s PH by fixing illness or dysfunction from parasites, bacteria, viruses and fungus. “We’re excited to find UUSP,” says Andree and Pau. "It feels very comfortable to us. Sunday is one morning Farah gets up quickly and can’t wait to get to church!” Watching her new friends interacting with Farah, there is no doubt they are very happy she’s arrived!

Written by Virginia Fox, Membership Committee

 

 

Board of Trustees Meeting

Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 7:00pm

BoT meetings on the second Thursday of every month.

 

 

Join the Parking Lot Discussions From Anywhere

UU St Pete members:

We need to hear your thoughts. The most recent offer from Wannemacher Jensen Architects is to purchase Parcel 1 of our parking lot for $240,000. Parcels 2 & 3 would remain the property of UUSP and would have 35 parking spaces, the same as now. The offer includes free paving, landscaping, environmental compliance, and lighting of parcels 2 & 3, which is UUSP property, valued at $180,000. The total value of the WJA offer is $240,000 plus $180,000, or $420,000. In return, WJA would have shared parking privileges for the 35 parking spaces during weekday work hours.

The latest offer from Wannemacher Jensen Architects requires that UU St. Pete respond by our recently updated voting date of September 10, 2017.

There are face-to-face roundtables and meetings underway for UU St. Pete member to participate in, but we have also created an online Discussion Forum in Google Groups. The information for joining the online group is below. Following it is a link to a Google Groups help sheet.

 

Online Discussion Forum - Parking Lot Discussion

You may join the discussion by clicking on the link below. Then post your questions and comments, and see all of the other comments and questions that members have posted, and the responses to them.

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To become a member of the discussion group, click the link that says “apply for membership”

UU St. Pete Discussions

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Apply for membership or contact the owner.

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Google Group help sheet: https://support.google.com/groups/answer/1046523?hl=en&ref_topic=2458613

How to post in google group (video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMbljT2hT64

Google Group video tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPklzaOd8z4

Please note, many of the video tutorials are geared toward students and teachers. Some of the information included may not apply to your experience.

 

Contact: Morgan Gresham

 

 

Support the DREAM Act of 2017

More than 750,000 young undocumented immigrants have received work permits and deportation relief through the federal government’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program since it was created by Executive Order in August, 2012. The program gives unauthorized immigrants who came to the U.S. before age 16 – a group sometimes called “Dreamers” – a chance to stay in the U.S. to study or work. Those approved for the program are given a work permit and protection from deportation for two years. These benefits can currently be renewed. 

There is a great deal of concern about whether this Executive Order will stay in place. However the recent bi-partisan announcement to replace it with a permanent law is very good news. U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-Il) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) are the co-sponsors of the DREAM Act of 2017.  

If you want to protect the Dreamers -- join us after service on Sunday to sign postcards to both of your Senators. We will mail them for you.

 

Contact: Karen Coale

 

 

Immigrant/Refugee Planning Meeting

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 5:30pm

This Social Justice subcommittee meets monthly to identify and organize our Church's participation in projects that support the farm worker, immigrant and refugee communities. Our current direct outreach is focused on supporting two refugee families, from the Congo, adapt to their new home here in St. Pete, as well as one immigrant family from the Caribbean. We also advocate for systemic change -- in particular fair and just treatment for all immigrants including the negotiation of labor and wage practices for farmworkers in the fields of Florida, assurance of due process for the undocumented, protection of the DREAMers and the retention of in-state-tuition for immigrant students.

To counter the current negative and fearful messaging about immigrants and refugees -- it is important that we come together and take positive action. We welcome your ideas and encourage your involvement in this very loving and meaningful work.

We are always looking for volunteers. Whether you want to donate your time or money, we would love to hear from you. Contact Karen at migrants@uustpete.org.

 

Contact: Karen Coale

Announcements From Pastor Jack

IN CASE OF PASTORAL EMERGENCIES while Pastor Jack is on vacation, UU minister Rev. Karen Day has graciously agreed to be on call from Friday, August 4 through Saturday, September 2.  Karen is our UUSP community minister (helping connect us more significantly on justice issues with the wider St. Pete community).  She is an ordained UU minister (2001), has since served congregations as minister in North Carolina and Virginia, and began work in UU religious education in 1984.  In case of emergency (hospitalization, life crisis, etc.), you may contact Karen by phone (540)-357-5657 or email karenday3@swva.net.  Many thanks to Rev. Karen. Rev Jack

 

ANNOUNCING UUSP’S FIRST SUNDAYS MONTHLY MEDITATION GROUP – starting this Sunday August 6 – 9:30-10:15am­ – in the Treuthart Room, upstairs in the RE area (in UUSP’s Conway Building).   Long experienced meditator and UUSP member Mimi Anzel will facilitate a few minutes of breath work followed by silent meditation.  Carpe Pacem!  Many thanks to Mimi for facilitating.  Rev. Jack

 

UPDATING THE UUSP CALENDAR:  It’s time!  Please put all your 2017-2018 meetings and events on the church website calendar as soon as possible.  This is very important to avoid scheduling conflicts, to help the office with knowing what space is available for outside rentals, and to help the UUSP Program Council coordinate plans.  2017-2018 has begun!  Happy New Year!  Rev. Jack

 

FIRST BOOK FOR WEDNESDAY DISCUSSIONS THIS FALL (starting September 13, 10am & 7pm, your choice) :  Between the World and Me - the personal testimony of the Atlantic national correspondent Ta-Nehisi Coates in his book in the form of a letter to his young son.  Our study emphasis this fall will be part of becoming better allies, partners, and justice co-workers with those who are without equal rights and opportunity in our community and world – especially people of color, but also many cross-color categories of those left out of “the general Welfare” and “the Blessings of Liberty.”  Book quotes provided for discussion.  (Please note that this book selection is different the originally proposed book, which we’ll do later.)  Rev. Jack

 

DISMANTLING PREJUDICE AND OPPRESSION

Wednesday Religious Studies Reading List for UUSP Fall–Spring Wednesday Discussion Groups

 

I hope these books will help us as we continue to expand our caring into our wider community, especially with FAST (Faith in Action for Strength Together - an interfaith justice coalition,).  I’d suggest the following roughly this order, but amended as the discussion group prefers, including other book selections

 

1) Between the World and Me, a father’s letter to his son, by Atlantic national correspondent Ta-Nehisi Coates.

2) The Covenant with Black America, action plans to secure social justice in America, Tavis Smiley, editor (2006)

3) The Third Reconstruction: Overcoming the Politics of Division & Fear, by Rev. Dr. Wm J. Barber II (2016)

4) Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America, by Michael Eric Dyson (2017) 

5) The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander (2010)

6) Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest (& the Harlem Children’s Zone), by Paul Tough (2008)

7) Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah (host of The Daily Show) (2016)

8) I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou

9) Waking Up White (and Finding Myself in the Story of Race), Debby Irving (2014)

10) Slavery By Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans (1865-1941), by Douglas A. Blackmon

11) Letter from the Birmingham Jail,  by Martin Luther King, Jr. (1963)

12) Dismantling Racism: A Workbook for Social Change Groups by Kenneth Jones & Tema Okun (2001) (google on-line)

13) www.blacklivesuu.com.  See UUWhiteSupremacyTeachIn.

14) Darkwater: Voices from Within the Veil, by W.E.B. DuBois (1920)

15) The Color of Water, by James McBride (1995) – a mixed race son writes of his white mother’s life and his.

16) Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson (2014) Time’s “Top 10 Nonfiction 2014)

17) Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West, by Dee Brown (1971)

 

Can you recommend any great biographies or autobiographies?  Please share with Pastor Jack who is looking for materials on how lives get shaped for better or worse.

 

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

 

 

Water Bottles Needed!

Do you have extra water bottles that are filling up the back of your cabinet?

As we enter the hottest time of the year, our friends that participate in the Friday Night Picnic not only have a hard time getting access to clean cool water, but rarely have a water bottle to carry with them throughout the day.  Please look for a special collection box during Coffee Hour after Sunday Service to drop off your donation(s).

If you have a source for further donations (the Lost & Found at your workplace/Leftovers from an event) or need further information please contact Courtney Allen.

Contact: Courtney Allen