UU St. Pete InfoNet: December 1, 2017

This Sunday's Worship Services


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Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

In olden times, the shortening days were experienced with trepidation at the end of light and life - and with hope at the coming of lengthening days and new light as the seasons changed.  As some are going out of this world, others are coming in.  Do newcomers or outgoers miss out on something?  Must it be so, that we must mourn?



RE Corner

Religious Education Sunday, December 3, 2017
Nursery age care is provided in Conway Hall beginning at 10:15am. Children in grades K-3 will meet in their room with Trish and Joe. Children in grades 4-6 will meet in their room. Youth will meet for a discussion with Rev. Karen Day in the youth room.


RE Volunteers
If you are interested in volunteering in the classroom with our wonderful children and youth, please contact Melissa Allen (melissa.m.allen@me.com).


UU St. Pete is Hiring!
We have immediate need for the following positions in our Religious Education (RE) program:

  • RE Instructor for Children (3-4 Sundays per month)
  • RE Instructor for Youth (3-4 Sundays per month)

For more info, please visit http://uustpete.org/re-jobs, or contact our search committee at hiring@uustpete.org, or touch bases with Morgan Gresham, Beate Hughes-Brown, or Linda Paul.

Contacts: Melissa Allen, Morgan Gresham, Beate Hughes-Brown, Linda Paul



Food Collection — SUNDAY

Our youngest members will collect food during the service for one of our refugee families. Twizere, his wife Mariam, her mother Elizabeth and three children Jibu, Sifa and Tarek are Congolese. They arrived in the US in mid December, 2015 from a refugee camp in Uganda. They have made incredible advances with their language and adjustments to a totally different culture but can still use a helping hand. Since they have a more traditional diet, donations of rice, dried beans, yams, potatoes, oranges and cabbage are suggested as are soaps and cleaning products. Thank you!

Contact: Karen Coale



Announcements From Pastor Jack

WEDNESDAY DISCUSSION of Covenant With Black America, Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 10am and 7pm (your choice).  Reading will be chapters 6 (Claiming Our Democracy), Chapter 7 (Strengthening Our Rural Roots), and chapter 8 (Accessing Good Jobs, Wealth, & Economic Prosperity). Quotes for discussion provided.  We will complete our study of this important book on December 13(For planning purposes, please notify Pastor Jack if you plan to attend, whether morning or evening – jfdonovan@bellsouth.net.)


UUSP FALL MEDITATION RETREAT TOMORROW: Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 9:00am - 12:00pm, Gilmour Hall – a bit of time to practice drawing strength and staying on track while breathing, sitting, walking, eating, worrying, living.  Brief instruction on Zen, Mindfulness, and Contemplative forms of meditation (changing on the hour).  Refreshments provided.  For more information: Pastor Jack 352-327-6166; jfdonovan@bellsouth.net. 


PASTOR’S HOLIDAY PARTY:  Saturday December 9, 5pm - 7pm.   Pastor Jack & Rev. Alisun request the blessing of your presence at their house to celebrate the coming of the season of light and the community that gets you there -  1104 12th St. N., phone 352-327-6166.


CHRISTMAS EVE, December 24, 2017 comes on a Sunday.  UUSP will have its regular Sunday morning service at 10:30am.  We will also have a traditional Lessons & Carols Christmas Eve service and Wassail party that day at 6:00pm.  We hope you’ll make a day of it with family, friends, and us!


WEDNESDAY DISCUSSION GROUP Change of Pace and Heads-Up for Christmas Shopping:  Starting Wednesday January 10, our book focus for six sessions will be Becoming Wise: An Inquiry Into the Mystery and Art of Living, by Krista Tibbett.  Krista Tibbett is host of NPR’s On Being and is a recipient of the Peabody Award and the National Humanities Medal.  In this book, Tibbett draws from ten years of weekly interviews to explore what she sees as the key elements of life.  (Her interviewees have included diverse leading thinkers such as Karen Armstrong, Wendell Berry, Mary Catherine Bateson, David Brooks, Harvey Cox, Paul Davies, Phil Donahue, Ursula Goodenough, Thich Nhat Hanh, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Joanna Macy, Bill McKibben, Mary Oliver, Eboo Patel, Studs Terkel, Phyllis Tickel, Desmond Tutu, Eli Weisel, and Terry Tempest Williams.)   A great holiday gift!


HELP THE UUSP CARE COMMITTEE HELP THE CONGREGATION.  Can you help with a meal, transportation, memorial receptions, caregiver respite, emergency child care or house maintenance, etc?  Please fill out the survey insert or inform Care Committee chair Sue Price (pricesue63@gmail.com).   Thank you!


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



FLOWER POWER for 2018! 

Please consider signing up to bring flowers to brighten our services during the New Year, 2018.  Select a Sunday during the year when you wish to be responsible for flowers in honor or memory of someone special in your life or in celebration of a special event.  Look for the FLOWER POWER table in Gilmore Hall after service today to sign up for your Sunday(s) or contact Gay Breuler or Jim Fitzgerald for more information.  Thank you for beautiful flowers!  The more flowers we have, the more beautiful they are!

If you have any questions, please contact Jim Fitzgerald or Gay Breuler.  Thank you!


Contact: Gay Breuler



Postcard Signing -- DREAM Act

When President Trump rescinded the DACA Executive Order -- 800,000 young people were put at risk for deportation. Their parents brought them to the US as children, and they have grown up here. To protect these DREAMERs -- federal legislation needs to be passed, signed and implemented in 2017. 

Bills have been introduced by both political parties in both the US Senate and House of Representatives; but no bills have been scheduled for hearings – let alone votes. 

After service on Sunday we will have a table with stamped postcards and address labels for both FL Senators and the local House Representatives. Ask them to demand that hearings and votes for Dream Act legislation be scheduled for this calendar year. 

It will take you just a few minutes to write the cards -- but it is so important to add your voice to the national appeal for a permanent solution that provides a pathway to legal status for these young people.

Contact: Karen Coale



We Need YOU to Take Action NOW!

Reflecting the nationwide support for the Dreamers, multiple bills have been introduced by congressional representatives from both political parties in both the Senate (S) and House of Representatives (HR). 

But no bills have been scheduled for hearings – let alone votes.

IN SOLIDARITY WITH DREAMERS -- we need your help now to make sure that federal legislation is passed in 2017 to protect them. In order for any bill to go into effect, it must be passed by both the Senate and the House and signed by the President. Then the Department of Homeland Security needs to develop implementation procedures. That is why it is imperative that hearings and votes get scheduled now.
Contact your Congressperson and both Florida Senators. Call, email or visit each of them. It takes just a few minutes, and is so easy to do. 
●    State your name and zip code. Calls and messages from outside their district are not counted.
●    Like most Americans you support Dreamers remaining in the country permanently
●    Ask them to demand that hearings and votes for Dream Act legislation be scheduled for this calendar year,         and to support:   
        ○    A “clean” bill – one that is not tied to other immigration related issues such as funding the wall with Mexico or stripping current protections for unaccompanied minors from Central America. 
        ○    A bill that provides Dreamers legal status and a pathway to citizenship.

If the phone lines are blocked or voice mailbox is full, cut and paste the bullet points from above into their email templates on their websites!

Contact Information:
US House of Representatives from this area

Kathy Castor 
Visit website and complete template  http://castor.house.gov/contact/ 
Phone: (202)225-3376  or  (813)871-2817 

Charlie Christ 
Visit website and complete template   https://crist.house.gov/contact/                                                                          Phone: (202) 225-5961 or (888) 205-5569

US Senators for Florida
Bill Nelson 
Visit website and complete template  www.billnelson.senate.gov/contact-bill                                                                        Phone: (202) 224-5274 or  813-225-7040

Marco Rubio 
Visit website and complete template   www.rubio.senate.gov                                                                              Phone: (866) 630-7106 or (202) 224-3041

We do not want hearings or passage of legislation postponed until early 2018, since some DACA recipients will begin to lose their protective status on March 5, 2018. At that time several will be subject to deportation to countries they did not grow up in.  

Contact: Karen Coale



Monthly Social Justice Planning Meeting

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 5:30pm

Leaders of this congregation's Social Justice projects meet monthly to organize and coordinate our Church's participation in projects that support:

  • American Promise -- a national effort to reduce the size of political contributions from individuals and eliminate all contributions from foreign entities. 
  • FAST -- a Pinellas County-wide interdenominational effort addressing affordable housing, juvenile justice and youth concerns.
  • Farm worker and immigrant families -- entails advocacy for Fair Food practices in the fields and just immigration laws, and supporting two Congolese families adapt to their new homes in St Pete.  
  • Coffee and Chocolate -- sale of fair trade products produced by indigenous farmers.
  • UUs Helping Others -- providing food and temporary housing for the need, and advocating for affordable housing.

If you have an additional social justice project that you would like to introduce to our congregation -- bring your ideas and plans to this meeting. We welcome your ideas and encourage your involvement.

Contacts: Karen Coale, Reggie Craig



"Still No Room in the Inn" Caroling - Save the Date

Friday, December 8, 2017, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Join UUSP and other church carolers for Celebrate Outreach's annual "Still No Room in the Inn" caroling.  After hot chocolate and cookies at UU St Pete, we stroll to several near-by shelters and sing with and for the homeless women, children, and men in residence there.  This is an event co-sponsored by UUs Helping People.  

Please contact Reggie if you have any questions.

Contact: Reggie Craig