UU St. Pete InfoNet: December 14, 2018

This Sunday's Worship Services

Sunday, December 16, 2018: "WERE YOUR PARENTS RIGHT? And What to Do About Their Birthing of Your Light"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

Worship Associate: Sarah Craig

What did your parents know about Santa Claus, after all?  Did they manage to get your gifts right?



RE Corner

Religious Education: December 16

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

Families begin in worship at 10:30am and school age children and youth will go to their groups after Time for All Ages. Our theme for this month is Mystery so today we will hear stories of the mysteries of everyday miracles and use our magic wands to see the miracles in the world around us.

Rev. Karen Day, RE Family Minister will be in the office Thursday afternoon. Contact Karen at re@uustpete.org.

Contact: Karen Day



UUSP Annual Holiday Coffee Hour

The annual Holiday Coffee Hour will be on December 16 after the service and not limited to an hour.

Bring your favorite dessert or appetizer and join us in Gilmour Hall to celebrate the season at UUSP.

Contact: Sue Price





Make the Holidays Merry for our Refugee Families - Share the Plate

December 16 is share the plate Sunday which means one half of the non-pledge portion of the offering will support one of UU St Pete’s social justice projects. Your donations will be used to help the two Congolese families that we all support.

They are Santa and her four children — one arrived here with her 3 years ago, and her three other children are currently in France with other relatives since their escape from the Congo. The paperwork to bring them here has just been approved by US Customs & Immigration Service. Now all three children can migrate permanently to the US and live with their older sister and mother — after a 6 year separation. Santa is picture a left with her children during a recent short viist with them in Lille, France. Your donation will help pay for their airfare. 

The other family — is a family of six: Twizere is the father and he and his wife have 3 small children —the oldest is in first grade. The grandmother lives with them and provides child care for the youngest while the two parents are at work. The children are growing and need some new clothes. Thank you for your generosity.

Contact: Karen Coale




Announcements From Pastor Jack

MINISTER’S CHRISTMAS WISH AND NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION:  First stop shopping at UUSP members Keevey and Marciile’s new “Kenwood Organic Produce (KOP - a Zero-Waste Store)” at 3325 5th Avenue North (corner of 5th Ave. and 34th Street North).  Locally sourced organic fruit and vegetables and KOP’s own-made salsas, sauces, jams & jellies with 100% reusable containers. 


UU ST. PETE CHRISTMAS EVE IN STORY & CAROLS – Monday, December 24, 6:00pm:   A Christmas Eve Family Service celebrating the Spirit of Christmas Past, Present & Future – with Sabine’s & Jeri’s wassail after the service.  'Tis the season to be yulely!!!  Come strike the harp and let us relight the hearth of our hearts with songs and stories and celebration of Christmas and a new year before us.  To quote an old Unitarian, “God bless Us, Every One.” Pastor Jack


HELP UU CHURCH IN THE PINES BUY A CHURCH HOME OF THEIR OWN!  The Fall 2018 Chalice Lighter call for our Florida geographical area has been awarded to UU Church in the Pines in Weeki Wachee, Florida. Chalice Lighter funding will help the congregation buy their first building.   UU Church in the Pines plans to celebrate their upcoming 30th anniversary by becoming more firmly planted. Plans include more community outreach than currently possible by adding evening and weekday programs in a new central location. A church home will help the congregation become a more integral part of the community by supporting an identity as a stable faith community and serving as a hub for justice-linked services and programs.  

Donations online via PayPal (no need for a PayPal account) may be made at www.UUPinesFL.org/Give

Donations by check, payable to “UU Church in the Pines” with a memo “Chalice Lighters,” mailed to UU Church in the Pines, Attn: Chalice Lighter, PO Box 1062, Brooksville, FL 34605.


WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES:  Break time until January 9 – see future topics below.



(1) “Exploring the Border and the Refugee Caravan” January 9 and 16 – usual Wednesday times, 10am or 7pm, facilitated by Karen Coale and Pastor Jack.

(2) “Pagan & Earth-Centered Voices in Unitarian Universalism” 8 sessions starting January 23 (with pp. ix-20) - 10am & 7pm (your choice).  This is the first book in a UUA series (with books of Buddhist, Jewish, Christian, & Humanist UU Voices to be explored through 2019).  I have ordered 10 copies of this book.  Please let me know if you would like one ($12 each, discounted by UU Bookstore from $14) Pastor Jack at jfdonovan@bellsouth.net or sign-up sheet on piano.

(3) “Get Started With Mindfulness” 5 sessions starting March 27 – 10am & 7pm (your choice).  Sessions on: Why Meditate; How to Meditate; Bringing It into Your Life (Work, Relationship, Self-Care), Deepening Your Practice.  I have 15 copies of the guidebook for sharing if you plan to participate – contact Pastor Jack at jfdonovan@bellsouth.netor see me at church.


UUSP EVERY MONDAY EVENING MEDITATION, 5:30-6:15pm.   Facilitator: long time meditator and yoga instructor, UUSP member Mimi Anzel.


UUSP EVERY TUESDAY MEDITATION 11:45am-12:15pm in our social hall. For instruction come a bit earlier.  Pastor Jack


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


UUSP EVERY WEDNESDAY MORNING MEDITATION 7:30am-8:00am, Gilmour Hall, followed by sharing as time and spirit allow.  Ramp door open at 7:15am.  Pastor Jack


UUSP EVERY THURSDAY NOON CITIZENS CAFÉ, 12:00am – 1:00pm in UUSP’s Gilmour Hall to chat about the news of the day for camaraderie and clarity’s sake – and perhaps write a politician or two (wi-fi, pens, paper, envelopes provided along with officials’ addresses).  Coffee/Tea provided; BYO Lunch if desired.  Pastor Jack


UUUs HELPING UUs:   Need help or know a UUSPer who might?  Please notify Sue Price, UUSP Care Committee chair:  pricesue63@gmail.com


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

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan




Guest at Your Table Continues 

At this time of year UU Churches across the country engage in an unique program to support the work of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC). "Guest at Your Table" is an annual intergenerational program to raise support for and awareness about key human rights issues. The UUSC works in over 25 countries, with over 75 grassroots partners. 

This year’s theme is: Justice Across Borders with particular emphasis on our southern border with Mexico and the path of refugees seeking safety. Together we are learning about the work of four individuals involved in the work of the UUSC partners. They are called “guests” and we invite them to dine with us by placing the Guest at Your Table box on our dining tables. 

Last week you were introduced to Ely who works for one of UUSC’s partners in Honduras, a radio station called Radio Progreso, which provides a rare independent media space amid waves of propaganda in favor of President Hernández. Reaching over 700,000 listeners daily, Radio Progreso covers a wide range of topics, from politics to environmental issues, as well as a weekly feminist talk show. With UUSC’s support, they continue to broadcast daily and share news about the political unrest in Honduras with U.S. media outlets.

Today you will hear the story of our second guest: Clementina Flores. In January the Religious Wednesdays Studies programs on January 9 & January 16 will  be informational discussions covering facts about caravans thru Mexico to our southern border, the immigration court system and for-profit detention centers.  

Thank you for remembering these heroic Guests and supporting them — as we have the luxury of enjoying this festive time with friends and family.

Contact: Karen Coale




Movie Night: A Christmas Carol - December 19 - 7pm

Please join us on Wednesday, December 19 at 7pm in Conway Hall for one of the best Christmas movies ever: Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

We'll watch the 1984 George C. Scott version directed by Clive Donner, a faithful retelling of the story which won Mr. Scott an Emmy nomination.

Those who’ve attended Pastor Jack’s Wednesday discussions, "Dreamwork with Ebenezer Scrooge,” may find this especially rewarding.

Everyone is invited. Popcorn and Christmas cheer are free, as is a short discussion afterwards. BYO beverage and pillow.

Please RSVP Paul Burnore at plburnore@gmail.com if you’d like to attend. 

Contact: Paul Burnore




Christmas Eve Choir

Many of our choir members will be away for Christmas. We’re hoping some congregants with singing experience will be willing to jump in and sing with us on Christmas Eve. The service is at 6:30pm and we’ll rehearse at 5:15pm.

Please email Jon Arterton at jon@jonandjames.com



David Roth Concert: January 19 at 7:30p

David Roth returns again this year with his songs of social justice and stories of the lives of inspiring people he has met over the years.

This will be his “third annual”, and near the two-year anniversary of his participation in the 2017 Women’s March in St. Petersburg. His music of social justice, peace, compassion, and inclusivity fly in the face of racism, discrimination, and disconnection, and his songs have found their way to Carnegie Hall, The United Nations, several Chicken Soup for the soul books, the Kennedy Center, NASA’s Space Shuttle “Atlantis”, Peter, Paul, & Mary and Kingston Trio CDs, (and 14 of his own), 5 Positive Music Awards, the “Rise Up Singing” and “Rise Again” (sequel) songbooks, and countless venues in this and other countries (and now other WORLDS) for three decades.  Poignant to improbable, holistic to hilarious, the Chicago native (now living on Cape Cod) once again adds St. Pete to his ongoing world tour.

Tickets will go on sale this Sunday at the Social Justice coffee/chocolate sales table. A portion of proceeds will benefit social justice projects at UU St. Pete and the wider community. 

Contacts: Laurie Clement, Reggie Craig




Bookstore Outlet

A Bookstore Outlet has been set up at the back of the center discussion room in Conway. The UUSP Bookstore Outlet is happy to accept recent books, DVDs and CDs in good condition. Donations which cannot be used will be donated to local service organizations. 


Many have been eager to share their favorite books and other media. This is a great time of year to find gifts for family and friends while supporting UU St. Pete. 


Contact: Laurie Clement




Citizens' Cafe at UU St. Pete - The Week's News: How Bad Is It Really?

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 11:30am

Feeling a need to vet the news these days?  Weekly starting Thursday October 4th, come join in sharing the week's news that most interests or concerns you.  Paper, envelopes, pens, and political addresses will be available in case you are moved to include public officials in the conversation.  Coffee and tea provided - bring lunch if you'd like.  Pastor Jack coordinating.  

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan




Exploring Human Sexuality

UU Church of Tampa Pioneers Regional Adult Workshops: 'Exploring Human Sexuality

On Saturday, January 12, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa will be the first UU congregation in western Florida to offer the adult version of the Our Whole Lives curriculum on human sexuality. Twelve regional congregations have been invited to register members for 20 workshop openings.

While versions for younger audiences have been offered for years, the adult (35 and over) and young adult (18-35) versions have not. The sexuality education series was jointly developed by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ.  

Beyond two prerequisite workshops, January attendees may choose up to three advanced topics from a list of additional workshops. "We've planned two field trips to venues where UUs rarely go in groups," said Dr. Ronald Hammerle, one of the two course leaders and a former interuniversity scholar at the Kinsey Institute for Sex Research.

The other co-leader, Betty Clark, a masters-educated, registered nurse, brings more than four decades of experience teaching human sexuality. She has presented workshops nationally and internationally on sexual function and sexuality issues related to people with disabilities.

Sessions run approximately two hours in length.  They are held on Saturday afternoons and will end in late February. The fee for the two prerequisite workshops is $25 for UUA and UCC members until December 8. Up to three, advanced courses are $10 per person for members of UUA and UCC congregations until  December 8. 

Applicants will need to complete a confidential, anonymous questionnaire to attend. The questionnaire and registration may be obtained by contacting Betty Clark, at bettyclark555@yahoo.com.

Click the link below to see the informational flyer:
Exploring Human Sexuality Flyer

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan




Make Mandatory IRA Distributions Work for You  

Want to save tax money while contributing to UUSP?

If you have reached the age where you must make required minimum distributions (RMDs) from your tax-deferred investments, usually 70-1/2 years, you can save on taxes while benefiting UUSP: make your pledge contribution directly to UUSP from your IRA.

By contributing directly from your IRA, you lower your taxable income by that amount. For example, if you donate $1 out of a $10 required minimum distribution, $1 goes directly to UUSP from your IRA account. For tax purposes, your income is now $9.

Compare that to withdrawing in cash the full RMD from your IRA and then donating $1. Your taxable income is $10 and you pay tax on the full amount of your required minimum distribution although you can deduct $1 as a charitable deduction.

IRA owners must be age 70-1/2 or older to make this kind of a charitable contribution. The annual limit on such a contribution is very high: up to $100,000 per year directly from one’s IRAs to an eligible charity such as UUSP without paying income tax on the transaction. If you file a joint tax return, your spouse can also make a charitable contribution of up to $100,000, meaning couples can exclude up to $200,000 of their retirement savings from income taxes if they donate it directly to a charity. Qualified charitable contributions must be made by December 31 each year in order to exclude that amount from taxable income for that year.

Don’t wait. Act now. Ask your accountant or tax preparer for the best way to make your contribution to UUSP.

For more information, visit https://www.irs.gov/retirement-plans/retirement-plans-faqs-regarding-required-minimum-distributions.

Any questions, please contact Barbara Archibald (archibaldmail@gmail.com)




Do you play an instrument?

If you do, our music director would love to know about it. Please email him at jon@jonandjames.com.





A message from the Choir…

A number of gray hymnals seem to have disappeared over the years. Starting Sunday, the Choir will be accepting donations during coffee hour to replenish them. The books cost $35. Donors will have a dedicatory bookplate pasted into a book either “in memory of” a loved one who has passed, or “in honor of” someone – perhaps someone who’s done a lot for UUSP.

Please reach out to any of our choir members or Jon at jon@jonandjames.com.


Thank you!




Smile UU - Amazon.com Rebates

Shop local where possible, but if you use Amazon, you can get a rebate of 0.5% on your purchases donated to UU St. Pete at no cost to you. 

To do this:

  1. Log on to smile.amazon.com instead of amazon.com when you order
  2. Log on to your account (same logon for smile and the regular account)
  3. Your first time on smile you will designate our church and it will be automatic after that.
  • To designate our church, hover your mouse over the “account and lists” icon at top right corner. 
  • A dropdown menu will appear. 
  • Go down and click on “Your Amazon Smile”.  
  • Then, click on “change charity” at top right. 
  • On the new screen, at the bottom in the box under “pick your own charity” enter “St. Petersburg Unitarian” and search. 
  • Once you select St. Petersburg Unitarian Church, you will be donating to our general fund from then on.   

Contact Tom at archibaldmail@gmail.com

Contact: Tom Archibald




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)