UU St. Pete InfoNet: December 17, 2016

This Sunday's Worship Services


Sunday, December 18, 2016

Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Jack Donovan

What beliefs about Morality (or, How a Person or a People Should Live) can we draw from the Abrahamic religious traditions?


Holiday Tea

Sunday, December 18, 2016 - 11:30am

Help celebrate the season at the Holiday Tea on December 18 in Gilmour Hall immediately after the service. Bring your favorite dessert or appetizer to share.

Contact: Sue Price





For UUSP kids, for fun, for fundraising…as a holiday gift! These are HOT TICKETS!

There are still some Tickets to Purchase: The Hot Tickets sales will end this Sunday, December 18 after church services.  Come see what is still available.  You can pay cash or by check payable to: UUSP.  

Some items that have been available include:

  • Movie under the Stars, Hosted by Jen Logan and Frank Ierna, 5:30 PM, January 14, $15 ($5 for kids) – Limit 50
  • Farewell Obama Celebration, Hosted by Sabine Von Aulock, The Allens and Marcile Powers, 7:30 PM , January 20, $15 advance, $20 at door – Open (event held at UUSP Gilmour Hall)
  • Tour of Historic Kenwood and Dessert, Hosted by Linda Paul and Pete Elem, 1:00 PM, February 11, $20 – Limit 15
  • Seafood Paella Dinner, Hosted by Steve and Sherry Benton, 6:00 PM, January 28, $55 – Limit 8
    (Just two seast left)
  • FondUU Party, Hosted by Courtney and Melissa Allen, 5:30 PM, February 25, $35, Limit 10
  • Fairy Lights Party, Hosted by Gay Breuler and Billy Crider, 6:00 PM, March 11, $20 – Limit 20
  • Picnic and Boating on Boca Ciega Bay, Hosted by Paul and Susan Burnore, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM, March 18, $60 – Limit 10
  • All Together in Allendale Cocktail Buffet, Hosted by Sally and Bill Wallace, Sue and Roy Price, 6:00 PM, January13, $45 – Limit 40 (Date Subject to Change)

Contacts: Patti HanksSusan BurnoreLinda PaulMarcile PowersDani Skrzypek

Group: Buildings And Grounds



RE Corner: Calling All Cooks

UU St. Pete will host 20+ people for OWL training January 13-15. We will provide Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner, and Sunday breakfast and lunch. If you can provide a casserole, side, snacks, drinks or paper goods for the weekend, please let Lisa know, as we do have a few dietary restrictions.  You can email her at re@uustpete.org or catch her in Gilmour after service.

Many people contributed last year, and we received rave reviews from all attendees!

Thank you!

Contact: Lisa Hill


Call For Card Tables

Can you loan us a card table to use for worship services on Sundays, December 25 and January 1? We're going to have "cafe style" seating in Gilmour and card tables help that to work really well.

If you have one or more to loan, please let Susan Burnore know, and drop it off in Gilmour by December 23. Thanks!

Contact: Susan Burnore


Announcements From Pastor Jack

THANK YOU TO ALL who provided the wonderful refreshments for Alberto Prince’s memorial service – especially our organizer and leader Sue Price!

CHRISTMAS EVE and HANUKKAH AT UU ST. PETE:  A UU Christmas and Hanukkah service with readings and carols for peace on earth, good will to all!  Come celebrate new light, new life, new love, new joy - in all peoples for all peoples Saturday, December 24, 6:00pm.  Joyful Wassail to follow!

SUNDAY PARKING AT UU ST PETE:  Please Note:  UUSP’s Authorized SUNDAY Parking includes:

1. Public street parking (about 100 spaces within a block or two of the church);
2. UUSP’s 30 space parking lot between our building and 2nd Avenue;
3. Three lots for Arlington Management at 735 Arlington Avenue:
   a.  11 spaces next to #735,
   b.  8 spaces across the alley accessible from 2nd Avenue,
   c.  17 spaces across the alley accessible form 2nd Avenue;
4.  In the parking lot frequently used by UUSP – owned by Masterson, Hoag & Smith Attorneys at 699 1st Avenue; the 10 spaces facing Arlington Ave opposite the UUSP office gate on Saturday and Sunday (but – note well – no parking in the spaces facing 1st Avenue by the Attorneys’ office building or the two separate spaces by Arlington Avenue;
5.  in the parking lots of Baynard, McLeod and Lang Attorneys at 669 1st Ave N.
   a.  in their 12 spaces directly behind their office (Sunday mornings only) and
   b.  in their 32 spaces in the long lot running from the Mirror Lake Drive/Arlington Avenue corner to 1st Avenue;
6.  in the 38 spaces identified with green bumpers in the St Pete Health and Human Services lot at 647 1st Ave N.  (the spaces off 1st Avenue, not Mirror Lake Drive.) – Saturday and Sunday authorized.

Again, please note - parking is authorized in areas #3 - 5 only on Sundays and Saturday and Sunday in areas #1, 2 & 6.  Public street parking is, of course, anytime within posted time limits.

WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES DISCUSSIONS, “Comparing Beliefs” is on holiday break and will resume on January 18 (10am or 7pm, always your choice). Our discussion book starting January 19, 2017 will be Joseph Campbell’s The Power of Myth, a famous and widely available introduction to the myths and archetypes by which humankind lives. As always, discussion quotes will be provided.  Rev. Jack

Contact: Jack Donovan


Local Residents Will Remember The County's Deceased Homeless

More than 60 people who died while experiencing homelessness in Pinellas County this year will be remembered in a memorial service to be held on Sunday, December 18 at 5:00pm at Trinity Lutheran Church, 401 5th Street North, St. Petersburg. This memorial service, coordinated by Celebrate Outreach, Inc., in cooperation with the Homeless Leadership Board of Pinellas County (HLB), is part of the observance of National Homeless Persons' Memorial Day, which is being commemorated in Pinellas County for the tenth successive year.

This year, the theme for the hour-long memorial service in St. Petersburg is "Remembering Our Brothers and Sisters in Love.” The service will feature interfaith Scripture readings, instrumentals and solo artists, a eulogy delivered by Pastor Joe Esposito from MissioDei Community, and candlelight remembrances of the deceased. A free fellowship dinner will be served following the service to provide an opportunity for service providers, advocates, community leaders and others to share a meal together with those who are currently experiencing homelessness.

The community is invited to participate in these services, and attendees are encouraged to bring donations of non-perishable food items and new warm clothing items (jackets, knit caps, gloves, tube socks, etc...). “Ditty” bags containing personal care products and warm clothing will be distributed to homeless people attending the services.

Contact: Reggie Craig


Christmas Eve Wassail

Saturday, December 24, 2016 - 7:00pm

Following the service, we'll toast to each other's good health..."waes hael"...with mulled wine, or mulled cider as we share a tasty morsel. Bring what you like, or nothing at all. All are welcome! Sponsored by Jeri and Sabine.

Contact: Jeri Huempfner-Gatz


Christmas Morning Services

Sunday, December 25, 2016: "Christmas Cafe and Brunch"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Sabine von Aulock
Worship Leader: Susan Burnore

The Worship Committee and UU's Helping People invite you to a special Christmas Cafe Service and brunch on Christmas morning. Arrive by 10:30a.m. as usual but come directly into Gilmour Hall. Get a nice cup of coffee or something else warming, then find a place at one of the tables before the service begins at 10:45. The Worship Committee is planning a casual, music-and-story-filled service on the idea of "What is the Christmas Spirit?"

After the service stick around around for brunch (egg strata, fruit salad, sweet rolls) offered by UUHP. $4/individual, $10/family, or be our guest. Proceeds will go to Celebrate Outreach's Tiny Homes for Homeless Vets project.


What's Up With UUSP's Gravel Parking Lot?

Dear UUSP Members,

Good news - substantial progress has been made!

In our October 8 Town Hall Meeting, there was a consensus for the UU St Pete board to research options what to do about our gravel parking lot, and present the results to the congregation.

The UUSP board president, several members of the board, UUSP's treasurer and our minister have been meeting with Wannemacher-Jensen architects to explore possibilities. An appraisal of the property value has been completed. And a real estate lawyer has been consulted by the church regarding a proposal made by Wannacher-Jensen.

This research is motivated by:

  • the possibility that the City might require UUSP to comply with a City ordinance requiring paving;
  • the risk of injury that the unpaved gravel surface presents;
  • the unattractive appearance of the gravel surface in an improving neighborhood
  • the possibility of a development plan alternative to simply paving.

We as a congregation will need to make a decision on our options. In no particular order of preference at this point in the research, UUSP's options identified so far include:

  1. Surfacing the parking lot so it is safe and in compliance with City regulations - perhaps costing UUSP $100,000 or more - most likely paid for through a bank loan or by our Endowment Fund.
  2. Doing nothing unless ordered by City Code Enforcement to do something, thus at least temporarily saving $100,000, but still having the risk of an unstable parking surface.
  3. Selling the property to the highest bidder (at perhaps $600,000 or more) according to an appraisal commissioned by the Board for high rise development, possibly 10-12 stories. This may not be possible because of set-back requirements in the City building code (which would not apply if we were partnering with our next door neighbor), and would possibly not be able to guarantee parking for UUSP members in perpetuity.
  4. Developing the property at a level compatible with UUSP's facilities - most likely by selling the parking lot area to our interested neighbors, the architecture/construction firm, Wannamacher-Jensen, to develop three stories of housing and shops along Mirror Lake Drive and 2nd Avenue (6-8 residential units total, plus 2-3 shops). UUSP would gain $300,000 or more on the sale, plus 30 guaranteed parking spaces in perpetuity (same as our current number), plus a safer, more attractive, more populated and walkable setting for the church.

On Sunday, January 8, after church, there will be a UUSP Town Hall meeting to answer questions and identify remaining questions. Our interested neighbor Wannemacher-Jensen will also be available to answer questions. This and subsequent Q&A sessions will be held to make sure all interested members have all the information they want to vote on a preference. A congregational vote might be held late in January or in February. In the meantime, please feel free to ask questions of the me, as board president board members, the treasurer, or the minister.

This is a very important issue, and our decision as a congregation will affect the future direction of our church.

Your UUSP Board President,

Paul Burnore

Contact: Paul Burnore


Update on RE Roof Repairs Funds

Dear UUSP Members,

In our Oct 9 Town Hall Meeting, UUSP members gave their consensus to address our needed RE Roof Repairs with donations and fund raisers, instead of invading our Endowment Funds. The cost to complete all the required repairs was $16,441, which is a substantial amount.

After 2 months, we've had cash donations from 22 members, including all Board members, which have totaled $12,605. Thank you, thank you, for your generosity!

In addition, a wonderful, fun Fund Raiser named "Just the Ticket" was launched, offering individually donated events, from parties and dinners to movie tickets, and from boat trips and an Obama celebration to a movie under the stars. What an incredible number of offerings from our members! These events make for great church community fun, as well as wonderful gifts to others during this holiday season. So far we've collected over $2,500 in "Just the Ticket" sales, with the expectation of more sales! Thanks both to the many members who've contributed these events, and also to the many members who've purchased tickets!

So the total fund raising efforts for the RE Roof Repairs totals over $15,000!! We're getting close to our goal!

Our UUSP community has stepped up wonderfully to this Roof Repair project. Thank you all for your generosity, which benefits not only our RE Programs, our kids, and parents, but all of us who covenant every Sunday "to help one another."

Paul Burnore
President, Board of Trustees

Contact: Paul Burnore


Town Hall Q&A Regarding Parking Lot

Sunday, January 8, 2017 - 12:00pm

The purpose of this informal Parking Lot Q&A is to discuss the options UUSP is considering regarding our parking lot, and to take a look at where each option might lead. It's an opportunity for church members to ask questions and explain any concerns they might have. Since one of our options is to partner with our next door neighbor, Wannemacher-Jensen Architects, they will have a representative present to answer any questions we might have for them.

This meeting is an informational meeting only, intended to keep members of our congregation updated on this issue. There will be no vote included. Please contact Paul Burnore if you have questions about this Town Hall meeting.

Contact: Paul Burnore


Come See Views in Blue!

BLUES POWER – Tampa Bay Surface Design Guild Member’s Show, January 13 – February 22, 2017 at:

Unitarian Universalist Church of Clearwater and the Octagon Arts Center,  2470 Nursery Road, Clearwater, FL 33764

Viewing Hours: Sunday: 9:30am – 10:30am & 12:00pm – 1:00pm.  Tuesday – Friday: 9:00am – 12:00pm. 

Opening Reception: Friday, January 20, 6:00pm – 8:00pm 

Contacts: Karen Frank, Jane Fanning


Join us for a Day On – Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King

Monday, January 16, 2017, 8:45am - 10:00am, for Breakfast in the picnic grove at UUSP.

Followed by UUSP’s place in the Annual MLK Parade, starting at 11:00AM at Tropicana Field.

UU's Helping People invite all to a dedication of new Friday Night Picnic equipment, acquired through MLK Service Grant, and breakfast for people in need. We are looking for volunteers to prepare the meal, serve, dine and clean up. We will then join in the MLK Parade at Tropicana Field, as UUSP lends its support and commitment to MLK’s legacy.  Join us in remembering Dr. King and his legacy of equality and the beloved community.

Contact:  Sabine von Aulock about the Breakfast and Courtney Allen 201.303.2365 about the Parade.

Contact: Sabine von Aulock