UU St. Pete InfoNet: December 20, 2019

This Sunday's Worship Services

Sunday, December 22, 2019: "WHO HAS SHONE LIGHT UPON YOU? On Personal Experiences of Acceptance and Spiritual Encouragement"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan
Worship Associate: Sarah Craig

Some people show a great capacity to generously accept others and graciously encourage their spiritual well-being.  This is an innate potential in human nature, but is it often developed?  What has been your direct personal experience with acceptance and spiritual encouragement?   Have you ever wished you had more?



RE Corner

Religious Education:  December 22, 2019


This month’s theme for RE is Awe


Each week, the students will be knowledgeable in the theme of each month. This weeks lesson entails Noticing New Life. Each month, your youth will explore and learn about other faiths that flow with UU to enable and expand their own perspective. Today, the students will present their reasons for being thankful. Children will go up to class and youth will remain in service. For more information about the themed curriculum, review the monthly e-newsletter or contact uurefc@gmail.com.


Nursery care is provided in Conway Hall from 10:00 am - 12pm for infants through preschool by Laura and volunteer assistant. 


Family Seating for service: On the front, right side of the sanctuary, the first two rows are labeled and reserved for families with children. After “Time For All Ages/StoryTime” (roughly 10:40 am) the children are then guided upstairs by Ms. Jeanay, Ms. Trish and Mr. Joe to RE. Children and youth are returned to their parents in coffee hour at 11:45 a.m.


Want to stay-in-the-know about what's going on in RE? Subscribe to the RE Newsletter. Text UUSPRE to 22828 and follow us on Instagram @UUSPRE! 


Thank you for your support.



Introduction to Unitarian Universalism and UU St. Pete

Sunday, December 22, 2019 - 12:00pm

Considering joining the UU St. Pete congregation - but still have a few questions?

Join me in the church library, off the social hall, to get a bit acquainted and for a bit of an introduction to our UU tradition and what our congregation offers for community and for spiritual growth.

These one-session introductions will be offered henceforth on Sundays at the end of each month.  Hope you can join us.

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan



Christmas Eve Service at UUSP!

Christmas Eve at UUSP!

Come join us this Tuesday, December 24, 6:00pm – Lessons and Carols and Christmas With the Choirs.  All ages welcome to ring and sing in the Yuletide!  Refreshments, including Wassail (for all ages) following the service.   

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan



Wonderful Wassail Reception

Following the Christmas Eve service, please join in the Wonderful Wassail reception in our Gilmour Hall, hosted by Jeri and Sabine. 

You are invited to bring favorite holiday treats to share.

We will provide Wassails for all ages.








Announcements From Pastor Jack

NO UUSP TUESDAY NOON MEDITATION  OR BROWN BAG LUNCH GATHERING this Tuesday (December 24 or next December 31).   We’ll start back up on January 7, with meditation 12-12:30 and lunch 12:30-1:15.


NO UUSP WEDNESDAY 8:00 A.M. MEDITATION this Wednesday (December 25 or next January 1).  We’ll start back up on Wednesday January 8, 8:00-8:30 a.m.


NO UUSP WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES until after the holidays.  Most likely to be starting the new year with Daring Democracy…for the America We Want, by Frances Moore Lappe.  Sometimes the political is about the spiritual, and it’s always about ethics.  We’ll begin on Wednesday, January 15, 10am and 7pm, your choice.  


NO UUSP THURSDAY NOON CITIZENS CAFÉ this Thursday (December 26 or January 2).  We’ll start back up on January 9, 12 noon with our discussions of the public issues of our times. Join us then (but let Pastor Jack know you’re planning to come, because our schedule is sometimes erratic)! 


UU SNOWBIRDS TAKE NOTE: A UUSP MEMBER is renting a comfy room with bath and general access in her lovely St. Pete home, pretty private yard, jacuzzi. 15 minute drive to UUSP, a walk to park and bay.   Well-behaved resident greyhound.  $250 weekly; discounts for 30+ days; thru 4/20.  Prefer female renter.  Info/pictures: JoAnn: 727.398.4403; JoAnn@JoAnnMil.com.


UUSP COVENANT GROUPS – trusted circles for sharing about life.  Contact: Patti Hanks (pthanks1@gmail.com).


NAMETAGS FOR FREQUENT VISITORS:  If you come often and would like a permanent name tag, please email Dave Coale at dcoale628@icloud.com.  


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


UUSP SERMONS (printed or audio) are available on UUSP's website:   Go to www.uustpete.org, 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



Year-End Contributions & Financial Statements for 2019

There's still time to make a year-end contribution to UU St Pete. I’ll be processing checks as late as Sunday afternoon, December 29, for a Monday, December 30, bank deposit. You can drop a check in the offering plate or try out a credit card on the new GivePlus+ UUSP Online Giving App.


Also, I emailed the computer-generated 2019 contributions reports on Thursday. Let me know if you spot an error. If you didn’t get one or if you don’t have email, let me know and I can print it for you. 


Rebecca Wilson
UUSP Financial Secretary


Contact: Rebecca Wilson





Mingles is the new name for our series of fun events hosted by UUSP members and friends to raise funds for our budget while having a great time together.  You'll see that we already have a wonderful variety of events - and more are coming!   The hosts pick up the tab so you can support the church while having a great time.  Come join the fun! Tickets are on sale each Sunday after church.  Or you can contact Geneva Nelson.

Check out the flyer, by clicking the link you can save a copy of all of our events or print it out.

Mingles Flyer 12/19/2019

Contact: Geneva Nelson




Witness at the Border — Provide Supplies for Those Waiting in Mexico

Under the “Remain in Mexico” policy, migrants who request asylum are sent back to wait in Mexico while their asylum cases move slowly forward in the U.S. immigration court system. So far, at least 54,000 asylum seekers have been returned to Mexico.

The conditions are deplorable with migrants oftentimes living in makeshift camps for months. They sleep outside in the cold, and live without access to basic hygiene resources like a bathroom. The camps in Mexico’s northern border cities rank among the most dangerous in the country. Cartel groups and other illicit organizations target migrants with extortion and/or kidnappings, among other crimes.

The Pinellas Coalition for Immigrant Justice, which the UU St Pete Social Justice Committee is a member of, has decided to support a national witnessing program at the Brownsville, TX/Matamoros, Mexico border. Some are traveling to the border with their passports to witness the conditions on both sides of the border. The goals is shine a spotlight on the inhumane conditions and thus force the cancellation of the “Remain in Mexico” policy. 

We can also provide temporary relief by purchasing necessities for those camping in Mexico awaiting their court date. Here is what they now need: sweatshirts with hoods, underwear, gloves and socks. All sizes — adult and children

Because these supplies will be carried across the Border, there are some requirements. No used clothing. Leave the price tags on the clothing items, and put them and sales slip in a bag and tie or staple it shut. Place your donation under the Christmas Tree in Gilmour. 

Thanks so very much!

Contact: Karen Coale



Use Your RMD to Contribute to UUSP

Save taxes by making contributions to UUSP directly from your IRA!

If you are 70-1/2 years or older and are required to take minimum distributions (RMD) from your IRA, you can take advantage of a tax benefit by contributing funds directly to UUSP or other charitable organizations. By contributing directly from your IRA, you lower your taxable income by that amount.

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. You can direct contributions to any of the UUSP funds as you wish:

  • Annual Giving—satisfy all or a portion of your pledge
  • Renovation Projects—help fund the board-approved projects to create a more welcoming and functioning space for our members and visitors
  • Legacy Giving—contribute to UUSP’s endowment for the long-term financial health of UUSP

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

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Contact: Carol Ulmer




Renew - Restore - Rejuvenate

We Did It!! Landscape Renovation Begins Mid-January!!!

Contributions to date by fund are as follows:

Renovation General                             $10,185
Landscaping                                        $14,475
Narthex, Tower, Lounge                        $2,725
Total                                                  $27,385


Thank you to all who are helping our dream come true!!

Special thanks to those who have contributed:


Barbara and Tom Archibald

Lise Beane

Sheryl and Stephen Benton

Tammy Boudreau

Susan and Paul Burnore

Denis Calandra

Sarah and Paul Craig

Carmina Day

Jane and Kent Fanning

Jim Fitzgerald II

Pat Fling

Tracy Horn

Jeri Huempfner-Gatz and Sabine von Aulock

Steve Lesak

Cheryl and Mark MacNeill

Rachelle and Richard Miller

Janet Mills

Michael Killoren and Randy Nolan

Amy and Lance Long

Cynthia Patterson

Harry and Amy Sauers

Carol Ulmer

Sara Wallace

Karen White and David Meeker, in memory of Joan Marie White

Sharon Winters


Make your payment by check or by credit card through the GivePlus app. For more information, visit UUSP.org and select Giving>Donate Now.


Contacts: Michael Killoren, Cynthia Patterson, Carol Ulmer, 3R Giving Team

Sharon Winters  swinters@tampabay.rr.com

Michael Killoren  mkillorendc@gmail.com




TREES OF LIFE: A Sunday Studio of the Expressive Arts

Sunday, January 12, 2020 - 11:30am

TREES OF LIFE” – UUSP’S SUNDAY STUDIO will offer the second workship in the series of seasonal expressive arts workshops for discovery and delight - first studio on Sunday January 12 after the church service in Conway Hall.  Using tree imagery as metaphor in each season’s workshop, we will explore the seasonal rhythms and patterns of the natural world and our own inner worlds. As we consider going "Into the Woods...in Winter" through story, movement and visual imagery, what winter wisdom might we bring to light?

Join Alisun Donovan, Cynthia Alicea, and Jill Oldenski for an afternoon of discovery and delight. Sign up after church on Sunday, December 29 & January 5. Workshop begins at noon and ends at 3pm. (You may want to eat lunch beforehand) Limit 8. Donations accepted for materials. Questions? Email alisundonovan93@gmail.com

Contact: Alisun Donovan