UU St. Pete InfoNet: December 21, 2018

This Sunday's Worship Services

Sunday, December 23, 2018: "Celebrating the Holidays with UU Spirit"
Time: 10:30am
Guest Speaker: Sabine von Aulock, Jon Arterton, Pierre Williams
Worship Associate: Susan Burnore

What are your traditions for this time of year?  Where did they come from?

Music is a big part of the season for many of us.  Jon Arterton will lead the choir and the congregation in a collection of songs from a variety of traditions.  Sabine von Aulock will share an earth-centered celebration for the Winter Solstice.  Pierre Williams will tell us about how a UU sees Kwanzaa. And Susan Burnore will share insights about her own Southern US Christmas traditions and memories.  Please join us for a relaxed celebration of traditions that make the holidays meaningful and personal.

ll?  Did they manage to get your gifts right?



Announcements From Pastor Jack

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


ABOUT THE UUSP LIBRARY READING ROOM:   Come take a look!  You’ll note that a major cleaning, a fresh coat of paint, and new bookshelves and books have created an inviting space for all!   A portrait of Rev. Gilmour, after whom our social hall is named, now hangs on one of the Reading Room walls.  (Portraits of UUSP’s other past ministers can be seen in the stairwell to the Sanctuary balcony.)  We will soon be asking for wall art contributions from members to further liven up the Reading Room. 

             The Focus of our Reading Room is UUism, UUs, and UU sources.  Our books are now being categorized under five areas: Unitarian Universalism, World Religions, Direct Experience, Prophetic People, and Humanism and Science.  We ask for contributions in these categories.  (You might want first to check what we already have.)

In an effort to maintain an organized system please place all donations in the book donation basket on the counter.  If you like, you may fill out a donation sticker and attach to the inside cover.

To check out books, please write the title of the book, your name and date checked out on the clipboard.  We ask that you return books to the return basket on the counter, preferably within two or so weeks.

Please see future bulletins for Pastor Jack’s book wish list. Thank you, UUSP Librarian Sarah Craig


UUSP COVENANT GROUP PARTICIPATION: UUSP currently has six or seven Covenant Groups.  Covenant Groups are regular gatherings (usually monthly, sometimes more often) of 7-12 people to share confidentially about life and living.  UUSP members and those planning to become members are welcome to join.  Please let Pastor Jack know of your interest and the times at which you could meet.


MINISTER’S CHRISTMAS WISH AND NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION:  First stop shopping at UUSP members Keevey and Marcile’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. 


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 to “UU Church in the Pines” with memo “Chalice Lighters.” Mail to UU Church in the Pines, Attn: Chalice Lighter, PO Box 1062, Brooksville, FL 34605.


UUSP MONDAY MEDITATION 5:30-6:15pm on break till January 7, 2019.  UUSP member Mimi Anzel


UUSP TUESDAY MEDITATION 11:45am-12:15pm on break till January 8, 2019. Pastor Jack


UUSP TUESDAY BROWN BAG LUNCH 12:15-1:00 pm on break till January 8, 2019.  Pastor Jack


UUSP WEDNESDAY MEDITATION 7:30am-8:00am on break till January 9, 2019.  Pastor Jack


UUSP WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES 10:00am & 7:00pm on break till January 9, 2019 see topics below.


UUSP THURSDAY CITIZENS CAFÉ 12:00am – 1:00pm on break till January 10, 2019.  Pastor Jack


UPCOMING WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES (10:00am and 7:00pm – your choice): 

(1) “Exploring the Border and the Refugee Caravan” January 9 – 16, 20196 – Karen Coale & Pastor Jack, facilitators

(2) “Pagan & Earth-Centered Voices in Unitarian Universalism” 8 sessions starting January 23, 2019 (with pp. ix-20). 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, 2019.   Topics:  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.

(4) “21 Lessons for the 21st Century – the Summary” 8 sessions starting May 8, 2019 on historian Yuval Noah Harari’s overview (80pp) of humankind’s greatest challenges.  (Full 318pp edition also available.)


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



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 6:00pm and rehearsal will be 4:45pm.

Please email Jon Arterton at jon@jonandjames.com



UUs4U Events

UUs4U Events

Whether you enjoy an intimate dinner, a relaxed cocktail party, or a game of shuffleboard, this schedule has something for you!  Prices will range from $15 to $60 each, as we try to offer options for everyone while still raising much-needed funds.  The best part – 100% of the ticket price goes to the church.  The hosts pick up the tab so you can support the church while having a great time.


TICKETS GO ON SALE Sunday, December 23, during coffee hour after church.  You can also buy tickets by contacting Susan Burnore at susanburnore@gmail.com.


January - February 2019


Cheese and Chocolate Fondue

Join hosts Courtney and Melissa Allen for scrumptious fondue plus wines and other beverages.  An evening of great food and relaxed conversation.

Saturday, January 26, 5:30 pm           

$35 each, up to 20 people


1923 Sargent House Tour and More

Tour this airplane bungalow named “Local Historical Landmark” and recipient of the 2017 Award of Honor for Residential Rehabilitation.  Then join hosts Sharon Winters and Kendall Reid for local craft beer, appetizers and conversation after the informal tour.

Saturday, February 2, 2:00 pm

$35 each, up to 12 people


Cocktails, Conversation and Appetizer Buffet

Two of St. Petersburg’s finest hostesses, Sally Wallace and Sue Price, invite you to a classic cocktail party – delightful drinks, delicious food, and the best conversations!  At Sally’s lovely home in Allentown.

Friday, February 8, 5:30 pm        

$40 each, up to 50 people


Tucson Gourmet Dinner

Chef Dave and Sous Chef Karen Coale serve up a dinner to remember!  Wild Boar Stew, fresh home-made pasta, and all the surprises that should accompany such a feast! 

Saturday, February 23rd, 6:00 pm                  

$50 each, up to 6 people



Coming for March – May 2019: Save the Dates!

Details and tickets available February 1st


Musical Merriment and Decadent Desserts – Virginia and Cal Fox – March 15


Shuffleboard Court Party – Ellen Hays and Sarah Craig – March 29


Game Night and Supper – Tom and Barbara Archibald – TBA


Ice Cream Garden Party – Gay Breuler and Billy Crider – April 13


Intracoastal Boat Ride and Poolside Dinner – Paul and Susan Burnore – April 27


Homemade Gourmet Vegetarian Dinner – Linda Paul and Pete Elem – May 4


Old Northeast Progressive Dinner - Patti Hanks, Tammy Boudreau, Sarah Craig – May 11


Men’s Night In – Tom Archibald and Paul Burnore - TBA


Contact: Susan Burnore




Guest at Your Table Continues...

At this time of year UU Churches across the country participate in the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee’s (UUSC) Guest at Your Table (GAYT) program. The purpose of this annual intergenerational program is to both raise awareness about  and support for key human rights issues. This year’s theme is:  Justice Across Borders. Partnering with grassroots allies along the Central American migration trail, the UUSC addresses root causes, supports migrants in transit, and protects the right to seek asylum. 

Participate in GAYT to learn more about the UUSC’s and our nation’s involvement in Central America and the courageous Migrant Justice partners who are called “guests.” We invite them to dine with us by placing a GAYT box on our dining tables. 

During service last Sunday we shared the story of our second Guest: Clementina Flores: Along their journey from Honduras to the United States, Clementina’s  two sons went missing in Mexico. One day, she stopped hearing from them, but there was no clear way to report their disappearance across country lines.

Unfortunately, their story is not uncommon. Tens of thousands of Hondurans, Salvadorans, and Guatemalans are killed or disappear along their journey north. Before receiving support from this UUSC partner in Mexico, the Foundation for Justice and the Democratic Rule of Law (FJEDD), Clementina had been searching for her sons for years. However through the Foundation’s regional network, Clementina was finally able to find and reunite with one of her sons at a migrant shelter run by another UUSC partner, FM4 Paso Libre, in Guadalajara.

The FJEDD tracks disappearances and shares updates with concerned family members as well as supports forensic research to identify migrants who have been killed, supplies psychosocial aid to families, and provides court accompaniment during hearings.

In January — we will acquaint you with our third and fourth guests. Also two of the Religious Wednesdays Studies programs will  be informational discussions covering facts about caravans thru Mexico to our southern border, the immigration court system and for-profit detention centers. Rev Jack and I will co-host these sessions. 


Contact: Karen Coale




Trip To Chiapas, Mexico with the Center for Global Justice: March 9 - 16, 2019

This trip will focus on the social/political stew that has been simmering in this area rich in history, cultures, resources and natural beauty. Using San Cristobal as our home base, we will explore this southern state that borders Guatemala. The geography of the area has assisted the preservation of some 13 different indigenous groups, most of Mayan heritage, with their own language, customs, autonomous governance and attire. The group will also wander around the artisan markets of San Cristobal and beyond. If you enjoy handwoven textiles, world class gourmet food and cultural museums, you'll love San Cristobal. Day trips include the incredible Sumidero Canyon ecosystem, which will give you a sense of the natural beauty and ancient history that abounds in Chiapas.


Cost per person: Double - $1100, Single - $1300

$250 deposit required, balance due by January 19

Group size limited to 10 people - If you’re interested, you should apply right away.

For a full description and to apply for the trip, go to:  https://globaljusticecenter.org/civicrm/event/info?id=406&reset=1


Costs include:

  • Roundtrip flights from and to Mexico City to Tuxtla.
  • Airport transportation in Chiapas.
  • Bilingual guide.
  • 7 nights hotel stay.
  • Local transportation to all planned activities.
  • All itinerary activities

For more administrative info, contact Olivia at admin@globaljusticecenter.org

Paul Burnore and Tim Flaherty from UUSP went on this trip in March 2017 and found it fascinating and well worth the cost.

You can contact them at:  plburnore@gmail.com and tif_dds@yahoo.com

Contact: Paul Burnore




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!




Note from Financial Secretary

Question about the status of your 2018 giving to UUSP?


As we near the end of the calendar year, you may wonder about the status of your giving. The UUSP fiscal year is July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019, but some people want to pay their entire year pledge or make an additional tax-deductible donation before the end of 2018.


Feel free to ask if you want to know:

  • How much you pledged for 2018-2019?
  • How much you have given so far in 2018?
  • Or anything else about your pledge or giving.


If you email the financial secretary at uustpete.fs@gmail.com before noon on Sunday, December 23, we will check our records and answer your question in an email.


Rebecca Wilson, Financial Secretary

Dani Skrzypek, Assistant Financial Secretary




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




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




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




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)




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

Sunday, December 23, 2018 - 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




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)