UU St. Pete InfoNet: December 30, 2016

New Years Day Services

Sunday, January 1, 2017: "What If All You Ever Wanted Wasn't Enough?"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Susan Burnore
Worship Leader: Patti Hanks

For the second week, we have a holiday on Sunday, so we'll again meet in Gilmour Hall.  Arrive by 10:30 a.m. as usual and get a nice cup of coffee or something else warming.  Then find a place at one of the tables before the service begins at 10:45am.  Spend a few minutes getting to know the folks around you. 

Susan and Patti will be sharing their thoughts on, "What If Everything You Ever Wanted Isn't Enough?"  A pretty good topic as we reflect on 2016 and look ahead to 2017. After the excesses of some Christmases, and on this day of evaluation and promise, we look to the wisdom of Rabbi Harold Kushner, in his book based on the Biblical Ecclesiastes.  What truly brings satisfaction?  Is enough ever enough? 

There will be no regular RE for the children that Sunday, so all the kids are invited to stay in the service. Nursery Care will be available.


Monthly Food Collection: January 1

Once a month your Social Justice Committee collects food for the less fortunate, and on this Sunday, January 1, the food will be given to our three Congolese families. Keep in mind that their diet consists of fresh produce, such as potatoes, root vegetables, cabbage and tropical fruit as well as rice and dried beans. Two of the families cannot read English -- so they are not able to read directions on boxes nor do they drink sodas. 

Providing nutritious meals to growing children is quite a challenge for these families who are paid at the minimum wage level. You can make a difference. Please bring some food with you on New Years Day, which our children will collect during the service. Thank you!

Contact: Karen Coale


Celebrate with Nic and Janeya Filzen!

January 1, 2017

Immediately after church service, linger for an extended coffee hour with a delicious lunch and wedding cake to celebrate our marriage. No gifts necessary. We hope all our Florida friends can attend. 

Contact: Janeya Hinton




Twizere and Mariam’s New Addition -- A Little Boy

One of our Congolese families has expanded. The little boy was born on December 27 at Bayfront Medical Center, and like all babies, is quite adorable. UU St. Pete is collecting items for the baby, including clothing such as undershirts, onesies, footed pajamas, bibs, sheets, receiving blankets and equipment such as an infant carrier. 

Sister Sifa is still in diapers, size 6, which are also needed. We are also looking for a potty chair for her.  Clearly marked bins have been placed in both entrances to the sanctuary where you can put your gently used or new donations. Thank you!

Contact: Karen Coale


OWL Weekend Volunteers

Can you spare an hour or two?

UUSP will host 20+ UU's from across the country on January 13-15 as part of OWL training. We need volunteers to help prep food, serve, and tidy up throughout the weekend. If you could help for an hour or two, please see Lisa after service or email RE@UUSP.org regarding times and needs.

January 13 - 15, 2017 (Friday 6pm; Saturday 7am - 6pm; Sunday 7am - 4pm)

We are also in need of food, snacks, coffee and paper products for the event. 

Thank you!

Contact: Lisa Hill


UUSC Guest At Your Table

You still have time to participate in the UU Service Committee's annual fundraiser, Guest At Your Table. Boxes are still available for two more weeks. Collection date is January 9, 2017. Help promote UU's brand of social justice, environmental and economic justice around the world. To find out more go to www.uusc.org.

Contact: Nancy Clark


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


Become A Family Promise Volunteer

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 6:30pm

Family Promise Training will be held in Conway Hall at UU St. Pete on Tuesday, January 10, from 6:30pm - 8:00pm. A light supper will be served.

Take the one-time training and become a Family Promise Volunteer. Learn about the program, family interaction and help families with children who are experiencing temporary homelessness.

We will be assisting St. Luke’s Methodist Church for 4 Weeks in 2017: January 29; July 2; August 27; and October 29.

Contact: Nancy Clark


Join Us In Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Monday, January 16, 2017, 8:45am - 10:00am, the UU's Helping People (UUHP) committee will be serving breakfast for people in need in the playground at UUSP. We will then join the annual MLK parade, as UUSP lends its support and commitment to MLK's legacy. The parade starts at 11:00 am at the St. Petersburg Pier.

Thanks to a MLK Service Grant, we will be dedicating new Friday Night Picnic equipment during the breakfast. Reverend Jack Donovan will provide the benediction.

We are looking for volunteers to prepare the meal and clean up. All food and beverages will be provided. A sign-up sheet will be available at the membership table in Gilmour Hall.  

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


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


David Roth Concert

Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 7:00pm

Save the date Saturday, January 21 at 7:30pm for David Roth in concert at UU St. Pete. David is a wonderful folksinger and songwriter focusing on peace, love and social justice and is well known in UU circles. The concert will help us celebrate our 102nd year as a beacon of social justice in St Pete. Come one and all. Love offerings will be gratefully accepted.

Contact: Laurie Clement


Have a Safe and Wonderful New Years Eve!