UU St. Pete InfoNet: December 6, 2019

'Tis the Season for a Holiday Party!

Reverend Jack and Alisun will be hosting a Holiday Gathering at their home on Saturday, December 7, 4:00pm - 7:00pm. 

1104 12th Street North,
St. Petersburg 

For directions or info, contact Jack at jfdonovan@bellsouth.com or 352-327-6166.


Come as you are! Refreshments a'plenty!



DOCUMENTARY: Migrant Child Detention Centers

By separating families at the border, the government created a wave of unaccompanied minor children who were then housed in remote places like Tornillo, TX and Homestead FL. This documentary focuses on Joshua Rubin, who will be in attendance at the screening and take part in the community conversation that follows.

Josh also witnessed at the Homestead Migrant Child Detention Center until closed on August 3, 2019, and now in  response to the backlog created by the Administration’s "Remain in Mexico" program (MPP) — Josh began  witnessing at the Brownsville, TX/Matamoros border crossing.

The initial goal was to assist as many asylum seekers as possible and lay the groundwork for ongoing support.  Now there is a full-time legal services project in Matamoros to fight MPP, and serve hundreds of asylum seekers each month who would otherwise have no access to legal counsel.

The documentary screening and community conversation are FREE but you need a ticket for entry. If you want to join the group going from UU St Pete, contact Karen Coale at 727 204-9141

Saturday, December 7
Tampa Theatre - 11am


Contact: Karen Coale



This Sunday's Worship Services

Sunday, December 8, 2019: "Journeys"
Time: 10:30am

Worship Leader - John Motter
Worship Associate - Sabine Von Aulock

This Sunday we continue our Popular "Journeys" Series featuring UUSP member Margie Davis.  Margie will share experiences that have her to UU St. Petersburg and Unitarian Universalism.



RE Corner

Religious Education:  December 8, 2019


This month’s theme for Religious Education is Awe


Each week, the students will be knowledgeable in the theme of each month. December’s theme is Awe. This weeks lesson entails Slowing Down. After class is concluded, the youth with join with the LGBTQ Group to decorate the halls! We are meeting in Gilmour Hall. All are welcomed to assist. 


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 RE teachers. Parents can join and see what we do in Sunday school! Children and youth are returned to their parents in coffee hour at 11:45 a.m.


If your 10-12th graders plan to attend High School level OWL (Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education), please fill out the survey in your email to help us pick dates that work for the group. Please understand that it may be impossible to find dates that work for every person, but we will do our best to find dates that work for most people. Don’t have the email? Contact the DRE using subject ‘OWL Survey Request’. 


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.



Holiday Shopping: December 8

Looking for the perfect Christmas gift? Come find Sew Much Hope at coffee hour December 8! Give a great gift and support local women refugees and create holiday spirit! Sew Much Hope make their bags here at UUSP the second Saturday of each month.


Sew Much Hope Project honors the inherent possibility inside each and every person.  Women who are refugees come to Sew Much Hope Project to learn how to sew and participate in a Co-op--making and selling beautiful, one-of-a-kind origami bags and necklaces. We help women refugees overcome challenges and hardships by providing a safe, community-focused environment where they can learn a new skill and earn supplemental income for their families. For everyone involved in Sew Much Hope Project, we strive to create opportunities for clients and volunteers to learn by crossing barriers that might otherwise prevent us from understanding and caring for each other.


Sew Much Hope Project began in October 2017, due in part to the generous spirit of the Unitarian Universalist Church of St. Petersburg. Thank you so much for believing in our mission and supporting our work by renting your church community facilities to SMHP at a rate that was accessible to our fledgling organization. We are eternally grateful to you, the congregation of UUCSP, and your church representatives.


Thank you, Courtney Erickson


Contacts: Marcile Powers, Keevy McAlavy



Homeless Memorial Service 2019

Sunday, December 15, 2019 5:00 PM Trinity Lutheran Church “The Elevator Church” 401 5th St. N., St. Petersburg

Music • Sacred Readings • Personal Reflections A free hot dinner will follow this ecumenical service. In lieu of flowers, non-perishable food and warm clothing will be welcomed. Come as you are… Everyone is welcome! For more information: www.celebrateoutreach.org

Contacts: Sabine von Aulock, Reggie Craig





Fair Trade Chocolate, Coffee & Tea: The Perfect Little Gift

Do you still need to find a thoughtful little gift or two this holiday season? Your friends and family might really enjoy a gift of fair traded, organic chocolate, coffee or tea. They are top quality, easy to use and ethically sourced - Truly a perfect fit!


We will be offering these Fair Trade products after the service this Sunday, December 8, and again the following Sunday, December 15.


Please stop by to do a bit of holiday shopping, and while you’re there, maybe pickup a special treat for yourself.


For further information contact Karen Frank

Contact: Karen Frank



Announcements From Pastor Jack

THIS SATURDAY, December 7, 9:00am to 12 noon - UUSP’S AUTUMN MEDITATION RETREAT, UUSP’s Gilmour Hall.  Come recover attention, clarity, and peace.  Come for the morning or just for one of the 45 minute sittings, beginning on each hour.  Pastor Jack

LAST 2019 GREEN SANCTUARY/ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE DISCUSSION THIS SUNDAY, December 8, 9:00am in the UUSP Library Room (off the Social Hall) - before the church service.  This will be our final Green Sanctuary discussion for the time being, with practical planning and engagement to start in January


THE WINTER EXPRESSIVE ARTS WORKSHOP - "Into the Woods...in Winter" is scheduled for Sunday January 12. Watch the December bulletins for information and sign-up dates.  Contact: AlisunDonovan93@gmail.com.   Your Creative Team - Alisun, Cynthia, Jill.


EVERY TUESDAY MEDITATION – BUT NOTE CHANGE IN STARTING TIME TO 12:00NOON, WHEN CONSTRUCTION NOISE HAS STOPPED FOR LUNCH -(12:00noon – brief instruction provided) and BROWN BAG LUNCH (12:30-1:15pm – checking in with friends), in UUSP Gilmour social hall.  


EVERY WEDNESDAY MORNING MEDITATION Wednesdays, 8:00-8:30 a.m.  Drop in, find the flow, live your best day.


CITIZENS CAFÉ MOST THURSDAYS AT NOON!!!  in UUSP’s Gilmour Social Hall.  Join us (but let Pastor Jack know you’re  planning to come, because our schedule is still erratic at this time of year)!  Discussions of the public issues of our times.


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


NOTE FOR SNOWBIRDS: UUSP MEMBER IS RENTING A ROOM IN HER LOVELY ST PETE HOME, under 15 minute drive to UUSP.   Comfy bedroom and bath, use of large home including washer/dryer, jacuzzi, private yard.  Walk to park and small swimming beach on bay.   Best for dog people (very well-behaved greyhound in residence).  Discounts for stays over 30 days - 11/1 through 4/2020. Prefer female renter.   More info: JoAnn at 773.398.4403 JoAnn@JoAnnMil.com

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan


Stock Up On Food Selections

Stock up on your food selection for the holidays. Members, Marcile and Keevy will be selling their wares at coffee hour December 8.


Marcile Powers and Keevy McAlavy started Kenwood's Organic Produce to offer the healthiest and most ethically grown food to their family at the best price. They have handmade sauces, pickles, jams, marmalades, holiday breads, honey and produce from local farmers. You can also sign up for subscription boxes.


We would like to invite anyone from the UUSP community to attend a meeting December 4 5pm at Kenwood's Organic Produce to discuss how to bring fresh Florida produce to our local food deserts. We were just approved by Feeding Florida to take Fresh Access Bucks. This will double our customers food stamp budget when they buy from local farms. We want help getting the word out about the nutritional benefits of buying local produce from small ethical farms. 


Kenwood Organic Produce
3325 5th Ave N
St. Petersburg 33713


Contacts: Marcile Powers, Keevy McAlavy



Celebrate Woodson Warrior 2019 Scholarship Awardees!!

“If you would like to meet this year’s Woodson Warrior 2019 Scholarship awardees who were funded by last spring’s Jane Bunker auction (and see the new paintings to be auctioned on April 11, 2020 at the Carter Woodson Museum), please join us for this holiday celebration -  Monday, December 30, from 5-8:00pm at the Woodson African American Museum, 2240 9th Avenue South, St. Pete.! 


Jane Bunker
UU St Pete snowbird
UU Meeting of Provincetown MA member





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.


Dazzling Treasure Island Boat Parade and Party– Friday, December 13, 6 - 9pm - Treasure Island
Dick and Rachelle’s backyard provides the perfect place to watch the decorated boats go by!  Enjoy the area’s best holiday boat parade PLUS a wonderful buffet meal PLUS all your favorite beverages.  This will definitely get us all in the holiday spirit!  Maximum 35 lucky people at $35 each

Holiday Party – Sunday, December 29: 4 - 7pm     Hosted by Paul and Susan Burnore - St. Petersburg
Everyone’s invited (pay as you can) to enjoy a relaxed afternoon of good food and great friends.  And maybe a holiday movie!   Suggested donation - $5 to $20 each.  All UUSP friends and family welcome. OK to pay at door but please sign up at the Mingles table or contact Geneva Nelson.


Poetry Affair - Saturday, January 11, 7 pm   Hosted by Pat Fling - North St. Petersburg
Scrumptious, heavy hors d’oeuvres paired with wine and beer, and even better, paired with the sharing of your favorite poems. A lovely evening for the poet lover and the poet in you!  Maximum 10 people, $30 


Contact: Geneva Nelson



YOUR Congregational Meeting -- Checklist

We want to thank those of you who attended the Town Hall meetings on October 27 and December 5. There will be an additonal Town Hall on February 16 after service -- which is two weeks prior to the Congregational Meeting on March 1, 2020.

On March 1st the congregation will vote on two items:

  1. The Board of Trustees' proposal that, after serving five years under an annual contractual basis to the Board,  Rev Jack move to being a settled minister that reports to the entire congregation.
  2. Proposed by-law changes regardiing timing of annual meeeting and types of voting. 

To hold the meeting -- 50% of membership must be in attendance. It is also UU tradition that at least 90% of those in attendance vote to "call" or "settle" a minister. Therfore we need YOU to atttend this meeting and to Vote. To prepare we suggest that you:

  • Reserve March 1, 2020 11:30am on your calendars
  • Ensure your UUSP Membership is current as of January 1, 2020
  • Acquaint yourself with the proposal to have Rev Jack become the settled minister for UUSP AND the proposed by-law changes *
  • Ask questions, share ideas and voice concerns** 
  • Reflect on your vision for UUSP
  • Show up on March 1, 2020 11:30am 
  • VOTE – every vote counts
  • We REALLY want to hear from you!

Your Settlement Task Force -- Karen Margie and Greg 

*Links to questions/answers are being prepared.

**Call or email the Settlement Task Force.
Karen Coale        kcoale@tampabay.rr.com    727 204-9141
Margie Davis       bravamd@yahoo.com         941 447-7811
Greg Davidson    gregdavid01@gmail.com    612 229-1015

Contact: Karen Coale



Stone Soup: A Huge $uccess

We wish to thank all those who donated bowls & vegetables, helped make the soup and assisted in the production of the Stone Soup Event. We would like to especially thank Charlie Parker Studios, Morean Arts Center and those who generously participated by buying bowls and eating soup, helping to make our annual Stone Soup Sunday a great success. It was heartwarming to see our Church community engaged in this shared experience with such an out-pouring of generosity.

We raised over $678.00 which will go to help support our partners and our own outreach in offering assistance to our local unsheltered and food insecure people.

Some of the recipients of your contributions are:

In gratitude

UU’s Helping People



Music Therapy

Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 6:00pm

The Music Therapy St. Pete Showcase will be Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 6:00pm, held in the Unitarian Universalist Church of St. Petersburg sanctuary, 

Donations accepted at the door. Arrive early for the silent auction!

Share the holiday spirit with friends and family! Enjoy classical piano, popular guitar, pop/rock violin, and Christmas vocal performances by the MTSP team and several of our awesome adaptive music lesson students. Join the fun by singing a few carols with the whole audience! We're also excited to share stories from music therapy practice, and information on how MTSP is helping children with special needs, older adults in memory care facilities, and more.

All silent auction proceeds and donations made at the door or online will increase access to music therapy for local families and support our professional internship program. 

For more information, please contact our Program Director, James Riley, MM, MT-BC, at (727) 350-7897 or james@mtsp.com. Thank you for your support!



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