UU St. Pete InfoNet: December 9, 2016

This Sunday's Worship Services

Sunday, December 11, 2016: "The Way It Is "
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Jack Donovan


Share the Plate: Sunday, December 11

Once a month, one half of the non-pledge portion of the Offering is used to support one of our Social Justice projects.

Sunday's Share the Plate will be used to bring some holiday cheer to three Congolese refugee families and two other immigrant families that we have known for a long time. Most of the time we focus on just the basics for these families -- but at this time of year we want to add a bit extra. Please be generous and share the spirit of giving that marks this season.

Thank you!

Contact: Karen Coale


Help Decorate Our Church For Christmas

Honor a loved one and help brighten our church at Christmas time at the same time with a purchase of a poinsettia. They will be sold Sunday, December 11, at church after the service. The poinsettias will be set out in the church on December 18 to help beautify our church during the holiday season.

Contact: Jane Fanning





Just the Ticket Sales Continue - They're Hot!

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

First Come First Served:  The Hot Tickets sales continue this Sunday, December 11 after church services. (r mail in your order with check payable to: UUSP.  Just include a note that you are purchasing Hot Tickets and what you would like to purchase.

Here’s the fun list:

  • 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 Hanks, Susan Burnore, Linda Paul, Marcile Powers, Dani Skrzypek


Announcements From Pastor Jack

Belatedly, a HUGE Thank You to Mike Fitzgerald  for organizing UUSP’s wonderful Thanksgiving dinner.  It was a wonderful and delicious gathering and the crowd had a great time!

Religious Studies Discussions “Comparing Beliefs” -  Wednesday, 10am & 7pm (your choice), Conway Hall. December 14: Ch. 8 “Expectations” in A Chosen Faith (Buehrens & Church).  Discussion quotes provided.

Our Wednesday Discussions will be taking a holiday break after the December 14 discussions and will resume in January. Our study book starting January 18 will be Joseph Campbell’s The Power of Myth, a famous and widely available introduction to the myths and archetypes by which humankind lives.

UUSP Pastor's Holiday Party, Sunday, December 11, 4:00pm - 6:00pm, at Rev. Jack and Alisun’s, 1104 12th Street North. Hope to see you! 

Christmas Eve at UUSP: A UU Christmas service with readings and carols for peace on earth, good will to all.  Saturday, December 24, 6:00p.m.  Joyful Wassail to follow!

New 7-Week Religious Studies Discussion Group Beginning Sunday, January 15, 2017, 9:15am - 10:15am in the church library: A discussion of A House for Hope: The Promise of Progressive Religion for the Twenty-first Century, by John A. Buehrens (UUA president, 1993-2001) and Rebecca Ann Parker (president of Starr King School for Ministry, Berkeley, CA, 1989-2014) – facilitated by UUSP member Cynthia Patterson, Associate Professor of English, University of South Florida, Tampa. 

To sign up, please email Cynthia at cp3860@gmail.com or on the sign up sheet on the piano in Gilmour Hall.

Contact: Jack Donovan


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




New 7-Week Religious Studies Discussion Group Beginning Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sunday, January 15, 2017 - 9:15am

Cynthia Patterson will facilitate a discussion of A House for Hope: The Promise of Progressive Religion for the Twenty-first Century, by John A. Buehrens and Rebecca Ann Parker, on Sunday mornings from 9:15am to 10:15am in the church library. A description of the book:

"For over a generation, conservative religion has seemed dominant in America. But there are signs of a strengthening liberal religious movement. For it to flourish, laypeople need a sense of their theological heritage. A House for Hope lays out, in lively and engaging language, the theological house that religious liberalism has inherited -- and suggests how this heritage will need to be spiritually and theologically transformed. With chapters that suggest liberal religious commitment is based on common hopes and an expansive love for life, A House for Hope shows how religious liberals have countered fundamentalists for generations, and provides progressives with a theological and spiritual foundation for the years ahead."

  • John A. Buehrens was president of the Unitarian Universalist Association from 1993 to 2001, and is author of A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism.
  • Rebecca Ann Parker served as president of Starr King School for the Ministry from 1989 to 2014.

Cynthia Patterson is an Associate Professor of English at the University of South Florida, Tampa.

To register for this discussion group, please contact Cynthia.

Contact: Cynthia Patterson


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.


Facilitator Training For OWL Grades 7-9 and Grades 10-12:

Our Whole Lives training for Grades 7-9 and Grades 10-12 facilitators.

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

Location: Unitarian Universalist Church of St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, FL. Learn more about us: uustpete.org

Cost: $250.00. The fee includes registration, materials, light dinner on Friday, breakfast/lunch/dinner and snacks on Saturday, breakfast/lunch/snacks on Sunday, leaders' fees, and administrative costs.

Trainers: Ramon and Shellie Selove

Registration: https://goo.gl/9k6F9q


Times will be confirmed in the participant welcome letter. Please be aware that attendance is required at all parts of each training session for certification.

Registration is LIMITED to 24 participants, on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants must be 25 years old (UUA) or over 21 for UCC participants. Participants need to bring their copies of the Our Whole Lives curriculum and the Parent's Guide with them. Please look the materials over and become familiar with them before you arrive. The trainers will send final instructions and group assignments approximately two weeks prior to the start of training.

For more information about this training session, please contact owl@uustpete.org.

For more information about the Our Whole Lives program, visit http://www.uua.org/re/owl.

Deadline to register is December 15, 2016. Registration fees are non-refundable after December 15, 2016.

Contact: Lisa Hill