UU St. Pete InfoNet: February 16, 2018

This Sunday's Worship Services

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Sunday, February 18, 2018: "THE EXPERIENCES OF LOVE #3: Are Justice, Mercy, and Humility Part of Love? "
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

Worship Associate:  Janeya Filzon



RE Corner

Religious Education February 18, 2018

Nursery care is provided in Conway Hall from 10:15am - noon.


Glazing Flowers (K-3) with Trish and Joe will hear the story of love surrounding Ruby Bridges. Knights of Light (4-6) with Karen and Jerry will wonder how service is our law and what ties us together. Comrade Cool Cats (7-12) will explore where they experience other religions.


Family Minister, Karen Day is available to chat with any families about resources and support for parenting as Unitarian Universalists, or other issues. Her office hours are Thursday afternoons, call for an appointment


Contact: Karen Day



Announcements From Pastor Jack

UUSP WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES DISCUSSION GROUP at 10am or 7pm (your choice – all welcome).  Reading this Wednesday, February 21, 2018, Chapter 5 (FAITH: The Evolution), pp 161-195, in Becoming Wise: An Inquiry Into the Mystery and Art of Living, by Krista Tibbett.  Quotes provided for discussion in case reading time is short.  Pastor Jack


SPRING CLEANING FOR THE SPIRIT:  UUSP’s Spring Meditation Retreat, Saturday, March 10, 9:00am – 12noon.  A morning of quiet – brief meditation instruction provided, or follow your own practice, including sitting or walking by Mirror Lake (no metaphor implied).  Meditation snacks provided.  Sign-up sheets on the social hall piano.  Pastor Jack


BOOKS TO GO FREE – FINAL WEEK!  In the UUSP Reading Room (off UUSP’s Gilmour Social Hall) are several hundred books on the three standing bookshelves.  We are making space for books about Unitarianism, Universalism, and UUism.  Please take any of the books you would like, for free!  (P.S.  The bookshelves at the end of Gilmour Hall will now be our single UUSP Book Exchange focal point.  Help yourself there, too.)   Pastor Jack


UUs helping UUs: Need help or know a UUSPer who might?  Please notify Sue Price, UUSP Care Committee chair: sueprice63@gmail.com; 727-290-9910.


UU ST. PETE COVENANT GROUPS meet monthly (or more often if the group prefers) to deepen acquaintance with and appreciation of one another and of life.  A covenant group consists of 7-12 people and is facilitated by a group leader.  The meetings include opportunity for a personal check-in, plus discussion of a more general question of life – and are a great opportunity to get to know and be known.  The gatherings are held wherever the group chooses – often at a member’s home or at the church.   Currently UUSP has seven covenant groups.  If a group grows beyond 12 people, it usually chooses to seed a new group.

INTERESTED?  Current meeting times are: 

  • 3rd Mondays (6:30-8:00pm); 
  • 3rd Mondays (7-8:30pm); 
  • 4th Tuesdays (7-8:30pm); 
  • 2nd Thursdays (4-5:30pm); 
  • 1st Saturdays (11-1:00pm for RE parents/childcare provided); 
  • 1st Sundays (7-8:30pm); 
  • Every Wednesday (2-3:30pm) - for snowbirds, starting in January.


If interested, please contact Pastor Jack (jfdonovan@bellsouth.net).


2018 UU SERVICE COMMITTEE GLOBAL JUSTICE SUMMER INTERNSHIP APPLICATIONS OPEN with the UU College of Social Justice!  Learn about the program and each internship opportunity at uucsj.org/internships/ - open to young adults between ages 18 and 25 who are passionate about social justice.  Spread the word.  Pastor Jack


UUs helping UUs: Need help or know a UUSPer who might?  Please notify Sue Price, UUSP Care Committee chair: sueprice63@gmail.com; 727-290-9910.

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan




Motown Dinner and Party!

You do NOT want to miss this!  Next Saturday, February 24 come to UUSP's biggest social and fundraising event of the year.  For your $20 ticket (or $5 for kids with their parents) you get:

  • delicious meal with appetizers, Italian entrees, fresh vegetables, yummy desserts
  • DJs playing all your Motown and other 60's favorites
  • Motown show featuring UUSP's own SUUpremes and other "enthusiastic" stars
  • All profits going to our Social Justice projects



  • The Temptations Cash Bar, featuring the Motown Throwdown and some interesting bartenders
  • raffle to win a vintage Motown poster, a sunset sail on the Vandalia, or 50% of the cash
  • First chance at buying tickets to A Very Merry Spring events (see the following announcement)

Doors open at 6 pm.  You can buy your tickets this Sunday during Coffee Hour.  


We need everyone to come out to join the fun and help raise money for the Social Justice projects we all care about.  Be there!

Contact: Susan Burnore



A Very Merry Spring events on sale at Motown Party

A Very Merry Spring builds our community by bringing us together in people's homes or other venues for a wide variety of fun events.  AND, since the hosts are graciously covering ALL the expenses, 100% of the ticket prices go to Social Justice projects.


How can you resist?!  Even if you don't like to socialize, you can always buy a ticket to the No Show Ball...  Here is the line up:


#1 – Fairy Lights Wine, Cheese and Chocolates – Saturday, March 3

#2 – Shuffleboard Party – Friday, March 9

#3 – Vegetarian Italian Dinner – Sunday, March 11

#4 – Dinner at Asie French/Asian Fusion Restaurant – Thursday, March 15

#5 – Wine, Appetizers and Poetry – Friday, March 23

#6 – Ole Northeast Progressive Dinner – Saturday, Mar. 24

#7 – Gourmet Champagne Brunch – Sunday, March 25

#8 – Final Four Watch Party and Buffet – Saturday, March 31

#9 – Games, Puzzles and Supper – Sunday, April 8

#10–Sunsets, Salads, Sangria & Sandcastles – Saturday, April 14

#11 – The Grand Finale Cocktail Party – Sunday, April 22


Stop by our table during Coffee Hour for a brochure with all the details.  Tickets go on sale at the Motown Party on Saturday, February 24, 6:00pm.  If you cannot be at the party, we recommend you get a friend to buy tickets for you.  Last year most events sold out quickly!  Any tickets left will be on sale during Coffee Hour on Sunday the 25.  

Contact: Susan Burnore



Special Very Merry Spring Event: THE NO-SHOW BALL

Hosted by:  Someone you don't really like much

Date:  An evening you'd rather stay home and watch Netflix

Location:  40 miles away in an area with no parking


An event for the masochists among us!  Wear your most uncomfortable formal clothes and join lots of strangers for mediocre food, tedious speeches, and excruciating small talk.

$50 or whatever you'd like to donate just to avoid this event.  

Contact: Susan Burnore



Another Recognition for the CIW

On February 15th the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA) announced that it has chosen the Coalition of Immokalee Workers to receive its prestigious ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism for 2018. For nearly forty years, ALBA has worked to educate the public about the brave volunteers including thousands of Americans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade and their fight against fascism in Spain before World War II. As a vital part of their efforts to keep the spirit of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade alive, ALBA administers the annual award of one of the world's largest monetary prizes for human rights, helping fuel movements for justice and freedom around the world today. 


Contact: Karen Coale



Sunday, February 25: Walk!  Give!  Change the World!

Join Sabine, Jeri, Susan T., and other UU's in walking to end hunger.

We'll meet at the Gulfport Presbyterian Church before 2:00 pm and enjoy 1-3 mile walk through the ever lively Gulfport.


Sunday, February 25, 2018

At Gulfport Presbyterian Church
5313 27th Ave S
Gulfport, FL 33707

Registration: 1:00 PM

Walk Begins: 2:00 PM

Walk Distance(s): 1 & 3 mile walk

Donations of canned food, cash and checks welcome. Donations will benefit DayStar, a local charity.



Contact: Sabine von Aulock



Flops and Mops: Sunday, March 25, 2018

Flops and Mops Puts the Dazzle on RE-Space!

Come to Church dressed in comfortable clothes, suitable for chores.

We'll enjoy a pancake breakfast and then work our magic.

We have jobs for every skill level!

Reach out to Sabine if you have questions.


Contact: Sabine von Aulock



Want To Make A Difference You Can See in 2018?

Check out the ​Buildings & Grounds Committee!  

Next Meeting: Tuesday - February 19,  5:30pm - 7pm - Church Office

Whether you don’t know which end of a screwdriver to use or you can build a home from scratch, B&G is looking for YOU!  We have various projects you can enjoy like (1) helping to find and coordinate the best contractors or (2) getting your hands dirty outside on the grounds, or handyman jobs – light painting, electrical, carpentry, etc.  (Yes, that should probably be “handyperson” but we can only carry PC so far.)


Stop by and find out what we do!  Request copies of our Minutes be emailed to you.  Join in and brag to your friends about things like a new bookshelf you helped install (provided it stays up, of course …).  Anyway, come on by and find out more!  Fame, glory, fun and more can be yours!


For more info, please email us at uustpete.bg@gmail.com.

Contact: Howard Taylor



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 to Gay Breuler or Jim Fitzgerald if you have questions or to sign up.  We love seeing the flowers each week. 

Thank you!

Contact: Gay Breuler