UU St. Pete InfoNet: February 23, 2018

This Sunday's Worship Services

Journeys - Learning From One Another

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Time: 10:30am
Guest Speakers: Jen Logan, Michael Killoren
Worship Leader: Susan Burnore

Worship Associate:  Michael Fitzgerald

Two members of our congregation continue our very popular Journeys series, where we share the paths that have led us to where we are in our spiritual journeys.  You won't want to miss hearing from these two very different UUs!



RE Corner

Religious Education February 25, 2018

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

Today the primary group, “Glazing Flowers” led by Trish and Joe will explore how Love Surrounds Us as we bring peace and find peace in the world.  “Knights of Light” led by Natashia, will continue looking at service as our law. “Comrade Cool Cats” our youth led by Alex and Jeanay, will create a religious timeline and vote on congregations they would like to visit.

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, arrange an appointment at re@uustpete.org

Contact: Karen Day



Announcements From Pastor Jack

THE FAMILY OF JACK LONG has notified us from Texas that Jack died on December 13, 2017, at age 93.  Jack and spouse Lillian (deceased August 24, 2009) became UUSP members in 1994.  The family noted that Jack “spoke fondly of your group in St. Pete.”  Our condolences to Jack Long's family.    Pastor Jack


UUSP WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES DISCUSSION GROUP at 10am or 7pm (your choice – all welcome).  Reading this Wednesday, February 28, 2018, Chapter 5 part 2 (FAITH: The Evolution), pp 195-231, 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 – LAST DAY THIS SUNDAY!  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); 
  • 3rd 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).


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



Pancake Breakfast this Sunday

Sunday, February 25, 2018 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

Location: Gilmour Hall, Kitchen

UU's Helping People will be host a pancake breakfast (with a gluten free option, eggs and fruit salad) AFTER the service.

Proceeds will go toward their Friday Night Picnic for People in Need ministry. Individuals/$4 and families/$10 or enjoy some 'cakes on us.

Contact Sabine with any questions.

Contact: Sabine von Aulock



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

Sunday, February 25, 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


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




Concerned about gun safety?

The local League of Women Voters has been working on this issue since mid-2016.  To learn what you can do:

* Chat with Sue Price & Sharon Winters, UU members, after service this Sunday in Gilmour Hall

* Visit https://lwvspa.org/gun-issues/ to learn more about a range of gun issues and status of proposed FL legislation

* Get on our email distribution list to stay informed and learn about upcoming events and/or get involved with the League’s gun safety action team by contacting Sharon at swinters@tampabay.rr.com


Contact: Sue Price



Art & Aesthetics - First Meeting

Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 11:45am

If you are an artist or are interested in art, and would like to help make our lovely church even more aesthetically pleasing, plan to attend an organizing meeting on Sunday, March 18 after service at 11:45 am in the sanctuary.

We’ll discuss forming a new Arts & Aesthetics Committee, the scope, goals and responsibilities of the committee, and some procedural and policy considerations. 

Contact: Paul Burnore



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



Annual Congregational Meeting - April 29, 2018 - 12:00 Noon

Our Church's Annual Congregational Meeting will be held on April 29, 2018 in the sanctuary at 12:00 noon, after the Sunday service.


The purpose of the meeting is to prepare for fiscal year 2018-19 by electing officers and trustees, adopting a budget, and conducting other business as may arise. An Annual Report accounting for the 2017-18 activities of the Board and all standing committees will be sent to all members at least one week prior to the Annual Meeting.


Paul Burnore, President
Board of Trustees


Contact: Paul Burnore



Buildings & Grounds Chair - THANK YOU HOWARD & Search for Successor

Howard Taylor has served as Buildings & Grounds Chair for over a year. He’s been exemplary in his dedication to improving our UUSP physical plant, his know-how to get things done, the time he’s dedicated to working with contractors, and his attendance and contributions at every Board meeting. He has just completed the installation of new, sorely needed gutters and, even though resigned from B&G, will oversee the completion of new sound and lighting systems in the sanctuary in March. THANK YOU HOWARD!


Howard is leaving B&G to be president of the St. Petersburg Democratic Club with a mission to help Pinellas County, Florida Democrats become elected officials.  He invites anyone interested to meet at 6:30 PM the first Wednesday of each month at El Cap Restaurant at 3500 4th St N. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/StPeteDems/


UUSP is searching for a new Buildings & Grounds Chair. This is an extremely important position because of the need to maintain and improve our lovely buildings in order to support our growing membership and programs. If you are interested please contact Paul Burnore to discuss. Don’t be shy, we need you!


Paul Burnore, President

Board of Trustees

Contact: Paul Burnore



FAST Needs Your Help 

FAST, the coalition of 40 congregations working for social justice, needs your help in building pressure for changes in a Senate bill designed to increase the use of civil citations rather than arrests for juveniles.  We have two letters we ask you to sign this Sunday after service in the old library next to Gilmour Hall. We will take your letters to a FAST rally on Monday night where they will put together with letters from other FAST congregations and then hand-carried to the Senators’ offices.  Please stop by after service and sign both letters.  Thank you

Contacts: Dave Coale, Karen Day



Save the Date: UUSP Seder - April 2

You are invited to celebrate Passwover with your UUSP family on Monday, April 2 at 6pm.


Watch for more information!

Contact: Linda Paul