Since the Peace Corps was created in 1961, Americans have volunteered to travel to distant lands to help people they don’t know. Most volunteers come back just as changed as any changes they may have made. This service will feature three reflections on Peace Corps service by UUSP members Brenda Freedland (Chile 1967-69), Sally Carville (Swaziland 1992-94), and Rosemary Yaco (Togo, 1983-86).
UUSP Returned Peace Corps Volunteers:
Name Country of service Years Job
Brenda Freedland Chile 1967-69 Community Development
Jack Donovan Micronesia 1967-68 Teacher
Diane Williams Somalia 1969 English Teacher
Kenya 1970 English Teacher
Paul Burnore Thailand 1971-73 University teacher
Kazakhstan 1992-95 Country Director
Khyrgyzstan 1993 Country Director (temporary)
Rosemary Yaco Togo 1983-86 Teacher
Sally Carville Swaziland 1992-94 Teacher
Guyana 2012-14 Teacher
WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES DISCUSSIONS, “Comparing Beliefs” will resume on January 18 (10am or 7pm, always your choice). Our discussion 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. As always, discussion quotes will be provided. Rev. Jack
UUSP MEDITATION RETREAT: Saturday, January 28, 9am-12noon. Come get away from yourself and get in the flow for the new year - resolutions are no good without awareness and strength of spirit. Sitting and walking meditation – instructions and snacks provided. Sign-up sheet on the piano in the social hall or contact Pastor Jack for more info.
UUSP HOSTS A “WELCOME TO AMERICA” POTLUCK DINNER for eight Tibetan Buddhist monks conducting a Sacred Art Tour of the U.S. Join us Saturday, February 4, 6:00 pm in our Gilmour Social Hall – Presentation by the monks to follow dinner. Please bring a dish to share!
During the day from Tuesday, January 31 to Sunday, February 5, the monks will be creating a sacred Peace Sand Mandala at the Florida Craft Arts Gallery at 501 Central Avenue, St Pete. Visit the monks during the week (chanting at 10am and 5pm).
INQUIRING MINDS (AND SPIRITS) – A TWO SESSION INTRODUCTION TO UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISM & THE UU CHURCH OF ST PETE: Sunday, February 12 and Sunday, February 19 from 12noon - 1:30pm, for people curious about joining UUSP or just curious. Light lunch provided. Please sign up on the sign-up sheet in the social hall at the Visitors Table. Thanks!
SUNDAY PARKING AT UU ST PETE: Please Note: UUSP’s Authorized SUNDAY Parking includes (see map with the Town Hall Announcement):
Current 130 parking Spaces within a block or the church:
1. Public street parking (about 100 spaces within a block of the church);
2. UUSP’s 30 space parking lot between our building and 2nd Avenue;
Additional 125 Parking spaces within a block of the church
3. Three lots for Arlington Management at 735 Arlington Avenue:
a. 11 spaces next to #735,
b. 8 spaces across the alley accessible from 2nd Avenue,
c. 17 spaces across the alley accessible form 2nd Avenue;
4. In the parking lot frequently used by UUSP – owned by Masterson, Hoag & Smith Attorneys at 699 1st Avenue; the 10 spaces facing Arlington Ave opposite the UUSP office gate on Saturday and Sunday (but – note well – no parking in the spaces facing 1st Avenue by the Attorneys’ office building or the two separate spaces by Arlington Avenue;
5. in the parking lots of Baynard, McLeod and Lang Attorneys at 669 1st Ave N.
a. in their 12 spaces directly behind their office (Sunday mornings only) and
b. in their 32 spaces in the long lot running from the Mirror Lake Drive/Arlington Avenue corner to 1st Avenue;
6. in the 38 spaces identified with green bumpers in the St Pete Health and Human Services lot at 647 1st Ave N. (the spaces off 1st Avenue, not Mirror Lake Drive.) – Saturday and Sunday authorized.
Again, please note - parking is authorized in areas #3 - 5 only on Sundays and Saturday and Sunday in areas #1, 2 & 6. Public street parking is, of course, anytime within posted time limits.
Contact: Jack Donovan
Hosts: Jen Logan and Frank Ierna
2900 2nd Ave N, St. Pete
What a great idea for a Saturday evening! Enjoy a family-friendly movie, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages in Jen and Frank's backyard. It's only $15 per adult, $5 per kid, and ALL the proceeds go to UUSP. Feel good about having a great time!
Tickets available at the door the night of the show!
Please let Frank and Jen know you're coming: firstname.lastname@example.org or 727-644-1158.
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.
Reach out to Lisa to see if they need additional help!
Contact: Lisa Hill
This family often joins us at service on Sunday mornings, and I want thank you all -- young and adult -- for your warm welcome. They recently moved to a smaller but more affordable apartment in the James Park complex. The table and chairs from their previous location simply would not fit into the apartment -- so they are now without a table to eat off of. If you have one or can help me scour the discount/resale stores for one -- let me know. They also need glass ware and food storage containers. This week we also started tutoring Mahoro in her classroom at North Shore Elementary.
Contact: Karen Coale
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 there 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.
Contact: Sabine von Aulock
Friday, January 20, 2017 - 7:30pm
Barack Obama was elected in 2008 making him the first President from a minority ethnic background. This gave hope to Americans everywhere and was a huge step forward for social justice. Unitarian Universalists everywhere rejoiced. Let's celebrate his successful 8 years in office together and raise money for the UUSP kids. With water damage eating into the roof, we desperately need funds for construction on our Sunday school class rooms.
The entire ticket fee goes toward the roof repairs. Food, entertainment and drinks included.
$15 in advance. Please buy tickets in advance!
Also if there are any restaurants or event companies interested in tax write-off sponsorship opportunities for a great cause, please contact a host.
Hosts: Keevy McAlavy, Marcile Powers, Courtney and Melissa Allen, Sabine Von Aulock and Jeri Huempfner-Gatz
Contact: Sabine von Aulock
Can't make the Women's March in Washington? Come march with us in solidarity. Join us downtown at Demen's Landing at 12 noon on Saturday, January 21 at our Women's March for Social Justice in St. Petersburg. Men are invited, too. Wear your UU St Pete Tshirts and gather in front of the Marina Office -- so we can walk together. Stop by our Social Justice Committee table -- which will share information about the many outreach and advocacy projects that our Church is involved in.
If you are going to Washington DC -- UU Homestays may still be available. There is a Google doc that provides contact information for the congregations who want to provide housing to people coming to town for the march: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Jbs9-yREFTJiqbFhekSQ_Xt1MZnzI68XTxUmlf5vFdo/edit. After the March, All Souls Church Unitarian is hosting and co-sponsoring an afternoon and evening Teach-in. Beyond the meet up point at the actual March, this may be the most concentrated group of UU folks who will be gathering that weekend: http://j21teachin.org/.
Contact: Lise Beane
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
Saturday, February 4, 2017 - 12:00am
UUSP has the honor of hosting eight Tibetan Buddhist monks at a dinner on Saturday evening, February 4, in our social hall. The evening will start with a potluck dinner at 6:00pm, followed by a presentation by the monks. Please be part of our welcome of this extraordinary group.
The monks (usually in residence with the Dalai Lama, exiled in India) are conducting a Sacred Art Tour, with St. Pete as one of their stops. Their primary activities in St. Pete will be creating a sacred Peace sand mandala at the Florida CraftArts Gallery at 501 Central Avenue, plus daily chanting at 10am and 5pm.
The focus of the presentation at UUSP has yet to be decided - possibly one of the tradition's sacred dances, possibly a talk on Tibetan Buddhist tradition and practice (with perhaps a note or two about how the community is maintaining the tradition and practice in exile).
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