UU St. Pete InfoNet: January 26, 2018

This Sunday's Worship Services

Sunday, January 28, 2018: "Social Justice Sunday: Our Journeys to Action and Involvement "
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Karen Day,  Karen Frank

Worship Leader: Karen Coale

Worship Associate:  Susan Burnore



RE Corner

Religious Education January 28, 2018

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


On Sunday, K-3 will share an animal puppet show in Love Surrounds Us with Trish and Joe. Natashia and Jerry will explore Love Connects Us with the Knights of Light and Youth will continue Building Bridges to other religions led by Alex and Jeanay.


All families are invited to an Open House to greet new Family Minister, Reverend Karen Day from 3-5pm, January 28 at the Allen household 6000 2nd Avenue South. We look forward to sharing our dreams and visions for religious education in our congregation.


Reverend Karen Day is available to chat with parents, grandparents, caregivers and youth. Her office hours are usually Thursdays from 2pm - 5pm.  Please contact her to make an appointment at a convenient time for you (re@uustpete.org).

Contact: Karen Day



Announcements From Pastor Jack

WITH SADNESS WE ANNOUNCE THE DEATH OF JIM BARBER, husband of UUSP member Marilyn Barber.  Jim died peacefully in his sleep last week at age 89.  A memorial service will be held on Friday, February 2, 2:00 pm, at the Anderson-McQueen Family Tribute Center, 7820 38th Avenue North, St Petersburg.  The UUSP congregation is invited.  In years past, Jim often helped with UUSP congregational dinners and was on Waldo Rowell’s UUSP Pizza team to raise money for UUSP at Tropicana Field.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Alzheimer Association.  Pastor Jack


UUSP WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES DISCUSSION GROUP at 10am or 7pm (your choice – all welcome).  Reading this Wednesday, January 31, 2018, Chapter 3 (Flesh: The Body’s Grace), pp 57-102, in Becoming Wise: An Inquiry Into the Mystery and Art of Living, by Krista Tibbett.  Quotes provided.  Pastor Jack


BOOKS TO GO FREE!  In the UUSP Reading Room (just off UUSP’s Gilmour Social Hall) are a couple of hundred books on the three standing bookshelves.  We are clearing the shelves to make room for books about Unitarianism, Universalism, and UUism, and books about and by those who have inspired or been inspired by our tradition.  ­Do your part for free speech - 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.   Pastor Jack


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.

The 6:30pm Monday and 7pm Tuesday groups are new start-up groups and would particularly appreciate new members.  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



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

Sunday, January 28, 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



Save The Date: Motown for Mo' Money! Saturday, February 24, 6pm

Be here for the most fun you can have legally while raising money for UU St. Pete Social Justice projects.

catered dinner, great music, dancing, and a star-studded (?) Motown Show - all for $20, $5 for RE kids with their parents.  Wine and the soon-to-be-famous Motown Throwdown Cocktails available at the Temptations Bar.   Tickets go on sale after Sunday Services, February 4.

You know you love those songs:  Stop in the Name of Love, Love Child, Dancin’ in the Street, Heat Wave, My Girl, ABC, Baby Love, Reach Out…we’ll hear them all!  (You can add to the fun by dressing outrageously.)

Contact: Susan Burnore




UUSP-FAST Network meeting

Sunday, February 4, 2018 - 11:45am

The UUSP team of FAST network members and supporters will meet to hear and discuss a progress report from our network members on preparations for FAST's Nehemiah Action at Tropicana Field on March 19, 7:00pm.  The FAST proposals to our local governments (county and city) this year focus on affordable housing (for the 70,000 Pinellas county citizens who are one paycheck away from homelessness) and public school discipline practices (eg, suspensions which have been leading to a criminalization of student misbehavior).



David Roth's Concert & Thank You!

Thanks to David Roth and all those who filled our space to capacity last Saturday. What a night! We are happy to say we will be welcoming David back next year in January 2019. 


David asked us to share these thoughts...

"Greetings new (and old) friends. St Pete remains on my map!  Thank you Laurie Clement, crew, and you all for your interest and support of community through live music.  This can’t happen in a vacuum, and your presence makes it all possible.  I treasure my opportunities to sing for such communities and “encourage” you to attend live events moving forward.


The video of “Home of the Brave” that I spoke of at the concert can be found at the following link, with immeasurable gratitude to Sherry Hursey and Rick Cowling of TOtl Entertainment for their incredible and world-class work. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pL4Rb4TT0F0 ~ feel free to share and disseminate as inspired."  

Contact: Laurie Clement



UU St Pete at Women’s March 2018

In 2017 we marched! In 2018 we ACT!  Power to the Polls!

For the second year, our congregation participated in this march. Along with 5,000 others, we marched from Mirror Lake to Williams Park.  The crowd was lively, the signs creative and outrageous, and all of us are psyched to make changes — big changes! 


Contact: Karen Coale




Looking for March Madness Hosts

What is March Madness?  Well, at UU St. Pete, it’s a schedule of community-building events - dinners, cocktail parties, barbecues, whatever - that generous members host in their homes or other venues to raise money for UUSP and our Social Justice projects.

We’re looking for around 10 events to offer this year, with the tickets to go on sale Saturday, Feb. 24th, at the Motown for Mo’ Money party.  (Put that on your calendar!)

Some ideas for events:

  • Dinner for 6 or 7 or 8 or more
  • Family Backyard Barbecue 
  • Cocktails on the patio
  • Boat trip with wine at sunset
  • Coffee and Dessert
  • Fondue Dinner
  • Lunch and Golf (or cards, or music, or conversation, or…)

The Fundraising Committee sells the tickets.  The hosts cover all expenses, so 100% of the ticket price goes to the church.  We generally price the tickets from $15 to $60, depending on the expense of the event for the hosts.  

Would you be interested in hosting an event?  We have 5-6 lined up, but we need several more BY NEXT WEDNESDAY, Jan. 31.  If you can help, please email me your (and any co-hosts’) contact information, description of the proposed event, preferred date(s) and time, and suggested price, as soon as you can. Or call me at 770-480-0200 to discuss possibilities.

And if you can’t be a host this time, please plan on buying some tickets and going to a fun event to get to know other people from the church.  Thanks!


Contact: Susan Burnore


Inquiring Minds, Hearts and Spirits

As Pastor Jack says, “If you think we’d be good for you, or you’d be good for us” please join us at Inquiring Minds, Hearts and Spirits, Parts I and II, and learn about being a Unitarian Universalist at UUSP.


Classes will begin right after Sunday service in Conway Hall from 11:45am – 1:00pm on February 11 (Part I) and 18 (Part II).


Contact Patti Hanks at pthanks1@gmail.com or sign up at the Welcome Table during coffee hour.

Contact: Patti Hanks



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