UU St. Pete InfoNet: January 5, 2018

Happy New Year Everyone!


This Sunday's Worship Services

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Sunday, January 7, 2018: " Introduction to the World #1: What’s to be Realized in Your Life? (On the Stupendous)"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan



RE Corner

Religious Education; Sunday, January 7

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


All children and youth K-12 are invited by our new Family Minister, Rev. Karen Day, to begin the New Year together. We will start in the worship service and then proceed to classes: Elementary with Trish Harding and Joe Benjamin; Middles with Natasha Milburn and Karen Day; Youth with Alex Whitmore and Jeanay Johnson. We will be getting to know you and UU!


Contact: Melissa Allen



January 7th is Food Collection Sunday

During Sunday's service our youngest members will collect food during the for one of our refugee families. Twizere, his wife Mariam, her mother Elizabeth and three children Jibu, Sifa and Tarek are Congolese. They arrived in the US in mid December, 2015 from a refugee camp in Uganda. They have made incredible advances with their language and adjustments to a totally different culture but can still use a helping hand. Since they have a more traditional diet, donations of rice, dried beans, yams, potatoes, oranges and cabbage are suggested as are soaps and cleaning products. Thank you! 


Contact: Karen Coale




Announcements From Pastor Jack

MEMORIAL SERVICE 2:00 P.M. THIS SUNDAY, January 7, 2018; FOR JAMES WAMBOLDT,  father of UUSP member Kevin Wamboldt and husband of UUSP friend Joy Wamboldt - in our sanctuary with refreshments to follow in our social hall.  Pastor Jack


THIS WEDNESDAY, January 10, 2018 – UUSP RELIGIOUS STUDIES DISCUSSION GROUP starts up again.   You are welcome to join us at 10am or 7pm, your choice. Our winter discussion book is Becoming Wise: An Inquiry Into the Mystery and Art of Living, by Krista Tibbett.  Tibbett is the award-winning host of NPR’s On Being.  Her book draws on 400+ interviewees with esteemed thinkers such as poet Mary Oliver, human rights leader Desmond Tutu, biologist Ursula Goodenough, and Nobel nominee Thich Nhat Hanh.  Discussion quotes always provided, in case reading time is short.   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


HELP THE UUSP CARE COMMITTEE HELP THE CONGREGATION.  Can you help with a meal, transportation, memorial receptions, caregiver respite, emergency child care or house maintenance, etc?    Please fill out the survey insert or inform Care Committee chair Sue Price (pricesue63@gmail.com).   Thank you!


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

Chiapas: The Indigenous Wealth of Mexico

The Center for Global Justice is planning an adventure to Chiapas from February 19 to February 26, 2018. A group of no more than 10 people will experience the blend of indigenous culture, crafts, European history and local social economies that entwine in this southern Mexico state. It’s an outstanding, educational trip.

UUSP members Paul Burnore and Tim Flaherty went to Chiapas last March with the Center for Global Justice and found the trip to be enriching, colorful, and well worth it. You may contact Paul or Tim to find out more.

Cost per person:
DOUBLE - $1100
SINGLE - $1300


Contact: Paul Burnore



Dr. M L K Dream Big Parade: January 15, 2018

MLK Dream Big Parade:  Join us as we march through downtown St. Petersburg to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, on Monday, January 15th. 

If you are interested in participating, please contact Courtney Allen (Courtney.s.allen@gmail.com) for further details. 

More information to come...

Many thanks!


Contact: Courtney Allen



RE Retreat

Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 10:00am

RE Committee Retreat

Contact: Morgan Gresham



David Roth Concert

David Roth in Concert on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at UUSP
Time:  7:30pm, doors open at 7p
$15 suggested donation but no one will be turned away! 

David returns near the one-year anniversary of his participation in the 2017 Women’s March in St Petersburg. 

Poignant to improbable, holistic to hilarious, the Chicago native (now living on Cape Cod) once again adds St Pete to his ongoing world tour. 

His music of social justice, peace, compassion, and inclusivity fly in the face of racism, discrimination, and disconnection, and his songs have found their way to Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, several Chicken Soup for the Soul books, the Kennedy Center, NASA’s Space Shuttle “Atlantis”, Peter, Paul, & Mary and Kingston Trio CDs, (and 13 of his own), 4 Positive Music Awards, the “Rise Up Singing” and “Rise Again” (sequel) songbooks, and countless venues in this and other countries (and now other WORLDS) for two and a half decades. www.davidrothmusic.com

Join us for a night to remember... 

Tickets are available January 7 or contact Laurie Clement for more information.

Contact: Laurie Clement



Sounds of the Civil Rights Movement: Power of Song

Shares the compelling tales of the music that drove the movement, featuring locally, nationally and internationally acclaimed artists. The production, produced by The Power of Song Inc., also shows the power of music to address conflicts today. It serves as the official kick-off event for St. Petersburg’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service volunteer programs.

Palladium Theater: 253 5th Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Sunday, January 7, 2018, 3pm and 7pm; Monday, January 8, 2018, 7pm.

ADMISSION IS FREE: However, tickets are required and may be obtained during regular Box Office hours – (Tuesday - Friday: noon to 3p) and/or 3 hours prior to most performances. 

Contact: Karen Coale



Snowbirds Covenant Group

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 2:00pm

Snowbirds Covenant Group meets from  2:00pm - 3:30pm in the library every Wednesday from January 10 through May or so.  Join us!  

Contact: Ellen Hays



FLOWER POWER for 2018! 

Please consider signing up to bring flowers to brighten our services during the New Year, 2018.  Select a Sunday during the year when you wish to be responsible for flowers in honor or memory of someone special in your life or in celebration of a special event.  Look for the FLOWER POWER table in Gilmore Hall after service today to sign up for your Sunday(s) or contact Gay Breuler or Jim Fitzgerald for more information.  Thank you for beautiful flowers!  The more flowers we have, the more beautiful they are!

If you have any questions, please contact Jim Fitzgerald or Gay Breuler.  Thank you!


Contact: Gay Breuler