UU St. Pete InfoNet: January 6, 2017

This Sunday's Worship Services

Sunday, January 8, 2017: "WHAT IS EXISTENCE? ART THOU THAT? Drawing Beliefs about Reality from Hinduism and Buddhism?"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Jack Donovan

What beliefs do the Vedic religions of Hinduism and Buddhism offer to help increase our understanding about Reality?  Are you one with everything, or one with nothing? Whence comes your life power and potential? What is this world in which you live? If your beliefs about Reality and Life set the context for choosing your best way to live, does increasing your understanding of Reality seem like a good idea?


Movie under the Stars: January 7

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 th!

Please let Frank and Jen know you're coming: feierna@hotmail.com or 727-644-1158.


Social Justice Tables

Want to know more about the work of your Social Justice Committee? Learn how you may be able to help out? Two of the subcommittees, American Promise and Farmworker/Immigrant, will have information at a table in Gilmour after service this Sunday. Grab a cup of coffee and then stop by. 

American Promise is working on a local ordinance to limit the amount of political cntributions to candidates and to prohibit donatons from foreign governments. Farmworker/Immigrant is currently supporting three refugee families from the Congo and will advocate for fair and just immigrant impacting legislation during the upcoming Floirda Legislative session. 

Contacts: Karen Coale, Dan Greenfeld


UUSC Guest At Your Table

You still have time to participate in the UU Service Committee's annual fundraiser, Guest At Your Table. Boxes are still available for two more weeks. Collection date is January 9, 2017. Help promote UU's brand of social justice, environmental and economic justice around the world. To find out more go to www.uusc.org.

Contact: Nancy Clark


Announcements From Pastor Jack

WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES DISCUSSIONS, “Comparing Beliefs” is on holiday break and 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


OWL Weekend Volunteers

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. 

Thank you!

Contact: Lisa Hill


Town Hall Q&A Regarding Parking Lot

Sunday, January 8, 2017 - 12:00pm

The purpose of this informal Parking Lot Q&A is to discuss the options UUSP is considering regarding our parking lot, and to take a look at where each option might lead. It's an opportunity for church members to ask questions and explain any concerns they might have. Since one of our options is to partner with our next door neighbor, Wannemacher-Jensen Architects, they will have a representative present to answer any questions we might have for them.

This meeting is an informational meeting only, intended to keep members of our congregation updated on this issue. There will be no vote included. Please contact Paul Burnore if you have questions about this Town Hall meeting.

Contact: Paul Burnore



UU St Pete is one amazing and generous congregation. The amount of infant clothing, diapers and equipment that came in last Sunday was amazing! They included diapers for both the infant and his toddler sister, Sifa, as well as a bassinet, car seat, play mat, stroller and swing! Twizere’s new son, Terak Joseph Twizere, was born on December 27th. Here are the three children: big brother Jibu, middle sister Sifa and baby Joseph. If you would like to donate some clothing -- I suggest you look for items in the 3 month and 6 month size range. Just place them in the bins by both entrances to the sanctuary. 

Also thanks for your food donations last Sunday. They have been divided up and delivered to all three families. 

Contact: Karen Coale



Mark Your Calendars Now -- Join Us on January 21st

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. See Lise Beane for details.


TIBETAN MONKS AT UU ST PETE - Potluck and Presentation

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).


Become A Family Promise Volunteer

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 6:30pm

Family Promise Training will be held in Conway Hall at UU St. Pete on Tuesday, January 10, from 6:30pm - 8:00pm. A light supper will be served.

Take the one-time training and become a Family Promise Volunteer. Learn about the program, family interaction and help families with children who are experiencing temporary homelessness.

We will be assisting St. Luke’s Methodist Church for 4 Weeks in 2017: January 29; July 2; August 27; and October 29.

Contact: Nancy Clark


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


Join Us In Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

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


Obama Thank You Party

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


David Roth Concert

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