UU St. Pete InfoNet: July 13, 2018

This Sunday's Worship Services


Sunday, July 15, 2018

Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

Worship Associate:  Steve Benton

What is the purpose of religion? One answer is: To serve through beliefs and practices as a guide to a life of coherence, integrity, and meaning. So what does the term "Unitarian" tell us about our religious purpose or beliefs or practices? What is the end of Unitarianism?

And as a religious tradition grounded in evolution and development, when does the lifespan development of the term Unitarianism come to an end? When will it have served and outlived its purpose? What is the shelf-life of the name "Unitarian"?

This Sunday's sermon will raise these questions and invite you into discussion in the Sanctuary right after the service.




RE Corner

Religious Education: June 24

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

All children and youth will be in Hogwarts Summer Sundays May 27 through August 5. Instead of coming to worship children will go directly to Conway “Train Station Platform 9 ¾” to travel together to this magical school. Activities will focus on our seven principles and how they are lived in Harry Potter’s world.

Rev. Karen Day, RE Family Minister will be on leave for study and travel June 25-July 25.

Any questions regarding our RE Program, please contact Melissa or Morgan.

Contacts: Karen Day, Morgan Gresham, Melissa Allen




Announcements From Pastor Jack

TUESDAY MEDITATION 11:45am, or a little earlier for instruction.

BROWN BAG LUNCH-TIME 12:15pm -1:00pm

UUSP WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES July 18 (10am or 7pm, your choice), discussing Chapter 5 & 6 of A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism by Church and Buehrens.  Copies available in the UUSP library for borrow or purchase ($10).  Quotes for discussion available at meeting and by email.   Pastor Jack

POSSIBLE NEW PROGRAMS IN THE FALL  (Your feedback requested):

(1) Wednesday morning meditation.  Which starting times would you prefer: 6:00am, 6:30am, 7:00am, 7:30am?

(2) Thursday Citizens Café:  To discuss your social concern of the day over lunch (brown bag) or coffee (provided) – with pens, paper, envelopes provided along with officials’ addresses.  Is this an idea worth implementing?

Tell Pastor Jack for Fall Planning (In person; Feedback sheets on piano; Email 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 – or Pastor Jack

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan



Worship Service Online Enhancements

The Worship Committee as been working to making the Sunday experience accessible beyond attending the Service. Please visit UUSP's website, click the Spirituality tab, click Worship Services and Sermons. Scroll down the services and you will see "Sermons and Readings." For audio recordings, click on a Sunday Service and look for the sound icon   audio

For screen shots of examples, click the link:  Worship Service Online Enhancements


You may not find every sermon recorded but we are building the collection.

Contact: Sabine von Aulock



UU's Helping People Donation

UU's Helping People, as part of their support to local providers of services to people experiencing homelessness, is contributing $200 to Family Resources LGBTQ+ Homeless Youth Project.  Jeri Huempfner-Gatz led our UUSP volunteers at the Gay Pride Festival in inviting passersby to fill a poster with affirming messages for these youth.


Please add your signature and message during coffee hour. 


Thank you!

Contact: Sabine von Aulock



Food Pantry Volunteers Needed!

Lots of Shifts avaialble each week to help our neighbors in need in our Brand New client-choice food pantry!


Come to the New Volunteer Orientation:

Wednesday, July 18

10am - 11am

St. Petersburg Free Clinic:  863 3rd Ave South

Additional orientation sessions: 10am - 11am on the first and third Wednesday of each month


Call/Email Debbie Sokolov, Direct of Development at (727-821-1200 x110) or debbie.sokolov@stpetersburgfreeclinic.org to get involved!

Go to stpetersburgfreeclinic.org/volunteer to learn more.

Contact: Sue Price



B & G Committee Meeting

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 5:30pm

Want to make a difference you can see?

Check out the ​Buildings & Grounds Committee!

Whether you don’t know which end of a screwdriver to use or you can build a home from scratch, B&G is looking for YOU!  We have various projects you can enjoy like (1) helping to find and coordinate the best contractors or (2) getting your hands dirty outside on the grounds, or handyman jobs – light painting, electrical, carpentry, etc.  (Yes, that should probably be “handyperson” but we can only carry PC so far.)

We meet the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 5:30 – 7:00 PM in Conway MIddle.  Stop by and find out what we do!  Request copies of our Minutes be emailed to you.  Join in and brag to your friends about things like a new bookshelf you helped install (provided it stays up, of course …).  Anyway, come on by and find out more!  Fame, glory, fun and more can be yours!

For more info, please email us at uustpete.bg@gmail.com.


Contact: Tom Archibald



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 out to Jim Fitzgerald if you have questions or to sign up.  We love seeing the flowers each week. 


Thank you!

Contact: Jim Fitzgerald (jamfitz2nd@gmail.com)



Trip to Chiapas, Mexico for the 2018 “Day of the Dead”

The following announcement is from the Center for Global Justice, an organization involved in protecting the rights of indigenous people. Tim Flaherty and I went with this group on a similar trip to Chiapas in March of 2017, and found it worthwhile and fascinating. Please contact Paul Burnore or Tim Flaherty for more information.

October 28, 2018  through November 4, 2018

The Center for Global Justice is planning a "Day of the Dead" adventure to Chiapas this fall.  From October 28th to November 4th, a group of no more than 10 will experience the blend of indigenous and catholic ritual that entwines in this region honoring of those that have passed.  It's a very memorable few days filled with incredible beauty and traditions unique to the region. 


Oct 28th

Flight from Mexico City to Tuxtla and transportation to our hotel in San Cristobal

Oct 29th

Sumidero Canyon, Universidad de la Tierra; San Cristobal school aligned with the Zapatistas’ 

Oct 30th

Oventic; a Zapatista community

Oct 31st

SIPAZ; an international organization that works to protect indigenous rights; Museo de las Trabajadoras and Textile Museum.

Nov 1st

Na Bolom; former home of Franz and Gertrude Bolom, now a museum dedicated to the Lacandon Maya and the preservation of the Chiapas rain forest; DESMI; a local non-profit that supports indigenous sustainable agriculture, social justice and collective economic models.

Nov 2nd

Day of the Dead activities in Chamula and Zinacantan.

Nov 3rd

Tonina; an archeology site dating back to 514 AD. This early Mayan city contains a "great pyramid" and well preserved stela.

Nov 4th

Transfers to Tuxtla Airport for flight back to Mexico City.



$250 Deposit Required
Balance due by Sept 1
Group size limited to 10 people


Cost per person:
DOUBLE - $1100
SINGLE - $1400


Costs include:

  • Roundtrip flights from and to Mexico City to Tuxtla.
  • Airport transportation to and from Chiapas.
  • Bilingual guide.
  • 7 nights hotel stay.
  • Local transportation and entry fees to all planned activities.

To secure your place, mail a check for $250 USD per person: 
Center for Global Justice,
5802 Bob Bullock Loop,
C1 #84, Laredo TX 78041


If you are mailing a check,be sure to email admin@globaljusticecenter.org to alert us that your reservation is in the mail.  Balance due September 1. For more info, contact Olivia at admin@globaljusticecenter.org

Contact: Paul Burnore