UU St. Pete InfoNet: July 20, 2018

This Sunday's Worship Services

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Sunday, July 22, 2018: ""Making connections: How Poetry Inspires""
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Paul Burnore

Worship Associate: Sherry Benton
Speakers:  Denis Calandra and Jean Calandra


When Rev. Jack Donovan is not in the pulpit the worship committee presents different themes that inspire us to be stronger UUs. This week we will explore the world of poetry and how it influences and inspires our lives. Joining me will be Jean and Denis Calandra, lifelong educators, who recently became UU St. Pete members.



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 Mediation: 11:45am, or a little earlier for instruction - in UUSP’s Gilmour social hall.

Tuesday Brown Bag Lunchtime; 12:15pm-1:00pm – in UUSP’s Gilmour social hall.

YES, Meditation and Lunch gatherings will continue through August.


UUSP WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES July 25 (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

FYI:  This will be the last Wednesday discussion until we start again on Wednesday September 5th.


Possible NEW Programs in the Fall  (Your feedback requested and appreciated):

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

(2) Thursday Citizens CafĂ©:  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; or Feedback sheets on piano; or Email (jfdonovan@bellsouth.net)


AUDIOS OF UUSP SERMONS:   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


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, July 22, 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



Arts & Aesthetics Meeting

Sunday, July 22, 2018 - 12:00pm

Arts and Aesthetics Committee will be meeting this Sunday at noon to discuss current and upcoming projects. 

Agenda will be be sent out to current members, contact Rain for agenda if you are not on the current email list and would like to join us!

Contact: Rain Turner




2018 CANDIDATES FORUM: Pinellas County School Board 

Candidates are running to fill four Pinellas County School Board seats. UU St Pete is a member of the FAST Coalition which has asked the current school board to counter the rising number of in-school arrests and suspensions for minor offenses by putting in place a robust “restorative practices” program.  FAST members of our congregation are meeting with candidates, and these are the questions they are asking them:

  • Do you agree that Pinellas County Schools has a track record of not giving teaching staff the training and resources they need when implementing new Programs?
  • What have your experiences been with restorative practices? Do you see this as an effective way to deal with the discipline problems of the school district?
  • If elected, would you agree to a pilot of the “safer saner schools” program?
  • If elected, will you advocate for the school district to release quarterly accountability reports of suspension, arrest and reading scores broken down by school and race?

The League of Women Voters is moderating Candidate Forums for school board candidates. YOUR vote can shape the future of education in Pinellas County!  All parents, teachers and community members are invited to attend this important debate to learn more about the candidates’ positions before casting your vote in the Primary Election on August 28, 2018.

JULY 24, 6pm - 8 pm: St. Petersburg College Ethics & Social Science (ES 104), Clearwater Campus, 2465 Drew St., Clearwater

JULY 30, 6pm - 8 pm: St. Petersburg College Music Center, St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus, 6605 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg

AUGUST 2, 6pm - 8pm: St. Petersburg College Digitorium, Seminole Campus, 9200 113th St. N., Seminole

Sponsored by Pinellas Education Foundation, PTA - Pinellas County Council, LWVSPA, and SPC Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions

Contacts: Karen Coale, Karen Day



Update from the Board of Trustees

At the 12 July 2018 BOT meeting, the following officers were elected to positions on the Board:

  • Morgan Gresham, President
  • Steve Benton, Vice President

Additionally, Dani Skrzypek will be serving as Assistant Financial Secretary.


Please let me know if you have any questions.

Contact: Morgan Gresham




A UU Prayer

To those who stay when everyone scurries home

And turn out the lights

Turn down the AC

Unplug the toilets

Clean up standing water

Fix leaks in the ceiling

Wrestle a failing grease trap

Install modern lighting

Paint dingy stairways

Clean up dirty dishes

I thank you and light my internal chalice in gratitude to you.

(Sabine von Aulock)



Announcing the New UUSP Kayaking Club

UUSP’S new Kayaking Club is for those who want to get out on the water on guided kayak excursions for all levels and ages – beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Popular kayak trails are located at Ft Desoto, Boca Ciega Bay, Lake Seminole, Weedon Island, Honeymoon Island, Caladesi Island, Egmont Key, Cockroach Bay, etc. Participants can bring their own kayak, borrow one (I have three), or rent one. All safety regulations will be observed. Kayaking Leader is Paul Burnore.

Contact Paul at plburnore@gmail.com if you’re interested.

Contact: Paul Burnore




Celebrate Outreach's Tiny Homes for Homeless Veterans Project

UUSP wil be hosting a Community Event supporting Celebrate Outreach's Tiny Homes for Homeless Veterans project on Monday, August 13, 12:30pm-2:30pm.

Come learn about this project, see the models, and  thank our sponsors, LP Building Products, and their volunteers who will make some aesthetic improvements in the playground (new canopy tarps). Enjoy free lunch provided by John and Lisa Riesebeck owners of Smokn' J's. The event is free.

Please reach out to Sabine von Aulock with your questions: beandex@aol.com

Contact: Sabine von Aulock



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)