UU St. Pete InfoNet: July 21, 2017

This Sunday's Worship Services

Sunday, July 23, 2017: "We Are Many, We Are One."
Time: 10:30am
Worship Leader: Susan Burnore

Speakers: Steven and Sherry Benton

Steve and Sherry will share their own journeys and thoughts on how we are all connected in this latest installment of our “Journeys” services.  



SUNDAY is Share the Plate Sunday

Early in August Twizere and Elizabeth’s oldest child, Jibu, will start school full-time. He will be in kindergarten -- which is a big step for this serious little chap. He will need clothing and some school supplies -- which your donations on Sunday will help his parents’ purchase. One half of the non-pledge portion of Sunday's offering will be used for this purpose. So please be generous and help Jibu as he begins his formal education. Thank you!

UU St Pete began supporting this Congolese refugee family in early 2016 -- soon after they arrived from a refugee camp in Uganda. 

Contact: Karen Coale



RE Corner

Join us Sunday, July 23, for an All Ages RE Sunday with Lisa and Joe. We will play some fun games and discuss caring for our community. See you at 10:30!

Hogwarts begins on Monday! We will begin decorations for Harry Potter camp on Saturday, July 22. We encourage you to take a tour of our magical spaces, including upstairs. If you’d like to help us transform the church into beloved scenes from the Harry Potter world, join us Saturday, July 22 at 10 a.m. 

Contact: Lisa Hill



UU's Helping People Pancake Breakfast

Sunday, July 23, 2017 - 11:30am

UU's Helping People will be host a pancake breakfast (with a gluten free option, eggs and fruit salad) AFTER the service, February 19

Proceeds will go toward their Friday Night Picnic for People in Need ministry. Individuals/$4 and families/$10 or enjoy some 'cakes on us.

Contact Sabine with any questions.

Contact: Sabine von Aulock



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

Sunday, July 23, 2017 - 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 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



Roundtable Discussions - Parking Lot

Sunday July 23 at 9:30 am in Gilmour

Roundtable discussions will continue to be hosted by Board members and B&G Chair Howard Taylor before our July 30 Vote.

These are opportunities to discuss every aspect of the parking lot offer from our neighbors, Wannemacher Jensen Architects (WJA). The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) have been updated to include additional questions, with all answers examined and approved by our attorney Chuck Hinton and by WJA. This updated version (called FAQs v4 July 17) is posted on our UUSP website along with The Appraisal Report of November 11, 2016 and a Supplemental Appraisel done March 13, 2017, under Get Involved/Documents. I recommend that everyone read these documents thoroughly since every question from members so far has been addressed and checked.  Please let me know if anyone would like an additional discussion session scheduled during the week. 

Direct links to the documents are below:

FAQs v4 July 14

Appraisal Nov 11 2016

Supplemental Appraisal March 13 2017

Remember that the congregational vote will be held at 12:00 noon on Sunday July 30, so please examine the FAQs, discuss details as much as you want, and plan to be there to vote.


Paul Burnore, President
Board of Trustees

Contact: Paul Burnore


Join the Parking Lot Discussions From Anywhere

UU St Pete members:

We need to hear your thoughts. The most recent offer from Wannemacher Jensen Architects is to purchase Parcel 1 of our parking lot for $240,000. Parcels 2 & 3 would remain the property of UUSP and would have 35 parking spaces, the same as now. The offer includes free paving, landscaping, environmental compliance, and lighting of parcels 2 & 3, which is UUSP property, valued at $180,000. The total value of the WJA offer is $240,000 plus $180,000, or $420,000. In return, WJA would have shared parking privileges for the 35 parking spaces during weekday work hours.

The latest offer from Wannemacher Jensen Architects requires that UU St. Pete respond no later than July 30, 2017.

There are face-to-face roundtables and meetings underway for UU St. Pete member to participate in, but we have also created an online Discussion Forum in Google Groups. The information for joining the online group is below. Following it is a link to a Google Groups help sheet.


Online Discussion Forum - Parking Lot Discussion

You may join the discussion by clicking on the link below. Then post your questions and comments, and see all of the other comments and questions that members have posted, and the responses to them.


Visit this group at https://groups.google.com/group/uu-st-pete-discussions .

To become a member of the discussion group, click the link that says “apply for membership”

UU St. Pete Discussions

You must be a member of this group to view and participate in it.

Apply for membership or contact the owner.

To view this discussion on the web visit https://groups.google.com/d/msgid/uu-st-pete-discussions/68413d32-385b-42e2-9e96-5d0681521b02%40googlegroups.com .


Google Group help sheet: https://support.google.com/groups/answer/1046523?hl=en&ref_topic=2458613

How to post in google group (video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMbljT2hT64

Google Group video tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPklzaOd8z4

Please note, many of the video tutorials are geared toward students and teachers. Some of the information included may not apply to your experience.

Contact: Morgan Gresham



August "Book of the Month" Beliefs Discussion Sessions

Our Beliefs Discussion groups will take a slightly different approach for August with a book being covered in the five Wednesdays that month.

We’ll discuss astrophysicist Carl Sagan’s The Demon-Haunted World – Science as a Candle in the Dark.  One review: “A stirring defense of informed rationality…Rich in surprising information and beautiful writing.”

To give Rev. Jack a bit of a break, Susan Burnore will facilitate the morning sessions, and Paul Burnore will lead in the evenings.  (And we hear Rev. Jack may be on hand for some of them.)  Come join us!  Printouts of selected quotes from the book will be on hand.

Wednesday mornings 10am – 11:30am

or Wednesday evenings 7pm – 8:30pm in Conway Hall.

Contacts: Susan Burnore, Paul Burnore



Celebrate Outreach's Fundraiser: July 26

UU St. Pete and UUHP (UU's Helping People), a founding member of Celebrate Outreach, which is a partnership of St. Petersburg-area faith-based congregations and individuals dedicated to preventing and ending homelessness in our area through social justice, advocacy, community education and direct service, is supporting Celebrate Outreach’s Drag Queen Bingo Fundraiser.

Come support this group on Wednesday, July 26 at Hamburger Mary’s, 2901 Tyrone Blvd. N. in St Pete.

Bingo sheets are available for a $10.00 cash donation and will be sold at 6:30pm and Bingo starts at 7pm. There will be gift bags for the winners.

Come anytime BEFORE the main event if you wish to eat.

If this event is successful, it will pay for the next six months of 150+ people enjoying a substantial breakfast at Trinity Lutheran in St. Petersburg every Saturday morning.

For the website information for the Bingo, Click here

For the website for Celebrate Outreach, the sponsoring organization, Click here

Call Hamburger Mary’s at (727) 851-9386 to reserve seats.

Contact: Reggie Craig



Announcements From Pastor Jack

FIRST BOOK FOR WEDNESDAY DISCUSSIONS THIS FALL: Our study emphasis this fall will be part of becoming better allies, partners, and justice co-workers without equal rights and opportunity in our community and world – especially people of color, but also many cross-color categories of those left out of “the general Welfare and secure Blessings of Liberty.”  Contrary to my earlier announcement, I’d like us to start with the personal testimony of the Atlantic national correspondent Ta-Nehisi Coates in Between the World and Me (his book in the form of a letter to his young son).  Discussions start the second Wednesday in September, September 13, 10am and 7pm.  Book quotes provided for discussion. 


Can you recommend any great biographies or autobiographies?  Please share with Pastor Jack who is looking for materials on how lives get shaped for better or worse.



Wednesday Religious Studies Reading List for UUSP Fall–Spring Wednesday Discussion Groups

I hope these books will help us as we continue to expand our caring into our wider community, especially with FAST (the interfaith community organizing coalition, Faith in Action for Strength Together).  I’d suggest the following order, but amended as the discussion group prefers, including other book selections

  1. Between the World and Me, a father’s letter to his son, by Atlantic national correspondent Ta-Nehisi Coates.
  2. The Covenant with Black America, action plans to secure social justice in America, Tavis Smiley, editor (2006)
  3. The Third Reconstruction: Overcoming the Politics of Division & Fear, by Rev. Dr. Wm J. Barber II (2016)
  4. Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America, by Michael Eric Dyson (2017) 
  5. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander (2010)
  6. Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest (& the Harlem Children’s Zone), by Paul Tough (2008)
  7. Darkwater: Voices from Within the Veil, by W.E.B. DuBois (1920)
  8. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  9. Waking Up White (and Finding Myself in the Story of Race), by Debby Irving (2014)
  10. Slavery By Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans (1865-1941), by Douglas A. Blackmon
  11. Letter from the Birmingham Jail, by Martin Luther King, Jr. (1963)
  12. Dismantling Racism: A Workbook for Social Change Groups, by Kenneth Jones & Tema Okun (2001) (google on-line)
  13. www.blacklivesuu.com.  See UUWhiteSupremacyTeachIn.


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.


Pastor Jack would appreciate emails from UUSP members new and longer-term with whom he hasn’t met recently for a kind of annual check-in, letting him know your best times for a visit.  jfdonovan@bellsouth.net

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan



Want To Make A Difference You Can See?

Check out the ​Building & Grounds Committee!  

Next Meeting August 1, 5:30pm - 7pm - Conway North Room

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 1st and 3rd Tuesday each month 5:30 – 7:00 PM at the church office.  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.



Water Bottles Needed!

Do you have extra water bottles that are filling up the back of your cabinet?

As we enter the hottest time of the year, our friends that participate in the Friday Night Picnic not only have a hard time getting access to clean cool water, but rarely have a water bottle to carry with them throughout the day.  Please look for a special collection box during Coffee Hour after Sunday Service to drop off your donation(s).

If you have a source for further donations (the Lost & Found at your workplace/Leftovers from an event) or need further information please contact Courtney Allen.

Contact: Courtney Allen



Wrapping Up Our 2016 - 2017 Fiscal Year!

As we complete our fiscal year on 06/30/17, it is important that we know all of our expenses for the entire year.

Here's how YOU can help:  If you have made a purchase on behalf of UUSP but have not yet reported that purchase to the Treasurer, please do so before 07/31/17. If you want to be reimbursed for the expense, fill out the appropriate form in the office, attach your receipt, and you will receive a check. If you prefer to donate your purchase price to the church, fill out the appropriate form for that, and we will include your donation in your contribution statement.

Either way, we will have a more accurate picture of how much we spent in the fiscal year if we have your expenses included. If you have any questions about this, contact Sally Carville. And THANK YOU for helping keep our finances in apple pie order!

Contact: Sally Carville



Hurricane Preparation

During hurricane season and when there is a threat of severe weather, please note that UUSP is located in a non-evacuation zone -- but it is also not designated as a shelter. However, even though we are not a designated shelter facility, members of our congregation are always welcome to come to our church at any time.

If you expect to stay more than a few hours, please be sure to bring food, water, and all the items recommended for storm preparedness with you as you will be responsible for taking care of yourself and your family members. And remember that we do not have showers or beds. Also, remember that utilities (water, electricity) might be out so be prepared for that possibility.

We recognize pets are also family members and they are welcome as long as they are contained in carriers or cages. Gilmour will be designated as the pet area in order to provide animal-free areas for those members who may have pet allergies.

If severe weather threatens, Rev. Jack and the Board of Trustees, working with the Buildings and Grounds Committee, will designate volunteers to open up the Church if needed. Church leadership will notify the congregation who to call to make arrangements for Church access if you are forced to evacuate and wish to stay at the Church.

Contact: Morgan Gresham