UU St. Pete InfoNet: July 6, 2018

This Sunday's Worship Services

Women Inspire!

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Time: 10:30am
Guest Speaker: Michael Blake
Worship Leader: Julie Newcomb

Worship Associate: Susan Burnore

When Rev. Jack Donovan is not in the pulpit the worship committee has presented different themes that Inspires us to be stronger UUs. This week we ask, "How have women Inspired You in your Life?".



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 AND LUNCH GROUP – Meditation at 11:45am; Brown Bag Lunch at 12:15pm – come when you can!


UUSP WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES July 11 (10am & 7pm, as usual): Chapter 4 of our book, A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism by Forrest Church and John Buehrens.  Copies available in the UUSP library for borrow or purchase ($10).  Quotes for discussion will always be available at the meeting and by email.  Hope you can join us.   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.

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan




March for Our Lives Road to Change St. Petersburg Rally: July 12

Concerned about gun violence?  Interested in supporting the student-led March for Our Lives movement, founded after the Parkland FL shooting?

If so, plan to attend…  


March for Our Lives

Road to Change St. Petersburg Rally

July 12, 2018 • 11am - 2pm

Williams Park • 350 2nd Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Host Contact Info:  info@marchforourlives.com


Join this rally to get people educated, registered, and motivated to vote! We need to rally around saving lives this November and call out the leaders who refuse to stand up to the NRA. Bring a friend and get registered to vote on site with March for Our Lives. 


There’s also a Road to Change Town Hall & Student Panel in Tampa at 6pm, July 14th, no details yet on location.

To RSVP or learn about more FL Rally locations, visit https://marchforourlives.com/floridatour/ 

For those who are out-of-state, visit https://marchforourlives.com/tour/ for national tour dates.

Contact Sharon Winters at 727.954.6024 or swinters@tampabay.rr.com for more information.




Families Belong Together

My heartfelt thanks to those of you who attend the ACLU/League of Women Voters rally last Saturday in Gulfport and/or wrote or called your US Representative and US Senators. Raising our voices together we can and are making a difference. In many ways our work has just begun as we must continue to ask our elected officials to take action and hold them accountable at the ballot box. 


Contact: Karen Coale




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



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

Sunday, July 8, 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




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



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)