UU St. Pete InfoNet: June 16, 2017

This Sunday's Worship Services


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Sunday, June 18, 2017: "WHAT WONDER WOMAN THINKS OF FATHERS' DAY: Pater, Pattern, & Pitter Patter Myths the Dad in You Should Know"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

We all have myths in our heads - patterned stories about being boys (boys will), about being girls (girls should), about being dads (dads do), about being moms (moms are).   Celebration of Fathers' Day invites us to ask, according to what patterns does a person weave to shape a Dad? 


Announcements From Pastor Jack

Wednesdays Belief & Spirituality Discussions:  June 21: Chapters 7-8a. (pp 79-105), Untie the Strong Woman by Jungian  psychoanalyst Clarissa Pinkola Estes.  Who is Pinkola Estes trying to liberate with this mythos?  Whose soul and spirit could it save?   (Discussion quotes from the chapters will be provided each meeting – though the full book may transcend quotations.) Rev. Jack


Sing with the Interfaith Pride Worship Service choir?  Pastor Jack has the sheet music if you’d like to participate.  Rehearsal on Tuesday 6/20, 7:00 pm at Eckerd College’s Wireman Chapel:  Service: Thursday 6/22, 7:00pm same place.


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.


Unitarian Universalist Association Annual General Assembly  “Resist & Rejoice” – June 21-25, New Orleans.  Schedule and Registration at www.uua.org/ga.


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


Thank You for a Great 2016-2017!

We are so fortunate to have an excellent staff and minister.  Let’s show them we appreciate them!

This Sunday, June 18, we will have a special collection taken during the Worship Service to fund end-of-church-year bonuses for our minister, administrative assistant, music and RE directors, and sextons.  Please come ready to show your support.

AND if you can’t be at church that Sunday, you can still participate!  Just send a check made payable to UU St. Pete and marked “for gifts” in the memo area and send it to our church office at: UU St Pete, 100 Mirror Lake Drive St. Petersburg 33701.  

Thank you for your generosity!

Contact: Susan Burnore


This Week In RE

Youth: Join us this Sunday for Be The Change!  This program gives Unitarian Universalist (UU) youth a starting place for discussions about the role of race, identity and justice in living out their faith. Youth class begins at 10:30 in the youth room upstairs.

Youth class will not meet June 25. Youth are encouraged to stay in service with your family

Elementary Students: Join Trish and Joe for Windows and Mirrors. This program nurtures children's ability to identify their own experiences and perspectives and to seek out, care about and respect those of others. The sessions unpack topics that lend themselves to diverse experiences and perspectives—for example, faith heritage, public service, anti-racism, and prayer. The program teaches that there are always multiple viewpoints and everyone's viewpoint matters. 

Contact: Lisa Hill


Can you help with Transportation?

Liz Gerdnic, who lives in South Pasadena, would like a ride to church, and if possible in time for Discussion Group at 9:30.  If you think you can assist her, even occasionally, she can be reached at (727)367-7306.  

Thank you!


Hogwarts Announcements

Thursday, June 29, from 1pm - 3pm

Ollivanders assistants needed:  Want to learn the secret of making wands, monster book of monsters, and other magical items? Come learn the art of wand lore, make a magical item for yourself and another to display at our Hogwarts camp this summer. Adults and youth welcome (especially prefects!!)! Send Lisa an email (re@uustpete.org) if you’d like to attend, we’d like to have supplies for everyone


Help a child go to camp:  Each year we have children who cannot attend camp because of financial constraints. Please consider sponsoring a child by contributing part or all of the $135 camp tuition. Each scholarship offered helps a dream come true for a child in our community. Please note “Hogwarts sponsorship" on the memo line or envelope


Supplies needed:  This summer we will have over 120 students and staff involved with our Hogwarts summer camp program. We have tons of activities planned and are in need of the following items:

  • Powdered sugar
  • Baking soda
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Aloe vera (any color)
  • Hand soap (colored/translucent please)
  • Hand soap (clear)
  • Napkins
  • Paper plates
  • Paper towels
  • Plastic tablecloths
  • Inexpensive paintbrushes
  • Plaster of paris
  • Clothes pins
  • Toothpicks
  • Sponges
  • 6” peat pots
  • Potting soil
  • Balloons
  • Bag of play sand (2)
  • Small, disposable gloves
  • Small, latex free disposable gloves
  • Egg cartons (no plastic, please)
  • Large mixing bowls for crafts
  • White glue (30)
  • Shaving cream (7)
  • Borax (2)
  • Clear plastic cups
  • Flour (6)
  • Table salt (6)
  • Ziplock bags
  • Baby oil
  • Food coloring
  • Calligraphy supplies

Thank you for supporting our RE program!

Contact: Lisa Hill


Coming to UU St. Pete – Hugely Popular Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist (AND UU) Jim Scott

Friday, June 30, 7:00 p.m.  in UUSP’s Gilmour Social Hall

Come have a coffee-house evening full of songs for Earth, Justice, Peace, and Fun.  Suggested donation: $15 per adult; kids free.  Jim is a former member of the Paul Winter Consort, co-composer of the PWC’s celebrated “Missa Gaia/Earth Mass” plus eight hymns in the two UUA hymnals, and co-creator of the UUA’s Green Sanctuary program.  Jim’s friend, folk legend Pete Seeger, called him “Some kind of magician.” Come enjoy the magic (and refreshments).


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


St. Petersburg Pride Parade 2017

Would you like to join in and participate in the largest Pride Parade in Florida? Well, you live in the right place -- St. Pete sees over 220,000 people participant in Pride weekend. This year's Pride Parade will be the evening of June 24. Once again our Church and UU’s from across the Bay Area will have a prominent place in the parade. We want to show our support of the LGBT community and commitment to inclusiveness by having a large UU showing.


We are asking everyone to wear their UU T-shirts. Don’t have one? No Worries!  We will be selling our UUSP T-Shirts during Coffee each Sunday for $12. 


Want to learn more or sign up to march -- See Courtney Allen during Coffee Hour after Sunday Services or email him via the contact link below.


To get the most up to date info on the Parade and Pride weekend festivities, visit https://www.stpetepride.com/en.

Contact: Courtney Allen


UUSP Town Hall Meeting: New Parking Lot Offer June 25, 2017 11:45am

Please join us for a Town Hall Meeting on Sunday June 25, after the service, from 11:45a - 12:30pm in the Sanctuary.


Our neighbors, Wannemacher Jensen Architects (WJA) withdrew their March offer to purchase our parking lot. Last week WJA submitted a new offer to purchase Parcel 1 of the three parcels of our parking lot for the highest and best price of $240,000.


This new offer includes free paving, landscaping, environmental compliance, and lighting of our two parcels, valued at $50,000 - $75,000, which would remain UUSP property. The number of parking spaces would remain the same as now. In exchange, WJA wants shared parking privileges during weekday work hours and a decision by UUSP by August 6.

The reason for this new offer by WJA is that in the 15+ years of occupying their current office, they have outgrown their space because their employees  have increased from 7 to 23 with only 3,000 square feet. They would like to expand their office where it is instead of moving and renting their current building.


The Board received this new offer just before the June 8 Board of Trustees meeting. We unanimously agreed that the Board could not accept or reject the offer, but that the congregation should discuss this thoroughly and vote on it. WJA’s Letter of Intent is posted on the UUSP website. Chuck Hinton, our pro bono lawyer, has read the offer and agreed to handle the legal aspects.


It’s important for the congregation to exercise UU democratic principles and be completely included in the discussion and final decision. The Board will share all the information we have, and listen to feedback in several ways: with a Town Hall meeting on June 25, discussion groups the next two Sundays (and during the week if requested), and an internet Community Board designed for comments and questions 24/7 (all of which will be get a response). We plan to schedule a special meeting and congregational vote on July 30.


I urge every member to participate fully.


Paul Burnore, President

Board of Trustees

Contact: Paul Burnore


Pancake Breakfast June 25

Sunday, June 25 - 9:45am - 10:15am , Gilmour Hall

Why cook breakfast? Come enjoy pancakes (gluten-free pancakes available upon request), plus scrambled eggs, fruit, OJ and coffee. It's a great way to start the morning and then enjoy Sunday Service.

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




Check out the ​Building & 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 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.


Wand Making Class Rescheduled for June 29

The Wand Making Class scheduled for this Thursday, June 15 has been postponed and rescheduled for June 29 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.

Join us on June 29 to make a Harry Potter wand for yourself and another for our summer camp! This is a great activity and time to chat for adults and youth. We will work with hot glue; those 12 and older welcome.

If you would like to attend, email Lisa: re@uustpete.org to ensure we have enough supplies.

Contact: Lisa Hill


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


UU Congregation of Greater Naples Search for DLRE

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples (UUCGN) has begun the search for an Interim Director of Lifespan Religious Exploration (DLRE). The position would begin in late August 2017, and the contract year is 32 hours a week for 42 weeks of the year, including most Sundays. Please see the following link for more details: