UU St. Pete InfoNet: June 3, 2018

This Sunday's Worship Services

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

Worship Associate:  Sarah Craig

It is often said, "Everything happens for a reason."   This Sunday's sermon will raise some questions about the meaning and accuracy of that understanding of Reality.  For example, What do you believe is the reason (or set of reasons) things happen?  What does that mean for the way you and society function?



RE Corner

Religious Education:

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

All children and youth will begin Hogwarts Summer Sundays May 27 and continue through August 5. Instead of coming to worship children will go directly to the courtyard “Train Station Gate 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 vacation May 29 - June 9.

Contact: Karen Day



Announcements From Pastor Jack

UUSP POTLUCK AND TIBETAN BUDDHIST PRESENTATION this Saturday, June 2, 5:30 p.m. (potluck in UUSP social hall), 7:00 p.m. presentation (in UUSP sanctuary).  
Please come welcome the eight Tibetan Buddhist Monks on their Sacred Art Tour “For Compassion and Global Peace.” Bring a dish to share (veggie or otherwise is fine).

7:00pm presentation: “Tibetan Buddhist Response to Our Troubled Times – How Can We Make Peace?”  with Question and Answer time to follow.  Come share with the Tibetan monks of Drepung Gomang Monastery in India. (More information on the monks’ tour and mandala creation at FloridaCraftArt.org).


OUR NEXT UUSP WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES begins this Wednesday, June 6 (10am & 7pm, as usual): Our book will be A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism by Forrest Church and John Buehrens.  Many of you have read A Chosen Faith and many have not.  It offers two lovely sets of perspective on the people, puzzles, and paths that have brought UUs to where we are today as a religion (the beliefs and practices that keep life and lives intact) and movement.  It’s worth reading for the first time or revisiting for the tenth.  Copies of the book are available in the UUSP library.  Quote for discussion will be available at the meeting and by email.  We will meet for seven sessions, June 6 – July 25, skipping July 4.   Hope you can join us.   Pastor Jack


NEW IN THESE PARTS?   Come learn more about Unitarian Universalism and about joining our UU St. Pete congregation today after the service.  If you feel we could be good for you or you could be good for us, we hope you’ll join us.  Meeting at 11:45 in Conway Lounge (the Religious Education wing).  Questions?  Contact Pastor Jack (jfdonovan@bellsouth.net) or Membership chair Patti (pthanks1@gmail.com).



For those interested in teaming with UUSP’s ministers Karen and Jack for the Poor People’s Campaign demonstration in Tallahassee on Monday, June 11, please let us know and also go to the following link to reserve a place on the bus:  http://bit.ly/ppcstpete.  It will be a long day – but so important to beginning the resistance to the impoverishment and oppression of increasingly large proportions of Americans through the public and corporate policies currently shaping our democracy and lives.  Pastor Jack (jfdonovan@bellsouth.net)


HELP UUSP BUILD A UU-CENTERED LIBRARY in our Library Reading Room off Gilmour Hall.  By UU-Centered, we mean books about us – about Unitarianism, Universalism, UUism, UU people, UU influenced people, UU influenced books, and UU-influencing books. See the bulletin boards for our growing booklist and please add to it.  And then decide what book you can contribute or pay for (name label in your honor inside the cover).

Examples for this week?

  • The Epic of Unitarianism (David Parke, 1984),
  • American Universalism (George Hunston Williams, 1983)
  • A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism (Forrest Church & John Buehrens, 1996
  • Myths of Time and History (Alice Blair Wesley, 1989)
  • Universalists and Unitarians in America, A People’s History (John Buehrens;)
  • Anthology of World Religions (Robert Van Voorst, 2011)
  • The Perennial Philosophy (Aldous Huxley, 1945)
  • The World Religions (Huston Smith, 1991)
  • A History of God (Karen Armstrong, 1993)
  • Turning Point: Essays on a New Unitarian Universalism (Frederick Muir)
  • Drawing Down the Moon: Paganism in America (Margo Adler)
  • Origin of Species, Charles Darwin, 1859
  • Frankenstein (Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley).


Please see Sarah Craig or Pastor Jack to make contributions.


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



Membership Inquirers' Class #2

Sunday, June 3, 2018 - 11:45am

The second of two classes for those interested in learning more about the UU Church of St. Pete and about UUSP membership.



Town Hall Meeting on June 3 - Postponed until Fall

The Town Hall meeting scheduled for Sunday, June 3 after the Sunday service at 11:45am has been postponed until the fall. 


It’s turned out that there are a number of conflicts with the proposed June 3 meeting time after the Sunday service, including the Inquiring Minds class for new people preparing to join UUSP.   Rev. Jack, Patti Hanks, Committee Chairs, and I will be participating in this class. Also some other interested members will be in town.


Rescheduling this meeting on Social Justice projects and a process to request parking lot funds in the fall will allow members to return from their summer wanderings and give everyone more time to consider these important issues. The Board will announce the rescheduled date later this summer.


Paul Burnore, President

Board of Trustees

Contact: Paul Burnore



Thank you for your Contribution!

Curious about how to designate your contributions to UUSP?


Any checks made payable to UUSP are allocated to your pledge first if there is nothing indicated in the memo line of the check or specified in a note accompanying the check. If you make a gift in cash included in an envelope with your full name clearly written, it will be allocated to your pledge.


If you wish your contribution to be allocated for another purpose such as Social Justice for Migrants/Immigrants, Fair Trade products, or the UUs Helping People, please clearly indicate the purpose in the memo line of your check or in an accompanying envelope with your full name if you want to receive credit for tax purposes.


When sharing the plate, all cash unless otherwise noted with an accompanying envelope or note is divided equally between a plate contribution and the specified social justice contribution.


If you have any questions, about how to make any special contributions to UUSP, please contact UUSP’s Financial Secretary.


To make payments on your pledge easier, consider setting up an automatic payment with your bank payable monthly to UUSP at the time of month you choose.

Contact: Carol Ulmer



UUSP Potluck and Tibetan Buddhist Presentation

UUSP Potluck and Tibetan Buddhist Presentation this Saturday, June 2

5:30pm: potluck in UUSP social hall

7:00pm presentation (in UUSP sanctuary). 

Please come welcome the eight Tibetan Buddhist Monks on their Sacred Art Tour “For Compassion and Global Peace.”  Bring a dish to share (veggie or otherwise is fine).

7:00p presentation: “Tibetan Buddhist Response to Our Troubled Times – How Can We Make Peace?”  Q & A to follow.  Come share with the Tibetan monks of Drepung Gomang Monastery in India.

(More information on the monks’ tour and mandala creation at FloridaCraftArt.org).



Parking Lot Construction Update and New WJA Renderings

Due to a backlog at the City Commission for issuing building permits, WJA’s projected start of construction of our new parking lot has been delayed until the end of July, with an expected completion date of mid-September.


Also, WJA has completed new renderings of their new building, to be built after the parking lot is completed, on the old Parcel 1 facing Mirror Lake Drive. These new renderings show how beautiful the new building will be and give us a better sense of how our neighborhood will be improved. The new renderings can be accessed at this link:   WJA Rendering June 1 2018


Paul Burnore, President
Board of Trustees

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)