UU St. Pete InfoNet: June 30, 2017

TONIGHT: COFFEEHOUSE CONCERT with Jim Scott

Friday, June 30th, 7:00 - 9:00pm

Jim Scott is a favorite of many UUs. He has six hymns in our two hymnals, and delights all audiences with his concerts and sing-alongs.

 

UUSP’s Gilmour Hall will be transformed into a Friday-night Coffeehouse. We will provide coffee, light snacks, and cafe-style seating. Feel free to BYOB and something to add to the snack table.

 

Suggested $15 donation for adults, kids free with their parents. No one turned away!

For more information (or to volunteer to help!) contact Susan Burnore.

Contact: Susan Burnore

 

 

This Sunday's Worship Services

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Sunday, July 2, 2017: "REFLECTIONS ON LIBERTY, LOYALTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS: What Faith Can Make It Real?"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

On this Independence Day Sunday, I think it is proper to study independence, though it's a very big topic. Narrowing it down, it seems to me that one key ingredient of freedom is having a mind and heart of your own in good relationship with all the minds and hearts of earthkind.  So this morning, this will be where we conclude our year-long Sunday Service theme on our Beliefs - our understandings of life, of how to live it, and of what authority we are loyal to.

The sources we explored included our own direct experience, the words and deeds of others, and the wisdom traditions of the world - religious, philosophical, mythic, and scientific.  The final source and resource we have is our own personal reflections, our own creative synthesis of all we've gleaned from life and learning.

May our reflections add a new dimension to the life and liberty we need to happily pursue happiness.

 

 

Sunday July 2 is Food Collection 

Sunday’s food collection is sponsored by UUSPs “UU’s Helping People” group. Donations of non-perishable food goes to the Food Pantry.  Our Food Collection occurs on the FIRST SUNDAY of every month.  Thank you for your generosity!

 

With gratitude UUHP  

Contact: Reggie Craig

 

 

UUSP Town Hall Meeting Minutes and Q&A's from June 25, 2017

My thanks to the 32 people who attended our Town Hall Meeting on the parking lot offer by WJA last Sunday, June 25. The minutes as written by Dani are available via InfoNet in Documents. UUSP Meeting Minutes 6/25/2017  The questions as written by Laurie Clement, along with discussions and answers, are also available via InfoNet in Documents.  UUSP Town Hall Q&A Parking Lot OfferPlease take a few minutes to review these documents.

 

An InfoNet note has been sent to all members, including snowbirds, with updated information and a request for their questions, comments, and feedback.  A new Google Group for questions, comments and responses has already been set up on the Internet with instructions on how to use it. See the article in this InfoNet or on the UUSP website under NewFeed.  In addition, members everywhere can send questions and comments via our UUSP website to anyone on the Board, and get a reply.  We estimate that there are 8 snowbirds out of town and 6 local members on vacation.

 

Paul Burnore, President
Board of Trustees

Contact: Paul Burnore

 

 

Announcements From Pastor Jack

Wednesdays Belief & Spirituality Discussions:  July 5: Chapters  11-17., Untie the Strong Woman by Jungian psychoanalyst Clarissa Pinkola Estes. This is our next to last meeting with Clarissa Pinkola Estes. So far I’m tempted to say she is the Don Quixote of archetype and myth implanters -except for this: some of her storytelling is transformative in uniquely powerful positive ways – as much or more than any book we’ve yet read. In our discussions of the beliefs CPE expresses or reports in this book, I’ve heard more “No, but yes” and “Yes, but no” responses than any other book. Thank you all for grappling.  I’m reminded of the lines in a Rainer Maria Rilke poem, “Just as the winged energy of delight once carried you across childhood’s dark abysses, stretch with your disciplined strengths to bridge those great polarities - for inside of you is where divinity learns.” (Brief discussion quotes from the chapters will be provided each meeting.) Rev. Jack

 

World and Folk Music UU troubadour Jim Scott:  Tonight, Friday, June 30, 7:00pm at UU St Pete.  Start the Independence Day weekend right – with song and celebration of what makes America great and still hopeful.

 

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

 

 

RE Corner

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 library.

 

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

 

 

Roundtable Discussions on the WJA Parking Lot Offer

Please attend one of the roundtable discussions in Gilmour Hall after the Sunday Service on July 2, 2017.

 

These discussions should provide a good opportunity for you to further explore questions and give feedback about the Parking Lot Offer from WJA. It would be helpful if you read the Q&As and the Minutes from last Sunday’s Town Hall Meeting. These are posted on our UUSP website under Get Involved, then Document.

See you there!

 

Paul Burnore, President

Board of Trustees

Contact: Paul Burnore

 

 

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.

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

 

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.

 

For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/d/optout.

 

 

 

St. Pete Huddle Meeting: Thursday, July 6

Thursday, July 6th, 7pm - 8:30 pm

A new group dedicated to educating ourselves about how to take effective political action will be meeting at the church the first Thursday of the month.l The group grew out of a “huddle” following the Women’s March in January.  All are welcome to attend our meeting on July 6 from 7pm to 8:30pm in the middle meeting room in Gilmour Hall.  We will be exploring tactics that encourage listening, connecting, and talking with people with opposing views with the goal of changing their hearts and minds.  

Contact: Linda Paul

 

 

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

 

 

Santa Has A New Job

Santa began working as a cashier at Publix this past week -- which demonstrates how proficient her English has become. The change in jobs has many pluses -- her starting salary is what she was earning at her previous job, she now has a predictable schedule and benefits. This is the first job that she got on her own without any assistance which she is very proud of. Here she is in her uniform with her beaming smile. Meanwhile our congregation is supporting the effort to get her three other children here from Lille, France. The process is complex but with guidance from long-time partner and immigration lawyer, John Dubrule, her persistence, some financial assistance from all of us and help in understanding the required paperwork -- progress is being made. Thank you.

Contact: Karen Coale

 

 

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

 

 

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