UU St. Pete InfoNet: March 16, 2018

This Sunday's Worship Services

Sunday, March 18, 2018: "Liberal Gratitude"
Time: 10:30am
Worship Leader: Susan Burnore

Speaker:  Rev. Bud Murphy, retired

Worship Associate: Bill Motter


This week's service focuses on what liberal religion is and why we're grateful for it.  We'll also have some fun with a 'shaggy dog story' and some inspiration from gorgeous music by Teresa Ancaya and Terri Vernon.  Everyone is invited to stay after the service for the Tinstaafl luncheon.  You'll have to come to find out what that is!


RE Corner

Religious Education - March 18, 2018

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


Today “Glazing Flowers” (K-3) with leaders Trish and Joe will practice their songs and stories of how “Love Surrounds Us.” Natashia will lead the “Knights of Light”(4-6th) in looking more deeply at Gandhi and his peaceful change making. “Comrade Cool Cats” (Youth) are visiting the Clearwater UU congregation for their Youth Worship.


RE Family Minister, Karen Day, is available to chat with any families about resources and support for parenting as Unitarian Universalists, or other issues. Her office hours are Thursday afternoons, arrange an appointment at re@uustpete.org


Contact: Karen Day

Announcements From Pastor Jack

HEAR YE, HEAR YE!!!  With sadness, we announce the coming-retirement of the UUSP Office Administrative Assistant Jeri Huempfner-Gatz, as she informed us on Sunday 3/11 during Joys and Concerns.  Jeri's last day will be Friday, May 27.  At the Sunday service on April 15, we will honor Jeri for her three great years of service to the congregation.  We hope you'll be there. 


The search for a new administrative assistant will soon be started by the Minister, Personnel Committee, and Board, beginning with an updating of the job description, followed by publication of the job opening and by interviews. The position is currently part-time and currently pays about $15/hour.  At the least, the position requires graciousness, diligence, flexibility, and computer competence.  


EASTER SUNDAY will feature the traditional UU Flower Communion!  Please take part!!!  Bring a blossom or a few blossoms to church to place on our front tables in the Sanctuary.  Our children will then redistribute the flowers in a communion mode, so everyone will take home a blossom (notice how close a word blossom is to blessing?) from someone else in the congregation.  Counting on you!  Thanks, Pastor Jack


OUR NEXT WEDNESDAYS STUDY BOOK starts April 11, 10am and 7pm:  The Third Reconstruction: How A Moral Movement Is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear, by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II.  Our UUSP Wednesdays Discussion Group has been through two painful books on racial injustice in America.  In The Third Reconstruction, Rev. Barber presents an inspiring experience-based way forward in which we all can rewardingly help.  Pastor Jack


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.


A NEW UUSP COVENANT GROUP (3rd Tuesdays, 7:00pm) is starting this month.  Please contact Pastor Jack if interested:  jfdonovan@bellsouth.net


UU ST. PETE COVENANT GROUPS meet monthly (or more often if the group prefers) to deepen acquaintance with and appreciation of one another and of life.  A covenant group consists of 7-12 people and is facilitated by a group leader.  The meetings include opportunity for a personal check-in, plus discussion of a more general question of life – and are a great opportunity to get to know and be known.  The gatherings are held wherever the group chooses – often at a member’s home or at the church.   Currently UUSP has seven covenant groups.  If a group grows beyond 12 people, it usually chooses to seed a new group.  

INTERESTED?  Current meeting times are:

3rd Mondays (6:30-8:00pm);

3rd Mondays (7-8:30pm);

3rd Tuesdays (7-8:30pm);

2nd Thursdays (4-5:30pm);

1st Saturdays (11-1:00pm for RE parents/childcare provided);

1st Sundays (7-8:30pm);

Every Wednesday (2-3:30pm) - for snowbirds, starting in January .

If interested, please contact Pastor Jack (jfdonovan@bellsouth.net).


Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan



“And So It Goes….Unless…!”

You’re invited to the Kick-Off Luncheon for this year’s pledge campaign this Sunday, March 18, right after the church service.  No charge!  And the brief program (no more than 30 minutes) will include some enthusiastic entertainment from The Price Is RIght players.  We hope to give you a laugh or two to draw your attention to the campaign.


Making a pledge is simply promising to support the church financially, according to your own level of commitment and resources, for the next church year, which runs from July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019.  Pledging each year, in any amount, is required for membership in UUSP.


Don’t miss it - The Tinstaafl Lunch will be fun and tasty!  And you might even learn something about UU St. Pete.  



A Very Merry Spring, Indeed!

We’re in the middle of a great schedule of events to raise money and build community.  A big thank you to all our incredible hosts.  Social Justice will have an extra $3500 or more due to your generosity and that of your guests.


You can still buy tickets to the final two events.  Email SusanBurnore@gmail.com or call  770-480-0200 to reserve your spot.  Both of these will be great fun with wonderful food - all the money goes to Social Justice projects at UUSP.  


Sunsets, Salads, Sangria and Sandcastles - Sat., April 14th, 5:30 pm, Pass-a-Grille Beach

Melissa and Courtney Allen, Sabine von Aulock, and Jeri Huempfner-Gatz invite you to a fun-filled evening on the beach.  They provide salad fixings and sangria, Nature provides the sand and sunset.  You bring your plans for a sandcastle!  $44 each, limit 10


The Grand Finale!  A Very Special Happy Hour - Sun., Apr. 22nd, 5-7 pm, 1338 Monticello Blvd., N

To conclude our Very Merry Spring, Sally Wallace and Sue Price host the kind of party we all love - delicious food, your favorite drinks, and warm camaraderie in a lovely setting.  $40 each, no limit

Contact: Susan Burnore



Arts & Aesthetics Meeting March 18, 1:00pm

So if you are an artist or are interested in art, whether inside the church or outside (as in gardening and landscaping) and would like to help make our lovely church even more aesthetically pleasing, please attend an organizing meeting on Sunday, March 18 after service and Pledge Kickoff, at 1:00 pm in the sanctuary. We’ll discuss forming a new Arts & Aesthetics Committee, the scope, goals and responsibilities of the committee, and some procedural and policy considerations. 

Paul Burnore, President

Contact: Paul Burnore



FAST is Monday Night!

Please join UUSP members for the FAST Nehemiah Action at 7:00pm at Tropican Field.  Monday night is a culmination of our effforts in partnership with 40 other religious congregations to pressure our elected and appointed officials in Pinellas County to spend more on affordable housing and to help decrease student misbehaviour and make our schools safer for both students and teachers.

Tickets for the event will be available after this Sunday's service as well as available at the church parking lot from 6:00pm to 6:30pm on Monday. Tickets will also be available at Tropicana Field.  Free parking is available in lots 1,2, and 4 at Tropicana. We will have a couple of cars available to transport people from the church parking lot to Tropicana Field, but seats are limited. Please gather at  UUSP at 6:15 for a shuttle ride.  Karen Day, Dave Coale, and other FAST members will be available after Sunday Service to answer any questions.

Contacts: Karen Coale, Dave Coale



March For Our Lives, March 24, 2018


Stand with students and families to demand that our lives and safety become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings.

Make a sign, join other congregation members & meet in front of the church by 9:30am next Saturday.

Tentative details -  Location: Mirror Lake; 9:40am: student lead program behind Courthouse, 545 1st Ave. N; 10am: march begins.

Watch for More information in the next InfoNet!


Questions?  You can reach out to Sharon Winters (swinters@tampabay.rr.com)



Flops and Mops: Sunday, March 25, 2018

Flops and Mops Puts the Dazzle on RE-Space!

Come to Church dressed in comfortable clothes, suitable for chores.

We'll enjoy a pancake breakfast and then work our magic.

We have jobs for every skill level!

Reach out to Sabine if you have questions.



Contact: Sabine von Aulock



Congregational Survey


The Three Year Plan team will launch a UUSP Congregational Survey in order to gather demographic information and some details about your experience at UUSP. Survey results will guide us in making certain we provide the supportive, nurturing religious environment and programs that help us grow. Along with members’ Needs & Priorities, UUSP’s financial outlook, our membership growth, and our 2018-19 budget, your survey feedback will be invaluable in drafting a mission/vision statement and our three year plan.

Follow this link to the Google form to complete the survey: https://goo.gl/forms/yrwx9TBI5hvb8gmW2 If you have trouble accessing the form, please contact Morgan Gresham.

A limited number of paper copies will be available through the church office. If you need a paper copy, please contact the office administrator.

Please participate in this survey--we want to hear from you! Thanks.

Contact: Morgan Gresham



UUSP Seder - April 2

All are welcome to our UU Seder in celebration of Passover on Monday, April 2 at 6pm. We will learn of the liberation of the Jews , sing some songs and follow some Seder rituals as well as sharing a meal. Sign up to attend and to bring some food to share ( and/or make a monetary donation) on the sign up sheets in Gilmour Hall. Questions? Contact Linda Paul or Barbara Archibald.


Watch for more information!

Contact: Linda Paul



Parking Lot Update - New Construction Mid-June to Late July

Our neighbors, Wannemacher Jensen Architects (WJA), have confirmed that our new parking lot construction will take place from mid-June to late July. Parking for UUSP members during that time will continue to be in the parking lots of our other neighbors across Arlington Ave and along Arlington Ave and 2nd Ave N.  More detailed information will be coming. In addition, WJA said that the construction of their new building on parcel 1, along Mirror Lake Drive, will commence Sept 2018 and be completed by Sept 2019.


Paul Burnore, President

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 to Gay Breuler or Jim Fitzgerald if you have questions or to sign up.  We love seeing the flowers each week. 


Thank you!


Contact: Gay Breuler