UU St. Pete InfoNet: March 2, 2018

This Sunday's Worship Services

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Sunday, March 4, 2018: "OUR PERSONAL CULTIVATION #1: Nature, Growth, and Responsibility"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

We reach an age where we are considered responsible, to one degree or another, for our own behavior and its consequences.  That responsibility includes influencing the potentials that unfold in us at different stages of our maturation.  Nature inside us is fundamental to that potential; Nature outside of us is fundamental as an influence on our potential's unfolding and fulfillment.  What is our responsibility regarding this natural unfolding and influence?  Kind of a good question for the middle of Lent and Spring.



RE Corner

Religious Education March 4, 2018

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

Today the primary group, “Glazing Flowers” led by Trish and Joe will continue to explore how Love Surrounds Us wherever we are. “Knights of Light” led by Natashia will work on service to our community and “Comrade Cool Cats” will create encouraging letters for Douglas students and plan their upcoming visits to other congregations.

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

UUSP WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES DISCUSSION GROUP at 10am or 7pm (your choice – all welcome).  Reading this Wednesday, March 7, 2018, Chapter 6 in Becoming Wise: An Inquiry Into the Mystery and  Art of Living, by Krista Tibbett.  Quotes provided for discussion in case your reading time is short.  


OUR NEXT WEDNESDAYS STUDY BOOK (starting 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 discussion group has been through two despairing books on racial injustice in America.  Now, Rev. Barber presents an inspiring practical experience-based way forward in which we all can happily help.  In sum, it’s building coalitions among caring people currently divided not by fear or anger, but by the variety of causes they feel called to.  Barber describes how this process has succeeded in starting to turn the tide in favor of spreading human well-being.  A great, helpful book. 


SPIRITUAL SPRING CLEANING:  UUSP’s Spring Meditation Retreat, Saturday, March 10, 9:00am – 12noon.  A morning of quiet.  Brief meditation instruction provided, or follow your own practice, including sitting or walking by Mirror Lake.  Meditation snacks provided.  Sign-up sheets on the UUSP social hall piano.  


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.


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.  Times posted on Gilmour and Conway bulletin boards.   If interested, please contact Pastor Jack (jfdonovan@bellsouth.net).

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



Food Collection Sunday: March 4

March's collection will benefit our own Friday Night Picnic as we serve meals for those who are hungry in our neighborhood. Shelf stable contributions that can be quickly prepared are most welcome (canned hams, smooth peanut butter and jelly, pork and beans etc...) or donate money to help purchase frozen veggies.

With gratitude UU's Helping People  

This is a recurring event, so remember to mark your calendars for the 1st Sunday of each Month.

Contact: Reggie Craig



Remaining VERY MERRY SPRING Tickets on Sales Sunday!

You can still buy tickets to most of the events on the Very Merry Spring schedule.  Please check out this list, then hurry to the sales table during Coffee Hour after church to reserve your spot.  Or email Susan Burnore at susanburnore@gmail.com.  100% of the ticket price goes to Social Justice!

  1. Shuffleboard Party - Friday, March 9th, 7 pm - Hosts: Ellen Hays and Eliot Wessler (only one ticket left)
  2. Vegetarian Italian Dinner - Sunday, March 11th, 6 pm - Hosts: Linda Paul and Peter Elem (only 3 tickets left)
  3. Dinner at Asie French/Asian Fusion Restaurant - Thurs, March 15th, 6 pm - Host: Lise Beane
  4. Wine, Appetizers and a Little Poetry - Fri, March 23rd, 7 pm - Host: Pat Fling
  5. Old NE Progressive Dinner - Sat, March 24th, 5:30 pm - Patti Hanks, Tammie Boudreau, Sarah Craig (only 2 tickets left)
  6. Champagne Gourmet Brunch - Sun, March 25th, 12:30 pm - Hosts: Dave and Karen Coale
  7. Final Four Watch Party - Sat, March 31st, 5:30 pm - Hosts: Paul and Susan Burnore
  8. Games, Puzzles and Supper - Sun, April 8th, 5 pm - Hosts: Tom and Barbara Archibald
  9. Sunsets, Salads, Sangria and Sandcastles - Sat., April 14, 5:30 pm - Jeri & Sabine, Courtney and Melissa Allen
  10. The Grand Finale! Happy Hour - Sun., April 22nd, 5-7 pm - Hosts: Sally Wallace and Sue Price

Contact: Susan Burnore



Social Justice Calendar Update

Our Social Justice Meeting will be on Monday, March 5th at 7:00pm.

In April, we will revert to our regular schedule of meeting at 5:30pm on the 1st Tuesday of the month.

All are welcome!

Contact: Karen Coale



Worship Committee

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 5:30pm

Meeting of Worship Committee for March.  Usually meets on first Tuesdays of the month; March is an exception.



Arts & Aesthetics Meeting March 18 - Time Moved from 11:45am to 1:00pm

The Pledge Campaign Kickoff has been scheduled after the Sunday Service at 11:45 am. This is an important congregation-wide event, so we’ll reschedule our Arts & Aesthetics meeting to start at 1:00pm. 

So if you are an artist or are interested in art, and would like to help make our lovely church even more aesthetically pleasing, please attend an organizing meeting on Sunday, March 18 after service 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



Three Year Plan - Update

The UUSP Three Year Plan (TYP) team is moving full steam ahead to create a UUSP vision and plan that takes into account our building and grounds needs as well as the Needs & Priorities that committee heads and UUSP members have given the Board.  For further direction, team members will be collecting feedback from congregation members with a Congregational Survey in the next few weeks. The TYP team will be validating/updating our mission and vision statements. The team will also be using a thorough inventory of church assets (compiled by Tee Taylor), maintenance and replacement timelines, the upcoming 2018-19 budget, financial data from our endowment and cash assets, and membership growth/pledge projections.


This is a lot of work. But it’s absolutely necessary as we move forward. Our experienced TYP team members are: Teresa Kelly, Morgan Gresham, Bill Motter, and Pat Fling. We’ll provide a complete update at the Annual Meeting on April 29.


Paul Burnore, President

Board of Trustees

Contact: Paul Burnore



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



UU St Pete Attendees Featured in TampaBay Times

Longtime UU St Pete attendees and supporters of the Social Justice Food Collections were featured in this week's Lifetime section. Sue Sedlachek and Marilyn Vohs are quite hikers -- including the 500-mile trek across Spain to the French frontier -- called the Camino de Santiago. Here's the complete article with pictures.

Go girls!

Contact: Karen Coale



NEW UUSP Nominating Committee

The Board has appointed a new nominating committee for the election of board members and officers for fiscal year 2018-19. The nominating committee members are: Dani Skrzypek (chair), Michael Pohl, and Patti Hanks. 

The election will be held at our Annual Meeting on April 29. According to our bylaws, those who have been UUSP members 60 days or more before the meeting (as of today, February 28) will be authorized to vote. Your attendance at the Annual Meeting and your vote are important in guiding UUSP and living our 5th UU principle: “The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large.”


Paul Burnore, President



50th Anniversary Celebration!

Celebrate 50 years of defending freedom with the Pinellas County Chapter of the ACLU of Florida at our 26th Annual Bill of Rights Dinner on Tuesday, March 6! The evening will featuring a keynote address from National ACLU President Susan Herman, and ACLU of Florida Executive Director Howard Simon.

Now more than ever, we are in need of hope while fighting against an administration that has made the erosion of constitutional rights a centerpiece of their agenda. Susan Herman will give insight, wisdom, and some reasons to have hope through these challenging times.

We will also honor two Floridians in recognition of their devotion to fighting for freedom and protecting civil liberties in our community:

  • Nadine Smith, co-founder and CEO of Equality Florida, will receive the Gardner Beckett Civil Liberties Award.
  • Mark Puente, a writer for the Tampa Bay Times, will be honored with the Irene Miller Vigilance in Journalism Award. 

Tickets are $50 and include dinner. Purchase your tickets today! For questions, contact Margaret Evans at MBUU@earthlink.net.

We look forward to celebrating with you on March 6!

Contact: Sally Carville



Buildings & Grounds Chair - THANK YOU HOWARD & Search for Successor

Howard Taylor has served as Buildings & Grounds Chair for over a year. He’s been exemplary in his dedication to improving our UUSP physical plant, his know-how to get things done, the time he’s dedicated to working with contractors, and his attendance and contributions at every Board meeting. He has just completed the installation of new, sorely needed gutters and, even though resigned from B&G, will oversee the completion of new sound and lighting systems in the sanctuary in March. THANK YOU HOWARD!


Howard is leaving B&G to be president of the St. Petersburg Democratic Club with a mission to help Pinellas County, Florida Democrats become elected officials.  He invites anyone interested to meet at 6:30 PM the first Wednesday of each month at El Cap Restaurant at 3500 4th St N. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/StPeteDems/


UUSP is searching for a new Buildings & Grounds Chair. This is an extremely important position because of the need to maintain and improve our lovely buildings in order to support our growing membership and programs. If you are interested please contact Paul Burnore to discuss. Don’t be shy, we need you!


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 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