UU St. Pete InfoNet: March 22, 2019

This Sunday's Worship Services

Sunday, March 24, 2019: "THE ART OF BLESSING AND BEING BLESSED: How to Influence Your Potentials for the Gifts of Companionship"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

Worship Associate:  Sabine von Aulock

Companionship, friendship, community - research strongly indicates what millennia of humans have surmised - companionship can make all the difference for surviving and thriving.  Having a sense of belonging is one of developmental psychology's indicators of a happy and fulfilled person.  Belonging to what?  To other people - to families, cliques, teams, tribes, peoples, Earth, Universe, God.  At the same time that we benefit in many ways from belonging , our potentials may also be affected adversely by these worldly influences.  The foundation of some religions is transcending the worldly influences - and yet almost all of them end up becoming communal - the worldly influence of companions is too important and potentially good to be dismissed.  How do we influence our potentials for becoming a valuable and valued part of the community?



RE Corner

Religious Education: 

For information about our Religious Education, families are invited to visit the welcome table in the entry to the sanctuary.

Nursery care is provided in Conway Hall from 10:15-noon for infants through preschool by Laura Beard and a volunteer assistant.

Families begin in worship at 10:30 then school age children and youth will go to their groups after Time for All ages. Each week the children will have stories and activities to strengthen our UU identity. Children will be accompanied to their parents in coffee hour at 11:45. Any questions? Contact re@uustpete.org.




Share the Plate -- with FAST

How do we DO justice? What we know is that we cannot do it alone. What we hope is that we can be stronger and smarter and more powerful with our neighbors. Faith and Action for Strength Together (FAST) is the way we join with neighbors from forty congregations all over Pinellas County to make changes that matter. Changes like almost $100 million in county and city funds for affordable housing, like full day preschool for all our children, like civil citations instead of arrests for juveniles.

YOU can actually DO justice by joining together in TWO important ways, with your money and your presence.

SUNDAY- Contribute generously to the offering. One half of the non-pledge portion of the offering will be invested in FAST to help cover this congregation’s dues for 2019. We have committed $1000; half is covered by the Social Justice budget, and we need to collect the rest. We hope to stretch the SJ budget next year to pay our fair share which is 1% of last year’s operational budget: $2,354.

APRIL 8- Come with us (we need 101 people) to the Nehemiah Action to ask our officials for better restorative practices to transform our schools, affordable housing money NOW, not four years from now and a central facility to address mental health and substance abuse treatment needs. There will be 3000 of our neighbors and community partners there to raise our voices as one. How do we stand? FAST together! 7:00pm at the Tropicana Field. 


Contacts: Karen Day, Dave Coale, Pat Fling, Carol Ulmer



Announcements From Pastor Jack

After Sunday Service, join us in Gilmour to Celebrate Rev. Karen and wish her well on her journey back to North Carolina.


SATURDAY MORNING UUSP MEDITATION RETREAT March 31, 9:00am-12noon in Gilmour Hall.    Sitting and Walking Meditations through the morning.  A chance for spiritual healing, strengthening, and peace.  Brief instruction provided. Sign-ups appreciated for planning – sign-up sheets in Social Hall or email Pastor Jack at jfdonovan@bellsouth.net.


FUTURE WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES (10:00am and 7:00pm – your choice, as always): 

 (1) “Get Started with Mindfulness” 5 sessions -  likely start date April 3.   Topics:  Why Meditate; How to Meditate; Bringing It into Your Life (Work, Relationship, Self-Care), Deepening Your Practice.  I have 15 copies of the guidebook for sharing if you plan to participate – contact Pastor Jack at jfdonovan@bellsouth.netor see me at church.

(2) “21 Lessons for the 21st Century – the Summary” 8 sessions - likely start date May 15 on historian Yuval Noah Harari’s overview (80pp) of humankind’s greatest challenges.  (Full 318pp edition separately available.)


UUs HELPING UUs:   Need help or know a UUSPer who might?  Please notify Sue Price,  UUSP Care Committee chair: pricesue63@gmail.com; 727-290-9910.


UUSP SERMONS (printed or audio) are available on UUSP's website:   Go to www.uustpete.org, click the Spirituality tab, click Worship Services and Sermons. Scroll down the services and you will see"Sermons and Readings." For audio recordings, click on a Sunday Service and look for the sound icon   audio

For screen shots of examples, click the link:  Worship Service Online Enhancements


ABOUT THE UUSP LIBRARY READING ROOM:   Come take a look as it grows!  The focus of our Reading Room is UUism, UUs, and UU sources.  Our books are now being categorized under five areas: Unitarian Universalism, World Religions, Direct Experience, Prophetic People, and Humanism and Science.  We ask for contributions in these categories.  (You might want first to check what we already have.  Please see future bulletins for Pastor Jack’s book wish list.)  Thank you, UUSP Librarian Sarah Craig

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan




Gratitude and Generosity

Thank you to the following members and friends who have made a financial commitment to UU St. Pete for the next fiscal year 2019-2020:

  • Cynthia and Robert Alicea
  • Melissa and Courtney Allen
  • Barbara and Tom Archibald
  • Marilyn Barber
  • Christine Barker
  • Lise Beane
  • Delores Benjamin
  • Ruth Bentley
  • Sherry and Steve Benton
  • Mary Berglund
  • Tamera Boudreau
  • Andy Bragg
  • Jane Bunker and Mason Morfit
  • Susan and Paul Burnore
  • Jean and Denis Calandra
  • Sally Carville
  • Emily Chavie
  • Laurie Clement
  • Karen and Dave Coale
  • Sarah and Paul Craig
  • Margie Davis
  • Kelli DeGraw
  • Sulamita Donnolo
  • Suzanne Dudley
  • Jane and Kent Fanning
  • James Fitzgerald II
  • James Fitzgerald III
  • Tim Flaherty
  • Patricia Fling
  • Beth Fountain
  • Karen Frank and Reggie Craig
  • Ann and Brett Freistadt
  • Iain Goddard
  • Morgan Gresham and Michael Pohl
  • Kaitlin Hammersley and Peter   Fritsche
  • Barbara Hamann
  • Patti Hanks
  • Ellen Hays
  • Mary Neal and Barry Jones
  • Patti Kane-Wood
  • Michael Killoren and Randy Nolan
  • Molly Lopata
  • James Mack and Jon Arterton
  • Cheryl and Mark MacNeill
  • Keevy McAlavy and Marcile Powers
  • Linda Mangelsdorf
  • Gloria Marvin
  • Richard Miller
  • Bill Motter
  • Bud Murphy
  • Jill Oldenski
  • Marie Palena
  • Cynthia Patterson
  • Linda Paul
  • Sue Price
  • Kathleen Rehl
  • Bob Riddle
  • Deb Robinson
  • Amy Rodriguez and Will Tripoli
  • Robert Sanborn
  • Billy Sanford
  • Amy and Harry Sauers
  • Dani Skrzypek
  • Carol Ulmer
  • Sara Wallace
  • Joyce Wamboldt
  • Kevin Wamboldt
  • Rebecca Wilson
  • Sharon Winters
  • Sharon Wood


We are very grateful for your thoughtful and generous pledge to our spiritual home.


Make your pledge today! Visit the Annual Giving table in Gilmore Hall after the service and pick up a pledge form. If you are a Friend of the Congregation, please consider supporting UU St. Pete. We love having you with us and count on your support.


Share What You Have--We all are responsible for the health and well-being of our congregation. We ask you to consider an annual gift of 3 to 5% of your disposable income or budgeted expenses (the money you have to spend on your wants and needs after taxes). Join us in gratitude and generosity.


The Annual Giving Team

Courtney Allen
Patti Hanks
Michael Killoren
Linda Paul
Carol Ulmer

Contact: Carol Ulmer




Gilmour Books On The Go!

Buildings and Grounds is preparing for improvements in accessibility and circulation in our "old house." The first step is removing the books from Gilmour Hall. They will be placed in boxes on tables in Conway for 2 weeks for browsing and removal. You are welcome to attend future BnG meetings to be part of our current and long range planning.


Reach out to Sabine (beandex@aol.com) with any questions.

Contact: Sabine von Aulock




Final Appreciation Dinner at Hamburger Mary’s Tyrone

UUSP recently was the #1 faith house in attendance at Hamburger Mary's Drag Queen Bingo benefiting Celebrate Outreach.

These fun-filled fundraisers have enabled this group to serve over 15,000 meals per year to people in need. Due to the unfounded health scare at their sister restaurant in Ybor City, Hamburger Mary's Tyrone will be closing their doors at the end of the month.

Join Celebrate Outreach for dinner, to show some UU gratitude to Hamburger Mary's, Monday, March 25, 6pm. Please call to make a reservation: 727 851-9386.

 For more information, contact Sabine von Aulock

Contact: Sabine von Aulock




The Armor of Light Documentary & Community Conversation

6:30-8:30pm, Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Room MTJC141, Midtown Center, St. Petersburg College, 1300 22nd St. S. St. Petersburg

The Armor of Light follows an evangelical minister and the mother of Jordan Davis, a FL teenage shooting victim, who ask if is it possible to be both pro-gun and pro-life.  Following the screening, Rev. Kenny Irby and others will reflect on their own experience with gun violence and facilitate a conversation with participants.  The event is free, open to the public and co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Gun Safety Action Team & Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.  For more info, contact Sharon at swinters@tampabay.rr.com  

Contact: Sharon Winters




TO THINE OWN SELF BE TRUE: Four Sundays of Exploring Identity Through Art

Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 1:00pm

Four Expressive Arts Workshops (March 24, March 31, April 7, April 14) exploring identity through art - facilitated by Alisun Donovan




Keep St. Pete Lit Salon: Immigration at the border - UUSP March 28, 7pm

Please join us at the next Keep St Pete Lit Salon in Gilmour Hall to learn more about the reality of immigrants on our southern border, and participate in a discussion about language, culture, and actions needed.

Language at the Border with Ana Maria Vasquez: immigrant activist, storyteller and painter 

 March 28, 2019 - 7:00-8:30pm

Mural by French photographer JR

With a degree in Anthropology from Montpellier, France; and dedicated to Border Patrol Victims Network; Love Has No Borders; and Bridges Across Borders; Ana Maria will bring us: 

  • eye-witnessed accounts of living on the border
  • new language that tells us about emerging cultures and realities
  • a short text by Panamanian author Jorge Ventocilla about the annual relay race from Alaska to Chile in celebration of Abya Yala

Share in a discussion about how we can support positive action by the way we visualize and talk about our geographical and cultural realities.

A $10 donation goes to support Ana Maria and her immigration activist work.

If you would like to participate in additional group action, please contact the UU Church committee on Farmer and Immigrant Families.

With questions please contact Sabrina Dalla Valle at: winter.night.18@gmail.com or Paul Burnore at plburnore@gmail.com.




Voices United - Free Concert April 2


A Free Concert with The Alumni Singers, One City Chorus and Gibbs High’s Vox Nova

Tuesday, April 2, 2019     7:00 PM   FREE!

John Hopkins Middle School Auditorium - 701 16th St. South, St. Petersburg


     Three wonderful St. Petersburg choruses will join together in a multi-generational evening of song at John Hopkins Middle School on April 2nd at 7:00 PM. Featured will be Vox Nova, a jazz and contemporary vocal ensemble from Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School; the famed Alumni Singers of St. Pete, now in their 38th year; and St. Pete’s 130-voice One City Chorus. The 75-minute concert will include several of each group’s “greatest hits” – and it’s free and family-friendly. The Alumni Singers are led by Janice Hogans, the One City Chorus by Jon Arterton and Vox Nova by Matt Clear. The auditorium is located at 701 16th St. South. More information is available at 508-487-0477.




UUSP Passover Seder - April 20 at 6pm

April 20, 2019 at 6:00pm

All are welcomed–especially children!

A Seder (SAY-der) is a ceremonial meal celebrating the festival of Passover by retelling the story of the liberation of the Children of Israel from slavery in ancient Egypt.

A Unitarian Universalist Seder invites everyone to share this story to promote peace and freedom.

Please come to our Seder and enjoy the age-old story retold with ritual foods and matzah, good food, music and dancing.

Sign-up sheets are located on the piano in Gilmour Hall. Food and/or monetary donations are welcomed.

For more information, contact Linda Paul (lindapaulelem@gmail.com) or Barbara Archibald (archibaldmail@gmail.com)






It's time to get your tickets for the final UUs4U events, where all the money goes to UUSP and everyone has a great time.


Next Friday, March 29, 7 pm - Join Ellen Hays, Eliot Wessler and Sarah Craig for shuffleboard, free lessons (!), snacks and beverages.  This was so much fun last year - don't miss it!  $25 each


Friday, April 5, 5:30 pm - Cocktails, Conversation and Appetizer Buffet with hosts Sally Wallace and Sue Price at Sally's beautiful home in Allendale.  Perfect evening for grown-ups!

$40 each


Saturday, April 6, 6 pm til Sunday 10 am! - Men's Night In - Join hosts Paul Burnore and Tom Archibald for dinner, conversation, a Worst Joke Contest, a movie and nightcaps.  A stay-all-night-if-you-want event, with Sunday breakfast and heading to church the next morning.  New tattoos optional.  $40 each


Saturday, April 13, 2 pm - Ice Cream Garden Party - Sweet conversation while enjoying the gardens and homemade ice cream - what could be better?!  Join hosts Gay and Billy for a fun and tasty afternoon.  $15 each, $15 for couple/family.


Finally the Boat Trip plus Poolside Dinner on Saturday, April 27 - The boat is full, but we have room for 3-4 more people at dinner.  $30 each.  We'll have cocktails starting around 5 while the others are boating, then dinner for all at 7.  

Contact: Susan Burnore




Upcoming Inquirers Classes

As Pastor Jack says, “If you think we’d be good for you, or you’d be good for us” please join us at our next 2-part Inquirers Classes and learn about our Unitarian Universalist religious community. Classes will take place after Sunday service from noon to 1:30 on May 19 and June 2 in Conway Hall Middle Room. Contact Patti Hanks at pthanks1@gmail.com or sign up at the Welcome Table during coffee hour.

Contact: Patti Hanks






Smile UU - Amazon.com Rebates

Smile.  UU St Pete received $41 this month from Amazon!!

Shop local where possible, but if you use Amazon, you can get a rebate of 0.5% on your purchases donated to UU St. Pete at no cost to you. 

To do this:

  1. Log on to smile.amazon.com instead of amazon.com when you order
  2. Log on to your account (same logon for smile and the regular account)
  3. Your first time on smile you will designate our church and it will be automatic after thathttps://smile.amazon.com/ch/59-0895916
  • To designate our church, hover your mouse over the “account and lists” icon at top right corner. 
  • A dropdown menu will appear. 
  • Go down and click on “Your Amazon Smile”.  
  • Then, click on “change charity” at top right. 
  • On the new screen, at the bottom in the box under “pick your own charity” enter “St. Petersburg Unitarian” and search. 
  • Once you select St. Petersburg Unitarian Church, you will be donating to our general fund from then on.   

Contact Tom at archibaldmail@gmail.com

Contact: Tom Archibald





Fair Trade Coffee, Tea & Chocolate For Sale After Sunday Service

Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 11:30am

After our Sunday service, "Equal Exchange" Fair Traded Coffee, Tea and Chocolate will be available for your purchasing pleasure. These products are regularly available the 2nd & 4th Sundays of each month. (Dates may vary during the summer, holidays and special events.)

And remember, when you purchase the fair trade products that are available here, you are helping to support small farmers around the globe, you are helping the UUSC continue its commitment to their human rights, you are helping our church community to live our mission, and you are getting an excellent product at a fair price.

Contact: Karen Frank