UU St. Pete InfoNet: March 23, 2018

March For Our Lives, March 24, 2018

The St. Petersburg March is now at Poynter Park, 11am, Saturday, March 24, 1000 3rd Street South, St. Petersburg, just east of the Poynter Institute on 3rd St. South.  

UUSPers interested in marching together - congregate at the church at 10:00a so we can make a plan for walking and/or driving to the park and back.  Wear blue or orange - I think UUSP has both.  Vendors will be at the park.  More information:  http://www.facebook.com/PinellasMarchForOurLives.

Hope to see you there!


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

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan



This Sunday's Worship Services

Sunday, March 25, 2018: "To Dwell Together"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Karen Day
Worship Leader: Karen Day

Worship Associate:  Paul Craig


How we dwell together can transform us, or maybe it already has. We will dedicate babies and dance into possibilities and realities of dwelling together in our world today.



RE Corner

Religious Education - March 25, 2018

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

Today Linda Paul and Barbara Archibald will meet with “Glazing Flowers”(K-3) and “Knights of Light”(4-6th) to decorate Seder plates and dance in preparation for our Seder celebration on April 2. “Comrade Cool Cats”(Youth) led by Jeanay and Alex, will explore Earth based and indigenous religions.

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



Sunday is Share the Plate Sunday

Which means that one half of the non-pledge portion of the offering will be used to support one of this Church’s social justice projects.

Please be generous.

Thank you!

Contact: Karen Coale



Flops and Mops: Sunday, March 25, 2018

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

We'll enjoy a pancake breakfast and then put a dazzle on our physical plant.

We need painters, scrubbers, organizers, etc...

Bring a bucket to carry equipment.

Reach out to Sabine if you have questions.


Contact: Sabine von Aulock




Pancake Breakfast this Sunday

Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

Location: Gilmour Hall, Kitchen

Whether you're mopping, visiting or just being, please join UU's Helping People in their monthly Pancake Breakfast.

This month, no charge although any contribution toward our homeless ministry welcome.

Contact Sabine with any questions.

Contact: Sabine von Aulock



“And So It Goes….Unless…!”

The Pledge Campaign is underway NOW, and its time for you to make your financial commitment to UUSC for the next church year, which starts July 1, 2018, and goes through June 30, 2019.


We all know how important it is for the church to know what our financial resources will be as we work on the next budget.  It’s always hard having to compromise on our needs and wishes due to limited funds.  And so it goes…


Unless!  Unless everyone takes this opportunity seriously and does what they can.  We have the chance to have a “break-though” year if our long-time pledgers continue their ever-growing support and our newer pledgers step up to help.  Here’s a little data to consider:


  • Our pledges last year ranged from under $100 to over $8000.  
  • The average pledge was $1411.
  • We had close to 100% member participation in the pledge campaign, and we expect excellent pledge fulfillment.
  • Our total budget last year was $233,000.  Income from pledges was budgeted at $166,000. The balance is mainly made up from rentals, summer RE camp fees, offering plate collection, and funds from our endowment.
  • Some areas of concern in the budget: not meeting UUA recommended levels for staff compensation; not paying our fair share of UUA dues; not fully funding needed maintenance expenses.  
  • All these areas, and others, could be at least partly addressed with a break-through year if every member pledges and amounts average $1500.  People with greater resources supplement those with smaller, of course, but everyone can help!


Packets of information are available at the Pledge Table during coffee hour each Sunday.


Pledges are due SUNDAY APRIL 8th!  Put your pledge card in the box on the Pledge Table, or mail it in, or email our wonderful Financial Secretary, Barbara Archibald, at archibaldmail@gmail.com.  Thank you in advance for making this a Break-Through Year!


The Pledge Team

Contact: Susan Burnore




Two Very Merry Spring Events left!

Two Very Merry Spring Events left!

Two events in April still have tickets available, so don’t miss your chance!  100% of the ticket price goes to our Social Justice projects, and all the events offer the chance for us to get to know one another and have a great time.


Sunsets, Salads, Sangria and Sandcastles - 5 tickets left

Saturday, April 14, 5:30pm at Pass-a-Grille Beach, $44 each

Join hosts Melissa and Courtney Allen, Sabine van Aulock, and Jeri Huempfner-Gatz on the beach for a fun-filled evening.  They provide salad fixings and sangria, Nature provides the sand and sunset.  You bring your plans for a sandcastle!


A Very Special Happy Hour - unlimited

Sunday, April 22, 5-7pm, 1338 Monticello Blvd. N, $40 each

Hosts Sally Wallace and Sue Price welcome you to a beautiful evening at Sally’s home in Allendale.  The kind of party we all love - delicious food, your favorite drinks, and warm camaraderie in a lovely setting.


For tickets, come to the Pledge Table during Coffee Hour, or email SusanBurnore@gmail.com.  Join in the fun!

Contact: Susan Burnore




Announcements From Pastor Jack

CORRECTION FROM LAST WEEK’S ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT JERI’S RETIREMENT DATE:   Jeri Huempfner-Gatz, UUSP’s Administrative Assistant, is actually retiring as of Friday April 27, not May 27.  April 27 will be her last work day in the office, though not in the life of the congregation!  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 UUSP OFFICE ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT is being started up by the Minister, Personnel Committee, and Board. We are updating the job description and will follow that with publication of the job opening and with interviews. In the meantime, Jack can distribute the current job description and the application form to interested parties. The position is currently about half-time and currently pays about $15/hour. At the least, the position requires graciousness, diligence, flexibility, and computer competence.  


EASTER (NEXT!!!) 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 a la communion, so everyone may take home a blossom from someone else in the congregation. (Notice how close the word blossom is to blessing?) Counting on you!  Thanks, Pastor Jack


OUR UPCOMING WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDY starts April 11, 10am and 7pm:  Our focus will be The Third Reconstruction: How A Moral Movement Is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear, by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II.  Our Study 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 eight 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




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

Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 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




Thank You, Grazie Mille, Merci Beaucoup 

To Susan Burnore and the wonderful team that put on our recent FUNd Raiser for Social Justice. What a fun night and such generous results for Social Justice -- $3,500! We also want to extend our thanks to those have volunteered to host events as well as those who purchased tickets. 

Your generosity to the hardworking needy in St. Pete and our brave refugee families is heartwarming. In these challenging times, your support does make a difference and enables us to give them a helping hand. It also affirms this congregation’s commitment to our greater community and the work of your Social Justice Committee.

On behalf of the entire Social Justice Committee, we want to let you know how deeply we appreciate both the financial and emotional support for the work we do. 


Contacts: Karen Coale, Reggie Craig



Can some BUNNY help?

We are seeking donations to help fill our plastic eggs (candy, small toys, stuffed animals) for the Easter Egg Hunt after Sunday Service on April 1.

A bin to receive donations will be available outside the nursery on Sunday, March 25, 2018.


Contact Morgan with any questions

Contact: Morgan Gresham




Easter Egg Hunt

Sunday, April 1, 2018 - 11:30am

Kids, bring your Easter baskets! Adult egg hunters welcome too!


Our annual Easter Egg Hunt will begin at 11:45am on Sunday, April 1. Participants (and their adult chaperones!) need to gather 5 minutes beforehand. We will meet at 11:45am in front of the Conway Building's door to the RE Classes (by the nursery). This pre-event huddle is necessary for check-in, ground rules, et cetera. Allergies: be advised that some of the plastic eggs contain chocolate, nut, or wheat gluten ingredients. It is the responsibility of parents to supervise their students at all times during the activity! 


We will gladly accept donations to help fill our plastic eggs (candy, small toys, stuffed animals). A bin to receive donations will be available outside the nursery.


If you are over 18, and interested in hiding eggs beforehand, please contact Morgan Gresham.

Contact: Morgan Gresham





The Three Year Plan team has launched a UUSP Congregational Survey in order to gather demographic information and some details about your experience at UUSP. There are only 5 days left before the survey closes on March 28. So far we have only 10 people who’ve taken the survey.  It only takes 10 minutes. Survey results will guide us in making certain we provide the supportive, nurturing religious environment and programs that help us grow. 


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.


Contacts: Morgan Gresham, 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




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