UU St. Pete InfoNet: March 30, 2018

This Sunday's Worship Services

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Sunday, April 1, 2018: "SACRIFICE, COMMUNITY, FULFILLMENT #1: Is There Time for Family?"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

Worship Associate:  Heather Jones



RE Corner

Religious Education - April 1, 2018

Nursery care will be provided until the service ends.


All children, youth and parents are invited to participate in our annual Easter egg hunt immediately after the service.


Parents, please meet us in Conway Hall when the worship service has ended to accompany your children in the hunt.


When school age children leave the service, they will spend time reflecting with RE Family Minister, Rev. Karen Day, on the meanings of Easter and Passover, along with their ties to earth based, Jewish and Christian roots.


If you would like to schedule a time to talk with Karen, email re@uustpete.org, her office hours are usually Thursday afternoons but other times can be arranged.


Contact: Karen Day


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



Food Collection This Sunday, April 1

On Sunday, our youngest members will collect food during the Offering. Your donations will be given to Twizere and his family of six. Please keep in mind that their dietary preferences are quite different than some of ours, so focus your donations on dried food such as rice and beans as well as citrus fruit, cabbage and sweet and white potatoes. However they could also use disposable diapers for toddler Tarek -- Size 6. Thank you!

Contact: Karen Coale



“And So It Goes….Unless…! (Last Week to get your Pledge in on Time!)

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.  


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


Pledges are due ​NEXT ​SUNDAY APRIL 8!  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 - ​1​ ​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 22nd, 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

EASTER - THIS SUNDAY!!! - will feature the traditional UU Flower Communion!  Please join in!!!  Bring a blossom or a few blossoms to church to place in the church vestibules or on the front tables in the Sanctuary. Later in the service we will redistribute the flowers a la communion, so everyone may take home a blossom and blessing from someone else.  Counting on you!  Thanks!   Pastor Jack


THE SEARCH FOR A NEW UUSP OFFICE ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT has started.  The position is currently half-time and pays about $15/hour.  At the least, the position requires graciousness, diligence, flexibility, and computer competence.  Applicants may get the job description from Pastor Jack by hand or email.  (Note: The UUSP Board established a “Nepotism” policy in 2014 holding that members are not to be employed by UUSP and relatives of members also are usually not to be employed by UUSP.)  Please see Pastor Jack if you have questions.


A COMMEMORATION OF THE ANNIVERSARY OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR’S ASSASSINATION APRIL 4, 1968 – Wednesday, April 4, 7:00 pm at the Palladium, 253 5th Avenue North, St. Pete - hosted by the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum in partnership with One City Chorus and Studio@620.  This is a Free event.


JERI’S RETIREMENT:   Jeri Huempfner-Gatz, is retiring as UUSP’s Administrative Assistant on Friday April 27 (though not from 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! 


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.


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);
  • 3rd Tuesday #2 (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



Thanks to the Flops and Mops Crew!

We have painted stalls in the men's restroom, cleaned and organized the nursery, weeded the ramp entrance, polished the balcony in the Sanctuary and assembled picnic tables in the playground.


And let's talk about RE land! We have painted doors to the restrooms, polyurethaned doors to the classrooms, detailed walls, windows, rugs and classrooms. Check it all out!


If you would like a project done before our next Flops & Mop, contact Sabine.


Contact: Sabine von Aulock




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




Art & Aesthetics Committee Meeting: Sunday, April 8

Sunday, April 8, 2018 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Location: Sanctuary

We had a great first meeting with 14 talented and motivated members, where we brainstormed creating an A&A committee. These ideas have continued during the last two weeks. The April 8 meeting will take full advantage of the ideas and feedback from members on a range of important items. We’ll discuss:

  • Structure of the committee - chairs, sub-chairs,  sub-committees, coordinating with other UUSP functions, and a meeting schedule. 
  • Programs and activities - top projects and programs to begin, and an estimated budget.
  • Ideas for policies and procedures 
  • Ideas for goals, mission and vision statements 

If you were unable to attend the first meeting but want to be involved, please join us.

Contact: Paul Burnore




CHIP: Medical Program for Needy Children

Both of our refugee families have had difficulty with their coverage. They really need some help understanding and working with DCF (Department of Families and Children).  Any advice would be most appreciated.  Please contact Karen with any suggestions.

Contact: Karen Coale



Three Year Plan Meeting

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 6:30pm

The next Three Year Plan Meeting is scheduled for April 3 at 6:30 pm. The team will discuss the results of the Congregational Survey (March 17-28) and how it helps with our Three Year Plan.

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

Thank you!

Contact: Jim Fitzgerald (jamfitz2nd@gmail.com)