UU St. Pete InfoNet: March 8, 2018

Spring Forward this Saturday Evening!

Don't forget to set your clocks ahead one hour!

Check and Change those batteries in your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors!

Could this be the last time Florida will do this?




THIS SATURDAY MORNING!!! UUSP’s Spring Meditation Retreat

UUSP’s Spring Meditation Retreat, March 10, 9:00am – 12noon.   A morning of quiet for spiritual spring cleaning.  Brief meditation instruction provided, or follow your own practice, including sitting or walking by Mirror Lake.  All welcome. 

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan



This Sunday's Worship Services

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Sunday, March 11, 2018: "RESPONSIBILITY AND PERSONAL CULTIVATION #2: Is Culture For You or Against You? "
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

Worship Associate:  Sara Craig

You could say that our Inner Natures develop within Outer Nature through different stages of growth and responsibility.  At some point, it seems, a lot of us find a need to ask, Is (our) culture for us or against us?  National Womens' History Month has made that question hugely pressing, as has Black History Month and Pride Week and Labor Day.  Each of us, it seems, has reason to ask that question.  Perhaps Tina Fey's Bossypants has a response.  Perhaps Confucius' Great Communion or Thoreau's Walden or Exodus's Great Covenant.  Maybe Grow Gainesville's Melissa DeSa, the seed whisperer, has a response  Maybe we need to.




RE Corner

Religious Education - March 11, 2018

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


Today the primary group, “Glazing Flowers” led by Trish and Joe will continue to explore how Love Surrounds Us in peaceful ways. “Knights of Light” led by Natashia will work on service to our community and “Comrade Cool Cats” will explore earth-based religions.


RE Family Minister, Karen Day, is out of town for a memorial service today so RE Chair, Melissa Allen is available for questions. Karen’s office hours are Thursday afternoons, arrange an appointment at re@uustpete.org

Contact: Karen Day




Announcements From Pastor Jack

DONE THAT!  Congratulations and Thanks to the Wednesday explorers of Becoming Wise: An Inquiry Into the Mystery and Art of Living, by NPR journalist Krista Tippett.  Just listening to our diversity of voices responding to Krista Tippett’s diversity of voices seemed to expand wisdom.  Pastor Jack


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 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




Remaining VERY MERRY SPRING Tickets on Sales Sunday!

Only 5 events left!  Come to the sales table during Coffee Hour!


#5 - Wine, Appetizers, and a Little Poetry – 7 LEFT 

Friday, March 23, 7:00pm,   1201 86th Ave N, St. Pete  - Join host Pat Fling for delicious hearty appetizers and wine, with a fun reading of a few poems.  $25 each


# 8 - Final Four Watch Party – 4 TICKETS LEFT

Saturday, March 31, 5:30pm, 3018 82nd Way N - Come to Paul and Susan Burnore’s to watch the year’s best night of men’s college basketball.  A tasty buffet, drinks, plus a movie in the den or conversation on the patio if you’re not into hoops!    $25 each


#9 - Games, Puzzles and Supper – 2 TICKETS LEFT

Sunday, April 8th, 5:00 pm, 1909 Beach Dr. SE

Barbara and Tom Archibald challenge you to puzzles and games over Sunday night supper.  But any gambling winnings go to UUSP!  $20 each


#10 - Sunsets, Salads, Sangria and Sandcastles – 7 TICKETS LEFT

Saturday, April 14, 5:30pm     Melissa and Courtney Allen, Sabine von Aulock and Jeri Huempfner-Gatz invite you to a fun-filled evening at Pass-A-Grille Beach.  They provide salad fixings and sangria, Nature provides the sand and sunset.  You bring your plans for a sandcastle!    $44


#11 – The Grand Finale!  Sunday, April 22, 5:00-7:00pm 1338 Monticello Blvd. N

A Very Special Happy Hour 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 comradery in a lovely setting.   $40 each, NO LIMIT


Contact: Susan Burnore




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

Sunday, March 11, 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




Program Council Meeting

Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Location: Conway Middle Room

The first Program Council meeting of the year will be held Sunday, March 11, 2018, at noon in Conway Hall. Committee chairs, representatives, and other church members are invited to join us for this important meeting as we start coordinating church events for the year.

Contact: Morgan Gresham




FAST is FAST Approaching

Please join UUSP members for FAST Nehemiah Action, Monday, March 19, 7:00pm, at Tropicana Field.  At the Action, we will be asking our public officials to implement solutions that will create more affordable housing and fund programs in our schools that will help decrease misbehavior and make our schools safer for both students and teachers.  School Board Members, County and city officials will have been invited to attend to address our concerns. UUSP FAST members will be at the Welcome Corner in Gilmour Hall after service this Sunday to answer questions.  Free parking is available in lots 1,2, or 4 or gather at UUSP at 6:15pm for a shuttle ride.  To reserve a spot for free child care at Tropicana Field call the FAST office at (727) 823-9197. 

Thank you!

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




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




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