UU St. Pete InfoNet: May 10, 2019

This Sunday's Worship Services

Sunday, May 12, 2019: "“TO FORM A MORE PERFECT COMMUNION - The People’s Plan for the Future’s Fulfillment” "
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

Worship Associate:  Sherry Benton

Is there any People of the Earth acting for the well-being of the next seven generations?  What would they be doing or not doing?  How many generations is our generation serving forward?



RE Corner

Religious Education: 

Each Sunday, new families are invited to visit the RE 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.

School age children and families start in service together. After “Time For All Ages” (roughly 10:30am) the children will go to their groups. Each week we 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.


PLEASE NOTE: No Youth Classes This Sunday May 12



Mothers Day Brunch

Sunday, May 12 after Service

Suggested Donation: $5 single, $15 for family

Tickets available now, just reach out to Geneva, Susan T. , Sabine, or Reggie

Benefits UUHP’s Direct Outreach Programs

Enjoy a delicious brunch of egg strata, bacon, fruit salad, juice and CHOCOLATE CHIP PANCAKES!!

Contacts: Geneva Nelson, Sabine von Aulock, Reggie Craig




Announcements From Pastor Jack

WITH SADNESS WE ANNOUNCE that our wonderful piano accompanist Teresa Ancaya is stepping down from the position of UUSP’s Pianist/Accompanist to have adequate time for her family.  We will miss you, Teresa.  You have shared with us your wonderful gifts of talent, inspiration, and personhood.  Thank you for these many blessings.  We look forward to your occasional returns to our piano when scheduling allows.  Pastor Jack


WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES:  21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari – starts this Wednesday May 15, 10:00am and 7:00pm, Conway Middle Room.  Five sessions on historian Harari’s overview of humankind’s greatest contemporary challenges.  Our primary text will be The Summary of Harari’s book - 80 pages by “In a Nutshell Publishing,” available on Amazon.  Pastor Jack


THURSDAY NOON CITIZENS CAFÉ!!!  in UUSP’s Gilmour Hall library.  We do not live by bread alone – sometimes there’s a beverage and conversation with friends. – and a chance to clarify, deepen, and advocate about issues of society that influence our lives and that we might influence.  Coffee and tea served.  Bring your lunch if you’d like.  Pastor Jack


MEMBERSHIP IN THE UUSP CHURCH COMMUNITY?  Interested in becoming a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of St. Petersburg?   Please attend our two Inquirers Classes, May 19 and June 2 (11:45ish to 1:15ish - snacks available).  The agenda: get to know lots of new folks, learn about the UU tradition, and get your questions answered about UUSP's hopes, plans, and programs.  If you feel we'd be good for you, or that you'd be good for us, please come.  Pastor Jack


“FEAR AND TREMBLING: THE FACE OF IMMIGRATION TODAY” - a presentation by journalist Sasha Abramsky, sponsored by the Lief Nissen Social Justice Lecture Series, supported by the Temple Beth-El Social Action Committee, in partnership with UU St. Pete and other St. Pete organizations.  Sunday, May 19, 4:30-7:00pm at Temple Beth-El, 400 Pasadena Avenue South, St. Petersburg. Free and open to the public.  A light supper to follow lecture.


NEXT “LGBTQ+ INTERESTS” PLANNING MEETING Sunday May 26 noonish after church in Conway Hall.  Topics: a UUSP booth at the St. Pete Pride Festival (June 23), UUSP Pride-oriented Sunday service planning (June 23), and programs planning.  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.


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


Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan




Concerned About the Treatment of Migrants at Our Border?

Do you ask yourself: What can I do? Each us has a VOICE and a VOTE, and now is the time to exercise our VOICES. 

If you contributed to the UUSC’s Guest at Your Table program earlier this year — you are already funding the work of the UUSC’s well vetted partners administering to these migrants during their northern trek and and at the border.

You can sign a petition at https://www.uusc.org/initiatives/sign-our-partner-petition-close-the-homestead-child-detention-center/ to demand the closing of the Homestead, FL child detention center. The UUSC and our denomination, the UUA, are co-sponsors of this effort. Add your name, add your voice. Just takes a few minutes.

Lastly join the local Mother's Day Rally to End Family Separation and Child Detention.  

Sunday, May 12   5:00-6:00 PM
South Straub Park
198 Bayshore Dr. NE.
St. Petersburg, Florida 33701

Join mothers and others to demand the immediate closure of the for-profit child detention center in Homestead, Florida, where over 2,200 children are being detained. The rally will include a silent vigil, a march along the St. Petersburg waterfront with signs, and folkloric dancers.

This non-partisan, family-friendly event is one of the nationwide rallies in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere organized by the Alliance for Family Reunification, and Military Families For Families.  It is co-sponsored by Immigrant Justice Now and MomsRising. Local organizers include: League of Women Voters, Pax Christi, Society of Friends and UU St Pete  


Contact: Karen Coale



Final FAST Assembly – May 13 

The final FAST assembly for the 2018-2019 season is at the Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, 1600 54th Street S, in St. Petersburg, May 13, 7:00 pm.  FAST has had a number of accomplishments this year. Fifteen million dollars was put into the 2021 budget by St. Petersburg’s government for Affordable Housing. FASTs pressure on this allotment was a critical part in getting Mayor Kriseman’s to support affordable housing for 2020. Progress continues to be made in encouraging the Pinellas school board to rely less on out of school suspensions. Finally, the chiefs of police of St. Petersburg and Clearwater will be attending the Assembly to listen to FST’s request to investigate instances of racial profiling.  

At this assembly there will also be time for each congregation to caucus with its members to present member contributions as part of our investment in the work of FAST..If you are able, please consider investing $200 or more. Otherwise, please contribute what you can. Bring your checkbooks, although credit card readers will be available for those who prefer to charge their investment. Each of us supports the work of FAST through our presence and our financial contributions. 

If you have any questions or need a ride, please contact Dave Coale, Pat Fling, or Carol Ulmer.  If you need assistance with mobility, please let us know as there are accessible accommodations available.

Thank you for your commitment to FAST as part of UU St. Pete’s commitment to help build a more just community.


Contacts: Dave Coale, Pat Fling, Carol Ulmer



May 19 is Music Sunday!

Following the Sunday Service on May 19, Jon will be leading a 20-30 minute discussion of our hymnals:  how and when they were created, how they’re organized and what all the other bits of information next to each hymn mean.




The Face of Immigration Today

Sunday, May 19:  4:30 - 7:00pm

Temple Beth El
400 Pasadena Ave South
St. Petersburg, FL 33707

Part of the Leif Nissen Social Justice Lecture Series

Born in England, Author/journalist Sasha Abramsky studied at Balliol College, Oxford, and at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City. Currently living in Sacramento, he teaches in the U.C. Davis writing program, while also a fellow at the NYC-based Demos think tank. Sasha's latest book, Jumping at Shadows, is a searing account of America's most dangerous epidemic: irrational fear. The book takes readers on a dramatic journey through a divided nation, where issues such as immigration, gun control and health care have become fodder for fearmongers and conspiracists. The book lays out today's political and cultural landscape and our misconceptions about risk and threats.


Check out the Flyer with more information:  Shasha Abramsky - Face of Immigration Today



Contact: Karen Coale



Heads-up from Buildings & Grounds:

As we start facilities projects, we’ll be deaccessioning a number of fixtures and furnishings to declutter and make way for the new.  Salvageable items will be placed near the Conway back door for one week before being donated or discarded, so check frequently if you’re interested.

We’re more frequently finding AC, fans and lights left on; this adds to our energy costs which have escalated dramatically in the past year.  Please turn off AC, etc., store equipment and put things back in place as you leave… it’ll be appreciated by all.




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