UU St. Pete InfoNet: May 11, 2018

This Sunday's Worship Services

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Sunday, May 13, 2018: "AFTER YOU’RE GONE #2: Will You Be Missed?"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

Worship Associate:  Steve Benton

 

 

RE Corner

Religious Education - May 13, 2018

Nursery care is provided by Laura and Marisa in Conway Hall from 10:15am - noon.

 

“Glazing Flowers” (K-3rd) will be telling “The Everything Seed” with activities from Love Will Guide Us led by Trish and Joe.

 

“Knights of Light” (4th-7th) led by Natashia, will continue activities to create peace in the neighborhood.

 

“Comrade Cool Cats” (8th-12th) Led by Jeanay will be planning an earth based celebration that honors the feminine divine.

 

ALL GROUPS are collecting clothing for Clothes to Kids. (see announcement)

 

Rev. Karen Day, RE Family Minister, is available for conversation on Thursdays from 2pm - 5pm. re@uustpete.org

 

Contact: Karen Day

 

 

Clothes to Kids!

Please bring items for our drive for Clothes to Kids May 13 and May 20.

 

Last Sunday our kids visited Clothes to Kids and we were all inspired to donate so they can continue to offer FREE clothing to children who need it.

 

Please bring: unopened new packs of underwear or socks in all sizes; new or gently used children’s clothes sizes 4-16, shoes children’s size 9 to adult. THANKS!

 

Contact: Karen Day

 

 

Announcements From Pastor Jack

JOIN UU ST. PETE THIS MONDAY FOR THE POOR PEOPLE’S CAMPAIGN IN TALLAHASSEE, organized by Moral Mondays founder Rev. Dr. William Barber and colleagues.  This Monday, May 14, at 2:00pm, thousands will be protesting at over 30 state capitals regarding the impoverishing and oppressive state of justice and equal rights in the United States.  The protest in Tallahassee will be held at the Florida Historic Capitol Museum, 400 S. Monroe Street, Tallahassee.  If UUSPers are interested, let Pastor Jack, Rev. Karen, or Dave Coale know and we’ll get everyone in touch for rides as best we can.  Some protesters will engage in non-violent civil disobedience (NVCD).  If you want to join in NVCD, you must be in Tallahassee for training from 9:30am to 12noon Monday morning.  The rally starts at 2:00pm. The web address for more background is www.PoorPeoplesCampaign.org.   Pastor Jack

 

WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES – BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: one last session on The Third Reconstruction - this Wednesday, May 16, 10am and 7pm (your choice of time):  Further discussion of the Appendix Rev. Dr. William J. Barber’s “14 Steps Forward Together” in The Third Reconstruction: How A Moral Movement Is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear.  What opportunities do Barber’s ideas provide you, me, and UUSP?   What are our tools for deconstructing injustice and reconstructing a more perfect fusion?   Not too late to join the discussion!  All welcome.  Discussion quotes provided.  Meetings in UUSP’s Conway Hall.  Pastor Jack

 

OUR NEXT UUSP WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES:  A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism by Forrest Church and John Buehrens – starting Wednesday June 6, with seven sessions through July 25 (skipping July 4th) covering the six sources of the Unitarian Universalist tradition.  Pastor Jack

 

ART, CONSCIENCE, AND MARKETING: Investigating Red (A Presentation of Keep St. Pete Lit(erate) ­– co-sponsored by UU St. Pete).  This Thursday, May 17, 7:30pm in Gilmour Hall.  How can an artist’s conscience improve marketing strategies?   To explore that strangely and widely applicable question, art historian Dr. Clotilde Roth-Meyer Berry gives a slide show of religious satire paintings by Jehan-Georges Vibert, and engages salon participants in a reading of Vibert’s creative dialogue with his conscience, written to lure buyers to the social margins of his work.  Vibert was a 19th century French academic painter and multi-genre writer.  He promoted the sales of his work by inventing dialogues with his own conscience and writing theatrical plays about the scenes in his paintings.  Americans were his biggest fans and collectors.  Dr. Berry is an independent art historian of wide accomplishment   In 2015, Dr. Berry received a Guest Scholar fellowship from the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles where she researched French painter Jehan-Georges Vibert (1840-1902), published in the Getty Research Journal (Vol. 9, 2017).  

 

SAVE THE DATE!!!  Saturday, June 2 - UU St Pete will host a potluck (5:30pm) and public presentation (7:00pm) for the Tibetan monks of Drepung Gomang Monastery in India, traveling on a Sacred Arts Tour for global peace. 

Info: Pastor Jack; Florida CraftArt director Katie Deits (UUSP member).

 

NEW IN THESE PARTS?  Come learn more about Unitarian Universalism and about joining our UU St. Pete congregation.  Our next two Inquirers’ Gatherings are on Sundays, May 27 and June 3 at 11:45am after church service. 

If you feel we could be good for you or you could be good for us, we hope you’ll join us.   Sign up at the Welcome Table in Gilmour Hall.  Questions?  Contact Pastor Jack (jfdonovan@bellsouth.net) or Membership chair Patti (pthanks1@gmail.com).

 

HELP UUSP BUILD A UU-CENTERED LIBRARY in our Library Reading Room off Gilmour Hall.  By UU-Centered, we mean books about us – about Unitarianism, Universalism, UUism, UU people, UU influenced people, UU influenced books, and UU-influencing books. See the bulletin boards for our growing booklist and please add to it.  And then decide what book you can contribute or pay for (name label in your honor inside the cover).

Examples for this week?

  • The Epic of Unitarianism (David Parke, 1984),
  •  American Universalism (George Hunston Williams, 1983)
  •  A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism (Forrest Church & John Buehrens, 1996
  •  Myths of Time and History (Alice Blair Wesley, 1989)
  •  Universalists and Unitarians in America, A People’s History (John Buehrens;)
  • Anthology of World Religions (Robert Van Voorst, 2011)
  • The Perennial Philosophy (Aldous Huxley, 1945)
  • The World Religions (Huston Smith, 1991)
  • A History of God (Karen Armstrong, 1993)
  • Turning Point: Essays on a New Unitarian Universalism (Frederick Muir)
  • Drawing Down the Moon: Paganism in America (Margo Adler)
  • Origin of Species, Charles Darwin, 1859
  • Frankenstein (Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley).

 

Please see Sarah Craig or Pastor Jack to make contributions.

 

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.

 

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan

 

 

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

Sunday, May 13, 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

 

 

Want To Make A Difference You Can See in 2018?

Check out the ​Buildings & Grounds Committee!  

Next Meeting: Tuesday - May 15,  5:30pm - 7pm - Church Office

Whether you don’t know which end of a screwdriver to use or you can build a home from scratch, B&G is looking for YOU!  We have various projects you can enjoy like (1) helping to find and coordinate the best contractors or (2) getting your hands dirty outside on the grounds, or handyman jobs – light painting, electrical, carpentry, etc.  (Yes, that should probably be “handyperson” but we can only carry PC so far.)

Stop by and find out what we do!  Request copies of our Minutes be emailed to you.  Join in and brag to your friends about things like a new bookshelf you helped install (provided it stays up, of course …).  Anyway, come on by and find out more!  Fame, glory, fun and more can be yours!

For more info, please email us at uustpete.bg@gmail.com.

Contacts: Reggie Craig, Tom Archibald

 

 

Keep St. Pete Lit(erate) Salon

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 7:30pm

ART, CONSCIENCE, AND MARKETING: Investigating Red (A Presentation of Keep St. Pete Lit(erate) ­– co-sponsored by UU St. Pete).  How can an artist’s conscience improve marketing strategies? Art historian, Dr. Clotilde Roth-Meyer Berry, gives a slide show of religious satire paintings by Jehan-Georges Vibert, and engages salon participants in a reading of his creative dialogue with his conscience, written to lure buyers to the social margins of his work. Simple exercises will also be shared to engage reflection on the signature of our own conscience.  Vibert was a 19th century French academic painter and multi-genre writer.  He promoted the sales of his work by inventing dialogues with his own conscience and writing theatrical plays about the scenes in his paintings.  Americans were his biggest fans and collectors.  Dr. Berry is an independent art historian of wide accomplishment   In 2015, Dr. Berry received a Guest Scholar fellowship from the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles where she researched French painter Jehan-Georges Vibert (1840-1902), published in the Getty Research Journal (Vol. 9, 2017).  

 

Summer Blessings!

Join us on May 20, 5-7pm, for “Summer Blessings” an INTERGENERATIONAL Circle Worship and Supper.

 

All ages are invited as we will in Gilmour Hall to gather to kickoff a joyful and peaceful time of relaxation and reflection. We will make chalices to take home, worship with song, meditation and reflection, then share a simple supper of soup, salad and bread.

 

For more info or to RSVP -  Contact: Karen Day or Morgan Gresham

Contacts: Karen Day, Morgan Gresham

 

Arts & Aesthetics Committee Meeting

Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 12:00pm

Arts and Aesthetics Committee will be meeting to discuss current and

upcoming projects. 

Contact: Rain Turner

 

 

 

 

 

One City Chorus We Are One - Free Concert

A concert to benefit the family of Louis Blanco

Luis Blanco was recently deported back to Mexico after working and living peacefully in Plant City for twenty years, leaving his family of seven behind.

 

WHEN:  May 18, 2018

WHAT TIME:  7pm

WHERE: Allendale Unitied Methodist Church, 3803 Haines Rd, St. Peterburg

 

FREE!

 

A GOODWILL OFFERING WILL BE TAKEN WITH ALL PROCEEDS GOING TO THE BLANCO FAMILY

 

www.OneCityChorus.org

 

Contact: Laurie Clement

 

 

California, Here They Come!

California, Here They Come!

Our much-loved music director Nic Filzen and much-loved Communications Coordinator Janeya Filzen are moving to California where Nic will intern as a UU minister.  The choir is sponsoring a California-themed Pot Luck Lunch on Sunday, May 27, to send them on their way with full tummies.

 

It would be nice to give them a little more than full tummies as they head west.  If you would like to contribute something, please place your cash or check (payable to Nic or Janeya Filzen) in the container labeled "California or Bust" on the piano in Gilmour Hall.  The container​ will be out, along with a card for everyone to sign, on May 13, 20 and 27.

 

Please bring your pot luck dish to Gilmour before church on May 27.  You can send Anne Hall (annehall@aol.com) a quick email or reach out to her at church, letting her know what you would like to bring or if you have questions. 

 

Come join the fun and say "Happy Trails" to Nic and Janeya!

 

Contact: Anne Hall

 

 

 

Social Justice Interest Fair for Newbies and Nearly Newbies

Are you New or Nearly New?

Are you interested in looking into one of our social justice ministries?

Please join members of these committees to learn about their work and volunteer opportunities.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Conway Hall

Contact: Sabine von Aulock

 

 

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)