UU St. Pete InfoNet: May 17, 2019

This Sunday's Worship Services

Sunday, May 19, 2019: "Music Sunday"
Time: 10:30am

Speaker:  Jon Arterton

The UUSP Choir, the UUSP Bell Ringers, Teresa Ancaya and Jon Arterton will be participating in this Sunday’s Service. You can of course expect to hear lots of music. You’ll also hear Jon share his thoughts about the power of music to move us, comfort us, energize us, and heal us. And there’s a “bonus track!” Fifteen minutes after the service Jon will give a brief talk about 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.




RE Corner

Religious Education

Nursery care is provided in Conway Hall from 10:15-noon for infants through preschool by Laura Beard and a volunteer assistant.


Our families and children are invited to sit in the reserved pews in the front (right side of the sanctuary). Our families plus their school-age children and youth (K-12th grade) will start in service together. After “Time For All Ages” (roughly 10:30am) the children and youth will go to their groups. Each week we will have stories and activities to strengthen our UU identity. Children will be returned to their parents in coffee hour at 11:45.


Any questions? Contact re@uustpete.org.




Announcements From Pastor Jack

THIS SUNDAY AFTER THE SERVICE:  Interested in becoming a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of St. Petersburg?   Please attend our two Inquirers Classes, May 19 (THIS SUNDAY) and June 2 (11:45ish to 1:15ish - snacks available – Conway Hall).  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


GRATITUDE TO ALL who helped convince our Florida legislature representatives to let three anti-science bills (requiring equal attention to “controversial views” – e.g.; creation by intelligent design, climate change denial, etc.) die in committee this past week (as reported by the National Center for Science Education).


WEDNESDAY 8:00-8:30 A.M. MEDITATION:  Start the day with the sparkle and breeze coming into Gilmour Hall from Mirror Lake.  Pastor Jack


WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES, May 22, 10:00am and 7:00pm: Part 2 (The Political Challenge), chapters 5-9, of 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari. Quotes provided for discussion.  All welcome.  Conway Middle Room.  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


“FEAR AND TREMBLING: THE FACE OF IMMIGRATION TODAY” - a presentation by journalist Sasha Abramsky THIS SUNDAY, May 19, 4:30-7:00pm at Temple Beth-El, 400 Pasadena Avenue South, St. Petersburg.  Free and open to the public, 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.  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




UUSP Kayak Outing: Weedon Island

Saturday, May 18
Weedon Island

The post-Spring weather on Saturday, May 18 will be sunny and nice, excellent for kayaking at the Weedon Island Preserve (http://weedonislandpreserve.org). The temperature will be about 74F at 9:00 am, with winds 6-12mph and the tide in flow about 1.2’ and going to 2.3’ at high tide at 12:00 noon. In other words, just about perfect. Remember to bring sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, insect repellant, a whistle, water and UU humor. 


Weedon Island Preserve is located a couple miles north of UUSP, just off of Gandy Blvd before the Gandy Bridge to Tampa. The Weedon Island Preserve is a 3,190 acre natural area situated along the western shore of Tampa Bay, and located on 1800 Weedon Drive NE. St. Petersburg. It is home to a variety of native wildlife. If you’re interested in getting out in nature, getting some fresh air and exercise, and paddling around islands and through mangrove tunnels, please join us. 


Let’s meet at Sweetwater Kayak Rental at 1800 Weedon Drive at 8:30-8:45am so that we can embark at 9:00am, before it gets hot. Either bring your own kayak or rent one there. 


Sweetwater Kayak Rental
1800 Weedon Drive NE
St Pete


Contact: Paul Burnore




Buildings and Grounds Meeting

Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 12:30pm

Building and Grounds will hold a "Design Kickoff Meeting" for the UUSP Landscaping project noon, after coffee hour on Sunday 5/19 in the 2nd floor Conway RE room.


Contact Kaitlin Hammersley




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




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





LGBTQ+ Interests Group

Sunday, May 26, 2019 - 12:00pm

Our Agenda:

1) Up-date and discussion on UUSP booth at Pride Festival, Sunday June 23.

2) Up-date and discussion on UUSP Sunday Worship Service June 23.

3) Discussion of getting started with UUSP's UUA Welcoming Congregation Renewal process.

4) Discussion and possible scheduling of social and educational programs and events.

All are welcome,

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan - email jfdonovan@bellsouth.net





Worship Committee Meetings

Are you interested in helping with Worship services?  Our Worship Committee meets every first Tuesday of the month, and all are welcome.  The next meeting will be Tuesday, June 4, at 5:30pm in the church office.  (Enter from the Arlington Ave. gate.)  Please let chair Susan Burnore (SusanBurnore@gmail.com) know if you're interested.  Hope to see you there!

Contact: Susan Burnore





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.