UU St. Pete InfoNet: May 3, 2019

This Sunday's Worship Services

Sunday, May 5, 2019: "INTERVENTIONS FROM THE SOURCE - The Divine Design for Our Posterity’s Profoundest Potentials"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

Worship Associate:  Sara Craig

What is expected from divine intervention that will influence the future and the fulfillment of our posterity’s potentials?  What do the religions expect, or the sciences, or you?



Food Collection This Sunday

The food collected by our youngest members during service will be given to Twizere and his growing family. Please keep in mind that they eat a rather traditional diet of rice, beans, root vegetables and fresh fruit. They can also cleaning supplies and laundry detergent. 

UU St Pete has been involved with this Congolese refugee family for the past three years. The father, Twizere, has a full time job but with pay in the $11 per hour range, they can use a helping hand. This week Ellen Hays and Karen Coale took the first grader and his soon-to-be kindergarten sister to his school for an ice cream social. Their grandmother also joined us. This weekend Dick Miller is taking the entire family to the zoo. Thank you for your generosity.

Contact: Karen Coale





Mops and Flops Returns Sunday, May 5

Mops and Flops returns Sunday, May 5th at noon after service.

Come to Church dressed in grungies and help spruce up our UUSP space.

Grab a refreshment and meet in Conway Hall for an assignment.

It's a long list but together we can make a huge difference!

Contact: Sabine von Aulock (beandex@aol.com or 973-768-3256)

Contact: Sabine von Aulock



Program Council Meeting

Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 12:00pm

Program Council Meeting, in Conway Middle 

Contact Steve Benton, steve@ideaedu.org



LGBTQ+ Task Force Meeting

Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 11:45am


1) Teaming up for the UUSP Pride Festival booth;

2) Team and theme for the UUSP June 23 Pride Sunday Worship Service;

3) Getting up to speed on the Welcoming Congregation Renewal process;

4) Discussion of scheduling a social event;

5) Scheduling the next meeting.

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan



Buildings & Grounds Committee meeting

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 5:30pm

(meeting on May 7, not 14, this month)
Want to make a difference you can see? Check out the ​Buildings & Grounds Committee!

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.  

We meet the 1st or 2nd Tuesday of each month from 5:30 – 7:00 PM in Conway MIddle.  Stop by and find out what we do!  Request copies of our Minutes be emailed to you.  For more info, please email us at uustpete.bg@gmail.com.

Contact: Sharon Winters




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

Contacts: Geneva Nelson, Sabine von Aulock, Reggie Craig







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




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






Keeping Track—A Message from the Finance Team

To keep our members informed and confirm our records, UU St. Pete will be sending out pledge statements quarterly at the end of each quarter. If you have any questions about your pledge payments, please contact Rebecca Wilson, Financial Secretary, at uustpete.fs@gmail.com or drop a note in the plate.


If you have changed your email or mailing address in the past year, please update your information in the online Directory. Go to UUSP.org and log in with your personal user name and password. Click on Directory, Profile, and Edit Profile. Save your changes. Add a photo while you’re at it so we know who you are!


UU St. Pete relies on the contributions of its members. Thank you to all who have contributed to their pledge during 2018-19. Your ongoing support of our congregation shows your commitment and love of our spiritual home.


Rebecca Wilson
Financial Secretary
uustpete.fs@gmail.com          `





Annual Giving Update

To date, the congregation has pledged a total of $189,600 toward next year’s operating budget goal of $200,000. We have a little over $10,000 to go.

Won’t you help?

Click on the link for a pledge form:  UUSP Financial Commitment 2018-2019

The Annual Giving Team





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



Facilities Planning – Update 3 May 2019

Over the past 5 months, we’ve assessed the needs of the congregation and the condition of our facilities, and developed a process to assess & prioritize potential buildings & grounds projects.

Based on that work, we developed a list of high priority projects for 2019-21 that was conceptually approved by the Board of Trustees in April.  Those projects include:

  • Major capital projects:  Conway stairwell/lift; kitchen remodel; "little house" refurbishment
  • Facilities master planning process (working with architect)
  • Deferred maintenance: sanctuary AC repair & replacement of two old Conway AC units
  • High visibility/low cost projects that will make our facilities more welcoming, attractive and functional:
    • landscaping & exterior signage
    • narthex/tower entrance/lounge (AKA bride’s room) refurbishment
    • Conway 2nd floor room refurbishment;
    • Conway 1st floor room refurbishment;
    • equipment & installation to support video projection, live streaming & taping in the sanctuary. 

We’re currently developing scope of work and estimated costs for the first three categories; they will require approval and funding to proceed.  We’re also developing detailed scope of work, design and estimated costs for some of the high visibility projects which we hope will be funded by individual donors – so we’re working with the Giving & Finance teams to develop a process and strategy.  Over the next two years, we hope to build engagement, enthusiasm and ownership in facilities planning efforts.

If you’re interested in working on a project team, contact Sharon Winters at swinters@tampabay.rr.com / 727.954.6024 or Randy Nolan at randallcnolan@gmail.com / 727.200.7020.  We’re currently forming project teams for the kitchen remodel, landscaping & signage, and sanctuary entrance projects. 

Want to learn more? Visit http://www.uustpete.org/documents to review details of our work to date… and we’ll be hosting town halls and programs, meeting with individuals and committees, and publishing updates.