UU St. Pete InfoNet: November 10, 2017

This Sunday's Worship Services

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Sunday, November 12, 2017: "A Place of Wholeness: Beginning Together (RE and YOUU)"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Melissa Allen
Worship Leader: Janeya Filzen

Join our children and youth for an RE Sunday experience as we celebrate our RE Program and discover how each member of our congregation is an important stone in our spiritual foundation. After the service, enjoy a fun activity in Gilmore Hall of painting actual stones to share out to the community at large. 

 

 

Share the Plate THIS Sunday

November 12 is Share the Plate Sunday — which means that one half of the non-pledge portion of the offering will be used to support one of this Church’s social justice projects. Though — it still feels like summer outside — both today’s and the December share the plates will help make  Christmas a bit merrier for the immigrant and refugee families that we support. Please be generous.  Thank you!

Contact: Karen Coale

 

 

Announcements From Pastor Jack

GREAT THANKS TO UUSP MEMBER PAULINA ALVAREZ for creating the Dia de los Muertos altar in Gilmour Hall.  It was beautiful and moving and a lovely inspiration for expressing appreciation for those people who have been special in our lives.  And the delicious tamales, hot chocolate, and sweet bread in themselves were a reminder of the goodness life provides.  (Thanks also to Paulina’s and Andree’s daughter Farah for helping her mom, and to Andree’s mom for helping Paulina and Farah.)

 

A MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR BELOVED UUSP MEMBER JOAN BARCLAY will be held on November 18 at 11:00am in our sanctuary, with refreshments to follow. 

 

THIS WEEK’S WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES November 15, 10am & 7pm (your choice) in the Conway Building lounge: Reading:  Chapter 3, Correcting the System of Unequal Justice, from Covenant With Black America (Ten Years Later edition), Tavis Smiley, editor.  Quotes for discussion will be provided.  Pastor Jack

 

UUSP FALL MEDITATION RETREAT: Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 9:00am - 12:00pm, Gilmour Hall - an opportunity to  find and reconnect with your life-enhancing center.  Brief instruction on Zen, Mindfulness, and Contemplative forms of meditation.  Refreshments provided.  For more information: Pastor Jack 352-327-6166; jfdonovan@bellsouth.net. 

 

PASTOR’S HOLIDAY PARTY:  Saturday December 9, 5-7pm.   Pastor Jack & Alisun request the blessing of your presence at their house to celebrate the coming of the season of light -  1104 12th St. N., phone 352-327-6166.

 

HELP THE UUSP CARE COMMITTEE HELP THE CONGREGATION.  Can you help with a meal, transportation, memorial receptions, caregiver respite, emergency child care or house maintenance, etc?    Please inform Care Committee chair Sue Price (pricesue63@gmail.com; 727-290-9910).   Thank you!

 

UU ST. PETE IS A UUA CERTIFIED “WELCOMING CONGREGATION.”  Several years ago we completed the process to be so recognized by the UU Association of Congregations.  In the near future, we will hold a refresher course of study to remind ourselves of the best practices for fulfilling Welcoming Congregation commitments.  In the meantime, on our Sunday bulletin and elsewhere, you will see the following words as a reminder:  UU St. Pete is a Welcoming Congregation, affirming and promoting the full human worth and dignity of every person regardless of class, gender, race, sexual orientation, ability, faith, or nationality.

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan

 

 

Parking Lot Update: November 10, 2017

We’ve made substantial progress on shaping the final agreement with Wannemacher Jensen Architects (WJA) for the purchase of parcel 1 of our parking lot, and the construction of a new, safer, and environmentally friendly parking lot for UUSP on parcels 2 and 3. The Board Negotiating Team and the Advisory Team went through WJA’s initial draft agreement in detail and came up with a number of relevant edits and questions. These were aggregated and summarized for our attorney, Chuck Hinton, who redrafted the agreements with our edits in legal language and sent them back to WJA’s attorney. We then received their second draft which we again analyzed and edited, and again reviewed in detail with Chuck Hinton. In our second redrafting, there were only a few issues left to be resolved. We are hopeful that we can work out the final details in the next couple weeks. 

 

Contact: Paul Burnore

 

 

25th Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading - November 11, 2017, USF St. Pete

UUSP member Paul Burnore will be discussing and signing his two recent books of poetry: Outside Gravity, published in 2015, about grief, loss, and coming to terms with life; and Love’s Orbit, published in 2016, about love, relationships, and the curiosities of life. You can read customer reviews on Amazon.

 

If you like browsing a wide range of books, discussions with authors, readings by well known authors, and food - the TBT Festival of Reading is for you. It’s held annually at the University of South Florida, 140 7th Ave South, St Pete, from 10am to 5pm. Find out more at:  http://www.tampabay.com/expos/festival-of-reading/

Contact: Paul Burnore

 

 

UUSP Celebrates Day of the Dead (Los Muertos de Dia)

“The flowers are for dead people to walk on and be happy,” explains Farah, 7 year old daughter of members Paulina and Andree Medina. She beams with pride showing off the colorful altar and large Catrina decorated by her school friends and their mothers under the vision and guidance of Paulina and UUSP Worship Committee. “We don’t mourn the dead," says Paulina, "We celebrate them with fun.” 

Informational signs explained the tradition of filling altars with favorite foods, photos, activities and mementos of the deceased. A tall fashionable Catrina stood in the corner. “She reminds us it doesn’t matter if you are wealthy or poor, well dressed or in rags,” says Paulina. “We all die and are equal in the end.” Church members were treated to homemade tamales, beans, Pan de Muerto (bread) and hot chocolate served by Kevin, Paulina, Andree and his mother Alejandra Monroy visiting from Queterero, MX. 

Church service highlights included a rousing choral number, “It Takes a Village” conducted by Nic Filzen, accompanied by Teresa Abcata, plus Pastor Jack sharing his mic as members acknowledged those deceased and missed.

 

 

UUSP 101 Class

Sunday, November 19, 2017 - 12:00pm

Brand new member of UUSP?

On Sunday, November 19, 12-1, Conway Middle Room, there is a one-hour UUSP 101 class which includes a walking tour of the building, a visit with church leadership and other relevant “how tos” - including how to log into the UUSP membership website portal. Join other new members and find out more about what’s happening around here!  

We’d love to share an hour with you! Light refreshments, of course!

Contact Patti Hanks, Heather Jones or Pastor Jack Donovan

 

 

Circus McGurkis: The Next Generation

A People's Fair

Celebrating Peace, Education, Diversity and Community Activism

November 11

10:00am - 4:00pm

2601 54th Ave South

Sponsored by the St. Peterburg Friends (Quakers)

Hosted by Lakewood United Church of Christ

Contact: Laurie Clement

 

 

Stone Soup - November 19: Save the Date

Here is an opportunity to clean out your closet AND contribute to UU's Helping People's homeless ministry. Between now and November 19, bring us your gently worn bowls, or seconds from a favorite potter or garage sale find. On November 19, we will auction off the bowls and serve home made soup in our new treasures.

Contacts: Sabine von Aulock, Reggie Craig

 

 

Temple Beth-El: Leif Nissen Social Justice Lecture Series

White Nationalism, Anti-Semitism and Neo-Fascism: Threats to US Democracy

Social Justice Shabbat & Lecture by Journalist, Scholar & Author Chip Berlet

  • Friday, November 17 @ 7:00 PM Shabbat service; 7:45 PM lecture and Q/A
  • Allendale United Methodist Church
  • 3803 Haines Rd N, St. Petersburg, FL 33703
  • FREE & Open to the Public
  • Dessert reception to follow lecture
  • For more info: Temple office (727) 347-6136

Contact: Karen Coale

 

 

FAST and UUSP Participation Update

FAST (Faith and Action for Strength Together) held its Annual Assembly Meeting last Monday evening (October 23). About seven hundred people from over 40 congregations gathered at Holy Family Church from all parts of the county. Most importantly, 18 UUSP members attended, and UUSP was officially recognized as a FAST Member.  At this meeting, the Assembly decided to continue working on increasing affordable housing and legislation for statewide civil citations for school age children rather than arresting them.  The new issue for this year will be a broader look at youth issues, and this was overwhelmingly approved. If you want to be active on one of these issues, you may want to join one of the three research committees (one for each issue). These committees will form on November 13. So if you want to know more, just reach out to Karen Day (540-357-5657) or Dave Coale (727-898-8038) before then. 

 At the very least, please mark your Calendar for the evening of April 30 for FAST Rally at Tropicana Field when FAST elected and appointed officials for specific steps to move forward on all three issues. 

Contacts: Dave Coale, Karen Day

 

 

UUSP FALL MEDITATION RETREAT

Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 9:00am

Our UUSP Meditation Retreat is an opportunity to move away for a short time from external distractions to find and reconnect with your life-enhancing center of peace, energy, and well-being - a time for finding thankfulness and new light.  The morning from nine to noon will be divided into three one-hour segments, each divided by the temple bell into 40 and 20 minute periods.  In each period you may sit in silence or walk in the hall or sanctuary or outside (perhaps, reflectively, around Mirror Lake).  The three segments will start with brief instruction on the slightly different but compatible practices of Zen, Mindfulness, and Contemplation.  Refreshments provided.  For more information, contact Pastor Jack at 352-327-6166 or jfdonovan@bellsouth.net. 

 

 

FLOWER POWER! 

OPEN DAYS FOR FLOWERS

Please consider signing up to bring flowers to brighten our services on the following days.  Look for the FLOWER POWER table in Gilmour Hall during coffee hour:

2017 - December 3rd, 17th and 24th

2018 - January 21st and 28th

And most of the rest of 2018.

It has been wonderful to have flowers on our podiums each Sunday. 

Flower arrangements (from a florist or from your garden) can be made in honor of or in memory of someone, and we will note this in the order of service. 

If you have any questions, please contact Jim Fitzgerald or Gay Breuler.  Thank you!

 

Contact: Gay Breuler

 

 

MINISTER'S WINTER HOLIDAY PARTY

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 5:00pm

UU St. Pete members, spouses, and friends - all are welcome to celebrate the coming of the season of coming light.  Holiday party at the home of Revs. Jack  & Alisun Donovan, 1104 12th Street North, 5:00-7:00pm.

 

 

Job Posting: Part-Time Interfaith Instructor for Youth

The Unitarian Universalist Church of St. Petersburg is seeking a part-time instructor for our Religious Education program for youth (middle and high school age students). The instructor will lead Sunday religious education classes using sessions from a provided curriculum. Sample youth-oriented curricula include:

The successful applicant will be able to make a strong connection with youth; have excellent presentation skills and creativity; demonstrate an understanding of non-creedal religious instruction; and be able to draw from a variety of faith- and science-based traditions.

Pay rate is $50 per class for three or four Sunday classes per month.

Submit cover letter, resumé, and references to hiring@uustpete.org. Candidate reviews will begin immediately. The position will remain open until filled. Candidates must pass a background check. For more information about UU St. Pete, please visit http://uustpete.org/.
 

 

 

Job Posting: Part-Time Interfaith Instructor for Children

The Unitarian Universalist Church of St. Petersburg is seeking a part-time instructor for our Religious Education program for children in grades 3 through 6. The instructor will lead Sunday religious education classes using sessions from a provided curriculum. Sample curricula include:

The successful applicant will be able to make a strong connection with children; have excellent presentation skills and creativity; demonstrate an understanding of non-creedal religious instruction; and be able to draw from a variety of faith- and science-based traditions.

Pay rate is $50 per class for three or four Sunday classes per month.

Submit cover letter, resumé, and references to hiring@uustpete.org. Candidate reviews will begin immediately. The position will remain open until filled. Candidates must pass a background check. For more information about UU St. Pete, please visit http://uustpete.org/.

 

 

Job Posting: Part-Time Religious Education Coordinator

The Unitarian Universalist Church of St. Petersburg is seeking a Part-Time Religious Education (RE) Coordinator to facilitate our religious education program for children and youth (ages 2-17).

Position Overview

The RE Coordinator is responsible for planning and implementing a growing religious education program for children and youth at the Unitarian Universalist St Petersburg Church (UUSP). The RE Coordinator will find tangible ways to translate the church’s values and goals into an engaging RE program.

The RE coordinator leads administrative and instructional support for the UUSP RE program. The RE program focuses primarily on Sunday morning classes and child care. The program is also involved in:

  • multi-generational services
  • summer camps
  • social justice initiatives
  • special events

The RE Coordinator guides RE instructors, child care workers, and volunteers. The Coordinator reports to the minister and collaborates with the Religious Education Committee.

Hours and Pay

15-20 hours per week during the church year, including Sundays from 10 am – 1 pm. Hours may vary during summer (June – August). Pay rate is $17.25/hour - $19.50/hr, depending on Religious Education Credentialing through the UUA (https://www.uua.org/careers/re/credentialing).

Required Skills

The successful applicant must be self-motivated; highly organized; have an understanding of Unitarian Universalist religious education; have strong written and oral communication skills; demonstrate an ability to work effectively with children/youth, instructors, church leadership, and parents; and have experience in a field related to education and/or administration.

Next Steps

Candidate reviews will begin immediately. The position will remain open until filled. Submit resumé, cover letter, and references to hiring@uustpete.org.

For more information about UU St. Pete, please visit http://uustpete.org.