UU St. Pete InfoNet: November 15, 2019

Leif Nissen Social Justice Lecture Series


Friday, November 15, 2019 at 7:30pm
Temple Beth-El
400 Pasadena Ave So. St Pete

UU St. Pete is one of a number co-sponsors.   We’re all invited.

Michael Mann is an American climatologist and geophysicist, currently the Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science and Meteorology and Director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University.

Shabbat service at 7:30pm followed by lecture and Q/A at 8:15pm. The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are requested to help with seating and food planning, but are not required (temple office: 727.347.6136). Dessert reception follows.






Flea Market at UUSP!

The Flea Market will be Saturday, November 16 from 9:00am - 2:00pm. Please come and join us for refreshments while you shop for some treasures.

Contact: Sue Price



Cafe & Bake Sale at the Flea Market

The UUSP Flea Market on Saturday, November 16, will include a bake sale and "cafe" selling snacks and drinks, as well as baked goods for people to enjoy over Thanksgiving.


Are you a baker or cook?  If you would like to create and donate something for the sale or cafe, please contact Linda Paul at lindapaulelem@gmail.com.  Thanks!


Contact: Linda Paul



This Sunday's Worship Services

Sunday, November 17, 2019: " JUSTICE, EQUITY, COMPASSION: Experiments and Experiences"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan
Worship Associate: Sarah Craig

The current covenant statement of our Unitarian Universalist Association holds that we should affirm and promote justice, equity, and compassion in human relations.  Should we?  What's your experience with them?  What have you tried?   How has it worked out?  These are some questions for our lives and times.



RE Corner

Religious Education:  November 17, 2019


This month’s theme for RE is Attention. 


Each week, the students will be knowledgeable in the theme of each month. November’s theme is Attention. This weeks lesson entails Attention to the Now (Mindfulness). Each month, our youth will explore and learn about other faiths that flow with UU to enable and expand their own perspective. For more information about the themed curriculum, contact uurefc@gmail.com.


Nursery care is provided in Conway Hall from 10:00am - 12pm for infants through preschool by Laura and volunteer assistant. 


Family Seating for service: On the front, right side of the sanctuary, the first two rows are labeled and reserved for families with children. After “Time For All Ages/StoryTime” (roughly 10:40am) the children are then guided upstairs by Ms. Jeanay, Ms. Trish and Mr. Joe to RE. Children and youth are returned to their parents in coffee hour at 11:45am.


Want to stay-in-the-know about what's going on in RE? Subscribe to the RE Newsletter. Text UUSPRE to 22828 and you will be added!


Thank you for your support.



Announcements From Pastor Jack

UUSP WILL WELCOME NEW MEMBERS AT THIS SUNDAY’S SERVICE, November 17.  Please join in the welcoming.


WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES DISCUSSIONS:  This Wednesday, November 20, 10:00am or 7:00 pm (your choice): Discussion of the “World Scientists’ Declaration of Climate Emergency” and UUSP’s options for environmental justice and safety.  Conway Middle Room.


UUSP MEDITATION RETREAT – Saturday morning, December 7, nine to noon, UUSP’s Gilmour Hall.  Come recover attention, clarity, and peace..   Pastor Jack


EVERY TUESDAY MEDITATION (11:45am – brief instruction provided) and BROWN BAG LUNCH (12:15pm – checking in with friends), in UUSP Gilmour social hall.  


EVERY WEDNESDAY MORNING MEDITATION every Wednesday, 8:00-8:30 a.m.  Drop in, find your zone, go live your best day.


CITIZENS CAFÉ MOST THURSDAYS AT NOON!!!  in UUSP’s Gilmour Social Hall.  Join us (but let Pastor Jack know you’re planning to come, because our schedule is still erratic at this time of year)!  Discussions of the public issues of our times (jfdonovan@bellsouth.net).


UUSP COVENANT GROUPS – trusted circles for sharing about life.  Learn more: Patti Hanks (pthanks1@gmail.com) or Pastor Jack.


COMMUNITY TALK:    ON NON-VIOLENT CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE by George Lakey, recently retired Swarthmore professor and esteemed Quaker peace activist.  Tuesday, November 19, 6-9:30 pm at the St. Pete Friends Meetinghouse, 130 19th Avenue South.  $15 suggested donation.  Register with Susan Wade at swade3231@gmail.com or 727-821-5048


UUs HELPING UUs:   Need help or know a UUSPer who might?  Please notify Sue Price,  UUSP Care Committee chair: pricesue63@gmail.com


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



Renew - Restore - Rejuvenate

Thank you!!

Thanks to the responsiveness and generosity of several of our members, UUSP has raised over 60% of the $27,000 required to complete the landscape renovation and refurbishment of the Narthex and Tower.


Be part of the excitement of bringing these projects to fruition! We want to give everyone an opportunity to participate in these initial projects and make them happen. As we welcome people to our home by creating a welcoming and hospitable environment, help welcome all to our spiritual home by making a contribution today.


Make your payment by check or by credit card through the GivePlus app. For more information, click on Designation Form Designation Form

or visit UUSP.org and select Giving>Donate Now.


Contributions to date by fund are as follows:

Renovation General                  $8,560

Landscaping                             $7,100

Narthex                                       $100

Total                                      $15,760


Special thanks to those who have contributed:


Barbara and Tom Archibald

Lise Beane

Sherry and Steve Benton

Susan and Paul Burnore

Denis Calandra

Sarah and Paul Craig

Michael Killoren and Randy Nolan

Cynthia Patterson

Carol Ulmer

Sara Wallace

Karen White, in memory of Joan Marie White

Sharon Winters

Contacts: Michael Killoren, Cynthia Patterson, Carol Ulmer, 3R Giving Team


Want More Details on the Renovation Projects?
Click on Project Renovations    Project Renovations

or visit UUSP.org>Get Involved>Committees<Building & Grounds; scroll down to Documents and click on the download link for Power Point Slides: 3R Project Descriptions. If you have any questions about the projects, contact:

Sharon Winters  swinters@tampabay.rr.com

Michael Killoren  mkillorendc@gmail.com



Stone Soup Sunday

Stone Soup is UUSP's annual event supporting the work and outreach of UU's Helping People homeless ministry.

During November, we will collect pottery bowls (could be gently used or from your favorite St. Pete potter).  Please leave them in kitchen, labeled "Stone Soup."

On November 24 there will be a sneak preview prior to the Service, and a silent auction following the Service. Auction winners will then enjoy hearty soup in their newly acquired bowl. Proceeds support the Friday Night Picnic, serving ~80 people in need every week of the year. They also will enable financial support of local service providers e.g., St. Petersburg Free Clinic, Women's Shelter, DayStar and Celebrate Outreach's Tiny Homes for Homeless Veterans Project.



UUSP's Annual Thanksgiving Dinner

Come one come all!!

All are welcome to join your fellow parishioners in UU of St Pete's Annual Thanksgiving Dinner!

Turkey and ham will be provided with participants bringing the sides and dessert. We had a fantastic time last year and we're expecting even more guests this year. Sign up sheets will be on the piano in Gilmour Hall. If you don't want to bring a dish to the dinner, please still sign up to come. All are welcome!! Bring a guest or two.

Dinner is at 2pm on Thanksgiving Day November 28.  Please come a little early to enjoy the fine company and conversation. My Mother, Joy, will be decorating Gilmour Hall for the dinner the day before and wouldn't mind a hand.  If you have the time to help, please add your name to the sign up sheet for that event, which will be on the piano also.

If you have questions, please contact Kevin Wamboldt at 727-452-6818 or email kwam4181@gmail.com.

Looking forward to seeing everyone there!!

Contact: Kevin Wamboldt




We've had two successful Mingles events so far, already adding over $500 to our UUSP coffers.  Thank you to Geneva Nelson, and Jean and Denis Calandra for their generosity and wonderful hosting talents!


There are three events for the rest of 2019, so please sign up soon.  You can sign up at the table during Coffee Hour, or contact Susan Burnore at SusanBurnore@gmail.com or 770-480-0200 to reserve your spot.  Let's Flamingle!


Dazzling Treasure Island Boat Parade and Party– Friday, December 13, 6 - 9pm - Treasure Island

Dick and Rachelle’s backyard provides the perfect place to watch the decorated boats go by!  Enjoy the area’s best holiday boat parade PLUS a wonderful buffet meal PLUS all your favorite beverages.  This will definitely get us all in the holiday spirit!  Maximum 30 lucky people! 

$35 each


Holiday Party – Sunday, December 29: 4 - 7pm     Hosted by Paul and Susan Burnore - St. Petersburg 

Everyone’s invited (pay as you can) to enjoy a relaxed afternoon of good food and great friends.  And maybe a holiday movie!  

Suggested donation - $5 to $20 each.  All UUSP friends and family welcome.  


“Hope, Love and Courage” Concert and Reception   Saturday, November. 23:  7:30pm, UUSP 

Join our own Jon Arterton and James Mack, founders of the One City Chorus, for some of their favorite songs, accompanied by Aaron Cassette.  Followed by a reception with lots of goodies in Gilmour Hall. Wine will be available for a donation.    $20 in advance, $25 at the door.


Contacts: Geneva Nelson, Susan Burnore