UU St. Pete InfoNet: November 16, 2018

This Sunday's Worship Services

Sunday, November 18, 2018: "TRANSCENDING MYSTERY, TRANSFORMING PROPHECY: On Influencing Your Ancestral Eagles and Turkeys"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

Worship Associate:  Sherry Benton

Aren't you sometimes amazed that humankind still exists, given how slowly - and often perversely - we mature and learn?  We inherit the wind from so many who have blown themselves and others to kingdom come - winners of Darwin Awards for cleansing the gene pool - servitude to killer eagles and gobbling turkeys, making evolution wonder if good taste can ever be served.  Are there not ways to influence the windy current of your ancestral lineage so you may soar?

The Covenant of Congregations in the Unitarian Universalist Association calls us to draw upon our direct experiences of transcending  mystery and the transforming influences of prophetic women and men.  So many treasures and heroes among the mysteries and prophecies from our personal ancestral lineages - and also so many handicaps and handicappers.  Can what influences us from our ancestral past be influenced by us to serve our still greater visions?




RE Corner

Religious Education: November 18

Nursery care is provided in Conway Hall from 10:15an - noon for infants through preschool by Laura.

Families begin in worship at 10:30am and school age children and youth will go to their groups after Time for All Ages. Our theme for this month is Memory so today we will focus on Remembering What Really Matters, with stories, meditation and crafts.

Rev. Karen Day, RE Family Minister is available to talk with you after the service or on Monday this week.. Contact Karen at re@uustpete.org.



Carol Benjamin is creating a wonderful fabric hand collage for our Religious Education space. If you are able to spend a bit of time doing a simple running stitch on a square we would be grateful. Contact Rev. Karen Day or see Carol Benjamin.


Contact: Karen Day




Parents' Covenant Group

Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 11:00am

Old, New, and Expecting Parents: Looking to connect with other parents in a small-group setting? Twice a month, the Parents' Covenant Group hits pause on our hectic family schedules and goes deep on parent-y and non-parent-y topics. Child care provided by request. Contact Michael Pohl or Morgan Gresham for more info.

Contacts: Michael Pohl, Morgan Gresham




UUSP Annual "Stone Soup" event this Sunday after Service

"Stone Soup" is sponsored by UU's Helping People, a subcommittee of the Social Justice Committee, dedicated to serving people in need in our community, often those facing homelessness. UU's Helping People sponsors the Friday Night picnic as well as financially supports homeless care providers in St. Petersburg. We are able to do this from our fundraising events such as the Pancake Breakfasts and our annual Stone Soup event.


How it works is people donate new, used, or thrift store found, soup bowls. On Sunday we display all the bowls for people to bid on. Bid winners are identified and then everybody is served a bowl of homemade vegetable soup for a hearty lunch in communion with our UU family. For further information, please contact Reggie Craig at 727.631.1031 or  regcraig@mindspring.com.

Contact: Reggie Craig




Announcements From Pastor Jack

MEMORIAL SERVICE TOMORROW (SATURDAY) FOR LAURIE CLEMENT’S FATHER, JOHN CLEMENT – Saturday, November 17, 11:00am. in the UUSP sanctuary.  Reception to follow.  John Clement was a leading member of UU St. Pete since 1965, serving the congregation in countless caring and sustaining capacities.  All are invited to attend in honor and celebration.


UUSP MONDAY EVENING MEDITATION (an experiment through November at least), 5:30-6:15pm.   Facilitator: long time meditator and yoga instructor, UUSP member Mimi Anzel.  (“A very peaceful end to the work day.”  Pastor Jack)


UUSP TUESDAY MEDITATION 11:45am-12:15pm November 27 in our Gilmour social hall. For instruction come a bit earlier.  Pastor Jack


UUSP TUESDAY BROWN BAG LUNCH 12:15-1:00 pm – in UUSP Gilmour social hall.


WEDNESDAY MORNING MEDITATION (another experiment, through November at least) 7:30am-8:00am. NO MEETING THIS WEEK.  Next meeting: November 28 in Gilmour Hall, followed by sharing as time and spirit allow.  Ramp door open at 7:15am.  Pastor Jack


WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES:  Dreamwork With Ebenezer Scrooge, 10:00am and 7:00pm, UUSP’s Conway Lounge.  NO MEETING THIS WEEK, THE DAY BEFORE THANKSGIVING!!! The Next Meeting Will Be:  Wednesday November 28, chapter (stave) 3 of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol: “The Second of the Three Spirits (Christmas Present)”.   Discussion Focus: Practicing dreamwork for personal discovery and spiritual growth, exploring Ebenezer’s dreams and our own   Quotes for discussion provided.


THURSDAY CITIZENS CAFÉ 12:00am – 1:00pm (another experiment at least through November).   NO MEETING THIS WEEK.  Next meeting: November 29  to chat about the news of the day – and perhaps write a politician or two (wi-fi, pens, paper, envelopes provided along with officials’ addresses).  Coffee/Tea provided; BYO Lunch if desired.  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.


AUDIOS OF UUSP SERMONS:   The Worship Committee as been working to making the Sunday experience accessible beyond attending the Service. Please visit UUSP's website, 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




Come One, Come All!

Let all those folks that would like to celebrate Thanksgiving with each other come to our annual UUSP Thanksgiving Dinner, Thursday, November 22 at 2pm in Gilmour Hall. It's a potluck affair, so brush off those traditional recipes, although you don't need to bring a dish to join in the festivities.


There are two sign up sheets on the piano in Gilmour Hall; one to help with the decorations the day before, and one to sign up for the dinner. Please note your name, email address, phone number, what you would like to tentatively bring and how many people will be attending with you.  We will verify the final list of food and the approximate number of people well in advance of the dinner.


As we mentioned you don't have to bring a dish to participate, but we do need to make sure we have enough food for all, so please sign the sheet if you want to attend.  If there are any questions please contact Kevin Wamboldt at kwam4181@gmail.com.


I am looking forward to seeing you all come Thanksgiving!

Thank you!

Contact: Kevin Wamboldt




A message from the Choir…

A number of gray hymnals seem to have disappeared over the years. Starting Sunday, the Choir will be accepting donations during coffee hour to replenish them. The books cost $35. Donors will have a dedicatory bookplate pasted into a book either “in memory of” a loved one who has passed, or “in honor of” someone – perhaps someone who’s done a lot for UUSP.

Please reach out to any of our choir members or Jon at jon@jonandjames.com.


Thank you!



Do you play an instrument?

If you do, our music director would love to know about it. Please email him at jon@jonandjames.com.





Exploring Human Sexuality

EXPLORING HUMAN SEXUALITY - a program (based on the UUA sexuality education curriculum Our Whole Lives) for adults over 35

On Sunday, November 18, 1:00 pm, a one-hour free information session describing the program will be presented at the UU Church of Tampa (11400 Morris Bridge Road, Tampa) by highly experienced trainers Betty Clark and Ron Hammerle (see attached brochure for credentials).  The workshops in the series will begin in January - the first two (on Sexual Attraction in Early and Developing Relations - $25 for package) are required for continued participation, after which you may choose from the seven workshops that are relevant to you (such as Sexuality and Social Values, Health, Aging, etc. - $10 each)..  For details, please see the attached brochure. For questions and registration, contact the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa. 813.988.8188 

Click the link below to see the informational flyer:
Exploring Human Sexuality Flyer

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan




Insects and Our Imagination Salon at UUSP

UUSP and Keep St Pete Lit have been partnering to present quarterly salons with fascinating topics involving language and the world. 

The next Salon is Tuesday, November 20 in Gilmour Hall from 7:30 - 9pm.

Let’s talk about how we as Floridians and language enthusiasts live with the insect world. 
How can their beauty and our anxiety create a personal evolution?

•    a lyrical presentation by Stephen Lindow
•    insights on local insects 
•    writing exercises that show your deeper connection with insects in your life
•    excerpts from William H Gass’ "Order of Insects" 
[It] was dead and upside down when it materialized… a soul so static and intense, so immortally arranged, I felt, while I lay shell-like in our bed, turned inside out, driving my mind away, it was the same as the dark soul of the world itself. — William H Gass

No charge but a donation is appreciated. 


If you have questions, please contact Sabrina Dalla Valle at winternight.18@gmail.com .




Smile UU - Amazon.com Rebates

Shop local where possible, but if you use Amazon, you can get a rebate of 0.5% on your purchases donated to UU St. Pete at no cost to you. 

To do this:

  1. Log on to smile.amazon.com instead of amazon.com when you order
  2. Log on to your account (same logon for smile and the regular account)
  3. Your first time on smile you will designate our church and it will be automatic after that.
  • To designate our church, hover your mouse over the “account and lists” icon at top right corner. 
  • A dropdown menu will appear. 
  • Go down and click on “Your Amazon Smile”.  
  • Then, click on “change charity” at top right. 
  • On the new screen, at the bottom in the box under “pick your own charity” enter “St. Petersburg Unitarian” and search. 
  • Once you select St. Petersburg Unitarian Church, you will be donating to our general fund from then on.   

Contact Tom at archibaldmail@gmail.com

Contact: Tom Archibald




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)



Save the Date: Roy Zimmerman In Concert

Friday, February 22, 2019 - 7:30pm 

Location: Sanctuary

Preparations begin at 6:00, concert begins at 7:30.

What can one person do about racism, gun violence, climate change, income inequality, bigotry, ignorance, war and greed? "Write funny songs," says Roy Zimmerman. Over twenty years on stages, screens and airwaves across America, Roy has brought the sting of satire to the struggle for Peace and Justice. The Los Angeles Times once said that "Zimmerman displays a lacerating wit and keen awareness of society's foibles that bring to mind a latter-day Tom Lehrer." His concerts bring laughter and encouragement to progressive-minded people who need a lot of both these days. "Sometimes I think satire is the most hopeful form of expression," says Roy, "because in calling out the world's absurdities and laughing in their face, I'm affirming the real possibility for change."  https://www.royzimmerman.com/


Contact Jon Arterton for information. jon@jonandjames.com