UU St. Pete InfoNet: November 17, 2017

This Sunday's Worship Services

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Sunday, November 19, 2017: "GIVING THANKS TO THOSE WHO AWAITED YOU WITH HOPE"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

Before you were delivered at birth, there were people of influence in your family life - and their influences may carry on in your life, still operative for good or not so good.  What do you know about them?  Were they hopeful for you or about you?  Should you be thankful regarding their expectations?  How might you interact with their influences for your spiritual growth?

 

 

RE Corner

Religious Education Sunday, November 19, 2017
Nursery age care is provided in Conway Hall beginning at 10:15am. Youth and Children will begin in the service and then proceed to their classrooms. Children in grades K-3 will meet in their room with Trish and Joe. Children in grades 4-6 will meet with Linda and Melissa. Youth will meet for a discussion with Rev. Karen Day in the youth room.

 

RE Volunteers
If you are interested in volunteering in the classroom with our wonderful children and youth, please contact Melissa Allen (melissa.m.allen@me.com).

 

UU St. Pete is Hiring!
We have immediate need for the following positions in our Religious Education (RE) program:

  • RE Instructor for Children (3-4 Sundays per month)
  • RE Instructor for Youth (3-4 Sundays per month)

 

For more info, please visit http://uustpete.org/re-jobs, or contact our search committee at hiring@uustpete.org, or touch bases with Morgan Gresham, Beate Hughes-Brown, or Linda Paul.

Contacts: Melissa Allen, Morgan Gresham, Beate Hughes-Brown, Linda Paul

 

 

Stone Soup this Sunday

A great event where you can clean out your closet AND contribute to UU's Helping People's homeless ministry.  Over the past few weeks, you've brought us your gently worn bowls, or seconds from a favorite potter or garage sale find. This Sunday, we will auction off the bowls and serve home made soup in our new treasures.  

You can still contribute bowls on Sunday, just reach out to Sabene and Reggie.

Contacts: Sabine von Aulock, Reggie Craig

 

 

Announcements From Pastor Jack

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

 

UUSP MEMBER AMANDA CONKLIN IS MOVING TO RALEIGH, N.C. and has lots of things to give away this weekend!  Times for pick-up:  This Saturday, November 18, 1-6pm and this Sunday, November 19, 1-4pm.  Items include: new large bedding, quilts, nice Xmas decorations & new small tree, a woven patio rug, CDs, foldup clothes rack, clothes, kitchen things, art supplies, coffee pot, microwave, fan, food, cans, drinks, cleaning supplies, dishes, glasses, pots, pans, large heavy sleeper couch (green/gray velvet-like Sealy mattress, good condition), new fold-up puppy play pen, new commode, 2 walkers, 2 canes, 1 new shower chair.  Pick up in So. Pasadena near Publix, 1144 Rue des Rois, Les Chateaux, 727-270-1163.  All has to be gone by this Sunday by 4 pm.

 

NO MEETING THIS WEDNESDAY for the Covenant With Black America discussion groups.  Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, November 29 at 10am and 7pm.  Reading will be chapters 4: Accountable Community-Centered Policing and chapter 5: Access to Affordable Neighborhoods and Opportunity.  We will complete our study of this book on December 13. Quotes for discussion 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 coming to the season of light and the community that gets you there -  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 fill out the survey insert in the Sunday bulletin or inform Care Committee chair Sue Price (pricesue63@gmail.com).   Thank you!

 

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.

 

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

 

 

Guest At Your Table Gives Life to Our UU Principles

Guest At Your Table is a vital part of the Unitarian-Universalist Service Committee. Funds donated through Guest At Your Table strengthen UU’s challenge to injustice throughout the world. This year, the program highlights the empowerment of refugees and displaced people, the most overlooked in humanitarian crises.

 

How do we participate in Guest At Your Table?  Place the box on your dinner table. Each time you, your family and friends enjoy a meal, add something from your wallet or purse to the box. After the New Year, our Religious Education youth will collect the boxes and envelopes, tally the contributions, and send it all to the UUSC. To celebrate UUSC’s 75th Anniversary, names of the top-contributing 75 congregations will be included in UUSC’s time capsule. 
 

We will be distributing boxes, announcements will be made regarding when they will be available.
 

Contact: Dolores Benjamin

 

We Need YOU to Take Action NOW!

Reflecting the nationwide support for the Dreamers, multiple bills have been introduced by congressional representatives from both political parties in both the Senate(S) and House of Representatives (HR). 

But no bills have been scheduled for hearings – let alone votes.

IN SOLIDARITY WITH DREAMERS -- we need your help now to make sure that federal legislation is passed in 2017 to protect them. In order for any bill to go into effect, it must be passed by both the Senate and the House and signed by the President. Then the Department of Homeland Security needs to develop implementation procedures. That is why it is imperative that hearings and votes get scheduled now.
 
Contact your Congressperson and both Florida Senators. Call, email or visit each of them. It takes just a few minutes, and is so easy to do. 
●    State your name and zip code. Calls and messages from outside their district are not counted.
●    Like most Americans you support Dreamers remaining in the country permanently
●    Ask them to demand that hearings and votes for Dream Act legislation be scheduled for this calendar year, and to support:   
        ○    A “clean” bill – one that is not tied to other immigration related issues such as funding the wall with Mexico or stripping current protections for unaccompanied minors from Central America. 
        ○    A bill that provides Dreamers legal status and a pathway to citizenship.

If the phone lines are blocked or voice mailbox is full, cut and paste the bullet points from above into their email templates on their websites!

Contact Information:
US House of Representatives from this area

Kathy Castor 
Visit website and complete template  http://castor.house.gov/contact/ 
Phone: (202) 225-3376  or  (813) 871-2817 

 

Charlie Christ 
Visit website and complete template   https://crist.house.gov/contact/ 
Phone: (202) 225-5961 or (888) 205-5569

 

US Senators for Florida
Bill Nelson 
Visit website and complete template  www.billnelson.senate.gov/contact-bill                                                  Phone: (202) 224-5274 or  (813) 225-7040

 

Marco Rubio 
Visit website and complete template   www.rubio.senate.gov
Phone: (866) 630-7106 or (202) 224-3041

LEGISLATION MUST BE PASSED AND SIGNED IN 2017 
We do not want hearings or passage of legislation postponed until early 2018, since some DACA recipients will begin to lose their protective status on March 5, 2018. At that time several will be subject to deportation to countries they did not grow up in.  

Contact: Karen Coale

 

 

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

 

Religious Education Job Opportunities at UU St. Pete

UU St. Pete is hiring! We have immediate need for the following positions in our Religious Education (RE) program:

Please visit the above links for details, or contact our search committee at hiring@uustpete.org.

 

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/.

 

 

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