UU St. Pete InfoNet: November 2, 2018

Fall Back - Daylight Savings Time Ends

FALL BACK and get an extra hour of sleep before coming to church. 

Despite the Florida legislature, Florida is still required to comply with the time adjustment laws of the Federal government.  So set your clocks back one hour on Saturday night, November 3.

This is also a great time of year to change the batteries in your Smoke and Carbon Dioxide Detectors.


See you at church, bright eyed (as always).



This Sunday's Worship Services

Sunday, November 4, 2018: "GOT FREE WILL? How Does Pedigree Influence Humanity?"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

Worship Associate:  Steven Benton

Each of us has a genealogy or ancestral heritage.  How do they influence who we each "turn out to be?"



RE Corner

Religious Education:  November 4

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

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 stories and activities about Sankofa recovering what we need from the past.

Rev. Karen Day, RE Family Minister is available to talk with you after the service or on Thursdays from 2pm -  5pm. Contact Karen at re@uustpete.org.

TEENS are hosting UU Youth from Clearwater and Tampa this afternoon from noon to four. They will share lunch, meditation and getting to know you games. Thanks to advisors Jeanay and Sabine for their preparation and time.

Contact: Karen Day



Care Committee Meeting

The Care Committee will meet in Conway Hall this Sunday, November 4, at 11:45am.

If you would like to become a member of this committee, please join us.  

If you have questions, please contact Sue Price

Contact: Sue Price



Announcements From Pastor Jack

WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES starting this Wednesday, November 7:  DREAMWORK WITH EBENEZER SCROOGE:  Six Wednesdays in November and December, 10:00am and 7:00pm.  Start or continue your dreamwork as a spiritual practiceOur basic text:  Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (one chapter per meeting: November 7, 14, & 28; December 5, 12, & 19.  Before Freud, Scrooge.  (“Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, wakes.” - Carl Gustav Jung)  Did you know Dickens was a Unitarian?  Can you see the Unitarian influence in the story of Ebenezer Scrooge?  Why is dreamwork a Unitarian practice?  How do you do it?  Who taught Scrooge?  Pastor Jack 


A WEEK FROM THIS SUNDAY, November 11, UUSP WILL WELCOME NEW MEMBERS DURING THE SERVICE.  Please come meet and welcome our new members!  If you have attended the Inquirers Classes and would like to sign the membership book, please see Patti Hanks at the Welcome Table after today’s service, and welcome home!


MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR LAURIE CLEMENT’S FATHER, JOHN CLEMENT – Saturday, November 17, 11:00 a.m. 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. 


INTERFAITH TAMPA BAY’S THANKSGIVING POTLUCK at UU St. Pete – Thursday November 15, 6:30-8:30pm - featuring storytellers from many religious traditions with their stories of gratitude and community.  To attend, please sign up at the piano in Gilmour Hall or tell Pastor Jack.  Guests are encouraged to bring a dish to share (serving 6-10?) as well as a tablecloth representing your family or community and your own plates, cups and utensils.  A collection will be taken for Interfaith Tampa Bay and UUSP.  Vegetarian dishes (no nuts) are encouraged.


“STORY TELLING FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE” - Friday, November 16, 8:15pm - featuring award-winning novelist & journalist Ana Menendez – at Temple Beth-El, 400 Pasadena Avenue South - a Leif Nissen Memorial Social Justice Lecture, supported by the Temple Beth-El Social Justice Action Committee & co-sponsored by UU St Pete, et al.  All are also welcome at the 7:30pm Shabbat service preceding the lecture.  Q/A with Ms. Menendez & dessert to follow.


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 in our 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 in Gilmour Hall, followed by coffee, tea, and sharing as time and spirit allow.  Ramp door open at 7:15am.  Pastor Jack


THURSDAY CITIZENS CAFÉ 12:00am – 1:00pm (another experiment at least through November) 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



UUSP Kayak Club

If you’re interested in the great outdoors, a little exercise and some adventure, you’re invited to join us on any of our Saturday morning excursions. Our group of interested members have already kayaked in a number of locations this year:  Honeymoon & Caladesi Islands in Dunedin, Ft DeSoto State Park, Weedon Island, Little Manatee River and Sarasota’s Lido Island. On Saturday, November 3, we’ll kayak around Boca Ciega Bay from John’s Pass. These excursions are for paddlers of all skill levels, including beginners. All of the locations we’ve embarked from have kayaks available to rent if you don’t own a kayak or canoe, and they are all within an hour’s drive from UUSP. Dolphins, manatees, ospreys and mangrove tunnels are included. There is no charge. Paul Burnore serves as the guide. 


If you’d like to join the UUSP Kayak Club and receive notifications of upcoming excursions, please contact Paul at plburnore@gmail.com.



UUSP Movie Discussion Group - Friday November 16: CRASH

The first get together of our new UUSP Movie Discussion Group is planned for Friday, November 16 at 6:30pm in Gilmour Hall. We’ll be watching Crash, a 2005 American film that won the Best Picture Oscar. It was produced, directed, and co-written by Paul Haggis and features an outstanding ensemble cast. The film examines racial and social tensions in Los Angeles where several characters’ stories interweave during two days in Los Angeles. Racism is explored with an impartial approach - rather than separating the characters into victims and offenders, victims of racism are often shown to be prejudiced themselves in different contexts and situations, and racist remarks and actions are often shown to stem from ignorance and misconception rather than malice. 


Additional information and a set of questions will be available before the viewing, in order to help us explore the themes of this movie, our own reactions, and how Crash may be even more relevant today than in 2005. Everyone is invited to bring their own snacks and beverages. Popcorn will definitely be available for all. After viewing the film together, we’ll have a short discussion about it. 


Please contact Paul Burnore at plburnore@gmail.com if you’d like to join us or to help out.

Contact: Paul Burnore



Exploring Human Sexuality (35 yrs old and above)

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



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)