UU St. Pete InfoNet: November 24, 2017

This Sunday's Worship Services

Guest Speakers: Kevin Wamboldt, Janeya Filzen, Willow Barner
Worship Leader: Susan Burnore

What and who are you grateful for? This holiday weekend service will lift up stories that celebrate the ways gratitude enriches our lives. Nic Filzen and Kevin Wamboldt will share stories that have increased their own thankfulness. 




RE Corner

Religious Education Sunday, November 26, 2017
Nursery age care is provided in Conway Hall beginning at 10:15am. NO RE CLASSES for children and youth.


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



Announcements From Pastor Jack

THANKS TO ALL who made Joan Barclay’s memorial service so special.  I doubt if Joan believed in universal salvation as an afterlife outcome (i.e., Universalism) – but she worked for it for all souls on earth.  And I think everyone who was there for all the story-sharing and food and support of her family and close friends got a sweet taste of her saving way.  Pastor Jack


WEDNESDAY DISCUSSION of Covenant With Black America Wednesday, November 29 at 10am and 7pm (your choice).  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 important book on December 13. Quotes for discussion provided.  Pastor Jack


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 or inform Care Committee chair Sue Price (pricesue63@gmail.com).   Thank you!


UUSP FALL MEDITATION RETREAT THIS COMING SATURDAY: Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 9:00am - 12:00pm, Gilmour Hall – a bit of time to practice drawing strength and staying on track in being and doing – while you breathe, sit, walk, eat, live.  Brief instruction on Zen, Mindfulness, and Contemplative forms of meditation (changing on the hour).  Refreshments provided.  For more information: Pastor Jack 352-327-6166; jfdonovan@bellsouth.net. 


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


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.


Contact: Rev. 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.





Postcard Signing -- DREAM Act

When President Trump rescinded the DACA Executive Order -- 800,000 young people were put at risk for deportation. Their parents brought them to the US as children, and they have grown up here. To protect these DREAMERs -- federal legislation needs to be passed, signed and implemented in 2017. 

Bills have been introduced by both political parties in both the US Senate and House of Representatives; but no bills have been scheduled for hearings – let alone votes. 

After service on Sunday we will have a table with stamped postcards and address labels for both FL Senators and the local House Representatives. Ask them to demand that hearings and votes for Dream Act legislation be scheduled for this calendar year. 

It will take you just a few minutes to write the cards -- but it is so important to add your voice to the national appeal for a permanent solution that provides a pathway to legal status for these young people.

Contact: Karen Coale




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

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





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