UU St. Pete InfoNet: November 29, 2019

REMINDER: Sunday is Food Collection

Bring some food with you on Sunday, which our youngest members will collect during service. The food will be given to Twizere and his growing family. Please keep in mind that they eat a rather traditional diet of rice, beans, root vegetables and fresh fruit. They can also use cleaning supplies, laundry detergent and size 4 diapers. 

Thank you!

UU St Pete Migrant/Immigrant Families Social Justice Committee.


Contact: Karen Coale




This Sunday's Worship Services

Sunday, December 1, 2019: "YOU WERE A STRANGER IN THE LAND (And Maybe You Still Are a Little Strange?)"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

Worship Associate: John Motter

In our tradition and congregation, we are covenanted "to affirm and promote acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth."   Are there reasons?  Are there boundaries?  What commentary do the great wisdom traditions (religions, sciences, humanities, arts) offer on whether we should, and if so, how?  



RE Corner

Religious Education:  December 1, 2019


This month’s theme for Religious Education is Awe


Each week, the students will be knowledgeable in the theme of each month. December’s theme is Awe. This weeks lesson entails Love In Action. We are diving in this month by looking at the many ways our UU Faith invites us to become “people of awe”. To help get at that, our sessions are each built around the various ways we become to feel awe, or as we prefer to translate in our sessions, come to feel those goosebumps! For more information, contact uurefc@gmail.com.


Nursery care is provided in Conway Hall from 10:00 am - 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 10:40 am) 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 11:45 a.m.


If your 10-12th graders plan to attend High School level OWL (Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education), please fill out the survey in your email to help us pick dates that work for the group. Please understand that it may be impossible to find dates that work for every person, but we will do our best to find dates that work for most people. Don’t have the email? Contact the DRE using subject ‘OWL Survey Request’. 


Want to stay-in-the-know about what's going on in RE? Subscribe to the RE Newsletter. Text UUSPRE to 22828 and follow us on Instagram @UUSPRE! 


Thank you for your support!



Message from UUSP Board of Trustees

Proposed Transition to a Called or Settled Minister 

At its August meeting, the UUSP Board of Trustees unanimously approved a recommendation that the congregation consider calling Rev. Jack Donovan as its settled minister. A called or settled minister answers to the congregation and has more prestige than a contracted minister who serves at the pleasure of the Board. After five years of dedicated service, all Board members believe that Rev. Jack is deserving of a called status. However, it is in the hands of the congregation to make the decision. To learn more about this process and ask questions, please attend a Town Hall, Sunday December 1, in the sanctuary, immediately following worship service.

Existing Bylaws (click to review): UUSP Bylaws - 4/26/2016 


Proposed Changes in UUSP Bylaws

The Board of Trustees recently approved recommending two UUSP bylaw changes, which appear below. We will also answer questions about these proposed changes at the Town Hall meeting.

Article II.

Section 1. Meetings.

By action of the members, it is designated that, the Annual Meeting of the Church shall be held in the month of May.


Article II

Section 4. Voting Method.

Eligible members may vote by written proxy if unable to attend a meeting. Such proxy voters shall be counted in determining the existence of a quorum or on a motion to adjourn. All proxies must be in writing, in a form provided by the Church at least two weeks prior to the meeting at which they will be used.  All proxies must be signed and dated by the person who is giving the proxy, and must clearly indicate the person authorized to hold and vote the proxy.  Proxies must be provided to the Board clerk at least one week prior to the meeting. No person present may cast more than three proxy votes.  Only eligible voting members may give or hold a proxy. Proxies may be given in two forms: general proxy and specific proxy.  A general proxy authorizes the holder to vote at his/her discretion after listening to the arguments on specific issues.  A specific proxy must, using the form provided by the Church, direct the holder to vote a certain way on issues which are set on the written agenda for that meeting.   If the Board clerk is unable, in her or his individual discretion, to determine how a specific proxy directs the holder to vote, the proxy will be rejected.  In all cases, a call will be made for the proxy vote on each issue with these votes being added to the vote total.


Please bring your questions and feedback December 1.




Renew - Restore - Rejuvenate

Almost There! Help Close the Gap!

The goal is $27,000. Make your payment by check or by credit card through the GivePlus app.


For more information, click on Designation Form, or visit UUSP.org and select Giving>Donate Now.


Contributions to date by fund are as follows:

Renovation General                             $10,635
Landscaping                                          $7,300
Narthex, Tower, Lounge                        $2,450
Total                                                   $20,385


Special thanks to those who have contributed:

Barbara and Tom Archibald

Lise Beane

Sheryl and Stephen Benton

Susan and Paul Burnore

Denis Calandra

Sarah and Paul Craig

Carmina Day

Tracy Horn

Jeri Huempfner-Gatz and Sabine von Aulock

Rachelle and Richard Miller

Janet Mills

Michael Killoren and Randy Nolan

Amy and Lance Long

Cynthia Patterson

Harry and Amy Sauers

Carol Ulmer

Sara Wallace

Karen White and David Meeker, 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 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





Mingles is the new name for our series of fun events hosted by UUSP members and friends to raise funds for our budget while having a great time together.  You'll see that we already have a wonderful variety of events - and more are coming!   The hosts pick up the tab so you can support the church while having a great time.  Come join the fun! Tickets are on sale each Sunday after church.  Or you can contact Geneva Nelson.


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 35 lucky people at $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. OK to pay at door but please sign up at the Mingles table or contact Geneva Nelson.


Poetry Affair - Saturday, January 11, 7 pm   Hosted by Pat Fling - North St. Petersburg
Scrumptious, heavy hors d’oeuvres paired with wine and beer, and even better, paired with the sharing of your favorite poems. A lovely evening for the poet lover and the poet in you!  Maximum 10 people, $30 


Contact: Geneva Nelson



'Tis the Season for a Holiday Party!

Reverend Jack and Alisun will be hosting a Holiday Gathering at their home on Saturday, December 7, 4:00pm - 7:00pm. 

1104 12th Street North,
St. Petersburg 

For directions or info, contact Jack at jfdonovan@bellsouth.com or 352-327-6166.


Come as you are! Refreshments a'plenty!



Holiday Shopping: December 8

Looking for the perfect Christmas gift? Come find Sew Much Hope at coffee hour December 8th! Give a great gift and support local women refugees and create holiday spirit! Sew Much Hope make their bags here at UUSP the second Saturday of each month.


Sew Much Hope Project honors the inherent possibility inside each and every person.  Women who are refugees come to Sew Much Hope Project to learn how to sew and participate in a Co-op--making and selling beautiful, one-of-a-kind origami bags and necklaces. We help women refugees overcome challenges and hardships by providing a safe, community-focused environment where they can learn a new skill and earn supplemental income for their families. For everyone involved in Sew Much Hope Project, we strive to create opportunities for clients and volunteers to learn by crossing barriers that might otherwise prevent us from understanding and caring for each other.


Sew Much Hope Project began in October 2017, due in part to the generous spirit of the Unitarian Universalist Church of St. Petersburg. Thank you so much for believing in our mission and supporting our work by renting your church community facilities to SMHP at a rate that was accessible to our fledgling organization. We are eternally grateful to you, the congregation of UUCSP, and your church representatives.


Thank you, Courtney Erickson


Contacts: Marcile Powers, Keevy McAlavy



Stock Up On Food Selections

Stock up on your food selection for the holidays. Members, Marcile and Keevy will be selling their wares at coffee hour December 8.


Marcile Powers and Keevy McAlavy started Kenwood's Organic Produce to offer the healthiest and most ethically grown food to their family at the best price. They have handmade sauces, pickles, jams, marmalades, holiday breads, honey and produce from local farmers. You can also sign up for subscription boxes.


We would like to invite anyone from the UUSP community to attend a meeting December 4 5pm at Kenwood's Organic Produce to discuss how to bring fresh Florida produce to our local food deserts. We were just approved by Feeding Florida to take Fresh Access Bucks. This will double our customers food stamp budget when they buy from local farms. We want help getting the word out about the nutritional benefits of buying local produce from small ethical farms. 


Kenwood Organic Produce
3325 5th Ave N
St. Petersburg 33713


Contacts: Marcile Powers, Keevy McAlavy



Announcements From Pastor Jack

TO PARTICIPANTS IN THE FALL EXPRESSIVE ARTS WORKSHOP:  Dear Creative spirits, Your individual pieces of artwork from the workship - "Relish, Release, Reflect" - are now in a folder on the piano in Gilmour Social  Hall, ready for you to come pick up.  (Remember your name is on the Back).  Thanks for sharing your beautiful work.  Your Creative Team - Alisun, Cynthia, Jill.


THE WINTER WORKSHIP - "Into the Woods...in Winter" is scheduled for Sunday, January 12. Watch the December bulletins for information and sign-up dates.   Your Creative Team -  Alisun, Cynthia, Jill.


NEXT GREEN SANCTUARY DISCUSSIONS:  This Wednesday, December 4, 10:00am in Conway Hall, and next Sunday, December 8, 9:00am in the UUSP Library Room before the church service. This will be our final Green Sanctuary discussion for the time being, with practical planning and engagement to start in January.


NEXT SATURDAY - UUSP'S SATURDAY MORNING MEDITATION RETREAT, December 7, nine to noon, UUSP’s Gilmour Hall.  Come recover attention, clarity, and peace.  Pastor Jack




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


CITIZENS CAFÉ MOST THURSDAYS AT NOON!!!  in UUSP's gilmour Social Hall.  Join us (but let Pastor Jack know you'are planning to come, because our schedule is still erratic att this time of year)"  Discussion of the public issues of our times.  


UUSP COVENANT GROUPS – trusted circles for sharing about life.  Contact: Patti Hanks (pthanks1@gmail.com).


NAMETAGS FOR FREQUENT VISITORS:  If you come often and would like a permanent name tag, please email Dave Coale at dcoale628@icloud.com.  


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


NOTE FOR SNOWBIRDS: UUSP MEMBER IS RENTING A ROOM IN HER LOVELY ST PETE HOME, under 15 minute drive to UUSP.   Comfy bedroom and bath, use of large home including washer/dryer, jacuzzi, private yard.  Walk to park and small swimming beach on bay.   Best for dog people (very well-behaved greyhound in residence).  Discounts for stays over 30 days - 11/1 through 4/2020. Prefer female renter.   More info: JoAnn at 773.398.4403 JoAnn@JoAnnMil.com

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan



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