UU St. Pete InfoNet: November 30, 2018

This Sunday's Worship Services

Sunday, December 2, 2018: "WHAT'S A PARENT TO DO? A Hanukkah Guide to Christmas"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

Worship Associate: Susan Burnore

December, the season of awaiting new light that there might be new life, raises  the question of the influence of parenting.  What are the end purposes of parenting a human soul?  What are the means?  What influence do parents have?  Why do so many comic strips feature kids trying to figure out parents or parents trying to figure out kids?  What's to figure?  Perhaps Hanukkah can show the light to Christmas.



RE Corner

Religious Education: December 2

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

Families begin in worship at 10:30am then school age children and youth will go to their groups after Time for All Ages. Our new theme for this month is Mystery so today we will hear stories of the mysteries of Tonantzin/Our Lady of Guadalupe and Hanukkah then reflect on courage and hope. Next week please join us for an all ages worship.

Rev. Karen Day, RE Family Minister will be in the office Thursday afternoon. Contact Karen at re@uustpete.org.

Contact: Karen Day



Food Collection This Sunday, December 2

This collection is for one of the Congolese families that we are supporting: Twizere, his wife Mariam, her mother Elizabeth and their three young children; Jibu (7), Sifa (4) and Joseph (20 months).

Keep in mind that their dietary preferences may differ from ours. Rice is a major staple as are all kinds of dried beans. Since we deliver the food right after service -- you may include some produce such as small red potatoes, cabbage, large root vegetables, bananas and oranges.

They also need cleaning products such as dish soap solutions like Lysol, Mr. Clean and laundry detergent.

Bring an item to service with you on Sunday, and our children will collect them during the service.




Contact: Karen Coale




Announcements From Pastor Jack

THIS SATURDAY: THE UU CHURCH OF CLEARWATER INVITES UU ST PETE to attend a UUC fundraiser featuring One City Chorus Saturday, December 1, 7:30pm – receptions before and after – 2470 Nursery Road, Clearwater, tickets $20 at the door.  More details posted on our bulletin boards.  FYI, our music director, Jon Arterton, is the founder and director of One City Chorus.  It's a great (in size and quality) chorus as its many concerts in St. Pete have proved.


THIS SUNDAY, December 2, THE EXPRESSIVE ARTS WORKSHOP “Art Outside the Box” 1:00-4:00 pm in Gilmour Social Hall. This workshop is full, but look for more opportunities in the future.  Expressively, Alisun D. and Cynthia A.


THIS WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES:  Dreamwork With Ebenezer Scrooge – Wednesday, December 5, 10:00am and 7:00pm, UUSP’s Conway Lounge. chapter (stave) 4 of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol: “The Last of the Spirits (Christmas Future)”.   Discussion Focus: Practicing dreamwork for personal discovery and spiritual growth, exploring Ebenezer’s dreams and our own   Quotes for discussion provided.


NEXT SATURDAY, PASTOR’S ANNUAL SEASON OF LIGHT PARTY, December 8, 5:00-7:00 p.m.  At Revs. Jack & Alisun Donovan’s house, 1104 12th Street North (Euclid-St. Paul neighborhood).  Bring family and friends as you wish, to celebrate Bodhi Day, Hanukkah, Solstice, Christmas, and UU St Pete.


UU PLAY READING GROUP next Sunday December 9 and Sunday December 16, 6:30-8:30pm: Gilmour Hall:  JOYCE CAROL OATES’ THE PASSION OF HENRY DAVID THOREAU.  Oates describes the script as: “a dream play, yet for the most part realistically portrayed…my vision of HD THOREAU is that of the quintessential artist who creates a pure art out of the heterogeneous materials of his or her life—the “passion” of genius which is as mysterious as any phenomenon in nature.”  Available in Oates’ NEW PLAYS (1998) ISBN:0865380902 (pbk.)  NEWCOMERS WELCOME: CONTACT Jean or Denis Calandra (calandra@usf.edu.).


UPCOMING WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES: “Pagan and Earth-Centered Voices in Unitarian Universalism” starting January 9 (with pp. 1-20) - usual times of 10am or 7pm (your choice).  This is the first book in a UUA study series (with books of Buddhist, Jewish, Christian, and Humanist UU Voices to be explored through 2019).


UUSP MONDAYS - EVENING MEDITATION, 5:30-6:15pm.  Facilitator: long time meditator and yoga instructor, UUSP member Mimi Anzel.


UUSP TUESDAYS - MEDITATION 11:45am-12:15pm December 4 in our Gilmour Social Hall. For instruction come a bit earlier.  Pastor Jack


UUSP TUESDAYS - BROWN BAG LUNCH 12:15-1:00 pm – December 4 in UUSP Gilmour Social Hall.


UUSP WEDNESDAYS - MORNING MEDITATION 7:30am-8:00am.  Next meeting: December 5, Gilmour Hall, followed by sharing as time and spirit allow.  Ramp door open at 7:15am.  Pastor Jack


UUSP THURSDAYS - CITIZENS CAFÉ, 12:00am – 1:00pm in UUSP’s Gilmour Hall to chat about the news of the day for camaraderie and clarity’s sake – 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


UUUs HELPING UUs:   Need help or know a UUSPer who might?  Please notify Sue Price, UUSP Care Committee chair:  pricesue63@gmail.com


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



FAST (Faith and Action for Strength Together)

This year’s FAST Research Kick-Off begins our year of work on the issues we voted on at the Annual Assembly. The three committees at work will be Affordable Housing, Youth Suspensions and Arrests, and Criminal Justice Concerns.


The Kick-Off is at the First Baptist Church of St. Petersburg, 1900 Gandy Blvd No, St. Petersburg 33702 at 6:45pm on Monday, December 3. 

If you are interested in seeing more Social Justice for these three issues or have questions about FAST, please call Dave Coale, Pat Fling, Carol Ulmer, or Karen Day. 

Contacts: Dave Coale, Karen Day, Pat Fling, Carol Ulmer



Renew, Renovate and Repair

Building and Grounds committee is looking for help. We meet Tuesday, December 3 at 5:30 – 7pm in Conway Hall.


Our major projects include remodeling the kitchen, restoring the courtyard, installing a new stairway with lift to Conway’s second floor, finishing a new ADA accessible bathroom, and building new patio area. You are also encouraged to join our volunteers. There is always more to do and we can use your ideas and efforts.  Come join us.


Reggie Craig regcraig@mindspring.com or Tom Archibald archibaldmail@gmail.com  




Parents' Group Check-in / Potluck

Sunday, December 2, 2018 - 5:30pm

Old, New, and Expecting Parents: Looking to connect with other parents in a small-group setting? This Sunday, December 2, at 5:30pm, the Parents' Covenant Group has its monthly check-in and potluck in Gilmour Hall at church. Touch bases with other parents and share a small dish. Child care provided by request. Contact Michael Pohl or Morgan Gresham for more info.

Contacts: Michael Pohl, Morgan Gresham



Snowbird Covenant Group

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 2:00am

Snowbird Covenant group meets the first Wednesday of each week 

Contact: Ellen Hayes



December 7 - InfoNet

Please make sure you email all your submissions for our website, newsfeed and InfoNet to the "pubs@uustpete.org" email address. 

Kelli will be going out of town for a few weeks and may not have access to forward any articles that come directly to her email.  

We want to make sure you are heard and your word gets out!!


Thank you!!



"Still No Room in the Inn" - 29th Annual Christmas Caroling

Friday, December 7, 6:30pm UUSP, playground meeting place

"Still No Room in the Inn" - 29th annual Christmas Caroling in support of people experiencing homelessness.

Join members of UUSP and Celebrate Outreach in caroling at local shelters and the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Courts, ending at the manger on the waterfont. Help us remind our community that for some of us there is "still no room in the inn." Blister bus available.

Contact: John Stewart at (727) 894-2832 or sjstew@gte.net.




Movie Discussion Night - December 7: NETWORK

Please join us on Friday, December 7 at 6:30pm in the sanctuary for the movie Network, the second movie in our Movie Discussion series. The film is 2 hours, 1 minute long. A discussion will follow.


Network is a 1976 award-winning classic satire about TV news, the business behind the news, the importance of ratings, and how the news reported on TV is chosen. It was written by Paddy Chayevski and directed by Sidney Lummet. The sensationalism and fake news portrayed in Network portend today’s confusing landscape about truth, facts, manipulating what people see and believe, alternative facts, the role of the press in society, and ethical reporting.


The lead character, Howard Beale, is no Walter Cronkite or Harry Reasoner, particularly after the famous “God is business” speech (which reminds us of the “greed is good” speech in Wall Street)


Network compares with other movies about the news business, like another 1976 film All the President’s Men and the 1987 film Broadcast News. Coincidentally, Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) is currently playing Howard Beale on stage in Broadway’s Network.


Movie critic John Patterson says, "Prescient and powerful, the film foreshadowed the likes of Bill O’Reilly with its ‘mad as hell’ protagonists and the climate of American anger that birthed Trump.” 


We’ll meet in the sanctuary again, which seemed to work very well. Some people said we might consider bringing pillows. Bring your own snacks and drinks if you like. Popcorn will be free and available. I’ll send a few questions for consideration before the movie and for discussion afterwards.


Contact Paul Burnore at plburnore@gmail.com if you plan to attend.

Contact: Paul Burnore




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)




Guest at Your Table is at the Mexican Border

At this time of year UU Churches across the country engage in an unique tradition to support the work of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC). This program is called Guest at Your Table (GAYT).

This year the focus is on our southern border and providing support to those seeking refuge in our country. The UUSC finds reliable on-the-ground outreach organizations across the globe, but this year’s GAYT is focusing on supporting the NGOs who provide shelter, food and legal assitance to those, mainly Central Americans, seeking safety  who arrive at our southern border in California, Arizona and Texas. They are a counter-force to the recent disturbing treatment of caravans of migrants attempting to cross into California from Mexico.

Giving via the UUSC GAYT program is one way to help them. We can also contact elected officials and organize and/or participate in vigils locally. I welcome additional ideas. 

UU St Pete’s Guest at Your Table campaign takes place over a 2 month period, and will include introductions of four “guests” who are from Central America or Mexico and the organizations they participate in to help migrants; and two informational discussions in January covering facts about caravans, the immigration court system and for-profit detention centers. These discussions will be co-hosted by Rev Jack and Karen Coale.

We will kick-off the program by having our children distribute GAYT boxes during service on Sunday, December 9. We ask you to put the box on your dining table and enter the cost of feeding a guest for the duration of the campaign which will conclude on Sunday, January 20, 2019.  Bring your boxes to service on that date and the children will collect them. We suggest paying by check, payable to:  UU St Pete with UUSC/GAYT in the memo line. 

Thank you!


Contact: Karen Coale




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




Showered and Empowered

UU's Helping People, overseeing the Friday Night Picnic, was thrilled to host Christy Jenkins, owner and operator of Showered and Empowered on November 2.

Made possible by a grant, the mobile unit has 2 private shower stalls and a stackable washer/dryer. Guests are provided a shower bag filled with a wash cloth, shampoo, soap and conditioner. Friday night volunteers collect and provide clean tee shirts, socks, and underwear. Never underestimate what a small group of committed individuals can achieve!

We will be hosting Showered and Empowered again December 14 and are working on getting this going monthly.


Contact: Sabine (beandex@aol.com)




Introducing The Giving Team

Through the efforts of many, UUSP is beginning to thrive. The signs are everywhere, from the vigor and commitment of our members to the shine on our heritage property. We want to provide the wherewithal for UUSP’s continued health through member contributions and participation and gifts from friends. With these efforts in mind, the Board of Trustees has approved a proposal by Carol Ulmer and Susan Burnore to place all our fundraising activities under one umbrella, The Giving Team.


Under Carol’s leadership, the team will coordinate and manage all fundraising activities with the help and involvement of UUSP members to sustain our spiritual home and create a thriving community. The team will focus on the following activities under the respective leaders:



The Giving Team invites congregational members to assist with all aspects of the team’s work and welcomes your suggestions and comments. Please contact any team member to learn how you can play an active role in nurturing our spiritual home.




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

UU Church of Tampa Pioneers Regional Adult Workshops: 'Exploring Human Sexuality

On Saturday, January 12, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa will be the first UU congregation in western Florida to offer the adult version of the Our Whole Lives curriculum on human sexuality. Twelve regional congregations have been invited to register members for 20 workshop openings.

While versions for younger audiences have been offered for years, the adult (35 and over) and young adult (18-35) versions have not. The sexuality education series was jointly developed by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ.  

Beyond two prerequisite workshops, January attendees may choose up to three advanced topics from a list of additional workshops. "We've planned two field trips to venues where UUs rarely go in groups," said Dr. Ronald Hammerle, one of the two course leaders and a former interuniversity scholar at the Kinsey Institute for Sex Research.

The other co-leader, Betty Clark, a masters-educated, registered nurse, brings more than four decades of experience teaching human sexuality. She has presented workshops nationally and internationally on sexual function and sexuality issues related to people with disabilities.

Sessions run approximately two hours in length.  They are held on Saturday afternoons and will end in late February. The fee for the two prerequisite workshops is $25 for UUA and UCC members until December 8. Up to three, advanced courses are $10 per person for members of UUA and UCC congregations until  December 8. 

Applicants will need to complete a confidential, anonymous questionnaire to attend. The questionnaire and registration may be obtained by contacting Betty Clark, at bettyclark555@yahoo.com.

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

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan




Make Mandatory IRA Distributions Work for You              

Want to save tax money while contributing to UUSP?

If you have reached the age where you must make required minimum distributions (RMDs) from your tax-deferred investments, usually 70-1/2 years, you can save on taxes while benefiting UUSP: make your pledge contribution directly to UUSP from your IRA.

By contributing directly from your IRA, you lower your taxable income by that amount. For example, if you donate $1 out of a $10 required minimum distribution, $1 goes directly to UUSP from your IRA account. For tax purposes, your income is now $9.

Compare that to withdrawing in cash the full RMD from your IRA and then donating $1. Your taxable income is $10 and you pay tax on the full amount of your required minimum distribution although you can deduct $1 as a charitable deduction.

IRA owners must be age 70-1/2 or older to make this kind of a charitable contribution. The annual limit on such a contribution is very high: up to $100,000 per year directly from one’s IRAs to an eligible charity such as UUSP without paying income tax on the transaction. If you file a joint tax return, your spouse can also make a charitable contribution of up to $100,000, meaning couples can exclude up to $200,000 of their retirement savings from income taxes if they donate it directly to a charity. Qualified charitable contributions must be made by December 31 each year in order to exclude that amount from taxable income for that year.

Don’t wait. Act now. Ask your accountant or tax preparer for the best way to make your contribution to UUSP.

For more information, visit https://www.irs.gov/retirement-plans/retirement-plans-faqs-regarding-required-minimum-distributions.

Any questions, please contact Barbara Archibald (archibaldmail@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