UU St. Pete InfoNet: November 8, 2019

This Sunday's Worship Services

Sunday, November 10, 2019: "IS MAJORITARIANISM OF SERIOUS SPIRITUAL CONCERN? Reflections on the Symposium on Black Lives in Unitarian Universalism"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan
Guest Speaker: Rebecca Wilson
Worship Associate: Susan Burnore

Can people of color find a spiritual home in Unitarian Universalism?  Is a Black-centered UU theology necessary for that to happen?  Is a Black UU denomination needed?  These  questions were the focus of a symposium held last week in St. Paul, MN, led by the organizing collective called Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU).  BLUU is an independent working group funded in one lump sum of $5.3 million by, but without responsibility to, the Unitarian Universalist Association.. 

The symposium consisted of six sessions of panelists as well as worship and small group meetings over four days.  All panelists were Black and most were UUs, including some ministers.  This was the first BLUU conference in BLUU's four year existence to which White people were invited to attend and listen. 

During this morning's service, UUSP member Rebecca Wilson and UUSP's minister, Jack Donovan, will share their takeaways as White UUs on the messages of the BLUU Symposium.  Patti Hanks, who also attended the symposium, will also help with the service.  You are encouraged to attend this Sunday's service to hear and explore the message of this extraordinary symposium.



RE Corner

Religious Education:  November 10, 2019

This month’s theme for RE is Attention. 

Each week, the students will be knowledgeable in the theme of each month. November’s theme is Attention. This weeks lesson entails Attention to Needs Beyond Our Own (Helping). Each month, our youth will explore and learn about other faiths that flow with UU to enable and expand their own perspective. For more information about the themed curriculum, contact uurefc@gmail.com.

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

Want to stay-in-the-know about what's going on in RE? Subscribe to the RE Newsletter. Text UUSPRE to 22828 and you will be added!

Thank you for your support!



This Sunday is Share the Plate Sunday

Via the UU St Pete Immigrant/Refugee SJ Committee this congregation supports two refugee families from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. We met them soon after they arrived in mid-December 2015. Though employed and quite independent — they occasionally can use a helping hand. One family has 3 teenagers and an elementary schooler — the teens quickly out grow their clothes. The other family has four little ones — two of which are in grade school and can use some help to fund field trips. There is just not enough extra money to pay for them — though both parents work and grandma takes care of the kids. 

Please be generous — as one half of the non-pledge portion of today’s collection will help both families.


Thank You!

Your Immigrant/Refugee SJ Committee

Contact: Karen Coale



Flea Market at UUSP!

At last it is time to bring the items you have been saving for the Flea Market at UUSP to the church on the following days and times:

  • Sunday, November 10: 11:30am - 1:00pm
  • Tuesday, November 12: 1:00pm - 2:00pm
  • Wednesday, November 13: 12:00pm - 2:00pm
  • Thursday, November 14: 9:00am - 6:00pm
  • Friday, November 15: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • By appointment: call (727) 290-9910

Bring your gently used but no longer needed housewares, clothing and accessories, small furniture, books, tools, sporting goods, craft supplies, and holiday decorations.  Please NO televisions, computers, or exercise equipment.

Please RSVP on our Facebook or Eventbrite page and share these links with friends and family. A flyer will be in Sunday's bulletin for you to post at your favorite community space.




The Flea Market will be Saturday, November 16 from 9:00am - 2:00pm. Please come and join us for refreshments while you shop for some treasures.

UUSP Volunteer Helpers are needed for this event:

  • Most Critical: to help set up the sale items on Thursday, November 14 (9am - 6pm) & Friday November 15 (1pm - 5pm)
  • To help with the event on Saturday,  Novemvber 16 (9am - 1pm
  • To help clean up: 2 - 4+ hours per volunteer would be great between 1pm until done

If you can help with the Set up, the Flea Market event or with Clean up, sign up in Gilmour during coffee time or contact Sue Price, pricesue63@gmail.com.

Contact: Sue Price



Cafe & Bake Sale at the Flea Market

The UUSP Flea Market on Saturday, November 16, will include a bake sale and "cafe" selling snacks and drinks, as well as baked goods for people to enjoy over Thanksgiving.


Are you a baker or cook?  If you would like to create and donate something for the sale or cafe, please contact Linda Paul at lindapaulelem@gmail.com.  Thanks!


Contact: Linda Paul



Blankets and Pajamas!

There is a large carton of rolled up blankets and pjs in the Gilmour loft closet.

Do these still belong to somebody?  For a specific use?  Can they be added to the garage sale or donated to the Picnic for the homeless?

Please notify Dani - zypona2@msn.com.

Contact: Dani Skrzypek





We've had two successful Mingles events so far, already adding over $500 to our UUSP coffers.  Thank you to Geneva Nelson, and Jean and Denis Calandra for their generosity and wonderful hosting talents!


There are three events for the rest of 2019, so please sign up soon.  You can sign up at the table during Coffee Hour, or contact Susan Burnore at SusanBurnore@gmail.com or 770-480-0200 to reserve your spot.  Let's Flamingle!


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 30 lucky people! 

$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.  


“Hope, Love and Courage” Concert and Reception   Saturday, November. 23:  7:30pm, UUSP 

Join our own Jon Arterton and James Mack, founders of the One City Chorus, for some of their favorite songs, accompanied by Aaron Cassette.  Followed by a reception with lots of goodies in Gilmour Hall. Wine will be available for a donation.    $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

Contacts: Geneva Nelson, Susan Burnore



Renew - Restore - Rejuvenate

Considerable planning, small group discussions, and congregational meetings and town halls have helped chart our course for making changes to improve our UUSP church building.  These improvements will take place over a ten to fifteen year period and we are excited to get started. 

  • We support this funding as a congregation who has aspirations for a more welcoming and functional facility for our members and newcomers;
  • We support this funding as a congregation who trusts that the planning process is conducted with integrity and transparency;
  • We support this funding as a congregation who understands that we need to work together to move forward and have faith in and respect for the decision-making of the Board of Trustees and Design and Planning Team of the Building and Grounds Committee.


Projects approved to date by the Board of Trustees include:

  • Landscape Renovation—total estimated cost $20,000
  • Narthex and Bell Tower Entrance Renovations—total estimated cost $4,800


Funds are currently being raised from members who are able and willing to support this special project funding with a gift in addition to their annual pledge. 


For more information on the currently approved projects, please contact Sharon Winters  swinters@tampabay.rr.com


If you would like to consider a gift to the renovation projects, please contact a member of the Renew•Restore•Rejuvenate Giving Team:

Michael Killoren  mkillorendc@gmail.com

Cynthia Patterson  cp3860@gmail.com

Carol Ulmer  carolulmer5@gmail.com


To make a contribution, click on the link for Designation Form.  3D Designation Form

For more information on the Landscape Renovation, click on the link for Design Intent for Landscape Renovation.  Design Intent Landscape Renovation



Will you join us? This Tuesday, November 12, is the next School Board meeting!

At the Annual Assembly on October 28, FAST's Youth Suspensions and Arrests (YSA) Committee reminded us of the importance of Restorative Practices for our schools and the critical need for its proper and complete implementation!

The committee also invited you and your fellow congregation and team members to JOIN US at the next School Board meeting.  That meeting is scheduled for this Tuesday, November 12, at 10am at the School Board Administrative Building (301 4th St SW, Largo, FL 33770).  JOIN US to tell our School Board that Restorative Practices must be implemented completely and with fidelity!  

Will you attend?!  
Please RSVP now to fastyouthcommittee@gmail.com  

School Board meetings start at 10am, but it is not required that you arrive right at the start (unless you want to be present for the entire meeting.)  We are asking that all FAST members arrive by 10:40am.  Most school board meetings run over an hour.  By arriving no later than 10:40am, that gives individuals ample time to sign in with a FAST rep outside the school board room and grab a FAST sticker.  If you are willing or interested in speaking at this meeting, please let us know.  Scripts will be available at the meeting and are also available ahead of time (simply email fastyouthcommittee@gmail.com). FAST speakers will have the opportunity to speak for 3 minutes at the end of the meeting, which is normally in the 11 o'clock hour. 

We will email out additional logistics as the day approaches.  In the meantime, please:
1. MARK YOUR CALENDAR for Tuesday, November 12, at 10am at the School Board Administrative Offices (301 4th St SW, Largo).   If you do plan to speak and will not be there early, please let us know ahead of time so we can have a speaker card filled out for you.
2. Invite your fellow team members to join you!
3. RSVP to fastyouthcommittee@gmail.com

We look forward to standing FAST together with you, in support of proper and complete Restorative Practices implementation in our schools!

 With peace,

Karen Modzelewski
FAST Staff

Contacts: Dave Coale, Pat Fling, Mary Neal Jones, Rev. Jack Donovan



Spanish Conversation Group

Tim Flaherty and Lupe Torre would like to put together a Spanish Conversation Group.  We are holding a planning meeting on Sunday, November 10 after service (at 12 noon), to be held in the Administrator’s office area (Cathy’s office).  Please join us to share your ideas and desires, so we can put together a group that will fulfill your needs.


If you have any questions prior to the meeting, please reach out to Lupe Torres at monifita@gmail.com.



Announcements From Pastor Jack

SUNDAY STUDIO THANKS!!!  Thanks to all the creative spirits who participated in last week's Sunday Studio. We spent time Relishing, Releasing and Reflecting on the energy and essence of fall. The paper quilt captures some of the imagery that emerged through story, dance, pastels, paint, and poetry. Our next Sunday Studio will focus on the energy and essence of winter. Watch for details in January. (Your Creative Expressive Arts Team- Alisun Donovan, Cynthia Alicea, Jill OldenskI)


WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES DISCUSSION: “MAKE AMERICA GREEN AGAIN”This Wednesday, November 13, 10:00am or 7:00 pm (your choice), we will discuss environmental journalist Bill McKibben’s brief but illuminating 9/13/19 Time Magazine column, “Hello from the Year 2050” – a look back at 2020 as if we had acted to avoid climate catastrophe & environmental collapse – a simple and heartening (more or less) vision from a great ecosystem advocate.  This Wednesday & next will be our introduction to the UUA’s program for a UU congregation to be recognized as a Green Sanctuary.  For more information on this program, go to uua.org/environment/sanctuary.   Pastor Jack


UUSP WILL WELCOME NEW MEMBERS ON NOVEMBER 17.  If you are interested in joining UUSP as a member, please see Pastor Jack in our library after today’s service.


 COMMUNITY EVENT:  DIRE PREDICTIONS: UNDERSTANDING CLIMATE CHANGE AND ITS IMPACT ON FLORIDA” A LIEF NISSEN FOUNDATION  SOCIAL JUSTICE LECTURE AT TEMPLE BETH-EL, presented by Michael Mann, PhD.  This Friday, November 15, 2019 at 7:30 PM at Temple Beth-El, 400 Pasadena Ave So. St Pete.  UU St. Pete is one of a number co-sponsors.   We’re all invited.

Michael Mann is an American climatologist and geophysicist, currently the Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science and Meteorology and Director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University.

Shabbat service at 7:30 PM followed by lecture and Q/A at 8:15 PM. The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are requested to help with seating and food planning, but are not required (temple office: 727.347.6136). Dessert reception follows.


COMMUNITY EVENT:    LECTURE ON NON-VIOLENT CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE by George Lakey, recently retired Swarthmore professor and esteemed Quaker peace activist.  Tuesday, November 19, 6-9:30 pm at the St. Pete Friends Meetinghouse, 130 19th Avenue South.  $15 suggested donation.  Register with Susan Wade at swade3231@gmail.com or 727-821-5048.  For information about George Lakey, go to https://seymquakers.org/blog/2019/10/11/win-george-lakey-brings-new-book-workshops-florida/


UUSP WILL WELCOME NEW MEMBERS ON NOVEMBER 17.  If you are interested in joining UUSP as a member, please contact Pastor Jack.


EVERY TUESDAY MEDITATION (11:45am – brief instruction provided if requested) and BROWN BAG LUNCH (12:15pm – checking in with friends), in UUSP Gilmour social hall.  


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


CITIZENS CAFÉ MOST THURSDAYS AT NOON!!!  in UUSP’s Gilmour (Social) Hall.  Join us (but let Pastor Jack know you’re planning to come, because our schedule is still erratic at this time of year)!  Our Citizens’ Café is a chance for us as engaged American citizens to clarify and deepen our understanding of the issues of society that influence our lives and that we might have influence on.  Bring your lunch if you’d like, and any proposed communications to newspaper editors or elected officials.  Coffee and tea provided.  Pastor Jack – jfdonovan@bellsouth.net.


SAVE THE DATE CHANGE:  UUSP SATURDAY MORNING MEDITATION RETREAT, December 7, nine to noon, UUSP’s Gilmour Hall.  Come recover attention, clarity, and peace – really.  Pastor Jack


OF NOTE FOR SNOWBIRDS: UUSP MEMBER IS RENTING A ROOM IN HER LOVELY ST PETE HOME, less than 15 minute drive to the UUSP.   Bedroom with comfy queen bed and bathroom, use of the entire large home including washer/dryer and jacuzzi in pretty private yard.  Walkable to the many shaded paths of Maximo Moorings park and a small swimming beach on the bay. 10 min. drive to Gulf Beaches and downtown St Pete.  I have a very well-behaved greyhound, so best for people who like dogs. Weekly fee $250, 15% discount for 30 day stays, 20% off for 60 days or more. Available Nov. 1 through April 2020. Prefer female renter. For more info and pictures contact JoAnn at 77.398.4403 JoAnn@JoAnnMil.com


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


INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING IN A UUSP COVENANT GROUP*?  Contact: Patti Hanks (pthanks1@gmail.com) or Pastor Jack (jfdonovan@bellsouth.net).

* A covenant group’s purpose is to have a trusted circle with whom to discuss life at whatever level one is interested in sharing, as well as to deepen supportive and appreciative connections in the congregation.  The groups are called “Covenant Groups” because they function under a covenantal commitment to deep listening, respect, and confidentiality. 

DID YOU KNOW:  The website of the League of Women Voters (St. Pete Area) has a comprehensive list of elected public officials with click-on email links – just in case you want to send a message – www.lwvspa.org.  To borrow words from the League, Citizenship is about making democracy work – and as Socrates and Plato probably discussed, If you don’t dialogue, you don’t know.


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


Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan



UUSP's Annual Thanksgiving Dinner

Come one come all!!

All are welcome to join your fellow parishioners in UU of St Pete's Annual Thanksgiving Dinner!

Turkey and ham will be provided with participants bringing the sides and dessert. We had a fantastic time last year and we're expecting even more guests this year. Sign up sheets will be on the piano in Gilmour Hall. If you don't want to bring a dish to the dinner, please still sign up to come. All are welcome!! Bring a guest or two.

Dinner is at 2pm on Thanksgiving Day November 28.  Please come a little early to enjoy the fine company and conversation. My Mother, Joy, will be decorating Gilmour Hall for the dinner the day before and wouldn't mind a hand.  If you have the time to help, please add your name to the sign up sheet for that event, which will be on the piano also.

If you have questions, please contact Kevin Wamboldt at 727-452-6818 or email kwam4181@gmail.com.

Looking forward to seeing everyone there!!

Contact: Kevin Wamboldt




Stone Soup Sunday

Stone Soup is UUSP's annual event supporting the work and outreach of UU's Helping People homeless ministry.

During November, we will collect pottery bowls (could be gently used or from your favorite St. Pete potter).  Please leave them in kitchen, labeled "Stone Soup."

On November 24 there will be a sneak preview prior to the Service, and a silent auction following the Service. Auction winners will then enjoy hearty soup in their newly acquired bowl. Proceeds support the Friday Night Picnic, serving ~80 people in need every week of the year. They also will enable financial support of local service providers e.g., St. Petersburg Free Clinic, Women's Shelter, DayStar and Celebrate Outreach's Tiny Homes for Homeless Veterans Project.



UUSP Communications Survey

We’re conducting a short survey to better understand how we can communicate more effectively, with each other and with the larger community.  All congregation members & InfoNet subscribers received the email survey on October 31. 

Please respond to the survey, which should take about 4-5 minutes.  Your responses will help us prioritize and make improvements to the website, e-newsletters, InfoNet and more.

Prefer paper or didn’t receive an email survey?  Print surveys will be available in the narthex entrance November 3 and November 10 and we’ll have a laptop to enter survey responses. Please leave completed surveys in the designated “returned surveys” box by November 10.

Questions?  Contact Sharon at swinters@tampabay.rr.com 

Thank You!

 — UUSP Communications Team 

Contact: Sharon Winters



Advocacy DOES Work — Homestead Is Closed

Our thanks to each of you who wrote postcards to Rep. Crist and Senators Rubio and Scott asking to them to conduct oversight hearings about the child immigrant detention center in Homestead, FL. Those hearings first focused on the treatment of the children housed there as well as the long term emotional impacts to them. By mid-August those children were moved to smaller non-profit facilities or were reunited with a family member. Though no longer housing children, the Office of Refugee Resettlement still paid $600 per “empty” bed.  Again many groups, including UU St Pete membersfriends and guests, and the media raised concerns to our elected officials in Congress. On October 28 it was announced that this facility was permanently closing. 

Thank you — working together — we do make a difference.


Your Immigrant/Refugee SJ Committee

Contact: Karen Coale



Use Your RMD to Contribute to UUSP

Save taxes by making contributions to UUSP directly from your IRA!

If you are 70-1/2 years or older and are required to take minimum distributions (RMD) from your IRA, you can take advantage of a tax benefit by contributing funds directly to UUSP or other charitable organizations. By contributing directly from your IRA, you lower your taxable income by that amount.

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. You can direct contributions to any of the UUSP funds as you wish:

  • Annual Giving—satisfy all or a portion of your pledge
  • Renovation Projects—help fund the board-approved projects to create a more welcoming and functioning space for our members and visitors
  • Legacy Giving—contribute to UUSP’s endowment for the long-term financial health of UUSP

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

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Contact: Carol Ulmer