UU St. Pete InfoNet: November 9, 2018

This Sunday's Worship Services

Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

Worship Associate:  Sarah Craig

Dreams and psychology tell us we all have ancestral ghosts in our basements who, with their moans of pain and pleasure, still influence our everyday ways.  Can we safely and/or usefully get to know them?  Perhaps it depends on what you mean by safe, and useful.




RE Corner

Religious Education:  November 11

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

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 Transylvania and Francis David, with stories, meditation and crafts.

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.

Contact: Karen Day




Sunday is Share the Plate Sunday

Your Social Justice Committee decided to dedicate the November Share the Plate to those impacted by Hurricane Michael. In that spirit we reached out to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bay County in Panama City, Florida. Here is part of their reply: 

"Hurricane Michael brought devastation to Bay County and surrounding areas.  Our main church building does have some damage and will be needing part of the roof replaced.  We have had some water intrusion from wind driven rain and our carport lifted up and a column moved about 6 inches from the force of the wind .  We had two outer buildings that were used for RE and both of those had trees that fell on them causing structural and water damage. We are not sure if insurance will cover them or not. UUFBC had a heavily treed lot with about 65  mature pines and various other trees. Now only a few are still standing. 

Many of our members are also dealing with havoc in their own lives due to damages to their homes that range from minor to major.  Some had to relocate to other areas outside of Bay County due to living conditions. Like most small fellowships, we are lay led and do not have a minister.  Our RE Director is doing a fantastic job of offering spiritual nourishment of those that are in need. We are a close and caring community and we will return stronger than ever.

So to answer your question, YES, we are thankfully accepting donations to rebuild our church home, RE buildings, and grounds."  Cheryl Kellog Past President and UUFBC Member for 30+ years

One half of the non-pledge portion of this Sunday's offering will be sent to our sister UU congregation in the Panhandle. Thank you for your generosity. 


Contact: Karen Coale




Announcements From Pastor Jack

SIGN UP SUNDAY FOR “ART” OUTSIDE THE BOX: An Expressive Arts Experience – Sunday, December 2 (1:00pm - 4:00pm) in UUSP’s Gilmore Hall with Alisun Donovan & Cynthia Alicea - an afternoon of exploring art forms and discovering yourself (and create a little holiday gift).   No art experience required!  Come with an open and playful spirit!  Cost $25.00 ($40.00 couple) Supplies included.   Pay today (see Alisun & Cynthia after service) or day of the event.  Make checks to UUSP and note “Expressive Arts Workshop.”  Limit 15. Only 4 spots left!  Don’t Box Yourself In, Express Yourself!


WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES:  Dreamwork With Ebenezer Scrooge, 10:00am and 7:00pm, Iin UUSP’s Conway Lounge.  For Wednesday November 14, chapter 2 of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol: “The First of the Three Spirits (Christmas Past)”.   Discussion Focus: Practicing dreamwork for personal discovery and spiritual growth, exploring Ebenezer’s dreams and our own.  One chapter per meeting - November 7, 14, & 28; December 5, 12, & 19 – but as Scrooge (would have) said, “It’s never too late to start.”  All welcome.  Quotes for discussion provided.


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.  All are invited to attend.


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




Breaking Ground Ceremony on Veterans Day!

UU's Helping People invites you to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the Tiny Homes for Homeless Veterans project. We are all part of this one house at a time solution.

Check out the flyer and come join us:

Tiny Homes Project Ground Breaking

Monday, November 12
11:30am -- 1:00pm.
3516 3rd Ave. South
St. Petersburg

Contact:  Sabine von Aulock (973-768-3256)

Contact: Sabine von Aulock



FAST House Meeting at UUSP- November 11, 4-6pm

If you have not been able to attend a FAST house meeting now is your chance! At house meetings we get to know each other by sharing our own personal stories of community problems that keep us awake at night. These stories have been used to guide what issues FAST will work on. We already have 22 Justice Ministry Network Members but our goal is 30.  So if you would like to know more about committing to the work of creating a better community with this coalition, please join us. Contact Rev. Karen Day, Dave Coale or Pat Fling for more info.

Contacts: Karen Day, Dave Coale, Pat Fling




Exploring Human Sexuality

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




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 6:30 pm 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 sent to those who sign up and will also be available just before the viewing. These will 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




Parents' Covenant Group

Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 11:00am

Old, New, and Expecting Parents: Looking to connect with other parents in a small-group setting? Twice a month, the Parents' Covenant Group hits pause on our hectic family schedules and goes deep on parent-y and non-parent-y topics. Child care provided by request. Contact Michael Pohl or Morgan Gresham for more info.

Contacts: Michael Pohl, Morgan Gresham




Insects and Our Imagination Salon at UUSP

UUSP and Keep St Pete Lit have been partnering to present quarterly salons with fascinating topics involving language and the world. 

The next Salon is Tuesday, November 20 in Gilmour Hall from 7:30 - 9pm.

Let’s talk about how we as Floridians and language enthusiasts live with the insect world. 
How can their beauty and our anxiety create a personal evolution?

•    a lyrical presentation by Stephen Lindow
•    insights on local insects 
•    writing exercises that show your deeper connection with insects in your life
•    excerpts from William H Gass’ "Order of Insects" 
[It] was dead and upside down when it materialized… a soul so static and intense, so immortally arranged, I felt, while I lay shell-like in our bed, turned inside out, driving my mind away, it was the same as the dark soul of the world itself. — William H Gass

No charge but a donation is appreciated. 


If you have questions, please contact Sabrina Dalla Valle at winternight.18@gmail.com .




Update from your Buildings and Grounds Committee

Major projects we are working on include a new stairway with lift to Conway’s second floor that may be located in the playground area, a new ADA accessible bathroom to be located in the front office bathroom, and remodel of the sinks and dishwasher area in the kitchen. A new patio area at the front of the church is also under consideration.


Over the past six months we have repaired broken air conditioners and dishwashers, fixed holes in the roof, replaced all exit lights, changed lights and switches with energy efficient replacements, repainted RE stairs, replaced RE classroom doors with fire doors, replaced the chimney cap, trimmed the trees at front and side of the church, renovated the inner courtyard, installed a French drain and trimmed the bamboo, repainted the library, and installed two new bike racks—just to name a few.  


Our sanctuary was built in 1929 and requires a lot of maintenance and upkeep.  Much of this work is done by volunteers because the church budget does not cover enough to pay tradesmen.  In addition, our membership has increased and so too has our utility and other operating expenses. 


Buildings & Grounds Committee hopes you will learn more about our church’s financial resource situation.  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.  We meet at 5:30pm on the first Tuesday of each month.

Contact: Tom Archibald




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




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




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)