UU St. Pete InfoNet: October 5, 2018

This Sunday's Worship Services

Sunday, October 7, 2018: "ARE THE TAOISTS RIGHT - Your Culture is Your Enemy?"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

Worship Associate: Sarah Craig

What is our culture, or yours?  Where did it come from and where is it trending?  How has it influenced who you are or can be - and will it continue all life long - and what does it matter?  Do all cultures have the same influence?  Is the Taoist idea valid, that cultural accretions constrict and corrode the precious natural you?



RE Corner

Religious Education:  October 7

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

Families begin in worship at 10:30 and school age children and youth will go to their groups after Time for All Ages. Our new theme for this month is Sanctuary and today we will focus on stories and activities about how our church has a sanctuary and can be a safe place.

Rev. Karen Day, RE Family Minister, is available to talk with you after the service or Thursday 2-5pm. Contact Karen at re@uustpete.org.

Contact: Karen Day



Food Collection THIS Sunday 

UUSP FIRST SUNDAY FOOD COLLECTION:  This month, our collection is allocated to UU’s Helping People, UUSP’s program to help feed those who are homeless.  The food collection is taken up during the Sunday service by the children as part of our Time for All Ages. Jelly, peanut butter, dinner sized paper plates, 8 oz paper cups and paper napkins are what is needed. 


Thank you!

Contact: Sabine von Aulock



Announcements From Pastor Jack

WITH SADNESS WE ANNOUNCE THE DEATH OF MARCILE POWER’S MOTHER.  Nancy Powers died earlier this week in Hospice care.  A memorial service is planned at UU St. Pete for October 20 at 2:00 p.m.

CONSIDERING UU ST. PETE MEMBERSHIP?  Attend the two-session Inquirers Class after Sunday services October 21 and October 28 to get all your questions answered (and meet folks).  Sign up at the Welcome Table or with Patti at pthanks1@gmail.com


MONDAY EVENING MEDITATION (an experiment through October at least), 5:30-6:15pm.   Facilitator: long time meditator and yoga instructor, UUSP member Mimi Anzel.


TUESDAY MEDITATION 11:45am-12:15pm – or come a little earlier for instruction – in our social hall.   Pastor Jack


TUESDAY BROWN BAG LUNCH 12:15-1:00 pm – in UUSP’s Gilmour social hall.


WEDNESDAY MORNING MEDITATION (another experiment through October at least) 7:30am-8:00am in Gilmour Hall, coffee and tea following.  Contact: Pastor Jack


WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES DISCUSSION: This Wednesday, the second of three Unitarian sermons that changed religion and culture in America: “The Harvard Divinity School Address” by Ralph Waldo Emerson (1838).  Please let Pastor Jack know if you would like to receive the full text of the sermon.  As usual, quotes excerpted from the text will be emailed and available at the discussions.  Pastor Jack


THURSDAY CITIZENS CAFÉ 11:30am – 1:00pm (the third of our experiments at least through October) 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.  Questions to Pastor Jack -  jfdonovan@bellsouth.net


UUSP PLAY READING/DISCUSSION GROUP.   Facilitators: Jean and Denis Calandra (calandra@usf.edu) First 2 meetings: October 14 and October 28 in UUSP’s social hall 6:30 – 8:30 PM. The first play is Helen Edmundson’s THE HERESY OF LOVE, based on the life of 17th Century nun Juana Inez de la Cruz living in colonial Mexico, striving to reconcile love of God, the free life of the mind, and the Spanish Inquisition. Shared scripts provided at reading.  If buying, get (2015) 2nd edition: ISBN 781848424937.


UUSP CHOIR SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:  Already a choir participant or interested in joining UUSP’s voice and/or bell choir?  The voice choir rehearses with UUSP’s music director Jon Arterton Sundays at 9:30am before the service.   Jon’s choir philosophy is that “the world would be a much saner place if everyone sang.”  So, ALL our voices have a place in the choir!


A BIT ABOUT JON ARTERTON:  We are very very happy that Jon has agreed to serve as UU St. Pete’s music director.  Several UUSP members have sung in the esteemed and spirited OneCity Chorus which Jon founded and directs – and others of us have attended performances by the Chorus which we found filled with vitality and joy with Jon’s inspiration.  Jon has extensive music training and experience.  He and his husband James moved to St. Pete fairly recently from Provincetown, Massachusetts.  At the Provincetown UU Church, Jon served as music director for fifteen years and James as president of the church Board for eight years!  Please warmly welcome Jon and James – and perhaps the most fun way to do that is join one of the choirs!


UU ST. PETE MEMBER KATIE DEiTS would like to inform UUSP parents and children of a new program at Florida CraftArts, 501 Central Avenue (where Katie is executive director).  FCA has started a series called Creative Discovery Workshops for Children and Families.  Next workshop: Creating Ceramic Clay Pendants (to wear or give) – Sunday October 14, 1:30pm at Florida CraftArts – project to be completed by the November 11 paper beading workshop.  Reservations at FCA (727) 821-7381 – cost $5 per member, $10 per non-member. Scholarships available.  Children must be accompanied by an adult who may also take the class if space is available.


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.


LEIF NISSEN MEMORIAL SOCIAL JUSTICE LECTURE SERIES presents “Story Telling for Social Justice” - featuring award-winning novelist and journalist Ana Menendez - Friday, November 16.   Supported by the Temple Beth-El Social Justice Action Committee and co-sponsored by UU St Pete.  You are welcome at the 7:30pm Shabbat service, the 8:15pm lecture and Q/A with Ms. Menendez and dessert to follow.


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



VOTER Table — Educational Materials 

Stop by the Voter Table during coffee hour. Handouts from this past week’s forum on Education will be available as well as key Voter dates from the Supervisor of Elections and the League of Women Voters’ — Voter Guide.

Contact: Karen Coale




Want to join other UUs to Support Amendment Four?

Our Unitarian Universalist Association is partnering with Second Chances Coalition to advocate passage for Amendment 4 that will restore voting rights to felons who have served their time. If you want to help here are some opportunities:

October 9, 5:30-8:30pm: Faith Day Phone Bank

Join UU callers from around the country: https://secondchancesfl.org/partner/uua/call/oct/


October 20, 9:30-3pm:  Sarasota Canvassing with UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray

Bring a carload to meet UU neighbors and knock on doors as our denominational leaders support Florida voting rights.


October 21, 12:30-3:30pm: Phone Banking

We can join Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray in Clearwater to make calls for Amendment 4 or do phone banking right here.



Contacts: Karen Day, Karen Coale



Learn the Issues — Then VOTE

UU St. Pete and the League of Women Voters are co-sponsoring a series of educational forums to prepare you to vote knowledgeably in the upcoming November election.

The first, Local Control of Education and Restorative Practices for Students, was held on October 2. Presentations were given by the League's Education Co-Chair iris Yetter, and our own Pat Fling and Rev. Karen Day. Event moderator was Karen Coale. If you could not attend — pick up the very informative handouts on the VOTER Table in Gilmour Hall after service. 

Mark your calendar for the next two sessions:

  • October 16: Gun Safety
  • October 23: Amendments to the FL Constitution

In the UU St. Pete sanctuary; at 7:00pm — FREE and open to the public. Join us and bring your friends. Become informed before you vote, and remember that every election is determined by the people who show up. We are counting on YOU


Contacts: Karen Coale, Karen Day, Sharon Winters



UUSP Fire Drill October 7

On October 7, we are conducting a Fire Drill after the Service and before coffee hour. 

Parents will receive specific instructions on how the children will be exiting the building and meeting up with the adults.

We will exit the building and line up on the side walk across Mirror Lake Drive. At the “All Clear” we will return to Gilmour Hall for coffee hour.


To prepare, test your fire safety awareness skills:


______ How many sets of stairs at UUSP?

______ How many exit doors at UUSP?

______ How many smoke detectors at UUSP?

______ What is our meeting place during a fire alarm?

______ Where is the closest fire extinguisher to you now?


Contact Sabine at beandex@aol.com

Contact: Sabine von Aulock



Special UUSP Announcements for this Week

STARTING THIS WEEK: October test runs for three new UUSP programs.  We plan to make these activities part of the regular UUSP program if they draw sufficient interest.  Pastor Jack


Starting This Monday Evening (October 1) Meditation, 5:30-6:15pm in Gilmour Hall.   Faciitator: UUSP member Mimi Anzel.


Starting This  Wednesday Morning (October 3) Meditation, 7:30am-8:00am in Gilmour Hall, coffee and tea following.  Facilitator: Pastor Jack


Starting This Thursday Midday (October 4) Citizens Café, 11:30am – 1:00pm, 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.  Facilitator: Pastor Jack -  jfdonovan@bellsouth.net


OCTOBER WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES: Theme: “Great Unitarian Cultural Breakthroughs”:

  • October 3: "Unitarian Christianity” by William Ellery Channing (1819);
  • October 10:  “The Harvard Divinity School Address” by Ralph Waldo Emerson (1838);
  • October 17:   “The Transient and Permanent in Christianity” by Theodore Parker;
  • October 24:  “Frankenstein” by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1818) – cheaply available on Amazon – 166pp. 

As usual, quotes excerpted from the texts will be available.  To receive quotes (and sermon texts) by email, contact Pastor Jack (jfdonovan@bellsouth.net).   



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)