UU St. Pete InfoNet: September 14, 2018

This Sunday's Worship Services

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Sunday, September 16, 2018: "BEING OFF KILTER: In the Beginning Did Any Disturbances Influence Our Source and So Us?"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

Worship Associate: Patti Hanks

We are approaching Yom Kippur, the conclusion of Judaism's High Holy Days (September 18) with which the Jewish New Year begins.  Also we are approaching the anniversary (September 17) of the establishment of the U.S. Constitution with its goal of forming "a more perfect Union."  

In the spirit of those great traditions and our own tradition of seeking growth in understanding of life and in caring for it, this Sunday's theme continues with exploration of our potentials and what forces besides our Source might have influenced them from the beginning and may continue to do so, for better or worse.




RE Corner

Religious Education: September 16

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

Families begin in worship at 10:30am and school age children and youth will go to their groups after Time for All Ages to focus on stories and activities about VISION and the Jewish High Holidays.

Rev. Karen Day, RE Family Minister, is available to talk with you after the service or Thursday 2pm - 5pm.

Contact Karen at re@uustpete.org.

Contact: Karen Day




Announcements From Pastor Jack

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR BARBARA ROWELL – Saturday, January 19th, 10:00 a.m.  Barbara Rowell’s family has decided on Saturday January 19th for Barbara’s memorial service.  I hope you will put that on your calendars as we honor someone dear to many of us over the years.


AT UU St Pete: KEEP ST. PETE LIT presents “The Language of Disaster – a Salon”this Tuesday September 18, 7:00pm, in UUSP’s Gilmour Hall.  Event co-sponsored by UU St Pete.


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


INTERESTED IN JOINING UUSP’S NEW PLAY READING GROUP?  Let facilitators Denis and Jean Calandra (both retired from USF’s Theater Department) know if you can join – at calandra@usf.edu - starting in October, on Sundays October 14 and October 28, 6:30-8:30pm in UUSP’s social hall.  The first play will be The Heresy of Love by Helen Edmundson, introduced in 2012 by the Royal Shakespeare Company in London.  The play is based on the life of 17th Century Spanish nun Juana de la Cruz living in colonial Mexico, striving to reconcile love of God, the free life of the mind, and the Spanish Inquisition.  Participants will read a variety of roles, opening their hearts and minds to fictional and historical characters whose struggles and triumphs along life’s trajectory remind us of our common humanity.  We will have a lot of fun and dynamic conversation for sure. No theatre experience is necessary, but we invite you to release your inner diva or ham, or for that matter Charlie Chaplin, in the process.  Scripts will be available for this first play. 


SIGN UP FOR COVENANT GROUPS* this month of Sundays after the service.  Members and friends are welcome to sign up to indicate interest and preferred days and times, whether in current groups or new groups we might form starting in October.  If you are already a covenant group member, no need to sign up here – just check in with your group’s facilitator.  * Covenant Groups have 5-12 members meeting at least monthly in church or home to be together and talk about life.  Pastor Jack for more info.


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.


UUSP WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES (10am or 7pm, your choice) – now discussing A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism by F. Church and J. Buehrens.  Quotes for discussion provided – this week from chapters 8-10 – with Pastor Jack in Conway Hall.


(1)  Monday Evening Meditation
starts October 1, 5:30-6:15pm.   Facilitator: long time meditator and yoga instructor, UUSP member Mimi Anzel.


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


(3)  Thursday Citizens CafĂ© starts October 4, 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.  Questions to Pastor Jack -  jfdonovan@bellsouth.net



*JUSTICE MINISTRY EXCHANGE presents “Being in Relationship, We Are Family” – featuring Rev. Cedric Harmon, executive director of Many Voices – a Black Church movement for gay and transgender justice –
Monday, October 1, 6:00 pm, at King of Peace Metropolitan Community Church – sponsored by JME, in which Rev. Karen and Pastor Jack are participants.


*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.


A MATTER OF INHUMANITY AND GREED:  Prisons-for-Profit and Denial of Medical Care to Prisoners.  At this summer’s UUA General Assembly, the representatives of our assembled congregations voted to work to end the growing practice of privatization of prisons because of their cruelty, greed, and detrimental effect on individuals and society.  The GA Resolution asks us to learn about and act to end prison privatization and, among other efforts, asks us to urge our states and the United Nations to insist on U.S. adherence to UN standards for treatment of prisoners.  Read more about the GA resolutions at UUA.org.  Pastor Jack


RELATED TO THE ABOVE UUA PRISON MINISTRY:  The UUA’s outreach ministry, also known as the Church of the Larger Fellowship (CLF), is for UU-oriented folks who are without a near-by home church.  As members, they receive excellent monthly mailings of UU sermons and spiritual support.  Dr. Albert Schweitzer was one such member, receiving much appreciated mailings and support at his medical clinic in Africa.  There are also, currently, 2000 people incarcerated in American prisons who have connected to CLF and receive regular support by mail.  You can help with a contribution at clfuu.org/sponsor (CLF’s annual cost per incarcerated member is $150) or by becoming a pen pal (worthynow.org/pen-pals) or learning more (worthynow.org/classes-events).   Pastor Jack


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


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.

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan





The singing begins next Sunday, September 23.  UUSP's new Music Director, Jon Arterton, will hold rehearsal, at the choir's usual rehearsal time, before the service for all those interested in making a joyful noise!  Come and give Jon a resounding welcome.   

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan




Parents' Group Potluck/Check-in

Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 5:30pm

The Parents' Covenant Group kicks off the church year with a check-in and light potluck on Sunday, September 23, from 5:30pm - 7:30pm. Bring a small dish to share, relax in a safe small-group setting, and take some time to share what's going on in your life with other parents. We'll meet in Gilmour Hall at church. Free child care provided by request. Please RSVP to Michael Pohl or Morgan Gresham.

Contacts: Michael Pohl, Morgan Gresham




UU's Helping People Pancake Breakfast

Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 11:30am

UU’s Helping People will sponsor a pancake breakfast to support their ministry to people in need. Suggested donation $10/family, $4/individual or something in between. 

Contact Sabine with any questions.

Contact: Sabine von Aulock




Learn the Issues -- Then VOTE

The Unitarian Universalist Church of St Petersburg and the League of Women Voters of the St Petersburg Area are co-sponsoring a series of educational forums to prepare you to vote knowledgeably in the upcoming November election.

The three-part voter education series will cover these topics:                     

  • October 2:  Local Control of Education & Restorative Justice Practices           
  • October 16: Gun Safety
  • October 23: Amendments to the FL Constitution

All three programs are FREE and open to the public, and will be held in our sanctuary, 7:00pm to 8:30pm 

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!

Since these events do not magically happen -- we need some help setting up, cleaning up and greeting the multitudes that attend. We will have sign-up sheets for each event on piano on Sunday after service. But you can beat the rush by responding to this notice. 

Contacts: Karen Coale, Karen Day, Sharon Winters




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




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)