UU St. Pete InfoNet: September 28, 2018

This Sunday's Worship Services

Sunday, September 30, 2018: "Ten Year Vision"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Karen Day

Worship Associate: Nazeriah Allen

How do we make our visions of the future come to pass? If our central practice is love, what do we do when we don’t know what to do? We’ll look at our Universalist history and science fiction for some guidance.



RE Corner

Religious Education- September 30

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

Families begin in worship at 10:30 and school age children and youth will go to their groups after Time for All Ages to focus on stories and activities about Patience, Love and a Ten Year Vision. These activities highlight our Universalist roots.

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


Contact: Karen Day



Announcements From Pastor Jack

UUSP CHOIR SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT and A BIT ABOUT JON ARTERTON:  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.  See more information in the article about Jon, on the website online and in our InfoNet.


The UUSP Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Tammy Boudreau has accepted its request for Tammy to serve on the BoT to fill the current vacancy for the remaining year of service.  Tammy began her time on the Board at the September 13 meeting.  Thank you, Tammy, for sharing all your wonderful talents!


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 at 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.



  • 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). 

Pastor Jack will email the sermons to the Wednesday Discussions mailing list.  Please let Jack know if you would like to receive the sermons.  All three are included in the book, "Three Prophets of Religious Liberalism" along with a lengthy excellent introduction by Conrad Wright, professor emeritus of American Church History at Harvard Divinity School (inexpensively available on Amazon).  As usual, quotes excerpted from the text will be available.


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


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 – 8:30pm. 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.


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 Caf√© 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.


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



Voter Education Series

The first of a three part series to help you vote knowledgeably in the November election will be at UUSP on Tuesday, October 2 at 7:00pm

The topic is Schools: Local Control of School and Restorative Practices. The attempts by the Constitutional Revision Commission and the Florida Legislature to erode local control of our schools; and the FAST coalition priority of restorative practices are two very important educational issues. 

This series is co-sponosred by the Unitarian Universalist Church of St Petersburg and the League of Women Voters of the St Petersburg Area. The other topics and their dates are:

  • Oct. 16: Gun Safety
  • Oct. 23: Amendments to the FL Constitution

Bring your friends — and volunteer to help out. Become informed before you vote, and remember that every election is determined by the people who show up. We are counting on YOU!

We could use a few more helpers for the October 2 session.  Please reach out to those noted as contacts to see how you can help.


Contacts: Karen Coale, Karen Day, Sharon Winters




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, including this Sunday, September 30!   Jon’s choir philosophy is that “the world would be a much saner place if everyone sang.”  So all our voices got a place in the choir!


A BIT ABOUT OUR NEW UUSP MUSIC DIRECTOR 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 or both of the choirs!  



Fire Drill Alert: Sunday, October 7, 2018

There will be UUSP community wide fire drill.

We will practice leaving the buildings in a safe and swift fashion.

All are requested to participate.

Complete instructions will be provided in the September 30 OOS and InfoNet.  Fact sheets will be available during coffee hours.

Our full service coffee hour will be at usual time and location.

Contact: Sabine 973-768-3256  beandex@aol.com

Contact: Sabine von Aulock



UUSP Fire Safety Quiz

On October 7, we are conducting a Fire Drill after the Service and before coffee hour. You will see the Quiz in your September 30, Order of Service.

Parents will receive specific instructions.

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




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)