UU St. Pete InfoNet: September 7, 2018

This Sunday's Worship Services

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Sunday, September 9, 2018: "CONSIDER THE SOURCE: What is the Influence of the Beginner's Mind on You?"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

Worship Associate: Sarah Craig

And so now the new church year begins - along with Rosh Hashanah (September 9), beginning the Jewish New Year with the High Holy Days - along with Labor Day marking the return to work and school after summer vacations -along with our Sunday service marking our new beginnings with our annual Ingathering Service, celebrating with our traditional Water Communion ceremony (created and introduced by the UU Women's Federation decades ago). 

We invite all to help mark our Ingathering and reconnecting for the new church year by bringing a tiny bit of water representing the oceans, lakes, streams or faucets from where you spent some time this summer.  Our Water Communion ceremony is a few moments to pour in our gathered waters and to name the interconnected sources and spirits they represent.

The basic purpose of our church, one might say, is to be an on-going community that helps us and all people grow spiritually, that is, in understanding of life and caring for it.  Our pastor's Sunday sermons mainly focus on our potentials and how they may be fulfilled from the beginning of life through its end.  Today's sermon asks what is the connection between our Source and our potentials.






RE Corner

Religious Education: September 9

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 and our Water Ceremony where they will focus on stories and activities about VISION and Water. Trish, Joe, Natashia and Jeanay will lead our children and youth.

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


Contact: Karen Day




Announcements From Pastor Jack

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR BARBARA ROWELL – Saturday, January 19, 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.


WATER COMMUNION THIS SUNDAY (September 9)!  To mark our ingathering for the fall season we invite all to bring a tiny bit of water representing the oceans, lakes, streams or faucets from where you spent some time this summer.  Our Water Communion is a ceremony to pour in our gathered waters of summer and to name the interconnected sources and spirits they represent to us.


THE GLOBAL UU MINISTRY FOR EARTH urges local UUs to join this Saturday (September 8) in “Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice” rallies.  In St. Petersburg, join the gathering at Williams Park between 10:00am and 1:30pm.  Wear your UU St. Pete tee shirt.  (The rallies are timed to precede the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco called by California Governor Jerry Brown.)


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 will begin her time on the Board at the September 13 meeting.  Thank you, Tammy, for sharing all your wonderful talents!


SIGN UP FOR COVENANT GROUPS* this Sunday morning 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.  * 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 will start this Wednesday, September 12 (10am or 7pm, your choice) continuing with A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism by Church and Buehrens.  Quotes for discussion will be from chapters 6-8.  Pastor Jack


SAVE THE DATE:  Tuesday, September 18, 7:00pm in UUSP’s Gilmour Hall, Keep St. Pete Lit will hold a salon with the on the topic “The Language of Disaster”.  This event is supported by UUSP.  Hope you all can come join in hearing the presentation and in the discussion to follow.  Pastor Jack


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



(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


SAVE ANOTHER DATE – Friday, November 16!  UUSP is co-sponsoring “Story Telling for Social Justice” featuring award-winning novelist and journalist Ana Menendez.  This is part of the Leif Nissen (Memorial) Social Justice Lecture Series” supported by the Temple Beth-El Social Justice Action Committee.  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




Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice Rallies

THE GLOBAL UU MINISTRY FOR EARTH urges local UUs to join this Saturday, Septemeber 8 in “Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice” rallies. 

In St. Petersburg, join the gathering at Williams Park between 10:00am and 1:30pm.  Wear your UU St. Pete tee shirt - bring a friend!  (The rallies are timed to precede the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco called by California Governor Jerry Brown.)

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan





House Meetings FAST Approaching!

What wakes you up at night? What breaks your heart?

We are holding gatherings in early September to share concerns and to learn more about each other. These stories will be used by the FAST (Faith and Action for Strength Together) coalition to choose the problems we work on together. If you’d like to attend on September 9, 16, 17 contact Karen Day, Dave Coale, or Pat Fling.


Contacts: Karen Day, Dave Coale, Pat Fling




Fair Trade Coffee, Tea & Chocolate For Sale After Sunday Service

Sunday, September 9, 2018 - 11:30am

After our Sunday service, "Equal Exchange" Fair Traded Coffee, Tea and Chocolate will be available for your purchasing pleasure. These products are regularly available the 2nd & 4th Sundays of each month. (Dates may vary during the summer, holidays and special events.)

And remember, when you purchase the fair trade products that are available here, you are helping to support small farmers around the globe, you are helping the UUSC continue its commitment to their human rights, you are helping our church community to live our mission, and you are getting an excellent product at a fair price.

Contact: Karen Frank




BOT meeting

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 7:00pm

Board of Trustees monthly meeting

All BOT meetings are open, and all members of the congregation are invited to attend. If a member or committee representative would like to speak at the BOT meeting, please let the President or Vice President know so that it can be added to the agenda.

Contact: Morgan Gresham




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)