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Stone Soup this Sunday


A great event where you can clean out your closet AND contribute to UU's Helping People's homeless ministry.  Over the past few weeks, you've brought us your gently worn bowls, or seconds from a favorite potter or garage sale find. This Sunday, we will auction off the bowls and serve home made soup in our new treasures.  

You can still contribute bowls on Sunday, just reach out to Sabene and Reggie.

Posted on November 17, 2017, at 6:52pm

Guest At Your Table Gives Life to Our UU Principles

Guest At Your Table is a vital part of the Unitarian-Universalist Service Committee. Funds donated through Guest At Your Table strengthen UU’s challenge to injustice throughout the world. This year, the program highlights the empowerment of refugees and displaced people, the most overlooked in humanitarian crises.

 

How do we participate in Guest At Your Table?  Place the box on your dinner table. Each time you, your family and friends enjoy a meal, add something from your wallet or purse to the box. After the New Year, our Religious Education youth will collect the boxes and envelopes, tally the contributions, and send it all to the UUSC. To celebrate UUSC’s 75th Anniversary, names of the top-contributing 75 congregations will be included in UUSC’s time capsule. 

We will be distributing boxes, announcements will be made regarding when they will be available.

Contact: Dolores Benjamin
Group: UUSC
Posted on November 17, 2017, at 6:26pm

This Sunday's Worship Services

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Sunday, November 19, 2017: "GIVING THANKS TO THOSE WHO AWAITED YOU WITH HOPE"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

Before you were delivered at birth, there were people of influence in your family life - and their influences may carry on in your life, still operative for good or not so good.  What do you know about them?  Were they hopeful for you or about you?  Should you be thankful regarding their expectations?  How might you interact with their influences for your spiritual growth?

Group: Worship
Posted on November 17, 2017, at 6:10pm

Religious Education Job Opportunities at UU St. Pete


UU St. Pete is hiring! We have immediate need for the following positions in our Religious Education (RE) program:

Please visit the above links for details, or contact our search committee at hiring@uustpete.org.

Posted on November 17, 2017, at 1:48pm

Announcements From Pastor Jack

A MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR BELOVED UUSP MEMBER JOAN BARCLAY will be held this Saturday, November 18 at 11:00am in our sanctuary, with refreshments to follow. 

 

UUSP MEMBER AMANDA CONKLIN IS MOVING TO RALEIGH, N.C. and has lots of things to give away this weekend!  Times for pick-up:  This Saturday, November 18, 1-6pm and this Sunday, November 19, 1-4pm.  Items include: new large bedding, quilts, nice Xmas decorations & new small tree, a woven patio rug, CDs, foldup clothes rack, clothes, kitchen things, art supplies, coffee pot, microwave, fan, food, cans, drinks, cleaning supplies, dishes, glasses, pots, pans, large heavy sleeper couch (green/gray velvet-like Sealy mattress, good condition), new fold-up puppy play pen, new commode, 2 walkers, 2 canes, 1 new shower chair.  Pick up in So. Pasadena near Publix, 1144 Rue des Rois, Les Chateaux, 727-270-1163.  All has to be gone by this Sunday by 4 pm.

 

NO MEETING THIS WEDNESDAY for the Covenant With Black America discussion groups.  Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, November 29 at 10am and 7pm.  Reading will be chapters 4: Accountable Community-Centered Policing and chapter 5: Access to Affordable Neighborhoods and Opportunity.  We will complete our study of this book on December 13. Quotes for discussion provided.  Pastor Jack

 

UUSP FALL MEDITATION RETREAT: Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 9:00am - 12:00pm, Gilmour Hall - an opportunity to find and reconnect with your life-enhancing center.  Brief instruction on Zen, Mindfulness, and Contemplative forms of meditation.  Refreshments provided.  For more information: Pastor Jack 352-327-6166; jfdonovan@bellsouth.net. 

 

PASTOR’S HOLIDAY PARTY:  Saturday December 9, 5-7pm.   Pastor Jack & Alisun request the blessing of your presence at their house to celebrate coming to the season of light and the community that gets you there -  1104 12th St. N., phone 352-327-6166.

 

HELP THE UUSP CARE COMMITTEE HELP THE CONGREGATION.  Can you help with a meal, transportation, memorial receptions, caregiver respite, emergency child care or house maintenance, etc…?    Please fill out the survey insert in the Sunday bulletin or inform Care Committee chair Sue Price (pricesue63@gmail.com).   Thank you!

 

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.

 

UU ST. PETE IS A UUA CERTIFIED “WELCOMING CONGREGATION.”  Several years ago we completed the process to be so recognized by the UU Association of Congregations.  In the near future, we will hold a refresher course of study to remind ourselves of the best practices for fulfilling Welcoming Congregation commitments.  In the meantime, on our Sunday bulletin and elsewhere, you will see the following words as a reminder:  UU St. Pete is a Welcoming Congregation, affirming and promoting the full human worth and dignity of every person regardless of class, gender, race, sexual orientation, ability, faith, or nationality.

 

 

Posted on November 17, 2017, at 1:12pm

RE Corner

Religious Education Sunday, November 19, 2017
Nursery age care is provided in Conway Hall beginning at 10:15am. Youth and Children will begin in the service and then proceed to their classrooms. Children in grades K-3 will meet in their room with Trish and Joe. Children in grades 4-6 will meet with Linda and Melissa. Youth will meet for a discussion with Rev. Karen Day in the youth room.

 

RE Volunteers
If you are interested in volunteering in the classroom with our wonderful children and youth, please contact Melissa Allen (melissa.m.allen@me.com).

 

UU St. Pete is Hiring!
We have immediate need for the following positions in our Religious Education (RE) program:

  • RE Instructor for Children (3-4 Sundays per month)
  • RE Instructor for Youth (3-4 Sundays per month)

 

For more info, please visit http://uustpete.org/re-jobs, or contact our search committee at hiring@uustpete.org, or touch bases with Morgan Gresham, Beate Hughes-Brown, or Linda Paul.

Posted on November 17, 2017, at 12:55pm

We Need YOU to Take Action NOW!



Reflecting the nationwide support for the Dreamers, multiple bills have been introduced by congressional representatives from both political parties in both the Senate (S) and House of Representatives (HR). 

But no bills have been scheduled for hearings – let alone votes.

IN SOLIDARITY WITH DREAMERS -- we need your help now to make sure that federal legislation is passed in 2017 to protect them. In order for any bill to go into effect, it must be passed by both the Senate and the House and signed by the President. Then the Department of Homeland Security needs to develop implementation procedures. That is why it is imperative that hearings and votes get scheduled now.
 
Contact your Congressperson and both Florida Senators. Call, email or visit each of them. It takes just a few minutes, and is so easy to do. 
●    State your name and zip code. Calls and messages from outside their district are not counted.
●    Like most Americans you support Dreamers remaining in the country permanently
●    Ask them to demand that hearings and votes for Dream Act legislation be scheduled for this calendar year,         and to support:   
        ○    A “clean” bill – one that is not tied to other immigration related issues such as funding the wall with Mexico or stripping current protections for unaccompanied minors from Central America. 
        ○    A bill that provides Dreamers legal status and a pathway to citizenship.

If the phone lines are blocked or voice mailbox is full, cut and paste the bullet points from above into their email templates on their websites!

Contact Information:
US House of Representatives from this area

Kathy Castor 
Visit website and complete template  http://castor.house.gov/contact/ 
Phone: (202)225-3376  or  (813)871-2817 

Charlie Christ 
Visit website and complete template   https://crist.house.gov/contact/                                                                                          Phone: (202) 225-5961 or (888) 205-5569

US Senators for Florida
Bill Nelson 
Visit website and complete template  www.billnelson.senate.gov/contact-bill                                                  Phone: (202) 224-5274 or  813-225-7040

Marco Rubio 
Visit website and complete template   www.rubio.senate.gov                                                                              Phone: (866) 630-7106 or (202) 224-3041

LEGISLATION MUST BE PASSED AND SIGNED IN 2017 
We do not want hearings or passage of legislation postponed until early 2018, since some DACA recipients will begin to lose their protective status on March 5, 2018. At that time several will be subject to deportation to countries they did not grow up in.  

Contact: Karen Coale
Posted on November 15, 2017, at 2:44pm

Parking Lot Update: November 10, 2017

We’ve made substantial progress on shaping the final agreement with Wannemacher Jensen Architects (WJA) for the purchase of parcel 1 of our parking lot, and the construction of a new, safer, and environmentally friendly parking lot for UUSP on parcels 2 and 3. The Board Negotiating Team and the Advisory Team went through WJA’s initial draft agreement in detail and came up with a number of relevant edits and questions. These were aggregated and summarized for our attorney, Chuck Hinton, who redrafted the agreements with our edits in legal language and sent them back to WJA’s attorney. We then received their second draft which we again analyzed and edited, and again reviewed in detail with Chuck Hinton. In our second redrafting, there were only a few issues left to be resolved. We are hopeful that we can work out the final details in the next couple weeks. 

 

 

Contact: Paul Burnore
Posted on November 10, 2017, at 5:27pm

Share the Plate THIS Sunday

November 12 is Share the Plate Sunday — which means that one half of the non-pledge portion of the offering will be used to support one of this Church’s social justice projects. Though — it still feels like summer outside — both today’s and the December share the plates will help make  Christmas a bit merrier for the immigrant and refugee families that we support. Please be generous.  Thank you!

 

Contact: Karen Coale
Posted on November 9, 2017, at 4:43pm

Anna Prince Celebration of Life

Saturday, January 6, 2018 - 11:00am - 2:00pm
Location: Sanctuary, Gilmour Hall, Library, Kitchen

Celebration of Life for Anna Prince  11am-12pm, Sanctuary

Luncheon, 12pm to 2pm, Gilmour Hall

Group: Pastoral Care
Posted on November 7, 2017, at 2:33pm

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