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Announcements From Pastor Jack

Tuesday Mediation: 11:45am, or a little earlier for instruction - in UUSP’s Gilmour social hall.

Tuesday Brown Bag Lunchtime; 12:15pm-1:00pm – in UUSP’s Gilmour social hall.

YES, Meditation and Lunch gatherings will continue through August.

 

UUSP WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES July 25 (10am or 7pm, your choice), discussing Chapter 5 (& 6?) of A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism by Church and Buehrens.  Copies available in the UUSP library for borrow or purchase ($10).  Quotes for discussion available at meeting and by email.   Pastor Jack

FYI:  This will be the last Wednesday discussion until we start again on Wednesday September 5th.

 

Possible NEW Programs in the Fall  (Your feedback requested and appreciated):

(1) Wednesday morning meditation.  Which starting times would you prefer: 6:00am, 6:30am, 7:00am, 7:30am?

(2) Thursday Citizens Café:  To discuss your social concern of the day over lunch (brown bag) or coffee (provided) – with pens, paper, envelopes provided along with officials’ addresses.  Is this an idea worth implementing?

Tell Pastor Jack for Fall Planning: In person; or Feedback sheets on piano; or Email (jfdonovan@bellsouth.net)

 

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.

Posted on July 20, 2018, at 7:20pm

Update from the Board of Trustees

At the 12 July 2018 BOT meeting, the following officers were elected to positions on the Board:

  • Morgan Gresham, President
  • Steve Benton, Vice President

Additionally, Dani Skrzypek will be serving as Assistant Financial Secretary.

 

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Contact: Morgan Gresham
Posted on July 20, 2018, at 7:15pm

This Sunday's Worship Services

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Sunday, July 22, 2018: ""Making connections: How Poetry Inspires""
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Paul Burnore

Worship Associate: Sherry Benton
Speakers:  Denis Calandra and Jean Calandra

 

When Rev. Jack Donovan is not in the pulpit the worship committee presents different themes that inspire us to be stronger UUs. This week we will explore the world of poetry and how it influences and inspires our lives. Joining me will be Jean and Denis Calandra, lifelong educators, who recently became UU St. Pete members.

 

Group: Worship
Posted on July 20, 2018, at 12:37pm

Arts & Aesthetics Meeting



Sunday, July 22, 2018 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Conway Middle Room

Arts and Aesthetics Committee will be meeting this Sunday at noon to discuss current and upcoming projects. 

Agenda will be be sent out to current members, contact Rain for agenda if you are not on the current email list and would like to join us!

Contact: Rain Turner
Posted on July 20, 2018, at 7:39am

Tiny Homes for Homeless Veterans

Monday, August 13, 2018 - 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Location: Playground

UUSP will be hosting a Community Event supporting Celebrate Outreach's Tiny Homes for Homeless Veterans project on Monday, August 13th, 12:30pm-2:30pm.

Come learn about this project, see the models, and  thank our sponsors, LP Building Products, and their  volunteers who will make some aesthetic improvements in the playground (new canopy tarps). Enjoy free lunch provided by John and Lisa Riesebeck owners of Smokn' J's. The event is free.

Contact: Sabine von Aulock: beandex@aol.com

Posted on July 19, 2018, at 12:00pm

2018 CANDIDATES FORUM: Pinellas County School Board 


Candidates are running to fill four Pinellas County School Board seats. UU St Pete is a member of the FAST Coalition which has asked the current school board to counter the rising number of in-school arrests and suspensions for minor offenses by putting in place a robust “restorative practices” program.  FAST members of our congregation are meeting with candidates, and these are the questions they are asking them:

  • Do you agree that Pinellas County Schools has a track record of not giving teaching staff the training and resources they need when implementing new Programs?
  • What have your experiences been with restorative practices? Do you see this as an effective way to deal with the discipline problems of the school district?
  • If elected, would you agree to a pilot of the “safer saner schools” program?
  • If elected, will you advocate for the school district to release quarterly accountability reports of suspension, arrest and reading scores broken down by school and race?

The League of Women Voters is moderating Candidate Forums for school board candidates. YOUR vote can shape the future of education in Pinellas County!  All parents, teachers and community members are invited to attend this important debate to learn more about the candidates’ positions before casting your vote in the Primary Election on August 28, 2018.

JULY 24, 6pm - 8 pm: St. Petersburg College Ethics & Social Science (ES 104), Clearwater Campus, 2465 Drew St., Clearwater

JULY 30, 6pm - 8 pm: St. Petersburg College Music Center, St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus, 6605 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg

AUGUST 2, 6pm - 8pm: St. Petersburg College Digitorium, Seminole Campus, 9200 113th St. N., Seminole

Sponsored by Pinellas Education Foundation, PTA - Pinellas County Council, LWVSPA, and SPC Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions

Contacts: Karen Coale, Karen Day
Posted on July 19, 2018, at 11:18am

Announcing the New UUSP Kayaking Club


UUSP’S new Kayaking Club is for those who want to get out on the water on guided kayak excursions for all levels and ages – beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Popular kayak trails are located at Ft Desoto, Boca Ciega Bay, Lake Seminole, Weedon Island, Honeymoon Island, Caladesi Island, Egmont Key, Cockroach Bay, etc. Participants can bring their own kayak, borrow one (I have three), or rent one. All safety regulations will be observed. Kayaking Leader is Paul Burnore. Contact Paul at plburnore@gmail.com if you’re interested.

Contact: Paul Burnore
Posted on July 19, 2018, at 8:43am

A UU Prayer


To those who stay when everyone scurries home

And turn out the lights

Turn down the AC

Unplug the toilets

Clean up standing water

Fix leaks in the ceiling

Wrestle a failing grease trap

Install modern lighting

Paint dingy stairways

Clean up dirty dishes

I thank you and light my internal chalice in gratitude to you.

(Sabine von Aulock)

Posted on July 19, 2018, at 8:14am

Celebrate Outreach's Tiny Homes for Homeless Veterans Project


UUSP wil be hosting a Community Event supporting Celebrate Outreach's Tiny Homes for Homeless Veterans project on Monday, August 13, 12:30pm-2:30pm.

Come learn about this project, see the models, and  thank our sponsors, LP Building Products, and their volunteers who will make some aesthetic improvements in the playground (new canopy tarps). Enjoy free lunch provided by John and Lisa Riesebeck owners of Smokn' J's. The event is free.

Please reach out to Sabine von Aulock with your questions: beandex@aol.com

Posted on July 19, 2018, at 8:11am

Voter Education Program: Amendments to the FL Constitution

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Location: Sanctuary

Amendments to the FL Constitution which include those from the Constitutional Review Committee as well as citizen groups such as the Restoration of Felon Rights. This will be the fourth in a series of educational programs to prepare us to knowledgeably vote in the general election in November. We are asking the League of Women Voters to share their presentation and FACT sheets with us.

Each event in the series will have a similar format:

  •     Provide fact based information via film, presentation, panel, fact sheets, etc.
  •     Facilitated Q & A 
  •     Questions for candidates, and fact sheets 
  •     Action steps

and will be 60 to 90 minutes in duration. 

Contact: Karen Coale
Posted on July 13, 2018, at 1:32pm

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