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It's Pledge Time!


We are half-way through this year's pledge campaign, which runs until April 9.  Have you submitted your pledge yet? You can turn it in at the campaign table during coffee hour this Sunday, or mail it to the office, or just email pledge chair person Susan Burnore at susanburnore@gmail.com. There are extra forms at the table. Above all, please take a little time to think about being "All In" for our congregation, then let us know your financial commitment for the next year by April 9, the last day of the campaign.

We all win when we're All In!

Contact: Susan Burnore
Posted on March 24, 2017, at 11:18pm

UU T-Shirts On Credit

MLK Parade Marchers:  If you took one of the UUSP shirts on credit for the parade, don't forget to pay Beate Hughes-Brown as soon as possible so she can settle the account.

Please bring your check (payable to: UU St. Pete) or $12.00 cash as soon as possible. Just put cash in an envelope with your name and note T-shirt on it for us. If you are bring a check, please note T-shirt in the memo area.

Thank you!

Posted on March 24, 2017, at 11:07pm

Announcements From Pastor Jack

UUSP’s Social Justice subcommittee for “Saving Our Democracy” encourages attendance at An Ice Cream Social with Ben and Jerry’s Ben Cohen for the initiative to outlaw corporation contributions to political campaigns – this Friday, March 24, 7:00pm at Allendale United Methodist Church, 3803 Haines Road North, St Pete.  UUSP contacts: Dan Greenfeld, Rev Jack Donovan.

 

Everyday - UUs helping UUs: Need some help or know a UUSP member who might? Please notify Sue Price, UUSP Care Committee chair, at sueprice63@gmail.com.

 

Every Tuesday Meditation:  Instruction 11:30; Silence 11:45-12:15 –  social hall with Pastor Jack.

 

Every Tuesday Brown Bag Lunch:  12:15p-1:00, Social hall.  Come converse!

 

Every Wednesday Religious Studies:  For March 29, “Comparing Beliefs with Joseph Campbell’s The Power of Myth,” ch 5, pp 160-179. Discussion quotes provided.

 

After Sunday Service at UUSP, April 2:  UUSP Snow Birds and St. Petersburg Audubon Society present Ron Smith (author, Birds of Pinellas County) & Gina Driscoll, (president, Downtown Neighborhood Association) on “Birds of Mirror Lake – Protecting & Preserving Their Ecosystem.”

 

We’re Invited: “Tibetan Monk Follow-Up – Art and Spirituality.” Sunday April 2, 2:00 pm at Florida CraftArt, 501 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg. A community discussion of the significance of the monks’ visit and how you responded with art or poetry or personal reflection.  (Show & Tell welcome.)  More info: Pastor Jack

 

Shall We Get Involved?   Sunday, April 9, 11:45am after church, come join UU Community Minister Rev. Karen Day and UUSP pastor Rev. Jack Donovan in the UUSP Sanctuary to learn about (and discuss UUSP joining) FAST, a Pinellas County coalition of 40 congregations advocating for sensible solutions to member-identified local issues. FAST stands for Faith and Action for Strength Together – it’s part of a national movement to use community partnership to leverage local public policy change for the common good. This year’s FAST local issues:  criminal justice, education and affordable housing.

 

UU St. Pete Annual Meeting Sunday April 30, 11:45am to elect UUSP Board of Trustees and offices for Fiscal Year 2017-2018, adopt a budget for FY 2017-18, and conduct other business as may come before the meeting.  We hope that as many UUSP members as possible will attend.  Paul Burnore, BoT president

 

UUSP’s Social Justice subcommittee for “Saving Our Democracy” encourages attendance at An Ice Cream Social with Ben and Jerry’s Ben Cohen for the initiative to outlaw corporation contributions to political campaigns – this Friday, March 24, 7:00pm at Allendale United Methodist Church, 3803 Haines Road North, St Pete.  UUSP contacts: Dan Greenfeld, Rev Jack Donovan.

 

Everyday - UUs helping UUs: Need some help or know a UUSP member who might? Please notify Sue Price, UUSP Care Committee chair, at sueprice63@gmail.com or (727) 290-9910.

 

Every Tuesday Meditation:  Instruction 11:30; Silence 11:45-12:15 –  social hall with Pastor Jack.

 

Every Tuesday Brown Bag Lunch:  12:15-1:00, social hall.  Come converse!

 

Every Wednesday Religious Studies:  For March 29, “Comparing Beliefs with Joseph Campbell’s The Power of Myth,” ch 5, pp 160-179. Discussion quotes provided.

 

After Sunday Service at UUSP, April 2:  UUSP Snow Birds and St P Audubon Society present Ron Smith (author, Birds of Pinellas County) & Gina Driscoll, (president, Downtown Neighborhood Association) on “Birds of Mirror Lake – Protecting & Preserving Their Ecosystem.”

 

We’re Invited: “Tibetan Monk Follow-Up – Art and Spirituality.” Sunday April 2, 2:00 pm at Florida CraftArt, 501 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg. A community discussion of the significance of the monks’ visit and how you responded with art or poetry or personal reflection.  (Show & Tell welcome.)  More info: Pastor Jack

 

Shall We Get Involved?   Sunday, April 9, 11:45am after church, come join UU Community Minister Rev. Karen Day and UUSP pastor Rev. Jack Donovan in the UUSP Sanctuary to learn about (and discuss UUSP joining) FAST, a Pinellas County coalition of 40 congregations advocating for sensible solutions to member-identified local issues. FAST stands for Faith and Action for Strength Together – it’s part of a national movement to use community partnership to leverage local public policy change for the common good. This year’s FAST local issues:  criminal justice, education and affordable housing.

 

UU St. Pete Annual Meeting Sunday April 30, 11:45am to elect UUSP Board of Trustees and offices for Fiscal Year 2017-2018, adopt a budget for FY 2017-18, and conduct other business as may come before the meeting.  We hope that as many UUSP members as possible will attend.  Paul Burnore, BoT president

 

Save the Dates:  May 17-21, UUWomenspirit 30th Anniversary Spring Retreat Ancient Whispers: A Pilgrimage to Women’s Mysteries of Heritage and Inner Being – at the UU Mountain Retreat & Learning Center, Highlands, N.C.   (www.themountainrlc.org).  Registration: www.uuwomenspirit.org.

 

Unitarian Universalist Association Annual General Assembly “Resist & Rejoice” – June 21-25, New Orleans.  Schedule and Registration at www.uua.org/ga.

 

BECOMING A UU ST PETE MEMBER:  When you feel this church would be good for you, or you for it, you’re ready!  So, (1) Attend the two-session Inquirers Class or, if that’s not timely, meet with our minister, Rev. Jack; (2) Fill out the Member Information and Pledge Form (UUSP by-laws require an annual pledge to UUSP of financial support in any amount that works for you); (3) Sign the Membership Book; (4) Take part!

 

 

Posted on March 24, 2017, at 9:53pm

Nametags for New Members as well as all Other Members

I have notified by email most new members who have joined this year that your member nametags will be ready for you this Sunday. They will be in alphabetical order on the Nametag Kiosk. If you are a new member and did not receive an email from me please let me know. The Membership Team asks that all members wear their nametags on Sunday, especially after service during Coffee Hour. If you do not have a nametag, please let me know (dcoale628@icloud.com) so I can make a replacement.  

Thank you,
Membership Team.

 

Contact: Dave Coale
Group: Membership
Posted on March 24, 2017, at 7:46am

Share the Plate Sunday


One half of today’s non-pledge portion of the Offering will be used to support our three Congolese families. Overall they are making an amazing adjustment to their new lives here in St Pete. However -- with reduced hours and low wages -- they do live on the edge economically. They need a helping hand with food, clothes for the growing kids and utilities. Please be generous -- as your donation really makes a difference in their lives. Thank you.

 

Contact: Karen Coale
Posted on March 23, 2017, at 11:10am

Endowment Board

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Location: Front Office

The UUSP Endowment Board witll hold a quarterly meeting on April 13 at 7 pm at the church.  UUSP members are welcome to attend.   Darren Stowe, Chair

Contact: Darren Stowe
Posted on March 21, 2017, at 2:33pm

"NO TRESPASSING” SIGNS

On February 28, UUSP hosted a neighborhood meeting regarding the homeless situation on our properties. The persistent problems for us and neighbors include littering, urinating, defecating, sleeping, belligerence, and some people feeling unsafe.

Attendees at the meeting were:

Cliff Smith, Manager of Veterans, Social and Homeless Services - City of St. Petersburg
Sgt. Tim Montanari & Officer Rich Linkiewicz - SP Police
Carlos Pid - City Outreach
Joanne Browning - Arlington Management Office Mgr
Paul Burnore, Jack Donovan, Howard Taylor, Reggie Craig - UUSP

Joanne Browning described the situation at Arlington Management. Paul and Jack mentioned some of the problems at UUSP. Cliff Smith said that funding for the homeless is $2M in St Pete and $8M in Pinellas County.

Cliff said that 35% of people homeless is caused by substance abuse, and another 35% is caused by mental health issues, physical health, job loss or economic factors. Sgt Montanari, Officer Linkiewicz, Carlos and Cliff all described various programs used locally to help the homeless. 

Numerous solutions were discussed. The SP Police agreed to add our alley way to their routine police routes, including 5:30 am when problems occur regularly at Arlington Management. They also gave us their 727 phone numbers should we want to call them directly.  

  • Cliff Smith:  893-7627 (office), 698-1809 (cell)
  • Officer Richard Linkiewicz: 441-5103
  • Sgt Montanari:  214-8545

On March 9, our Board of Trustees discussed the meeting and possible solutions. The Board agreed on the following actions, which Howard Taylor, as B&G Chair, will implement. We will monitor and review the results monthly to assess the effectiveness.

  • “No Trespassing” signs should be posted on 4 corners of our parking lot and front lawn. We will include contact information for homeless people to reach out for help. The signs were strongly recommended by the City, SP Police, and Outreach since it gives them the discretion to talk with violators, ask them to leave, offer them alternatives, warn them, or arrest repeat or threatening offenders. Other neighboring churches already do this.
     
  • Flood lights or replacement of city light in our parking lot to enhance safety and discourage sleeping overnight. 

    We discussed several institutions in the area which serve the homeless: Resurrection House, Safety Harbor Shelter, and Pinellas Hope Shelter. These places have available room for homeless people.

    We also discussed larger ways to help the homeless situation throughout St Pete: provide "tiny houses"; the Eugene, Oregon program where all the local churches provide 2 or 3 small houses for vetted families on church grounds; and the possibility of partnering with Habitat for Humanity to build small houses for vetted homeless families.

    If you are interested in helping with the homeless situation in our neighborhood or St Pete, please contact Reggie Craig or Paul Burnore at UUSP, or the City and Police contacts above.

    Contact: Paul Burnore
    Posted on March 17, 2017, at 8:17pm

    Parking Spots for UUSP Guests


    NEARBY PARKING FOR UUSP

    1. The UUSP Lot – Always available

    All other parking is within a minute walk to UUSP’s front door.

    Saturdays, Sundays, and Weekday Evenings (all non-business hours)

    1. Pinellas County Health Dept - 647 1st Avenue N
      • Two parallel lots entered from 1st Avenue N. with 62 spaces total​
    2. Law Offices - 669 1st Avenue N
      • 12 spaces entered from Mirror Lake Drive N by Arlington
    3. Law Offices - 699 1st Avenue N
      • 8 spaces facing Arlington
      • NO PARKING facing the building, as these are reserved for lawyers

    Sundays Only

    1. Arlington Management – 735 Arlington Ave N
      • Lot #1 with 11 spaces facing 735 (not the spaces facing Meros, Smith)
      • Lot #2 with 8 spaces and #3 with 17 spaces - across the alley, behind the UUSP lot - can be entered from 2nd Ave North

    Contact Paul Burnore with questions or for a parking lot walking tour.

     

    Contact: Paul Burnore
    Posted on March 17, 2017, at 8:08pm

    RE Sunday Rehearsal

    Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 12:00pm - 3:00pm
    Location: Sanctuary

    Rehearsal, RE Sunday   Lisa Hill

    Contact: Lisa Hill
    Posted on March 16, 2017, at 4:15pm

    The Birds of Mirror Lake - April 2


    Please Join us Sunday, April 2 for an important talk on...THE BIRDS OF MIRROR LAKE by Ron Smith, author of The Birds of Pinellas County at 11:45am at the Unitarian Universalist Church of St. Petersburg, FL, 100 Mirror Lake Drive N.

    Think Globally, but Act Locally for Earth Day & Beyond: Learn what we can do to protect and preserve Mirror Lake, a living Eden of an Ecosystem in the heart of St Petersburg from Gina Driscoll, President of the Downtown Neighborhood Association Reception.

    There will be a book sale, and signing at 12:30pm.

    Special thanks to our UU Snow Birds and the Audubon Society of St Petersburg for making this talk possible.

    Contact: Lise Beane
    Posted on March 10, 2017, at 10:52pm

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