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Transportation Assistance Needed!

Rosemary Yaco is in need of transportation to and from UUSP each Sunday morning for the Discussion Group at 9:30am and Worship Service at 10:30am.  She lives at 6410 23rd Street South, St. Petersburg.

If you think you may be able to assist Rosemary, she can be reached at (727)867-7316 for more information.

Contact: Sue Price
Posted on April 28, 2017, at 7:14pm

Announcements From Pastor Jack

Another Important Rally and March - St Pete People's Climate March:  This Saturday April 29, 10:30am - 12:30pm, in Mirror Lake Park at 6th Street (by the Palladium) speeches and a peaceful demonstration to promote awareness of human-made climate change and the need to respond.  Rev. Jack will speak briefly at the gathering from a UU perspective.

 

Wednesday Religious Studies Discussions:  “Comparing Beliefs” with the world’s myths discussed in Joseph Campbell’s The Power of Myth. For May 3 (10am and 7pm), Chapter 8, “Masks of Eternity. ”  As always, quotes for discussion will be provided.  All are welcome.  Rev. Jack   

 

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

 

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.

 

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

 

Registration Now Open for  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, NC - www.uuwomenspirit.org.

 

Pastor Jack would appreciate emails from UUSP members new and longer-term with whom he hasn’t met recently for a kind of annual check-in, letting him know your best times for a visit.  jfdonovan@bellsouth.net

 

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 a pledge of financial support in any amount to UUSP each year); (3) Sign the Membership Book; (4) Take part!

 

 

 

Posted on April 28, 2017, at 6:49pm

RE Corner

Space is quickly filling for our Hogwarts Summer Camp. We have 2 camps this year, July 24 - 28 from 9am - 3pm and July 31 -  August 4, 9a.m- 3p.m. Children ages 5-12 welcome.

For more information about camp, or to register, go to uustpete.org/hogwarts

 

Contact: Lisa Hill
Posted on April 28, 2017, at 6:39pm

UUSP Friday Night Cookbook: Working Title - “Sharing Abundance”

Each Friday night between 15 and 30 members of our church and others from the community bring food for a picnic.  We serve 80 - 100 people who are down on their luck, many of whom are homeless. The food that comes varies each week as do the people involved. 

The UUHP Social Justice Committee would like to prepare a cookbook based on our experiences.  The goal would be to:

  1. Share our experiences (good and bad) in this effort.
  2. Honor the people who work preparing and serving the food.
  3. Have a resource for new workers on dishes that work well and how much to prepare.
  4. Have a guide for other churches that might wish to duplicate what we have done successfully here for many years.
  5. Make a few bucks for our programs by selling copies.

A possible structure for the cookbook could be

  1. Introduction, history and goals.
  2. 30 or so recipes with picture of the person who prepares the dish and a little story about them.
  3. Some nuts and bolts of costs, legalities etc.

We can provide a free copy to the participants and perhaps sell some to the church membership or on Amazon to raise money for the social justice projects.

We’re hoping that almost everyone who participates (or has participated) in our Friday night picnic will wish to help in this effort. Even if you haven’t been there Fridays, but have a great inexpensive recipe, we need you too. To join this effort, we will ask for the following information. (We can interview, help, organize and photograph if help is needed):

  1. Information on the dish (or dishes) you make that you like best.  Quantities, serving sizes, preparation times, methods, and costs if possible. (In other words a recipe plus).
  2. A picture of the dish, in final form or in preparation.
  3. Maybe you don’t cook regularly, but you like to serve on the line or bring special items. We can adapt the questions to your contribution.
  4. A picture of you. It can be current or from your childhood, your pet, funny or whatever you like.
  5. A short bio of your involvement, why you do it, is it part of your spiritual journey and if so how or whatever else you would like to include.

We think a recipe and info about the cook or server would take up one or two pages so we need lots of help to make a book.

Please respond if you can help with this project to Barbara or Tom Archibald at archibaldmail@gmail.com

Contact: Tom Archibald
Posted on April 28, 2017, at 3:08pm

3 - Year UUSP Plan - New Team

At our meeting in April, the Board approved the formation of a small team to come up with a structure and process to move ahead with a 3 - Year Plan. The immediate goal is for the team to present a draft planning process to the Board on May 11, 2017, and to propose next steps. 

The new team is intentionally small (one Board member and three non-Board members) in order to start the process promptly and effectively.  The team is loaded with diverse talent and experience: Barbara Rowell, Morgan Gresham, Courtney Allen, and Jill McCracken.

The reason for the formation of the new 3 - Year Plan Team is simply that our congregation is growing, our activities are growing, and our expenses and budgets are growing. All of this growth is good, and the Board agreed that we need to think deeply about our priorities and our direction, and carefully plan how we can achieve these. 

The team will keep the Board and congregation updated. Input from the congregation is essential.

Please contact me or any of the team members for more information.

 

Paul Burnore, President

Contact: Paul Burnore
Posted on April 28, 2017, at 3:01pm

Chiapas, Mexico - Slides and Talk

Thursday, May 18, 7:00 pm in Glmour Hall.

Tim Flaherty and Paul Burnore travelled to Chiapas, Mexico in March, under the sponsorship of The Center for Global Justice, the same organization which sponsors annual trips to Cuba. This former Mayan region is home to a number of indigenous groups, including the Zapatistas which mounted effective resistance to the Mexican government in the 90’s, and are still masked and resistant. 

Join Tim and Paul for slides and talk about San Cristobal de Las Cassis, a 15th century town which was controlled by the Zapatistas for awhile, the surrounding mile high mountains, and various indigenous groups which are still surviving.

Please contact Tim or Paul with any questions.

Contact: Paul Burnore
Posted on April 28, 2017, at 2:57pm

Thank you -- Your Postcards, Calls and Emails MADE a Difference


The Administration’s $3B budget request to begin expanding the wall with Mexico and to hire an additional personnel to increase the number of deportations -- was withdrawn from the current round of budget negotiations for this fiscal year. Your voices were heard.

Contact: Karen Coale
Posted on April 27, 2017, at 10:34am

Thank You -- Medicaid Support

Tis a complicated subject -- but the outpouring of help from so many of you has made a difference. At least we understand enough to support Santa. But the system is so punitive. 

 

Contact: Karen Coale
Posted on April 27, 2017, at 10:32am

Want to make a difference you can see? Check out the ​Building & Grounds Committee!


Whether you don’t know which end of a screwdriver to use or you can build a home from scratch, B&G is looking for YOU!  We have various projects you can enjoy from helping to find and coordinate the best contractors, getting your hands dirty outside on the grounds, or handyman jobs – light painting, electrical, carpentry, etc.  (Yes, that should probably be “handyperson” but we can only carry PC so far.)

 

We meet the 1st and 3rd Tuesday each month 5:30 – 7:30pm at the church office.  Stop by and find out what we do!  Request copies of our Minutes be emailed to you.  Join in and brag to your friends about things like a new bookshelf you helped install (provided it stays up, of course …).  Anyway, come on by and find out more!  Fame, glory, fun and more can be yours!

 

For more info, please email us at:  uustpete.bg@gmail.com

Posted on April 21, 2017, at 10:06pm

Family Promise Update

UUSP will again assist St. Luke's United Methodist the week of July 2, staffing the Day Center, preparing meals, serving as evening and overnight hosts for 2 - 3 days that week.  To work with families experiencing temporary homelessness, a one-time, 2 hour training session must be completed.

Here is the upcoming training schedule:

Monday, May 8, 2017 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Central Christian Church
6161 22nd Avenue North
St Petersburg, FL 33710
Room 10

 

Monday, June 12, 2017 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Central Christian Church
6161 22nd Avenue North
St Petersburg, FL 33710
Room 10

 

Thursday, June 29, 2017 10:00am to 11:30am
Central Christian Church
6161 22nd Avenue North
St Petersburg, FL 33710
Room 10

 

Monday, July 10, 2017 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Central Christian Church
6161 22nd Avenue North
St Petersburg, FL 33710
Room 10

 

Thursday, July 20, 2017 10:00am to 11:30am
Central Christian Church
6161 22nd Avenue North
St Petersburg, FL 33710
Room 10

Reach out to Nancy Clark if you have any questions.

Contact: Nancy Clark
Posted on April 21, 2017, at 9:52pm

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