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Flops n Mops

Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 11:30am - 2:00pm
Location: Downstairs Classroom, Big RE Room, Ladybug Room, Kitchen, Media Room, Playground, RE Office, Treuthart Room

Flops and Mops

Come to Church dressed in comfortable clothes, suitable for chores.

We'll enjoy a pancake breakfast and then put a dazzle on our physical plant.

We need painters, scrubbers, organizers etc. Bring a bucket to carry equipment.

Contact:  Sabine von Aulock 973-768-3256 or

Posted on March 22, 2018, at 12:58pm

Pancake Breakfast

Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 11:30am - 12:30pm
Location: Gilmour Hall

Sunday, March 25th - Pancake Breakfast    

Whether you're mopping, visiting or just being, please join UU's Helping People in their monthly Pancake Breakfast.

This month, no charge although any contribution toward our homeless ministry welcome.

Contact:  Sabine von Aulock 973-768-3256,

Posted on March 22, 2018, at 12:54pm

“And So It Goes….Unless…!”

The Pledge Campaign is underway NOW, and its time for you to make your financial commitment to UUSC for the next church year, which starts July 1, 2018, and goes through June 30, 2019.


We all know how important it is for the church to know what our financial resources will be as we work on the next budget.  It’s always hard having to compromise on our needs and wishes due to limited funds.  And so it goes…


Unless!  Unless everyone takes this opportunity seriously and does what they can.  We have the chance to have a “break-though” year if our long-time pledgers continue their ever-growing support and our newer pledgers step up to help.  Here’s a little data to consider:


  • Our pledges last year ranged from under $100 to over $8000.  
  • The average pledge was $1411.
  • We had close to 100% member participation in the pledge campaign, and we expect excellent pledge fulfillment.
  • Our total budget last year was $233,000.  Income from pledges was budgeted at $166,000. The balance is mainly made up from rentals, summer RE camp fees, offering plate collection, and funds from our endowment.
  • Some areas of concern in the budget: not meeting UUA recommended levels for staff compensation; not paying our fair share of UUA dues; not fully funding needed maintenance expenses.  
  • All these areas, and others, could be at least partly addressed with a break-through year if every member pledges and amounts average $1500.  People with greater resources supplement those with smaller, of course, but everyone can help!


Packets of information are available at the Pledge Table during coffee hour each Sunday.


Pledges are due SUNDAY APRIL 8th!  Put your pledge card in the box on the Pledge Table, or mail it in, or email our wonderful Financial Secretary, Barbara Archibald, at  Thank you in advance for making this a Break-Through Year!


The Pledge Team

Contact: Susan Burnore
Groups: Membership, UUSC
Posted on March 22, 2018, at 11:23am

Two Very Merry Spring Events left!

Two Very Merry Spring Events left!

Two events in April still have tickets available, so don’t miss your chance!  100% of the ticket price goes to our Social Justice projects, and all the events offer the chance for us to get to know one another and have a great time.


Sunsets, Salads, Sangria and Sandcastles - 5 tickets left

Saturday, April 14, 5:30pm at Pass-a-Grille Beach, $44 each

Join hosts Melissa and Courtney Allen, Sabine van Aulock, and Jeri Huempfner-Gatz on the beach for a fun-filled evening.  They provide salad fixings and sangria, Nature provides the sand and sunset.  You bring your plans for a sandcastle!


A Very Special Happy Hour - unlimited

Sunday, April 22, 5-7pm, 1338 Monticello Blvd. N, $40 each

Hosts Sally Wallace and Sue Price welcome you to a beautiful evening at Sally’s home in Allendale.  The kind of party we all love - delicious food, your favorite drinks, and warm camaraderie in a lovely setting.


For tickets, come to the Pledge Table during Coffee Hour, or email  Join in the fun!

Contact: Susan Burnore
Posted on March 22, 2018, at 11:22am

Announcements From Pastor Jack

CORRECTION FROM LAST WEEK’S ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT JERI’S RETIREMENT DATE:   Jeri Huempfner-Gatz, UUSP’s Administrative Assistant, is actually retiring as of Friday April 27, not May 27.  April 27 will be her last work day in the office, though not in the life of the congregation!  At the Sunday Service on April 15, we will honor Jeri for her three great years of service to the congregation.  We hope you'll be there. 


THE SEARCH FOR A NEW UUSP OFFICE ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT is being started up by the Minister, Personnel Committee, and Board. We are updating the job description and will follow that with publication of the job opening and with interviews. In the meantime, Jack can distribute the current job description and the application form to interested parties. The position is currently about half-time and currently pays about $15/hour. At the least, the position requires graciousness, diligence, flexibility, and computer competence.  


EASTER (NEXT!!!) SUNDAY will feature the traditional UU Flower Communion!  Please take part!!!  Bring a blossom or a few blossoms to church to place on our front tables in the Sanctuary. Our children will then redistribute the flowers a la communion, so everyone may take home a blossom from someone else in the congregation. (Notice how close the word blossom is to blessing?) Counting on you!  Thanks, Pastor Jack


OUR UPCOMING WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDY starts April 11, 10am and 7pm:  Our focus will be The Third Reconstruction: How A Moral Movement Is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear, by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II.  Our Study Group has been through two painful books on racial injustice in America.  In The Third Reconstruction, Rev. Barber presents an inspiring experience-based way forward in which we all can rewardingly help.  Pastor Jack


UUs HELPING UUs: Need help or know a UUSPer who might?  Please notify Sue Price, UUSP Care Committee chair:; 727-290-9910.


A NEW UUSP COVENANT GROUP (3rd Tuesdays, 7:00pm) is starting this month.  Please contact Pastor Jack if interested:


UU ST. PETE COVENANT GROUPS meet monthly (or more often if the group prefers) to deepen acquaintance with and appreciation of one another and of life.  A covenant group consists of 7-12 people and is facilitated by a group leader.  The meetings include opportunity for a personal check-in, plus discussion of a more general question of life – and are a great opportunity to get to know and be known.  The gatherings are held wherever the group chooses – often at a member’s home or at the church.  Currently UUSP has eight covenant groups.  If a group grows beyond 12 people, it usually chooses to seed a new group.  

INTERESTED?  Current meeting times are:

3rd Mondays (6:30-8:00pm);

3rd Mondays (7-8:30pm);

3rd Tuesdays (7-8:30pm);

2nd Thursdays (4-5:30pm);

1st Saturdays (11-1:00pm for RE parents/childcare provided);

1st Sundays (7-8:30pm);

Every Wednesday (2-3:30pm) - for snowbirds, starting in January.


If interested, please contact Pastor Jack (


Posted on March 22, 2018, at 11:20am

Can some BUNNY help?

We are seeking donations to help fill our plastic eggs (candy, small toys, stuffed animals) for the Easter Egg Hunt after Sunday Service on April 1.

A bin to receive donations will be available outside the nursery on Sunday, March 25, 2018.


Contact Morgan with any questions

Contact: Morgan Gresham
Posted on March 22, 2018, at 9:46am

Flops and Mops: Sunday, March 25, 2018

Come to Church dressed in comfortable clothes, suitable for chores.

We'll enjoy a pancake breakfast and then put a dazzle on our physical plant.

We need painters, scrubbers, organizers, etc...

Bring a bucket to carry equipment.

Reach out to Sabine if you have questions.



Posted on March 22, 2018, at 9:38am

March For Our Lives, March 24, 2018


The St. Petersburg March is now at Poynter Park, 11am, Saturday, March 24th, just east of the Poynter

Institute on 3rd St. South.  Full details on the program & 1.5 mile march at 

Wear orange (or your UU t-shirt), bring a sign, and join us.  If you want to meet up with other

UUSP members to march, meet to the west of the USF-SP library on 3rd St. S. after the program/speakers.

(This is a change from last week’s announcement… the Mirror Lake March has moved to the beaches.)

Hope to see you there!


Questions?  You can reach out to Sharon Winters (

Posted on March 22, 2018, at 9:23am

Easter Egg Hunt

Sunday, April 1, 2018 - 11:30am - 12:15pm
Location: Big RE Room, Ladybug Room, Treuthart Room

Kids, bring your Easter baskets! Adult egg hunters welcome too!

Our annual Easter Egg Hunt will begin at 11:45am on Sunday, April 1. Participants (and their adult chaperones!) need to gather 5 minutes beforehand. We will meet at 11:45am in front of the Conway Building's door to the RE Classes (by the nursery). This pre-event huddle is necessary for check-in, ground rules, et cetera. Allergies: be advised that some of the plastic eggs contain chocolate, nut, or wheat gluten ingredients. It is the responsibility of parents to supervise their students at all times during the activity! 

We will gladly accept donations to help fill our plastic eggs (candy, small toys, stuffed animals). A bin to receive donations will be available outside the nursery.

If you are over 18, and interested in hiding eggs beforehand, please contact Morgan Gresham.

Contact: Morgan Gresham
Posted on March 20, 2018, at 6:27pm

Want To Make A Difference You Can See in 2018?

Check out the ​Buildings & Grounds Committee!  

Next Meeting: Tuesday - March 20,  5:30pm - 7pm - Church Office

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 like (1) helping to find and coordinate the best contractors or (2) 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.)

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

Contact: Howard Taylor
Posted on March 19, 2018, at 3:11pm

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