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A Very Merry Spring, Indeed!

We’re in the middle of a great schedule of events to raise money and build community.  A big thank you to all our incredible hosts.  Social Justice will have an extra $3500 or more due to your generosity and that of your guests.


You can still buy tickets to the final two events.  Email or call  770-480-0200 to reserve your spot.  Both of these will be great fun with wonderful food - all the money goes to Social Justice projects at UUSP.  


Sunsets, Salads, Sangria and Sandcastles - Sat., April 14th, 5:30 pm, Pass-a-Grille Beach

Melissa and Courtney Allen, Sabine von Aulock, and Jeri Huempfner-Gatz invite you to a fun-filled evening on the beach.  They provide salad fixings and sangria, Nature provides the sand and sunset.  You bring your plans for a sandcastle!  $44 each, limit 10


The Grand Finale!  A Very Special Happy Hour - Sun., Apr. 22nd, 5-7 pm, 1338 Monticello Blvd., N

To conclude our Very Merry Spring, Sally Wallace and Sue Price host the kind of party we all love - delicious food, your favorite drinks, and warm camaraderie in a lovely setting.  $40 each, no limit

Contact: Susan Burnore
Posted on March 16, 2018, at 10:37pm

“And So It Goes….Unless…!”

You’re invited to the Kick-Off Luncheon for this year’s pledge campaign this Sunday, March 18, right after the church service.  No charge!  And the brief program (no more than 30 minutes) will include some enthusiastic entertainment from The Price Is RIght players.  We hope to give you a laugh or two to draw your attention to the campaign.


Making a pledge is simply promising to support the church financially, according to your own level of commitment and resources, for the next church year, which runs from July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019.  Pledging each year, in any amount, is required for membership in UUSP.


Don’t miss it - The Tinstaafl Lunch will be fun and tasty!  And you might even learn something about UU St. Pete.  


Posted on March 16, 2018, at 10:36pm

Announcements From Pastor Jack

HEAR YE, HEAR YE!!!  THERE HAS BEEN A DATE CHANGE!   With sadness, we announce the coming-retirement of the UUSP Office Administrative Assistant Jeri Huempfner-Gatz, as she informed us on Sunday, March 11, during Joys and Concerns.  Jeri's last day will be Friday, April 27.  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 administrative assistant will soon be started by the Minister, Personnel Committee, and Board, beginning with an updating of the job description, followed by publication of the job opening and by interviews. The position is currently part-time and currently pays about $15/hour.  At the least, the position requires graciousness, diligence, flexibility, and computer competence.  


EASTER 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 in a communion mode, so everyone will take home a blossom (notice how close a word blossom is to blessing?) from someone else in the congregation.  Counting on you!  Thanks, Pastor Jack


OUR NEXT WEDNESDAYS STUDY BOOK starts April 11, 10am and 7pm:  The Third Reconstruction: How A Moral Movement Is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear, by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II.  Our UUSP Wednesdays Discussion 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 seven 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 16, 2018, at 10:31pm

Parking Lot Update - New Construction Mid-June to Late July

Our neighbors, Wannemacher Jensen Architects (WJA), have confirmed that our new parking lot construction will take place from mid-June to late July. Parking for UUSP members during that time will continue to be in the parking lots of our other neighbors across Arlington Ave and along Arlington Ave and 2nd Ave N.  More detailed information will be coming. In addition, WJA said that the construction of their new building on parcel 1, along Mirror Lake Drive, will commence Septemberember 2018 and be completed by Sept 2019.


Paul Burnore, President

Contact: Paul Burnore
Posted on March 16, 2018, at 12:05pm

March For Our Lives, March 24, 2018


Stand with students and families to demand that our lives and safety become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings.

Make a sign, join other congregation members & meet in front of the church by 9:30am next Saturday.

Tentative details -  Location: Mirror Lake; 9:40am: student lead program behind Courthouse, 545 1st Ave. N; 10am: march begins.

Watch for More information in the next InfoNet!


Questions?  You can reach out to Sharon Winters (

Posted on March 16, 2018, at 11:33am

Congregational Survey


The Three Year Plan team will launch a UUSP Congregational Survey in order to gather demographic information and some details about your experience at UUSP. Survey results will guide us in making certain we provide the supportive, nurturing religious environment and programs that help us grow. Along with members’ Needs & Priorities, UUSP’s financial outlook, our membership growth, and our 2018-19 budget, your survey feedback will be invaluable in drafting a mission/vision statement and our three year plan.

Follow this link to the Google form to complete the survey: If you have trouble accessing the form, please contact Morgan Gresham.

A limited number of paper copies will be available through the church office. If you need a paper copy, please contact the office administrator.

Please participate in this survey--we want to hear from you! Thanks.

Contact: Morgan Gresham
Posted on March 16, 2018, at 10:48am


Sunday, November 4, 2018 - 11:30am - 11:50am
Location: Sanctuary, Conway Middle Room, Music Room, Gilmour Hall, Downstairs Classroom, Big RE Room, Library, Minister’s Room, Ladybug Room, Kitchen, Front Office, Media Room, Playground, RE Office, Conway North Room, Treuthart Room

Church wide Fire Drill       Sabine von Aulock, Organizer

Posted on March 11, 2018, at 12:33pm

FAST is FAST Approaching

Please join UUSP members for FAST Nehemiah Action, Monday, March 19, 7:00pm, at Tropicana Field.  At the Action, we will be asking our public officials to implement solutions that will create more affordable housing and fund programs in our schools that will help decrease misbehavior and make our schools safer for both students and teachers.  School Board Members, County and city officials will have been invited to attend to address our concerns. UUSP FAST members will be at the Welcome Corner in Gilmour Hall after service this Sunday to answer questions.  Free parking is available in lots 1,2, or 4 or gather at UUSP at 6:15pm for a shuttle ride.  To reserve a spot for free child care at Tropicana Field call the FAST office at (727) 823-9197. 

Thank you!

Posted on March 8, 2018, at 4:00pm

NEW UUSP Nominating Committee

The Board has appointed a new nominating committee for the election of board members and officers for fiscal year 2018-19. The nominating committee members are: Dani Skrzypek (chair), Michael Pohl, and Patti Hanks. 

The election will be held at our Annual Meeting on April 29. According to our bylaws, those who have been UUSP members 60 days or more before the meeting (as of today, February 28) will be authorized to vote. Your attendance at the Annual Meeting and your vote are important in guiding UUSP and living our 5th UU principle: “The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large.”


Paul Burnore, President

Posted on March 2, 2018, at 9:23pm

Three Year Plan - Update

The UUSP Three Year Plan (TYP) team is moving full steam ahead to create a UUSP vision and plan that takes into account our building and grounds needs as well as the Needs & Priorities that committee heads and UUSP members have given the Board.  For further direction, team members will be collecting feedback from congregation members with a Congregational Survey in the next few weeks. The TYP team will be validating/updating our mission and vision statements. The team will also be using a thorough inventory of church assets (compiled by Tee Taylor), maintenance and replacement timelines, the upcoming 2018-19 budget, financial data from our endowment and cash assets, and membership growth/pledge projections.


This is a lot of work. But it’s absolutely necessary as we move forward. Our experienced TYP team members are: Teresa Kelly, Morgan Gresham, Bill Motter, and Pat Fling. We’ll provide a complete update at the Annual Meeting on April 29.


Paul Burnore, President

Board of Trustees

Contact: Paul Burnore
Posted on March 2, 2018, at 9:20pm

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