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Guest at Your Table Begins This Sunday


At this time of year UU Churches across the country engage in an unique tradition to support the work of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC). This program is called Guest at Your Table (GAYT).

This year’s program focuses on providing support to those seeking refuge in our country at our southern border via reliable on-the-ground outreach organizations who provide shelter, food and legal assistance to those, mainly Central Americans, seeking refuge in our country. These  organizations are a counter-force to the recent disturbing treatment of caravans of migrants attempting to cross into California from Mexico.

Giving via the UUSC GAYT program is one big way to help them. Another is to prepare cards, drawings, and welcome messages to send to our partners on the U.S.-Mexico border who are working tirelessly to support asylum-seekers as they arrive in the United States. These cards will be shared with migrant children and families who have recently arrived to remind them that they have a home and are welcome here.

Join us after service and create your own welcome card or drawing. Cards, paper and markers will set up at a table after service. All ages welcome. 

We will send our “creations” to the UUSC who will share them with one of their host organizations. This is one small step to show asylum-seekers a welcome that is stronger and louder than the messages of hate and fear they are hearing from the Trump administration.

Contact: Karen Coale
Posted on December 7, 2018, at 7:25am

Passover Seder

Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 3:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: Gilmour Hall, Kitchen

Passover Seder 

contact: Linda Paul and Barbara Archibald

Posted on December 4, 2018, at 12:33pm

UUSP Annual Holiday Coffee Hour


The annual Holiday Coffee Hour will be on December 16 after the service and not limited to an hour.

Bring your favorite dessert or appetizer and join us in Gilmour Hall to celebrate the season at UUSP.

Contact: Sue Price
Posted on December 1, 2018, at 9:30am

Introducing The Giving Team

Through the efforts of many, UUSP is beginning to thrive. The signs are everywhere, from the vigor and commitment of our members to the shine on our heritage property. We want to provide the wherewithal for UUSP’s continued health through member contributions and participation and gifts from friends. With these efforts in mind, the Board of Trustees has approved a proposal by Carol Ulmer and Susan Burnore to place all our fundraising activities under one umbrella, The Giving Team.

 

Under Carol’s leadership, the team will coordinate and manage all fundraising activities with the help and involvement of UUSP members to sustain our spiritual home and create a thriving community. The team will focus on the following activities under the respective leaders:

 

 

The Giving Team invites congregational members to assist with all aspects of the team’s work and welcomes your suggestions and comments. Please contact any team member to learn how you can play an active role in nurturing our spiritual home.

Posted on November 30, 2018, at 8:35pm

Showered and Empowered


UU's Helping People, overseeing the Friday Night Picnic, was thrilled to host Christy Jenkins, owner and operator of Showered and Empowered on November 2.

Made possible by a grant, the mobile unit has 2 private shower stalls and a stackable washer/dryer. Guests are provided a shower bag filled with a wash cloth, shampoo, soap and conditioner. Friday night volunteers collect and provide clean tee shirts, socks, and underwear. Never underestimate what a small group of committed individuals can achieve!

We will be hosting Showered and Empowered again December 14 and are working on getting this going monthly.

 

Contact: Sabine (beandex@aol.com)

Posted on November 30, 2018, at 8:28pm

"Still No Room in the Inn" - 29th Annual Christmas Caroling


Friday, December 7, 6:30pm UUSP, playground meeting place

"Still No Room in the Inn" - 29th annual Christmas Caroling in support of people experiencing homelessness.

Join members of UUSP and Celebrate Outreach in caroling at local shelters and the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Courts, ending at the manger on the waterfont. Help us remind our community that for some of us there is "still no room in the inn." Blister bus available.

Contact: John Stewart at (727) 894-2832 or sjstew@gte.net.

Posted on November 30, 2018, at 8:11pm

Snowbird Covenant Group

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 - 2:00am - 3:30pm
Location: Library

Snowbird Covenant group meets the first Wednesday of each week 

Contact: Ellen Hayes

Posted on November 30, 2018, at 3:06pm

Guest at Your Table is at the Mexican Border


At this time of year UU Churches across the country engage in an unique tradition to support the work of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC). This program is called Guest at Your Table (GAYT).

This year the focus is on our southern border and providing support to those seeking refuge in our country. The UUSC finds reliable on-the-ground outreach organizations across the globe, but this year’s GAYT is focusing on supporting the NGOs who provide shelter, food and legal assitance to those, mainly Central Americans, seeking safety  who arrive at our southern border in California, Arizona and Texas. They are a counter-force to the recent disturbing treatment of caravans of migrants attempting to cross into California from Mexico.

Giving via the UUSC GAYT program is one way to help them. We can also contact elected officials and organize and/or participate in vigils locally. I welcome additional ideas. 

UU St Pete’s Guest at Your Table campaign takes place over a 2 month period, and will include introductions of four “guests” who are from Central America or Mexico and the organizations they participate in to help migrants; and two informational discussions in January covering facts about caravans, the immigration court system and for-profit detention centers. These discussions will be co-hosted by Rev Jack and Karen Coale.

We will kick-off the program by having our children distribute GAYT boxes during service on Sunday, December 9. We ask you to put the box on your dining table and enter the cost of feeding a guest for the duration of the campaign which will conclude on Sunday, January 20, 2019.  Bring your boxes to service on that date and the children will collect them. We suggest paying by check, payable to:  UU St Pete with UUSC/GAYT in the memo line. 

Thank you!

 

Contact: Karen Coale
Posted on November 29, 2018, at 6:59pm

Exploring Human Sexuality

UU Church of Tampa Pioneers Regional Adult Workshops: 'Exploring Human Sexuality

On Saturday, January 12, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa will be the first UU congregation in western Florida to offer the adult version of the Our Whole Lives curriculum on human sexuality. Twelve regional congregations have been invited to register members for 20 workshop openings.

While versions for younger audiences have been offered for years, the adult (35 and over) and young adult (18-35) versions have not. The sexuality education series was jointly developed by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ.  

Beyond two prerequisite workshops, January attendees may choose up to three advanced topics from a list of additional workshops. "We've planned two field trips to venues where UUs rarely go in groups," said Dr. Ronald Hammerle, one of the two course leaders and a former interuniversity scholar at the Kinsey Institute for Sex Research.

The other co-leader, Betty Clark, a masters-educated, registered nurse, brings more than four decades of experience teaching human sexuality. She has presented workshops nationally and internationally on sexual function and sexuality issues related to people with disabilities.

Sessions run approximately two hours in length.  They are held on Saturday afternoons and will end in late February. The fee for the two prerequisite workshops is $25 for UUA and UCC members until December 8. Up to three, advanced courses are $10 per person for members of UUA and UCC congregations until  December 8. 

Applicants will need to complete a confidential, anonymous questionnaire to attend. The questionnaire and registration may be obtained by contacting Betty Clark, at bettyclark555@yahoo.com.

Click the link below to see the informational flyer:
Exploring Human Sexuality Flyer

Posted on November 28, 2018, at 8:28am

Memorial Service - Burch family

Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: Sanctuary, Gilmour Hall, Library, Kitchen

Memorial service for UUSP member Trish Burch's husband Gerry.

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan

Posted on November 27, 2018, at 6:54pm

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