UU St. Pete InfoNet: November 1, 2019

Fall Back into Daylight Savings Time

Don't forget to set your clocks back an hour Saturday night or you may miss Sunday Services. 

This is also a great time of the year to change the batteries in your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors.





This Sunday's Worship Services

Sunday, November 3, 2019: "Social Justice - A Tribute to Veterans"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Sabine von Aulock
Worship Associate: Paul Burnore

“Without question I was glad the war was over but I enjoyed the Navy and I learned a lot
there. I had never been farther away from home than Georgia. I saw a lot of the United States
and different countries, natives on different islands. Living with my shipmates for 2½ years,
standing watches with them, people from all walks of life — northerners, Navajo Indians,
Catholics, African-Americans — it changed my life completely. I was a different person when I
came back.” Jabo Stewart



RE Corner

Religious Education:  November 3, 2019

This month’s theme for RE is Attention. 

Each week, the students will be knowledgeable in the theme of each month. November’s theme is Attention. Today’s lesson entails Attention to our Inner Self (Prayer). This past Sunday, our youth visited Revealing Truth Ministries. The experience was amazing. Special thanks to Courtney Allen for providing transportation! 

Novemeber 2: our youth will visit UU Tampa and attended the Fall Festival. Each month, our youth will explore and learn about other faiths that flow with UU to enable and expand their own perspective. For more information about the themed curriculum, contact uurefc@gmail.com.

Nursery care is provided in Conway Hall from 10:00 am - 12pm for infants through preschool by Linda and volunteer assistant. 

Family Seating for service: On the front, right side of the sanctuary, the first two rows are labeled and reserved for families with children. After “Time For All Ages/StoryTime” (roughly 10:40 am) the children are then guided upstairs by Ms. Jeanay, Ms. Trish and Mr. Joe to RE. Parents are always welcome to join. Children are returned to their parents in coffee hour at 11:45 a.m.

Want to stay-in-the-know about what's going on in RE? Subscribe to the RE Newsletter. Text UUSPRE to 22828 and you will be added! Thank you for your support.



Food/Supply Collection This Sunday, November 3

This Sunday UU's Helping People is collecting supplies for the Friday Night Picnic. Shopping items: paper dinner plates, paper cold beverage cups, paper napkins, plastic forks, Jelly and Peanut Butter.


Thank you for your financial, materials and volunteer support. We serve a healthy meal with a side of compassion, every week to 80+ guests. 

Contact: Sabine von Aulock




Expressive Arts Sunday Studios

TREES OF LIFE” – UUSP’S SUNDAY STUDIO will offer a series of seasonal expressive arts workshops, beginning after Sunday Service on November 3. 

Sign up after church this Sunday October 27.  Limit 12.   Using tree imagery as metaphor, we will explore the seasonal rhythms and patterns in nature and in ourselves.

Join Alisun Donovan, Cynthia Alicea, and Jill Oldenski for an afternoon of discovery and delight. Workshop begins at noon and ends at 3pm. (You may want to eat lunch beforehand) Donations accepted for materials.

Questions? Email alisundonovan93@gmail.com

Contact: Alisun Donovan



Announcements From Pastor Jack

WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES DISCUSSION.  Next study begins this Wednesday, November 6, 10:00am or 7:00 pm, your choice.  We will do a several Wednesdays introductory exploration of the UUA’s “Green Sanctuary Program,” with an eye on what we as a congregation need to do to become a Green Sanctuary and why.  For more information  about this program, you can go to uua.org/environment/sanctuary.   Pastor Jack


UUSP WILL WELCOME NEW MEMBERS ON NOVEMBER 17.  If you are interested in joining UUSP as a member, please contact Pastor Jack.


EVERY TUESDAY MEDITATION (11:45am – brief instruction provided if requested) and BROWN BAG LUNCH (12:15pm – checking in with friends), in UUSP Gilmour social hall.  


EVERY WEDNESDAY MORNING MEDITATION every Wednesday, 8:00-8:30 a.m.  Drop in, find your zone, go live your best day.


CITIZENS CAFÉ MOST THURSDAYS AT NOON!!!  in UUSP’s Gilmour (Social) Hall.  Join us (but let Pastor Jack know you’re planning to come, because our schedule is still erratic at this time of year)!  Our Citizens’ Café is a chance for us as engaged American citizens to clarify and deepen our understanding of the issues of society that influence our lives and that we might have influence on.  Bring your lunch if you’d like, and any proposed communications to newspaper editors or elected officials.  Coffee and tea provided.  Pastor Jack – jfdonovan@bellsouth.net.


SAVE THE DATE CHANGE:  UUSP SATURDAY MORNING MEDITATION RETREAT, December 7, nine to noon, UUSP’s Gilmour Hall.  Come recover attention, clarity, and peace – really.  Pastor Jack


OF NOTE FOR SNOWBIRDS: UUSP MEMBER IS RENTING A ROOM IN HER LOVELY ST PETE HOME, less than 15 minute drive to the UUSP.   Bedroom with comfy queen bed and bathroom, use of the entire large home including washer/dryer and jacuzzi in pretty private yard.  Walkable to the many shaded paths of Maximo Moorings park and a small swimming beach on the bay. 10 min. drive to Gulf Beaches and downtown St Pete.  I have a very well-behaved greyhound, so best for people who like dogs. Weekly fee $250, 15% discount for 30 day stays, 20% off for 60 days or more. Available Nov. 1 through April 2020. Prefer female renter. For more info and pictures contact JoAnn at 77.398.4403 JoAnn@JoAnnMil.com


NAMETAGS FOR FREQUENT VISITORS:  If you come often and would like a permanent name tag, please email Dave Coale at dcoale628@icloud.com.  


INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING IN A UUSP COVENANT GROUP*?  Contact: Patti Hanks (pthanks1@gmail.com) or Pastor Jack (jfdonovan@bellsouth.net).

* A covenant group’s purpose is to have a trusted circle with whom to discuss life at whatever level one is interested in sharing, as well as to deepen supportive and appreciative connections in the congregation.  The groups are called “Covenant Groups” because they function under a covenantal commitment to deep listening, respect, and confidentiality. 


COMMUNITY EVENT:    LECTURE ON NON-VIOLENT CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE by George Lakey, recently retired Swarthmore College professor and esteemed Quaker peace activist.  Tuesday, November 19, 6-9:30 pm at the St. Pete Friends Meetinghouse, 130 19th Avenue South.  $15 suggested donation.  Register with Susan Wade at swade3231@gmail.com or 727-821-5048.

For information about George Lakey, go to https://seymquakers.org/blog/2019/10/11/win-george-lakey-brings-new-book-workshops-florida/


DID YOU KNOW:  The website of the League of Women Voters (St. Pete Area) has a comprehensive list of elected public officials with click-on email links – just in case you want to send a message – www.lwvspa.org.  To borrow words from the League, Citizenship is about making democracy work – and as Socrates and Plato probably discussed, If you don’t dialogue, you don’t know.


UUs HELPING UUs:   Need help or know a UUSPer who might?  Please notify Sue Price,  UUSP Care Committee chair: pricesue63@gmail.com


UUSP SERMONS (printed or audio) are available on UUSP's website:   Go to www.uustpete.org, click the Spirituality tab, click Worship Services and Sermons. Scroll down the services and you will see "Sermons and Readings." For audio recordings, click on a Sunday Service and look for the sound icon   audio

For screen shots of examples, click the link:  Worship Service Online Enhancements


Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan



UUSP Kayak Outing: Fort Desoto Park

Our next excursion will be Saturday morning, November 2, at Fort Desoto Park and is appropriate for all skill levels. Kayak rentals are available. We’ll paddle around Mullet Key in calm waters and see lots of wildllfe. We’ll meet at Fort Desoto’s kayak rental shop, which opens at 9am (but come early to beat the crowd) and will launch our excursion from there by 9:15am. We plan to be back by 11:00am. 

The weather forecast says that Saturday morning should be fine, although rains are expected later. There are lots of other activities at Fort Desoto: a picnic, visit the fort, see Egmont Key, biking or swimming, etc. Fort Desoto Park charges a $5 parking fee on entry. Turn right on Anderson Drive and go 2 miles to the kayak rental site, at which we’ll launch.


  • lf you bring your own kayak, make sure to also bring a life jacket and whistle (these are provided for those who rent a kayak)
  • Water shoes, drinking water or gatorade, sun protection (hat, sun glasses, sun screen), towel and dry clothes
  • optional:  dry bag (for cell phones, cameras, keys, wallet, etc), binoculars
  • 75 cents in quarters for 1st park entrance (automated machine only)
  • $5 at last entrance for parking fee for the day

Rentals: Check out Top Water Kayak Outpost if you’re renting. This is where we’ll meet, put in, and end.



Please RSVP Paul Burnore at: plburnore@gmail.com if you plan to join us.

Contact: Paul Burnore



Stone Soup Sunday

Stone Soup is UUSP's annual event supporting the work and outreach of UU's Helping People homeless ministry.

During November, we will collect pottery bowls (could be gently used or from your favorite St. Pete potter).  Please leave them in kitchen, labeled "Stone Soup."

On November 24 there will be a sneak preview prior to the Service, and a silent auction following the Service. Auction winners will then enjoy hearty soup in their newly acquired bowl. Proceeds support the Friday Night Picnic, serving ~80 people in need every week of the year. They also will enable financial support of local service providers e.g., St. Petersburg Free Clinic, Women's Shelter, DayStar and Celebrate Outreach's Tiny Homes for Homeless Veterans Project.




UUSP Communications Survey

We’re conducting a short survey to better understand how we can communicate more effectively, with each other and with the larger community.  All congregation members & InfoNet subscribers received the email survey on October 31. 

Please respond to the survey, which should take about 4-5 minutes.  Your responses will help us prioritize and make improvements to the website, e-newsletters, InfoNet and more.

Prefer paper or didn’t receive an email survey?  Print surveys will be available in the narthex entrance November 3 and November 10 and we’ll have a laptop to enter survey responses. Please leave completed surveys in the designated “returned surveys” box by November 10.

Questions?  Contact Sharon at swinters@tampabay.rr.com 

Thank You!

 — UUSP Communications Team 

Contact: Sharon Winters



Spanish Conversation Group

Tim Flaherty and Lupe Torre would like to put together a Spanish Conversation Group.  We are holding a planning meeting on Sunday, November 10 after service (at 12 noon), to be held in the Administrator’s office area (Cathy’s office).  Please join us to share your ideas and desires, so we can put together a group that will fulfill your needs.


If you have any questions prior to the meeting, please reach out to Lupe Torres at monifita@gmail.com.



Renew - Restore - Rejuvenate

Considerable planning, small group discussions, and congregational meetings and town halls have helped chart our course for making changes to improve our UUSP church building.  These improvements will take place over a ten to fifteen year period and we are excited to get started. 

  • We support this funding as a congregation who has aspirations for a more welcoming and functional facility for our members and newcomers;
  • We support this funding as a congregation who trusts that the planning process is conducted with integrity and transparency;
  • We support this funding as a congregation who understands that we need to work together to move forward and have faith in and respect for the decision-making of the Board of Trustees and Design and Planning Team of the Building and Grounds Committee.


Projects approved to date by the Board of Trustees include:

  • Landscape Renovation—total estimated cost $20,000
  • Narthex and Bell Tower Entrance Renovations—total estimated cost $4,800


Funds are currently being raised from members who are able and willing to support this special project funding with a gift in addition to their annual pledge. 


For more information on the currently approved projects, please contact Sharon Winters  swinters@tampabay.rr.com


If you would like to consider a gift to the renovation projects, please contact a member of the Renew•Restore•Rejuvenate Giving Team:


To make a contribution, click on the link for Designation Form.  3D Designation Form

For more information on the Landscape Renovation, click on the link for Design Intent for Landscape Renovation.  Design Intent for Landscape Renovation




Flea Market at UUSP!

At last it is time to bring the items you have been saving for the Flea Market at UUSP to the church on the following days and times:

  • Sunday, November 10: 11:30am - 1:00pm
  • Tuesday, November 12: 1:00pm - 2:00pm
  • Wednesday, November 13: 12:00pm - 2:00pm
  • Thursday, November 14: 9:00am - 6:00pm
  • Friday, November 15: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • By appointment: call (727) 290-9910

Bring your gently used but no longer needed housewares, clothing and accessories, small furniture, books, tools, sporting goods, craft supplies, and holiday decorations.  Please NO televisions, computers, or exercise equipment.

Please RSVP on our Facebook or Eventbrite page and share these links with friends and family. A flyer will be in Sunday's bulletin for you to post at your favorite community space.




The Flea Market will be Saturday, November 16 from 9:00am - 2:00pm. Please come and join us for refreshments while you shop for some treasures.

UUSP Volunteer Helpers are needed for this event:

  • Most Critical: to help set up the sale items on Thursday, November 14 (9am - 6pm) & Friday November 15 (1pm - 5pm)
  • To help with the event on Saturday,  Novemvber 16 (9am - 1pm
  • To help clean up: 2 - 4+ hours per volunteer would be great between 1pm until done

If you can help with the Set up, the Flea Market event or with Clean up, sign up in Gilmour during coffee time or contact Sue Price, pricesue63@gmail.com.

Contact: Sue Price



Cafe & Bake Sale at the Flea Market

The UUSP Flea Market on Saturday, November 16, will include a bake sale and "cafe" selling snacks and drinks, as well as baked goods for people to enjoy over Thanksgiving.


Are you a baker or cook?  If you would like to create and donate something for the sale or cafe, please contact Linda Paul at lindapaulelem@gmail.com.  Thanks!


Contact: Linda Paul




Leif Nissen Social Justice Lecture Series


Friday, November 15, 2019 at 7:30pm
Temple Beth-El
400 Pasadena Ave So. St Pete

UU St. Pete is one of a number co-sponsors.   We’re all invited.

Michael Mann is an American climatologist and geophysicist, currently the Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science and Meteorology and Director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University.

Shabbat service at 7:30pm followed by lecture and Q/A at 8:15pm. The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are requested to help with seating and food planning, but are not required (temple office: 727.347.6136). Dessert reception follows.





Fast Members Vote

On October 28, 17 people representing UUSP joined with the 44 member congregations of FAST (Faith and Action for Strength Together) to listen to reports on the 3 campaigns currently underway to create social justice in Pinellas County and to vote on the next or third issue for our work this coming year.

The UUSP was unanimous in our vote. All 17 team members voted to work on Affordable Housing, and that issue was overwhelmingly chosen by the overall votes. 

This doesn't mean that the other issues receiving votes will be ignored. Just that this year our focus will continue on three issues and in the future other issues will be chosen.

The top three campaigns will be:

  • Youth Arrest and Suspensions
  • Criminal Justice
  • Affordable Housing 

Representing UUSP were: Cynthia Alicea, Robert Alicea, Ruth Bentley, Jean Blosser,  Greg Davidson, Kelli DeGraw, Pastor Jack Donovan, Peter Elem, Pat Fling, Barry Jones, Mary Neal Jones, Janet Mills, Bill Motter, Geneva Nelson, Linda Paul,  Sue Price, Lindsay and Olive Scogna.

The Next step is forming strategy teams who will meet with experts and develop strategy for action. Anyone interested in more information or to be part of the process of creating social justice in Pinellas County can contact Dave Coale, Mary Neal Jones, Bud Murphy, Pat Fling or Rev. Jack Donovan. 


Contacts: Dave Coale, Mary Neal Jones, Pat Fling, Rev. Jack Donovan



UUSP's Annual Thanksgiving Dinner

Come one come all!!

All are welcome to join your fellow parishioners in UU of St Pete's Annual Thanksgiving Dinner!

Turkey and ham will be provided with participants bringing the sides and dessert. We had a fantastic time last year and we're expecting even more guests this year. Sign up sheets will be on the piano in Gilmour Hall. If you don't want to bring a dish to the dinner, please still sign up to come. All are welcome!! Bring a guest or two.

Dinner is at 2pm on Thanksgiving Day November 28.  Please come a little early to enjoy the fine company and conversation. My Mother, Joy, will be decorating Gilmour Hall for the dinner the day before and wouldn't mind a hand.  If you have the time to help, please add your name to the sign up sheet for that event, which will be on the piano also.

If you have questions, please contact Kevin Wamboldt at 727-452-6818 or email kwam4181@gmail.com.

Looking forward to seeing everyone there!!

Contact: Kevin Wamboldt



Mingles November Events - Updated 10/26/2019

Mingles is the new name for our series of fun events hosted by UUSP members and friends to raise funds for our budget while having a great time together.  You'll see that we already have a wonderful variety of events - and more are coming!   The hosts pick up the tab so you can support the church while having a great time.  Come join the fun! 

Tickets are on sale each Sunday after church service.  Or you can email SusanBurnore@gmail.com.
To offer additional events, email Geneva Nelson.  Thanks!


Events for November – tickets on sale now!

Ghost Storytelling Tour:  Sunday, November 3, 6:00 – 7:30pm, at John’s Pass (Rain Date – November 10)

For a perfect end to your Halloween season, join Geneva Nelson for one of her popular storytelling tours at John’s Pass in Madeira Beach.  Enjoy the spooky stories, the John’s Pass sights, and good company! 
Limited to 22 people     $15: for ages 13 and older; $10: for ages 4-12


Comedy Tonight! (And supper, too!): Saturday, November 9, 6:00pm, 2847 1st St NE

“Nothing that’s formal, Nothing that’s normal, Something for everyone, A comedy tonight!”

Jean and Denis Calandra will treat their guests to a friendly introduction to improvisation, a key ingredient in happy living.  Through game and drama-based activities, you will make your way to some energy-boosting, heart-lifting short improvisations.  The menu includes meat and vegetarian sliders, couscous, Greek salad, and pies, wine, beer, soft beverages.  Limited to 18 people          $30 each      (deadline – November 3) 


“Hope, Love and Courage” Concert and Reception: Saturday, November 23, 7:30pm, at UUSP 

Join our own Jon Arterton and James Mack, founders of the One City Chorus, for some of their favorite songs, accompanied by Aaron Cassette.  Followed by a casual reception in Gilmour Hall. 
$20 in advance, $25 at the door


More Mingles Coming Up!

Here’s a sampling of events in the works. More information and tickets available soon.


Holiday Party: Sunday, December 29, 4pm - 7pm     Hosted by Paul and Susan Burnore

Everyone’s invited (pay as you can) to enjoy a relaxed afternoon of good food and great friends.


Poetry Night: Saturday, January 11, 2020    Hosted by Pat Fling

Lots of scrumptious snacks and drinks, and a little sharing of favorite poems. 


Elegant Afternoon Tea: Sunday, January 19, 2020,  2pm - 5pm

Spend an afternoon as if you were at an English country house – enjoy dainty sandwiches, scones, a tea selection and more.  Hosted by Linda Paul in her Kenwood home.


Poolside Party: Saturday, March 14,  2pm - 6pm Hosted by Amy Putkonen

Fun in the spring sunshine!  Poolside party, swimming if you like, food, drinks – the works! 


Mexican Train Dominoes: Sunday, March 15, 2020,  2pm - 5pm 

Come play with Margie Davis at her Gulfport Home.  Sweet and savory treats served in the dining car. Margie will teach you how to play!  (But not how to beat her…)


Creativity Dessert Salon:  Saturday, March 21, 2020, 7pm - 10pm

Hosted by Jane Bunker and Mason Morfit in their Gulfport home.  Come and share some of your creativity: story telling, visual art, dance, music, poetry - any other creative activity you explore. Each will have up to 5 minutes to share. You are also welcome to come as an appreciator! A big variety of healthy vegan, gluten and sugar-free desserts. 


Third Annual Old NE Progressive Dinner:  Saturday, April 4, 2020

Patti Hanks, Tamera Boudreau and Sarah Craig host this three-stop stroll through the Old NE neighborhood for appetizers, meal, and desserts.


Contacts: Geneva Nelson, Susan Burnore



Support for the 28th Amendment, the “We The People” Amendment

The amendment firmly establishes that “money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.” Our delegates to 3 General Assemblies have overwhelmingly voted in favor of this initiative since 2013 and many of our UU congregations have passed resolutions for Move to Amend (including our own UU St Petersburg). This is the only 28th amendment proposed in the U.S. Congress that addresses not only Citizens United and “big money,” but also illegitimate corporate rights. There are currently 64 cosponsors in the House for HJR 48 and Bernie Sanders has pledged to sponsor the amendment in the Senate.


The Move to Amend Interfaith Caucus has had a request from Mr. Carey McDonald, Exec. VP of the Unitarian Universalist Association, following passage of the Statement of Conscience at the recent General Assembly. If he receives enough shows of support from individual UUs for Move to Amend’s 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the UUA will take that as a strong directive to more actively promote the amendment.


After services the next few Sundays there will be a petition and letters to sign (or to use as samples for writing your own letters—even better!) I hope you will support this. So many of our social justice efforts depend on it—for example, addressing the climate crisis, which the Interfaith Caucus of Move to Amend emphasizes as the unifying basis for all faiths to support passage of this amendment.


Let’s make it clear to Exec. VP McDonald that YES!! we do want the UUA to use its considerable credibility, as the leader of a strong justice denomination, to reach out to other leaders of faith and ethics communities to encourage their members to support this amendment. When enough of us act together, we can reach a tipping point of millions of Americans who will insist on passage of Move to Amend’s 28th “We the People” Amendment.


Thank you! 
Daniel Greenfeld
Social Justice Committee