UU St. Pete InfoNet: October 18, 2019

This Sunday's Worship Services

Sunday, October 20, 2019: "Animals Bless Us"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Susan Burnore

Worship Associate: Bill Motter

Bring your pets (or maybe just their picture?) and celebrate the role all kinds of animals play in our lives - our pets, animals on the farm, and those in the wild.

Past experience has taught us that dogs need leashes and cats probably need carriers for the service.

The children and teens will be staying in the service long enough for a parade of animals, so come join the fun and the inspiration of animals.  



RE Corner

Religious Education: October 20

Today is our Animal Blessing Service! Nursery care is provided in Conway Hall from 10am - 12pm for infants through preschool by Laura Beard and volunteer assistant.

Families along with their school age children and youth (K-12th grade) will start in service together. 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” (roughly 10:40am) the children are then guided upstairs to RE. Children and youth are returned to their parents in coffee hour at 11:45.


Each week, the students will be submerged in the theme of each month. October’s theme is Belonging. Our first field trip is set for October 27 with grades 4th-12th grade to Tampa. We will depart UU at 10 am and return roughly around 1 pm. If you have not completed the field trip slip, please check your email, complete and return by October 20. Each month, our youth will explore and learn about other faiths that flow with UU to enable and expand their own perspective. 




Announcements From Pastor Jack

THE TAMPA BAY INTERFAITH COALITION will hold a community worship service celebrating the many faith traditions living in peace in the Tampa Bay area.  The celebration is at UUSP this Sunday afternoon, 4:00pm.  All are welcome.  Please join us.  Contact:  Paul Burnore.


CELEBRATING VETERANS IN OUR LIVESSunday Service, November 3 (yes, a week early).   If you would like to share your story, the circumstances leading to your service, how your service experiences remain with you and what learning you would like to share with your community, please contact Sabine (beandex@aol.com).   Also, to help us connect on a deeper level, please provide a picture, name, year served and branch of service. Thank you!


TREES OF LIFE” – UUSP’S SUNDAY STUDIO will offer a series of seasonal expressive arts workshops, beginning Sunday November 3.   Using tree imagery as metaphor in each season’s workshop, we will explore the seasonal rhythms and patterns of the natural world and our own inner worlds. The explorations will include story, dance and visual imagery.  Autumn’s wisdom invites us to Relish, Release & Reflect.  Join Alisun Donovan, Cynthia Alicea, and Jill Oldenski for an afternoon of discovery and delight. Sign up after church on Sunday October 20 & 27. Workshop begins at noon and ends at 3pm. (You may want to eat lunch beforehand) Limit 12. Donations accepted for materials. Questions? Email alisundonovan93@gmail.com


FUND-RAISING DINNER AT THE ST. PETE QUAKER/FRIENDS MEETING HOUSE, THIS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 6-9:00pm - to support the Annual SOA Watch Protest against our government's "School of the Americas" to be held outside Ft. Benning, Georgia, November 15-17.  The SOA trains military and police forces for a number of Latin American countries.  Graduates of the SOA in dictatorial regimes frequently have been accused (and, by major media reports, are guilty) of massive heinous human rights violations and massacres against local populations and political opposition.  More info on the annual protest and the School of the Americas at http://www.soaw.org.  Pastor Jack 


“PROCLAIMING A BLACK UU THEOLOGY”.  The board of directors of Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism is hosting a symposium to explore “how to live out a Unitarian Universalism that centers (and celebrates) Blackness”  (Registration is now fully subscribed and closed.)  The symposium will be in St. Paul, MN, October 30 to November 2.  Information at BlackLivesUU.com/symposium.


DIRE PREDICTIONS: UNDERSTANDING CLIMATE CHANGE AND ITS IMPACT ON FLORIDA” A LIEF NISSEN FOUNDATION  SOCIAL JUSTICE LECTURE AT TEMPLE BETH-EL, presented by Michael Mann, PhD.  Friday, November 15, 2019 at 7:30pm at 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.


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


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. 


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


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, 8:00-8:30am.  Drop in, find your zone, go live your best day.


EVERY WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES DISCUSSION this Wednesday, October 16, 10am and 7pm, we conclude our discussion of The Blue Zones of Happiness: Lessons from the World’s Happiest People (2017) by National Geographic journalist/explorer Dan Buettner.   This week’s focus:  chapters 12 through “Expert Recommendations.” 


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.


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



October 27 - UU SpUUctacular Coffee Hour

Working for Social Justice can be scary AND fun! 

Wear your halloween outfit and enjoy some ghoulish treats before shapeshifting into the Sanctuary for the Congregational meeting. Your donations will support the homeless ministry of UU's Helping People!





Contact: Sabine von Aulock





Congregation-wide potluck hosted by the LGBTQ+ Group October 20

Sunday, October 20, 2019 - 2:00pm

The newly revived LGBTQ+ group has been laying low over the summer months. But not anymore! We’re going back to the 70’s and 80’s and hosting a Sunday Tea Dance.  We decided that this first kick off potluck should include our allies and we thought that probably meant the whole dang congregation! What’s a Tea Dance?  Well, more on that after all the good details.

When? Sunday, October 20th from 2pm-6pm

Where? Bill and John Motter agreed to host it at their home. There is ample street parking, but you may still want to consider sharing a ride with someone.

What’s on the menu? Well it is a potluck so bring a dish if you can. We know not everyone can so don’t let that stop you from attending.

What’s there to drink? We’ll have plenty of non-alcoholic beverages along with a selection of wine and beer.  But, feel free to bring your favorite beverage with you.

What do I wear? Although this isn’t necessarily a theme party, we’ve heard that there might be a disco ball and disco music from the late 70’s and 80’s. So, if you want, dig through your closets and find those platform shoes and bell bottoms.  Let’s not forget that polyester was the fabric of choice. Weather permitting, there is a pool should you want to take a dip.

Now about that whole Tea Dance thing. Below is an article that can be found at http://www.back2stonewall.com/2019/05/gay-history-lost-tradition-sunday-tea-dance.html


Contact: Bill Motter



October 20: Slide Show Presentation About Renovation Projects

The UUSP Board of Trustees, upon a recommendation of the Building & Grounds committee, and after considerable thought, has endorsed two physical projects: Renovation of the Narthex/Tower Entrance and Landscaping. Why these two projects?

  •  relatively low cost with easy implementation
  •  donations of seed money already committed
  •  potentially high impact on the church's appearance and attractiveness to visitors   and renters

The goal is to explore options for "newly raised" money. Please come to learn about the projects and ask questions on Sunday, October 20 at 12noon in the Sanctuary to learn more about the physical concepts and funding ideas. We need you! Any animals brought to worship service are welcome to watch the slide show too!




Celebrating the Veterans in our Lives

On November 3 we will be celebrating veterans in our lives.

If you would like to share your story, the circumstances leading to your service, how your service experiences remain with you and what learning you would like to share with your community, please contact Sabine.

Also, to help us connect on a deeper level, please provide a picture, name, year served and branch of service.

Thank you!

Contact: Sabine von Aulock




Mingles November Events - on sale now!

Come to the table during Coffee Hour after church, or contact susanburnore@gmail.com to reserve your spot!


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, 6:00 pm, at the Calandra home, 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 will include meat and vegetarian sliders, couscous, Greek salad, and pies, plus wine, beer and soft beverages.

Limited to 18 people           $30 each        (Deadline: November 3)


“Hope, Love and Courage” Concert and Reception

Saturday, November 23, 7:30pm, UUSP Sanctuary

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



These events (and more) are in the works.  More information and tickets available soon.


Elegant Afternoon Tea 

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, hosted by Amy Putkonen at her Bay Pines home

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


Mexican Train Dominoes, with Margie Davis at her Gulfport Home.

Sweet and savory treats served in the dining car. 


Open Mic & Dessert Salon, hosted by Jane Bunker and Mason Morfit at their Gulfport Home

Healthy desserts (gluten-free, sugar-free and delicious!). Bring any aspect of your creativity – poetry, dance, music, art, treats, or anything else – to share.


Third Annual Old NE Progressive Dinner– Patti Hanks, Tamera Boudreau and Sarah Craig 

Stroll through the Old NE neighborhood for appetizers, meal, and desserts with three gracious hosts.


Holiday “White Elephant” Party,hosted by Paul and Susan Burnore at their home in west St. Pete

Everyone’s invited (pay as you can) to bring gifts to trade (get rid of) and enjoy an afternoon of good food and great friends.  


There are more great events being planned, and you can still offer one!  Contact Susan Burnore at susanburnore@gmail.com or 770-480-0200.  

Contacts: Geneva Nelson, Susan Burnore




Flea Market at UUSP!

Clean out your closets and save your gently used but no longer needed housewares, furniture, clothing, books, tools, craft supplies, and holiday decorations for the Flea Market at UUSP on November 16. We’ll have fun selling donated items along with baked goods and beverages.  The aim is a fundraiser for the church and a service to the community. We will announce details including where and when to bring your donations later. Lots of volunteers are needed. Contact Sue Price at pricesue63@gmail.com  to volunteer or for more information.    

Contact: Sue Price




Sunday Flowers

Flowers for Sunday morning services are voluntary gifts and can to be scheduled ahead of time.  To be sure there will be flowers every Sunday, we ask you to stop by our Sunday Flowers Table during coffee hour (usually at the piano in Gilmour). You can select a Sunday to bring in flowers. Your flowers may commemorate a birthday, anniversary, special event, or maybe in memory of.

Reach out to Jim Fitzgerald if you have questions or to sign up.

We love seeing the flowers each week. 


Thank you!

Contact: Jim Fitzgerald (jamfitz2nd@gmail.com)




Adding Your Photo and Short Bio to the Church Directory

It sure helps with remembering names and finding people in our church directory when your photo is next to your name!

If you haven't added your photo and bio to the directory, please do!

If you need a hand with how to do this, please see Cynthia Alicea or Pat Fling after service on either November 3 or November 17 and we will walk you through the process.

Thank you!


Contacts: Pat Fling, Cynthia Alicea




Email Scam/Phishing Attempt and Prevention

Dear UU St Pete Infonet recipients:  Someone using the fake email address "minister@uusp.com and/or  minister.uustpete@gmail.com" is emailing urgent requests, pretending to be from Rev. Jack, asking for $400 gift cards to help a needy person.  This is a scam, so please ignore it and delete it immediately.  Do not Click into on onto the links.


To help differentiate, our correspondance emails and those from Rev. Jack come from uustpete.org or  minister@uustpete.org.


As observed by UUSP webmaster Michael Pohl, "This is a fairly common phishing attempt. Unfortunately we cannot stop these from occurring as they originate from our servers. The best recourse is education -- no one should ever click on anything in an email that requests money or login credentials without first verifying its origin with the alleged sender. Even clicking on a link in such emails can trigger a virus or some other ill effect."




UUSP's Facebook Page

If you're a Facebook user, be sure you're seeing UUSP's Facebook Page.  Just search for UU St. Pete and "like" it. 

AND if you'd like to post something on that page, forward it to James Mack at james@jonandjames.com, he and Courtney Allen are our current administrators for the page.  It's always great to see news from UUSP events, so please share your comments and photos.

Contact: Courtney Allen