UU St. Pete InfoNet: October 25, 2019

This Sunday's Worship Services

Sunday, October 27, 2019: "TRICKS OR TREATS FOR FRIENDS AND FOES?"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

Worship Associate: Lia Cannon

What have cultures' wisdom traditions - the religions and philosophies, the arts and sciences - said to you about the universal principles of human relationship?  Shall you trick or treat your friends?  Shall you trick or treat your foes?  Have these traditions influenced your spiritual potentials for surviving?  for thriving?  What shall you say back to them?



RE Corner

Religious Education:  October 27, 2019

Today is field trip day for our youth grades 4-12th!! Please arrive by 9:45am for head count. We will depart at 10 am to Revealing Truth Ministries in Tampa. We will return by 1pm. Children are welcomed to bring a lunch. November 2, we are also venturing to UU Tampa’s Fall Festival. We will depart UUSP at 1:30pm and return by 6:30pm. 

If your child is not attending this field trip, families 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/StoryTime” (roughly 10:40 am) the children are then guided upstairs by Ms. Trish and Mr. Joe to RE. Children and youth are returned to their parents in coffee hour at 11:45 a.m.

Nursery care is provided in Conway Hall from 10:00am - 12pm for infants through preschool by Ms. Natashia. 

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.

Interested in volunteering or know someone who does? Any questions, suggestions, ideas? Contact Jeanay Johnson, DRE at uurefc@gmail.com.



UUHP SpUUctacular Coffee Hour

Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 11:30am

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. And thank you for supporting the homeless ministry of UU's Helping People!

Contact: Sabine von Aulock






Announcements From Pastor Jack

WEDNESDAY 10am/7pm RELIGIOUS STUDIES DISCUSSIONS – we’re on a break.  Next session begins Wednesday, November 6.  We will do an introductory exploration of becoming a UUA-accredited “Green Sanctuary” congregation.  More information coming – but in the meantime you can go to uua.org/environment/sanctuary to learn more about the Green Sanctuary program.   Pastor Jack


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 a 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 727.398.4403 or at  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.  


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.


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. 


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




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




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.


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, 727.290.9910 or pricesue63@gmail.com)

Contact: Sue Price



Voice Your Community Priorities for FAST

Voice your community priorities for FAST by attending the Annual Assembly on Monday, October 28 at 7pm at Holy Family Catholic Church, 200 78th Avenue NE, St Petersburg with the UUSP contingent.

The issues that emerged most strongly from the house meetings of the 40 congregations participating in FAST will be presented, and we will have an opportunity to decide how to allocate our UUSP votes. We can decide to divide votes among several issues or focus on just one. The results of the vote will determine the work that FAST undertakes this year. 

One vote per person— the higher the attendance the more votes we have. 

Even if you were not able to attend a House Meeting — this event is an excellent way to observe FAST in action.

Contacts: Dave Coale, Mary Neal Jones, Pat Fling




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.




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





Mingles November Events - on sale now!

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

For a list of items that are ready for you to reserve a spot for yourself, your family or friend (think about gift giving), click the link below.

Mingles November Events



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.  


We're looking for a few more great ideas!  If you'd like to host a Mingles event, reach out to Susan or Geneva.

Contacts: Geneva Nelson, Susan Burnore




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.






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