UU St. Pete InfoNet: October 4, 2019

This Sunday's Worship Services

Sunday, October 6, 2019: "THE EXPERIENCE OF WORTH AND DIGNITY: Are They Inherent or a Matter of Barter?"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

Worship Associate: Margie Davis

The fulfillment of the human spirit derives from development of the inherent potentials common to humankind - so implies the set of seven affirmations in the covenant of Unitarian Universalist congregations.  What has been the experience of our several American generations with individual worth and dignity?  Have they proved inherent?  Have they proved developable?  What has been your experience of worth and dignity in the marketplace of society - inherent worth or a matter of barter?




RE Corner

Religious Education:  October 6, 2019

Nursery care is provided in Conway Hall from 10:00 am - 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 10:40 am) the children are then guided upstairs to RE. Each week, the students will be submerged in the theme of each month. October’s theme is Belonging.


Children and youth are returned to their parents in coffee hour at 11:45.


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


Any questions? Contact uurefc@gmail.com. 




Sunday's Food Collection

This Sunday's Food collection supports the outreach UU's Helping People does with other Churches and Agencies serving people facing homelessness. Long time partner, Trinity Lutheran offers pantry services to many of the guests we serve at the Friday Night picnic. If you would like to support this ministry, please bring any of the following:

  1. Soups (in pop top cans)
  2. Fruit cups/ applesauce in single serving containers
  3. Small jars of peanut butter
  4. Saltine crackers (usually 4 sleeves to a package)
  5. Ravioli/SpaghettiOs (in pop top cans)


Thank you!


Contact: Sabine von Aulock




Announcements From Pastor Jack

Hello, Everyone. 

Today (Friday, October 4) is the feast day of Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals and ecology.  It is also World Animal Day, established in 1931 at the World Animal Protection Congress in Florence, Italy, at the urging of Heinrich Zimmerman, to “raise the status of animals… to create a world where animals are always recognized as sentient beings and full regard is always paid to their welfare.” 

As we all know, we aren’t doing so well on that.  Socio-biologist E.O. Wilson estimates that at current rates, half of all species will be extinct by 2100 (and others more recently assess the future more grimly).  The Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity notes that one half of all ecosystems have been eliminated by human occupation.

We are also midway through the Jewish Holy Days of Awe and Repentance, from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur.  The High Holy Days are the conclusion of the remembrance of Moses’ descent from 40 days on Mt. Sinai, bringing the tablet of divine law for good outcomes in a person’s life and community.  The High Holy Days call humankind to meditate on the law and to repent in thought, word and deed for any waywardness, so that we might remain in the Book of Life for at least another year.

Perhaps it is the very first divine law given to humankind after all was created that we need to take as our do-or-die covenant: “to protect and to serve the garden of life and all its creatures” (Genesis 2: 15).

May we make this a high holy world animal year and start to Make Earth Great Again.

With appreciation,



AFTER THIS SUNDAY’S SERVICE, LEARN ABOUT BECOMING PART OF THE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST TRADITION AT UU ST. PETE?   Part 1 this Sunday, October 6 and Part 2 next Sunday, October 13, 11:45am - 1:15pm in UUSP’s Conway Hall.   Pastor Jack


“WHERE HAVE THE MIGRANT CHILDREN GONE?” – A League of Women Voters Info Night – this coming Monday, October 7, 6:30-8:00pm at Hops and Props, 335 2nd Avenue NE, St. Pete.  Legislation, facts, next steps, letter-writing.


FUND-RAISING DINNER AT THE ST. PETE QUAKER/FRIENDS MEETING HOUSE, 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 information about the dinner (usually $10 or less contribution asked) coming soon.  More info on the annual protest and the School of the Americas at http://www.soaw.org.  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. 


PERHAPS THIS WILL BE HISTORIC AND YOU COULD BE PART OF IT – The board of directors of Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism is hosting a symposium titled and purposed for “Proclaiming a Black UU Theology”.  The symposium is open to all and will offer six plenaries related to the overarching question of “how to live out a Unitarian Universalism that centers (and celebrates) Blackness.”  What would such a UUism look like?  How would it be lived?  Would it still be UUism or something new?  The symposium will be in St. Paul, MN, October 30 to November 2.  Registration is open at BlackLivesUU.com/symposium.


UU ST. PETE IS ONE OF NUMEROUS CO-SPONSORS OF TEMPLE BETH-EL’S UP-COMING LIEF NISSEN FOUNDATION  SOCIAL JUSTICE LECTURE, “Understanding Climate Change and its Impact on Florida,” presented by Michael Mann, PhD, Friday, November 15, 2019 at 7:30 PM at Temple Beth-El, 400 Pasadena Ave So. St Pete.  Michael Mann is an American climatologist and geophysicist, currently the Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science and Meteorology at Penn State University and the Director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State. His most recent book, co-authored with Tom Toles, is The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial is Threatening our Planet, Destroying our Politics, and Driving us Crazy (2016).  Shabbat service at 7:30 PM followed by lecture and Q/A at 8:15 PM. The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are requested but not required (temple office: 727.347.6136). Dessert reception follows.


SAVE THE DATE CHANGE:  UUSP SATURDAY MORNING MEDITATION RETREAT, December 7, 9am to noon, UUSP’s Gilmour Hall.  Come recover attention, clarity, and peace – really.  Pastor Jack


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


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, September 18, 8:00-8:30 a.m.  Drop in, find your zone, go live your best day.


EVERY WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES DISCUSSION this Wednesday, October 9, 10am and 7pm, we continue our first book discussion of the church year with 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 9-11.  Is happiness a spiritual issue?  It is for us!   As always, quotes from the book to focus our discussion will be provided.  Let Pastor Jack know if you’re not on the email list for the quotations.  All welcome anytime.


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




Meet the Architect: Master Plan Information and Discussion

Sunday, 6 October 2019:  9-10am in the Gilmour library OR  noon-1pm in the sanctuary

From Martin Gold, Architect:  Our Master Plan team is currently evaluating project plans and improvement initiatives that have been proposed and are in process. We are also evaluating the current state of the facilities through architectural drawings, site visits, photo documentation, and discussion with the UUSP facilities planning team.  
We look forward to hearing directly from interested members of the congregation regarding ongoing projects; ideas that have been considered or discussed; and to hear of specific needs and preferences that should be included in future improvements.  The information gathered from the meeting will assist UUSP leadership and our Master Plan team with prioritizing enhancements toward establishing a timeline and funding strategy to plan coordinated improvements over the coming years.

1.  Who’s who: introductions
2.  Brief overview of the facilities master plan process
3.  Thoughts from the congregation
please consider in advance:
               What are the most important functions and associated spaces?
               What do you think would attract more people to the congregation?
               What are the 2-3 most needed facilities improvements from your perspective? 
4.  Strategies emerging from early discussion for improvement
5.  Questions & Closing


If you are unable to attend, please send comments to swinters@tampabay.rr.com and she’ll forward them to Martin.  This is the third in an on-going series of facilities master planning town halls – we encourage your participation!


- Sharon Winters, Design & Planning Subcommittee of Buildings & Grounds

Contact: Sharon Winters




October 20: Funding the Renovation Projects—How will we fund them?

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. None of our current resources - the budget, the endowment, or building funds from the parking lot sale - will be used for these projects. It will be "newly raised" money. Please come to a "listening circle" on Sunday, October 20 at 12 noon in the Sanctuary to learn more about the physical concepts and funding ideas. We need you!

Contact: Steve Benton




October 27: Congregational Meeting

A congregational meeting will be held Sunday, October 27 at 12 noon in the Sanctuary. Two proposed bylaws changes will be considered (to be forthcoming) and information will be provided about current physical projects. In addition, there will be time for questions and answers.

Contact: Steve Benton




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




Donations to the Minister's Discretionary Fund

We received almost $700 in contributions to the Minister's Discretionary Fund this past Sunday.  This is a great way for us to honor Rev. Jack on his fifth anniversary at UUSP.  This fund is for him to use as he sees fit - to pay for professional expenses, help out a congregant in need, or to cover the cost of unexpected opportunities for the church.  It gives him more flexibility in his ministry to our congregation.


If you would like to contribute to this fund, you can send a check made payable to UUSP with "Minister's Fund" in the note line.  Or you can use one of the envelopes at church to place cash in the offering plate this Sunday - just mark the envelope with "Minister's Fund," and your name, if you choose.  Thanks!




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




Mingles Hosts Needed!

This year's schedule of fun events for making friends and raising money is called The Mingles, and we're looking for hosts.  Would you be willing to host a dinner or party or some other fun event?  The Fun-Raisers publicize the events and sell the tickets.  Hosts provide everything for the event, with all the ticket price going to UUSP.  Last year we raised over $6000 and had a great time doing it!  So please contact Geneva Nelson to offer an event.


Here are some ideas:

  • Home-cooked dinner - vegetarian or Italian or Thai - whatever your specialty is!
  • Backyard barbecue
  • Poolside cocktails
  • Movie night with snacks
  • Wine and cheese
  • Boat ride and lunch
  • Tea party - ice cream sundae party 
  • Christmas/holiday/New Year's party
  • Sunday luncheon
  • Game night (play games or watch a game!) 

Contact: Geneva Nelson




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







Flea Market at Mirror Lake!

Clean out your closets and save your gently used but no longer needed housewares, furniture, clothing, books, tools, craft supplies, and Christmas decorations for the Flea Market at Mirror Lake 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)