UU St. Pete InfoNet: September 13, 2019

This Sunday's Worship Services

Sunday, September 15, 2019: "MAKING RIGHT THE WAY: On Common Cause"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

Worship Associate: Margie Davis

How did Hamlet get life wrong, Anne Frank get life right, and Vincent Van Gogh reveal the crux?  



RE Corner

Religious Education:  September 15th, 2019


Nursery care is provided in Conway Hall from 10:00 am - Noon 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. All are welcomed to come visit and see how we are creating and expanding. Each week we will have stories, activities and art to strengthen their UU identity and values. Children and youth are returned to their parents in coffee hour at 11:45.


Coming September 22, 2019: ‘Conversations Across the Ages’: Join in this UUSP conversation on growing and nurturing our intergenerational community; Gilmour Hall, ~11:30 a.m., for refreshments and a flower pot decorating activity. Volunteers welcome! 

Contact: Sabina at beandex@aol.com, 973-768-325


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.



Announcements From Pastor Jack

Hello Everyone!

After the September 22 Sunday Service, we will socialize and share thoughts on how the children, youth, young adults and older adults of UUSP can be more enrichingly engaged with one another.  It takes an intergenerational community to raise a child and also to raise an adult.  Intergenerational community is good for everyone’s sense of understanding, caring, and belonging.  As our congregation grows in numbers, it grows in opportunities and resources to bless each other’s lives across the generations as well as across the city’s neighborhoods.

As Sunday September 22 approaches, consider whether the old biblical promise holds true today – “Youth shall dream and elders shall have visions.”  If so, it could be the basis for orienting ourselves, young and old, to be better than ever for one another.  See you on September 22 – and of course this Sunday as cooler weather is in the offering.

With appreciation,


NEXT LGBTQ+ INTERESTS PLANNING MEETING, this Sunday, September 15 before church, at 9:00am in the UUSP Library.  Questions?  Pastor Jack.


SIGN-UP FOR A UUSP COVENANT GROUP:  After this Sunday’s September 15 Service (and two Sundays thereafter) you may either (1) sign up for a Covenant Group that currently has openings and meets at a good time for you or (2) sign up and indicate the times that would work for you (and we will do our best to develop new covenant groups at workable times). 

Joining a covenant group later in the year is also fine – though less certain since the scheduling of the groups meeting times will be finalized in October.


What’s a Covenant Group?  UUSP currently has seven covenant groups, usually consisting of 8-12 people.  Six of these groups meet monthly, one being reserved for parents of our Religious Education children.  The seventh group is for snowbirds and meets weekly January through April. 


The groups meet for about 90 minutes (often plus some social time) at an established place and time (usually at the church or at the facilitator’s home).  The 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 format typically has two parts: first, about 45 minutes for personal check-ins; then about 45 minutes to discuss a more general life question (perhaps “What was your greatest vacation and why,” or “What has friendship meant in your life” or perhaps a discussion of one of the month’s sermon topics).


The groups are called “Covenant Groups” because they function under a covenantal commitment to deep listening, respect, and confidentiality.  They cannot take the place of professional therapy or counseling, but significant insight can come from participation.


Any questions?  Patti Hanks (pthanks1@gmail.com) or Pastor Jack (jfdonovan@bellsouth.net) will be glad to try to help.


INTERESTED IN UUSP AND BECOMING A UUSP MEMBER?  Come to our two Inquirers Meetings and learn more - Sundays October 6 and October 11, 11:45am in UUSP’s Conway Hall.  Come learn why our religious community could be your beloved religious home.  Pastor Jack


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.


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


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


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


WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES DISCUSSION this Wednesday, September 18, 10am and 7pm, we will begin 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.   Is happiness a spiritual issue?  It is for us!  And this comprehensive study is a very inspiring hopeful book for these worrisome times.  As always, quotes from the book to focus our discussion will be provided.  Pastor Jack


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 as American citizens to clarify and deepen our understanding of the issues of society that influence our lives and that we might influence.  Bring your lunch if you’d like, and any proposed communications to the TB Times editor 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.


UUs HELPING UUs:   Need help or know a UUSPer who might?  Please notify Sue Price,  UUSP Care Committee chair: pricesue63@gmail.com; 727-290-9910.


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



Breakfast Celebration for Our Roots Members

If you were a member who welcomed Jack 5 years ago, UU St. Pete will be honoring you, an Our Roots member, on September 29.  We will have a special breakfast just for you at 9:00am in Gilmour Hall.

If you are an Our Roots member and have not yet responded to the invitation, please RSVP to Michael Killoren at mkillorendc@gmail.com or (206) 450-6824.

If you are an Our Roots member and have not received an invitation or if you need transportation, please let Michael know.

The entire congregation will acknowledge Our Roots as we recognize Our Roots members during the service.



Pot Luck Lunch, September 29 - after service

Please sign up to bring food to our Celebration Lunch on Sunday, September 29th.  Kevin is making his famously-delicious lasagna, and we'll have a special cake, but we need everything else to make it a fun, yummy event.  There is a sign-up sheet on the piano during Coffee Hour, or you can email Kevin at kwam4181@gmail.com to let him know how you can help.  


This luncheon is for EVERYONE!  If you bring something at the last minute, that's okay.  If you can't bring anything that day, that's okay, too!  If you can bring a dish and/or help, please do.  But the most important thing is that we all come and enjoy a meal together!



LGBTQ+ Interests planning meeting

Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 9:00am

Developing the church year's plans regarding the LGBTQ+ Interests part of church programming.  Come with some final ideas on structure and activities.

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan



Alley Next to UUSP

Please be aware of some upcoming closures.

The alley between UU St. Pete and Wannemacher Jensen Architects (WJA) properties will be closed on September 23 due to a city requirement to build "aprons" out into the alley."

Watch for further announcements...

Contact: Steve Benton



Save the Date: Meet our Architect

Our facilities master planning process has been underway for almost a month — architect Martin Gold and his team are studying our facilities, blueprints, historical documents and reports of our work in the past 8 months to gain a thorough understanding of our facilities and their condition. 

Martin is eager to start a conversation with congregation members to hear about your long term individual and collective facilities needs. 

We’ve tentatively identified Sunday, October 6 as a good date for Martin to start that conversation, with sessions at 9-10am and again at noon-1pm to accommodate those who have commitments before or after service.  There will be a mechanism for those absent that day to submit their thoughts.

NOTE:  This will be a first conversation… there will be more opportunities over the next 9 months or so. We will keep you posted.


— Sharon Winters, Design & Planning Team

Contact: Sharon Winters



UUSP Kayak Outing: John's Pass

Saturday, September 21

The post-summer weather looks excellent for Saturday, September 21. A great place to start our new 2019-2020 kayaking season is Boca Ciega Bay at John’s Pass. It's gorgeous. Sunrise is 7:19am, moon is waning gibbous at 62%, morning temperature high 70’s F.  Good fortune and clean living gives us a high tide at 8:02am, which is just right for a morning kayak excursion. Remember to bring sunscreen, hat, sunglasses,  a whistle for emergencies, water shoes, water and UU humor. Your guide is Gratis (though not his real name).


Since I live 1/2 block off Boca Ciega Bay, I’ve kayaked these waters extensively. There are a number of small islands, including one with an actual sandy beach (I’ve named it “Paul’s Beach") and another with a central passage through a mangrove tunnel. Dolphins are always in the Bay and recently manatees too. Bird life is prodigious. If you’re interested in getting out in nature, getting some fresh air and exercise, and paddling around islands and through mangrove tunnels, please join us. 


Let’s meet at Hubbard’s Marina located at John’s Pass on Gulf Blvd in Madeira Beach at 8:45am. For those who need to rent a kayak, the rental office opens at 9:00am.  Arriving early will ensure that a kayak is available. There are numerous restaurants at John’s Pass for breakfast before or lunch after kayaking. The distance from UUSP is 11 miles or a 25 minute drive. 


Hubbard's Marina
170 Johns Pass Boardwalk
Madeira Beach, FL 33708
(727) 393-1947


Get directions from your home to Hubbard’s Marina here:


Hubbard’s Marina website is:  https://hubbardsmarina.com/


Please let me know if you can join us! 

I hope to see you.


Good words and good paddling to you.


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

Contact: Paul Burnore



UUSP Movie Night: September 21 - Little Miss Sunshine

Saturday, September 21
Where: Conway Hall

Please join us on Saturday September 21 at 6:30pm for the movie Little Miss Sunshine, to be screened in Conway. The film is 1 hour 41 minutes long. A short discussion will follow.

Little Miss Sunshine is an acclaimed 2006 family comedy which earned numerous awards from several film festivals, a 91% rating from Rotten Tomatoes, and 4 Academy Award nominations.  And it’s more than a kids’ movie as it explores how our world seems to categorize our human emotions and desires into winners-or-losers, forms, step-by-step procedures, carefully defined job titles, etc. - when just being our best selves is usually the answer. If by chance you’re feeling down, this is the movie that will bring your smile back - not because of schmalz but what is ultimately true in life. 

We’ll meet in the Conway as usual. Bring your own snacks, drinks and pillows if you like. Free popcorn will be available. We’ll have a short discussion afterwards.

Please RSVP to Paul Burnore at plburnore@gmail.com if you plan to attend.

Contact: Paul Burnore



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)