UU St. Pete InfoNet: September 20, 2019

This Sunday's Worship Services

Sunday, September 22, 2019: "WHAT IN THE WORLD ARE YOU WORTH? Lessons from the World's Theological and Humanist Traditions"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan
Worship Associate: Paul Burnore

What in the world are you worth?  The covenant among the congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association calls for us to affirm and promote the worth and dignity of every person.  Before we ask whether we actually believe in that (which let's ask on Sunday, October 6), let us first ask what the world - in its ideologies and histories - in its theological and humanist traditions - has taught us should be believed about human worth.  And, has it proven true?



RE Corner

Religious Education:  September 22

It is finally here!! 

‘Conversations Across the Ages’: Join in this UUSP conversation on growing and nurturing our intergenerational community; Gilmour Hall, 11:30am, for refreshments and an arts & crafts flower pot activity. Volunteers welcome! 


Nursery care is provided in Conway Hall from 10:00am - 1:00pm for infants through preschool by Laura Beard and volunteer assistant, Jill. Jill will be present until 1pm for our  ‘Conversations Across the Ages’.


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. 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 11:45am.


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. 

Contact: Sabine von Aulock



Announcements From Pastor Jack

THIS SUNDAY AFTER THE SERVICE:  Are you between the ages of 1 and 100?  If so, we need you to give us your ideas on helping UUSP become welcoming, comfortable and affirming to all ages. Please join us during coffee hour where you can participate in table conversations over a light lunch and go on a tour of RE-land. If you are unable to attend, there is an insert in your OOS asking for ideas, which you can fill out and drop in labeled wicker baskets in the Narthex or Gilmour. 


ALSO THIS SUNDAY!!!  SIGN-UP FOR A UUSP COVENANT GROUP after the service (and after next Sunday’s, too).  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 bulk of scheduling of meeting times is done in October.


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.  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.  So far, we have four folks going.


SAVE WHAT DATE?  So much going on that we’re having trouble finding a good Saturday for the UUSP SATURDAY MORNING MEDITATION RETREAT.  Stay tuned please.  Pastor Jack


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 


EVERY TUESDAY MEDITATION (11:45am – brief instruction provided) 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, September 25, 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 3-5.  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.  Let Pastor Jack know if you’re not on the email list for the quotations.


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.


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



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



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.



Celebration Pot Luck Lunch next Sunday!

Don't forget to bring a dish and your appetite next Sunday, September 29, for our Celebration Sunday Pot Luck Lunch. 

There is a sign-up sheet on the piano during Coffee Hour, or you can contact Kevin to let him know what you're planning to Bring how you can help.  


This luncheon is for EVERYONE! 

Contact: Kevin Wamboldt



Save That Water!

We will not be having the Water Communion Ceremony on Sunday, September 29.  Rev. Jack will conduct that later this fall when more of our members are back in town for a true "In-Gathering."  



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




Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 12:00pm

UUSP's Citizens' Cafe is an opportunity to join with others interested in discussing the important news of the day and week.  We're each encouraged to bring for discussion a particular news item (or two) that has stirred your hope or concern.  Upon occasion, for others to consider, some participants have brought along a letter they plan to send to the newspaper or to elected officials.

Some of us bring lunch.  Coffee, tea, and water are provided.


Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan



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)