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Announcements From Pastor Jack

“LGBTQ+ INTERESTS” PLANNING MEETING this Sunday, May 26,  15 minutes after Sunday service, in Conway Hall.  Topics: (1) UUSP’s booth at the St. Pete Pride Festival (June 23) and (2) UUSP Pride-oriented Sunday service planning (June 23), and (3) brainstorming future programs.  Pastor Jack


NEXT SUNDAY (June 2): “INTRODUCTION TO UU St.Pete FOR PROSPECTIVE MEMBERS.”  Interested in becoming a member?   Please attend our Inquirers Class next Sunday, June 2, 11:45ish to 1:15ish in Conway Hall.  Meet folks, ask questions, and learn about our congregation as a community devoted to our spiritual well-being.  Pastor Jack


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


WEDNESDAY 8:00-8:30 A.M. MEDITATION:  Start the day with the sparkle and breeze coming into Gilmour Hall from Mirror Lake.  Pastor Jack


WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES, May 2929, 10:00am and 7:00pm (your choice): Part 3 (Despair and Hope), lessons 10-14 of Yuval Noah Harari’s  21 Lessons for the 21st Century. Quotes provided for discussion.  All welcome.  Conway Middle Room.  Pastor Jack


THURSDAY NOON CITIZENS CAFÉ!!!  in UUSP’s Gilmour Hall library.  We do not live by bread alone – sometimes there’s a beverage and conversation with friends. – and a chance to clarify, deepen, and advocate about issues of society that influence our lives and that we might influence.  Coffee and tea served.  Bring your lunch if you’d like.  Pastor Jack


INTERFAITH TAMPA BAY CHARITY BINGO – JUNE 10, 7:00PM, Punky's Bar and Grill, 3063 Central Ave, Saint Petersburg - a fundraiser to support the 5th Annual Pride Worship Service - Come out and enjoy 10 rounds of drag queen bingo for $10.00! and a 50/50 drawing.  All rounds include a prize and money raised goes directly to Interfaith Tampa Bay. The faith community with the most members playing BINGO wins a Very Special prize and bragging rights to being the biggest provider.


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


UUSP SERMONS (printed or audio) are available on UUSP's website:   Go to, 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


Posted on May 24, 2019, at 1:49pm

Gulfport Public Library - LGBTQ Film Series Presents: Stonewall Uprising

FOR LGBTQ PRIDE MONTH, Gulfport Public Library LGBTQ Film Series presents “Stonewall Uprising” on Thursday, June 13, 7:00pm (free and open to the public).  “Stonewall Uprising” is a compelling documentary revealing the series of events leading up to and including the historic Stonewall Riots in 1969.  2019 marks the 50th anniversary of Stonewall.  Movie shown in the Friends Room at Gulfport Public Library (5501 28th Avenue South) as part of LGBTQ Pride Month. Prior to the film, we will also hear remarks by local resident Jay Chetney, who was present during the Stonewall riots.

About STONEWALL UPRISING (2010): On June 28, 1969, New York police raid a Greenwich Village gay bar, The Stonewall Inn. For the first time, patrons refuse to be led into paddy wagons, setting off a three-day riot that launches the Gay Rights Movement. Told by Stonewall patrons, reporters and the cop who led the raid, this compelling documentary recalls the bad old days when psychoanalysts equated homosexuality with mental illness and police entrapment was rampant.  At the height of this oppression, the cops raid Stonewall, triggering nights of pandemonium with tear gas, billy clubs and a small army of tactical police. The rest is history.  (Rated PG 13). 


Posted on May 22, 2019, at 10:26am

RE Committee Meeting

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 5:45pm - 7:15pm
Location: Front Office
Posted on May 20, 2019, at 11:25am

Worship Committee Meetings

Are you interested in helping with Worship services?  Our Worship Committee meets every first Tuesday of the month, and all are welcome.  The next meeting will be Tuesday, June 4, at 5:30pm in the church office.  (Enter from the Arlington Ave. gate.)  Please let chair Susan Burnore ( know if you're interested.  Hope to see you there!

Contact: Susan Burnore
Group: Worship
Posted on May 17, 2019, at 6:24pm

RE Corner

Religious Education

Nursery care is provided in Conway Hall from 10:15-noon for infants through preschool by Laura Beard and a volunteer assistant.


Our families and children are invited to sit in the reserved pews in the front (right side of the sanctuary). Our families plus their school-age children and youth (K-12th grade) will start in service together. After “Time For All Ages” (roughly 10:30am) the children and youth will go to their groups. Each week we will have stories and activities to strengthen our UU identity. Children will be returned to their parents in coffee hour at 11:45.


Any questions? Contact


Posted on May 15, 2019, at 12:15pm

Heads-up from Buildings & Grounds:

As we start facilities projects, we’ll be deaccessioning a number of fixtures and furnishings to declutter and make way for the new.  Salvageable items will be placed near the Conway back door for one week before being donated or discarded, so check frequently if you’re interested.

We’re more frequently finding AC, fans and lights left on; this adds to our energy costs which have escalated dramatically in the past year.  Please turn off AC, etc., store equipment and put things back in place as you leave… it’ll be appreciated by all.

Posted on May 9, 2019, at 10:56am

Mind Body Art (MBA) Camp

Monday, June 24, 2019 - 9:00am - 4:00pm
Location: Big RE Room

Mind Body Art (MBA) Camp 

June 24-28th

Leader Natashia Milburn


Posted on May 9, 2019, at 10:39am

Annual Giving Update

To date, the congregation has pledged a total of $189,600 toward next year’s operating budget goal of $200,000. We have a little over $10,000 to go.

Won’t you help?

Click on the link for a pledge form:  UUSP Financial Commitment 2018-2019

The Annual Giving Team

Posted on May 3, 2019, at 11:12am

Facilities Planning – Update 3 May 2019

Over the past 5 months, we’ve assessed the needs of the congregation and the condition of our facilities, and developed a process to assess & prioritize potential buildings & grounds projects.

Based on that work, we developed a list of high priority projects for 2019-21 that was conceptually approved by the Board of Trustees in April.  Those projects include:

  • Major capital projects:  Conway stairwell/lift; kitchen remodel; "little house" refurbishment
  • Facilities master planning process (working with architect)
  • Deferred maintenance: sanctuary AC repair & replacement of two old Conway AC units
  • High visibility/low cost projects that will make our facilities more welcoming, attractive and functional:
    • landscaping & exterior signage
    • narthex/tower entrance/lounge (AKA bride’s room) refurbishment
    • Conway 2nd floor room refurbishment;
    • Conway 1st floor room refurbishment;
    • equipment & installation to support video projection, live streaming & taping in the sanctuary. 

We’re currently developing scope of work and estimated costs for the first three categories; they will require approval and funding to proceed.  We’re also developing detailed scope of work, design and estimated costs for some of the high visibility projects which we hope will be funded by individual donors – so we’re working with the Giving & Finance teams to develop a process and strategy.  Over the next two years, we hope to build engagement, enthusiasm and ownership in facilities planning efforts.

If you’re interested in working on a project team, contact Sharon Winters at or Randy Nolan at   We’re currently forming project teams for the kitchen remodel, landscaping & signage, and sanctuary entrance projects. 

Want to learn more? Visit to review details of our work to date… and we’ll be hosting town halls and programs, meeting with individuals and committees, and publishing updates.



Posted on May 2, 2019, at 8:04pm

Design & Planning Subcommittee Meeting

Sunday, June 23, 2019 - 10:00am - 11:30am
Location: Gilmour Hall

Join the Design & Planning Subcommittee of the Buildings & Grounds Committee at their monthly meeting.  We focus on prioritizing building & grounds-related projects for B&G and Board approval; developing scope of work, design and estimated project costs; and implementing projects.  

Contact: Sharon Winters
Posted on May 2, 2019, at 1:31pm

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