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Giving Team Meeting

Sunday, August 11, 2019 - 9:00am - 10:30am
Location: Library

Meeting for The Annual Giving team , August 11.

Contact: Carol Ulmer

Posted on July 13, 2019, at 2:57pm

RE Corner

Religious Education: July 14, 2019

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


Our families and children are invited to sit in the reserved pews in the front (right side of the sanctuary). Families plus their school age children and youth (K-12th grade) will start in service together. After “Time For All Ages” (roughly 10:40 am) the children are then guided upstairs to RE. Each week we will have stories, activities and art to strengthen their UU identity and values. Children and youth will be returned to their parents in coffee hour at 11:45. 


Any questions? Contact forwarding to 

Posted on July 11, 2019, at 3:38pm

Announcements From Pastor Jack

SUMMER RELIGIOUS STUDIES DISCUSSION OF AHAB’S WIFE, Wednesday July 24, 10am or 7pm (choose one or both).   We will be discussing the narrative and insight of the second half of the novel.  Bring your favorite passage to share.  (Ahab's Wife is the national best-selling novel by Sena Jeter Naslund – a beautiful narrative of how a woman of the 1820s-40s, with a Unitarian mind and spirit, deals with the world and the love and madness of Captain Ahab.


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




THURSDAY NOON CITIZENS CAFÉ!!!  in UUSP’s Gilmour Hall library.  A conversational chance 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.  Coffee and tea provided.  Pastor Jack


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 –  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:; 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 July 11, 2019, at 2:18pm

Mops and Flops was a BIG Success!

Mops and Flops was a big success thanks to Sharon W.,  Sue P., Dani S., Robert A., Paul B., Tom A. Randy N. and Reggie C.

Don't worry about missing out on this chance to ZAZZ up RE-land.

Religious Education Coordinator Jeanay Johnson has a wish list of organizational and sprucing "opportunities."

Come be part of making our space dazzling to our children, youth and families.


Contact: Sabine and Jeanay (

Posted on July 11, 2019, at 1:05pm

Make Mandatory IRA Distributions Work for You

Want to save tax money while contributing to UUSP?


If you have reached the age where you must make required minimum distributions (RMDs) from your tax-deferred investments, usually 70-1/2 years, you can save on taxes while benefiting UUSP: make your pledge contribution directly to UUSP from your IRA.


By contributing directly from your IRA, you lower your taxable income by that amount. For example, if you donate $1 out of a $10 required minimum distribution, $1 goes directly to UUSP from your IRA account. For tax purposes, your income is now $9 and you get a tax deduction of $1 for charitable giving.


Compare that to withdrawing in cash the full RMD from your IRA and then donating. Your taxable income is $10 and you pay tax on the full amount of your required minimum distribution.


IRA owners must be age 70-1/2 or older to make a tax-free charitable contribution. Those who meet the age requirement can transfer up to $100,000 per year directly to an eligible charity such as UUSP without paying income tax on the transaction. If you file a joint tax return, your spouse can also make a charitable contribution of up to $100,000, meaning couples can exclude up to $200,000 of their retirement savings from income taxes if they donate it directly to a charity. Qualified charitable contributions must be made by December 31 each year in order to exclude that amount from taxable income.


Don’t wait. Act now. Ask your accountant or tax preparer for the best way to make your contribution to UUSP. For more information, visit or contact Barbara Archibald, Chair of Legacy Giving (


Posted on July 11, 2019, at 12:57pm

It's a New Pledge Year!

On July 1, UU St. Pete began a new pledge year. Any payments received should specify the pledge year especially those payments made in cash. For payments by check, indicate FY 2020 in the memo line. For payments in cash, use the envelope found in the pews and print your full name and the pledge year.


If you have not yet fulfilled your pledge for fiscal year 2018-19, be sure to indicate FY 2019 on the memo line of your check or, if by cash, on the envelope with your printed name.


If the pledge year is left blank, your payment will be allocated to the current fiscal year FY 2020.


Make It Easy!

Set up an automatic payment from your bank to be paid directly to UU St. Pete. You can choose weekly or monthly and indicate the day of the month that you wish your account to be debited.


For members who are required to take annual distributions from their IRA accounts, you can make one lump-sum payment payable directly from your IRA to UU St. Pete. By making a direct payment to UU St. Pete you avoid income taxes. For more information, talk to your accountant or financial advisor.

Contact: Carol Ulmer
Posted on July 11, 2019, at 12:51pm

Market at Mirror Lake

Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 8:00am - 6:00pm
Location: Conway Middle Room, Gilmour Hall, Kitchen, Conway North Room

Our first Market at Mirror Lake!  More information soon.


Posted on July 10, 2019, at 7:01pm

"Pearl in the Hog Waller" Becca McCoy show and reception

Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 6:00pm - 11:10pm

One-woman show in sanctuary.  One hour long, followed by reception in Gilmour.  

Posted on July 8, 2019, at 5:11pm

Religious Studies Book Discussion of the novel "Ahab's Wife" - session 2 of 2

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: Conway Middle Room

Our book for discussion is the national best-selling novel Ahab's Wife, by Sena Jeter Naslund.  We will meet on Wednesday July 10 and July 24 at 10am and 7pm (choose one or both).

If Moby Dick is too big to tackle this summer, how about a tale that ends on page 666?  Sena Jeter Naslund’s brilliant national best seller (1999) Ahab’s Wife is a revelation of how a woman of the 1830s, with a Unitarian mind and spirit, deals with the world.  How well will her religion serve her spirit on a life journey from the wilderness of Kentucky to the wonders of early feminism and science on coastal Massachusetts to marriage with the powerful wounded seafaring Captain Ahab in his obsessive pursuit of the great white whale?

                                                                                                                         Pastor Jack


Posted on July 5, 2019, at 8:47am

UUSP Movie Night: July 20 - Gender Revolution

Saturday, July 20
Where: Conway Hall

Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric is a two-hour special documentary on the shifting landscape of gender. 

Are you confused by all the letters that make up the Pride Group? In addition to LGBT there is now Q and I and sometimes A? Transgender, Intersex, Cisgender, Nonbinary, Genderfluid, FTM and MTF? It’s hard to understand and often makes people afraid of saying the wrong thing or asking a “stupid” question.


Join us on Saturday, July 20th at 7:00 pm for a screening of the National Geographic Documentary Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric.  


In this documentary Katie Couric sets out across America to meet with leading scientists, physicians and experts to answer questions about the people who find their lives and bodies on the front line of a changing world. This documentary examines the roles of science, society and culture with regard to gender, and sheds light on stories of struggle, understanding, ignorance and love.


If you’d like to see an extended trailer, it can be found here: watch?v=J6Gc3DdlJmc

There is additional information on National Geographic’s website: https://www. education/gender-revolution/


There will be time for questions and discussion after the viewing. 

Free popcorn will be available. Bring your own drinks, snacks, and pillows. 

Please RSVP Paul Burnore at

Contact: Paul Burnore
Posted on July 5, 2019, at 8:35am

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