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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 ( or Pastor Jack ( 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  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  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 –


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 September 20, 2019, at 9:50pm

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 

Posted on September 20, 2019, at 6:46pm

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!) 
Posted on September 20, 2019, at 11:44am

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
Posted on September 20, 2019, at 11:43am

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."  

Posted on September 20, 2019, at 11:40am

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?

Group: Worship
Posted on September 20, 2019, at 11:39am

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 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.

Posted on September 12, 2019, at 12:07pm

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
Posted on September 12, 2019, at 11:52am

Meet the Architect: Martin Gold... facilities master planning process

Sunday, October 6, 2019 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Sanctuary
Contact: Sharon Winters
Posted on September 12, 2019, at 11:48am

Meet the Architect: Martin Gold... facilities master planning process

Sunday, October 6, 2019 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Location: Library
Contact: Sharon Winters
Posted on September 12, 2019, at 11:46am

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