Have you made your pledge for 2017-18 yet?

Lighting the way together is a unifying commitment members and friends of UUC make to ourselves and to each other. Supporting each other’s growth is fundamental to our faith.


To make a pledge of financial commitment go the 2017-18 Pledge Drive, please click on the following link: 2017-18 Pledge Form  ***OR fulfill your pledge ONLINE, go to PLEDGE FULFILLMENT.  (Do you need help with our new online pledge fulfillment site? Contact Carol Kay at the UUC office at 727-531-7704 and I can walk you through it.)

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March 16, 2017
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                          March

(Click  HERE  for link to UUC's full March calendar)


March 16, Thurs: BEER Group 7:00-9:00pm at 1933 Pub and Grill
March 17-19: Youth Conference in Tallahassee
March 19, Sun: Open Issues, 9:30-10:30 am, Patio Rm
March 19, Sun: Worship Service, 10:30-11:45 am, Octagon
March 19, Sun: New Member Celebration 11:00-11:15 am, Octagon
March 19, Sun: A Course in Mindfulness, 12:30-2:00 pm, Patio Rm.
March 19, Sun: Humanist Monthly Meeting, 12:30-1:30 pm, Octagon.
March 21, Tues: Communications Cmmtee, 6:30-8:00 pm, Library
March 24, Fri: Fourth Friday in Food Forest, 6:00-9:00 pm, Garden Gazebo
March 25, Sat:  Covenant Group Annual Spring Brunch, 11:30-2:00 pm, Social Hall
March 26, Sun: Open Issues, 9:30-10:30 am, Patio Rm
March 26, Sun: Worship Service, Youth Sunday,10:30-11:45 am, Octagon
March 26, Sun: Refugee Family - Short meeting after service in the Sanctuary for  members who would like to assist our new family
March 26, Sun:  Rissho Kosei-kai Buddhist Service 2:00-4:00 pm, Patio Room
March 26, Sun: Black Lives Matter, 12:15-2:15 pm, Chorale Rm.
March 26, Sun: PSI Symposium, Buddhist Fellowship, 12:30-2:00 pm, Patio Rm.
March 30, Thurs: Showing Up for Racial Justice, 6:30-9:00 pm, Social Hall


April

(Click HERE for link to UUC's full April Calendar)

April 2, Sun:  Open Issues, 9:30-10:30 am, Patio Rm
April 2, Sun: Worship Service, 10:30-11:45 am, Octagon
April 2, Sun: Potluck Annual Canvas, 11:30-12:30 pm, Social Hall
April 3, Mon: FAST Rally, off site, 7:00 pm 
April 6, Thurs:Women's Lunch,  12:00- 2:00 PM,
Benedicts Family Restaurant, 768 Belcher Rd.
April 7, Fri: Roslyn Franken presents "Meant to Be", 7:00-9:00 pm, Octagon
April 8, Sat: Art Show Reception, 7:00-9:00 pm, Octagon
April 9, Sun: Open Issues, 9:30-10:30 am, Patio Rm.
April 9, Sun: Worship Service, 10:30-11:45 am, Octagon
April 9, Sun: All About UUC, 12:30-1:30 pm, Westwood Rm.
April 13, Thurs: Compassion & Choices, 1:30-3:00 pm, Patio Rm.
April 19, Wed: Exhale 6:15-6:45, Octagon,and Soup Supper, 5:30-7:30 pm (before and after Exhale).
April 24, Mon: Nehemiah Action 7:00 pm,Tropicana
Field in St. Petersburg 
 

Meet with Rev. Patrice Curtis

If you would like to meet with Rev. Patrice contact the office at 727-531-7704. If you wish to contact her, please call

(510) 852-9304.

Rev. Patrice Curtis
  Service 
Sunday at 10:30

March 19, 2017

"My Hand in Yours"
Service leader: Rev. Patrice Curtis  

Theme for March:
Here and Now
  Pastoral Care Associates

UUC has a strong team of lay Pastoral Associates who offer confidential, emotional support and spiritual companionship to fellow church members. You can access pastoral care by contacting Rev. Patrice Curtis at 727-531-7704 ext. 5 or revpatrice@uuc.org.

Please note that emails sent to the front office are not confidential; emails to Rev. Patrice are.

This week’s pastoral care associate is Ann Myers and is available at 727-531-7704 ext. 5.   
What Is 'Spirit Space'?
It's the space on the upper level of the Sanctuary where children can go during service for quiet activities. Be sure to go check it out with your little ones.

           Open Issues
Sundays at 9:30 a.m.,
Patio Room

March 19th: 

TED Talk: " It's time for women to run for office".  19 minutes. Perhaps some young people would be interested. You can preview it at 

http://www.ted.com/talks/halla_tomasdottir_it_s_time_for_women_to_run_for_office
 

  Flowers for Sunday Services
If you would like to supply the flowers for an upcoming Sunday service in honor of a special event or person in your life, please email Patricia  here. She will help you coordinate your contribution. 
  Ice Cream Social  
sponsored by the stewardship committee:  12 noon on Youth Sunday, March 26.  Parents and Children in our RE programs as well as members of Beacon Youth are invited.
Exhale! 
A Gathering for Sitting and Moving Mindfulness.
Third Wednesday of every month thru May 2017. Next Exhale and Soup Supper is April 19th
6:15 to 6:45 in the Sanctuary.

  5:30 - pre service soup potluck

6:15 - 6:45 Exhale! service in Octagon

6;45 - 7:30 post service soup potluck

 Love offerings are accepted to help cover shared costs.

Wednesday Soup Supper
pre and post Exhale! service
Extend the moments of nourishment for the body and spirit by joining fellow Exhale participants pre AND/OR post service at our Soup Supper. 
  It's easy. Just bring some soup to share, or bread or salad, maybe a dessert. Crockpots are great. Listing ingredients is very helpful. 
  To support ease of cleanup and to keep our footprint tiny, please plan on bringing your own bowls or help with cleanup. 



Special Note:
Sunday, March 19, is New Member Celebration.
Welcome to all our new members! Join us in acknowledging and welcoming our newest members to UUC. 
Sunday Morning Magic
Tech Booth Training 
Want to learn how lights, sound, and slides all come together?  Our expert Eli Preuss is here to teach you!  Join him in the Tech booth March 26th and April 2nd. 
UUC In Action... Upcoming Committee Meetings
Please get your meeting information to events@uuc.org NO LATER than one week before the next E-Octagram (publishes on Thursdays). If there are changes, they must get to the above email NO LATER than the Wednesday before publishing. Thank you. 
A special invitation from the UUC Board...
The UUC Board of Directors invites you to stop by the Library after Sunday Service and talk to members of the Board about what happens at their meetings. Get the updates or get your questions answered. 

-- Communications Committee Meeting, Tuesday, March 21, 6:30-8:00 pm Library

 Want to know what happens at your monthly Board meetings?
        After each monthly Board meeting, two Board members will be in the Library after the  Sunday service to update you and answer questions.
         Don't hesitate to stop by.


-- Refugee Committee Meeting after service Sunday March 26th, in the Sanctuary

UUC has just committed to welcoming and assisting a refugee family from Syria!
We are also planning a trial program on Saturday mornings in April and May,
extending English as a Second Language assistance to adults from Syria, Iraq,
Sudan and Egypt. If you have helped with our refugee program this past year or
would like to work with our new family or initiative, please stay after the service
for a short time on March 26. You will learn more about the family and ways to
become involved.

-- Fourth Friday in the Food Forest, Friday, March 24th, 6:00-9:00 pm
Check out the facebook page for more information HERE.

-- Black Lives Matter, Sunday, March 26, 12:15-2:15 pm, Chorale Rm.

-- SURJ Organization Meeting (Showing Up for Racial Justice)

    March 30, 6:30 to 9:00 pm in the Social Hall


-- Compassion and Choices, Thursday, April 13, 1:30-3:00 pm, Patio Rm  All are welcome.

Our April meeting will be on April 13th instead of April 6th.  At least two of us will be going to the conference on Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking in Charlotte on April 6th, and we will report what we learn to you on the 13th.  The conference is supposed to deal with legal issues in addition to other aspects of this practice.Our May 4th meeting will feature Janet Keating, a palliative care specialist.  This medical field is becoming more and more important as patients are involved with doctors from many specializations, and such a physician is especially important at the end of life when we may want comfort care instead of procedures and running to doctors.

I appreciate your ongoing support and look forward to seeing you at our meetings.

Three Major Social Justice Events Coming This Spring...

The issue committees are finishing up their work in anticipation of the upcoming FAST Rally and FAST Nehemiah Action.Meetings are being held with local officials and invitations have gone out for their attendance at the Nehemiah. However, this year due to a scheduling conflict within the school district, school board members are being invited to the Rally. That means we need you to attend both events.
Don’t forget to wear your UUC T-shirts.

1.The Rally will be on April 3,2017 at 7:00PM at St. Catherine of
Siena Catholic Church, 1955 S. Belcher Road, Clearwater 33764.

2. The Nehemiah Action will be on April 24, 2017 Tropicana
Field in St. Petersburg at 7:00 PM. Once again, we will be
providing buses to the Nehemiah. Sign up at the Social Justice
Table if you want to ride the bus.

But wait I said three events…………

3. The Celebration will be on May 15 th at 7:00 PM at Blessed
Trinity Catholic Church at 1600 54 th Ave .s, St. Petersburg.

If you have any questions regarding these major social justice
events contact UUC FAST Team Leaders, Linda Stoller, Mark
Kanuck, Gretchen Craig or Theo Betjemann

UUC and HOC

UUC has had a long relationship with the Hispanic Outreach Center (HOC). We have supported their work with the Hispanic community here in Clearwater since 2010 when Ann Myers and Shelia Knaust first attended their Intercultural Advocacy Council. As a result of that interest, we have become involved in several projects. From helping Hispanic preschoolers, to programs for young leaders, you can find out more about the various projects by going to our blog  HERE.

Anyone interested in participating in any of these programs, can come to the Social Justice table after services and talk to us. It is a large commitment, but one that gives back in hugs from happy children and their families.

What's Happening at UUC
To buy your tickets online for this event go HERE
  Love to Play Bridge? 
UUC has duplicate Bridge in the Patio Room from 9 to 12. every Tuesday morning.              Call Jane for details  727-400-4149 .

Art Show continues in Octagon
"Spirited Art"
Artists:   Margaret Donehoo, Diane Clement, Diane Steves, Jan Kadushin, Val Weaver, W. Keith Smoke, Colleen Baxter
Last day of show:      April 4, 2017
Gallery Hours: 9:00 am - 12:00 noon Tuesday - Friday 
        9:30 - 10:30 am and 12:00 - 1:00 pm Sunday

From our UUC Librarian Bruce Gotts: 
There is an assortment of Buddhist statues and memorabilia in the Maxwell Library that needs to find a home other than the library. 

'Check Out' This New Book!
UUC Library's Latest Acquisition
HUMANIST VOICES IN UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISM. In this highly anticipated collection, Unitarian Universalist Humanists present their faith perspectives in 23 engaging and thought-provoking essays. The contributors, both lay and ordained, demonstrate why Humanism has been one of the bedrock theologies of Unitarian Universalism for the last hundred years. They reflect on what it means to be a religious Humanist today and how they see the movement evolving in the twenty-first century. They explore Humanist history, beliefs, approach to life, social justice, community, and religious education. Together, these voices proclaim a passionate affirmation of a rich and dynamic tradition within Unitarian Universalism.


The UUC Library is across from the Social Hall entrance. It is open on Sundays after service and books are available for check out with a self-checkout system. For more information contact our Librarian, Bruce Gotts  bcgotts@gmail.com
Readers Forum
We'll read A Gentleman In Moscow by Amor Towles on March 10,17th, News of the World by Paulette Jiles on March 24,31st,and Dark Money by Jane Mayer on April 7,14th. We meet Fridays 10:30-11:30 in Chorale Room.


Adult Religious Enrichment Presents
 
A COURSE IN MINDFULNESS
 
This course will begin by examining the common elements in mindfulness practices, how they address everyday psychological distress and how we can begin integrating mindfulness practice into a busy life. It  will also address how to use mindfulness and meditation to engage with challenges such as alienation, aging, trauma, illness, and death.  In addition the course will cover the role of wisdom and ethics in psychological well-being from both ancient and modern scientific perspectives. 
 
Course contains 24 lectures for 12 individual sessions.Each session will discuss two 30 minute 'Great Courses' lectures featuring Dr. Ronald D. Siegel, a clinical psychologist on the faculty of Harvard Medical School. 
 
These sessions will be followed by a discussion.  Ruth Samuel, a member of UUC who has led the course at OLLI (Osher Learning Centers) for several years, will facilitate the series.  
 
Lectures will be held in the Patio Room on Sundays starting at 12:30 p.m. Meets once each month, check calendar for specific dates. 

 

Beyond UUC...
 
A Chance to "See America Divided" next Friday 

FAST has just announced an up county showing of the documentary “America

Divided”. Last year the “America Divided” team came to St. Petersburg to film a  documentary about the struggling schools in our county. This film highlights the  history behind our struggling schools and includes footage from our 2016  Nehemiah action. This is a community event so all are welcome to view this  powerful documentary.

The showing is Friday, March 24 th at 7PM at East Lake United Methodist Church,

2801 East Lake Road, Palm Harbor.

This showing is in addition to the one previously announced in St. Petersburg. For

more information call the FAST office 727-823- 9197.
  Movies That Matter Once-A-Month Free Movie
A once-a-month FREE movie with discussion afterwards at Oaklefe Center, 6152 126th Ave., Suite 501, Largo. 
The next one is on Friday, March 31, 2017 at 7:00 PM  Philomena, starring Judy Dench.  

A Message from Bay Area Dream Defenders, Awake Pinellas, Allendale United Methodist Church: 

Hello everyone,

We want to invite you to our next session in the Racism Workshop series, Racism 101-A: A Film Screening and Discussion.

Sat, March 18, 2017

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT

Allendale United Methodist Church

3803 Haines Road North

Saint Petersburg, FL 33703 

The link to request tickets is HERE.

Collective Soles Dance Company at Studio 620.
 
WITH LOVE by Collective Soles Dance Company asks the question: "How can love bring me closer to you?"
This question is the center of Collective Soles Dance Company’s upcoming performance, "With Love". With choreography by Artistic Director Alex Jones and newly appointed Resident Choreographer Sean McDonald, this dance work investigates love as it appears through empathy, compassion, and acceptance. "With Love", contains a combination of text and dance, audience interaction, and a personal tribute to Pulse Orlando performed by Alex Jones. With Love, will be presented at
March 24th and 25th  at  7pm . With Love, anything is possible.
  Unitarian Universalist Justice
Florida Legislative Day is coming!  
Monday and Tuesday, March 20-21, 2017, we’ll be bringing the voice of Unitarian Universalist values to the state legislative halls in Tallahassee.

If you have signed up for UUJF Legislative Days at Tallahassee this coming March 20 & 21st, could you e-mail me the following information:
-- Name, phone, and e-mail
-- Your state representative and senator and whether you have made an appointment with them. (There are so many of us going ♡ we should go visit together).
-- If you are planning to stay at the hotel that UUJF is providing and if you plan to room with a specific person.
-- If you wish to carpool.
Thank you, Donna 
donna@polhamus.org