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July 14, 2017
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THE UUC WEEK AT A GLANCE...

Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater 
2470 Nursery Rd., Clearwater, FL 33764  727-531-7704       www.uuc.org

Upcoming Events from July 14th to July 28th, 2017

July 16, Sunday:
-- Open Issues: 9:30-10:30 am, Patio Rm.  
Lt. Paul Ellison "Leading the Way For a Safer Pinellas"
Lieutenant Ellison will tell us how  Pinellas County responded to calls to make Marijuana possession a  civil citation.  Sheriff Gualtieri came up with a better solution, now in place in Pinellas, and a model for other sheriffs to consider. He calls it a "diversion" (from arrest). Lt. Ellison was promoted recently and is now in charge of the program.
-- Worship Service: 10:30-11:45 am, Octagon, Service Leader: Rev. Katy Korb, "The Truth of the Matter."

July 23, Sunday:
--Open Issues: 9:30-10:30 am, Patio Rm.
 Alan Brand.  "Why NOW is the best time to go solar!". Alan will explain the current state of affairs and future prospects. Alan is the sole proprietor of The Solar Shepherd.Inc., consultants to architects and general contractors for solar installations.
-- Worship Service: 10:30-11:45 am, Octagon.
--  Black Lives Matter meeting, 12:15 to 2:15 pm, Chorale Room. Please join the monthly UUC Black Lives Matter meeting for tips and discussion on how we can effectively work to end the injustices faced by black people in our communities. Because UUC is a mostly white congregation, we focus on the role of white people in becoming aware of white supremacy and privilege, ending white silence, and uniting with others for community action.

July 28th, Friday: Fourth Friday in the Food Forest, 5-10:00 pm, Gazebo

ENJOY, FOOD, FUN, FROLIC and A GROWING COMMUNITY!!! 
We host these monthly gatherings to bring a diverse, intergenerational, multicultural, multiracial, interfaith crowd to our garden to share food , fun and community. It is FREE to the public, so invite all of your friends!
This is also a POTLUCK, for those inclined to share food (optional). We also prepare produce directly from the garden to share.
We are crowdsourcing ideas and energy to determine how YOU, our beloved community, would like to see our garden evolve and grow.
Input from the invested will be directly incorporated into the planning for creation of the space that will best serve the needs of the growing local community. YOUR INPUT IS VALUED!!
Check out the facebook page for more information HERE.



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

July 16th, 2017

"The Truth of the Matter"

Service leader: Rev Katy Korb

  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
July 16th
 
Lt. Paul Ellison "Leading the Way For a Safer Pinellas"
Lieutenant Ellison will tell us how Pinellas County responded to calls to make Marijuana possession a civil citation.  Sheriff Gualtieri came up with a better solution, now in place in Pinellas, and a model for other sherriffs to consider. He calls it a "diversion" (from arrest). Lt. Ellison was promoted recently and is now in charge of the program.
  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 Laura Daniel at flowers@uuc.org . She will help you coordinate your contribution. 
Bring Us Your Cookies...

 Your cookie donations are greatly appreciated by all of the "After Service Social Hour Snack Patrons"!  Simply bring an unopened package of your choice (sorry:  no nut ingredients & no opened packages) to social hour before the 10:30 service starts, and the Snack Volunteers will use them the same Sunday or a following Sunday, and if you include your name (taped on the package), we will be able to let folks know who our generous donor is!!  (Gluten-free cookies are always nice too!) 

Thank you! 
The Social Hour Snack Team

 
Next Week's Share the Plate- July 23rd :  Native American Emergency Relief. (NAER)

Desperate and living in nearly third world conditions, Native American's inside the United States  are often overlooked. They are plagued with poverty, hunger, lack of easy access to water and  despair. Children are often left poorly clothed and unfed. Native American Emergency Relief
understands the desperate conditions that many Native Americans are forced to live in and is  dedicated to improving them. NAER makes emergency food distributions to Indians living on  the Navajo reservations and adds firewood distribution in the winter months. 
 
The children are  the last hope of keeping the native traditions alive. Help provide a lift out of a life of loneliness
and hopelessness. Please donate generously. For more information go to www.naerelief.org


And the construction start date is...
We still have issues to clear up but we are getting ever closer. The new start date will be soon and the E-Octagram will be there to report back to its faithful readers. Stay tuned.
Exhale! 
A Gathering for Sitting and Moving Mindfulness.
Exhale and the Potluck Soup Supper will resume in the Fall. Stay tuned for details.

 

NAACP Clearwater Legal Defense Fund Event Sun., July 30, 3:00 to 5:00 pm

Learn about Rights Restoration and how employer background checks can unfairly and unlawfully keep African American job seekers out of work. NAACP Legal Defense Fund Attorneys from New York and Washington DC will be in attendance.
Pinellas County African American Museum
1101 Marshall St., Clearwater, FL 33755

Sign up at the Social Justice table in the Social Hall to carpool from UUC at 2:30 pm.


The UUC Office Needs You! And It's Fun!

We are looking for volunteers to fill a few slots from 9-12 am in the front office. Answer phones, sort mail, and generally assist Alyssa in whatever tasks come up that day. 
We are still looking for someone on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month. Call her at  727-531-7704 if you want to be a part of our office team. 

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. 

-- Black Lives Matter meeting, Sunday, July 23rd from 12:15-2:15, Chorale Rm. Please join the monthly UUC Black Lives Matter meeting for tips and discussion on how we can effectively work to end the injustices faced by black people in our communities. Because UUC is a mostly white congregation, we focus on the role of white people in becoming aware of white supremacy and privilege, ending white silence, and uniting with others for community action.

 

-- Fourth Friday in the Food Forest, Friday, July 28th, 5-10:00 pm

ENJOY, FOOD, FUN, FROLIC and A GROWING COMMUNITY!!! 
We host these monthly gatherings to bring a diverse, intergenerational, multicultural, multiracial, interfaith crowd to our garden to share food , fun and community. It is FREE to the public, so invite all of your friends!
This is also a POTLUCK, for those inclined to share food (optional). We also prepare produce directly from the garden to share.
We are crowdsourcing ideas and energy to determine how YOU, our beloved community, would like to see our garden evolve and grow.
Input from the invested will be directly incorporated into the planning for creation of the space that will best serve the needs of the growing local community. YOUR INPUT IS VALUED!!
Check out the facebook page for more information HERE.

 
Your Help Needed for Local Students!

The Social Justice Council is organizing school supply 
donations for the 2017-2018 school year. Thirty-seven 
refugee children have been identified as students in 
the north Pinellas area. We will be collecting school 
supplies during June and July. Supply lists for the 
students, who are in elementary, middle, and high 
school, can be found in the UUC Blog. Donations 
will be picked up at UUC on Sunday mornings after 
service. For more information or questions, please 
What's Happening at UUC
The Members Art Show ongoing through Labor Day
All members of all ages, including children, friends and employees of UUC. In the Octagon.  
For more information, Contact Jaki Wilsun at  jakiwilsun@gmail.comgmail.com
From the UUC Librarian: Our Librarian, Bruce Gotts requests that no more books be donated to the library until further notice.  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
Adult Religious Enrichment Presents
Readers Forum
  We'll start up again in September. Happy Summer Reading!
A COURSE IN MINDFULNESS
 
THIS COURSE WILL RESUME SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17th
Beyond UUC...
Our Eye on the Arts...

The free movie GENIUS   1:30 on July 16th at the Safety Harbor Library.