June 8th, 2018

June 10th, Sunday...
Open Issues : 9:30-10:30, Patio Room
Alex Adams. "Medical Marijuana: Cannabis in the Medicine Cabinet" . Alex is President and Founder of Compassionate Care Clinics of Pinellas. He will explain the current state of Medical Marijuana in Florida.

Sunday Service: 10:30-11:45
Service Leader: Patrice Curtis, "The Teacherhood of All Believers"
Bridging Ceremony, Raina Sparks

This week's Pastoral Associate: Frank Tedesco

Religious Enrichment: UUC Religious Enrichment invites kids of all ages to attend our summer RE program  Passport to Peace ! Come get your passports stamped for adventure as we explore a different country each Sunday and learn about what makes them unique."

Share the Plate Recipient: ShelterBox
ShelterBox is an international disaster relief charity that provides emergency shelter and life saving supplies to displaced families following a natural disaster or humanitarian crisis. In April 2000, a Rotary Club in Cornwall, England adopted ShelterBox as its millennium project. Little did they know that it would become the largest Rotary club project in the world . Right now, around 85 million people around the world have been displaced by natural disaster and conflict. ShelterBox is working to change this. Since ShelterBox was founded, they have responded to over 300 disasters and humanitarian crises in more than 95 different countries and provided emergency aid for 1.2 million people. ShelterBox aid is tailored to a disaster but typically includes a disaster relief tent for a family, thermal blankets and groundsheets, water storage and purification equipment, solar lamps, cooking utensils, a basic tool kit, mosquito nets and children’s activity pack. The ShelterBox solution in disaster response is as simple as it is effective. They deliver the essentials people need to survive and begin to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of a disaster. Please give generously. For more information go to www.shelterboxUSA.org

Get Your Picture Taken for the UUC Directory!
Help us put a face to the name. Bill Norsworthy will be on hand before and after the Sunday service to quickly snap a pic of you and/or you and your loved ones for our directory.

Covenant Group Sign Up
Click HERE to sign up for a Covenant Group or to stay in your current group.
If signing up online is not for you, call the office at 727-531-7704.

Exhale Now Weekly!! Wednesdays at 6:00-6:45 pm, in the Patio Room.
By popular demand, Exhale - Mindfulness and Meditation is going to run weekly. Come sit or walk with us in a simple format that focuses on breath. Our large sanctuary has room for both sitting and walking meditation. We meditate for 10 minutes or so, three or four times. Late-comers welcome, enter softly. Stay for tea and conversation afterward. Contact Kathy Krohn at: uuc.kathykrohn@gmail.com

Important Social Justice Work Continues through the Summer at UUC...
The Poor People’s Campaign, supported by the UUA, has gotten some national coverage, but the local effort in Tallahassee has been less well publicized. To find out more about this moral revival go to: https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/
Demonstrations have been taking place each Monday in Tallahassee but on Monday, June 11th the focus will be on living wages for workers. A bus will be going up from 3803 Haines Rd N. in St Pete. The bus will be free and leaves promptly at 8AM (Be there by7:30). Folks should be home by 8 PM. The buses are comfortable and this is an opportunity for UUC to be part of the Poor People’s Campaign. You MUST sign up at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdRg8cnKa-_PPv0iazgYPZQ9ckhpcJMpAkyzQ0WOFg4FA_0RA/viewform

The Social Justice committee is looking for a person to coordinate the food donations that we make to RCS and to the Puerto Rican evacuees that our church has been helping. This is just a very limited time commitment. To discuss it contact Donna Polhamus or Kathy Malaxos.

And if you see school supplies on sale remember that we will be collecting backpacks and supplies for the refugee families who have been tutored and supported by UUC members. They will be distributed in early August.

June 17th, Sunday: Environmental Justice Committee Meeting, 12:15-2:30, Chorale Room

June 24th, Sunday: Humanists Monthly Meeting
12:30-1:30, Octagon
The UUC Humanist Group is co-sponsoring with the Center for Inquiry , a special guest for our next meeting on June 24 th . Ron Cooper, author of a new novel titled  The Gospel of the Twin,  will be our speaker. A brief description from Amazon follows:
An ancient legend claimed that Jesus had a twin brother Thomas. An extra-Biblical text that dates from perhaps as early as the late first century CE (which would make it the same age as the Biblical Gospels) claimed to be the secret teachings of Jesus as recorded by “Judas Didymos Thomas.” The Greek word “Didymos” and the Aramaic word “Thomas” both mean “twin.” While only several Greek fragments of this manuscript, dating to the early second century CE, actually exist, a manuscript written in Coptic from the fourth century was discovered in 1945. This Gospel of Thomas contains 114 purported sayings of Jesus, many of which resemble passages in the New Testament. Drawing upon years of extensive research in early Jewish and Christian history and recent work on the historical Jesus, acclaimed novelist Ron Cooper focuses on Thomas of Nazareth, old and bitter after years of self-imposed exile from his homeland, who returns to Jerusalem to write a book about his identical twin brother Jesus. Disgusted by how others have perverted his brother’s message, Thomas wants to set the record straight. But in doing so, he must try to unravel the enigma that was Jesus. Provocative, inventive, and sure to be controversial, The Gospel of the Twin draws upon scriptural and ancient, non-Biblical sources to present an imaginative version of the founding of Christianity through scenes of violence, tenderness, and mistaken identity that will change the way the world thinks about Jesus.
About the Speaker: Ron was born in South Carolina. He received a BA in philosophy from the College of Charleston, an MA from the University of South Carolina, and a Ph.D. from Rutgers University. He moved to Florida in 1988 and since 1995 has taught at College of Central Florida in Ocala where he lives with his wife Sandra (also a CF faculty member) and their three children. Ron is a past president of the Florida Philosophical Association, has published philosophical essays, and his fiction has appeared in several publications. His novels  Hume’s Fork  and  Purple Jesus   are available from Bancroft Press.

July 3rd, Tuesday -- UUC Office will be closed on the 3rd AND 4th of July. Happy holidays everyone!

July 5th, Thursday: Women's Lunch Out
2:00 p.m. at Benedict's at Belcher and Old Coachman Road, Clearwater
Please email, text, or call me to reserve a seat at the table. Lunch is a busy time, and we need to let them know how many to expect in order for them to save us enough room so we can all sit together. Marie Chapman harborhome38@aol.com 727-647-4089

July 5th, Thursday: End of Life Choices Meeting
1:30-3:00 pm, Patio Room
Readers Forum: On Summer Break.