October 5th, 2018

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The One City Chorus concert ticket site is up! Click on top left of our website to buy your tickets online: www.uuc.org

Help Amendment 4 Get Passed!
Join us in phone banking at UUC in the Surti Hall
Click HERE to sign up at the Second Chances website. Call the office at 727-531-7704 or email uucsocialjustice@gmail.com if you need more info. Bring your cell phone AND laptop or tablet. (be sure to bring your power cord for your device.)
-- Next phone banking session is Tues.Oct. 9th, 5:30-8:30 pm
--Sunday, October 21st, 12:30-3:30 pm (with Susan Frederick-Gray)
--Sunday, October 28th 12:30-3:30 pm
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October 7th, Sunday...

Open Issues: 9:30-10:30, Patio Room
Richard Gordon. "The Poetry of Fern Gordon" Richard will tell the joys/sorrows of getting her book published. He will read his favorites, and others can read theirs.

Sunday Service: 10:30-11:45, Octagon
Service Leader: Rev. Patrice Curtis: "Building a Sanctuary"

Pastoral Associate: Frank Tedesco

Religious Enrichment :
This Sunday is an "All Ages" Sunday, so children will remain in worship with their families. The children will be invited to help Julie tell a story during the Time For All Ages. They will have the opportunity to create art depicting what "SANCTUARY" means to them during the message which will then be displayed during the benediction hymn. This service will be particularly child-friendly, so we hope you will join us! 

Other upcoming events for families and people of all ages:
-- Friday, October 12: 5:30pm, Family Movie Night : How do we FIND and SEEK sanctuary? Let's explore this through the movie,  Paddington  (PG, 2014) on the big screen, with activity tables to interact with the theme before/during/after the movie. Enjoy pizza and popcorn along with a salad/fruit (please bring something to share). 
-- Wednesday, October 17: 5:30pm, Waffles + Worship - family evening chapel service in the Surti Center
-- Friday, October 26: 6-9 pm Parents' Night Out - wear your Halloween costumes and be prepared to have FUN! Light dinner and snacks provided. $5/child pre-registered, $10/child at the door.

A Note from Julie Daysa...
We do not currently have a teacher signed up for October 14th, and we need an additional adult in the nursery room every Sunday. Can you help? Email Julie: dfm@gmail.com or follow this link to sign up:  http://signup.com/go/eqfqvVD.
We are looking for volunteers to teach in our religious education program. If you would like to know more about what this involves contact Julie Daysa at dfm@uuc.org   .
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Save the Date!! UUC Coming Attractions...

The NAACP is bringing the documentary "13th" to UUC, Saturday, October 13th.
Fellowship potluck at 5:00, movie showing at 6:00 pm.
The film charts the explosive growth in America’s prison population; in 1970, there were about 200,000 prisoners; today, the prison population is more than 2 million. Although the U.S. has just 5% of the world’s population, it has  about 25% of the world’s prisoners , and about one in three prisoners are black men. More than 60% of the people in U.S prisons are people of color.
To read more and see the trailer click   H ERE

October 21st, Sunday: UUA President Susan Frederick-Gray will lead our service and then join us for lunch and phone banking afterwards. For more information, see below.

December 1st, Saturday, One City Chorus i s performing in the Octagon in honor of World AIDS Day. A wine bar will be available in the Surti Hall one hour before the concert at 7:30 pm.We are so excited to be hosting this choir of over 140 singers under the leadership of Conductor Jon Arterton. Tickets are $18.00 online--Click HERE , or $20.00 at the door. Don't wait, they will be going fast!
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Exhale!! Wednesdays at 6:00-6:45 pm in the Maxwell Library
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 20 minutes or so, stretch, then meditate again. Late-comers welcome, enter softly. Stay for hearty appetizers (we love your offerings too!) and conversation afterward. Contact Kathy Krohn at:  uuc.kathykrohn@gmail.com  

October 7th, Sunday ... Open Issues: 9:30-10:30, Patio Room -- Paul Ford. “Amendments on the FL ballot”

October 11th, Thursday: Compassion and Choices, 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm, Patio Rm.
Carl Zimmerman, former representative to the Florida House is our special guest speaker for our October meeting. He will speak with us over lunch (pizza!) about our goal is to work politically to get POLST (Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment) passed in Florida.  Please note the time change to noon instead of 1:30 pm .

October 14th, Sunday: Second Annual Rice and Beans Luncheon
Have you eaten today? Thank a farmworker. Farmworkers participate in
bringing more than 90% of what we eat to us. In nearby Plant City, thousands
of migrant workers are returning from the farms up North to be ready to pick
the strawberries and other produce grown there. A few will be involved short
term in the planting but the majority will have to wait until mid-December.to
begin picking them. The price to eat our luscious offerings is rice, dried beans and/or $5.00 Please do not bring bags larger than 10 lbs. This is a family friendly event, What better way to teach our children about charitable giving than to have them drop a $1 bag of beans in our bin. We will be delivering our offerings on November 3. If you'd like to
join us, please let Harriet Ha-Sidi know 727-398-7012 or sign up at the Social
Justice table.

October 16th, Tuesday: First class for "You, the New UU" -- a program for UU newcomers
Classes will be on October 16, 23, and 30 from 7:00-9:00 pm in Classroom 2 in the Surti center.
Rev.Patrice invites anyone who has been attending UUC for up to two years to this unique 3 week program. It is designed to welcome and orient newcomers to our Unitarian Universalist spiritual community. It will help you learn more about who we are and what we believe. You'll hear what it means to our current members what it means to them to be a Unitarian Universalist, providing a chance for you as a newcomer to our congregation to connect with long-timers and our minister, Rev. Patrice. Finally, it will give you a chance to examine your own personal stories in the light of our Unitarian Universalist tradition and heritage. Snacks included!

October 19th, Friday: Art Opening Reception for Watercolorist, Debra Thomas-Weible . Debra is a local artist whose beautiful watercolors has won many awards. This is a not to be missed solo show. Her paintings will hang in the Octagon through November 30th. Gallery Hours are Tues-Fri 9-12 am and Sundays 12-1:00 pm.

October 21st, Sunday: UUA President Preaching at UUC for All Out on Amendment 4
The UUA is partnering with UUs in Florida in support of the Second Chances Coalition Amendment 4 that will extend the vote to over 1.4 million people in Florida with past convictions.
UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray will be coming to Florida to join a canvassing effort anchored by the UU Church of Sarasota on Saturday, Oct. 20th .
On Sunday, Oct. 21st , Rev. Susan will be preaching to our UUC congregation. Everyone is invited to join us for a luncheon immediately following service and then for our final phone banking session. . See more detailed information at
Our faith tradition has a history of working for voting rights and to stop the criminalization of many in our communities. Our faith tells us that no one is disposable and all are redeemable and that it is systems not people that we judge. UU theologian James Luther Adams declared that it our faith’s task to “make history and not be pushed around by it.” Now is such an opportunity. Let us bring our hands and hearts together for a powerful justice-inspired weekend. And from there let’s Get Out the Vote through November 6th . Love Resists!

October 26th, Friday: Readers Forum: 10:30 to 12:00 am Readers Forum will not meet in Sept., but will meet Oct.26 in the Chorale room to discuss “Little Fires Everywhere" by Celeste Ng.

Wake Now Our Vision -- ENSURE UUC'S FUTURE - And BOOST Our 2019-2020 Budget Now!
" Wake Now Our Vision ", a planned giving campaign funded by the UUA, is a one-in-a-lifetime opportunity for you to have immediate impact on UUC by making a planned gift to the congregation part of your estate plan. Simply designate UUC as one of the beneficiaries of your will, pension, insurance policy, or other estate planning tool and the UUA will match your gift NOW, up to $10,000 from a $5M grant designed to ensure the future of UU. The program has already raised $75M from UUs across the US who are committed to supporting the vision embodied by their beloved communities. This unprecedented success means the matching gift fund is 95% depleted, however, bringing an end to the program far sooner than expected. 
The paperwork is simple. No gift is too small. Please contact Susan Gore (214-673-4673 or  flsnowfrog@gmail.com ) to learn more about how you can support UUC now  and  for the future.

Are You Interested in Composting?
After many years Jay Hardman has retired from our composting project. With no one else ready to step up, the Board and the Property Committee have agreed to suspend composting until we can find a team to assume the work. If you are interested in reviving this work, and are willing to work for at least one year, please call the UUC Office at 727-531-7704