January 25, 2019

  January 27th, Sunday...
Sunday Service: Texture
10:30-11:45, Octagon
Service Leader: Rev. Patrice Curtis
Request pastoral care: 727-531-7704, ext. 5  

Board of Trustees Report

At the January Board meeting, we unanimously approved a resolution presented to us by the Social Justice Council to boycott Publix. No funds from UUC will spent in any Publix store and congregants will not be reimbursed for receipts submitted from Publix for food purchases. We amended the motion to allow a grace period of six weeks for congregants to submit for reimbursement for purchases from Publix. If you have questions, speak to any Board member or visit the Social Justice Table after services.

The Board discussed the Mission Fulfillment Plan prepared by Susan Allen, Ned Bellamy, Susan Gore, Sue Hand, and Sandy Hoover. Because we just received the plan that evening, I suggested board members be given a month to digest the report. It will be approved at the next Board meeting. I wish to thank members of the committee for all their hard work. 

Because several of us will be joining the choir in New York City when they perform, we have rescheduled the next Board meeting for February 27.

UUC Cabaret Night
On Saturday, April 6, at 7 pm we will hold the first and hopefully annual talent night and wine and cheese. Rachel Stone will perform some of her original satirical songs accompanied by Rey Ifill. Rey will hopefully dazzle us with a couple of pieces after Rachel’s performance. 

This leaves open an opportunity for other talent to participate. Poets, actors, singers, jugglers, magicians, comedians, and acts that cannot be easily defined are welcome. There are only a limited number of slots available since most members like to be in bed by 9:30 p.m. Please e-mail me at billfoley70@gmail.com if you are interested.

Sound System
As you may know, we've been studying the acoustics of the Octagon and the Surti Center. We'll be taking a series of steps - each step intended to make a noticeable improvement - until we are all satisfied. No single change will solve everything, but each change should get us closer to what we want. Conscious of budget and aesthetics, we've started with a modest adjustment in the sound booth; it's ready for this coming Sunday's service. You won't see it, but we hope you'll hear it. Please tell us what you think. There's more to come. -- Ray Williamson

Minutes of the Board of Trustees:  The November 2018 minutes are available here,  http://www.uuc.org/Nov_2018_BoT_Meeting.pdf , on the UUC website. Please note that you must be a member to access. If you need the password, please email frontdesk@uuc.org  . 

Open Issues,   Jim Smith and Randy Brunhamer, “Why We Quilt”. Their unusual quilting is displayed in Octagon. They will explain how/why they became quilters. From 9:30 to 10:20 a.m. in the Patio Room.
In RE , Making mistakes is a natural part of being human. This Sunday, we invite the children to reflect on what happens when we are wrong and how we can learn and deepen from our mistakes.
January 25th, Friday:  The  Readers Forum   is reading “The Color of Water,” by James McBride, on Jan. 25 and Feb.1. And on Feb. 8 and 15, the group will read “Trinity,” by Louisa Hall. The group meets Fridays at 10:30 a.m. in the Chorale Room
January 27th, Sunday:
United Faiths Walk of Peace is 2 to 5 pm in Dunedin. UUC is a sponsor. Meet at the Taoist Tai Chi Center, 280 Locklie Street. We will walk through Dunedin for 2.5 miles, stopping at several venues for reflections on peace by various faith leaders. https://www.unitedfaithswalkofpeace.org/ for more details.
The  UU PSI Symposium   will be held at 12:30 p.m. after the morning service in the Patio Room. This is a joint meeting of the PSI Symposium and the UU Buddhist Fellowship. Linsay Wilson will speak about Resonance Repatterning.
January 30th, Wednesday:  Book Discussion:   "...Finding Meaning and Spirit in Aging," by Bruce T. Marshall, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Rev. Curtis will facilitate the discussion in the Maxwell Library. The time will be used for a gentle and caring exploration of aging into our seventies, eighties and nineties, the particular focus of this wonderful book. The book is available from Amazon (   https://tinyurl.com/y7wm5t6s   ) or the  UUA Bookstore   . Rev. Curtis has one copy available for borrowing. PLEASE sign up for this Adult Spiritual Development group here:  https://goo.gl/forms/tTGAySRFEVi5ZdnQ2 .

SPECIAL NOTE: Adult Spiritual Development Classes are beginning. Classes range from book discussions and interfaith conversations to qigong and tai chi. To register for these classes, please visit http://www.uuc.org/adultedu.html .
Exhale!!   Wednesdays at 6:00-6:45 p.m. in the Patio Room
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 .
February 1st, Friday:  Our next Parents Night Out is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in UUC's Surti Hall. Please register your child(ren) by Wednesday for the $5/child ($15/family) discounted rate. Children are welcome to show up on Friday night for $10/child. Please drop off/pick up your children between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. A light dinner and snacks will be provided. Our background-checked RE staff will be present to supervise an evening of fun and games. Please contact Julie Daysa ( dfm@uuc.org ) with questions or to register your child(ren).
February 3rd, Sunday:  UU Summer Camp Planning Meeting. For all those interesting in helping to plan a UU summer camp, let's put our heads together and see if we can get this project off the ground for 2019! We'll meet from 12:15 to 1 PM in Surti Hall if it's cold, or outside if it’s warm. Contact Julie Daysa ( julie.daysa@gmail.com ) with questions.

February 6th, Wednesday: Interfaith Conversations: Jesus Christ. This discussion group, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., will prepare FAST activists and attendees for conversations about faith, beliefs, and values with Christians with whom they share justice-making work. Sign up for this Adult Spiritual Development class at   https://goo.gl/forms/03v1sOE2H80HRwau1 . The book is called, "Christ and Unitarian Universalists," by retired Stanford University Dean for Religious Life Scotty McLellan. Choose in-class purchase of a used copy for $10 when you sign up, and your book will be available the first class. Or purchase your copy here: https://tinyurl.com/ybguemhj .

Share the Plate: Border Angels:  “Border Angels is a volunteer based, nonprofit organization that advocates for human rights, humane immigration reform, and social justice with a special focus on issues related to the US-Mexican border. Border Angels engages in community education and awareness programs that include guided trips to the desert to place water along migrant crossing routes as well as to the border to learn about the history of US-Mexico border policy and experience the border fence firsthand. Border Angels volunteers trek into the Californian desert and place water throughout migrant paths to help prevent the unnecessary deaths. Since 1994 11,000 people have died mainly from dehydration crossing the desert.

Border Angels assist immigrants on the road to citizenship providing free and low-cost legal assistance, encouraging English language education and a comprehensive understanding of American culture, society, and legal system. Border Angels is dedicated to serving individuals who have been affected by injustice and oppression, and choose to direct much of their services at highly vulnerable populations, such as day laborers and migrant workers. Border Angels works to dispel the various myths surrounding immigration in the United States and to bring back truth and justice. Go to www.borderangles.org or https://www.facebook.com/BorderAngles .” Submitted by Marlene D. Calderone