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January 31, 2020
*~*~*UUC HAPPENINGS*~*~*
This Sunday Upcoming
Rev. Robert Murphy

February 2, 2020
10:30-11:45 am (Sanctuary)
Message : " Charles Darwin and the Animals: Unitarian Universalism is changing, because of modern science and climate change."

What responsibility, if any, does our congregation have to non-humans?
          
Request pastoral care: 727-531-7704, ext. 5
We look forward  to  seeing you!
President’s Message
January 31, 2020

The Board of Trustees held a special meeting to review a revised employee manual. The final document will update our employee policies and insure that we are in compliance with both State and Federal laws. My thanks to Susan Gore and Karen Buesing, an attorney and spouse of Bob Buesing, chair of the Personnel Committee as well as the entire committee for all their hard work. Karen’s firm offered their legal services to UUC at no cost.

I am looking for a congregant willing to join our ushers on Sunday. Dick Rolfes is retiring after many years of service. Please see me after services or contact me at billfoley70@gmail.com if you are interested.

Some members of the congregation have suggested that we consider the introduction of a valet service on Sundays for members of the congregation who are handicapped. This would be a significant project and I would like to hear from congregants about whether this is something they feel is necessary.

Saturday is our silent auction. Robyn Burton and her committee have put together a fantastic program. My thanks to all of them. 

Warmest Regards,

Bill Foley
Upcoming Sunday Service Speakers:

February 9 - Rev. Kenn Hurto
February 16 - Ron Vierling
February 23 - Rev. David Franks
Open Issues for February 2:

Elizabeth "Sea Turtle" Drayer - Rights for Nature - a movement that is gaining ground worldwide. The deck is stacked against nature, so some communities are changing the game by giving ecosystems rights that can be enforced in a court of law. See EarthLawCenter.org for additional information. Elizabeth Drayer is running for Clearwater Mayor on behalf of the loggerhead sea turtle.

Open Issues for February 9:

Sarah Robinson - Teaching English in Istanbul
UUC'S ANNUAL SILENT AUCTION!!!
Share Your Religious Odyssey

The Worship Associate Committee would like to give members the opportunity to share their religious journey to Unitarian Universalism. The journeys are all different, but kind of the same - the search for a religion that is comforting and challenging.

Two of our members - Rabbi Judy Epstein and Eliseo Santana - will share their tremendous odysseys during full-length sermons. That would be pretty daunting for most of us, so we would like to plan some Sunday services in May, June and July where two or three members share their experiences in 5 to 10 minute messages.

If this opportunity sounds interesting, please contact Sue Boone ( suebooneuu@juno.com).

SOCIAL JUSTICE NEWS and EVENTS
Prison Stories: Perspectives from the Inside Out
Thursday, February 27 from 7 to 9 pm
in Social Hall.

Please join us at this participatory Social Justice Evening Issues workshop.  UUC members Christina and Ned Bellamy will offer a presentation gleaned from extensive experience with incarcerated men and women. They will describe two programs in different prison settings – state and Federal, minimum and maximum security. There will be time for discussion and questions. Please RSVP on Facebook and invite family and friends.  www.facebook.com/events/500067317310447/
Sign Petition for a CRA to improve North Greenwood. 

The UUC Social Justice Council encourages residents of Clearwater (incorporated and unincorporated) to come to the Social Justice table to sign a petition from the Clearwater Urban Leadership Coalition (CULC) and get family and friends to do so, also. The petition is in support of the creation of a Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) which encompasses the North Greenwood area of Clearwater. The Coalition plans to present them to the Clearwater Mayor and City Council. Contact Eileen Senn if you would like copies of the petition or to join the Coalition. Their next general meeting is 7 pm Tuesday February 24 at the Artz 4 Life Academy, 1751 Kings Hwy, Clearwater, FL 33755 . You can Like the CULC on Facebook. 
OWL (Our Whole Lives) 2020 High School Program
UU Tampa, St. Pete, and Clearwater are joining together to offer an OWL (Our Whole Lives) retreat for high school students during spring break. The retreat will be Thursday, March 19th - Friday, March 20th at UU Tampa . Any high school student is welcome to attend, so feel free to invite friends/neighbors/etc. The cost is $50/student who registers by March 1st, and $60/student after March 1st. Space is limited, and we have students interested from all over Pinellas, Pasco, and Hillsborough counties - so register soon!

Adult volunteers are needed to help cook a meal . Could your covenant group, or you and a few friends, get together to make pasta or taco salads or soup or some other simple meal to offer to the participants and the adult facilitators? Please let Julie know ASAP if you're able to help on one of these days.

We're also collecting scholarship money for students with tight finances. We're asking for $50/student. If you're able to sponsor a student, please let Julie know, or leave a check in her mailbox written out to UUC with "High School OWL" in the memo line.

Contact Julie Daysa (dfm@uuc.org) with questions or to get involved in this wonderful program!

BELOVED CONVERSATIONS

Beloved Conversations has commenced. Please contact Susan Allen ( sallen915@aol.com ) if you have any questions.

There will be two groups for this course: Weds. afternoon 1-3 [note time change] and Sunday afternoon 12:30-2:30. 

This course was designed by the Meadville-Lombard Theological School out of a need for an effective UU curriculum that would help adult UU members individually and congregations as a whole increase awareness of and confront their part in the white supremacy culture and to build more unified and mutually-nurturing multicultural congregations.
RCS Food Bank Needs Donations  

The Social Justice Council encourages congregants to bring in staple foods for the RCS Food Bank in Clearwater.

This is a good time to donate food you had for hurricane season but fortunately didn’t need.

Please place donations in the box in the Narthex. For over 50 years, the RCS mission has been to support our neighbors facing hunger, homelessness, domestic violence, or a lack of basic needs. UUC was one of the founding congregations. 

ARTS GROUP
February 7 @ 2:00 pm
Maxwell Library

Please join us for a special presentation! Contact Gretchen Craig (gretchencraig210@gmail.com) if you would like more information.

Save the Date !!!

CAMPUS BEAUTIFICATION DAY
Saturday, February 15, 2020
8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Fun and Fellowship for All!! What a better way for you to show your love for our beloved community but on the day after Valentine's Day! Details will follow as we move through the preparation needed for making the day a roaring success. For this, WE NEED YOU !

Please don't let concerns about whether you will be physically able to be to stay the entire time, or do outdoor physical work daunt you - COME AS YOU ARE and help make the property of our spiritual home as BEAUTIFUL as OUR BELOVED COMMUNITY is! There will be indoor work and light (seated) duties, too!

As we affirmed at a recent Sunday service, "ALL OF US NEED ALL OF US TO MAKE IT"! Can't wait to see you there! Please get with a member of the Property Committee if you have any questions.
Kitchen Connection

Now that the holiday season has passed where the kitchen was in use to support all sorts of events, it's a good time to remember that our UUC Commercial Kitchen is subject to Pinellas County Health Department's surprise inspections. Their inspections are also performed on our renters, Farm Fresh Catering . The use of our kitchen as congregants is contingent on ensuring that it’s always left in a sanitary and spotless condition. If you have questions, please direct them to Anne Gilbert our Office Administrator (admin@uuc.org; 727-531-7704) and she will refer them to the proper individual to address your query.
UUC Mugs

Recently, we reported that we are running extremely low on UUC mugs . Please continue to look around the campus (or elsewhere) to see how you can help return them to their rightful home in the Community Center.

TAPESTRY FOR THE OCTAGON!

We also need your help in recovering the tapestry that used to hang in the Octagon (by the Tech Booth). It has gone missing, and it has left behind a rather large space! If you have any information on its whereabouts (or can supply us with a picture of it to help in its recovery), please send us an e-mail (admin@uuc.org), or give us a call (727-531-7704).

Reclaim Table in the Main Hall of Community Center 

Please reclaim your dishware glassware or any serving item being displayed on tables on the Community Center. These items will be on display for the next two weeks. Any unclaimed items will be donated by the first week in February .

Lost and Found in the UUC Office

We are starting to amass quite a collection of lost items in the UUC Office. Please stop by when you have a chance to see if we have something that belongs to you!

COMPASSION AND CHOICES
Tuesday, February 18
1 - 2:30 pm Surti Center

Just over five years ago Brittany Maynard made national news when she and her husband, Dan Diaz, moved to Oregon so she could exercise her right to die a gentle death. Now Dan is coming to UUC to speak about that experience:  A Conversation with Brittany Maynard’s Husband, Dan Diaz; Five Years After Her Death, Her Advocacy for Medical Aid in Dying Lives On.  Please join us. Refreshments will be provided.
EARTH DAY
April 22

The 50th Earth Day is coming this April, 22! As Unitarians, our 7th principal calls us to stewardship of the Earth. In the run up to the 50th Anniversary Celebrations, the Environmental Justice Committee will offer weekly Green Goals and actionable methods to put our values into practice.

Fast Fashion Versus Sustainability
The turnover of wardrobes has sped up with availability of increasingly affordable trendy clothing. While people brough 60% more garments in 2014 than 2000, they only kept the clothes half as long. About 85% of discarded fabric ends up in landfills.

The fast fashion industry is responsible for 10% of humanity's carbon emissions. That's more than all the air travel plus all the maritime shipping combined!

Worldwide, the fast fashion industry is the second largest consumer of water and is responsible for 20% of all water pollution!

An estimated 35% of all micro plastics - very small pieces of plastic that never biodegrade - in the ocean, come from the laundering of synthetic fabrics like polyester.

Finally, fast fashion is associated with poor and exploitative working conditions and gender-based violence against workers.

We can Reduce, Reuse and Recycle: 1) Aim for a classic vs. trendy capsule wardrobe derived from sustainable, ethical suppliers and vintage/pre-owned garments. 2) Donate and repurpose items which no longer serve. For local vintage and used clothing sources: https://www.pinellaslife.com/thrift-shops/
New Website for Events Rentals at UUC

After many months, we now have a live website for events rentals at UUC. For the events side of UUC life, we will be called 2470 Events Center . Our new website is www.2470eventscenter.com and it's the perfect way to show your friends all that UUC has to offer as a marvelous venue for weddings, conferences, birthday parties, family reunions, etc...

We also have a dedicated phone number for inquiries: 727-776-2472.

Please share with everyone you know! We want UUC To become everyone's favorite Events Center!
Family Ministry
UPCOMING FAMILY MINISTRY EVENTS:

This month our worship and education theme is "INTEGRITY." C.S. Lewis calls integrity “Doing the right thing when no one is watching.” We'll be exploring what it means to be a community with INTEGRITY as we look at this topic in a new way each week:
  • Session 1: Jan. 5 - "Walking the Talk"
  • Session 2: Jan. 12 - "Finding our Deep Joy/Finding our Inner Voice"
  • Session 3: Jan. 19 - "Integrity of the 'We'"
  • Session 4: Jan. 26 - "Finding Courage"
In February, we'll turn our attention to the theme of "RESILIENCE." Stay tuned for more info!

Sunday, Jan. 26th : Following worship, there will be an RE Task Force Meeting in Surti Hall . Many of you have heard that the Board approved a leave of absence for Julie Daysa this spring. Julie's wife, Rev. Jennifer Daysa, received a grant to fully fund a sabbatical. The Daysa family will be taking the trip of a lifetime over to Europe for 3 months! With young Jacob's health issues, this is a trip the family never thought to be able to take. Julie will be working limited hours remotely, but will need extra volunteer support in the RE program on Sunday mornings from March-May. Can you help?

Friday, Jan. 31st: Parents Night Out ! D rop off your kids for a night of safe, fun activities while you get some adult time in. Drop off/pick up anytime between 5:30-8:30pm. A light dinner will be served. Background-checked adults and RE staff members will chaperone and guide events. $5/child or $10/family.

Friday, Feb. 7th : Family Movie Night, 5:30pm in the Community Center. We'll provide the pizza and popcorn, feel free to bring a salad or sweet to share. Suggested donation of $4/person or $10/family to cover food costs, but please come whether you have cash on you or not - all are welcome!

Wednesday, Feb. 19th : Waffles + Worship, 5:30pm. Join us for a short, family friendly worship experience, and then a make-your-own waffles bar! We have gluten free waffles available.

High School Students: Sign up NOW through March 1st for OWL (Our Whole Lives) 2020! Space is limited to the first 20 students who apply. There is a $50 registration fee to cover the cost of food and materials. The OWL retreat runs from 9:30am on Thursday, March 19th through 8pm on Friday, March 20th.

Coming this Summer : Chalice Camp 2020 ! Mark your calendars for the week of July 27-31 . Camp will run from 9am-5pm again this year. The cost will be $60/student, and a simple lunch will be included each day. A planning meeting will be scheduled for February for all interested volunteers.

Questions or concerns about any Family Ministries events?
Contact Julie Daysa at dfm@uuc.org.


UUC Needs You! Have you ever been interested in assisting on Sunday? We are looking for Chalice Lighters, please contact Mary Thornon ( tmarykate@gmail.com)  
Exhale!!
Weekly on Wednesday
6:00-6:45pm

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 .
Ladies Lunch

When: Thursday, February 6, 2020 @ noon
Where: TBD

678 N. Belcher Road
Clearwater (On the corner of Belcher & NE Coachman Roads).
 
Contact Marie Chapman to R.S.V.P. or with questions.

FRIDAY BOOK CLUB

On Friday mornings, Book Club meets at UUC from 10:30 - 11:30 in the Chorale Room.

Today (1/24/20) and next Friday (1/31/20), we will be discussing "The Nickel Boys " by Colson Whitehead, who has been called one of the most gifted novelists in America today. It is a work of fiction that was inspired by a series of stories in the Tampa Bay times called "For Their Own Good", which documented the decades of abuse of children at the Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, Florida.

New members are welcome!
UUC's Care Circle
Meet Rev. David Franks
Wed., February 12 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Patio Room

We have set a meeting for Care Circle members to meet Rev. David Franks , who is now our part-time Pastoral Care Minister.

The goal of the UUC Care Circle is to provide short term care for members and UUC supporters who need assistance.   Susan Hegner and Eloise Hardman were appointed as contact persons. An email has been sent to those attending the meeting, asking for a response as to what kind of care they can provide so that we can compile a list of helpers.  If you would like to join the UUC Care Circle as a helper OR you need some short term help, please contact Susan or Eloise. More news will be forth coming as we organize.