InfoNet: News & Updates
April 17, 2020
Virtual Town Hall
Sunday, April 26, 2020 - 11:15am - 11:45am

Join Congregation President Steve Benton for information and discussion of upcoming events and decisions at UU St. Pete. We will present information and invite input on:

  1. the state of church during this unusual time
  2. pledge campaign results and the budget for the 2020-2021 church year
  3. nominations for board members and church officers
  4. how to make decisions and conduct business for the May 17 Annual Congregational Meeting. 

After the meeting, you are invited to stay online for a "virtual Coffee Hour" - we'll see how well this technology works for UUs who like to congregate!

All members will receive an e-mailed invitation with the password for joining the meeting via Zoom. But all interested people are welcome to join. Contact Board Member Morgan Gresham to request an invitation.
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Annual Giving Pledge Campaign

 
As we wind up the pledge campaign, we want to express our gratitude to all of our members and friends who have pledged. A most sincere Thank You !’ 
If you have not yet pledged, Pledge Now by:

Remember,
  • All members must pledge to financially support UU St. Pete annually for the next fiscal year beginning July 1;
  • There is no minimum required; and
  • You can change your pledge at any time.

Our collective pledges are the most significant part of the budget that determines what programs UU St. Pete can provide to our congregation and our community.
 
Your financial commitment to our beloved congregation is greatly appreciated.

Carol Ulmer, Chair, Annual Giving Team
Pastor Jack's Weekly Wonder
Dear Friends,

Some of us UUSPers are doing the Pachamama Alliance online intensive study for becoming “Game Changers” – people devoted to the idea that the game of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness is rigged to overwhelmingly favor the very wealthy (and, in consequence, very powerful). This game has a story in America – that selfishness and profit are the highest values and good for the people. 

These dominant and domineering values are killing and maiming a lot of life physically and spiritually. I’d say we are seeing considerable evidence of that now. Many of our finest modern observers have proposed that we need a new story – one that guides us and inspires us to change the game.

 
Religious Education
The Resurrection of Wednesday Adult Religious Studies Discussions (Via ZOOM)
Starting Wednesday, April 29, 10:00am and 7:00pm – We will begin a five-session discussion of Frances Moore Lappe’s Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want. Quotes will be provided as the focus of each discussion.
 Quotes from the chapter and conclusion will be sent to all on the mailing list – contact Pastor Jack to be included.

Starting Wednesday, April 29, 10:00am – We will begin a five-session discussion of Frances Moore Lappe’s Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want . Quotes will be provided as the focus of each discussion.
Children's Religious Education:
April 12, 2020

This month’s theme for Religious Education is Liberation

This week's theme pertains to ‘Easter’.

Check out our lessons and more in our weekly newsletter
What - you aren't receiving it? Please contact RE@UUStPete.org   .

Check out our Virtual Gatherings & Worship Services page to find out more about how we are bring UUSP RE to you


Click on the pictures for the Lessons of the week from our RE Staff!

Experimental Online Weekly Meditation Schedule
Tuesdays & Thursdays Contemplative Meditation
Pastor Jack will offer a ten-minute online contemplative meditation based on selected readings. Readings this coming week were from Chief Seattle and Nobel Peace laureate Wangari Maathai. Participate at UUSP YouTube Channel .
Mindfulness Meditation Sessions COMING SOON:
Pastor Jack is preparing to start a Zoom twenty-minute silent meditation time, with check-in time to follow. Other tasks have slowed him down. But please stay tuned. In the meantime, to find the time(s) most amenable to your schedules, please email Pastor Jack with a few of your preferences as to days and times when you’d most likely be able to join in.

How do you get online - check out Virtual Gatherings & Worship Services page to help.
Social Justice
The New York Times published the following Opinion piece by Greg Asbed, a founder of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, on April 3, 2020:  What Happens if America's 2.5 Million Farmworkers Get Sick?
 
This week the Coalition launched petition drives demanding that Governor DeSantis:
  • Build a temporary field hospital in Immokalee where people tested positive for COVID-19 can isolate and be treated.
  • Provide personal protection equipment and sanitization materials to farmworkers.
  • Provide accessible COVID-19 tests for free in Immokalee. 
  • Allocate public funds for economic support for farmworkers in Florida. 
 
One drive is an open letter from organizations, and UU St Pete has already signed it. The other is a  Petition for Individuals  to sign. Very simple — click to add your name. 
 
Let’s flood Tallahassee with our request.

Thank you. Karen Coale
UUSP Community
Write Your Personal Legacy Letter
 For Family & Friends
Traditional estate planning is important to pass on your “stuff” in an organized manner. Your legal will, living trust, and other estate documents say what money and possessions you want to give your family and friends. This is important, especially in the new age of coronavirus. But you are much more than the financial assets and belongings you’ve accumulated during a lifetime. Your true treasures are worth more. That includes your values, hopes, dreams, memories, and stories. You can share your essence forever with those you love and care for through a lasting Legacy Letter.

UUSP member Kathleen Rehl’s article about how to Write Your Personal Legacy Letter for Family & Friends was recently published by AgeBuzz.com. This includes a link for your free eBooklet, Legacy LifePrint Letters & Stories .
Thursday Online Citizens' Cafe'
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Online sharing about current news and its call to us. BYOLunch/Coffee/Whatever. Space is limited Please contact Paster Jack if you would like to participate.
Caring & Connected Newsletter
We are continuing to sent out the e-newsletter  “Caring & Connected” to help sustain our UUSP community during uncertain times. Click  here to read it and learn “how can I help?” and "how can I stay connected?” during the church closure. 

for the Communications Team
Movies & Metophors Meetups
Paul Burnore would like to explore the idea of weekly Zoom Meetups around movies and poetry. His initial idea is to have one Zoom Meetup per week, alternating movies one week and poetry the next. What about at Tuesday or Thurdsays, around 7pm. Please reach out to Paul with your throughts, ideas and preferences on day and time. Thank you!
Staying Connected With Pastor Jack & Staff
Pastor’s Open-Air Office Hours:   :   For those experiencing a serious sense of isolation, you are welcome to contact Pastor Jack (352-327-6166)  to arrange a visit online or in the open air at the church.

For members with mobility limitations, upon request, I will be glad to visit with you at any open-air location (eg, backyards, porches, local parks).

UPDATED: Our UUSP staff members will continue their duties in a safe, cautious manner to the fullest degree possible. Our Church Office Administrator is now working from home and can be reached at officeuustpete.org@gmail.com .

During this challenging time, may we remember that we need to pay close attention to how everybody is doing and how we can help.   
Resources within UUSP
Helping One Another: If you need help, or need to talk. Or if you know of a UUSPer who might? Please notify Patti Hanks , Care Committee or Reach out to Pastor Jack.
 
Our UUSP Sermons (printed or audio) are available on UUSP's website :  C lick the Spirituality tab, click Worship Services and Sermons. Scroll down the services and you will see "Sermons and Readings" and Audio Icon (small speaker) and will now be on our UUSP YouTube Channel .
Our mission is to be an inclusive , evolving religious community that inspires spiritual and intellectual growth to make our world a better place .