InfoNet: News & Updates
February 21, 2020
UUSP Members - March 1, 2020
What are we voting on at the Congregational Meeting on March 1?
  • To ask Rev Jack Donovan to become our “settled” minister
  • Three small but important changes to our by-laws: 
  • to allow vote by proxy for those who cannot be physically present for future votes
  • to change the last calendar date that our annual budget meeting can take place from April 30th to May 31st
  • to allow more flexibility for Endowment Fund donors

If you missed the February 16 Meeting and still have questions?

Contact a member of the Settlement Task Force for SETTLEMENT questions: 
•Karen Coale     727 204-9141
•Margie Davis     941 447-7811
•Greg Davidson     35312 229-1015

Contact Board President Steve Benton for BY-LAWS questions:     352-672-0800
Think your vote is not important?
Your vote is extremely important. A quorum of 50% of the membership is required which is 92 members. AND 90% of those in attendance must approve calling Rev Jack as our settled minister.
Need a ride On March 1? Will provide a ride on March 1? Contact •Steve Benton     352-672-0800 OR Susan Burnore    770-480-0200
We can't move forward without your participation!  

Click on the link to view the the changes:
Announcements from Pastor Jack
Thursday, February 20. 2020, a doubly clear-sighted day, is the annual World Day of Social Justice, proclaimed by the United Nations to promote gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, and disability equality. The European Union Commission is embracing today to affirm its commitment to "a just, inclusive, climate-neutral Europe." 

The day is being related to a reminder from #MeToo founder, Tarana Burke, regarding Black History Month: "Everyday people - queer, trans, disabled, men and women - are living in the aftermath of a trauma that tried, at the very worst, to take away their humanity. This movement at its core is about the restoration of that humanity."

We as UUs are part of that movement - our purpose being the fulfillment of all souls. Perhaps something along that line should be our hashtag - #FulfillingAllSouls.

May your week be totally fulfilling.

See you at church, Pastor Jack

  • Monthly Introduction to the UU Tradition and UU St. Pete: history and values, purpose and practice – Sunday, February 23: after the service, 11:45ish, with Pastor Jack in the UUSP library.

  • Tuesday Meditation and/or Brown Bag Lunch: Meditation 12-12:30; Lunch 12:30-1:15 – Gilmour Social Hall
Religious Education
Wednesday Adult Religious Studies Discussions,
February 26 :
“Yoruba Religion: The Way of Connection”

Chapter 6 of God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World by Professor Stephen Prothero – discussion on the lessons for us from the differing purposes and practices of the world’s major religions.  Conway Hall Wednesdays at 10am and 7pm (your choice).  Everyone is always welcome. Discussion quotes provided. Contact Pastor Jack if you haven’t received the discussion quotes.
Sunday, February 23, 2020
12:00 - 2:30pm Location: Conway Hall Presented by: Elder Law & Estate Attorney, April Hill
Subject:  The Top Ten Estate Planning/ Elder Law Mistakes & How to Avoid Them
Have you said or heard any of these statements?
  • "My family will handle everything!"
  • "My advisor says I have plenty of money until the end of my life."
  • "I'm sure I am going to live well and just not wake up one day."
  • "I can't trust any of my loved ones, so I won't do anything."
  • "I wrote my will 20 years ago, so I shouldn't need to update."

We will talk about these statements and more.... Contact Barbara Archibald for more information
Religious Education:
February 23, 2020

This month’s theme for Religious Education is Resilience
We will have a special guest, yoga instructor Monica DeChaine to visit our youth. For more information about the themed curriculum, review the monthly e-newsletter or contact .

Nursery care is provided in Conway Hall from 10am - 12pm for infants through preschool by Laura and volunteer assistant. 

Family Seating for service : On the front, right side of the sanctuary, the first two rows are labeled and reserved for families with children. After “Story For All Ages” the children will stay until about 10:40 a.m. and will return to their parents at 11:45 a.m.

Thank you for your support.

Eat Cake, Drink Tea & Talk About Death: Yes, it’s a UUSP Death Cafe
February 22, 2020 9:30 - 11:30am in Conway Hall Click HERE for more information.
Social Justice
Share the Plate Sunday: Provide Meals for Those Waiting in Mexico

Under the “Remain in Mexico” policy, migrants who request asylum are sent back to Mexico to await their assigned date with an U.S. immigration Court. The conditions are deplorable with migrants often times living in makeshift camps for months. They sleep outside in the cold, and live without access to basic hygiene resources like a bathroom.

The Pinellas Coalition for Immigrant Justice , which UU St Pete is a member of, has decided to witness and provide support at the Brownsville, TX/Matamoros, MX border. In January UU St Pete donated clothing which Coalition witnesses delivered to migrants in Matamoros. 

Today’s Share the Plate donations will be used to provide meals to these migrants. One half of today’s Offering will be sent to Team Brownsville who are providing a thousand breakfasts and dinners daily. However there are 2,000 individuals currently trapped in Matamoros.

Please be generous.
Fair Trade Coffee February 23 in Gilmour Hall after service
"Equal Exchange" Fair Traded Coffee, Tea and Chocolate will be available for your purchasing pleasure. These products are regularly available the 2nd & 4th Sundays of each month.
(Dates may vary during the summer, holidays and special events)
And remember, when you purchase the fair trade products that are available here, you are helping to support small farmers around the globe, you are helping the UUSC continue its commitment to their human rights, you are helping our church community to live our mission, and you are getting an excellent product at a fair price. Contact Karen Frank if you have questions.
Green Sanctuary

  The Green Sanctuary taskforce will meet Wednesday night, March 18, 7:00 pm in Conway Middle Room to discuss possibilities for joining the UUA’s Green Sanctuary program. The Green Sanctuary program is the national Unitarian Universalist program for encouraging environmental justice. Bob Murphy, who helped to create the program, will be with us to provide some assistance.All are invited.

Also, the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day will take place on April 22 and Bob will provide us with some information about plans in Saint Petersburg.

Take a Free Bus Ride to the FAST Nehemiah Action on
March 30, 2020

UUSP has reserved a bus to take our members and their guests to the FAST big action (Nehemiah Action) at Indian Rocks Beach Baptist Church, on Monday March 30. The bus will leave from the UUSP at 6pm for the event that starts at 7 pm. It's free but you must make a reservation to ride on the bus.

For a reservation, let your team lead know, or directly contact Dave Coale after sunday services in
Gilmour Hall or at
UUSP Community
UUA General Assembly
Providence RI June 24-28, 2020

Some of our UUSP congregation have registered for GA. It would be nice to encourage others to go.
It is an amazing experience where attendees learn about other UU congregations, vote on UUA initiatives, attend workshops and lectures, and become reinvigorated with UU spirit.
Click on the picture for more information.

Please reach out to Carol Ulmer for more information.

Qajaq (Kayak) Club Outings

Our next excursion will be Saturday morning, February 29, in Boca Ciega Bay at John’s Pass, and is appropriate for all skill levels. Kayak rentals are available. Please arrive by 8:45am.  
Let Paul Burnore know at  if you plan to join the excursion.

Build UU Friendships: New Circle Dinner Invitation
Friday March 6 - 6pm to 8 pm

If you are a UUSP member, you are invited to a new Circle Dinner hosted by Dick Miller at his Treasure Island home. Sign up after Sunday service in Gilmore or email Pat Fling. Dick will contact you directly to coordinate the potluck style dinner.

Limited to first 10 who sign up! Great way to build friendships with like minded UU's!
Trees of Life”  – UUSP’S Sunday Studio:
W ill offer “ The Spring Bling Expressive Arts Workshop!” on Sunday, March 22 . We are now collecting we’re now collecting “bling” for the workshop!   Got old costume jewelry you’d be willing to donate in preparation for this third workshop in our season expressive arts series? Please see Alisun Donovan, Cynthia Alicea, or Jill Oldenski to share your treasures. Details about the workshop and sign-up dates coming soon. Thanks!
Resources within UUSP
Helping One Another: If you need help or know a UUSPer who might? Please notify Patti Hanks, Care Committee  
Tuesday Meditation and/or Brown Bag Lunch:  Meditation 12-12:30;
Lunch 12:30-1:15pm - Gilmour Social Hall.

Our UUSP Sermons (printed or audio) are available on UUSP's website:  Go to , click the Spirituality tab, click Worship Services and Sermons. Scroll down the services and you will see "Sermons and Readings" and Audio Icon (small speaker).
UUSP Covenant Groups – trusted circles for sharing about life. Contact: Patti Hanks ( ).
Nametags For Our Frequent Visitors:
If you come often and would like a permanent name tag, please email Dave Coale at

Parking availability during construction (anticipated completions July 2020)
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