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Spiritual Community
Preacher: Rev. Patrice Curtis
July 28, 2019
10:30-11:45 am (Sanctuary)
Message: Summer Spiritual Tune-Up
Request pastoral care: 727-531-7704, ext. 5. 
We look forward  to  seeing all your SMILING FACES!
Open Issues
General conversation on another important issue at 9:30 am in the Patio, July
28 July Irene Ratner .  “The Epidemic of Sleep Deprivation, and its Consequences”,  based on Matthew Walker’s recent book “Why we Sleep”. There will be time for discussion.


04 Aug TED Talk. “How to spot a Liar”  Pamela Meyer explains in a 19 minute TED Talk. Pamela  shows the manners and "hotspots" used by those trained to recognize deception. She also has written a book on the subject, ‘Liespotting’      
Family Ministry
This week in RE:  At the core of our Unitarian Universalist community are our seven  Principles . The Principles encompass all the ingredients of a good and faith-filled life based on equality, freedom, peace, acceptance, truth, care, and love. Over the next eight weeks, we will be learning about the Principles through stories and activities. Summer at UUC is more casual, so after our shared opening session (meditation and a short story), students will be able to choose to do an art project, play games, or be outside in the garden or on the playground. 
Summer Chalice Camp is July 29-August 2 nd . We currently have over 55 campers registered! 
 
YOU'RE INVITED to a congregational BBQ/picnic on Thursday, August 1st at 5pm . See a running loop of photos of summer camp so far, and enjoy an evening of UU fun together. Mark your calendars!!
Sunday, July 28: Americans for Immigrant Justice (AI Justice) is our Share the Plate recipient for the month of July. Americans for Immigrant Justice is an award-winning non-profit law firm that protects and promotes the basic human rights of immigrants. In Florida and on a national level, it champions the rights of unaccompanied immigrant children; advocates for survivors of trafficking and domestic violence; serves as a watchdog on immigration
detention practices and policies; and speaks for immigrant groups who have particular and compelling claims to justice. AI Justice also shines a light on abusive conditions in immigration detention to bring about
systemic change. AI Justice attorneys challenge abusive detention conditions and work toward systemic change. They provide Know Your Rights presentations, during which conditions are monitored such as: overcrowding, inadequate medical care, appalling living conditions, lack of access to attorneys, frequent transfers to remote facilities, physical and mental abuse, indifference to human suffering, and improper use of force. Advocates involved in immigration issues, the national media, and federal and state
policy makers, consider AI Justice to be one of the most effective national groups fighting for immigrant justice. Please give generously. For more information go to www.aijustice.org.
Backpack Collection
UUC is collecting backpacks and school supplies for students again this summer! The collection will focus on the children at Belcher Elementary and Oak Grove Middle Schools as well as children of families who have participated in ESL classes at UUC. Volunteers will be needed to organize and distribute the backpacks following Backpack Blessing Sunday on August 4. Please leave your donations in the collection boxes in the Octagon. 

Backpack Blessing : Students can bring their backpacks with them to UUC on Sunday, August 4th for a special backpack blessing. We will also be collecting supplies and backpacks to donate to Belcher Elementary School students. Specific school supply lists can be found here ( https://www.teacherlists.com/schools/15344-belleair-elementary-school ) , but some common highlights across grades are: pocket folders with metal prongs, wide-ruled notebooks, gluesticks, low odor dry erase markers, packages of pencils, gallon/quart Ziploc bags, 24-count boxes of crayons, etc. Perhaps you'd like to donate so that we can purchase specific supplies needed to fill backpacks? Please make a check payable to UUC with "backpack blessing" written in the memo line.
It is time for all interested parties to register to be in a Covenant Group for next year. Remember, even if you are already in a group, you  MUST  register. The easiest and quickest way to do this is online registration.

Go to our website:  uuc.org
Go to the Members page (enter password)
The first thing you will see is Covenant Group Registration
Click on: Register online
Complete the information
Click on: Submit

That’s it. It only takes a few minutes. If you are unable to complete an online registration form for any reason , Bonnie Box and Cindi Nohe will be in the Narthex  on July 28th August 4th  and  August 11th , after the service , to assist you in completing paper copies of the registration form. Your registration will then be submitted electronically for you.  The deadline for registration is  August 15th . Covenant Group coordinators, Bonnie Box, Lauren Logan, Mike Metty and Cindi Nohe will convene in August and finalize the groups for the coming year.  Meetings will officially begin  October 1st.
August 1st, 12 noon
Benedict’s Restaurant
678 N. Belcher Road, Clearwater
Please contact Marie Chapman to make a reservation
727-647-4089
UUC Black Lives Matter Committee.  Join us for
racial justice events this week.
Thursday August 15, 7 to 9 pm:   Advocates for Race Amity of Pinellas County  meets at Bahia Center,  2898 Gulf to Bay Blvd. in Clearwater. We are advocates for race amity in Pinellas County. We work to   increase understanding, caring, friendship and collaboration between races. We work to reduce racism, prejudice, structural racism, and white supremacy.  
Monday August 19 through Friday August 23: Trial Attendance
Michael Drejka fatally shot Markeis McGlockton on July 19, 2018 at a Clearwater convenience store. Attending Drejka’s trial for manslaughter is one way we can be allies to Markeis’s family and the Clearwater African-American community. The NAACP is asking people to attend during the first week of the trial which begins Monday August 19. We hope to get 4 people from UUC to attend each day.  Get more info and sign up at the Social Justice table or contact Eileen Senn.
Save Your Date!
Do you have an event that you’re thinking about hosting at UUC? Summer vacation is nearly over, and our UUC fall in-gathering that celebrates our coming back together is nearly here. Our UUC calendar slows down a bit in the summer, but it fills up fast starting in the fall. We are also moving toward increased marketing and rental of our beautiful campus, so please get your requests for events on the calendar ASAP. 

To make a reservation, go to our UUC website. Click on the drop-down menu button in the upper left corner, then click on room reservation. It’s the bottom button in the drop-down menu. This will get you to the room reservation page of our website. 

If you are hosting a private event like a wedding or birthday, thank YOU FOR CHOOSING UUC!  Our rental rates and policy are on our UUC members page of our website. As a member, you are eligible for a healthy discount for you and your immediate family members AND you are supporting our congregational goal of good financial health. Many thanks. Together, we are growing and making our congregation a more “beloved community.”
FRIENDS OF PROPERTY VOLUNTEER SIGN-UP EVERY SUNDAY IN JULY

All of us love our UUC campus, and here’s an opportunity to show that love and get a cookie or other treat to jumpstart your enthusiasm.

Every Sunday in July, Property Committee will be hosting its wildly popular volunteer sign-up for our Friends of Property Team in the Community Center after service. 

Inside play, outside play, plumbing play, garden play, carpentry play, floor play, house play... you name it, we’ve got it. All of us have skills and talents and our community benefits when we pool our efforts.

Notice we don’t use the word “work” here in this call to service. We are not asking you to commit to a specific job for a specific number of hours. What we are asking is that, if you’re willing to assist for specific types of work as the need arises, you put your name on our list.

We’ll give you cookies regardless!
UUC Trip to Montgomery, AL,
Weekend of Oct. 18, 2019
The Black Lives Matter Committee of UUC is organizing a trip to Montgomery, AL over the weekend of Oct. 18, 2019 to visit the Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice. About 15 people have registered so far. All are welcome, but we need registration information by the end of June. We will be arranging for carpooling and shared accommodations. Costs are anticipated to be around $800.   Please contact Susan Allen at  sallen915@aol.com  as soon as possible to receive an information sheet and registration form.
 ALSO contact Susan if you would like to support this trip with confidential monetary donations for scholarships for those who need financial support.
UUC LIVE STREAMING
Sunday’s service on Facebook (sorry, at this point we can only do this because we are sharing Joys and Sorrows). If you are a UUC Member or Pledging Friend, send a request to RevPatrice Curtis on Facebook. Include a message that you would like to be added to the Facebook streaming list . She will then friend you, and add you to the streaming list. 
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 .