April 23, 2021
WITH DEEP SADNESS WE ANNOUNCE the death of Eric Becker, age 35.  Eric is the son of past UUSP member Allen Becker.  Allen’s husband, UUSP member Robb Sanborn, reported that Eric died at home shortly after being discharged after weeks in the hospital post very serious spinal surgery.  Thoughts and prayers to Allen and Robb.
Join Us April 25th at 4pm for our Outdoor Worship Service Viewing.


Contact Sarah Craig to RSVP
Looking for purpose? 

Do you want to be more fully involved in the work of our congregation? As we embark on an interim ministry in August, you can play an integral role in our reflection and development over the coming years. Positions are open on the Board of Trustees with terms starting in July.

If you can give of your time and talent - or want to learn more - please contact a member of the Nominating Committee: Sarah Craig: (949) 981-0210 , John Motter: (503) 381-0501, or Karen White (518) 524-1100
Pastor Jack's Weekly Message
Dear Friends,

Thanks to Sue Price for including us in the beautiful tribute to husband Roy, trombones and all. How good to be with Sue and family in the setting of sea and dunes and winds and sunset. And thanks to the crUU led by Care Committee chair Sarah Craig and UUSP president Susan Burnore, plus Sue’s LWV and Roy’s musician friends, for helping Sue plan our gathering.  

Appreciating Roy was a reminder, I think, that the most important thing is to remember the most important thing. Whatever ours might be, though it change with time and need and reflection, it’s probably our best guide for present choices.  

As I write, we have just heard the verdict on Derek Chauvin for the death of George Floyd. The headline response was relief, celebration and onward to caring and justice for all. There will be other responses. But through it all, I think caring and justice for all may be the way to describe our most important things.

May they remain at the front of our minds. 

Religious Education
April 28 @ 10:00am

Life’s Transition Points and Rituals: Session #3  “A Cemetery View” – about reckoning your life’s meaning, past and future. Robert Fulghum’s From Beginning to End is our prompt and guide.

 Please sign up with Pastor Jack (jfdonovan@bellsouth.net) to receive the quotes for each Wednesday discussion. You’ll enjoy the book as warm and insightful if you have time to read – but the quotes will suffice for discussion.

The Zoom link will be sent out Tuesday. Contact Pastor Jack if you have questions or don't get the link on Tuesday.

On the 3rd Wednesdays, we’ll forego a meeting so folks may attend the African American Heritage Association monthly presentations.
Children's RE
K-5th grade:
'RE Thru Art'
April 18th from
10-11am

The theme of Becoming invites us to think of the future. Who are we becoming as we grow up? as Unitarian Universalists? It’s normal for human beings to want to control and know their future, and yet we can only control the future so much. Sometimes the answer will be hazy, and we have to trust. So, what’s one of the ways our faith guides us into being a people of Becoming? It tells us “Predict the future as best you can but be open and trust what unfolds.” May 2nd, we will make music with Ms Trish! We have ukulele's thanks to Tampa Bay Ukulele Club. Come join us!
Covenant Groups

Don’t forget our covenant groups continue to meet monthly, these days mainly on Zoom. We currently have eleven covenant groups in the congregation with over 100 people participating!!

A Covenant Group is a group of 10 or so people who gather regularly (at least monthly) to share and converse about how life is going for the individuals in the group and often for our wider circles of life. 
Contact Pastor Jack for help to join a group. 
UU St. Pete Connects
Celebrating Pastor Jack
As we've all heard, Pastor Jack will leave UUSP and St. Petersburg for what he calls "trial retirement" at the end of June. We want to celebrate his almost-seven-year ministry here in fine fashion! If you would like to join a small "Steering Committee" to work on these plans, or if you just have some ideas you'd like to pass along, please let Susan Burnore know. 
Email is best. Thank You!
Pastor Jack's Sunday Morning
Zoom Discussion Group
9:15am (Zoom link here)
Conversations on Religious Words We Question Our word of the week is, “GRACE.”  Some of our possible questions: (1) What is your view of the word “grace”? (2) Have you had experiences you would call experiences of grace? (3) Is grace something you seek?
Contemplative Meditation UUSP Meditations YouTube Channel
We have completed a full year of weekly contemplative readings – and there we will stop. They are all still up in case you want to listen. Blessings!
Noon Zoom Cafe Check-In,
April 27 at Noon
UUSP’s mid-week opportunity to check-in with one another and, time allowing, the news, will now be meeting bi-weekly 2nd and 4th Tuesday each month.
April 28 10:00am Religious Studies Series on Life’s Transition Points and Their Accompanying Rituals
(More above)

The Board of Trustees meet at 5:30pm on the second Thursday of each month. Here's the latest news:
Come volunteer or provide a dish every Friday at
UU St. Pete for our Friday Night Picnic. Click here to join the group! Email Sabine for more details on how you can be of help!
UUSP Community
PLEASE WELCOME SHARON WOOD as UUSP’s new office administrator.  During this pandemic period, Sharon (fully vaccinated) will be at the office on Mondays and Tuesdays from 10:00am to 2:00pm and may be contacted the rest of the week through the office email at officeuustpete.org@gmail.com.

As always, for emergencies, please contact the minister.
The Tribal Quest Workshop
has been postpone.

Watch here for new date (TBA).
Alisun, Cyn and Jill
UU Ways To Give
UU St. Pete Annual Campaign
What is Pledging?

Pledge Now!
Make a pledge to UU St. Pete for the next fiscal year beginning July 1. Be as generous as your circumstances allow. All members are asked to pledge each spring to sustain the life of our spiritual home. Pledge $10, $100, $1,000, or $10,000 for the year. Your pledge amount is your decision and can be changed at any time, but please pledge. 

You can also pledge on the UU St. Pete website. Look for the "Celebrating Our UU Family" image among the rotating photos on the home page.

You can also pledge on the UU St. Pete website. Look for the "Celebrating Our UU Family" image among the rotating photos on the home page.
Members and friends set up a plan to make a gift from their estate to the Endowment Fund of UU St. Pete. Leaving a portion of the assets one has accumulated over the course of a lifetime ensures the continuation of the spiritual home that they have come to cherish and perpetuates our UU values.

UUA Corner
Check out the UUA Southern Region's March Newsletter and some upcoming webinars.

Let's Go (Virtually) to General Assembly!
It's time to get registered for the June 23-27, 100% virtual, 2021 General Assembly of Unitarian Universalists! Click here to be redirected to the UUA website where you can learn more and register. Registration costs $200 - if you would like to request financial assistance on that fee, please let Board President Susan Burnore know, and we'll try to help. 

As an added incentive, the Ware Lecturers this year are Stacey Abrams and Desmond Meade, speaking on Saturday, June 26. You won't want to miss it!

UUSP will have four voting delegates. Please let Susan know via email no later than May 6 if you would like to be considered as a voting delegate representing UUSP. 
Thank you for your interest in
Unitarian Universalist Church of St. Petersburg!


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