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Thanksgiving Dinner

Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Location: Gilmour Hall


All are welcome to join your fellow parishioners in UU of St Pete's annual Thanksgiving Dinner!

Turkey and ham will be provided with participants bringing the sides and dessert. We had a fantastic time last year and we're expecting even more guests this year!


Sign-up sheets on the piano in Gilmore. If you don’t want to bring a dish to the dinner, please still sign up to come. All are welcome!! Bring a guest or two! Dinner is at 2pm on Thanksgiving Day November 28th but please come a little early to enjoy the fine company and conversation.


My mother, Joy, will be decorating Gilmore for the dinner the day before and wouldn’t mind a hand if you have the time and a sign-up sheet for that event is on the piano also. Looking forward to seeing everyone there!!

Thanks, Kevin Wamboldt 

Group: Hospitality
Posted on November 12, 2019, at 3:06pm

Spanish Conversation

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Location: Library

Spanish Conversation for beginners and intermediate level speakers, hosted by Lupe Torre and Tim Flaherty.

Posted on November 12, 2019, at 1:30pm

Friday Night Picnic

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 5:30pm
Location: Kitchen, Playground, Conway North Room

Location: Kitchen, Playground, Little House, Conway North Room

Friday,  - 5:00pm - 7:00pm,  Serving dinner at 6pm

Location: Kitchen, Playground, Conway North Room

For the last seven years, UUSP, in partnership with the Quakers, Food Not Bombs, and other faith based and civic groups has held a Friday evening "Picnic in the Playground" to provide a good meal for the unhoused people and the working poor in our community.

If you haven’t had a chance to participate in this valuable outreach / community builder, we invite you to share a great experience with us. Here are some of the ways you may wish to contribute:

  • Show up with a prepared dish and help serve; we start at 6 and finish by 7
  • Prepare a dish and drop it off; contact Sabine or Reggie to make arrangements
  • Help with clean up or set up
  • Help supply sustainable plates, cups and napkins

We look forward to continued success, with our interfaith partners, serving the hungry in our community.

Contacts: Reggie CraigSabine von Aulock

Groups: UUs Helping PeopleSocial Justice


Contact: Reggie Craig



Posted on November 11, 2019, at 4:00pm


We've had two successful Mingles events so far, already adding over $500 to our UUSP coffers.  Thank you to Geneva Nelson, and Jean and Denis Calandra for their generosity and wonderful hosting talents!


There are three events for the rest of 2019, so please sign up soon.  You can sign up at the table during Coffee Hour, or contact Susan Burnore at or 770-480-0200 to reserve your spot.  Let's Flamingle!


Dazzling Treasure Island Boat Parade and Party– Friday, December 13, 6 - 9pm - Treasure Island

Dick and Rachelle’s backyard provides the perfect place to watch the decorated boats go by!  Enjoy the area’s best holiday boat parade PLUS a wonderful buffet meal PLUS all your favorite beverages.  This will definitely get us all in the holiday spirit!  Maximum 30 lucky people! 

$35 each


Holiday Party – Sunday, December 29: 4 - 7pm     Hosted by Paul and Susan Burnore - St. Petersburg 

Everyone’s invited (pay as you can) to enjoy a relaxed afternoon of good food and great friends.  And maybe a holiday movie!  

Suggested donation - $5 to $20 each.  All UUSP friends and family welcome.  


“Hope, Love and Courage” Concert and Reception   Saturday, November. 23:  7:30pm, UUSP 

Join our own Jon Arterton and James Mack, founders of the One City Chorus, for some of their favorite songs, accompanied by Aaron Cassette.  Followed by a reception with lots of goodies in Gilmour Hall. Wine will be available for a donation.    $20 in advance, $25 at the door.


Posted on November 8, 2019, at 8:36pm

Announcements From Pastor Jack

SUNDAY STUDIO THANKS!!!  Thanks to all the creative spirits who participated in last week's Sunday Studio. We spent time Relishing, Releasing and Reflecting on the energy and essence of fall. The paper quilt captures some of the imagery that emerged through story, dance, pastels, paint, and poetry. Our next Sunday Studio will focus on the energy and essence of winter. Watch for details in January. (Your Creative Expressive Arts Team- Alisun Donovan, Cynthia Alicea, Jill OldenskI)


WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES DISCUSSION: “MAKE AMERICA GREEN AGAIN”This Wednesday, November 13, 10:00am or 7:00 pm (your choice), we will discuss environmental journalist Bill McKibben’s brief but illuminating 9/13/19 Time Magazine column, “Hello from the Year 2050” – a look back at 2020 as if we had acted to avoid climate catastrophe & environmental collapse – a simple and heartening (more or less) vision from a great ecosystem advocate.  This Wednesday & next will be our introduction to the UUA’s program for a UU congregation to be recognized as a Green Sanctuary.  For more information on this program, go to   Pastor Jack


UUSP WILL WELCOME NEW MEMBERS ON NOVEMBER 17.  If you are interested in joining UUSP as a member, please see Pastor Jack in our library after today’s service.


 COMMUNITY EVENT:  DIRE PREDICTIONS: UNDERSTANDING CLIMATE CHANGE AND ITS IMPACT ON FLORIDA” A LIEF NISSEN FOUNDATION  SOCIAL JUSTICE LECTURE AT TEMPLE BETH-EL, presented by Michael Mann, PhD.  This Friday, November 15, 2019 at 7:30 PM at Temple Beth-El, 400 Pasadena Ave So. St Pete.  UU St. Pete is one of a number co-sponsors.   We’re all invited.

Michael Mann is an American climatologist and geophysicist, currently the Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science and Meteorology and Director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University.

Shabbat service at 7:30 PM followed by lecture and Q/A at 8:15 PM. The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are requested to help with seating and food planning, but are not required (temple office: 727.347.6136). Dessert reception follows.


COMMUNITY EVENT:    LECTURE ON NON-VIOLENT CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE by George Lakey, recently retired Swarthmore professor and esteemed Quaker peace activist.  Tuesday, November 19, 6-9:30 pm at the St. Pete Friends Meetinghouse, 130 19th Avenue South.  $15 suggested donation.  Register with Susan Wade at or 727-821-5048.  For information about George Lakey, go to


UUSP WILL WELCOME NEW MEMBERS ON NOVEMBER 17.  If you are interested in joining UUSP as a member, please contact Pastor Jack.


EVERY TUESDAY MEDITATION (11:45am – brief instruction provided if requested) and BROWN BAG LUNCH (12:15pm – checking in with friends), in UUSP Gilmour social hall.  


EVERY WEDNESDAY MORNING MEDITATION every Wednesday, 8:00-8:30 a.m.  Drop in, find your zone, go live your best day.


CITIZENS CAFÉ MOST THURSDAYS AT NOON!!!  in UUSP’s Gilmour (Social) Hall.  Join us (but let Pastor Jack know you’re planning to come, because our schedule is still erratic at this time of year)!  Our Citizens’ Café is a chance for us as engaged American citizens to clarify and deepen our understanding of the issues of society that influence our lives and that we might have influence on.  Bring your lunch if you’d like, and any proposed communications to newspaper editors or elected officials.  Coffee and tea provided.  Pastor Jack –


SAVE THE DATE CHANGE:  UUSP SATURDAY MORNING MEDITATION RETREAT, December 7, nine to noon, UUSP’s Gilmour Hall.  Come recover attention, clarity, and peace – really.  Pastor Jack


OF NOTE FOR SNOWBIRDS: UUSP MEMBER IS RENTING A ROOM IN HER LOVELY ST PETE HOME, less than 15 minute drive to the UUSP.   Bedroom with comfy queen bed and bathroom, use of the entire large home including washer/dryer and jacuzzi in pretty private yard.  Walkable to the many shaded paths of Maximo Moorings park and a small swimming beach on the bay. 10 min. drive to Gulf Beaches and downtown St Pete.  I have a very well-behaved greyhound, so best for people who like dogs. Weekly fee $250, 15% discount for 30 day stays, 20% off for 60 days or more. Available Nov. 1 through April 2020. Prefer female renter. For more info and pictures contact JoAnn at 77.398.4403


NAMETAGS FOR FREQUENT VISITORS:  If you come often and would like a permanent name tag, please email Dave Coale at  



* A covenant group’s purpose is to have a trusted circle with whom to discuss life at whatever level one is interested in sharing, as well as to deepen supportive and appreciative connections in the congregation.  The groups are called “Covenant Groups” because they function under a covenantal commitment to deep listening, respect, and confidentiality. 

DID YOU KNOW:  The website of the League of Women Voters (St. Pete Area) has a comprehensive list of elected public officials with click-on email links – just in case you want to send a message –  To borrow words from the League, Citizenship is about making democracy work – and as Socrates and Plato probably discussed, If you don’t dialogue, you don’t know.


UUs HELPING UUs:   Need help or know a UUSPer who might?  Please notify Sue Price,  UUSP Care Committee chair:


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." For audio recordings, click on a Sunday Service and look for the sound icon   audio

For screen shots of examples, click the link:  Worship Service Online Enhancements


Posted on November 8, 2019, at 8:21pm

Use Your RMD to Contribute to UUSP

Save taxes by making contributions to UUSP directly from your IRA!

If you are 70-1/2 years or older and are required to take minimum distributions (RMD) from your IRA, you can take advantage of a tax benefit by contributing funds directly to UUSP or other charitable organizations. By contributing directly from your IRA, you lower your taxable income by that amount.

Qualified charitable contributions must be made by December 31 each year in order to exclude that amount from taxable income for that year.

Don’t wait. Act now. Ask your accountant or tax preparer for the best way to make your contribution to UUSP. You can direct contributions to any of the UUSP funds as you wish:

  • Annual Giving—satisfy all or a portion of your pledge
  • Renovation Projects—help fund the board-approved projects to create a more welcoming and functioning space for our members and visitors
  • Legacy Giving—contribute to UUSP’s endowment for the long-term financial health of UUSP

For more information, visit

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Contact: Carol Ulmer
Posted on November 7, 2019, at 4:01pm

Advocacy DOES Work — Homestead Is Closed

Our thanks to each of you who wrote postcards to Rep. Crist and Senators Rubio and Scott asking to them to conduct oversight hearings about the child immigrant detention center in Homestead, FL. Those hearings first focused on the treatment of the children housed there as well as the long term emotional impacts to them. By mid-August those children were moved to smaller non-profit facilities or were reunited with a family member. Though no longer housing children, the Office of Refugee Resettlement still paid $600 per “empty” bed.  Again many groups, including UU St Pete membersfriends and guests, and the media raised concerns to our elected officials in Congress. On October 28 it was announced that this facility was permanently closing. 

Thank you — working together — we do make a difference.


Your Immigrant/Refugee SJ Committee

Contact: Karen Coale
Posted on November 7, 2019, at 1:09pm

Blankets and Pajamas!

There is a large carton of rolled up blankets and pjs in the Gilmour loft closet.

Do these still belong to somebody?  For a specific use?  Can they be added to the garage sale or donated to the Picnic for the homeless?

Please notify Dani -

Contact: Dani Skrzypek
Posted on November 6, 2019, at 10:12pm

Parents' Covenant Group

Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 10:00am - 11:30am
Location: Downstairs Classroom, Big RE Room

Come connect with other parents in a small-group setting! All are welcome. Bring your calendars, as we'll be setting our schedule for upcoming meetings. Child care provided by request.

Contact: Patti Hanks
Posted on November 4, 2019, at 7:56am

Renew - Restore - Rejuvenate

Considerable planning, small group discussions, and congregational meetings and town halls have helped chart our course for making changes to improve our UUSP church building.  These improvements will take place over a ten to fifteen year period and we are excited to get started. 

  • We support this funding as a congregation who has aspirations for a more welcoming and functional facility for our members and newcomers;
  • We support this funding as a congregation who trusts that the planning process is conducted with integrity and transparency;
  • We support this funding as a congregation who understands that we need to work together to move forward and have faith in and respect for the decision-making of the Board of Trustees and Design and Planning Team of the Building and Grounds Committee.


Projects approved to date by the Board of Trustees include:

  • Landscape Renovation—total estimated cost $20,000
  • Narthex and Bell Tower Entrance Renovations—total estimated cost $4,800


Funds are currently being raised from members who are able and willing to support this special project funding with a gift in addition to their annual pledge. 


For more information on the currently approved projects, please contact Sharon Winters


If you would like to consider a gift to the renovation projects, please contact a member of the Renew•Restore•Rejuvenate Giving Team:

Michael Killoren

Cynthia Patterson

Carol Ulmer


To make a contribution, click on the link for Designation Form.  3D Designation Form

For more information on the Landscape Renovation, click on the link for Design Intent for Landscape Renovation.  Design Intent Landscape Renovation


Posted on November 1, 2019, at 4:14pm

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