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Announcements From Pastor Jack

“LGBTQ+ INTERESTS” PLANNING MEETING this Sunday, May 26,  15 minutes after Sunday service, in Conway Hall.  Topics: (1) UUSP’s booth at the St. Pete Pride Festival (June 23) and (2) UUSP Pride-oriented Sunday service planning (June 23), and (3) brainstorming future programs.  Pastor Jack


NEXT SUNDAY (June 2): “INTRODUCTION TO UU St.Pete FOR PROSPECTIVE MEMBERS.”  Interested in becoming a member?   Please attend our Inquirers Class next Sunday, June 2, 11:45ish to 1:15ish in Conway Hall.  Meet folks, ask questions, and learn about our congregation as a community devoted to our spiritual well-being.  Pastor Jack


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


WEDNESDAY 8:00-8:30 A.M. MEDITATION:  Start the day with the sparkle and breeze coming into Gilmour Hall from Mirror Lake.  Pastor Jack


WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES, May 2929, 10:00am and 7:00pm (your choice): Part 3 (Despair and Hope), lessons 10-14 of Yuval Noah Harari’s  21 Lessons for the 21st Century. Quotes provided for discussion.  All welcome.  Conway Middle Room.  Pastor Jack


THURSDAY NOON CITIZENS CAFÉ!!!  in UUSP’s Gilmour Hall library.  We do not live by bread alone – sometimes there’s a beverage and conversation with friends. – and a chance to clarify, deepen, and advocate about issues of society that influence our lives and that we might influence.  Coffee and tea served.  Bring your lunch if you’d like.  Pastor Jack


INTERFAITH TAMPA BAY CHARITY BINGO – JUNE 10, 7:00PM, Punky's Bar and Grill, 3063 Central Ave, Saint Petersburg - a fundraiser to support the 5th Annual Pride Worship Service - Come out and enjoy 10 rounds of drag queen bingo for $10.00! and a 50/50 drawing.  All rounds include a prize and money raised goes directly to Interfaith Tampa Bay. The faith community with the most members playing BINGO wins a Very Special prize and bragging rights to being the biggest provider.


UUs HELPING UUs:   Need help or know a UUSPer who might?  Please notify Sue Price,  UUSP Care Committee chair:; 727-290-9910.


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 May 24, 2019, at 1:49pm

SUNDAY is Social Justice Share the Plate Sunday

This means that half of the lose offerings will go to support the operation of this church, and the other half will go to the Social Justice UU’s Helping People Programs.

This months donations will benefit the Tiny Homes for Homeless Vets program.  We are on the verge of starting construction as we await final permitting.  We are also actively pursuing other available lots as we partner with the City of St Pete in creating affordable housing.

If you are interested in volunteering, we could use your help selecting our residents, and overseeing and doing construction, please reach out to Sabine at

Posted on May 24, 2019, at 1:31pm

This Sunday's Worship Services

Sunday, May 26, 2019: "YOUR LEGACY – Influencing Your Posterity’s Spiritual Success.” "
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

Worship Associate:  Susan Burnore

“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”  Unitarian minister Rev. Edward Everett Hale

Group: Worship
Posted on May 24, 2019, at 1:22pm

Gulfport Public Library - LGBTQ Film Series Presents: Stonewall Uprising

FOR LGBTQ PRIDE MONTH, Gulfport Public Library LGBTQ Film Series presents “Stonewall Uprising” on Thursday, June 13, 7:00pm (free and open to the public).  “Stonewall Uprising” is a compelling documentary revealing the series of events leading up to and including the historic Stonewall Riots in 1969.  2019 marks the 50th anniversary of Stonewall.  Movie shown in the Friends Room at Gulfport Public Library (5501 28th Avenue South) as part of LGBTQ Pride Month. Prior to the film, we will also hear remarks by local resident Jay Chetney, who was present during the Stonewall riots.

About STONEWALL UPRISING (2010): On June 28, 1969, New York police raid a Greenwich Village gay bar, The Stonewall Inn. For the first time, patrons refuse to be led into paddy wagons, setting off a three-day riot that launches the Gay Rights Movement. Told by Stonewall patrons, reporters and the cop who led the raid, this compelling documentary recalls the bad old days when psychoanalysts equated homosexuality with mental illness and police entrapment was rampant.  At the height of this oppression, the cops raid Stonewall, triggering nights of pandemonium with tear gas, billy clubs and a small army of tactical police. The rest is history.  (Rated PG 13). 


Posted on May 22, 2019, at 10:26am

RE Committee Meeting

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 5:45pm - 7:15pm
Location: Front Office
Posted on May 20, 2019, at 11:25am

Worship Committee Meetings

Are you interested in helping with Worship services?  Our Worship Committee meets every first Tuesday of the month, and all are welcome.  The next meeting will be Tuesday, June 4, at 5:30pm in the church office.  (Enter from the Arlington Ave. gate.)  Please let chair Susan Burnore ( know if you're interested.  Hope to see you there!

Contact: Susan Burnore
Group: Worship
Posted on May 17, 2019, at 6:24pm

RE Corner

Religious Education

Nursery care is provided in Conway Hall from 10:15-noon for infants through preschool by Laura Beard and a volunteer assistant.


Our families and children are invited to sit in the reserved pews in the front (right side of the sanctuary). Our families plus their school-age children and youth (K-12th grade) will start in service together. After “Time For All Ages” (roughly 10:30am) the children and youth will go to their groups. Each week we will have stories and activities to strengthen our UU identity. Children will be returned to their parents in coffee hour at 11:45.


Any questions? Contact


Posted on May 15, 2019, at 12:15pm

Heads-up from Buildings & Grounds:

As we start facilities projects, we’ll be deaccessioning a number of fixtures and furnishings to declutter and make way for the new.  Salvageable items will be placed near the Conway back door for one week before being donated or discarded, so check frequently if you’re interested.

We’re more frequently finding AC, fans and lights left on; this adds to our energy costs which have escalated dramatically in the past year.  Please turn off AC, etc., store equipment and put things back in place as you leave… it’ll be appreciated by all.

Posted on May 9, 2019, at 10:56am

Mind Body Art (MBA) Camp

Monday, June 24, 2019 - 9:00am - 4:00pm
Location: Big RE Room

Mind Body Art (MBA) Camp 

June 24-28th

Leader Natashia Milburn


Posted on May 9, 2019, at 10:39am

LGBTQ+ Interests Group

Sunday, May 26, 2019 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Conway Middle Room

Our Agenda:

1) Up-date and discussion on UUSP booth at Pride Festival, Sunday June 23.

2) Up-date and discussion on UUSP Sunday Worship Service June 23.

3) Discussion of getting started with UUSP's UUA Welcoming Congregation Renewal process.

4) Discussion and possible scheduling of social and educational programs and events.

All are welcome,

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan - email


Posted on May 6, 2019, at 9:07pm

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