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Final Appreciation Dinner at Hamburger Mary’s Tyrone

UUSP recently was the #1 faith house in attendance at Hamburger Mary's Drag Queen Bingo benefiting Celebrate Outreach.

These fun-filled fundraisers have enabled this group to serve over 15,000 meals per year to people in need. Due to the unfounded health scare at their sister restaurant in Ybor City, Hamburger Mary's Tyrone will be closing their doors at the end of the month.

Join Celebrate Outreach for dinner, to show some UU gratitude to Hamburger Mary's, Monday, March 25, 6pm. Please call to make a reservation: 727 851-9386.

 For more information, contact Sabine von Aulock

Posted on March 20, 2019, at 5:14pm

Gilmour Books On The Go!

Buildings and Grounds is preparing for improvements in accessibility and circulation in our "old house." The first step is removing the books from Gilmour Hall. They will be placed in boxes on tables in Conway for 2 weeks for browsing and removal. You are welcome to attend future BnG meetings to be part of our current and long range planning.


Reach out to Sabine ( with any questions.

Posted on March 20, 2019, at 5:11pm



It's time to get your tickets for the final UUs4U events, where all the money goes to UUSP and everyone has a great time.


Next Friday, March 29, 7 pm - Join Ellen Hays, Eliot Wessler and Sarah Craig for shuffleboard, free lessons (!), snacks and beverages.  This was so much fun last year - don't miss it!  $25 each


Friday, April 5, 5:30 pm - Cocktails, Conversation and Appetizer Buffet with hosts Sally Wallace and Sue Price at Sally's beautiful home in Allendale.  Perfect evening for grown-ups!

$40 each


Saturday, April 6, 6 pm til Sunday 10 am! - Men's Night In - Join hosts Paul Burnore and Tom Archibald for dinner, conversation, a Worst Joke Contest, a movie and nightcaps.  A stay-all-night-if-you-want event, with Sunday breakfast and heading to church the next morning.  New tattoos optional.  $40 each


Saturday, April 13, 2 pm - Ice Cream Garden Party - Sweet conversation while enjoying the gardens and homemade ice cream - what could be better?!  Join hosts Gay and Billy for a fun and tasty afternoon.  $15 each, $15 for couple/family.


Finally the Boat Trip plus Poolside Dinner on Saturday, April 27 - The boat is full, but we have room for 3-4 more people at dinner.  $30 each.  We'll have cocktails starting around 5 while the others are boating, then dinner for all at 7.  

Contact: Susan Burnore
Posted on March 20, 2019, at 5:03pm

Upcoming Inquirers Classes

As Pastor Jack says, “If you think we’d be good for you, or you’d be good for us” please join us at our next 2-part Inquirers Classes and learn about our Unitarian Universalist religious community. Classes will take place after Sunday service from noon to 1:30 on May 19 and June 2 in Conway Hall Middle Room. Contact Patti Hanks at or sign up at the Welcome Table during coffee hour.

Contact: Patti Hanks
Group: Membership
Posted on March 20, 2019, at 10:36am

Gratitude and Generosity

Thank you to the following members and friends who have made a financial commitment to UU St. Pete for the next fiscal year 2019-2020:


  • Cynthia and Robert Alicea
  • Melissa and Courtney Allen
  • Barbara and Tom Archibald
  • Christine Barker
  • Lise Beane
  • Tamera Boudreau
  • Susan and Paul Burnore
  • Delores Benjamin
  • Ruth Bentley
  • Sherry and Steve Benton
  • Andy Bragg
  • Susan and Paul Burnore
  • Sally Carville
  • Laurie Clement
  • Karen and Dave Coale
  • Sarah and Paul Craig
  • Kelli DeGraw
  • Suzanne Dudley
  • Jane and Kent Fanning
  • James Fitzgerald II
  • James Fitzgerald III
  • Patricia Fling
  • Ann and Brett Freistadt
  • Iain Goddard
  • Morgan Gresham and Michael Pohl
  • Kaitlin Hammersley and Peter Fritsche
  • Patti Hanks
  • Ellen Hays
  • Mary Neal and Barry Jones
  • Michael Killoren and Randy Nolan
  • Cheryl and Mark MacNeill
  • Bill Motter
  • Jill Oldenski
  • Marie Palena
  • Linda Paul
  • Sue Price
  • Kathleen Rehl
  • Deb Robinson
  • Amy Rodriguez and Will Tripoli
  • Robert Sanborn
  • Dani Skrzypek
  • Carol Ulmer
  • Sara Wallace
  • Kevin Wamboldt
  • Rebecca Wilson
  • Sharon Winters


We are very grateful for your thoughtful and generous pledge to our spiritual home.


Make your pledge today! Visit the Annual Giving table in Gilmore Hall after the service and pick up a pledge form. If you are a Friend of the Congregation, please consider supporting UU St. Pete. We love having you with us and count on your support.


Share What You Have--We all are responsible for the health and well-being of our congregation. We ask you to consider an annual gift of 3 to 5% of your disposable income or budgeted expenses (the money you have to spend on your wants and needs after taxes). Join us in gratitude and generosity.


The Annual Giving Team

Courtney Allen

Patti Hanks

Michael Killoren

Linda Paul

Carol Ulmer

Contact: Carol Ulmer
Group: Membership
Posted on March 15, 2019, at 8:30pm

Town Hall Budget meeting

Sunday, April 7, 2019 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Sanctuary

Town Hall Budget meeting on April 7 at noon in the Sanctuary.

Contact: Steve Benton

Posted on March 15, 2019, at 1:48pm

Announcements From Pastor Jack

FINAL WEDNESDAY DISCUSSIONS ON PAGAN & EARTH-CENTERED VOICES IN UUISM – Wednesday March 20, 10:00am or 7:00pm (your choice -YES, we’ll go for a morning and evening session to give plenty of time for personal debriefing as we conclude this book, following brief discussion of essays #21-23 (Beaumont, Vedder-Shults, Bodeau). Discussion quotes provided. Pastor Jack


SATURDAY MORNING UUSP MEDITATION RETREAT March 31, 9:00am-12noon in Gilmour Hall.    Sitting and Walking Meditations through the morning.  A chance for spiritual healing, strengthening, and peace.  Brief instruction provided. Sign-ups appreciated for planning – sign-up sheets in Social Hall or email Pastor Jack at


FUTURE WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES (10:00am and 7:00pm – your choice, as always): 

 (1) “Get Started with Mindfulness” 5 sessions -  likely start date April 3.   Topics:  Why Meditate; How to Meditate; Bringing It into Your Life (Work, Relationship, Self-Care), Deepening Your Practice.  I have 15 copies of the guidebook for sharing if you plan to participate – contact Pastor Jack at jfdonovan@bellsouth.netor see me at church.

(2) “21 Lessons for the 21st Century – the Summary” 8 sessions - likely start date May 15 on historian Yuval Noah Harari’s overview (80pp) of humankind’s greatest challenges.  (Full 318pp edition separately available.)


SHARE A PLACE OR RENT A ROOM?  Five Year Member of UUSP's Women's Walking Group Kate Houser is looking to share a place or rent a room in the home of a UUSP member or friend.  Please contact Kate at if you can have options.  Pastor Jack


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


ABOUT THE UUSP LIBRARY READING ROOM:   Come take a look as it grows!  The focus of our Reading Room is UUism, UUs, and UU sources.  Our books are now being categorized under five areas: Unitarian Universalism, World Religions, Direct Experience, Prophetic People, and Humanism and Science.  We ask for contributions in these categories.  (You might want first to check what we already have.  Please see future bulletins for Pastor Jack’s book wish list.)  Thank you, UUSP Librarian Sarah Craig

Posted on March 15, 2019, at 11:53am

FAST Rally - Monday, March 18

FAST Rally - Monday, March 18, 7pm, St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church (1955 S. Belcher Road, Clearwater).


Come hear about and discuss FAST's important issues (affordable housing,  school youth suspensions) as we prepare for the commitment meeting with public officials at the Tropicana on April 8.  

Posted on March 15, 2019, at 11:39am

BOT meeting

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Board of Trustees monthly meeting

All BOT meetings are open, and all members of the congregation are invited to attend. If a member or committee representative would like to speak at the BOT meeting, please let the President or Vice President know so that it can be added to the agenda.

Location-upstairs Conway

Contact: Steven Benton




Posted on March 14, 2019, at 8:33am

LGBTQ+ Interests Planning Group

Sunday, April 14, 2019 - 11:45am - 12:45pm
Location: Conway Middle Room

Meeting #2 to organize and plan UUSP programs and activities of LGBTQ+ interest. 

Posted on March 14, 2019, at 8:27am

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