The Board of Trustees has chosen
to honor Kathy Hopkins as a Notable Member this month.
Kathy co-chairs our Finance Committee. Her expertise and
gentle leadership have helped to lead this important
committee during a time of financial stress. Her
business background has proven an invaluable asset to
our church. One important task she accomplished early on
was to have the Finance Committee develop its own
covenant to facilitate the committee’s staying in
covenant while they address difficult issues.
To help improve our finances Kathy has taken on the
leadership of this year’s stewardship drive. She has
taken a highly organized, thorough approach to this
task, as is her style. In fact rather than the
stewardship drive mostly consisting of one Sunday’s
appeal, the entire month of November has been devoted to
stewardship. Each Sunday in November members of the
congregation have risen to give testimony to what the
Unitarian Universalist Church of Tarpon Springs means to
them. The point is that rather than the traditional
approach of merely asking for financial support, this
year’s stewardship drive is focused on what benefits
members of the congregation receive in part because of
the support they provide to our beloved community.
Furthermore, Kathy was part of the Ministerial
Transition Committee that has helped Reverend Bob Murphy
make a smooth transition into our church.
The Board deeply appreciates and wishes to thank Kathy
for all she does..
GREEN SANCTUARY TEAM
On November 23rd the Green
Sanctuary Team got down to work, with the assistance of
the minister. Rev. Murphy has a long history in this
movement toward "greening" ourselves and our churches.
He gave a summary of the UU movement toward "greenness".
After much discussion among the twelve persons present,
there was agreement over the "concern that there was
some urgency to consider design alternatives for the
remodeled parsonage, sanctuary and forum room with
regard to their energy usage. The goals considered
important were: minimizing energy usage, both
operational and life cycle costs; minimizing "carbon
footprint", and optimizing the use of renewable
resources. Concern that these goals could be compromised
unless an immediate assessment was made, it was agreed
that we ask the BOT to initiate a professional
engineering assessment of the proposed building designs
with these goals in mind."
In order to project our needs for future action, a
beginning task was assigned for evaluating our present
state of "greenness". These areas were included for
consideration: worship, pastoral care, faith development
(RE), environmental and social justice, sustainable
living, building and grounds, finance, and stewardship
of our resources.
The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 7 at
1:00 pm in the memorial room of CotB, when we will be
discussing the initial assessments. All are welcome to
attend. Questions? call Marti Kardinal 939-9254.
FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM
Did you know UUCTS now has an
Instagram account? Yep – Cathy Lawson and her daughter
Katrina Mercado launched it for us. If you already have
an Instagram Account, you can visit & follow us at
“uuchurchtarponsprings.” Simply use the search function
to find our page, select it and select follow. If you
have photos that you would like posted to our Instagram
page please send them to Cathy at
firstname.lastname@example.org.You may also want to follow the
UUA's page Unitarian_Universalist. If you do not have an
Instagram account yet, we’ll provide step-by-step
instructions to get you going next month..
TAI CHI RESUMES (NEW LOCATION)
Tai Chi is a slow and gentle
exercise system working all the muscle groups and
systems of the body, promoting strength, agility,
balance, and harmony. It is often called "a moving
meditation" or "creative quietude", a sensuous feeling
of moving in space, helping practitioners to become more
aware of their own bodies. Please join us. All are
welcome. There is NO FEE! Sign up on the sheet at church
or by phone. Beginning, Monday, October 26, 2015, and
continuing on Monday and Wednesday mornings, from 9:30
to 10:45am we will meet at: Craig Park Recreation Center
on the Bayou, 5 Beekman Lane, TS
− Carol Chaney (727) 940-4545
Springs will be receiving a very special community
development grant entitled Mobilizing Action for
Resilient Communities (MARC). The funding to be
administered by The Philadelphia Health Federation comes
from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The
California Endowment. It will enable us, along with
thirteen other communities from across the nation, to
create environments that foster resilience and lessen
the impacts of life’s harshest adversities. As a
congregation we may take pride and take part.
Take pride in this happening because Tarpon Springs
earned the esteem of national sources. They saw through
the vision of Peace4Tarpon the compassion and courage to
tackle the tough challenges that surround emotional
trauma and toxic stress. Our congregation has been a
mainstay contributor to Peace4Tarpon and other
humanizing forces in our community.
I hope you’ll consider taking part when opportunities
arise over the 2-year lifespan of funding and beyond. A
multi-sector network led by Peace4Tarpon and the Tarpon
Springs Housing Authority is right now putting together
plans for next steps. I’ll be happy to answer any
questions and will keep you up to date as things
progress. For more information you may visit the
Peace4Tarpon Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/Peace4Tarpon or The
Philadelphia Health Federation announcement
Mark Hopkins, email email@example.com cell phone
Our next Lunch Bunch will meet on Thursday December 10,
12:30pm at Johnny Grits Restaurant, 857 E. Klosterman
Rd, Tarpon Springs, across from the college. This
establishment specializes in Southern fresh food. Their
breakfast items include omelets, eggs Benedict, Belgium
Waffles, and pancakes. They serve only Grade A syrup
from Vermont. Their extensive menu also includes
reasonably priced salads and sandwiches.
Please join us by adding your name to the sign-up sheet
located on the events table. Non-members welcome. Any
questions, call Don or Barbro at 938-9427. E-mail
over, and lots of church activities are beginning again,
including our CHOIR. We are looking for people to join
us in “making a joyful noise” during our worship
services. What makes a worship service
transcendent is sometimes not the spoken word, but
rather the music that moves us. So be a part of that
director, Bonnie Whitehurst has a
wide repertoire, and you know she’s got some fun up her
sleeves. For more information, contact Bonnie or Kathy
UUCTS continues to support The
Shepherd Center through donations of canned food, and
used clothing or household items. Please deposit
donations in the bin marked Shepherd Center or consider
putting a dollar in the box. Monies are donated to buy
canned goods for The Shepherd Center food pantry.
The Shepherd Center News:
• June 1st we welcomed our new Executive Director, Ada
Torres-Del Gais. Ada came to us from Gainesville, FL and
is the former CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of
• Our New Beginnings Capital
Campaign has a goal is $500,000. This will give us
enough money for the down payment to purchase the
building we currently lease. After 40 years of serving
the poor in our community we are excited to be working
towards having a permanent home for The Shepherd Center.
• The Thrift Store has a super
Summer Sale on clothing right now and, we always have
tons of other great items that can be purchased at
discounted prices 7 days a week!
• Our Grand Opening of the
Community Enrichment Center will be July 1st
, 4-6 p.m. See below for info on everything we are doing
for that special occasion.
• We are having an Oldies Dinner
Dance on Saturday, July 11th. Tickets are only $25. Also
that evening, we will raffle off great prizes and the
Grand Prize is a 1978 Corvette! Winner of the Grand
Prize need not be present to win. A suggested $50
donation is all that is needed for a chance to win! See
www.tscenter.org for more info.
− The Shepherd Center Staff, 727-939-1400
Caring Team is a network of
volunteers that exists to lend a helping hand to the
members and friends of Unitarian Universalist Church of
Tarpon Springs in times of illness, medical emergency,
birth, bereavement, or other life transitions in close
coordination with the minister. Our goal is to develop
and maintain a mechanism to get parish members involved
in providing assistance; and attention and help to
members who would appreciate these services.
You can SHARE THE CARE by (1) joining the team, (2)
letting us know of specific tasks that you are able to
fulfill (3) letting us know of someone who needs care.
CARING TEAM Contacts
Mark Turley - firstname.lastname@example.org, Penny Boyd -
Alice Donovan - email@example.com, Sally O’Brien -
Linda Gradual - firstname.lastname@example.org, Linda Routhier –
Church office - email@example.com Minister -
Add your name to our lists of volunteers; you may sign
up for Meals, Transportation, Elder Visits, or
Donate More than 100 Quilts this Year!
Being dislocated for months has not slowed the
production of charity quilts by our devoted quilters.
When Michael Herrera, Executive Director of the Shepherd
Center, came to church recently to talk about the work
of this Tarpon Springs social agency, he was presented
with a second donation of 20 quilts this year, along
with cash and canned goods from the congregation. Being
at the Crystal Beach Community Center most Tuesdays has
increased the quilter’s visibility and outreach
opportunities in the community. That’s a good thing.
SOCIAL JUSTICE COUNCIL
The Social Justice Council is energized by the support of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tarpon Springs (UUCTS) congregation in expanding our Social Justice efforts into the community!
Linda Gradual is now teaching a weekly English as a Second Language class at the Tarpon Springs Library. Kathy Hopkins participated as a Mentor in the Shepherd Center's Esther Project. Members purchased tickets to the Citizen's Alliance for Progress (CAP) dinner, enabling UUCTS to sponsor a table. Volunteers serve monthly meals at the Metropolitan Ministries site in Holiday and work on Second Saturday and other days at the Shepherd Center thrift store and food pantry. Members donate food, clothing and other items to the Shepherd Center.
Our congregation raised $197 for Peace4Tarpon through our monthly Give The Plate program, enabling them to provide Art Therapy to women and children who are victims of abuse
Social Justice Volunteers Needed
The Shepherd Center desperately needs volunteers! Can you sort and organize, do administrative tasks, work on fundraisers and/or work in the thrift shop? There is something for everyone to do! Contact Cathy Lawson or Irene Prosser for more information.
Help Stop Global Climate Change
Can one person help stop Global Climate Change? Yes, when the simple steps you take are multiplied by millions of people all over the world. This month, be water-wise. Turn the water off while brushing your teeth. Saving water saves energy, which in turn reduces the greenhouse gas emissions. Simply by turning the water off while brushing your teeth, you can help stop Global Climate Change.
A Social Justice Volunteer's Story:
Shepherd Center launches new Esther Program to help underprivileged women become more self-sufficient – submitted by Kathy Hopkins, 904-891-5109, firstname.lastname@example.org
Last spring when the director of the Shepherd Center came to one of our UUCTS Social Justice forums, I was intrigued by their new Esther program and signed up to become a mentor. Now, almost half way through my 12-month commitment, I’m glad to share the experience with you. I’m finding that getting to truly know and understand a person’s struggles is much more meaningful than writing a check or handing out bags of groceries. I’ve gained a lot of respect for the strength and resilience of the young woman I’m mentoring. It puts me in touch with a way of life I’ve been sheltered from and reminds me of what truly matters. Sometimes I wonder if I’m helping, but then I realize that serving as a sounding board and offering support is valuable all by itself. In addition to the onw-on-one mentoring, the group of mentors and protégés get together 3 times a month for life-skill classes and social activities. Through sharing
experiences and learning together, the group has bonded in a very special way even though we come from very different walks of life.
The inaugural Esther program has been deemed a success and will be expanding. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, teaching a class or helping in some other way please let me know. You are also very welcome to reach out to the program coordinator, Melanie N. Paine, Tarpon Springs Shepherd Center Outreach Office: (727) 939-1400 ext. 409, email@example.com.
JOYS AND CONCERNS
It is our practice to set aside some time during many of our services to share our joys and concerns. This tradition is an integral part of UU worship services across the country. It is a time for members and friends to share the
significant events in our lives: births and deaths, reunions and farewells, love and grief. All are welcome to share their joys and concerns, and place a stone in our bowl of remembrance. When you participate in this, you are doing more
than making an announcement. You are asking each person in the congregation for their spiritual and emotional support. Please be mindful of this sacred time, and use it gently.
Thank you. The Worship Committee
This is your opportunity to
network with other local organizations. TCO supports
non-profit organizations and meets the third Friday of
every month at 8:30 AM at the Freedom Inn, 1651 S
Pinellas Ave. The next meeting is Friday, July 18th. The
Freedom Inn provides breakfast and admission is only $1,
so mark your calendars now. Spread the word and help
this organization grow.
Want a Fancier
Name Badge Holder?
Got an ordinary name badge, and
long for something that expresses your individuality? No
longer want pin holes in your blouse or shirt? See Marti
Cardinal or Barbara Rosen for your choice of holders for
$2 or give us your beads, perhaps from a broken
necklace, and we will custom make a badge holder for
you. The Membership Committee.
|GET A UU TARPON T-SHIRT
It is hard to go unnoticed in a crowd when we are all wearing our goldenrod-colored church tee shirts. And, isn’t that the point? Michael Johnson will be collecting your money, $15 for small, medium or large sizes, and $20 for X large shirts. Don’t be left unnoticed – buy and wear your church shirt. There is a sign-up sheet in the Social Hall if you don’t see Michael.
YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY
The Book Discussion Group has
been meeting at the Tarpon Springs Library since the
sinkhole. They do not charge a fee. As a way of saying
“Thank You” consider bringing in old CD's, DVD's, VHS
tapes and books to the library as donations for their
semi-annual book sale or library circulation. If the
library cannot add them to their collection, they place
them in the Friends of the Library used book sale area.
You may even find some items to replace those you
donated! So, if you have any of the above,
collecting dust in your home, please consider donating
them for this purpose. You can give them to Irene
Prosser or just bring them to the library and say that
it's from our church.
There are DVDs in the Inman Room on
the bottom shelf of the bookcase on the east wall. A
sign-out/sign-in sheet is located in the same container
as the DVDs. Because these are high definition format
videos they may not play directly on your DVD player
unless it is of reasonably recent vintage. The DVDs also
should readily play on your computer. If you have
trouble with viewing the DVD please let Greg Rosasco
know and he will look for an alternative for you.
The list of available DVDs includes:
1. Ethel Fritts, January 2012 Wisdom-keeper
2. Bill Gladwin, February 2012, Wisdom-keeper
3. Sally O’Brien, March 2012, Wisdom-keeper
4. Ed Erickson, April 2012, Wisdom-keeper
5. Janeth Clark, May 2012, Wisdom-keeper
View a video from the series titled “Renewal:
Stories from America’s Religious-Environmental Movement”
(segments are 10-17 minutes)www.renewalproject.net
SPIRITUAL LITERACY SUNDAY
View a half-hour video from a series
organized around a new alphabet of 26 qualities of mind and
heart important for practicing spirituality in everyday life.
Nothing Gold Can Stay
By Mark Belletini In twenty-two simple yet profound reflections,
seasoned minister Mark Belletini explores the many and
varied forms of grief. His honest, poetic essays serve
as a prism, revealing the distinct colors and
manifestations of grief in our lives.
He addresses the way we
respond to loss of people in our lives, loss of love,
loss of focus, and loss of the familiar - understanding
that grief is as much a part of our lives as our
breathing. Belletini uses specific, personal stories to
open up to the universal experience.
Nothing Gold Can Stay
is a gift of awareness, showing how the shades of grief
serve our deepest needs. Copies available at