• Adult Discussion Group

  • Annual Picnic

  • Book Club

  • Christmas Dinner

  • Circle Suppers

  • Coffee House

  • Easter Breakfast

  • Monthly Luncheons

  • Music Recitals

  • Orientation Meetings

  • Sermon Forums

  • Summer Program

  • Thanksgiving Dinner

  • Silent Auction



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 cmlawson43@yahoo.com.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..


Membership & Faith Development Committees Begin the Fifth Sunday Forum: “Exploring UUism”

Membership Committee members will be available on the fifth Sundays - August 30, and November 29, 2015 after Sunday service for questions and conversation. Our goal is to Explore Unitarian Universalism, as well as membership in UUCTS. Everyone is invited.  As part of the "Exploring UUism" conversation, we will identify resource information, plans and goals essential to our membership. This will be an official meeting of committee members and will include guest comments. UUCTS library books will also be available. We encourage your participation as we discuss UUism and topics of interest at UUCTS. Our goal is to create positive membership and faith development experiences. Contact Marti Kardinal (727-939-9254) or Barbara Kostreva (864-650-5638)

- Barbara Kostreva, Membership Chair
- Marti Kardinal, Faith Development Chair


 The next Lunch Bunch will gather at El Texano, 35903 US-19 Palm Harbor East side of US19 just south of Innisbrook on Thursday, September 10th from 12:30 to 2pm. This is an Authentic Mexican restaurant with a menu in both Spanish and English. Steak/Pork/Chicken/ Shrimp and a short vegetarian menu in addition to usual Mexican fare are available.
− Richard Baker


Have you noticed our new Community Life Table? Make sure you stop by the table before or after services on Sunday’s. A board member and committee people will be available for any questions you may have. You will also be able to sign up for lunch bunch and other events.


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 Mid-Florida.

• 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.

Mark Turley - marktheword68@gmail.com, Penny Boyd - pboyd305@hotmail.com,
Alice Donovan - androsnurse@gmail.com, Sally O’Brien - Danpad7@hotmail.com
Linda Gradual - uuzen@tampabay.rr.com, Linda Routhier – sarouthier@gmail.com
Church office - tarponuu@hotmail.com Minister - donaldlrollins@gmail.com

Add your name to our lists of volunteers; you may sign up for Meals, Transportation, Elder Visits, or
Miscellaneous Jobs.


UUnique Quilters 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.


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, kathyhop@tampabay.rr.com 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, mpaine@tscenter.org.


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.


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.


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


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. http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/spiritualliteracy/


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 UUA Bookstore


  © Unitarian Universalist Church of Tarpon Springs, 2015